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All News for October 2013

Holy Hertz! Eizo Steps Out With 240Hz 24-Inch Gaming Monitor

Holy Hertz! Eizo Steps Out With 240Hz 24-Inch Gaming Monitor

The 4K revolution is on, and not just in the HDTV department. ASUS got things going with its 31.5" PQ321 Ultra HD monitor, and now EIZO is stepping up to the plate with an equally impressive panel. While it's not boasting a 4K resolution, it does claim to be the world's first 240Hz gaming monitor. If you're unfamiliar, 240Hz panels generally...

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Soars to 5 Million Unit Sales in Just One Month

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Soars to 5 Million Unit Sales in Just One Month

When so-called "phablets" first emerged -- those devices that are bigger than your typical smartphone but smaller than a tablet -- there was a question mark surrounding whether or not consumers would snatch these things up. Well, Samsung keeps proving that there's a market for smartphones with ginormous touchscreen displays, further proof...

Lowest ever prices on Lenovo Horizon table PC, HP IPS monitor, Battlefield 4 bundle, more

Lowest ever prices on Lenovo Horizon table PC, HP IPS monitor, Battlefield 4 bundle, more

Our deal hunters have been hard at work and have a slew of hot new offers to fill your day with techy goodness. Leading things off is the lowest-ever price on the really cool Lenovo Horizon; this 27" PC is like a giant tablet, but with an Intel Core i7 processor and referred to as a table PC. We also found a big price drop on HP's premium...

Valve's Steam Platform Hits 65 Million Users, 3,000+ Game Titles

Valve's Steam Platform Hits 65 Million Users, 3,000+ Game Titles

Well, here's some fantastic news for PC gaming: The userbase on Valve's Steam platform increased a staggering 30% over the past 12 months, putting the current total of users at 65 million. Further, Valve notes that its service now offers over 3,000 games, across Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. As a dedicated PC gamer, this kind of news...

Lenovo IdeaCentre Erazer X700 Gaming PC Review

Lenovo IdeaCentre Erazer X700 Gaming PC Review

If we asked you to name five gaming PC manufacturers, Lenovo probably wouldn't make the list. No other company in the world ships more PCs than Lenovo, but of those machines, relatively few are dedicated gaming boxes. Traditionally, Lenovo has focused its efforts on business class desktops and laptops, though the company is known to play in...

Intel's OnCue Streaming TV Service May Be Dead, Verizon Could Buy Intel Media Unit

Intel's OnCue Streaming TV Service May Be Dead, Verizon Could Buy Intel Media Unit

Intel created a unit dedicated to developing a TV streaming service and associated hardware, and despite pledges from Intel Media vice president Erik Huggers that we could see the service launch by the end of the year, it appears that the experiment is over. According to AllThingsD’s sources, Intel is close to handing the Intel Media...

Ashton Kutcher Joins Lenovo's Product Engineering Team

Ashton Kutcher Joins Lenovo's Product Engineering Team

I’m going to say something that will no doubt be terribly controversial: I like Ashton Kutcher. Yes, he’s on one of the worst TV shows ever, he was a male model, and in his younger years he came off as a doofus (i.e., the “Punk’d” era). But he also had the chutzpah to marry Bruce Willis’ wife, he does charity...

Nintendo Back in the Black Despite Wii U Having "Negative Impact" on Profits

Nintendo Back in the Black Despite Wii U Having "Negative Impact" on Profits

Nintendo thought it was getting a jump in the next generation console wars by lobbing the first grenade with its Wii U console, but on hindsight, the hardware maker may have effectively shot itself in the foot instead. While Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 are both expected to light up the sales charts when they debut next month,...

Google Nexus 5 Posts Best Gaming Benchmark Among Android Smartphones

Google Nexus 5 Posts Best Gaming Benchmark Among Android Smartphones

Rumors around the what and when of Google’s upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone have been plentiful, and ahead of the supposed release date on Halloween, a benchmark score for the handset has slipped out from Rightware, and it’s downright impressive. According to Rightware’s Power Board, the Nexus 5 delivered the second-highest Benchmark...

Apple Confirms Battery Defects with Some iPhone 5S Units

Apple Confirms Battery Defects with Some iPhone 5S Units

One of the features Apple touted when unveiling the iPhone 5S was that the battery life is supposed to be much improved compared to previous models. However, the Cupertino company has now confirmed that a "limited number" of iPhone 5S models may peter out prematurely due to a manufacturing defect in the device's battery. "We recently discovered...

Google Glass Illegal While Driving? Motorist Gets Ticketed by Police

Google Glass Illegal While Driving? Motorist Gets Ticketed by Police

Heads up for all you California motorists, and perhaps drivers in all 50 states. If you're donning a pair of Google Glasses while behind the wheel of your car, you might get a ticket. Cecilia Abadie found that out the hard way when she was issued a citation by a police officer in California for what essentially amounts to distracted driving....

Redbox Instant and TuneIn Radio Arrives To Expand PS3's Streaming Options

Redbox Instant and TuneIn Radio Arrives To Expand PS3's Streaming Options

Sony's PlayStation 4 is so close that most gamers can almost taste it, but if the PS2's lifecycle is any indication of how the PS3 will be treated even after it's not the top dog, we're guessing it'll be around for a very long while. The PlayStation 3 is no slouch, even today, and it's one incredible media machine. Besides gaming, the PS3...

Lenovo Debuts Multimode Yoga Tablet, Form Factor Experiments Persist

Lenovo Debuts Multimode Yoga Tablet, Form Factor Experiments Persist

Few companies are exploring different takes on tablet form factors the way Lenovo has, and the latest from the company--the multimode Yoga Tablets 8 and 10--are no exception. And frankly, these look like winners, at least in terms of design. The key design feature of the Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10 (8- and 10-inch tablets, respectively)...

Dell U3014 WQXGA IPS monitor, $399 Haswell 17" laptop, Battlefield 4 promo, more

Dell U3014 WQXGA IPS monitor, $399 Haswell 17" laptop, Battlefield 4 promo, more

The gaming season of 2013 is shaping up to be a great one and we've got another killer deal to get you started fragging away. We found the hotly anticipated Battlefield 4 now available for pre-order with a bonus $25 gift card! NewEgg is also running a huge discount on the popular Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD, but it won't last long either. Be...

Dell Completes Going Private, Michael Dell Chairman and CEO

Dell Completes Going Private, Michael Dell Chairman and CEO

Following months of back and forth between Michael Dell, Dell's board of directors, and a few outspoken shareholders such as Carl Icahn, the world's third largest PC maker is now back in the hands of the man who started it all. Dell announced today the completion of its acquisition by Michael, the company's founder who was also serving as...

Xbox One And PlayStation 4 Face Off In Battlefield 4: Who Wins?

Xbox One And PlayStation 4 Face Off In Battlefield 4: Who Wins?

The PS4 and Xbox One aren't out yet, but that's not stopping them from facing off in Battlefield 4, the next-generation, just-launched title from EA/DICE. We highlighted some of the visual differences we might expect between the console and PC versions of the game based on the performance of the in-game scaling software option, but now that...

Amazon Now Offers Discounted Digital Copies of Purchased Paper Books Through Kindle MatchBook Service

Amazon Now Offers Discounted Digital Copies of Purchased Paper Books Through Kindle MatchBook Service

Amazon on Tuesday launched its Kindle MatchBook service, which allows you to purchase -- or receive for free -- the Kindle edition of print books that you've previously purchased new from the online site. Perhaps you want to free up some space on your bookshelf and donate your dead tree copies, or maybe you're getting ready to go on vacation...

Google Glass Explorers Get To Invite Three Friends To The Party

Google Glass Explorers Get To Invite Three Friends To The Party

Up to now, there have been precious few Google Glasses in the wild, with the number limited to the few thousand Google Glass Explorers who ponied up $1,500 for the first round of Explorer Edition beta spectacles, but according to a post on the Google Glass Google+ page, in the next few weeks current Explorers will be able to invite three friends...

Google's Android Smartwatch Launch Reported As Imminent

Google's Android Smartwatch Launch Reported As Imminent

Everybody has expected Google to develop a device of its own to compete in the burgeoning smartwatch market, and the writing was all but on the wall when the company recently acquired smartwatch developer WIMM Labs and at least one of its employees. However, the speed at which Google may come to market with such a device is somewhat startling;...

A Cup Of Coffee And Google Glass

A Cup Of Coffee And Google Glass

Wearable computing is all the rage, and for good reason; pretty much everyone can agree that although our smartphones are immensely powerful, they’re actually rather inconvenient. Using one requires at least one hand, often two, and it’s cumbersome to dig into your pocket, purse, or bag to retrieve them whenever you get a notification....

ARM's New Mali-T760 and T720 GPUs Claim Big Speed and Efficiency Gains

ARM's New Mali-T760 and T720 GPUs Claim Big Speed and Efficiency Gains

For the past few years, ARM has been steadily chipping away at rival PowerVR's domination of the Android and tablet GPU space. While Imagination Technologies dominated the early days of the industry, we've seen a number of competitors emerge since, thanks to aggressive products from Nvidia at the high end and companies like Vivante in the...

Hanging on to Windows XP? You’re More Vulnerable to Malware

Hanging on to Windows XP? You’re More Vulnerable to Malware

If you're still rocking Windows XP, we admire your dedication and ability to squeeze over a decade of use out of an operating system you presumably purchased long ago (nobody pirates XP, right?), but the end is nigh if you care at all about security. Come April 2014, Microsoft will cease supporting the legacy OS, thereby leaving your system...

Motorola Supports 'Phonebloks' Concept of Modular, Open Hardware Smartphones With Project Ara

Motorola Supports 'Phonebloks' Concept of Modular, Open Hardware Smartphones With Project Ara

Our eyes got all misty dreaming about the future portended by the Phonebloks modular smartphone design when we heard about it in September, but thanks to Google-owned Motorola (as well as Dave Hakkens, the Phonebloks designer), that future could be coming astonishingly fast. Motorola announced that it’s actively working on modular smartphone...

Ubuntu Linux Gaming Performance Rivals Windows 8.1

Ubuntu Linux Gaming Performance Rivals Windows 8.1

When Windows Vista first came out, it was plagued by problems, including performance issues and compatibility woes (most of which were resolved with the first Service Pack). At the time, there were some who predicted that Linux would supplant Windows as the mainstream OS. That didn't happen, of course, partly because SP1 solved most of Vista's...

BlackBerry Z30 Coming Exclusively To Verizon Wireless in November

BlackBerry Z30 Coming Exclusively To Verizon Wireless in November

BlackBerry's plan for saving itself involves spending much, much less on the consumer market, where it has given up nearly all of its gains to stalwarts like Apple and Samsung. Instead, it'll be focusing primarily on the enterprise and software sectors going forward, but there are still quite a few consumer products in the pipeline that simply...

Apple Sold 33.8 Million iPhones, 14.1 Million iPads, and 4.6 Million Macs in Q4

Apple Sold 33.8 Million iPhones, 14.1 Million iPads, and 4.6 Million Macs in Q4

Investors are still trying to figure out how to react to Apple's Q4 financial results for its fiscal year that ended in September. Apple posted quarterly revenue of $37.5 billion and a profit of $7.5 billion, or $8.25 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $36 billion and a profit of $8.2 billion, or $8.67 per diluted share, in the same...

Snapchat Reportedly Rejected $1 Billion Buyout Offer from Facebook

Snapchat Reportedly Rejected $1 Billion Buyout Offer from Facebook

It's not unprecedented for mobile apps to receive billion dollar valuations. One need only look at the sum Facebook paid for Instagram, a mobile photo sharing apps that allows users to add filters to their photography. It's a simple app, but because of its widespread appeal, the developers earned a ginormous payday. Another super popular app...

Call of Duty Ghosts Pre-Order $25 credit, $379 ultraportable touch laptop, Xbox bundle, more

Call of Duty Ghosts Pre-Order $25 credit, $379 ultraportable touch laptop, Xbox bundle, more

Welcome back to a new week full of hot deals! Leading today is the best pre-order offer we've seen for the hotly anticipated Call of Duty: Ghosts, snag it while it lasts. We also found a really well-featured, ultraportable laptop with touchscreen from Dell for just $379; don't let the Celeron processor scare you, it's a new Haswell variant!...

Microsoft Showcases Xbox One Dashboard Multitasking In Video Demo

Microsoft Showcases Xbox One Dashboard Multitasking In Video Demo

One thing that's going to set the next-gen consoles apart from current-gen is the huge focus on multi-tasking. While the current crop of consoles support a multitude of different apps, switching between them isn't too elegant, and one might cancel another out. A new video showing-off multi-tasking on the Xbox One proves that we'll be dealing...

NVIDIA Updates SHIELD With Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Console Mode, Tons of New Titles

NVIDIA Updates SHIELD With Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Console Mode, Tons of New Titles

NVIDIA's on a bit of a rampage today, and in this particular situation, a rampage is something to look forward to. The company's gaming-focused SHIELD was already pretty incredible (our review is here), but it's getting even better today, and if you've been holding off and waiting to see if the SHIELD would turn into a must-have prior to the...

Samsung Expands Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Compatibility To Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II, And More

Samsung Expands Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Compatibility To Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II, And More

That didn’t take long. Less than a month after the Galaxy Gear smartwatch launched on carriers with the the Galaxy Note 3 as its only partner, Samsung announced that an upcoming Premium Suite software update will allow the Galaxy Gear to play nicely with several other handsets, most notably the Galaxy S4. The list also includes the Galaxy...

Nielsen Embraces the Internet Era, Will Include Mobile Viewing into TV Ratings

Nielsen Embraces the Internet Era, Will Include Mobile Viewing into TV Ratings

Prior to the Internet, we all watched our favorite TV shows and movies on these big, bulky television sets with curved glass and just a handful of channels to flip through, even on cable. Television viewing has evolved over time, and now that so many people live connected lifestyles, it would be silly to ignore mobile viewing habits when analyzing...

Apple 27-Inch iMac (Late 2013) Review, Haswell Inside

Apple 27-Inch iMac (Late 2013) Review, Haswell Inside

It's hard to believe there's a full fledged system packed inside Apple's slim and sexy iMac chassis. It was roughly a year ago when Apple revamped its all-in-one line, tasking the company's engineers to flatten the design as much as possible without sacrificing performance. What emerged was a sleek display measuring just 5mm at its edge with...

Alienware Offers $200 For Your Old Console When You Purchase A New PC

Alienware Offers $200 For Your Old Console When You Purchase A New PC

As the specter of the next generation of gaming consoles looms large on the horizon, there’s certainly a case to be made for rolling with a gaming PC instead of an Xbox One or PlayStation 4, and Dell’s Alienware is sweetening the pot by offering a $200 cash back incentive. When you buy a new Alienware gaming rig, you can trade...

NVIDIA Goes for AMD's Jugular, Announces Aggressive Price Cuts for GeForce GTX 780 and 770

NVIDIA Goes for AMD's Jugular, Announces Aggressive Price Cuts for GeForce GTX 780 and 770

It's not too often that we advocate playing the waiting game -- something newer, bigger, faster, shinier, etc. is always around the corner -- but if you're contemplating a graphics card upgrade, this is one of the rare times where it makes sense to wait just a little bit. Why is that? On November 7th, NVIDIA will release its GeForce GTX 780...

Artificial Intelligence Startup Vicarious Says It Can Defeat CAPTCHA Security

Artificial Intelligence Startup Vicarious Says It Can Defeat CAPTCHA Security

Well, this isn’t good news (or else it’s awesome news, depending on how you look at it): An artificial intelligence software startup called Vicarious says that it can “reliably” (which is to say, 90% of the time) defeat text-based CAPTCHAs, those jumbled words and phrases that you have to decipher to prove that you’re...

Samsung Reportedly Sees 30 Percent Return Rate for Galaxy Gear Smartwatches

Samsung Reportedly Sees 30 Percent Return Rate for Galaxy Gear Smartwatches

We've been skeptical of the whole smartwatch movement since it began, and though it's still early in the game, there might already be evidence that these devices just aren't going to be as popular as manufacturers hoped they would be. Case in point is the unusually high return rate Samsung is seeing for its recently released Galaxy Gear device....

LG Flex Officially Joins The Curved Smartphone Revolution

LG Flex Officially Joins The Curved Smartphone Revolution

There's just no reason to deny the obvious: what we have here is an old-fashioned turf war. Merely days after Samsung introduced its first "curved" smartphone, the Galaxy Round, LG has made official the first "real" curved smartphone. It's no secret that LG and Samsung have been waging war on each other's product lines for years in a bid to...

World's First Bitcoin ATM Set to Launch This Week in Vancouver

World's First Bitcoin ATM Set to Launch This Week in Vancouver

Despite still being in its infancy and having a highly sporadic value, Bitcoin has quickly established itself as a real, respected currency. Now, thanks to Bitcoin trading service Bitcoiniacs, and ATM builder RoboCoin, Bitcoin's validity is set to become strengthened even further. Next week, Vancouver will welcome the world's first Bitcoin...

Apple's Cylindrical Mac Pro Turns RED For Charity

Apple's Cylindrical Mac Pro Turns RED For Charity

If there's one thing Apple has proven to be quite good at, it's design. Love it or hate it, Apple's design chops have drawn all sorts of attention, and the company's latest foray into the waning desktop world has yet again struck a chord. Pundits suggest that the forthcoming Mac Pro looks about like a black trash bucket that you'd find in...

8 States To Build More Charging Stations To Encourage Zero-Emission Car Sales

8 States To Build More Charging Stations To Encourage Zero-Emission Car Sales

There’s definitely a chicken-and-egg problem with getting zero-emission electric cars on the road in that people are reluctant to invest in one if there aren’t many places to charge the things. Unless there is a sufficient number of charging stations here and there, electric car owners simply can’t drive their vehicles very...

Smartphone App Can Make Facebook Notifications Smell Like Cinnamon Rolls and Other Scents

Smartphone App Can Make Facebook Notifications Smell Like Cinnamon Rolls and Other Scents

Waking up to an annoying alarm is certainly effective, albeit a jarring way to start off the day. What if you could wake up to the smell of jasmine or a freshly baked cinnamon roll instead? If you own a smartphone, you can. A Japanese company has come up with a device that plugs into the audio port on your iPhone or Android device and pumps...

Internet Archive Lets You Run Old-School Software In Your Browser

Internet Archive Lets You Run Old-School Software In Your Browser

It’s not hard to find old TV shows, movies, and other media classics these days, but software of times past isn’t always as easy to track down, and even if you do find it collecting dust in a closet or drawer somewhere, it can be hard or impossible to read the old media or emulate it. Fortunately, the Internet Archive has developed...

Qualcomm Gushes Over Nokia's Windows 8.1 RT Tablet, Says It Trumps Surface 2 in Every Area

Qualcomm Gushes Over Nokia's Windows 8.1 RT Tablet, Says It Trumps Surface 2 in Every Area

Nokia's recently announced Lumia 2520 tablet is drawing high praise from Qualcomm, the company who's Snapdragon 800 processor is powering the device. There's nothing unusual about that -- Qualcomm has a vested interest in the Lumia 2520's success -- but what's interesting is that the praise is coming at the expense of Microsoft's Surface 2...

 Google Updates reCAPTCHA To Weed Out Bad Bots And Web Trash

Google Updates reCAPTCHA To Weed Out Bad Bots And Web Trash

As the Internet has grown up before our very eyes, a bevy of security protocols have taken shape to protect its users from ill-willed computers and those who program them. It may sound a bit dystopian, but Google has been one of the companies on a mission to make security easier and more foolproof for the masses. As it goes, CAPTCHAs have...

Google Self-Driving Cars Are Safer, Better Drivers Than You

Google Self-Driving Cars Are Safer, Better Drivers Than You

In a recent conversation I had with my mother about autonomous vehicles, she established that she'd never feel safe inside of a car that lacked a real driver. Her reasons are shared by many: The lack of control means higher stress, and of course the feeling of knowing that like all computers, the risk of an issue arising at an inopportune...

AMD Rolls Out Catalyst 13.11 Beta Drivers with Radeon R9 290 and 290X Support

AMD Rolls Out Catalyst 13.11 Beta Drivers with Radeon R9 290 and 290X Support

AMD ended the work week by making available the same Catalyst 13.11 beta drivers that reviewers were allowed to use when evaluating the Radeon R9 290X graphics card (be sure to check out our in-depth review). The beta release adds support for both that card and the regular Radeon R9 290, along with the rest of the recently announced R9 and...

Google Rumored to Release Nexus 5 on Halloween

Google Rumored to Release Nexus 5 on Halloween

Anticipation is running high for Google's next smartphone, the Nexus 5, especially since you can no longer purchase the Nexus 4 direct from Google Play (both 8GB and 16GB models are sold out and aren't likely to be coming back). There have been plenty of leaks associated with the Nexus 5, including a rough draft of the device's entire user...

Vine Sprouts New Preview And Editing Features

Vine Sprouts New Preview And Editing Features

There’s no doubt that six-second video sharing service Vine is a hit, but like any hot new app with a simple but killer raison d’etre, a few additional features wouldn’t be unwelcome. Vine just announced two new features, actually, called “Sessions” and “Time Travel”. Sessions allows you to have up...

Motorola Slashes Moto X Price Tag, Now $99.99 On Contract

Motorola Slashes Moto X Price Tag, Now $99.99 On Contract

The Moto X is an attractive smartphone for many a user, and it enjoys the massive advertising and marketing resources of Google propelling it forward in the marketplace, but up to now it’s cost $199.99 with a 2-year contract. That’s a lot of scratch for a phone that, despite its positive qualities, isn’t one of the most powerful...

LinkedIn's New "Intro" Service Is A Catastrophic Security Failure Waiting To Happen

LinkedIn's New "Intro" Service Is A Catastrophic Security Failure Waiting To Happen

Making money while running a social media service is difficult. Companies like Facebook and Twitter have struggled to monetize their platforms on both desktop and mobile, while striking balances that don't royally tick off users with obnoxious advertising. But in a world where dubious advertising and branding experiments are often celebrated...

Sony's Day-One PlayStation 4 Patch is 300MB, Adds Online Multiplayer and Much More

Sony's Day-One PlayStation 4 Patch is 300MB, Adds Online Multiplayer and Much More

Yes folks, there will be a patch made available for Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 console the moment it's released next month, and it's a pretty big one at 300MB. Though the last thing you want to do when you unbox a new console is sit around and wait for software updates to be installed, this one looks to be well worth it. The 300MB patch...

Weekend deals: Lowest price ever on Lenovo gaming PC, Core i3 Haswell laptop, and more

Weekend deals: Lowest price ever on Lenovo gaming PC, Core i3 Haswell laptop, and more

Our deal hunters found some new deals just this afternoon, so we wanted to make sure our fellow deal lovers got to check them out before the weekend! The two hot new offers are from Dell; the first is on their new Latitude 15 business laptop with Haswell Core i3 processor for only $489 shipped! You can also get the Optiplex 3010 desktop with...

Microsoft Posts Record Earnings Quarter, Surface Revenue Grows To $400M

Microsoft Posts Record Earnings Quarter, Surface Revenue Grows To $400M

Microsoft reported its fiscal Q1 2014 revenue, and things are actually looking pretty solid for Redmond. For the three-month period ending on September 30th, GAAP Revenue was up 16% to $18.53 billion from about $16 billion, and operating income was up from $5.31 billion to $6.33 billion. The numbers include $113 million of deferred revenue...

Batman: Arkham Origins Descends On Gamers Today Worldwide, All Platforms

Batman: Arkham Origins Descends On Gamers Today Worldwide, All Platforms

If you’ve been bashing bad guy heads in the moody Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City epics, it’s time to take a step back – in time, that is. The newest Batman video game takes you back to the events and people who come to shape the city Batman defends, and Batman himself. As you can imagine, there is a lot more...

Hands-On Preview: Microsoft Surface 2 Windows 8.1 RT Tablet

Hands-On Preview: Microsoft Surface 2 Windows 8.1 RT Tablet

Microsoft's Surface 2 became available for purchase at retail earlier this week and we've had an eval unit in-hand for testing since the day before launch. Powered by NVIDIA's new quad-core Tegra 4 SoC, and driven by Windows 8.1 RT, the Surface 2 offers stiff competition to the recently announced iPad Air. From a total package perspective,...

Samsung Files Patent For Its Own Google Glass Competitor

Samsung Files Patent For Its Own Google Glass Competitor

Not that it’s much of a surprise, but Samsung is developing a device of its own to compete with Google Glass. According to images pulled from a patent filing in Korea, the so-called “sports glasses”, or smart glasses, look quite a bit like Google Glass, right down to the HMD, side buttons (which could be touchpads), and transparent...

Mozilla's Lightbeam for Firefox Helps You Understand How You're Being Tracked on the Web

Mozilla's Lightbeam for Firefox Helps You Understand How You're Being Tracked on the Web

After the revelations came forth of NSA spying this past summer, few companies jumped to action quite like Mozilla. Without much delay, the company patched-up a specific exploit in Firefox that the NSA had taken advantage of, and since then, it's been amping up security in other ways, such as with disabling cookies by default. With its new...

Microsoft Gets Groove On With Surface Remix Music Mixing Touch Cover [Video]

Microsoft Gets Groove On With Surface Remix Music Mixing Touch Cover [Video]

Microsoft has gotten a bad rap at times over the years for being a bit too square and not really understanding what the cool kids want out of their tech, and those criticisms have certainly at times been warranted. But the company’s Surface Music Kit app, and especially its associated Music Cover, is very, very cool if you’re into...

Twitter IPO Prices Targeted at $17 to $20 Per Share with an $11.1B Market Cap

Twitter IPO Prices Targeted at $17 to $20 Per Share with an $11.1B Market Cap

At long last, Twitter is close to being traded on the stock market (New York Stock Exchange), and according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), owners plan to offer up 70 million shares for $17 to $20 each for its initial public offering (IPO). The company hopes to raise $1.4 billion, which is well short of Facebook's...

BOO! Linus Torvalds Says Linux Ain’t Afraid of No Free Apple OS X Mavericks

BOO! Linus Torvalds Says Linux Ain’t Afraid of No Free Apple OS X Mavericks

Some of the reactions to Apple's decision to make OS X 10.9 Mavericks a free upgrade have been a little over the top, especially in relation to Windows, which we think will be just fine in this so-called "new era," as the Cupertino company calls it. However, if we're talking about free software, Linux certainly needs to be in the discussion....

Twitter Overtakes Facebook as Most Popular Social Network Amongst Teens

Twitter Overtakes Facebook as Most Popular Social Network Amongst Teens

Teenagers change friends almost as often as some of us change our underwear. Any parent who has ever raised one or is currently trying to understand their teen knows this as well as anyone and have seen first hand how a best friend one moment can become a bitter enemy the next. These fickle beings also change their clothing style multiple...

Amazon's Latest Earnings Tell of Nearly 1400 New Robot Employees

Amazon's Latest Earnings Tell of Nearly 1400 New Robot Employees

Believe it or not, it's earning seasons again, and a company that always seems to make things interesting in this regard is Amazon. While it's stock price is soaring, the past few quarters have shown tremendous revenue with next to no profit. This quarter, however, Amazon didn't manage to make a dime. While Q3 2013 sales were up 24% to $17.09...

Boobs And Beheadings: Facebook Revisits Community Standards Enforcement

Boobs And Beheadings: Facebook Revisits Community Standards Enforcement

The problem is a simple one: There are images out there that should not be on Facebook, where they’re viewable by anyone aged 13 and up. However, Facebook has an extremely difficult job to do when it comes to deciding which and what type of images might fall into the “banned” category, and the issue has recently come into...

1TB Samsung 840 SSD, 50% off BT headphones, more

1TB Samsung 840 SSD, 50% off BT headphones, more

We love it when the hottest new models are discounted. Dell just released their sleek new Inspiron 14 with 1080p touchscreens and right now you can get one for just $849.99, a bargain considering all the hot tech it houses. We also found a new low price on the super-fast and super-large 1 terabyte Samsung 840 EVO SSD. You also don't want to...

Samsung ATIV S Neo Hits AT&T Stores on November 8 for $100 on Contract

Samsung ATIV S Neo Hits AT&T Stores on November 8 for $100 on Contract

AT&T is about to offer its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone from Samsung. Starting November 8, 2013, you'll be able to snag a Samsung ATIV S Neo from AT&T for $21 per month with an AT&T Next plan, or $100 with a two-year service agreement. AT&T Next, if you're not familiar, allows you to break up the full retail cost of the...

Microsoft Knocks Another $100 Off Original Surface Pro

Microsoft Knocks Another $100 Off Original Surface Pro

This summer, Microsoft cut the price of its Surface Pro tablets by $100, and now it’s dropping the cost again by another hundo. The 64GB Surface Pro is now $699, and the 128GB version is $799. Both prices are for the tablet only--Touch or Type Covers are still extra. Regular Surface models, which run Windows RT, are $349 (32GB), $399...

TiVo Roamio Lets You Watch DVR Content On Your iPhone

TiVo Roamio Lets You Watch DVR Content On Your iPhone

Of all the wonderful entertainment-related technology that has emerged in recent years, perhaps none is better than the DVR. Being able to record and watch your favorite shows whenever you want without having to sit through commercials is a true game-changer, but TiVo, often the proprietary eponym for “DVR”, is pushing things further...

Taiwan FTC Slaps Samsung's Hand for Posting Fake HTC Reviews

Taiwan FTC Slaps Samsung's Hand for Posting Fake HTC Reviews

Samsung found itself in a little bit of trouble for its role in an Internet campaign in which marketing firms were compensated for posting positive reviews of its products and negative write-ups for handsets belonging to rival HTC. Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) began investigating the claims earlier this year and has now concluded the...

LinkedIn Intro Pulls Profiles Into iPhone Mail

LinkedIn Intro Pulls Profiles Into iPhone Mail

iPhone users who also rely heavily on LinkedIn are getting a welcome new feature today. With the new LinkedIn Intro, an email on your iPhone will display a picture of the sender, with useful profile info only a tap away. That’s handy for sorting spam from legitimate email, but more importantly, it gives you a face to go with the name....

Ex-Apple Chief John Sculley Considering BlackBerry Acquistion

Ex-Apple Chief John Sculley Considering BlackBerry Acquistion

A change of ownership might do BlackBerry some good, but who's interested in taking possession of the struggling smartphone maker? A man from Apple's past -- former CEO John Sculley -- might be the answer. Sculley, who says he's been a "long-time BlackBerry fan and user," is reportedly kicking around the idea of making a bid for the Canadian...

AT&T Posts Second Quarter Profit of $3.8 Billion on Wireless Gains

AT&T Posts Second Quarter Profit of $3.8 Billion on Wireless Gains

AT&T said it raked in $32.2 billion in consolidated revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, up 2 percent versus the same time period a year ago. Ma Bell also posted $26 billion in operating expenses, $6.2 billion in operating income, and net income of $3.8 billion compared to $3.6 billion in the year-earlier quarter. The wireless...

T-Mobile Promises 200MB of Free Tablet Data For Life

T-Mobile Promises 200MB of Free Tablet Data For Life

A lot of companies in the technology realm make a lot of promises, but few live up to their claims. T-Mobile is not one of those companies. After changing its stance and coming out as the "Uncarrier," T-Mobile has made one groundbreaking move after another. First, by enabling phone swaps every six months in its JUMP program; next, by making...

AMD Radeon R9 290X Review: Welcome To Hawaii

AMD Radeon R9 290X Review: Welcome To Hawaii

AMD has launched their new top-end Radeon R9 290X graphics card today. The new flagship wasn't ready in time for AMD's recent October 8th launch of midrange product, but the new top of the line model, based on the GPU codenamed Hawaii, is ready now. The R9 290 series GPU (Hawaii) is comprised of up to 44 compute units with a total of 2,816...

Compact Core i7 Blu-ray PC, iPad price drop, cheap SSD, more

Compact Core i7 Blu-ray PC, iPad price drop, cheap SSD, more

This has been a great week for deals so far and it just keeps getting better. We found a fully-loaded and super-small desktop from Lenovo for only $799.20, but hurry it ends today! You can also get the ultra-reliable PNY Ultimate Endurance 120GB SSD for just $89.99 shipped right now. Apple even dropped the price of their 1st gen iPad Mini's,...

LG Launches Fireweb, Its First Firefox Phone

LG Launches Fireweb, Its First Firefox Phone

LG is known for turning out some pretty nice Android devices, but in an effort to try something new, the South Korean handset maker just introduced its first Firefox OS-based phone called Fireweb. It's the second Firefox OS device to hit the market, the only other one being the ZTE Open, which was launched back in August. Though LG wasn't...

BlackBerry's Silver Lining? BBM For iOS And Android Shoots Up the Charts

BlackBerry's Silver Lining? BBM For iOS And Android Shoots Up the Charts

Times are changing, and so is BlackBerry. The company that was once the envy of the mobile world has fallen on hard times, largely due to the fact that it never truly kept pace with change after the iPhone's reveal in 2007. Today, its market share is at a low point, and it's wondering how it's going to soldier on, and in what capacity. Turns...

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review: The Phablet Refined

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review: The Phablet Refined

Whether you’re a fan of oversized smartphones or not, it’s clear that they are here to stay. When Samsung initially released the first Galaxy Note, many of us in the industry looked at it a little sideways and wondered what the designers at Samsung were thinking. The original Galaxy Note seemed simply gargantuan next to virtually...

Battlefield 4 Single Player Story Trailer Impresses With Characters, Storyline, And Visuals

Battlefield 4 Single Player Story Trailer Impresses With Characters, Storyline, And Visuals

The latest Battlefield 4 game trailer from EA is here, and this one is a single-player story trailer that gives you a taste of the sort of character arc you can expect from the game. The trailer starts out with the evacuation of American VIPs from Shangai and--wouldn’t you know it--things get a little crazy on the way out. (WARNING:...

Google Chrome OS to Offer Robust Parental Controls with ‘Supervised Users’ Feature

Google Chrome OS to Offer Robust Parental Controls with ‘Supervised Users’ Feature

Worried about what your kids are doing online with their Chromebooks? Your only option at this point is to hover their shoulders each and every time they fire it up, but starting soon, you'll be able to implement certain restrictions as a "Supervised User." By allowing for multiple accounts, Google is basically baking in parental controls....

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Coming To The U.S. In November

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Coming To The U.S. In November

Samsung announced the “mini” version of its hugely popular Galaxy S4 smartphone, the Galaxy S4 mini, back in May, and you can finally grab your own starting in November from the usual suspects--AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. In short order, the S4 mini will also be compatible with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. There’s...

Microsoft Surface 2 Terrifying Teardown a Repair Nightmare

Microsoft Surface 2 Terrifying Teardown a Repair Nightmare

We've said before that we think Microsoft might be onto something with its second generation Surface systems. Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are thinner, lighter, faster, and more feature-rich than the first generation Surface tablets, and though we'll reserve final judgement until we're able to formally review these devices, what we saw during...

Apple Sucker Punches Microsoft: Mac OS X Mavericks and Other Software Now Free

Apple Sucker Punches Microsoft: Mac OS X Mavericks and Other Software Now Free

To anyone who took the day off yesterday and/or crawled out from under that cozy rock that's kept you isolated from the Internet, welcome back to the online world. You didn't miss a whole lot. Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro became available in 21 markets, and Nokia launched its first Windows tablet. Oh, and Apple rebooted its iPad family, though...

BlueStacks and Big Fish Games Team Up For Android Gaming Fun

BlueStacks and Big Fish Games Team Up For Android Gaming Fun

It looks like mobile-on-PC gaming is about to get a major boost, thanks to a new partnership between Big Fish Games and BlueStacks. Didn't realize mobile-on-PC gaming was even a thing? Well, thanks to BlueStacks, which offers what's in effect an Android emulator, it has been a possibility, but one not too many people have known about. That...

Apple’s MacBook Pro Lineup Gets Retina Displays And Haswell Chips

Apple’s MacBook Pro Lineup Gets Retina Displays And Haswell Chips

Although it’s a essentially a footnote to Apple’s big day announcing the iPad Air and the new Mac Pro, Apple has also given its MacBook Pro a goose in the specs department. For starters, the new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros feature Retina displays, bringing the smaller model up to a resolution of 2560x1600 and the larger one to...

Apple Talks Up Mac Pro, Cylindrical Workstation Beast Coming In December

Apple Talks Up Mac Pro, Cylindrical Workstation Beast Coming In December

In addition to Apple’s announcement of the iPad Air (holy cow, that thing is slim), the company talked up the innovative, cylinder-shaped Mac Pro that we heard about during Apple’s WWDC back in June. The Mac Pro’s premier feature is its “unified thermal core”, which is a shorthand way of describing its overall...

Apple Reboots Tablet Line, Unveils iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display

Apple Reboots Tablet Line, Unveils iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display

It was widely expected that Apple would refresh its iPad tablet family today, and the Cupertino company didn't disappoint. What you might be surprised to find out, however, is that Apple didn't unveil an iPad 5. Not technically, anyway. Because the new 9.7-inch tablet is so much thinner, lighter, and faster than before, Apple decided a new...

Dell's Precision M3800 Is The World's Slimmest 15-inch Workstation

Dell's Precision M3800 Is The World's Slimmest 15-inch Workstation

Dell's workstation line has been a popular choice for enterprise customers, and we've some pretty fond memories of older models that we've reviewed in the past. Today, the Precision line is taking a major leap, looking a lot less like a stereotypical "business machine" and a lot more like a sturdy, albeit sleek, workhorse. The Precision M3800...

Google Beta Testing 'Project Shield' DDoS Service For Use With Page Speed

Google Beta Testing 'Project Shield' DDoS Service For Use With Page Speed

Google is not interested in suffering a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack--although it’s hard to imagine such an attack being successful considering Google’s vast capabilities--and the company is bringing the same DDoS-thwarting technology it uses to protect itself to the masses with Project Shield. “Project Shield...

NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 780 Ti Specs Leaked?  Could be a Touch Faster Than Titan

NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 780 Ti Specs Leaked? Could be a Touch Faster Than Titan

NVIDIA recently made a flurry of announcements, among them the introduction of a new graphics card, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti. The GPU maker said the card would show up in retail sometime in November, though the company opted to keep its lips sealed in regards to the card's specifications, leaving us to speculate as to what's underneath the hood....

HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks 10/22/2013: ASUS Transformer Book, NVIDIA G-SYNC, Falcon Tiki, Battlefield 4 and More

HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks 10/22/2013: ASUS Transformer Book, NVIDIA G-SYNC, Falcon Tiki, Battlefield 4 and More

In our latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Marco, Dave and Iyaz discuss the ASUS Transformer Book T100TA Bay Trail-based 2-in-1 device with Windows 8.1, NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology and various PhysX and game dev-related announcements from NVIDIA’s recent event, Battlefield 4 game play and performance, the Falcon Northwest...

Lowest price on Dell U2413 UltraSharp IPS Monitor, Logitech G100s Gaming Mouse and More.

Lowest price on Dell U2413 UltraSharp IPS Monitor, Logitech G100s Gaming Mouse and More.

Welcome to the latest installment of our collection of best deals. Topping our big discount chart today is huge savings on 24-inch Dell U2413 1920x1200 IPS UltraSharp Monitor. We also found 50% off Logitech's cheapest Gaming Mouse - the G100s. Don't miss out the rare $50 coupon code on newest XPS 15 Touch Laptop with optional QuadHD+ (3200x1800)...

Microsoft Follows Wearable Computing Trend Testing Google Glass Competitive Product

Microsoft Follows Wearable Computing Trend Testing Google Glass Competitive Product

The future successes of wearable computing are uncertain at this point, but as we discussed back in August, some research firms do believe that shipping values could skyrocket over the next couple of years. In particular, IHS predicts that 10 million "smart glasses" alone will ship between 2012 - 2016 - intriguing, given the fact that a mere...

Microsoft Surface 2 And Surface Pro 2 Available Today; New Accessories, Too

Microsoft Surface 2 And Surface Pro 2 Available Today; New Accessories, Too

When we covered Microsoft’s unveiling of the second generation of its Surface devices, the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2, we were impressed with the hardware and the in-person experience, and now those devices are available from the Microsoft Store and at several third-party retailers in 21 initial markets. The Surface 2 runs Windows RT...

Nokia Launches Lumia 2520 Tablet and Lumia 1520, 1320, and Asha Smartphones

Nokia Launches Lumia 2520 Tablet and Lumia 1520, 1320, and Asha Smartphones

That rumored Nokia tablet is now a Real Thing, as the company announced its Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet along with a slew of other products, including two new Lumia phones and three Asha handsets. The Lumia 2520 tablet looks quite a bit like Microsoft’s Surface tablets, right down to the kickstand and Type-style keyboard. (It’s almost...

Corsair Notes Battlefield 4 Thrives on High Speed Memory

Corsair Notes Battlefield 4 Thrives on High Speed Memory

Every once in a while, a game comes out and pushes the envelope, requiring high-end hardware to run with maxed out visual quality settings at high resolutions. Battlefield 4 is one of those games, and if you're looking for an excuse to upgrade your system, you now have one. When you're shopping upgrades, Corsair wants you to consider one of...

Verizon Called in to Bail Out HealthCare.gov Disaster

Verizon Called in to Bail Out HealthCare.gov Disaster

No matter where you stand on President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, one thing most people can agree on is that the rollout of the government sponsored website, HealthCare.gov, has been absolutely horrific. Weeks after launching, the website is still spitting out a range of errors when people try to...

How AMD's HSA Queuing Technology Simplifies GPU Acceleration

How AMD's HSA Queuing Technology Simplifies GPU Acceleration

One of the greatest problems standing between companies like AMD and widespread adoption of the GPU as a mainstream accelerator is that it's extremely difficult to effectively leverage the GPU. Even after years of development poured into CUDA, OpenCL, and yes, HSA, the barriers between CPU and GPU have remained substantial. The reason why...

Microsoft Releases Windows RT Recovery Image For Download To Save Bricked Surface Tabs

Microsoft Releases Windows RT Recovery Image For Download To Save Bricked Surface Tabs

It was really in Microsoft's best interest to make sure that its Windows 8.1 launch last week went off without a hitch, but that didn't quite become the case. Over the weekend, reports started to trickle out of device brickings involving Surface RT tablets. Select issues reportedly also plagued a few random Windows 8 Pro installs, such as...

New York City To Test HEVO Electric Vehicle Wireless Charging Man Hole Covers

New York City To Test HEVO Electric Vehicle Wireless Charging Man Hole Covers

Despite having risen to popularity only a few years ago, it's become increasingly clear that electric vehicles are the future. Versus gas-powered vehicles, electric ones are safer on the environment (this is oft-debated, however), are generally cleaner, and are also less-expensive to refuel. Who wouldn't love to rid the need to hit-up...

Hands-On: ASUS Transformer Book T100TA Windows 8.1 Bay Trail Tablet

Hands-On: ASUS Transformer Book T100TA Windows 8.1 Bay Trail Tablet

A few weeks back we gave you a first-hand look at the performance of Intel's new low power Bay Trail Atom System-On-A-Chip for tablets and hybrid devices. Bay Trail, the follow-on to Intel's Clover Trail Atom design, comes in both dual and quad-core variants and offers better overall performance-per-watt than the previous generation and a...

Futuremark Punts PCMark 8 Benchmark to Steam, 25 Percent Discount for a Limited Time

Futuremark Punts PCMark 8 Benchmark to Steam, 25 Percent Discount for a Limited Time

The folks at Futuremark dropped us a note this morning to let us know that Steam will be serving up its popular PCMark 8 benchmark starting sometime today. PCMark 8 is a handy tool that combines benchmarking, battery life tests, a dedicated benchmark for solid state drives and hard disk drives, and real-world tests using popular applications...

20% off Lenovo X700 gaming PC, $99 Crucial SSD, new HP Chromebook, more

20% off Lenovo X700 gaming PC, $99 Crucial SSD, new HP Chromebook, more

This week is off to a great start with a selection of killer new deals. Leading today's lists is Lenovo's ultra-powerful water-cooled gaming PC, the Erazer X700, available with a 20% off coupon for every configuration. We also found a discount on the brand new, budget-friendly HP Chromebook 11 laptop starting at $265.99. Don't miss the highly...

PC Shipments Will Drop More In 2013 While Cheaper Tablets Skyrocket

PC Shipments Will Drop More In 2013 While Cheaper Tablets Skyrocket

Research firm Gartner is out with some new numbers, and as you might have expected, there’s a clear trend that PC sales continue to decline. Sales of traditional (desktop and notebook) PCs will hit 303 million units in 2013, which is an 8.4% drop from 2012. The firm predicts that sales will continue to plummet and will be about 281 million...

HOT Head Turner: Lamborghini Veneno Roadster Rips Up Road with 750 Horses

HOT Head Turner: Lamborghini Veneno Roadster Rips Up Road with 750 Horses

Italians make the best food (I won't debate this) and without a doubt some of the sexist cars too, most notably Automobili's Lamborghini line. Sexy often borders on obscene, such as the brand spanking new Lamborghini Veneno Roadster, an open racing prototype boasting an "extreme design" and "breathtaking performance" to celebrate the vehicle...

Google Patents 'Hearting' Hand Gesture For Glass Explorers

Google Patents 'Hearting' Hand Gesture For Glass Explorers

Did you ever think snapping a photo and sharing it could be easier than it is already? Google has been awarded a patent for technology that would allow a wearer of an HMD (head-mounted display) to use hand gestures as a means of input. In other words, if you’re wearing Google Glass, you can use your hands and fingers to frame something...

Facebook Experiences Outage, Some Users Unable To Post Or Comment

Facebook Experiences Outage, Some Users Unable To Post Or Comment

Early this morning, Facebook experienced an outage, leaving many users unable to post status updates, leave comments, upload pictures, and more. According to Downrightnow, the site hit a service disruption, and as of the last update at roughly 8:15am EST, there were still widespread problems. There have been a couple of brief dips in service...

Zuckerberg Still Orders Company Lockdowns At Facebook To Keep Employees On Task

Zuckerberg Still Orders Company Lockdowns At Facebook To Keep Employees On Task

If you're looking for the world's best boss, he may be at Facebook. But, of course, that all depends on your definition of "best." In Facebook's early days, when competition was fierce and Facebook was still proving itself, Mark Zuckerberg would occasionally order a "lockdown." As you may imagine, such a thing was called for when a huge issue...

Don’t Kid Yourself: Apple iMessage Encryption Is Not Truly Secure

Don’t Kid Yourself: Apple iMessage Encryption Is Not Truly Secure

Not long after the initial NSA leaks escaped Edward Snowden's head this past summer, a handful of tech companies assured their customers that personal information stored with them is secure. One such company is Apple, which went on the record to state that even if the government demanded it, the company would be unable to decrypt the messages...

Valve Adds 37 New Titles to Steam Greenlight Service

Valve Adds 37 New Titles to Steam Greenlight Service

A lot more titles are being released to Steam Greenlight, a feature Valve rolled out around this time last year that allows the user community to vote on and ultimately decide which games get greenlit to debut on the platform. The latest batch includes over three dozen games, which will be released independently in the weeks and/or months...

Dell Site Confirms Windows 8 Apps Will Run on Microsoft Xbox One

Dell Site Confirms Windows 8 Apps Will Run on Microsoft Xbox One

Give Microsoft credit for its aggressive efforts to unify its ecosystem across a range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, desktops, and laptops. What's more, it looks like you'll be able to run Windows 8 applications on the company's upcoming Xbox One console, which launches to retail on November 22, 2013 in the U.S. Microsoft hasn't...

Google Releases qCraft Mod For Minecraft So Kids Can Explore Quantum Computing

Google Releases qCraft Mod For Minecraft So Kids Can Explore Quantum Computing

Videogames often get a bad rap for rotting our brains, creating violence or simply wasting our time, but as anyone with a sensible mind undoubtedly knows, there's a lot of good to come from them as well. A perfect example comes to us this weekend from Google's quantum AI lab team. It involves Minecraft and a whole lot of advanced physics....

Malware Driven Google Chrome and Adobe Flash Updates Reportedly Making the Rounds

Malware Driven Google Chrome and Adobe Flash Updates Reportedly Making the Rounds

Malware writers are a tricky bunch, and if you're not suspicious of every little thing on the Internet, you could fall prey to one of their many tactics, like spoofing software updates. It's not really a new method, though apparently serving up fake updates for Google Chrome and a fake media player update that appears to come from Adobe are...

Holy High Priced Shenanigans, Sony PlayStation 4 $1,850 In Brazil?

Holy High Priced Shenanigans, Sony PlayStation 4 $1,850 In Brazil?

Since Sony isn't pushing a motion control sensor onto customers as a mandatory accessory for its PlayStation 4 console, the company has been able to undercut Microsoft's Xbox One system at retail by $100. In choosing a next generation console, some are finding the price difference a deciding factor. However, if you happen to live in Brazil,...

Microsoft Pulls Down Windows RT 8.1 Update After Users Report Boot Failure

Microsoft Pulls Down Windows RT 8.1 Update After Users Report Boot Failure

Windows RT is already less than beloved--sales have been soft and some manufacturers soured on the tablet version of Windows 8 early on--so the news that Microsoft had to yank the long-awaited Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store is another chink in the armor. There also may be problems with Windows 8.1 Pro with tablets that have been...

Mobile Traffic Accounts For 40% Of YouTube Use, Google's Foresight Proves Wise

Mobile Traffic Accounts For 40% Of YouTube Use, Google's Foresight Proves Wise

A year ago, 25% of YouTube’s traffic was from mobile sources; now, that number has climbed to 40%. To put that rise in even starker relief, mobile traffic accounted for just 6% of YouTube activity in 2011. It’s not hard to imagine why, as smartphone and tablet proliferation has skyrocketed during that same time frame, but it’s...

Apple And Samsung Take Top Spots In Smartphone Satisfaction Survey

Apple And Samsung Take Top Spots In Smartphone Satisfaction Survey

If you've listened to Apple CEO Tim Cook over the years, you've probably heard him focus on one thing more than any other: customer satisfaction. It's the data point that drives him, and in many ways, Apple itself. It's hardly about revenue, profit margin, or market share. In his view, if customers are in love with a product, the rest will...

Google Stock Breaks $1000 Per Share Making Company History Bolstered By PPC Business

Google Stock Breaks $1000 Per Share Making Company History Bolstered By PPC Business

Typically, Fridays on Wall Street are comparatively quiet, and often, they sag a bit lower than other weekdays. It's the end of the work week, volume is lower, and hardly any company announces spectacular, can't-miss news on a Friday. But if you're Google, you're pretty pleased with how Friday treated you. Google's stock was the talk of Wall...

Rockstar Releases Grand Theft Auto V Online Patch Squashing Bugs

Rockstar Releases Grand Theft Auto V Online Patch Squashing Bugs

Rockstar Games has issued another patch for Grand Theft Auto Online, the online multiplayer portion of its popular Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) title for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles (be sure to read our review). The latest update fixes over a dozen issues with the game, including one for where the starting point for the tutorial race...

Dell Ships Venue 8 Pro Tablet With Windows 8.1 For $300

Dell Ships Venue 8 Pro Tablet With Windows 8.1 For $300

If you listen closely, you can hear those bells ringing already... particularly if you're in a sales department. With the holiday shopping season creeping up on us, companies far and wide are refreshing product lines in order to entice you. Dell's one of those, and this week it announced that the new Venue tablets and XPS 15 laptop were available...

Motorola Reportedly Wants to Sell Off Declining Wireless LAN Business

Motorola Reportedly Wants to Sell Off Declining Wireless LAN Business

Amid poor sales, Motorola Solutions is said to be looking for a buyer for its wireless LAN business. The firm is finding it tough to compete with the likes of Cisco Systems, Aruba Networks, and HP, and is even having a tough time going toe-to-toe with smaller competitors like Ubiquit Networks. Given Motorola's struggles, the company is just...

Randi Zuckerberg Is The Cautionary Yin To Mark Zuckerberg’s Visionary Yang

Randi Zuckerberg Is The Cautionary Yin To Mark Zuckerberg’s Visionary Yang

Love him or hate him, Mark Zuckerberg is undeniably a true early 21st century visionary, and Facebook has changed the world. Folks like Zuckerberg shoot first and ask questions later in the sense that they figure out how to implement some amazing idea and then worry about implications and other peoples’ opinions after the fact. Facebook...

Google Hangouts App Now Allows Free Calling to US and Canada for iPhone Users

Google Hangouts App Now Allows Free Calling to US and Canada for iPhone Users

For years now, U.S.-based Google users have been able to fire up Gmail in a web browser on their computer and phone friends in both the U.S. and Canada at no charge. To boot, that's regardless of location; so long as you have a stable Internet connection, your Gmail window can act as your telephone. Unfortunately, the service didn't extend...

Oculus CEO Thinks They've Solved The Motion Sickness Problem With Oculus Rift VR Headset

Oculus CEO Thinks They've Solved The Motion Sickness Problem With Oculus Rift VR Headset

Sometimes lost in these heady early days of the 3D and VR revolution is the major problem of motion sickness (or simulation sickness, if you will). Even the CEO of Oculus, the company that makes the promising Oculus Rift VR gaming headset, has struggled with the nausea caused by his company’s flagship product. However, he believes that...

Asus Plans 2014 Release Of Monitors Using NVIDIA's G-SYNC Technology

Asus Plans 2014 Release Of Monitors Using NVIDIA's G-SYNC Technology

Don't look now, but Asus and NVIDIA just tied another knot. The two have quite the storied history of working together, and today, they've announced that Asus will be adopting NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology. It'll be primary used in Asus' next-gen monitor lineup, and if you aren't familiar with G-SYNC, take a listen. It's intended to synchronize...

Dell UltraSharp U2413 IPS Monitor Coupon, IdeaPad Y510p Gaming Laptop & More

Dell UltraSharp U2413 IPS Monitor Coupon, IdeaPad Y510p Gaming Laptop & More

We know you're ready for the weekend and to help kick things off right we've got a slew of hot deals. Let's start things off with the Dell UltraSharp U2413, a gorgeous 24-inch pro-grade monitor marked down to just $449.99 from $599.99. Next deal offers flat $100 discount on cheapest XPS 18 All-in-one Touchscreen Mobile Desktop. Also don't...

Facebook Tweaks Privacy Settings, Allows Teens To Post Publicly

Facebook Tweaks Privacy Settings, Allows Teens To Post Publicly

Up to now, viewability of kids’ Facebook accounts was set by default to “Friends of Friends”; now, those aged 13-17 start out with their audience set to “Friends” by default. However, they can also make their posts public, and they can turn on “Follow” to let their posts show up in the Newsfeeds of...

NVIDIA Unveils Impressive G-SYNC Display Tech, GeForce GTX 780 Ti, GameStream For SHIELD, ShadowPlay

NVIDIA Unveils Impressive G-SYNC Display Tech, GeForce GTX 780 Ti, GameStream For SHIELD, ShadowPlay

Day two of NVIDIA’s tech event began with a keynote from CEO Jen-Hsun Huang about NVIDIA’s commitment to gaming and bringing high-quality gaming technology to all platforms, specifically referencing the PC, Android and cloud gaming. He also re-iterated yesterday’s announcements regarding PhysX Flex, GI Works, and Flame Works,...

Apple to Replace Failing MacBook Air SSDs for Free, Test with Firmware Update

Apple to Replace Failing MacBook Air SSDs for Free, Test with Firmware Update

We gave high praise to Apple's 2012 model MacBook Air (see our review for the full scoop), unfortunately one thing we're not able to test for is reliability over long periods of time. That's usually not an issue, but in this case, Apple is warning 2012 model MacBook Air owners that a small percentage of flash storage drives used in these laptops...

HH Review: Falcon Northwest Tiki: Haswell and Titan Team Up

HH Review: Falcon Northwest Tiki: Haswell and Titan Team Up

Falcon Northwest is a big name in a very niche market of luxury PCs. The company is known for special touches like custom cases (think FragBox) and mind-blowing, artist-rendered panel images. The company has also built the rest of its reputation on blazing PC performance. Falcon Northwest recently shipped its Tiki to take on the other small...

LG G Pad 8.3 Billed As Companion To G-Series Smartphones

LG G Pad 8.3 Billed As Companion To G-Series Smartphones

LG announced the LG G Pad 8.3 tablet, which seems like a solid-enough device on its own, but the company is marketing it as a companion device to smartphones, and in particular LG G-series smartphones such as the LG G2 (which we reviewed here). The killer companion features include QPair for quick and easy syncing across devices, which offers...

Amazon Now Shipping 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX Tablet Starting at $229

Amazon Now Shipping 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX Tablet Starting at $229

While most of us look forward to the weekend as a time to relax, Amazon will be busy shipping orders for its new 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX tablet, the e-tailer announced today. Amazon unveiled the latest generation of Kindle Fire tablets just over three weeks ago, alongside an 8.9-inch model (still in pre-order status) and a new Kindle Fire HD...

Google Nexus 5 Makes Peek-a-Boo Appearance on Google Play

Google Nexus 5 Makes Peek-a-Boo Appearance on Google Play

Without a doubt, Google's upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone built by LG has to be the worst kept secrets on the web, and perhaps that's by design. The latest confirmation that a Nexus 5 exists -- and is close to being released -- is that someone on Google's web team was a little overzealous yesterday and posted the product live in Google Play. Marketing...

Elon Musk Spends $866K On James Bond Lotus Sub Car For Tesla Engine Retrofit

Elon Musk Spends $866K On James Bond Lotus Sub Car For Tesla Engine Retrofit

This guy, Elon Musk. He’s eccentric in all the right ways, such as when he dreams up moonshot-style ideas, throws money at the projects, and insists that he can pull them off in absurdly brief timelines. His latest rich-guy romp pertains to the iconic Lotus Esprit that James Bond drove in The Spy Who Loved Me, which doubled in the film...

Microsoft Makes Windows 8.1 Official with Global Availability

Microsoft Makes Windows 8.1 Official with Global Availability

Some of you are already rocking Microsoft's Windows 8.1 update (if you are, please let us know in the comments section below what you think of the new features) and that's because the Redmond software giant began rolling it out the yesterday in the Windows Store. Now 24 hours later, Windows 8.1 is available all around the world. Today also...

Healthcare.gov Website Allegedly Violates Software GPL, Omits Licensing Information

Healthcare.gov Website Allegedly Violates Software GPL, Omits Licensing Information

Healthcare.gov, the new government website designed to help Americans find and apply for health insurance plans across 36 of the 50 states (14 states have their own health insurance exchanges) hasn't had a smooth rollout. Troubles have dogged the site from Day 1, and a recent discovery isn't going to help matters, even if it's just an embarrassing...

AMD Finds Its Way Back To Profitability With $48M In Q3

AMD Finds Its Way Back To Profitability With $48M In Q3

In case you haven't noticed, it's pretty tough sledding out there in the semiconductor space. Margins are thin, suppliers are demanding, consumers are finicky, and we're living in a world that constantly demands more power for less money. It's a story that's familiar to AMD, which has been in some state of turmoil for years it seems. Ups and...

Big Coupon Savings on Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Hybrid Laptop, Cheapest Dell P2212H Monitor and More

Big Coupon Savings on Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Hybrid Laptop, Cheapest Dell P2212H Monitor and More

Today's edition of hottest deals includes great savings on the just-released Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Hybrid Laptop/Tablet. If you're in the market for the cheapest LCD Monitor with 1080p resolution - definitely consider the Dell P2212H 21.5" LED-backlit monitor at just $116.99. And browse the list below for more deals! Deals: 21.5" Dell P2212H 1080p...

AMD Claims Upcoming R9 290X Will Trounce GTX 780 In 4K Gaming, Offers Benchmarks

AMD Claims Upcoming R9 290X Will Trounce GTX 780 In 4K Gaming, Offers Benchmarks

AMD is holding an event / demo in Montreal today, offering to let anyone who likes come in, check out 4K gaming on their upcoming graphics card, and promising that the GPU will deliver performance over and above anything Nvidia's GTX 780 can offer. 4K gaming has increasingly become popular -- or at least, discussed, as monitors begin to debut...

NVIDIA Reveals Powerful Game Development Tools: Flex, GI Works, Flame Works and More

NVIDIA Reveals Powerful Game Development Tools: Flex, GI Works, Flame Works and More

NVIDIA is holding a tech event currently in Montreal to showcase a number of the tools and technologies that the company has developed to push the state of the art in game development. The event is taking place over the next two days and we’re told there will be a number of newsworthy items revealed. The day one keynote began with NVIDIA’s...

Hey Look, Hulu Plus is Finally Available on Nintendo 3DS and 2DS Handhelds

Hey Look, Hulu Plus is Finally Available on Nintendo 3DS and 2DS Handhelds

Hulu Plus is available to watch almost anywhere, though up until today, Nintendo 3DS and 2DS owners have been exempt from the streaming party. Not anymore. Hulu Plus has joined the Nintendo 3DS family with a "unique app" that's been designed to blend the Hulu Plus and Nintendo user experience by taking full advantage of both screens. The clever...

U.S. NSA Director Stepping Down After 8 year Tenure

U.S. NSA Director Stepping Down After 8 year Tenure

Following an eight-year stint as the man in charge of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), Army General Keith Alexander has decided to step down effective next March or April. So will his civilian deputy, John "Chris" Inglis, who is planning to retire by the end of the year. The NSA came under heavy media and public scrutiny after former...

VMware Delivers ‘Rich, Virtual Graphics’ With NVIDIA’s GRID Rendering Tech

VMware Delivers ‘Rich, Virtual Graphics’ With NVIDIA’s GRID Rendering Tech

With the release of VMware View 5.3 vDGA, VMware is deploying NVIDIA’s GRID rendering technology which allows better virtualization of graphically intensive applications in an enterprise environment. We’ve seen NVIDIA demo this technology before, and although it can certainly be used for cloud gaming, GRID offers a server package...

LG G2 Smartphone Review: Snapdragon 800 Powered

LG G2 Smartphone Review: Snapdragon 800 Powered

The LG G2 is the follow-up to the Optimus G Pro -- which was an excellent phone in its own right. The G2 is part brawn and part brain, and it's actually a nice balance of the two. Qualcomm's 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 is the star of the show, offering more raw horsepower than most other Android phones on the market right now. On paper,...

MotoMaker Online System Adds iOS Migration Tool For iPhoners Coming To Moto X

MotoMaker Online System Adds iOS Migration Tool For iPhoners Coming To Moto X

Remember several years ago when people were so hesitant to switch from Windows to Mac OS X because they felt like migrating was going to be too hard? People were worried about software and file types, and a spate of migration tools popped up to make it easier. The same thing is happening again, but this time it’s about users switching...

MIT Students Develop Thermoelectric Bracelet To Cool Your Overclocked Body

MIT Students Develop Thermoelectric Bracelet To Cool Your Overclocked Body

Everyone perceives warmth or coldness a bit differently; for proof, just stroll through any cubicle farm and note that while one person is wrapped in a blanket, someone a few doors down is loosening his tie and holding a tiny fan to cool down. Wearable technology may be part of the solution to that problem. A team of four engineering students...

NVIDIA Shows Off Digital Ira Faceworks Demo Running On Next-Gen Logan Mobile SoC

NVIDIA Shows Off Digital Ira Faceworks Demo Running On Next-Gen Logan Mobile SoC

NVIDIA is holding a tech event currently in Montreal to showcase a number of the tools and technologies the company has developed to foster state of the art in game development. The event will be taking place over the next two days and we’re told there will be a number of newsworthy items revealed. The morning of Day 1 began with NVIDIA’s...

Ubuntu 13.10 ‘Saucy Salamander’ Released to the Wild

Ubuntu 13.10 ‘Saucy Salamander’ Released to the Wild

Looking for a change of scenery on your desktop? Want to see what all the fuss is over Linux? New and seasoned vets alike are invited to download and install Ubuntu 13.10 for desktop (and smartphone), Canonical's latest version of its open source operating system. According to Canonical, Ubuntu 13.10, or Saucy Salamander, is Ubuntu's first...

Windows 8.1 Now Available For Free Download To Windows 8 Users

Windows 8.1 Now Available For Free Download To Windows 8 Users

Windows 8 is a curious beast, particularly if you're looking at the software through the lenses of Wall Street. It has sold millions and millions of copies, but a lot of those were either automatic corporate upgrades or sales via new machines. The consumer response to Windows 8 itself has been decent, but far short of pure, widespread elation....

Acer Launches 8-inch Iconia W4 Tablet with Windows 8.1, Office Home and Student Starting at $330

Acer Launches 8-inch Iconia W4 Tablet with Windows 8.1, Office Home and Student Starting at $330

Just as Android tablets really started to take off once smaller size (and lower cost) models were introduced, the same may be true of Windows 8.1 slates. We'll soon find out. Yesterday Lenovo announced its Miix2, an 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet starting at $300, and today Acer followed suit by unveiling its Iconia W4, also an 8-inch slate, though...

Adidas Announces a Smartwatch for Runners and Fitness Gurus

Adidas Announces a Smartwatch for Runners and Fitness Gurus

Product manufacturers far and wide and trying to bring the wrist watch back into style by integrating smart features into them and charging a premium. We have the usual candidates, like Sony and Samsung, and then some unusual participants, including Adidas, which is best known for its line of athletic apparel. Adidas announced a new smartwatch...

50% off Dell Latitude E6430 ATG Rugged Laptop, Cheap 42" Vizio LED TV and More.

50% off Dell Latitude E6430 ATG Rugged Laptop, Cheap 42" Vizio LED TV and More.

Today's edition of hottest deals includes the biggest discount we've ever seen on a semi-rugged laptop - flat 50% savings on customizable Dell Latitude E6430 ATG model. For a limited time, you can get the 21.5" Dell S2240T Multi-touch Monitor at the lowest price ever of just $224.99! Don't miss out on the clearance sale on flagship XPS 15...

Ubisoft Stock Takes a Beating From Profit Warning and Game Delays

Ubisoft Stock Takes a Beating From Profit Warning and Game Delays

Investors didn't react kindly to Ubisoft's profit warning, sending shares of the games publisher down by as much as 32 percent, the largest decline the company has ever seen. The stock plummeted after Ubisoft said it now expects an operating loss of 40 million euros (around $54 million) to 70 million euros (around $95 million) for the year...

Lenovo’s Miix2 Is An 8-Inch Windows 8.1 Slate Packing Intel’s Bay Trail Quad Core

Lenovo’s Miix2 Is An 8-Inch Windows 8.1 Slate Packing Intel’s Bay Trail Quad Core

Lenovo announced a new Windows 8.1 tablet to its lineup with the Miix2, an 8-inch device that comes with an optional cover and a stylus. The successor to the Lenovo Miix, the Mixx2 will ship with Windows 8.1 on board, with all that entails, and it boasts some impressive specs, too. The device rocks a quad-core Intel Bay Trail-T with integrated...

Apple Slices Orders For Weakly Selling iPhone 5C

Apple Slices Orders For Weakly Selling iPhone 5C

Apple’s new flagship handset, the iPhone 5S, may be experiencing the occasional Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), but the new and less expensive iPhone 5C may be experiencing some death of its own. According to the Wall Street Journal’s sources, Apple has told its two suppliers (Pegatron and Foxconn) that it is reducing orders for Q4...

Apple Patent Shows New Immersive 3 Dimensional Desktop UI

Apple Patent Shows New Immersive 3 Dimensional Desktop UI

A new Apple patent has emerged that shows a new, more immersive 3D desktop GUI, which looks essentially like cover flow but for applications instead of just for items within Finder windows. It also seems like an incredibly obvious (though no less attractive and innovative) evolution of displaying open applications, and it will certainly allow...

Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Update Leaks, Coming Soon

Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 Update Leaks, Coming Soon

Samsung Galaxy S4 owners have been hearing for weeks that an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update is headed to their device, but so far all is pretty quiet in terms of official releases. If, however, you're willing to play with leaked code that may or may not be feature-complete, you have options. Nearly two weeks after the first Android 4.3 build...

Amazon Reportedly Working with HTC for Prime Smartphone

Amazon Reportedly Working with HTC for Prime Smartphone

What happens when the world's largest online retailer teams up with the smartphone maker that helped pioneer Android as viable alternative to iOS in the smartphone space? We may soon find out. Word on the web is that Amazon and HTC are in discussions about building a handset for users of Amazon's Prime service. There have been several rumors...

Intel's Q3 Earnings Show $3 Billion In Net Income

Intel's Q3 Earnings Show $3 Billion In Net Income

If you're Intel, great news abounds. While the holiday quarter always tends to be positive for the chip giant, Q3 is one of those mysteries. This year, however, Wall Street is apt to be pleased with what the company accomplished. Intel reported third-quarter earnings this week, posting strong revenue of $13.5 billion alongside net income of...

Twitter Rolling Out Option to Allow Anyone to Send You a Direct Message

Twitter Rolling Out Option to Allow Anyone to Send You a Direct Message

The mechanics that Twitter's 'Direct Message' system has been using since launch fall into the category of 'love-it-or-hate-it'. The reason for that is that in order to receive a message from a follower, you must be following them. The problem here is obvious: You might not want to 'friend farm'; or, you may simply wish to keep your 'following'...

Great deals on Dell UltraSharp Monitors, Clearance sale on XPS 15 1080p Ultrabook & More.

Great deals on Dell UltraSharp Monitors, Clearance sale on XPS 15 1080p Ultrabook & More.

Welcome back to the latest hot deals from across the web. Today's leading offer is this 24-inch Dell U2412M UltraSharp IPS Monitor for just $266! For a limited time, Dell is running clearance sale on their XPS 15 1080p Ultrabook powered by 3rd-generation Core i5 CPU & GeForce GT 630M Graphics for a ridiculously competitive price under...

Apple Sets October 22 Date for Next Press Event, New iPad Models Likely on Tap

Apple Sets October 22 Date for Next Press Event, New iPad Models Likely on Tap

Barring some kind of major surprise, Apple will unveil its next generation of iPad and iPad mini devices a week from today on October 22, 2013. That's the date that appears on invitations Apple has begun sending out to members of the press with a heads up that the media event will take place at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San...

Battlefield 4 Gameplay and Performance Preview

Battlefield 4 Gameplay and Performance Preview

EA took the wraps off Battlefield 4 this past week, offering players a chance to experience a taste of what the game offers via an early beta. We've spent time with the game, tested its early performance, and come back to report the findings. AMD, of course, has been talking up the Battlefield 4 combination with a vengeance, highlighting the...

Teardown Suggests Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is Tough to Repair

Teardown Suggests Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is Tough to Repair

Showtime's popular Dexter series might have come to an end (don't worry, no spoilers here), but if you're still interested in seeing things gutted, iFixIt is your go-to place for the same level of carnage, albeit in the realm of electronics. The newest candidate to fall on iFixIt's operating table is Amazon's recently announced Kindle Fire...

Rovio's Angry Birds Franchise Reaches Maturity, Kart Game Coming In December

Rovio's Angry Birds Franchise Reaches Maturity, Kart Game Coming In December

The unofficial mark for when a game franchise reaches maturity is when there is a sufficient number of beloved characters and a wide-enough user base to launch a kart game. In the tradition of Nintendo and its now-legendary MarioKart series, Rovio is releasing a kart version of Angry Birds this December. “Angry Birds Go!” looks...

Microsoft Survey Finds Age 8 is When Parents Allow Unsupervised Internet and Device Use

Microsoft Survey Finds Age 8 is When Parents Allow Unsupervised Internet and Device Use

We're being bombarded by gadgets and mobile electronic devices that offer persistent online connectivity, and if you're a parent, that means having to decide when to allow your child to have access to certain gear, like computers, tablets, smartphones, handheld gaming devices, and so forth. Every family is different and therefore there's really...

NSA-Dodging Secure Email Provider Lavabit To Reinstate Service For 72 Hours

NSA-Dodging Secure Email Provider Lavabit To Reinstate Service For 72 Hours

This summer, company founder Ladar Levison shut down his secure email service, Lavabit, rather than comply with data requests from the NSA. There is a widespread assumption that Lavabit was the email service used by whistleblower Edward Snowden, so any requests that Lavabit received were perhaps more targeted than most. One issue with Levison’s...

Sony Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra Unlocked Smartphones, SmartWatch 2 Now Available For Preorder In U.S.

Sony Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra Unlocked Smartphones, SmartWatch 2 Now Available For Preorder In U.S.

Sony’s latest Xperia smartphones, the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra, look rather fetching but have been frustratingly unavailable in the U.S. until now. Sony now has them on its U.S. website for preorder, where you can snag the Smartwatch 2 ($199.99), Xperia Z1 ($649.99), and Xperia Z Ultra ($649.99). The Xperia Z1 offers a 20.7MP camera...

Fusion-io Offers Enterprise Best of Both Worlds with ioControl Hybrid Storage Solution

Fusion-io Offers Enterprise Best of Both Worlds with ioControl Hybrid Storage Solution

When it comes to picking out a storage scheme, businesses face the same dilemma as home users. The decision at hand is whether to spend a premium on high performance solid state storage, or stretch those dollars on higher capacity and slower performing mechanical hard drives. It's not unusual for a home user to opt for both by configuring...

BlackBerry Pleads With Users To Keep Believing In Its Future

BlackBerry Pleads With Users To Keep Believing In Its Future

It's typically not a great sign when a company has to come out and publish an open letter to the public in order to woo them back. Usually, by that point, the war has already been lost. In fact, one could argue that such an act makes the company seem even more desperate. Unfortunately, we aren't talking about hypothetical things; BlackBerry...

Rockstar to Award Gamers $500K In-Game ‘Stimulus’ Loot for GTA V Online Woes

Rockstar to Award Gamers $500K In-Game ‘Stimulus’ Loot for GTA V Online Woes

The initial roll out of Grand Theft Auto V's online multiplayer mode wasn't as rocky as, say, SimCity's from earlier this year, though several "technical issues" did crop up that prevented players from enjoying the experience on the first day, and even a little while longer. Even though Rockstar Games warned that there would be growing pains,...

Best deals on Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop, Dell U2713HM UltraSharp Monitor and More.

Best deals on Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop, Dell U2713HM UltraSharp Monitor and More.

Welcome back to another collection of the hottest deals from across the web. Kicking things off is rare 15% off + extra $50 coupon savings on Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop over $1,299. This is the biggest discount we've seen on the new 2013 Alineware range yet. For a limited time, you can also get Dell's 2560x1440 27" UltraSharp U2713HM Monitor...

Imagination Tech Announces MIPS-based 'Warrior P-Class' CPU Core

Imagination Tech Announces MIPS-based 'Warrior P-Class' CPU Core

Imagination Technologies has announced the first CPU based on its new version of the MIPS architecture. The new P5600 chip (codenamed Warrior) is a 32-bit CPU based on the MIPS Series 5 architecture and is designed to challenge companies like ARM in the embedded and mobile markets. Major features of the new chip include: Support for 40-bit...

Apple Expected To Unveil 12-Inch MacBook and Higher Res iPad Both With Retina Display

Apple Expected To Unveil 12-Inch MacBook and Higher Res iPad Both With Retina Display

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has an impressive track record with his reports, Apple is going to be unveiling a couple of interesting products in mid-2014 - one MacBook and one iPad. On the MacBook front, a new 12" model will enter the lineup (it's not clear if this will replace the 11" MacBook Air or not) which will...

D-Link Router Backdoor Vulnerability Leaves System Settings Wide Open

D-Link Router Backdoor Vulnerability Leaves System Settings Wide Open

A hacker (“Craig”) on a site devoted to embedded device hacking posted a lengthy entry detailing how he, on a whim and armed with boredom and too much Shasta cola, reverse-engineered a firmware update and found a backdoor to certain D-Link routers that allows one to access the devices’ web interface by bypassing authentication....

Nokia Designer Frank Nuovo Asks Apple To Bring An End To Proprietary Cables

Nokia Designer Frank Nuovo Asks Apple To Bring An End To Proprietary Cables

Apple has famously eschewed any industry standardization with its device connectors in favor of proprietary options, including when it rolled out the new Lightning connector and sucker punched an entire side industry’s worth of iOS accessories that weren’t compatible with new iPhones and iPads. Frank Nuovo, Nokia’s phone...

Activision Blizzard Completes Acquisition From Vivendi

Activision Blizzard Completes Acquisition From Vivendi

Activision Blizzard, Inc. has finally managed to buy back billions of dollars of shares from parent company Vivendi Universal as part of a deal that first announced back in July. That deal hit a snag after several shareholders filed a lawsuit, prompting a U.S. court to halt the transaction in September. On Friday, however, a Delaware court...

Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8 Update 3 For Larger 'Phablet' Devices

Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8 Update 3 For Larger 'Phablet' Devices

There’s another Windows Phone update coming down the pike in the next few months, and among several new features, Microsoft’s Darren Laybourn noted in a blog post that the update is designed in part to make use of larger screens such as those found on phablets. “So the new update paves the way for future Windows Phone devices...

LG G Flex Stretches Its Curved 6-inch OLED Display to Show Up Galaxy Round

LG G Flex Stretches Its Curved 6-inch OLED Display to Show Up Galaxy Round

After all the hype surrounding flexible, unbreakable, and curved displays, we're finally seeing a portion of those promises headed to retail. Last week, for example, Samsung announced the Galaxy Round with a 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED curved display. Not to be outdone, press photos of LG's upcoming Flex G with a 6-inch OLED curved panel...

Cross Platform 3DMark Benchmark Now Available for Windows RT From the Windows Store

Cross Platform 3DMark Benchmark Now Available for Windows RT From the Windows Store

Futuremark has made available its 3DMark benchmark for Windows RT a little over a week before Microsoft is scheduled to release Surface 2 on October 22, 2013, the company announced today. Surface 2 boasts several improvements over its predecessor, both inside and out, but if you're wondering how its performance compares -- and in particular...

Netflix Aims To Plant Itself On Your Next DVR

Netflix Aims To Plant Itself On Your Next DVR

It only makes sense, really. Netflix has taken over the content world in many ways, even going so far as to fund original programming of its own and buck the usual trend by making entire seasons available at once. That journey has led it to an enviable position, but to date, getting to Netflix still requires something that many American households...

Battlefield 4 Creative Director Extols Virtues of Linux as a Gaming Platform

Battlefield 4 Creative Director Extols Virtues of Linux as a Gaming Platform

It used to be laughable to think of Linux as a preferred gaming platform. Sure, emulators like Wine made a gamer's life a little easier on Linus, but things like driver issues and lack of native titles have always prevented Linux from stepping into the gaming limelight, at least until now. We're not sure if a tectonic shift is occurring right...

Yahoo Email Revamp Takes On A Gmail-ish Look But With A Major Bug

Yahoo Email Revamp Takes On A Gmail-ish Look But With A Major Bug

Yahoo’s fresh new Mail revamp earlier this week brought a new look, new themes, 1TB of storage, and deeper changes such as disposable addresses, mail filters, automatic mail forwarding, offline access with POP, and more. It also came with a major bug. Some users have complained that they were missing emails, and it turns out that the...

Lenovo Rumored to be Considering Acquisition of HTC to Bolster Smartphone Offering

Lenovo Rumored to be Considering Acquisition of HTC to Bolster Smartphone Offering

Lenovo, the top PC manufacturer in the world in terms of shipment numbers and market share, may be looking to rise in the ranks of mobile handsets, as well. There's a rumor going around claiming Lenovo is in hush-hush talks with HTC about taking over its smartphone business. The two firms have reportedly been meeting in secret since August...

Skylander Swap Force Blockbuster Adventure Kids Game Ships Today Mate!

Skylander Swap Force Blockbuster Adventure Kids Game Ships Today Mate!

If you’ve never played “Skylanders” with kids before, you’re missing out. It’s easy to see why the franchise is so popular; the game is simple enough that young kids can play it, yet it’s sufficiently entertaining that you don’t get bored playing it with them, and the multitude of available characters...

A Look At Google And NASA’s Quantum Computing And A.I. Lab

A Look At Google And NASA’s Quantum Computing And A.I. Lab

Google and NASA have a lot in common, really. Both companies have made marks for themselves by defying logic, and in some ways, making the (seemingly) impossible... possible. Of course, Google has done most of its work on Planet Earth, while NASA has a thing for the outer reaches of space, but that's not stopping the two from working together....

Say Goodbye to Google TV and Hello to Android TV

Say Goodbye to Google TV and Hello to Android TV

Google had ginormous plans for Google TV when it launched three years ago, and when the history books are written about this era, perhaps it will say that it was a concept slightly ahead of its time. In any event, Google isn't giving up on its core dream of dominating the living room with Android, though it is planning to officially retire...

Microsoft Board at Odds Over CEO Search, Company's Future Direction

Microsoft Board at Odds Over CEO Search, Company's Future Direction

Now that Steve Ballmer has announced his impending retirement, Microsoft is in search mode as it looks to hire a replacement Chief Executive Officer. It's the biggest decision facing Microsoft right now, followed by what comes next after hiring a new chief, a decision the incoming CEO will have significant input over. Given the magnitude of...

TDK Develops Hard Drive Technology Capable Of 40TB Capacity

TDK Develops Hard Drive Technology Capable Of 40TB Capacity

It sounds like a pipe dream, but for those who have followed the industry, you'll know that we've been dreaming about multi-terabyte hard drives for quite some time and capacities up to 4TB exist today. Prototypes have already made the rounds once or twice, but TDK has a new project that could enable 40TB hard drives by 2020. That's right,...

AT&T Streamlining Mobile Share Plans

AT&T Streamlining Mobile Share Plans

AT&T rolled out Mobile Share plans last year, which allowed multiple users on one account to pay for and use a single “bucket” of data. It’s a nice option for many consumers, as typically one family member may use more data than another, and it’s not a great deal if they’re each paying for the same amount...

Apple Shows Off Plans For Ring-Shaped HQ In Cupertino

Apple Shows Off Plans For Ring-Shaped HQ In Cupertino

“Best office building ever” is how Peter Oppenheimer, Apple CFO, described Apple’s proposed new headquarters in Cupertino. The ring-shaped spaceship-looking structure will be built on the former site of the 175-acre HP campus, and in addition to the architectural ambition, the site will have a strong focus on being green....

Google Play Highlights Tablet-Optimized Apps On Large-Scren Android Devices

Google Play Highlights Tablet-Optimized Apps On Large-Scren Android Devices

For years now, pundits have slammed the Android ecosystem as a whole for being fairly lax with protocol as it relates to app apperances on tablets. By and large, iPad-specific apps look infinitely better than Android apps blown up on a tablet. Many devs simply don't bother to re-code their app for larger screen devices in the Android world,...

New Boss Battles, Director's Commentary Coming to Deus Ex: HR's Director's Cut For Just $4.99

New Boss Battles, Director's Commentary Coming to Deus Ex: HR's Director's Cut For Just $4.99

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a near-perfect example of how to build a great sequel to a classic franchise, but there was one major issue that a number of gamers disliked. While the game allowed players to skip combat in virtually every instance, the game's boss battles couldn't be skipped or bypassed in any fashion. This fit poorly with the...

Clearance sale on Dell XPS 15 Laptop, Rare Discount on Galaxy Note 3, and More.

Clearance sale on Dell XPS 15 Laptop, Rare Discount on Galaxy Note 3, and More.

Welcome to the weekend edition of the best deals from across the web. Leading today's deals is this lowest price ever on Dell XPS 15 Performance Laptop with Core i7 CPU, Full HD display, 9-cell battery, dedicated graphics and pre-installed Windows 7 operating system. For a limited time, new Verizon subscribers can get Samsung Galaxy Note 3...

Valve Demonstrates its Steam Controller Across Three Different Genres

Valve Demonstrates its Steam Controller Across Three Different Genres

It goes without saying that Valve's upcoming Steam controller is a bit unusual - alright, it's very unusual. Aesthetically, it looks ridiculous. Functionality-wise... it has potential. It's going to be a hard sell, and Valve knows it, so it appears to be doing all it can to pre-sell us on it. Kicking things off, it's produced a quick demonstration...

iPhone 5S Users Reporting Blue Screen of Death

iPhone 5S Users Reporting Blue Screen of Death

It's been a long time since we've seen a dreaded "blue screen of death" (BSoD), but it's back and in the in the unlikeliest of places. Oddly enough, some Apple iPhone 5S owners are reporting BSoD errors, though they're a little different from the ones you may remember seeing on Windows desktops. Rather than spit out an obscure error code with...

Office 365 Can Live On All Your Devices, All The Time

Office 365 Can Live On All Your Devices, All The Time

Let’s not kid ourselves, the era of showing up to work at 8am, sitting at your desk all day, and leaving it all at the office at 5pm is over. Although that’s still the “standard” work paradigm, most workers find a sincere need for mobile productivity, whether that’s due to a long commute on the train in the morning...

Corsair Obsidian 750D Case: Well Built For Water Cooling

Corsair Obsidian 750D Case: Well Built For Water Cooling

Over the past few years, Corsair has steadily ramped up the number and types of computer chassis it manufacturers. The high-end 700D and 800D have been followed by a number of midrange products and one uber-expensive deluxe model, the massive 900D. The case we're reviewing today, the 750D, is meant to drop into the $200 price bracket, where...

Facebook Removes Name Search Privacy Setting

Facebook Removes Name Search Privacy Setting

If you’re an avid Facebook stalker, here’s some good news: Facebook is removing the feature that formerly let users prevent others from finding them by searching for their name in the Facebook search bar. If you’ve been successfully avoiding old classmates, a crazy ex, your boss, or just the general public on Facebook, you...

Rockstar Coy About GTA V For PC Platform Coming Early 2014

Rockstar Coy About GTA V For PC Platform Coming Early 2014

Grand Theft Auto V is a huge hit, and while it’s lighting up many a console, to date there is no version for the PC, despite a petition. This isn’t totally unexpected, as releasing the game on consoles and then rolling out a PC version months later is what Rockstar Games has done with previous GTA editions, but it’s galling...

U.S. Special Ops Command Plans Iron Man Suit for Soldiers

U.S. Special Ops Command Plans Iron Man Suit for Soldiers

Iron Man may be a fictional character in the land of comic books and Hollywood adaptations, but is such a suit out of the real of possibility? Apparently the U.S. Special Operations Command is determined to find out. They've teamed up with some of the brightest minds and researchers from various universities and laboratories to see if an Iron...

Qualcomm Developing Neural Processing Unit Or NPU To Mimic Human Perception and Cognition

Qualcomm Developing Neural Processing Unit Or NPU To Mimic Human Perception and Cognition

Qualcomm is developing NPUs, or “neural processing units”, which would present a different and powerful way for machines to handle information by more closely mimicking the way that the human brain works. Essentially, Qualcomm and its partners are trying to artificially create neurons, and NPUs are designed for parallel processing...

Security Researchers Find Google Chrome User Cache Exposes Sensitive Data

Security Researchers Find Google Chrome User Cache Exposes Sensitive Data

In the famous words of a canine scholar best known for his research into unexplainable phenomenon, "Ruh roh!" That about sums up our reaction to the discovery that Google's popular Chrome browser may be storing sensitive data in such a way that it would be relatively easy for a malicious third party to dig it up and steal your identity, among...

Microsoft Also Exploring Cookie-Free Web Tracking

Microsoft Also Exploring Cookie-Free Web Tracking

Cookies are the most popular way of tracking Internet users today, but by this time next year, they could be old news. We already know that Google is planning to replace cookies with something else, and there's chatter that Apple and Facebook will follow suit as well. Now we've learned that Microsoft is looking beyond cookies, too. Microsoft's...

Nest Protect: A Sophisticated Spying Device For The Internet of Things?

Nest Protect: A Sophisticated Spying Device For The Internet of Things?

The issues of security and privacy should always be on our minds, but ever since the revelation of NSA spying played out this past summer, those issues have been forced to the forefront - impossible to avoid. In reality, that's a great thing... we should be concerned about our privacy and definitely about our security. No one likes being spied...

Unu Android Tablet Hopes To Be Your Entertainment Hub For $200

Unu Android Tablet Hopes To Be Your Entertainment Hub For $200

You may have missed it if you blinked, but the tablet space is quickly becoming intensely saturated. Whereas the slate sector used to have but a few solid options, now consumers have a plethora of choices -- from the iPad to Android-based tablets to those running Windows 8. In order to set itself apart from the masses, the newly introduced...

A Guided Tour of Microsoft Office 365

A Guided Tour of Microsoft Office 365

Pretty much everyone has used Microsoft Office before, and many of us have been using it our entire lives. And although it’s true that over the years each generation of the software has improved, there’s arguably never been a release of Microsoft Office as dramatic as the introduction of Office 365. Office 365 offers desktop versions...

Valve Announces its Own Developer Conference, 'Steam Dev Days'

Valve Announces its Own Developer Conference, 'Steam Dev Days'

There's never been doubt that Valve takes gaming - and the PC as a platform - very seriously, but when the company announced its SteamOS, Steam Machines and Steam controller, it became clear as day that the company wants to make its already major impact on the gaming industry even more definitive. Outside of its own games, fueling Valve's...

Best deals on HP ENVY 15 TouchSmart Core i7 Laptop, Sony Xperia Tablet Z & More.

Best deals on HP ENVY 15 TouchSmart Core i7 Laptop, Sony Xperia Tablet Z & 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 one of the best deals we've seen on HP ENVY 15 TouchSmart Quad Edition Laptop powered by 4th-gen Core i7 processor. We also found a deal offering free $50 Visa gift card on purchase on Sony Xperia...

LG G Pro Lite Phablet Boasts a Big 5.5-inch Display, Ho-Hum Specs

LG G Pro Lite Phablet Boasts a Big 5.5-inch Display, Ho-Hum Specs

There still aren't a ton of phablets on the market, though the category grew by one today thanks to the introduction of the LG G Pro Lite. Just as it sounds, it's a toned down version of the G Pro (see our review), and at least initially, it looks as though LG will target emerging markets. Outside of the 5.5-inch IPS display, there's not a...

Vivante: Challenging the Status Quo In Mobile GPUs

Vivante: Challenging the Status Quo In Mobile GPUs

Over the past few years, a handful of mobile graphics companies have emerged as key pillars of the industry. The biggest dog on the block, by far, has been Imagination Technologies, with Qualcomm, NVIDIA and ARM all picking up significant businesses of their own as well. But now, there's a new kid on the block -- a company with a tiny, highly...

T-Mobile Trumpets Unlimited Data and Texting Worldwide at No Additional Cost

T-Mobile Trumpets Unlimited Data and Texting Worldwide at No Additional Cost

Hopefully you've never had to experience "bill shock" before, but if you're curious what it feels like, a trip overseas followed by liberal use of your smartphone's texting, data, and voice will do the trick. International roaming rates are obscenely high, and if you're not careful, you can come home to a bill that's several thousand dollars,...

New Google Maps Brings Back Multi-Destination Trips, Adds New Features

New Google Maps Brings Back Multi-Destination Trips, Adds New Features

Google never stops working on Google Maps, and a months-long overhaul has brought about many changes. One feature that went away temporarily--the ability to add multiple destinations in directions, by adding stops to your route or dropping and arranging pins on POIs--is coming back. Google brought along some new features, as well, including...

CenturyLink Gambles On Gigabit Internet In Las Vegas

CenturyLink Gambles On Gigabit Internet In Las Vegas

While the gigabit Internet revolution (well, evolution) continues for the likes of Google, AT&T, and a handful of smaller ISPs, CenturyLink won’t be left behind. The company is nearly ready to launch its gigabit Internet service in Omaha, NE, and it just announced that it will be rolling out service to Las Vegas, too. "CenturyLink...

HP Chief Now Views Intel and Microsoft as Competitors, Not Partners

HP Chief Now Views Intel and Microsoft as Competitors, Not Partners

There's something to be said for being blunt, and HP CEO Meg Whitman certainly didn't pull any punches when talking about her company's relationship with Intel and Microsoft. She said they went from being HP's partners to "outright competitors," which is commentary on the fact that they're both now competing with OEMs in hardware. Let's back...

Google to Test Reward Program for Submitting Open Source Security Patches

Google to Test Reward Program for Submitting Open Source Security Patches

You can make a fair bit of coin diving into code and rooting out vulnerabilities. In some instances, Microsoft will pay up to $100,000 for a single bug report, and Google's Vulnerability Reward Program routinely pays out thousands of dollars. It's a win-win situation, except when dealing with services that have only a small team of developers....

Fingerprint Sensors Are (Back) In: Synaptics Acquires Validity Sensors While Eying Your Next Notebook

Fingerprint Sensors Are (Back) In: Synaptics Acquires Validity Sensors While Eying Your Next Notebook

Are you browsing this very article using a notebook? If so, the trackpad you're probably scrolling with most likely has Synaptics attached in some way. The company responsible for millions upon millions of laptop trackpads has just acquired a human interface solutions company by the name of Validity Sensors. The reason? Because fingerprint...

Acer Debuts C720 Chromebook With Intel Haswell For $249.99

Acer Debuts C720 Chromebook With Intel Haswell For $249.99

Acer announced its new generation of Chromebooks, and as we mentioned a month ago, these machines have Intel (Haswell) processors inside. In the case of the first model in the series, the C720-2800, it’s an Intel Celeron 2955U chip; it may be disappointing that it’s not at least a Core series processor, but remember that these...

DRM-Free Game Service GOG.com Eases Government Shutdown Pain With Free Game Pack For Furloughed Workers

DRM-Free Game Service GOG.com Eases Government Shutdown Pain With Free Game Pack For Furloughed Workers

I can't imagine that there are too many out there who are content with the shutdown of the US government, especially those 800,000 or so workers who have been furloughed. Then of course there are those who'd love to make a trip to a national park or landmark, but can't, because such things simply can't exist until the government is rebooted....

Red Cross Urges Game Developers to Code Consequences for In-Game War Crimes

Red Cross Urges Game Developers to Code Consequences for In-Game War Crimes

In my review of Grand Theft Auto V, I pointed out that one of the few missteps I felt Rockstar Games made with the title is including the mandatory torture scene, in which you're forced to extract information from an informant by yanking a tooth out with pliers, bashing his arm with a pipe wrench, electrocuting him with a car battery, and...

Best deals on Dell Optiplex 9010 Core i5 Desktop, Qosmio X75 Gaming Laptop & More.

Best deals on Dell Optiplex 9010 Core i5 Desktop, Qosmio X75 Gaming Laptop & More.

Today's hottest tech deals from across the web feature a ton of hot new tech. Leading the way is ready-to-ship Optiplex 9010 Core i5 Desktop with pre-installed Windows 7 Professional for just $669. Also check out the multi-capable USB 3.0 dock from HP that lets you plug in dual digital displays plus all your accessories via a single USB 3.0...

Google WiFi Falling Down As Mountain View Moves To Get Off Network

Google WiFi Falling Down As Mountain View Moves To Get Off Network

You’d think that if you lived in Mountain View, home of Google, you’d have killer Internet access. And if you were living there several years ago you’d be right, as the search giant installed free WiFi all over the city in 2006. It was no doubt a delightful perk, at least until last year when the citywide WiFi reportedly...

Ford Showcases Driver Autonomous Self-Parking Car Technology

Ford Showcases Driver Autonomous Self-Parking Car Technology

Although the dream of roads full of driverless cars is a ways off, several companies such as Tesla and Google are making steps toward that goal by developing self-driving car technology. Ford is now also demonstrating self-parking technology called Fully Assisted Parking Aid that will actually help a driver locate a spot and then make the...

Mozilla Reveals Firefox OS 1.1 Update, New Features and Performance Improvements for Firefox Phones

Mozilla Reveals Firefox OS 1.1 Update, New Features and Performance Improvements for Firefox Phones

It's only been a few weeks since the first Firefox OS phones were released to retail, and already there's an update to Mozilla's mobile operating system. Depending on how you look at it, that bodes well for the future of Firefox OS, in that it shows Mozilla is committed to the operating system (Mozilla previously stated it was planning an...

Pay Day: Microsoft Rewards Hacker $100K for Finding Windows Exploit Technique

Pay Day: Microsoft Rewards Hacker $100K for Finding Windows Exploit Technique

Looking for a career change? Consider becoming a professional bug hunter. Don't worry, it's not as gross as it sounds. We're talking about software bugs, such as pieces of code with unintended consequences or underlying security vulnerabilities. Turns out you can make a lot of money doing this kind of thing. For example, Microsoft rewarded...

Analyst Foretells of Apple Offering a 4.8-inch iPhone 6

Analyst Foretells of Apple Offering a 4.8-inch iPhone 6

Apple doesn't increase screen sizes on its iPhone line very often. In fact, the Cupertino company has only done it once, going from a 3.5-inch display on the original iPhone up through the iPhone 4S (five generations of iPhones), to a 4-inch display on the iPhone 5 and recently introduced iPhone 5C and 5S models. That's seven generations of...

Apple To Unveil New iPad and iPad Mini on October 22nd

Apple To Unveil New iPad and iPad Mini on October 22nd

History doesn't always repeat itself, particularly when you're trying to juggle supply chains across the globe year in and year out, but it seems that 2013 will mirror 2012 in terms of Apple event launches in the fall. Last year, we saw the new iPhone and iPad launched within weeks of one another. This year, it appears that the iPhone 5c and...

Samsung’s Galaxy ROUND Android Smartphone Arrives With Its Curved OLED Display

Samsung’s Galaxy ROUND Android Smartphone Arrives With Its Curved OLED Display

It appears that’s a “yes” on Samsung beating LG to market with a curved-display smartphone. Samsung announced that the Samsung Galaxy ROUND smartphone is available, and the 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display is indeed delicately concave. Before you get excited, here’s the bad news: It’s only available in Korea,...

Silicon Motion USB 3 Controller ClaimsTo Boost Thumb Drive Performance Significantly

Silicon Motion USB 3 Controller ClaimsTo Boost Thumb Drive Performance Significantly

USB 3.0 offers excellent performance characteristics for external storage, but thumb drives that take full advantage of the standard have been few and far between. According to Silicon Motion, its upcoming SM3267 controller will boost single-channel USB 3 speeds for flash drives to 160MB/s read, 60MB/s write, while simultaneously cutting power...

Great savings on new Dell Inspiron 14 1080p Touch Ultrabook, HP coupon roundup & More.

Great savings on new Dell Inspiron 14 1080p Touch Ultrabook, HP coupon roundup & More.

Welcome back to our collection of the day's hottest deals. Starting things off with a bang is rare $100 savings on just-released Dell Inspiron 14 Touch Laptop featuring 4th-gen Core i5 CPU and 1080p resolution screen. You can also check out HP coupons offering $100 off select laptops and over 60% off select HP accessories. We also found a...

Fox News Deck More Like Space Bridge With 55-Inch Touchscreen Desks And 38 Ft Video Wall

Fox News Deck More Like Space Bridge With 55-Inch Touchscreen Desks And 38 Ft Video Wall

Fox News is trying to bring TV news further into the digital age, where news runs 24/7 and updates are up-to-the-second, with its ambitious “Fox News Deck”. Comprised of a small sea of 55-inch touchscreen machines (called “BATS”, for “big area touchscreens”) and a 38-foot video wall, the whole brightly-lit...

Despite Increase In Malware, Google's Schmidt Notes Android Is More Secure than iOS

Despite Increase In Malware, Google's Schmidt Notes Android Is More Secure than iOS

Back in June, we reported on Juniper Networks' findings that made Google's Android OS look not-so-secure. As a reminder, the firm discovered that between March 2012 and March 2013, mobile malware increased a staggering 614% overall, 92% of which calls Android its home. Given these numbers, it wouldn't be hard to jump to the conclusion that...

FiLiP Smartwatch For Kids Coming To AT&T

FiLiP Smartwatch For Kids Coming To AT&T

For people without children, the concept of a smartwatch for kids might sound galling, but if you’re a parent who’s laid awake at night thinking about how to give your kiddos a way to stay in touch and available when they’re old enough to have some independence (but too young to be trusted with a real phone), it sounds amazing....

Gold HTC One is the Real Deal, Only Five Available for $4,400 Each

Gold HTC One is the Real Deal, Only Five Available for $4,400 Each

Gilded phones seem to be all the all the rage lately, with Apple having released a gold colored iPhone 5S and Samsung reportedly following suit with a golden version of its Galaxy S4 device. Well, it looks like gold fever has struck HTC as well, though unlike its two aforementioned competitors, HTC is planning go all-out with its golden makeover....

Air Force Aims To Tap Collective Brain Power Of Global Tech Community

Air Force Aims To Tap Collective Brain Power Of Global Tech Community

Some of the smartest people in the history of computer technology figured out that one of the most powerful ways to solve problems and advance a platform or project are to open them up and solicit the collective brainpower and creativity of the whole world. Collaboration has driven technology forward and brought forth such innovations as Linux—which...

Alcatel-Lucent Slashes 10,000 Jobs in Last Ditch Effort to Stay Afloat

Alcatel-Lucent Slashes 10,000 Jobs in Last Ditch Effort to Stay Afloat

In a desperate bid to save a sinking ship, Alcatel-Lucent, a global mobile phone manufacturer and telecommunications equipment company, is planning to reduce its workforce by around 10,000 employees by the end of 2015, the firm announced today. The job cuts are part of what Alcatel-Lucent is calling "The Shift Plan," which is an attempt to...

Yahoo Mail Celebrates 16th Birthday with Cross Platform Themes, 1TB of Storage

Yahoo Mail Celebrates 16th Birthday with Cross Platform Themes, 1TB of Storage

Rather than receiving keys to a new car for its 16th birthday, Yahoo Mail is celebrating its milestone by handing users the keys to a revamped email service designed to be "elegant and intuitive on desktop, iOS, and Android." Part of that entails the addition of "conversations," otherwise known as emails grouped into threads. "We redesigned...

HP Unveils $279 Chromebook 11 With Exynos Processor

HP Unveils $279 Chromebook 11 With Exynos Processor

The latest Chromebook to hit the market is the HP Chromebook 11, an 11.6-inch notebook with a cool white or black finish and a decidedly Google-ish colored stripe around the keyboard area and on the lid. If you were eagerly anticipating a Chromebook running an Intel Haswell chip, though, pump the brakes--this model has a Samsung Exynos 5250...

Report Shows Apple at 40 Plus Percent Market Share in Smartphones, Android Lost Ground

Report Shows Apple at 40 Plus Percent Market Share in Smartphones, Android Lost Ground

Here in the U.S., we love our smartphones, as evidenced by 145 million people owning one for a nearly 61 percent penetration rate, according to the latest data by market research firm comScore. That represents a 3 percent spike compared to last quarter, and just as interesting is the fact that Apple's gaining ground on the competition. As...

Power Surges Destroying Equipment At The NSA’s Massive Data Center

Power Surges Destroying Equipment At The NSA’s Massive Data Center

Payback? Perhaps. With the National Security Agency in the wrong kind of spotlight of late, this is probably sweet for many to read. What's being described as "chronic electrical surges" at an NSA data-storage facility have "hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of machinery and delayed the center's opening for a year." Yes, a full year....

AMD Radeon R7 260X, R9 270X, and R9 280X Tested

AMD Radeon R7 260X, R9 270X, and R9 280X Tested

A ton of AMD related news hit over the last couple of weeks, thanks in no small part to a multi-day event AMD held in Honolulu, Hawaii the company held to showcase all of its upcoming GPU technology. GPU14 Tech Day, as AMD called it, began with a quick talk from AMD’s Corporate Vice President, Visual Computing Division Raja Koduri at...

Why Everyone Should Chill Out About Origin PC Dropping AMD GPUs

Why Everyone Should Chill Out About Origin PC Dropping AMD GPUs

Much has been made of boutique PC builder Origin PC’s decision to no longer offer AMD GPUs in its systems, thereby giving NVIDIA all the love. We posted about it earlier, ourselves, and since then, there’s been much hullabaloo about why Origin is doing this, what NVIDIA may have offered them to dump AMD, and so on. But everybody...

Great deals on HP ENVY 15 Laptop, Dell U2312HM UltraSharp Monitor and More

Great deals on HP ENVY 15 Laptop, Dell U2312HM UltraSharp Monitor and More

Thanks for tuning in to the latest edition of the best deals from across the web. We've got a killer offer on a quality monitor today: Dell's premium U2312HM 23" 1080p IPS monitor is only $189.99 shipped and has a 3 year warranty to boot. You'll also want to check out the low starting price on HP ENVY 15 Quad Edition Laptop with 4th-gen Intel...

4G LTE-Capable 7-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lands At Sprint For $50

4G LTE-Capable 7-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lands At Sprint For $50

Sprint customers can snag a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 for $49.99 starting on October 11th with a new line or eligible upgrade and a 2-year service agreement. Unlike the WiFi-only version of the Galaxy Tab 3 we’ve reported on before, this little number offers 4G LTE. The device will come in white initially with a black version available...

Logitech TK820 Wireless All-in-One Keyboard Review, Ready For Windows 8

Logitech TK820 Wireless All-in-One Keyboard Review, Ready For Windows 8

When Logitech revealed its new Wireless All-in-One Keyboard TK820 last month, it immediately caught my eye. After upgrading my home theater PC to Windows 8, I've often thought it would be nice to take advantage of some of the new gesture controls while browsing the web and using my HTPC from the comfort of my couch. I looked at keyboards a...

Verizon Powers Cloud Service With AMD SeaMicro Servers

Verizon Powers Cloud Service With AMD SeaMicro Servers

Microservers may not be for everyone, but when computing requirements are low, such as with a cloud server, they could be perfect. Such proof of that comes from Verizon today, which has just announced its plans to adopt thousands of microservers to back its 'Verizon Cloud' network. Perhaps better still, the purchases are going to AMD, which...

Street Corner 3D Printing Stores Slowly Cropping Up Across America

Street Corner 3D Printing Stores Slowly Cropping Up Across America

It was not very long ago that most people had never heard of 3D printing, but suddenly 3D printing retail locations are beginning to crop up on street corners here and there. It was just last year that MakerBot opened a retail location in New York City, and more stores are coming. For example, there’s Deezmaker 3D Printers & Hackersapce...

HTC One Max 6-Inch Android Phone Leaks, Coming to Verizon

HTC One Max 6-Inch Android Phone Leaks, Coming to Verizon

There isn't a ton of competition when it comes to phablets. By and large, the most popular phablet devices belong to Samsung and its Galaxy Note line, the latest and greatest being the Galaxy Note 3. There are a spattering of alternatives available, just not many, and curiously absent is an entry from HTC. We say it's curious because if you're...

LG Begins Mass Producing Flexible OLED Displays For Smartphones, Samsung May Get To Market First

LG Begins Mass Producing Flexible OLED Displays For Smartphones, Samsung May Get To Market First

The race to deliver a smartphone with a flexible display is heating up. LG announced this morning that it will begin mass producing flexible OLED panels designed specifically for smartphones. We’ve seen large curved displays on TVs from the likes of LG before, as well as smartphone display prototypes, but the fact that they’re...

Malwarebytes Techbench Offers Industrial Strength Malware Removal on a USB Stick

Malwarebytes Techbench Offers Industrial Strength Malware Removal on a USB Stick

You probably carry with you or have at home a USB thumb drive filled with malware removal tools and other security software. After all, once word gets out that you know a thing or two about computers, the requests from family and friends to fix their PCs come fast and furious, and a self-assembled toolkit can make these repair jobs easier...

Samsung Develops 13MP Low Light Camera Module to Bolster New Galaxy Devices

Samsung Develops 13MP Low Light Camera Module to Bolster New Galaxy Devices

Maybe you still own a point-n-shoot camera or maybe you don't because the pictures from your smartphone are good enough for Facebook. Either way, most would agree that even though built-in cameras on mobile devices are getting better, they're still not as good as dedicated point-n-shoot devices, especially in low light situations. Interestingly...

Calling All Developers: Microsoft Boasts Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are Selling Out

Calling All Developers: Microsoft Boasts Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are Selling Out

If you're rooting for Microsoft to succeed (and really, why wouldn't you?), then keep your fingers crossed that its mobile strategy is starting to work. That's what the Redmond outfit would have you believe, hence a call out to developers to get on the ball building apps because, wouldn't you know it, the company's recently introduced Surface...

Gogo Vision Could Put New Movies In Flight Before Cinemas

Gogo Vision Could Put New Movies In Flight Before Cinemas

The onset of digital downlaods has drastically changed the way Hollywood thinks about its future revenues, and while the tried-and-true cinema release is still making boatloads of money for the top-tier movies, the MPAA realizes that habits are changing. Consumers simply expect more content, faster, and in ways that they're comfortable consuming....

Samsung Galaxy Gear Commercial Remembers Familiar Sci-Fi Devices From Dick Tracy To Capt. Kirk

Samsung Galaxy Gear Commercial Remembers Familiar Sci-Fi Devices From Dick Tracy To Capt. Kirk

It could be said (and has been said) that today's science fiction is tomorrow's reality.  If you stop to think about it, it's amazing how many commonplace technologies on the market these days were the product of someone's wild imagination not very long ago.  Video teleconferencing is a reality now but George Jetson rocked a picture...

MasterCard Also Wants Your Fingerprint ID, Joins FIDO Alliance

MasterCard Also Wants Your Fingerprint ID, Joins FIDO Alliance

In an effort to make online shopping and authentication more secure and less reliant on passwords, an increasing number of companies are joining the FIDO Alliance, which among other things is pushing for the use of fingerprint scanning. MasterCard is the latest to join the FIDO Alliance, and perhaps one of the most important at this early...

Borderlands 2's Loot Hunt Event Offers $100,000 in Prizes

Borderlands 2's Loot Hunt Event Offers $100,000 in Prizes

Do you like Borderlands 2? Do you like killing stuff in Borderlands 2? Well, if you happen to live in the US, you'll want to head on over to the special site seen at the bottom of this post to sign-up and enter Gearbox's '$100,000 Loot Hunt' contest. Taking part is simple: Beginning on October 11th, hop into Borderlands 2 and, as Claptrap...

MIT Media Lab Develops openPDS For Controlling Access To Your Data, Even The NSA

MIT Media Lab Develops openPDS For Controlling Access To Your Data, Even The NSA

Given the revelations of the NSA’s data-gathering program coupled with the fact that if you use essentially any Internet services your data is out there and capable of being mined, more users than ever are looking for ways to thwart the prying eyes of power that be. One solution, called openPDS, has been developed by the MIT Media Lab’s...

Google Files Patent For Payment System That Helps Split Your Tab

Google Files Patent For Payment System That Helps Split Your Tab

Beware, wait staffs everywhere--part of your job is about to be obviated by Google. Of course, it’s an annoying part of your job--the one where you have to split up a bill for a group of patrons. Indeed, six Googlers have filed a patent for a “computer-implemented method” (presumably an Android app of some sort) for dividing...

Supposed Nexus 5 User Manual Leaks to Web and Reveals the Full Monty

Supposed Nexus 5 User Manual Leaks to Web and Reveals the Full Monty

Wow, talk about hitting the jackpot. In the absence of official announcements and acknowledgements of upcoming products, we often have to rely on leaked photos that are often blurry and chatty tipsters to get a heads up on a next generation product. That's mostly been the case with Google's Nexus 5 smartphone, though if the device's user manual...

Oxford Internet Researchers Create Map Of How Google And Facebook Dominate

Oxford Internet Researchers Create Map Of How Google And Facebook Dominate

The Internet is a vast, vast place. It's home to billions of domains, billions of users, billions of connections... well, you get the idea. It's a big place. But, as you might expect, even the Internet has giants of its own, and while it's a level playing field in some respects, there are a few web sites that generate more traffic, more attention,...

NSA Targets Tor Network But Has No Luck Cracking It

NSA Targets Tor Network But Has No Luck Cracking It

The average Internet user probably has no idea what "Tor" is. If you're one of those users, you've probably had no good reason to even investigate what it is, what it does, or how it hides. But if you're the NSA, you're acutely aware of Tor, and a new report suggests that both the NSA and GCHQ have had their sights on Tor. In simple terms,...

Origin PC Ditching AMD GPUs, Goes All In With NVIDIA

Origin PC Ditching AMD GPUs, Goes All In With NVIDIA

While AMD just announced a whole new line of graphics cards, which generally results in system builders announcing new configuration options with the impending products inside, at least one boutique builder is going in another direction entirely--all the way in the other direction, actually. Origin PC CEO and co-founder Kevin Wasielewski told...

Valve Half-Life 3 Trademark Filing Could Have Been Bogus Hoax

Valve Half-Life 3 Trademark Filing Could Have Been Bogus Hoax

Earlier in the week, Half-Life fans got themselves worked-up after a trademark for the forever forthcoming Half-Life 3 was published to a European trademark registration site. Well, as it appears now, the entire thing was a hoax, despite the fact that the entry looked completely legit, complete with Valve address. A couple of theories are...

Samsung Considers Financing a Stake in Retail Giant Best Buy

Samsung Considers Financing a Stake in Retail Giant Best Buy

The Internet has made it tough for some brick-and-mortar businesses to stay afloat, and that's especially true in the field of electronics. There's a trail of electronics retailers that fell by the wayside and either closed shop entirely or were bought out, such as CompUSA, Good Guys, and Circuit City. Best Buy has managed to defy the odds...

Microsoft Says That Xbox One Kinect Is Not Built For Advertising

Microsoft Says That Xbox One Kinect Is Not Built For Advertising

Among the various SNAFUs and PR misfires related to the Xbox One release earlier this year, one item that had people upset was that Kinect would be used for advertising--or worse, that the Xbox One Kinect was actually designed with advertising in mind. The source was a UI designer who was expounding the capabilities of the Kinect and how it...

Microsoft and Yale Get in Nerd Fight Over 'Bing It On' Challenge

Microsoft and Yale Get in Nerd Fight Over 'Bing It On' Challenge

The online search wars are serious business, so when Microsoft got called out by a Yale study suggesting the Redmond software giant's claims of users choosing Bing over Google at a nearly 2-to-1 clip in its "Bing It On" challenge are hogwash, Microsoft felt compelled to fire back and address each and every point of the study. Let's back up...

Google and Cisco Amongst Bidders Lined Up To Consider BlackBerry Purchase

Google and Cisco Amongst Bidders Lined Up To Consider BlackBerry Purchase

My, how the tables have turned. Seven years ago, analysts could've likely predicted that BlackBerry was in a position to consider acquiring a great number of rivals in order to stake its claim in the mobile market for the foreseeable future. Now, it's all the more likely that BlackBerry will be sold off in pieces for paltry sums that'll probably...

Rare savings on Dell Inspiron 14 7000 Series Laptop, Precision M4800 Mobile Workstation & More

Rare savings on Dell Inspiron 14 7000 Series Laptop, Precision M4800 Mobile Workstation & More

Thanks for tuning in to our weekend edition of the web's hottest deals. Topping this weekend's offers is rare $100 savings on just-released Inspiron 14 (7000 Series) Laptop with 4th-generation Core i5 CPU, Touchscreen and 1080p resolution. You'd be pleased to know that the highly-anticipated Precision M4800 Mobile Workstation with 3200x1800...

Valve Reveals Steam Machine Prototype Specs

Valve Reveals Steam Machine Prototype Specs

Valve has today revealed the specs behind its Steam Machine prototype, and if you were expecting something on the level of the next-gen consoles (like I was), you might just be pleased to learn that your assumptions were incorrect. As we discussed last week, Valve will be sending out 300 of these Steam Machine prototypes to lucky beta entrants,...

Instagram's "Growing Business" Means Ads In Your Feed

Instagram's "Growing Business" Means Ads In Your Feed

One of the quirkiest aspects of the amazing success that many relatively new Internet tech companies enjoy is the fact that the free services don’t actually bring in a lot of cash, at least not compared to the scale of their popularity. Thus, inevitably, something has to give, and for Instagram that something is the placement of ads...

 Apple's OS X Mavericks Likely Launching Later This Month

Apple's OS X Mavericks Likely Launching Later This Month

Apple announced the latest version of its operating system, Mac OS X Mavericks, at WWDC this summer, but we haven’t heard much about it since, and the release date was unknown. Now, a report has emerged that Mavericks will be out as early as this month. 9to5Mac says that several sources have indicated that the AppleCare support staff...

Twitter Wants Investors to Focus on Revenue Growth, Not Net Loss, Ahead of IPO

Twitter Wants Investors to Focus on Revenue Growth, Not Net Loss, Ahead of IPO

Twitter has filed paperwork for an Initial Public Offering (IPO) and there are some staggering numbers for potential investors to consider. The ones Twitter hopes they'll focus on the most are the figures detailing its revenue growth over the past few years. For example, Twitter's revenue in 2012 was $316.9 million, triple the amount from...

Meet The Voice of Apple’s Siri

Meet The Voice of Apple’s Siri

There’s a human behind every machine voice, from ATMs to airport announcements, but until now nobody knew who was the voice of the American Siri, the female robot assistant that became part of the lives of every iPhone owner since the debut of the 4S. It turns out, she’s Susan Bennett; she’s been doing voice work since the...

Samsung Posts Record Profit for Second Straight Year, HTC Reports First Quarterly Loss

Samsung Posts Record Profit for Second Straight Year, HTC Reports First Quarterly Loss

Egads, talk about a tale of two different tech firms moving in completely opposite directions. Let's start with Samsung, the South Korean handset maker that's becoming the face of Android in the smartphone space. For the second year in a row, Samsung posted record earnings with an operating profit of 38.5 trillion won, or about $35.8 billion...

Adobe Confirms Security Breach, Hackers Steal Source Code and 2.9 Million Customer's Detail

Adobe Confirms Security Breach, Hackers Steal Source Code and 2.9 Million Customer's Detail

Adobe is trying to downplay a recent security breach by saying that "cyber attacks are one of the unfortunate realities of doing business today," and even though that might be true, it's unlikely to provide comfort to the 2.9 million customers whose data was compromised. Hackers made off with Adobe customer IDs, encrypted passwords, customer...

Hang Tight Xbox 360 Gamers, Another GTA V Patch to Fix Online Play is Coming

Hang Tight Xbox 360 Gamers, Another GTA V Patch to Fix Online Play is Coming

Rockstar Games on Friday announced that the latest title update for the online component of Grand Theft Auto V is live for PlayStation 3, while the developer is working to have another patch available for Xbox 360 gamers "as soon as possible today." The second patch is intended to address a "variety of technical difficulties" associated with...

Microsoft Reportedly Asking HTC To Add Windows Phone To Android-Based Handsets

Microsoft Reportedly Asking HTC To Add Windows Phone To Android-Based Handsets

HTC's quarterly earnings just rolled in, and they are pretty far from the modern definition of "rosey." But, that's not exactly a surprise given the firm's stuggles in recent quarters. There are multiple schools of thought when it comes to the idea of getting HTC back on track; the company makes outstanding hardware that's generally well-reviewed,...

Microsoft Reported to Make a CES Return in 2014

Microsoft Reported to Make a CES Return in 2014

When Microsoft made the decision to forego exhibiting at this year's CES, I think the general reaction from the industry was one of confusion. After all, Microsoft has long been a major presenter at the event, sporting one of the biggest booths front and center. Stranger still was the fact that the company decided to pull out at a time when...

Great deals on Haswell-powered Lenovo IdeaPad Z510 Laptop, Dell XPS 8700 Core i7 Desktop & More.

Great deals on Haswell-powered Lenovo IdeaPad Z510 Laptop, Dell XPS 8700 Core i7 Desktop & More.

Today's list of the hottest deals from across the web is kicked off with a massive price drop on flagship configuration of just-released Lenovo IdeaPad Z510 Laptop with 1080p screen. We also found a new low price on Dell XPS 8700 4th-gen Core i7 Desktop with GeForce GT 635 Graphics. Also don't miss rare savings on Realspace chair, Toshiba...

Microsoft Research Shows Xbox One Kinect Capabilities and Impressive Accuracy

Microsoft Research Shows Xbox One Kinect Capabilities and Impressive Accuracy

If you're of the mindset that Kinect on the Xbox One is simply a more advanced version of what we saw on the Xbox 360, you'd be grossly underestimating it. In a TechNet blog post, Microsoft goes into some great detail to explain what makes its next Kinect so amazing - and it's not just one or two things; it's a variety of things. I'll be honest...

Snapchat 'Stories' Feature Keeps Your Goofy Photos and Videos for 24 Hours

Snapchat 'Stories' Feature Keeps Your Goofy Photos and Videos for 24 Hours

If you have a teenage son or daughter, you've probably spotted them making weird and contorted faces at their smartphone's front-facing camera. They're using Snapchat, a wildly popular photo and video sharing application in which users can send each other snapshots or short recordings that are viewable for anywhere from 1 second to up to 10...

Bitcoin Value Plummets After Silk Road FBI Drug Bust

Bitcoin Value Plummets After Silk Road FBI Drug Bust

Bitcoin is a digital currency that has been rather volatile both in regard to its legality and in terms of its value. Up and down it goes, and the value has dropped again to $129 after hitting $140 the previous day in the wake of the shutdown of online marketplace Silk Road by the FBI. Silk Road was a space where illegal drugs and other shady...

Intel Launches Galileo Arduino Compatible Board With New Quark X1000 SoC

Intel Launches Galileo Arduino Compatible Board With New Quark X1000 SoC

Although Intel is Chipzilla, the company can’t help but extend its reach just a bit into the exciting and growing world of DIY makers and hobbyists. Intel announced its Galileo development board, a microcontroller that’s compatible with Arduino software and uses the new Quark X1000 SoC processor (400MHz, 32-bit, Pentium-class,...

Google Files Patent on Gesture Vehicle Control Technology

Google Files Patent on Gesture Vehicle Control Technology

Google is apparently getting really serious about gesture control. In addition to acquiring Flutter, a San Francisco-based startup that develops gesture recognition technology, the sultan of search filed a patent application for using gestures in vehicles to perform a number of functions, such as changing the volume of music, raising or lowering...

Nearly Half of All Android Devices Have Jumped to Jelly Bean

Nearly Half of All Android Devices Have Jumped to Jelly Bean

It's been a little over a year since Google's original Nexus 7 tablet introduced Jelly Bean to the market, and though it was initially slow to roll out to more device, it's now found on nearly half of all Android devices around the world, according to Google's Developers Dashboard. Unfortunately, the bulk of those installations are Android...

Report: Amazon Has Two Smartphones In The Works, One Coming By End Of 2013

Report: Amazon Has Two Smartphones In The Works, One Coming By End Of 2013

The Amazon smartphone rumors are nothing new, but the rumor mill is a-churnin’ again. Reports suggest that Amazon has two smartphones in the works, one a cheaper model (“Project B”) running the FireOS (or something essentially similar to it) that is found on the Kindle Fire and one a high-end handset that could boast some...

Google Snaps Up Gesture Recognition Start-Up Flutter

Google Snaps Up Gesture Recognition Start-Up Flutter

The future of computing may very well lie in gesture control, hence the popularity of platforms like Microsoft's Kinect sensor and growing interest in devices like the Leap Motion controller. Not to be left behind, search giant Google has gone and scooped up Flutter, a San Francisco-based startup that develops hand gesture recognition technology....

Dell Officially Unveils New Intel-Powered Venue Tablets and Refreshed XPS Mobile Devices

Dell Officially Unveils New Intel-Powered Venue Tablets and Refreshed XPS Mobile Devices

Dell's on the verge of pulling itself back into the hands of private ownership, but not before it issues an all-new line of tablets and revised XPS laptops. The new XPS 11 is said to be the thinnest, most compact 2-in-1 in the world, offering up a Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display on an 11.6-inch 2-in-1. If you're looking for something a big larger,...

Rare savings on Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop, Cheapest Dell PowerEdge T110 Server & More.

Rare savings on Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop, Cheapest Dell PowerEdge T110 Server & 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 Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop loaded with Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 2GB GeForce GTX 765M Graphics & Blu-ray. Also make note of a budget but very capable (and customizable) Dell PowerEdge T110 Server under $300....

Microsoft Resurrects Windows 95 Classic Hover! to Show-off WebGL Technologies

Microsoft Resurrects Windows 95 Classic Hover! to Show-off WebGL Technologies

When Microsoft's Windows 95 was released a staggering 18-years-ago, I considered it to be exciting. While I was only 12-years-old, I had quite a bit of experience up to that point with Windows 3.x, and the general design improvements of 95 made the OS feel like a major improvement - it truly felt like "next-gen" computing at the time. If Windows...

Mobile Devices May Be Causing Your Poor Posture-Induced Back Pain

Mobile Devices May Be Causing Your Poor Posture-Induced Back Pain

Suffer frequent back pain? Stare down at a mobile device often? Researchers are led to believe that these two factors are connected, and for a lot of people, this is sure to come as no surprise at all. According to research group Simplyhealth, a rather staggering 84% of people aged 18-24 have admitted to experiencing backpain in the past 12...

Windows 8.1 Is Up For Preorder, Get It While It’s Hot

Windows 8.1 Is Up For Preorder, Get It While It’s Hot

Windows 8.1 won’t officially be out until October 17th, but Microsoft has made its boxed software available for preorder now, for those who can’t wait to wait to order their own copy. Microsoft Windows 8.1 costs $119, and the Pro version will run you $199.99. One notable change with this generation of Windows is that Microsoft...

Hulu Plus App Arrives Fashionably Late to the Chromecast Party

Hulu Plus App Arrives Fashionably Late to the Chromecast Party

There was already a lot to like about Google's Chromecast device (check out our review), a $35 dongle that you plug into your big screen TV's HDMI port for streaming fun, and now it's even better. That's because Google and Hulu have been working together to build a Hulu Plus app for Chromecast, and that app is now available to download from...

ASUS Z87 ROG Motherboard Roundup: Enter Maximus VI

ASUS Z87 ROG Motherboard Roundup: Enter Maximus VI

ASUS, like the other major motherboard manufacturers, has an extensive lineup of boards that now support Intel's 4th-generation Haswell processors and come packing the Z87 chipset. There are motherboards in ASUS' quiver that run the gamut from gaming boards to workstation boards to consumer-focused boards and beyond, but the company seems...

Microsoft VP of Surface Notes Multiple Surface 2 Sizes Already In The Works

Microsoft VP of Surface Notes Multiple Surface 2 Sizes Already In The Works

We were on hand at Microsoft's unveiling of its Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro, and having seen and played with these second generation devices in person, we can say we're much more enthused with these products than their first generation siblings. They're fast, well configured, and sport several improvements for a better all-around experience....

Premium System Builders Join Forces With NVIDIA To Build 4K Gaming Battlebox

Premium System Builders Join Forces With NVIDIA To Build 4K Gaming Battlebox

You’re going to want a 4K monitor for this: NVIDIA is shouldering its way further into the gaming PC market with its Battlebox program in which it partners with boutique system builders to develop scorchingly powerful gaming systems. The Battlebox systems are built to play all the newest blockbuster games at high resolutions and with...

Supply Chain Issues Could Delay Retina Display Upgrade for iPad Mini

Supply Chain Issues Could Delay Retina Display Upgrade for iPad Mini

The drama surrounding Apple's second generation iPad mini tablet and whether or not it will sport a Retina-class display continues as rumors of a supply shortage come to light. Plan and simple, people working in Apple's supply chain are saying that it's not feasible to introduce an iPad mini with a high resolution display this month. This...

WD Wants You To Have Your Own Personal Cloud With The My Cloud Platform

WD Wants You To Have Your Own Personal Cloud With The My Cloud Platform

Western Digital is expanding its vision for personal storage from beyond traditional internal and external hard drives, and it has something to do with cloud storage and a platform called “My Cloud”. Cloud storage is all the rage, and the convenience of having your files backed up offsite is undeniable, but there’s always...

Top Microsoft Investors Want Bill Gates to Step Down as Chairman

Top Microsoft Investors Want Bill Gates to Step Down as Chairman

Since Steve Ballmer is stepping down from his role as Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, the Redmond software giant is getting a bit of a fresh start, and depending on who takes his place, the company will get a fresh new perspective, as well. However, some feel that Ballmer's departure isn't enough; they want co-founder Bill Gates to step...

Chrome 30 Adds 'Search By Image' and Chrome for Android Gestures

Chrome 30 Adds 'Search By Image' and Chrome for Android Gestures

At this rate, we're going to be on the 500th iteration of Chrome by the end of next year. All kidding aside, the pace of innovation in the browser world is just incredible, with the Chrome making near-weekly updates to further tweak, smooth-out, and enhance the browsing experience. Chrome 30 just hit the stable channel, and as you'd expect,...

Great deals on just-released Lenovo Erazer X700 Gaming PC, Dell Latitude 15 Laptop & More.

Great deals on just-released Lenovo Erazer X700 Gaming PC, Dell Latitude 15 Laptop & More.

It's another great day for deals on hot tech, fresh from the LogicBuy labs. Starting things off is a huge discount on recently released Lenovo Erazer X700 Liquid-cooled Gaming Desktop. You can also get very-capable HTC ONE Mini 4.3" Smartphone on AT&T with 2-year contract for only $69.99. Scroll down to check out these and the rest of...

Activision and Bungie Release Destiny Box, Trailer Video, And Beta Details

Activision and Bungie Release Destiny Box, Trailer Video, And Beta Details

Destiny isn't set to launch until Q2/Q3 next year, but Bungie and Activision have wasted no time in revealing the box art for their game. Given the art we've seen in the past, these boxes are likely to strike no one as all-too-interesting, though ahead of the next-generation console launch, it is still kind of neat to get a glimpse at one...

Facebook To Take Twitter Head-On Pitching TV Networks With User Action Data About Shows

Facebook To Take Twitter Head-On Pitching TV Networks With User Action Data About Shows

When fun, interesting, or mindblowing (or unfortunately, often mind-numbing) things happen on TV, the chatter about it ramps up on Facebook and Twitter. Names, TV shows, and topics trend, and those analytics help media companies gauge engagement. The old Nielsen ratings system is what it is, but instantaneous, global social networking data--now...

AT&T Gigabit Fiber Network To Come Online December In Austin

AT&T Gigabit Fiber Network To Come Online December In Austin

Google is shaking up the ISP field in a big way with its Google Fiber service, and some of the fruit it has shaken loose pertains to AT&T launching a competing service in Austin, which Google has slated as one of the cities to get its gigabit Internet and TV service soon. AT&T is launching a 100% fiber network that promises gigabit...

HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks 10/1/2013: iPhone 5s Review, AMD News Galore, Microsoft's Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 and More

HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks 10/1/2013: iPhone 5s Review, AMD News Galore, Microsoft's Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 and More

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Iyaz, Dave and Marco discuss our Apple iPhone 5s full review, AMD's Radeon R9 290X and all of the other various announcements that came out of AMD’s GPU14 Tech Day event in Hawaii last week, the new Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 and a whole lot more! Show Notes: 01:25...

FreedomPop’s Free Smartphone Service Launches Today

FreedomPop’s Free Smartphone Service Launches Today

When you think of wireless service plans, you generally think of floating dollar signs. A solid mobile plan that includes a modicum of voice minutes, texts, and data is expensive no matter how you slice it, and some in the market are pushing hard to disrupt that model. FreedomPop, which has been around for a year and has offered freemium wireless...

U.S. Air Force To Collaborate With Smart Geeks Like You, Solving Science and Tech Challenges

U.S. Air Force To Collaborate With Smart Geeks Like You, Solving Science and Tech Challenges

Thank you to The Air Force Collaboratory for sponsoring this article. Learn how your idea could change everything. The U.S. Air Force is looking for bright students to participate in its new collaborative program called The Air Force Collaboratory. Simply put, the Air Force is opening up three unclassified projects to anyone who wants to participate...

Retina Enabled iPad Mini 2 Pushed to 2014, Wireless Charging and Touch ID Rumored

Retina Enabled iPad Mini 2 Pushed to 2014, Wireless Charging and Touch ID Rumored

It's widely expected that Apple plans to follow up the launch of its iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C handets with new iPad and iPad mini tablets, though it's still a bit of a mystery as to when those products will be announced. Based on leaked info and rumor mill chatter, most analysts believe Apple is on pace to announce a fifth generation 9.7-inch...

Amazon Looking to Beef Up Workforce by 70K Employees for Holiday Shopping Season

Amazon Looking to Beef Up Workforce by 70K Employees for Holiday Shopping Season

Looking for a job this holiday shopping season? It's one of the busiest times of the year for hiring employees, and that includes for companies that are primarily based online. To wit, Amazon is planning to hire an astounding 70,000 full-time seasonal employees across its various order fulfillment centers in the U.S. That's a 40 percent hike...

Verizon Blames System Glitch Let Unlimited Data Users Grandfather Their Plan With Device Upgrades

Verizon Blames System Glitch Let Unlimited Data Users Grandfather Their Plan With Device Upgrades

Some people get all the luck. As you're probably aware, Verizon Wireless nixed its unlimited data plan over a year ago in favor of a tiered data packages that can be shared among family members on the same account. If you were an existing unlimited data subscriber at the time of the change, you could keep your plan, but you wouldn't be eligible...

Dropbox Update Adds Ability to Automatically Upload Screenshots

Dropbox Update Adds Ability to Automatically Upload Screenshots

Dropbox helped popularize the idea of saving everything to the cloud, and by being one of the first services to offer seamless integration with the desktop and mobile devices, it has a distinct advantage in name recognition. It also faces stiff competition these days from a number of competitors like SkyDrive (Microsoft), SugarSync, and Google...

Rockstar Games Details Grand Theft Auto Online Hours Before Launch

Rockstar Games Details Grand Theft Auto Online Hours Before Launch

Today is a big day for Rockstar Games and its super popular Grand Theft Auto franchise. Grand Theft Auto Online goes live today, marking the first time the franchise will have an online multiplayer component. Hours before the launch, Rockstar Games decided to post several more details about online gameplay and what you can expect. First and...

New Headphone Technology Delivers Sound Via Carbon Nanotubes

New Headphone Technology Delivers Sound Via Carbon Nanotubes

You'd think that speaker technology was pretty well disrupted, given that it has been around for about as long as any technology... ever. As it turns out, there's still more to be down. A new kind of headphone taps into the power of carbon nanotubes in order to deliver sounds, with a tiny internal speaker relying not on moving parts, but producing...

Xi3 Piston Steam Box Revealed With Black Friday Ship Date

Xi3 Piston Steam Box Revealed With Black Friday Ship Date

The face of home gaming is changing drastically this year, with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 both slated to make their U.S. debuts prior to the holidays. But what about the oddball from Xi3? After being teased a few days ago, the company has spilled the beans on the Piston's impending release. The Piston console will be available for purchase...

Former Microsoft Privacy Chief Says He No Longer Trusts The Company

Former Microsoft Privacy Chief Says He No Longer Trusts The Company

Microsoft's onetime Chief Privacy Advisor, Caspar Bowden, has come out with a vote of no-confidence in the company's long-term privacy measures and ability or interest to secure user data in the wake of the NSA's PRISM program. From 2002 - 2011, Bowden was in charge of privacy at Microsoft, and oversaw the company's efforts in that area in...