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Microsoft CEO Nadella Encourages Students That Emotional Quotient ‘Trumps IQ In The Long Run’
Microsoft Skips Windows 9, Unveils Windows 10 And Windows Insider Program
Microsoft Prediciton Lab Develops Forecast Technology Based Partially On User Input
Lowest Price Ever On Dell XPS Laptops; Plus Price Drops On Dell Desktops, Bluetooth Speakers And More
Acer Starts Shipping V Nitro Black Edition Laptops In North America
Intel’s Basis Unveils Peak Fitness And Sleep Tracker Watch
Ebay And PayPal To Become Separate Standalone Companies in 2015
Thailand Is Building A Taster Bot To Ensure High Quality Cuisine That Tastes Right
HP Launches Stream Line Of Affordable Windows Notebooks And Tablets To Take On Chromebooks
Adobe Creative Cloud Suite With Streaming Photoshop Coming To Chromebooks
Facebook Ads Will Now Follow You On Or Off Facebook, Wherever You Go
Microsoft To Open Swank Flagship Retail Store In The Big Apple
Lowest Prices Of The Year On HP Envy Laptops; Plus Price Drops On Dell Inspiron Desktops, Samsung HDTVs And More
Micron M600 SATA & M.2 Solid State Drive Review
HP Delivers First 64-Bit ARM Servers For The Enterprise
GoPro Unleashes The HERO4 Action Video Camer, Available October 5th
Smartphone Makers Eager To Adopt 64-Bit Version Of Android L
Lenovo To Close $2.1 Billion IBM Deal October 1, Will Become World's Third Largest Server Player
Microsoft Finally Launches Xbox One In China, Only 10 Games Available So Far
Microsoft Should (And Reportedly Will) Make Windows 9 Free For Windows 8 Users

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Microsoft CEO Nadella Encourages Students That Emotional Quotient ‘Trumps IQ In The Long Run’

Microsoft CEO Nadella Encourages Students That Emotional Quotient ‘Trumps IQ In The Long Run’

At the Talent India 2014 event, Microsoft ceo Satya Nadella, joined by India’s Human Resource Development Minister Smitri Irani, addressed students on the subject of their future and possibilities. During his talk, Nadella spoke about the importance of emotional quotient (EQ) over intelligence quotient (IQ). “In the long run, EQ...

Microsoft Skips Windows 9, Unveils Windows 10 And Windows Insider Program

Microsoft Skips Windows 9, Unveils Windows 10 And Windows Insider Program

Microsoft decided to really shake things up today when, instead of announcing what many expected to be called Windows 9, they jumped right to announcing their next OS as Windows 10. Many of the leaks and rumored feature enhancements were in fact accurate, though with full details on how Microsoft will implement these features and new...

Microsoft Prediciton Lab Develops Forecast Technology Based Partially On User Input

Microsoft Prediciton Lab Develops Forecast Technology Based Partially On User Input

As we slowly march towards a future where scenes from Minority Report and Transcendence feel more like reality and less like science fiction, Microsoft Research is unveiling a data-drive crystal ball of sorts. It's a project emerging from the Microsoft Prediction Lab, where laypeople are encouraged to make predictions about upcoming events....

Lowest Price Ever On Dell XPS Laptops; Plus Price Drops On Dell Desktops, Bluetooth Speakers And More

Lowest Price Ever On Dell XPS Laptops; Plus Price Drops On Dell Desktops, Bluetooth Speakers And More

Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deal on the Dell XPS 11 Core i5-based Convertible with 128GB SSD, the Lenovo C260 19.5" Dual-core All-in-one PC, a Samsung 850 Pro-Series 2.5" 512GB solid state drive, and a whole lot more. Full details, with links and...

Acer Starts Shipping V Nitro Black Edition Laptops In North America

Acer Starts Shipping V Nitro Black Edition Laptops In North America

Acer on Tuesday announced that its V Nitro Black Edition series of high-performance laptops built around Intel's Haswell platform is now available in North America. These notebooks purportedly offer workstation-class capabilities, though when it comes time to play, the inclusion of an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M will happily get you gaming. "Acer...

Intel’s Basis Unveils Peak Fitness And Sleep Tracker Watch

Intel’s Basis Unveils Peak Fitness And Sleep Tracker Watch

Intel-owned Basis has just unveiled a brand-new smartwatch, and while I'd understand it if you didn't get too excited based on that fact alone, this model does seem to have what it takes to stand out of the crowd. Called Peak, this high-quality smartwatch features a Gorilla Glass touchscreen face and an anodized aluminum body that comes in...

Ebay And PayPal To Become Separate Standalone Companies in 2015

Ebay And PayPal To Become Separate Standalone Companies in 2015

Online auction site eBay announced today that its board of directors approved a plan to split eBay and PayPal into independent publicly traded companies in 2015. By spinning PayPal off into its own business, the board feels both companies will be in a better position to capitalize on their respective growth opportunities. "eBay and PayPal...

Thailand Is Building A Taster Bot To Ensure High Quality Cuisine That Tastes Right

Thailand Is Building A Taster Bot To Ensure High Quality Cuisine That Tastes Right

Cartoons taught us that robots mainly like to feast on oil, but then again, they also imparted other erroneous lessons, such coyotes being able to survive repeated falls off of cliffs -- beep, beep! Go ahead and color us intrigued, because it turns out robots have a taste for real human food. Or at least some do, such as the one developed...

HP Launches Stream Line Of Affordable Windows Notebooks And Tablets To Take On Chromebooks

HP Launches Stream Line Of Affordable Windows Notebooks And Tablets To Take On Chromebooks

All vendors take note -- the secret to success is price. It wasn't until Android tablets undercut the iPad on cost of ownership that they found an audience, and the reason Chromebooks are selling so well is because they're cheap, not because they're preferred over Windows laptops. Hewlett-Packard is one of the first OEMs to figure this out,...

Adobe Creative Cloud Suite With Streaming Photoshop Coming To Chromebooks

Adobe Creative Cloud Suite With Streaming Photoshop Coming To Chromebooks

In a move to supplement its list of applications available on its Chromebooks, Google has announced a partnership with Adobe on its official website. The new partnership will bring Adobe’s Creative Cloud onto Chromebooks starting with a streaming version of Photoshop. Google revealed that the new feature will be available first to U.S.-based...

Facebook Ads Will Now Follow You On Or Off Facebook, Wherever You Go

Facebook Ads Will Now Follow You On Or Off Facebook, Wherever You Go

Facebook has been making a push into ad marketing. Earlier this year, it acquired video ad company LiveRail to improve the social media company’s video ads. Now, Facebook has unveiled a rebuilt Atlas for the purpose of allowing advertisers the ability to track and measure the effects of their ad campaigns not only on Facebook, but browsers...

Microsoft To Open Swank Flagship Retail Store In The Big Apple

Microsoft To Open Swank Flagship Retail Store In The Big Apple

Microsoft's plans to build open a flagship store in New York has been in the works for about five years, and at some point in 2015, it'll finally become a reality. Current plans are to take over Fendi, located at 677 Fifth Ave., which is about five blocks away from Apple's flagship store at 767 Fifth Avenue. David Porter, Microsoft's Corporate...

Lowest Prices Of The Year On HP Envy Laptops; Plus Price Drops On Dell Inspiron Desktops, Samsung HDTVs And More

Lowest Prices Of The Year On HP Envy Laptops; Plus Price Drops On Dell Inspiron Desktops, Samsung HDTVs And More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you today, we have deals on the HP ENVY 15z-j100 15.6" AMD-based laptop, Dell P2815Q 28" 4K UltraHD monitor, a Lenovo IdeaCentre Flex 20 multi-mode PC with touch, and a whole lot more. Full details with links and pricing for all of the deals...

Micron M600 SATA & M.2 Solid State Drive Review

Micron M600 SATA & M.2 Solid State Drive Review

Samsung made some waves earlier this year with the introduction of its 850 Pro family of solid state drives and the first commercial iteration of 3D stacked flash memory. Micron is striking back with lower-geometry 16nm conventional NAND, however, and a new drive technology it claims will accelerate performance more effectively than other...

HP Delivers First 64-Bit ARM Servers For The Enterprise

HP Delivers First 64-Bit ARM Servers For The Enterprise

ARM continues to make headway into territories typically occupied by AMD and in particular Intel. Namely, the server market. Giving ARM a boost in the enterprise segment, Hewlett-Packard today announced two ARM-based servers, one of which is the first enterprise-class 64-bit ARM-based server. In addition, HP is making available a production-ready...

GoPro Unleashes The HERO4 Action Video Camer, Available October 5th

GoPro Unleashes The HERO4 Action Video Camer, Available October 5th

GoPro has earned a reputation as the go-to brand when you need a camera for recording action on the go, but if you thought the company planned to rest on its past success, think again. Today sees the unveiling of GoPro's HERO4, the title given to the company's highest performance line of capture devices it has ever made. The HERO4 comes in...

Smartphone Makers Eager To Adopt 64-Bit Version Of Android L

Smartphone Makers Eager To Adopt 64-Bit Version Of Android L

Google is getting ready to unveil Android L (or Lemon Meringue Pie or Lollipop or Licorice or whatever tasty treat will serve as the next build's namesake), and one of the big features is that it will optionally support 64-bit processors. Of course, it will be up to smartphone and tablet makers to take advantage of the 64-bit opportunity that's...

Lenovo To Close $2.1 Billion IBM Deal October 1, Will Become World's Third Largest Server Player

Lenovo To Close $2.1 Billion IBM Deal October 1, Will Become World's Third Largest Server Player

Lenovo is already the world's top PC maker in terms of shipments and sales, and once it closes the deal with IBM for its server division, the Chinese company will become the third largest player in the global x86 server market. No small deal, Lenovo is paying IBM $2.1 billion to increase its standing in a market that's worth $42.1 billion....

Microsoft Finally Launches Xbox One In China, Only 10 Games Available So Far

Microsoft Finally Launches Xbox One In China, Only 10 Games Available So Far

Last week, Microsoft had announced that it was delaying the launch of its Xbox One in China from September 23 to the end of the year. However, no sooner was the announcement made before the company then decided to release it on September 29. Well, Microsoft has stuck to its guns, making the Xbox One the first console to launch in China. Consumers...

Microsoft Should (And Reportedly Will) Make Windows 9 Free For Windows 8 Users

Microsoft Should (And Reportedly Will) Make Windows 9 Free For Windows 8 Users

At the risk of getting people's hopes up, the web is quickly filling with reports that Microsoft is planning to offer Windows 9 (codenamed Threshold) as a free upgrade for Windows 8 users. The original source of the rumor comes from an Indonesian-language website quoting Andreas Diantor, President of Microsoft Indonesia, as saying that Windows...

AT&T Doubles Data For Free On Select Mobile Share Plans

AT&T Doubles Data For Free On Select Mobile Share Plans

For those who just can't seem to get enough data on a monthly basis, AT&T is upping the ante for select customers. For those who are willing to dive into the carrier's Mobile Share Value plans of 15GB and up, you'll get double the data for no extra charge for the life of the plan. The only catch? You need to sign up by October 31st, and...

Chevrolet Corvette’s Valet Mode Is Illegal In Some States, GM Warns Owners

Chevrolet Corvette’s Valet Mode Is Illegal In Some States, GM Warns Owners

Owners of 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes could be breaking the law if they use the vehicle’s Valet Mode feature. General Motors has been sending out letters to Corvette owners and its Chevrolet dealerships with the warning that the use of this feature could be illegal in some states. Valet Mode is simply a Performance Data Recorder that allows...

Snowden Effect: iPhone 6 Advanced Encryption Causes Major Heartburn For US Law Enforcement

Snowden Effect: iPhone 6 Advanced Encryption Causes Major Heartburn For US Law Enforcement

Late last week, we reported on the FBI's latest beef with Apple, as the company is soon to make encryption standard on its customer's iPhones. Perhaps not surprisingly, it's not just the FBI that's upset, but law enforcement in general. Since the FBI spoke out, some Bay Area police officials have spoken out as well, and they really don't like...

Vine Update For Android Lets You Access Camera Roll And Trim Existing Videos

Vine Update For Android Lets You Access Camera Roll And Trim Existing Videos

A little over a month ago, Vine gave iOS users the ability to tap into their existing videos and turn them into short Vines, complete with trimming and stitching functionality. Where's the love for Android, you ask? No need to pout if you're rocking an Android handset -- the newest update for Vine lets you take clips from your device's camera...

Motorola ‘Shamu’ Nexus Device Breaks Cover, Leaked Again And It’s Big

Motorola ‘Shamu’ Nexus Device Breaks Cover, Leaked Again And It’s Big

We suppose a smartphone as big as the rumored Shamu from Motorola (likely to be called Nexus 6 or Nexus X) is tough to hide, hence all the leaks to the web. The latest leak comes from an anonymous person who has been posting a supposed photo of the giant handset shown sitting next to an LG G3 device on at least two different forums. The picture...

Shellshock Fixes Ready For Download, Get Your Bash Patch Here

Shellshock Fixes Ready For Download, Get Your Bash Patch Here

Red Hat has announced that it has issued a complete set of patches to battle the 'Shellshock' Bash bug that it revealed to the world last week. You might notice that I said "patches", and that's because shortly after the initial CVE-2014-6271 was discovered and patched, more vulnerabilities came to the surface. These were not nearly as severe...

Apple Expected To Consume 25% Of All DRAM In 2015, Impact Industry Trends

Apple Expected To Consume 25% Of All DRAM In 2015, Impact Industry Trends

For years, RAM has followed a predictable pattern in the computing industry. New standards debut, with questionable performance gains and at significantly higher costs compared to previous products. As time passes, the new standard is adopted by more and more chipsets and vendors until it becomes dominant. Costs drop, volume rises, and everyone...

Intel Edison-Powered Nixie Wearable Drone Camera Flies Off Your Wrist To Capture The Moment

Intel Edison-Powered Nixie Wearable Drone Camera Flies Off Your Wrist To Capture The Moment

There are very few products that have genuinely made me go "wow", but I can safely add the Nixie drone camera to that modest list. Over the past couple of years, drones have become popular enough to the point where a new release doesn't excite most people. But Nixie is different. It's a drone that you wear, like a bracelet. Whenever you want...

Ello Is Supposed To Be The ‘Anti-Facebook’ But Is Its Business Model Sustainable?

Ello Is Supposed To Be The ‘Anti-Facebook’ But Is Its Business Model Sustainable?

Many people have finally become truly fed-up with the likes of Facebook. All the ads, all the tracking, all the rules. Last month, the world's most popular social network found itself in hot water after it forced some drag performers to use their real names, and while it's not hard to understand Facebook's reasoning, it's a no-brainer that...

Texting While Driving Google Glass Explorers Still A Hazard But With Faster Reflexes

Texting While Driving Google Glass Explorers Still A Hazard But With Faster Reflexes

Those hoping to Glass-and-drive might soon be in for a rude awakening: Research shows that using Google Glass while driving is just as dangerous as using a smartphone, and as it stands, 44 US states have banned the latter. The most important factor during this study was how quickly people reacted to an accident and slammed on the brakes -...

Boo! Microsoft Ending Windows 7’s Life Cycle Officially On Halloween

Boo! Microsoft Ending Windows 7’s Life Cycle Officially On Halloween

Consider this your friendly reminder that we're fast approaching Microsoft's cutoff date for providing its hardware partners with copies of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, or Ultimate to pre-install on new systems. Once October 31, 2014 (Halloween) comes and goes, OEMs like Dell and Hewlett-Packard can still sell whatever inventory is...

Want An Unlocked iPhone 6? Pick Up The T-Mobile Version Contract-Free

Want An Unlocked iPhone 6? Pick Up The T-Mobile Version Contract-Free

There seems to be a bit of confusion over how to buy one of Apple's iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus handsets in unlocked form. In the past, Apple has let consumers buy unlocked and contract-free iPhone models direct from its website, but this time around, there doesn't appear to an option to do that -- only the "contract-free" option is listed for...

Streaming Music Services Begin To Eat Into Profits Of Digital Music Downloads

Streaming Music Services Begin To Eat Into Profits Of Digital Music Downloads

It should strike no one as a surprise that music streaming is big business. But did you know that it's become so big, that it's begun to seriously eat away at downloadable music revenue? According to the Recording Industry Association of America, it has, and the fact that iTunes revenue dropped 12% in the first six months of this year highlights...

Acer XB280HK 4K G-SYNC Gaming Monitor Review

Acer XB280HK 4K G-SYNC Gaming Monitor Review

Last year, when I was first exposed to NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology, I turned to one of our contacts at the company and said, “The moment someone comes out with a nice 4K version, I’ll hand over my credit card”. At the time, I had been riding along on a 30” HP display with a resolution of 2560x1600, and quite frankly,...

Price Drops On Alienware Gaming PC & Accessories, $99 Printers, Lenovo Clearance, And More

Price Drops On Alienware Gaming PC & Accessories, $99 Printers, Lenovo Clearance, And More

It’s almost time to close out another week, but not before serving up the latest batch of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu for you all today, we have deals on the slick Alienware X51 small-form-factor gaming PC, the Lenovo Yoga 10 multi-mode 10.1" quad-core 32GB Android tablet, the Epson WF-2540 All-in-One...

Google Proclaims They’ve Done “More Than Almost Any Other Company” To Fight Online Piracy

Google Proclaims They’ve Done “More Than Almost Any Other Company” To Fight Online Piracy

It’s the war of the open letters. Last week, the CEO of News Corp took a shot at Google in a letter to the European Commissioner for Competition, claiming that “Google has been remarkably successful in its ability to monetize users, but has not shown the willingness, even though it clearly has the ability, to respect fundamental...

Intel Investing $1.5B In Chinese Mobile Chip Suppliers To Bolster Handset Business

Intel Investing $1.5B In Chinese Mobile Chip Suppliers To Bolster Handset Business

Intel is looking to be a major player in the mobile market. How else could you explain its acquisition of 1,400 Powerwave patents earlier this month? But the company is not done. Yesterday, Intel announced that it is investing $1.5 billion into Chinese mobile chip suppliers. Intel and Tsinghua Unigroup LTd have signed a series of agreements...

Apple Releases iOS 8.0.2 To Address Several iPhone 6 And Network Bugs

Apple Releases iOS 8.0.2 To Address Several iPhone 6 And Network Bugs

"Mulligan!" That's the sound heard loud and clear coming out of Cupertino as Apple releases its iOS 8.0.2 update to fix the damage done by iOS 8.0.1, the first update to iOS 8 that wasn't long for this world. Shortly after releasing iOS 8.0.1 to the wild, complaints began to surface of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners not being able to connect...

Microsoft To Unveil Windows 9 Threshold This Tuesday, 9/30

Microsoft To Unveil Windows 9 Threshold This Tuesday, 9/30

It feels like just yesterday that we were investigating the ins and outs of Windows 8, and already, enough time has passed that a new version of Microsoft's flagship desktop/laptop operating system is imminent. Windows 9, code-named Threshold, may end up dropping the number on its end altogether. At this point, Windows itself is a pretty powerful...

FBI Director Takes Issue With Apple and Google Smartphone Encryption Technology

FBI Director Takes Issue With Apple and Google Smartphone Encryption Technology

There's a fine line between privacy and safety, and the question we face as a nation is how much information should government agencies be allowed to access? Privacy advocates would argue that the U.S. government is stepping way over the line with the level of spying it's capable of, and in the aftermath of that all that, Google and Apple...

Apple Support Rep Says The Company Will Replace Bent iPhones Upon Visual Inspection

Apple Support Rep Says The Company Will Replace Bent iPhones Upon Visual Inspection

It's still being determined just how widespread the issue pertaining to bent iPhone 6 Plus models really is. Bendgate, as it's being called, has received lots of media attention, though Apple contends that they're isolated incidents with complaints to company still in the single digits (nine in all) six days post launch. At the end of the...

Conan Rips On Apple’s Flaccid iPhone 6 Plus With Samsung’s Stiff 'Raging Phoner'

Conan Rips On Apple’s Flaccid iPhone 6 Plus With Samsung’s Stiff 'Raging Phoner'

Apple finally responded to complaints that its giant sized iPhone 6 Plus is having trouble staying firm, saying the problem is an "extremely rare" one (that excuse never works, btw) and that only nine customers have complained to the company about it so far. That might be true, but given the widespread media attention the device's bendable...

Two And A Half Geeks 9/25/14: iPhone 6, GeForce GTX 900 Series, Dell Inspiron 3000, Maingear Pulse 15 and More

Two And A Half Geeks 9/25/14: iPhone 6, GeForce GTX 900 Series, Dell Inspiron 3000, Maingear Pulse 15 and More

In this latest episode of HotHardware's 2.5 Geeks webcast, Andrew, Dave and Marco discuss Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (including "bendgate"), the affordable Dell Inspiron 11 2-in-1 convertible, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 graphics cards, Intel Broadwell low-power processors, the Maingear Pulse 15 3K gaming laptop, our next...

Apple Claims Only 9 People Have Complained About iPhone 6 Plus Bending Issue

Apple Claims Only 9 People Have Complained About iPhone 6 Plus Bending Issue

It appears that “Bendgate” is not as big an issue as some are claiming. At least that is what Apple is saying. Recently, rumors and claims came to the forefront regarding consumers who had bent their iPhone 6 Plus simply by carrying it in their front or back pockets. According to Apple, it says that only nine people, out of the...

GoPro HERO4 Could Save The Action Video World In Mid October

GoPro HERO4 Could Save The Action Video World In Mid October

The next GoPro is expected to launch in mid-October, and rumor has it, it's going to be one draw-dropping device. Compared to the GoPro HERO3, the upcoming 4 model is said to cost about $100 more, putting it at $500. That might seem a bit steep, but if the specs prove true, it's going to be worth it. At the forefront, HERO4 is said to...

Valve Launches Steam Music Player To Pipe Your Bumpin Beats While You Frag

Valve Launches Steam Music Player To Pipe Your Bumpin Beats While You Frag

Valve recently gave Steam, the company’s digital distribution platform, an overhaul consisting of an updated look and making it easier to search for games. But the company is not finished. Valve has launched the Steam Music Player so that users will be able to listen to music while they game within Steam itself. Users wishing to use...

Facebook’s Internet-Beaming Solar-Powered Drones Are Coming

Facebook’s Internet-Beaming Solar-Powered Drones Are Coming

As Facebook and Google rush to connect the remaining regions of the world that lack Internet connectivity, they are increasingly looking to the skies. While Google has balloons in mind, Facebook is planning drones that will be able to fly for days or months at high altitudes, beaming Internet connections to remote areas below. A high-flying,...

Heads-Up, Mac and Linux Bash Shell Vulnerability Could Leave You ‘Shellshocked’

Heads-Up, Mac and Linux Bash Shell Vulnerability Could Leave You ‘Shellshocked’

It's being called a worse threat than Heartbleed, but unlike Heartbleed, "Shellshock" can affect home users just as well as servers. The bug is tied to the Bash Unix shell, one that's pretty much de facto in Linux, and can be found in all Mac OS X releases. While you'll be in a Bash environment whenever you open up a terminal, there are many...

Price Drops On Dell UltraSharp Monitors; Lenovo Erazer Gaming PC and More

Price Drops On Dell UltraSharp Monitors; Lenovo Erazer Gaming PC 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 the Dell UltraSharp UZ2715H 27" 1080p Anti-glare IPS Monitor, the Dell E5515H 55" 1080p Conference Room Monitor, a Logitech Z506 5.1 Speaker System and whole lot more. Full details with pricing and links available...

Mighty Mouse? EVGA's Torq X10 Reviewed

Mighty Mouse? EVGA's Torq X10 Reviewed

If your any kind of a computing enthusiast, you're quite familiar with EVGA, even if you haven't bought and of their hardware. From power supplies to motherboards and graphics cards, the company has established a solid reputation for producing high-quality, enthusiast equipment. EVGA recently sent over one of their new Torq X10 gaming mice...