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Apple is like HITLER says Chinese billionaire

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 01:04:24 GMT

Android, however, is a beacon of freedom and openness

One of the ways Chinese kids like to pass their time is watching video on a site called Leshi TV that's sufficiently popular the company's CEO Jia Yueting is ranked among the planet's billionaires.…

Chip rumor-gasm: Intel to buy Altera! Samsung to buy AMD! ... or not

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:50:22 GMT

One way to boost your share price by 28 per cent

Rumors flew fast and furious on Friday about possible acquisitions in the chip industry, with both Intel and Samsung said to be eyeing purchases that could strengthen their positions against rivals.…

ZTE's stealthy Nubia: China-made Google-free Android mobe

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:03:10 GMT

Free-range ninja phone proves compelling but unusual

Hands On A stealth project being shown discreetly at Mobile World Congress this month shows how far Chinese phone manufacturers have come – and how far they have to go. It’s under the umbrella of ZTE, the state-owned telecoms giant, and was officially unveiled this week.…

HTC One M9 Android smartphone: Like a M8 with a squinty eye

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:04:04 GMT

Design of the times

Review In a world of generic smartphones where even Apple and Samsung seem to be converging on the same design, HTC has designed phones that are pretty distinctive – the HTC One is one of the very few brands you can recognise from across a room.…

What is HPC actually good for? Just you wait and see

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:03:06 GMT

Technology, if not money, does trickle down to your children

High Performance Computing (HPC) is all terribly exciting. We get announcements about this supercluster or that beating the number of teraflops of that other one (or, more likely these days, petaflops). Or maybe it's data throughput or storage size or even transfer rates.…

Win some, lose some: Motorola 1, patent troll 1

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:05:01 GMT

Jury backs Intellectual Ventures on one of two infringement claims against Moto's phones

Motorola Mobility got some bad news and good news on Wednesday when a US jury found it ripped off an Intellectual Ventures-owned technology patent although denied a second infringement claim.…

Light the lanterns people, Acer made a profit in 2014

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:39:06 GMT

Finally, an end to the three years of consecutive losses

A recovery of sorts is taking place at Acer with calendar 2014 P&L accounts returning to the black in a meaningful way, bringing closure to three consecutive years of losses.…

Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:03:12 GMT

If you’ve ever wanted to give Apple the finger…

Review Last year’s update to the MacBook Pro was more notable for its £100 price cut than the modest speed bump that accompanied it. However, this year’s model is a more interesting kettle of fish, as it introduces Intel’s latest Broadwell processors to the Mac range, along with Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad doohickey.…

Wannabe a nano-bot-manufacturing giant? Better cozy up to Apple

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:21:05 GMT

Cupertino goliath plays kingmaker in the MEMS market

Apple's demand for minute mechanical gizmos in its iThings is more or less dictating who wins and who loses among MEMS manufacturers, analysts reckon.…

Hacker builds cheatbot for hit app Trivia Crack

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:03:09 GMT

Method used to sniff spoilers could also be used for non-trivial attack on your mobe

Security researcher Randy Westergren has reverse engineered super popular app Trivia Crack, recompiled it to help cheaters and along the way showed how to turn it into nastyware.…

'Virtual nose' makes VR less dizzying, say boffins

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 06:02:12 GMT

Your nose is going to be three foot wide across your face by the time I'm finished with you

A Purdue University undergraduate has picked a way to stop virtual reality inducing motion sickness: program in a virtual nose.…

Samsung forgets fingerprints, focuses its eye on YOURS

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:29:10 GMT

Iris-scanning tech coming to Galaxy gear starting with special Tab Pro

When Samsung shoved the Galaxy S5 out the door last year, one of the things it put front and centre was the new ability to log on with one's fingerprint.…

Bloodborne: An immersively thick cut above its gaming rivals

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:26:05 GMT

It's bloody and it's marvellous - even when you're dead

Game Theory I dreamt I was in Yharnam last night, swirling dark cloth fluttering on the edge of my consciousness; Bloodborne has me hooked like a horrid nightly visit from a Lovecraftian succubus. This game is no fleeting weekender like The Order: 1886 it’s time for some true graft.…

Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:55:13 GMT

Fighting automatic regulation with automatic adherence

Ford has announced a new intelligent speed limiter system which reads traffic signs and reduces fuel flow to keep your vehicle within the speed limit.…


Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:58:03 GMT

Telepresence 'bot market growing at more than 50 per cent a year

Over the last couple of years The Reg has occasionally reported on “telepresence robots”, devices that beam your beaming smile onto a monitor carried atop a motorised trolley that rolls around a remote office.…

Imagination touts cheap Firefox OS MIPS slab to Chinese kitmakers

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:41:11 GMT

'Hey! Over here! No, not that one, that's ARM...'

No longer content to cede the mobile processor market to ARM, British chip firm Imagination Technologies has unveiled a new reference tablet design powered by a CPU based on its MIPS architecture.…

Twitch stitch-up: Gaming vid streamers in data breach hack alert

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 20:36:36 GMT

Amazon-owned upstart cuts account links to Twitter & YouTube

Gameplay-streaming upstart Twitch thinks hackers may have harvested its user accounts for private information – and has reset people's passwords as a precaution.…

Drug drone not high enough: Brit lags' copter snared on prison wire

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:45:42 GMT

Entangled techno-mule was supposed to drop gear and phone for locked-up crims

The first recorded attempt to smuggle drugs into a British prison using a drone has ended in failure – after the gear-bearing gizmo got tangled in razor wire.…

Discreet fighting man: Battlefield Hardline

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:57:12 GMT

Woop woop, SSSSHHHH! It's the sometimes-stealthy sound of the police

Game Theory If there’s one area of the Battlefield formula you’d say needs most work, it would undoubtedly be its single-player component. Recent offerings have promised much in hyped-up trailers, showing blazing gunfights and falling buildings. But, ultimately, each has fallen short when it comes to a cohesive storyline and noteworthy gameplay.…

Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:28:08 GMT

Welcome back to *kah-zzeeep* the old printer age

A programmer better known for work on Arduino has shown off handy vintage mainframe skills, getting an ancient IBM 1401 to buzz away on its 1403 line printer to produce the classic Mandelbrot fractal image.…

Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 01:21:16 GMT

New Macs fall foul of Cupertino's Drill Sergeant

The Cupertino fruit factory has decided to boot old versions of Windows out of the camp, quietly not-announcing that only Windows 8 and 10 will run on the latest flavours of the dual-boot "Boot Camp" utility that ships with this year's new Macs.…

Pass the Lollipop: Google creepily warms to body contact with Android lock function

Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:52:51 GMT

Now thieves are encouraged to wrestle mobe from your hands

Google, it would seem, has quietly released a new smart lock mode feature for Android-powered devices.…

Lighty and flighty: Six sizzling portable projectors

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:07:04 GMT

For business and pleasure

Product Roundup Portable projectors are improving their image. What were once dim curiosities – of use principally to travelling hucksters – have evolved into surprisingly powerful display devices.…

Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:04:03 GMT

Ugh, it's as though my thing has 'bacteria or cancer'

Apple consumers are complaining that the company is ignoring their complaints about the anti-reflective MacBook coating peeling off in whacking great ugly patches.…

AUTOPILOT: Musk promises Tesla owners a HANDS-OFF hands-on

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 00:29:04 GMT

Miracle driverless car software upgrade

Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk has claimed that an update to the software in his all-electric cars will seemingly magically turn them into self-driving autonomous vehicles.…

Amazon issued with licence for delivery drone madness

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 22:54:11 GMT

FAA also considering inflatable dartboards, chocolate teacups

Amazon has been granted a special "experimental airworthiness certificate" by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to test out new drones.…

Intel's cheap and Android's free: Not any more, says TAG Heuer

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:40:36 GMT

Man, you gotta keep a watch on the Swiss

(Comparatively) inexpensive Swiss watch maker TAG Heuer has chummed up with ad giant Google and silicon goliath Intel to launch a luxury smartwatch powered by a Chipzilla chipset and running Android Wear.…

Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:01:10 GMT

Herbie becomes the fourth (or fifth?) emergency service

New cars sold in the EU will soon be able to call the emergency services without human intervention.…

Our 4King benders are so ace we're going full OLED, says LG

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:02:10 GMT

Firm ramps up TV production, unveils new 4K models — and cries wolf?

Breaking Fad Will 2015 be the year that upstart OLED TVs finally catch on with the TV buying public? LG, long time advocate of the futuristic panels, believes so.…

Apple Watch is like an invasive weed says Gartner

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 05:02:10 GMT

Cupertino invades ecosystems and out-competes defenceless incumbents

Analyst outfit Gartner has likened the Apple Watch to the invasive Kudzu vine, an Asian plant that has become a pest around the world.…

MacBooks slimming down with Sammy's new 3D NAND diet pills

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:29:09 GMT

Honestly, I couldn't eat another thing

The 3D NAND revolution starts here. According to reports, Apple has signed a deal with Samsung to use its 3D V-NAND SSDs in future MacBooks, expected some time in 2016.…

$30 Landfill Android mobes are proof that capitalism ROCKS

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:03:06 GMT

Give us your tired, your poor, your phoneless masses

Worstall on Wednesday I've mentioned around here before that the shipping container has been one of the most revolutionary technologies of our times. Similarly, I've said that the mobile phone has had a vast effect on human wealth.

Google Glass DIED from TOO MUCH ATTENTION, Captain Moonshot admits

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:29:10 GMT

Nothing to do with Mountain View's publicity stunts, oh no

Speaking at the South by Southwest music and tech conference in Austin, Texas, Google X boss Astro Teller - who glories in the title Captain of Moonshots - said the smart glasses project could have benefited from a bit of restraint.…

Microsoft shows off South Korean PC-on-a-stick

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 03:59:04 GMT

Daewoo dongle due in May, will run Windows 8.1

What's 11 centimeters long, packs an Intel processor, weighs 46g, runs Windows 10 or 8.1, and is sticky?…

MARIO MOBES: Nintendo hooks up with DeNA, births NX gaming system

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:06:10 GMT

Membership-based gamer service coming too

Nintendo and DeNA have joined forces in “a business and capital alliance” to bring the Japanese gaming firm's beloved characters to smart gadgetry.…

Rezzed: Indie gaming shows off its finest

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:27:08 GMT

Includes Schrödinger’s Cat, an alien mayoral candidate and more

Game Theory My favourite games of late are indie games. I have spent hours lost in Darkest Dungeon and have endured soul-destroying loss and emotional turmoil in This War of Mine, as AAA games just haven’t quite been cutting it of late. Time to head down to EGX Rezzed, a smaller, more indie-focused event compared to EGX Expo, which I attended in the summer.…

Flying cars will take to the skies in 2017, if government allows

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 05:02:10 GMT

AeroMobil wants to be the Google of airborne aviation

A Czech firm thinks it's finally solved one of the tech world's most desirable objects, the flying car, and says the first consumer vehicles will be ready to lift off by 2017, government regulations permitting.…

BlackBerry joins the FREAK show

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 03:02:12 GMT

Working on patches now

BlackBerry has joined the lengthening list of FREAKed-out vendors, publishing a list of currently-vulnerable software and promising fixes as soon as possible.…

AMD, ARM, Imagination, Samsung alliance publish official shared GPU-CPU blueprints

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 23:30:03 GMT

HSA Foundation rolls out 1.0 spec to grab devs' attention

An effort to tightly knit together graphics chips, processors and other hardware to boost things like video search on your desktop has taken a step forward.…

Improved Apple Watches won't get more expensive? Hmmm

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:32:05 GMT

Hedonic adjustments and valuing stuff over time

Worstall on Monday It really is true, economists are a bit weird, and this rubs off on those interested in the subject. Most people when confronted with the Christometer seem to think about the bling value.…

Hackable media box based on the Raspberry Pi compute module: Five Ninjas Slice

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:02:03 GMT

Come and fiddle with our Linux-powered toy

Review My original idea was to review the Raspberry Pi Compute Module. But the thing about the Compute Module is that it’s not an end-user product: it was designed for manufacturers looking for an ARM-based platform on which they can build devices they can sell.…

BBC gives naked computers to kids (hmm, code for something?)

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:26:04 GMT

Drop the consoles and look at that LED array

Comment The Beeb is trying to recapture the past glories of the BBC Micro with the “Micro Bit”, a single board computer it’s giving to every single 12-year-old in the UK, with the hope of inspiring them to learn programming or (perhaps more politically correct) coding.…

China's BYD ramps up 'leccycar battery production in challenge to Tesla

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:28:04 GMT

Buffett-ing ahead for Musk's offerings?

Warren Buffett-backed Chinese car manufacturer BYD is aiming to compete with Tesla Motors by tripling its production of batteries for electric cars over the next three years.…

Brute force box lets researchers, Cops, pop iDevice locks

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:28:11 GMT

Passwords gone in 17 hours unless you upgrade to iOS 8.2

Apple fans have more reason to update to iOS 8.2 with the discovery of a device used in the computer repair industry that automates password exploitation.…

Fujitsu SPARCs up liquid cooling for smartphones

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 06:02:03 GMT

1mm metal plate contains coolant and can be cut to fit any gadget

One of the tricks Fujitsu uses to increase density in its M10 family of SPARC servers is liquid cooling. The company's Liquid Loop Cooling offers a closed system to pump coolant around a motherboard, the better to draw away heat.…

Blackberry touts UNCERTIFIED 'secure' slab in hunt for public sector biz

Sun, 15 Mar 2015 11:00:05 GMT

Ties deal with Samsung and IBM

CeBIT 2015 Blackberry unveiled what it claimed was a "high-security tablet" in Hannover on Saturday – even though the device awaits approval from Germany's infosec agency.…

We're not sure what it is, but we like it: Lexus NX300h hybrid SUV

Sun, 15 Mar 2015 09:00:12 GMT

£40,000 of style and substance

Vulture at the Wheel Oh, for the days when it was obvious what category a car sat in. You see, I don’t rightly know which pigeonhole to try to shove the latest Lexus NX300h into. The closest thing in spirit is probably Nissan’s Juke, another style wagon that is part SUV, part four door coupé.…

Want that awesome new Apple TrackPad? Don't get a MacBook Pro

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:16:08 GMT

Don't try to repair it either, unless you want a gluey mess

The trackpad in the new version of Apple's MacBook Pro may not be the new-fangled technological marvel that CEO Tim Cook said it would be, say analysts.…

Droidberry dangles: Why the BlackBerry-Samsung alliance is big potatoes

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:03:05 GMT

Behold the mighty stealth platform

Analysis There’s something about BlackBerry that even its biggest fans can forget. BlackBerry has never been a phone company – it has always been a network company. For over thirty years, BlackBerry has done clever things to and with networks. It brought efficient data management, security and intelligence to mobile packet networks – very useful services.…

One's speedy, one's a fat boy: WD and Toshiba spin out new HDDs

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 07:03:09 GMT

Take your pick between the AL13 and the Re+

Toshiba has introduced a 12Gbit/s SAS disk interface AL13 series disk drive, doubling its interface bandwidth compared to previous models, while WD has launched a power-sipping high-capacity drive.…