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All News for March 2013

2020 Census Will Use Internet And Smartphones

2020 Census Will Use Internet And Smartphones

Remember when encyclopedia sets were sold as genuine hard-backed books, with folks walking door to door to sign you up for the year's latest and greatest edition? Man, those were the days. And soon, we'll be saying the same about the census. According to a new report, the Census Bureau will conduct the 2020 census via the Internet. A trial...

How the DDoS Attack on Spamhaus Could Have Been Prevented

How the DDoS Attack on Spamhaus Could Have Been Prevented

DDoSing a Web server has become the de facto way to exact revenge on someone, or some company. Not a week, or sometimes even a day, will go by when you can't read about some ongoing DDoS attack. We've seen them spawned by Internet goofs to professional criminals. DDoSing is easy, and it's effective. That's why it's so heavily-used....

Future Generation Smartphone Tech To Include Biometric Security

Future Generation Smartphone Tech To Include Biometric Security

It’s an obvious solution to a rampant problem, and indeed, biometric security measures will be coming to more and more mobile devices in the near future. As we rely more on our smartphones for everything from communications to content consumption to banking, there’s a deep well of data parked on or connected to those little computers...

Oculus Rift Developer Kits To Launch with Unreal, Team Fortress 2 On Way

Oculus Rift Developer Kits To Launch with Unreal, Team Fortress 2 On Way

It’s been a busy week for Unreal Engine 3; and now, Oculus announced that it has partnered with Epic Games to release a special Unreal Development Kit (UDK) that’s ready for the Oculus Rift. It’s coming for free to all developers along with Oculus integration. “With the Oculus-ready version of the UDK, you’ll...

Lenovo Looking to Acquire NEC’s Mobile Phone Business Unit

Lenovo Looking to Acquire NEC’s Mobile Phone Business Unit

Lenovo has a really good thing going with its computer business as it wrestles with Hewlett-Packard for the shipment crown, and though the company continues to experience better growth in the PC market than its rivals, it also recognizes there's a mobile movement taking place. Perhaps for that reason, Lenovo is reportedly looking to acquire...

Twitter's Ad Revenue May Top $1 Billion in 2014

Twitter's Ad Revenue May Top $1 Billion in 2014

Just as it's been for Facebook, mobile's proving a game changer for Twitter, the microblogging service that's home to over 200 million active users. In light of this, research firm eMarketer bumped its forecast for Twitter's ad revenue to $582.8 in 2013 before nearing $1 billion next year. That's up from $288.3 million in 2012 and $139.5 million...

Most Powerful University Supercomputer Now Cranking Around The Clock

Most Powerful University Supercomputer Now Cranking Around The Clock

Desktops may be losing steam as the segment gives way in some part to more mobile machines, but oddly, the largest desktops of all are seeing a huge uptick in attention. Supercomputers far and wide are becoming all the rage at institutions and educational facilities, as the world looks to plow more into science and computational black holes...

Drobo Adds Cloud Copy And Plex Media Server Support To 5N NAS

Drobo Adds Cloud Copy And Plex Media Server Support To 5N NAS

It's been some while since Drobo has cranked out a new, ultra-smart NAS drive, but that doesn't mean the innovation is on pause. This week, the data storage outfit announced a new software application platform that enables enhanced mobile and cloud-connect capabilities for Drobo 5N customers. The first two applications to be integrated include...

Menlo Park City Council 'Likes' Facebook's Plans For Second Campus

Menlo Park City Council 'Likes' Facebook's Plans For Second Campus

Who says the economy is still rough in Northern California? Just months after Apple announced plans that it would soon be moving ahead with a second headquarters south of San Francisco, Facebook has now received the proper blessings to construct a second campus in Menlo Park, California. The secondary headquarters will be within walking distance...

Bitcoin Currency Now More Valuable Than 20 Traditional National Currencies

Bitcoin Currency Now More Valuable Than 20 Traditional National Currencies

The first time I heard of "Bitcoin", I admit that I found the premise to be a little far-fetched... something that simply wouldn't work. But time and time again, examples creep up that give some credence to the currency, and even today, online vendors have been adding Bitcoin to their lists of accepted payment methods. Most recently, Kim Dotcom's...

Activision’s Facial Character Animation Tech Demo Is Freakily Realistic

Activision’s Facial Character Animation Tech Demo Is Freakily Realistic

One of the best things about any Game Developers Conference is that it's where much of the interesting tech soon to hit our video games is first shown off. It's no surprise, then, that it's been the place to be for advanced character rendering and of course, the Holy Grail of them all, facial animation. While facial animation has...

Tizen Still Alive and Kicking, Backed By Samsung and Intel

Tizen Still Alive and Kicking, Backed By Samsung and Intel

Remember Tizen? It’s the open source mobile operating system that Samsung and Intel partnered on back in 2011 (and may be actually running on handsets this year); formerly, it was MeeGo (which was famously scrapped the same day it debuted on Nokia’s N9 handset), and before that it was called Moblin. Many have either forgotten all...

Pain and Anguish: GameStop Reports $270M Net Loss

Pain and Anguish: GameStop Reports $270M Net Loss

Ouch. There just aren't too many other ways to say it. As the video game world enters a period of rapid transition, the old players are starting to show signs of wear. The home console market just isn't what it used to be, and neither is the importance of physical media and retail shops. As more and more gamers find their fix in mobile gaming,...

Jay Wilson, Diablo III Director Admits Auction Houses "Really Hurt the Game"

Jay Wilson, Diablo III Director Admits Auction Houses "Really Hurt the Game"

Creating a stable economy in an online game is difficult to do – and the only people surprised to discover that were Diablo’s game director and the higher ups at Blizzard, it turns out. The game’s auction houses, which let players hawk in-game loot for virtual gold and real-world money, were a bigger draw than its creators...

Gartner Predicts Enterprise-Class 3D Printers Available For Under $2000 In 3 Years Or Less

Gartner Predicts Enterprise-Class 3D Printers Available For Under $2000 In 3 Years Or Less

From the first time any of us saw a replicator on Star Trek, we’ve been dreaming of the day when we could just dial up whatever we wanted and watch it magically appear in front of us thanks to a powerful machine. We’re obviously a ways off from that reality even with the advent of 3D printing, but according to Gartner, 3D printing...

Robot Jellyfish Could Operate For Months At Sea

Robot Jellyfish Could Operate For Months At Sea

Few things are more impressive than gigabit Internet speeds, electric vehicles that can run 100 miles on a charge, and GPUs that cost over a grand. But we're pretty sure a 5-foot robotic jellyfish counts as one of those things. Presently, a multi-school project for the American Navy is ongoing, and it's being headed up by Virginia Tech professor...

Ouya's $100 Android Console Launches June 4, Will It Succeed?

Ouya's $100 Android Console Launches June 4, Will It Succeed?

Ouya yesterday began shipping its $100 Android console to early backers of the project that took Kickstarter by storm, blowing past the initial $950,000 goal and raising nearly $8.6 million by the time it was all said and done. Everyone else has to wait until June 4, which is when it will be on store shelves, real and virtual (Amazon.com,...

Here We Go With the Facebook Phone Rumors Again

Here We Go With the Facebook Phone Rumors Again

If the world came to end tomorrow because of a nuclear war, all that would remain are cockroaches and Facebook phone rumors. Lighting up more speculation on the latter, Facebook has started inviting members of the press to an event at its headquarters on April 4. It's headlined, "Come See Our New Home On Android." That doesn't necessarily...

Accessing Facebook Ranks Third Among Smartphone Activities

Accessing Facebook Ranks Third Among Smartphone Activities

We hardly need a study to tell us that mobile users are addicted to Facebook, but lest there be any doubt, a survey by International Data Corporation (IDC) puts the issue to rest. The survey, which was commissioned by Facebook, focuses on how smartphones and social keep us engaged, and there are some interesting findings. One in particular...

Will Microsoft's Partners Build a Windows 8 Tablet to Compete with the iPad Mini?

Will Microsoft's Partners Build a Windows 8 Tablet to Compete with the iPad Mini?

Don't look now, but in the near future, it's possible we'll see a smaller size Windows 8 tablet designed to compete with Apple's iPad mini and all those 7-inch slates, like the Nexus 7 (Google) and Kindle Fire HD (Amazon). Maybe Microsoft will take the reins and build a smaller Surface. As Kevin Garnett famously said, anything is possible....

HTC One is Durable, But Near Impossible to Repair

HTC One is Durable, But Near Impossible to Repair

Have you ever dropped a smartphone and had the rear cover pop off when it hit the ground? Well, that's not something you'll have to worry about with the HTC One, a durable handset that's incredibly hard to crack open even if you're specifically trying to do so. The wonderfully sadistic tech surgeons at iFixIt put the HTC One on its operating...

Amazon Buys Goodreads Recommendation Engine To Weave Into Kindle

Amazon Buys Goodreads Recommendation Engine To Weave Into Kindle

What's the company that owns the Kindle brand to do? Why, buy a social reading engine, of course! Some deals just don't make sense (anyone recall HP buying Palm?), but others -- like this one -- couldn't be more perfect. Amazon's reading ecosystem has grown into its own monster, with the Kindle brand becoming nearly as powerful and recognizable...

Lockheed Martin Tech Program Allows Start-Ups To Pitch The Government

Lockheed Martin Tech Program Allows Start-Ups To Pitch The Government

The start-up universe has bloomed into something that even the mainstream is paying attention to, and as if Silicon Valley wasn't churning out enough new stuff, Kickstarter and Indiegogo have made it possible for companies all over the world to bring their ideas to life in a major way. But there's also a entity that spells tons of money each...

Google Pledges Not To Sue Open Source Projects That Utilize Google Patents

Google Pledges Not To Sue Open Source Projects That Utilize Google Patents

Even though Google is a bastion of open source technologies (a statement some may disagree with), the company holds a king’s ransom in patents, and therefore, the power to sue the bejesus out of other people and companies should it see fit. (The search giant also has the deep pockets necessary to outlast most anyone in a patent dispute.)...

DDoS Attack Against Spamhaus Exposes Huge Security Threat On DNS Servers

DDoS Attack Against Spamhaus Exposes Huge Security Threat On DNS Servers

If you've had a difficult time connecting to select websites over the past few days, there's a very good chance that an on-going attack against spam-prevention agency Spamhaus is to blame. Spamhaus, based in London and Geneva, helps e-mail providers filter spam, and to do this, it manages a blocklist that includes any server verified to be...

Mozilla and Epic Games Team Up, Bring Unreal Engine Gaming To Your Web Browser

Mozilla and Epic Games Team Up, Bring Unreal Engine Gaming To Your Web Browser

There’s no doubt that gaming on the Web has improved dramatically in recent years, but Mozilla believes it has developed new technology that will deliver a big leap in what browser-based gaming can become. The company developed a highly-optimized version of Javascript that’s designed to “supercharge” a game’s...

EA and AMD Demo Battlefield 4 On AMD Radeon HD 7990 Graphics

EA and AMD Demo Battlefield 4 On AMD Radeon HD 7990 Graphics

The annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco isn't typically a launching-pad for a graphics card, but it's clear that AMD is excited about what it has in store. As Marco tackled in his detailed AMD round-up yesterday, the company is set to launch its Radeon HD 7990 in the very near-future, with more solid details hopefully to trickle...

Dell, First Major OEM with Removable, Extendable Battery For Windows 8 Tablet

Dell, First Major OEM with Removable, Extendable Battery For Windows 8 Tablet

You'd have to live in the middle of the earth not to notice the trend towards thinner mobile devices, and even that's not a guarantee you'd miss it. Ultrabooks, ultrathins, tablets, and hybrid PCs are all sporting slimmer designs that emphasize portability, and while there are tangible benefits to building thinner gadgets, it often comes at...

Razer Edge Gaming Tablet/PC Shipping with Valve's Steam On Board

Razer Edge Gaming Tablet/PC Shipping with Valve's Steam On Board

It’s perhaps an obvious partnership though nonetheless pleasing to see: Valve’s Steam software will ship on board Razer Edge gaming tablets. That means that right out of the box, eager gamers will be able to fire up the PC/tablet hybrid and log into their steam accounts to access their library of games. "Razer has one mission in...

Intel Demos 4th Gen Core Graphics, Announced New Rendering Extensions and Developer Tools at GDC

Intel Demos 4th Gen Core Graphics, Announced New Rendering Extensions and Developer Tools at GDC

Intel used the backdrop of the Game Developer’s Conference to announce some new developer tools, graphics drivers, and features available in the graphics engine of upcoming, Haswell-based 4th Gen Core processors, which are due to launch later sometime this year. Over and above the DirectX 11.1 support present in the Intel HD Graphics...

Google Maps Now Empowered with Live Public Transit Information

Google Maps Now Empowered with Live Public Transit Information

Google Maps just keeps getting more powerful and more comprehensive. The latest enhancement to the tool is live transit information, which will be incredibly helpful to the masses of people who rely on public transportation to get around. Google says that it now offers information for 100 million miles of daily public transit in 800 cities...

Metal Gear Solid V Trailer Is A Glorious Mess of Bizarre Destruction

Metal Gear Solid V Trailer Is A Glorious Mess of Bizarre Destruction

Yesterday, we posted a video preview of Battlefield 4, and although that game footage was fast-paced, intense, and violent, this Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain trailer from Konami is a cut above. More to the point, the MGS trailer is substantially more confusing and creepy. The timeline of events is certainly unclear, but we start with...

Dell Latitude 10 Windows 8 Pro Tablet Reviewed, Tested and Burned In

Dell Latitude 10 Windows 8 Pro Tablet Reviewed, Tested and Burned In

Are business oriented tablets such as the Dell Latitude 10 better suited for the workplace than popular mainstream tablets such as the iPad? Dell believes their solutions are. Last month, Dell issued a press release in which it claimed its Latitude 10 Enhanced Security tablet is "up to 17 times faster and 94 percent less expensive to deploy...

Tumblr Hits 100 Million Blog User Milestone

Tumblr Hits 100 Million Blog User Milestone

One social site that doesn't receive nearly as much recognition as it perhaps deserves is Tumblr. Facebook, Google+, and Twitter dominate the headlines at times, while Tumblr quietly grows its userbase and post count to new heights. The latest milestone Tumblr crossed is that of 100 million blogs, up 100 percent from April of last year. Tumblr...

More Adult Motorists Text While Driving Than Teens

More Adult Motorists Text While Driving Than Teens

Text happy teens aren't the only ones putting themselves and others at risk by sending and receiving electronic messages while driving. Adults do it too, and surprisingly, the more experienced and supposedly wiser demographic is the worst offender. Hard to believe, isn't it? Well, believe it, says USA Today, which commissioned a study by AT&T....

Facebook Sees 24 Percent Jump in Pay-to-Play Gamers

Facebook Sees 24 Percent Jump in Pay-to-Play Gamers

One of the ways Facebook generates revenue is by dipping into the pocketbooks of social game developers. Not only is it lucrative, but it's a surging business, with the number of gamers willing to pay to play having risen 24 percent compared to a year ago, the social networking site claims. In an emailed statement to Bloomberg, Facebook revealed...

BlackBerry Posts a Profit, Ships 1 Million BB10 Devices

BlackBerry Posts a Profit, Ships 1 Million BB10 Devices

BlackBerry surprised Wall Street on Thursday by reporting a profit for its most recent quarter, posting a net gain of $94 million on revenue of $2.7 billion. Compare that to the previous quarter, during which time the company formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM) lost $18 million. Indeed, a name change now seems entirely appropriate....

Gmail App For iPhone And iPad Updated With New Features

Gmail App For iPhone And iPad Updated With New Features

While Microsoft's Windows Phone platform is unlikely to ever get a proper Gmail app (nor Windows 8, for that matter), those who use Google's archrival OS continue to see a flow of updates. Those who use Gmail for iPhone and iPad were treated to a version update this week (v2.1), which allows users to swipe left or right to move between conversations...

Google Glass To Be Produced In The United States

Google Glass To Be Produced In The United States

Google Glass has suddenly become a runaway hit for the company, and it hasn't even shipped yet. Even the mainstream media has found itself enamored by the thought of wearing a computer on one's face, and the split of people who adore and detest the idea make it all the more TV-worthy. And now, there's even more to talk about. A new Financial...

Sony Sheds More Light On PS4 Hardware

Sony Sheds More Light On PS4 Hardware

Sony shared more details on the PS4 today, including CPU specs, controller design decisions, and advanced information on the platform's API. We've known that the PS4 used an AMD Jaguar-derived core for months, but the new information today points to a standard implementation of AMD's reference design. The PS4 has two four-core Jaguar blocks....

Updated Google Chrome Browser Released with Improved Spell Checker

Updated Google Chrome Browser Released with Improved Spell Checker

It’s the little things that make the biggest differences, isn’t it? Google announced the latest release of its Chrome browser, and the premiere new feature is spell check. (Google, cleaning up typos on the Web one person at a time.) The new spell checking feature is actually powered by the same stuff underpinning Google Search...

Google Principal Network Architect Pushes For Variable-Rate Ethernet

Google Principal Network Architect Pushes For Variable-Rate Ethernet

The sultan of search (Google, who else?) wants the Institute of Electronics Inc. (IEEE) to implement a variable-speed Ethernet standard that would make it more efficient to transfer data between data centers and ultimately cut costs. It's a move IEEE has so far been reluctant to take on. Ron Johnson, a director of product management at Cisco,...

In A Total Reversal, Sony Designed PS4 With Developer Needs Put First

In A Total Reversal, Sony Designed PS4 With Developer Needs Put First

When the Xbox 360 and PS3 first debuted, one of the major differences between them was how easy it was to access the underlying hardware. Kaz Hirai, then President of Sony Computer Entertainment, confirmed that the PS3 was far more difficult to program -- and that this was intentional. "We don't provide the 'easy to program for' console that...

Temple Run Finally Sprints to Windows Phone Platform

Temple Run Finally Sprints to Windows Phone Platform

If you're of the opinion that it's better to show up late than the never, then kudos to the Windows Phone platform for finally getting Temple Run, an endless running game that falls into the "Just one more time..." category. Before you know it, you've wasted half the day trying to unlock characters, special powers, and knock out various objectives....

Oracle Announces New T5 CPUs, But SPARC Fading From The Market

Oracle Announces New T5 CPUs, But SPARC Fading From The Market

Oracle is launching a new set of SPARC processors it hopes will staunch its market share losses, even as revenue continues to slip. The new T5 chips are built on a 2nm process and refine the T4 core that Oracle debuted two years ago. Like the T4, the T5 emphasized improving single-thread performance and clock speeds, though the new core does...

Netflix Lands Another Major Original Content Production

Netflix Lands Another Major Original Content Production

The future of television may not rest in the hands of typical content creators. Or, perhaps not directly in the hands of the same distribution channels that we're used to. While ISPs have typically been the ultimate gatekeepers for content, smaller firms like Amazon and Netflix are quietly paving the way for a new type of distribution that...

EA Posts 17-Minute Battlefield 4 Video Preview

EA Posts 17-Minute Battlefield 4 Video Preview

Battlefield 4 isn’t going to be available until this fall, but EA is throwing us a bone (or does this count as teasing?) by posting a 17-minute video of the game’s “Fishing in Baku” mission. There’s a healthy mix of scripted scenes and more open gameplay, but in both cases the action moves very quickly. The visuals...

Flipboard Gives Users Magazine Creation Tools

Flipboard Gives Users Magazine Creation Tools

Flipboard, the mobile app that pulls news from multiple sources into a customized magazine, has turned 2.0, and it’s celebrating with some features that give users more control over their content. Now you can create your own magazines and share them with your friends. The user-generated Flipboard magazines are designed to link back to...

PopCap Games Confirms Plants vs. Zombies Sequel for Summer Release

PopCap Games Confirms Plants vs. Zombies Sequel for Summer Release

PopCap Games, a division of Electronic Arts, confirmed on Wednesday that a sequel to its hugely popular (and highly addicting) Plants vs. Zombies tower defense game is in the works and slated to launch in "early summer." Details are sparse, with the only thing PopCap Games willing to divulge at this point is the title, which is (insert drum...

Walmart Takes Cue From Amazon, Will Test In-Store Lockers for Online Orders

Walmart Takes Cue From Amazon, Will Test In-Store Lockers for Online Orders

Walmart hopes to put the hurt on Amazon by taking a page from its online rival and using in-store lockers to holder items ordered on the Internet. In doing so, customers will be able to get their hands on their purchased goods much faster than waiting for delivery. The mega chain said it will put lockers in about a dozen U.S. stores this summer...

Android Phones Now Subject To Targeted Malware Attacks

Android Phones Now Subject To Targeted Malware Attacks

As the world shifts to mobile, hackers are adapting their strategies. According to Kaspersky Labs, the security firm just discovered a successful campaign by unknown hackers to target malware at a group of Android phone users. The target: Tibetan activists. The Conference app is malware. Image credit: Forbes The key to getting the attack off...

Driver Update Adds Dolby Support to Corsair Vengeance 2000 Gaming Headset

Driver Update Adds Dolby Support to Corsair Vengeance 2000 Gaming Headset

Corsair today announced the release of a free software driver update that infuses its Vengeance 2000 Gaming Headset with Dolby Headphone 2.0 and Dolby Pro Logic IIx support, improving both surround sound quality and game capability. In other words, a stellar headset just got better, a statement we're qualified to make. We recently tested the...

Apple, Samsung Patent Saga Still Unraveling

Apple, Samsung Patent Saga Still Unraveling

Apple has filed paperwork seeking a new trial against Samsung claiming patent violations on 14 products for which a U.S. judge saw fit to overturn a jury patent-infringement award earlier this month. It's the next logical step for Apple in what's been a long, drawn out legal process that initially saw the Cupertino company awarded $1.05 billion...

Microsoft Retail Stores Now Carry MAINGEAR Potenza Super Stock SFF Gaming PC

Microsoft Retail Stores Now Carry MAINGEAR Potenza Super Stock SFF Gaming PC

On the list of places to acquire a MAINGEAR gaming rig, here’s a notable addition: all of Microsoft’s retail stores nationwide. Microsoft now offers the MAINGEAR Potenza Super Stock small form factor gaming PC in both its brick-and-mortar locations and through its online store, which is a development notable in part because of...

AMD Reveals Radeon Sky Series For Cloud Gaming, Previews Radeon HD 7990 and More at GDC 2013

AMD Reveals Radeon Sky Series For Cloud Gaming, Previews Radeon HD 7990 and More at GDC 2013

AMD made a number of interesting announcements today at the Game Developers Conference, currently taking place in San Francisco, CA. In addition to talking about a new strategy centered on gaming, AMD revealed some new products and previewed another that we’ve been hearing about for quite some time. During their press conference,...

InFocus BigTouch Is A 55" Windows 8 PC That Costs $5,000

InFocus BigTouch Is A 55" Windows 8 PC That Costs $5,000

Here's a question: does the world need a giant Windows 8 PC? Something tells us the answer must be "yes," and that something is the InFocus BigTouch. It's a giant 55" all-in-one Windows PC, built for huge conference rooms, educational spaces, and working event spaces. Or, the home office of someone who firmly believes that bigger is truly...

Intel Getting Closer To Launching Internet-Based Pay-TV Service

Intel Getting Closer To Launching Internet-Based Pay-TV Service

Intel is getting into the TV business, that much we already knew. But how soon? That's a question that's seemingly close to being answered. According to a new Bloomberg report, Intel -- the chip-making giant -- is "making progress in talks with Time Warner, NBC Universal and Viacom to obtain TV shows and films for a first-of-its-kind pay-TV...

Video Game Publishers Strong-Arming The Media with Embargoes, Content Restrictions

Video Game Publishers Strong-Arming The Media with Embargoes, Content Restrictions

We have a pretty strong sense of how the relationship works between the media and companies that make the products that get reviewed, but according to Dan Whitehead of Games Industry, that relationship has become rather strained when it comes to news outlets and video game companies. Whitehead wrote a piece discussing the flaws he sees with...

iPhone 5 Finally Coming To T-Mobile USA On April 12

iPhone 5 Finally Coming To T-Mobile USA On April 12

It happened. It finally happened. Apple's iPhone has arrived on the last major carrier in the "Big 4" discussion. Well over a year after Sprint finally joined AT&T (first) and Verizon (second) in the march to have the iPhone within one's phone portfolio, T-Mobile announced today in New York City that one of the biggest voids in its lineup...

Facebook Invites Advertisers to Your Newsfeed with FBX Alpha Program

Facebook Invites Advertisers to Your Newsfeed with FBX Alpha Program

Facebook is expanding its advertising business by allowing different kinds of ads in your Newsfeed. Specifically, this is all part of the Facebook Exchange program (FBX), which allows advertisers to “show ads to people on Facebook based on their online browsing interests”. Previously, FBX ads would only show up on the right side...

Microsoft Exec Confirms Company is Working on Windows Blue

Microsoft Exec Confirms Company is Working on Windows Blue

A couple of days ago we called Windows Blue the worst-kept secret in tech; Microsoft apparently understands that, as an executive’s blog post today revealed that Windows Blue is a Real Thing so casually and with so little context that he probably assumes everyone knows what he’s talking about. Lap dog- and wine-loving Microsoft...

Microsoft Enhances Windows 8 Mail, Calendar and People Apps

Microsoft Enhances Windows 8 Mail, Calendar and People Apps

We know that Windows 8 is getting a facelift with Windows Blue sometime soon, but in the meantime, Microsoft is busily updating its apps with tweaks to make them work better and give users enhanced features. Starting today, you can download updates from the Windows Store for its Mail, Calendar, and People apps. The Mail app now lets you filter...

Amazon to Attack with Zombieland TV Series

Amazon to Attack with Zombieland TV Series

Amazon just greenlit an original TV series pilot based on the 2009 cult-comedy Zombieland, which is one of 13 pilots that will be made into full-season productions for its Prime Instant Video service. If that doesn't excite you, then you've obviously never seen Zombieland, or you're one of the infected and dead inside. Sadly, there's no cure...

Raspberry Pi PC DOS Emulator Released

Raspberry Pi PC DOS Emulator Released

So far, the tiny and inexpensive Raspberry Pi computer has been about as successful as anyone could have hoped for. More than a million units have been sold so far, there’s a dedicated app store, and hobbyists and developers have been making and porting games and the like. The latest fun consists of a DOS emulator for the Raspberry Pi...

T-Mobile Outs New Pricing Plans, Unlimited Voice, Text, Data For $70 Per Month

T-Mobile Outs New Pricing Plans, Unlimited Voice, Text, Data For $70 Per Month

T-Mobile's web team posted new pricing plans on the wireless carrier's website today, including an unlimited talk, text, and data plan that runs $70 per month. Even better, the plan doesn't require a two-year service agreement; there's no annual contract to sign, so subscribers are free to leave whenever they wish without incurring an early...

Hulu Looking For Potential Buyers, Split From Disney and News Corp

Hulu Looking For Potential Buyers, Split From Disney and News Corp

Hulu, which is on the verge of posting record first-quarter revenue and subscriber additions, is reportedly reaching out to buyers to see if there's any interest in an acquisition. As the story goes, Hulu's board hasn't decided if a buyout is in the company's best interest, but it's certainly an option that's on the table and currently being...

Intel Targets $599 Ultrabooks For the Holiday Shopping Season

Intel Targets $599 Ultrabooks For the Holiday Shopping Season

If the only thing preventing you from purchasing an Ultrabook is the price, we have good news. On the manufacturing side, it's in everyone's best interest to push the Ultrabook form factor, including Intel, which will attempt to get Ultrabooks into more homes by driving down and/or maintaining the cost of entry as new hardware emerges Intel's...

Righting the Ship:  Best Buy Brings Back Founder, Richard Schulze

Righting the Ship: Best Buy Brings Back Founder, Richard Schulze

Best Buy management now has the support of its founder, Richard Schulze, who's returning to the electronics chain as chairman emeritus after he left the Board last year amid a scandal and then tried to buy out the company. He's already named two former colleagues, Brad Anderson, who previously served as Chief Executive, and Al Lenzmeier, who...

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST, Tested and Burned In

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST, Tested and Burned In

In the final analysis of our AMD Radeon HD 7790 review, which launched last week, we mentioned that the mainstream GPU landscape would likely change again by the time the 7790 was actually available on store shelves. Although we posted a full review of the card on March 22, they aren’t slated to go on sale until April 2. Today we're...

Facebook Finally Debuts Comment Threads--For Pages and Public Figures Only

Facebook Finally Debuts Comment Threads--For Pages and Public Figures Only

After nine years of rolling out new features and performing rather frequent facelifts, Facebook is getting what until now was one of the most glaringly absent features: comment threads. Or as Facebook is calling them, “Replies”. At its core, there’s little to say about Replies: on Pages and for public figures, users can comment...

WatchESPN Access Arrives For AT&T U-verse TV Subscribers

WatchESPN Access Arrives For AT&T U-verse TV Subscribers

For AT&T U-verse TV subscribers, life just got a little better. If you're wondering why those monthly fees are so high, no doubt a solid chunk of 'em are headed to ESPN. But now, AT&T is joining the WatchESPN fray, giving U-verse TV patrons the ability to stream live ESPN channels on the go via the Web, mobile, or app. Oh, and through...

Evernote Updates Android App with Photo and Search Functionality

Evernote Updates Android App with Photo and Search Functionality

Evernote is a terrific remember-everything tool, and it keeps getting better. Today, Evernote updated its Android app again, bringing several attractive features that will make it even more powerful. First, Evernote updated the camera feature to include multi-shot capabilities, so you can snap several pictures and save them all in one note....

Internet Explorer 11 to Impersonate as Firefox in User Agent To Avert CSS Issues

Internet Explorer 11 to Impersonate as Firefox in User Agent To Avert CSS Issues

As we covered just yesterday, a leaked build of Microsoft's upcoming Windows Blue (aka: Windows "8.1") is floating around the net "somewhere", and as it appears, there's quite a bit that has changed. No, we didn't get rid of the Start screen, but many further enhancements have been added, along with other niceties around the OS. Neowin wasted...

Kingston Celebrates 10th Anniversary by Shipping HyperX Memory with Black PCBs

Kingston Celebrates 10th Anniversary by Shipping HyperX Memory with Black PCBs

Kingston Technology might be known for its iconic blue heatspreaders, but that doesn't mean the company is afraid to dive deeper into its boxy of crayons. Apparently its customers have been requesting a black line of memory, and Kingston answered the call by introducing all-new black printed circuit boards (PCBs) on two of its product lines....

Hail Columbia: Bioshock Infinite Takes Flight At 12:01 AM

Hail Columbia: Bioshock Infinite Takes Flight At 12:01 AM

Tomorrow morning, the long-awaited Bioshock Infinite will launch. Unlike the previous Bioshock titles, which focused on the doomed undersea city of Rapture, the new game takes place decades earlier -- and in the sky. In Bioshock Infinite, you play as Booker DeWitt, a former agent of the non-fictional Pinkerton Detective Agency. You're tasked...

Hell Hath No Fury: Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm Reviewed

Hell Hath No Fury: Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm Reviewed

When Blizzard announced that they were splitting Starcraft II into three titles, Wings of Liberty, Heart of the Swarm, and Legacy of the Void, the general reaction from fans was controversial. The fear was that Blizzard would pad out the contents of each game with busywork missions and red-herring plot devices, while charging full price for...

Kid-Safe Android-Based MiiPC Launches on Kickstarter

Kid-Safe Android-Based MiiPC Launches on Kickstarter

Parents today are all faced with the delicate task of introducing their children to computer technology and the Internet without overexposing them to the many dangers therein. ZeroDesktop, Inc. is developing a solution to that problem in the form of a mini Android-based PC called the MiiPC, and its raising funds via a Kickstarter campaign....

CyanogenMod Founder Leaves Samsung, Takes Potshots at TouchWiz on Way Out

CyanogenMod Founder Leaves Samsung, Takes Potshots at TouchWiz on Way Out

It's inevitable that all good things eventually come to an end, but who could have predicted that Steve Kondik's stint working for Samsung wouldn't even last two years? You might know Kondik better as "Cyanogen," his online moniker that became a household name in Android rooting communities. He created CyanogenMod, easily the most popular...

First Person Co-Op Shooter “Fuse” To Launch on Xbox 360 and PS3 in May

First Person Co-Op Shooter “Fuse” To Launch on Xbox 360 and PS3 in May

Electronic Arts may still be smarting from its less-than-stellar launch of SimCity, but the videogame giant has more tricks up its sleeve. It’ll be looking for a win with Fuse, the long-awaited FPS that has you fighting your way through a mess of baddies with a team of elite fighters. The game is expected to be available May 28 for PlayStation...

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Revealed: 4.3-Inch qHD Display, 1.6GHz Dual-Core, Android 4.2

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Revealed: 4.3-Inch qHD Display, 1.6GHz Dual-Core, Android 4.2

If it seems like Samsung's devices keep getting bigger, that's because they are. To wit, the Galaxy Note II features a 5.55-inch display that sits firmly in phablet territory, but it's not just hybrid devices that sport large touchscreens. The new Galaxy S4 wields a 5-inch display, a full inch larger than the original Galaxy S device introduced...

Chromebook Pixel Forces Apple to Tweak MacBook Marketing Jargon

Chromebook Pixel Forces Apple to Tweak MacBook Marketing Jargon

Google's recently announced Chromebook Pixel and Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina display are two entirely different animals, but there's one area where the former trumps the latter. The 12.85-inch display on the Chromebook Pixel features a 2560x1700 resolution, which translates to 4.3 million pixels and 239 pixels per inch (PPI). In light...

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Invades iOS This Summer

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Invades iOS This Summer

Apple iPad and iPhone owners are in for a treat. Come this summer, Firaxis and 2K Games will port the turn-based tactical role-playing strategy game to iOS, the game's developers announced at PAX East. The ported title will come with all the same features found on the PC and console versions. "It's a straight port. We have not made any game...

Sony’s Astoundingly Expensive Sony Xperia ZL Up For Preorder

Sony’s Astoundingly Expensive Sony Xperia ZL Up For Preorder

If you’re sipping a beverage right now, go ahead and swallow before we give you the price tag for the new Sony Xperia ZL smartphone. Ready? It’s $759.99. If you’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of the Xperia ZL, you can preorder the device on the Sony Store and receive your phone “on or about” April 8th....

Samsung Ships Ultrabook and Tablet With AT&T LTE

Samsung Ships Ultrabook and Tablet With AT&T LTE

Windows 8 with LTE? Yep, that's a thing. AT&T and Samsung have just announced the launch of the ATIV Smart PC Pro as well as the Series 9 Premium Ultrabook, both featuring built-in AT&T LTE support. Each is shipping now, with the Series 9 Premium Ultrabook boasting Windows 8, a 1920x1080 Full HD display (13") and an sleek Ultrabook...

T-Mobile's Simplified Mobile Pricing Plans Go Live Early

T-Mobile's Simplified Mobile Pricing Plans Go Live Early

T-Mobile has a major press event scheduled for this coming Tuesday, and if you wanted a clue at what the carrier may be revealing, take a look at this. The so-called "UNcarrier" has revealed some new pricing plans early, and they're actually fairly compelling coming from a postpaid network operator. The company, which is set to merge with...

FAA May Relax Airline Gadget Rules, Let You Use Your Kindle During Take-Off And Landing

FAA May Relax Airline Gadget Rules, Let You Use Your Kindle During Take-Off And Landing

Anyone who finds themselves strapped in an airplane on a regular basis knows that "chime" all too well. It's the sound of hitting 10,000 feet on the way up (liberating) and the sound of hitting 10,000 feet on the way down (depressing). Kidding aside, this arbitrary measure has somehow forced modern passengers to hold tight on booting up their...

Windows Blue Build Shows Improved UI and Multitasking

Windows Blue Build Shows Improved UI and Multitasking

More details have emerged surrounding Windows Blue, the worst-kept secret in tech. Windows9Beta leaked word of a Windows Blue build that was available “somewhere on the Internet”, and apparently at least one WinForum.eu forum user found it, installed it, and let loose a barrage of screenshots. Assuming this is all completely legitimate,...

Apple Acquires Indoor-GPS Technology Company WifiSLAM For $20M

Apple Acquires Indoor-GPS Technology Company WifiSLAM For $20M

In under half of a typical day, Apple pulls in enough money to purchase the indoor-location company that it just purchased. So when you hear of a $20 million acquisition price for WifiSLAM, don't fret -- it's not like Apple is really digging deep into its cash coffers to cut the check. That said, it's always meaningful when Apple snaps up...

DUI Tech: States Outlaw Driving Under The Influence of Technology

DUI Tech: States Outlaw Driving Under The Influence of Technology

Well, you can't exactly say that you didn't see this coming. Google Glass has raised awareness from the tech-savvy crowd all the way to the mainstream, and while a lot of folks on the cutting edge are keenly interested in seeing how Glass changes our world for the better, there are plenty of skeptics out there who can't wait to pass judgement....

Huge Security Flaw Allowed Apple ID Passwords To Be Reset with Email Address and DOB

Huge Security Flaw Allowed Apple ID Passwords To Be Reset with Email Address and DOB

If there's one thing that goes hand-in-hand with technology, it's security flaws. Rarely, though, are such flaws actual features, such as one Apple just had to rush to patch up. Late last week, the company rolled-out two-step verification, where a pin code sent to your mobile phone could be used in conjunction with a regular password to amp-up...

Software Bug Trashes 10,000 eBay Seller Listings

Software Bug Trashes 10,000 eBay Seller Listings

It's doubtful that anyone needs another reminder that even the largest companies out there can still make fatal mistakes, but eBay has given us one anyway. Late last week, a bug caused at least 10,000 sellers to have their account information disappear - sales history, current listings... poof. For someone who might just list the...

Survey Finds Majority of Users Still Willing to Pay for Security Software

Survey Finds Majority of Users Still Willing to Pay for Security Software

A new survey reveals that around 3 percent of all computer users surf naked on the web, which is to say they choose not to protect their PC with any security software at all, as opposed to literally surfing naked (a statistic we care not to know, thank you very much). That means the vast majority are rocking some form of antivirus protection,...

T-Mobile's Upcoming LTE Network Sniffed Out By OpenSignal App Users in Nine Cities

T-Mobile's Upcoming LTE Network Sniffed Out By OpenSignal App Users in Nine Cities

T-Mobile is working on an LTE network, and although the carrier isn’t announcing its first launch cities yet, users of the OpenSignal app have deduced that T-Mobile is testing its network in nine U.S. cities: Seattle, Denver, Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York, San Diego, Kansas City, and San Jose/the Bay Area. (You can split hairs about...

Microsoft Windows Store Crosses 50,000 Apps Milestone

Microsoft Windows Store Crosses 50,000 Apps Milestone

A software platform is only as good as its apps, and towards that end, Microsoft's Windows Store now boasts over 50,000 of them. There are 50,341 at the time of this writing, according to MetroStore Scanner, a site that makes Windows Store apps easily searchable from the Web. The number of apps is steadily rising, having more than doubled...

Starting In Spring, You'll Be Able To Talk To Your Panasonic HDTV

Starting In Spring, You'll Be Able To Talk To Your Panasonic HDTV

It'll come as no surprise to you to hear that televisions are getting smarter. It's actually tough to find a big-screen set these days without some sort of Smart TV platform baked into it, and Panasonic's latest line is looking to one-up the others. Nuance's Dragon TV is being installed onto Panasonic's newest Smart Viera HDTVs, adding voice...

AT&T Launching Digital Life Home Automation In 15 Markets This Spring

AT&T Launching Digital Life Home Automation In 15 Markets This Spring

Home automation has been a lagging industry in the mainstream. Sure, those with plenty of disposable income can have their whole home wired up to react to their every word, but what about the rest of us? With no major standardization efforts in place, there's little hope that mainstream users will have affordable ways to automate their home......

Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 For PlayStation Game Play Footage, No Internet Connection Required

Blizzard Reveals Diablo 3 For PlayStation Game Play Footage, No Internet Connection Required

The first gameplay footage of Diablo III on the PS3 has surfaced, as well as screenshots of the PS4 version. Blizzard has confirmed that the game will come to both consoles as part of a partnership with Sony. The console versions will feature four player split-screen multiplayer and all the updates Blizzard has released for the PC version...

US Homeland Security To Monitor More Private Civilian Web Traffic and Email

US Homeland Security To Monitor More Private Civilian Web Traffic and Email

This sounds like the definition of a slippery slope: According to Reuters, the U.S. government is expanding its Internet traffic-scanning cybersecurity program to include more private sector workers, such as those at large banks, utility companies, and “key transportation” companies, and the NSA will use the Department of Homeland...

Facebook Updates Events Pages To Include Local Weather Forecasts

Facebook Updates Events Pages To Include Local Weather Forecasts

Facebook is a social network that's maturing before our eyes. What started as a simple way for university students to keep in touch has blossomed into a company with publicly traded stocks, and with that comes an expectation to get better, slicker, and add more features over time. Google, on the other hand, has been pushing hard to make Google+...

Capcom Remasters Classic "DuckTales" NES Game for Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U

Capcom Remasters Classic "DuckTales" NES Game for Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U

There’s a certain generation of youngsters who lived and breathed beautifully-made side scrollers for NES and SNES. (We loved our Sega Genesis too, but you know that SNES had the prettier games.) Capcom has been busy tapping into console gamer nostalgia of late, and now the company is offering up a completely remastered and enhanced...

Carriers Finally Pushing Jelly Bean to LG Optimus G

Carriers Finally Pushing Jelly Bean to LG Optimus G

I'm a big fan of the LG Optimus G, particularly the Sprint version that wields a 13MP rear camera (versus the version on AT&T, which touts an 8MP camera). It's a solid phone with high end specs, like a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, and a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display. One of the knocks...

Microsoft Exec Sings High Praise for ARM and Windows RT, Downplays Legacy App Support

Microsoft Exec Sings High Praise for ARM and Windows RT, Downplays Legacy App Support

Surface RT tablet sales haven't exactly been through the roof. Out of the 1.5 million Surface tablet sales to date, a million of them belong to Surface RT, falling well short of Microsoft's expectations, assuming it's true that the Redmond outfit ordered 3 million Surface RT slates. Is Windows RT to blame? It's a bit too early to tell. The...

Corsair Delivers Vengeance K70 Mechanical Keyboard For Gamers

Corsair Delivers Vengeance K70 Mechanical Keyboard For Gamers

Wearing out the WASD keys on your existing gaming keyboard? Corsair sure hopes so, because it has a new one to sell you. The Vengeance K70 mechanical keyboard was unveiled this week, which is built on a rugged, brushed, aluminum chassis. It utilizes Cherry MX Red mechanical switches under every key, a 100% anti-ghosted matrix, 20-key rollover...

Archos GamePad Brings Android To Console Gaming For $190

Archos GamePad Brings Android To Console Gaming For $190

Archos was a fairly large purveyor of low-cost MP3 players and tablets, but of late, we haven't really heard much from the company. Now, however, the GamePad is making its U.S. arrival, and it may satisfy those who have been waiting for things like the WikiPad to come to fruition. The GamePad runs on Android 4.1, so it's capable of running...

Barnes & Noble Announces Nook HD+ and Nook Simple Touch BOGO Offer

Barnes & Noble Announces Nook HD+ and Nook Simple Touch BOGO Offer

At a time when the ereader market is flooded, Barnes and Noble is going to great lengths to gets its tablets and ereaders noticed. As of today, you’ll get a free Nook Simple Touch ereader when you buy a Nook HD+ tablet. The Nook HD+ will set you back $269 (and that’s if you go for the 16GB model), but a free Simple Touch, otherwise...

Analyst Says Cheaper Apple iPhone May Be Coming This Summer

Analyst Says Cheaper Apple iPhone May Be Coming This Summer

According to Apple Insider, analyst Amit Daryanani of RBC Capital Markets believes that the rumors that Apple is planning a cheaper iPhone to compete in more price tiers of the mobile market are true. The word comes from (where else?) sources in Apple’s supply chain, and the time frame for the launch of a less expensive iPhone as well...

Report Suggests Google Is Working On a Smartwatch Too

Report Suggests Google Is Working On a Smartwatch Too

Rumors (and confirmations) about smartwatches continue to pile up, and the latest scuttlebutt surrounds Google. A “person briefed on the subject” told the Financial Times that Google is indeed working on its own smartwatch, which aligns with suspicions about such a device after a telling Google patent filing last year. It’s...

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Resigns, Leaves Big Shoes to Fill

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Resigns, Leaves Big Shoes to Fill

Julius Genachowski announced today that he will be stepping down from his post as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in the "coming weeks." Thus will end a nearly four-year run for the lawyer and businessman, who was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate at the end of June in 2009. "Over the past four years,...

Blackberry CEO Rips The iPhone, Calls it "Outdated"

Blackberry CEO Rips The iPhone, Calls it "Outdated"

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has reason to be optimistic about BlackBerry’s future as a new lineup of promising devices and a mobile OS are starting to debut, but he’s perhaps crossed the line from confident to arrogant--which is always entertaining. On the eve of the U.S. launch of the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone, Heins told the...

Blizzard Launches Heroes of Warcraft, Its New Freemium Digital Card Game

Blizzard Launches Heroes of Warcraft, Its New Freemium Digital Card Game

At PAX East today, Blizzard debuted its next Warcraft title -- a freemium digital collectible card game dubbed HearthStone: Heroes of Warcraft. A 15-man team at Blizzard is responsible for developing the game, which marks Blizzard's first entry into the freemium market. The game, according to Blizzard's Chief Creative Officer Rob Pardo, is...

Former AMD CEO Hector Ruiz Offers Advice To Next Intel CEO

Former AMD CEO Hector Ruiz Offers Advice To Next Intel CEO

It's not often that you hear a CEO of a rival company give tips to the very company that many consider to be its archrival, and that's not exactly what's happening here. But it's close. The former CEO of AMD, Hector Ruiz, has penned a piece over at Bloomberg Businessweek, offering up a few words of wisdom for the person who will be taking...

Google Fiber Expansion Continues To Fire Shots Across The Bows of ISPs

Google Fiber Expansion Continues To Fire Shots Across The Bows of ISPs

We've said it in the past, and we'll say it again: if there are two mainstream tech industries that could use a disruption, it's cable TV and broadband Internet. Google is actually doing a fair job of disrupting both, and if you had any worries about Google investing in Fiber for Kansas City and then forgetting all about it... let this calm...

Adware Trojan for Macs Spotted in the Wild

Adware Trojan for Macs Spotted in the Wild

Time and time again, we're reminded that Windows isn't the only operating system that malware writers target. It's the most popular platform for malware, sure, but it's not the only one. If you're a Mac user, don't let your guard down, and be especially leery of browsers plug-ins you run into, especially those that claim they're required to...

At Long Last, BlackBerry Z10 is Now Available in the U.S. (via AT&T)

At Long Last, BlackBerry Z10 is Now Available in the U.S. (via AT&T)

Well folks, the wait is over. If you've been holding out for a BlackBerry Z10 device (without having to pay out the nose for one), today is your day, provided you're willing to sign a two-year service agreement with AT&T, the first U.S. carrier to start offering BlackBerry's flagship smartphone to home consumers. T-Mobile began selling...

Apple Way Ahead of Competition in Smartphone Satisfaction Survey

Apple Way Ahead of Competition in Smartphone Satisfaction Survey

Are iPhone users more satisfied with their smartphone of choice than, say, Galaxy S III or Lumia 920 owners? That's up for debate, though it's worth pointing out that Apple topped the J.D. Power 2013 Wireless Smartphone Satisfaction Study, landing ahead of the competition for the ninth consecutive time. It wasn't a slim victory, either. The...

Sony Tears Open Xperia Z Tablet (Don't Try This at Home)

Sony Tears Open Xperia Z Tablet (Don't Try This at Home)

Tablet PCs don't have a reputation for being easy to service (just the opposite, in fact, though there are exceptions), and if you were to tear open an Xperia Z slate, two things are likely to happen. One, there's a decent chance you'll ruin it, a risk that increases exponentially the lower your skill level and/or experience, and number two,...

Apple Supply Chain Hints at iPhone 5S, Upgraded Camera, Faster Processor, Shipping Q3

Apple Supply Chain Hints at iPhone 5S, Upgraded Camera, Faster Processor, Shipping Q3

As the days roll by, we inch closer to the inevitable launch of Apple's next iPhone, presumably the iPhone 5S, and the are no shortages of rumors and leaked information to digest. The newest bit of supposed inside info comes from sources within the upstream supply chain, according to news and rumor site Digitimes, which reports the iPhone...

AMD Radeon HD 7790 Review: Affordable DX11 Gaming

AMD Radeon HD 7790 Review: Affordable DX11 Gaming

A few weeks back, the enthusiast community was abuzz after news broke that AMD’s Radeon HD 7000 series would remain “stable throughout 2013” and would be the company’s focus “for quite some time”. The wording of the initial news made it sound like AMD wouldn’t be releasing any new GPUs for the rest...

Eric Schmidt Notes Chrome And Android Operating System To Remain Separate Products

Eric Schmidt Notes Chrome And Android Operating System To Remain Separate Products

Last week, Google said Andy Rubin will be moving to an undefined role within the company and Sundar Pichai will take over Rubin's responsibilities. Rubin is well-known as the architect of Android. Pichai was, and will continue to be, in charge of Google's Chrome web browser and other applications such as Google Drive and Gmail. By bringing...

Microsoft Teases Windows Blue Features In Fresh Paint Demo

Microsoft Teases Windows Blue Features In Fresh Paint Demo

By now it’s all but certain that Windows Blue is coming, and that it’s probably coming sometime this year. Blue is expected to be a Windows 8 “refresh”, as opposed to an entirely new OS (although work on Windows 9 is certainly underway), and more details continue to leak out about it. The latest is a video from Microsoft’s...

HP Labs Developing Holographic 3D Display Technology For Mobile Devices

HP Labs Developing Holographic 3D Display Technology For Mobile Devices

HP Labs in Palo Alto, California is currently working on a new type of three-dimensional display technology that is capable of displaying hologram-like images and videos using a modified LCD. The technology could make it possible for phones, laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices to display hologram-like still images with 200 viewpoints...

Twitter Turns 7, Celebrates with 200 Million Active Users

Twitter Turns 7, Celebrates with 200 Million Active Users

If there's one thing that can make you feel old, it's a birthday, and it doesn't even matter if it's your own or for someone you know. Today is Twitter's birthday, as the microblogging site that took the social networking scene by storm turns 7 years old. Converted into technology years, that's roughly equivalent to a person turning 134! Twitter...

Apple Sued for Distributed Trust and Security Patent Infringement

Apple Sued for Distributed Trust and Security Patent Infringement

A company called Intertrust Technologies has filed a lawsuit against Apple in the U.S. Federal Court in the Northern District of California alleging the Cupertino outfit infringed on more than a dozen patents. Intertrust's lawsuit lists several Apple products and services, including iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad, Mac systems, Apple...

Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Windows 8 Pro Tablet Tested and Burned In

Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Windows 8 Pro Tablet Tested and Burned In

Microsoft's Surface Pro has been out just over a month now, but with its $899 base price, it's at the high-end of what a lot of consumers are willing to fork over for a Windows 8-equipped tablet, and that's not even factoring in the $120+ keyboard option. Thankfully, the market is getting a few more entrants in the field, and Lenovo's IdeaTab...

Pandora For Windows Phone 8 Launched Ad-Free For 2013

Pandora For Windows Phone 8 Launched Ad-Free For 2013

Pandora is still a very popular streaming music radio service, but the company is dealing with a growing cadre of serious competitors; Windows Phone 8 has a similar problem in the mobile market with iOS and Android. Now, the two companies have partnered to offer Pandora ad-free on Windows Phone 8 at no cost, for the rest of 2013. The app itself...

OUYA Aims To Offer Hulu, Netflix, and Google Streaming Video Services

OUYA Aims To Offer Hulu, Netflix, and Google Streaming Video Services

There’s been speculation floating around (including in our own comments sections) that OUYA, the $99 open source gaming console, will also eventually offer media streaming capabilities, effectively turning it into a set-top box. According to notes from Gizmag on OUYA co-founder Julie Uhrman's talk at SXSW, that’s pretty much what’s...

BlackBerry 10 Store Rushes Past 100,000 Apps Milestone

BlackBerry 10 Store Rushes Past 100,000 Apps Milestone

A mobile platform is only as good as its apps, and on that front, BlackBerry 10 (BB10) is off to a stellar start. According to the company previously known as Research In Motion (now it's simply called "BlackBerry"), the BB10 store has been fleshed out with 30,000 new apps in just the past seven weeks, bringing the total number to more than...

YouTube Claims 1 Billion Unique Visitors Monthly, 50% of All People On The Internet

YouTube Claims 1 Billion Unique Visitors Monthly, 50% of All People On The Internet

Have you watched a video on YouTube today? Whether or not you have, there's a good chance you know someone who did, as the sheer statistics of YouTube video views dictate that the human population is in love with streaming media. YouTube now reaches a billion -- a BILLION! -- unique monthly users, the Google-owned video sharing site announced...

AT&T Brings Calling Inside With New Wireless Home Phone

AT&T Brings Calling Inside With New Wireless Home Phone

You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone that could convince us the landline industry is a growing one. By and large, people are turning to mobile phones (and mobile phones alone) for their calling needs, but that's not stopping wireline providers like AT&T from continuing to milk whatever is left. Verizon actually tried something similar...

Google Introduces "Keep" To Take On Evernote And Remember The Milk

Google Introduces "Keep" To Take On Evernote And Remember The Milk

There's no shortage of note-keeping apps on the market today -- items like Remember The Milk and Evernote are pretty popular terms amongst the tech-savvy contingent. But then, there's Google. While "Tasks" has been an integrated part of Gmail for quite some time, it looks as if Google is aiming to encroach on Evernote's territory with a new...

Revamp of Logitech G Series Gaming Peripherals Backed By Extensive R&D

Revamp of Logitech G Series Gaming Peripherals Backed By Extensive R&D

Logitech has a new line of gaming mice, keyboards, and headsets called the G series, and the company says it poured “endless hours of rigorous research and development” into the devices. The result is redesigns of four mice and two keyboards as well as a pair of new headsets. The mice include the G700s rechargeable gaming mouse...

Samsung S9 UHD TV - 4K High Def, 85-Inch, Preorder This Month for Only $40K

Samsung S9 UHD TV - 4K High Def, 85-Inch, Preorder This Month for Only $40K

Although it’s a TV that you’ll probably only find in exclusive high-end sports bars and supervillain lairs, Samsung’s S9 UHD TV (UN85S9) is up for preorder at the end of this month. The 85-inch monster boasts 4K high definition and will retail for $39,999. The Samsung S9 UHD TV, which wowed audiences at CES this year, features...

Valve Opens Steam "Early Access" For Pre-Release Titles and Game Play

Valve Opens Steam "Early Access" For Pre-Release Titles and Game Play

Valve’s Steam has historically embraced and even cultivated the gaming community around it, from creating the Steam Community to Steam Greenlight to the recent Linux beta for more experienced users. To that end, Valve announced an Early Access section to its gaming library where players can poke around with titles that are still in development....

Sapphire Technology Announces Radeon HD 7950 For Apple Mac Systems

Sapphire Technology Announces Radeon HD 7950 For Apple Mac Systems

Sapphire announced a new HD 7950 Mac Edition graphics card based on AMD's latest Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. According to Sapphire, it's the only company carrying a Radeon HD 7950 part that's compatible with Apple's Mac Pro series of desktop computers, giving Mac gamers a potent upgrade path. How potent? According to Sapphire, the...

Chase “Glitch” Makes Customers’ Money Disappear

Chase “Glitch” Makes Customers’ Money Disappear

I don't know how much money you have in your bank account, but I'm willing to bet that if you logged into your banking's website and saw $0.00 across the board, you might be a little concerned. Some Chase customers earlier this week found themselves in this exact situation, leading many, as you might expect, to believe that they could have...

Intel Reveals Media Server Reference Design

Intel Reveals Media Server Reference Design

It's no secret that Intel is planning to get into the television and entertainment business in some way, but now it appears that the company is getting looser about introducing things pertaining to those goals. At the TV Connect 2013 event in London, Intel has launched a new reference design for Media Processors. The MSRD is both a hardware...

Microsoft Under Investigation For Bribery Allegations

Microsoft Under Investigation For Bribery Allegations

Here's something you don't hear about often: Microsoft is under investigation with regard to bribery. U.S. authorities are examining the company's potential involvement with "companies and individuals that allegedly paid bribes to overseas government officials in exchange for business." The United States Department of Justice and the Securities...

eBay's Lowering Fees in Bid to Lure Angry Amazon Sellers

eBay's Lowering Fees in Bid to Lure Angry Amazon Sellers

eBay announced that it's restructuring its fees for sellers on its online auction site, the timing of which has everything to do with Amazon recently raising fees for merchants on its e-commerce portal. As the price of doing business through Amazon goes up, eBay hopes to attract disgruntled sellers looking to jump ship. In order to do that,...

Apple Credits Evasi0n Jailbreak Team for Latest iOS Update

Apple Credits Evasi0n Jailbreak Team for Latest iOS Update

In the never-ending game of cat and mouse that is played between Apple and those that would attempt to jailbreak its devices using unauthorized software hacks, Apple just leaped ahead with its latest update. If you install iOS 6.1.3, you won't be able to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using the uber popular "evasi0n" jailbreak,...

Redesigned Hulu Plus App for Apple TV Offers Easier Navigation

Redesigned Hulu Plus App for Apple TV Offers Easier Navigation

Hulu is giddy about a redesigned Apple TV app it just released, and Apple TV users should be just as excited. After all, it's been about a long time since Hulu touched the app, and this latest update purportedly offers an entirely new experience built "from the ground up" with an emphasis on making it easier to find favorite TV episodes and...

U.S. is Now Home to Half a Billion Internet Connected Devices

U.S. is Now Home to Half a Billion Internet Connected Devices

If you want to know why the PC market is struggling, just look at the rapid rise of Internet connected devices. Sure, a desktop or laptop system offers far more functionality than a smartphone or tablet, and PCs aren't going the way of the dodo bird, but at the same time, mainstream users mostly interested in checking their Facebook feeds...

Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch Joins Apple

Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch Joins Apple

It wasn’t all that long ago that Steve Jobs famously feuded very publicly with Adobe over the use of the latter’s Flash in mobile devices. (A few years hence and HTML5 is king. Go figure.) Now, one of the guys calling the shots at Adobe during that time, Kevin Lynch, is leaving the company to become Apple’s vice president...

ARM CEO Warren East Steps Down After 12 Years, Enormous Growth

ARM CEO Warren East Steps Down After 12 Years, Enormous Growth

Warren East, the current CEO of ARM Holdings, has announced that he'll step down from the CEO position as of July 1. His replacement, ARM's Simon Segars, is an engineer who worked on some of ARM's earlier processors before stepping up to become company president. East's decision to step down is a bit surprising; the ARM executive told Reuters...

NVIDIA CEO Unveils Volta Graphics, Tegra Mobile Roadmap, and GRID VCA Virtualized Rendering Systems

NVIDIA CEO Unveils Volta Graphics, Tegra Mobile Roadmap, and GRID VCA Virtualized Rendering Systems

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang kicked off this year’s GPU Technology Conference with his customarily impressive opening keynote. The focus of Jen-Hsun’s presentation was on breakthroughs in computer graphics and advances in GPU computing, but he also unveiled new GPU and Tegra roadmaps and took the wraps off of a brand new...

Samsung VP Confirms "Working Very Hard" On Development of Smartwatch

Samsung VP Confirms "Working Very Hard" On Development of Smartwatch

There’s a quiet race to produce smartwatches--there are rumors and bits of news from a number of companies including Google, Sony, Apple, and Pebble--and Samsung is most definitely in the thick of it. We saw leaked screenshots of an alleged Samsung “Altius” smartwatch (that frankly seemed rather fake), but according to a...

Samsung Galaxy S4 Benchmarks Show Total Dominance Over iPhone 5, HTC One

Samsung Galaxy S4 Benchmarks Show Total Dominance Over iPhone 5, HTC One

Samsung last week announced its much anticipated Galaxy S4 smartphone at a press event in New York City, revealing two different processor options depending on the region. One of those is Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.9GHz, the same as found in the HTC One, but with a higher frequency. Even though it's a difference of just...

AT&T Rolls Out Ridiculously Expensive Shared Data Plans Up to 50GB

AT&T Rolls Out Ridiculously Expensive Shared Data Plans Up to 50GB

AT&T this week introduced new shared data tiers (again) that it claims will help businesses "raise the productivity bar" by offering expanded choices, but not without raising the phone bill, too. By a lot. The new plans aren't just for business customers, either; home consumers are welcome to pony up for a 30GB, 40GB, or 50GB Mobile Share...

AVADirect Mini Gaming PC: Titan in a Small Package

AVADirect Mini Gaming PC: Titan in a Small Package

Building a small form factor gaming PC is a tricky business. For one thing, there simply isn’t enough room to fit as many components as you would put in a mid- or full-size gaming PC. Multiple graphics cards aren’t likely, and oversized power supplies (not to mention CPU heatsinks) usually present major challenges. The other issue...

Google Shows Off Nexus 10 Tablet Features In Latest Round of TV Ads

Google Shows Off Nexus 10 Tablet Features In Latest Round of TV Ads

Google’s Nexus 10 tablet didn’t get the big New York event and debut the company wanted because of Hurricane Sandy’s timing, but Google has launched a TV ad campaign to market the 10-inch tablet and show off its user-friendliest features. The lighthearted video ad features a young couple that is expecting their first baby...

Digital Storm Takes No Prisoners with Hailstorm II Series of Gaming PCs

Digital Storm Takes No Prisoners with Hailstorm II Series of Gaming PCs

Digital Storm is not messing around with its latest line of gaming PCs, the Hailstorm II; these systems are absolutely packed to the gills with high-end hardware and components, and they have commensurate price tags. The lowest-level Hailstorm II rig, the Level 1, starts at $2,762. It goes up from there; the Level 4’s base configuration...

HTC One Delayed After Suppliers Lose Faith

HTC One Delayed After Suppliers Lose Faith

To compete in the fierce smartphone market, you have to have an excellent handset as well as strong partners all along the supply chain. It sure looks like the HTC One will be a terrific phone, but it looks like there are big problems with HTC’s suppliers. Two premiere features of the HTC One are its UltraPixel camera (which boasts smart...

Valve’s Team Fortress 2 Gets the Virtual Reality Treatment with Oculus Rift Headset

Valve’s Team Fortress 2 Gets the Virtual Reality Treatment with Oculus Rift Headset

Prepare to swoon, lovers of virtual reality gaming: Valve’s Team Fortress 2 is getting a virtual reality mode that supports Oculus Rift VR headset, and it’s coming this week. TF2 has long been a sort of experimental playground for Valve, so adding this VR Mode is par for the course. What’s most notable about the update to...

Sony's 2013 BRAVIA HDTV Line-Up Is Shipping Now

Sony's 2013 BRAVIA HDTV Line-Up Is Shipping Now

It's perhaps a strange time to consider buying a new television. There's no major sporting event coming up, and there aren't any major holidays around the corner, either. But typically, that means that deals are there to be had, and Sony's slipping a few new sets into showrooms starting this week. The company's 2013 BRAVIA HDTV line-up, which...

Aviary Launches Photo Editor SDK For Windows 8 Along With Six Partners

Aviary Launches Photo Editor SDK For Windows 8 Along With Six Partners

Aviary is no stranger to the photo editing world. The company already has a handful of standalone editors on various mobile platforms, and it's also powering Flickr's mobile app editor -- not to mention Twitter's official filter collection. The company largely works in the background; most folks outside of the technology realm haven't even...

Apple's "Why iPhone" Page Suggests Apple Is Feeling The Squeeze

Apple's "Why iPhone" Page Suggests Apple Is Feeling The Squeeze

After Samsung announced its eagerly-anticipated Galaxy S4 smartphone to much acclaim at an event in NYC just days ago, Apple responded--by releasing a web page devoted to convincing users that the iPhone is better than every other phone. Taken alone, the “Why iPhone” page on Apple’s site is actually smart and helpful. It...

In Wake Of SimCity Fiasco, EA CEO Resigns

In Wake Of SimCity Fiasco, EA CEO Resigns

EA CEO John Riccitiello has resigned from his post after six years as the top man and the previous seven as COO. In all, Riccitiello has been with the company since 1997, but he’s leaving under a cloud. The company missed its financial goals of the last year and also this quarter, but most will point to the ill-fated launch of SimCity...

Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey Aspires To Run For Mayor of New York

Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey Aspires To Run For Mayor of New York

Considering his resume, Jack Dorsey keeps a rather low profile. If you can’t place his name here’s a reminder: Dorsey is the co-founder of Twitter, and more recently he founded mobile payment startup Square, which is designed to make it easier for small business owners to accept payments with iOS devices. Eventually, Dorsey wants...

Ex-AMD Exec Says Windows Tablets Ready To Take  Enterprise By Storm

Ex-AMD Exec Says Windows Tablets Ready To Take Enterprise By Storm

The fate of Windows 8 is yet to be determined, but amid lagging PC sales and grumpy customers who just aren’t all that excited about Microsoft’s latest operating system, there’s a bit of a dark cloud over it. The cloud is even darker over tablets running Windows 8; for example, Microsoft's Surface tablets have badly missed...

CyberPowerPC Debuts Fresh Line of LAN III Gaming PCs

CyberPowerPC Debuts Fresh Line of LAN III Gaming PCs

CyberPowerPC has a whole new line of boxy gaming PCs for us to fawn over called the LAN III series, which is comprised of four different models that range from the compact and modest LAN III Mini-A to the tricked-out, burly LAN III Commander. Predictably, there’s a huge range of prices and configurations available for the four systems,...

Android 5.0 Coming To Samsung Galaxy Devices

Android 5.0 Coming To Samsung Galaxy Devices

Craving a slice of Key Lime Pie topped with Android? It won't be long before Google serves it up. According to a pre-list floating around the Internet, Samsung is planning to update five core devices to Android 5.0 (Key Lime Pie), the next major version of Android that Google is expected to announce at Google I/O. Those devices include the...

BlackBerry CEO Talks Roadmap Plans, Throws iPhone Under the Bus

BlackBerry CEO Talks Roadmap Plans, Throws iPhone Under the Bus

How do you call someone a Neanderthal without offending them? We're not sure if there's a tactful way of doing that, but if there is, BlackBerry chief Thorstein Heins would be the one to figure it out. Just look at what he had to say about Apple and it's iOS/iPhone ecosystem. "Apple did a fantastic job in bringing touch devices to market....

Battlefield 4 Event Set for March 26, Celebrating a New Era with BF4

Battlefield 4 Event Set for March 26, Celebrating a New Era with BF4

Rest up, soldier, Battlefield 4  is nearing release. Electronic Arts has begun sending out invitations to the press for a Battlefield 4 press event scheduled for March 26, 2013, one which will "celebrate a new era" of the popular gaming franchise. It will take place during the 2013 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, an...

Rumored Google Nexus 5 by LG Images, Specs Leak

Rumored Google Nexus 5 by LG Images, Specs Leak

It's the beginning of another work week, and that usually means another rumor is floating around cyberspace, though surprisingly the latest water cooler talk has nothing to do with Apple's future products. It has to do with the other camp -- Android -- and the supposed existence of a Nexus 5 smartphone built by LG. An anonymous source who...

Petition To Bring Back Google Reader Garners 125K Votes

Petition To Bring Back Google Reader Garners 125K Votes

Google dropped a bombshell on Google Reader users last week by announcing plans to shutter the RSS service on July 1, 2013, giving them just over three months to find an alternative. Many have already flocked to Feedly -- half a million in just a few days, in fact -- and Digg will make a pitch for its own upcoming RSS reader, but what if Google...

Sony Mobile Adds New Xperia Smartphones To Lineup, XPeria SP and XPeria

Sony Mobile Adds New Xperia Smartphones To Lineup, XPeria SP and XPeria

Sony may not be at the forefront of mobile market share, but it's certainly hoping to change that over time with the advent of the Xperia line. Today, two new mobiles are being unveiled, the Xperia SP and Xperia L. The SP has a 4.6" HD Reality Display (720p), BRAVIA Engine 2, a co-moulded aluminum frame, an 8MP camera, NFC, LTE and a dual-core...

Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 Support Slated To End July 2014, No Roadmap Beyond That

Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 Support Slated To End July 2014, No Roadmap Beyond That

A wise person once said that all good things must eventually arrive at an end, and Microsoft has typically been fairly proactive about giving its user base a heads-up as to when support would end for its products. There's generally an amount of buzz surrounding the expiration of support on a Windows OS, but now that Windows Phone is around,...

PlayStation Vita Sales Surge As Price Cut Drives Volume

PlayStation Vita Sales Surge As Price Cut Drives Volume

While the PlayStation Vita hasn’t exactly been a failure, its sales have been dwarfed by those of the Nintendo 3DS as the two devices compete in the handheld gaming market with each other as well as smartphones and tablets. However, after some aggressive price cuts, it looks like the Vita is gaining a bit of steam. Sony slashed the cost...

Damsel In Distress:  Is Starcraft II Sexist? (Contains Spoilers)

Damsel In Distress: Is Starcraft II Sexist? (Contains Spoilers)

I've recently beaten Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm (watch for the review, coming soon). The ending of the game has been discussed a fair bit, with the main question being whether or not Sarah Kerrigan -- the onetime Queen of Blades, absolute badass, and the focus of the campaign -- is treated poorly in the final moments. There's no way...

Google Reader Users Flock to Feedly

Google Reader Users Flock to Feedly

Now that Google Reader is shutting down (as of July 1st), the users who depended on the service need somewhere to go. Digg is reportedly scrambling to launch its own RSS news reader service to scoop up adrift users, but another site is already cashing in big time. Feedly says that as of Friday, more than half a million Google Reader users...

Lenovo's Thin and Light ThinkPad T431s Ultrabook Means Business

Lenovo's Thin and Light ThinkPad T431s Ultrabook Means Business

Lenovo pretty much nailed the thin and light Ultrabook form factor with its ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which we gave an Editor's Choice award last summer, but what about the enterprise crowd? For business users, Lenovo just launched its ThinkPat T431s Ultrabook with design enhancements the company claims were "inspired by the results of an extensive...

Google Snapping Up AI Researchers and Neural Network Start-Up Engineers

Google Snapping Up AI Researchers and Neural Network Start-Up Engineers

What's going on at Google? Maybe the better question is: "What isn't going on at Google?" The company has pulled its focus in recently, shutting down certain aspects that it can't provide adequate focus on, but also using the opportunity to focus even more intently on areas that it truly sees a future in. Now, Google is acquiring a neural...

Facebook Names Ex-Mozilla VP Mike Schroeper, SVP of Engineering To CTO

Facebook Names Ex-Mozilla VP Mike Schroeper, SVP of Engineering To CTO

If you had any concerns that Facebook would begin to rest on its laurels after becoming a public company, let those concerns be put to rest. The company has just announced the hiring of a new Chief Technology Officer -- obviously an extraordinarily important role in a tech-driven outfit. Mike Schroepfer is the man taking the role, but the...

Walgreens To Build First Self-Powered Retail Store with Solar, Wind, and Geothermal Technologies

Walgreens To Build First Self-Powered Retail Store with Solar, Wind, and Geothermal Technologies

We hear about green construction practices all the time, but it’s often surrounding facilities such as data centers rather than retail stores. However, Walgreens is determined to go as green as possible, and to that end, the company announced plans for the first net zero energy retail store. The store is slated to be built at the corner...

EMC and IBM in Talks to Acquire SoftLayer for $2 Billion

EMC and IBM in Talks to Acquire SoftLayer for $2 Billion

Both EMC and IBM are reportedly considering a purchase of SoftLayer, a dedicated server, managed hosting, and cloud computing provider based out of Dallas, Texas. The deal, which is being handled by Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse, could be worth as much as $2 billion, a hefty chunk of change for what's currently the world's largest privately...

George Lucas' THX Suing Apple Over Speaker Patent Infringement

George Lucas' THX Suing Apple Over Speaker Patent Infringement

Speaking of Apple getting sued by people, it appears as though THX Ltd., which was founded by none other than George Lucas, is bringing a lawsuit against Apple for allegedly violating a 2008 patent for narrow profile speaker technology. The offending devices in which Apple used the technology include a big chunk of its product lineup, including...

Inventor of RSS Says Good Riddance To Google Reader, Worries About Google's Influence On News

Inventor of RSS Says Good Riddance To Google Reader, Worries About Google's Influence On News

As a long-time Google Reader user (six years), it saddened me earlier this week when Google announced that it was going to shutter the service on July 1. For me, I didn't only use Reader because I was too lazy to look at alternatives - I used it because of its simplicity, speed and ability to give me an actual list of posts - not tiles, not...

THQ's Saints Row 4 Coming in August

THQ's Saints Row 4 Coming in August

When THQ went bankrupt a couple of months ago, the first series that popped into my head was Saints Row. Anyone who's played it likely agrees that it's a classic - it takes the traditional FPS formula, puts it in a blender, adds a dash of humor, and becomes a ridiculously fun series. Fortunately, Deep Silver acquired Volition, the series'...

Apple Facing Potential Class Action For MacBook Pro Retina Display Ghosting Problems

Apple Facing Potential Class Action For MacBook Pro Retina Display Ghosting Problems

Live by the sword, die by the sword. Apple has taken the path of the courts to settle the hash of its competitors, and now one of its customers is giving the Cupertino company a taste of its own medicine. A fellow named Beau Hodges filed suit against Apple for allowing its customers to buy MacBook Pros with shoddy Retina displays, and it’s...

#Fight! Facebook To Implement Hashtag Symbol To Group Conversations

#Fight! Facebook To Implement Hashtag Symbol To Group Conversations

#thatsagoodidea. No, that's not a legitimate sentence, but you get the point, right? Twitter has taken the hashtag to another level, making it a part of everyday culture at this point. And since it's so easy to recognize, it shouldn't come as a surprise to hear that one of Twitter's primary rivals is consider adding it as well. Facebook is...

Netflix Working On 4K Content Streaming In the ‘Next Year or Two’

Netflix Working On 4K Content Streaming In the ‘Next Year or Two’

How’s your download speed? Netflix is already offering some new, bandwidth-hungry streams, and its plans for 4K content streaming will blow the roof off the bandwidth limits for many broadband customers. You can expect a higher broadband price when you go 4K, but the real fun will be in buying a 4K TV. Hopefully, we’ll see 4K TV...

Apple Plugs Hole In OS X That Enabled Javascript Exploit

Apple Plugs Hole In OS X That Enabled Javascript Exploit

Another day, another issue with Java. In a world that is becoming increasingly fraught with privacy invasions and security breaches, Java has been a term that's been popping up in negative fashion of late. Now, Apple has shot out a new batch of security patches for OS X, one of which covers up a flaw that "allowed Java Web Start applications...

Ashton Kutcher's Big Screen Debut Potraying Steve Jobs is Delayed

Ashton Kutcher's Big Screen Debut Potraying Steve Jobs is Delayed

Open Road Films has decided to delay the release of Jobs, a movie that was originally scheduled to land in theaters on April 19, 2013. Not by accident, that date marks the 37th anniversary of the Apple Computer. As poetic as that might have been, Open Road Films ultimately wanted more time to market the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter....

Will Smartphones Make Remote Controls Obsolete?

Will Smartphones Make Remote Controls Obsolete?

It seems like everyone is toting a smartphone these days, even teens. According to recent data by Gartner, smartphone sales were through the roof in the fourth quarter of 2012 with a record 207.7 million units sold, up more than 38 percent year-over-year. Meanwhile, feature phone sales are on the decline, having dropped 19.3 percent year-over-year...

Will Apple Launch a Second Generation iPad Mini in 2013?

Will Apple Launch a Second Generation iPad Mini in 2013?

It doesn't take a trip to the local psychic to figure out Apple's planning to release another iPad mini device, but what nobody outside of Cupertino knows is exactly when. Even Apple may not have a specific date in mind, which makes speculating an even tougher proposition. Nevertheless, DisplaySearch thinks it has at least a rough estimate...

Dropbox Gobbles Up Popular Mailbox iOS App, Both Products Live On

Dropbox Gobbles Up Popular Mailbox iOS App, Both Products Live On

Mailbox is a hot new iOS email client app. Dropbox is one of the most popular consumer cloud storage and sharing tools around. Now, the former is joining the latter, which could make for some interesting cross-pollination. What’s notable about this merging of minds is that Mailbox is a brand new baby app, having launched just a few weeks...

Arduino Powered Phone Kit Offers DIY Handset Design

Arduino Powered Phone Kit Offers DIY Handset Design

As the weekend approaches and the itch to tinker with something crawls up the spine of nerds everywhere, open source hardware projects like this one scratch it like nothing else: There’s a card called an Arduino GSM Shield available now, which essentially lets you add GPRS/GSM connections to your projects. In other words, you can build...

Google's Schmidt to Visit Myanmar For Emerging Mobile Phone Market

Google's Schmidt to Visit Myanmar For Emerging Mobile Phone Market

Whatever else you may think of Google’s Eric Schmidt, good or bad, the man is not afraid to visit countries that others may consider dangerous or unstable. He took his daughter to North Korea earlier this year, and according to Reuters, he’s headed to Myanmar next week. Myanmar is no longer under military control, so Western nations...

Redbox Instant Movie Streaming Service Launched and Live

Redbox Instant Movie Streaming Service Launched and Live

A new streaming movie service is in town: Redbox. That’s right, Coinstar, the company behind those red movie boxes in front of pharmacies everywhere, has teamed up with Verizon to create an online movie streaming service. The new Redbox Instant is tied to the brick and mortar (well, metal and plastic) boxes, so signing up for the service...

Facebook's Zuckerberg Tops List of Highest Rated CEOs

Facebook's Zuckerberg Tops List of Highest Rated CEOs

Mark Zuckerberg may not have the business savvy to propel Facebook's stock to soaring new heights (or even back up to its IPO price), but be that as it may, he ranked No. 1 on Glassdoor's list of the "Highest Rated CEOs" for 2013. The career's site gave Zuckerberg a 99 percent approval rating, but what does that mean? It means his employees...

Microsoft Surface Sales Hit 1.5 Million But Still Shy of Expectations

Microsoft Surface Sales Hit 1.5 Million But Still Shy of Expectations

When Microsoft decided to launch its own hardware with the Surface tablet, it was a big gamble, and many noted that even after its unbridled success in the operating system, software, and gaming hardware markets, the company may find the tablet hardware side of things to be tougher sledding. According to Bloomberg, that’s indeed what...

Apple Starts Selling Refurbished iPad Mini Tablets

Apple Starts Selling Refurbished iPad Mini Tablets

Apple is quick to point out that the iPad mini is the least expensive iPad it's ever carried, and while that's true, it's still comparatively expensive when going up against competing slates that are similar in size. The iPad mini starts at $329, versus $200 for a Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD. Even the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" costs $60 less than...

NVIDIA Reportedly Walked From Sony PS4 Design Negotiations

NVIDIA Reportedly Walked From Sony PS4 Design Negotiations

NVIDIA recently announced plans to support Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 (PS4) console with its PhysX and APEX software development kits (SDKs), but the core hardware inside all belongs to AMD. It didn't have to be that way -- NVIDIA could have powered the PS4 with a custom built GPU of its own, and had negotiations with Sony gone differently,...

Dead Space 3 Unseats Black Ops II in Game Sales

Dead Space 3 Unseats Black Ops II in Game Sales

Call of Duty: Black Ops II couldn't hold onto the top spot in game sales in February, yielding pole position to Dead Space 3, a spooky third person shooter developed by Visceral Games and published by Electronics Arts, according to the latest data by The NPD Group. Total software sales dropped 27 percent to $352 million from $484 million a...

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Up Close and Hands-On Video

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Up Close and Hands-On Video

We spent some time with Samsung at their launch event for the brand new Galaxy S 4 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City last night and were able to snap a few pictures and get some hands-on time with the new device. If you missed the original announcement, we’ve got the full scoop posted here. Just to recap, the Galaxy S 4...

Nintendo's in Trouble if Abysmal Wii U Sales Estimate is on Target

Nintendo's in Trouble if Abysmal Wii U Sales Estimate is on Target

Despite having a head start over the competition, Nintendo may have lost the next-generation console war before it's fully begun. Nintendo's going to battle with the Wii U, an IBM PowerPC-powered console that launched in the U.S. on November 18, 2012, and several other territories shortly after, but sales haven't been through the roof. How...

Apple Adds Official Support For Windows 8 Installations With OS X 10.8.3 Update

Apple Adds Official Support For Windows 8 Installations With OS X 10.8.3 Update

Got a Mac? Running Mountain Lion? If so, it's time to fire up the Software Update. Apple has just pushed out v10.8.3 to its newest desktop OS, and while there are no major overhauls, patches or fixes, there are quite a few minor things that add up to a fairly significant update. On the quirky side, users can now redeem iTunes gift cards in...

Samsung Appoints Two New Co-CEOs: Because One Leader Just Isn't Enough

Samsung Appoints Two New Co-CEOs: Because One Leader Just Isn't Enough

What's a company to do when it's selling more phones than it ever imagined, and has too many people to congratulate? Give 'em all promotions, it seems. Shortly after unveiling the Galaxy S 4 to the world, Samsung has promoted two other individuals to be CEO. Yes, you read that correctly. As of today, Samsung has three Chief Executive Officers....

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Announced In NYC: 5" 1080p Display, 1.9GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon, LTE, Coming In April

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Announced In NYC: 5" 1080p Display, 1.9GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon, LTE, Coming In April

It's here -- Samsung's next big thing. After loads of pomp and circumstance, plenty of rumors, and a mega event held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Samsung's Galaxy S 4 is a reality. It's the latest in the Galaxy legacy, but perhaps more importantly, it's the first Galaxy phone to garner Apple-like attention. Never before has an...

Solder Problems Trip Up Titan Supercomputer, Delay Final Certification

Solder Problems Trip Up Titan Supercomputer, Delay Final Certification

The Titan supercomputer buildout at Oak Ridge National Laboratory was a much-publicized upgrade of the older Jaguar supercomputer that already existed on-site. Nvidia and AMD heavily publicized the facility's decision to combine Opteron processors with Nvidia's new K20/K20X-based graphics cards. When it launched the GTX Titan last month, Nvidia...

Google Shutters Beloved Google Reader, Digg Rolls Out Plans For Their Own

Google Shutters Beloved Google Reader, Digg Rolls Out Plans For Their Own

We already covered the sad, sad notion that Google is shutting down its famed Reader RSS platform, and that has left many RSS loyalists looking for an immediate alternative. And now, Digg is taking advantage of the situation. Digg was once a huge force in the social sharing game, but as Facebook, Twitter and newer forms of networking took...

Philips DesignLine TV: A Bezel-Free Sheet of Glass HDTV That Leans Against Your Wall

Philips DesignLine TV: A Bezel-Free Sheet of Glass HDTV That Leans Against Your Wall

Philips is making a big splash in the HDTV market with the Philips DesignLine TV, which looks like just a large piece of glass with an incredibly thin “TV surface” taped on. (Yes, taped.) There’s no bezel, no body, and if the promotional photos and video are to be believed, no cables or wires. (We’re guessing the latter...

BlackBerry Reports Massive Order of 1 Million Phones From “Established Partner”

BlackBerry Reports Massive Order of 1 Million Phones From “Established Partner”

Now that Android and iOS dominant the mobile market, BlackBerry desperately needs its Z10 handset launch to be a successful one, and there are reasons to believe it will be. One of those reasons is that one of the company's partners has placed an order for 1 million BlackBerry Z10 devices, representing the biggest order it's ever received...

Maingear Potenza Super Stock Review: Cool and Quiet

Maingear Potenza Super Stock Review: Cool and Quiet

There’s a lot to love about a mini-ITX gaming PC. Portability is a big draw, of course: carrying your computer through the parking lot to a LAN party is much easier if it happens to be an SFF system. Reclaiming desk space is another reason to go small. And some of us just take a lot of pleasure in knowing that our tiny, unassuming PC...

U.S. Motorists are the Worst Offenders of Texting While Driving

U.S. Motorists are the Worst Offenders of Texting While Driving

There's a good chance you've seen a fellow motorist drifting over into a neighboring lane, only to later discover he or she is texting while driving 3,500 pounds of steel and glass (as a point of reference, a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco weighs 3,650 pounds). It's an all-too familiar sight, and unfortunately, mobile device use while driving is...

iFixit Tears Down the Pebble Smartwatch, Finds It Virtually Unrepairable

iFixit Tears Down the Pebble Smartwatch, Finds It Virtually Unrepairable

The Pebble smartwatch first gained attention when it raised millions on Kickstarter; plenty of folks were interested in the smartphone companion that let users control several apps and receive notifications all from the convenient controls of a fashionable timepiece. Now, the product is nearly ready to ship, and the cool cats at iFixit got...

The Data Was Good: Higgs Boson Confirmed

The Data Was Good: Higgs Boson Confirmed

Remember last year when physicists at CERN said they were pretty sure that they found the God particle? Now, after sifting through the data, they believe that they have indeed found the elusive Higgs boson particle. A physicist on the team and the group’s spokesman, Joe Incandela, said that "The preliminary results with the full 2012...

Google Yanks Ad Blockers from Play Store, Citing Developer Violations

Google Yanks Ad Blockers from Play Store, Citing Developer Violations

Well, it was only a matter of time: Google has pulled all of the ad blocking apps from the Google Play Store, leaving customers with no way to avoid the ads that pop up in their apps. If you haven’t already bought one of the blockers, you’re going to have to tolerate those little banners that tend to pop up while you’re using...

Apple Dumps on Samsung Prior to Galaxy S IV’s Launch

Apple Dumps on Samsung Prior to Galaxy S IV’s Launch

Samsung figured out that having a quality product isn't always good enough to increase market share, and so it significantly ramped up its advertising budget in 2012, spending $401 million on billboards, TV ads, and the such. Some of them came at the expense of Apple. Samsung hasn't been shy in taking potshots at Apple, making fun of iPhone...

Will 2013 Be the Year of 4K Ultra High Definition Televisions?

Will 2013 Be the Year of 4K Ultra High Definition Televisions?

Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) may not have fully run its course, but that won't stop TV makers from trying to push new 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) panels on the public. Will there be any willing buyers? Sure there will, but what's surprising is the potential rate of adoption. According to the latest NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Large Area TFT...

Extended Hotmail and Outlook Outage Highlight Dark Side of Cloud

Extended Hotmail and Outlook Outage Highlight Dark Side of Cloud

Some users of Microsoft's recently minted Outlook.com and its ancient Hotmail services were having a bear of a time accessing their email messages the last couple of days due to an outage. The service disruption also affected SkyDrive, Microsoft's online storage scheme, though a fix was doled out in a matter of hours. Hotmail and Outlook.com...

Verizon Wireless Getting Exclusive White BlackBerry Z10 On 3/28

Verizon Wireless Getting Exclusive White BlackBerry Z10 On 3/28

And just like that, BlackBerry's first U.S.-bound BB10 device has Verizon Wireless' support. The Z10 had yet to be announced for VZW until today, but it looks as if it'll ship to customers of that carrier just days after it arrives on AT&T's network. Starting 3/14 at 8am ET, VZW customers will be able to pre-order the handset, with initial...

Google Shutting Down Reader, Voice For BlackBerry, And Cloud Connect Services

Google Shutting Down Reader, Voice For BlackBerry, And Cloud Connect Services

Are you a frequent user of Google Reader? Tough luck! Google has had an ongoing "spring cleaning" for a few years now, shutting down peripheral services and items that it simply can't find time to focus on as a more mature, publicly-traded company. For the most part, the shut-downs have only angered a minority, but it seems the decision to...

Twitter Finally Releases An App For Windows 8

Twitter Finally Releases An App For Windows 8

It's not just Windows Phone 8 fighting for flagship apps -- it's also Windows 8, to some degree. As Microsoft throws its weight behind those two major operating systems, at least one major developer is joining the Win8 fray this week: Twitter. That's right -- starting today you'll find a proper Windows 8 Twitter app available to download,...

US Cyber Command Admits Offensive Cyberwarfare Capabilities, Fundamental Shift In US Doctrine

US Cyber Command Admits Offensive Cyberwarfare Capabilities, Fundamental Shift In US Doctrine

Yesterday, the newly minted head of the United States' Cyber Command team and NSA head General Keith Alexander told assembled lawmakers that the US has created offensive cyberwarfare divisions designed to do far more than protect US assets from foreign attacks. This is a major change in policy from previous public statements -- in the past,...

Google Gets Off Easy With $7M Fine In Wi-Fi Privacy Case

Google Gets Off Easy With $7M Fine In Wi-Fi Privacy Case

Google has been fined $7 million dollars in a case over the company’s WiFi snooping, which occurred between 2008-2010 as Google Street View cars crisscrossed the country mapping everything in sight. Google Street View is a gloriously powerful tool, but the fleet of Street View mapping cars were collecting data such as passwords from...

Intel Releases Pre-Alpha Android 4.2.2 Developer Preview That Can Dual Boot With Windows 8

Intel Releases Pre-Alpha Android 4.2.2 Developer Preview That Can Dual Boot With Windows 8

Developers and OEMs alike have been flirting with Android/Windows 8 marriages for a while now, but Intel’s Open Source Technology Center has taken a step forward by releasing an Android developer preview that can dual boot Android and Windows 8 on the same Intel-based device. The Android on Intel Architecture (Android-IA) preview is...

Andy Rubin Out, Sundar Pichai In As Android Chief

Andy Rubin Out, Sundar Pichai In As Android Chief

To hear Google CEO Larry Page tell it, the man responsible for the birth of Android as we know it is Andy Rubin, who brought the idea of a standards-based mobile operating system to Google in 2004. Since then, Android has of course become the world’s most-used mobile OS, and it can be found running on all manner of devices great and...

Dell Offers Up XPS 18 Portable All-In-One, PC Form Factors Continue to Evolve

Dell Offers Up XPS 18 Portable All-In-One, PC Form Factors Continue to Evolve

Just last week, ASUS announced the Transformer AiO, an all-in-one that converts to a (very large) tablet for on-the-go computing; today, Dell is following suit with the release of the Dell XPS 18, which is also a portable AIO PC. The XPS 18 is powered by up to an Intel Core i7 (Ivy Bridge) processor and up to Intel HD 4000-series graphics....

Amazon Softens Price of Kindle Fire HD 8.9" to $269

Amazon Softens Price of Kindle Fire HD 8.9" to $269

It may have taken awhile for Android tablets to hit their collective stride, but these days there are a several worthy options. What's more, the prevalence of quality Android slates has driven down the cost of entry and forced vendors to lower the price on existing models. So it goes with Amazon and it's Kindle Fire HD 8.9" slate. The large...

Samsung SM843 Pro: High Performance Data Center SSD

Samsung SM843 Pro: High Performance Data Center SSD

We have taken a look at a few Samsung-built solid state drives over the years, including the Samsung 830 and 840 series SSDs, and found them all to be relatively strong performers in their respective product categories. Today we’re going to be looking at a somewhat different type of drive from Samsung, the SM843 Pro Data Series SSD....

Samsung Wanted to Buy Sharp's Copier and Printer Business

Samsung Wanted to Buy Sharp's Copier and Printer Business

Samsung's product portfolio is about as varied as it comes. Yes, Samsung is perhaps best known for its TVs and Galaxy line of handsets and tablets, but it also sells laptops, media players, camcorders, media cards, monitors, Blu-ray players, and even an extensive range of home appliances, such as refrigerators and dishwashers. Did you know...

Survey Uncovers "Substantial" Increase in Teen Smartphone Adoption

Survey Uncovers "Substantial" Increase in Teen Smartphone Adoption

It's sometimes easy to forget that an unsubsidized smartphone can cost upwards of $600, especially when you see a group of giggling teens wielding around what are essentially handheld computers. Get used to that scene. According to a new survey, smartphone adoption among American teenagers is rising fast. Pew Research Center pinged over 800...

Netflix Goes Social, Announces Facebook Integration

Netflix Goes Social, Announces Facebook Integration

Netflix on Wednesday announced that its subscribers living in the U.S. can link their streaming account to their Facebook profiles. In doing so, Netflix members can see what their friends and family have watched via new "Friends' Favorites" and "Watched by your friends" rows to Netflix. If you link your account, movies and TV shows will automatically...

Flipping the Script: Samsung Outspends Apple in Advertising

Flipping the Script: Samsung Outspends Apple in Advertising

Samsung is embracing the concept of having to spend money to make money. To wit, Samsung in 2011 spent just $78 million advertising mobile phones in the U.S., three times less than Apple, which invested $235 million into its domestic marketing effort. That ratio changed dramatically last year, as Samsung increased its advertising dollars to...

YEAH Movie Streaming Service Launches With Second-Screen Focus

YEAH Movie Streaming Service Launches With Second-Screen Focus

AMC Networks, which owns and operates AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC Films, has just launched a new service that couldn't possibly be more fun to say. It's called YEAH! No, really -- it's called YEAH. It's being described as the first "streaming movie service that is an entirely new way to watch movies online." That sounds mighty...

Automatic Link Makes A Driving Aide Out Of Your iPhone

Automatic Link Makes A Driving Aide Out Of Your iPhone

Practically every vehicle sold in the United States since 1996 has a data port within, something called an OBD II socket. Over the years, a few adapters have allowed those ports to communicate with smartphones, but none of the existing options have truly packaged together a seamless, polished experience. For those who are looking for just...

Maxis Caught Lying About SimCity Online Play Requirement

Maxis Caught Lying About SimCity Online Play Requirement

For the past nine days, Maxis has been caught in a firestorm of epic proportions. Having failed to beta test the game appropriately or account for actual server loads, Maxis' SimCity servers disintegrated under the onslaught of people wanting to play a game they paid for. Since launch day, company executives and representatives have remained...

Acer Adds New Chromebook Models to C7 Family

Acer Adds New Chromebook Models to C7 Family

The somewhat aggressive expansion of Chromebook models continues today with an announcement from Acer that it's releasing several new C7 SKUs, including a C710-2055 model that boasts up to 6 hours of battery life. This particular model is intended for commercial customers, especially schools looking to enhance student learning with affordable...

AMD Signs Agreement To Sell, Lease Back Its Austin Campus For $164M

AMD Signs Agreement To Sell, Lease Back Its Austin Campus For $164M

For the past few months, there's been a persistent rumor that AMD would sell its Austin property and lease the building back in a long-term deal that'll net the company some short-term capital. Initially, the transaction was expected to bring in between $180-$200M, but the final value is a bit below that. The company released a statement today...

Behold The Levitating Computer Mouse, Saving Aching Wrists From Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Behold The Levitating Computer Mouse, Saving Aching Wrists From Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

In order to relieve the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome, industrial designer Vadim Kibardin of Kibardin Design has created the Bat levitating wireless mouse, which consists of a circular base with a hovering mouse equipped with a magnetic ring. In other words, the power of magnets is the technology that keeps this mouse in the air. For as cool...

AT&T Claims Fastest LTE Networks Speed in Third Party Study

AT&T Claims Fastest LTE Networks Speed in Third Party Study

According to research conducted by RootMetrics, AT&T has the fastest pure LTE speed of any of the major carriers, clocking in average download and upload speeds of 18.6Mbps and 9.0Mbps. Number two Verizon delivered 14.3Mbps and 8.5Mbps, respectively, with Sprint a distant third at 10.3Mbps and 4.4Mbps. T-Mobile doesn’t offer 4G,...

Apple Stock Heads South on Rumors of Supply Issues

Apple Stock Heads South on Rumors of Supply Issues

It seems like a distant memory when Apple's share price hit an all-time high of $705.07 per share, at the time giving the Cupertino company a market capitalization of $656 billion. And today? Apple's stock is trading hands at under $432 per share, down about $6 from yesterday's closing price. It's market capitalization sits at $405 billion,...

Lenovo CEO Hints at Possible BlackBerry Acquistion, BBRY Shares Surge

Lenovo CEO Hints at Possible BlackBerry Acquistion, BBRY Shares Surge

It's one of those rumors that just won't vanish. Ever since RIM (now known as BlackBerry) announced that BB10 wouldn't be ready until the start of 2013, shares of the Canadian company began to nosedive. And with that came the inevitable talk of a takeover. Similar to how Microsoft stepped in to side with Nokia, many analysts were expecting...

Facebook Campus Vending Machines Dispense Various Tech Products To Employees

Facebook Campus Vending Machines Dispense Various Tech Products To Employees

Do you work at a huge corporate office? Are there vending machines that occasionally dole out food and drinks for free? That's probably looked fondly upon, but of course, that's no Facebook. Over at the company's Menlo Park, Ca. headquarters, Facebook has perhaps the world's greatest vending machines. These are machines that are stocked with...

Game Developer Says Sony PS4 Will “Out-Power PCs For Years To Come”

Game Developer Says Sony PS4 Will “Out-Power PCs For Years To Come”

In the eternal debate of PCs versus consoles, the talk often turns to the hardware and how PCs are generally better equipped. For the past several years, it was an easy argument for PC advocates to win, given that the PlayStation 3 is pretty ancient at this point. But what about the recently announced PlayStation 4 (PS4)? Have things changed?...

“Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!” ‘Sweet Brown’ Suing Apple

“Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!” ‘Sweet Brown’ Suing Apple

Kimberly "Sweet Brown" Wilkins doesn't have time for bronchitis, but the viral video star who appeared on Tosh.0 made time to file a copyright infringement lawsuit against Apple for selling a track on iTunes featuring her voice. It's a musical mashup of her television interview following a fire that broke out at her apartment complex. Sweet...

TiVo Mini Companion Device Works with Existing DVRs

TiVo Mini Companion Device Works with Existing DVRs

TiVo on Monday announced the availability of a new companion device that allows TiVo users to access apps and extend the viewing of live TV, recorded and streaming content, and even on-demand programming to rooms throughout the home without having to invest in an additional DVR. It's called TiVo Mini, and it's a $99 box that works with existing...

Sony Slashes PS Vita 3G Pricing To $200

Sony Slashes PS Vita 3G Pricing To $200

Less than a month after Sony dropped the price of its PlayStation Vita handheld console in Japan, the electronics maker has decided to give some U.S. gamers a break, too. The new price of the PS Vita Wi-Fi + 3G is $199.97, though you'll only find it marked down in select Sony stores in 10 different states. Gaming site Joystiq posted a full...

AMD Unveils New Elite A-Series APUs with Enhanced Performance and Improved Power Efficiency

AMD Unveils New Elite A-Series APUs with Enhanced Performance and Improved Power Efficiency

AMD has just announced a new family of Elite A-Series APUs for mobile applications, based on the architecture codenamed “Richland”. These new APUs build upon the success of last year’s “Trinity” architecture, by improving graphics and compute performance, enhancing power efficiency through the implementation of...

PETA Advocates Human-Zerg Understanding, We Go On-Location For Frontline Marine Opinions

PETA Advocates Human-Zerg Understanding, We Go On-Location For Frontline Marine Opinions

At 12:01 AM tomorrow morning, Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm goes live. Millions of Starcraft II players who've been itching for the next chapter of single-player storyline and multiplayer goodies will face-dive into the game -- including me. But before you tear open the digital confectionary, PETA would like you to spare a momment to think...

Google Brings Slick iOS-Like Gmail UI To Web App And Offline Gmail

Google Brings Slick iOS-Like Gmail UI To Web App And Offline Gmail

A while back, Google ushered in a redesigned look for the Gmail app on iOS. And it wasn't just a polish; it was a full-fledged overhaul, and it was gorgeous. So gorgeous, in fact, that many wondered why Google's own Android version wasn't nearly as pretty. It's clear that Google has heard the praises, and now it's extending that view (and...

Microsoft Opening Up Flash In IE10 For Windows 8 + RT

Microsoft Opening Up Flash In IE10 For Windows 8 + RT

Adobe's Flash platform has been a hot button topic for years now -- arguably, ever since the iPad launched with no support for Flash-enabled Web pages. For Microsoft, it's a different story. The company has just published a blog post stating the following: "Starting tomorrow, we are updating Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 and Windows RT...

Samsung Teases Galaxy S4 In Latest Commercial

Samsung Teases Galaxy S4 In Latest Commercial

Samsung is set to unveil the latest in its successful Galaxy S series, the Galaxy S4, on March 14th. Rumors abound as to what exactly the S4 has in store, but excitement over the new smartphone is high. The company is already teasing the S4 in a series of ads on YouTube. A young boy in a suit named Jeremy is entrusted with a mysterious box...

World’s Coolest Dad Hacks Donkey Kong So His Daughter Can Play As “Pauline”

World’s Coolest Dad Hacks Donkey Kong So His Daughter Can Play As “Pauline”

What is one to do when one’s three-year-old daughter sadly realizes that she can’t play her favorite video game as a female character? Why, hack the game’s ROM, redraw the palettes, and convert Mario into a little girl character named Pauline, of course. At least, that’s what you’d do if you were as cool as YouTuber...

NUIA eyeCharm: Eye Tracking Control for PCs with Xbox Kinect Comes to Kickstarter

NUIA eyeCharm: Eye Tracking Control for PCs with Xbox Kinect Comes to Kickstarter

German tech company 4tiitoo wants you to meet the NUIA eyeCharm, which transforms your Microsoft Kinect from a motion sensor to an eye motion sensor. The distinction means the difference between waving your arms to control your computer and simply moving your eyes. The project recently appeared for funding on Kickstarter and is seeking $100,000....

Samsung Galaxy Camera Review: Taking Pictures With Android

Samsung Galaxy Camera Review: Taking Pictures With Android

Sharing photos with one's friends and family is a common, everyday occurrence. Instagram has gained over 100 million photo sharing users in just two years, and this is just one of many outlets people use to share photos with the people they love. While sharing pictures taken with your smartphone is easy and convenient since you can upload...

Pro Tip: Don’t Get Stock Tips from Social Media - Twitter, Facebook, Others Ripe for Hoaxes

Pro Tip: Don’t Get Stock Tips from Social Media - Twitter, Facebook, Others Ripe for Hoaxes

The Web isn’t difficult to navigate if you bring along some common sense and a healthy dose of skepticism, but those traits are sometimes in short supply among stock traders. Lately, would-be moguls are falling victim to scammers who are trying to influence the market with social media accounts that are designed to look like they belong...

AT&T to Carry BlackBerry Z10 Starting March 22 for $200

AT&T to Carry BlackBerry Z10 Starting March 22 for $200

AT&T is the second major U.S. carrier to confirm plans to carry the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone. Beginning March 12, AT&T will accept pre-orders for BlackBerry's new flagship device, which will run $200 with a two-year service agreement. General availability kicks off on March 22. "AT&T customers were the first to experience...

New Ferrari “LaFerrari” Does 124MPH In Under 7 Seconds and It’s a Hybrid

New Ferrari “LaFerrari” Does 124MPH In Under 7 Seconds and It’s a Hybrid

I'm not at all opposed to owning and driving a hybrid automobile, which is why if I ever have the means, I won't hesitate to buy a LaFerrari. Realistically, that's a pipe dream and is unlikely to happen, not just because of the price tag, but also because Ferrari only plans to build 499 of its new model car. It's already received twice as...

Publishing Industry Fights Amazon Over Domain Name Acquistions

Publishing Industry Fights Amazon Over Domain Name Acquistions

A pair of publishing groups -- the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers -- are against Amazon's plans to take control of new top-level domain (TLD) names that recently became available. The publishing groups argue that giving Amazon access to addresses that end in ".book," ."author," and ".read" would be a threat to competition,...

EA Updates SimCity Servers, Improves Performance Dramatically

EA Updates SimCity Servers, Improves Performance Dramatically

Electronics Arts over the weekend announced that it's been able to improve server response time by 40x for its new SimCity title, thus reducing serving server downtime due to its decision to incorporate a DRM scheme that requires a persistent Internet connection. Not a moment too soon, EA also noted that the number of SimCity players has doubled...

Sony Chairman Howard Stringer To Resign in June

Sony Chairman Howard Stringer To Resign in June

You might recall that Sir Howard Stringer stepped aside as Sony CEO around this time last year, with Kazuo Hirai taking over that office. But in the shuffle, Stringer remaining on as a head honcho at the company -- notable, as Executive Chairman. Stringer has been a fixture of Sony for many years now, and while the company is arguably worse...

Mozilla Says No Firefox Coming To iOS Until Apple Loosens Restrictions

Mozilla Says No Firefox Coming To iOS Until Apple Loosens Restrictions

Well, here's an interesting one. While Apple's iOS platform is generally first (or second, at worst) to receive the latest and greatest apps, one major one isn't coming back. Jay Sullivan, Mozilla’s VP of Product, has just thrown a spike in the direction of the iPhone by confirming that it won't build an iOS version of Firefox. The reason?...

“Hardware Freedom Day”  Set to Arrive on April 20th

“Hardware Freedom Day” Set to Arrive on April 20th

We hear about "open" software all the time, but what about "open" hardware? Not so much. The organization behind the Software Freedom Day, Digital Freedom International, would like to change that, and it's starting by launching - you guessed it - "Hardware Freedom Day. If you love open hardware or belong to a hackerspace, this is definitely...

What’s Not To Like? Hater App Allows You To Share What You Hate

What’s Not To Like? Hater App Allows You To Share What You Hate

You know what I hate? What I really hate? Not being able to "Dislike" something on Facebook. If a "friend" on Facebook splashes Haterade all over my favorite sports team, I want to be able to "Dislike" it. In fact, I should be able to. If a relative just lost their job of 20 years, I couldn't think of a better time to "Dislike" something....

Seattle Dive Bar Among First to Ban Google Glass, A Losing Battle Begins

Seattle Dive Bar Among First to Ban Google Glass, A Losing Battle Begins

And so it begins. Months before the average joe can even purchase a pair of $1,500 Google Glass specs, the 5 Point Cafe in Seattle--a self-proclaimed diner, dive bar, vegetarian/vegan establishment--has stated in no uncertain terms that it will not allow people to enter while wearing the specs. In a post on its Facebook page, 5 Point Cafe...

Boy Scouts Can Earn New 'Game Design' Merit Badge by Developing a Smartphone App

Boy Scouts Can Earn New 'Game Design' Merit Badge by Developing a Smartphone App

The Boy Scouts just made it tougher for parents to crack down on kids for playing too many video games by introducing a new Game Design merit badge. That's right, there's more to Boy Scouts than learning how to whittle your way out of an emergency situation. Through Game Design, the Boy Scouts of America is looking to encourage creativity...

AT&T Sweetens HTC One X with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

AT&T Sweetens HTC One X with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

AT&T, the largest wireless carrier in the U.S., has begun doling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean over-the-air (OTA) updates to HTC One X owners, the company announced. The long-awaited update comes to a phone that has been on the market for nearly a year and brings with it a bevy of new features native to Jelly Bean, including Google Now, changes...

Xi3's Piston Steambox Available to Pre-order, Starts at $900

Xi3's Piston Steambox Available to Pre-order, Starts at $900

It's not a question of if there's a Steambox on the horizon, but when and for how much. How does right now and under $1,000 float your boat? Xi3 Corporation is now accepting pre-orders for its "Piston Console" PC, otherwise known as the Steambox, or at least one version of it (with Valve playing it coy, it's entirely possible other PC makers...

LG's 27" MT93 Smart TV Is Part Television, Part Monitor

LG's 27" MT93 Smart TV Is Part Television, Part Monitor

Is it a TV? A monitor? A little of both? LG's MT93 has just been announced -- a 27" IPS Personal Smart TV that's engineered for small, tight spaces such as college dorm rooms. It relies on LG's latest design scheme; a thin bezel combined with understated motifs and a unique stand. It's a smart device, meaning that it's Internet-connected at...

Major Studios Sign Up For Satellite-To-Cinema Film Distribution

Major Studios Sign Up For Satellite-To-Cinema Film Distribution

Back in the day, cinemas would receive major motion pictures in the back of a truck, on reels. Kind of archaic, when you think about it. And while digital streaming has become something of an understood commodity in the consumer world, it still hasn't taken the theater industry by storm -- but that may be changing soon. Reportedly, the Digital...

Quick Time Events Destroy Tomb Raider, Turn Game Into Wretched Steaming Garbage

Quick Time Events Destroy Tomb Raider, Turn Game Into Wretched Steaming Garbage

I was going to write a review of the new Tomb Raider, talk about AMD's Tress FX system, and discuss the game's merits. Not anymore. Not only is the game utterly destroyed by a reliance on Quick Time Events at every single juncture, the developers decided early on to refuse to tell you which buttons you actually need to push to complete them...

Senators Introduce Bill To Re-Legalize Cellphone Unlocking

Senators Introduce Bill To Re-Legalize Cellphone Unlocking

Well, it's good to see the ball rolling on this one already. In January, the US government deemed it illegal to unlock your cell phone without explicit carrier permission - and obviously, that didn't go down too well with consumers. Almost immediately, a petition was started that garnered over 115,000 signatures. President Obama took notice,...

Google's Chrome Fell at Pwn2Own, But Remained Defiant at Pwnium 3

Google's Chrome Fell at Pwn2Own, But Remained Defiant at Pwnium 3

We talked earlier this week about all of the software that lost their battles against the hackers at the Pwn2Own competition in Vancouver, Canada, but lest we forget about the sister competition, Pwnium 3. This particular competition was heavily sponsored by Google, with the company paying well more than $100,000 per exploit discovered against...

Lord British Turns To Kickstarter To Fund New RPG

Lord British Turns To Kickstarter To Fund New RPG

Need some cash to get your video game production off the ground? Why not turn to Kickstarter? Lord British (aka Richard Garriott de Cayeux), longtime D&D devotee and maker of the Ultima series of RPGs, is back with a new game called “Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues”, and he’s looking to raise a cool million with...

Age of Empires II HD Comes to Steam Exclusively April 9th

Age of Empires II HD Comes to Steam Exclusively April 9th

All good things never truly go out of fashion, they just sometimes take a backseat to the popular trends of the day before making a triumphant comeback. So it goes with Age of Empires II, a classic real-time strategy (RTS) by today's standards, having first launched to PC nearly 14 years ago (and to the PlayStation 2 in November, 2001). Age...

EA Admits SimCity Strategy Was "Dumb," Compensates with Free Game

EA Admits SimCity Strategy Was "Dumb," Compensates with Free Game

If nothing else, give Electronics Arts (EA) credit for acknowledging how "dumb" it was to not be fully prepared for the demand its SimCity game would attract, given that the publisher is insisting on a DRM scheme that requires an always-on Internet connection. Unfortunately, that's not where the boneheaded decisions end, that's just the beginning....

Makerbot Brings Us One Step Closer To At-Home Replicators

Makerbot Brings Us One Step Closer To At-Home Replicators

If 3D printing wasn’t intriguing enough already (just check out our roundup), there’s now technology in the works that lets you scan and replicate a real-world device in 3D. MakerBot’s Bre Pettis made the announcement at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, where he said, “It’s a natural progression for us to create...

Cambridge Consultants Develops Indoor GPS Tracking Technology

Cambridge Consultants Develops Indoor GPS Tracking Technology

As technology evolves, one thing in particular has remained a challenge for those in the location business: tracking indoors. Once those concrete walls start to add up, conventional GPS signals begin to falter. New technology from product development firm Cambridge Consultants, however, can reportedly "accurately detect someone's location...

BlackBerry CEO Has No Interest In Making Bargain Bin Phones

BlackBerry CEO Has No Interest In Making Bargain Bin Phones

Well, that answers that. With BlackBerry, formerly known as RIM, in a make-it-or-break-it situation with BB10 as well as the Z10 and Q10 handsets, the company's CEO has confirmed that it won't be delving into the low-end market that it has done quite well in in the past. BlackBerry phones have sold like hotcakes in emerging markets, helping...

AT&T Strikes Back, Says It Does Indeed Unlock Customer Phones

AT&T Strikes Back, Says It Does Indeed Unlock Customer Phones

Of late, there has been quite a lot of hubbub -- even in the mainstream media -- regarding the issue of phone unlocking. In particular, a legal quirk involving DMCA regulations that would or would not allow someone to unlock their phone. It actually revolves around unlocking software, but the "in-practice" impact is that it prevents users...

Google Fiber TV Users Gain 3D Channels 3net And ESPN3D

Google Fiber TV Users Gain 3D Channels 3net And ESPN3D

A couple of years ago, avoiding 3D was a full-time job. It was everywhere. It was on TV. It was on advertisements. It was in the cinema. But despite the huge marketing push, consumers at large still felt it was a joke, and it's tough to convince consumers to wear those funky 3D glasses while enjoying content. That said, there's still a market...

BlackBerry Z10 Shipping On 3/11 To T-Mobile USA Customers

BlackBerry Z10 Shipping On 3/11 To T-Mobile USA Customers

Those waiting patiently for BlackBerry's Z10 launch -- the wait is almost over. T-Mobile USA is set to become one of the first U.S. carriers to ship the handset, with business sales set to begin on 3/11. In other words, those with the right connections could have a Z10 in their hands by next week. That will almost certainly set off a domino...

HotHardware "Giving Thanks" with Gigabyte and Thermaltake - Giveaway System Build

HotHardware "Giving Thanks" with Gigabyte and Thermaltake - Giveaway System Build

We finally got all of the hardware and were able to build our "Giving Thanks" system, which we gave away over the holidays. It's a sweet system featuring a Gigabyte 990FX-based motherboard and custom Radeon HD 7950 GPU, along with an AMD FX-8320 CPU, all wrapped up in some awesome Thermaltake components. Hope you like it!...

Samsung Exec Blames Windows 8 for Lackluster PC Sales

Samsung Exec Blames Windows 8 for Lackluster PC Sales

According to the Korea Times, Samsung memory chip division president Jun Dong-soo is none too fond of Windows 8, and he blames the industry’s sagging PC sales in part on Microsoft’s latest operating system and its failure to excite the buying public. To hammer the point home, Dong-soo went as far as comparing Windows 8 to one of...

Android Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich Move in To Overtake Gingerbread Usage

Android Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich Move in To Overtake Gingerbread Usage

It’s been about a year and a half since Google released Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, yet a majority of Android devices still don’t run it. An even smaller percentage have the ‘tweener release, Android 4.1/4.2 Jelly Bean. There’s still a preponderance of Android devices stuck with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is...

EA's SimCity Launch A Disaster-Fueled Nightmare; Company Reneges On Refund Promise

EA's SimCity Launch A Disaster-Fueled Nightmare; Company Reneges On Refund Promise

Three days ago, EA launched the latest version of SimCity. Opinions of the game itself have varied widely. Pre-launch reviews were generally positive, though a number of publications criticized the heavy reliance on multiplayer, small city sizes, and the fact that other players can deliberately sabotage hours of careful work. All other characteristics,...

Nokia’s Elop Takes Massive Pay Cut, Still Making $5M Plus

Nokia’s Elop Takes Massive Pay Cut, Still Making $5M Plus

As Nokia struggles to regain relevancy in a mobile market dominated by Apple and Samsung, Stephen Elop, the company's chief executive officer, took a 45 percent pay cut in 2012, according to a U.S. regulatory filing. No need to head off to the pantry and put together a care package for Mr. Elop, however, as he still took home 4.33 million...

BlackBerry Z10 Expected To Arrive For AT&T Customers on March 22

BlackBerry Z10 Expected To Arrive For AT&T Customers on March 22

If you were truly impatient, you could have picked up a BlackBerry Z10 for $1,000 off-contract from Solavei, a relative newcomer to the wireless carrier market, and you can still pay through the nose if you want to (it's currently marked down to $709). It's said that patience is a virtue, but it can also save you money, as the BlackBerry Z10...

Carl Icahn Threatens "Years of Litigation" if Dell Doesn't Raise Dividend

Carl Icahn Threatens "Years of Litigation" if Dell Doesn't Raise Dividend

It's tough to say what kind of resistance Michael Dell anticipated when decided to acquire the company he founded for $24.4 billion. Under terms of the deal, which was unanimously approved by Dell's Board of Directors, Mr. Dell and his investment partners will pay shareholders $13.65 per share in cash. That figure represents a 25 percent premium...

Dopey DRM: SimCity Servers Buckle Under Pressure

Dopey DRM: SimCity Servers Buckle Under Pressure

The problem with DRM schemes is they tend to punish honest paying customers with a level of inconvenience that's annoying at best, and crippling at worst. Every once in awhile we're reminded of this, such as the current server SNAFU that's affecting SimCity, an otherwise well-received game with favorable reviews. Electronics Arts (EA) is a...

Google to Hand Out Pink Slips to 1,200 Motorola Mobility Workers

Google to Hand Out Pink Slips to 1,200 Motorola Mobility Workers

Google has reportedly begun slashing the workforce at its Motorola Mobility division where it's planning to reduce the headcount by around 1,200 employees. That's a greater than 10 percent reduction in workers, though deemed necessary by Google to put the smartphone maker back in the black. The Wall Street Journal viewed an internal email...

BlackBerry 10 Sees Updated Twitter And LinkedIn Apps

BlackBerry 10 Sees Updated Twitter And LinkedIn Apps

A mobile operating system is arguably only as strong as the ecosystem it fosters, and that explains why Nokia is charging so hard to get Instagram onto Windows Phone. BlackBerry knows that BB10 is going to live or die based on the apps that ships alongside of it, and early adopters will be glad to know that the new Z10 now has access to Twitter...

Skype Update Brings All-New Calling Experience To iPhone And iPad

Skype Update Brings All-New Calling Experience To iPhone And iPad

Spending a lot of time not using the built-in Dialer on your iPhone? Then you may be interested to learn of the newest Skype update. Skype 4.6 has just been released for iPhone and iPad, which delivers an entirely fresh calling experience. There's also new one-to-one chats that appear in the correct order, an option to select your messages...

Does Windows RT Have A Future? Samsung Cancels More Tablet Launches As Uncertainty Rises

Does Windows RT Have A Future? Samsung Cancels More Tablet Launches As Uncertainty Rises

When Microsoft announced that it would build an entirely separate version of Windows for ARM processors in 2011, it galvanized the entire computing industry. For decades, Windows and x86 had been synonymous terms, so this move to support alternative architectures was seen as a fundamental change in how Microsoft would approach future product...

Apple and Intel May Strike Deal on Chip Manufacturing

Apple and Intel May Strike Deal on Chip Manufacturing

Intel and Apple each have a problem that the other could solve. Although Intel is the king of PC processors, the mobile chip market is a much different story--there, the company has barely made a dent in what has become a very competitive environment. At the same time, Intel has invested billions in world-class fabrication facilities that...

Pwn2Own Competition Results in 0-Days for Chrome, Firefox, IE, Java and Flash

Pwn2Own Competition Results in 0-Days for Chrome, Firefox, IE, Java and Flash

You've got to love hacker conferences. Software vulnerabilities are never going away, that much is obvious, but it's with competitions at hacker conferences where we can really see just how vulnerable the software we use every single day is. Putting this into perspective, prior to the Pwn2Own conference in Canada, Google patched-up ten bugs...

Facebook Becomes a Live-Updating Social Newspaper Thanks to News Feed Overhaul

Facebook Becomes a Live-Updating Social Newspaper Thanks to News Feed Overhaul

Facebook officially unveiled the promised overhaul of its News Feed today, and the result--which users will see on the Web as early as, well, right now--is essentially a live-updating social newspaper, complete with different “sections”. Citing three values that the Facebook team wanted to bring to this update--visually richer...

VoodooPC Legend Rahul Sood is Taking His Talents to Razer

VoodooPC Legend Rahul Sood is Taking His Talents to Razer

Rahul Sood is joining Razer as an advisor to the gaming peripheral maker's board of directors, Razer announced today. The founder of VoodooPC will provide strategic counsel on all aspects of Razer's business, everything from global operations to sales, marketing, and product development, the latter of which is particularly intriguing. "I’m...

An 18.4-inch Tablet / All-in-One Combo: ASUS Unveils the Transformer AiO

An 18.4-inch Tablet / All-in-One Combo: ASUS Unveils the Transformer AiO

As the PC and mobile markets continue to evolve and cross-pollinate, plenty of companies are massaging form factors to better suit users’ varied needs. ASUS has been working on that as much as anyone, and its latest design is an all-in-one PC called the Transformer AiO that doubles as both a decently-appointed desktop and a solid tablet....

NVIDIA Embraces PlayStation 4 with PhysX and APEX Support

NVIDIA Embraces PlayStation 4 with PhysX and APEX Support

NVIDIA on Thursday announced that it plans to support the Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 (PS4) game console with its PhysX and APEX software development kits (SDKs). Game developers use PhysX and APEX technologies for collision detection and simulation of rigid bodies, fluids, particle systems, and things of that nature for more realistic game...

Windows Gestures Support Headed to the Kinect

Windows Gestures Support Headed to the Kinect

At the risk of reviving a tired comparison, we can't help but bring up the fact that we keep inching closer to Minority Report-like computing. Swiping and using gestures on physical touchscreens served as a primer, and the next step is to be able to do those things in thin air. Well, guess what? You'll soon be able to, provided you own a Kinect...

Rebooted Tomb Raider Might Be Headed to the Silver Screen

Rebooted Tomb Raider Might Be Headed to the Silver Screen

The last Tomb Raider movie -- Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life -- grossed just $67 million domestically and $157 million worldwide when it debuted in 2003. Those kind of figures don't inspire subsequent attempts to capitalize on a franchise, but with Tomb Raider recently getting a reboot, Hollywood may once again give Lara Croft...

Apple Gains Smartphone Market Share at Android's Expense

Apple Gains Smartphone Market Share at Android's Expense

Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer in the U.S. during the three-month period ending in January, 2013, grabbing 37.8 percent of the OEM market share, according to the latest data released from the comScore MobiLens service. Samsung again came in second, increasing its share from 19.5 percent two quarters ago to 21.4 percent in...

Volvo Brings Voice-Activated Spotify To The Automobile Dashboard

Volvo Brings Voice-Activated Spotify To The Automobile Dashboard

Cars were once a technological wasteland. Brand new vehicles, with ancient technology. And while modern cars still lack modern tech appointments, the gap is getting a bit less wide of late. Volvo just announced a voice-activated music system in conjunction with Spotify. It's fully integrated into the dash through Volvo's Sensus Connected Touch...

Busted: EU Levies $732 Million Antitrust Fine Against Microsoft, Admits Weak Oversight

Busted: EU Levies $732 Million Antitrust Fine Against Microsoft, Admits Weak Oversight

Microsoft, and everybody else, assumed that a big fine was coming from the European Union over antitrust violations sometime this month; as it turned out, the wait was a short one, because the EU has fined Microsoft $732 million, according to the New York Times. Some expected the fine to be closer to a cool billion, so in that sense, Microsoft...

Microsoft Wakes Up, Changes Office Licensing Terms To Allow Product Transfers

Microsoft Wakes Up, Changes Office Licensing Terms To Allow Product Transfers

Microsoft has apparently realized that the changes it made to Office 2013's licensing scheme weren't going over well with its customer base and has agreed to modify the original agreement. Not long after the new Office suite launched, sharp-eyed bloggers noticed that the licensing agreement had been altered. Previous Office versions, including...

Virtually All Web and Mobile Apps Vulnerable To Attack

Virtually All Web and Mobile Apps Vulnerable To Attack

File this one under “Worst News of the Day”. According to a report from Cenzic, a staggering 99% of all web-based and mobile apps it tested have security vulnerabilities that can be exploited by cybercriminals, and the median number of vulnerabilities per app is thirteen. The included infographic shows the areas of vulnerability...

Google to Launch YouTube Music Streaming Service by the End of the Year

Google to Launch YouTube Music Streaming Service by the End of the Year

When is a music-streaming service not officially a music-streaming service? When it's YouTube. Even though the service has had the primary goal of allowing people to upload their own videos, YouTube quickly became a haven for music - music either uploaded by fans, or the record labels themselves. Music is now huge on YouTube, even though...

iBuypower Revolt SFF Gaming System Review

iBuypower Revolt SFF Gaming System Review

Custom PC makers are getting increasingly creative, particularly with small form factor gaming systems. There was a time when a lot of the sexiest gaming rigs consisted of high-end components mounted in large, gaudy (but fun) chassis with lots of lights, a killer paint job, and perhaps a wild mass of liquid cooling tubes and hardware. Although...

World's Largest QR Code Created at Hackerspace Charlotte

World's Largest QR Code Created at Hackerspace Charlotte

Since their rise to fame a couple of years ago, we've seen QR codes used in a variety of different ways. One of the most popular uses has been to quickly link someone to a website, either from within a website itself, or via a magazine or newspaper. Some download sites have even begun implementing them to allow people to download a file to their...

Google Play Celebrates 1st Birthday with Free Games

Google Play Celebrates 1st Birthday with Free Games

Believe it or not, it's already been a year since Google rolled out Google Play, a revamping (and renaming) of the Android Market. To celebrate the occasion, the happy-go-lucky folks at Mountain View are serving up party favors in the form of free games, in-game content, and other goodies. "We've decided to give you some great gaming gifts...

Samsung Invests $110 Million in Sharp for Display Production

Samsung Invests $110 Million in Sharp for Display Production

Cash strapped Sharp in November of last year said it was taking "drastic" measures to cope with a "worse than expected drop" in LCD TV sales, which contributed to a full-year net loss forecast of $5.6 billion. Part of Sharp's plan included a structural reorganization, but there were also reports the company was looking for outside help to...

Google Updates Maps for iPhone

Google Updates Maps for iPhone

It wasn't all that long ago when iPhone users were lamenting the loss of Google Maps, especially when Apple's own mapping software was leading them astray. Not only is Google Maps back on iOS (provided you download it from iTunes), but it's receiving updates, the most recent of which introduces faster local search and contacts integration....

Video Games Are Good For Your Mental Health, Especially Seniors

Video Games Are Good For Your Mental Health, Especially Seniors

It seems like most of the studies involving video games have to do with trying to link real-world violence with violent video games (intermittently broken up by voices of reason). It gets old, so try this on for size. In a refreshing change of pace, a new study shows that seniors who play video games have a higher sense of emotional well-being....

Asus ARES II Graphics Card Goes on a Record Breaking Rampage

Asus ARES II Graphics Card Goes on a Record Breaking Rampage

The talk of the town is Titan, NVIDIA's latest slice of silicon, but the fastest graphics card on the planet plays for the other team. Lest anyone forget that, AMD gave us a heads up that the ASUS ARES II graphics card -- a Radeon HD 7970 X2 -- recently broke a bunch of benchmark records, including one that was achieved using the card's stock...

Roku 3: A New Flagship Streamer With A Faster CPU And New UI

Roku 3: A New Flagship Streamer With A Faster CPU And New UI

Who would've thought that a tiny, unheard-of media streaming box would really have a future? While the likes of Boxee hit a surge and then faded, Roku has seemingly nailed a sweet spot. Now, the company's introducing the Roku 3 -- the fastest, most powerful Roku player yet. It's a new flagship product, with a sexier design and plenty of new...

FreedomPop's Home Broadband Router Launches With Promises Of Free

FreedomPop's Home Broadband Router Launches With Promises Of Free

If there's one industry that could stand to be disrupted, it's probably the pay-TV industry, but if there's another, it's the home broadband industry. Not surprisingly, these two are often joined at the hip, offered in "bundles" by the same ISP. FreedomPop has set out to rearrange the equation, and the latest from the company is a pretty big...

TomTom Providing Fiat Vehicles With Upgraded In-Car NAV System

TomTom Providing Fiat Vehicles With Upgraded In-Car NAV System

For companies like TomTom, it's a tough road ahead. Personal navigation devices have lost their luster as people move on to in-car systems and savvy smartphones, but the company is being quite smart about its future. Instead of banking on PND sales, TomTom has just landed a deal to provide the in-car navigation system for Fiat's automobiles....

Nvidia Launches Quadro Refresh, Brings Kepler To the Midrange Workstation Market

Nvidia Launches Quadro Refresh, Brings Kepler To the Midrange Workstation Market

For nearly three years, Nvidia's Quadro line has relied on GF100 hardware. These cards, based on the original Fermi / GTX 480 architecture, have grown increasingly long in the tooth. NV launched new high-end parts a year ago, with the K6000 and K5000, but left the other cards mostly alone. Today, that changes. The Quadro K4000, K2000, 2000D...

OCZ’s Next Generation VXL 1.3 Software Expands Solid State Virtualization and Caching

OCZ’s Next Generation VXL 1.3 Software Expands Solid State Virtualization and Caching

OCZ has released more details of the VXL 1.3 cache and virtualization software it teased before this week’s CeBIT 2013 in Hannover, Germany, and the upgraded offering includes virtualized “SAN-less”, highly available, fault tolerant environments courtesy of the software’s new synchronous data mirroring capabilities....

Nokia’s ‘Catwalk’ All-Aluminum Successor To Lumia 920 Windows Phone Draws Near

Nokia’s ‘Catwalk’ All-Aluminum Successor To Lumia 920 Windows Phone Draws Near

At last week's MWC, Nokia showed-off four brand-new phones, two of which fall into the Lumia line (720 and 520). It was a little striking that the company wasn't showing off a new flagship, but on account of the fact that the Lumia 920 released only four months ago, the omission was understandable. However, as we see now, the company did show...

Why Will Seagate Kill Off Its 7200RPM Notebook HDDs? It's Going All-Hybrid

Why Will Seagate Kill Off Its 7200RPM Notebook HDDs? It's Going All-Hybrid

This weekend, we posted news that Seagate is discontinuing its 7200RPM notebook hard drives, which is a move that signaled more of a focus on flash-based storage solutions over spinning magnetic disks. As it turns out, Seagate isn’t abandoning HDDs in favor of SSDs--the company is going all-hybrid. Seagate announced the Seagate Laptop...

Survey Suggests Same Day Delivery May End Up a Passing Fad

Survey Suggests Same Day Delivery May End Up a Passing Fad

In a bid to take away one of the last remaining competitive advantages brick-and-mortar stores have over online sites, same-day delivery service is starting to take off. The challenge for e-commerce sites, however, is keeping prices low enough to where same-day delivery is still an attractive option. Otherwise, it could end up just another...

Google Plans Amazon Prime Competitor, “Google Shopping Express”

Google Plans Amazon Prime Competitor, “Google Shopping Express”

Google apparently isn’t going to be opening any brick and mortar stores anytime soon to compete with Apple and Microsoft on that front, and it appears as though that’s because the company isn’t interested in piddly local retail. Instead, the tech behemoth has its sights on a far greater retail prize by opening a same-day...

Verizon to Sling Samsung's 4G LTE Galaxy Note 10.1 for $600 on March 7

Verizon to Sling Samsung's 4G LTE Galaxy Note 10.1 for $600 on March 7

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet with S Pen is headed to Verizon this week, the wireless carrier announced today. Big Red will sell the device for a penny shy of $600 online and in stores beginning March 7, 2013, which is this Thursday. Verizon subscribers who pick one up can add the tablet to their Share Everything account for $10 per month....

Canon Develops Highest Sensitivity Camera Sensor in the World

Canon Develops Highest Sensitivity Camera Sensor in the World

If you often find yourself shooting video in the dark, you'll be happy to know that Canon has developed a high-sensitivity 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor designed exclusively for video recording. According to Canon, the new sensor is able to capture Full HD video in exceptionally low-light environments. That's especially great news for budding...

iPhone 5S and Low Cost iPhone 5 Rumors Re-Surface With More Detail

iPhone 5S and Low Cost iPhone 5 Rumors Re-Surface With More Detail

The rumor mill rarely takes a break when it comes to Apple devices, and all we've been hearing about the past few weeks is chatter about the next iPhone. Specifically, there's been talk of Apple introducing a lower cost iPhone model made of polycarbonate plastic to compete with all those $99 Android smartphones, and of course it seems inevitable...

Faster Google Chrome Updated For iOS and Android

Faster Google Chrome Updated For iOS and Android

A recent update to Chrome is supposed to bring about a faster and simpler browser experience to your Android and iOS phones and tablets, Google announced this week. Starting with Android, the latest build, which is based on the newest version of the V8 JavaScript engine optimized for mobile, boasts on average 25 percent better scores in the...

DigitalOptics Develops Slimmer, Faster Smartphone Camera Module

DigitalOptics Develops Slimmer, Faster Smartphone Camera Module

If you've ever attempted to take a serious photograph with a cameraphone, you've probably come away disappointed a time or two. Or, perhaps even more. A lot of phones just don't have an advanced autofocusing system, so you're left with either blurry shots taken in haste, or shots that were missed completely because it couldn't focus on the...

Nikon Puts DX Sensor Into Compact Coolpix A Camera

Nikon Puts DX Sensor Into Compact Coolpix A Camera

These days, camera makers are trying all sorts of new tricks in order to make up for lost sales in the point-and-shoot department. Ever since cameraphones became acceptable enough for the masses, there have been a lot fewer reasons to splurge on a compact. And with technology constantly shrinking, we've seen a number of companies attempt to...

Samsung's Galaxy S IV To Implement Eye Scroll Feature

Samsung's Galaxy S IV To Implement Eye Scroll Feature

Samsung's Galaxy S smartphone line has surpassed the iPhone in a number of key areas, and for the first time, the mainstream public is awaiting a Galaxy launch just as seriously as they await an Apple launch. As the company continues to secure more and more of the mobile market, it's going to take more and more innovation to stay a cut...

Twitter Shutting Down TweetDeck Apps, Hints At a Web-Based Future

Twitter Shutting Down TweetDeck Apps, Hints At a Web-Based Future

Well, we can't say we didn't see this one coming. Twitter purchased TweekDeck for around $40-50 million in 2011. And now, it's essentially shutting things down. In a strange effort to continue getting people to use Twitter.com and the official Twitter apps instead of the myriad excellent third-party alternatives, Twitter announced this week...

Smartphone Sales to Outpace Feature Phones for the First Time, Says IDC

Smartphone Sales to Outpace Feature Phones for the First Time, Says IDC

In the mobile market, 2013 will be the year that smartphone shipments reached a tipping point where they beat out feature phone shipments for the first time--just barely. According to numbers from the IDC, smartphones accounted for just under 42% of all mobile phone shipments in 2012, and that number will climb to about 50.1% in 2013. The...

ZOTAC Delivers StreamBox and RAIDbox Streaming, Sharing, and Storage “Accessories”

ZOTAC Delivers StreamBox and RAIDbox Streaming, Sharing, and Storage “Accessories”

We’re not all that big on accessories around here, and ZOTAC is calling its new streaming and sharing devices “accessories”, but the two boxes are anything but. One, the StreamBox (not to be confused with the Steam Box), is designed to let users easily share media from a mobile device to a TV or computer. The other, the RAIDbox,...

Futuremark Updates 3DMark 11 to Run on Windows 8

Futuremark Updates 3DMark 11 to Run on Windows 8

You may have noticed that we include the results of several Futuremark benchmarks in our reviews, which offer consistent results and have proven reliable over the years. That includes 3DMark 11, and with the latest update -- 3DMark 11 version 1.0.4 -- it's now fully compatible with Windows 8, Futuremark says.. In addition to supporting Microsoft's...

Android and iOS Will Dominate Different Mobile Segments in 2013

Android and iOS Will Dominate Different Mobile Segments in 2013

Let's face it, we're addicted to apps, which is why ABI Research is confident in forecasting that mobile users will download around 70 billion mobile apps in 2013. Half of those will belong to Android, while another 41 percent will be represented by the iOS camp, meaning more than 9 of 10 app downloads this year will be either Android or iOS....

$20 Unlimited: Republic Wireless and the Motorola DEFY XT Tested

$20 Unlimited: Republic Wireless and the Motorola DEFY XT Tested

When something sounds too good to be true, we’re as skeptical as anyone, which is why we raised an eyebrow at Republic Wireless last year when the company pledged to offer unlimited mobile service--that’s unlimited talk, text, and data--for just $19 a month, without any contracts. Compare that number to current wireless offerings...

Yahoo! Shutters Unprofitable Services Including BlackBerry App, Yahoo! Avatar, Yahoo! Message Boards

Yahoo! Shutters Unprofitable Services Including BlackBerry App, Yahoo! Avatar, Yahoo! Message Boards

With all the excitement surrounding Yahoo! CEO Marissa Meyer’s decision to put the kibosh on remote working, another, possibly more important move has gone largely unnoticed: Yahoo! is trimming several major products as part of its cost-cutting efforts. Among those getting the axe are the Yahoo! for BlackBerry app, the Yahoo! Message...

Are Virtual Doctor Visits the Future of Healthcare?

Are Virtual Doctor Visits the Future of Healthcare?

Maybe in another 10-15 years we'll press our finger to our tablet or smartphone to have our temperatures taken and to record other vitals, which will then be uploaded to a doctor who will email us his or her prognosis. It sounds terribly impersonal, but then again, what's so great about sitting in a waiting room for an hour, just to be called...

Samsung Shares Surge as Judge Slices Apple's $1 Billion Patent Case Award in Half

Samsung Shares Surge as Judge Slices Apple's $1 Billion Patent Case Award in Half

It was a good weekend for Samsung. On Friday, a judge cut a $1.05 billion jury award owed to Apple nearly in half, reducing the amount by more than $450 million dollars. This apparently sat well with investors over the past two days, as shares of Samsung rose 0.7 percent higher only minutes after the market opened in South Korea on Monday....

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag Video Trailer Breaks Cover

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag Video Trailer Breaks Cover

Ubisoft on Monday officially announced the next installment in its popular Assassin's Creed Series, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. As previously teased, the upcoming title will feature a new hero and setting, and the "most diverse and seamless Assassin's Creed world ever created," Ubisoft said. Black Flag, which has been in development for...

Execution in Support: Asus Rolls Out Android 4.2 For Transformer Pad

Execution in Support: Asus Rolls Out Android 4.2 For Transformer Pad

Asus' Transformer Pad TF300 has certainly been one of the more enticing Android slates of the modern era. And now, it's about to become even more so. Android 4.2, the latest and greatest version of Jelly Bean, has just been pushed out for the tablet. This update brings Google Now, as well as a ton of Project Butter improvements to enable the...

Sony Just Grasping For #3 Spot In Smartphones, Proves Samsung and Apple's Dominance

Sony Just Grasping For #3 Spot In Smartphones, Proves Samsung and Apple's Dominance

Still wondering just how tough it is to have a go at the top spot in the smartphone game? Have a listen at this. A new Reuters report claims that Sony is currently aiming to win "third place in smartphone markets around the world," behind the obvious Power Duo of Apple and Samsung. At the end of 2012, Sony came in the four spot with a global...

Embedded System Developers Turn To Android and Linux For Operating Systems

Embedded System Developers Turn To Android and Linux For Operating Systems

It might not come as much of a surprise, but according to a recent survey conducted by EE Times, Linux continues to tear up the charts in the embedded market (embedded refers to special-purpose PCs found in things like TVs, media players, cars, machinery and so forth). Between 2012 and 2013, companies began to shift more of their embedded...

Google Hires Guy Kawasaki to ReInvigorate Motorola Brand

Google Hires Guy Kawasaki to ReInvigorate Motorola Brand

Google definitely got itself a solid portfolio of devices and technologies when it acquired Motorola Mobility, but if the Motorola brand doesn’t exactly stir strong feelings in you, you’re not alone. Google itself apparently feels the same way. Google officials have gone on record as saying that Motorola’s current offerings...

Microsoft Offer Subscribers Updates To Office 365 Every 90 Days

Microsoft Offer Subscribers Updates To Office 365 Every 90 Days

The world of online, cloud-based software is upon us. While years and years have passed, the software industry has slowly been distancing itself from moving product on physical media, and instead offering it online. Adobe's new cloud-based Photoshop services offer enhancements that non-cloud users won't even get, and Microsoft's future Office...

T-Mobile Considering Elimination of Service Contracts?

T-Mobile Considering Elimination of Service Contracts?

File this one under "R" for "rumor," but early termination fees at T-Mobile might soon be a thing of the past. That's because T-Mobile is reportedly getting rid of service contracts altogether, whereby existing subscribers will finish out their current agreement and then be able to upgrade to a new device sans service agreement. New customers...

Seagate Will Stop Production of 7200RPM Hard Drives To Focus on SSDs

Seagate Will Stop Production of 7200RPM Hard Drives To Focus on SSDs

We've long since wondered when SSDs would hit a price (and size) threshold that most mainstream consumers would opt for one over a conventional HDD. We're still a few years out from that, we imagine, but you can see the writing on the wall. Seagate, one of the world's largest storage companies, already has a mind to kill off the 2.5" (laptop-sized)...

Hulu's Investors Consider Buying One Another Out, Could Shape Pricing Models

Hulu's Investors Consider Buying One Another Out, Could Shape Pricing Models

In the world of streaming media (and streaming content in particular), Hulu has become a gigantic name -- right up there with the likes of Netflix and Amazon. And that's partly because of the huge names behind it. Both News Corp. and Walt Disney Company have a stake in Hulu, and according to a new report, the two giants are talking behind...

LG Sells 10 Million LTE Smartphones As Demand Skyrockets

LG Sells 10 Million LTE Smartphones As Demand Skyrockets

10 million is certainly no small number, and selling 10 million of anything is no small feat. And that's what LG is celebrating this weekend. Shortly after Mobile World Congress concluded, LG announced that it surpassed the 10 million mark in terms of sales with regard to its LTE smartphone lineup. For a technology that's only been on the...

Evernote Reports Hacker Security Breach, Change Passwords Now

Evernote Reports Hacker Security Breach, Change Passwords Now

Another day, another security breach. This time it’s Evernote, the popular cloud-based “remember everything” service whose product offerings have increased substantially recently to include business-oriented tools. According to a post on Evernote’s website, the company spotted some suspicious activity: “Evernote's...

Google: Saving For a Rainy Day with Piles of Cash

Google: Saving For a Rainy Day with Piles of Cash

It was revealed earlier this week that Google has a current cash stockpile of $45 billion, and it's led some to wonder what the company might want to do with it. The same questions have surrounded Apple for quite a while as well, and with its hoarding of an enormous $137 billion, it's no wonder. As far as Google is concerned, though,...

Metro: Last Night to Launch May 14th

Metro: Last Night to Launch May 14th

In 2010, a game came along that should have put to rest the popular meme, "Can it run Crysis?" Despite being graphically superior - it was the first major title to include DirectX 11's tessellation feature - Metro 2033 didn't get the respect it deserved on the graphics front. On the gameplay front, things were different. It was immersive,...

Steam On Linux Adoption Gaining, Overtaking Mac OS

Steam On Linux Adoption Gaining, Overtaking Mac OS

A lot of things happen at the start of each month, and one of those that I look most forward to is being able to check out the updated hardware survey at Steam. It's especially interesting right now, because Windows 8 is only four months old, and the platform became official for Linux only a couple of weeks ago. Given it happened so recently,...

5 Year Old Racks Up Massive iPad App Bill in Ten Minutes

5 Year Old Racks Up Massive iPad App Bill in Ten Minutes

When it comes to the iPad, it's all fun and games until little Billy starts downloading in-game content willy-nilly, resulting in a huge credit card bill. In this case, it's little Danny Kitchen who, quite innocently, managed to download dozens of in-game add-ons worth £1,710.43 (around $2,570 in U.S. currency). Do'h! How does something...

Best Buy Sees Online Sales Growth, Still Posts $409M Loss

Best Buy Sees Online Sales Growth, Still Posts $409M Loss

Best Buy said that "accelerating online growth" is its No. 1 priority in fiscal 2014, and it's well on its way to doing that. It's online sales grew 11.2 percent last quarter, after having already jumped 25.4 percent in the same quarter a year ago, the electronics chain revealed when announcing financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter....

Logitech Cutting 5% of Workforce In Shift To Mobile

Logitech Cutting 5% of Workforce In Shift To Mobile

Over the past few years, the consumer electronics industry has shifted in some fairly monumental ways. Desktop sales are eroding, tablet sales are growing, dumbphones are becoming ever more useless, and the peripheral market is expanding rapidly. When you're Logitech, shifting to avoid negative consequences seemingly means cutting staff. The...

Apple Patent Award Slashed By Almost Half

Apple Patent Award Slashed By Almost Half

"Not so fast, buster." Those words probably weren't uttered in public during the Samsung v. Apple trials, but that's the feeling we're getting given the latest announcement in the saga. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh just cut down Apple's massive $1.05 billion victory against Samsung. In the patent case, she whacked around 45% of the penalty,...

Facebook Will Give Newsfeed a New Look This Month

Facebook Will Give Newsfeed a New Look This Month

Brace yourselves, folks: The complaints will be coming hard and fast, mostly via Facebook, as the social juggernaut is planning to yet again tweak its look by rolling out a revamped Newsfeed. All the details will be revealed on March 7th at a press event on Facebook’s Menlo Park (California) campus, but a few folks have snuck a look...

Apple's iPad mini Overtakes Full Sized iPad, 7-Inch Tablets Gobble Market Share

Apple's iPad mini Overtakes Full Sized iPad, 7-Inch Tablets Gobble Market Share

We can’t say that we’re terribly surprised by this, but according to DisplaySearch, smaller screen sizes on tablets are becoming more popular at the expense of larger panels. In the last two months, 7-7.9-inch displays have gained ground in terms of shipments while those in the 9.7-inch range dropped off and 10.1-11.6-inch panels...

Windows 8 Market Share Climbs to 2.7 Percent, Windows 7 Stands Pat

Windows 8 Market Share Climbs to 2.7 Percent, Windows 7 Stands Pat

Another month is in the books, and that means another opportunity to examine market share data for Windows 8. Microsoft's touch-friendly operating system (OS) grew its market share to 2.7 percent in February, up slightly from 2.26 percent in January. Going back even further, Windows 8's share of the market was 1.72 percent in December and...

Google, Facebook, Amazon Programmers Developing Cancer Research Game

Google, Facebook, Amazon Programmers Developing Cancer Research Game

I doubt it needs to be said, but curing cancer is far from easy. Today, gathering required data isn't so much the problem, but rather having enough people to analyze it is. Wouldn't it be great, then, if there were a way for ordinary people to chip in? It might seem a little outlandish, given we're not all scientists, but Cancer Research UK...

Another Zero-Day Java Exploit Discovered, When Will It Stop?

Another Zero-Day Java Exploit Discovered, When Will It Stop?

Is there a world record for number of software vulnerabilities exposed within the span of a single month? If so, I'm willing to bet that Oracle's Java is the clear winner. We've reported on many Java happenings over the past couple of months, and it doesn't look like the fun is going to end anytime soon. Security firm FireEye is responsible...

Xbox 360 Spring Bundle May Be Last Hurrah Before Durango

Xbox 360 Spring Bundle May Be Last Hurrah Before Durango

Microsoft announced a new "Spring Bundle" for its Xbox 360 game console that will be available for a limited time and while supplies last. It replaces the Holiday Bundle, which you can still find online, and could be one of the last major bundles for the 7-year-old console, depending on when the Xbox 720 comes out and how aggressively Microsoft...

Bing Maps Updated with 13 Million Square Kilometers of Satellite Imagery

Bing Maps Updated with 13 Million Square Kilometers of Satellite Imagery

Microsoft wants to remind you that Google isn't the only game in town. There's also Bing, and Bing Maps, the latter of which just received a pretty significant update with new top of the world and updated high resolution satellite imagery spanning more than 13 million square kilometers. "We are pleased to present our new seamless base satellite...

EU May Fine Microsoft for Browser Shenanigans by End of March

EU May Fine Microsoft for Browser Shenanigans by End of March

Time heals all wounds, but it doesn't make fines go away. Microsoft may find that out this month if the European Union goes forth with plans to fine the software giant in the coming weeks. The fine, which could be significant, relates to Microsoft's failure to comply with a so-called browser ballot feature it agreed to implement in Windows...

Razer Edge Gaming Tablet Now Available to Pre-Order

Razer Edge Gaming Tablet Now Available to Pre-Order

Pre-orders are now open for the Razer Edge and Edge Pro, a pair of powerful Windows 8 tablets designed specifically for gaming (see our hands-on demo). They're a bit pricey, with the Razer Edge starting at $1,000 and the Razer Edge Pro commanding $1,300, plus extra for accessories like a Gamepad Controller ($250) and Docking Station ($100)....

Microsoft Reassures Users: Windows Phone 8 Devices Are Upgradeable

Microsoft Reassures Users: Windows Phone 8 Devices Are Upgradeable

When Microsoft revealed Windows Phone 7 devices would not be capable of receiving an upgrade, many customers were quite unhappy. Thankfully, Microsoft learned a lesson and doesn't intend to repeat this policy with Windows Phone 8. Greg Sullivan, a senior marketing manager at Microsoft, recently confirmed to PC Magazine that the company has...

E Ink Android Prototype Phone Lasts A Week On A Single Charge

E Ink Android Prototype Phone Lasts A Week On A Single Charge

If you're the type of smartphone user who is constantly searching for a charger or a phone that has longer battery life, E Ink's latest prototype phone may catch your eye. Although this phone doesn't boast of a large, colorful display with HD resolution, it does offer something other phones can't: extreme battery life. In fact, E Ink's prototype...

Sony Moves Its City Osaki Building For $1.2 Billion As Part Of Transformation

Sony Moves Its City Osaki Building For $1.2 Billion As Part Of Transformation

These are interesting times for Sony. The company's great rise has given way to tougher times of late, with intense competition in everything from digital imaging, to gaming, to HDTVs. As these major corporations often do in times of contractions, Sony has announced that it has sold its Sony City Osaki office building and premises to Nippon...

Microsoft Details Surface RT And Surface Pro Global Expansion

Microsoft Details Surface RT And Surface Pro Global Expansion

To date, Microsoft still hasn't released any public figures on how many Surface units have been sold, but if you're one of the holdouts across the pond, there's good news. This week, Microsoft announced that "worldwide customer response to both Surface RT with Windows RT and Surface Pro with Windows 8 Pro has been exciting to see," and while...