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Nokia emits Windows Phone 8.1 'Cyan' upgrade for Lumia gear

Nokia is rolling out Windows Phone 8.1 as an over-the-air update that comes bundled with "Cyan," a special feature package that's exclusive to Lumia devices. The move comes two months after the Finnish firm launched the Lumia 630, its first new device since becoming a Microsoft subsidiary and the first phone to ship with Windows …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jul 2014
A fake iPhone with electric shock capabilities

Phab-u-less: Huge MONSTER iPhone 6 not due until 2015 – claim

An analyst has now foretold that the iPhone 6 – an enlarged "phablet" style device – will not be sold until next year. That's the same chap who warned that Apple's long-rumored iWatch won't appear until Christmas this year. Most industry watchers expected the 5.5-inch model to be revealed along with the standard 4.7-inch one in …
Jasper Hamill, 14 Jul 2014

Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

First fondle Microkia's new Lumia 930 is quite a handful – in the best way possible. Let's start with the phone's dimensions. At 9.8mm deep it's rather chunkier than the 8.1mm Galaxy S5 and 7.6mm iPhone 5s. And that's a good thing: in my paws the Apple and Samsung phones sometimes feel a little too thin for casual handling. The 930 feels …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2014

Samsung Z mobe a NO-SHOW at Moscow Tizen Developer Summit

Samsung has suffered another setback in its quest to offer the world an alternative to Android, having failed to launch the first smartphone running its Tizen mobile OS as planned. The Tizen-powered Samsung Z does exist. There were plenty on display at the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco in June. What conference …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jul 2014
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'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE

Apple has patented a method of building an all-glass device which could herald the arrival of a see-through iPhone. It has been granted a patent called "Fused glass device housings" which describes a technique of fusing glass pieces together in a way that makes the whole structure strong enough to withstand an impact. As well …
Jasper Hamill, 9 Jul 2014

Bloodied Samsung's profits down 25% as it clings to mobe crown

Samsung issued unaudited earnings guidance for the second quarter of its fiscal 2014 on Tuesday – and although it once again pulled in an impressive pile of coin, all is not going as well as was hoped for the world's biggest smartphone maker. The company said it now anticipates revenues of around 52.0 trillion South Korean won …
BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry claims ugly duckling Passport mobe is a swan in the offing

BlackBerry's forthcoming Passport handset may look odd at first glance, but the company claims it had good reason to break with traditional smartphone designs for its latest, square-shaped device. "We've been living in a rectangular world for quite some time and know it's a great ergonomic design that drives content, media …

'iPhone 6' survives FRENZIED STABBING. Truly, it is the JESUS Phone

Vid A bloke on the internet has attempted to stab to bits what he describes as an Apple "iPhone 6" - but was stopped dead by the gizmo's frontispiece, perhaps fashioned of wondro-material "sapphire glass". Marques Brownlee, a Youtube tech reviewer who goes under the name MKBHD, managed to get his hands on two dummy models of what he …
Jasper Hamill, 8 Jul 2014
Communicating using the magnetometer

Phone motion sensors can receive data

Video Boffins from the University of Oulu in Finland and Huazhong University in China have put together a prototype that uses an Android smartphone's magnetometer as a short-range one-way communications channel. The applications for such a system are limited, of course: magnetic fields decay very quickly, so the system has a range of …
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Korea’s third biggest phone maker faces $180m OBLITERATION

Troubled Korean handset manufacturer Pantech's stay of execution is drawing to a close as its creditors take action over the firm's 480bn won ($475m, £277m) financial black hole. The mobile networks might bail Pantech out in order to have a rival for LG and Samsung. However, Korea Business reports that the networks are looking …
Simon Rockman, 4 Jul 2014

India’s Karbonn launches £26 Android phone

For the same amount of money as an Apple adapter plug, Indian mobile company Karbonn is selling a fully fledged Android smartphone. The Karbonn Smart A50S is on sale now at a starting price of 2,699 rupees, or twenty-six of your British pounds, SIM-free. It’s only 2G with EDGE support, in part because the IP royalties on 3G are …
Simon Rockman, 4 Jul 2014
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BlackBerry knocks Google's KNOX LOCK PICK for Android

John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry, has hit out at Google’s decision to adopt Sammy’s KNOX security platform across the whole Android ecosystem. In a blog post on the official BlackBerry website Chen is quoted saying: While we applaud Google and Samsung for their plans, we don’t think it’s enough for security-minded enterprises. …
Simon Rockman, 4 Jul 2014
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UK mobile sales in the toilet: Down by FIVE MILLION this year

The UK mobile industry will be five million mobile devices lighter this year if a Brit consultancy's forecasts are to be believed. CCS Insights expects an eleven per cent crash in smartphones shipments and a 14 per cent dive in slabs when compared to box sales last year. Smartphone unit sales dropped 20 per cent year-on-year in …
Simon Rockman, 3 Jul 2014

'Maximized minimalism' is Samsung's spiel for Galaxy S5 Mini

Samsung is shrinking its flagship Galaxy smartphone to produce a 4.5in S5 Mini handset, a trick it says represents "maximised minimalism". The South Korean giant said the Galaxy S5 Mini would sport the smaller screen size as part of an effort to expand the appeal of the Galaxy line to those turned off by the bulkier 5.1in …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Jul 2014
Angry woman on mobile

Anti-snoop Android 'Blackphone' sees the light of day

The “Blackphone”, a super-secure Android handset promised to arrive in late June has just made its deadline, with the announcement that the first batch started to ship on the last day of the month. The handset is the brainchild of Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone and Silent Circle, a secure communications firm founded by …
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Using Android 4.3? Don't let malware snatch your private login keys

If you're one of the 10.3 per cent of Android users running version 4.3, aka Jelly Bean, your login keys are at risk of theft – thanks to a vulnerability in the operating system's KeyStore software. KeyStore, as the name suggests, stores a user's cryptographic keys, which are used by apps to log into services without the user …
Iain Thomson, 30 Jun 2014
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Walmart in iPhone 5s, 5c price slash – gotta make room for that 'iPhone 6', right?

Walmart has cut the prices of iPhone 5 handsets in its stores to, it's assumed, make way for Apple's next smartphone. The retail goliath on Friday slashed the cost of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c smartphones when users purchase a two-year mobile contract. The 16GB iPhone 5c will now start at just $29, down from a previous price …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Jun 2014
LG G3 Android smartphone

LG drops G3 quad HD Android mobe with FRIGGIN' LASER camera

Review LG is releasing its new G3 smartphone today. It’s a large device made slim and comfortable by clever design, and is distinguished by a mind-boggling screen, and a superb camera. It’s let down only by hardware buttons, which can be a challenge to locate with accuracy, and the software execution, which hasn’t really tamed Android …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jun 2014

BlackBerry's Passport will be the WEIRDEST mobe of 2014

BlackBerry teased one the year's most whacky smartphone designs at its shareholder AGM yesterday, but it still isn't ready to disclose any more details. The firm then posted - and deleted - a statement about the BlackBerry Passport. BlackBerry's Passport is striking for a couple of reasons. It has a physical QWERTY keyboard that …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jun 2014
Windsurfer mid-flight (3CX logo in sail)

3CX WebMeeting reviewed: Youthful, but full of promise

3CX has released its newest WebMeeting videoconferencing solution. As I still had the virtual machines from my testing of its software PBX rattling around my lab, trying this latest offering seemed like a good plan. After some fits and starts it tested out well, better than I had expect from a 1.0 product. Unified …
Trevor Pott, 25 Jun 2014
First text

Study of Brit students finds TXTING doesn't ruin your writing

Avid texters and their parents and teachers can relax after a study found that the use of wacky text-speak syntax doesn't appear to spill over into writing performed at school or work. The study, Exploring the longitudinal relationships between the use of grammar in text messaging and performance on grammatical tasks, rounded up …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jun 2014
The Microsoft phone which isn't

Microsoft is still touting Android smartphones – meet the new Nokia X2

Microsoft has revealed the Nokia X2: a dual-SIM version of the Android-powered Nokia X. The Nokia phone for people who want Android Not a Windows Phone ... the new Nokia X2 It runs Jellybean – Android version 4.3 – behind a Windows Phone 8-ish façade. It’s aimed at emerging markets, which prize dual-SIM handsets as price- …
Simon Rockman, 24 Jun 2014
Yahoo! Aviate

Yahoo! Bids! To! Own! Your! Smartmobe! Home! Screen!

Yahoo! is continuing its search for relevance, launching an Android environment that would let the ad-farmer run your smartphone's home screen. Pitched as a convenience thing, the app, called Aviate, was debuted in this Tumblr post. Product manager Mark Daiss writes that the aim of Aviate is to make “your phone smarter by …

Senate heavyweights forge bipartisan accord on phone unlocking

Two US senators – the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee – have announced a rare bit of bipartisanism in the fractious US government: they've agreed on a bill to allow consumers to unlock their smartphones once their carrier contracts expire. Democrat Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Republican Chuck Grassley …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jun 2014

Foxconn to take on 100 THOUSAND workers prior to iPhone 6 launch

Foxconn is preparing for the release of the iPhone 6 by embarking upon a huge hiring spree. A report from Reuters indicates Foxconn, aka Hon Hai Precision Industry, is looking to expand its workforce by up to 100,000 people. Production of the latest iPhone is due to begin next month, with the Taiwanese reports suggesting …
Jasper Hamill, 23 Jun 2014
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'Heartbleed-based BYOD hack' pwns insurance giant Aviva's iPhones

Mobile device management systems at insurance giant Aviva UK were last month hit by an attack – purportedly based on the Heartbleed exploit, although the firm denies this – that appeared to allow the perpetrator to royally screw with workers' iPhones. The insurance giant has played down the breach but El Reg's mole on the inside …
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2014

Google, Microsoft to add remote KILL switch to phones

Pressure from US lawmakers has convinced Microsoft and Google to add a kill switch to their smartphone operating systems in a move to deter the larcenous. The pressure came from "Secure our Smartphones" (SOS), an organization set up by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2014
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BlackBerry bottoms out: Vows to wow with new Berries

BlackBerry is staying in the handset market by the skin of its teeth by confirming two new models will arrive this year. The two new devices will be called BlackBerry Passport, a full touch device, and BlackBerry Classic, a QWERTY model designed to alleviate the awkwardness of BB10. The Passport and Classic will be released in …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jun 2014
Evil Android

Columbia U boffins HACK GOOGLE PLAY to check apps

It's the app developer's equivalent of hiding the door keys under the mat: researchers from Columbia University have found Android apps containing the developers' secret keys. That's a more serious issue than the old “don't re-use passwords”: the thousands of credentials embedded by developers, blithely assuming they're not …
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Amazon's not-actually-3D Fire: Bezos' cash register in YOUR pocket

If you like smartphones and you like shopping, then you just might like the Fire Phone, the first handset to be released by Jeff Bezos' etail juggernaut Amazon - and as you'd expect, it's all about shopping. The announcement that Bezos' e-tail titan plans to release an own-branded mobe came as no surprise, but what was actually …
Neil McAllister, 19 Jun 2014
Evil Android

Researchers warn of preloaded spyware in Android handsets

Security firm G-Data is warning users about their discovery of malware shipping preinstalled on some Chinese mobile phones. The German researchers said that they followed up on customer tips to study the Star N9500 mobile phone. The handsets, sold on eBay and many other online retail sites, are said to primarily be shipped out …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jun 2014
Apple iOS 7

Bloke squeezes Apple's boules, predicts millions of iPhone 6s, iWatches

Apple has enough sapphire glass within its grasp for two models of the iPhone 6, if one was to appear, as well as the semi-mythical iWatch, an independent analyst has claimed. Matt Margolis, of Wall Street Forensics, has scoped out GT Advanced Technologies, the firm tasked with operating Apple's sapphire factory in Mesa, Arizona …
Jasper Hamill, 16 Jun 2014
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AT&T has Amazon 3D smartphone on lockdown – report

Updated Pictures and specs of a new "3D" smartphone expected to be unveiled by Amazon on 18 June have already leaked online. And just this morning we see reports that giant US carrier AT&T has inked a deal to lock the phone to its network.* But what can we really expect? Judging by the unofficial snaps, the rumoured mobe looks like …
Simon Rockman, 16 Jun 2014
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IBM says it's made your mobe more chatty

One of Big Blue 's out-of-sight, out-of-mind divisions says it has developed chippery to extend the range, speed and battery life of mobile phones. IBM last week announced the 7SW SOI, a Radio Frequency Silicon on Insulator it says is the latest in a product line it says has already clocked up over seven billion sales around the …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jun 2014
NEMA 5 plug socket

Apple: REIGN OF FIRE coming to Europe courtesy of old iPhone chargers

Apple has recalled an iPhone charger over fears it could burn down fanbois' houses. Although the fruity firm stopped short of warning of imminent conflagrations, it euphemistically said that certain models of the Apple 5W European USB power adapters "may overheat and pose a safety risk" Anyone concerned about their charger …
Jasper Hamill, 13 Jun 2014

LEAKED: Redmond not allowed to sell 'Nokia' smartphones after 2015

Microsoft has 18 months left to use the Nokia brand name on its smartphones and mutant Androids, according to leaked notes prepared for internal marketing guidance. Microsoft bought Nokia's phones business in April. Ironically, Redmond can continue using the Nokia brand longest for the part of Nokia it bought but didn't really …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Jun 2014

Huawei Ascend P7: We review the PANORAMIC SELFIE smartphone

Review Last year Huawei crept into the No 3 spot for smartphone sales worldwide without anyone really noticing. At least not here, where Chinese giant is known (if it’s known for anything) for its networking equipment. But with the Ascend P7, it raises its game in two ways. It’s Huawei’s first 4G phone, and it's by far the most …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jun 2014
Geeksphone Revolution Android/Firefox OS Smartphone

Doubletalk: Geeksphone Revolution dual-OS smartphone

Review Open-source enthusiasts have hailed Mozilla’s Firefox smartphone operating system as a liberation from the power and intrusiveness of Google, Apple and Microsoft, who each demand your soul in return for getting the most out of their mobile OSes. The open-source crowd may have a point, though a larger number of commentators are …
Alun Taylor, 5 Jun 2014
Just what the world needs - another phone platform and ecosystem

Samsung in a TIZZY: OH PLEASE make apps for our Tizen Z mobe

Samsung has unveiled the Samsung Z, a quad-core Tizen OS smartphone that's fuelled the rumour mill for months. The mobe is powered by an operating system championed by the Linux Foundation. It will appeal to network operators that want to tout apps, and object to Google and Apple taking revenue from software sold through Google …
Simon Rockman, 2 Jun 2014
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USA! USA! ... Aw, screw it. Motorola to close Texas smartphone plant

Motorola Mobility's adventure in stateside manufacturing is coming to an end, with the Google subsidiary announcing that it plans to close its Fort Worth, Texas factory less than a year after launching its vaunted Moto X smartphone. The plant opened in May 2013 specifically to assemble the Moto X for US customers, but The Wall …
Neil McAllister, 30 May 2014
Simband concept drawing

Samsung wants to 'thingify' your BODY with Simband

Samsung has taken the wraps off a reference design with the idea of “sensorising” the human body, and it's neither a wrist-phone nor a smartwatch. Imagine, if you like, replacing “machines that go ping*” with wires or sensors communicating with a wristband, and you've got a start on its Simband concept. As Samsung says, it's a …

A budget phablet, what a curious thing: Reg puts claws to the Lumia 1320

Review My bit of London is phablet city... or phondleslab city, if you prefer. But it isn't the media luvvies* or the bankers or the barristers who live here who carry the phablets, it's the people who work for them. The 4G-LTE-supported smartphone-cum-tablets are wielded by the nannies and cleaners, for whom it might be their only …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 May 2014