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Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:24:12 GMT

Russian launch for Sammy's non-droid knocked back

Samsung has postponed the launch of its new Samsung Z smartphone yet again, and given no indication of when we'll ever see the Tizen OS mobe on sale.…

You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:01:09 GMT

Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers

Review What’s the best affordable 7-inch tablet? Surely it’s got to be either the Nexus 7 or the LG G Pad 8.3 or if the pair of them are too dear, the Hudl – right? Wrong.…

BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:33:51 GMT

We have found the Holy Grail (of batteries) - boffins

Battery capacity remains a big issue in devices ranging from phones to electric vehicles – and one of the biggest constraints is the materials used to make electrodes.…

Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:13:36 GMT

Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie

Audio thing biz Bose is suing Apple-owned Beats Electronics, alleging patent infringement.…

In the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ... you can legally carrier unlock your own phone

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:54:13 GMT

Once Obama signs law passed today by House of Reps

Here at Vulture West, we're looking out for porcine aviators: the usually divided US House of Representatives unanimously passed a law allowing people who've bought phones to actually unlock the things from their carriers.…

The END of the FONDLESLAB KINGS? Apple and Samsung have reason to FEAR

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:27:11 GMT

With all appliances and means to boot... Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown

The two traditional kingpins of the tablet market may soon be hearing the footsteps of competitors gaining on them as both Apple and Samsung have lost market share in the latest report from IDC.…

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:01:04 GMT

It's amazing what swapping batteries can do

Review Porsche has been messing about with hybrids for a few years now. You could even go back as far as 1943 with the Ferdinand Elefant tank destroyer that had a hybrid electric drive.…

Teardown gurus iFixit play with Fire – Amazon's new mobe

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:02:03 GMT

Amazon handset proves a complex bit of kit in repair tests

The teardown team at repairs biz iFixit has cracked open Amazon's Fire smartmobe, and it seems the new handset is indeed a complex piece of kit even by modern smartphone standards.…

Sony tries to make PlayStation Network hack row go away with $15m in cash and games

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:12:22 GMT

Values customers' stolen identities at $2,500 each

Sony has offered a $15m settlement to gamers after its PlayStation Network (PSN) was comprehensively pwned, but it refuses to admit that it was at fault.…

Internet of Stuff my Pockets: Investors plough 1 BEELLION dollars into IoT

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:26:12 GMT

Let's hope it catches on

The "internet of things" – the rebranding of good old machine-to-machine comms – has investors chucking ludicrous amounts of cash at firms who hope to get our gadgets talking to each other.…

It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:03:07 GMT

Reality distortion field heir apparent

Pics It’s not every day that El Reg gets invited to Google UK’s London HQ, so we thought we’d take a few snaps to remember the occasion. That’s not to say we haven’t been here before, back in March 2012 we were in the very same place, only Google hadn’t moved in yet as the offices were still being fitted out.…

Microsoft confirms secret Surface will never see the light of day

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:29:07 GMT

Microsoft's form 8-K records decision 'not to ship a new form factor'

Speculation that Microsoft contemplated a “mini” version of its Surface fondleslabs, but decided not to let it see the light of day, has been confirmed in Redmond's 8-K form lodged with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).…

Chinese chipsters promise 64-bit ARMs for cheap Android slabs

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:35:11 GMT

Allwinner, Actions Semi pledge parts by late 2014 – but can they outpace Samsung?

Chinese cheap'n'cheerful chip designer Allwinner has boasted that its first 64-bit ARM system-on-chips for tablets will in punters' hands by the end of 2014.…


Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:03:11 GMT

Did he get the good(ie)s? What do YOU think, reader...

Pics A Google Hangout of a different sort took place at its London offices yesterday. And, neatly fulfilling quite a few of our expectations of the Choc Factory, we ogled tech while milling around a real chocolate fountain.…

Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:33:13 GMT

Say it with us: I'm King of the Landfill-ill-ill-ill

Microsoft's ex-Nokia phones unit has produced the successor to the Lumia 520, its best-selling Windows Phone by miles, topping the charts in the UK's Crimbo sales.…

iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:59:30 GMT

But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs

Apple has been talking up its strong Mac and iOS device sales in its latest quarter – but the real news was a stonking slump in iPad numbers.…

Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:40:35 GMT

That current affairs pun was shocking but it has potential

There's a million dollars in prizes up for grabs from Google and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for the clever clogs who can build a direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) converter that's the size of a laptop.…

Apple gets patent for WRIST-PUTER: iTime for a smartwatch

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:26:06 GMT

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

Rumors that Apple will unveil a smartwatch this year became slightly more concrete on Tuesday when the news broke that Cupertino had 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.…

Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:44:48 GMT

Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois

Apple has told its suppliers to build a mighty mountain of 70 to 80 million new iPhone 6s. The new Jesus handset is expected to come in two sizes and arrive 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 is keeping it well hidden

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:00:09 GMT

A thousand cuts, but no actual death

Analysis After Microsoft’s mega 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.…

PICS: Nokia Lumia 930 – We reveal its 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 phone division – now owned by Microsoft. The "Microkia" offering is 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.…