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Apple OS X Beta Seed Program Let's You Test Drive Next Gen Mac OS For Free

Apple OS X Beta Seed Program Let's You Test Drive Next Gen Mac OS For Free

Are you interested in testing out pre-release versions of OS X, but don't develop? Don't fret: Apple's just loosened the restrictions on its beta OSes, and now everyone is free to participate. This move is substantial for Apple, as it's traditionally been quite strict about what beta software reaches the public - and here, we have an...

HBO's New HBO Go Ads Are Hilarious And Effective

HBO's New HBO Go Ads Are Hilarious And Effective

A couple of disclaimers are necessary before moving on. First, each one of us at HotHardware loves our parents. We could go on and on with reasons why, just understand that despite the embedded videos you're about to watch, we have nothing against moms and dads -- we just don't always want to watch movies and TV shows with them. Secondly,...

Best Deals on Lenovo Yoga 2, Titanfall, Crucial SSD and More

Best Deals on Lenovo Yoga 2, Titanfall, Crucial SSD and More

Welcome back to the latest edition of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu today, we have a great deal on the 13.3” Lenovo Yoga 2 “multi-mode” Ultrabook, the 23" HP ENVY Recline 23-k110 TouchSmart AIO PC, a Toshiba Encore 8" 32GB Windows 8 Tablet, Titanfall (for multiple platforms) and more. Full details...

Bring Your Old Apple Products To Any Apple Store For Free Recycling

Bring Your Old Apple Products To Any Apple Store For Free Recycling

It’s Earth Day, and Apple is marking the occasion with some good PR, announcing a new free recycling program on its Environment website. Starting now, you can take your old Apple products to any Apple store, and they’ll recycle the product(s) for free, and responsibly. Apple also said that occasionally, it will hold events where...

Lytro Announces Second Generation ILLUM Light Field DSLR Camera

Lytro Announces Second Generation ILLUM Light Field DSLR Camera

Lytro tried to flip photography on its head a few years ago with the introduction of its original light-field camera. Sporting a funky design reminiscent of a kaleidoscope, the rectangular-shaped tube-like camera excelled at capturing the entire light field around an image, thereby allowing photographers to refocus photos and change their...

Get Ready For Faster Google Glass Updates Thanks To Android KitKat

Get Ready For Faster Google Glass Updates Thanks To Android KitKat

Suddenly, Google Glass updates are coming hard and fast, and Google says that’s largely due to the Android KitKat update. The most recent updates include the ability to view SMS text messages via iOS devices on Glass and a new Calendar Glassware that offers increased functionality, but that’s just the beginning. The KitKat update...

Netflix Hints At Price Increase In Strong Q1 Earnings Report

Netflix Hints At Price Increase In Strong Q1 Earnings Report

It should come as no surprise that Netflix is doing well, and indeed the company’s Q1 earnings report evinces just that. Revenues are up across the board--with the lone exception of its international streaming business, which is still less in the red than ever and will turn black sometime this year--and Netflix has successfully cracked...

Microsoft Debuts Office Mix Interactive Presentation Software To Beta Testers

Microsoft Debuts Office Mix Interactive Presentation Software To Beta Testers

The next-generation of PowerPoint presentations is almost here, and to help get the ball moving on getting some projects created, Microsoft has just opened up what it's calling the "Office Mix Preview". At the moment, anyone with an access code can get in; otherwise, you'll need to fill out a survey and hope to gain access once Microsoft deems...

LG G Watch ‘Powered By Android Wear’ Announced, Dust And Water Resistant, Always On Display

LG G Watch ‘Powered By Android Wear’ Announced, Dust And Water Resistant, Always On Display

Google obviously has a vested interest in seeing Android wearables succeed, so rather than watch its hardware partners flounder around in a sea of custom platforms, the sultan of search introduced the world to Android Wear, a special version of Android specifically built for the wearable market. It's drawing interest from hardware players...

Nintendo’s Game Boy Turns 25; Yes You’re Getting Old

Nintendo’s Game Boy Turns 25; Yes You’re Getting Old

By today's standards, Nintendo's original Game Boy is an ancient, outdated piece of technology. It had a simple D-pad with A and B buttons, along with Start and Select, a tiny dot matrix display, and a fugly color scheme. However, the 25-year-old handheld deserves mad respect from gamers and fans of  technology in general. Nintendo launched...

AT&T To Expand Its Gigabit Fiber Network To 100 US Cities

AT&T To Expand Its Gigabit Fiber Network To 100 US Cities

It happens all too infrequently in the ISP business, but when it does, it's a beautiful thing. We're talking about good, old-fashioned competition, and that's what Google is getting now that AT&T is upping its fiber efforts. After Verizon nixed FiOS expansion a couple of years ago, the only real fiber-to-the-home growth has happened in...

Micron M500DC Enterprise Class SSD Review

Micron M500DC Enterprise Class SSD Review

Despite being limited by the capabilities of the SATA interface, many solid state drive manufacturers continue to innovate and introduce new products that improve on their elder siblings. For example, Micron recently released its M550 series of drives, which was an evolution of the previously released M500 series, but built around newer, 20nm...

Hot Deals on Samsung 840 EVO SSD, HP Spectre 13 Ultrabook and More

Hot Deals on Samsung 840 EVO SSD, HP Spectre 13 Ultrabook 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 the excellent Samsung 840 EVO 2.5" solid state drive, the HP Spectre 13t-3000 Core i5-based Ultrabook, the HP ENVY 23 23" 1080p IPS display, a Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p Core i7-based gaming laptop and more. Details and...

Google And HTC Rumored To Collaborate On An 8-Inch Nexus Tablet

Google And HTC Rumored To Collaborate On An 8-Inch Nexus Tablet

Working together, Google and ASUS have produced some of the best 7-inch Android tablets ever released - I still use and love my first-gen model. Given the overall success of Nexus 7, it seemed likely that both companies would again work together on a third iteration, but sometimes the tech world can throw a curveball. DigiTimes is reporting...

UberX Adding $1 “Safe Rides Fee” To Peer-To-Peer Cab Service

UberX Adding $1 “Safe Rides Fee” To Peer-To-Peer Cab Service

UberX, the non-professional version of driver service Uber, is a rideshare service wherein any Tom, Dick, or Harriet can sign up to be a driver and offer themselves and their vehicle for hire. The whole thing runs on mobile apps; riders use an iOS or Android device to book rides, and drivers use the same to accept a gig, process payments,...

Samsung Innovation Museum Chronicles The Digital Age, Even Includes Apple And Sony

Samsung Innovation Museum Chronicles The Digital Age, Even Includes Apple And Sony

It might not be every day that you find yourself strolling around Suwon, South Korea, but should you be in the area, there's a new place to check out. To celebrate its 45th anniversary -- and love of technology -- Samsung today opened the doors to the Samsung Innovation Museum to the public. Inside you'll find all kinds of modern wonders,...

Apple And Google Fight For Exclusive Access To Mobile Game Access

Apple And Google Fight For Exclusive Access To Mobile Game Access

At some point, mobile gaming became a legitimate battleground for competitors Apple and Google and their iOS and Android platforms. It only makes sense, as mobile gaming continues to increase in popularity while mobile devices boast stronger and stronger graphics and processing capabilities, but apparently things are getting intense. According...

AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Dual GPU Liquid Cooled Graphics Card Now On Sale, Seriously Pricey But Powerful

AMD Radeon R9 295X2 Dual GPU Liquid Cooled Graphics Card Now On Sale, Seriously Pricey But Powerful

If you've been wanting to upgrade your setup to run the fastest consumer level graphics card on the planet, today's the day you've been waiting for. AMD's insanely powerful Radeon R9 295X2 card is now starting to pop up online for purchase. The card isn't for everyone -- many gamers will find it cost prohibitive -- but if you have the disposable...

AMD Updates Its Never Settle Forever Game Bundles

AMD Updates Its Never Settle Forever Game Bundles

AMD is updating its Never Settle Forever bundles yet again, and as usual, the company is adding more value and expanding what games and graphics cards you can get with the deals. This time around, you can get one, two, or three games with the purchase of various R7 and R9 graphics cards, including the Radeon R9 295X2. New titles you can snag...

Facebook To Announce Mobile Ad Network At ‘F8’ Developer’s Conference This Month

Facebook To Announce Mobile Ad Network At ‘F8’ Developer’s Conference This Month

Facebook has long been a major competitor to Google from many different respects, and now, things are set to heat up even more. It's being rumored that at the company's F8 conference to be held later this month, the veil will be taken off of its mobile ad network. This is something that's been rumored for a long time, and given this rumor...

Quantenna To Set Air Speed Record With 10Gbps WiFi Network Technology

Quantenna To Set Air Speed Record With 10Gbps WiFi Network Technology

Wireless network speeds have improved substantially over the past decade or so, but those who can't risk a drop-out or need to get things accomplished in the fastest manner possible still revert to tried-and-true hardline connections. Quantenna is hoping to change that mindset somewhat, by announcing this week plans to offer a Wi-Fi chipset...

Nike Sticks A Fork In FuelBand Wearables, Fires Development Team

Nike Sticks A Fork In FuelBand Wearables, Fires Development Team

Well, that was a relatively short run for shoe maker Nike. After barely more than a year of market activity, Nike's reportedly decided to just not do the wearable computing thing and is shutting down its FuelBand division. That means there won't be a slimmer version coming out this fall as originally planned, and many of those involved in...

Apple iPad Air 2 Rumors Point To Bonded Display, Custom A8 Processor, Touch ID Sensor

Apple iPad Air 2 Rumors Point To Bonded Display, Custom A8 Processor, Touch ID Sensor

Apple typically lets a year lapse in between iPad releases, the one exception being the iPad 4, which came out eight months after the iPad 3 and shifted the release schedule to the holiday shopping season. If Apple sticks to this schedule, we can expect an iPad Air 2 launch this November. The question is, what feature upgrades can we expect?...

Yahoo! Taking On Instagram With Flickr

Yahoo! Taking On Instagram With Flickr

Yahoo announced some new changes to Flickr with version 3.0 for iOS and Android, and they seem to be aimed at competing with the wildly popular Instagram photo sharing service with a number of filters, advanced editing, intelligent search, and plenty of social elements. There are fourteen different live photo filters you can employ even before...

Mysterious, Ambitious OnePlus One Smartphone Images Leak

Mysterious, Ambitious OnePlus One Smartphone Images Leak

The curious OnePlus One smartphone is set to debut in a few days, but a host of images have already leaked out showing the phone’s look and design as well as a peak of the UI. You can see that the design is minimalist in nature, with graceful, subtle curves and a white back. The phone will also apparently employ StyleSwap covers so you...

Drones, Glass, Implants, Driverless Cars, and Robots, Oh My: American Attitudes About Future Technology

Drones, Glass, Implants, Driverless Cars, and Robots, Oh My: American Attitudes About Future Technology

We live at a quizzical time in technology. The tech boom has revolutionized the world, and the innovations that are pouring out of brilliant minds are incredible in both their frequency and content. But there is also a backlash against a lot of technology, perhaps highlighted best by the curious rage that Google Glass seems to engender in...

Don't Feed Trolls: U.S. Government Is 'Arguing' With Terrorists On Social Media

Don't Feed Trolls: U.S. Government Is 'Arguing' With Terrorists On Social Media

The U.S. government might not negotiate with terrorists, but it is willing to use social media as a tool to engage in conversation with jihadists and their sympathizers online. Why bother? The U.S. government hopes that it can convince potential terrorists to go in another direction. It's an ugly world the government's stepping into, but can...

AT&T Doles Out More Data For GoPhone Plan Customers With No Contract

AT&T Doles Out More Data For GoPhone Plan Customers With No Contract

Often overlooked in the mobile market for some reason is prepaid plans, and AT&T’s prepaid GoPhone deals are about to get sweeter. Customers will soon enjoy an increase in monthly data without an increase in rates, and more importantly, they’ll be able to use their phones as a mobile WiFi hotspot. There are three new plans...

Android Activations Hold A Commanding Lead Over iOS In Q1

Android Activations Hold A Commanding Lead Over iOS In Q1

For those of you who like to keep track of such things, Android is still the most popular mobile operating system on the planet. Android's big advantage is that it's an open source playground where anyone and everyone can come play with the equipment, and that's precisely how things have gone down. With so many handset, tablet, and system...

Microsoft Plans $1.13 Billion Data Center Project In Des Moines, Iowa

Microsoft Plans $1.13 Billion Data Center Project In Des Moines, Iowa

West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer has a plan for his city, and it involves attracting major technology companies to Central Iowa. So far so good: Microsoft is going to spend $1.13 billion on building a data center in West Des Moines to support its online services. Dubbed “Project Alluvion”, the data center will be phased in over...

Lowest Prices on Dell Multi-Touch PC, HP Chromebook, WD Blue Hard Drive and More

Lowest Prices on Dell Multi-Touch PC, HP Chromebook, WD Blue Hard Drive and More

Welcome back for this week’s final edition of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today we have deals on the Dell Inspiron One 2020 20" Multi-Touch AIO PC, the HP Chromebook 11, a 1TB WD Blue 3.5" 7200RPM hard drive, and the Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless AC Router. Full details and links available below: Dell...

General Mills Limits Legal Recourse If Customers Engage The Brand In Social Media Or Email

General Mills Limits Legal Recourse If Customers Engage The Brand In Social Media Or Email

You might want to be careful with that next "Like" on Facebook, because as it appears, companies can use that to their advantage in the event a lawsuit is filed against them. In General Mills' updated legal terms, the company totally backs consumers into a corner if they follow the company on social media, use its digital coupons, subscribe...

Try Before You Buy: Google's Letting Potential Buyers Borrow Non-Functioning Glass Headsets

Try Before You Buy: Google's Letting Potential Buyers Borrow Non-Functioning Glass Headsets

Your chance to snag a pair of Google Glass came and went earlier this week when Google opened up its Explorer (beta tester) program to the general public for one day only. However, Google's been expanding the availability of Glass little by little -- the question is, are you willing to spend $1,500 on a pair? Apparently many people are, as...

Microsoft Continues To Have A PS4 Problem, Xbox One Outsold By 2 Million Units

Microsoft Continues To Have A PS4 Problem, Xbox One Outsold By 2 Million Units

Comparatively, the numbers don’t look great for Microsoft: The company has sold 5 million Xbox One consoles so far--which by itself seems a fine number--but competitor Sony has sold 7 million PS4s. That’s quite a margin of difference, although there’s are some nuances to consider, too. According to Geekwire, the PS4 is available...

AMD Beats The Street On Q1 Financials With Strong Console APU Sales

AMD Beats The Street On Q1 Financials With Strong Console APU Sales

You have to love these financials reports; they treat every bit of data with roughly equal weight, even though there are parts that are uninteresting and parts that make you do a double-take. Case in point, buried halfway down the page on AMD’s press release about its Q1 results is the tidbit that its Graphics and Visual Solutions revenue...

GeForce GTX 780 Ti Round Up: EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI

GeForce GTX 780 Ti Round Up: EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI

Do you know what gets our juices flowing even more than high-end hardware? It's having the opportunity to wrangle and evaluate multiple versions of a top-tier product. In this case, we've gone out and collected NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti graphics cards from three different enthusiast brands: EVGA, Gigabyte, and MSI. Each of the cards in this...

Google To Offer $100K Bounty In Project Ara Module Developer Challenge

Google To Offer $100K Bounty In Project Ara Module Developer Challenge

The Project Ara team just wrapped up its first developers conference, and although there was plenty of excitement, there are many huge challenges ahead before the modular smartphone becomes a Real Thing. To that end, Google is laying down a challenge to developers and offering a $100,000 prize as an incentive. The details of the competition...

Google Sells Out Of Glass Explorer Spots At $1500 A Pop

Google Sells Out Of Glass Explorer Spots At $1500 A Pop

It's been said that you can't truly boast about "selling out" if on one ever knew how many units you had to begin with, but make no mistake: there's demand for Google Glass. While Google has made recent efforts to quell the "Glasshole" mentality and make it more appealing to the mass market, pundits have suggested that it's mostly doing so...

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ‘Trusty Tahr’ Released For ‘Cost-Effective Windows XP Replacement’

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ‘Trusty Tahr’ Released For ‘Cost-Effective Windows XP Replacement’

Linux, and Ubuntu in particular, missed a golden opportunity to truly break into the mainstream market during the early days of Vista. The buggy operating system (prior to SP1) left consumers angry and willing to consider alternatives, but at the time, even Ubuntu was still a little rough around the edges to draw widespread interest among...

LG Reportedly Rolling Its Own ARM-Based Processor For Upcoming G3 Android Superphone

LG Reportedly Rolling Its Own ARM-Based Processor For Upcoming G3 Android Superphone

Just when we thought we might know everything there is to know about the LG's forthcoming G3 superphone, a new report throws a wrinkle into the mix. Rather than run with a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor to power the G3's 5.5-inch qHD (2560x1440) display, there's chatter that LG might equip its flagship device with its own...

Republic Wireless Plus Moto G Equals The Mobile Service Sweet Spot

Republic Wireless Plus Moto G Equals The Mobile Service Sweet Spot

Republic Wireless announced that it now offers Motorola’s Moto G smartphone with its mobile service packages, and with this move, Republic Wireless has found an elusive sweet spot in the industry--a mobile plan that offers great functionality for the price with a smartphone that you can be glad to have but costs very little. When Republic...

Comcast Increases Download Speeds to 105Mbps For Blast Internet Service Customers

Comcast Increases Download Speeds to 105Mbps For Blast Internet Service Customers

It looks like rumors that hit the Web a couple of months ago have proven true: Comcast has just upgraded its Blast package from 50Mbps to 105Mbps - an increase of 6.25MB/s to 13.13MB/s in megabyte terms. As a free upgrade, this kind of jump is nothing short of "awesome", although some might balk at the lack of an upload increase - it remains...

Facebook Rolls Out 'Nearby Friends' Feature To Let You Stalk In Person

Facebook Rolls Out 'Nearby Friends' Feature To Let You Stalk In Person

Some might consider it to be a major breach of privacy, but Facebook sees it as a major feature. With "Nearby Friends", the Facebook mobile app will be able to tell you if any of your contacts are - as you'd expect - nearby. This feature was first rumored just over a year ago, and at the time, many were up-in-arms - oblivious as to how Facebook...

Great Deals on Dell Inspiron Laptops, Lenovo A1000 Android Tablet and More

Great Deals on Dell Inspiron Laptops, Lenovo A1000 Android Tablet and More

We’ve got a fresh batch of HOT deals for you, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have a Dell Inspiron 15 (7000-series) Haswell-based laptop with touch, a Dell Inspiron 17 with Windows 7, a Lenovo IdeaTab A1000L 8GB Android Tablet, and a Lenovo N700 Wireless Bluetooth Mouse and Laser Pointer. Full details...

Terminated Yahoo! COO Nets A Cool $58 Million Along With His Pink Slip

Terminated Yahoo! COO Nets A Cool $58 Million Along With His Pink Slip

Not to self: Yahoo isn't a bad place to work for. Second note to self: Yahoo is an even better placed to be fired from. We know, that sounds insanely crazy, and typically speaking, that's a bunch of hogwash (the part about being fired from Yahoo, that is), But it turned out to be true for Henrique de Castro, Yahoo's former Chief Operating...

Apple To Fully Integrate Shazam Into iOS For Melodic Identification Of Your Groove

Apple To Fully Integrate Shazam Into iOS For Melodic Identification Of Your Groove

Apple is reportedly working with Shazam to integrate a song-discovery feature into iOS. This would allow iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners to be able to identify a song and artist that they hear blaring over the radio or on television, just as iOS, Android, and Windows Phone users can currently do using the official Shazam app. According...

Microsoft Introduces Wireless All-in-One Media Keyboard To Control Your Man-Woman Cave

Microsoft Introduces Wireless All-in-One Media Keyboard To Control Your Man-Woman Cave

Microsoft has a new wireless All-In-One Media Keyboard that offers solid functionality for not a lot of cash, and it looks like an ideal accessory for anyone with a multimedia setup in a rec room or simply anyone who wants a smoother way to control a smart TV. In addition to a full-size set of typical keys, the device offers an integrated...

Microsoft's Cortana Gets Her Bing On For More Personal Searches

Microsoft's Cortana Gets Her Bing On For More Personal Searches

With Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft’s Siri-like personal digital assistant Cortana becomes a crucial part of the user experience. She’s powered by Bing, and between the two, the system is designed to learn about you in order to anticipate your needs and deliver pertinent information to you while filtering out the clutter. The video...

Shocking: Nokia Halts Lumia 2520 Sales In Europe, UK Due To Power Brick Issues

Shocking: Nokia Halts Lumia 2520 Sales In Europe, UK Due To Power Brick Issues

Shortly after Sony had to recall its very last Viao Fit notebook due to a potential battery issue, Nokia has today issued a product advisory notice of its own. The notice impacts the  European and UK variant of the AC-300 charger, which is used exclusively with the Lumia 2520 tablet. Consumers in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia,...

Sony PlayStation 4 Sales Exceed 7 Million Mark, PS4 System Software Update Coming

Sony PlayStation 4 Sales Exceed 7 Million Mark, PS4 System Software Update Coming

Gaming is alive and thriving. Not that it was ever in question, but in case anyone's wondering what the market is like for the new era of consoles, Sony this week announced cumulative sales of more than 7 million PlayStation 4 systems as of April 6, 2014. That's an impressive feat and it comes barely more than a month since Sony announced...