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Hot Deals: Xbox One with Game Bundle,  Dell's Venue 8 Pro, and an HP ENVY TouchSmart PC

Hot Deals: Xbox One with Game Bundle, Dell's Venue 8 Pro, and an HP ENVY TouchSmart PC

There’s a good deal on an Xbox One bundle in place on Dell’s website at the moment. The bundle includes and Xbox One System (with Kinect and headset), an additional wireless controller, a 12-Month subscription to Xbox Live, Dead Rising 3, and Call of Duty: Ghosts for $699. If you’re thinking about grabbing one of the latest...

Boeing’s Secure Dual-Sim Android Phone Will Self Destruct If You Try To Open It

Boeing’s Secure Dual-Sim Android Phone Will Self Destruct If You Try To Open It

Earlier this week, we talked about Geeksphone's Blackphone, a smartphone that puts privacy and security front and center. In some ways, the goals of that phone might sound a little overkill for some, but after learning about Boeing's upcoming offering, it will seem like child's play. Boeing's phone doesn't seem to have an official name, and...

Nintendo Gets Ready to Nix Online Play for Wii Console and DS Handheld

Nintendo Gets Ready to Nix Online Play for Wii Console and DS Handheld

Nintendo said it's planning to disconnect its Wi-Fi Connection service for Wii consoles and DS handhelds on May 20, 2014. That means no more online play, matchmaking, or leaderboards for many Wii, Nintendo DS, and DSi games. In addition, users will no longer be able to share their own generated content, exchange in-game items, or download...

MakerBot Taking Orders For Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer

MakerBot Taking Orders For Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer

The smallest member of MakerBot’s 3D printing platform, announced at CES, is now available to order at MakerBot’s website or at one of the company’s three store locations in New York, Boston, and Greenwich, CT. The Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer (the build volume is 10x10x12.5 inches) is designed to be easy to use with...

‘Mob Wives’ Actress Suing Rockstar Games Over GTA 5 For Making Character Based On Her Life

‘Mob Wives’ Actress Suing Rockstar Games Over GTA 5 For Making Character Based On Her Life

It's said the truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, and towards that end, the daughter of a mafia kingpin is accusing Rockstar Games of having used her story without her permission in Grand Theft Auto V. Her name is Karen Gravano, daughter of Salvatore Gravano (otherwise known as Sammy the Bull) and former star of the reality show Mob...

Intel SSD 730 Series: Enthusiast Class Storage

Intel SSD 730 Series: Enthusiast Class Storage

Intel has established a strong record in the solid state storage space, dating all the way back to 2008 with its debut of the excellent X25-M series of drives. Back then, Intel upped the ante in enthusiast-targeted solid state storage, and they want to do it again with the drive we’ll be showing you here today, the upcoming Intel SSD...

Code.org Teaches Kids Of All Ages How To Code Their Own Flappy Bird Game

Code.org Teaches Kids Of All Ages How To Code Their Own Flappy Bird Game

At the intersection of awesome and banal, there’s this: Code.org, a terrific site that helps kids learn coding from an early age, has a fun 8-step “puzzle” that lets kids program their own custom version of “Flappy Birds”. It’s a simple drag-and-drop sort of programming with blocks that represent actions...

Apple Discontinues Support For OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Leaving 20 Percent Of Mac Users Ripe For Malware

Apple Discontinues Support For OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Leaving 20 Percent Of Mac Users Ripe For Malware

There's mounting evidence to suggest that Apple has put Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) out to pasture, thereby leaving users of what's become a legacy operating system to fend for themselves out in the wild. For the second time, Apple rolled out a security patch for present and past OS X builds dating back to OS X 10.7, or Mountain Lion, and stopping...

Project Ara Lives, Google Expects Modular Smartphone On The Market In A Year

Project Ara Lives, Google Expects Modular Smartphone On The Market In A Year

When Google unexpectedly sold off Motorola to Lenovo after investing heavily in the Moto X and Moto G smartphones and owning the Motorola brand for less than two years, the fate of the Project Ara modular smartphone seemed doomed, but it appears that the project is very much alive and well. According to Time’s TechLand, Google did not...

West Virginia Democrat Senator Calls For A Ban On All Cryptocurrency

West Virginia Democrat Senator Calls For A Ban On All Cryptocurrency

The wild and wonderful state of West Virginia isn't so wild about Bitcoin, Litecoin, and every other type of virtual currency that's hotter than a southern summer day. More specifically, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin (Democrat) takes issue with crytpocurrencies and asked the U.S. to ban Bitcoin and any other virtual currency like it. Manchin...

Sony Closing 20 U.S. Stores As Part of Organizational Restructuring Plan

Sony Closing 20 U.S. Stores As Part of Organizational Restructuring Plan

While Sony managed to hit a home run with its PlayStation 4 being priced $100 below the baseline Xbox One, the company's other divisions aren't faring as well. The mega-corporation has largely struggled ever since the economic downturn began in 2008, and things have finally come to a point where it's going to have to make major changes in...

Microsoft To Add Twitch Live-Streaming To Xbox One In March Update

Microsoft To Add Twitch Live-Streaming To Xbox One In March Update

Given the fact that it was a promised feature, the lack of Twitch.tv support on Xbox One has no doubt miffed a big number of its users. But, the right to complain is soon to be purged, as March 11th will be the date that will see the feature introduced. According to Microsoft, the delay might have been unfortunate, but your patience will be...

Lian Li Showcases Funky Hybrid PC Case/Desk

Lian Li Showcases Funky Hybrid PC Case/Desk

We’ve seen our share of wild chassis designs, and Lian Li is giving the world another with the DK01, which is a chassis that serves double duty as a PC case and a desk, which brings new meaning to the phrase, “sitting at your computer”. The funky DK01 looks like a brushed-metal chassis turned on its side and mounted on legs...

Kid-Friendly MiiPC Adds Android Gaming With Cannonball

Kid-Friendly MiiPC Adds Android Gaming With Cannonball

MiiPC, a kid-friendly, cloud-managed, Android-based computer has offered both desktop use, media center applications, and it also offers a new level of Android gaming by incorporating Cannonball from 18th Parallel. The MiiPC now supports Android gaming with a number of third-party gamepads, including Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Logitech controllers....

BlackBerry Chief Talks WhatsApp Valuation, Says He'd Sell BBM for $19 Billion

BlackBerry Chief Talks WhatsApp Valuation, Says He'd Sell BBM for $19 Billion

Facebook surprised a lot of people when Mark Zuckerberg announced his social network was acquiring WhatsApp, an instant messaging application for smartphones, for $19 billion, representing the company's biggest acquisition to date. When asked about the valuation, BlackBerry's CEO, John Chen, said he would take $19 billion for his company's...

Google ‘Glass Haters’ Attack Woman In Bar For Wearing High Tech Specs

Google ‘Glass Haters’ Attack Woman In Bar For Wearing High Tech Specs

Sometimes there are news items that just make you want to lay on the ground all day, like the guy in the radiohead video for “Just”. The story of a woman who was assaulted in a San Francisco bar for wearing Google Glass is one of those items. What happened is this: Sarah Slocum was in the Molotov Bar on Haight St. in San Francisco...

Intel and Acer Start Chromebook Seed Program for K-12 Schools

Intel and Acer Start Chromebook Seed Program for K-12 Schools

Chromebooks are gaining traction because they're relatively inexpensive, lightweight and portable, and capable of basic computing chores. They're especially well suited for students of various ages -- kids and teens can use Chromebooks to research their reports on the Internet, type up documents, and more. With all that in mind, Acer and Intel...

Android Curveball: Our LG G Flex Review

Android Curveball: Our LG G Flex Review

LG’s new G Flex smartphone is the “world’s first curved flexible smartphone” according to the company. We’ve seen smartphones that have curved bodies before, but this is the first smartphone to feature a display and battery that are curved as well. LG claims the curved design of the G Flex is optimized for the...

Kaspersky’s Safe Browser Comes To Windows Phone Users

Kaspersky’s Safe Browser Comes To Windows Phone Users

Kaspersky released its Safe Browser for Windows Phone, months after putting out the same product for iOS and days after making a similar one for Android. The app does exactly what you think it does, by blocking access to potentially dangerous sites with a warning page to protect against phishing attacks. Designed for both personal and corporate...

Google Underwater Street View Expanded with Beautiful Terrain of the Briny Deep

Google Underwater Street View Expanded with Beautiful Terrain of the Briny Deep

Unless you happen to live in a pineapple under the sea, you're probably not afforded many opportunities to visit the watery underworld and take in all the wonderful sights. Lucky for us landlubbers, the Catlin Seaview Survey has made it their mission to create a baseline record of the world' coral reefs in high-resolution 360-degree panoramic...

HP Z820 Teardown Shows Why Desktop PCs Still Rule the Roost

HP Z820 Teardown Shows Why Desktop PCs Still Rule the Roost

There's not a gadget in the world the folks at iFixIt can't tear into, though some are definitely easier to disassemble than others. Mobile devices like tablets and smartphones tend to be difficult to surgically operate on, and even some hybrid laptops can give users fits if there's a need to service or a replace a part. On the opposite end...

MasterCard Tests Location-Based Mobile Payment Approval System

MasterCard Tests Location-Based Mobile Payment Approval System

When it comes to mobile payments, security is an obvious concern. In fact, even the more standard forms of payment are facing all sorts of new security issues these days. In a bid to help things, MasterCard and Syniverse have partnered to test out a new mobile payment methodology that would tap into a phone's GPS in order to approve or deny...

Hot Deals: Dell XPS 8700 Core i7 Desktop System, Lenovo Yoga 8, and 23" HP LED-Backlit LCD

Hot Deals: Dell XPS 8700 Core i7 Desktop System, Lenovo Yoga 8, and 23" HP LED-Backlit LCD

Dell Home is offering customizable and ready-to-ship XPS 8700 4th Gen Intel Core i7 Quad-core Desktop bundled with 23-inch Dell UltraSharp U2312HM 1920x1080 Monitor for $849.99 with FREE shipping. Use $324.99 instant savings and extra $50 coupon code: 9M91VCNG1V7CFQ to get final price. The XPS 8700 configuration deatured here includes Core...

Freescale Semiconductor Debuts Tiny ARM-Based Microcontroller For Internet of Things Applications

Freescale Semiconductor Debuts Tiny ARM-Based Microcontroller For Internet of Things Applications

Freescale Semiconductor announced its smallest-yet MCU, and it’s destined for the many objects in the growing Internet of Things (IoT) trend. The Kinetis KL03 MCU is a 32-bit chip based on ARM, and it promises lower power requirements in smaller devices than existing solutions. “When size is no longer a barrier to incorporating...

Sony Sold Over 320,000 PlayStation 4 Consoles in Japan in 48 Hours

Sony Sold Over 320,000 PlayStation 4 Consoles in Japan in 48 Hours

Sony is on fire with its PlayStation 4 console blazing a trail in the next generation console wars. Having racked up 5.3 million PS4 sales up through February 8, 2014, Sony already surpassed its goal of selling 5 million units by the end of March, and that was before launching in Japan. Having now unleashed the PS4 in Japan earlier this week,...

Nokia Head Stephen Elop To Take Over Microsoft’s Xbox And Surface

Nokia Head Stephen Elop To Take Over Microsoft’s Xbox And Surface

With a new Microsoft CEO in place, there are plenty of management shakeups in Redmond, not the least of which is a new boss for the Devices & Studios division in Nokia chief Stephen Elop. Elop is returning to the Microsoft fold following the company’s $7.2 billion Nokia acquisition, and he’ll take over for current head of the...

Google Pressures Washington to Stop Introducing Bills Banning Glass While Driving

Google Pressures Washington to Stop Introducing Bills Banning Glass While Driving

Should drivers be allowed to wear Google Glass while operating a motor vehicle? That's one of the questions politicians face as a growing number of states seek to pass legislation that would make it illegal to wear Google's head-mounted display while driving. Proponents of such bills claim that wearables like Google Glass can be distractions...

WhatsApp Adding Free Voice Calling, $19 Billion Facebook Acquisition Makes More Sense

WhatsApp Adding Free Voice Calling, $19 Billion Facebook Acquisition Makes More Sense

Oh, so that’s why. Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp was big news, primarily as it left many of us wondering why exactly the company would spend such an unbelievable sum of money on it. After a speech at MWC in which WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum stated that WhatsApp will soon offer free voice calls,...

Qualcomm Quiely Chops $100 Off Toq Smartwatch, Now Sells for $250

Qualcomm Quiely Chops $100 Off Toq Smartwatch, Now Sells for $250

What do you do when the competition heats up in the niche market you're competing in? You lower the price! And that's exactly what Qualcomm has done, slashing $100 off the price of its Toq smartwatches, though the generous price cut came without any kind of announcement or ballyhooing. Nevertheless, you can now pick up either the Black or...

AT&T Responds To T-Mobile's Free International Plans With Unlimited Messaging To Overseas Friends

AT&T Responds To T-Mobile's Free International Plans With Unlimited Messaging To Overseas Friends

T-Mobile may not have the widest coverage net of the major U.S. carriers, but boy, are they gaining mind share. And as it turns out, market share as well. After adding nearly 4.4 million subscribers in the most recent quarter, rivals such as AT&T are having to pay attention. They're also having to modify their offerings in order to remain...

BlackBerry Q20 Smartphone Revives Classic QWERTY Keyboard Design

BlackBerry Q20 Smartphone Revives Classic QWERTY Keyboard Design

Down but not out, BlackBerry will attempt to pick itself back up and once again become a legitimate contender in the smartphone space by returning to its roots. Announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, BlackBerry said its new Q20 smartphone will feature a full QWERTY keyboard with the familiar and classic Menu, Back, Send, and End...

WD Goes Purple For Surveillance Hard Drives

WD Goes Purple For Surveillance Hard Drives

WD is working through the rainbow for its color-themed hard drive families, and the latest--purple--is designated for hard drives that are designed for surveillance. WD’s Purple Surveillance Storage drives are built to withstand the constant strain of running in an always-on HD surveillance applications. The 3.5-inch WD Purple drives...

Hands-On With Samsung's Galaxy S5 And Gear 2 Live At Unpacked

Hands-On With Samsung's Galaxy S5 And Gear 2 Live At Unpacked

Today we were on hand at Samsung's Unpacked press event in New York City to see the live unveiling of the upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone, and Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit smartwatches.  If you haven't already seen our coverage of the original announcment, the Samsung's upcoming flagship features a 5.1-inch (1920x1080) Super AMOLED display...

Geeksphone's Blackphone Promises You an Unparalleled Level of Privacy

Geeksphone's Blackphone Promises You an Unparalleled Level of Privacy

Google's known for a lot of things, but where privacy's concerned, those things are not too kosher for a lot of people. In fact, Google mines so much data on us - sometimes even if we're nameless - that some would rather avoid anything that has to do with the company. Of course, pulling that off is easier said than done. As unfortunate as...

Here Comes The Samsung Galaxy S5, Plus Wearable “Gear” Devices

Here Comes The Samsung Galaxy S5, Plus Wearable “Gear” Devices

After the blockbuster spectacle that was the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4, the hullabaloo over the next generation of Samsung’s flagship smartphone seems almost demure, but in any case the company announced the new Samsung Galaxy S5. The phone features a 5.1-inch (1920x1080) Super AMOLED display and a quad-core 2.5GHz processor with...

Google's Eric Schmidt Gives $1 Million In "New Digital Age" Grants From His Own Pocket

Google's Eric Schmidt Gives $1 Million In "New Digital Age" Grants From His Own Pocket

Google’s Eric Schmidt is on a tour to promote the book he co-wrote with Jared Cohen, Director Of Google Ideas (yes, that’s actual title), “The New Digital Age: Reshaping The Future Of People, Nations, And Businesses”, and part of his promotion is the promise of $1 million in grant money for organizations that are “using...

SanDisk Targets High End Android Devices with Next Gen iNAND Extreme Embedded Flash

SanDisk Targets High End Android Devices with Next Gen iNAND Extreme Embedded Flash

You're going to see a lot of mobile devices announced this week as a result of Mobile World Congress (MWC), but what about the parts inside all those fancy new handsets and tablets? Lest anyone forget about the component side of things, SanDisk today announced the next generation of its iNAND Extreme embedded flash drive (EFD), which it's...

Nokia Turns To Android For Affordable “Next Billion” Smartphones With Nokia X Family

Nokia Turns To Android For Affordable “Next Billion” Smartphones With Nokia X Family

Nokia famously went all in with Microsoft when it decided to ditch its own OS and sell smartphones running Windows Phone, but the company has opted to add Android handsets to its roster as well in an effort to capitalize on the growing and vast low end smartphone market. Referred to as the “next billion”customers, the developing...

Microsoft Now Taking Pre-Orders for $500 Xbox One Titanfall Bundle

Microsoft Now Taking Pre-Orders for $500 Xbox One Titanfall Bundle

You knew it was only a matter of time before Microsoft started offering Xbox One game bundles, and that time has come. Starting now, you can pre-order an Xbox One console with a Titanfall digital download included in the package for $500. Technically speaking, that's not a price cut, but it is one heck of a value-add and might be just what...

Netflix Secures Dedicated Fat Pipe From Comcast In Industry First Deal

Netflix Secures Dedicated Fat Pipe From Comcast In Industry First Deal

In what had been a standoff between Netflix and Comcast -- one in which subscribers of both companies were caught in the crossfire -- Netflix was the first to blink by agreeing to pay the ISP for faster speeds. The two media giants inked a multi-year deal that should ensure less buffering and higher quality Netflix streams to Comcast subscribers....

Firefox OS Could Come To $25 Smartphones, Thanks To Spreadtrum Chipset

Firefox OS Could Come To $25 Smartphones, Thanks To Spreadtrum Chipset

Firefox OS was a relatively large part of Mobile World Congress 2013, but it's making even bigger news at this year's gala in Barcelona. Firefox OS will soon be planted on seven new commercial devices, enabling it to hopefully scale up in 2014. But, of course, pricing will be the factor that makes or breaks things. At $25, however, wouldn't...

Intel Debuts Merrifield and Moorefield Designs at MWC

Intel Debuts Merrifield and Moorefield Designs at MWC

Intel is announcing its new tablet and smartphone designs this week at Mobile World Congress, alongside a major push to drive adoption of its 28nm XMM 7160 and XMM 7260 modem technology. It's been two years since Intel launched its first serious Atom-based smartphone platform, codenamed Medfield, and it's safe to say that those two years haven't...

NVIDIA Announces First Tegra 4i LTE Smartphone Design Win At MWC

NVIDIA Announces First Tegra 4i LTE Smartphone Design Win At MWC

It's been a year since Nvidia took the wraps off Tegra 4i, its first smartphone design with an integrated software modem, quad-core Cortex-A9 processor, and a slightly smaller version of the Tegra 4 mobile GPU used in devices like Nvidia's Shield. At the time, Nvidia promised that we'd see devices out by the end of the year. Today, the company...

Audience Looks To Redefine Mobile User Experience With Multisensory Processors

Audience Looks To Redefine Mobile User Experience With Multisensory Processors

There’s a lot that goes on inside that petite mobile device of yours, and Audience is looking to overhaul the process to deliver a much better end user experience with its multisensory processors. The Audience eS700 series of mobile processors use multiple smart technologies to offer always-on voice sensing, motion detection, a smart...

Lenovo Outs Trio Of Stylish S-Series Smartphones At MWC

Lenovo Outs Trio Of Stylish S-Series Smartphones At MWC

In addition to the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, Lenovo came to MWC with a trio of smartphones. The eye-catching handsets--the S860, S850, and S660--all feature quad-core MediaTek (1.3GHz) processors, dual SIM cards, Android 4.2, and overall solid specs. Lenovo S860 The S860 has a 5.3-inch (1280x720) display and 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage,...

Lenovo Kicks Off MWC With Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ And DOit Apps

Lenovo Kicks Off MWC With Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ And DOit Apps

Mobile World Congress (MWC) is this week, and Lenovo is starting things off by announcing the successor to its original Yoga tablet, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+. The device sports a 1920x1080 display, 1.6GHz Snapdragon processor, and runs Android 4.3 (with an OTA 4.4 update coming). Other specifications include 2GB of RAM, up to 32GB of onboard...

WhatsApp Takes A Knee And Goes Down Just Days After $19 Billion Dollar Facebook Acquisition

WhatsApp Takes A Knee And Goes Down Just Days After $19 Billion Dollar Facebook Acquisition

One has to wonder if Facebook is feeling any buyer’s remorse, as the messaging service the company just dropped $19 billion to acquire experienced an outage on Saturday, according to reports. WhatsApp didn’t provide much in the way of details beyond a pair of tweets that acknowledged the outage and then stated that service had...

Activision Confirms New Tony Hawk Pro Skater Game Is In Development

Activision Confirms New Tony Hawk Pro Skater Game Is In Development

It's been four long years since we last saw a new Tony Hawk video game, which might as well be an eternity if you're a fan of skateboarding and/or the skateboarding legend himself (who, by the way, retired from the sport in 1999). Though it seemed like there might never be another Tony Hawk game, the legendary skater teased a new game while...

Back Up Early And Often: Lacie Ships First 5 Terabyte External Hard Drive With Thunderbolt

Back Up Early And Often: Lacie Ships First 5 Terabyte External Hard Drive With Thunderbolt

Storage products maker LaCie is claiming an industry-first 5TB 7200 RPM hard drive, and it’s deploying the spacious HDD in several Thunderbolt-equipped devices. “Increasingly larger file formats for film and photography have driven the demand for more storage capacity,” reads a LaCie press release. “The availability...

Samsung Announces Next Generation Gear 2 And Gear 2 Neo Tizen Smartwatches

Samsung Announces Next Generation Gear 2 And Gear 2 Neo Tizen Smartwatches

Our skepticism of the smartwatch sector having the legs to go the distance hasn't swayed Samsung from forging ahead with second generation models of its Galaxy Gear. Making an official appearance just ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) is Samsung's Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, which offer users even more customization than before. According to...

Have A LinkedIn Stalker Following You? Now You Can Block Them

Have A LinkedIn Stalker Following You? Now You Can Block Them

Although--or actually because--LinkedIn is a professional social network, the inability to block other users was problematic, allowing stalkers, bullies, and toxic former coworkers or bosses to keep tabs on you. LinkedIn has now added a Member Blocking features that allows you to block anyone on the site. In a blog post, head of LinkedIn Trust...

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 And Galaxy Gear 2 Neo Make Surprise Leak Appearance

Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 And Galaxy Gear 2 Neo Make Surprise Leak Appearance

It’s expected that the next generation of Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatches will land when the impending Samsung Galaxy S5 does--most likely at MWC this month--and some leaked photos would lend credence to that rumor. Evleaks has dug up a couple of images of the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Neo (which is actually...

Call of Duty: Ghosts Is Free To Play On Steam This Weekend

Call of Duty: Ghosts Is Free To Play On Steam This Weekend

You have two options this weekend -- you can tackle that list of chores you've been meaning to get done, or you can fire up Steam and play Call of Duty: Ghosts for free. Yes, we said FREE! There is a hefty download required, but beyond that, you can hop in and enjoy the game and all the recently added features, such as Heavy Duty mode. If...

Microsoft To Slash Windows 8 Licensing Fees 70 Percent To Fend Off Chromebooks, Other Budget OS Alternatives

Microsoft To Slash Windows 8 Licensing Fees 70 Percent To Fend Off Chromebooks, Other Budget OS Alternatives

Microsoft is reportedly cutting the cost of its Windows 8.1 licensing fees on cheaper PCs and tablets in an attempt to remain competitive in the lower-end market. According to Bloomberg’s sources, manufacturers will pay just $15 to preinstall the OS on any device that sells for less than $250 instead of the normal $50. It’s notable...

Apple Releases iOS 7.0.6 Update to Patch Gaping SSL Security Hole

Apple Releases iOS 7.0.6 Update to Patch Gaping SSL Security Hole

If you own an iOS device, there's a security update you should be aware of. As Apple explains it, without the patch "an attacker with a privileged network position may capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS." This means if you're connected to an unsecured network, an attacker can peek at the data being sent back and forth...

Trouble Watching Netflix? Blame Verizon

Trouble Watching Netflix? Blame Verizon

Over the past 12 months, Netflix performance has been dropping steadily across most of the major ISPs. Comcast, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable have all recorded significant performance drop-offs. The issue has been particularly acute on Verizon, where measured bandwidth rates have fallen a high of 2.3Mbps in October 2013 to 0.97Mbps in January,...

Google Acquires Spider.io to Help Continue Battle Against Fraudulent Advertising

Google Acquires Spider.io to Help Continue Battle Against Fraudulent Advertising

Over the past couple of months, Google's made it super-clear that it takes advertising from all angles very seriously. On the "bad ad" front, the company made its New Years' resolution to crack down on bad (eg: scammy) ads public last month, and a mere day later, reports came out that it had removed two Google Chrome extensions from its app...

Microsoft Boss Satya Nadella Sees Need to Reinvent Company

Microsoft Boss Satya Nadella Sees Need to Reinvent Company

Steve Ballmer came to the conclusion that Microsoft would be better served by having new blood lead the company into whatever era lies ahead, and so he began his farewell tour last year. That tour ended with the eventual promotion of Satya Nadella to Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who previously was Microsoft's lead man in the server and tools...

Amazon Set Top Box Rumors Reignite

Amazon Set Top Box Rumors Reignite

Perhaps you’ve heard this before, but Amazon is rumored to be launching its own set top box in a bid to gobble up more TV content and streaming market share. The purported Amazon box would be designed to compete with the likes of Roku and Apple TV by allowing users to stream content with a unit that’s not tied to a cable or satellite...

Futuremark Updates 3DMark for Android, Adds Recommend Feature

Futuremark Updates 3DMark for Android, Adds Recommend Feature

Futuremark has just updated its 3DMark benchmark for Android, introducing a couple of new features and preparations for beefier updates in the future. At the forefront is a new feature for recommending a device; once a benchmark run is complete, you can simply click on "Recommend". While Futuremark already ranks devices based on performance,...

OCZ Storage Solutions Interview with Alex Mei, CMO

OCZ Storage Solutions Interview with Alex Mei, CMO

To say OCZ has had a tumultuous year would be putting it mildly, to say the least. The company took a brutal beating and was knocked down, but not out. Now, thanks to an acquisition by Toshiba, the newly formed and revitalized OCZ Storage Solutions, is poised and ready to make another run at enthusiasts and the enterprise. In an effort to...

Opera Web Pass Offers End-Around Solution For Free Mobile Data

Opera Web Pass Offers End-Around Solution For Free Mobile Data

Now this is one that we didn’t see coming. Opera announced Opera Web Pass, a product that will allow mobile operators to “sponsor” users’ mobile data. In other words, you could enjoy free mobile data as long as you’re willing to endure ads from a given sponsor first. The company paying the advertising is paying...

Google's Project Tango Dances With 3D Sensors In A Smartphone

Google's Project Tango Dances With 3D Sensors In A Smartphone

The latest off-the-wall endeavor from Google is called “Project Tango”, and it’s a smartphone equipped with technology that can 3D map any environment you find yourself in--in real time. A product of Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology And Projects) group, Project Tango takes a quarter million measurements every second...

NVIDIA Releases LTE Update For Android Kit Kat-Driven Tegra Note 7

NVIDIA Releases LTE Update For Android Kit Kat-Driven Tegra Note 7

It was just late December when the NVIDIA Tegra Note 7 got the latest Android 4.3 update, but NVIDIA announced that the device is already being updated to Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), and there’s now an LTE version is coming, too. NVIDIA is popping a fifth-gen i500 LTE modem into the Tegra Note 7, and the software-defined radio technology...

U.S. Post Office to Honor Steve Jobs with Commemorative Postage Stamp in 2015

U.S. Post Office to Honor Steve Jobs with Commemorative Postage Stamp in 2015

There are generally two places the United States Post Office is willing to put your mug -- one is on the wall in the lobby featuring the FBI's "Most Wanted" criminals, and the other is on a postage stamp. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will occupy the latter in 2015 as one of several collectables for the year. He'll be in good company, too. Other...

What Happens When a Die Hard Windows PC User Switches to Mac?

What Happens When a Die Hard Windows PC User Switches to Mac?

After reading our headline, you might have clicked through expecting to see a punchline, but this is no joke. A Windows PC user of 20 years decided to switch over to a Mac and leave behind his platform of choice cold turkey, and then chronicle what the experience was like. It's an interesting proposition considering that Apple is more popular...

Microsoft Issues Out of Cycle Fix for Zero Day Bug in Internet Explorer

Microsoft Issues Out of Cycle Fix for Zero Day Bug in Internet Explorer

The presence of a zero day security flaw in Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 9 has caught the attention of Microsoft, which decided to release a temporary patch rather than let it loom until next month's Patch Tuesday. According to Microsoft, the vulnerability doesn't exist in Internet Explorer 11, nor does it affect IE versions...

Sprint Matches Longstanding T-Mobile Feature By Adding Wi-Fi Calling

Sprint Matches Longstanding T-Mobile Feature By Adding Wi-Fi Calling

It's a feature that many have likely overlooked given T-Mobile's current focus on being the Uncarrier, but it's one that was universally loved by international travelers. Wi-Fi Calling essentially allows one's smartphone to make a traditional voice call using their own local (U.S.) phone number, but instead of relying on a mobile tower nearby,...

AMD's GPU Market Share Takes A Beating From Intel, Nvidia

AMD's GPU Market Share Takes A Beating From Intel, Nvidia

The latest results from Jon Peddie Research are in, and they aren't overly encouraging for AMD. According to the firm, Sunnyvale's share of the graphics market tumbled in Q4 2013, despite significant price cuts and the launch of both the R9 290 and R9 290X. AMD's total GPU shipments fell by 10.4% quarter-on-quarter, while Intel's share increased...

FCC Filing Hints That an LTE-enabled Microsoft Surface Tablet is On the Way

FCC Filing Hints That an LTE-enabled Microsoft Surface Tablet is On the Way

Straight out of the "It's about time!" files comes an FCC filing that suggests Microsoft could soon be unveiling an LTE-equipped Surface 2 tablet, and as boring as that might sound, it holds a lot of importance. Plus, there's a couple of fun things to speculate on. For starters, let's not ignore the fact that the lacking of an LTE Surface...

Could Fleksy Become Your Next iOS Keyboard?

Could Fleksy Become Your Next iOS Keyboard?

It's hard to argue that iOS is a solid, feature-rich mobile OS, but when it comes to customization, it lacks a lot in comparison to Android, thanks to Apple's desire to keep a tight reign on most of it. Well, with a just-released SDK for a replacement keyboard called Fleksy, there's a glimmer of hope that at least one part of the OS can be...

Microsoft Rebrands Office Web Apps As ‘Office Online’ To Combat Flagging User Engagement

Microsoft Rebrands Office Web Apps As ‘Office Online’ To Combat Flagging User Engagement

While Microsoft was on a roll with its SkyDrive rebranding campaign, the company figured it might as well rename its Office Web Apps--now called “Office Online”--in an effort to convince users to engage with the service. There’s nothing wrong with what Office Web Apps offered, and it doesn’t appear that much of anything...

Belkin Patches WeMo Home Automation Vulnerabilities

Belkin Patches WeMo Home Automation Vulnerabilities

Belkin has an intriguing suite of WeMo-branded smart devices for home automation, including light switches, motion detectors, integration with appliances, and more, but security firm IOActive recently discovered multiple vulnerabilities in WeMo--vulnerabilities that Belkin says it has now patched. Belkin’s statement on the subject reads...

WhatsApp Rejected $10 Billion Bid From Google

WhatsApp Rejected $10 Billion Bid From Google

Just days before Facebook acquired cross-platform mobile messaging service WhatsApp for a package totaling $19 billion, Google made a lesser bid for the company. According to both CNN Money and The Information, Google offered WhatsApp an acquisition deal worth $10 billion. Of further note, The Information also said that Google had actually...

Canonical Scores Manufacturing Deals, Ubuntu Smartphones Coming In 2014

Canonical Scores Manufacturing Deals, Ubuntu Smartphones Coming In 2014

As recently as last month, it appeared that the Ubuntu smartphone would be delayed until 2015, but suddenly Canonical announced that it has secured manufacturing deals that will being the handset to market yet this year. Canonical has agreed with Spain’s bq and China’s Meizu to market the Ubuntu smartphone globally. Everything...

Oral-B's Smart Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity Gives Tips on Tooth Care

Oral-B's Smart Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity Gives Tips on Tooth Care

Say goodbye to your dopey toothbrush and hello to a new Bluetooth-enabled smart teeth cleaner that Procter & Gamble is introducing to the public through its Oral-B brand. P&G is planning to show off what it claims is the world's first smartphone-connected toothbrush at Mobile World Congress and then make it widely available to the...

Auction Site eBay Wins Bid for PhiSix, Will Build a Virtual Fitting Room

Auction Site eBay Wins Bid for PhiSix, Will Build a Virtual Fitting Room

One of the reasons why brick-and-mortar stores still exist is because online shopping lacks the ability to offer instant gratification. As it pertains to clothes shopping, another major disadvantage is not being able to try on items to see if they'll fit properly. Advancements in technology will eventually solve these problems, and as far...

Broadcom First to Market with a Global Location Chip for Wearable Devices

Broadcom First to Market with a Global Location Chip for Wearable Devices

This whole wearable computing thing doesn't appear to be disappearing anytime soon, so rather than ignore the market, Broadcom is embracing it by introducing what it claims is the world's first Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) system-on-chip (SoC) designed for low-power, mass-market wearable gadgets -- devices such as fitness trackers...

Acer Makes a Mid-Range Splash with Liquid E3 Smartphone and Entry Level Z4

Acer Makes a Mid-Range Splash with Liquid E3 Smartphone and Entry Level Z4

Acer might be holstering its big guns for Mobile World Congress (MWC), but in the meantime, the company just announced a couple of interesting smartphones. One is the mid-range Liquid E4 with a fairly respectable spec sheet and the other is the Liquid Z4, a low-cost handset Acer hopes will appeal to cost-conscious buyers. Starting at the top,...

HTC Planning To Showcase Smartwatch To Carriers As Early As Next Week

HTC Planning To Showcase Smartwatch To Carriers As Early As Next Week

According to a new Bloomberg report, HTC is planning to showcase its own smartwatch as early as next week at Mobile World Congress. The handset maker, despite world-class hardware and rave reviews, has struggled to secure market share in the high-end smartphone realm. Out-marketing a giant like Samsung has proven difficult, if not outright...

Google Fiber Coming To 34 Additional Cities

Google Fiber Coming To 34 Additional Cities

Most of the country has been gazing jealously at the Google Fiber rollouts in three lucky locales, but as many as 34 cities in 9 metro areas will be joining the fun relatively soon. “Now that we’ve learned a lot from our Google Fiber projects in Kansas City, Austin and Provo, we want to help build more ultra-fast networks. So we’ve...

Facebook Snaps Up WhatsApp Cross-Platform Messaging Service For $19 Billion

Facebook Snaps Up WhatsApp Cross-Platform Messaging Service For $19 Billion

WhatsApp is a popular cross-platform mobile messaging app, and it now belongs to Mark Zuckerberg and Co., although the acquisition is leaving Facebook quite a bit lighter in the wallet; the WhatsApp deal is for $19 billion. That’s $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in Facebook shares, and another $3 billion in restricted stock units that...

Serious Vulnerabilities Plague Select ASUS Routers Requiring Manual Firmware Update to Fix

Serious Vulnerabilities Plague Select ASUS Routers Requiring Manual Firmware Update to Fix

It's not too often that a vendor chooses to remain silent about vulnerabilities plaguing its product(s), and it's even rarer to remain silent when fixes are available. For those using N or AC-based ASUS routers, though, it's important to take note: A number of rather serious vulnerabilities might exist if your router's not running the latest...

Artemis pCell Technology Promises Unprecedented Mobile Wireless Breakthrough

Artemis pCell Technology Promises Unprecedented Mobile Wireless Breakthrough

The problem is that in heavily populated areas, the shared mobile wireless bandwidth gets badly congested by all the concurrent users; the solution, allegedly, is personal cell (“pCell”) technology that’s being developed by Steve Perlman and his Artemis Networks startup. Current mobile wireless technology works by setting...

Netgear's Cable Modem Routers Will Free You From Rental Fees

Netgear's Cable Modem Routers Will Free You From Rental Fees

Netgear is determined to save you a bit of jingle each month by launching a pair of new cable modem router devices: N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router (C3700) and N300 Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router (C3000). Both devices combine the functionality of a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem with a wireless router, meaning you can serve up Internet connectivity...

Pre-order the Next Wolfenstein Game, Get Access to the "Next Doom Game" Beta

Pre-order the Next Wolfenstein Game, Get Access to the "Next Doom Game" Beta

Mention "next" and "Doom" in the same sentence, and people are sure to take notice. Such is the case today with Bethesda coming out of left field with the first mention of a beta for "the next Doom game" - still untitled, and with no release date in sight. Heck, we are not even being given a single screenshot. Wolfenstein: The New Order As...

White House Supports FCC And Net Neutrality But Won't Get Involved

White House Supports FCC And Net Neutrality But Won't Get Involved

The FCC’s effort to impose net neutrality rules suffered a setback when a federal court threw out some important sections of the measures, but as the agency fights back against Verizon, et al, it has a powerful ally in the White House. Well, sort of. In a statement on the We The People blog (in response to a petition to get the common...

HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks 2/19/14: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Radeon R7 265, Sony VAIO Tap 21, and More

HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks 2/19/14: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Radeon R7 265, Sony VAIO Tap 21, and More

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz, and Marco discuss AMD's recently announced Radeon R7 265 graphics card, Lenovo's new 2014 ThinkPad X1 Carbon, why Woz thinks Apple should consider building an Android phone, Sony's VIAO Tap 21 All-in-One mobile PC, a sneak peek at Gigabyte’s BRIX Pro SFF system...

Microsoft OneDrive Rebranding Includes Android Camera Backup, New Cloud Storage Plans

Microsoft OneDrive Rebranding Includes Android Camera Backup, New Cloud Storage Plans

Make no mistake--Microsoft’s new OneDrive cloud storage solution is little more than a simple re-branding of SkyDrive, a change the company was forced to make after it opted out of a trademark spat with BSkyB over the service’s original name. “Little more”, that is, because Microsoft is taking the opportunity to add...

Leaked Photo of HTC M8 Teases Forthcoming Flagship Phone

Leaked Photo of HTC M8 Teases Forthcoming Flagship Phone

What looks to be a press image of HTC's upcoming M8 handset wrapped in a protective cover has found its way to the web. You may have heard of the M8 by one of its many different names -- HTC One Plus, HTC One 2, and HTC One 2014 -- but whatever it ends up being called, it will supplant the HTC One as the handset maker's flagship smartphone....

Fake Flappy Bird Video Depicts Fiendish Final Levels

Fake Flappy Bird Video Depicts Fiendish Final Levels

If you downloaded and played Flappy Bird before the game's developer yanked the cash cow from iTunes and Google Play in a bid to cure a growing addiction to the fiendishly difficult title, then you understand how horrifically insane it would be to reach level 900. For the sake of mobile masochism, let's say you finally made it that far and...

T-Mobile's iPhone 5S Promotion Throws BlackBerry Under the Bus

T-Mobile's iPhone 5S Promotion Throws BlackBerry Under the Bus

With friends like T-Mobile, who needs enemies? That pretty much sums up how BlackBerry felt after T-Mobile sent an email to customers encouraging them to switch to Apple's iPhone 5S. What really set the Canadian handset maker off, however, was T-Mobile calling its $0 down promotion on iPhone 5S smartphones a "great offer for BlackBerry customers."...

IBM and AT&T Join Forces To Further "Internet of Things" Across Cities

IBM and AT&T Join Forces To Further "Internet of Things" Across Cities

As mobile carriers across the North American landscape make moves to position themselves as more than just utilities, AT&T is unveiling a new partnership with a huge enterprise mainstay in order to prove precisely that. AT&T and IBM announced this week that they'll be joining forces in order to "combine their analytic platforms, cloud,...

Windows Phone 8.1 Reported to Introduce Swype-like Keyboard

Windows Phone 8.1 Reported to Introduce Swype-like Keyboard

Windows Phone 8.1 is shaping up to be one of the best - if not the best - WP releases ever, and for the sake of shaking things up in the mobile market, I hope that proves to be the case. A couple of weeks ago, we learned that 8.1 would be introducing an "Action Center", in effect, a notifications system overhaul. For Windows Phone users, this...

Google Glass Competitor Icis Aims for Elegance, Seeks Funding Through Indiegogo

Google Glass Competitor Icis Aims for Elegance, Seeks Funding Through Indiegogo

With a just-launched Indiegogo campaign, the Google Glass competitor rollout continues. This time around, it's "Icis" in the hotseat, aiming to right Glass' wrongs - and, compared to other solutions I've seen in recent months, I am swaying towards the belief that this is one project worth watching. Icis is dubbed "Fashion Friendly Smart Glasses",...

Irrational Games, Makers of BioShock Infinite, Dissolves, Refocuses

Irrational Games, Makers of BioShock Infinite, Dissolves, Refocuses

Ken Levine, head of Irrational Games and lead designer on last year's smash hit, BioShock Infinite, has announced that Irrational Games is essentially shutting down with all but 15 personnel laid off as the company transitions towards building different kinds of games. Levine didn't offer much in the way of hints about what those games might...

3D Systems Creates Hybrid Robotic Exoskeleton For Paraplegics

3D Systems Creates Hybrid Robotic Exoskeleton For Paraplegics

3D Systems announced that it has collaborated with EksoBionics to build a 3D-printed hybrid exoskeleton robotic suit that ostensibly will allow users with paralysis of the lower extremities to walk upright. A woman named Amanda Boxel was the test pilot for the suit (although this isn’t the first time she’s tested a prototype of...

Hot Deals: Lenovo Yoga 8 For Under $200, 27" IPS LCD, Dell Wireless Projector and More

Hot Deals: Lenovo Yoga 8 For Under $200, 27" IPS LCD, Dell Wireless Projector and More

We’ve got a handful of HOT deals on tap for your today, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. The featured attraction is Lenovo’s sleek Yoga 8 tablet. With free shipping and a coupon code that brings the final price down quite a bit, the Yoga 8 can be had for only 199. Today’s other deals include an HP 27” LCD monitor...

Intel Announces 15-Core Ivytown Xeons For Enterprise Servers

Intel Announces 15-Core Ivytown Xeons For Enterprise Servers

For months, there have been rumors circulating of a new Intel 15-core CPU, with a particular focus on Big Data analytics, multi-socket systems, and the enterprise market. Well, this past January, we took a trip to Intel's SAP research lab to see the new processors and the rather substantial update coming down the pipe. Unlike Intel's mainstream...

HTC Bids Hard For Customers With Free Screen Replacement, Android Updates, More

HTC Bids Hard For Customers With Free Screen Replacement, Android Updates, More

HTC is struggling badly financially, but to its credit the company refuses to go down without a fight. In addition to looking into the lower range of the handset market to regain some revenue flow, HTC is rolling out the HTC Advantage program which essentially promises the best possible customer service for those who buy HTC smartphones. For...

NVIDIA Announces New Flagship, GeForce GTX Titan Black

NVIDIA Announces New Flagship, GeForce GTX Titan Black

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since NVIDIA debuted its powerful Titan graphics card, but the months have sped by and now it’s time for the next generation of Titan GPUs--the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Black. We caught wind of the Titan Black card just a couple of weeks ago, and now NVIDIA is sharing more details....

U.S. Bitcoin Miners Will Have Access to Specialized ATMs Later This Month

U.S. Bitcoin Miners Will Have Access to Specialized ATMs Later This Month

The Bitcoin craze is about to get a whole lot crazier once Robocoin starts installing ATMs in the U.S. that support the virtual currency. Robocoin said it's planning to install Bitcoin ATMs in Seattle, Washington and Austin, Texas. These kiosks will function like ordinary ATMs except they'll have scanners than can read driver's licenses, passports,...

The House That ‘Candy Crush’ Built: Casual Gamer King Files For IPO

The House That ‘Candy Crush’ Built: Casual Gamer King Files For IPO

King Digital Entertainment makes highly addictive games including “Candy Crush Saga”, “Pet Rescue Saga”, and “Farm Heroes Saga”, and enough of us became sufficiently engaged that the company has filed for an IPO. The numbers are certainly impressive: Four of King’s top five titles generate 3 million,...

Sony Celebrates 5.3 Million PlayStation 4 Console Sales

Sony Celebrates 5.3 Million PlayStation 4 Console Sales

No one would hold a grudge against Sony if it decided to bust out the bubbly today in celebration of selling more than 5.3 million PlayStation 4 consoles around the world. That figure, which includes sales up through February 8, 2014, not only puts Sony firmly ahead of Microsoft, it also tops the company's full-year target a month ahead of...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti Maxwell GPU Review

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti Maxwell GPU Review

The mid-range graphics card market has seen a lot of action as of late, with an infusion of new products and the discontinuation of popular previous-gen products. Last week it was AMD’s turn to announce a new card—the $150 Radeon R7 265—and with its arrival also came a price cut on the Radeon R7 260X, which can now be had...

Samsung Gets Ready to Serve Android 4.4 KitKat to Several Galaxy Smartphones and Tablets

Samsung Gets Ready to Serve Android 4.4 KitKat to Several Galaxy Smartphones and Tablets

Fact - bears eat beets. Bears, beets, Battlestar Galactica. Another fact - less than 2 percent of people who own an Android device are running the latest version, Android 4.4 KitKat. That figure will go up over time, and will rise rather quickly once Samsung puts into motion its plan to upgrade several Galaxy devices to the latest and greatest...

Sign Here: Microsoft Partners With DocuSign for eSignature Support in Office 365

Sign Here: Microsoft Partners With DocuSign for eSignature Support in Office 365

In some cases, it's best to build your own. In other cases, it's best to just partner with the market leader. Microsoft is leaning towards that latter option this week as it pertains to the latest Office 365 addition, with a new DocuSign partnership destined to bring eSignature support to its flagship cloud product. It's a long-term deal that...

Samsung Galaxy Core LTE Lands Brings Mid-Range Mojo to Several Regions

Samsung Galaxy Core LTE Lands Brings Mid-Range Mojo to Several Regions

As the world patiently awaits Samsung's Galaxy 5S unveil, which is anticipated to take place during an "Unpacking" event on February 24, the South Korean handset maker has a few lower end announcements to make, including today's unveiling of the Galaxy Core LTE. This is a mid-range smartphone that's hard to get excited about if you're a fan...

Philips' Intelligent Supermarket Lighting Talks To Your Smartphone

Philips' Intelligent Supermarket Lighting Talks To Your Smartphone

Philips is developing an intelligent lighting system for supermarkets that communicate with your smartphone to guide you through the store, give you deals on products, show you recipes relevant to the items you’re trying to find, and more. In addition to offering efficient LED lighting that the company says will require no special infrastructure...

Linksys Confirms Router-targeted 'TheMoon' Malware, Promises Firmware Fixes in Weeks Ahead

Linksys Confirms Router-targeted 'TheMoon' Malware, Promises Firmware Fixes in Weeks Ahead

Hot on the heels of a 'TheMoon' exploit proof-of-concept being released, Linksys has both confirmed its existence, and also offers up some initial guidance. 'TheMoon' is a self-replicating piece of malware that targets a wide-range of Linksys routers, all of which can utilize a remote access feature. If this feature is enabled, a vulnerability...

Taco Bell Testing Mobile Smartphone Ordering; McDonalds And Chick-fil-A, Too

Taco Bell Testing Mobile Smartphone Ordering; McDonalds And Chick-fil-A, Too

Because this is America and we refuse to wait for our food to be prepared in a reasonable timeframe, Taco Bell is obliging us by experimenting with taking orders via smartphones. A test program will launch within weeks, and nationwide rollout is expected before the end of the year, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. Taco Bell isn’t...

Borderlands 3 Will Have to Wait: Gearbox Confirms Work on New IP

Borderlands 3 Will Have to Wait: Gearbox Confirms Work on New IP

Depending on how big a fan of the Borderlands series you are, the latest news out of Gearbox might depress or excite you. Company CEO Randy Pitchford spoke out late last week that Borderlands 3 isn't in development; instead, Gearbox is focusing on not one, but two new IPs. It should be stressed that Pitchford isn't writing-off the idea of...

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2014, A Fantastic Revision [Review]

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2014, A Fantastic Revision [Review]

It could be said that Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon series cuts through the stuffy corporate facade, offering something for the conference room or coffee shop with a sleeker physique and sports car-like good looks.  The original ThinkPad X1 Carbon was initially released back in 2012 and at the time, its carbon fiber-infused chassis offered...

SEA Hacks Forbes Website, Emails And Passwords Stolen, You Know The Drill

SEA Hacks Forbes Website, Emails And Passwords Stolen, You Know The Drill

Another day, another hack. This time it was the Forbes website that was compromised, and once again it’s the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) that claimed responsibility for the hack. Forbes posted a message on Facebook announcing the hack and said that anyone who’s registered with the site should change their passwords. The thieves...

Qualcomm Eighty-Sixes Snapdragon 802 Chip for Smart TVs Due to Low Demand

Qualcomm Eighty-Sixes Snapdragon 802 Chip for Smart TVs Due to Low Demand

Qualcomm had big plans of dominating the smart TV market with its Snapdragon 802 System-on-Chip (SoC), a powerful part capable of playing up to four HD videos simultaneously on the same TV while also being able to stream them to connected devices. Those plans proved premature, however, as demand for chips designed specifically for smart TVs...

LG Refreshes Low Cost L Series Smartphones with Three New Models Running Android 4.4 KitKat

LG Refreshes Low Cost L Series Smartphones with Three New Models Running Android 4.4 KitKat

LG says it plans to unveil its third generation of L Series smartphones at Mobile World Congress (MWC). In keeping with what made these devices popular for LG in overseas markets, the third generation refresh will retain a minimal design philosophy, but with upgraded hardware, user interface features, and the latest version of Google's open...

Attack of the Clones: Apple and Google Now Rejecting Apps with "Flappy" in Title

Attack of the Clones: Apple and Google Now Rejecting Apps with "Flappy" in Title

App developers hoping to make a quick buck piggybacking on the Flappy Bird craze that somehow has been able to simultaneously entertain and frustrate scores of gamers will have to be at least a little more creative than building an obvious clone and calling it "Flappy" something or other. In an attempt to fend off a barrage of clones, it appears...

Google Acquires SlickLogin For Sound-Driven Authentication With Your Smartphone

Google Acquires SlickLogin For Sound-Driven Authentication With Your Smartphone

Here's something you're probably aware of: privacy is a major issue, and it's becoming bigger by the day. Just this week, Kickstarter's servers were infiltrated, just months after Target suffered one of the world's most serious data exploits. Companies are flowing out of the blue with a myriad methods to solve all of this and to keep your...

NSA Report Notes Snowden Leaks Were An Inside Job With Three NSA Co-Workers Involved

NSA Report Notes Snowden Leaks Were An Inside Job With Three NSA Co-Workers Involved

If you’ve ever wondered how exactly NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was able to access as much as he did, it’s apparently because he had help. According to an L.A. Times report, at least three other NSA workers helped him--wittingly or not. An NSA memo says that one of the three was an active-duty military member, while another...

Comcast Acquisition Of Time Warner A Strategic Move Against Cord Cutters

Comcast Acquisition Of Time Warner A Strategic Move Against Cord Cutters

As we’ve all had some time to digest the potential reality of a Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, there’s some thought out there that the two giants could be making a move specifically designed to target cord-cutters, those brave souls who’ve given the one-finger salute to traditional pay-TV providers and their steep fees...

Lead Nike Designer Says McFly’s “Back To The Future” Power Laces For Sneakers Will Kick It Soon

Lead Nike Designer Says McFly’s “Back To The Future” Power Laces For Sneakers Will Kick It Soon

Remember when Nike introduced Marty McFly's MAG shoes a few years ago? Nike only made 1,500 pairs of the MAG as featured in Back to the Future Part II, which were then auctioned off on eBay where they generated nearly $6 million for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. As cool as those replicas were, they were missing a...

Negative, Master Chief Says Don’t Expect Halo 5 In 2014

Negative, Master Chief Says Don’t Expect Halo 5 In 2014

Sorry, Halo fans, but the likelihood of Halo 5 shipping sometime this year is looking pretty slim at the moment. The Master Chief himself -- or more precisely, Steve Downes, the voice of Master Chief -- dropped the bombshell during a recent interview, a move that attracted the attention of Microsoft (and the Internet at large), which is essentially...

Kickstarter Hacked, Customer Data Exposed, Credit Card Info Reportedly Safe

Kickstarter Hacked, Customer Data Exposed, Credit Card Info Reportedly Safe

If you’ve ever used Kickstarter, you should change your password immediately, as the site reports that it has been hacked. “On Wednesday night, law enforcement officials contacted Kickstarter and alerted us that hackers had sought and gained unauthorized access to some of our customers' data,” reads a Kickstarter email. “Upon...

Upgrade Your T-Mobile Smartphone Or Tablet As Often As You Like, If You Can Afford To ‘JUMP!’

Upgrade Your T-Mobile Smartphone Or Tablet As Often As You Like, If You Can Afford To ‘JUMP!’

T-Mobile is going to change its JUMP! smartphone trade-in program on February 23rd so that instead of waiting 6 months to swap out your old phone for a hot new one, you can perform the trade-in any time you want and as often as you like. That’s an exciting development for a certain segment of users no doubt, and that freedom is certainly...

Microsoft Office For The iPad To Arrive Perhaps Even Before The Windows Tablet Version

Microsoft Office For The iPad To Arrive Perhaps Even Before The Windows Tablet Version

Microsoft has taken its time creating touch-optimized versions of Microsoft Office for iPads, Android tablets, and even its own Windows tablets, but the wait may nearly be over--for iPad users. Originally, the Windows tablet version was scheduled to debut before the iPad version, for obvious reasons, but ZDNET’s Mary Jo Foley believes...

Microsoft Xbox One February Update Rolls Out With Improvements Galore

Microsoft Xbox One February Update Rolls Out With Improvements Galore

Those of you who own an Xbox One console, be advised there's a new update available. The quickest way to get it is to use the "Instant On" feature, which is a low-power state that allows you to power up the console by saying "Xbox On." Microsoft recently changed the way it doles out updates so that if you use the Instant On feature, it will...

Samsung’s Galaxy Is Expanding Again With 8 and 10-Inch Tablets, Galaxy S5 Rumored In Orbit

Samsung’s Galaxy Is Expanding Again With 8 and 10-Inch Tablets, Galaxy S5 Rumored In Orbit

It's getting about time for Samsung to launch new Galaxy devices, and sure enough, there are documents floating around the web suggesting the South Korean device maker is getting ready to do that very thing. At minimum, it looks like Samsung is getting ready to release two new tablets -- 8 inches and 10 inches -- and at least one new smartphone....

Dell P2815Q 28" 4K UltraHD Monitor For $559 Shipped!

Dell P2815Q 28" 4K UltraHD Monitor For $559 Shipped!

If you’re like us and have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of affordable, 4K monitors, today’s HOT deal will be right up your alley. Dell Works is offering the 28" P2815Q 3840x2160 monitor for only $559.99 with FREE shipping. Use 20% instant savings to get final price. And that price includes a 3-Year Advanced Exchange Service...

Blow Kisses and Wear 'Sexy Undergarments' with Rockstar's Valentine's Day Patch for GTA Online

Blow Kisses and Wear 'Sexy Undergarments' with Rockstar's Valentine's Day Patch for GTA Online

The latest patch for Grand Theft Auto V spices things up with some special Valentine's Day DLC, including new weapons, vehicles, jobs, and attire. Among the new clothing options you'll find double breasted suits and 1920s flapper dresses, as well the ability to "bare it all in sexy undergarments" and masquerade masks. For the more conservative...

Forget Gigabit Internet, Google Already Working On 10-Gigabit Speeds

Forget Gigabit Internet, Google Already Working On 10-Gigabit Speeds

Even as the Google Fiber gigabit Internet service pilot programs are rolling along, Google already has its sights set on loftier goals--namely, Internet speeds of 10 gigabits per second. In remarks made at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference, Google CFO Patrick Pichette said that Google is already working on bringing the next...

Dell Latitude E7440 Touch Business Ultrabook Review

Dell Latitude E7440 Touch Business Ultrabook Review

The Dell Latitude E7440 is not quite as sexy as some of the sleek ultrabooks out there, but it’s also not as square as most business notebooks we've been subjected to over the years. The Dell Latitude E7440 thus continues a trend we’ve been noticing lately of companies gussying up their business-class laptops, while maintaining...

Facebook Ranks Top US Cities If You're Looking For Love, And Memphis Has All The Ladies

Facebook Ranks Top US Cities If You're Looking For Love, And Memphis Has All The Ladies

If you live in San Francisco, Washington D.C., New York, L.A., Atlanta, Miami, or Boston, you’ve been looking for love in the top six wrong places. Or put another way, you’re least likely to find that special someone in those cities, according to Facebook. The Wall Street Journal asked Facebook to run some data based on available...

US Senate Bill 'The Smartphone Theft Prevention Act' Proposed For Smartphone Kill-Switch Mandate

US Senate Bill 'The Smartphone Theft Prevention Act' Proposed For Smartphone Kill-Switch Mandate

Senate democrats introduced new legislation called the Smartphone Theft Prevention Act (senate bill 2032), which would mandate a killswitch option on all smartphones. The big four wireless carriers as well as the CTIA are all on record as being against such measures, but if the bill passes, they won’t have much of a choice in the matter....

Google Doodle Gets All Sweet On You With Love Stories For Valentine’s Day

Google Doodle Gets All Sweet On You With Love Stories For Valentine’s Day

Today being Valentine's Day, Google wants to help you believe in the concept of "love" again by getting all mushy-gushy with its interactive Doodle. When you visit Google's homepage, you'll see half a dozen candy hearts inscribed with "Crush," "Mr. Right," "First Kiss," "4ever Yours," "Puppy Luv," and "Blind Date." Each one is ready to tell...

Square Enix Announces ‘Hitman GO’ Strategy Game For Mobile Devices

Square Enix Announces ‘Hitman GO’ Strategy Game For Mobile Devices

Jump for joy, mobile gamers, because Square Enix Montréal is bringing the Hitman experience over to smartphones and tablets (well, sort of). It's called Hitman GO and it's a turn-based strategy game with rendered diorama-style set pieces. Square Enix says you'll have to put a lot of thought into your moves as you navigate fixed spaces...

Sony PlayStation 4 Outsells Microsoft Xbox One 2-To-1 In January, COD: Ghosts Top Game Title

Sony PlayStation 4 Outsells Microsoft Xbox One 2-To-1 In January, COD: Ghosts Top Game Title

For months on end, the Xbox 360 outsold every other major game console on store shelves. But then, the next-generation war began, pitting the Xbox One against the PlayStation 4 and the WiiU. My, how the tables have turned. The NPD Group's latest research report shows that in January 2014, the PS4 outsold the Xbox One, and by a health 2-to-1...

Netflix To Deploy GPU-Powered Neural Networks For Deep Learning In Movie Recommendations

Netflix To Deploy GPU-Powered Neural Networks For Deep Learning In Movie Recommendations

Netflix has long chased after methods of improving its movie recommendation algorithms, once even awarding a $1M prize to any team of people who could substantially improve on the then-current design. As part of that process, the company has been researching neural networks. Conventional neural networks are created with vast nodes of CPU clusters,...

$499 for Quad-Core Haswell PC, $729 60" Plasma HDTV, and More

$499 for Quad-Core Haswell PC, $729 60" Plasma HDTV, and More

Today's top deal is the lowest price we've seen yet for a new Haswell quad-core desktop with 8GB of RAM. Priced at just $499.99, this Inspiron 3000 has more RAM and storage than most other deals we've seen at a crazy low price. Speaking of crazy low, you'll also want to check out this massive 60" Plasma HDTV from LG, just $729.99 with free...

Tizen OS Gaining Momentum, Adds 15 Partners Including Sprint

Tizen OS Gaining Momentum, Adds 15 Partners Including Sprint

Tizen, the mobile operating system that refused to die, has been resuscitated and is now actually gaining a bit of momentum by adding 15 companies to its partner program, including major domestic and international entities, including Sprint, China’s Baidu and ZTE, and Japan’s SoftBank Mobile. These companies join the 36 existing...

Security Firms Breaks Down What Went Wrong With Target Breach

Security Firms Breaks Down What Went Wrong With Target Breach

Although news about Target’s huge data breach broke almost two months ago, the post-mortem has persisted, and a security firm has posted a detailed breakdown of what went wrong. The story is unnerving, to say the least, as it’s not so much about system-wide failures or anything so big as it is about how all it takes for a body...

Fierce And Fiesty ‘Angry Birds: Stella’ Coming This Fall

Fierce And Fiesty ‘Angry Birds: Stella’ Coming This Fall

Just when you thought Rovio was out of ideas for new Angry Birds titles, another one is coming this fall called “Angry Birds: Stella”, a game apparently targeted toward girls that features the pink bird and a new cast of characters. Although the tag line on the press image for the game--”Best friends forever, most of the...

LG Launches Bodacious G Pro 2 Android Superphone With 'Knock Code' Unlocking, 4K Video Support

LG Launches Bodacious G Pro 2 Android Superphone With 'Knock Code' Unlocking, 4K Video Support

For those of you in the "size matters" camp, you'll be happy to know that LG today launched its G Pro 2 smartphone with a 5.9-inch Full HD 1080p IPS display. Though the screen is big and spacious, it sports an extra slim bezel measuring all of just 3.3mm for what LG claims is an industry-leading screen-to-frame ratio of 77.2 percent. Another...

Verizon's 'More Everything' Plan Goes Live with Bigger Data Caps, Lower Prices

Verizon's 'More Everything' Plan Goes Live with Bigger Data Caps, Lower Prices

Verizon Wireless has long since ditched its unlimited data plan (save for those who are grandfathered in), but in the absence of bringing that back, the wireless carrier just rolled out its "More Everything" plan starting at $45 per month. Straight to the point, Verizon Wireless is giving subscribers more of everything for less money in some...

Where Do We Draw The Line In Comparing Apple And Windows PC Sales And Market Share?

Where Do We Draw The Line In Comparing Apple And Windows PC Sales And Market Share?

Like us, you may have run across a headline or two declaring that Apple has finally passed Microsoft. If you're a fan of Apple, bust out a bottle of Redd's or Angry Orchard and raise it up in a toast of the accomplishment. When you're finished, put the bottle aside, because the reports are muddy at best, though they do bring up the question...

Big Cable Blowout: Comcast To Acquire Time Warner Cable

Big Cable Blowout: Comcast To Acquire Time Warner Cable

What happens when two giants unite? We're about to find out, as Comcast on Thursday announced that its board of directors approved a definitive agreement to acquire Time Warner Cable in a deal worth approximately $45.2 billion. Comcast describes the agreement as a "friendly, stock-for-stock transaction" in which owners of Time Warner Cable...

Futuremark Develops Servermark Benchmarking Tool For Linux-Based x86 Servers

Futuremark Develops Servermark Benchmarking Tool For Linux-Based x86 Servers

Today, Futuremark is expanding into the enterprise space with Servermark, which the company says is “a new benchmark that will enable IT professionals in businesses large and small to accurately measure and compare the performance of servers.”   Here at HotHardware, we spend a lot (a lot!) of time looking at products developed...

AMD Radeon R7 265 Mainstream GPU Review

AMD Radeon R7 265 Mainstream GPU Review

AMD is shaking up its mid-range graphics cards line-up today, by slashing the price of the Radeon R7 260X and introducing the more powerful Radeon R7 265. Though their model numbers are quite similar, the Radeon R7 265 is actually built around a beefier GPU than the 260X, and is more like the higher-end Radeon R9 270X. AMD is positioning the...

You Can't Make This Stuff Up, 'Goat Simulator' Is A Real Game Available Now For Pre-Order

You Can't Make This Stuff Up, 'Goat Simulator' Is A Real Game Available Now For Pre-Order

Show of hands, how many of you have always wanted a goat simulator? Anyone? Right -- neither did we, until we saw that it was an actual thing, and now we can't wait to play it. In fact, that's how this nonsense came to be. For the record, Goat Simulator was never meant to be a real game, it was just a silly bit of code that spilled out of...

Nokia's Latest Flagship is the 5-inch Lumia Icon, Exclusive to Verizon on February 20

Nokia's Latest Flagship is the 5-inch Lumia Icon, Exclusive to Verizon on February 20

Sometimes, it feels like some companies keep a potential product on hand just in case it needs to be launched to help dampen some fire. In Lumia Icon's case, that fire is yesterday's rumor that Nokia is soon to be getting into the Android market, with a supposed reveal to happen at this month's Mobile World Congress. Hastened release or not,...

EU Commission Pushes To Minimize U.S. Influence Over Internet Policy And Operations

EU Commission Pushes To Minimize U.S. Influence Over Internet Policy And Operations

It didn't take long after NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden revealed his employer's nefarious deeds for other nations to begin reevaluating how they go about working with the US. As a side-effect, some now wonder if the US has a little too much influence on certain matters that affect the entire world, such as with the overseeing of the basic...

Smartphone Shipments Top 1 Billion Units for First Time, Android the 'Clear Leader'

Smartphone Shipments Top 1 Billion Units for First Time, Android the 'Clear Leader'

Hot on the heels of an earlier report by Nielsen that around two-thirds of Americans own a smartphone, market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) announced today that the smartphone market as a whole reached another milestone in 2013 by surpassing the 1 billion shipments mark for the first time. IDC says Android and iOS are...

Is This A Silver Bullet? Google, VMware Bringing Windows To Chromebooks

Is This A Silver Bullet? Google, VMware Bringing Windows To Chromebooks

A collaboration between Google and VMware may remove a huge barrier to chromebook adoption in the enterprise by enabling legacy Windows applications to run on the Chrome OS machines. Chromebooks already offer strong upside for businesses with their low cost, easy management, and inherent OS-level security, and NPD says that chromebooks are...

Oppo to Release Find 7 Smartphone with 5.5-inch Display on March 19

Oppo to Release Find 7 Smartphone with 5.5-inch Display on March 19

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo is planning a March 19, 2014 launch event for its upcoming Find 7 smartphone. Or should we say smartphones, as in plural? There's an interesting typo on a photo the company posted to Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter, in which the company seems to indicate that there will be multiple versions of the Find 7....

Google Completes Nest Acquisition, New 'Internet Of Things' Wave Begins

Google Completes Nest Acquisition, New 'Internet Of Things' Wave Begins

Google’s quest to purchase Nest, maker of smart, connected thermostats and smoke detectors, is complete. The search giant’s $3.2 acquisition has been approved, per a Google regulatory filing. The move brings Nest and all of its human resources, most notably former Apple senior VP Tony Fadell, under the Google umbrella, and it portends...

Mozilla To Populate Blank Firefox Homepage Tiles With Ads

Mozilla To Populate Blank Firefox Homepage Tiles With Ads

You know those blank tiles on your Firefox homepage when you first start using the web browser? Mozilla is rolling out a program to make it so those tiles aren’t blank anymore; instead, they’ll be filled with ads. The company announced the change in a blog post using language that obfuscates at first blush what’s going on....

FCC Moving To Fix Net Neutrality Setbacks, Senator Al Franken Leading The Charge

FCC Moving To Fix Net Neutrality Setbacks, Senator Al Franken Leading The Charge

The fight over net neutrality is ongoing, and the most recent punch thrown took the form of a letter that several U.S. senators, including Senator Al Franken, wrote to new FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, urging him to act quickly to fight back against a recent court ruling that vacated the anti-discrimination and anti-blocking portions of the order....

Flappy Bird Flies The Coop While Malware Moves In To Roost

Flappy Bird Flies The Coop While Malware Moves In To Roost

If you're willing to accept at face value Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen's public stance on why he removed the popular title from iTunes and Google Play, then perhaps a bit of kudos are in order, even if you don't agree with his decision. It's not often that you see a sense of responsibility trump the almighty dollar, and in this case,...

Still Rocking That Flip Phone? 65 Percent Of The U.S. Is Leaving You In The Dust With Smartphones

Still Rocking That Flip Phone? 65 Percent Of The U.S. Is Leaving You In The Dust With Smartphones

It's getting increasingly difficult to spot someone using a flip phone these days, and there's a good reason for that. According to Nielsen's newest Digital Consumer Report, 65 percent of Americans now own a smartphone. That's up quite a bit from 44 percent in 2011 and just 19 percent in 2009. Just as interesting is Nielsen's finding that...

FAA Clears Surface 2 Tablets For Takeoff In Commercial Airline Pilot Electronic Flight Bags

FAA Clears Surface 2 Tablets For Takeoff In Commercial Airline Pilot Electronic Flight Bags

Microsoft's Surface 2 tablet just received FAA Authorization to be included in flight bags used by pilots in commercial aviation. In recent months, the airline industry has actually embraced newer technologies in a big way, paving the way for handheld use during taxi, takeoff, and landing. Plus, Apple's iPad has found a home in select flight...

SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 Flash Drive Boasts 128GB Storage, Up to 240MB/s Write Performance

SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 Flash Drive Boasts 128GB Storage, Up to 240MB/s Write Performance

SanDisk is no stranger to the tech version of storage wars, and lest anyone question it, the company just announced its new Extreme PRO USB 3.0 flash drive featuring premium-grade performance and blazing fast file transfers at up to 60 times the speed of standard USB 2.0 drives. We're talking about read and write speeds of up 260MB/s and 240MB/s,...

$500 Off 32" 4K Monitor, $55 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive, Tablets, and More

$500 Off 32" 4K Monitor, $55 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive, Tablets, and More

We know you guys are clamoring for more 4K and we found a display that will really put the uber-high-res to use, but it'll cost you. The 32" Dell UP3214Q is pretty much the best of the best monitor available, with gorgeous IPS tech and full 4K resolution, but even at $500 off it will still run you a cool $3,000. For something a little more...

Nokia Rumored to Announce Low-cost Android Phone at MWC

Nokia Rumored to Announce Low-cost Android Phone at MWC

It might be a little late in the game, but rumor has it that Nokia will be unveiling its first-ever Android smartphone at Mobile World Congress later this month - a significant change from being a 100% Windows Phone-focused vendor. It's being said that this phone will target the low-cost market, so it could be that Nokia just wants...

Geeksphone Revolution Dual-Boot Android-Firefox Smartphone Coming February 20th

Geeksphone Revolution Dual-Boot Android-Firefox Smartphone Coming February 20th

Geeksphone has been teasing (or “prophesying”, if you buy into the messianic imagery the company is using) its “Revolution” smartphone that offers Firefox OS and Android dual-boot capabilities, and now we have a ship date and a price tag. The device lands in Spain on February 20th ahead of MWC 2014 and will cost 289...

PayPal President's Credit Card Info Stolen

PayPal President's Credit Card Info Stolen

Making lemonade out of a situation wherein his credit card info was stolen in the UK and the thief went on a shopping spree, PayPal president David Marcus took the opportunity to preach the gospel of PayPal. “My card (with EMV chip) got skimmed while in the UK. Ton of fraudulent txns. Wouldn't have happened if merchant accepted PayPal…”,...

Industry Leaders Get Together On Global Wireless Charging Standard

Industry Leaders Get Together On Global Wireless Charging Standard

The wireless charging industry is figuring out what other industries have over the years: If you want to foster growth, standardize. The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA) have agreed to work together to develop global interoperability between their respective wireless charging standards. “These two organizations...

Sony's Slimmer, Lighter, Longer-Lasting PS Vita Coming To America for $200

Sony's Slimmer, Lighter, Longer-Lasting PS Vita Coming To America for $200

Sony has just announced a new edition of its longstanding PlayStation Vita handheld console, destined for North American shores this Spring. Bigger may oftentimes be better, but when it comes to mobile gaming, slim is most certainly in. Sony's PS Vita has done reasonably well over the years, changing design a couple of times but never name....

Wireless Survey Ranks AT&T Tops in Customer Service, Sprint Comes in Last

Wireless Survey Ranks AT&T Tops in Customer Service, Sprint Comes in Last

A new wireless survey conducted by J.D. Power suggests that AT&T customers are the happiest with their carrier's customer support. AT&T scored 793 out of a 1,000 point scale, taking the top spot among full-service wireless carriers. Verizon came in a close second with a score of 788, enough to top the industry average score of 782....

Android Driven ASUS Gamebox Breaks Cover Powered By NVIDIA Tegra 4

Android Driven ASUS Gamebox Breaks Cover Powered By NVIDIA Tegra 4

It appears that ASUS is bringing its mobile mojo to the gaming community with a handheld Android console that's similar to NVIDIA's Shield device. The "Gamebox," as ASUS is calling it, features an NVIDIA Tegra 4 System-on-Chip (SoC) flanked by 2GB of system RAM and 8GB of internal flash storage. Word of the console comes courtesy of German...

 Flappy Bird Developer Removed Game to Cure Our 'Addiction'

Flappy Bird Developer Removed Game to Cure Our 'Addiction'

In what can be considered one of the more bizarre moments in the history of gaming, Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen followed through on his promise to yank the popular app from iTunes and Google Play despite reports that he was making upwards of $50,000 per day through in-game advertising. His decision came just as sudden as the game grew...

ASUS' VivoTab Note 8 Hits the Microsoft Store, Is Already Out of Stock

ASUS' VivoTab Note 8 Hits the Microsoft Store, Is Already Out of Stock

For those looking to pick up a feature-rich Windows 8.1 tablet, ASUS' VivoTab Note 8 is an attractive offering, and the best part is, it's just hit the Microsoft Store. That's the upside - the downside is that as of the time of writing, it's shown as being "Out of stock" - a bit surprising given the listing just appeared today. As we covered...

iPhone 6 Sapphire Display To Be Virtually Indestructible

iPhone 6 Sapphire Display To Be Virtually Indestructible

Forget about spending money on scratch-proof screen protectors and bulky cases, Apple's next iPhone device might end up being tough as nails. Nothing is carved in stone, of course, though it appears Apple is wanting to outfit the iPhone 6 with a scratch-proof sapphire crystal display. It would be much tougher than current displays, which are...

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls: Better, Faster, More Fun

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls: Better, Faster, More Fun

In about six weeks, Blizzard will launch Reaper of Souls, the first expansion pack for Diablo 3. I've spent the last few weeks playing in the beta for RoS, and while I normally hold an article this extensive for a launch, there's enough locked-in differences to be worth discussing at this stage. This new expansion comes with the usual slew...

Kaspersky Security Researcher Says We’re Being Monitored Online By Governments Continuously

Kaspersky Security Researcher Says We’re Being Monitored Online By Governments Continuously

Have you been feeling paranoid lately that you're being watched? Maybe you are. Thanks to the whistle-blowing efforts of former CIA employee Edward Snowden, we know that the U.S. government monitors all kinds of Internet activity, everything from instant messages and emails to Skype calls and more. Maybe your Facebook feed isn't all that interesting,...

FreedomPop CEO ‘Declares War’ On Mobile Industry, Intros $5 Monthly Unlimited Voice And Text Plan

FreedomPop CEO ‘Declares War’ On Mobile Industry, Intros $5 Monthly Unlimited Voice And Text Plan

Mobile upstart FreedomPop continues to do brisk business, augmenting its free smartphone plans with a $5 per month unlimited talk and text plan. The plan actually starts at $4.58 per month, which is incredibly low for any mobile plan at all. In comments distributed in a press release, FreedomPop CEO Stephen Sokols made it clear that this is...

Sure, Macs ‘Don't Get Viruses’, But CoinThief Mac OS X Trojan Steals Bitcoins

Sure, Macs ‘Don't Get Viruses’, But CoinThief Mac OS X Trojan Steals Bitcoins

Bitcoin digital currency is somewhat controversial as many people are just completely confused by it, but that hasn’t stopped Bitcoin from being used around the world--nor has it protected the currency from cybercriminals. SecureMac detailed the discovery of a Trojan called OSX/CoinThief.A that specifically targets Apple computers running...

Court Ruling: AT&T's Aio Wireless Brand Infringes On T-Mobile's Magenta Trademark

Court Ruling: AT&T's Aio Wireless Brand Infringes On T-Mobile's Magenta Trademark

The bad blood between AT&T and T-Mobile continues, as a federal court ruled that the former’s Aio Wireless brand infringed on the latter’s trademark magenta color. “The court agreed with us that Aio can't continue infringing T-Mobile's magenta mark by using large blocks of what it has called ‘plum,’ and told...

HTC To Focus On Cheaper Handsets In Attempt To Reverse Financial Woes--Again

HTC To Focus On Cheaper Handsets In Attempt To Reverse Financial Woes--Again

Call it the “Little Caesars’ approach”, if you will: If you’re struggling against the competition on the high end, do an end-around and tackle the low end. That’s the approach HTC is reportedly attempting with its smartphone portfolio as the company slogs through continued dismal financial performance that has...

Sony’s ‘Sirius’ Android Superphone Leaked, Features 15MP Camera, 4K Video Support

Sony’s ‘Sirius’ Android Superphone Leaked, Features 15MP Camera, 4K Video Support

Sony's Xperia Sirius (D6503) superphone has been making appearances on the web for over a month now, though it's the latest leaked photos that may reveal the most interesting part of the device. Based on the latest images, it looks like the Xperia Sirius will wield a 16-megapixel camera and offer up native support for 4K video recording. There's...

Droid Zap by Motorola Photo and Video Sharing App Now Available for All Androids

Droid Zap by Motorola Photo and Video Sharing App Now Available for All Androids

Good news, photography buffs -- all Android users now have access to Motorola's Droid Zap, a photo sharing application that was previously exclusive to Droid devices. Prior to the latest update, the best a non-Droid user could do was peek at which photos were being shared by Droid Zap users within 1,000 feet, but they weren't allowed to share...

AMD Launches New Radeon R7 250X, Targets GTX 650 At $100 Price Point

AMD Launches New Radeon R7 250X, Targets GTX 650 At $100 Price Point

Today, AMD is officially announcing its Radeon R7 250X, a new $100 GPU that the company is positioning against NVIDIA's GTX 650 in the entry-level, discrete graphics market. Like all of AMD's other recent product launches, save for the R9 290 family, the new Radeon R7 250X is a rebranded HD 7000 part -- but it also comes along with a...

Something's Fishy with Developer's Decision to Take Down Insanely Popular Flappy Bird Game

Something's Fishy with Developer's Decision to Take Down Insanely Popular Flappy Bird Game

Time might be running out if you've been planning to download Flappy Bird to see what all the fuss is about. You've probably heard of the popular mobile title, a simple title in which you're instructed to tap the screen to keep a flapping bird airborne through a series of pipes that look like they've been ripped straight out of a Nintendo...

Verizon Allegedly Already Throttling Customers After Net Neutrality Ruling

Verizon Allegedly Already Throttling Customers After Net Neutrality Ruling

Proponents of net neutrality were dealt a major blow last month when Verizon challenged and defeated the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the U.S. Court of Appeals over what ISPS are and are not allowed to do. Other than some transparency rules, it was ruled that broadband providers need not bother themselves with net neutrality,...

Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 'Action Center' Shots Show Apps 'Intelligently' Manage Notifications

Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 'Action Center' Shots Show Apps 'Intelligently' Manage Notifications

New features in the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update are leaking all over the place, and the latest is a new Notification Center that will be renamed “Action Center” that looks to tidy up some aspects of the user experience. Windows Phone Central nabbed a screenshot (originally found by Winphollowers) of one page of a slide deck...

Amazon Wins Big With Prime Pilot Season Pulling Down 'Archer' And Other Fox Favorites

Amazon Wins Big With Prime Pilot Season Pulling Down 'Archer' And Other Fox Favorites

Amazon is expanding its original content programming with a slew of new pilots while also nabbing an impressive smattering of existing popular programs that Amazon Prime users can stream. Thanks to a deal with Twentieth Century Fox, the latter group includes all past episodes of “The Americans”, as well as “How I Met Your...

Want To Edit Your Facebook Lookback Video? Here's How

Want To Edit Your Facebook Lookback Video? Here's How

If you’ve been on Facebook for the last several days, you’ve been inundated with your friends’ Lookback videos. In honor of its 10th anniversary of existence, Facebook created a nifty little tool that automatically creates a one-minute video looking back on your life on Facebook. As we noted, some of what Lookback pulled...

More Woes For Snapchat: Vulnerability Allows Hackers To Launch Spam And DDoS Attacks On Snapchat User’s Devices

More Woes For Snapchat: Vulnerability Allows Hackers To Launch Spam And DDoS Attacks On Snapchat User’s Devices

There was a moment there when the Snapchat guys were feeling pretty hot. Their mobile app was exploding in popularity, and Facebook practically begged to buy the service for a cool, but the company rejected the $1 billion offer--and then the $3 billion offer Facebook made thereafter. You could call it chutzpah or hubris, but hey, Mark Zuckerberg...

Microsoft ‘Cortana’ Assistant To Be Driven By Foursquare, Windows 8 Update Boots To Desktop On Non-Touch Machines

Microsoft ‘Cortana’ Assistant To Be Driven By Foursquare, Windows 8 Update Boots To Desktop On Non-Touch Machines

There’s a good bit of scuttlebutt circulating about the upcoming update to Microsoft’s operating systems--both Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1--and all of it sounds juicy. For starters, there’s more evidence that Microsoft will roll out an AI assistant called Cortana (named after the Halo character) for Windows Phone. A...

EA Alienates Again, Dungeon Keeper Mobile Nothing but a Money Grab

EA Alienates Again, Dungeon Keeper Mobile Nothing but a Money Grab

It didn't seen to faze Electronic Arts that it was voted by Consumerist readers the "Worst Company in America" for two years in a row, so why be feign surprise that EA is apparently more than willing to piss gamers off with its mobile reboot of Dungeon Keeper? Most of the professionally written reviews on the web hammer the title for falling...

Mozilla Joins the Fiber Revolution with $300K Gigabit Community Fund

Mozilla Joins the Fiber Revolution with $300K Gigabit Community Fund

In Amazing Fantasy #15, an epiphany occurs to Peter Parker after his Uncle Ben is murdered. He learns that "with great power there must also come great responsibility," an altered version of which is later attributed to Ben himself. Regardless of its origin or where you may have first heard the quote, the sentiment applies to all facets of...

Can't Watch The Olympics? Blame NBC

Can't Watch The Olympics? Blame NBC

The Olympic games officially begin tonight in Sochi, but if you're one of several million US citizens who don't pay for cable access, you're not going to be watching much of that content online. While NBC is officially streaming the entire games, those streams are reserved for paying cable customers. In 2011, NBC cut a deal with the International...

$449 For Loaded Haswell Touch Laptop, 32" HDTV Deal, and More

$449 For Loaded Haswell Touch Laptop, 32" HDTV Deal, and More

Our top deal of the day will let you snag one very well equipped budget laptop, complete with Haswell Core i3 and touchscreen for only $449. We also found a killer offer on a bedroom-sized 32" TV, just $249 with a $50 e-gift card. Also don't miss the twice-a-year sale on the popular Steelcase chairs, taking 15% off of your choice of their...

SanDisk CloudSpeed 1000E Enterprise SSD Review

SanDisk CloudSpeed 1000E Enterprise SSD Review

If you’ve spent any time at all following PC and storage technologies, you probably know that SanDisk is a brand that is synonymous with flash memory. Whether it’s a memory card for a digital camera or a high-performance solid state drive for an enthusiast-class PC, odds are SanDisk has got you covered. And even in the highly unlikely...

Scout For Traffic Jams, Annoy And Terrify With Renault's Concept Car Drone Buddy

Scout For Traffic Jams, Annoy And Terrify With Renault's Concept Car Drone Buddy

Car maker Renault took the wraps off of a new concept car called the Kwid. The crossover is immediately noticeable for its bold gray-and-yellow color scheme and gull-wing doors, but if you look closely, you’ll notice another prime feature: A drone. Yep, this car is designed to have a little drone buddy that putters along with it. The...

Researchers Develop Biometric Security with Your Personal Stink as a Digital Fingerprint

Researchers Develop Biometric Security with Your Personal Stink as a Digital Fingerprint

You're a unique individual. Not just in the way you look, dress, and act, but also in the way you smell. Don't be offended, we're not saying you smell bad, we're just having a little talk about science. If you didn't have a unique scent, it would be difficult for dogs to track you using their noses, but part of the reason they can do that...

Privacy And Rights Violation Flags Up As New York Cops Test Google Glass

Privacy And Rights Violation Flags Up As New York Cops Test Google Glass

The NYPD is reportedly testing Google Glass for use with its patrol officers. “We signed up, got a few pairs of the Google glasses, and we’re trying them out, seeing if they have any value in investigations, mostly for patrol purposes,” a “ranking New York City law enforcement official” told VentureBeat. That...

Age Of The Thin Client And Cloud: HP Has A Chromebox, Too (UPDATED: ASUS Goes Big)

Age Of The Thin Client And Cloud: HP Has A Chromebox, Too (UPDATED: ASUS Goes Big)

Way back in May 2012 (yeah, that was darn near two years ago now), Samsung rolled out a Chromebox--a compact desktop running Google’s Chrome OS. A year later, Google was touting Chromeboxes as ideal for kiosks, and now we’re seeing a spate of Chromeboxes designed for use by both individuals and businesses that portend a new wave...

Yeah Right! Woz Thinks Apple Should Make an Android Phone

Yeah Right! Woz Thinks Apple Should Make an Android Phone

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is a funny guy. He's also highly opinionated (aren't we all?) and an unabashed fan of technology. Hence, if you're a diehard Apple fan, you'll have to forgive the Woz for suggesting that the Cupertino outfit get in bed with Google and build an Android phone. The day that happens is the day Steve Jobs digs his...

Russian Federation Bans Bitcoin Citing Use of the Currency is ‘Suspicious’

Russian Federation Bans Bitcoin Citing Use of the Currency is ‘Suspicious’

As more and more online retailers warm up to the idea of accepting Bitcoin currency, widespread acceptance is still a long way off. This is especially true of Russia, which just dropped the ban hammer on Bitcoins on the basis that it runs afoul of existing laws. Russia actually went one step further and called the digital currency "suspicious."...

California Senate Pushing Legislation of Mandatory Smartphone Kill Switch Technology

California Senate Pushing Legislation of Mandatory Smartphone Kill Switch Technology

You may have only paid $50 for your smartphone on subsidy, or even received it for free after inking a two-year service agreement with your wireless carrier. It's actually worth much more than what you bought it for -- several hundred dollars more -- making these easily swiped handsets mighty attractive to thieves. It's become a big problem...

Firefox For Windows 8 Touch Beta Is Live For Download

Firefox For Windows 8 Touch Beta Is Live For Download

The touch revolution kicked off in earnest quite a few years ago, but as you'd expect, it's taking a little bit for the rest of the industry to catch up. While select apps have been optomized for touch, some are still in the oven. When it comes to Mozilla's Firefox, the company is letting the world know that it'll be joining the fray very...

Apple Could Employ ‘Quantum Dot’ Technology For Next Gen Retina Displays

Apple Could Employ ‘Quantum Dot’ Technology For Next Gen Retina Displays

If the ultra-high resolutions of Apple's "Retina" displays no longer strike you as being impressive, then it's time to shift your attention over to quantum dots. Like all things quantum, we're dealing with incredibly small technology here. Through the use of current-dimming, light shone from an LED and through a nanocrystal can achieve improved...

$179 for Dell Venue 8 Tablet, HDTV Gift Card Bundle, Wireless-AC Router, and More

$179 for Dell Venue 8 Tablet, HDTV Gift Card Bundle, Wireless-AC Router, and More

Tablet shoppers need to give a good look at our top deal of the day, the Dell Venue 8 Android tablet. The 8" form factor is purported to be the perfect compromise between screen real estate and portability, but most of the 8" tablets available today command a price premium for it. Right now you can snag this 16GB model with Android 4.2 for...

Research Firm Expects 2 Million 4K Ultra HD PC Monitor Shipments in 2014

Research Firm Expects 2 Million 4K Ultra HD PC Monitor Shipments in 2014

The transition from Full HD 1080 to 4K Ultra High-Definition (UHD) is happening perhaps a bit more quickly than anyone anticipated. Usually there's a standoff between hardware makers and content creators -- chicken or the egg syndrome -- but in this case, both seem to be in sync. As a result, NPD DisplaySearch expects there will be two million...

DARPA Open Sources Software, Interested In Fostering Better R&D

DARPA Open Sources Software, Interested In Fostering Better R&D

DARPA, a wing of the U.S. Department of Defense, has developed quite a few technological innovations for the military that wind up trickling down to us civilians, and now the agency is open sourcing some of its projects with an eye toward fostering even better R&D. The DARPA Open Catalog is a “curated list of DARPA-sponsored software...

“Beep” Whole-Home Wireless Audio Solution Is Basically Chromecast For Music

“Beep” Whole-Home Wireless Audio Solution Is Basically Chromecast For Music

Chromecast is great. It lets you stream just about anything to your TV from the Internet, and it does so in a unique, simple, and brilliant way: instead of streaming directly from your smartphone or tablet, your device tells Chromecast to do the streaming. A group led by a pair of ex-Google employees has essentially done the same thing for...

Twitter Loses $9.8 Billion in Market Value as Stock Tumbles 25 Percent

Twitter Loses $9.8 Billion in Market Value as Stock Tumbles 25 Percent

That's not the sky you see falling on Wall Street, just Twitter's stock price. Investors hit the panic button after Twitter reported its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2013 financial results. Twitter's revenue in the fourth quarter was $243 million, up 116 percent year-over-year, though it's the user growth that spooked investors into selling...

Sony Sells VAIO Brand PC Business, Spins Off TV Business To Focus On Smartphones and Tablets

Sony Sells VAIO Brand PC Business, Spins Off TV Business To Focus On Smartphones and Tablets

Sony is officially leaving the PC business. Instead, the company will focus on smartphones and tablets and also work to make its TV unit profitable. The venerable company has been trying to turn its PC unit around for a while now but announced that, due to the “drastic changes” in the PC industry and other internal factors, it...

Supposed Details and Pics of NVIDIA’S Forthcoming GM107 Maxwell GPUs Leaked

Supposed Details and Pics of NVIDIA’S Forthcoming GM107 Maxwell GPUs Leaked

We've known for several years that the next GPU architecture after Kepler would be codenamed Maxwell. NVIDIA revealed as much in a roadmap as far back as September 2010 when Fermi was the top dog, and though it will arrive just a tad behind the GPU maker's original schedule, Maxwell parts are right around the corner. Back in 2010, NVIDIA expected...

Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga: A Yoga Dressed For Business [Review]

Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga: A Yoga Dressed For Business [Review]

It’s a ThinkPad. No, it’s a Yoga! No, it’s...a ThinkPad Yoga. Lenovo has melded two of its popular laptop design approaches together to create a sort of hybrid ultrabook, bringing together elements of its workhorse ThinkPad lineup and multi-mode capable Yoga notebooks. It has the work-friendly keyboard design of the new generation...

Facebook.com Domain in Jeopardy from SEA Hack

Facebook.com Domain in Jeopardy from SEA Hack

Wondering why it's still a good idea to run security software on your system even if you practice safe computing habits? One reason is because even legitimate websites get hacked, and depending on the extent of the attack, visiting what you thought was a benign domain could open up a can of worms. It doesn't matter how large the site is either...

Amazon Acquires Game Developer Double Helix Games, Furthering Android Console Play

Amazon Acquires Game Developer Double Helix Games, Furthering Android Console Play

It wasn't all that long ago that Amazon was solely an online bookseller. And then, it became an online superstore. And out of nowhere, it plunged into the hardware realm with its famed Kindle brand. The company doesn't seem like it's going to stop branching out anytime soon, hence a full force of rumors surrounding a future Amazon game console....

Creepy Google Glass App Allows Strangers To ID You By Just Looking At You

Creepy Google Glass App Allows Strangers To ID You By Just Looking At You

It took all of a minute after Google announced Glass for privacy concerns to come to the forefront, and since then, the company has worked hard to calm everyone's fears. While Google itself might not bundle software that has the potential to invade someone else's privacy, there's little to stop a third-party developer from filling that...

Apple Hit with A7 Patent Infringement Law Suit from University of Wisconsin

Apple Hit with A7 Patent Infringement Law Suit from University of Wisconsin

Apple, a company that's known for aggressively defending its patents (just ask Samsung, which seems to always be involved in patent litigation with the Cupertino outfit), may have bitten off more than it can chew when it designed its custom A7 system-on-chip (SoC). A newly filed lawsuit by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF from...

Windows Phone 8.1 Rumored To Be On Tap For New "Huron" Samsung Phone

Windows Phone 8.1 Rumored To Be On Tap For New "Huron" Samsung Phone

The rumormill surrounding Microsoft's upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 release has been at full power for a couple of weeks, and now, we get our first glimpse at Samsung's accompanying offering - assuming that this leak is accurate. As seen in the shot below, the phone, dubbed "Huron", looks nearly identical to Samsung's Galaxy S4. The biggest difference,...

Lowest Ever Price On Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, NUC Computer, and More

Lowest Ever Price On Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, NUC Computer, and More

Our deal hunters have struck gold today. The uber-popular Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro with its 360 degree rotating hinge and gorgeous QHD+ screen is at its lowest price ever for a model with Core i5 CPU and 256GB SSD. We also found a killer deal on the cool Intel NUC computing kit, a true micro-PC where you just add RAM and storage. Don't miss a rare...

Google+ Statistics Show Over 1 Billion User and Building to Overtake Facebook

Google+ Statistics Show Over 1 Billion User and Building to Overtake Facebook

There's a general perception out there that Google's social network is a virtual ghost town, versus Facebook's online playground, which is always bustling with activity. Google's tried to dispel that notion on occasion by revealing user stats, and if you look closely at the latest numbers, you might be surprised at just how busy Google+ is...

QuadStick Game Controller Keeps Quadriplegic Gamers Competitive

QuadStick Game Controller Keeps Quadriplegic Gamers Competitive

Human adaptability is a hell of a thing, and one needs to look no further than quadriplegics who refuse to miss out. There are many quadriplegic gamers out there, and thanks to the work of Ken Yankelevitz, they’ve been able to enjoy a great deal of gaming for decades with his specially-designed joysticks. However, Yankelevitz has been...

Iridium Go! Offers Global Smartphone Hotspot Internet Access Via Satellite

Iridium Go! Offers Global Smartphone Hotspot Internet Access Via Satellite

“Iridium GO! is unlike anything the world has seen before,” reads the bold proclamation on the Iridium website. “Powered by the world's furthest reaching network, this compact, rugged and portable unit creates the first ever reliable global connection for voice and data communications on up to 5 smartphones, laptops or tablets.”...

T-Mobile’s John Legere Calls Out AT&T On Killing Off $450 Incentive Plan

T-Mobile’s John Legere Calls Out AT&T On Killing Off $450 Incentive Plan

T-Mobile CEO John Legere is a bit of a loon, but I love him. He’s been poking the bear as it were by actively calling out other mobile carriers and rolling out plans and incentives specifically targeting the likes of AT&T, but his efforts have resulted in the competition responding with new plans and incentives of their own. For...

Google’s Eric Schmidt Gets Huge Pay Day, $100M in Stock and Cash for GOOG Shares Performance

Google’s Eric Schmidt Gets Huge Pay Day, $100M in Stock and Cash for GOOG Shares Performance

If you could switch financial situations with anyone in the world today, former Google chief and current executive chairman of the search giant Eric Schmidt wouldn't be a bad candidate. The guy has a net worth north of $10 billion (with a "B"), and just in case he needs a little extra dough for a rainy day, Schmidt just received a compensation...

Open Source, Software-Defined Networking To Simplify The Enterprise

Open Source, Software-Defined Networking To Simplify The Enterprise

If you came here looking for something smooth and easy to digest, you may want to have a peek at a post above or below. All kidding aside, NEC's latest contribution to the enterprise realm is a real hum-dinger, digging deep into networking and efficiencies that all but the most hardened of IT administrators would fully appreciate. Let's start...

Tipped Specs of Samsung Galaxy S5 Point to a 5.24-inch QHD Display

Tipped Specs of Samsung Galaxy S5 Point to a 5.24-inch QHD Display

Smartphone makers have the impossible task of keeping things under wraps leading up to the launch of whatever device is on the horizon. For Samsung, that means not addressing rumors and speculation surrounding its upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone, and there's been a lot of both, everything from what the redesigned home screen will look like to...

Rare Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop Coupon, $399 Windows 7 Laptop, 4K Monitor, and More

Rare Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop Coupon, $399 Windows 7 Laptop, 4K Monitor, and More

When it comes to new high-end tech, discounts are a serious rarity. Right now you can get a rare $150 instant discount on the power-packed Alienware 14 gaming laptop and a bonus premium backpack too. We also found a $150 discount on the brand new Dell UP2414Q 4K pro-grade monitor, knocking it down to $1,149 for an IPS wide-color gamut professional...

Oh Snap! No Fap! Google Bans Porn From Chromecast

Oh Snap! No Fap! Google Bans Porn From Chromecast

Far be it for us to try and dictate what you can and can't do with your Chromecast dongle in the privacy of your own home -- to each their own, we say -- but then again, we don't make the rules; Google does. We're calling your attention to this because, as far as Google is concerned, you better keep porn and other sexually explicit material...

Apple’s Mavericks Mail Bug A Pest For Some Users, Workaround Offered, Fix On The Way

Apple’s Mavericks Mail Bug A Pest For Some Users, Workaround Offered, Fix On The Way

Through the cries of some users at Apple's official support forums, we learn that a bug with Apple's Mail client can surface when upgrading to the latest version of OS X, Mavericks. And, though it's a simple bug, it's a frustrating one: Email will not refresh (eg: no new mail) unless the app is closed entirely and then relaunched. Fortunately,...

Sony VAIO Tap 21 Multitouch Mobile Desktop Review

Sony VAIO Tap 21 Multitouch Mobile Desktop Review

The Sony VAIO Tap 21 is a member of a small, but growing, breed of new PCs that straddles a line between traditional all-in-one desktops and tablets. The VAIO Tap 21’s specifications read like many modern desktop systems, and include an Intel Core i7 processor, hybrid storage, a decent amount of memory and full-blown Windows 8....

Cisco, Google Agree that Litigation Stinks and Ink Cross-Licensing Patent Agreement

Cisco, Google Agree that Litigation Stinks and Ink Cross-Licensing Patent Agreement

It's a sue happy society we live in, that's just the way it is. Not only is that true of individuals, but it especially applies to businesses, hence why it's so important to own a robust patent portfolio. Without one, a company is at risk of litigation over patent infringement. It's with that in mind that Cisco and Google today announced that...

Facebook Celebrates 10 Years Of Social Networking With Highlights From Your Timeline

Facebook Celebrates 10 Years Of Social Networking With Highlights From Your Timeline

Prepare to retrieve the tissues, because Facebook is virtually guaranteed to make you feel something today. As we mentioned earlier, today is Facebook’s 10th anniversary, and to let everyone commemorate the occasion together the company is automatically creating a special video made from your timeline’s events, photos, your most-liked...

Google Mystery Barge Ordered To Move Out Of San Francisco Bay

Google Mystery Barge Ordered To Move Out Of San Francisco Bay

Google has been building a secretive barge/showroom/interactive/art installation out of what amounts to giant LEGOs in San Francisco Bay for months, but the company has reportedly been told to move it or lose it. The issue at hand is that Google did not acquire the right permits for the work its been doing. Larry Goldzband of the San Francisco...

Samsung’s Largest Tablets Ever Coming To U.S. February 13th, Preorder Galaxy Note Pro And Tab Pro Today

Samsung’s Largest Tablets Ever Coming To U.S. February 13th, Preorder Galaxy Note Pro And Tab Pro Today

We got some hands-on time with Samsung’s Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro tablets at CES, and the company has now stamped a date on the devices’ availability in the U.S. They’ll be available as of February 13th, but you can preorder one today. The first three models in the family are the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and 10.1- and...

Microsoft Chooses Its Third CEO

Microsoft Chooses Its Third CEO

After much speculation and a churning rumor mill, Microsoft has named Satya Nadella as its third CEO, effective immediately. The only other two people to sit in the big chair at Microsoft have been Bill Gates himself and Steve Ballmer. “During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,”...

Unfortunately, Microsoft Officials Say $399 Xbox One Lite Not Coming Anytime Soon

Unfortunately, Microsoft Officials Say $399 Xbox One Lite Not Coming Anytime Soon

If you thought it was far too early in the next-generation console game to start thinking about discounted SKUs, pat yourself on the back, you were right to be skeptical. Admittedly, it's not always easy to be skeptical when you see the world "confirmed" attached to headlines, such as the case when rumors surfaced of a cheaper Xbox One Lite...

Fujitsu 'Grannote' is the First Windows Notebook Designed with Your Grandmother In Mind

Fujitsu 'Grannote' is the First Windows Notebook Designed with Your Grandmother In Mind

The folks at Fujitsu just launched a laptop that takes direct aim at grandparents. It's called Grannote (it's a Lifebook AH90/P) and it's intended for "mature adults, primarily around 60 years of age," the Japanese PC maker says. How do you tailor a laptop for the 60-year-old and over crowd? You start with a "clean design that resonates with...

ASUS Taps Haswell to Power Compact Chromebox Family Starting at $179

ASUS Taps Haswell to Power Compact Chromebox Family Starting at $179

We've all got our heads in the so-called cloud these days, and if you want to go all-in, Google's Chrome OS is the go-to platform. Interestingly enough, your options on the hardware side are expanding beyond Chromebooks and into the realm of mini PCs, potentially attracting a new category of customers in the process. That's what is ASUS is...

Samsung To Unpack The Next Big Thing At MWC In Barcelona, Live Stream In New York

Samsung To Unpack The Next Big Thing At MWC In Barcelona, Live Stream In New York

It feels as if Samsung's Galaxy S4 is still pretty fresh, and it's still dominating the sales charts. But could a replacement be just around the bend? Samsung has just issued press invites for an "Unpacked 5" event, slated to take place in Barcelona, Spain during Mobile World Congress. The planet's largest mobile-focused trade event gets going...

Upstart Ting Drops Data Prices Amid Suddenly Competitive Mobile Market

Upstart Ting Drops Data Prices Amid Suddenly Competitive Mobile Market

As we mentioned yesterday, mobile service providers are in a dogfight for our business and all of a sudden are offering sweet deals left and right. We feel like the prettiest belle at the ball, and more suitors are lining up. Ting is an MVNO using Sprint’s network and offers simple service options and a range of devices that runs from...

10 Years Of Facebook: Brilliant Past, Uncertain Future

10 Years Of Facebook: Brilliant Past, Uncertain Future

If you can believe it, Facebook turns 10 years old tomorrow. That seems completely wrong until you realize that February 4th, 2004 was indeed 10 years ago, even though for anyone over 30 or so the year 2004 seems more like 10 minutes ago. Facebook’s influence on the world is undeniable, with its 1.2 billion users and inspiration of a...

Inductive, Solar, or Kinetic Charging Might Be In Store For Apple's iWatch

Inductive, Solar, or Kinetic Charging Might Be In Store For Apple's iWatch

Battery life has long been the bane of the mobile market, hamstringing laptops, tablets, and smartphones even as processors, graphics, and storage have increased in both performance and efficiency. Apple is reportedly tackling this problem head-on as it looks to other forms of power for its impending smartwatch device. The New York Times has...

Dell Wyse Cloud Connect Puts an Android Thin Client PC on an HDMI Stick

Dell Wyse Cloud Connect Puts an Android Thin Client PC on an HDMI Stick

Looking to avoid the headaches often associated with setting up a thin client device? Dell may have the answer you're looking for. The company's Wyse Cloud Connect is an Android-powered thin client stick that's just a tad larger than a USB thumb drive. Just plug it into any Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)-enabled HDMI port on a TV or monitor,...

12% Off and Free Shipping on Dell UP2414Q UltraSharp 24" 3840x2160 IPS Monitor

12% Off and Free Shipping on Dell UP2414Q UltraSharp 24" 3840x2160 IPS Monitor

Dell Home is offering up the recently released 24-inch UP2414Q UltraSharp 3840x2160 Monitor for $1,149.99 with free shipping. Use $150 instant savings to get final price. That’s 12% off the regular asking price of $1299, for what is one of the highest PPI monitors currently available. Dell UP2414Q UltraSharp 24" 3840x2160 IPS Monitor...

Sony Claims Hulu is Hosting Pirated TV Content, Serves a Takedown Notice

Sony Claims Hulu is Hosting Pirated TV Content, Serves a Takedown Notice

Hulu has already admitted to an evil plot to destroy the world when it ran commercials with Alec Baldwin (as an alien) saying that once our brains are reduced to a cottage cheese like mush, they'll scoop them out with a melon baler and gobble them right on up. Sound pretty insidious, and while Hulu was obviously joking (right? Right!?), Sony...

Tesla Team Finishes World Record Model S Cross-Country Road Rally In 76.5 Hours

Tesla Team Finishes World Record Model S Cross-Country Road Rally In 76.5 Hours

The two teams of Tesla drivers that set out to complete a cross-country road rally driving electric Model S sedans and using only Tesla’s Supercharger stations to recharge have completed the trek in an impressive 76 and a half hours. It’s a Guinness World Record for the fastest cross-country journey via electric car, and they may...

Valve's Steam User Survey Shows Windows 8 Usage Up Significantly, Surpassing Vista And Windows XP

Valve's Steam User Survey Shows Windows 8 Usage Up Significantly, Surpassing Vista And Windows XP

It's not pure science, and it doesn't speak for the masses at large, but it's still a decent indicator of how power users are adopting the latest edition of Windows. While Microsoft has struggled to gain mass acceptance for the quirks of Win8, the latest Steam Hardware & Software Survey shows significant gains by the new OS, as compared...

Windows XP Gains Market Share as Support Deadline Looms

Windows XP Gains Market Share as Support Deadline Looms

A person could make a strong argument that Windows XP is the most loved version of Windows ever, lest there's another reason so many users are clinging to the legacy operating system until it's pried from their cold, dead hands. Even as Microsoft gets ready to stop supporting the OS in another two months, Windows XP not only commands a significant...

Rumor Has It Microsoft is Discussing a Deal with Satya Nadella to Succeed Steve Ballmer

Rumor Has It Microsoft is Discussing a Deal with Satya Nadella to Succeed Steve Ballmer

What's quickly becoming one of the worst kept secrets in Redmond is that Microsoft is planning to promote Satya Nadella to the position of Chief Executive Officer, provided the two sides can come to terms on a contract. Nadella was always a candidate, though his name began coming up around the rumor mill a bit more frequently once candidates...

Kennebunk Maine Teenager Hurt When iPhone Goes Up in Smoke in Her Pants Pocket

Kennebunk Maine Teenager Hurt When iPhone Goes Up in Smoke in Her Pants Pocket

A middle-school student in Maine was treated for "moderate" burns after her iPhone caught on fire in her back pocket. The incident occurred at around 7:40 a.m. when the eighth-grade student first sat down in her classroom. According to accounts, the phone made a loud popping noise, after which her fellow students noticed smoke emitting from...

Pebble App Store Launching Feb 3rd Alongside Next-Gen Pebble Steel

Pebble App Store Launching Feb 3rd Alongside Next-Gen Pebble Steel

Pebble’s CES announcements included a new, higher-end version of the Pebble smartwatch as well as a dedicated app store, and the upstart company is delivering on its promise on Monday, February 3rd. The Pebble app store will be the place that Pebblers can get over 500 dedicated apps, which are organized into categories such as Daily,...

Malwarebytes Releases Public Beta of Anti-Malware 2.0 Software

Malwarebytes Releases Public Beta of Anti-Malware 2.0 Software

The web is a treacherous place and even the safest of surfing habits won't necessarily keep you completely isolated from all the dangers out there. You can visit a site that you've loaded up in your browser a thousand times, but if it's been compromised, you could be the one to pay the price. Luckily there are capable software solutions for...

AT&T Launches New 10GB Data, Unlimited Talk And Text Family Share Plans

AT&T Launches New 10GB Data, Unlimited Talk And Text Family Share Plans

Suddenly, mobile carriers are falling all over each other to woo customers, promising better and better deals and offering increasingly lucrative incentives to switch carriers. The latest shot in the volley is from AT&T, which is now promising a 10GB family data plan with unlimited talk and text with its AT&T Mobile Share Value Plans....

AMD Mantle vs. DirectX Benchmarks with Battlefield 4 and Star Swarm

AMD Mantle vs. DirectX Benchmarks with Battlefield 4 and Star Swarm

As we mentioned a few days back, AMD’s been working on a new set of drivers for its GCN-based graphics cards and APUs, which enable Mantle and a number of other features as well. Just to quickly recap, the Catalyst 14.1 betas (which were just released and are available here) are the first publicly available drivers from AMD that support...

Apple Consults With FDA Directors To Discuss Health Monitoring 'Healthbook' App For iOS 8

Apple Consults With FDA Directors To Discuss Health Monitoring 'Healthbook' App For iOS 8

We’re actively resisting the urge to make a pun about apples a day keeping doctors away, because Apple is reportedly getting into the health monitoring technology market with a future iOS 8 app called “Healthbook”. The New York Times spotted some interesting names on a public FDA calendar, including several Apple employees:...

Twitter Rumored To Be Working On An E-Commerce Solution So You Can Tweet, Share, And Buy

Twitter Rumored To Be Working On An E-Commerce Solution So You Can Tweet, Share, And Buy

It makes total sense that Twitter would offer a way to share information about and buy products from within the service, so it’s actually not surprising to hear that a Twitter e-commerce solution is in the works. Re/code.net reports that in addition to nearly finalizing a deal with payment services company Stripe, the social network...

Guardian Editors Forced To Destroy Hard Drives And Computers That Contain Leaked Snowden Data

Guardian Editors Forced To Destroy Hard Drives And Computers That Contain Leaked Snowden Data

Last summer, and not too long after Edward Snowden exposed the extent of NSA's spying tactics, The Guardian newspaper in the UK was forced to destroy all of the data that had been provided to it. At the time, I don't remember this news gaining much traction, but it's an important blip on the timeline to note. No longer did Britain want...

OCZ Storage Solutions Updates Limited Product Warranty Details

OCZ Storage Solutions Updates Limited Product Warranty Details

As you might already know, OCZ Technology fell on tough times, filed for bankruptcy, and sold off virtually all of its assets to Toshiba. Following the acquisition, Toshiba launched OCZ Storage Solutions as a wholly owned subsidiary, a move that allows the hard workers at OCZ to continue pumping out solid state drives (SSDs) and other storage...

Ouya Outs Revised 16GB Android Console for $129, Does Anyone Really Care?

Ouya Outs Revised 16GB Android Console for $129, Does Anyone Really Care?

Do you hear that noise? It's the sound of the big three console makers makers -- Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo -- shaking in their boots over the impending march of micro-sized Android-based gaming boxes into the mainstream. Or, more likely, it's an earthquake or alien invasion and you should probably take cover because immediately because,...