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Latest News - August 2012

Atari and Microsoft Bring Favorite Arcade Classics To Your Web Browser
An Android ICS Smartphone with Intel Inside? ZTE Says Yes, Medfield Running Android Debuts
Publishers Agree To Pay Restitution, Adjust Prices To Avoid Trial Over E-book Price Fixing
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Quad Core Tablet Review
HP Announces ENVY and SpectreXT Multitouch Ultrabooks Ahead of Windows 8
Catch A Falling Knife, Facebook Co-Founder Selling Shares at a Regular Clip
Dell Debuts XPS 10 Tablet and Two Other Touch Friendly XPS Devices
Amazon Stops Selling Kindle Fire Tablets Ahead of Refreshed Kindle Launch
James Bond Day Declared For October 5th, 50 Years of 007
Frenemies? Microsoft SkyDrive Goes Cross-Platform with Android and Apple Devices
WD Delivers My Book VelociRaptor Duo External HDD System with Thunderbolt Interface and 10K RPM Drives
Western Digital Adds USB 3.0 Interface and Increased Capacity to My Passport for Mac Line
Sony's NEX-5R Mirrorless Camera Packs Crazy New Autofocus Tech
Sony's "Future Of Television" Arrives: It's An 84" 4K HDTV
CyberPower Takes On Ultrabook Market with Customizable Zeus-M Series
Original Apple I Goes Up for Auction in October, Expected to Fetch $127,000
Samsung Debuts Series 5 and 7 Windows 8 Slates with Detachable Keyboards
Archos Reveals 7-Inch Android 4.0 Gamepad, Dual Core ARM 1.5GHz and Mali 400 GPU Driven
NVIDIA Delivers Unreal Engine 3 Support to Windows 8 and Windows RT, Offers a Guided Video Demo
TSMC Reportedly Rejects $1B Offers From Qualcomm, Apple

All News for August 2012

Atari and Microsoft Bring Favorite Arcade Classics To Your Web Browser

Atari and Microsoft Bring Favorite Arcade Classics To Your Web Browser

If you have a hard time picturing what your childhood would have been like without blasting asteroids to smithereens or battling your friends in Pong, you’re in for a treat. If you have no idea what we’re talking about, you’re still in for a lot of fun, thanks to Atari. The venerable game maker is partnering with Internet...

An Android ICS Smartphone with Intel Inside? ZTE Says Yes, Medfield Running Android Debuts

An Android ICS Smartphone with Intel Inside? ZTE Says Yes, Medfield Running Android Debuts

Back at the Mobile World Congress in February of this year, which seems like forever ago at this point, Intel and ZTE promised to deliver smartphones built around Intel's Medfield platform. That promise comes to fruition today with ZTE unveiling its first smartphone with Intel hardware inside, the ZTE Grand X IN. The Grand X IN is powered...

Publishers Agree To Pay Restitution, Adjust Prices To Avoid Trial Over E-book Price Fixing

Publishers Agree To Pay Restitution, Adjust Prices To Avoid Trial Over E-book Price Fixing

Three major publishers announced today that they'd agreed to settle a price-fixing case brought by the Department of Justice rather than face trial. The original lawsuit brought against the publishing houses alleged that they illegally colluded with Apple to raise e-book prices by forcing Amazon to adopt the so-called "agency model" of book...

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Quad Core Tablet Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Quad Core Tablet Review

Samsung recently launched the follow up to their Galaxy Tab line of Android-based tablets, the Galaxy Note 10.1. Although the original Galaxy Note's form factor didn’t quite conform to either traditional tablets or smartphones, and some even dubbed it a “phablet”, it has been a huge success for Samsung and has sold millions...

HP Announces ENVY and SpectreXT Multitouch Ultrabooks Ahead of Windows 8

HP Announces ENVY and SpectreXT Multitouch Ultrabooks Ahead of Windows 8

When it rains, it pours, and these days it’s pouring aluminum. The big names are using consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin to unveil the devices that will usher in Windows 8. Count HP among them with three sleek entries, including an ultrabook with a detachable screen. All three new devices have multitouch displays, emphasizing...

Catch A Falling Knife, Facebook Co-Founder Selling Shares at a Regular Clip

Catch A Falling Knife, Facebook Co-Founder Selling Shares at a Regular Clip

It's a telling sign when the co-founder of a company can't offload his shares quick enough. That's sort of what's happening with Dustin Moskovitz, the billionaire Internet whiz kid not named Mark Zuckerberg. Like Zuckerberg, Moskovitz had a hand in founding Facebook, but unlike his cohort, Moskovitz is selling his shares at a steady clip....

Dell Debuts XPS 10 Tablet and Two Other Touch Friendly XPS Devices

Dell Debuts XPS 10 Tablet and Two Other Touch Friendly XPS Devices

The upcoming release of Windows 8 to the general public has OEMs getting all touchy feely with their product releases, and that includes Dell, which just unveiled three new touch-friendly XPS devices. Spreading the love to different form factors, Dell unveiled a new tablet (XPS 10), convertible Ultrabook (XPS Duo 12), and updated all-in-one...

Amazon Stops Selling Kindle Fire Tablets Ahead of Refreshed Kindle Launch

Amazon Stops Selling Kindle Fire Tablets Ahead of Refreshed Kindle Launch

Those sneaky Pete's in Amazon's marketing department sent out an announcement this morning stating that the Kindle Fire, the best selling product in the company's inventory since it launched nine months ago, is now sold out. As in, the general public completely depleted all of Amazon's Kindle Fire inventory. It's no coincidence the timing...

James Bond Day Declared For October 5th, 50 Years of 007

James Bond Day Declared For October 5th, 50 Years of 007

James Bond, one of the most popular movie characters of all time and the longest running film franchise to date, is about to celebrate 50 years of international espionage and promiscuity, of playing with all sorts of cool gadgets and escaping imminent death, and of enjoying drinks shaken, not stirred. Deservedly so, 007 backers have announced...

Frenemies? Microsoft SkyDrive Goes Cross-Platform with Android and Apple Devices

Frenemies? Microsoft SkyDrive Goes Cross-Platform with Android and Apple Devices

Microsoft’s SkyDrive online storage service is now available from Android smartphones and tablets. And it already supported iPhones, iPads, and Macs. All this means that you don’t need to use a Windows-based system to manage your SkyDrive files. Heck, you can even edit Office documents on your SkyDrive folder with the free...

WD Delivers My Book VelociRaptor Duo External HDD System with Thunderbolt Interface and 10K RPM Drives

WD Delivers My Book VelociRaptor Duo External HDD System with Thunderbolt Interface and 10K RPM Drives

Not to be outdone in the speed department by the new USB 3.0-capable WD My Passport for Mac external drives, Western Digital’s new My Book VelociRaptor Duo line of external drives boasts a pair of smoking fast Thunderbolt ports. What’s more, the device has two 10,000 RPM 1TB WD VelociRaptor drives rumbling inside, and between them...

Western Digital Adds USB 3.0 Interface and Increased Capacity to My Passport for Mac Line

Western Digital Adds USB 3.0 Interface and Increased Capacity to My Passport for Mac Line

Without physically getting bigger, the My Passport for Mac from Western Digital now enjoys greater capacity, to the tune of 2TB. Now, users can not only take advantage of the better storage space, they can also transfer files with USB 3.0 speed on the latest My Passport for Mac models. The external drives also feature password protection and...

Sony's NEX-5R Mirrorless Camera Packs Crazy New Autofocus Tech

Sony's NEX-5R Mirrorless Camera Packs Crazy New Autofocus Tech

Looking for a new mirrorless camera, are you? That segment is absolutely erupting, and your options have never been so plentiful. Sony, along with a host of other companies at IFA, introduced yet another new option: the NEX-5R. It's a member of the mirrorless Alpha series, boasting a familiar size and shape as well as a newly-developed 16.1...

Sony's "Future Of Television" Arrives: It's An 84" 4K HDTV

Sony's "Future Of Television" Arrives: It's An 84" 4K HDTV

Hello, beautiful. There really isn't a whole lot more to say about Sony's new HDTV, but we'll try. At IFA in Berlin, Sony unveiled "the future of television," and while such wording is bold, it may honestly be warranted in this particular case. The company's newest is a massive 84" set, and better still, it's a 4K HDTV, which ought to make...

CyberPower Takes On Ultrabook Market with Customizable Zeus-M Series

CyberPower Takes On Ultrabook Market with Customizable Zeus-M Series

The field of ultrabooks is getting bigger by the day and it’s not enough anymore to just put a system on the market with refreshed specs. System builders are looking for ways to differentiate their ultrabooks, and to that end, CyberPower is touting the customization options. Customers can pick from multiple options for several components...

Original Apple I Goes Up for Auction in October, Expected to Fetch $127,000

Original Apple I Goes Up for Auction in October, Expected to Fetch $127,000

Back in October 1976, an introductory ad invited computer users to "Byte into an Apple" for a devilish $666 (and 66 cents). Taking into account inflation, such a system would cost a little over $2,500 today. Throw nostalgia into the mix, however, and the price balloons, as an original Apple I system is expected to rake in as much as $127,000...

Samsung Debuts Series 5 and 7 Windows 8 Slates with Detachable Keyboards

Samsung Debuts Series 5 and 7 Windows 8 Slates with Detachable Keyboards

After Microsoft’s Surface tablet with its detachable keyboard debuted and ruffled the feathers of more than one of its Windows 8 hardware partners, many wondered how those OEMs would respond. Well, here’s one: In a development that has to make you chuckle a little, Samsung introduced a line of Series 5 and Series 7 slate PCs running...

Archos Reveals 7-Inch Android 4.0 Gamepad, Dual Core ARM 1.5GHz and Mali 400 GPU Driven

Archos Reveals 7-Inch Android 4.0 Gamepad, Dual Core ARM 1.5GHz and Mali 400 GPU Driven

French electronics maker Archos announced a new portable game console that will be available well ahead of the holidays. The Android-based Archos GamePad has physical game controls that are designed to work with all of your Android games. The key here is the GamePad’s compatibility with past, present, and future games, regardless...

NVIDIA Delivers Unreal Engine 3 Support to Windows 8 and Windows RT, Offers a Guided Video Demo

NVIDIA Delivers Unreal Engine 3 Support to Windows 8 and Windows RT, Offers a Guided Video Demo

Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 has made its way onto most platforms worth gaming on, and today, NVIDIA debuted the game engine on another pair of platforms--Windows 8 and Windows RT. In a video on a blog post, NVIDIA showed off a demo of Unreal Engine 3 on an ASUS Vivo Tab RT, which has a quad-core Tegra 3 chip powering the system. (Never...

TSMC Reportedly Rejects $1B Offers From Qualcomm, Apple

TSMC Reportedly Rejects $1B Offers From Qualcomm, Apple

Last month, TSMC's CEO Morris Chang made waves when he suggested that it could make sense for the company to dedicate fabs to particular customers. Fresh reports today, however, suggest that both Apple and TSMC made major bids for exclusivity on future TSMC production facilities, and both were rejected. Does this mean Chang's earlier comments...

Apple Genius Bar Keeps Customers Coming Back for More, Hooks Them on the Brand

Apple Genius Bar Keeps Customers Coming Back for More, Hooks Them on the Brand

You don't become the world's most valuable company by accident, nor can the rabid demand for Apple devices be dismissed as the result of millions of people who simply don't know any better. At the same time, Apple's products aren't always the most technologically advanced. There are faster phones than the iPhone 4S, and certainly ones with...

Asus Unveils Vivo Windows 8 Tablets with Both Intel and ARM Designs

Asus Unveils Vivo Windows 8 Tablets with Both Intel and ARM Designs

With the Window 8 launch looming, Asus announced two new tablets today that are designed to run the new, touch-centric operating system. Asus is taking the same route with the Vivo Tab that Microsoft is with the Surface: launching Intel-based and RT models at the same time. Asus has released some detail on these tablets prior to...

IDT and Intel Join Forces to Make Wireless Charging Technology a Reality

IDT and Intel Join Forces to Make Wireless Charging Technology a Reality

Intel has selected Integrated Device Technology (IDT) to develop an integrated transmitter and receiver chipset for the company's Wireless Charging Technology (WCT) based on magnetic resonance technology, it was announced today.  In other words, WCT is one step closer to becoming a reality, which is exciting news whether you're hardcore...

Asus Breaks Out Zenbook U500 15-inch Ultrabook and Zenbook Prime UX21A Touch and MX Series IPS Panels

Asus Breaks Out Zenbook U500 15-inch Ultrabook and Zenbook Prime UX21A Touch and MX Series IPS Panels

Asus is making some major announcements today as IFA Berlin approaches. Among the new products being revealed is the Asus Zenbook U500VZ, which is a particularly slim ultra-portable, and the Zenbook Prime UX21A, which has a multi-touch display. New MX Series IPS Panels are also making news this morning. The Asus Zenbook U500VZ ultrabook. The...

IBM Wants To Put A Supercomputer in Your Pocket: Enter Watson, the App

IBM Wants To Put A Supercomputer in Your Pocket: Enter Watson, the App

IBM's Watson supercomputing platform gets around. Its most famous appearance was on Jeopardy, where it trounced the two greatest Jeopardy players of all time by correctly (most of the time) answering questions about history and a number of other subjects. Watson wasn't designed for game shows, however, and has gone on to do number crunching...

HTC Says Bring It Apple, "We’re Not Settling"

HTC Says Bring It Apple, "We’re Not Settling"

Time will tell what kind of impact Apple's successful patent trial over Samsung will have on the rest of the Android community, but despite the swift billion dollar verdict, other Google partners aren't necessarily shaking in their boots. In fact, HTC, once a dominant force in the Android arena (much like Samsung is now), wants to make it...

Gigabyte Unveils Z77X-UP7 Motherboard Built for Obscene Overclocking, Claims 7.102GHz World Record

Gigabyte Unveils Z77X-UP7 Motherboard Built for Obscene Overclocking, Claims 7.102GHz World Record

It appears that Gigabyte didn’t want to wait for the next chipset release to try and make waves with a new motherboard. The company unveiled the Gigabyte Z77X-UP7, its new flagship board for extreme overclockers, which it said set the world record for overclocking with an Intel Core i7 CPU at a freakish 7.102GHz The Z77X-UP7 boasts a...

Gogo Aims To Bring In-Flight Wi-Fi To Canada By 2013

Gogo Aims To Bring In-Flight Wi-Fi To Canada By 2013

Can there ever be enough Wi-Fi in the sky? Conventional wisdom says "no," and it's a good thing, too. Gogo, the company responsible for providing in-air Internet to the vast majority of U.S. domestic flights, is doing everything it can to provide similar services in Canada. The goal here is to provide seamless connectivity service between...

LG Introduces 4.7" Optimus L9 Smartphone: 1GHz, Android 4.0

LG Introduces 4.7" Optimus L9 Smartphone: 1GHz, Android 4.0

LG's smartphone lineup just keeps growing. The company's latest is the L9, which is following the L7 from earlier in the year as it becomes the latest and greatest in the L series. It's packing a 4.7" IPS display, and the company is really pushing the built-in QTranslator and QMemo software additions. The QTranslator function instantly translates...

AMD Poaches New Chief Graphics Product Architect, John Gustafson, From Intel

AMD Poaches New Chief Graphics Product Architect, John Gustafson, From Intel

You have to hand it to Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) for continuing to fight, no matter how stacked the odds sometimes seem. It's been a rough couple of years in terms of losing top level talent, but lest anyone count the Sunnyvale chip designer down and out, AMD today announced the hiring of John Gustafson as senior fellow and chief product...

AMD's Next Gen Steamroller CPU Could Deliver Where Bulldozer Fell Short

AMD's Next Gen Steamroller CPU Could Deliver Where Bulldozer Fell Short

Today at the Hot Chips Symposium, AMD's CTO Mark Papermaster is taking the wraps off AMD's upcoming CPU core, codenamed Steamroller. Steamroller is the third iteration of Sunnyvale's Bulldozer architecture and an extremely important part. Bulldozer, launched just over a year ago, was a major disappointment. The company's second-generation...

Hisense Launching Pulse Set-Top Box Powered By Google TV

Hisense Launching Pulse Set-Top Box Powered By Google TV

Consumer electronics maker Hisense is tossing its hat into the Google TV ring with the Pulse, it announced today. The set-top box is slated for a November arrival and will be sold for under $99. As you would expect from this sort of set-top box, the Pulse is tiny. It’s under 5 inches wide and deep and only 1.37 inches tall, and weighs...

Guild Wars 2 Released; Developer Makes Waves with Naming and Social Policies

Guild Wars 2 Released; Developer Makes Waves with Naming and Social Policies

Guild Wars 2 has finally hit store shelves and the game, according to just about everyone, is a lot of fun. The full sequel to the popular game Guild Wars has been in development for a full five years; Guild Wars originally debuted in 2005. Today is the first day anyone could play; pre-orders were given a three day headstart that kicked off...

Lexmark Bows Out of Printer Business, Will Lay Off 1,700 Employees

Lexmark Bows Out of Printer Business, Will Lay Off 1,700 Employees

Lexmark has been a mainstay in the inkjet printer business for as long as we can remember, so it comes as a bit of a shock that the company is bowing out of the segment as part of an aggressive restructuring plan to cut costs. By ceasing development and manufacturing of inkjet hardware, Lexmark estimates it will save some $95 million annually....

LiftPort Startup Plans Space Elevator On The Moon

LiftPort Startup Plans Space Elevator On The Moon

If you’re at all interested in space exploration, you’ve probably already heard of LiftPort, the company behind the Space Elevator, which has been in the works for the better part of a decade. The plan is to build an elevator that travels along a high-tech ribbon between the Earth and a platform in space, and another that tethers...

As Windows 8 Looms, Samsung Announces New Touch Friendly All-in-One Desktops

As Windows 8 Looms, Samsung Announces New Touch Friendly All-in-One Desktops

Ready or not, Windows 8 is just around the corner, and that means a new generation of touch friendly devices like all-in-one desktops, tablet PCs, and even a new generation of notebooks and Ultrabooks with touchscreen panels. In preparation for Windows 8's coming out party, Samsung today announced at IFA 2012 its new Series 7 and Series 5...

Contrary To Popular Belief, Al Gore Didn’t Invent the Internet, Ants May Have Though

Contrary To Popular Belief, Al Gore Didn’t Invent the Internet, Ants May Have Though

Research dating back to the 1960s ultimately gave birth to the Internet, which at a glance doesn't seem to have much in common with ants. Look closely, however, and you'll discover certain parallels between today's vast network of interconnected computers and the underground tunnels of those social insects that belong to the family Formicidae....

Apple Moves in For The Kill, Seeks Ban of 8 Samsung Devices

Apple Moves in For The Kill, Seeks Ban of 8 Samsung Devices

After knocking Samsung to the mat by winning a damages award in excess of a billion dollars for copyright infringement in the U.S., Apple is ready to pounce on its rival and go for the kill by seeking a swift ban on the sale of eight devices in the States. These are older model devices though, such as the Galaxy S2 and Droid Charge, so even...

Dropbox Fulfills Promise to Tighten Security with Two-Step Verification

Dropbox Fulfills Promise to Tighten Security with Two-Step Verification

Earlier this month, popular cloud storage service Dropbox was hacked. According to the company, user login credentials were swiped from another site, and those credentials were used to access Dropbox user accounts. At least one of those accounts actually belonged to a Dropbox employee, who had more user email addresses and passwords stored...

Maingear Solo 21 All-In-One PC Has A New Look, New ‘Tude and Ivy Bridge

Maingear Solo 21 All-In-One PC Has A New Look, New ‘Tude and Ivy Bridge

When it comes to all-in-one PCs, looks are as important as the tech. You can get by with a clunky system in your office, but AIOs are often in kitchens, living rooms, and other spots where visitors are going to see them. Maingear’s Solo series was pretty slick as AIOs go, but there’s no question that the redesign puts it on a new...

LG Unveils “Game World” Gaming Portal on Cinema 3D Smart TVs, Seems Optimistic that Devs Will Buy In

LG Unveils “Game World” Gaming Portal on Cinema 3D Smart TVs, Seems Optimistic that Devs Will Buy In

LG added to its stable of Smart TV app offerings with the announcement of Game World, a game portal designed exclusively for LG’s line of CINEMA 3D Smart TVs. Game World, which is launching sometime in September, will feature primarily family-friendly games in both 2D and 3D in genres including action/adventure, RPGs, puzzle games, sports,...

Apple Announces Exec Shuffle; Bob Mansfield Staying On To Work With "Future Products"

Apple Announces Exec Shuffle; Bob Mansfield Staying On To Work With "Future Products"

Sometimes, things are just too good to let go of. A few months ago, Apple's head of Mac Bob Mansfield announced that he'd be retiring. But when you're a senior-level executive at a a company with an all-time high stock price, why leave? In an apparent change of heart, Apple has stated that Bob will now be remaining on to "work on future products,"...

LG's Newest Smartphone: The 4.7" Optimus G With LTE, 1.5GHz Snapdragon CPU

LG's Newest Smartphone: The 4.7" Optimus G With LTE, 1.5GHz Snapdragon CPU

In the wake of the Apple vs. Samsung ruling, it looks as if LG may be the one accused of copying here. The new Optimus G may look a little familiar... to anyone that ever seen the original Galaxy S II design. This new smartphone is set to become a giant in the sector, boasting an LTE radio as well as a quad-core CPU. That's a pairing that...

Your Tablet and Smartphone Could Be Ruining Your Sleep

Your Tablet and Smartphone Could Be Ruining Your Sleep

Many of us are guilty of fiddling with our phones and tablets in bed at night. Whether it’s trying for three stars on every level of Angry Birds, Facebooking, doing some Fantasy Football research, or just streaming a movie, our devices are lit while the bedroom is dark. According to research from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s...

Research In Motion Stock Reaps Benefits from Apple, Samsung Verdict

Research In Motion Stock Reaps Benefits from Apple, Samsung Verdict

While Samsung reels from a billion dollar damages award levied against the company, Research In Motion (RIM) is seeing its share price rise in the stock market today. RIM shares jumped by more than 4 percent in early morning trading on Monday, and while things have settled in the afternoon, RIM's stock is still up around 2 percent at $7.07...

Simple Math: Apple Stocks Up, Samsung Stocks Down after Patent Ruling

Simple Math: Apple Stocks Up, Samsung Stocks Down after Patent Ruling

You can file this one under Things Everyone Already Assumed, but a couple of reports noted that in the wake of Friday’s Apple vs. Samsung patent ruling (in case you didn’t already know, Samsung lost big time), Apple’s stock price was up this morning, while Samsung’s dropped. Apple’s stock price opened today (the...

Amazon May Hold Off on Launching a 10-inch Kindle Fire, After All

Amazon May Hold Off on Launching a 10-inch Kindle Fire, After All

There's been a lot of talk and speculation about Amazon launching a 10-inch Kindle Fire device to compete directly with Apple's iPad, and with the e-tailer getting ready to unveil a new batch of Kindle models at an upcoming press event in September, it almost seemed like a foregone conclusion that a 10-incher was on the way. As it turns out,...

Complete Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Specs Leak Ahead of Launch

Complete Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Specs Leak Ahead of Launch

Rumor has it Samsung is getting ready to officially release its Galaxy Note 2 phone/tablet (phablet) device. Ahead of the launch, a Korean newspaper claims to have stripped any mystery away and bared the upcoming device's full monty spec sheet for all to see. If the leaked list of parts and features is accurate, you can expect the Galaxy Note...

Kingston Crowns Its First Enterprise Class Solid State Drive, SSDNow E100

Kingston Crowns Its First Enterprise Class Solid State Drive, SSDNow E100

Like most memory makers, Kingston is no stranger to the solid state drive market, but up until now, the company hasn't released an SSD specifically for the enterprise crowd. That all changed with the introduction of Kingston's SSDNow E100, the company's first enterprise-class SSD for mission critical applications. According to Kingston, the...

AMD Adds New FX-4130 Chip, Cuts Processor Pricing Across the Board

AMD Adds New FX-4130 Chip, Cuts Processor Pricing Across the Board

Sorry students, but the fact of the matter is that school is right around the corner, if you haven't started back already. On the bright side, as you wave goodbye to summer, you can say hello to back-to-school specials. And if you're looking to build a new PC, whether it's for school for just in general, the folks at Advanced Micro Devices...

HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks 8/27/12: Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and More

HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks 8/27/12: Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and More

In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two and a Half Geeks, Marco, Dave and Iyaz talk about the hot new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook, NVIDIA’s more affordable GeForce GTX 660 Ti, the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet, our Back to School Shopping Guide and details of our latest contest where you could win a sweet new custom gaming...

Lenovo's 9" IdeaPad A2109 Tablet Brings Tegra 3 And Android 4.0 For $299

Lenovo's 9" IdeaPad A2109 Tablet Brings Tegra 3 And Android 4.0 For $299

Lenovo may not be the Samsung or Apple of the tablet game, but it's still chipping away just as hard as it can. The new IdeaPad A2109 slate has just made an appearance at Best Buy, signaling its intention to be enjoyed by U.S. consumers. Why makes this guy so special? Well, a few things. First, it uses a 9" display, which practically no modern...

Samsung's New Galaxy Player 5.8 Sits Between Galaxy Note And Galaxy Tab

Samsung's New Galaxy Player 5.8 Sits Between Galaxy Note And Galaxy Tab

Is there really room for even more sizes of portable Samsung devices? Clearly, that answer is "yes" if you're Samsung. The company has just launched the Galaxy Player 5.8, boasting a 5.8" (960x540) display. That up-sizes the Note by some margin, and makes the 4.8" screen on the Galaxy S III just look small. Android 4.0 is onboard as well,...

AMD Sets Its Eyes On GPU Virtualization Markets, Launches FirePro S9000 and S7000 Families

AMD Sets Its Eyes On GPU Virtualization Markets, Launches FirePro S9000 and S7000 Families

A few weeks ago, in early August, AMD launched a new line of FirePro cards aimed at the high end of the workstation market. Today, it's introducing a new product family focused on server virtualization and thin client functionality. The idea here is that the entire desktop environment is stored in a central server and accessed via thin-client....

Report: iPad mini Gets its Own October Event, iPhone to Debut Alone in September

Report: iPad mini Gets its Own October Event, iPhone to Debut Alone in September

The rumors have been flying around so much lately that it’s easy to forget that nothing is set in stone yet--the iPhone 5 September event is unconfirmed, and it’s not yet entirely clear if Apple is actually making a smaller version of the iPad--but there sure are lots of sources telling news outlets lots of similar things. According...

Mac OS X 10.8.1 Improves, but Doesn't Solve, Battery Life Woes

Mac OS X 10.8.1 Improves, but Doesn't Solve, Battery Life Woes

The good news for Mac users is that battery life is improved with Apple's OS X 10.8.1 update, which attempts to address one of the biggest complaints with Mountain Lion. Unfortunately, tests around the Web show that battery life is only marginally improved, in some instances only adding two minutes of additional run time. In depth benchmarks...

Nearly Half of U.S. Consumers are Indifferent to 4G LTE, Survey Says

Nearly Half of U.S. Consumers are Indifferent to 4G LTE, Survey Says

Wireless carriers are spending big money rolling out high-speed 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks across the nation, and if a Piper Jaffray survey is any indication, almost half of American consumers are indifferent to the idea. At the same time, more than half of the 3,000 individuals polled said they're considering an iPhone 5 purchase,...

Neil Armstrong, World's First Moonwalker, Passes Away

Neil Armstrong, World's First Moonwalker, Passes Away

While space and intergalactic travel may not be our typical beat, there's no denying the impact of Neil Armstrong on the world of technology. The fact is, technology is one of the main drivers of all space operations, and without an incredible amount of the stuff, no spaceship would have ever left our atmosphere. Unfortunately, Mr. Armstrong...

Drobo Refreshes B1200i Enterprise Intelligent Storage Device, Taps SSD + HDD Combo

Drobo Refreshes B1200i Enterprise Intelligent Storage Device, Taps SSD + HDD Combo

Drobo's intelligent storage has made something of a name for itself, and the company's B1200i is getting even better. The company just announced that the refreshed B1200i boosts performance by up to 300 percent over previous versions of the product, fueled by Drobo’s patent-pending automated data-tiering software and the unique hybrid...

Kodak Selling The Print-Film Business That Made It Famous

Kodak Selling The Print-Film Business That Made It Famous

"Nothing lasts forever," as the saying goes, and the time has come to wave goodbye to a staple of the photography industry. Eastman Kodak has announced intentions to sell off the film business that made it an icon around the world. In an effort to raise cash for itself (and perhaps fund ongoing digital patent battles), its traditional print-film...

HotHardware and Corsair Back To School Gaming System Giveaway!

HotHardware and Corsair Back To School Gaming System Giveaway!

Just in time for the back-to-school season, we’ve partnered up with our good friends at Corsair and are giving away yet another fully loaded, quad-core powered gaming rig! This time around, you could win a complete Intel Core i7-2600K based system with a Radeon HD 6970 graphics card, all wrapped up in some of the hottest Corsair...

Evernote Business Launching in December, Enjoy Moleskine Smart Notebook and Revamped Trunk in the Meantime

Evernote Business Launching in December, Enjoy Moleskine Smart Notebook and Revamped Trunk in the Meantime

Evernote has proven itself as a popular and useful cloud-based note-taking tool; if you’ve never used it, Evernote (available as an app on your favorite mobile OS) lets you write a note, snap a photo, or record audio and save it automatically to your device and also to a cloud storage account. You can then access those notes from any...

Look Up and Watch Out for Falling DRAM Prices

Look Up and Watch Out for Falling DRAM Prices

If you're thinking about upgrading your RAM or purchasing a pre-built PC on a strict budget, just hang tight for a New York minute. According to reports, DRAM inventory is on the rise, and that could translate into cheaper memory kits or prebuilt PCs with more RAM in the not too distant future. A weak PC market combined with the impending...

Samsung Shows Off Galaxy S III Design Video

Samsung Shows Off Galaxy S III Design Video

While Samsung as a whole is reeling from a $1 billion verdict handed down in the vaunted Apple vs. Samsung patent trial, the company still has to keep the gears turning in the meantime. The Galaxy line overall has been a focal point for Apple, with the original Galaxy S allegedly designed to look an awful lot like the iPhone. But the Galaxy...

Samsung To Appeal Apple Lawsuit Ruling: This Fight Isn't Over Yet

Samsung To Appeal Apple Lawsuit Ruling: This Fight Isn't Over Yet

You knew it'd happen. Despite being handed down on a Friday, the ruling over the Apple vs. Samsung patent trial was going to evoke statements, and potentially more, from both sides. And now that the verdict is in, both Apple and Samsung are making public statements. Naturally, the tones on each side could not possibly be more different. Apple...

Jury to Samsung: You Owe Apple $1.05 Billion for Patent Infringement

Jury to Samsung: You Owe Apple $1.05 Billion for Patent Infringement

It's probably way too early to start playing Taps, but holy hell, Samsung's uphill battle just got exponentially steeper after a U.S. jury finished deliberating in the high profile patent trial waged by Apple. The verdict? Samsung is guilty, of copying the look and feel of iPhone and iPad devices, of patent infringement, of rainy weather on...

RadioShack to Slash iPhone 4S Price by $75 on August 26, No Carrier Left Behind

RadioShack to Slash iPhone 4S Price by $75 on August 26, No Carrier Left Behind

If you can't wait for the iPhone 5 to come out, the best deal for an iPhone 4S will be at your local neighborhood RadioShack. The electronics chain dropped us a line to let us know it's slashing $75 off the price of all AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint iPhone 4S models effective Sunday, August 26, 2012. That means you'll be able to purchase an...

No Apple HDTV Any Time Soon Says Apple Exec

No Apple HDTV Any Time Soon Says Apple Exec

We've heard plenty of rumors about an Apple TV product that would significantly change the industry. One of the most recent rumors has suggested Apple is talking with American cable operators to create a set-top box. In typical Apple fashion, the company has been fairly quiet about its plans and hopes for a TV product that could shake up the...

RIM Starts Showing Its Make-Or-Break Devices To Carriers

RIM Starts Showing Its Make-Or-Break Devices To Carriers

If RIM has any fight left in it, we'll know when the next series of BlackBerry devices comes out. That make-or-break test is still months away, and we're seeing some activity on RIM's part in the run up to the big launch. Rim has shown the new devices to major carriers and is trumpeting what it claims is a positive reaction from them.Don't...

Amazon Inks Deal with NBCUniversal to Deliver More of Your Favorite Shows Via Amazon Prime Instant Video

Amazon Inks Deal with NBCUniversal to Deliver More of Your Favorite Shows Via Amazon Prime Instant Video

Today, there’s one more small reason to ditch satellite or cable; Amazon has agreed to a distribution deal with NBCUniversal Cable and New Media Distribution that will bring a host of popular shows to Amazon Prime Instant Video. Now, Amazon Prime subscribers can stream hundreds more programs, including Battlestar Galactica, Friday Night...

Has Tim Cook Filled Steve Jobs' Big Shoes in First Year as Apple's CEO?

Has Tim Cook Filled Steve Jobs' Big Shoes in First Year as Apple's CEO?

It seems hard to believe, but it was one year ago today that Steve Jobs resigned as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Apple and handed the reigns to Tim Cook, then the Chief Operating Officer (COO). Jobs passed away not long after, succumbing to pancreatic cancer on October 5, 2011. That means Cook has been at the helm without any input from...

Fujifilm X-E1 Compact Camera Brings That Old School Sex Appeal

Fujifilm X-E1 Compact Camera Brings That Old School Sex Appeal

You know you're getting older when styles you grew up with come full circle and are cool again. It happens with clothes, haircuts, music, and yes, even electronics. Underscoring this point are leaked images of Fujifilm's upcoming X-E1, a compact camera with modern internals dressed in retro digs. Depending on how old you are, the X-E1 looks...

MSI Launches GT70 Gaming Notebook With Nvidia GeForce GTX680M

MSI Launches GT70 Gaming Notebook With Nvidia GeForce GTX680M

MSI introduced the GT70 gaming notebook with Intel's 3rd generation Core i7 quad core processor and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 680M discrete graphics card. Nvidia's flagship GeForce GTX 680M is touted as the fastest and most powerful discrete graphics card available. This GPU features 1,344 CUDAs (Compute Unified Device Architecture) as well as...

Today's Slickdeals: Galaxy GTX 670, WD 2TB HD, 64GB Flash Drive and More

Today's Slickdeals: Galaxy GTX 670, WD 2TB HD, 64GB Flash Drive and More

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South Korean Court To Apple And Samsung: You're Both Guilty

South Korean Court To Apple And Samsung: You're Both Guilty

Sometimes, everybody's wrong. That seems to be a South Korean court's take on the Apple/Samsung battle, which is being fought in courts in the U.S. and abroad. Although the court doesn't buy Apple's claim that theiPhone 4 and Galaxy S are too similar for consumers to tell them apart, it has found both companies guilty of infringing on...

Amazon Could Launch a Kindle Smartphone on September 6

Amazon Could Launch a Kindle Smartphone on September 6

Amazon has scheduled a press event in California for September 6, 2012, which is two Thursdays from now. Most people assume that's when Amazon will unveil a new batch of Kindle devices, including updated eReaders and possibly even a 10-inch Kindle Fire. There might even be a refreshed 7-inch Kindle Fire in the mix now that competition is heating...

HH Inspects The Lenovo IdeaPad U310, A More Affordable Ultrabook

HH Inspects The Lenovo IdeaPad U310, A More Affordable Ultrabook

Ultrabooks may be selling like hotcakes but one area that has obviously been a challenge for notebook manufacturers is price point. Intel's $1,000 goal (not to mention their recent Ivy Bridge ULT-based $799 target) has been hard to hit, given all the pricey tech that goes into making these slim systems sing. Most have come in at well over...

Apple's Smartphone Share in China Plunges Ahead of iPhone 5 Launch

Apple's Smartphone Share in China Plunges Ahead of iPhone 5 Launch

Just the mere rumor of a new Apple device is enough to affect the market place, and in some cases, that can be a double-edged sword for the Cupertino company. In China, where the population stands at over 1.3 billion people, Apple's share of the smartphone market dropped nearly in half to 10 percent in the April through June period, according...

PowerColor Pulls No Punches with the Devil 13 HD7990 Dual-Graphics Card

PowerColor Pulls No Punches with the Devil 13 HD7990 Dual-Graphics Card

PowerColor announced a beast of a graphics card with the Devil 13 HD7990, which features dual TAHITI XT GPUs in a single solution. The Devil 13 HD7990 features a core speed of 925MHz (1000MHz in overclocked mode) with a memory clock of 1375MHz (5.5Gbps) and 6GB GDDR5 memory. There’s also a dual BIOS switch for convenience. The graphics...

VMWare Fusion 5 Hits With Mountain Lion And Windows 8 Support

VMWare Fusion 5 Hits With Mountain Lion And Windows 8 Support

Looking to run Windows on your Mac? You aren't alone, and if you're a fan of using VMWare to make that magic happen, there's a new build begging for your attention. VMWare Fusion 5 is the latest and greatest, announced this week as an optimized version that caters to the newer technologies found in Mountain Lion, Windows 8 and the newest Mac...

Apple Brings Mountain Lion To v10.8.1, Addresses Numerous Issues

Apple Brings Mountain Lion To v10.8.1, Addresses Numerous Issues

If you're one of the millions who made the early jump to Mountain Lion just as soon as it became available from Apple's server farm, you've got an update waiting for you. OS X 10.8.1 has just popped out, marking the first released update for the latest build of Apple's desktop OS. The v10.8.1 update resolves an issue that was causing Migration...

Facebook Reboots iOS App, Purportedly Performs Twice as Fast

Facebook Reboots iOS App, Purportedly Performs Twice as Fast

Great news for Facebook fans who own an iOS device. You may have noticed in the past that Facebook hasn't always performed the way you would expect on your iPhone or iPad, and so Mark Zuckerberg's team of coders went back to the drawing board and retooled the mobile app with an eye towards speed. The newest release -- version 5.0 -- is supposed...

Olympus Reveals 40x Ultra Zoom STYLUS SP-820UZ Camera

Olympus Reveals 40x Ultra Zoom STYLUS SP-820UZ Camera

Olympus's latest addition to its ultra-zoom line is the new STYLUS SP-820UZ iHS. This camera is Olympus' flagship Ultra Zoom compact camera and features the company's most powerful optical zoom to date. The Olympus SP-820UZ iHS offers a 40x optical zoom (22.4- 896mm equivalent). Other key features of the camera include a  14-Megapixel...

Logitech Unveils New Washable Keyboard K310

Logitech Unveils New Washable Keyboard K310

If you've ever spilled your drink on your keyboard, you know what a pain it can be to try to clean things up and make sure the keyboard doesn't get sticky (that is, assuming the keyboard survives the spill). Logitech's newest keyboard is ready for mishaps such as this. The new Washable Keyboard K310 is designed to withstand everything from...

LG Making Thinner, Larger Displays Destined for the iPhone 5, 30% Larger at 4 Inches

LG Making Thinner, Larger Displays Destined for the iPhone 5, 30% Larger at 4 Inches

On September 12, when Apple will (in all likelihood) unveil the iPhone 5 and other must-have iGoodies, the device’s screen maybe thinner than ever while offering a larger display. According to a Reuters report, LG announced that has begun mass production of a thinner display, which is generally believed to be destined for the upcoming...

Verizon's Wireless Network is Simply Tops, J.D. Power and Associates Finds

Verizon's Wireless Network is Simply Tops, J.D. Power and Associates Finds

With increasingly sophisticated smartphones featuring 4G connectivity littering the mobile landscape, wireless carriers are jockeying for position trying to build out the best network, and it appears Verizon Wireless is out in front, according to J.D. Powers and Associates' latest biannual study. J.D. Power and Associates examines network...

Today's Slickdeals: Antec Case, Rosewill Mechanical Keyboard, OCZ SSD and More

Today's Slickdeals: Antec Case, Rosewill Mechanical Keyboard, OCZ SSD and More

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Microsoft’s Radical New Logo: A Big Improvement, but Still Stodgy

Microsoft’s Radical New Logo: A Big Improvement, but Still Stodgy

It only makes sense. Microsoft is about to aggressively relaunch itself and its many products and introduce some new ones; the company is making bold moves and attempting to emerge from the shadow of its Gates-era dominance and subsequent floundering to redefine itself and its portfolio to compete head-to-head with the likes of Apple and Google....

Sony Mobile Relocating to Toyko, Slashing 1,000 Jobs

Sony Mobile Relocating to Toyko, Slashing 1,000 Jobs

Sony Mobile is letting go of 1,000 employees, or 15 percent of its overall workforce, as the company prepares to relocate its corporate headquarters and certain other functions from Lund, Sweden, to Tokyo, Japan, the company announced today. The goal with all of this is to put Sony Mobile in a better position to bring products to market in...

Windows 8 Pro to Retail for $200 Following $70 Promotional Debut

Windows 8 Pro to Retail for $200 Following $70 Promotional Debut

The verdict is still out on Windows 8, and so are a few details that have yet to be officially announced. One of them relates to Microsoft's proposed pricing structure, and at this point, not a whole lot is official outside of a handful of promotions and upgrade details. If you purchase a qualifying Windows 7 PC by January 31, 2013, for example....

Kinect's $40 Price Cut is Permanent, Microsoft Says

Kinect's $40 Price Cut is Permanent, Microsoft Says

Microsoft is hoping a $40 price cut to its Kinect motion sensor for the Xbox 360 console will encourage more people to shake and gyrate to a growing catalog of supported games. The reduced price represents a 27 percent savings over the previous MSRP, and according to Microsoft, this isn't a temporary promotion. "The new permanently reduced...

Samsung Galaxy S II 4G Comes To Boost Mobile For $360 Off-Contract

Samsung Galaxy S II 4G Comes To Boost Mobile For $360 Off-Contract

If you thought Samsung's Galaxy Nexus was a steal at under $400 unlocked and off-contract, have a look at this. Boost Mobile, known for down-to-earth pricing and a fairly impressive selection of off-contract phones, has just nabbed the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G. It's a 4G variant of what was probably last year's most impressive Android smartphone,...

Pentax Straddles The Gap With $280 X-5 Superzoom Camera

Pentax Straddles The Gap With $280 X-5 Superzoom Camera

Half retro, half modern tech. It's the new Pentax X-5, a superzoom prosumer camera that attempts to bridge the gap between conventional point-and-shoot and full-blown DSLR. Digging into the specifications, there's a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, a tiltable LCD monitor, a 26x optical telephoto zoom lens (that'll get you out to 580mm or so), and a Macro...

Nikon Adds Android-Powered COOLPIX S800c, Two Other Models To COOLPIX Lineup

Nikon Adds Android-Powered COOLPIX S800c, Two Other Models To COOLPIX Lineup

Nikon announced three new additions to its COOLPIX product line. The new COOLPIX S800c is powered by the Android operating system and features built-in Wi-Fi as well as a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, 10x NIKKOR zoom lens (25-250mm), 3.5-inch touchscreen OLED, full HD video recording, and GPS. Because the camera runs on Android, it has access...

EVGA Reveals The EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified PSU

EVGA Reveals The EVGA SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified PSU

EVGA announced a new power supply in the form of the SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified. This PSU features SuperNOVA, a control and monitoring software that lets you monitor voltage, current drawn on each rail, power used, and efficiency. You can also use the software to change the fan profile and adjust the +12V rail. The SuperNOVA NEX1500 Classified...

T-Mobile Announces Truly Unlimited Data Plans

T-Mobile Announces Truly Unlimited Data Plans

Most phone carriers these days are doing everything they can to hop off the unlimited data bandwagon. Both AT&T and Verizon have rolled out penalties for refusing to upgrade to their new shared plans; AT&T won't let you use FaceTime unless you've got a shared data plan, while Verizon is forcing customers to switch over if they want...

Samsung and HTC Already Building Windows Phone 8 Devices

Samsung and HTC Already Building Windows Phone 8 Devices

With Windows Phone 8 set to debut soon, everyone’s chomping at the bit to figure out which manufacturers will debut what devices running the new version of the mobile OS. In addition to the no-brainer rumor that Nokia has (or is building) Windows 8 phones and that at least one will be available on Verizon (not shocking, but noteworthy),...

Ubi is Your Always On, Voice-Activated Android Servant for the Home; Passes Funding on Kickstarter

Ubi is Your Always On, Voice-Activated Android Servant for the Home; Passes Funding on Kickstarter

Kickstarter is proving to be the place to go if you have an Android concept in need of funding. Exhibit A is Ouya, a $99 Android console that blew by its original goal of raising $950,000 in funds and ended up with nearly $8.6 million instead, and now we're seeing similar excitement for Ubi (Exhibit B, if you will), a ubiquitous Android PC...

Marvell Launches New DragonFly SSD Accelerators; Combines SLC NAND, DDR3

Marvell Launches New DragonFly SSD Accelerators; Combines SLC NAND, DDR3

Marvell is launching a new line of SSD cache accelerators for enterprise storage arrays that it believes could dramatically reduce the cost of deployment and significantly improve performance. The two new devices, dubbed the DragonFly NVRAM and DragonFly NVCache, are meant to solve the same sorts of problems as the consumer-oriented Corsair...

Archos Launches Gen10 XS Tablet Line with QWERTY Keyboard Dock

Archos Launches Gen10 XS Tablet Line with QWERTY Keyboard Dock

Archos appears dead set on proving you don't need a Microsoft Surface tablet to own a thin and light slate with a keyboard dock. You can have the same thing on Google's Android platform, as Archos proves with its new Gen10 XS tablet line announced today. One of those new tablets is the Archos 101 XS, a 10.1-inch slate that weighs a mere 21...

Today's Slickdeals: Samsung SSDs, Sony VIAO Laptops, Dell 24-inch LCD, Nikon Coolpix S9100 Digicam

Today's Slickdeals: Samsung SSDs, Sony VIAO Laptops, Dell 24-inch LCD, Nikon Coolpix S9100 Digicam

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While Best Buy Struggles to Stay Afloat, Apple Stores Swim with 300 Million Shoppers

While Best Buy Struggles to Stay Afloat, Apple Stores Swim with 300 Million Shoppers

With the iPhone 5 launch unofficially looming just around the corner (expect an announcement in September), Apple's stock price soared to new heights earlier this week, giving the company a market capitalization of more than $624 billion, besting a record previously held by Microsoft over 12 years ago (not accounting for inflation). Apparently...

LG Releases Biggest Ultra Definition TV in the World, Shipping to U.S. in September

LG Releases Biggest Ultra Definition TV in the World, Shipping to U.S. in September

LG Electronics on Wednesday started selling what it claims is the world's first 84-inch Ultra Definition (UD) 3D TV in the Korea. That's a lot of screen real estate, and LG packs it full with support for a 4K (3840x2160) resolution, which offers four times as many pixels as a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) panel. "The 4K display market is still...

PopCap Games Cuts Workforce Just After “Plants vs. Zombies” Sequel Announcement

PopCap Games Cuts Workforce Just After “Plants vs. Zombies” Sequel Announcement

The mood around the Seattle offices of PopCap Games was probably high after the company announced the upcoming sequel to “Plants vs. Zombies” (coming spring 2013), but within a day, about 50 of those employees were out of a job. In a blog post, PopCap co-founder John Vechey wrote that most of the cuts in North America would be...

Want to Add "Xbox LIVE Tester" to Your Resume? Microsoft Wants to Oblige You

Want to Add "Xbox LIVE Tester" to Your Resume? Microsoft Wants to Oblige You

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a video game tester (don’t lie, you have), Microsoft wants to give you a little taste by opening up another round of calls for the 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta. According to a blog post by Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, the interest in beta testing was sufficient back in July’s...

Google Offers Hits Up More Boingo Wi-Fi Hotspots Nationwide

Google Offers Hits Up More Boingo Wi-Fi Hotspots Nationwide

Who could possibly complain about excessive quantities of Wi-Fi? No one, particularly when you need it. Boingo is becoming a familiar name in the world of global hotspots, and now Google's taking notice. Boingo runs a worldwide network of hotspots where a single subscription nets you access on any of 'em. Now, Google Offers is expanding its...

LG Motion 4G Smartphone Offered For Just $150 On MetroPCS

LG Motion 4G Smartphone Offered For Just $150 On MetroPCS

The Big 4 may get the lion's share of attention these days, but prepaid carriers are making a serious play for market share, too. Just look at MetroPCS -- it's an operator that few have heard of, but the LTE footprint is large enough to make even Sprint cringe. Today, the prepaid outlet is announcing the LG Motion 4G, which is powered by Android...

Google Play Gift Cards Now Official and Hitting Retail Soon

Google Play Gift Cards Now Official and Hitting Retail Soon

Android fans will be thrilled to learn that Google is finally getting on the ball with Google Play cards, which you'll soon be able to purchase in $10, $25, and $50 denominations. These are exactly as rumored last week, and now confirmed by Google. "Over the next few weeks we’ll be rolling out Google Play gift cards in stores across...

Samsung Rumored to be Building 'Superior' Successor to Galaxy Nexus

Samsung Rumored to be Building 'Superior' Successor to Galaxy Nexus

Rumor has it Samsung is working on a next generation smartphone device codenamed "Superior" (GT-I9260) that will serve as the successor the Galaxy Nexus. It's hard not to build up expectations with such a confident codename, but will it really blow everything else out of the water? Not exactly. The Superior smartphone is said to feature a...

Adjusting for Inflation, Apple Still isn't More Valuable Than Microsoft Once Was

Adjusting for Inflation, Apple Still isn't More Valuable Than Microsoft Once Was

It's taken nearly 13 years, but Apple finally broke a record set by Microsoft in 1999 for having the highest market capitalization. In the weeks leading up to the much anticipated iPhone 5 launch, and amid rumors of an iPad Mini device to compete with the flurry of 7-inch Android tablets, Apple's stock on Monday closed at $665.15, an all-time...

OCZ Adds 1200W Model to PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III Line

OCZ Adds 1200W Model to PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III Line

If you're rocking a no-compromise desktop system, you need a burly power supply to match, and OCZ believes it has just the PSU you're looking for. Introduced today is a new flagship model in the company's PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III series, a 1200W PSU offering more wattage than most users will ever need, and it's 80 Plus Platinum...

Kingston to Enable “Windows To Go” Windows 8 Feature with Bootable USB Flash Drive

Kingston to Enable “Windows To Go” Windows 8 Feature with Bootable USB Flash Drive

One of the more enterprise-friendly features of the upcoming Windows 8 OS is Windows To Go, which essentially allows users to carry around Windows 8 on a USB stick. The specific definition is as follows, right from Microsoft’s mouth (er, well, the Windows 8 Enterprise page anyway.) Windows To Go is a fully manageable corporate Windows...

TomTom Adds Social Features To Latest Navigation App For iOS

TomTom Adds Social Features To Latest Navigation App For iOS

TomTom introduced a new version (v1.11) of its Navigation app for iPhone and iPad. The latest version features the ability to navigate to addresses found on the Internet, search using foursquare, and the latest TomTom maps. The previous version (v1.10) of TomTom's iOS navigation app added Facebook Places, and this latest version now features...

Today's Slickdeals: Lenovo Systems, Multiple SSDs, Patriot Memory, Trendnet Switch and More

Today's Slickdeals: Lenovo Systems, Multiple SSDs, Patriot Memory, Trendnet Switch and More

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Canon's Latest PowerShot Cameras Feature Up To 30x Optical Zoom

Canon's Latest PowerShot Cameras Feature Up To 30x Optical Zoom

Canon announced two new SX-series PowerShot digital cameras that feature impressive zoom capabilities. The new PowerShot SX500 IS offers a 30x optical zoom while the PowerShot SX160 IS offers a 16x optical zoom. Both of these super-zoom cameras feature Canon's latest AF technology to make auto focusing even faster than with previous SX-series...

Dell's Latitude E6530 Laptop Breaks a Sweat at HotHardware

Dell's Latitude E6530 Laptop Breaks a Sweat at HotHardware

There was a time, not too terribly long ago, when a machine was immediately glossed over by average consumers as soon as the "business" label was placed on it. If you've worked in the corporate world within the past 10 to 15 years, you know exactly what we mean. Those dreaded "work laptops" were never ones to be proud of, and while they somehow...

CyberpowerPC Announces Pro Gamer FTW PCs with Integrated Bragging Capabilities

CyberpowerPC Announces Pro Gamer FTW PCs with Integrated Bragging Capabilities

What’s better than a custom PC tricked-out with killer components and sweet lighting? A custom PC with the aforementioned goodies as well as the ability to share your stellar gaming performance with integrated gaming and live HD broadcasting. CyberpowerPC’s new Pro Gamer FTW custom rigs have AVerMedia Live Gamer HD on board, and...

Fired Apple Employee Files Suit, Claims Jobs Promised Lifetime Employment

Fired Apple Employee Files Suit, Claims Jobs Promised Lifetime Employment

Wayne Goodrich, a former employee at Apple, is suing the Cupertino company for breach of contract and unfair business practices after he was supposedly promised job security by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away last year. As Goodrich tells it, he wasn't fired for anything that had to do with job performance, but rather "business...

Microsoft Opens Registration For Windows 8 $14.99 Upgrade Offer

Microsoft Opens Registration For Windows 8 $14.99 Upgrade Offer

Microsoft has made no bones about the fact that Windows 7 PC buyers -- those who indulged between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 -- will be eligible for a highly discounted copy of Windows 8. But now, the floodgates are open. Registration is now open for the Windows Upgrade Offer that was originally announced in May. In other words, those...

IEEE Aims For New Ethernet Standard With 1Tbps Peak

IEEE Aims For New Ethernet Standard With 1Tbps Peak

With more and more Ultrabook machines pushing Ethernet aside in favor of Wi-Fi, one has to wonder if Ethernet even has a future. But, of course it does! Enterprises and businesses aren't going to ditch the stability of a hard-wired connection in favor of flaky over-the-air alternatives, but with 802.11 taking off on the cordless front, where's...

AMD Takes Axe To Radeon Prices; Announces Game Bundle

AMD Takes Axe To Radeon Prices; Announces Game Bundle

We've been wondering how AMD would respond to Nvidia's new GTX 660 Ti and Team Red has given us our answer. AMD is slashing prices across the entire Radeon HD 7000 family. The HD 7950 should start showing up as low as $319 by the end of the week, compared to current prices in the $349-$369 range. The 7870 GHz edition is headed southwards as...

Upcoming Diablo 3 Patch To Add Alternate Leveling System, Overhauled Legendary Items, Balanced Classes

Upcoming Diablo 3 Patch To Add Alternate Leveling System, Overhauled Legendary Items, Balanced Classes

Diablo III's launch and first few weeks were a complete disappointment. Even once these problems were ironed out, a number of players complained about major balance problems at the Inferno difficulty level and the static, boring nature of the item hunt once you hit level 60. Blizzard previously acknowledged that the game, as it currently exists,...

Leaked Photos Show Android-Based Nikon CoolPix S800C Smart Camera

Leaked Photos Show Android-Based Nikon CoolPix S800C Smart Camera

It was only a matter of time before Android found its way onto cameras, and it appears as though that time has arrived. Nikon Rumors got their hands on some leaked product shots that clearly show a new CoolPix model running Android--which confirms what the site already said about the rumored device earlier this month. The CoolPix S800 (or...

Nintendo's Enlarged 3DS XL Console Now Available in North America

Nintendo's Enlarged 3DS XL Console Now Available in North America

In case you missed it over the weekend, Nintendo on Sunday semi-quietly launched its large size 3DS XL handheld console in the U.S. We say "semi-quietly" because it's long been known that the U.S. launch would take place on August 19th, though the day came and went without much fanfare. Regardless, you can get your hands on the 3DS XL at GameStop,...

HotHardware's 2012 Back To School Shopping Guide

HotHardware's 2012 Back To School Shopping Guide

It's back-to-school season again, and whether you've started classes recently or are awaiting (dreading?) that first 8AM lecture, there may be a few bits of techno-shopping that need to be taken care of before you can be on your way to that straight-A report card. Whether you're about to begin the fall semester of college or your senior year...

Unlike Apple's iPad, Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 is Easy to Repair

Unlike Apple's iPad, Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 is Easy to Repair

Apple is all in a huff over Samsung allegedly copying the look and feel of its iDevices, but one thing the Cupertino company can't accuse its rival of is making its gadgets equally difficult to service. In fact, based on a recent teardown, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is one of the easier tablets to repair at home. The tech surgeons at iFixIt did...

Samsung Teases New Stylus-ready Device In Video

Samsung Teases New Stylus-ready Device In Video

Samsung's UNPACKED event is coming up on August 29 in Berlin, and the company is already teasing us with a video of what we can expect to see. Promising to make "magical moments come alive," the video shows a stylus-ready device. A few weeks ago, a Samsung spokesperson confirmed plans to unveil the next generation of its Galaxy Note phablet...

Synaptics Forcepad Touchpad Tech Chosen For User Interface Contest, ThinTouch Keyboard Technology For Ultrabooks Unveiled

Synaptics Forcepad Touchpad Tech Chosen For User Interface Contest, ThinTouch Keyboard Technology For Ultrabooks Unveiled

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Synaptics and get some hands-on time with an array of already-available and upcoming input technologies. The big announcement coming from Synaptics today is that the company’s ForcePad has been selected for the User Interface Software & Technology (UIST) Student Innovation Contest,...

Once Again, Microsoft Offering Free Xbox with Back-to-School PC Purchase (and $14.99 Windows 8 Upgrade)

Once Again, Microsoft Offering Free Xbox with Back-to-School PC Purchase (and $14.99 Windows 8 Upgrade)

Microsoft is reprising its buy-a-PC-get-a-free-Xbox-360 deal, just in time for back-to-school shopping. The deal goes something like this: You buy a Windows 7 PC valued at a minimum of $699 and you get a free Xbox 360 (4GB). You can snag the deal at participating retailers, such as Dell, HP, Newegg, Best Buy, and the Microsoft Store. If console...

ORIGIN Adds Dual GPUs To EON17-SLX Laptop

ORIGIN Adds Dual GPUs To EON17-SLX Laptop

ORIGIN announced a powerful new EON laptop in the form of the new EON17-SLX. This laptop supports a second discrete GPU to offer double the performance and power compared to single GPU models. The EON17-SLX is available with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M and AMD Radeon HD 7970M graphics cards. Other key features include Intel 3rd generation IvyBridge...

Today's Slickdeals: Asus Laptop, Brother MFP, OCZ SSD, and a Radeon HD 6770

Today's Slickdeals: Asus Laptop, Brother MFP, OCZ SSD, and a Radeon HD 6770

Asus A53Z-NB61 Laptop: Quad-Core A6-3420M 1.5GHz, 4GB DDR3, 320GB HDD, 15.6" 1366x768, Radeon 6520G, 6-cell, Windows 7 Home Premium for $350 with free shipping (normally $470). Brother MFC-J435W Wireless Color All-In-One Inkjet Printer for $50 (normally $70). 240GB OCZ Agility 3 Series 2.5" SATA III 6Gbps Internal Solid State Drive SSD (AGT3-25SAT3-240G)...

Step Aside, Harry Potter: Microsoft Vets Give Apple Devices Their Own Cloak Of Invisibility

Step Aside, Harry Potter: Microsoft Vets Give Apple Devices Their Own Cloak Of Invisibility

Public WiFi hotspots are notorious for being the playgrounds of snoops.If you ever use Apple devices on an open network, you'll want to take a look at Cloak, which uses VPN tech to keep your data safe. Cloak is a response to hacker tools like Firesheep and Reaver, which can snag important data while you're shopping from the comfort of your...

Best Buy Gets A New CEO: Hubert Joly Taking Over The Electronics Giant

Best Buy Gets A New CEO: Hubert Joly Taking Over The Electronics Giant

Best Buy's year hasn't been "easy," you might say. The company has experienced a great deal of turmoil, shutting the doors on a number of stores while seeing its CEO head for the exits after a potentially dodgy decision in his personal life. Then, there's the proposed buyout offer from the founder, along with public words of wisdom on how...

Out of iTunes Currency? Walmart's Selling a $100 Apple eGift Card for $80

Out of iTunes Currency? Walmart's Selling a $100 Apple eGift Card for $80

Now is a good time to stock up on iTunes currency if you're invested in Apple's iOS platform, or plan to be at a later date. Like, say, when the iPhone 5 comes out, or the iPad Mini, if the latter ends up being a real product. Either way, you can grab a $100 iTunes eGift card from Walmart's online website for $80. This is far from the first...

Yahoo Chief Marissa Mayer Poaches Another Google Employee

Yahoo Chief Marissa Mayer Poaches Another Google Employee

Google is generally considered a great place to work with numerous benefits and perks, including post-death payments to the surviving spouse and significant other. It just goes to show what a great pitch person Yahoo CEO and President Marissa Mayer is, considering she just snagged herself another ex-Googler. Mayer, a former Google employee...

OnLive's Breakdown Gets Detailed: New Company Formed, Hiring Prior Staff

OnLive's Breakdown Gets Detailed: New Company Formed, Hiring Prior Staff

The OnLive saga continues. While the story really isn't glowing for the employees involved, we're now learning a bit more on how the company will continue on in the days, months and perhaps years ahead. The cloud-based gaming company announced the following: "On August 17th all of its assets were acquired by a newly formed company that will...

Facebook Shows Dedication to Data Backup with 'Sub-Zero' Facility

Facebook Shows Dedication to Data Backup with 'Sub-Zero' Facility

Few companies house more data than Facebook. With whatever the user count is up to now, fake profiles notwithstanding, (is it over a billion yet?), the amount of data that the company has to handle is simply staggering. And whatever you think of Zuckerberg and Friends, they’re not dumb; they know that in order to protect the Facebook...

Apple, Google Reportedly Team up To Buy Kodak Patents; Kodak Less-Than Thrilled

Apple, Google Reportedly Team up To Buy Kodak Patents; Kodak Less-Than Thrilled

When Kodak filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, the company made it clear that selling off its digital imaging patents was a key part of its strategy. The company had hoped to raise as much as $2.5 billion from selling off its war chest, which is why rumors of a partnership between Google and Apple,  have the erstwhile film giant backpedaling....

Asus Feeds Jelly Bean Update to Transformer Pad TF300 Tablet

Asus Feeds Jelly Bean Update to Transformer Pad TF300 Tablet

While the majority of Android users are still waiting on their wireless carrier or device maker to deliver Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), Asus is taking care of its fan base by doling out Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) to Transformer Pad TF300 owners, the company announced on Facebook this weekend. It's the first of several scheduled Jelly Bean...

Apple Stock Climbs to Record High Amid iPhone 5 Hysteria

Apple Stock Climbs to Record High Amid iPhone 5 Hysteria

At this point in the game, Apple might as well have a license to print money. The Cupertino company's share price soared to a new high on Friday, reaching $648.11 at the closing bell, which gives Apple a market capitalization of $607.54 billion. In after hours trading, the stock is up to $649, an indication that a new high is on the horizon....

Tritton Pro+ 5.1 Surround Sound Headset Packs More Audio Than You Can Stand

Tritton Pro+ 5.1 Surround Sound Headset Packs More Audio Than You Can Stand

Gaming headsets are a dime a dozen these days, but names like Turtle Beach and Tritton continue to produce goods that are a cut above the rest. Now, Mad Catz is announcing the Tritton Pro+ True 5.1 Surround Sound Headset, which is billed as the update to the Tritton AX Pro. It supports both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles, with shipments...

Samsung Ships Limited White Model Of Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 In Student Bundle

Samsung Ships Limited White Model Of Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 In Student Bundle

Shopping for a back-to-school tablet? Samsung's got you covered. The Galaxy Tab creator now has a newcomer ready for the fall semester, with the Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition Bundle making its debut for $250. The special package will be available starting 8/19 and will only hang around for two weeks. For those who get in, you'll grab a Tab 2 7.0...

Get Your Tech-Loving Progeny Started Early with the $100 LeapPad2

Get Your Tech-Loving Progeny Started Early with the $100 LeapPad2

LeapFrog makes all manner of edu-tech toys, although its LeapPad is certainly one of the coolest--er, most educational. The next generation of the tablet for tots is the LeapPad2, and it’s now available both directly from LeapFrog and at various brick-and-mortar retailers. Available in both green and pink, the tablet features front-...

HP Forms a Mobile Division as It Readies Another Run at Tablets

HP Forms a Mobile Division as It Readies Another Run at Tablets

One of life's lessons that apparently hasn't been lost on Hewlett-Packard (HP) is the one that says, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." HP didn't succeed in the tablet market, not with its much hyped (and seldom talked about) Slate line, and certainly not with its short lived TouchPad, which turned out to be such a big disaster...

Google, Motorola Seek Ban on Apple Devices in the U.S.

Google, Motorola Seek Ban on Apple Devices in the U.S.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander, and while Apple tries to sue Samsung and other Android players into submission, Google's Motorola Mobility division just lobbed a patent grenade of its own. Several of them, in fact. In a complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), Motorola accuses Apple of infringing...

Fujitsu's Green Tech Recycles CDs, Uses Plastics For New Laptops

Fujitsu's Green Tech Recycles CDs, Uses Plastics For New Laptops

A few years back, you could hardly talk about electronics without hearing some "green" slant. Eco-friendly this, and energy-efficient that. Nowadays, green is still "in," but it's not spoken of with nearly the same amount of vigor. That Fujitsu's making green sexy again, and its new technology truly is impressive. The company announced this...

AT&T: FaceTime Over Cellular Free For Mobile Share Data Users, Unavailable To Everyone Else

AT&T: FaceTime Over Cellular Free For Mobile Share Data Users, Unavailable To Everyone Else

Are you still enjoying that unlimited data plan on AT&T? Go on and enjoy it, because it may not be attractive for much longer. Eventually, you'll probably want to upgrade to an LTE plan, and perhaps -- if you're thinking about using an iPhone for much longer -- you'll want to make a FaceTime call over cellular data. With the introduction...

OnLive Reportedly Fires Entire Staff, May Relaunch As IP Licensing Company

OnLive Reportedly Fires Entire Staff, May Relaunch As IP Licensing Company

We've covered OnLive, the plucky little cloud gaming company that recently partnered with Ouya and had plans to drive cloud gaming to a ubiquitous future. Now, that future is suddenly in doubt; a report from Mashable claims that the entire company's staff has been fired. Reports from Twitter and Kotaku have backed up the claim. OnLive will...

Dunkin' Donuts App Helps You Get Your Fix Faster

Dunkin' Donuts App Helps You Get Your Fix Faster

Coffee and donuts are things we often get while on the go, so it makes sense that coffee shop chains are getting in on tech that makes the transactions a little faster. Starbucks has seen plenty of publicity for its payment app and now Dunkin' Donuts is getting in on the action with the Dunkin' Moblie App for Android and iPhone. The app's...

Popularity Of Smartphone Gaming Hurts Sony And Nintendo

Popularity Of Smartphone Gaming Hurts Sony And Nintendo

Not that long ago, Nintendo and Sony were the two key players in the mobile gaming market. Now, with the popularity of smartphones and tablets, their increased power and graphics capabilities, and the availability of popular titles, Nintendo's popular DS and Sony's PlayStation Vita are facing some stiff competition. Last quarter, Nintendo...

GameStop's Streaming Service to Shun Consoles, Focus on PCs Only

GameStop's Streaming Service to Shun Consoles, Focus on PCs Only

New and used game retailer GameStop has been eager to jump into the streaming space ever since it acquired Spawn Labs and Impulse in 2011, and come next summer, the company's own cloud-based service will go live. At that time, it will not support consoles, even though that was originally the plan. "Based on consumer feedback, our success in...

On the Surface, Lenovo Isn't Worried About Competing with Microsoft

On the Surface, Lenovo Isn't Worried About Competing with Microsoft

Unlike some OEMs (cough *Acer* cough), Lenovo isn't the least bit concerned about its ability to compete with Microsoft in the tablet space, or at least the company is putting on a darn good poker face. That's not to say Lenovo is thrilled with going up against Microsoft, but at the end of the day, Lenovo believes it will put out a better...

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook Reviewed

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook Reviewed

Ultrabooks continue to be the hot trend in the Windows notebook arena. With the recent introduction of Intel's new, low power 3rd generation Ivy Bridge Core series processors, designs are becoming thinner with every iteration, while paradoxically it seems, performance continues to scale higher.  We've seen Ultrabook machines from virtually...

Dynaflo Announces Scratch-Resistant LIQUID-ARMOR Screen Protector Spray

Dynaflo Announces Scratch-Resistant LIQUID-ARMOR Screen Protector Spray

Dynaflo introduced a new liquid screen protector known as LIQUID-ARMOR. According to the company, you can protect the glass screen of all of your favorite electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, and cameras. LIQUID-ARMOR is designed to be twice as strong as traditional screen protection film. According to Dynaflo,...

Today's Slickdeals: Asus RT-N66U Router, OCZ PSU and SSD, a 23" Dell LCD and More

Today's Slickdeals: Asus RT-N66U Router, OCZ PSU and SSD, a 23" Dell LCD and More

23" Dell UltraSharp U2312HM eIPS (1920x1080) LED Monitor for $215 with free shipping (normally $239 - use coupon code Q9S1F59BW$B6TD). OCZ Z-Series 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Modular Power Supply for $100 with free shipping (normally $130 - use this form). 512GB OCZ Agility 4 2.5" SATA III Solid State Drive SSD (AGT4-25SAT3-512G) for $300 with...

MSI Lays Claim to World's First Windows 8 Certified All-in-One PCs

MSI Lays Claim to World's First Windows 8 Certified All-in-One PCs

Now that Windows 8 is just around the corner and already in the hands of OEMs, let the race begin for companies to yell, "First!" Count MSI among them, which claims its Wind Top AE2281G and Wind Top AE2081 desktops are the first all-in-one (AIO) PCs on the planet to receive Windows 8 certification. What does that mean for consumers? "With...

Restaurant Pays Diners To Ditch Phones

Restaurant Pays Diners To Ditch Phones

Where is your phone when you sit down for dinner? If you're like us, it's on the table, keeping you up-to-speed on both the important and the mundane throughout the meal. It's clearly an accepted practice these days, but not everyone's on board. Some restaurants are taking a stand, and one is going so far as to offer discounts to people who...

Windows Phone App Publishing Resumes After Two-Day Glitch

Windows Phone App Publishing Resumes After Two-Day Glitch

A couple of days ago, the Windows Phone team posted a blog stating that, due to a digital certificate glitch, the Windows Marketplace temporarily stopped publishing new apps. According to the post, the problem only affected recently-added apps on phones that had been upgraded to Windows Phone 7.5. Some users apparently would receive an error...

Valve Opens Wide, Delivers (Strangely Familiar-Looking) Steam Community Updates

Valve Opens Wide, Delivers (Strangely Familiar-Looking) Steam Community Updates

It’s been a big week or so for Valve, if our flooded inbox is any indication. First, there was the big announcement that Valve’s Steam cloud gaming platform would be adding non-gaming software titles starting on September 5th. Then, there’s the four-day Steam Community update jamberoo. Day 1 saw the announcement of Game Hub,...

Sony Revamps $129 6" Reader, Adds Evernote And Facebook

Sony Revamps $129 6" Reader, Adds Evernote And Facebook

E-readers seem to be going the way of the netbook. And strangely, it seems that netbooks and e-readers both have a single product segment to blame: tablets. As more and more users found tablets to be a suitable, more portable substitute for netbooks, so have avid bookworms. Instead of springing for a device that just reads, why not pick up...

Android Users Now Get Small "Delta" App Updates: No More Re-Downloading Massive Titles

Android Users Now Get Small "Delta" App Updates: No More Re-Downloading Massive Titles

You know, 2GB tiers of data don't seem so limiting when you spend a good chunk of time on a Wi-Fi connection at home or at work, but for those who have to tap into that 2GB to download app updates... well, things can get tight, and fast. For years, both Android and iOS have forced users to redownload entire apps whenever an update hits. Considering...

Sony Rules Out PS Vita Price Cut in 2012, Shoots for Next Year Instead

Sony Rules Out PS Vita Price Cut in 2012, Shoots for Next Year Instead

If the only thing preventing you from purchasing a PS Vita is the price, Sony has some bad news. There will not be any price cuts in 2012. However, Sony did say that its engineers are working on certain cost reduction measures that will allow it to slash the price in 2013. "People like cheap or free," Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida said at Gamescon....

Kingston Adds to its HyperX Family with Extreme Enthusiast-Grade Predator Memory

Kingston Adds to its HyperX Family with Extreme Enthusiast-Grade Predator Memory

Kingston’s HyperX memory family tree has a new branch today with the introduction of the HyperX Predator series. Designed for “extreme enthusiasts and overclockers”, the DIMMs feature a new heatspreader design as well as speeds from 1600MHz up to 2666MHz with CAS latencies of 9 and 11. The Predator dual- and quad-channel...

Acer Debuts Desktops Aimed at Lowering Total Cost of Ownership for the Enterprise

Acer Debuts Desktops Aimed at Lowering Total Cost of Ownership for the Enterprise

For as picky as individual computer buyers are, companies large and small are even moreso, because every purchasing decision is multiplied by the number of units needed. IT departments need to find computers that fit the purchasing budget, have strong security and manageability, and have a nice long lifecycle. Acer announced a series of desktops...

IBM Acquires Solid State Storage Maker for Undisclosed Sum

IBM Acquires Solid State Storage Maker for Undisclosed Sum

IBM has a long history in serving up storage solutions, and will continue to add to it by entering into a definitive agreement to acquire Texas Memory Systems (TMS), a company that develops high-performance solid state storage solutions. "The TMS strategy and solution set align well with our Smarter Computing approach to information technology...

HTC's Big Problem is Brand Marketing, CEO Tells Employees

HTC's Big Problem is Brand Marketing, CEO Tells Employees

Much of Android's success can be attributed to HTC's early efforts to promote the open source platform, and in the beginning, none were more aggressive than HTC. These days it's Samsung that sits on top, while HTC struggles to turn around its business. Did HTC rest on its laurels, or is there another reason why it's no longer leading the charge?...

Today's Slickdeals: A Couple of SSDs, 24" Monitors, and a Radeon HD 7970

Today's Slickdeals: A Couple of SSDs, 24" Monitors, and a Radeon HD 7970

VisionTek Radeon HD 7970 3GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card + Dirt Showdown, Deus Ex, Nexuiz and Sonic Generations PC Game Downloads for $368 (normally $430 - use coupon code DCZ69391).   240GB Intel 330 Series 2.5" SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive SSD (SSDSC2CT240A3K5) for $150 with free shipping (normally $170 - use this form)....

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti Round-Up: ZOTAC, Gigabyte, EVGA and MSI

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti Round-Up: ZOTAC, Gigabyte, EVGA and MSI

NVIDIA continues to flesh out their desktop GPU line-up today, with yet another high-performance graphics card based on the Kepler microarchitecture. To date, we’ve seen the GeForce GTX 670, GTX 680, and monstrous GTX 690 come to market, all sporting GK104 GPUs in one form or another. The new GeForce GTX 660 Ti we’ll be showing...

Maingear Taps Kepler Graphics without Thrashing Your Wallet

Maingear Taps Kepler Graphics without Thrashing Your Wallet

Boutique system builder Maingear was quick to pounce on Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 660 Ti graphics card, giving gamers an affordable GPU upgrade path that offers respectable performance without an obscene price tag. The GeForce GTX 660 Ti is purportedly 1.5 times faster than the previous generation GTX 560 Ti and twice as power efficient. "Nvidia's...

Next Generation Cray 'Cascade' Supercomputer Will Run Kepler GPUs

Next Generation Cray 'Cascade' Supercomputer Will Run Kepler GPUs

Cray's future "Cascade" supercomputer will be a veritable powerhouse featuring Intel's Xeon Phi coprocessors built with 22nm 3D tri-gate transistors and Nvidia Tesla GPUs based on the chip designer's next-generation Kepler architecture, the company announced. This is a major win for Nvidia, and the latest in a long series of validations that...

Verizon Wireless Makes LTE Available To More Than 75 Percent Of The U.S. Population

Verizon Wireless Makes LTE Available To More Than 75 Percent Of The U.S. Population

Verizon Wireless is bringing 4G LTE mobile broadband to 24 new markets starting today. With this addition, Verizon Wireless claims it is offering 4G LTE to more than 75 percent of the U.S. population. In all, Verizon Wireless now offers 4G LTE in 371 markets across the country. “Our 4G LTE network is currently in more markets than all...

LG Has Sold More Than 5 Million LTE Smartphones Worldwide

LG Has Sold More Than 5 Million LTE Smartphones Worldwide

There's no shortage of competition in the smartphone market. While Samsung and Apple may be two of the top manufacturers, there are plenty of other big-name players that are posting very respectable numbers. LG recently announced it has sold more than five million LTE smartphones worldwide. Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that LG...

Best Buy, Walmart And More Team Up To Form Merchant Customer Exchange

Best Buy, Walmart And More Team Up To Form Merchant Customer Exchange

Mobile payments. At this point, even in the U.S., they aren't anything new. The concept is here, and it's not going away any time soon. With Isis, Google Wallet, PayPass, Square, etc. all out in the market place, it's just a matter of time before that credit card gets worn out less and less. It seems like each week a new group of companies...

Apple TV Rumor Reignites: Partnering With Cable Companies Rather Than Fighting Them

Apple TV Rumor Reignites: Partnering With Cable Companies Rather Than Fighting Them

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. And evidently, those that can't beat 'em eventually join 'em. All of the common phrases seem to apply to Apple, which may finally be caving to the powers that control television content in a bid to make any impact at all. Despite years of rumors, no Apple-infused television has come to pass....

Verizon Claims $5 Monthly Fee Necessary For Unlisted Number

Verizon Claims $5 Monthly Fee Necessary For Unlisted Number

We'd like to say we're surprised by Verizon's latest claims regarding fees, services, and ridiculous pricing, but after the "Share Everything" plans pegged the cost of a gigabyte of data at up to $50, we're immune to much of anything. A recent blog post at NetWorkWorld details one person's request for an explanation as to why having an unlisted...

Witness for Samsung Says Apple Saw His Tablet Protoypes in the ‘90s

Witness for Samsung Says Apple Saw His Tablet Protoypes in the ‘90s

The patent case between Apple and Samsung--you know, the one where if Apple wins, the company assumes total dominance of the mobile device market and Samsung dries up and blows away--is a bare-knuckle legal slugfest, and it recently took an interesting turn. Samsung brought forth videotaped testimony from one Roger Fidler (Program Director...

Razer Releases DeathStalker Ultimate Keyboard with Switchblade UI

Razer Releases DeathStalker Ultimate Keyboard with Switchblade UI

Razer has given birth to what it proudly claims is "the world's smartest keyboard." Bold statements such as that one are always up for debate, but Razer's new DeathStalker Ultimate is certainly unique in the fact that it combines a high-performance gaming plank with the company's Switchblade User Interface (UI). It boasts the same customizable...

InfoWorld Savages Windows 8 In Review, Gives It High Scores Anyway

InfoWorld Savages Windows 8 In Review, Gives It High Scores Anyway

When a review of a product is titled Windows 8 review: Yes, it's that bad," there's not much to do but brace yourself and push on. InfoWorld is running one of the first reviews of the operating system's RTM. While we're still two months away from formal launch, it's the version of the OS that'll ship out to customers when the gate opens on...

ADATA Introduces DashDrive HV610 External Hard Drive With USB 3.0

ADATA Introduces DashDrive HV610 External Hard Drive With USB 3.0

ADATA introduced the DashDrive HV610 external hard drive. This drive utilizes a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface for fast file transfer speeds and is available in capacities of 500GB and 1TB. As you can see from the product shots below, the drive features a puzzle piece design and is available in two colors (black or white). The cover is removable...

Today's Slick Deals: 200Mbps Powerline Adapter, Kingston SSD, Lenovo IdeaPad, Gigabyte GeForce and More

Today's Slick Deals: 200Mbps Powerline Adapter, Kingston SSD, Lenovo IdeaPad, Gigabyte GeForce and More

TP-LINK 200Mbps Powerline Adapter Starter Kit w/ 2 Adapters (TL-PA211KIT) for $40 with free shipping (normally $65). 240GB Kingston HyperX 3K SATA III 2.5" Solid State Drive (SH103S3/240G) for $170 with free shipping (normally $250). Lenovo IdeaPad Z575 Laptop: AMD A8-3520M 1.6GHz, 6GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, 15.6" 1366x768 LCD, Radeon HD 6620G,...

NVIDIA TXAA Anti-Aliasing Explored: Movie CGI Render Quality For PC Games?

NVIDIA TXAA Anti-Aliasing Explored: Movie CGI Render Quality For PC Games?

Nvidia's new Kepler GPU packs a number of efficiency and performance improvements, but one of its major features has been locked away until now. When the company launched their new GPU core earlier this year, Nvidia debuted a new type of anti-aliasing it dubbed TXAA. Unlike other types of AA, which can often be forced on in the driver and...

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Goes on Sale August 16 Starting at $499

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Goes on Sale August 16 Starting at $499

Tomorrow's a big day. It's this editor's birthday (send gifts), it's the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's untimely demise (boo!), and it's when Samsung will start selling its Galaxy Note 10.1 device in U.S. shores (rock on!). Our own Marco Chiappetta is currently in New York spending some hands on time with the Galaxy Note 10.1 so we can...

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Touches Ground at Verizon on August 17 for $350

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Touches Ground at Verizon on August 17 for $350

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is crashing Verizon's 4G LTE party starting on August 17, which is when you'll be able to buy the tablet outright from Big Red for $350 with no data contract required. Of course, if you want to take advantage of the 4G LTE radio embedded inside, you'll need to pair it with a data plan, though that's totally optional....

Corsair Ups Its International Peripheral Game with Raptor Gaming Acquisition

Corsair Ups Its International Peripheral Game with Raptor Gaming Acquisition

Corsair, once known primarily for its memory products, will look to be a major player in the PC gaming peripheral market with the acquisition of "certain assets" of Raptor Gaming. If you've never heard of Raptor Gaming before, it's because they're primarily focused on the European market, and in particular Germany. As part of the deal, Corsair...

Refurbished Nook Tablet 16GB Spotted Online for $140

Refurbished Nook Tablet 16GB Spotted Online for $140

The tablet situation today is much different than it was even just a year ago, and it's mostly thanks to the advent of 7-inch Android slates. One of the pioneers in the 7-inch category is Barnes & Noble, which tossed its Nook Tablet into the ring with Amazon's Kindle Fire, both of which are now battling Google's recently released Nexus...

Pinterest’s Mobile Bonanza Includes New or Updated Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire Apps

Pinterest’s Mobile Bonanza Includes New or Updated Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire Apps

For as popular as sharing site Pinterest has become, the mobile experience has mostly been terrible. The Pinterest powers-that-be are out to change that with a new iPad app, tweaks to the iPhone app, and the first-ever native Android app. The Android app has been a long time coming, and the Pinterest team stated that the app should offer solid...

In Addition To New Low Price, Sprint Offers $100 Gift Card With iPhone 4S

In Addition To New Low Price, Sprint Offers $100 Gift Card With iPhone 4S

In addition to the new lower price on the iPhone 4S from Sprint, the wireless carrier is now offering a $100 gift card to new users who buy a smartphone over the Internet. Just one week ago, Sprint lowered the price of the 16GB iPhone 4S to $149.99 on its website. This deal comes a month before Apple is expected to reveal the next generation...

Sony Forges on with Launch of PlayStation Mobile

Sony Forges on with Launch of PlayStation Mobile

Sony isn’t throwing in the towel on its mobile gaming endeavors. Quite to the contrary, in fact, the company announced a “full scale” launch of PlayStation Mobile (nee PlayStation Suite), which includes new content, the PlayStation Mobile SDK, and the addition of ASUS and Wikipad to its Playstation Certified license program....

Netflix Expansion Continues: Headed To Nordic Nations This Year

Netflix Expansion Continues: Headed To Nordic Nations This Year

Netflix is expanding, and in a major way. The company's home turf may still be the USA, but it's absolutely vital to expand that reach to foreign lands before similar companies like Lovefilm do likewise and grab the early lead in market share. With digital streaming clearly taking the place of by-mail DVDs, it's -- in a way -- easier than...

RIM Reportedly Showing Near-Final BlackBerry 10 Phones To Carriers

RIM Reportedly Showing Near-Final BlackBerry 10 Phones To Carriers

Will RIM hang around long enough to see if BlackBerry 10 can get its legs up under it? Q1 2013 feels like it's forever from now, with an entire holiday season between the present and early next year. Not to mention another iPhone, Windows Phone 8 and a surefire flood of Android 4.1 superphones on every carrier imaginable. But according to...

Windows Surface Tablet May Debut at $199 on October 26th

Windows Surface Tablet May Debut at $199 on October 26th

Talk about a game changer. There's a rumor running rampant that Microsoft's upcoming Surface tablet will carry a consumer friendly price tag of just $199, at least for the Windows RT version. Quick, someone ready the electric shock paddles for Acer, which is sure to go into cardiac arrest if Microsoft forges ahead with its aggressive pricing...

Toshiba Bows Out of Windows RT Race, Blames Parts Delay

Toshiba Bows Out of Windows RT Race, Blames Parts Delay

Despite plans to the contrary, Toshiba won't be releasing computers and tablets built around Microsoft's upcoming Windows RT platform, after all. The OEM blamed the sudden 180 in strategy on a delay in getting parts. "Toshiba has decided not to introduce Windows RT models due to delayed components that would make a timely launch impossible,"...

ARM, GlobalFoundries Announce Extended Parternship On 20nm, FinFET Technologies

ARM, GlobalFoundries Announce Extended Parternship On 20nm, FinFET Technologies

ARM and GlobalFoundries have been working together ever since AMD spun GlobalFoundries off as an independent business, but the two companies are taking steps to further expand their joint development efforts. As part of the deal, ARM has committed to creating a "full platform of ARM Artisan® Physical IP, including standard cell libraries,...

Toshiba Introduces Two New Storage Options: The Canvio Desk And SSD Upgrade Kit

Toshiba Introduces Two New Storage Options: The Canvio Desk And SSD Upgrade Kit

Toshiba is expanding its storage portfolio with the announcement of the Canvio Desk Desktop External Hard Drive and the Solid State Drive (SSD) PC Upgrade Kit. Toshiba’s Canvio Desk Desktop External Hard Drive comes in 1TB, 2TB and 3TB configurations and is designed to be used right out of the box. The Canvio Desk features a USB 3.0...

Giada Reveals New i35G Mini PC

Giada Reveals New i35G Mini PC

Giada announced a new mini PC that features an NVIDIA GT610 GPU. The new i35G mini PC series also features an Intel Atom D2500 series processor, up to 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB hard disk drive, and support for 1080p high definition graphics. As a mini PC, the i35G is designed to keep power consumption to a minimum. As you should expect,...

EA Bringing SimCity to the Big Apple with Mac Support

EA Bringing SimCity to the Big Apple with Mac Support

If you've been around computer games for awhile, you may remember building sprawling cities on an Apple system way back in the day (when you weren't crossing the Oregon Trail, that is). Well, SimCity is heading back to the Mac platform six months from now, Electronics Arts announced today. "Whether you owned a Macintosh or a DOS PC, we all...

Suspect Arrested in Burglary of Late Steve Jobs' Palo Alto Home

Suspect Arrested in Burglary of Late Steve Jobs' Palo Alto Home

Breaking into and stealing from a dead guy's home ranks only slightly higher on the total pole of shame than robbing someone's grave. Be that as it may, it's being reported that the Palo Alto home of the late Steve Jobs was burglarized a month ago, during which time the robber stole over $60,000 worth of "computers and personal items." Details...

Leaked: RadioShack Getting Into the Wireless Carrier Game

Leaked: RadioShack Getting Into the Wireless Carrier Game

The last time we were in a RadioShack, we were looking for a Piezo element and were told that our local store no longer carries them, which begged the question of what RadioShack is still around for if it doesn’t even carry hobby electronics anymore. The answer is that it appears as though Radioshack fancies itself a wireless carrier....

iPhone Demand Dips as Apple Readies New Model Launch

iPhone Demand Dips as Apple Readies New Model Launch

Market research firm Gartner says worldwide mobile phone sales dropped 2.3 percent year-over-year to 419 million units in the second quarter of 2012, noting a "challenging economic environment" and postponed upgrades as the main reasons for the drop in demand. In terms of the latter, Apple was hit especially hard as mobile users anticipate...

Acer Outs Budget-Friendly TravelMate Notebooks for Business Pros with Spillproof Keyboard

Acer Outs Budget-Friendly TravelMate Notebooks for Business Pros with Spillproof Keyboard

Hey, business users: Acer knows that you need a solid-performing notebook that doesn’t break your company’s budget, so it’s produced the TravelMate P243 for you. The P243 features Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge) processors, 14-inch ComfyView HD (1366x768) display, 4GB of DDR3 memory (upgradable to 8GB), 500GB HDD, as well as WiDi...

Today's Slickdeals: Asus Ultrabook, Corsair PSU, a Couple of Radeons and More

Today's Slickdeals: Asus Ultrabook, Corsair PSU, a Couple of Radeons and More

ASUS ZENBOOK UX31E-ESL8 Ultrabook: Core i5 2467M 1.60GHz, 4GB DDR3, 128GB SSD, 13.3" 1600x900 LED, Windows 7 Home Premium for $799 with free shipping (normally $1099 - use coupon code UX31PCOFFER). Gigabyte Radeon HD 6450 512MB GDDR3 PCI Express Low Profile Video Card (GV-R645D3-512I) for $12 (normally $35 - use this form). Corsair CX430 V2...

LG's Optimus Vu Phablet Coming Stateside By Q3 2012

LG's Optimus Vu Phablet Coming Stateside By Q3 2012

Rumors are already swirling regarding Samsung's supposed successor to the Galaxy Note, but LG's like-minded Optimus Vu hasn't even made it to the USA yet. But the key word here is "yet." The company's phablet, complete with a 4:3 aspect ratio and an accompanying stylus, will be coming to America by the end of the summer. The LTE-equipped,...

Google+ Begins Vanity URL Rollout: Celebs First, Of Course

Google+ Begins Vanity URL Rollout: Celebs First, Of Course

Good things tend to come to those who are famous. And if you're one of the high and mighty, you now have more more vain reason to turn to Google+. The company has just announced that vanity URLs will be available to "verified accounts," with other profiles to follow suit "over time." Basically, this is following a move by Facebook to allow...

Apple Reportedly Accepting iPhone 5 Pre-orders Starting September 12th

Apple Reportedly Accepting iPhone 5 Pre-orders Starting September 12th

This isn't carved in stone by any stretch, but if you're wondering when Apple will unveil its next generation iPhone model, word on the Web is that the Cupertino company is holding a press event on Saturday, September 12th, and at the time will be accepting iPhone 5 pre-orders in the United States. The actual release will take place more than...

Steam Community Game Hub Brings Out User-Created Content and Rating System

Steam Community Game Hub Brings Out User-Created Content and Rating System

Valve, maker of Steam, has been making some calculated moves, including bringing some non-gaming software titles to the cloud-based gaming platform, and now the company is rolling out big changes to its Steam Community. In fact, there will be a new feature previewed each day this week (except Friday). Today’s announcement concerns Game...

Microsoft Says ASUS, Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung are Making Windows RT Devices, Reveals More RT Details

Microsoft Says ASUS, Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung are Making Windows RT Devices, Reveals More RT Details

As the long-awaited launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT draws closer, more details are emerging; today, Steve Sinofsky of the Building Windows 8 blog delivered several announcements, including which OEMs are making Windows RT devices. We already knew that ASUS, Toshiba, Acer, and Lenovo were making those ARM SoC-based RT devices, but the post...

Get Your Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 on Thursday, August 16th--in the UK

Get Your Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 on Thursday, August 16th--in the UK

We heard tell last week that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 would be available worldwide sometime in August. For the Brits at least, there’s now a more precise availability date: Thursday, August 16th. Samsung UK Tweeted that the new device will be available exclusively at the Westfield Brand Store in Stratford, but presumably, many...

EA Reiterates Belief Digital Downloads Will Soon Leapfrog Boxed Game Sales

EA Reiterates Belief Digital Downloads Will Soon Leapfrog Boxed Game Sales

Years ago, you could walk into a computer store like Software Etc. and browse aisles and aisles of computer games and software. And today? Well, if you're a fan of boxed PC games, then taking trips to your local GameStop is a quick way to end up depressed, as the PC titles in most locations have been demoted to a single rack. Digital distribution...

Eurocom Monster 1.0 11.6" Gaming Notebook Review

Eurocom Monster 1.0 11.6" Gaming Notebook Review

When Eurocom sent us their latest gaming notebook for evaluation, we expected the usual huge, heavy machine with obscenely powerful components inside. It’s even called the “Monster”, which seems to indicate a particularly beastly rig. But when the box arrived on our doorstep, it seemed far too small to encase anything resembling...

Verizon Wireless Has The Most Loyal Customers

Verizon Wireless Has The Most Loyal Customers

Other than a two-year contract, what reasons do you have for sticking with your wireless carrier? For some, that two-year contract can't expire soon enough. Others are perfectly happy with their wireless carrier. On which side of the spectrum do you fall? Although no carrier is immune to unhappy customers and all carriers loose customers and...

Google Earth Discovers Pair of Lost Egyptian Pyramids

Google Earth Discovers Pair of Lost Egyptian Pyramids

Score one for technology and notch another mark on Google Earth's belt buckle, which may have stumbled upon two Egyptian pyramids that haven't been seen by human eyeballs for thousands of years. One of the remarkable images shows a complex site with a distinct four-sided structure in the shape of a pyramid, while the other shows four mounds...

Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE Is Coming To Sprint On August 19

Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE Is Coming To Sprint On August 19

Sprint and Motorola have officially announced an availability date for the PHOTON Q 4G LTE. This new smartphone is currently available for preorder and customers who choose to preorder will get the device as early as two days before it officially goes on sale on August 19. As you may recall, the PHOTON Q 4G LTE features a full QWERTY keyboard...

Today's Slickdeals: Dell & HP Notebooks, Crucial SSD, Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 and More

Today's Slickdeals: Dell & HP Notebooks, Crucial SSD, Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 and More

Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition Laptop w/ Core i7 3612QM 2.1GHz, 8GB DDR3, 750GB HDD, 15.6" 1920x1080 LED, Radeon HD 7730M, 6-cell Battery, Windows 7 Home Premium for $900 with free shipping (normally $1000 - use coupon code VXR688LTJGKQC$). 128GB Crucial M4 2.5" SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive SSD (CT128M4SSD2) for $80 with free...

Samsung Splashes Series 7 Gamer 14.3" Laptop With New GPU, Yellow Paint

Samsung Splashes Series 7 Gamer 14.3" Laptop With New GPU, Yellow Paint

If a gaming laptop is painted yellow, will it automatically become more powerful? No, this isn't a comic book -- this is real life. But, a yellow laptop generally involves more powerful innards, if history has any say. Samsung's latest gaming machine is indeed powerful, and it's getting more so with the latest refresh. The new Series 7 Gamer...

Barnes & Noble Slashes Nook Prices to Divert Attention from Nexus 7

Barnes & Noble Slashes Nook Prices to Divert Attention from Nexus 7

It's now cheaper than ever to own a Nook device following a series of price cuts Barnes & Noble rolled out over the weekend. B&N didn't make a big deal about the cuts, neglecting to issue a statement of any kind, but the writing is all over the wall for anyone who bothers to look. With the launch of Google's Nexus 7, the 7-inch tablet...

App.net, The Ad-Free Twitter, Gets Fully Funded By Kickstarter

App.net, The Ad-Free Twitter, Gets Fully Funded By Kickstarter

Does the world have room for another Twitter? And moreover, does the world even want another Twitter? We're about to find out. What started as a nifty idea and a Kickstarter project has now been fully funded, with "App.net" reaching its $500,000 funding goal overnight. That means that Dalton Caldwell's project has enough money to really kick...

Trouble in M-Town as Google Readies 4,000 Job Cuts at Motorola

Trouble in M-Town as Google Readies 4,000 Job Cuts at Motorola

Google might be one of the greatest companies to work for on the planet (if you die while working at Google, your spouse or significant other will receive 50 percent of your income for 10 years, which is just one of many awesome perks at Google), but it's not immune to job cuts. In fact, the Mountain View company announced plans to eliminate...

Apple Wanted $30-$40 Per Samsung Device Sold To Avoid The Courtroom

Apple Wanted $30-$40 Per Samsung Device Sold To Avoid The Courtroom

The Samsung vs. Apple patent trial is leading to some seriously juicy findings. Findings that no doubt would have never, ever been made public if this had not come down to a jury. In fact, it's crazy to us that both Samsung and Apple let it get this far. Why not settle outside of the courtroom instead of having secrets spilled to the public...

Unofficial Specs of Lenovo's Windows 8-based ThinkPad Tablet 2 Leaked Online

Unofficial Specs of Lenovo's Windows 8-based ThinkPad Tablet 2 Leaked Online

In lieu of making a stink about Microsoft's plan to directly compete with its hardware partners with its Surface tablet a la Acer, Lenovo a few days ago unveiled a Windows 8-based slate of its own, the upcoming ThinkPad Tablet 2. Lenovo was only willing to share a handful of details, including the fact that it will be a 10.1-inch device with...

Lenovo Yoga Tablet To Ship In Two Editions: Windows 8 and Windows RT

Lenovo Yoga Tablet To Ship In Two Editions: Windows 8 and Windows RT

Outside of Microsoft's own Surface, Lenovo's transforming Yoga device may be the most interesting Windows 8 portable to surface. It's a convertible laptop/tablet hybrid that aims to be everything to everyone who may be considering either form factor, but according to ABC News, it may end up arriving with more than one operating system. The...

HTC Promises Truck Full of Ice Cream Sandwich Updates by End of August

HTC Promises Truck Full of Ice Cream Sandwich Updates by End of August

Forget about Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.x), many Android handset owners would be happy if they could just unwrap Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.x) already. If you happen to own an HTC device that was previously promised an ICS upgrade, hang tight, your Android update is coming within the next couple of weeks, the handset maker promised via Facebook....

Facebook Fights Phishing with Crowdsourcing Effort

Facebook Fights Phishing with Crowdsourcing Effort

One of the worst possible things that could happen to Facebook would be if it became overrun with phishing scams. Users would start jumping ship in droves. Of course, Facebook users are certainly no strangers to phishing--they’ve seen everything from fake screens asking for your login credentials to baited “Hey bro, i’m in...

Is Apple Losing Its "Cool"? Survey Says Yes

Is Apple Losing Its "Cool"? Survey Says Yes

There was a time not too long ago when the perception amongst many young computer users that only old people, stiffs, rubes, and nerds owned non-Apple products; the iPod trumped the Zune, MacBooks became something of a cool-kid status symbol, and the iPhone was--well, no other phone would do. At some point along the way that’s changed,...

Photos of iPhone 5 Battery Leak to the Web, Reveal Incremental Bump in Capacity

Photos of iPhone 5 Battery Leak to the Web, Reveal Incremental Bump in Capacity

Part by part, pieces and photos of Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 model keep leaking to the Web, and the latest pre-release glimpse is supposedly that of the battery pack that will power the device. The new battery is said to feature a slight bump in capacity to 1440 mAh, up from 1430 mAh in the iPhone 4S and 1420 mAh in the iPhone 4. The battery...

Original Mac Ad from 1983 Never Aired, Viewable Online 29 Years Later

Original Mac Ad from 1983 Never Aired, Viewable Online 29 Years Later

Here's one for anybody feeling nostalgic this weekend. An unaired commercial for Apple's original Macintosh from way back in 1983 has landed on YouTube courtesy of Andy Hertzfeld, currently a Google software engineer who co-created the Mac nearly three decades ago. The ad features snippets of interviews from the design team talking up the...

Best Buy Founder Suggests Amazon-Like Pricing, Apple-Like Service To Revive Company

Best Buy Founder Suggests Amazon-Like Pricing, Apple-Like Service To Revive Company

It feels like forever ago that Circuit City bit the dust. Everything seemed to be humming along just fine, and suddenly, the wheels feel off. That left Best Buy, its main rival, in great shape. Suddenly, the world was its oyster. There really was no competition. But that's the issue: just because there was no issue on the retail front, online...

Eurocom's Scorpius 17.3" Laptop Packs So, So Much Power

Eurocom's Scorpius 17.3" Laptop Packs So, So Much Power

You don't name a laptop "Scorpius" unless you're serious about its capabilities. Eurocom is no stranger to revealing beastly laptops, and its latest is no exception to the rule. The new Scorpius offers dual graphics tech from NVIDIA GeFore, Quadro and AMD Radeon, a Core i7-3920XM Processor Extreme Edition, up to 32 GB of DDR3 1600 memory and...

Motorola Aiming to Launch Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD in October

Motorola Aiming to Launch Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD in October

We just heard from a very reliable source, deep in the trenches of the mobile battle ground, that Motorola is gearing up to launch its Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD smartphones in October, provided the handset maker is able to move enough current generation Razr/Razr Maxx devices between now and then. If not, the good ol' Bat Wings may push their...

HotHardware and NVIDIA End of Nations Beta Key Giveaway!

HotHardware and NVIDIA End of Nations Beta Key Giveaway!

The wait for End of Nations is over. NVIDIA and HotHardware are inviting you lucky readers to join the global conflict in Trion's End of Nations closed beta weekend on August 10-12th. Wage sprawling 56-player battles in this year's most anticipated MMO real-time strategy game for three action-packed days, absolutely free! To get started,...

New Crysis 3 Trailer Unbelievably Gorgeous Thanks To CryEngine 3

New Crysis 3 Trailer Unbelievably Gorgeous Thanks To CryEngine 3

When Epic Games demoed the Unreal 4 engine earlier next year, Crytek barely batted an eyelash. The company's new trailer for the upcoming Crysis 3 is evidence of why. The game environments are stunning, and the company swears the footage its showing is drawn from real-world gameplay. The game engine is flexible; it looks as though the PC version...

CyanogenMod 9 Goes Stable, Marks End of the Road for Ice Cream Sandwich

CyanogenMod 9 Goes Stable, Marks End of the Road for Ice Cream Sandwich

Here's a treat for you Android modders heading into the weekend. Work on CyanogenMod 9 is now finished and ready to download as a stable release for the majority of Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) supported devices. Going forward, Cyanogen will turn his attention away from ICS (Android 4.0.x) and focus on Jelly Bean (Android 4.1.x). "Many have wondered...

Nvidia Posts Strong Earnings Thanks To Kepler and Tegra 3

Nvidia Posts Strong Earnings Thanks To Kepler and Tegra 3

Nvidia has released its Q2 earnings for FY2013, and it's good news all around for the graphics manufacturer. While a number of firms had trouble in Q2 thanks to weak European sales and sluggish US demand, Nvidia turned in a net income of $118M on total sales of just over a billion. Nvida's strong quarter comes partly courtesy of Kepler's popularity...

Google's Employee Benefits Extend to the Afterlife

Google's Employee Benefits Extend to the Afterlife

Google employees enjoy some killer perks. These come in the form of free legal advice and discounted legal services, travel insurance, on-site physicians and nurses, free haircuts, foosball and other game tables provided in various buildings on campus, laundry facilities, and other neat benefits. But did you know that Google will even take...

Galaxy S Blaze Q May Land At T-Mobile On August 15

Galaxy S Blaze Q May Land At T-Mobile On August 15

T-Mobile may be getting another Galaxy S device from Samsung next week. A recently leaked press-ready image of the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q suggests the companies may be preparing for a launch. Rumors have suggested the phone could launch as early as next Wednesday, August 15. Although the phone hasn't been formally announced, there are plenty...

HTC One X Gets Update, Still Waiting On Jelly Bean

HTC One X Gets Update, Still Waiting On Jelly Bean

HTC began rolling out an update to its One X smartphone today. Although the update doesn't include Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, it does offer a number of improvements to Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. After the update, users will be brought up to Android version 4.0.4. The 4.0.4 update will bring several new features and enhancements. The OS...

Survey Finds Mobile Users More Interested in iPhone 5 than "Pointless" iPad Mini

Survey Finds Mobile Users More Interested in iPhone 5 than "Pointless" iPad Mini

Popular tablets like Amazon's Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus 7 built by Asus seem to prove that the late Steve Jobs was dead wrong in saying 7-inch "tweener" devices have no place in the market, but maybe what he meant to say is that Apple users aren't interested in such things. If that is what he meant to say, then a new survey backs his...

Leaked Kinect 2 Image Reveals Improved Depth Sensor

Leaked Kinect 2 Image Reveals Improved Depth Sensor

There have been all kinds of rumors and speculation surrounding Microsoft's next generation Xbox game console (codenamed Durango), and one of them is that it will ship with an improved Kinect motion camera device. How much improved? The answer to that question may have been revealed in a sample image purportedly taken from a Kinect 2 device...

Samsung Unveils Exynos 5 Dual Cortex A15 based Mobile Application Processor

Samsung Unveils Exynos 5 Dual Cortex A15 based Mobile Application Processor

If you recall, at SIGGRAPH this week, ARM stepped out with a demo of  their Mali-T604 quad-core GPU. The demo platform they were showcasing was based on a dual-core ARM Cortex A15 SoC (System on Chip). It's becoming abundantly clear now which silicon manufacturer produced the development platform and what brand of devices we might see...

Microsoft Tossing Out "Metro" Name, Going With "Windows 8" Instead: Confused?

Microsoft Tossing Out "Metro" Name, Going With "Windows 8" Instead: Confused?

Well, this is strange. It seems that "Metro," the design language that just about everyone associated with the 'tiled' system used in Windows Phone and Windows 8, can no longer be used to reference precisely that. As part of some trademark spat, Microsoft has seemingly been forced to ditch what is largely regarded as its most intelligent naming...

ETA Brings Together Mobile Payment Giants To Form Single Committee

ETA Brings Together Mobile Payment Giants To Form Single Committee

Paying for things with a traditional credit card may feel normal today, but what's it going to feel like in 20 years? 30? Will those thin slips of plastic still be around? Mobile payments haven't exactly skyrocketed to mainstream success, particularly in the United States, but it seems that the trends are changing. With Google Wallet, Isis,...

Blizzard Confirms Battle.Net Hacked: Here's What We Know So Far

Blizzard Confirms Battle.Net Hacked: Here's What We Know So Far

Blizzard announced yesterday that its popular Battle.net service has been compromised. The company's investigation is ongoing, but Blizzard has released some early details on what's been taken and what the theft means for its users. First off, the company doesn't believe any credit card information, Paypal addresses, or similar data was seized....

Microsoft Job Postings Reveal New Holiday Stores, Impending Xbox 720 Launch

Microsoft Job Postings Reveal New Holiday Stores, Impending Xbox 720 Launch

Need a job for the holidays? You might be in luck. Microsoft plans to open at least a dozen so-called 'pop-up' retail stores across the U.S. and Canada, from Massachusetts to California, this coming holiday season. These "Microsoft Holiday Store" locations are undoubtedly an effort to kickstart Windows 8 and aggressively push the company's...

Psst! Apple Retail Stores Now Secretly Price Matching iPhone Discounts

Psst! Apple Retail Stores Now Secretly Price Matching iPhone Discounts

You're not really supposed to know about this because Apple isn't advertising it, and heck, it might not even be true. But word on the Web is that Apple's retail locations have authorized employees to price match discounted iPhone 4 and 4S models, provided the lower price is from a major retailer or wireless carrier. In other words, Apple...

Verizon Offers High-Use Data Plans, Inadvertently Points Out Enormous Rip-Off

Verizon Offers High-Use Data Plans, Inadvertently Points Out Enormous Rip-Off

Six weeks ago, Verizon launched its new "Share Everything" data plans, declaring that everyone would henceforth use these plans or be banned from upgrading their phones at a discount, and unveiled a suite of options that range from $50 for 1GB to $100 for 10GB (not counting per-device fees). Unlimited talk and text is now baked into the per-device...

Pre-Paid Phones Drive Increase In Smartphone Sales Says The NPD Group

Pre-Paid Phones Drive Increase In Smartphone Sales Says The NPD Group

A new report from The NPD Group shows smartphone sales are on the rise. Interestingly enough, the increase in sales has been driven by pre-paid smartphones. In fact, post-paid smartphone sales were flat year-over-year while prepaid smartphone volume increased 91 percent year over year. Overall, total smartphone sales rose 9 percent in the...

HotHardware Goes Under The Hood with Android 4.1, Jelly Bean

HotHardware Goes Under The Hood with Android 4.1, Jelly Bean

Google claims Android 4.1, aka Jelly Bean, is the fastest and smoothest version of Android yet. When we took a look at the first Jelly Bean-equipped tablet a couple of weeks back, the Nexus 7, we felt Jelly Bean had a lot to offer users, both in terms of performance enhancements as well as new functionality. Here, we'll take a closer look...

Nikon Expands Line With Nikon 1 J2 And Coolpix L610

Nikon Expands Line With Nikon 1 J2 And Coolpix L610

Nikon introduced new additions to its Nikon 1 and Coolpix lines. The new Nikon 1 J2 builds upon the previous-generation Nikon 1 J1 camera. The J2 model features a new Creative Mode, metallic body, a higher resolution screen, and 1080p HD video capture capabilities. The Nikon 1 J2 features a 3-inch LCD with 921,000 dots. The new Creative Mode...

Ouya's Kickstarter Campaign Closes with Nearly $8.6 Million in Funding; What's Next?

Ouya's Kickstarter Campaign Closes with Nearly $8.6 Million in Funding; What's Next?

More than 63,000 backers pledged a grand total of $8,596,475 to the Ouya project, which is supposed to be a low cost Android console that's small in size but big in functionality, including media center capabilities courtesy of support from XBMC. Ouya is one of Kickstarter's most successful projects to date, at least in terms of generating...

Samsung Completely Disinterested in Buying RIM or Licensing BlackBerry OS

Samsung Completely Disinterested in Buying RIM or Licensing BlackBerry OS

Peter Misek, an analyst with Jefferies & Co., issued a note this week on the sorry state of Research In Motion (RIM) and conveyed little faith that BlackBerry 10 OS will be the savior that RIM needs it to be. However, Misek also brought up the possibility that Samsung could either buy RIM outright or license the company's BB 10 software,...

Mac Users Claim Mountain Lion is Killing Battery Life

Mac Users Claim Mountain Lion is Killing Battery Life

When Apple rolled out Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, the company claimed the operating system introduced over 200 new features to the Mac platform, but reduced battery life wasn't supposed to be one of them. Nevertheless, a large number of users have taken to Apple's support forum to complain about major dips in battery life after installing...

Lenovo Debuts First Windows 8-Based Slate: ThinkPad Tablet 2

Lenovo Debuts First Windows 8-Based Slate: ThinkPad Tablet 2

There's a new ThinkPad Tablet in town, and something tells us this one is going to be a lot more memorable than the prior one. The ThinkPad Tablet 2 for Windows 8 was unveiled this week, marking Lenovo's first slate to cater to Microsoft's forthcoming OS. It ships with an optional digitizer and pen for precision input, 3G wireless with Lenovo...

The ThinkPad Goes Ultra: Hands-On with Lenovo's Hot ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook

The ThinkPad Goes Ultra: Hands-On with Lenovo's Hot ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook

Lenovo's venerable ThinkPad line of notebooks has likely won more awards over time for the product's durable, functional design elements than just about any other notebook on the market. However, over the years it could be said that the business class workhorse line of laptops wasn't winning any beauty contests any time soon.  This wasn't...

Zotac's Latest ZBOX Gets GeForce GT 520M Graphics

Zotac's Latest ZBOX Gets GeForce GT 520M Graphics

Zotac announced the new ZBOX with NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M graphics. This ZBOX is designed to be used as a home theater PC. You can get the new ZOTAC ZBOX with NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M graphics as a barebones system or as a system with memory and a hard drive. The system features a 1.86 GHz dual-core Intel Atom D2550 processor. Various memory...

HP Announces $8B Writeoff This Quarter As Unit Fails To Meet Expectations

HP Announces $8B Writeoff This Quarter As Unit Fails To Meet Expectations

HP has just announced that it will write off $8 billion dollars worth of goodwill due to poor performance of its Enterprise Services sector. In highly related news, the previous head of that segment, Jim Visentin, has quit to "pursue other opportunities." The move is seen as a readjustment in value of the properties HP acquired when it purchased...

Genius Introduces Imperator Gaming Keyboard

Genius Introduces Imperator Gaming Keyboard

Genius announced a new gaming keyboard designed for MMO and RTS gamers. As the newest addition to the GX Gaming Series, the Imperator features on-board memory to prevent APM (actions per minute) loss. The keyboard has 6 programmable keys under 3 game profiles, giving you the ability to assign up to 18 macros. While in gaming mode, the Imperator...

Movie Buffs Still Prefer DVDs, Blu-rays to Streaming Video, NPD Group Says

Movie Buffs Still Prefer DVDs, Blu-rays to Streaming Video, NPD Group Says

You can't argue with the convenience of streaming video, provided you're rocking a fast enough Internet connection to watch your favorite movies without annoying hiccups and sudden drops in picture quality. As it turns out, consumers are also finding all those video rental kiosks convenient, and combined with brick-and-mortar store rentals,...

Valve Looks Beyond Games, Cooking Up Creativity and Productivity Software for Steam Platform

Valve Looks Beyond Games, Cooking Up Creativity and Productivity Software for Steam Platform

Get ready to view Steam in a whole new light, folks. Valve's uber-popular digital distribution platform has been all about games up to this point, but moving forward, it's also going to serve up other kinds of software, from creative applications to productivity programs, Valve announced today. Valve described the move as a "major expansion...

Maingear Potenza Super Stock SFF System Review

Maingear Potenza Super Stock SFF System Review

Notebook makers aren't the only ones trying to cram big performance parts into little form factors. Desktop system builders are attempting the same thing, and if you require proof, all the evidence you need is packed inside Maingear's Potenza Super Stock (SS) gaming PC. Built around the mini-ITX form factor, the Potenza SS is a small form...

Will Mobile Ads Be Enough to Save Facebook's Falling Share Price?

Will Mobile Ads Be Enough to Save Facebook's Falling Share Price?

At long last, Facebook has finally unveiled a new mobile ad platform for app developers to grow their business and "reach and re-engage their users," the social networking site announced on its developers page. For the time being, only a select set of beta partners have access to the mobile ad network while Facebook works out the kinks. "Facebook...

Toshiba Tops Off Storage Portfolio with New 3.5-inch Hard Drive Models

Toshiba Tops Off Storage Portfolio with New 3.5-inch Hard Drive Models

Solid state drives (SSDs) are the sexy storage options these days, but those trusty (and affordable) mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) are still relevant and garnering attention from hardware companies. Enter Toshiba, which today announced the broadening of its HDD portfolio with new models featuring 2TB and 3TB capacities. Toshiba's new...

HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks 8/8/12: AMD FirePro W9000, Corsair AX1200i PSU, Mountain Lion and More

HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks 8/8/12: AMD FirePro W9000, Corsair AX1200i PSU, Mountain Lion and More

In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two and Half Geeks, Iyaz, Dave and Marco chat about AMD’s new FirePro W9000 and W8000 Professional Graphics cards, Corsair’s innovative AX1200i Digital ATX Power Supply, Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, the Windows 8 RTM, and general direction of desktop operating systems, the ASRock...

Sorry Disgruntled OEMs, But Microsoft is Planning a Second Generation Surface Tablet

Sorry Disgruntled OEMs, But Microsoft is Planning a Second Generation Surface Tablet

Much to the chagrin of Acer and Microsoft's other hardware partners who are less than thrilled with the Redmond company's decision to launch a Windows 8-based tablet of its own, it appears Microsoft's Surface strategy isn't going to be a one-and-done affair, after all. Instead, recent reports suggest Microsoft is already working on a second...

Sprint Chief Defends Decision to Carry Apple's iPhone

Sprint Chief Defends Decision to Carry Apple's iPhone

Sprint, the third largest wireless carrier in the U.S., reported a $1.37 billion loss in the second quarter, and likened the challenges his company faces to that of a football game. He told the press that it's like "blocking and tackling" every quarter, every year. But what happens when you call a bad play? Towards that end, was it the right...

On Demand Satellite Radio Comes To Internet & iOS Devices From SiriusXM

On Demand Satellite Radio Comes To Internet & iOS Devices From SiriusXM

"On Demand" used to be a prized possession, but these days, the technologically literate just expect it to be everywhere. If it's not on-demand, it's not with the times, right? SiriusXM isn't waiting around to find out, as the satellite radio provider has just launched SiriusXM On Demand, enabling subscribers of its Internet Radio services...

The Internet Archive Makes One Million Files Available Via BitTorrent

The Internet Archive Makes One Million Files Available Via BitTorrent

Just saying the word "BitTorrent" makes those at record labels and movie studios cringe, but honestly, it's not always used for nefarious purposes. The Internet Archive, which is a non-profit digital library built to enable "universal access to all knowledge," is making over one million pieces of archived content available to the world via...

Lenovo Details ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook: Sleek And Sexy

Lenovo Details ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook: Sleek And Sexy

Wondering when Ultrabooks were really going to take a turn for the dashing? How's about now? Lenovo has just come clean with loads of new details on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, and if you haven't seen this thing before, it's worth staring at for a bit. At $1399 (the entry-level machine), you'll get a 1.7GHz Core i5-3317 processor, 4GB of RAM,...

TSMC Copies Intel, Announces Own Investment In Next-Gen Foundry Supplier

TSMC Copies Intel, Announces Own Investment In Next-Gen Foundry Supplier

Last month, Intel announced a deal in which it would invest $4.1B in the photolithography company ASML in exchange for a 15% ownership stake in the company. Now, TSMC has followed suit with its own announcement. The Taiwanese foundry hinted in its last conference call that it might take this step, so it's not a surprise to see it following...

More Game Developers Unhappy With Windows 8

More Game Developers Unhappy With Windows 8

Gabe Newell and Rob Pardo aren't the only people unhappy with Windows 8 and its potential impact on gaming. GamesIndustry.biz has conducted an informal survey of its own and found that a number of people in the industry are concerned about what Windows 8 will mean for gaming. The concerns are also more intelligent than Newell's ramble on falling...

Motorola Teases 4G LTE Phone on Facebook, Promises Friday Reveal

Motorola Teases 4G LTE Phone on Facebook, Promises Friday Reveal

Motorola is going to reveal a new 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) smartphone, but before it does, the company wants you to venture a guess. A censored pictured and post on Motorola's Facebook page tip the impending release and don't offer much in the way of hints, though clues will be given throughout the week. "Let's play a game. Guess the Smartphone,"...

Apple Tosses Rotten Boy Genius Ads in the Trash

Apple Tosses Rotten Boy Genius Ads in the Trash

Remember those awful Genius ads Apple began airing during the Olympics? Reactions to the ads were overwhelmingly negative and were somewhat surprising for a multi-billion dollar company known for more creative ad spots that typically focused on the product. These new ads did not, and instead cast Apple users in an idiotic light. Or at least...

Rich Kid Mark Zuckerberg Out of Top 10 Billionaire List Amid Facebook's Falling Stock

Rich Kid Mark Zuckerberg Out of Top 10 Billionaire List Amid Facebook's Falling Stock

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg isn't about to go stand in a soup line or hover on a street corner with a cardboard sign that reads, "Will write code for food," but among an elite class of tech billionaires, he now finds himself on the outside looking in. Well, sort of. As shares of Facebook continue to fall, so too does Zuckerberg's fortune....

Google Gets Eye-Tracking Unlock System Patent for Glass-Like Specs

Google Gets Eye-Tracking Unlock System Patent for Glass-Like Specs

If there was any doubt that Google is determined to make awkward, inadvertent eye contact the new version of mistakenly conversing with someone who’s actually on a call using a Bluetooth unit, that can be laid to rest with the awarding of Google’s latest patent: an eye-tracking system to unlock a computer screen--specifically,...

San Francisco Bay Area Users Get A Taste Of Sprint's LTE Network

San Francisco Bay Area Users Get A Taste Of Sprint's LTE Network

Sprint is working hard to roll out its 4G LTE network as fast as it can. Although the wireless carrier hasn't made any official announcements regarding LTE availability in the Bay Area Peninsula, users have already reported LTE connectivity around Palo Alto and Mountain View. In early July, rumors suggested the San Francisco Bay market would...

AMD FirePro W8000, W9000 Challenge Nvidia's Quadro

AMD FirePro W8000, W9000 Challenge Nvidia's Quadro

As of today, AMD has a new set of high-end professional GPUs available -- and a new shot at the professional GPU crown. It's a move the company hopes will allow it to take a greater share of the professional 3D business. AMD's battle against Nvidia in the professional graphics market is similar to the company's struggles against Intel ten...

Tiny Ouya Console Has Big Media Center Aspirations, Partners with XBMC, TuneIn

Tiny Ouya Console Has Big Media Center Aspirations, Partners with XBMC, TuneIn

Ouya's developers started off with a relatively simple concept: build an inexpensive Android console for the living room funded by $950,000 in pledges on Kickstarter. Well, here are with less than 40 hours to go before Ouya's Kickstarter campaign comes to a close, and the project has generated more than $7 million from over 53,000 backers....

NVIDIA Launches Latest Quadro Mobile and Desktop Workstation GPUs, Kepler Comes to Town

NVIDIA Launches Latest Quadro Mobile and Desktop Workstation GPUs, Kepler Comes to Town

Not to be outdone by AMD, NVIDIA announced its own new mobile and desktop workstation GPUs today designed for professionals with serious graphics processing needs. On the desktop workstation side, NVIDIA introduced the second generation of its Maximus platform, which now features Kepler architecture. Maximus employs parallel processing with...

Lian Li Reveals PC-V650 ATX Chassis With Side Mounted Power Supply

Lian Li Reveals PC-V650 ATX Chassis With Side Mounted Power Supply

Lian Li announced a new ATX supported chassis that features a side mounted power supply design. Thanks to this design, the PC-V650 is shorter than most ATX chassis yet doesn't sacrifice the space builders need. The PC-V650 measures 14.1 inches tall and 9.8 inches wide. The power supply (up to 9 inches in length) is mounted sideways, parallel...

Acer Tells Microsoft to "Think Twice" About Surface Tablet Strategy

Acer Tells Microsoft to "Think Twice" About Surface Tablet Strategy

Microsoft might be super stoked about launching itself in the tablet space with its upcoming Surface device, but the company's hardware partners aren't as thrilled with the idea. Some are more outspoken than others, like Acer chairman and chief executive JT Wang, who said Microsoft's move would negatively affect the computing ecosystem as...

Sprint Providing Cellular Data Service To In-Car Uconnect Access System

Sprint Providing Cellular Data Service To In-Car Uconnect Access System

A decade ago, Internet in the automobile probably sounded like a pipe dream. Today, folks are probably wondering how we can have Gogo on hundreds of flights per day, but we can't find a new car with integrated web access. Naturally, it all comes down to cost, but Chrysler and Sprint are hoping to re-open those lines of conversation. Chrysler...

AMD Caters To Graphic Pros With FirePro GPU Refresh

AMD Caters To Graphic Pros With FirePro GPU Refresh

New GPUs are a dime a dozen these days, but GPUs made expressly for professionals are certainly harder to come by. Today, AMD is addressing that concern by launching the world's most powerful workstation graphics line -- or so it says. The new FirePro W9000, W8000, W7000 and W5000 cards are engineered specifically for graphic professionals,...

Sick Of Farmville? Amazon Game Studios Has A New Game For You

Sick Of Farmville? Amazon Game Studios Has A New Game For You

Social game companies have been enduring plenty of negative press lately, but where the critics see a saturated marketplace, Amazon sees an opportunity. Today it launched Amazon Game Studios, which appears to be a direct competitor to the likes of Zynga. The new team, which has apparently been working in secret for awhile, also announced its...

Apple Kicks Google's Native YouTube App to the Curb in iOS 6

Apple Kicks Google's Native YouTube App to the Curb in iOS 6

There's no love lost between Apple and Google in the mobile space, each of which is vying for platform dominance with iOS and Android, respectively. As such, neither company is all that interested in helping out the other unless it's a mutually beneficial relationship, which is what they had by bundling Google's YouTube app in iOS. However,...

Volunteer Nokia Army Educating Carriers and Customers, Really Wants You to Buy a Lumia

Volunteer Nokia Army Educating Carriers and Customers, Really Wants You to Buy a Lumia

There’s a fine line between plucky confidence in your underdog self and sad, desperate delusion, and Nokia is riding it. The company is a shadow of its former self, with well-documented troubles and an all-in wager on Windows Phone, and it really needs a big hit to get some momentum going in the mobile marketplace again. Nokia hopes--nay,...

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Ready to Boogie with Quad Core Processor This Month

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Ready to Boogie with Quad Core Processor This Month

After months of waiting, Samsung today announced that it's Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet will be available globally starting this month. The first batch of shipments will include Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G HSPA+ models, with a Wi-Fi + 4G LTE slated for availability sometime "later this year," Samsung said. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a full-size Android...

Siri, Meet Your Virtual Assisant Sister, Nina

Siri, Meet Your Virtual Assisant Sister, Nina

There was plenty of speculation and suspicion when Apple’s Siri launched that it was using Nuance technology; many assumed that Nuance was involved with Siri, at least on the back end, but both Apple and Nuance were strangely vague and evasive about it. All of that seems irrelevant now, though, with Nuance’s announcement of Nina....

Google Cleans House, Shuts Down Apps and Consolidates Content

Google Cleans House, Shuts Down Apps and Consolidates Content

In an effort to give you an even better Google experience, the company is cleaning house and reorganizing a few of its products. In addition to the changes Google has already made to about 50 products over the past year, the company recently announced a few additional changes that will be coming soon. First up, Google plans to shut down Google...

AOC Launches Thin New 27-inch e2752Vh Monitor

AOC Launches Thin New 27-inch e2752Vh Monitor

AOC's new 52 Series monitor is now available. To kick off the launch of this monitor, the company is offering a $50 discount from August 11 through August 17. With the discount, the monitor will cost $249.99 from select retailers such as TigerDirect, BestBuy.com, Newegg.com and Amazon.com. The e2752Vh is an energy efficient LED monitor that...

AT&T Mobile Share Data Plans Launch August 23rd, But Are They The Best Deal?

AT&T Mobile Share Data Plans Launch August 23rd, But Are They The Best Deal?

AT&T had finally confessed earlier in the year that shared data plans were en route, but now we know exactly when to look for them: August 23rd. Following in the wake of Verizon's own decision to split data across devices for a hefty price, AT&T's Mobile Share plans are going live in just a few weeks. For many families, they may be...

Samsung's Paying New Galaxy Customers Up to $300 for Old Phones

Samsung's Paying New Galaxy Customers Up to $300 for Old Phones

While Apple tries to sue Samsung out of existence for various patent infringement claims, Samsung is busy trying to steal some of its rival's competitors away. Not just Apple, but anyone who's willing to switch to a Galaxy device (Galaxy S II, S III or Note). Samsung wants your business so bad that it's willing to pay up to $300 for your existing...

ARM's Second-Gen Mali GPUs Pack Up To Eight Cores, Blinding Speed

ARM's Second-Gen Mali GPUs Pack Up To Eight Cores, Blinding Speed

Remember the graphical wars in the early days of consoles? 8-bit, then 16-bit, then 32-bit, then 64-bit, then 128-bit. The race to the top never stopped, and even today, the longing for more pronounced technology keeps the dream alive. The same sort of drive is seen in the processor game as well. ARM has just launched the second generation...

Maingear's Quickship Line Goes Mobile with Vybe 15 Notebook

Maingear's Quickship Line Goes Mobile with Vybe 15 Notebook

One advantage brick-and-mortar stores have over ordering online is the ability to serve up instant gratification. You walk into a store, grab what you need, plunk down your credit card, and the item is yours to take home. Online sellers haven't found a way to trump brick-and-mortar outfits in that regard, but Maingear has certainly lessened...

NASA's Curiosity Rover Survives 7 Minutes of Terror, Lands Safely on Mars

NASA's Curiosity Rover Survives 7 Minutes of Terror, Lands Safely on Mars

How do you land a car-sized rover on the planet Mars? NASA answered that question with eight years of careful planning and around nine months of space travel culminating in the most advanced rover ever touching down on the Red Planet last night at 10:32 p.m. PDT. Score one of the home team. The one-ton rover called Curiosity will now begin...

eBay Now Rivals Amazon's Same-Day Shipping, Keeps Major Retailers Looped In

eBay Now Rivals Amazon's Same-Day Shipping, Keeps Major Retailers Looped In

Remember when eBay was an auction site? Those were the days. Nowadays, eBay is a full-on storefront, keeping that auction setting at the core but building a vast network of other opportunities around it. There's Buy-It-Now, for starters, and there are a variety of opportunity to sell goods on eBay without going through the typical auction...

Verizon's HopeLine App Provides Support To Victims Of Domestic Violence

Verizon's HopeLine App Provides Support To Victims Of Domestic Violence

In many ways, we look at technology as a way to make our lives easier. Faster, stronger, better. But in the march towards quicker processors and more powerful GPUs, it's easy to miss the details. Take a look at the latest Android app from Verizon Wireless, HopeLine. It's an app for smartphones and tablets that was designed to provide support...

Corsair AX1200i Digital ATX Power Supply Preview

Corsair AX1200i Digital ATX Power Supply Preview

Corsair’s attention to detail and understanding of the enthusiast community has allowed the company to evolve from a memory manufacturer into a well-regarded supplier of cases, cooling hardware, input devices, PC audio, power supplies, gaming accessories and storage devices. Their latest product, the Corsair AX1200i Digital ATX Power...

Carmack: Valve Support Is Great, But Linux Still Not A Viable Gaming Platform

Carmack: Valve Support Is Great, But Linux Still Not A Viable Gaming Platform

If you've got 3.5 hours to kill, John Carmack's Quakecon keynotes are always fascinating. id games may not be the greatest titles around, but Carmack's knowledge and skills continue to shape the future of gaming across multiple platforms. There's been a great deal of rumor and speculation about Valve's plans for Linux support, including the...

Apple Considers Embedding Second Touchscreen in iPad Smart Cover

Apple Considers Embedding Second Touchscreen in iPad Smart Cover

In a matter of months, Microsoft's Surface tablet with integrated keyboard will be available, and who knows what other innovations the company's hardware partners will bring to the table. Perhaps in an attempt to stay ahead of the curve, Apple is looking into embedding a touchscreen display into a new generation of Smart Covers for the iPad....

AT&T To Shutter 2G Wireless Network By 2017: Start Planning That Upgrade

AT&T To Shutter 2G Wireless Network By 2017: Start Planning That Upgrade

Still relying on AT&T's aging 2G network? Better hurry and make those final calls / texts. As the world collectively moves on to 4G, and even 3G in some places, 2G technology is becoming more expensive to maintain and less frequently used. Based on a new filing from AT&T, the world is being told that the carrier's second-gen wireless...

Adafruit Announces its Own Raspberry Pi Linux Distro Geared for Better Hackability

Adafruit Announces its Own Raspberry Pi Linux Distro Geared for Better Hackability

The initial fervor over the Raspberry Pi Linux PC has perhaps faded a bit, but that’s fine because the thing has been available long enough for master tinkerers such as Adafruit Technologies to do terrific things with it. Adafruit has actually developed its own Linux distro for Raspberry Pi called “Occidentalis v0.1” (a play...

E Ink Buying Large Chunk Of SiPix, Becomes Huge E-Paper Player

E Ink Buying Large Chunk Of SiPix, Becomes Huge E-Paper Player

The e-paper universe has largely been dominated by once giant force: E Ink. But there was another player, too. That would be SiPix Technology, and its wholly owned subsidiary SiPix Imaging. The company was founded in 1999, but soon, it won't be operating on its own any longer. E Ink has just agreed to buy shares of SiPix, enhancing its e-paper...

Leaked 7" iPad Parts Detail Mini-Sized Apple Tablet

Leaked 7" iPad Parts Detail Mini-Sized Apple Tablet

Before every major Apple release, it seems that a case, or a shell, gets leaked. They aren't always accurate, but in the case of the presumed 7" iPad, it's beginning to look as if the leaks may be onto something. Recent evidence in the Samsung / Apple patent lawsuit trial proved that Apple was considering, and perhaps even testing, a 7" iPad...

Broadcast TV on Your Phone? It's a Real Thing

Broadcast TV on Your Phone? It's a Real Thing

Watching broadcast TV on a mobile device has been a consumer’s dream for years, starting way back when you could buy a handheld TV with long antennae like the Sony Watchman. Yet as our phones have evolved into small computing powerhouses, the concept of watching TV on one has become less about broadcast TV and more about streaming content...

Electronic Arts Sues Zynga for Allegedly Ripping Off 'Sims Social' Game

Electronic Arts Sues Zynga for Allegedly Ripping Off 'Sims Social' Game

Game developer Zynga has made a fortune in part by altering existing game concepts into their own creations, such as Words With Friends (an obvious take on Scrabble, with a social twist and other elements that are Zynga's own). As far as Electronic Arts is concerned, however, Zynga went too far with The Ville, which EA claims infringes its...

Samsung Evidence Shows Steve Jobs was "Receptive" to Designing a Smaller iPad

Samsung Evidence Shows Steve Jobs was "Receptive" to Designing a Smaller iPad

When he was alive, Steve Jobs was very outspoken about his disdain for smaller sized tablets. He referred to 7-inch tablets as "tweeners" noting that they're "too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with an iPad." Sure, you could bump up the resolution in a 7-inch device, but that too would be "meaningless, unless your...

VIVO 4.3 Smartphone: Killer Specs On A $250 Android Superphone

VIVO 4.3 Smartphone: Killer Specs On A $250 Android Superphone

Smartphones. They're everywhere. And they're being made by companies you didn't even know existed. The proliferation is Android is in part helped by the ability for outfits that are coming out of nowhere to use the OS. And now, BLU Products has announced a pretty outstanding phone to join the ranks. It's the VIVO 4.3, which is being called...

Seagate Completes Lacie Acquisition, Becomes An Even Larger Storage Company

Seagate Completes Lacie Acquisition, Becomes An Even Larger Storage Company

We knew the story had to end sometime, and now there's confirmation. Seagate and Lacie have just announced the completion of a deal that'll see the latter acquired by the former. Seagate was already the larger of the two, and now it's even bigger. Picking up Lacie is probably a wise move; it'll expand its portfolio, and it'll give it access...

Google Nexus Q Shipments Delayed due to Software Issues, Preorders will be Free

Google Nexus Q Shipments Delayed due to Software Issues, Preorders will be Free

When Google announced a boatload of new and exciting products and services at Google I/O earlier this summer, one oddball product that stuck out was the Google Nexus Q media streaming device. The black orb seemed to have dropped out of the clear blue sky, and its tentacle-like extremities were reminiscent of invaders from War of the Worlds....

Samsung Is Expected To Introduce New Galaxy Note on August 29

Samsung Is Expected To Introduce New Galaxy Note on August 29

Samsung is getting ready for its Unpacked event in Berlin on August 29. Although the official invitation doesn't tell exactly what Samsung is planning to reveal at the event, an unnamed Samsung spokesperson has said the company plans to take the wraps off of the company's next Galaxy Note device. There have been plenty of rumors lately that...

Windows 8 RTM Leaked to Filed Sharing Sites, Web Feigns Surprise

Windows 8 RTM Leaked to Filed Sharing Sites, Web Feigns Surprise

The world is filled with surprises. Some good, like flipping the light switch and finding a gathering of friends wishing you Happy Birthday, and some up for debate ('Hey Bill, I had fun on our first date last week, though why haven't you called? By the way, I'm pregnant'). The fact that Windows 8 RTM (Release to Manufacturing) has fallen into...

Logitech Brings Skype To Your Living Room With New TV Cam HD

Logitech Brings Skype To Your Living Room With New TV Cam HD

Logitech and Skype announced the new Logitech TV Cam HD. This high-definition camera is designed to be connected to any HDTV using an HDMI connection. The camera offers built-in Skype functionality, making it easy for you to connect with friends and family directly from your living room. The TV Cam HD connects to the Internet using Wi-Fi or...

Futuremark Rounds Up Technology Big Wigs to Develop 3DMark for Android

Futuremark Rounds Up Technology Big Wigs to Develop 3DMark for Android

We're plenty familiar with Futuremark's assortment of benchmarks, as we should be since we feature 3DMark and PCMark in several of our reviews. They're great tools for assessing performance on the Windows platform, but what about the growing number of Android devices? Well, Futuremark's going to cover those, too. The Finish software company...

World of Warcraft Loses 1 Million Subscribers, Still Wildly Popular

World of Warcraft Loses 1 Million Subscribers, Still Wildly Popular

Activision Blizzard's mega popular MMORPG isn't called World of Warcrack for no reason, folks. The correct title, of course, is World of Warcraft (WoW), and it's been the leading cause for neglected hygiene for going on eight years. At last count, WoW was home to 9.1 million subscribers, Activision Blizzard revealed in its second quarter financial...

Ting Scores Samsung Galaxy SIII, Launching LTE Service, Debuting Product Roadmap

Ting Scores Samsung Galaxy SIII, Launching LTE Service, Debuting Product Roadmap

Well bully for Ting; the MVNO announced its latest product roadmap, and there are lots of goodies coming down the pike. First off, Ting has scored the Samsung Galaxy SIII (pictured below), which it will launch in tandem with its LTE service. Ting uses Sprint’s LTE network, so users will get smoking fast mobile broadband wherever Sprint...

Score a 32GB Sony Tablet S for Just $260!

Score a 32GB Sony Tablet S for Just $260!

Amazon threw down the gauntlet when it launched its affordable Kindle Fire tablet (or glorified eBook reader, if you prefer), and ironically enough, it was Google who answered the challenge by just recently releasing its equally price-friendly Nexus 7 device built by Asus. But both of those -- along with Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet --...

Microsoft Torpedoes Metro Branding in Windows 8, UI Stays the Same

Microsoft Torpedoes Metro Branding in Windows 8, UI Stays the Same

Believe it or not, Microsoft is taking a shovel to Metro, with plans to whack it over the head and then then bury it in the desert. How can that be with just a two months to go before Windows 8 reaches general availability, and with the RTM (Release to Manufacturers) now out in the wild? It's simple -- Microsoft is scrapping the Metro name,...

Reno, NV Woos Apple In Building 350-Acre Data Center, $1 Billion Investment Over 10 Years

Reno, NV Woos Apple In Building 350-Acre Data Center, $1 Billion Investment Over 10 Years

You probably never thought of Apple as a "data center" kind of company, but then, iCloud happened. As if storing data from .me users (R.I.P.) wasn't enough, the company has been on the offensive of late with data centers in North Carolina and elsewhere. And now, it looks like Reno, Nevada may be next to house a mega center where loads of iCloud,...

ARM's New Mali-T604 GPU Could Pack "Desktop" Punch

ARM's New Mali-T604 GPU Could Pack "Desktop" Punch

What if there was a power-efficient GPU with brains as powerful as a power-sucking desktop chip? We may be on the brink of finding out. ARM has this week submitted the Mali-T604 GPU for full profile OpenCL conformance, and if all plays out, this thing could really knock some socks off in the months ahead. According to the company, it's the...

Sony Slips Further Into The Red, Clings To Dying Handheld Market

Sony Slips Further Into The Red, Clings To Dying Handheld Market

Sony is halfway through an ugly restructuring period as it seeks to cut costs, consolidate markets, and turn its once-mighty television business around. That's a difficult proposition for any company, but the Japanese giant's recent earnings call was gloomy even under these circumstances. Modest upticks in Imaging Products and Services and...

Valve: Left 4 Dead 2 Runs Faster on Linux than Windows 7

Valve: Left 4 Dead 2 Runs Faster on Linux than Windows 7

One of the prevailing theories as to why Linux isn't more widely adopted is because of games support. Sure, you can play games on Linux systems, and a good many of them when you factor in WINE and the such, but Windows is still more widely supported. Regardless of that being the case, Valve says it's able to get Left 4 Dead 2 to run faster...

LaCie Ships RuggedKey Flash Drive

LaCie Ships RuggedKey Flash Drive

LaCie's new RuggedKey USB drive is now available. This flash drive is designed to protect data from nearly any threat, including heat, cold, and drops. Thanks to its orange bumper, the RuggedKey can withstand heat, cold, and 100-meter drops. The drive is also IP-54 certified to resist damage from dust and water. The RuggedKey supports USB...

Rumors Confirmed: RIM Announces the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet, Available August 9th

Rumors Confirmed: RIM Announces the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet, Available August 9th

Although it’s launching first in Canada, the rumored 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has arrived. RIM announced the 7-inch (1024x600 resolution) slate, which is packing a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Other specs include 4G connectivity, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, micro USB port, micro HDMI port,...

Aereo Introduces Free Trial And New Prices For Its Internet TV Service

Aereo Introduces Free Trial And New Prices For Its Internet TV Service

Aereo, a broadcast-streaming startup, is working to try to build its subscriber base. To help accomplish this, the company introduced a new pricing structure as well as a free plan. Aereo's service lets customers access live broadcast TV on their iPad, iPhone, Safari on MacBook, AppleTV and Roku box. Aereo doesn't require a box or application...

Archos Teases Thin and Light Gen 10 xs Tablet

Archos Teases Thin and Light Gen 10 xs Tablet

Archos has been teasing the impending launch of its upcoming Gen 10 xs tablet for some time now, and today the company posted its first press photo on Facebook. The thin and light G10 xs is said to be a Google-certified device with unfettered access to everything in Google Play. From the press photo along with previously released information,...

More Than Two Thirds of World's Media Tablets are iPad Devices, IDC Says

More Than Two Thirds of World's Media Tablets are iPad Devices, IDC Says

The thing about trying to stop a runaway freight train is you have to have something big and strong enough to stop the momentum. That's the challenge tablet makers face in trying to compete with the iPad's market dominance, and apparently the recent trend towards 7-inch slates isn't going to cut it. To wit, rather than chip away at the iPad's...

Apple OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) Review

Apple OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) Review

OS X is a significant step forward for Apple and it has reached a very mature stage. Obviously, we've only got another point release before we roll to OS 11, or whatever Apple ends up naming it. To best understand what makes this edition worthwhile though, let's look at what's new. The actual desktop space of OS X 10.8 isn't dramatically different...

AT&T Still Chasing Verizon in the 4G LTE Race but Gains a Step with NextWave Acquisition

AT&T Still Chasing Verizon in the 4G LTE Race but Gains a Step with NextWave Acquisition

It’s no secret that Verizon is kicking AT&T’s tail on the 4G LTE front. Big Red has been rolling out 4G service at a comparatively breakneck pace, and AT&T is struggling to catch up. Today, the latter announced an acquisition that should help it gain a bit of ground on the former. AT&T has agreed to purchase NextWave...

Facebook Confession: Nearly 9 Percent of Our Accounts are Bogus

Facebook Confession: Nearly 9 Percent of Our Accounts are Bogus

In what should come as a surprise to absolutely no one who has ever used Facebook or is even slightly familiar with the Internet, there are a lot of liars on the world's most popular social playground. Millions, in fact. According to the company's 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Facebook contains as many as 83...

Sharp Confirms iPhone 5 Display Shipments, Signs Point to October Launch

Sharp Confirms iPhone 5 Display Shipments, Signs Point to October Launch

If Apple wanted to, it could silence the rumor mill in a New York minute simply by announcing the iPhone 5, or next iPhone (or whatever it will be called), and at some point, the company will. But not today, not tomorrow, and probably not next week either. In the meantime, more information continues to trickle out, most of which is speculation,...

Google Wallet App Takes Cloud Approach To Support All Cards

Google Wallet App Takes Cloud Approach To Support All Cards

Google Wallet hasn't exactly taken over the mobile payment space. In fact, we'd argue that startups like Square are doing a better job of infiltrating the small biz market and grabbing mind share all the while. Why, you ask? Because Wallet was limited from the start. It's only on select phones, and up until now, only supports select cards....

Facebook Shares 2011 Energy + Carbon Footprint Data

Facebook Shares 2011 Energy + Carbon Footprint Data

Now that Facebook's a properly official public company, it'll be doing things it never had to do before. Things like "being transparent." With the world watching, the company is a much different place, but even before the IPO, it looks as if Facebook was tracking something that'll be highly important in the years ahead. Following in the footsteps...

The Die Is Cast: Windows 8 Released To Manufacturers

The Die Is Cast: Windows 8 Released To Manufacturers

On the Building Windows 8 blog today, Windows 8 team lead Steven Sinofsky told readers that Windows 8 has been Released to Manufacturing (RTM). What that means is that the OS has been frozen and passed all internal certifications. Bug fixes and feature update development will continue apace, but Build 9200 is complete and apparently has been...

Lenovo Launches ThinkPad X131e Laptop For Students

Lenovo Launches ThinkPad X131e Laptop For Students

Lenovo is getting ready for the back-to-school shopping season with the announcement of the new ThinkPad X131e laptop. This 11.6-inch laptop features a rugged design to ensure it withstands the demands of students and school. The ThinkPad X131e is available with dual core AMD E-300 and E2-1800 APUs with AMD Radeon graphics or Intel Core i3-2367M...

US Cellular Will Get Two New Motorola Smartphones

US Cellular Will Get Two New Motorola Smartphones

Motorola and US Cellular are teaming up to offer two new Android-powered smartphones. The new Motorola ELECTRIFY 2 is the next-generation model of the popular ELECTRIFY. This smartphone runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and features a thin design that measures 8.4 millimeters thick. The ELECTRIFY 2 also features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor,...

ESA Figures Prove What We've Suspected For Years: Classic PC Gaming is Dying

ESA Figures Prove What We've Suspected For Years: Classic PC Gaming is Dying

The ESA has released its yearly report on the state of gaming in 2012 and it shows significantly different trends than what we saw in years past. For this year's report, the ESA updated its questionnaire to reflect the growth of tablets and smartphones as gaming devices, rather than screening respondents based on their possession of a handheld,...

Get Your Jedi On: Star Wars: The Old Republic To Go Free-To-Play

Get Your Jedi On: Star Wars: The Old Republic To Go Free-To-Play

If you're not battling your way through the subscription-based Star Wars: The Old Republic right now, Electronic Arts wants to change that - and it's willing to offer a ton of free content to get you on board. Starting this fall, EA's BioWare label is providing a Free-To-Play option that lets you play a character to level 50. If you aren't...

comScore: Android, iOS Gains Smartphone Market Share, Everyone Else Loses

comScore: Android, iOS Gains Smartphone Market Share, Everyone Else Loses

Another three-month period is in the books at comScore, and once again, Android is the top smartphone operating system in the U.S., followed by iOS. For the three-month period ended June 2012, Android bumped its smartphone market share penetration by 0.6 percent to 51.6 percent, while Apple's iOS platform added 1.7 percent to end the period...

Google Makes Good on Promise, Adds Retina Display Support to Chrome Browser

Google Makes Good on Promise, Adds Retina Display Support to Chrome Browser

Back in the second week of June, Google told the world that "Apple recently announced a new laptop with a Retina high-resolution screen, and we're committed to polishing Chrome until it shines on that machine." Well, it appears Google is happy with the shine, because the newest stable Chrome build now officially supports high-resolution Mac...

T-Mobile Receives $2 Billion Bid for 7,000 Wireless Towers

T-Mobile Receives $2 Billion Bid for 7,000 Wireless Towers

T-Mobile USA is looking to sell around 7,000 of its cell phone towers and has attracted a lead bidder willing to pony up more than $2 billion, according to a news report. That bidder is Crown Castle International Corp., which is going up against American Tower Corp. and Global Tower Partners in bids to acquire T-Mobile's towers. This isn't...

ASRock Vision 3D 252B HTPC Review

ASRock Vision 3D 252B HTPC Review

When we first took a look at the ASRock Vision 3D 137B with NVIDIA 3DTV Play last year, we were quite impressed with the machine. It offered excellent all-around performance for a system in its class and had an extensive feature set that included Blu-Ray and 3D video playback capabilities, all wrapped up in what we considered to be an attractive...

FCC Forces Verizon Wireless to Allow Third-Party Tethering Apps on Android

FCC Forces Verizon Wireless to Allow Third-Party Tethering Apps on Android

Verizon Wireless customers have reason to celebrate today, at least the ones using Android devices. Following an investigation, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled that VZW is not allowed to block third-party tethering apps on Android devices, and must also pay a $1.25 million fine to settle the investigation. "Today’s...

Move Over Netflix, Amazon Rolls Out Instant Video App for iPad

Move Over Netflix, Amazon Rolls Out Instant Video App for iPad

The streaming video wars are beginning to heat up. In addition to native Netflix and Hulu apps on Apple's iPad device, Amazon today announced that its Amazon Instant Video service is now available as a downloadable app for the world's most popular tablet device. Amazon's video app brings more than 20,000 titles from its Prime Instant Video...

HotHardware Two and A Half Geeks 8/1/12: Nexus 7, Open Source Apps, WD My Net N900 and More

HotHardware Two and A Half Geeks 8/1/12: Nexus 7, Open Source Apps, WD My Net N900 and More

In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geek, Iyaz, Dave and Marco chat about the Google Nexus 7, incredible free Open Source apps for every OS, TSMC possibly building a dedicated fab for Apple, the WD My Net N900 Dual-Band Router, how Gabe Newell thinks Windows 8 will kill PC Gaming, and details of our next awesome contest where...

AMD Hires New Chief CPU Architect, Brings Old Salt Back On Board

AMD Hires New Chief CPU Architect, Brings Old Salt Back On Board

After more than six months of high-to-mid profile executive departures, AMD has major news to announce on its new executive hire -- and he's a welcome addition. Starting today, Jim Keller will serve as a vice president and the company's Chief Architect for CPU Cores. Keller has spent more than thirty years in the semiconductor business, including...

Dropbox Cops to Security Breach, Pledges Measures to Prevent Another

Dropbox Cops to Security Breach, Pledges Measures to Prevent Another

To say that Dropbox was “hacked” is a bit unfair to the popular cloud storage service, if Dropbox’s reasoning is to be believed. The company announced that it has discovered that usernames and passwords that were stolen from other sites were used to log in to a few Dropbox user accounts, and at least one of those accounts...

Amazon’s Cloud Player Takes on Apple’s iTunes Match With Big Overhaul

Amazon’s Cloud Player Takes on Apple’s iTunes Match With Big Overhaul

With so much comparison between Apple “this” and Google “that” (with Microsoft “and the other” thrown in on occasion), it’s sometimes easy to overlook Amazon and its ever-encroaching roster of technologies, even though Amazon’s announcements are occasionally doozies. The latest is a big overhaul...

Sprint Looking To Push Enterprise Services With Office 365 Integration

Sprint Looking To Push Enterprise Services With Office 365 Integration

Sprint? Getting into the enterprise space even deeper? You may call it curious, but with Windows and Office emerging as huge buzzwords for the latter half of 2012, perhaps it's a wise move. The carrier has just announced that it'll bring Microsoft Office 365 to small and mid-sized businesses this year. What's that mean? Well, Sprint's network...

Texas Instruments Reveals New Breakthrough, Aims For Universal Charging Solution

Texas Instruments Reveals New Breakthrough, Aims For Universal Charging Solution

Power savings? Yeah, we can get behind that. Texas Instruments has just announced a new breakthrough that it seems pretty darn proud of. It's a new suite of high-efficiency power management controllers that save standby power to help smartphone users consume less electricity with their 5-watt cube adapters, even when they are left plugged...