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DUCKCROCZILLA 'alien' dinosaur could emerge from THE SEA

Pic Paleontologists have published the first pictures of a gigantic half-crocodile, half-duck dinosaur that evolved to swim – and was bigger than the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex. Spinosaurus aegyptiacus Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water ... "Working on this animal was like studying an alien from outer space …
Iain Thomson, 11 Sep 2014
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Sun's MASSIVE solar storm belch to light up Earth's skies

Video A "significant" solar flare emitted by the Sun on Wednesday will hit our planet over the next few days – most likely causing auroras to appear over certain areas. As a result of an X1.6 solar flare intercepting Earth, a dazzling overhead light display could reach as far south as Maryland in the east of the US and down to Kansas …
Chris Williams, 11 Sep 2014
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Google swallows SMARTSPOON manufacturer Lift Labs

Google has made an investment in a truly shaky business with the purchase of a company which makes smartspoons for Parkinson's sufferers. Mountain View has slurped Lift Labs, which makes a "tremor-cancelling" spoon called Liftware. This device looks like an ordinary spoon, but contains microchips and sensors to work out the …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Sep 2014
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Gaming supremo creates maps that turn real world into Sim City

Ian Hetherington, formerly of games companies Realtime Worlds and Psygnosis - yes, the company responsible for '90s legend Lemmings - and has applied games technology to mapping, making your 3D navigation feel like a trip to Sim City. eeGeo's maps can show weather conditions – so you can make it snow – and time of day, with …
Simon Rockman, 10 Sep 2014
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Drones swarm over bearded Brit billionaire's island getaway

Youtube Video Richard Branson has invested in 3D Robotics and set the firm’s drones loose over his tropical island Necker. The hirsute entrepreneur was captured by the drones playing tennis and kitesurfing, while the wee machines also captured “drone’s eye views” of the island. “It’s amazing to see what a little flying object …
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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

Youtube Video I used to have wearable connected technology, back in the day, and it was actually very handy. You wore it around the neck on a lanyard. It would beep when there was an incoming message or phone call or diary appointment, and it could go two to three days or more between charges. You could also make calls by …
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LOHAN premieres spaceplane mission summary vid

Video summary of the entire LOHAN mission. In response to calls for a Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) summary video in support of our ongoing Kickstarter tin-rattling to launch the Vulture 2 spaceplane in New Mexico, we've put together a bare-bones overview of just how our audacious ballocket mission will work when …
Lester Haines, 8 Sep 2014
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And now ... pre-recorded from London: It's the NEWS!

Vid Youtube Video Take a tour through this week’s tech news, guided by miniature, pleasingly oval news anchor icon Regina Eggbert. Didn’t get enough from the headlines? Read more about Google lobbying, NATO treaties and outages here, here and here. ® Regina Egbert, El Reg's virtual news anchor
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Weekend reads: Perfidia, Fatherland and The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being

Page File El Reg bookworms Mark Diston and Lucy Orr leaf their way through the latest literary treats from the uncompromising James Ellroy, TV's favourite scientist Alice Roberts and atmospheric comic novelist Nina Bunjevac. Youtube Video Perfidia James Ellroy is back on his home turf with the LAPD in his latest novel, Perfidia named …
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Look out, world! Space Station satellite cannon has A MIND OF ITS OWN

Vid A satellite launcher deployed on the International Space Station has surprised astronauts by firing off its payload without human intervention. The CubeSat Deployer, manufactured by Texas firm NanoRacks, is designed to emit its miniature satellites on a strict schedule – but the spacemen noticed that the cannon appeared to be …
Iain Thomson, 5 Sep 2014
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You can thank Brit funnyman John Oliver for fixing US broadband policy, beams Netflix

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings thinks Americans owe a debt to British satirist John Oliver for the FCC's tough stance this week on broadband monopolies in the US. Hastings said in a personal Facebook post on Thursday: FCC Chairman Wheeler talks about importance of gigabit for everyone and how fiber and cable can get us there. Much …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Sep 2014
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Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

Five Intel interns from Oregon State University have devised an Atom-powered bike helmet that calls home if the rider crashes. The smart helmet protects the bike rider, plays music and receives calls from a smartphone if there is a crash. A silent, unresponsive cyclist? An emergency number gets automatically called to get help …
Chris Mellor, 5 Sep 2014
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Huawei 'beats' Apple to bag sapphire smartie bragging rights

Huawei claims it has the world’s first smartphone with a tough sapphire glass screen – beating Apple to the all-important vaporware space. There isn’t actually a new phone under the glass – it’s apparently a sapphire-hardened version of Huawei’s P7 flagship (reviewed here) and Huawei wouldn’t say how much it will cost. Back in …
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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

Youtube Video Dyson has duly come clean on its new robotic vacuum cleaner today, after teasing the launch in a video last week. The Dyson 360 Eye has come about after 16 years of “intensive R&D”, according to the British firm, and the company reckons it will blow other robotic slave hoovers out of the water. “Most robotic …
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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

Astronomers have finally figured out just where the heck in the Universe we are – and it turns out to be the suburbs of a galactic supercluster now known as Laniakea. Galaxies don’t tend to be scattered throughout the Universe willy-nilly; they tend to bunch up into clusters, groups and superclusters. Our Local Group contains …
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Microsoft's SELFIE-TASTIC Nokia 830, 730: Complete with DOG SMILE WHITENER

Vid + Pics In the latest instalment of this year's smartphone camera gimmicks, Microsoft’s ex-Nokia division, Microsoft Mobile Devices, showed off some of its own today at the IFA show in Berlin as it refreshed its year-old Lumia midrange and gave details of the next Windows Phone platform update. Two new Nokia-branded models were unveiled …
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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

Vid "If your password is password, change the 's' to a dollar sign." That's the advice from US news network CNN's "technology analyst" Brett Larson, who also thinks that 4chan is some sysadmin bloke who knew how to "hack things" so he could leak saucy, private photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities. The confusion …
Kelly Fiveash, 3 Sep 2014
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My, what big data you have: NetApp's FlashRay to focus on databases

FlashRay, NetApp’s coming all flash array, is a going to be a database machine. That’s according to a NetApp video interview with its Flash Solutions VP. Ty McConney is said VP and at 9 minutes and 46 seconds into the video he answers a question about FlashRay. Youtube Video Ty McConney on FlashRay video He said a first and …
Chris Mellor, 3 Sep 2014
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Drone captures shots of budding APPLE SPACESHIP HQ

An amateur drone video is shedding new light on Apple's future headquarters. Shot in August with a GoPro Hero 3 camera mounted onto a DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter drone, the video shows construction on the iStuff maker's new Cupertino headquarters. The creator of the video said that footage was shot at the FAA-approved altitude of …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Sep 2014
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'Enterprise' ends ten-year mission: Choc Factory's biz services now Google for Work

Google has celebrated ten years of selling services to businesses by dumping the name Google Enterprise in favor of the touchier, feelier Google for Work. "We never set out to create a traditional 'enterprise' business – we wanted to create a new way of doing work," said Google chairman Eric Schmidt in a blog post. "So the …
Iain Thomson, 2 Sep 2014
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Flurry of solar flare-ups sets off COSMIC PLASMA EXPLOSION

Vid Footage of solar flares taken by the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory. The Sun had a flurry of flare activity at the end of August, releasing over half a dozen solar flares in a day, some of which were accompanied by coronal mass ejections. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spotted the activity in images captured at extreme …
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American HPC cluster kids feed data-nomming beast with fat nodes

HPC Blog Two student teams from the United States travelled to the ISC’14 Student Cluster Competition in Leipzig, Germany to defend the red, white and blue – and, perhaps, to bring the ISC cluster Chalice of Victory* to the US for the first time. University of Colorado: ISC’14 marks the record-breaking eighth time Colorado has competed …
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iOS phone phlaw can UNMASK anonymous users on social media

Apple iThing users can be identified, images of their faces captured and their phones forced to call numbers – all thanks to coding schemes affecting Facebook, Google, and Twitter, among other sites and services, security researchers say. Attackers and pranksters can force iOS coding schemes to send an SMS or an instant message …
Darren Pauli, 2 Sep 2014
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Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

The Raspberry Pi now has its very own web browser. The Pi foundation has been working on the app since December 2013, when it announced its intention to create a browser that offers “a good multi-tab experience,” ARMv6-optimized 2d rendering and accelerated image and HTML5 video decoding and bake it into future versions of …
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China sends THREE teams to HPC whizzkid shindig in Germany

HPC Blog China was solidly represented at the ISC’14 Student Cluster Competition in Leipzig, sending three teams to compete for the legendary "Cluster Cup". Two of the teams fought their way through the Asian Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC14), topping 10 other Chinese university teams to get their ticket punched for the Leipzig …
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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

An Indiegogo project to build a watch that projects its display onto your hand has blown the doors off its target by raising a million dollars in funding – even though no functional device has yet been built. The Ritot watch uses a DLP matrix in a wristband to project an image on to the back of the wearer's hand. In addition to …
Simon Rockman, 1 Sep 2014
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Hot students, 'liquid coolant', bagpipes and Brazilians: It's a cluster compo, folks

HPC Blog Both the UK and South America were ably represented at the recent 2014 International Supercomputing Conference Student Cluster Competition, held in Leipzig, Germany. For some reason, I want to Google up trendy cuisine to see if Scottish-Brazilian fusion restaurants actually exist. But I'm afraid of the possible results – so let' …
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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

Something for the Weekend, Sir? This week I met a gun nut. I knew this immediately because he was an American with a moustache. Americans with moustaches are always gun nuts. Don’t blame me, I don’t make the rules. It is simply the way of things. Youtube Video Sitting down at a gala dinner, I found myself sharing a table with an amiable group of US citizens …
Alistair Dabbs, 31 Aug 2014
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Vulture News anchor Regina Eggbert is (sort of) LIVE from London

Vid Youtube Video Join us once again in the Vulture Central newsroom as anchorbeing Regina Eggbert presents the choicest morsels from the all-you-can-eat buffet that is this week's IT news. You can find all the stories from this week – from iAds to data security – here, here and here.® Regina Egbert, El Reg's virtual news anchor …
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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

Review Last week, coffee drinkers were treated to some alternative brewing techniques. So, is there any special gadgetry for those with a taste for tea? Jennifer Newton discovers there’s more to letting off steam than meets the eye. Youtube Video Smart: perhaps one of the most overused words in the modern lexicon is now being bandied …
Jennifer Newton, 30 Aug 2014
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They're not a travelling polka band, they're German HPC kids packing Big Iron

HPC blog Home country Germany was well represented at the recent Student Cluster Competition at the 2014 International Supercomputer Show in Leipzig, Germany. Part of the task for students is to find a vendor partner and work with them to put together the best cluster for the event. Of course, the next difficult bit is making sure the …
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Google's 'Captain Moonshot': I will BOMB you with DELIVERIES

Google has unveiled a new programme to build autonomous delivery drones that are capable of carrying items into remote areas. Project Wing Google's Project Wing The company said that its Project Wing craft will provide unmanned craft which could bring light deliveries to people in areas where automobile or large-scale …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2014
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One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

Vid Video of Dyson's new hoover, sucking away. Dyson is trying out the Apple school of marketing with a teaser video for its newest product, due out on 4 September. The vacuum cleaner and fan manufacturer has popped a 26-second short on its YouTube account that appears to be shot from a camera mounted on the new piece of tech. …
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Will It Blend? Maybe. BlackBerry’s secret comeback weapon

Former smartphone giant BlackBerry has another trick up its sleeve for its comeback, alongside the oddest looking phone in recent years. The Passport is expected to be unveiled next month, along with an intriguing bit of software, the as-yet-unannounced BlackBerry Blend. Part of the forthcoming 10.3 BB10 release, Blend “casts” …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Aug 2014
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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

Vulture at the Wheel Ford has announced its first car with dynamic LED headlights, which apparently provide as much light as Xenon bulbs – and last for the lifetime of the vehicle. Because LEDs are very much smaller than traditional bulbs, they can affect the whole design of the front end of a car. Ford is trumpeting the freedom it gives them in …
Simon Rockman, 25 Aug 2014
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Hack skirmish grounded Sony exec's flight after FAKE bomb scare

As Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks hosed not only Playstation Network but also XBox and Battle.net networks, it has emerged that a fake bomb threat grounded US flight 362, while Sony Entertainment Online chief John Smedley was aboard the aircraft. A group (@LizardSquad was tweeting threats and invective in the …
Darren Pauli, 25 Aug 2014
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Not really very live at all from London - It's the Vulture News videocast

Vid Youtube Video Here it is! The debut of inestimable news anchor Regina Eggbert - bringing you the top headlines of this week in a style that only The Reg would approve of, generated by our pioneering inhouse lean-CGI technology. The full story behind Regina's headlines this week can be found here, here, here and here. ® …
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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Free at last! Free at last! Thank God, I’ve found some public Wi-Fi that’s free at last! When I say free, I mean I didn’t have to pay for it by giving away my email, address, date of birth or inside leg measurement, nor have to invent yet another unique password for the privilege of getting online at this location just for this …
Alistair Dabbs, 23 Aug 2014
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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

Review Youtube Video Whether it's to wake us up or keep us coding, for many techies coffee is an essential part of our daily ritual. With my bean-to-cup machine away being repaired, I've had to find other ways to get my fix. (required by the license) Coyau / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0 When all else fails, there's "moka" java on …
Nigel Whitfield, 23 Aug 2014
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Galileo, Galileo! Galileo, Galileo! Galileo fit to go. Magnifico

Relevant Youtube video is relevant The European Space Agency has launched the fifth and sixth Galileo satellites from its launch pad in French Guiana. The boffins are now increasing the frequency of launches to get the entire network of 30 orbital birds ready by 2017 – three years early. The latest sats were launched on Friday …
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 2014
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Pedals and wheel in that Google robo-car or it's off the road – Cali DMV

Google's driverless car that eschews a steering wheel and pedals has hit a legal road bump in California. The state's Department of Motor Vehicles has issued new regulations, due to kick in on September 16, that insist all robot cars come equipped with a steering wheel and pedals in case the vehicle's computer literally crashes …
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 2014
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Football legend Gary Lineker in TWITTER POO TROLL SCANDAL

Gary Lineker is a celebrated footballer, telly host and crisp salesman. But it turns out that on the internet, what he's really remembered for is taking a big poo on the pitch during the 1990 Italia World Cup. But now the face of Walker's Crisps has had enough of internet trolls and has issued a broadside against the social …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Aug 2014