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All News for August 2013

Apple To Pay Up to $280 For Your Used iPhone

Apple To Pay Up to $280 For Your Used iPhone

It should come as no real surprise that Apple is finally joining the trade-in game, but what's interesting is that it's doing so in its heralded retail stores. Stores that are known for precision, and stores that produce satisfaction ratings that Apple executives watch with keen interest. While secondhand markets such as Craigslist, eBay,...

Facebook Planning To Add Your Profile Photo To Its Facial Recognition Database

Facebook Planning To Add Your Profile Photo To Its Facial Recognition Database

Facebook's search for new sources of revenues continues unabated -- and this time, the company wants to target your own profile phtoos for inclusion in its database. That's a change from the previous system, in which users were only scanned if other people tagged them first. Your own profile photos weren't automatically added to the database...

Haptix Offers 3D Multitouch Input, Now Has Virtual Keyboard Capabilities, Too

Haptix Offers 3D Multitouch Input, Now Has Virtual Keyboard Capabilities, Too

The Leap Motion controller has nothing on this thing; Haptix is a project that, simply put, is designed to turn any surface into a multitouch surface. (Get it? Haptics.) Ostensibly, this allows for input in more ways, and it opens up more possibilities for user customization. The Haptix team sees the device as combining the traditional mouse/keyboard...

Labor Day Deals on Dell XPS 8700 Core i7 Desktop bundle, HP ENVY 15 Laptop, and more.

Labor Day Deals on Dell XPS 8700 Core i7 Desktop bundle, HP ENVY 15 Laptop, and more.

Welcome to the weekend edition of the best deals from across the web. Leading today's deals is a Dell XPS 4th-generation Core i7 Desktop bundled with 23" IPS monitor under $850. Gamers take note of 50% savings on a Razer Gaming Headset. And if you're in the market for cheap Core i7 "Haswell" Laptop, the HP ENVY 15 Quad Edition deal below may...

Microsoft Looks to Carve Off a Piece of Foursquare

Microsoft Looks to Carve Off a Piece of Foursquare

Microsoft is reportedly interested in investing in Foursquare, a location-based social networking service for mobile devices that lets users "check in" at various places. However, Microsoft isn't the only that's shown interest in an equity stake, as there's at least one other firm that wants a slice of Foursquare's pie. That company is American...

Intel Planning Overclocking Feature For Solid State Drives

Intel Planning Overclocking Feature For Solid State Drives

It appears that Intel, long an enabler of overclocking processors, wants to overclock everything, starting with SSDs. At September’s Intel Developers Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Intel scheduled a session that covers a number of overclocking topics, including “Demonstrating overclocking SSD technology”. There’s virtually...

Samsung Rumored to Build Next Galaxy S Smartphone with Metal Casing

Samsung Rumored to Build Next Galaxy S Smartphone with Metal Casing

Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones are highly regarded among Android users and a large reason why the South Korean handset maker is able to give Apple a run for its money. At the same time, if there's one complaint that Samsung has yet to fully address, it's that some people feel there's too much plastic in the construction, giving phones...

AT&T's Aio Wireless No-Contract Service Rolling Out Nationwide

AT&T's Aio Wireless No-Contract Service Rolling Out Nationwide

In a development that’s sure to turn the T-Mobile CEO's face that contested shade of magenta, AT&T announced that it’s Aio Wireless no-contract service will soon be available nationwide. Currently, Aio is available in certain markets in Florida, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia through brick-and-mortar stores; in Chicago, customers...

Intel Readying New Batch of Haswell Processors for September Launch

Intel Readying New Batch of Haswell Processors for September Launch

Intel is reportedly going to add over a dozen new processors to its desktop Haswell line on September 1, which is just two days away at this point. That means if you're currently shopping Intel chips, you may want to wait until after the weekend to see what Intel has on tap and whether or not any of the prices for current parts come down....

$100 Price Cut On Microsoft Surface Pro Is Permanent

$100 Price Cut On Microsoft Surface Pro Is Permanent

When Microsoft debuted its Surface Pro tablets, the devices seemed great--except for the eye-popping price tags--which is something that Microsoft eventually acknowledged by way of temporarily cutting the cost of the 64GB and 128GB Surface Pros by $100. (Microsoft also slashed the price of the Surface RT by $150.) Now, the Surface Pro price...

Mac Gamers Mad Over SimCity Launch Problems, Claim Game is "Totally Unplayable"

Mac Gamers Mad Over SimCity Launch Problems, Claim Game is "Totally Unplayable"

The modern version of SimCity just can't seem to enjoy a smooth launch. When it was released to Windows PCs back in March, users complained about the lack of offline play and problems connecting to overburdened servers. Now several months later, SimCity launches to the Mac platform, and once again, gamers are having trouble. Several posts...

Samsung Starts Mass Producting Advanced DDR4 Memory for Servers and Data Centers

Samsung Starts Mass Producting Advanced DDR4 Memory for Servers and Data Centers

Samsung says it's now mass producing what it claims is the most advanced DDR4 memory in the world. Built on 20nm-class process technology, Samsung's 16GB and 32GB DDR4 memory modules will find homes in enterprise servers and next-generation, large-scale data centers, the South Korean memory maker said. "The adoption of ultra-high-speed DDR4...

Samsung's $1600 Galaxy NX Camera Merges Android With Prosumer Photography

Samsung's $1600 Galaxy NX Camera Merges Android With Prosumer Photography

There's really no arguing it: the smartphone camera is killing the conventional point-and-shoot. There's just no great reason to carry around a $200+ compact camera, when high-end phones like the iPhone boast such capable sensors in a product that most Americans already tote around daily. So, what's a camera company to do? Pivot. Samsung produces...

Microsoft Details Audio, Skype, And Chat Improvements on Xbox One

Microsoft Details Audio, Skype, And Chat Improvements on Xbox One

Lest you forget that Microsoft has a new gaming console on the horizon, the company has been trickling out details surrounding it in the past few weeks. Next up? The audio side, and it's pretty impressive. Thanks to integration with Skype’s audio codec, Xbox One offers higher quality voice chat with the Xbox One Chat Headset compared...

Moto X Discount on Verizon, HP ENVY 15 TouchSmart coupon, and more.

Moto X Discount on Verizon, HP ENVY 15 TouchSmart coupon, and more.

Welcome back to another installment of the hottest deals from across the web; and we've got some killer-lower prices for you today. First up is rare 30% discount on just-released Moto X smartphone on Verizon. We also found Dell's 23" UltraSharp monitor marked down to just $189.99, one of the lowest prices we've ever seen. You can also get...

Xiaomi's Red Rice Phone Popular in China, Costs Just $85 to Build

Xiaomi's Red Rice Phone Popular in China, Costs Just $85 to Build

Xiaomi isn't a brand you're likely to be familiar with if you live in the United States, but there are a couple of reasons why that might change in the coming months. First, Google's ex-VP of Android, Hugo Barra, just tendered his resignation to become VP of Xiaomi Global. His face became a familiar fixture at press events and Google's annual...

Microsoft Skype Coming Soon In 3D To A Screen Near You

Microsoft Skype Coming Soon In 3D To A Screen Near You

If talking to someone on the other side of the world in 2D has got you down, you'll be happy to know that Microsoft has some big plans to change that in the future - and yes, Skype is involved. The idea is that with a 3D chat, it should feel more like you're actually "there", or at least give you an enhanced perception that you are. Microsoft...

Saints Row IV Sizzles, Tops 1 Million Copies Sold in First Week

Saints Row IV Sizzles, Tops 1 Million Copies Sold in First Week

Saints Row IV is off to a solid start having sold more than a million copies during its launch week, publisher Deep Silver announced on Thursday. Deep Silver also pointed out that the game's PC release tripled its first week's sales figures over the prior release from THQ, Saints Row: The Third. Not too shabby for a platform that doesn't always...

Dropbox Responds To Security Researcher Hack

Dropbox Responds To Security Researcher Hack

Yesterday, we reported that two security researchers successfully reverse-engineered Dropbox, intercepting SSL traffic and bypassing its two-factor authentication. The duo that did it, Dhiru Kholia and Przemyslaw Wegrzyn, wrote a paper on the process and said that although Dropbox has been quick to plug any holes in its security, the service...

Dash Budget Android Phones From BLU Bring More Smartphone Users Into The Fold, Start At $49 Unlocked

Dash Budget Android Phones From BLU Bring More Smartphone Users Into The Fold, Start At $49 Unlocked

Earlier this year, BLU Products introduced a pair of unlocked smartphones that cost $199 off-contract, and the company is back with three more handsets at even lower price points; the least expensive of the group, the Dash Jr, costs just $49 unlocked. BLU CEO Samuel Ohev-Zion put the company’s goal succinctly in a press release by saying,...

Moto X Now Available at Verizon for $199 on Contract

Moto X Now Available at Verizon for $199 on Contract

Good news, Verizon Wireless subscribers, the wait is over if you've been itching to get your hands on Motorola's Moto X smartphone. Big Red two days ago confirmed in a Twitter post it would be offering the Moto X online beginning August 29th (today) and in stores in the coming weeks for $200 with a two-year service agreement, and true to its...

HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks 8/29/13: Moto X, Back to School Guide, Alienware 18, Windows 8.1

HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks 8/29/13: Moto X, Back to School Guide, Alienware 18, Windows 8.1

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks Webcast, Iyaz, Dave and Marco discuss Motorola's Moto X smartphone, HotHardware's Back to School Shopping Guide, which lists some of the hottest mobile devices and small form factor PCs this season, Alienware's powerful ALW 18 Gaming Notebook, Windows 8.1’s impending release...

Google Hangouts Now Supports HD Video, Soon Powered by Plugin-Free WebRTC

Google Hangouts Now Supports HD Video, Soon Powered by Plugin-Free WebRTC

Google Hangouts is one of the choicest features of Google+, and now it’s getting even better with an upgrade to 720p HD. The update has started rolling out over the last few weeks, and everyone will have it by the end of next week. However, more notably, this development foreshadows a move to more open standards and a plugin-less world...

Google Patents “Scroogling” Technology To Target Ads Based On Your Email

Google Patents “Scroogling” Technology To Target Ads Based On Your Email

Google has received a lot of flak with regards to how it scans user email in order to target them with ads, with Microsoft becoming the biggest critic. That company has even gone as far as to dedicate a website and advertising campaign calling-out the behavior, labeling it "scroogling", and pushing the tagline, "Don't get scroogled!" Too bad...

Apple Expected to Launch iPhone Trade-In Program in September

Apple Expected to Launch iPhone Trade-In Program in September

Apple is getting ready to announce a new iPhone model at a press event next month (reportedly September 10th), and if you're already chomping at the bit (or "champing" at the bit, if you prefer) but find yourself stuck with an older iPhone model, you have options. One of them is to trade it in at an Apple Retail Store. Customers haven't been...

Nokia's Stephen Elop Favored As Microsoft's Next CEO

Nokia's Stephen Elop Favored As Microsoft's Next CEO

Now that Steve Ballmer is retiring as chief of Microsoft, the Redmond software giant is need of a new CEO. The company needs someone who can navigate through mobile waters without sinking below the Surface, and if that person happens to have experience in the mobile arena, all the better. So goes the conventional wisdom in gambling circles...

Google Android VP Hugo Barra Punches Out, Headed for Chinese Smartphone Company Xiaomi

Google Android VP Hugo Barra Punches Out, Headed for Chinese Smartphone Company Xiaomi

Google is losing one of its major figure heads for the Android the platform. After nearly five years at Google and almost three and a half years serving the Android team, Hugo Barra tendered his resignation as he embarks on a "new career chapter" in China, Barra announced on his Google+ page late last night. "In a few weeks, I'll be joining...

T-Mobile Sues AT&T, Says Aio Wireless Brand Stole Its Magenta

T-Mobile Sues AT&T, Says Aio Wireless Brand Stole Its Magenta

Well, this is... odd. T-Mobile's newly-installed CEO has been quite the character, going off in press events and calling rival carriers all sorts of crazy names. He's off the walls, and in an industry that's as suited as they come, it's quite refreshing. But, strangely enough, he isn't beyond the lawsuit. T-Mobile, which was all set to merge...

Nintendo Hacks $50 From Wii U Price Amidst Poor Sales, As PS4 and Xbox One Launches Loom Large

Nintendo Hacks $50 From Wii U Price Amidst Poor Sales, As PS4 and Xbox One Launches Loom Large

We really wanted to love the Wii U. Everyone did, really. The original Wii was a huge product, and in a lot of ways, it shaped the future of the home console. Both Sony and Microsoft followed the motion gaming trail with Move and Kinect, but the original Wii Remote was what pioneered that. The Wii U, sadly, missed the mark in a lot of ways....

Free $200 gift card with flagship Dell Inspiron 17R Laptop, cheap Linksys Range Extender, and more.

Free $200 gift card with flagship Dell Inspiron 17R Laptop, cheap Linksys Range Extender, and more.

Thanks for tuning in to the latest collection of the best deals from across the web. Today we've got a great deal on high-end Inspiron 17R Laptop powered by fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor under $1000. It even comes with a bundled $200 Dell Gift card which effectively lowers the price of this great machine with specs like 16GB RAM,...

Nintendo 2DS Gaming Handheld Announced, Plays 3DS Games in 2D, But Why?

Nintendo 2DS Gaming Handheld Announced, Plays 3DS Games in 2D, But Why?

While Nintendo gets left behind in this year's next-generation console war, it's doing something a little different. Granted, Nintendo has always operated a little differently. It was the first to truly embrace motion controls on its Wii, and the Wii U shipped with a GamePad that's most definitely a first in the sector. But, with the Wii U...

Outrage: NJ Court Rules Texting To Someone That Is Driving Could Make You Liable

Outrage: NJ Court Rules Texting To Someone That Is Driving Could Make You Liable

A statement made by the New Jersey Appeals Court this week has a number of people in an uproar, and after learning the details, it's not hard to understand why. To be fair to the story, it's best to understand where the ruling stems from. In 2009, a girl texted a friend who happened to be driving his truck at the time. This driver went on...

Doc Uses Google Glass to Live Stream ACL Knee Surgery

Doc Uses Google Glass to Live Stream ACL Knee Surgery

There's been a ton of hoopla surrounding Google Glass and the potential privacy issues the platform raises, but lost in all the negatively about the search giant's wearable computing device is the potential it offers for learning and innovation. Serving as a reminder of why technology rocks, a surgeon at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical...

Study Finds Americans are Most Apt to Lose Their Smartphone, Consequences Heavier for Women

Study Finds Americans are Most Apt to Lose Their Smartphone, Consequences Heavier for Women

The typical smartphone contains a wealth of information, including contacts, photos, text messages, and more. They also serve as portals to cloud services, so you can imagine how stressful it would be to misplace one of these devices. Plus, they're expensive to replace. Be that as it may, security outfit Avast claims consumers living in the...

Google Makes Chromecast iOS App Official

Google Makes Chromecast iOS App Official

We’ve covered the Google Chromecast in some detail, including our full review, and we’ve found that using the device is incredibly easy, including with the Chromecast app for Android. Google has now expanded app availablity by introducing an official Chromecast app for iOS, as well. Like the Android version, Chromecast on iOS is...

Researchers Reverse Engineer and Hack Dropbox, 'Heavily Obfuscated Python App'

Researchers Reverse Engineer and Hack Dropbox, 'Heavily Obfuscated Python App'

Another day, another thing-that-is-hacked. This time it was popular cloud storage service Dropbox, but fortunately, the hackers were security researchers. Two of them, actually, named Dhiru Kholia and Przemyslaw Wegrzyn, who found a way to reverse engineer Dropbox, which the SD Times calls a heavily obfuscated Python application. The pair...

New York Times and Twitter Reportedly Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

New York Times and Twitter Reportedly Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

The New York Times’ website is having a rough month. Only a couple weeks after maintenance troubles caused several hours of downtime, the iconic paper has again experienced a major disruption. This time, the outage is clearly the result of an attack. The hacker group known as SyrianElectronicArmy claimed responsibility for the attack,...

Michael Dell Debunks Rumors He Would Pull Dell Out of the PC Business

Michael Dell Debunks Rumors He Would Pull Dell Out of the PC Business

Michael Dell is in the midst of trying to take over the company he founded long ago, and if he succeeds in his bid, he'll take Dell private, giving himself complete control without having to answer to a board of directors or shareholders. He'll then be able to run the company however he sees fit, and with the market trending to mobile, some...

Mebotics Microfactory Etches, Mills, and 3D Prints All In One Machine

Mebotics Microfactory Etches, Mills, and 3D Prints All In One Machine

Distributed manufacturing is most definitely evolving thanks in large part to innovations in the 3D printing world, and a company called Mebotics is looking to take things a step further with the Microfactory, an all-in-one machine that etches, 3D prints, and mills. The unit is small and light enough to rest on a tabletop or desk, and it’s...

COO Peter Moore Says EA Will Continue to Make Single Player and Offline Modes Available in Games

COO Peter Moore Says EA Will Continue to Make Single Player and Offline Modes Available in Games

As Microsoft found out when it first announced its Xbox One console, gamers aren't reel keen on systems or platforms that require a persistent Internet connection, and so the company pulled a 180. All has been forgiven, it seems, but gamers are still sensitive to the issue, so the reaction wasn't all that positive when Peter Moore, Chief Operating...

DHS and FBI Say Android Mobile Primary Target for Malware Attacks

DHS and FBI Say Android Mobile Primary Target for Malware Attacks

Android may have been birthed as an operating system for digital cameras, but after being acquired by Google, it's since grown to become the most popular mobile OS in the world. Cyber criminals have taken notice, and according to a study by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Android is the...

Google Slashes Price on Nexus 4 Smartphone: Is The Next Nexus Near?

Google Slashes Price on Nexus 4 Smartphone: Is The Next Nexus Near?

Remember a year ago? It's tough, for sure, but right about this time last year, Google introduced its latest Nexus smartphone. The LG-built Nexus 4 wasn't quite as high-end as prior Nexus units, but then again, neither was the price. Now, however, the price is moving south, and it's clearly in "darn near irresistible" territory at this point....

Microsoft Deals Latest Blow in Cloud Storage War With 25GB Pro Accounts

Microsoft Deals Latest Blow in Cloud Storage War With 25GB Pro Accounts

Dropbox is still somehow getting by while only handing out a couple of free gigabytes to new users, but everyone else understands the reality: you either dole out massive amounts of cloud storage, or the consumer goes elsewhere. In the growing war amongst cloud storage lockers and the companies that run them, the ecosystem play is becoming...

AMD Kaveri Shipments Slip to 2014, Speculation Rampant on Unannounced Products

AMD Kaveri Shipments Slip to 2014, Speculation Rampant on Unannounced Products

The story around AMD's upcoming Kaveri continues to evolve, but it's increasingly clear that the chip won't be available for retail purchase this year. If you recall, AMD initially promised that Kaveri would be available during 2013 and even published roadmaps earlier in May that show the chip shipping in the beginning of the fourth quarter....

Best deal on Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p, iPhone 5 Pricedrop and more.

Best deal on Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p, iPhone 5 Pricedrop and more.

Thanks for joining us for the latest installment of the hottest deals across the web. Today's best offer is a low starting price on a Lenovo's IdeaPad Y410p gaming laptop under $800, complete with fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and 2GB GeForce GT 750M graphics. You can also grab the iPhone 5 on Virgin Mobile for just $439.99 - that's...

Nokia "Sirius" 10-inch Windows RT Tablet Confirmed, Specs Unveiled

Nokia "Sirius" 10-inch Windows RT Tablet Confirmed, Specs Unveiled

Several of Microsoft's hardware partners have pulled out of the Windows RT race, but one company that's determined to see this thing to the end is Nokia. The Finnish phone and tablet maker, and Microsoft's best buddy as of late, is reportedly going to launch a 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet called Sirius. Paul Thurrott over at WinSupersite rather...

Californian School District Hires Firm to Track Student Posts on Social Networks

Californian School District Hires Firm to Track Student Posts on Social Networks

Privacy and security have been steaming-hot topics these past few months, and as evidenced in comment sections around the Web, they're topics not everyone can agree on. This latest story, of a school district in Glendale, California, is likely to have the same divided opinion. To help keep an eye on student goings-on for the sake of "student...

Researchers Claim US Electrical Grid Is On The Brink Of Collapse

Researchers Claim US Electrical Grid Is On The Brink Of Collapse

Ten years after a major blackout affected at least 50 million people in the northeastern US and some parts of Canada, physicists in Israel and the United States are calling attention to the fact that it could happen again, and that its affects next time could be even worse. The studies have revolved around spatial networks and their inherent...

AdventurOS RPG Game Uses Your Hard Drive's File System As Maps and Levels of Play

AdventurOS RPG Game Uses Your Hard Drive's File System As Maps and Levels of Play

AdventureOS is a game that appears to be simultaneously incredibly clever and delightfully adorable. It’s a 2.5D RPG in the style of “metroidvania” that generates rooms within the game based on your hard drive’s folder tree and the types of files inside them. Thus, every person’s gaming experience will be unique....

Samsung Launches Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition

Samsung Launches Galaxy Tab 3 Kids Edition

Ever cringe when you're out in public and you spot a toddler playing an unprotected iPad, Galaxy Tab 10.1, or any other pricey piece of electronics? Either their parents are brave or they're foolish, as all it takes is one accidental drop to render an expensive slate nothing more than a heap of useless electronic parts. One solution is to...

Nokia Lumia 925 Coming To AT&T September 13th

Nokia Lumia 925 Coming To AT&T September 13th

AT&T will be selling the Nokia Lumia 925, the successor to the popular Nokia Lumia 920, starting on September 13th for $99.99 with a 2-year contract. The 925 joins the Nokia Lumia 1020, 920, 820, and 520 in AT&T’s lineup, and the black version of the handset will be an AT&T exclusive. The 925 Windows Phone device has a polycarbonate...

Amazon Mobile Associates API Lets Users Buy Products in Any Android App

Amazon Mobile Associates API Lets Users Buy Products in Any Android App

Making money on mobile apps has always been a bit of a challenge, generally speaking, for developers, but Amazon has unveiled a new way for them to generate a revenue stream with its new Amazon Mobile Associates API for Android devices. Essentially, devs can integrate an API in their apps that will allow them to sell actual items on Amazon...

HotHardware's 2013 Back To School Shopping Guide

HotHardware's 2013 Back To School Shopping Guide

It's back-to-school season, and whether you've started classes recently or are awaiting (dreading?) that first 8AM lecture, there may be a few bits of techno-shopping that need to be taken care of before you can be on your way to that straight-A report card. Whether you're about to begin the Fall semester of college or your senior year in...

DOJ Shoots Itself in the Foot Identifying Google in Data Request Case

DOJ Shoots Itself in the Foot Identifying Google in Data Request Case

Sir Walter Scott warned long about about weaving a tangled web through deception, but apparently the Department of Justice (DoJ) and National Security Agency (NSA) aren't fans of old poetry. If they were, they'd drop the secrecy behind the PRISM program that whistleblower Edward Snowden blew wide open earlier this year. The truth eventually...

Samsung to Unveil Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Line September 4

Samsung to Unveil Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Line September 4

So called smart watches might be the next frontier in mobile. Sony is already there, we've heard Apple is working on an iWatch design, and not to be forgotten, Samsung is planning to join the fray as well. The South Korean electronics company is reportedly gearing up to show off its first smart watch design in Berlin, Germany next week, just...

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Criticizes Steve Ballmer's Tenure at Microsoft

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Criticizes Steve Ballmer's Tenure at Microsoft

It remains to be seen what the history books will say about Steve Ballmer, the man who led Microsoft for the past 13 years after company co-founder Bill Gates entered into retirement. Now it's Ballmer who's retiring, and he's doing it at a time when Microsoft is struggling to find how best to transition to mobile. Fair or not, most will likely...

Google Testing Even Faster 'New Tab' Searches In Chrome Browser

Google Testing Even Faster 'New Tab' Searches In Chrome Browser

Many have pinned Google's meteoric success in the online search business to one primary thing: speed. The engineers at Google obsess over milliseconds, and it's because of that obsession that Google's products are generally top-shelf. Now, the company has announced that in its latest efforts to make searching and Internet browsing even faster,...

Exclusive Blue PS3 Arriving For Those Can't Wait On The PS4

Exclusive Blue PS3 Arriving For Those Can't Wait On The PS4

Sony's PlayStation 4 is scheduled to land in the United States on 11/15 for $399. But, believe it or not, there's still a big market out there for the PlayStation 3, and Sony realizes it still has a few months to milk its existing console before the new one comes to town. That's the only logical reason we can muster for the emergence of this...

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Apocalypse DLC Pack Gameplay Video Drops in Hot

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Apocalypse DLC Pack Gameplay Video Drops in Hot

At some point, the world is probably going to begin to suffer from a mental overload concerning Call of Duty titles. Even now, it's becoming fairly tough to keep track of them all across all of the various platforms. That said, it's still a premier franchise, and we doubt the wind will be taken out of the sails in the near future. For CoD...

Huge savings on Lenovo Backlit Remote, Crucial M500 SSD, high-end XPS 8700 Desktop and more.

Huge savings on Lenovo Backlit Remote, Crucial M500 SSD, high-end XPS 8700 Desktop and more.

It's a fresh week and we've got some killer deals to kick things off. Our top pick is Lenovo's super-awesome backlit remote for controlling your PC/game console. It's a pocket-sized keyboard & mouse in one hand-held device for just $31.99! You can also save big on high-end XPS 8700 Special Edition Core i7 "Haswell" Desktop loaded with...

Kingston Launches Value-Priced SSDNow E50 Enterprise SSD for Data Centers

Kingston Launches Value-Priced SSDNow E50 Enterprise SSD for Data Centers

VMworld 2013 kicked off yesterday in San Francisco, and some big names in big data are taking the opportunity to announce new products. Today, Kingston is touting its new SSDNow E50 SSDs, which are meant to be a more affordable alternative to the SSDNow E100 line. The SATA 3.0 solid-state drives come in 100GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities....

3 out of 10 American Adults Don't Have Broadband at Home

3 out of 10 American Adults Don't Have Broadband at Home

It's easy for the majority of American adults ages 18 and older to take broadband access for granted because most adults have it at home. Not all, however, as 3 out of 10 are still without broadband at their place of residence, according to a new study by Pew Research Center. Furthermore, 2 out of 10 American adults lack both a home broadband...

Latest Chromecast Update Intentionally Breaks AllCast Local File Streaming

Latest Chromecast Update Intentionally Breaks AllCast Local File Streaming

We've been following Google's Chromecast device ever since it was first announced earlier this month, and it didn't take us long to pick one up for review. At just $35, we concluded that Chromecast is easily worth every penny. It's cheap, easy to configure, and for the most part, it just works. It's a no-brainer purchase if you can take advantage...

Alienware 18 Gaming Notebook: New Look, Even Better Performance

Alienware 18 Gaming Notebook: New Look, Even Better Performance

Dell has updated its Alienware series of gaming notebooks with the refreshed Alienware 18, and what an update it is. In addition to a new generation of hardware, with both Intel's Haswell and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 780M rumbling under the hood, Alienware has completely redesigned the look of the chassis, keyboard, and touchpad, all of which...

Pounce for iOS App Let's You Scan Pictures of Products and Buy Them Online

Pounce for iOS App Let's You Scan Pictures of Products and Buy Them Online

An app from BuyCode, Inc. called “Pounce” lets you point your smartphone camera at a photo of a product in a print circular, newspaper, or magazine and then buy the item from that retail outlet with just a couple of taps. When you click “Buy Now”, the retailer ships the item directly to you. Currently, retailers you...

Intel Media Opens Up Shop in LA and NYC to Start Up Internet TV Service

Intel Media Opens Up Shop in LA and NYC to Start Up Internet TV Service

Internet TV is fast becoming a crowded field, but Intel’s not letting a little competition slow it down. The chip maker is opening offices in Los Angeles and New York so it is better placed to make deals with TV networks. Internet TV players like Roku have a multi-year jump on Intel, but that doesn't seem to be giving the chip maker...

Pavlov Poke Keyboard Device Shocks You If You're Facebooking Too Much

Pavlov Poke Keyboard Device Shocks You If You're Facebooking Too Much

Some people are just gluttons for punishment. A pair of self-professed online distraction addicts, Robert R. Morris and Dan McDuff, have created a tool called “Pavlov Poke” that will zap them if they spend too much time on Facebook and not enough time working on their dissertations. The Pavlov Poke works by using a UI Inspector...

Best Keyboard Shortcut Ever Ctrl-Shift-T Recovers Last Closed Tab in Chrome (and Other Browser)

Best Keyboard Shortcut Ever Ctrl-Shift-T Recovers Last Closed Tab in Chrome (and Other Browser)

Life is a lot easier when you have second chances. Golfers can take mulligans if they shank the ball and land it in the drink, and if you fault a serve in tennis, you're given a second attempt to get it right before it counts against you. Unfortunately, everyday life doesn't have a "do-over" button, but using a little three-finger magic, you...

Samsung Revs Up Its Own Developers Conference

Samsung Revs Up Its Own Developers Conference

Samsung has a strong presence in the mobile and home entertainment markets, and to that effect the company has decided that it needs its own developers conference to make sure that devs have the full spate of tools and detailed knowledge of how to create, adapt, and innovate for Samsung devices and platforms. “As convergence of user...

Sony Says Sorry for PlayStation Store Grand Theft Auto V Leak, Game Reported Gone Gold

Sony Says Sorry for PlayStation Store Grand Theft Auto V Leak, Game Reported Gone Gold

Sometimes when you screw up, all you can do is apologize and hope for the best. So it is with Sony, which issued an open apology to Rockstar Games and gamers around the world for a leak of Grand Theft Auto V assets, including details about the highly anticipated game's theme, soundtrack, and other spoilers. To be fair, it wasn't entirely Sony's...

Reports Say Apple’s iPhone 5S A7 Processor is 64-Bit with Faster Graphics

Reports Say Apple’s iPhone 5S A7 Processor is 64-Bit with Faster Graphics

There's always a media frenzy of rumors and speculation preceding every major Apple product launch, and we're in the midst of that right now. Come September 10, Apple is expected to unveil its next iPhone model, though there's been plenty of chatter of multiple models, including a lower-cost version made of polycarbonate plastic with various...

Moto X Developer Edition Shipping Soon With Unlockable Bootloader

Moto X Developer Edition Shipping Soon With Unlockable Bootloader

Well, here's one way to get the hardcore techies interested in a mid-range device. The Moto X wasn't quite the do-all flagship that many had hoped for, and while it may rival the iPhone in some ways, it's certainly not a hero device in terms of internal specifications. That being said, there's one more reason that may have hackers and tinkerers...

Instagram Acquires Luma To Improve How Your 15-Second Videos Look

Instagram Acquires Luma To Improve How Your 15-Second Videos Look

Facebook said that it would enable Instagram to remain independent, and that it wouldn't ever cross any lines that would impact the user experience. Keeping true to that promise, Instagram itself (and not parent company Facebook) has just made a big acquisition: Luma. It's a video sharing app that almost no one has heard of... until now. Luma...

Google Play Developer Program Policy Updated To Require Use of In-App Billing Service

Google Play Developer Program Policy Updated To Require Use of In-App Billing Service

Google has this weekend shot off an email to developers that publish their apps through the company's Play Store, detailing a number of changes to the service's program policies. Listed changes take effect immediately, and must be adhered to if an app is released or updated after this point (older, no-longer-updated apps seem fine to remain...

Windows 8.1 Set For Launch October 18th, What You Need to Know

Windows 8.1 Set For Launch October 18th, What You Need to Know

With the release of Windows 8.1 (coming as a free update) just around the corner (October 18th, to be exact), you may be wondering A) whether it's worth upgrading to and B) why that's the case. Well, as someone who's been rocking the 8.1 Preview release for a couple of months, I can say with assurance that it's well-worth upgrading to - if...

GameStop Expects ‘Largest Console Launch in History’ This Holiday Shopping Season

GameStop Expects ‘Largest Console Launch in History’ This Holiday Shopping Season

It's been seven long years since Sony launched its PlayStation 3 game console and eight years since Microsoft introduced the Xbox 360 to retail. To put that into perspective, some PC gamers were still using AGP graphics cards back then, like the GeForce 7600 GS and Radeon X1650 Pro. You can imagine the anticipation among console gamers leading...

Facebook Dumps Physical Gifts, Will Focus on Digital Gift Codes Instead

Facebook Dumps Physical Gifts, Will Focus on Digital Gift Codes Instead

It's been less than a year since Facebook implemented its online gift giving system, which allows Facebook users to purchase and send physical gifts to their friends and family on the social networking site. However brief it might have been, Facebook has already decided it makes more sense to push digital gift codes than physical codes, and...

Yahoo Acquires IQ Engines, Plans To Make Flickr Galleries More Intelligent

Yahoo Acquires IQ Engines, Plans To Make Flickr Galleries More Intelligent

At this rate, Yahoo is apt to acquire a company a week -- or so it seems. Since Marissa Mayer came to town as CEO, she has been on an acquisition rampage. Company after company has been swooped up by Yahoo, reportedly due to Mayer's desire to procure talented developer and engineering resources at an accelerated rate. This week, IQ Engines...

Barnes and Noble Says Have No Fear, New Nook Products On The Way

Barnes and Noble Says Have No Fear, New Nook Products On The Way

"Wait just a moment, will you?" That's a question being posed by Barnes & Noble, which has come out swinging to address prior rumors that the Nook hardware business was being phased out completely. The bookseller has been mired in difficulties over the past few years, as the digital age weighs heavy on its traditional paper business. But...

Elon Musk Tweets of Sci-Fi Like Rocket Designed by 'Hand Manipulated Hologram' Technology

Elon Musk Tweets of Sci-Fi Like Rocket Designed by 'Hand Manipulated Hologram' Technology

In the technology arena there are leaders and visionaries.  Many people have described men like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates as visionaries and market-changing leaders.  Then there's another class of people in technology - the inventors.  These folks are visionaries, leaders and in most cases, genetically wired geniuses. ...

Google Considering ‘Robo Taxi’ Service with Autonomous Car Technology

Google Considering ‘Robo Taxi’ Service with Autonomous Car Technology

From smartphones to tablets to notebooks to a TV stick, Google has been working with manufacturers to make some great products for some time. What's next? According to a new rumor: a car. Yes, a car. It's no secret that Google has been working hard on its self-driving car technology, but apparently the company has decided to take things a...

Nokia Exec Says Instagram to Officially Come to Windows Phone Soon

Nokia Exec Says Instagram to Officially Come to Windows Phone Soon

If there's one thing Microsoft's Windows Phone platform desperately needs (other than a larger user base), it's more apps. We're not talking about fart apps and other filler type material, but at this point, it's even missing some of the more popular apps available on other platforms. One you can soon cross off the list, however, is Instagram....

Moto X Teardown Shows a Very Repairable, Well Made (in the USA) Device

Moto X Teardown Shows a Very Repairable, Well Made (in the USA) Device

Score a victory for the boys and girls in the good ol' U.S. of A. The tech Dexters at iFixIt hijacked Motorola's American made Moto X smartphone and were prepared to pry it open no matter how messy things might get, but as it turns out, the device is really not all that difficult to service and repair, scoring a respectable 7 out of 10 on...

AMD Rocks Gamescom 2013: Partners with Publishers to Showcase Latest PC Gaming Evolved Titles

AMD Rocks Gamescom 2013: Partners with Publishers to Showcase Latest PC Gaming Evolved Titles

You may have heard that AMD is in some way, shape, or form powering each of the three next generation game consoles (Nintendo Wii U, Microsoft Xbox One, and Sony PlayStation 4), but don't you worry, PC gamers, the Sunnyvale chip designer hasn't forgotten about your platform of choice. Far from it, AMD made at splash at Gamescom 2013 in Cologne,...

Rabbit Ears Are Back: TWC Resorts To Handing Out Antennas During CBS Blackout

Rabbit Ears Are Back: TWC Resorts To Handing Out Antennas During CBS Blackout

For many Time Warner Cable subscribers, we're going into yet another weekend where CBS is unavailable. Due to stalled negotiations over subscription rates, TWC and CBS have yet to come to terms on what it'll take to get the network back on-air. So, in order to prevent TWC customers from fleeing elsewhere (particularly as the NFL regular season...

Amazon Reportedly Testing Its Own Wireless Network in Apple's Backyard

Amazon Reportedly Testing Its Own Wireless Network in Apple's Backyard

Quite some time ago, rumors flared that Apple may have been testing the waters of providing its own wireless network for iPhone use. Obviously, it managed to cut deals with a number of existing mobile operators instead, but it appears that Amazon may be thinking differently. A new Bloomberg report suggests that Amazon has "tested a new wireless...

Facebook Updates Login, Users Now Control App Post-Backs To Facebook

Facebook Updates Login, Users Now Control App Post-Backs To Facebook

Logging into apps using Facebook instead of with yet another unique username and password combination is a boon to users everywhere. It’s simple and fast, and seriously--we don’t have room in our brains for remembering anymore login credentials. However, up to now the downside has been that Facebook knows and posts everything you...

Omate's Different Take On The Smartwatch Generates $260k On Kickstarter In Two Days

Omate's Different Take On The Smartwatch Generates $260k On Kickstarter In Two Days

Kickstarters seem to love smartwatches, and the latest one to emerge and quickly rack up thousands in crowdfunding is the Omate TrueSmart. At first blush it seems completely uncompelling to see yet another smartwatch crop up, but this one is a completely different take on the concept, which could set it apart from the numerous competitors...

Orbit Downloader Compromised with DDOS Trojan on Board

Orbit Downloader Compromised with DDOS Trojan on Board

Orbit Downloader is a nifty tool. It’s a web browser file downloading add-on, and it lets users more easily manage their downloaded files, download embedded videos, speed up downloads, and more. Unfortunately, it’s also apparently now an effective tool for delivering Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. The ESET security...

MSI AG2712A is a 27-inch All-in-One for Gamers with Radeon 8970M Graphics, SSDs in RAID

MSI AG2712A is a 27-inch All-in-One for Gamers with Radeon 8970M Graphics, SSDs in RAID

It's a new era in computing, and we say that because few would have imagined a few years ago that there would be so many all-in-one (AIO) systems aimed at gamers. For one, the form factor was, for a long time, cost prohibitive, and secondly, it doesn't exactly lend itself to the advanced cooling needs of high-end systems or upgrade desires...

Cheapest Dell Inspiron 15R Core i5 Haswell Laptop, Razer Gaming Headset, and More

Cheapest Dell Inspiron 15R Core i5 Haswell Laptop, Razer Gaming Headset, and More

Welcome to the weekend edition of the best deals from across the web. Leading today's deals is a 15.6" Dell Laptop powered by 4th-generation Intel Core i5 processor under $500 -this price point is quite rare so close to its launch. Gamers take note of 50% savings on a Razer Gaming Headset for a limited time. We also have a budget every-day...

Review: 	Zotac ZBOX Nano ID65 Plus Out NUCs Intel

Review: Zotac ZBOX Nano ID65 Plus Out NUCs Intel

Zotac has been making ultra-small form factor systems for quite a while now. You can check out a number of our reviews of various ZBox systems and you’ll notice that most of the systems have been built around low-power platforms like AMD’s E-Series APUs or Intel’s Atom processors. With its latest generations of mini-PC’s,...

Microsoft Details 3D Printing Support in Windows 8.1, A Lot like Printing in 2D

Microsoft Details 3D Printing Support in Windows 8.1, A Lot like Printing in 2D

With Windows 8.1 around the bend, Microsoft is taking the opportunity to add support to the OS for 3D printing. As Microsoft’s Gavin Gear explains in a blog post on the topic, printing in 3D with Windows 8.1 is much like printing in 2D (such as printing a document) right now. If it works as smoothly as Gear describes, 3D printing will...

Google Acquires Hon Hai Head Mounted Display Patent Portfolio

Google Acquires Hon Hai Head Mounted Display Patent Portfolio

Hon Hai Precision, the parent company to Foxconn, has sold a portion of its patent portfolio to Google. The patents Google now owns have to do with superimposing virtual images onto photos, a technology that's used in Head Mounted Displays (HMDs). There are many applications for HMDs, including aviation, engineering, and even gaming. Financial...

Lenovo Brings the Start Menu Back to Select Windows 8 PCs

Lenovo Brings the Start Menu Back to Select Windows 8 PCs

Getting to the top in any business is hard work. Even more difficult is staying on top, but if you put customers first and deliver products, features, and services they want, it will go a long way to building brand loyalty. Perhaps that is what Lenovo has in mind by partnering with SweetLaps to bring back the Start Menu that's absent from...

Apple Launching Haswell-Powered MacBook Pro Next Month

Apple Launching Haswell-Powered MacBook Pro Next Month

A Japanese language website apparently has the scoop on Apple's plans to refresh its MacBook Pro line with Intel's Haswell architecture. According to the website, MacBook Pro machines with Haswell processors inside will debut sometime next month, though it's not clear what other upgrades might be in store and whether or not the Haswell upgrade...

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Will Retire Within Next 12 Months

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Will Retire Within Next 12 Months

There's evidently only so much a man can take, and honestly, this shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone: with profits falling, the PC industry as a whole crumbling in the wake of tablet and smartphone supremacy, and Windows 8 falling short of most expectations, Microsoft's CEO is throwing in the towel. Steve Ballmer, months after a complete...

Google Releasing Update for 2013 Nexus 7, Fixes GPS and Touchscreen Issues

Google Releasing Update for 2013 Nexus 7, Fixes GPS and Touchscreen Issues

There's a new over-the-air (OTA) update available for the 2013 Nexus 7 that is supposed to fix at least a couple niggling issues some early adopters have been noticing, including problems with the touchscreen and GPS, Google announced in separate Google Product Forums posts. The update -- JSS15Q -- began rolling out to Nexus 7 owners yesterday,...

Pandora Reverses 40-Hour Mobile Listening Limit With iTunes Radio Looming

Pandora Reverses 40-Hour Mobile Listening Limit With iTunes Radio Looming

Love 'em or hate 'em, Apple has the ability to move markets, influence rivals, and change the status quo. Just take a look at Pandora. The streaming radio giant made a move earlier in the year that put a 40-hour cap on mobile listening. Naturally, it was imlpemented in order to encourage more folks to pay for premium services, and likely as...

Apple Buys Embark Mass Transit App Builder As War Against Google Continues

Apple Buys Embark Mass Transit App Builder As War Against Google Continues

Apple continues to have a mess on its hands with Maps. In almost every way, it's a subpar product compared to Google Maps, and the kicker is that Apple booted Google from the default map position within iOS 6. When you make a change like that, the world expects whatever you toss in to be superior, and that obviously isn't the case. So, Apple...

Cheapest Dell Inspiron 14z Core i5 Ultrabook, PowerEdge T110 Server and More.

Cheapest Dell Inspiron 14z Core i5 Ultrabook, PowerEdge T110 Server and More.

Welcome back to the latest edition of hot deals from across the web. Today we have great deal on 14-inch Dell Core i5 Ultrabook running Windows 7 under $500. We also found a rare coupon lowering the starting price of PowerEdge T110 II Server to just $299. Also don't miss this limited-time opportunity to get a refurb Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Tablet...

AIO Robotics All-in-One 3D Printer, Scanner, and Fax Machine Unveiled

AIO Robotics All-in-One 3D Printer, Scanner, and Fax Machine Unveiled

A company called AIO Robotics announced that it will be launching a Kickstarter campaign on September 4th to raise money for a 3D printer that also offers 3D “copying” (i.e., 3D scanning), and 3D faxing. (Yes, 3D faxing, as in you could “fax” someone a 3D file that would automatically print on their 3D printer. The...

Was Canonical’s $32 Million Ubuntu Edge Crowdfunding Campaign Just An Expensive Publicity Stunt?

Was Canonical’s $32 Million Ubuntu Edge Crowdfunding Campaign Just An Expensive Publicity Stunt?

First, let’s get this out of the way: Canonical’s tantalizing Ubuntu Edge superphone is not going to happen. The company’s Indiegogo campaign to raise $32 million, which we’ve written about a time or two, didn’t hit its intended goal. In fact, despite smashing a crowdfunding record with $12,812,776, Canonical...

Rumor: Nokia Developing 6-Inch “Bandit” Phablet

Rumor: Nokia Developing 6-Inch “Bandit” Phablet

If recent rumors are true, Nokia is working on a device called the “Bandit” that will sport a 6-inch display, which would put the handset maker in direct competition with the likes of Samsung in the (curiously) burgeoning phablet market. Sources for The Verge indicate that Bandit’s display will be 1080p HD, and the handset...

Digital Pack Rats Rejoice, Box Just Doubled Free Plan Storage to 10GB

Digital Pack Rats Rejoice, Box Just Doubled Free Plan Storage to 10GB

You can halt your plan to sift through your Box account and delete files you may not need or want anymore. For those of you mooching off the free plan Box provides, the cloud storage provider just upped the ante to 10GB, effectively doubling the amount of space to cram your photos, documents, and other files into the cloud. The company also...

Samsung Series 9 SB971 Quad HD Monitor Comes Hand-Tuned and Color Calibrated

Samsung Series 9 SB971 Quad HD Monitor Comes Hand-Tuned and Color Calibrated

Samsung garners a ton of media attention for its smartphones and tablets, but don't forget, the company also makes displays. Lest anyone has forgotten, the company just announced a new premium, hand-calibrated monitor, the Series 9 SB971. It's designed for users looking for a "stunning photo viewing experience" as well as graphic designers....

MakerBot Reveals Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, Yours For $1,400

MakerBot Reveals Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, Yours For $1,400

How much would you pay for a desktop 3D scanner that let you recreate, via your 3D printer, anything that could fit on it small turntablet? MakerBot thinks you’ll be willing to cough up $1,400, plus another $150 for its MakerCare service and support program, to have a MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner on your desk. For hobbyists,...

41 Megapixels Take Flight: Nokia Lumia 1020 Rides Atop AR.Drone Quadricopter

41 Megapixels Take Flight: Nokia Lumia 1020 Rides Atop AR.Drone Quadricopter

There's no question, what we do here at HotHardware definitely has its perks.  Sure, the hours are long, the work can be grueling with benchmark run after run, take after take in the video studio or fighting with finicky, just-released products that don't want to cooperate.  So what sorts of things do we do to relax and blow off...

Zuckerberg and Facebook Announce Plan To Expand Internet Access with Internet.org Initiative

Zuckerberg and Facebook Announce Plan To Expand Internet Access with Internet.org Initiative

Is Internet access a human right? That’s the question Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was wrestling with--”was”, because he stated in a long document that he’s come to believe that it is. And Facebook is doing something about it. Zuckerberg and Facebook, in collaboration with “technology leaders, nonprofits,...

Really? Yahoo! Now Top U.S. Internet Property Over Google

Really? Yahoo! Now Top U.S. Internet Property Over Google

Yahoo President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Marissa Mayer is obviously doing something right, lest anyone can come up with another explanation as to why her company would rank No. 1 on comScore's list of top 50 online properties in the U.S. According to comScore, Yahoo and its websites recorded 196.5 million unique visitors in July,...

Google Updates Street View with Zoo Imagery From Around the World

Google Updates Street View with Zoo Imagery From Around the World

Depending on where you live, you may not get too see much wildlife on your way to work, especially if you live in or around a big city. What's an animal lover stuck in the urban jungle to do? Well, you can turn to Google Maps and use Street View, which now includes tons of imagery of our furry (and sometimes not so furry) friends from some...

LG Developing Firefox Phone For Release Sometime in 2014

LG Developing Firefox Phone For Release Sometime in 2014

Mozilla may have found an ally in LG, a major player in the smartphone market. During an interview with Bulgarian online outlet Dnevnik.bg, LG's mobile communications boss in Bulgaria, Dimitar Valev, spoke about his company's future endeavors, including plans to launch a mobile handset based on Mozilla's Firefox OS. Valev said the South Korean...

NVIDIA and Ubisoft Form Gaming Alliance To Enhance Top Titles

NVIDIA and Ubisoft Form Gaming Alliance To Enhance Top Titles

Hot on the heels of Microsoft and Gameloft's partnership comes this: an alliance between NVIDIA and Ubisoft. Announced at Gamescom this week, the two mainstays have decided to partner up in order to bolster Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag, Splinter Cell Blacklist, and Watch_Dogs with NVIDIA-developed technologies and features, and other PC-exclusive...

Microsoft And Gameloft Agree To Launch Flagship Titles Simultaneously On Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

Microsoft And Gameloft Agree To Launch Flagship Titles Simultaneously On Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

With the mobile phone sector stealing its fair share of gaming dollars from the traditional handheld market, Microsoft has decided to do something pretty smart: team up with a major publisher of games in order to shape titles up for launch onto both its mobile and desktop platforms. This week, Microsoft inked a deal with Gameloft, and the...

Google Overhauls Keep Notes Service To Hit Evernote Where It Hurts

Google Overhauls Keep Notes Service To Hit Evernote Where It Hurts

At launch, Google Keep showed a lot of promise. There's Google's epic cloud infrastructure, excellent syncing across the Google ecosystem, and a drop-deal simple interface. Plus, it seems that mobile users at large are howling for a fantastic note-taking app, as proven by the success of items like Evernote. That said, Keep may have been a...

Lowest price ever on Dell Inspiron 17R Core i7 Special Edition Laptop & More

Lowest price ever on Dell Inspiron 17R Core i7 Special Edition Laptop & More

It's hump day and to celebrate the glorious mid-week holiday we've got some hot offers to keep you going till Friday. Leading the way is a fully loaded laptop from Dell, complete with Core i7 processor, 1080p screen, 2GB GeForce GT 650M graphics, and more for just $729.99. For a limited time, you can also get free $200 eGift card with Alienware...

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls  Expansion Promises Crusader Class, New Lands, And Tweaked Gameplay

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Expansion Promises Crusader Class, New Lands, And Tweaked Gameplay

At Gamescon 2013 in Germany, Blizzard Entertainment unveiled the next chapter in Diablo 3, dubbed Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. The expansion picks up where the original game left off, in what should have been a time of peace and prosperity. The Black Soulstone is safe, the Prime Evils and the Lords of Hell are contained for the first time...

EA Unveils “The Sims 4” Gameplay Trailer

EA Unveils “The Sims 4” Gameplay Trailer

EA’s The Sims social gaming franchise is launching a new chapter with The Sims 4, and the company put out a gameplay trailer showing off all the new features, including increased sophistication across the board, new ways to interact with other characters, and more. First, creating a Sim is more powerful and offers impressive fine-tuning...

Google Helpouts Lets You Connect with Experts To Fix Things, Solve Problems, and More

Google Helpouts Lets You Connect with Experts To Fix Things, Solve Problems, and More

Google Hangouts is a nifty communication tool, allowing people to connect via video and chat, and now Google is building another (even more compelling) service on top of Hangouts called Google Helpouts. Simply put, Google Helpouts lets users connect with experts for help on projects, troubleshooting, advice, and so on via live video. For anyone...

Vine Short Video Sharing App Swings to 40 Million Users

Vine Short Video Sharing App Swings to 40 Million Users

Vine, the Twitter owned video sharing app that allows users to post 6-second video clips of whatever they want, is now home to over 40 million users, the company announced in a Twitter post. That's not bad for a service that launched around 7 months ago. "We've said this before and we'll say it again: this community -- now more than 40 million...

HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks 8/21/13: Superphone Round-Up, Dell and HP AIO PCs, Samsung SSD 840 EVO, Zotac Sneak Peek and More

HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks 8/21/13: Superphone Round-Up, Dell and HP AIO PCs, Samsung SSD 840 EVO, Zotac Sneak Peek and More

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks Webcast, Iyaz, Dave and Marco discuss HotHardware's Superphone round-up with the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, LG Optimus G Pro, Moto X, and Nokia's Lumia 1020. We also talk about the impressive line of Samsung SSD 840 EVO products, Zotac's ZBOX Nano Plus ID65, and Dell's XPS 27 Touch...

It's Okay to Jump the Gun, Upgrading Call of Duty: Ghosts From PS3 to PS4 Will Cost Just $10

It's Okay to Jump the Gun, Upgrading Call of Duty: Ghosts From PS3 to PS4 Will Cost Just $10

Infinity Ward's highly anticipated Call of Duty: Ghosts comes out on November 5, 2013, which is 10 days before Sony's PlayStation 4 (PS4) console will be available in the U.S. and Canada. If the thought of waiting a week and a half to play Ghosts is just too much bear, Activision comes to the rescue with a $10 upgrade offer so you don't have...

Microsoft Rolls Out Ad Free Bing Search for the Classroom

Microsoft Rolls Out Ad Free Bing Search for the Classroom

Microsoft believes its Bing search engine is better than what Google has to offer, and while it's not surprising the Redmond giant prefers its own offering over the competition, the company is willing to put its money where its mouth is at. Well, kind of. As part of a free program called "Bing for Schools," students and teachers in participating...

League of Legends Transactions Database Breached, 120,000 Records Affected

League of Legends Transactions Database Breached, 120,000 Records Affected

The game's acronym may inspire laughter, but a recent hacking targeting it is as serious as a heart-attack (alright, maybe not that serious). Riot Games, LoL's developer, posted on its website this week that 120,000 transaction records from 2011 have been exposed (to someone, or some group), although thanks to the fact that credit card numbers...

Sony’s PS4 ‘Launch Window’ Game Titles Announced, COD: Ghosts, Knack, Need for Speed: Rivals and More

Sony’s PS4 ‘Launch Window’ Game Titles Announced, COD: Ghosts, Knack, Need for Speed: Rivals and More

As we reported earlier today, Sony will officially throw its hat into the next generation console ring on November 15, 2013, which is when the PlayStation 4 (PS4) will start shipping in the U.S. and Canada, followed by a November 29, 2013 launch in Europe and Latin America. While the PS4 features some impressive hardware (it's essentially...

Oculus Rift EVE-VR Demo Announced as CCP Games EVE Valkyrie Space Combat Game

Oculus Rift EVE-VR Demo Announced as CCP Games EVE Valkyrie Space Combat Game

When the Oculus Rift Kickstarter project dropped last fall, I admit that I was a little slow to buy into it. Maybe it's just the old fuddy duddy in me, or maybe it's the fact that VR products have been done before, and none to my recollection have ever seen much success. Well, I was clearly wrong about Oculus Rift, as its potential is high,...

Pixel Overload: LG Showcases World’s First 2560x1440 5.5-Inch QHD Smartphone Display

Pixel Overload: LG Showcases World’s First 2560x1440 5.5-Inch QHD Smartphone Display

If you think today's crop of smartphones feature fine looking displays, wait until you see what LG Display is cooking up. The South Korean display maker announced that it has developed the world's first Quad HD AH-IPS LCD panel for smartphones, thereby giving us a glimpse of what next generation smartphones shipping in 2014 will be wielding....

Sony PlayStation 4 Ships to US and Canada on 11/15, Europe and Latin America on 11/29

Sony PlayStation 4 Ships to US and Canada on 11/15, Europe and Latin America on 11/29

Sony's PlayStation 4 may well have won the next-generation console wars before they've officially begun, with the base model selling for $399 -- $100 less than Microsoft's impending Xbox One. Pricing aside, there's something that gamers far and wide have been waiting for, and that was unveiled this week by Sony at Gamescom in Germany: a release...

Sony Slashes PS Vita Pricing To $199.99, Adds "Remote Play" Feature With PS4

Sony Slashes PS Vita Pricing To $199.99, Adds "Remote Play" Feature With PS4

Sony's handheld sales haven't exactly been mind-blowing, but then again, the handheld game in general has been massively disrupted by the advent of iOS and Android gaming. With all of that said, Sony's hoping to toss in a surge to its bottom line by slicing the price (again!) of its PlayStation Vita. The Vita is now available in the U.S. for...

Lenovo Brings a Low-Cost Workstation to Market With ThinkStation E32 PCs

Lenovo Brings a Low-Cost Workstation to Market With ThinkStation E32 PCs

Lenovo announced its latest workstation, the ThinkStation E32, and despite very solid specs, the machines cost far less than you might expect. Available in both traditional tower and SFF form factors, the ThinkStation E32 starts at a mere $729. For what is presumably a lot more money than $729 (the HP Z1 workstation PC we reviewed is $1.899...

Google Chrome 29 Released With Omnibox Suggestions and Profile Resets

Google Chrome 29 Released With Omnibox Suggestions and Profile Resets

A web browser, getting smarter? That's what happening with Google's Chrome, as Chrome 29 hits the public portal today. While we knew these changes were en route due to the beta release a couple of weeks back, the masses will now be facing a smarter omnibox. For those unaware, that's the URL Address bar; in Chrome, you can just start typing...

Best Deals on Dell XPS 8700 Core i7 Haswell Desktop, S2240L IPS LCD Monitor and Razer Naga Gaming Mouse

Best Deals on Dell XPS 8700 Core i7 Haswell Desktop, S2240L IPS LCD Monitor and Razer Naga Gaming Mouse

Welcome back to our collection of the day's hottest deals. Starting things off with a great desktop deal - powered by 4th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU under $650. You also save flat $20 on Razer Naga MMO Gaming Mouse for a limited time. We also found a superb deal on 21.5" Dell S2240L 1080p IPS-panel LCD Monitor bundled with $100 eGift card...

Games For Windows Live Shuts Down Next July -- What Happens To Your Games?

Games For Windows Live Shuts Down Next July -- What Happens To Your Games?

According to a now-pulled update pushed to Age of Empires Online, Microsoft's Games for Windows Live will shut down altogether by July 1, 2014. That unofficial announcement follows official word that the Games for Windows Live marketplace would close on August 22 without a replacement service being offered. MS has refused to comment on whether...

Leaked Moto X Benchmarks Results Show Google’s High-End Smartphone A Top Performer

Leaked Moto X Benchmarks Results Show Google’s High-End Smartphone A Top Performer

Although we prefer to wait until we have a chance to run our own benchmark tests before determining the performance capabilities of any hardware for certain, new scores on Rightware's Power Board page indicate that Google’s impending Moto X smartphone can hang with the best of them. Rightware believes that the “Motorola XT1058”...

EA Answers Crappy Game Purchase Regret with Origin Great Game Guarantee

EA Answers Crappy Game Purchase Regret with Origin Great Game Guarantee

Few things are more frustrating than dropping a wad of hard earned cash on a video game only be to disappointed by the crappy graphics, botched controls, uninteresting storyline, or any other shortcoming. In most cases, you're stuck with the title whether you like it or not, especially in this age of digital downloads, but believe it or not,...

Amazon Promotion Allows You to Buy Xbox 360 Games Today, Trade Up to Xbox One for $10 Later

Amazon Promotion Allows You to Buy Xbox 360 Games Today, Trade Up to Xbox One for $10 Later

If you pre-ordered an Xbox One or otherwise plan to purchase one when it comes out but already own an Xbox 360, you may find yourself in a bit of pickle when it comes to new game releases. After all, games aren't cheap, and do you really want to pay a premium for a new title today when you'll be sitting pretty with a brand new console in a...

Dell Drops Standalone XPS 10 Windows RT Tablet, Now Only Available with Keyboard

Dell Drops Standalone XPS 10 Windows RT Tablet, Now Only Available with Keyboard

Sales of Surface RT devices running the Windows RT platform have been giving Microsoft headaches, lately. The reaction from device makers has been varied – some have pushed the devices to the back burner and seem to be waiting to see how things play out before investing more in the scaled-back Windows sibling. Dell took an entirely different...

Garmin's VIRB HD Camera Wants In On GoPro's Action

Garmin's VIRB HD Camera Wants In On GoPro's Action

Adventurers, take note: There’s another option for a mounted or handheld HD video camera, and this one’s from Garmin. The company announced the Garmin VIRB and VIRB Elite, a pair of cameras that are waterproof, rugged, and can shoot in 1080p HD. The cameras boast a 16MP CMOS image processor, 1.4-inch Chroma color display, a 3-hour...

ASUS Already Supports Intel Thunderbolt 2 With Z87 Motherboard

ASUS Already Supports Intel Thunderbolt 2 With Z87 Motherboard

We just heard about the second generation of Intel’s Thunderbolt technology, Thunderbolt 2 (with a new “Falcon Ridge” controller), but already ASUS has jumped in and become the first motherboard manufacturer to be Thunderbolt 2-certified. The ASUS Z87-Deluxe/Quad has two Thunderbolt 2 ports, in addition to HMDI, three PCIe...

Dell XPS 27 Touch All-in-One Review

Dell XPS 27 Touch All-in-One Review

Unless you're a gamer or a content-creation professional that requires a lot of computing horsepower, the latest crop of All In One PCs probably seem very attractive. AIOs tend to be quite the lookers, with sleek lines, large and crisp displays, touch capabilities--and of course, a small footprint. We're starting to see AIOs with better and...

Intel Rumored To Be Prepping 14nm Atom Chip for Smartphones and Tablets

Intel Rumored To Be Prepping 14nm Atom Chip for Smartphones and Tablets

Make no mistake, the war over CPU supremacy is shifting to mobile, and unlike traditional battlegrounds like desktops, notebook PCs, and servers, it's ARM, not Intel, that has the biggest army. Of course, that's not to say that couldn't change in the blink of an eye, and if Intel attacks the mobile market with the same vigor that it did on...

Nokia Lumia 1020 Price Cut: Now $249 on Contact at Amazon

Nokia Lumia 1020 Price Cut: Now $249 on Contact at Amazon

Nokia's Lumia 1020 debuted at $299 (with a two-year service agreement) in late July, and though it's the company's flagship handset, a fistful of Benjamins is a tough asking price when high-end Android devices like the popular Samsung Galaxy S4 can be had for $99. Perhaps realizing that it may have overestimated the demand for a high-end Windows...

Amazon Outage May Have Cost Company Nearly $5 Million in Lost Sales

Amazon Outage May Have Cost Company Nearly $5 Million in Lost Sales

The sky isn't falling, but it sure feels like the web is falling apart lately. Last Friday, Google went dark for full 5 minutes, resulting in a 40 percent drop in Internet traffic and highlighting just how dependent we are on the company's various online services. Around the same time, Outlook.com went offline and stayed that way for three...

Skype Calling and Messaging Now Available To Outlook.com Users

Skype Calling and Messaging Now Available To Outlook.com Users

Gmail users have had access to built-in Google Voice calling (in North America, at least) for years now. With Microsoft exerting a renewed push on the Outlook.com, it's no real surprise to see Skype making the transition this week. A few months back, Microsoft announced that a preview of Skype video calling + messaging was arriving in Outlook.com...

Microsoft Reveals Xbox One Game List With Plenty Of Exclusives

Microsoft Reveals Xbox One Game List With Plenty Of Exclusives

Much like mobile devices, game consoles live and die based on the software that's created for them. Or, in a worst-case scenario, the software that isn't created for them. Microsoft has a lot riding on the launch of the Xbox One, with a higher price tag and restrictive DRM requirements already working against it. However, the launch-day game...

Barnes and Noble Rolls Out Free NOOK Video for Android and iOS

Barnes and Noble Rolls Out Free NOOK Video for Android and iOS

Barnes & Noble may be scaling back its NOOK hardware business as Amazon, Apple and Google eat up whatever remains of the tablet market, but that doesn't mean that it's ditching the brand entirely. The company has just launched a suite of free NOOK Video Apps for iOS, Android and Roku devices. The apps enable customers to watch movies and...

30 Percent Off Dell UltraSharp U2713H & U2413 IPS Monitors

30 Percent Off Dell UltraSharp U2713H & U2413 IPS Monitors

Today's hottest deals from across the web include rare 30% savings on select Dell UltraSharp Monitors - U2713H and U2413. But those savings will drop to just 25% tomorrow, so make sure you don't prolong the purchase! We also found good deals on WD My Net Wireless-AC Gigabit router, Galaxy Tab 3 10.1" Android Tablet, Rosewill Full ATX Tower...

Google Moto Maker App Let's Your Design Your Own Moto X Superphone

Google Moto Maker App Let's Your Design Your Own Moto X Superphone

Though the new Moto X smartphone, by Google's Motorola Mobility division, may not offer many ground-breaking new technologies from a pure hardware perspective, the device does introduce a number of firsts in terms of features and functionality. The phone's Touchless "OK Google Now" Control, for example, is more than just a novelty with significant...

Oculus Rift Makers Launch Oculus Share (Beta) Gaming Marketplace

Oculus Rift Makers Launch Oculus Share (Beta) Gaming Marketplace

There’s no doubt that the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is cool, but today the team took things a step further by launching the beta version of a gaming marketplace called Oculus Share. Oculus VR describes Oculus Share as “a new platform that lets you self-publish, discover, download, and play the best VR games and experiences...

Microsoft Restores Outlook.com Service After 3 Days of Down Time

Microsoft Restores Outlook.com Service After 3 Days of Down Time

After three days of outages, Microsoft finally fully restored access to its Outlook.com email service. Without diminishing the egregious nature of such a lengthy outage for many users, Microsoft has been forthcoming about what went wrong and outlined the steps it’s taking to avoid the same problem cropping up in the future. “This...

Boeing’s Solid State Laser Weapon System Can Paint a 30kW Death Dot On The Enemy

Boeing’s Solid State Laser Weapon System Can Paint a 30kW Death Dot On The Enemy

Cue those "hand quotes", because Boeing's got the freakin' lasers. Called the 'Thin Disk Laser', Boeing's managed to deliver a product that's 30% more effective than what the US' Department of Defense required, and if used in combat, I'm not sure we'd want to know what kind of damage it could do. Let's just say, when less than 1 watt could...

Unsurprisingly, Woz Disappointed in "Jobs" Movie, "Abhorred" by Script

Unsurprisingly, Woz Disappointed in "Jobs" Movie, "Abhorred" by Script

The biopic "Jobs" opened on Friday, August 16, grossing just $6.7 million over the weekend even though it was available for viewing in the U.S. and Canada. One person who contributed a few dollars to the $6.7 million opening weekend is Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple turned movie critic after seeing Ashton Kutcher in action as the late...

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook Wall Hacked to Show Exploit

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook Wall Hacked to Show Exploit

Well, that’s one way to prove a point. One Khalil Shreateh (pictured), after discovering a bug in Facebook that allows users to post on someone else’s Timeline even if they’re not friends, failed to get Facebook’s attention regarding the matter. So he used the exploit he found to post on Mark Zuckerberg’s wall....

Samsung's 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega Sets Foot in the U.S., Leaves a Phablet Sized Footprint

Samsung's 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega Sets Foot in the U.S., Leaves a Phablet Sized Footprint

We first caught wind of the Samsung's large size Galaxy Mega back in April, and then this past weekend, leaked photos showed the 6.3-inch phablet running on AT&T's network. So what's the latest on this giant size hybrid smartphone/tablet device? Well, Samsung just announced that the Galaxy Mega has made it to the U.S. market. "We continue...

Microsoft's "Tag" QR Code System Going Dark Due To Low Adoption

Microsoft's "Tag" QR Code System Going Dark Due To Low Adoption

Years ago, QR Codes were poised to take the world by storm. These fancy little squares could be photographed and scanned by any smartphone, and then it would lead users to websites, deals, or any variety of other pages. But, as it turns out, no one really cared about them. The technology has largely faded into the darkness, so it makes sense...

Sony Ships Flash-Based 12GB PlayStation 3 Console For Under $200

Sony Ships Flash-Based 12GB PlayStation 3 Console For Under $200

While the PlayStation 4 is just around the corner, Sony's still milking its existing console a bit. Granted, the PS2 lived a very, very long life, so this is nothing new in the home console universe. If the existing PS3 units are still too pricey for your liking, a different kind of PlayStation is now available to U.S. users. The 12GB PS3...

Google Goes Black for Full 5 Minutes Over the Weekend, Traffic Drops 40 Percent

Google Goes Black for Full 5 Minutes Over the Weekend, Traffic Drops 40 Percent

Imagine if, for whatever reason, Google one day decided to pull the plug on all of its operations and shut down its servers without notice. It wouldn't quite be what some imagined Y2K to be like, but given how popular Google services like Search, Gmail, and Docs are to the masses, it would be a shock to the Internet system if Google went dark....

Rumor Has It Apple is Planning a Gold iPhone 5S

Rumor Has It Apple is Planning a Gold iPhone 5S

Similar to Midas, nearly everything Apple touches these days turns to gold. Figuratively, of course, though also in a somewhat literal sense if the rumors about a gold iPhone 5S turn out to be true. A gold iPhone 5S is way on the opposite end of the spectrum of earlier rumors suggesting Apple may release a line of low-cost iPhone models made...

Walmart Announces 'Gadgets to Gift Cards' to Help Recycle Your Old Gear

Walmart Announces 'Gadgets to Gift Cards' to Help Recycle Your Old Gear

The trade-in industry is exploding, spearheaded by annual renewals of hot products (iPhone, Galaxy S, etc.) that folks just aren't interested in waiting for. So, in order to get the hottest, latest, and greatest right away, many have turned to trading in older gadgets in order to cut into the price of a new one. This isn't a new concept in...

Mozilla Working on Windows 8 “Modern Interface” Edition of Firefox

Mozilla Working on Windows 8 “Modern Interface” Edition of Firefox

Microsoft set out to change the world with Windows 8, and little by little, its influence is spreading in the tech industry. We've seen a handful of software vendors retool their product's interface to match that of Windows 8, and come December, Mozilla will ship an updated version of Firefox sporting a Modern UI look and feel. Dubbed "Firefox...

ASUS Planning Chromebook Products for Availability in Q4 2013

ASUS Planning Chromebook Products for Availability in Q4 2013

Remember netbooks? ASUS hopped on that bandwagon early and rode it out till the end, establishing itself as one of the premier netbook participants with its Eee PC line. The baton has been passed, however, and in place of netbooks, Chromebooks are filling a niche for low-cost notebooks that are serviceable for basic computing tasks like surfing...

Galaxy Mega 6.3-inch Stock Photo Leaked with AT&T Logo

Galaxy Mega 6.3-inch Stock Photo Leaked with AT&T Logo

A leaked photo can only give you so much to go on, but a new one from Evleaks shows what appears to be the upcoming 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega (SGH-I527 Melius). The image indicates that the phone--er, mega phablet--is running on AT&T. We’ve previously covered some of the specs and features of the Galaxy Mega, which include an...

Google Fiber Coming to Provo By The End Of 2013

Google Fiber Coming to Provo By The End Of 2013

Months after Google surprisingly selected Provo, Utah as one of the first cities to get the Google Fiber treatment, and weeks after the city officially closed the deal with Google, the search giant-come-ISP said in a blog post that service is coming by the end of the year. Before that happens, though, Google needs to upgrade Provo’s...

Motorola Skip: The $20 NFC Tag That'll Unlock Your Moto X

Motorola Skip: The $20 NFC Tag That'll Unlock Your Moto X

NFC, on the whole, has yet to really take the world by storm. In some nations, it has become a fairly popular tool for mobile payments, but in North America, it's rarely used for anything more serious than pairing with a Bluetooth speaker. That said, Motorola's newest smartphone, the Moto X, has a new NFC-based accessory that honestly feels...

Google's Nexus 5 Rumored to be Based on LG's G2

Google's Nexus 5 Rumored to be Based on LG's G2

There's never a dull moment in the smartphone market, with the latest pique of interest owing its thanks to Google and LG. Rumor has it that Google's next smartphone, the Nexus 5, will be produced by LG (which designed the Nexus 4), and be based on LG's own G2 (announced a couple of weeks ago). One thing that really sets the G2 apart from...

Google Enables AES-128 Encryption for All Cloud Storage Users

Google Enables AES-128 Encryption for All Cloud Storage Users

Those using Google Cloud Storage got a nice treat this week when Google announced that it is now encrypting all data before it’s written to disk with 128-bit AES encryption. Google says that users essentially don’t have to do anything to take advantage of the new capabilities--there’s no setup or configuration needed on the...

Apple Offers to Replace Faulty AMD Radeon Graphics Found in Some 2011-2012 iMacs

Apple Offers to Replace Faulty AMD Radeon Graphics Found in Some 2011-2012 iMacs

Apple says that some of the AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics cards used in 27-inch iMac systems with 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 or 3.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processors could fail, causing the display to appear distorted, white. or blue with vertical lines, or turn to black. Systems outfitted with a potentially affected GPU were sold between...

Call of Duty Developer Infinity Ward Says PC Version of Ghosts Will Have Better Graphics

Call of Duty Developer Infinity Ward Says PC Version of Ghosts Will Have Better Graphics

Tired of crappy console ports that have been lazily transferred over to PC? So are we, which is why we're thrilled Infinity Ward plans to give its upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts game a bit of additional TLC for Windows. Set to launch on November 5, 2013, Ghosts will be available on Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and Xbox 360, along with the...

Nokia Readying Windows RT Tablet with Verizon in September

Nokia Readying Windows RT Tablet with Verizon in September

Nokia must really be in deep with Microsoft, because the company may be working on a Windows RT tablet that’s due to be announced in September. The device is rumored to bear the “Vanquish” moniker, and it will likely run a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. If a leaked photo is to be believed, the Nokia Windows...

Moto X Coming To AT&T Customers Starting August 23 For $199 On Contract

Moto X Coming To AT&T Customers Starting August 23 For $199 On Contract

Motorola's best shot at unseating the iPhone, the Moto X, will soon launch on AT&T, and now the details are finally official. Starting on August 23, the standard black and white versions of the Android-powered smartphone will hit shelves, and customers will also be able to build and design their own customized Moto X via the Moto Maker...

Gigabyte's G1.Sniper A88X Motherboard Adds Audio Oopmh To AMD Gamers

Gigabyte's G1.Sniper A88X Motherboard Adds Audio Oopmh To AMD Gamers

Another day, and another new motherboard from the labs at Gigabyte. The company has just launched its new FM2+ motherboards, including the newest addition to its G1-Killer range of gaming motherboards, the G1.Sniper A88X. For one thing, the new mobo is focused intently on pristine audio, using a USB DAC-UP optimized for users employing a Digital-to-Analog...

Logitech G600 Gaming Mouse, Inspiron 660 Core i3 Desktop, and more.

Logitech G600 Gaming Mouse, Inspiron 660 Core i3 Desktop, and more.

Today we've got a great set of weekend deals to give you maximum savings. First up, 25% off Logitech G600 Gaming Mouse with 20 MMO-tuned buttons and G-shift ring-finger button. You can also save $200 off Dell's loaded Inspiron 660 Core i3 Mini Tower Desktop. Scroll down to check out these and the rest of this weekend's hottest deals. Deals:...

Rumor: Samsung's Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Is Nigh

Rumor: Samsung's Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Is Nigh

Pretty much everybody is working on a smartwatch these days--no seriously, it’s a veritable smartwatch jamboree out there--and although some have already become a Real Thing, such as the Pebble smartwatch and Sony’s SmartWatch2 (pictured), most are still under development. However, according to Bloomberg’s multiple sources,...

Ubuntu Edge Smartphone Breaks Crowdfunding Record, Still $21.5 Million Short Of Goal

Ubuntu Edge Smartphone Breaks Crowdfunding Record, Still $21.5 Million Short Of Goal

When the Pebble smartwatch hit Kickstarter looking to raise $100,000, nobody could have guessed that it would annihilate crowdfunding records and end up generating $10,266,845 in pledges. It’s far less surprising to see Canonical’s Ubuntu Edge superphone--a smartphone with tantalizing features--rack up the dollars in crowdfunding...

Microsoft Shutting Down Games for Windows Live PC Market Place August 22

Microsoft Shutting Down Games for Windows Live PC Market Place August 22

Nearly a year ago, we caught wind of Microsoft phasing out its Points system for Windows 8 and speculated that the same could be coming for Xbox 360; we were right to assume the latter, because today Microsoft made it official. “As part of the recent Xbox 360 system update, Microsoft Points will be retired and the Xbox.com PC Marketplace...

HTC One Available on Verizon Starting August 22, $199 on Contract

HTC One Available on Verizon Starting August 22, $199 on Contract

The HTC One has become something of a comeback device for a company that has stumbled upon tough times. While the HTC First has been forgotten, the HTC One has received tons of praise from both the technology press and consumers alike. That said, one giant American carrier has yet to carry the phone, which has no doubt hindered its ability...

Dell's Profit Nosedives 72 Percent Ahead of Privatization Vote

Dell's Profit Nosedives 72 Percent Ahead of Privatization Vote

Dell reported a 72 percent annual drop in net income to $204 million during its second quarter for fiscal 2014, though the company remains steadfast in its strategy to customers in what it termed a "challenging environment." Indeed it is for PC makers as sales continue to slide during the recent transition to mobile devices, like tablets and...

Superphone Round-Up: Samsung, HTC, LG and More

Superphone Round-Up: Samsung, HTC, LG and More

There are a lot of really great smartphones on the market today. With various manufacturers competing for their slice of the smartphone market, there are a lot of factors to consider when shopping for one of these high-end phones. Although some consumers may find the myriad of options confusing or overwhelming, we find it exciting. After all,...

Amazon’s New Kindle Fire HD Seen in Benchmark Leak, 2560X1600 Display and Quad-Core Snapdragon

Amazon’s New Kindle Fire HD Seen in Benchmark Leak, 2560X1600 Display and Quad-Core Snapdragon

We're all pretty much assuming Amazon has another Kindle Fire HD refresh up its sleeve, as it would be foolish to abandon what's become a highly successful product line and a significant driver of the e-tailer's online content. That said, there hasn't been an official announcement of an upcoming upgrade just yet, though in its absence, a new...

Google Disables Microsoft's YouTube App for Windows Phone Yet Again

Google Disables Microsoft's YouTube App for Windows Phone Yet Again

Microsoft is already fighting an uphill battle on its Windows Phone platform in terms of fleshing the number of available of apps so that it's on par (or in the vicinity) of Android and iOS, but it's biggest battle to date has been making a YouTube app available to its users. It should be pretty simple, however Microsoft and Google continue...

Geekbench 3 is First Major Upgrade in Six Years, Now Available

Geekbench 3 is First Major Upgrade in Six Years, Now Available

Geekbench 3, the latest version of the multi-platform benchmarking tool and the first major upgrade in six years, is now available to download, developer Primate Labs announced. It includes 15 new benchmark tests designed to mimic real-world processor intensive tasks. A variety of tasks are included, such as encryption, image processing, signal...

Way2ride App Rivals Uber In NYC Taxi Hailing Race

Way2ride App Rivals Uber In NYC Taxi Hailing Race

Hailing a taxi used to be a frustrating affair, but now, it's as easy as pulling up an app and tapping a screen... in select cities, that is. Uber has taken off in a major way, and it's expanding fairly rapidly. But obviously, the market is big enough for other players to step in, and that's exactly what's happening with the introduction of...

Sony To Rival Google, Intel With New TV Streaming Service

Sony To Rival Google, Intel With New TV Streaming Service

At this point, it's not really a question of whether the television industry will be massively disrupted, but when. Analysts have been expecting Apple to take the lead, but it has been smaller outfits such as Roku and Hulu changing things up. But, there's still no true replacement for pay-TV, at least not yet, as most channels that offer online...

Facebook Testing a Transaction Service Competitive to PayPal for Mobile Purchases

Facebook Testing a Transaction Service Competitive to PayPal for Mobile Purchases

Look out, PayPal: Here comes Facebook. In what seems like a rather common-sense move for the company to make, Facebook will be launching its own payments service next month, with flash-sales site JackThreads becoming the pilot partner. The service's mechanics will mimic PayPal's, where you can pay for an item online with a Facebook option....

Cheapest Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook, 64GB USB 3 Flash Drive, and more.

Cheapest Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook, 64GB USB 3 Flash Drive, and more.

Topping today's list of best deals is a Dell Inspiron 14z Core i3 Ultrabook running Windows 7 - it's priced just under $500 mark and comes with 500GB Hard Drive plus a 32GB cache SSD. Another hot deal is a rare $50 coupon on Lenovo's 7" IdeaTab A3000 Quad-core Android Tablet. We also found a superb deal on USB 3.0 flash drive with a massive...

Microsoft In-House Designed Processor is Secret Sauce Inside Xbox One Kinect

Microsoft In-House Designed Processor is Secret Sauce Inside Xbox One Kinect

It seems that with Kinect on the Xbox One, there's more than meets the camera's eye. According to Bloomberg, Microsoft for the first time has built its own processor in-house, and it's destined for Kinect. Oddly, there's been no mention of where the chip is actually being built, and there's really no safe guess. There's little to learn about...

MakerBot's Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner on Sale Week of August 19th

MakerBot's Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner on Sale Week of August 19th

The MakerBot Digitizer that the company teased as a prototype back at SXSW earlier this year is coming, and soon; MakerBot says that the Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner will be on sale starting the week of August 19th. That’s next week. The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is designed to make it easy for the average at-home user to...

Microsoft Hires Steam Exec Jason Holtman to Improve Windows Gaming Platform

Microsoft Hires Steam Exec Jason Holtman to Improve Windows Gaming Platform

Jason Holtman, the fellow who served as the Director of Business Development for Valve’s Steam business from 2005 until earlier this year when he was laid off along with a number of other high-profile employees, has landed a new gig at Microsoft. Holtman’s Facebook page lists his title with Microsoft as simply “PC Gaming...

Humble Origin Bundle Success Raises $3.9 Million (and Counting) for Charities

Humble Origin Bundle Success Raises $3.9 Million (and Counting) for Charities

The Humble Origin Bundle headlined by Battlefield 3 and The Sims 3 (plus Starter Pack) is a raging success. At the time of this writing, over 81,600 bundles have been sold, effectively raising in the neighborhood of $3.9 million to be spread across various different charities, including the Human Rights Campaign, Watsi, San Francisco AIDS...

Google Determines Root Cause of Android Bitcoin Vulnerability, Offers Patch to Developers

Google Determines Root Cause of Android Bitcoin Vulnerability, Offers Patch to Developers

You have to give a little credit to Google; just a couple of days after Bitcoin announced that it found vulnerabilities with Android wallets, the Android dev team figured out the root cause of the problem and issued patches to developers. (Google credited Soo Hyeon Kim and Daewan Han of ETRI and Dong Hoon Lee of Korea University for the heads-up.)...

Microsoft Delays Xbox One Launch to 2014 in 8 Markets to ‘Meet Demand’

Microsoft Delays Xbox One Launch to 2014 in 8 Markets to ‘Meet Demand’

It's been several years since Microsoft or Sony launched a major new version of their respective consoles, but lest you've forgotten what that's like, it usually entails a frenzy of sales followed by a shortage of units, which then leads to grossly inflated prices from secondhand sellers on eBay and Craigslist. Some people actually pay those...

Go Big or Go Home: Acer Rolls Out Trio of Ultra-High Resolution Monitors

Go Big or Go Home: Acer Rolls Out Trio of Ultra-High Resolution Monitors

Acer just launched three new monitors in the U.S. market, including two 27-inch panels and a 29-inch display, all of which use LED lighting. Not just big in size, all of these new displays boast high resolutions with tightly packed pixels for a superior picture and ultimately more screen real estate to work with compared to a Full HD 1080p...

Plants vs. Zombies Sequel Now Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Plants vs. Zombies Sequel Now Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

They're baaaaack! After successfully fending off hordes of zombies from your lawn and home in PopCap's wildly addictive Plants vs. Zombies game, the highly anticipated sequel, Plants vs. Zombies 2, is now available on iOS. This time around PopCap Games is going with a freemium model, meaning the title is free to download and play on your iPhone,...

Intel and IDC Predict Stronger PC Sales in 2014 But Slow SSD Adoption Could Limit Growth

Intel and IDC Predict Stronger PC Sales in 2014 But Slow SSD Adoption Could Limit Growth

According to a joint survey from Intel and IDC, the PC market could see sunnier days in 2014. That's the proposed takeaway from a survey IDC conducted of 3,977 adults across both suburbs and cities. The respondents, who all owned at least one PC or Mac, were organized into two basic groups -- those using a PC 4 years old or older, and those...

Season Pass Guarantee Makes Xbox 360 To Xbox One Transition A Bit Smoother

Season Pass Guarantee Makes Xbox 360 To Xbox One Transition A Bit Smoother

There's been a lot of back-and-forth when it comes to the Xbox One, and honestly, Microsoft has taken a fairly huge amount of flack for things like consumer-unfriendly DRM policies. That said, there's a bit of good news coming from the Xbox camp today. The Season Pass Guarantee program has been revealed, which will allow gamers to purchase...

Intel's MXC Interconnect Could Transfer 1.6 Terabits Per Second

Intel's MXC Interconnect Could Transfer 1.6 Terabits Per Second

Intel is no stranger to crafting high-speed interconnects, and in case you've grown bored with USB 3.0, FireWire, and Thunderbolt, the company seems to already be planning on whatever is next. The codename right now is MXC, and according to Intel, it can " carry up to 1.6 terabits per second and is smaller than the connectors used today."...

Valve Arms Deal Update Revamps Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Arsenal

Valve Arms Deal Update Revamps Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Arsenal

We’ll say this for Valve: it’s done an admirable job of keeping Counter-Strike fans coming back for the past 13 years. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive put more than a fresh paint job on everyone’s favorite maps and inspired many former players to give the game another look. Now, Valve is spicing things up again with the...

Flickr's Stewart Butterfield Wants to Cut Us Some Slack From Mountains of Email

Flickr's Stewart Butterfield Wants to Cut Us Some Slack From Mountains of Email

When working in a team environment, especially when many people are remote, communication can be tough, and sometimes downright frustrating. One problem that arises is being unable to keep in tune with everyone else easily, made worse if the lines of communication are spread across different methods and services. Then there's the issue of...

CyanogenMod 10.2 for Android 4.3 Releases Nightly Builds

CyanogenMod 10.2 for Android 4.3 Releases Nightly Builds

If you've been patiently waiting for an Android 4.3-based CyanogenMod to arrive, prepare to get excited. Well, as long as you're the type that doesn't mind playing around with entirely experimental software, that is. On its official G+ page, the developers behind CyanogenMod say that not all devices are supported at the moment, but those that...

Microsoft's New Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard and Mouse Are Kind of Hot

Microsoft's New Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard and Mouse Are Kind of Hot

Microsoft has a new keyboard and mouse combo out called the Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop, and they don’t look like your average devices. Instead of a flat keyboard, the device is split into two sections, giving users a domed and angled typing surface. The idea is that the user’s wrists and forearms will be more relaxed and resist pronation;...

Lowest Prices on SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD, Inspiron 17R Core i7 Laptop and More

Lowest Prices on SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD, Inspiron 17R Core i7 Laptop and More

It's finally hump day and we've got some glorious deals to get you through the mid-week bump. If you're in the market for a high capacity SSD, you've got to check out this rare discount on SanDisk 256GB Ultra Plus SSD. We also found a killer low price on the well-equipped Dell Inspiron 17R laptop, just $649.99 for a Core i7 model with 8GB...

Catch The Call of Duty Ghost Multiplayer Live Stream Here at HH!

Catch The Call of Duty Ghost Multiplayer Live Stream Here at HH!

Want to know everything there is to know about the new Call of Duty? Bang it here for the live stream of the full reveal of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Call of Duty: Ghosts will be available for the PC as well as the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 consoles. It appears to be coming for the Wii U, as well. We’ve covered...

3D Systems Pushing 3D Printing Further Into Mainstream With Cubify Sculpt Software

3D Systems Pushing 3D Printing Further Into Mainstream With Cubify Sculpt Software

3D printing continues to edge ever closer to the mainstream, and on the heels of 3D Systems’ announcement that Office Depot will carry its Cube and CubeX 3D printers (for $1,299 and $2,499 respectively), the company has released software that should make designing and printing 3D products much easier for the average user. Cubify Sculpt...

Microsoft to Launch Windows 8.1 on October 18th, Free Download For Existing Win 8 Users

Microsoft to Launch Windows 8.1 on October 18th, Free Download For Existing Win 8 Users

The rumors about an October release date for Windows 8.1 are true. Microsoft confirmed today that October 18th is the official launch of the highly anticipated operating system update. U.S. Windows 8 users may see the update a little early - the roll out will start at 12:00am in New Zealand, which is 4:00am in Redmond, Wash. The new Start...

Acer's Second Generation S7 Ultrabook with Haswell and HD Display Now Available in the U.S.

Acer's Second Generation S7 Ultrabook with Haswell and HD Display Now Available in the U.S.

The second generation of Acer's lightweight S7 Ultrabook has landed in the U.S. and is now available to purchase. Acer's pitching the revitalized S7 Ultrabook as being the perfect companion for college students heading into the back-to-school shopping season, as well as any road warrior who needs a system that's not just thin and light, but...

 Review: Samsung's SSD 840 EVO 250GB & 1TB Drives Tested, Impressive Performance

Review: Samsung's SSD 840 EVO 250GB & 1TB Drives Tested, Impressive Performance

Samsung has been aggressively bolstering its solid state drive line-up for the last couple of years. While some of Samsung’s earliest drives may not have particularly stood-out versus the competition at the time, the company’s 830 series and more recently the 840 series of solid state drives—especially the 840 Pro--have been...

AMD Announces “Never Settle Forever” Game Bundle for Radeon Graphics

AMD Announces “Never Settle Forever” Game Bundle for Radeon Graphics

We have some good news for PC gamers. AMD's free game promotion with the purchase of select graphics cards from qualifying vendors continues today with the arrival of the "Never Settle Forever" bundle, the third edition of the "Never Settle" franchise of game bundles. It's also the most flexible of the bunch, as gamers can now choose exactly...

Changing of the Guard: Smartphone Sales Top Feature Phones for First Time

Changing of the Guard: Smartphone Sales Top Feature Phones for First Time

Mobile phone sales around the globe reached 435 million units in the second quarter of 2013, up 3 percent compared to the same period a year ago, according to the latest data released by Gartner. And for the first time, smartphone sales to end users accounted for the majority of mobile phone shipments. There were 225 million smartphones sold...

Billionaire Carl Icahn Tweets Claim of a ‘Large Position’ in ‘Extremely Undervalued’ Apple Stock

Billionaire Carl Icahn Tweets Claim of a ‘Large Position’ in ‘Extremely Undervalued’ Apple Stock

Carl Icahn, the billionaire businessman who's been a thorn in Michael Dell's side as he attempts to acquire the company he founded and take it private, also owns a "large" stake in Apple. He revealed as much on his Twitter account, adding that he recently spoke with Apple chief Tim Cook, sharing his thoughts about the company's current financial...

Ultra Mobile Provides Free International Calling From Your Cellphone

Ultra Mobile Provides Free International Calling From Your Cellphone

There's no denying that talking has taken a back seat to data usage and texting in the United States, with carriers far and wide offering up unlimited minutes like they're candy, while charging an arm and a leg for a small pool of data. Such is the world of supply and demand. That said, those who are situated in a different country from their...

Office Depot Joins 3D Printing Revolution, Now Stocking Cube 3D Printers

Office Depot Joins 3D Printing Revolution, Now Stocking Cube 3D Printers

Every so often, there's a product category that truly transcends, and you can tell from the get-go that it's going to have a massive impact on society if given enough time. 3D printing is one of those things. It has already taken off in the hacker / Maker-space, and there are plenty of Kickstarter success stories surrounding the world of 3D...

Samsung Unveils World’s First 3D V-NAND SATA SSD at 960GB

Samsung Unveils World’s First 3D V-NAND SATA SSD at 960GB

Sadly, we're still waiting for SSDs to completely replace HDDs in the mainstream, but Samsung's unleashing a new solid state drive into the enterprise that'll have even average consumers drooling. The company has launched what it says is the world's first 3D V-NAND based SSD for enterprise applications. Samsung's V-NAND SSD comes in 960GB...

Lowest prices on Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition Laptop, Linksys Powerline Kit and more.

Lowest prices on Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition Laptop, Linksys Powerline Kit and more.

Welcome back to the latest edition of hot deals from across the web. Today we have great deal on Dell Core i5 + 1080p + 2GB AMD Graphics Laptops under $600. We also found a rare coupon on Linksys Powerline Network Adapter Kit. Also don't miss this opportunity to get 70% off Sunforce 60W Solar Charging Kit. Scroll down to check out these and...

Rumor: Windows 8.1 Coming To The Masses In October

Rumor: Windows 8.1 Coming To The Masses In October

The news about Windows 8.1 has been steadily dribbling out ever since Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talked about it at the BUILD event this summer, but the actual availability of the Windows 8 update has been unknown. The Verge says that its sources have confirmed that Windows 8.1 won’t be pushed out to consumers until October, which leaves...

EFF Slams Google Fiber for Banning Servers On Its Network

EFF Slams Google Fiber for Banning Servers On Its Network

Anyone who has tried to host their own website from home likely knows all-too-well the hassles that ISPs can cause. Simply put, ISPs generally don't want you to do that, preferring you to move up to a business package (aka: more expensive). Not surprisingly, the EFF doesn't like these rules, which seem to exist only to upsell you a product,...

Real-Time Strategy Games like StarCraft May Boost Cognitive Flexibility

Real-Time Strategy Games like StarCraft May Boost Cognitive Flexibility

When video games hit the mainstream news, it’s usually just more fuel for the tired “Do games increase violence?” debate. But a new study focuses on games from an entirely different angle: how action games affect “cognitive flexibility.” The finding suggest that certain action games – like Blizzard's StarCraft...

Military Shooter ArmA III Comes to Steam and Retail Sept 12th

Military Shooter ArmA III Comes to Steam and Retail Sept 12th

Although it’s not going to be available in Iran, military shooter Arma III will be out for everyone else on September 12th. The game, which offers military gameplay in a giant sandbox, has exited beta and is now ready for primetime. Arma III will include the Altis (270 square km) and Strattis (20 square km) open terrains as well as a...

ZTE Firefox Smartphone For Sale On eBay for $80 Unlocked Starting Friday

ZTE Firefox Smartphone For Sale On eBay for $80 Unlocked Starting Friday

After launching earlier this summer in Spain, Venezuela, and Colombia, the ZTE Open running the Firefox OS will be available in the U.S. and UK, as well. Starting “soon”, you’ll be able to snag an orange handset for $80 on eBay. “It is great honor to launch the ZTE Open Firefox OS phone worldwide through eBay,”...

Microsoft Xbox One Game Controllers to Be PC Compatible with Drivers

Microsoft Xbox One Game Controllers to Be PC Compatible with Drivers

When it comes to first person shooters (FPSes) and real-time strategy (RTS) games, there's nothing quite like a keyboard and mouse combination, especially if you own a sweet gaming plank with macros and a rodent with a ton of easily accessible buttons and high-sensitivity laser. But for some titles -- Assassin's Creed and pretty much any sports...

Logitech’s Wireless Keyboard TK820 Includes Multi-Gesture Touchpad

Logitech’s Wireless Keyboard TK820 Includes Multi-Gesture Touchpad

One of the world’s premiere PC mouse makers wants you to ditch your mouse. Logitech’s new Wireless All-in-One Keyboard TK820 has a built-in in touchpad that is meant to completely replace your mouse. Keyboard touchpads aren’t new, but the TK820's touchpad is more than a way to move your cursor: it also accepts up to 13 Windows...

CheapCast App Promises to Turn Any Android Device Into a Chromecast Streamer

CheapCast App Promises to Turn Any Android Device Into a Chromecast Streamer

Google's $35 streaming Chromecast dongle has been pretty well received by the media and end users alike, but if you're having trouble tracking one down in stock and/or simply want to stream to your Android device in Chromecast like fashion, there's a remarkably easy and free alternative. It's called CheapCast, and true to its name, the app...

Facebook to Acquire Voice Recognition Startup Mobile Technologies

Facebook to Acquire Voice Recognition Startup Mobile Technologies

Thanks in part to the popularity of services like Siri and Google Now, voice recognition technology is a hot commodity these days. It should come as little surprise, then, that Facebook has agreed to acquire Mobile Technologies, makers of Jibbigo, a speech-to-speech translation app for Android and Apple mobile devices. One unique feature of...

BlackBerry 9720 Smartphone Mixes Newfangled Features with an Old School Design

BlackBerry 9720 Smartphone Mixes Newfangled Features with an Old School Design

As BlackBerry enters a new age in the smartphone era, one that's decidedly dominated by Android and iOS (and/or Samsung and Apple, if you will), the Canadian firm decided a blast to the past was in order. Hence the launch of the company's new "super social" BlackBerry 9720 smartphone featuring an old school design reminiscent of earlier BlackBerry...

Microsoft Drops Xbox One's Always Kinected Requirement

Microsoft Drops Xbox One's Always Kinected Requirement

Microsoft has made an art out of reversing course on everything people thought the Xbox One was going to do (largely for smart reasons), but up till today, the company has been firm on two points. You will be buying a Kinect at launch, though you could turn off its voice-activation feature, and it would be required for any gaming or console...

Blast From The Past: LG Reveals HDTV With Retro-Inspired Rotary Knobs

Blast From The Past: LG Reveals HDTV With Retro-Inspired Rotary Knobs

There's a reason the mantra "History Repeats Itself" continues to live on. For as much as things change, a lot of things end up staying the same, and all bets are off when it comes to pure nostalgia. LG is looking to tap a certain segment of consumers who may have aged a bit, started a family of their own, and now has the disposable income...

KEEO Keyring Works With Your Smartphone To Find Your Car Keys

KEEO Keyring Works With Your Smartphone To Find Your Car Keys

Kickstarter has quickly become the go-to place for new gadgetry; why waste effort and energy trying to convince a company to cough up funding for an unproven concept, when you can just ask the world to believe in your idea? KEEO is yet another Kickstarter concept that could turn out quite nicely, deemed the world's first keyholder with an...

Tesla's Musk Unveils Hyperloop In-Depth, LA to San Fran in 35 Minutes

Tesla's Musk Unveils Hyperloop In-Depth, LA to San Fran in 35 Minutes

We've covered Elon Musk's proposed Hyperloop before, including some speculation on what kind of system he might propose. The mass transit concept unveiled today is similar, in some respects, to the evacuated vacuum tube first proposed by the Rand Corporation in 1972, but varies in a number of key areas. It doesn't rely on maintaining a full...

Best offers on Dell XPS 8700 Special Edition Core i7 Desktop, S2340T Multi-touch Monitor

Best offers on Dell XPS 8700 Special Edition Core i7 Desktop, S2340T Multi-touch Monitor

Today's best deal roundup is offering an amazing offer on loaded XPS 8700 Special Edition 4th-gen Intel Core i7 Desktop complete with 16GB RAM, Blu-ray, GeForce GTX 650 Ti Graphics and Windows 8 Professional. Next up, is one of the cheapest Wireless-AC routers you can buy currently - a refurb Linksys EA6500 for under $125. You can also save...

'Choose Your Own Adventure' Franchise Returns, On Tablets

'Choose Your Own Adventure' Franchise Returns, On Tablets

If you never picked up one of those iconic “Choose Your Own Adventure” book when you were a kid, your childhood was not complete. The cleverly-written adventure books let you, the reader, decide what would happen next. If you wanted X to happen, you’d turn to page 23; if you wanted to Y, you’d turn to page 89, and so...

Rule 18: Limber Up, Omni VR Gaming Treadmill Up for Preorder at $499

Rule 18: Limber Up, Omni VR Gaming Treadmill Up for Preorder at $499

Gaming is climbing to new heights thanks to emerging virtual reality technology, and a virtual reality treadmill is now up for preorder. The Virtuix Omni’s Kickstarter campaign has ended, and Virtuix achieved its goal of over $1.1 million (via 3,000 backers). For $499, you can order an Omni National Motion Interface treadmill (not counting...

Android Bitcoin Wallet Theft Vulnerability Discovered

Android Bitcoin Wallet Theft Vulnerability Discovered

It’s not news that Android has some security problems, but here’s another one: Android wallets aren’t secure. According to Bitcoin, the issue stems from a secure random number generator in the OS itself, which is vulnerable to exploits. The generator is needed to secure the wallets, so thus, the wallets are not secure. Bitcoin...

Laptop Buyers Cold To Touch Despite Windows 8, Price Cuts

Laptop Buyers Cold To Touch Despite Windows 8, Price Cuts

When Microsoft developed Windows 8's controversial UI and new Start Screen, the major impetus driving the design was the need to support touchscreen devices. Microsoft hammered this home at every opportunity, describing the new Metro design as a "touch first" experience. Then Windows 8 shipped, and precious few laptops had touchscreen support....

Tesla's Elon Musk to Unveil Details of 4000 MPH 'Hyperloop' Transportation System

Tesla's Elon Musk to Unveil Details of 4000 MPH 'Hyperloop' Transportation System

The dream of incredibly fast mass transit is alive, at least in the mind of Elon Musk. Fortunately, Musk is a brilliant fellow with piles of money, so if anyone can pull it off, it’s him. Musk discussed his vision for a Hyperloop transport system a month ago, and many have been clamoring for a more fleshed-out version of what exactly...

Google Investigating Nexus 7 GPS Connection Issues

Google Investigating Nexus 7 GPS Connection Issues

It appears that Google's latest Nexus 7 (one we highly recommend) has some GPS issues that are plaguing those who'd like to take advantage of the feature. Hundreds of posts were made both to the XDA Developers site and also Google Groups, and at least one Google employee has come forward to say that the company is "looking into it." The extent...

Leaked Hands-On Video Demo Claims to Show BlackBerry Z30; BlackBerry Explores Sale

Leaked Hands-On Video Demo Claims to Show BlackBerry Z30; BlackBerry Explores Sale

First, the bad news: BlackBerry’s financial woes and failed turnaround efforts appear to have led the smartphone maker to consider putting itself up for sale. Blackberry is still in exploratory stages. This turn of events will likely come as a surprise for those who were reassured by BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins’ apparent preference...

 HP Z1 27-inch AIO Workstation Review

HP Z1 27-inch AIO Workstation Review

Mainstream All-In-One PCs have become increasingly more popular in recent years, but AIO workstations remain a rare breed. After all, workstations typically require more horsepower than your average AIO, and IT folks demand better access to a computer’s internals than most ordinary AIOs allow. That makes HP’s Z1 workstation all...

Storing Passwords in Chrome Leaves Users Vulnerable, Google Says it's Not Going to Change

Storing Passwords in Chrome Leaves Users Vulnerable, Google Says it's Not Going to Change

One of the worst things about Web security - and perhaps security in general - is that many people don't pay any attention to it. When Chrome, or another Web browser, asks you to store a password, do you happen to think about how it's stored, or how vulnerable it may leave you? A number of years ago, when I was perusing Firefox's settings,...

The Pirate Bay Releases Firefox-based ‘PirateBrowser’ to Defeat Censorship Blocks

The Pirate Bay Releases Firefox-based ‘PirateBrowser’ to Defeat Censorship Blocks

One of the most frustrating things on earth is being censored, and if there's one group that likes to be vocal in battling such things, it's The Pirate Bay. Censorship can come in many forms, however, such as restricting what you can say in public, or which websites you can visit. TPB might not be able to take care of the former, but it is...

Apple Finally Restores Developer Site, Extends All Memberships by One Month

Apple Finally Restores Developer Site, Extends All Memberships by One Month

After three weeks of downtime, Apple finally finished restoring its Developer website. Apple was forced to unplug its Developer portal back in July after it was discovered the site had suffered a security breach by an "intruder" who attempted to secure personal information from registered developers. At the time, Apple ensured that sensitive...

Raspberry Pi 8GB Bundle Ships Alongside New Online Projects Portal

Raspberry Pi 8GB Bundle Ships Alongside New Online Projects Portal

Historically, hardware makers in the technology space have had it fairly tough. Entry costs are extremely high, finding a manufacturing facility that meets high standards is tough, and judging just how interested a consumer base is in advance is nearly impossible to nail. But when it comes to the Raspberry Pi, that's one product that has seemingly...

Defense Mobile Bringing Sprint-Based Mobile Services To Military Members

Defense Mobile Bringing Sprint-Based Mobile Services To Military Members

Far too often, we hear plenty of negative stories making the news, with very little positive news to balance things out. It's a depressing cycle, to be sure, so we're thrilled to see a nugget in the technology world that's breaking that trend. Defense Mobile Corporation aunching a new nationwide wireless service on the Sprint 4G LTE network,...

Google Glass Projected to Retail for $299

Google Glass Projected to Retail for $299

If you're planning to jump on the Google Glass bandwagon once the product ships to consumers, you're likely to be pleased to know that it's not going to be setting you back a cool $1,000+ like the developer kits would have. According to a researcher based in Taipei, the same city Glass' displays are likely to be manufactured, estimates are...

Microsoft Claims Office 365 Cloud Services Up Time Exceeding 99.9 Percent

Microsoft Claims Office 365 Cloud Services Up Time Exceeding 99.9 Percent

Microsoft might be struggling to make a good impression with its Windows RT platform, but thankfully for the company, its Office 365 service is much easier to brag about. Office 365 has now been available for 2 years, and given the worldwide usage for Office in general is about 1 billion, Microsoft takes its duties with moving us to the cloud...

TiVo Mini DVR Extenders Updated with Netflix Streaming, Amazon Instant Next

TiVo Mini DVR Extenders Updated with Netflix Streaming, Amazon Instant Next

TiVo Mini owners were apparently thrown a bone this weekend, as several of them discovered that they can now (finally) stream Netflix on their devices, a new addition that's been absent for far too long. All is not entirely copacetic, however, as users are complaining of system reboots, an anomaly that may be related to resolution. "I think...

Move Over Animated GIF, APNG (Animated PNGs) Are Coming

Move Over Animated GIF, APNG (Animated PNGs) Are Coming

Developer Rei Kagetsuki is spearheading a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of animated PNG (APNG) tools with the ultimate goal of replacing animated GIFs (pronounced "jif," in case you're wondering) as the de facto standard for moving images. With 28 days to go, he's already more than halfway to his $5,000 goal courtesy of about a...

Apple's Next-Gen iPhone To Be Revealed At September 10th Event

Apple's Next-Gen iPhone To Be Revealed At September 10th Event

Go ahead and mark it down: September 10th will be the day that you'll want to take a mid-week break, as Apple is reportedly planning to unveil its next-generation iPhone at a special event in California on that day. In a lot of ways, this is a great big "finally!" Apple's last iPhone event seems like a distant memory, and 2013 has a been a...

Gates Takes Shot at Google Implying Project Loon is Loony for Starving Third-World Countries

Gates Takes Shot at Google Implying Project Loon is Loony for Starving Third-World Countries

You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who would suggest that Bill Gates isn't a pretty intelligent guy. But, he's also Microsoft at his core, and that company doesn't exactly "get along" with the likes of Samsung, Apple, and Google. Lately, Gates has taken a particularly harsh tone in regard to Google's Project Loon -- a wild initiative that...

Former Microsoft VP and Others Presumed Dead Following Connecticut Plane Crash

Former Microsoft VP and Others Presumed Dead Following Connecticut Plane Crash

Following a crash of his small plane into a house in a Connecticut neighborhood earlier today, former Microsoft executive Bill Henningsgaard, his 17-year-old son, and two young children inside the impacted house are all believed to be dead. There's thus far been no confirmation as to the cause of the crash, but authorities don't believe more...

Google Posts Factory Images and Binaries for Second Generations Nexus 7 Modders

Google Posts Factory Images and Binaries for Second Generations Nexus 7 Modders

After what can only be described as a tumultuous week, Google has finally gone and posted a factory image and binaries for its 2013 model Nexus 7 codenamed "razor." Unfortunately for the open source community, the delay in making these files available to the public led to the resignation of Jean-Baptiste Queru (JBQ), former Technical Lead...

Comcast Still Crazy Over Data Caps, Plans to Expand Overage Fees Trial to More Markets

Comcast Still Crazy Over Data Caps, Plans to Expand Overage Fees Trial to More Markets

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but those annoying data caps ISPs like to implement aren't going anywhere. And if you're a Comcast subscribers, overage fees aren't taking a hike, either. In fact, the company plans to expand its trial of data overage fees in additional markets starting next month, serving as an indication that it's happy...

A Look at How Your Brain Gets Addicted to Caffeine

A Look at How Your Brain Gets Addicted to Caffeine

It's no secret that caffeine can be addictive... we've known it for years. But have you ever wondered why your body may feel an urge to make another pot of joe or grab a soda? Believe it or not, the science behind it is rather simple, and definitely interesting. An addiction to something implies that you "need" to intake it often, and while...

Amazon Could Give OUYA a Run for its Money With a Rumored Android Game Console in the Works

Amazon Could Give OUYA a Run for its Money With a Rumored Android Game Console in the Works

A mere week after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' acquisition of Washington Post comes one of the tastier rumors that has surrounded the company. According to a source close to Game Informer, Amazon is currently knees-deep in the production of its own game console, which, given the price point of the company's Kindle tablet offering, we'd imagine...

Amazon Drops Kindle Fire Price $50, A New Kindle Fire HD Cometh?

Amazon Drops Kindle Fire Price $50, A New Kindle Fire HD Cometh?

When you follow the consumer electronics industry at large, a few key moves generally lead to a few other moves. Case in point: when a major, hot-selling product sees an unexpected price drop amidst a great sales season, there's a great chance that a new iteration of said product is en route. That's likely what's happening with the Amazon...

Microsoft's Latest 'Scroogled' Campaign Slams Gmail Ads That Trick You Into Thinking It's Real Mail

Microsoft's Latest 'Scroogled' Campaign Slams Gmail Ads That Trick You Into Thinking It's Real Mail

You know what they say: the truly powerful just let the haters do their thing, while the insecure worry about building up counter-arguments. Say what you will about the ongoing Microsoft vs. Google battle, but Microsoft sure seems to put up more of a public fight against compared to the other way around. In fact, Microsoft has established...

Microsoft Details Xbox One ‘Home Gold’ Sharing Features

Microsoft Details Xbox One ‘Home Gold’ Sharing Features

Good news for everyone who saw Microsoft's reversal on the Xbox One's family sharing capabilities as a major negative back in June -- the company is planning to allow for sharing capabilities after all. The news, which broke today, doesn't clarify every aspect of how the program will work, but it offers a great deal of information on the ins...

SATA-IO Ratifies SATA 3.2 Specification with SATA Express for Faster SSDs

SATA-IO Ratifies SATA 3.2 Specification with SATA Express for Faster SSDs

Oftentimes, it's easy to just gloss over the nuts and bolts of what makes our technology work. After all, so long as it turns on and functions as advertised, why would the average consumer care? In the cast of SATA specifications, it's particularly true. That said, those who are engrossed with such things may be interested in hearing that...

'Hand of Thief' Trojan Hits Linux, Steals Passwords and Other Sensitive Information

'Hand of Thief' Trojan Hits Linux, Steals Passwords and Other Sensitive Information

Linux users have long been able to claim that their platform of choice is about as safe as an OS can get, but that sentiment is getting a little harder to side with thanks to the recent discovery of the 'Hand of Thief' trojan - it's a bad one, so listen up. Hand of Thief's goal is to lead you to financial ruin by stealing sensitive information...

Deals on Dell Inspiron 15z Ultrabook, 20-inch E2014H Monitor, 4TB External Hard Drive and more.

Deals on Dell Inspiron 15z Ultrabook, 20-inch E2014H Monitor, 4TB External Hard Drive and more.

Today we've got the hottest deals for your weekend. First up, a $100 price drop on Dell's Inspiron 15z Core i5 Ultrabook. In other deals, we found a 3M Mobile Projector under $100, 20-inch Dell Monitor for $109.99 and 4TB HGST USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for just $130. Scroll down to check out these and the rest of this weekend's hottest deals....

ASUS Officially Withdraws from Windows RT, Underscores Commitment to Mobile with ‘Hero’ Products

ASUS Officially Withdraws from Windows RT, Underscores Commitment to Mobile with ‘Hero’ Products

A couple of weeks ago, we reported on some comments made by ASUS' CEO Jonney Shih about Windows RT. Simply put, "The result is not very promising". It's no surprise, then, to learn today that the company has officially decided to pull out of the Windows RT market, and few could blame it. Shih said in a new interview with the Wall Street Journal,...

Trigger Happy’s “Toon Hero” Lets Kids and Grown-ups Create Animated Stories with Famous Cartoon Characters

Trigger Happy’s “Toon Hero” Lets Kids and Grown-ups Create Animated Stories with Famous Cartoon Characters

Trigger Happy on Friday announced the launch of Toon Hero, an app for iPad users of any age to create their own animated stories using exclusively licensed characters and properties from studios such as The Him Henson Company, Hero: 108, Mukpuddy, and National Geographic, to name just a few. When you're finished creating a story, it can then...

Leaked Photo Shoot Shows Off NVIDIA Tab 7's Sexy Backside

Leaked Photo Shoot Shows Off NVIDIA Tab 7's Sexy Backside

Rumors have been swirling that NVIDIA is interested in launching its own brand tablet line, which should be an easy transition for the company after SHIELD. There's been chatter of a high-end Android tablet built around the company's Tegra 5 platform, and also a more affordable 7-inch slate, pictures of which have found their way to the web....

Google Chromecast Review: Yes, It's Worth Every Penny

Google Chromecast Review: Yes, It's Worth Every Penny

Google announced its Chromecast media streaming device last week and immediately caused quite a stir amongst technology enthusiasts. Not only was the Chromecast seemingly easy to use, but its low $35 price point made it attainable by virtually anyone. It didn’t hurt that Google was throwing in a three month trial of Netflix with the...

KeyMe iOS App Lets You Store Your Physical Keys in the Cloud but Would You Trust It?

KeyMe iOS App Lets You Store Your Physical Keys in the Cloud but Would You Trust It?

It's easy to misplace a key, especially if you have kids who like to play with anything that jingles. In most cases, a lost key will eventually turn up, but not always. What then? Well, if you download and install KeyMe from Apple's App Store, you needn't ever worry about lost keys again, though this ingenious solution opens up a whole new...

Samsung Makes ATIV Book 9 Plus Official with Intel’s Haswell and Killer QHD+ Display

Samsung Makes ATIV Book 9 Plus Official with Intel’s Haswell and Killer QHD+ Display

Earlier this week, we posted a story about Samsung’s upcoming ATIV Book 9 Plus ultrabook and said that, according to a listing we saw on B&H, the device would be available on August 20th. Samsung reached out to correct and adjust our expectations: the ATIV Book 9 Plus will be available for pre-order in the U.S. on August 18th for...

Dial-Up Alive and Kicking with 2 Percent of the U.S. Still on AOL

Dial-Up Alive and Kicking with 2 Percent of the U.S. Still on AOL

Consider yourself lucky if you were raised on broadband and nothing else. For us dinosaurs who were born before the Taylor Swift era, we had to suffer through dial-up service, enduring the barbaric screeches and noises of our modems as they literally dialed up a connection with the Internet. Through a mass marketing campaign in which free...

Edward Snowden’s Preferred Email Provider Shuts Down Rather Than Comply With ‘Crimes Against The American People’

Edward Snowden’s Preferred Email Provider Shuts Down Rather Than Comply With ‘Crimes Against The American People’

It’s no secret (anymore) that the NSA has been using a secret court to demand data from a number of Internet companies, including email providers. One company, Lavabit, is refusing to comply by enacting what is essentially the online equivalent of passive resistance--it’s shutting down. What’s interesting about Lavabit is...

Microsoft’s Major Nelson Unboxes Xbox One Retail Bundle

Microsoft’s Major Nelson Unboxes Xbox One Retail Bundle

The Xbox One is coming, and amid the many, many details we know about it already, one thing we haven’t seen is what’s actually inside the box when you buy one at retail. Microsoft’s Major Nelson (Larry Hryb) remedied that by unboxing the retail bundle on camera. The Kinect sensor is first out of the box, followed by a headset,...

Dell Shapes Up Latitude 7000 Series With Thin Frames And Haswell Inside

Dell Shapes Up Latitude 7000 Series With Thin Frames And Haswell Inside

Haswell and Dell -- sounds like a perfect marriage, doesn't it? If you're on the lookout for a Haswell-based machine that skews to the enterprise side, your options thus far have been few and far between. But that's changing as Dell pushes out a new range of Latitude notebooks, which just so happen to also fall within the Ultrabook segment....

Acer to Expand Android and Chromebook Offering at The Expense of Windows

Acer to Expand Android and Chromebook Offering at The Expense of Windows

When you're a major PC manufacturer, you really have to follow the whims of the consumer. Whatever's hot at the moment drives the supply chain, and it also drives the product mix. In Acer's case, it looks as if the company has decided that Android and Chrome are a bit warmer than Windows at the moment, and it's tough to blame them. Windows...

Contrary to Popular Belief, Talking While Driving Doesn't Lead to More Accidents

Contrary to Popular Belief, Talking While Driving Doesn't Lead to More Accidents

"It can wait." It has become a fairly popular phrase, and almost anyone in the smartphone universe would recognize that as the universal slogan for "don't text and drive." Plenty of crashes and accidents have happened due to motorists being distracted by their phones while attempting to drive, and in fact, many places have pretty hefty fines...

Nvidia Beats the Street with Strong GPU Sales, Betting on Shield, Project Logan To Boost Tegra Business

Nvidia Beats the Street with Strong GPU Sales, Betting on Shield, Project Logan To Boost Tegra Business

Nvidia posted its earnings for the second quarter of 2013 (Q2 of fiscal year 2014 by the company's reckoning) and the results are relatively great. The company posted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.16, beating analyst expectations by three cents, with total revenue of $977 million. While that's still a decrease of 6.6% compared to last year,...

Best deals on Belkin WeMo Bundle, Inspiron 660 Mini Tower Desktop and more.

Best deals on Belkin WeMo Bundle, Inspiron 660 Mini Tower Desktop and more.

Welcome to another roundup of the hottest deals across the web. Leading today's hottest offers is cheap but loaded Core i3 Desktop for under $400. You can also 36% on 17" Inspiron 17R Core i7 Laptop for a limited time. We also found a quality LIAN LI budget case for under $40 (after rebates). Scroll down to check out the rest of today's best...

Google's $35 Chromecast Device Proves Popular, Now on Backorder for Several Weeks

Google's $35 Chromecast Device Proves Popular, Now on Backorder for Several Weeks

Google took the streaming market by surprise last month when it unveiled its Chromecast device, a $35 dongle that plugs into the HDMI port on your high definition TV to stream online video, music, and more using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. The plug-and-play device is one of the most affordable streaming solutions available, undercutting...

Microsoft To Sell MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers At Retail Outlets

Microsoft To Sell MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers At Retail Outlets

We’re seeing 3D printing incorporate itself into the mainstream rather quickly, from a sudden presence on Amazon, eBay, and Staples to driver support in Windows 8.1. The latest indication that 3D printing is the Next Big Thing is the fact that Microsoft is carving out space in its retail outlets to showcase MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop...

Rumor Has It: NVIDIA Aims to Deliver Their Own Flagship Android Tablet

Rumor Has It: NVIDIA Aims to Deliver Their Own Flagship Android Tablet

A few days ago, an unheard-of NVIDIA device showed up in some GFXBench benchmark results alongside the NVIDIA SHIELD (which we reviewed here); the device, which is apparently dubbed the NVIDIA Tegra Note Premium, has a resolution of 1280x736 (which indicates a smallish tablet form factor), and the German site that found the results said that...

Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, a Rugged, High-End Alternative

Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, a Rugged, High-End Alternative

Considering just how much we all rely on smartphones every day, they’re shockingly fragile. All it takes is one quick drop or spilled drink to end in disaster for your expensive gadget. For as quickly as phone technology is advancing, durability for many smartphones has remained a problem. That’s where Samsung hopes to make some...

IBM Researchers Create Software for Programming Chips that Mimic Human Brain Function

IBM Researchers Create Software for Programming Chips that Mimic Human Brain Function

Forget about artificial intelligence, researchers at IBM are working on a software ecosystem designed for programming silicon chips that could mimic human brain functions such as perception, action, and cognition. IBM said its solution is "dramatically different" from others before it, noting that it's tailored for a new class of distributed,...

Ubuntu Edge Open Source Superphone Gets Priced at $695

Ubuntu Edge Open Source Superphone Gets Priced at $695

Canonical announced that its Ubuntu Edge superphone has a permanent (until the end of its fundraising campaign) price tag of $695. “No limited quantities, no more price changes,” reads a post. “You wanted a more affordable Edge, and now you’ve got it.” It’s a pricey device, no doubt about it, but the Ubuntu...

Another Microsoft Reversal: Xbox One Will Ship with Headset

Another Microsoft Reversal: Xbox One Will Ship with Headset

Microsoft has announced yet another difference between the original version of the Xbox One console and the version you'll be able to buy on store shelves come late November. When it announced the console, the company stated that the Xbox One would not ship with a headset. The reason for this, supposedly, was that Kinect's speaker and microphone...

AMD Cuts Radeon HD 7990 Price by $200, Now $799 (or Less)

AMD Cuts Radeon HD 7990 Price by $200, Now $799 (or Less)

You may have noticed that AMD's Radeon HD 7990 graphics card is selling for less money these days. That's because the Sunnyvale chip designer issued a generous price cut to its flagship part, and the end result is that you can get your mitts on what was once a $1,000 card for around $700 or less. Shop around a little and you could save even...

Youtube Founders Hurley and Chen Launch Vine Competitor Mixbit with Remix and Edit Features

Youtube Founders Hurley and Chen Launch Vine Competitor Mixbit with Remix and Edit Features

Quick video clips are all the rage right now, and if you find yourself shaking your head at that statement, grab your teenager's smartphone and look at what apps are installed. You'll likely find Vine (acquired by Twitter for $30 million) and Instagram (acquired by Facebook for $1 billion) on there, and perhaps SnapChat, all of which allow...

Yahoo! Introduces Revamped, Modern Logo as Company Evolution Continues

Yahoo! Introduces Revamped, Modern Logo as Company Evolution Continues

Well, if you're going to kick off 30 days of change, you might as well waste no time in getting right to the crux of things. Yahoo, after a solid year of acquiring companies left, right, and center, is kicking off a new campaign that'll spur a massive amount of change in an Internet company that has seemingly grown stale with time. Right away,...

NVIDIA Releases Shield's Operating System For Open Source Hackery

NVIDIA Releases Shield's Operating System For Open Source Hackery

NVIDIA's Shield is a very, very bold move. It's a company that has historically dabbled in GPUs, introducing a gaming product that's essentially creating a new product segment. There's a lot riding on the success or failure of the Shield, and now, the company is drawing even more attention to it by announcing that it will be releasing open...

Piracy Rates Spike For Popular TV Shows as CBS and Time Warner Do Battle

Piracy Rates Spike For Popular TV Shows as CBS and Time Warner Do Battle

CBS and Time Warner have been engaged in a public battle over network access fees and the result has been a blackout in key markets that's left TWC customers unable to access certain CBS properties, including Showtime. These sorts of battles are ill-received by a public that's generally sick of paying an average of $84 a month to watch a handful...

Former NSA and CIA Chief Claims Hackers Will Attack the US if Snowden is Captured

Former NSA and CIA Chief Claims Hackers Will Attack the US if Snowden is Captured

During a speech to the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC on cybersecurity, former NSA and CIA chief Michael Hayden confessed that if whistleblower Edward Snowden is captured by the US and brought back for trial, cyber-attacks by his defenders can be expected. While I find it hard to agree with most of what Hayden says, it's hard to...

LG G2 Flagship Phone to Bring 5.2-inch HD Display, Snapdragon 800 and Larger Battery

LG G2 Flagship Phone to Bring 5.2-inch HD Display, Snapdragon 800 and Larger Battery

If you've been in the market for a new Android smartphone but haven't yet bitten the bullet, then you might be happy to know that LG has just made your decision-making process a lot more interesting - that is, if you don't mind having the largest Android flagship around. At 5.2-inch, LG's just-announced G2 isn't going to be for everyone, but...

Surprise! Windows Phone Shipments Surge 77 Percent Since Last Year

Surprise! Windows Phone Shipments Surge 77 Percent Since Last Year

The mobile market is dominated by Android and iOS, but lest either platform get too comfortable sitting way out in front of the pack, watch out for Windows Phone. According to the latest figures released by the International Data Corporation (IDC), Windows Phone shipments surged 77 percent year-over-year, the largest gain of any smartphone...

Lowest price on Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition Laptop, Intel 335 series 240GB SSD

Lowest price on Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition Laptop, Intel 335 series 240GB SSD

It's hump day and to celebrate the glorious mid-week holiday we've got some hot offers to keep you going till Friday. Leading the way is a fully loaded laptop from Dell, complete with Core i5 processor, 1080p screen, Radeon HD graphics, and more for just $649.99. You also won't want to miss this rare discount on the popular Intel 335 series...

AOL Reports Better Than Expected Earnings, Acquires Adapt.Tv Video Advertising Company

AOL Reports Better Than Expected Earnings, Acquires Adapt.Tv Video Advertising Company

AOL, a company many probably wrote off as dead a few years ago, is actually doing quite well. The company beat expectations and posted revenue of $541.3 million, which is roughly a triple year-over-year improvement on 2012’s second quarter. The company sold about $1.1 billion worth of patents to Microsoft last year. As part of its...

Microsoft Office for Android Looks Good but Might Not Be Ready for Prime Time

Microsoft Office for Android Looks Good but Might Not Be Ready for Prime Time

The promise of being able to view, edit, and share Microsoft Office documents on your Android device finally came true earlier this month when the Redmond software giant ported a version of its productivity suite over to Google's open source platform. It's not exactly a full fledged version of Office, but hey, at least you can view and edit...

Oculus VR Hires id Software's John Carmack as CTO

Oculus VR Hires id Software's John Carmack as CTO

As if the Oculus Rift project needed any more buzz and excitement, things just kicked into overdrive with the announcement that legendary game programmer John Carmack of id Software fame has joined the team as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). That's right, the lead programmer of iconic gaming franchises like Doom and Wolfenstein 3D...

Google Nexus 7 (2013) Review: The Best Android Tablet Yet

Google Nexus 7 (2013) Review: The Best Android Tablet Yet

Google made a brilliant decision last year to take the bull by the horns and deliver its own brand Android tablet to the masses. Built by ASUS to Google's specifications, the original Nexus 7 awarded a patient (and eager) audience with a stock Android experience wrapped in an affordable package that was high on value and low on feature concessions....

PC Gamers Buck the Trend in PC Market Decline Fueling Growth in Computer Hardware Sales

PC Gamers Buck the Trend in PC Market Decline Fueling Growth in Computer Hardware Sales

There has been much FUD surrounding the supposed death of the PC industry, with sales of traditional desktops and laptops dropping as tablet sales skyrocket, but at least one sector of the PC market remains strong regardless. (We’ll save our diatribe about how a lot of tablets actually are PCs for another day.) According to Jon...

IBM Joins Forces with Google, NVIDIA and others in OpenPower Core Licensing Alliance

IBM Joins Forces with Google, NVIDIA and others in OpenPower Core Licensing Alliance

IBM is following in the footsteps of ARM and will begin licensing its core intellectual property for its POWER technologies to other companies for use in designing servers employed in cloud data centers, the company announced. The licensing model is part of IBM's OpenPOWER Consortium, a new initiative aimed at expanding the technology choices...

Samsung's ATIV Book 9 Plus Sports Haswell and QHD+ 3200X1800 Display, Coming This Month

Samsung's ATIV Book 9 Plus Sports Haswell and QHD+ 3200X1800 Display, Coming This Month

There are mobile devices and then there are mobile devices, and Samsung’s latest is a doozy. The Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus rocks an Intel Core i5-4200U (Haswell) processor and a 13.3-inch QHD+ touchscreen display with a superb resolution of 3200x1800. The rest of the choice components include 4GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM, a 128GB SSD,...

Microsoft Gives Prospective WP8 Devs A Free, Web-Based Creation Tool

Microsoft Gives Prospective WP8 Devs A Free, Web-Based Creation Tool

Microsoft is facing a lot of headwind when it comes to Windows Phone adoption, and in a bid to deal with a bit of that, the company is launching a new Web-based tool. The Windows Phone App Studio is launching today in beta, which is a free app creation tool designed to help anyone quickly bring an idea to life by applying text, web content,...

Nielsen Study Finds Statistical Link Between Tweets And TV Ratings

Nielsen Study Finds Statistical Link Between Tweets And TV Ratings

Twitter has become a force all its own, and a recent partnership with Nielsen is proof that the social network has mainstream reach, too. Now, a Nielsen research report is suggesting that tweet count does indeed have a link to TV ratings. A new independent study by Nielsen provides, for the first time, statistical evidence of a two-way causal...

Firefox 23 Released with Sharing, Mixed Content Blocking and Network Monitor

Firefox 23 Released with Sharing, Mixed Content Blocking and Network Monitor

Not sure if you've noticed, but the browser space has been on fire of late. Mozilla's development team has clearly been working overtime, as Firefox 23 has just gone official today in non-beta form. For starters, you may notice that the Firefox ball logo looks a little different, and that's by design. The team has gently overhauled the look,...

Crossbar Claims its Resistive RAM is Capable of Storing 1 Terabyte on a Single Chip, 20x Faster than NAND

Crossbar Claims its Resistive RAM is Capable of Storing 1 Terabyte on a Single Chip, 20x Faster than NAND

It's been quite the week for memory. Last Friday, we learned that Micron absorbed Elpida, and just earlier today, Samsung showed off its "3D" vertical NAND flash memory. Now, we have potentially the most interesting story of them all, coming to us from start-up Crossbar. The company claims that it has developed the world's most advanced non-volatile...

Rare savings on Dell XPS 15, Lenovo IdeaCentre A730 Multi-touch All-in-one and More.

Rare savings on Dell XPS 15, Lenovo IdeaCentre A730 Multi-touch All-in-one and More.

Welcome back to our collection of the day's hottest deals. Starting things off with a bang is a huge discount on rarely-discounted Dell XPS 15 Ultrabook - base configuration starts under $900. You also save flat 20% on any Lenovo IdeaCentre A730 27" Multi-touch PC for a limited time. We also found a Dell 24" 1080p LED-backlit LCD monitor for...

Intel launches new 7, 10-inch Education Tablets With Optional Sensors, Android OS

Intel launches new 7, 10-inch Education Tablets With Optional Sensors, Android OS

Ever since it unveiled the Classmate PC several years ago, Intel has taken an interest in providing educational technology to students in the developing and developed world. The company has just announced the next phase of its efforts -- a pair of tablets that are designed to interface with sensor packages, include educational software, and...

Next Generation Extreme Ultraviolet Chip Manufacturing Process Technology Closer to Reality

Next Generation Extreme Ultraviolet Chip Manufacturing Process Technology Closer to Reality

One of the greatest obstacles standing between chip manufacturers and the pursuit of smaller, faster, processors is the lack of a proper light source. Current chips are etched using a deep ultraviolet wavelength of 193nm, but at a 28nm semiconductor process geometry, we've reached the limits of what a 193nm wavelength is small enough to etch,...

Latest Google Patent Uses Pattern Unlock Mechanism to Directly Enable Certain Apps

Latest Google Patent Uses Pattern Unlock Mechanism to Directly Enable Certain Apps

Google has just been granted a patent for which it applied last year regarding the ability to launch programs via specific unlocking patterns. Android users can already unlock their phones with a special pattern to jump into the operating system, but in a future version of Android, it looks as though users will be able to leap into, say, Angry...

Comcast Considering Anti-Piracy System to Stop Illegal Downloads and Encourage Legal Video Rentals

Comcast Considering Anti-Piracy System to Stop Illegal Downloads and Encourage Legal Video Rentals

There will always be people who pirate content, that's just the way it is. We don't condone illegally downloading movies and TV shows, nor are we being pessimistic, but unlike big media companies, we're willing to look at the situation realistically. Perhaps so is Comcast, which is said to be developing a new method to fight piracy that doesn't...

Twitter Users Rise Up Against Promoted Tweets and Ads with ‘Weird Twitter’ Mockery

Twitter Users Rise Up Against Promoted Tweets and Ads with ‘Weird Twitter’ Mockery

Want to surround yourself with sarcastic people with rapier wits and a general disdain for corporate culture? All you have to do is hop online. Better yet, head over to Twitter and witness the Weird Twitter phenomenon. For the uninitiated, Weird Twitter is a loosely connected group of Twitter users who play with grammar in sometimes odd ways...

HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks 8/6/13: Google Nexus 7, ASUS PQ321 4K Monitor, NVIDIA SHIELD, AMD Frame Pacing and More

HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks 8/6/13: Google Nexus 7, ASUS PQ321 4K Monitor, NVIDIA SHIELD, AMD Frame Pacing and More

In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two and Half Geeks Webcast, Iyaz, Dave and Marco discuss the impressive ASUS PQ321 Ultra HD 4K 31.5-inch Monitor, NVIDIA’s SHIELD Tegra 4-based portable gaming device, the just release second-gen Nexus 7 tablet, AMD’s Catalyst 13.8 beta drivers which enable frame pacing, and more......

Microsoft Advisory Warns of Wi-Fi Authentication Vulnerability in Windows Phone Platform

Microsoft Advisory Warns of Wi-Fi Authentication Vulnerability in Windows Phone Platform

You should always practice caution when connection to an unsecured Wi-Fi hotspot, but Windows Phone users need to be extra careful due to a newly discovered vulnerability in Microsoft's mobile operating system. If a Windows Phone user connects to the 'wrong' hotspot, a hacker could sniff out and steal their domain username and password. "Microsoft...

FreedomPop Expands to Sprint's 4G LTE Network, Adds A Mobile Hotspot to Product Lineup

FreedomPop Expands to Sprint's 4G LTE Network, Adds A Mobile Hotspot to Product Lineup

FreedomPop is an upstart mobile provider that offers a free smartphone plan featuring unlimited texts, 500MB of data, and 200 minutes of talk time every month, all without a contract. The service also offers refurbished handsets for in some cases hundreds of dollars less than you might expect to pay for a premiere phone. Now, FreedomPop has...

Malicious Android Apps To Top 1 Million By Years' End

Malicious Android Apps To Top 1 Million By Years' End

As the prevalence of the Android OS grows, so grows a commensurate vector for malicious attacks from malware. Apparently, the number of malicious apps is growing, too. According to a study released by security software maker Trend Micro, the number of malicious and high-risk Android apps has jumped to about 718,000--which is more startling...

Samsung Starts Volume Production of World’s First 3D Vertical NAND Flash Memory

Samsung Starts Volume Production of World’s First 3D Vertical NAND Flash Memory

Samsung announced that it has developed and begun mass producing a new kind of NAND flash that could shake up the storage industry by substantially increasing the reliability, scaling, and performance of flash. The product is three dimensional vertical NAND (or 3D V-NAND), and it’s slated for use in both the consumer and enterprise markets...

NVIDIA Opens Detroit-Area Tech Center To Bolster In-Car Infotainment Efforts

NVIDIA Opens Detroit-Area Tech Center To Bolster In-Car Infotainment Efforts

Detroit may be bankrupt, but the surrounding towns seem to be doing quite well. Ann Arbor has traditionally been a fairly well-to-do place, with the University of Michigan no doubt having a very positive impact. And clearly, NVIDIA is willing to bite while everyone else is selling The Motor City. The company has just announced that it will...

Apple Launches USB Power Adapter Takeback Program Following Unfortunate Electrocution

Apple Launches USB Power Adapter Takeback Program Following Unfortunate Electrocution

Apple is certainly no stranger to dealing with counterfeit goods. In fact, entire counterfeit Apple stores have emerged in certain parts of Asia. It's easy to be a cynic and suggest that Apple simply overcharges for certain first-party accessories and cables, but then there's a story like this to bring it all into focus. Apple is currently...

Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Acquires Washington Post for $250M in Cash

Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Acquires Washington Post for $250M in Cash

How's this for perspective? A two-year old startup by the name of Instagram sold to Facebook for $1 billion. A newspaper housed in a nation's capitol city, which has been around over a century, has just sold for one quarter of that. It's a strange, wild, and completely digital world that we're living in today, which may help explain why the...

Huge Discount on Dell U3014 UltraSharp IPS Monitor, Lenovo Backlit Multimedia Remote and more.

Huge Discount on Dell U3014 UltraSharp IPS Monitor, Lenovo Backlit Multimedia Remote and more.

It's a new week and we've got some killer deals to kick things off. Topping our charts as the best deal of 2013 (so far) is the best-of-the-best Dell UltraSharp U3014 30" pro-grade monitor, marked down to an all-time low of just $999.99 with free shipping. We also found a big discount on Lenovo's uber-cool multimedia remote, a palm-sized wireless...

Anger Management: Over 33 Percent of Americans Verbally or Physically Abuse Their Computers

Anger Management: Over 33 Percent of Americans Verbally or Physically Abuse Their Computers

It doesn't matter if you're a saint or a frequent sinner, a sailor with a potty mouth or a monk who took a vow of silence. If you own a computer, then at some point you've belted out a line of obscenities that would make Andrew Dice Clay wince in astonishment. PCs have a way of bringing out the worst in us when things go wrong, and according...

Feedly Announces Feedly Pro Service, But is it Really Worth It?

Feedly Announces Feedly Pro Service, But is it Really Worth It?

When Google announced back in March that it'd be shutting down its popular Reader aggregation service, I freaked out. I had been a Reader user for a number of years, clinging to it thanks to its simplicity and reliability; I knew that finding a suitable alternative wasn't going to be easy. After a mad scramble, testing out a variety of other...

MSI GS70 Proves Gaming Laptops Can Be Thin and Light, Too

MSI GS70 Proves Gaming Laptops Can Be Thin and Light, Too

MSI is apparently on a mission to shatter stereotypes in the PC gaming world starting with the size and weight of its newest laptop. Announced today by MSI, the GS70 is supposedly the world's thinnest and lightest 17-inch portable gaming "powerhouse" designed to give gamers plenty of pixel pushing power without resorting a chunky desktop replacement-style...

Hack That Ass Up: Pricey Smart Toilets Vulnerable to Attack

Hack That Ass Up: Pricey Smart Toilets Vulnerable to Attack

Getting hacked is a bummer and can leave you feeling violated, but we can only imagine what it's like to get hacked in the most sacred room of the house: the bathroom. For those who own a luxury Satis toilet controlled by an accompanying smartphone application, it's entirely possible to fall prey to a hacker attack while you're doing your...

Nokia Lumia 1020 Already Drops $30 on Contract, Now $269

Nokia Lumia 1020 Already Drops $30 on Contract, Now $269

Well, that didn't take long. Nokia's latest flagship smartphone, the Lumia 1020, has just experienced a $30 price-drop, settling at $269 (with contract). This move comes HOT on the heels of our review that we posted earlier today, and given the overall thoughts on the device, a price-drop does help the phone to look a bit more attractive....

Google Chrome Canary Beta Build Brings Touch Control and On-Screen Keyboard

Google Chrome Canary Beta Build Brings Touch Control and On-Screen Keyboard

The latest nightly build of Google's Chrome Canary browser suggests that the sultan of search is getting ready to implement a handful of touch-enabled features to its popular stable browser. Canary, for those who aren't aware, is basically a beta version of Chrome. It has the "newest of the new Chrome features" and is designed for early adopters...

Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone - HotHardware Review

Nokia Lumia 1020 Smartphone - HotHardware Review

Nokia's battle in the global smartphone race is an intriguing one, and those who follow technology have long wondered if the company's decision to hitch its wagon to Microsoft was a wise one. When Stephen Elop came in as CEO, Nokia was in a rare position: it could choose which platform it wanted to support for the foreseeable future. Of course,...

A Novel Take On the Laptop Skin: Adhesive Leather for Your MacBook

A Novel Take On the Laptop Skin: Adhesive Leather for Your MacBook

Ever since Darth Vader started appearing on MacBooks in coffee shops, we’ve had a thing for creative laptop skins. Nordic, a small design firm, has an unusual new skin for fans of leather: Onanoff, which is a leather skin that attaches to the laptop with an adhesive film. Thanks to the adhesive, Nordic was able to keep the skin extremely...

The Flip Phone Making a Comeback? Samsung Folder Dual Screen Smartphone Breaks Cover

The Flip Phone Making a Comeback? Samsung Folder Dual Screen Smartphone Breaks Cover

The last time flip phones were in style, mom jokes were in vogue and everybody was replying "That's what she said" to every comment that could be taken the wrong way. All three are now relics of an earlier age, though it appears Samsung is trying to bring one back in the limelight (no, not mom jokes). Leaked photos of an unreleased flip phone...

Microsoft Cuts Surface Pro Tablet Pricing, Following Slashing of Surface RT

Microsoft Cuts Surface Pro Tablet Pricing, Following Slashing of Surface RT

We've made our feelings about Windows RT known, but here's something that may signal Microsoft's "coming to Earth" moment when it comes to tablets in general. After hacking $150 from the price of the Surface RT, and then confessing in its most recent quarterly earnings that it would be taking a charge that was greater than what it spent in...

Hacked: Samsung Smart TV is a Linux-Based Web App Ready To Spy on You

Hacked: Samsung Smart TV is a Linux-Based Web App Ready To Spy on You

Eke. Smart TVs may be intelligent, but they certainly aren't invincible. A team of researchers at the Black Hat conference this week detailed and warned that Samsung's line of Smart TVs were "rife with vulnerabilities that could leave the devices vulnerable to remote attacks." It sounds eerie, and the potential is certainly huge. Granted,...

Elder Scrolls Online Demoed At QuakeCon, New Videos Highlight Character Creation, Combat, Gameplay

Elder Scrolls Online Demoed At QuakeCon, New Videos Highlight Character Creation, Combat, Gameplay

The Elder Scrolls Online got a pair of new videos this week and a lengthy multiplayer demonstration at Quakecon.Buzz around the new MMO has been building steadily for months. Much of what the two trailers show indicates a game that hews closely to Elder Scrolls conventions as well as Skyrim UI standards. There's an onscreen compass at the...

Android 4.3 Hard To Find WiFi Settings Set to Always On For Location Services

Android 4.3 Hard To Find WiFi Settings Set to Always On For Location Services

Google's latest Android release, 4.3 "Jelly Bean", is quite simple in comparison to past releases, but as always, with some digging you'll be able to find some interesting changes. One such change isn't obvious at all, and it might not be kosher with everyone: Wi-Fi scanning even if Wi-Fi is disabled. This might seem like the sort of feature...

Chrome Gains Ground Again in Browser Market Share Report, Firefox Takes a Knee

Chrome Gains Ground Again in Browser Market Share Report, Firefox Takes a Knee

Another month is in the books, thereby giving us another opportunity to examine the state of the browser wars as summer winds down and the back-to-school season comes within sight. The story that unfolds when looking at browser statistics depends on which research firm's numbers you examine, as Net Market Share and StatCounter paint very different...

Samsung Loses This Round: U.S. Trade Rep Vetoes ITC Import Ban On Some Apple Devices

Samsung Loses This Round: U.S. Trade Rep Vetoes ITC Import Ban On Some Apple Devices

Back in June, Samsung won an injunction against Apple, as the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that some Apple devices infringed on some Samsung patents. Specifically, the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPad 3G, and iPad 2 3G all carried the offending technologies, and it seemed that Samsung was poised to win a battle in the...

OUYA Throws Dissatisfied Kickstarters $13.37 Bone

OUYA Throws Dissatisfied Kickstarters $13.37 Bone

OUYA was a rousing success on Kickstarter, and in a very short time, the project developed into an actual commercial offering with a real product on store shelves and a host of developers working on games for the $99 gaming console. OUYA even raised enough money to fund a million-dollar game-seeding award. However, not everyone was happy,...

Researchers Hack and Bypass Windows 8 UEFI Secure Book

Researchers Hack and Bypass Windows 8 UEFI Secure Book

When the hackers roll to Vegas, you know a good amount of exploits are going to surface. Defcon was on point this week in the Nevada desert, and here's yet another exploit that has piqued our interest. Researchers have discovered that the Windows 8 Secure Boot mechanism can be circumvented on PCs built by certain manufacturers. Why? Oversights...

The new Woz and Jobs, Leap Motion's Holz and Buckwald Want to Change the Face of Computing

The new Woz and Jobs, Leap Motion's Holz and Buckwald Want to Change the Face of Computing

At this point, you've probable heard of Leap Motion. You may not be entirely familiar with what the company is about, or what kind of products it hopes to offer, but the name has been able to cut through the noise of late. In a lot of ways, it's a company built on outlandish dreams, but as duos such as Woz and Jobs have proven before, sometimes...

"Snowden Run 3D" with Edward Snowden as Hero Running From Feds, Comes to Android

"Snowden Run 3D" with Edward Snowden as Hero Running From Feds, Comes to Android

Whether you consider NSA leaker Edward Snowden to be a hero or a traitor, one thing can't be disputed: he's now famous the world over. Sometimes, that can result in some interest things, like being worked into a comedian's routine, being offered jobs or even becoming the star of your very own video game. All three have happened to Snowden,...

Spec Showdown: Moto X Versus Galaxy S4, LG Optimus G Pro, Nokia Lumia 1020, and HTC One

Spec Showdown: Moto X Versus Galaxy S4, LG Optimus G Pro, Nokia Lumia 1020, and HTC One

Shopping a high-end handset, are you? Well fancy that, we just happen to have something you may want to look at! Wading through the pertinent specs of several different smartphones is, quite frankly, a little overwhelming, especially when you're starting at a 2-year commitment with the one you ultimately choose. To help you make an educated...

It’s in the Game: EA Slapped with Class Action Suit for Shutting Down EA Sports Games Early

It’s in the Game: EA Slapped with Class Action Suit for Shutting Down EA Sports Games Early

There might not be another company more reviled in the U.S. than Electronic Arts, the games publisher that was chosen by Consumerist voters as "Worst Company In America" for two years in a row. To its credit, EA acknowledged the unwanted award and vowed to do a better job, though angry gamers are still finding reason to despise and, in some...

Feds Hacking Android Phones For Criminal Surveillance

Feds Hacking Android Phones For Criminal Surveillance

It’s not just criminals (and their direct antagonists in the security industry); the FBI likes to hack, too. According to the Wall Street Journal, the FBI has been using hacking techniques and products to break into Android phones in order to perform surveillance on criminal suspects. Allegedly, the FBI can hack a...

Motorola X Gets Its First TV Spots, Showcasing Camera And Google Now

Motorola X Gets Its First TV Spots, Showcasing Camera And Google Now

If one thing was made clear following the proper, official launch of the Moto X, it's this: this is no iPhone-killing flagship. This is a mid-range phone for the mainstream masses, built in the U.S.A. as an attempt to get Motorola's mobile market share back into a respectable area. And now, Moto is showcasing exactly who it's after with a...

Blackout: Time Warner Cable Drops CBS In Key Cities While They Battle Over Retransmission Price

Blackout: Time Warner Cable Drops CBS In Key Cities While They Battle Over Retransmission Price

Goodnight, sweet prince. That's the message that was sent to millions of Time Warner Cable customers last night, as the operator and CBS could not come to terms on a re-transmission agreement. Essentially, CBS wanted more money per TWC subscriber, while TWC feels that CBS should cave; after all, CBS broadcasts are shot to those with antennas...

Find Your Lost Smartphone with Google's Upcoming Android Device Manager

Find Your Lost Smartphone with Google's Upcoming Android Device Manager

Apple's Find my iPhone has been a very useful feature for those who frequently misplace their gadgets. Or, for those who just enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that Apple has a piece of technology dedicated to securing a lost phone. Android and iOS have been going back and forth battling over feature inclusions for some time...

Clearance Sale on Dell XPS 15 1080p Ultrabook, Rare savings on HP ENVY Rove 20 Mobile Desktop

Clearance Sale on Dell XPS 15 1080p Ultrabook, Rare savings on HP ENVY Rove 20 Mobile Desktop

Another week comes to an end but the deals just keep on coming. For this weekend we have some quality deals on clearance Dell XPS 15 Ultrabook which is rarely discounted, free gift card on select Samsung/Vizio LED HDTVs and massive 20% off Lenovo's ThinkPad T431s Premium Ultrabook. We also found a way to save on just-released HP ENVY Rove...

Microsoft's Xbox One To Feature Faster GPU As Company Shrinks Gap With Sony

Microsoft's Xbox One To Feature Faster GPU As Company Shrinks Gap With Sony

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are more similar than any two consoles from competing vendors have been in decades, but as far as hardware specs are concerned, Sony has a decided edge. While both systems use AMD CPUs and Radeon 7000-derived, GCN-based graphics cards, the Sony system has 1,152 shader cores compared to just 768 cores on the Xbox...

Das Keyboard Develops First Line of Radio Frequency Blocking "HackShield" Bags

Das Keyboard Develops First Line of Radio Frequency Blocking "HackShield" Bags

Ever since the NSA's PRISM program came to light, there's been a heightened sense of privacy and personal security among technophiles and mainstream users alike. Nobody likes being spied on, and unfortunately, today's persistently connected world makes it all too easy for our personal electronics to reveals things we might not want disclosed,...

Michael Dell Revises Buyout Offer After Board Agrees to Change Voting Rules

Michael Dell Revises Buyout Offer After Board Agrees to Change Voting Rules

After penning an open letter to Dell's board of directors essentially telling the company to take or leave his "best and final offer" to acquire the company he founded, Michael Dell has gone back and revised his bid as part of a new agreement with Dell's special board committee, Dell said in a statement. Michael sweetened his offer by increasing...

Microsoft Moves in to Patent Augmented Reality Glasses for Gaming

Microsoft Moves in to Patent Augmented Reality Glasses for Gaming

There were rumors that Microsoft was developing some kind of gaming glasses last year, and thanks to a patent application, it seems that a Microsoft head-mounted display (HMD) is closer to becoming a reality. The patent is for “multiplayer gaming with head-mounted display”. However, reading through the patent, it seems that...

Microsoft is Looking For Xbox Moderators: Xbox Enforcement United Activate!

Microsoft is Looking For Xbox Moderators: Xbox Enforcement United Activate!

It’s not news that gamers can get a little intense, and often that intensity spills over into forums and game communities. Xbox Live is no exception, of course, and to help moderate the community, Microsoft is engaging other users in a new beta program called Xbox Enforcement United. The program is aimed at keeping Xbox...

Chromecast Effect: Apple Lowers Price of Refurbished Apple TV to $75

Chromecast Effect: Apple Lowers Price of Refurbished Apple TV to $75

There's nothing like a little competition to help spur price drops, even reluctant ones, as is often the case with Apple. For example, Google recently unveiled its Chromecast device, a $35 gadget that plugs into your HDTV's HDMI port and streams movies, TV shows, music, and more from services like Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, and Chrome....

HotHardware and CyberPower Summer Sweepstakes Winner!

HotHardware and CyberPower Summer Sweepstakes Winner!

To usher in the summer season, we teamed up with CyberPowerPC to give away an awesome gaming rig, designed to keep you inside fragging away as long as possible!  This time around you all had the chance to win an Intel Core i7-4770K-infused, custom-built CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 5200, complete with 16GB of RAM and an uber-powerful...

Twitter Opens Doors for Serious Engineering Recruit Effort, Signs of an IPO

Twitter Opens Doors for Serious Engineering Recruit Effort, Signs of an IPO

As any job seeker can attest, finding work isn't always easy. However, if you have an engineering background, Twitter may be interested in your services. In fact, the microblogging service is looking to hire almost 90 engineers of various types at its San Francisco, Boston, New York City, Seattle, Sunnyvale, and Dublin locations, with jobs...

Michigan Tech Researcher Claims Personal 3D Printing Could Save Consumers a Bundle Annually

Michigan Tech Researcher Claims Personal 3D Printing Could Save Consumers a Bundle Annually

3D printing is an exciting technology to track, in large part because of the implications of a mature 3D printing ecosystem wherein 3D printers are inexpensive enough for the average household to have a good one and there are enough designs out there for people to print whatever they need. Small-scale manufacturing will be revolutionized....

iOS 7 Will Patch Exploit Enabling Spoofed Chargers To Hack Into iPhone Dialer

iOS 7 Will Patch Exploit Enabling Spoofed Chargers To Hack Into iPhone Dialer

iOS 7 is looking to bring a host of design changes to Apple's iPhone operating system, but it will evidently be bringing one other important change: a patch. Currently, a security flaw exists whereby hackers can engage with an iPad or iPhone by connecting a spoofed "fake charging station." The exploit was discussed at the Black Hat hacking...

Elpida is Now Micron: Deal Between DRAM Makers Finally Closes

Elpida is Now Micron: Deal Between DRAM Makers Finally Closes

It's a done deal, and just like that, two have become one in the memory universe. Micron and Elpida have just announced the closing of their merger, which has Micron acquiring 100% of Elpida's equity. The deal was initially hammered out in July of 2012, and just now was completed. In a related transaction, Micron also announced today the completion...

John Carmack Calls Xbox Kinect "Zero button mouse with a lot of latency on it" In QuakeCon Keynote

John Carmack Calls Xbox Kinect "Zero button mouse with a lot of latency on it" In QuakeCon Keynote

John Carmack's annual Quakecon keynote is one of the most interesting events of the entire year. The man is incredibly intelligent and understands programming and development to a degree that very few people can match. id may have struggled to replicate the gameplay successes of its early years, but Carmack's understanding and perspective...

AT&T Offering Users A Chance To Customize Their Motorola X

AT&T Offering Users A Chance To Customize Their Motorola X

It's here. After months and months of rumors, leaks, etc., Motorola's X is official, and carriers far and wide are doing all they can to sway potential buyers to their particular version. Following Sprint's own announcement of the device, AT&T has announced that it'll allow customers to customize their Moto X. The customizable version...

Best Price on Dell U2713H UltraSharp Monitor, Amazon Prime Membership Offer and More

Best Price on Dell U2713H UltraSharp Monitor, Amazon Prime Membership Offer and More

It's a new month and there are some really sweet deals to share today. Topping the list is the lowest price ever on the Dell UltraSharp U2713H featuring pixel perfect 27" 2560x1440 IPS display, with wide color gamut and factory calibration. Also a rare offer on Amazon Prime Membership in the form of a free $10 gift card when you upgrade to...

AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta Drivers Enable Frame Pacing Control, Available Now

AMD Catalyst 13.8 Beta Drivers Enable Frame Pacing Control, Available Now

If you’ve read any our video card reviews for the last few months, you’ve probably noticed that we have included frame time results using FCAT in our performance data. For single GPU configurations, the FCAT/frame time data was interesting to look at, but it didn’t show any major issues across a wide swath of both AMD...

SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps Specification Set and Ready for Development

SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps Specification Set and Ready for Development

Things are about to get faster. The USB Promoter Group announced that it has completed the USB 3.1 specification, which will enable SuperSpeed USB performance of 10Gbps. This, of course, rivals Intel and Apple’s blazing fast 10Gbps Thunderbolt interface, and the new USB connection will make use of more efficient data encoding,...

NVIDIA Shield Teardown Exposes Handheld Gaming Device's Delicate Guts

NVIDIA Shield Teardown Exposes Handheld Gaming Device's Delicate Guts

We already gave NVIDIA's Shield handheld gaming device a pretty thorough once-over in our official review, though one thing we didn't do is disassemble the gadget and take a look at its guts. It's not that we didn't want to, but such operations are best left to the fearless folks at iFixIt, who post some of the best teardowns you'll find on...

Microsoft Office Comes to Android, Linus Torvalds’ Dream Realized

Microsoft Office Comes to Android, Linus Torvalds’ Dream Realized

Linus Torvalds once said that if Microsoft ever made applications for Linux “it means I’ve won”. Now that Microsoft has released a version of Office for Android, Torvalds' dream has come true. Sort of. It’s likely that Torvalds envisioned Microsoft Office on a desktop build of Linux, but that’s...

Apple May Still Need Samsung to Supply Retina Display for Next iPad Mini

Apple May Still Need Samsung to Supply Retina Display for Next iPad Mini

You've probably heard the adage, "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer," and certainly Apple's done that with Samsung, though only because the Cupertino company may have no other choice. It's no secret there's plenty of bad blood between Apple and Samsung, the two mobile giants vying for dominance in the smartphone and tablet sectors,...

Motorola X8 Mobile Computing Engine Contains Custom ‘Natural Language Processor’ and ‘Contextual Computing Processor’ in Addition to Snapdragon S4

Motorola X8 Mobile Computing Engine Contains Custom ‘Natural Language Processor’ and ‘Contextual Computing Processor’ in Addition to Snapdragon S4

The web at large is expecting Motorola to announce its Moto X smartphone today, a handset built right here in the U.S. at a Texas-based facility and one that has Google CEO Larry Page "very excited." Whether it launches today or sometime later this month, one thing you might hear talked about is its new X8 processing system. Don't think of...

Review: ASUS PQ321 Ultra HD 4K 31.5-inch Monitor

Review: ASUS PQ321 Ultra HD 4K 31.5-inch Monitor

We have a confession to make (well, several actually, but all the rest date back to our college days, and some secrets are best left untold). Reviewing monitors isn't as fun as it once was. It's not that we've grown jaded over the years, but plain and simple, the monitor market has become stale, lacking the kind of 'gee-whiz' innovations that...

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 Expected at Toys R Us on November 29 and December 13, Respectively

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 Expected at Toys R Us on November 29 and December 13, Respectively

It looks as though Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One console may get a head start in the market place compared to Sony's competing PlayStation 4, at least at Toys R Us. The mega toy chain is kind of all over the place with its listings, however the earliest ship date spotted for the Xbox One is November 29, 2013, well in time to sneak it under...

Australia Department of Defence Says It Has No Lenovo Policy, More Questions Arise

Australia Department of Defence Says It Has No Lenovo Policy, More Questions Arise

We reported that the secret and top secret agencies of several countries including Australia, the UK, and the U.S. had banned China-based Lenovo computers for fears of spying. Allegedly, the Lenovo machines could have backdoor access built into the hardware which would therefore allow Chinese hackers to access those agencies’ networks....

TI's DockPort Solution Brings DisplayPort, USB, And Power To Single Cable

TI's DockPort Solution Brings DisplayPort, USB, And Power To Single Cable

While it's obvious that innovation is on the fast-track when looking at consumer electronics as a whole, one has to wonder how long it'll take for the USB port to do more than it does. Perhaps that time has come. Texas Instruments has issued a new single-chip DockPort solution that enables DisplayPort, USB and power over a single cable. Talk...

Call of Duty: BlackOps 2 Vengeance DLC 3 Arrives to the PS3 and PC Today

Call of Duty: BlackOps 2 Vengeance DLC 3 Arrives to the PS3 and PC Today

Gaming has changed a lot over the years, primarily due to our reliance on the cloud, broadband Internet connections, and the seemingly never-ending desire for more, more, more. Replay value has taken on an entirely new meaning, and for developers, they're able to squeeze more revenue out of existing titles on the shelf. Call of Duty needs...