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Guidemaster: Smartwatches worthy of replacing your favorite timepiece

Ars Technica - February 19, 2018 - 1:15pm

Enlarge / Apple Watch Series 2. (credit: Valentina Palladino)

If you hate looking at your smartphone all day, you should consider getting a smartwatch. While it may seem counter-intuitive to get a new gadget to lessen your dependency on another, it's more effective than you think. Smartwatches take the most crucial parts of a smartphone—call and text alerts, app notifications, and quick controls—and put them on your wrist.

That means no more fumbling with your smartphone during a meeting to silence a call, no more checking Twitter or Facebook every two minutes for the newest post. Instead of absentmindedly staring at your smartphone's display, the most important information hits your wrist as it happens. As wearables, smartwatches can also track daily activity, and some even double as high-end fitness watches equipped with heart rate monitors, GPS trackers, music storage, and more.

Today, your smartphone remains the biggest factor to consider when you buy a smartwatch. Most smartwatches must pair to your phone to receive information, so the smartwatch you choose must be compatible with your handset either through its operating system or a companion mobile app. So to make the selection process easier for would-be watch wearers, we've revisited all of the smartwatches we've reviewed recently and picked out the best ones for all types of users with all types of phones.

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Probe after 'drone made helicopter crash'

BBC Technology News - February 19, 2018 - 1:05pm
Investigations are launched after a helicopter reportedly crashed after swerving to avoid a consumer drone.

What Wannabe Smart Cities Can Learn From Ski Resorts

Wired - February 19, 2018 - 1:00pm
Why the Winter Olympics should inspire more than your next vacation.

Facebook to seek verification by post for election ads

BBC Technology News - February 19, 2018 - 12:53pm
People wishing to take out ads naming political candidates will be sent a verification code in the post.

Storage snow big deal? Products vendors hope will sleigh, pole position startups and more

The Register - February 19, 2018 - 12:18pm
Ice to meet you, storage fans. This was your week

In this week's roundup we hitch a brief ride on a sledge to the South Pole, and watch the movements in frozen flash, hot HCI, supercooled software and more.…

Farts away! Plane makes unscheduled stop after man won't stop guffing

The Register - February 19, 2018 - 11:53am
Flatulence takes the wind out of budget Dutch airline's wings

An elderly man's flatulence forced his flight to make an emergency stop after a fight broke out over his barrage of bottom burps.…

Good luck, have fun: Thanks Xeon SP, now SPEC benchmarks blurt out hundreds of results

The Register - February 19, 2018 - 11:04am
We're supposed to sift through this without a tool?

Comment Ah, the good old days of server benchmarks, when CPU variations were few and clock rates ruled the roost. Now we have four different Xeon SP CPU families, one with two model lines, and each family has its own set of CPUs with differing core counts, threads and clock rates.…

Jaguar Land Rover Activity Key wearable sales are hot - Roadshow - News - February 19, 2018 - 10:51am
Shoppers are ponying up for this Fitbit-like RF-based wearable tech in surprising numbers.

Brain emerging from hibernation? Feed it with <em>The Register</em> Lectures

The Register - February 19, 2018 - 10:38am
Spring menu includes Deception, Spitfires and Existential Risk…

Spring is on the horizon, the sap is rising and if you’re anything like us, your brain is emerging from its winter hibernation and looking for sustenance.… calls on the Big Man – GOD – to boost rural broadband

The Register - February 19, 2018 - 10:02am
Digi Sec decrees: Thou shalt put a mast on your spire to boost connectivity

The governent is looking towards the heavens in its bid to redeem rural broadband speeds, having exhausted all other options.…

Oracle open-sources <code>DTrace</code> under the GPL

The Register - February 19, 2018 - 9:28am
Which makes lots of sysadmins' fave tracing tool cool for Linux

Oracle appears to have open-sourced DTrace, the system instrumentation tool that Sun Microsystems created in the early 2000s and which has been beloved of many-a-sysadmin ever since.…

Juniper's 2018 spring collection: Switches, security, and subs

The Register - February 19, 2018 - 8:58am
Daaahlink! Cloud was so 2017. This year is about multicloud

Juniper Networks has taken the tube labelled 'multicloud' out of the paint-box and applied a liberal coat to the latest updates to its switching products.…

Developer recovered deleted data with his face – his Poker face

The Register - February 19, 2018 - 8:02am
Salesperson-suddenly-turned-coder learned social skills can be more important than technical skills

Who, Me? Welcome to the fifth edition of Who, Me? It's a new Register weekly column in which readers confess to times their skills fell just a little – or a lot – short of what was required to stop things going pear-shaped.…

Microsoft guts doc on 'limitations of apps and experiences on Arm'

The Register - February 19, 2018 - 7:02am
Over the weekend it said no Windows customisation, no Hyper-V. That's gone now

Microsoft has altered a document that listed Windows 10's "limitations of apps and experiences on Arm."…

Bitcoin for buying juice? Only in Australia - CNET - News - February 19, 2018 - 6:41am
Australian juice company Boost is giving away four bitcoins -- one a week, for four weeks -- to those who buy some juice and enter a code in the Boost app.

Google's robo-CTRL-ALT-DEL failed, hung networks and Compute Engine for 90 minutes

The Register - February 19, 2018 - 4:58am
And then along came a good old flesh and blood human!

Chalk up another one for good old humans: Google's admitted that an automation failure was the root cause of a 93-minute outage of its Compute Engine in the us-central1 and europe-west3 zones of its cloud on January 18th, 2018.…

Arista <i>almost</i> done with Cisco workarounds as revenue and profit soar

The Register - February 19, 2018 - 2:49am
Borg attack repelled, Microsoft and cloud are now Prime Directive (and cash source)

Customer certification delays resulting from its ongoing patent lawsuit brought by Cisco have delayed some of its revenue, but upstart Arista Networks still turned in a tidy result for Q4 2017 and for the full year.…

Large Capacity Air Fry Toaster Oven Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - February 19, 2018 - 2:27am
Black & Decker breaks new ground with its first toaster oven that also air-fries food.

Crims pull another SWIFT-ie, Indian bank stung for nearly US$2m

The Register - February 19, 2018 - 2:24am
City Union Bank now reckons it has ‘adequate enhanced security’

A year after the SWIFT international bank transfer system enhanced its security, another breach has emerged: an Indian bank has confirmed that criminals gained access to its systems and made transfers totalling US$1.8 million.…

Australia's new insta-pay scheme has insta-lookup of any user's phone number

The Register - February 19, 2018 - 2:08am
PayID operator says it's a feature that sends money to the right person. It's a bug that harvests data, say others

Updated The brand-new app implementing Australia’s New Payment Platform (NPP) system has a user enumeration flaw, but the organisation responsible for it considers it to be a feature.…

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