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Android Oreo mic drop fury: Google ups tempo for Pixel mobe audio fix

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 23:08:57 GMT

Hardware flaws may be amplified by slapdash software, tuning out bug now a priority

Google has escalated the priority and severity rating of a bug that has been silencing microphones on its Pixel smartphones running Android 8.1, aka Oreo.…

Phone-free Microsoft patents Notch-free phone

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:17:14 GMT

It's your body Notch your mind

"The Notch"* is either the curse of 2018 phone designs – or the only interesting thing about boring phone designs in 2018, depending on how you look at it. Now details of a Microsoft phone patent have emerged that could make future phones less Notchy.…

Hello, Spotify? Are you on? Perils and pratfalls of own-brand hardware

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:08:59 GMT

Streaming monolith starts move into home gear

Analysis As Spotify nears an IPO, it is edging towards making home music gear, with a voice-powered speaker the most likely debutant.…

One in three Android Wear owners also uses ... an iPhone

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 01:45:07 GMT

Which may be why Google’s changed the name to ‘Wear OS’

LogoWatch LogoWatch Google’s re-branded Android Wear, the cut of Android for wearable devices, as “Wear OS by Google” and added the tag line "make every minute matter".…

ProtonMail posts workaround for Turkish government block

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:59:35 GMT

In Constantinople it works, not good news for the Turks

Encrypted email provider ProtonMail says its service has been blocked in Turkey, but can still be accessed via a VPN, DNS, or Tor.…

Chemical burns, explosive fires, they all come free with Amazon power packs

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 23:40:04 GMT

US issues recall for 260,000 batteries after 53 'incidents'

The US Consumer Product Safety Division has issued a recall notice for six types of lithium-ion battery packs sold by AmazonBasics.…

ACL-Sue: Rights group takes on TSA over device searches

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:33:54 GMT

FOIA suit seeks info about snooping on domestic flights

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing to force the TSA to produce documents detailing searches of electronic devices.…

It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:20:07 GMT

Would ma'am care to supersize her order with an extra 200MHz of 64-bit Arm CPU?

It is Pi day (assuming you live in a country that insists on writing dates in the frankly barking mad MM/DD format) and after a quiet two years, the Raspberry Pi Foundation have pushed out a new version of the tiny computer.…

Look! Fitbit's made a watch that doesn't suck!

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 17:49:12 GMT

Less weird, less clunky, and a four day+ battery life

Fitbit has taken the wraps off its second (or fifth, depending on how you're counting) smartwatch, Versa, claiming the new model has inherited Pebble DNA.…

Motorola Mods its global workforce

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:52:23 GMT

Amid rumours that handset add-ons initiative is for the axe

Motorola has acknowledged reports that it's cutting its workforce in the windy US city of Chicago – just not by the 50 per cent rumoured.…

Your manhood is safe, judge tells ZX Spectrum reboot boss

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:51:12 GMT

Ailing firm's appeal against court verdict binned

Ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd has had its appeal against a county court judgment in Luton, UK rejected, with the judge telling chairman Dr David Levy that his no-show in the dock over troll fears was unfounded.…

Good news: Apple designs a notebook keyboard that doesn't suck

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 09:00:10 GMT

Bad news: It's only a patent filing and may never actually be made

An Apple patent application has surfaced that should give hope to frustrated MacBook owners everywhere.…

The Ataribox lives, as a prototype, supposedly

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 19:51:11 GMT

Promised unveiling later this month could give form to vaporware console

The reboot of the classic Atari games console is back on, with prototypes to be displayed at the Games Developer Conference (GDC) in San Francisco later this month.…

A smartphone recession is coming and animated poo emojis can't stop it

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 12:37:35 GMT

Is the industry out of ideas?

"Smartphone sales are starting to decline at an accelerating rate," a market analyst has declared. In a pessimistic note, Jeff Johnston of Arthur Wood Research blames feature ennui.…

BlackBerry hopes phone flinger Punkt is feeling lucky to be new licensee

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 15:40:02 GMT

Dolbyfication continues

BlackBerry has found another licensee for its Dolby-like licensing initiative, "Secured by BlackBerry", and expanded the venture way beyond smartphones.…

Shock poll finds £999 X too expensive for happy iPhone owners

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 17:58:09 GMT

So much for the supercycle

"The iPhone X cost twice [as much as my old smartphone] but isn't twice as good. It's for the Rolex wearers," concluded Alistair Dabbs after a fortnight with Apple's flagship.…

La, la, la, I can't hear you! Apple to challenge Bose's noise-proof cans

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 12:16:17 GMT

Wait. Don't you do those already?

Bose's noise-jamming headphones are ubiquitous with business travellers and also popular among commuters, but the 11,000-strong company will face designer competition from Apple in a battle that pits two of the industry's most-respected engineering teams against each other.…

10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 09:32:12 GMT

Over 40? You've used one of these. Of course you have

The ZX81 was launched 37 years ago this week as a £49.95 kit (£69.95 assembled) and introduced an entire generation to the joys of computing, fights over the family television and prodigious use of sticky tape.…

'Repeatable sanitization' is a feature of PCs now

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 07:02:13 GMT

New HPs can survive 'repeated germicide wipes', but disclaimer says they can't cure anything

HP Inc has announced a trio of slightly-odd products intended for use in hospitals.…

British clockwork radio boffin Trevor Baylis terminally winds down

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 19:46:19 GMT

Inventor dies in poverty after patents didn’t protect

Obit Trevor Baylis, one of Britain's most well-loved inventors and the creator of the clockwork radio that was designed to save lives in the developing world, has died at the age of 80 after battling Crohn's disease.…

Reg man wraps head in 49-inch curved monitor

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 08:02:07 GMT

Samsung's 3840 x 1080 CHG90 gives you 2,891 Excel cells ... and a sore neck

Review In 2017 we learned that Samsung had given the world the CHG90, a curved, 49-inch, 3840 x 1080 monitor with a 32:9 aspect ratio. Rather a lot of Reg readers read and/or commented on the story about the screen and more than a few of you seemed intrigued by the ideas of having your heads just-about-surrounded by display.…

Mobile World Congress: 5 buzzwords, an homage to Windows XP and a smartphone snorefest

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 09:29:14 GMT

And why was Microsoft tucked away in startup event?

MWC18 As Mobile World Congress draws to a close in relatively warm Barcelona (13°C - balmy), it's time to tally up on whether it delivered on the hype.…

Wearables are now a two-horse race and Google lost very badly

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 12:25:11 GMT

It's a massacre on the wrist

Analysis Did you notice anything else missing from Mobile World Congress this year? Apart from any interesting phones?…

Boring. The phone business has lost the plot and Google is making it worse

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 11:02:09 GMT

Duller than a Dull Thing

Comment No, dear reader. You didn't forget to set the alarm, and you haven't just slept through Mobile World Congress. If 2018 feels different, it may be because the phone industry's biggest annual get-together failed to produce any interesting new phones.…

Desktop PC shipments dip below 100m/year

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 08:30:12 GMT

And there's worse to come between now and 2022 for all client devices bar typoslabs

Desktop PC shipments dipped below 100 million in 2017 and there's worse to come across the personal computing device market according to analyst firm IDC.…

US watchdog just gave up trying to get Google to explain YouTube's huge financial figures

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:23:19 GMT

Don't you worry your pretty little heads about it, says web giant

In a series of alternatively baffling, amusing and darn-right ridiculous letters, Google-parent Alphabet has told America's financial watchdog to effectively mind its own business when it comes to its income.…

Time to pay, Paypal pal Venmo! Oh no, haha, put away that wallet – just promise to be nice

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 22:26:48 GMT

Payment app pinky-swears to not trample people's privacy

PayPal has avoided that terribly tedious act of coughing up a fine, and instead has agreed to play nice with people's privacy – thus settling a complaint against its payment app Venmo by America's trade watchdog, the FTC.…

Maker of addictive tech (Google) criticized by chairman of addictive tech maker (Alphabet)

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 20:59:06 GMT

Google – plus Facebook and Twitter – also gets a shoeing from Obama, newspapers

There is no love for online giants Google and Facebook right now, with even their friends sticking the boot in.…

4G found on Moon

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 16:29:37 GMT

Hello? Hello? Can you hear me?!

Vodafone and Nokia have joined forces to bring 4G to a barren, characterless expanse (no, we don't mean Surrey suburbia). From 2019 LTE will be available on the moon.…

EE: Data goes TITSUP* for Brit mobile customers

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:56:07 GMT

Are we supposed to, like, read a book or something?

Updated EE customers have been hit by a nationwide data outage this morning, leaving grumbling UK commuters with nothing to mindlessly tap on their way to work.…

America yanked from the maws of cellphone complaint black hole

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 22:50:50 GMT

FTC can smack down telcos – and eyes up $100m fine from AT&T for limited 'unlimited' plan

A US federal appeals court has prevented the country from falling into a telecoms black hole – by asserting that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) does have the authority to fine phone giant AT&T for misleading subscribers.…

Why, why, Mr American Pai? FCC boss under increasing pressure in corporate favoritism row

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 21:40:43 GMT

Watchdog commish continues ringing alarm bell over Sinclair coziness

Analysis Ajit Pai, chairman of America's telecoms regulator, the FCC, is under renewed scrutiny for making a string of decisions that benefited Sinclair, a major US broadcaster.…

Sony Xperia XZ2: High-res audio but no headphone jack

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 14:19:04 GMT

Plus: Holey headsets Batman, I can hear a car coming

MWC18 Sony launched the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 compact at an early morning press event as Mobile World Congress opened in Barcelona.…

The phone OS that muggers wouldn't touch is back from the dead

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 11:59:13 GMT

Zombie apocalypse targets feature phone slab-shunners

MWC18 Dead phone platforms are coming back to life at MWC in 2018 – like a zombie feature phone apocalypse.…

Nokia tribute band HMD revives another hit

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:39:13 GMT

Can you play the slide that was in The Matrix?

MWC18 Nokia tribute act HMD has revived another of the band's classics – the slider phone made famous by The Matrix.…

Samsung's Galaxy 9s debut, with not much other than new cameras

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 00:26:50 GMT

Emoji-selfies are the headline grabber, improved desktop experience might be the market-maker

MWC Samsung has formally launched its next-generation Galaxy 9 flagship smartphones just ahead of 2018's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.…

Huawei guns for Apple with Mac-alike Matebook X

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 13:31:06 GMT

This one's more than a Cupertino clone

Hands On Huawei won't unveil its new P20 flagship phone until the end of March, so it used MWC to showcase an envy-inducing laptop, the Matebook X.…

Cali cops' Clue caper: Apple technicans, in an iPhone repair lab, with the 1,600 silent 911 calls

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:11:42 GMT

Mystery solved... behind closed doors

For more than three months now, cops in Sacramento, California, have been baffled by a rash of false-alarm 911 emergency calls.…

Intel's announced PCs packing 5G, and that's just plain wrong

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:28:12 GMT

Chipzilla needs more than its old PC-making pals to win 5G

Intel's breathlessly announced that Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft will deploy its 5G modems in their portable PCs sometime in the second half of 2019, and that it will show off prototypes of said laptops at Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week.…

He's cheesed it! French flick pirate on the lam to swerve €80m fine, two-year stretch in the clink

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:28:07 GMT

A Frenchman? Running away? Gawd, you don't say

A 41-year-old Frenchman is on the run after a court in his home country sentenced him to two years behind bars, and fined him €83.6m (£73m, $103m), for running a pirate movie website.…

Bros, in these taxing times, PC culture has had a major effect on HP

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 04:50:09 GMT

In a good way – Xmas personal computer and printers sales up, tax windfall swells profit

Stronger than expected PC and printer sales, plus a tax windfall, gave HP Inc one of its best quarters in recent history, according to its latest financial figures.…

Samsung left off Google's new official Androids-for-biz list

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:29:11 GMT

Five carriers make the cut, plus 32 mobile management apps - and four Chinese phone-makers

Google has launched an Android Enterprise Recommended program it says "makes it simple for businesses to confidently select, deploy and manage Android devices and services that meet elevated enterprise requirements validated by Google" and has left Samsung off the list.…

The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:29:05 GMT

Google, you're doing a heck of a job

Comment YouTube is under fire again for promoting fake news, despite promising repeatedly in recent weeks that it is improving its systems to limit the exposure to false information.…

Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:24:04 GMT

You still need two Google apps to do everything, though

“Android Pay” is no more, as Google attempts to unify its disparate transaction options under one brand. The redesigned, rebranded Google Pay app – which supersedes Android Pay – is already in the Google Play Store.…

The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:45:09 GMT

Hands on with the Linux-powered reborn Psion

Exclusive They've really gone and done it. They've made a modern Psion: a brand new computer that fits in your pocket – one you can touch-type on and everything.…

A game to 'vaccinate' people against fake news? Umm... Fake news

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:41:04 GMT

Boffins' plan to prime the public against misinformation nice idea but misses mark

Separating fact from fiction is a very different challenge in the fake news age, and there’s no end of people ready to opine on how to do it. Now boffins from famed Brit university Cambridge have decided to get in on the action by launching a game to "vaccinate" the public against it.…

The e-waste warrior, 28,000 copied Windows restore discs, and a fight to stay out of jail

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:08:47 GMT

Tech recycler fights prison term for handing out recovery CDs

A California electronics recycler is fighting to stay out of jail after he admitted copying thousands of Windows reinstallation discs for use with refurbished PCs.…

iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:37:05 GMT

There are now 30 million X-shaped holes in Apple's estimates. Ouch

Samsung has provided confirmation that iPhone X sales are way below Apple's estimates for the much-hyped, tenth anniversary special. The miscalculation could end up benefitting Android owners.…

Sorry, I can't hear you, the line's VoLTE

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:35:08 GMT

The path to all-IP calls is not smooth. Just ask EE

EE has improved the reliability of its voice calls after a bumpy transition to an all-IP mobile network, according to network sleuth RootMetrics.…

Teensy plastic shields are the big new thing in 2018's laptop crop

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:35:08 GMT

Webcam shields, security integration, USB-C and micro-desktops are the moderately hot spots for the PC industry

The PC market may be in decline but someone is going to buy about 300 million of them this year. And because The Register knows that plenty of our readers are responsible for PC purchasing, deployment and maintenance … here we are with our annual guide to what's new and notable among the new models from HP, Lenovo and Dell, the top three PC vendors.…