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Irish kids get FPV of 1916 uprising... via Minecraft

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:04:13 GMT

Grainy B&W pics and footage just don’t cut it - we want pixels

Irish schoolchildren will no longer have to experience the Republic’s blood and fire birth through grainy black-and-white pics and film reels - they can experience it through the full colour lumpenly pixelated reality of Minecraft instead.…




Picking apart the circuits in the ARM1 – the ancestor of your smartphone brain

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:39:08 GMT

Silicon layout reverse-engineered

Pic Ever since the silicon blueprints of the ARM1 – the grandfather of today's smartphone processors – were recovered in November, hardware guru Ken Shirriff has been poring over the layout and reverse-engineering the landmark chip.…




Fleet of 4.77Mhz LCD laptops with 8088 CPUs still alive after 30 years

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 04:59:14 GMT

Reader has 'a couple of dozen' Toshiba T1000s still in use 24/7, and a tale of embezzlement to dazzle

The can of worms we opened when we learned of the server switched off after eighteen years and ten months' service is still wriggling, as a reader has contacted us to tell of nearly 30-year-old laptops still in service.…




Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 07:02:05 GMT

And rather better than a US$35 tablet, if you need a Windows 10 machine lurking around

Among the many bizarre and stupid mistakes Microsoft made with Windows 8.x was the decision to require screens to have resolution of at least 1024 x 768.…




Canonical and Spain's BQ team to put Ubuntu on a tablet

Sun, 07 Feb 2016 23:58:13 GMT

Tablet, schmablet, this is a converged experience. Or something

Canonical is hoping to put Ubuntu into the hands of slab-fondlers who want something that can double as a near-desktop.…




BlackBerry axes 200 jobs – including a third of its HQ staff

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:21:22 GMT

Troubled smartphone biz's latest recovery plan: Paying fewer people

One-time smartphone giant BlackBerry has laid off 200 of its remaining employees in a pair of cuts.…




Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:30:22 GMT

Bloke bricked his handset after running afoul of Apple security policy

An iPhone owner says his handset bricked itself after it was repaired and updated to the latest version of iOS.…




Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:02:11 GMT

The folks at Eurocom have released another monster 'mobile workstation'

When Eurocom releases new laptops – or 'mobile workstations' as it prefers to call them – it can be hard to keep one's jaw from the floor.…




FaceTime, WhatsApp UDP streams AWOL on iOS 9 beta with T-Mo US

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:58:34 GMT

IPv6 LTE fingered in networking mystery

A problem with the handling of UDP network packets is leaving T‑Mobile US customers unable to make FaceTime or WhatsApp calls with the latest Apple iOS beta.…




Sorry, Toshiba, speak up ... What was that? A $6bn loss amid an accounting scandal?

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:20:45 GMT

Biggest dive into the red in company history expected

Life isn’t getting any easier for Toshiba: the accountancy-scandal-hit Japanese conglomerate has forecasted a wider net loss of ¥710bn ($6bn) for its fiscal year, which ends in March.…




Stylish Vaio biz mobe is flying this way – ah, it's got Windows 10 inside

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:09:54 GMT

Shiny, shiny .. with a catch

Last year Sony offloaded its Vaio PC division and brand, and it was snapped up by a private equity outfit. The new owner promised to make luxury tech hardware that was irresistibly attractive. It's now unveiled its first Vaio phone, a stylish aluminium design, aimed at business people. What can go wrong? Well, nothing.…




Like your iPhone, but not enough to touch it? This patent's for you

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 13:03:13 GMT

Apple gearing up for a mega Surface challenge?

Do you baulk at the size of Microsoft’s mega Surface Hub whiteboard, and want something a little more Apple-tastic for your wall?…




Pebble punts out new firmware to watch you as you sleep

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:58:12 GMT

Where are the straps?

Pebble delivered a major update today to its watches, which boast the biggest third party app ecosystem of any wearable platform.…




Scottish MP calls for drone-busting eagles

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:38:05 GMT

Impressed by Dutch anti-UAV squadron plan

A Scottish MP has suggested cops north of the border might consider the idea of drone-busting eagles, following recent Dutch trials of a winged anti-UAV operative.…




Tesla PowerWall is a good deal if you don't mind a 25-year payback

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 21:46:15 GMT

So says consumer mag Choice. Elon Musk says version 2 will do better

It's got a ten-year warranty and an unknown battery life, but the Tesla PowerWall will pay for itself, eventually.…




Masked men 'steal' £250k of smartphones from Exertis

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:10:04 GMT

170 iPhone 6s and 380 Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo mobes out the windows

The boys in blue are investigating a break-in at Exertis’ Altham warehouse earlier this week when three masked robbers made off with almost £250,000 worth of smartphones.…




How many Surface power cords are a fire risk? 2.25 million in the US alone

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 12:52:53 GMT

But five million slab-books sold worldwide before March last year

Microsoft has yet to go public on the number of Surface Pro power cords it is recalling over fire concerns, but the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has: it’s more than two million Stateside alone.…




'Dodgy Type-C USB cable fried my laptop!'

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 08:02:08 GMT

Insane wiring leaves expensive Pixel borked

Getting hold of USB-C cables can be a pain, but a Google engineer has found one that actually qualifies as dangerous after it broke three pieces of hardware, including a very expensive Pixel Chromebook.…




Motorola-powered Mac from 1989 used to write smartphone apps

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 06:02:03 GMT

Mac SE/30's nine-inch screen is ideal for font-wrangling, says dev, 16Mhz 68030 not so much

Our ongoing look at very, very old computers still in production has turned up another ancient artefact in the form of a 1989-vintage Mac that's still being used, for the very modern task of developing smartphone apps.…




Little warning: Deleting the wrong files may brick your Linux PC

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 08:02:08 GMT

Don't run rm -rf / as a laugh to clean your filesystem on a ham-fisted UEFI machine

Here's a friendly warning from El Reg: don't wipe the wrong directory from your Linux system, or you may end up bricking the computer. This has happened to people, we're told.…




Google plugs Android vulns

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 02:25:10 GMT

Happy days if you own a Nexus

Five "critical," four "high" severity and one merely "moderate" bug make up the menu of Android security patches, which are now available for Nexus devices and will flow through to myriad other devices when it rains up instead of down.…




Chip company FTDI accused of bricking counterfeits again

Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:58:09 GMT

RS-232 is still enough of a thing there are people who turn a quid ripping off chipsets

Semiconductor company Future Technology Devices International (FTDI), which in 2014 was caught out bricking products built using knock-off chips, has again been accused of fooling around with device drivers.…




Brit airline pilots warn of drone menace

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:03:17 GMT

'Serious near misses' prompt safety concerns

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has demanded action to control the use of drones following "a spate of serious near misses" over UK airports.…




Apple yanks international travel plugs over shock worries

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 18:56:48 GMT

Hey Siri, why are you trying to electrocute me?

Apple is asking people to return their Mac and iOS travel adapters after multiple reports of the two-prong plugs electrocuting users.…




AI no longer needs to fake it. Just don't try talking to your robots

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:01:05 GMT

Mankind's creations are almost better than the real thing

By the early 22nd century, Mega-City One will stretch down the eastern seaboard from Montreal to Georgia. It will be home to some 400 million citizens. Almost all of them will be unemployed.…




OnePlus ends rationing. You can now buy its phones just like that!

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:16:06 GMT

Radical idea: You give them money. They send you a phone

You can now buy a OnePlus smartphone by simply giving the company some money. This normally wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) make news, but it’s a radical departure for the Shenzhen outfit. It means you don’t have to offer a secret password, smash up your existing phone, or win a gurning competition. As of today, all three OnePlus models can be acquired without jumping through any such hoops.…




Sensors, not CPUs, are the tech that swings the smartphone market

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 08:01:09 GMT

The more your phone knows about the world, the more useful - and invasive - it becomes

A computer without sensors is a pitiful, useless thing. Keyboards are sensors, as are mechanical-optical paper-tape readers, magnetic heads on storage discs, and the logic scanning for ones and zeroes on an ethernet interface. Everything a computer does - outside of calculations - involves a sensor.…




We've all suffered hangovers, but Qualcomm's right now is something epic

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 07:33:05 GMT

Er, party's over, you've got an 820 to ship

Qualcomm makes running a top-tier semiconductor business look like hard work.…




Windows Mobile users suffer backup super-slurp as Redmond forgets Wi-Fi switch

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 01:57:51 GMT

Kill app and message synch until further notice

Microsoft is telling Windows 10 mobile users to shut off automatic updates, because a bug is demolishing people's data allowances.…




Safari iOS crashing: Suggestions snafu KOs the Apple masses

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:55:07 GMT

Fix your settings, or refresh your DNS? Give it a go and let us know

A bug has struck Apple’s Safari, causing the browser to crash on iPhones, iPads and Macs. The problem is triggered when you tap on the address bar and begin to type, which would normally pop up website suggestions.…




Google patents robotic 'mobile delivery receptacle'

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:24:19 GMT

Grabs package from drone, dumps it in your garage

Google has been granted a patent for a "mobile delivery receptacle" - a vehicle designed to accept airborne drone deliveries and take them to a "secure location, such as into a garage" at the recipient's address.…




AMD emits fresh open-source GPU tools for HPC, game devs

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 02:56:13 GMT

Fleshes out GPUOpen strategy

AMD has fleshed out its notion of an openly defined GPU architecture, GPUOpen, with the launch of a bunch of open-source tools on GitHub plus a shiny new website.…




Sony balls up PlayStation businesses, tosses outfit over to California

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 20:49:10 GMT

Sony Interactive Entertainment to be one-stop gaming shop for electronics giant

Sony is consolidating its games business into a single office that will be tasked with running all PlayStation operations.…




Stop the music! Booby-trapped song carjacked vehicles – security prof

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 20:29:44 GMT

Don’t buy a motor without a remote update system

Usenix Enigma The modern car's operating system is such a mess that researchers were once able to get complete control of a vehicle by playing a song laced with malicious code.…




Post-nuptial BlackBerry gives birth to Good-looking offspring

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 18:58:04 GMT

New Good Secure EMM Suite on the way

BlackBerry completed the $425m acquisition of former bitter rival Good and announced the fruit of their loins today.…




Tiny tech takes Turkish tin-rattling title

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:04:58 GMT

Arduino-based prototyping board an obvious crowdfunding hit

The makers of a diminutive Arduino-based prototyping board have declared their tablet-sized kit "the most funded crowdfunding tech campaign ever from Turkey", after tin-rattling their way to over $60,000 down at Indiegogo.…




Show us the code! You should be able to peek inside the gadgets you buy – FTC commish

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 23:54:56 GMT

Worried about privacy, security? McSweeny has an answer

FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny supports the idea of giving people access to the source code to stuff to ensure better security and privacy in the era of the internet of things.…




Sena's multi-action camera monster, or Cardo's PackTalk club rider juggernaut?

Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:32:10 GMT

The two best motorbike Bluetooth headsets

Review Riding the twisties on a motorbike is the great escape for some of us; the scent of the air, the rush of wind, the push through the corners, and the sound of the engine.…




Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:03:04 GMT

Mystic Meg? Bring it on, Delusive Dabbs!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Welcome to the future! The skies are full of flying cars, the waters are full of personal submarines and our digital wallets are full of 57 varieties of mutually incompatible blockchain-based monetary currency.…




Boeing just about gives up on the 747

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 07:57:08 GMT

Even the cargo market's dried up for the Jumbo Jet. Next stop, elephant's graveyard?

Boeing will reduce the number of 747s it makes to just one every two months, citing a collapse in demand for the iconic aircraft.…




Samsung sued over 'lackadaisical' Android security updates

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 19:57:11 GMT

Up your game, says Dutch consumer group

Samsung is being sued by a Dutch consumer group for its alleged lackadaisical approach to security updates for its Android phones.…




Waving Microsoft's Windows 10 stick won't help Intel's Gen 6 core

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:42:08 GMT

Especially when innovation meets market realities

Faster, longer battery life, chip-based security – innovation is alive and well in its sixth-generation Core chips, Intel claims, with the company officially launching its sixth-generation Core vPro processors on Tuesday, wrapped in a series of changes it claimed would inevitably drive sales.…




Inside Intel's CPU-level multi-factor auth (and why we've got deja vu)

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 08:22:10 GMT

Password? All you need is your phone, fingerprint, PIN, mother's maiden name ...

Analysis Intel has baked multi-factor authentication defenses into its sixth-generation Core processors.…




Is that light at the end of AMD's dark tunnel, or God sparking up a cig?

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 07:03:30 GMT

Can VR, console GPUs, Zen desktop paydays keep mini-Chipzilla in the game?

Analysis AMD claims there is light at the end of its tunnel, but the beleaguered chip maker is having a hard time pointing it out.…




Internet of Things 'smart' devices are dumb by design

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 23:15:10 GMT

Your photoframe watches you back, and is a snitch to boot

Princeton boffins have looked at the networking behavior of a bunch of Internet of Things kit and found – stop me if you've heard this one – device makers aren't paying attention.…




Apple backs down from barring widow her dead husband's passwords

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 22:50:11 GMT

Don’t die without a digital will

A Canadian widow won't have to go through the courts to get the password to her dead husband's iPad after Apple, in the face of media pressure, withdrew its insistence on legal action.…




Crummy Samsung gear no one wants, now no one can get – well done, Apple

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 20:33:59 GMT

Tens of millions in legal fees to stop sales of 4-year old phones, hope it was worth it

A US district court has formally banned the sale of nine Samsung devices, found to have infringed on Apple's patents, in America.…




Recall: Bring out yer dead and over-heating Microsoft Surface Pro power cords

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 19:12:50 GMT

People, please 'do not wind, twist or pinch your cords. Here's a free replacement'

Microsoft is initiating a global voluntary recall of Surface Pro power cords amid concerns of over-heating.…




Amnesty International accuses tech giants of battery bastardry

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 07:31:06 GMT

Very nasty mines in Democratic Republic of the Congo may be source of your smartmobe

Amnesty International says children as young as seven are mining for Cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with their efforts helping to create Lithium-ion batteries that may well end up in products offered by top-tier technology companies.…




AMD accuses Intel of VW-like results fudging

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 01:58:07 GMT

Revives ancient SYSmark dispute

AMD has revived one of the oldest feuds in the industry, once again accusing Intel of fudging benchmark results and comparing Chipzilla's practices to VW's falsified diesel engine emissions tests.…