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YouTube Fishes Hollywood Producers For Premium Content To Fund

YouTube Fishes Hollywood Producers For Premium Content To Fund

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

Bandai Namco Confirms Tekken 7, Will Use Unreal Engine 4

Bandai Namco Confirms Tekken 7, Will Use Unreal Engine 4

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

HotHardware’s Summer Gaming System Giveaway!

HotHardware’s Summer Gaming System Giveaway!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yahoo Acquires RayV For Higher Quality Online Video Streaming

Yahoo Acquires RayV For Higher Quality Online Video Streaming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chinese Media Declares iPhone A Threat To National Security

Chinese Media Declares iPhone A Threat To National Security

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

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

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

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

ASUS MeMO Pad 7 Review: Intel Bay Trail Inside

ASUS MeMO Pad 7 Review: Intel Bay Trail Inside

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Verizon Points Bony Digit At Netflix For Poor Streaming Performance

Verizon Points Bony Digit At Netflix For Poor Streaming Performance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Google Chromecast Now Mirrors Your Pocket Screen To The Big Screen

Google Chromecast Now Mirrors Your Pocket Screen To The Big Screen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Versus Onboard Audio

Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Versus Onboard Audio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LA Is Home To California's First Bitcoin ATM

LA Is Home To California's First Bitcoin ATM

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

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

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

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

Microsoft Already Warning Mainstream Support Of Windows 7 Ending In 2015

Microsoft Already Warning Mainstream Support Of Windows 7 Ending In 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gartner: PC Market Shows Signs Of Recovery

Gartner: PC Market Shows Signs Of Recovery

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