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Solar flare from sunspot AR1339

WATCH LIVE: Comet ISON DESTROYED by Sun, NASA brains fear

It's being billed as an epic battle between two cosmic forces - and The Reg is pleased to point our readers to a free ringside seat. In the live NASA feed below, you be able to watch the nail-biting moments before and after the 2km wide Comet Ison reaches its closest point of approach to the Sun at 18:44 GMT (13:44 Eastern, 10: …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Nov 2013
EU Kids Online

China's Qihoo unveils kids' smart watch for nosy parents

Controversial Chinese web and AV firm Qihoo 360 has entered the smart watch market with a new device aimed at paranoid parents who want to track their children’s whereabouts. The wrist-mounted gadget has been designed to “help parents protect their children from human trafficking and other tragic accidents”, Qihoo founder Zhou …
Phil Muncaster, 31 Oct 2013

WOW! Google invents the DIGITAL WATCH: What a time to be alive

Google has driven the world bonkers with glimpses of Android-powered smartwatches – the first gadgets to use the web giant's new Android Wear operating system for wearable computers. The ad kingpin did not reveal specific release dates for the devices today, but it has apparently lined up hardware makers Asus, LG, HTC, Samsung …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Mar 2014
Cookoo smartwatch

Bulgarian bloke blabs LG's smart watch plan

Korea's other giant electronics manufacturer, LG, has let slip that it too plans a smart watch, if Bulgarian outlet Dnenvnik Is to be trusted. Dnenvnik this week carried an interview with Dimitar Vulev, manager for mobile communications products at LG's Bulgarian outpost. The interview meanders towards the topic of smart …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Aug 2013

Ubisoft's Watch Dogs muzzled by delays

Spooks working at one of Europe's largest defence contractors have warned that the delayed Ubisoft game Watch Dogs could create a whole new generation of hackers. Cyber-security experts at Thales, a French multinational defence firm, are nervous that kids will be "turned on" to hacking by the new game. However, they may have …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Oct 2013
Tikker, the watch that counts down to your death

DEATH WATCH counts down seconds to wearer's demise

A self-described group of "designers, free-thinkers, lovers and life-aficionados" has launched a Kickstarter project for a new digital wristwatch that keeps time by counting down the moments until the wearer's death. Tikker, the watch that counts down to your death Last orders, please "Imagine someone told you that you only …
Neil McAllister, 08 Oct 2013
REID index

Ahhh, SATISFACTION: Watch while we set a NAS on FIRE

A vendor has made the silly mistake of claiming its kit is fireproof, prompting a certain El Reg hack to ponder where he'd left his matches... The vendor in question is IOsafe, whose products have been reviewed on El Reg before. Last time, its single-disk unit survived being dunked in a well for far longer than originally …
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer and CFO Ken Goldman

Yahoo! starts $1.99 'watch list' to recycle old usernames

Yahoo! has begun to recycle old usernames from inactive accounts and is starting a three-year paid service so that users can put dibs on the ones that they want. In July, Yahoo! said it planned to allow people to change their usernames for something a little more personal and asked for volunteers to sign up for the program. It …
Iain Thomson, 26 Aug 2013
Hoptroff atomic watch

Brit horologist hammers out ‘first’ ATOMIC-POWERED watch

Could this be the chronometrist’s ultimate timepiece, the peak of horological haute couture? British bespoke movement maker Hoptroff today claimed to have produced the world’s first personal chronometer with an on board atomic clock. The result, says Hoptroff, is a accuracy of 1.5 seconds every 3.15 x 1010 seconds - that’s 1000 …
Tony Smith, 01 May 2013
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CipherCloud launches 'watch your cloud app' protection

CipherCloud is rolling out a new iteration of its cloud-based security and data loss prevention (DLP) environment which it says focuses on interoperability with existing environments. Founder and CEO Pravin Kothari says CipherCloud recognises that enterprises already have big investments in security products – malware protection …

Netflix dares UK freetards: Watch new Breaking Bad NOW or torrent it?

Video-on-demand service Netflix will give viewers on both sides of the Atlantic near instant access to one of the most anticipated TV drama climaxes: the final episodes of Breaking Bad. Streaming the brand new, hotly awaited programmes to UK fans within hours of their premiere in America is seen as an industry first and a clear …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Aug 2013
Smarter Memory

Watch Smarter: video guide to... SSD installation

An SSD is arguably the best hardware upgrade you can instal on any laptop or desktop PC. These hard drive replacements come in a range of capacities and prices delivering instantly noticeable improvements in performance along with enhanced reliability. Our exclusive video has all the info you need to go about the installation …
Planetoid crashes into primordial Earth

SPACE VID: Watch JUMBO ASTEROID 2000 EM26 buzzing Earth

If there's nothing on TV tonight, or you're suffering from insomnia, readers of The Register can always tune in to an asteroid flyby, broadcast live online by the Slooh Observatory. Slooh's cameras will start streaming commentary and footage of near-Earth space rock 2000 EM26, here and in the player below, from 6pm Pacific …
Smarter Memory

Watch smarter: video guide to... SSDs

The solid state drive (SSD) is like a fast hard disk drive (HDD) with no moving parts. Many SSDs can be used as direct replacements for mechanical hard drives, although usually with a capacity restriction. Our exclusive video has all the info you need to make the right choice. var MediaPlayerVars = { '_': { 'http://www. …

Watch BLUBBERING BILLION-DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft goodbye love-gush leaks

Footage of a teary and emotional Steve Ballmer professing his love for Microsoft at a farewell bash has hit the web. The outgoing outgoing CEO told 13,000 workers that the company is like his fourth child, but that “children do leave the house... in this case, I guess I’m going to leave the house”. Ballmer opened his heart to …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Sep 2013

Microsoft's next device could be a Surface Watch

Rumors that Microsoft may be looking to jump on the wearable computing bandwagon are gaining steam, with sources claiming that Redmond's Surface group is testing a smartwatch based on Windows 8. Reports that Microsoft is working on digital watch designs first emerged in April, with The Wall Street Journal claiming that the …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jul 2013

Watch the MIT MER-BOT – half droid, half soft 'fish' – swim by itself

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have constructed a fish-like robot which they say will be more durable and safe for everyday use. Based on "soft" robotics technologies, the unit combines a computational system and power supply with a movement system based on a compressed gas pump and a series of tubes …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Mar 2014

AMD starts year, checks watch, hurries out Warsaw Opterons

Chip fiddler AMD has delivered two new Opteron chips for data centers keen on getting their mits on low-cost servers built to Facebook's "Open Compute" design. AMD's new 16-core Opteron 6370P AMD's new Opteron 6370P – 16 cores, no waiting (click to enlarge) The new Opteron 6300 chips, code-named Warsaw, were announced by …
Jack Clark, 22 Jan 2014
The Register breaking news

Watch quantum entanglement – IN REAL TIME

It doesn't actually demonstrate any new properties of entanglement, but it's cool anyhow: a group of Austrian physicists have produced a video showing entanglement in real time. Yep, what Einstein called “spooky action at a distance” is now on YouTube (below). It took a fair amount of work for the scientists from the University …
Smarter Memory

Watch Smarter: video guide to... HDDs

Hard drives are still the most cost-effective way of adding extra storage capacity to a desktop or laptop. They are cheap to buy, easy to use and remarkably robust in service. Solid-state drives may be quicker, but while the prices of hard drives continue to fall, their capacity goes on climbing, so the overall cost per gigabyte …
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New use for old iPhones: Watch your house get robbed in REAL-TIME

Fanbois have been offered a new way of keeping their home safe – well, sort of – as long as they've managed to avoid chucking away all their old fondleslabs. A firm called People Power has released an app which turns old iPhones and iPads into home security devices which will allow Apple fans to keep an eye on their home. The …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

China Labor Watch gumshoes uncover TOP SECRET PLASTIC IPHONE

The first concrete details of Apple's cheapo plastic iPhone have been inadvertently revealed during a recent labour rights' group probe into alleged worker abuse on Cupertino's Chinese production line. China Labor Watch produced a long document describing the alleged long working weeks of workers at three Pegatron facilities and …
Jasper Hamill, 30 Jul 2013
Smarter Memory

Watch Smarter: video guide to... memory cards

Memory cards come in a dozen different shapes and sizes. And speeds too. Selecting the best card match to the gear that uses them isn't as simple as it might seem. Our exclusive video has all the info you need to make the right choice. var MediaPlayerVars = { '_': { 'http://youtu.be/LYIBNPw1h8E': {autostart: 'true …
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Spin that disk drive forecast, Gartner: Watch those desktop units dive

Gartner is forecasting that total hard disk drive shipments will grow at a leisurely 2.9 per cent CAGR from 2013 (552 million units) to 2018 (635.1 million units). But bear in mind that's an average: desktop drives unit shipments will be shrinking at a -7 per cent CAGR over the period while high-capacity business drives grow at …
Chris Mellor, 31 Mar 2014
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Microsoft brings back Windows watch after Apple seeks 'flexible' bod

Microsoft is working on a touch-enabled watch despite calling time last year on its earlier efforts. The revelation comes hot on the heels of rumours that rival Apple is working on an iWatch - which were further fuelled by Cupertino's posting of a job ad for a flexible display expert. The Wall St Journal reports that Microsoft …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Apr 2013
RoboCop

A use for the Internet of Things: ROBOCOP Neighbourhood Watch

The Internet of Things may be a young field, but researchers are already cooking up a filesystem to simplify how devices share information with one another, which could lead to community-backed services such as an automated neighborhood watch. One effort involving eggheads from Microsoft Research and the University of Texas at …
Jack Clark, 05 Nov 2013
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Watch out spooks: STANDARDS GROUPS are COMING AFTER YOU

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has vowed that the NSA won't be allowed to get away with its nefarious surveillance of the internet any more … as soon as 1,100 boffins can agree on a PRISM-proofing plan. The IETF met this week in Canada and the communiqué issued makes it plain that the standards body is mad as hell …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Nov 2013
Smarter Memory

Watch Smarter: video guide to... optical disc drives

Over the years, the capacity of optical drives has steadily increased, with new formats offering cost-effective storage to suit archiving needs, as well as the demands of high-resolution movie playback. If you fancy upgrading your PC from CD to DVD or DVD to Blu-ray or perhaps prefer an external option it’s probably cheaper than …
Hard Reg, 25 Jul 2012

Go-go Gadget watch? Apple posts job ad for 'flexible display' bod

Apple has pulled a job advert looking for a flexible display expert just a week after it was posted. The fruity firm placed an advert on its American site on 1 April which said it had a role as a "senior optical engineer" that needed to be filled. The notoriously secret firm has not revealed why it binned the message, but it is …
Jasper Hamill, 12 Apr 2013
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Sysadmins forced to CLEAN UP after bosses WATCH SMUT at work

Oops: according to a malware study from ThreatTrack Security, “visiting a pornographic Website” is one of the top four reasons that companies' “senior leadership team” members cop malware infections. The study talked not to the victim companies, but to 200 malware analysts that had worked for infected companies. They found that …
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Amazon's EYE-OF-SAURON KindlePhone will watch you with FOUR cameras - report

Amazon's long slog to developing its own smartphone will bear fruit with the launch of two new models in 2014, the details of which appear to have been revealed in an unverified post by an "insider" on HN heard all over the tech world. All the project has yielded so far are some wildly improbable net rumours that need to be …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Oct 2013
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This weekend: Watch HOT STARS shower! Moon won't interfere

The most highly anticipated meteor shower of the year, the Perseids, are due to start their usually prolific streak through the sky tomorrow night and run until Monday. Perseid meteor captured by Bill Pinnell. All rights reserved Perseid meteor captured by Bill Pinnell back in 2009. The Perseids originate from the debris …

NASA invites you to sleepover: Stay up and watch 'FIREBALL RICH' Geminid shower

NASA is gearing up for the peak of this year's annual Geminid meteor shower on the night of 13-14 December, as debris associated with "weird rocky object" 3200 Phaethon comes to a fiery end in Earth's atmosphere. The agency has organised a live chat with astronomer Bill Cooke and chums from 23:00 EST on the 13th until 03:00 EST …
Lester Haines, 09 Dec 2013
The Register breaking news

Watch the skies: SPACE HEDGEHOG plunges to Earth in Oxfordshire

Reg readers in the Leamington Spa area are asked to keep an eye out for a knitted hedgehog which may have fallen from the skies thereabouts, and is currently the focus of a frantic search and rescue operation. CASSiE (Cosmic Ambassador for Space Science and Engineering), aka the Cosmic Hedgehog, was sent aloft last Friday on a …
Lester Haines, 25 Mar 2013
Mars

Watch out, MARTIANS: 1.3 tonne INDIAN ROBOT is on its way

Indian space-wallahs are celebrating the successful launch of an unmanned mission to Mars. A rocket carrying the Mars probe blasted off from Sriharikota spaceport on the south east coast of India at about 9.08 GMT, about 90 minutes ago at the time of publication. So far, the only crash in the mission was at the Indian Space …
Jasper Hamill, 05 Nov 2013
Sunset in the Arctic

SUN to GO OUT COMPLETELY: Here's how to watch online

At around 19:45 GMT on November 13th, the northern Australian city of Cairns will begin to experience a total solar eclipse, and we here at the Register's Australian bureau have chosen a couple of methods whereby our round-the-globe-round-the-clock readership can join in the excitement and watch the sun go out online. Complete …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Nov 2012
 GTech GDrive Mobile with Thunderbolt

We dig into the GTech GDrive Mobile ... and watch WORST tear-down vid OF ALL TIME

Not so long ago, El Reg was pulling apart, in every sense of the phrase, Elgato’s Thunderbolt Drive+ SSD. A portable 512GB storage device with USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt interfacing. It put in a nifty performance, for sure, but man, it was pricey. GTech GDrive Mobile with Thunderbolt GTech's GDrive Mobile with Thunderbolt: 1TB of …
Bob Dormon, 25 Mar 2014
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Decent chance of your team winning the World Cup? You'll probably want to watch it

People who live in World Cup 2014 host country Brazil and supporters of bookie's favourite Germany are most active in searching for World Cup tickets, according stats from event ticketing website Ticketbis. Brazil is the country with the highest number of entries in Google searches since July, with nearly half-a-million hits. …
John Leyden, 06 Dec 2013
The Register breaking news

Watch a 747 refit in just 105 seconds

Australia's flag carrier Qantas has released a video showing, in just 105 seconds, how it rips the guts out of a 747-400's passenger cabins, spruces them up, repaints the plane and then sends it back to work. We'd have liked it to run a little longer and offer more detail, but the results are still rather fine. Watch Video var …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Mar 2012
The Register breaking news

Forget 3D: 13,000 UK homes still watch TV in black and white

13,000 households in the UK still watch TV in black and white, telly licence fee collectors have revealed. In an age when TV sets are often internet-enabled with high-def plasma screens and 3D capabilities, some people obviously like to keep it simple. And cheap too. At £49, a black-and-white TV licence is cheaper than the …
Anna Leach, 11 Jan 2013
Predator drone, credit Wikipedia

Human Rights Watch proposes new laws of robotics

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has issued a document titled Losing Humanity: The Case against Killer Robots that argues development of autonomous weapons must be stopped because it represents a threat to human rights. The document defines three types of autonomous weapons, namely: Human-in-the-Loop Weapons: Robots that can select …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Nov 2012
Whiptail XLR8r appliance

Watch out EMC and vendor pals, Cisco's set to flog you with Whiptail

El Reg's storage desk is hearing Cisco people saying their partnerships with storage vendors are stronger than ever, following the Whiptail acquisition. They say EMC and other storage array suppliers understand that Whiptail is a UCS-booster, not an array. Well, excuse me, but what? The idea of Whiptail as a Unified Computing …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2013

Come watch us brandish our LONG TENT POLE, EMC tells world+dog

EMC is going on a Twitter tease trek with a series of tweets about Backup Independence Day on 10 July. Stephen Manley, the chief technology officer of EMC's Backup and Recovery Systems division has spaffed tweets left, right and centre: Backup Independence Day is coming - freedom from vendor lock-in, dedicated infrastructure, …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

First Austin, now live across the US: Watch Americans pay by bonk

US pay-by-bonk platform ISIS will go live across the US later this year following the pilots in Salt Lake City and Austin, as network operators make their big play for big data. ISIS is jointly owned by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, and has been trialling its electronic wallet for the last nine months. Now it's going national with …
Bill Ray, 01 Aug 2013
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Hot, young under-25s: Lonely slab strokers who shun TV

The next generation of millennial kids are a lonely group of slab-fondlers who would rather watch films and movies alone in their bedrooms, it has been claimed. According to a survey from Deloitte, teens and people in their twenties have ditched the telly and now spend more time watching stuff on their smartphones, computers or …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Mar 2014

Locked into fixed-term mobile contract with variable prices? Not on our watch – Ofcom

Mobile operators who try to increase the price of a mobile phone contract during its term must now allow locked-in customers to escape, says Ofcom. The regulator's new rules kick in from the end of January, and only apply to new contracts, but all operators offering fixed-term contracts will have to provide 30 days' notice and a …
Bill Ray, 24 Oct 2013

Got a BlackBerry? It may be telling your friends when you watch pr0n

Using a Blackberry Z10 for a little one-handed surfing might be more public than desired, as the social-sharing baked into the OS likes to share, um, everything. Blackberry OS10, used on the Z10 handset, integrates social sharing deep into the OS and many users opt in to alerting Blackberry Messenger contacts about their musical …
Bill Ray, 03 Apr 2013

FANBOIS' EYES ONLY: United Airlines offers FREE MOVIES on iOS kit

High-flying fanbois will soon be able to use their iPhone, fondleslab or laptop to watch free video content on United Airlines flights. Apple and United have struck a deal which will allow users of iStuff – running iOS 7 – to watch 50 movies and almost 200 TV shows free of charge. However, fandroids shouldn't get any ideas just …
Jasper Hamill, 13 Mar 2014
The Register breaking news

Now on Freeview HD: Olympic arts channel that's tough to watch

Freeview HD got a new channel this morning, which will be filled with events from the Cultural Olympiad as well as the occasional Hitchcock film and the usual arts nonsense. The Space sits on channel 117, which puts it into the IP-streamed channels only available to kit conforming to the letter and spirit of the Freeview HD …
Bill Ray, 01 May 2012
Motorola

Motorola to fit fitness freaks with work-out watch

While the company was busy unveiling its latest Razr handset, Motorola also slipped out a new health and fitness gadget, the Moto Actv. The touchscreen-equipped, iPod Nano-esque device is essentially a multimedia watch with extensive fitness analysis tools. Motorola Actv This sweat-proof, scratch-resistant jogging-buddy …