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Noughty by nature: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Rock Band 4

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 09:02:10 GMT

Bang, crash, wallop

Game Theory It's the noughties all over again as two franchises from very different genres, Uncharted and Rock Band, are repackaged and re-released for a new generation of consoles.…

HP creates laptop for SITH LORDS

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 04:02:11 GMT

Is this really what Meg Whitman meant by 'innovative new computing experiences'?

HP will soon release a special Star Wars edition laptop it says will allow you to “Unleash your inner Sith”.…

PC shipments slump in Q3, thanks to free Windows 10

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 02:27:05 GMT

Businesses are spending on mobile transformations, not boring old computers

The world's personal computer factories could only shove just over 70 million machines out the door during 2015's third quarter, according to box-watchers IDC and Gartner.…

TRANSISTOR-GATE-GATE: Apple admits some iPhone 6Ses crappier than others

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:28:11 GMT

Samsung-made mobe brains chomp through battery charges faster than TSMC chips

Apple has confessed that some iPhone 6Ses have worse battery life than others because their processors are made by two different chip bakers.…

Smartmobe brain maker Qualcomm teases 64-bit ARM server chip secrets

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:30:12 GMT

Prototype has 24 cores, in the hands of techies to test drive

Qualcomm, the maker of processors for Nexus smartphones and other mobes and tablets, has revealed early specifications for its upcoming server chips.…

HP boss hopes MS Surface Book will jack up notebook prices

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:03:04 GMT

Dell bigwig 'not happy' though

Canalys Channels Forum HP Inc’s boss welcomed Microsoft’s foray into the high-end notebook market this week, if it helped vendors push up price tags across the board.…

4K catches fire with OTT streamers, while broadcasters burn

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 09:34:37 GMT

TV industry looks to UHD Phase II, but Amazon delivers now

Breaking Fad Like dentophobes with toothache, the broadcast elite seem grimly determined not to face up to the inevitable. A post International Broadcasting Convention conference about Ultra HD, organised by satellite operator SES, offered scant evidence that any of the big European broadcasters are in a mood to commit to 4K services.…

Team Microsoft: Device Police... 'Are you pumped? I'm pumped'

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 09:16:09 GMT

Surface? F**ck Yeah!

Analysis “Someone out there must have a family,” Panos Panay remarked yesterday, surveying his audience of potato-shaped gadget bloggers. An optimistic view, I thought. Panay was presenting Microsoft’s Devices event in New York, an event designed to get bloggers’ juices running.…

Online VAT fraud: Calls for government crackdown grow louder

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 08:02:48 GMT

eBay, Amazon fraudsters, cheap gear in the crosshairs

Calls to crack down on companies selling goods online in the UK without declaring VAT have gathered pace, with a peer and another high profile individual now voicing their concerns that the practice is damaging UK business.…

Porsche-gate: Android Auto isn't slurping tons of engine data, claims Google – but questions remain

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 07:02:09 GMT

Just how much can the app access?

Google has flatly denied that its Android Auto car dashboard software slurps too much information from vehicle engines.…

Tiny Robot Smartphone: Invasion Earth 2016 – prepare to be facially recognised humans

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 06:06:07 GMT

Does the titchy T-800 run Android? Yeah, probably

Japanese electronics firm Sharp has presented a prototype smartphone which is also a functioning tiny robot.…

Microsoft, the VW family sedan of IT, wants to be tech's new Rolls-Royce

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 21:15:09 GMT

But it has one or two problems – Apple, for starters

Analysis If there's one message that stands out from Microsoft's big device day launch on Tuesday it's this: stop thinking about Redmond as the cheap option, because it wants to be seen as the premium brand.…

Ad-slinging rootkit nasty permanently drills into Android mobes, tabs

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 17:50:12 GMT

Kernel-exploiting Kemoge in 20 countries and counting

Security researchers have uncovered malware that infects deep inside Android devices, spams screens with pop-up adverts, and obeys commands from its masters across the internet.…

Samsung forgets Galaxy worries, surprises analysts with big numbers

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:56:06 GMT

Internal ding-dong between phones and chips continues

Despite the Galaxy 6 and its kin – Plus, Edge, Edge Plus – tanking, Samsung Electronics has posted impressive numbers for the third quarter, substantially higher than analysts had predicted, leading to a jump in the share price.…

Microsoft, Tesla, build battery that knows how much (energy) you suck

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 07:31:27 GMT

Bendy chemical cocktails designed to give anything a jolt when it needs one

Engineers from Microsoft, Tesla, and Columbia and Massachusetts universities have teamed up to develop what on paper looks like a revolution in consumer battery technology that meets demands for fast charge, long life, and the ability to bend.…

Microsoft updates Band semi-smartwatch for fitness fanatics

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:39:09 GMT

Now with added barometer and a better battery

While Microsoft has been bigging up its Surface tablet/laptop rollout, Lumia phones, and HoloLens suite, there was still room for a few add-ons, notably its Band fitness tracker.…

Worker drones don't need PCs says Microsoft, give 'em phones instead

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:11:07 GMT

Trio of new Lumia handsets seek to tempt from iOS, Android

Windows Phone has had a very rocky history, but Microsoft thinks it may have found a winning strategy to get its handsets into the business market – let them be PCs.…

Surface Book: Microsoft to turn unsuccessful tab into unsuccessful laptop

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 19:46:01 GMT

Just joshing, Redmond – its first proper tab-top is packed with power and $1500 price tag

As expected, Microsoft has updated its Surface Pro fondleslab with a new model powered by Intel's latest silicon. But unexpectedly, it has also produced a laptop version of the platform that is going to make Apple sick.…

Microsoft's HoloLens: Here by 2016, mere three THOUSAND dollar price

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:33:37 GMT

Redmond shows off geek goggs with 3D shoot-em-up

Microsoft has been showing off its latest toys at a New York press conference – and HoloLens is looking likely to be out by the end of next year.…

'One Windows' crunch time: Microsoft tempts with glittery new devices

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:37:08 GMT

If devs convinced by single platform, we're in business

Microsoft is announcing new Windows 10 devices at an event in New York today. This is crunch time for the “One Windows” strategy, the idea that presenting developers with something like a single platform across many device types will stimulate a strong ecosystem of applications.…

Google Chromecast 2015: Puck-on-a-string fun ... why not, for £30?

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:04:04 GMT

Streamer, you know you are a streamer

Review OK, so we all know what Google’s Chromecast is, yes? Someone at the back – why are they always at the back – seems unsure. In a sentence, then, Chromecast is a small Wi-Fi-connected slug that you slip into a spare HDMI port on your TV, and which plays video and audio under the direction of a remote control app.…

Chocolate Factory plops Marshmallow on Android slabs

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:16:02 GMT

Don't know what any of that means? You probably have an iPhone

Google has posted the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for its Nexus devices.…

Microsoft's big Tuesday reveal: New mobiles and slabs? Win 10 shock?

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 21:27:23 GMT

Possibly new fitness hardware as well

Microsoft has scheduled one of its biggest press conferences of the year on Tuesday in New York, and The Register will be there for the show. But leaks ahead of time suggest we'll be seeing a lot of new hardware and possibly a few software tricks as well.…

Rise of der Maschinen: Daimler trials ROBOT LORRY in Germany

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 15:43:06 GMT

Relieves driver on 'monotonous stretches'. That'll end well

Daimler has sent out a robot-chauffeured lorry on German motorways for the first time.…

Microsoft gobbles Chipzilla's Havok 3D physics unit in cloud gaming play

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 00:58:04 GMT

Don't worry – it promises to play nice with others

Top physics engine for 3D gaming Havoc has been scooped up by Microsoft, which has inked a deal with Intel to buy the outfit for an undisclosed sum.…

Apple files patent for long-rumoured iRing-type bling

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:36:58 GMT

First dibs on calling integrated camera the iOfSauron

The long-rumoured iRing might not be a myth after all. Apple has just applied for a patent on "Devices and Methods for a Ring Computing Device".…

Is the world ready for a Raspberry Pi-powered Lego Babbage Engine?

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:47:09 GMT

Neat idea could become reality with Reg readers' support

A proposal for Lego to build an Analytical Engine staffed by Babbage and Lovelace characters has received just under a third of the support it needs to be considered for production.…

Asus ZenPad 10 Z300C: Cheap tab, dock combo you can turn up to 11

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:01:05 GMT

It's all about the bass. And the treble. And the volume

Review If you want a top-notch Android tablet and keyboard package, buy the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet. It's very good. But at £499 it's also very expensive. If money is tight, Asus can now offer you a superficially not dissimilar package for two hundred quid. That £300 saving suggests some major compromises, so is the Asus a bargain alternative or just a cheap knock-off?…

Google's Nest weaves new Weave protocol that isn't Google's Weave

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 23:55:56 GMT

An Internet of Stuff comms tech to kill Apple's still-born Homekit?

Smart-home posterboy Nest has opened up its application protocol to developers in a bid to stave off competition from Apple.…

Are Samsung TVs doing a Volkswagen in energy tests? Koreans hit back

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 23:33:51 GMT

Motion Lighting mode is a feature, not a cheat, says biz

Samsung has responded quickly to claims that its televisions were designed to cheat in official power consumption tests.…

AMD to axe a few more staff as it struggles to get back to black

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 22:00:46 GMT

Around 500 layoffs planned in modest restructuring proposal

AMD has unveiled a belt-tightening plan that the struggling chipmaker hopes will get its finances back on track to profitability.…

Boeing builds British Airways 787 Dreamliner in 4 minutes

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 12:37:06 GMT

Post-moonshot aircraft builder has apparently smartened up its act

British Airways took the delivery yesterday of its first 787-9 Dreamliner, and released an entertaining video showing just how quickly Boeing put the thing together.…

Microsoft sabotages own Lumia smartmobe flagship launch

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 12:18:04 GMT

Post-leak Windows phones to stand at back at Surface party

Microsoft has ensured that its unwanted Lumia phone division won’t upstage its Surface team next week, by posting details of the phones to its own UK Store website.…

Microsoft and Google ink SECRET TREATY to end all their patent wars

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 00:58:52 GMT

Chumship pact pie carve-up details kept under wraps

Google and Microsoft have inked a secret deal in which all patent disputes between the mammoth companies will be abandoned.…

Tear teardown down, roars Apple: iFixit app yanked from store

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 00:16:14 GMT

Peek into Sir Jony's precious boxes, pay the price

DIY repair biz iFixit says it can no longer offer its iOS mobile app, thanks to a ban from Apple.…

Roku 4 specs leak: Yes, it's got 4K streaming and a games controller

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:49:49 GMT

Latest version of streaming media box puts it to the head of the market

Exclusive The much-anticipated Roku 4 will come with 4K ultra high-definition resolution, a separate games controller, and a faster quad-core ARM processor.…

Elon Musk unmasks Tesla's Model X – the $132k anti-bioweapon SUV for the 1%

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 19:24:03 GMT

Sergey Brin gets car number 3 off the lot

Pics and video Elon Musk finally got to unveil Tesla's Model X luxury electric sports utility vehicle, and showed off some literally ludicrous features the car has to offer.…

Eight cores good, ten cores better: MediaTek resumes Qualcomm multi-core war

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:31:05 GMT

It’s not what you’ve got, it’s how you use it, apparently

Despite what Qualcomm claims, its main foe, MediaTek, claims that the core wars are not over. Qualcomm has argued – like a politician saying that “left and right is old thinking” – that it isn't about how many cores you had, but what you did with them.…

Google literally dangles its new dongle in front of gasping TV audiences

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 01:34:04 GMT

And whips out a music-slurping gizmo

Pics Google has redesigned its $35 Chromecast TV dongle, and come up with the Chromecast Audio – a new gizmo that streams music over Wi-Fi to speakers.…

AMD spray-paints 'Pro A-series for biz' over its Carrizo notebook chips

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:14:44 GMT

Easy does it ... don't want to scare off corporate customers with too much fanfare, eh?

Intel's human shield from monopoly watchdogs AMD has quietly revealed some processor packages for business PCs.…

Pixel C: Google has a crack at the fondleslab-with-keyboard game

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 21:35:40 GMT

That worked out really well for Microsoft, right?

First Microsoft mated a tablet with a keyboard, then Apple came late to the party. Now Google has done the same. From an engineering perspective, Google's new Pixel C slab looks to have left them both in the dust.…

Hands on with Google's Nexus 5X, 6P Android Marshmallow mobes

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 21:31:57 GMT

New kit from web giant shown off in San Francisco

Pics and video Google has updated its Nexus smartphone range with two new handsets powered by the latest build of Android, codenamed Marshmallow.…

Web ad tried to make my iPhone spaff a premium-rate text, says snapper

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 21:05:26 GMT

This is why everyone's blocking adverts

A bloke in Scotland reckons a dodgy web advert tried to trick him into sending a text message from his iPhone to a premium-rate number.…

Find shaving a chore? Why not BLAST your BEARD off with a RAYGUN

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:39:08 GMT

Sic semper problem beards everywhere

Men with beards have invented a razor which shaves with a laser.…

WATERPROOF iPhone 6Ss? Old news. Check out the OTHER 7 SECRET FEATURES

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:10:21 GMT

In other news - HATS are secretly BOWLS

We here at the Reg, as all our readers know, subscribe completely to the idea that people need a continual stream of iPhone related news-style content.…

Need discrete encounter with some hardware? Of course, we mean AMD's new Embedded Radeons

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:06:10 GMT

Troubled mini-Chipzilla rolls out kit for embedded engineers

When you think AMD, you might think: "Oh yeah, those peeps doing the graphics chips in the Nintendo XboxStation 4." Or maybe: "Err, those peeps, the ones keeping the M word away from Intel and Nvidia." Or perhaps: "Um, the ones El Reg keeps telling us to pray for?"…

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus: Harder, faster and they'll give you a buzz

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:42:08 GMT

But despite the hype, Cupertino’s latest efforts don’t entirely satisfy

Review The latest iThing is the tock in Apple’s two-year hardware cycle, last year’s iPhone 6 and its oversized "Plus" companion having been the tick.…

Feds want a phone smart enough to burn itself if it falls into the wrong hands

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 04:56:13 GMT

Walk this way – 'cause if you don't, the phone will die

It won't surprise you at all to know that the US government is keenly interested in the idea of self-destructing electronics.…

Overheating iPhone 6S+ BLINDED my cam, cries flashgate fanboy

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 00:59:43 GMT

Flash flambé feared

Screenshot Some Apple iPhone 6S Plus owners are complaining that their new handsets get too hot – with one bod yelling that the LED flash shuts down.…

Apple in eyebrow-raising threesome with TSMC, Samsung for iPhone 6S

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 23:12:02 GMT

Two slightly different A9 processor brains made for new mobes

Apple is using two slightly different A9 processors from two suppliers – TSMC and Samsung – in its new iPhone 6S.…