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The Facebook Messenger Transition Deadline is Looming
In Bad Need of a New Revenue Stream, GameStop to Launch High Interest Credit Card
Lowest Price On Lenovo Flex 20 Touch PC, HP Pavilion 17 Laptop, Apple TV and More
EA Access For Xbox One Cost $5 Per Month, Offers Unlimited Access To BF4, Madden NFL 25, And More
Amazon Fires Up 3D Printed Products Store Of Plastic Widgets And Baubles
Drobo Mini With SSDs Offers Creative Types A Fast And Rugged Portable Storage Solution
You'll Soon Be Able To Wirelessly Charge Your Smartphone In A Cadillac
Dating Site OkCupid Says They Experiment On You Like Facebook, So Deal With It
Ready For Yosemite, Apple Updates MacBook Pro With Retina Display, Cuts Pricing
Sony Going All In On PlayStation Network Revival And Commitment To Gamers
AMD's New Gaming Evolved App Adds Hardware Video Encoding, Twitch Support
Stanford Researchers Claim They Found "The Holy Grail" Of Battery Life
Resarchers Claim Popular Android Apps Inherit Bugs Poor Security Due To Reused Code
T-Mobile CEO Chuckles At AT&T's "Best Deal" For Families Ad, One Ups Competition With 10GB LTE Plan
Big Price Drops On Lenovo Z50 Laptop, Yoga 2 Pro Convertible and More
Lara Croft Is Back And Badder Than Ever In The Osiris, Due Early December
Microsoft China Offices Hit By Government Shakedown Investigation
Review: Samsung's Galaxy Tab S Delivers Premium, High Res Android Experience
Polaris Slingshot: Not Your Little Brother's Tricycle, A Mean Three Wheeled Machine
Silent Power 'Copper Foam' Cooled PC Prototype Looks All Kinds Of Awesome

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The Facebook Messenger Transition Deadline is Looming

The Facebook Messenger Transition Deadline is Looming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Microsoft China Offices Hit By Government Shakedown Investigation

Microsoft China Offices Hit By Government Shakedown Investigation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recall: Nissan Has A Big Bad Air Bag Problem

Recall: Nissan Has A Big Bad Air Bag Problem

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HotHardware’s Summer Gaming System Giveaway!

HotHardware’s Summer Gaming System Giveaway!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amazon Fire Phone Gets Ash Kicked In Teardown Analysis

Amazon Fire Phone Gets Ash Kicked In Teardown Analysis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEC MultiSync EA244UHD 24-Inch 4K Monitor Review

NEC MultiSync EA244UHD 24-Inch 4K Monitor Review

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

littleBits Develops A DIY Internet Of Things Hobby Kit

littleBits Develops A DIY Internet Of Things Hobby Kit

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