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Best High-End Laptops: Holiday 2014

High-End Laptop Recommendations Our holiday guides have covered a lot of products so far, and just on the laptop side of things we've looked at budget laptops, Chromebooks, and mainstream offerings – and let's not forget the related Tablets guide, which overlaps with hybrid devices. Show More Summary

Soon EVERYONE will be doing it with a strap-on: The Reg's 20 festive wearables

From wristbands to smart watches Product roundup  Under the tree this Christmas, wearables beyond woolly socks, gloves and tasteless jumpers will be in abundance. Wristbands and smartwatches that track our activity now cover a diverse range of prices and functions. Show More Summary

Sony looks at unpopular Google Glass, shouts 'ME TOO!'

Electronics giant wants to clip a computer to your specs Sony has unveiled a headset display that snaps on to a pair of glasses a la Google Glass.…

NASA planning to explore Venus in manned solar-powered ariship

NASA's Langley Research Center proposes exploring Venus with an airship first before mankind sets foot on Mars. It's not as crazy as it sounds.

ET deals: ScanTool OBDLink MX Bluetooth diagnostic scanner for Android $103, plus Xbox 360 deal

Take control of your car's diagnostics with today's deal on a ScanTool OBDLink MX Bluetooth scanner. On sale now for 49% off, it can save you money at the garage as well as compile a wealth of data about your vehicle's performance.

Pitch Black: New BlackBerry Classic is aimed at the old-school

This mobe is all tool belt and braces Hands on  How can a phone maker sell out of its new smartmobe in advance when no one even knew what was inside? BlackBerry has somehow managed that feat.…

AnandTech Acquired By Purch

Over the past several years AnandTech has grown to be much more than just a PC hardware review site. In fact, we consider ourselves to be just as much about the new mobile world as we do about the old PC world. We leveraged our understanding of component and system architecture in bringing a deeper, more analytical look to mobile silicon and devices. Show More Summary

Symantec is making Norton-protected pants

The more we use devices to store and access sensitive data, the more layers of protection are needed. In this case, Symantec, makers of the famed Norton brand, are adding a physical layer of protection: pants.

Valve enables region locking in Steam, to stop you buying cheap games from Russia

Steam, one of the sole bastions of sanity when it comes to digital games distribution, has enabled region locking on games. This means if you buy a game in one territory, you can no longer use it in another territory -- much like DVD region locking (but more effective, as Steam's region locking hasn't been cracked). Show More Summary

The Apple iPod antitrust lawsuit: Did Apple play fair with its FairPlay DRM?

The long running class action lawsuit, which just concluded in Apple's favor, alleged that Apple acted as an illegal monopolist, artificially keeping iPod prices high by limiting its interoperability with content purchased from other music stores. Is there any basis to these claims, or were Apple's moves simply a case of good, solid business sense?

MPAA’s plan to break DNS in the name of fighting piracy – exposed by the Sony hack

New details from the Sony hack have shown that the MPAA hasn't learned from years of defeat over DNS blocking. The organization is still investigating whether it can compel this kind of action -- despite technical opinions that doing so would compromise the Internet's function.

SpaceX will attempt to land a Falcon 9 rocket on an ocean platform: A huge step towards cheap space travel

On Friday, December 19, SpaceX will attempt one of the most exciting maneuvers in the entire history of space travel: The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket will try to land on a giant platform in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Usually,...Show More Summary

There may actually be life on Mars, according to Curiosity’s new methane data

In a rather shocking turnaround, NASA is reporting with confidence that there is indeed methane on Mars. This methane, which was detected by the Curiosity rover, can only really come from two places: Geological activity... or life. The...Show More Summary

HP Stream 11 Review: A New Take On Low Cost Computing

The low cost Windows laptop world has been a rather frustrating experience over the last several years. Manufacturers created big, bulky designs packed with low resolution TN displays and some of the slowest components they could dig up. Show More Summary

Little big phone: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a toothsome hand-fulla Android

Less really is more this time Review  This has been a year of pain for Android phone makers, and Sony has suffered as much in this over-saturated market as anyone. But manufacturers' pain is your gain. Sony's overlooked Z3 Compact is, for you if not Sony, the happy result.…

Holiday Guides 2014: COTS NAS Units

We have already published holiday guides for mobile devices, motherboards, GPUs and SSDs. Today, we will take a look at the various options available in the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) network-attached storage (NAS) market space. Unlike, say, the GPU market, the COTS NAS market can't be simply delineated based on price and performance. Show More Summary

At last! Something else for smartwatches to do as BMW promises park-by-wristjob demo

GPS-free parking proposed thanks to carpark plans baked into beemers Auto-maker BMW has announced a park-by-wristjob demo at January 2015's CES electronics extravaganza.…

ET deals: Two lines with unlimited LTE on T-Mobile now just $100 a month

T-Mobile continues to challenge the bigger carriers on price, and have just come along with one of the most competitive offers for unlimited 4G LTE data around. For a total cost of just $100 per month, right now you can get two lines with unlimited talk, text and LTE data with nationwide service.

Green implants are coming, and paving the way for implantable WiFi devices

The FDA demands to know exactly how long medical implants will remain in the body, and how they will be removed. A way to avoid these issues entirely is to build implants from biodegradable materials like silk, and biologically safe metals like magnesium. A new device is now under testing that promises to deliver.

Apple WINS iPod antitrust battle: Jury kills $350m payout bid

Cook & co defeat long-running suit over scrubbed MP3s Apple has prevailed in a nearly decade-long legal battle over the way its iPod gadgets handled music not obtained through iTunes.…

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