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Andy Rubin teases next week's launch of Essential phone

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:15:31 GMT

Is it a Tango? Is it a 360-camera? Or is it a let-down?

Android creator Andy Rubin has been running in stealth mode with his forthcoming smartphone startup Essential, but has now released a teaser picture of his new handset.…

El Reg straps on the Huawei Watch 2

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:36:08 GMT

Sports ready, LTE ready, but still a solution looking for a problem?

Real World Test Back when Captain Scarlet was still fresh, in the 1970s, I wanted a watch that made phone calls. I think I might have drawn one on my arm with a Biro. This has been a sci-fi staple since Dick Tracy in the 1950s. Now I’ve got one, I wonder why I ever wanted it.…

Life is... pushing all the right buttons on the wrong remote control

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:17:58 GMT

Or I could press 'Play' via the evil internet

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Mrs Dabbsy is getting cross. I know this because she has said "grrrr".…

Windows 10 love to see PC market grow again. Future iPhone to be clear. Elvis to re-appear

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:30:07 GMT

Analyst firm IDC just made one of these three improbable predictions for the year 2019

Analyst outfit IDC thinks the PC market will grow again, although things are going to get worse before they get better. And the growth will come because people like Windows 10.…

Don't rely on fitness trackers to track number of calories burned

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:15:08 GMT

Study shows energy readings off over 90%

Your fitness tracker might measure a heart rate accurately, but not the amount of calories burned, according to a study published in the Journal of Personalised Medicine.…

Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:29:44 GMT

Customers offered Amazon vouchers or a full refund

The Beeb is to shut its online paid-for streaming service BBC Store from November, just 18 months after it launched.…

EU pegs quota for 'homegrown' content on Netflix at 30 per cent

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:34:05 GMT

Streaming service argues it'll result in lower quality work

The European Parliament has set content quotas for OTT video services like Netflix and Amazon Prime even higher than the Commission originally wanted. 30 per cent of the services' catalog must be European works, Parliament has decreed.…

Nokia's retro revival 3310 goes on sale and disappears immediately

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:29:06 GMT

People must really love Snake

If you blinked, you missed it.…

Intel pitches a Thunderbolt 3-for-all

Wed, 24 May 2017 20:47:11 GMT

Chipzilla says USB standard will be open to the world

Intel is pushing its Thunderbolt 3.0 USB port as the defacto input mode for future PCs.…

Huawei missed memo that PC's dead – so here are three new notebooks

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:33:12 GMT

Touchscreens? Who needs 'em?

Hands On Huawei this week launched three Intel devices running Windows 10: a slim notebook, a Surface-a-like 2-in-1, and a conventional 15.6" laptop.…

It's just 'Pro' now, guys: Microsoft gives Surface a subtle resurfacing

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:02:12 GMT

Boutique fondleslab gains SIM slot... but not until later this year

Microsoft has revamped its Surface tablet, which at last includes a SIM card slot.…

DJI: Register your drones or no more cool flying vids for you

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:43:30 GMT

Firm will kill live in-flight streaming unless you hand over your details

Chinese drone maker DJI is forcing all new users of its drones to register their devices through its app - and is throttling flight performance if they don't comply.…

China's phone quartet is shouldering its way into Western markets

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:30:04 GMT

Huawei breathing creepily down Apple's neck

Huawei is breathing over Apple's shoulder as Chinese brands make inroads into Western smartphone markets.…

Pioneer Kodi plug-in unplugs

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:32:23 GMT

Too risky, too spammy, too smutty, say devs

Developers of the popular Kodi plug-in Navi-X have pulled the plug on further development, citing the "current legal climate" around its work.…

Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:06:24 GMT

And it's under £500...

Review Towards the end of his long career as an expert summariser on Test Match Special, Fred Trueman would declare: "I just don't know what's going on out there," and light his pipe.…

Wondering why the office is so productive? Yep, Twitter's knackered

Fri, 19 May 2017 19:33:52 GMT

Meanwhile, Vine may have leaked your email, phone number – oops

Twitter has spent much of the day tackling gremlins in its systems that have left loads of users unable to access parts of the jibber-jabber service.…

Ur dumped lol: Folk may be able to leave mobile contracts via text

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:28:04 GMT

It's not me, it's you. Ofcom proposes new switching regime

It's considered a cold way to end most relationships, but customers may soon be able to consciously uncouple from their mobile providers by simply sending a text.…

Huawei spied, US federal jury finds

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:23:20 GMT

Tappy the robot is a Happy robot

A jury has agreed that Huawei committed industrial espionage in United States, ordering the Chinese giant to pay $4.8m in damages.…

Wonky whitelist update blamed for AT&T's nationwide 911 blackout

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:48:43 GMT

FCC report finds lessons, mentions no fines as yet

A wrongly updated whitelist was behind the five-hour nationwide outage of AT&T's emergency 911 service in March, a report by America's phone regulator, the FCC, has revealed.…

40,000-plus AT&T staff threaten to strike Friday

Thu, 18 May 2017 19:01:40 GMT

CWA says members in 36 states prepping for stoppage

A union representing 40,000 AT&T Mobility workers is threatening a nationwide strike this weekend after negotiations with the telco stalled.…

We're heading back… to the future! Net neutrality rules on chopping block

Thu, 18 May 2017 18:39:00 GMT

FCC parties like it's 1996

As expected, on Thursday America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, voted 2-1 to start the process to gut net neutrality rules.…

ZX Spectrum reboot firm slapped with £52k court costs repayment order

Thu, 18 May 2017 14:01:08 GMT

'We had no option' claims former director

Troubled ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd has been ordered to repay two of its shareholders’ £52,000 legal fees by the end of this month.…

Dell BIOS update borks PCs

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:11:12 GMT

Motherboard say what?

Dell's latest BIOS update is bricking some machines – apart from a power light, they refuse to boot up at all, say users.…

We're calling it now: FCC votes 2-1 to rip up net neutrality on Thurs

Wed, 17 May 2017 22:13:25 GMT

Biggest issue may be Partisan Pai and his Trump-like behavior

Analysis Despite more than a million comments opposing it, tomorrow at around 12:00pm Eastern time, the three FCC commissioners will vote 2-1 to approve a so-called "notice of proposed rulemaking" and start on the rocky path to rescinding net neutrality rules.…

Why being late isn't fatal for Samsung Pay

Wed, 17 May 2017 17:02:08 GMT

It's all to play for

Samsung has finally launched its mobile payments service, Samsung Pay, in the UK. The chaebol acquired the technology by buying LoopPay and launched the service in South Korea in August 2015.…

Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:11:05 GMT

Mr Slurpy lives next door

Review The Galaxy S8+ is like a nine course meal of desserts – tiramisus, trifles, ice creams, one after another – that you have to eat with chopsticks and a straw.…

HTC's 2017 flagship U11 woos audiophiles and bundles Alexa

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:38:39 GMT

But is it enough?

Hands On It made everyone's favourite Android just three years ago, the "Alfa Romeo of phones", but today finds HTC like Sony, hanging on in the market despite shareholder pressure to bail out.…

DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

Mon, 15 May 2017 10:58:05 GMT

A solid, thoughtful job

Review Well, no one saw this one coming. Samsung has succeeded where Microsoft and HP have struggled (so far) in turning a phone into a PC.…

Samsung was just Tizen – homegrown Linux again pitched at n00bs

Mon, 15 May 2017 02:58:05 GMT

Behold the deliberately-not-mighty Samsung Z4 and the Android ascendancy

Anyone hoping that Samsung would use its Tizen operating system to shake up the mobile market has again had their dreams dashed, after the company emitted a for-n00bs phone running the OS.…

Sweaty fitness bands fall behind as Apple Watch outpaces sales

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:27:06 GMT

Fashion! Turn to the left... Fashion! Fashion!

Consumers’ love affair with fitness bands looks to have run its course with smartwatches shaping up to be the preferred way to lose the tub.…

Microsoft's Windows 10 ARM-twist comes closer with first demonstration

Fri, 12 May 2017 02:05:13 GMT

Brian, take a look at this ...

Last December, Qualcomm said Windows 10 would soon arrive on the ARM architecture, and it's had its first demo.…

Google buys developers of VR goof-around Job Simulator

Thu, 11 May 2017 17:02:17 GMT

For when the robots have taken yours

Google has acquired VR games company Owlchemy Labs, makers of Job Simulator. The witty cross-platform VR role-playing game is set in 2050. You're invited to strap on your goggles and engage in now-forgotten activities such as booking a meeting room, finding the office stapler, or other drudgeries associated with early 21st century lifestyles.…

Could US appeals court save us all from 10 years of net neutrality yelling?

Wed, 10 May 2017 20:16:28 GMT

California judges agree to rehear critical data privacy case – with huge implications

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has agreed to rehear a critical case on data privacy – one that may reset how Uncle Sam treats phone companies and internet giants, and may even prevent another ten years of fights over net neutrality.…

On today's a-gender: Axing net neutrality will harm America's women, say women senators

Tue, 09 May 2017 20:50:34 GMT

Dems demand U-turn on FCC decision to kill rules

Almost all female Democrats in the US Senate have come out against the push by FCC chairman Ajit Pai to tear up America's net neutrality regulations, arguing the rules are important for women nationwide.…

Amazon announces new Echo just as Microsoft's first Cortana-powered clone breaks cover

Tue, 09 May 2017 14:48:06 GMT

It's a fat iPad with no battery

Amazon has announced the first Echo to feature a built-in display – one of 2017's stranger gadgets – just as Microsoft's Echo clone broke cover.…

Opposable thumbs make tablets more useful says Microsoft Research

Tue, 09 May 2017 01:56:05 GMT

You're already gripping your fondleslab, so why not give the thumb something useful to do?

Microsoft Research has come up with an interesting idea – user interfaces designed specifically for thumb-plus-stylus use on tablet computers.…

What's your worst nightmare? A Comcast, Charter cellphone network? Oh, it's coming

Mon, 08 May 2017 18:45:52 GMT

Gruesome twosome sign pact to share backends, tech

Much-loved US cable giants Comcast and Charter, which both long to run their own cellphone networks, are teaming up to make their wireless nightmare, er, dream a reality.…

It's been two and a half years of decline – tablets aren't coming back

Fri, 05 May 2017 19:05:58 GMT

Fondleslab sales plummet goes from 'bad' to 'IBM'

Tablet sales have once again fallen, as the market logged its tenth consecutive quarter of decline.…

Qualcomm to demand US iPhone import ban

Thu, 04 May 2017 22:18:04 GMT

Snapdragon designer furious over Apple halting royalty payments, wants revenge

Qualcomm is considering asking for an import ban on iPhones coming into the United States in retaliation for Apple stopping royalty payments to the chip designer.…

Gamers red hot with fury over Intel Core i7-7700 temperature spikes

Thu, 04 May 2017 07:02:08 GMT

High-end CPUs prone to randomly running near thermal limit

Owners of Intel's new i7-7700 processors say the chips have been randomly revving up to extremely high temperatures, and Chipzilla won't give the issue so much as a second look.…

WhatsApp is more like WhatsDown: Messenger collapsed for millions

Wed, 03 May 2017 23:13:44 GMT

TITSUP: Total Inability To Support Usual Prattle

Updated It's not you, it's WhatsApp. The Facebook-owned messenger app used by more than a billion people worldwide abruptly stopped working today.…

Jeez, we'll do something about Facebook murder vids, moans Zuckerberg

Wed, 03 May 2017 19:11:17 GMT

OK, OK, we'll hire 3,000 people to police our site, sighs CEO

Stung by global criticism over murder videos on his sprawling web empire, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has promised to swell the ranks of his moderator army.…

S is for Sandbox: The logic behind Microsoft's new lockdown Windows gambit

Wed, 03 May 2017 13:33:07 GMT

Surface Laptop – like seeing a Tesla advertised on late-night teleshopping

Analysis Microsoft had two strategic problems to address yesterday. Over several years, the PC has been taking its long, sad journey into becoming a niche. But more recently, Google has leapt into the US education market, going from zero to over 50 per cent in three years.…

Windows 10 S: Good, bad, and how this could get ugly for PC makers

Wed, 03 May 2017 06:02:06 GMT

Surface team roped in for not-for-students laptop

Analysis Tuesday’s launch of Windows 10 S, a cut-down version of the operating system designed for the education market, has raised some interesting questions about Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to hit Google and Apple where it hurts.…

Apple leaks new thinner, lighter iPad ... revenues

Tue, 02 May 2017 23:56:05 GMT

China, really bad. iPhones are over hyped. Still, $1bn is $1bn

Apple's iPad sales continue to plummet, and iPhone sales are going flat due to over-hype – but the Cupertino idiot tax operation was still able to haul in a hefty $11bn profit in the past quarter.…

Forgetful ZX Spectrum reboot firm loses control of its web domains

Tue, 02 May 2017 11:36:06 GMT

Security breach? Really?

ZX Spectrum reboot company Retro Computers Ltd appears to have lost control of two of its web domain names over the weekend – and is now complaining about a “security breach” after some cheeky person bought them and pointed them at sites criticising RCL.…

What's a 'good' quarter at AMD these days? Chucking $73m on a fire

Tue, 02 May 2017 00:13:34 GMT

Don't worry, baby, it'll be really great in the second quarter

AMD is optimistic about its chances of getting back into black ink after what it felt was a strong quarter to start the year.…

Net neutrality blowback: Cities say no. Court says whoa. Trumpster blames Canada for not going slow

Mon, 01 May 2017 20:46:12 GMT

Remember how awful it was last time around? Just you wait

Blowback from the decision to reopen net neutrality rules in America is continuing, with cities, the Washington courts and presidential advisors all piling in.…

Netgear confirms: Intel's wobbly Puma 6 in fast broadband modems is super-easy to choke out

Mon, 01 May 2017 19:58:19 GMT

No fix ready yet for DoS-able home gateways

Netgear has warned customers about the trivial denial-of-service vulnerability discovered in its Intel-powered gigabit cable modems.…

What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

Mon, 01 May 2017 18:27:51 GMT

That's one way to boost new handset sales

Google has published timelines for when it will kill off security patches for its Nexus-branded Android line.…