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IBM: Please, take our chip unit. We'll give you $1.5 BEEELLION

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:36:02 GMT

Global Foundries fattens up on IP, engineering

Big Blue is going to become slightly less Big and Blue by paying Global Foundries $1.5bn to take on its chip-making business, according to multiple media reports, as the giant's retreat from hardware continues following the transfer of the X86 server business to Lenovo.…




Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:31:07 GMT

Young VB warrior commandeers Daleks

Doctor Who has been pressganged into the BBC’s “Make it Digital” push to help kids understand computers rather than just playing with them. Its answer: an educational video game.…




WAITER! There's a Flappy Bird in my Lollipop!

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:45:11 GMT

New Android release includes frustrating, derivative, Easter Egg

Google's practice of leaving Easter Eggs in Android appears to have continued, with a chap spotting a Flappy Bird clone in the new version 5.0, aka Lollipop, release.…




Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:30:05 GMT

43mpg from a Jaguar XJ-S

Crawling from the Wreckage Cars are mass-produced consumer products sold to users who mostly know very little about them. They are optimised to make a profit for the manufacturer, so low build cost is paramount for most manufacturers – which automatically excludes many design and engineering ideas that would raise efficiency. John Watkinson has been busy in the garage and applied those concepts to his own vehicle and found that they work.




Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:28:31 GMT

The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat

Apple has quietly removed Bose headphones from its stores, following a noise-cancelling patent spat that Cupertino settled with the music tech company last week.…




Slabba-dabba-GOLD! Apple kicks off presales of fingerprint-loving iPads

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:57:52 GMT

iTouch myself, so Cupertino IDs me

Fanbois can now pre-order Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 online, after the company unveiled its latest fondleslabs on Thursday.…




New gadgets and the future of tech with Regina Eggbert

Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:45:04 GMT

Tune in for this week's top stories, pre-recorded at Vulture Central

Vid Youtube Video




Don't shoot – I'm un-ARM-ed! Samsung whips out Intel Chromebook 2

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:54:30 GMT

Celeron added to line-up .... but it's not the top of the line

Score another point for Chipzilla in its quest for relevance in the mobile market: Samsung has announced a new, low-cost Chromebook that's powered by an Intel processor.…




Man, that iPhone 6 Plus won't fit in my pocket. Oh, here's a mobe store that'll resize my jeans

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:02:50 GMT

Lighten wallets, expand pants. Huzzah!

A retailer in China has found a novel way to accommodate the added dimensions of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus – adjust customers' pants* to fit the large handset.…




iPhone 6 shunned by fanbois in Apple's GREAT FAIL of CHINA

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:59:02 GMT

Just 100 Beijing fanbois queue to pick up new mobe

The belated Chinese launch of the iPhone 6 appears to have been a total flop after just 100 people queued outside a flagship store to buy the new mobe.…




Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:03:52 GMT

The world's first waterproof e-reader

Review Now that even the cheapest tablets are notching up increased battery life these days, it seems that the ever-ready e-reader could run the risk of becoming extinct.…




It's not always about you: Why the Apple Watch is all about China

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:31:06 GMT

Confused by that weird 'digital touch' thing? Don't worry, you're not Chinese

Analysis If you’re wondering why you don’t want the new Apple Watch as much as you think you should, don’t fret, it’s because you’re not Chinese.…




Internet finally ready to replace answering machine cassette tape

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:02:12 GMT

It's a simple message and I'm leaving out the whistles and bells

2015 will see the internet finally replace an answering machine that uses cassettes as its storage medium, or at least the answering machine used by alt.rock outfit They Might Be Giants' iconic Dial-A-Song service.…




AMD-AMMIT! Hundreds face axe at chip maker as PC, graphics crash

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:05:41 GMT

jmp .restructing_and_layoffs

Following a grim earnings report on Thursday, AMD has announced a restructuring plan that includes axing seven per cent of its workforce by the end of the year.…




iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac! World feels different today – and it IS

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:26:05 GMT

Bust that piggybank while waiting for OS X 10.10 to install

Pics Confirming what had been widely expected, Apple has unveiled two new iPad models – small and large – and laid out plans for a third. There's also a new shiny 5K iMac. The big news, though, is that the "soft SIM" war his finally begun.…




The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:03:46 GMT

Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand

Live Tweetblurt So here it is, the edge-of-the-seat rollercoaster ride as seen from Vulture West HQ (sadly we lost our invite to Cupertino). We take you now back in time to last night:…




Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:56:06 GMT

It's got four KILOWATTS of something, apparently

Rapper and business mogul Will.i.am has announced plans to release a new piece of wrist-based, wearable technology. Bearing the semi-eponymous name i.amPULS, it will allow the wearer to make calls without using a mobile phone.…




Is living with Dolby Atmos worth the faff?

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:03:04 GMT

Subtle, naturalistic ambiance – perfect for Transformers 4

Breaking Fad I confess, I came to the home debut of Dolby Atmos spluttering with enthusiasm. Some of the best movie audio I’ve ever heard has been in Dolby Atmos equipped theatres and early demonstrations of the domestic version seemed tantalisingly authentic. My stereocilia positively craved this revolutionary, object-based sound system.…




Citrix: Wearables allow conference calls 'while rocking a baby to sleep'

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:36:09 GMT

Hands up who still wants Android Wear? Not so many of you now, eh?

Citrix has decided that owners of Android Wear devices will want to log on to conference calls, and has tweaked its GoToMeeting client so it runs on the wearable kit.…




Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:04:29 GMT

It's swee-eet trip to the Android shop

Pics Google has released its latest iteration of the Android OS, plus a triple deployment for the new software in three new devices – a trendy big phone, a slablet and a telly box.…




Intel, Asus charge sneak into US mobe market with ATOM-powered PadFone X mini

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:37:57 GMT

Convertible phonedleslab is US first for Chipzilla

Intel on Wednesday reached a new milestone in its quest to become a player in the mobile phone market, with the launch of the first-ever Atom-powered Android 4.4 smartphone for the US market.…




Apple hit by INSIDER LEAK: New iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2 blabbed

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:58:05 GMT

My tips don't lie and I'm starting to feel it's right

Pic Apple is expected to show off new iPads at an event on Thursday – but if you want to know the features of Cupertino's latest fondleslabs before they're announced, you need look no further than the company's own user manuals.…




Footie fracas: MYSTERY DRONE waves flag, incites Balkan brawl

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:04:10 GMT

UAV ripped from the air by furious Serb

A banner-dangling partisan drone caused a mass brawl between rivals players, fans and officials during a Euro 2016 qualifying match between Serbian and Albania on Tuesday night.…




It's a TAB-tastrophe – 83 million fewer units to ship in 2014

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:38:06 GMT

But full steam ahead ... if your name is Google

The mist has cleared in Gartner’s crystal ball and the resident mystics have deduced that the tab revolution is coming to an end: some 83 million fewer fondleslabs are to be flogged worldwide this year than previously forecast.…




A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:30:07 GMT

Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?

Heard the hype and want to buy a drone — just uncertain which model to pick? Well, forget the hardware, the devil is in the software.…




Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:09:05 GMT

Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event

Google is planning to steal some of the thunder from Apple's October 16 event by quietly unveiling a new tablet running the next generation of its Android OS the day before, a report claims.…




Windows XP refresh will DO NOTHING for lame PC market next year

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:06:15 GMT

Gartner warns consumer will need to help out

The XP refresh provided the boon that computer makers and their respective channel suppliers clung to following a period of lean sales, but the majority of replacement have now taken place.…




PANTS on FIRE? Too late for you. But others will benefit from singed trouser phone alert

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:46:01 GMT

That battery is SMOOOOKIN'

Boffins at Stanford University have invented a system which could banish the dreaded trouser fire to the annals of tech history.…




Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you the 'computer'

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:54:21 GMT

You thought YOU dealt with a rat's nest of cables?

Ada Lovelace Day Ada Lovelace Day, 14 October, marks the achievements of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).…




Apple's new 'iPad Air 2' sliced open, revealing (possible) A8X core

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:16:47 GMT

Fanbois rip apart alleged new shiny-shiny

Cruel Apple fans have exposed the innards of what they claim is the forthcoming iPad Air 2, giving the world a glimpse of what could be the most intimate parts of a slab millions will soon be fondling.…




Finnish PM: Apple has DESTROYED FINLAND

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:27:07 GMT

Well, the mobile phone manufacturing bit, anyway

The Prime Minister of Finland has claimed that Apple destroyed his country's biggest industry: mobile phone manufacturing.…




Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:01:06 GMT

Bargain gadget of the year?

Review Retailer own-brand tablets are unholy piles of rubbish, right? Usually, yes. But last year’s Tesco Hudl rather bucked the trend.…




Lights off, nappies on! It's Alien: Isolation and The Evil Within

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 05:02:10 GMT

Fear, thinking and vulnerability abound

Game Theory H.R. Giger’s Necronomicon used to be my bedtime book of choice. There’s something about the design of the original Alien that left me with a pseudo sexual queasiness, all moist egg vaginas and huge phallic headed xenomorphs. As the flickering 20th Century Fox Logo fills my screen, like some Videodrome VHS tape, I get a familiar uneasy shiver down my spine.…




Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:58:06 GMT

It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play

Netscape Navigator, the browser credited with taking the World Wide Web into the mainstream, was released twenty years ago yesterday, on October 13th 1994.…




Apple's iPhone bonk to 'Pay' app launches on Monday – report

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:02:11 GMT

Will Cupertino finally get people to use NFC?

Update Cupertino's plans to dominate the world of pay-by-bonk have been exposed following the leak of what appears to be a top-secret Apple Pay training manual.…




Cops and spies should blame THEMSELVES for smartphone crypto 'problem' - Hyppönen

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:01:10 GMT

Spooks are 'imperfect' warns top securo-bod

IP Expo Law enforcement and intel agencies have no right to complain about the improved security of smartphones because they brought the problem on themselves, according to security guru Mikko Hyppönen.…




Shh! Bose and Apple ink SECRET deal to settle 'noise-cancelling' suit

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:43:08 GMT

Call off the ITC...

Bose has settled its patent dispute with Apple-owned Beats over noise-cancelling tech for headphones, although details of the deal remain confidential.…




Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:13:23 GMT

I'll have a handset delivered. Judge us after you try us...

The boss of Chinese Android mobile firm, Xiaomi, has smacked back at Apple designer Jony Ive's remarks about "iPhone-inspired" smartphones, telling him to try the phones before he slags them off.…




Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:32:05 GMT

Feel like you’re on the flat all the time with this city bike

Review The Vanmoof electric bike is the future of cycling; OK, maybe not of all cycling, but certainly of my cycling.…




Philip Morris seeks pay-per-puff patent to help you STOP smoking

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 06:02:12 GMT

Internet of things meets internet of vapour. Tobacco vapour

Philip Morris, one of the world's larger tobacco concerns, is attempting to patent a connected e-cigarette.…




Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 05:05:12 GMT

Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac

Woz it the gambling habit that crippled your finances? Or Woz it the fact you spent hundreds of thousands of quid on an ancient Apple computer that can't even send a tweet?…




Rupert Murdoch outs self as iPhone 6 fanboi

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 03:29:05 GMT

Smithers? Install me an app. That one with the cranky birds sounds amusing

Rupert Murdoch has outed himself as an Apple fanboi.…




Be Your Own Big Brother: Peeking at pussy

Sun, 12 Oct 2014 08:00:09 GMT

I know what your cat did last summer

Feature Last year, the BBC's Horizon programme treated the cats of a Surrey village to individual cameras, and their own prime-time spot on TV to share the results. And now the Beeb is at it again with Cat Watch 2014, hoping to find out a little more about what our feline companions get up to.…




Jonny Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:18:02 GMT

Oh and it's 'lazy', says Apple iPad and iMac Knight of the Realm

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, as the saying goes, but Apple’s design guru and very precious genius Sir Jonny Ive doesn’t see it that way - he reckons its more like robbery.…




Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars

Sat, 11 Oct 2014 14:02:05 GMT

Indian-owned Jag's latest offering curries favour with us

Vulture at the Wheel I had a rationale behind reviewing the Jaguar XF Sportbrake. Imagine you are an IT consultant. Now imagine you’ve done pretty well for yourself. Still with me? Good. Narrow that down to being the type of consultant who still does real things with hardware. Not just org charts, “strategy” and managing resources.…




WIN a CHANCE to RECORD your WORLD in 3D

Sat, 11 Oct 2014 08:02:03 GMT

21st century Viewmaster up for grabs

Competition Youtube Video




SHATTERED: Apple's jilted glass supplier to shut down sapphire ops

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:31:45 GMT

GT Advanced Tech to shutter factories, lay off 890 workers

Updated GT Advanced Technologies, the struggling materials firm that was once tapped to provide durable sapphire glass for Apple, says it will cut staff and close its sapphire manufacturing plants as it moves toward bankruptcy protection.…




Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Ultrabook flexes new 'Watchband' BENDO hinges

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:19:10 GMT

The world's 'thinnest convertible laptop'

Pics Lenovo unveiled the latest additions to its Yoga range in London yesterday, including new tablets ( ascovered earlier by El Reg, plus one with a built-in projector) – and a revamped Ultrabook, the Yoga 3 Pro.…




U2? 81 million Apple iThing-strokers know a place where the Beats have no shame

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:39:12 GMT

That's one fanboi for every £1k Apple has in surplus cash

Some might say that being on the cover of Vogue is pretty cool. But when Apple foisted U2's latest album on 81 million innocent people? Quite the opposite.…




Toshiba: We'll STAY in PCs! We'll just axe a few bods

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:55:03 GMT

'Deadly serious about PCs but will NOT lose money' - exec

Toshiba is the latest vendor to sound the warning alarm that all is not well in its PC business across Europe after scaling back regional offices and axing swathes of the workforce – just as the green shoots emerge.…