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Apple chief Cook cooks up rumours after BMW car talks, factory tour

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 13:14:43 GMT

Sometimes you get so lonely, sometimes you get nowhere

Apple has reportedly been having secret confabs with car maker BMW – with scuttlebutt suggesting the companies flirted with the idea of a possible hook up.…

OnePlus phone fanbois flock for a shiny phondle

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 10:00:04 GMT

It's not just Apple crazies who'll queue around the block (and then some) for a glimpse of a new gadget

Pics It looked just like the queues you get outside Apple stores. But we were in South Of The River – in deepest Southwark – where Apple doesn't set foot. What was going on?…

It's enough to get your back up: Eight dual-bay SOHO NAS boxes

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:00:09 GMT

Desirable data doublers for home or office

Product Round-Up For a great many people, there is only one place to look when talking about storing data somewhere other than their local storage in their PC, notebook or tablet – and that’s to the cloud.…

It's Friday! Had a good week? It was probably better than Seagate's

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:50:39 GMT

Desktop drives, down. Notebook drives, down. Martinis to take away the pain, down

In keeping with its warning, Seagate confirmed a revenue and profits decline as its mainstay desktop and notebook drive shipments tumbled for the third straight quarter.…

Sick burn, LOSER! Nvidia recalls Shield gaming slabs over BLAZE RISK

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:55:41 GMT

Don’t keep taking the tablets, chip biz warns

Nvidia has today urged gamers to stop using its eight-inch Shield tablets, and send them back to base, because they are a fire risk.…

Petrol cars are dead in the water, says Tesla CTO waving numbers on the back of an envelope

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18:09:40 GMT

Battery prices will fall says battery-car maker

Analysis Gasoline-powered cars are a dying breed, and not because everyone will become a tree-hugging fossil-fuel-hating hippie, but rather thanks to cost.…

Magnet-wobble wireless charging system dishes out a respectable 10 kW

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:54:08 GMT

Ideal for heavy plant, but could be overkill for mobes

Canadian wireless power company Elix has announced a system which can generate and transfer 10 kW using magneto-dynamic coupling. It’s big, heavy and noisy, so is aimed at trucks and buses rather than small cars, and is certainly not suitable for desktop gadget charging.…

UK's first 'DIY DAB' multiplex goes live in Brighton

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:33:10 GMT

Raspberry-powered stack thumbs nose at costly broadcast convention

Britain’s first home-brewed open source-based DAB multiplex has gone live this morning. Six services will be operating on the new mux in Brighton for nine months.…

Google sneaks out new clip-on tech goggles for saddo Glassholes

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 01:56:03 GMT

Smartglasses in possibly useful situation shocker

Google has reportedly been developing a revision of its infamous Glass product for use in the workplace.…

Small number of computer-aided rifles could be hacked in contrived scenario

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:28:04 GMT

Year-long publicity effort hits bullseye ... in a way

The internet is reeling today at the "news" that a rare make of computer-aided gunsight can under certain circumstances be hacked into, permitting a hacker to interfere with a suitably-equipped rifle's aim.…

The Breakfast (Table) of Champions: Micro Machines

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:02:10 GMT

Desktop gaming in every sense of the phrase

Antique Code Show The last couple of months have seen the release of MotoGP and F1 2015. Just round the corner is the new Xbox exclusive Forza 6, so there are plenty of driving games around if you feel the need for speed.…

Don't want pranksters 'bricking' your Android? Just stop using the internet, duh – Google

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:02:10 GMT

Thanks for the top tip, now where's the patch?

Video Trend Micro peeps say they have discovered a security bug that miscreants can exploit to seemingly murder millions of Android smartphones.…

Tired tablets don't tickle the imagination, so sales fall again

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 01:58:05 GMT

Market fragmenting as Apple and Samsung lose dominance, say new IDC numbers

Box-counter IDC's latest Quarterly tablet tracker has more bad news for fondleslab fans: sales are down and the market is fragmenting.…

Mobiles? What are they? Nokia immerses itself in virtual reality cameras

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:18:09 GMT

Psst. Oculus. Google. Are you listening?

Always looking for a new angle, Nokia has launched itself into the movie equipment business with a 360-degree camera called OZO, capturing stereoscopic 3D video through eight synchronised global shutter sensors as well as spatial audio through eight integrated microphones.…

Moto fires BROADSIDE into the flagship phone's waterline with X Play and Style

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:56:10 GMT

You want actual Android value? Check this out

Hands On The traditional flagship Android smartphone concept, as offered for instance by Samsung, may be feeling a little wobblier today after Motorola shelled it fore and aft with its new, actual-value X handsets.…

At last we know for sure. Blighty's 'best mobile network' is ...

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:26:09 GMT

We’ll give you a clue. It’s not O2, Vodafone, or Three

The biannual survey of mobile networks conducted by RootMetrics has found that EE still leads the pack, and provides the best mobile phone coverage.…

'Untraceable' VoIP caller ID-spoofing website accepts Bitcoin

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:22:08 GMT

It won't take hard cash

A new VoIP service allows you to hide who you are by being web-based, having no registration checks, allowing you to spoof caller identity, and pay by Bitcoin.…

Speed freak: Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB PCIe SSD

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:35:04 GMT

Flash vendor's fastest drive ever

Review If evidence from last/early this year’s large technology shows is anything to go by, then 2015 might just be the year that consumer PCIe SSD market begins stirring – something that's long overdue.…

Blighty tablet sales plunge 31 per cent in saturated market

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:31:12 GMT

Eurozone buffer helps desktop PCs sales rise 20 per cent, however

The free fall descent of the tablet distribution market accelerated for the second quarter of 2015, with channel fondleslab sales plunging by 22 per cent to 2.3 million across Western Europe.…

Ford's parallel PARCing: Motor giant tries to craft new tech just like Xerox

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:03:07 GMT

Thinking outside the (gear) box

Ford is scared of the future. It has to figure out how to survive in a time when manually driving your car to work is as archaic as commuting by horse.…

Intel tests definition of insanity with (leaked) typoslab Skylake CPUs

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:58:04 GMT

Ultrabooks, tablets, all-in-one PCs ... these are still selling, right? Right?

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.…

OnePlus 2: The smartie that's trying to outsmart Google's Android

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:00:11 GMT

Breathe new Oxygen into ecosystem in a stylish case

First look Back in April, applecart-punching OnePlus made their first entry into mobiles with a new phone and an invite-only system that was popular with 'Droid fanciers but received an upturned nose and frosty shoulder from the big boys in the space.…

Gamers zap brain-to-computer kit market to US$200m by 2020

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:31:05 GMT

No need to shave your head just yet, but poseur gamers might do it anyway

Brain-to-Machine Interface (BMI) products will become a US$200m market by 2020, and the action will kick off this Christmas season according to analyst outfit ABI research.…

Buy a Tesla for the good of Australia, say country's dino-burners

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:52:08 GMT

Save us from declining demand, electricity suppliers cry

Australia's energy industry, overwhelmingly dominated by the burning of dinosaurs, has decided the country needs more electric vehicles (EVs).…

Game over, Ouya, the Android gaming console

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:03:09 GMT

Thanks for all that Kickstarter cash – upstart gobbled by Razer

Ouya has been purchased by games house Razer in a move that likely signals the end of the road for its self-titled Android gaming console.…

Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:36:01 GMT

Up to a BEELLION mobes vulnerable to Stagefright bug

Android smartphones can be secretly infected by malware smuggled in via video text messages, allowing criminals to sneak inside as many as 950 million devices.…

Hawking, Musk, Woz (and Riley): ROBOTS will KILL US ALL

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:26:10 GMT

'Kalashnikovs of tomorrow' - Yikes

+Comment Notables of the technology world including physicist Stephen Hawking, biz baron Elon Musk and techno-hippy Steve Wozniak have teamed up with saucy actress minx Talulah Riley to warn us all about the menace of killer robots.…

Samsung emits mobe charging monitor. For your 'active lifestyle'

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:32:56 GMT

Qi is more than just a neat word for Scrabble

Samsung's latest SE370 monitor will have a wireless charging pad built into its plinth. This aims to de-clutter office drones' desks, or at least provide more space for other forms of clutter.…

If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:06:06 GMT

Neat-looking convertible - not spectacular but does the business

Review What happens when you lock a group of product engineers from a major PC manufacturer and a team software developers from a separate company together in a room? HP's Spectre x360 does. It's the result of some serious conversations between the lads and lasses at Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft; put simply, if Microsoft made a Surface laptop, it would be a lot like this.…

Today's smart home devices are too dumb to succeed

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 02:05:12 GMT

You want me to do what? And remember it? On how many apps? Fuggedaboutit

At the end of 2012, working hard on my own connected lighting startup, MooresCloud, I got very excited to find out that Philips planned to launch Hue, the company's own full-spectrum connected lights. I bought a ‘starter pack’ of three soon after release, and played with them for weeks.…

Sydney adopts 'world's first' e-ink parking signs

Sun, 26 Jul 2015 22:02:09 GMT

YOU SHALL NOT PARK, say wizardly auto-updating Kindle-tastic screens

The Australian city of Sydney has adopted e-ink-equipped parking signs.…

Fiat Chrysler recall BLUNDERING could lump carmaker with $105m fine – report

Sun, 26 Jul 2015 13:49:44 GMT

Crazy hack-my-brakes software flaw faces separate probe

Fiat Chrysler may cop a record-breaking fine from US authorities following a series of bungles.…

Game over for epic 15-year-long console ban, China says

Sat, 25 Jul 2015 20:48:06 GMT

Rules relaxed last year, now it's open season for foreign manufacturers

Videogame giants will soon be able to make and sell consoles in China, after Beijing confirmed plans to lift a ban first instituted in 2000.…

Happy 30th anniversary, Tengen! Your anti-DRM NES chip fought the law, and the law won

Sat, 25 Jul 2015 11:02:05 GMT

Atari offshoot tried to take down Nintendo cartridge racket

In 1985, Japanese giant Namco got out its wallet, and bought control of Atari Games – the coin-op arcade games maker that was doing rather well compared to its ailing home console cousin, Atari Corp.…

Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:10:55 GMT

Watchdog sparks mass recall, sheds light on ridiculous flaw

Fiat Chrysler's bad week just got even worse: the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recalled 1.4 million of the manufacturer's cars after a dangerous software flaw was revealed just days ago.…

Acer Revo One RL85: A pint-sized PC for the snug

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:02:08 GMT

Compact living room Core i5 put through its paces

Review Acer has produced a number of small form factor systems over recent years, and the Revo One RL85 is the latest incarnation. It's designed very much as a home PC, and comes in an upright enclosure that's about two thirds the size of a shoebox – 106.6mm square and 155mm tall – but still manages to pack a fair bit inside. Not the PSU, though; that's a small external 65 watt unit.…

All wristjobs are as insecure as $#@%, reveals unsurprising research

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:58:07 GMT

100 per cent – yup, ALL – contain significant vulns

Update A study by Hewlett Packard (HP) has revealed that a hefty 100 per cent of smartwatches contain significant security vulnerabilities.…

Rare cases of corruption strike Apple. Data corruption, that is

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 04:29:08 GMT

Update your 2015 MacBook Pro now if you want the disk inside it to live

Apple has warned owners of 2015 MacBook Pros that they're at risk of data corruption.…

BlackBerry vows to make even fewer phones

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 03:58:09 GMT

New strategy means hardware business is just clinging on, at best

It isn’t just Microsoft that’s going on a drastic phone diet. BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen today indicated that the Canadian enterprise vendor would cut its device portfolio from the four devices previously promised for 2015 to “two or one” a year.…

BlackBerry pecks up crisis squawker AtHoc to add sauce to BBM

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:39:09 GMT

Networks are the future, reckons John Chen's firm

BlackBerry shed some light on its latest acquisition target, AtHoc, today. It looks an improbable fit at first: AtHoc does crisis comms for emergency services and campuses, and its big customers include the military, the Department of Homeland Security and the DoD.…

Sony eyes enterprise drone biz as next big little thing

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 02:31:09 GMT

A million and a half into Aerosense J/V with ZMP

Sony has found a bottle of Jeff Bezos' Kool-Aid lying around, drunk it, and signed a deal with Japanese UAV outfit ZMP.…

Neat but narky at times: Pebble Time colour e-paper watch

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:29:08 GMT

Might lose on style, but wins on longevity and practicality

Review I love what Eric Migovsky has done with the Pebble by creating an antidote to modern smartwatches. The two generations of Pebble so far have been useful, durable and practical – qualities which elude the over-specced and costly Apple and Android kit.…

Speaking in Tech: Some douchebag put a bike rack on Tesla's new motor

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:46:08 GMT

Podcast Plus: VMworld's like a 'high school reunion'

Keep your stupid drones away from piloted aircraft, rages CAA

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:13:08 GMT

Alarmed authority notes near miss between passenger jet and quadcopter

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has complained of six incidents since May of last year in which boys and their toys almost collided with piloted craft in British airports' airspace.…

Silicon-happy ARM engorges its profits by a third – so its shares dip

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:56:09 GMT

Apple 'woes' push price around despite firm doing rather well

ARM posted bumper sales and profits for its second quarter results – yet shares at the Cambridge-based outfit were still dragged down by Apple's "disappointing" results.…

Beaten blokes HATE the women who frag them in online games

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 06:24:05 GMT

But bat their eyelids at women they think pose no threat

Trick-cyclists from the University of NSW and Miami University have probably got themselves onto the “gamer-gate” hate list with a study that finds men who get fragged in online games really despise losing to a woman.…

Disaster-gawping cam drones to be blasted out of the sky in California

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:09:44 GMT

Firefighters, cops etc should take down flying gizmos without fear of lawsuits, say politicos

California politicians want emergency services to knock interfering drones out of the sky without fear of repercussion – after a gang of flying gizmos got in the way of firefighters tackling a terrifying blaze.…

Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:11:06 GMT

Hackers can connect to brakes, engine over cellular network

Anyone driving about in a new Jeep Cherokee should update its software: at the moment the car's brakes and engine can be remotely controlled by anyone with an internet connection.…

Dead device walking: Apple iPod Touch 6th generation

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:39:05 GMT

Pocket stroker gets an A8 chip boost

Review The iPod is dead. The sales figures say so. The absence of updates to the range says so. The lack of concern about the absence of updates to the range says so. There are neither ‘Shock – new iPod!’ stories, nor are there “shock – no new iPod!” stories. It’s inert. It has ceased to be. The only thing it’s shuffling is off this mortal coil. It is an ex product.…

More Apple Car mutterings: Cupertino slurps more autobiz brains

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:31:03 GMT

Fruity firm hires motor bloke as Titan rumours gather

Internet mumblings anent the long-speculated-upon Apple car have intensified following the news that the fruity firm has hired another chap from the auto industry.…