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Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP to Other Developers
LG Cinemascope Is 105 Inches Of Curve 4K HD TV Love With 5120X2160 Resolution
Applied Micro Ships First ARM-Based Microserver Chips For The Data Center
At Long Last, PlayStation 4 System Update 1.75 Is Available With 3D Blu-ray Support
Lowest Price Ever On Dell 32-inch UltraHD Monitor, PS3 Controller and More
Microsoft Rolls Out Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 With Cortana In China And UK
Digital Storm Vanquish II (Level 4) Gaming PC Review
Microsoft Levels-Up OneDrive Cloud Storage To 15GB
Nintendo Posts $97 Million Loss After More Than Tripling Wii U Console Sales Last Quarter
Have We Come To This? Microsoft's Elop Reportedly Shows Off 'Selfie Phone'
AARC Representing 300 Music Artists Sues Ford And GM For In-Car CD Ripping Technology
FreedomPop Aims To Disrupt Mobile Market By Selling Discounted LTE Tablets With Calling Capabilities
The Facebook Messenger Transition Deadline is Looming
In Bad Need of a New Revenue Stream, GameStop to Launch High Interest Credit Card
Lowest Price On Lenovo Flex 20 Touch PC, HP Pavilion 17 Laptop, Apple TV and More
EA Access For Xbox One Cost $5 Per Month, Offers Unlimited Access To BF4, Madden NFL 25, And More
Amazon Fires Up 3D Printed Products Store Of Plastic Widgets And Baubles
Drobo Mini With SSDs Offers Creative Types A Fast And Rugged Portable Storage Solution
You'll Soon Be Able To Wirelessly Charge Your Smartphone In A Cadillac
Dating Site OkCupid Says They Experiment On You Like Facebook, So Deal With It

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Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP to Other Developers

Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP to Other Developers

We've detailed Crytek's problems in several previous posts, and it's now clear that it wasn't just the company's UK studios that were affected. Crytek announced today that it has officially moved development of its F2P shooter "Hunt: Horrors of the Guilded Age" to Germany -- ignoring the fact that the majority of the US team had apparently...

LG Cinemascope Is 105 Inches Of Curve 4K HD TV Love With 5120X2160 Resolution

LG Cinemascope Is 105 Inches Of Curve 4K HD TV Love With 5120X2160 Resolution

Need a way to spend a small fortune on a new HDTV? LG has you covered. The company has just started shipping its 105-inch 21:9 curved Ultra HD TV, which might just require a room of its own to properly enjoy. In sum, the screen boasts over 11 million pixels with a 5120x2160 resolution, as well as a 7.2-channel sound system (150-watt) built-in...

Applied Micro Ships First ARM-Based Microserver Chips For The Data Center

Applied Micro Ships First ARM-Based Microserver Chips For The Data Center

Applied Micro is betting big on microserver use in the HPC market, and to help things along, it's just begun shipping its new X-Gene processors, based on ARM's v8 64-bit architecture. In late June, the firm revealed a number of partners that would be shipping servers with its X-Gene chip inside, and one similarity amongst them all is that...

At Long Last, PlayStation 4 System Update 1.75 Is Available With 3D Blu-ray Support

At Long Last, PlayStation 4 System Update 1.75 Is Available With 3D Blu-ray Support

Your PlayStation 4 console supports 3D Blu-ray playback, though before that functionality becomes available, you need to install the latest firmware update, version 1.75. Sony has begun rolling out the update to PS4 users, giving them bragging rights over Xbox One owners, at least for the time being (Microsoft will roll out 3D Blu-ray support...

Lowest Price Ever On Dell 32-inch UltraHD Monitor, PS3 Controller and More

Lowest Price Ever On Dell 32-inch UltraHD Monitor, PS3 Controller and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu for you all today, we have deals on the 32" Dell UP3214Q UltraSharp 3840 x 2160 UltraHD IPS display, the Sony PS3 DualShock 3 Wireless Controller (which includes a $25 Dell eGift Card), the Lenovo ThinkPad X240 12.5" laptop, and a whole lot...

Microsoft Rolls Out Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 With Cortana In China And UK

Microsoft Rolls Out Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 With Cortana In China And UK

When Microsoft released a beta for its Cortana personal assistant this past spring, it came with a major caveat: Only US users could partake. With its just-released Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, however, the company is now offering use of the feature to those in the UK and China as a beta like the US release, and as an alpha in Canada, India,...

Digital Storm Vanquish II (Level 4) Gaming PC Review

Digital Storm Vanquish II (Level 4) Gaming PC Review

Digital Storm’s latest offering, the Vanquish II, features some excellent components inside, but none is quite the top end. Performance will take a hit to be sure, but so does the cost. Digital Storm offers four base configurations of the Vanquish II. Level 1 costs a mere pittance (relatively speaking) at $699, while the Level 2 ($779)...

Microsoft Levels-Up OneDrive Cloud Storage To 15GB

Microsoft Levels-Up OneDrive Cloud Storage To 15GB

Microsoft recently rolled-out an upgrade to free OneDrive accounts, but is only now sending out emails to its users to notify them of it. Previously, the company gave any new sign-up 7GB of storage for free; that's now been bumped to 15GB, to match Google with its Drive service. Both are a vast improvement over Dropbox, which offers a mere...

Nintendo Posts $97 Million Loss After More Than Tripling Wii U Console Sales Last Quarter

Nintendo Posts $97 Million Loss After More Than Tripling Wii U Console Sales Last Quarter

Nintendo can't seem to catch a break. The game hardware and software maker reported 74.7 billion yen (~$730.5 million) in revenue during the three-month period ended June 2014, down 8.4 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. And despite tripling Wii U console sales during the quarter, Nintendo ended up with a 9.9 billion yen (~$97...

Have We Come To This? Microsoft's Elop Reportedly Shows Off 'Selfie Phone'

Have We Come To This? Microsoft's Elop Reportedly Shows Off 'Selfie Phone'

Mobile phones reveal more about ourselves than perhaps we'd like to admit. Evidence of that can be found in the way we use our phones -- people have been known to walk into traffic and, in once incident, right off a pier and into the ocean while texting. But it's the selfie craze that lets the world know we're all a bunch of narcissists at...

AARC Representing 300 Music Artists Sues Ford And GM For In-Car CD Ripping Technology

AARC Representing 300 Music Artists Sues Ford And GM For In-Car CD Ripping Technology

In what qualifies as one of those, 'Are you freaking serious?' moments, the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies (AARC) is suing auto makers Ford and GM for selling cars with technology to rip music from CDs. The feature that has the AARC in a tizzy is called Jukebox, which records songs from CDs to the infotainment system's hard drive,...

FreedomPop Aims To Disrupt Mobile Market By Selling Discounted LTE Tablets With Calling Capabilities

FreedomPop Aims To Disrupt Mobile Market By Selling Discounted LTE Tablets With Calling Capabilities

It's one thing to talk the talk, but when a company like FreedomPop starts walking the walk, it makes the competition nervous. FreedomPop's newest promotion should have wireless carriers sweating bullets -- the free mobile service company that already shook up the mobile industry by offering free voice, text, and data plans announced that...

The Facebook Messenger Transition Deadline is Looming

The Facebook Messenger Transition Deadline is Looming

Facebook warned us this past spring that it would soon be getting rid of the ability to message others through its primary mobile app, and now, it updates us to let us know that the feature is really on its deathbed. Transition to Facebook Messenger, or else. Since Facebook's launch, the service has become a lot more than just a news feed....

In Bad Need of a New Revenue Stream, GameStop to Launch High Interest Credit Card

In Bad Need of a New Revenue Stream, GameStop to Launch High Interest Credit Card

If I could describe what most people think of GameStop, I'd have to call the company "Comcast Video Game Retailer". The fact is, a lot of people just don't like the company's shenanigans, of which there have been many over the years, and given the way the industry is moving towards digital, you'd imagine that it might want to backtrack on...

Lowest Price On Lenovo Flex 20 Touch PC, HP Pavilion 17 Laptop, Apple TV and More

Lowest Price On Lenovo Flex 20 Touch PC, HP Pavilion 17 Laptop, Apple TV and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on the 20" Lenovo IdeaCentre Flex 20, HP Pavilion 17-f010us 17.3" AMD-based laptop, the 13.3" ASUS Transformer Book T300LA-US51T, and a whole lot more. Full details with pricing and links to all of the deals are...

EA Access For Xbox One Cost $5 Per Month, Offers Unlimited Access To BF4, Madden NFL 25, And More

EA Access For Xbox One Cost $5 Per Month, Offers Unlimited Access To BF4, Madden NFL 25, And More

Microsoft is digging deep in its bags of tricks to convince gamers that its Xbox One console is the better option versus Sony's PlayStation 4, the latter of which is maintaining a somewhat large sales lead. Following the launch of a Kinect-less console for a reduced $399 price tag, Microsoft has joined forces with Electronic Arts to offer...

Amazon Fires Up 3D Printed Products Store Of Plastic Widgets And Baubles

Amazon Fires Up 3D Printed Products Store Of Plastic Widgets And Baubles

It really goes without saying that 3D printing is awesome, but whether or not a printer is going to be a common sight in our homes down the road is yet to be seen. Unlike a paper printer, a 3D printer has far different uses, and most people might not have the need for something like that outside of experimentation. This is something that Amazon...

Drobo Mini With SSDs Offers Creative Types A Fast And Rugged Portable Storage Solution

Drobo Mini With SSDs Offers Creative Types A Fast And Rugged Portable Storage Solution

Storage on-the-go often comes with compromises, though Drobo is doing its best to eliminate most of them with its new "Drobo Mini with SSD," a portable and rugged storage solution that uses solid state drives. According to Drobo, ideal candidates for its expandable storage device include filmmakers, photographers, and creative professionals...

You'll Soon Be Able To Wirelessly Charge Your Smartphone In A Cadillac

You'll Soon Be Able To Wirelessly Charge Your Smartphone In A Cadillac

Shopping a Cadillac? Before you sign a loan agreement on a 2014 model, you may want to consider holding off for the 2015 Cadillacs. That's because General Motors (GM) is working with Powermat, a company that GM's venture capital division funded with $5 million back in January 2011, to offer wireless cell phone charging in some of next year's...

Dating Site OkCupid Says They Experiment On You Like Facebook, So Deal With It

Dating Site OkCupid Says They Experiment On You Like Facebook, So Deal With It

People have a tendency to get ticked off if you mess with their heads, especially without their permission. Facebook, the world's largest social network, found this out the hard way when it revealed that it had altered nearly 700,000 user feeds to study people's emotions. Not cool, but are these types of studies necessary in order to build...

Ready For Yosemite, Apple Updates MacBook Pro With Retina Display, Cuts Pricing

Ready For Yosemite, Apple Updates MacBook Pro With Retina Display, Cuts Pricing

Pat yourself on the back if you've been patiently waiting for Apple to refresh its MacBook Pro with Retina display making the leap. Today is that day -- in anticipation of OS X Yosemite, Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro with Retina display line with faster processors, double the memory in entry-level configurations, and a lower price tag for...

Sony Going All In On PlayStation Network Revival And Commitment To Gamers

Sony Going All In On PlayStation Network Revival And Commitment To Gamers

While the Xbox 360 saw solid gains against the PlayStation 3, roles have switched in the next-gen era. Sony's PlayStation 4 has found its way into nearly 9 million homes to date, while the Xbox One has only sold around 5 million units. This describes Sony's opportunity, and according to a new report, it's betting hard on the gaming sector...

AMD's New Gaming Evolved App Adds Hardware Video Encoding, Twitch Support

AMD's New Gaming Evolved App Adds Hardware Video Encoding, Twitch Support

When Nvidia unveiled its GeForce Experience application last year, AMD was quick to return fire, but the company's version of the Raptr software client lagged Nvidia's application in several areas. While both could be used to optimize a game for best performance, Raptr (nee Gaming Evolved) didn't have the same ability to record or stream in-game...

Stanford Researchers Claim They Found "The Holy Grail" Of Battery Life

Stanford Researchers Claim They Found "The Holy Grail" Of Battery Life

You can't swing a dead cat these days without hitting a research team claiming to have discovered a new technology or ability that will miraculously enhance battery capabilities as soon as a few quick problems are patched up or some niggling cost factors get fixed. The majority of these announcements splash down and vanish, never to be heard...

Resarchers Claim Popular Android Apps Inherit Bugs Poor Security Due To Reused Code

Resarchers Claim Popular Android Apps Inherit Bugs Poor Security Due To Reused Code

Google's Android OS has received its fair share of flack over the past couple of years for its security issues, but sometimes, it's not the company or its OS at fault: It's the third-party developers. Proof of that can be seen from the results of a recent study conducted by the same firm, Codenomicon, that discovered the major "Heartbleed"...

T-Mobile CEO Chuckles At AT&T's "Best Deal" For Families Ad, One Ups Competition With 10GB LTE Plan

T-Mobile CEO Chuckles At AT&T's "Best Deal" For Families Ad, One Ups Competition With 10GB LTE Plan

You have to admire T-Mobile's candid passion in the wireless space. It comes straight from the top, as T-Mobile CEO John Legere is one of the more outspoken bigwigs in the industry, a fact that's evidenced in the company's latest announcement. Rather than simply roll out a new wireless plan, Legere took time to literally laugh at the competition...

Big Price Drops On Lenovo Z50 Laptop, Yoga 2 Pro Convertible and More

Big Price Drops On Lenovo Z50 Laptop, Yoga 2 Pro Convertible and More

Welcome back! It’s time to kick off a new week with a fresh installment of HOT deals, straight from our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Lenovo Z50 Core i7-based laptop with 500GB hybrid drive, an HP ENVY 700-215xt Core i7-based desktop system, a 50" LG 50LN5400 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV, and a whole lot more....

Lara Croft Is Back And Badder Than Ever In The Osiris, Due Early December

Lara Croft Is Back And Badder Than Ever In The Osiris, Due Early December

I've been a fan of the Tomb Raider series ever since the original title launched for the Sony PlayStation in late 1996, and for the most part, there's never been a main title released that made me feel skeptical. That's not to say that the series hasn't had its share of less-than-great titles, but at least they looked and felt like Tomb Raider....

Microsoft China Offices Hit By Government Shakedown Investigation

Microsoft China Offices Hit By Government Shakedown Investigation

Big trouble in China? We're not sure, though reports are surfacing that Chinese government officials have been making unannounced visits to Microsoft's offices in China. Microsoft is keeping mum on the visits, and so is China's State Administration for Industry & Commerce, which Chinese media reports had made visits to Microsoft offices...

Review: Samsung's Galaxy Tab S Delivers Premium, High Res Android Experience

Review: Samsung's Galaxy Tab S Delivers Premium, High Res Android Experience

Under the hood, the Galaxy Tab S boasts of all of the high-end features you’d expect from Samsung’s latest flagship including an Exynos 5 Octa core processor, Android KitKat 4.4, 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, and a microSD slot that supports up to 128GB. You’ll also find a front-facing 2.1 megapixel camera that supports...

Polaris Slingshot: Not Your Little Brother's Tricycle, A Mean Three Wheeled Machine

Polaris Slingshot: Not Your Little Brother's Tricycle, A Mean Three Wheeled Machine

We aren't exactly living in a Jetsons-esque world where we're all floating about on personal hovercraft, but we're getting there. From UAVs to Tesla electric cars to this, a new 3-wheel roadster that is unlike anything else crisscrossing highways today. The new Polaris Slingshot is a funky new personal vehicle that's designed to act like a...

Silent Power 'Copper Foam' Cooled PC Prototype Looks All Kinds Of Awesome

Silent Power 'Copper Foam' Cooled PC Prototype Looks All Kinds Of Awesome

Where PC cooling is concerned, you can't get much more standard than copper - it's simply everywhere. Even if you're using an OEM box, chances are it at least has a copper base, and while it might not have many or any fins, your notebook will have a large copper heatpipe. So if copper is that effective, why not create a heatsink with a massive...

Nokia Goes Kinda Fruity, Charges Lumia 930 With 800 Potatoes And Apples

Nokia Goes Kinda Fruity, Charges Lumia 930 With 800 Potatoes And Apples

If you don't want to get caught with a dead smartphone, it's a wise idea to carry along either a spare battery (provided your handset sports a removable battery) or a portable charger. However, if you have neither and you happen to be surrounded by 800 potatoes and apples, all you'll need is a copper wire and galvanized nails to be back in...

Oh Yeah, It's A 'Phablet'! Samsung's 7-Inch Galaxy Tab Q Breaks Cover In China

Oh Yeah, It's A 'Phablet'! Samsung's 7-Inch Galaxy Tab Q Breaks Cover In China

Samsung's unspoken philosophy of "Go big or go home" has never been more evident than with the Galaxy Tab Q that just broke cover on the company's Chinese language portal. Officially, Samsung is calling this thing a tablet, and with a 7-inch high-definition 720p (1280x720) display, we wouldn't argue the claim. However, you can slide the Galaxy...

Samsung Confirms Decision To Delay Tizen Phone Launch In Russia, Ecosystem Still Needs Tweaking

Samsung Confirms Decision To Delay Tizen Phone Launch In Russia, Ecosystem Still Needs Tweaking

Speculation is sure to follow Samsung's confirmation that it's postponing the launch of a high-end handset running its own home brewed Tizen operating system in Russia. Officially, the reason for the delay is because the platform requires a bit more work, though we can't help but wonder if the recent pressure from Google has anything to do...

Android 4.4.3 KitKat Update Rolling Out To HTC One M8 Developer Edition, Android L Comes Next

Android 4.4.3 KitKat Update Rolling Out To HTC One M8 Developer Edition, Android L Comes Next

For those of you rocking HTC's One M8 Developer Edition smartphone, be on the lookout for an Android 4.4.3 KitKit upgrade containing the company's custom Sense 6 User Interface (UI). After being teased in a Twitter post midway through July, HTC more recently tweeted an update confirming that the ROM has begun rolling out over the air (OTA)....

Here's The Code To Receive 'The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection' Free From EA, No Strings Attached

Here's The Code To Receive 'The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection' Free From EA, No Strings Attached

Good news, gamers! Electronic Arts has decided to donate The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection to anyone and everyone in need of a game to play. That's right -- the title is completely free, provided you claim your copy by July 31, 2014 at 10AM PDT. After that, the freebie promotion disappears, though it probably won't be the last time EA does something...

Recall: Nissan Has A Big Bad Air Bag Problem

Recall: Nissan Has A Big Bad Air Bag Problem

While this one's a little off the beaten path of the stories we typically cover, we wanted to give our readers who might own an older Nissan vehicle a heads up about an expanded recall related to complaints about defective air bags. Nissan widened its net of recalled vehicles to include an additional 226,000 automobiles, which brings the total...

Google Maps Street View Team Capturing Statue Of Liberty, Ellis Island

Google Maps Street View Team Capturing Statue Of Liberty, Ellis Island

Google Maps’ Street View has helped completely change how we’re able to see the world. Indeed, Street View makes navigation far easier than ever before, but it also allows us to see into places from the comfort of our own homes. For instance, there’s the “Skyfall” island in Japan, the Grand Canyon, and more, and...

Motorola May Be Working On A 'Killer' 5.9-Inch Nexus Phone Code Named 'Shamu'

Motorola May Be Working On A 'Killer' 5.9-Inch Nexus Phone Code Named 'Shamu'

Get, it, “killer”? “Shamu”? Fine, never mind moving on: A rumor has emerged that Motorola may be developing a handset called “Shamu”, a 5.9-inch smartphone that could be a new Nexus device. Android Police says it sources further indicate that the device will have a fingerprint sensor and may be released...

Microsoft Commits To Monthly Xbox One Updates, Fixes, And Enhancements

Microsoft Commits To Monthly Xbox One Updates, Fixes, And Enhancements

While the Xbox-versus-PS4 push and pull endures, Microsoft is doing one thing that helps keep its customers happy and may bring in a few more: Constantly rolling out updates. The company has had an update each month since February, and Xbox Chief Phil Spencer tweeted that they’ll continue at least through October. “We've worked...

Rideshare Whack-A-Mole: Lyft Can Operate In All NYC Boroughs, Must Cease Operations In Other Cities Statewide

Rideshare Whack-A-Mole: Lyft Can Operate In All NYC Boroughs, Must Cease Operations In Other Cities Statewide

Lyft announced that its was pushing into Brooklyn and Queens, places where its chief competition, Uber, already has a foothold, and it now has the green light to launch in all five boroughs after coming to agreements with the state and with local entities. That’s a huge deal for the rideshare service, of course, but there are caveats....

China’s Baidu Developing Its Own “Highly Autonomous” Car

China’s Baidu Developing Its Own “Highly Autonomous” Car

Driverless, autonomous car technology is quickly proliferating as multiple companies have stated publicly that they’re planning to roll them out within the next several years. Other companies such as Intel are working hard on technology to go in autonomous cars, too. But it’s not just American and European companies diving in--China’s...

Samsung Shows Off Galaxy S5's Videography Chops In Stunning Demo Video

Samsung Shows Off Galaxy S5's Videography Chops In Stunning Demo Video

It’s sometimes easy to forget how far camera quality on smartphones has come in a relatively short time; just like point-and-shoot digital cameras did, mobile cameras pumped up the megapixels and then started enjoyed higher-quality optics and manual exposure controls, as well. Samsung’s latest flagship handheld, the Galaxy S5,...

Verizon Warns Unlimited 4G LTE Customers Of Plans To Throttle Top 5 Percent

Verizon Warns Unlimited 4G LTE Customers Of Plans To Throttle Top 5 Percent

Verizon Wireless has a message for data hogs subscribed to its unlimited 4G LTE service, and to paraphrase, it goes something like this: 'Slow your roll, or we'll slow it for you.' To be more specific, starting in October of this year, Verizon will begin throttling the data connections of users who fall within the top 5 percent of data users...

Bose Brings The Legal Beat-Down On Apple's Beats Noise Cancelling Technology

Bose Brings The Legal Beat-Down On Apple's Beats Noise Cancelling Technology

Apple found itself a willing dance partner in Beats, the audio company it agreed to acquire for $3 billion back in May, its biggest acquisition ever. That may have put a giant target on Beats' back, as it now founds itself being sued by Bose Corp. for allegedly infringing on the company's noise-cancelling technology patents. "We are committed...

HotHardware’s Summer Gaming System Giveaway!

HotHardware’s Summer Gaming System Giveaway!

What better way to usher in the summer season than to give away an absolutely awesome gaming rig, designed to keep you inside, fragging away when you need a break from those long, hot summer days?! HotHardware has teamed up with our friends at EVGA, Kingston, Thermaltake, and Intel to offer you all the chance to win a powerful gaming...

Weekend Clearance Sale On Dell XPS 11 & Inspiron 17R Core i5 Laptops and More

Weekend Clearance Sale On Dell XPS 11 & Inspiron 17R Core i5 Laptops and More

It’s almost time to close out another weeks, but not before we dish out a healthy serving of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu today we have deals on a Dell Inspiron 17R Core i5-based notebook, a Lenovo K450e Core i7-based desktop system, a Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Cherry Red-based mechanical gaming keyboard, and...

Google Remains Under Fire Of EU Privacy Regulators Over ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Takedown Requests

Google Remains Under Fire Of EU Privacy Regulators Over ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ Takedown Requests

For as impactful as Google has been on the world in a positive manner, it takes its fair share of flack. From privacy concerns to revamping its search algorithms, plenty of people aren't the fondest of Google. Over in the European Union, privacy officials have continued to slam Google regarding its "takedown" program. Essentially, Google has...

California Campaigning Hard For Tesla’s Multibillion Dollar Battery “Gigafactory”

California Campaigning Hard For Tesla’s Multibillion Dollar Battery “Gigafactory”

Tesla’s proposed “gigafactory”, a massive production facility that would make batteries for the company’s electric cars, is looking for a state to call home, and you can count California among those campaigning hard to be chosen. According to USA Today, the California state legislature is working on a bill to speed...

Passenger’s Negative Tweet On Southwest Service Almost Gets Him Booted From Flight

Passenger’s Negative Tweet On Southwest Service Almost Gets Him Booted From Flight

A man named Duff Watson nearly got himself and his two young sons (ages 6 and 9) thrown off of a Southwest Airlines flight out of Denver over an angry Tweet. He was upset that the gate agent wouldn’t let his kids board early with him even though he had priority status and posted on Twitter, “RUDEST AGENT IN DENVER. KIMBERLY S....

Amazon Fire Phone Gets Ash Kicked In Teardown Analysis

Amazon Fire Phone Gets Ash Kicked In Teardown Analysis

Amazon turned the tablet market upside down with its low cost Kindle Fire family, and now it will try to do the same thing in the smartphone sector with its recently launched Fire Phone. While that plays out, the Fire Phone has already received the teardown treatment, and lucky for Amazon, passing the test with flying colors isn't a prerequisite...

Google Seals Twitch Gaming Live Streaming Service Deal For A Cool $1 Billion

Google Seals Twitch Gaming Live Streaming Service Deal For A Cool $1 Billion

Google’s acquisition of Twitch, the increasingly popular video game broadcaster, is complete. The deal was first announced back in May, and Google has signed the all-cash offer of a billion dollars. Suddenly, the YouTube juggernaut is even more powerful and expansive. According to VentureBeat’s sources familiar with the matter,...

Facebook Stock Climbs To Mammoth Market-Cap Levels, Worth More Than AT&T And Coca-Cola

Facebook Stock Climbs To Mammoth Market-Cap Levels, Worth More Than AT&T And Coca-Cola

It seems like a century has passed since Facebook's IPO and subsequent stock performance came under scrutiny. Turns out all Facebook needed was to post a stellar earnings report, as it did earlier this week, and investors would be frothing at the mouth to own a chunk of the world's most popular social playground. In the aftermath of Facebook's...

Amazon’s Comixology To Offer DRM-Free Comics For Download

Amazon’s Comixology To Offer DRM-Free Comics For Download

Well this is surprising (and in a totally good way) -- Comixology, the cloud-based digital comic book distributor founded in 2007 and acquired by Amazon this past April, is now allowing customers to backup  comics stripped of Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection. DRM-free backups are available to save in PDF or CBZ format. "We're...

Ridley Scott's Halo: Nightfall Will Still Air, Despite Xbox Studio Closure

Ridley Scott's Halo: Nightfall Will Still Air, Despite Xbox Studio Closure

When Microsoft announced the Xbox One, one of its headline features was the creation of new TV and video content. Headlining this new endeavor was a custom Halo-themed television show directed by Ridley Scott. Microsoft didn't reveal much additional information and the news itself was generally swept under the rug in the wash of controversy...

FCC Warns ISPs To Be Open And Honest With Consumers, Deliver What We Pay For

FCC Warns ISPs To Be Open And Honest With Consumers, Deliver What We Pay For

While the FCC has come under fire for its stance on net neutrality of late, it has also been on the offense against ISPs. For example, the agency has stated that it will look into the bad service finger-pointing between Netflix and Verizon in hopes of adjudicating the dispute and discerning the underlying problems, and it’s also giving...

Cortana Comes To Nokia Lumia 1520 Via AT&T's Windows Phone 8.1 Software Update

Cortana Comes To Nokia Lumia 1520 Via AT&T's Windows Phone 8.1 Software Update

AT&T has some great news for Nokia Lumia 1520 handset owners. Effectively immediately, you can download and install the Windows Phone 8.1 software update for your phone and start enjoying Cortana, a personal virtual assistant. Unlike the virtual assistants on other platforms, Cortana is the only one that can set reminders by people, as...

Best Deals On Lenovo Accessories, 256GB Flash Drive Under $100 and More

Best Deals On Lenovo Accessories, 256GB Flash Drive Under $100 and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today we have deals on a 256GB PNY Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive, a Lenovo W870 Bluetooth Headset, a Dell M115HD Mobile Projector, and a whole lot more. Full details with links and pricing for all of the deals are available below... 256GB...

Chromecast Dongle Turns 1 Year Old, Bragadocious Google Boasts 400 Million 'Casts'

Chromecast Dongle Turns 1 Year Old, Bragadocious Google Boasts 400 Million 'Casts'

Has it been a year already? Time flies when you're streaming fun, and apparently Google's low cost Chromecast dongle is celebrating its first birthday. As parents are apt to do about their little ones, Google used the occasion to brag about its streaming stick by pointing out that people have hit the cast button more than 400 million times....

NEC MultiSync EA244UHD 24-Inch 4K Monitor Review

NEC MultiSync EA244UHD 24-Inch 4K Monitor Review

Today we're evaluating NEC's new MultiSync EA244UHD, a 24-inch 4K Ultra HD monitor. As part of NEC's EA series, this monitor is intended for high-end desktop users as opposed to professional graphics users, though there are features of the EA244UHD that may tempt potential customers who fall into the latter category. Things that separate this...

littleBits Develops A DIY Internet Of Things Hobby Kit

littleBits Develops A DIY Internet Of Things Hobby Kit

A company called littleBits has taken the hobby DIY kit to a whole new level with its Internet of Things-friendly cloudBit and Cloud Starter Bundle that allow you to add connected intelligence to any number of otherwise “dumb” items. The $59 cloudBit is designed to work without any need for wires or soldering, and it’s technically...

Facebook Shares Soar To Record High On Solid Earnings Report

Facebook Shares Soar To Record High On Solid Earnings Report

Take a wild guess which technology company now has a higher market capitalization than the mighty Oracle? Facebook, as it turns out. In the latest turn in what has been a wild ride (in both directions) since going public, Facebook's stock has surged on solid earnings to a record high. Now, the world's dominant social network is worth $76.74...

Apple To Make OS X Yosemite Beta Available For Public Download Today

Apple To Make OS X Yosemite Beta Available For Public Download Today

This past April, Apple surprised us with an announcement that the general public would soon be able to access OS X betas. The reason for the surprise is the simple fact that Apple's forever been a conservative company, careful about what winds up in its customer's hands. So to give them not only beta software, but a beta of the actual OS,...

Smart TVs Are Set To Completely Dominate The Market By 2017

Smart TVs Are Set To Completely Dominate The Market By 2017

When smart TVs first started to mingle with their regular flat screen counterparts, they were comparatively expensive with sometimes poorly implemented smart capabilities that were either buggy or slow (or both). And now? It's actually more difficult to find a non-smart TV, and you're not likely to save much, either. That now being the case,...

Lenovo Partners With Vuzix For Google Glass Competitor, Launching In September

Lenovo Partners With Vuzix For Google Glass Competitor, Launching In September

Until now, Vuzix and its M100 Smart Glasses have been little more than an intriguing potential competitor to Google Glass, but Lenovo has stepped up to back the smart glasses in a co-branding deal as part of Lenovo’s NBD (New Business Development) brand. Lenovo will do the heavy lifting on the marketing side, selling the specs in China...

We Now Spend More Time On Facebook Than We Do Taking Care Of Pets Or Sending Email

We Now Spend More Time On Facebook Than We Do Taking Care Of Pets Or Sending Email

Have you fed and loved on your pets today? It's a valid question, especially for people who use Facebook. A new survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that the average American spends around 40 minutes per day flipping through his or her Facebook feed. That doesn't sound obscene, especially when compared to television, of which Americans...

Twitter Vows More Diversity, Admits There's 'A Lot Of Work To Do'

Twitter Vows More Diversity, Admits There's 'A Lot Of Work To Do'

Silicon Valley is suddenly awakened to the fact that workplace diversity is a thing, one in which technology firms as a whole are somewhat lacking. Several companies have vowed to do a better job at building a diverse workplace, including Twitter, the latest firm to come forward with statistics in an industry that typically keeps such data...

With Broadcom's Exit, Qualcomm Now The Uncontested LTE Modem Champion

With Broadcom's Exit, Qualcomm Now The Uncontested LTE Modem Champion

This week, Broadcom announced that it would exit the LTE modem market and shut down its LTE research division. The move comes less than a year after Broadcom bought Renesas' (formerly known as NEC) LTE modem -- and that purchase was supposed to give Broadcom a leg up in modem design after its own in-house LTE product had failed to ship. With...

Best Deals On HP Chromebox Bundle, Lenovo Y40 Gaming Laptop and More

Best Deals On HP Chromebox Bundle, Lenovo Y40 Gaming Laptop and More

Welcome to the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu today, we have deals on an HP Chromebox with wireless keyboard + mouse, plus a 22xi 21.5" IPS display, the Lenovo Y40 14" Core i7-based gaming laptop, a Dell KM714 wireless keyboard mouse combo, and a whole lot more. Full details with links and...

Microsoft Windows RT The Death Knell Rings For Thee

Microsoft Windows RT The Death Knell Rings For Thee

A lot of people have never been able to understand the logic behind Microsoft's Windows RT, with many urging the company to kill it off so that it can focus on more important products, like the mainline Windows. Well, this is probably not going to come as a huge surprise, especially in light of mass layoffs announced last week, but Microsoft...

Sexy Samsung 105-Inch 4K UHD Curvaceous TV Now Available For Pre-Order

Sexy Samsung 105-Inch 4K UHD Curvaceous TV Now Available For Pre-Order

Imagine watching Monday Night Football on a 105-inch television. Not into football? Then go ahead and substitute your favorite sport, TV show, or movie. Now wipe the drool from your chin before it drips onto your keyboard -- it's unsightly and a bit unsanitary. It's also still a pipe dream for all the but wealthiest, though if you've positioned...

Netflix Breaks 50 Million Subscriber Mark Bolstered By Original Programming

Netflix Breaks 50 Million Subscriber Mark Bolstered By Original Programming

Disputes with ISPs over the quality of streaming traffic hasn't slowed Netflix down when it comes to adding subscribers. According to the company's most recent financial report, Netflix is now home to over 50 million total members for its streaming service, three-quarters of which are located in the United States. That figure that also includes...

Red Laser Barcode Scanning App Debuts For Google Glass

Red Laser Barcode Scanning App Debuts For Google Glass

The Red Laser app is “a free shopping app for iPhone, Windows Phones, and Android that has been downloaded over 30 million times” according to its own description, and now Google Glass users can use the app to scan barcodes and get online price comparisons with the high-tech spectacles. That’s surely handy when trying to...

Target ‘In A Snap’ App Let’s Users Scan Magazines For Products And Add Them To Online Shopping Carts

Target ‘In A Snap’ App Let’s Users Scan Magazines For Products And Add Them To Online Shopping Carts

The way we shop 20 years from now might be drastically different than the way it's done today. Heck, the same could be said about next week, let alone two decades in the future. We're seeing some interesting things as stores and vendors figure out the best way to tap into mobile devices, including apps like the one Target just rolled out to...

Gross: Unlock Your Motorola Smartphone With An NFC Skin Tag

Gross: Unlock Your Motorola Smartphone With An NFC Skin Tag

If the term “skin tag” grosses you out, you’re not alone, but the intestinally robust can now unlock their Moto X smartphone with a special sticker--an NFC-equipped skin tag--instead of a PIN or other tedious method. A product of collaboration between VivaLnk Inc (with its eSkinTM technology) and Google’s ATAP division,...

Apple Is Dialed In, Posts Record Quarter On Strong iPhone Sales Ahead Of iPhone 6 Launch

Apple Is Dialed In, Posts Record Quarter On Strong iPhone Sales Ahead Of iPhone 6 Launch

Even with all the iPhone 6 rumors floating around the web, Apple managed to sell over 35 million existing iPhone devices during its fiscal 2014 third quarter ended June 28, 2014, the company reported. That translates into $19.7 billion in iPhone revenue, and a record $37.4 billion in overall revenue after accounting for Apple's other products...

FLIR One Brings Thermal Imaging To Your iPhone 5

FLIR One Brings Thermal Imaging To Your iPhone 5

The ability to see and capture thermal images may seem like it’s not all that interesting at first blush, as selfies and food pics don’t necessarily look all that great when snapped with an infrared camera, but if you sit and think about it for a minute, you can start imagining more than a few use cases. Checking for this or that...

Sony  Invests $345 Million In Image Sensor Production Effort To Address Smartphone Market

Sony Invests $345 Million In Image Sensor Production Effort To Address Smartphone Market

Sony's overall struggles are very real, but a few areas of the company have remained best-in-class despite huge global competition. Its gaming prowess is hard to question, with the PlayStation line killing it in terms of sales and critical response. Moreover, the company's imaging department has been delivering top-notch mirrorless cameras...

What Time Is It?  iTime! Apple Awarded Extensive Design Patent For 'iTime' Smartwatch

What Time Is It? iTime! Apple Awarded Extensive Design Patent For 'iTime' Smartwatch

A new patent filing today shows that Apple has been granted a wide-ranging patent for a future smartwatch device (dubbed the iTime). Apple's patent refers to a device which is removable (it continues to function when detached from its wristband) and can be upgraded or swapped with other products. Apple's patent diagrams show a device that...

Dell Striving To Ship 30 Million Notebooks In 2015

Dell Striving To Ship 30 Million Notebooks In 2015

You've probably heard analysts talk about the so-called post-PC era, which is really an overreaction to the tablet and smartphone craze that's taken place in the past couple of years. In reality, hundreds of millions of PCs are still sold each and every year, and when it comes to mobile, there's still a high demand for full functional laptops....

Limited-Time Dell Monitor Deals, Bundled eGift cards and More

Limited-Time Dell Monitor Deals, Bundled eGift cards and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on the Dell U2414H UltraSharp 24" 1080p IPS display, the Dell UltraSharp UZ2715H 27", the 15.6" Lenovo G50-70 Core i5-based laptop, and a whole lot more. Full details with pricing and links to all of the deals are...

Facebook Adds Long-Needed Save-For-Later Feature

Facebook Adds Long-Needed Save-For-Later Feature

For as ubiquitous as Facebook is and for as many features as the social network has, there are a few much-needed items that the company just hasn’t gotten to over the years. (For example, why can’t you comment on a comment?) Facebook is taking care of one of those long-needed features today, though, by introducing Save. Save lets...

Devs Buying Into Amazon’s Fire Phone

Devs Buying Into Amazon’s Fire Phone

If there was one word to describe Amazon, it would be “disruptive”. The company has been dominant in the online retail market, but it has also pushed into other services such as video streaming with Amazon Prime, tablets, and even drones. Amazon’s recently-announced Fire smartphone is an intriguing a product within a given...

Apple Anticipates Record iPhone Demand, Asks Suppliers To Prep 70-80 Million Large Screen Handsets

Apple Anticipates Record iPhone Demand, Asks Suppliers To Prep 70-80 Million Large Screen Handsets

Apparently Apple is anticipating not only record demand for its next iPhone launch, but a near exponential rise in sales compared to previous models (slight exaggeration). Or perhaps Apple wants to avoid lengthy backorders -- either way, it's being reported that Apple has asked suppliers to ready between 70 million an 80 million iPhone 6 devices...

The Deal Is Done: Facebook Officially Owns Oculus

The Deal Is Done: Facebook Officially Owns Oculus

Whether you’re disgusted by the prospect of Facebook owning an exciting grassroots-type product like the Oculus Rift or believe, like John Carmack and Michael Abrash, that combining Facebook’ big moneybags with Oculus’ know-how will make possible all the promise of VR technology, Facebook’s blockbuster deal to acquire...

Intel's SSD Pro 2500 Enterprise SSD Tested

Intel's SSD Pro 2500 Enterprise SSD Tested

Intel's just-announced Intel SSD 2500 Pro, falls somewhere in the middle of Intel’s SSD line-up. The SSD 2500 Pro is the follow-up to last year’s SSD 1500 Pro series, which targets corporate and small-business clients. The drive shares much of its DNA with some of Intel’s consumer-class drives, but the Pro series cranks things...

Xiaomi Waltzes Into Wearables With $13 Fitness Band That Can Unlock Your Smartphone

Xiaomi Waltzes Into Wearables With $13 Fitness Band That Can Unlock Your Smartphone

It seems hard to fathom at this point, but there was actually a time when it wasn't certain if a tablet market could exist outside of Apple's iPad. Once low-cost Android tablets started to roll out (as opposed to Android tablets priced the same as the iPad), consumers reacted in a big way. Fast forward to today and we're staring at an emerging...

Yahoo Acquires Flurry Analytics As It Looks To Bolster Mobile Presence

Yahoo Acquires Flurry Analytics As It Looks To Bolster Mobile Presence

For those who hang around this sector, Flurry is a common name. Every so often, perhaps every quarter or so, Flurry would unleash a flurry (sorry, we couldn't resist) of data surrounding platforms and mobile insights. Since launching in 2008, it has grown into a trusted, heavily relied upon source for information. Primarily tapped into by...

Verizon Rides The Wireless Wave To Sixth Consecutive Quarter Of Double Digit Earnings Growth

Verizon Rides The Wireless Wave To Sixth Consecutive Quarter Of Double Digit Earnings Growth

Verizon Communications said it added 1.4 million net retail connections in the second quarter of 2014 to bring its total wireless subscriber base to 104.6 million. Equally impressive is the company's low churn rate of just 1.2 percent, meaning that the vast majority of wireless customers are content with their service, or at least content...

Hands-On With NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet And Tegra K1

Hands-On With NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet And Tegra K1

NVIDIA just officially announced the SHIELD tablet (powered by their Tegra K1 SoC) and SHIELD wireless controller. As the SHIELD branding implies, the new SHIELD tablet and wireless controller builds upon the previously-released, Android-based SHIELD portable to bring a true gaming-oriented tablet to consumers. In some ways, the SHIELD tablet...

Researchers Find Correlation Between Increased Facebook Use And Divorce

Researchers Find Correlation Between Increased Facebook Use And Divorce

If you or your spouse spend a lot of time on Facebook, it can be pretty scary to see a study suggest there's a correlation between heavy Facebook use and divorce. However, it's important to note the distinction between "correlation" and "causation," which is to say that spending an inordinate amount of time on Facebook or any other social...

Your e-DNA May Be The Next Security Frontier For Hackers To Exploit

Your e-DNA May Be The Next Security Frontier For Hackers To Exploit

It goes without saying that technology can be amazing, but at the same time, some aspects of it can be downright scary. The latest example of that comes from Oxford, where a team of researchers have developed "e-DNA", a foolproof solution, they claim, that can single you out on the Internet. Like our real DNA, our e-DNA is composed of many...

Best Deals On HP ENVY Core i7 Touch Laptops, Ooma VoIP, and More

Best Deals On HP ENVY Core i7 Touch Laptops, Ooma VoIP, and More

It’s a new week, and it with that comes a fresh batch of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu for you all today, we have deals on the HP ENVY 17t Haswell-based notebook with touch, the Lenovo H500 dual-core Mini-Tower desktop system, a Dell PowerEdge T110 II Intel Dual-core Server, and a whole lot more. Full details...

 Chinese Hackers Compromise Tesla Model S, Honk Horn, Unlock Doors, Flash Headlights

Chinese Hackers Compromise Tesla Model S, Honk Horn, Unlock Doors, Flash Headlights

It looks like Tesla has a few security vulnerabilities to address. That much became evident after Chinese hackers participating in a hacking competition at the annual Syscan conference in Beijing took advantage of a vulnerability in a Tesla Model S electric car that allowed them to honk the horn, unlock the doors, and flash the headlights,...

Blasphemy! Lenovo Clarifies Intention To Continue With Small Screen Windows Tablets

Blasphemy! Lenovo Clarifies Intention To Continue With Small Screen Windows Tablets

Word broke a few days ago that Lenovo was going to discontinue tablets in the U.S. under 10 inches or so in size. It appeared that demand for smaller tablets stateside was dwindling, with users preferring larger devices. Lenovo released a statement today addressing that bit of news, and the long and short of it is that the statement is untrue....

LG G3 Available From AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint For $99 On Amazon

LG G3 Available From AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint For $99 On Amazon

If you want to snag an LG G3 from a carrier such as AT&T, you should be prepared to drop $199.99 with a two-year contract, but it looks as though you can pick one up from Amazon for just $99. The monster etailer has the LG G3 available for AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint in Metallic Black or Silk White with 32GB of onboard storage. There’s...

Verizon Bumps FiOS Upload Speeds To ‘Symmetrically’ Match Download Speeds

Verizon Bumps FiOS Upload Speeds To ‘Symmetrically’ Match Download Speeds

Those who place a high value on in-home Internet have long envied the portion of the United States population within a Verizon FiOS footprint. While the fiber-based service stopped expanding to new areas years back, Verizon has continued to push its existing areas to new heights. Now, it's doing so once again, and we're certainly hopeful that...

Samsung Rolls Out Tizen OS Update With Enhanced User Interface For Original Galaxy Gear

Samsung Rolls Out Tizen OS Update With Enhanced User Interface For Original Galaxy Gear

There’s some question about how popular the original Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch ended up being, but in any case Samsung announced an update for the Gear that will bring it up to par with the Gear 2 (at least as far as software is concerned). Both devices now have the same user experience. The optional Tizen OS update will primarily...

Dial Back The Hype: Alleged iPhone 6 Display Fails Sandpaper Test, Suggesting Screen Isn't Pure Sapphire

Dial Back The Hype: Alleged iPhone 6 Display Fails Sandpaper Test, Suggesting Screen Isn't Pure Sapphire

Apple still hasn't announced its next iPhone, but that hasn't stopped the Internet from talking about and leaking information in relation to what's likely to be called the iPhone 6. Much of the recent focus has been on the iPhone 6's supposed sapphire crystal display, a seemingly much more resilient material than Corning's Gorilla Glass and...

Microsoft Launches Windows Phone Online Training Emulator To Lure In New Users

Microsoft Launches Windows Phone Online Training Emulator To Lure In New Users

Statistically speaking, there aren't a whole lot of smartphone owners rocking Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, at least compared to Android and iOS, the two of which collectively account for around nine out of 10 handsets. Presuming a fear of the unknown is preventing some users from hopping on the Windows Phone train, Microsoft has posted...

At Least They Have A Warrant: Federal Judge Grants Full Access To Gmail User's Account For US Prosecutors

At Least They Have A Warrant: Federal Judge Grants Full Access To Gmail User's Account For US Prosecutors

Generally speaking, you have a right to privacy when it comes to your email account, except when you're accused of a crime and there's a warrant. That's basically what a New York judge ruled when he upheld a previous order giving the U.S. government full access to the Gmail account of a suspect in a money laundering investigation. At issue...

Western Digital Expands WD Red Line Of NAS Drives With 6 Terabyte, 5 Platter HDD

Western Digital Expands WD Red Line Of NAS Drives With 6 Terabyte, 5 Platter HDD

Western Digital this morning hit the storage industry over its head with a couple of new high capacity hard drive options being offered in the company's WD Red line of drives. One is a 5-terabyte HDD and the other is a first-to-market 6-terabyte capacity HDD based on a tightly packed five-platter design, and like all WD Red drives, they're...

Google CEO Larry Page Reportedly Calls Samsung Exec On The Carpet Over Android Wear

Google CEO Larry Page Reportedly Calls Samsung Exec On The Carpet Over Android Wear

You could see this one coming a mile a way.  Though Samsung is clearly Google's golden child when it comes to moving Android-powered smartphones, there's a distinct divide developing between the two when it comes to the latest "wearables" technology trend and even a hint of one in smartphones as well. Further, according to recent reports,...

Microsoft Cuts Nokia McLaren 3D Touch Phone Development In Company-Wide Shake-Up

Microsoft Cuts Nokia McLaren 3D Touch Phone Development In Company-Wide Shake-Up

Way off in some alternate reality, Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on its Nokia McLaren handset, a flagship phone equipped with 3D Touch technology. The company's marketing team is busy preparing advertisements that show off the Kinect-like gesture control you can pull off courtesy of the phone's many embedded sensor, and there's...

Seagate Announces  First Customer Samples Of 8 Terabyte Hard Drive During Fiscal Q4 Earnings Call

Seagate Announces First Customer Samples Of 8 Terabyte Hard Drive During Fiscal Q4 Earnings Call

Overall Seagate Technology closed out its fiscal year (ended June 27, 2014) in good shape. The drive maker reported fourth quarter revenue of $3.3 billion, which was enough to pull a healthy profit of $320 million along with diluted earnings per share of $0.95. It also generated around $577 million in operating cash flow and returned a sizable...

Netflix Testing Private Viewing Mode To Cover Viewing Activity Log Tracks

Netflix Testing Private Viewing Mode To Cover Viewing Activity Log Tracks

Although Netflix’s system for tracking what you’ve viewed and offering up suggestions accordingly is a fine way to discover new movies or TV shows you may want to watch, it can also be annoying when you watch something that turns out to be awful (or embarrassing). Worse, your friends or family members who see your account can see...

Can You Hear Me Now? goTenna Lets Your Smartphone Connect With Friends Even If You Have No Bars

Can You Hear Me Now? goTenna Lets Your Smartphone Connect With Friends Even If You Have No Bars

Did you ever go on a big family road trip where there were two or more cars in the caravan, and you brought along walkie-talkies so you could communicate on the drive? Now, of course, nearly everyone has cell phones to accomplish the same thing more easily, but there’s a problem: When you don’t have service, you’re hosed....

Senator Slams Microsoft's Visa Hypocrisy As MSFT Searches For Foreign Workers While Laying Off Others

Senator Slams Microsoft's Visa Hypocrisy As MSFT Searches For Foreign Workers While Laying Off Others

Microsoft's plans to lay off some 18,000 employees have caused ripples in the tech industry -- it's one of the largest layoffs ever announced at a major IT company -- and some of those ripples have spread to Capitol Hill. On Friday, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) tore into Microsoft for the hypocrisy of pushing for more H1-B visas while it...

Chromebooks Making The Grade, Over 1 Million Shipped To Schools In Second Quarter

Chromebooks Making The Grade, Over 1 Million Shipped To Schools In Second Quarter

Give Google credit for sticking with its Chromebook platform despite a somewhat slow start and initial lukewarm reception. Over time, consumers are starting to see the value in these cloud-oriented systems, and they're proving particularly popular in schools. According to Google, schools bought more than 1 million Chromebook systems in the...

Facebook Testing “Buy” Button On Ads In Newsfeeds

Facebook Testing “Buy” Button On Ads In Newsfeeds

Don’t freak out, but Facebook is testing a new feature that would put “Buy” buttons on ads within the social network. Simply, users would see an ad, and the ad would have a button that you could click to purchase the item you see, all without leaving Facebook. This is an obvious evolution of having ads on Facebook, and it...

Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Posts Video Seemingly Proving ISP Throttles Netflix

Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Posts Video Seemingly Proving ISP Throttles Netflix

The ongoing battle between Netflix and ISPs that can't seem to handle the streaming video service's traffic boiled over to an infuriating level for Colin Nederkoon, a startup CEO who resides in New York City. Rather than accept excuses and finger pointing from either side, Nederkoon did a little investigating into why he was receiving such...

Fresh Chrome OS Screenshots Show Revamped “Athena” User Experience

Fresh Chrome OS Screenshots Show Revamped “Athena” User Experience

Google is always tweaking its products, and Chrome OS has one substantial change coming regarding the look and features of its windows management. (That’s “windows” not “Windows”, mind you.) Google “Happiness Evangelist” François Beaufort posted a screenshot that shows a stacked set of open...

Dell Dives Into Cryptocurrency, Starts Accepting Bitcoin

Dell Dives Into Cryptocurrency, Starts Accepting Bitcoin

Bitcoin just landed a big time partner in Dell, the third largest PC maker in the world and now the largest e-commerce merchant to accept the cryptocurrency. Dell doesn't get the distinction of being the first system builder to jump on the bandwagon, but with nearly $60 billion in annual sales, the OEM is by far bitcoin's biggest e-commerce...

Time Warner Cable Looking To Bring “Gigasphere” Internet To L.A. In 2016

Time Warner Cable Looking To Bring “Gigasphere” Internet To L.A. In 2016

The evolution to gigabit Internet speeds continues with the news that Time Warner Cable will be trying to bring what it calls the “Gigasphere” to L.A. in 2016. The city is soliciting requests for information (RFIs) for gigabit-level Internet service, and TWC is in the mix. “Over the last four years, Time Warner Cable has...

French Court Fines Blogger For Negative Restaurant Review Prominently Displayed In Google Search

French Court Fines Blogger For Negative Restaurant Review Prominently Displayed In Google Search

A restaurant owner in France sued a blogger for writing a negative review of her experience at his establishment and ultimately won because the review became too popular in Google's search results. Seriously. Apparently the judge in the case isn't familiar with this whole Internet thing and how it works, hence the goofy outcome. According...

Weekend Deals On Dell Optiplex Core i7 Desktop, Sony PS4, and More

Weekend Deals On Dell Optiplex Core i7 Desktop, Sony PS4, and More

It’s time to close out another week, but not before serving up another healthy serving of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on the Dell Optiplex 7010 Core i7-based system, the Lenovo F800 1TB Multi-mode Wireless Storage device, the 27" Dell UltraSharp UZ2715H 1080p Anti-glare IPS...

GIGABYTE Updates its EasyTune App to Make Overclocking Intel's Pentium Anniversary Edition a Breeze

GIGABYTE Updates its EasyTune App to Make Overclocking Intel's Pentium Anniversary Edition a Breeze

It might "just" be a Pentium, but I consider the G3258 "Anniversary Edition" to be one of the most interesting chips Intel's released in a while. It's a well-known fact that enthusiasts love ekeing as much performance out of their parts as possible, and there's just something about doing that to a sub-$100 part that can be seriously exciting....

E-Book Worms Can Feast on Amazon's 'Kindle Unlimited' Subscription Plan For $10 Per Month

E-Book Worms Can Feast on Amazon's 'Kindle Unlimited' Subscription Plan For $10 Per Month

Have you ever had to grudgingly put down a good book so you could run an errand? Amazon just solved this (admittedly minor) problem with its new Kindle Unlimited subscription, which includes ebooks, audiobooks, and support for easily switching between the two. Now, you can read a book on your mobile device at home and then switch to the audio...

NPD Group Notes Strong Console Sales Despite Decline In Video Game Software Sales In June

NPD Group Notes Strong Console Sales Despite Decline In Video Game Software Sales In June

It was a bit of a weird month in June for the video game industry. According to a fresh report from NPD Group, overall sales of game systems, software, and accessories in June came to $735 million, representing a healthy 24 percent jump compared to the same month a year ago. It's also the ninth consecutive month of increased sales in the games...

ASUS Rounds Out Z97 Motherboard Lineup With Maximus VII Formula (Bonus: Watch Dogs Edition, Too)

ASUS Rounds Out Z97 Motherboard Lineup With Maximus VII Formula (Bonus: Watch Dogs Edition, Too)

We’ve already given you an overview of ASUS’ line of Z97-based motherboards (as well as a group of competitors' boards), and ASUS is rounding out that series with the new Maximus VII Formula and Maximus VII Formula/Watch Dogs Edition motherboards. These boards feature CrossChill Copper hybrid cooling, which features a copper cooling...

Google Working On Fix For Chrome Browser Bug That Drains Laptop Batteries

Google Working On Fix For Chrome Browser Bug That Drains Laptop Batteries

Does your laptop battery seem to give up the ghost a little bit quicker when you use Google's Chrome browser to surf the web? You're not alone -- this is a known issue that's been around since at least 2010, though it's largely been swept under the rug. Until now, that is. Google has vowed to fix the issue, and to fix it soon. Even though...

So Long Xbox TV, Microsoft Confirms Plans To Shutter Xbox Entertainment Studios

So Long Xbox TV, Microsoft Confirms Plans To Shutter Xbox Entertainment Studios

We won't soon look back and remember this week as the brightest in Microsoft's history. With a newly-minted CEO moving forward with around 18,000 job cuts by the end of 2014, it's clear that this is a pivotal point in Microsoft's history. What will become of Windows, Nokia, its cloud services, and its engagement with enterprise will all be...

Gaming Goes Big Time As ESPN Agrees To Host $10 Million Dota 2 Championship

Gaming Goes Big Time As ESPN Agrees To Host $10 Million Dota 2 Championship

Dota 2, a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game, has caught the attention of ESPN, which is planning to cover The International Dota 2 Championships. ESPN will air the tournament on its live multi-screen sports network, ESPN3, and is also planning an exclusive show previewing the final match on ESPN2 on Sunday at 8:30 pm Pacific...

MSI Cuts No Corners With Beastly GT72 Dominator Pro Gaming Notebook

MSI Cuts No Corners With Beastly GT72 Dominator Pro Gaming Notebook

Thick, heavy gaming notebooks are a bit out of fashion, but MSI (a company that also has slim gaming notebooks to sell) is outing a beastly desktop replacement rig that purports to destroy benchmarks. In any case, MSI seems to have pulled out all the stops for the MSI GT72 Dominator Pro. It has a 17.3-inch display (1920x1080) and runs on an...

Lenovo Discontinues Sub 10-Inch Windows Tablets In U.S. Market

Lenovo Discontinues Sub 10-Inch Windows Tablets In U.S. Market

Lenovo, the world's number one supplier of PCs, has reportedly decided to stop selling Windows-based tablets with screen sizes under 10 inches in the U.S. market. That includes the ThinkPad 8, which was launched in January, and the 8-inch version of the Miix 2, which Lenovo began shipping in October of last year. What it boils down to is a...

AMD's Stock Price Falls More Than 18% On Weak Forecast, Despite Modest Sales Improvement

AMD's Stock Price Falls More Than 18% On Weak Forecast, Despite Modest Sales Improvement

AMD reported its second quarter results today, and the stock market is anything but happy with the numbers -- in the past hour, the stock has shed more than 18% of its value, plunging from $4.57 to $3.86 as of this writing. Given the size of the plunge, you'd think the company had just announced its own imminent collapse. In reality, the company...

MIT Researchers Envision Charging Your Mobile Phone Using Water Droplets

MIT Researchers Envision Charging Your Mobile Phone Using Water Droplets

Well here’s one: MIT researchers are developing a way to harvest energy from, off all things, water droplets. They discovered that when water droplets spontaneously “jump” away from a superhydrophobic surface, they generate a tiny electric charge. Condensation is the real mechanism for the movement of the water, and the team...

Lowest Price Ever on Dell P2815Q UltraHD Monitor, Flagship Lenovo Y50 Gaming Laptop and More

Lowest Price Ever on Dell P2815Q UltraHD Monitor, Flagship Lenovo Y50 Gaming Laptop and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on the Dell P2815Q 28" UltraHD monitor, the Lenovo Y50 Core i7-based gaming laptop with discrete NVIDIA graphics, the HP ENVY 700z desktop system, and a whole lot more. Full details with pricing and links available...

Nissan Plans Autonomous Car By 2020

Nissan Plans Autonomous Car By 2020

The race to develop a driverless car is on, driven in large part by the efforts of Google, although plenty of other companies such as Intel and Ford are investing heavily into developing such technology as well. You can count Nissan as one major car maker that’s in the fray, as CEO Carlos Ghosn revealed the company’s plans to reporters...

Google Maps Gives London a 3D Makeover

Google Maps Gives London a 3D Makeover

It may not beat being there in person, but viewing 3D cities in Google Maps is a worthwhile experience. Google Maps and Google Earth update with 3D cities on a regular basis and the list is now in the hundreds, but what caught people’s attention today is that London has finally made the list. Thanks to aerial mapping, you can “fly”...

Trouble In Taiwan: TSMC Reportedly Loses Apple And Qualcomm Chip Orders

Trouble In Taiwan: TSMC Reportedly Loses Apple And Qualcomm Chip Orders

Perhaps the breakup between Apple and Samsung on the manufacturing side won't last all that long, after all. It was recently reported that Apple was reducing its reliance on Samsung by giving coveted chip orders to TSMC for its upcoming iPhone 6 and other mobile devices, but now there are mumblings in the media that TSMC is losing orders....

Microsoft Confirms Plans To Eliminate 18,000 Jobs, Also Putting Windows On Nokia X Handsets

Microsoft Confirms Plans To Eliminate 18,000 Jobs, Also Putting Windows On Nokia X Handsets

No company ever announces job cuts by saying, “We’re scuttling thousands of jobs, and that sucks, but that’s business”. Microsoft’s version of tap-dancing around the nasty business of layoffs is an email from CEO Satya Nadella titled “Starting to Evolve Our Organization and Culture” wherein he announced...

Apple Agrees To Conditionally Settle E-Book Price Fixing Lawsuit For $400 Million

Apple Agrees To Conditionally Settle E-Book Price Fixing Lawsuit For $400 Million

Apple may have to pay consumers up to $400 million as part of a settlement agreement it reached with New York Attorney Eric T. Schneiderman over the company's alleged involvement in a price fixing conspiracy. A federal court in New York found that the conspiracy led to artificially inflated prices for e-books sold to consumers in New York...

The Price Is Right: Microsoft Claims Xbox One Sales Doubled After Unveiling $399 Kinect-Free Console

The Price Is Right: Microsoft Claims Xbox One Sales Doubled After Unveiling $399 Kinect-Free Console

Microsoft raised a few eyebrows when it first announced that its Xbox One console would cost $499, a Benjamin more than Sony's PlayStation 4. Thus began the chatter on whether or not gamers would be willing to pay a premium for the Xbox One and, at the time, its mandatory Kinect bundle. Turns out they were, though sales haven't kept pace with...

NFL Sunday Ticket Now Offers Streaming Option, But Only If You Can't Get DirecTV

NFL Sunday Ticket Now Offers Streaming Option, But Only If You Can't Get DirecTV

Ahem, not so fast. While the Internet was abuzz yesterday regarding what appeared to be a sudden loosening of restrictions surrounding the highly-coveted NFL Sunday Ticket program, DirecTV has swooped in today to quell some of that excitement. Essentially, the satellite TV company threw up a new splash page on its website that seemed to suggest...

Microsoft Notebooks Headed for a Price War with Google Chromebooks

Microsoft Notebooks Headed for a Price War with Google Chromebooks

A battle is brewing on the notebook front, and customers are going to be the big winners – that is, customers who want low-end systems. Microsoft is lowering its license fees to help manufacturers like HP produce low-cost Windows notebooks that can take on Google’s Chromebooks. With systems expected to arrive in time for the holidays,...

FBI Is Worried Bad Guys Will Use Self Driving Cars As 'Lethal Weapons'

FBI Is Worried Bad Guys Will Use Self Driving Cars As 'Lethal Weapons'

As autonomous vehicles look to become a big part of our future, you can bet that the FBI has exhaustively looked at both its pros and cons. The pros of course are obvious; people could be driven around without effort on their behalf, officers could let the car drive itself while they focus on their PC, and of course, there should be far fewer...

Price Drops On LG G3 Smartphone, Toshiba Core i7 Laptops, Bundled Gift Cards and More

Price Drops On LG G3 Smartphone, Toshiba Core i7 Laptops, Bundled Gift Cards and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our good friends at LogicBuy. Up for your consideration today, we have deals on the LG G3 5.5" QuadHD Android smartphone (on T-Mobile), the 17.3" Toshiba Satellite P75 laptop, the Netgear R7000 Nighthawk AC1900 WiFi Router plus a $50 Dell eGift Card, and a whole lot more. Full...

Comcast "Embarrassed" Over Customer Support Call From Hell

Comcast "Embarrassed" Over Customer Support Call From Hell

Comcast has long been one of the most loathed companies in America - it even won Consumerist's 2014 award for Worst Company in America - but it doesn't seem to mind. If it did, it probably wouldn't make it virtually impossible for someone to cancel their service - but it does. It's not hard to find stories like this, but when it happens to...

LinkedIn Buys News Startup Newsle

LinkedIn Buys News Startup Newsle

LinkedIn has risen to become the replacement for the professional Black Book. It's the de facto place to find and connect with other professionals, either colleagues you work with or folks that you meet quickly at a conference. Over the years, it has expanded quite a bit, from just online resumes to job searching, messaging, news, and now,...

Slingbox M1 Brings TV Streaming To Mobile Devices For $150

Slingbox M1 Brings TV Streaming To Mobile Devices For $150

You pay good money for your TV service and you should be able to watch it on whichever device you wish, right? If you're thinking, "Hell yeah, that's right!," then you're probably going to like Sling's new Slingbox M1. It's a $150 (MSRP) box capable of bouncing pay TV content from your living room to the most popular mobile devices. That includes...

Maingear Rush Review With Radeon R9 295X2 CrossFire

Maingear Rush Review With Radeon R9 295X2 CrossFire

When we reviewed the Maingear Epic Rush a few months ago, we found its performance jaw-dropping, and thus we expected the same out of its sibling, the Maingear Rush. However, these are different systems with different configurations on board. For instance, they have different CPUs--the Rush we're testing today has a newer, more powerful GPU...

Unlocked Nokia Lumia 1020 Pops Up In Microsoft Store For $549

Unlocked Nokia Lumia 1020 Pops Up In Microsoft Store For $549

When the Nokia Lumia 1020 debuted, it cost a whopping $299 on contract; that price subsequently dropped to $199, and now there’s an unlocked version available for $549 in the Microsoft Store. That’s not a bad price for a smartphone that boasts the specs the 1020 offers. As we’ve detailed in our full review, the phone runs...

LeapFrog Hops into Console Space with LeapTV, First Educational and Active Gaming System

LeapFrog Hops into Console Space with LeapTV, First Educational and Active Gaming System

It’s been a rough summer for Nintendo. First, Sony’s console sales exceeded Nintendo’s, breaking a decade-long winning streak, and then Philips won an important patent infringement case against Nintendo related to its Wii U controllers. Now, Nintendo is facing a new competitor in a segment of the game console market that...

A Tesla For The Rest Of Us: $35,000 Tesla Model 3 Coming In 2017

A Tesla For The Rest Of Us: $35,000 Tesla Model 3 Coming In 2017

Elon Musk’s vision for fleets of all-electric vehicles seems to be going well for the most part, some litigious miscellany notwithstanding, but the cars are rather expensive. However, that’s all going to change in 2017, when Tesla releases the Model 3 that will cost just $35,000. Granted, a $35,000 car is not what you’d call...

IBM To Sell Specially Configured iPhones And iPads To Enterprise Clients

IBM To Sell Specially Configured iPhones And iPads To Enterprise Clients

Uh oh, BlackBerry -- with some help from IBM, it looks like Apple is making a play for the enterprise market with its mobile devices. Starting this fall, IBM is planning to partner exclusively with Apple to sell iPhone and iPad devices pre-loaded with native applications developed from the ground up specifically for enterprise customers. The...

Google Backs Off From Requiring Real Names On Social Network

Google Backs Off From Requiring Real Names On Social Network

Google has some fantastic news for JoeBlow58736 and F1irtyGirl25, as well as anyone else who prefers to use their online nickname versus their real identity. You are no longer required to use your real name when creating a Google+ account, representing a reversal in policy that's in place since the social network launched over threes year...

Google Search Adds Bitcoin Currency To Price Calculator

Google Search Adds Bitcoin Currency To Price Calculator

The somewhat controversial cryptocurrency known as Bitcoin continues to show signs that it's here to stay, as opposed to a passing tech fad. More and more companies are starting to accept Bitcoin as payment for goods and services, and even Google is embracing it, or at least acknowledging that it's an important part of today's Internet culture....

Limited Time Offer: Buy A Diamond Radeon R9 295X2, Get A Free 500GB Samsung 840 EVO

Limited Time Offer: Buy A Diamond Radeon R9 295X2, Get A Free 500GB Samsung 840 EVO

When AMD launched its Radeon R9 295X2, we praised the GPUs performance and its impressive water liquid cooling system, but noted that the price, at $1500, was quite high -- even given these positive characteristics. AMD's Never Settle Forever bundle helps to sweeten the deal, since it's worth about $150 at retail value, but it's not necessarily...

Snapchat's Next Big Thing Is Adding Location Based Filters To Photos And Videos

Snapchat's Next Big Thing Is Adding Location Based Filters To Photos And Videos

It's no guarantee that today's fads won't fizzle out tomorrow, especially in the rapidly evolving mobile space. That being the case, Snapchat took a monumental gamble by turning down two lucrative buyout offers by Facebook, one for $1 billion and a second one for $3 billion. Time will tell if those were wise decisions, but in the meantime,...

Price Drops On Dell Desktops, Kindle Paperwhite, and More

Price Drops On Dell Desktops, Kindle Paperwhite, and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on the Dell XPS 8700 Haswell-based desktop system, a re-furbed Kindle Paperwhite 6" WiFi eBook Reader, the 15.6" Toshiba Satellite S55T-A5132 notebook with 12GB of RAM and touch, and a whole lot more. Full details...

Samsung Suspends Business with Chinese Factory Following Child Labor Investigation

Samsung Suspends Business with Chinese Factory Following Child Labor Investigation

Samsung’s zero tolerance policy towards the use of child labor had a public test this week when Child Labor Watch accused a supplier of hiring children. Samsung investigated the Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Company over the next few days and announced that it is temporarily suspending business with the supplier, based on evidence “of...

Origin PC, CyberPowerPC Release Thin And Light Gaming Notebooks

Origin PC, CyberPowerPC Release Thin And Light Gaming Notebooks

It seems that the era of bulky gaming laptop beasts is over as most PC builders are releasing slim machines that deliver impressive gaming performance in surprisingly svelte form factors. Origin PC and CyberPowerPC are on the bandwagon as both companies are releasing new gaming notebooks. The Origin PC EVO 15-S weighs 4.36 lbs and measures...

New York Lost $1 Billion Fending Off 900 Data Breaches Last Year

New York Lost $1 Billion Fending Off 900 Data Breaches Last Year

In case you hadn’t heard, data breaches are a problem--a huge problem--and to quantify that somewhat, New York AG Eric Schneiderman released a report detailing his state’s data breach information including the costs involved. There’s a lot of meaty data in the report, but one part that stands out is that there were 900 data...

Dead End: Microsoft Decides To Discontinue MapPoint On December 31, 2014

Dead End: Microsoft Decides To Discontinue MapPoint On December 31, 2014

Another end of an era is right around the corner, though attentive drivers could probably have seen this one coming. We're talking about the discontinuation of Microsoft's MapPoint software. After 15 years of service, Microsoft said it's planning to fold up MapPoint for good on December 31, 2014, though you're welcome to purchase the U.S....

Google Teams With Swiss Drug Maker To Make Smart Contact Lenses A Reality

Google Teams With Swiss Drug Maker To Make Smart Contact Lenses A Reality

Google’s mysterious “X” division was reportedly experimenting with contact lenses that have built-in technology to detect glucose levels in the wearer’s tears earlier this year, and the company has now teamed up with drugmaker Novartis to make the lenses a reality. According to Reuters, the smart contacts will have...

Samsung Reportedly Plans To Ship A Premium Model Galaxy S5 With Metal Chassis

Samsung Reportedly Plans To Ship A Premium Model Galaxy S5 With Metal Chassis

One of the few criticisms attached to Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone is that it doesn't sport a premium construction like some of its rivals. Unlike the iPhone 5S or HTC One M8, Samsung decided against a metal chassis in favor of plastic -- hardly a deal killer, but still a buzz kill of sorts, especially when several rumors leading...

U.S. Secret Service Warns Of Keyloggers At Hotel PCs

U.S. Secret Service Warns Of Keyloggers At Hotel PCs

Sure, you may feel like you're ready to take on the world after a good night's rest -- after all, you stayed at a Holiday Inn. Or perhaps you crashed at a Motel 6 where they leave the light on for you (yes, we watch too much television). Regardless of where you plan to spend the night during your travels, you should be aware that crooks are...

Seagate Tries Wooing Small Business Customers With Five New NAS Boxes

Seagate Tries Wooing Small Business Customers With Five New NAS Boxes

With cloud solutions in one hand and localized storage solutions in the other, Seagate is bolstering its lineup of Networked Attached Storage products today with an array of new boxes. Aiming squarely for at-home and small businesses who need to keep a respectable, but not outrageous, amount of data available via the Web, the new Seagate NAS...

Netflix Partners With Verizon To Deliver Content, Performance Plunges Anyway

Netflix Partners With Verizon To Deliver Content, Performance Plunges Anyway

From the beginning, the anti-net neutrality argument has been built on a single premise: Give companies free rein to charge more money for services, and they'll respond by improving the customer experience, rolling out service to more people, and aggressively adopting faster technology. Over the past few months, Netflix has served as an unofficial...

Home Depot Sets Up MakerBot 3D Printer Kiosks In 12 Stores

Home Depot Sets Up MakerBot 3D Printer Kiosks In 12 Stores

Readers of HotHardware are no doubt aware of the impact that 3D printers are having on the world, as well as the fact that they're rapidly growing in popularity. The layman might not understand this, though, so when a big chain store decides to bring some units into select locations, and start selling them online, it's a pretty big deal....

Best Deals on Toshiba E45T Touch Ultrabook, Dell S2240L Monitor and More

Best Deals on Toshiba E45T Touch Ultrabook, Dell S2240L Monitor and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. To kick on this week, we have deals on the 14" Toshiba Satellite E45T-AST2N02 Core i5-based ultrabook, the Dell S2240L 21.5" 1080p IPS monitor (with gift card), a Dell Inspiron 3000-series desktop system and a whole lot more. Full details with pricing...

Oracle Prepares Massive Critical July Update To Plug 113 Security Holes

Oracle Prepares Massive Critical July Update To Plug 113 Security Holes

IT admins would do well to prepare themselves for a rather large collection of security updates that Oracle is planning to release this Thursday. The updates are supposed to fix precisely 113 security vulnerabilities that a apply to hundreds of versions of the company's products, including Database, Fusion Middleware, Solaris, MySQL Server,...

Windows 9 Screenie Leaks Online, Shows Retooled Start Menu And Metro Apps On Desktop

Windows 9 Screenie Leaks Online, Shows Retooled Start Menu And Metro Apps On Desktop

In dribbles and drips, we’re (allegedly) learning more about the next Microsoft OS, Windows 9 “Threshold”. The latest bit to leak out is a screenshot that purports to show the new desktop environment, including a remade Start screen. The screen grab comes from My Digital Life forum user DUF_, and you can see that the Start...

Workstation GPU War: AMD FirePro W9100 vs NVIDIA Quadro K6000

Workstation GPU War: AMD FirePro W9100 vs NVIDIA Quadro K6000

It has been almost two years since AMD launched the FirePro W9000 and kicked off a new battle in the workstation GPU wars. Today, we're reviewing the company's FirePro W9100 -- a new card based on the same Hawaii-class GPU as the desktop R9 290 and R9 290X, but aimed at the workstation market and professional consumers. Does AMD's new card...

Amazon Zocalo Sets Its Gun Sights On Box And Dropbox With Collaborative Cloud Storage

Amazon Zocalo Sets Its Gun Sights On Box And Dropbox With Collaborative Cloud Storage

The enterprise has been feeling a lot of love from online storage services lately, with Box, Dropbox, and now Amazon introducing updates and new products. Amazon just announced Zocalo, a file storage service with an emphasis on document sharing and collaboration. Zocalo has something for everybody. Amazon is wooing enterprise execs with the...

Microsoft's Cortana Predicted World Cup Winner, Brazil Is Voice Assistant's Only Blemish

Microsoft's Cortana Predicted World Cup Winner, Brazil Is Voice Assistant's Only Blemish

If you want to beat the Las Vegas odds makers, you might want to look at the available software at your disposable. To wit, EA's Madden NFL franchise has correctly predicted the winner of the Super Bowl in 8 of the last 11 tries (but got it wrong this last time around), and Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant for Windows Phone 8.1 devices...

Web Titans Including Google And Netflix Push FCC For Net Neutrality

Web Titans Including Google And Netflix Push FCC For Net Neutrality

As the war over net neutrality rages on, the Internet Association fired off the latest volley by supplicating the FCC with concerns and a mandate to take decisive action on the issue. The IA’s voice is bolstered by a chorus of major tech companies, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Yahoo!, and more. “Segregation of the...

Raspberry Pi Cooks Up Improved Model B+ With Tasty Upgrades, Still $35

Raspberry Pi Cooks Up Improved Model B+ With Tasty Upgrades, Still $35

Two years ago saw the release of the Raspberry Pi Model B, a $35 computer board running Linux, and in the meantime we’ve also seen the $25 Model A emerge. Now the Raspberry Pi Model B+ is here, and the team is calling it “the final evolution of the original Rasperry Pi”. Although the B+ has the same ARM-based BCM2835 processor,...

Google Glass Founder Babak Parvis "Super Excited" To Join Amazon

Google Glass Founder Babak Parvis "Super Excited" To Join Amazon

Top level talent is hard to come by in the tech sector, so it's not unusual to see major players jump from one company to the next. It can sometimes be pretty cutthroat in Silicon Valley, though in other cases, engineers and other high level workers sometimes simply need a change after burying themselves in a project. We're not sure which...

YouTube Fishes Hollywood Producers For Premium Content To Fund

YouTube Fishes Hollywood Producers For Premium Content To Fund

The world of content is a complicated one, and it isn't getting any easier for those trying to cut through the noise. Netflix realized a few years ago that streaming content owned by others probably wasn't a hugely sustainable solution, so it invested in creating its own exclusive content that would coerce folks to stay with Netflix even if...

Bandai Namco Confirms Tekken 7, Will Use Unreal Engine 4

Bandai Namco Confirms Tekken 7, Will Use Unreal Engine 4

The cat is out of the bag, folks -- Tekken 7, the first numbered release since way back in 2007, was confirmed by Katsuhiro Harada, game producer and creator of the Tekken series from Namco Bandai. Appropriately enough, Harada made the announcement at the Evolution Championship Series fighting game tournament in Las Vegas. Tekken was first...

Microsoft’s Nadella Avoids Job Cuts Question But After Nokia Assimilation It Seems Inevitable

Microsoft’s Nadella Avoids Job Cuts Question But After Nokia Assimilation It Seems Inevitable

In a lengthy and open memo to employees regarding Microsoft's future, company CEO Satya Nadella mentioned having to "flatten the organization and develop leaner business processes." That sounds an awful lot like cost cutting measures might be in Microsoft's future, though Nadella managed to dodge an inquiry on whether that will also include...

Viral Video Shows How Much Abuse Sapphire  iPhone 6 Screen Can Take

Viral Video Shows How Much Abuse Sapphire iPhone 6 Screen Can Take

Have you ever seen anyone using a cracked iPhone? It's not a rare sight, nor is it exclusive to the iPhone crowd, but it is an unfortunate consequence of dropping a handset on pavement or other type of hard surface. Fortunately, a solution may be just around the bend. Rumor has it Apple's iPhone 6 will sport a sapphire crystal display, and...

Apple Tells China To Chill, iPhone Location And Data Privacy Is Secure

Apple Tells China To Chill, iPhone Location And Data Privacy Is Secure

China made headlines the world over yesterday when its state media declared that Apple's beloved iPhone poses a threat to national security. With such a grand accusation, we knew that it wouldn't take long for Apple to speak up, and despite it being the weekend, the company issued a statement today. The Cupertino company's statement appears...

Yahoo Acquires RayV For Higher Quality Online Video Streaming

Yahoo Acquires RayV For Higher Quality Online Video Streaming

The transition from offline media like DVDs and Blu-ray discs to online streaming has been swift, and with it comes increased competition. To ensure it doesn't get left behind, Yahoo announced in a blog post that it acquired RayV, a video streaming startup based in Israel. RayV's strength is being able to deliver high-quality video feeds to...

Want To Ensure Your Personal Android Data Is Truly Wiped?  Just Turn On Encryption Then Reset

Want To Ensure Your Personal Android Data Is Truly Wiped? Just Turn On Encryption Then Reset

We've been around the block enough times to know that outside of setting a storage medium on fire or some other equally extreme measure, all data is recoverable, it's just matter of time, money, and overall desire. However, it was still sobering to find out exactly how much data security firm Avast was able to recover from Android devices...

Reports Say Apple Is Preparing 68 Million iPhone 6 Units For Initial Rollout

Reports Say Apple Is Preparing 68 Million iPhone 6 Units For Initial Rollout

You can pretty much bank on every iPhone launch being the biggest one ever, breaking whatever sales record the previous model set -- that's where the smart money's at. Eventually that will stop being true, just don't expect it happen with the iPhone 6. Apple certainly isn't. Just the opposite, Apple is preparing for a massive launch by ensuring...

Judge Authorizes Disclosure Of Reviewer's Personal Data In Amazon Case

Judge Authorizes Disclosure Of Reviewer's Personal Data In Amazon Case

A federal judge has authorized a nutritional supplement manufacturer, Ubervita, to subpoena Craigslist and Amazon for the personal details of reviewers who reportedly posted negative things about the company and its products. We've seen this question come up more than once in the context of an individual's right to privacy and whether a review...

Chinese Media Declares iPhone A Threat To National Security

Chinese Media Declares iPhone A Threat To National Security

When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden came forth last year with the US government's spying secrets, it didn't take long to realize that some of the information revealed could bring on some serious repercussions - not just for the US government, but also for US-based companies. The latest to feel the hit? None other than Apple, and in a region...

Weekend Deals on Sony PS4 Console Bundles, Big Screen Dell Monitors and More

Weekend Deals on Sony PS4 Console Bundles, Big Screen Dell Monitors and More

It’s time to close out another week, but not before serving up the latest batch of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu this fine Friday, we have deals on the Sony PlayStation 4 with various games and gift cards bundled in, the Dell P2815Q 28" 4K UltraHD Monitor, the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro 13.3" hybrid with solid state...

ASUS MeMO Pad 7 Review: Intel Bay Trail Inside

ASUS MeMO Pad 7 Review: Intel Bay Trail Inside

ASUS recently refreshed its 7-inch MeMO Pad 7 tablet with Intel’s new Atom Z3745 Bay Trail-based processor. Having overcome its rocky start, the latest generation of Atom processors is building a reputation for power efficiency and computational chops. Despite its early days in ill-fated netbooks, today's Atom looks to be a good fit...

Nadella’s Bold New Microsoft: Flatter Org, Leaner Process For ‘Smart, Curious, Ambitious’ People

Nadella’s Bold New Microsoft: Flatter Org, Leaner Process For ‘Smart, Curious, Ambitious’ People

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has his work cut out for him. Although Microsoft is still one of the most important tech companies in the world, the company’s dominance is slipping as technology evolves rapidly. The company’s old product paradigms simply don’t work anymore, and Microsoft has appeared out of touch and confused...

Amazon Requests FAA Clearance To Test Delivery Drones In Seattle Air Space

Amazon Requests FAA Clearance To Test Delivery Drones In Seattle Air Space

Drones aren't what they used to be. Once reserved for tactical purposes, drones of all shapes, sizes, and prices are flying around now, with Parrot enabling normal consumers to pick one up to goof off with, and Amazon even going so far as proposing to use drones for package delivery. Of course, Prime from the sky can't happen without a little...

North Korea Gets All Pissy-Pants About New Seth Rogen Comedy "The Interview"

North Korea Gets All Pissy-Pants About New Seth Rogen Comedy "The Interview"

Don't accuse North Korea of having a sense of humor. Such a claim can't be made after it complained to the United Nations about a comedy flick starring Seth Rogen and James Franco in which the two are on a mission to assassinate North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un. All that's left is for Dennis Rodman to give the movie two thumbs down. In "The...

Verizon Points Bony Digit At Netflix For Poor Streaming Performance

Verizon Points Bony Digit At Netflix For Poor Streaming Performance

The back and forth between Internet service providers (ISPs) and Netflix as to which side is to blame for poor streaming performance continues with Verizon penning a blog post saying its hands are clean. According to Verizon, it's not throttling streaming video from Netflix, and the reason why some of its customers with fast connections are...

Good Google: Company Sends Google Glass And $25k To Winning Nonprofits

Good Google: Company Sends Google Glass And $25k To Winning Nonprofits

We were critical of Google’s recent decision to choose a high-end fashion retailer to sell Glass through a third party for the first time (which included a $300 markup), but Google is doing some good work with Glass through its “Giving Through Glass” program. The company awarded five nonprofits with a pair of Google Glass...

Samsung Rolls Out ‘GALAXY Apps’ Store Taking On Google Play

Samsung Rolls Out ‘GALAXY Apps’ Store Taking On Google Play

When it comes to Android apps, Google Play isn't the only option in town. There's of course Amazon's App Store, which isn't quite as fleshed out, and now a rebranded app store from Samsung with a heavy focus on Galaxy devices. As such, Samsung is now calling its app destination the Samsung Galaxy Apps store, and kicking off the relaunch are...

Acer Adds Intel Core i3 To Chromebook C720, But Is Price Markup Too High?

Acer Adds Intel Core i3 To Chromebook C720, But Is Price Markup Too High?

We know that many manufacturers are refreshing their chromebooks soon as Intel is pushing its Bay Trail-M SoC and Intel Core i3 (Haswell) chips, and you can count Acer among those companies. Acer announced that it will have two new SKUs in its chromebook stable, both of which will run on Intel Core i3-4005U (1.7GHz) chips. It’s intriguing...

 Google Chromecast Now Mirrors Your Pocket Screen To The Big Screen

Google Chromecast Now Mirrors Your Pocket Screen To The Big Screen

Are you streaming content to your television yet? With the wealth of options available, there's really no reason not to be at this point. Still one of our favorites is Google's tiny (and affordable) Chromecast dongle (see our review), which is continually improving with updates and feature improvements, the latest of which is the ability to...

Best Deals on Xbox One Console Bundles, Dell Monitors and More

Best Deals on Xbox One Console Bundles, Dell Monitors and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu for you all this fine Thursday, we have deal on the Xbox One (Non Kinect Version) with a 12-Month Xbox Live Gold Card and $100 Dell eGift Card, a 24" Dell UltraSharp U2412M led-backlit monitor, a Lenovo Y40 14" gaming laptop, and a whole lot...

Man Claims Uber Driver Kidnapped Him For High Speed Interstate Car Chase

Man Claims Uber Driver Kidnapped Him For High Speed Interstate Car Chase

Three Uber riders experienced one of the worst-case scenarios skeptics of the rideshare service--a high-speed car chase and a (brief) de facto kidnapping--during a visit to the Washington, D.C. area. The Washington Post reports that Ryan Simonetti, co-founder of a company called Convene, and two colleagues hailed an Uber car after a meeting,...

LinkedIn Connected App For iPhone Let's You Job Hunt, Scout While Mobile

LinkedIn Connected App For iPhone Let's You Job Hunt, Scout While Mobile

LinkedIn is focused on being a bona fide social network, and to that end the company has created a new iPhone app called LinkedIn Connected that promises to “take the work out of networking”, according to a LinkedIn announcement. “Connected gives you relevant, and timely, reasons to reach out and keep in touch with the people...

Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Versus Onboard Audio

Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Versus Onboard Audio

Today we're looking at the Sound Blaster ZxR, Creative's flagship audio solution for PC power users. It's also one of three available cards in Creative's ultra high-performance Z-Series of sound cards, the ZxR being the top-end solution. It boasts a signal-to-noise (SNR) of 124dB that Creative claims is 89.1 times better than your motherboard's...

99 Days of Freedom Project Aims to See if People are Happier Without Facebook

99 Days of Freedom Project Aims to See if People are Happier Without Facebook

Earlier this month, Facebook made headlines for reasons some might consider enraging: It used nearly a million of its users as guinea pigs to gauge the service's emotional influence. An experiment like this is hardly that surprising of a company like Facebook, but that shouldn't make it something we should have to put up with. We followed-up...

Apple Drops A Dime On Google For FTC Probe Of In-App Purchases By Kids

Apple Drops A Dime On Google For FTC Probe Of In-App Purchases By Kids

Every parent fears it: In addition to the physical danger to your expensive tablet or smartphone when you hand it over to your child to play with, you’re always worried that they’ll go on an unauthorized in-app spending spree and get you slapped with a monstrous bill. Apple got body slammed by the FTC over its in-app purchasing...

Silent Circle Takes On Skype With Secure, Encrypted Voice Over IP Calling

Silent Circle Takes On Skype With Secure, Encrypted Voice Over IP Calling

Our illusion of privacy was shattered when it came to light that our government is plugged into just about every form of communication that exists. To give users back some measure of privacy, Silent Circle has launched a fixed price, global encrypted calling service that allows customers to make and receive truly private phone calls without...

LG Unveils 18-Inch Flexible, Transparent, ‘Rollable’ OLED Displays

LG Unveils 18-Inch Flexible, Transparent, ‘Rollable’ OLED Displays

You saw Apple's sapphire crystal display for the iPhone 6 get bent backward in an awkward position without snapping, though that was to demonstrate its durability, not to show off any fancy tricks. LG, on the other hand, announced that it has developed an 18-inch flexible OLED panel that you can roll up like a newspaper (remember those?),...

HGST And WD Launch World’s Largest 10K RPM 2.5-inch Hard Drive At 1.8TB

HGST And WD Launch World’s Largest 10K RPM 2.5-inch Hard Drive At 1.8TB

In the world of storage, there are natural tradeoffs. Usually, you'll trade a bit of capacity for size, or perhaps size for speed. HGST, which presently sits under the Western Digital umbrella, is pushing the enterprise boundaries a bit with the world's highest capacity 10K RPM hard drive in the 2.5-inch form factor. Designed for compact server...

Apple Pulls Further Away From Samsung As TSMC Ships Processors Likely For iPhone 6

Apple Pulls Further Away From Samsung As TSMC Ships Processors Likely For iPhone 6

Don't read too much into Apple's working relationship with rival Samsung over the past several years, it's just business. Though these two companies are about as friendly with each other as the Montague and Capulet clans, it benefited both parties to have Samsung supply the custom processors used in Apple's highly popular iPhone line, but...

IBM To Spend $3 Billion On Semiconductor Research, Envisions Post-Silicon Future

IBM To Spend $3 Billion On Semiconductor Research, Envisions Post-Silicon Future

Say it loud and clear with us: "Seven nanometers." That's pretty much a pipe dream right now, both in terms of how far removed we are from that achievement -- 7nm represents a chip technology that's three generations away -- and the technological hurdles required to get there. Nevertheless, IBM wants to make sure we get there, and help accelerate...

Chinese Hackers Penetrate US Federal Government Personnel Office Exposing Applicants For Top Secret Clearances

Chinese Hackers Penetrate US Federal Government Personnel Office Exposing Applicants For Top Secret Clearances

Over the past year, as criticism and anger have built over the NSA's numerous excesses and abuses of American civil rights, it's been easy to forget that underneath the justified anger, a genuine war has been raging. The NSA may have overreached in many respects, but that doesn't mean the government agency has invented problems from whole...

Microsoft Video Tuner App Lets You Edit Videos On The Fly From Your Lumia Smartphone

Microsoft Video Tuner App Lets You Edit Videos On The Fly From Your Lumia Smartphone

There's been a ton of focus on camera performance and features in the smartphone space, but what about videos? If you're an armchair director and video buff, you're going to love what the Video Tuner app brings to the Windows Phone 8.1 platform. Rather than have to extract videos from your Lumia device to edit them, Video Tuner lets you tweak...

Dish Network Begs FCC To Nix Comcast-Time Warner Deal Before It Gets Ugly

Dish Network Begs FCC To Nix Comcast-Time Warner Deal Before It Gets Ugly

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently deciding whether or not to approve Comcast's $45.2 billion proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable, a deal that would combine the two largest cable providers in the U.S. and give net Comcast an additional 30 million subscribers. Meanwhile, Dish Network is screaming in the FCC's ear to...

LA Is Home To California's First Bitcoin ATM

LA Is Home To California's First Bitcoin ATM

California fancies itself a fairly progressive state, so it wouldn't be all that shocking if Bitcoin ATMs littered the length of the location of the west coast within the next few years. For now, however, there are just two and they exist in the Los Angeles area. They're managed by ExpressCoin, a Bitcoin payment processor based out of Santa...

Limited Time Offers on Lenovo Yoga 10 Tablet Bundle, Toshiba S55DT Touchscreen Laptop and More

Limited Time Offers on Lenovo Yoga 10 Tablet Bundle, Toshiba S55DT Touchscreen Laptop and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have great deals on the Lenovo Yoga 10 Quad-core 32GB Android Tablet with a Bluetooth Keyboard Cover, the Toshiba Satellite S55DT-A5130 15.6" touch-screen notebook, the Dell KM632 Wireless Keyboard + Mouse combo, and a whole...

Microsoft Already Warning Mainstream Support Of Windows 7 Ending In 2015

Microsoft Already Warning Mainstream Support Of Windows 7 Ending In 2015

In a Microsoft post announcing a mostly uninteresting list of products and their respective dates for when Microsoft will terminate support for them is a notable standout: Windows 7. Within the next six months, all versions of Windows 7 will enter the Extended Support phase, which lasts for 5 years and includes free security updates and paid...

Intel, Dell, Samsung, And Others Form Open Interconnect Consortium

Intel, Dell, Samsung, And Others Form Open Interconnect Consortium

The Internet of Things promises big things, but to get past the theoretical stage, companies need to develop practical solutions to major obstacles, not the least of which is finding a way for devices running on different platforms to communicate effectively. Microsoft and 50 other companies have teamed up on the AllSeen Alliance to develop...

Lyft Pushes Into New York’s Outer Boroughs, Rideshare Competition For Uber

Lyft Pushes Into New York’s Outer Boroughs, Rideshare Competition For Uber

Rideshare service Uber is already established in New York, but competitor Lyft is about to launch its service in the city as well, beginning with Queens and Brooklyn. From Lyft’s perspective, this isn’t just about edging into a market to keep pace with a competitor--it’s about bringing a much-needed service to areas that...

Apple Siri Voice Recognition IP Patent Case Will Be Heard Loud And Clear In China Courts

Apple Siri Voice Recognition IP Patent Case Will Be Heard Loud And Clear In China Courts

When you're as a big as Apple, lawsuits are impossible to avoid. After fighting Samsung for years on the design front, Apple's latest scuffle in the courtroom is happening in a country where a huge chunk of its profits are coming from: China. Recently, Apple has been attempting to have a Chinese company's voice-recognition patent ruled invalid,...

 Avast Report Claims Wiping Your Android Phone Doesn’t Completely Erase Personal Data

Avast Report Claims Wiping Your Android Phone Doesn’t Completely Erase Personal Data

It's standard practice to factory restore an Android device before flipping it on eBay or Craigslist, but the amount of recoverable data you leave behind might shock you. Those nude selfies that were only intended for your special friend? They're on there, and so is a wealth of other personal information that security firm Avast claims can...

LG KizON Wristband Wearable Lets Parents Keep Track Of Kids With GPS Locator

LG KizON Wristband Wearable Lets Parents Keep Track Of Kids With GPS Locator

Toddlers love to mimic their parents, which is why you see them talking on pretend mobile phones. And now that the wearable category is starting to gain some momentum, it didn't take long for a company to once again think of the kids, though it wasn't Fisher Price or Mattel. Perhaps more fittingly, LG was the one that thought of extending...

Video Shows Sapphire Crystal Display For Apple's iPhone 6 Withstanding All Kinds Of Abuse

Video Shows Sapphire Crystal Display For Apple's iPhone 6 Withstanding All Kinds Of Abuse

Apple has a tendency to fixate on a single feature with each new product release. For the iPhone 4S, it was Siri that received the lion's share of attention, and the for the iPhone 5S, Apple spent a lot of time talking about Touch ID, a fingerprint recognition system built into the home button. When the unannounced iPhone 6 comes to town,...

Breaking: Chrome And IE Browser Exploit Steals Login Credentials, Update Flash ASAP

Breaking: Chrome And IE Browser Exploit Steals Login Credentials, Update Flash ASAP

Adobe has today released an updated version of its Flash plugin to address "critical" issues, and believe us when we say that no time should be wasted in making sure you get that up-to-date version. At the core, this bug could result in remote code execution being possible, which is to say that somebody could potentially run malicious code...

Watch Dogs Graphics And Game Play: PC versus Xbox One, With Surprising Results

Watch Dogs Graphics And Game Play: PC versus Xbox One, With Surprising Results

Normally, the question of whether a game runs better on the PC or a console is a no-brainer -- at least, for PC users. Watch Dogs, however, with its problematic PC play, challenges that concept. And since the gap between consoles and PCs is typically smallest at the beginning of the console generation, we decided to take the Xbox One out for...

Lowest Prices on Bose Headphones, Dell S2340T Multi-Touch Monitor and More

Lowest Prices on Bose Headphones, Dell S2340T Multi-Touch Monitor and More

Welcome back to the latest edition of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on some Bose OE2 headphones, the Dell S2340T 23" 1080p multi-touch monitor, the 15.6" Toshiba Satellite S55T-A5132 Core i7-based laptop with touch, and a whole lot more. Full details for all of the deal, along with...

Dell Alienware Straps NVIDIA’s Big Gun Titan Z Into Aurora Gaming System

Dell Alienware Straps NVIDIA’s Big Gun Titan Z Into Aurora Gaming System

Sometimes, you just have to pull out all the stops, which is essentially what Dell is doing by making its Alienware Aurora gaming desktop available with the option of including an NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z GPU. Alienware notes that the Titan Z boasts 5760 CUDA cores, 12GB of GDDR5 memory, and 8 TeraFLOPS of compute power. Of course, there’s...

2K Games And Gearbox Announce "Battleborn" Hero Shooter For Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC

2K Games And Gearbox Announce "Battleborn" Hero Shooter For Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC

Gearbox Software, maker of the popular Borderlands series, is back with a new title that promises some of that exciting genre-bending fun the company has made successful. In tandem with 2K, Gearbox announced a futuristic shooter called Battleborn. “If Borderlands 2 is a shooter-looter, Battleborn is a hero-shooter,” said Gearbox...

Gartner: PC Market Shows Signs Of Recovery

Gartner: PC Market Shows Signs Of Recovery

The PC market has been decidedly down as of late, as tablets in particular have taken a big chunk of the market share. Thus, many have been bemoaning the death of the PC while others (most of us at HH included) have been more optimistic about the future of the PC. Gartner has given reason for the latter view in a new report. Projecting that...

GameStop's Brilliant New Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Game Content

GameStop's Brilliant New Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Game Content

One of the great universal truths of modern gaming is that preorders suck. The term refers to the practice of ordering a title at some point before it actually ships in order to get access to a variety of minor outfit tweaks, a few starting weapons, or a few boosts to early gameplay. Today, some publishers take this practice to truly ridiculous...

Brazen Thieves From Brazil Rob Samsung Factory Of $6.3 Million In Mobile Devices

Brazen Thieves From Brazil Rob Samsung Factory Of $6.3 Million In Mobile Devices

Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction, and in other instances, they're nearly inseparable. The latter is the case here, as thieves in Brazil pulled off a heist in a such a way that it could have just as easily been part of a script for an action movie. According to reports, the robbers attacked a Samsung factory near Sao Paulo late Sunday...

LG G Watch Inaugurates Android Wear Teardowns, Scores High Marks for DIY Repair

LG G Watch Inaugurates Android Wear Teardowns, Scores High Marks for DIY Repair

The LG G Watch (LG-W100) is notable for at least a couple of reasons, the first of which is that it's one of not very many smartwatches rocking Google's promising Android Wear platform. Tying into that tidbit, it also happens to be the first Android Wear device to get the full teardown treatment from the folks over at iFixIt. How did it fare?...

Google Street View Takes You On A Royal Caribbean Allure Of The Seas Cruise

Google Street View Takes You On A Royal Caribbean Allure Of The Seas Cruise

Listen up, land lubbers, you don't need to be a swashbuckling pirate to enjoy the high seas, and you certainly shouldn't let a potentially queasy stomach stop you from enjoying the ocean. In this day and age of the Internet, you can set sail without setting foot on a ship thanks to a joint collaboration between Royal Caribbean International...

Foxconn To Replace Human Workers With Robots For iPhone 6 Assembly

Foxconn To Replace Human Workers With Robots For iPhone 6 Assembly

Score a win for the robot species, which will soon be joining Foxconn's flesh and blood workers to help assemble Apple's forthcoming iPhone 6 device. So says Foxconn CEO Terry Gou, who announced the plan at a recent shareholder meeting, adding that Apple will become the first company to use the service. Citing a Chinese-language news report,...

Huge Price Drops on Dell UltraHD Monitors, ENVY 15t Touch Laptop and More

Huge Price Drops on Dell UltraHD Monitors, ENVY 15t Touch Laptop and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a few Dell UltraHD monitors, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 32GB 12.2" Android "KitKat" Tablet, the HP ENVY 15t touch-screen laptop, and a whole lot more. Full details and links to all of the deals are available...

Some Governments Begin Selecting PCMark To Detail Minimum Requirements For PC Performance

Some Governments Begin Selecting PCMark To Detail Minimum Requirements For PC Performance

In the 17 years that Futuremark has existed, it's name has become well-known among PC hardware-focused sites like HotHardware, as well as PC enthusiasts in general. While we've largely trusted the company's benchmarks in our testing for quite some time, it seems that some governments are just starting to wise up to their usefulness. In its...

US ISPs Begin Disconnecting Pirates And Copyright Violators

US ISPs Begin Disconnecting Pirates And Copyright Violators

There’s a complicated battle that persists between prolific copyright violators, ISPs, and rights holders who want to take the violators down. The Internet has been the ideal place to pirate and distribute digital wares, and thus managing the issue has been problematic. However, according to TorrentFreak, a privacy monitoring firm called...

OnePlus One To Score Android L Update With Cyanogen Mod, Moto X and Moto G Getting It Too

OnePlus One To Score Android L Update With Cyanogen Mod, Moto X and Moto G Getting It Too

The next iteration of Android (dubbed “Android L”) is coming, and like every Android release, users are wondering if their device will be one that supports it. You can count owners of the OnePlus One smartphone as well as those toting the Moto X or Moto G among those who will be able to take advantage of the new version. Staff...

LG G3 Smartphone And LG G Watch Available From AT&T Starting July 11th

LG G3 Smartphone And LG G Watch Available From AT&T Starting July 11th

If you want to experience the LG G Watch, you might as well do so with a new LG G3 smartphone. AT&T has both available online and in store starting on July 11th, and you can order the G Watch ($229) and preorder the G3 starting tomorrow. For a limited time, you can get up to half off select LG accessories--including the G Watch--when you...

LG G Pad 10.1 Begins Global Rollout, Comes To The US

LG G Pad 10.1 Begins Global Rollout, Comes To The US

Another week, another new tablet to ponder. As the market marches toward saturation, LG is hoping to break through with its G Pad 10.1. The outfit's latest slate is now hitting retail shelves worldwide, equipped with a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 10.1-inch display (1,280 x 800), 1GB of RAM, a microSD slot, a 5MP rear...

Microsoft Kinect For Windows v2 Arrives July 15, Preorders Now

Microsoft Kinect For Windows v2 Arrives July 15, Preorders Now

Microsoft’s Kinect for Windows v2 sensor has a release date; you can get yours starting on July 15th. It’s been available for preorder for a month, and you can still claim one early if you like for $199. This iteration of the Kinect for Windows has a new look that differentiates it from the first version, but Microsoft hopes devs...

Google Co-Founders’ Solution To Jobs Problem: Work Less, More Part-Time Jobs

Google Co-Founders’ Solution To Jobs Problem: Work Less, More Part-Time Jobs

Here’s an unsurprising factoid: Billionaires don’t understand what it’s like to not have enough money, especially when they’ve been rich virtually their entire adult lives. Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page sat down for a “fireside chat” at the Khosla Ventures CEO Summit, and they shared their...

Stolen Tesla Model S In Horrible Accident, Tesla To Study Aftermath

Stolen Tesla Model S In Horrible Accident, Tesla To Study Aftermath

Here’s the setup: Someone stole a Tesla Model S in L.A. and went for a joyride that turned into a police chase and resulted in a horrific multi-car crash. The Model S itself ended up ripping in two, with the front part of the car and the rear completely separated. It looks as if the rear of the vehicle embedded into the side of a building....

Not Just Netflix: YouTube Blaming ISPs For Slow Video Streams, Too

Not Just Netflix: YouTube Blaming ISPs For Slow Video Streams, Too

After Netflix posted a message on broken video streams stating that Verizon’s congested network was to blame, the former went ballistic, going as far as sending Netflix a cease and desist letter. The FCC has now stepped in to investigate (and possibly mediate) the spat. However, it’s not just Netflix that’s taking swipes...

Drone And GoPro Hero 3 Take To The Sky For Fireworks Show And It's Pretty Cool

Drone And GoPro Hero 3 Take To The Sky For Fireworks Show And It's Pretty Cool

Now here’s a use for drones that we can surely all get behind: Filming a fireworks display from inside the beautiful, explosive mayhem. One Jos Stiglingh sent up a DJI Phantom 2 drone with a GoPro Hero 3 silver strapped to it and filmed a fireworks show, and the resulting video is approximately as marvelous as you’d expect it to...

Nokia Lumia 830 Images Leak, Svelte Aluminum Frame And A 1020-Like Camera Module

Nokia Lumia 830 Images Leak, Svelte Aluminum Frame And A 1020-Like Camera Module

On the surface, it’s tempting to find that there are leaked pictures of yet another Nokia Lumia phone and shrug. We see these all the time, but this one is more notable because it’s one of the first that’s emerged since Microsoft bought Nokia’s Devices & Services unit. First leaked by WPDang, the images show what...

Want A T-shirt That Plays Tetris?

Want A T-shirt That Plays Tetris?

We’re sure there’s a mathematical formula somewhere that demonstrates that if you give a nerd enough time plus sufficient gadgetry and the proper amount of nostalgia, you’ll get hilarious, amazing results. Case is point is a t-shirt on which you can play Tetris. “I always wanted a playable Tshirt, well now I made one...

Apple Hires Tag Heuer Sales Exec, A Countdown To The iWatch

Apple Hires Tag Heuer Sales Exec, A Countdown To The iWatch

In a move that reminds us that the iWatch is inevitable and coming relatively soon, Apple has poached an executive from high-end Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer. Vice president of sales Patrick Pruniaux will be moving on to join Apple, and although his official role and title have not yet been announced, he’ll presumably offer strong industry...

PC Market Supply Chain Sources Project Solid Growth in Second Half of 2014

PC Market Supply Chain Sources Project Solid Growth in Second Half of 2014

Tablets might not kill off the PC after all. Growth in the PC market is expected to remain sluggish (IDC even lowered its forecast by 0.1% for 2014 to 6% worldwide), but if the channel is any indication, builders and component manufacturers are feeling confident. A report by DigiTimes today suggests that suppliers in Taiwan are gearing up...

2K Games Announces October Release For Civilization: Beyond Earth Along With In-Game Footage

2K Games Announces October Release For Civilization: Beyond Earth Along With In-Game Footage

Since Firaxis took the veil off of Civilization: Beyond Earth in April, we've had a relative dearth of information to run on, and especially a lack of media to soak in (three official screenshots!). Well, both problems have now been remedied, and as an added bonus, the company has finally given us a release date: October 24, 2014. While Firaxis...

How Fireworks Work, It’s All In The Chemistry

How Fireworks Work, It’s All In The Chemistry

In the immortal words of The Simpsons, July 4th is a time to celebrate the independence of our nation by blowing up a small part of it. Despite the fact that fireworks are insanely dangerous, they’re also a lot of fun--and there’s a lot of chemistry behind the dazzling displays we here in States will enjoy all day and night. Professor...

Google Bans Porn Ads From Adwords And Search Results

Google Bans Porn Ads From Adwords And Search Results

After warning that it was doing so back in March, Google has changed its AdWords policies to ban sexually explicit advertisements, meaning that we’ll no longer see any porn ads in search results or anywhere on the AdWords network. “Google AdWords doesn't allow the promotion of some types of sexual content on the Google Network....

T-Mobile CEO Denies Allegations Of Bogus Billing, Blames Other ‘Fraudsters’ Involved

T-Mobile CEO Denies Allegations Of Bogus Billing, Blames Other ‘Fraudsters’ Involved

We aren't entirely surprised that most CEOs aren't as outspoken as T-Mobile's CEO, but the more John Legere speaks, the more we wish that he'd give lessons in whatever spare time he has. Facing a media blitz regarding bill cramming -- a practice whereby major carriers shoved "Premium SMS" services into bills from 2009 to 2013 -- Legere has...

Pew Survey Underscores Concerns Over An Open Internet And Government Surveillance

Pew Survey Underscores Concerns Over An Open Internet And Government Surveillance

The good news, if you can call it that, is that after polling hundreds of technology experts, the Pew Research Internet Project found that they don’t believe that cybercrime or hacking are the chief problems facing the Internet by 2025. Unfortunately, that’s because they believe there are other problems that will be worse. Those...

Crysis Crisis: Reports Claim UK Staff No Longer Going To Work

Crysis Crisis: Reports Claim UK Staff No Longer Going To Work

Last week, we reported on the problems dogging Crytek, with UK staff allegedly going unpaid and increasing concerns over the company's ability to continue as a going concern. Those concerns have only amplified in the past week -- it's now reprorted that the majority of Crytek UK staff have turned in formal letters of grievance and left for...

Fox News Allegedly Rips Off BioShock Logo Artwork

Fox News Allegedly Rips Off BioShock Logo Artwork

The topic of immigration in the US is a hot one at the moment, with people on either side of the fence (no pun) vehemently arguing their beliefs. Clearly, this isn't a topic appropriate for a site like HotHardware, but leave it to none other than Fox News for giving us something to glean from it all. In a recent broadcast of Fox & Friends,...

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 Review

One of Samsung's goals with its latest Galaxy Tab 4 tablets was to create a family of products that offered good value and versatility to a wide range of potential consumers. The new Galaxy Tab 4 family is available in three sizes: 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inches and the tablets feature lightweight materials, thin bezels, and HD displays. In March,...

Lowest Prices on 4TB WD NAS, Dual HP 23xi Monitor Bundle, and More

Lowest Prices on 4TB WD NAS, Dual HP 23xi Monitor Bundle, and More

Tomorrow is a holiday here in the U.S., so we’ll be closing out the week a bit early with today’s edition of HOT deals. On tap for you all today, we have deals on the 4TB WD My Cloud NAS, a pair of HP Pavilion 23xi 23" 1080p IPS LED-backlit LCD monitors, a Dell Inspiron 3000-series Haswell-based desktop system and a whole lot more....

Court Rules Kim Dotcom Encryption Keys Cannot Be Given To the FBI

Court Rules Kim Dotcom Encryption Keys Cannot Be Given To the FBI

Kim Dotcom, founder of the now-defunct Megaupload website, scored a victory in his battle with U.S. regulators today. A New Zealand judge has barred authorities there from giving the FBI any codes that would could unlock Dotcom’s encrypted hard drives. That’s not likely to please the U.S. officials attempting to extradite Dotcom...

Twitch To Build Video Game Live Stream Broadcast Studio In San Francisco

Twitch To Build Video Game Live Stream Broadcast Studio In San Francisco

Video game broadcaster and community-builder Twitch is poised for big things. The company is rumored to be working a billion-dollar acquisition by YouTube, making it a Google-owned entity, and in the meantime it’s building a studio in San Francisco to take its enterprise to new level. According to Reuters, Twitch COO Kevin Lin said that...

Oculus VR Begins Shipping Rift DK2 Dev Kits To Over 45K Customers

Oculus VR Begins Shipping Rift DK2 Dev Kits To Over 45K Customers

Months after first announcing the availability of the $350 Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2, the new device is now shipping. More to the point, some 10,000 DK2s are shipping from the factory this July, and a Team Oculus post on Oculus’ developer forums stated that more than half of the units will be through distribution centers by the end of the...

Microsoft Joins Open Source AllSeen Alliance To Further Internet Of Everything Efforts

Microsoft Joins Open Source AllSeen Alliance To Further Internet Of Everything Efforts

As the Internet of Things trend continues to evolve, there are several questions that the industry must answer, not the least of which is “How will everything talk to everything else?” The AllSeen Alliance is looking to answer that question by developing an open source consortium of partners companies, and it just landed a big...

Facebook Acquires Video Ad Platform Company LiveRail

Facebook Acquires Video Ad Platform Company LiveRail

The world's largest social network -- that would be Facebook, folks -- has agreed to acquire LiveRail, an advertising technology company, for an undisclosed sum of money (online reports have the figure pegged at between $400 million and $500 million). While announcing the planned acquisition, Facebook pointed out that LiveRail has helped several...

Qualcomm Acquires Wilocity In Bid To Kiss Ethernet Wires Goodbye

Qualcomm Acquires Wilocity In Bid To Kiss Ethernet Wires Goodbye

Wireless communications is clearly an area of growth, but the thought of being able to transmit absolutely everything sans wires remains something of a pipe dream. Wilocity is a company that's been powering away in an effort to bring some of this to fruition, but it'll soon be doing so with a far more sizable budget. Qualcomm, a giant in the...

Behold, The World’s Fastest Nose Typist, Takes Guinness World Record

Behold, The World’s Fastest Nose Typist, Takes Guinness World Record

Typing 103 characters of text on a keyboard in 47.44 seconds isn't all that impressive, unless you accomplish the feat using only your nose. Then it becomes, well, odd for one, but also worthy to be recognized by Guinness World Records as having the fastest time to type using the nose, an honor that belongs Mohd. Khursheed Hussain. To achieve...

Amazon Refuses To Pay Penalties Imposed By FTC Over Mobile In-App Purchases

Amazon Refuses To Pay Penalties Imposed By FTC Over Mobile In-App Purchases

Amazon is willing to go to court if the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) decides to sue the e-commerce giant for refusing to pay a penalty over mobile in-app purchases made by children on smartphone applications. The FTC wants Amazon to enter into a settlement similar to the one it reached with Apple earlier this year, but after weeks of negotiations,...

Lindsay Lohan Sues Rockstar Games Over Her Likeness In GTA V

Lindsay Lohan Sues Rockstar Games Over Her Likeness In GTA V

Despite the fact that Grand Theft Auto V was released over nine months ago, it continues to find its way into headlines sometimes for good reasons, other times for less-than-ideal reasons. But regardless of those reasons, publicity is publicity, and I'm sure Rockstar welcomes it. The game, which was recently announced to come to additional...

British Regulators Investigate Facebook ‘Emotional Contagion’ Study For Possible Violation of Data Protection Laws

British Regulators Investigate Facebook ‘Emotional Contagion’ Study For Possible Violation of Data Protection Laws

Given the ire Facebook draws when it makes changes to its interface, it’s not surprising that users and governments are hitting the roof over Facebook’s acknowledgement that it ran psychological tests on people. British regulators have already announced plans to speak with Facebook about the experiment, and Facebook Chief Operating...

HP 4th of July Sale: 80% off Computer Accessories, 25% off Laptops & Desktops

HP 4th of July Sale: 80% off Computer Accessories, 25% off Laptops & Desktops

Welcome back to the latest edition of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. With the Independence Day Holiday approaching, lots of companies have great deals in the pipeline. Today we’ve got the goods on the HP Z6500 Wireless Trackpad, HP S9500 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker, HP Select 75 15.6" Laptop Backpack and a whole lot more....

CyberPowerPC Opens SFF System Configurator, Monster Components In Mini Chassis

CyberPowerPC Opens SFF System Configurator, Monster Components In Mini Chassis

SFF (small form factor) rigs can be tricky; depending on the configuration, they can be decent if underpowered machines or performance beasts, and although many system builders are putting out whole lines of the compact computers, you’ve in some cases only been able to configure them so much, often limited by the size of the chassis....

China’s Hot Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Boasts Huge 2014 Sales

China’s Hot Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Boasts Huge 2014 Sales

If there was any doubt that Chinese smartphone and tablet maker Xiaomi was the real deal, have a look at the company’s sales numbers for the first half of the year. Hugo Barra, who left Google and his position on the Android team last year to become Xiaomi Global’s Vice President, posted on Google+ that sales have exploded. “In...

Sony Update Allows PlayStation 4 Controllers To Work Wireless With PlayStation 3

Sony Update Allows PlayStation 4 Controllers To Work Wireless With PlayStation 3

Here's a bit of good news if, for whatever reason, you're hoping to use your PlayStation 4 (PS4) controller wirelessly with your PlayStation 3 (PS3) console. Courtesy of a recent firmware update Sony rolled out, it's now possible to pair the new controller with the previous generation game system using Bluetooth technology. The functionality...

ARM Launches Juno Reference Platform For 64-bit Android Development, Bakes In Linaro Support

ARM Launches Juno Reference Platform For 64-bit Android Development, Bakes In Linaro Support

One of the trickiest aspects to launching a major new platform update is the chicken and egg problem. Without any hardware to test on or take advantage of, developers are leery of committing to supporting new hardware features. Without software that takes advantage of new hardware capabilities, customers aren't willing to pay for new equipment....

ISPs File Legal Action Against UK’s GCHQ For Alleged Attacks On Network Infrastructure

ISPs File Legal Action Against UK’s GCHQ For Alleged Attacks On Network Infrastructure

So it’s not just us then. While we seethe over NSA spying allegations here in the U.S., ISPs across the pond who believe they were spied upon by the UK’s intelligence agency GCHQ in the wake of Edward Snowden’s leaks are taking action. According to BBC News, seven Internet providers, in conjunction with Privacy International,...

Watch Dogs 'Access Granted' DLC Pack Goes Live Today

Watch Dogs 'Access Granted' DLC Pack Goes Live Today

In the age of digital downloads, a game is never truly finished until the dev team hangs it up. And, with a U.S. holiday just around the bend, the folks behind "Watch Dogs" are giving owners something else to chew on with their day off. Starting today, "Watch Dogs" owners will be able to download three new single-player missions, a host of...

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Eats EVs For Lunch With 707 HP, Makes No Apologies Whatsoever

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Eats EVs For Lunch With 707 HP, Makes No Apologies Whatsoever

With all due respect to Jackson Galaxy, the famed cat behaviorist featured on Animal Planet's "My Cat From Hell," some cats just aren't meant to be tamed. Dodge's 2015 model Challenger SRT with its supercharged 6.2 Hemi V8 engine, also known as the Hellcat, is one of them. The Hellcat engine in what Dodge is pimping as "the most powerful muscle...

Google Buys Songza Music Streaming And Curation Service

Google Buys Songza Music Streaming And Curation Service

Are you looking to listen to music to fit your energetic mood this morning? Perhaps there will soon be an option to do that on Google Play Music All Access. We can only assume that's part of Google's end-game for acquiring Songza, a streaming music startup similar to Pandora that's based out of New York City. Songza's twist in the streaming...

Microsoft Wants To Keep The NSA Out Of Your OneDrive And Outlook Accounts

Microsoft Wants To Keep The NSA Out Of Your OneDrive And Outlook Accounts

Ever since Edward Snowden leaked details on how the government had forced various IT companies to disclose information (or secured their willing cooperation), companies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have been desperate to regain their users' trust. Six months ago, Microsoft announced that it would reengineer its products and services...

[Updated] T-Mobile's Response: FTC Throws A Flag At T-Mobile Alleging Bogus Billing Practices

[Updated] T-Mobile's Response: FTC Throws A Flag At T-Mobile Alleging Bogus Billing Practices

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is accusing T-Mobile, otherwise known as the "Un-carrier" (a name T-Mobile gave itself), of being un-cool by charging its wireless subscribers hundreds of millions of dollars for third-party services they never signed up for. These services include things like ringtones, wallpapers, horoscopes, and other...

Rockstar Games Updates Grand Theft Auto V With Patriotic Independence Day Content

Rockstar Games Updates Grand Theft Auto V With Patriotic Independence Day Content

You can get a jump start on the 4th of July festivities by downloading a Grand Theft Auto V title update (version 1.15) containing special content for Independence Day. This is very much a themed update with two new vehicles sporting permanent American Flag livery -- the Sovereign motorcycle and the super-sized Liberator monster truck. All...

Best Deals on UltraHD Tech: Dell P2815Q Monitor, Seiki HDTV & Toshiba P50T Laptop

Best Deals on UltraHD Tech: Dell P2815Q Monitor, Seiki HDTV & Toshiba P50T Laptop

Welcome back! It’s time for the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. Today’s selection is all about pixels—lots of pixels. We’ve got deals on the 28" Dell P2815Q 3840x2160 UltraHD Monitor, the 50" Seiki SE50UY04 Ultra High Definition 4K2K LED HDTV, the 15.6" Toshiba Satellite P50T-BST2N01...

Survey Finds Almost Half Of U.S. Adults Feel They Can't Last 24 Hours Without A Smartphone

Survey Finds Almost Half Of U.S. Adults Feel They Can't Last 24 Hours Without A Smartphone

It's pretty remarkable how quickly a technological shift can impact our daily lives. Consider that 10-15 years ago, comparatively few people owned a mobile phone. And now? Not only do most adults in the U.S. carry a handset with them, but in a survey conducted by Bank of America, 47 percent of U.S. consumers admitted they couldn't last a full...

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Google Appeal on Privacy Lawsuit

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Google Appeal on Privacy Lawsuit

The long-running saga of Google’s Street View legal woes ended a chapter yesterday when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected its appeal of Google v. Joffe. The case is the latest in which Google takes heat for collecting data from unencrypted Wi-Fi networks while its Street View cars photographed cities for Google Maps. The rejection by the...

Facebook Just Messed With Your Head And You're Still Going Back For More

Facebook Just Messed With Your Head And You're Still Going Back For More

Perhaps Facebook is conducting a meta-experiment. The first part of it was the emotional contagion experiment we covered yesterday, wherein Facebook manipulated close to 700,000 users’ emotions via their Newsfeeds without any apparent knowledge, consent, or reasonable ethical oversight. The real experiment, though, might just be that...

Russian Hackers ‘Energetic Bear’ Group Sabotage Oil And Gas Companies

Russian Hackers ‘Energetic Bear’ Group Sabotage Oil And Gas Companies

A group of Russian hackers known collectively as either "Energetic Bear" or "Dragonfly" is mounting sabotage operations against a number of power and oil companies primarily located in the U.S. and throughout parts of Europe. Among the group's targets are energy grid operators, major electricity generation firms, petroleum pipeline operators,...

emoj.li Is The ‘Spamless’ Social Network Consisting Exclusively Of Emoji

emoj.li Is The ‘Spamless’ Social Network Consisting Exclusively Of Emoji

How does one even begin a post with the above headline? In what is either a massive troll or an uncomfortable sign of the times, a pair of Brits named Matt Gray and Tom Scott are touting a new social network launching soon that will use only emoji. Dubbed “emoj.li”, the social network contains no words--no words!--but also no spam,...

Samsung Makes 4.5-Inch Galaxy S5 mini Official

Samsung Makes 4.5-Inch Galaxy S5 mini Official

The oft-rumored Samsung Galaxy S5 mini is now official. Samsung posted a press release today announcing the smaller version of its flagship Galaxy S5, a 4.5-inch HD Super AMOLED (1280x720) device that’s dwarfed a bit by its 5.1-inch big brother. This handset has the same design as the full-size S5, including the perforated back and soft...

Intel Named To Barron’s List Of World’s Most Respected Companies

Intel Named To Barron’s List Of World’s Most Respected Companies

Didn't make that Forbes Billionaire list this year? While you're aiming to get on it next year, perhaps you're at least fortunate enough to find yourself working for a company that's listed on the 2014 edition of Barron's "World's Most Respected Companies" list. The list, which is outputted annually, is based on a survey of professional money...