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Yahoo! Taking On Instagram With Flickr

Yahoo! Taking On Instagram With Flickr

Yahoo announced some new changes to Flickr with version 3.0 for iOS and Android, and they seem to be aimed at competing with the wildly popular Instagram photo sharing service with a number of filters, advanced editing, intelligent search, and plenty of social elements. There are fourteen different live photo filters you can employ even before...

Mysterious, Ambitious OnePlus One Smartphone Images Leak

Mysterious, Ambitious OnePlus One Smartphone Images Leak

The curious OnePlus One smartphone is set to debut in a few days, but a host of images have already leaked out showing the phone’s look and design as well as a peak of the UI. You can see that the design is minimalist in nature, with graceful, subtle curves and a white back. The phone will also apparently employ StyleSwap covers so you...

Drones, Glass, Implants, Driverless Cars, and Robots, Oh My: American Attitudes About Future Technology

Drones, Glass, Implants, Driverless Cars, and Robots, Oh My: American Attitudes About Future Technology

We live at a quizzical time in technology. The tech boom has revolutionized the world, and the innovations that are pouring out of brilliant minds are incredible in both their frequency and content. But there is also a backlash against a lot of technology, perhaps highlighted best by the curious rage that Google Glass seems to engender in...

Don't Feed Trolls: U.S. Government Is 'Arguing' With Terrorists On Social Media

Don't Feed Trolls: U.S. Government Is 'Arguing' With Terrorists On Social Media

The U.S. government might not negotiate with terrorists, but it is willing to use social media as a tool to engage in conversation with jihadists and their sympathizers online. Why bother? The U.S. government hopes that it can convince potential terrorists to go in another direction. It's an ugly world the government's stepping into, but can...

AT&T Doles Out More Data For GoPhone Plan Customers With No Contract

AT&T Doles Out More Data For GoPhone Plan Customers With No Contract

Often overlooked in the mobile market for some reason is prepaid plans, and AT&T’s prepaid GoPhone deals are about to get sweeter. Customers will soon enjoy an increase in monthly data without an increase in rates, and more importantly, they’ll be able to use their phones as a mobile WiFi hotspot. There are three new plans...

Android Activations Hold A Commanding Lead Over iOS In Q1

Android Activations Hold A Commanding Lead Over iOS In Q1

For those of you who like to keep track of such things, Android is still the most popular mobile operating system on the planet. Android's big advantage is that it's an open source playground where anyone and everyone can come play with the equipment, and that's precisely how things have gone down. With so many handset, tablet, and system...

Microsoft Plans $1.13 Billion Data Center Project In Des Moines, Iowa

Microsoft Plans $1.13 Billion Data Center Project In Des Moines, Iowa

West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer has a plan for his city, and it involves attracting major technology companies to Central Iowa. So far so good: Microsoft is going to spend $1.13 billion on building a data center in West Des Moines to support its online services. Dubbed “Project Alluvion”, the data center will be phased in over...

Lowest Prices on Dell Multi-Touch PC, HP Chromebook, WD Blue Hard Drive and More

Lowest Prices on Dell Multi-Touch PC, HP Chromebook, WD Blue Hard Drive and More

Welcome back for this week’s final edition of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today we have deals on the Dell Inspiron One 2020 20" Multi-Touch AIO PC, the HP Chromebook 11, a 1TB WD Blue 3.5" 7200RPM hard drive, and the Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Router. Full details and links available below: Dell...

General Mills Limits Legal Recourse If Customers Engage The Brand In Social Media Or Email

General Mills Limits Legal Recourse If Customers Engage The Brand In Social Media Or Email

You might want to be careful with that next "Like" on Facebook, because as it appears, companies can use that to their advantage in the event a lawsuit is filed against them. In General Mills' updated legal terms, the company totally backs consumers into a corner if they follow the company on social media, use its digital coupons, subscribe...

Try Before You Buy: Google's Letting Potential Buyers Borrow Non-Functioning Glass Headsets

Try Before You Buy: Google's Letting Potential Buyers Borrow Non-Functioning Glass Headsets

Your chance to snag a pair of Google Glass came and went earlier this week when Google opened up its Explorer (beta tester) program to the general public for one day only. However, Google's been expanding the availability of Glass little by little -- the question is, are you willing to spend $1,500 on a pair? Apparently many people are, as...

Microsoft Continues To Have A PS4 Problem, Xbox One Outsold By 2 Million Units

Microsoft Continues To Have A PS4 Problem, Xbox One Outsold By 2 Million Units

Comparatively, the numbers don’t look great for Microsoft: The company has sold 5 million Xbox One consoles so far--which by itself seems a fine number--but competitor Sony has sold 7 million PS4s. That’s quite a margin of difference, although there’s are some nuances to consider, too. According to Geekwire, the PS4 is available...

AMD Beats The Street On Q1 Financials With Strong Console APU Sales

AMD Beats The Street On Q1 Financials With Strong Console APU Sales

You have to love these financials reports; they treat every bit of data with roughly equal weight, even though there are parts that are uninteresting and parts that make you do a double-take. Case in point, buried halfway down the page on AMD’s press release about its Q1 results is the tidbit that its Graphics and Visual Solutions revenue...

GeForce GTX 780 Ti Round Up: EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI

GeForce GTX 780 Ti Round Up: EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI

Do you know what gets our juices flowing even more than high-end hardware? It's having the opportunity to wrangle and evaluate multiple versions of a top-tier product. In this case, we've gone out and collected NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics cards from three different enthusiast brands: EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI. Each of the cards in this...

Google To Offer $100K Bounty In Project Ara Module Developer Challenge

Google To Offer $100K Bounty In Project Ara Module Developer Challenge

The Project Ara team just wrapped up its first developers conference, and although there was plenty of excitement, there are many huge challenges ahead before the modular smartphone becomes a Real Thing. To that end, Google is laying down a challenge to developers and offering a $100,000 prize as an incentive. The details of the competition...

Google Sells Out Of Glass Explorer Spots At $1500 A Pop

Google Sells Out Of Glass Explorer Spots At $1500 A Pop

It's been said that you can't truly boast about "selling out" if on one ever knew how many units you had to begin with, but make no mistake: there's demand for Google Glass. While Google has made recent efforts to quell the "Glasshole" mentality and make it more appealing to the mass market, pundits have suggested that it's mostly doing so...

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ‘Trusty Tahr’ Released For ‘Cost-Effective Windows XP Replacement’

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ‘Trusty Tahr’ Released For ‘Cost-Effective Windows XP Replacement’

Linux, and Ubuntu in particular, missed a golden opportunity to truly break into the mainstream market during the early days of Vista. The buggy operating system (prior to SP1) left consumers angry and willing to consider alternatives, but at the time, even Ubuntu was still a little rough around the edges to draw widespread interest among...

LG Reportedly Rolling Its Own ARM-Based Processor For Upcoming G3 Android Superphone

LG Reportedly Rolling Its Own ARM-Based Processor For Upcoming G3 Android Superphone

Just when we thought we might know everything there is to know about the LG's forthcoming G3 superphone, a new report throws a wrinkle into the mix. Rather than run with a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor to power the G3's 5.5-inch qHD (2560x1440) display, there's chatter that LG might equip its flagship device with its own...

Republic Wireless Plus Moto G Equals The Mobile Service Sweet Spot

Republic Wireless Plus Moto G Equals The Mobile Service Sweet Spot

Republic Wireless announced that it now offers Motorola’s Moto G smartphone with its mobile service packages, and with this move, Republic Wireless has found an elusive sweet spot in the industry--a mobile plan that offers great functionality for the price with a smartphone that you can be glad to have but costs very little. When Republic...

Comcast Increases Download Speeds to 105Mbps For Blast Internet Service Customers

Comcast Increases Download Speeds to 105Mbps For Blast Internet Service Customers

It looks like rumors that hit the Web a couple of months ago have proven true: Comcast has just upgraded its Blast package from 50Mbps to 105Mbps - an increase of 6.25MB/s to 13.13MB/s in megabyte terms. As a free upgrade, this kind of jump is nothing short of "awesome", although some might balk at the lack of an upload increase - it remains...

Facebook Rolls Out 'Nearby Friends' Feature To Let You Stalk In Person

Facebook Rolls Out 'Nearby Friends' Feature To Let You Stalk In Person

Some might consider it to be a major breach of privacy, but Facebook sees it as a major feature. With "Nearby Friends", the Facebook mobile app will be able to tell you if any of your contacts are - as you'd expect - nearby. This feature was first rumored just over a year ago, and at the time, many were up-in-arms - oblivious as to how Facebook...

Great Deals on Dell Inspiron Laptops, Lenovo A1000 Android Tablet and More

Great Deals on Dell Inspiron Laptops, Lenovo A1000 Android Tablet and More

We’ve got a fresh batch of HOT deals for you, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have a Dell Inspiron 15 (7000-series) Haswell-based laptop with touch, a Dell Inspiron 17 with Windows 7, a Lenovo IdeaTab A1000L 8GB Android Tablet, and a Lenovo N700 Wireless Bluetooth Mouse and Laser Pointer. Full details...

Terminated Yahoo! COO Nets A Cool $58 Million Along With His Pink Slip

Terminated Yahoo! COO Nets A Cool $58 Million Along With His Pink Slip

Not to self: Yahoo isn't a bad place to work for. Second note to self: Yahoo is an even better placed to be fired from. We know, that sounds insanely crazy, and typically speaking, that's a bunch of hogwash (the part about being fired from Yahoo, that is), But it turned out to be true for Henrique de Castro, Yahoo's former Chief Operating...

Apple To Fully Integrate Shazam Into iOS For Melodic Identification Of Your Groove

Apple To Fully Integrate Shazam Into iOS For Melodic Identification Of Your Groove

Apple is reportedly working with Shazam to integrate a song-discovery feature into iOS. This would allow iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners to be able to identify a song and artist that they hear blaring over the radio or on television, just as iOS, Android, and Windows Phone users can currently do using the official Shazam app. According...

Microsoft Introduces Wireless All-in-One Media Keyboard To Control Your Man-Woman Cave

Microsoft Introduces Wireless All-in-One Media Keyboard To Control Your Man-Woman Cave

Microsoft has a new wireless All-In-One Media Keyboard that offers solid functionality for not a lot of cash, and it looks like an ideal accessory for anyone with a multimedia setup in a rec room or simply anyone who wants a smoother way to control a smart TV. In addition to a full-size set of typical keys, the device offers an integrated...

Microsoft's Cortana Gets Her Bing On For More Personal Searches

Microsoft's Cortana Gets Her Bing On For More Personal Searches

With Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft’s Siri-like personal digital assistant Cortana becomes a crucial part of the user experience. She’s powered by Bing, and between the two, the system is designed to learn about you in order to anticipate your needs and deliver pertinent information to you while filtering out the clutter. The video...

Shocking: Nokia Halts Lumia 2520 Sales In Europe, UK Due To Power Brick Issues

Shocking: Nokia Halts Lumia 2520 Sales In Europe, UK Due To Power Brick Issues

Shortly after Sony had to recall its very last Viao Fit notebook due to a potential battery issue, Nokia has today issued a product advisory notice of its own. The notice impacts the  European and UK variant of the AC-300 charger, which is used exclusively with the Lumia 2520 tablet. Consumers in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia,...

Sony PlayStation 4 Sales Exceed 7 Million Mark, PS4 System Software Update Coming

Sony PlayStation 4 Sales Exceed 7 Million Mark, PS4 System Software Update Coming

Gaming is alive and thriving. Not that it was ever in question, but in case anyone's wondering what the market is like for the new era of consoles, Sony this week announced cumulative sales of more than 7 million PlayStation 4 systems as of April 6, 2014. That's an impressive feat and it comes barely more than a month since Sony announced...

LG’s G3 Smartphone Coming This Summer With 2560X1440 Display And Super Thin Bezel

LG’s G3 Smartphone Coming This Summer With 2560X1440 Display And Super Thin Bezel

At the beginning of the week, word spread that Sprint had inadvertently leaked LG's spec sheet for its forthcoming G3 smartphone. The highlight of that leak is the revelation of a 5.5-inch qHD (2560x1440) display, which works out to about 530 densely packed pixels per inch (ppi). Following up on that leak, Twitter user "@evleaks" posted a...

AT&T Threatens To Take Its Ball, Sit Out Spectrum Auction If FCC Doesn't Kowtow To Its Whining

AT&T Threatens To Take Its Ball, Sit Out Spectrum Auction If FCC Doesn't Kowtow To Its Whining

Ever since terrestrial broadcasters shut down their stations and went off the air, the FCC has been mulling what to do with sections of spectrum and how that wireless space should be allocated between wireless broadcasters and other types of use. It's a complicated issue, in that much of the frequency in question is in the valuable 1GHz band....

Price Drop On WD Black2 Dual Drive, Latitude 10 Tablet & More

Price Drop On WD Black2 Dual Drive, Latitude 10 Tablet & More

Solid deals here today on solid state and other bleeding-edge tech, from tablets to speakers and headphones.  So, we'll get right to it without further delay... Ends soon! WD Black² Dual Drive 2.5" 120GB SSD + 1TB HDD Kit for $194.67 with free shipping (normally $229). Dell Latitude 10 Windows 8 Pro Tablet w/ 10.1" IPS Gorilla Glass...

Coincidence Or Accident? Microsoft Security Essentials Bug Rendering XP Machines Hamstrung Like A Virus

Coincidence Or Accident? Microsoft Security Essentials Bug Rendering XP Machines Hamstrung Like A Virus

Since its release back in 2009, Microsoft Security Essentials has become a respected anti-virus / anti-malware solution. Even I, someone who never went out of their way to run such a solution, used it from the get-go due to its solid design and effective scanning. The fact that it was a cost-free solution sure didn't hurt, either. As it is...

Intel Says Earnings Are Up To $12.8B, Mobile Down, Servers, Software, And Services Up

Intel Says Earnings Are Up To $12.8B, Mobile Down, Servers, Software, And Services Up

Intel’s first quarter earnings report shows some uneven results across the company’s market segments and vast product portfolio, with a particular drop on the mobile side. Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group had a revenue of $156 million, but that was 52% from last quarter and down 61% year-over-year. In fact, sequentially,...

Seagate's LaCie Admits To Customer Data Breach Lasting A Year

Seagate's LaCie Admits To Customer Data Breach Lasting A Year

LaCie is in the process of informing its customers that any purchases made on the company's website within the last year could be compromised. The even scarier part about this is that the suspected data breach could have went on longer -- maybe much longer -- if the FBI didn't inform LaCie last month that it had reason to believe a person...

Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Tablet: Windows 8.1 And A Gorgeous Display

Lenovo ThinkPad 8 Tablet: Windows 8.1 And A Gorgeous Display

Lenovo is targeting its ThinkPad 8 at business users, which makes sense. Everyone values portability and power, but it’s the business user who’s most likely to say “I need my tablet to be capable of doing everything that my main PC can do.” With a full 32-bit version of Windows 8.1 and a 1920 x 1200 display, the Lenovo...

Samsung’s Tizen Phone Cometh In Q2, Galaxy S5 To Outsell S4

Samsung’s Tizen Phone Cometh In Q2, Galaxy S5 To Outsell S4

Remember Tizen, the Linux-based mobile operating system that's backed by Samsung and Intel, among others? There hasn't been much noise about Tizen lately, but rest assured, if you're hoping for another player in the mobile software space, Samsung still has plans of launching Tizen-based handsets later this year. Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president...

Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Sensor Security Already Hacked And Compromised

Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Sensor Security Already Hacked And Compromised

It appears that smartphone makers have been watching too many spy flicks, hence the sudden fascination with fingerprint scanning as a security measure. While that may seem like a fine and dandy idea on paper -- and in Hollywood -- the truth is, the biometric technology that's available for consumer handsets just isn't secure. This was again...

Logitech Debuts “Tunable” Proteus Core Gaming Mouse

Logitech Debuts “Tunable” Proteus Core Gaming Mouse

We love a good gaming mouse around here, and Logitech unveiled a doozy with the G502 Proteus Core, which is designed to let you tune the mouse to your preferred weight, balance, tracking speed, and more--as well as a given gaming surface “unique physical and reflective characteristics”. There are a series of 3.6g weights, 11 programmable...

Google’s Project Ara Modular Smartphone Coming January 2015, Will Cost $50 (For Developers)

Google’s Project Ara Modular Smartphone Coming January 2015, Will Cost $50 (For Developers)

The first Project Ara Developers Conference is underway, and the big news up front is that Google’s ATAP team will get the first model to market in January 2015, and it will cost a mere fifty bucks--at least for developers to make. It’s not yet known how much the devices will cost at retail, but presumably that will vary, as the...

Apple, Google, Samsung, AT&T And Verizon Back Smartphone Theft Deterrent Kill Switch Initiative

Apple, Google, Samsung, AT&T And Verizon Back Smartphone Theft Deterrent Kill Switch Initiative

Apple's iOS 7 already saw the introduction of Activation Lock, which was built to prevent stolen phones from being wiped, unlocked, sold elsewhere, and activated by a buyer who wasn't aware of the phone's illicit journey. But phone manufacturers are looking to take things a step further, and for good reason. Phone theft has become quite the...

Lenovo Chases Your Tax Refund With Low Cost Laptops, AIO Desktops, And Dual Mode FLEX 2

Lenovo Chases Your Tax Refund With Low Cost Laptops, AIO Desktops, And Dual Mode FLEX 2

Unless you applied for an extension, the deadline to settle up with Uncle Sam and file your taxes was yesterday. Assuming you did that, you now know how much of a refund you're owed, and Lenovo would like nothing more than for you to spend it on a new PC. If you owe taxes instead but are still in need of a new system, Lenovo rolled out some...

Samsung Patent Points To Google Glass Competitive Headset With Heads-Up Display

Samsung Patent Points To Google Glass Competitive Headset With Heads-Up Display

Hot on the heels of Google rolling-out a limited batch of Google Glass to the public, Samsung has applied for a patent involving a competing product that it's calling "Earphone". That name highlights the biggest difference between Glass and this, however; rather than act as pair of glasses, Earphone's HUD extends out from an earpiece. Given...

Intel Launches ‘INDE’ Cross-Platform Development System For Android And Windows Devices

Intel Launches ‘INDE’ Cross-Platform Development System For Android And Windows Devices

Last spring, we talked about "Beacon Mountain", Intel's pre-packaged Android development environment that caters to developing around both Intel and ARM architectures. We haven't heard too much about Beacon Mountain since, but as we can now see, Intel had even greater plans for it; it's been swallowed-up into Intel's INDE, or "Integrated Native...

 Microsoft Office Online Apps Come To The Chrome Web Store

Microsoft Office Online Apps Come To The Chrome Web Store

In a continued effort to make its Office productivity suite more easily accessible to a wider audience, Microsoft has made the web versions of its Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote apps available to download through Google's Chrome Web Store. This boils down to an added convenience for Chrome users. As Microsoft points out in a blog post...

Lowest Price on Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop, 2TB Portable Hard Drive and HP Desktops

Lowest Price on Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop, 2TB Portable Hard Drive and HP Desktops

Welcome back to the latest edition of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu this fine Tuesday, we have an awesome Alienware 14 Core i5-based gaming laptop, a 23-inch Lenovo C560 All-In-One PC, Up to 65% off select Kingston flash memory products, an HP ENVY 700-215xt Core i7-based desktop system and more. Full details...

Mozilla Appoints Chris Beard As Interim CEO, Is "Strong Candidate" For Permanent Position

Mozilla Appoints Chris Beard As Interim CEO, Is "Strong Candidate" For Permanent Position

Mozilla promoted its Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Chris Beard, to the position of interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO), replacing co-founder Brendan Eich after he stepped down amid a controversy that swept through the Internet. Beard has been with Mozilla since the early days and is considered a "strong candidate" to fill the roll permanently....

Apple’s CarPlay Coming To Your Vehicle With Aftermarket Pioneer Kit

Apple’s CarPlay Coming To Your Vehicle With Aftermarket Pioneer Kit

Apple’s CarPlay looks to be one of the more innovative products that the company has created since the passing of Steve Jobs, and although it’s likely that we’ll see new cars on the lot with CarPlay technology built in yet this year, Pioneer is offering an aftermarket CarPlay product that you can pop into the car that you...

Microsoft Debuts “Office 365 Personal Plan” To Push Adoption Of Office for iPad

Microsoft Debuts “Office 365 Personal Plan” To Push Adoption Of Office for iPad

There was a moment there when new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had to decide if the company would push its Office 365 product out to as many platforms as possible, thus ensuring maximum adoption for its software, or withhold one of its most valuable assets and leverage that to boost its hardware sales. Nadella chose the former option, and thus...

Google Updates Its Terms Of Service, Details How Your Content And Email Are Scanned To Target Ads

Google Updates Its Terms Of Service, Details How Your Content And Email Are Scanned To Target Ads

Ever have a funny feeling you're being watched? You're not being paranoid, you're just savvy to the way things work in the Internet era. Between Uncle Sam keeping tabs on your communications to Google trying to learn what makes you tick so that it has something to sell advertisers, you are indeed being watched. With regards to Google, the...

Air Superiority Battle Begins As Google Snaps Up Potential Facebook Acquisition Target Titan Aerospace

Air Superiority Battle Begins As Google Snaps Up Potential Facebook Acquisition Target Titan Aerospace

There’s a new battlefront in the tech field, it involves air space and the Internet, and it’s an exciting front. Google and Facebook are forerunners here, and the former just snapped up drone maker Titan Aerospace, which the latter was reportedly interested in buying recently. Facebook ended up with drone maker Ascenta, and now...

Toshiba’s Satellite P55t Laptop Sports 15.6-Inch 4K Ultra HD Technicolor Certified Display

Toshiba’s Satellite P55t Laptop Sports 15.6-Inch 4K Ultra HD Technicolor Certified Display

One has to wonder: is it possible to have access to too many pixels? Probably not, particularly if you're Toshiba. The company has just outed one of the planet's first 4K laptops, and if pixel density is your top priority, this one's going to be tough to resist. The Satellite P55t has a full-fledged 4K display, and the first to earn Technicolor's...