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Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

MEGA PATENT DUMP! Ericsson, Smartflash blitz Apple: iPhone, iPad menaced by sales block

Linkfest Emboldened by its $533m patent-infringement win against Apple just a few days ago, Smartflash is suing the iPhone maker AGAIN – and Ericsson is joining the fray. Ericsson v Apple The Swedish telecoms giant has filed two complaints to the US International Trade Commission (ITC) – one accusing Apple handhelds of ripping off …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Feb 2015

Google pulls out of gaping Blogger smut black hole

Google has backed down on its frigid threat to tug filthy porno pics and raunchy grumble vids off Blogger. The ad giant on Thursday said it will continue to allow randy netizens to post amateur smut, reversing an earlier decision forbidding X-rated blog posts unless they were deemed arty and acceptable to Mountain View's censors …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Feb 2015
Aereo antenna array

Scavengers pick bones of collapsed telly-spaff upstart Aereo

Erstwhile TV streamer Aereo has held the auction to sell off its remaining assets to help cover its debts. The results: not so good. The company was able to get just US$1.54m for the sale of its trademarks, patents, domains and customer lists. A trio of companies, including DVR-maker TiVo bought the assets. According to a …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Feb 2015
Samsung Smart TV

EPIC asks FTC to stick a probe up Samsung over 'snooping' smart TVs

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has lobbied the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate Samsung's collection of user information in its Smart PCs. The group filed a formal complaint with the FTC alleging that Samsung is misleading its customers and running afoul of the US Electronic Communications …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Feb 2015

Reddit showers gold on drugs, hippies and Tor-rorists

4chan-for-beginners website Reddit has announced the winners of its charity give-away. The site said that it would donate 10 per cent of its ad revenues from the last year - US$827,659.49 - to 10 charities selected by its user base. Each charity will receive a check for $82,765.95 from Reddit. True to form, Redditors settled on …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Feb 2015
Samsung UHD SmartTV

MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

Samsung smart TVs have been turned into dumb goggle boxes for the past two days – after the devices have been unable use the internet. Coincidently, Sony smart TVs are also having troubles using the web. A Samsung spokesperson told The Register it is investigating reports that some of its web-connected tellies and Blu-Ray …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Feb 2015
Pictured: a total spaz who can't stop hitting himself

Trolls prevail because good men do nothing: boffins

A recent study into online bullying has found that nine out of 10 internet users won't do a thing to stop it. Researchers from Ohio State University found that when confronted with examples of bullying, many users shy away from direct confrontation. The study pitted 221 student volunteers in a simulated support chat environment …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Feb 2015
LIZARD WEARING A TOP HAT SITS ON A BRANCH.  Brett Weinstein pic - ALTERED BY JUDE KARABUS - licensed under  CC 3.0

Oh No, Lenovo! Lizard Squad on the attack, flashes swiped emails

Updated Lenovo's domain name lenovo.com appears to have fallen victim to cyber-mischief-makers Lizard Squad. In the past few minutes, the computer giant's website has been updated to display a slideshow of webcam photos of a bored-looking youth instead of its normal wares. There's some God awful slushy pop music playing in the …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Feb 2015

Amazon tries to patent 3D printers on trucks

Amazon has filed for a patent on a service that would see the company offer 3D-printed stuff on demand. The US Patent Filing [PDF] describes a service where customers can order items to be remotely fabricated and shipped by Amazon – or, in some cases, 3D printed by a mobile unit that delivers the items directly to them. The …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Feb 2015

Live a day in the life of Jennifer Lawrence: Tell Reddit to delete your stolen nude selfies

Reddit says it will crack down on the unauthorized posting of people's private nude photos. The 4chan-with-down-votes website tucked the revelation into a larger blog post about administrative changes. Under the new policy, Reddit will scrub itself clean of a racy and compromising sexy pic if someone in the snap complains the …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Feb 2015
Pebble Time

STOP! Pebble Time: New color watch clocks up $5m on Kickstarter

Pics Pebble today put its first color-screen smartwatch on sale on Kickstarter – and raised $5.4m from 26,000 backers in just a few hours. The startup's Pebble Time quickly blew through its rather modest fundraising goal of $500,000. The biz sold out of $159-priced watches, although you can still order one for $179, two for $338, …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Feb 2015
Snake oil salesman

US trade bods: No, your iPhone can't detect CANCER

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled an investigation into a pair companies that claimed to have created mobile apps that could detect skin cancer. The commission found that the MelApp and Mole Detective apps had illegally advertised the ability to analyze an image of a mole and then calculate the probability that …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Feb 2015
Google Chrome warning

Google looks to scrape away scumware, as only it can

Google is looking to cut down on the risk of attacks from web pages serving up unwanted downloads. The company said on Monday that it will add security protections into Chrome, Ads and Google Search in an effort to keep users away from sites believed to be installing adware, browser toolbars and other nuisance programs. For …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Feb 2015

German music moguls slammed for 'wurst ever DMCA takedown spam'

A German record label's bungling anti-piracy software flooded Google with demands to remove search results – just because the links included the word "download" in their URLs. Total Wipes Music Group says it never meant to falsely accuse sites – including TorrentFreak.com, MacUpdate.com and Opera.com – of hosting illegal …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Feb 2015
Crop of doctor with pen and clipboard

Ready to fill out your US taxes? Cool. Got ObamaCare? Not so fast

Staff behind the US government's HealthCare.gov say Americans may have received bungled tax forms from the portal – and should hold off filing them. The health insurance broker on Friday confirmed that it would have to send out new 1095-A claim forms after approximately 800,000 people received incorrectly calculated forms based …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Feb 2015
Apple 15in MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple: Fine, we admit it – MacBook Pros suffer wonky GPU crapness

Faced with a class-action lawsuit, Apple has agreed to fix MacBook Pros with knackered graphics electronics free of charge. The iPhone giant said its expensive notebooks must be repaired to address faulty video hardware that causes frequent restarts, distorted graphics and blank screens. The crappy models are the 15in and 17in …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Feb 2015

Ads! People! love! ads! in! their! apps! Please! use! ours! cries! Yahoo!

Yahoo! has released a set of tools allowing smartphone apps to use the web giant's Bing-powered search engine and serve up ads. The Purple Palace said its Mobile Developer Suite can be used to display Yahoo!'s Gemini marketplace and BrightRoll video ads (no, me neither). The suite bundles the Yahoo! App Publishing and App …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Feb 2015
Apple Watch

How many Watches will Apple flog? 20, er, 18.5, no, five, wait, 50 million!

With the Apple Watch allegedly just weeks away from going on sale, industry pundits are weighing in on their predictions for the Cupertino wearable. And boy, do those estimates differ, with wide ranges of price tags and sales figures. According to analysts, the Apple watch will be a hit, unless it's not, and its cost will range …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Feb 2015
management regulation1

Revenge porn kingpin Hunter Moore pleads guilty to basically being a total cyber-scumbag

Internet coward Hunter Moore, who uploaded women's stolen nude snaps to his "revenge porn" website, has admitted charges of unauthorized access to a computer and identity theft. The 28-year-old, of Woodland, California, US, faces up to seven years in prison and a $500,000 penalty as a result. He is expected to be sentenced in …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Feb 2015

Rap for fap stack in hack trap flap: This XXX site caught an STI (Script Transmitted Infection)

Blue movie website RedTube was stiffed over the weekend by a hacker who gave the site a rather nasty infection. The porno purveyor inadvertently spread the seed of malware after a hacker compromised its servers and tweaked its homepage – exposing visitors to malicious code that attempted to exploit a security vulnerability in …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Feb 2015
Qualcomm

Qualcomm bungs ARM's beefy 64-bit A72s into new mobe brains

Qualcomm today unveiled four additions to its family of Snapdragon system-on-chips – revealing the specs of some smartphones and tablets that'll appear later this year. Indeed, the California-based chip designer said its new Snapdragon 620, 618, 425 and 415 packages will turn up in gear shipping in the second half of 2015. Here …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Feb 2015
Google Talk shutdown notice

Google Talk is dead, long live, er, Google Talk: Chat will survive app zap, flaps G+ chap

As Google prepares to kill off its Windows Google Talk client, it was feared the web giant will soon drop Google Talk support completely – in hope of forcing everyone over to Hangouts. The death of the official desktop app was seen was a signal that Google will, in the near future, axe its XMPP-based GTalk. It had earlier warned …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Feb 2015

Snapchat wants $19 BEEELLION for your selfies

Photo-sharing service Snapchat is reportedly seeking funding that would value the company at US$19bn. A report from Bloomberg cites sources familiar in claiming that the disappearing pic specialist wants to raise $500m in funding based on the hefty $19bn valuation. That round of funding would, to say the least, represent a …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Feb 2015
Sony SmartEyeGlass

Sony's super-frumpy SmartEyeglass goggles are $840 Google Glasses

Pics Do you like Google Glass, but wish the $1,500 headset was more cumbersome, less discreet, and a little easier on the wallet? Well, Sony has just the thing for you (and perhaps only you). The Japanese electronics giant has announced an augmented reality headset that will ship in March. Dubbed SmartEyeglass, the nerdy-looking …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Feb 2015

'Come on, everyone – block US govt staff ogling web smut at work'

A US congressman wants to take hard action against government staff viewing grumble flicks at work. House Rep Mark Meadows (R-NC) said that his proposed Eliminating Pornography for Agencies Act would task the White House's Office of Management and Budget to "issue guidelines that prohibit the access of a pornographic or other …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Feb 2015

Apple 'hires' the 'A-Team' from car titans, they DO SAY: Let's modify the 'van'!

Apple has apparently shanghaied experts from the automotive industry for a super-secret project or two that no one really knows anything about. CEO Tim Cook and bling-master Sir Jony Ive have been meeting – and trying to hire – eggheads at Mercedes-Benz and other manufacturers to help develop an Apple "automotive product," it's …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Feb 2015
eDP 1.4a

FOCUS! 7680 x 4320 notebook and fondleslab screens are coming

An update to the DisplayPort standard is promising to bring about a new line of 8k screens for notebooks, tablets and all-in-ones. The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has published a new standard for embedded display hardware. The eDP 1.4a update will support connections of 8.1Gbps per-channel and allow for …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Feb 2015
Google Stink-o-tron

STINKY nerds: Sick of horrifying chums with your terrible BO? Nosey Google wants to help

Pic Google has been granted a patent on a device to detect when a person stinks – to help them evade others to avoid embarrassment. We would like to say that this is a loose interpretation of a more complicated patent, but that really is all there is to it: the web ad giant wants to tell when you flat out reek and how you can dodge …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Feb 2015

Reg hacks (and rest of 'Frisco) in LinkedIn measles contagion scare

LinkedIn has been linked to a measles scare in the San Francisco Bay Area. An employee of the network-for-suits has come down with the (preventable) disease, and could have exposed thousands riding on the city's subway system. Officials at the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) service have confirmed that a passenger riding the …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Feb 2015
Mobile phone stolen by pickpocket

Now not even muggers want your iPhone

Bigwigs in London, New York City and San Francisco are well happy with the remote-triggered kill switches added to smartphones. And the three-city Save our Smartphones (SOS) coalition says mobe thefts are on the decrease. We're told: In San Francisco, overall smartphone thefts have dropped 27 per cent, and iPhone crime is down …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Feb 2015
LG G Smartwatch running Android Wear

Got an Android Wear gizmo? Yeah, you and '719,999 other people'

Last year, makers of Android Wear devices shipped just 720,000 units, according to analyst house Canalys. The firm's researchers have gazed into their crystal balls, and reckon Google's operating system was able to capture only a small share of the 4.6 million wearable bands and smartwatches shipped last year, presumably …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Feb 2015

IBM says dating apps can give you a nasty infection DOWN THERE!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner – and, purely coincidentally, IBM is warning techies about the risks of dating apps and websites. Big Blue has published a report outlining the potential security risks associated with users running sex scheduling software on their smartphones and tablets. Big Blue says it studied 41 …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Feb 2015
Google Talk shutdown notice

Still using the Google Talk app? You've got ONE WEEK to move on

Google is warning holdout users of its standalone Windows GTalk application that they have one week left before the service will be shut down permanently. Users have, over the past few days, been receiving direct alerts from the Chocolate Factory that 16 February will mark the end of service for an application the company has …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2015
Jeb's emails

Jeb Bush, the man who may lead the US in 2016, dumps Floridians' private data on the web

Former Florida governor, and likely US presidential candidate, Jeb Bush is taking heat after he published online a massive dump of email correspondence – which included highly personal records detailing the affairs of his constituents. JebEmails.com was set up by Team Bush to provide "transparency" into his eight-year stint at …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Feb 2015

California mulls law to protect your e-privates from warrant-free cops

California is considering a new law that would make police searches of electronic devices such as phones and laptops subject to the same controls as filing cabinets, drawers and other physical objects. State Senator Mark Leno of San Francisco has put forward a bill that would require the authorities to obtain a search warrant …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Feb 2015
Bitcoin bloodbath

Bitcoin trade biz MyCoin goes dark, investors fear $387 MEEELLION lost

Investors fear they may be $387m (£254m) in the red after a Hong Kong Bitcoin biz fell silent. The investment and trading website MyCoin reportedly closed its Kowloon offices a few weeks ago, and the company has not yet responded to inquiries from The Reg and other publications. According to the South China Morning Post, MyCoin …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Feb 2015
management regulation1

Symantec to cough up $17m after bloody dust-up with patent troll

Symantec must pay out $17m after losing a patent infringement battle to IP-hoarding house Intellectual Ventures. A jury in Delaware found in favor of Intellectual Ventures on two of three infringement claims, awarding the biz $8m in damages for one claim and $9m for the other. Symantec was found to have infringed on two patents …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Feb 2015
RadioShack

RadioShack lists 1,800 stores facing the axe across America

Bankrupt headphones and USB memory stick chain RadioShack has posted the complete list of 1,784 shops it hopes to close across America. The gadget flogger said these stores [PDF] are potentially set for closure. The threatened shops include high-profile spots in Market Street in San Francisco, New York City's Flatiron district, …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Feb 2015
Obama selfie

THANKS OBAMA! Prez predicted iPhone mania back in 2007

Future president Barack Obama was one of the first non-Apple staff to see the iPhone, according to a new political memoir, and predicted it would be a huge smash. According to a new book from former Obama staffer David Axelrod, then-Senator Obama met with the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and got a special preview of the phone at …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Feb 2015
Panic button

Uber hits PANIC BUTTON after India threatens to BAN dial-a-car firm

Dial-a-car outfit Uber is addressing safety complaints in India by giving users a "panic button" to call police, amid reports suggesting the service may soon be banned in the state of Maharashtra, where Uber operates in the cities of Mumbai and Pune. The company said in a blog post that it will offer users the option to contact …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Feb 2015
Tesla's Elon Musk

Who's the auto tycoon that makes Apple employees swoon? It's ... MUSK!

Auto firm Tesla has taken advantage of Apple's new-found policy on poaching by hiring away staffers from the consumer electronics giant. According to a report from Bloomberg, the battery-powered automaker has hired away some 150 employees from the house that Steve Jobs built – more than any other single company – ranging from …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Feb 2015
Ceres

NASA: Check out this TWIRLY SPACE DWARF – and NEVER moan about our budget

NASA has released a series of pictures showing a high-res twirly view of the dwarf planet Ceres, jewel of the asteroid belt. The US space agency's Dawn spacecraft recently flew in to grab a closer look at the dwarf planet, flying within 90,000 miles of its surface to snap the photos NASA later released as a GIF. Dwarf Planet …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Feb 2015
Photo of Jonathan Ive

You gotta keep a smart watch on the Swiss, Apple: Enter SWATCH

Swiss watchmaker Swatch simply isn't going to roll over and give up in the face of Apple's upstart wrist-puter challenger. Biel-based Swatch is apparently working on a new smartwatch that will talk to Microsoft Windows computers and Google Android. In an an interview with Bloomberg, CEO Nick Hayek said his company will build an …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Feb 2015

Still using Adobe Flash? Oh well, get updating: 15 hijack flaws patched

People still using Adobe Flash should update the plugin after the Photoshop giant patched 15 remote-code execution holes in its screen-door software. If hackers aren't already exploiting all these holes in the wild, they soon will be. The remote-code exec bugs allow miscreants to hijack vulnerable Windows, OS X and Linux …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Feb 2015

Zoinks! Is that Mystery Machine Apple's SELF-DRIVING FAMILY WAGON? You decide

A dark blue van rented by Apple has been fitted with cameras and is roaming the streets of northern California. According to CBS SF Bay Area, the Cupertino goliath is behind a mystery vehicle spotted in the city of Concord, east of San Francisco. The Dodge minivan, which Department of Motor Vehicles documents show is leased to …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Feb 2015
Silhouette of spy discerning password from code uses a command on graphic user interface

US anti-backdoor bill: If at first you're shot down in flames – try, try again

Lawmakers in the US are making an effort to revive legislation that would ban government agencies from demanding backdoor access to hardware, websites and software. Under the proposed Secure Data Act, developers cannot be forced to insert security holes into devices and code. The FBI, for one, would like to use such flaws to …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Feb 2015
3D graphics

Valve set for OpenGL BIG REVEAL at upcoming conference

Games giant Valve says it will release details about a promised successor to the OpenGL graphics API at a conference in San Francisco next month. The company has scheduled a session for March 5 at the Games Developer Conference where it will talk about the new release of the graphics API in a presentation called glNext: The …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Feb 2015
Bill Gates Reddit video

Reddit: Don't worry, we didn't tell that foreign government about your /r/brony addiction

4chan-with-karma-points Reddit has published its first dossier on government demands for users' private records – and the stupidly popular messageboard says it handed over the goods 32 times last year. According to the website's transparency report for 2014, world governments asked for Redditors' details just 55 times, peanuts …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jan 2015
Nokia Lumia 930

Mobile broadband giants blow $45bn on Uncle Sam's finest air

Cell networks in the US have spent $44.9bn buying the rights to use a chunk of the American government's airwaves for wireless broadband networks. The FCC has just finished auctioning off the frequencies in its latest Advanced Wireless Services sale, dubbed AWS-3. It had hoped to bank just $10bn from the selloff to help line the …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jan 2015
Comcast bill for Asshole Brown

How's this for customer service: Comcast calls bloke an A**HOLE – and even puts it in print

A Washington woman in the US has revealed how Comcast made her husband the butt of a joke – by changing his name to "Asshole" on their account. Journalist Christopher Elliott reports that Lisa Brown contacted him after a Comcast employee changed her hubby Ricardo's name on their records to "Asshole Brown" – as is clear in the …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jan 2015