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Nexus 6 would have had a fingerprint reader, but Apple RUINED IT ALL

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:02:33 GMT

Motorola ex-CEO says Cupertino killed off its partner

The former CEO of Motorola Mobility says the company's Nexus 6 phablet would have been a nicer piece of kit, were it not for Apple's inteference.…

What gets the internet REALLY excited? Kittens? No. EXPLODING Kittens

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:02:07 GMT

OMG what have we DONE?

Sysadmin Blog Let the internet run amok for long enough and you'll eventually find someone making millions with exploding kittens. Curious? Well look no further, because the internet has delivered!…

Oi, Aussie sports fans! Take that selfie stick and stick it

Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:00:04 GMT

Tennis and cycling events give Narcissism the flick

If you think selfie sticks are a sign of society's descent into a slough of narcissism, get thee to Australia where organisers of sporting events are making it known that telescoping terrors aren't entirely welcome.…

Game over? Sony FINALLY offers compensation to MEELLIONS of PSN hack victims

Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:57:29 GMT

Free goodies dished out in U.S.

Millions of PSN gamers, who were hit by a massive data breach on Sony's Playstation network back in 2011, are finally being offered the opportunity to claim compensation from the company.…

Landlines: The tech that just won't die

Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:00:11 GMT

Do we have any choice about paying for home phone numbers?

Feature For a huge number of Brits, mobiles have become our primary way of communicating, even when we're at home. When a call comes in, we know it's ours. We can reply with a text, or use apps like WhatsApp to communicate with friends abroad. Increasingly, we don't rely on our landline phones and, thanks to lax policing of the Telephone Preference Service (TPS), for many of us, about the only thing they're used for is receiving unsolicited junk calls, or as a safety net so we can call 999 in an emergency.…

Chunky Swedish ice maiden: Volvo XC60 D4 Manual EE Lux Nav

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:00:05 GMT

She's a big old unit and no mistake

Vulture at the Wheel Why did the nice man from Volvo find me peering at the dashboard with a torch when he came to collect the XC60 I was testing?…

Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? NOT SO FAST

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:10:35 GMT

Microsoft now says 'not every phone' will make the transition

The latest word from Microsoft is that owners of Windows Phone 8 handsets won't necessarily be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 10 after all, in an apparent retreat from what the software giant has said previously.…

Atlas unplugged! DARPA's unTerminator robot cuts the power cable

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:08:39 GMT

Google's new humanoid machine also comes with a kill-switch

Atlas, the 6ft 2in (1.88m), 345lb (156kg) humanoid machine being used in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), has had an extensive upgrade and is now free to roam on battery power alone, the defense research group has said.…

Why Microsoft's 3D HoloLens goggles aren't for Google Glassholes

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 03:20:49 GMT

Windows 10 stareware cares

A pair of 3D ski glasses eclipsed Windows 10 at Microsoft’s next-generation event on Wednesday.…

Beam me up, Scotty, And VAPORIZE me in the process

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 02:50:53 GMT

3D fax machine destroys as it creates

Researchers in Germany have formulated a way to transfer information to a 3D printer on a one-time purchase basis, by killing off the original.…

Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:09:58 GMT

Redmond's image projection kit with Kinect tech built in

First look During Microsoft's Windows 10 preview day, select groups of hacks were stripped of any recording devices or cameras and sent down into the bowels of Building 92 of Redmond's campus to try out the software giant's new "hologramatic" wearable – dubbed the HoloLens.…

FORCE Apple to support BlackBerry hardware, demands John Chen

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:45:09 GMT

Net neutrality bandwagon, meet spasming mobe-maker

In a blog post on the BlackBerry website, CEO John Chen has called on regulators to force Apple and Netflix to support Blackberry hardware, claiming this forms part of the ongoing net neutrality debate.…

LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:40:46 GMT

If leaks are real, Apple is in trouble

Newly leaked specifications for the Samsung Galaxy S6 show the South Korean company taking the fight back to Apple. The expected flagship is expected to debut a year after we saw the S5 at Mobile World Congress.…

LEAKED Qualcomm processors reveal sexy new specs

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:26:10 GMT

Unlikely to be available for months and months however

Specs of the new Qualcomm 820 and 600 family processors have leaked out ahead of the Mobile World Congress.…

2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:32:04 GMT

Blizzard of buzzwords foreshadow epic changes to TV tech

Breaking Fad The dust may have settled on the latest International CES, but we’ll be suffering aftershocks from the show for years to come. As an event, this year’s trade show was about the next and the new, rather than the here and the now – and there was plenty of consternation to be heard amid the bluster.…

Brain-train kid game settles with FTC over 'unsupported' claims

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:27:09 GMT

Edu-app peddler will be watched closely, says watchdog

The US Federal Trade Commission has struck a settlement with an educational games developer over a complaint regarding its claims about the effectiveness of its products.…

SCREW you, GLASSHOLES! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:37:23 GMT

Holographic glasses for Windows 10

Windows 10 will include full support for a new piece of Microsoft hardware – the HoloLens – Microsoft's first foray into augmenting reality with holograms.…

Speaking in Tech: Google takes Glass out to the wood shed

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:02:25 GMT

Podcast Please, I'd never use 'password'.. my login is 12345

Memory market climbs out of toilet: ASML reports beefy financials

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:37:07 GMT

World's largest semiconductor kit maker says demand is back

Shares in semiconductor production equipment maker ASML hit a record high this morning after it beats analysts’ top and bottom line forecasts, suggesting the sector’s no longer stuck in the U-bend.…

Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:03:06 GMT

Mobile platform definitely needs TLC

Analysis It's always jam mañana for Windows Phone owners. In 2011, the "Apollo" update (which became Windows Phone 8.0) would bring new riches. Then it was 8.1. Now it's mid-year before Windows Phone 10 devices can storm the market.…

Mega-firm Carphone Dixons toasts £375m profit forecast

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:58:12 GMT

Unlikely to bring cheer to 800 made redundant since merger

Dixons Carphone Warehouse has raised its profit expectation for its first financial year 2014/15 to £355m-£375m, following a bumper Christmas trading period.…

Come and Twiddle Tek Gear's one handed keyboard

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:03:08 GMT

Lefties rejoice: You can use either hand

Review Over the years a plethora of keyboard alternatives have crossed the El Reg hardware desk, but none has had the utility, or longevity, of the Handykey Twiddler. This third incarnation has been a decade in the making, and arrived a year late, but with small hands and a willingness to learn it could make wearable computing practical.…

Polish chap builds computer into a mouse

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 04:02:04 GMT

Mighty mouse is major miniaturisation

The specs aren't going to excite gamers, but Polish developer Przemysław Strzelczyk and his team have built a decent working computer into a Mouse.…

FDA draws line between wearable health gizmos and proper medical gear

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:37:40 GMT

You don't diagnose nothin', you don't cure nothin', capisce?

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published draft rules for wearable gadget makers to follow if they want their stuff classified as "general wellness" devices by the watchdog.…

Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:02:03 GMT

Linx 8 tablet NOT BAD - unless you use Google Mail

Review With little fanfare, the Windows tablet market is changing. Step into your local supermarket, and you may see Windows tablets on show priced below equivalent Android devices.…

Sorry, Qualcomm, Apple – your patents don't scare us

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:26:08 GMT

Google neutrality pacts has shifted the balance

Analysis Patent royalties make up a higher proportion of cellular device costs than in most other markets, so the IPR game has been a hard-fought and sometimes vicious one. At the start of 2015, various developments suggest that the playground bullies of the past will lose a lot of their power. Qualcomm is on the defensive in China, while the holders of fundamental mobile patents are hitting back against Apple.…

Microsoft wants LAMP for wireless mobe charger

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:58:08 GMT

Kinect to spot phones so lights can be focussed on solar mobes

Microsoft Research has put forward the idea of charging mobile phones with a beam of light.…

'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:27:11 GMT

Report fingers finger-replacing pen ... for the iPad?

Analysis firm KGI claims Apple will offer a stylus with its 12.9” iPad. If true, this would represent a volte face for Apple, which has always derided fondleslabs that used any pointing device other than a human finger attached to a human arm.…

Samsung's 850 EVO 1TB SSD appears live ... in 3D

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:03:05 GMT

Enterprise tech for the rest of us

Review It was only a matter of time before Samsung dropped its 32-layer 3D V-NAND (3D Vertical NAND) technology further down the food chain, following its début in the high-end 850 PRO. The result is now with us in the shape of the 850 EVO, which, just like its 840 EVO predecessor, differs from the standard 850 PRO in the type of NAND it uses, namely, 3-bit (TLC) as opposed to the standard 2-bit (MLC).…

REGARD our TINY but POWERFUL LASER, suitable for very SMALL sharks

Sat, 17 Jan 2015 17:09:51 GMT

Or indeed, more seriously, for quantum computing

Shrinking the scale of semiconductor materials to help build powerful quantum-computing systems has proved to be a real head-scratcher for scientists.…

Microsoft & Paypal link hands, turn round and slap Apple Pay

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:03:10 GMT

Selling Surface to the sellers of some stuff

Microsoft will start supporting PayPal’s "PayPal Here" hardware, so people can buy things with their mobile phones.…

Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:03:03 GMT

ARM chippery finds another natural home

Review Take a quick gander at any decent tech news site and you'll find stories about Chromebook sales doubling in 2014 and the Googly laptop being a gadget that is here to stay. That’s why every self-respecting PC maker is muscling in on the Chromebook scene.…

Citrix goes into the mouse business

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 08:29:36 GMT

VDI outfit makes a point about fat fingers and Apple's Bluetooth-on-fondleslabs ban

Citrix is getting into the mouse business.…

Medic! Intel can't stanch bleeding from mobile chip biz

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:50:40 GMT

Desktops and laptops to the rescue as server biz rebounds

Intel closed the book on a smashing first full year under CEO Brian Krzanich on Wednesday, reporting record revenues and earnings that beat analysts' estimates. But not every aspect of its business looked equally healthy, with mobile as the obvious trouble spot.…

Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:09:39 GMT

Sales axed, team booted from X labs, but vows to return

Google is killing off its Glass Explorer program but insists this isn't the end for co-founder Sergey Brin's controversial sci-fi head-gear.…

Microsoft rolls out even cheaper 'Notkia' Lumias

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:59:10 GMT

Spruces up bargain basement mobes

Windows Phones fanbois aren't happy that there's no new €600 flagship to fondle – but nobody can accuse Microsoft of complacency as it tackles the low-cost smartphone business.…

Kim Jong-Un shoot-em-up Glorious Leader! yanked

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:44:07 GMT

We'll never see Dennis Rodman, ghost of dad as wingmen. Sniff

Game developer Money Horse Games has blamed vandals – supposedly inspired by the recent breach against Sony Pictures – for hacking into development servers used for a game featuring Kim Jong-Un and irreparably trashing its data.…

Samsung BlackBerry gobble DENIED: We're not for sale to Sammy – execs

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:01:42 GMT

The internet, where rumors last mere hours

Samsung was today rumored to be eyeing up acquiring BlackBerry for $7.5bn – until the Canadian biz point-blank shot down the anonymous claims within hours later.…

Samsung's first Tizen smartphone is HERE ... by which we mean India

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:36:06 GMT

Phones 'just the tip of the iceberg,' Sammy says

The first commercially available phone running Samsung's Linux-based Tizen mobile OS has finally launched in India, and proud papa Sammy says this is only the beginning for Tizen in 2015.…

TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'Nauts end panic by switching computer off and on again

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:12:19 GMT

Ah, the old tricks are the best

NASA has reopened sections of the International Space Station (ISS) sealed off after what has now been confirmed to be a false alarm over an ammonia leak.…

Google unleashes build-it-yourself 'Ara' SLABLET phones (in Puerto Rico)

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:11:07 GMT

Snap together module podules in the tropics

Google will this year launch its modular DIY smartphone, dubbed Project Ara, but only in the US territory of Puerto Rico.…

Speaking in Tech: Amazon Fire Phone – 'insanity' but 'genius'

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:02:31 GMT

Podcast Combating the 'awful' tech industry wherever we find it

Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:01:07 GMT

But oh how we love it

Antique Code Show Suddenly PC owners are playing catch-up with the console gamers. PC gamers have now been waiting over a year for one of gaming’s biggest and most controversial titles GTA V. I could have splashed out on the PS4 version but would prefer to wait and play it using my two new crossfired Vapor–X R9 290s. Amid rumours that I might have to wait even longer for some 60fps 4K carjacking, it’s worth taking a look at the title that started it all.…

AMD plugs firmware holes that allowed command injection

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:34:12 GMT

Bug your motherboard vendor for a fix, says boffin

VID Chip maker AMD has patched holes across its firmware lines that could allow hackers to inject malware.…

GoPro feels COLD BREATH of APPLE on back of neck

Wed, 14 Jan 2015 02:27:04 GMT

Ooh, I feel as if Tim Cook just walked over my grave

Among the fistful of patents Apple was awarded on Tuesday was a pair of eye-catching filings, one of which has already hit a potential competitor in the pocket.…

Fujitsu: Slide your fingertip through our ring piece and show mice the finger

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 21:22:44 GMT

And keyboards too – new tech touted to kill off 20th century kit

Fujitsu Laboratories has unveiled what it thinks is the control system of the future: a smart ring to replace the keyboard and mouse so many of us are slaves to.…

UNDER A VEST: Man cuffed for smuggling 94 iPhones strapped to his body

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 20:14:21 GMT

Cops nab mobe-suit fella while entering China

Pic Chinese authorities have captured a man trying to smuggle 94 iPhones strapped to his body into the Middle Kingdom.…

Disney, McLaren and National Rail walk into bar: Barkeep, make me a Wearable

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:03:10 GMT

You tryin' to be a smartwatch, pal?

A £210,000 fund has been put up by Innovate UK to promote development of wearable tech and big name companies have jumped at the chance to be associated with the coolest thing since “apps” and “cloud” became passé.…

Global PC market's not dead, it's just resting – Gartner

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 11:37:10 GMT

Rival beancounter IDC not so sure

The PC market never really died, it was just resting – at least according to our man at Gartner, who leaned on the latest global sales data to prove there’s some life left yet in the form factor.…

BlackBerry Enterprise chief: Yes, we did leave users behind

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:03:03 GMT

Network intelligence - our secret weapon

Interview BlackBerry's previous management left its users behind and underused a vital asset, its enterprise chief told El Reg in a wide-ranging interview.…