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Touchy iPhone 6, 6 Plus chips prone to breaking down and giving up

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:12:13 GMT

And Apple's Geniuses can't help you when it happens

Apple's swanky iPhones can suffer chip failures that can render the touchscreen unusable.…

Pow! Right in the Jawbone: Fitbit cleared in tech ripoff legal ordeal

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:28:32 GMT

Judge knocks out claims it stole competitor's trade secret

An effort to ban health-tracking Fitbit gadgets in the United States has fallen apart, with a final decision against competitor Jawbone.…

Huawei's pricey new Honor goes upmarket. Bold move when prices are sliding

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:03:09 GMT

Refurbs will cause handset vendors pain

Analysis Last year Huawei launched its Honor smartphone into Western markets: a cheap and cheerful way to showcase its advantages. Over in China, the Honor was about yoof, but over here, Huawei followed the well-trodden path by lower cost Asian manufacturers for decades: sell decent tech at low prices and urge the punter to overlook the eccentricities.…

Stop lights, sunsets, junctions are tough work for Google's robo-cars

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:31:12 GMT

If only we had self-driving processors that were stupidly fast, says web giant

Hot Chips After cruising two million miles of public roads, Google's self-driving cars still find traffic lights, four-way junctions and other aspects of everyday life hard work.…

Tesla touts battery that turns a Model S into 'third fastest ever' car

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:13:13 GMT

Hint: You'll need $120,000

Tesla has launched a new power pack that it claims will make its Model S sedan the third fastest road car ever produced.…

If you want to build your own Nvidia-powered self-driving car – or hack one – here's a blueprint

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:15:44 GMT

'Parker' robo-ride processor design revealed

Hot Chips Nvidia is channelling Thunderbirds legend Parker for its latest system-on-chip for self-driving cars.…

Microsoft's HoloLens secret sauce: A 28nm customized 24-core DSP engine built by TSMC

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 23:01:34 GMT

How to make your own virtual reality brain

Hot Chips Microsoft today revealed a first look at the inside of its Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) chip used in its virtual reality HoloLens specs.…

'Neural network' spotted deep inside Samsung's Galaxy S7 silicon brain

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:31:16 GMT

Secrets of Exynos M1 cores spilled

Hot Chips Samsung has revealed the blueprints to its mystery M1 processor cores at the heart of its S7 and S7 Edge smartphones.…

Gaze in awe at Elon Musk’s historic 156-foot erection

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:33:03 GMT

First retrieved Falcon 9 goes on permanent display

SpaceX has retired the first rocket it managed to land in one piece and erected the remains on Sunday outside the company's US headquarters.…

Honor 8: Huawei targets millennials with high-spec cheapie. 3 words – Food pic mode

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:32:08 GMT

$400 gets you a pretty good smartphone

Hands on Huawei might be the third biggest smartphone seller on the planet but it has very little traction outside Asia. The Chinese firm is hoping the Honor 8 will change that.…

My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:44:43 GMT

'A virgin? In his right ear, perhaps'

Something for the Weekend, Sir? It only takes a minute to capture a 3D model of my orifices. They tell me it’s the only way I can be sure of a tight fit.…

Windows Phone dives into irrelevant-like-BlackBerry territory

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:31:12 GMT

Android is the Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt of mobility, even Apple is far behind

BlackBerry and Microsoft have continued their tumble down the mobile operating system market share charts, clocking in at just 0.1 per cent and 0.6 per cent respectively.…

The calm before the storm: AMD's Zen bears down on Intel CPUs

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:23:36 GMT

More details confirmed ahead of 2017 desktop, server launch – and don't mention ARM

AMD is continuing to drip feed information about Zen, its long-awaited designed-from-scratch x86 processor microarchitecture.…

Ford announces plans for mass production of self-driving cars by 2021

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:25:06 GMT

President: Where we're going, there are no steering wheels

Ford has claimed that it will be mass-producing a self-driving car by 2021.…

Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:24:07 GMT

Military kit firm's Radway Green factory tweaks its bullet designs

Interview BAE Systems is, for the first time in many years, offering new types of small arms ammunition to the armed forces. It all boils down to achieving better penetration and pleasing the customer.…

Blackberry beats the vendors it trails, finishes Quadrooter patches

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 05:30:05 GMT

Both its users, sorry, handsets are safe

It may now live in the frozen wastes of the “other” in smartmobe market share sales charts, but Blackberry has moved faster on Quadrooter than the rest of the Android OEMs.…

Wanna build your own drone? Intel emits Linux-powered x86 brains for DIY flying gizmos

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:14:44 GMT

Plus other developer kits: Joule and Euclid

IDF16 Intel has a bunch of new and updated hardware kits for engineers to toy with and use to build prototypes – from a DIY drone kit to a bunch of beefy Internet of Things packages.…

Say Alloy to my Intel friend: Chipzilla touts 'open' VR techno-specs

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 22:19:59 GMT

Okay. You wanna play rough, Samsung? Okay

IDF16 Intel has vowed to open up its new all-in-one Project Alloy virtual reality headset, unveiled today at its Developer Forum in San Francisco.…

Intel fabs to churn out 10nm ARM chips for LG smartphones next year

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 19:40:46 GMT

2016 is just full of surprises, isn't it?

IDF16 Intel's chip fabs will roll out 10nm ARM-compatible processors starting next year.…

Oculus Rift will reach UK in September – and will cost more than two PS4s

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:25:10 GMT

Virtual reality: Because one meaningless and uncaring universe isn't enough

If you don't particularly enjoy reality then you can look forward to not particularly enjoying virtual reality when the Oculus Rift headset reaches UK retailers in September.…

League of lawsuits: Game developer sues cheat-toting website

Sat, 13 Aug 2016 13:31:08 GMT

Riot breaks out the lawyers to take down illegal boost scripts

The makers of the popular game League of Legends have filed suit against the operators of a site that helps players cheat.…

Dota 2 forums fall under hackers' spell, 1.9m accounts teleported out

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:06:55 GMT

And 80 per cent of MD5-hashed passwords cracked

The chat forums for Valve’s multiplayer fantasy battle game thing Dota 2 have been hacked, it appears.…

Google says most users 'protected' against 'Quadrooter'

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 02:28:45 GMT

Play Store should spot exploits

The Quadrooter vulnerabilities in Qualcomm-based Android phones can grant apps total control over devices – but Google reckons malicious code exploiting the flaws should hardly ever reach users.…

BlackBerry: Forget phones, Lawsuits In Motion is back – and it's firing off patent claims

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 19:01:53 GMT

Canadian mobe biz sues Avaya

Analysis When Blackberry announced earlier this year it was going to give up making mobile phones, most wondered what it would actually do as a company. Part of the answer is rebadged Android gear.…

Render crashing PCs back to their component silicon: They deserve it

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 10:02:05 GMT

Fremen knows, I'm miserable now

Something for the Weekend, Sir? My computer crashed every five minutes this morning. Please can you check what's wrong with it when you get home?

California to put all your power-hungry PCs on a low carb(on) diet

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 18:38:41 GMT

Hippy Golden State would be first to limit machines sold within its borders

California could soon become the first US state to pass laws limiting the power consumption of computers sold within its borders.…

BlackBerry DTEK 50: How badly do you want a secure Android?

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 14:14:18 GMT

If you don't care, then this probably isn't for you

Review There’s something immediately odd about BlackBerry’s second Android phone, apart from the geeky Sci-Fi name. Something you can’t at first put your finger on. It’s the first BlackBerry ever not to have the BlackBerry name on the front.…

PC pioneer Gary Kildall's unpublished memoir revealed

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 06:56:06 GMT

CP/M and BIOS inventor adds to story of how Microsoft's IBM deal shaped the PC forever

The Computer History Museum has revealed part of an unpublished memoir by Gary Kildall, a programmer and entrepreneur who made critical contributions to the personal computer industry in its formative years.…

Intel's smartwatches are so hot right now – too hot: Basis Peak recalled for skin burns, blistering

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 20:36:29 GMT

Owners offered refunds before wrist-puters are disabled

Intel has recalled every single one of its Basis Peak smartwatches – as well as urging people to stop using them – because they can become dangerously hot.…

Samsung Note 7: Probably the best phone in the world. Yeah – you heard right

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 11:52:58 GMT

Though no one knows what you'll pay for it

Hands On Samsung unveiled the world’s best Android phone yesterday and I doubt if it will be bettered by anyone this year. But Samsung didn't name a price, nor assure us that the Note 7 will actually be available in the UK. (Its predecessor the Note 5 wasn’t and isn’t a UK product, we got the Edge 6+ instead, which doesn’t have all the pen gubbins).…

Microsoft debuts VR management suite as it expands HoloLens sales

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 04:20:52 GMT

US and Canadian devs and biz users can buy now, the rest of us inhabit the wrong reality

Microsoft has started selling its HoloLens virtual reality headsets to all of its business customers and developer partners in the United States of America and Canada.…

Crocodile well-done-dee: Downed Down Under chap roasted by exploding iPhone

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 21:05:04 GMT

Li-ion, li-ion, pants on fire

Warning: pic An Australian chap says he suffered serious burns after he tumbled off his bike and his iPhone exploded.…

Tablet sales remain bitter, but Nougat tipped to sweeten the market

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 05:32:06 GMT

Shipment slump means just the iPhone outsells tablets from all vendors

Tablet computer sales are sliding, sharply, again.…

Smartphone sales stall at ~3.5 million per day

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 05:58:05 GMT

Huawei now a solid third in global sales race

Smartphone sales have just about stalled at the disappointing figure of about 3.5 million a day, each and every day of the year.…

Huawei P9 Plus: Leica-toting flagship gets a big brother

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:13:52 GMT

Useless to drug dealers? Tell me more...

Review The P9 Plus deserves to be Huawei’s real flagship of 2016, and given the price tag, it’s a belter. Like the iPhone Plus, it feels like a very different beast to its smaller sibling.…

The return of (drone) robot wars: Beware of low-flying freezers

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:36:07 GMT

A dalek asks: 'Wanna buy some speakers?'

Something for the Weekend, Sir? There was a time when I used to spend my free hours looking for a man.…

Google tells Android's Linux kernel to toughen up and fight off those horrible hacker bullies

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:01:03 GMT

You'll have to wait until Nougat comes out to get improvements

The security folks at Google have been detailing how they intend to harden up Android against attack.…

Microsoft axes 2,850 more Windows Phone, sales staff – a week after Justin Timberlake sang on stage for them

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 05:57:10 GMT

A cruel and unusual punishment

Vid Microsoft is laying off a further 2,850 smartphone and sales staffers on top of the 1,850 workers it axed in May.…

Bought a GTX 970? Congrats, Nvidia owes you thirty bucks

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:29:07 GMT

GPU maker opens wallet to make class-action suit go away

Graphics goliath Nvidia has agreed to a settlement that will see it pay $30 to American gamers who purchased its GTX 970 graphics cards and can file a valid claim.…

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 promising some 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.…