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Meet ARM1, grandfather of today's mobe, tablet CPUs – watch it crunch code live in a browser

Sat, 28 Nov 2015 08:51:04 GMT

Gate-level blueprints restored for anniversary

Pics Chip geeks have produced an interactive blueprint of the ARM1 – the granddaddy of the processor cores powering billions of gadgets today, from Apple iPhones to Raspberry Pis, cameras, routers and Android tablets.…

Millions of families hit in toymaker VTech hack – including 200,000+ kids

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:11:20 GMT

Youngsters' personal info, parents' contact details leak from Chinese gizmo giant

Names, home and email addresses, security questions and answers, and more information on millions of families worldwide have been swiped from a top toymaker's database.…

Mobe-maker OnePlus 'fesses up to flouting USB-C spec

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 04:58:10 GMT

Adapter and cable are fine with OnePlus' own phones, but other kit could cook

In early November Google chap Benson Leung caused a stir when he wrote an analysis suggesting manufacturers of cables and power adapters weren't paying attention to the USB Type-C spec. Manufacturers' inattention, he worried, might result in devices being damaged as they suck down too much power.…

Lights, power, action! Smartplugs with a twist

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:07:10 GMT

Zuli pushes past the competition - but how useful is it really?

Review For reasons that continue to confound consumers, the two most popular areas for smart-home technologies right now are lightbulbs and plugs.…

What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:09:21 GMT

Ickle Welsh 'puter packs punch, is cheaper than a pricey latte

Our American cousins may be getting stuck in to pumpkin pie today, but Raspberry Pi hopes they'll also appreciate its $5 (£4) Pi Zero computer, which the Blighty outfit launched today.…

Samsung Gear VR is good. So good 2016 could be year virtual reality finally makes it

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 07:58:10 GMT

But can anyone make VR content? Ask whoever runs your local film school ...

Having already lived through one virtual reality hype cycle, I’m surprised to find that 2015 has been punctuated of a number of experiences proving that virtual reality may finally be nearing the mainstream. In February, I experienced some of the new head-mounted displays - and found first-generation Oculus Rift unimpressive. Quick on the heels of that, I got a taste of some "immersive video", footage gathered by an expensive, fancy camera that capture a full sphere around the device.…

Dell computers bundled with backdoor that blurts hardware fingerprint to websites

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:18:19 GMT

How it works

Analysis Dell ships Windows computers with software that lets websites slurp up the machine's exact specifications, warranty status, and other details without the user knowing.…

What America's drone owner database could look like in future

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 04:01:12 GMT

ID number per person, tiny gadgets exempted, personal info optional, etc

A task force assembled by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revealed its suggestions for personal drone registration in the US.…

Dell: How to kill that web security hole we put in your laptops, PCs

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 01:14:48 GMT

Promises to automatically remove root CA cert from machines from Nov 24

Dell has published a guide on how to remove the web security backdoor it installed in its Windows laptops and desktop PCs.…

Superfish 2.0 worsens: Dell's dodgy security certificate is an unkillable zombie

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:35:27 GMT

And now here's how you can really destroy it

Updated The rogue root certificate in new Dell computers – a certificate that allows people to be spied on when banking and shopping online – will magically reinstall itself even when deleted.…

Superfish 2.0: Dell ships laptops, PCs with huge internet security hole

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:15:03 GMT

Root CA certificate opens up folks to banking, shopping snooping, etc

Dell ships computers with all the tools necessary for crooks to spy on the owners' online banking, shopping, webmail, and more.…

Tesla recalls every single Model S car in seatbelt safety probe

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 22:39:16 GMT

90,000 motors hauled in for checks

If you are fortunate (and rich) enough to own a Tesla Model S, then you'll have to take it in for a checkup, as the automaker has recalled all 90,000 cars because of a problem with the seatbelts.…

Dell PCs to be never knowingly undersold by John Lewis this Chrimbo

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:19:12 GMT

Apple, HP, Lenovo scrum down in battle for the middle classes

Dell is to go head-to-head with Apple, HP and Lenovo for the affections of computer-seeking shoppers this Christmas - the XPS range will be never knowingly undersold to the middle classes by John Lewis.…

Don't flip your lid: The Internet of Helmets has arrived

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 05:26:12 GMT

Building company decides electronic sweatband can stop workers overcooking

Microsoft has shown off an internet helmet built by a customer.…

How TV ads silently ping commands to phones: Sneaky SilverPush code reverse-engineered

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 01:41:50 GMT

Near-ultrasonic sound system drives pets, and users, crazy

Earlier this week the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) warned that an Indian firm called SilverPush has technology that allows adverts to ping inaudible commands to smartphones and tablets.…

Apple's Watch charging pad proves Cupertino still screwing buyers

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 21:24:52 GMT

Smartwatch should be able to use 90 per cent of wireless chargers, but…

Apple is now selling a wireless charging pad for its smartwatch. The $79 plate not only demonstrates Cupertino's commitment to design, it also confirms its habit of ripping off people.…

Apple – it's true: iPad Pro slabs freeze when plugged in to charge

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 20:50:25 GMT

Cupertino says it's working on a fix for mysterious stall

Apple has confirmed its iPad Pro tablets sometimes freeze while recharging.…

Storm in a teacup: Wileyfox does Android cheapie, British style

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:58:07 GMT

A UK startup rides the Shenzhen wave

Review Wileyfox is the first new British phone brand in over a decade, and it’s hoping to cash in on the Shenzhen economic miracle.…

DS5: Vive la différence ... oh, and throw away the Citroën badge

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 10:03:07 GMT

Stylish French sub-brand wants to steal Audi’s lunch money

Vulture @ the Wheel Oh, how car-makers like to mine their archive in the name of style. BMW’s Mini, VW’s Beetle, Fiat’s 500 ... all doff their caps to the style and nomenclature of an imaginary post-war automotive utopia. Citroën got in on the act back in 2010 with the resurrection of the DS marque.…

BlackBerry Priv: After two weeks on test, looks like this is a keeper

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 11:32:12 GMT

The Priv did more than just survive – it flourished

Two-week test I seem to have spent my life getting through, testing, and handling a lot of phones. A lot. But I hate phones. I hate all the hundreds of them I have lying around my house and the countless thousands of pounds I have spent on them.…

Apple's design 'drives up support costs, makes gadgets harder to use'

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:31:10 GMT

And they don't hire us any more, say Apple greybeards

Apple's design has fallen from the high standards set by Donald Norman and Bruce Tognazzini, reckon... er, Donald Norman and Bruce Tognazzini. The two UX gurus and former Apple alumni now think "Apple is giving design a bad name".…

Apple's Faulty Powers moment: iPad Pro slabs 'temporarily bricked' during recharge

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 22:36:10 GMT

Fanbois fret following freaky phantom fondleslab freezes

Some Apple iPad Pro owners claim their new jumbo tablets freeze when being recharged.…

Apple supremo Tim Cook rules out OS X fondleslab, iOS merger

Mon, 16 Nov 2015 23:56:54 GMT

Reg staff stunned – some Cupertino news we can get behind

Apple CEO Tim Cook is telling customers not to expect a Mac answer to the Microsoft Surface Pro any time soon.…

Pope instructs followers to put the iPhone away during dinner

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 19:52:26 GMT

And if anyone knows about family dinners it's this guy

Pope Francis has slammed the use of smartphones and warned that they risk damaging family life.…

California cops pull over Google car for driving too SLOWLY

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 19:50:32 GMT

CHiPs, meet chips

Google is very proud of its perfect safety record when it comes to automated vehicles, but that didn't stop one of its jelly-mold cars getting pulled over on Thursday.…

Amazon vendors flog thousands of rooted, malware-laden tablets

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 07:31:05 GMT

Because getting infected in the after-market is so tedious

Amazon is unwittingly acting as the retail channel for thousands of Android devices preloaded with nightmare advertising malware and with operating systems rooted, users and security boffins allege.…

D-Wave heads for New Mexico

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 03:56:10 GMT

Los Alamos kicks the quantum tyre

The Los Alamos National Laboratory has become the latest organisation to give quantum annealing a whirl, with D-Wave announcing that the facility will take delivery of its thousand-qubit 2X system.…

Bluetooth SIG hints at 2016 roadmap

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 01:56:08 GMT

Faster, further, and with mesh networking

Crackers and hackers will no longer need to get up close and personal with Bluetooth devices to launch attacks: the next iteration of the standard will get a fourfold increase in range.…

Brits rattle tin for custom LCD Raspberry Pi funbox

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:32:11 GMT

Tingbot case with touchscreen – 'a platform for creative applications'

A London-based "networked studio of invention" is rattling the tin down at Kickstarter for the net-connected Tingbot – a custom case for the Raspberry Pi with LCD touchscreen which promises to transform the fruity minicomputer into "a platform for creative applications".…

Instascam! Apple yanks phoney app, Google follows

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 03:56:10 GMT

Popular password harvester kicked off App Store and Play

A popular but malicious fake Instagram “who viewed your profile” app has been pulled from both Apple's App Store and Google Play – but not until after between 500,000 and a million suckers downloaded it.…

Latest Android phones hijacked with tidy one-stop-Chrome-pop

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 00:30:05 GMT

Chinese researcher burns exploit for ski trip.

PacSec Google's Chrome for Android has been popped in a single exploit that could lead to the compromise of any handset.…

US military readies drone submarine hunter

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 00:11:23 GMT

Warship is unmanned and – currently – unarmed

Video Early next year a 140-ton warship will slip from its Pacific berth and sail out to patrol US coastal waters for up to three months, all without a single sailor on board.…

Nvidia unveils credit card-sized 'supercomputer' for portable AI

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 02:03:07 GMT

CEO wants to be the ultimate helicopter parent

Older readers may think of Nvidia as a graphics firm but, according to CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, the firm is now all-in on accelerating computing and machine learning.…

Get an Apple Watch or die warns Tim Cook

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 00:29:06 GMT

When salesmanship gets out of hand

After hyping his first new product as Apple CEO to death, it appears Tim Cook is feeling the pressure to make the Apple Watch a success.…

Qualcomm sheds last veil from Snapdragon 820

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 22:56:10 GMT

Hopes that 2015 was just a bad dream

After letting the world in on glimpses of its Snapdragon 820 processor for a few months, Qualcomm has finally taken the lamp out of the basket.…

ARM reveals the Internet of Things security defenses hackers will inevitably learn to evade

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 18:01:24 GMT

TrustZone in microcontrollers and mbed OS waddles on

ARM hopes to make chips in the Internet of Things a little more secure – by adding its TrustZone defenses to its microcontroller blueprints. In effect, ARM is adding some extra hurdles for hackers to leap in order to exploit programming bugs in gadgets' firmware.…

ARM's new Cortex-A35: How to fine-tune a CPU for web browsing on bargain smartphones

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 17:30:11 GMT

Proof that Brits are experts on forming queues

ARM, designer of smartphone brains, will today reveal the Cortex-A35: a processor core subtly tweaked to run mobile web browsers and similar apps faster.…

Here are the graphics processors cloud giants will use to crunch your voices, videos and data

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:00:04 GMT

Well, in Nvidia's dreams, anyway

If you think you can build the next Youtube, Facebook or Google, you'll need to invest heavily in artificial intelligence and GPU-accelerated engineering to get any kind of edge over rivals.…

Team MIPS tries to spoil ARM's party with new 64-bit Warrior, 32-bit microcontroller brains

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 07:00:07 GMT

What a coincidence

Imagination Technologies has decided today – right in the middle of its arch rival ARM's annual technical conference in California – is the best day to announce some new chip designs.…

Einstein's brain to be picked by satellites

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 00:59:53 GMT

Euro GPS misfires to test General Relativity

The European Space Agency is to make the most of two satellite misfires by using them to test Einstein's theory of relativity.…

Microsoft Band 2 wrist watchers in pay-first-ship-much-later rage

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 13:59:03 GMT

Does twiddling your thumbs count as an exercise?

Microsoft’s online shipping and delivery service is in the dock, this time angering fans of Redmond’s Windows wearable.…

AMD sued: Number of Bulldozer cores in its chips is a lie, allegedly

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 20:33:21 GMT

When does a slab of transistor gates become a processor – the big question

Analysis AMD lied about the true number of Bulldozer cores in some of its Opteron and FX processors, it is claimed.…

Huawei who? We probe the sleeping storage dragon's brains

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 09:02:11 GMT

China's massive telecoms giant flexes its enterprise IT muscles

Part I Huawei is China's Cisco or Sweden’s Ericsson without the storage hangups that affect the US networking giant. It's a $46.5bn colossus with 170,000 employees, privately-owned by its Chinese national employees, with no venture capital investment and three rotating CEOs. This is most assuredly not your average IT corporation.…

BlackBerry Priv: Enterprise Android in a snazzy but functional package

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 05:01:07 GMT

A phone for grown-ups that doesn't suck

Review If somebody told you six months ago that the best Android phone of 2015 would have been made by BlackBerry, you’d have thought they were a bit mad. BlackBerry didn’t really make phones any more, and what phones it made were marketed as a secure alternative to the Mad Max badlands of Android.…

Google engineer names and shames dodgy USB Type-C cable makers

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 23:34:49 GMT

Cheap wires could bork your chargers, PCs, hubs, etc

A Google engineer says some discount USB Type-C converter cables are substandard and could cause damage by drawing too much juice.…

Huawei is the new Nokia: Asian mobe maker sets out its stall

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 13:24:04 GMT

From chips to base stations, 2020 will be like the Finns' year 2000

A little over a thousand CTOs, CIOs and decision makers from the world’s mobile phone networks attended Huawei's mobile broadband forum event this week. It gives us a view of not only how Huawei sees the world, but of how it sees itself.…

BlackBerry makes Android security patch promises

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 10:56:08 GMT

Attention: This vehicle is reversing

BlackBerry is touting security and privacy as the new Priv's key differentiators. But wait, isn't it an Android? And isn't that like putting an arsonist in charge of the Fire Brigade?…

7 million Apple Watches just buried the competition – Canalys

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 10:17:51 GMT

Dominant now, but Fossil and Tag Heuer are coming

Apple has shipped nearly seven million of its Watches since Cupertino launched the device in April this year.…

What do you call a spreadsheet with lots of negative numbers? Qualcomm_FY2015.xlsx

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 01:09:44 GMT

Chip designer hopes for better days as China drama lingers

Mobile chip blueprint scribbler Qualcomm reported big losses to close out its 2015 fiscal year, though the hits were less severe than the California company initially feared.…

Biggest problem with virtual reality: It can be a little too real for people

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 22:21:21 GMT

Vection vexing VR

ICGS The biggest brake now on virtual reality isn't the hardware or the software, but the wetware, a panel of experts told the Intel Capital Global Summit this week.…