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Microsoft blasts PC makers: It's YOUR fault Windows 8 crash landed

Microsoft blames PC makers for underwhelming Windows 8 sales over Christmas, The Register has learned. The software giant accused manufacturers of not building enough attractive Win 8-powered touchscreen tablets. But the computer makers are fighting back: they claimed that if they’d followed Microsoft’s hardware requirements and …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jan 2013

Standby consumes MORE POWER THAN CANADA: IEA

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is worried that the world's addiction to gadgets that sip electricity in standby mode use more power than is necessary or sensible, and wants manufacturers to try harder to cut power consumption. The agency says inefficient “network standby” modes are common: consumers think a device has …
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Apple regains top-three computer maker placing

Apple is once more among the top three personal computer makers in the US. Sales figures from market watcher IDC put the company's Q3 2010 share of the market at 10.6 per cent, up from the 8.9 per cent Apple took in the same period in 2009. Its share rose on a 24.1 per cent increase in unit shipments, from 1.61m to just under …
Tony Smith, 14 Oct 2010

Hybrid Windows laptop-slash-tablet fails to halt toilet-bound PC market

The PC market may be in decline, but demand for hybrid laptop-cum-tablets will nearly double this year and again next, market-watcher Gartner has forecast. Validation for Intel’s new approach to notebook computers then? Not quite. While Gartner reckons some 18,598,000 “ultramobile PCs” will have shipped during 2013, almost twice …
Tony Smith, 21 Oct 2013
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There she blows! Mid-October release date for Windows 8.1 sighted

Microsoft will unleash Windows 8.1 for world+dog to download in October, it's claimed, a year after it released the touchscreen-friendly, tile-tastic Windows 8. The software giant is preparing to release version 8.1 of its operating system to computer makers later this month, but it has been reported the public will get the …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Aug 2013
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Dot Hill in a dot hole: Disk array builder struggles to stem losses

Disk-array constructor Dot Hill's newly released financial figures for last year reveal a falling revenue trend and a struggle to reel in losses. Dot Hill quarterly revenues and profit/loss Dot Hill's quarterly revenues and losses (Click on chart for a larger version) The company, which has offices in Basingstoke, UK, …
Chris Mellor, 19 Mar 2013
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Supremes to rule on PC makers' patent spat

The US Supreme Court will review a patent dispute between LG Electronics and a group of Taiwanese computer makers over whether various degrees of separation can exhaust licensing terms. The case has potentially far-reaching implications to determine if a patent holder can demand royalties from companies involved in different …
Austin Modine, 26 Sep 2007
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Industry in 'denial' as demand for pricey PCs plunges

The question most taxing the minds behind the personal computer industry right now is how to persuade punters to spend their money not merely on new notebooks and desktops, but specifically on more powerful - and thus more expensive - machines. All the evidence suggests they are currently not doing so. More problematically, they …
Tony Smith, 13 Nov 2012
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Symantec CEO: I'll AXE up to 4 in 10 execs by July

Symantec's profits collapsed last quarter amid a company-wide restructure that will axe bosses and rejig routes to market. For the final three months of fiscal 2013, which ended 31 March, the company's earnings tumbled 66 per cent on the year before to $188m (£121m). Turnover climbed four per cent to $1.748bn (£1.13bn), the …
Paul Kunert, 08 May 2013
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World's first 5mm-thin gyrating models paraded on disk catwalk

Western Digital has launched the world's first single-platter 5mm-thick disk drives - including one with a cache of flash memory. It's also announced an enterprise-class 2.5in drive in a 3.5in frame so as to ease migration from 3.5in performance to the XE, a 2.5in form factor. The single-platter 5mm-thick UltraSlims are …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2013

Foot-long slab too big? Microsoft 'has a 7-incher' to stroke

Microsoft will put a smaller, 7-inch Windows 8-powered Surface laptop-cum-tablet into production this year, according to insiders. Shrinking the touchscreen slab wasn't part of Microsoft's strategy when the then-Windows chief Steven Sinofsky unveiled Redmond's own 12-inch Surfaces and similar-sized Windows 8 devices from PC …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Apr 2013
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PC market to spend ANOTHER year soaked in blood, warns IDC

The invasion of tablets, a lack of momentum for Windows 8 and tight household and business budgets will ensure the global PC market bleeds for another year. According to IDC estimates, as a result of falling demand, shipments into the technology distribution channel will decline in 2013 for the second consecutive year, falling 1 …
Paul Kunert, 06 Mar 2013
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Samsung gobbles flash upstart for starters ... Servers for main?

Memory and NAND foundry owner Samsung has bought a flash caching software startup called NVELO. The South Korean giant has gobbled up NVELO's technology, its products and its staff for an undisclosed amount and without revealing whether it is paying cash or using stock to do so. NVELO is privately owned and headquartered in …
Chris Mellor, 17 Dec 2012

Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected

With Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s mobile business for $7.1bn, the Redmond software giant has finally become a phone and device maker. The deal gives Microsoft Nokia’s global handset engineering, manufacturing, sales and distribution business; the family of Windows-Phone-powered Lumia smartphones; a war chest of 8,500 Lumia …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Sep 2013
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Leap Motion Controller: Hands up for PC air gestures. That's the spirit

Can such a small, silver and black gadget deliver all it promises? Talk to the device’s creator, Leap Motion, and it’s clear that plenty is indeed being pledged. The tiny box - at 79 x 30 x 10mm, it’s barely bigger than a disposable lighter - is called the Controller and it will help “break down the barriers between humans and …
Tony Smith, 23 Jul 2013
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Microsoft Surface: Join the Windows 8 teardown

PC makers’ slipups have forced Microsoft into designing its Surface tablet, but can a software company succeed where the HPs and Dells of the world have failed... can it become more like Apple? Sure, the computer makers have slipped up badly on tablets. They are also in the dock for cramming PCs with crapware and selling you the …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Jun 2012
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Sord drawn: The story of the M5 micro

It took Japanese micro maker Sord more than six months to launch its M5 home computer in the UK, but in April 1983, the company said the Z80A-based machine would finally go on sale during the following month - half a year after it was originally scheduled to arrive over here. It was a bold move. Even in November 1982, when the …
Tony Smith, 23 Apr 2013
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Netgear scores 802.11ac basestation first

Networking hardware maker Netgear will have its next-gen Wi-Fi machine, the R6300 router, out next month. Not only Netgear's first 802.11ac product - it's the first 802.11ac router there is, the company claimed. The so-called "Gigabit Wi-Fi" delivers speeds of up to 1.3Gbps, way faster than three-antenna 802.11n can manage, …
Tony Smith, 26 Apr 2012

New rule on blood-soaked metals in mobes is POINTLESS

There's been much trumpeting of new rules that require companies to 'fess up if they use minerals extracted from war-torn African nations. If this is news to you, try this handy guide El Reg made earlier. Having actually gone and read the directive [PDF], freshly issued by US watchdog SEC, I cannot see that it achieves anything …
Tim Worstall, 29 Aug 2012
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Microsoft, Intel reportedly partner to crush Apple

We don't need "industry sources" to tell us Intel and Microsoft are actively encouraging computer makers to offer Windows 8 tablets - or that there will be a host of these machines announced before the year is up. Intel, in particular, needs to promote its chippery, especially now that rival processor platform, ARM, owns almost …
Tony Smith, 18 Apr 2012
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Intel's Centrino notebook platform is 10 years old

Ten years ago, Intel decided notebook computers needed a boost. The technology wasn’t new, but while a fair few mobile workers had portable computers, and some even had modem cards or were using Bluetooth-connected phones to reach the internet, laptops weren’t seen as a truly mobile networkable device. And so the chip maker …
Tony Smith, 12 Mar 2013
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AMD readies answer to Intel's Ultrabook

How powerful is the Ultrabook brand? AMD is betting it is less important to punters - and laptop vendors - than price. The chip maker is to launch a platform for skinny machines in Q2. According to moles, AMD's "Ultrathin" platform will debut in June with a view to costing computer makers 10-20 per cent less than Intel's …
Tony Smith, 17 Jan 2012
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Samsung to offer Apple Dock style Start Button in Windows? Really?

We bring good news and bad news for Windows users. Microsoft's latest version of its operating system would have been its best yet - but it has one fatal flaw. The introduction of the Metro Notro widget layer is brutal, obtuse and plays havoc with your routine workflow. In Windows 8, the user is constantly thrown between two …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Aug 2012

You know who else hates Windows 8? Hackers

Microsoft's emphasis on the mobile nature of Windows 8 and its bold touch-friendly user interface may lead some to fear the software giant has taken its foot off the pedal in terms of security. However there are plenty of changes under the bonnet to merit an examination of the new operating system's defences. Judging by the buzz …
John Leyden, 03 Nov 2012

MSX: The Japanese are coming! The Japanese are coming!

MSX: three initials that struck fear into the heart of Britain’s nascent home computer industry. The Japanese were coming, and the UK’s technology pioneers were anxious about what that might mean. Far Eastern firms like Sony, JVC, Sanyo and Pioneer had put paid to Britain’s mass-market hi-fi makers, and others had killed the …
Tony Smith, 27 Jun 2013

The Metro experiment is dead: Time to unleash Windows Phone+

Is this the moment for Windows Phone 8, the overlooked diamond in the Redmond rough, to shine? Now that Microsoft bigwigs have realised that cramming their desktop operating system into a touchscreen tablet format was unwise, to put it generously, how about scaling up the smartphone cousin to capture the exploding mobe market …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 May 2013
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Half of Apple fanbois would bank with the iPad titan

One in 10 punters polled in the US and UK admitted they would bank with Apple if the iPad maker decided to move into the money sector. Among Apple product owners, 43 per cent of those quizzed would consider dumping their current banks for the iPhone biz. Two thirds of the 5,000 surveyed fanbois said they'd switch to a notional …
Anna Leach, 22 Mar 2012

Sinofsky OFFSKI: Is Windows 9 now codenamed 'Defenestrate'?

So Microsoft's Windows 8 chief Steve Sinofsky is offski. Was it corporate politics, modest Surface RT sales, or some hippie desire to find himself that made him quit? Whatever the reason, the news of his departure - just three weeks after Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 and said it was its most significant launch since Windows 95 …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Nov 2012
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Apple Flash buying clout will give it the ultrabook edge

Apple may well have the price advantage when so-called "ultrabooks" debut later this year. Intel announced the ultrabook notion - a very, very skinny laptop based on its chip tech - in June. Computer makers were quick to say they'll be delivering such machines later this year. They will arrive effectively a year after Apple …
Tony Smith, 27 Jul 2011

Can supermodel minx Heidi Klum SAVE Windows 8? NOT SO FAST

This year's MTV European Music Awards had everything: slinky supermodel presenter Heidi Klum, swathes of preposterous pop stars, and, er, an enormous Windows 8-powered video wall. Keen to suck up any excess stardust, Microsoft provided the screen to show what was happening backstage. The operating system’s appearance at the …
Steve Bell, 22 Nov 2012
Sony Vaio Duo 11

Review: Sony Vaio Duo 11 Ultrabook

The other day, a friend sent me a Picasa link to photos he'd taken at a recent vintage motorcycle show. It was a wide ranging display of classic engineering imagination put to work to power a rider on two wheels. Similarly, it’s those variations on a theme that Windows 8 has spurred among mainstream computer makers, as they all …
Bob Dormon, 26 Feb 2013

Rackspace: Why we're designing our own cloud servers

Any cloud computing provider that wants to operate at scale and compete against its peers is under pressure to build some kind of custom hardware. It may, in fact, be necessary to compete at all. That is what Rackspace, which is making the transition from website hosting to cloud systems, believes. And that's why the San Antonio …
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AMD pitches Athlon 64 at Media Center PC makers

AMD is trying persuade a number of PC makers, including HP and Gateway, to build its 64-bit processors into future Media Centre PCs instead of Intel's chips. It also wants the likes Atari and Ubisoft to create 64-bit versions of their games and bundle them on such systems. So said AMD Athlon 64 product manager John Crank in an …
Tony Smith, 28 May 2004
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Dell intros world's thinnest 15in laptop PC

Dell has taken the wraps of a 15in Sandy Bridge-based notebook that, it claims, is the "thinnest 15in PC on the planet". The metal-clad XPS 15z draws immediate parallels with Apple's aluminium-formed MacBook Pro. But by using "PC" rather than "notebook", Dell has tried to avoid the inevitable comparison. Dell XPS 15z It has …
Tony Smith, 24 May 2011
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Microsoft: Welcome back to PCs, ARM. Sorry about the 1990s

More than two decades after the alliance of Intel and Microsoft drove ARM from the battleground of personal computing, Microsoft is warmly embracing the low-power processor designer for Windows 8. ARM was squeezed out of the then emerging and subsequently dominant platform of the time, the desktop PC, as computer makers …
Bill Ray, 23 Oct 2012
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US census inflates latest employment numbers

The good news is that employment in the US is up. The bad news is that most of the rise is due to temporary government head-counters. Barack Obama doesn't have a lot to be thankful for since moving into the White House a year and a half ago, what with the economic meltdown, the mess of healthcare reform, and now the oil slick in …
The Register breaking news

China wants parental control of all PCs

The Chinese government is ordering all computer makers to include a version of parental control software with every machine sold within China. From 1 July all PC makers must either pre-load porn-restricting software onto machines or include a CD. The software goes by the slightly-pornographic name of "Green Dam-Youth Escort" …
John Oates, 08 Jun 2009
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Qualcomm gobbles Atheros, arms self for coming tablet wars

Wireless telecommunications chip giant Qualcomm is spending $3.1bn to buy partner Atheros Communications, betting big on the future of Wi-Fi wireless communications. Qualcomm is one of the darlings of the dot-com boom that kept right on booming as people all over the world cut their phone lines and moved to wireless phones. The …
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Japanese quake shakes semiconductor biz

Chip makers and the computer and electronic suppliers that depend on them are only now beginning to sort out the effect that the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan will have on their businesses. At the moment, the disaster has not caused huge supply problems for the makers of key processor, graphics card, and memory …
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Greenpeace labels Dell 'a bloody marketing machine'

Greenpeace has lambasted Dell's decision to "backtrack" on its commitments to remove hazardous chemicals from all of its products. The eco-hardliner pressure group protested outside Dell offices in Bangalore and Amsterdam yesterday, calling on the vendor to stop "backtracking" over its promises to remove polyvinyl chloride (PVC …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Mar 2010
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World PC sales jumped up in Q2

The world's personal computer makers experienced recession busting growth during Q2, with shipments up 20.7 per cent on the same period in 2009. So said market watcher Gartner this week when it revealed that computer shipments were up 16 per cent in the US and 21 per cent in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Worldwide, some 82 …
Tony Smith, 16 Jul 2010
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Android bites big chunk out of Apple iPad market share

The world's computer makers shipped 17.6m tablets during 2010, 9.7m of them in Q4 alone. It'll surprise no one that the full-year total was dominated by Apple, which shipped 14.8m iPads during the year - it was actually on sale for just nine months or so - or 84.1 per cent of the total, numbers from market watcher Strategy …
Tony Smith, 31 Jan 2011

Intel finds flaw in Sandy Bridge chipset

Chip giant Intel was ecstatic about the rollout of the Sandy Bridge Core family of chips for desktops and laptops and is prepping for single-socket servers and workstations next month based on the Xeon variants of these chips. But the discovery of a bug in the Intel 6 Cougar Point chipset announced this morning just threw a …
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Self-erasing flash drives destroy court evidence

The inner workings of solid state storage devices are so fundamentally different from traditional hard drives that forensic investigators can no longer rely on current preservation techniques when admitting evidence stored on them in court cases, Australian scientists said in a research paper. Data stored on Flash drives is …
Dan Goodin, 01 Mar 2011
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US Intel case delayed again

The Intel AMD antitrust case has been delayed and now won't be heard until 2010. The case is being heard in the District Court in Delaware and will now start in February 2010 rather than April 2009. The original case was brought in 2005 and accused Intel of offering discounts to computer makers who pledged not to use AMD chips …
John Oates, 06 Jun 2008
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EC asks: Been leant on by Microsoft?

The European Commission is asking computer makers what communication they have had with Microsoft over its ongoing browser bundling case. A questionnaire sent out asks OEMs whether Microsoft asked them to make certain statements about the case or about its proposed settlement - giving people a choice of browsers. The "ballot …
John Oates, 09 Jun 2009
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Samsung Series 470 250GB 2.5in SSD

Reg Hardware first reviewed a Samsung SSD - the South Korean giant's first, and a device aimed at computer makers rather than upgrade-hungry punters - way back in March 2009. Rather keen we were on it too. But that was two years ago - how has Samsung managed to improve matters in the meantime? Samsung Series 470 Samsung's …
Shaun Dormon, 24 Jun 2011

FTC whacks Intel with anticompetition complaint

The US Federal Trade Commission ruined Intel's Christmas by hitting the firm with wide ranging charges of anticompetitive business practices. The Feds also charge that Intel rigged its compilers to put AMD at a disadvantage and that it is trying to smother its rivals in the graphics chip business. Intel has rejected the charges …
Joe Fay, 16 Dec 2009
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Sainsbury's and HP buddy up on recycling jamboree

HP and supermarket giant Sainsbury’s are asking Londoners to recycle IT kit they no longer use. Both firms want people to bring neglected desktops, laptops, fax machines, scanners and printers to Sainsbury’s Nine Elms store in Vauxhall, London this Saturday (6 September) between 11am and 4pm for recycling purposes. HP said it …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Sep 2008
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Asus and co. co-opt Nvidia's Ion for mini-PCs

Yesterday, Asus was "considering" Nvidia's Ion platfom. Today, it has product to show. So have rather a lot of its rival Small, Cheap Computer makers. All of them are demo'ing Ion driven kit at Computex. Acer's Revo desktop is already launched, but alongside it we will now see similar machines from ASRock, ECS, MSI, Pegatron and …
Tony Smith, 02 Jun 2009