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All News for July 2014

HotHardware’s Summer Gaming System Giveaway!

HotHardware’s Summer Gaming System Giveaway!

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

What Time Is It?  iTime! Apple Awarded Extensive Design Patent For 'iTime' Smartwatch

What Time Is It? iTime! Apple Awarded Extensive Design Patent For 'iTime' Smartwatch

A new patent filing today shows that Apple has been granted a wide-ranging patent for a future smartwatch device (dubbed the iTime). Apple's patent refers to a device which is removable (it continues to function when detached from its wristband) and can be upgraded or swapped with other products. Apple's patent diagrams show a device that...

Dell Striving To Ship 30 Million Notebooks In 2015

Dell Striving To Ship 30 Million Notebooks In 2015

You've probably heard analysts talk about the so-called post-PC era, which is really an overreaction to the tablet and smartphone craze that's taken place in the past couple of years. In reality, hundreds of millions of PCs are still sold each and every year, and when it comes to mobile, there's still a high demand for full functional laptops....

Limited-Time Dell Monitor Deals, Bundled eGift cards and More

Limited-Time Dell Monitor Deals, Bundled eGift cards and More

Welcome back to the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on the Dell U2414H UltraSharp 24" 1080p IPS display, the Dell UltraSharp UZ2715H 27", the 15.6" Lenovo G50-70 Core i5-based laptop, and a whole lot more. Full details with pricing and links to all of the deals are...

Facebook Adds Long-Needed Save-For-Later Feature

Facebook Adds Long-Needed Save-For-Later Feature

For as ubiquitous as Facebook is and for as many features as the social network has, there are a few much-needed items that the company just hasn’t gotten to over the years. (For example, why can’t you comment on a comment?) Facebook is taking care of one of those long-needed features today, though, by introducing Save. Save lets...

Devs Buying Into Amazon’s Fire Phone

Devs Buying Into Amazon’s Fire Phone

If there was one word to describe Amazon, it would be “disruptive”. The company has been dominant in the online retail market, but it has also pushed into other services such as video streaming with Amazon Prime, tablets, and even drones. Amazon’s recently-announced Fire smartphone is an intriguing a product within a given...

Apple Anticipates Record iPhone Demand, Asks Suppliers To Prep 70-80 Million Large Screen Handsets

Apple Anticipates Record iPhone Demand, Asks Suppliers To Prep 70-80 Million Large Screen Handsets

Apparently Apple is anticipating not only record demand for its next iPhone launch, but a near exponential rise in sales compared to previous models (slight exaggeration). Or perhaps Apple wants to avoid lengthy backorders -- either way, it's being reported that Apple has asked suppliers to ready between 70 million an 80 million iPhone 6 devices...

The Deal Is Done: Facebook Officially Owns Oculus

The Deal Is Done: Facebook Officially Owns Oculus

Whether you’re disgusted by the prospect of Facebook owning an exciting grassroots-type product like the Oculus Rift or believe, like John Carmack and Michael Abrash, that combining Facebook’ big moneybags with Oculus’ know-how will make possible all the promise of VR technology, Facebook’s blockbuster deal to acquire...

Intel's SSD Pro 2500 Enterprise SSD Tested

Intel's SSD Pro 2500 Enterprise SSD Tested

Intel's just-announced Intel SSD 2500 Pro, falls somewhere in the middle of Intel’s SSD line-up. The SSD 2500 Pro is the follow-up to last year’s SSD 1500 Pro series, which targets corporate and small-business clients. The drive shares much of its DNA with some of Intel’s consumer-class drives, but the Pro series cranks things...

Xiaomi Waltzes Into Wearables With $13 Fitness Band That Can Unlock Your Smartphone

Xiaomi Waltzes Into Wearables With $13 Fitness Band That Can Unlock Your Smartphone

It seems hard to fathom at this point, but there was actually a time when it wasn't certain if a tablet market could exist outside of Apple's iPad. Once low-cost Android tablets started to roll out (as opposed to Android tablets priced the same as the iPad), consumers reacted in a big way. Fast forward to today and we're staring at an emerging...

Yahoo Acquires Flurry Analytics As It Looks To Bolster Mobile Presence

Yahoo Acquires Flurry Analytics As It Looks To Bolster Mobile Presence

For those who hang around this sector, Flurry is a common name. Every so often, perhaps every quarter or so, Flurry would unleash a flurry (sorry, we couldn't resist) of data surrounding platforms and mobile insights. Since launching in 2008, it has grown into a trusted, heavily relied upon source for information. Primarily tapped into by...

Verizon Rides The Wireless Wave To Sixth Consecutive Quarter Of Double Digit Earnings Growth

Verizon Rides The Wireless Wave To Sixth Consecutive Quarter Of Double Digit Earnings Growth

Verizon Communications said it added 1.4 million net retail connections in the second quarter of 2014 to bring its total wireless subscriber base to 104.6 million. Equally impressive is the company's low churn rate of just 1.2 percent, meaning that the vast majority of wireless customers are content with their service, or at least content...

Hands-On With NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet And Tegra K1

Hands-On With NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet And Tegra K1

NVIDIA just officially announced the SHIELD tablet (powered by their Tegra K1 SoC) and SHIELD wireless controller. As the SHIELD branding implies, the new SHIELD tablet and wireless controller builds upon the previously-released, Android-based SHIELD portable to bring a true gaming-oriented tablet to consumers. In some ways, the SHIELD tablet...

Researchers Find Correlation Between Increased Facebook Use And Divorce

Researchers Find Correlation Between Increased Facebook Use And Divorce

If you or your spouse spend a lot of time on Facebook, it can be pretty scary to see a study suggest there's a correlation between heavy Facebook use and divorce. However, it's important to note the distinction between "correlation" and "causation," which is to say that spending an inordinate amount of time on Facebook or any other social...

Your e-DNA May Be The Next Security Frontier For Hackers To Exploit

Your e-DNA May Be The Next Security Frontier For Hackers To Exploit

It goes without saying that technology can be amazing, but at the same time, some aspects of it can be downright scary. The latest example of that comes from Oxford, where a team of researchers have developed "e-DNA", a foolproof solution, they claim, that can single you out on the Internet. Like our real DNA, our e-DNA is composed of many...

Best Deals On HP ENVY Core i7 Touch Laptops, Ooma VoIP, and More

Best Deals On HP ENVY Core i7 Touch Laptops, Ooma VoIP, and More

It’s a new week, and it with that comes a fresh batch of HOT deals, direct from our friends at LogicBuy. On the menu for you all today, we have deals on the HP ENVY 17t Haswell-based notebook with touch, the Lenovo H500 dual-core Mini-Tower desktop system, a Dell PowerEdge T110 II Intel Dual-core Server, and a whole lot more. Full details...

 Chinese Hackers Compromise Tesla Model S, Honk Horn, Unlock Doors, Flash Headlights

Chinese Hackers Compromise Tesla Model S, Honk Horn, Unlock Doors, Flash Headlights

It looks like Tesla has a few security vulnerabilities to address. That much became evident after Chinese hackers participating in a hacking competition at the annual Syscan conference in Beijing took advantage of a vulnerability in a Tesla Model S electric car that allowed them to honk the horn, unlock the doors, and flash the headlights,...

Blasphemy! Lenovo Clarifies Intention To Continue With Small Screen Windows Tablets

Blasphemy! Lenovo Clarifies Intention To Continue With Small Screen Windows Tablets

Word broke a few days ago that Lenovo was going to discontinue tablets in the U.S. under 10 inches or so in size. It appeared that demand for smaller tablets stateside was dwindling, with users preferring larger devices. Lenovo released a statement today addressing that bit of news, and the long and short of it is that the statement is untrue....

LG G3 Available From AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint For $99 On Amazon

LG G3 Available From AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint For $99 On Amazon

If you want to snag an LG G3 from a carrier such as AT&T, you should be prepared to drop $199.99 with a two-year contract, but it looks as though you can pick one up from Amazon for just $99. The monster etailer has the LG G3 available for AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint in Metallic Black or Silk White with 32GB of onboard storage. There’s...

Verizon Bumps FiOS Upload Speeds To ‘Symmetrically’ Match Download Speeds

Verizon Bumps FiOS Upload Speeds To ‘Symmetrically’ Match Download Speeds

Those who place a high value on in-home Internet have long envied the portion of the United States population within a Verizon FiOS footprint. While the fiber-based service stopped expanding to new areas years back, Verizon has continued to push its existing areas to new heights. Now, it's doing so once again, and we're certainly hopeful that...

Samsung Rolls Out Tizen OS Update With Enhanced User Interface For Original Galaxy Gear

Samsung Rolls Out Tizen OS Update With Enhanced User Interface For Original Galaxy Gear

There’s some question about how popular the original Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch ended up being, but in any case Samsung announced an update for the Gear that will bring it up to par with the Gear 2 (at least as far as software is concerned). Both devices now have the same user experience. The optional Tizen OS update will primarily...

Dial Back The Hype: Alleged iPhone 6 Display Fails Sandpaper Test, Suggesting Screen Isn't Pure Sapphire

Dial Back The Hype: Alleged iPhone 6 Display Fails Sandpaper Test, Suggesting Screen Isn't Pure Sapphire

Apple still hasn't announced its next iPhone, but that hasn't stopped the Internet from talking about and leaking information in relation to what's likely to be called the iPhone 6. Much of the recent focus has been on the iPhone 6's supposed sapphire crystal display, a seemingly much more resilient material than Corning's Gorilla Glass and...

Microsoft Launches Windows Phone Online Training Emulator To Lure In New Users

Microsoft Launches Windows Phone Online Training Emulator To Lure In New Users

Statistically speaking, there aren't a whole lot of smartphone owners rocking Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, at least compared to Android and iOS, the two of which collectively account for around nine out of 10 handsets. Presuming a fear of the unknown is preventing some users from hopping on the Windows Phone train, Microsoft has posted...

At Least They Have A Warrant: Federal Judge Grants Full Access To Gmail User's Account For US Prosecutors

At Least They Have A Warrant: Federal Judge Grants Full Access To Gmail User's Account For US Prosecutors

Generally speaking, you have a right to privacy when it comes to your email account, except when you're accused of a crime and there's a warrant. That's basically what a New York judge ruled when he upheld a previous order giving the U.S. government full access to the Gmail account of a suspect in a money laundering investigation. At issue...

Western Digital Expands WD Red Line Of NAS Drives With 6 Terabyte, 5 Platter HDD

Western Digital Expands WD Red Line Of NAS Drives With 6 Terabyte, 5 Platter HDD

Western Digital this morning hit the storage industry over its head with a couple of new high capacity hard drive options being offered in the company's WD Red line of drives. One is a 5-terabyte HDD and the other is a first-to-market 6-terabyte capacity HDD based on a tightly packed five-platter design, and like all WD Red drives, they're...

Google CEO Larry Page Reportedly Calls Samsung Exec On The Carpet Over Android Wear

Google CEO Larry Page Reportedly Calls Samsung Exec On The Carpet Over Android Wear

You could see this one coming a mile a way.  Though Samsung is clearly Google's golden child when it comes to moving Android-powered smartphones, there's a distinct divide developing between the two when it comes to the latest "wearables" technology trend and even a hint of one in smartphones as well. Further, according to recent reports,...

Microsoft Cuts Nokia McLaren 3D Touch Phone Development In Company-Wide Shake-Up

Microsoft Cuts Nokia McLaren 3D Touch Phone Development In Company-Wide Shake-Up

Way off in some alternate reality, Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on its Nokia McLaren handset, a flagship phone equipped with 3D Touch technology. The company's marketing team is busy preparing advertisements that show off the Kinect-like gesture control you can pull off courtesy of the phone's many embedded sensor, and there's...

Seagate Announces  First Customer Samples Of 8 Terabyte Hard Drive During Fiscal Q4 Earnings Call

Seagate Announces First Customer Samples Of 8 Terabyte Hard Drive During Fiscal Q4 Earnings Call

Overall Seagate Technology closed out its fiscal year (ended June 27, 2014) in good shape. The drive maker reported fourth quarter revenue of $3.3 billion, which was enough to pull a healthy profit of $320 million along with diluted earnings per share of $0.95. It also generated around $577 million in operating cash flow and returned a sizable...

Netflix Testing Private Viewing Mode To Cover Viewing Activity Log Tracks

Netflix Testing Private Viewing Mode To Cover Viewing Activity Log Tracks

Although Netflix’s system for tracking what you’ve viewed and offering up suggestions accordingly is a fine way to discover new movies or TV shows you may want to watch, it can also be annoying when you watch something that turns out to be awful (or embarrassing). Worse, your friends or family members who see your account can see...

Can You Hear Me Now? goTenna Lets Your Smartphone Connect With Friends Even If You Have No Bars

Can You Hear Me Now? goTenna Lets Your Smartphone Connect With Friends Even If You Have No Bars

Did you ever go on a big family road trip where there were two or more cars in the caravan, and you brought along walkie-talkies so you could communicate on the drive? Now, of course, nearly everyone has cell phones to accomplish the same thing more easily, but there’s a problem: When you don’t have service, you’re hosed....

Senator Slams Microsoft's Visa Hypocrisy As MSFT Searches For Foreign Workers While Laying Off Others

Senator Slams Microsoft's Visa Hypocrisy As MSFT Searches For Foreign Workers While Laying Off Others

Microsoft's plans to lay off some 18,000 employees have caused ripples in the tech industry -- it's one of the largest layoffs ever announced at a major IT company -- and some of those ripples have spread to Capitol Hill. On Friday, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) tore into Microsoft for the hypocrisy of pushing for more H1-B visas while it...

Chromebooks Making The Grade, Over 1 Million Shipped To Schools In Second Quarter

Chromebooks Making The Grade, Over 1 Million Shipped To Schools In Second Quarter

Give Google credit for sticking with its Chromebook platform despite a somewhat slow start and initial lukewarm reception. Over time, consumers are starting to see the value in these cloud-oriented systems, and they're proving particularly popular in schools. According to Google, schools bought more than 1 million Chromebook systems in the...

Facebook Testing “Buy” Button On Ads In Newsfeeds

Facebook Testing “Buy” Button On Ads In Newsfeeds

Don’t freak out, but Facebook is testing a new feature that would put “Buy” buttons on ads within the social network. Simply, users would see an ad, and the ad would have a button that you could click to purchase the item you see, all without leaving Facebook. This is an obvious evolution of having ads on Facebook, and it...

Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Posts Video Seemingly Proving ISP Throttles Netflix

Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Posts Video Seemingly Proving ISP Throttles Netflix

The ongoing battle between Netflix and ISPs that can't seem to handle the streaming video service's traffic boiled over to an infuriating level for Colin Nederkoon, a startup CEO who resides in New York City. Rather than accept excuses and finger pointing from either side, Nederkoon did a little investigating into why he was receiving such...

Fresh Chrome OS Screenshots Show Revamped “Athena” User Experience

Fresh Chrome OS Screenshots Show Revamped “Athena” User Experience

Google is always tweaking its products, and Chrome OS has one substantial change coming regarding the look and features of its windows management. (That’s “windows” not “Windows”, mind you.) Google “Happiness Evangelist” François Beaufort posted a screenshot that shows a stacked set of open...

Dell Dives Into Cryptocurrency, Starts Accepting Bitcoin

Dell Dives Into Cryptocurrency, Starts Accepting Bitcoin

Bitcoin just landed a big time partner in Dell, the third largest PC maker in the world and now the largest e-commerce merchant to accept the cryptocurrency. Dell doesn't get the distinction of being the first system builder to jump on the bandwagon, but with nearly $60 billion in annual sales, the OEM is by far bitcoin's biggest e-commerce...

Time Warner Cable Looking To Bring “Gigasphere” Internet To L.A. In 2016

Time Warner Cable Looking To Bring “Gigasphere” Internet To L.A. In 2016

The evolution to gigabit Internet speeds continues with the news that Time Warner Cable will be trying to bring what it calls the “Gigasphere” to L.A. in 2016. The city is soliciting requests for information (RFIs) for gigabit-level Internet service, and TWC is in the mix. “Over the last four years, Time Warner Cable has...

French Court Fines Blogger For Negative Restaurant Review Prominently Displayed In Google Search

French Court Fines Blogger For Negative Restaurant Review Prominently Displayed In Google Search

A restaurant owner in France sued a blogger for writing a negative review of her experience at his establishment and ultimately won because the review became too popular in Google's search results. Seriously. Apparently the judge in the case isn't familiar with this whole Internet thing and how it works, hence the goofy outcome. According...

Weekend Deals On Dell Optiplex Core i7 Desktop, Sony PS4, and More

Weekend Deals On Dell Optiplex Core i7 Desktop, Sony PS4, and More

It’s time to close out another week, but not before serving up another healthy serving of HOT deals, courtesy of our friends at LogicBuy. On tap for you all today, we have deals on the Dell Optiplex 7010 Core i7-based system, the Lenovo F800 1TB Multi-mode Wireless Storage device, the 27" Dell UltraSharp UZ2715H 1080p Anti-glare IPS...

GIGABYTE Updates its EasyTune App to Make Overclocking Intel's Pentium Anniversary Edition a Breeze

GIGABYTE Updates its EasyTune App to Make Overclocking Intel's Pentium Anniversary Edition a Breeze

It might "just" be a Pentium, but I consider the G3258 "Anniversary Edition" to be one of the most interesting chips Intel's released in a while. It's a well-known fact that enthusiasts love ekeing as much performance out of their parts as possible, and there's just something about doing that to a sub-$100 part that can be seriously exciting....

E-Book Worms Can Feast on Amazon's 'Kindle Unlimited' Subscription Plan For $10 Per Month

E-Book Worms Can Feast on Amazon's 'Kindle Unlimited' Subscription Plan For $10 Per Month

Have you ever had to grudgingly put down a good book so you could run an errand? Amazon just solved this (admittedly minor) problem with its new Kindle Unlimited subscription, which includes ebooks, audiobooks, and support for easily switching between the two. Now, you can read a book on your mobile device at home and then switch to the audio...

NPD Group Notes Strong Console Sales Despite Decline In Video Game Software Sales In June

NPD Group Notes Strong Console Sales Despite Decline In Video Game Software Sales In June

It was a bit of a weird month in June for the video game industry. According to a fresh report from NPD Group, overall sales of game systems, software, and accessories in June came to $735 million, representing a healthy 24 percent jump compared to the same month a year ago. It's also the ninth consecutive month of increased sales in the games...

ASUS Rounds Out Z97 Motherboard Lineup With Maximus VII Formula (Bonus: Watch Dogs Edition, Too)

ASUS Rounds Out Z97 Motherboard Lineup With Maximus VII Formula (Bonus: Watch Dogs Edition, Too)

We’ve already given you an overview of ASUS’ line of Z97-based motherboards (as well as a group of competitors' boards), and ASUS is rounding out that series with the new Maximus VII Formula and Maximus VII Formula/Watch Dogs Edition motherboards. These boards feature CrossChill Copper hybrid cooling, which features a copper cooling...

Google Working On Fix For Chrome Browser Bug That Drains Laptop Batteries

Google Working On Fix For Chrome Browser Bug That Drains Laptop Batteries

Does your laptop battery seem to give up the ghost a little bit quicker when you use Google's Chrome browser to surf the web? You're not alone -- this is a known issue that's been around since at least 2010, though it's largely been swept under the rug. Until now, that is. Google has vowed to fix the issue, and to fix it soon. Even though...

So Long Xbox TV, Microsoft Confirms Plans To Shutter Xbox Entertainment Studios

So Long Xbox TV, Microsoft Confirms Plans To Shutter Xbox Entertainment Studios

We won't soon look back and remember this week as the brightest in Microsoft's history. With a newly-minted CEO moving forward with around 18,000 job cuts by the end of 2014, it's clear that this is a pivotal point in Microsoft's history. What will become of Windows, Nokia, its cloud services, and its engagement with enterprise will all be...

Gaming Goes Big Time As ESPN Agrees To Host $10 Million Dota 2 Championship

Gaming Goes Big Time As ESPN Agrees To Host $10 Million Dota 2 Championship

Dota 2, a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game, has caught the attention of ESPN, which is planning to cover The International Dota 2 Championships. ESPN will air the tournament on its live multi-screen sports network, ESPN3, and is also planning an exclusive show previewing the final match on ESPN2 on Sunday at 8:30 pm Pacific...

MSI Cuts No Corners With Beastly GT72 Dominator Pro Gaming Notebook

MSI Cuts No Corners With Beastly GT72 Dominator Pro Gaming Notebook

Thick, heavy gaming notebooks are a bit out of fashion, but MSI (a company that also has slim gaming notebooks to sell) is outing a beastly desktop replacement rig that purports to destroy benchmarks. In any case, MSI seems to have pulled out all the stops for the MSI GT72 Dominator Pro. It has a 17.3-inch display (1920x1080) and runs on an...

Lenovo Discontinues Sub 10-Inch Windows Tablets In U.S. Market

Lenovo Discontinues Sub 10-Inch Windows Tablets In U.S. Market

Lenovo, the world's number one supplier of PCs, has reportedly decided to stop selling Windows-based tablets with screen sizes under 10 inches in the U.S. market. That includes the ThinkPad 8, which was launched in January, and the 8-inch version of the Miix 2, which Lenovo began shipping in October of last year. What it boils down to is a...

AMD's Stock Price Falls More Than 18% On Weak Forecast, Despite Modest Sales Improvement

AMD's Stock Price Falls More Than 18% On Weak Forecast, Despite Modest Sales Improvement

AMD reported its second quarter results today, and the stock market is anything but happy with the numbers -- in the past hour, the stock has shed more than 18% of its value, plunging from $4.57 to $3.86 as of this writing. Given the size of the plunge, you'd think the company had just announced its own imminent collapse. In reality, the company...

MIT Researchers Envision Charging Your Mobile Phone Using Water Droplets

MIT Researchers Envision Charging Your Mobile Phone Using Water Droplets

Well here’s one: MIT researchers are developing a way to harvest energy from, off all things, water droplets. They discovered that when water droplets spontaneously “jump” away from a superhydrophobic surface, they generate a tiny electric charge. Condensation is the real mechanism for the movement of the water, and the team...