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Return to Rapture: BioShock Infinite's DLC Takes Players Back To the City's Golden Age
IT Managers Cringe: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview Available For Download
Extra 10% savings on Dell UltraSharp Monitors, Cheap HP ENVY h8 Core i7 Desktop with Windows 7
Latest Razer Naga Gaming Mouse Features Mechanical Switches, Updated Ergonomics
Facebook To Promote Mobile Games And Take A Cut
Bank of Thailand Suspends Trading of Bitcoin After Government Declares It Illegal
HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast Returns - 2013 MacBook Air, Google Chromecast, EVGA's GeForce GTX 770 and More!
AMD Announces Lower Power G-Series APU System-on-Chip For Embedded Designs
HTC Shifting Focus to Lower End Smartphones in Effort to Remain Relevant and Curb Profit Decline
Kickstarter Project 'Atlas' Turns Any Room into a Holodeck with Oculus Rift
Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition Comes to Linux
Apple Rumored to Soon Be Selling a Low-End ‘iPhone 5C’
Toshiba Adds Haswell To Satellite U and M Series Laptops
Apple iOS 7 Beta 4 Available Now with Fingerprint Recognition for Home Button
Asus is Working on a Smartphone for the U.S. Market, May Launch in 2014
Why the Enterprise Needs to Start Considering Chromebooks
Saints Row 4 Goes Gold, Gets All Spacey With DLC
Australian Government Slams Adobe, Microsoft, Apple For Sky-High Prices, Recommends Citizens Circumvent Such Measures
Lowest price ever on HP Spectre Slim All-in-one PC, Discounted Dell S2240T Multi-touch Monitor
Android Tablets Dominate iPads In Market Share, When You Count White-Box Tablets

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Return to Rapture: BioShock Infinite's DLC Takes Players Back To the City's Golden Age

Return to Rapture: BioShock Infinite's DLC Takes Players Back To the City's Golden Age

One of the most intriguing events in Bioshock Infinite occurs near the end of the game. Your companion, Elizabeth, opens an interdimensional tear into another reality to help you both escape from a monster. Upon leaping through it, you find yourself in a decaying underwater city, with the creature -- Songbird -- imprisoned outside, crushed...

IT Managers Cringe: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview Available For Download

IT Managers Cringe: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview Available For Download

It's a big day for IT folk the world over: Microsoft has just announced the release of Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview. Alright - I might have been a little sarcastic there, but for those who either have already or plan to deploy Windows 8 in the near-future, this preview is going to be worth checking out. The enterprise edition of 8.1 bundles...

Extra 10% savings on Dell UltraSharp Monitors, Cheap HP ENVY h8 Core i7 Desktop with Windows 7

Extra 10% savings on Dell UltraSharp Monitors, Cheap HP ENVY h8 Core i7 Desktop with Windows 7

Today's hottest deals include a top of the line monitor, powerful desktop, and a super-low price on a huge TV. Leading the day is the UltraSharp U2713H professional-grade monitor, serving up WQHD resolution on a beautiful IPS LCD panel. HP is offering a hugely discounted price on their 2012 Envy h8 desktop with Core i7, GeForce graphics, and...

Latest Razer Naga Gaming Mouse Features Mechanical Switches, Updated Ergonomics

Latest Razer Naga Gaming Mouse Features Mechanical Switches, Updated Ergonomics

Razer’s Naga gaming mouse has proven popular with MMO gamers since its release in 2009, but the company announced today that it has improved on the design. The new Razer Naga has the same 12-button grid on the thumb side of the mouse, but now those buttons feature mechanical switches, which are designed to enhance “tactility, speed,...

Facebook To Promote Mobile Games And Take A Cut

Facebook To Promote Mobile Games And Take A Cut

Buried deep within a blog post announcing Facebook’s new effort to promote discovery of mobile games for small- and medium-sized game publishers is a passing reference to the fact that the social behemoth will take a revenue share of a given game’s success. It’s humorous that Facebook is downplaying this aspect of the program,...

Bank of Thailand Suspends Trading of Bitcoin After Government Declares It Illegal

Bank of Thailand Suspends Trading of Bitcoin After Government Declares It Illegal

Bitcoin, the digital currency that has its fair share of supporters and haters, has been deemed illegal in Thailand. Writing in a blog post on Monday, Bitcoin announced that over the last several months, it has been trying to get its currency registered by the Thailand government to ensure it was offering its digital funds through legal means....

HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast Returns - 2013 MacBook Air, Google Chromecast, EVGA's GeForce GTX 770 and More!

HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks Webcast Returns - 2013 MacBook Air, Google Chromecast, EVGA's GeForce GTX 770 and More!

It's true, whether you like it or not, we're back!  In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Iyaz, Dave and Marco return to ride again in full high tech geekery.  This week we discuss Apple's new MacBook Air 13 powered by Intel's 4th generation Haswell Core processor, EVGA's overclocked GeForce GTX 770, Google's...

AMD Announces Lower Power G-Series APU System-on-Chip For Embedded Designs

AMD Announces Lower Power G-Series APU System-on-Chip For Embedded Designs

AMD expanded its line of low-power G-series APUs with the GX-210JA, a full SoC design for x86-based embedded systems that the company says uses a third less energy than even its own previous embedded G-series chips, with a TDP of just 6W. Further, AMD says that the chip’s “average power” is a mere 3W. Like the recent Intel...

HTC Shifting Focus to Lower End Smartphones in Effort to Remain Relevant and Curb Profit Decline

HTC Shifting Focus to Lower End Smartphones in Effort to Remain Relevant and Curb Profit Decline

You can't help but feel a little bit sorry for HTC. Here is a company that helped pioneer Android in the smartphone space, first with the T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream), the world's first commercially developed Android phone, and then by launching a bevy of devices built around Google's open source platform. It's a strategy that worked well for the...

Kickstarter Project 'Atlas' Turns Any Room into a Holodeck with Oculus Rift

Kickstarter Project 'Atlas' Turns Any Room into a Holodeck with Oculus Rift

When Aaron Rasmussen, founder of Protagonist LLC and maker of the Atlas real-space virtual reality machine, says that this is “year zero of virtual reality”, he has a point. Between the fundraising success of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset (as well as support from developers and the likes of Valve) and intriguing related...

Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition Comes to Linux

Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition Comes to Linux

Duke Nukem arrives on Steam to kick ass on the Linux platform and chew bubblegum, and he's all out of bubblegum. Don't worry, we're not talking about the crappy sequel that was forever in the making (Duke Nukem Forever), what's available on Steam is Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition, which includes enhanced versions of Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition...

Apple Rumored to Soon Be Selling a Low-End ‘iPhone 5C’

Apple Rumored to Soon Be Selling a Low-End ‘iPhone 5C’

We've heard numerous rumors of Apple planning to launch a low cost version of its iPhone, perhaps one that's constructed of polycarbonate plastic rather than aluminum and glass. While some have dismissed such chatter as nonsense (including Apple), at least one analyst believes the Cupertino company is still on track to release a more affordable...

Toshiba Adds Haswell To Satellite U and M Series Laptops

Toshiba Adds Haswell To Satellite U and M Series Laptops

Intel's fourth-generation family of Core processors (Haswell) have shown to perform extremely well in testing, particularly in an area where Intel has historically been slightly weak: power consumption. Many PC makers have already showcased their Haswell plans, hoping to get the new silicon into new machines before the back-to-school and holiday...

Apple iOS 7 Beta 4 Available Now with Fingerprint Recognition for Home Button

Apple iOS 7 Beta 4 Available Now with Fingerprint Recognition for Home Button

At Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June, iOS 7 was unveiled to the world. While the masses were told they would have to wait until autumn to get their hands around it, developers were granted access to an early beta right away. As the days pass, Apple engineers are getting closer and closer to having a final version ready for release....

Asus is Working on a Smartphone for the U.S. Market, May Launch in 2014

Asus is Working on a Smartphone for the U.S. Market, May Launch in 2014

The smartphone market is a crowded field, but be that as it may, Asus may make a serious run with a handset it intends to launch in the U.S. perhaps as early as next year. Asus chairman Jonney Shih revealed that his company is already hard at work on the handset, though he knows he faces an uphill battle against established players like Apple...

Why the Enterprise Needs to Start Considering Chromebooks

Why the Enterprise Needs to Start Considering Chromebooks

The main reason why tablets and smartphones are so popular is because they offer sufficient power and portability for basic computing tasks, such as checking email, sending text messages, and staying social on sites like Facebook and Twitter. A full-fledged PC just isn't needed for casual computing activities. By that same token, Google's...

Saints Row 4 Goes Gold, Gets All Spacey With DLC

Saints Row 4 Goes Gold, Gets All Spacey With DLC

Saints Row 4, the embattled title in the long-running game series, is ready for its U.S. launch on August 20. The game's publisher, Deep Silver, announced the news on Monday, saying that it has gone gold and will definitely hit store shelves as planned. In addition, Deep Silver will let customers order a season pass for $9.99 that allows them...

Australian Government Slams Adobe, Microsoft, Apple For Sky-High Prices, Recommends Citizens Circumvent Such Measures

Australian Government Slams Adobe, Microsoft, Apple For Sky-High Prices, Recommends Citizens Circumvent Such Measures

If you live in the United States, chances are that you don't think much about the prices other people pay for US products. Everyone is generally aware of the exchange rate, so it's logical to assume that a game, PC, or other product costs the same here as it does in England or Australia, save for shipping costs and taxes. It might surprise...

Lowest price ever on HP Spectre Slim All-in-one PC, Discounted Dell S2240T Multi-touch Monitor

Lowest price ever on HP Spectre Slim All-in-one PC, Discounted Dell S2240T Multi-touch Monitor

Today is Monday and that means we have a collection of hot deals to start your week off. Leading today is a huge 36% price drop on the sleek HP Spectre One all-in-one PC. Lenovo also just started shipping their new high-end Android tablet, the S6000 with HD IPS screen and Android 4.2. Don't miss the chance to grab a Dell 1080p monitor with...

Android Tablets Dominate iPads In Market Share, When You Count White-Box Tablets

Android Tablets Dominate iPads In Market Share, When You Count White-Box Tablets

When Strategy Analytics’ tablet market numbers came out a year ago (for Q2 2012), Android tablets nabbed just a bit more market share compared to Apple iPads, to the tune of 51.4% to 47.2%; shipments were 18.5 million for Android and 17 million for the iPad. A year later, things have changed dramatically. Android’s market share...

Sony And Panasonic Partner To Develop 300GB Optical Disc By End Of 2015

Sony And Panasonic Partner To Develop 300GB Optical Disc By End Of 2015

It isn’t exactly 1,000TB on a DVD, but we’ll take it. Sony and Panasonic announced that the two companies are partnering to develop a next-generation standard for optical discs in an effort to provide another long-term data storage option for professional use. Leveraging technology owned by each company, Sony and Panasonic are...

Several Countries Ban Lenovo Products from "Secret and Top Secret Networks" on Concerns of Chinese Backdoor Access

Several Countries Ban Lenovo Products from "Secret and Top Secret Networks" on Concerns of Chinese Backdoor Access

Just after the UK made a fuss over Huawei’s involvement in and measure of control over the country’s cyber security evaluation centre (dubbed “The Cell”), word has broken that several Western nations are banning China-based Lenovo computers from secret and top secret networks for fear of backdoor spying. Apparently,...

Nokia Lumia 1020 Video and Photo Shoot Preview

Nokia Lumia 1020 Video and Photo Shoot Preview

Nokia, perhaps more-so than any other smartphone manufacturer in the game right now, needed to find a way to make something special. The new Nokia Lumia 1020, though it sports essentially the same internals and display as Nokia's Lumia 920, most definitely is different, and perhaps even a very attractive alternative, depending on your specific...

Retina Display Yield Issues Could Delay Apple's MacBook Pro Haswell Refresh

Retina Display Yield Issues Could Delay Apple's MacBook Pro Haswell Refresh

Apple is no stranger to product delays, in part because the company's gadgets are typically in huge demand. Some things are simply out of Apple's control, however, such as reported yield issues with Retina-class displays for its upcoming MacBook Pro refresh featuring Intel's 4th Generation Core processor (Haswell) line. The bad news is the...

Have You Found Breaking Up Hard to Do? Rest Easy, There's an App for That!

Have You Found Breaking Up Hard to Do? Rest Easy, There's an App for That!

In the old days -- you know, before social media and ubiquitous mobile phone access -- if you wanted to end a relationship with someone, you'd do it in person, take your lumps in the form of a verbal lashing, and move on as friends or bitter enemies. Even though newfound freedom was yours for the taking, the process of breaking up wasn't something...

Nokia Points Finger at Microsoft For Lack of Windows Phone Updates and Apps

Nokia Points Finger at Microsoft For Lack of Windows Phone Updates and Apps

Every relationship has its nuances, and usually, every relationship has its fair share of bickering. Even if you love someone unconditionally, there will typically be scenarios where you just can't agree or see eye-to-eye. One had to expect something similar when looking at Microsoft and Nokia, which tied each other to the hip years ago with...

HotHardware and CyberPower Summer Sweepstakes!

HotHardware and CyberPower Summer Sweepstakes!

What better way to usher in the summer season than to give away an awesome gaming rig, designed to keep you inside fragging away as long as possible? We have teamed up with our friends at CyberPowerPC and have one heck of an awesome gaming system to giveaway! This time around you've all a chance to win an Intel Core...

Apple Hardware Engineering Exec Bob Mansfield Taken Off Leadership Team Page, Moved to 'Special Projects'

Apple Hardware Engineering Exec Bob Mansfield Taken Off Leadership Team Page, Moved to 'Special Projects'

Usually, when Apple's site changes, people notice. However, it's typically because the online e-tailer section goes down, with a small yellow note suggesting that one should check back later. At that stage, it's practically a given that a new product is being added to the store, which obviously builds all kinds of excitement. But this change...

Amazon Announces 5,000 Warehouse Job Openings Ahead of Obama Visit

Amazon Announces 5,000 Warehouse Job Openings Ahead of Obama Visit

President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech on jobs at Amazon's Chattanooga warehouse later today, and in anticipation of his visit, the e-commerce site announced that it's looking to hire 5,000 full-time warehouse employees to work throughout its growing network of U.S. fulfillment centers. According to Amazon, median pay inside...

Intel and Toshiba Collaborate on Bizarre Social Film "The Power Inside," You Could Be in It

Intel and Toshiba Collaborate on Bizarre Social Film "The Power Inside," You Could Be in It

Intel and Toshiba aren't exactly strange bedfellows, but put the two of them together to collaborate on a Hollywood-quality film and, well, things tend to get a little weird. To two technology firms are working on a social film titled "The Power Inside" starring Harvey Keitel ("Reservoir Dogs"), Craig Roberts ("Submarine"), Analeigh Tipton...

Google Chromecast Rooted, Modified Google TV OS Within

Google Chromecast Rooted, Modified Google TV OS Within

The folks at iFixit had their way, tearing down Google's latest media streaming invention and now it seems the team at the GTVHacker blog has exploited the little fella known as Google Chromecast and rooted it with shell access on port 23 of the device. Google is known for stopping well short of locking things down, almost tempting developers...

Consumer Rights Groups Take Issue With NTIA Code of Conduct for Mobile App Data Collection

Consumer Rights Groups Take Issue With NTIA Code of Conduct for Mobile App Data Collection

On Friday, we learned that the mobile industry has developed a short-form notice for mobile apps that tells users if the app is collecting their data and in what areas (i.e., phone call and text logs, location data, and so on) that would appear before app download begins. The program is currently voluntary and being tested, and although on...

Slick Moto X Camera App with Gesture Control Exposed in Leaked APK

Slick Moto X Camera App with Gesture Control Exposed in Leaked APK

The buildup of anticipation for the impending Moto X smartphone, the new flagship phone produced by the marriage of Motorola and Google, is killing mobile enthusiasts. The rumored specs alone are excellent--a dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8960 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 10MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing...

Wi-Fi Enabled Tooth Sensor Tells Doctors If You've Been Overeating or Smoking

Wi-Fi Enabled Tooth Sensor Tells Doctors If You've Been Overeating or Smoking

Researchers at National Taiwan University have developed a tiny sensor that can be embedded into a tooth cavity, dentures, or braces to stop you from lying through your teeth, in a manner of speaking. The sensor is able to detect with nearly 94 percent accuracy common oral activities such as chewing, drinking, speaking, and coughing. The end...

Starbucks Stores In Silicon Valley To Receive Powermat Charging Stations

Starbucks Stores In Silicon Valley To Receive Powermat Charging Stations

Wireless charging hasn't exactly taken the world by storm, by almost any measure you look at. That said, there's still hope for the technology, but it will likely require less expensive components, more powerful capabilities (wirelessly powering a TV or laptop, for example), and greater corporate support. The tech is getting precisely that...

World’s Coolest Dad Builds Fully Functional Boeing 737 Cockpit in Kids' Bedroom

World’s Coolest Dad Builds Fully Functional Boeing 737 Cockpit in Kids' Bedroom

It's every kid's dream to fly, but eventually reality sets in that without wings, taking to the skies is left to the birds. Well, screw that. Laurent Aigon, a 40-year-old from Lacanau, France, gave his children wings in the form of a fully functioning Boeing 737 cockpit he assembled in their bedroom. It sits next to their bunk bed, this enormous...

Microsoft Xbox One to Offer Free Unlimited Cloud Storage

Microsoft Xbox One to Offer Free Unlimited Cloud Storage

At long last, companies are starting to realize that the cloud's true potential really hinges on two things: fast connectivity, and unlimited storage. Placing a roof on the cloud, as Dropbox does with its lowly 2GB of gratis space, makes it useless for many people. And on the gaming front, placing caps makes it difficult to figure out what...

X-Arcade Solo Joystick Puts Retro Back In The Limelight For $100

X-Arcade Solo Joystick Puts Retro Back In The Limelight For $100

Ah, arcades. The generation that grew up wondering where their next quarter was going to come from knows all too well the joy found in a typical arcade-style control scheme, and it's something that modern-era gamers are seemingly missing out on in favor of more advanced control pads. Thankfully, there's still a viable market for older, retro-inspired...

Starbucks Leading The Mobile Payment Parade: 10% of US Transactions Involve Smartphone

Starbucks Leading The Mobile Payment Parade: 10% of US Transactions Involve Smartphone

As far as rewards programs go, Starbucks has one of the least attractive on offer. Frequent hotel dwellers and airline goers have been pretty upset lately by point devaluations that are ruffling through the industry, but Starbucks gives loyal drinkers next to nothing for stopping in on a daily basis. Clearly, that's not hurting sales. The...

Google 2nd Gen Nexus 7 Torn Down, Scores Well for Repairability

Google 2nd Gen Nexus 7 Torn Down, Scores Well for Repairability

The always eager tech surgeons at iFixIt already managed to get their hands on Google's second generation Nexus 7 tablet built by ASUS even though it doesn't officially launch to retail until July 30, 2013 (Protip: if you're impatient, Best Buy and Walmart both have already begun selling the updated slate). As they're accustomed to doing,...

Dell’s Project Ophelia Android PC-On-A-Stick Shipping To Beta Testers Now, General Public Next Quarter

Dell’s Project Ophelia Android PC-On-A-Stick Shipping To Beta Testers Now, General Public Next Quarter

Dell’s Project Ophelia, an Android PC-on-a-stick that will cost about $100, is apparently close to hitting the market as a final product. Beta testers are currently receiving their units, and the final product is slated to ship next quarter--sometime between August and October. (This sort of jibes with the predicted summer release we'd...

Google Chromecast Teardown Shows Amazing Little Device is Comprised of Essentially 4 Chips

Google Chromecast Teardown Shows Amazing Little Device is Comprised of Essentially 4 Chips

Good golly, the iFixit folks are fast; just days after Google announced its Chromecast media streaming device, we already have a look inside the small dongle. It’s a simple device, really; there’s a small motherboard assembly inside the plastic case, and the motherboard itself has four chips on it. iFixit Chromecast teardown (credit:...

Barnaby Jack, Prominent White Hat Hacker, Found Dead in Apartment at Age 35

Barnaby Jack, Prominent White Hat Hacker, Found Dead in Apartment at Age 35

We've all fantasized at one point or another of standing in front of an ATM as it mistakenly shoots out cash, showering us in money. Famed computer hacker Barnaby Jack actually made it happen in 2010 during a demonstration at the Black Hat conference. Called "jackpotting," he demonstrated the vulnerability on two separate ATMs on stage, both...

Woman Goes Off in Apple Store, Scene Immortalized in Viral Vine Video Clip

Woman Goes Off in Apple Store, Scene Immortalized in Viral Vine Video Clip

Sometimes we need reminders of important lessons in life, and thanks to a disgruntled Apple device owner who has yet to be identified, we're reminded of how not to act in public. Not only is it incredibly rude to scream at the top of your lungs at a store employee trying to help you, but you end up looking crazy, and you risk being caught...

Apple Re-Opens Developer Center After Security-Related Outage

Apple Re-Opens Developer Center After Security-Related Outage

Last week, Apple's Developer Portal went offline unexpectedly, and it remained that way for a week. That's a long time for any one Apple product to be offline, particularly one so closely linked to its iOS ecosystem. The company later confirmed that it had been breached, and that it was working on an internal overhaul before opening it all...

Ford Showcases 3D Printed Shift Knob That Teaches You How To Drive And Save Fuel

Ford Showcases 3D Printed Shift Knob That Teaches You How To Drive And Save Fuel

Make no mistake: the world is 3D printing has become an incredibly interesting one, and one that's growing at breakneck pace. What was once a hobby for high-end science labs has quickly become a favorite amongst average consumers, and now, companies far and wide. Ford has just published a video showing an engineer building a vibrating shift...

Limited time deals on Parror AR.Drone Quadricopter, Inspiron 15R Core i5 Laptop

Limited time deals on Parror AR.Drone Quadricopter, Inspiron 15R Core i5 Laptop

It's Friday and that means we've got a collection of the best deals of the weekend for you. Leading today's smoking hot offers is a 1-day deal on Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Quadricopter, complete with replacement battery marked down to $271.99 only. You can also snag a Core i5 Laptop for a price under $500 or a 27" WQHD monitor for $584.99 only....

Deal or No-Deal: Michael Dell Makes Final Offer in Open Letter to Shareholders

Deal or No-Deal: Michael Dell Makes Final Offer in Open Letter to Shareholders

Michael Dell is apparently finished with negotiations and has made a final offer to Dell's board of directors to take control of the company he founded. In an open letter to shareholders, Michael reiterated that taking Dell private is, in his opinion, still the right thing to do. You also get the impression that he's frustrated the process...

SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I 64GB Memory Card Review

SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I 64GB Memory Card Review

A couple of weeks back, SanDisk launched a new line of Class 10 UHS-I microSDHC / microSDXC cards targeted at performance conscious consumers. When describing the cards, SanDisk’s director of retail product marketing Susan Park said, “The SanDisk Extreme microSDXC card allows users to do more with their devices…Our high-performance...

Consumers Win As Mobile Industry Looks To Mandate Easy-To-Read App Privacy Policies

Consumers Win As Mobile Industry Looks To Mandate Easy-To-Read App Privacy Policies

We download mobile apps like it’s nothing; Apple and Google’s respective app stores each hit the 50 billion download mark recently, after just a few years each in the business. Yet mobile apps are, as Natasha Singer of the New York Times calls them, Trojan horses of sorts. We let them into our lives and onto our devices without...

Samsung Starts Mass Producing Fastest Embedded Memory to Tomorrow's Smartphones and Tablets

Samsung Starts Mass Producing Fastest Embedded Memory to Tomorrow's Smartphones and Tablets

Samsung just dropped us a note to let us know it's begun mass producing what it claims is the world's fastest embedded memory in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB densities for next-generation smartphone and tablet devices. The company's eMMC PRO memory features an interface speed of 400MB/s, which will lead to faster multi-tasking, web browsing, application...

T-Mobile Continues Tinkering With Phone Plans By Offering Zero Down Back-To-School Deals

T-Mobile Continues Tinkering With Phone Plans By Offering Zero Down Back-To-School Deals

T-Mobile, billing itself as “America’s un-carrier”, is experimenting with different promotions and programs; we’ve seen a contract-less unlimited everything plan and the JUMP plan that lets users swap out their phones every six months, and now the company is running a zero-down promotion. Customers will pay nothing...

Zynga Won’t Gamble On Online Casinos

Zynga Won’t Gamble On Online Casinos

It has not been a great year for casual game maker Zynga. The company axed a pile of games that weren’t bringing in enough cash, broke up with Facebook, saw its stock price plummet, dealt with a lawsuit from Electronic Arts, and lost a top employee or two. However, Zynga’s fortunes looked as though they might turn around if it...

Total Recall: MIT Researchers Implant Fake Memories in the Brains of Mice

Total Recall: MIT Researchers Implant Fake Memories in the Brains of Mice

If you’ve been secretly wondering whether you’re a double-crossing secret agent, you’ll be excited (or disheartened) to know that the technology to fiddle with memories really is under development. Scientists at MIT have successfully programmed a hapless mouse to remember receiving an electric shock from a situation in which...

Updated Nexus 7 Tablet Lands at Best Buy Ahead of Launch Date

Updated Nexus 7 Tablet Lands at Best Buy Ahead of Launch Date

Google recently revealed the worst kept secret on the web by formally introducing its second generation Nexus 7 tablet built by ASUS. It's thinner, faster, boasts a better display, and is supposed to be available to purchase July 30, 2013. Don't want to wait? You may not have to, depending on where you live. There have been reports that those...

Facebook’s Success in Mobile Advertising Could Spark Industry Turnaround

Facebook’s Success in Mobile Advertising Could Spark Industry Turnaround

As the story goes, Mark Zuckerberg tried to resist implementing ads in Facebook as long as he could, though for the world's most popular social networking site to make money, the inclusion of ads was always inevitable. Not only was it the right move from a financial standpoint, but so was focusing on mobile. Facebook's mobile ad revenue caught...

Harris Poll Results Show Apple is ‘Brand of the Year’ Again Across Three Categories

Harris Poll Results Show Apple is ‘Brand of the Year’ Again Across Three Categories

After the passing of Steve Jobs, there was a huge question mark surrounding Tim Cook's ability to lead Apple and fill the shoes worn so successfully by the company's co-founder. And what has he done since then? Cook has continued to navigate Apple towards obscene quarterly profits, and even when investors worry themselves silly over sales...

Google Shutters Netflix Chromecast Promotion Due to Overwhelming Demand

Google Shutters Netflix Chromecast Promotion Due to Overwhelming Demand

Even the best, most finely-constructed plans can go wrong, it seems. And sometimes, having a good problem is still having a problem. Earlier in the week, Google introduced a $35 HDMI dongle known as Chromecast, which was meant to bring some elements of Chrome and other elements of alternative TV viewing to anyone's HDTV. For cheap. And perhaps...

Samsung Announces Blowout Q2 Financials, Record Profits and Sales of Smartphone Devices, Market Unimpressed

Samsung Announces Blowout Q2 Financials, Record Profits and Sales of Smartphone Devices, Market Unimpressed

It's official: Samsung is a giant. In case you weren't already aware that Samsung was a massive, money-making machine right in line with the likes of Microsoft, Oracle and Apple, the company's Q2 2013 earnings are proof that it has quite a bit of fundage in the bank. In the past three months, Samsung as a whole pulled in just under $7 billion...

The Walls Are Cracking: New Report Alleges FBI, NSA Demand Passwords, Security Data When Spying On Users

The Walls Are Cracking: New Report Alleges FBI, NSA Demand Passwords, Security Data When Spying On Users

A new report (albeit from unnamed industry sources, not Edward Snowden) alleges that the government has used the broad powers granted it by the Patriot Act to demand broad information about a user's passwords, website security, and even encryption information from service providers. The benefits of having this type of information are enormous,...

Blactivision: Blizzard Breaks for Independence as Kotick Plans Unparralleled Destruction in $8.2 Billion Dollar Buyout

Blactivision: Blizzard Breaks for Independence as Kotick Plans Unparralleled Destruction in $8.2 Billion Dollar Buyout

The CEO of Activision Blizzard Bobby Kotick announced this morning that he would lead an investor buyout of the company worth approximately $8.2 billion dollars. The move would free Blactivision (how has this moniker never caught on?) to become an independent publisher and free it from the clutches of Vivendi, the evil French entertainment...

Activision Believes in the Wii U,  Six Titles Coming This Fall Including Call of Duty: Ghosts

Activision Believes in the Wii U, Six Titles Coming This Fall Including Call of Duty: Ghosts

It's pretty tough to sell gaming consoles when major game developers are shunning your system, and Nintendo is actually facing such a threat with the Wii U. Facing tough reviews, half-baked software and general confusion on whether the Wii U is simply a spec-bumped Wii, Nintendo found out in May that Electronic Arts would not be working the...

Lowest prices on Dell XPS 8700 Core i7 Haswell Desktop, Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p Gaming Laptop

Lowest prices on Dell XPS 8700 Core i7 Haswell Desktop, Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p Gaming Laptop

Thanks for tuning in to today's collection of the hottest deals from across the web. Starting things off is a killer low price on the powerful Dell XPS 8700 with Haswell Core i7 processor. We also found a smoking hot offer on a new Haswell laptop from Lenovo, complete with 1080p screen and GT 750M graphics. Also don't miss a rare discount...

Google Chromecast Won't Kill Google TV--For Now

Google Chromecast Won't Kill Google TV--For Now

When Google announced its Chromecast media streaming device yesterday, many were alarmed that the dongle’s capabilities seemed to overlap quite a bit with Google TV. The implications there are important, as not only are there plenty of folks who are developing for the Google TV platform, Google has a number of hardware partners who might...

Intel Announces Global Competition Seeking App Developers for All-in-One And Tablet Platforms

Intel Announces Global Competition Seeking App Developers for All-in-One And Tablet Platforms

Intel and Lenovo are co-sponsoring an app contest called the Intel App Innovation Content (AIC) 2013 in an attempt to foster development for Windows 8 tablet and all-in-one platforms. The contest is open to developers in 20 countries, although submissions will only be accepted via certain developer communities, which consist of: Code Project...

Google Donates $600,000 For Free WiFi In San Francisco Parks

Google Donates $600,000 For Free WiFi In San Francisco Parks

Google has deep pockets--so deep that the company can drop $600,000 to set up free WiFi hotspots in 31 San Francisco parks, just because. Google will also throw in two year’s worth of maintenance costs, which look to be about $25,000 per year. Before San Francisco accepts Google’s gift, the city has to decide if it’s willing...

Beats Remasters Their Headphone Line-up with New “Beats Studio” Series

Beats Remasters Their Headphone Line-up with New “Beats Studio” Series

The headphones that made headphones cool have a new look and some important new features that will keep the beat going even longer. The Beats Studio series isn’t available just yet, but it’s already getting attention for the sleek new design and rechargeable batteries that are expected to give listeners 20 hours of audio bliss....

BlackBerry Cans 250 Workers as Part of Turnaround Effort

BlackBerry Cans 250 Workers as Part of Turnaround Effort

As BlackBerry continues to try and turn around its fortunes and regain relevance in the ultra competitive mobile market, more workers are falling by the wayside. Well, a more accurate way of putting it is that more workers are being pushed over the side of BlackBerry's wavering ship. In the latest round of job cuts, BlackBerry handed out pink...

NFC Ring Promises Secure Access To Smartphones, Your Home, Office, and More

NFC Ring Promises Secure Access To Smartphones, Your Home, Office, and More

Wearable computing is increasingly becoming something that makes sense for average users, and here’s another reason to take the plunge: the NFC ring. Simply put, the ring is equipped with two NFC transmitters or “inlays”--one for public use and a secure one for private use--and it allows to wearer to perform actions such...

Chinese Manufacturer TCL to Launch 50-inch 4K Ultra HD TV in U.S. for Under $1,000

Chinese Manufacturer TCL to Launch 50-inch 4K Ultra HD TV in U.S. for Under $1,000

The revolution won't just be televised, it is a television. Or, more precisely, an emerging television standard. We've known for some time that 4K Ultra HD would be the next frontier in TV land, though high prices and lack of content are two hurdles that have kept the revolution at arm's length, ensuring that your swanky new Full HD 1080p...

Symantec Reports First Android Master Key Hacks Have Begun

Symantec Reports First Android Master Key Hacks Have Begun

Sometimes it stinks being right. To wit, Symantec earlier this month talked about the discovery of a so-called "Master Key" vulnerability in Android that would allow remote attackers to inject malicious code into legitimate apps without invalidating the signature. Symantec called it a "serious Android vulnerability," fearing that it would...

Report: Xbox One Demand Surging, Could Outpace PlayStation 4  3-to-1

Report: Xbox One Demand Surging, Could Outpace PlayStation 4 3-to-1

The next generation console wars have already begun. Sure, it will be a few months before Sony and Microsoft drop their respective PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles into retail, but changing feature-sets, preliminary analysis, and pre-orders statuses all serve as jabs before the real fight begins. So, which one is off to an early lead? That...

Kaleidescape Brings Home Cinema Server Product To Wider Crowd

Kaleidescape Brings Home Cinema Server Product To Wider Crowd

Remember Kaleidescape? That's the company that attempted to give high-end cinema lovers the ability to digitize all of their DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, and clearly, enough of those folks exist to keep it afloat. While niche by nature, it's tough to knock the cool factor here, and the home movie server outfit is now bringing its high-end home...

Dell's M3800 Precision Workstation Laptop Packs Major Speed In a Light Package

Dell's M3800 Precision Workstation Laptop Packs Major Speed In a Light Package

The words "mobile" and "workstation" don't always work together seamlessly, but Dell is trying hard to make the marriage work with a new Precision laptop. The M3800 Workstation promises "huge power" in a slim design, enabling creative professionals to "create at the speed of light." The rig measures 18mm thick and starts at 4.5lbs., boasting...

Rare discount on just-released Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop, Dell U2312HM Dual-monitor Bundle

Rare discount on just-released Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop, Dell U2312HM Dual-monitor Bundle

Welcome back to the latest edition of hot deals from across the web. Today we have the first ever discount on the new Haswell gaming laptop from Alienware, the '14' packed with the latest hot tech and 10% off to boot. We also found a bundle deal on some gorgeous UltraSharp IPS 1080p monitors, getting you two of these beauties for just $399.99....

Michael Dell Bumps Up Takeover Bid for Third Largest PC Maker, Asks Board to Change Voting Rules

Michael Dell Bumps Up Takeover Bid for Third Largest PC Maker, Asks Board to Change Voting Rules

Michael Dell may have known it would be a challenge to take back ownership of the self-named company he founded so many years ago, but he probably didn't anticipate that the process would drag on for as long as it has. Even more unsettling for Micheal and Silver Lake Partners, the investment group that's backing the founder, is that after...

HuffPo Reporter Notes NSA Claims They Don't Have the Technology To Search Their Internal Emails

HuffPo Reporter Notes NSA Claims They Don't Have the Technology To Search Their Internal Emails

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference between someone being stupid and being evil. According to Justin Elliott of ProPublica, writing in the Huffington Post, the NSA responded to his freedom of information request with a stonewall. Elliott said he was asking for emails between NSA employees and the National Geographic Channel within...

Google’s $35 Chromecast Streaming Device Bridges Gap Between Devices And TV

Google’s $35 Chromecast Streaming Device Bridges Gap Between Devices And TV

The TV is the holy grail for companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple; all three have unified desktop, tablet, and smartphone screens with their respective operating systems (and to a lesser extent, with their own devices), but the last screen that none have been able to take over is the television. While it’s not the silver bullet...

Intel To Make 4.5W Chips To Enable More Fanless And Tablet Designs

Intel To Make 4.5W Chips To Enable More Fanless And Tablet Designs

Hardcore gamers are more interested in raw horsepower than incremental thermal wins, but Intel is still proud to announce that it will release at least one Haswell Core chip that has an SDP of just 4.5 watts. This surpasses the company’s previous mark of 6W SDP, and both are far below Intel’s stated goal a year ago of producing...

Sprint Service Coming To 277 New York City Subway Routes

Sprint Service Coming To 277 New York City Subway Routes

Guess what, New Yorkers? Next time you're down in the city and are passing underground, your mobile signal might be a bit stronger. If you're working on Sprint's network, that is. Transit Wireless and Sprint today announced that the companies have finalized their contract to bring Sprint's wireless voice and data service to the state-of-the-art...

Here's How Google's 2013 Nexus 7 Compares to the Original

Here's How Google's 2013 Nexus 7 Compares to the Original

This is a big day for Google. During its "Breakfast with Sundar Pichai" event, Google unveiled its second generation Nexus 7 tablet built by ASUS (along with a few other announcements). The impending introduction of another Nexus 7 tablet was one of the worst kept secrets on the web, but now that it's official, we can dismiss with the speculation...

Beats Introduces New Studio Headphones: Ships In August For $300

Beats Introduces New Studio Headphones: Ships In August For $300

The headphone world is a lot like the tablet world: there's lots of watered-down, low-cost, low-quality options. And frankly, cutting through the noise is tough for companies. Apple and a small handful of others have done so in the tablet realm, but what about headphones? There's one name that's soaring above all others these days, and that's...

Microsoft Rolls Out Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 2 with Security, Stability, and Performance Updates

Microsoft Rolls Out Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 2 with Security, Stability, and Performance Updates

Still holding onto Office 2010? Microsoft would be tickled pink if you'd make the plunge to its subscription-based Office 365 suite, but that doesn't mean the Redmond software giant has forgotten about its customers rocking an older version of its productivity software. Just the opposite, Microsoft this week released Service Pack 2 (SP2) for...

Review: Apple's Haswell-Powered 13-Inch MacBook Air

Review: Apple's Haswell-Powered 13-Inch MacBook Air

Intel's roll-out of their 4th generation Haswell-based Core series processors has been a little pokey, quite frankly, when you compare this launch to the deluge of products that hit the market when Ivy Bridge broke cover last year.  Regardless, Apple always seems to have an inside track on Intel's latest technology and so, as it turns...

Intel’s McAfee Division Alleged to Have Grossly Exaggerated ‘Trillion-Dollar’ Global Cost of Hacking

Intel’s McAfee Division Alleged to Have Grossly Exaggerated ‘Trillion-Dollar’ Global Cost of Hacking

Well now, this is awkward. You may recall a study conducted by McAfee a few years back in which it was revealed that businesses were at risk of losing over $1 trillion from "loss or theft of data and other cybercrime." That figure has been cited on more than one occasion by top government officials, including President Barack Obama, but it...

Dell Unveils Drool-Worthy UltraSharp 32 4K Ultra HD Display at SIGGRAPH

Dell Unveils Drool-Worthy UltraSharp 32 4K Ultra HD Display at SIGGRAPH

At long last, monitor makers are finally starting to innovate again, meaning the top-end display for PCs is no longer a 30-inch IPS panel. We're starting to see 4K panels trickle into the consumer market, including the UltraSharp 32 from Dell. Shown off at SIGGRAPH, the UltraSharp 32 is a 32-inch 4K Ultra HD monitor (3,840 x 2,160) with four...

Nvidia Unveils New Details On 192-Core Mobile Kepler Part

Nvidia Unveils New Details On 192-Core Mobile Kepler Part

Nvidia is showing off a bit more of the capabilities of its upcoming Kepler-based mobile GPU at SIGGRAPH this week, and the next-generation chip should be a quantum leap over what Nvidia is shipping currently. Then again, that's scarcely difficult -- Tegra 4 is based on 2005-era graphics hardware with some L2 cache and a few feature enhancements...

Apple Third Quarter Earnings Beat Estimates on Record iPhone Sales

Apple Third Quarter Earnings Beat Estimates on Record iPhone Sales

Depending on how you look at it, Apple had another stellar quarter, generating $35.3 billion in revenue and posting a net profit of $6.9 billion, or $7.47 per diluted share. On the flip side, Apple's performance barely beat out Wall Street's somewhat subdued estimates, and though its revenue is up slightly from $35 billion in same quarter...

Is the Windows Era Really Over?

Is the Windows Era Really Over?

There's no denying that at the moment, Microsoft is in a tough spot. Worse still, it's in a tough spot thanks to more than one product or platform. For now, the company seems to be recovering well enough from the Xbox One debacle from last month, but things are a little more questionable on the Windows side. While things could change in the...

Free $200 gift card on Dell systems for students, discounted Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p Gaming Laptop

Free $200 gift card on Dell systems for students, discounted Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p Gaming Laptop

Everyone is gearing up to go back to school and our favorite retailers are getting in the spirit. Dell is offering a $200 gift card on select laptops and desktops, perfect to accessorize that new PC or dorm room. We also found a huge discount on the powerful Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p 14" laptop, with new Haswell Core i7 processor and GT 750M graphics....

Intel 'Re-imagines' The Data Center With New Avoton Server Architecture, Software-Defined Services

Intel 'Re-imagines' The Data Center With New Avoton Server Architecture, Software-Defined Services

Intel unveiled a number of new data center initiatives this week as part of its broad product strategy to redefine some of its market goals. In the past, Intel's efforts in this area have boiled down to giving customers more of what they wanted, where "more" was defined as higher clock speeds or more processing cores. That's not to imply that...

eBay Now Lands On The Desktop, Get Your Goods In About An Hour

eBay Now Lands On The Desktop, Get Your Goods In About An Hour

eBay Now is a shopping service that allows users to buy items online and have them delivered to your door by eBay’s “shopping valets” in about an hour. Deliveries can be made to homes, offices, or even wherever someone's hanging out, such as a bar, and it only costs $5. Until now, the service has only available as an iOS...

Droid Does It Again: Ultra, Mini And Maxx Smartphones Coming To Verizon

Droid Does It Again: Ultra, Mini And Maxx Smartphones Coming To Verizon

The Droid name (and that eerie sound whenever you get a notification) has grown quite tightly into Verizon Wireless' entire image. The initial Droid phone was initially billed as the anti-iPhone -- the Android-based smartphone that could do everything your Apple phone couldn't. The Droid legacy has grown and expanded quite a bit since then,...

NASA Physicists Working on Warp Drive Technology For Travel Faster Than the Speed of Light

NASA Physicists Working on Warp Drive Technology For Travel Faster Than the Speed of Light

If you possess the unique combination of characteristics that allow you be both incredibly precise and focused on specific physics problems yet daydreamy enough to stare up at the night sky and wonder “What if?”, you might work for NASA, and you might also be Harold G. White, a NASA physicist who’s researching the possibilities...

Samsung Announces New Exynos 5 Octa 5420 SoC with More CPU and Graphics Horsepower

Samsung Announces New Exynos 5 Octa 5420 SoC with More CPU and Graphics Horsepower

Samsung announced the next generation of its Exynos processors with the Exynos 5 Octa 5420 chip, which boasts even more CPU and graphics processing power than previous editions. In fact, Samsung says that the new chip offers 20% better CPU processing and double the graphics firepower of any other Exynos 5 Octa. The Exynos 5 Octa uses four...

Seagate Unveils 'World's Fastest' Enterprise Hard Drive, Enterprise Turbo SSHD Solid State Hybrid Drive

Seagate Unveils 'World's Fastest' Enterprise Hard Drive, Enterprise Turbo SSHD Solid State Hybrid Drive

Seagate’s Solid State Hybrid Drive (SSHD) technology is taking a step forward, into the enterprise space. The company announced that it has created the “world’s fastest” enterprise hard drive with the Seagate Enterprise Turbo SSHD. Seagate’s SSHD technology has been available in notebooks and desktops for some...

Betting Big on Security, Cisco Acquires Sourcefire for $2.7 Billion

Betting Big on Security, Cisco Acquires Sourcefire for $2.7 Billion

Networking giant Cisco has agreed to purchase Sourcefire, a leader in intelligent cybersecurity solutions, for what amounts to $2.7 billion (Cisco will pay $76 per share in cash in exchange for each share of Sourcefire and assume outstanding equity awards), Cisco announced today. The deal has been approved by the board of directors of both...

Genius Packs Gaming Features Into Sub-$50 Maurus X Mouse

Genius Packs Gaming Features Into Sub-$50 Maurus X Mouse

Gaming mice have features you won’t find on ordinary mice. When you’re surfing the Web or working with documents, you don’t need to switch DPI settings, and six buttons is superfluous. But for a gamer, those options can be crucial (particularly if you fancy yourself a sniper), and they come at a premium: gaming mice often...

ARM, Oracle Strike Multi-Year Deal to Inject Java SE Support Into ARMv8 64-bit Platforms

ARM, Oracle Strike Multi-Year Deal to Inject Java SE Support Into ARMv8 64-bit Platforms

ARM this week announced that it's inked a multi-year contract with Oracle to further optimize the existing Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) for ARM 32-bit platforms and also to add Java SE support for ARMv8 64-bit platforms. The deal will benefit enterprise and embedded markets, including server and network infrastructures, as well...

Apple Serves Over 1 Billion Podcast Subscriptions Through iTunes Store

Apple Serves Over 1 Billion Podcast Subscriptions Through iTunes Store

If ever you wondered whether or not podcasts were truly popular, get this. Apple this week revealed that its iTunes Store topped 1 billion podcast subscriptions, served up across 250,000 unique podcasts in over 100 languages. Over 8 million episodes have been published so far in the iTunes Store. "From comedy to hard news to sports to innovative...

Nokia Unveils Affordable 4.7-inch Lumia 625 Smartphone

Nokia Unveils Affordable 4.7-inch Lumia 625 Smartphone

Nokia went all-in with Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, and lest anyone think the Finnish phone maker was going to give it a halfhearted effort, the handset maker added yet another Lumia device to its growing Windows Phone 8 lineup. It's the Lumia 625, an "accessibly priced" 4G handset with a spacious 4.7-inch super-sensitive IPS LCD screen...

Vivaldi KDE Linux Tablet Reaches QA Status To Ship Soon

Vivaldi KDE Linux Tablet Reaches QA Status To Ship Soon

What's the world coming to? First, there's a $32 million crowdfunding operation in order to craft a smartphone based on Ubuntu Linux, and now, a KDE tablet looks to be shipping to a team of quality assurance engineers. While it's probably too early to declare Linux as an up-and-coming operating system for the mainstream, it's certainly good...

Verizon Steps it Up, Now Offering 500Mbps Quantum FiOS Service

Verizon Steps it Up, Now Offering 500Mbps Quantum FiOS Service

At the moment, the rollout of gigabit Internet services, arguably spearheaded by Google last summer, has been modest. However, as we discussed just last week, it does seem to be picking up in pace, and with a fantastic side-effect: other ISPs are taking notice, and that's bound to mean good things for the consumer. With an announcement made...

Oops: Turkish Security Researcher Claims Responsibility for Apple Developer Portal Hack

Oops: Turkish Security Researcher Claims Responsibility for Apple Developer Portal Hack

A mere day after Apple confirmed that its developer portal had been broken into, a Turkish man named Ibrahim Balic has (bravely?) fessed-up, claiming all responsibility. Apple has yet to comment on the situation, and we're not even sure it will, at least publicly. If Balic is in fact the source of the attack, Apple might wish to take actions...

Leap Motion Launches Airspace Store In Effort To Revolutionize Human-Computer Interactions

Leap Motion Launches Airspace Store In Effort To Revolutionize Human-Computer Interactions

Leap Motion, a company that makes motion control technology, starting gaining attention earlier this year when it scored a couple of deals with manufacturers and Best Buy as well as making its own Leap Motion Controller and opening a beta program for app developers. The fruits of those labors begin the harvest today, as Leap Motion opens up...

Canonical Looking To Fund Dual-Boot Ubuntu Edge Smartphone Through $32 Million Indiegogo Campaign

Canonical Looking To Fund Dual-Boot Ubuntu Edge Smartphone Through $32 Million Indiegogo Campaign

Canonical is taking a progressive, innovative approach to its invasion of the mobile industry. We’ve seen its Ubuntu for mobile in action, and the OS is slick and smooth, but the company is working on hardware, too, which is taking the form of the Ubuntu Edge smartphone. It’s still a prototype, but the thing looks impressive; the...

PlayStation 4 Pre-orders Already Commanding Ridiculous Premiums on eBay

PlayStation 4 Pre-orders Already Commanding Ridiculous Premiums on eBay

Look, we all know how the game is played. Whenever there's a new console launch, there's a mad dash to gobble up what's traditionally been limited inventory at the outset, and then flip it on eBay or CraigsList for an obscene profit. It sucks for people who just want to grab a console in time for the holidays without the intention of selling...

AT&T Adds 300MB and 2GB Tiers to Mobile Share Plans

AT&T Adds 300MB and 2GB Tiers to Mobile Share Plans

In an effort to make sharing data and unlimited talk and texting "more affordable than ever," AT&T today dropped us a note to let us know about the launch of two new Mobile Share plans. Beginning July 26 (this Friday), new and existing customers will have access to new 300MB and 2GB shared data plans with unlimited talk and text. The 300MB...

Lowest price on Dell XPS 12 Convertible Tablet, HP ENVY 15 1080p Haswell Laptop

Lowest price on Dell XPS 12 Convertible Tablet, HP ENVY 15 1080p Haswell Laptop

Welcome back to another collection of the hottest deals from across the web. Today we're leading off with a rare discount on a rather unique PC, the 12.5" convertible Dell XPS 12 tablet with 1080p touchscreen and Core i5 processor. Right now you can grab it for $200 off list, giving you a great price on a great piece of hardware. Today is...

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 'Rip & Flip' Convertible Review

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix 'Rip & Flip' Convertible Review

At CES, Lenovo revealed its ThinkPad Helix which it marketed as having a "groundbreaking 'rip and flip' design" that enables this 11.6-inch ultrabook to transform into a powerful Windows 8 tablet. When detached, Lenovo claims the Helix is the thinnest full-function Intel 3rd generation Core processor-based tablet with vPro support. The ThinkPad...

3D Printing Headed For Explosive Growth As Major Patents Expire in 2014

3D Printing Headed For Explosive Growth As Major Patents Expire in 2014

If there's been a single, unique area of consumer electronics that has done its fair share of exploding over the past two or three years, it's 3D printing. It's a field that was reserved for specialists just a handful of years ago, and now, start-ups far and wide are introducing newer, faster, and cheaper ways to print physical objects using...

60 Percent of the Internet Sends Traffic To Google, More Than Facebook, Netflix, and Twitter Combined

60 Percent of the Internet Sends Traffic To Google, More Than Facebook, Netflix, and Twitter Combined

The internet is a big place. Nay, a huge place. In fact, it's difficult to wrap your mind around just how vast the global Web is, and how fast it's growing on a daily basis. There's no sign of that steam slowing down, and while Google is a relative newcomer to the Internet as we know it, it has done an exceptional job of taking over. Deepfield...

Google Invests In Himax Technologies for Glass Display Manufacturing

Google Invests In Himax Technologies for Glass Display Manufacturing

Despite ongoing privacy concerns, Google is pressing ahead with Google Glass and the competition, while not exactly heating up, is at least starting to take shape. Google’s latest big step in the wearable display push is its recent investment in Himax Technologies, which makes display tech for small and wearable devices. The move could...

German Researcher Discovers SIM Card Encryption Flaw Exposing Smartphones

German Researcher Discovers SIM Card Encryption Flaw Exposing Smartphones

Cyber criminals are always on the hunt for ways to disrupt your digital life, and with mobile devices playing an increasingly important role in our day-to-day operations, you can bet they'll be paying attention to your tablet and smartphone. Speaking to the latter, a German security guru discovered a frightening flaw related to the encryption...

ASUS Google Nexus 7 Images Leaked, Android 4.3 Home Screen in Full View

ASUS Google Nexus 7 Images Leaked, Android 4.3 Home Screen in Full View

It's no secret there's going to be another Nexus 7 device. Google's Nexus 7, built by ASUS, is arguably the best Android tablet on the market, delivering a stock OS experience without carrier bloat or third-party skins that are often found on non-Google brand devices. Not only are we confident Google will launch another Nexus 7 tablet, but...

Will Apple's Next iPad Sport a 13-inch Display?

Will Apple's Next iPad Sport a 13-inch Display?

Rumors have been swirling about Apple tinkering with the size of its next generation iPhone, some suggesting it will go bigger to compete with Samsung's Galaxy products, and others saying there will be different size models to choose from. But what about the iPad? Will the next generation iPad tablet feature the same 9.7-inch display that's...

Acer’s Gateway Brand Gets Notebook and Desktop Refresh For Back-To-School

Acer’s Gateway Brand Gets Notebook and Desktop Refresh For Back-To-School

If you’re feeling nostalgic (or just want to save a buck), you can still buy a Gateway computer; Acer snapped up the brand a few years back and is still producing PCs under the label. The latest round of Gateways is nigh, and the lineup features both notebooks and desktops, including an AIO. There are two Gateway NE notebooks in the...

Apple Developer Center Hack Confirmed:  Apple Overhauls Entire Developer System

Apple Developer Center Hack Confirmed: Apple Overhauls Entire Developer System

Last Thursday, members of Apple's developer portal had begun receiving password reset emails en masse, leading us to believe that the service had been breached. In an email sent to members on Sunday, our suspicions have been confirmed. In the email, Apple states that an intruder managed to get into the system, and while it's not certain at...

What Happens When the NSA Shows Up with Hardware To Monitor Your Data Center

What Happens When the NSA Shows Up with Hardware To Monitor Your Data Center

We've covered the NSA revelations and subsequent government petitions at some length, but here's a new twist to the story of the government's pervasive monitoring program -- a view of the activity from an ISP's perspective. According to Pete Ashdown, the CEO of XMission, a Utah ISP, the company received its first FISA warrant "request" in...

NVIDIA Re-Schedules SHIELD Launch Date for July 31

NVIDIA Re-Schedules SHIELD Launch Date for July 31

The lead-up to the launch of NVIDIA's SHIELD sure has been a strange one. At one point, demand had been so strong for the device, that NVIDIA pulled pre-orders ahead by a couple of days, and then, it dropped the price for the same reason. Then last month, when we were just about to see it hit the market, the company discovered a flaw that...

Survey Says 75 Percent of Americans Still Prefer Paper Books to eReaders

Survey Says 75 Percent of Americans Still Prefer Paper Books to eReaders

It's easy to view the overall decline in the print newspaper business, coupled with the surge in e-reader and tablet ownership, as a death knell for paper books. After all, the printed word has been around for so long, that surely it must be on its way out -- right? Well, perhaps in some instances, but not in others. A new Rasmussen Report...

Disney Research Demos Amazingly Cool ‘Aireal’ Free Air Tactile Feedback Technology

Disney Research Demos Amazingly Cool ‘Aireal’ Free Air Tactile Feedback Technology

You may not typically associate cutting-edge science and motion research with the company responsible for creating the most famous mouse couple in the world, but Disney Research has a tendency to shine on the technology front every now and again. Recently, the arm published a video detailing a new interactive, tactile experience in free air....

MIT Researchers Develop Computer-Generated TCP for Network Connections That are Twice as Fast

MIT Researchers Develop Computer-Generated TCP for Network Connections That are Twice as Fast

Thanks to the efforts of some MIT researchers, our use of the Transmission Control Protocol could soon experience a nice upgrade. Since its introduction decades ago, TCP has become an integral part of our networking, whether we're connecting to another PC in the same building, or out to a remote server to fetch a webpage. In fact, because...

Microsoft's Xbox 360 Stands Tall in the U.S., Outsells PS3 and Wii for 30 Straight Months

Microsoft's Xbox 360 Stands Tall in the U.S., Outsells PS3 and Wii for 30 Straight Months

There was no better selling console in the U.S. last month than the Xbox 360. Microsoft sold 140,000 Xbox 360 consoles in June, outpacing Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii and Wii U platforms to take pole position. Of course, this is nothing new for the Xbox 360, which has been outselling the competition for 30 straight months now, according...

Mozilla Planning "Aggressive" Release Schedule for Firefox OS Updates

Mozilla Planning "Aggressive" Release Schedule for Firefox OS Updates

One of the things that helped Mozilla's Firefox browser gain a following is that it's constantly updated. While Internet Explorer (IE) remained stagnant for years on end, here came Firefox with a bunch of new features, and these days Mozilla rolls out new releases at a breakneck pace as part of its rapid release schedule. Expect something...

Canonical's Ubuntu Forum Hacked, User Personal Information Compromised

Canonical's Ubuntu Forum Hacked, User Personal Information Compromised

Whether it’s for the lulz (as they say) or for more nefarious reasons, the Ubuntu forums have been hacked. Canonical posted the message via a splash page where the forum site is usually located. “There has been a security breach on the Ubuntu Forums,” reads the page. “The Canonical IS team is working hard as we speak...

Apple Continues Building Its Maps Portfolio With HopStop Acquisition

Apple Continues Building Its Maps Portfolio With HopStop Acquisition

Apparently, Locationary wasn’t the only maps-related acquisition Apple is making these days; the Cupertino company also snapped up HopStop, which is a service that provides “door-to-door transit, walking, biking, and taxi directions in over 300 cities worldwide”. It would seem that HopStop’s key features concern the...

Apple's 'Unexpected' Developer Portal Maintenance Seems To Indicate Hackery

Apple's 'Unexpected' Developer Portal Maintenance Seems To Indicate Hackery

Here's a strange one: Apple recently published a page on its developer portal that openly apologized for maintenance that was "taking longer than expected." Of course, it's hard to fault a company for taking time to ensure something is done correctly, but the notice has now been up for several days. That's unlike Apple, and many have started...

Windows 8.1 DPI Scaling Enhancements to Optimize New Crop of Amazing 4K Displays

Windows 8.1 DPI Scaling Enhancements to Optimize New Crop of Amazing 4K Displays

When we posted our look at Windows 8.1 earlier this month, we covered a lot that was new to the OS, and admittedly, there was a lot more packed in than we originally anticipated. Despite that, we still managed to miss a couple of major DPI improvements that were added to the update, and for those sporting 4K displays, or multiple displays...

Google ‘Chromoting’ App for Android to Offer Remote Desktop In the Palm of Your Hand

Google ‘Chromoting’ App for Android to Offer Remote Desktop In the Palm of Your Hand

The market is hardly devoid of remote desktop apps, but it is rather lacking in good ones. Google has for a couple of years offered a solution for Chrome desktop users which is decent, called Chrome Remote Desktop, and in the future (how far, we're unsure), it'll be bringing the same sort of functionality to Android. The announcement...

Gearbox Announces "Ultimate Vault Hunter" DLC Pack For Borderlands 2

Gearbox Announces "Ultimate Vault Hunter" DLC Pack For Borderlands 2

With the release of Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, we were led to believe that Borderlands 2 would be seeing no more DLC. As it turns out, we're just not going to be seeing more DLC that introduces vast new worlds. At PAX Australia, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, who just last month showed us around the Gearbox offices and his humble abode,...

Locket App Lets Users Earn Cash for Putting Ads on Smartphone Lock Screens

Locket App Lets Users Earn Cash for Putting Ads on Smartphone Lock Screens

Your eyeballs are valuable commodities. No, we're not talking about scooping them out and selling them on the black market -- please don't do that -- but for advertisers, their goal is to get their goods and services in front of your face however possible. A new app called Locket wants to help them do that by beaming ads on your Android smartphone's...

Twitter Co-Founder Believes Facebook Should Charge Users Montly Fee to Remove Ads

Twitter Co-Founder Believes Facebook Should Charge Users Montly Fee to Remove Ads

If you believe everything that took place in the docudrama The Social Network, then Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was originally opposed to the idea of implementing ads into his social network, claiming they're not cool. Today, Facebook has ads, supposedly targeted ones, though we often we run into sponsored posts that have nothing to do...

Google Play Store Hits 50 Billion App Downloads, Wallows In Good Fortune

Google Play Store Hits 50 Billion App Downloads, Wallows In Good Fortune

Apple recently hit the 50 billion app download mark with its App Store; Google just did the same. Apple did it in five years; Google did it (between the Android Market and Google Play store) in four. Further, Mashable says that Google CEO Larry Page noted that the company has paid out more money to Android app developers in the first half...

Google Updates Gmail, Now with Full Screen Composition

Google Updates Gmail, Now with Full Screen Composition

Google has been tinkering with Gmail’s look and features, and even after a major overhaul this spring, not everyone was satisfied, so even more changes are coming down the pike. Specifically, Google is tweaking the compose to give it a full-screen option. It’s a welcome change. Currently, you must write your email messages in a...

Microsoft Now Offering Free Year of Xbox Live Gold With Office 365 Subscription

Microsoft Now Offering Free Year of Xbox Live Gold With Office 365 Subscription

You've got to hand it to Microsoft -- the company is willing to find novel ways of promoting its products. The company is now offering anyone who buys a year of Office 365 ($99.95 annual rate) a free year of Xbox Live Gold. That's worth $60 a year -- a not-inconsiderable value relative to the cost of Office itself. According to Microsoft,...

Is Microsoft's $900 Million Dollar Surface RT Mistake The Writing On The Wall?

Is Microsoft's $900 Million Dollar Surface RT Mistake The Writing On The Wall?

Nearly one billion dollars. Even for a company as massive, powerful and entrenched as Microsoft, that sum is one that simply cannot be ignored. It just can't be brushed aside. And in the company's latest quarterly earnings, the $900 million charge that it took related to Surface RT inventory adjustments became the focal point. It was honestly...

UK Fears Huawei Spying For China At Cyber Security Evaluation Centre

UK Fears Huawei Spying For China At Cyber Security Evaluation Centre

The U.S. government has stated that it’s concerned about China-based Huawei and its ties to the Chinese government and military, and the UK shares that concern. After Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) issued a report stating that a great deal more oversight was needed regarding foreign involvement in the country’s...

Cheap HP Slate 7 Android Jelly Bean Tablet, Inspiron 660s Windows 7 Desktop

Cheap HP Slate 7 Android Jelly Bean Tablet, Inspiron 660s Windows 7 Desktop

Thanks for tuning in to our weekend edition of the web's hottest deals. Topping this weekend's offers is a Dell Inspiron 660s Dual-core Windows 7 Desktop under $350. We also found a 7" HP Android Tablet for just $139.99, the lowest price we've seen for it. Also don't miss a rare $50 coupon on Dell XPS 18 All-in-one Mobile Desktop. Scroll down...

What's In A Name? ICANN Rejects Amazon's Request For Top-Level Domain Name

What's In A Name? ICANN Rejects Amazon's Request For Top-Level Domain Name

As the Internet evolves, so too has the domain name. For years, everything was a .com, .net, .org, .edu, and so on, but now the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has enabled a greater variety of top-level domains (TLDs). Amazon, which has been accused of hoarding the new TLDs, was obviously hoping to snag .amazon,...

iPhone 5S May Be Delayed, Joins New iPad Mini In Apple Production Misses

iPhone 5S May Be Delayed, Joins New iPad Mini In Apple Production Misses

What’s going on with Apple? Earlier this week, a rumor broke that Apple had to push back the release of its 2nd-generation iPad Mini to as late as next year--production allegedly won’t even begin until Q4 2013--and now, it seems that the company will have to push back the release of the iPhone 5S, too. That’s far later than...

Moto X Leak Suggests August Launch, Google CEO Larry Page ‘Excited’

Moto X Leak Suggests August Launch, Google CEO Larry Page ‘Excited’

At this point, it's hardly a "rumor." The Motorola X is very, very real. Numerous executives have confirmed it slyly over the past few months, Google's own Eric Schmidt was seen using it in public earlier this month, and now we have yet another nugget to solidify things: Google CEO Larry Page recently stated the following: "I know you're all...

Best Buy Slashes $200 Off MacBook Pro Laptops, Students Can Save Additional $100

Best Buy Slashes $200 Off MacBook Pro Laptops, Students Can Save Additional $100

There's no better time to shop for a Mac than during the back-to-school shopping season. As we recently reported, Apple is offering college students up to $200 off select Mac systems plus a $100 App Store gift card, however you don't have to go through Apple to get a discount, nor do you need to be a student. Best Buy sent us a note letting...

Apple Acquires Mapping Start-Up Locationary To Bolster Maps Service

Apple Acquires Mapping Start-Up Locationary To Bolster Maps Service

While Yahoo! has become the undisputed king of start-up acquisitions over the past year or so, Apple has definitely been on a fairly steady buying spree as well. While Apple never makes public its acquisition targets, huge innovations in the company's portfolio have began as ideas that were born outside of Cupertino. Take Siri, for instance....

EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC with ACX Cooling Review

EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC with ACX Cooling Review

Coincident with the launch of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 700 series of products, EVGA unveiled a new invention of its own: the ACX cooler. ACX is an acronym for "Active Cooling Extreme" and as the name suggests, it’s a cooling solution for high-end graphics cards. To date, we have looked at two ACX-equipped graphics cards, the EVGA GeForce...

NASDAQ Site Hacked, Forum User Credentials Exposed

NASDAQ Site Hacked, Forum User Credentials Exposed

Tired of changing passwords yet? Well, if you're a member of the NASDAQ OMX Group forums, your wish is still pending. The forum, where users can discuss stock happenings throughout the day, has been revealed to have been exploited, with an unknown number of usernames and passwords at risk. NASDAQ's OMX Group has said that it's reset all user...

Next-Gen ATM Machines to Use Facial Recognition for Security

Next-Gen ATM Machines to Use Facial Recognition for Security

There are no boundaries to technology, which continues to reach into all facets of our daily regimen. The world will look and function decidedly different in 10 years compared to today, and while we don't know exactly what life will be like, we know that banking at ATMs is one area that will see plenty of change. Diebold, a security firm out...

Google Sees 1.5 Million Android Activations Daily as Platform Fast Approaches 1 Billion Devices

Google Sees 1.5 Million Android Activations Daily as Platform Fast Approaches 1 Billion Devices

Things are going well for Google, if you'll allow us the understatement of the year. As we reported yesterday, Google might as well have a license to print money, having earned over $14 billion in the second quarter, up 19 percent from a year ago. Google-owned sites generated over half of that, contributing $8.87 billion, or 68 percent, of...

Panasonic, Sanyo Admit Guilt in Laptop Battery Price Fixing Conspiracy

Panasonic, Sanyo Admit Guilt in Laptop Battery Price Fixing Conspiracy

Panasonic and its subsidiary Sanyo (by way of a 50.2 percent stake in the company) both pleaded guilty in separate price fixing allegations involving automotive parts and battery cells, the United States Department of Justice announced this week. The two firms will pay a total of $56.5 million in criminal fines, while LG Chem Ltd., a leading...

Acer's 20-inch Veriton Z Series All-in-Ones are Easy to Service, Start at $539

Acer's 20-inch Veriton Z Series All-in-Ones are Easy to Service, Start at $539

With just a handful of exceptions, all-in-one (AIO) systems aren't exactly known for being easy to service and/or upgrade. We've seen a few AIOs that buck the unfortunate anti-DIY trend, and it appears Acer's new Veriton Z Series 20-inch class AIOs will fall into the user-friendly category as well. Acer's new AIOs feature a screw-less chassis...

All Your Base Are Belong To Us: Why Microsoft's One Million Servers Might Matter

All Your Base Are Belong To Us: Why Microsoft's One Million Servers Might Matter

According to Steve Ballmer, Microsoft is now one of just a handful of companies with a seven-digit server deployment. Speaking at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference, Ballmer claimed that Microsoft had entered rare territory and used the number as an example of how few companies really understood how to run a cloud business. According...

Google Prints Money, Over $14 Billion Earned In Q2 as Microsoft Reports Shy of $5B with $900 Million Write Down on Surface

Google Prints Money, Over $14 Billion Earned In Q2 as Microsoft Reports Shy of $5B with $900 Million Write Down on Surface

It's good to be Google. It's also good to be Microsoft. Both are tech giants, and both seem to have little problem raking in billions each quarter in pure, unadulterated profit. But to Wall Street, it's all about perspective. While Microsoft managed to pull in $19.90 billion in revenue, $6.07 billion in operating income, and $4.97 billion...

Best deals on Windows 7 systems: Inspiron 15 Core i3 Laptop, XPS 8700 Core i7 Haswell Desktop

Best deals on Windows 7 systems: Inspiron 15 Core i3 Laptop, XPS 8700 Core i7 Haswell Desktop

This week Dell is offering several laptops and desktops with pre-installed Windows 7 operating system at very aggressive prices. In most cases, these Windows 7 systems are cheaper than their Windows 8 counterparts which is quite rare. You can choose from entry-level Inspiron 15 under $400 to the high-end XPS 13 1080p ultrabook with 256GB SSD....

OUYA Gives Back, Pledges to Seed Game Developers with $1 Million "Free the Games Fund"

OUYA Gives Back, Pledges to Seed Game Developers with $1 Million "Free the Games Fund"

What a difference a year makes. Early last July, OUYA didn’t exist; fast forward through an astonishing Kickstarter campaign, successful hardware and software development, another round of funding, and a retail launch, and OUYA has suddenly evolved from merely a cool idea for an Android-based console to a highly sought-after product...

Verizon's New 'Edge' Plan Allows Smartphone Upgrades Every 6 Months

Verizon's New 'Edge' Plan Allows Smartphone Upgrades Every 6 Months

Verizon will soon make it easier for customers to upgrade to a new smartphone. The company on Thursday announced a new "Edge Plan" designed to allow customers to upgrade to a new handset after just six months with their current device. That alone might be enough to get customers to switch to Verizon, but as with everything else, there's a...

Angry Birds Star Wars Coming to the Big Screen For Consoles

Angry Birds Star Wars Coming to the Big Screen For Consoles

While many of us are pretending to be mature, composed, and diffident instead of childishly gleeful about the impending release of Angry Birds Star Wars II on September 19th, there’s even more reason to get excited: Rovio will be releasing the game on consoles, so you can enjoy your Star Wars prequel adventures on the big screen as well...

Say What? BlackBerry 10 Email Setup Sends Full Account Credentials To BlackBerry Corporate Servers

Say What? BlackBerry 10 Email Setup Sends Full Account Credentials To BlackBerry Corporate Servers

BlackBerry has big on security, but according to the findings of German site GeekHeim, the Canadian company has a big, nasty security flaw in its own ranks. Apparently, when you set up an email account using BlackBerry 10’s email client, you’re unwittingly sharing your login credentials with BlackBerry. “If you use one of...

Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft Form Alliance To Petition Whitehouse and Congress on NSA Surveillance

Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft Form Alliance To Petition Whitehouse and Congress on NSA Surveillance

Edward Snowden's leaks have shaken something loose in the IT industry. For years, companies have been afraid to talk about the requests and data sharing procedures the NSA and FBI have forced upon them as a result of the Patriot Act. Companies that went to court to fight these demands lost, and lost in silence, forbidden to even reveal that...

Windows Phone Continues To Take a Beating in a Sea of Android and iOS Smartphones

Windows Phone Continues To Take a Beating in a Sea of Android and iOS Smartphones

The mobile market is no place for wimps; competition is very steep and very fierce, and even giants with deep pockets like Microsoft can’t seem to compete. According to Forbes, Windows Phones are actually in jeopardy of disappearing in the U.S. and in Europe after sales of Nokia Lumia phones (essentially the flagship devices for Windows...

Qualcomm Thumps Chest About New Snapdragon 800, Claiming Tablet Dominance Over Intel

Qualcomm Thumps Chest About New Snapdragon 800, Claiming Tablet Dominance Over Intel

Qualcomm’s Raj Talluri hasn’t been shy about talking up his company’s Snapdragon 800 chip, claiming back in February that it would whip NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor, and he’s back at it. This time, he’s dogging Intel. “You’ll see a whole bunch of tablets based on Snapdragon 800 in the market this...

LG to Drop “Optimus” Moniker from Premium Smartphone Line, “G2” Flagship Phone Confirmed

LG to Drop “Optimus” Moniker from Premium Smartphone Line, “G2” Flagship Phone Confirmed

It might still be summertime, but that isn't stopping LG Electronics from doing a bit of spring cleaning. Specifically, the South Korean handset maker said it's tossing out its "Optimus" nomenclature for high-end smartphones, and instead will forge ahead with a tidier "G" to represent its premium brand. The first of LG's new G series will...

HTC Makes the One Mini Official

HTC Makes the One Mini Official

After all the rumors, speculation, and leaked info, HTC finally decided to make its One mini smartphone official. The handset maker announced the compact version of the One today, though it's only compact by Android standards. It has a 4.3-inch HD 720p display (341 pixels per inch), which is 0.3 inches larger than the iPhone 5's display, though...

Samsung Launches Next-Gen NVMe High-Performance SSDs with Capacities Up To 1.6TB

Samsung Launches Next-Gen NVMe High-Performance SSDs with Capacities Up To 1.6TB

The main reason to choose a solid state drive (SSD) over a mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) is speed. With few exceptions, SSDs are simply faster, and in many cases, they can run circles around even the speediest HDDs. They're also more expensive and usually smaller in capacity, though advances in technology are working to reduce those tradeoffs....

Acer Upgrades C7 Chromebook Line for Education and Business Customers

Acer Upgrades C7 Chromebook Line for Education and Business Customers

It wasn't that long ago when netbooks ruled the low-cost laptop market. For the most part, that fad has fizzled out, though not before passing the torch to Chromebooks, which are low-cost laptops running Google's cloud-oriented Chrome operating system. Acer has been riding the Chromebook bandwagon ever since it came out of the gate, and today...

Verizon Adds 941,000 Wireless Customers, Rakes in Nearly $30 Billion in Revenues

Verizon Adds 941,000 Wireless Customers, Rakes in Nearly $30 Billion in Revenues

Investors who own stock in Verizon should feel tickled green today, the color of cash, which Big Red finds itself swimming in. The wireless carrier reported second quarter financial results, revealing it collected $29.8 billion in total operating revenues, representing a 4.3 increase compared with the same quarter a year ago. Wireless performance...

Panasonic's SC-NT10 Bluetooth Speaker Can Take a Serious Bruising

Panasonic's SC-NT10 Bluetooth Speaker Can Take a Serious Bruising

At a glance, the item shown here looks a lot like a Roomba automated vacuum cleaner. Turns out, that's not the case. It's a new Panasonic speaker, and it's more rugged than you may think. The SC-NT10 Portable Wireless Speaker System is designed to be used at pool parties the world over this summer, and because of its support for Bluetooth...

AT&T And SiriusXM Team Up To Better Connect Nissan Vehicles

AT&T And SiriusXM Team Up To Better Connect Nissan Vehicles

The automobile is quickly becoming the next interconnected battleground, and AT&T's latest announcement goes a long way to proving that. The telecom company has today announced an agreement with Sirius XM Radio to provide mobile connectivity to support  a suite of security and additional services for Nissan automobiles in North America....

Logitech Bluetooth Speakers Z600 Offer Sleek Wireless Design For Streaming Your Ultrabook

Logitech Bluetooth Speakers Z600 Offer Sleek Wireless Design For Streaming Your Ultrabook

Logitech is going for a certain look and feel with its Z600 Bluetooth stereo speakers, which is to say that it’s trying for a sleek, high-end-looking product that matches the luster of ultrabooks. (Especially MacBooks, it would seem.) The twin speakers are quite fetching, with graceful curves and a long, tall stance. They’re sort...

Apple-Liquidmetal Joint Patent Could Enable Futuristic-Looking Mobile Devices

Apple-Liquidmetal Joint Patent Could Enable Futuristic-Looking Mobile Devices

Apple may be closer than previously thought to using Liquidmetal’s technology to manufacture casings for its mobile devices. In a patent filing, a company called “Crucible Intellectual Properties, LLC” (which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liquidmetal dedicated to Apple work) laid claim to a manufacturing process for creating...

Google Fixes Glass Malicious QR Code Security Flaw

Google Fixes Glass Malicious QR Code Security Flaw

Pretty much everything that connects to the Internet is hackable--the exciting but vulnerable “Internet of Things”--but if we’re lucky, security researchers discover most of the vulnerabilities and exploits and help manufacturers patch them before cybercriminals make hay with them. Such is the case with Google Glass and Lookout...

High Scores to High Dollars, Top Pro Gamers Earn Six Figures

High Scores to High Dollars, Top Pro Gamers Earn Six Figures

As a kid of the 80s, I dreamed of playing video games professionally - long before it was commonplace. Movies like The Wizard might have helped with that, along with the legendary Nintendo World Championship. Little did I realize at the time, pro-gaming was most certainly going to become a very big thing in the future, with no current sign...

Cooler Master Unveils Monstrous V8 GTS Cooler, Capable Of Dissipating 250 Watts

Cooler Master Unveils Monstrous V8 GTS Cooler, Capable Of Dissipating 250 Watts

Although liquid coolers are hot items for builders and modders, a great air CPU cooler is something to behold. Cooler Master announced a doozy of a cooler, which the company says was inspired by muscle cars and can dissipate thermal loads up to 250W. The V8 GTS boasts a wild design that seems like a sort of ball within an space armor exoskeleton,...

Lowest price on Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p Gaming Laptop, Inspiron 660s Core i5 Slim Tower

Lowest price on Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p Gaming Laptop, Inspiron 660s Core i5 Slim Tower

Welcome back to our collection of the day's hottest deals. Starting things off with a bang is a huge discount on the powerful new Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p. Today is the last day to grab this 14" gaming machine with Core i7 Haswell processor and GT 750M graphics for just $769, marked down from $1,249. We also found a huge 50% discount on the ZAGGfolio...

Robo-Cars to Be Test-Driven On UK Roads By End of 2013

Robo-Cars to Be Test-Driven On UK Roads By End of 2013

Driverless cars will soon be cruising streets around the U.K., the country's Department for Transport (DOT) has confirmed. In a report released on Tuesday, the DOT said that by the end of this year, "semi-autonomous" cars will be tested on U.K. streets. The initiative is part of a broader strategy on the agency's part to reduce pollution and...

Google Forging Ahead in Discussions with Media Companies For Web-TV Service

Google Forging Ahead in Discussions with Media Companies For Web-TV Service

As a number of companies close in on finding a way to crack open the pay-TV market and pump channels through the Internet as opposed to traditional satellite and cable, Google is talking to media companies about deals, according to the Wall Street Journal. The search giant is trying to license content for an Internet-based pay-TV service that...

Latest Google Chrome 29 Beta Offers Web Audio and Real Time Chat via the Browser for Android

Latest Google Chrome 29 Beta Offers Web Audio and Real Time Chat via the Browser for Android

It's true that Chrome 28 was only recently released, but with Google's rapid release schedule in full effect, there's always a new version of its spiffy browser right around the corner. So, what can you expect from Chrome 29? Available now in Google's beta channel, one of the things Chrome 29 brings to the browser scene is a web audio API...

Intel Acquires Omek Interactive Gesture Control Startup for $50 Million

Intel Acquires Omek Interactive Gesture Control Startup for $50 Million

Apparently Intel has joined a growing list of companies interested in motion sensing and gesture control technology. More than just a passing fancy, the Santa Clara chip maker acquired Omek Interactive, a venture-backed technology firm that develops advanced motion sensing software for human-computer interaction. Omek Interactive's flagship...

Leaked Images Possibly Show HP’s Forthcoming iPhone-Like Smartphone

Leaked Images Possibly Show HP’s Forthcoming iPhone-Like Smartphone

It's fair to say that the smartphone market has grown too large to ignore, and with PC sales in a slump, expect to see some OEMs get more involved in the mobile market. One of those OEMs is Hewlett-Packard, the second biggest supplier of PCs in the world behind only Lenovo. While nothing is yet written in stone, a leaked render of a new HP...

PayPal Mistakenly Credits Delaware Man’s Account with $92 Quadrillion Dollars

PayPal Mistakenly Credits Delaware Man’s Account with $92 Quadrillion Dollars

We've heard of going from rags to riches before, and in Monopoly, we'd occasionally pluck the "Bank Error" card from the Community Chest and collect $200. But even winning the lottery doesn't come close to the good fortune that temporarily befell Chris Reynolds, a Delaware County resident who went to bed with no money in his PayPal account...

Micron Rolls Out 16nm MLC NAND Flash Technology For 128Gb Devices

Micron Rolls Out 16nm MLC NAND Flash Technology For 128Gb Devices

Micron said it's begun sampling next-generation 16-nanometer processing technology, enabling the industry's smallest 128-gigabit multi-level-cell NAND flash memory devices. This isn't just a big achievement in the flash industry, but it's also the most advanced processing node for any sampling semiconductor device, Micro claims. "Micron's...

NYC Getting Even More Citywide Wi-Fi Thanks To TWC And Cablevision

NYC Getting Even More Citywide Wi-Fi Thanks To TWC And Cablevision

Internet, anyone? If you're cruising over to the Big Apple, the answer is a resounding "yes." Citywide Chief Information and Innovation Officer Rahul N. Merchant, Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Veronica M. White, Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot, Cablevision Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Lee Schroeder,...

Acer Ships 23" Z3-605 All-In-One Desktop PC

Acer Ships 23" Z3-605 All-In-One Desktop PC

The all-in-one desktop market certainly isn't as flush with new machines as it once was, and the desktop market as a whole has been slipping as notebooks and tablets begin to serve as the only computer one needs. That said, Acer has popped out a new one for consideration, the Z3-605. It's a fairly stylish rig, offering up a 23" Full HD display,...

Microsoft Petitions US Attorney General For Permission To Disclose Information on Data Requests

Microsoft Petitions US Attorney General For Permission To Disclose Information on Data Requests

Microsoft is smarting in the wake of the Guardian's discussion of how chummy it's gotten with the NSA over the past few years, and the company wants permission to clarify its relationship with the federal government. To that end, the company has sent a follow-up letter to the Attorney General's office, asking it to please address the petition...

Clearance Sale on Alienware M18x Gaming Laptop, HP Spectre XT 15 TouchSmart Ultrabook

Clearance Sale on Alienware M18x Gaming Laptop, HP Spectre XT 15 TouchSmart Ultrabook

We are in the heat of summer and have some hot deals to boot. Topping our big discount chart today is a rare coupon for the flagship Alienware M18x, bringing it's huge power and optional dual GPUs at a new low price. We also found some parts to upgrade your current PC, starting with the new AMD A8 processor with unlocked multipliers for the...

Creator Of Classic Police Quest Series Taps Kickstarter To Fund New Project: Precinct

Creator Of Classic Police Quest Series Taps Kickstarter To Fund New Project: Precinct

Jim Walls and Robert Lindsley, both formerly of Sierra Games where they helped birth Police Quest, are returning to the well to create a new police adventure game called Precinct. The team is raising funds on Kickstarter to finance the project. Set in Fraser Canyon, California, Precinct will offer “real life” police situations...

Augmented Reality Comes To Google Glass Via OpenGlass Project

Augmented Reality Comes To Google Glass Via OpenGlass Project

Google Glass’ destiny is surely augmented reality--wherein the user looking through Google Glass sees extra data when viewing objects such as buildings or signs--and the OpenGlass project is already pushing towards that end. The brainchild of graduate students Brandyn White and Andrew Miller, OpenGlass is a library for Google Glass (available...

Intel Linux Developer Requests More Respect From Torvalds But Linus Isn't Buying

Intel Linux Developer Requests More Respect From Torvalds But Linus Isn't Buying

Linus Torvalds is a man of many emotions. At times, he's got a great sense of humor - he did just name the 3.11 Linux kernel 'Linux for Workgroups', after all. Other times, and especially if you're a developer making his life harder, he can be less-than-pleasant, as has been evidenced time and time again. As much as I respect Linus, I've long...

Toshiba Steps Out with 'World's Fastest SD Memory Cards' at 240MBps Throughput

Toshiba Steps Out with 'World's Fastest SD Memory Cards' at 240MBps Throughput

Toshiba has announced a major upgrade to its SD card technology that should make it easier for users to record data to a device, especially HD video that requires fast access times. The company on Tuesday showed off the latest version of its Exceria SD cards. The company's flagship Exceria Pro series will be capable of a 240MBps write...

W3C Working Group Rejects Advertiser's Do Not Track Proposal

W3C Working Group Rejects Advertiser's Do Not Track Proposal

The W3C working group has rejected the Digital Advertising Alliance’s (DAA) proposal for new language pertaining to Do Not Track compliance specifications for web browsers, saying that the latter is “at odds with our chartered aims and the weight of group consensus”. The W3C will continue to use the base text of the Compliance...

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Other Big Ad Networks to Block Ads On Pirate Sites

Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Other Big Ad Networks to Block Ads On Pirate Sites

From the "Why wasn't it done sooner?" file comes word that the Web's major advertising platforms will soon be blocking ads from being seen on sites designed to distributed pirated materials. The consortium of sorts that's responsible for the movement involves the Interactive Advertising Bureau and seven participants: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!,...

Logitech H650e and H820e Enterprise Headsets Review

Logitech H650e and H820e Enterprise Headsets Review

Logitech has a long history of developing products for consumers, who traditionally have valued style and comfort, perhaps more so than corporate purchasers. Its business components are stylish, too, and are designed to match durability with comfort. To give us a feel for what Logitech can do for business users, the company sent us two of...

Microsoft Building Windows Phone 9 New From The Ground-Up

Microsoft Building Windows Phone 9 New From The Ground-Up

Since the introduction of iOS, and then Android, it's proven extremely difficult for any mobile vendor to make a real impact. BlackBerry at least did taste sweet success at one point (how things have changed since then!), but Microsoft... that's an entirely different story. While there have always been fans of the platform, Microsoft has failed...

Apple Offers College Students $200 Discount on Macs Plus a $100 App Store Gift Card

Apple Offers College Students $200 Discount on Macs Plus a $100 App Store Gift Card

With all due respect to anyone enjoying their summer break, school is almost once again in session. Yes, it's only mid-July, but before you know it, August will be wrapping up and that annoying alarm clock will be buzzing way too early as you stumble out of bed and head to class. On the bright side, you're investing in your future, so your...

Apple Considers Acquisition of PrimeSense Machine Vision Company, Technology Powering Xbox Kinect

Apple Considers Acquisition of PrimeSense Machine Vision Company, Technology Powering Xbox Kinect

Apple finds itself in a curious position these days. The Cupertino company often posts record revenues and profits, but at the same time, it's seeing increased competition from the Android camp, and especially Samsung. This, in turn, has investors on edge, so it's not unusual to see Apple's share price drop after a positive quarterly financial...

Reddit AMA with Microsoft Dev Notes Kinect ‘Costs Almost as Much’ as Xbox One to Manufacture

Reddit AMA with Microsoft Dev Notes Kinect ‘Costs Almost as Much’ as Xbox One to Manufacture

Talk about flipping the script. When the PlayStation 3 debuted, it was criticized by gamers as being too expensive, though Sony held firm it was worth the pricing premium because it had a Blu-ray drive. Now Microsoft's the one catching flak for pricing its upcoming Xbox One console at $500, which is $100 more than the PlayStation 4. Microsoft...

HBO Sends DMCA Infringement Take Down Order to Google for VLC Media Player

HBO Sends DMCA Infringement Take Down Order to Google for VLC Media Player

Go home, HBO, you're drunk. That's the message we hope Google sends HBO in response to the media company including a link to a copy of the popular VLC media player as part of a DMCA takedown request. Judging by the other links in the request, HBO is primarily trying to remove illegal copies of Game of Thrones from the web, and in all likelihood,...

AT&T 'Next' Plan Offers to Upgrade Your Smartphone or Tablet Every Year, No Contract

AT&T 'Next' Plan Offers to Upgrade Your Smartphone or Tablet Every Year, No Contract

It's getting tougher by the day to keep up with the rapid pace of technology, especially in mobile. That shiny new smartphone you just purchased? Sure, it's the top of the line handset available today, but it won't be long before something newer, faster, and overall better comes out, and to rub salt in the wound, you're stuck toiling away...

Sprint Brings Two New Tri-Band Devices To Cruise On Expanding LTE Network

Sprint Brings Two New Tri-Band Devices To Cruise On Expanding LTE Network

Sprint may be late to the LTE game, but those who've been hanging on can look forward to two new devices. The company, alongside Netgear, has just announced that two of the first tri-band 4G LTE devices from Sprint will begin shipping on July 19th. The $49.99 Netgear Zing Mobile Hotspot and the $19.99 341U USB modem are the two new kids on...

Uber Ride Hailing App Adds Fare Splitting For Best Buds

Uber Ride Hailing App Adds Fare Splitting For Best Buds

It seems like such an obvious feature, but Uber's car-hailing app did not have a way to easily split fares until this week. Now, at last, users can ride together without worrying about settling up later. Now, riders can just request a pick-up, tap the 'up arrow' near the driver information, tap the 'Split Fare' option, select your friend and...

Sony Begrudgingly Pays Fine Over PlayStation Data Breach

Sony Begrudgingly Pays Fine Over PlayStation Data Breach

Sony has decided against fighting the U.K.'s Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) over the PlayStation data breach that left sensitive user information open to hackers in 2011. The ICO recently reported on its Twitter account that Sony Computer Entertainment Europe "will not be appealing the 250,000-pound penalty" it was leveled with...

Among The Sleep Alpha Is A Must-Download Demo of A Fabulously Creepy Game

Among The Sleep Alpha Is A Must-Download Demo of A Fabulously Creepy Game

Every now and then, someone has a fabulous idea in gaming. Sometimes that involves hordes of undead zombies, or a rocket launcher and the literal forces of Hell. Sometimes it means spending hours thinking "Just one more turn" as you craft the destiny of a city or an entire civilization. Sometimes it means being two years-old, with cute fuzzy...

Researchers Hack Verizon Femtocell, Snoop On User Calls and Texts

Researchers Hack Verizon Femtocell, Snoop On User Calls and Texts

Two security researchers from iSEC, Tom Ritter and Doug DePerry, have demonstrated the ability to hack into Verizon Wireless’ femtocells and spy on Verizon users with a simple wireless antenna. They say that they can intercept people’s phone calls, text messages, picture messages, and even data. The team used a software vulnerability...

Square Enix Apologizes For Deus Ex Jailbroken iOS Restrictions, Promises to Unshackle

Square Enix Apologizes For Deus Ex Jailbroken iOS Restrictions, Promises to Unshackle

When Square Enix rolled-out its latest mobile game, Deus Ex: The Fall, to iOS devices, fans of the series hoped for an exciting experience, close to what Human Revolution on the PC delivered. For some, that wasn't the case, leading to the insta-meme: Deus Ex: The Fail. The problem stemmed from the fact that the game wasn't designed to...

Lowest price on Dell XPS 8700 Core i7 Haswell Desktop, Microsoft Surface Windows RT Tablet

Lowest price on Dell XPS 8700 Core i7 Haswell Desktop, Microsoft Surface Windows RT Tablet

We hope you are well rested from the weekend, because we're ready to kick off this new week with some smoking hot deals. Leading the way is a big discount on the brand new Dell XPS 8700, powered by the new "Haswell" Core i7 processor. Microsoft just instituted a huge price drop on their Surface tablet, taking prices down a massive $150. Also...

Rovio Launching Angry Birds Star Wars II on September 19

Rovio Launching Angry Birds Star Wars II on September 19

As we posted about over the weekend, Rovio teased us all with a image for an upcoming game, and it might just have been the easiest one to guess ever - after all, an angry bird projecting a Darth Vader shadow isn't too subtle. Today, Rovio confirms that its ultra-popular Angry Birds Star Wars game is getting a sequel. This comes as no surprise,...

Apple May Delay Second Generation iPad Mini Launch Until 2014

Apple May Delay Second Generation iPad Mini Launch Until 2014

Bad news if you were hoping to score a second generation iPad mini with an upgraded display sometime this holiday shopping season. While nothing is set in stone. word on the web is that a new iPad mini model won't even go into production until the fourth quarter of 2013, meaning its release would likely slip into 2014. It's long been believed...

Study Reveals 1 in 10 Americans Use Smartphones Between the Sheets, and Other Fun Cell Phone Stats

Study Reveals 1 in 10 Americans Use Smartphones Between the Sheets, and Other Fun Cell Phone Stats

No place is off limits when it comes to using to smartphones. That's one of the takeaways of a new study released and conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Jumio, in which it was revealed that Americans who own such devices have no problem using them during sex (9 percent), in the shower (12 percent), and while at church (19 percent)....

Oculus Rift CEO Notes Xbox One and PS4 Support A Goal But Troubled By Life Cycles

Oculus Rift CEO Notes Xbox One and PS4 Support A Goal But Troubled By Life Cycles

The multi-year life cycle of today’s gaming console is seen as a speed bump to development by some – most notably Brendan Iribe, the CEO of Oculus VR. OXM recently talked to Iribe about the possibility of virtual reality headsets for consoles like the Microsoft Xbox One or Sony PlayStation 4, but it looks like Oculus is focusing...

Apple Investigating Death of Chinese Woman Who Died Charging an iPhone 5

Apple Investigating Death of Chinese Woman Who Died Charging an iPhone 5

While relatively rare in the grand scheme of things, it's not unprecedented for a mobile phone to cause a physical injury, only up until now they've mostly been related to overheating. A bad battery could heat up until it explodes or catches on fire, leading to the occasional recall, be it for a cell phone, a laptop, or any other electronic...

Apple Awards Samsung Contract  For 14 Nanometer A9 Processor Manufacturing

Apple Awards Samsung Contract For 14 Nanometer A9 Processor Manufacturing

They say that time heals all wounds, and while Samsung vs. Apple probably won't be entirely patched up in the near future, it seems that the two are beginning to smile a bit more. As the steam from the ongoing patent battles starts to die down, a new report suggests that Apple has agreed to allow Samsung to supply processors for its next-generation...

Tesla’s Elon Musk Envisions 4000MPH ‘Hyperloop’ Vacuum Transportation System

Tesla’s Elon Musk Envisions 4000MPH ‘Hyperloop’ Vacuum Transportation System

Think the future of transportation has us all in flying cars like the Jetsons? Think again. That's not something we're likely to see in our lifetime, however we may witness the completion of several "Hyperloop" transport systems designed to get you from point A to point B at breakneck speeds. This is the dream of Tesla founder and CEO Elon...

Microsoft Cuts Surface RT Tablet Pricing 30 Percent Across the Board on Weak Sales

Microsoft Cuts Surface RT Tablet Pricing 30 Percent Across the Board on Weak Sales

If you've been waiting (and waiting) for Microsoft to lower the price of its first Surface RT tablet, now's the time to jump. With many reports suggesting that weak sales are the root cause, Microsoft has gone ahead and slashed the entry-level Surface RT by $150, landing it at just $349. That's a sizable cut for the 32GB model, and while those...

Rumor Has It Microsoft Could Be Beefing Up Xbox One Specs

Rumor Has It Microsoft Could Be Beefing Up Xbox One Specs

Here's what we know about the Xbox One. It will have a custom AMD 8-core x86 processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 500GB hard drive, and a Blu-ray drive. Microsoft also revealed a bit of information about the graphics, saying the AMD Radeon part will have 12 compute units and 768 cores. Like the PlayStation 4, it's essentially a PC platform in a console...

PGP Encrypted GTalk and Facebook Chat App Arrives To Secure Your Android Device

PGP Encrypted GTalk and Facebook Chat App Arrives To Secure Your Android Device

These days, anyone unconcerned about privacy violations is probably just being blissfully ignorant. There's plenty to be aware of, and apps like this certainly fit into the category. SecureIM Free Beta just launched onto the Google Play Store, supporting extra-support communications via the Google Talk protocol. Plus, support for secure Facebook...

Apple Ramping Up Engineering Team for iWatch Design

Apple Ramping Up Engineering Team for iWatch Design

As we reported last week, Apple recently brought Paul Deneve, former CEO of Yves Saint Laurent, on board to help with "special projects". We're lead to believe that one part of those special projects could very-well be Apple's forthcoming and much-anticipated iWatch. According to the Financial Times today, Apple's hiring hasn't stopped...

Rumors of an Apple-GlobalFoundries Partnership Or Even Fab Purchase, Circulate

Rumors of an Apple-GlobalFoundries Partnership Or Even Fab Purchase, Circulate

Late last month, the Wall Street Journal leaked news of a partnership with TSMC, in an agreement that put a formal signature on what sources have previously implied was years of behind-the-scenes collaboration. Apple has explored its options with foundry partners that aren't Samsung for several years as its relationship with that company has...

Valve’s Pipeline Aims To Help Would-Be Game Developers Navigate The Industry

Valve’s Pipeline Aims To Help Would-Be Game Developers Navigate The Industry

Going to school to learn a trade is just half of the career battle - understanding what to expect is the other half. It pains me to think of all the people I've known who have gone to school to learn something and then realize later that the career just didn't suit them that well, and it's for reasons like those why Valve's just-launched Pipeline...

Capcom Announces Super Street Fighter IV DLC Update

Capcom Announces Super Street Fighter IV DLC Update

It might have been released over two-years-ago, and is said to be the final game in the current series, but this weekend, Capcom announced that there's still more love coming to Super Street Fighter IV. The announcement took place at the ongoing Evolution Championship Series tournament in Las Vegas, where gamers have been strutting their...

Hacker Industry on The Rise As Companies Like Microsoft and Apple Pay Top Dollar To Find Security Flaws

Hacker Industry on The Rise As Companies Like Microsoft and Apple Pay Top Dollar To Find Security Flaws

Things are getting a little hairy on the wild, wild Internet. With privacy fears at an all-time high and the whole Snowden episode stirring up worries that governments can easily convince companies to hand out just about any digital information in the world, the mere notion of whimsically cruising the Internet is becoming a little frightening...

Verizon To Join The Ubuntu Phone Fray As Member of Canonical CAG

Verizon To Join The Ubuntu Phone Fray As Member of Canonical CAG

It's tough to say at this point whether or not this move is more than just a PR stunt, but Verizon Wireless is the latest member to join the Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group. Considering that VZW is America's largest mobile operator, that's a lot of notable weight being put behind an open source initiative. The carrier has professed that it will...

Flush with Fiber: High Speed Gigabit Internet Roll-out Continues

Flush with Fiber: High Speed Gigabit Internet Roll-out Continues

When Google first unveiled its 1Gbit fiber Internet service last summer, it seemed unlikely that such speeds would become common anytime soon. However, there was great hope that with Google's pressure, other ISPs would be pushed towards offering their own 1Gbit services. This past April, we did see some evidence of that, with AT&T promising...

BlackBerry Z10 Price Bottoms Out at Best Buy, $49 on Verizon, Free for AT&T Subscribers

BlackBerry Z10 Price Bottoms Out at Best Buy, $49 on Verizon, Free for AT&T Subscribers

BlackBerry's Z10 handset came out of the gate strong, notching quick sales, including a single order of 1 million devices from an "established partner." The Z10 was also included in what BlackBerry deemed its largest ever corporate order of BlackBerry 10 (BB10) devices (Q10 handsets were also included in that order). With all that being the...

Rogers Moto X Demo Video Reveals Google Android Superphone Coming in August

Rogers Moto X Demo Video Reveals Google Android Superphone Coming in August

A leaked tech demo posted to YouTube shows off Motorola's upcoming Moto X smartphone, a highly intelligent device that is sure to win over a few fans with its wealth of tricks and features. The Moto X handset, which is launching exclusive to Rogers in Canada this August (no mention of a US release yet), will be available in black and white,...

Verizon Might Owe Apple $14 Billion for Unsold iPhones

Verizon Might Owe Apple $14 Billion for Unsold iPhones

You know the saying, "Be careful what you wish for?" Well, Verizon Wireless once wished upon a star that it could join the iPhone party, which at the time was exclusive to AT&T. Apple ultimately granted Verizon its wish, and according to an older filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Big Red may owe the Cupertino company...

The Next Big Thing Is Already Here and It's 3D Printing

The Next Big Thing Is Already Here and It's 3D Printing

Once in a while there's a sort of early confluence in technology, where the writing is on the wall for all to see and the opportunity so obvious that the big guns turn their sites to it. Back in the heyday of 3D graphics there were more manufacturers clamoring over each other in the space than you could shake a dynamically-lit, bump-mapped...

Ubisoft CEO Says Xbox One and PlayStation 4  Won’t Be The Last Generation of Consoles

Ubisoft CEO Says Xbox One and PlayStation 4 Won’t Be The Last Generation of Consoles

Long before Microsoft announced its Xbox One and Sony, its PlayStation 4, many speculated as to whether or not this upcoming generation of consoles would be the last. That proposed fate had a lot to do with the fact that it's not as profitable a business as console vendors would like it to be, especially when the risks are enormous. But according...

Google Patents Online Sports Team Player Depth-Charts

Google Patents Online Sports Team Player Depth-Charts

The last thing that would ever come to mind when thinking of "sports" is "Google", but with a newly-granted patent, it looks as though the company hopes to change that. Filed in March of 2007, Google's patent looks to improve how sports fans deal with team information online. After perusing the entire mind-numbing patent, I can't say with...

Cloud Guys ‘Plug’ Lets You Setup Your Own Local Private Cloud for All Devices

Cloud Guys ‘Plug’ Lets You Setup Your Own Local Private Cloud for All Devices

For a number of good reasons, "cloud storage" is all the rage. Being able to store your data online in order to access it virtually anywhere is the epitome of convenience. However, it does carry with it a couple of important downsides. While it's unlikely for a service like Dropbox, Google Drive or SkyDrive to go down, it's always a risk....

eBay Gets Into 3D Printing with ‘Exact’ Store and iOS App to Order From MakerBot and Others

eBay Gets Into 3D Printing with ‘Exact’ Store and iOS App to Order From MakerBot and Others

There was little doubt before about 3D printing having a real future, but at the moment, the industry is on fire. Mere weeks ago, Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 would be natively supporting 3D printing, a major boon to those who need it. Today, we learn of yet another way that 3D printing is getting into the hands of consumers, albeit...

Sony To Offer Comic-Con Attendees First Hands-On With PlayStation 4

Sony To Offer Comic-Con Attendees First Hands-On With PlayStation 4

Ouch. We had originally been led to believe that the GameStop Expo in August would be the first place where average, everyday joes and janes would be able to get their hands on the PlayStation 4. But Sony and Comic-Con just shot an arrow through GameStop's bubble. Instead, the San Diego Comic-Con festival, which takes place on July 18th and...

Rovio Hints at Another Angry Birds Star Wars Game, Possibly a Prequel

Rovio Hints at Another Angry Birds Star Wars Game, Possibly a Prequel

You didn't really think Rovio was finished milking its Angry Birds franchise, did you? That would be like shutting down a gold mining operation before you've run out of pay dirt. There's still plenty of money to be made, especially with Rovio having licensed the rights to use Star Wars characters and themes in its games, of which there will...

EA Raises Prices of Xbox One, PlayStation 4 Games in the U.K.

EA Raises Prices of Xbox One, PlayStation 4 Games in the U.K.

Despite Sony and Microsoft saying that games for their next generation consoles will cost the same as they do today, at least one publisher seems intent on placing a small premium on upcoming titles. That publisher is Electronic Arts, and according to information obtained from a question and answer post by Game, a games retailer in the U.K.,...

Hulu's Staying Put: No New Owner For The Video Streaming Site

Hulu's Staying Put: No New Owner For The Video Streaming Site

It was starting to feel like the saga that wouldn't end, and honestly, like Hulu was puffing itself up way, way too much. Now, after much discussion, it appears that Hulu's owners will retain that ownership, and a sale won't be on the table. While the likes of Yahoo! were rumored to have placed bids on the video delivery service, a press release...

AT&T To Acquire Leap Wireless For Over $1 Billion

AT&T To Acquire Leap Wireless For Over $1 Billion

Perhaps the second time will be the charm for AT&T. The carrier, which failed in its attempt to scoop up T-Mobile a couple of years ago, still needs access to additional spectrum in order to truly compete with Verizon Wireless in terms of network coverage. It's pretty hard to get spectrum these days, but a surefire way is to acquire a...

Amar Bose, Founder of Bose Corporation Passes Away at 83

Amar Bose, Founder of Bose Corporation Passes Away at 83

Regardless of whether or not you consider yourself an audiophile, or even a technology lover fascinated with audio, you've almost certainly heard of Bose. The name is essentially impossible to avoid. It's in television ads, stores are plentiful, and just about every flight that departs has at least one person on there sporting a pair of Bose...

AnTuTu Mobile Benchmark Cited By Analysts Fundamentally Broken, Heavily Favors Intel Architecture

AnTuTu Mobile Benchmark Cited By Analysts Fundamentally Broken, Heavily Favors Intel Architecture

Just yesterday, we addressed the dubious claim that Intel's Clover Trail+ low power mobile processors had somehow seized a massive lead over ARM's products and we noted some of the suspicious discrepancies in the popular AnTuTu benchmark. It turns out that the situation is far shadier than we initially thought. The latest benchmark version...

Google Glass Technology Lead Heads-Up 'FIDO Research' Team For Dog-Human Communication

Google Glass Technology Lead Heads-Up 'FIDO Research' Team For Dog-Human Communication

Interest around Google Glass has revived the idea of wearable computing in many circles and inspired research into areas that might, at first glance, seem a bit far-fetched. One such program is FIDO -- Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations. The idea? Build a harness that would allow a dog to communicate with its handler remotely...

LG's Optimus G Pro: High-End Hardware Better Utilized with Stand-Out Software Features

LG's Optimus G Pro: High-End Hardware Better Utilized with Stand-Out Software Features

Today's high-end smartphones often feature quad-core processors, multiple gigabytes of RAM, and high-resolution displays. With high-end hardware specifications such as these, a smartphone has no problem chugging through daily tasks such as checking email, surfing the Internet, making calls, etc. While all of us use our phones for these tasks,...

Lowest price on Dell U2413 UltraSharp Monitor, Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 Android Tablet

Lowest price on Dell U2413 UltraSharp Monitor, Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 Android Tablet

We know you're ready for the weekend and to help kick things off right we've got a slew of hot deals. Let's start things off with the Dell UltraSharp U2413, a gorgeous 24-inch pro-grade monitor marked down to just $449.99 from $599.99. Upgrade your fragging with $41 off an Asus GeForce GTX 660 graphics card. Also don't miss a rare discount...

Moto X In The Wild? Google's Schmidt Steps Out With Mystery Motorola Device

Moto X In The Wild? Google's Schmidt Steps Out With Mystery Motorola Device

Well, what do we have here? According to Google's own Eric Schmidt, it could very well be the famed Motorola X. A few months ago, we learned that Motorola, now fully under Google's stewardship, would be launching its first flagship Android phone since the acquisition. The company has a lot riding on this device. With a new iPhone anticipated...

Microsoft Surface RT Tablet Price Slashed to $349 at Staples

Microsoft Surface RT Tablet Price Slashed to $349 at Staples

It appears the rumor that Microsoft was going to cut prices on its Surface RT tablets is true, at least to a certain extent; Staples is dropping the price of a 32GB Surface RT tablet a whopping $150 down to $350, if a leaked ad is to be believed. There was a rumor that a Touch Cover would be an additional $100 (which would also be a bit...

Deus Ex The Fall Locks Out Jailbroken iOS Devices

Deus Ex The Fall Locks Out Jailbroken iOS Devices

A new chapter in the Deus Ex universe dropped yesterday and all reviews indicate that it's actually a pretty good mobile game, relative to the limits of that platform. Unfortunately, there's a substantial hidden caveat. If you own a jailbroken device, Deus Ex: The Fall won't let you pull the trigger. You're allowed to buy the game no problem,...

Best Buy's Two-Day iPad Trade-In Promotion Kicks Off Today, Receive $200 (or More) for Old Models

Best Buy's Two-Day iPad Trade-In Promotion Kicks Off Today, Receive $200 (or More) for Old Models

Been eying up one of those newer model Apple iPads with a Retina display? Don't fret if you're stuck with an older model, you have options at your disposal. You could always sell your old iPad on eBay or Craigslist, or you can march into a Best Buy store today or tomorrow and trade in your iPad 2 (or iPad 3) for a minimum $200 gift card. The...

New Leak Allege Microsoft Gave The NSA Backdoor Access To Both Skype, Outlook, and SkyDrive

New Leak Allege Microsoft Gave The NSA Backdoor Access To Both Skype, Outlook, and SkyDrive

For months, there've been questions regarding just how secure Skype's encryption was. After Microsoft bought the VOIP company it began moving to a more centralized node structure that made it easier to scale the product but at the cost of intrinsic security. Now, it seems such concerns were valid -- new leaked documents from The Guardian allege...

Seagate Launches High Capacity Terascale and 10K RPM Hard Drives for Enterprise

Seagate Launches High Capacity Terascale and 10K RPM Hard Drives for Enterprise

In a perfect world, solid state drives (SSDs) would offer the same capacity as mechanical hard drives for the same or similar price, but we don't live in a perfect world. Mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) still offer the best bang-for-buck, and due to their large capacities, they're often desirable in the enterprise environments. So it goes...

Vine for Android Receives Massive Update, Now Equivalent to iOS

Vine for Android Receives Massive Update, Now Equivalent to iOS

Just over a week ago, Vine rolled out its biggest update yet to iOS, leaving Android users sitting on the sideline except for a protected posts feature. At the time, Vine co-founder and CTO Colin Kroll promised to roll out the same set of features and improvements to Android "next week," and making good on that promise, an updated version...

HP Envy Rove 20 Mobile All-In-One Wanders to Retail Sunday Starting at $980

HP Envy Rove 20 Mobile All-In-One Wanders to Retail Sunday Starting at $980

We're starting to see mobile all-in-one (AIO) systems emerge in the marketplace, and in case you missed it, check out evaluation of Dell's XPS 18. Dell isn't the only system builder getting in on the action, however, as HP's Envy Rove 20 is headed to retail this Sunday with a bigger screen than the XPS 18 and Intel's Haswell platform inside...

Pebble Smartwatch Handles Success; CEO Eric Migicovsky Reveals More in Reddit AMA

Pebble Smartwatch Handles Success; CEO Eric Migicovsky Reveals More in Reddit AMA

It hasn’t been all that long since the Pebble smartwatch took Kickstarter by storm, whipping up a cool $10 million in funds, but the device appears poised for genuine success. In a blog post, Pebble’s Eric Migicovsky dished out some numbers surrounding the smartwatch that bode well for its success. Pre orders for the Pebble...

Sprint Intros Unlimited Guarantee and New Unlimited Plans

Sprint Intros Unlimited Guarantee and New Unlimited Plans

Well, it's pretty easy to tell which U.S. carriers are doing well, and which aren't. Verizon and AT&T recently extended the length of time required for its customers to get a subsidy on a new phone, while T-Mobile and Sprint are both making some pretty consumer-friendly moves. Clearly, those first two are raking in the cash. Sprint, however,...

LG Ships 55" and 65" 4K HDTVs For $6000 And Up

LG Ships 55" and 65" 4K HDTVs For $6000 And Up

Just in case you had any lingering doubt that 4K HDTVs would be everywhere in a matter of months, LG has followed Samsung and Sony by introducing a range of its own. LG Electronics' newest Ultra HD TV series (model LA9700), which is available in 65- and 55-inch class sizes, went on sale for the first time in the U.S. this week. The price?...

New Analysis Casts Doubt On Intel's Smartphone Performance vs. ARM

New Analysis Casts Doubt On Intel's Smartphone Performance vs. ARM

A few weeks ago, the analyst company ABI Research published a report claiming that Intel's new CloverTrail+ platform (dual-core Medfield) for smartphones was significantly faster and more power efficient than anything ARM's various partners were shipping. If you follow the smartphone market, that was a very surprising claim. Medfield was a...

Steam Summer Getaway Sale Launches with Big Discounts on Popular PC Games

Steam Summer Getaway Sale Launches with Big Discounts on Popular PC Games

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to pick up Bioshock Infinite, that time has come. Valve just launched the Steam Summer Getaway Sale, which features 12 days of massive discounts on game titles big and small. Valve likes to kick off the Summer Sale with a big discount on a particularly big title, and this year is no different:...

Best deal on Dell XPS 12 1080p Convertible Tablet, UltraSharp U2913WM Panoramic Monitor

Best deal on Dell XPS 12 1080p Convertible Tablet, UltraSharp U2913WM Panoramic Monitor

Today's hottest deals from across the web include a powerful and ultraportable PC, huge monitor, and slick new tablet. Dell's XPS 12 combines a gorgeous 1080p 12.5" screen with a convertible form factor and now a cool $200 savings too. Don't bother with the hassle of dual monitors, instead check out the UltraSharp U2913WM 29" LCD marked down...

Google Reported Could Spend Upwards of $500 Million On Moto X Smartphone Marketing Plan, It Better Be HOT

Google Reported Could Spend Upwards of $500 Million On Moto X Smartphone Marketing Plan, It Better Be HOT

As we reported just the other day, Motorola's next flagship smartphone will be coming to us in the form of "Moto X". It's set to be 4.7-inches, feature a 720p display, be powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 4i chip (it feels like this chip is taking forever to get into our hands) and a 16 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front camera. Some might have...

Suddenly It’s Official: Nokia and AT&T Announce Nokia Lumia 1020 Handset

Suddenly It’s Official: Nokia and AT&T Announce Nokia Lumia 1020 Handset

Well, that didn’t take long; shortly after leaked videos of the Nokia Lumia 1020 spread around the Internet, Nokia and AT&T went ahead and officially announced the handset via a press release and yet another video. The phone is available exclusively through AT&T starting on July 26th and will be cost $299.99 with a two-year contract....

Nokia Lumia 1020 Breaks Cover Early Via Accidental AT&T Youtube Leak

Nokia Lumia 1020 Breaks Cover Early Via Accidental AT&T Youtube Leak

Oops. Someone posted videos of the upcoming but not-yet-released Nokia Lumia 1020 on AT&T’s YouTube channel; it all looks very official, so we presume that the videos were simply posted too early. (We feel for the poor schmuck who at best is getting a tongue-lashing from a red-faced superior right about now and at worst is out of...

Hot Must Have Accessories and Gadgets For Tablets

Hot Must Have Accessories and Gadgets For Tablets

If you've done any shopping for a tablet lately, you’ve probably realized that they are not one-size-fits-all devices. While one person may use his tablet for business meetings and presentations, another may use it for watching movies and playing games. Some people prefer a smaller, 7-inch model while others want a larger 10-inch screen....

Ballmer Writes Lengthy Memo On Microsoft's "Far-Reaching" Company Re-Org

Ballmer Writes Lengthy Memo On Microsoft's "Far-Reaching" Company Re-Org

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wrote a lengthy email and memo to the company today detailing a new direction for Microsoft, including a massive reorganization and revamped focus. Primarily, Microsoft will no longer operate as a series of islands, with many departments all working on different projects; instead, under the banner of “One...

PC Sales Continue To Slide Down Almost 11 Percent, Longest Decline Ever

PC Sales Continue To Slide Down Almost 11 Percent, Longest Decline Ever

Computer sales are slumping, but Windows 8 isn’t to blame for the slide, according to market consultant Gartner. The research firm said that PC shipments (including laptops), which dropped to 76 million in the second quarter, can be attributed to the rising popularity of tablets, rather than customer dissatisfaction with Microsoft’s...

T-Mobile's Jump Program Allows Subscribers Two Phone Upgrades Per Year for $10 Monthly Fee

T-Mobile's Jump Program Allows Subscribers Two Phone Upgrades Per Year for $10 Monthly Fee

Imagine if AT&T had acquired T-Mobile like it intended to do before the deal was essentially snuffed by U.S. regulators concerned about unfair competition. We'd have missed out on T-Mobile's rebirth as the so called "Un-Carrier," as the company now likes to refer to itself. T-Mobile's been thinking outside of the box, first by getting...

TSMC and GlobalFoundries Report 3GHz ARM Processors on the Way

TSMC and GlobalFoundries Report 3GHz ARM Processors on the Way

If you thought today's mobile devices were fast, wait until you see what ARM has up its sleeve for next year. Chip makers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and GlobalFoundries have both let it be known that they're planning to build 3GHz ARM processor sometime in 2014, which will inevitably end up in System-on-Chip (SoC) platforms...

Instagram Rolls Out Photo and Video Web Embedding

Instagram Rolls Out Photo and Video Web Embedding

Facebook isn't about to let its $1 billion acquisition of Instagram go to waste. Continued innovation is the secret to both remaining relevant in an increasingly crowded field of apps that offer filters for photos and videos, and to seeing a return on such a hefty investment. Towards that end, the Instagram team just unveiled web embedding...

LG Unveils World’s Thinnest 5.2-inch HD Smartphone Display

LG Unveils World’s Thinnest 5.2-inch HD Smartphone Display

LG Display, a division of LG Electornics, unveiled what it claims is the world's thinnest Full HD 1080p LCD panel for smartphones, and after looking at the pictures, we won't argue against it. The display in question is 5.2 inches diagonal, but what's really remarkable here is that it measures a mere 2.2mm thin and has a bezel that's only...

IDG Folds PCWorld's Paper Magazine Business, Goes Digital Only

IDG Folds PCWorld's Paper Magazine Business, Goes Digital Only

Fancy yourself a collector of memorabilia? If so, be sure to grab the current August issue of PCWorld, as it will be the last ever in print format. After three decades in print, publisher IDG decided it was time to go all-in with digital, which is the only format PCWorld will be available in from this point forward. PCWorld currently has 339,000...

Samsung To Ship 55" And 65" F9000 4K HDTVs This August For $5500+

Samsung To Ship 55" And 65" F9000 4K HDTVs This August For $5500+

Ready or not, the 4K HDTV revolution is coming. And we're guessing that every single TV manufacuter on the planet is hoping for better traction than was received with 3D HDTVs. Samsung has just announced new 55" and 65" Ultra HD sets in the F9000 range, both of which will be available to pre-order on July 21st. Following in the footsteps of...

Researchers at NC State Develop Liquid Metal 3D Printing Technology

Researchers at NC State Develop Liquid Metal 3D Printing Technology

It appears as though researchers at NC State have taken 3D printing a whole new level. A team has developed a way to print free-standing 3D structures out of liquid metal--at room temperature. “It’s difficult to create structures out of liquids, because liquids want to bead up,” said Dr. Michael Dickey, co-author of a paper...

Ardent Fans Lobby Microsoft For Return of Xbox One Family Share and Digital Distribution Features

Ardent Fans Lobby Microsoft For Return of Xbox One Family Share and Digital Distribution Features

When Microsoft announced that it was canceling the much-hated always-on Xbox One requirements, a collective cheer went up from the Internet -- and also, a collective grumble. A number of players were ready to get rid of physical discs altogether, looked forward to the Family Share features that Microsoft had promised, and generally wanted...

Apple Guilty, May Pay Hundreds of Millions in eBook Price Fixing Conspiracy Damages

Apple Guilty, May Pay Hundreds of Millions in eBook Price Fixing Conspiracy Damages

A federal judge has ruled that Apple is guilty of conspiring with publishers to raise the prices of ebooks from late 2009 to early 2010, which is a violation of antitrust laws and lands Apple in hot water. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote wrote in her decision, "Apple chose to join forces with the publisher defendants to raise ebook prices...

Digital Storm Looks to Shrink Gaming Notebooks With Haswell-Based 13.3-inch VELOCE

Digital Storm Looks to Shrink Gaming Notebooks With Haswell-Based 13.3-inch VELOCE

Speaking of Digital Storm, the custom PC maker announced a 13.3-inch gaming notebook nearing the VELOCE moniker, which is a good bit smaller than the beastly and powerful 17-inch systems that we so often see. The Haswell-based VELOCE features an Intel Core i7-4800MQ quad-core processor, full HD 13.3-inch display, NVIDIA GTX 765M (2GB) graphics...

Google Updates Mobile Maps For Android with Enhanced Navigation

Google Updates Mobile Maps For Android with Enhanced Navigation

It seems that Google just never stops upgrading Google Maps, whether it’s adding more locales or rolling out app updates. Today, its app updates again; Google announced that it has updated the Google Maps app for smartphones and tablets, and it seems to be a rather substantial one at that. First, there’s now a dedicated tablet...

Rare savings on Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Tablet PC, Cheapest Inspiron 15 Touchscreen Laptop

Rare savings on Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Tablet PC, Cheapest Inspiron 15 Touchscreen Laptop

Welcome back to another installment of the best deals on the web today. Topping our charts today is a never-before-seen coupon on the unique Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon, a 27-inch 1080p "table PC" that is designed entirely for multimedia and fun. We also found a super-low price on a touchscreen laptop, Dell's Inspiron 15 with Core i3, marked...

Digital Storm VIRTUE: Intel Haswell-Powered Gaming PC

Digital Storm VIRTUE: Intel Haswell-Powered Gaming PC

The Intel Haswell-based gaming rigs keep coming. Digital Storm sent us a mid tower gaming machine dubbed the Digital Storm VIRTUE Level 3, which boasts some hot, next-gen components wrapped inside a stoic, unadorned chassis--rather like the CyberPowerPC Xtreme Gamer 5200 we just looked at. Digital Storm says that the VIRTUE was an effort to...

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Releasing Spy-Proof Messaging App

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Releasing Spy-Proof Messaging App

Fueled by the recent NSA leaks brought forth by Edward Snowden regarding PRISM, along with other government eavesdropping programs that have since been brought to light, Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde and a small team have begun work on what I hope becomes a de facto chat client: Hemlis. What sets Hemlis apart isn't so much that it offers...

Tiny Withings Pulse Syncs Lifestyle Data with Your Smartphone

Tiny Withings Pulse Syncs Lifestyle Data with Your Smartphone

How many steps did you take yesterday? How much sleep did you get last night, and was it good, helpful sleep? And what’s your heart rate? Pick up Withing’s latest gadget, and the answer to all of those questions will be in your pocket – and on your smartphone or tablet. The Pulse arrived today to round out Withing’s...

BlackBerry Chief Pleads for Patience as Company Undergoes a "Complex Transition"

BlackBerry Chief Pleads for Patience as Company Undergoes a "Complex Transition"

BlackBerry, or the company formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM), may find itself a Guns 'N Roses fan, and in particular the song Patience. That's what BlackBerry's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Thorsten Heins is asking from investors as the company continues to come up short of expectations during what's been deemed a "complex transition."...

Google Plus Takes Page from Facebook, Shows What Posts Your Friends Like

Google Plus Takes Page from Facebook, Shows What Posts Your Friends Like

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, both Facebook and Google should be blushing from cheek to cheek. After the introduction go Google+, the two social networking services have been copying features from each other, inadvertently helping the other to innovate and improve upon their own social playground. It's still happening, too....

YouSendIt Changes Name to "Hightail" to Reflect Future Goals

YouSendIt Changes Name to "Hightail" to Reflect Future Goals

YouSendIt, a popular online service for sending large files, apparently felt constrained by its name as it looks to grow beyond a simple file sharing service. After months of planning, prepping, designing, and developing a new brand identity, YouSendIt is now relaunching itself as Hightail, a term the company feels conjures up thoughts of...

AT&T Prepping Major Announcement for July 16, Could be LTE-Advanced Rollout

AT&T Prepping Major Announcement for July 16, Could be LTE-Advanced Rollout

Wireless carrier AT&T has been sending out emails to members of the press teasing a major July 16th announcement, in which "What's next in wireless" will be revealed. Other than that tagline, AT&T isn't saying what it has up its sleeve, be it a new smartphone product, service, or something else. However, there's reason to believe the...

Best Buy Lands Exclusive Acer M5 Multi-Touch Notebook Running Haswell

Best Buy Lands Exclusive Acer M5 Multi-Touch Notebook Running Haswell

The only place you can score Acer's new M5-583P-6428 laptop is at Best Buy, where it's being offered exclusively for $700. It features a 10-point multi-touch display powered by a 4th generation Intel Core i5 4200U dual-core processor (Haswell) clocked at 1.6GHz (2.6GHz via Turbo) with 3MB of cache and Intel HD Graphics 4400 clocked at 200MHz...

SoftBank And Sprint Have Officially Merged

SoftBank And Sprint Have Officially Merged

At long last, it's a done deal. Sprint is no long walking on its own. Instead, it's now a part of SoftBank, a Japanese telecommunications giant. As of now, the two have completed their merged, with SoftBank to own around 78 percent of the shares involved in the "new" Sprint Corporation. Existing Sprint equity owners will hold on to the other...

Nokia Takes HERE Transit And HERE Drive+ Apps To All Windows Phone 8 Smartphones

Nokia Takes HERE Transit And HERE Drive+ Apps To All Windows Phone 8 Smartphones

While Google Maps has a huge amount of mind share amongst smartphone-equipped road warriors, Nokia has an ace in the hole: amazing maps for Windows Phone. Arguably the best pure offline navigation solution on a phone, Nokia Drive is getting a new edition: HERE Drive+ and HERE Transit. The two apps will soon launch worldwide to all Windows...

Google Adds Telephone Calling Back To Gmail And Integrates It Into Hangouts

Google Adds Telephone Calling Back To Gmail And Integrates It Into Hangouts

The future of the telephone may be in jeopardy, or at least in some form of danger. Why? Google. The company has allowed US-based users to make telephone calls to the United States and Canada via Gmail for a few years now, and it's about to extend that in a big way. Recently, with a Gmail overhaul, the ability to make outbound calls vanished....

Dropbox Wants To Rid You of Your Hard Drive with the Dropbox Platform

Dropbox Wants To Rid You of Your Hard Drive with the Dropbox Platform

For as wonderfully convenient as a cloud storage and syncing solution like Dropbox is, it’s still just essentially a place to park your files so that you can access them when you need them; it doesn’t replace your hard drive (on your desktop or mobile device), which contains all your settings and things like contacts and to do...

25 Percent Off Dell U3014 & U2413 UltraSharp Monitors, Cheap Inspiron 15 Multi-touch Laptop

25 Percent Off Dell U3014 & U2413 UltraSharp Monitors, Cheap Inspiron 15 Multi-touch Laptop

Today's collection of the hottest deals from across the web have something every hardcore PC user needs: high quality monitors! A premium display can transform your computing experience, so check out the 25% coupon we have for Dell's top-of-the-line UltraSharp U2413 and U3014 monitors. You can also grab a super-fast and super-slim Lenovo IdeaPad...

Mozilla Releases First Firefox OS Phone in Spain, More Countries to Come Soon

Mozilla Releases First Firefox OS Phone in Spain, More Countries to Come Soon

At the start of the month, we reported that Spain's Telefonica had launched the first Firefox OS-based phones using Chinese manufacturer ZTE's hardware. At the time, Mozilla had oddly kept mum about things, but today, it's finally opened up, over at its official Mozilla Hacks blog. Mozilla's Robert Nyman states, "Almost two years ago, we announced...

Google Chrome 28 Released For Windows and Mac with Rich Notifications

Google Chrome 28 Released For Windows and Mac with Rich Notifications

For those who aren't very interested in testing the waters with beta software, Google has just added v28 of Chrome to the all-important Stable Channel. The Stable channel has been updated to 28.0.1500.71 for Windows, Macintosh and Chrome Frame platforms, bringing a number of security fixes and features. Starting today Chrome users on Windows...

ASUS’ Premiere NVIDIA GPU is the GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC

ASUS’ Premiere NVIDIA GPU is the GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC

ASUS introduced a new highest-end graphics card to its NVIDIA-based lineup with the GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC. The card features an NVIDIA GK110-300 GPU and has 2304 CUDA cores, 3GB of GDDR5 video memory, 941MHz engine clock, and a 384-bit interface. Designed for optimal cooling with as little noise as possible, the GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU...

JVC's New ADIXXION Action Camera Rivals GoPro

JVC's New ADIXXION Action Camera Rivals GoPro

In the world of action cameras, GoPro currently rules the roost. But there's always room for competition, and JVC is hoping to steal a bit of the market share with an updated version of its own tough-as-nails, go-anywhere recording machine. The upgraded GC-XA2 ADIXXION was announced today, offering a water-, shock-, dust- and freeze-proof...

Rockstar Publishes Grand Theft Auto V Gameplay Footage with Significant Graphics Improvements

Rockstar Publishes Grand Theft Auto V Gameplay Footage with Significant Graphics Improvements

You have to love a trailer that requires you to enter your age. The new Grand Theft Auto V trailer is out, and it looks simply amazing. The fluidity is one of the most immediately notable features, and indeed, Rockstar Games says that it’s focused quite a bit on improving mechanics. Driving and shooting, of course, got an upgrade, but...

CyberPowerPC Aims for Style and Silence With Zeus HTPCs

CyberPowerPC Aims for Style and Silence With Zeus HTPCs

CyberPowerPC announced a new line of Zeus HTPCs that are designed to be stylish enough to be prominently displayed in your home theater configuration but are dead silent, never interrupting your movie-watching or game-playing. CyberPowerPC bills the Zeus HTPCs as “your DVR, enthusiast home theatre PC, gaming console and DVD/Blu-Ray Player”...

big.LITTLE: ARM's Strategy For Efficient Computing

big.LITTLE: ARM's Strategy For Efficient Computing

big.LITTLE is ARM's solution to a particularly nasty problem: New process nodes no longer deliver the kind of overall power consumption improvements that they did prior to 2005. Prior to 90nm, semiconductor firms could count on new chips being smaller, faster, and drawing less power at a given frequency. Eight years ago, that stopped being...

Galaxy Tab 3 Now Available, Samsung Celebrates with A Tablet Use Infographic

Galaxy Tab 3 Now Available, Samsung Celebrates with A Tablet Use Infographic

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 family has landed, and as we learned a couple of weeks ago, the family includes 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inch versions. Actually, there are six SKUs in all as each version is offered in both white and “golden brown”. All are WiFi-only models and of course run Android. Samsung has always been a little wild with...

Android APK Vulnerability Now Demonstrated and Available

Android APK Vulnerability Now Demonstrated and Available

Less than a week ago, we posted about a newfound Android vulnerability that's not only a bit worrying, but affects potentially 900 million devices - dating all the way back to Android 1.6. The discovery and minor reveal was made by Bluebox, an up-and-comer security firm that had plans to expose all at an upcoming security conference. It appears,...

SanDisk Shows Off Fastest 64GB microSDXC Memory Card on the Planet

SanDisk Shows Off Fastest 64GB microSDXC Memory Card on the Planet

Mobile devices aren't getting any slower, and so it's imperative that third-party component and peripheral makers keep up with the rapid pace of technology. That doesn't seem to be a problem for flash memory player SanDisk, which today announced the SanDisk Extreme microSDHC and microSDXC UHS-I memory cards. According to SanDisk, the microSDXC...

Microsoft's "TouchWins" Program Offers Resellers Kickbacks for Selling Select Windows 8 Devices

Microsoft's "TouchWins" Program Offers Resellers Kickbacks for Selling Select Windows 8 Devices

Microsoft's message to resellers is, 'You scratch my back and I'll scratch your back.' To be more specific, Microsoft introduced a new program called "TouchWins" that allows participating retailers to receive $5 to $10 for each Windows 8 device they sell from a list of 21 Windows 8 touch-enabled PCs and tablets. "The whole idea is to provide...

Analyst Claims Apple Slashed All Model iPhone Orders by 20 Percent

Analyst Claims Apple Slashed All Model iPhone Orders by 20 Percent

One look at Apple's financial results is all you need to be convinced the Cupertino company essentially has a license to print money. Be that as it may, Apple isn't immune to market trends or fierce competition, the latter of which it's currently facing from rival Samsung. As a result, Apple may have reduced its iPhone orders by 20 percent....

Android Jelly Bean Scoots Past Gingerbread in Market Share for First Time

Android Jelly Bean Scoots Past Gingerbread in Market Share for First Time

Google's developer dashboard for Android reveals that Jelly Bean is now the most popular version of the company's open source operating system, finally eclipsing Gingerbread to take the top spot. Jelly Bean is installed on more than a third of all Android devices (37.9 percent for versions 4.1.x and 4.2.x combined), and so is Gingerbread (Android...

Pandora Update Improves Playback Buffering for Flaky Connections

Pandora Update Improves Playback Buffering for Flaky Connections

The streaming music sector may be on its way to becoming saturated with too many options. Time will tell whether all the different services can co-exist, but in the meantime, one of the industry's pioneers, Pandora, is ensuring that if it falls by the wayside, it won't be due to neglect in terms of app updates. Version 4.4 of Pandora has been...

CBS And Netflix Extend Partnership With New Shows

CBS And Netflix Extend Partnership With New Shows

If you're looking to cut the cord, and you value older television shows over new release movies, Netflix is looking like an ever more excellent bet. CBS and Netflix nailed down an extension of its multiyear licensing agreement for select CBS library content streamed instantly to Netflix customers. Under the revised deal, new titles such as...

Twitter Updates Apps To Support Direct Message Syncing And More

Twitter Updates Apps To Support Direct Message Syncing And More

If you're an avid Twitter user, you're probably aware that a few kinks still exist in the system. In terms of apps, one is particularly glaring: Direct Messages that are opened and replied to on one device look as if they're unread on another device. As of today, that's changing. The company has updated seven of its apps (BlackBerry and Windows...

Barnes and Noble CEO William Lynch Resigns Admist Continued Quarterly Losses

Barnes and Noble CEO William Lynch Resigns Admist Continued Quarterly Losses

Being in charge of a brick-and-mortar bookstore chain in this day and age of digital media is no easy task. If you don't want to take our word for it, then ask William Lynch, the former Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of Barnes & Noble who on Monday resigned from his position effectively immediately. He's also stepping down as the company's...

Windows 8.1 Shipping to Manufacturers in August

Windows 8.1 Shipping to Manufacturers in August

Microsoft released a long-awaited preview of Windows 8.1, the first revamp of the Windows 8 operating system, just a couple of weeks ago, and now Microsoft said that PC manufacturers will get the full version in August. We looked over the preview build rather thoroughly and found that Windows 8.1 was indeed a major improvement over the intriguing...

Carlos Slim Jams with Shazam To The Tune of $40 Million Dollars

Carlos Slim Jams with Shazam To The Tune of $40 Million Dollars

You’re plugging away on your laptop, waiting for your unnecessarily hot tea to cool, and you decide to buy the song that’s playing on the coffee shop speakers – but you have no idea what the song is called or who wrote it. What do you do? If you answered “Ask the barista,” you clearly haven’t heard of Shazam....

MIT's Immersion Project Shows What The NSA and PRISM Might Know About You

MIT's Immersion Project Shows What The NSA and PRISM Might Know About You

It’s deeply disconcerting, to say the least, that the NSA has been able to extract data about U.S. citizens from Internet companies using the secret (until recently) PRISM program. Because all of those companies likely handle data a little differently, it’s hard to say how much information the government is able to extract from...

Hacked: 24,000 Club Nintendo Accounts Compromised

Hacked: 24,000 Club Nintendo Accounts Compromised

One of Nintendo’s main fan sites, Club Nintendo, was reportedly the subject of nearly 24,000 illicit logins over the course of the last month, which led to cybercriminals possibly making off with people’s real names and personal information such as email addresses, physical addresses, and phone numbers. Club Nintendo lets users...

Cheap Vostro 270s Core i3 Slim Desktop, Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p Gaming Laptop Deals

Cheap Vostro 270s Core i3 Slim Desktop, Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p Gaming Laptop Deals

We hope you are well rested from your weekend, because we've got some killer deals to start out this new week. Leading the way is a super-tiny, but feature-packed Dell Vostro 270s desktop for just $389 with a Core i3 processor. Don't miss the new Haswell gaming laptop from Lenovo, the IdeaPad Y510p, marked down to just $819 from $1,099. Also...

Facebook Official Rolls Out Controversial Graph Search Feature for All Users

Facebook Official Rolls Out Controversial Graph Search Feature for All Users

If you ignored Facebook’s Graph Search when it was first announced at the beginning of the year, it’s time to give the controversial new search engine another look, because it’s rolling out to all U.S. accounts over the next few weeks. Whether you like the search engine will depend on how much you want to find out about your...

Apple Files Patent For Smart Headphones That Evaluate Ear Position For Better Acoustics

Apple Files Patent For Smart Headphones That Evaluate Ear Position For Better Acoustics

Back in May, the US Patent and Trademark Office approved an interesting Apple patent, one that will allow (if Apple does in fact implement it, which is likely) the iPhone to automatically adjust its volume based on its proximity to your face. There are many reasons why that could prove to be a useful feature, and it's now become clear that...

T-Mobile's iPhone Sales Helping iOS Catch Up to Android in the U.S.

T-Mobile's iPhone Sales Helping iOS Catch Up to Android in the U.S.

There doesn't exist a mobile platform more popular than Android, a statement that will probably ring true for a long time to come. Android has the most market share on a global scale, and it leads in the U.S., though if Apple's looking for signs of encouragement, it can point to iOS closing the gap (somewhat) domestically, according to data...

Apple Rumored to Release iPad 5 in September, Is Still Deciding on iPad mini 2 Features

Apple Rumored to Release iPad 5 in September, Is Still Deciding on iPad mini 2 Features

Surprise! A new iPad is en route. Didn't see that one coming, right? According to industry-tracking site DigiTimes, Apple is slated to launch the next iPad (5th generation) in September, and months later, it's expected to launch the 2nd generation iPad mini. It could be assumed that Apple might have enjoyed the idea of launching both at around...

HTC One Owners to Receive Android Update with Additional Lock Screen Options

HTC One Owners to Receive Android Update with Additional Lock Screen Options

Thank your lucky stars if your Android device is running the latest and greatest version of Google's open source operating system, because at the end of the day, you're at the mercy of your device maker and wireless carrier. That's why Google's own Nexus 4 is so popular -- it receives Android updates as soon as they're available. If you're...

Nikon Sees Smartphones as Answer to Declining Compact Camera Sales

Nikon Sees Smartphones as Answer to Declining Compact Camera Sales

If your business is to make and sell digital cameras, you might find yourself miffed at how many people are willing to settle for the optics built into their smartphones. For consumers, it's all about convenience and cost. Let's face it, a dedicated point-n-shoot isn't a priority for spur-of-the-moment shots when a smartphone is capable of...

Navigation Meets Projection in Garmin's First Portable Head-Up Display (HUD)

Navigation Meets Projection in Garmin's First Portable Head-Up Display (HUD)

We're still at least a few years away from flying cars and teleportation devices becoming commonplace, but in the meantime, Garmin's ensuring the future is always within arm's reach by announcing HUD, the company's first portable head-up display for smartphone navigation apps. With HUD, a device about the size of a typical GPS unit sits on...

Creative Google Doodle Celebrates 66 Year Old Roswell UFO Incident

Creative Google Doodle Celebrates 66 Year Old Roswell UFO Incident

As far as Google's doodles are concerned, the search giant has been upping its game, both literally and figuratively. The latest doodle is a point-n-click adventure celebrating the famous Roswell UFO incident that occurred on this day in 1947, a full 66 years ago. U.S. officials contend that what crashed on a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico...

Roamer App Helps Curb International Roaming Costs

Roamer App Helps Curb International Roaming Costs

Making calls while overseas isn't exactly a piece of cake... well, if you care about the cash you're earning, that is. Roaming rates can vary from "wild" to "downright crazy," but Roamer's app-based call forwarding service aims to take some of the edge off. Roamer is a new iOS and Android app designed to bring to end to steep call roaming...

Microsoft Quietly Announces Impending Closure of MSN TV Service

Microsoft Quietly Announces Impending Closure of MSN TV Service

So long, old friend. Very old friend, actually. It takes a certain generation to truly remember the advent of WebTV and MSN TV -- both were services of an era that existed before laptops and media streamers were out in full force. The concept was to bring the Internet to the Television, and in many ways, we're still seeing that dream lived...

Next-Gen Gorilla Glass: Smartphones Could Have Antibacterial, Anti-Glare Displays

Next-Gen Gorilla Glass: Smartphones Could Have Antibacterial, Anti-Glare Displays

It's not too often that upcoming glass technology is worth getting excited over, but leave it to Corning to pique our interest. During a recent talk at MIT's Mobile Technology Summit, Dr. Jeffrey Evenson took to the stage to reiterate what it is about Gorilla Glass that makes it such an attractive product (something well evidenced given...

New Advertising Technology Wispers Ads Into Your Ear From The Window You Lean Into

New Advertising Technology Wispers Ads Into Your Ear From The Window You Lean Into

There's been a lot of talk about advertising lately, what with augmented reality ads hitting the mainstream and Google paying AdBlock Plus to get its ads shown anyway, but this new story is definitely the weirdest. Imagine sitting on a bus, or a plane, and leaning your head on the window. You're tired. You've probably been rushing around...

Can Gamestop Survive In The Age of Digital Distribution?

Can Gamestop Survive In The Age of Digital Distribution?

GameStop executives and spokespeople never said much about Microsoft's original plan for the Xbox One, but the company must surely have breathed a sigh of relief when Microsoft unexpectedly canceled its original plans a few weeks later. Had the company pushed ahead with the goal of leaving game sharing in the hands of publishers, it could...

Ultrabook Manufacturers Fret Apple's Latest USB/SD Card Hybrid Port Patent Application

Ultrabook Manufacturers Fret Apple's Latest USB/SD Card Hybrid Port Patent Application

It appears that a recent patent filed by Apple to the United States Patent and Trademark Office has some notebook vendors a little worried, at least according to industry tracking site DigiTimes. That being the case, you might imagine that the patent is quite brilliant - but not so. It is useful, however: a combination USB + SD card slot....

Amazon Slashes Prices Again On Kindle Fire HD

Amazon Slashes Prices Again On Kindle Fire HD

Amazon likes to drop prices on its own products from time to time to goose sales, and indeed, it’s done it again with the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD. The company dropped the price for the 16GB model to $169 from $199, and the 32GB is down to $199 from $229. The deals include “special offers” that you’ll be stuck looking...

MEGA Launches Android App, Now On Google Play

MEGA Launches Android App, Now On Google Play

The cloud wars are seemingly only beginning, and while enterprise mainstays like Oracle, Microsoft and Google are certainly grabbing up market share left and right, smaller players such as Box, Dropbox and even Kim Dotcom definitely have a stake in things. After the whole MegaUpload fiasco, Dotcom launched MEGA -- a file sharing / cloud service...

Apple's Rumored Budget iPhone Captured and Exposed?

Apple's Rumored Budget iPhone Captured and Exposed?

Anticipation for Apple’s rumored plastic budget iPhone is high--not so much because it’s supposed to be a killer device as people want to see if it will be any good. A company called Techdy claims that it’s snagged one of the devices and produced copious photos and a little teardown to show it off. The photos show a white-backed...

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Nearly Boarded Flight That Crashed in San Francisco

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Nearly Boarded Flight That Crashed in San Francisco

As you're probably well aware by now, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 bound from South Korea crash-landed onto the runway at San Francisco International Airport yesterday, killing two passengers and injuring dozens more. Including the crew, there were over 300 people on board the flight, and had things gone to plan, Facebook's Chief Operating Officer...

Image of Motorola Droid Maxx for Verizon Leaked to the Web

Image of Motorola Droid Maxx for Verizon Leaked to the Web

Motorola may have a one-track mind, as it's currently focused on promoting (well, teasing, actually) its customizable Moto X smartphone that's being assembled right here in the good ol' U.S. of A. at its Texas facility, but that isn't the only handset the company has up its sleeve. A leaked image of a Droid Maxx device headed for Verizon has...

Nintendo Officially Kills Wii Vitality Sensor, Explains It Never Was Reliable Enough

Nintendo Officially Kills Wii Vitality Sensor, Explains It Never Was Reliable Enough

Not all dreams go on to become reality, even in the world of video games. Avid gamers may recall a Wii accessory announced many moons ago -- it's the sensor you see here. The Vitality Sensor was supposed to be another step towards making the Wii the go-to fitness console. After all, the Balance Board gave gamers plenty of reasons to stand...

FCC Gives Green Light To Sprint's Acquisition of Clearwire

FCC Gives Green Light To Sprint's Acquisition of Clearwire

At long last, it seems that this particular saga is drawing to an end. Clearwire, once a hot company in the age of WiMAX, fell off of the map fairly quickly after it became crystal clear that LTE was the future of 4G. But recently, it has become a hot commodity. Both Sprint and Dish have been flinging dirt over who was going to take it over,...

Can You Hear Me Now? Mount Everest Gets 4G Wireless From Huawei and China Mobile

Can You Hear Me Now? Mount Everest Gets 4G Wireless From Huawei and China Mobile

It appears that Huawei, along with China Mobile, have taken away my last excuse for not climbing the world's highest peak, Mount Everest. Has my gym membership, equipment and flight been covered? Nope. But the phone coverage has been! As a slightly beefy tech geek Canadian that happens to hate the cold, I kid about even considering the adventure....

Study Claims iPhone 5 Trails Galaxy S4 Regarding User Complaints

Study Claims iPhone 5 Trails Galaxy S4 Regarding User Complaints

For as long as the iPhone has existed, the general consensus seemed to be that it was a smartphone that could do no wrong. Of all the iPhone owners I know, only one of them has anything bad to say about their device. On the Android side, there are many more complaints, but that's of no surprise given the number of different models available....

Google Allegedly Pays AdBlock Plus to Whitelist Ads

Google Allegedly Pays AdBlock Plus to Whitelist Ads

As someone whose income relies entirely on advertising (it's the sole source of revenue for most content sites, even HotHardware), AdBlock Plus has long been a thorn in my side. But on the flipside, I like the fact that it exists, because I do feel that people should have control over their own computers, their browsing and potentially even...

Windows Patch Tuesday to Bring Remote Code Execution Security Updates to Windows 8, RT and Server

Windows Patch Tuesday to Bring Remote Code Execution Security Updates to Windows 8, RT and Server

Patch Tuesday is right around the corner – July 9th, in fact – and this month’s patch is bringing several updates that warrant the “Critical” rating, which is Microsoft’s highest rating for update importance. Microsoft is giving IT administrators a heads up with a Security Bulletin Advance Notification that...

Moto X Smartphone Coming To Canadians in August, 4.7-Inch 720p Display

Moto X Smartphone Coming To Canadians in August, 4.7-Inch 720p Display

We haven’t learned many specifics yet about the upcoming Motorola Moto X smartphone other than the fact that handsets sold in the U.S. will be manufactured in Texas and that some aspects (likely the back plate color and maybe some text engraving, and hopefully some specs options) of the device will be customizable, but a leaked photo...

Latest Google Glass APK Release Offers Insight Into Forthcoming 'Boutique' App Market

Latest Google Glass APK Release Offers Insight Into Forthcoming 'Boutique' App Market

Google posted a changelist of new features brought forth by the latest Google Glass APK (XE7), and they include expanded capabilities for the “OK, Glass” functionality, increased web browsing controls, the ability to call or send a message to anyone in your Google contacts, more refined voice search tools, and more. However, GitHub...

Nintendo’s Iwata Resists Layoffs Despite Troubling Financial Results

Nintendo’s Iwata Resists Layoffs Despite Troubling Financial Results

Nintendo has seen better days. There's some doubt among analysts about the Wii U's ability to compete with Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One consoles, and though the game maker found itself back in black earlier this year, the company missed its forecast and posted an operating loss of around $366 million. Nevertheless,...

Samsung To Shut Down  Boxee Cloud DVR Service This Month, TVs Could Get A Boxee Interface

Samsung To Shut Down Boxee Cloud DVR Service This Month, TVs Could Get A Boxee Interface

With most tech-related mergers and acquisitions, there's generally a bit of excitement surrounding the news. But there's also some amount of fretting. In a lot of cases, companies will acquire another and then immediately shut things down. Yahoo recently did this with task-management app Astrid, for example. But in some cases, companies just...

Dell Shares Slide on Skepticism of Founder’s Buyout Bid

Dell Shares Slide on Skepticism of Founder’s Buyout Bid

It wasn't that long ago when it seemed like Michael Dell was well on his way to acquiring the company he founded. Michael, along with Silver Lake Partners and an investment from Microsoft, put together a $24.4 billion buyout bid that was unanimously approved by Dell's board of directors. The deal would pay shareholders $13.65 per share, and...

Pick Al Lowe's Brain During Reddit AMA Session Today at 10 AM PT, 1 PM ET

Pick Al Lowe's Brain During Reddit AMA Session Today at 10 AM PT, 1 PM ET

In the latest Kickstarter update sent out by Replay Games to backers of Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded, it was revealed that Larry creator Al Lowe will be participating in another Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Saturday, July 6th (that's today!) at 1:00 PM Eastern (10:00 AM Pacific for you folks living on the west coast). He'll discuss...

Evernote Adds Two-Step Verification And More To Windows Phone App

Evernote Adds Two-Step Verification And More To Windows Phone App

Slowly but surely, Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system is getting some serious love. Instead of being left behind as Android and iOS counterparts see routine updates, WP8 is starting to see lockstep updates on some fairly major applications. Take Evernote, for example, which just updates its WP app with a new look and a handful of useful...

Deutsche Borse Cloud Exchange Treats Computing Like A Commodity

Deutsche Borse Cloud Exchange Treats Computing Like A Commodity

Ever heard of Deutsche Börse? Don't feel bad -- we're guessing you aren't alone. But it may become a more familiar name in the near future. The company this week announced that it will launch a trading venue for outsourced storage and computing capacity – so called "cloud computing" resources – in the beginning of 2014: Deutsche...

Lowest price on XPS 8700 Core i7 Haswell Desktop, Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon

Lowest price on XPS 8700 Core i7 Haswell Desktop, Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon

Welcome to the weekend edition of the best deals from across the web. Leading today's deals is a new XPS 8700 Performance Desktop from Dell. For a limited time, Dell is offering its 4th-gen Core i7 "Haswell" model for $699.99 (same price as base Core i5 model). You can also save big on Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 27" All-in-one Tablet PC or...

Microsoft Integrates Xbox One Advertising with Kinect To Profile Users and Deliver Ads

Microsoft Integrates Xbox One Advertising with Kinect To Profile Users and Deliver Ads

When Microsoft reversed its Xbox One policies a few weeks back, there was momentary hope that the company has listened to its customers and understood the features they were asking for. Granted, this was brief -- the company promptly dashed such ideas by throwing out all the Xbox One's good ideas alongside the 24 hour Internet connection and...

Nintendo CEO: 90 Percent of New Gamers Unable to Finish Level 1-1 in Original Super Mario Bros

Nintendo CEO: 90 Percent of New Gamers Unable to Finish Level 1-1 in Original Super Mario Bros

Update 7/10: It has been brought to our attention that the source reference site's report for this story was actually based on a satire, not based on facts.  Rather than pulling the story down, we're alerting you to the fact that we were mislead (as were others). However, we will pose the question that seems to be driving a lot of debate:...

Is Augmented Reality the Future of Advertising?

Is Augmented Reality the Future of Advertising?

Augmented Reality - "AR" for short - is nothing new, but with products like Google Glass set to launch soon, it's garnering a lot more attention than usual. In fact, at least where advertising is concerned, analyst Juniper Research predicts that AR advertising will become a $1.5 billion market by 2015 - up from a $2 million one in 2010. That's...

EU and Japan Brace for Data Revolution by Building 100Gbps Networks

EU and Japan Brace for Data Revolution by Building 100Gbps Networks

There’s no denying that in today’s world, data is king, and the Internet is his queen. (Or perhaps vice versa.) In the U.S., there’s been much talk about gigabit (1Gbps) Internet speeds for the masses thanks in large part to the efforts of Google and its Google Fiber projects, but the EU--where average Internet speeds are...

HTC Struggling Against Competition, Q3 Sales Expected to be Flat

HTC Struggling Against Competition, Q3 Sales Expected to be Flat

HTC is struggling; despite better second quarter numbers and profit (about $41.63 million USD, as opposed to last quarter’s $2.8 million USD), fueled in part by sales of the HTC One handset, the company failed to meet forecasts. Analysts noted that HTC’s June sales year-over-year were down 25% and predicted that Q3 sales won’t...

Blizzard Considering In-Game Transactions In World of Warcraft

Blizzard Considering In-Game Transactions In World of Warcraft

Perhaps in an attempt to reinvigorate its slowly dwindling World of Warcraft user base, Activision Blizzard is considering adding in-game purchases to the online game. In a post on the Battle.net forums, Zarhym (aka Jonathan Brown, WoW Senior Community Rep) said: “We are currently exploring the possibility of adding a way for players...

EU Votes In Favor of Suspending U.S. Data Sharing Agreements

EU Votes In Favor of Suspending U.S. Data Sharing Agreements

The controversy surrounding news of the NSA’s wide-ranging spying tactics is causing ripples in other aspects of U.S. – European Union relations. Based on information released by Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor, the EU voted to support its own commission in the event the commission decides end data sharing agreements...

Google Discontinuing The Nexus 4?

Google Discontinuing The Nexus 4?

On hindsight, it would appear that both Google and LG severely underestimated just how popular the Nexus 4 would become. By delivering a stock Android experience in a relatively high-end handset at an affordable price, Google had a hit on its hands, and it's still one of the most popular Android devices today. But is it being discontinued?...

Australian Study Finds No Link Between Violent Video Games and Anti-Social Behavior

Australian Study Finds No Link Between Violent Video Games and Anti-Social Behavior

Politicians and fear mongers love to blame society's ills on violent video games. It's a rally call we've heard time and again, despite the fact that there are numerous studies out there -- both old and new -- debunking the claims that violent games transform gamers into these unfeeling creatures that go on shooting sprees and everything else...

AT&T Says It Will Now Sell Your Anonymous Usage and Location Information to Third Parties

AT&T Says It Will Now Sell Your Anonymous Usage and Location Information to Third Parties

AT&T recently updated its privacy policy in an attempt to offer more transparency to its subscribers. As part of the update, Ma Bell revealed that it now plans to harvest and sell to third parties anonymous usage and location information to third parties, which in turn will result in targeted and more relevant advertising. Don't worry...

Samsung Q2 Revenues Fall Short on Softening Smartphone Demand

Samsung Q2 Revenues Fall Short on Softening Smartphone Demand

Has Samsung seen its best days? It's far too early to tell, though some analysts are at least entertaining the question of whether or not the South Korean handset maker has peaked after a somewhat disappointing quarter. Samsung missed modest expectations for its quarterly earnings guidance, which was partially due to slowed sales of its Galaxy...

Tim Schafer's $3 Million Kickstarter Game Runs Out of Cash, Steam Early Access to the Rescue

Tim Schafer's $3 Million Kickstarter Game Runs Out of Cash, Steam Early Access to the Rescue

There is still a market for adventure games. Industry veteran and founder of Double Fine games Tim Schafer proved it when he opened a Kickstarter campaign for a then-untitled adventure game (now called Broken Age) seeking a modest $400,000 in funding. Fans of Schafer's resume (The Secret of Monkey Island, Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle,...

Google's White Nexus 4 Sells Out, Now Only Available At T-Mobile

Google's White Nexus 4 Sells Out, Now Only Available At T-Mobile

If you were casually checking your bank account, waiting to save up enough to spring for one of Google's limited-edition Nexus 4 devices in sparkling white, there's some bad news for you: it's completely sold out, and it's not coming back. Google has said that another batch won't be produced, as the handset was always intended to be a limited...

Dell Suggests That Wearables May Be In Its Future

Dell Suggests That Wearables May Be In Its Future

It seems like every major consumer electronics company is considering some form of wearable technology at this point. Google Glass has truly launched the segment into the limelight, and with rumors of an iWatch from Apple going strong, we're also hearing now that Dell is casting a glance in that same direction. As tablet sales for Dell flounder,...

Samsung's WB110 Ultrazoom Camera Goes Long With 26x Optical Zoom

Samsung's WB110 Ultrazoom Camera Goes Long With 26x Optical Zoom

The prosumer / bridge camera market has been eerily quiet since the advent of the interchangeable lens camera, but those still looking for a simple, all-in-one shooter have found a new one in the Samsung WB110. It's the latest addition to Samsung's line of long-zoom cameras, with a whopping 26x zoom and a 22.3mm wide-angle lens. Inside, there's...

Counterfeit Jay-Z App Pushes Malware That Calls Out NSA Spying Scandal On Independence Day

Counterfeit Jay-Z App Pushes Malware That Calls Out NSA Spying Scandal On Independence Day

I'm not sure we needed another example of just how opportunistic malware creators can be, but thanks to Android.AntiObscan, we got one. This is a piece of malware that's been floating around the Web recently that mimics Jay-Z's brand-new album app, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Weeks before its launch, this album hit the headlines in a big way due...

Destiny Gameplay Video Reveals Stunning 3D Graphics Engine

Destiny Gameplay Video Reveals Stunning 3D Graphics Engine

When Bungie revealed its upcoming MMO Destiny back in February, it's safe to say that most people were impressed not only by the game's look, but its ambitions. Bungie effectively wants to make sure that Destiny is a "10 year" MMO, one that you know you can sign into on day one and plan to stick with for quite a while. Of course, to want to...

US Corporations Look To Switzerland For Cloud Services After NSA Spying Fallout

US Corporations Look To Switzerland For Cloud Services After NSA Spying Fallout

It appears that the Swiss have turned a reputation for having the most secure banks in the world into a possible refuge for corporations trying to keep data from the spying eyes of the NSA. The NSA’s PRISM program used the shadowy Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and a secret court to request data on U.S. citizens from major...

14nm Intel Skylake To Integrate PCIe 4.0, SATA Express, and DDR4 Memory

14nm Intel Skylake To Integrate PCIe 4.0, SATA Express, and DDR4 Memory

Intel’s Skylake processors won’t launch for some time (the company still needs to release Broadwell at some point, which won’t be out until sometime next year at the earliest), but according to a leaked roadmap slide, we can see some juicy details about Skylake. The chips will be built on Intel's 14nm process node (which...

Nokia Lumia 1020 for AT&T Leaked, 41MP PureView Windows Phone

Nokia Lumia 1020 for AT&T Leaked, 41MP PureView Windows Phone

Nokia has been promising a smartphone with an industry-busting 41MP PureView rear camera bearing the codename “Nokia EOS”. Evleaks says that it’s nabbed an image of the upcoming phone, which it says will be called the “Nokia Lumia 1020”. One commenter on the photo noted that the time shown on the phone’s...

Learn the Right Way to Photograph Fireworks

Learn the Right Way to Photograph Fireworks

As you probably discovered the first time you picked up a fancy camera, be it a digital SLR or a high-end point-n-shoot, photography isn't easy. Automatic settings, while serviceable in some situations, can also result in crappy photos. Adding to the challenge is trying to shoot in the dark, which is something many of us will attempt tonight...

Google FAQ Adds a Bit of Transparency to Glass, Addresses Privacy Concerns

Google FAQ Adds a Bit of Transparency to Glass, Addresses Privacy Concerns

Still unclear about this whole Glass thing from Google? Don't worry, you're not alone. In part to address privacy concerns and offer some clarity to its Glass project, Google recently posted an extensive FAQ page broken up into four categories. It addresses general Glass questions, specifications, security and privacy concerns, and questions...

Biggest Update Yet Swings to Vine, Introduces Channels, "Revining," and More

Biggest Update Yet Swings to Vine, Introduces Channels, "Revining," and More

The battle for short video supremacy is heating up, and Twitter has every intention of ensuring its Vine application stays relevant. Hence the latest update to Vine. Not just any update, mind you, but the "biggest, most exciting" one to date, with "even more coming soon," Colin Kroll, co-founder and CTO of Vine, stated in a blog post. First...

Don Mattrick Could Earn Nearly $60 Million at Zynga in Short Order

Don Mattrick Could Earn Nearly $60 Million at Zynga in Short Order

Cha-ching! That's the sound that best describes Don Mattrick's transition from President of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Zynga. The social game maker apparently wanted Mattrick in a big way, and putting its money where its mouth is as, Zynga could end up paying its new CEO nearly $60...

A Billion Mice Later, Inventor of the Computer Mouse Dies at 88

A Billion Mice Later, Inventor of the Computer Mouse Dies at 88

Douglas Carl Engelbart, American engineer and inventor of the computer mouse, passed away in his home in Atherton, California, on July 2, 2013 at the age of 88, according to the Los Angeles Times. The cause of his death is not immediately clear, though his daughter told LAT that his health had been on the decline the past few months up until...

Sharp Delivers 4K 32-Inch Touchpanel for Precision Pen Input

Sharp Delivers 4K 32-Inch Touchpanel for Precision Pen Input

It's becoming ever more clear that 4K technology will gain some serious traction once it penetrates the mainstream with reasonable pricing, and if televisions weren't enough, Sharp's hoping to garner some attention with a new touchscreen LCD monitor. The new PN-K322B is a 32" LCD with a full 4K resolution (3840x2160), and yes, you can touch...

Garmin Reveals High-Tech Dog Collar: Even Fido Needs GPS

Garmin Reveals High-Tech Dog Collar: Even Fido Needs GPS

Garmin may not be the be-all, end-all leader in the consumer PND market any longer -- particularly now that most smartphones are more than capable of navigating motorists -- but it's still cranking out some clever gear. The company has just introduced an updated Astro GPS Dog Collar, the DC 50. Just so we're clear: yes, this is a high-tech...

Android Update Vulnerability Lets Malware Bypass Digital Signature Check, 900 Million Potentially Affected

Android Update Vulnerability Lets Malware Bypass Digital Signature Check, 900 Million Potentially Affected

Android, like any operating system, is vulnerable to exploits. And every year about this time, we see a flurry of openings crop up as Black Hat approaches. Typically, these hacks are discovered by researchers who are looking to make the software universe safer. And now, Bluebox Security is doing precisely that. The company has discovered a...

Boston University Teaches Patent Trolling 101, Sues Apple, Amazon and Samsung

Boston University Teaches Patent Trolling 101, Sues Apple, Amazon and Samsung

Boston University is a prestigous, research-oriented university that can claim a number of famous alumni. Unfortunately, one of the classes it's added in recent months is aimed at a demographic that's been under increasing fire in the United States -- the humble patent troll. BU sued Samsung in April, Amazon in June, and as of yesterday, has...

Despite Claims, Apple's ARM Business A Dubious Opportunity For Intel

Despite Claims, Apple's ARM Business A Dubious Opportunity For Intel

When news broke earlier this week that Apple had finally inked a deal with TSMC to produce processors with the company beginning in 2014, the first round of chatter was on what this might mean for Samsung. Apple, after all, has been by far Samsung's single largest customer. With that topic out of the way, talk has turned to Intel. Once again,...

Nubrella - An Umbrella for Those Wanting to Go Hands-free in the Rain

Nubrella - An Umbrella for Those Wanting to Go Hands-free in the Rain

Its name alone inspires some goofy thoughts (n00brella, anyone?), but this latest umbrella Kickstarter project does seem to have some potential. We'd have to imagine that many don't like holding onto an umbrella when in the rain - especially when it's windy and actually becomes a workout. It's just not that comfortable. That's where Nubrella...

Best deals on HP Slate 7 Android Tablet, XPS 8500 Core i7 Desktop

Best deals on HP Slate 7 Android Tablet, XPS 8500 Core i7 Desktop

Topping our list of hottest deal today is HP Slate 7 Android Jelly Bean Tablet for just $139.99 - this is the lowest price yet and a great deal for a quality 7" WiFi Tablet with Android 4.1, Beats Audio, dual-facing cameras, dual-core A9 processor and 1GB RAM. If you're in the market for a router, this refurbished Linksys EA4500 N900 Gigabit...

Report: Apple Close to Landing Deal with Time Warner Cable for Apple TV

Report: Apple Close to Landing Deal with Time Warner Cable for Apple TV

Speaking of competition on the streaming entertainment front, Apple is close to securing a deal with Time Warner Cable that would bring the latter’s channels to the Apple TV, reports Bloomberg. This jibes with rumors from nearly a year ago that Apple was capitulating to pay-TV providers by looking at deals to offer their content through...

Samsung Packs Up Boxee For $30 Million

Samsung Packs Up Boxee For $30 Million

Boxee has steadily added to its portfolio of streaming hardware and software over the last few years, from its quirky Boxee Box streaming appliance to the Boxee Cloud DVR (which are actually made by D-Link) to software that runs on a number of devices. Now, the company is reportedly being acquired by Samsung. Techcrunch reports that Samsung...

Think Your Deleted Facebook Posts Are Really Deleted? Guess Again

Think Your Deleted Facebook Posts Are Really Deleted? Guess Again

Facebook is tricky. The site layout changes all the time, with menus, settings, and the like moving around, disappearing, reappearing, and being reworked with a slightly different name. Despite that, deleting a post from your Timeline seems mercifully easy: You just click the little icon in the upper right corner of a given post and then click...

Samsung Shipped 20 Million Galaxy S4 Devices, Still Trails iPhone

Samsung Shipped 20 Million Galaxy S4 Devices, Still Trails iPhone

Though Samsung has yet to release an official statement, it's being reported in a Korean newspaper that the company has now sold 20 million Galaxy S4 devices in the past two months since launch. If true, it would be an impressive feat and represent a doubling of sales since just over a month ago when Samsung announced it had shipped 10 million...

Yahoo Acquires Qwiki iPhone Video App Startup in Effort to Bolster Mobile Services

Yahoo Acquires Qwiki iPhone Video App Startup in Effort to Bolster Mobile Services

Yahoo, apparently in the mood for a Qwiki, went and acquired the startup for an undisclosed sum, the company announced today. Currently exclusive to Apple users, the Qwiki app turns pictures and videos from the iPhone's camera roll into brief movies to share. Users can rearrange, add, or remove pictures and videos, and then add transitions,...

ARMs Race: Licensing vs. Manufacturing In Mobile

ARMs Race: Licensing vs. Manufacturing In Mobile

Last week, we paid a visit to ARM's headquarters in Cambridge, England and sat down with the company for multiple deep dives into its structure, processor architecture, and the future of its product design. The semiconductor market for mobile and hand-held devices has changed dramatically in the past six years and ARM has had to evolve alongside...

Apple Hires Ex-CEO of Yves Saint Laurent for ‘VP of Special Projects’ Position

Apple Hires Ex-CEO of Yves Saint Laurent for ‘VP of Special Projects’ Position

Well now, color us intrigued (that is a color, right?). Paul Deneve, the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of fashion house Yves Saint Laurent, is joining Apple to work on...well, we're not sure what. Officially, Deneve will lend his expertise to "special projects" and serve as a vice president in his role reporting directly to Tim Cook....

Don't Flip Out, Your Google Reader Feeds are Safe on Flipboard

Don't Flip Out, Your Google Reader Feeds are Safe on Flipboard

For users of the now defunct Google Reader service, Flipboard was supposed to serve as a saving grace of sorts by offering back in March to swoop in and automatically migrate their feeds. All a user had to do was create a Flipboard account and then sign into their Google Reader account via Flipboard prior to its closing. Follow those simple...

Update: Ubisoft Hacked, Ubi.com Down, Users Need to Change Passwords Pronto

Update: Ubisoft Hacked, Ubi.com Down, Users Need to Change Passwords Pronto

Ubisoft announced that it was hacked, and some user account information including usernames, passwords (even encrypted ones), and email addresses were compromised. “We recently found that one of our Web sites was exploited to gain unauthorized access to some of our online systems,” wrote the company in a blog post. “We instantly...

Motorola's Patriotic Ad Lets Freedom Fly with Customizable Moto X Smartphone

Motorola's Patriotic Ad Lets Freedom Fly with Customizable Moto X Smartphone

Motorola's pitching itself as one of the good ol' boys in a new ad boasting about its Fort Worth, Texas assembly plant and the fact that you'll be able to customize its unreleased Moto X smartphone tomorrow. The full-page ad is scheduled to run today in The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post. "Tomorrow, you'll...

Dish Network Brings Live And On-Demand Video To Southwest Passengers

Dish Network Brings Live And On-Demand Video To Southwest Passengers

Southwest is already one of America's most beloved airlines due to its bags-fly-free policy, and now, technology lovers are about to have one more reason to chose this airline over the others. Dish and Southwest have joined hands in order to deliver a new TV Flies Free program. This will bring free live and on-demand TV to certain personal...

.NYC Approved As Top-Level Domain For New York City

.NYC Approved As Top-Level Domain For New York City

New York City's a special place, but this special? We'll let you be the judge. NYC has become one of the first cities in the universe to grab its own top-level domain, or TLD. The city has been progressing when it comes to integrating technology and making the lives of citizens and visitors alike better through the use of tech, and this is...

Winklevoss Twins File Proposal with Securities Regulators For Bitcoin Investing

Winklevoss Twins File Proposal with Securities Regulators For Bitcoin Investing

When you're suddenly launched into money, you have the potential to do some wild things. Not that the Winklevoss twins were ever poor, but after the Facebook ordeal that landed 'em millions, they've started to make a serious name for themselves. They've rekindled a start-up scene in Southern California, and now, they're planning a fund for...

15 Year-Old Google Science Fair Finalist Impresses with Body-Heat Powered Flashlight

15 Year-Old Google Science Fair Finalist Impresses with Body-Heat Powered Flashlight

Every now and then, it's easy to forget that certain items sure could use a dash of innovation. Every eight or so years, our entertainment + gaming consoles are completely overhauled. Even now, automobiles are evolving from gas to electric. But what about the flashlight? Sure, there have been minor advances, but when is the last time you saw...

Limited Time Deals on Dell U2711 UltraSharp Monitor, Samsung 840 Series SSD

Limited Time Deals on Dell U2711 UltraSharp Monitor, Samsung 840 Series SSD

Thanks for tuning in to another edition of HOT hardware deals from across the web. Leading today's top deals is the lowest price we've ever seen on the gorgeous Dell UltraSharp U2711 2560x1440 27-inch monitor, marked down to just $549 for a limited time. Also, you'll find a rare coupon on the HP ENVY 17 Core i7 "Haswell" Laptop and a clearance...

Canon's New EOS 70D DSLR Boasts "Instant and Precise" Focusing of Images and HD Video

Canon's New EOS 70D DSLR Boasts "Instant and Precise" Focusing of Images and HD Video

Canon Announced the Canon EOS 70D, promising that the DSLR will offer “instant and precise” focusing in both still images and video thanks to the Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus feature and phase-detection AF. Canon also says the camera can shoot video near the quality of a camcorder, in 1080p HD at 30 FPS. The EOS 70D features a 20.2...

Carl Icahn Lines Up a $5.2 Billion Loan, Wants to Meet with Dell's Board

Carl Icahn Lines Up a $5.2 Billion Loan, Wants to Meet with Dell's Board

Billionaire businessman Carl Icahn may ultimately fail in preventing Michael Dell from acquiring the company he founded and taking it private, but he isn't going down without a fight. Icahn keeps coming back to the table with new proposals, and the latest development is that he's seeking a meeting with Dell's board of directors after lining...

Amazon Expands GameCircle to Include All Android Devices

Amazon Expands GameCircle to Include All Android Devices

With Amazon’s GameCircle, gamers using the Kindle Fire had the ability to save their game data in the Amazon cloud, so they never lost their saves and other data. Now, Amazon is expanding GameCircle and bringing its game-saving, leaderboard, and achievements features to all Android devices. Game devs can start implementing the updates...

Glass Tesla App Lets You Control Your Tesla With Google Glass

Glass Tesla App Lets You Control Your Tesla With Google Glass

Happen to own both a Tesla Model S and Google Glass? Alright - let's be honest, the number could no doubt be counted on two hands, but if you happen to be one of those fingers, there's an app designed just for you. It's designed by Sahas Katta, and called, quite simply, "Glass Tesla", and is touted as being "Wearable Computing Meets the Electric...

Kickstarter Darling Pebble Smartwatch Lands at Best Buy

Kickstarter Darling Pebble Smartwatch Lands at Best Buy

The Pebble smartwatch has come a long way. In the spring of 2012, the team behind Pebble racked up millions in funding on Kickstarter after launching a campaign aimed at raising just $100,000. Now, the smartwatch is available at electronics retailing giant Best Buy. The device is “coming soon”, but 9-to-5 Mac found a screenshot...

Researcher at Boise State University Creates Raspberry Pi-Based Supercomputer

Researcher at Boise State University Creates Raspberry Pi-Based Supercomputer

What’s a fellow to do when the campus Beowulf cluster isn’t quite ideal for his Electrical and Computer Engineering dissertation project? Build one of his own, of course. Boise State’s Joshua Kiepert did just that, and he used 32 Raspberry Pi boards to do it. Kiepert’s dissertation is focused on “developing a...

Microsoft Starts Pushing Surface Into the Enterprise

Microsoft Starts Pushing Surface Into the Enterprise

Let's be brutally honest, shall we? The failure of Microsoft's Surface RT and Pro platforms to catch on with consumers the way the iPad and Android tablets have isn't because Surface stinks. That would imply there's a problem with the hardware, and for the most part, there really isn't. Instead, the blame falls on Microsoft's shoulders for...

AOC Q29630 29" UltraWide IPS LED Monitor Review

AOC Q29630 29" UltraWide IPS LED Monitor Review

Ask any person who owns a dual-monitor setup and they'll all tell you they couldn't fathom going back to a single display. Maybe you're one of those people, and if so, you know exactly the feeling we're talking about. But what if you could enjoy all the benefits of a dual-monitor configuration from a single monitor? Would you be game to reclaiming...

Did Motorola Mistakenly Publish Droid Ultra Details?

Did Motorola Mistakenly Publish Droid Ultra Details?

Motorola decided to tease the launch of its upcoming Droid Ultra smartphone by setting up a product page on its website devoid of any product shots. Instead there's a little gray box with the device's name and a bold tagline that reads, "Think Thin." That's certainly not a problem, as each new generation of smartphones seem to be slimmer than...

Samsung Galaxy Note III Rumored to Release September 4th

Samsung Galaxy Note III Rumored to Release September 4th

Anticipation is running high for the Galaxy Note III, just as it typically does for pretty much any Samsung device, hence why the company poses such a big threat to Apple in the mobile space. But that's a story for another day. The topic here is the Galaxy Note III and when it will release to retail. Assuming the latest leaked information...

Microsoft Windows Store Tops 100,000 Windows 8 Apps

Microsoft Windows Store Tops 100,000 Windows 8 Apps

Microsoft has reason to celebrate today, as its Windows Store is now filled with over 100,000 Windows 8 apps. It's an important milestone en route to a much larger goal of building out a rich ecosystem, and while it's true Apple and Google have Microsoft beat in the apps department, the Redmond outfit reached the 100,000 mark much faster than...

Microsoft Gets Fancy With Golden Xbox 360 Controller

Microsoft Gets Fancy With Golden Xbox 360 Controller

Not interested in ponying up for an Xbox One? Looking to spruce your Xbox 360 up? Microsoft has just the hardware for you. The company announced this week the introduction of the Xbox 360 Special Edition Chrome Series Gold Wireless Controller. Aside from the outrageous new color, the functions remain the same. It'll pack a pretty pricey $54.99...

Asus 31.5" PQ321Q 4K Monitor Now Up For Pre-Order At $3499

Asus 31.5" PQ321Q 4K Monitor Now Up For Pre-Order At $3499

Look, desktops may be on the decline, but if you're still using one, you're going to want this monitor. Asus has just opened up pre-orders for its PQ231Q monitor -- the world's first consumer 4K LCD. It's a 31.5" screen with four times the resolution of a typical 1080p panel. Starting now, US consumers will be able to pre-order the world's...

Tech e-Tail Giant Newegg Debuts its New Flash Sale Site

Tech e-Tail Giant Newegg Debuts its New Flash Sale Site

Where there's a will, there's a way -- and an opportunity. Woot sort of set the tech world aflame when it launched onto the online liquidation + deals scene, and ever since, there have been copycat sites cropping up all over. If there's one thing we love more than innovation, it's a good deal on new gear. Now, one of the tech world's largest...

Microsoft Announces The End of TechNet Subscriptions

Microsoft Announces The End of TechNet Subscriptions

Sheesh, when is it going to end? As if it wasn't enough that Microsoft annoyed millions of Windows fans with its latest OS (which it is now trying to correct), or that it seemed to care little about its loyal Xbox fanbase during the entire Xbone debacle - now, the company's decided to shutter one of its most popular services: TechNet. TechNet...

[Updated] Xbox One Fallout: Don Mattrick Leaving Microsoft For Zynga

[Updated] Xbox One Fallout: Don Mattrick Leaving Microsoft For Zynga

There are certain headlines you don't expect to see on a regular basis. "BMW Executives Prefer Driving Kia." "Ryan Gosling Weds Dowdy, Middle-Aged Housewife." "Game Industry Leaders Agree:  Industry Peaked With Colecovision." Or, in this case: "Microsoft Entertainment Head Don Mattrick Leaves For Zynga." This is clearly fallout from the...

Twitter’s Vine Photo App Comes to Kindle Fire Users, on Amazon Now

Twitter’s Vine Photo App Comes to Kindle Fire Users, on Amazon Now

Vine sure has been making the rounds the lately. After amassing 13 million users on iOS since launching in late January, Vine saw fit to swing over to Android earlier this month. Lest anyone think the video sharing service is leaving any stone unturned, it's now available to Kindle Fire users in the Amazon Appstore for Android. This is a critical...

Detroit: Motor City New Home To Software Programmers Building Apps For Cars

Detroit: Motor City New Home To Software Programmers Building Apps For Cars

Detroit, which in recent decades has become a punchline, is reinventing itself by focusing on technology. More specifically, the auto industry is looking to the tech sector, as car manufacturers seek to develop software applications for next-gen connected vehicles. Thus, there’s a small but attractive job market blooming in Detroit....

Microsoft Rolls Out New OneNote App For iPad, iPhone, and Android

Microsoft Rolls Out New OneNote App For iPad, iPhone, and Android

Microsoft announced updated versions of its OneNote note-taking app for iOS and Android, which follows hot on the heels of the launch of Office Mobile for iPhone. However, unlike the latter, the former isn’t reliant (necessarily) on an Office 365 subscription. You can simply download the app and tie it to a free Microsoft account. Of...

Clearance Sale on Alienware M17x Gaming Laptop with GeForce GTX 680M

Clearance Sale on Alienware M17x Gaming Laptop with GeForce GTX 680M

Now that you're nice and relaxed from the weekend, it's time to get amped up for a new set of hot deals. Alienware's 2012 models are being heavily discounted and right now you can get a super-low price on the premium M17x gaming laptop. If you need a PSU for your PC build, don't miss out on this deal on a 350W unit for just $9.99 after rebate!...

HP Looking To Get Back Into Smartphones

HP Looking To Get Back Into Smartphones

The sting of HP’s Palm acquisition and subsequent inglorious failure to do anything with it may be subsiding enough so that the company can revisit the idea of entering the smartphone market. Yam Su Yin, HP’s Senior Director Consumer PC and Media Tablets Asia Pacific (holy job title, Batman) told Indian Express that HP would indeed...

Gamer's Headset Claims To Let You Overclock Your Brain

Gamer's Headset Claims To Let You Overclock Your Brain

 In case it wasn't so obvious before, the Sydney Morning Herald would like to inform you that strapping a device to your head with the intent of hitting your brain with a surge of electricity is probably a bad idea. We can tell you that it's definitely stupid. The quick article makes no mention of brand, but the headset is en route and...

Microsoft Reacts But Did It Get Windows 8.1 Right?

Microsoft Reacts But Did It Get Windows 8.1 Right?

For Windows users of all kinds, the Windows "Blue" 8.1 update has been long-awaited. Those who've been using the base OS since launch have no doubt been anticipating some of the enhancements that are coming, while many others have been waiting patiently to see if the update manages to right enough wrongs to help persuade them to make the move....

Firefox OS Smartphone From ZTE Launched On Spain’s Telefonica

Firefox OS Smartphone From ZTE Launched On Spain’s Telefonica

We’ve been waiting to see a Firefox OS phone in the wild, and tomorrow that will become a reality with the launch of the ZTE Open in Spain. Service provider Telefónica says that this is the first commercial launch of a Firefox OS device; it will be available at Movistar stores for 69 euros, which includes 30 euros’ worth...

Apple Finally Signs Deal with TSMC Kicking Samsung to the Curb

Apple Finally Signs Deal with TSMC Kicking Samsung to the Curb

So long, Samsung, and thanks for the chips. That's the message Apple effectively sent its rival in the mobile space after inking a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to build and supply the complex processors found in its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The impending breakup with Samsung has been a long time...

Ready to Rock? Web-based Xbox Music Service Goes Live with Free 30 Day Trial

Ready to Rock? Web-based Xbox Music Service Goes Live with Free 30 Day Trial

Put your dancing shoes on and/or bust out your air guitar (or any other instrument you're good at fake playing), Microsoft's Xbox Music service is now available on virtually any operating system via web browsers. Serving as a replacement to Zune, Xbox Music launched last year for Windows 8 devices and on the Xbox 360 console. Now it's available...

Reminder: Google Reader Goes Dark Today

Reminder: Google Reader Goes Dark Today

All good things eventually come to an end, and for the thousands of people who used Google Reader, the search giant's RSS reader was indeed a good thing. You'll notice we're referring to Google Reader in the past tense. We're jumping the gun by a few hours, but by the end of the day, Google will pull the plug on its RSS reader, rendering the...

Apple Hints of Upcoming Smart Watch Launch by Filing for "iWatch" Trademark in Japan

Apple Hints of Upcoming Smart Watch Launch by Filing for "iWatch" Trademark in Japan

Apple has yet to officially confirm plans to launch a smart watch device, but there remains little doubt the Cupertino company is at least flirting with the idea, if not already in the advanced design phase. Serving as further proof that a smart watch is in Apple's future, the company has gone and filed a trademark application for "iWatch"...

Songza Opens Up $0.99 Per Week Option For Ad-Free Music Streaming

Songza Opens Up $0.99 Per Week Option For Ad-Free Music Streaming

Music subscription services today are like netbooks in 2009: everybody's making one, so your options are almost limitless. The latest to make some noise is Songza, which has just introduced a new ad-free version for those willing to open up their wallets just a bit. Presently, the service has racked up nearly five million users addicted to...