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All News for July 2014

HotHardware’s Summer Gaming System Giveaway!

HotHardware’s Summer Gaming System Giveaway!

What better way to usher in the summer season than to give away an absolutely awesome gaming rig, designed to keep you inside, fragging away when you need a break from those long, hot summer days?! HotHardware has teamed up with our friends at EVGA, Kingston, Thermaltake, and Intel to offer you all the chance to win a powerful gaming...

Weekend Clearance Sale On Dell XPS 11 & Inspiron 17R Core i5 Laptops and More

Weekend Clearance Sale On Dell XPS 11 & Inspiron 17R Core i5 Laptops and More

It’s almost time to close out another weeks, but not before we dish out a healthy serving of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu today we have deals on a Dell Inspiron 17R Core i5-based notebook, a Lenovo K450e Core i7-based desktop system, a Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Cherry Red-based mechanical gaming keyboard, and...

Google Remains Under Fire Of EU Privacy Regulators Over ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Takedown Requests

Google Remains Under Fire Of EU Privacy Regulators Over ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Takedown Requests

For as impactful as Google has been on the world in a positive manner, it takes its fair share of flack. From privacy concerns to revamping its search algorithms, plenty of people aren't the fondest of Google. Over in the European Union, privacy officials have continued to slam Google regarding its "takedown" program. Essentially, Google has...

California Campaigning Hard For Tesla’s Multibillion Dollar Battery “Gigafactory”

California Campaigning Hard For Tesla’s Multibillion Dollar Battery “Gigafactory”

Tesla’s proposed “gigafactory”, a massive production facility that would make batteries for the company’s electric cars, is looking for a state to call home, and you can count California among those campaigning hard to be chosen. According to USA Today, the California state legislature is working on a bill to speed...

Passenger’s Negative Tweet On Southwest Service Almost Gets Him Booted From Flight

Passenger’s Negative Tweet On Southwest Service Almost Gets Him Booted From Flight

A man named Duff Watson nearly got himself and his two young sons (ages 6 and 9) thrown off of a Southwest Airlines flight out of Denver over an angry Tweet. He was upset that the gate agent wouldn’t let his kids board early with him even though he had priority status and posted on Twitter, “RUDEST AGENT IN DENVER. KIMBERLY S....

Amazon Fire Phone Gets Ash Kicked In Teardown Analysis

Amazon Fire Phone Gets Ash Kicked In Teardown Analysis

Amazon turned the tablet market upside down with its low cost Kindle Fire family, and now it will try to do the same thing in the smartphone sector with its recently launched Fire Phone. While that plays out, the Fire Phone has already received the teardown treatment, and lucky for Amazon, passing the test with flying colors isn't a prerequisite...

Google Seals Twitch Gaming Live Streaming Service Deal For A Cool $1 Billion

Google Seals Twitch Gaming Live Streaming Service Deal For A Cool $1 Billion

Google’s acquisition of Twitch, the increasingly popular video game broadcaster, is complete. The deal was first announced back in May, and Google has signed the all-cash offer of a billion dollars. Suddenly, the YouTube juggernaut is even more powerful and expansive. According to VentureBeat’s sources familiar with the matter,...

Facebook Stock Climbs To Mammoth Market-Cap Levels, Worth More Than AT&T And Coca-Cola

Facebook Stock Climbs To Mammoth Market-Cap Levels, Worth More Than AT&T And Coca-Cola

It seems like a century has passed since Facebook's IPO and subsequent stock performance came under scrutiny. Turns out all Facebook needed was to post a stellar earnings report, as it did earlier this week, and investors would be frothing at the mouth to own a chunk of the world's most popular social playground. In the aftermath of Facebook's...

Amazon’s Comixology To Offer DRM-Free Comics For Download

Amazon’s Comixology To Offer DRM-Free Comics For Download

Well this is surprising (and in a totally good way) -- Comixology, the cloud-based digital comic book distributor founded in 2007 and acquired by Amazon this past April, is now allowing customers to backup  comics stripped of Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection. DRM-free backups are available to save in PDF or CBZ format. "We're...

Ridley Scott's Halo: Nightfall Will Still Air, Despite Xbox Studio Closure

Ridley Scott's Halo: Nightfall Will Still Air, Despite Xbox Studio Closure

When Microsoft announced the Xbox One, one of its headline features was the creation of new TV and video content. Headlining this new endeavor was a custom Halo-themed television show directed by Ridley Scott. Microsoft didn't reveal much additional information and the news itself was generally swept under the rug in the wash of controversy...

FCC Warns ISPs To Be Open And Honest With Consumers, Deliver What We Pay For

FCC Warns ISPs To Be Open And Honest With Consumers, Deliver What We Pay For

While the FCC has come under fire for its stance on net neutrality of late, it has also been on the offense against ISPs. For example, the agency has stated that it will look into the bad service finger-pointing between Netflix and Verizon in hopes of adjudicating the dispute and discerning the underlying problems, and it’s also giving...

Cortana Comes To Nokia Lumia 1520 Via AT&T's Windows Phone 8.1 Software Update

Cortana Comes To Nokia Lumia 1520 Via AT&T's Windows Phone 8.1 Software Update

AT&T has some great news for Nokia Lumia 1520 handset owners. Effectively immediately, you can download and install the Windows Phone 8.1 software update for your phone and start enjoying Cortana, a personal virtual assistant. Unlike the virtual assistants on other platforms, Cortana is the only one that can set reminders by people, as...

Best Deals On Lenovo Accessories, 256GB Flash Drive Under $100 and More

Best Deals On Lenovo Accessories, 256GB Flash Drive Under $100 and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today we have deals on a 256GB PNY Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive, a Lenovo W870 Bluetooth Headset, a Dell M115HD Mobile Projector, and a whole lot more. Full details with links and pricing for all of the deals are available below... 256GB...

Chromecast Dongle Turns 1 Year Old, Bragadocious Google Boasts 400 Million 'Casts'

Chromecast Dongle Turns 1 Year Old, Bragadocious Google Boasts 400 Million 'Casts'

Has it been a year already? Time flies when you're streaming fun, and apparently Google's low cost Chromecast dongle is celebrating its first birthday. As parents are apt to do about their little ones, Google used the occasion to brag about its streaming stick by pointing out that people have hit the cast button more than 400 million times....

NEC MultiSync EA244UHD 24-Inch 4K Monitor Review

NEC MultiSync EA244UHD 24-Inch 4K Monitor Review

Today we're evaluating NEC's new MultiSync EA244UHD, a 24-inch 4K Ultra HD monitor. As part of NEC's EA series, this monitor is intended for high-end desktop users as opposed to professional graphics users, though there are features of the EA244UHD that may tempt potential customers who fall into the latter category. Things that separate this...

littleBits Develops A DIY Internet Of Things Hobby Kit

littleBits Develops A DIY Internet Of Things Hobby Kit

A company called littleBits has taken the hobby DIY kit to a whole new level with its Internet of Things-friendly cloudBit and Cloud Starter Bundle that allow you to add connected intelligence to any number of otherwise “dumb” items. The $59 cloudBit is designed to work without any need for wires or soldering, and it’s technically...

Facebook Shares Soar To Record High On Solid Earnings Report

Facebook Shares Soar To Record High On Solid Earnings Report

Take a wild guess which technology company now has a higher market capitalization than the mighty Oracle? Facebook, as it turns out. In the latest turn in what has been a wild ride (in both directions) since going public, Facebook's stock has surged on solid earnings to a record high. Now, the world's dominant social network is worth $76.74...

Smart TVs Are Set To Completely Dominate The Market By 2017

Smart TVs Are Set To Completely Dominate The Market By 2017

When smart TVs first started to mingle with their regular flat screen counterparts, they were comparatively expensive with sometimes poorly implemented smart capabilities that were either buggy or slow (or both). And now? It's actually more difficult to find a non-smart TV, and you're not likely to save much, either. That now being the case,...

Apple To Make OS X Yosemite Beta Available For Public Download Today

Apple To Make OS X Yosemite Beta Available For Public Download Today

This past April, Apple surprised us with an announcement that the general public would soon be able to access OS X betas. The reason for the surprise is the simple fact that Apple's forever been a conservative company, careful about what winds up in its customer's hands. So to give them not only beta software, but a beta of the actual OS,...

Lenovo Partners With Vuzix For Google Glass Competitor, Launching In September

Lenovo Partners With Vuzix For Google Glass Competitor, Launching In September

Until now, Vuzix and its M100 Smart Glasses have been little more than an intriguing potential competitor to Google Glass, but Lenovo has stepped up to back the smart glasses in a co-branding deal as part of Lenovo’s NBD (New Business Development) brand. Lenovo will do the heavy lifting on the marketing side, selling the specs in China...

We Now Spend More Time On Facebook Than We Do Taking Care Of Pets Or Sending Email

We Now Spend More Time On Facebook Than We Do Taking Care Of Pets Or Sending Email

Have you fed and loved on your pets today? It's a valid question, especially for people who use Facebook. A new survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that the average American spends around 40 minutes per day flipping through his or her Facebook feed. That doesn't sound obscene, especially when compared to television, of which Americans...

Twitter Vows More Diversity, Admits There's 'A Lot Of Work To Do'

Twitter Vows More Diversity, Admits There's 'A Lot Of Work To Do'

Silicon Valley is suddenly awakened to the fact that workplace diversity is a thing, one in which technology firms as a whole are somewhat lacking. Several companies have vowed to do a better job at building a diverse workplace, including Twitter, the latest firm to come forward with statistics in an industry that typically keeps such data...

With Broadcom's Exit, Qualcomm Now The Uncontested LTE Modem Champion

With Broadcom's Exit, Qualcomm Now The Uncontested LTE Modem Champion

This week, Broadcom announced that it would exit the LTE modem market and shut down its LTE research division. The move comes less than a year after Broadcom bought Renesas' (formerly known as NEC) LTE modem -- and that purchase was supposed to give Broadcom a leg up in modem design after its own in-house LTE product had failed to ship. With...

Best Deals On HP Chromebox Bundle, Lenovo Y40 Gaming Laptop and More

Best Deals On HP Chromebox Bundle, Lenovo Y40 Gaming Laptop and More

Welcome to the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu today, we have deals on an HP Chromebox with wireless keyboard + mouse, plus a 22xi 21.5" IPS display, the Lenovo Y40 14" Core i7-based gaming laptop, a Dell KM714 wireless keyboard mouse combo, and a whole lot more. Full details with links and...

Microsoft Windows RT The Death Knell Rings For Thee

Microsoft Windows RT The Death Knell Rings For Thee

A lot of people have never been able to understand the logic behind Microsoft's Windows RT, with many urging the company to kill it off so that it can focus on more important products, like the mainline Windows. Well, this is probably not going to come as a huge surprise, especially in light of mass layoffs announced last week, but Microsoft...

Sexy Samsung 105-Inch 4K UHD Curvaceous TV Now Available For Pre-Order

Sexy Samsung 105-Inch 4K UHD Curvaceous TV Now Available For Pre-Order

Imagine watching Monday Night Football on a 105-inch television. Not into football? Then go ahead and substitute your favorite sport, TV show, or movie. Now wipe the drool from your chin before it drips onto your keyboard -- it's unsightly and a bit unsanitary. It's also still a pipe dream for all the but wealthiest, though if you've positioned...

Netflix Breaks 50 Million Subscriber Mark Bolstered By Original Programming

Netflix Breaks 50 Million Subscriber Mark Bolstered By Original Programming

Disputes with ISPs over the quality of streaming traffic hasn't slowed Netflix down when it comes to adding subscribers. According to the company's most recent financial report, Netflix is now home to over 50 million total members for its streaming service, three-quarters of which are located in the United States. That figure that also includes...

Red Laser Barcode Scanning App Debuts For Google Glass

Red Laser Barcode Scanning App Debuts For Google Glass

The Red Laser app is “a free shopping app for iPhone, Windows Phones, and Android that has been downloaded over 30 million times” according to its own description, and now Google Glass users can use the app to scan barcodes and get online price comparisons with the high-tech spectacles. That’s surely handy when trying to...

Target ‘In A Snap’ App Let’s Users Scan Magazines For Products And Add Them To Online Shopping Carts

Target ‘In A Snap’ App Let’s Users Scan Magazines For Products And Add Them To Online Shopping Carts

The way we shop 20 years from now might be drastically different than the way it's done today. Heck, the same could be said about next week, let alone two decades in the future. We're seeing some interesting things as stores and vendors figure out the best way to tap into mobile devices, including apps like the one Target just rolled out to...

Gross: Unlock Your Motorola Smartphone With An NFC Skin Tag

Gross: Unlock Your Motorola Smartphone With An NFC Skin Tag

If the term “skin tag” grosses you out, you’re not alone, but the intestinally robust can now unlock their Moto X smartphone with a special sticker--an NFC-equipped skin tag--instead of a PIN or other tedious method. A product of collaboration between VivaLnk Inc (with its eSkinTM technology) and Google’s ATAP division,...

Apple Is Dialed In, Posts Record Quarter On Strong iPhone Sales Ahead Of iPhone 6 Launch

Apple Is Dialed In, Posts Record Quarter On Strong iPhone Sales Ahead Of iPhone 6 Launch

Even with all the iPhone 6 rumors floating around the web, Apple managed to sell over 35 million existing iPhone devices during its fiscal 2014 third quarter ended June 28, 2014, the company reported. That translates into $19.7 billion in iPhone revenue, and a record $37.4 billion in overall revenue after accounting for Apple's other products...

FLIR One Brings Thermal Imaging To Your iPhone 5

FLIR One Brings Thermal Imaging To Your iPhone 5

The ability to see and capture thermal images may seem like it’s not all that interesting at first blush, as selfies and food pics don’t necessarily look all that great when snapped with an infrared camera, but if you sit and think about it for a minute, you can start imagining more than a few use cases. Checking for this or that...

Sony  Invests $345 Million In Image Sensor Production Effort To Address Smartphone Market

Sony Invests $345 Million In Image Sensor Production Effort To Address Smartphone Market

Sony's overall struggles are very real, but a few areas of the company have remained best-in-class despite huge global competition. Its gaming prowess is hard to question, with the PlayStation line killing it in terms of sales and critical response. Moreover, the company's imaging department has been delivering top-notch mirrorless cameras...

What Time Is It?  iTime! Apple Awarded Extensive Design Patent For 'iTime' Smartwatch

What Time Is It? iTime! Apple Awarded Extensive Design Patent For 'iTime' Smartwatch

A new patent filing today shows that Apple has been granted a wide-ranging patent for a future smartwatch device (dubbed the iTime). Apple's patent refers to a device which is removable (it continues to function when detached from its wristband) and can be upgraded or swapped with other products. Apple's patent diagrams show a device that...

Dell Striving To Ship 30 Million Notebooks In 2015

Dell Striving To Ship 30 Million Notebooks In 2015

You've probably heard analysts talk about the so-called post-PC era, which is really an overreaction to the tablet and smartphone craze that's taken place in the past couple of years. In reality, hundreds of millions of PCs are still sold each and every year, and when it comes to mobile, there's still a high demand for full functional laptops....

Limited-Time Dell Monitor Deals, Bundled eGift cards and More

Limited-Time Dell Monitor Deals, Bundled eGift cards and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on the Dell U2414H UltraSharp 24" 1080p IPS display, the Dell UltraSharp UZ2715H 27", the 15.6" Lenovo G50-70 Core i5-based laptop, and a whole lot more. Full details with pricing and links to all of the deals are...

Facebook Adds Long-Needed Save-For-Later Feature

Facebook Adds Long-Needed Save-For-Later Feature

For as ubiquitous as Facebook is and for as many features as the social network has, there are a few much-needed items that the company just hasn’t gotten to over the years. (For example, why can’t you comment on a comment?) Facebook is taking care of one of those long-needed features today, though, by introducing Save. Save lets...

Devs Buying Into Amazon’s Fire Phone

Devs Buying Into Amazon’s Fire Phone

If there was one word to describe Amazon, it would be “disruptive”. The company has been dominant in the online retail market, but it has also pushed into other services such as video streaming with Amazon Prime, tablets, and even drones. Amazon’s recently-announced Fire smartphone is an intriguing a product within a given...

Apple Anticipates Record iPhone Demand, Asks Suppliers To Prep 70-80 Million Large Screen Handsets

Apple Anticipates Record iPhone Demand, Asks Suppliers To Prep 70-80 Million Large Screen Handsets

Apparently Apple is anticipating not only record demand for its next iPhone launch, but a near exponential rise in sales compared to previous models (slight exaggeration). Or perhaps Apple wants to avoid lengthy backorders -- either way, it's being reported that Apple has asked suppliers to ready between 70 million an 80 million iPhone 6 devices...

The Deal Is Done: Facebook Officially Owns Oculus

The Deal Is Done: Facebook Officially Owns Oculus

Whether you’re disgusted by the prospect of Facebook owning an exciting grassroots-type product like the Oculus Rift or believe, like John Carmack and Michael Abrash, that combining Facebook’ big moneybags with Oculus’ know-how will make possible all the promise of VR technology, Facebook’s blockbuster deal to acquire...

Intel's SSD Pro 2500 Enterprise SSD Tested

Intel's SSD Pro 2500 Enterprise SSD Tested

Intel's just-announced Intel SSD 2500 Pro, falls somewhere in the middle of Intel’s SSD line-up. The SSD 2500 Pro is the follow-up to last year’s SSD 1500 Pro series, which targets corporate and small-business clients. The drive shares much of its DNA with some of Intel’s consumer-class drives, but the Pro series cranks things...

Xiaomi Waltzes Into Wearables With $13 Fitness Band That Can Unlock Your Smartphone

Xiaomi Waltzes Into Wearables With $13 Fitness Band That Can Unlock Your Smartphone

It seems hard to fathom at this point, but there was actually a time when it wasn't certain if a tablet market could exist outside of Apple's iPad. Once low-cost Android tablets started to roll out (as opposed to Android tablets priced the same as the iPad), consumers reacted in a big way. Fast forward to today and we're staring at an emerging...

Yahoo Acquires Flurry Analytics As It Looks To Bolster Mobile Presence

Yahoo Acquires Flurry Analytics As It Looks To Bolster Mobile Presence

For those who hang around this sector, Flurry is a common name. Every so often, perhaps every quarter or so, Flurry would unleash a flurry (sorry, we couldn't resist) of data surrounding platforms and mobile insights. Since launching in 2008, it has grown into a trusted, heavily relied upon source for information. Primarily tapped into by...

Verizon Rides The Wireless Wave To Sixth Consecutive Quarter Of Double Digit Earnings Growth

Verizon Rides The Wireless Wave To Sixth Consecutive Quarter Of Double Digit Earnings Growth

Verizon Communications said it added 1.4 million net retail connections in the second quarter of 2014 to bring its total wireless subscriber base to 104.6 million. Equally impressive is the company's low churn rate of just 1.2 percent, meaning that the vast majority of wireless customers are content with their service, or at least content...

Hands-On With NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet And Tegra K1

Hands-On With NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet And Tegra K1

NVIDIA just officially announced the SHIELD tablet (powered by their Tegra K1 SoC) and SHIELD wireless controller. As the SHIELD branding implies, the new SHIELD tablet and wireless controller builds upon the previously-released, Android-based SHIELD portable to bring a true gaming-oriented tablet to consumers. In some ways, the SHIELD tablet...

Researchers Find Correlation Between Increased Facebook Use And Divorce

Researchers Find Correlation Between Increased Facebook Use And Divorce

If you or your spouse spend a lot of time on Facebook, it can be pretty scary to see a study suggest there's a correlation between heavy Facebook use and divorce. However, it's important to note the distinction between "correlation" and "causation," which is to say that spending an inordinate amount of time on Facebook or any other social...

Your e-DNA May Be The Next Security Frontier For Hackers To Exploit

Your e-DNA May Be The Next Security Frontier For Hackers To Exploit

It goes without saying that technology can be amazing, but at the same time, some aspects of it can be downright scary. The latest example of that comes from Oxford, where a team of researchers have developed "e-DNA", a foolproof solution, they claim, that can single you out on the Internet. Like our real DNA, our e-DNA is composed of many...

Best Deals On HP ENVY Core i7 Touch Laptops, Ooma VoIP, and More

Best Deals On HP ENVY Core i7 Touch Laptops, Ooma VoIP, and More

It’s a new week, and it with that comes a fresh batch of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu for you all today, we have deals on the HP ENVY 17t Haswell-based notebook with touch, the Lenovo H500 dual-core Mini-Tower desktop system, a Dell PowerEdge T110 II Intel Dual-core Server, and a whole lot more. Full details...

 Chinese Hackers Compromise Tesla Model S, Honk Horn, Unlock Doors, Flash Headlights

Chinese Hackers Compromise Tesla Model S, Honk Horn, Unlock Doors, Flash Headlights

It looks like Tesla has a few security vulnerabilities to address. That much became evident after Chinese hackers participating in a hacking competition at the annual Syscan conference in Beijing took advantage of a vulnerability in a Tesla Model S electric car that allowed them to honk the horn, unlock the doors, and flash the headlights,...

Blasphemy! Lenovo Clarifies Intention To Continue With Small Screen Windows Tablets

Blasphemy! Lenovo Clarifies Intention To Continue With Small Screen Windows Tablets

Word broke a few days ago that Lenovo was going to discontinue tablets in the U.S. under 10 inches or so in size. It appeared that demand for smaller tablets stateside was dwindling, with users preferring larger devices. Lenovo released a statement today addressing that bit of news, and the long and short of it is that the statement is untrue....