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Volkswagen Beetle

11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

Volkswagen is getting hammered on world stock exchanges after it was revealed the number of VW cars using software to cheat on pollution tests is far greater than first thought. On Friday, the US Environmental Protection Agency revealed that the German car firm had been using engine management software that detected when …
Iain Thomson, 22 Sep 2015
Battlefleet Gothic. Pic: Games Workshop

Total War: Warhammer, Blood Bowl and other Games Workshop table-to-screen delights

Game Theory Who didn’t play at least one Games Workshop game growing up? I remember still being in my early twenties and having a full blown Space Marine versus Eldar battle playing out across the kitchen floor of my small apartment, above a cheese shop in Toronto. Battlefleet Gothic. Pic: Games Workshop Battlefleet Gothic: One of the …
Lucy Orr, 22 Sep 2015

Alcatel Idol 3: Holding its own with a pretty decent 5.5 inches

Review The phrase “this now the best smartphone below so-and-so quid” is going to get worn out at this rate. idol3_phones Idol 3 has JBL speakers, music app and earphones. All three are rather good The Mk 3 Motorola Moto G, the Wileyfox Swift and the Huawei Honor 7 have each recently been hailed on these very pages as a best buy …
Alun Taylor, 22 Sep 2015
Apple iPad Air

Nice try, Apple. The Maxi Pad is no laptop killer – and won’t scratch the Surface

Apple’s Maxi Pad is no laptop or Surface Pro killer – even though it holds up comparatively well for general workforce usage. This is the prognosis from some in the analyst community and those who will compete against it. The view from the Mac channel understandably differs somewhat. A relatively late market entrant - not …
Paul Kunert, 22 Sep 2015
Cisco 3560-CX series switch

Cisco shocker: Some network switches may ELECTROCUTE you

Oh dear: Cisco is warning that screws in a couple of its compact Catalyst switches may be poking into wires carrying live voltages. In this field note, the Borg says the problem occurs when WS-C3560CX or WS-C2960CX switches are installed without a mounting tray – for example, screwed to a desk, shelf, or wall. Screws not …
Apple Watch Sport

It's 2015 and a text file can hack your Apple Watch. IS THIS THE FUTURE YOU WANTED?

Five days after delaying the release of watchOS 2, Apple has posted an update for its smartwatch operating system. The watchOS 2 update brings the introduction of native apps for the Apple Watch, a new set of privileges that will allow developers previously limited to iOS applications the ability to access the Watch's …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Sep 2015

Wanted alive: $1m for an iOS 9 bug to hijack, er, jailbreak iThings

Exploit traders Zerodium will pay a million dollars to anyone who finds an unpatched bug in iOS 9 that can be exploited to jailbreak iThings – or compromise them. The $1m (£640,000) bounty will be awarded to an individual or team that provides a working exploit to achieve remote code execution on an iOS device via the Safari …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Sep 2015
NEMA 5 plug socket

Qualcomm’s first charger with Quick Charge 3.0 breaks cover

How would you like to charge your phone much faster? That’s the promise of Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and the first charger has been caught in the wild. Chinese website Chongdiantou has shown pictures of the device, which supports charging at up to 3 amps. Quick charge only works with phones which have Snapdragon 820, 620, 618 …
Simon Rockman, 21 Sep 2015

DRIVERLESS cars: Apple ups the ante with meeting in California

The “is Apple building a car?” rumour mill has received added grist with the news that Apple execs have been meeting Californian legislators responsible for self-driving cars. The Apple car project is believed to be called “Project Titan”. The Guardian reports that Apple’s legal eagle Mike Maletic had an hour long meeting …
Simon Rockman, 21 Sep 2015

AMD chief architect Jim Keller quits chipmaker – again

AMD's top microprocessor architect Jim Keller has walked from the chip vendor, just months after the company unveiled a shift in strategy to reinvest in high-end FX CPUs. Keller quit on Friday, having returned to AMD in 2012 after most recently working at Apple. It's unclear why the industry veteran has walked away from the …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2015
Sad iPhone

Apple iPhones, iPads BRICKED by iOS 9's 'slide-to-upgrade' bug

Apple has published a workaround after some iPhone and iPad users were left stranded in the middle of the iOS 9 update process. The Cupertino giant has acknowledged multiple complaints that devices were unable to progress past the "Slide to Upgrade" screen when moving to the latest version of iOS. Apple's remedy: wipe your …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2015
Qnap TS-453mini NAS box

Brimming with VM goodness: Qnap TS-453mini 4-bay NAS

Review Qnap’s TS-453mini is the latest addition to the company’s TS-x53 Pro mid-range series of NAS units for SMBs.It is available in two basic models, the TS-453mini-2G (2GB DD3L) and the TS-453mini-8G, the flagship model of the range. The one I have to review has the maximum amount of memory the unit supports: 8GB of DDR3L running at …
Simon Crisp, 18 Sep 2015
Diagram showing micro:bit spec

BBC Micro:bit delayed by power supply SNAFU

The BBC has admitted that the Micro:bit, the computer it plans to give to up to one million children, is not going to arrive on time due to quality problems. The Micro:bit was announced in March as a "get kids coding" initiative. Delivery was anticipated to occur in September, so that every 11 or 12 year-old in the UK could be …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2015
PC cooled by Irn-Bru

Scotsman cools PC with IRN-BRU, dubs it the 'Aye Mac'

An enterprising Scot has built a PC cooled by Irn-Bru*, and called it the “Aye Mac”. John Lawson, who runs an Edinburgh computer repair service called PC Doctor, decided to create the machine as a promotion and/or homage to Scotland's other famous drink. Sadly Irn-Bru's not the actual coolant – a liquid with the same colour …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Sep 2015
Fire Tablet

Amazon reveals $50 Android-ish Fire tablet it will axe in two years

Amazon has pumped out its latest attempt to stake a claim in the luggable electronics market with a $50 tablet. The retail giant said its new seven-inch Fire tablet will sport a 1.3Ghz quad-core processor – most likely ARM compatible – with 8GB of storage (and a microSD slot), a 1024 x 600 resolution touchscreen, and a seven- …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Sep 2015
Sharp - beyond 4K

Sharp's new TV has over 7,000 lines of pixels – but there's NOTHING TO WATCH

On Wednesday the tech and audiovisual media community hyperventilated over Sharp’s announcement that it would begin selling an 8K TV screen next month. Japan’s AVwatch broke the news, with its experts saying that it would be useful for things like keyhole surgery ... and not just your home viewing pleasure. But before you go …
Jennifer Baker, 17 Sep 2015
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Shedload of security bugs squashed in iOS 9 – what the hell went wrong with iOS 8?

Apple's latest version of iOS – iOS 9 – is out today with new features and security fixes. A lot of security fixes: 101 potentially exploitable bugs, we count. If you've got a compatible device, you may well want to upgrade sooner rather than later – certainly before people start trying to exploit these security holes. The …
Team Register, 16 Sep 2015
Acer's PC Phone, the Jade Primo

Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 Mobile preview update

First look Microsoft has rolled out Windows 10 Mobile build 10536 as part of its Insider Program Preview. It is likely that this build is close to the first full release, since the company has also sent out invitations to an event in New York on October 6, at which we are promised "exciting news about Windows 10 devices." Plausible …
Tim Anderson, 16 Sep 2015
Apple Watch lineup

Bug forces Apple to halt watchOS 2 update – still emits iOS 9 on time

Apple has delayed its planned September 16 rollout of watchOS 2, blaming a bug in the firmware update. "We have discovered a bug in development of watchOS 2 that is taking a bit longer to fix than we expected," Apple has told the press. "We will not release watchOS 2 today, but will shortly." Apple has not let slip anything …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Sep 2015

AirDrop hole deposits stealth malware on all pre-iOS 9 Apple devices

Malicious applications can be silently installed on millions of Apple devices, replacing legitimate apps – thanks to a vulnerability tied to the popular file-transfer feature AirDrop. The vulnerability is mitigated in iOS 9, which is available to the public from today, although it is not fully fixed, we understand. However, …
Darren Pauli, 16 Sep 2015

Asus ZenBook UX305: With Windows 10, it suddenly makes perfect sense

What a difference a new operating system makes. Being a laptop without a touchscreen, the UX305 felt a little out of sorts when it was launched running touchy-feely Windows 8 earlier in the year. UX305_sideopen One of the best looking things it's made, according to Asus. Hard to argue. UX305 is a real beauty But now the …
Alun Taylor, 16 Sep 2015
IBC2015 Entrance

UHD everywhere ... but it's not quite ready to drink, yet

IBC 2015 The annual gathering of the broadcast clans takes place in Amsterdam each September. At this year's International Broadcasting Convention, just as at IFA a week before there was UHD everywhere. But here, the focus is on production and distribution, not watching. While 4K – and the HEVC codec – are undoubtedly everywhere, there …
Nigel Whitfield, 16 Sep 2015
Intel and Chromat make a bra which breathes

Chipzilla has its knockers … and now they’re cool in this venting sports bra

Chipzilla’s latest move into wearable tech embraces fashion, with a partnership that sees the company jumping into bed with sportswear brand Chromat. The companies have produced a sports bra which opens vents when it senses a certain level of heat and sweat. Chromat said its designs are based on “Becca McCharen’s theoretical …
Simon Rockman, 16 Sep 2015
Samsung Gear VR headset needs a Samsung phone

Juniper sees 30m virtual reality headsets shifted by 2020, as China lifts ban

Crystal ball gazers at Juniper have looked far into the future and seen that by 2020 some 30 million virtual reality headsets will be shifted globally. Hardware retail revenue from VR headset sales will exceed $4bn (£3bn) by 2020, it said. According to the analyst house the "watershed year" for the virtual reality will be 2016 …
Kat Hall, 16 Sep 2015
Beatrobot's Pico-Cassette

Game CARTRIDGES make a comeback ... for smartmobes

A Japanese company named Beatrobo has revealed plans to revive games cartridges, for use in smartphones. Beatrobo already makes a device that plugs in to a phone's audio port and sends a sound to the phone to authenticate you as someone able to access content stored in the cloud. The company's now planning to use the audio …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Sep 2015
Google car

Mercedes mulls driverless limo future

The company that in the 19th century helped put “horseless” in front of “carriage” wants to empty the driver's seat in the 21st. Speaking to Reuters prior to the Frankfurt auto show, Daimler's CEO Dieter Zetsche said on-demand driverless limousines are “a concrete development goal of ours”. If it gets to a point where …
Android hanging

Android 5 lock-screens can be bypassed by typing in a reeeeally long password. In 2015

If you've got an Android 5 smartphone with anything but the very latest version of Lollipop on it, it's best to use a PIN or pattern to secure your lock-screen – because there's a trivial bypass for its password protection. The vulnerability, details of which were published here by University of Texas researchers on Tuesday, …

Qualcomm goes freestyle: Snapdragon 820 will support unlicensed spectrum

Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 820 will support carrier aggregation with unlicensed spectrum – LTE-U, part of the new X12 LTE modem – which allows operators to combine unrestricted spectrum with their own licensed holdings to get more bandwidth. While the Snapdragon 820 isn’t expected to ship until the middle of next year, it is …
Simon Rockman, 15 Sep 2015
Stays stable on the nose

Hey, glassholes: Google patents movement-sensing, shape-shifting specs

Keeping your glasses on the bridge of your nose as you move around is a problem for which Google has a solution. The Chocolate Factory has filed a patent for glasses which mechanically alter their shape. Much like peril-sensitive sunglasses, they monitor what you are doing and react. Unfortunately this isn't a reaction to …
Simon Rockman, 15 Sep 2015

Win a free new car – just show Intel how you'd hack your existing one

Intel is getting serious – dead serious, apparently – about car hacking. And nothing says serious like a prize giveaway. If you join Chipzilla's new Automotive Security Review Board and make all the right noises, you can win a free new ride. The chip-baking giant revealed the review board on Monday, and is inviting seasoned …
Chris Williams, 14 Sep 2015
Tim Cook unveils iPhone 6S and 6S Plus

PSST! You wanna iPhone 6S Plus? YOINK! You can't have one - Apple

Delivery of Apple's latest and most lickably gorgeous large-screen iPhone may be delayed - thanks to manufacturing problems, apparently. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says a problem with the 6S Plus's backlight is delaying production, and could result in a shortage of handsets. The egghead places the issue at the …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Sep 2015
Xiaomi Mi4 LTE Android smartphone

Flash sale pioneer Xiaomi opens old-school, bricks-and-mortar shop

Mobile phone industry disruptor Xiaomi has gone all traditional and opened up a shop. Xiaomi made its name by undercutting other smartphone makers and doing flash sales on the internet, offering time-limited, knock-down deals that saw thousands of phones sold every second. The idea that you might have just walked into a shop, …
Simon Rockman, 14 Sep 2015
pikatchu pokemon

Nintendo plugs new prez into games console giant

Nintendo has promoted its HR exec Tatsumi Kimishima to the role of president. The 65-year-old – who previously worked at the Pokemon Company before joining Nintendo in 2002 – has replaced Satoru Iwata, who died of cancer in July. Kimishima has served as director of Nintendo in America since he joined the games console maker …
Team Register, 14 Sep 2015
Shadowrun: Hong Kong

Reviewed: Shadowrun: Hong Kong, Until Dawn, Hearthstone expansion and more

Game Theory If you're waiting on the release of Bloodbowl 2 or an imminent Skaven battle, luckily there several games that can act as a welcome diversion before the avalanche of AAA titles arrive this autumn. There’s something for everyone here, from Steam indie RPGs to PS4 exclusives for the kids – and even a jousting tortoise. Shadowrun …
Lucy Orr, 14 Sep 2015
DARPA Robot Arm

DARPA adds 'sense of touch' to robot hand

One of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) out-there projects has borne fruit, with the agency announcing that it's partially restored a sense of touch to someone with a spinal cord injury. The achievement, outlined here, followed on from a July announcement that DARPA had given a former US serviceman Glen …
Canon's 250 megapixel CMOS sensor

Look! Up in the sky! It's letters on a plane read with a 250MP camera

Canon says it's developed a 250-megapixel CMOS sensor that shoots at 19,580 x 12,600 pixels and captures so much information it “was able to capture images enabling the distinguishing of lettering on the side of an airplane flying at a distance of approximately 18 km from the shooting location.” That trick was pulled off by …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Sep 2015

Intel's 6th gen processors rock – but won't revive PC markets

Analysis Intel launched its 6th Generation “Skylake” Core processors at IFA in Berlin last week, and is desperate for you to upgrade your PC. But has the Intel and Microsoft alliance done enough to drive upgrades and new sales? First, a quick recap on what Intel launched. The company announced 48 6th gen Core processors. The line-up is …
Tim Anderson, 11 Sep 2015
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

WinPhone community descends into CANNIBALISM and WOE

Analysis Windows Phone fanbois are turning on each other in an online orgy of recrimination. So says Daniel Rubino of unabashed fan site Windows Central – formerly Windows Phone Central. Rubino made the observation in a candid post entitled: “The Windows Phone community is imploding”. “The tone today from many is dire,” he laments. “ …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Sep 2015
Super Mario Bros

Hats off to Nintendo’s platform supremo Super Mario Bros at 30

Antique Code Show Super Mario Bros – the iconic game for Nintendo’s Famicom, or NES to those of us outside Japan – was released 30 years ago. Nintendo has been celebrating the build up to its anniversary, which takes place on Sunday, 13 September, by offering a competition to see who can make the best Mario-themed video – with a zillion and one …
Giles Hill, 11 Sep 2015
iPhone 6S battery

Apple downgrades iPhone 6S with wimpy 1715mAh battery

The new advanced pressure-sensitive touchscreen features in Apple's iPhone 6S have come at a cost: a smaller battery pack. Buried in the hoopla of Wednesday's unveiling event in San Francisco was the revelation that the new 4.7" iPhone 6S comes equipped with a battery pack that has a lower capacity than its predecessor, the …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Sep 2015
Pioneer Laserdisc player and projector from 1982

Sign of the telly times: HDR shines, UHD Blu-ray slides at IFA

Breaking Fad This year’s IFA gadget expo proved to be a chaotic platform for next generation TV technology. HDR (High Dynamic Range) gained traction, while 4K UHD Blu-ray took one step forward and two back. There were boys' toys and bluster a-plenty. Pioneer Laserdisc player and projector from 1982 This year's 4K telly tech is not quite …
Steve May, 10 Sep 2015
iPhone 6S camera

As US$12bn is wiped off Apple's value in one day, iOS 9, OS X 10.11 and Watch OS 2 dates set

Apple unveiled a trio of new products today, but Wall Street was hardly moved, as the Cupertino electronics racket dropped its stock price. CEO Tim Cook took to the stage in San Francisco on Wednesday to show off the iPad Pro, iPhone 6S/6S Plus, and Apple TV. Though the Apple-appointed crowd cooed and fawned over the new …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Sep 2015