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It's about iTime: Apple granted three-year-old smartwatch patent

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:26:06 GMT

It does everything a smartwatch should do ... but Apple owns it

Rumors that Apple is readying a smartwatch for release this year became slightly more concrete on Tuesday, on news that Cupertino has been granted a patent for a wearable device that may or may not be called "iTime."…

Shields up! Nvidia crams Tegra K1 into gaming slab to rival your PS3

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:04:34 GMT

Android fondleslab to stream action from PCs

Nvidia is touting a new 8-inch, Tegra K1-powered Android tablet as a gaming gadget for hardcore players.…

Games industry set for $5 BILLION haircut, warn beancounters

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:56:06 GMT

Game over. Insert coins to continue play

The computer games industry is set to see its revenues slip from $46.5bn this year to $41bn by 2019, a new study from Juniper Research has claimed. That's about a 12 per cent drop over the next five years.…

Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:41:11 GMT

Without representation, too. Time for a Boston (Lincs) Macbook Party?

The nationality tax levied on Brits by our American cousins that design and sell technology has been laid bare once again in a mini study, and it makes for a molar-grinding read … for people living on this side of the pond anyway.…

Peak Apple: Mountain of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s ordered

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:44:48 GMT

Bigger, harder bulges in fanboi trousers are coming

Apple has told its Chinese suppliers to build a mountain of 70 to 80 million new iPhone 6s, which are expected to come in two different sizes and hit the shops this year.…

Experts gathered round corpse of PC market: It's ALIVE! Alive, we tell you

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:29:05 GMT

Give it another blast with the XP defibrillator! Clear! >BZZZT<

The XP replacement bonanza reviving the PC market isn't yet over, with estimates suggesting that one in five biz machines out in the wilds is still running the thirteen year-old OS, an HP exec has told The Channel.…

Samsung looks to up Tizen market share ... by upgrading Galaxy Gear

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:58:04 GMT

Android-powered smartwatches get Tizen makeover in US

Owners of the original, Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch in the US will soon have the option to switch their devices to the Tizen operating system, a change which might, counterintuitively perhaps, actually be a good idea.…

PROOF the Apple iPhone 6 rumor mill hype-gasm has reached its logical conclusion

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:44:44 GMT

A mobe that lights up? My God

As Apple reveals a new iPhone around about this time of the year, speculation on a refreshed smartphone is rife. Today, the rumor mill hit a new low – or high depending on your level of fandom.…

Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:14:59 GMT

The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia

Analysis When Microsoft swallowed half of Europe's biggest tech company, it was only a matter of time before it spat something out. And so it has, ending Nokia's thirty-year roller-coaster ride.…

It's FONDLEMANIA: Mobile devices outstrip PCs on China's internet

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:41:37 GMT

Chinese folk let fingers do the browsing

Mobile devices have edged out PCs when it comes to Chinese online browsing, an official government agency in the People's Republic said on Monday.…

So whither Microsoft? If Nadella knows, he's keeping it well hidden

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:00:09 GMT

A thousand cuts, but no actual death

Analysis After Microsoft’s biggest jobs bloodbath, we’re still not much wiser about what Microsoft will look like in five years' time. Steve Ballmer turned the focus from PCs to devices and services: manufacturing its own devices, and promoting its own services regardless of the platform. Satya Nadella was supposed to bring further clarity.…

Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:04:16 GMT

Some new ban obviously in order. Radios? Children?

Recent legislation banning the use of handheld phones by drivers had basically no effect on the number of road accidents, according to a new study.…

For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:28:08 GMT

Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated

Lenovo has pulled some 8-inch Windows tablet models from the US market, citing lack of demand, but a Lenovo spokesman has told The Register that contrary to reports, the Chinese firm has no intention of giving up on smaller Windows fondleslabs in the US.…

Why has sexy Apple gone to bed with big boring IBM?

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:59:11 GMT

The Big Blue Apple affair: Inspired by Jobs, driven by Microsoft and Android

Shocked by IBM's deal to sell and support iPads and iPhones in the enterprise?…

Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:05:06 GMT

Holiday handsets you can afford to lose

Product round-up So, you want a smartphone but you don’t want to pay more than £150 (and ideally a whole lot less). You’re going buy a Motorola Moto G, right? Probably. The G is a very safe bet. But are there alternatives? Indeed there are.…

Stephen Elop: 'Hello there' (and goodbye to 12,500 of you)

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:03:06 GMT

Microsoft mobile boss tries to soften jobs cuts blow

Quotw How would you like to be told that you may have lost your job? Probably not with an email which started with the phrase: "Hello there."…

iSense something, a presence not felt since... Apple sketches fanboi-finding infrared sensors

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:31:08 GMT

Patent application covers tech to detect man from machine

Apple hopes to patent a gizmo that uses heat and infrared light to know when you're nearby.…

Meet the 'smallest GPU' for wearable gizmos ... wait, where did it go?

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:58:03 GMT

Nobody move, this Imagination chip was here somewhere. Where's the magnifying glass?

The official launch of Android Wear was less than a month ago, but Imagination Technologies has this week unveiled a tiny graphics processor that it reckons will be just the thing for your snazzy new smartwatch.…

Microsoft's Black Thursday: XBox Live goes down as XBox Studio canned

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:28:52 GMT

Just as 18,000 staff told they face pink slips

Microsoft's Xbox Live gaming service fell offline this afternoon, San Francisco time, and remained down for at least a couple of hours.…

Firefox OS lands in Germany – with France, Asia, and more to come

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:34:33 GMT

Mozilla's thrifty, browser-based smartphone OS continues expansion

Mozilla's Firefox OS continues its slow march across the globe, with carriers set to begin shipping devices running the open source, browser-based smartphone platform in additional developed markets this week.…

X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:25:07 GMT

Elop explains new, lighter strategy (sort of)

Microsoft's Android phones are the latest casualty of the company's axe. The X range was only launched in February this year, before the acquisition of Nokia's devices unit had been completed, but the mutant 'droids will soon be phased out, says CEO Satya Nadella.…

EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:50:05 GMT

El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters

Exclusive Industry sources have confirmed to The Reg that the European Commission is once again prodding Google's Android contracts with phone makers. Preliminary letters, sent out a month ago, merely ask the phone makers if they find anything in Google's contracts restrictive.…

Ex-despot Noriega sues: How dare Call of Duty make me look like, like...

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:57:42 GMT

Jailed dictator gets precious over image rights

Brutal former Central American dictator Manuel Noriega is mimicking a Hollywood starlet by launching legal proceedings against a computer games designer for using his likeness in a popular franchise.…

Apple 5S still best-selling smartphone 8 months after launch

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:38:05 GMT

Cook's empire still propping up the bar... Sam-who?

Bad news Samsung: the Apple iPhone 5S is still the hottest-selling phone in the world, according to stats from the beanies at Counterpoint.…

Nokia Lumia 930: We reveal this Windows Phone's one unique selling point

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:00:03 GMT

It doesn't have one

Review The Lumia 930 is the first upmarket phone in eight months from Nokia's former mobile phones division, which is now owned by Microsoft. It's a solid but quite unspectacular upgrade for Windows Phone users.…

BBM beta comes to Windows Phone

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:28:12 GMT

Two battered warriors in the last chance saloon

Among BlackBerry's many problems is that it has a very popular messaging app, BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), but struggles to turn a quid with it.…

Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 03:16:10 GMT

Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August

Oracle will soon detail the SPARC 7 architecture, and how it includes new in-silicon features designed to make Big O's databases and applications achieve better performance in an all-Ellison environment.…

Elon Musk GIVES UP ON SEX: He'll make do with a 'cheap' Tesla III instead

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:17:16 GMT

Zillionaire electric car sumpreo stock blocked by Ford

Elon Musk has announced that his electric car maker Tesla will have a new model available for sale in 2017 at the relatively cheap* price of $35,000. And he added that he has an oh-so classy name for the flash motor.…

When the robot rebellion comes, this Jibo droid will BORE you to death

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:11:09 GMT

'Social robotics', wow, those are trendy words

Most writers and filmmakers agree that robots in the home is a pretty bad idea because at some point they will try to kill you.…

Mine's 0.2 inches bigger than yours (says future fanboi of his iWatch)

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:26:05 GMT

Two sizes, sapphire glass - more predictions from tech 'analysts'

The Taiwanese trade press has claimed Tim Cook's iWatch will come in two sizes: one with a 1.6-inch screen, the other with a 1.8-inch display.…

Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:17:07 GMT

Free rule book may be why all your printers are out of paper

Dungeons & Dragons is BAAAACK – and it's brought a freemium business model with it.…

Speaking in Tech: How I was outsmarted by my LG smartwatch

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:41:03 GMT

Podcast Plus: Google's new hired hacker, 'Princess' Parisa Tabriz

Running the Gauntlet: Atari's classic ... now and then

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:03:07 GMT

Food shooting N00bs

Antique Code Show Rumours of a new version of the Atari classic Gauntlet at E3 took me straight back to the arcade circa 1985.…

'We screwed up' sighs Sony bigwig after gaming portals collapse in DNS cock-up riddle

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:27:06 GMT

Players blame domain name lapse for outage

A couple of Sony's websites disappeared from the internet on Tuesday, leading some angry console fiddlers to accuse the Japanese giant of forgetting to pay its domain name bills.…

Phone charging log helps to convict murderer

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 01:04:06 GMT

Alibi eroded by midnight metadata

An Australian man has been convicted of murder after mobile phone metadata describing when the device was connected to a charger was tabled as evidence.…

Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:59:33 GMT

iOS/2 gear loaded with apps for big biz ... uh oh BlackBerry

IBM and Apple have forged a pact to sell software to enterprises: Apple will handle support and IBM will actually sell the iPads and iPhones, which will be loaded with Big Blue's ported apps. Oh yes.…

Nokia emits Windows Phone 8.1 'Cyan' upgrade for Lumia gear

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:22:31 GMT

Finnish phones get bonus features on top of OS upgrade

Nokia is rolling out Windows Phone 8.1 as an over-the-air update that comes bundled with "Cyan," a special feature package that's exclusive to Lumia devices.…

BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:55:03 GMT

Vroom-vroom, sort of

Review I almost felt sorry for the BMW press team last November at the i3 press launch. The questions hacks kept returning to were: “When is the i8 going on sale?” and “When can we drive it?”. Fair play to the BMW staffers, who didn't stop telling us how groundbreaking and generally fantastic the i3 was. As indeed it is.…

Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:33:07 GMT

Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions

WPC Microsoft’s chief salesman Kevin Turner has tried to turn his company’s crushing lateness on devices into a positive for the sake of partners and employees.…

Brit enterprises still wolfing down PCs post-XP support death

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:18:06 GMT

Lenovo closing in on HP as PCs continue to clamber out bog

Tech disties feasted on a relative PC sales banquet in Q2 as businesses and to a lesser extent consumers made a belated dash to rid themselves of systems running on Windows XP.…

Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:29:08 GMT

Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take

A report in the American Journal of Pediatrics suggests that the presence of Nickel in Apple's first-generation iPad may have exacerbated an eleven-year-old child's dermatitis.…

Google Glass HOLED: Techno-specs' inventor jets off to Amazon

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:38:16 GMT

'Visionary' sees brighter future away from cursed project

An academic turned corporate researcher, described as "the visionary" behind Google Glass, has jumped ship to arch-rival Amazon.…

Phab-u-less: Huge MONSTER iPhone 6 not due until 2015 – claim

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:41:05 GMT

You must be pleased to see me - that's not an iThing in your pocket

An analyst has now foretold that the iPhone 6 – an enlarged "phablet" style device – will not be sold until next year. That's the same chap who warned that Apple's long-rumored iWatch won't appear until Christmas this year.…

Reg hardware hunter spots HP SlateBook 14 Android in the wild

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:59:07 GMT

Currys serves up festive fare

Pics July isn’t over yet and so it follows, neither is, er, marketing Christmas*. This time Currys/PC World was playing host to this summer PR tech fest that showcases products that’ll be in stores leading up to festive season.…

iWatch 'due November'... Y'all know what time it is? Now you do

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:27:05 GMT

That Tag Heuer guy's barely settled in, right?

The mythical Apple iWatch will, presumably, tell the time, but that doesn't mean the iThing maker will be punctual in unveiling it, claims an analyst.…

Lumia 930 is a real handful

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:34:06 GMT

Microkia's latest high-end handspawn has a shot at the title

First fondle Microkia's new Lumia 930 is quite a handful, in the best way possible.…

NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:27:25 GMT

Composite vid socket binned as GPIO sprouts new pins

A new Raspberry Pi model has emerged, rectifying one of the most common gripes directed at its predecessors: it now comes complete with four USB 2.0 ports.…

Samsung Z mobe a NO-SHOW at Moscow Tizen Developer Summit

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:47:09 GMT

More launch delays for Samsung's Android-alternative smartphone OS

Samsung has suffered another setback in its quest to offer the world an alternative to Android, having failed to launch the first smartphone running its Tizen mobile OS as planned.…

LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:55:09 GMT

Roll up, roll up for 60-inch telly scrolls by 2017

Not content with making the world’s biggest bendy OLED TV, LG has thrown a different curve entirely with its roll-up OLED display.…

The final score: Gramophones 1 – Glassholes 0

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:01:11 GMT

My life according to a Google Arse

Something for the Weekend, Sir? What do the following have in common: a hand holding a half-litre carton of milk, the back of a balding head, a grinning selfie taken in a mirror and a wonky street scene with nothing of any interest going on?…