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Apple's iPad - fat iPhone without the phone

Comment Steve Jobs succeeded in surprising no one. The Apple CEO took to a San Francisco stage Wednesday morning to announce Apple's latest effort to change the face of mobile computing, and even the device's name was no surprise. The Reg first dubbed Apple's impending tablet the "iPad" last October. Essentially a beefed-up iPod touch …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Jan 2010
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Apple's iPad - the tablet with the data center soul

Comment The soul of Apple's soon-to-be-unveiled iPad won't reside in Cupertino. You'll find it in Catawba County, North Carolina. That's the whereabouts of the WestStar Mission Critical Data Park, where Apple is busily building its $1bn data center, scheduled to open later this year. Yes, we're fully aware that the iPad is still a …
Rik Myslewski, 20 Jan 2010
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iSlate? I spy more control from Cupertino

Apple is probably going to launch some sort of tablet PC next month, probably on January the 26th, but is this a revolution in computing or a revolution in control? The iSlate will take the iPhone concept into a decent-sized package, but more importantly for Apple it takes the security and control model into the realm of laptop …
Bill Ray, 31 Dec 2009
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Samsung's Galaxy stuck in history

Comment It seems no one will be updating the Galaxy to Android 2, annoying customers whose purchase decision was based on what it would do rather than what it could do. The Galaxy was launched in September and has been updated a couple of times since, but it seems that the handset won't be getting an upgrade to Android version 2 despite …
Bill Ray, 30 Dec 2009
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It's the end of TV as we know it

Comment Carphone Warehouse has signed up to Project Canvas and the BBC is to promote it. This probably heralds the beginning of the end for broadcast TV. The addition of Carphone Warehouse just before Christmas, brings in the recently-acquired Tiscali TV operation, with its experience of using video on demand to deliver services that …
Bill Ray, 29 Dec 2009
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Traffic reports for the wrong country? There's an iPhone app for that

It's central London and it's time to go home. So you just fire up Navigon MobileNavigator before you go, to check Traffic Live for potential bottlenecks. Hmm, looks like there's congestion around the port of Dunkerque, so we'd best rule out that short cut to Hackney via Dover and Lille. But on the other hand, there are no …
John Lettice, 22 Dec 2009
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Android's delicate guts ripped apart

Photos Sure, plenty of people have cracked the iPhone's software, but the Droid's hardware? That's a different matter. Motorola's engineers have worked hard to make their debut Android-powered phone as delicate - and difficult - to deconstruct as possible. The tear-down crew at PhoneWreck got to grips with this Google-powered midget, …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Nov 2009
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Citrix: Novell's only option for virtualization marriage

What is commercial Linux distributor Novell going to do about server and desktop virtualization? It's a good question, and one that the company's top brass has not really addressed. In July 2006, with the launch of SUSE Linux 10, Novell was the first commercial Linux vendor to ship a Xen hypervisor tuned for Linux. And it is …
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Apple tablet spooks world of PCs

Opinion That long-awaited Apple tablet/netbook/media-pad/ebook/whatever has yet to be confirmed let alone offered for sale, and it's already scaring the bejesus out of the competition. And for good reason. As we reported earlier today, an unnamed "veteran analyst" who claims to have had the rare honor of actually laying hands on the …
Rik Myslewski, 3 Aug 2009
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Apple SD Cards fuel (more) Mac tablet chatter

A SanDisk investment commentator, blogging as Savolainen, reckons Apple is going to introduce a tablet or netbook-type Mac. Yes, you've heard this before. But this time, the evidence lies with the SD Card adoption by MacBook Pros. Notebook computers used to employ a PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2009
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Intel to double SSD capacity

Intel is expected to bring forward the projected doubling of its SSD capacities to as early as next month. The current X18-M and X25-M solid-state drives (SSDs) use a 50nm process and have 80GB and 160GB capacities with 2-bit multi-level cell (MLC) technology. A single level cell (SLC) X25-E has faster I/O rates and comes in …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2009
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Remembering the true* first portable computer

A lot of folks tend to honor the Osborne 1 as the world's first mass-produced portable computer. The machine was admittedly an early pioneer in totable systems in 1981, but another, much-earlier computer perhaps really deserves the credit. This old box logo Some 20 years before the Osborne's release, the American government …
Austin Modine, 5 Jun 2009

RealNetworks claims CSS license lets it copy DVDs. Sues studios

RealNetworks is filing an anti-trust action against the major US studios. It says it has a license to use CSS decryption which it obtained legally, and therefore its RealDVD copying software is not only legal, but attempts by the studios to block it amount to anti-trust. It will be interesting to see if a court agrees. Subtly it …
Faultline, 21 May 2009

Intel playing virtual silly buggers

Opinion You're supposed to be able to run an x86 app on any Intel x86 (or AMD x86) processor. That's what x86 compatibility means, right? Wrong: Windows 7 XP Mode won't run on many multi-core Intel processors because Intel is arsing about with its Intel VT feature. For a PC to run Windows 7's XP Mode, the system must support either …
Chris Mellor, 7 May 2009
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Sockets, cores and threads, oh my

Intel gave us lucky hacks a post-Nehalem launch briefing to outline aspects of its near-term processor roadmap. Here's a fast-paced tour through the briefing content. Intel reassured us that it could see Moore's Law progression being maintained for another ten or so years with the process shrinks and other developments in its …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2009

eSATA: A doomed stopgap?

Comment The external SATA (eSATA) interconnect is merely an interim idea and the coming of USB 3.0 will kill it off, according to Verbatim's EMEA business development manager Hans Christoph Kaiser. The background is that eSATA, running at 3Gbit/s (around 300MB/sec), is meant to connect external disk drives to PCs using the SATA protocol …
Chris Mellor, 20 Mar 2009

Eric Schmidt reanimates el cheapo PC zombie

Fail and You Last week, Eric Schmidt ran his mouth off again at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference in San Francisco. Schmidt commented that one of the new business models in the pipe for internet businesses is giving out free or subsidized computers to users and stacking paper on the ad revenue. He didn't actually say that this is …
Ted Dziuba, 9 Mar 2009

25 years of Mac - the good, the bad, and the cheese grater

Opinion On Saturday, January 24th, the Apple Macintosh turns 25. Over the short history of personal computing, no machine has inspired so much love and so much loathing, so many fanatical fans and so many frothing detractors. And so many opinions. So very many opinions. No doubt, you have your own. And I have mine. Here, I give you the …
Rik Myslewski, 24 Jan 2009

25 years of Macintosh - the Apple Computer report card

Part One In two short months, Apple's Macintosh will turn 25 years old. My, how tempus doth fugit. To mark the awesome inevitability of January 24, 2009 following January 24, 1984 after exactly one quarter-century, tech pundits will bloviate, Apple-bashers will execrate, and Jobsian fanboyz will venerate the munificence that flows …

The secret sauce in SanDisk's ExtremeFFS

SanDisk's ExtremeFFS technology can speed random writes to flash memory up to 100 times but doesn't do anything for sequential writes. How does it work? The company says ExtremeFFS (Extreme Flash File System) "operates on a page-based algorithm, which means there is no fixed coupling between physical and logical location. When a …
Chris Mellor, 7 Nov 2008

Dell preps software de-dupe, SSD launches

Dell plans to incorporate block-level de-duplication and SSD drives into its storage line-up, as it banks on the credit crunch to revive its rep amongst cost-conscious corporates. Deduplication Praveen Asthana, Dell's Director of Enterprise Storage, said that the DL2000 disk-to-disk (D2D) backup appliance is a good model for …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2008
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Acer: We’re comin’ at ya, Dell

And so to Budapest last month for Acer’s annual global press conference. What did I learn? That Acer in recent years rose without trace to become easily the world’s third biggest PC vendor. That in the first half of this year, the company supplanted Dell to become the world’s second biggest laptop supplier. And that the Acer …
Drew Cullen, 6 Oct 2008

How many terabytes can you fit on a 2.5-inch hard drive?

Can we expect 2.5TB 2.5-inch hard drives and 5TB 3.5-inch drives by 2012? It seems realistic if the claims of hard disk drive toolmaker MII, Hitachi GST, and others are realised. To reach these levels, platter areal density needs to increase and read/write head capabilities also need to improve. Current areal density mass …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2008

Dell: We went green too early

Dell has admitted it won't earn much return on the energetic greening of its operations and products, until CIOs get paid to have greener data centres. Michael Dell, Dell's founder, chairman and CEO, said in a briefing with journalists in London today, that the underlying interest in green matters is growing at a fast pace. …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2008

Netbooks to steer mobile PC demand ahead of curve, claims Intel

IDF Worldwide shipments of mobile computers will match those of desktops this year - and it's all thanks to the Asus Eee PC and its ilk. So said Intel mobility chief Dadi Perlmutter yesterday at the chip giant's bi-annual Developer Forum. But while that's good news for the Atom chip family, it's less pleasing for the folk behind …
Tony Smith, 20 Aug 2008

Lovefilm 1, BitTorrent/iTunes/retail 0

I've given up buying DVDs, though I haven't stopped watching them. Quite the reverse - I'm watching more movies and TV series than ever before. Before you suggest it, I'm not downloading anything either. Last year, I took out a £13-a-month subscription with DVD rental service Lovefilm.com. I can rent as many movies as I care to …
Tony Smith, 25 Jul 2008

Apple under the gun to master the iPhone's 'second album'

Comment When your band scores its first big hit album, your work isn’t finished. No, sir . . . your troubles have just begun. You and the other three members of Lower GI had seven years to put together your smash CD, “Negative For Lupus.” And you got to do it with the benefit of no expectations or attentions from the record industry, a …
Andy Ihnatko, 9 Jun 2008

Apple to announce handheld games console at WWDC?

Comment It's Monday lunchtime, and Apple's online store is still out of iPhones. Left-of-field speculation says this means the 3G iPhone's release is coming sooner than thought. If so, what might Apple have in mind for its Worldwide Developer Conference instead? In recent weeks, UK iPhone suppliers O2 and Carphone Warehouse have both …
Tony Smith, 12 May 2008

Only insanity would lead Apple to make a mobile chip play

Comment So, here's the deal. If Steve Jobs can actually turn the acquisition of chip start-up PA Semi into a fruitful mobile endeavor, then he's an even more fantastic genius than the world has guessed to date. Because this deal seems to make almost no sense at first blush if you swallow the souped-up iPhone line. The conventional …
Ashlee Vance, 23 Apr 2008

Palm 'innovative Wi-FI device' invite points to Foleo revamp?

Forgotten Tech Is Palm about to put its once-canned Foleo notebook-alternative back on the agenda? That's one possible conclusion to draw from a claim the company's currently seeking testers for an "innovative new product". The invitation, sent out to a number of customers in the US, states that successful candidates must be heavy smartphone …
Tony Smith, 22 Apr 2008

Music biz proposes 'iPod tax' in return for format-shift freedom

A UK music industry trade body has proposed a tax on MP3 players that would not only ensure musicians and labels are paid their dues, but also that consumers who pay their way effectively have to cough up twice. The tax has been suggested by the Music Business Group (MBG), an umbrella body that lists as its members organisations …
Tony Smith, 17 Apr 2008

Intel launches R&D initiative to invent PDA

IDF Intel today disclosed a raft of technologies that will drive a research initiative it hopes will put the Assistant back into the Personal Digital Assistant, one of the most inappropriately applied acronyms in the history of personal computing. Intel's plan is called 'Carry Small, Live Large', and while the slogan's new, the …
Tony Smith, 1 Apr 2008

Ghosts of the 128KB Mac haunt the iPhone, Touch

Comment Are mobile gadgets tools, or just toys? There's one way to find out of course, the hard way. Throw something at the market in a recession, and see if it finds a use. Apple has created a wonderful new user interface for its iPhone, iPod Touch and Mac notebooks that should be the basis for a generation of consumer products. But …
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Remembering the Coleco Adam

This Old Box Technology product failures will always have a special spot in my heart. Perhaps it's comforting to know even when a team of seemingly talented and intelligent people put their heads together — it sometimes only results in a painful, coconut-like thud in the center of the huddle. This old box logo This week's box is a unique …
Austin Modine, 4 Feb 2008

Qualcomm and Intel go head-to-head in mobile internet devices

The convergence of PC and cellphone architectures has brought Intel and Qualcomm increasingly into conflict, and at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, both showed prototypes of their platforms for next generation mobile devices. Both silicon giants, along with device makers like Nokia, see the current …
Wireless Watch, 15 Jan 2008

Pioneer Project Kuro 'Extreme Contrast' first look

CES Pioneer proudly premiered its Project Kuro "Extreme Contrast" presentation at CES, and Register Hardware was exclusively invited to see this awesome, absolute black TV in action. Shown only as a concept, with no indication of when it might come to market, Pioneer has been working on the top secret "Project Kuro" in a bid to …
Scott Snowden, 8 Jan 2008

Panic in smartphoneland

Analysis Google is set to give the mobile phone business a body blow today - the second punch in the guts it's had this year. Apple delivered the first blow, by turning the operators' subsidy model upside down - as well as making rival manufacturers look like knuckle-dragging Neanderthals. But Google's arrival may prove to be more …
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Manhunt, mods and maddened mothers

Analysis It took about 24 hours after the release of Manhunt 2 for hackers to remove filters that censor the video game's most grisly scenes. I'm crossing my fingers this one goes away quick. It's too early to tell how much media controversy will arise from the latest video game censorship gaffe, it's clear we haven't heard the last of …
Austin Modine, 3 Nov 2007

Wii broke my ribs, Zelda finished me off

Reader Comment We've all heard about Wii related damage to property and people, but I think my case is perhaps a little different. If it wasn't for the fact that the inevitable outcome would be for every Wiimote sold from this date to be encased in an inertia-dampening field and under no circumstances be actually used by a person then I would …
Mowstree, 30 Oct 2007

Greenpeace: iPhone crit makes for more headlines

Eco-oriented non-governmental organisation Greenpeace has tacitly admitted it's been focusing its criticism of the mobile phone industry on Apple's iPhone because it gets more headlines. Nothing wrong with that per se. As a campaigner, Greenpeace should be seeking the best opportunities to get its message across. Unless, as …
Tony Smith, 23 Oct 2007

Apple to dial x86 for iPhone?

Suddenly, Apple's apparent downer on third-party iPhone software development becomes much clearer. Taiwanese moles claim the company is considering founding future iPhones on the next generation of Intel's Ultra Mobile Platform. Today's iPhones are based on ARM processor technology. Intel abandoned its ARM chip line in practice …
Tony Smith, 3 Oct 2007

iPod Touch: how the Jesus Phone was really John the Baptist

Comment So was nine months of relentless iPhone hype and froth just a distraction? Not quite, but you could be forgiven for thinking so. I believe Apple's most important product of 2007 was actually announced this week, and its significance has been slow to sink in. It might be one of the cleverest moves Apple's ever made. The 'Jesus …