Articles about Apple

US Supreme Court slashes Samsung's patent payout to Apple

Samsung has claimed a Supreme Court victory that will see its $400m patent damages bill to Apple significantly reduced. The highest court in America ruled that the damages were incorrectly calculated and ordered the District Court to take another look at the case to calculate a smaller bill for the Korean electronics giant. …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Dec 2016
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Apple Watch sales go over a cliff: Down 2.8 meellion per quarter in a year

Apple's Watch range sold 1.1m units in 2016's third quarter, a stunning 2.9m fewer than the same quarter in 2015. The dip means Apple's share of the wearables market dipped from 17.5 per cent to 4.9 per cent in a year, representing -71 per cent growth according to abacus-twirler IDC's new Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Dec 2016
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Apple again late to another market others pioneered. Or is it?

Apple's long-rumoured interest in autonomous vehicles appears to be real. The company seems to have written to United States' National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to comment on its Federal Automated Vehicles Policy. A widely-circulated letter signed by “Apple's director of product integrity Steve Kenner”, …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Dec 2016

Why your gigabit broadband lags like hell – blame Intel's chipset

Intel's Puma 6 chipset, used in gigabit broadband modems around the world, suffers from latency jitter so bad it ruins online gaming and other real-time connections. The semiconductor giant is preparing a firmware update to correct spikes of lag and bouts of packet loss that repeatedly flare up in home internet hubs in America …
Chris Williams, 03 Dec 2016
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Apple blames air for iPhone 6S's narcolepsy

Apple says a defect caused during manufacturing is to blame for some iPhones randomly shutting themselves down. The Cupertino giant said in a support article that some iPhone 6S handsets have batteries that degrade much faster than expected and tend to shut themselves off when the batt is at 30 per cent charge. "We found that …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Dec 2016
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LeEco Le Pro 3: Low-cost, high-spec Droid takes on the big boys with a big fat batt

Review In October, the Chinese firm LeEco announced bold plans to storm the American market with a range of consumer electronic devices, ranging from smartphones to a futuristic electric car. The firm's CEO Jia Yueting has since said he's scaling back his plans as a little too ambitious, but some LeEco products are available online …
Iain Thomson, 02 Dec 2016

Hackers waste Xbox One, PS4, MacBook, Pixel, with USB zapper

VIDS Hackers are destroying everything from the latest gaming systems, phones, and even cars with a dangerous circuit-frying USB device that could put critical systems at risk. The -220V USBKill device developed last year and since refined is an inconspicious USB stick that can ruin devices in seconds by delivering continous power …
Darren Pauli, 02 Dec 2016
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American supremacy, space, liability, funding, openness – AI gurus lay it all out to US senators

Analysis At a US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing this week chaired by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), artificial intelligence experts were grilled on how to keep the US ahead of its competitors. AI is advancing at an increasing pace. Although research began in the 1940s, recent advances in computational power …
Katyanna Quach, 01 Dec 2016

Wearable eats wearable: Fitbit 'to buy Pebble' with a steal of a deal

Crowdfunding hero and smart bling pioneer Pebble is about to be acquired by Fitbit. The Information was first with the story, and subsequent reports suggest the price is modest: around $35 to $40m. The company launched its first smartwatch under the Pebble name on Kickstarter in 2012 after Vancouver engineering student Eric …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Dec 2016
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Samsung share plummets – but it’s not because of the Burning Note

Samsung's phone sales have fallen 10 per cent in the last year, but the Note isn't to blame. The analysis comes from market researcher CCS Insight, which says the Korean giant is in decline because it is withdrawing from low-margin volume segments. Last week Gartner identified a 14.2 per cent fall in share, rather than …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Dec 2016

Speaking in Tech: The limitations of Android's crypto

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week our Podcast Idols Peter Smallbone and Melissa Gurney join Greg and Ed to talk Black Friday, auto shopping, Android encryption and the big AWS show. The details… (0:00) Peter and Melissa assimilate into the podcast (1:35) Raving and Black Friday (8:58) Car …
Team Register, 30 Nov 2016

UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

Among the many unpleasant things in the Investigatory Powers Act that was officially signed into law this week, one that has not gained as much attention is the apparent ability for the UK government to undermine encryption and demand surveillance backdoors. As the bill was passing through Parliament, several organizations …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Nov 2016

Banks' bid to board iPhones' NFC chips rebuffed

The four Australian banks attempting to use iPhones' near-field communications chips for their own payment services, and not Apple Pay, have all-but failed. Australia's Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank and Westpac together control about 70 per cent of the nation's credit card market. Together with minnow The Bendigo …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2016
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Need to tailor Swift for servers? Software upstart claims to have 'perfect' assistant

Deploying server-side Swift applications isn't necessarily as fast as the programming language's name suggests. To hasten the process, Toronto-based PerfectlySoft has released a beta of Perfect Assistant, which isn't as perfect as its name suggests but nonetheless can make life a bit easier for those writing Swift code. " …
Thomas Claburn, 30 Nov 2016

Ommm... devs, align your Chakra, whispers Microsoft, you don't need Google's V8...

Microsoft has released an early version of Node-ChakraCore for macOS, following a similar release for Linux at Node Summit in July. Why is this important? Well, Node-ChakraCore is Microsoft's open-source glue that plugs Node.js into ChakraCore, the MIT-licensed JavaScript engine within its Edge web browser. It's all part of …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Nov 2016

Huawei Mate 9: The Note you've been waiting for?

Hands On Can you believe Huawei’s luck? Imagine discovering a new planet, populated entirely by Irish people, which has a dozen orbiting satellite moons all harvesting shamrocks, all the year round. That lucky. Through extraordinary timing, the Chinese giant finds itself with the big screen phone category to itself, thanks to its new …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Nov 2016

Inside Android's source code... // TODO – Finish file encryption later

Looking at the storage encryption Google has implemented in Android Nougat (7.0) through the metaphor of the glass that's either half full or half empty, cryptography expert Matthew Green sees Google's glass as all but drained. In a blog post last week, Green, assistant professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins University …
Thomas Claburn, 29 Nov 2016

How-to terror manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

WH Smith was quick to remove DIY terror manuals from the digital shelves of its online stores after El Reg highlighted their sale but other retailers have demonstrated less of a knee-jerk reaction. A fortnight ago the Brit book and stationary outlet shuttered its website for emergency maintenance to remove books including the …
Paul Kunert, 28 Nov 2016

Blu Vivo 6: Top value trendsetter marred by Chino-English mangle

Review Does anyone buy phones purely on specs? If so, this one might interest you. If software updates, support, and overall fit and finish can be ignored, then perhaps Blu, a Miami-based phone brand might make you pay attention. That’s because Blu enters the UK market with a £229 5.5-inch model, which on the surface looks an …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Nov 2016
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Small ISPs 'probably' won't receive data retention order following IP Bill

The government “probably won’t” force internet service providers with no history of working with the intelligence services into retaining internet records following wide-ranging new powers passed in the Investigatory Powers Bill, the Home Office has said. Last week the Investigatory Powers Bill - dubbed the Snoopers Charter - …
Kat Hall, 25 Nov 2016
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Dell plotting something touchy-feely on 'Canvas'

Dell's applied for the US trademarks “Canvas” and “Dell Canvas”, both covering “Interactive touch screen computer interfaces”. So what's it up to? The Register reckons the most obvious candidate is something to do with its Surface Hub competitor, the model C7017T 70-inch Interactive Conference Room Monitor, as that's the most …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Nov 2016
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Hey techbros, make an airplane mode but for driving for your apps – US traffic watchdog

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed voluntary guidelines [PDF] designed to reduce driver distraction by mobile devices in vehicles. According to the NHTSA, about 10 per cent of the 35,092 traffic fatalities in 2015 – 3,477 people – involved one or more distracted drivers. This represents an 8.8 …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Nov 2016

Sorry, iPhone fans – only Fandroids get Barclays' tap-to-withdraw

Barclays is trialling smartphone cash withdrawals. The UK's first contactless mobile cash service will allow the bank's customers to withdraw up to £100 in-branch, with just a tap of their Android smartphone or contactless debit card. The technology offers an alternative to traditional cash withdrawals from specially outfitted …
John Leyden, 23 Nov 2016
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Speaking in Tech: 'You idiot - you could've done that in 3 clicks'

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week Greg and Ed are joined by Podcast Idol loser Josh Atwell as they dive into VMware’s new podcast, social hour in the Valley, Slack, Life Lock and the fallout from the US Presidential election for the tech industry. The Details… (0:00) Podcast Idol loser, Josh …
Team Register, 23 Nov 2016

HTC and OnePlus spruce up flagships for Santa's sack

Phone makers used to "refresh" their annual flagships by flinging out one in a new colour. But in today's hyper-competitive market, where flagships are forgotten almost as soon as they appear, apparently that isn't enough. HTC and OnePlus have each given their ranges mid-year revamps with new specs, cases, and fancy new names. …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Nov 2016
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Happy days for second-hand smartphone sales

Falling sales, burning batteries – but not everything associated with smartphones is bad The market for used phones is exploding by comparison, according to analyst IDC. IDC predicts that sales of used smartphones will hit 222.6 million units by 2020, a compound annual growth of 22.3 per cent. The used-phone market will be …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Nov 2016
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Apple unplugs its home LAN biz, allegedly

Apple has pencilled in the end-of-life date for its 17-year-old AirPort product line. The news comes courtesy of Bloomberg, which probably got it right even if it does describe routers as "access points that connect laptops, iPhones and other devices to the web without a cable." The report notes that wireless networking isn't …

Google declares victory for its Wifi router before it's even shipped

Google hasn't yet released its Wi-Fi mesh router, but the company is already claiming to have bested the competition. Google paid testing services company Allion USA to evaluate how its forthcoming "Wifi" compares to mesh routers from Eero and Luma. Eero and Luma have both received significant venture funding this year, based …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Nov 2016
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Apple offers drained iPhone 6s users... a free battery

Apple is offering iPhone 6s customers free replacement batteries after it emerged phones had been mysteriously shutting down. The fruity firm said the fault had affected smartphones sold between September and October 2015 within a “limited serial number range”. “This is not a safety issue,” Apple said in a statement. Number- …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Nov 2016
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Kids' Hour of Code turns into a giant corporate infomercial for kids

A leading education advisor to government ministers in the UK has criticised the aggressive proliferation of software in schools as a "gimmick", and called for ministers to "drain the swamp". British schoolchildren will play Minecraft for an hour as Microsoft's contribution to the global "Hour of Code", a stunt intended to …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Nov 2016
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US telecoms industry weighs up the Trump effect

Comment As in every sector of US life, the telecoms industry is trying to work out what the shock election of maverick candidate Donald Trump to the presidency will mean for its operators and suppliers. There are few clues, of course – telecoms, even broadband, were not major campaign issues; Trump obviously has no track record of …
Wireless Watch, 21 Nov 2016

Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

Analysis For the past few weeks, this tech reporter has been tussling with a complex issue: which new laptop to buy. Just a month ago, this seemed like an exciting proposition: not only was Apple going to update its MacBook Pro line (at last), but Microsoft had gone all Apple on us and come out with some genuinely innovative products. …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Nov 2016
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Samsung flames out as Chinese march on

Samsung is paying the price for the Galaxy Note 7 disaster. The South Korean giant recorded its largest ever fall in global smartphone market share in Q3, Gartner reckons. “Samsung’s smartphone sales in the third quarter of 2016 as a whole declined 14.2 per cent year over year — their worst performance ever. Samsung’s previous …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Nov 2016
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Apple admits the iPhone 6 Plus has 'Touch Disease'

Apple has admitted that the iPhone 6 has “Touch Disease”, a glitch that leaves the handset's touch screen inoperable. The problem surfaced in August when repair site iFixit diagnosed a problem with controller chips that lost electrical contact with the phablet's motherboard. Apple, as is its wont, remained silent … until …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Nov 2016

The encryption conundrum: Should tech compromise or double down?

Versus16 Silicon Valley should work with the US government in Washington to arrive at a solution that gives law enforcement access to encrypted comms, but that respects individual privacy. That's according to former White House counterterrorism and cybersecurity official Daniel Rosenthal, who was debating where the issue of encryption …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Nov 2016
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FYI Apple fans – iCloud slurps your call histories

Apple's effort to avoid becoming an on-demand data dispensary for authorities faces unlikely saboteurs: The company's commitment to convenience and its customers' preference for the same. Russian digital forensics company Elcomsoft on Thursday published a blog post claiming that Apple's iCloud Drive service stores phone call …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Nov 2016
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VMware joins Brexploitation gang, double digit price hike in the offing

VMware will become the latest American software company to bump up UK prices for customers by double digit percentage points from the start of next year, not that Virtzilla wanted to be drawn on the plans. Instead, Softcat - a reseller dripping in VMware sales silverware - confirmed that from 1 January next year the cost of …
Paul Kunert, 17 Nov 2016

Nokia's great lost smartwatch? #SavedYouALandfill

Footage has emerged of Nokia's never-released smartwatch – suggesting Microsoft was wise to kill the project when it acquired the Finns' mobile division. The Nokia watch prototype in the video dates to the zenith of the smartwatch hype in 2014. Nokia showed the device in private at that year's Mobile World Congress, and it was …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Nov 2016

Fujitsu: Rumours of our PC demise have been greatly exaggerated

Japanese tech godzilla Fujitsu has insisted it is not exiting the PC market despite being in talks with Chinese rival Lenovo to offload its devices unit. Speaking at the Fujitsu Forum trade fair event in Munich, head honcho for Fujitsu in Europe, Middle East and India Duncan Tait said: "We are very clearly in the PC business" …
Kat Hall, 16 Nov 2016
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HP Ink shrinks workstations to puckish form factor

HP Ink has decided that workstations need to follow the business PC trend of shrinking into form factors resembling the Apple Mini or even the Apple TV. The new HP Z2 G3 Mini Workstation therefore packs fifth-generation Xeons, aka Skylake, into a box just 21.6cm c 21.6cm by 5.9cm (8.5 x 8.5 x 2.28 inches). Cunning Reg readers …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2016
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Nostradamus, what do you see in 2017?

Facebook and Apple will start buying sports and movie rights. The internet startup bubble will burst. And lots of people will buy a Nokia phone. What do you reckon? Yes, it’s that time of the year when CCS Insight goes all Nostradamus on us, picking key technology and telecomms trends for the year (and years) ahead. As ever, …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Nov 2016

Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Apple has unveiled its latest method for separating fanbois from their hard-earned money. The Cupertino creator of Sherlock has released a hardcover printed book called Designed By Apple in California that showcases Apple hardware designs. Sir Jony Ive says the book is aimed not …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Nov 2016
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Verizon pours cash into city Wi-Fi with LQD buy

US telecom giant Verizon says it will buy the Big Apple startup LQD WiFi with the goal of improving network access in crowded cities. Set up by ex-Microsoftie Randy Ramusack, LQD specializes in developing public "hub" kiosks that combine Wi-Fi base stations with charging stations and digital signage screens. The LQD "Palo" …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Nov 2016
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Low-end notebook, rocking horse shit or hen's teeth

A low-end notebook drought is likely coming to a town near you, multiple analysts and tech distributors have told The Reg. NAND flash is one component that has been in short supply in recent months, and glass panel manufacturers are shifting priority to higher margin areas including TVs, sources told us. Tim Coulling, senior …
Paul Kunert, 15 Nov 2016

DirecTV Now to give Apple TV free for those who take 3-month deal

We made it very clear in our October 20 review of DirecTV Now that no set top was going to be commissioned for the service and yet it would deliver to any TV, because it would use a digital media adapter such as Apple TV. So it wasn’t the biggest surprise we have come across when 3 weeks later another story ran, suggesting the …
Faultline, 15 Nov 2016
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China gets mad at Donald Trump, threatens to ruin Apple

China says the rhetoric of US President-elect Donald Trump could lead it to block the sale of products by Apple and other US tech companies. An editorial from the state-run Global Times news outlet suggests that, should Trump make good on his campaign promise to declare China a currency manipulator and raise tariffs on …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Nov 2016
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Microsoft leaks Visual Studio for Mac, then scrubs the news

Microsoft Visual Studio, or something like it, will soon be available for macOS, a shift that reflects the company's effort to be more open toward non-Windows technology. Microsoft published the announcement prematurely and then withdrew it. The news, captured by archive.org, is scheduled to coincide with Microsoft Connect …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Nov 2016
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Fear of Staxit: What next for ASF's Cassandra as biggest donor cuts back

I've been a user of Cassandra for quite a number of years. I've suggested fixes for Apache Cassandra and – I believe – was the first to build a small cluster on Raspberry Pi computers. This year I was lucky enough to be voted an Apache Cassandra MVP. It's for these reasons that I've been saddened by this year's falling out …
Andrew Cobley, 14 Nov 2016
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Portable drive, 5TB capacity. Hmm, there's something fishy here

Sitting in my desk drawer is a 500GB Hitachi Life Studio Mobile. External drive, pathetic capacity. Seagate has a 5TB Backup Plus Portable external drive in the same physical size, with ten times as much storage space. The Backup Plus is 20mm thick and comes in 4TB or 5TB configurations having, we understand, a 15mm thick …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2016

WileyFox Swift 2: A new champ of the 'for around £150' market

Review British startup WileyFox has made the best "for around £150"* phone since the first Moto G shook up the market for low-cost smartphones back in 2013. There are two models, the Swift 2 at £159 (list) and dual SIM Swift 2+ at £189 (list), both the same size. I tested the "Plus size" here. Both variants have a fingerprint sensor …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Nov 2016