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Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:05:07 GMT

♫ "Boredom, boredom, boredom, b'dum b'dum" ♫ ♫

SIM-only contracts are now the most popular kind of mobile deal in the UK, as punters step off the tedious upgrade treadmill.…

HP Inc – the no-drama one – is actually doing fine with PCs, printers

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:04:07 GMT

Personal gear a more reliable moneymaker than servers. Who knew?

On a day when Meg Whitman, CEO of its sibling HPE, announced her departure from the biz, HP Inc revealed its slow and steady progress in two tough markets.…

Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:32:06 GMT

The hybrid Arm-Intel Mac draws near

One day we'll look back and wonder why it took PCs so long to move from RISC chips that had to pretend to be CISC chips to RISC chips that didn't have to pretend to be anything.…

Royal Bank of Scotland website goes TITSUP*

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:57:05 GMT

Another day, another online banking snafu

Updated Users who bank online with the Royal Bank of Scotland are having a tough time logging in this morning.…

OnePlus 5T is like the little sister you always feared was the favourite

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:00:18 GMT

This time, the flagship challenger gets it right

Review OnePlus has settled into the groove of releasing two flagships a year, and this Christmas-time 5T reiteration may well piss off the fans who bought the OnePlus 5 released in the summer. It's better all round, sports the 6-inch 18:9 OLED that's a genuine flagship display... and it's the same price as before. So £499 buys you some absurd specs: 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and £449 6GB/64GB.…

iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:39:11 GMT

If you take the Apple shaped pill, you'll see things different(ly)

Apple fanbois being fanbois, Apple's new iPhone X isn’t "super expensive" but rather "totally worth it". Or, as chief executive Tim Cook styled it, "a value price... for the technology you’re getting".…

Aww: Apple won't be HomePod for Christmas

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:03:07 GMT

Sir Jony's nosey speakers delayed until 2018

Apple will fail to deliver its HomePod internet-connected speakers in time for the Christmas shopping season.…

OnePlus 5 x T + five short months = Some p*ssed off fanboys

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:29:11 GMT

That flagship you just bought? Here's one better

BBK Electronics' OnePlus venture rolled out its second flagship of 2017 yesterday, the OnePlus 5T going on sale just five months after its predecessor, the OnePlus 5 in June.…

Anonymized location-tracking data proves anything but: Apps squeal on you like crazy

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:26:09 GMT

Boffins pinpoint homes based on people's device movements

Anonymized location data won't necessarily preserve your anonymity.…

What is DJI Terra? Mystery builds over Chinese biz's trademark

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:03:10 GMT

Could be a ground drone ... or a music maestro

Chinese drone firm DJI has trademarked the term "DJI Terra", spurring speculation that the unmanned aerial vehicle firm might be expanding into land-based products.…

Google aims disrupto-tronic ray at intercoms. Yes, intercoms

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:29:07 GMT

Assistant and Home can now save you shouting at the kids when dinner's ready

Vision of a connected speaker in every room to save shouting at the kids when dinner hits the table Google has taken on the might of the intercom industry with a device that makes shouting at your kids to get them to come to the dinner table redundant – for perhaps a couple of hundred dollars.…

Heads up: OnePlus phones have a secret root backdoor and the password is 'angela'

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:32:24 GMT

Who left 'wipe the engineering toolkit' off the factory checklist?

Updated An apparent factory cockup has left OnePlus Android smartphones with an exposed diagnostics tool that can be potentially exploited to root the handsets.…

Windows on ARM: It's nearly here (again)

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:52:33 GMT

Benchmarks for HP laptop with Snapdragon CPU spotted

It's a milestone in Windows history: the first benchmarks for a new generation of ARM-powered Windows hardware have been sighted in the wild. Geekbench has recorded an instance of a box running Windows 10 on the "Qualcomm CLS" platform.…

Apple succeeds in failing wearables

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:09:09 GMT

Tick-tock, motherclockers

An expensive and clunky-looking watch that can’t tell you the time* is once again clear winner in the failing smart wearables space.…

BlackBerry Motion: The Phone That Won't Die

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:32:11 GMT

Industrial chic

48-Hour Test The oddly named "Motion" – not an odd word, just an odd choice – is BlackBerry Mobile's second phone as a new venture, a quasi-startup housed within Chinese giant TCL. It's a hefty slab of durable, full-touch, midrange metal modelled after a Scandinavian industrial workshop.…

Your next laptop will feature 'CMF' technology

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:03:06 GMT

You didn't miss a new standard: CMF is 'colour, materials and finish' and PC-makers use it to make us fashion victims

HP Inc says it has flipped its relationship with the PC supply chain, and made colour, materials and finish as important to PCs as CPUs, screen sizes and disk capacities.…

Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:56:13 GMT

You keep using that word, dox. It means more than you think it means...

Updated Amazon's audio surveillance personal assistant device, Alexa, has acquired an external battery pack called Dox.…

Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:08:36 GMT

Speaking of white scenes, Apple's diversity is still grim

Apple's $1,000 iPhone X may have trouble operating in the winter weather.…

Automatic for the people: Telcos forced to pay for giving you crap services

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:01:13 GMT

BT, TalkTalk engineer a no-show? ... £25 for you

Purveyors of crap broadband services could have to shell out £142m in compensation, under an automatic redress scheme due to be brought in by regulator Ofcom.…

ZX Spectrum Vega firm's lawyers targeted by empty-handed backers

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:20:10 GMT

Where's the money coming from to fund these sueballs, angry folk ask watchdog

Disgruntled customers of ZX Spectrum Vega+ firm Retro Computers Ltd have complained to the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA), alleging ringfenced company funds are being diverted into its legal battles.…

Harry Potter to get the Pokémon GO treatment

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 06:30:08 GMT

Can expelliarmus get your kid to put down their phone? You'll need to know soon

If you're not keen on augmented reality, Harry Potter, kids whose lives seem to be lived through mobile devices, or all of the above: brace yourself.…

The NAKED truth: Why flashing us your nude pics is a good idea – by Facebook's safety boss

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 01:57:53 GMT

We can explain, insists multibillion-dollar social network

Poll Amid days of intense debate over about its controversial plan to block revenge porn on its social network, Facebook sought to calm fears about the program.…

How do you like them Apples? Farewell sensible sized fones, forever

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 13:23:04 GMT

Plus outsells regular iPhone for the first time

Some ominous news if you like your phones small and unobtrusive. Apple’s “Plus” model has outsold its regular iPhone sibling for the first time. Canalys estimates Apple shipped 5.4 million iPhone 8 units in Q3, but 6.3 million units of the larger iPhone 8 Plus.…

Card shark Intel bets with discrete graphics chips, shuffles AMD's GPU boss into the deck

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 01:18:59 GMT

That's a busted flush of a headline

Intel will be making its own discrete graphics cards, and it has hired away the head of AMD's GPU unit to lead the effort.…

Oh Snap! Rap for crap chat app brats in nine-month $3bn scrap flap

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:33:05 GMT

Spiegel's crew lost $2 on every buck they made. But we're definitely not in a bubble

Shares in (former) social media darling Snap Inc. are understandably tanking today after the photo-spaffing service said it was losing more money and gaining fewer users than anticipated.…

Google's answer to the Pixel 2 XL CRT-style screen burn in: Lower the brightness

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 19:44:25 GMT

Apply these patches – and please don't demand a recall

“Ask more of your phone,” is the Pixel 2's official marketing slogan. It's not a good sign when early adopters are asking Google for more support.…

BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 10:27:05 GMT

Sorry the line is bad... what?

BT is once again hiking prices, with punters facing an extra £30 on their annual broadband bill in the new year.…

This could be our favorite gadget of 2017: A portable projector

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 08:02:12 GMT

The XGIMI CC Aurora is, frankly, outstanding. But a little buggy

Review Every now and again in the world of gadgets there is a confluence of technologies that make something new possible. A better take on a familiar task.…

Seldom used 'i' mangled by baffling autocorrect bug in Apple's iOS 11

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:48:33 GMT

You're typing it wrong, duh

Updated Apple says it is working on a fix for an annoying bug in iOS 11 that leaves some fans unable to properly type the letter 'i' without it glitching out.…

AMD, Intel hate Nvidia so much they're building a laptop chip to spite it

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:38:51 GMT

Just months after Chipzilla trashed its new best friend as an 'unreliable supplier'

Analysis Arch-rivals AMD and Intel have put aside their animosity toward each other, and united against a common foe: Nvidia.…

Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:08:06 GMT

Burn in. Weird colours. Welcome to Super Retina

Is the technology press operating double standards when it comes holding Apple to account?…

Off-brand tablets look done, but big players are growing

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 08:32:05 GMT

And heeeere comes Amazon with its crazy low prices

The tablet computer market is sinking even as the fortunes of its main protagonists rise.…

For fanbois only? Face ID is turning punters off picking up an iPhone X

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 16:59:05 GMT

More say it's a bad idea than a good idea

As Apple bloggers anxiously try to be positive about Apple's Face ID, a poll suggests potential customers may actually be repelled by the face-scanning technology.…

OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:05:08 GMT

Tinkerers reveal first Stacked SLP in a mainstream mobe

The iPhone X's face recognition may be experiencing teething problems but the thousand-quid handset is a masterpiece of engineering.…

Qualcomm sues Apple for allegedly blabbing smartphone chip secrets in emails CC'd to Intel

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 23:43:51 GMT

Plus: iGiant announces bumper quarter of sales

In its 10-K financial filing on Monday, a day before Apple's fiscal Q4 earnings, chipmaker Qualcomm revealed it has sued Apple yet again, this time for breach of contract.…

HTC U11: U-hoo. Look over here! Two new phones! We're Not Actually Dead

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 11:16:05 GMT

Google's new best buddy will revive Android One

Hands On HTC will have two new devices in the stores this month, and insists it has held onto a sizeable phone division, even after the reassignment of 2,000 HTC staff to the Chocolate Factory.…

Funnily enough, when Qualcomm's licensees stop sending in their royalty checks, profits start going south

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 23:02:06 GMT

As Apple 'threatens' to ditch Qualy modems altogether

Qualcomm beat Wall Street's expectations on Wednesday, reporting $5.9bn in revenues for its fiscal Q4, down five per cent year-on-year, and $22.4bn for the full year, also down five per cent.…

Simon's Cat app rapped for random 'racy' advert

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:33:08 GMT

Single complaint prompts unenforceable ruling. Good job!

The Simon's Cat Crunch Time app accidentally served up a racy advert – earning the American advertiser a symbolic bollocking from Blighty's ad watchdog because children might have seen it.…

Google reveals rapid Bluetooth gadget connection tech

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 07:01:04 GMT

'Fast Pair' works on Androids and some audio devices, Google wants it in your car too

Google's announced a new Bluetooth tweak called “Fast Pair”.…

First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:23:08 GMT

We're holding it wrong! Of course!

EuphemismWatch Just as it was hard for courtiers to tell the Emperor he wasn't wearing anything, the first iPhone X phondlers won't admit that Face ID will frustrate owners and make them work hard just to unlock the phone without a PIN. The reviewers don't want to spoil the fairytale.…

Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:26:10 GMT

Hardware is called hardware for a reason

Analysis In recent years, China's high-tech production miracle and globalisation have made it easy – perhaps too easy – for an outsider or newcomer to dabble in hardware.…

Camera company, huh? Snap's nerd goggles look destined for landfill

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:32:14 GMT

Can a dancing hot dog save it?

Comment Although Snap Inc. still insists on its home page that it's "a camera company", nobody seems to want its "camera". The core user base of millennials have stayed away from its hardware foray, resulting in an expensive flop.…

Why are we disappointed with the best streaming media box on the market?

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 13:56:06 GMT

The Roku Ultra is great. But its limitations are showing

Review If you are going to buying a streaming media box – and you really should if you want to watch TV shows or movies on a big screen – then you should buy a Roku. It really is as simple as that.…

Hey, you know why it's called the iPhone X? When you see Apple's repair bill, your response will be X-rated

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 22:06:14 GMT

$279 for the screen? F*%&!*

With its iPhone X about to figuratively hit the streets, Apple has today revealed what it will charge when the new handsets literally hit the streets.…

Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:07:14 GMT

Nissan brings new meaning to 'open door policy'

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Cheep-cheep-cheep. I'll try again. Cheep-cheep-cheep. Nope, that didn't work, how about this? Cheep-cheep-cheep. Or… this? Cheep-cheep-cheep. Come on, lock up, you bastard car. Cheep-cheep-cheep.

VR-bonkers Microsoft yanks plug out of Kinect

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 19:33:39 GMT

Motion-tracking bar production halted, gives way to headsets

Microsoft has ended production of Kinect, its motion-tracking games controller.…

Sky mobe ad featuring beefcake Tom Hardy banned for being 'misleading'

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:05:44 GMT

'Once it was the hot, new model. Not any more'

A Sky ad featuring beefcake Tom Hardy has been banned by the UK Advertising Standards Authority for misleadingly suggesting punters could swap their old phone for the latest one every 12 months "free of charge".…

AMD sales soar, actually makes a profit, beats expectations, share price... decimated

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:08:28 GMT

Intel's antitrust shield even loses when it wins

AMD revenues were up, an actual proper profit was banked, and its future looking brighter than ever in the past financial quarter... meanwhile investors are selling off shares fearing a downturn looming for the chip designer.…

Sick burn, yo: Google's latest Pixel 2 XL suffers old-skool screen singe

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 22:21:46 GMT

Seven days of testing and it's not looking good

Earlier this month, Google unveiled its new Pixel smartphones to great hullabaloo – and now to great consternation.…

Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 01:15:41 GMT

Free software lovin' crusaders kick out Management Engine

Purism – a San Francisco, California, social purpose company that flies the flags of privacy, security and software freedom – has begun offering its GNU/Linux-based laptops with Intel's Management Engine disabled.…