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Google tugs Nexus 7-incher fondleslab from online store

Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:45:41 GMT

Just as well, perhaps, after Lollipop lick froze some older tabs

Fandroids may be mourning the sudden death of Google's stonking Nexus 7 slab today, after the world's largest ad broker yanked the device from its online shopfront.…




Fandroids, take your phone's antivirus and burn it – Android bod

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:27:02 GMT

Our security is that good, honest

RSA 2015 Google takes a lot of stick from Apple and others over malware on the Android platform, but the company thinks the OS is now so secure that users don't need antivirus software.…




Bloke, 22, in knockoff Microsoft Xbox ring gets 18 months in the cooler

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:23:07 GMT

Source code, blueprints swiped by gang

A 22-year-old member of a games-hacking ring that sold counterfeit Microsoft's Xbox One consoles could spend the next year and a half behind bars in America.…




ZOMBIE Google Glass 2 FEEDS ON Italian BRAINS, says specs supremo

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:46:40 GMT

Techno-goggles comeback appears to be in the works

Italian eyewear maker Luxottica has been working with Google engineers to come up with a new version of Glass – adding further weight to the suggestion the project isn't truly dead.…




Can't wait to bonk with Apple? Then try an Android phone

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:31:15 GMT

Blighty bonking tech updated – although not a lot

Four years ago, your reporter paid for cookies with a mobile phone. Now, with Apple poised to bring some wrist action to bonking cash, we thought we’d take a look at how the competition has evolved.…




LenovOUCH expands bits-blistering bodgy battery boomerang

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:26:11 GMT

ThinkPads burn two, turn punter's skin scarlet and burned their clothes

Lenovo has extended the recall for bodgy batteries it shipped with ThinkPad computers between 2010 and 2012.…




Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:02:09 GMT

Even with reduced on-board storage, 'the cloud ate my homework' isn't going to cut it

Microsoft has quietly let it be known it's developed a cheap cut of the Surface 3 for schools.…




Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:27:57 GMT

Around 10 per cent missing from this time last year

Microsoft has weathered a difficult three months: despite signs of growth in cloud computing, overall sales were dragged down by dwindling demand from consumers.…




Got a Samsung Galaxy S5? Crooks can steal your fingerprint – claim

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:23:15 GMT

You can change a password. You can change a PIN. Good luck changing your skin

RSA 2015 Malware can snaffle fingerprints used to unlock Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones thanks to a security blunder, researchers claim.…




Cloudy storage merchant Box sneaks on to Chromebooks

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:23:57 GMT

The banker's offer just went through the roof

It’s hard to escape the commodity niche in cloud, but Box.com is trying.…




Love-rat fanboi left bobbing for Apples in tiny Japanese bath

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:03:06 GMT

WARNING: Contains strong imagery of drowned iThings from the outset

A Japanese love-rat's misdeeds have left him, and his iGizmos, in hot water.…




Boffins laser print flexible transistors

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 02:02:09 GMT

If you can't stand the heat, turn down the temperature

Printing transistors is nothing new – silicon fabrication is, after all, essentially a print process – but printing silicon ink onto flexible substrates is usually a problem because there's too much heat for the medium to handle.…




What's broken in this week's Windows 10 build? Try the Start Menu, for one

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:39:58 GMT

At least Visual Studio doesn't crash anymore

Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10 for PCs to the Windows Insider program, but the software giant is only recommending it for particularly eager testers for now.…




Facebook invents Caller ID ... say Hello to today's staggering technology

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:09:28 GMT

As Zuck's profits drop 20 per cent from this time last year

Facebook has released a smartphone app called Hello that matches the numbers of incoming calls to friends and businesses on the social network, and displays them on-screen, giving you a slightly better idea of who's calling if you can't recognize the digits.…




Evil Wi-Fi kills iPhones, iPods in range – 'No iOS Zone' SSL bug revealed

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 01:33:42 GMT

The fix? RUN AWAY!

RSA 2015 A vulnerability in iOS 8 can be exploited by malicious wireless hotspots to repeatedly crash and reboot nearby Apple iPhones, iPads and iPods, security researchers claim.…




Google guru: Android doesn't have malware, it has Potentially Harmful Applications™ instead

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 23:14:31 GMT

And who installs five AV apps on their mobes?

RSA 2015 Malware doesn't exist on Android, Google says, but Potentially Harmful Applications™ do.…




Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 19:35:58 GMT

'Try the built-in browser – that might work'

Some aging smart TVs, Blu-Ray players, iPhones and iPads are headed for early dotage, thanks to a decision by Google to shut down the older version of its YouTube API.…




Apple Watch shipments: Pick a number, double it. Hey, it worked for them

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:27:46 GMT

There's lovely. Enough for everyone in Wales

Blogger and analyst Carl Howe estimates Apple has planned an initial production run of 3.1 million sparkling wrist jobs, and forecasts that the “Apple Watch product line will become its most profitable ever, with gross margins exceeding 60 per cent".…




Mortal Kombat: Brawler gaming's quintessential gorefest

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:39:03 GMT

'So real it hurts'

Antique Code Show This month sees the release of the tenth (yes tenth) major Mortal Kombat reboot, Mortal Kombat X. Along with my favourite X-ray bone crunching moves, NetherRealm is promoting new features, such as some bound-to-shock brand new fatalities and, wait for it... LESS flesh on display for the female characters. With these enticements in mind, Mortal Kombat X looks like this will be a worthwhile addition to this gut-retching, chin-smashing, eyeball-gouging, chest-popping, cash cow of a franchise.…




ARM wrestles analysts' guesses to floor after slurping IP Kool-Aid

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:31:08 GMT

Chip shop punts 3.8 billion units in the quarter, runs shipments at 450Hz

The first three months of 2015 have been good to ARM, which saw revenues of $348.2m and pre-tax profits of $120.5m in the first quarter, with 3.8 billion ARM-based chips shipped - or more than 450 chips per second.…




Nokia will be the mobile comeback kid in 2016 – wishful-thinking sources

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:47:15 GMT

'Lots of great stuff' in the pipeline, allegedly

Nokia is gearing up for a bombastic return to the smartphone world in 2016, according to new whispers.…




Windows 10 MURDERED your Lumia? Microsoft says it may have a fix

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:34:44 GMT

Revamped Recovery Tool takes it nice and slow

Microsoft has made some changes to the Windows Phone Recovery Tool that should keep it from accidentally disabling users' phones, but Lumia owners whose devices have already been trashed by the tool aren't necessarily out of the woods yet.…




Huawei P8: Chinese mobes have arrived and the West should tremble

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:32:03 GMT

Flagship breathes down Samsung's neck

Analysis Networking kit giant Huawei didn’t even make mobile phones four years ago, but its classy new P8 flagship shows what astonishing progress it’s made to come within striking distance of the market leaders.…




Chinese 'Superphone' manufacturer declares war on Apple

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:35:05 GMT

Godwin's Law makes an appearance during handset launch

Under the moniker of “Superphones”, streaming TV company LeTV has launched a trio of high-end mobes with all the subtlety of a hippo with toothache.…




iPhone vs. Galaxy fight hospitalises two after beer bottle stabbing

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:32:10 GMT

Mix of Android, iOS and booze turns nasty in Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma, TV station KTUL is reporting that two men were left with “cuts all over their bodies … covered with blood” after an argument over the merits of Android and iOS “escalated”.…




Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:00:11 GMT

Tech for digitising treasured tunes – how easy is it to get into the groove?

Feature Today, Saturday 18 April, is Record Store Day. Partly a celebration of vinyl, and partly a keen marketing drive to remind people that there are still places to buy music that don't involve massive offshore companies. No doubt there will be busy queues outside venues like Rough Trade East in London, and, alas, speculators buying every special Record Store Day release they can, to flog on eBay a few hours later.…




Makerbot axes 'scores of staff' – 3D printing just doesn't pay the bills

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:24:44 GMT

Morale hits new low for troubled kitchen-table factory pioneer, Reg source claims

3D printing pioneers Makerbot has culled roughly 80 employees at its Brooklyn headquarters, abolished three divisions, and closed three of its shops.…




Android finally shows up for work, app in hand

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:41:16 GMT

The 'ultimate solution to get work done on your device', apparently

Google has finally published its BYOD app, Android for Work, adding to the already schizophrenic work-life balance environment for the devices.…




Windows Phone 10: Less stuff that does more – plus IE-killer Project Spartan

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:28:05 GMT

More features, less usability. Fair trade?

Hands On Microsoft recently released its Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, build 10051, as part of its Windows Insider series.…




Graphic designs: Six speedy 17-inch gaming laptops

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:04:06 GMT

Big ol' beasts of burden with bang aplenty

Product Roundup Gaming laptops have a reputation for being big and heavy and providing battery life that is counted in minutes rather than hours. Slowly, though, increased power efficiency in both CPU and GPU designs has given rise to a new generation of gaming laptops that are at least semi-portable.…




LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:26:07 GMT

$1.3bn of locked-down Apple tech issued to school kids. Success was surely inevitable

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has informed Apple that it will not accept continued deliveries of iPads to students, and will be seeking a multi-million-dollar refund from the company.…




Jawbone Up4 tapcash wristjob: Get BONKING with the latest sweaty hipster toy

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:17:10 GMT

'Advanced sleep'. You’ve unlocked a new level: Snoring

After deciding you deserve a cappuccino — earned following a particularly good workout — you can now use your Jawbone UP4 bracelet to pay for it.…




DTS announces DTS:X – sparks object-based audio war with Dolby

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:57:07 GMT

New multi-channel sound technology loves the speakers you already have

Breaking Fad In a move that could have far-reaching implications for home audio, multi-channel goliath DTS has announced an object-based sound system to rival Dolby Atmos (and the largely ignored Auro-3D). Dubbed DTS:X, the technology is somewhat different in that there’s no prescribed number of audio channels or speaker configuration to accommodate, and it offers content makers some cool new functionality.…




DRONE ALONE: US Navy secretary gives up on manned fighters

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:30:09 GMT

But 3D-printed aircraft made at sea look interesting, especially bureaucrat-killers

The secretary of the US Navy has said the F-35 Lightning II, the product of the Joint Strike Fighter program, “should be, and almost certainly will be, the last manned strike fighter aircraft the Department of the Navy will ever buy or fly.”…




Google's new scribble-tab-ulous handwriting interface for Android

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:03:51 GMT

Scrawl-ware does 82 languages, @s and "quotes"

First Look Google has popped the lid off its Google Handwriting Input, new Android software that lets you input your text longhand in any 'droid app.…




Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:05:04 GMT

RAM and SSDs stuck down with Sir Jony's juice

Pics Apple really doesn't want its customers to be able to repair or upgrade their own computers.…




Cram my freebies into Android phones and get a royalty discount, says Microsoft (allegedly)

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:10:54 GMT

Mobe makers get lower patent fees in exchange for bloatware

A new report claims Microsoft hasn't been offering Android device vendors any money to bundle its mobile apps on their phones and slabs; rather, it has offered to reduce the tolls it collects from the mobe-makers.…




Sticks and stones may break my DRONES – but I'm worth $10bn, laughs China's 'copter giant

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:27:35 GMT

DJI set to be most valuable biz in RC aerial gizmos

Chinese drone company DJI could become the world's most valuable unmanned aerial vehicle biz, following a round of fundraising said to place the manufacturer's worth at a cool $10bn (£6.7bn), according to reports.…




Health apps and wearables make you nervous, not fit, say boffins

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:38:13 GMT

Humanity is wasting its time on monitoring life rather than living

The British Medical Journal has staged a debate on the topic “Can healthy people benefit from health apps?”…




Microsoft cramming free stuff into Galaxy S6es? Not so fast – US telcos

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:41:01 GMT

Apps scrubbed from AT&T, Verizon mobes, because choice

Microsoft has been working with smartphone makers to get its mobile apps onto more customers' phones, but as long as carriers have a say in it, Redmond might not be able to obtain the broad reach it's hoping for.…




What just went down on Intel for three months? Er, PC and mobile chips

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:04:35 GMT

'Lower than expected' sales kept Chipzilla's revenue flat

Intel announced its earnings based on its new financial reporting structure for the first time on Tuesday, but despite having lumped its ailing Mobile & Communications unit in with its PC Client business, there was no hiding that the three months ended on March 28 were a tough quarter for Chipzilla.…




Life after Nokia: Microsoft Lumia 640 budget WinPho blower

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:28:06 GMT

Ticks all the boxes and then some, as long as Win10 doesn't ruin it

Review Is the Nokia Microsoft Lumia 640 an Office subscription with a free phone, or a phone with a free Office subscription? Either way, it's likely to be the biggest mobile device for Microsoft since the days of Zune and Kin – and the company is getting more aggressive with its marketing.…




Apple, IBM jump into bed for health data love in

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:58:05 GMT

Budge up Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic

Apple has partnered with IBM to use Big Blue’s former Jeopardy contestant Watson to crunch cloudy data obtained from Cupertino's fruity and still hard-to-come-by watches.…




Nokia: Yes, we're chatting up Alcatel-Lucent

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:31:05 GMT

Deal would create €26bn firm to rival Ericsson

Nokia has confirmed it is in talks to snap up Alcatel-Lucent.…




Grandmaster FLUSH: Chess champ booted for allegedly cheating with iPod app in the loo

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 19:38:42 GMT

Trips to the bogs spark suspicions during contest

A chess grandmaster has been thrown out of an international tournament after he allegedly used an Apple iPod hidden in a toilet cubicle to cheat.…




Fancy a wristjob from Tim Cook? TOUGH LUCK, you CAN'T HAVE ONE

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:27:09 GMT

Apple Watch production bought up for MONTHS ahead

An estimated one million consumers have flashed the plastic to pre-order an Apple Watch, leaving the fruity firm without stock to meet additional demand for months.…




Motorola's 5-incher finds the G-spot: Moto G 4G budget Android smartie

Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:04:44 GMT

Does it all and does it respectably, unless you want a fat camera

Review Back in December 2013, I hailed the first generation Motorola Moto G as the best affordable smartphone on the market. If you want a reasonably compact 4.5-inch device, then, arguably, it still is the best, thanks to a midlife facelift that added a microSD slot and 4G reception.…




Google research bods hope to LICK BATTERY life limits – report

Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:00:56 GMT

Choc Factory is testing solid-state and lithium-ion tech, apparently

Google has reportedly been attempting to develop batteries that last longer.…




Videogame publishers to fans: Oi, freetard! STOP RESURRECTING our dead titles online

Sat, 11 Apr 2015 14:00:11 GMT

Bunfight over EFF's call for a DMCA exemption

Google-sponsored "digital rights" group the Electronic Frontier Foundation has urged the US Copyright Office to allow players to be exempt from DMCA takedowns when they modify and then upload abandoned games online.…




Wanna run Windows 10 Preview on your Lumia? Of course you do. Now 33 mobes supported

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 21:16:08 GMT

If you don't mind a few bugs here and there, that is ...

Microsoft has issued another build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, around two months since the last build was released.…