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Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:21:34 GMT

Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?

Analysis Microsoft's private viewing of Windows Phone 8.1 has been opened to all comers*, many of whom don't like what they see.…




Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – A jolly little war for lunchtime

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:04:55 GMT

Free-to-play WoW turn-based game when you have 20 minutes to kill

Quick review Hearthstone is a game that I've been a bit obsessed with lately.…




Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:26:04 GMT

Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps

Fruity toy maker Apple’s next iPhone looks like it will definitely have a significantly bigger screen, if you believe the latest images to have found their way onto the Chinternet.…




Samsung claims it still plans to ship Tizen phones in Q2

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:54:09 GMT

Even without carrier backing, 'a few countries' will get Linux-based mobes

Hope springs eternal for wannabe Android competitor Tizen, with Samsung saying it plans to ship the first smartphones based on the open source OS in the second quarter of 2014 – carriers' cold feet be damned.…




US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:36:18 GMT

Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits

US mobile companies have finally agreed to install free anti-theft software on their products, but not until the middle of next year and they plan to leave it turned it off by default.…




Google shuts Glass store and nixes Video Call feature

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:45:04 GMT

Ad-giant says 'all spots claimed' in short sale to public

After giving the public one day to become "Explorers" of its $1,500 face-computer, Google has shut its online store saying that "all spots have been claimed".…




Reg gets sneak peek of Getac's chunky TOUGH AS NAILS 8.1-incher

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:26:10 GMT

You think you're hard? Er. Yes

Pics Getac has been a major player in the rugged tech market for 25 years, offering tablets, laptops and even servers built to withstand serious physical abuse. The latest in the line is the T800 – a chunky compact 8.1-inch tablet available with Windows 7 or 8.1.…




Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:03:09 GMT

Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle

It’s trade show season in Hong Kong and the Taiwanese display manufacturer AU Optronics has trumped its rivals, principally Samsung, by producing the highest resolution phone display yet.…




Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:42:48 GMT

Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build

The much-hyped fingerprint scanner on Samsung’s flagship handset the Galaxy S5 can be fooled just days after the device was launched.…




Samsung files patent for ear-mounted Google Glass competitor

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:17:01 GMT

Wearables are coming, and there's nothing you can do to stop them

Pics Samsung has filed a design-patent application with the Korean Intellectual Property Office for what appears to be a cross between a Bluetooth earpiece and Google Glass.…




Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:58:04 GMT

Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature

Amazon is reportedly planning to launch a smartphone with an active 3D display. It is claimed the device has been shown to developers in California ahead of an official unveiling in June, and that the tech will go on sale in September.…




Fujitsu and Panasonic about to walk down LSI aisle

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:21:39 GMT

Giants set a date to marry chipworks after 15 month engagement, report says

Fujitsu Semiconductor and Panasonic are ready to jointly launch a new chip company this autumn as part of the duo’s plans to merge their LSI businesses, according to reports.…




Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:36:31 GMT

'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'

Apple is reportedly talking with wireless carriers about pricing for its upcoming iPhone, but not about reinvigorating a stalling smartphone market by lowering prices, instead about raising the cost of its top-of-the-line handsets.…




Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:10:02 GMT

App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it

Developers can now be among the first to experience Windows Phone 8.1 on real-world devices, provided they opt into Microsoft's preview program – and they're willing to risk wrecking their phones.…




Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:46:53 GMT

Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot

Updated Web giant Google is buying Titan Aerospace, presumably to help it blanket the world in internet connectivity beamed from drones and balloons.…




GoPro's new lens: Like a GOOGLE STREETMAPS car... for your life

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:03:10 GMT

360° panoramas in a single click... but res is not so hot

If you've taken the trouble to carry a camera around rather than using your smartphone, you certainly won't want to miss anything. GoPro's newest offering solves this problem by looking in every direction.…




'China's Apple' heading to Asia and Latin America

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:57:52 GMT

Xiaomi boss and former Android man Barra leads the charge towards India, Brazil

China's smartphone darling Xiaomi has revealed ambitious expansion plans that will see the Beijing-based firm launch across Asia and Latin America.…




Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:12:25 GMT

The perils of having Panasonic as a partner

If you're one of the few people who bought a Sony VAIO Fit 11A laptop/tablet convertible unit in the last few months, you need to unplug it immediately and step away from the system, Sony has warned.…




Gimme a high S5: Samsung Galaxy S5 puts substance over style

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:01:08 GMT

Biometrics and kid-friendly mode in back-to-basics blockbuster

Review Samsung is the world’s dominant mobile phone manufacturer – but does that mean it’s the best? Its latest release is the Galaxy S5, a mainstream phone designed to sell in huge numbers. It’s big, with a 5.1-inch screen, measuring up at 142 x 73 x 8mm, so it won’t suit smaller mitts.…




Smartwatch sales off to a very slow start

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:04:02 GMT

Singaporean data suggests they're not yet an awristing proposition … yet

Singapore is home to just over five million people and market-watcher GfK says 94 per cent of whom bought a PC or accessories in the last two years and 95 per cent of whom acquired telecommunications technologies in the same period.…




Wanna build a module for Google's Project Ara mix-and-match phone? Here are your specs

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:45:01 GMT

Developlent kit released for hardcore hardware hacks only

Just days before its first Project Ara Developer Conference is scheduled to begin, Google has released the device's Module Developers Kit (MDK), a set of plans and documentation designed to get hardware hackers started building modules for the componentized, mix-and-match experimental smartphone.…




Google to open up Glass program to anyone with $1,500 to spare

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:30:03 GMT

Provided you live in the US, that is

Google has announced that anyone will soon be able to buy one of its Glass headsets for a limited time, provided they live in the US and have $1,500 (plus tax) to pay for them.…




Apple eyes virtual reality goggle game with patent filing

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:16:42 GMT

Proposed headset sounds a lot like something Facebook just bought..

Apple has filed for a patent which suggests the company is looking into developing its own head-mounted virtual reality system.…




BlackBerry not afraid to throw its mobe biz under a bus, says CEO Chen

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:34:39 GMT

'We are not going to go up against WhatsApp'

Updated BlackBerry has said that it will finally consider selling off its smartphone-making business if it continues to be unprofitable.…




Danes debut Bluetooth-connected 'made for iPhone' hearing aids

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:36:15 GMT

All the cool grannies are wearing them

Danish company ReSound claims the LinX for the iPhone is the first "cool hearing aid". That might be stretching things a bit but perhaps only because of attitudes.…




Indonesia considers smartphone tax to spur local mobe-makers

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:30:11 GMT

Foxconn's $1bn factory investment looking like a very smart move

In a move which won’t go down well with foreign smartphone-makers the Indonesian government is planning to levy a 20 per cent tax on all imported mobile phones, in a bid to support domestically made handsets.…




PC market's bleeding slows thanks to XP phase-out

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:05:43 GMT

Decline levels off a bit as customers finally move to new machines

The end of support for the Windows XP operating system has triggered a jump in sales, bringing a rare bit of good news for PC vendors.…




USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:11:40 GMT

First devices could be ready for CES debut next year

There's usually a significant delay between a new technology hardware standard being finalized and seeing it in commercial systems, but the latest update to the USB spec looks like it's going to be rolled out much faster than people think.…




Dell Wyse Cloud Connect: Pocket Android desktop

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:05:09 GMT

Ultrathin client with a lot of baggage. The upside? It's a rogue sysadmin's delight

Review When somebody hands you a dongle-sized computer, you might, for a moment, be impressed. But when they then put it in a bag with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and suggest you find a monitor somewhere, you might wonder what exactly it is they are trying to sell you.…




NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 06:05:13 GMT

Fake kit in the hermit kingdom? That's just Kim Jong-un-believable!

North Korea’s first “home-grown” smartphone, revealed with much pride and hyperbole by state media last year, appears to be little more than a made-in-China piece of landfill Android.…




Report mash-up: Apple to sell 65 million $269 iWatches in first year

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:00:27 GMT

And we still don't even know what the damn things will do

The latest Apple iWatch rumors to come out of the cauldron of leaks and speculation that is the Far East say that Cupertino's manufacturing partner Quanta is slated to build 65 million of the li'l fellows in their first year of availability, and that the wristable whatever will ship in the third quarter of this year.…




AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:27:49 GMT

The Radeon R9 295X2: Water-cooled, 5,632 stream processors, 11.5TFLOPS

AMD has unveiled a massively powerful, water-cooled graphics card that it says "manhandles today's and tomorrow's games in maximum settings at 4K resolution."…




Apple to protect your gently roasting rear with 'iTanning' system

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:35:03 GMT

iWatch set to include UV detectors, analyst claims

Apple's new iWatch will come fitted with an ultraviolet light detector to stop fanbois and fangurlz from scorching themselves in the hot summer sunshine, an analyst has predicted.…




Microsoft's gobble of Nokia phone biz gets thumbs-up from China

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 11:02:05 GMT

Deal expected to go through this month, despite Indian tax dispute

Nokia has sorted the lingering issues with China over the sale of its mobile biz to Microsoft, putting the deal back on track to close in April.…




Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:00:11 GMT

That's some time during a 10-year refresh cycle, though

Feature For a while it looked like the future of television was fairly clear-cut. Full HD would beget 4K Ultra HD and at some point in the future, presumably when we all owned flying cars and had relatives commuting to Mars, that would evolve into 8K Super Hi-Vision.…




Reg slips claws across Nokia's sexy sixties handsets, fondles flagship too

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:06:07 GMT

Budget contenders, premium wannabe break cover - briefly

Hands On Nokia launched the most important Windows Phone of 2014 last week - along with an impressive new flagship. But both launches were rather eclipsed by the massive update to the Windows Phone OS itself - an overdue pregnancy if ever there was one - and the historic news Microsoft is scrapping royalties.…




Video games make you NASTY AND VIOLENT

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 03:58:12 GMT

Especially if you are bad at them and keep losing

Forget hyper-realistic blood and pointless mayhem: if you want to turn a nice person into a blood-gore-veins-in-the-teeth killer, give them a video game with unplayable controls.…




Intel promises 10Gb Ethernet with Thunderbolt 2.0

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:43:43 GMT

Interconnect to double as file-transfer medium

Intel will expand its Thunderbolt high-speed interconnect platform with the addition of Ethernet networking support.…




EMC II CEO David Goulden leaves VMware board

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:40:13 GMT

Cloudfather Tucci's two most likely heirs are now running their own races

David Goulden, chief executive officer of of EMC Information Infrastructure and chief financial officer of EMC, has left VMware's board.…




Nvidia gamers hit trifecta with driver, optimizer, and mobile upgrades

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:37:11 GMT

Li'l Shield moves up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, GameStream comes to notebooks

Monday was a busy day for the gaming guys and gals at Nvidia, with the release of a new beta DirectX 11 driver, version 2.0 of the multi-talented GeForce Experience gaming enhancer, and an update to the company's Shield mobile gaming device that includes Android 4.4.2, aka KitKat.…




Get your MOON GEAR: Auction to feature Space Race memorabilia

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:26:04 GMT

Keepsakes from early NASA, Soviet programs up for bids

Looking to own a piece of space history? Have a spare $50,000 to spend? You may be in luck, as a US auction house is placing a series of artifacts from the US and Soviet space programs on the block.…




Qualcomm uncloaks new chips for 'ultimate connected mobile computing experiences'

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:45:21 GMT

Snapdragon 808 and 810 to deliver 'up to 300 Mbps' LTE

Qualcomm has announced two new 64-bit processors in its Snapdragon line, both aimed at high-end smartphones and tablets, and both "designed to deliver the ultimate connected mobile computing experiences in video, imaging and graphics," the company modestly says.…




Mad Raspberry Pi boffins ripped out its BRAINS and SHRANK them for your pleasure

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:48:04 GMT

Tiny new Compute Module targets hardware hackers

The makers of the micro-sized Raspberry Pi teaching computer have come up with an even smaller version of the device, this time aimed at hardware hobbyists and device builders who want to create their own printed circuit boards (PCBs).…




Samsung slurps up full charge in 30 seconds with bio-battery

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:26:34 GMT

Too bad it's the size of a brick

Vid A two-year-old Israeli startup, StoreDot, thinks it has cracked the problems of limited battery life with a smartphone battery made of biological structures that can recharge in around 30 seconds.…




Samsung's thumb-achingly ENORMO Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:05:11 GMT

When 10 inches just isn't enough to satisfy

Review As if Samsung's Galaxy range of tablets wasn’t broad enough with its plethora of Tab and Note machines in various screen sizes, the company has added a new subgroup: the Galaxy Pro.…




Rumour: Next Apple iThing to feature 65-inch screen. Four-limb multitouch, anyone?

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:41:06 GMT

OMG, how handy is THAT

Apple is rumoured to have ordered some 65-inch LED panels, which some say might be used to build a huge new iTelly.…




Amazon stuffs games into Fire TV box: Soz, rivals... WE don't need to make cash on hardware

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:25:12 GMT

Fires opening salvo on Apple, Google, Roku

Amazon moved last week to join Apple, Google and Roku as a player in the OTT Set Top space – releasing a box that gives it control of Over The Top TV experiences in the home.…




Google teases more modular smartphone details in run-up to dev meet-up

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 23:29:09 GMT

Project Ara/Phonebloks handset preparing for debutant ball later this month

Vid Google has posted a video that provides a few more details of its "Project Ara" modular smartphone effort, perhaps to drum up interest in the upcoming Ara Developers Conference to be held later this month.…




Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:59:00 GMT

Boy, they're starting young these days

A five-year-old boy has found and exploited a password flaw in his Xbox to hack into his father's Xbox Live account.…




BlackBerry and T-Mobile try $100 bribe to lure BBers to their side

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:24:07 GMT

Chiefs trade faux polite barbs as spat spits along

In the latest round of the velvet-gloved boxing match between T-Mobile US and BlackBerry, the mobile operator's chief John Legere has told BB users that he supports them and wants to give them $100 credit towards any new handset they want.…