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Kingston offers up its fastest SATA SSD: HyperX Savage 240GB

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:22:12 GMT

Toughing it out against brutal competition

Review Kingston’s latest SATA-based addition to its HyperX range of SSDs is the Savage, an SSD which boasts some pretty impressive performance and endurance figures.…

Oi, idiot fanbois. DON'T buy this gun-shaped iPhone case, mmkay?

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:58:08 GMT

Is that an iPhone in your pocket or are you trying to shoot me?

US police have warned punters not to buy a new iPhone case that resembles a handgun.…

Giddy Google Glass gazers, beware! FCC filing obscures view on new gadget

Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:30:04 GMT

Could 'GG1' bring yet more Glassholes?

Google has been quietly beavering away at a new Bluetooth-enabled product with the not-exactly discreet ID tag of A4R-GG1.…

Google's Cardboard cutout VR headgear given away GRATIS by OnePlus ... SELLS OUT

Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:00:07 GMT

Pay $5 shipping fee and the viewer is all yours. Or not

Google's VR face goggles, dubbed Cardboard, were being given away for free, plus shipping by OnePlus. Until – that is – the smartphone maker sold out of the devices.…

Kobo Glo HD vs Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Which one's best?

Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:00:11 GMT

Our Vulture locks the two in a cage together

Review Over the last few years, the market for e-readers and books has managed to both consolidate and grow. Many more people have an e-reading device, or use tablets to read, while at the same time the number of players has shrunk.…

Did a SUPER RARE Sony-Nintendo PlayStation prototype just pop up online? Possibly, maybe

Sat, 04 Jul 2015 13:08:08 GMT

And all that SNES ...

Vid A precious prototype of what appears to be a Nintendo-Sony Playstation has been paraded online, after the console was discovered languishing in a "box of junk".…

Got a GUITAR, daddio? Wanna plug it into iOS or Droid? Try the iRig 2

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:02:03 GMT

Dangle dongle for frustrated axemen

Review Music gear manufacturer IK Multimedia will be 20 years old next year. It’s known to many these days for its iOS gadgets, but the Italian company began with software development focused on digital signal processing, producing standalone sound-creation apps and plug-in effects. One of its earliest creations, T-Racks, was dynamics processing software based on valve (toob) emulation.…

What's black, sticky, and has just 8GB of storage?

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 03:03:10 GMT

Intel Compute Stick with Ubuntu emerges at US$110 and super low-end spec

Intel's Compute Stick, the Atom-powered, plug-this-into-your-tellie-over-HDMI femto-PC, is now available with Ubuntu pre-installed.…

Ford recalls 433,000 cars: Software bug breaks engine off-switch

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:58:47 GMT

Turning it off and on again not possible until a dealer fixes it

Ford is recalling 433,000 of its cars as they suffer from a software bug that could prevent drivers from turning off their engines.…

LG won't fix malware slinging bloatware update hole

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:58:09 GMT

Smartmobe bloatware goes from annoying to dangerous AND annoying

The the Budapest University of Technology and Economics' Security Evaluation and Research Laboratory (SEARCH-LAB) says "malicious attackers controlling the network are able to install arbitrary applications" on LG's Android phones, thanks to a flaw in their software update mechanism.…

Samsung ousts Apple as top US smartmobe biz

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:19:38 GMT

Two phone makers carve up the market

In figures for the three months to the end of May, Kantar Worldpanel says that Samsung took a bite out of Apple's US market share to overtake the fruity firm. This is as much down to continued strong sales of the Galaxy S5 as to the introduction of the Galaxy S6.…

It's the hottest day of the year. So check out John Lewis' Xmas tech range!

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:03:39 GMT

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way...

Pics It might be hard to believe that during the hottest week of the year so far, the great and the good of the PR world (is that an oxymoron?) are setting out their stalls with Christmas fare. Yet it’s not as daft as it sounds: the magazine world, in particular, needs to plan its spreads and this is a way for the great and the good of the press to get a glimpse of what’s coming.…

Microsoft in Blighty reveals its 78 THOUSAND POUND Surface 3 slabloid

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 07:03:03 GMT

That is a VERY expensive LTE option indeed

Microsoft's UK store is offering a £77,777.77 version of its Surface 3 tabletoid.…

IBM gets green light to sell off chips biz to GlobalFoundries

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:11:11 GMT

US regulators furrow brows, frown, nod

IBM looks to be in the clear to sell off its ailing chippery division to GlobalFoundries after US regulators gave the deal the nod on Tuesday.…

Hide the HUD, say boffins, they're bad for driver safety

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:01:11 GMT

Cars are not the place for augmented reality

It looks likes such an obvious idea: turn car windscreens into head-up displays (HUDs), so drivers don't have to look away from the road to see (for example) the speedometer.…

Amazon douses Fire phone man-in-the-middle diddle

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 01:34:08 GMT

Fire owners (both of you) should patch sooner rather than later

MWR Labs researcher Bernard Wagner has reported three flaws in Amazon's Fire phone that could allow apps to facilitate man-in-the-middle attacks.…

US police to throw big balls in criminals' faces

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:18:46 GMT

Bounce cameras map out dodgy situations

Video Next month, 100 US police departments will start deploying a new, ball-shaped camera that can be thrown into dangerous areas to scout out life-threatening situations.…

Apple's mystery auto project siphoning staff from other divisions

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:52:35 GMT

Cook and Co still want to take to the roads – but how?

Apple is investing significant resources into a car-related project, so much so that it's been reassigning employees from other divisions, insiders claim.…

China's best phone yet: Huawei P8 5.2-inch money-saving Android smartie

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:12:12 GMT

Sleepless in South Korea

Review Huawei’s P8 has finally rolled into UK shops, the latest wave of China’s assault on Tier One Android flagships.…

'Private' biz Xiaomi sets up Communist Party exec committee

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:23:04 GMT

It's 'almost unheard of for the party to hinder the private sector', so shut up

Xiaomi has formed its own internal Communist Party committee, raising eyebrows amongst those expecting less state involvement in the nation's burgeoning technology sector.…

Windows 10 Mobile is shaping up nicely – now Cortana can send emails

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:28:08 GMT

Microsoft's next phone OS looks to be in better shape than the PC version

Microsoft has released Build 10149 of Windows 10 Mobile to members of the Windows Insider preview programme's Fast release ring.…

Microsoft says Oculus Rift distorts world, grinds corrective lenses

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:35:23 GMT

Free-to-download CAD file makes for better virtu-blinker goggles, insists Redmond

Someone at Microsoft Research is apparently unimpressed with Oculus Rift's perspective on the world, so has corrected it with lenses that give you Microsoft's view of things.…

LG's six-sided battery to take smart watches into new timezones

Sun, 28 Jun 2015 23:01:12 GMT

We can rebuild it. We have the technology. We can make batteries better, stronger, faster

LG Chem, the chemicals arm of the giant LG conglomerate, has revealed a hexagonal battery for smart watches.…

Apple workforce touch up iPhones with Force Touch tech – report

Sun, 28 Jun 2015 13:38:33 GMT

Cupertino under pressure to finger finger pressure in '6S'?

Apple has reportedly started using its so-called Force Touch technology in new models of its iPhone handsets, which have apparently now hit the production line.…

Q: What's black and white and read all over? A: E-reader displays

Sun, 28 Jun 2015 10:00:12 GMT

Evolving e-books and the holy grail of colour e-paper

Feature Reading on screen can be something of a chore. As computers have become smaller and more pocketable, so it's become more possible to carry around a device that not only has a reasonable quality display, but weighs little enough to be considered a replacement for a book.…

Robo-car wars: Delphi's near crash, prang, wallop with Google DENIED!

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 17:22:06 GMT

'Nah, they didn't even come close to each other'

Delphi Automotive has contradicted a senior exec at the company by denying that one of its robo-cars had come close to being pranged by a Google self-driving vehicle.…

Who wants a classic ThinkPad with whizzy new hardware? Lenovo would just love to know

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 00:45:48 GMT

First shove the chiclet keyboard where the sun doesn't shine

After Lenovo bought IBM's ThinkPad business, the Chinese giant has slowly but surely changed the iconic laptop design to look a bit more modern – but now that may be about to change.…

Samsung vows to stop knackering Windows Update on your laptops

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 23:43:08 GMT

'We'll do that with an update for our software updater,' says Sammy

Samsung has promised to release a patch for its computers so that they no longer kill off automatic Windows updates from Microsoft.…

Apple's iPhone 7 to come loaded with depth-sensing camera, supply chain spies claim

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 20:18:20 GMT

Look into my eyes, look into my eyes ... It's all about focus

Reports coming out of Taiwan claim that the iPhone 7 will have dual rear-facing cameras. It's a move which would see Apple join the ranks of Dell, HTC, Huawei, and Samsung in adding depth-sensing technology to its mobes.…

Apple wants to patent iBeacon stalking

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:56:09 GMT

'Find a friend', what could possibly go wrong?

The fruit of Apple's 2013 acquisition of indoor mapper WiFiSlam seems to have fallen from the tree and landed at the patent office, with Cupertino filing for a find-my-friends feature.…

Google takes latest self-driving buggies to the streets

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 01:00:53 GMT

Relax, Mountain View, they'll have drivers… for now

Google has begun public road tests for a line of self-driving cars designed to be free of such fripperies as a steering wheel or pedals.…

Apple apes Microsoft with iPhone BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:17:01 GMT

Fanbois on T-Mobile US confounded by mystery crashes

T-Mobile users with iPhones are being beset by a mysterious issue that causes their handsets to randomly flash a blue screen and then reset itself.…

Hey devs. Forget Siri – Amazon's Alexa will show you a $100m good time

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:25:03 GMT

Online bazaar provides APIs and SDK for voice assistant

Amazon is reaching out to developers in an effort to build a rival to voice assistant services like Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana.…

Shadow of the Beast: Amiga classic returns from the darkness

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:57:05 GMT

16-bit showcase game that was just too tough to be fun

Antique Code Show Let’s state one fact clearly from the start: for all its virtues, Shadow of the Beast did not play especially well. Its often half-baked platform action appeared promising at first, but was let down ultimately by having no game-save positions, a frustratingly high difficulty level and a general lack of fair and progressive gameplay.…

D-Wave promises chip that could SEARCH THE WHOLE UNIVERSE

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 02:56:09 GMT

1k-qubit chip late, still controversial

The 1,000-qubit chip promised by D-Wave last year has landed.…

Tesla says Model 3 is still on schedule, despite being delayed again

Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:58:20 GMT

2016 becomes 2017 becomes 2018

The planned Tesla model for plebs – the Model 3 – has been delayed to 2018 from an original planned shipping date of early 2017.…

Man in India claims his new iPhone 6 combusted in his car

Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:52:59 GMT

We knew Apple's mobe was hot in Asia, but this is ridiculous

A man in India says his iPhone 6 burst into flames just two days after he purchased the handset.…

Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:43:03 GMT

Also, shill scientists refuse to research whether jet fuel can melt steel beams

The Illuminati have revealed themselves once again, this time through their "intelligent personal assistant" Siri, which immediately reports device owners to the police when they ask about 9/11.…

AMD: We're not splitting our gfx and servers biz, ignore all the rumours

Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:33:03 GMT

Firm dismisses break-up or sale talk but something's got to give

Under-the-weather chip maker AMD is denying that it is mulling a break-up or spin-off – but both analysts and channel customers agree something has to change if the firm is to survive prosper.…

Dell lobs more irons into the hyperconverged market fire

Wed, 24 Jun 2015 06:30:04 GMT

More Xeon in less space

Dell's fired its next hyperconverged gun, announcing the PowerEdge C6320 - which it says targets big data and heavy workload applications.…

Guy puts 1990s MacOS 7 on an Apple Watch – without jailbreaking it

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:44:11 GMT

Welcome to MacinWatch

An Apple Watch tinkerer has managed to get his wristslab running an operating system that hasn't been updated in nearly two decades.…

BlackBerry boss vows to keep making phones

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:42:04 GMT

More are coming – this horse isn't dead yet

BlackBerry CEO John Chen told shareholders at his company's AGM today that he’ll stay in the handset business as he reckons he has a good chance at making money from it.…

Give us your software BlackBerry, we love it. The phones? Meh

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:26:11 GMT

Perky licensing revenues offset by slow decline in hardware sales

Rising software revenue helped make up for continuing falls in phone hardware income at BlackBerry in the past quarter, with the waning giant booking revenue of $658m for first quarter of full year 2016, and reported a non-GAAP operating loss of $7m.…

Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 14:28:09 GMT

Good news for readers with short attention spans

Amazon is switching to a “pay-per-page” royalties model for self-published Kindle authors, a move likely to be welcomed by all readers with attention deficit disorder.…

Ingram Micro feasts on European old-mobe specialists

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:58:14 GMT

Wolfs down CANAI and Clarity Tech to 'own' the services lifecycle

First Ingram Micro dug deep to acquire handset seller Brightpoint and now it is buying up companies to deal with the devices in middle age and at the end of their life.…

Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:42:05 GMT

Fed with the hottest chips, just how fast can the little fellah go?

Review Intel’s teeny-weeny NUC or Next Unit of Computing device was first launched back in 2012 and has been tweaked and updated at regular intervals ever since. Just recently, the latest version of the NUC landed in my lap – or to be more precise, landed in the palm of my hand.…

This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:28:11 GMT

Cambridge Brit to wire up 14,000 gates, 3,500 LEDs

Pics A bloke in Cambridge, UK, is building a computer processor using 14,000 individual transistors and 3,500 LEDs – all by hand, piece by piece.…

Gaming's favourite fly by night. Batman: Arkham Knight reviewed

Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:44:07 GMT

Holy franchise finale!

Game Theory Rocksteady Studios has stated that Batman: Arkham Knight is the last game of the franchise. Fans are in for a real treat. I really enjoyed Batman: Arkham City (2011) with its sense of progression but then thought the shock gloves were excessively overpowered in Batman: Arkham Origins (2013), making combat heavy handed.…

Ecobee3: If you're crazy enough to want a smart thermostat – but not too crazy – this is for you

Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:44:06 GMT

A cuckoo in the Nest

So in order to test out the Ecobee3 - as its names suggests, the third iteration of the product - it was necessary to pull the Nest smart thermostat off the wall and put it away.…

Apple to replace DODGY hard drives that go BELLY UP in 27-inch iMac

Sun, 21 Jun 2015 17:30:06 GMT

Affects some systems sold between 2012 and 2013

Apple has kicked off a replacement program for faulty hard drives in some of its 27-inch iMac computers.…