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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:00:08 GMT

Back to driving's basics with a joyously legal high

Vulture at the Wheel When I took my seatbelt off, the Caterham 160 didn’t beep at me. I didn’t get electronically reprimanded when I got out and left the headlights on and I didn’t have any problems bluetoothing my phone to the radio because it doesn’t have Bluetooth. Or a radio.…




LG taps TSMC to bake its first-ever mobile chip

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:28:06 GMT

Joins Apple, Samsung in ARM chipmaking party with Nuclun

South Korea's LG Electronics has announced its first self-made mobile system-on-chip (SoC), along with plans to debut the chip in a new smartphone to be released within the week.…




Revealed: The amazing magical innovation in the iPad Mini 3 – a lick of paint

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:41:52 GMT

And a fingerprint sensor

Teardown Ready to ditch your iPad Mini 2 for the latest and greatest miniature fondleslab from Apple? You may not get much more for your money.…




Wanna hop carriers with your iPad's Apple SIM? SWERVE AT&T

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:53:18 GMT

Unless you want your network-swapping tech disabled for good, that is

If you're excited about using the new iPads' multi-carrier Apple SIM in the US, don't pick AT&T as your first choice – or you'll lose the ability to switch to another operator altogether.…




FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:53:54 GMT

Next driver to battle fake chips with 'non-invasive' methods

Chipmaker FTDI has pulled a driver from Windows Update that could brick devices containing knockoff versions of its USB-to-serial bridge chips, but says it won't back down on its aggressive anti-counterfeiting stance.…




Microsoft discovers long-lost phone division down back of sofa

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:06:04 GMT

Confirms it'll be chucking 'Lumia' brand into the round file

Nokia phones generated $2.6bn in revenue for Microsoft as the division arrested its decline. Redmond sold 9.3m Lumia devices in the quarter, the most ever.…




Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:04:05 GMT

Heart of Windows 8 lives on in Windows 10

Analysis This weekend marks two years since Windows 8 and Surface were launched at a press event at Pier 57 on the Hudson River in New York.…




WIN a 1TB monster Samsung EVO 840 SSD

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:01:13 GMT

Three solid state scorchers up for grabs

Competition SSDs, doncha love ’em? Blisteringly fast and no mechanical parts but all too often you’re faced with a capacity compromise. Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that are worth over £300 apiece.…




Samsung gets virtual with tiny S5 upgrade and goggle grab

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:01:07 GMT

VR headset rumoured to come down chimney with Santa

A small upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S5 has popped up on Samsung's dutch web site? The phone is identical in all regards to the S5, save in the fact that it uses a Qualcomm CPU running at 2.5 Ghz. The original S5 runs at 2.7Ghz.…




Apple: We're still GREAT pals with GT and we'd LOVE to team up again

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:44:24 GMT

But give us back our $439m

Apple hasn't given up on scratch-resistant sapphire glass for future products and it might even continue to work with GT Advanced Technologies on the material despite its past difficulties with the company, according to documents released on Thursday.…




Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:25:07 GMT

You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that

Hoping to woo the ladies with your shiny new Google Glass? Don't bother, because no woman in her right mind would let a Glasshole anywhere near her data centre, an HP bigwig has claimed.…




Speaking in Tech: Too fat for MARS!

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:37:06 GMT

Podcast And Sarah HATES Doctor Who



DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:02:04 GMT

Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated

Tim Cook's dream of bonking-to-pay global domination has taken a serious battering after customers using the new Apple Pay system were double charged.…




Vulture trails claw across Lenovo's touchy N20p Chromebook

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:04:10 GMT

The Googlebook you can fondle

Review A friend recently introduced me to a North West fast-food tradition called half-and-half. That’s chips, rice and curry sauce to those of us born and raised in the more enlightened parts of the realm. It’s not a combination I’d considered before, but truth be told it’s a pleasant repast. Especially after a beer or three.…




Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:28:11 GMT

USB-serial imitators whacked by driver update

Reports are emerging that chip-maker FTDI has declared war on chip counterfeiters with a driver update that bricks USB devices recognised as fakes.…




Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:01:10 GMT

Unbelievable specs, too

Pic When Bonhams put a vintage Apple I computer on the block, the Brit auction house thought the tech antique would fetch as much as $500,000.…




Smartphone giant _____ puts citizens' private data beyond reach of oppressive regime _____

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:52:44 GMT

And into the hands of _______ that also spies on people

Chinese Apple wannabe Xiaomi says it's spent much of the past year migrating its online services out of its Beijing data centers so that it can better serve customers in international markets.…




Nokia France leak: Windows Phone DUMPED in Microsoft Lumia revamp

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:57:07 GMT

Haricots renversés sur Facebook

The French wing of Microsoft's Nokia mobile device division appears to have confirmed some Windows Phone rebranding efforts that have been rumored for the past few months.…




Really... an iKeyfob? Apple continues war on fanbois' pockets

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:03:06 GMT

Relax: it's just a patent... for now

Apple has been granted a patent for an iKeyfob capable of unlocking doors, starting the engine and turning your car into a less good version of KITT from Knight Rider.…




Freescale lassos Ethernet cables around car, calls it 'Internet of Things'

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:01:09 GMT

Dev kit for the auto sector

Freescale is showing off in-car Ethernet infotainment technology inexplicably pitched as an “Internet of Things” solution.…




PARC Alto source code released by computer history museum

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:04:07 GMT

A slice of history: the GUI before the Apple

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View has released another foundational piece of software to the world at large: some of the code that gave the world the Xerox Alto computer, which among other things helped inspire a couple of young garage developers, Steves Jobs and Wozniak.…




Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:02:04 GMT

Buzzing board (and some future apps) leave a lot to be desired

The internet is aflutter over the Kickstarter campaign for the "Hendo Hoverboard", a magnetically levitating toy that the firm alleges will be available on October 21, 2015 – the same day that Michael J Fox programmed into the De Lorean for the second Back to the Future film.…




Apple, GT in SECRET SAPPHIRE peaceable parting PACT

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:32:09 GMT

GT to sell off factory, repay Cupertino loans if deal is approved

Apple and GT Advanced Technologies, the materials company that was once slated to provide scratchproof sapphire glass for iPhones and other Apple products, have agreed to an "amicable parting of the ways," according to sources with knowledge of GT's bankruptcy litigation.…




NSA approves Samsung Knox for use by TOP SECRET g-men

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:59:07 GMT

Nine gadgets from chaebol green-lighted

US spooks will be allowed to access sensitive government information on their KNOX-locked Samsung gadgets from now on.…




You get what you pay for: Kingston's SSDNow V310 960GB whopper

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:02:12 GMT

Enterprise-worthy TBW stats ... with price tag to match

Review Kingston’s SSD division have been a bit quiet lately but now they're back in the limelight with the V310 960GB. This is the latest model in the company’s SSDNow V300 series of drives aimed at the budget/entry level end of the market. At 960GB it’s the largest capacity Kingston SSD to date.…




OnePlus One cut-price Android phone on sale to all... for 1 HOUR

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:55:11 GMT

Still teasing...

Word-of-mouth sensation the OnePlus One smartphone finally goes on general sale to the public next week – six months after the phone was launched, and after a number of not-always successful promotional gimmicks. But only in 16 territories. And you only have an hour on Monday to check out.…




ICO warns UK broadcasters over filming using drones

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:02:12 GMT

Must comply with data protection rules, m'kay?

UK broadcasters have been warned that their use of unmanned drones for filming purposes must adhere to data protection laws.…




VMware gives up on dual-persona smartphone concept

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:01:12 GMT

AirWatch has other ideas about the best way to deliver apps to your pocket

VMware has walked away from the idea of dual-persona smartphones, according to John Marshall, senior veep and general manager of the company's Airwatch division.…




Post-PC era? PAH! Apple says Macs OUTSOLD iPads in Q4

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:34:04 GMT

5.5 million OS X machines hauled in more fruity cash than fondleslabs

Peak tablet In case you'd forgotten that Apple is making money hand over fist, the company announced on Monday yet another record financial quarter – thanks to its iPhones and Macs, but no thanks to its iPads.…




Apple flings iOS 8.1 at world+dog: Our AMAZEBALLS 9-step installation guide

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:23:20 GMT

Let's hope it's not an 8.brick update

Apple has rolled out iOS 8.1, enabling features on the iPhone 6 and other new Apple devices.…




China is ALREADY spying on Apple iCloud users, claims watchdog

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:55:49 GMT

Attack harvests users' info at iPhone 6 launch

Last week Apple CEO Tim Cook was very happy that the iPhone 6 is at last going on sale in China. But it seems the Chinese government has its own plans for owners of the new device.…




Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:33:10 GMT

It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war

The battle for the future of the human wrist entered a new phase on Monday after it was claimed that tech goliath Microsoft is planning to release its own wearable computer in the coming weeks.…




Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:35:09 GMT

'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom

She’s a huge advocate of drones — quite a surprising position to take for a first class fighter pilot.…




Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:42:09 GMT

The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better

Review The decisions that must be going on at Sony’s mobile R&D division are certainly intriguing, if not baffling. Six months after it was launched, the Xperia Z2 has been replaced by the Z3 and barely nine months after it was launched, the Z1 Compact has been replaced by the Z3 Compact (there wasn’t a Z2 Compact, so don’t panic).…




Hey, iPhone 6 fanbois: Apple's bonk to 'Pay' app IS GO

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:14:06 GMT

Scrump up the, er, sales volume

Apple will open up its new bonk-to-pay system to its newest phones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, today, allowing fanbois to bonk shiny-shinys to purchase stuff online or at 220,000 stores.…




IBM: Please, take our chip unit. We'll give you $1.5 billion

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:36:02 GMT

Global Foundries fattens up on IP, engineering

Big Blue is going to become slightly less Big and Blue by paying Global Foundries $1.5bn to take on its chip-making business, according to multiple media reports.…




Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:31:07 GMT

Young VB warrior commandeers Daleks

Doctor Who has been pressganged into the BBC’s “Make it Digital” push to help kids understand computers rather than just playing with them. Its answer: an educational video game.…




WAITER! There's a Flappy Bird in my Lollipop!

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:45:11 GMT

New Android release includes frustrating, derivative, Easter Egg

Google's practice of leaving Easter Eggs in Android appears to have continued, with a chap spotting a Flappy Bird clone in the new version 5.0, aka Lollipop, release.…




Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:30:05 GMT

43mpg from a Jaguar XJ-S

Crawling from the Wreckage Cars are mass-produced consumer products sold to users who mostly know very little about them. They are optimised to make a profit for the manufacturer, so low build cost is paramount for most manufacturers – which automatically excludes many design and engineering ideas that would raise efficiency. John Watkinson has been busy in the garage and applied those concepts to his own vehicle and found that they work.




Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:28:31 GMT

The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat

Apple has quietly removed Bose headphones from its stores, following a noise-cancelling patent spat that Cupertino settled with the music tech company last week.…




Slabba-dabba-GOLD! Apple kicks off presales of fingerprint-loving iPads

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:57:52 GMT

iTouch myself, so Cupertino IDs me

Fanbois can now pre-order Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 online, after the company unveiled its latest fondleslabs on Thursday.…




New gadgets and the future of tech with Regina Eggbert

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:45:04 GMT

Tune in for this week's top stories, pre-recorded at Vulture Central

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Don't shoot – I'm un-ARM-ed! Samsung whips out Intel Chromebook 2

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:54:30 GMT

Celeron added to line-up .... but it's not the top of the line

Score another point for Chipzilla in its quest for relevance in the mobile market: Samsung has announced a new, low-cost Chromebook that's powered by an Intel processor.…




Man, that iPhone 6 Plus won't fit in my pocket. Oh, here's a mobe store that'll resize my jeans

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:02:50 GMT

Lighten wallets, expand pants. Huzzah!

A retailer in China has found a novel way to accommodate the added dimensions of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus – adjust customers' pants* to fit the large handset.…




iPhone 6 shunned by fanbois in Apple's GREAT FAIL of CHINA

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:59:02 GMT

Just 100 Beijing fanbois queue to pick up new mobe

The belated Chinese launch of the iPhone 6 appears to have been a total flop after just 100 people queued outside a flagship store to buy the new mobe.…




Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:03:52 GMT

The world's first waterproof e-reader

Review Now that even the cheapest tablets are notching up increased battery life these days, it seems that the ever-ready e-reader could run the risk of becoming extinct.…




It's not always about you: Why the Apple Watch is all about China

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:31:06 GMT

Confused by that weird 'digital touch' thing? Don't worry, you're not Chinese

Analysis If you’re wondering why you don’t want the new Apple Watch as much as you think you should, don’t fret, it’s because you’re not Chinese.…




Internet finally ready to replace answering machine cassette tape

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:02:12 GMT

It's a simple message and I'm leaving out the whistles and bells

2015 will see the internet finally replace an answering machine that uses cassettes as its storage medium, or at least the answering machine used by alt.rock outfit They Might Be Giants' iconic Dial-A-Song service.…




AMD-AMMIT! Hundreds face axe at chip maker as PC, graphics crash

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:05:41 GMT

jmp .restructing_and_layoffs

Following a grim earnings report on Thursday, AMD has announced a restructuring plan that includes axing seven per cent of its workforce by the end of the year.…




iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:26:05 GMT

Bust that piggybank while waiting for OS X 10.10 to install

Pics Confirming what had been widely expected, Apple has unveiled two new iPad models – small and large – and laid out plans for a third. There's also a new shiny 5K iMac.…