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Back to school: Six of the smartest cheap 'n' cheerful laptops

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:21:07 GMT

The usual suspects for studious souls

Product Roundup The summer’s been and gone already, and it’s the time of year when our brightest and best leave home to enter the hallowed halls of academia. Any young student will need a decent laptop to help them out with essays and other work, but the chances are that most students will also be on a pretty tight budget.…

Apple muscles in on biz world AGAIN – this time with Cisco pact

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:06:07 GMT

Will hanging on the telephone help shift more iOS gear to enterprises?

Apple has inked a deal with networking giant Cisco, as Cupertino beefs up its efforts to pull in more business customers.…

Human sacrifice. Android Wear syncing with iPhones. Cats and dogs living together. Mass hysteria!

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:46:31 GMT

Google app gives Apple gear a wristjob

Google has released an app to allow Android Wear smartwatches to sync with Apple iPhones.…

The Honor's a defo gamechanger, but good luck buying one

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:01:12 GMT

China sleeps no more ... and she could get tetchy

Analysis China has been threatening to up-end the phone business for a while, without coming up with a convincing end product. Finally, though, it has, and I expect to see a rapid shakeout of top tier handset manufacturers, already reeling from years of losses.…

Boffins unveil open source GPU

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:56:09 GMT

Benchmarks today, real hardware tomorrow?

It's a kitten rather than a roar right now, but if the MIAOW project unveiled at last week's Hot Chips conference can get legs, the next year could see the launch of the world's first “open GPU”.…

NVIDIA reveals GPUs for blade servers, Linux desktop support

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:56:11 GMT

VDI-focussed for now, but the street finds its own use for things

VMworld 2015 NVIDIA has announced the second version of its Grid desktop virtualisation software, complete with a pair of GPUs for blade servers.…

Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:21:22 GMT

Huawei's nicely honed handset with nowt left out

Review With a starting price of £249, the Honor 7 is a quality phone that offers astonishing value for money: and it could be a genuine game-changer for how people buy phones. Not only is it (comfortably) the standout product in its price range, it also has the kind of features associated with much more expensive models, and a few unique tricks of its own that make it nicer to use.…

Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:05:13 GMT

It's a web-based competition with a spider in it

Caption Competition In an act of supreme kindness, we are giving you another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Hard Drive – in this week’s Vulture Caption Competition.…

Travel back to the 19-Z80s this weekend

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:39:16 GMT

Reg scores pictorial preview as PC pioneer Microbee re-opens its doors down under

The early 1980s gave the world its first taste of cheap, user-friendly micro-computers and saw the likes of the Sinclair Spectrum, Commodore 64 the Atari 400 and 800 and the TRS-80 find their way into homes around the world.…

Apple will reveal new iPhone on Sept 9 – this is what it may look like

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:02:19 GMT

Hint: It looks like a bleedin' iPhone

Pics Apple has sent out invites for a press conference next week where it will unveil new iPhones – quite possibly the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.…

Apple's fruity wristjob breathes down Fitbit's neck

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:01:59 GMT

Two thirds of flogged smart wearables were Apple Watches

Apple's wristjob is preparing to speed past Fitbit on sales of wearables after just four months, according to IDC.…

Obi: These ARE the 'droids you're looking for

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:38:12 GMT

Former Apple CEO John Sculley presents us with a new hope

Former Apple CEO John Sculley is to launch a pair of Android phones. The SF1 and SJ1.5 are mid-range and low-end devices respectively from the company Obi Worldphone.…

Take two mobes into the shower? I didn't before, but I do now

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:52:13 GMT

Dual-SIM iPhone device is actually another, smaller phone in disguise

First Look A Kickstarter project to produce a dual-SIM iPhone is really a separate phone which the iPhone connects to via Bluetooth.…

First pics of flagship Lumias for 18 months released … or maybe not

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:26:10 GMT

After such a wait, it seems they’re mid-range and plastic

Images of the first flagship Lumia phones for 18 months have popped up on Twitter ... or have they? Renowned technology "leaker" Evan Blass posted two images of models described as the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.…

Scrapheap challenge: How Amazon and Google are dumbing down the gogglebox

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:39:09 GMT

It's time to get some guarantees for smart TV

Breaking Fad Online video content is becoming increasingly popular, thanks to the likes of iPlayer, Netflix and Amazon. For many of us, those services make it possible to find something to watch whenever we want. With Netflix and Amazon throwing huge amounts of money at their own original productions, it's likely that more and more people will be considering a subscription a worthwhile addition to their monthly expenses.…

Nano – meet her: AMD's Radeon R9 4K graphics card for non-totally bonkers gamers, people

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:08:11 GMT

Perfect size for mini-ITX mobos and small cases

Pics AMD will today launch the Radeon R9 Nano, a beefy graphics card designed to run comfortably inside tight spaces.…

Roll up, roll up, as LG launches stealthy Bluetooth keyboard

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:35:07 GMT

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag, and smuggle them on holiday

A keyboard which rolls up four rows of almost full-sized keys into a stick has been launched by LG at the IFA trade show.…

Windows 10 blamed (partly) for stalled PC sales recovery

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 11:22:06 GMT

Channel has two years to wait until 'modest' turnaround, says IDC

The recovery in PC sales has been postponed until 2017 – and Microsoft and Windows 10 are partly to blame.…

FBI collars exec who allegedly tried to nick secrets of game fronted by babe Kate Upton

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 23:51:10 GMT

Ex-manager at model's favorite MMO charged en route to China

A former games company executive, who allegedly tried to steal trade secrets from his old bosses and flee to China, has been arrested and charged by the FBI.…

Angry Birds maker Rovio takes aim at staff, axes a third of them

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 19:08:09 GMT

O Rovio, Rovio, wherefore art thou, Rovio?

Angry Birds maker Rovio has announced plans to lay off 260 employees.…

Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:01:36 GMT

Cupertino's idiot tax doesn't carry over to autos – in-dash system more likely

Despite rumblings of secret research projects and hiring sprees, Apple is not going to be building its own cars anytime soon, says one analyst.…

Your smartphone can be a 3D scanner, say boffins

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 01:56:12 GMT

Oxford U and Microsoft researchers cram 25 fps scanner on a smartphone

Video Microsoft Research and Oxford University are showing off a chunk of software that turns smartphones into 3D scanners – running fast enough that if it's released, it'll be handy for 3D printing enthusiasts.…

Taiwan Supreme Court rules former TSMC exec leaked chip secrets to Samsung

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:25:54 GMT

Ex-R&D boss banned from working for Korean firm

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly won a lawsuit against a former employee over claims that he leaked details of the chip fabber's 28-nanometer process technology to archrival Samsung.…

Still 3D printing with one material? We can use TEN, say MIT eggheads

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:42:12 GMT

Printer/scanner costs less than $10,000 too

Video Designers at MIT have used off-the-shelf components and some nifty software to build a cheap combination 3D printer and scanner unit that can use ten different materials at a time.…

Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:01:05 GMT

OK Register readers, shout in unison: ‘Sign us up’

New British mobe maker Wileyfox has launched a pair of Cyanogen smartphones.…

Vodafone UK rocks the bloat with demands for vanilla Android

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:26:10 GMT

You want plain, colourless Lollipops, have them, says Motorola

Vodafone UK wants to sell Android phones which are as close to stock (as Google intended) as possible, and the red company's favourite device for this is the Moto G.…

Qualcomm flashes Snapdragon 820's bits again – this time it's DSP

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 00:09:36 GMT

Welcome to the 'low power island'

Qualcomm has lifted the veil a little further from its upcoming Snapdragon 820 mobile system-on-chip, sharing details of its new digital signal processor (DSP).…

Blueprints revealed: Oracle crams Sparc M7 and InfiniBand into cheaper 'Sonoma' chips

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:50:50 GMT

Reg gets its hands on Big Red's designs

Hot Chips 2015 Oracle revealed on Monday the details of its new bargain-basement Sparc processor code-named Sonoma. The blueprints were shown at this year's Hot Chips semiconductor conference in Cupertino, California – and we've got a copy of the slides.…

Samsung emits Galaxy S6 Edge+ 'inboxing' video

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:59:23 GMT

Somebody probably called this out-of-the-box thinking

Unboxing and teardowns used to be something that fanbois did, but marketing savvy Samsung has hijacked the genre with a video of its own. Calling it an “inboxing”, the video shows the phone being assembled, not by a worker on a production line, but by a well-dressed man in the kind of setting you only see in carefully crafted videos.…

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 4G: The Android smartie that can take its drink

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 08:01:11 GMT

Beerproof flagship lookalike topples Moto G from its perch

Review Read any technology site and the advice is pretty unequivocal: if you want an Android smartphone for less than £200 that’s not an import, then buy the Mk 3 Motorola Moto G.…

Apple recalling iPhone 6 Pluses to correct their iSight

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 04:58:13 GMT

'Small percentage of devices' take fuzzy photos, says Cupertino

Apple is asking owners of its iPhone 6 Plus phablet to check the device's serial number, because some batches of the device are producing blurry photos. Cupertino says the problem is attributable to “a component that may fail causing your photos to look blurry.” If that's the case, entering your serial number here will reveal if you own one of the faulty devices or just need to find yourself a microfibre cloth and buff your phablet's lens.…

Brit hydro fuel cell maker: our tech charges iPhone 6 for a week

Sun, 23 Aug 2015 13:13:43 GMT

Cartidges still some years out from commerical release, but for the cost of a coffee...

Brit-based hydrogen fuel cell maker Intelligent Energy (IE) reckons it has developed an iPhone that can run for a week after one charge of the battery - which might just help massage the loss-making firm’s bottom line.…

Win8 inventory glut? Yep, it's all Microsoft's fault, says HP

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:01:07 GMT

Exec: 'Need to flush through existing stock before Win10 really take hold'

HP has criticised the way Microsoft rolled out the latest OS, claiming it was the root cause of an inventory pile-up of Windows 8 consumer PCs across the industry that will take time to “flush” through.…

Mobile 'fault' forces BA flight into unscheduled Russian landing

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:17:18 GMT

Airline denies rumours of catastrophically exploding BlackBerry

British Airways has denied that an exploding BlackBerry was to blame for a flight diversion this afternoon.…

Embracing the life-changing qualities of USB power packs and battery extenders

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:23:07 GMT

Worthwhile gadgets to close out the summer

I'm far from picky when it comes to reviews. I like my tech in any shape and size; any tool has merit. Some days I'm playing with a supercomputer, others I'm testing consumer products.…

All aboard the Skylake: How Intel stopped worrying and learned to love overclocking

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:07:45 GMT

6th gen CPU and swanky Asus mobo on test

Review Nope, it’s not the next instalment of the James Bond franchise, but Intel’s eagerly awaited successor to the Broadwell platform. Skylake, like Broadwell, is built on a 14nm process but this time we get yet another new socket, as the new CPUs use the LGA1151 Socket.…

OLPC heir reveals modular laptop design

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 02:58:12 GMT

'Infinity' allows kids to swap out components, even the screen

One Education, an Australian offshoot of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, has opened preview sales for an heir to the XO computer.…

Leaked images claim to show BlackBerry's first Android phone

Thu, 20 Aug 2015 20:42:34 GMT

Have the Canadians admitted defeat at last?

Images have hit the web of what is purportedly BlackBerry's first Android handset.…

Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'

Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:38:05 GMT

Google says flap over user-interface spoofing is overstated

Yet another potentially serious security flaw has been revealed in Android.…

People bored of mobes, say magic quadrant wizards

Thu, 20 Aug 2015 12:25:07 GMT

Sales slowing as many markets, including China, reach saturation point

Global spend on smartphones rose at the slowest rate since 2013 for the second quarter of 2015, according to magic quadrant wizards Gartner.…

Watch out Sonos! Here's the second coming of Yamaha MusicCast

Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:03:09 GMT

All singing, all dancing audio system ticking all the right boxes

Pics Ever had a great idea but not everyone seemed to think so? That was pretty much what happened to Yamaha when it first launched MusicCast back in 2003. A CD-ripping music server with wireless client speakers and Ethernet too, if needed. What a great idea.…

Intel's Compute Sticks stick it to Windows To Go, Chromecast

Thu, 20 Aug 2015 07:32:06 GMT

Tiny PCs are sysadmin and thin client friendly, to a point

Quick review "Little Stick. Big Surprise." That's what Intel says about its Compute Sticks, the new 'smaller than an iPhone' mini-PCs designed for portability and ease of use…

EE Harrier Mini grounded by errant Wi-Fi calling upgrade

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:37:23 GMT

Now flies in exactly the same way as bricks don't

An official upgrade to EE Harrier Mini mobes is bricking them. The upgrade, which was pushed out to customers last week, requires a back-to-base fix.…

Vaio returns from the dead wearing sharper suit, bolts in neck

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:40:07 GMT

Japanese private equity firm aims reanimated ex-Sony brand upmarket

Sony Vaio is making a comeback overseas, with plans to relaunch the brand on Windows 10 devices in the US and Brazil later this year.…

A magic bracelet that unlocks PCs, dancing robot spiders, and more in Intel's circus

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:26:09 GMT

Roll up, roll up

IDF15 It's party time at Intel. The mixtape is in the deck. The beers are chilling in tub. The chip giant has 99 per cent of the data-center market.…

Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 22:51:33 GMT

Cupertino could lose chunk of payout in smartphone suit

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) could be set to deal a significant blow to the $548m payout Apple is due from Samsung by invalidating a key patent in the case.…

Boffins dump the fluids to build solid state lithium battery

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 19:44:39 GMT

No fires, more power, and better lifespan from new tech

Researchers at MIT and Samsung have built a battery that eschews the use of liquid electrolytes in favor of a solid state substance that offers some serious benefits.…

Android apps are flooding on to jailbroken Win10 phones

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 15:39:04 GMT

Uh, SatNad – are you sure this is what you want?

The addition of Android compatibility for Windows phones was called a "suicide note" back in April, and now somebody's composing the first draft. Intrepid tinkerers have opened up previews of Windows 10 for phones to allow a wide range of Android apps run without modification. Reports suggest that at this stage, far more Android apps crash than run well.…

ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini: The able Android smartie the company won't sell you

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:03:09 GMT

Chinese mid-ranger offers impressive bang for your buck

Review The Nubia brand is largely unknown in the UK, because ZTE chooses not to flog its so-named wares here in Blighty. Nevertheless, international-spec Nubia Z9s are reasonably easy to acquire and when Chinese wholesaler GearBest offered to lend us one to poke with the El Reg reviewing stick, we thought: why not?…

'Marshmallow' picked as moniker for Android 6.0

Tue, 18 Aug 2015 02:57:08 GMT

Is Google telling us Android is soft, insubstantial, very good toasted but easily burned?

Alphabet's search, ads, cloud and mobile business Google has revealed that the next version of its Android mobile operating system will be called “Marshmallow”.…