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Sky regulators brace for MEEELLIONS of Xmas toy drone sales

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:08:11 GMT

Be safe out there, mmkay, says CAA

The Civil Aviation Authority reckons a million and a half consumer drones will be sold over Christmas – and the aviation regulator hopes new dronies will read and obey the law of the skies.…

Inside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 for PCs, mobes: Cortex-A75s, fat caches, vector math, security stuff, and more

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 01:59:38 GMT

Specs, features summarized

Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip will include an isolated security core for handling sensitive personal information, among other new features.…

Nokia 8: As pure as the driven Android - it's a classy return

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:28:11 GMT

No surprises, just a well made modern mobe

Review HMD's efforts to put the Nokia brand over what we call the "Shenzhen generics" formula haven't exactly set the world on fire yet. But in all honesty, you'll struggle to find anything better for £399, the revised price of the Nokia 8.…

Lap-slabtop-mobes with Snapdragon Arm CPUs running Windows 10: We had a quick gander

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 03:07:48 GMT

Imagine a netbook with a SIM card. Bingo

Pics Qualcomm, Microsoft, Asus, HP Inc and Lenovo today talked up their upcoming Arm-compatible, Snapdragon-powered three-in-one Windows 10 PCs.…

Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:32:12 GMT

You won't sell our stuff? We won't let you watch our vids

Google is trying to stop Amazon Echo Show devices from streaming YouTube videos – and from January, it will block Amazon’s Fire TVs from accessing the vid service, too.…

Get ready for laptop-tab-smartphone threesomes from Microsoft, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Qualcomm

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 20:38:39 GMT

Snapdragon Win 10 PCs declaration of war on Intel

Analysis Qualcomm conquered the high-end smartphone world with its top-end Arm-compatible Snapdragon chips powering more than 120 smart mobes models globally.…

Vivaldi Arms onto Raspberry Pi

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:33:08 GMT

A power browser for the hobbyists

The power user’s browser Vivaldi has come to the Raspberry Pi and other Linux Arm boards.…

Huawei Mate 10 Pro: The unfashionable estate car wants to go to town

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 09:03:08 GMT

Note envy

Review The Mate is Huawei's phablet range, but Huawei has traditionally taken a different approach from Samsung with its Note. The Note was an upmarket Jag and the Mate was what Americans call a station wagon, and what we call an estate: a dependable, but never fashionable, workhorse.…

From the graaaaaave! WileyFox's Windows 10 phone delayed again

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:30:11 GMT

Yeah, the WinMobe is somehow still a thing

WileyFox's Windows 10 Mobile – yes, you read that correctly – has been delayed again, and will now bump into Santa doing his rounds early.…

Android Wear hardware boss bails

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:12:15 GMT

Factory reset

The engineering chief and public face of Google's wearables efforts has bailed.…

Is Oomi the all-in-one smart home system we've been waiting for?

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 13:56:08 GMT

Maybe. After the bugs are cleaned out...

Review Typically when reviewing new electronic products – especially if it's a system of interacting components – you start from a very positive place.…

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the failest mobe of all?

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:39:04 GMT

Android v iPhone rated for crashes and crapitude

Ten times as many Android users experience performance issues than iPhone users, although twice as many iPhone users report signal issues.…

The plucky local Mom 'n’ Pop phone maker faces death

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:36:15 GMT

Higher mobile prices benefit big brands

People are spending a little more on their phones, squeezing local and niche phone manufacturers.…

Win 10 creators update offers new reality opportunity

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:11:09 GMT

AR and VR vie for attention

Microsoft’s recent release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, with virtual and augmented reality built in, is a big moment. Microsoft was one-half of the duo with Intel – nicknamed Wintel - that during the 1990s made business computing a mass movement. Windows headsets paired with x86 PCs also promises this mass-market for augmented reality. Only this time, the field is substantially different.…

Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 08:54:06 GMT

New spec hits 48Gbps and can carry 8K HDR videos

The HDMI forum has released the HDMI 2.1 spec, and promised it can deliver 48Gbps if you buy new cables that support the jump from HDMI 2.0s 18Gbps.…

Dawn of The Planet of the Phablets in 2019 will see off smartphones

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 07:02:13 GMT

Anything smaller than 5.5 inches just won't satisfy, especially in China

Analyst outfit IDC has predicted the smartphone era will soon end, with 2019 to see the dawn of the phablet age.…

Why does no one want to invest in full fibre broadband, wails

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:56:13 GMT

Ministry of Fun launches network infrastructure review, extends basic broadband subsidy scheme

The UK government has launched a review to figure out what’s holding back investment in "full fibre" and 5G networks and how policies could help the telco market.…

You mean Google updated its smartwatch OS and nobody noticed?

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:19:13 GMT

Handy wristjob

Google has quietly brought improvements to its wearable OS that users have been asking for three years. And without much fanfare.…

Apple embraces El Reg! iOS 11 is now biting the hand that types IT

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 05:03:04 GMT

Ahem ahem, have you... have you tried turning off and on again?

Call it a bug, call it a spellcheck quirk, or call it a wonderful bit of wishful thinking; iPhone owners are all about the IT department these days.…

iPhone X Face ID fooled again by 'evil twin' mask

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:01:33 GMT

Apple's facial-recog tech 'not secure enough for business' claim researchers

Video Security researchers have once again claimed a simple mask can hoodwink Apple's Face ID authentication system, which graces the tech giant's $1,000 iPhone X.…

Huawei's Honor 9: The only mobe of its spec asking 'why blow £500?'

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:01:06 GMT

Revisiting a feel-good hit of the summer

Long-Term Test It's become a bit of cliché that in recent years low-cost Chinese phones have been "disrupting" a market that belonged to high-margin, high-cost flagship makers like Samsung and Sony. But what happens when a Chinese phone vendor "disrupts" itself?…

Pokémon GO caused hundreds of deaths, increased crashes

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 07:59:11 GMT

Playing augmented reality while driving in the real world cost billions, say boffins

Pokémon GO killed at least two people and spiked rates of car accidents and injuries, according to a study of the game's impact on just one United States city.…

Yahoo! Groups! Go! TITSUP! for! Days!

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 06:58:06 GMT

Cunning plan: anger rusted-on users who've been with you before social networks existed

Administrators of Yahoo! Groups have complained that the service has become unstable and unreliable.…

10 years of the Kindle and the curious incident of a dog in the day-time

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:35:29 GMT

Feel the full weight of Jerusalem, base cur!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? A little worse for wear after the first Christmas party of the season, I stagger up the driveway to be met at my own front door by... a Kindle.…

SurfaceBook 2 battery drains even when plugged in

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 04:02:08 GMT

Microsoft's power pack can't deliver the juice fast enough to keep up

Microsoft's acknowledged an embarrassing issue with its SurfaceBook 2 laptop – its battery can drain even while plugged into its power pack.…

Remember the 'budget' iPhone SE? Apple plans an update – reports

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:31:10 GMT

Midget gem

Apple hasn't forgotten its miraculous budget iPhone, the iPhone SE, after all. The ornate miniature looks set for an update next year, according to reports.…

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.…