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Cops cuff rectal shoplifter

Police in the Czech Republic have arrested a man who attempted to steal a digital music player by concealing it in his anus. The thief was caught when the shoplifting alarm rang loud and proud at the supermarket he had entered in the town of Prerov. Nabbed by staff, he was found to have a pair of earphones stashed in his slacks …
Hard Reg, 06 Jan 2012
Lovefilm

Lovefilm signs BBC streaming deal

Lovefilm's war with Netflix has yet to begin, but the battle lines are being drawn. The Amazon-owned disc rental service today said it has licensed BBC and ITV content to stream. Morse, Prime Suspect, Cold Feet and more will come from ITV's collection, while Doctor Who, Life On Mars, Spooks, Planet Earth and others will provide …
Hard Reg, 06 Jan 2012
Logitech Cube wireless mouse

Logitech outs tiny mouse, laser pointer

Yes, it's not actually cubic, but that hasn't stopped Logitech calling its latest mouse-cum-laser pointer the Cube, set to be shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week. Logitech Cube wireless mouse Perhaps it'll be comfortable to use as a pointer, but the wee gadget doesn't seem so as a mouse, but we'll …
Hard Reg, 05 Jan 2012
HP Omni 27 all-in-one desktop PC

HP unveils touchscreenless all-in-one desktop PC

HP has taken the wraps off its first 27in all-in-one, dubbed the Omni 27. HP Omni 27 all-in-one desktop PC It's also the PC maker's first AiO without a touchscreen - a sign, perhaps, that punters aren't so keen on the technology in a desktop context. Whatever, the Omni contains an Intel Core i5-2400S processor, up to 2TB of …
Hard Reg, 05 Jan 2012
MirrorLink logo

Nokia posts car-to-phone comms app

The Connected Car Consortium's MirrorLink technology - it allows an compatible in-car entertainment system to show what's on your phone's screen and control the handset over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB - is now available to folk with Symbian Belle devices. Nokia Car Mode app screenshot Nokia today posted an 18-quid app, Nokia Car …
Hard Reg, 04 Jan 2012
Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook

Samsung Ultrabook specced up by retailer

Samsung's upcoming Ultrabook, the Series 5 line member NP530U3B-A01, has been specced up on a US retail site ahead of its formal launch - which will presumably take place next week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Samsung Series 5 Ultrabook The 13.3in, 1366 x 768 machine is based on a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-2467M CPU and …
Hard Reg, 04 Jan 2012
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime and friend

Asus drops GPS from tablet spec after issues emerge

Asus has dropped the word 'GPS' from its Eee Pad Transformer Prime spec sheet after early adopters of the 10in Android tablet found the gadget's satnav tech doesn't work too well. Forum postings between Christmas and the New Year show a number of Prime owners peeved by the tablet's apparently poor ability to pick up a GPS signal …
Hard Reg, 03 Jan 2012
The Register breaking news

Auld Reekie folk 'spend most on tech prezzies'

Today's piece of blatant puffery masquerading as market research comes from Geek Squad the embarrassingly named in-store tech support oppos for Carphone Warehouse. GS/CW would like us to know that folk in Edinburgh will - on average - spend £126.60 on tech gifts this Christmas, the highest in the land apparently. The firm …
Hard Reg, 22 Dec 2011
HP Pre 3

HP posts Pre 3 WebOS update

HP has pushed out an WebOS update for its Pre 3 smartphone. The patch, which takes the (now) open source operating system to 2.2.4, is being pushed out to European and US Pre 3s. Pre 2s got the upate last week. HP WebOS 2.2.4 update HP hasn't said much about 2.2.4 on the Pre 3, but the Pre 2 release saw the addition of Skype …
Hard Reg, 21 Dec 2011
Archos 70

Archos tweaks 7in tablet to hit £180 price point

Archos has updated its Archos 70 7in Android tablet, upping the CPU speed, the touchscreen and the OS. The 70b gets Android 3.2 Honeycomb - the current 70 has 2.2 Froyo - and a 1.2GHz processor, up from its predecessor's 1GHz chip. Archos said it had doubled the Ram to 512MB. Archos 70 The screen is still 7in, but now its …
Hard Reg, 20 Dec 2011
RIM BlackBerry PlayBook

Cops seek clues to $1.7m tablet snatch

Thieves made away with $1.7m worth of RIM BlackBerry PlayBook tablets last week in Chesterfield, Indiana. The 7in tablets were being taken to Ontario, Canada from a warehouse and distribution facility in Plainfield, Indiana, local police said. The 22 pallets of kit were in the back of a lorry owned by Brightpoint, a company …
Hard Reg, 19 Dec 2011
Sony bio battery

Sony creates paper battery

Sony boffins have built a battery out of paper. The so-called "bio battery" uses enzymes to catalyse the breakdown of glucose stored within the cellulose that forms the paper's wood pulp fibres. Sony bio battery The battery has a structure that keeps reaction elements separate to encourage the flow of hydrogen ions and, to …
Hard Reg, 19 Dec 2011
Sony Tablet S

Sony to update Tablet S for PS3 controller gaming

Sony has begun pushing out a firmware update for its Tablet S and P fondleslabs which allows the latter to do Skype video calling and lets the S use PlayStation 3 wireless controllers for gaming. According to Sony Japan, the update takes the tablets to "Android 3.2.1 Release 2", as the company puts it. The first version of 3.2.1 …
Hard Reg, 16 Dec 2011
PS3_Slim_SM

Sony: PS3 sales ahead of target

Sony will sell 15m PlayStation 3 consoles by the end of March 2012, the consumer electronics giant has insisted. That was the target the company set itself for its current financial year, which ends next spring, and it'll be met, said Sony Computer Entertainment chief Andrew House this week. House claimed that PS3 sales were …
Hard Reg, 15 Dec 2011
Apple TV 2

Apple TV tops connected set-top box chart

And the most popular net-connected set-top box is… the Apple TV. So says market watcher Strategy Analytics, which calculates the small black gadget is to be found in no fewer than eight per cent of US households. The £99/$99/€119 Apple TV is in seven per cent of European homes too. Apple TV That, SA said, gives Apple 32 per …
Hard Reg, 14 Dec 2011
Sony Tablet S

Sony ships 3G Android tablet

The 3G-enabled version of Sony's wedge-shaped Tablet S has surfaced at last. Launched in October, the 9.4in Tablet S runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb. It was initially offered only with Wi-Fi network access, but Sony promised a 3G version too. Sony Tablet S Not available back then, the Sony Tablet S 16GB 3G is now on sale, priced …
Hard Reg, 12 Dec 2011
Apple iPad 2

iPad 3 out in March/April say part maker moles

The next iPad will be out in three to four months' time after going into production in January. Component makers are already shipping parts. So say a variety of moles in Asia, by way of DigiTimes. Their timeline puts the iPad 3's release in March or April 2012 - a year on from the shipment of the iPad 2, and two years on from …
Hard Reg, 12 Dec 2011
Dr Who Tardis

Next Dr Who game to leave Xboxers in the cold

The BBC is to release a new Doctor Who game next year, but if you're an Xbox owner you won't be able to enjoy it. Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock will be released for the PlayStation 3, Sony's PS Vita handheld and PCs. The Corporation promises the game will feature "photo-real graphics, television quality scenes and highly …
Hard Reg, 09 Dec 2011
Ainol Novo 7 $100 Android 4 tablet

China gets 64 quid Android 4.0 tablet

It's not politically correct to snigger at foreign folks' names, but we're not sure how well the Ainol tablet will play with Westerners - even if it does cost as little as $100 (£64) and come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Ainol's 7in offering is being touted by chip maker MIPS, which built the 1GHz processor the cut-price …
Hard Reg, 06 Dec 2011
Kobo WiFi ebook reader

Asda knocks 20 quid off Kobo WiFi

Asda will be selling Kobo's most basic e-book reader for just 67 quid this Christmas, the retail giant wanted us to tell you. The Kobo includes Wi-Fi but lacks the touchscreen sported by its slightly pricier, better big bro, the Kobo Touch, one of Reg Hardware's favourite e-book readers this year. Kobo WiFi ebook reader Asda …
Hard Reg, 06 Dec 2011
Napster for iOS

Napster will live on in the UK

Update Napster has won itself a reprieve - at least in the UK and Germany. The name will continue in these two European territories, a local spokesman insisted today. "There is no intention to close Napster in either Germany or the UK," he told Reg Hardware. Last week, Rhapsody, which in November bought Napster from US retail giant …
Hard Reg, 05 Dec 2011
Acer Iconia Tab A200 Ring UI

Acer releases second-gen Android tablet

Updated Acer has taken the wraps off its next-gen Android tablet, the 10.1in Iconia Tab A200, oddly numbered successor to the Iconia Tab A500. Announced in Taiwan today, the A200 will initially come with Android 3.2 Honeycomb pre-installed, but will gain Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in January 2012, Acer promised. Acer Iconia Tab …
Hard Reg, 02 Dec 2011
Apple iPhone 4S Siri

iPhone 4S owners love Siri, hate the battery life

Apple, do more with Siri but for feck's sake sort out the iPhone 4S' battery life. Those are the key messages for the company if feedback from a couple of hundred owners of its latest handset, collated by market watcher ChangeWave, is anything to go by. Siri is clearly the feature most punters like best, with 49 per cent of 4S …
Hard Reg, 01 Dec 2011
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Tesco: buy a DVD, get the download free

Buy a DVD or Blu-ray Disc from Tesco tomorrow, and it will give you free access to the downloadable version hosted by Tesco-owned online movie service Blinkbox. The deal only applies to Clubcard holders, however. There's another catch: it only applies to certain films, 26 in the first batch. The list of titles available …
Hard Reg, 01 Dec 2011
Apple iPad 2

Acer, Samsung, Lenovo line up behind Nvidia Tegra 3

Add the names Acer, Lenovo and Samsung to that of Asus as members of the list of manufacturers who'll be offering Android tablets based on Nvidia's five-core Tegra 3 chip. So say the inevitable Taiwanese notebook maker moles cited, as always, by local newssite DigiTimes. They also express some scepticism that any of these …
Hard Reg, 29 Nov 2011
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Sony Ericsson: Android 4.0 updates out by March 2012

Sony Ericsson will have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates for its 2011 Xperia smartphones out by March 2012. So says the marketing chief in the phone maker's Italy division, Maurizio De Palma, in the company's Facebook page, who claimed that, unlike SE's rivals, it will offer updates for all of its 2011 smartphones. "We …
Hard Reg, 28 Nov 2011
LG Optimus 2X

LG names smartphone Android 4.0 recipients

LG has named the smartphones that will gain the in-demand Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS upgrade. Specifically, LG will make the new Google operating system available for its Optimus 2x, Optimus Black and Optimus 3D. They may not be the only ones. LG said on its Facebook page: "We are also continuing to evaluate the ICS OS …
Hard Reg, 28 Nov 2011
Netflix

Judge tosses Netflix, Walmart conspiracy claim

Netflix and Walmart did not conspire to dominate the DVD-by-post market, a US judge has ruled. Earlier this week, US District Judge Phyllis Hamilton said that Walmart's share of that market was so small that its exit from the business, alleged in a class action lawsuit to have been made in agreement with Netflix, would not have …
Hard Reg, 25 Nov 2011
Sony PS Vita handheld games console

PS Vita will play all PS3 games remotely

Sony's PS Vita will be able to play PS3 games remotely. Install any existing game on the PS3, and the Vita will operate as controller and screen, initially at 480 x 272 resolution, upscaled to fill the Vita's 960 x 544 LCD. Future releases can be specified to run at 960 x 480 when played remotely on the Vita. So says Eurogamer …
Hard Reg, 25 Nov 2011
LG Prada 3.0 design sheet

LG runs up third-gen Prada phone

Fashionistas, take note: LG will be releasing a third-generation Prada-branded smartphone early in 2012. Expect a minimalist black handset and a monochrome interface if the previous Prada phones are anything to go by. LG Prada 3.0 design sheet LG says the Prada 3.0's predecessors sported "avant garde" technology, but in …
Hard Reg, 24 Nov 2011
Dixons

UK retailers launch pre-Xmas sales Yank style

Britain's sad bid to ape American traditions - trick or treat, I ask you… - continues this month as retailers launch Black Friday sales even though we have no Thanksgiving Day holiday to precede it. Amazon has been flogging off watches, electric toothbrushes, power tools and assorted second-rate fare this week, but will Dixons …
Hard Reg, 22 Nov 2011
Archos Arnova 9 G2

Archos outs budget 9in Android tablet

Archos has introduced its latest Arnova budget tablet: the 9.7in 9 G2. The spec's not so bad - 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU, 768 x 1024 capacitive touchscreen, 8GB of Flash, Micro SD storage expansion, 802.11g Wi-Fi - but the Arnova 9 G2 only runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Archos Arnova 9 G2 Still, Archos promised that "thousands" …
Hard Reg, 18 Nov 2011
Samsung Google Galaxy Nexus Android 4.0 smartphone

Ice Cream Sandwich phone a no-show on Vodafone

Vodafone has been disappointing punters today by failing to release the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as hoped Officially on sale for the first time today, and released by O2, Phones4u - with a Vodafone Sim even - and the Carphone Warehouse, the 4.7in, dual-core Galaxy Nexus has, however, been a no-show over at Vodafone. The cellco says …
Hard Reg, 17 Nov 2011
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung confirms Android 4.0 update for Galaxy S II

Samsung UK has confirmed that the Galaxy S II smartphone will get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But it can't say when. "Hi, good news - the Galaxy S II will be receiving ICS, but there are no dates confirmed as yet," the company Tweeted. Samsung Italy said last month that ICS will be coming to a range of devices, including …
Hard Reg, 17 Nov 2011
HP Envy 17

HP revamps Envy laptop line

HP has restyled its 15in and 17in Envy laptops, kitting them out in a "timeless design that includes an all-metal chassis with rounded edges in a classic black and silver finish". HP Envy 17 Performance comes from quad-core Intel Core i7 CPUs, up to 16GB of DDR 3 memory, plus AMD Radeon HD discrete GPUs with 1GB of GDDR 5 …
Hard Reg, 16 Nov 2011
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

Samsung pulls Galaxy Tab Android 3.2 update

Samsung has yanked the Android 3.2 Honeycomb update it posted last night for the Wi-Fi only version of its Galaxy Tab 10.1in after it quickly emerged that the software disables Wi-Fi. Certainly, that's happened to a fair few folk who did perform the update before the software was pulled. That said, not everyone appears to have …
Hard Reg, 16 Nov 2011
Dixons Logik 3D TV

Dixons rolls out cut-price 3D, smart TVs

Dixons has launched its own brand of 3D TV, Logik, with the hope of encouraging consumers lacking confidence back into the shops with low prices. Logik sets run to 32in, 42in and 47in in size, each available with fluorescent or LED backlighting, all with 1080p screens. LED ups price by £50 to £150, depending on the model. …
Hard Reg, 14 Nov 2011
GM Ampera

E-car crash leads to battery blaze

A GM Volt e-car has burst into flames following a crash. To be fair, the crash was intentional. It was a side-impact test performed by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in May, but has now prompted a probe into e-car battery safety, Reuters reports. And the fire broke out more than three weeks after the …
Hard Reg, 14 Nov 2011
Apple iPhone 4 pre-order

Apple offers unlocked iPhone 4S online in the US

Apple has begun selling unlocked iPhones through its US online shop. Prices range from $649 (£406) for the 16GB model to $849 (£531) for the 64GB 4S. That's a lot, yes, but can work out cheaper in the long run, especially if you travel overseas. Popping over to, say, Europe with an unlocked handset means you can grab a cheap …
Hard Reg, 11 Nov 2011
Sony

Sony develops 'new kind of television'

Sony plans to revive its fortunes in the TV market by launching a new type of telly that it hopes will compete with - of all companies - Apple in the future goggle-box marketplace. So said CEO Sir Howard Stringer, speaking to the Wall Street Journal. Unfortunately, he didn't detail the new kind of television he has in mind. But …
Hard Reg, 11 Nov 2011
Atari Greatest Hits

Atari fires greatest gaming hits onto Android

Atari has released its compendium of classic games on Android. Atari Greatest Hits is an emulator that's free to download, though the games themselves - some 100 of them - cost extra. Missile Command comes free. Some games come from Atari arcade machines, others from its VCS home videogame system. Atari Greatest Hits   Atari …
Hard Reg, 10 Nov 2011
Sony PS Vita handheld games console

Sony: Pssst! Want access to the PlayStation on Android SDK?

Sony is seeking US and UK "content developers" who'd like to code for its PlayStation Suite - the framework that allows Android-based devices to run PlayStation-branded games. Sony Computer Entertainment today said is open to applications from companies keen to participate in a closed beta test of the Suite, due to go live …
Hard Reg, 10 Nov 2011
Sony HMZ-T1 3D headset

TV makers ready to test 3D specs' compatibility

Some of the world's biggest telly makers are about to begin to certify pairs of active-shutter 3D glasses that will work with their TVs. Panasonic, Samsung and Sony launched the scheme, called the Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative, to encourage standardisation of 3D specs in August. Some 12 other firms, including Hitachi, …
Hard Reg, 09 Nov 2011
Nokia Lumia 800

No Sim-free Nokia Lumia 800s until 2012

Punters eagerly anticipating Nokia's new Lumia 800 Windows Phone 7.5 handset but hoping to nab a Sim-free unit are set to be disappointed. While the smartphone is expected to launch on 16 November, as promised, it will only be available on contract, it has been claimed. Anyone after a Lumia that isn't tied to a network will …
Hard Reg, 09 Nov 2011
Apple iPad 2

Only Samsung will challenge Apple's iPad in 2012

Apple's share of the tablet market may be heading downward, but it's still going to sell a shedload of fondleslabs next year. Most market watchers would express such a description of the table business if asked, but an analyst at Canaccord Genuity, an investment bank, has added some numbers to the picture. According to CG's …
Hard Reg, 08 Nov 2011
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

HTC to release first Ice Cream Sandwich updates 'early 2012'

HTC will be bringing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to four of its handsets early next year in what it described today as "the first wave of HTC phones that will receive upgrades". Up for ICS updates are the Sensation, the Sensation XL, the Sensation XE and the Evo 3D. Three other phones are getting Android 4.0 too - the …
Hard Reg, 07 Nov 2011
Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone

Samsung Galaxy Note and Nexus rooted

Samsung's 5.3in smartphone-cum-tablet, the Galaxy Note, has been rooted. So has its Android 4.0-based Galaxy Nexus handset. Of course, the Galaxy Nexus isn't out yet, but that hasn't stopped one enterprising early adopter with pre-release hardware from posting a utility, Superboot, that'll root the smartphone with "no need to …
Hard Reg, 04 Nov 2011
Dixons

Dixons knocks £200 off laptops before Xmas...

Dixons chains Currys and PC World will knock £200 off the price of a new notebook, provided you buy it this month. And when you hand over your cash, the two DSG brands will also give you a £50 voucher to spend on software and accessories, Dixons said today. You'll also get £15 toward apps sold through its KnowHow App Centre, the …
Hard Reg, 03 Nov 2011
ZTE MF10 3G dongle hotspot box

Three touts dongle-sharing DIY hotspot box

Yes, you can use your Android or iOS 5 smartphone as a hotspot, but that hasn't stopped Three buying in a stack of ZTE-made 3G dongle-sharing Wi-Fi boxes anyway. The MF10 supports up to five devices within 30m of it. ZTE MF10 3G dongle hotspot box Three said it'll support HSPA+ dongles capable of 21Mb/s download speeds, and …
Hard Reg, 02 Nov 2011
Logitech Mini Boombox

Logitech outs Bluetooth boombox

Here's Logitech's Mini Boombox, a Bluetooth-connected speaker and amp combo it wants you to be rocking out to when it goes on sale later this month. Logitech Mini Boombox It'll tune in to any gadget that streams songs using Bluetooth A2DP tech. Not intended merely for audio output, the MB also sports a mic and support for …
Hard Reg, 02 Nov 2011