Microsoft offers Azure customers anti-troll protection
Published in News


Will stick magical wand up their nose


Software King of the World Microsoft will offer customers protection against patent trolling, using its rather impressive collection of cloudy legal patents.

Facebook closes Oculus demo stations
Published in Wearables
Thursday, 09 February 2017 12:17

Facebook closes Oculus demo stations


No one interested


Facebook is closing around 200 of its 500 Oculus Rift virtual-reality demo stations at Best Buy locations across the US.

Intel joins Trump on factory spin
Published in Processors
Thursday, 09 February 2017 11:59

Intel joins Trump on factory spin


Reality out to lunch


This week US president Donald Trump and the Intel CEO Brian Krzanich got together to pretend that Chipzilla was bowing before his glorious orangeness’s demands to set up US factories.

Samsung’s battery factory catches fire
Published in News
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 12:41

Samsung’s battery factory catches fire

 

Cue the jokes

The Tame Apple Press is full of stories claiming that Samsung’s battery factory in Northern China has just caught fire.

Italian robot engineers forget the Italian facts of life
Published in News


Cool idea, which was not thought through properly


Italian engineers at Piaggio came up with a really cool robotic idea which not quite but completely flawed and utterly missed one thing which is a fact of life.

Anonymous data does not live up to its billing
Published in News
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 12:05

Anonymous data does not live up to its billing


Boffins can tie data to your ID most of the time


For a while the standard defence that various companies have used to collect your online data is that it is “anonymised” and cannot be linked back to you.

Intel’s Atom C2000s head for a meltdown
Published in Processors
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 11:51

Intel’s Atom C2000s head for a meltdown


Force themselves into retirement after a couple of years

Chipzilla’s Atom C2000 processor family is shipping with a fault which is going to cost Intel a boatload of cash to fix.

Things getting unreal in Nintendo
Published in Games
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 11:35

Things getting unreal in Nintendo


Learning to use the unreal engine at last

Maker of toilet themed consoles, Nintendo, is finally getting around to embracing third party development tools including the Unreal Engine.

Take-Two sees profit slump
Published in News
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 11:25

Take-Two sees profit slump


Higher royalty payments


Take-Two Interactive Software which is known for the "Grand Theft Auto" video game series, is not doing so well.

iPhone will not get a USB-C connection
Published in Mobiles
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 11:18

iPhone will not get a USB-C connection


That would be helpful for Apple fanboys 

The fruity tax-dodging cargo cult Apple is not going to follow the trend towards USB-C on its coming iPhone 8.