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Soon EVERYONE will be doing it with a strap-on: The Reg's 20 festive wearables

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:40:09 GMT

From wristbands to smart watches

Product roundup Under the tree this Christmas, wearables beyond woolly socks, gloves and tasteless jumpers will be in abundance. Wristbands and smartwatches that track our activity now cover a diverse range of prices and functions. Most offer ‘lifelogging’, the latest buzzword used to describe monitoring everything you do from exercise to sleep.…

Sony looks at unpopular Google Glass, shouts 'ME TOO!'

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:39:35 GMT

Electronics giant wants to clip a computer to your specs

Sony has unveiled a headset display that snaps on to a pair of glasses a la Google Glass.…

Pitch Black: New BlackBerry Classic is aimed at the old-school

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:14:46 GMT

This mobe is all tool belt and braces

Hands on How can a phone maker sell out of its new smartmobe in advance when no one even knew what was inside? BlackBerry has somehow managed that feat.…

Little big phone: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a toothsome hand-fulla Android

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:00:07 GMT

Less really is more this time

Review This has been a year of pain for Android phone makers, and Sony has suffered as much in this over-saturated market as anyone. But manufacturers' pain is your gain. Sony's overlooked Z3 Compact is, for you if not Sony, the happy result.…

At last! Something else for smartwatches to do as BMW promises park-by-wristjob demo

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:27:10 GMT

GPS-free parking proposed thanks to carpark plans baked into beemers

Auto-maker BMW has announced a park-by-wristjob demo at January 2015's CES electronics extravaganza.…

Apple WINS iPod antitrust fight, jury nixes BILLION-dollar payout bid

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:49:51 GMT

Cook & Co defeat long-running suit over scrubbed MP3s

Apple has prevailed in an almost decade-long antitrust legal battle over the way its iPod gadgets handled music not obtained through iTunes.…

Goes like the blazes: Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 late 2014 edition

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:02:11 GMT

Dolby Atmos enabled fondleslab, anyone?

Review Before you all take to the comments page and start asking why in the name of hell it has taken us more than six months to review the Fire 8.9 HDX, let me clarify one thing. This is the new, refreshed winter 2014 model. Yes, I know it looks very similar, OK, make that identical, to the previous (3rd) generation 8.9 HDX but trust me, it has been improved.…

Watch out, Samsung! 3 of top 5 smartphone makers are now Chinese

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:01:09 GMT

Xiaomi, rivals gnawing at Korean firm's lunch

It was more bad news for Samsung in the third quarter of 2014, as the Korean smartphone maker saw its global market share shrink by nearly 8 per cent, year on year, with most of it going to Chinese rivals.…

Secretive Chinese smartmobe colossus Xiaomi is on WAFER thin margins

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:52:08 GMT

Rare filing shows cheap handsets mean teeny profits

Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi is operating on the thinnest of margins to keep its handset prices low, according to a filing with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.…

Four tuner frenzy: The all-you-can-EEat TV Freeview PVR

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:01:09 GMT

Enough functionality to fight YouView et al?

Review Television's a lot smarter than it used to be, and there's an ever-increasing number of ways that the basic experience can be enhanced, whether it's by providing extra Over-The-Top (OTT) content with services such as Netflix, or convenient features, such as the ability to set recordings when you're out and about, using text messages or a smartphone app.…

Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:00:05 GMT

Bizarrely, no 3D printing was involved

Downrange We here on the El Reg gun sensation desk considered getting Gaz to make an unimportant part or accessory for his Lee Enfield out of 3D printed plastic, or in some other fashion involve a computer, which would probably have led to excited writeups in the world's media about Brit GUN NUT 3D PRINTS working SNIPER RIFLE in SHED, defying nation's gun laws etc etc. But then we decided to go to the pub instead. -Ed

The STEALTH Plug-in Hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron Sportback

Sun, 14 Dec 2014 09:00:10 GMT

You wouldn't know it was an EV ... except it might use NO petrol

Vulture at the Wheel It would have been difficult for Audi to launch an electric car differentiated more from BMW's. Whilst the BMW i3 has been styled and engineered to look and perform like something from another planet, the new A3 e-tron most definitely has not.…

Upchuck nation: Half a million CHUMPS now own Google Cardboard VR gear

Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:44:33 GMT

Boxed in fandroids get fresh round of updates

Google's virtual reality headset Cardboard has now been shipped to 500,000 customers, after the ad giant unveiled the gadget earlier this year.…

Are you a Geek Dad/Uncle/Mum/Aunt? Ten Techy Gifts for kids this Xmas

Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:00:10 GMT

Don't know or like kids? Still look

Product Roundup It's that time again. Get ready to dig deep into your pockets, and spend your hard earned cash on gifts for the kids, the nieces and nephews, the neighbour's sprog and just about everyone else who's flung their arms round your knees and cooed "Unkle" appealingly. If you're torn between bankruptcy and a whole string of people never speaking to you again because you failed to buy something for their offspring, we're here to help. Well, sort of.…

Sonic BOOM: 10 blast-tastic soundbars

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:03:10 GMT

Fatten up your fat telly audio

Product round-up As much as we love our flatscreens, there’s no getting away from the fact that 99 per cent of them sound atrocious. The good news is there are plenty of ways to liven up living room TV audio, from soundbars with wireless subwoofers to pedestal-style soundbases. We've had a good look and listen to what's out there and the prices you'd expect to pay when shopping around. Time to plump up the volume……

Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:02:11 GMT

BlackBerry's exit ramp from smartmobes is approaching

As foreshadowed in February, Ford has announced a new in-car entertainment and communications system that will run on BlackBerry's QNX real-time operating system, not Windows as is the case for the company's current efforts.…

Canadian watchdog goes to court to probe Apple's iPhone deals with mobe networks

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:14:04 GMT

Sorry, eh?

Watchdogs in Canada are investigating Apple over concerns the iPhone giant violated antitrust laws in its dealings with Canadian telcos.…

Lenov-OUCH! 500,000 laptop cables recalled in burning mains cock-up

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:27:28 GMT

PC giant so sorry for sparking, melting cords

Lenovo is recalling about 500,000 AC power cords for its B, G, and V-series laptops and IdeaPads – after 15 cases were reported of the cables overheating, sparking, melting and burning.…

The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:59:17 GMT

But will the EU take a dim view of things?

Breaking Fad The future of television’s so bright you’ll have to wear shades. At least, that might be the case if plans to evolve television to a High Dynamic Range (HDR) future gather traction. HDR has been exciting the creative community for some time now.…

Cloud Printing from a Chromebook: We try it out on 8 inkjet all-in-ones

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:02:08 GMT

Scanning? We've heard of it, says Google

Product Roundup If you’re thinking of getting a new printer and already have Macs or Window PCs then selecting a model that will work isn’t exactly a challenge. But - what if you add a Chromebook to the mix? Increasingly popular and likely to be under the tree for many this Christmas, have you stopped to think about how you will print from one? Trust me, you will need to print at some stage and most will look to Google’s Cloud Print service to handle this for them.…

Blu-ray region locks popped by hardware hacker

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:03:22 GMT

ODM firmware allows code to run from USB sticks

Scores of Blu-ray players from the biggest names in the industry contain security vulnerabilities that allow region coding to be unlocked, hardware hacker Matthew Garrett says.…

China's smartmobe darling Xiaomi locked out of India

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:04:56 GMT

Patent spat sees Ericsson take on World+Dog on the subcontinent

Simmering tensions over smartphone patents in India are heating up, with a court smacking down Chinese mobe-maker Xiaomi following a patent infringement claim by Ericsson.…

Hipsters snap up iPod Classics for $$$s after Apple kills rusty gadget

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:54:30 GMT

Storing music on portable spinning magnetic surfaces? Crazy talk

Apple quietly withdrew its iconic iPod Classic from sale this year – and now the hard-drive-packing music players are fetching handsome piles of cash on Amazon.…

USB Forum submits itself to electrical probing

Tue, 09 Dec 2014 03:02:07 GMT

International Electrotechnical Commission to run its eye over USB 3.1

The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has ticked off a small-but-significant milestone by submitting its new standards to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).…

RIP Ralph Baer: Father of the games console dies aged 92

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:55:53 GMT

Take a moment of silence before firing up your Xbox or PlayStation tonight

Obit Ralph Baer, the engineer and inventor of the first home games console, has died. He was 92.…

MP caught playing Candy Crush at committee meeting: I'll ‘try’ not to do it again

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 11:59:09 GMT

Nigel Mills was still ‘fully engaged’

Conservative MP Nigel Mills has been caught playing the popular and addictive mobile game Candy Crush Saga for over two-and-a-half hours while supposedly actively participating in a discussion on national pension reforms.…

PlayStation Network blasted offline AGAIN. Just not Sony's decade

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 10:35:02 GMT

Lizard Squad: We did that, we did that!

Sony's PlayStation Network has suffered yet another outage: the PlayStation store went titsup in the early hours of Monday, UK time.…

IBM Research wants laptop batteries to retire and slum it

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 06:02:03 GMT

Old Li-IONs have enough roar to lighten up the lives of those living on dodgy grids

IBM's Indian research lab has come up with a nice idea: using old laptop batteries too feeble to power a ThinkPad as off-grid power sources.…

Drone in NEAR-MISS with passenger jet at Heathrow airport

Sun, 07 Dec 2014 16:58:04 GMT

'Serious risk of collision' during incident in July

An unidentified drone came very close to colliding with a passenger jet in the summer, an official report to be published this week will say.…

VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

Sun, 07 Dec 2014 11:00:10 GMT

The GT 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG

Vulture at the Wheel Car buffs of a certain age will remember how the great motoring writer L. J. K Setright loved the Scirocco Mk I Storm.…

Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

Sun, 07 Dec 2014 07:00:07 GMT

Players grouchy after Kmart, Target banishment of game

Fuming gamers have hit back after Target and Kmart withdrew Grand Theft Auto V from sale in Australia.…

Angry Birds to angry words: Rovio flings 14% of its staff out the door

Fri, 05 Dec 2014 21:03:58 GMT

Dev studio axed in games biz shakeup

Troubled Finnish gaming studio Rovio has sacked 110 staff, almost 14 per cent of its workforce, but is claiming success as it had planned to dump 130 people.…

Gaming's driving ambitions: The Crew and Grand Theft Auto V

Fri, 05 Dec 2014 13:44:40 GMT

Fast, furious, FUN... and banned in Australia

Game Theory If only all of life's hiccups could be solved by driving really, really fast. Luckily for Alex Taylor, The Crew's rather wet-behind-the-ears lead, that would seem to be the case.…

Feast your eyes: 10 'fortysomething' smart TVs

Fri, 05 Dec 2014 09:01:12 GMT

Spoiling telly addicts this Christmas

Product round-up Sharply designed, technically advanced TVs seem 10 a penny these. Prices remain double-take keen as well. So where does an upgrader begin? Smart connectivity has been standard for a while now, but the usability of internet-delivered services is now immeasurably better than early forays.…

Violet, you're turning violet! Imagination unveils graphics-tastic hobbyist board

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 13:59:09 GMT

You'll need to bring the ideas, though

Imagination Technologies, the MIPS chipper firm behind PowerVR, has a new hobbyist board. For fifty quid you can do some techie tinkering.…

Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 11:53:11 GMT

Get a load of this Russian Android mobe

Pics "Battery anxiety" is a mobile phone buzzphrase that has been bandied about for some time – highlighting the trade-off we've made with large touchscreens, multi-core processors and our obsession with using the darn things.…

#Gamergate folk load flamethrower, roast own feet over GTA V 'ban'

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 03:29:02 GMT

Protestors target wrong Target after petition sees game pulled from shelves in Australia

Gamergate has flared anew, and perhaps less coherently, after discount department store chain Target Australia decided to take Grand Theft Auto V off its shelves in response to a successful petition on Change.org (after initially resisting the request).…

Microsoft: So sorry for NOT paying Xbox indie game devs on time

Thu, 04 Dec 2014 01:58:03 GMT

$397bn IT giant says payment will take two weeks

Making computer games can be a hard slog for indie developers. Big studios have piles of R&D and marketing cash, and it's easy to see your pride and joy fall into unplayed obscurity.…

Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.0.1

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 18:01:04 GMT

Will the second lick taste better?

Google is pushing out version 5.0.1 of Lollipop, the first update to the latest version of Android.…

IDC revises mobe sales forecasts. New crystal ball, anyone?

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:38:05 GMT

Beancounters lick fingers, pick random numbers

Comment Analyst outfit IDC says that the rate of increase in smartphone sales is going to fall – but not as fast as it had previously predicted.…

Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:04:04 GMT

Podcast I'm a Google fandroid, but WTF was it trying to achieve here?

Firmware update kills Lenovo Home Media Network HDDs. Here's how to resurrect them

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:42:05 GMT

'I am disgusted with their attitude' huffs angry customer

A Lenovo firmware update “killed” the cloudy version of the Home Media Network Hard Drive, according to a bunch of customers that took to its support forum to vent their frustration.…

Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 10:02:11 GMT

Out with the old and in with the GNU

Product round-up Much to the dismay of many a sysadmin, Linux is no longer purely the domain of Captain Command-Line and his trusty side-kick Admiral APT. For those looking to make the most of their new-fangled graphics-capable hardware, here’s a selection of freeware to start with, in our case as installed on Ubuntu 14.04:…

Legendary Brit physicist Stephen Hawking gets full Intel comms refresh

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:25:07 GMT

First kit-swap in 20 years after rapid word-per-minute decrease

Pioneering physicist Stephen Hawking has received a replacement communication system following a three-year project with Intel to overhaul his previous 20-year-old comms platform.…

Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:58:08 GMT

Something a little sad about Sir Clive revisiting his old hit

Comment The Spectrum fanbois at Retro Computers have enlisted the help of Sir Clive to launch a new crowd-funded Spectrum clone. The Sinclair Spectrum Vega is a console that plays games from the '80s – complete with piezo speaker-generated sound and attribute clash.…

Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:27:08 GMT

Is it a bird? A plane? No, it's an expensive mobile phone

Apple has filed a patent that could save iPhones from certain death when they crash to the ground.…

No wristjob, please, we're Apple fans: Just 10% would buy the Apple Watch

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 11:18:05 GMT

Don't scoff, though, that's still 24 million units – analyst

Apple's new Watch device is going to sell itself on the basis of appealing to 10 per cent of the fanboi population, according to analysts.…

Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 09:26:12 GMT

Meet the man who accidentally created the smartwatch hype

Interview The wearables bandwagon rolled into town this year – heralding the arrival of glossy and expensive new wearable timepieces. Android Wear and Apple’s Watch have grabbed most the headlines, but I suspect that come Christmas morning, more people will be unwrapping a Pebble than the glitzier rivals.…

Never fear, Glassholes – Intel to the rescue! 'New CPU' for tech-specs

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 08:26:06 GMT

Chipzilla rumored to be lined up for Google headgear's next processor

New models of the painfully nerdy Google Glass goggles will use Intel processors, rather than Texas Instrument chips, it's reported.…

Huawei: 'Nobody made any money in Windows Phone'

Tue, 02 Dec 2014 00:27:05 GMT

Chinese firm says no more Microsoft mobes, even if the OS is FREE

Windows Phone has never paid off for Microsoft's hardware partners, Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has claimed.…