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Gigabyte Brix Pro

Gigabyte Brix Pro: You don't need no steenkin' Xbox... when you have 4K-ing amazing graphics

Review PC sales maybe on a downward trend, but it seems there will always be an interest in an alternative to buying into the console wars. Enter the Gigabyte Brix Pro, just one offering among over a dozen from manufacturers that have committed to releasing Steam gaming machines this year. This heralds the beginning of the latest …
Freescale Internet of Things car

Freescale: Cloudy dumb sensors? Nope, not OUR smart Internet of Things

Wearable devices are great examples of accessible stuff within the Internet of Things, but on the whole they’re pretty dumb sensors. Typically, they use Bluetooth to crank out information to a mobile or similar gadget, which relays the data for processing in the cloud and then back to a web interface. Wearables are clever, but …
Bob Dormon, 07 May 2014
What car shall I drive today?

Look what's screeching into the Internet of Stuff: SELF-DRIVING CARS

Pics Semiconductor maker Freescale is a notable player in embedded processing for the automotive industry, among other things, so it was perhaps no great surprise to find various car components on its stand at the Future World Symposium this week in London. Freescale's hybrid game at play Freescale's hybrid game at play By …
Bob Dormon, 02 May 2014
Arcola fuel cell developers kit

Inventors: Feast your eyes on fuel cell tech that'll power up Internet of Thingies

Pics There was more than just talk on offer at Twickenham's Future World Symposium this week. Although there was much to hear about the so-called internet of the things, the connected home, autonomous systems and connected intelligence, there was also plenty to see - and you'll be happy to know we took pictures. The event hosts a …
Bob Dormon, 01 May 2014
Getac T800 pre-production sample

Reg gets sneak peek of Getac's chunky TOUGH AS NAILS 8.1-incher

Pics Getac has been a major player in the rugged tech market for 25 years, offering tablets, laptops and even servers built to withstand serious physical abuse. The latest in the line is the T800 – a chunky compact 8.1-inch tablet available with Windows 7 or 8.1. Getac T800 pre-production sample Getac T800 pre-production sample, …
Bob Dormon, 16 Apr 2014
Motoral Moto G with a 64GB Kingston DataTraveler microDuo

Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast

Review The Kingston DataTraveler microDuo is a convenient flash storage device that features a full-size USB interface at one end and micro USB at the other. The thinking here is that you can upload data to it from your computer or NAS box, and then stuff it into your phone or tablet for easy file sharing and to supplement any fixed …
Bob Dormon, 16 Apr 2014
A selection of High Fidelity Pure Audio discs on show at Metropolis

Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

Pics Apparently, 60 per cent of the population has access to Blu-ray players. Who’d have thunk it? Really, if you include the Sony PlayStation consoles and now the Xbox One, it all adds up... possibly. The statistic came from Olivier Robert-Murphy, global head of new business at Universal Music Group, during an event held at …
Bob Dormon, 14 Apr 2014
Dell Wyse Cloud Connect Android dongle

Dell Wyse Cloud Connect: Pocket Android desktop

Review When somebody hands you a dongle-sized computer, you might, for a moment, be impressed. But when they then put it in a bag with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and suggest you find a monitor somewhere, you might wonder what exactly it is they are trying to sell you. Dell Wyse Cloud Connect Android dongle Mini USB – fancy …
Bob Dormon, 09 Apr 2014
StarTech S252SMTB3 2-bay Thunderbolt enclosure

Hobbyist or hardcore? StarTech dual-bay Thunderbolt enclosure

Review The last couple of Thunderbolt drive reviews we’ve undertaken at Vulture Central tempted us to crack open the enclosures to see what made them tick. In the case of the GTech GDrive, substituting the supplied hard drive with an SSD proved it could turn over some respectable figures in this configuration. StarTech S252SMTB3 2- …
Bob Dormon, 03 Apr 2014
HzO barrier treatment on a Raspberry Pi and a Galaxy Note

Ugh! This DUNKABLE wearable tech is REPELLENT

Pics Although last Week’s Wearable Technology Show was dominated by gadget solutions looking for a problem, on a couple of stands were solutions to, er, the problem of solutions from P2i and HzO. The two companies collaborate with manufacturers to ensure that your shiny new wearable tech toy doesn’t turn into a damp squib when the …
Bob Dormon, 26 Mar 2014
 GTech GDrive Mobile with Thunderbolt

We dig into the GTech GDrive Mobile ... and watch WORST tear-down vid OF ALL TIME

Review Not so long ago, El Reg was pulling apart, in every sense of the phrase, Elgato’s Thunderbolt Drive+ SSD. A portable 512GB storage device with USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfacing. It put in a nifty performance, for sure, but man, it was pricey. GTech GDrive Mobile with Thunderbolt GTech's GDrive Mobile with Thunderbolt: 1TB …
Bob Dormon, 25 Mar 2014
Google Chromecast

Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

Review Google’s Chromecast has finally gone on sale in the UK after an age of waiting following its initial US release in July last year. This digital media player in the form of an HDMI dongle delivers streaming content to a telly including support for the BBC’s iPlayer. It’s only 30 quid too – so you might as well buy one even if it …
Bob Dormon, 21 Mar 2014
Panasonic AX-802 50-inch 4K TV with Freetime EPG

Panasonic slaps Freetime EPG on 2014 smart tellies

Pics Freetime's neat, easy-to-navigate electronic programme guide (EPG) has never been a feature of standalone TVs, but at a joint event in London this week, its new partner Panasonic announced it will feature on 90 per cent of the panel maker’s 2014 TV range. If you're based in the UK and the name Freetime rings a bell, it's …
Bob Dormon, 14 Mar 2014

Squidge-droids maker updates iRobot for SUCK, SCRUB action

Video How do you get to sell 10 million robots? By appealing to the laziness in us... It’s perhaps not the way iRobot would choose to describe its business model, but coming from space race roots and military manoeuvres – it originally made Darpa's squidgy squeezy soft warbot – to end up making megabucks cleaning household floors …
Bob Dormon, 06 Mar 2014
Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+

Vulture wraps claws around Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ portable SSD

Review It took a bit of persuading to be convinced that Elgato’s Thunderbolt Drive+ drive should end up on the test bench for review. The company had released the, er, "non-plussed" version a couple of years ago and it didn’t quite set the world on fire. Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ now has the addition of …
Bob Dormon, 06 Mar 2014
CenturyLink takes a stand at Cloud Expo Europe

If you don't GRIP it tightly, lonely enterprise cloud will WANDER

At the colo shows of DCW and CEE at the Excel Centre in London last week, it was evident that the body of the data centre is trying to keep fit with efficiency improvements, yet the mind of the cloud is given to wander. It has become quite a problem as users take the initiative and resort to shadow IT solutions as company cloud …
Bob Dormon, 05 Mar 2014
CoolEmAll Christmann hardware testing

Data Centre World: It's hard work cooling off those hot racks

Show report At the Excel Centre in London last week, co-location of a different sort was in evidence with Cloud Expo Europe and Data Centre World sharing floorspace under the same roof. It was the first time that the two events had run simultaneously and, at first glance, co-habitation seemed to make a lot of sense. Yet wandering around …
Bob Dormon, 04 Mar 2014
WD Purple surveillance HDD

Surveillance, that's a hot topic right now. We'll make some disk drives for that – WD, Seagate

Not so long ago, Apple went through a list of big cats to name its OS X releases and it seems that WD is doing the same with a box of crayons. So far we’ve had WD Black (flash-disk hybrid), Green (eco-friendly), Blue (desktop-friendly) and Red (NAS-friendly). The spectrum is widening though, as WD announced its Purple range of …
Bob Dormon, 26 Feb 2014
Generator output meters

Hot racks and cool customers: Colocating in the capital

Feature In a world where data centre duties are increasingly relocated to lower cost territories in the East and beyond, why would anyone want to set up shop in the heart of London? Even if there was a requirement for your data to be UK-based, surely a location in the shires where rents are lower would make sense. City Lifeline …
Bob Dormon, 21 Feb 2014
Her – OS One finds out about Theodore

The perfect fantasy flick for the online Valentine you've never met: Her

Film review Spike Jonze’s movie Her invites us to suspend our disbelief as we acquaint ourselves with the life of Theodore Twombly and the relationship he forms with his computer's operating system. Her – Theodore finds out about OS One Theodore finds out about OS One... During an ordinary day in this near future story, Theodore, …
Bob Dormon, 13 Feb 2014
Apple 20th Anniversary Mac

Rotten to the core: Apple’s 10 greatest FAILS

Feature There has been no shortage of rose-tinted retrospective adulation marking the 30th birthday of the Macintosh over past weeks. Here at El Reg, we’d be the last to deny Apple’s significance and continuing influence on the history of personal computing. But to put everything in perspective, we thought it was worth looking back at …
Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 ruggedised tablet

Wheee GDUNK! Panasonic's latest Toughpads ready to hit the streets

Hands-on A few weeks after its unveiling at CES in Las Vegas at the beginning of the year, samples of Panasonic’s mini Toughpad FZ-M1 have finally made it to these shores. The company was showing off the sturdy little blighter in London yesterday alongside its 20-inch 4K tablet which is rolling into production as you read this. …
Bob Dormon, 31 Jan 2014
Lumo Body Tech Lumoback

Quivering, spine-tingling wearable tech: Strap it on and don't look back

Review If you’ve never had back pain, then thank your lucky stars. It can make a 20-year-old feel like they’re 100 and it’s a sore point that I know this to be true. If you’ll excuse the pun, you’re not necessarily lumbered with back pain as a life sentence, some problems can go away over time but they can just as easily return if …
Bob Dormon, 27 Jan 2014
Sony FDR-AX100E

Sony brings 4K shooting to the masses in weeks

Hands on Las Vegas is about 5,200 miles (c. 8,400km) from Blighty’s capital, which makes CES a bit of schlep for all but the terminally keen. Knowing this, Sony UK showcased its finest for 2014 to the UK press this week, from 4K camcorders to er, 4K tellies... with some laptop goodness in between. Most of the laptops we'd all seen …
Bob Dormon, 22 Jan 2014
HP EliteBook 840 G1

HP EliteBook 840G1: Sometimes it's an Ultrabook, sometimes it's not

Review At a recent event when HP was handing out Elitebooks and other gadgetry to the great and the good of the UK’s tech press, a thought crossed my mind as the options presented themselves. Shall I go for the eminently portable Elitebook 820 G1 12.5in model or the somewhat chunkier 14in 840 G1? With you, dear reader, in mind, I had a …
Bob Dormon, 17 Jan 2014