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AMD shocks the world by only losing $16m

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:13:25 GMT

Ryzen gets desktops back in the black

AMD wasn't able to turn a profit this quarter, but analysts are bullish on the chipmaker's solid Ryzen CPU sales.…




For one night only: Net neutrality punch-up between Big Cable, Big Web this September

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:35:09 GMT

Move over, Mayweather and McGregor

The American spectator sport that is net neutrality has just got its own Rumble in the Jungle.…




The Reg chats to Ordnance Survey's chief data wrangler

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:13:07 GMT

On 20,000 changes a day, its public task and beautiful, beautiful maps

Interview The UK’s mapping agency has brought in Vodafone’s director of business intelligence Caroline Bellamy to help define and drive its data offering.…




Expect the Note 8 to break the bank (and your wallet)

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:45:54 GMT

Leaks point to pricey behemoth

Samsung’s Note 8, due to be unveiled in a month, will burst through the $1,000 (c. £920) price point, and may well become the first mass market phone in that price bracket in the UK. It’s also likely to be a monster, with a 6.3 inch diagonal display.…




Virgin Mobile has in-continent data roaming problems – peeved customers

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:42:08 GMT

Users forced to sightsee, look up from their phones

Virgin Mobile customers enjoying their summer hols have been perturbed to discover their data roaming isn't working on the continent.…




Repairable-by-design Fairphone runs out of spare parts

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:58:08 GMT

Components just aren't made any more and Fairphone can't afford more batteries

Fairphone, the effort to build a smartphone that “puts social values first” by using exploitation-free factories, conflict-free minerals and being gentle to the planet by being easy to repair, has ended support for its first phone.…




Judge uses 1st Amendment on Pokemon Go park ban. It's super effective!

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 13:08:10 GMT

County had hoped to protect land from gamer stampede

Milwaukee County's rules to keep its parks from being overrun by augmented reality gamers have been suspended by a judge over concerns that they violate the First Amendment.…




The Italian Jobs: Bloke thrown in the cooler for touting Apple knockoffs

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 22:14:00 GMT

Feds made Naples man an offer he can't refuse

A scammer who imported fake iPods, iPads, iPhones, and Sony hardware worth $15m into America was today sent down for 37 months.…




Intel is upset that Qualcomm is treating it like Intel treated AMD for years and years

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 21:55:44 GMT

Chipzilla takes number, joins queue to kick Snapdragon biz in the ball arrays

Intel has backed Apple in the iGiant's almighty scrap with Qualcomm – which is trying to ban sales of iPhones and iPads in America.…




China censors drop the soap operas, sitcoms

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:29:29 GMT

That's the bad news. The good news is they've banned Bieber, too

Analysis A disturbing trend toward ever-greater censorship in China has seemingly crossed a line with the banning and blocking... well, fun, basically.…




Andy Rubin's overhyped and underdelivered Essential phone out 'in a few weeks'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:38:12 GMT

At this point does anyone still care?

After months of hype and missed deadlines, it seems as though Andy Rubin's new smartphone might actually make it onto the market.…




I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:04:12 GMT

World+dog: Oh no you haven't!

The world's best business self-publicist since Richard Branson reckons he has been given a "verbal contract" to build an unrealistic high-speed tube train system across America.…




Virgin Media broadband latency headaches still not fixed six months on

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:58:13 GMT

Promises firmware fix for superhub 3/Intel's Puma 6 'shortly'

Latency issues with Intel's Puma 6, used in gigabit broadband modems, have yet to be resolved for Virgin Media customers using the UK company's superhub 3.…




This is why old Windows Phones won't run PC apps

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:53:54 GMT

The Tale of the Left Behind

Thanks to Qualcomm, x86 support is coming to Windows 10 ARM phones and tablets - but not to older Lumia devices. In a webcast, Joe Belfiore, these days the corporate VP in the OS Group at Microsoft, has explained why.…




'We hold the high ground' says Qualcomm boss as profits crater

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:32:08 GMT

Apple's royalties and licensing boycott taking a heavy toll

Qualcomm is remaining optimistic despite another miserable financial quarter, worsened by the ongoing legal war with Apple.…




Factories counter-punch Qualcomm in the gut as Apple eggs them on

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:12:56 GMT

iGiant bankrolls manufacturers' legal battle royale over patent license fees

Updated The four electronics factories sued by Qualcomm for not paying licensing fees have lodged their own countersuit with the backing of Apple.…




Reborn Nokia phones biz loses its head

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:04:17 GMT

More time to play Snake

The boss of HMD Global, the company reviving Nokia-branded phones, quit unexpectedly today.…




Guess who's here to tell us we're all totally wrong about net neutrality? Of course, it's Comcast

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:37:11 GMT

Cable giant shares its thoughts on costs, freedom

Analysis Comcast has barreled into the fight over net neutrality by arguing that the current rules impose "onerous" regulations and "substantial costs that undermine investment."…




Stop this crazy crusade! Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon scold FCC over net neutrality

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:21:27 GMT

Lengthy filing by Internet Association highlights value of today's rules

The world's largest internet companies lambasted the FCC in a formal filing today, telling America's telecom regulator to kill its plans to ditch net neutrality rules.…




Ew! HTC jams pop-up adverts into people's smartphone keyboards

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:25:36 GMT

Is there nowhere corps won't try and sell you stuff?

HTC, which needs all the love it can get these days, has enraged its customers by bunging adverts into the onscreen keyboard on its phones.…




The Atari retro games box is real… sort of

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:59:13 GMT

Here are some pictures. And, er, that's all we've got for you

Atari has continued its teaser-trailer approach to what is purported to be a retro version of its classic games console.…




Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:27:06 GMT

Unclear if code was first mistaken for avant garde instrumental

Rock deities Radiohead have snuck a program for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum into a re-release of their seminal 1997 album “OK Computer”.…




Funnily enough, charging ££££s for trashy bling-phones wasn't a great idea

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 22:34:06 GMT

Et tu, Vertu? Then fall, geezers

Vertu, the British smartphone maker known for its obscenely expensive blinged-out handsets, will shut down over an apparent lack of interest in obscenely expensive blinged-out handsets.…




All hail AT&T! Champion of the open internet and users' privacy!

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 20:05:35 GMT

Also a bald-faced liar

When AT&T decided at the last minute it was going to join this week's "day of protest" over net neutrality, the reaction ranged from incredulity to bemusement.…




All your bass are belong to us: Soundcloud fans raid site for music amid fears of total collapse

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 22:26:08 GMT

You have no chance to survive make your time

Music hosting biz SoundCloud, having just axed 40 per cent of its staff, is now trying to ward off rumors that it will go broke in less than two months.…




Sleuths unearth 'Panic Mode' in Android, set off by mashing back button

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:42:06 GMT

Great... if you could use it

The phone sleuths at XDA-Developers have unearthed a handy undocumented feature in the latest version of Android.…




€100 'typewriter' turns out to be €45,000 Enigma machine

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 07:21:12 GMT

1941 German army crypto machine found in Romanian flea market

A cryptography professor wandering through a Romanian flea market has turned a nice ROI on his €100 investment: €45,000.…




Broadcasters, advocacy groups and nonprofits weigh in on Microsoft's magical broadband

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 00:58:40 GMT

The good, the bad and the ugly parts of Redmond's white space internet

Analysis On Tuesday, Microsoft announced it will pay third-party ISPs in the US to offer wireless broadband on unused TV spectrum, or "white space."…




Brickbat unwraps in lap of crap Snapchat yap app technocrat brats after stock splat mishap

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:07:43 GMT

Have we just reached Peak Register?

Snap Inc is being sued by its shareholders who claim that executives misled investors about the value of SnapChat app maker ahead of its IPO earlier this year.…




BlackBerry taking action to fix 'pop-out' screen – namely more glue

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:37:23 GMT

KEYone flagship crumbles under pressure

BlackBerry Mobile reps have confirmed the manufacturing process for its KEYone flagship will be tweaked so the display doesn't pop out so easily.…




The life and times of Surface, Microsoft's odds-defying fondleslab

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:19:11 GMT

A hard-won hit at five

Difficult as it might be to comprehend, Microsoft has been shipping Surface for just under five years.…




Nokia inks wide-ranging deal with Xiaomi: Not just IP and handsets

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:01:12 GMT

Oh Mi goodness

Nokia may be a spent force in smartphones since selling its devices business to Microsoft, but it still aims to be the power behind the throne of other vendors via its technology licensing programme.…




Dell gives world its first wireless-charging laptop if you buy $580 extra kit

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 04:58:07 GMT

Or you could buy two of the cheaper battery-pack keyboards for less than the wireless kit

Dell has given the world its first wireless-charging laptop.…




Got a Windows Phone 8 mobe? It's now officially obsolete. Here's why...

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 22:06:24 GMT

Microsoft pulls the plug on support for dedicated smartphone OS

Microsoft has formally ended support for its Windows Phone platform.…




The great phone squeeze wheeze: Getting squidgy with HTC's U11

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:00:12 GMT

Glassy, glossy, sassy... but smudgy

Review Thank goodness HTC is still with us, for I haven’t enjoyed using an Android more all year than its flagship U11.…




His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:44:45 GMT

'Cut-price' car could be yours, in a year or more, for 'just' $35k

Elon Musk's Tesla has delivered its first Model 3 electric car – straight into the hands of Elon Musk.…




OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:30:10 GMT

Ripping teens leave the file sharing to Sad Old Dads

Fathers can now add "file sharing" to the list of things they do to embarrass their teenage children - alongside dancing badly in public.…




Jaw-boned: Wearables biz Jawbone shuts down

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 18:58:20 GMT

Fitness band maker jogs off into the sunset for good

Gizmo maker Jawbone is shutting down operations and will liquidate its assets.…




Sniffing the scent of free publicity, Google and Facebook steamroll into net neutrality protest

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 18:16:53 GMT

Didn't talk to organizers, don't have any plans yet

Hark, ye internet peasants. Google and Facebook today trumpeted that they will join the day of protest against efforts to kill off America's net neutrality rules.…




Well, that escalated quickly: Qualcomm demands iPhone, iPad sales ban in America

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 23:33:38 GMT

Licensing dispute explodes into all-out patent war with Apple

Qualcomm is upping the stakes in its legal war against Apple by accusing the Cupertino idiot-tax operation of infringing six patents.…




Trump's CNN tantrum could delay $85bn AT&T-Time Warner merger

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 21:20:16 GMT

White House warns corpos after President's Twitter fight

The very public war of words – and GIFs – between the President of the United States and CNN could pose a threat to the $85bn merger between AT&T and Time Warner.…




Samsung stalls Bixby launch because it am English not so good

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 18:35:34 GMT

원숭이도 나무에서 떨어진다.

Samsung is again delayed the Bixby voice assistant in the US because its English not so good with skills.…




PCs will get pricier and you're gonna like it, say Gartner market shamans

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 15:27:13 GMT

Vendors upping tags while consumers want better products

PCs should become more expensive this year but consumers will continue to buy them, Gartner has read in the tea leaves.…




Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 11:29:08 GMT

Not that easy, is it? Apple, Samsung most locked-down of all kit

Out of 17 IT brands, Apple, Samsung and Microsoft have taken the crown for devices that are the hardest to repair or upgrade – and their displays are the fiddliest bits of all.…




Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:01:04 GMT

This app could have grave consequences etc

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I will be annoying when I am dead. In fact, I plan to be much more of an irritant after passing away than I am at the moment as the once-dicky ticker continues to clock up the artery miles.…




It's the iPhone's 10th b'day or, as El Reg calls it, 'BILL RAY DAY'

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:02:08 GMT

More than one BEEEEELLION mobe sales to celebrate? Screw that twisted logic

A decade ago to the day, the Jesus Mobe went on sale in the US: bereft of 3G connectivity, the iPhone had a relatively crappy two megapixel camera and 4GB of storage, not to mention a hefty price of $499. It was destined to be a failure.…




'Bio-hacker' embeds public transport ticket under his skin

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:02:08 GMT

But the transport authority says that invalidates the card

Killjoys at the public transport authority in the Australian State of New South Wales are warning users of stored-value-for-public-transport "Opal Card" that turning them into implants invalidates the card.…




Hot news! Combustible Galaxy Note 7 to return as 'Galaxy Note FE'

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:41:39 GMT

What could FE stand for? Fried Ears? Fearful Explosions? Flaming Emissions?

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is about to make its comeback.…




Games rights-holders tell ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Pay or we pull titles

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:27:05 GMT

So, about that '1,000 games bundled with Vega+' boast, Retro Computers...

The owners of the rights to about 200 games to be bundled with the ZX Spectrum Vega+ is withdrawing permission for them to be included with the consoles unless its maker pays royalties for games on a previous device, The Register has learned.…




Despite high-profile hires, Apple's TV plans are doomed

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:01:12 GMT

It's 'Amazon' how far behind it is...

Opinion Apple has been promising to revolutionize TV for years but hasn't yet found the time to do so. Last week, Apple announced two new and likely expensive hires, former Sony Pictures Television presidents, Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg – who are known for Breaking Bad, The Blacklist and other golden TV shows – to help it transform television.…