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Tesla's splitting with sensor supplier

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:36:08 GMT

Mobileye's new best friends are BMW and Intel, and Elon says he's not worried

Automotive motion-sensor outfit Mobileye has announced that it's broken up with 'leccy car-maker Tesla.…




Tesla autopilot driver 'was speeding' moments before death – prelim report

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:44:07 GMT

Turns out a simple thing could have saved his life

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its preliminary report into the Tesla crash that killed Joshua Brown, a 40-year-old Ohio man who was using the car's Autopilot function at the time of his death.…




Airbus doesn't just make aircraft – now it designs drone killers

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 23:33:38 GMT

New security system downs sky spies from seven miles away

Vid A new joint venture between aircraft manufacturer Airbus and California startup Dedrone is selling a security system that can spot drones miles away and knock them out of the sky.…




Microsoft blames dying Surface Pro 3 batteries on software bug

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:36:08 GMT

Device life measured in minutes

Microsoft has admitted that the battery problems hitting some Surface Pro 3 owners aren't down to hardware failure, but rather a software issue.…




Osram's Lightify smart bulbs blow a security fuse – isn't anything code audited anymore?

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 06:01:04 GMT

Four unpatched bugs remain after nine found

Nine security holes, four of them still unpatched, have been found in the Osram smart light bulb system, potentially giving attackers access to a home or corporate network.…




Facebook Surround360 design lands at GitHub

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 04:05:08 GMT

DIY VR cam: only US$30k

Facebook needs VR content for its Oculus Rift VR headset, so it's made good on its March promise to publish its Surround360 camera design and software.…




Pokemon GO-ZILLA: Safety fears after monsters appear in Fukushima danger zone

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:55:10 GMT

What is it with the Japanese, radiation and made-up creatures?

Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Co is upset that Pokemon Go players on the hunt for monsters are being lured into the Fukushima Nuclear Exclusion Zone.…




What's losing steam at Apple? Pretty much everything

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:34:51 GMT

Cook: Hey, we thought it was going to be even worse

Apple is trying to put the best face on another bad quarter by saying it has exceeded its own meager expectations.…




Anti-theft kill switches in smartphones just got a little less creepy

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:46:39 GMT

US peeps now get more control over tracking and remote wipes

Some of the largest smartphone vendors and mobile carriers in the US say they have hit a milestone in the use of privacy-friendly anti-theft tools.…




Intel soundlessly emits Broadwell Xeon E5-4600 v4 quad-socket chips

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:14:12 GMT

She's built like an E5 but handles like an E7

Just because Intel doesn’t make a lot of noise about a product does not mean that it is not important for the company. Rather, it is a gauge of relative importance, and with such a broad and deep portfolio of chips, not everything can be cause for rolling out the red carpet.…




BlackBerry snips Alcatel label off a midrange biz 'Droid, sells it for $299

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:53:41 GMT

While baking in extra security

BlackBerry today took the wraps off its first phone of the year, the cryptically named DTEK50. As rumoured, BlackBerry has based its second Android phone on a reference design from TCL, which owns Alcatel, and "security hardened" it with BlackBerry's Android.…




Seminal adventure game The Hobbit finally ported to the Dragon 64

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:02:07 GMT

Users of obscure Motorola-powered micro can finally see Thorin singing about gold

1982-vintage adventure game The Hobbit has been ported to the Dragon 64, 34 years after the program's release.…




Nintendo to investors: Pokémon Go won't make money come

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 03:45:14 GMT

Facts whack share price, taking the shine off Tokyo launch

Investors who bid up Nintendo have punished the company for pointing out the Pokémon Go app is not going to create a cash deluge.…




No, the VCR is not about to die. It died years ago. Now it's VHS/DVD combo boxes' turn

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 01:37:16 GMT

Japan's Funai sold 750,000 units last year, but parts are hard to come by so it's quitting

Japanese company Funai will stop making VHS devices this month, marking the end of the road for the venerable video tape standard.…




Samsung: You won't settle? Fine, we'll do this the Huawei

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:29:05 GMT

South Korean electronics giant countersues in patent spat

Samsung has filed a countersuit against Huawei in China over allegations of patent infringement.…




White House to bung electric car industry $4.5bn in loans

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:25:40 GMT

Before you buy that Tesla though…

The White House has said the US federal government will underwrite loans totaling $4.5bn to expand the use of electric cars.…




Revealed: How Dell can afford $67bn for EMC – by selling $650k laptops

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:48:03 GMT

Ambitious finance plan looks to bring big bucks

World exclusive Dell's ingenious strategy for financing its audacious $67bn acquisition of EMC is a secret no more.…




Microsoft's 3D Jedi phone explored

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:40:28 GMT

Ambitious but doomed UX experiment, I see

A never-released Microsoft phone has surfaced, providing a glimpse of how Redmond's designers proposed to evolve touch-based user interfaces.…




Tight-wad Apple repair techs swapped our damaged iGear with used kit – lawsuit

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 21:15:45 GMT

Help! They switched our used phones with...er… used phones

Apple has been presented with a class-action lawsuit filed by customers who say the expensive electronics giant replaced their damaged devices with used models.…




Official: AMD now stands for Avoiding Miserable Death

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:45:30 GMT

Officially on El Reg, that is – Mini-chipzilla in the black after strong console chip sales

AMD fans are over the moon today as their favorite processor designer has sold more chips than expected in the three months to June 25.…




Apple Watch craze over before it started: Wrist-puter drags market screaming off a cliff

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:23:46 GMT

Sir Jony ive's Waterloo

Smartwatch shipments are in freefall thanks to slowing sales of the Apple Watch.…




Selfie-proof smartmobes will hit stores for Christmas

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:54:39 GMT

Corning's Gorilla Glass 5.0 can survive 80 per cent of 1.6m drops, at least in the lab

Corning has revealed version 5.0 of its Gorilla Glass, the ubiquitous covering for smartphones. And this time around it says the substance has been toughened up again and will now remain intact “up to 80 percent of the time when dropped face-down from 1.6 meters onto rough surfaces”.…




What do you call a spreadsheet with decent numbers for a change? qualcomm_q3_2016.xlsx

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:46:23 GMT

China sales, overdue royalties help chip biz right its ship

Qualcomm is crediting strong sales in China and an infusion of back royalty payments for a better-than-expected quarterly return.…




Microsoft Azure doubles up to $800m a quarter – and is wiped out by dying phone sales

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 02:31:06 GMT

Win some, you lose some: profit up, revenue down

Analysis All eyes were on Microsoft's cloud business today as it published its fourth-quarter and full-year financial results.…




Shock: Apple patents the phone book

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 21:20:10 GMT

Cupertino pondering cellular broadband tech in laptops

Apple has been granted a patent that suggests its future MacBooks will come with built-in phone hardware, giving the notebooks mobile broadband connectivity.…




What keeps former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani awake at night?

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:31:42 GMT

You WON’T BELIEVE THE ANSWER

Sketch So, what, if anything, keeps former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani awake at night? Actually, he told a BlackBerry event today, there is this one thing.…




BlackBerry chief: We don't have to make phones to make phones

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 18:44:53 GMT

If you see what I mean. Do you? Does anyone?

BlackBerry CEO John Chen said his company has an internal project to bring Android security up to the level of its BlackBerry 10 platform, which should bear fruit after the release of Android N.…




For $800 you can buy internet engineers' answer to US government spying

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 22:15:42 GMT

Open-source CrypTech board launches in Berlin

The long-awaited response from internet engineers to Edward Snowden's revelations of mass surveillance by the US government has been launched in Berlin.…




What will laws on self-driving cars look like? Think black boxes and 'minimum attention'

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 21:19:47 GMT

German government and United Nations plan for the future

The recent high-profile crash of a Tesla driving in Autopilot mode has sparked a rush to develop new laws for self-driving cars.…




AT&T: We wanna be a drone company, not just a phone company

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 00:55:11 GMT

Aerial inspectors, air traffic control and flying COWs ahead

Vid AT&T is planning to rapidly expand its use of drones – it can already put one of the gizmos in the air virtually anywhere over continental United States.…




Did mock cop bot trot on fraught tot? Maybe not

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 23:05:33 GMT

Mall patrol droid maker hits back at claims its machine ran over a kid

The maker of the security guard robot that allegedly ran down a toddler in a Silicon Valley shopping mall last week has claimed its droid is innocent.…




FTC lets Nest off the hook over Revolv IoT hub bricking shame

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 21:56:54 GMT

US watchdog puts out advisory for other smart home makers

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decided not to move forward with an investigation into smart-home company Nest and its decision to end support for the Revolv hub.…




Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 09:29:05 GMT

Time for trouble (make it double)

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Back in the 1970s, cockney actor Mike Reid’s catchphrase on children’s TV was “Runaround – GO!!!”…




Pokemon Go Directly To Jail if you hunt here, says Oz Justice Dept

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 01:16:10 GMT

Reminds hunters of fines and jail terms for using recording devices in court houses

The Department of Justice in the Australian State of New South Wales has warned Pokemon hunters that if they hunt for digital critters inside courthouses they may find their next trip is to an actual jail.…




Dear Tesla, stop calling it autopilot – and drivers are not your guinea pigs

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:47:44 GMT

People too trusting about tech, mag finds

Tesla is misleading drivers about the efficacy of its Autopilot feature and is putting lives at risk, according to Consumer Reports.…




Microsoft silently kills dev backdoor that boots Linux on locked-down Windows RT slabs

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:29:00 GMT

Patch Tuesday wasn't just about browser bugs

Microsoft has quietly killed a vulnerability that can be exploited to unlock ARM-powered Windows RT tablets and boot non-Redmond-approved operating systems.…




Thermostat biz Nest warms to home security, touts cam with cloud storage subscription

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 20:55:45 GMT

What could go wrong?

Nest has launched its first new product in several years: an outdoor surveillance camera.…




Salesforce bins all Android phones bar Nexii and Galaxies

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 01:21:41 GMT

Also cancels support for Nexus Tabs, old iOS devices in future apps

Cloud darling Salesforce is upsetting end users by giving its Salesforce1 supported devices list a number-one haircut.…




Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:29:07 GMT

In China, they get it, QR codes are like money and mobile payments are everywhere

On a recent trip to Shanghai, I saw a person in front of me in a supermarket queue present their mobile phone when asked for payment. The clerk quickly pointed the laser scanner at the phone - blip!- the sale completed. But not thanks to NFC.…




IBM caps '20 years' of deep MS love with Surface deal

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 17:02:10 GMT

As Seattle surfaces surface as a service service. Serious....

IBM has become the latest sometime hardware giant to agree to push software giant Microsoft’s client hardware - years after selling off its own client devices business.…




Pokemon Go oh no no no, we're not reading your email, says gamemaker

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 19:09:50 GMT

God-mode access token found in wildly popular app

Final update This was a developing story: read through to the updates for the full scoop.




Galaxy S7 Active can't swim, claims site. But it can, vendor retorts

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:28:42 GMT

Consumer Reports says phone more aqua-phobic than billed

Samsung is defending its latest line of Galaxy S7 phones after a report questioned the water-resistance claims made by one model of the handset.…




Android Mew-ware, I choose you: Code nasty poses as Pokemon GO

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 22:11:52 GMT

DroidJack wants to peek-at-you

Mind those downloads from non-official app stores: Android malware has been spotted posing as knockoff copies of the popular Pokemon GO game.…




Facebook offers end-to-end encrypted chat – if you find the right setting

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 20:38:28 GMT

There's always a catch

Facebook is rolling out end-to-end encryption for its messaging service to bring it in line with competitors, including its own WhatsApp.…




Our man pops the hood on Intel's v4 engine: Broadwell Xeons

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:02:05 GMT

Taking new chips for a test drive

Sysadmin Blog Recently, I reviewed Supermicro's Microblade system. One of the goals of this review was to compare the new Intel v4 (Broadwell) Xeons to their predecessor v3 (Haswell) Xeons. This was not as easy as it should have been.…




Remember those stupid hoverboards? 500,000+ recalled in the US after they started exploding

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 02:01:08 GMT

This Wheel's On Fire

Vid Half a million hoverboard users should hotfoot it to the hardware's makers and get a replacement, lest they go up in flames.…




The truth about Silent Circle's super-secure, hyper-privacy phones: No one's buying them

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 23:44:59 GMT

Android mobe maker and Geeksphone fall out over debts

It seems that the Blackphone, the handset created by Silent Circle and Spanish firm Geeksphone, isn't as popular as its makers would like.…




AMD promises code fix for power-hungry Radeon RX 480 GPU

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 22:51:59 GMT

Intel's punching bag says it's working on a patch

AMD says it will soon release a software update for its Radeon RX 480 graphics card to stop it slurping unexpectedly large amounts of power.…




Huge double boxset of Android patches lands after Qualcomm disk encryption blown open

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 19:03:10 GMT

What a coincidence

Google has released two bundles of Android security patches this month: a smaller one to handle bugs in the operating system, and a larger package that tackles a raft of driver-level issues, particularly with Qualcomm's hardware.…




So. Farewell then, BlackBerry Classic. You were a classic ... of sorts

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 13:04:11 GMT

RIM's strange journey to the design museum

BlackBerry has confirmed it won’t make any more BlackBerry Classics, marking the end of an era.…