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Brute Force

Brute force box lets researchers, Cops, pop iDevice locks

Apple fans have more reason to update to iOS 8.2 with the discovery of a device used in the computer repair industry that automates password exploitation. The IP-Box tool exploits CVE-2014-4451 to conduct unlimited password guesses against iOS devices on 8.1 and below for iPhones and iPads. A barrage of PINs are entered by …
Darren Pauli, 16 Mar 2015
Fujitsu loop heat pipe

Fujitsu SPARCs up liquid cooling for smartphones

One of the tricks Fujitsu uses to increase density in its M10 family of SPARC servers is liquid cooling. The company's Liquid Loop Cooling offers a closed system to pump coolant around a motherboard, the better to draw away heat. Fujitsu thinks Liquid Loop Cooling is very cunning but acknowledges that its use of pumps to move …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Mar 2015
Blackberry Secutablet

Blackberry touts UNCERTIFIED 'secure' slab in hunt for public sector biz

CeBIT 2015 Blackberry unveiled what it claimed was a "high-security tablet" in Hannover on Saturday – even though the device awaits approval from Germany's infosec agency. The vendor showed off its latest product – dubbed SecuTABLET, which is based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 – at the annual CeBIT trade show. Blackberry said in a …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Mar 2015
Lexus NX300h hybrid SUV

We're not sure what it is, but we like it: Lexus NX300h hybrid SUV

Vulture at the Wheel Oh, for the days when it was obvious what category a car sat in. You see, I don’t rightly know which pigeonhole to try to shove the latest Lexus NX300h into. The closest thing in spirit is probably Nissan’s Juke, another style wagon that is part SUV, part four door coupé. Lexus NX300h hybrid SUV The Lexus NX300h – looks like a …
Alun Taylor, 15 Mar 2015
Torn down MacBook Pro

Want that awesome new Apple TrackPad? Don't get a MacBook Pro

The trackpad in the new version of Apple's MacBook Pro may not be the new-fangled technological marvel that CEO Tim Cook said it would be, say analysts. The teardown specialists at iFixIt say that according to their initial examination, the trackpad featured in the new MacBook Pro is an array of magnets and strain gauges, which …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Mar 2015
BlackBerry and Android, together at last

Droidberry dangles: Why the BlackBerry-Samsung alliance is big potatoes

Analysis There’s something about BlackBerry that even its biggest fans can forget. BlackBerry has never been a phone company – it has always been a network company. For over thirty years, BlackBerry has done clever things to and with networks. It brought efficient data management, security and intelligence to mobile packet networks – …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Mar 2015
Toshiba_AL13SX_detail

One's speedy, one's a fat boy: WD and Toshiba spin out new HDDs

Toshiba has introduced a 12Gbit/s SAS disk interface AL13 series disk drive, doubling its interface bandwidth compared to previous models, while WD has launched a power-sipping high-capacity drive. Toshiba’s 2.5-inch, 15,000 rpm AL13SX capacities go from 300GB, through 450GB to 600GB. Obviously it's smaller and uses less power …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2015
Declining graph

IDC downgrades sales outlook for PCs AND tablets

Box-counter IDC has predicted further falls in PC sales and a slowdown in tablet sales growth. The firm says 308.1 million PCs made it out of the factory in 2014, but that just 293.1 million will do so in 2015. By 2019, it predicts that figure will fall to 291.4 million. The only PC product category IDC thinks will grow is …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2015
iOS 8

Want to check out iOS 8.3? Apple just might let you (but make a backup)

Just days after releasing iOS 8.2 to the masses, Apple is allowing some users to check out the early builds of iOS 8.3. The Cupertino idiot-tax operation has begun a limited public beta rollout for iOS 8.3 beta 3. Availability appears to be happening in phases, as some users report being able to access the beta and others ( …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Mar 2015
Bloodbath!

Pathetic PC sales just cost us a BILLION dollars, cries Intel

Intel has lowered its revenue forecast for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015 by nearly a billion dollars, citing a weaker than expected PC market. While previously the chipmaker had said it expected to bring in $13.7bn (£9.21bn) during Q1, plus or minus $500m, on Thursday it revised that estimate to $12.8bn (£8.6bn), plus or …
Neil McAllister, 12 Mar 2015
USB bomb

Forget viruses: Evil USB drive 'fries laptops with a power surge'

Security experts have been warning for years about the dangers of USB sticks as a conduit for malware, but a Russian researcher has bragged about coming up with a more direct method for borking a computer – with old-fashioned electricity. The idea is cunningly simple but fiendish, and reminds us of the Etherkiller: the …
Iain Thomson, 12 Mar 2015
InteraXon's Muse: brain sensing headband

You kip kit: The Internet of Stuff innovation snooze-a-thon

Wearable Tech Show 2015 When it comes to fitness, wearable tech has found a natural home but it’s not all about tracking your steps, calorie intake and heart rate. A wander round the Wearable Tech Show in London this week could easily convince you of precisely the opposite. A growing range of gadgets is literally getting into bed with the fitness …
Bob Dormon, 12 Mar 2015

BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

The BBC is to dish out tiny primitive computers to all 11-year-olds in the UK this autumn. Under its "Make it Digital" campaign, designed to get kids into writing software and getting hands on with electronics, the broadcaster will hand out one million of the "Micro Bit" gadgets. The name is a homage to the BBC Micro computer …
Kat Hall, 12 Mar 2015
Neo Geo MVS arcade console

25 years of SNK's Neo Geo video gaming platform

Antique Code Show 1990s console gamers were curiously obsessed with the notion of game conversions being “arcade perfect”. Of course, such hopes were invariably dashed on the hard rocks of reality – hardly surprising when arcade hardware tended to have far superior specs to home machines. Neo Geo MVS arcade machine Neo Geo MVS 4 in 1 arcade …
Giles Hill, 12 Mar 2015
InfinityAR modified Lumus DK-32

Augmented reality: Who needs immersive worlds when you've got it all?

Wearable Tech Show 2015 While Google Glass and the odd knock-offs on the Oculus Rift VR concept was being mused upon at the Wearable Tech Show in 2014, at this year’s event in London this week, the headgear had a lot more to offer. Although the only mention of Google Glass you’d hear was its absence and its impact on the public’s sensitivity to privacy …
Bob Dormon, 12 Mar 2015

$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

Comment What's the point of Apple's $17,000 Christometer then? Apart from, you know, vulgar money? There's been a certain amount of quiet coughing and choking among the fanbois over the new Apple Watch Edition's Christometer's tag of $17,000 at the top end. That's a whole heap of Benjamins for a wrist computer, most especially as the …
Tim Worstall, 12 Mar 2015
Hello Barbie

Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

Privacy activists are urging Mattel to axe its Hello Barbie doll, which sends recordings of children's voices across the internet for voice-recognition analysis. The improbably proportioned doll is fitted with a small embedded computer, a microphone, a speaker and a Wi-Fi interface. When the toy's belt buckle is pressed, Barbie …
Iain Thomson, 12 Mar 2015
Chromebook Pixel 2015

Google gives spit n' polish to world's most expensive Chromebook

Google has released a new version of the Chromebook Pixel, its upmarket Chrome OS web terminal, cutting the price of the device in the process. The revamped high-end Chromebook is the first product to be showcased in the Mountain View Chocolate Factory's new online store, billed as "the new home for the latest products made with …
Neil McAllister, 11 Mar 2015
Osteoid cast modified to become the Intel Smart Splint

Fashioning the future: Intel works up a sweat and gets butterflies

Wearable Tech Show 2015 At the Wearable Tech Show in London this week, it was hard to miss Intel’s stand and the sight of champion Brit long-distance runner Jo Pavey sweating it out on a treadmill. It wasn’t entirely obvious what she was showing off, as she ran on and on and on. Champion runner Jo Pavey demos the SMS Audio Biosport Champion runner Jo …
Bob Dormon, 11 Mar 2015
GreenPeak senior lifestyle app

Consumers beware! Ofcom's seen a scary new mobe nasty: APPS

Telecoms industry regulator Ofcom has just noticed that there are things called “apps” and has decided that people might like to know about them. “Apps are becoming an increasingly important way to communicate and access the internet through our phones, tablets and TVs”, explains the “Using apps safely and securely on your …
Simon Rockman, 11 Mar 2015

Speaking in Tech: A Kardashian wearing the Apple Watch? Now that's success

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we dig into the Apple Watch (what's the point, and is it any better than the Pebble), the untimely and rather bizarre death of GigaOm, and Microsoft killing backup software. This week’s special guest is Marc …
Team Register, 11 Mar 2015
Fake Apple Watch

Can't pay $349 for an Apple Watch? Get a Chinese knockoff for less than $50

China's legendary counterfeit craftsmen have been quick on the draw and are selling rip-off Apple Watch lookalikes for a fraction of the price, even though Cook & Co haven't shipped any devices as yet. "These guys are specialists," Laurent Le Pen, founder of Shenzhen smartwatch maker Omate, told CNN. "The speed at which they can …
Iain Thomson, 10 Mar 2015
gold ingot usb hub

A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

Comment Steve Jobs would confide that LSD was a formative influence on his life, one that distinguished him from his less-adventurous peers in the tech industry. Jobs is gone, but I wonder if someone left some Pounds Shillings and Pence lying around the Cupertino campus? You may not have noticed, but the world's richest company* …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Mar 2015
Android 5.0 "Lollipop"

Tastier Lollipops for chosen few as Google releases Android 5.1

Android 5.1 is upon us! Google has announced the updated operating system's release in the usual bloggy way. There's not an awful lot to get excited about in this release, which adds multiple SIM support, high-definition voice and less-labyrinthine menus for accessing functions like connecting to WiFi networks. The headline …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2015
Salesforce's Analytics Cloud on Apple Watch

Salesforce straps sales analytics to Apple Watch

Never one to miss out on a bandwagon, Salesforce is trying to point out that the Apple Watch is not just a fanboi fashion accessory but is also a cloud-powered analytics and deal-closing wristputer for the modern entrepreneur. The cloudy CRM concern has let it be known that it will soon emit “Salesforce for Apple Watch, designed …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2015
Apple TV HBO

Apple Watch: Wait a minute! This puny wrist-puter costs 17 GRAND?!

Apple boss Tim Cook appeared at an art center in San Francisco on Monday to confirm when the much-hyped and super-expensive Apple Watch will go on sale. In short, you can order one from April 10, and it'll hit store shelves on April 24. Cook also revealed other bits and pieces, such as a new slim MacBook going on sale soon. As …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Mar 2015

Apple Watch: HOT WRIST ACTION plus slim $1299 MacBooks - and HBO TV

Hype-gasm It's time for Apple to show off its hardware: the Apple Watch, a shiny and expensive accessory for a shiny and expensive accessory (the iPhone) – plus a new Intel Core M thin MacBook for $1,299, and a HBO Now tie-up with Apple TV. CEO Tim Cook is leading a presentation on the device in San Francisco today. You can watch live …
MIPS Creator CI20 development board

Chewier than a slice of Pi: MIPS Creator CI20 development board

Review Time was when chip-makers’ processor evaluation boards were well beyond the reach of ordinary mortals. That didn't matter, of course: ordinary mortals weren't interested in small, nude motherboards designed to help designers of embedded systems judge a microprocessor's suitability for the application they were working on. MIPS …
Tony Smith, 9 Mar 2015
Tim Cook as Mr T

Oi. APPLE fanboi! You with the $10k and pocket on fire! Fancy a WATCH?

High-end models of Apple's Watch, which apparently has its official release tomorrow, could carry a price tag of at least $10,000. But the 18-carat gold wristputer won't have additional fancy features, according to the Financial Times. Instead, it will apparently come loaded with the same functionality as Cupertino's Apple …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Mar 2015

MWC 2015 roundup: Strap on a wearable and cover your face in sickly VR goo

Yes – it's time for our Mobile World Congress 2015 linkfest! Here's The Register's full coverage of what was hot and plain old rot in Barcelona this year. Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge – A built-in battery? Is your name Apple? Samsung Galaxy Note Edge HTC One M9 hands on: Like a smart M8 in a sharp …
Team Register, 8 Mar 2015
Ubisoft Driver San Francisco

United Nations: For pity's sake don't use your iPhone in your car

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU, the telecoms agency of the United Nations) has published a very short whitelist of mobile phones that are properly compatible with car kits. The phones have been tested to an exacting specification which defines the mechanical mouth used, the mechanical ear and brings scientific …
Simon Rockman, 6 Mar 2015

Tired of IoT hype? Internet of SLUGS and SPIDERS is the reality

Internet of Things (IoT) boosters have great stories to tell about “scavenger-class” sensors that use solar panels, tiny turbines or even stray energy gleaned from passing radio waves. Amid all that excitement we don't hear much about the fact that sensors in odd places will have other things to contend with, like slugs sliming …
VR

AMD LiquidVR toolkit takes the vomit out of virtual reality

AMD, always the more graphics-minded of the two x86 powerhouses behind PCs, is gearing up to cash in on the virtual reality craze with a developer kit that should smooth out some of the problems with the nascent technology. The LiquidVR SDK release by the chipmeisters is aimed at solving some of the basic problems with VR as it …
Iain Thomson, 6 Mar 2015
Google car

Bad news: Robo-cars will make you work BILLIONS more hours. Good news: In 2040

A new report from management consultants McKinsey & Co. suggests the widespread adoption of autonomous cars will save billions of man-hours a year (or make us all work more hours, depending on your outlook) but not for a while. The dossier notes that software-driven vehicles are already in use commercially. Mining conglomerate …
Iain Thomson, 5 Mar 2015
Intel NUC

Intel slaps Iris Pro GPUs into Core i7 silicon to woo desktop gamers

Intel is bunging its Iris Pro graphics circuits into its fifth-generation "Broadwell" Core i7 processor to catch the eyes of gamers. And the chip giant has been working with Microsoft and GPU toolkit-maker Raptr to optimize game code. At a press shindig during this year's Games Developer Conference in San Francisco, Pete Baker, …
Iain Thomson, 5 Mar 2015
Retro room lighting

How many Androids does it take to change a light bulb?

Breaking Fad For an awfully long time, there have been just two types of lights, more or less. There were ordinary incandescent bulbs and there were fluorescent ones. Sometimes, there were fancy circular fluorescent ones, but that was about as complicated as it got – save for fiddly things like the battle between weirdo continental screw …
Frontier Developments' Elite:Dangerous Logo

Frontier promises it won't 'dumb down' Elite: Dangerous for Xbox

The Elite: Dangerous massively multiplayer online role-playing game is breaking its reliance on the PC and coming to consoles, but maker Frontier Developments has told players not to panic – there'll be no compromises made in the translation. "I've said we'd be mad not to consider bringing Elite: Dangerous to console. Well, that …
Iain Thomson, 5 Mar 2015

Apple: We could expose our WHOPPING 12 INCH iPad - but it's not real

Apple has reportedly delayed the manufacturing of its much speculated-upon - yet never confirmed - 12.9in iPad. A Bloomberg report cites anonymous sources claiming that the enormo-slab won't emerge from factories until September. Apple was rumored to put the tab into production by June. A shortage of display panels is said to …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Mar 2015
Shield controller

Nvidia waves 4King big Android Shield at games console warzone

Pic Nvidia is tossing its hat into the already crowded home console market with an Android-powered gaming device - the Shield. The GPU giant said its new Shield box can stream telly online and games from Nv's Grid service, or play downloaded titles. The console will ship in May with a starting price tag of $199, we're told, and 50 …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Mar 2015
Sagus_V2 Top Spec phone

Saygus aims buffed up V2 Android mobe at Samsung

MWC 2015 At a pre-MWC preview, Utah-based Saygus showed off its V2 Android phone, which turns up a notch all the specs. Samsung customers who have been turned off in the past by the S6's lack of a MicrosSD slot will appreciate the two slots of the V2. This, along with the 64GB on board, would give the well-heeled customer nearly half a …
Simon Rockman, 4 Mar 2015
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Google Chrome suffers brain freeze on Android Ice Cream Sandwich

Google says Chrome 42 will be the last version for phones, tabs and other things running Android 4.0 to 4.0.4, aka Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). People using ICS will just get security updates for Chrome after version 42 is released. Users running Android 4.1, aka Jelly Bean, and later will continue to get major new versions of the …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Mar 2015
Enlighten Subway demo

ARM, Geomerics: Don't go to the dark side. Use the Forge, Luke

GDC 2015 Brit processor designer ARM and its gobbled subsidiary Geomerics want to shed some more light on gaming graphics – literally, with an update to Enlighten. The pair's Enlighten software is a development kit for programmers, and is designed to render photorealistic lighting effects in games for consoles, smartphones, and tablets. …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Mar 2015