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Hooves in spaaace: Goat Simulator goes galactic

Wed, 25 May 2016 13:40:16 GMT

Caprine capers continue with Waste of Space expansion

Swedish games outfit Coffee Stain Studios has announced it's releasing a galactic expansion to its popular 2014 ram-'em-up Goat Simulator, which finally offered goat wannabes the chance to fulfil their caprine fantasies.…

Pepper robot acts like real teenager, gets job at Pizza Hut

Tue, 24 May 2016 23:18:16 GMT

No word if paychecks being saved to buy a used Corolla

SoftBank Robotic's "Pepper" humanoid robot will soon be put to work selling pizzas in Asia.…

Citrix bakes up Raspberry Pi client boxes

Tue, 24 May 2016 18:48:07 GMT

Tiny 'puters find a niche in virtual desktops

Citrix has unveiled a desktop thin client based on the Raspberry Pi microcomputer.…

Safety, pah! Digital Dukes of Hazzard have robot cars powersliding

Mon, 23 May 2016 21:40:45 GMT

Georgia team kick up some dirt

Video Last month, Google, Ford and Uber started a lobbying group called the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets to promote autonomous vehicles on safety grounds, but boffins in Georgia are having far more fun with their hardware.…

Toyota not shybot about whybot it will trybot the iBot

Mon, 23 May 2016 18:52:43 GMT

Automaker and Segway daddy revive wheelchair project

Inventor Dean Kamen has inked a deal with Toyota to revive his iBot smart wheelchair, which has been out of production since 2009.…

Got a Fitbit? Thought you were achieving your goals? Better read this

Mon, 23 May 2016 01:12:33 GMT

Photoplethysmography algo error could be nasty for those who target their training

UPDATE Scientists have tested a pair of wearable fitness gadgets from Fitbit and found they get heart rates wrong by as much as 25 beats per minute.…

Modular phone Ara to finally launch

Fri, 20 May 2016 23:01:20 GMT

More than just another Google tease

A modular phone that will let you snap on and pull off different components as you wish will finally launch this fall, Google has announced.…

World goes SIM-free, leaving Sony and HTC trailing behind

Thu, 19 May 2016 09:59:12 GMT

Have we reached Peak Smartphone? Analysts disagree

One-third of phones worldwide are now sold SIM-free, Gartner reports today in its latest quarterly smartphone market numbers. The move to SIM-free online sales has benefited Chinese upstarts and left former favourites like Sony and HTC in the dust, analyst Anshul Gupta told us.…

Electric Babel Fish swims into crowdfunding

Thu, 19 May 2016 05:04:05 GMT

An outfit called Waverly Labs claims to have developed an in-ear translator

A company called Waverly Labs claims to have developed a real-time-in-ear translation unit.…

How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today

Wed, 18 May 2016 14:12:54 GMT

Who owns what and how it'll all work

Analysis We have a new phone company today, and it’s European. And the badge says Nokia.…

Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

Wed, 18 May 2016 05:03:05 GMT

Hand-carved, hipster, artisanal micro macroprocessor

The 6502 CPU is a fondly-remembered CPU* for good reason: along with chips from Motorola, Intel and Zilog, it helped create the personal computer business in the 1980s.…

Got $130,000 down the back of the sofa? Great. Grab an HP 3D printer

Tue, 17 May 2016 16:06:05 GMT

That's for the entry-level model. Going up the food chain will cost ya

The first of HP Inc’s much-delayed (and cynics might say over-hyped 3D printer) is to hit the market “late” this year – launching into a crowded space with a challenger device the firm hopes will brighten its future.…

Raspberry Pi Zero gains a camera connector

Tue, 17 May 2016 00:58:09 GMT

30,000 hot Pis in stores now and factory ready to bake plenty more

The Raspberry Pi Zero has added a camera connector.…

Sloppy security in IoT putting 'life and limb' at risk, guru warns

Fri, 13 May 2016 13:03:09 GMT

Connecting the cars on the highway to Hell...

IoT developers need to get their act together on security or the chaos caused by the likes of Anonymous in traditional computing will seem like a picnic, security vet Josh Corman warned the Building IoT conference in Cologne yesterday.…

Kobayashi Maru gets real: VR and AR in meatspace today

Fri, 13 May 2016 08:06:11 GMT

Outside the Silicon Valley hype cycle

Three years ago few people other than hardcore gamers and those working in specialist industrial fields were still talking about VR.…

A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good

Thu, 12 May 2016 20:28:53 GMT

Wait til you see what caused it

British astronaut Tim Peake has sparked an orbital kerfuffle after he tweeted a picture showing a crack in the International Space Station's window. It was caused by space debris.…

Italians rattle little tin for smartmobe mini lenses

Wed, 11 May 2016 11:44:12 GMT

Your phone becomes a microscope down at Kickstarter

An Italian "microscopy, consumer electronics and micro-optics" outfit is offering smartphone and tablet owners the chance to get up-close and personal with the world via "an ultra portable and very affordable set of 2 mini lenses which turns your smartphone or tablet into a digital microscope".…

Cisco suggests network administration is fun and games

Wed, 11 May 2016 00:24:42 GMT

'GEEK FACTOR' trademark application mentions 'game software for mobile phones'

Cisco's trying to get into the games business.…

NVMdurance extends flash life tenfold

Tue, 10 May 2016 06:30:04 GMT

Irish startup claims NAND longevity edge

A small Irish startup says it can extend flash endurance tenfold, and has inked a supply deal with Altera to demonstrate the strength of its technology.…

Android's security patch quagmire probed by US watchdogs

Mon, 09 May 2016 19:06:04 GMT

Feds finally wake up to sorry state of firmware fixes

Mobile carriers and gadget makers will be investigated over how slow they push important software security patches to people.…

Google, Honeywell put away Nest patent knives

Fri, 06 May 2016 20:35:11 GMT

And they are not going to tell anyone the details of their cosy settlement

A long-standing lawsuit between thermostat company Honeywell and Google over the Nest smart thermostat has been settled, with both sides agreeing to a "long-term patent cross-license agreement".…

Microsoft half-bricks Asus Windows 7 PCs with UEFI boot glitch

Fri, 06 May 2016 19:59:45 GMT

You can always update to Windows 10. Eh? Eh?

A recent Windows 7 update partially bricks computers that have an Asus motherboard fitted, it emerged this week.…

Apple needs silver bullet to slay App Store's escaped undead – study

Fri, 06 May 2016 18:23:02 GMT

Zombies should be exorcised from gadgets they infect

Online software bazaars – such as Apple's App Store and Google Play – need to claim responsibility for "dead applications" and notify people when their programs have been revoked or removed, a study by security firm Appthority recommends.…

You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up

Fri, 06 May 2016 08:05:08 GMT

When white goods go bad

Something for the Weekend, Sir? We have installed a water feature in Dabbs Mansions. It’s an impressive vertical fountain with a splash radius of two metres. In hindsight, it was probably a mistake to install it in the utility room.…

ZX Printer's American cousin still in use, 34 years after purchase

Thu, 05 May 2016 06:41:06 GMT

Where do you get the weird thermal paper? Wherever fax rolls and scissors are sold!

Emails are still trickling in with readers trying to trump the almost nineteen-year-old server we found was just being decommissioned back in January.…

VxRackery dominates EMC World day 2

Thu, 05 May 2016 03:04:08 GMT

VxRack 1000 gets neutrino nodes, DSSD option and has hybrid cloud dev platfiorm built on it.

EMC World's second day saw hyper-converged rackery put front and centre, with a stronger DSSD offering, Neutrino* nodes coming to the VxRack 1000 as well as a DSSD variant, and a hybrid cloud VXrack offering.…

Sat TV biz Dish: I'm not an authorized iPhone repairer ... but $20 is $20

Tue, 03 May 2016 19:04:09 GMT

Budget telly outlet finds a second job to feed the kids

Satellite TV service Dish has announced plans to moonlight as an unauthorized iPhone repair service.…

Samsung tightens smart home kit security after curious bods prod apps

Mon, 02 May 2016 23:50:15 GMT

Software for simple gear given way too much control over locks and sensors

Samsung has said there's nothing for owners of its SmartThings home security gear to worry about – after researchers showed numerous ways to commandeer devices and disable locks.…

3-in-4 Android phones, slabs, gizmos menaced by fresh hijack flaws

Mon, 02 May 2016 20:25:24 GMT

Another month, another round of critical vulnerabilities patched by Google

Google has today issued a bundle of 40 security patches for its Android operating system.…

Xiaomi takes aim at Apple, Qualcomm

Mon, 02 May 2016 01:58:10 GMT

Putting final polish on processor and smartwatch announcements

Apple and Qualcomm will be doing a bit of looking-over-their-shoulder competitive analylsis: rising Chinese Chinese electronics manufacturer Xiaomi is prepping a smartwatch and mobile processor.…

Chap runs Windows 95 on Apple Watch

Mon, 02 May 2016 01:08:37 GMT

It takes an hour to boot and you need to tickle the Watch with a stick while it loads

A chap named Nick Lee has managed to run Windows 95 on his Apple Watch.…

Intel loses its ARM wrestling match, kicks out Atom mobe chips

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 03:49:33 GMT

The Broxton, SoFIA terminator says 'I'll be back ... with 5G modems'

Intel has thrown in the towel on smartphone processors after losing round after round against the ARM architecture – the dominant brains of the mobile world.…

It's 2016 and now your internet-connected bathroom scales can be hacked

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:05:09 GMT

Weight to go, Internet of s***

Owners of Fitbit's Aria internet-connected smart scales are being advised to install a firmware patch following the discovery of critical security flaws.…

Rampant robot tries to rip my clothes off

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:04:04 GMT

As its lithe synthetic fingers fumbled with my trouser buttons...

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Things are getting steamy. My valet is trying to pull down the back of my trousers. “We’ll have these off you in a jiffy, sir,” he sings.…

Quad-core coffee table trumped by dual-Mac garden furniture

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:26:10 GMT

Readers share retro-computing rebuilds, plus a Microsoft CD fit only to be used as a coaster

Last week we brought you the story of the Mac Pro put out to pasture as a coffee table and asked readers to share similar stories.…

Q. What's the difference between smartphones and that fad diet you all got bored of? A. Nothing

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:58:32 GMT

Global sales see first-ever decline, analysts say it's not just Apple losing ground

For those wondering if we've reached Peak Smartphone: global smartphone shipments saw their first ever quarterly drop, say analysts.…

Heathrow Airbus collision 'not a drone incident'

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:32:10 GMT

No evidence of UAV impact, investigators say

The UK's Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, has told Parliament that what was thought to be the Britain's first recorded incident of a collision between a UAV and an airliner was probably "not a drone incident" after all.…

Watch it Apple: time has come for cheaper rivals' strap-ons

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:47:59 GMT

Cupertino losing streaks continues

Apple Watch started 2016 on a losing streak, ceding market share* to a range of cheaper rivals.…

Smartphone growth? Not in Q1, says IDC

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 04:02:11 GMT

Phone-fondlers fondle fave phones for longer, spoiling upgrade cycle

Prospects for handset-makers just got worse, with the smartphone market recording its worst quarterly growth ever.…

The Internet of Things edges toward a practical reality

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:28:12 GMT

Samsung pushes its vision: an open world with it in the middle

There are countless problems with making the so-called "internet of things" (IoT) a pragmatic reality: hardware, software and standards to name the big three.…

Move over Amazon Alexa – Samsung's hot assistant bot Otto's trying to build an empire

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:49:25 GMT

Smart TVs are working well, let's make smart homes and smart lights and smart furniture

The success of Amazon's voice-controlled Echo speaker has not gone unnoticed.…

Kids racking up huge in-app bills on Kindles, Android is all your fault, Amazon – US court

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:43:22 GMT

And you're gonna pay

A US federal court has ruled against Amazon in its case with the FTC over youngsters breaking the bank with in-app purchases.…

Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:52:21 GMT

Insurance companies happy – but why should motor owners bother?

Samsung is developing a small black box device that will plug into your car under the dashboard and instantly turn it into a smart, connected car.…

Go to Topshop, make a Bluetooth gizmo, stick it on your dress

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:59:08 GMT

Fashion retailer plans Top Pitch competition for wearable tech

High-street retailer Topshop is opening an innovation hub for wearable tech.…

Ex-Apple gurus' elusive Android phone coming to UK next month

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:55:05 GMT

Obi Worldphone aims for the budget buyer

The startup backed by former Apple CEO John Sculley is most famous today for being elusive - but all that’s about to change. Obi Worldphone told us today its first UK phone will launch here next month, promising style and mid-range specs for a paltry £119.…

Microsoft fingered for Western Euro PC tragedy

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:44:05 GMT

The decision to kill off Windows with Bing heaps misery on OEMs

Microsoft last year effectively murdered one part of the mobile PC market that was going gangbusters - Windows with Bing (WwB) - and unsurprisingly this is now reflected in weaker sales across Western Europe.…

Shares down?! But, but, but ... Apple just made $50bn – that's the way the Cookie grumbles

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 22:07:10 GMT

Macroeconomic headwinds blamed for disaster quarter

Apple has confirmed analysts' fears of a drab quarter, reporting its first year-over-year sales decline in more than a decade. Its share price is down 8.2 per cent to $95.76 in after-hours trading – dipping below the magic hundred-buck mark.…

Germans stick traffic lights in pavements for addicts who can't take their eyes off phones

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 19:16:16 GMT

Alerts for those who are always looking down at their mobe

The German city of Augsburg is embedding warning lights in the pavement at traffic intersections to alert smartphone users who don't looking up before crossing the road.…

Google can't hold back this malware running riot in its Play store

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:52:07 GMT

Ad fraud, scareware slinger Android.Spy.277.origin found in more than 100 apps

Security researchers have discovered a strain of Android malware that keeps finding its way onto Google Play – despite the store supposedly being scrubbed clean of infiltrated apps.…

LG: Stop focusing on Apple and Samsung. There's us. And our G5. Look at it. Look at it

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:58:12 GMT

The forgotten flagship

Review Every year LG threatens to steal the flagship crown, but the press pauses briefly only on the device before returning to speculating about Samsung and Apple.…