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All News for June 2013

Google Maps Updated with 'Skyfall' Island Japan Terrain

Google Maps Updated with 'Skyfall' Island Japan Terrain

The latest in the Bond film series, "Skyfall," was certainly one to remember. And not all of those memories were pleasant. The head villain's island lair was a particularly spooky place, and sure enough, it's roots are grown from a real place. The decaying wasteland depicted in the film was a shadow of Hashima off the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture...

AT&T Awarded Patent To Monitor File-Sharing Traffic

AT&T Awarded Patent To Monitor File-Sharing Traffic

Companies that monitor BitTorrent traffic are a dime a dozen, but AT&T marks the first time that an ISP itself is going to be getting in on the action. The company has just been awarded a patent that will allow it to deeply monitor BitTorrent traffic, though its ultimate use seems to be up-in-the-air. The company could simply want to monitor...

MIT Researchers Develop Technology That Can See Through Walls Using WiFi

MIT Researchers Develop Technology That Can See Through Walls Using WiFi

If you have ever wanted to see through walls, but couldn't afford the expensive equipment to do so, then some MIT researchers deserve your attention. They've devised a system called "Wi-Vi", which is designed similarly to sonar where a signal is blasted out and bounced back. An image is then created based on what it hits, and if it happens...

Microsoft Rolls Out DirectX 11.2 But It’s A Windows 8.1 Exclusive

Microsoft Rolls Out DirectX 11.2 But It’s A Windows 8.1 Exclusive

There will indeed be another version of the DirectX application programming language (API), though Windows 7 users won't be invited to the party. Neither will Windows 8 users, for the matter. Microsoft confirmed that DirectX 11.2 will be exclusive to Windows 8.1 and its Xbox One console, or at least that's the way it appears. Some sites are...

Leaked Photo Shows Trays of iPhone 5S Batteries Suggesting Imminent Launch

Leaked Photo Shows Trays of iPhone 5S Batteries Suggesting Imminent Launch

Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) came and went with nary a new iPhone announcement, but that doesn't mean the Cupertino outfit isn't readying the launch of another generation of smartphones. Potentially serving as further evidence that Apple's close to announcing a new model, a French website posted what it claims are photos of...

Yahoo! Finally Putting AltaVista Out to Pasture

Yahoo! Finally Putting AltaVista Out to Pasture

With a show of hands, who here knew that the old-school search engine AltaVista still existed? Well, that looks like none of you - and I admit, I'm right there with you. Prior to the year 2000, our choice in Web services - heck, even software - was seriously limited. If you didn't use Internet Explorer, you probably used Netscape, and if you...

GameStop Expo Offering Early Access To Xbox One And PS4 This Fall

GameStop Expo Offering Early Access To Xbox One And PS4 This Fall

Have any major plans for August? Looking to find some, particularly in the gaming space? GameStop is hoping to lure lots of you to Las Vegas in August for its annual GameStop Expo, but this year will obviously be different than years in the past. Why? Xbox One and PlayStation 4, both of which will be on display. Tickets are going for $35,...

Apple Seals Deal With TSMC To Produce Chips For iOS Products

Apple Seals Deal With TSMC To Produce Chips For iOS Products

The times, they say, are a-changing. Even for Apple, it seems. The company has relied heavily on a deal with Samsung to power famed products like the iPhone and iPad, but due to spats in court over designs and theft of said designs, Apple and Samsung haven't exactly been on outstanding terms. Relying on someone that you're suing isn't a great...

Intel's New CEO Looks Closely At Company's Efforts In Mobile And TV

Intel's New CEO Looks Closely At Company's Efforts In Mobile And TV

Intel has a new CEO, and he also has plans to make some meaningful changes going forward. Brian Krzanich, the newly implemented CEO, had this to say: "We believe we have a great user interface and the compression-decompression technology is fantastic. But in the end, if we want to provide that service it comes down to content. We are not big...

No More Mr. Vice Guy: Facebook Pulls Ads from Inappropriate Pages

No More Mr. Vice Guy: Facebook Pulls Ads from Inappropriate Pages

When it comes to advertising, many companies are understandably picky about where their ads appear. That plug for a minivan makes sense in a mainstream magazine, but it’s a little odd if the same ad shows up near adult content. So Facebook announced today that it’s going to begin pulling ads from Groups and Pages that have sexual...

Nokia Will Pay Up to $300 for Your Old Phone When Trading Up to a Windows Phone 8 Smartphone

Nokia Will Pay Up to $300 for Your Old Phone When Trading Up to a Windows Phone 8 Smartphone

Been considering a move from your current platform over to Windows Phone 8? If you're on the fence, Nokia hopes its trade-up offer will serve as the nudge you need to jump ship and swim over to a Lumia device. As long as you're a U.S. resident, the Finnish phone maker will pay you up to $300 for your old phone in the form of a Visa pre-paid...

Android Home to 92% of Mobile Market's Malware

Android Home to 92% of Mobile Market's Malware

While mobile use worldwide is growing at an accelerated rate, so too is the increase of malware. But accepting that idea is one thing; seeing it in numbers is another. According to Juniper Networks, the number of individual pieces of mobile malware increased 614% between March 2012 and March 2013. 614%! That figure is nothing short of staggering,...

BlueStacks Aims for Paid Subscription Customers With Free GamePop Mini Game Console

BlueStacks Aims for Paid Subscription Customers With Free GamePop Mini Game Console

BlueStacks, maker of the GamePop console, offers users the ability to play Android and iOS games on their TVs for a $6.99 per month subscription fee. They’ve been running a promotion where you can get the console and its included gamepad (you can also control games with your mobile device) for free with a subscription, but that ends...

300 Time Warner Cable Channels Coming to Microsoft's Xbox 360

300 Time Warner Cable Channels Coming to Microsoft's Xbox 360

Microsoft has been in dire need of a win pertaining to its Xbox products lately, and this one is pretty good: Xbox 360 users with an Xbox Live Gold membership will be able to watch 300 of Time Warner Cable’s “most popular” channels live, right from their consoles with TWC TV. They’ll be able to navigate the channels...

Xbox One Director: PlayStation 4 Specs Somewhat "Meaningless," It's About the Games

Xbox One Director: PlayStation 4 Specs Somewhat "Meaningless," It's About the Games

When looking at the makeup of Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 (PS4) console, it's essentially a PC platform in console skins. Sony's quite proud of the hardware underneath the PS4's hood, which includes a custom AMD Jaguar 8-core x86 processor, 8GB of unified GDDR5 memory, 500GB hard disk drive (HDD), and a GPU that's roughly equivalent to an...

T-Mobile Acquires 10MHz of 4G LTE Spectrum from U.S. Cellular for $308 Million

T-Mobile Acquires 10MHz of 4G LTE Spectrum from U.S. Cellular for $308 Million

It wasn't just lip service when T-Mobile re-branded itself as the "Un-carrier," the wireless outfit is making an honest-to-goodness effort to get on par with and perhaps one day surpass the competition. For that happen, fleshing out its 4G LTE network is paramount, and T-Mobile is working on doing just that. In fact, T-Mobile just spent $308...

Huge pricedrop on Dell XPS 10 Windows RT Tablet, New HP TouchSmart 14z Laptop

Huge pricedrop on Dell XPS 10 Windows RT Tablet, New HP TouchSmart 14z Laptop

Thanks for tuning in to our weekend edition of the web's hottest deals. Topping this weekend's offers is a new price drop on the Dell XPS 10 Windows RT tablet. This little machine is about the size of an iPad, but rocks a familiar Windows operating system and is half the price. We also found a 14" HP touchscreen ultra-thin laptop with quad-core...

BlackBerry's Turnaround Effort Stalls, Company Posts 84 Million Q1 Loss

BlackBerry's Turnaround Effort Stalls, Company Posts 84 Million Q1 Loss

The company formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM) has some soul searching to do. After all the big talk, new platform and device launches, and even a name change to signify brighter days ahead, the company now known as BlackBerry notched an $84 million loss, or 13 cents per share, according to the firm's first quarter fiscal 2014 financial...

Google Is Developing an Android-Based Game Console? OUYA Should Start Sweating

Google Is Developing an Android-Based Game Console? OUYA Should Start Sweating

Google is looking to disrupt yet another market by developing an Android-based game console. Citing “people familiar with the matter”, the Wall Street Journal said that this might be a tactical move by Google--an effort to get the jump on Apple, which may also be planning to build some sort of game console with its next Apple TV...

Samsung Galaxy S4 Owners Can Get an Early Look at Android 4.3

Samsung Galaxy S4 Owners Can Get an Early Look at Android 4.3

As if Samsung Galaxy S4 owners don't already have enough bragging rights over most of the competition in the smartphone space, they can now be one of the first to kick the tires on Android 4.3, the next iteration of Jelly Bean. A bit of bravado is required, however, as the firmware that's floating around isn't yet an official release, though...

Toshiba Announces 4K HDTVs, Pricing Starts At $5000

Toshiba Announces 4K HDTVs, Pricing Starts At $5000

3D HDTVs didn't have a very successful run, but the television industry as a whole sure hopes that 4K HDTVs have better luck. The same technology that has wowed movie-goers in select, higher-end cinemas is headed to living rooms across the world soon. Toshiba announced the L9300U Series of 4K Ultra HD TVs will be available for purchase in...

Unity And Microsoft Partner Up For Gaming Goals On Xbox One and Windows

Unity And Microsoft Partner Up For Gaming Goals On Xbox One and Windows

It's pretty great when companies in the technology space make a pact to work together, and it's even greater when those two companies are Microsoft and Unity Technologies. If you aren't aware, the latter provides the Unity multi-platform game engine and development tools, and it has entered into an agreement with Microsoft to collaborate on...

Lowest price ever on HP ENVY 27, UltraSharp U2711 Monitors

Lowest price ever on HP ENVY 27, UltraSharp U2711 Monitors

Thanks for tuning in to another collection of best deals from across the web. Today we've got a rare stackable 20% coupon code on ENVY 27 Monitor providing lowest price ever. Also save 50% or more on McAfee Antivirus and Dell UltraSharp U2711 for a limited time. Scroll down to check out these and today's other hottest deals! Deals: 27-inch...

Leisure Suit Larry PC Game Classic Returns To a Monitor Near You

Leisure Suit Larry PC Game Classic Returns To a Monitor Near You

Kids, avert your eyes; Leisure Suit Larry is back, and he’s as filthy as ever. First released in 1987, Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards followed a 40-year-old virgin as he sought to win the heart of a woman--any woman, really--through a variety of after-hours sorts of locales. Originally created by Sierra and now...

Poppy: Kickstarter-Backed Device Turns Your Smartphone Into a 3D Camera

Poppy: Kickstarter-Backed Device Turns Your Smartphone Into a 3D Camera

A pair of enterprising fellows are raising cash for a device called Poppy that purports to turn your iPhone into a 3D camera, which is the prototypical sort of Kickstarter project: interesting, quirky, and just a bit outside the lines of what the average consumer might want to buy. You can slot in an Apple iPhone 5, 4S, or 4, or a 5th-generation...

Sony Takes a Mulligan, Issues New Firmware to Fix Bricked PlayStation 3 Consoles

Sony Takes a Mulligan, Issues New Firmware to Fix Bricked PlayStation 3 Consoles

Sony last week issued and then quickly pulled a firmware update for the PlayStation 3 after a flurry of complaints surfacing claiming the new software was bricking their consoles. Oops! Making good on its promise to investigate the issue and come up with a fix, Sony announced another firmware update to both repair the bricked consoles and...

Motorola Takes On a Decidedly More "Googly" Brand Logo

Motorola Takes On a Decidedly More "Googly" Brand Logo

In March, Google hired former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki to help reinvigorate the Motorola Mobility brand after the search giant acquired the company, and although it’s hard to say what exactly Kawasaki has contributed to the effort, he posted Motorola Mobility’s new logo on his Google+ page. Motorola’s logo has always...

FTC Launches ‘Reclaim Your Name’ Campaign to Allow Consumers Visibility on Data Collection and Use

FTC Launches ‘Reclaim Your Name’ Campaign to Allow Consumers Visibility on Data Collection and Use

It’s no secret that companies collect information about you and sell it for advertising purposes. What is secret is the data that has been collected – you generally can’t see what data brokerages have on you, which means you don’t have a chance to pull data that you don’t want them to share. You also don’t...

Google Updates Satellite Imagery In Google Earth For iOS and Android, Adds Street View

Google Updates Satellite Imagery In Google Earth For iOS and Android, Adds Street View

Google announced that it has added new satellite imagery to Google Maps and Google Earth in order to provide clearer images and remove some artifacts. Using NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite and Google Earth Engine technology, Google says it has developed a “seamless, globally-consistent image of the entire planet with a resolution of...

Toshiba KIRAbook High Resolution Ultrabook Review

Toshiba KIRAbook High Resolution Ultrabook Review

With the KIRAbook 13 I7, Toshiba is flexing its muscles and taking on the likes of Apple, Asus, and Lenovo in the ultrabook arena. And you know what? Toshiba seems to be on the right track. With clean lines, a 2560 x 1440 resolution display and a slick magnesium alloy body, the KIRAbook is anything but a typical laptop. Hitting a home run...

Apple iTunes Radio License Terms Offer Indie Labels A Better Deal Than Pandora

Apple iTunes Radio License Terms Offer Indie Labels A Better Deal Than Pandora

Details are emerging about Apple’s licensing deals with record labels for its iTunes Radio service, which was recently announced at the company’s WWDC event. According to Billboard, Apple will pay indie labels 0.13 cents in royalties per song plus 15% of net advertising revenue in the service’s first year of operation; that’s...

AT&T Community Central Puts Local Governments In Touch With Citizens

AT&T Community Central Puts Local Governments In Touch With Citizens

A new mobile app from AT&T is aimed at helping city governments and their citizens keep in touch. Governments can use the app to keep people informed about community events and road hazards, while citizens can use it to find parks and contact government departments. Perhaps one of the best things about the new Community Central app is...

Samsung Launches Curved OLED TV with 3D in South Korea for $13,000

Samsung Launches Curved OLED TV with 3D in South Korea for $13,000

Samsung today announced the availability of its Curved OLED TV at an event held in Seoul, South Korea. One of the major upsides to using a curved panel is that viewers will be able to enjoy "true-to-life" pictures no matter what their viewing angle or vantage point, Samsung says. It also features a "Multi View" function that allows viewers...

Opera Software Suffered a Security Breach, No Evidence of Stolen User Data

Opera Software Suffered a Security Breach, No Evidence of Stolen User Data

Scandinavian browser maker Opera Software was the recent victim of a hacker attack in which the infiltrators made off with at least one old and expired Opera code signing certificate. The attackers were then able to use the certificate to sign some malware and distribute malicious software under the pretense that it's been published by Opera...

Verizon to Launch First Batch of LTE-Only Phones in Late 2014

Verizon to Launch First Batch of LTE-Only Phones in Late 2014

Verizon Wireless likes to boast about its 4G LTE network being the most robust in the business, and by the end of next year, Big Red will put its money where its mouth is at by offering smartphones that only run on 4G LTE. It's a bold move, but Big Red isn't making the jump blindly and hoping for the best. Just the opposite, VZW has worked...

Lookout: More Than a Million Android Users Downloaded Adware in the Past Year

Lookout: More Than a Million Android Users Downloaded Adware in the Past Year

You always have to take these figures with a pinch of salt when a company has a vested interest in the outcome, but according to Lookout, a mobile company that builds both free and paid security apps for iPhone and Android devices, over a million Android users downloaded some form of adware in the past year. Lookout says adware is one of the...

Leef Bridge Cleans Up Phone-To-Computer File Transfers

Leef Bridge Cleans Up Phone-To-Computer File Transfers

While the cloud is great at times, there's still a need for physical file transfers to be quick, easy, and seamless. That's where Leef Technology comes in, this week introducing the Leef Bridge. It's described as the first USB flash drive for file sharing between Android phones and tablets, Macs and PCs. The product allows for easy transfers...

HTC One Now On Sale With Pure Android: $599 And It's Yours

HTC One Now On Sale With Pure Android: $599 And It's Yours

HTC has been struggling of late, but the One has been slowly but surely gaining plenty of steam. Positive reviews abound, and for those who love the hardware but aren't fond of skinned Android, today's the day to have a look at your new favorite smartphone. The HTC One with stock Android is now available to order in the Google Play store....

Blizzard Warns of Hacked World of Warcraft User Accounts

Blizzard Warns of Hacked World of Warcraft User Accounts

It's not all too often that an MMO developer is forced to issue a warning about hacked accounts - much less take certain services offline as a result - so if you play World of Warcraft, take note. Blizzard yesterday posted a statement to its Battle.net site stating that there's been an increase in unauthorized account login attempts via the...

NVIDIA SHIELD First-Hand Impressions, Unfortunately Shipments Delayed

NVIDIA SHIELD First-Hand Impressions, Unfortunately Shipments Delayed

We’ve got some good news and bad news to report about NVIDA’s SHIELD portable Android gaming device. First, the bad news. As many of you may know, NVIDIA previously reported that pre-orders were supposed to ship tomorrow to customers. Unfortunately, in its last round of QA work, NVIDIA uncovered a problem with a third-party component...

Sprint Plans Its First Two 4G LTE Windows Phone 8 Devices

Sprint Plans Its First Two 4G LTE Windows Phone 8 Devices

This summer, Sprint will be launching a pair of handsets running Windows Phone 8 that will feature 4G LTE capabilities with the company’s Truly Unlimited Sprint 4G LTE plan, which has no caps on talk, text, or web, including no throttling or metering. The handsets in question are the HTC 8XT and the Samsung ATIV S Neo, which will cost...

Microsoft BUILD 2013: Windows 8.1 Preview Is Here, Microsoft Hopes It’s Enough

Microsoft BUILD 2013: Windows 8.1 Preview Is Here, Microsoft Hopes It’s Enough

It’s no secret that Windows 8 hasn’t exactly captured the hearts and minds of the public at large, but when word leaked that Microsoft was working on a rejiggered version of its newest operating system called Windows 8.1, it was a sign that Microsoft might be able to fix what consumers and businesses dislike and jumpstart sales....

Microsoft May Launch a Smaller Surface Tablet for $299 to Compete with iPad Mini

Microsoft May Launch a Smaller Surface Tablet for $299 to Compete with iPad Mini

Microsoft's hardware partners weren't exactly thrilled with the company's decision to launch Surface RT and Pro tablets, especially Acer, which warned Microsoft time and again that isn't easy competing in the hardware space. Nevertheless, Microsoft forged ahead, and though its Surface slates aren't making much of a market share dent, the Redmond...

Microsoft Windows 8.1 To Offer Native Support for 3D Printing

Microsoft Windows 8.1 To Offer Native Support for 3D Printing

There are a slew of new features reportedly coming to Windows 8.1, formerly codenamed Windows "Blue." From the passionately requested Start/Boot to Desktop, to simple things like additional Live Tile sizes, to universal Bing search from within any app in Windows, Microsoft is planning a major-league update with this latest Windows 8 release. ...

Google Releases Malicious Website Transparency Report for Safer Browsing

Google Releases Malicious Website Transparency Report for Safer Browsing

In a perfect online world, we'd all sing, "A surfing we will go, a surfing we will go, heigh-ho the derry-o, a surfing we will go," and off we'd go without fear of malware or malicious links or any of the other cruft that litters the web. Unfortunately, reality is far removed from most nursery rhymes, and the web is a dangerous place indeed....

Rare savings on just-released Dell Inspiron 15R Touchscreen Haswell Laptop, Webroot Antivirus

Rare savings on just-released Dell Inspiron 15R Touchscreen Haswell Laptop, Webroot Antivirus

It's that time again: we've got another roundup of today's best deals from across the web. Leading today's top picks is a hefty discount on an updated laptop from Dell, the Inspiron 15R touch powered by the new 4th gen Core i5 "Haswell" processor and marked down to just $799.99. We also found a rare sale on the popular and premium Beats by...

Foursquare Update for iOS and Android Enables You To Check-in ‘Here with Friends’

Foursquare Update for iOS and Android Enables You To Check-in ‘Here with Friends’

Foursquare released an update for its iOS and Android apps that enables one of the company's most requested features—the ability to check your friends into places when you're out together. Last year, the company launched a feature known as mentions which gives users the ability to tag or mention friends in a post. Since the launch, Foursquare...

Microsoft Launching Microsoft Music Streaming Service Next Week

Microsoft Launching Microsoft Music Streaming Service Next Week

It's not an epic party unless you're willing to invite everyone to participate (see Project X), and it sounds like that's exactly what Microsoft plans to do. In the midst of all these streaming music services popping up from the likes Google and Apple, Microsoft reportedly plans to make its Xbox Music service available on the web. As it currently...

LG G2 Photo Leaks Show Next Android Superphone

LG G2 Photo Leaks Show Next Android Superphone

Another round of leaked photos allegedly showing the LG Optimus G2 surfaced today, though it appears LG decided to drop "Optimus" from the model name and roll with LG G2 instead. Whatever it ends up being called, the expectation is that LG will unveil the device at an event scheduled for August 7, and for fans of high-end smartphones, that...

Microsoft Won't Include a Headset with $499 Xbox One, Says Kinect is Good Enough

Microsoft Won't Include a Headset with $499 Xbox One, Says Kinect is Good Enough

Planning to pre-order an Xbox One console? We have no issue with that, though be advised that it will not come with a headset. What you'll get is the Day One console itself, commemorative controller, token code to unlock an exclusive Day One achievement, and premium packaging. You'll also receive a second generation Kinect motion controller,...

First Commercially Available LTE-Advance Network Launches In South Korea, Samsung Delivers Galaxy S4 LTE-A

First Commercially Available LTE-Advance Network Launches In South Korea, Samsung Delivers Galaxy S4 LTE-A

When it comes to wireless Internet, fast enough never truly is. And while it took a good amount of time to graduate from 3G to 4G, the next leap may happen sooner than any of us expected. SK Telecom has this week launched the world's first commercial LTE-Advance network, and Samsung has launched a new Galaxy S4 smartphone to fully take advantage...

Square Market Takes A Local Selling Idea Global

Square Market Takes A Local Selling Idea Global

Square has done an exceptional job of making it easier for small businesses to accept credit card payments, but what if you're looking to move product in more places than your current city? The company's looking to expand a bit, taking a local idea global. Square Market is the answer, described as an online marketplace for businesses to sell...

Digital Storm’s Aventum II Looks Like the Bolt’s Big Brother

Digital Storm’s Aventum II Looks Like the Bolt’s Big Brother

We dug the Digital Storm Bolt, with its attractive angles and custom case design, and the Digital Storm Aventum II, announced today, looks to be a larger and higher-end version of the SFF gaming rig. The black and red color scheme as well as some design cues were definitely brought up from the Bolt, including what looks like the ability to...

MAINGEAR Announces Premier Line of EPIC Gaming PCs with Haswell and Water-Cooled Performance Components

MAINGEAR Announces Premier Line of EPIC Gaming PCs with Haswell and Water-Cooled Performance Components

Shortly after refreshing its gaming systems, MAINGEAR announced a new line of gaming rigs with the EPIC FORCE and EPIC RUSH. The former has a full tower chassis while the latter is built with a mid tower case, but both bear the workmanship and design of other custom systems we’ve seen recently from MAINGEAR. Both rigs feature EKWB water...

Microsoft Pushing Ad-Free Bing Search Services in Schools

Microsoft Pushing Ad-Free Bing Search Services in Schools

Microsoft is enrolling its Bing search engine in as many local schools as it can as part of a new initiative aimed at teaching digital literacy skills. The program is called for Bing For Schools and it will provide kindergarten through 12th grade students with a custom-tailored version of Bing that automatically removes ads from search results,...

FTC Moves In To Demand Search Engines Seperate Search Results From Paid Advertisements

FTC Moves In To Demand Search Engines Seperate Search Results From Paid Advertisements

Look out, Internet -- the government's moving in on your wild, wild west territory. The Federal Trade Commission has just announced new guidelines for online advertisers, hoping to ensure that search results and ads are distinguished from each other. The entity has found that in recent years, paid search results have become less distinguishable...

Lowest prices on Dell U2711 UltraSharp Monitor, HP ENVY 15 Core i7 Haswell Laptop

Lowest prices on Dell U2711 UltraSharp Monitor, HP ENVY 15 Core i7 Haswell Laptop

Thanks for joining us to grab the latest hot deals from across the web. Leading today's top deals is the lowest price we've ever seen on the gorgeous Dell UltraSharp U2711 2560x1440 27-inch monitor, marked down to just $549 for a very limited time. We also found a super tiny Vostro 270s slim desktop with Core i3 processor for just $419. Also...

BlackBerry Announces Secure Work Space To Manage iOS and Android Devices

BlackBerry Announces Secure Work Space To Manage iOS and Android Devices

In the continuing effort to make BYOD work better in the enterprise, BlackBerry announced Secure Work Space for iOS and Android with the latest update to BlackBerry Enterprise Service v.10.1.1. Simply put, Secure Work Space is a tool that keeps your work life and personal life separated on a single device. For individual users, this allows...

Google Fiber Competitor Gigabit Seattle Prices Service Lower Than Comcast

Google Fiber Competitor Gigabit Seattle Prices Service Lower Than Comcast

Whether or not Google launched its Google Fiber Internet service as a legitimate business venture or as a massive trolling measure to shake up the broadband market (as some believe), its effect has been evident in how ISPs are competing. Leveraging a partnership with the city of Seattle and its fiber optic network, Gigabit Squared (or “GB2”,...

Sony Pummels Microsoft Again: More Exclusives Coming To PS4 Than Xbox One

Sony Pummels Microsoft Again: More Exclusives Coming To PS4 Than Xbox One

Ever since Microsoft announced the Xbox One, the company has been dealing with a good bit of blowback for some of the features of the new console, including the requirement for an online “check in” every 24 hours; a required, always-on Kinect (that costs an extra $100 to boot); and the inability to sell used games, among some other...

It’s Official: Microsoft and Oracle Announce Enterprise Partnership

It’s Official: Microsoft and Oracle Announce Enterprise Partnership

Microsoft and Oracle are teaming up in an official capacity to enable customers to run Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure, the two companies announced this week. As a result of the partnership, customers will be able to deploy Oracle software such as Java, Oracle Database, and Oracle WebLogic Server on the aforementioned...

EVGA's GeForce GTX 760 Graphics Card Keeps Its Cool Using a Custom ACX Cooler

EVGA's GeForce GTX 760 Graphics Card Keeps Its Cool Using a Custom ACX Cooler

Coinciding with the launch of NVIDIA's mid-range darling, the GeForce GTX 760 (be sure to check out our full review with plenty of benchmarks), EVGA unveiled its lineup of graphics cards built around the new part. There are more than half a dozen SKUs to choose from, including three that use EVGA's custom ACX Cooling solution. The ACX Cooler...

Snapchat Market Value Soars to $800 Million, Tops 200 Million Messages Daily

Snapchat Market Value Soars to $800 Million, Tops 200 Million Messages Daily

Want to get rich relatively quick? Develop an app around a simple concept and wait for the ridiculous valuations to come rolling in, and then sell to the highest bidder. It's a formula that worked for Instagram, a photo (and now video, too) sharing app that Facebook purchased for $1 billion, and it appears Snapchat is headed in the same direction....

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Mainstream GPU Review

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Mainstream GPU Review

NVIDIA is launching yet another new member of the GeForce GTX 700 series today, the freshly minted GeForce GTX 760. Like the GeForce GTX 770 which arrived just a few weeks ago, the new GeForce GTX 760 is built around the company’s GK104 GPU—the very same chip used last year’s GeForce GTX 680 and a few other GTX 600 series...

OUYA Android Console Launches to Retail, Already Sold Out on Amazon and GameStop

OUYA Android Console Launches to Retail, Already Sold Out on Amazon and GameStop

Android game consoles are trying to take over the living room, or at least co-exist with much more expensive gaming systems. Whether or not the market will react favorably to playing mobile games on their giant screen TVs remains to be seen, but we can certainly say OUYA is off to a promising start now that it's available at retail. There's...

Sony Ups The Ante With 6.4" Xperia Z Ultra Android Smartphone

Sony Ups The Ante With 6.4" Xperia Z Ultra Android Smartphone

Not content with just a smartwatch? How about a phone to pair with it? Sony's going all out today, also launching the new Xperia Z Ultra, which is said to boast the world's slimmest and largest Full HD smartphone display. Blurring the line between phone and tablet, and pushing the size envelope altogether, this 6.4" handset is truly massive...

Sony SmartWatch 2 Is Official: Pairs With Android Phones Over NFC, Ships In Q3

Sony SmartWatch 2 Is Official: Pairs With Android Phones Over NFC, Ships In Q3

Your move, Apple. Sony has just ushered out what could become the company's most important consumer electronic launch of this decade: the SmartWatch 2. Despite the "2" in the name, most in this era aren't apt to recall the original -- it was a timepiece that shipped a bit before its time. But now, watches are all the rage, and you can bet...

Impressive: Frostbite 3 Engine Features Detailed On Video

Impressive: Frostbite 3 Engine Features Detailed On Video

Sure, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, which was built on the Frostbite 3 game engine, looks great, but it’s nothing compared to the Frostbite 3 engine-equipped Battlefield 4. In a YouTube video, gamemaker DICE and Frostbite developers discuss the breath-taking features of the game engine with scenes from Battlefield 4, and it’s...

Apple Settles In-App Purchase Class Action Suit, Get Your Piece of the Pie

Apple Settles In-App Purchase Class Action Suit, Get Your Piece of the Pie

Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other caregivers the world over who let their little charges play with iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches have probably all at one time or another experienced the cold sweat that comes with the fear that Junior may have gone crazy making in-app purchases in whatever game he’s been into lately....

Huge savings on Alienware M18x Gaming Laptop, HTC ONE Smartphone

Huge savings on Alienware M18x Gaming Laptop, HTC ONE Smartphone

Welcome back to a fresh new week chock full of hot deals. Leading today's sweet offers is a closeout offer on the uber-powerful 2012 Alienware m18x r2 18-inch gaming laptop, dropping the price down to just $1.849. AT&T is also running a huge sale offering 50% off nearly any smartphone, like the top-tier HTC One for just $99.99 with free...

Sony PlayStation 4 OS Reported As Modified Version of FreeBSD 9

Sony PlayStation 4 OS Reported As Modified Version of FreeBSD 9

While Microsoft might have the coolest OS setup for its Xbox One, containing a mixture of Windows and Xbox sauce, Sony has opted for an excellent base itself: FreeBSD 9.0. This has been revealed thanks to a couple of leaked screens of the GRUB 2.0 interface on the second-generation PlayStation 4 development kit. While these screens could...

Leap Motion Opens Beta to Devs Ahead of July 22 Leap Motion Controller Launch

Leap Motion Opens Beta to Devs Ahead of July 22 Leap Motion Controller Launch

Leap Motion has making a bit of noise in the computer industry, snagging a partnership with ASUS to bundle its controller with PCs, getting it onto Best Buy shelves, and embedding its technology into some HP PCs, but the company is still building up to its July 22nd release, when it will bring a polished version of the controller to consumers....

Microsoft Expected To Evangelize Windows 8.1 Update This Week at BUILD

Microsoft Expected To Evangelize Windows 8.1 Update This Week at BUILD

At its Build conference set to begin on Wednesday, Microsoft is expected to unveil everything we want to know about its upcoming Windows 8.1 update while also trying to resell developers on what makes the OS so attractive. It should come as a surprise to no one that Windows 8's launch barely inspired a "meh" from the majority, and for Microsoft,...

Huawei Blurs The Phablet Line With 7" MediaPad 7 Vogue

Huawei Blurs The Phablet Line With 7" MediaPad 7 Vogue

Phablet? Tablet? Phone? Perhaps the designation doesn't even matter any longer. With phones like the Note 8.0 and Note II blurring the edges of what's too large to make a phone call, Huawei is introducing a mondo phone of its own. The MediaPad 7 Vogue is a 7" device, sized up similarly to the Nexus 7, but it offers a voice radio as well as...

Wells Fargo Introduces Text Receipts For ATM Transactions

Wells Fargo Introduces Text Receipts For ATM Transactions

Ah, the digital world. Sometimes, it's easy to realize we're living in it. Things like digital boarding passes and cars that drive themselves are prime examples. But other times, we're wondering what the hold-up is. Now, in the banking world, Wells Fargo is finally answering the call on an issue that seems super obvious. The company announced...

HP's Slate 21 All-in-One Brings Android To A 21.5-Inch Desktop Convertible

HP's Slate 21 All-in-One Brings Android To A 21.5-Inch Desktop Convertible

There are plenty of AiOs around, and they pretty much all run Windows 8. Now, however, HP has unveiled a 21.5-inch model called the HP Slate 21 that runs Android Jelly Bean. There aren’t too many details out yet regarding the actual hardware inside the Slate 21, but we do know that its touch display is a full HD IPS affair and that it...

CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 5200 Haswell System

CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 5200 Haswell System

Now that Intel’s 4th-generation Core processors are flowing in the market, all your favorite boutique builders are churning out new systems based around those Haswell chips. The new Intel processors require a new socket (LGA 1150), and the associated motherboards have the new Z87 chipset. If you’re as excited as we are to see how...

FTC To Review Antitrust Potential of Google’s Waze Acquisition

FTC To Review Antitrust Potential of Google’s Waze Acquisition

Hopefully Google didn't pop the top on expensive bottles of champagne celebrating the $1.1 billion acquisition of Waze, a popular GPS-based turn-by-turn navigational app for mobile that hard drawn interest from a number of suitors, including Facebook. The expensive acquisition has drawn the attention of antitrust lawyers at the Federal Trade...

Samsung Makes Galaxy Tab 3 Family Official with 7, 8 and 10-Inch Versions

Samsung Makes Galaxy Tab 3 Family Official with 7, 8 and 10-Inch Versions

The deluge of Samsung Galaxy product announcements continues today with the South Korean device maker debuting three new tablets as part of the Galaxy Tab 3 family. Eschewing the one-size-fits-all approach, Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 line will be offered in 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch form factors beginning July 7, with pre-orders kicking off...

AOC Slashes $100 Off Cinematic 29-inch UltraWide Display for Limited Time

AOC Slashes $100 Off Cinematic 29-inch UltraWide Display for Limited Time

There hasn't been a whole of innovation in recent years when it comes to large screen monitors in the neighborhood of 30 inches. That's about to change. For one, 4K Ultra HD resolution is attempting to gain a foothold in the mainstream market, though it will still be some time before we see a deluge of affordable 4K monitors. Secondly, UltraWide...

Microsoft to Invest Nearly $680 Million in Iowa Data Center to Support Xbox Live

Microsoft to Invest Nearly $680 Million in Iowa Data Center to Support Xbox Live

Microsoft is taking the retail release of its upcoming Xbox One console seriously. So seriously, in fact, that it's committed to investing $677.7 million in a data center in Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register. Dubbed "Project Mountain," the investment will help beef up Microsoft's cloud infrastructure to support products like Xbox...

AOL Reader Jumps in the RSS Ring, Now Available in Beta Trim

AOL Reader Jumps in the RSS Ring, Now Available in Beta Trim

Go ahead and add another RSS reader to the growing list of Google Reader replacement candidates. As Google prepares to pull the plug on its popular RSS reader, alternatives (both new and old) have come out of the woodwork, one of the newest being AOL Reader, a rather basic option that's now available to the general public in beta form. There's...

Is Your Car The Next Device That Will Snoop On You?

Is Your Car The Next Device That Will Snoop On You?

Privacy couldn't be much hotter of a topic at the moment, so it's appropriate to learn now about "black boxes" that could become not only the norm in our cars, but a requirement. Apparently, many newer cars already feature these boxes, called Event Data Recorders (EDRs), but few consumers who own these vehicles know about them. Currently,...

Oracle and Microsoft Expected To Announce Cloud Service Partnership On Monday

Oracle and Microsoft Expected To Announce Cloud Service Partnership On Monday

Two of the world's largest enterprise companies may be about to shake hands in a deal that'll have massive implications across the entire cloud (er, industry). A new report suggests that Microsoft and Oracle are ready to "link their fortunes in the cloud," announcing at its upcoming BUILD conference a new partnership with Oracle. BUILD is...

Google Prepares ‘Google Mine’ For Organizing and Sharing Your Stuff On G+

Google Prepares ‘Google Mine’ For Organizing and Sharing Your Stuff On G+

George Carlin said it best, we all "need a place to put our stuff." Carlin likened the entire meaning of life as just finding a place to put your stuff. Well it seems the folks at Google understand this age old wisdom as well and as such will be launching a new service.  Google Mine will soon be integrated with Google+ so that users can...

Check Out the First Trailer for "Jobs" Starring Ashton Kutcher

Check Out the First Trailer for "Jobs" Starring Ashton Kutcher

We've known for quite some time that Ashton Kutcher (and not Noah Wyle or George Clooney) would be playing the part of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the upcoming biographical drama, "Jobs," which actually already premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The general public has had to wait a bit longer, as the movie...

Apple's 802.11ac MacBook Air Laptops Face Complaints Over Dropped Wi-Fi Connectivity

Apple's 802.11ac MacBook Air Laptops Face Complaints Over Dropped Wi-Fi Connectivity

While sometimes rewarding, being an early adopter also carries its share of risks and pitfalls, and not just for the consumer. Manufacturers are prone to buyer's remorse as well, and Apple may feel that way if it can't come up with a fix for its 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology baked into its newest MacBook Air models introduced at the Worldwide...

Google / Waze Deal Being Eyed By The FTC

Google / Waze Deal Being Eyed By The FTC

For some, spending a billion bucks comes easy. Just this week, Yahoo closed its deal to acquire Tumblr with next to no fuss from regulators. But when it comes to Google, it seems that the feds are constantly casting glances. The company recently announced its intentions to acquire rival mapping firm Waze for over a billion dollars, but now...

Walmart Hacks Prices Of iPhone 5 And iPhone 4S: Is A New Handset En Route?

Walmart Hacks Prices Of iPhone 5 And iPhone 4S: Is A New Handset En Route?

When it comes to Apple products, discounts are few and far between. The company just doesn't offer up coupons and price slashings on any sort of regular basis, and in fact, most of the retailers certified to sell genuine Apple products don't offer any discounts, either. Walmart has typically shaved a few dollars from iPod and iPhone products,...

Music App For Windows 8 Updated With In-App Search, Bug Fixes

Music App For Windows 8 Updated With In-App Search, Bug Fixes

Microsoft has made no bones about the importance of music within both Windows Phone and Windows 8, and this week's update proves as much. The latest update to the Music app for Windows 8 brings an in-app search button at the top right that allows you to search directly within the app for music on your PC, or in the Xbox Music catalog. The...

2K Posts First 5 Minutes of Borderlands 2's Final DLC, Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep

2K Posts First 5 Minutes of Borderlands 2's Final DLC, Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep

As sad as it might be for Borderlands 2 fans that the fourth and final DLC is to be issued soon, it seems extremely likely that it's going to be the best one yet. Titled Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, this DLC features the one-and-only super-energetic Tina, who forces the entire crew to play a board game called "Bunkers & Badasses"....

Surgeon Uses Google Glass and iPad To Capture Live Procedure and Streams It To a Hangout

Surgeon Uses Google Glass and iPad To Capture Live Procedure and Streams It To a Hangout

Google and many tech manufacturers for that matter lately, have been evangelizing the mantra that technology is here to enhance and improve our lives, not get in the way; in the truest sense to "serve humanity." Recent events and breakthroughs in the healthcare industry, which make use of leading-edge technology, illustrate this vision better...

Facebook Security Flaw Exposes 6 Million Users’ Personal Info

Facebook Security Flaw Exposes 6 Million Users’ Personal Info

Oh Facebook - couldn't this have come at a better time? Mere weeks after news of NSA's PRISM project being leaked, which is said to involve tight integration with the likes of Facebook and other popular Web entities, we learn of a bug that caused six million user's worth of phone numbers and email addresses being exposed over the past year....

Firefox Moves Forward with Plans For Do Not Track Blocking By Default

Firefox Moves Forward with Plans For Do Not Track Blocking By Default

As we discussed last month, Mozilla postponed the introduction of automatic third-party cookie blocking in its Firefox Web browser, citing the obvious: it was too hasty in its decision. Well, that hastiness appears to have worn off, as now, the company has plans to rollout the do not track change to Firefox in the months ahead (exactly how...

Instagram Video Upload Feature a Hit, Tops 5 Million Clips in First Day

Instagram Video Upload Feature a Hit, Tops 5 Million Clips in First Day

You would have to spend an awful long time sitting in front of your mobile device in order to watch every single Instagram video that's been uploaded to date. The new feature was announced earlier this week and users wasted no time playing armchair director. In just the first 24 hours since the video recording and sharing feature went live,...

Buzz Aldrin Says Time Has Come to Colonize Mars

Buzz Aldrin Says Time Has Come to Colonize Mars

At 83-years-old, Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men ever to set foot on the moon (second behind only Neil Armstrong), hasn't lost a step, nor has his passion for space exploration wavered in the years since that day in 1969. Just the opposite, the retired United States Air Force pilot and famous astronaut thinks its high time mankind pulls...

Amazon Sold 2,500 Xbox One and PS4 Pre-Orders Per Minute Last Week

Amazon Sold 2,500 Xbox One and PS4 Pre-Orders Per Minute Last Week

Ladies and gentlemen, the gaming business is just fine. You wouldn't know it from the declining figures posted by The NPD Group time and again, but as some suspected, gamers have grown stingy with their spending because they're waiting on next generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony. One need only look at the mad dash consumers made to...

YouTube To Stream Wimbledon Live: A Sign Of The Times?

YouTube To Stream Wimbledon Live: A Sign Of The Times?

If YouTube is inching towards becoming a TV channel, this has to be worth at least a few inches. One of the world's most famed tennis tournaments will be broadcast live on YouTube starting Monday, giving people across the world the ability to witness one of sporting's most hallowed spectacles. Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, David...

Virgin Mobile To Stock iPhone 5 Starting June 28th

Virgin Mobile To Stock iPhone 5 Starting June 28th

Don't look now, but there will soon be yet another place to get your iPhone fix: Virgin Mobile. As Apple's phone has grown in importance, its availability has spread as well. The initial version was only available on AT&T, and now, hundreds of carriers offer it. On the prepaid side, the roll-out has been a bit slower, but now Virgin is...

Sony Promises PS3 Version 4.45 Software Fix

Sony Promises PS3 Version 4.45 Software Fix

It doesn't make the issue any easier to swallow if you hastily updated your PlayStation 3 console to the latest software a few days back, but Sony has just issued a notice informing its customers that a fix is en route. Here's the quote: "We have identified the issue related to the PlayStation 3 software update (version 4.45) that impacted...

Lenovo Unveils Miix 10.1-inch Tablet with Folio Flip Keyboard

Lenovo Unveils Miix 10.1-inch Tablet with Folio Flip Keyboard

Lenovo just won’t quit with the quirky form factors (which we’re glad for), and the company’s latest innovation is the Lenovo Miix, a 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet that comes equipped with a “quick flip” detachable folio case that doubles as an AccuType keyboard. The device has a 10.1-inch HD (1366x768) IPS display...

HTC Execs Take Massive Pay Cut After Disappointing 2012, Because That's How It Should Work

HTC Execs Take Massive Pay Cut After Disappointing 2012, Because That's How It Should Work

In its annual report, HTC revealed an interesting factoid: Its high-level executives took a huge pay cut, to the tune of about 51%, after disappointing performance in 2012. Indeed, 2012 was a rough one for HTC, as the company saw a declining market share and low earnings after a good 2011; according to the WSJ, the company has lost around...

Price drops on Dell Inspiron 15 Multi-touch Laptop, LG Optimus G Pro LTE Smartphone

Price drops on Dell Inspiron 15 Multi-touch Laptop, LG Optimus G Pro LTE Smartphone

Today we've got the hottest deals for your weekend. First up, a $100 price drop on 5.5" LG Optimus G Pro LTE Smartphone on AT&T (with new 2-year contract). You can also save 15% off newest 21.5-inch Dell S2240T Multi-touch Monitor. Scroll down to check out these and the rest of this weekend's hottest deals. Deals: 5.5" LG Optimus G Pro...

Researchers Develop Optical Technology Increasing Data Storage To 1,000 Terabytes On a Single DVD

Researchers Develop Optical Technology Increasing Data Storage To 1,000 Terabytes On a Single DVD

The race to figure out more efficient ways of storing the ever-increasing amount of data we generate every day is on, and researchers have developed a simple yet powerful way to dramatically increase the storage density of a DVD. How dramatic? DVDs can handle 4.7GB of storage using conventional means of burning; a group of researchers at Swinburne...

AT&T's Aio Wireless Adds 4G LTE To Contract-Free Service

AT&T's Aio Wireless Adds 4G LTE To Contract-Free Service

If you’re a customer of Aio wireless--a no-annual-contract wireless provider--today’s a good day, because the company just pushed out an OTA update giving you 4G LTE service. Aio also announced that it’s expanding its coverage map of Houston, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Gainesville, Fla. to include Ft. Meyers and Naples,...

UK ICO Slaps Google with Action To Delete Street View Data Within 35 Days

UK ICO Slaps Google with Action To Delete Street View Data Within 35 Days

Whether or not you believe Google when it says that it didn’t mean to snoop data from WiFi networks while its Street View cars traversed the globe, the fact of the matter is that the company was sloppy with its code and ended up snagging data it wasn’t supposed to have. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the UK...

Sony Teases SmartWatch 2.0

Sony Teases SmartWatch 2.0

Mark our words, almost without a doubt, Sony will unveil a new SmartWatch next week at the Mobile Asia Expo 2013 event in Shanghai. Normally we wouldn't go out on a limb like that, but Sony's forced our hand, so to speak, with a barrage of not-so-subtle hints pointing to another SmartWatch product in the near future. One need only look at...

ADATA XPG SX900 256GB SSD Review

ADATA XPG SX900 256GB SSD Review

The SSD market is very competitive at the moment, to say the least, and though ADATA isn’t always necessarily front and center, the company has a handful of interesting product offerings, including the ADATA XPG SX900 we'll be showing you here. SSD manufacturers sometimes roll with proprietary controllers, such as OCZ and Samsung, while...

FAA Drafts Report To Relax Passenger Gadget Use During Takeoff and Landing

FAA Drafts Report To Relax Passenger Gadget Use During Takeoff and Landing

Remember when that 757 aircraft came crashing down midway through takeoff, killing everyone on board all because a passenger's handheld media player interfered with the plane's onboard electronics? You don't remember reading about that or seeing it on the news? That's because it never happened, nor is it likely to, yet passengers are always...

Vertu Ti Android Sports Design and Craftsmanship That Would Make Apple Cringe

Vertu Ti Android Sports Design and Craftsmanship That Would Make Apple Cringe

Apple likes to tout that it's iPhone 5 features diamond-cut beveled edges and other fancy amenities, but when you're talking about luxury phones, Vertu is a name that quickly comes to mind. One of Vertu's newest creations is the Vertu Ti, which is powered by Android, driven by a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, and is the company's fastest handset...

Original Apple 1 Computer Could Fetch Half a Million Dollars on Auction Block

Original Apple 1 Computer Could Fetch Half a Million Dollars on Auction Block

It seems hard to fathom, but a rather rudimentary computer assembled in a garage almost four decades ago could bring in north of $500,000 in an upcoming auction. This isn't just an ordinary system, however, it's a rare Apple 1, one of the first Apple systems ever built. The man who owns it didn't pay a dime for the system, instead swapping...

Apple's iOS Fragmentation Chart is a Subtle Dig at Android

Apple's iOS Fragmentation Chart is a Subtle Dig at Android

Apple has gone and put together a pie chart showing the percentage of iOS users rocking the latest version of its platform (iOS 6) versus earlier versions, and like Google, the figures are derived from users who've accessed the App Store in the past 14 days (Google plucks its Android data from Google Play and also uses a 14-day window). Unlike...

Yahoo Officially Seals The Deal With Tumblr

Yahoo Officially Seals The Deal With Tumblr

It would probably take most of us a few lifetimes to earn a billion dollars, but it evidently only takes a few days to officially spend it. The extravagant purchase of Tumblr by Yahoo has officially closed this week, making the site formally a Yahoo property. CEO Marissa Mayer is once again assuring users that Tumblr will continue to function...

Logitech Harmony Hub Makes Your Smartphone A Remote For $100

Logitech Harmony Hub Makes Your Smartphone A Remote For $100

Universal remotes were all the rage for some time, but these days, it's clear that the phones most of us already carry are fully equipped to handle remote duties. Logitech has announced the Harmony Ultimate Hub, an "appcessory" that fully converts your phone into a remote. And it'll soon be available as a standalone purchase. As you may know,...

Samsung Shows Off Galaxy NX Android Camera with Interchangeable Lens, New ATIV Windows 8 Tablets

Samsung Shows Off Galaxy NX Android Camera with Interchangeable Lens, New ATIV Windows 8 Tablets

Samsung's Premiere 2013 event in London is well underway and as you might expect, product announcements are coming in fast and furious. One of the new items Samsung unveiled at the event is the Galaxy NX, purportedly the world's first interchangeable lens camera with 3G/4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity baked in. According to Samsung, the Galaxy...

Facebook Launches 15 Second “Video on Instagram” Sharing Service

Facebook Launches 15 Second “Video on Instagram” Sharing Service

As expected, Facebook dropped a big announcement today pertaining to Instagram and video: starting today, users can share up to 15 seconds of video in essentially the same way they share photos. When preparing to take a photo, there will now be a little movie camera icon you can tap to switch to video mode. Video on Instagram (which is of...

Qualcomm's Powerful New Snapdragon 800 Coming To LG Optimus G2

Qualcomm's Powerful New Snapdragon 800 Coming To LG Optimus G2

Hardly a day has gone by since we posted our review of the LG Optimus G Pro, but already LG and Qualcomm have announced an LG Optimus phone with a better, faster, more powerful processor. The companies jointly announced that the upcoming LG Optimus will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip, as opposed to the LG Optimus G Pro’s Snapdragon...

First 3D-Printed Battery Just 1mm Wide

First 3D-Printed Battery Just 1mm Wide

Speaking of 3D printing, researchers at Harvard University have developed a 3D-printable battery that’s just 1mm wide; the tiny component will ostensibly be used to power computers and even robotic drones of commensurate size, from hearing aids to the (frankly, quite terrifying-sounding) Robobees that have also been developed at the...

Stratasys Buys 3D Printer Pioneer MakerBot In $403M Deal

Stratasys Buys 3D Printer Pioneer MakerBot In $403M Deal

In the 3D printing world, MakerBot is as strong a brand name as there is on the desktop side of the industry, and now it’s been acquired by Stratasys, a company that’s made its mark on the heavier-duty side of things such as additive manufacturing. The deal is worth $403 million in a stock-for-stock transaction. MakerBot will become...

Best Buy to Renew iPhone Trade-In Promotion This Friday; Swap Your iPhone 4/4S for an iPhone 5

Best Buy to Renew iPhone Trade-In Promotion This Friday; Swap Your iPhone 4/4S for an iPhone 5

Best Buy is renewing an iPhone trade-in promotion in which you can waltz into your local Best Buy location, hand over your iPhone 4 or 4S handset, and essentially receive a free iPhone 5. You actually earn a credit of up to $150, which you can then use the cover the cost of a 16GB iPhone 5 in either black or white. The 16GB iPhone 5 runs $200...

Swedish Court Hands Pirate Bay Co-Founder Two-Year Sentence for Hacking

Swedish Court Hands Pirate Bay Co-Founder Two-Year Sentence for Hacking

The swashbucklers who founded and ran The Pirate Bay (TPB), an online torrent site notorious for turning a blind eye to illegal file downloads, are no strangers to the legal system in Sweden. More recently, TPB co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg received a two-year prison sentence by a District Court in Sweden for hacking into computers and...

Huge Pricedrop on Flagship Inspiron 15R Special Edition Laptop, Cheap Dell E2414H Monitor

Huge Pricedrop on Flagship Inspiron 15R Special Edition Laptop, Cheap Dell E2414H Monitor

Thanks for joining us for the latest installment of the hottest deals across the web. Today's best offer is a big price drop from Dell on a fully loaded Inspiron 15R Special Edition laptop, complete with Core i7, 1080p screen, Radeon HD graphics, SSD, and more. You can also grab a gorgeous 24" 1080p monitor for just $175. Don't miss the rare...

Best Buy Recalls Replacement Batteries for MacBook Pro Due to Fire Risk

Best Buy Recalls Replacement Batteries for MacBook Pro Due to Fire Risk

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said this week there have been more than a dozen reports of ATG lithium-ion replacement batteries for the MacBook Pro catching fire, prompting Best Buy to issue a recall. There have been 13 documented cases so far, and in one instance, a faulty battery caused a "serious burn" to the user's leg. There...

NVIDIA Lowers Price Of SHIELD To $299 In Response To Gamer Feedback

NVIDIA Lowers Price Of SHIELD To $299 In Response To Gamer Feedback

Great news for gamers who love saving money: NVIDIA's SHIELD handheld gaming machine now has a new, lower price. It's actually the second instance in as many days where a major gaming company has reversed course (or at least made a change) based strictly on user feedback. Shortly after Microsoft decided against its DRM polocies with the Xbox...

France Gives Google Three Months to Address Privacy Concerns or Face Fines

France Gives Google Three Months to Address Privacy Concerns or Face Fines

France's National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties (CNIL) has initiated proceedings against Google over privacy violations and has given the sultan of search three months to fix things or face fines. Should Google drag its feet, it faces a maximum fine of 150,000 euros (~$198,000), along with 300,000 euros (~$396,000) for a repeat...

SiriusXM Internet Radio And On Demand Features Coming To Ford's SYNC AppLink

SiriusXM Internet Radio And On Demand Features Coming To Ford's SYNC AppLink

Satellite radio is about to become an even more integrated experience in new Ford vehicles. The automaker has announced plans to become the first in the industry to launch MySMX and SiriusXM On Demand alongside satellite radio in vehicles. For the first time ever, subscribers will be able to control SiriusXM Internet Radio programming and...

Viacom And Twitter Nail Down Social Agreement For Programming

Viacom And Twitter Nail Down Social Agreement For Programming

TV is about to get a lot more social. Twitter has made no bones about its ambitions to become the go-to source when it comes to mapping out popularity of television programming, and now, Viacom + Twitter have announced a partnership to deliver social video advertising campaigns around the most popular shows and biggest events throughout Viacom's...

The Xbox One-Eighty: Microsoft Drops Online Requirements, Used Game Restrictions, and Kills Family Sharing

The Xbox One-Eighty: Microsoft Drops Online Requirements, Used Game Restrictions, and Kills Family Sharing

Ever since Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One in May, the user community has raised holy hell about the 24-hour mandatory online check in, the loss of used game sales, and the onerous online requirements that prohibited game or console imports into countries where the Xbox One service hasn't officially launched. Microsoft's entire E3 demo was...

‘Candy Crush Saga’ Game Publisher Planning IPO

‘Candy Crush Saga’ Game Publisher Planning IPO

Who knew a game in which you line up candy would catapult its developer into the big leagues? A tiny, London-based software known as King (and, also as Midasplayer International) is in the early stages of preparing for a U.S. IPO. The company has already hired banks in the U.S. to prepare for the public offering. Candy Crush for Android. Although...

New HP ENVY 15z AMD Laptop, Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop Now Available

New HP ENVY 15z AMD Laptop, Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop Now Available

Thanks for joining us for today's roundup of the best deals across the web. HP just released a new quad-core laptop at a great price; the Envy 15z is powered by an AMD A8 processor and is just $479.99 on sale. You can also get your home theater a major upgrade with this 60" Samsung 240Hz LED HDTV with bonus $200 gift card for just $1,199.99...

Google Glass Privacy Concerns Raised By Numerous Countries

Google Glass Privacy Concerns Raised By Numerous Countries

Ever since its announcement, Google's Glass has been the target of those who care about privacy - and for good reason. With its ability to be (mostly) discrete and record audio + video with ease, concerns are clear. It's one thing to be monitored by something like a CCTV camera, but some might argue that it's something entirely different to...

HBO GO and WatchEPSN Land on Apple TV

HBO GO and WatchEPSN Land on Apple TV

Apple's $99 streaming box just got a little bit better today. Effectively immediately, HBO GO and WatchESPN are both available directly on Apple TV, a duo that will appeal to movie buffs and sports fans alike. As for the former, HBO subscribers can now enjoy unlimited access to shows like True Blood and Game of Thrones, as well as hit movies,...

Microsoft Brings Qualcomm Into The Fold For Surface RT Chip Supply

Microsoft Brings Qualcomm Into The Fold For Surface RT Chip Supply

It appears that Microsoft is about to refresh its Surface RT hardware; according to Bloomberg, Microsoft has been testing versions of the Surface RT with Qualcomm Snapdragon chips inside instead of the NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoCs it’s been using thus far. This jibes with an earlier report that Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors would power Windows...

Nintendo Launches Free-to-Play "Steel Diver" Game

Nintendo Launches Free-to-Play "Steel Diver" Game

Nintendo is experimenting with new pricing models for its console games, an effort aimed particularly at digital sales and packaging downloadable content with boxed games. According to IGN, the company is bringing its experiment to the real world via a free-to-play game. The title? Steel Diver. Steel Diver was originally a game developed for...

Latest Java Patch Released Fixing 40 Security Flaws

Latest Java Patch Released Fixing 40 Security Flaws

Do you use Java? If so, be aware that Oracle just released its "June 2013 Critical Update for Java SE," a collection of code that provides 40 new security fixes. All but three of them are security holes that can be exploited from a remote location without any kind of authentication. Four of the vulnerabilities affect client and server deployments,...

Google Petitions Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to Disclose Number of Government Data Requests

Google Petitions Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to Disclose Number of Government Data Requests

In an effort to offer Internet users some transparency and to deflect negative attention from recent revelations that big companies have been sharing user data with the government via the National Security Agency's (NSA) PRISM program, Google is seeking permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to reveal detailed information...

Sony Investigating Complaints of Bricked PlayStation 3 Consoles After Installing 4.45 Firmware

Sony Investigating Complaints of Bricked PlayStation 3 Consoles After Installing 4.45 Firmware

Woe is the PlayStation 3 gamer who jumped at the chance to install Sony's newest firmware update, version 4.45. After it was made available, it didn't take long for complaints to surface on Twitter, Reddit, and Sony's own support forum lamenting the fact that the update was bricking consoles, turning their gaming boxes into very expensive...

HTC Butterfly S Takes Flight with 5-inch Display, 1.9GHz Snapdragon Processor

HTC Butterfly S Takes Flight with 5-inch Display, 1.9GHz Snapdragon Processor

If you were to wave a magic wand over the HTC One and magically give it a bigger screen, faster processor, and a longer lasting battery, you'd end up with the Butterfly S, HTC's latest high-end handset. Oh, and then you'd have to banish it Taiwan, where it would be start selling July for NT$22,900 (~$769 USD). A magic wand isn't needed --...

Google Patents Terrain Image Capturing Walking Sticks

Google Patents Terrain Image Capturing Walking Sticks

When it comes to Street View, Google has created something special. The company has provided ground-level imagery of highways and byways across a huge portion of the motorized world, enabling anyone with a Web browser and an Internet connection to see what the locals see while driving. It's an impressive feat, and a daunting task to map out....

Amazon Makes It Easy To Collectively Gift Your Friends On Facebook

Amazon Makes It Easy To Collectively Gift Your Friends On Facebook

Parties just aren't what they used to be, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. In the digital world, celebrations are often much broader, with friends from all over the world chiming in to wish someone well on their special day. As social networks and the like aim to bring in additional revenue, sites like Facebook are also encouraging...

Toshiba Introduces 1TB Canvio Slim II External Hard Drive

Toshiba Introduces 1TB Canvio Slim II External Hard Drive

There's slim, and then there's Toshiba's Canvio Slim II. The company's second-generation drive follows up on a successful launch last year, with this one offering up as much as 1TB of internal storage space and measuring just 12.5mm thick. It's easily one of the thinnest and smallest on the market in terms of external HDDs, and it relies on...

NVIDIA Announces It Will License Graphics IP To Mobile Competitors, Goes After PowerVR

NVIDIA Announces It Will License Graphics IP To Mobile Competitors, Goes After PowerVR

For the last 20 years, NVIDIA has developed and used its own graphics IP in-house. While the company engaged in several prominent cross-licensing deals with companies like Intel, those deals never resulted in an Intel-branded graphics card or an equivalent product from another company. Today, that changes -- NVIDIA has announced that henceforth,...

Flagship Dell Latitude E6540 Laptop, Cheapest HP ENVY 700 Core i7 Haswell Desktop Deals

Flagship Dell Latitude E6540 Laptop, Cheapest HP ENVY 700 Core i7 Haswell Desktop Deals

Thanks for joining us in today's roundup of the best deals from across the web. Leading our deal list round-up is the ultra-reliable Western Digital Red 1 Terabyte internal hard drive, marked down to just $74.99. We also found a rare discount on some premium Bose headphones, taking 11% off the list price, giving you the lowest price around....

Yahoo Claims U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies Made Up To 13,000 Requests For Personal Data In Last 6 Months

Yahoo Claims U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies Made Up To 13,000 Requests For Personal Data In Last 6 Months

Now that the NSA has apparently assented to allow companies from which it culled personal user data to post some numbers about how many requests were made, more companies are disclosing that information. Facebook and Microsoft posted some numbers this weekend, and now Yahoo! has some as well. According to a post written by Yahoo! CEO Marissa...

Skype Adds New Video Voicemail Feature For When Your Contacts Are Away

Skype Adds New Video Voicemail Feature For When Your Contacts Are Away

And “voicemail” evolved. Microsoft announced on its Skype blog that the video chat service now offers a Skype Video Messaging feature that allows you to leave a video voicemail when one of your contacts is away. Skype Video Messaging is free, and you can leave a message by tapping or clicking the Video Message button and recording...

Amazon Adds Over a Thousand Titles to Kindle FreeTime All-You-Can-Eat Content Service For Kids

Amazon Adds Over a Thousand Titles to Kindle FreeTime All-You-Can-Eat Content Service For Kids

Got a Kindle? Got a kid? Amazon has you in mind, as the company announced updates to its Kindle FreeTime Unlimited content service that delivers as much kid-friendly content as they can consume. The service originally rolled out in December of last year, and since then Amazon says it has added over a thousand titles to its lineup of books,...

LG Optimus G Pro from AT&T Review

LG Optimus G Pro from AT&T Review

Upon first glance of the LG Optimus G Pro, it's easy to draw comparisons to Samsung's Galaxy Note II. The two phones are strikingly similar. Both feature massive 5.5-inch displays along with rounded edges and a physical Home button below the screen. When placed side-by-side, the two phones appear to be nearly identical in size. However, upon...

AT&T and Goal Zero Deploying Solar Powered Charging Stations for Mobile Devices In New York

AT&T and Goal Zero Deploying Solar Powered Charging Stations for Mobile Devices In New York

For as amazing as our mobile devices are, their battery life is a joke. Most of us can’t make it through a whole day (or in cases, more than a few hours) without having to plug in. Solar charger company Goal Zero, in collaboration with AT&T and Brooklyn-based design studio Pensa, are developing solar charging stations designed to...

Analyst Likens Huawei's Ascend P6 Android Handset to a "Steamrolled iPhone"

Analyst Likens Huawei's Ascend P6 Android Handset to a "Steamrolled iPhone"

Huawei is proud as a peacock over its new Ascend P6 smartphone, an Android handset the company claims is the thinnest in the world. It measures a scant 6.18mm (0.24 inches) thick and has a 4.7-inch display, the same size screen found on the HTC One, which is 3mm (0.1 inches) thicker. Pretty impressive. Analysts who have seen the device have...

Outlook.com to Stop Supporting Multiple Email Accounts, Wants You to Use Aliases Instead

Outlook.com to Stop Supporting Multiple Email Accounts, Wants You to Use Aliases Instead

In this episode of "Microsoft Knows Best," Outlook.com is phasing out support for multiple email addresses. Going back to the Hotmail days, linked accounts were introduced in 2006, and Microsoft fully acknowledges there are several legitimate reasons for using multiple email addresses, such as not wanting to hand out your primary email identity...

Oculus Rift Secures an Additional $16 Million in Funding

Oculus Rift Secures an Additional $16 Million in Funding

Easily one of the more anticipated product launches is the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that had a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. Oculus VR managed to raise over $2.4 million on Kickstarter, well north or the company's comparatively modest $250,000 goal, and the money is still flowing in. Announced today, Oculus VR just...

LG's 1 Million Optimus G Pro Sales in Four Months is a Personal Best

LG's 1 Million Optimus G Pro Sales in Four Months is a Personal Best

When you're getting spanked the competition, one thing you can do is to pretend they don't exist and focus solely on yourself. So it goes with LG Electronics, the South Korean handset maker that would like nothing more than to swipe some smartphone share out of Samsung's pocket. While LG is losing to Samsung, the firm still found reason to...

NVIDA Flexes ARM Support in CUDA 5.5 Release Candidate

NVIDA Flexes ARM Support in CUDA 5.5 Release Candidate

Bolstered by the recent mad dash by consumers and manufacturers alike towards mobile computing, truly ARM has become too large to ignore. ARM has benefited the most from mobile device sales, proving that it's a capable architecture and a worthy competitor to x86 silicon, so it shouldn't come as a shock that NVIDIA equipped its CUDA 5.5 Release...

AMD Outlines 2014 Server Roadmap To Recapture Enterprise Market Share

AMD Outlines 2014 Server Roadmap To Recapture Enterprise Market Share

Wondering what AMD's plans are in terms of server strategy? Don't bother looking up leaks; the chip-maker is laying it all out in front of you. In what has to be one of the most unusual moves in recent memory, AMD is bucking the trend of all-out secrecy by disclosing today its server roadmap. Why? It's mostly aimed at shareholders and pundits...

Sprint Sues Clearwire And DISH To Block Buyout

Sprint Sues Clearwire And DISH To Block Buyout

Just what Sprint needs: another lawsuit to spend gobs of money on as it bleeds customers. But sure enough, the carrier -- which is struggling mightily on the coverage aspect as well as the LTE rollout front -- has just filed suit against DISH Network and Clearwire, citing the illegality of the DISH offer to buy up Clearwire. It has become...

Acer Bringing C7 Chromebook To Walmart Shelves For $199

Acer Bringing C7 Chromebook To Walmart Shelves For $199

Guess what's coming to your local Walmart? Google Chromebooks. In what may soon prove to be the Chromebook's biggest push yet, Google and Acer have convinced a store that is notoriously difficult to snag shelf space on to give them just that. The new Acer C710-2856, is now available at 2,800 Walmart stores for the low price of only $199. The...

Leaked Intel Slides Suggest Haswell Refresh Coming in Q2 2014

Leaked Intel Slides Suggest Haswell Refresh Coming in Q2 2014

Since the introduction of Intel's "Tick / Tock" model in 2007, the company has successfully released a major new architecture one year, and then a die shrink the next. Well, according to leaked documents, 2014 looks to be the first year where Intel skips a beat, as Broadwell, Haswell's original successor, has been replaced with "Haswell Refresh"....

Next Gen ASUS-Made Google Nexus 7 Specs Unveiled In FCC Listing

Next Gen ASUS-Made Google Nexus 7 Specs Unveiled In FCC Listing

When Google launched its Nexus 10, and it happened to be produced by Samsung, not ASUS, it seemed up in the air whether or not ASUS was going to be out of the picture from that point forward. Well, thanks to a new FCC filing, we can see that ASUS remains safe and sound - it just appears that it's going to be specifically focusing on the Nexus...

HP Coupons, Discounted ENVY 27 IPS Monitor and Dell XPS 15 Laptop Deals

HP Coupons, Discounted ENVY 27 IPS Monitor and Dell XPS 15 Laptop Deals

Welcome back to a new week of deals and we are kicking things off with a massive sale from HP. Just about everything is discounted, from accessories to laptops to desktops you don't want to miss this offer. One of our favorites from this sale is the gorgeous HP ENVY 27 inch monitor, a premium display packed with tech and upgraded Beats speakers....

Intel Announces New Enterprise Xeons, Upcoming Xeon Phi

Intel Announces New Enterprise Xeons, Upcoming Xeon Phi

Intel announced a set of new enterprise products today aimed at furthering its strengths in the TOP500 supercomputing market. As of today, the Chinese Tiahne-2 supercomputer (aka Milky Way 2) is now the fastest supercomputer on the planet at roughly ~54PFLOPs. That's double the speed of the old leader, the AMD/Nvidia powered Titan at Oak Ridge...

A Million Samsung Galaxy Owners Get First Dibs on Jay-Z's New Album on July 4

A Million Samsung Galaxy Owners Get First Dibs on Jay-Z's New Album on July 4

Good news, Jay-Z fans. The hip-hop artist and part owner of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets is back with a new album titled "Magna Carta Holy Grail." It's due to release on July 4, 2014, and it will feature various artists such as Drake, Nas, and Justin Timberlake, all of whom have been working on the album. As a special treat to certain Galaxy owners,...

Verizon Looking to Expand Its Wireless Network Coverage Into Canada

Verizon Looking to Expand Its Wireless Network Coverage Into Canada

Verizon Wireless is reportedly looking to expand its wireless service north of the border into Canada. Should VZW go through with it, Canadian mobile phone subscribers would then have access to four major wireless carriers to choose from, as Big Red would be competing against Telus Corp, BCE Inc's Bell Unit, and Rogers Communications. According...

Shrek, Kung Fu Panda Pounce on Netflix as Part of Multi-Year DreamWorks Deal

Shrek, Kung Fu Panda Pounce on Netflix as Part of Multi-Year DreamWorks Deal

Chin up kids, it's time to wipe away those tears for the loss of Spongebob, Dora the Explorer, and all the rest of Viacom's entities that skipped ship over to Amazon's Prime Instant Video service. There's still plenty of kid-friendly content on Netflix, especially now that the big daddy of streaming media inked a multi-year deal with DreamWorks,...

Oxford English Dictionary Deviates From Rules, Declares "Tweet" an Official Word

Oxford English Dictionary Deviates From Rules, Declares "Tweet" an Official Word

Sorry to break it to social networking curmudgeons, but the Oxford English Dictionary now officially recognizes "tweet" as a noun and verb in the social networking sense. Such is the power and influence of social networking services like Twitter that not only did OED expand its entry for the word tweet, but it broke its own rules to add the...

Samsung Readies Version of Galaxy S4 with Faster Downloads

Samsung Readies Version of Galaxy S4 with Faster Downloads

It's getting to be a little tough keeping up with all of Samsung's Galaxy devices, even those among the same family. To wit, there's there's the Galaxy S4 (Samsung's flagship smartphone), Galaxy S4 mini (a phone for budget shoppers), Galaxy S4 Active (a rugged smartphone), and Galaxy S4 zoom (hybrid camera/smartphone) -- phew! Soon you'll...

Big Reveal: Facebook May Add Video to Instagram

Big Reveal: Facebook May Add Video to Instagram

Something's brewing at Facebook, and as we reported last week, the social networking service is planning a launch event for June 20, 2013. Early speculation suggested the big reveal would be a news reader, which would fill a ginormous void left by the shuttering of Google Reader. However, sources say Facebook has something else up its sleeve....

Google Developing Global Database to Block Child Porn

Google Developing Global Database to Block Child Porn

After some pressure by UK Prime Minister David Cameron (pictured) and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), Google has stepped up its efforts to block images of child pornography on the Internet. According to The Telegraph, Google engineers are developing technology and a database that will be enable search engines and other web companies to...

Dish And nTelos Partner On LTE Rural Broadband Testing

Dish And nTelos Partner On LTE Rural Broadband Testing

Rural broadband is becoming a serious issue, and it's not just the government taking notice. Private for-profit companies are as well, with Dish Network and nTelos being the latest two. Following last month's announcement of their intent to co-develop a fixed wireless broadband service, Dish and nTelos have now deployed broadband service in...

Bosch Brings Wireless Charging To The Electric Vehicle Realm

Bosch Brings Wireless Charging To The Electric Vehicle Realm

Wireless power isn't really a reality even in the consumer world, but already we're seeing wireless options crop up for the precious few who own electric vehicles. Bosch is amongst the first, announcing the first commercially available wireless electric vehicle charging system in U.S. The company has teamed with Evatran Group to offer the...

Samsung Begins Mass Production of PCIe SSDs for Ultra Slim Notebooks

Samsung Begins Mass Production of PCIe SSDs for Ultra Slim Notebooks

After initially seeding the Samsung XP941 PCIe SSD to notebook manufacturers earlier this year, Samsung announced that the drives are now in mass production and will show up in products on store shelves later this year. The XP941 family of PCIe SSDs consists of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities and offers sequential reads of 1400MBps over...

New York and San Francisco Mayors Announce Joint "Digital Cities" Technology Summits

New York and San Francisco Mayors Announce Joint "Digital Cities" Technology Summits

Starting in late September, Silicon Alley and Silicon Valley will be collaborating on high-tech solutions to the problems both cities face. The mayors of New York and San Francisco announced that they will be holding two Digital Cities summits (one in each city) to develop new ways of handing old threats, such as flooding and power outages....

Oracle's Larry Ellison Acquires 98% Ownership of Lanai Hawaiian Island

Oracle's Larry Ellison Acquires 98% Ownership of Lanai Hawaiian Island

For the majority of Americans, when a fabulously wealthy person buys a private island, the eye-rolling is so severe that is causes widespread migraines. Thus, one’s knee jerk reaction to hearing via the Wall Street Journal that Oracle’s CEO Larry Ellison just dropped $300 million to acquire 98% ownership of Hawaii’s Lanai...

Microsoft Fakes It At E3: Shows Xbox One Games Running on Windows 7 PCs

Microsoft Fakes It At E3: Shows Xbox One Games Running on Windows 7 PCs

At last week's E3, Microsoft COO Peter Moore claimed that Xbox One games being shown-off at the show were running on real development kits - however, thanks to a Windows PC crash, that was later found to be untrue. Yes, "Windows PC". When handed an Xbox One gamepad to play some game, the last thing you're likely to wonder is if you're...

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare Comes Busting Out at E3

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare Comes Busting Out at E3

Plants vs. Zombies is a cute, 2D tower defense game. Scratch that, it was a cute, 2D tower defense game; now, with Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, the game has evolved into a 3D shooter, and from the trailer video and screenshots, it looks like a lot of fun to play. PopCap developed the game on the Frostbite 3 engine and created completely...

Apple Hard at Work Cultivating Game Controller Devices for More Serious iOS Gamers

Apple Hard at Work Cultivating Game Controller Devices for More Serious iOS Gamers

Apple is getting even more serious about gaming. While games on iOS devices have been part and parcel of Apple’s mobile strategy since day one, the company is taking the next step forward--it’s actively facilitating the development of game controllers for iOS games by third-party companies. AppleInsider snagged some slides from...

AT&T to Offer 4G LTE with Prepaid GoPhone Plans

AT&T to Offer 4G LTE with Prepaid GoPhone Plans

AT&T announced that its GoPhone plans will now offer 4G LTE capabilities, which is a welcome and tasty performance upgrade for those who have opted for the pay-as-you-go phone service. Subscribers can bring their own handset to use with the plan or buy one of AT&T’s fourteen GoPhone devices, which range from the $14.99 Alcatel...

T-Mobile + MetroPCS Network Integration Moving Ahead Of Schedule

T-Mobile + MetroPCS Network Integration Moving Ahead Of Schedule

T-Mobile + MetroPCS. That's a thing now, remember? And it seems that the former is well ahead of schedule when it comes to integrating networks with the latter. A release shot out this week from T-Mobile makes clear that just six weeks after the combination was locked down, it's already working to migrate MetroPCS customers onto T-Mobile's...

Facebook Hints at New Product Announcement at Upcoming Launch Event

Facebook Hints at New Product Announcement at Upcoming Launch Event

Facebook is officially in the big leagues in terms of events. In fact, we're pretty sure the social networking company has held more events in 2013 than even Amazon. Who would've thought that just a year or so ago? As Facebook morphs into more than just a community of friends, the company is taking ever larger risks. Just look at Facebook...

Amazon Offers Up PlayStation 4 "Launch Day Bundles"

Amazon Offers Up PlayStation 4 "Launch Day Bundles"

Still on the hunt for a PlayStation 4 pre-order that's not already "sold out?" Amazon has you covered. As these things typically go, the spoils go to those who pull the trigger early on, and it seems that many retailers and e-tailers have already had their initial allotments snapped up by early pre-orders. But now, here come the bundles. Most...

Samsung Display Rumored To Be Supplying Retina Display For Apple's Next iPad Mini

Samsung Display Rumored To Be Supplying Retina Display For Apple's Next iPad Mini

When the original iPad Mini was unveiled, the entire tech industry understood one thing: there would eventually be another edition with a Retina display. Given that Apple has shown to be quite fond of pixels on displays, it's really just a matter of time before the iPad Mini joins the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch in Retina-land. According to...

Microsoft and Facebook Come Forward with User Data They’ve Shared with The Government

Microsoft and Facebook Come Forward with User Data They’ve Shared with The Government

More information is coming out regarding the NSA’s PRISM program wherein the agency has been requesting/demanding data on U.S. citizens from major Internet companies. (We have further reading on the subject here, here, and here.) After adamant declarations from some companies, perhaps most notably Facebook--Mark Zuckerberg wrote a personal,...

Xbox One Games Pricing Confirmed at Current Standard $59.99 MSRP

Xbox One Games Pricing Confirmed at Current Standard $59.99 MSRP

Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One console represents the company's most ambitious effort to date to propel gaming into the cloud. Physical media will still exist, but by and large, Microsoft envisions console gamers purchasing and organizing titles in a Steam-like fashion, a method that has worked well for PC gamers. Steam's distribution platform...

Project Loon: Google Floats Balloons for Free Public WiFi Internet Access

Project Loon: Google Floats Balloons for Free Public WiFi Internet Access

It's easy to take broadband Internet access for granted when you live in a city or the suburbs. Companies like Charter, Comcast, and other ISPs have done a good job making sure densely populated areas can receive fast Internet service, but once you venture off the beaten path, broadband is a bit more difficult to come by. The situation is...

Acer Wants to Build a Windows Phone 8 Device, Fears It Won't Sell Well

Acer Wants to Build a Windows Phone 8 Device, Fears It Won't Sell Well

Since even before the release of Windows 8, Acer has been one of the more outspoken critics of Microsoft's hardware strategy, especially as it pertains to Surface RT/Pro. As for smartphones, however, Acer's been a little more receptive, although it still isn't ready to make the jump into Windows Phone 8 territory. It's not that Acer has a...

3D Printing Suddenly Becoming Mainstream? Amazon Opens Online 3D Printing Store

3D Printing Suddenly Becoming Mainstream? Amazon Opens Online 3D Printing Store

It was just this past autumn that MakerBot opened a 3D printing retail outlet, and the New York store was a first of its kind (a novelty, or a marvel) for those who are into this emerging technology. Staples also recently added Cube 3D printers to its inventory, and suddenly, things have gotten significantly more mainstream for 3D printing,...

White House Urges Federal Agencies To Take Advantage Of Spectrum

White House Urges Federal Agencies To Take Advantage Of Spectrum

While the issue of divvying up spectrum isn't exactly fun to talk about around the water-cooler, it's an important one inside of the telecommunications industry. And, of course, that extends back to Washington. President Obama today issued a Presidential Memorandum that urges federal agencies to make better use of available spectrum. Obama's...

AT&T Brings U.S. Emergency Alerts To iPhone 4S And iPhone 5 Users

AT&T Brings U.S. Emergency Alerts To iPhone 4S And iPhone 5 Users

Cellphones have transformed the way society as a whole can receive important information from governmental entities. In Asia, Japan in particular, there are systems established to alert entire swaths of customers as to when potential storms are coming. And now, Americans using Apple's iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S will be able to receive government-issued...

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Coming To AT&T On June 21 With Rugged Exterior

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Coming To AT&T On June 21 With Rugged Exterior

Samsung really isn't holding back when it comes to expanding the Galaxy line, but who are we to blame them? With 10 million Galaxy S4 handsets sold within a month, it's obvious that Samsung would be wise to strike while the iron is hot. So, the company is creating even more versions of the S4 for an even more select group of customers. The...

Rumor: Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie Coming in October

Rumor: Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie Coming in October

There was a rumor last fall that Android 5.0, codenamed Key Lime Pie, would be announced on October 29th at an Android event. (Note: No Key Lime Pie there.) Now, a new rumor has emerged indicating that Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie may launch at the end of this October, a full year after we’d first hoped to see it. Image credit: VR-Zone According...

Woz Likens PRISM and Cloud Services To Russian Communism

Woz Likens PRISM and Cloud Services To Russian Communism

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, personality-wise, was the yin to Steve Jobs yang, and the effervescent and jovial Woz is typically an entertaining fellow, always good for a fresh perspective on mobile devices or other technology. Not so the other day in the airport. FayerWayerTV snagged some one-on-one time with Woz as he was waiting for his...

High-end Dell Latitude E6540 Haswell Core i7 Laptop, Inspiron 660 Core i5 Desktop Deals

High-end Dell Latitude E6540 Haswell Core i7 Laptop, Inspiron 660 Core i5 Desktop Deals

Today we've got the hottest deals for your weekend and with it we bring a new laptop powered by the 4th gen Intel Haswell platform! Dell's Latitude E6540 just launched loaded to the hilt with a 1080p screen, Radeon HD 8790M graphics, and a ton more features. We also have a very limited time sale on the award winning HTC One smartphone that...

Cliff Bleszinski Backs Xbox One's Used Games DRM

Cliff Bleszinski Backs Xbox One's Used Games DRM

A couple of months ago, while a lot of people were up in arms over the Xbox One's potential "always on" requirement, Gears of War creator and former Epic Games developer Cliff Bleszinski said, quite simply, "#dealwithit". Unlike so many others, he simply didn't see the reason why an "always on" console was a bad thing, insinuating that it's...

Microsoft Invades iOS, Launches Office Mobile For Apple's iPhone

Microsoft Invades iOS, Launches Office Mobile For Apple's iPhone

Despite the fact that Microsoft and Apple are competitors in the mobile space--Surface versus iPad and Windows Phone 8 versus iOS--and Apple is winning that battle handily, Microsoft has bigger fish to fry: The company announced that its new Office Mobile for iPhone is now available on iOS for the iPhone and iPad. The catch is that users must...

Yahoo! Files Patent For Social Influencer Clout-Based Advertising

Yahoo! Files Patent For Social Influencer Clout-Based Advertising

Do you have a fair bit of "sway" among your group of colleagues? Do you have hundreds or even thousands of "followers" on various social networks? Are you the CEO, founder or Senior Editor of your organization? If so, Yahoo! has devised a way to target you with higher-priced advertising. Don't you feel special? Filed in late 2011 but finally...

SanDisk Extreme II SSD Review

SanDisk Extreme II SSD Review

Odds are, if you’ve bought anything that uses flash memory in the last 20 years or so, you already own a small piece of SanDisk technology. The company has been a leader in flash memory storage since the late ‘80s and manufactures products used in everything from smartphones and portable media players to digital cameras and camcorders....

Nokia Preps Final Shipment of Symbian Handsets, Officially All-In with Windows Phone

Nokia Preps Final Shipment of Symbian Handsets, Officially All-In with Windows Phone

Goodbye, Symbian, and thanks for the pie. That's the message Nokia is sending to the once popular mobile operating system as its preps one final shipment of Symbian smartphones this summer before investing its efforts entirely into its relationship with Microsoft and the Windows Phone platform. It's a bit of a bittersweet parting. On one hand,...

Law Enforcement Pushing for Smartphone Kill Switch as Next Theft Deterrent System

Law Enforcement Pushing for Smartphone Kill Switch as Next Theft Deterrent System

Sure, you may have only payed $50 for your smartphone, or even picked it up for free after agreeing to a two-year service agreement with a wireless carrier, but the true value is much higher than whatever subsidized price you paid. That's something you'll quickly find out if it's ever lost or, worse yet, ends up stolen. Unfortunately, there's...

Asus Reveals Upcoming VivoPC, a Better Looking Next Unit of Computing (NUC)

Asus Reveals Upcoming VivoPC, a Better Looking Next Unit of Computing (NUC)

Want to know what would happen if you took Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) and swapped out the chassis for one with a "Zen design," installed premium SonicMaster speakers into the device, and traded the built-in Wi-Fi card for one that supports 802.11ac? You'd end up with Asus' slim, sleek, and stylish VivoPC. The VivoPC is essentially...

Next Generation Nexus 7 Android Tablet May Beat iPad Mini 2 to Market

Next Generation Nexus 7 Android Tablet May Beat iPad Mini 2 to Market

One of the most oft-recommended Android tablets is Google's Nexus 7 built by Asus. The 7-inch slate is still relatively well equipped with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, and best of all, stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the latter of which is reason alone to put the Nexus 7 on your short list of potential...

Google Maps Grows by 1,001 Destinations, All with Street View

Google Maps Grows by 1,001 Destinations, All with Street View

Google this week added more than 1,000 locations (1,001 to be precise) around the world to Google Maps, with destinations ranging from sports stadiums to historical landmarks and everything in between. Each new locale was also the beneficiary of Google's Street View photos, allowing you to zoom in and plot out your next adventure or simply...

Did Microsoft Lie About  NSA Skype Spying? Evidence Suggests They Did

Did Microsoft Lie About NSA Skype Spying? Evidence Suggests They Did

In the week since word of the NSA's Boundless Informant and Prism programs leaked online, there's been a great deal of concern over to what degree various companies cooperated with the NSA's requests. Some companies, like Google, have pointed to their repeated requests for greater transparency. Twitter, of course, is the major social app that...

#FollowMe Allows Avid Twitter Users To See Their Own Highlight Reel

#FollowMe Allows Avid Twitter Users To See Their Own Highlight Reel

Twitter is evolving quickly. Very quickly. Lately, it has been integrating things like Vine videos, and adding in-line Promoted Posts to make ends meet. And now, it's challenging users to take an archived look at their Twitter history via a beautiful new visualization. #FollowMe is a platform launched in concert with Vizify, enabling users...

Microsoft Bringing Store-Within-A-Store Demo Areas To Best Buy Locations

Microsoft Bringing Store-Within-A-Store Demo Areas To Best Buy Locations

Best Buy has not had the rosiest of times in recent memory. Sales are lagging, profits are slumping, and one has to wonder if brick-and-mortar electronics stores really have a future in a world ruled by things like NewEgg and Amazon. So, what's a company to do? Pair up with someone else. Microsoft has this week announced a strategic partnership...

New HP ENVY TouchSmart 15 Touchscreen Laptop, Cheapest 21.5" Dell ST2240L IPS Monitor

New HP ENVY TouchSmart 15 Touchscreen Laptop, Cheapest 21.5" Dell ST2240L IPS Monitor

Thanks for tuning in to the latest collection of the best deals from across the web. Today we've got the brand new HP Envy TouchSmart 15 laptop complete with a multi-touch display and the new Haswell processors, plus a ginormous $150 coupon code. Ditch that dusty old LCD and grab a gorgeous 1080p IPS monitor from Dell for just $152.99. We...

Orders Speak Volumes: Amazon Launch Edition PlayStation 4 Page Sold Out, Xbox One Not So Much

Orders Speak Volumes: Amazon Launch Edition PlayStation 4 Page Sold Out, Xbox One Not So Much

For all the hullabaloo surrounding the respective launches of the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 (in which we’ve taken part), there was always going to be a time when sales numbers would tell the story. We’re not there yet by any means, but there is some indication that the PlayStation 4 might be leading its competition:...

Twitter and Facebook Apps May Be Killing Your Smartphone Battery Life

Twitter and Facebook Apps May Be Killing Your Smartphone Battery Life

There may come a day when our children or grandchildren can enjoy their mobile devices with boundless battery life, but that day seems woefully far off. Currently, poor battery life is the bain of all mobile devices; if you don’t have to plug your phone in to make it through the day without it dying, you’re in the minority. Kevin...

WHAT'S YOUR MALFUNCTION? Navy To Stop Using All Caps Messaging

WHAT'S YOUR MALFUNCTION? Navy To Stop Using All Caps Messaging

Unless you were actually in the service, perhaps you didn’t know that the U.S. Navy has been transmitting internal messages in all caps since the mid-1800s. Thus, every directive that’s been handed down (or message that’s been sent up) has been typed as though shouted--which is perhaps fitting for a branch of the armed forces....

Teardown Reveals Refreshed Apple MacBook Air Laptops Still a Bear to Repair

Teardown Reveals Refreshed Apple MacBook Air Laptops Still a Bear to Repair

Well, that was fast! It took the folks at iFixIt all of 2 nanoseconds to get their paws on of Apple's newly refreshed mid-2013 model MacBook Air laptops with Haswell inside. Apple just announced the new models at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) this week, and while the outward appearance looks the same as the previous generation...

Oculus Unveils 1080p HD Prototype Oculus Rift System at E3

Oculus Unveils 1080p HD Prototype Oculus Rift System at E3

The team behind the exciting Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is hard at work and demoed a prototype 1080p HD version of its flagship product at E3 this week. “Raising the resolution for the consumer Rift has always been one of the highest priorities,” wrote the team in a blog post. They say that the higher-res version will...

Google’s Cloud Print App Allows Android Users To Print To Any Cloud-Connected Printer, Now On Google Play

Google’s Cloud Print App Allows Android Users To Print To Any Cloud-Connected Printer, Now On Google Play

Google is officially bringing support for wireless printing to smartphones and tablets with the release of its new Cloud Print App for Android devices. With the Google Cloud Print application, you'll be able to print from any compatible Android device running the app to any Google Cloud Print connected printer. You can also track the status...

Dell's Haswell-Infused Alienware X51 R2 Small Form Factor Game PC Reviewed

Dell's Haswell-Infused Alienware X51 R2 Small Form Factor Game PC Reviewed

Things aren't always what they appear to be, and so it is with Dell's Alienware X51 R2, a small form factor (SFF) gaming PC in console digs. It's shaped similar to Microsoft's Xbox 360 Slim, and though it's slightly larger than either a 360 or PlayStation 3, the X51 R2 would be right at home in a living room setting nestled next to a large...

MSI GE40 Gaming Laptop Weighs 4.4 Pounds, Wields Haswell, Nvidia GeForce GTX 760M GPU

MSI GE40 Gaming Laptop Weighs 4.4 Pounds, Wields Haswell, Nvidia GeForce GTX 760M GPU

Image popupMobile gaming has become a bit of a misnomer as of late. You either have to sacrifice performance and settle for mostly casual gaming (tablet PCs) or give up a bit of portability to accommodate high-end hardware (gaming laptops and desktop replacements). Looking to cut down on the amount of compromises a mobile gamer has to make,...

Broadcom's Newly Minted Quad-Core HSPA+ Processor Destined for Low Cost Android Handsets

Broadcom's Newly Minted Quad-Core HSPA+ Processor Destined for Low Cost Android Handsets

Remember when a dual-core smartphone was the cat's meow? Things are quickly changing, as quad-core handsets are becoming much more commonplace, not just no the high-end, but in budget territory, too. Witness Broadcom, which on Thursday announced a quad-core HSPA+ processor designed for entry-level handsets. The shift to quad-core computing...

Free Messaging Stalwart WhatsApp Fends Off Newcomers, Processes 27 Billion Messages Per Day

Free Messaging Stalwart WhatsApp Fends Off Newcomers, Processes 27 Billion Messages Per Day

Up and comers don't like to hear it, but experience often times beats youth. Ask the 2011 Dallas Mavericks, in which the average age was just over 32 years old (ancient in the basketball world) or 2008 Boston Celtics, which had half a dozen players over the age of 30 on the roster, including two 38-year-olds. Both teams won the championship...

Apple Still Mulling Bigger iPhone Displays and Cheaper Handsets

Apple Still Mulling Bigger iPhone Displays and Cheaper Handsets

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) comes to a close tomorrow, and barring a last minute surprise, it will have come and went without a new iPhone announcement. Perhaps the reason why is because Apple hasn't figured out exactly how it wants to proceed. Should the company add features to the iPhone 5's body, or take a page from...

AT&T To Stock Galaxy Note 8.0 Android Tablet In The Coming Weeks

AT&T To Stock Galaxy Note 8.0 Android Tablet In The Coming Weeks

What amounts to the world's largest phone in overseas nations, where the Galaxy Note 8.0 has a voice-capable radio, is coming to the United States. The big difference? When it soon lands on AT&T, it won't be able to make voice calls. That said, it'll have a 3G + LTE radio for data, much like the iPad and other rival tablets have. The Note...

ESPN 3D To Cease Production By Year's End: No Demand, No Channel

ESPN 3D To Cease Production By Year's End: No Demand, No Channel

And just like that, the final nail in the coffin is hammered down. While sales of 3D HDTVs weren't ever remarkable, there was still a slim chance that the technology would garner enough traction to be profitable. But no more. The one and only at-home content hope for 3D was sports. Movies, sure, but mostly the technology would live or die...

Yahoo! Freeing Up Unused IDs That Are Inactive For A Year

Yahoo! Freeing Up Unused IDs That Are Inactive For A Year

Remember that Yahoo! e-mail address you started in high school, but forgot to keep using as you entered the real world? Perhaps there are a lot of people just like you, and it's because of people like you that Yahoo! is running short on great usernames for people who actually want to use the company's services in the here and now. A post on...

Former Palm Chief Trashes HP's Handling of WebOS, Calls Sale a "Waste"

Former Palm Chief Trashes HP's Handling of WebOS, Calls Sale a "Waste"

Jon Rubinstein, the former Chief Executive Officer of Palm, was willing to discuss the company's sale to Hewlett-Packard, and to say he may regret that decision is putting it lightly. Not only was it a bad decision on hindsight, but he called it a "waste" since HP ultimately ended up wiping its hands of webOS, the main nugget in the $1.2 billion...

#inevitable: Clickable Hashtags Coming to Facebook

#inevitable: Clickable Hashtags Coming to Facebook

Facebook is taking a page out of Twitter’s playbook and rolling out clickable hashtags. This feature addition to Facebook was most definitely inevitable, as it allows the social network to more effectively let people add context to posts about certain subjects. It doesn’t make sense for Facebook to not have hashtag capabilities....

500 Million PCs Forecasted To Ship In 2013 On Surging Tablet Sales

500 Million PCs Forecasted To Ship In 2013 On Surging Tablet Sales

What was that we were saying about the “PC market” needing to be redefined to include tablets? More market predictions are out, and this one from Canalys includes tablets in the mix, which paints a different picture of the PC market from one that’s experiencing lagging sales to one that is simply evolving to include a wider...

Rare Coupon on Alienware 14 Haswell Gaming Laptop, Dell 24" S2440L Monitor

Rare Coupon on Alienware 14 Haswell Gaming Laptop, Dell 24" S2440L Monitor

Today's roundup of the best deals from across the web consists of a brand new, wicked high performance laptop and a bunch of other hot tech. Leading today's list is the new Alienware 14, a redesigned gaming laptop powered by the new 4th gen Haswell processors. We've also got a killer deal on a 24" edge-to-edge glass 1080p monitor and a great...

Google Comes Forward On How It Shares Info with The Feds Via Secure FTP

Google Comes Forward On How It Shares Info with The Feds Via Secure FTP

In the wake of the Washington Post leaks, there's been a great deal of discussion over how, exactly, companies like Google share data with the government. The original report implied that the NSA has direct datacenter access and either grabs the information directly  from Google or was copying and analyzing traffic as it flowed through...

Apple Breaks New Ground Again with PCI Express SSD Storage In New Mac Pro and MacBook Air

Apple Breaks New Ground Again with PCI Express SSD Storage In New Mac Pro and MacBook Air

We’ve been critical of Apple recently for being frustratingly stagnant in terms of innovation (at least with handsets), and while it’s still debatable whether the iOS 7 and Mac OS X Maverick updates are worth getting excited about, Apple’s forthcoming Mac Pro certainly piques our collective interest; it portends some of that...

Microsoft Updates Bing Maps with a Bevy of Bird's Eye Imagery

Microsoft Updates Bing Maps with a Bevy of Bird's Eye Imagery

Microsoft's Bing team this week announced a handful of updates to Bing Maps, including the largest update of "Bird's Eye" imagery to date. Nearly 270 terabytes of data was added to Bing Maps, or put another way, the equivalent of 100,000 DVDs. In addition, the Bing team expanded venue maps and added a "Report a problem" feature. All tallied,...

Teardown Offers a Look Inside What’s in Google Glass

Teardown Offers a Look Inside What’s in Google Glass

Usually it's the folks at iFixit who tear into the latest devices and post detailed worklogs of the process, but Google Glass is a little tougher to come by. Nevertheless, we managed to find some brave souls on the web willing to dissect Glass and post a bevy of high resolution photographs. The first thing Catwig.com did when it got its hands...

Nintendo President Not Interested in Broadening Software Model to Expanding Mobile Device Market

Nintendo President Not Interested in Broadening Software Model to Expanding Mobile Device Market

The mobile market is ripe for game developers to reach in and grab fistfuls of dollars. Just look at Rovio and it's wildly popular Angry Birds franchise. Rovio's revenue last year doubled to $195 million, and it's all because it recognized the potential for casual gaming on smartphones and tablets. Might Nintendo follow suit and start developing...

Samsung Launches Galaxy S4 Zoom with 16MP Camera and 10X Optical Zoom

Samsung Launches Galaxy S4 Zoom with 16MP Camera and 10X Optical Zoom

It's often discussed how smartphones are starting to negate the need for dedicated point-n-shoots, but Samsung's latest handset takes things a step further and actually looks like a digital camera. It also looks like a smartphone. How so? Dubbed "Galaxy S4 zoom," the handset looks like a regular Galaxy S4, but it quickly transforms into a...

HP Exec Claims Windows XP Extinction Could Reinvigorate Slumping PC Sales with Windows 8 Demand

HP Exec Claims Windows XP Extinction Could Reinvigorate Slumping PC Sales with Windows 8 Demand

Well now, here’s an angle we hadn’t heard before: Enrique Lore, senior vice president and general manager of HP's business PC unit, told reporters that he believes Windows 8 adoption will ramp up when Microsoft stops supporting Windows XP in April. The logic is that commercial deployments in particular will send Windows 8 sales...

NVIDIA Shows Off GRID Gaming, SHIELD, and PC Gaming Advances @ E3

NVIDIA Shows Off GRID Gaming, SHIELD, and PC Gaming Advances @ E3

We made a quick stop by NVIDIA’s booth at E3 today to see what the company had going on and to snap some pictures and video of the coolest tech that was on display. NVIDIA will be making more news in the coming weeks with SHIELD and some new GPU tech that’ll we’ll be able to share soon enough, but their booth had a couple...

Comcast Sees DVR Recordings Eventually Moving To The Cloud

Comcast Sees DVR Recordings Eventually Moving To The Cloud

As we've talked about before, the cloud is a great innovation...so long as you have access to a solid and quick Internet connection. But for much of the world, offline needs are still very real, and when you're talking about hour-long programming in high-definition, one has to wonder if we're really and truly ready to migrate those recordings...

TWC TV Application Bringing Content Direct To Samsung Smart TVs This Summer

TWC TV Application Bringing Content Direct To Samsung Smart TVs This Summer

Is the age of the next wave of television upon us? It's a question that's fairly tough to answer at this stage, but there's no doubt that it's on the minds of many. Time Warner Cable and Samsung are clearly on that list, as the two have teamed up in order to bring content directly to Samsung's Smart TV range without a set-top box. The TWC...

MediaFire Promises Dropbox Killer Dubbed ‘Project Phoenix’

MediaFire Promises Dropbox Killer Dubbed ‘Project Phoenix’

First:You have to hand it to Dropbox. If other companies are claiming they have a product that “kills” yours, that means you pretty much dominate the market space. Of course, that also means that you have a target on your back, and in Dropbox’s case, MediaFire has taken aim. MediaFire told the press that it will announce...

It's Too Early to Declare Sony the Savior of Used Games, and Here's Why

It's Too Early to Declare Sony the Savior of Used Games, and Here's Why

Everyone hold the boat. Before the Internet gaming community crowns Sony the victor of the next generation console wars and savior of the used games business model, there's something you should know. New comments made by Sony America CEO Jack Tretton leave the door open -- if ever so slightly -- for publishers to pull shenanigans with used...

Cheapest Dell XPS 12 Convertible Tablet & Lowest price ever on 29-inch Dell U2913WM Panoramic LCD

Cheapest Dell XPS 12 Convertible Tablet & Lowest price ever on 29-inch Dell U2913WM Panoramic LCD

Welcome back to the latest in our series of <HOT> deals from across the web. Leading today's offers is a cool little ultrabook that has a trick rotating screen, Dell's XPS 12, complete with 1080p 12.5" screen, Gorilla Glass, long battery life, and a ton more for it's lowest price ever. HP's brand new laptop powered by the new 4th gen...

Republic Wireless Sweetens $19-Per-Month Unlimited Everything Wireless Deal With Deep Handset Discounts

Republic Wireless Sweetens $19-Per-Month Unlimited Everything Wireless Deal With Deep Handset Discounts

Republic Wireless offers an unlimited talk, text, and data wireless plan for $19 per month that we found to be an exceptional value, and now the company is sweetening the deal further by offering steep discounts on its Motorola Defy XT handset. Previously, the catch with the amazing monthly pricing was that you had to buy the phone outright...

Seagate Shows Off Capacious 4TB Hard Drive for NAS Boxes

Seagate Shows Off Capacious 4TB Hard Drive for NAS Boxes

Seagate on Tuesday unveiled a new line of drives custom-built for always-on network attached storage (NAS) systems. Multiple capacities are available, including a 4TB model that's currently the industry's highest capacity available from a single NAS HDD. The new drives are intended for NAS boxes with up to five drive bays. "Today about 50...

Sony Punks Microsoft in Hilarious PlayStation 4 Game Sharing Instructional Video

Sony Punks Microsoft in Hilarious PlayStation 4 Game Sharing Instructional Video

What a difference a generation makes. Back when the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 came out, Microsoft had the pricing advantage over Sony primarily because the PS3 featured an integrated Blu-ray drive, and at the time, Blu-ray was still expensive. Since then, both companies have had their share of negative media attention: Microsoft because of...

AMD Sweeps Major Microsoft, Sony and Apple Product Launches with Processors and Graphics

AMD Sweeps Major Microsoft, Sony and Apple Product Launches with Processors and Graphics

It's been a good few weeks for AMD. The semiconductor design firm's products are everywhere at E3, even if they aren't always front-and-center on display. AMD's Jaguar CPU core is baked into both the PS4 and Xbox One and its FirePro graphics cards are powering the Apple Mac Pro. Apple isn't giving specs on the cards yet but refers to them...

HTC's Mini One Android Phone To Compete with Samsung at 4.3 Inches

HTC's Mini One Android Phone To Compete with Samsung at 4.3 Inches

While the HTC One was built to compete directly with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the iPhone 5, and now that the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and a smaller, cheaper iPhone are in the works, HTC is set to release a mini version of its own. According to Bloomberg’s two sources “familiar with the matter”, the HTC One Mini (or whatever...

AMD Launches World’s First Desktop Processor At 5GHz, 8-Core AMD FX-9590 Unveiled

AMD Launches World’s First Desktop Processor At 5GHz, 8-Core AMD FX-9590 Unveiled

AMD is stepping up its efforts on the CPU front by announcing two new FX-series chips, the FX-9590 and FX-9370. The company claims that the FX-9590 is the world’s first commercially available processor clocked at 5GHz (Max Turbo), and the FX-9370 isn’t far behind at 4.7GHz(Max Turbo). Based on the Piledriver architecture, the 8-core...

LG Announces Ubitus’ ‘GameNow’ Game Service on Next Gen Smart TVs

LG Announces Ubitus’ ‘GameNow’ Game Service on Next Gen Smart TVs

Remember when the cloud was primarily for productivity? These days, the cloud is becoming an increasingly important part of gaming culture, and in keeping with that trend, LG Electronics is teaming with Ubitus, a cloud gaming solutions provider, to integrate the GameNow cloud gaming service into its TVs. At the outset, GameNow will be available...

Sony Announces PlayStation 4 with Better Hardware, No Internet Connection Required For $399

Sony Announces PlayStation 4 with Better Hardware, No Internet Connection Required For $399

You know that gauntlet thing? Well, it's just been thrown down by Sony, which finally revealed what the PlayStation 4 looks like, how it will handle used games, how much it will cost, and clarified some system specs. Not only that, but Sony chose to reveal all this just hours after Microsoft held its own Xbox One event at the Electronics Entertainment...

Intel Solid State Drive DC S3500 Series Review

Intel Solid State Drive DC S3500 Series Review

Intel is updating its line of enterprise-class solid state storage offerings today, with a new more cost-effective drive that targets datacenter and cloud-computing applications. The Intel SSD DC S3500 as it is known, is similar in a number of ways to the SSD DC S3700 we evaluated a few months back. The new drives, however, are built around...

Apple Looks To Bring iOS Interface To Car Manufacturers From Honda To Mercedes Benz

Apple Looks To Bring iOS Interface To Car Manufacturers From Honda To Mercedes Benz

It’s about time. Apple is planning to put iOS into devices in cars from many major vehicle manufacturers, starting as early as 2014. Brands lining up for the project include Acura, Chevy, Ferrari, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Kia, Mercedes Benz, Nissan, and Volvo. Microsoft and Ford teamed up for For Sync. Now, Apple is planning to put...

AT&T Enables Enhanced Push-to-Talk + Wi-Fi Calling For iPhone

AT&T Enables Enhanced Push-to-Talk + Wi-Fi Calling For iPhone

Your iPhone might be on its way to chirping a lot more than it used to. AT&T just announced that its Enhanced Push-To-Talk (EPPT) feature is available to AT&T business customers through a new app available for iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S. This marks the first time a U.S. carrier is offering push-to-talk capabilities on iPhone, but we have...

TiVo's Mobile App To Power Second Screen Offerings For Cable Companies

TiVo's Mobile App To Power Second Screen Offerings For Cable Companies

The television industry could use a swift kick in the rear, or at least a revolution in terms of the UI used to access pay-TV content. But until then, it looks as if the second screen is the only place where innovation is ongoing. TiVo's latest efforts on this front is in the app world, where its mobile companion software is being used to...

Xbox 360 Gets A Redesign: Sleeker, And Looking A Lot Like The Xbox One

Xbox 360 Gets A Redesign: Sleeker, And Looking A Lot Like The Xbox One

What's a console maker to do once they introduce their next-gen console? Redesign the outgoing one! It's becoming something of a trend, actually. Sony's PlayStation 3 has been tweaked two or three times, while the Wii Mini hit as the Wii U was taking the spotlight. Now, with the Xbox One making its grand debut, Microsoft is going to redesign...

Microsoft Prices Xbox One At $499, Pre-Orders Are Open Now

Microsoft Prices Xbox One At $499, Pre-Orders Are Open Now

The (brief) wait is over: for those wondering just how pricey Microsoft's Xbox One console would be, the company revealed the nitty-gritty details today at E3. Every Xbox One system sold will include the new Xbox One console — which features a 500GB hard drive,1 Blu-ray player and built-in Wi-Fi — the new Kinect, one Xbox One Wireless...

Apple Updates AirPort Extreme And Time Capsule Networking Products

Apple Updates AirPort Extreme And Time Capsule Networking Products

Apple's WWDC keynote today focused primarily on software, as well it should have, but a bit of hardware news also made it out. On the networking side, the company's long-standing AirPort line received a new AirPort Extreme. The design is actually massively different than anything we've seen before, with a taller and slimmer body replacing...

Gearbox CEO Offers Behind The Scenes Look at Production Studio In NVIDIA Shield Showcase

Gearbox CEO Offers Behind The Scenes Look at Production Studio In NVIDIA Shield Showcase

They say it’s not usually a good idea to see how and where the sausage is made, but Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford gave a tour of the Gearbox Studios and his own home for an NVIDIA Project SHIELD showcase video to show how all the places and people involved in creating (and playing) the company’s games. In the Gearbox offices tour,...

Comcast Launches Xfinity Home Control Services, Municipal WiFi on the Horizon

Comcast Launches Xfinity Home Control Services, Municipal WiFi on the Horizon

Look out, ADT and Vivint. Comcast is getting into the home security and control business, and it’s hitting the ground running, thanks to its Xfinity services. The new Xfinity Home Control provides remote access to your thermostat and lighting, not to mention video monitoring you can view from afar. Given the company’s position...

Apple iOS 7’s New Look Not Just Skin Deep

Apple iOS 7’s New Look Not Just Skin Deep

We were expecting a Jonny Ive-led redesign of Apple’s iOS with the announcement of iOS 7 at WWDC today, but what Apple unveiled has a lot more going for it that just a heavy facelift. It’s true, though, that the whole look has been revamped; the fonts have been tweaked to be cleaner and simpler, there’s a bit of motion to...

Apple Debuts Mac OS X ‘Maverick’, New Haswell MacBook Airs, and a Mysterious Cylindrical Mac Pro at WWDC

Apple Debuts Mac OS X ‘Maverick’, New Haswell MacBook Airs, and a Mysterious Cylindrical Mac Pro at WWDC

As expected, Apple unloaded a slew of announcements at its WWDC today, including an update of the venerable Mac OS X, a couple of refreshed MacBook Air notebooks with Intel Haswell processors inside, and a totally redesigned Mac Pro. In OS X Mavericks, Apple is eschewing the big cat-themed naming scheme while adding some new features. First,...

Jam to Apple's Ad-Supported iTunes Radio Service This Fall

Jam to Apple's Ad-Supported iTunes Radio Service This Fall

Apple is officially a player in the streaming radio sweepstakes (sorry, Pandora). Not that this comes as any surprise, mind you, what with months of rumors and leaked information suggesting that Apple was finalizing deals with the three major music labels -- Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony -- all of which will get a cut....

Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom 5; New Features Galore

Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom 5; New Features Galore

If you’ve been enjoying the free beta of Photoshop Lightroom 5, the time has come to pony up. Adobe ended the beta and put Lightroom 5 on sale officially today. Lightroom is one of those programs that appeals to amateur and pro photographers alike: it’s a powerful photo-editing and workflow tool. And the new version has tons of...

Google and Waze Reach $1.3 Billion Dollar Deal For Crowd-Sourced Traffic and Navigation Technology

Google and Waze Reach $1.3 Billion Dollar Deal For Crowd-Sourced Traffic and Navigation Technology

If you were the market's leader in maps, what would you do? If you'd seek out one of the hottest GPS mobile apps, then your train of thought would align to Google's. A deal has been rumored for the past week, but it seems certain today: Google has acquired Waze for a cool $1.1 billion, beating out Facebook to the acquisition. Waze is a GPS...

Lowest price ever on 27" Dell U2713H UltraSharp Monitor & Cheap XPS 8700 Core i7 Haswell Desktop

Lowest price ever on 27" Dell U2713H UltraSharp Monitor & Cheap XPS 8700 Core i7 Haswell Desktop

Welcome back to our latest edition of the best deals from across the web and we have some hot Haswell deals for you! Intel's new 4th gen "Haswell" processors launched last week and you can get them at a great price. Dell's new XPS 8700 desktop comes with a quad-core Core i5 with tons of features for just $649.99. Gamers will like Lenovo's...

Mobile Devices To Outnumber Global Population By 2017

Mobile Devices To Outnumber Global Population By 2017

The mobile device market is growing at a frantic pace and it won't be long before these digital gadgets outnumber the human population. By the end of 2013, there will be 5.9 billion mobile phones and tablets in use, according to CCS Insight's new market forecast. That's not enough to eclipse the human race, which currently sits at about 7.09...

Analyst Claims Most Publishers Won’t Block Used Games Sales on Xbox One

Analyst Claims Most Publishers Won’t Block Used Games Sales on Xbox One

When it comes to used games on the Xbox One, Microsoft put all the power in the hands of publishers. They're the ones who will decide if you can lend games out to friends, if services like GameFly will be allowed to rent titles, if outlets like GameStop can purchase and re-sell used games, and whether or not to take a cut of those sales via...

Sorry AT&T Subscribers, No More Subsidized Phone Upgrades at 20 Months

Sorry AT&T Subscribers, No More Subsidized Phone Upgrades at 20 Months

Few things are unavoidable in life, such as death, taxes, and the fact that as soon as you buy a flagship smartphone, something newer, shinier, and better inevitably comes out. There's no way possible to stay ahead of the curve, but at least on AT&T, you would qualify for a subsidized phone upgrade after 20 months and begin the dance anew....

Samsung Pulls a Galaxy Ace 3 From Its Sleeve, Plays the Entry Level Android Smartphone Card

Samsung Pulls a Galaxy Ace 3 From Its Sleeve, Plays the Entry Level Android Smartphone Card

Samsung has done well serving the high-end smartphone and tablet markets, but not everyone is interested in a top-tier device like the Galaxy S4. That's okay, because contrary to popular belief, not everything Samsung builds is a new flagship product. Enter the Galaxy Ace 3, a rather pedestrian smartphone with a 4-inch display and 400x800...

NSA "Boundless Informant" Heat Map Shows Surveillance Areas Around The Globe

NSA "Boundless Informant" Heat Map Shows Surveillance Areas Around The Globe

Yesterday, we talked about PRISM, the NSA's tool for spying on all foreign Internet traffic routed through the United States. Today, we've got news a fresh leak and another troubling aspect of the NSA's spying capabilities. The newly revealed program, dubbed Boundless Informant, is an analysis tool that creates heat maps of where NSA information...

Mataerial 3D Printer Works On Any Surface, With Anti-Gravity Object Modeling

Mataerial 3D Printer Works On Any Surface, With Anti-Gravity Object Modeling

3D printers have been getting a lot of attention lately, and for good reason. With them, people can build their own usable objects, as we've seen time and time again, without the dependency of a third-party. So far, many 3D printers have had a similar design - material would be printed out, layer by layer, until the final object is complete....

Deep Pockets: Intel Looks To Invest In Content with Major Media Labels For Its TV Service

Deep Pockets: Intel Looks To Invest In Content with Major Media Labels For Its TV Service

Here's a question: what company is going to be the one to reinvent television? Everyone in the world knows it needs to happen, and we're all just seemingly waiting indefinitely for it to happen. Will it be Apple? A start-up we've never heard of? Microsoft? Intel? Earlier this year, Intel confirmed that it would soon be shipping some type of...

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Breaks Cover in Listing For LG Optimus L7 2 Smartphone

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Breaks Cover in Listing For LG Optimus L7 2 Smartphone

Android has been stuck at Jelly Bean since Google I/O 2012, and while Key Lime Pie is feeling more like a distant dream than anything, we aren't ones to complain about new version numbers when it comes to operating systems. LG may have jumped the gun on reporting such a number, as a product listing for the company's Optimus L7 II Dual proudly...

Sony's Google TV Set-Top Box Updated with Voice Search and New Remote

Sony's Google TV Set-Top Box Updated with Voice Search and New Remote

The streaming revolution will be televised, but will Google TV be the star of the show? Companies haven't given up on the ambitious platform, and in fact Sony just announced its latest Google TV product, a sleek-looking set-top box (NSZ-GS8) with voice search support and a nifty remote control, combing both new school and old school navigation...

German Researchers Create Lithium Ion Battery That Could Last 25 Years

German Researchers Create Lithium Ion Battery That Could Last 25 Years

It seems we're constantly hearing about breakthroughs in battery technology, and though some of today's laptops and tablets boast all-day battery life, we're still waiting for the killer technology that will enable days, if not weeks and months of run time. A new lithium-ion battery developed by German scientists won't get us any closer to...

GamePop Android Console to Play Nice with iOS Apps Too

GamePop Android Console to Play Nice with iOS Apps Too

Low cost game consoles capable of running Android apps will soon be jockeying for position next to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in your living room, but which, if any, will emerge as the fan favorite? It's too early to tell, though BlueStacks has a few tricks up its sleeve that could give its GamePop console an advantage over the competition....

Windows Phone Screenshot Leak Shows Refreshed UI, Notification Center, and More

Windows Phone Screenshot Leak Shows Refreshed UI, Notification Center, and More

It appears as though Windows Phone 8 is getting a little facelift, at least if some leaked screenshots are to be believed. A Reddit user named “chinaman28” purchased a Nokia 920 from an eBay seller and then shared a number of screenshots on his flickr account (which now appear to be removed). The device has some new features and...

Samsung Offering Wireless Charging Kit For Galaxy S4 Smartphone

Samsung Offering Wireless Charging Kit For Galaxy S4 Smartphone

Remember when Palm thought that wireless phone charging was the future, and then the TouchStone charger never went anywhere? Turns out, wireless charging is apt to only go mainstream once it's truly wireless; having to lay your phone on a dedicated charging pad isn't exactly a major improvement over a standard USB charging cable. That said,...

BMW's ConnectedDrive To Support Siri Eyes Free, Android And More Apps In 2014

BMW's ConnectedDrive To Support Siri Eyes Free, Android And More Apps In 2014

BMW's ConnectedDrive system has been one of the more cutting-edge options in the luxury car market, and for those holding out for a 2014 year model, there's even more to look forward to in terms of infotainment. The automaker has announced a major refresh for 2014 model vehicles, including an upgraded iDrive system, SIM card integration into...

Texas Instruments Reveals New Charging / Battery Technology

Texas Instruments Reveals New Charging / Battery Technology

When it comes to rapid advances in technology, we don't have a whole lot to gripe about as a society. We've got computers in our pockets, broadband-class speeds without wires, and more pixels on our displays than we can even count. But on the battery side, there's a lot of room for improvement. Texas Instruments realizes it, and this week...

PRISM: NSA Confirms It's Spying, Using Secret Courts -- But It's All For Your Own Good

PRISM: NSA Confirms It's Spying, Using Secret Courts -- But It's All For Your Own Good

There have been two major leaks this past week that we want to talk about. First, news that Verizon turns over all phone call metadata -- the numbers called, dialed, and the duration of the phone call in question -- to the NSA. Second, news that the NSA has agreements with major tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft,...

Google Glass Banned at Google Shareholder's Meeting

Google Glass Banned at Google Shareholder's Meeting

For all the rabble rousing people are doing over Google Glass and its privacy-invading video-shooting feature, you’d think Google would do everything possible to assuage people’s fears in any way possible, particularly by normalizing the spec’s use. The company had an opportunity to do so at its shareholder’s meeting...

Made in America: Lenovo Opens Its First PC Manufacturing Facility in the U.S.

Made in America: Lenovo Opens Its First PC Manufacturing Facility in the U.S.

It's official, Lenovo now has an operational PC manufacturing plant in the U.S. Sure, the majority of its operations are still taking place overseas, but that's of little consequence to the people employed at the new facility in Whitsett, North Carolina. The grand opening was also a big deal for the locals, with North Carolina Governor Pat...

Smartphone/Camera Hybrid Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Leaks Onto the Web

Smartphone/Camera Hybrid Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Leaks Onto the Web

Oh, Samsung, you of myriad form factors and zany ideas. We have a feeling that the company will get its own large display in a computer museum someday dedicated to all the mobile devices it’s been cranking out lately, from giant phablets to stylus-equipped tablets to an Android camera. The latest is a combination smartphone and camera...

Facebook Pledges Updates for Struggling Facebook Home, Dock is Here Today

Facebook Pledges Updates for Struggling Facebook Home, Dock is Here Today

Facebook Home was--sorry, is--an intriguing idea, and it’s not surprising that around a million people downloaded the Facebook-integrated skin and app launcher. However, user ratings for Facebook Home have been less than stellar, and it wasn’t exactly a good sign that AT&T slashed the cost of the HTC First, the first smartphone...

 Google Patents Facial Recognition For Android Security

Google Patents Facial Recognition For Android Security

Imagine whipping out your Android phone and getting past the lock screen by making a funny face rather than connecting a series of dots with your finger. Facial recognition is the key to making that happen, and it appears Google is on it, as evidenced by the fact that it filed a patent for detecting facial gestures when determining whether...

Bing Desktop Refreshed With Facebook Notifications, Real-Time News/Weather, And More

Bing Desktop Refreshed With Facebook Notifications, Real-Time News/Weather, And More

Microsoft knows its waging a tough battle with Bing Desktop. After all, desktop search giants like Google and Yahoo have long since dominated the space. But even a small percentage of this market share means big bucks in advertising and referral dollars, and this week, Microsoft refreshed Bing Desktop with a raft of new features. Over 10 million...

Amazon Storyteller To Bring Indie Content To Life On A Known Ecosystem

Amazon Storyteller To Bring Indie Content To Life On A Known Ecosystem

As the modern era of technology and mobility forges on, one thing is becoming ever clearer: it's not a war over hardware, nor over software. It's an ecosystem war. Apple is leading the charge in many ways when it comes to an interconnected, well-supported ecosystem, but Google, Microsoft and even Amazon are holding their own. While Amazon...

Paper Sorcerer: A Full-Featured, Hand-Drawn RPG Video Game

Paper Sorcerer: A Full-Featured, Hand-Drawn RPG Video Game

Indie Game: The Movie helped a lot of people realize just how intensive the process of creating a video game really is. But imagine if you had to swap coding for hand-drawing. The golden age of cartoons are remarked on frequently, but the art of drawing animations by hand has dwindled a bit in the breakneck industry of gaming. Paper Sorcerer...

In Win's Glass-and-Aluminum 'tou' Concept Chassis is Gorgeous (Just Don't Touch It)

In Win's Glass-and-Aluminum 'tou' Concept Chassis is Gorgeous (Just Don't Touch It)

Well, In Win’s gone and done it: They’ve created the most beautiful computer case ever. The “tou” concept case is on display at Computex, and to say that the glass-and-aluminum chassis is eye-catching would be an understatement. “tou” apparently means “transparent” in Mandarin, which is fitting,...

Maxis Makes "Tough Decision" to Delay SimCity for Mac Until August

Maxis Makes "Tough Decision" to Delay SimCity for Mac Until August

Would-be mayors gaming on an Apple Mac were promised a version of SimCity for their platform of choice on June 11, though as it goes with politics (and game release dates), you can't always believe what you hear. If you had hopes of spending your summer vacation playing SimCity on your Mac, you'll have to resort to plan B, if you have one,...

MOGA’s Second-Gen Mobile Game Controllers Support Android, Windows Phone 8

MOGA’s Second-Gen Mobile Game Controllers Support Android, Windows Phone 8

No, it’s not challenging devices like the Razer Edge, NVIDIA Project SHIELD, or even the intriguing Wikipad, but MOGA is angling for the mobile gaming hardware market with its mobile game controllers. The company announced the second generation of its controllers with the MOGA Power series, which succeed the MOGA Pocket and MOGA Pro...

TiVo Nabbing $490 Million in DVR Patent Settlements From Google and Cisco

TiVo Nabbing $490 Million in DVR Patent Settlements From Google and Cisco

TiVo has won more than its share of patent disputes pertaining to its DVR technology over the last few years, winning settlements from AT&T ($215 million), Dish Network and EchoStar ($500 million total), and Verizon ($250.4 million). The latest companies to lose against TiVo are Cisco and Google-owned Motorola Mobility. (Motorola made...

Descent: FreeSpace IP Rights Acquired By Interplay, Is There a Sequel In The Wings?

Descent: FreeSpace IP Rights Acquired By Interplay, Is There a Sequel In The Wings?

Once upon a time, there was an entire genre of space combat titles. Origin took an early lead with 1990's Wing Commander, but Lucas Arts followed a few years later with the hugely popular X-Wing and Tie Fighter series. In 1998, Volition gave us Descent: Freespace, followed by Freespace 2 in 1999. Both games sold reasonably well, but development...

User Reactions Mixed For Google's Recent Gmail Mobile Interface Update

User Reactions Mixed For Google's Recent Gmail Mobile Interface Update

We talked last week about the updated Gmail interface that Google has begun rolling-out, and at this point, you should have seen the update reflected on your mobile device. For the desktop, you may have to hit-up the Settings menu and click "Configure inbox" to adopt the revised layout. Has Google's update hit the mark, or rubbed...

Ubuntu 13.10 to Bring Vastly Improved Unity Dash with 50 New Scopes

Ubuntu 13.10 to Bring Vastly Improved Unity Dash with 50 New Scopes

The "Unity Dash" in Ubuntu has always been designed around the goal of delivering relevant information to the user, but come version 13.10, due out in October, things are about to become vastly improved. With that release will come 50 brand-new "Scopes", along with a "SmartScope" filtering service. With these, users will be able to fine-tune...

Samsung Shares Tumble $12 Billion in Valuation on Galaxy S4 Sales Concerns

Samsung Shares Tumble $12 Billion in Valuation on Galaxy S4 Sales Concerns

As we've seen time and again, investors are a fickle bunch, and skittish too. Lest we need reminding of that, it's being reported that shares of Samsung in Seoul have fallen more than they have in the past nine months, and it's all because JPMorgan Chase & Co. noticed a slowdown in Galaxy S4 sales. So began the domino effect, which led...

iRadio Could be the Next Apple Success, All Major Music Labels Join the Fray

iRadio Could be the Next Apple Success, All Major Music Labels Join the Fray

Apple's Tim Cook is tasked with finding the next big money maker, and for a time, it looked like an Apple brand television or smart watch might be the company's golden ticket. Not anymore. Forget about those products, because if all goes to plan, streaming music will be the thing that keeps the money flowing through Cupertino like a river...

Pandora Prances Into the Living Room with a Specialized TV App

Pandora Prances Into the Living Room with a Specialized TV App

Millions of music lovers have discovered Pandora, the streaming music service that serves up tunes it thinks you'll dig based on your listening preferences. Having found a home on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, Pandora now wants to take residence on your big screen television, hence the launch of tv.pandora.com, which is essentially...

Mad Catz has M.O.J.O., an Android Game Console to Compete with Ouya

Mad Catz has M.O.J.O., an Android Game Console to Compete with Ouya

Ouya turned more than a few heads when its self-titled Android game console took Kickstarter by storm and raised nearly $8.6 in funding (plus a lot more from investors), which is well above the $950,000 Ouya's developers originally sought. Since then, there's been rising interest in the Android console market, a market that doesn't even truly...

Redbox Instant Streaming Arriving On Roku Boxes This Summer

Redbox Instant Streaming Arriving On Roku Boxes This Summer

Roku has already crafted a bit of a name for itself as the best, slickest, most fully-featured streaming box around, and it's about to get even better. Redbox Instant, the latest streaming service to rival the likes of Hulu, Amazon and Netflix, already launched on Google TV -- but soon, it'll be in far more homes due to the added support of...

Logitech Acquires TT Design Labs After Hitting It Big On Kickstarter

Logitech Acquires TT Design Labs After Hitting It Big On Kickstarter

Looking for something new from Logitech? How about something via one of the companies it just acquired? In what can only be seen as a sign that Kickstarter has major staying power, Logitech has just acquired a company that first saw the light of day via a crowdfunding mission. TT Design Labs is just a two-person operation, but they had good...

Microsoft Officially Answers Xbox One Used Game, Always-On Questions. It's Not Good News

Microsoft Officially Answers Xbox One Used Game, Always-On Questions. It's Not Good News

Major questions have been asked about how the Xbone handles user privacy, game authentication, used games, and online check-ins -- questions that you'd think Microsoft would answer directly. Instead, the company has opted to release a new website online, rather than put any particular individual front and center to take fire on the topics....

Apple Starts iPhone Trade-In Program at Retail Stores This Month

Apple Starts iPhone Trade-In Program at Retail Stores This Month

Trading in iPhones certainly isn't a new trend. In fact, many online portals exist almost entirely to handle the inflow and outflow of used iPhones, iPods and iPads. The exchange of older Apple products is certainly big business, and now it's one that Apple itself seems keen to tap in on. A third-party trade-in program for iOS products has...

Kiefer Sutherland To Play The Voice of 'Snake' In Metal Gear Solid V

Kiefer Sutherland To Play The Voice of 'Snake' In Metal Gear Solid V

If the ridiculously explosive, fun, entertaining, and incredibly confusing trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain wasn’t enough to whet your appetite for eyepatched violence, perhaps the announcement that Kiefer Sutherland will voice Snake will do the trick. According to CraveOnline, Konami, in conjunction with Kojima Productions,...

AMD Steps Up in Support of Android and Chrome

AMD Steps Up in Support of Android and Chrome

Although AMD said in January that it was diving in strong with Windows 8 and was not interested in making chips for Android devices, senior vice president and general manager of global business units at AMD Lisa Su told PCWorld that the company may shift some of its focus to building chips for Google’s two operating systems and is in...

Intel Broadwell Reportedly Delayed On Desktops Until 2015; Reality Likely More Complex

Intel Broadwell Reportedly Delayed On Desktops Until 2015; Reality Likely More Complex

The big news of the day, based on a leaked Intel roadmap, is that Broadwell won't launch in 2014. Instead, we'll see a Haswell refresh with unknown performance characteristics (slightly higher clocks are the best bet) and, late in the year, a "Haswell-E" server part on the X99 chipset. Ivy Bridge-E, the six-core LGA2011 CPU, is still set for...

Microsoft Details Nuances of Xbox One's Updated Controller

Microsoft Details Nuances of Xbox One's Updated Controller

A lot of work went into designing the new controller for Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One console. Though it looks similar the Xbox 360's controller, there are subtle differences that are the result of 20 research studies around the world with more than 500 participants of varying age, gender, and gaming proficiency, Microsoft says. After going...

Dell XPS 18 Portable All-In-One Desktop Review

Dell XPS 18 Portable All-In-One Desktop Review

Dell has chosen to combine two trending computing design styles into a single system and call it the XPS 18 Portable All-In-One Desktop. It has all the power of a an entry level desktop and some of the portability of a tablet, though let's be clear that Dell isn't pitching you'll want to tote this across town on a train or in other ways that...

Google Stock Keyboard For Android Now Available As Standalone App On Google Play

Google Stock Keyboard For Android Now Available As Standalone App On Google Play

It’s the little things that make life sweet, and here’s one for those who want to use the Google Keyboard but don’t have a Google Nexus device: Google is releasing its stock keyboard as a free app in the Google Play store, and it’ll work on any device running Android 4.0 and higher. Google Keyboard features Gesture...

Live Intel Bay Trail Demo Shows Silvermont Core Architecture Smokes Previous Gen Atom

Live Intel Bay Trail Demo Shows Silvermont Core Architecture Smokes Previous Gen Atom

Intel is making a play for a bigger chunk of the mobile market, and although ARM says that it’s a generation ahead of Intel’s Atom (on smartphones, at least), Intel showed off its 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture and new Atom (Bay Trail) tablet platform and demonstrated a substantial generational performance increase. (Hit up...

Nokia EOS Details Leaked: Eye Popping 41 Megapixel Camera, Coming to AT&T

Nokia EOS Details Leaked: Eye Popping 41 Megapixel Camera, Coming to AT&T

Is that a phone in your pocket that can take pictures, or a camera that can make phone calls? The line between a smartphone and a dedicated point-n-shoot camera continues to blue with each new generation of integrated optics, but looking to set the bar in a big way is Nokia, which is rumored to be releasing an EOS devices with an insane 41-megapixel...

Facebook Users Targeted for Spread of Zeus Malware

Facebook Users Targeted for Spread of Zeus Malware

Be careful what you click on, Facebook users. According to security outfit Trend Micro, variants of the info-stealing Zeus malware are "reemerging with a vengeance" and targeting Facebook users with increased tenacity in recent months. A surge of activity was noted in the beginning of February, but instead of leveling off, it continues to...

New Sulfur-Based Battery Technology to Offer Four Times the Energy of Lithium Ion

New Sulfur-Based Battery Technology to Offer Four Times the Energy of Lithium Ion

Researchers are still searching for the Holy Grail in battery technology that will ultimately hold a charge for much longer than what's currently available and be affordable to the masses. One that has promise is a new all-solid lithium-sulfur battery developed by scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)....

Nearly 60 Percent of US Mobile Phone Market Now Operating Smartphones

Nearly 60 Percent of US Mobile Phone Market Now Operating Smartphones

Mobile phones are everywhere these days, that's hardly surprising news. But what's interesting about this is that the majority of Americans now own smartphone devices, according to Pew Rsearch Center's Internet and American Life Project. It's the first time smartphones have been in the hands of the majority since Pew Research Center began...

TabletKiosk And SoftKinetic Team Up On Gesture-Sensing Prototype Tablet

TabletKiosk And SoftKinetic Team Up On Gesture-Sensing Prototype Tablet

What do you get when you see an enterprise-grade hardware maker team up with a leader in gesture recognition? A pretty interesting launch at Computex, that's what. TabletKiosk and SoftKinetic have teamed up to bring embedded 3D camera technology to the portable Tablet PC market. TabletKiosk has created a conceptual prototype using its successful...

Microsoft and FBI Take Down Citadel Malware Botnet

Microsoft and FBI Take Down Citadel Malware Botnet

The Internet is an amazing place. But, increasingly, it's a place filled with peril and pitfalls, particularly if you're hosting something of value. International cybercrime has found itself in the spotlight of late, and now Microsoft is making a concerted effort to help curb it. Microsoft has just announced that it is working lockstep with...

Toshiba Announces New Tablets, Notebooks, and an AIO - Haswell, Tegra 4 and GeForce 7 Series Inside

Toshiba Announces New Tablets, Notebooks, and an AIO - Haswell, Tegra 4 and GeForce 7 Series Inside

Toshiba is the latest PC maker to let us know all the details of its newly-refreshed line of devices, and the company’s lineup consists of tablets, notebooks, and an all-in-one. There’s a trio of 10.1-inch tablets, actually--the Excite Pro, Excite Write, and Excite Pure. The Excite Pro ($499.99) and Excite Write ($599.99) feature...

AMD Poaches Senior Marketing Manager From NVIDIA [UPDATED}:  Or not

AMD Poaches Senior Marketing Manager From NVIDIA [UPDATED}: Or not

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) continues to attract high-level talent from around the industry as it gears up to compete in a new era of computing. The latest person to jump into AMD's talent pool is an old friend of ours, Sean Pelletier, a former HotHardware editor and more recently NVIDIA's Senior Technical Marketing Manager for Windows, Windows...

Could Samsung’s Victory Mean iPhone 4 Sales Could Be Blocked In The US?

Could Samsung’s Victory Mean iPhone 4 Sales Could Be Blocked In The US?

Live by the sword, die by the sword; just as Apple has used the U.S.’s obtuse and complicated patent laws to beat a billion dollars out of Samsung and attempt to block sales of some of that company’s wares, Samsung won a similar injunction against Apple that may prohibit the import and sale of some older iPhones and iPads in the...

Facebook Quietly Pulls Your Ability To Download Your Own Posts

Facebook Quietly Pulls Your Ability To Download Your Own Posts

Perhaps some users were unaware of this capability, but you can actually download your Facebook data, including all of your wall posts, photos, videos, and so on. According to blogger Damian Yerrick of Angry Math, Facebook has now removed the ability to download your own posts. There are three areas where Facebook stores the data that’s...

Pandora Launches New HTML5-Powered Smart TV App, Available on Xbox 360 Now

Pandora Launches New HTML5-Powered Smart TV App, Available on Xbox 360 Now

Pandora is feeling the squeeze. Its competitors are growing in both number and stature, and the field of streaming music and streaming “radio stations” is getting very, very crowded. The company is also facing difficulties paying royalty costs, which led Pandora to cap mobile listening to 40 hours per month. However, Pandora is...

Dell Special Committee Backs Michael Dell Over Ichan's Counter Offer

Dell Special Committee Backs Michael Dell Over Ichan's Counter Offer

A special committed formed by an independent group of directors weighed in on the situation with Dell and the two offers on the table, one a buyout bid by company co-founder Michael Dell and the other a dividend payment by activist investor Carl Icahn. The committee's suggestion? Take Michael's money and run. Michael, along with private equity...

Windows 8.1 Update Brings Office 2013 to New Tablets

Windows 8.1 Update Brings Office 2013 to New Tablets

Microsoft will be pushing Office 2013 into the mobile world with the Windows 8.1 update public preview on June 26th. The company announced today at Computex that small x86 tablets will be available with Microsoft Office 2013 built in. On top of that, Outlook 2013 will be coming to ARM-based Windows RT tablets at the same time. Acer Iconia...

FreedomPop to Launch Free Smarpthone Plan

FreedomPop to Launch Free Smarpthone Plan

Owning a smartphone can be crazy expensive. There's the cost of the device itself, which runs upwards of $200 (subsidized) in some cases, plus monthly data fees. And when you're talking families of three or four people, well, things start to add up in a hurry. Enter FreedomPop, a freemium wireless data startup that wants to shake up the mobile...

Maingear Provides Gamers with a Pulse 14 Gaming Laptop

Maingear Provides Gamers with a Pulse 14 Gaming Laptop

Boutique system builder Maingear is banking on there being an audience outside of productivity junkies who can appreciate a high-powered 14-inch laptop. Hence the launch of Maingear's Pulse 14 with not only Haswell inside, but gaming grade discrete graphics courtesy of NVIDIA. Make no mistake, this 14-inch notebook is for users who'd rather...

Samsung Unveils Galaxy S4 Active Smartphone for Adventure Seekers

Samsung Unveils Galaxy S4 Active Smartphone for Adventure Seekers

If you're more of the type who likes to hike on rugged terrain and scale mountainsides on your days off from work, then Samsung has a phone for it. It's the Galaxy S4 Active, which is essentially the same as the company's popular Galaxy S4 but with a tougher construction that's better suited for crossing rivers and things of that nature. "The...

Fujitsu Lifebook UH90/L is Purportedly the World's Thinnest Ultrabook

Fujitsu Lifebook UH90/L is Purportedly the World's Thinnest Ultrabook

This has been quite the week for new product announcements, in large part because of the Computex Taipei convention in Taiwan, but also because Intel rolled out its Haswell refresh. Walking in line with the latter, Fujitsu unveiled a new lineup of FMV series PCs, one of which it claims is the world's thinnest Ultrabook. The Ultrabook in question...

AMD A10-6800K and A10-6700 Richland APUs Tested

AMD A10-6800K and A10-6700 Richland APUs Tested

A few months back, AMD unveiled a handful of mobile Elite A-Series APUs, formerly codenamed Richland. Those products built upon the company’s existing Trinity-based products but offered additional power and frequency optimizations designed to enhance overall performance and increase battery life. In addition to these optimizations, AMD...

100Gbps Internet Transmission Achieved Across The Atlantic For Research & Education

100Gbps Internet Transmission Achieved Across The Atlantic For Research & Education

Will the Internet ever truly be "fast enough?" Doubtful. In an effort to keep the bytes flowing at a breakneck rate, six of the world's leading research and education (R&E) networks and two commercial partners today demonstrated for the first time a Transatlantic 100 gigabits-per-second (Gbps or one billion bits per second) transmission...

Goji Smart Lock Makes Your Existing Deadbolt Seem Lackluster

Goji Smart Lock Makes Your Existing Deadbolt Seem Lackluster

It may seem a little odd, but the smart lock might be the next big competition ground. With August launching last week, Goji has introduced this week the Goji Smart Lock. It's the first electronic deadbolt to provide a new level of home-access control and information-including picture alerts-via smart phones so that homeowners feel more confident...

Maingear Mingles with Richland, Offers A-10 6800K APU-based Systems Starting at $649

Maingear Mingles with Richland, Offers A-10 6800K APU-based Systems Starting at $649

Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the Haswell headlines dominating the tech scene? Lest anyone forget, AMD still has game, and it just so happens that boutique system builder Maingear is offering the Sunnyvale chip designer's new A-10 6800K APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) in both its Potenza and Vybe line of gaming PCs. Starting with the...

Dominos Testing Drone Delivery To Send Your Pie On The Fly

Dominos Testing Drone Delivery To Send Your Pie On The Fly

A wise person once said that those who don't innovate simply get left behind. We can't say for sure if that person was employed by Domino's, but the famed pizza company seems to be working overtime on next-generation tactics for selling pies. The latest story to focus on drones actually has nothing to do with Google nor the military -- it's...

Intel Unlocks 4K Video Transfer With ‘Thunderbolt 2’ Technology

Intel Unlocks 4K Video Transfer With ‘Thunderbolt 2’ Technology

Intel’s Thunderbolt interface technology is not yet ubiquitous, although it’s common among Macs and slowly catching on in the PC industry, but the company is already plowing forward with a new controller called “Falcon Ridge” that promises to double Thunderbolt’s already impressive 10Gbps. The technology is being...

Dell Tags All the Bases With Intel Haswell Offerings

Dell Tags All the Bases With Intel Haswell Offerings

Dell has announced its lineup of desktops, notebooks, convertibles, all-in-ones, and gaming rigs running Intel’s 4th-generation Intel (Haswell) chips, and there’s a lot there. The sexiest new products are arguably the Dell XPS 27 all-in-one and the XPS 12 convertible laptop/tablet. The XPS 27 features an NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M...

Amazon Sets Personal Record in Spending to Secure Streaming Rights to Spongebob and Dora

Amazon Sets Personal Record in Spending to Secure Streaming Rights to Spongebob and Dora

Amazon is serious about shoring up its catalog of streaming titles, so much so that it went and cut its biggest check ever for a subscription-streaming license. The Prime video provider struck a deal with Viacom, forking over more than $200 million to secure the rights to hundreds of kids' shows, including the wildly popular Spongebob Squarepants...

Corsair Releases Vengeance Pro DDR3 Memory for Haswell Systems & Boosts Gaming Accessories

Corsair Releases Vengeance Pro DDR3 Memory for Haswell Systems & Boosts Gaming Accessories

Computex has been the backdrop for ton of new product announcements this week, and they’re still coming. Corsair unveiled several new components for performance and gaming PCs, some of which are designed with the new Haswell processors in mind. Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 Memory The most noteworthy Corsair product announced is the Vengeance...

NVIDIA Shows Off Digital Pen-and-Eraser Stylus for Tegra 4-Based Tablets

NVIDIA Shows Off Digital Pen-and-Eraser Stylus for Tegra 4-Based Tablets

Although it was a standard implement years ago, few mobile devices today come with a digital stylus. Samsung, with its Galaxy Note products, is an exception, and now NVIDIA is getting in on the action with a digital stylus of its own. Powered by NVIDIA DirectStylus technology, the “low cost” pen (NVIDIA didn’t specify a price)...

Halo Goes Mobile, 'Spartan Assault' to Debut on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

Halo Goes Mobile, 'Spartan Assault' to Debut on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

It was probably only a matter of time before a Halo game made it to touch devices, and here it is with “Halo: Spartan Assault”. Microsoft and 343 Industries announced the new title, which will be available in July for the low, low price of $6.99. Only those with Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 devices will get to play. “With...

Inexpensive Wikipad Gaming Tablet Debuts June 11th, Challenges Razer Edge and NVIDIA Project SHIELD

Inexpensive Wikipad Gaming Tablet Debuts June 11th, Challenges Razer Edge and NVIDIA Project SHIELD

The Razer Edge and NVIDIA’s Project SHIELD aren’t the only handheld gaming tablets in the game; the Wikipad is making a push, and the $249 tablet will officially launch on June 11th. The Wikipad adopts the same design concept as the Razer Edge, which is a tablet that snaps into a handheld controller that converts the whole thing...

Twitter Blames Unexpected Downtime to "Error" in Routine Maintenance

Twitter Blames Unexpected Downtime to "Error" in Routine Maintenance

For some, the world came to a screeching halt Monday afternoon, from around 1:08pm PDT to 1:33pm PDT. We're talking about Twitter addicts, who had to deal with an unexpected outage and find some other outlet for their barrage of witty 140-character (or less) musings. Oh, the horror! We kid, of course -- Twitter's a great tool if you have something...

Toshiba Upgrades 10.1-inch Excite Tablets, Pricing Starts at $299

Toshiba Upgrades 10.1-inch Excite Tablets, Pricing Starts at $299

Give Toshiba credit for aggressively targeting the Android tablet market with what appear to be reasonably priced slates starting at $299. That's the price of the Excite Pure, a refreshed Android slate with a 10.1-inch display (1280x800), NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of DDR3 memory, 16GB of internal storage, 3MP rear-facing camera, stereo...

Android May Leapfrog iOS as Most Dominant App Platform by End of Summer

Android May Leapfrog iOS as Most Dominant App Platform by End of Summer

We watched Google's open source Android platform grow up right before our eyes, hitting several milestones along the way to maturity. However, there's still one more milestone yet to cross, and that's becoming the world's most dominant mobile app platform, a throne that's currently occupied by Apple and it's competing iOS platform. The next...

Intel's Haswell: Optimized For Mobility

Intel's Haswell: Optimized For Mobility

If Haswell's debut on the desktop has left you feeling a bit flat, the company's mobile efforts may be the pick-me-up you've been hoping for. If you step back and think about the entire CPU market, the last two years have been marked by tremendous shifts in consumer buying habits, as tablet sales skyrocketed and desktop/laptop sales have slumped....

Acer Unwraps Haswell-Based Desktops, Laptops and Ultrabooks at Computex

Acer Unwraps Haswell-Based Desktops, Laptops and Ultrabooks at Computex

With Haswell processors out and Computex taking place in Taiwan this week, it’s a perfect time to announce new systems, and Acer has those in spades. It took the wraps off a total of 23 Aspire notebooks and six Aspire desktops that have Haswell processors. Not surprisingly, it’s billing the mobile systems as offering great battery...

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 Will Soon Power Windows RT 8.1 Tablets

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 Will Soon Power Windows RT 8.1 Tablets

Windows RT is an OS that we haven't heard a lot about lately. Windows 8.1, on the other hand, has been all over the news. So, how's Microsoft to get RT back into the fold? Partner with Qualcomm, one of the world's most notable producers of high-end mobile chips. This week at Computex, Qualcomm announced plans to work with Microsoft in order...

SanDisk Ups The Ante With Extreme II SSD, U110 and i110 Drives

SanDisk Ups The Ante With Extreme II SSD, U110 and i110 Drives

Computex is turning out to be quite the show. With Haswell helping OEMs to spruce up their laptop lines, SanDisk is showing up in order to boast of new innovations in the storage world. The company has released the SanDisk Extreme II SSD as well as the U110 SSD and iSSD i110 integrated storage device. All of the new SSDs introduced by SanDisk...

ARM Unveils Cortex A-12 Processor For Smartphones, Claims It’s A ‘Generation Ahead of Atom’

ARM Unveils Cortex A-12 Processor For Smartphones, Claims It’s A ‘Generation Ahead of Atom’

While Intel is the king of the PC, competitor ARM is arguably the king of mobile, and the latter is apparently further securing its crown with a new optimized IP solution that’s designed for use in midrange mobile devices. ARM executives went so far as to tell TechHive that their offerings are a generation ahead of Intel’s. Assuming...

Zynga Slashes 18% of Staff to Cut Costs

Zynga Slashes 18% of Staff to Cut Costs

The heady days of FarmVille are a distant memory for Zynga, and it’s still smarting from its ill-fated OMGPOP acquisition (as in, Draw Something, the game you played for a few weeks and then forgot). Today, Zynga released 520 workers, which is about 18 percent of its staff. The workforce reductions aren’t entirely a surprise. Zynga...

Acer Unloads at Computex: 8.1-inch Iconia Tablet, Spate of Haswell-Powered Ultrabooks and AIO, and Its First Phablet

Acer Unloads at Computex: 8.1-inch Iconia Tablet, Spate of Haswell-Powered Ultrabooks and AIO, and Its First Phablet

You expect to see lots of product announcements at a show like Computex, but Acer is announcing a slew of them, starting with the previously-rumored Acer Iconia W3. The 8.1-inch (1280x720) tablet runs a full version of Windows 8 and comes with Microsoft Office pre-installed. It runs on an Intel Atom Z2760 chip and weighs in at just 1.1 pounds...

Apple iRadio Launch Rumor Spooks Pandora Shareholders

Apple iRadio Launch Rumor Spooks Pandora Shareholders

Once again, word on the web is that Apple is getting ready to launch a streaming music service, which it could announce at its upcoming Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). According to various reports, Apple recently inked a deal with Warner Music Group that would give the company a 10 percent stake, following a similar deal with Universal...

ASUS’ New Transformer Pad Infinity Rocks a Tegra 4 Chip

ASUS’ New Transformer Pad Infinity Rocks a Tegra 4 Chip

We’re still not exactly sure what that Android Batman had to do with ASUS’ “We Transform” teaser campaign and event, but the company did unveil the new ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity running Tegra 4, NVIDIA’s latest and greatest mobile processor. The Transformer Pad Infinity offers a 10.1-inch LED-backlit IPS+...

Dell XPS 11 Windows 8 Laptop and Tablet Convertible Challenges Lenovo’s Yoga

Dell XPS 11 Windows 8 Laptop and Tablet Convertible Challenges Lenovo’s Yoga

It’s a veritable form factor jamboroo in the PC and mobile markets these days. Companies like Samsung are trying to find the sweet spot(s) with a host of different smartphones, phablets, and tablets, and companies such as Lenovo are completely rethinking the notebook with convertible designs. Dell is now getting into the fray with the...

How I Fell (Back) In Love With the Desktop PC

How I Fell (Back) In Love With the Desktop PC

True confession: Until recently, I never owned a desktop PC. My parents had one when I was in high school that I used (primarily to email girls), but once I hit college, it was laptops all the way. I always needed to have a mobile machine to work on, hopping from class, to a job, to the library, to another job, and back to the dorm, so a desktop...

Western Digital Unveils Super-Slim, High-Capacity Mobile Hard Drive

Western Digital Unveils Super-Slim, High-Capacity Mobile Hard Drive

As laptops and ultrabooks get thinner, even 9.5mm-thick mobile hard drives are starting to look bulky. Western Digital is stepping up with a new 1TB WD Blue hard drive, which comes in at a mere 7mm thick. The 2.5-inch drive supports standard 9.5mm drive bays in today’s laptops, but it’s also thin enough to accommodate future, compact...

13 Million Users Later, Vine Finally Swings to Android

13 Million Users Later, Vine Finally Swings to Android

Less than five months after it debuted for iOS, Vine is now available for Android, Twitter announced in a blog post today. In case you haven't been following, Twitter snagged the video sharing service last year before it launched. The two are a natural fit, as Twitter encourages succinct posts by limiting tweets to 140 characters or less,...

Yahoo! Shuts Down Mail Classic, Forces Users to Accept New Privacy Policy

Yahoo! Shuts Down Mail Classic, Forces Users to Accept New Privacy Policy

It's out with the old and in with the new over at Yahoo, which is forcing users to either upgrade from its Yahoo Mail Classic email service or jump ship. Yahoo made the announcement on its site today and also sent emails to affected users letting them know that beginning this week, older versions of Yahoo Mail (including Yahoo Mail Classic)...

Researchers Discover iPhone Hack via Malicious Charger Exploit

Researchers Discover iPhone Hack via Malicious Charger Exploit

You probably never thought that simply charging your mobile device would make you susceptible to malware, but apparently these types of hardware hacks could be the next big thing among cyber criminals. To prove it, a trio of security researchers built a proof-of-concept charger that they claim is capable of silently installing malware onto...

Microsoft Reported to Be Slashing Prices on Windows RT Tablets

Microsoft Reported to Be Slashing Prices on Windows RT Tablets

Microsoft had a simple formula for competing in the mobile space: Launch a Surface Pro device running Windows 8 for people that need a full fledged system for getting work done yet desire the portability of a tablet, and Surface RT for consumers who are primarily interested in a tablet. In Microsoft's mind, this would also serve as the blueprint...

Acer Updates Aspire S3 Ultrabook With Haswell Inside

Acer Updates Aspire S3 Ultrabook With Haswell Inside

Remember the S3 Ultrabook? In 2011, it was an icon in design. Today, the competition is a bit more heated, hence Acer's reasoning behind updating the machine as Computex kicks off in Taiwan. The newly-revised, Windows 8-equipped Aspire S3 Ultrabook integrates some key components from the flagship Aspire S7 series, raising the bar all around....

Seagate Ships 5mm HDD To OEM Partners, Pricing Starts At $89

Seagate Ships 5mm HDD To OEM Partners, Pricing Starts At $89

Remember the days when a 9.5mm hard drive seemed thin? And then the 7mm drive came along? Say hello to one that's even slimmer: the 5mm HDD. Western Digital may have hit first, but Seagate is close behind -- this week launching a 5mm ultra-thin hard drive of its own, which is destined for ultra-mobile PCs and tablets from OEMs like Asus and...

Apple Reportedly Nailing Down Specifics With Labels For Impending Music Streaming Service

Apple Reportedly Nailing Down Specifics With Labels For Impending Music Streaming Service

It's the rumor that just won't end: Apple is probably / maybe going to get into the music / radio streaming business. iTunes has set itself atop the world in terms of being a mainstream hub for music purchases, but these days, consumers want more flexibility. That's why services such as MOG, Spotify, and Google Music All Access are there:...

Atheer Mobile 3-D Interface Combines Google Glass Wearable Computing with Kinect-Like Gesture Control

Atheer Mobile 3-D Interface Combines Google Glass Wearable Computing with Kinect-Like Gesture Control

3D? Virtual reality? It's all commonplace these days, and a new company is hoping to take advantage of those shifting consumer expectations. Atheer, a company bent on "integrating the digital world into the real world," unveiled this week a new mobile 3D platform and natural human interface. For a look at what it'll do, let's hear from the...

Slimmer MacBook Pro and MacBook Air Projected To Launch at WWDC Haswell Inside

Slimmer MacBook Pro and MacBook Air Projected To Launch at WWDC Haswell Inside

With Apple's WWDC set to take place next week in San Francisco, speculation surrounding what will be unveiled is high. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the MacBook line could see a lot of attention. With Intel's Haswell processors announced just yesterday, it seems certain that some MacBooks will soon feature the chips. Exactly...

CyberPowerPC’s Haswell Offerings Include Zeus EVO Thunder Desktops and FANGbook EVO Notebooks

CyberPowerPC’s Haswell Offerings Include Zeus EVO Thunder Desktops and FANGbook EVO Notebooks

CyberPowerPC, like the other custom PC builders, is revamping its product offerings with Intel’s new 4th-generation Core (Haswell) processors and Z87-based motherboards. On the desktop side, the company’s FANG III and Gamer Xtreme lines (among others) will get the upgrades, as well as its Zeus EVO Thunder series. The FANGbook EVO...

Acer and Other Manufacturers Turn to Android for More Than Just Tablets

Acer and Other Manufacturers Turn to Android for More Than Just Tablets

Lest Microsoft has any intentions of sweeping the criticisms over Windows 8 under the rug, the Redmond outfit may want to take a long, hard look at what its hardware partners are up to these days. Acer, for example, will test the market with a multi-touch all-in-one (AIO) system running Android. Realistically, Android isn't at a point where...

Android Jelly Bean Penetration Up Nearly Three-Fold Since Beginning of Year

Android Jelly Bean Penetration Up Nearly Three-Fold Since Beginning of Year

At the beginning the year, it was easy to complain about Jelly Bean's slow roll into the Android market, which at the time was still being dominated by Gingerbread (Android 2.3.x), an aging version of Google's open source operating system found on 47.6 percent of all Android devices. Now here we are at the halfway mark and things are looking...

Three Hulu Bidders Offer A Billion Each, Including DirecTV and Yahoo!

Three Hulu Bidders Offer A Billion Each, Including DirecTV and Yahoo!

A thing is worth whatever others are willing to pay for it, and amid speculation as to how much TV and movie streaming service Hulu is worth has ranged from half a billion dollars or so to as much as $2 billion. According to a Reuters report, sources say that at least three bidders have offered a cool billion each, including Yahoo! and DirecTV....

MAINGEAR’s Haswell-Based SHIFT Gaming Rig Beats Older SHIFTs On Both Price and Performance

MAINGEAR’s Haswell-Based SHIFT Gaming Rig Beats Older SHIFTs On Both Price and Performance

It’s Haswell time in a major way, and the latest custom PC builder to update its entire line with 4th-generation Intel Core (Haswell) processors is MAINGEAR. The company announced that its SHIFT, F131, Potenza, and Vybe desktops in addition to its Nomad 15 and Nomad 17 gaming notebooks will all sport the new Intel chips. MAINGEAR also...

Velocity Micro Now Offering Custom-Built PCs With Haswell Inside

Velocity Micro Now Offering Custom-Built PCs With Haswell Inside

Every so often, Intel releases a refreshed processor range -- and then every major OEM on the planet tries to shove those CPUs into their machines as fast as humanly possible. Origin PC is already on the bandwagon, and now, so is Velocity Micro. The PC builder has just announced that Haswell chips, Intel's 4th generation Core line, are being...

Origin PC Now Offering Intel's Haswell CPU Across Gaming Machines

Origin PC Now Offering Intel's Haswell CPU Across Gaming Machines

It'll soon be known as the summer of Haswell, and if you haven't heard all about Intel's latest platform, be sure to dive into our review here. Once you've convinced yourself that you've got to get one of your own, have a look at Origin PC. The company has just announced that it's shipping machines with Intel's 4th-gen CPUs in its GENESIS,...

EA Reduces the Price of Online Passes for Older Titles to $0

EA Reduces the Price of Online Passes for Older Titles to $0

A couple of weeks ago, EA did something truly atypical to its usual business plan: it got rid of something that made it money. I'm of course talking Online Passes, an idea the company once conjured up as a way to make money from the used games market. In effect, you could give or sell a certain game to someone, and then the recipient would...

Intel Core i7-4770K Review: Haswell Has Landed

Intel Core i7-4770K Review: Haswell Has Landed

If you've been hanging around these parts and are like most self-respecting geeks, you've likely been feeling the build-up of Haswell for quite some time.  Intel has disclosed lots of information on their latest processor technologies, from its 22nm 3D Tri-Gate transistors, to its beefed-up integrated graphics core.  Sure, there's...

Google Caves to Privacy Concerns, Wipes Glass of Facial Recognition Features

Google Caves to Privacy Concerns, Wipes Glass of Facial Recognition Features

Put away the pitchforks, privacy advocates, or at least take a break from sharpening the tips. Google has heard your cries loud and clear in regards to its Glass project and has decided that, for the time being, it will not include facial recognition technologies. So sayeth the Glass team on the project's Google+ account. "When we started...

ASUS’ New Desktop and AIOs Packing 4th-Gen Intel Haswell Chips

ASUS’ New Desktop and AIOs Packing 4th-Gen Intel Haswell Chips

We’ve already mentioned a little something about ASUS’ upcoming Z87-based motherboards, but ASUS has plenty of other products geared for 4th-generation Intel Core processors (Haswell), as well, including a new consumer desktop and a pair of all-in-ones. In addition to a 4th-generation Intel Core processor, the ASUS M51 desktop...

Oculus Rift Co-Founder Tragically Killed as Bystander in High Speed Police Chase

Oculus Rift Co-Founder Tragically Killed as Bystander in High Speed Police Chase

It's with heavy hearts that we report the tragic death of Andrew Scott Reisse, the 33-year-old co-founder of Oculus VR. A Santa Ana resident, Reisse was walking in a crosswalk when he was hit and killed at the end of a high speed police chase earlier this week, according to ABC News in Los Angeles. It all began when police attempted to investigate...

Rdio Reveals Dedesigned Music Player And Enhances Discovery Options

Rdio Reveals Dedesigned Music Player And Enhances Discovery Options

In case you haven't been paying attention to what's trending, here's a tip: music streaming services are gaining major traction. Google just launched one of their own, Apple is still reportedly in talks with labels across the globe, and the other guys -- Spotify, Rhapsody, MOG, etc. -- seem to be investing heavily in user experience. Rdio...

Zoho Vault Makes Password Management Easier For Enterprises

Zoho Vault Makes Password Management Easier For Enterprises

Security is a hot topic these days, and with breaches happening left and right, we certainly get it. For consumers, things can usually boil down to implementing two-factor authentication. But what about enterprises? Zoho has just launched Zoho Vault, an online password manager for businesses far and wide. Zoho Vault establishes a central repository...

Camino Web Browser Slips Quietly Into the Ether

Camino Web Browser Slips Quietly Into the Ether

Many long-time Mac users likely both fondly remember the Camino web browser and also have forgotten all about it in recent years, as the Safari browser has primarily taken over on Apple’s Mac OS X systems. It’s perhaps fitting, then, that the team behind Camino has looked around at the current browser market and is now gracefully...