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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 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 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 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
Logitech Touch Mouse M600

Logitech rolls out touch-sensitive mouse

Logitech will next week release its answer to Apple's Magic Mouse: an input doohickey with a touch-sensitive skin. Logitech Touch Mouse M600 The Touch Mouse M600 uses said surface to read taps, swipes and scroll gestures. The M600 is wireless - it uses Logitech's proprietary 2.4GHz tech - and optical. Logitech Touch Mouse …
Hard Reg, 08 Feb 2012

O2 quietly cans gratis Cloud Wi-Fi connectivity

O2 has quietly dropped The Cloud from the list of Wi-Fi hotspot aggregators it grants its mobile customers free access to. Until the start of the month, O2 customers could access the internet through The Cloud's many WLANs. Now, however, only BT Openzone and O2's own O2 WiFi hotspots are included for free. Punters tell us that …
Hard Reg, 07 Feb 2012

Raspberry Pi ship date slips

Raspberry Pi won't make it into buyers' hands before 20 February and perhaps not until the end of the month, the organisation behind the $25 microcomputer has admitted. The compact yet fully laden motherboard went into mass production early in January. The hope was the gadget would be available to buyers by now. Alas not. …
Hard Reg, 07 Feb 2012
Motorola Xoom

Motorola: refurb tablets shipped with former owners' data intact

Motorola Mobility has admitted that some refurbished Xoom tablets were sent out to their new owners with previous users' data still present in the gadgets' memory banks. The company, which is waiting for a thumbs-up from the Feds before it can be swallowed by Google, offered its profuse apologies for the snafu. Some 6200 …
Hard Reg, 06 Feb 2012
Hauppauge MyTV 2GO mobile TV tuner

TV tuner maker intros mobile Freeview pick-up

TV tuner maker Hauppauge has introduced a mobile gadget that streams Freeview content to you phone, tablet or computer over its own wireless network. The MyTV 2GO makes Freeview digital TV shows appear on a free app that's available for iDevices, Macs and Windows PCs. Hauppauge MyTV 2GO mobile TV tuner The gadget has its own …
Hard Reg, 03 Feb 2012
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Fujitsu out bog standard 7in tab for big biz

Fujitsu has outed a non-descript 7in Android tablet that it'll be pitching at big business when the gadget goes on sale later this month. Fujitsu Stylistic M350/CA2 Android 7in tablet The 1970s disco-sounding Stylistic boasts a 1024 x 600 display and 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi. Fujitsu didn't say much else - anything, in point of …
Hard Reg, 03 Feb 2012
T-Mobile Vairy Touch II

Apple ousts LG from world phone biz top three

Market watcher IDC has weighed in on the 'who sells how many mobile phones' debate with its own figures. It has followed the consensus that Apple is now the world's third biggest phone maker. Not 'smartphone maker' but 'phone maker'. It's worth stressing the difference because both Nokia and Samsung, the two companies placed …
Hard Reg, 02 Feb 2012
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

Court defies Apple demand to ban Samsung tablet

The Munich Regional Court has chucked out an Apple request to impose a ban on the sale of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1N tablet and on the South Korean giant's Galaxy Nexus smartphone. The court decided that the Apple-owned patent on which the Mac maker had pegged its allegation that the Samsung kit infringes its intellectual …
Hard Reg, 01 Feb 2012
Pound Sterling

Dim-but-rich buyers targeted with million pound laptop

Can this be the world's most expensive laptop? PreisCompany's pricey laptop on Amazon Certainly anyone mad enough to cough up almost £1m for this Samsung Series 7 notebook will only get themselves a machine with a standard spec: 2.2GHz Core i7 CPU, 8GB of memory, 15.6in screen, AMD Radeon HD graphics and all the other stuff …
Hard Reg, 31 Jan 2012
Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone 7.5 Mango handset

Dutch retailer spills Nokia 910 beans

Confirmation - perhaps - for Russian mobile phone blogger Eldar Murtazin: a Dutch phone retailer has also claimed the Nokia Lumia 910 will sport a 12Mp camera and will sport a 4.3in, 480 x 800 display. The 910 - believed to be Lumia 800 follow-on that Europe will get in place of the 900, the LTE handset Nokia will ship in the …
Hard Reg, 30 Jan 2012

Ex-staffer: Apple assigns new workers to made up projects

Get a job at Apple and there's a very good chance the company won't tell you what product or project you're working on, says author Adam Lashinksy. According to one ex-employee, Apple may even make up products in order to test your loyalty. In Lashinksy's new book, Inside Apple - described by Apple fansite TUAW as "a quick, easy …
Hard Reg, 30 Jan 2012

Microsoft builds Kinect into Asus laptops

Microsoft and Asus have built a laptop with Kinect motion-sensing technology on board. Two prototype machines were recently seen, but not used, by The Daily, the website says. The two notebook PCs feature extra, Kinect-oriented distance sensors built into their screen bezels alongside their regular webcams. Microsoft is keen to …
Hard Reg, 30 Jan 2012
Samsung 46in transparent LCD screen

Samsung eyes enormofridges for see-through screens

Samsung's 46in see-through LCD screen will go into production this month, paving the way for the transparent tech's appearance in ordinary folks' living rooms. Initially aimed at specialist applications - Samsung is thinking of shops, museums, railway stations, airports and such - it'll be a while before the Samsung see-through …
Hard Reg, 27 Jan 2012
Mayara Rodrigues Nokia winner

Nokia exec praises Brazilian...

Nokia has shipped 1.5bn Series 40 handsets, the milestone unit being snatched up by a Brazilian lass, 21-year-old Mayara Rodrigues. The Finnish phone giant has been selling S40 phones since 1999, when it rolled out the Nokia 7110, the first mobile with a WAP browser - remember that? Nokia Asha 303 Nokia's latest S40: Asha …
Hard Reg, 25 Jan 2012
Channel Five

Watchdog bites Nokia over Lumia 800 TV 'flash ads'

UK communications regulator Ofcom has slapped the wrists of Nokia and Channel 5 for failing to make it sufficiently clear to viewers that the TV company had taken the Finnish phone giant's sponsorship Euro, part of Nokia's Lumia 800 Windows Phone handset promo programme. Nokia paid Channel 5 an undisclosed sum to sponsor the …
Hard Reg, 24 Jan 2012
Reg Hardware IPTV Week

IPTV Week: Complete Coverage

IPTV Week IPTV Week logo IPTV - television channels delivered over the internet rather than the airwaves - is in its infancy in the UK. Amazon's Lovefilm has been streaming to the web and to gadgets from games consoles to tablets to TVs for some time, and now it's up against some stiff competition: from the US, Netflix is now up and …
Hard Reg, 23 Jan 2012
Motorola Xoom

Dixons cuts Ice Cream Sarnie ready Xoom to £225

Cut-price 32GB Android tablet, anyone? Dixons is now pricing the 32GB Motorola Xoom at £249 - if you can find one. And, according to readers, keying in the discount code 'Tablet 10' at the checkout will get you ten per cent off the sale price, taking the tablet down to £225. Motorola Xoom at Dixons The catch: word is getting …
Hard Reg, 23 Jan 2012
The Register breaking news

Boffins cook up transparent solar car roof

Like the idea of a car that has the all-round clear viewing of a convertible but doesn't let the rain in? Philips and chemicals giant BASF are working on the basis for just such a notion, using OLED technology. The two companies have created an OLED roof panel that's transparent when turned off. Turn it on and the panel …
Hard Reg, 20 Jan 2012

LG, Lovefilm sign smart TV pact

LG is to add Lovefilm to its smart TVs, the telly maker and Amazon-owned video streaming firm said today. LG's sets have so far provided access to Acetrax, a Lovefilm rival without the latter's DVD rental option. Lovefilm, meanwhile, is keen to get its service onto as many IPTV-capable platforms as possible, not merely to help …
Hard Reg, 19 Jan 2012
Samsung Galaxy S II

Fresh Apple lawsuits target 15 Samsung gadgets

Apple is having another go at Samsung, telling a German court that it thinks ten of the South Korean giant's phones ape its established design language. It's going after five Samsung tablets too, in a separate action. The iPhone maker wants the Dusseldorf Regional Court to ban the allegedly offending gadgets from sale, …
Hard Reg, 17 Jan 2012
Sony MicroVault Mach USB 3.0 Flash drive

Sony goes SuperSpeed with MicroVault Mach

Sony has upgraded its MicroVault line of USB Flash drives to USB 3.0. The aluminium-cased MicroVault Mach family runs from 8GB to 64GB, and Sony promised read speeds of up to 120MBps on all the drives by the 8GB model, which runs to 60MBps. Sony MicroVault Mach USB 3.0 Flash drive Write speeds on the faster drives reach …
Hard Reg, 17 Jan 2012
iPad 2

Apple iPad 3 to sport LTE '4G'

Apple's upcoming iPad 3 will incorporate LTE connectivity, it has been claimed. If correct - and since it comes from news agency Bloomberg, quite possibly through a managed leak; common with large, influential US news outlets - it will mark a big step up in the tablet's ability to access data services on the move. Bloomberg's …
Hard Reg, 16 Jan 2012
Sony Vaio Hybrid Concept

Sony shows slider tablet

CES 2012 CES 2012 Week Sony showed off its take on the Asus Eee Pad Slider: a 10in tablet that incorporates a slide-out Qwerty keyboard. Sony Vaio Hybrid Concept Source: Sony Dubbed the Vaio Hybrid Concept, the tablet's branding - it's part of Sony's laptop and all-in-one desktop family - hints that the machine, should it ever be …
Hard Reg, 13 Jan 2012

Samsung loads Netflix onto smart TVs

CES 2012 CES 2012 Week Samsung has added Netflix to its SmartTV connected telly UI. From today, a Netflix icon will appear in the SmartTV UI's Recommended section. To accompany the addition, Samsung has also updated its connected TV firmware from version 001018 to 001021, but this may not happen before your see the Netflix icon and …
Hard Reg, 12 Jan 2012
LG Cinema 3D 1mm bezel TV

LG: 1mm bezel on your telly, anyone?

CES 2012 CES 2012 Week LG's highlight at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which kicks off in Las Vegas this week: an HD TV with a bezel that's just 1mm thick. The set is part of LG's Cinema 3D line of smart TVs - in this case, it's one of the company's active 3D tellies. LG Cinema 3D 1mm bezel TV LG has used that to …
Hard Reg, 09 Jan 2012