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Apple's iWatch Might Be Announced On Sept 9th, But Its Shipping Date Will Be Months Away
Volition To Send Players To Hell In 2015 With Standalone Saints Row Expansion 'Gat Out Of Hell'
Facebook Testing Advanced Search Feature on Mobile, Allows Your Friends To Dig Up Your Past
HTC One E8 Trades M8's Metallic Body For Plastic, Lands At Sprint For $100 On-Contract
Dell Tempts Gamers With Curvy 34-Inch UltraSharp Monitor, Slated For Holiday Release
Huawei Ascend P7 Banished From 3DMark Ice Storm Rankings For Alleged Cheating
Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger, Replacing It With Skype
HOT! Alienware Spawns A Newly Designed Area 51 Desktop, Haswell-E On Board [Updated]
Low Price On Lenovo Z40 Laptops; Plus Labor Day Laptop Deals, Bose Headphones and More
Nokia HERE Maps Coming To Samsung's Galaxy Line, HERE Beta For Android
Nintendo Announcing ‘New 3DS’ Model with Faster Processor, Hopefully Less Headache
ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme Motherboard Motors Into Town On X99, Is Ready To Drive Haswell-E
Intel Launches 8-Core Beast Of A Desktop CPU: Haswell-E Core i7-5960X, HotHardware's Review
AT&T Enticing New Line Activations for AT&T Next Service With $100 Bill Credit - Readying for iPhone 6?
Softbank and Sprint To Offer First Sony Experia Smartphones In U.S.
iPhone 6 Rumor Of The Week, Finally NFC Payment Support
Google Takes To The Skies Testing Its Own ‘Project Wing’ Drone Delivery Service
Think It's Funny 'Swatting' Your Gaming Buds? Twitch Live Stream Shows Police Are Not Amused
Twitch.tv Brought Down By Lizard Squad DDoS Attacks
Lowest Price Ever on Dell Venue 8 Tablets; Plus Super Hot Labor Day Dell Monitor Deals and More

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Apple's iWatch Might Be Announced On Sept 9th, But Its Shipping Date Will Be Months Away

Apple's iWatch Might Be Announced On Sept 9th, But Its Shipping Date Will Be Months Away

We reported a couple of days ago that Apple's much-hyped iWatch could be unveiled at the company's September 9th press event, and while that still seems likely, what's also likely is that the device won't ship for a number of months. Sources close to Re/code have noted that the iWatch is not going to be shipping until "early 2015", which means...

Volition To Send Players To Hell In 2015 With Standalone Saints Row Expansion 'Gat Out Of Hell'

Volition To Send Players To Hell In 2015 With Standalone Saints Row Expansion 'Gat Out Of Hell'

Volition's  Saints Row series is well-known for being one of the most ridiculous out there in terms of story and gameplay, and it appears that not a thing will change with the company's next release, Gat Out Of Hell. The game was announced at this weekend's PAX Prime in Seattle, and interestingly, it's not a full game. Instead, it's...

Facebook Testing Advanced Search Feature on Mobile, Allows Your Friends To Dig Up Your Past

Facebook Testing Advanced Search Feature on Mobile, Allows Your Friends To Dig Up Your Past

Late this week, Facebook announced that it's begun rolling out a new mobile feature to a small number of users that greatly enhances the service's search capabilities. Anyone who's ever used Facebook's search on mobile or the desktop are probably well-aware that it's not exactly the greatest tool out there - sometimes I even have difficulty...

HTC One E8 Trades M8's Metallic Body For Plastic, Lands At Sprint For $100 On-Contract

HTC One E8 Trades M8's Metallic Body For Plastic, Lands At Sprint For $100 On-Contract

You don't hear too many smartphone owners complaining about the premium design of their handset, and certainly the metal construction of HTC's One M8 is a highlight of the device. However, there's something to be said for plastic -- it's lighter and cheaper, which are two traits of the new polycarbonate HTC One E8 available at Sprint. The...

Dell Tempts Gamers With Curvy 34-Inch UltraSharp Monitor, Slated For Holiday Release

Dell Tempts Gamers With Curvy 34-Inch UltraSharp Monitor, Slated For Holiday Release

It's not easy to make a splash in tech news when you're going up against a major processor microarchitecture release like Haswell-E, though Dell managed to do just that by unveiling its uniquely redesigned Alienware Area 51 desktop yesterday. Interestingly, that wasn't the only thing Dell had up its sleeve. Mentioned almost as a side note...

Huawei Ascend P7 Banished From 3DMark Ice Storm Rankings For Alleged Cheating

Huawei Ascend P7 Banished From 3DMark Ice Storm Rankings For Alleged Cheating

In Futuremark's world, you either play by the rules or you're banished from the benchmarking kingdom. It's happened before -- on more than one occasion, actually -- and it just happened again, this time to Chinese handset maker Huawei and its Ascend P7 smartphone. Futuremark discovered that the Ascend P7 was using a trick to artificially inflate...

Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger, Replacing It With Skype

Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger, Replacing It With Skype

It is hard to believe that it has been almost two years since Microsoft had announced that it was replacing MSN Messenger with Skype. When the announcement was made, many expected it to be integrated with Skype. But instead, it has continued on since then, though the service was mostly kept alive in China. However, Microsoft has finally announced...

HOT! Alienware Spawns A Newly Designed Area 51 Desktop, Haswell-E On Board [Updated]

HOT! Alienware Spawns A Newly Designed Area 51 Desktop, Haswell-E On Board [Updated]

Today is a pretty big day in technology. Not only did Intel's long-anticipated Haswell-E finally roll into town (check out review of the burly Intel Core i7 5960X CPU), but we also get a sneak peek at a completely redesigned Alienware Area 51 desktop system. This refreshed system is unlike any previous Alienware rig you've seen -- heck, it's...

Low Price On Lenovo Z40 Laptops; Plus Labor Day Laptop Deals, Bose Headphones and More

Low Price On Lenovo Z40 Laptops; Plus Labor Day Laptop Deals, Bose Headphones and More

It’s almost time to close out another week, but not before we server up the latest batch of HOT deals, straight from our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu this holiday weekend, we have deals on a Lenovo Z40 14" Core i5-based laptop with discrete NVIDIA graphics, a HP Pavilion x360 13z quad-core laptop with touch, a Samsung UN55HU6950...

Nokia HERE Maps Coming To Samsung's Galaxy Line, HERE Beta For Android

Nokia HERE Maps Coming To Samsung's Galaxy Line, HERE Beta For Android

On Android, given that it's built by Google, consumers already have access to what is arguably the best routing/navigational app in the known universe: Google Maps. But if for some reason that doesn't appeal to you, there's another major player coming to Android at long last. The HERE team is announcing this week that a beta of its mapping...

Nintendo Announcing ‘New 3DS’ Model with Faster Processor, Hopefully Less Headache

Nintendo Announcing ‘New 3DS’ Model with Faster Processor, Hopefully Less Headache

A new Nintendo 3DS is on the horizon, and we sincerely hope it’s not really called “New 3DS,” as today’s Nintendo Direct suggests. Surely, the venerable game maker can come up with a better name than that for the latest version of its handheld – but a lame name is going to be the least of Nintedo’s concerns:...

ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme Motherboard Motors Into Town On X99, Is Ready To Drive Haswell-E

ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme Motherboard Motors Into Town On X99, Is Ready To Drive Haswell-E

Now that Intel's Haswell-E family has finally and officially been introduced (be sure to read our Intel Core i7 5960X CPU review, if you haven't already), brace yourself for a barrage of related product announcement from eager hardware partners who have been waiting for this day just as eagerly as the rest of us. That includes ASUS, which...

Intel Launches 8-Core Beast Of A Desktop CPU: Haswell-E Core i7-5960X, HotHardware's Review

Intel Launches 8-Core Beast Of A Desktop CPU: Haswell-E Core i7-5960X, HotHardware's Review

Intel Unveils Haswell-E 8-Core Beast Of A Desktop CPU Intel has officially launched their Core i7-5960X high-end, Haswell-E desktop processor today. Unlike Ivy Bridge-E, which maxed out at 6 cores (12 threads), Haswell-E is an 8-core beast of a machine (16 threads), featuring execution units based on Intel’s latest desktop microarchitecture....

AT&T Enticing New Line Activations for AT&T Next Service With $100 Bill Credit - Readying for iPhone 6?

AT&T Enticing New Line Activations for AT&T Next Service With $100 Bill Credit - Readying for iPhone 6?

AT&T is rolling out a new promotion for its AT&T Next service, and it has to make you wonder if the carrier is prepping for the iPhone 6. With Apple holding its big event on September 9th and rampant speculation that the iPhone 6 will be making its debut there, it seems to be the perfect time to unveil a $100 credit for a mobile service...

Softbank and Sprint To Offer First Sony Experia Smartphones In U.S.

Softbank and Sprint To Offer First Sony Experia Smartphones In U.S.

It's a good thing for Sony that its PlayStation 4 console is such a success, because in the land of mobile, especially smartphones, sales aren't anywhere as easy to come by. That's true of most companies not named Apple or Samsung, though it's particularly disappointing for Sony, one of the better known brands in electronics. Sony's strategy...

iPhone 6 Rumor Of The Week, Finally NFC Payment Support

iPhone 6 Rumor Of The Week, Finally NFC Payment Support

Assuming the latest iPhone 6 rumor is true, Apple's next handset will feature pay-by-touch technology. That's because Apple is reportedly in cahoots with NXP Semiconductors, a chipmaker located in the Netherlands, to integrate near-field communication (NFC) technology into the iPhone 6, which Apple will likely unveil on September 9, 2014....

Google Takes To The Skies Testing Its Own ‘Project Wing’ Drone Delivery Service

Google Takes To The Skies Testing Its Own ‘Project Wing’ Drone Delivery Service

If you grew up watching The Jetsons on television, you might have thought the future would be filled with flying cars. Instead, some 52 years after the original series first aired, the skies are filling up with delivery drones, not flying cars. It's not just Amazon, either -- apparently the Google X team has been working drones of its own...

Think It's Funny 'Swatting' Your Gaming Buds? Twitch Live Stream Shows Police Are Not Amused

Think It's Funny 'Swatting' Your Gaming Buds? Twitch Live Stream Shows Police Are Not Amused

Twitch streamer and YouTuber Jordan “Kootra” Mathewson is the latest victim in a trend called “Swatting.” People who tuned into The Creatures’ Twitch channel this past Wednesday to watch Mathewson play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive witnessed SWAT officers enter the room and arrest Mathewson in response to a...

Twitch.tv Brought Down By Lizard Squad DDoS Attacks

Twitch.tv Brought Down By Lizard Squad DDoS Attacks

The group known as Lizard Squad has certainly been busy. Since last week, the group has taken down multiple MMO companies and various networks that include Sony’s PlayStation Network and Blizzard’s Battle.net. Now Twitch can be added in the long list of targets the group has brought down with its DDoS attacks. The DDoS attacks...

Lowest Price Ever on Dell Venue 8 Tablets; Plus Super Hot Labor Day Dell Monitor Deals and More

Lowest Price Ever on Dell Venue 8 Tablets; Plus Super Hot Labor Day Dell Monitor Deals 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 a 16GB Dell Venue 8 Android tablet, the Dell UltraSharp u3014 30” LED-backlit IPS display, a Samsung UN55H8000 55" Curved Smart 1080p LED TV, and a whole lot more. Full details with links and pricing...

Apple Confirms September 9 Event, iPhone 6 And iWatch Are Likely Unveilings

Apple Confirms September 9 Event, iPhone 6 And iWatch Are Likely Unveilings

We reported on a rumor at the start of the month about a September 9th event Apple would be holding, and while it took a while to happen, the company has finally confirmed it. On the invite's header graphic, the company teases, "Wish we could say more." Based on that wordage, some are speculating that something Siri-related could be unveiled...

Amazon Zocalo File Sharing Cloud Storage Platform Now Available To AWS Subscribers

Amazon Zocalo File Sharing Cloud Storage Platform Now Available To AWS Subscribers

Hot on the heels of Dropbox making some major improvements to its Pro and Business accounts - both with regards to storage and pricing - Amazon has decided to expedite the public debut of its Zocalo cloud storage service. This enterprise-targeted offering was first unveiled last month, and is designed as a scale-up service where storage cost...

[Updated] Game Over: Twitter Shuts Down Hacker Group Lizard Squad’s Account

[Updated] Game Over: Twitter Shuts Down Hacker Group Lizard Squad’s Account

Update, 8/28 - 3:15PM - It looks like the account in question is actually restored and functional at this point. The group's last post was about two hours ago.  We reported earlier this week about a collective called Lizard Group that was not only causing some major hassles for certain MMO companies and its players, but also caused a...

LG Rolls Out The G Watch R, A Round-Faced Android Rocking Smart Timepiece

LG Rolls Out The G Watch R, A Round-Faced Android Rocking Smart Timepiece

Rather than leave its hardware partners floundering in wearable waters to fend for themselves, Google threw them a lifeline in the form of Android Wear, a viable platform for the smartwatch movement that phone makers seem so eager to chase. It's still early in the game, but we're seeing some interesting smartwatches emerge, such as LG's new...

Behold The Tweet Activity Dashboard, A Place To See How And Where Your Tweets Fly

Behold The Tweet Activity Dashboard, A Place To See How And Where Your Tweets Fly

Have you ever wanted to analyze your Twitter posts? The microblogging service is making it possible to do that through its Tweet activity dashboard, a new tool that lets you see how people engage with your posts in real time, compare your posting activity every month and see how they trend over a period of time, and get a detailed view of...

Follow-Up: Microsoft Addresses Bogus App Issue, Removes Over 1500 Apps From Windows Stores

Follow-Up: Microsoft Addresses Bogus App Issue, Removes Over 1500 Apps From Windows Stores

We're still several months removed from spring time, but that didn't stop Microsoft from giving its Windows Store a good cleaning -- a much needed one, we might add -- as it swept away more than 1,500 crummy apps that fall afoul of the company's certification process in one way or another. More app removals could be forthcoming as Microsoft...

HTC-Built Nexus 9 Tablet Leaked, Powered By 64-Bit Tegra K1 At 2.5GHz

HTC-Built Nexus 9 Tablet Leaked, Powered By 64-Bit Tegra K1 At 2.5GHz

The path to pole position in mobile lies in the 64-bit fast lane, a place Apple has been cruising along in since dropping its custom A7 chip underneath the hood of its iPhone 5S. Now it looks as though Google's Nexus family is going 64-bit as well. Based on recent leaks, it's likely to happen with with the Nexus 9 tablet (codenamed Volantis)...

Samsung's Gear S Smartwatch Runs Tizen, Has Built-In 3G Radio

Samsung's Gear S Smartwatch Runs Tizen, Has Built-In 3G Radio

Although IFA doesn't kick off until next week, a few companies are spilling the beans on what's ahead... ahead of schedule. Samsung's joining that crowd, this week introducing the newest smartwatch in its arsenal: the Gear S. While the display isn't round, it is gently curved to fit flush against your wrist, and overall, it looks pretty striking....

Microsoft Isn’t Messing Around, Surface Pro 3 Now Available In 28 Markets Including Japan And Canada

Microsoft Isn’t Messing Around, Surface Pro 3 Now Available In 28 Markets Including Japan And Canada

It goes without saying that Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is the best Surface it's ever created. It righted some of the wrongs of the previous generation, and is simply a drool-worthy tablet / laptop. It's no secret that Microsoft knew that it had a winner on its hands, as it's been pushing the Surface brand hard since its release. Earlier this...

Dropbox Ups The Ante, Offering 1TB Of Storage For Just $10

Dropbox Ups The Ante, Offering 1TB Of Storage For Just $10

When Google began offering its Drive customers a huge 1TB worth of cloud storage for just $10 per month back in March, it seemed inevitable that its competitors would soon follow-suit. In June, Microsoft was the first to do so, offering 1TB as a perk to its Office 365 subscribers. Today, Dropbox has finally joined in as well, which is major...

Zotac’s Zbox Pi320 Pico PC Is Freakin’ TINY, Packs Quad-Core Bay Trail Inside

Zotac’s Zbox Pi320 Pico PC Is Freakin’ TINY, Packs Quad-Core Bay Trail Inside

Perhaps in another few generations, we'll have super powerful gaming PCs that measure about the size of a fingernail. In the meantime, the mini PC movement is in full force, and Zotac is leading the charge. The newest small form factor (SFF) PC from Zotac is the Zbox PI320 Pico, an ultra-tiny system about the size of a smartphone (it measures...

Cheapest Lenovo H530s SFF PC, Dell Inspiron Laptops and More

Cheapest Lenovo H530s SFF PC, Dell Inspiron Laptops 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 Lenovo H530s Small Form Factor system, a Dell XPS 8700 Core i7-based desktop machine with 23” monitor, a Samsung UN40H5203 40-Inch 1080p 60Hz Smart LED TV, and a whole lot more. Full details with links...

Flying Solo: Standalone Kinect Sensor For Xbox One Coming October 7 For $150

Flying Solo: Standalone Kinect Sensor For Xbox One Coming October 7 For $150

Whether Microsoft is ready to fully admit it or not, the Redmond outfit incorrectly surmised that bundling a second generation Kinect motion control sensor with the Xbox One and charging a $100 premium would allow the console to fly off store shelves. To Microsoft's credit, it did sell minutes of units at the $499 price tag, but Sony's PlayStation...

Netflix Formally Flags Comcast, Files Complaint With FCC To Block TWC Merger

Netflix Formally Flags Comcast, Files Complaint With FCC To Block TWC Merger

Netflix has been butting heads with cable companies over tolls the latter want to charge in exchange for guaranteeing that Netflix's streaming content makes it into homes without any hiccups. So, it doesn't come as much surprise that Netflix is one of the first in line to publicly oppose Comcast's proposed buyout of Time Warner Cable (TWC),...

Google Acquires Zync Visual Effects Cloud Rendering Company Behind “Star Trek Into Darkness”

Google Acquires Zync Visual Effects Cloud Rendering Company Behind “Star Trek Into Darkness”

Google may have missed out on purchasing Twitch, but that hasn't stopped the company from acquiring other businesses. Its latest acquisition is Zync Inc, a visual effects cloud-rendering company that was behind Star Trek Into Darkness. Special effects tend to be a costly venture for the film industry. With some exceptions, it is...

A 12.9-Inch iPad ‘Pro’? Apple Might Have One In The Works

A 12.9-Inch iPad ‘Pro’? Apple Might Have One In The Works

There have been lots of iPhone 6 rumors, which Apple is expected to announce during a press event next month, but not much speculation about the next iPad. Until now, that is. Word from people who supposedly have knowledge on the matter say that Apple's suppliers are preparing to build the biggest size iPad ever. Beginning in the first quarter...

VC Firm Kleiner Lines Up To Invest In Snapchat, Now Estimated At An Insane $10 Billion Valuation

VC Firm Kleiner Lines Up To Invest In Snapchat, Now Estimated At An Insane $10 Billion Valuation

We imagine there's an inspirational poster hanging in Snapchat's offices that reads, "Fortune favors the bold." Certainly Snapchat's founders have been bold in reportedly turning down two seemingly obscene acquisition offers, the first for $1 billion and the second for $3 billion, both from Facebook. Rejecting such high priced bids couldn't...

EA Expects To Milk $1 Billion In Incremental Revenue From DLC Add-On Game Content This Year

EA Expects To Milk $1 Billion In Incremental Revenue From DLC Add-On Game Content This Year

Looks like Electronic Arts is not holding back this year with its sports games. The video game publisher is expecting to make around $1 billion in revenue from downloadable content and is also taking steps to crack down on cheaters for its various sports titles. Madden NFL 15 is one of the key games to EA’s strategy. Aside from players...

Time Warner Cable Goes Down Nation-Wide

Time Warner Cable Goes Down Nation-Wide

It's been a rough week for broadband Internet subscribers. Last weekend, Charter Communications suffered a widespread service outage that affected customers in several states, and now Time Warner Cable is scrambling to fix an issue with its Internet infrastructure that also caused service disruptions across the United States. The good news...

Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

If you're a classic gamer, you've probably had the unhappy experience of firing up a beloved older title you haven't played in a decade or two, squinting at the screen, and thinking: "Wow. I didn't realize it looked this bad." The reasons why games can wind up looking dramatically worse than you remember isn't just the influence of rose-colored...

Google Chrome 37 64-Bit Stable Released, Faster, More Secure

Google Chrome 37 64-Bit Stable Released, Faster, More Secure

We suspect quite a few folks will be rejoicing over this one. This week, Google announced that its 64-bit experimentation with Chrome in Windows was a success. Thus, it's planning official, bona fide 64-bit support for Chrome Stable once Chrome 37 hits. As you'd expect, benefits in the departments of "speed, stability, and security" are on...

Seagate Ships World’s First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive, More Capacity For Your Pr0… Umm, Critical Files

Seagate Ships World’s First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive, More Capacity For Your Pr0… Umm, Critical Files

Prior to the digital age we are living in, many were skeptical about the need for larger hard drives. Now that we download TV shows, movies, music, video games, books, and other, shall we say, forms of entertainment, our need for larger hard drives continues to grow. So we are sure many people are happy that Seagate has announced today that...

Intel Goes Uptown: May Be Partnering With Barney's To Launch Smart Bracelet

Intel Goes Uptown: May Be Partnering With Barney's To Launch Smart Bracelet

When Intel announced its development of a "Smart Bracelet" and other digital lifestyle products at January's CES, there were many reasons to be impressed. In a way, it seemed kind of odd that Intel took as long as it did to make such a reveal, but the fact that it was going to be bringing its own products and technologies to the market meant...

Lowest Price Ever On Lenovo Y40 Gaming Laptops; Plus A Huge Price Drop Pn Dell UltraSharp Monitors and Lenovo ThinkPad Tablets

Lowest Price Ever On Lenovo Y40 Gaming Laptops; Plus A Huge Price Drop Pn Dell UltraSharp Monitors and Lenovo ThinkPad Tablets

Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Lenovo Y40 14" Core i7-based Gaming Laptop, a Lenovo ThinkPad 2 64GB 10.1" Tablet with Windows 8 Pro, a Dell UltraSharp UZ2215H 21.5" display and a whole lot more. Full details with links are pricing to all...

Instagram Hyperlapse Offers Buttery Smooth Timelapse Videos For iOS Devices

Instagram Hyperlapse Offers Buttery Smooth Timelapse Videos For iOS Devices

Technology is pretty amazing when you take a moment to stop and truly appreciate how far things have come. Back when our folks were kids, they were filming silent, choppy videos on Super 8. And today? There are a number of mobile apps available to shoot hiqh-quality video -- with sound! -- on your smartphone. One of them is Instagram, which...

Digital Storm's Bolt II Battle Box Edition Brings 4K Gaming to an ITX System

Digital Storm's Bolt II Battle Box Edition Brings 4K Gaming to an ITX System

"4K" has been quite a strong buzzword this past year, and things are only bound to heat up as displays capable of handling the resolution continue to drop in price. But let's face it: While the extra pixels are nice in principle, the amount of GPU horsepower required to deliver smooth gameplay at that resolution is enormous. Consider the fact...

T-Mobile Tweaks Family Plan With More Line Options, Doubles Data When Adding A Tablet

T-Mobile Tweaks Family Plan With More Line Options, Doubles Data When Adding A Tablet

With wireless carriers now engaged in a price war of sorts -- it's more a data war, really -- it's getting a bit difficult to keep track of things. For example, just a couple of weeks ago T-Mobile was advertising is Framily plan. And now? After offering to quadruple data for Simple Starter customers for $5 per month yesterday, T-Mobile today...

Review: HotHardware's Take On The Amazon Fire Phone

Review: HotHardware's Take On The Amazon Fire Phone

Bold. That’s the word that comes to mind when we consider Amazon’s Fire Phone. In a world where precious little has happened in the smartphone space over the past few years, at least in terms of groundbreaking innovation, Amazon’s entrance provides all the spark you need to sit up and pay attention. So what’s Amazon,...

Spotify Comes To Windows Phone Users For Free

Spotify Comes To Windows Phone Users For Free

As of today, the Spotify app for Windows Phone offers free music streaming. Android and iOS users have been enjoying free music from the streaming service for months, but Windows Phone users have been impatiently waiting – first for a Spotify app, and then for a Spotify app that included the service’s popular free music feature....

Chinese Antitrust Regulators Probe Microsoft For Browser And Media Player Bundling

Chinese Antitrust Regulators Probe Microsoft For Browser And Media Player Bundling

Tensions are high between the Chinese government and Microsoft right now, with the former banning the latter's Windows 8 software for government use. Taking it a step further, China is said to be building its own operating system, which it hopes to have ready by October. On top of all that, China's been investigating Microsoft over antitrust...

Fetch Dog Harness Let’s Your Lil’ Buddy Shoot Some Great Doggy-Cam Footage

Fetch Dog Harness Let’s Your Lil’ Buddy Shoot Some Great Doggy-Cam Footage

Have you ever watched a dog at play? They're in their own little world where chasing a chipmunk across the yard is every bit as important as that TPS report you've been tasked to write. And that hole Fido's been digging? He's not sure where it leads, he only knows it must be dug. Ah, the life of a dog -- rather than dress up in a Wilfred costume...

LG Launches LG G3 Stylus Stylus-Enabled Variant, Ready To Take On The Galaxy Note

LG Launches LG G3 Stylus Stylus-Enabled Variant, Ready To Take On The Galaxy Note

LG's been on a bit of a roll latel. Hot on the heels of introducing the G3 Beat and G Vista, and teasing a round-faced Android Wear smartwatch to compete with the Moto 360, the South Korean electronics maker today announced yet another new device, the LG G3 Stylus. Similar in design to the original LG G3 (but not in specs), the Stylus variant...

LG Teases Round-Faced Android Wear Smartwatch Competitor To Moto 360

LG Teases Round-Faced Android Wear Smartwatch Competitor To Moto 360

We're early on in the smartwatch revolution, and the first editions are proof of that. While Dick Tracy was onto something, the idea of a rectangular smartwatch in 2014 just feels a little... square. With Motorola's 360 watch securing most of the oohs and ahhs at Google I/O this year, it was just a matter of time before its primary rivals...

Facebook Attacks Viral Headlines Using Weird Trick, You Won't Believe What Happens Next

Facebook Attacks Viral Headlines Using Weird Trick, You Won't Believe What Happens Next

If you use social media at all these days, you've undoubtedly noticed the rampant proliferation of viral headlines. From advertising "Local woman loses 55 lbs of belly fat using one weird trick," to Upworthy's self-righteous spewing twaddle "This man found 3,654 war orphans, 62 kittens, and Jesus at Arby's -- You Won't Believe What Happened...

Welcome Robotic Overlord: 'Robo Brain' Is Consuming The Internet's Information And Learning

Welcome Robotic Overlord: 'Robo Brain' Is Consuming The Internet's Information And Learning

Giving robots knowledge isn't some newfangled ability - it's been around for a good while. Letting a robot learn for itself; well, that's a little more modern. With IBM's Watson, we saw a supercomputer that could scour the Internet to beef up its own knowledge, and the result was undoubtedly impressive. But knowledge is one thing; putting...

Irony: California Senator Votes Down Uber Ride Service And Gets Busted For DUI

Irony: California Senator Votes Down Uber Ride Service And Gets Busted For DUI

By now, it's pretty obvious that companies like Uber and Lyft offer a compelling service, one that taxi companies all over seem to be kicking themselves for not having thought of first. But despite the fact that these services offer a nice benefit to customers, they're fighting an uphill battle legally. Many, like Californian Senator Ben Hueso,...

Amazon Swoops In And Snatches Twitch Out From Under Google For $970M [Updated]

Amazon Swoops In And Snatches Twitch Out From Under Google For $970M [Updated]

Back in May, rumors surfaced that Google might purchase video game broadcasting service Twitch for $1 billion. Then, in July, Venturebeat claimed that its sources had confirmed that the deal between had been sealed. However, that confirmation may not have been accurate. It appears that Amazon is looking to snatch Twitch away from Google for...

T-Mobile Responds To Sprint's New Plans By Quadrupling 'Simple Starter' Data For $5 Per Month

T-Mobile Responds To Sprint's New Plans By Quadrupling 'Simple Starter' Data For $5 Per Month

The wireless price wars have begun. Sprint fired off the first shot when it rolled out new Family and Individual plans last week, and now T-Mobile, the nation's fourth largest wireless carrier and former acquisition target of Sprint, is firing back with a deal of its own -- for $5 extra per month, Simple Starter customers can quadruple their...

Lowest Price Ever On Dell Inspiron 3000 Desktops, Rare price drop on Dell U2414H Monitors and More

Lowest Price Ever On Dell Inspiron 3000 Desktops, Rare price drop on Dell U2414H Monitors and More

Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have great deals on the Dell Inspiron 3000 slim desktop system, the Dell U2414H UltraSharp 24" 1080p IPS display, a Samsung UN32EH4003 32” 720P LED HDTV with bonus gift card, and a whole lot more. Full details with...

Facebook's $19 Billion 'WhatsApp' Service Now Tops 600 Million Active Monthly Users

Facebook's $19 Billion 'WhatsApp' Service Now Tops 600 Million Active Monthly Users

After Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion back in February of this year, the popular messaging service has gone on to surpass 600 million monthly active users, company founder and Chief Executive Officer Jan Koum announced in a Twitter post today. At the time of acquisition, WhatsApp was nearing half a billion active users. By April,...

Get Your ‘Smart Polo’ On, Ralph Lauren Enters the Wearable Tech Fray

Get Your ‘Smart Polo’ On, Ralph Lauren Enters the Wearable Tech Fray

Those clunky fitness wristbands and watches are about to get some competition from a shirt that tracks much of the data, courtesy of Ralph Lauren. The luxury clothing designer is debuting the Ralph Lauren Polo Tech shirt at the US Open today, where it is the official outfitter. The shirt uses technology from OMsignal to collect biometric data,...

Openly Available Surveillance Systems Exploit Intrinsic Design of Cellphone Networks, Can Track Anyone Anywhere

Openly Available Surveillance Systems Exploit Intrinsic Design of Cellphone Networks, Can Track Anyone Anywhere

Grab your tin hat: your cellphone might be giving away your location to spy agencies and sophisticated gangs even as you read this. The Washington Post is reporting that certain companies are selling technology that gives governments and criminals tracking capabilities similar to what the NSA is believed to have. Image Credit: sNowFleikuN...

Google Teams Up With Rockchip For Project Ara Processing Engines

Google Teams Up With Rockchip For Project Ara Processing Engines

The idea of a modular smartphone is still an intriguing one. Imagine being able to swap out components in your smartphone to upgrade it rather than buying a completely new phone. If you don't know by now, Google has been working on Project Ara and, despite some hurdles such as the company selling off its Motorola division, the project is still...

FCC Filing Outs Microsoft’s Planned Chromecast Competitive Miracast Dongle

FCC Filing Outs Microsoft’s Planned Chromecast Competitive Miracast Dongle

Google's reasonably priced ($35) Chromecast dongle has been a surprising success in the streaming market, in part because of its low price tag. There's not a ton of competition in the streaming dongle space either, though it appears Microsoft will soon throw its weight around with a Miracast dongle that appears in the FCC's database. According...

LG Unveils First 4K OLED TV, Available In 77 and 65-Inches Of Love

LG Unveils First 4K OLED TV, Available In 77 and 65-Inches Of Love

It's too late to lay claim to the first 4K television, however LG Electronics just announced the world's first OLED TV with a 4K Ultra HD resolution (3840x2160). That OLED qualifier makes all the difference in the world, and according to LG, the use of OLED in today's Ultra HD displays will prove a "game changer" in the industry. There are...

Microsoft Slashes Price Of Surface 2 Hinting At New Windows Tablets For Holiday Season

Microsoft Slashes Price Of Surface 2 Hinting At New Windows Tablets For Holiday Season

The sly folks at Microsoft decided to snip $100 off the price of its Surface 2 tablets, bringing down the cost of entry to the Windows 8.1 RT tablet to $349 for the 32GB model. If you need more storage, the 64GB version is now priced at $449, and the 64GB with 4G LTE (on AT&T) baked in now goes for $579. What's most interesting about these...

DDoS Hackers Responsible For PSN Outage Send Bomb Threat Via Twitter On Flight Carrying Sony Exec

DDoS Hackers Responsible For PSN Outage Send Bomb Threat Via Twitter On Flight Carrying Sony Exec

Here's a story that just keeps getting stranger. Lizard Group, a hacker group that claimed responsibility for Sony's PSN downtime over the weekend, has created a stir that'll no doubt have the FBI involved. As if claiming that it took PSN down wasn't enough, it tweeted earlier today to American Airlines that it had been "receiving reports"...

Blizzard, League of Legends, Sony Suffer DDoS Attacks, Hacker Group Claims Responsibility

Blizzard, League of Legends, Sony Suffer DDoS Attacks, Hacker Group Claims Responsibility

During the weekend the gaming industry has been suffering from a barrage of DDoS attacks. Blizzard’s Battle.net, League of Legends, and Sony’s PlayStation Network are just some of the games and services that have experienced unexpected downtime. However, it appears one hacker group is claiming responsibility for all of these attacks...

China Developing Its Own OS To Take On Apple, Microsoft, and Google

China Developing Its Own OS To Take On Apple, Microsoft, and Google

If it hasn't been made clear enough in recent months that China would love nothing more than to cut down on its reliance to American technology companies, its just-announced decision to create its own operating system should remedy that. At first, this OS will target the desktop, but eventually, it'll make its way to smartphones and other...

Microsoft Research 'DeLorean' Cloud Gaming Technology Employs Speculative Processing For Lag-Free Gaming

Microsoft Research 'DeLorean' Cloud Gaming Technology Employs Speculative Processing For Lag-Free Gaming

It seems obvious that the cloud is going to become a big part of our gaming future, but there are a number of issues to work through before it really hits the big time. Undoubtedly the biggest hurdle at this point is simple bandwidth; so many people deal with subpar connections, either due to slow speeds, low bandwidth caps, or both. Once...

Charter Communications Service Outage Across US Possibly Caused By Large Scale DNS Hack

Charter Communications Service Outage Across US Possibly Caused By Large Scale DNS Hack

Was your high-speed Internet service acting wonky yesterday? Are you a Charter customer? If you answered 'yes' to both questions, you're not alone. It appears that Charter, the nation's fourth largest cable operator, suffered a widespread outage in broadband Internet service starting on late Saturday afternoon and continuing into the night....

AMD Unveils R9 285 Graphics Powerhouse, Shipping Next Week

AMD Unveils R9 285 Graphics Powerhouse, Shipping Next Week

If you thought it was a good time to be a gamer, well guess what? It just got even better. AMD used its 30 Years of Graphics and Gaming celebration to announce a new Radeon R9 200 Series graphics card, the Radeon R9 285. Spec-wise, the card is similar to AMD's Radeon R9 280, but with a newer GPU and a few enhancements that make it a more robust...

Pwned By A Girl! Women Gamers Now Outnumber Teenage Boys

Pwned By A Girl! Women Gamers Now Outnumber Teenage Boys

The Entertainment Software Association has just released its 2014 report on the state of the video game industry, and as the title of this post suggests, there have been some significant shifts since the last report. Let's tackle the most interesting one first: Women over the age of 18 currently represent 36% of the game-playing population,...

DHS Says Target, UPS, Over 1000 Others Were Hacked By ‘Backoff’ Point of Sale Malware

DHS Says Target, UPS, Over 1000 Others Were Hacked By ‘Backoff’ Point of Sale Malware

Life certainly has become complicated ever since we stopped bartering goods and services with our neighbors in favor of using cash and credit. Think you're safe to go shopping with your debit card at a major retailer? You'd be mistaken -- according to an advisory put out by the Department of Homeland Security, over 1,000 American businesses...

Amazon To Enter Online Advertising Arena Taking On Google And Microsoft

Amazon To Enter Online Advertising Arena Taking On Google And Microsoft

It looks like Google is soon to get some serious competition in the advertising space, as the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon has something cooking. Called "Amazon Sponsored Links", Amazon's advertising solution would take Google's AdWords head-on, where relevant ads would be displayed based on the context of a search. Amazon's...

Apple Opens iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program For "Small Percentage" Of Defective Units

Apple Opens iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program For "Small Percentage" Of Defective Units

Are you sitting down? Good, because this may surprise you: Apple just fessed up to there being a "small percentage" of iPhone 5 devices that may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently. It's not that often that Apple admits to defects -- Steve Jobs told users they were holding the iPhone 4 wrong when...

GameStop Sales Jump 25 Percent In Second Quarter On Next Generation Console Launches

GameStop Sales Jump 25 Percent In Second Quarter On Next Generation Console Launches

GameStop reported a 25.1 percent increase in total global sales to $1.73 billion for its fiscal second quarter of 2014, up from $1.38 billion in the same quarter a year ago. Consolidated comparable store sales increased 21.9 percent, and new hardware sales skyrocketed 124.8 percent as demand for Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation...

AMD Hosting '30 Years of Graphics and Gaming' Livestream With New Product Launch Today, Watch It Here

AMD Hosting '30 Years of Graphics and Gaming' Livestream With New Product Launch Today, Watch It Here

Radeon fans, take note! AMD is going to be hosting a livestream this AM (9 CT, 10 ET) called "30 Years of Graphics and Gaming." Given the headline, you can probably make a guess or two at what is going to be discussed. What we know for certain is that if you've been a PC gamer for a while, a trip down memory lane with a bit of nostalgia awaits....

Netflix Hack Day Produces Cool New Features Like 'Hue,' 'Nerdflix,' and 'Oculix'

Netflix Hack Day Produces Cool New Features Like 'Hue,' 'Nerdflix,' and 'Oculix'

Hackathons are awesome for a number of different reasons, but the big one is that they can sometimes yield really cool inventions. Such is the case of Netflix's Hack Day, which the company held this past week. Not only were there a number of really neat uses of Netflix's technology designed in a mere 24 hours, some of them could prove to be...

Are You Willing To Pay For An Ad Free Internet? Most Say No

Are You Willing To Pay For An Ad Free Internet? Most Say No

News is out today of a survey from video advertising platform Ebuzzing claiming that it would cost an average of E140 per year per UK citizen to pay for an ad-free Internet and that the majority of users (98% of them, in fact) would never, ever be willing to pay such fees. I'm not surprised by results like this -- if someone asked me "Would...

Over $300 Off Lenovo Z50 Laptops; Plus Big Savings On Dell desktops, Sharp HDTVs and More

Over $300 Off Lenovo Z50 Laptops; Plus Big Savings On Dell desktops, Sharp HDTVs and More

It’s almost time to close out another week, but not before serving up the latest batch of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu for you all today, we have deals on the Lenovo Z50 Core i7-based gaming laptop with discrete NVIDIA graphics, a Dell XPS 8700 Core i7-based desktop system, a Sharp AQUOS LC-60LE600U 60"...

2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 Has 650HP And Looks Amazing Doing It

2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 Has 650HP And Looks Amazing Doing It

If you've got the cash, and are looking to make a splash, then you are in luck. Chevrolet has unveiled the new 2015 Corvette Z06 and it looks amazing. Replacing the previous generation of ZR1s, the new Z06 is Chevy’s most powerful version in the car’s history. It has a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 650 horsepower...

G.SKILL Announces Ripjaws 4 DDR4 Memory Kits In Preparation For Haswell-E

G.SKILL Announces Ripjaws 4 DDR4 Memory Kits In Preparation For Haswell-E

With the launch of Intel's Haswell-E processors and X99 chipset right around the corner, everyone aside from Intel itself has been previewing products that complement the platform. Most notably, this involves motherboard and memory manufacturers, with some choosing to remain mum in advance of the launch, with others happy to talk about what's...

Researchers Prove That Wirelessly Hacking Traffic Lights Is A Frighteningly Real Threat

Researchers Prove That Wirelessly Hacking Traffic Lights Is A Frighteningly Real Threat

Word to the wise -- be careful crossing through intersections, even when you have a green light. We don't want to overstate the threat, but apparently you really can hack into a traffic signal and change the light, just as you've seen in countless Hollywood films featuring the token computer hacker. This was proven by a team of researchers...

Northern Illinois University Demonstrates Supreme Stupidity, Bans Social Media, Political Content and Wikipedia

Northern Illinois University Demonstrates Supreme Stupidity, Bans Social Media, Political Content and Wikipedia

College is supposed to be a place of higher learning and where attendees are given their freedom to decide what they want to do. However, Northern Illinois University is restricting some of that freedom when it enacted an Acceptable Use Policy that bans torrents and denies students access to social media sites and content deemed “unethical”...

Say It Ain't So! Kari, Grant And Tory Leaving MythBusters Show

Say It Ain't So! Kari, Grant And Tory Leaving MythBusters Show

Discovery's popular MythBusters show starring Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman are going in a new direction next season, and where the show is headed, there isn't room for co-stars Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara. News of the their departure came when Savage and Hyneman bid their farewell to the trio in a tribute video posted to Discovery's...

Research And ACT Score Data Shows States With Faster Internet Service Have A Smarter Population

Research And ACT Score Data Shows States With Faster Internet Service Have A Smarter Population

Apparently, people are using the Internet for more than streaming Netflix and looking at cat videos. Research by Highspeed Internet.com suggests that the states that have the highest ACT scores are also the ones that have the fastest Internet connections. Obviously, upgrading your Internet connection (or living in a state with fast connections)...

Apple iPhone 6 Design Tweak Causes Screen Shortage, Supply Chain Heartburn

Apple iPhone 6 Design Tweak Causes Screen Shortage, Supply Chain Heartburn

Apple and its investors fully expect the upcoming iPhone 6 launch will be the biggest in the iPhone's history, and while there's a good chance of that happening, nothing is ever easy about these launches. Each iPhone release has been marred by one problem or another, and this time around, it's problems at the assembly plant that Apple has...

Comcast ‘Xfinity On Campus’ Service Lets College Students Stream TV On Demand Anywhere

Comcast ‘Xfinity On Campus’ Service Lets College Students Stream TV On Demand Anywhere

Comcast is trying out a little something new this back-to-school season. At select colleges, Comcast will offer its "Xfinity On Campus" service that lets college students watch live TV and On Demand content on their Internet enabled devices, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones while on campus. Students don't have to pay any extra for...

Ecosystem Explosion: New Report Finds Nearly 20,000 Distinct Android Devices

Ecosystem Explosion: New Report Finds Nearly 20,000 Distinct Android Devices

It took a few years, but Google has finally come to grips with a real issue: fragmentation. At Google I/O this year, it took steps to unify tablet and phone apps, as well as unify design language for devs moving forward. It has also integrated Google Play Services into the Android framework, which enables it to push smaller, incremental updates...

No Monkey Business, Monkey Selfie Defies The Laws Of Copyright

No Monkey Business, Monkey Selfie Defies The Laws Of Copyright

The US Copyright Office has just issued a draft of a massive update to its practices guide, and some of its updated information couldn't be more timely. By now, you've probably heard of the battle that ensued between a photographer and Wikimedia over a photo that a female macaque took herself. The photographer believed he was within his rights...

Apple Rolls Out OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2, iTunes 12 Beta, Available Now

Apple Rolls Out OS X Yosemite Public Beta 2, iTunes 12 Beta, Available Now

Three days short of a full month ago, Apple released its first-ever public OS X beta for its upcoming Yosemite (10.10) release. Today, the company has followed-up with a new build, which closely matches the Developer Beta 6 release that came out earlier this week. While Apple highly recommends that everyone using Beta 1 update, it hasn't provided...

Android, Windows and iOS Vulnerability Allows 92 Percent Hack Success Rate For Popular Apps Like Gmail

Android, Windows and iOS Vulnerability Allows 92 Percent Hack Success Rate For Popular Apps Like Gmail

A weakness has been identified that could exist in Android, Windows, and iOS devices that can be used to obtain personal information. Discovered by a team of researchers, the vulnerability revolves around multiple applications running on a shared infrastructure that can be exploited. According to their research, they were able to test a method,...

Acer Launches Chromebox CXI Google Chrome-Powered Mini Desktop

Acer Launches Chromebox CXI Google Chrome-Powered Mini Desktop

They might not be the most powerful PCs out there, but Google's Chromebook and Chromebox series has one thing locked-down: Value. That's something proven in spades with Acer's new Chromebox CXI, a compact desktop PC that starts at a mere $180. You might think that a sub-$200 PC would have to look like a sub-$200 PC, but I'd argue that the...

Microsoft Planning Windows 9 Launch For September 30

Microsoft Planning Windows 9 Launch For September 30

September is shaping up to be one heck of a busy month. The kids will be back in school (if not already, depending on where you live), Apple will launch its iPhone 6, and if the latest rumor turns out to be true, Microsoft on September 30th will introduce the world to Windows 9, otherwise known as Threshold, during a press event. This is a...

50% Off Canon PIXMA Printers; Plus low prices on Samsung HDTVs, Lenovo Gaming Laptops, Sol Headphones and More

50% Off Canon PIXMA Printers; Plus low prices on Samsung HDTVs, Lenovo Gaming Laptops, Sol Headphones and More

Welcome back for another installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu for you all today, we have deals on a Canon PIXMA MX472 Wireless All-In-One printer, the Lenovo Y40 14" Core i7-based gaming laptop with an SSD and discrete AMD graphics, an ASUS PB278Q 27" Professional monitor, and a whole lot more. Full details...

UPS Hit With Latest Data Breach, Impacting 51 Stores and 105,000 Transactions

UPS Hit With Latest Data Breach, Impacting 51 Stores and 105,000 Transactions

At some point, you have to wonder if any database that can be hacked will be hacked. With so much of the world's precious information stored on drives in the forms of 1s and 0s, what's to stop ill-willed individuals from doing to every other company what they did last year to Target, for example? Clearly, not much, as UPS has fallen victim...

Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport Review

Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport Review

A few months ago, Samsung released its most-recent flagship phone, the Galaxy S5. In our hands-on review of the Galaxy S5, we were so impressed with the phone that we gave it our Editor’s Choice award. The Galaxy S5 was designed with an active lifestyle in mind as is evidenced by various features including the built-in heart rate monitor...

Walmart To Slash iPhone 5C to 97 Cents, iPhone 5S to $79 To Make Room For iPhone 6 Inventory

Walmart To Slash iPhone 5C to 97 Cents, iPhone 5S to $79 To Make Room For iPhone 6 Inventory

If you're looking to score the best deal on an iPhone, typically the best time to pounce is right before Apple launches a new model. When that time of year comes around, retailers inevitably slash prices on current generation models to make room for the new handsets, as Walmart is about to do with its stockpile of iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S handsets....

Sprint Keeps It Simple With $60 Unlimited Wireless Plan For New And Existing Customers

Sprint Keeps It Simple With $60 Unlimited Wireless Plan For New And Existing Customers

Sprint chief Marcelo Claure promised to roll up his sleeves and come out swinging this week with "very disruptive" pricing plans that would shock and awe the wireless industry, and we now know what those are. Following the introduction of newly priced shared family plans earlier this week, Sprint today announced the Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan...

Opera Wins Deal With Microsoft To Become Default Mini Browser On Feature And Asha Handsets

Opera Wins Deal With Microsoft To Become Default Mini Browser On Feature And Asha Handsets

Opera Software, the Norwegian software developer behind the Opera browser, scored an interesting deal with Microsoft to have its Opera Mini browser for mobile devices serve as the default web surfing vehicle on Microsoft's existing feature phones and Asha handsets, the company announced today. The licensing agreement applies to mobile phones...

AT&T Will Bring Gigabit Internet To Cupertino, Home Of Apple

AT&T Will Bring Gigabit Internet To Cupertino, Home Of Apple

AT&T this week confirmed plans to expand its GigaPower all-fiber network to Cupertino, California. The speedy service will offer consumers and small businesses symmetrical upload and download broadband speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, along with the option to subscribe to AT&T's U-verse TV service, which supports watching and...

NVIDIA Buffs Out Half Life 2 And Portal Visuals For Tegra K1 On SHIELD Tablet

NVIDIA Buffs Out Half Life 2 And Portal Visuals For Tegra K1 On SHIELD Tablet

A pair of classic game titles developed by Valve have now been ported over to NVIDIA's recently launched Tegra K1-powered SHIELD tablet. The classic games include Portal and Half-Life 2, though these aren't straight (or lazy) ports -- both feature a wide variety of high-end and exclusive visual effects built to showcase the 192-core Tegra...

Uber Enables In-App Cab Hailing Within Popular Apps Like Starbucks, OpenTable, Trip Advisor

Uber Enables In-App Cab Hailing Within Popular Apps Like Starbucks, OpenTable, Trip Advisor

Since the company's founding in 2009, Uber's ultimate goal has been to make it as easy as possible for anyone to get from point A to point B in as little time as possible. As it is today, the service is generally considered to be very efficient, but the company's not happy enough with that - it wants to make things even more efficient. That's...

Intel and Unity Join Forces To Enable Gaming Goodness For Android On X86

Intel and Unity Join Forces To Enable Gaming Goodness For Android On X86

For the past few years, as Intel has struggled to gain market share for its Android-x86 project, it's been hampered by software compatibility issues and associated performance degradation. Now, some of that burden is being lifted off the company's products -- the popular and widespread Unity 3D engine has announced that upcoming versions will...

40% Off XPS 8700; Plus New Low Price on 20" Multi-Touch Monitor, Inspiron Slim Desktop, Yamaha Bluetooth Soundbar, and More

40% Off XPS 8700; Plus New Low Price on 20" Multi-Touch Monitor, Inspiron Slim Desktop, Yamaha Bluetooth Soundbar, and More

Welcome back for another installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu for you today, we have great deals on a Dell XPS 8700 Core i7-based system with 16GB of RAM and discrete NVIDIA graphics, a Dell E2014T 20" 1600x900 Multi-Touch monitor, Microsoft Office365 Home Premium, and much, much more. Full details, including...

Samsung Gives B&N Some Nookie, Intros Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

Samsung Gives B&N Some Nookie, Intros Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

Back in June Barnes and Noble announced that its next Nook e-reader would be developed by Samsung. Today, the bookseller unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet for $179. The new Nook features a 7” LCD display with 1280x800 resolution, has 8GB of memory that is upgradeable to 32GB with a microSD card, will last up to 10 hours,...

Smartphone Kill Switch Law A Safe Haven For Consumers Or ‘Tyranny’ When The Government Can Brick Your Phone?

Smartphone Kill Switch Law A Safe Haven For Consumers Or ‘Tyranny’ When The Government Can Brick Your Phone?

We're often told that having a kill switch in our mobile devices - mostly our smartphones - is a good thing. At a basic level, that's hard to disagree with. If every mobile device had a built-in kill switch, theft would go down. Who'd waste their time over a device that probably won't work for very long? Here's where the problem lays: It's...

AMD GPU Shipments Surge 11 Percent In Q2, While NVIDIA GPUs Slump

AMD GPU Shipments Surge 11 Percent In Q2, While NVIDIA GPUs Slump

It looks like AMD has a reason to smile while NVIDIA doesn't. Industry research and consulting firm Jon Peddie Research has released a report which states that AMD’s GPU shipments rose around 11 percent in Q2 2014 on a quarter-to-quarter basis while NVIDIA’s GPU shipments saw a slump of about 8.3 percent and Intel saw a 4 percent...

HTC One M8 Now Available In Windows Phone Flavor from Verizon; AT&T Version On The Way

HTC One M8 Now Available In Windows Phone Flavor from Verizon; AT&T Version On The Way

If you’re a loyal Windows Phone user who’s been ogling the Android version of the HTC One M8, your time has come. HTC released the smartphone with Windows Phone 8.1 through Verizon and AT&T is readying a model for its customers.  The HTC One M8 has a sleek metal unibody and solid performance, which snagged it an Editor’s...

Study Finds Reader Comprehension Much Lower On Kindles versus Paper Books

Study Finds Reader Comprehension Much Lower On Kindles versus Paper Books

If you’ve been watching with unease as the world slowly shifts from print books to ebooks, a recent study on the subject will give you some extra ammunition. Researchers at Stavanger University in Norway carried out a study that seemed to suggest people have better reading comprehension when they read paper books than they do when they...

Net Neutered: Netflix Sucks Up To Time Warner Cable For Faster Streaming Service

Net Neutered: Netflix Sucks Up To Time Warner Cable For Faster Streaming Service

As much as Netflix is loath to pay Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for uninterrupted access into homes of each provider's customers, the streaming service continues to ink peering deals so that its own subscribers can enjoy high quality videos and less buffering. One of the newest deals involves a reported agreement with Time Warner Cable...

Apple Shares Break $100 Mark After 7-for-1 Split On iPhone 6 Launch Optimism

Apple Shares Break $100 Mark After 7-for-1 Split On iPhone 6 Launch Optimism

Behind closed doors, Apple is expecting its iPhone 6 launch to not only break records, but to shatter them. Shareholders are evidently in the same boat, and as we inch closer to the iPhone 6 debut -- Apple is expected to announce the device during a scheduled press event on September 9, 2014 -- the Cuptertino company's stock price is seeing...

Twitter Alters Policy To Honor Image Takedown Requests Of Deceased Family Members

Twitter Alters Policy To Honor Image Takedown Requests Of Deceased Family Members

Just hours after photos and videos showing what appears to be the horrifically disturbing beheading of James Foley spread across Twitter, the microblogging service posted a policy update that now allows family members to request the removal of images of the deceased. At the same time, Twitter left itself an opening by saying it may not be...

Lenovo Serves Up Three New ThinkCentre PCs for Business

Lenovo Serves Up Three New ThinkCentre PCs for Business

Lenovo updated its ThinkCentre line of business-class desktop PCs this morning, touting the systems’ security and reliability. All three new PCs come standard with Smart USB Protection, which lets companies manage security for the USB ports. Considering the recent reports of a firmware-based attack that exploits USB ports, that’s...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SanDisk Ultra II Solid State Drive Family Targets Price Concscious Consumers

SanDisk Ultra II Solid State Drive Family Targets Price Concscious Consumers

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

AMD Radeon R7 Series 240GB SSD Review

AMD Radeon R7 Series 240GB SSD Review

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

Official Destiny Gameplay Trailer: Venus Is Out Of This World

Official Destiny Gameplay Trailer: Venus Is Out Of This World

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FCC Extends Net Neutrality Comments Feedback Period To September 15

FCC Extends Net Neutrality Comments Feedback Period To September 15

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

Apple To Begin Storing iCloud User Data In Chinese Data Centers

Apple To Begin Storing iCloud User Data In Chinese Data Centers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YouTube Buffs Out Its TV App With Sleek Material UI Design

YouTube Buffs Out Its TV App With Sleek Material UI Design

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ebay Next In Line To Take BitCoin Currency For Payments

Ebay Next In Line To Take BitCoin Currency For Payments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HotHardware’s Summer Gaming System Giveaway Winner!

HotHardware’s Summer Gaming System Giveaway Winner!

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

Windows 8.1 Update 2 Released, Brings As Little As We Expected

Windows 8.1 Update 2 Released, Brings As Little As We Expected

When we reported on the potential incentives Microsoft could be bringing with Windows 9 earlier this month, we talked about Windows 8.1's "Update 2" being a little thinner than was originally planned. As Microsoft has finally rolled that update out this week, we can see that's just the case. To some, the update might not even be worth pursuing,...

Overzealous Retailer Jumps The Gun, Leaks Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specs Online

Overzealous Retailer Jumps The Gun, Leaks Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specs Online

September's shaping up to be a busy month in mobile. That's because Apple is expected to launch its next iPhone model on September 9, and almost a full week beforehand, Samsung's Unpacked launch event is scheduled to take place on September 3, which it will hold in Beijin, Berlin, and New York at the same time. It's very likely Samsung will...

Intel Demos Massive Power Saving And Performance Boost With DirectX 12 On Integrated Graphics

Intel Demos Massive Power Saving And Performance Boost With DirectX 12 On Integrated Graphics

Intel might not be the first vendor name to come to mind when the subject of DirectX 12 is brought up, but at the ongoing SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver, the company wants us to know that it's very much in the game. Making use of a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet, which is thermally-controlled to mimic 10 - 15 minutes of gametime, DX 11 to...

Def Con Presenters And CloudFlare Exec Unveil ‘PORTAL’ Counter-Surveillance Router

Def Con Presenters And CloudFlare Exec Unveil ‘PORTAL’ Counter-Surveillance Router

A lot has sure changed in the past year, especially since the time before Edward Snowden, who we talked about yesterday, came forth with his NSA revelations. Anyone who cared about hiding their identity pre-Snowden were generally considered privacy nuts. But post-Snowden, the desire to keep private online suddenly seemed a lot more sane. But...

Deep Discounts On Toshiba Touch Laptop, Netgear Routers, Dell Desktops and More

Deep Discounts On Toshiba Touch Laptop, Netgear Routers, Dell Desktops and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all this find Thursday, we have deals on a Toshiba Satellite BC55T-A5103 15.6" laptop with touch, a Dell Venue 11 Pro Core i5-based tablet, a Netgear R6200 Wireless-AC Dual Band Gigabit Router (with NetTV media streamer), and a whole lot...

Buttering Up: Comcast and Time Warner Sponsor Swank Dinner For FCC Commissioner

Buttering Up: Comcast and Time Warner Sponsor Swank Dinner For FCC Commissioner

Cable giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC) are sponsoring this year's annual dinner for the Walter Kaitz Foundation, which is being held in honor of Mignon Clyburn, head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Clyburn is to receive a special "diversity advocate" award at the event, with Comcast donating $110,000 to the foundation...

Spring Shopping App Lets Your Browse Fashion Brands Instagram Style And Shop

Spring Shopping App Lets Your Browse Fashion Brands Instagram Style And Shop

Mobile is clearly the future when it comes to Web, communications, and potentially even photography. So, it makes sense to assume that shopping is going to gravitate towards mobile as well. That's where a new app from New York-based Jello Labs comes in. The company suggests that Spring (a nod to Spring Street in Manhattan) will enable each...

Apple Bans Toxins Used In iPhone Screens That Could Make Factory Workers Sick

Apple Bans Toxins Used In iPhone Screens That Could Make Factory Workers Sick

Planning on purchasing an iPhone 6? After you do, you can rest a little easier at night knowing that Apple issued a ban for a pair of chemicals that could potentially cause serious health issues for factory workers when breathing in the fumes. The chemicals are benzene (can cause leukemia) and n-hexane (linked to nerve damage), which had previously...

Intel Acquires LSI’s Axxia Networking Business Unit From Avago For $650 Million

Intel Acquires LSI’s Axxia Networking Business Unit From Avago For $650 Million

A little bit of celebrating is in order for Avago Technologies, which said it signed a definitive agreement to sell LSI's Axxia Networking Business to Intel, the world's larger supplier of semiconductors, for $650 million in cash. The boards of directors for both Avago and Intel have already approved the deal, which is expected to close in...

Snowden’s WIRED Cover Story Depicts An American Flag-Wrapped Hero-Martyr

Snowden’s WIRED Cover Story Depicts An American Flag-Wrapped Hero-Martyr

It took almost no time at all after Edward Snowden exposed some of the NSA's more questionable goings-on that a divide of public opinion could be seen. Some consider Snowden to be a national hero, while others consider him to be nothing more than a traitor. Some might even consider it a grave insult if Snowden were to be seen with an American...

ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q G-SYNC Monitor Review

ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q G-SYNC Monitor Review

Before we dive in and show you the brand-new ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q G-Sync enabled monitor, we have a confession to make: We are ecstatic that there is finally some innovation happening in the monitor market. For years, 30” panels with native resolutions of 2560x1600 and paltry 60Hz refresh rates remained the pinnacle of desktop displays,...

‘The Walking Dead’s’ Norman Reedus Tapped To Star In ‘Silent Hill’ Game Sequel

‘The Walking Dead’s’ Norman Reedus Tapped To Star In ‘Silent Hill’ Game Sequel

Sony has announced a new Silent Hill game that will star ‘The Walking Dead’s’ own Norman Reedus. Titled Silent Hills, the next installment to the horror franchise was revealed at Gamescom on Tuesday though there were not many details provided about the game. PlayStation users were able to download a demo from the PlayStation...

Accused Florida Murderer Allegedly Asked iPhone’s Siri Where To Hide The Body

Accused Florida Murderer Allegedly Asked iPhone’s Siri Where To Hide The Body

Apple's Siri might not be for everyone, but there's no denying that sometimes, it could prove to be a boon for finding out important, time-sensitive information fast. I must imagine, though, that there are some things Siri's Cupertino creator never planned on it being asked - such as where to hide a body. That's just what one Florida...

Clearance Sale! 40% Off Inspiron 17R Core i5 Laptop, Canon PIXMA All-In-One Printer, Amazon Fire TV, and More

Clearance Sale! 40% Off Inspiron 17R Core i5 Laptop, Canon PIXMA All-In-One Printer, Amazon Fire TV, and More

Welcome back to another installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Dell Inspiron 17R Core i5-based laptop, an Alienware 14 Core i7-based gaming laptop with discrete NVIDIA graphics, a Canon PIXMA MG5520 Wireless All-In-One Color Photo Printer, and a whole lot more. Full details...

Apple Making Room for Next Gen Devices? AT&T Offers $200 iPad Discount Promo to iPhone 5 Buyers Choosing AT&T Next Plans

Apple Making Room for Next Gen Devices? AT&T Offers $200 iPad Discount Promo to iPhone 5 Buyers Choosing AT&T Next Plans

Retailers have been discounting iPhone 5 smartphones heavily ahead of the anticipated launch of Apple’s next generation of iPhones in early September. Now, AT&T is running a promotion that knocks $200 off the price of an iPad or iPad mini when you buy an iPhone 5c or 5s on an AT&T Next plan. This is not an online promotion, so...

Roar! New York Bans ‘Tiger Selfies’

Roar! New York Bans ‘Tiger Selfies’

Well, there goes our dating prospects. Just when singles had discovered the key to attracting mates – posing for a selfie with a tiger – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law that bans contact between most people and tigers. That’s sure to put a dent in the number of “tiger selfies” that have been appearing...

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse Replaced By Marcelo Claure, Now Tasked With Shutting Up T-Mobile’s Legere

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse Replaced By Marcelo Claure, Now Tasked With Shutting Up T-Mobile’s Legere

Many suspected that Sprint would be left for dead years ago, but in 2007, a CEO named Dan Hesse stepped in and made a number of moves that ended up reviving Sprint. While the company never quite thrived the way that its primary rivals did, Sprint embraced 4G (albeit with WiMAX at first), pursued unlimited data, ushered in innovative payment...

Netflix ISP Speed Index For July Shows Verizon Dead Last In Performance

Netflix ISP Speed Index For July Shows Verizon Dead Last In Performance

The finger-pointing between Netflix and broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs) over which side is at fault for poor quality video streams continues. Things are especially contentious between Netflix and Verizon, the latter of which is accused of intentionally throttling Netflix traffic over the streaming service's refusal to pay a toll...

Samsung Makes Metal-Strapped Galaxy Alpha Official

Samsung Makes Metal-Strapped Galaxy Alpha Official

We were beginning to wonder if Samsung would ever release a high-end smartphone without a plastic chassis, and now that it finally has, expect comparison's to Apple's iPhone design to begin anew. In the meantime, meet the Galaxy Alpha, the newest addition to Samsung's Galaxy family and the first in the series to sport a metal frame with a...

Buy A Qualifying NVIDIA Graphics Card From EVGA, Receive 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' For Free

Buy A Qualifying NVIDIA Graphics Card From EVGA, Receive 'Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel' For Free

It seems a bit silly to pay for a game when you can get it for free, doesn't it? Whoa, slow down there fella -- we're not encouraging you to pirate games on a torrent site or to help yourself to a five-finger discount at your local games retailer. However, if you're in the market for a new graphics card, be advised that EVGA is handing out...

Twitter Says 23 Million Users Are Not Real Humans, Just Bots

Twitter Says 23 Million Users Are Not Real Humans, Just Bots

In a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Twitter disclosed that around 23 million of its monthly active users are actually bots, or programs that automatically post updates "without any discernible additional user-initiated action." That works out to about 8.5 percent of of the microblogging service's total...

Fast, Affordable Storage: OCZ ARC 100 240GB Solid State Drive Review

Fast, Affordable Storage: OCZ ARC 100 240GB Solid State Drive Review

OCZ is launching a brand-new series of solid state drives today, targeted squarely at budget-conscious, mainstream consumers. The new ARC 100 series doesn’t stray far from its roots, however. The ARC 100 features the very same OCZ Barefoot 3 M10 as the higher-end Vertex 460, but these new drives feature more affordable Toshiba A19nm...

Rise Of The Tomb Raider An Xbox Exclusive? What Was Square Enix Thinking?

Rise Of The Tomb Raider An Xbox Exclusive? What Was Square Enix Thinking?

During Microsoft’s press briefing at Gamescom, it was revealed that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be exclusive to Xbox One. A sequel to the Tomb Raider reboot released in 2013, and developed by Crystal Dynamics, the news comes as a surprise considering that the previous title was available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC platforms....

Destiny Dubbed GameStop’s Most Pre-Ordered Game IP In History, New Multiplayer Trailer Teased

Destiny Dubbed GameStop’s Most Pre-Ordered Game IP In History, New Multiplayer Trailer Teased

There was never any doubt that Bungie's Destiny was going to be anything other than a major hit, but some proof of that has trickled out today: The game has become GameStop's most pre-ordered new IP in history. To celebrate this milestone, and also to help kick off Gamescom 2014, a competitive multiplayer trailer has been released, seen below....

Return of The King: Sierra Is Back With A New King's Quest In 2015

Return of The King: Sierra Is Back With A New King's Quest In 2015

It's been over a million years since King's Quest last graced the gaming community, or so it feels that way. Some of you reading this might be wondering, "King's who?" Alas, classic adventure gaming gave way to first person shooters and other genres that dominate the modern gaming world, but if you're a thirty-something (or older) who remembers...

Comcast Tries To Rip Off Customer With Bogus Service Charges And The Recorded Call Goes Viral

Comcast Tries To Rip Off Customer With Bogus Service Charges And The Recorded Call Goes Viral

When it comes to customer horror stories, Comcast is the gift that keeps on giving. Last month, we reported on a true nightmare of a call tech blogger Ryan Block had to deal with, with Comcast ultimately admitting that the customer service rep stuck to protocol. You'd think that after that debacle, the company might try to calm down its aggressive...

Tesla's Supercharger Coverage Map Expands, 'Can You Charge Me Now?'

Tesla's Supercharger Coverage Map Expands, 'Can You Charge Me Now?'

A platform is usually only as great as the infrastructure that supports it, even if that platform just so happens to be an automobile. While the Tesla idea is a sound one, it isn't apt to end up in the mainstream garage until there's a vast array of chargers. If you can't get a charge without going too far out of your way, your ride is as...

Microsoft's Hyperlapse Video Demo Shows Unbelievably Cool, Smooth Time-Lapse Video Playback

Microsoft's Hyperlapse Video Demo Shows Unbelievably Cool, Smooth Time-Lapse Video Playback

If you record your outdoor adventures with a helmet-mounted camera, you’re going to love this. A trio of Microsoft researchers have solved the problem of shaky time-lapse videos with a method they call “hyperlapse.” Where speeding up a long video used to create a surreal, stuttering movie, hyperlapse lets you take your viewers...

Google Takes Stake in $300 Million Dollar ‘Faster’ Trans-Pacific Undersea Cable Project

Google Takes Stake in $300 Million Dollar ‘Faster’ Trans-Pacific Undersea Cable Project

Google is aggressively working to improve the speed with which we access the Internet. Google Fiber is one of its better-known efforts because it directly benefits regular users: Google Fiber provides the citizens of many major U.S. cities with affordable Gigabit Internet access. Now, the company is joining forces with other tech companies...

Deals On Dell Inspiron 15 Laptops, HP All-in-One PCs, Ottoman Speakers and More

Deals On Dell Inspiron 15 Laptops, HP All-in-One PCs, Ottoman Speakers 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 a Dell Inspiron 15 (3000-series) notebook, the HP ENVY x360 15t touch-screen convertible device, the Sony CyberShot DSC-RX100 20MP Digital Camera and a whole lot more. Full details for all of the deals are...

Valve May Add Movies And TV Series To Popular Steam Online Gaming Service

Valve May Add Movies And TV Series To Popular Steam Online Gaming Service

Valve's Steam digital distribution platform is the go-to place for games, and there's even been an effort to flesh it out with creativity and productivity software. Now there's evidence to suggest that Valve may take things a step further by adding new types of content, including film, TV series, videos, music, and plugins. Could it be that...

Dell Dishes Up Next Generation Precision Tower And Rack Workstations

Dell Dishes Up Next Generation Precision Tower And Rack Workstations

Dell just expanded its already extensive line of workstation solutions by announcing new mainstream and performance tower and rack systems. They include the the Precision Tower 5810, Tower 7810, Tower 7910, and Rack 7910, all of which are next-generation systems updated with Intel's latest Xeon processor options, 2133MHz memory, graphics technology...

Microsoft Lumia 730 ‘Selfie Phone’ and Lumia 830 Windows 8.1 Phones Expected Unveiling At IFA Event

Microsoft Lumia 730 ‘Selfie Phone’ and Lumia 830 Windows 8.1 Phones Expected Unveiling At IFA Event

Like them or not, selfies seem to be a trend with staying power, and phone makers like Sony are beefing up smartphone front cameras in response. Microsoft is reportedly jumping on the bandwagon, too, with the Lumia 730 expected to have a 5MP front cam that will render your skin imperfections in way higher detail than old school front cams....

Flamboyant T-Mobile CEO Legere Takes To Twitter To Taunt Sprint A Second Time

Flamboyant T-Mobile CEO Legere Takes To Twitter To Taunt Sprint A Second Time

Watching T-Mobile chief John Legere handle business in the public eye is a lot like watching Monty Python and the Holy Grail for the first time -- you're caught off guard by silly shenanigans time and again and bouts of hysterical lunacy. Mind you, we're not saying Legere is a lunatic, and a look at T-Mobile's performance in recent quarters...

Apple Ramping Up iPad Screen Production With New ‘Anti-Reflection’ Technology

Apple Ramping Up iPad Screen Production With New ‘Anti-Reflection’ Technology

Apple has a press event scheduled for next month in which it's believed the Cupertino outfit will unveil the iPhone 6, along with perhaps a wrist wearable device, though the latter is more likely to see an unveiling in October. Also on tap from Apple is a new full-size iPad with a 9.7-inch display -- word on the web is that mass production...

NVIDIA Unveils New Quadro Line of Professional GPUs

NVIDIA Unveils New Quadro Line of Professional GPUs

NVIDIA has unveiled its new line of Quadro GPUs for professional use. The Quadro line consists of five GPUs – the K5200, K4200, K2200, K620, and K420 that targets designers, artists, and scientists in the professional field. “The next generation of Quadro GPUs not only dramatically increases graphics and compute performance to...

NVIDIA's 64-bit Tegra K1: The Ghost of Transmeta Rides Again, Out of Order

NVIDIA's 64-bit Tegra K1: The Ghost of Transmeta Rides Again, Out of Order

Ever since NVIDIA unveiled its 64-bit Project Denver CPU at CES last year, there's been discussion over what the core might be and what kind of performance it would offer. Visibly, the chip is huge -- more than 2x the size of the Cortex-A15 that powers the 32-bit version of Tegra K1. Now we know a bit more about the core, and it's like nothing...

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer Trailer Shows Evolving Environments, Lots of Super Jumping

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Multiplayer Trailer Shows Evolving Environments, Lots of Super Jumping

We were given our first preview of Sledgehammer Games' second Call of Duty title, Advanced Warefare, back in May, so to say a multiplayer preview is a little overdue at this point would be a huge understatement. Well, that preview is here, and it comes to us in the form of a trailer. It looks like CoD fans are going to get a lot more of what...

Hot Deals: Bluetooth Ottoman Speakers, Nikon Camera Bundles, Mobile Companions and More

Hot Deals: Bluetooth Ottoman Speakers, Nikon Camera Bundles, Mobile Companions 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 Soundlogic Bluetooth Ottoman speaker, a Dell XPS 11 Convertible Core i5-based laptop with touch, a Lenovo K450e Core i7-based desktop system, and a whole lot more. Full details with links to all of the deals...

Intel's 14nm Broadwell Production Throws Down Gauntlet For Major Semiconductor Competitors In Mobile

Intel's 14nm Broadwell Production Throws Down Gauntlet For Major Semiconductor Competitors In Mobile

If Intel's recent 14nm Broadwell Y unveil has made anything clear, it's that the company is now determined to go toe-to-toe with every foundry manufacturer at the 14nm node. It wasn't initially clear if this would be the case. While Intel made a big splash with its first 14nm announcements, news of the delays and a robust rebuttal from TSMC...

Heads Up: Microsoft Will Make Internet Explorer Block Out Of Date ActiveX Controls In September

Heads Up: Microsoft Will Make Internet Explorer Block Out Of Date ActiveX Controls In September

In case you missed it, Microsoft recently announced that its Internet Explorer browser will begin blocking out-of-date ActiveX controls starting September 9, 2014. This was originally supposed to go into effect tomorrow (August 12), though Microsoft decided to push things back a month to clear up customer confusion, and to give IT departments...

Intel Core M Broadwell Architecture Preview

Intel Core M Broadwell Architecture Preview

Intel's latest processor design and manufacturing effort marks a first for the semiconductor industry. No other semiconductor manufacturer in the world is building chips at the level of Intel's 14nm (nanometer) process node; even large memory manufacturers like Toshiba and Samsung are just now hitting 19nm. As we've reported previously, the...

Amazon In A Tiff With Disney, Halts Some Movie Pre-Orders Like Captain America, Guardians, and Maleficent

Amazon In A Tiff With Disney, Halts Some Movie Pre-Orders Like Captain America, Guardians, and Maleficent

It's said that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, but if you tick off Amazon, you'll feel its unpleasant wrath, as well. Just ask Disney. As the two industry behemoths feud over contract terms, Amazon has resorted to stopping pre-orders for upcoming Disney titles on DVD and Blu-ray, including popular flicks like Captain America: The Winter...

Jay Leno Drives 707 HP Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, Burns Up Tires, Changes Underwear

Jay Leno Drives 707 HP Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, Burns Up Tires, Changes Underwear

Jay Leno isn't just a talk show host, he's also a car enthusiast. In the latest episode of his Garage YouTube video series, Leno shows off Chrysler's ferocious Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, a beastly muscle car for the modern era with a 6.2-liter Hemi supercharged V8 engine kicking out 707 horsepower and 650 pounds of torque. Specs of this...

Crytek Has A Pulse, Xbox One Hit Ryse: Son of Rome Headed To The PC

Crytek Has A Pulse, Xbox One Hit Ryse: Son of Rome Headed To The PC

Crytek is bringing Ryse: Son of Rome to the PC platform. Crytek’s third-person action game, where players take on the role of Roman general Marius Titus, hasn't achieved the success it has hoped for as a launch title for Microsoft’s Xbox One and has garnered a Metacritic score of 60. The news comes during a tumultuous time for...

After Security Experts Discover Xiaomi Smartphones Send User Data to Beijing HQ, Company Issues Patch And Apologizes

After Security Experts Discover Xiaomi Smartphones Send User Data to Beijing HQ, Company Issues Patch And Apologizes

A couple of weeks ago, reports hit the Web claiming that Chinese phone maker Xiaomi was sending user info back to home base. At the time, the company's head of global expansion, ex-Googler Hugo Barra, claimed that no such thing was going on. But late last week, Finnish security firm F-Secure posted proof to the Web that certain information...

MSI S100 Is a Windows 8.1 3-in-1 Tablet With Quad-Core Bay Trail-T On Board

MSI S100 Is a Windows 8.1 3-in-1 Tablet With Quad-Core Bay Trail-T On Board

You've surely heard of 2-in-1 tablets/netvertibles before, but what about a 3-in-1? That's the nomenclature used by MSI to describe its latest contraption, the S100. It's a Windows 8.1-based tablet that ships with a keyboard and protective cover. Underneath the hood, there's an Intel Bay Trail quad-core processor, a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS...

Acer Lowers The Boom With Chromebook 13 Featuring NVIDIA Tegra K1 Quad Core Chip, 13 Hours Battery Life

Acer Lowers The Boom With Chromebook 13 Featuring NVIDIA Tegra K1 Quad Core Chip, 13 Hours Battery Life

Much in the same way that netbooks found a niche and became hugely popular, Google's Chromebook platform has found its wings and is flying off of store shelves right next Windows- and Mac-based laptops. And just as Acer helped popularize netbooks, the company is at the forefront of the Chromebook movement in pioneering fashion. As such, Acer...

Cat Snoops Neighborhood Wi-Fi With 'WarKitteh' Smart Collar

Cat Snoops Neighborhood Wi-Fi With 'WarKitteh' Smart Collar

As the owner of two cats that have been indoor pets their entire lives, I couldn't imagine letting them wander outdoors. If that wasn't the case, though, I know exactly what I'd do: I'd make their adventure, my adventure. That's just what security researcher Gene Bransfield did with the help of his wife's grandmother's cat. With a collar...

Latest Apple Patent Suggests Siri Wants To Give You A ‘Third Hand’ On Your Mac

Latest Apple Patent Suggests Siri Wants To Give You A ‘Third Hand’ On Your Mac

Apple's Siri virtual assistant has been a well-used iOS feature since its introduction in 2011, and it's seemed inevitable that at some point, the company would port it (ahem - her) on over to Mac OS X. Well, according to a patent filed on Thursday, the future does indeed hold that in store. When it's going to happen is anyone's guess, although...

Store Employees Push Samsung Phones Over Apple iPhone Devices Two Thirds Of The Time

Store Employees Push Samsung Phones Over Apple iPhone Devices Two Thirds Of The Time

Samsung and Apple dominate the smartphone sector, but it's the former that has a sales advantage each time a 50/50 customer sets foot in a store. According to a new study by Kantar Worldpanel, "63 percent of consumers who bought a smartphone device in 1Q14 were recommended a Samsung device" in-store. That's more than double the recommendation...

Could Apple’s iWatch Be Ready To Launch Next Month? Indicators Say Yes…

Could Apple’s iWatch Be Ready To Launch Next Month? Indicators Say Yes…

The first time we heard about Apple possibly launching a smartwatch was nearly two years ago. Ever since then, there's been a fairly steady stream of rumors and speculation, but nary a peep from Apple. So, what gives? Well, if the latest chatter holds any merit, Apple could finally unveil a smartwatch during its scheduled press event next...

iOS 8 Launcher App Let’s You Put Apple Bling On Your Android Phone

iOS 8 Launcher App Let’s You Put Apple Bling On Your Android Phone

Even as a rabid Android fan, there's one aspect of Apple's iOS that attracts me: The aesthetics. This is especially true since the release of iOS 7; yes, that particular release became the butt of many jokes thanks to its heavy use of gradients, but as a bit of a color freak, it appealed to me. For those Android users like me who appreciate...

Google, Twitter, Microsoft and ACLU Stand Up For Facebook Against New York DA’s Office Over Privacy Appeal

Google, Twitter, Microsoft and ACLU Stand Up For Facebook Against New York DA’s Office Over Privacy Appeal

Facebook has long been under fire for its seemingly lackluster care to user privacy, something that became a hot topic this past week as the company forced its mobile users to transition to its Messenger app in order to have messaging capabilities. Well, as hard as it might be to believe, there are some instances when the company does care...

IBM’s 4096-Core SyNAPSE Processor Thinks and Processes Like A Human

IBM’s 4096-Core SyNAPSE Processor Thinks and Processes Like A Human

Emulating the behavior of a human brain is one of the toughest challenges scientists and engineers have ever faced. A major reason for that is the sheer amount of computational power our brains possess. Feel dumb because you turned the coffee machine on and forgot to add the water? Don't fret - your brain is still an amazingly complex thing....

Antivirus Pioneer John McAfee Creates 'The Brown List,' A Complaint Website For Average Joes

Antivirus Pioneer John McAfee Creates 'The Brown List,' A Complaint Website For Average Joes

It's been nothing but a wild ride for John McAfee, founder of the popular antivirus software that's now owned by Intel. His efforts made him a millionaire, though that was before he was wanted for questioning in Belize regarding the murder of a neighbor. His bizarre journey includes bath salts, faking a heart attack, fleeing the country, and...

State of The Internet Map Shows America’s Hot And Not So Hot Broadband Speeds Across The Country

State of The Internet Map Shows America’s Hot And Not So Hot Broadband Speeds Across The Country

The state with the fastest average broadband speed enjoys service that is nearly twice as fast as the state with the with slowest average high-speed connection. That's according to data contained in Akamai's "State of the Internet" report. Broadview Networks, an IT and cloud services provider, took that data and put together a rather neat...

Facebook Users Revolt After Forced Messenger Transition, Give App 1-star Rating at Apple's App Store

Facebook Users Revolt After Forced Messenger Transition, Give App 1-star Rating at Apple's App Store

Just over a week ago, we warned of the pending deadline for the forced transition to Facebook's Messenger app for those who wanted to continue having messaging capabilities. In that post, I wrote, "I personally believe that Facebook shouldn't force this transition, because not everyone (including me) wants to have two separate apps for the...

Facebook In Talks With Hollywood For Creation Of Oculus Rift Content

Facebook In Talks With Hollywood For Creation Of Oculus Rift Content

Ever since Facebook acquired Oculus VR for $2 billion earlier this year, it seems like a fire has been lit under the team developing the Oculus Rift. The number of team members has increased, there are rumors that Oculus VR is making its own controllers, and a first-party content team was created. Now Facebook is talking to Hollywood about...

HTC Volantis Reportedly A 9-Inch NVIDIA Tegra K1 And Android L Powerhouse Tablet

HTC Volantis Reportedly A 9-Inch NVIDIA Tegra K1 And Android L Powerhouse Tablet

It might be called the HTC Volantis, but what it's set to become is the next tablet in Google's Nexus line. Dubbed Nexus 9, this 8.9-inch tablet is expected to feature a 2048x1440 resolution (281 ppi), 2GB of RAM, 16 and 32GB storage options, an 8 megapixel camera at the back and a 3 megapixel one up front, front-facing speakers, and could...

Dell Prepping New Alienware 13-Inch QHD Gaming Laptop Beast, Its Thinnest Ever

Dell Prepping New Alienware 13-Inch QHD Gaming Laptop Beast, Its Thinnest Ever

Where mobile devices are concerned, thin is in - something that applies just as well to our notebooks as it does our smartphones. If we're a bit more specific and are talking about gaming notebooks, thin is a word very rarely associated. While Razer has done a great job with its ultra-thin gaming notebooks, most vendors prefer to keep a little...

Up to 68% Off: Samsung Smart TV with $400 Gift Card, JBL Speakers, Wink Home Hub, and More

Up to 68% Off: Samsung Smart TV with $400 Gift Card, JBL Speakers, Wink Home Hub, and More

It’s almost time to close out another week, but not before serving up the latest batch of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Samsung UN55H6350 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED TV (with a $400 eGift Card), JBL (Lenovo-branded) M1730 2.1-channel Speaker Set, a Redragon Perdition 16400...

China Arrests Man For Causing Mayhem With Rumors On WeChat

China Arrests Man For Causing Mayhem With Rumors On WeChat

A man in China has been arrested for writing on WeChat that three people carrying explosives were shot and killed by police outside a hospital in the eastern province of Jiangsu. Chinese authorities detained the individual just hours after government officials issued new rules on instant messaging tools, one of which bans spreading panic....

Yahoo To Follow Google Encrypting Email Services To Protect Customers From Unwanted Spying

Yahoo To Follow Google Encrypting Email Services To Protect Customers From Unwanted Spying

Call it the 'Edward Snowden' impact if you must, but there's no doubt that insight on the NSA's activities have technology companies working overtime to restore and regain trust. Following Google's lead to encrypt email communication, Yahoo will now do similarly by crafting a secure email system that should go online in 2015. The platform...

China Is Banning Apple Products? Not So Says Chinese Finance Ministry

China Is Banning Apple Products? Not So Says Chinese Finance Ministry

China's concern over security and U.S. spying habits apparently don't extend over to popular Apple products like the iPad and MacBook Air as previously thought. Responding to a Bloomberg report earlier in the week saying that China removed 10 Apple products from its government procurement lists over security concerns, a move that would essentially...

Vizio Recalls 245,000 Potentially Tipsy LED TVs Due To Defective Stands

Vizio Recalls 245,000 Potentially Tipsy LED TVs Due To Defective Stands

Vizio is voluntarily recalling around 245,000 E-Series 39-inch and 42-inch LED-backlit televisions due to a defect in the stand assembly. If left unfixed, the defective stand could potentially fail and cause the television to tip over unexpectedly, which would not be a happy sight after plunking down a chunk of change for a flat screen TV....

Sprint Gets Into "Street Fighter" Mode, Prepares For a Price War

Sprint Gets Into "Street Fighter" Mode, Prepares For a Price War

Much to T-Mobile's chagrin, Sprint is no longer interested in acquiring the nation's fourth largest wireless carrier, and the decision to ditch any potential deal the two may have been negotiating could spark a price war. That's just fine by Sprint, which is testing out new pricing plans as it prepares itself for what could be a fierce fight...

Google Soon To Favor Websites That Use Secure HTTPS Connections

Google Soon To Favor Websites That Use Secure HTTPS Connections

One of the necessary evils of website ownership is understanding at least a little bit about search engine optimization - SEO for short. Poor practices could make your site fall into the virtual abyss, while good practices can have the opposite effect: Search engines could begin favoring you. While no one outside of these search engine companies...

Valve Discloses Source 2 Engine In DOTA 2 Update

Valve Discloses Source 2 Engine In DOTA 2 Update

News and rumors about Valve's (possibly) upcoming Source 2 engine have been buzzing for months, but a recent update to DOTA 2 contains the most persuasive evidence yet that a major engine is in the works. After the last patch, the game now contains a number of programmed default paths, directories, and file names that didn't previously exist....

Samsung SSD 845DC EVO Solid State Drive Review

Samsung SSD 845DC EVO Solid State Drive Review

It was about a year ago that we first took a look at the Samsung SSD 840 EVO series of solid state drives. If you recall, those drives featured a new controller and the latest generation of Samsung’s TLC NAND flash memory, which allowed the company to offer the SSD 840 EVO series at very competitive prices, despite their relatively strong...

Samsung TV Bundles, NeoTV Prime with Google TV, Activity Trackers and More

Samsung TV Bundles, NeoTV Prime with Google TV, Activity Trackers and More

Welcome back for another installment of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on the Samsung UN32H5203 32" 1080p WiFi Smart LED HDTV (with a $125 eGift Card), a Dell XPS 8700 Core i7-based desktops system with 23” monitor, an HP ENVY 15z-j100 15.6” AMD-based laptop, and a whole...

iPhone 6 Projection Round-Up, What To Expect On September 9th

iPhone 6 Projection Round-Up, What To Expect On September 9th

The date's been set: We're going to learn all about Apple's latest iPhone on September 9th. We discovered that date earlier this week, and without a delay, speculation around the Web ran rampant. We can't state with absolute certainty what's going to be coming, but we sure can talk about the rumors that surround it. Those planning to jump...

Grading On A Curve: Sony Launches Curved 4K Bravia S90 TV

Grading On A Curve: Sony Launches Curved 4K Bravia S90 TV

When it comes to in-home televisions, two things are blossoming: 4K and curved displays. So, why not combine the two? That's exactly what Sony has done with its new 4K Bravia S90 HDTV, which is a stunning work of art that just so happens to showcase ultra high-definition content in its native resolution. The set is being teased in the run-up...

ASUS Embraces FM2+, Intros Republic of Gamers Crossblade Ranger For APUs

ASUS Embraces FM2+, Intros Republic of Gamers Crossblade Ranger For APUs

ASUS fans who also happen to be gamers have had no shortage of targeted PC gear to choose from, thanks to the company's Republic of Gamers series. This series encompasses everything from motherboards and graphics cards to desktops and peripherals - believe it or not, there's even an RoG laptop bag. I think it's safe to say, though, that the...

Microsoft Tries Enticing Employees In China To Resign With Free Nokia Lumia 630 Handset

Microsoft Tries Enticing Employees In China To Resign With Free Nokia Lumia 630 Handset

A smartphone doesn't seem like a fantastic severance package to us, but it's part of what Microsoft is using in its attempt to downsize in China. Microsoft is planning a large number of layoffs at its Nokia unit in China -- around 4,700 employees will receive a pink slip, leaving just 300 -- and to ease tensions from the protests that are...

Former Facebook Engineer Recounts Zuckerberg's Draconian Rule And Physical Threats With A Sword

Former Facebook Engineer Recounts Zuckerberg's Draconian Rule And Physical Threats With A Sword

Long before Facebook was $190 billion company (in terms of market capitalization), Mark Zuckerberg used to lord over his employees with an unusual style. How unusual? Well, have you ever been fake-threatened with a samurai sword if you didn't hit a deadline? Former Facebook engineer Noah Kagan claims that was one just one of Zuckerberg's unique...

Windows 9 Ditches Charms Bar, Adds Virtual Desktops

Windows 9 Ditches Charms Bar, Adds Virtual Desktops

We've talked a lot about Microsoft's renewed focus and vision in recent months, and as I see it, the company's move to place Satya Nadella as its latest CEO is already resulting in some great changes. This couldn't be more true on the Windows side of things - it's clear as day that Satya wants to make sure Windows 9 doesn't follow in the footsteps...

Sony Sued For Not Hitting 1080p With Killzone: Shadow Fall Game

Sony Sued For Not Hitting 1080p With Killzone: Shadow Fall Game

Sony is being accused of display resolution shenanigans in its Killzone: Shadow Fall game for the PlayStation 4 (PS4) console. According to the California class-action lawsuit, Sony advertised the game as running in 1080p, but fell short of that promise when it was discovered that the multiplayer portion runs at an upscaled 960x1080. According...

With Sprint-T-Mobile Deal On Ice, Legere Resumes 'Uncarrier' Trash Talking

With Sprint-T-Mobile Deal On Ice, Legere Resumes 'Uncarrier' Trash Talking

Possessing the gift of gab is one thing, but only a handful of CEOs in charge of major companies are willing to speak candidly, even when it means offending rival firms. T-Mobile chief John Legere is one of them and now that Sprint has backed out of merger talks, the spunky CEO is right back at it with a string of silly (albeit amusing) taunts....

AMD’s Back To School Gear Guide Hits Amazon

AMD’s Back To School Gear Guide Hits Amazon

We know some of you may be dreading the back to school season, but it’s almost here, so best to embrace it and tackle your upcoming scholastic challenges head on. And what better way to do so than with some brand spanking new tech gear? AMD seems to feel the same way and has already set up an Amazon store rife with AMD-based products,...

Cisco Security Report Highlights Android As Top Target In Mobile, Java On Web

Cisco Security Report Highlights Android As Top Target In Mobile, Java On Web

We talked last week about the latest security issue to plague Google's ultra-popular Android OS, which at the time topped-off what seems like a never-ending list of issues researchers raise about the OS. With a just-released Cisco report, it looks like not a thing is going to change, much to Google's chagrin, I'm sure. Cisco's full report...

Dell Notebook, Reduced Jawbone UP Bands, Windows 8 Upgrades and More

Dell Notebook, Reduced Jawbone UP Bands, Windows 8 Upgrades and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu for you all this Wednesday afternoon, we have deals on the Dell Inspiron 15R 15.6" notebook with touch, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z710 Haswell-based laptop, the Jawbone UP Blue Wristband and a whole lot more. Full details with links available below......

Microsoft's Surface Losses Approach $2B, How Much More Will Redmond Take?

Microsoft's Surface Losses Approach $2B, How Much More Will Redmond Take?

It's hard to remember now, but there was a time when people were genuinely excited for Microsoft's ARM-based Surface RT and Surface Pro. When the company announced these products, they were seen as a much-needed opportunity for Redmond to spread its wings and tackle fresh markets and new challenges. When the actual devices arrived, the consumer...

Russian Crime Ring Boasts More Than A Billion Stolen Passwords, Change Yours Now

Russian Crime Ring Boasts More Than A Billion Stolen Passwords, Change Yours Now

With the immense hassle Heartbleed caused the computing world, it would have been nice to have been able to go a while without feeling the urge to mass-change our passwords, but thanks to the efforts of a Russian group, that "while" has turned out to be just a couple of months. According to Hold Security, the same firm that previously exposed...

Microsoft Plans To Offer Madden NFL 15 And Sunset Overdrive Xbox One Bundles

Microsoft Plans To Offer Madden NFL 15 And Sunset Overdrive Xbox One Bundles

If you're the type to gamble on a rumor, then you might want to wait before pulling the trigger on an Xbox One console. Your patience could be rewarded with a free game, that is if talk of two upcoming bundles turns out to be true. One of the bundles that's said to be in the works will include EA's Madden NFL 15 title with the Xbox One, along...

Classic Giveaway: Electronic Arts Offers 'Wing Commander III: Heart Of The Tiger' For Free On Origin

Classic Giveaway: Electronic Arts Offers 'Wing Commander III: Heart Of The Tiger' For Free On Origin

Electronic Arts has been in a giving mood lately. After discontinuing support for The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection last month, the publisher decided to give the game away at no cost through its Origin digital distribution service. And through its On-The-House program, EA has temporarily removed the price tags from several games, such as Peggle...

Sony Pulls The Plug On Android Support For PlayStation Mobile

Sony Pulls The Plug On Android Support For PlayStation Mobile

It's tough to say what this says about Sony, Android, and mobile gaming in general, but it's a move that'll no doubt cause a few eyebrows to wrinkle. As Sony continues to figure out what it's going to devote resources to, and whether or not its mobile handset division plays a strong role in that, it has announced that it'll cease support for...

World Of Warcraft Sheds 800,000 Subscribers, 6.8 Million Still Addicted

World Of Warcraft Sheds 800,000 Subscribers, 6.8 Million Still Addicted

When Blizzard released World of Warcraft in 2004, the MMO world didn't know what was about to hit it. At the time of the game's release, I played two different MMOs, and post-WoW launch, I was amazed at the number of people who abandoned those games in favor of Blizzard's new hotness. In fact, in many ways, WoW caused the death of many an...

China Issues Ban On iPad, MacBook Pro, And Other Apple Products For Government Use

China Issues Ban On iPad, MacBook Pro, And Other Apple Products For Government Use

China seems to be on a mission to isolate itself from the world, at least in terms of technology. After banning Windows 8 on government PCs and raiding several of Microsoft's offices in China as part of an anti-trust investigation, Chinese officials have now prohibited to purchase of several Apple products for government use. Reportedly, the...

Iconic Watch Maker Timex Leaps Aboard Smartwatch Trend With IronMan One GPS+ Watch

Iconic Watch Maker Timex Leaps Aboard Smartwatch Trend With IronMan One GPS+ Watch

Up to this point, it's mostly been smartphone makers that have been aggressively pushing the smartwatch movement, but what about traditional watch makers? They've been sitting idly by waiting for the right time to pounce, and for Timex, the time has come. In collaboration with AT&T, Timex is jumping into the smartwatch space with the release...

Apple To Unveil Next Generation iPhone September 9th

Apple To Unveil Next Generation iPhone September 9th

It feels like we've been anticipating Apple's forthcoming iPhone models since the last ones were released. According to the Wall Street Journal, though, we're not going to have that much more of a wait: Apple is expected to hold a press event on Tuesday, September 9th. It's not clear at this point if invitations have begun to go out, but we're...

Microsoft Offers Deep Discount On Surface 3 Tablet Hybrids For Education

Microsoft Offers Deep Discount On Surface 3 Tablet Hybrids For Education

When Satya Nadella displaced Steve Ballmer as the CEO of Microsoft, I was a bit unsure of what the future would bring. The outlook seemed good, but there was much work to be done in reversing some trends that obviously needed reversing. At this point though, I feel far more confident in the future of the company than I have in quite a while....

FBI Allegedly Using Custom Malware To Peel Back Tor's Veil of Anonymity

FBI Allegedly Using Custom Malware To Peel Back Tor's Veil of Anonymity

More details have surfaced on how the FBI uses its own custom malware to penetrate the Tor network's anonymizing service -- and while those tools have been deployed in some important investigations, it's sure to raise hackles in the post-Snowden era. Several years ago, the FBI launched a major sting operation against the operator of a Tor-anonymized...

Tech Terms 'Selfie' And 'Hashtag' Infiltrate Updated Scrabble Dictionary

Tech Terms 'Selfie' And 'Hashtag' Infiltrate Updated Scrabble Dictionary

Chillax: you can now use “selfie” to score points in Scrabble. A new version of The Official SCRABBLE Player’s Dictionary adds about 5,000 new words, including many tech-related terms. Expect to see “hashtag,” “texter,” and even “geocache,” in your Scrabble games. Of course, there are plenty...

Kindle Fire HDX, Samsung TV and Gift Card Bundles, Virtual Keyboards and More

Kindle Fire HDX, Samsung TV and Gift Card Bundles, Virtual Keyboards 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 32GB Kindle Fire HDX, a Samsung UN50H5203 50-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV (with mount and gift card), the Genius GX-Gaming 5.1 Surround Sound 80 Watts Gaming Speaker System, and a whole lot more. Full details...

Samsung Falls To Xiaomi For Top China Market Share In Smartphones

Samsung Falls To Xiaomi For Top China Market Share In Smartphones

In the western hemisphere, the name Xiaomi is not likely to ring many bells, but in China, the company has become an absolute powerhouse. It's interesting, then, to realize that the company's name is a little ironic. Broken down to Xiao and Mi, it directly translates from Mandarin as "small rice". With the company having been founded in 2010...

GM Sees Rabid Demand For 4G LTE Connected Car Trials

GM Sees Rabid Demand For 4G LTE Connected Car Trials

The Great American Road Trip isn't the same as it used to be, but perhaps that's not entirely a bad thing. With mobile connectivity becoming an asset that few professionals can live without, let alone the average teenager, General Motors has seen strong early interest from consumers in having LTE embedded into their next vehicle. While a number...

Microsoft Dishes Out First Windows Phone 8.1 Update To Developers

Microsoft Dishes Out First Windows Phone 8.1 Update To Developers

Microsoft took the veil off of Windows Phone 8.1 Update last week, and while it's not a "major" update by any stretch, it's certainly one worth looking forward to if you are a WP user. It's also one that could prove very useful to those in the UK, China, Canada, India, and Australia, as it's the update that introduces Cortana to phones in...

Verizon Responds To FCC's Scathing Letter, Defends Decision To Throttle Data For Unlimited Subscribers

Verizon Responds To FCC's Scathing Letter, Defends Decision To Throttle Data For Unlimited Subscribers

Earlier this week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler penned an open letter to Verizon telling the wireless carrier that he's "deeply troubled" by its decision to throttle data for the top 5 percent of users subscribed to the company's unlimited data plans. The way Wheeler sees it, Verizon isn't trying to relieve network congestion, but is instead targeting...

GameStop Less Of A Cheapskate Now, Offering 20 Percent More For Used Game Trade-Ins

GameStop Less Of A Cheapskate Now, Offering 20 Percent More For Used Game Trade-Ins

We reported exactly one week ago of a ridiculous venture gaming retail giant GameStop would soon pursue in its never-ending quest for increased revenue: A very high interest rate credit card. Well today, we learn of a different sort of venture, one that could increase something just as important as revenue - customer loyalty. It'd be impossible...

China Warns Microsoft Not To Interfere With Anti-Trust Investigation

China Warns Microsoft Not To Interfere With Anti-Trust Investigation

China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) issued a warning to Microsoft not to interfere with its anti-trust investigation of the software maker. The warning comes after China made a series of surprise visits to several Microsoft offices in China, including ones in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu. The SAIC announced...

BlackBerry Considers Restructuring Process Finished, Vows No More Workforce Reductions

BlackBerry Considers Restructuring Process Finished, Vows No More Workforce Reductions

In an internal memo to employees, BlackBerry CEO John Chen essentially told the company's remaining workers that they can exhale, the worst is behind them, including layoffs. Not only that, but Chen said he plans to hire workers in specific areas, which is somewhat surprising after BlackBerry just finished shrinking its workforce by around...

AMD Prepares For Storage War By Building A Branded Line Of SSD Products Using Toshiba Chips

AMD Prepares For Storage War By Building A Branded Line Of SSD Products Using Toshiba Chips

We're getting awfully close to the point where, if you wanted to, you could build an entire PC using only AMD branded parts. One area that's missing is storage, though not for long --AMD is said to be expanding its product portfolio with a line of high performance solid state drives boasting the company's Radeon label. What look to be official...

Apacer Shows Off DRAM-Mounted SATA Drives, Compact Flash

Apacer Shows Off DRAM-Mounted SATA Drives, Compact Flash

Thin and light clients are all the rage these days, even in the desktop space -- from Intel's NUC to many diminutive Steam Machines, the idea from OEMs is that even mainstream buyers are going to adopt system form factors the size of playing cards. If true, it would explain the thinking behind Apacer's latest innovation -- a new style of DRAM...

$75 PIXMA Photo Printer, 30% Off Just Released Dell All-in-one PC, and More

$75 PIXMA Photo Printer, 30% Off Just Released Dell All-in-one PC, 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 Canon PIXMA MX922 Wireless Color Photo Printer, the Dell Inspiron 20 20” All-in-one Touch PC, the Lenovo G50-70 15.6” Core i3-based laptop and a whole lot more. Full details for all of the deal...

Google Play Store Refund Window Secretly Adjusted from 15 Minutes to 2 Hours

Google Play Store Refund Window Secretly Adjusted from 15 Minutes to 2 Hours

One of the most frustrating realizations as consumers is knowing that you just purchased the wrong item, or that the item doesn't live up to your expectations. Heck, it might not even work at all. Where mobile marketplaces are concerned, running into this issue is common. When an app costs only a buck or two, people tend to be a little more...

Microsoft Rumored To Offer Big Incentives For Windows 9 Upgrades

Microsoft Rumored To Offer Big Incentives For Windows 9 Upgrades

It's a secret to no one that Windows 8 isn't the winner that Microsoft planned it to be, with its uptick being worse than Vista's - something a lot of us didn't even realize would be possible. With Windows 9, or whatever it'll be called upon release, Microsoft has to produce a successful release in order to make those who refused to migrate...

Thailand Bans Tropico 5 Because it Could 'Affect Peace and Order'

Thailand Bans Tropico 5 Because it Could 'Affect Peace and Order'

It's not uncommon to learn of a video game being banned in some country, but it is kind of rare to get a reason that's not simply "it's too violent". No one would question why Wolfenstein isn't sold in Germany, of course, and likewise, it's kind of understandable why China doesn't particularly like Battlefield 4 - even if its suggestion that...

Twitter User Evleaks (Evan Blass) Calls It Quits, No More Leaked Photos Of Unreleased Products

Twitter User Evleaks (Evan Blass) Calls It Quits, No More Leaked Photos Of Unreleased Products

Technology journalists and fans of electronic gadgets suffered a gut punch on Sunday, as it came to light that Evan Blass will no longer post leaked photos of unreleased products. If you're wondering, "Evan who?," then perhaps you better know him by his Twitter handle @evleaks. Blass built a reputation for himself through his evleaks handle...

LG Issues G Watch Update To Alleviate Skin Irritation Issue

LG Issues G Watch Update To Alleviate Skin Irritation Issue

LG thinks it may have found a fix for an annoying issue that was causing corrosion build up on its LG G Watch and subsequent skin irritation. Some users are reporting an over-the-air (OTA) update that flashes the firmware from KMV78V to KMV78Y. There doesn't appear to be an official changelog associated with the OTA update, though LG confirmed...

AT&T Calls Dibs On LG G Pad 7.0 LTE, Goes For $0.99 With Purchase Of Select LG Smartphones

AT&T Calls Dibs On LG G Pad 7.0 LTE, Goes For $0.99 With Purchase Of Select LG Smartphones

AT&T is eager to let the world know that it will be the first to offer LG's G Pad 7.0 LTE tablet. Beginning August 8, 2014, you'll be able to waltz into an AT&T store (or navigate to AT&T's website), slam your fist on the counter (not too hard, lest you scare someone), and tell the employee on the other side to hook you up with...

Bioshock Bringing Rapture to Apple Land For iOS Device

Bioshock Bringing Rapture to Apple Land For iOS Device

For those of us who find most mobile games to be unengaging, the rise of so-called “premium” games on mobile platforms is a welcome development. Big names have been trotting out the likes of Modern Combat 5: Blackout (Gameloft) and Mass Effect: Infiltrator (EA), which tend to carry high price tags, but pack better graphics and...

HP Begins Shipping 14-Inch SlateBook 14 Android Notebooks

HP Begins Shipping 14-Inch SlateBook 14 Android Notebooks

Motorola put Android on a laptop screen with its Atrix smartphone + companion device, but HP has taken things to another level with its SlateBook PC. While the exterior looks like most any other HP laptop of late, the software on the inside is a different beast. In what could only be considered a bold move to see how the market reacts, HP...

Google Chrome Now Number 2 In Browser Market Share At 20 Percent

Google Chrome Now Number 2 In Browser Market Share At 20 Percent

It's been a mini-roller coaster ride for Google's Chrome browser, which flirted with surpassing the 20 percent market share threshold around this time two years ago. Fast forward to today and Chrome has finally managed to leap over the hurdle, landing at 20.37 percent to close out the month of July, according to the latest data from Net Applications....

WD's HGST Demos 'World's Fastest' SSD Architecture Delivering 3 Millions IOPs, Launches FlashMAX III For Enterprise

WD's HGST Demos 'World's Fastest' SSD Architecture Delivering 3 Millions IOPs, Launches FlashMAX III For Enterprise

While the rest of use have been enjoying what's left of the summer months, Western Digital's HGST division has been busy with some fancy new storage technologies. In two separate announcements today, HGST rolled out its new FlashMAX III family of PCIe accelerators and demonstrated a new SSD architecture that's capable of delivering 3 million...

Microsoft Sues Samsung Over Dead Beat Android Royalty Payments

Microsoft Sues Samsung Over Dead Beat Android Royalty Payments

Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Samsung in a Manhattan federal court on Friday, as the result of the Korean smartphone maker allegedly failing to keep up its end of a contractual agreement with regards to making royalty payments. Samsung believes that Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia, completed in April, breaches that particular agreement,...

Say Farewell to XBMC And Greetings To Kodi For Release 14

Say Farewell to XBMC And Greetings To Kodi For Release 14

Going forward, the software you previously knew as XBMC will be called Kodi Entertainment Center beginning with release 14. Why the name change? One of the biggest reasons XBMC is renaming itself is because it has little to do with Microsoft's Xbox gaming consoles as opposed to when the software was released 12 years ago. "Six years have passed...

Ah-Yup Google Sells Maine Mystery Barge For A-Scrappin'

Ah-Yup Google Sells Maine Mystery Barge For A-Scrappin'

We may never know for sure what Google had originally planned for a trio of mystery barges scattered in waters on both sides of the coast. According to numerous reports, Google is selling at least one of those four-story ships while it contemplates what to do with the remaining two. Speculation around the web is that all three were to be floating...

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Core i3 And Core i7 Models Now Available in US and Canada

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Core i3 And Core i7 Models Now Available in US and Canada

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 series is expanding, giving customers a broader range of features and prices. Until now, the Windows 8.1 tablet sported an Intel Core i5 processor – new models are available in Core i3 and Core i7 flavors. Surface Pro 3 tablets with these processors are already available on the Microsoft Store, Amazon,...

Playbook Overload: NFL Seeds Quarterbacks With Surface Tablets For Sideline Strategy

Playbook Overload: NFL Seeds Quarterbacks With Surface Tablets For Sideline Strategy

Since the debut of its original model, Microsoft's Surface series has had a bit of a rough time clicking with most consumers, namely those so content with their iOS or Android device. With its latest release, though, Surface Pro 3, the Redmond firm gave us great reason to be excited about a Windows-based tablet (or convertible). Our own Marco...

HOT Hardware: Amazon's Fire Phone Lights Up The Top Seller List

HOT Hardware: Amazon's Fire Phone Lights Up The Top Seller List

Amazon's Fire smartphone received a lot of flack from critics before its launch, with some claiming that it wasn't polished enough, and that its app selection was too poor. When the phone first debuted, we had high hopes for it simply because it was so feature-packed - but sometimes it takes more than that for a phone to be a major success....

Upcoming PC-Exclusive FPS Toxikk Promises Properly Old-school Arena Combat

Upcoming PC-Exclusive FPS Toxikk Promises Properly Old-school Arena Combat

It goes without saying, but games have changed a lot over the years. I'm not talking graphics, but mechanics. Take free-to-play, for example. Its impact on gaming today is enormous, but ten years ago? It was virtually unknown. And then there are our first-person shooters. Remember the old days when regenerating health wasn't a thing? Leveling?...

Flappy Bird Returns With Multi-Player Functionality, Makes A Beeline For Amazon Fire TV

Flappy Bird Returns With Multi-Player Functionality, Makes A Beeline For Amazon Fire TV

Been wondering if Flappy Bird would ever fly again? Now you have your answer -- as promised, Dong Nguyen, the creator of the original hit mobile game that spawned numerous clones trying to cash in on the craze, just released Flappy Birds Family via his Gears studio through the Amazon Appstore for Android. It's a free title and compatible with...

Social Sadness: Facebook Outage Prompts L.A. Area Users To Call 911

Social Sadness: Facebook Outage Prompts L.A. Area Users To Call 911

It's best not to let the actions of a relative few be viewed as a reflection of society as a whole, otherwise we might as well throw in the towel and call it a day. Why? On Friday, Facebook went down in some areas for a period of time. It's annoying when that happens, but it took a new level of idiocy for some Los Angeles residents to call...

It's About Time: Obama Signs Bill Legalizing Cellphone Unlocking

It's About Time: Obama Signs Bill Legalizing Cellphone Unlocking

Score one for the customer. President Barack Obama signed the “Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act,” which Congress recently passed with unusual ease. The bill makes it legal for mobile phone service customers to unlock their phones and move from one service to another. Carriers typically lock phones to their...

Danish Researchers Break Fiber-Optic Network World Record Speed Of 43 Terabits Per Second

Danish Researchers Break Fiber-Optic Network World Record Speed Of 43 Terabits Per Second

At a time when many are still in awe of the speeds that can be reached with Google's Fiber service, Danish researchers have come along to show us what those fiber wires can really do. The "High-Speed Optical Communications" team at DTU Fotonik in Lyngby, Denmark, have managed to secure a world record by achieving a transfer speed of 43Tbps...

BitTorrent Bleep App Will Offer Private Instant Messaging

BitTorrent Bleep App Will Offer Private Instant Messaging

Now that the NSA has everyone second-guessing themselves before hitting the Send button, BitTorrent is jumping into the chat game. The service credited with enabling record-breaking piracy of HBO’s Game of Thrones announced Bleep alpha, a chat service for Windows. The chat’s draw is that it’s meant to keep your chat safe...

Weekend Deals On Lenovo Y40 Gaming Laptop, Bose Headphones, and More

Weekend Deals On Lenovo Y40 Gaming Laptop, Bose Headphones, and More

It’s almost time to close out another week, but not before serving up a fresh batch of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu this fine Friday we have deals on the Lenovo Y40 14" Core i7-based gaming laptop, the 29-inch Dell UltraSharp U2913WM panoramic 2560x1080 LED-backlit LCD monitor, some Bose OE2 headphones,...

Microsoft Announces Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Halo Limited Edition: The Master Chief

Microsoft Announces Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Halo Limited Edition: The Master Chief

Here is some odd-ball news for your Friday: Microsoft just released a mouse that sports an image of Master Chief. It’s not surprising to see Microsoft promoting its beloved Halo protagonist, but it is weird to see the Chief on an ordinary mouse, given how rarely it has made PC appearances. Whatever Microsoft’s reasons, the Microsoft...

Typo Revises Litigious Keyboard For iPhone, Now Taking Pre-Orders For Typo 2

Typo Revises Litigious Keyboard For iPhone, Now Taking Pre-Orders For Typo 2

The virtual keyboard on Apple's iPhone line works pretty well, though if you're old school, you might still prefer a physical plank. Ryan Seacrest tried to rectify the situation by funding Typo, a keyboard case for the iPhone, but the end result looked a little too much like BlackBerry's iconic design. BlackBerry ultimately won a court order...

The French Are Coming! In Possible Bid For T-Mobile

The French Are Coming! In Possible Bid For T-Mobile

The French may be getting ready to teach Sprint a lesson, that lesson being "You snooze, you lose." While Sprint contemplates a merger with T-Mobile, France's Iliad just swooped in with a buyout offer of its own, which could be the beginning of a bidding war. Had Sprint been more aggressive at the onset, it could have avoided this situation....

Samsung To Beat Apple To The Punch With Galaxy Note 4 Launch In Early September

Samsung To Beat Apple To The Punch With Galaxy Note 4 Launch In Early September

As Apple continues to hammer out manufacturing logistics with TSMC and contends with delays related to the much hyped semi-sapphire crystal glass material that we're still hoping makes it onto the iPhone 6, Samsung is apparently gearing up to launch its next-generation Galaxy Note 4 in Berlin on September 3, 2014. That's according to Samsung's...

Shooting Victim Saved As Samsung Galaxy Mega Takes A Bullet For Him

Shooting Victim Saved As Samsung Galaxy Mega Takes A Bullet For Him

In the movie Rush Hour, Jackie Chan's character brags to Chris Tucker that his father once caught a bullet with his bare hands. That would be impressive if it actually happened, but to the best of our knowledge, Rush Hour is completely fictional. What isn't fictional, however, is that a Samsung Galaxy Mega phablet saved a man's life by doing...

Blackberry Brings BBM To Windows Store And Lumia Phones Everywhere

Blackberry Brings BBM To Windows Store And Lumia Phones Everywhere

Arguably, BlackBerry should've opened up its BBM platform to everyone years ago, as it could've leapfrogged Hangouts, iMessage, Snapchat, and some of the other chat tools ahead of where we are now. At this point, the BBM userbase is so small, that it arriving on iOS and Android a while back has had little impact on the company's overall stake...