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Humanity now making about 41 mobes EACH SECOND

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:32:05 GMT

327 MEEELLION mobes shipped in Q3, say very tired analysts

The world is now manufacturing just under 42 mobile phones a second thanks to an uptick in global production, IDC's presumably-very-tired handset-counters say.…

Microsoft fitness bands on wrists at last: All YOUR HEALTH DATA are BELONG TO US

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:58:11 GMT

Wearable will deliver 'actionable insights for healthier living'

Microsoft has joined the wearables market with “band”, a fitness-monitor-slash-smartwatch, which is accompanied by a suite of online services dubbed “Microsoft Health”.…

No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:56:34 GMT

New rules apply equally to both sexes, as they should

Twitch, the streaming site where users show off their gaming prowess to the public, has altered its terms and conditions to ban users from being cheeky by playing in the buff.…

Hate the BlackBerry Z10 and Passport? How about this dusty old flashback instead?

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:17:07 GMT

BlackBerry Classic aims to rekindle the flames

The barren husk of BlackBerry is looking to recapture a stake in the smartphone market by going back to its roots as a maker of business communication devices.…

Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:54:38 GMT

We suffered 'random bouts of graphical distortion' - fanbois

A legal firm has launched a class action against Apple over claims the 2011 MacBook Pro suffered from "random bouts of graphical distortion, system instability and system failures".…

PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:54:09 GMT

'Nerd release' finally staggers past 50 per cent adoption

Half of all fanbois and gurlz have finally installed iOS 8 on their iThings, hammering home the point that Apple's new mobile operating system is much less popular than previous versions.…

This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:08:04 GMT

iPhone 6 botherer?

Review It must sting Samsung that the criticism most often levelled at the manufacturer is that its flagship Galaxy S devices feel cheap and plasticky. And for once the criticism is not just coming from Apple fans.…

Speaking in Tech: Amazon's Fire is being snuffed out

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:31:05 GMT

Podcast Plus: What exaclty is a 'global computing fabric'?

IBM, backing away from hardware? NEVER!

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:21:12 GMT

Don't be so sure, so-surers

HPC Blog So, it looks like IBM has moved its chipworks over to Globalfoundries, as described by Reg hack Tim Worstall here. But what are the implications for IBM's systems business?…

Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:27:55 GMT

New iPads look a lot like the old one. There's a reason for that

New iPad Air 2 components cost Apple just one dollar more than the previous model, according to the teardown bods at IHS.…

Find My Phone does just one thing but Samsung's messed it up

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 04:25:34 GMT

Hackers can p0wn smartmobes through handset location services

Researcher Mohamed Baset has reported a zero day flaw that allows hackers to lock a host of Samsung phones with the lost device feature.…

Rise of the machines: Silicon Valley hardware store to deploy ROBOTS for customer service

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:19:46 GMT

Human interaction? Nonsense! OSHbot will help you now

A California hardware store has decided to bring everyone's dystopian nightmares to life by using robots to perform basic customer service.…

Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD to DIE, and this is WHY

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:02:07 GMT

Apple, er, couldn’t get the parts for HDD models

Apple CEO Tim Cook has explained why the iPod classic had to die: Apple couldn’t get the parts any more.…

Amazon sells Fire Phone in UK ... on CONTRACT

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:19:08 GMT

Hooks up with O2

Hasn’t Amazon sold mobile phones before? Wasn’t the first third party deal Amazon did in Europe with Carphone Warehouse back in 2001? The answers are no... and yes.…

Amazon hopes FIRE STICK will light up its video service

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:17:11 GMT

We do streaming video? It seems we do...

Amazon hopes a new dongle will revive its flagging video ambitions.…

Microsoft shows off spanking Win 10 PCs, compute-tastic Azure

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:02:04 GMT

Joe Belfiore presents auto-provisioning biz boxes

TechEd Europe Microsoft's TechEd Europe conference is under way in Barcelona, and this morning Microsoft corporate VP Joe Belfiore showed new management features in the forthcoming Windows 10.…

Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:27:05 GMT

Plus: 1 million sign up to Apple Pay

The Apple Watch will require daily charging thanks to its poor battery life, Apple CEO Tim Cook has admitted.…

iPad Air 2: Vulture chews on new Apple tablet

Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:02:09 GMT

Air to the tablet throne?

Review This year’s update to Apple’s full-size iPad looks like a minor one. With headline changes like a Touch ID sensor, a faster processor, and a further reduction in thickness and weight, it is tempting to write off the mods as a little window dressing to raise the iPad’s profile in time for the winter sales fest.…

Samsung turns off lights on LEDs worldwide – except in South Korea

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:02:05 GMT

Not the bright future Sammy was imagining

Samsung has decided to stop pushing its light emitting diode business outside of South Korea, despite reckoning it would be a growth area a few years ago.…

Sunset Overdrive: Exploding teddy bears, dragon fights and more in a tangerine blast

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:43:08 GMT

Just don’t drink the Kool Aid

Game Theory With every passing moment of Sunset Overdrive you can almost feel developer Insomniac Games' collective relief at it being let off the leash. It's the antithesis to the rather dowdy, oppressive affair that was Resistance.…

Lumia 830: Microsoft hopes to seduce with slim 'affordable' model

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:08:09 GMT

Redmond takes a shot with another pic-tastic mobe

The Lumia 830, which is already available in the UK, is another midrange Lumia (from Microsoft, but it retains the Nokia brand) fighting for your attention. It squeaks in at under £300 SIM-free (it's £279 on PAYG at EE) or is free on contracts at around £25/month.…

Mozilla hopes to challenge Raspbian as RPi OS of choice

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:33:06 GMT

Project to port Firefox OS to Raspberry Pi is under way

The Mozilla Foundation staged a Mozilla Festival in the UK over the weekend, and one of the projects developers delivered was a port of Firefox OS working to the Raspberry Pi.…

Fanboi-and-fanfare-free fondleslabs fail to fire imagination

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 05:29:04 GMT

The iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 are slightly better iPads, nothing more

First Fondle Here's something new from Apple: a product launch without a queue, excited fanbois or, indeed, much enthusiasm at all.…

Sporty in all but name: Peugeot 308 e-THP 110

Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:00:07 GMT

Car of the Year? Arguably. Engine of the Year? Indubitably

Vulture at the Wheel Peugeot’s recent mid-sized hatchbacks have been a less than inspiring bunch. The 307 and the original 2007 model year 308 were dull, globulous mediocrities and not very well screwed together to boot. The all-new 308 however is a rather more interesting bag of bananas.…

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? AVOID 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 pumped 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: 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 bonk-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.…