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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
iPhone 6S colors

Apple iPhone 6S: Same phone, another day, but TOTALLY DIFFERENT

Pics So here are the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus - basically the same phones with a few new bits and bobs. Or as CEO Tim Cook downplayed it: "We have changed everything." The new mobes look virtually identical to the 2014 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones. Same size screen, resolution and casing, pretty much (the 6 versus the 6S, and the …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Sep 2015
Phone landfill

You're FIRE-D: Amazon quietly extinguishes its failed smartphone

The saga of Amazon's star-crossed Fire Phone looks to have ended, at last. The device, which was launched to much hype in June 2014, is now listed as "currently unavailable" on Amazon's e-commerce sites. A note on the Fire Phone's official product page says, "We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock" – and you …
Raja Koduri

Struggling AMD re-orgs graphics groups as Radeon Technologies

AMD has done a rethink of how it approaches graphics chips and has reorganized its various visual computing groups into a new, unified division called Radeon Technologies. Leading the new group as its senior VP and chief architect is Raja Koduri, who until recently served as AMD's VP of visual computing – one of several execs …
Close-up of a woman's lips, slightly pixelated as if on a CRT TV. http://www.sxc.hu/photo/20984  Pic via SXC - no restrictions

No, Siri – I said PAWN stars! New Apple TV gets voice, touch control

Pics Well, this changes everything. Apple's been fiddling with its Apple TV gogglebrick. The new fatter, faster and more expensive black puck was unveiled alongside a new iPad and iPhone and as usual was hailed as a revolutionary change. "The TV experience hasn't changed that much in decades," said Apple CEO Tim Cook. He then …

Apple's iPad Pro: We're making a Surface Pro WITH A STYLUS over Steve Jobs' DEAD BODY

Pics With the announcement of the 12.9-inch MaxiPad iPad Pro, Apple has finally mounted its challenge to Microsoft's Surface Pro. Boss Tim Cook announced the iOS-powered enormo-slab Wednesday at a special event in downtown San Francisco before giving way to marketing honcho Phil Schiller, who disclosed the specs and details of the …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Sep 2015

iPhone 6 gives bloke 'painful, lumpy' skin condition in trouser storage

An iPhone 6 has reportedly given one British chap a "painful and lumpy" rash right through his trouser pockets. Stockton-on-Tees local Mark Watson, 37, developed an itchy swelling shortly after laying his eager hands on a new Jesus Mobe. When a couple of creams from the chemist failed to resolve the problem, a bit of online …
Lester Haines, 9 Sep 2015

Witness Apple's iPhone-iPad extravapalooza here in our no-hate zone

Commentary Gooooood morning, Pacific America. Today is at last the great day. From 10am today, 1700 UTC, Apple will reveal the new era-defining machinery that will power our lives into the future. Our excitable cousins in the UK are not like us here in San Francisco, California. While we hold hope, they hold scorn. This is now a no-hate …

Jolla chief quits: Fawning Putin lickspittles to take over?

Jolla co-founder, COO and figurehead Marc Dillon has quit the Finnish phone outfit. Jolla was created as Sailfish and escaped from the burning platforms of Nokia to develop the MeeGo (formerly Maemo) Linux OS for phones. Nokia abandoned that, taking key developers to the startup. This year, it sidelined hardware design to …

Hi. Ofcom? My mobe's call quality is crap – but you said it was fine

Consumers will soon get proper information on how well their phone makes calls. Regulator Ofcom is to use an independent lab to test and rate phones for how well they actually make calls, and will release the information to the public. Too good to be true? Not according to the Telegraph. Ofcom reportedly told the paper that …
Image from Apple's October 23 live-streaming event web page

HERE COMES APPLE with some new sh*t or something

LiveBlurt Holy Crap! It's Apple hypegasm launch day again, and here's your fabulous soaraway Reg with continually updating hot live news-a-like barrelscrape content of some sort delivered via our proprietary LiveBlurt technology to tide you over until the fruitcast actually begins. We're unbelievably excited about this and we know you are …
Team Register, 9 Sep 2015

ARM wants you to jump into mbed with it – IoT open-source OS in beta

Chip blueprint scribbler ARM has released some of the source code for its first public beta of mbed, its operating system for the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things is today's fancy word for embedded engineering, and ARM is all over that latter space: the tiny and relatively simple processor cores it designs are used …
Raspberry Pi touchscreen

Stick your finger in another Pi: Titchy-puter now has touchscreen

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has given its seal of approval to a 7-inch touchscreen for its flagship microcomputer. The makers of the hobbyist quad-core ARM-powered system said the $60 screen will allow display and touch functions to be accessed from software. Drivers for the screen are included with the latest version of …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Sep 2015
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Dell CEO: Very few will survive the PC bloodbath

Texan Mick, founder and CEO at Dell – the PC company which took his surname – reckons in five to seven years it will be game over for most of the stragglers currently selling computers. The three biggest shifters of such tin – Lenovo, HP and Dell – already account for more than 50 per cent of shipments globally, but that will …
Paul Kunert, 8 Sep 2015

Apple hypegasm countdown. What will the new, big iPad ACTUALLY be called?

Neural Net AI (Poll) Much of the world is poised on the edge of its collective seat this week, awaiting the scheduled moment tomorrow when mighty Apple - the fruitchomp-branded love/hate Wall Street darling of the technology world - will unveil its latest offerings. But what will these be? Just how will the great brains of Cupertino seek to …
Lewis Page, 8 Sep 2015
Wileyfox Swift Android Smartphone

Wileyfox Swift: Brit startup budget 'droid is the mutt's nuts

Review If someone asked me what my ideal smartphone would be I’d say one that costs no more than £120, has 16GB of storage, at least 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch IPS screen, a removable battery, two SIM slots, space for a microSD card, the best iteration of Android available (that’s the Cyanogen OS Android fork, in my opinion) and is …
Alun Taylor, 8 Sep 2015
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Stealth service – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Game Theory Whether fearing negative reviews, spoilers, or to wrestle back some control on reports of how much Hideo Kojima's name appears in the game, getting a copy of The Phantom Pain to review before it shipped was akin to striking black gold in the American West. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Keeping an eye out Thankfully …
Mike Plant, 7 Sep 2015

Reg readers show Blitz spirit at Computer Museum lecture

Reg Lecture Having a hankering for the shiniest of new kit doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate genius that went into the tech of the past. Otherwise, why would 40-odd Reg readers have squeezed into our final summer lecture, delivered by Kevin Murrell, co-founder of The National Museum of Computing in Bletchley. Kevin deployed a bit of …
Joe Fay, 7 Sep 2015
head of 50s-style robot

Toyota chucks 50 MEELLION BUCKS at AI car tech

Car manufacturer Toyota has begun working with researchers at Stanford and MIT in the US, having agreed to pony up $50m over the next five years to invest in robotics tech. That cash will be used to build joint research centres at the universities, the company said in a statement on Friday. Toyota has also roped in US Defense …
Kelly Fiveash, 5 Sep 2015

America's crackdown on open-source Wi-Fi router firmware – THE TRUTH

Analysis America's broadband watchdog is suffering a backlash over plans to control software updates to Wi-Fi routers, smartphones, and even laptops. In a proposed update [PDF] to the regulator's rules over radiofrequency equipment, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would oblige manufacturers to "specify which parties will be …

The S, Huawei’s new best Mate: Compact and premium – but not cheap

Hands On The Mate has had a place in Huawei’s range lineup as a cheapskate’s alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy Note phablets: it's cheap, cheerful and durable. The display wasn’t the best, but a massive battery kept the phone chugging along for ages. Slightly confusingly, the Mate S is a quite different kettle of fish, however. It …
Huawei Watch

They’re FAT. They’re ROUND. They’re worth almost a POUND. Smart waaatch, smart waaatch

IFA 2015 Samsung teased its Gear S2 smartwatch at IFA on Thursday night. Like others I’ve seen here, it looks really handsome: expensive, well made, and well designed. Makers now realise they have to look like luxury goods to justify the price. But the Gear S2 is no exception to the fundamental challenge they all face. They’re all, …
TCL's Dr Stan Hu with his 17.3" Android tab

China's TCL strokes Android with its 17.3" fondleslab WHOPPER

IFA 2015 Alcatel OneTouch, a division of the Chinese electronics company TCL, has announced the Xess 17.3" Android tablet at the IFA consumer electronics event in Berlin. The TCL/Alcatel OneTouch Xess is a 17.3” Android L 5.1 tablet with 10-point multi-touch, stylus, 8-core ARM 1.5Ghz CPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB Flash storage, MicroSD slot and …
Tim Anderson, 4 Sep 2015
Far Cry 4

Wangling my way into the 4K gaming club with a water-cooled whopper

Feature The other week a Viewsonic VX2475Smhl-4K monitor, boasting a 3840x2160 resolution running at 60Hz – though only 24-inches of it – shows up at my door. I’m happy as a clam until it dawns on me that this isn’t a job my faithful little NUC, the Gigabyte Brix Pro, is up to. I was going to need a rig and a half, probably costing more …
Lucy Orr, 4 Sep 2015
Apple iPad Air

Huge, absorbent iPad rumours recycled – and this time it's REAL. True

Apple is reportedly planning to unveil its long-awaited large screen tablet designed for enterprise users. A report from Apple worship site 9to5Mac quotes a source familiar saying that the Cupertino giant is going to unveil the fabled "iPad Pro" next week at its September 9 special media event. The large-screen iPad, along …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Sep 2015

Sparks and recreation: TomTom's stealth wearable success

IFA 2015 Last year, TomTom shipped half a million fitness and sports watches, more than any Wear smartwatch vendor can boast – but short of the 10 million fitness bands Fitbit shifted. Today at IFA it launched a new range of sporty watches. The Spark range has more in common with Pebble – low cost, durability, longevity – than the …
Mad Max PC video game

Mad Max: High-octane dystopian desert demolition derby

Game Theory Having watched Mad Max: Fury Road I’ve been gagging to get my hands on my Magnum Opus car in the new Mad Max game. Up until the game’s release, all I have had to entertain myself has been news of the controversially rapey Furiosa comic and, joy of joys, a baking friend’s discovery for instant War Boy: silver spray icing. Lucy …
Lucy Orr, 3 Sep 2015
Sony President Kazuo Hirai holds up the Xperia Z5

Sony's 4King with us now: Xperia Z5 mobe has UltraHD screen, cam

IFA2015 Sony announced the Xperia Z5 series mobile phones at the IFA consumer electronics event in Berlin, including the first smartphone with 4K video playback and capture. The Xperia Z5 Premium, set for release in November, has a 5.5-inch 4K UHD (3840x2160) display with 806 PPI (pixels per inch). This is accompanied by a 23MP rear …
Tim Anderson, 2 Sep 2015
Asus GX700 laptop

Sorry, Californians, you can't have this: Asus to build WATER COOLED notebook

Asus has unveiled a gaming notebook that comes with its own water cooling system. The GX700, shown off by the company ahead of the IFA conference in Berlin, connects to an external cooling system that pumps water through the notebook to cool off its overclocked Intel Skylake CPU. Asus GX700 laptop with dock Is it still a …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Sep 2015
processor chip-off

It's MediaTek v Qualcomm in the motherboard of all battles

The two big boys of the mobile chip world, MediaTek and Qualcomm, are about to see their flagship products – the Helios X20 and Snapdragon 820 respectively – come to market, with details starting to emerge; and it's likely to be all about the numbers. MediTek has ten cores to Qualcomm’s eight, but Qualcomm has taken the canny …
Simon Rockman, 2 Sep 2015
Acer's PC Phone, the Jade Primo

Return of the Pocket PC: Acer shows off Jade Primo PC Phone

IFA 2015 Acer will release the "Jade Primo" PC Phone later this year, running Windows and taking advantage of Microsoft's Continuum feature to behave like a PC when connected to an external display, keyboard and mouse. "The goal is to extend the Windows experience from mobility to desktop. It is an important step towards the vision of …
Tim Anderson, 2 Sep 2015

Mate S: Huawei 'beats' Apple to force-touch phone launch

IFA2015 Apple introduced “force touch” in its MacBook earlier this year, and it is expected to appear on iPhones very soon. But Huawei has stolen some of Apple’s thunder by announcing a flagship with the variable pressure feature at Berlin’s IFA consumer show today. The Mate phone can “guess the weight” of an object placed on the …
Robin phone is lightweight

The 100GB PHONE! Well, it has shades of Chrome, so not quite

A motley crew of ex-google engineers is crowdfunding the “Robin” smartphone, which claims a whopping 100GB of storage. In fact, what makes the device special is its reliance on always being connected to dynamically provide off-loaded storage. The company behind the phone, Nextbit has developed some memory management software …
Simon Rockman, 2 Sep 2015
Xiaomi Mi4 LTE Android smartphone

Xiaomi aims to knock Apple off its branch with move into computers

Rising Dragon Xiaomi is reported to be revving up the tanks to park on Apple’s lawn with the launch of a laptop. The new lappie is rumoured to be a high-end 15" notebook pitched at the MacBook Air, but at half the price. Rumours of the project have leaked to Bloomberg from component suppliers, who say that the company has been …
Simon Rockman, 2 Sep 2015