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DEAD STEVE JOBS kills Apple bounce patent from BEYOND THE GRAVE

Vid The late Apple baron Steve Jobs has critically wounded one of his company's key "bounce to update" related patents in Europe. A German court has nixed a photo-gallery app design, filed by Apple in June 2007, after a video of Jobs demonstrating the software with the rubber-band bounce effect five months earlier was deemed prior …
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2013
Engineers fitting antenna heads

Nokia demonstrates: White Space ploy can get more 4G handsets into same spectrum

Nokia has successfully demonstrated a 4G LTE network which can hop aside when someone else wants the frequency, opening up the possibilities for dynamically-shared radio spectrum. Nokia's test network reached three Finnish cities and was able to switch radio frequencies based on availability by regularly checking back with a …
Bill Ray, 30 Sep 2013

Reg readers! You've got 100 MILLION QUID - what would you BLOW it on?

Telecoms regulator Ofcom is drawing up its plans for 2014/15, and is looking for suggestions about how it might direct its considerable resources during the period. Last year, those resources ran up a bill a shade over a hundred million pounds, some of which comes from radio spectrum licensing and fines but most of it came …
Bill Ray, 27 Sep 2013

Broadcom fries up '5G' Wi-Fi chips to chuck in your connected car

Broadcom's latest chippery supports 802.11ac and Bluetooth LE too – which the company reckons is good enough to warrant calling it "5G" and snatching a chunk of the automotive market. The claim comes because of the Wi-Fi support, which has a theoretical top speed of 1Gb/sec, and despite the fact that this number was once the …
Bill Ray, 27 Sep 2013
Crystal Palace TV transmitter

Ericsson adds Dot to the office mobe coverage map

Ericsson has launched a palm-sized mobile phone base station called Dot, which camps on the office LAN to provide cellular coverage throughout your building and is managed by a radio stack in the basement. The Dot is styled to disappear into the office décor. Weighing only 300g, it's more than an antenna but less than a …
Bill Ray, 26 Sep 2013
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Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 3: HOT CURVES – the 'gold grill' of smartphone bling

Everything is better with a few curves. While the concavity of the Samsung-built Nexus phone failed to set the world alight, that's no reason to stop bending it like Beckham. That's according to Samsung's "head of strategic marketing" who told reporters assembled for the Seoul launch of the Galaxy Note 3, including one from …
Bill Ray, 25 Sep 2013

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX: Bezos dives into tech-support MONEY PIT

Vid The latest Kindle Fire HDX tablets come with a free 24/7 support hotline via video chat. Putting a human face within easy reach may just push Amazon into the never-ending money-suck that is tech support. Here's how the video-chat help desk is supposed to work; your mileage may vary: Youtube Video The HDX is an evolution of …
Bill Ray, 25 Sep 2013

Highways Agency tracks Brits' every move by their mobes: THE TRUTH

The Highways Agency, tasked with looking after England's motorways, buys data on Brits' whereabouts from mobile phone networks. The information, harvested by tracking the location of everyone's handsets and anonymising it into blocks of statistics, is used to establish which roads are used the most and when - much to the …
Bill Ray, 25 Sep 2013

Apple TV update available after weekend tellybox-wiping snafu

Friday's update to Apple TV, which was unceremoniously pulled over the weekend following stability issues, is back again – with iTunes radio and cloudy AirPlay support. The update, version 6.0, disappeared some time on Sunday following reports of eager upgraders seeing their content disappear or their beloved TV boxes bricked …
Bill Ray, 24 Sep 2013

HTC staring down the barrel of a US sales ban after Nokia's patent coup

Electronic gadgets made by HTC infringed two of Nokia's patents, US officials have ruled - and it's a decision that could lead to a ban on sales in America, or at least convince HTC to cough up some royalties. Shockwaves from the judgement by the Uncle Sam's International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington [PDF, mind-numbing …
Bill Ray, 24 Sep 2013

Fandroids at pranksters' mercy: Android remote password reset now live

Android users can now lock their handsets from afar as Google enables what looks like the perfect feature for office pranksters. Making a lost Android handset ring and wiping all the data on a stolen device have been standard features in the advertising giant's mobile operating system for a while. Now, however, a mislaid …
Bill Ray, 24 Sep 2013

RADIATION SNATCHED from leaky microwave ovens to power gadgets

A collaboration between universities in Tokyo and Atlanta has spawned a device for harvesting power leaked from domestic microwave ovens – turning wasted waves into free energy. Microwaves pump out energy in the 2.4GHz band: the industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) radio space popularised by Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The casing …
Bill Ray, 24 Sep 2013
The buttons on a mobile phone glow in the dark

How I hacked SIM cards with a single text - and the networks DON'T CARE

Karsten Nohl, the security researcher who broke into SIM cards with a single text, has told The Register he is dismayed by the mobile industry's lukewarm response to his revelations - and has revealed, for the first time, exactly how he did it. Nohl thought exposing the flaws in SIM security would force the telcos to fix them …
Bill Ray, 23 Sep 2013

EE still has fastest, fattest 4G pipe in London's M25 ring

RootMetrics has compiled a map of 4G deployments in London which includes a whopping 11,000 crowd-sourced data points and concludes that within the M25*, EE still has the fastest, and broadest, network in town. That shouldn't be very surprising as EE started a year earlier than its competitors, utilising the excess of radio …
Bill Ray, 23 Sep 2013
Mars Attacks!

Douglas Adams was RIGHT! TINY ALIENS are invading Earth, say boffins

Aliens rained down on Earth from space, possibly sprinkling microbes on our once lifeless planet, according to boffins from the University of Sheffield. And the scientists claim they managed to photograph one of the extraterrestrial blighters from a balloon. The balloon was launched to a height of 27km, which the eggheads …
Bill Ray, 20 Sep 2013
Mobile Apps

PEAK APP: After 2013, you'll NEVER again install as many – Gartner

It's peak app time, according to tech analyst Gartner, which claims the average user will never again download as many apps as they did in 2013. The beancounters say that growth in the ecosystem is now reliant on new users joining the throng. The peak is 4.9 downloads a month for iPhone owners, and 6.2 for those packing an …
Bill Ray, 20 Sep 2013

Google tries putting an NFC ring on it: Bonking will keep you SAFE

Google has started testing NFC keyrings from one-time-pad makers Yubico, with a view to offering them to ordinary punters next summer as a secure way of accessing the Google cloud. The keyrings feature a USB interface and an embedded NFC tag, either of which can supply a one-time password securing connection. The technique is …
Bill Ray, 20 Sep 2013

Hiroshi Yamauchi, bizlord who gave the world Donkey Kong, dead at 85

The man who took Nintendo from a small family business into an international megacorp has copped it, aged 85. Hiroshi Yamauchi died of pneumonia in a Japanese hospital on Thursday morning. Yamauchi stepped down as president of Nintendo in 2002, and left the board in 2005, but remained the largest individual shareholder and was …
Bill Ray, 19 Sep 2013

South American with a dumb phone? Think Facebook can't get to you? THINK AGAIN

Digital security outfit Gemalto has extended its SIM-based Facebook client to include Facebook Messenger, so dumbphone users can chat directly to each other as well as update each other's walls. Gemalto's LinqUp SIM app has already connected Facebook to basic handsets in Argentina, Colombia and Chile, enabling the cheapest of …
Bill Ray, 16 Sep 2013

Apple named in criminal lawsuit over Premier League–streaming app

Apple has been summoned to court in Thailand for approving an app which streams UK Premier League football games to an iPhone, in breach of the exclusive contract signed by local telly firm Cable Thai Holding. CTH paid $300m for the exclusive rights to show chaps kicking a ball around a pitch on a Saturday afternoon, according …
Bill Ray, 16 Sep 2013
The daughter board

How to get a Raspberry Pi to take over your Robot House

Behold: The RaZberry is a daughter board which snaps onto a Raspberry Pi, turning it into a Z-Wave controller capable of integrating, and controlling, a home automation network though a web, or JSON, interface. We all love the Raspberry Pi, don't we? It could have been built for home automation, offering low power consumption …
Bill Ray, 16 Sep 2013
Child swearing

TWO can play this 64-bit mobile game, says Samsung, crossly

Samsung's next smartphone will feature a 64-bit processor, according to co-chief executive Shin Jong-kyun: he's keen to prove it's not only Apple who can stuff more register bits into a chip. Apple's latest flagship iThing, the iPhone 5S, features a 64-bit ARMv8 processor labelled the A7. The performance boost may not be …
Bill Ray, 13 Sep 2013
Maplin signage outside store

You thought NFC tags were Not For Consumers? Well, they're in Maplin's

High street retailer Maplin will be stocking NFC tags, surely demonstrating that the technology is mainstream even if no one is quite sure what it's for. The tags, which  come from RapidNFC, are supplied in packs of twelve which retail at £9.99. That's a £1.70 premium on the manufacturers price of £8.29 but the manufacturer …
Bill Ray, 12 Sep 2013
iPhone 5C purported

Fancy a new iPhone 5C or 5S? READ THIS or you may not get 4G data

Apple might have launched two new iPhone models on Tuesday, but it launched 10 different variants as Cupertino struggles to cope with the hugely fragmented 4G market. Where a GSM phone might be dual-band or the frequent flyer might shell out for a quad-band handset, Apple's latest phones each come in five variants: two hendeca …
Bill Ray, 11 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

Ready to bin your USB cables yet? Wireless USB hops on WiGig bandwagon

Having failed to carve itself a niche with ultrawide band radio, the USB Implementers Forum has jumped aboard the WiGig bandwagon and will slide up the dial into 60GHz. 60GHz is where WiGig lives, an internationally unlicensed band where there's plenty of space but propagation is poor. WiGig is proposed as the next generation …
Bill Ray, 10 Sep 2013