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Guess who filed most Euro patents in 2014? Yep, still Samsung

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:59:06 GMT

Philips and Siemens made the top 3, though

The European Patent Office (EPO) has released its latest annual figures showing that the number of patents filed reached an all-time high in 2014.…

Revival of fortune: Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming micro console

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:02:06 GMT

Revamped firmware and a new tempting price

Review Like the Kickstarter poster-child Ouya, Mad Catz’ Mojo was sent before its time into this breathing world, scarce half made up. Or to put it in a less Shakespearean way, it lacked the full Google Play experience and was a bit pricey.…

Paranoid Android Kaymera smartmobe takes on Blackphone

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:03:05 GMT

Super-secure Israeli platform only lacks Mossad bodyguard

MWC2015 Security specialist Kaymera – based in Herzliya, Israel – has launched a mobile security platform aimed at paranoid corporations.…

Moto E 2015: The builder's cheapie gets a serious upgrade

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:02:10 GMT

Stock Lollipop mini-flop is only skin-deep

Hands On Why can't everybody make a bargain basement phone as well as Motorola? They're as fashionable as egg and chips in a 1970s Wimpy Bar, but the popularity of the small, robust, no-nonsense Moto E and G models has helped revived the brand. The Chinese-owned phone operation yesterday upgraded the Moto E yesterday, adding some quality to the popular Android cheapie, for a slightly higher price.…

Nerdgasm as Apple announces 'special event'

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:31:05 GMT

'Spring Forward' says invitation to March 9th indoctrination session

Apple's hype machine has creaked into life again, with media outlets on Cupertino's “nice” list* reportedly showered with a new invitation to pay homage to the company on March 9th. The company's also updated its live events page with news of a to-be-streamed event on the same day.…

MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:27:05 GMT

Sets can't reach the internet, turned into dumb boxes

Samsung smart TVs have been turned into dumb goggle boxes for the past two days – after the devices have been unable use the internet. Coincidently, Sony smart TVs are also having troubles using the web.…

Intel's Atoms gain new (cosmetic) X-Factor

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:58:09 GMT

Cheaposlab buyers get easier-to-decode names

Intel's decided that its Atom processor needs to get in line with its other ranges, so has given them new names.…

Oh No, Lenovo! Lizard Squad on the attack, flashes swiped emails

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:59:28 GMT

Emo-takeover better not be a viral marketing stunt to win our hearts

Updated Lenovo's domain name lenovo.com appears to have fallen victim to cyber-mischief-makers Lizard Squad.…

Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 01:58:03 GMT

Friday is D-Day for PC lobber to regain trust

On Friday Lenovo is going to tell the world about how it plans to regain the trust of its users in the wake of the Superfish clusterfuck – and may even launch an independent security audit of its products.…

Sales of HP notebooks and servers are UP! And that's all the good news

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:33:11 GMT

Guess the bad news

HP kicked off its fiscal 2015 with a disappointing first quarter, reporting revenue and earnings both down for the three months ending on January 31, as compared to the year-ago period.…

STOP! Pebble Time: New color watch clocks up $5m on Kickstarter

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:36:02 GMT

Updated e-paper wrist-puter leaps in before Apple Watch swamps the market

Pics Pebble today put its first color-screen smartwatch on sale on Kickstarter – and raised $5.4m from 26,000 backers in just a few hours.…

Fears mount over future of hardware distributor Gamma Global

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:31:09 GMT

HP, APC and Cisco kit purveyor yet to comment

Concerns are mounting over the future of Gamma Global amid claims that top brass are reviewing strategic options after hitting a financial bump.…

Get yourself connected: GrovePi+ Starter Kit

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:02:52 GMT

Raspberry Pi projects made easy

Review When it comes to hacking hardware, there’s an easy way and there‘s a hard way. The hard way involves connecting peripherals direct to one of the standard buses supported by your Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone or whatever. Buses like I²C, SPI, UART and 1-Wire. You’ll need to take care with your wiring: have you got the right pull-up or pull-down resistor? Is there too much capacitance in the line?…

AMD's new Carrizo: The x86 notebook processor that thinks it's a GPU

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 02:19:12 GMT

We drill into the tech claims

ISSCC 2015 AMD claims its new x86-powered Carrizo system-on-chip for notebooks has more transistors and yet consumes less power than the previous generation Kaveri – and has shown off some of its engineering to help back that up.…

I'm the wire starter: ARM, IBM tout plug 'n' play Internet of Stuff kit

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:01:03 GMT

Hook board to the router, control it from other side of the planet

Pics ARM and IBM today hope to lure a few more engineers, tinkerers and the like into their Internet of Things (IoT) world with a cloud-connected development kit bundle.…

'Lenovo, Superfish put smut on my system' – class-action lawsuit

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:05:55 GMT

Should be open and shut (laptop) case

A California woman has filed the first lawsuit against Lenovo and Superfish over the pair's adware debacle, claiming the "malware" injected smutty pictures into her web browser on her Yoga laptop.…

EMC looks to military to swell ranks of sales and techie army

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:02:03 GMT

'Right you 'orrible lot, who wants to be an EMC Certified Implementation Specialist?'

EMC is trying to close the skills gap by recruiting the next wave of sales and technical personnel from the armed forces, training steely eyed military leavers for a life on Civvy Street… well, flogging storage.…

Leaky battery attack reveals the paths you walk in life

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:57:10 GMT

'Innocent' power consumption metrics found in scores of Android apps

More than 100 mobile apps leak users' location regardless of whether they opt to keep the information private, according to researchers.…

OLPC spin-off teases modular 'Infinity' computer

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 04:02:08 GMT

Swap out CPUs, cams and drives like LEGO so laptop grows with your kids

One Education, a spin-off of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, has teased a design for a computer that can upgrade its major components forever while requiring little more skill than is necessary to connect LEGO bricks.…

Nvidia U-turns on GTX 900M overclocking after gamer outrage

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:59:36 GMT

Tells punters to wait for next driver update

Nvidia has given in to furious gamers who were outraged by the firm's seemingly perplexing decision to prevent GeForce GTX 900M devices from overclocking.…

Superfish: Lenovo? More like Lolnono – until they get real on privacy

Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:39:04 GMT

Rebuilding trust with Trevor, lesson 1: Be open

Sysadmin blog Everyone and their dog has an opinion on the Superfish debacle which has struck once mighty Lolnovo Lenovo a potentially critical public relations blow. The Register's own Ian Thomson had little nice to say on the subject, and both social media and anecdotal experience indicate to me that his feelings are reasonably widespread.…

Kickstarter folk pay $8 MEELLION for joys of EXPLODING KITTENS

Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:42:47 GMT

Comedy crowdfunded card game crows over copious cash

Cat-loving Kickstarter users have coughed up more than $8m for the pleasure of Exploding Kittens, dethroning hackable games console Ouya as the crowdfunding website's most highly funded game of all time.…

Apple: Fine, we admit it – MacBook Pros suffer wonky GPU crapness

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:33:39 GMT

Give it back and we'll fix it (for free, sigh)

Faced with a class-action lawsuit, Apple has agreed to fix MacBook Pros with knackered graphics electronics free of charge.…

Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 12:14:11 GMT

'More How than Wow' says Sky

Breaking Fad The European TV industry’s uneasy shift to Ultra HD came under the spotlight at an industry confab organised by Astra satellite owner SES last week.…

How many Watches will Apple flog? 20, er, 18.5, no, five, wait, 50 million!

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:32:10 GMT

Yeah, uh, thanks for that, analysts

With the Apple Watch allegedly just weeks away from going on sale, industry pundits are weighing in on their predictions for the Cupertino wearable.…

Android malware hijacks power button, empties wallet while you sleep

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:59:44 GMT

Engineer’s reset recommended

Security biz AVG has spotted an outbreak of a new kind of Android malware that will come alive even when the phone is supposedly switched off. The software nasty is able to do this by hijacking the mobe's power-off sequence.…

Samsung buys LoopPay ... to be better at bonking than Apple

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:29:38 GMT

Mag stripe compatibility has more than twice the penetration

Just as rumours that Samsung is about to move into the mobile payments space at next week’s Mobile World Congress were reaching their peak, the South Korean firm announced the acquisition of LoopPay.…

The Order: 1886 – Round Table gaming's all right on the knight

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:01:03 GMT

'Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!'

Game Theory Sony was obviously hoping The Order: 1886 would be the Holy Grail of exclusive releases for the PS4, but early rumours of shaky game mechanics and overly long cutscenes combined with jilted quick time events seemed like a curse from Morgan Le Fay.…

Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:39:11 GMT

What could possibly go wrong?

Vid Toymaker Mattel has unveiled a high-tech Barbie that will listen to your child, record its words, send them over the internet for processing, and talk back to your kid. It will email you, as a parent, highlights of your youngster's conversations with the toy.…

TV Idol star's keyboard upstart idolizes our gear too much – BlackBerry

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:32:04 GMT

Ryan Seacrest-backed biz accused of ripping off Canadian biz's designs again

Blackberry has fired off a second lawsuit against Typo Innovations, claiming the celebrity-backed startup "slavishly copied" the design of its smartphones for the Typo2 – a physical keyboard strapped to iPhones.…

Qualcomm bungs ARM's beefy 64-bit A72s into new mobe brains

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 23:08:20 GMT

Four system-on-chips outfitted with new CPU, GPU cores

Qualcomm today unveiled four additions to its family of Snapdragon system-on-chips – revealing the specs of some smartphones and tablets that'll appear later this year.…

UGH... opposable thumbs are so tiresome! Why not mount your iPhone on your face?

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:06:09 GMT

Blinded by the Bytes

Tired of having to move your arm slightly and make a tedious grabbing action each and every time you pick up your iPhone? Apple has the answer: a wireless display that enables you to mount your device on your face, according to a recently discovered patent.…

Alca-Lu cooks up 400 Gbps router interconnect

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:55:29 GMT

Data centre links embiggened

Increasing data centre interconnect requirements have prompted Alcatel-Lucent to introduce 400 Gbps line cards for its high-end routers.…

Windows 10 for phones: Stepping towards the One True Windows

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:27:07 GMT

Hands On with the Windows Insider preview

Microsoft has released an early preview of Windows Phone 10, and we put it through its paces on a Lumia 630, one of just a few supported devices.…

Raspberry Pi, meet face: You're probably NOT Blighty's biggest PC maker!

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 07:56:06 GMT

Pi guys claim crown but AMSTRAD STILL KING

The Raspberry Pi Foundation today announced it has sold its five-millionth machine, and said that in so doing it could claim the crown as the UK's best-selling computer ever.…

Sony's super-frumpy SmartEyeglass goggles are $840 Google Glasses

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 23:41:07 GMT

Apple's also design some 'puter-goggles – cheap slip-ons

Pics Do you like Google Glass, but wish the $1,500 headset was more cumbersome, less discreet, and a little easier on the wallet? Well, Sony has just the thing for you (and perhaps only you).…

Samsung pulls ahead of Qualcomm in mobe chip race with 14nm Exynos

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 21:57:08 GMT

But TSMC still snapping at its heels

Samsung says it has begun mass production of silicon based on its new 14-nanometer FinFET process, pulling ahead of its competitors in the race to reduce the transistor size of mobile computing chips.…

Are you ready to ditch the switchboard and move to IP telephony?

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:31:06 GMT

The future is most certainly voice

When I was growing up it was something of a novelty to have a phone in the house. And when I started working in IT in 1989 my company was still encouraging staff to wait to make calls until after 1pm, when peak time ended.…

Apple Watch 'didn't work on HAIRY FANBOIS, was stripped of sensor tech'

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:02:06 GMT

Check your own physical wellbeing please fanbois. Or shave your wrists

Apple has scrapped certain health-monitoring technologies from its upcoming Watch, it's reported, following problems with sensors and regulations.…

Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:01:06 GMT

Promises to fix TV-recording woe soon

Sky customers have been complaining for months about a firmware update that has cocked up their set top boxes but the media giant has been slow to repair the glitch, it has been claimed.…

Qualcomm, ARM: We thought we had such HOT MODELS...

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:02:08 GMT

... but IP licensing changing – and what if smartphones DIE?

The history of mobile device processors is that of two companies, Qualcomm and ARM, both with unique licensing models which many envy but few can successfully copy or compete with. As the growth in the wireless world shifts to embedded and larger-screened devices, and the mobile chip balance of power moves towards China and Wi-Fi, these two firms’ models are coming under pressure.…

Gamers reach for BFG after Nvidia turns back the overclock

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 22:30:08 GMT

It's a feature, no a bug, no, a feature, no, a bug

Laptop-wielding gamers are up in arms over a driver update from Nvidia, which disables overclocking in the company's gaming-laptop-targeted GeForce GTX 900M devices.…

Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:33:10 GMT

Self storage for the light of pocket

Review When The Reg did a roundup of four bay NAS units a few months back, it was mentioned that it was intended to put the latest Thecus model, the N4310, up against some of its competitors.…

Apple drives itself round bend: PITIES THE FOOL who inks deal with carmakers – source

Sat, 14 Feb 2015 18:05:19 GMT

Mr C: iVan go it alone, sucka!

Hours after rumours surfaced suggesting that Apple was working on an "automotive product" with established carmakers – new gossip apparently reveals that Cupertino will go it alone with a self-driving electric vehicle.…

Daybreak Game Company GOES TITSUP after painful Sony DIVORCE

Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:54:17 GMT

'All of SOE is down', teases Lizard Squad

Updated Daybreak Game Company, formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment, has been suffering outage issues with its service, just days after the outfit admitted it was laying off staff following its unexpected divorce from Sony.…

Smartphone NOT INCLUDED: Google plays with Mattel – plugs VR into retro toy

Sat, 14 Feb 2015 13:01:45 GMT

Plastic View-Master now works with, er, Cardboard

Toy manufacturer Mattel has inked an undisclosed deal with Google to turn its View-Master product into a "digital experience" for kids.…

Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred

Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:00:03 GMT

Evoking the spirit of Malcom Sayer and the XJS

Vulture at the Wheel The Jaguar F-Type Coupe is beautiful. It looks good in our pictures here but in the aluminium it’s even more wonderful. Before I got the car for review I saw one in traffic and my heart just sang.…

To Explain the World, Girl in a Band and A Spool of Blue Thread

Sat, 14 Feb 2015 10:00:07 GMT

Scintillating science, Sonic Youth and a Pulitzer prize winner's latest

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston looks at the latest from the literary world with a splendid overview of scientific discovery from Steven Weinberg. Musician Kim Gordon kisses and tells on her life in and outside the band Sonic Youth. And for a Valentine's flavour, we look at the latest from award-winning novelist Anne Tyler.

Microsoft: Oh, go on, Xbox Live user. Show us your spammer

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:45:12 GMT

'We look at them, we boot them' – gaming platform boss

The hugely annoying nuisance that has plagued email for decades has found its way into gaming, most recently spreading to affect their mobile and instant messaging experiences.…

Think you’re hard? Check out the frozen Panasonic CF-54 Toughbook

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:03:41 GMT

Rugged, skinny and light – Angelina Jolie in laptop form

Pics Thinner, lighter, harder. Pick any two right? Not according to the flacks from Panasonic who reckon the new CF-54 Toughbook is all three and more.…