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Apple patent

Sorry, Qualcomm, Apple – your patents don't scare us

Analysis Patent royalties make up a higher proportion of cellular device costs than in most other markets, so the IPR game has been a hard-fought and sometimes vicious one. At the start of 2015, various developments suggest that the playground bullies of the past will lose a lot of their power. Qualcomm is on the defensive in China, …
Wireless Watch, 20 Jan 2015
Microsoft Kinect

Microsoft wants LAMP for wireless mobe charger

Microsoft Research has put forward the idea of charging mobile phones with a beam of light. Explained in a paper titled AutoCharge: Automatically Charge Smartphones Using a Light Beam (PDF), the idea is to use a Kinect motion sensor to spot a phone, then focus a lamp on it to bathe phones in light and charge them wirelessly. …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2015
fingers pointing at man

'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

Analysis firm KGI claims Apple will offer a stylus with its 12.9” iPad. If true, this would represent a volte face for Apple, which has always derided fondleslabs that used any pointing device other than a human finger attached to a human arm. The claims appear in a report leaked to Apple Insider. The KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo …
Simon Rockman, 19 Jan 2015
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD

Samsung's 850 EVO 1TB SSD appears live ... in 3D

Review It was only a matter of time before Samsung dropped its 32-layer 3D V-NAND (3D Vertical NAND) technology further down the food chain, following its début in the high-end 850 PRO. The result is now with us in the shape of the 850 EVO, which, just like its 840 EVO predecessor, differs from the standard 850 PRO in the type of NAND …
Simon Crisp, 19 Jan 2015
Maser developed by Princeton University researchers

REGARD our TINY but POWERFUL LASER, suitable for very SMALL sharks

Shrinking the scale of semiconductor materials to help build powerful quantum-computing systems has proved to be a real head-scratcher for scientists. However, boffins at Princeton University have come up with a device that they think could be a "major step forward" for the tech. The university's associate physics professor, …
Team Register, 17 Jan 2015
Cartoon of fist clutching dollars smashing out of smartphone

Microsoft & Paypal link hands, turn round and slap Apple Pay

Microsoft will start supporting PayPal’s "PayPal Here" hardware, so people can buy things with their mobile phones. The partnership, which is only for the US initially, will allow retailers to use a Lumia or Surface to take payments through PayPal. The idea is that they will then want to use Microsoft products rather than …
Simon Rockman, 16 Jan 2015
Acer Chromebook 13

Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?

Review Take a quick gander at any decent tech news site and you'll find stories about Chromebook sales doubling in 2014 and the Googly laptop being a gadget that is here to stay. That’s why every self-respecting PC maker is muscling in on the Chromebook scene. Acer Chromebook 13 Acer's Chromebook 13: full HD display anyone? Newest …
Alun Taylor, 16 Jan 2015
Citrix X1 mouse

Citrix goes into the mouse business

Citrix is getting into the mouse business. The company threw a Summit this week where it shoved new versions of XenServer and XenMobile out the door. It also revealed the “X1”, a mouse that works with its Citrix Receiver app. Receiver is the client needed to access applications and/or desktops groomed by XenApp or XenDesktop. …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jan 2015
Intel headquarters, Santa Clara

Medic! Intel can't stanch bleeding from mobile chip biz

Intel closed the book on a smashing first full year under CEO Brian Krzanich on Wednesday, reporting record revenues and earnings that beat analysts' estimates. But not every aspect of its business looked equally healthy, with mobile as the obvious trouble spot. Chipzilla pulled in $55.9bn in revenues during its fiscal 2014, a 6 …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jan 2015
Getting Google Glass  to fit comfortably on existing spectacles can be a challenge

Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

Google is killing off its Glass Explorer program but insists this isn't the end for co-founder Sergey Brin's controversial sci-fi head-gear. In a post to the official Glass Google+ account on Thursday, the Chocolate Factory said it will quit selling the current version of its spy-goggles to individuals on January 19, although it …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jan 2015
Microsoft's Lumia 532 Dual-SIM

Microsoft rolls out even cheaper 'Notkia' Lumias

Windows Phones fanbois aren't happy that there's no new €600 flagship to fondle – but nobody can accuse Microsoft of complacency as it tackles the low-cost smartphone business. Microsoft's Lumia 435 The 435 – the cheapie with the front-facing camera Six months after it revealed its lowest cost model, Microsoft's phones …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jan 2015
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-Un shoot-em-up Glorious Leader! yanked

Game developer Money Horse Games has blamed vandals – supposedly inspired by the recent breach against Sony Pictures – for hacking into development servers used for a game featuring Kim Jong-Un and irreparably trashing its data. Glorious Leader!, a shoot-em-up, was due to feature North Korea's leader squaring off against the US …
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2015
BlackBerry Classic QWERTY key smartphone

Samsung BlackBerry gobble DENIED: We're not for sale to Sammy – execs

Samsung was today rumored to be eyeing up acquiring BlackBerry for $7.5bn – until the Canadian biz point-blank shot down the anonymous claims within hours later. Reuters cited unnamed well-placed sources in announcing the South Korean giant was in talks with BlackBerry so it could snap up the troubled phone maker's patent …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jan 2015
Samsung Z1

Samsung's first Tizen smartphone is HERE ... by which we mean India

The first commercially available phone running Samsung's Linux-based Tizen mobile OS has finally launched in India, and proud papa Sammy says this is only the beginning for Tizen in 2015. We've been hearing rumblings about the Samsung Z1 for months now, but actually finding a market for the device has proved difficult for the …
Neil McAllister, 14 Jan 2015
Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer installed on the S3 truss on ISS

TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'Nauts end panic by switching computer off and on again

NASA has reopened sections of the International Space Station (ISS) sealed off after what has now been confirmed to be a false alarm over an ammonia leak. The US agency confirmed midday Wednesday, Pacific Time, that the crew had been cleared to reenter the American-built wing of the orbiting lab, and that no evidence of any …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jan 2015
Project Ara - swappable hardware mobile

Google unleashes build-it-yourself 'Ara' SLABLET phones (in Puerto Rico)

Google will this year launch its modular DIY smartphone, dubbed Project Ara, but only in the US territory of Puerto Rico. Ara, announced by Google 15 months ago, was developed by Motorola's Advanced Technologies and Products (ATAP) group as a fully modular system where components such as batteries, screens, GPS and cameras, can …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jan 2015
Jeff Bezos shows off the Amazon Fire Phone

Speaking in Tech: Amazon Fire Phone – 'insanity' but 'genius'

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This episode of El Reg's techcast is hosted by the whole gang: Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch, and Sarah Vela. Our special guest for this episode is Nick Weaver, Director of Intel SDI Labs at Intel. This week the crew chews on three big topics. Firstly, is Amazon's Fire Phone …
Team Register, 14 Jan 2015
Grand Theft Auto (1997)

Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

Antique Code Show Suddenly PC owners are playing catch-up with the console gamers. PC gamers have now been waiting over a year for one of gaming’s biggest and most controversial titles GTA V. I could have splashed out on the PS4 version but would prefer to wait and play it using my two new crossfired Vapor–X R9 290s. Amid rumours that I might …
Lucy Orr, 14 Jan 2015

AMD plugs firmware holes that allowed command injection

VID Chip maker AMD has patched holes across its firmware lines that could allow hackers to inject malware. Czech programmer Rudolf Marek reported the holes in the Trinity, Richland, Kaveri, and Kabini silicon series ahead of a disclosure at the Chaos Communications Congress. AMD's System Management Unit (SMU) firmware code within …
Darren Pauli, 14 Jan 2015
Apple camera patent

GoPro feels COLD BREATH of APPLE on back of neck

Among the fistful of patents Apple was awarded on Tuesday was a pair of eye-catching filings, one of which has already hit a potential competitor in the pocket. The first of the two, US Patent No 8,933,876, describes a 3D gesture input system that uses a camera to track user movements and respond to three-dimensional gestures …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jan 2015
Fujitsu ring

Fujitsu: Slide your fingertip through our ring piece and show mice the finger

Fujitsu Laboratories has unveiled what it thinks is the control system of the future: a smart ring to replace the keyboard and mouse so many of us are slaves to. The 10g (0.35oz) ring contains a near-field communications (NFC) module, low-power Bluetooth, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and other sensors to track the motion of …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jan 2015
iPhone smuggler

UNDER A VEST: Man cuffed for smuggling 94 iPhones strapped to his body

Pic Chinese authorities have captured a man trying to smuggle 94 iPhones strapped to his body into the Middle Kingdom. Photos shared by the state's People's Daily newspaper show the man stripped of his outerwear to expose an elaborate layer of Apple handsets fastened with plastic wrap and duct tape to his torso, abdomen, groin and …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jan 2015

Disney, McLaren and National Rail walk into bar: Barkeep, make me a Wearable

A £210,000 fund has been put up by Innovate UK to promote development of wearable tech and big name companies have jumped at the chance to be associated with the coolest thing since “apps” and “cloud” became passé. Innovate UK is what used to be known as the Technology Strategy Board and is the governmental organisation that …
Simon Rockman, 13 Jan 2015
Monty Python Norwegian Blue dead parrot sketch

Global PC market's not dead, it's just resting – Gartner

The PC market never really died, it was just resting – at least according to our man at Gartner, who leaned on the latest global sales data to prove there’s some life left yet in the form factor. According to preliminary stats, sales into channels grew one per cent in Q4 to 83.7 million boxes as retailers and disties took …
Paul Kunert, 13 Jan 2015
BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry Enterprise chief: Yes, we did leave users behind

Interview BlackBerry's previous management left its users behind and underused a vital asset, its enterprise chief told El Reg in a wide-ranging interview. John Sims is part of the rescue team brought in a year ago, when the Canadian giant was at rock bottom – and was seemingly on the wrong end of every trend in the business. The company …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Jan 2015
iPhone forensics beaten image

iPhone addiction will RUIN YOUR LIFE – if only that were true

Research has confirmed the unthinkable: perfectly normal, rational people turn into anxious sweaty moronic wrecks when they're separated from their beloved smartphones. Case closed, right? Well, if by normal people you mean American journalism undergraduates, by stupid you mean they can't to finish a word search in five minutes …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jan 2015
Apple Watch

Apple Watch support spotted hiding out in iOS 8.2 beta

The latest iOS 8.2 beta build includes support for the Apple Watch, we're told, signaling the expensive wristputer is looming. The smartwatch requires an iPhone nearby to work, hence the need for the handset's OS to support the gadget. In late December, Register sources close to Apple said the Cupertino giant's engineers were …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jan 2015

Cut a few BILLION off projected IT spend, m'kay? – Gartner mages

A surge in the relative value of the dollar has caused resident mystics at Gartner to dramatically lower global tech spending forecasts by billions of dollars. The crystal ball stroker estimates $3.73 trillion will be splashed on IT during in 2015, and if correct this equates to percentage growth of 2.4, way down on the 3.9 per …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jan 2015
Games for Windows Marketplace

Boomerang rebound: Site shut amid credit card securo-fears

Video game rental company Boomerang Rentals has pulled down the shutters on its websites amidst unconfirmed concerns that it have may have suffered a security breach that spilled customers' credit card details. Boomerang's homepage has been "down for maintenance" since Sunday. The move followed multiple customers reporting …
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2015
An Android robot blushes from embarrassment

Android users are massive wan … er … smut consumers

Stats from self-pleasuring site Pornhub (link vaguely NSFW - no pics but still contains the word Pornhub) show that mobile viewing has overtaken desktop, and Android is the OS of choice for viewers of its select content. The, ahem, growth is in part down to the site removing its limit on the number of videos a day that can be …
Simon Rockman, 12 Jan 2015
HTC Desire Eye Android smartphone

HTC Desire Eye: The Android superior selfie shooter

Review Why has HTC’s flagship M8 One not been more popular? It’s visually arresting, critically highly regarded, has a great display, and is very well made. It should sell more strongly than it does. Of course there are some negatives. The 4MP large-pixel camera is a bit of a strange fish, some regard the ostentatious speakers as ugly …
Alun Taylor, 12 Jan 2015
Samsung 48-inch UE48HU7500T 4K TV

It's 4K-ing big right now, but it's NOT going to save TV

CES 2015 With CES in full swing, the industry’s favourite buzzword is cropping up all over the show floor and in the headlines. But the surveys and reports that are emerging still aren’t painting a picture of 4K’s success on the sales floor, as two datasets show that 4K has still yet to take off. Both Futuresource Consulting and the CEA …
Faultline, 12 Jan 2015

Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

Vulture at the Wheel The Tesla S is astonishing. I’d driven one around the London Docklands at a launch, but a week with one has me converted to merits of auto electricity. I have to admit I was sceptical. Electric car owners as a tribe can be quite hard work. They are always convinced that their cars are wonderful, even the ones with G-Wizzes. So …
Simon Rockman, 11 Jan 2015
Bookeen Cybook Ocean

An e-reader you HAVEN'T heard of: Cybook Ocean 8"

Review The e-reader market has not yet been conquered by the likes of Amazon and Kobo. There are still a number of less well known players out there making affordable or niche devices for the discerning shopper. French company Bookeen is focused on European territories with its book store, but that doesn’t mean the English-speaking …
Mark Diston, 10 Jan 2015
Lenovo's P90

Lenovo hopes to say Hello Moto to smartphone cash

A year after buying Motorola, Lenovo is looking to sell a lot of its once highly popular phones. The Chinese company expects the brand to account for 40 per cent of the smartphones it sells next year. Combined Motorola and Lenovo sales of smartphones last year were 85 million. This would make it the third-largest smartphone …
Simon Rockman, 9 Jan 2015
Sony smartband talk

Will hottest CES gadgets be HOT TARGETS for hackers?

This year, more than any other, personal technology dominated the conversation at consumer electronics shindig CES. Wearable and mobile technology was showcased at the expo, and many vendors touted the width and breadth of data collected and managed by these devices, What, then, is going to keep hackers from lifting all that …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jan 2015
Adata DashDrive HD710

Eight pocket-pleasing USB 3.0 hard drives

Product Roundup My, how time flies. It has been a couple of years since El Reg did a group test of external USB3.0 hard drives and comparing prices for 1TB drives between then and now shows how much the price of conventional hard drives has fallen in the meantime. Then, only one drive was under the £100 barrier, this time around, all the ones I …
Simon Crisp, 9 Jan 2015
Sony X85 65-inch flat panel 4K TV

Got a 4King big TV? Ready to stream lots of awesome video? Yeah, about that…

While electronics giants are showing off their internet-connected 4K TVs, most people still do not have the web bandwidth to stream stuff in ultra high-def. That's the conclusion reached by the latest quarterly report [PDF] from internet backbone-manipulation outfit Akamai, which shows that only about 12 per cent of netizens …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Jan 2015

LICK THAT ATM: Diebold and Corning debug displays

Ponder, for a moment, whether the person ahead of you in the queue to use an automatic teller machine (ATM) washed their hands after their last visit to the bathroom. What's that you say? You'll use your card instead? Can't blame you: the prospect of mashing your hands on touch-screens or buttons used by who-knows-how-many …
CES 1978

CES 2015: The good, the mad and the POINTLESS

Breaking Fad Fresh from digesting the gadgets we got for Christmas, the thoughts of tech lovers everywhere turn to Las Vegas. Since it's CES, what happens in Vegas doesn't always tend to stay there, and the annual product-fest is awash with shiny, gleaming tech that could be destined for a living room near you later this year. CES 1978 CES …
Scrooge McDuck

Frontier wipes credit of Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' badboys

Players of the game Elite: Dangerous who were made overnight "billionaires" due to a credit refund glitch will get their "winnings" wiped, the game's maker, Frontier Developments, has said. Initially the company offered the affected "commanders" a choice over whether they kept their loot or had their credit reset in order to …
Kat Hall, 8 Jan 2015

Funster drone jock? Please don’t be a twit – US industry group

CES 2015 Concerned about a potential influx of unsafe and ignorant drone owners, the US Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is backing an initiative to teach safe flying. The industry advocate said that with sales of personal drone 'copters soaring over the holiday season, it would need to step up efforts to keep new owners from …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Jan 2015