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End of an Era: Steve Ballmer Resigns From Microsoft Board Of Directors
Google Reportedly Mulling the Idea of Kid-friendly YouTube and Gmail Accounts
Great Deals On Dell All-in-One Touch PCs, HP Pavilion Monitors, Vizio Smart HDTVs and More
Omote Real-Time Face Tracking CGI Make-Up Technology Is Amazing and Kind Of Freaky
Amazon Fire Phone Update Brings Multitasking, Better Battery Life and More
Google Readying ‘YouTube Music Key’ Ad-Free Streaming Music Subscription Service
Xbox One Update Offers A Big Screen reddit Experience With ReddX App
Symantec Set To Clean Up Norton Security Line Focusing On Subscription Model
Flappy Bird Developer To Launch Next Addictive Mobile Gaming Title ‘Swing Copters’
Roku Partners With Hisense And TCL To Offer Roku TV Smart TV Product Line
RootMetrics Ranks Verizon Top Dog In Mobile Network Quality Report, AT&T Close Second
SanDisk Ultra II Solid State Drive Family Targets Price Concscious Consumers
AMD Radeon R7 Series 240GB SSD Review
Official Destiny Gameplay Trailer: Venus Is Out Of This World
Target And Staple Offering Big Discounts On iPad Mini And iPad Air Tablets
iPhone 6 Rumored To Sport A Reversible Lightning USB Cable For Ease of Use
$299.99 15" Laptop, Price Drop on HP 25" Monitor, 67% Off Home Cinema System
Ignore No More Parental Control App Promises To Make Your Teen Check In And Hate You Even More
Xbox One August Update Rolls Out: 3D Blu-ray Support, Mobile Purchases, Activity Feed Improvements
Apple Working To Reduce "Excessive Overtime" And Other Labor Violations At Chinese Factories

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All News for August 2014

End of an Era: Steve Ballmer Resigns From Microsoft Board Of Directors

End of an Era: Steve Ballmer Resigns From Microsoft Board Of Directors

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has today sent a public letter to current CEO Satya Nadella to acknowledge his resignation from the company's Board of Directors. With this move, Ballmer's official work with Microsoft comes to an end, but with his wording, it seems that he doesn't intend to disappear, and will be willing to chime in with...

Google Reportedly Mulling the Idea of Kid-friendly YouTube and Gmail Accounts

Google Reportedly Mulling the Idea of Kid-friendly YouTube and Gmail Accounts

Because Google adheres to COPPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, the company hasn't ever allowed persons under the age of 13 to sign up for any of its services. Nothing could ever stop a youngin from fibbing about their age, of course, but legally, Google's been on safe ground. Rumor now has it, though, that the company is working...

Great Deals On Dell All-in-One Touch PCs, HP Pavilion Monitors, Vizio Smart HDTVs and More

Great Deals On Dell All-in-One Touch PCs, HP Pavilion Monitors, Vizio Smart HDTVs and More

Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on the Dell Inspiron One 2330 23” Core i3-based All-in-one Touch PC, the Lenovo Z50 Core i7-based laptop with discrete NVIDIA graphics, a BenQ XL2420Z 24-Inch LED-backlit gaming monitor, and a whole lot more....

Omote Real-Time Face Tracking CGI Make-Up Technology Is Amazing and Kind Of Freaky

Omote Real-Time Face Tracking CGI Make-Up Technology Is Amazing and Kind Of Freaky

This video is worth the two minutes it takes to watch, particularly if you’re a fan of CGI effects. Producer Nobumichi Asai used Omote to create an array of makeup styles on the face of a living model in real time. Omote uses tracking technology to follow the woman’s face so that the “makeup” can be projected onto her...

Amazon Fire Phone Update Brings Multitasking, Better Battery Life and More

Amazon Fire Phone Update Brings Multitasking, Better Battery Life and More

Amazon’s Fire smartphone is receiving a software update this week, and it’s bringing several new features and improvements that customers are sure to welcome. At the top of that list: improved battery life. The fix is the results of multiple tweaks to Fire OS to improve battery conservation. Another important feature is Quick Switch,...

Google Readying ‘YouTube Music Key’ Ad-Free Streaming Music Subscription Service

Google Readying ‘YouTube Music Key’ Ad-Free Streaming Music Subscription Service

It's long been rumored that Google would offer some kind of streaming music service through its YouTube division, but with the release of Google Play Music All Access, it seemed as though YouTube was destined to remain a video sharing site. Perhaps not. We're now hearing that YouTube will launch a service called YouTube Music Key with ad-free...

Xbox One Update Offers A Big Screen reddit Experience With ReddX App

Xbox One Update Offers A Big Screen reddit Experience With ReddX App

If you are a regular reddit user, and own an Xbox One, then Microsoft is going to make you happy. Major Nelson revealed that the ReddX Xbox One application has launched today and will allow Xbox One users the ability to browse reddit on the big screen. The app can be snapped to one side of the TV screen while gaming or using another app, making...

Symantec Set To Clean Up Norton Security Line Focusing On Subscription Model

Symantec Set To Clean Up Norton Security Line Focusing On Subscription Model

Recent years have seen software publishers increasingly moving from boxed software to a subscription model. Adobe moved its famous Photoshop software and related programs to the subscription-based Creative Cloud in 2012 and hasn’t looked back. Microsoft still offers boxed versions of its Office software, but it has been heavily promoting...

Flappy Bird Developer To Launch Next Addictive Mobile Gaming Title ‘Swing Copters’

Flappy Bird Developer To Launch Next Addictive Mobile Gaming Title ‘Swing Copters’

It's pretty tough to create a hit app in today's feverish ecosystem battles, but it's even tougher to have lightning strike twice. The creator of Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen, is attempting to ensure that his sophomore entry into the mobile gaming space is just as addicting and popular as the first. After having a surefire hit on his hands, pulling...

Roku Partners With Hisense And TCL To Offer Roku TV Smart TV Product Line

Roku Partners With Hisense And TCL To Offer Roku TV Smart TV Product Line

Up until now, if you wanted to enjoy Roku on your television, you needed to purchased a dedicated set-top box or HDMI dongle. Now you have two more options -- purchase a Hisense or or TLC smart television with built-in Roku support. This is a vision Roku first shared with the public back at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last January,...

RootMetrics Ranks Verizon Top Dog In Mobile Network Quality Report, AT&T Close Second

RootMetrics Ranks Verizon Top Dog In Mobile Network Quality Report, AT&T Close Second

Yes Verizon Wireless, we can hear you now, especially now that you're standing on the shoulders of RootMetrics with a copy of its bi-annual RootScore Report for metro markets in the United States. According to the independent testing conducted by RootMetrics, Verizon's network quality is the best in the country with an overall performance...

SanDisk Ultra II Solid State Drive Family Targets Price Concscious Consumers

SanDisk Ultra II Solid State Drive Family Targets Price Concscious Consumers

SanDisk is one of the biggest players in the flash storage industry, though the vast majority of its solid state drive (SSD) products are intended for commercial (corporate and enterprise) clients. In fact, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of SanDisk's revenue comes from the commercial sector, versus 35 percent derived from retail customers....

AMD Radeon R7 Series 240GB SSD Review

AMD Radeon R7 Series 240GB SSD Review

AMD is launching a new family of products today, but unless you follow the rumor mill pretty closely, it’s probably not something you’d expect. It’s not a new CPU or APU. And it’s not a new GPU or memory kit either. Well then, “what could it be” you ask? Today, AMD is launching its first line of solid state...

Official Destiny Gameplay Trailer: Venus Is Out Of This World

Official Destiny Gameplay Trailer: Venus Is Out Of This World

Bungie isn't letting up on the Destiny videos or slowing down its momentum. The sci-fi MMO-shooter has been dubbed GameStop’s most pre-ordered game IP to date, which is a good indicator of how highly anticipated the game is. Now Bungie has released another official gameplay trailer for all to marvel at. The new gameplay trailer...

Target And Staple Offering Big Discounts On iPad Mini And iPad Air Tablets

Target And Staple Offering Big Discounts On iPad Mini And iPad Air Tablets

One of the telltale signs that Apple is getting ready to release new products is when retailers start marking down prices for current generation items, especially when they're representative of deep discounts. We're starting to see that happen on some items -- more specifically, both Target and Staples are now offering discounted iPad mini...

iPhone 6 Rumored To Sport A Reversible Lightning USB Cable For Ease of Use

iPhone 6 Rumored To Sport A Reversible Lightning USB Cable For Ease of Use

The number of rumors we've read about in leading up to the launch of Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 can only be summed up as "incredible". You might imagine, then, that with the phone set to launch in about three weeks, the rumormill would start to calm itself down. Not so. As it appears, the iPhone 6 has another trick up its sleeve, coming to...

$299.99 15" Laptop, Price Drop on HP 25" Monitor, 67% Off Home Cinema System

$299.99 15" Laptop, Price Drop on HP 25" Monitor, 67% Off Home Cinema System

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Toshiba Satellite C50-BBT2N11 15.6" Dual-Core laptop, a Dell Inspiron 20 All-in-one PC, a Sharp AQUOS LC-60LE745U 60" 1080p 3D 120Hz LED HDTV, and a whole lot more. Full details with links and pricing are available...

Ignore No More Parental Control App Promises To Make Your Teen Check In And Hate You Even More

Ignore No More Parental Control App Promises To Make Your Teen Check In And Hate You Even More

Being a teenager is "tough," or so we're hearing from various teenagers within earshot. Little do they know that things could be getting a lot tougher as soon as their parents get wind of Ignore No More. The brilliantly named app was developed by an annoyed and frustrated parent who, like so many parents, could not get their teenager to quickly...

Xbox One August Update Rolls Out: 3D Blu-ray Support, Mobile Purchases, Activity Feed Improvements

Xbox One August Update Rolls Out: 3D Blu-ray Support, Mobile Purchases, Activity Feed Improvements

Microsoft is rolling out a substantial update for the Xbox One and the changes are making a good initial impression on some of the Internet’s best known Xbox gurus. Some improvements, like the change to the Blu-ray player, add new functionality. Others, like the low battery notification icon and the Friends list changes, give you new...

Apple Working To Reduce "Excessive Overtime" And Other Labor Violations At Chinese Factories

Apple Working To Reduce "Excessive Overtime" And Other Labor Violations At Chinese Factories

A 2013 audit of working conditions at Quanta Computers, a Chinese supplier of Apple products, pointed out various working violations at two factories in China, including excessive overtime and unpaid sick days, among others. Apple has been working with Quanta to address those violations, and to its credit, the Cupertino outfit has made strides...

Community Health Systems Latest To Suffer Chinese Hacker Attack, 4.5 Million Users Compromised

Community Health Systems Latest To Suffer Chinese Hacker Attack, 4.5 Million Users Compromised

Community Health Systems Inc revealed on Monday that personal had been stolen by hackers from its computer network. According to the U.S. Hospital operator, 4.5 million accounts were stolen that included patient names and addresses sometime in April and June. The 4.5 million people who were either referred to or received services from doctors...

Apple Wins 2014 ‘Outstanding Commercial Emmy’ For 2013 Holiday Ad

Apple Wins 2014 ‘Outstanding Commercial Emmy’ For 2013 Holiday Ad

August may seem like the wrong time to be talking about a Christmas holiday-themed commercial, but the Television Academy doesn’t think so. The Academy announced the winners of the 2014 Creative Arts Emmys, which recognizes the efforts of the people who work behind the scenes to make your favorite TV shows and commercials come to life....

Twitter Tweaks Favorites To Show On Timelines As Retweets, Users Revolt

Twitter Tweaks Favorites To Show On Timelines As Retweets, Users Revolt

Like just about every social networking service, Twitter tries out new things every once in awhile. Unfortunately for Twitter, people are creatures of habit, so these changes don't always go over very well, particularly the most recent one -- now when you click on the star icon to favorite a tweet, it will get retweeted on the main timeline....

Best Buy Let’s Moto 360 Android Wear Watch Slip Early, Details And Specs

Best Buy Let’s Moto 360 Android Wear Watch Slip Early, Details And Specs

It used to be that we'd rely on Twitter user @evleaks (real name Evan Blass) to inevitably post press shots of unannounced or otherwise unreleased products, along with with specs and other details ahead of schedule. But with online retailers jumping the gun these days, we can see why Blass went into retirement. Even Best Buy is prone is the...

Microsoft Windows Store Is Polluted With Scamware And Microsoft Doesn’t Seem To Care

Microsoft Windows Store Is Polluted With Scamware And Microsoft Doesn’t Seem To Care

Of all the things that Windows 8 brought to the table, it's the much-maligned Start Screen that seems to get most of the attention. That's unfortunate, because there were many other aspects of the OS that made it a major release. Take for example the fact that it was the first version of Windows to include an app store. That feature might...

Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

Right on schedule, Microsoft rolled-out an onslaught of patches for its "Patch Tuesday" last week, and despite the fact that it wasn't the true "Update 2" for Windows 8.1 many of us were hoping for, updates are generally worth snatching up. In fact, I went ahead and encouraged everyone to waste no time in updating, because it seems like the...

Google Acquires Photo Analysis Startup Jetpac, City Guide A Natural Complement To Google Now

Google Acquires Photo Analysis Startup Jetpac, City Guide A Natural Complement To Google Now

With its acquisition of San Francisco startup JetPac, it looks like Google could be moving one step closer towards making Google Now the definitive on-the-go mobile app. JetPac, which somewhat humorously only exists as an iOS app, notes your location and scours the Web for relevant information, helping you to make the most of your trip. It...

Facebook Thinks You Need Help With Your Sense Of Humor, Rolls Out ‘Satire’ Tags

Facebook Thinks You Need Help With Your Sense Of Humor, Rolls Out ‘Satire’ Tags

While Facebook has garnered the ire of its app users by forcing them to download its Messenger app, the social website seems to be looking out for the more gullible of its consumers. At least those who tend to believe stories written by satirical sites such as The Onion. Currently, Facebook is automatically placing the word “satire”...

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Paves Way For All-Metal Galaxy S6 Handset Next Year

Samsung Galaxy Alpha Paves Way For All-Metal Galaxy S6 Handset Next Year

Samsung did something it's not accustomed to doing last week -- the South Korean handset maker released a metal smartphone! We're talking about the Galaxy Alpha, a decently equipped device sporting a partial metal design with a tactile soft cover on the back. We're reluctant to get our hopes too high, but there's chatter that the Galaxy Alpha's...

Microsoft Issues Hotfix To Put The Pep Back In Internet Explorer's Step

Microsoft Issues Hotfix To Put The Pep Back In Internet Explorer's Step

If you've noticed that Internet Explorer seems to be a little (or a lot) slower as of late, it's not you. Well, it could be; try clearing your cache, make sure no nefarious add-ons slipped through, and scan for viruses. Assuming everything checks out, the issue could related to a pair of security updates that, over time, bog IE down. The good...

High Speed Internet Subscription Out-Pace TV Subscriptions For The First Time

High Speed Internet Subscription Out-Pace TV Subscriptions For The First Time

For the first time in the history of everything, cable TV providers now have more high speed Internet subscribers than pay TV customers, according to data gathered by Leichtman Research Group. The gap is narrow -- there were 49,915,000 broadband subscribers at the end of the second quarter in 2014 versus around 49,910,000 cable TV customers...

FCC Extends Net Neutrality Comments Feedback Period To September 15

FCC Extends Net Neutrality Comments Feedback Period To September 15

The battle for net neutrality is starting to feel like a never-ending one, but for the sake of having a truly fair Web, it's a battle of utmost importance. It's also a battle that you can help win, as the Federal Trade Commission seeks comments from the public on the proposed net neutrality rules. Originally, the FCC was going to cease receiving...

Apple To Begin Storing iCloud User Data In Chinese Data Centers

Apple To Begin Storing iCloud User Data In Chinese Data Centers

Over the course of the past month, Apple and China have shared headlines for two different reasons. First, we learned that the country's media deemed the iPhone to be a threat to national security, and mere weeks later, rumors surfaced that the country would begin banning Apple's products. Really, this is all very silly, but so far, Apple...

Sharks Terrorize Google’s Undersea Network Cables, So They Wrap Them In Kevlar

Sharks Terrorize Google’s Undersea Network Cables, So They Wrap Them In Kevlar

All this time, we thought it would be sharks with frickin' lasers that would cause mankind the most trouble. Nope. Instead of lasers, it's the same threat -- their teeth and appetite. Luckily, the situation isn't as dire as in Sharknado, but sharks are (or were, as the case may be) causing trouble in the ocean chewing through Google's fiber-optic...

Bill Gates Does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nails It Like Only Gates Can

Bill Gates Does ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Nails It Like Only Gates Can

You've probably seen friends and family members willingly pouring chilly buckets of ice filled water over their heads, the latest social networking trend intended to draw attention to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a neurodegenerative disease affecting nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, and...

Microsoft Employees 'Suggested Internally' To Change Internet Explorer's Name Distancing It From Previous Bad Rap

Microsoft Employees 'Suggested Internally' To Change Internet Explorer's Name Distancing It From Previous Bad Rap

During an "Ask Me Anything" chat session at Reddit yesterday, Internet Explorer's developers took to answering a bunch of questions from their adoring fans. Well - "adoring" might not be the best word. Judging by the thread's title, "We build Internet Explorer. I know, right?", it's almost like the developers knew that a can of worms was about...

Roller Coaster Tycoon World to Launch in 2015, Will Be Free of Microtransactions

Roller Coaster Tycoon World to Launch in 2015, Will Be Free of Microtransactions

To say that Roller Coaster Tycoon fans have been waiting a good long time for the next proper PC release would be an understatement. In fact, this October will mark ten years since RCT 3 was released. Fortunately, this painful wait is soon to be over, as Atari has announced that the series' next iteration, Roller Coaster Tycoon World,...

Rapid Growth Risks Slowing Down Internet Services As BGP Routers At Major ISPs Choke Under Load

Rapid Growth Risks Slowing Down Internet Services As BGP Routers At Major ISPs Choke Under Load

A couple of hours before folks on the east coast could see this past Wednesday's sunrise, some found themselves battling to get webpages to load, or found themselves without Internet entirely. It'd be understandable in this situation to jump to the assumption that a DDoS has taken place, since it's become (far too) common lately, but this...

Hot Hardware: A Back-To-School Guide For Tech Procurement

Hot Hardware: A Back-To-School Guide For Tech Procurement

It's that time again. The time of year when students and parents frantically hit e-tailers that offer fast shipping in order to get that all-important back-to-school technology into a dorm room or backpack before classes begins. It's back-to-school season, and whether you've started classes recently or are awaiting (dreading?) that first 8AM...

Samsung Wants In On The IOT, Acquires Home Automation Startup SmartThings

Samsung Wants In On The IOT, Acquires Home Automation Startup SmartThings

The Internet, as you know, is increasingly becoming intertwined in just about everything. From phones to coffee makers to automobiles, if there's a way to add a connection, it's being added. The next frontier seems to be the home. Automating an abode isn't entirely novel, but doing so on a consumer level has become quite a popular goal of...

Lenovo Weekend Gaming Laptop Deals, Jawbone Jambox Speakers, LED TVs and More

Lenovo Weekend Gaming Laptop Deals, Jawbone Jambox Speakers, LED TVs and More

It’s almost time to close out another week, but not before serving up a fresh batch of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu this fine Friday we have deals on the Lenovo Y40 14" Core i7-based gaming laptop, the Sharp LC-65LE643U 65" 1080p 120Hz LED TV, a Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth Speaker with Mic, and a whole lot...

YouTube Buffs Out Its TV App With Sleek Material UI Design

YouTube Buffs Out Its TV App With Sleek Material UI Design

Google is soon to roll out a major update to its YouTube TV app, and it looks good. A major goal with this release is greatly simplifying the number of steps required to get to relevant content. Much like the mobile app that many of us know so well, you'll be able to invoke a menu on the left side, sign in, and then get to a variety of relevant...

Sprint CEO Promises "Very Disruptive" Price Cuts Coming Next Week

Sprint CEO Promises "Very Disruptive" Price Cuts Coming Next Week

Earlier this month, Masayoshi Son, CEO of Sprint's parent firm SoftBank Corp., said the wireless carrier would adopt its "street fighter" tactics behind the leadership of newly appointed chief Marcelo Claure. It was also reported that Sprint was testing out new pricing plans as it prepares to battle T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon. Apparently...

Under Sting Of The Backlash Whip, Comcast And Time Warner Withdraw Funding For FCC Honoree Dinner

Under Sting Of The Backlash Whip, Comcast And Time Warner Withdraw Funding For FCC Honoree Dinner

Thinking twice on the matter, Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC) have both decided to withdraw significant donations totaling a combined $132,000 to a fundraising dinner honoring Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Mignon Clybrun, who is scheduled to receive a special "diversity advocate" award at the event. The Walter Kaitz...

Ebay Next In Line To Take BitCoin Currency For Payments

Ebay Next In Line To Take BitCoin Currency For Payments

Bitcoin is quickly overcoming its sketchy past, one that was linked with illicit drug markets and other illegal activities. It's still a highly volatile currency, but it's also one that more and more online and offline vendors are willing to gamble on. That includes online auction site eBay, which is reportedly in talks with various bitcoin...

Intel and 50 Cent's SMS Audio Unveil BioSport Biometric Tracking Earbuds

Intel and 50 Cent's SMS Audio Unveil BioSport Biometric Tracking Earbuds

Teaming up with rappers in the audio headset market is fast becoming the newest fad in the tech industry. To wit, Apple recently joined forces with Dr. Dre by purchasing Beats Music for $3 billion, and now Intel is collaborating with rapper 50 Cent and his SMS Audio company to jointly release a set of earphones with Intel's health monitoring...

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor To Wreak Havoc On Gamer’s Free Time In November

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor To Wreak Havoc On Gamer’s Free Time In November

While World of Warcraft’s subscription numbers have dropped to 6.8 million players, Blizzard shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Blizzard announced that World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Warlords of Draenor, will launch on November 13. The news was revealed at a world premiere event today in Los Angeles. During the event,...

Ask.com Acquires Ask.fm, Promises To Fight Cyber-Bullying

Ask.com Acquires Ask.fm, Promises To Fight Cyber-Bullying

Ask.com's service might annoy many today thanks to its uncanny ability to show up as a toolbar option in many installers, but back in the day, when it was still known as Ask Jeeves, many considered it to be one of the coolest services going. Amidst much competition, Ask's usage declined over time, and as it became clear that the company wasn't...

Microsoft Windows Phone Market Share Slides As Smartphone Shipments Hit All-Time High

Microsoft Windows Phone Market Share Slides As Smartphone Shipments Hit All-Time High

Microsoft may want to dominate the mobile market, or at least become a competitive force, but the latest market share figures underscore just what a daunting task the Redmond outfit faces. In fact, Windows Phone is moving in the wrong direction -- though worldwide smartphone shipments topped the 300 million mark for the first time in history,...

HotHardware’s Summer Gaming System Giveaway Winner!

HotHardware’s Summer Gaming System Giveaway Winner!

Our Summer Gaming System Giveaway with has come to a close and we’re ready to announce the winner! If you recall, HotHardware teamed up with our friends at EVGA, Kingston, Thermaltake, and Intel to offer you all the chance to win a powerful gaming PC featuring an Intel Core i7-4960X processor, an EVGA X79 Dark motherboard,...