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LG 55LM960V Cinema 3D LED Smart TV

LG adds Dixons' Knowhow to net-connectable tellies

We're not sure it's a reason to buy an LG smart TV specifically, but if you're eyeing up such a set, the addition of Dixons' Knowhow Movies video-on-demand service to said tellies may sweeten the deal. Dixons' answer to Netflix, Lovefilm, Blinkbox, Acetrax et al offers the customary "extensive library" of new - ie. DVD-release …
Hard Reg, 16 Aug 2012
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung lengthens Note phone-cum-tablet to 10 inches

Samsung's pumped up Galaxy Note phone will be inflated to full tablet size this month as the Galaxy Note 10.1. As the numeral suggests, this is a 10.1in device - the resolution is 1280 x 800 - and it comes running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a 1.4GHz quad-core CPU. Storage: 16-64GB plus Micro SD. Samsung Galaxy Note 10. …
Hard Reg, 06 Aug 2012
Smarter Memory

Watch Smarter: video guide to... optical disc drives

Smarter Storage Over the years, the capacity of optical drives has steadily increased, with new formats offering cost-effective storage to suit archiving needs, as well as the demands of high-resolution movie playback. If you fancy upgrading your PC from CD to DVD or DVD to Blu-ray or perhaps prefer an external option it’s probably cheaper than …
Hard Reg, 25 Jul 2012
WD TV Live video streamer set-top box

WD game-centric set-top spied on web

It's getting harder to call Western Digital a hard drive company. One of its next offerings, for instance, is a new WD TV set-top box, the Play. Spotted in US Federal Communications Commission emissions testing reports, the TV-connected gadget appears to take the basic WD TV media playback functionality and add casual on-telly …
Hard Reg, 19 Jul 2012
Star Trek Pizza Cutter

Star Trek app warps into TiVo space

Star Trek buffs who still haven't bought all the DVDs, HD DVDs and Blu-rays will be able to enjoy the original series on telly, courtesy of Virgin Media's CBS Action channel, which is not only showing the series again but has a tie-in app for Virgin's TiVo box. Star Trek TiVo app On show is the digitally remastered version …
Hard Reg, 27 Jun 2012
Dell XPS 15

Dell extends XPS laptop line

Dell has extended is XPS line of laptops, with 14in and 15in models joining the 13in Ultrabook it launched earlier this year. The bigger of the new machines can't claim the right to attach Intel's skinny laptop trademark to their names, but the XPS 14 does. Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook XPS 14 Ultrabook It comes with a choice of …
Hard Reg, 27 Jun 2012
Samsung Galaxy S III damaged

Samsung to probe Galaxy S III blaze claim

Samsung has confirmed it will investigate claims that its Galaxy S III Android smartphone may be susceptible to overheating, causing damage to the case and the devices within. The Korean giant said it was alerted to the potential problem by online reports and pictures of a heat-damaged S III. It is attempting to get hold of …
Hard Reg, 21 Jun 2012
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Carphone Warehouse fires starting gun for Acer Olympics tablet

It's all a bit Alan Partridge, but Acer has an Olympic-themed tablet out, and Carphone Warehouse has the sales gig. Acer Iconia A510 Olympics The £349 Iconia Tab A510 runs Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich on a 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 chip. The UI is rendered on a 10.1in, 1280 x 800 touchscreen. There's 32GB of Flash storage on …
Hard Reg, 19 Jun 2012
Huawei E5331 MiFi

Three releases 'value' MiFi modem

Three has priced up - and released - its "value" portable modem-cum-wireless-router. The Huawei E5331 will cost you £50 if you want it PAYG mobile broadband, though that includes 1GB of data. You can get the MiFi for £30 if you're willing to cough up £16 a month, a deal that grants you 5GB of data each month. Huawei E5331 …
Hard Reg, 01 Jun 2012
Volvo V40 pedestrian airbag

Volvo claims V40 is first car with an airbag for pedestrians

Volvo has devised an automobile airbag for pedestrians. The car company is building the new tech into its V40. Sensors detect the impact, and a control unit works out whether the signals they're sending indicate that the car has collided with a person. Volvo V40 pedestrian airbag If it thinks that's the case, it deploys the …
Hard Reg, 23 May 2012
Mobile Broadband - T-Mobile

T-Mobile punters can now buy Orange broadband

Everything Everywhere is offering T-Mobile customers Orange home broadband for the same price as its ruddy-hued subscribers pay for it. Prices start at £5, but punters will have to pay a £13.50 line rental fee on top of that. And how fast will it be? Good question - even Orange doesn't appear to know the answer. Orange's FAQ …
Hard Reg, 09 May 2012
Samsung Series 5 550P

Samsung outs Ivy Bridge notebooks

Two new 15.6in laptops are inbound from Samsung, each bearing an unannounced Intel Ivy Bridge processor, a third-gen Core i7 quad-core to be (a little) more precise. Samsung Series 5 550P Both members of the Series 5 550P family will also arrive with 8GB of memory, DVD-RW drives and 300Mbps (2x2) 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11n Wi- …
Hard Reg, 09 May 2012
Megan Fox for Sharper Image

Megan Fox fingers fondleslab in sexy store promo

Sharper Image, the US gadget shop – a sort of Maplins but with a more regular bathing schedule – is promoting its wares with pictures of curvy starlet Megan Fox in her pants. Noted fondleslab fan Fox can be seen after a hard day's acting, relaxing in her boudoir, trousers off, preparing to tuck herself in for the night. Un- …
Hard Reg, 04 May 2012
TVonics DTR-HD500

TVonics, RNIB launch speech-synthesising DVR

Set-top box maker TVonics has equipped its 500GB DTR-HD500 Freeview HD recorder with text-to-speech tech, the better to help blind and partially sighted folk enjoy what's been on the box. Created in co-operation with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), the DVR reads out the Freeview electronic programme guide …
Hard Reg, 03 May 2012
Samsung Series 7 Chronos 17 laptop

Samsung unwraps 17in Ivy Bridge beast

Apple may be considering an end to the production of 17in desktop-replacement laptops, but Samsung isn't. It just announced the 17.3in Series 7 Chronos 17. Samsung Series 7 Chronos 17 laptop Specs include a third-generation 'Ivy Bridge' quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, the 2.3GHz i7-3615QM, to be precise; 8GB of 1600MHz …
Hard Reg, 01 May 2012
Taxan Meopad Aqua

Taxan touts tablet for bathing beauties

Thanks to Japan's Kaga Hightech Co., better known for its Taxan brand, we can now enjoy our tablets in the bath. Step forward the Méopad Aqua, a 7in, 1-024 x 600 fondleslab with all the usual accoutrements and an unusual one: it's waterproof. Taxan Meopad Aqua It's ready, then, for use in the kitchen, the company claimed, or …
Hard Reg, 23 Apr 2012
The Register breaking news

Gemini outs trio of budget Android 4 tablets

Gemini Devices has brought its cheap Android 4 JoyTab tablets to Blighty. There are three fondleslabs in the set: 7in, 8in and 10in models, with resolutions of 480 x 800, 600 x 800 and 768 x 1024. They all use ARM Cortex A8-class processors, the 7in and 10in running at 1GHz, the eight-incher at 1.2GHz. Gemini Joytan 8in and …
Hard Reg, 19 Apr 2012

Punters want BBC iPlayer in TVs, not 3D

Brits want catch-up services from their tellies, not 3D, a survey carried out by Freeview has found. The digital TV brand asked 2000 punters to rank the telly technology they most want to see in their sets. Top of the list, appealing to 62 per cent of respondents: catch-up services like BBC iPlayer and 4oD. Compare that to 3D …
Hard Reg, 19 Apr 2012
Freeview HD TVs

10x power boost for Freeview as London analogue signal cut

London's analogue TV signal was silenced at midnight yesterday, paving the way for 4G mobile data networks in the nation's capital. The analogue signal was transmitted from the Crystal Palace station now owned by Arqiva, which runs the UK's terrestrial broadcasting system after a previous government flogged it off. Crystal …
Hard Reg, 18 Apr 2012
Sony Reader Store

Sony: UK ebook shop open for business

Sony UK has rolled out an e-book shop it hopes will tempt buyers away from Amazon and Apple's iTunes, the company said today. The Reader Store UK - to give it its official moniker - offers the usual array books and bookshop features, plus a couple of daily papers: the Mail and the Guardian. Sony Reader Store It's already …
Hard Reg, 16 Apr 2012
Kobo WiFi ebook reader

Asda knocks out Kobo e-reader for £49

Asda has knocked the basic Kobo e-reader to just under 50 quid. Usually £67, it's now £49, though you can add £2.95 to that if you want it delivered, more if you want it delivered quickly. Kobo WiFi ebook reader Or you can pick it up from your local Asda supermarket. The Walmart-owned chain didn't say how many of the low- …
Hard Reg, 05 Apr 2012
The Register breaking news

Tesco's Blinkbox gets Disney films

Tesco's Blinkbox movies-on-demand service has signed Disney. It will offer the Mickey Mouse company's films for rent or purchase. The deal covers old Disney movies but will also bring new releases to Blinkbox on the day they're released on physical media. Disney's roster of content includes Pixar movies and Dreamworks films as …
Hard Reg, 05 Apr 2012
Panasonic

Panasonic talks up TV for the blind

Panasonic has announced that its 2012 Viera TVs will speak out to blind and optically challenged folk and tell them what the sets are showing. The Japanese giant claimed it is the first telly maker to do so. The system is a take on the audio navigation feature seen on a number of DVD and Blu-ray releases, which hides away the …
Hard Reg, 27 Mar 2012
Harry Potter

Harry Potter e-books go on sale

Fans of JK Rowling's student sorcerer will be pleased to know the Pottermore Shop - the only place to buy Harry Potter e-books and audio books - is now open for business. It may be behind times in terms of e-commerce - the last book was published nearly five years ago - but Rowling's seven novels have finally made it into the …
Hard Reg, 27 Mar 2012
Apple iPad 3 aka new iPad

Half of iPad 3s sold will sport 4G, says bank

Brits may have no need for the new iPad's 4G connectivity, but Americans are going to lap up the LTE-enabled tablet, UBS has forecast. That, the bank believes, will result in heightened demand for the 4G iPad 3 to the extent that it will account for almost half of the iPad 3s sold by Apple. The ratio of Wi-Fi only to Wi-Fi + 3G …
Hard Reg, 23 Mar 2012