Feeds

Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking

Gifts for the geek in your life - and that means YOU

Security for virtualized datacentres

Pebble Smartwatch

Reg Hardware retro numbers

Perhaps 2014 will be the year of the smartwatch – it sure as heck isn’t going to be the year of desktop Linux... While we’re likely to see smartwatches from many manufacturers, rather a lot of them won’t really be much more than a simple accessory for your Android or iPhone, despite the hype.

Pebble

Pebble is a different. It already has quite a few apps to help you customise it, and for those with a more technical frame of mind – Reg readers, essentially - there’s a readily available SDK to help you develop your own apps and watchfaces for the device. Version 2.0 of the SDK is now in public beta, too, and it brings a heap more useful functionality for changing what the gadget can do.

And, thanks in part to the Pebble’s e-paper screen, its battery life is measured in days, rather than hours, making it more practical than much of the competition.

Price $150 (£91)
More Info Pebble

Raspberry Pi Starter Kit

Reg Hardware retro numbers

Whether it’s actually getting British kids to code at school is open to debate, but there’s no doubt that the Raspberry Pi is a fun bit of kit to play with, whether you want to pick up Python, explore electronics or interface with the Internet of Things.

We reckon this starter kit, at £75, is a pretty good deal. Featuring a case, cables, power supply, Raspberry Pi Model B, mouse and a keyboard, it has everything you’ll need, right down to an SD card with the NOOBS tools to install any of the operating systems pre-loaded on the card.

Pimoroni Raspberry Pi Starter Kit

That means that as soon as the grateful recipients unwrap it, they’ll be able to play straight away - no need to download anything, or mess around formatting cards.

It’s the perfect way to find something to do around 3pm on Christmas Day when there’s sweet FA on the telly.

Price £75
More Info Pimoroni

New hybrid storage solutions

Next page: Roku 3

More from The Register

next story
Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained
They just cannae do it in time, says analyst
Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed
It feels very familiar - but it's still good
Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK
Is EMBIGGENED Apple mobile REALLY that popular?
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID
Cheap and deafening mobes for the subcontinental masses
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.