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Siri, please, please save my iPhone from the messages of death

Fri, 29 May 2015 18:54:34 GMT

Apple publishes a workaround – but no real fix for iMessage bomb bug

Apple has published a temporary workaround for iPhones plagued by incoming text messages that cause them to crash and restart – and it involves asking Siri for help.…




Man sparks controversy, fined $120 for enjoying wristjob while driving

Fri, 29 May 2015 16:03:04 GMT

Put it away, Macesin! Do you have a solicitor, Macesin?

Jeffrey Macesin, a self-described "gadget lover", has been slapped with a $120 fine and four points on his licence for enjoying his wristjob while operating a vehicle.…




Colour me bad: Kraken time or damp squid with Splatoon

Fri, 29 May 2015 11:17:06 GMT

Water way to fight a war

Game Theory Nintendo might be incapable of depicting any kind of violence in its games (beyond a fat plumber stamping on turtles), but that doesn't mean it can't do team warfare. Splatoon navigates the narrow path between too much violence and too little by furnishing its combatants with water pistols filled with coloured ink.…




Wearable fitness tech: Exercising your self-motivation skills

Fri, 29 May 2015 09:01:06 GMT

Do health trackers really keep you in good shape?

Breaking Fad Fitness trackers, sleep trackers and more are all the rage these days. How many of you have a Fitbit, Jawbone, or other device that’s intended to either incentivise or depress you by reminding you of how far you’ve walked, or how long you’ve been sat down? Apple’s Watch will even remind you to stand up from time to time, as long you’re not too heavily tattooed.…




Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrades to suppress PC sales

Fri, 29 May 2015 05:25:48 GMT

Punters will take the upgrade, trouser the cash and buy an Apple Watch, says IDC

Windows 10 won't give PC sales a fillip, because punters don't think an upgrade is enough reason to buy a new computer.…




And then the Google guy said: Of course you can use Android Wear without a smartphone

Fri, 29 May 2015 00:19:25 GMT

Take that, Apple! Now they'll fly off the shelves

Google I/O Apple is winning the PR war with its Watch, but Google thinks an open platform, and some nifty Android Wear software, can give it the edge in the smartwatch world.…




Google's Cardboard 2.0 virtual reality device is a triumph for humanity, said no one sane, ever

Thu, 28 May 2015 23:27:48 GMT

Yet the ad giant is taking it VERY seriously

Google I/O To many, Google's Cardboard VR headset is just a novel paper-and-plastic toy, but the Chocolate Factory is taking it seriously enough that it has given it a revamp and is pushing to have it more widely adopted.…




Android M's Now on Tap cyber-secretary is like Clippy on hard drugs

Thu, 28 May 2015 21:11:36 GMT

Plus: Android Pay, fingerprint tech ... but for now, only if you're a developer

Google I/O Google today showed off the latest build of Android, version M, at its annual developer conference Google I/O in San Francisco.…




Google puts Android on a diet, names it after the first thing it sees under the sink – Brillo

Thu, 28 May 2015 18:39:33 GMT

New IoT platform to take on, well, everybody else

Google I/O Google is going after the Internet of Things with Android-based software aimed at powering a broad range of connected gizmos.…




Chip chef Avago gobbles up Broadcom for $37 BEEEELLLION

Thu, 28 May 2015 17:58:43 GMT

17bn in greenbacks – the rest in shares

As rumored this week, chip designer and supplier Avago is buying chip designer Broadcom in a cash-and-stock deal worth $37bn (£24bn). Broadcom is probably best known to Reg readers as the biz behind the BCM system-on-chips found in the Raspberry Pi and various other gizmos.…




Who's the big Swiss bunch that wants to take Sir Jony's lunch? It's... SWATCH!

Thu, 28 May 2015 17:14:59 GMT

SHOCKER: Watchmaker says it's building a watch

1980s fashion icon Swatch has confirmed it is working on a smartwatch.…




It's the Internet of Feet: Lenovo shows smart shoes, projector keyboard phone

Thu, 28 May 2015 15:28:09 GMT

Also bizarre peepshow watch

Chinese tech giant Lenovo has been showing things it’s making and things it wants to make at Lenovo Tech World in Beijing.…




Your CAR is the 'ultimate mobile device', reckons Apple COO

Thu, 28 May 2015 11:21:05 GMT

Vorsprung durch Tim Cook? No surprise to biz which claims fruity firm poached its staff

Apple has admitted to eyeing up the automotive market, with chief operations man Jeff Williams describing cars as "the ultimate mobile device".…




Crafty fingering could let Apple Watch thieves raid your bank account

Thu, 28 May 2015 10:27:33 GMT

Artful dodge nets access to linked credit cards

Updated Deft watch thieves could circumvent the biometric security in an Apple Watch to empty your bank account.…




Split decision: Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi convertible

Thu, 28 May 2015 09:03:06 GMT

Two-into-one does go

Review Convergence. Wretched word. But one particularly liked by hardware wallahs trying to convince us that instead of buying a laptop and a tablet, we should buy something that is a laptop and a tablet. Asus is king of the convergers.…




WOODEN computer chips reveal humanity's cyber elf future

Thu, 28 May 2015 08:01:05 GMT

Biodegradable semiconductors will allow an Avatar lifestyle with all mod cons

Boffins have developed a biodegradable semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood in an effort to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices.…




There's data in your dashboard, so liberate it from Big Auto's grasp

Thu, 28 May 2015 02:02:10 GMT

It's time to listen – really listen – to your car

“I must have seen it thousands of times,” my friend said, “but I never really noticed it before.”…




This $199 home air-quality gizmo will tell you to VOC right off

Wed, 27 May 2015 23:19:06 GMT

That's a 'volatile organic compound' alert by text – from another internet of flings thing

Pic "Air. It's all around you. Where you live. Where you work. Where you sleep. But what's really in it?"…




Nest rival: Smartmobes will decide who survives the Internet of Stuff war

Wed, 27 May 2015 20:59:12 GMT

Ecobee CEO on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, thermostats and more

Interview It's almost impossible to talk to anyone about the internet of things right now without them drawing some kind of connection to the Nest smart thermostat.…




CBS boss says he'll show off his crown jewels on Apple TV – for a large enough check

Wed, 27 May 2015 19:37:18 GMT

Only a matter of time before network succumbs to Cupertino

The head of US TV giant CBS said he is open to a deal that would put the network's programming on Apple's TV boxes – if the price is right.…




Boffins create tiny holographic battery that fits INSIDE a chip

Wed, 27 May 2015 18:04:04 GMT

Tech that's not hard to swallow intended for aspirin-sized medical devices

A battery small enough to be mounted inside a chip has been developed at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.…




Win Phone to outgrow smartmobe market for next four years

Wed, 27 May 2015 06:27:10 GMT

Between now and 2019 we'll make one mobe for just about every human on Earth

Abacus-wielder IDC has issued a new set of prognostications about the mobile phone market, predicting that 1.447 billion of them will ship this year.…




Intel's new chips are from 'Purley' – know what I mean? Know what I mean? Say no more

Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:47 GMT

A nod's as good as a wink to a blind bat

A presentation given at a conference on high-performance computing (HPC) in Poland earlier this month appears to have yielded new insight into Intel's Xeon server chip roadmap.…




First production car powered by Android Auto rolls out – and it's a Hyundai

Tue, 26 May 2015 22:51:58 GMT

Tesla unlikely to be quaking in its boots

Nearly a year after Google announced it was adapting Android to act as a car operating system, the first vehicle using the software has gone on sale from South Korean carmaker Hyundai.…




'iPhone 6S' to push fanbois around with 'Force Touch display'

Tue, 26 May 2015 20:57:36 GMT

Tap that and ride the ripples

The latest crop of iPhones will reportedly come equipped with touch-sensing haptic displays that push back on your fingertips.…




Microsoft: Cortana not exclusive to Windows – it loves Android, iOS too

Tue, 26 May 2015 20:25:48 GMT

Swinging digital assistant to pal around with Redmond rivals

Cortana, Microsoft's personal digital assistant that will be built into Windows 10, will also be available on Android and iOS devices, the software giant confirmed on Tuesday following rumors that have been swirling around since March.…




Qualcomm, Daimler in wireless comms, charging tie-up

Tue, 26 May 2015 05:54:06 GMT

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz in which to charge my smartmobe?

Qualcomm's won a deal with Daimler (whose Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team it sponsors) to push wireless tech into the latter's luxury cars. The two also reckon they'll try and crack the tough nut of charging electric vehicles without cables.…




Chap mines Bitcoin with PUNCH CARDS and ancient mainframe

Mon, 25 May 2015 22:02:10 GMT

IBM Model 1401 can hash, will produce a Bitcoin some time after the Sun explodes

Vintage hardware enthusiast Ken Shirriff has shown that a model 1401 mainframe, which IBM announced in 1959, can mine Bitcoin. If, that is, your definition of mining includes “chugging away at the problem until pretty close to the heat-death of the universe.”…




Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

Mon, 25 May 2015 13:04:10 GMT

Blighty's Jeep – done in a thoroughly British way

We all know there’s only on one true Land Rover: the Defender. A cheerful, competent, boxy-shaped device that’s been in production since 1948, inspired by the Jeep, the Allies' WWII workhorse.…




BlackBerry: We ARE cutting jobs AGAIN

Sun, 24 May 2015 14:10:06 GMT

Biz fomerly known as RIM desperately seeking profits from device unit

Blackberry is to axe workers across its loss-making hardware division to lighten overheads, the ailing Canadian smartphone maker has confirmed.…




Zip Style Method: Ten swanky laptop bags for her

Sun, 24 May 2015 10:00:58 GMT

Fashionably great

Product Roundup I’ve long sung the praises of the Longchamp Le Pilage. Stylish and hardwearing, this super light bag weighs in at just 225g. Yes, you have to add your own laptop sleeve, but what’s not to love? Yet in the daytime commute, women everywhere now haul this stalwart bag. A First World problem it might be, but who wants to be one of the homogeneous bunch?…




VR rift OPENS UP: Total Recall Technologies hurls lawsuit at Facebook's Oculus

Sat, 23 May 2015 14:03:08 GMT

[Johnnycab rolls his eyes]

Oculus has been named in a lawsuit from a rival, which claimed the Facebook-owned Virtual Reality outfit's founder broke a confidentiality agreement about its head-mounted display.…




Carry On Computing: Ten stylish laptop bags for him

Sat, 23 May 2015 10:00:09 GMT

A touch of class for tech travellers

Product Round-Up If you’ve been promising yourself a new laptop holdall for ages, why not use this Bank Holiday weekend to get yourself, as the saying goes, a brand new bag? We’ll be looking bags for women tomorrow, so everyone can get kitted out with something chic, but first the swanky stuff for men.…




Xiaomi greets MediaTek with a handshake, Qualcomm feels awkward

Fri, 22 May 2015 14:35:04 GMT

I think we should see other processors

The latest top-of-the-range phone from handset maker and rising dragon Xiaomi will use the ambitious ten core Helio X20 processor from semiconductor company MediaTek.…




Multiple fondling on the MIGHTY 12-INCH iOS 9 SLAB — so, so close now

Fri, 22 May 2015 10:01:11 GMT

Two windows, two users at a time? How is that possible?

As we approach Cupertino's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) ripened rumours continue to fall off the Apple tree.…




ZX Spectrum 'Hobbit' revival sparks developer dispute

Fri, 22 May 2015 06:32:04 GMT

Elves vs. Dwarves argument among retro-devs as Men just get on and play improved game

Sinclair appreciation site World Of Spectrum recently relaunched its forums, after they fell over last year and users were forced to endure a temporary replacement.…




Grand Theft Auto maker lobs sueball at BBC over biopic

Thu, 21 May 2015 20:53:02 GMT

Casting Harry Potter as our CEO? The nerve!

A spat between the creators of Grand Theft Auto and the BBC has spilled over into a legal feud.…




Governance the key if you don't want mobile workers escaping your control

Thu, 21 May 2015 14:03:07 GMT

On the move but not on the loose

Mobile computing is great. No longer are we chained to our desks when using technology and doing proper work. Not only are laptops getting smaller, lighter and cheaper, it is also possible to do real, productive stuff even more freely using phones and tablets.…




King's Bounty (1990): Enter the kleptomaniac dragon

Thu, 21 May 2015 09:04:06 GMT

Employ a mighty army, locate a symbolic staff

Antique Code Show So as Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt stakes its claim as RPG of the millennium, I figured it’s time to look back on a turn-based fantasy questing classic of yesteryear, which definitely doesn’t feature any stuffed unicorn sex.…




NINTENDO assigns BOWSER to run North American sales. No, really

Thu, 21 May 2015 08:18:24 GMT

Turtle namesake recruited for smartphone assault

Nintendo has announced it has hired Bowser as its new veep of North American sales.…




Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

Wed, 20 May 2015 21:34:15 GMT

Texting on the road the equivalent of four beers, says experts

Over two-thirds of drivers are dangerously distracted by their smartphones.…




US Air Force launches not-so-secret space plane. Thanks Russia

Wed, 20 May 2015 19:57:05 GMT

X-37B up and in orbit. Let a thousand solar sails bloom

The US Air Force's not-so-secret space plane, the X37-B, has been successfully launched into low-Earth orbit along with an array of interesting test products.…




Virtual reality pr0n on the Rift? 'Why not?' says Oculus founder

Wed, 20 May 2015 13:40:11 GMT

Virtual muck not struck from smut bucket content glut to Luckey's luck

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has said the company will allow pornography on its VR buckets, as Oculus is committed to creating an open platform.…




AMD promises 100 gigabyte/second memory

Wed, 20 May 2015 04:46:33 GMT

Open HBM architecture detailed, first devices due in June

Lower power, higher capacity, less PCB real estate: that's the list of wins being touted by AMD for its coming High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) architecture.…




KFC's new secret ingredient is a bluetooth keyboard on your tray

Wed, 20 May 2015 03:04:06 GMT

German outlets put finger-clicking good kit under meals, claims brand heath benefits

KFC Germany has salted its meal trays with a thin, flexible, Bluetooth keyboard.…




US Air Force reveals what's inside its top-secret space plane, this time

Tue, 19 May 2015 20:44:11 GMT

We're not weaponizing space! It's just CubeSats, ion-drives, and solar sails

The US Air Force has responded to fears that it is weaponizing space through its secret space shuttle by providing some details of what it will contain at launch on Wednesday.…




Get another loan, fanbois, the new MacBook Pro and iMac are here

Tue, 19 May 2015 18:36:35 GMT

Retina 5K gets crammed into latest Jony Ive desktop

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro and iMac lines with improved hardware specs and sharper displays, and the usual four-figure price tag.…




AI pioneer reckons China's where the Rise of the Machines will start

Tue, 19 May 2015 15:41:11 GMT

‘More willingness to challenge basic assumptions’

Artificial intelligence pioneer and former head of the Google Brain project, Andrew Ng, has said China's fast-growing internet economy has created the conditions for the best AI research opportunities in the world.…




Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – a true monster in the making

Tue, 19 May 2015 09:05:03 GMT

It started with a kiss

Game Theory So, I've had sex with three women this week, and before you ask I haven’t changed sexual preference and succumbed to any Sapphic tendencies. No, it’s because I’m balls deep in what may be the defining action RPG of our time — The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.…




Apple threw its TV out the window after years of research: report

Tue, 19 May 2015 07:28:10 GMT

But activist investor Carl Icahn says it'll ship in 2016

Apple spent ten years working on a television, but gave up last year after deciding it couldn't devise something that would crack the competitive market.…