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Sony Tablet S

Sony to serve Ice Cream Sandwich to tablets

Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to Sony's Tablet S and Tablet P fondleslabs - review links below, folks - the Japanese giant has revealed. The confirmation only covers Japan, but it's a fair bet that ICS will be released to tablets globally, even if it's not posted outside of Japan immediately. Sony Tablet P There, the …
Hard Reg, 23 Mar 2012
BT

BT Vision to stream UKTV channels

UKTV, the BBC co-owned satellite and cable channel, is to open an IPTV stream through BT Vision. BT's customers will be able to subscribe to UKTV content or access programmes on a one-off basis. Toward the end of the year, a number of UKTV's channels - Watch, Dynamo and BBC repeat channel Gold - will themselves be streamed. …
Hard Reg, 23 Mar 2012
WD Photos

WD intros 'world's first' 2TB portable HDD

WD has outed what it claims is the world's first portable hard drive with a 2TB capacity. The drive is part of WD's My Passport line, and sports a redesigned shell - available in a choice of five colours - and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity. WD My Passport 2TB Bundled software allows you to password-protect the drive's …
Hard Reg, 20 Mar 2012
Samsung Galaxy S II

Three zeroes Samsung Galaxy S II upfront fee

We rather like the Samsung Galaxy S II - you can read our thoughts on this tasty Android smartphone here - and now you can get one for next to nowt. Three is offering the 4.3in - handy if you're one of the many folk who favour a large display - dual-core handset for free on a £25-a-month two-year contract. The catch: you have to …
Hard Reg, 16 Mar 2012
Throwboys' iCEO

Pillow purveyor sews up Steve Jobs doll for fans

Fanboys! Now you too can take Steve Jobs to bed. US pillow maker Throwboys has come up with a cuddly felt figure of the former Apple CEO clad in black turtleneck, blue jeans, grey trainers and rimless spectacles (removable). Throwboys' iCEO The plaything is here to "celebrate the life of this inspiring person whose raving …
Hard Reg, 15 Mar 2012
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O2 confirms HTC Tegra 3 phone for April

O2 has revealed it will be offering the HTC One X, the Taiwanese phone maker's polycarbonate-clad handset based on Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor. HTC One X The cellco will be getting the One X, which also sports a 4.7in, 1280 x 720 display, in on 5 April, it Tweeted today, but it's not yet saying how much it'll charge for the 1. …
Hard Reg, 15 Mar 2012
WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo

WD releases Thunderbolt drive

Mac users: WD's Thunderbolt-connectable 6TB hard drive, the My Book Thunderbolt Duo, can be yours for a mere €699/£580. Too much? The 4TB version is just €599/£500. WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo For your money you get a box with two drives installed - hence the 'Duo' - which you can configure as RAID 0 or 1 for, respectively, …
Hard Reg, 15 Mar 2012
Samsung Galaxy Note Android tablet and phone specs

Smartphone owners demand bigger screens

If you're one of those folks who favour smartphones with supersize screens, you're not alone. Nearly 90 per cent of your fellow phone owners want handsets to have bigger displays. So reveals market watcher Strategy Analytics after polling punters earlier this year. The favoured screen sizes range from 4.0 to 4.5 inches, it said …
Hard Reg, 15 Mar 2012
Toshiba Exceria SDXC card

Toshiba outs 'world's fastest' SDXC card

Toshiba will release what it claims is the world's fastest SD card this summer. Branded Exceria, the card will use the UHS-I specification that's part of the SD Card 3.01 standard. This will give the card a Class 10 speed rating. That means minimum read and write speed of 10MBps in a UHS-compatible reader, but Toshiba claimed …
Hard Reg, 14 Mar 2012
Apple iPad 3 aka new iPad

iPad 3 ship times slip back

Order an iPad 3 now and you're not going to get one when the new tablet officially goes on sale, on Friday, 16 March. Apple's UK website is currently listing the ship window for both black and white iPad 3s, be they Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and 4G, as "2-3 weeks". Apple UK iPad 3 shipment estimates So you're unlikely to get one …
Hard Reg, 12 Mar 2012
ambulance

Ambulance satnav not to blame for asthma attack boy's death

Satnav technology is off the hook after a coroner ruled that a nine-year-old boy who suffered a fatal asthma attack would not have survived had the ambulance sent to his aid been routed correctly by its GPS box. Worcestershire Coroner Geraint Williams ruled yesterday that Corey Seymour died from natural causes. "Would the …
Hard Reg, 09 Mar 2012
Crucial Adrenaline SSD

Crucial pledges PC performance boost with Adrenaline

Memory specialist Crucial has rolled out a small-capacity SSD for folk keen to up the speed of their system without a massive outlay. The package, dubbed Adrenaline - you can see the kind of audience Crucial is pitching the thing at, can't you? - comprises as 50GB Crucial m4 SSD, Nvelo's Dataplex caching app and all the bits you …
Hard Reg, 09 Mar 2012
Virgin Media

Virgin TiVo iPad app out in September

Virgin Media will finally release its long-promised TiVo-tapping app for the iPad in September, the cableco's CEO has revealed. Speaking at Cable Congress 2012 in Brussels, Virgin chief Neil Berkett claimed the company is registering new TiVo installations at a rate of one every 15 seconds, Broadband TV News reports. All these …
Hard Reg, 08 Mar 2012
Audio Q7 R8 OLED concept

Audi shows off OLED-illuminated concept R8

Car Week Reg Hardware Car Week It's all very KITT, of course, with a bit of Batmobile tossed in for good measure, but here is Audi's plan for taking OLED car lighting - inside and outside of the vehicle - to the max. Based on an R8, the Q7 concept shows how design teams can have lots of fun building tech into vehicles that may never …
Hard Reg, 05 Mar 2012
Samsung

Samsung worker confirms April launch for Galaxy S III

Reg Hardware Mobile Week A Samsung staffer has confirmed that the Galaxy S III smartphone will be out next month, as past rumours and the handset's officially recognised absence from this week's Mobile World Congress (MWC) have suggested. That said, the source, who whispered in the ear of the chap from ZDNet Korea, spilled …
Hard Reg, 02 Mar 2012
Sony HDR-GW55VE Handycam

Sony dusts off waterproof Handycam

It's the new black: gadgets that are waterproof. The latest: Sony's HDR-GW55VE Handycam. With a sensor dense enough to shoot 20.4Mp stills, the camcorder can shoot 1080p HD video at 50f/s. The GW55VE's lens can zoom to 10x, but the gadget can zoom to 120x digitally. Sony HDR-GW55VE Handycam Framing shots is aided by a flip- …
Hard Reg, 02 Mar 2012
Philips 2012 Smart TV UI

Philips puts Smart TV centre stage for 2012

Philips has introduced an updated UI for its smart TVs and promised to support IPTV across a broader array of tellies this year. The Dutch firm's new UI will present the usual array of IPTV and catch-up services alongside a thumbnail window of the channel a TV's tuner is set to - much as many an EPG screen does. Philips 2012 …
Reg Hard, 27 Feb 2012
Sony PS Vita handheld games console

Sony to strike gold with PS Vita - if it cuts the price

Sony may shift more than $2.2bn worth of PlayStation Vita handheld consoles - some 12.4m units - by the end of 2012, it has been forecast. The catch: the price has to come down under $200. The prediction comes from market watcher Strategy Analytics, which reckons the gadget could revive Sony's fortunes. That $2.2bn figure …
Reg Hard, 24 Feb 2012
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SanDisk spins up speedy SSDs

SanDisk has taken the wraps off a couple of SSDs with 6Gb/s Sata connectivity. The X100 SSD offers sequential read and write speeds of up to 500 MB/s and 420MB/s, respectively, SanDisk claimed. It'll be available in capacities of 32GB to 512GB, in 2.5in cased and naked mSata form-factors. SanDisk X100 SSD Joining the X100 is …
Hard Reg, 15 Feb 2012
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Tesco offers broadband for LESS THAN THE PRICE OF A PINT

Tesco is offering broadband for a mere £2.50 a month. It sounds like a good deal, but catches abound. For a start, you have to possess a Tesco Clubcard, and you have to cough up for a £13.75 Tesco line rental fee each month. Tesco touts the package as one that offers "unlimited downloads", but there is the inevitable fair use …
Hard Reg, 14 Feb 2012
Black Milk muscle leggings

Muscle pants give girls that skin-stripped look

Looking for a little something for the lady in your life ahead of V Day tomorrow? If she takes sci-tech in her stride - and as the SO of an El Reg reader, we'd hope she does - how about a pair of these anatomically oriented geeky strides? Run up by Aussie outfit Black Milk, this pair of muscle leggings show exactly what's inside …
Hard Reg, 13 Feb 2012
Freeview HD TVs

Freeview HD sales surge

Freeview today posted the following stats. Make of them what you will. • 1.3m Freeview HD-equipped TVs and set-top boxes sold in Q4 2011. • 4.4m Freeview HD-equipped TVs and set-top boxes have been sold to date - a quarter of them in the last quarter, according to the first figure. • Sales of Freeview HD-capable TVs doubled in …
Hard Reg, 13 Feb 2012
B&W Mini Theatre series 2012

B&W updates designer speaker rig

Speaker specialist B&W has updated its Mini Theatre line of home cinema audio sets for the well-heeled. B&W Mini Theatre series 2012 The new line-up comprises the M-1 satellite speakers and two sub-woofers: the ASW608 and the ball-shaped PV1D. These elements cost, respectively, £150, £349 and £1200 each, but you can choose …
Hard Reg, 13 Feb 2012
Eee PC Girl

Tech! Tech! Teeeeech! Women want gadgets for Valentine's

Forget roses and Roses: buy your other half - if female - some tech for Valentine's Day, now just four days away. According to the US Consumer Electronics Association, woman want gadgets, with 80 per cent of them, based on a survey conducted by the CEA, expressing an interest in electronic kit. And just over half of that group …
Hard Reg, 10 Feb 2012
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Kodak to kill off digital cameras

Kodak is knocking its line of budget digital cameras on the head, part of its plan to revive the fortunes of the troubled firm. Out go its YouTube-oriented handheld video cameras and digital photo frames too. Production will have ceased by the middle of the year. Kodak will continue to support these products, and honour …
Hard Reg, 09 Feb 2012