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Google's Cardboard VR headset

Google wraps search designer in Cardboard

Google luminary Jon Wiley has taken a sideways jump that's seen as signalling a serious move on the virtual reality market. The change was noticed when Wiley updated his Twitter profile. Previously head of user experience in Google's search business, his profile now describes him as “Principal Designer, Google Cardboard and VR …

You can't put a price on LOVE, says Apple after court's Samsung payout slash

Apple suffered a big legal setback today when a US court reversed part of its patent case against rival Samsung - losing a third of its $930m settlement against the huge Korean chaebol. The US Appeals Court (PDF) found that most of Apple's original infringement claims can stand, but the claim related to the overall look and feel …
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2015
Revenant in Doom reboot

Doom is BOOM! BOOM! BACK!

It's been nearly 11 years but Doom is back. Bethesda Software has released a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it teaser for the reboot of the famous first-person shooter and confirmed the game will be “unveiled” on June 14 at the E3 2015 games show in Los Angeles. It's been a long time since we've seen a truly new version of the 22-year …
Iain Thomson, 18 May 2015
Tim Cook

Use your Apple gizmos only for good, says Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that Steve Jobs' vision of the fruity firm's products conquering the world has been a success, while highlighting how smartphones help tackle injustices. Opening with a joke aimed at competitors' products, Cook reminded attendees at the speech at George Washington University, Washington DC, to …
Nissan Leaf

Nissan CEO: Get ready, our auto-wagons will be ready by 2020

Nissan's CEO has said the company is on track to deliver its driverless cars by 2020, although he expects government regulation to be a stumbling block to their usage on public roads. Whether driverless car technology will achieve any sort of road-worthy licensing from different regulators around the world is still a cause for …
Microsoft Surface 3 Windows 8.1 tablet

Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

Review There’s a commuter who gets off the train where I live who has a tablet down his trousers. Call it the middle-class version of builder’s crack or the male equivalent of the inappropriate G-string, it peeks out over the top of his chinos. Microsoft Surface 3 Windows 8.1 tablet Intel inside: Microsoft's Surface 3 Windows 8.1 …
Gavin Clarke, 18 May 2015
Apple Watch Sport

Apple Watch rationing caused by the MOON GOAT, not quality

Apple's Watch may not be a buggy, broken mess after all - and those adjectives can instead be applied to human resources practices at Taiwanese OEM Quanta. That's the inference being drawn after Quanta vice chairman CC Leung uttered the words below to Digitimes: Because of labor shortages during the Lunar New Year holidays, …
Darren Pauli, 18 May 2015
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Open source power-up on the way for arcade game emulator MAME

MAME – the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator – is going open source. MAME is beloved of retro-gamers, who delight in its ability to run the ROMs of vintage cabinet and console games on Windows, MacOS and Linux. A single Tweet last week – see below – set the cat among the pigeons for fanciers of such fare. MAME is going open …
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2015

Roku 3: Probably the best streaming player on the market ... for now, at least

Review Ok, so let's get this out the way quickly: this updated Roku 3 is the best streaming player on the market right now. And it will most likely remain the best on the market until the Roku 4 arrives toward the end of the year. And yes, that includes the Apple TV fourth generation that everyone expects to be this 2015's pant-wetting …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 May 2015
VR

IN YOUR FACE, Linux and Apple fans! Oculus is Windows-only for now

Facebook's Oculus division has published the tech specs of its Rift virtual reality headset, and it would seem that Apple and Linux fans are out of luck. "Our development for OS X and Linux has been paused in order to focus on delivering a high quality consumer-level VR experience at launch across hardware, software, and content …
Iain Thomson, 16 May 2015

Lightbulbs of the future will come with wireless extenders and speakers

IoT World 2015 There was a lot of clunky technology, standards fretting, evangelizing and platform promotion going on at the Internet of Things World 2015 conference in San Francisco this week, but a few bright ideas. Sengled is a Chinese lightbulb manufacturer based in Shanghai with offices in Europe and the US and it has traditionally sold …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 May 2015
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Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

John "Jeb" Bush, younger brother of ex-president George “Dubya” Bush and former Governor of Florida, has found the solution to America’s healthcare problems: his Apple Watch. At a “town hall” meeting at the Chamber of Commerce in Tempe, Arizona, Jeb said: “I think we should repeal Obamacare,” before pointing at his wristjob, …
Simon Rockman, 15 May 2015
Gears of War 3

Bring the Banhammer! Microsoft declares WAR on leaky Gears Xbox users

Microsoft has struck down the Xbox Live accounts of those who have attempted to leak and share videos of its wide-scale beta test of the upcoming Gears of War remake. Kotaku reports that a memo from games testing company VMC said that Microsoft had both permanently banned the leakers from Xbox Live and temporarily disabled their …

Didn't buy a tablet in Q1? You're not alone

It may just be the start of the post-tablet era, with shipments into retailers and tech distributors tumbling by double digits in the first three months of the year. According to stats for the UK from IDC, 1.7 million slabs were bundled into the channel during Q1, down 23.5 per cent on the same period in 2014. Marta Fiorentini …
Paul Kunert, 15 May 2015
HTC One M9 Android smartphone

Record smartphones sales, but feature phones far from dead

The first quarter of 2015 saw global smartphone sales set a new record of $96 billion, with the most desirable elements being big screens and 4G. The stats come from market analysis firm GfK, which compiles figures for the top handset manufacturers — so while it's happy to trumpet the good numbers, any questions about who sold …
Simon Rockman, 15 May 2015
Google car

Californians get first chance to be RUN OVER by a GOOGLE ROBOT

A number of Google's self-driving car prototypes are expected to leave the Chocolate Factory's test track this summer and head out onto some of the public roads around Mountain View, California. The world's largest ad broker said the robocars had undergone "rigorous testing" to ensure the software and sensors work. However, …
Kat Hall, 15 May 2015
Monty Python TV viewer

Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

Breaking Fad The evolution of TV once again fell under the spotlight at the annual DTG (Digital TV Group) conference held earlier this week in London. The event provides a high profile platform for engineers, service providers, manufacturers and software developers to compare notes and scout out the ever undulating broadcast landscape. If …
Steve May, 15 May 2015
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Apple HomeKit: DELAYED until JUNE, mumble Cupertino spinners

Apple's HomeKit domestic automation reveal has been pushed back after sources whispered that the fruitchomp firm's Internet of Stuff software framework was experiencing delays - while Apple PR insists it's on track for June. Apple was widely expected to launch its HomeKit devices in May or June this year (i.e. now), but delays …
Candy Crush Saga

Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

Microsoft has announced that Candy Crush Saga will be bundled with Windows 10. Redmond has revealed a deal with the game's developer, King, to bring the mega-hit to its new operating system. Other King games will also appear on the platform. That's good news for King, which is finding it hard to satisfy investors. It's bad …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2015
Combo Breaker

Hacker 3D prints device that can crack a combo lock in 30 seconds

A California hacker who has become an expert in cracking locks has invented a 3D-printed machine that can crack a rotary combination lock in around 30 seconds – and he's released the plans, 3D models, and code as open source. Youtube Video A few weeks ago, Samy Kamkar told the world about a manufacturing flaw in Master Lock …
Iain Thomson, 15 May 2015
Apple Watch Sport

Stolen an Apple watch? Want to pawn it off? Good news!

Apple's $17,000 watch is shockingly easy to re-use when stolen – so much so that it's sure to be an even more attractive target to thieves than iPhones. Multiple reports show that the Cupertinian arm candy lacks any sort of remote wipe or locking ability. What's more, they can easily be wiped and paired with a new phone without …
Shaun Nichols, 14 May 2015

The Internet of Things: a jumbled mess or a jumbled mess?

IoT World 2015 Everyone is excited about the "internet of things" – and by excited, we mean seemingly unable to focus on one thing, not thinking very clearly, and talking excitedly about the same topics over and over again. A panel discussion called "Delivering Smart Buildings in the Home" at the IoT World conference this week helped put some …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 May 2015
Study Confirms High Effectiveness of Low Speed Autonomous Emergency Braking

Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

Having your car automatically slam on the brakes to avoid a low-speed accident leads to a 38 per cent reduction in real-world rear-end crashes, says a road safety organisation. European road safety research organisation Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) carried out an analysis of data from various countries. The full …
Simon Rockman, 14 May 2015
Snipping the ribbon to open a new Microsoft Authorized Reseller

'Nokia store? I dunno no Nokia store. This here's a Microsoft Reseller'

The gradual winding-down of Nokia as a consumer electronics brand continues, with Nokia retail stores and Care repair centres worldwide now morphing into Microsoft sales outlets. "Nokia retail stores will be called Microsoft Authorized Resellers and will showcase a range of Microsoft experiences and products including Lumia, …
Neil McAllister, 14 May 2015
Ultra High definition blu-ray logo

4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

The Blu-ray Disc Association has signed off the Ultra HD Blu-ray spec. For those of you who like your video entertainment crisp, the new standard means future disks will be able to handle 3840x2160 resolutions and deliver “significantly expanded color range … high dynamic range and high frame rate content [and] next-generation …
Simon Sharwood, 14 May 2015
Nintendo Championships

Nintendo to revive long-dead 'World Championships' contest

Nintendo is planning to hold a new World Championships gaming contest in 2015, marking the first time it has staged such an event in 25 years. Preliminary rounds of the contest will be held around the US on May 30 at various Best Buy retail stores in major cities. Nintendo has not yet posted location or registration info. The …
Shaun Nichols, 14 May 2015
Tesla powerwall

Oz battery bossmen: Fingers will be burned in the Tesla goldrush

Interview If Elon Musk does spark a market shakeup in home power storage, one of the battlegrounds will be between mature and emerging technologies. With that in mind, The Register spoke to Stuart Smith, CEO of Redflow, and Bruce Ebzery, vice president of business development). Yes, Redflow is a battery company, which means it has its …
A cyclist on the road in London.

UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

A route-planning app that will help lorries avoid left-hand turns – manoeuvres responsible for the majority of road deaths among cyclists – is being piloted in a scheme funded by the government's Transport Systems Catapult. PIE Mapping, a British company which already delivers route-planning products to hauliers, is developing …

RAF radar station crew begs public for cash to buy gaming LAN kit

Update We invite readers to spare a thought today for the operatives at the Royal Air Force's Remote Radar Head (RRH) Staxton Wold tentacle which, while forming a vital part of the UK's Air Surveillance And Control System (ASACS), is apparently no better suited to civilised living than when the Romans first planted a beacon there in …
Lester Haines, 13 May 2015
epson moverio

Epson joins Microsoft in underwhelming 3D glasses

IoT World 2015 You may be really looking forward to 3D glasses but based on the latest tech giant's efforts, it may be some time. Today we tried out Epsom Moverio BT-200 smart glasses at IoT World in San Francisco and were left… underwhelmed. Not for the first time either: earlier this month, we tried out Microsoft's Hololens and the earth …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 May 2015
Samsung Artik

Samsung debuts Artik, its new software n' chips for the Internet of Stuff

IoT World 2015 Samsung has used the occasion of the Internet of Things World conference in San Francisco on Tuesday to unveil Artik, a new set of "building blocks" optimized for wearables and other connected devices. "Artik provides a platform for developers who simply want to focus on building and testing new ideas for IoT," Samsung's Artik …
Neil McAllister, 13 May 2015

Door keys are an option. It's just a matter of time

IoT World 2015 "In order for any internet of things hardware manufacturer to survive, we can't sell hundreds of thousands of units, we have to sell millions," says Jason Johnson, CEO of smart-lock manufacturer August. After years of talking about the "internet of things", this year CES decided 2015 was actually the year of the internet of …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 May 2015
Crucial BX100 and MX200 SSDs

Business or pleasure? Crucial MX200 and BX100 1TB SSDs

Review It’s not often you get an SSD manufacturer launching two new families of drives at the same time, but Crucial is back from kicking the sand into the faces of its competitors with its aggressive pricing policy of the MX100 series. This time it's flexing its muscles with the BX100 and MX200 ranges. Crucial BX100 SSD Budget 1TB …
Simon Crisp, 12 May 2015
Surface 3 in red

For its next trick, Microsoft diminishes the iPad with just a driver

Microsoft has issued a new driver to “enhance mass deployments” of its Surface 3 typoslab. Redmond says the driver will “bring the Surface 3 deployment experience in line with its more business-oriented sibling, Surface Pro 3. The update includes new and enhanced features including those expected in a larger-scale commercial …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2015
Shenzhen downtown

Apple storms to top spot in stagnant Chinese phones market

Apple is now the top smartphone seller in China, topping foreign and domestic competitors alike in the Middle Kingdom, but overall Chinese handset sales fell for the first time in six years. A report from IDC citing sales in the first quarter of 2015 found that the Cupertino idiot tax operation has taken over the top spot on the …
Shaun Nichols, 11 May 2015
Google car

SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

Self-driving cars have put in hundreds of thousands of miles on California's roads and, according to the state's Department of Motor Vehicles, they have had four bumps and scrapes along the way. In September 2014, California's DMV issued new guidelines that allow autonomous vehicles on state roads, as long as there's a human …
Iain Thomson, 11 May 2015
Samsung Galaxy A5

Gaze upon the desirable Son of Alpha: Samsung Galaxy A5

Review The most important Samsung phone of the last 12 months was the Galaxy S6, right? Nah. It was the Galaxy Alpha. The Alpha heralded a momentous change in Samsung design, from tired and mundane to rather stylish, and in material quality, from cheap plastic to high quality metal. Samsung Galaxy A5 Samsung Galaxy A5 In one leap it …
Alun Taylor, 11 May 2015
The Aston Martin HQ at Gaydon houses the factory

Like a Dell factory but what comes out is a LOT more fun: We visit Aston Martin

Vulture @ the Wheel Aston Martin wants to take on Tesla with a 1,000bhp electric version of its Rapide S. The prestige British marque has also recently announced that it has secured funding to build an all-electric crossover car called the DBX. This is all part of a 200m expansion plan for the firm's factory in Gaydon, Warwickshire, and it seemed …
Simon Rockman, 10 May 2015

Ding-dong, the cloud calling: The Ring Video Doorbell

Review If you have ever missed a FedEx delivery and had to drive over to the depot, if you have had someone break into your house, or if you are often a long way from your front door when someone knocks, then you should really consider the Ring doorbell. For $200, it packs a lot in: an HD camera, a high-quality intercom, a motion …
Internet of Things book cover

Building the Internet of Things with Raspberry Pi et al, DIY-style

Page File The Internet of Things (IoT) is all the rage at the moment, with dozens of manufacturers throwing out kit like remote-control lightbulbs, weather stations, thermostats and plenty more. Some of those are great products and some of them are also-rans. Quite a lot, it turns out, are actually simple enough that you could probably …
Passenger plane exploding on the gournd

SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

SFTW, Sir? Some people mature like a fine wine. Others mellow out like a smooth whiskey. Yet others get more sprightly and a bit fruity as they grow older, akin to a strong gin and tonic. I am a cheap Rioja. By this, you understand that I’m widely available and don't cost much but never quite live up to my reputation. In fact, I often …
CHIP

Hordes spaff cash on Chip titchyputer to rival Pi (maybe)

The success of the Raspberry Pi has spawned a cottage industry of imitators, but the budget hobbyist computer's $35 price tag is looking downright expensive compared to the latest arrival – the $9 Chip bare-bones computer. Chip promo vid The Chip comes with an Allwinner A13 ARM-based 1GHz processor, 512MB of DDR3 RAM and 4GB of …
Iain Thomson, 9 May 2015