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All News for April 2013

Verizon Cloud Keeps Your Particulars Stored For Free, For iOS And Android Users

Verizon Cloud Keeps Your Particulars Stored For Free, For iOS And Android Users

It's almost hard to believe just how fast the "cloud" has become a part of everyday life. Internet access is become such a norm when it comes to mobile users, that even operators are getting in on the fun. Verizon Wireless has just announced a Cloud product of its own, with a roll-out to begin for phones and tablets in the coming weeks. The...

Olympia Circuits Teases Arduino Programmers With $60 Arno Shield

Olympia Circuits Teases Arduino Programmers With $60 Arno Shield

Homemade gadgets seem to be all the rage these days, and while programming used to be reserved for nerds, it's also becoming a more mainstream hobby. And honestly, a cheaper hobby to get into. With small Arduino boards becoming more popular, Olympia Circuits is jumping into the mix with the Arno Shield. It contains all the components necessary...

Google Now Comes To iPhone And iPad

Google Now Comes To iPhone And iPad

It finally happened: the most unique and intelligent feature of Android Jelly Bean has been ported to iOS. Google has long since believed that it wasn't just about stealing market share with Android; it was about making amazing products that even avid iPhone and iPad users would use. Because in the end, Google isn't trying to sell Android...

Skype Account Hjiack Vulnerability Via Skype Support Discovered

Skype Account Hjiack Vulnerability Via Skype Support Discovered

Skype is having security troubles again. According to great big red flag raised by a user on the Skype community forums, Skype accounts are extremely vulnerable--through Skype’s own support system. The user, Ximer, said on the forum that anyone can steal your Skype account with very little to go on; specifically, all one needs is 3-5...

Samsung Galaxy Note III Leaked, Galaxy Tab 3 Announced

Samsung Galaxy Note III Leaked, Galaxy Tab 3 Announced

The hits from Samsung just keep on coming. With the ink barely dry on press releases announcing the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy S4, we already have leaks concerning the Galaxy Note III. A Chinese website leaked the image of a (very greasy-looking) alleged Samsung Galaxy Note III, which boasts a large 5.9-inch (1080p) display, Samsung Exynos...

Nokia Calls For End of Smartphone Wars with Humorous Lumia 920 Ad

Nokia Calls For End of Smartphone Wars with Humorous Lumia 920 Ad

You have to love a self-aware tech company. In the clash of the titans that is Android versus iOS (or is it Samsung, HTC, et. al. versus Apple?), Windows Phone and Nokia are the oft-forgotten platform and handset maker, respectively. While fully acknowledging its “third choice” status in the mobile market, Nokia sends up the Android/iOS...

Microsoft's IllumiRoom Projector To Take Xbox 720 Beyond Your TV Screen

Microsoft's IllumiRoom Projector To Take Xbox 720 Beyond Your TV Screen

Microsoft Research has developed a proof-of-concept gaming uber-toy called IllumiRoom that expands the gaming environment from beyond the bezel of your TV to the whole room. Essentially, while the TV is still the focal point of the action, IllumiRoom adds a variety of effects that accentuates it. After a simple auto calibration, IllumiRoom...

botObjects Launches Worlds First Full Color Desktop 3D Printer

botObjects Launches Worlds First Full Color Desktop 3D Printer

While even the ability to print small plastic tchotchkes in 3D with a large printer is still a bit of a marvel, a company called botObjects is attempting to take things a step further with the ProDesk3D printer, which is a full color 3D printer that can sit comfortably on your desk. What’s most notable about the ProDesk3D is that it...

Swype Keyboard Tech Coming To iOS Devices?

Swype Keyboard Tech Coming To iOS Devices?

Many Android users are already familiar with Swype, a replacement keyboard by Nuance that allows users to input words and faster and easier by using one continuous motion rather than tapping out each character. There's a bit of learning curve involved, but once mastered, you can hammer out lengthy messages with little effort. Unfortunately...

Budweiser’s Buddy Cup Connects Facebook Friends That Meet Out on the Town

Budweiser’s Buddy Cup Connects Facebook Friends That Meet Out on the Town

Forget about that awkward moment when you contemplate whether or not to whip out your smartphone and start asking for Facebook credentials at the local pub, only to find out the person you're drinking with isn't in to you. Budweiser has come up with what it believes is a better and more natural way to add to your social circle when meeting...

LG Rolling Out Curved OLED TVs in South Korean Market

LG Rolling Out Curved OLED TVs in South Korean Market

LG Electronics has begun accepting pre-orders for its 55-inch Curved OLED TV (Model 55EA9800) in South Korea and will start shipping them out next month, the electronics maker announced on Monday. Those hoping to score LG's curved television will have to pony up 15 million South Korean Won (KWR), or about $13,560 USD. "Our Curved OLED TV is...

BlackBerry Q10 Fastest Selling BlackBerry Ever, Demand Surges in the Enterprise

BlackBerry Q10 Fastest Selling BlackBerry Ever, Demand Surges in the Enterprise

The feel-good moments for BlackBerry (or the company formerly known as Research In Motion, if you prefer) keep coming ever since the Canadian handset maker launched its BlackBerry 10 (BB10) platform along with new devices. One of those devices is the BlackBerry 10, the first BB10-based phone with a physical keyboard, and it's selling like...

Linus Torvalds Announces Release of Linux 3.9

Linus Torvalds Announces Release of Linux 3.9

Following what Linus Torvalds called a "very quiet" week, the Finnish American open-source software guru officially released the Linux 3.9 kernel. The latest kernel had been in development for 10 weeks and includes a device mapper target that allows a user to configure a solid state drive (SSD) as a cache for hard disk drives (HDDs) to increase...

Microsoft Re-Tooling Xbox, Skype and Bing Brand

Microsoft Re-Tooling Xbox, Skype and Bing Brand

Evolution is a natural thing in the world of consumer electronics, even when it comes to branding. A few months back, Microsoft ushered in a new logo for itself, relying on flattened squares that showcase a new push in design to take away some of the gloss and glitz that has cropped up in recent years. Now, reports suggest that Microsoft may...

Intel's Perlmutter Says Android Notebooks Are In The Plan

Intel's Perlmutter Says Android Notebooks Are In The Plan

In remarks on an earnings call a couple of weeks ago, outgoing Intel CEO Paul Otellini mentioned briefly that Intel would likely be putting out touch-enabled notebooks running for as little as $200. Presumably those devices would be running Windows 8, but now it appears as though Intel may use Android on those devices. Intel’s executive...

HotHardware and EVGA Spring Fling Gaming System Giveaway!

HotHardware and EVGA Spring Fling Gaming System Giveaway!

What better way to usher in the spring season than to give away an awesome gaming rig, designed to keep you inside as long as possible? We have teamed up with our friends at EVGA, and along with a little help from the good folks at Intel and Corsair, we've put together one heck of an gaming system giveaway!...

EA Cuts More Jobs, Shuts Down PopCap Vancouver and Quicklime Studios, Total Number of Casualties Unknown

EA Cuts More Jobs, Shuts Down PopCap Vancouver and Quicklime Studios, Total Number of Casualties Unknown

Electronic Arts is slashing more jobs yet again, and to make matters worse (or at least more annoying), the company isn’t releasing many details about the who, what, where, and when of those layoffs. Instead of coming right out and saying publicly what’s happening, EA posted this incredibly vague “organizational update”...

Evidence Suggests Next Version of Android is Still Jelly Bean

Evidence Suggests Next Version of Android is Still Jelly Bean

Salivating for a slice of delicious Key Lime Pie to go with your Android device? So are we, but unfortunately Google may be preoccupied with another Jelly Bean build before it launches another major version of its open source Android software. The evidence is in Google's server logs, some of which show references to Android 4.3. It's not difficult...

Holy Hot Cup of Coffee, Tim Cook Charity Auction Blows Past Record

Holy Hot Cup of Coffee, Tim Cook Charity Auction Blows Past Record

How much would you be willing to donate to a charity auction to sit down for a cup of coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook? If your answer is anything less than $605,000, then we regret to inform you that you're out of the running. The current winning bid now stands at $600,000 and the company handling the auction, Charity Buzz, requires the next...

Toshiba Ships 4K-Ready CompactFlash Card With 160MB/s Transfer Rate

Toshiba Ships 4K-Ready CompactFlash Card With 160MB/s Transfer Rate

So, now that 4K HDTVs are hitting the production line, one has to wonder: where is all of that 4K content going to come from? No doubt, some of it will be upscaled 1080p content at first, but many motion pictures are already being shot natively in 4K. It's just a matter of time before even more content arrives that way, as well. But to do...

LG Cloud Goes Global, TV-Centric Service Hitting 40 Nations Next Month

LG Cloud Goes Global, TV-Centric Service Hitting 40 Nations Next Month

While cloud services in general are hotter than ever, it's been quite some time since we've heard an update on LG Cloud. But now, the Korea-based company is providing a crucial update. LG Cloud was first (quietly) rolled out in the U.S., South Korea and Russia last year, but now, things are about to get a lot more global. LG plans to roll...

Nintendo's Major Wii U Update Brings Faster Loading, Virtual Console Service

Nintendo's Major Wii U Update Brings Faster Loading, Virtual Console Service

Shortly after saying goodbye to a number of online services associated with the original Wii, Nintendo has flipped the switch on a number of other online services catering to the new Wii U. Soon after reviews began hitting the Web, Nintendo promised a future update that would address a number of concerns: namely, slow boot times, slow updates,...

Samsung Launching TecTile 2 With Support For Galaxy S 4

Samsung Launching TecTile 2 With Support For Galaxy S 4

For all of the flack that Apple gets each time it changes something with a new iPhone that renders an old technology obsolete, it's only fair to take a hard look at similar moves being made by Samsung. With the introduction of the Galaxy S 4, one piece of tech that Samsung was pushing fairly hard is being rendered incompatible. In fact, Samsung...

Time Warner Cable Weakly Swipes at Google Fiber Rollout in Austin

Time Warner Cable Weakly Swipes at Google Fiber Rollout in Austin

The rollout of Google Fiber in a given location must feel like an impending tidal wave to the competition, which generally offers slower Internet speeds at higher prices (and often with frustrating customer service) than the search giant-come-ISP, and we’ve discussed before how this development has put the industry on notice. Time Warner...

Apple Worldwide Developer's Conference Sells Out In Less Than Two Minutes

Apple Worldwide Developer's Conference Sells Out In Less Than Two Minutes

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) is slated for June 10th-14th in San Francisco, and according to V3.co.uk, tickets for the event sold out in mere minutes. Even compared to last years’ run on tickets, when WWDC sold out in about two hours, that’s blazing fast. It’s perhaps a more notable achievement...

AT&T Digital Life Service Offers Whole Home Connectivity and Automation

AT&T Digital Life Service Offers Whole Home Connectivity and Automation

Don't call AT&T just a carrier, at least not any longer. The company most often associated with being the first U.S. mobile provider to offer the iPhone has branched out in a major way since 2007. At this stage, it's also offering phone, broadband, and pay-TV services under the U-verse umbrella, and soon, it'll also be dabbling into the...

Look-Out Google Fiber, VTel Vermont To Offer Gigabit Internet Speed At $35 A Month

Look-Out Google Fiber, VTel Vermont To Offer Gigabit Internet Speed At $35 A Month

You know, it's hard to be picky. Google Fiber, or a local fiber company -- so long as the Internet speeds trump those provided by generic coax-based ISPs, who are we to complain? Numerous towns around the nation, including many in Tennessee and even the small town of Wilson, North Carolina, have their own small-scale fiber ISPs. These companies...

Intel Starts Countdown Clock to Haswell Launch

Intel Starts Countdown Clock to Haswell Launch

We'll find out soon enough if Intel's upcoming Haswell architecture has what it takes to give the PC market a much needed jolt. Haswell, which is the codename for Intel's fourth generation Core processor line, is about 3,337,200,000,000,000 nanoseconds away from launch, and we know this because the giddy folks at Intel flat out said so. "In...

Google CEO Eric Schmidt Says Glass Critics Are “Afraid of Change,” But The Market Will Come Around

Google CEO Eric Schmidt Says Glass Critics Are “Afraid of Change,” But The Market Will Come Around

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt had some interesting tings to say about Google Glass after trying on a pair for himself. He described talking out loud to Google Glass as "the weirdest thing," and also the most "impressive" aspect of the project. Schmidt is a high level Google guy, however, and we would expect nothing less than optimism. But will...

LivingSocial Hacked, Gives up Names, Email and Encrypted Passwords

LivingSocial Hacked, Gives up Names, Email and Encrypted Passwords

These days, the old "when, not if" saying applies to websites getting hacked just as much as it does for the likelihood of getting into a car accident. LivingSocial is the latest site to fall victim to an attack, but the Amazon-backed company has clearly learned from the mistakes of others and rushed to get out in front of the issue. Anyone...

HP Debuts Google Nexus 7 Competitor with $169.99 HP Slate 7

HP Debuts Google Nexus 7 Competitor with $169.99 HP Slate 7

It’s not exactly the tablet based on NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 SoC we’d heard HP was developing, but the new HP Slate 7 is nevertheless a nice-looking option in the 7-inch tablet space. The sleek little device actually evokes the style of the last couple of iPhones, with a colored (red or gray) backing and a silver band encompassing...

Google Glass Already Rooted and Hacked

Google Glass Already Rooted and Hacked

Speaking of Google Glass and hacking, the new $1,500 spectacles, which are as yet only available to a select group of “Explorers”, have already been hacked. Tweets from Liam McLoughlin (also known as Hexxeh), who works for Google on the Chrome side of things indicate that he found a way to do it, and although he doesn’t say...

Inside Out Project Posts Your Pictures in Times Square New York

Inside Out Project Posts Your Pictures in Times Square New York

For the next couple of weeks, an artist in Times Square is giving you the chance to put a giant image of your face on the ground. What--you’re not booking a flight to N.Y.C. right now? Then you might miss out on the fun, because people different artistic sensibilities than yours are lining up every day to get their selfies onto the sidewalk....

Robert Scoble Takes Google Glass Into A Public Restroom and No One Notices

Robert Scoble Takes Google Glass Into A Public Restroom and No One Notices

There are louder and louder rumblings about Google Glass and how it’s essentially a device that invades individuals’ privacy more egregiously and surreptitiously than anything on the market. Indeed, it’s unnerving to think that any Tom, Dick, or Jane walking down the street can snap photos or take video of you simply by looking...

SOHO Network Routers Are Ripe For Hacking; Is Yours On The List?

SOHO Network Routers Are Ripe For Hacking; Is Yours On The List?

Here’s one more thing you can fret about: Security evaluator ISE has discovered that a number of popular SOHO routers and WiFi access points are vulnerable to hacking. The firm calls the vulnerability a “critical security” problem, which is to say that a remote hacker could take over a router and change configuration settings...

Steam Announces Subscription Services, Features Darkfall Unholy Wars

Steam Announces Subscription Services, Features Darkfall Unholy Wars

This is an announcement that's been a long time coming. Steam has added support for subscription-based games, including conventional MMOs, and has debuted the function with the recently launched Darkfall Unholy Wars. DUW is a self-described "hardcore PvP" title with an emphasis on crafting and player-vs-player action. The game was originally...

Forrester: IE Still Dominates the Workplace, But Browser Diversity Common

Forrester: IE Still Dominates the Workplace, But Browser Diversity Common

Microsoft's Internet Explorer has a huge advantage in the browser wars because it ships with every copy of Windows, which is why the European Union forced the software maker to offer a so-called browser ballot on new Windows PCs. What's interesting, however, is that even though IE is usually the default option on most workplace computers,...

Samsung Reports $6.39 Billion Profit Last Quarter, Warns of "Stiff Competition" in Mobile

Samsung Reports $6.39 Billion Profit Last Quarter, Warns of "Stiff Competition" in Mobile

Business operations are sizzling over at Samsung, the South Korean handset maker that just announced a consolidated net profit of 7.15 trillion won, or about $6.39 billion, for its first fiscal quarter of 2013. That's up more than 40 percent from the same quarter a year ago and also marks six quarters of consecutive profit growth. Not all...

Smartphone Shipments Finally Leapfrog Feature Phones

Smartphone Shipments Finally Leapfrog Feature Phones

You can have our smartphone when you pry it from our cold, dead hands. Yes, we're well aware that some people feel the exact same way about feature phones, but for the first time ever, those of us who prefer a full-fledged smartphone finally outnumber our feature phone touting brethren, according to data released by International Data Corporation...

Non-Edible 'Beets by OrigAudio' Headphones Priced Deliciously at $25

Non-Edible 'Beets by OrigAudio' Headphones Priced Deliciously at $25

It's not easy getting noticed in a market as competitive as headphones, but OrigAudio has managed to draw attention to itself by marching to a beet of a different drummer. That's not a typo folks, nor is the Beets by OrigAudio line of headphones a joke, even though they're sure to elicit a few giggles by your Beats by Dr. Dre wearing friends....

Skryim's Fully Loaded Legendary Edition Lands June 4

Skryim's Fully Loaded Legendary Edition Lands June 4

If you've somehow managed to miss the long and fun ride known as Skryim, you owe it to yourself to check it out (assuming you're into RPGs). And to make sure you don't miss anything Skyrim has to offer, Bethesda this week announced plans to release The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition, which will include the most up-to-date version...

Twitter For Mac Updated With Retina Display Support, New Features

Twitter For Mac Updated With Retina Display Support, New Features

It wasn't too long ago that rumblings had Twitter pining for more users to simply use the Web instead of those third-party tools. Tweetbot, TweetDeck, etc. -- those aren't exactly Twitter's favorite things, strangely. Now, the social network has made it super difficult for new third-party clients to operate, thereby forcing users to either...

NYC Subways Land Plan To Have Mobile And Wi-Fi Signals Underground

NYC Subways Land Plan To Have Mobile And Wi-Fi Signals Underground

New York City's subway system is certainly a boon for locals and tourists alike, and while it's old and oftentimes late, the network of stops is impressive. But, there's one complaint that has grown more and more direct as the digital world has grown: there's, like, no signal down there. Exiting the street and heading down into an NYC subway...

Amazon's Earnings Show Uptick In Sales, But A Narrower Net Profit

Amazon's Earnings Show Uptick In Sales, But A Narrower Net Profit

It's earnings season in the technology world yet again, and as usual, Amazon is one of the big guys worth paying attention. As Apple and Samsung rake in billions in net profit, Amazon has yet again shown that it's really not in the business of clearing absurd numbers. It's just in the business of providing low prices, good service and jobs...

Facebook Acquires Parse To Hasten Mobile App Development

Facebook Acquires Parse To Hasten Mobile App Development

Believe it or not, Facebook is much more than a social network. It's an advertising company, a search company, a discovery company, and increasingly, an engineering company. It's quickly becoming obvious that one of Facebook's biggest strengths is its engineering muscle, and Facebook Home is proof of that. That's a huge, huge effort to fork...

Samsung Unifies Its Windows PCs Under ‘ATIV’ Brand, Intros an Ultrabook, Laptop, and SideSync

Samsung Unifies Its Windows PCs Under ‘ATIV’ Brand, Intros an Ultrabook, Laptop, and SideSync

Samsung has a lot of product in a lot of categories, and now the company is unifying a bunch of them--all of its Windows-based PCs--under the “ATIV” brand. Until now, ATIV was the moniker the company gave only to its convertible notebook line; the change starts today. If you’re worried that you’re going to be terribly...

The Cloud Is Great -- Until Google Closes Your Account

The Cloud Is Great -- Until Google Closes Your Account

For the past few years, Google has been pushing the idea of Chrome OS and the Chromebook. The idea is simple: Shift your data into the cloud, carry a tiny device that connects to all your online information, and let Google worry about the heavy lifting. Less discussed is the question of what happens if Google decides you've violated its Terms...

Intel Core i7-4960X "Ivy Bridge-E" Performance Shows Up To 11 Percent Gain

Intel Core i7-4960X "Ivy Bridge-E" Performance Shows Up To 11 Percent Gain

We all love to see improvements in CPU performance generation to generation, and so we eagerly anticipate pitting the current top-of-the-line Intel Core offering, the Intel Core i7-3970X Sandy Bridge-E processor against an Ivy Bridge-E chip. Apparently, someone already has, and the results show up to an 11% performance increase. A poster to...

Intel Ranks #2 on Forbes’ Most Reputable American Companies List

Intel Ranks #2 on Forbes’ Most Reputable American Companies List

Each year, New York-based consulting firm Reputation Institute, in conjunction with Forbes, queries thousands of consumers to help build a "reputation" list of companies on both a global and per-country scale. The goal is to highlight those companies that have great reputations - reputations so good, that consumer loyalty is high. On the other...

Nokia Lumia Event Planned On May 14 in London

Nokia Lumia Event Planned On May 14 in London

The race is on to figure out what Nokia has in store for its Lumia line of mobile device. On May 14, 2013, Nokia will hold a press event in London in which "The Nokia Lumia story continues," according to press invites the Finnish phone maker has begun sending out to members of the media. On the left side of the invitation is barely visible...

MacBook Pro 13 Takes Top Spot For ‘Best Performing Windows Laptop’

MacBook Pro 13 Takes Top Spot For ‘Best Performing Windows Laptop’

Quick, someone give Alanis Morissette a ring and see if she's still adding lyrics to her song Ironic, because of she is, she's going to want to include some recent findings by Soluto, a cloud-based PC management service. In particular, we'd like to share with her Saluto's ranking of a mid-2012 model Apple MacBoo Pro 13 as the best performing...

Coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook Being Auctioned Off For Charity, Currently at $180K, a Lot of Beans

Coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook Being Auctioned Off For Charity, Currently at $180K, a Lot of Beans

With the highest of over 50 bids now at $180,000, someone is going to win a charity auction for what will undoubtedly be the most expensive cup of coffee ever. Those bidding aren't in it for the coffee, of course, but what comes with it -- one-on-one time with Apple CEO Tim Cook at his company headquarters in Cupertino, California. If you...

It's On in Provo: Municipal Council Approves Google Fiber Buy

It's On in Provo: Municipal Council Approves Google Fiber Buy

As expected, the Provo Municipal Council unanimously approved the measure regarding bringing Google to town to take over the city’s struggling iProvo fiber network. Google will retrofit the network for its Google Fiber service, which will make the relatively small town of Provo just the third locale with the gigabit Internet and TV service....

Tablet Market Share: Google Android Rapidly Catching Up to Apple iOS

Tablet Market Share: Google Android Rapidly Catching Up to Apple iOS

Apple's enjoyed market dominance in the tablet space ever since it released its original iPad, which fine tuned and popularized the form factor on a consumer level. Going up against the open source nature of Android, however, is no easy task, and now that Google's hardware partners aren't trying to compete exclusively in the $500 range, as...

Galaxy S4, Bruno Mars Help Kick Off Rollout of Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy

Galaxy S4, Bruno Mars Help Kick Off Rollout of Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy

Do you think Best Buy and Samsung might be excited about the launch of Samsung Experience Shops in Best Buy locations across the nation? To celebrate the launch of the Samsung Experience Shop, the two companies hired Bruno Mars to attend the grand opening of their newest location in New York's Union Square Best Buy store to mark the beginning...

Yahoo To Grab Exclusive Online Hosting Rights To SNL Content

Yahoo To Grab Exclusive Online Hosting Rights To SNL Content

Well, that's one way to grab some attention! As Yahoo looks to reinvent itself under a new CEO, it's trying a few new tricks. And one of those, it seems, it grabbing exclusive rights to provide online access for Saturday Night Live archives. The famed comedy show has been online in various places over the years, but having a complete look...

U.S. Cellular To Ship Galaxy S 4 On April 30th For $200 On Contract

U.S. Cellular To Ship Galaxy S 4 On April 30th For $200 On Contract

Samsung's Galaxy S 4 is being pushed out to a lot of carriers. A lot. A whole lot -- and if you had any doubts about just how many partners would be getting these things in the coming weeks, listen up: even U.S Cellular has announced that it'll join the Big Guys. On April 30th, USCC customers will be able to pick up a new GS4. Preorders will...

Amazon to Invade Video Streaming Hardware Market With TV Set Top Box

Amazon to Invade Video Streaming Hardware Market With TV Set Top Box

It sounds like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is doing it again--playing the disrupter by using Amazon's massive resources to surgically invade a new market segment--and this time, the company is focused on the hardware side of the video streaming market. Bloomberg, citing “people with knowledge of the matter”, said that Amazon is planning...

Microsoft to Unveil Next Xbox Console on May 21

Microsoft to Unveil Next Xbox Console on May 21

Microsoft has begun sending out invitations to members of the media for a press event at its Redmond campus in Washington. The event will kick off at 10:00 AM on May 21, 2013, at which point Microsoft is expected to announce its next generation Xbox game console, lest its invitation is grossly misleading. "On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll...

3D Printer Used To Make Tiny Human Liver

3D Printer Used To Make Tiny Human Liver

If you were one of those people who thought that 3D printing would take off in a big way, you have plenty of evidence to back you up these days. The printers have been used to create the things you'd expect, like guns and phone cases, but they've also been used to create an exoskeleton that helped a toddler with a rare disease use her arms....

Digital Storm Looks to Vanquish DIY Debate with New Line of Gaming PCs

Digital Storm Looks to Vanquish DIY Debate with New Line of Gaming PCs

PC enthusiasts have long discussed the logic of buying a pre-built gaming system when one could be put together by oneself using off the shelf parts for less money and with more personal satisfaction. Of course, there are merits to both ways of doing things, but Digital Storm believes that it’s essentially laid to rest the issue of cost...

Pizza Hut App Lets You Order Grub From Your Xbox 360 Console

Pizza Hut App Lets You Order Grub From Your Xbox 360 Console

We've sure come a long way from playing Pong and other primitive games on the Atari 2600, haven't we? Not only are graphics and the level of immersion leaps and bounds ahead of those primitive times, but unlike back then, today's consoles are home entertainment hubs that offer so much more than just gaming. Heck, you can even order a pizza...

AT&T Sold Record Number of Smartphones in Q1, LTE Rollout Ahead of Schedule

AT&T Sold Record Number of Smartphones in Q1, LTE Rollout Ahead of Schedule

AT&T said it sold a record 6 million smartphones during is first fiscal quarter, while adding 1.2 million postpaid smartphone subscribers. By the end of the quarter, 72 percent, or 48.3 million of AT&T's postpaid phone subscribers were rocking smartphones, the wireless carrier announced. That's up 61 percent from 41.2 million in the...

Will Apple Rediscover Its Mojo at WWDC? Find Out June 10-14

Will Apple Rediscover Its Mojo at WWDC? Find Out June 10-14

Apple announced that it will hold it annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 10-14 in San Francisco, and at the event, the company will detail all the latest and greatest concerning iOS and OS X, as well as conduct more than 100 technical sessions for developers. “Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year...

Average Internet Speed in the U.S. Jumps 28 Percent to 7.4Mbps

Average Internet Speed in the U.S. Jumps 28 Percent to 7.4Mbps

Akamai Technologies, an Internet content delivery network headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, released its "The State of the Internet Report" for the fourth quarter of 2012. One of the findings in the report is that the average connection speed in the U.S. is now 7.4Mbps, representing a 2.3 percent jump sequentially and up 28 percent...

Microsoft's Surface Tablet RT and Surface Pro to Enjoy Broad International Availability by End of June

Microsoft's Surface Tablet RT and Surface Pro to Enjoy Broad International Availability by End of June

Microsoft mentioned weeks ago that its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets would see wider worldwide available, and now the company has further clarified its rollout plans for its homegrown Windows RT and Windows 8 devices. The Surface RT tablet is already available in over two dozen markets, including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia,...

Nintendo Returns to Profitability Despite Missing Wii U Sales Goal

Nintendo Returns to Profitability Despite Missing Wii U Sales Goal

Nintendo Co. on Wednesday is back in black after reporting its first full-year loss in the history of the company last year. This time around, Nintendo's financial report reflects a profit of 7.1 billion yen (around $71.7 million) for its fiscal year ended in March, up from a loss of 43.2 billion yen ($436 million) in the prior year. At the...

Sprint's Data Link And Static IP Services Find Homes On LTE Network

Sprint's Data Link And Static IP Services Find Homes On LTE Network

As carrier networks gravitate more and more towards data (and less towards pure voice services), Sprint has announced a bolstering that'll position it to serve its future customers -- folks who will no doubt be clamoring for plenty of IP-based information. The operator this week launched Sprint Data Link and Static IP networking services over...

Sony's $2000 Binoculars Record HD Video, Focus Automatically

Sony's $2000 Binoculars Record HD Video, Focus Automatically

Whoa. That's the first word that comes to mind when taking a peek at these: Sony's new Digital Recording Binoculars. They honestly look more like something out of a sci-fi film (or a Call of Duty video game) than a consumer offering, but they'll soon be on sale for average citizens nonetheless. These new specs (DEV-50V) will cost a whopping...

Panasonic Adds Wi-Fi And NFC To $500 Lumix LF1 Camera

Panasonic Adds Wi-Fi And NFC To $500 Lumix LF1 Camera

It's a connected world, and we're just living in it. While the point-and-shoot camera was chalked up as dead a few years back by some -- folks who thought the evolution of the smartphone camera would do the category in -- companies are now learning to innovate the space in a way that could squeeze a few more years of life from it. Panasonic...

AMD Radeon HD 7990 Review: The Quiet Beast

AMD Radeon HD 7990 Review: The Quiet Beast

Today marks one of those funky occasions when you’ve probably been aware of the “new” product we’re going to show you for quite some time. And we’re not talking about a few days or weeks here either. In fact, it was all the way back in December of 2011, when AMD introduced the original Radeon HD 7970, that we...

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Review: Bigger, Faster, Stronger

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Review: Bigger, Faster, Stronger

Samsung has done an exceptional job the past few years building interest and recognition for their Galaxy-branded smartphones. The fervor isn’t quite on the level of Apple's iPhone launches, but if the attendance of their “Samsung Unpacked” event at Radio City Music Hall and the buzz on-line for today’s introduction...

Apple Fattens Shareholder Wallets as Profit Dips to $9.5 Billion

Apple Fattens Shareholder Wallets as Profit Dips to $9.5 Billion

Another fiscal quarter is in the books for Apple, and this time around, the Cupertino outfit reported quarterly revenue of $43.6 billion and a net profit of $9.5 billion, or $10.09 per diluted share. Those figures compare with revenue of $39.2 billion and net profit of $11.6 billion, or $12.30 per diluted share, in the same quarter a year...

AMD Tips Hand on G-Series "Kabini" Performance, Hints at ARM Embedded CPUs

AMD Tips Hand on G-Series "Kabini" Performance, Hints at ARM Embedded CPUs

AMD's upcoming Kabini SoC sits at the heart of the PlayStation 4, the next-generation Xbox 720 (unofficially), and is central to the company's tablet and laptop plans for 2013. It's also a key component of Sunnyvale's new embedded strategy, which is part of what makes the new crop of embedded products AMD announced today rather interesting....

Possible Intel Haswell Processor Pricing Revealed

Possible Intel Haswell Processor Pricing Revealed

Good new for Intel fans, the wait for Haswell is almost over. While Intel has yet to officially announce a specific launch date for its fourth generation Core processor line, it's widely expected Haswell will peek its head into retail in June after the Computex convention in Taipei, which runs from June 4 to 8, 2013. Even better news, it doesn't...

Acer Iconia W3 8-inch Windows 8 Tablet Images Leaked, Intel Atom Powered with Keyboard Dock

Acer Iconia W3 8-inch Windows 8 Tablet Images Leaked, Intel Atom Powered with Keyboard Dock

As far as the accuracy of rumors go, one good sign that you’re either spot on or really, really far off is if the company that’s the object of the speculation specifically asks you to remove information from your site. That’s apparently what happened with French site Minimachines, which leaked photos and specs of the Acer...

BeagleBone Black, 1GHz Cortex-A8 Powered Mini PCB Runs Linux or Android For $45

BeagleBone Black, 1GHz Cortex-A8 Powered Mini PCB Runs Linux or Android For $45

If you're into mini PCs and gadgets that can fit in the palm of your hand, you have to be stoked at the growing number of options to choose from. The latest such device is the BeagleBone Black, a next-generation open-source mini PC from BeagleBoard.org that's the size of a credit card and costs just $45. Driving the BeagleBone is a 1GHz SitaraT...

Study Says Hands Free Texting Offers No Safety Benefits for Drivers

Study Says Hands Free Texting Offers No Safety Benefits for Drivers

The problem with trying to send and receive text messages while operating a vehicle is that your eyes are zeroed in on a mobile phone instead of the road where they belong. Voice-to-text apps that offer hands-free texting seem like an obvious solution, but new research suggests that such software offers no real safety advantage over manual...

Verizon Security Report Finds China Responsible for Nearly All Cyber Espionage Cases

Verizon Security Report Finds China Responsible for Nearly All Cyber Espionage Cases

The Verizon RISK (Research Investigations Solutions Knowledge) Team today released its annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) for 2013, which represents data collected from 19 global organizations, including the Australian Federal Police, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, U.S. Secret Service, and more....

Netflix Adds 3 Million Streaming Subscribers, Debuts New Streaming Package, and Pledges More Content

Netflix Adds 3 Million Streaming Subscribers, Debuts New Streaming Package, and Pledges More Content

Netflix has been doing brisk business for years, and there are no signs that the movie streaming company is slowing down. Netflix released its Q1 financial report, which included plenty of interesting tidbits about what it’s up to now and in the near future. First, those 3 million additional streaming subscribers (2 million of which...

Western Digital's 2.5-inch, 5mm Blue HDDs and Black SSHDs Ideal for Ultraportables

Western Digital's 2.5-inch, 5mm Blue HDDs and Black SSHDs Ideal for Ultraportables

As ultraportable devices of various stripes proliferate, there's a corresponding need for extra-slim storage drives that still deliver in terms of performance and storage capacity. Western Digital has a pair of new products to address those needs with the WD Blue HDD and WD Black SSHD drives. Both of the 2.5-inch drives are just 5mm thick...

Netgear Brings Beamforming+ To Select 802.11ac Routers

Netgear Brings Beamforming+ To Select 802.11ac Routers

Ready to nerd out? Great. If words like "beamforming" really get your geek juices flowing, you'll love the latest news release from Netgear. The networking giant has just announced that its R6300 WiFi Router and A6200 WiFi USB Adapter now have Beamforming+. It's available via a free firmware update. The new router firmware improves WiFi performance...

Razer Comms: An All-In-One VoIP Communications Tool For Gamers

Razer Comms: An All-In-One VoIP Communications Tool For Gamers

Over the years, Razer has spread its wings and expanded into much more than just mice and keyboards for gamers. This, however, may be one of its most broad initiatives to date. Razer Comms is the new product from the company, launching as an open beta and described as an "all-in-one communications solution for gamers." Applying feedback gleaned...

BeagleBone Black Offers Palm-Sized Linux Computer For $45

BeagleBone Black Offers Palm-Sized Linux Computer For $45

We sure like where this is going. While the original BeagleBone was around $89, there's a new guy on the block that offers similar functionality for around half the price. The world of small, cheap barebones kits is growing, with items like the Raspberry Pi garnering all sorts of attention these days. The new BeagleBone Black is described...

Acer Teases New Windows 8 Notebook with Star Trek Into Darkness As Its Backdrop

Acer Teases New Windows 8 Notebook with Star Trek Into Darkness As Its Backdrop

It's not entirely uncommon to see a major electronics maker using a major motion picture in order to promote new gear, but this may be one of the stranger mix-ups. Acer and Star Trek: Into Darkness have merged in a new 30 second avertisement that does a fairly good job of enticing viewers to check out both the film and whatever it is that...

Confirmed: Windows 8.1 Will Bring Back The Start Button

Confirmed: Windows 8.1 Will Bring Back The Start Button

Thank goodness. According to the Verge’s “sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans”, the upcoming update/upgrade to Windows 8, Window 8.1 (or “Windows Blue”, as it had been previously known), will bring with it the Start button. Although some of us are perfectly happy with the new Windows 8, others--well,...

Leap Motion Jumps Onto Google Earth, Explore the World in 3D

Leap Motion Jumps Onto Google Earth, Explore the World in 3D

Leap Motion is an intriguing new product that’s been making friends with major device manufacturers, and now the technology has landed in Google Earth, as well. Google announced that with the release of Google Earth 7.1, users will be able to navigate the world with Leap Motion’s 3D controller. Leap Motion posted this tasty preview...

Apple Needs New Ideas, Not a New CEO

Apple Needs New Ideas, Not a New CEO

Apple CEO Tim Cook may soon find himself out of a job. That's assuming the latest rumors suggesting a disgruntled board are true. Over at Forbes, it's being reported that Apple's board is ready to make a major shakeup by ousting Tim Cook from his throne, and even if the wheels aren't already in motion, apparently some of the company's share...

Verizon Holding May 22 Event at CTIA: HTC One, Galaxy S4, and Nokia Lumia 928 Possible Options For The Network

Verizon Holding May 22 Event at CTIA: HTC One, Galaxy S4, and Nokia Lumia 928 Possible Options For The Network

Verizon has let the press know about a “special event” that’s happening on May 22nd at CTIA, and we’re left to speculate about what that announcement might be. In typical teaser fashion, Verizon sent out a note without any real details; sometimes, companies will throw us little hints with these things, but that’s...

Anonymous ‘Hacktivist’ Group Receives $55K Seed Funding To Develop Website

Anonymous ‘Hacktivist’ Group Receives $55K Seed Funding To Develop Website

Nowadays, there seems to be a website for everything. But would you believe that there isn't one for the hacktivist group Anonymous? In reality, it's of little surprise, as this is a group that lacks a typical hierarchy - it has no leader, and equal rights among all members. Via social networks, it spreads its developments and findings, and...

MSI Claims World's First 27-inch All-in-One Gaming PC

MSI Claims World's First 27-inch All-in-One Gaming PC

Gaming PCs can come in all shapes and sizes, but I'm willing to bet that all-in-one isn't one of the first to come to mind. MSI would like to change that, and has built a great-looking model to help. It's called the "Wind Top AG2712", where the 27 represents the 27-inch display. With this machine, MSI claims the first gaming AIO at this size...

HTC M4 Rumored to Compete with Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Mini

HTC M4 Rumored to Compete with Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Mini

HTC has seen better days in terms of revenue and relevancy, but it would be a mistake to count the handset maker down and out in the mobile ring. Just ask Samsung, which feels so threatened by HTC that it reportedly resorted to hiring students to leave bad reviews for HTC devices, an underhanded tactic it has since apologized for. The HTC...

iPad 5 Spec Rumors Point To Thinner, Lighter More Powerful Apple Tablet

iPad 5 Spec Rumors Point To Thinner, Lighter More Powerful Apple Tablet

Apple surprised a lot of people when it unexpectedly launched a fourth generation iPad model at a press event largely focused on the iPad mini (and a few other product refreshes). However, the incremental upgrades -- faster processor, higher quality FaceTime camera, new Lightning connector -- add up to what could be considered an iPad 3S instead...

Foxconn Stumbles Again? 8 Million Faulty iPhones Returned By Apple

Foxconn Stumbles Again? 8 Million Faulty iPhones Returned By Apple

A Chinese language newspaper is reporting that Apple wasn't the least bit happy with the appearance and/or functionality of a recent batch of iPhone devices manufactured by Foxconn, and so it rejected the order. Based on a supposed conversation it had with several Foxconn insiders who asked not be named, China Business reports at least 5 million...

Facebook Home Ascends to 500,000 Downloads, Scores Low User Ratings

Facebook Home Ascends to 500,000 Downloads, Scores Low User Ratings

The good news for Mark Zuckerberg and company is that there appears to be a lot of interest for Facebook Home, the new Android launcher that puts the world's most popular social playground front and center on compatible devices. As first noted by Twitter user Benedict Evans, Facebook Home raced to 500,000 downloads from Google Play in its...

Western Digital Unveils WD Xe 3.5-inch SAS Legacy Datacenter Storage Drive Solution

Western Digital Unveils WD Xe 3.5-inch SAS Legacy Datacenter Storage Drive Solution

Western Digital announced a new solution for legacy datacenter storage with the WD Xe, which consists of a 2.5-inch SAs hard drive mounted in a 3.5-inch WD “performance adapter”. The package is designed to offer low power consumption coupled with high performance for datacenters that need a way to migrate from 3.5-inch drive based...

Volkswagen's iBeetle Is The First Car Designed For Integral iPhone Integration

Volkswagen's iBeetle Is The First Car Designed For Integral iPhone Integration

If there's one thing that the world at large is pushing for Apple to enter into, it's the television market. But long before those wishes became a reality, many were hoping that Apple would do for the automobile what it did for phones and MP3 players: reinvent the wheel, so to speak. There have been various reports over the years regarding...

Harman Kardon's Latest A/V Receivers Handle 4K Scaling And Apple AirPlay Streaming

Harman Kardon's Latest A/V Receivers Handle 4K Scaling And Apple AirPlay Streaming

It's not too often that Harman Kardon ends up on these pages, but the company's newest A/V receivers have a few tricks up their sleeves that'll appeal to more than just audiophiles. The Harman Kardon AVR 2700 and AVR 3700 look like your average receivers, but there's a module within that enables native 4K scaling as well as support for Apple's...

Microsoft's Bing Search Being Blocked By Browsers Over Bad Security Certificate

Microsoft's Bing Search Being Blocked By Browsers Over Bad Security Certificate

Poor Bing. Microsoft's search engine has been having quite the challenge in trying to inch closer to Google's marketshare, and incidents like this ongoing one do little to help. If you try to visit the secure version of Bing (using https:// instead of http://) right now, you'll be greeted to an error instead of the website. You can see an...

CBS Twitter Feed Hacked, “Syrian Electronic Army” Claims Responsibility

CBS Twitter Feed Hacked, “Syrian Electronic Army” Claims Responsibility

It's another day, so that means only one thing: another Twitter account hijack. This latest incident comes courtesy of the "Syrian Electronic Army", a group that actively hijacks websites and accounts of entities that produce Syrian-related news that it deems hostile or inaccurate. Not one, but two accounts have been affected; @60Minutes,...

Disney Plans A New Star Wars Movie Every Year, Starting in 2015

Disney Plans A New Star Wars Movie Every Year, Starting in 2015

Disney may be putting the infamous axe to LucasArts video games, but that doesn't mean the company doesn't have big plans for another segment of the mythical universe. A new report suggests that Disney is going to produce a new Star Wars movie each year starting in 2015... until the world tires of them, and thus, this plan fails to make money....

BOOM: Team Fortress 2, Oculus Rift, And An Omnidirectional Treadmill Equals Big Fun

BOOM: Team Fortress 2, Oculus Rift, And An Omnidirectional Treadmill Equals Big Fun

The concept of gaming accessories has been taken to a whole new level. We’ve covered the Oculus Rift before, and the virtual reality headset looks like an exciting evolution in the world of gaming, but other enterprising souls are looking to add VR to the lower portions of the body, as well. A company called Virtuix is developing the...

Survey Says: 19% of Consumers Would Buy an iWatch; Are You One of Them?

Survey Says: 19% of Consumers Would Buy an iWatch; Are You One of Them?

A few months ago, a technology website in China claimed to have heard from "supply chain sources" that Apple was working on a Bluetooth-enabled smart watch designed by Intel. Unofficially dubbed "iWatch" by the media, this could be Apple's next big push in the mobile market, but if so, will the Cupertino outfit attract enough buyers to make...

Bioshock Infinite Slingshots to Top Spot in U.S. Game Sales

Bioshock Infinite Slingshots to Top Spot in U.S. Game Sales

Game related spending declined yet again last month, falling 10 percent $992.5 billion, according to the latest data published by the NPD Group. However, that number doesn't tell the whole store. In fact, it may account for only half of what gamers actually spent on game related software, hardware, and accessories. How so? "When you consider...

Logitech G Accessories Now Support Mac OS X

Logitech G Accessories Now Support Mac OS X

Five years ago, gaming on a Mac was practically a joke. Very few titles were ever ported over prior to Apple's move to Intel chips, but it's clear that things have changed dramatically since Intel came into the picture. This week, Logitech announced that its new range of "G" accessories will support OS X. The new lineup, which includes six...

Jolidrive Adds Search To Cloud Services Hub

Jolidrive Adds Search To Cloud Services Hub

Remember Jolicloud? Sure you do! But, do you recall when it rolled out Jolidrive? If so, good news for you. The company has just announced Search for Jolidrive. The cloud-based storage locker now includes integrated, native search, helping users find music, photos, documents, videos in your online storages. Search can also help you find great...

SES Demos 4K (Ultra HD) Transmission In New, Highly Efficient Standard

SES Demos 4K (Ultra HD) Transmission In New, Highly Efficient Standard

4K, or "Ultra HD," as it's being called, is clearly the next major leap in high-def television. Select cinemas in major cities already use 4K projectors, and the visual difference over 1080p is stunning. But, how on Earth are we supposed to get that amount of resolution to millions of households across the globe using the existing data highways?...

Maxis Rolling Out SimCity Update April 22, Downtime Expected

Maxis Rolling Out SimCity Update April 22, Downtime Expected

Maxis is prepping the first "major" patch for SimCity, which is set to launch this coming Monday at around 1PM PST. While I'd argue that it's bizarre to issue a major update to a game in the middle of the day like this, this particular patch looks to be well worth it. In addition to a slew of bugs being fixed, the HUD has been improved for...

Amazon Offers Sneak Previews Of Upcoming Original TV Series To Select Viewers

Amazon Offers Sneak Previews Of Upcoming Original TV Series To Select Viewers

The future of television has nothing to do with the likes of Comcast, Time Warner Cable, or Dish Network. Slowly but surely, IPTV-based providers are disrupting the way new content is produced and distributed. Today, people feel the sting when a show comes on a cable channel that they aren't subscribed to. Soon, people will feel the sting...

‘BadNews’ Android Malware Affects Over 9 Million Downloads On Google Play

‘BadNews’ Android Malware Affects Over 9 Million Downloads On Google Play

There's been much talk about security on Android in recent months, and it seems likely that it's a subject we won't be dropping anytime soon. Recently, we discovered that Android is susceptible to simple email attachment attacks, and not long before that, Google detailed how it was keeping its Google Play store more secure with its App Scanning...

ASUS Launching ROG Branded PCI Express SSD in May

ASUS Launching ROG Branded PCI Express SSD in May

ASUS developing an SSD? Surprising, isn't it? Well it shouldn't be. After all, the company makes everything from notebooks to smartphones to motherboards to graphics cards to monitors to optical drives to keyboards and mice to routers to audio cards to... alright, I need to stop myself. Given ASUS' huge enthusiast focus, moving into the SSD...

IBM Misses the Mark in Q1, Declining Hardware Sales Largely to Blame

IBM Misses the Mark in Q1, Declining Hardware Sales Largely to Blame

IBM's net income in the first quarter of 2013 was $3 billion, a hefty sum though down slightly (1 percent) compared to the same quarter a year ago. Total revenues also took a hit, declining 5 percent (or 3 percent after adjusting for currency) year-over-year to $23.4 billion, while operating income managed to move in a positive direction,...

Blackstone Gets Cold Feet, Backs Out of Dell Bid

Blackstone Gets Cold Feet, Backs Out of Dell Bid

Spooked by a recent report that global computer shipments are down nearly 14 percent in what might be the worst contraction ever in the PC market, New York-based Blackwater Group LP has pulled out of the running in its pursuit of Dell. By stepping aside, Michael Dell and private equity partner Silver Lake are almost assured of taking over...

What's On Your Mind? University of Texas Researchers Testing Mind-Controlled Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

What's On Your Mind? University of Texas Researchers Testing Mind-Controlled Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Texas-Dallas, are developing mind control technology that will allow people with a variety of impairments to more easily interact with mobiles devices. The basic underlying technology at work is EEG-monitoring electrodes; a user wears a skull cap with a series of electrodes...

Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer Continues to Carve Up Yahoo! Offerings by 'Sharpening Focus'

Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer Continues to Carve Up Yahoo! Offerings by 'Sharpening Focus'

Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer is working hard on turning around the company’s fortunes, and in order to focus better on improved products and user experiences, she’s now put several of Yahoo!’s offering on the chopping block. Some will be missed; some you have perhaps never heard of. Upcoming, the “events & things to...

Google Glass Runs On Android, But Will It Get The Same Updates?

Google Glass Runs On Android, But Will It Get The Same Updates?

Google just started up the production line for the first Explorer Edition Glass headsets, but up until now, it remained a mystery as to what was powering everything. Was it a version of Chrome? A flavor of Android? Something else entirely? Wonder no more. The company's CEO (Larry Page) finally let the world know about the engine behind the...

Australians To Get 1Gbps Internet Link By End Of 2013

Australians To Get 1Gbps Internet Link By End Of 2013

You know, this is finally starting to feel like a trend. And it's certainly a trend we're happy to get behind. The trend of high(er)-speed Internet is seemingly sweeping the developed world, with fiber-based solutions and ISPs offering 1Gbps+ speeds becoming less of an exception compared to yesteryear. Now, even customers Down Under will soon...

Google Expands Options For Companies Looking To Buy Renewable Energy

Google Expands Options For Companies Looking To Buy Renewable Energy

In the midst of Google's Android growth, Chrome explosion, Chromebook entries and Fiber roll-outs, it's actually easy to forget that Google does other things as well. There's search, Glass, and energy. Yes, energy. Google has been dabbling in energy for some time now, which makes sense given the tremendous amount of power that it uses worldwide....

AMD Brings Back Graphics Chip Guru Who Left for Apple

AMD Brings Back Graphics Chip Guru Who Left for Apple

On Monday, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is expected to formally introduce Raja Koduri, 44, as Corporate Vice President of its Visual Computing division where he will report directly to Mark Papermaster, HotHardware has learned. This marks Koduri's second stint at AMD, who previously served as Director of Advanced Technology Development for...

Rare Sega Saturn "Pluto" Prototype Consoles Break Cover

Rare Sega Saturn "Pluto" Prototype Consoles Break Cover

If you're a Sega fan, prepare those salivary glands! In the span of a mere two days, the owners of the only two Pluto prototype consoles have come forward to show off their goods. With a name like Pluto, it should come as little surprise that these were prototypes of the then-upcoming Saturn console. In effect, that's exactly what they are,...

T-Mobile USA Selling HTC One Next Week: Starts At $100

T-Mobile USA Selling HTC One Next Week: Starts At $100

T-Mobile USA's Simple Choice plans are out in full effect, so you may be interested to know how a contract-free (but not prepaid) version of HTC's One will suit your wallet. The carrier has today announced the upcoming availability of the HTC One. It'll ship with support for LTE as well as 3G. The HTC One will be available online beginning...

Route 66 Motor Lodge Where Bill Gates and Paul Allen Started Microsoft Being Redeveloped

Route 66 Motor Lodge Where Bill Gates and Paul Allen Started Microsoft Being Redeveloped

When it comes to technology history, there are few names bigger than Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Paul Allen. In the early days, the latter two got together in a Route 66 motor lodge in order to work while launching Microsoft. The Albuquerque-based hotel has sat relatively dormant for years now, but as consumer technology begins to play a larger...

Making It Rain Z10s: BlackBerry Receives Largest Ever BB10 Corporate Order

Making It Rain Z10s: BlackBerry Receives Largest Ever BB10 Corporate Order

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has a massive amount of confidence in his company’s new BlackBerry 10 OS and associated devices, and now BlackBerry has a mass order for the devices to match. According to Bloomberg, the Canadian Tire Corp. has ordered 3,000 BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 handsets for its employees, which the company claims is the...

Razer Pledges to Honor Bogus 90% Off Coupon Codes

Razer Pledges to Honor Bogus 90% Off Coupon Codes

Some enterprising hacker decided to test out gaming accessory maker Razer’s UK Razerzone store shopping cart by dropping in a 90% off coupon code. Then, the coupon code went viral, and people started buying Razer gear at firesale prices. Once Razer finally discovered the code, it quickly removed the company but was left with a very expensive...

Google to Buy Provo's $39 Million Fiber Network for $1 for Google Fiber Expansion

Google to Buy Provo's $39 Million Fiber Network for $1 for Google Fiber Expansion

Earlier this week, Google suddenly and unexpectedly announced that it was planning to roll out Google Fiber service to Provo, Utah. The city has an existing (though older, and somewhat unfinished) fiber-optic network that Google can apparently just retrofit to suit Google Fiber, which is a much cheaper strategy than building a gigabit infrastructure...

HTC First With Facebook Home Review

HTC First With Facebook Home Review

For many users, smartphones are tools that are more about the software and user experience than the hardware. Of course, you still need adequate hardware and smooth performance to ensure a good experience, but beyond that, there are plenty of users who are attracted more to software and easy-to-use features than anything else. As the first...

What You Need to Know About Apple's Siri Data Retention

What You Need to Know About Apple's Siri Data Retention

You may want to think twice the next time you ask Siri a personal question, or even goof around with a question like, "Where can I hide a dead body?" What you may not realize is that every interaction is stored on Apple's servers for up to two years. That doesn't necessarily mean anything you ask will ever come back to haunt you in some way,...

Lian Li Announces Two New Brushed Aluminum Mini-ITX Chassis: PC-Q27 and PC-Q28

Lian Li Announces Two New Brushed Aluminum Mini-ITX Chassis: PC-Q27 and PC-Q28

Boutique builders like AVADirect, iBUYPOWER, and Maingear have introduced some killer Mini-ITX gaming systems this year, and Lian Li now has some sharp-looking new Mini-ITX cases for us DIYers. Starting in May, the popular PC chassis maker will be launching the fanless PC-Q27 and the fan-bearing PC-Q28, which has a larger footprint. Both cases...

Microsoft Reports Q3 Revenue, Keeps Windows 8 Sales a Mystery

Microsoft Reports Q3 Revenue, Keeps Windows 8 Sales a Mystery

Oh Microsoft, why must you be so coy? The Redmond software giant announced financial results for its fiscal third quarter, noting record revenue of $20.49 billion on operating income of $7.61 billion, net income of $6.06 billion, and diluted earnings per share of $0.72 per share, but once again opted to keep quiet regarding Windows 8 sales....

Amazon Buys Siri-Like Software, Ignites More Phone Rumors

Amazon Buys Siri-Like Software, Ignites More Phone Rumors

Given the success of Amazon's Kindle family of tablets, it almost seems inevitable that the e-tailer will eventually launch its own brand smartphone, though nothing has been announced. In place of a formal announcement are several rumors and speculation, the latest of which follows Amazon's reported acquisition of True Know knowledge, a British...

Apple Reportedly Halts Mac Component Orders, But Why?

Apple Reportedly Halts Mac Component Orders, But Why?

Well here's an interesting development. Apple is said to have stopped placing component orders for its Mac series of products, leaving upstream suppliers in limbo as to when the Cupertino company will decide to let them resume operations. If true, it raises a number of questions, the biggest one having to do with why the sudden shift in orders....

Sprint Spreads Its LTE Wings With 21 New Markets Getting Covered

Sprint Spreads Its LTE Wings With 21 New Markets Getting Covered

Sprint lost a lot (a lot!) of time in the 4G war by selecting WiMAX while everyone else waited for LTE to become the de facto choice of carriers. Now, the carrier's trying to right the ship, and it's slowly but surely introducing a swath of new LTE markets. This week, it introduced one of its largest chunks to date, as it looks to drop LTE...

Microsoft CFO Hints At Smaller, Windows 8-Based Product Coming

Microsoft CFO Hints At Smaller, Windows 8-Based Product Coming

Big is always better, but small is in. So, what's a company to do? Both! Microsoft has the big-screen tablet market covered, with a litany of Windows RT and Windows 8 slates (not to mention the Surface range). But if Apple and Google have proven one thing, it's that people appreciate choice, and in particular, the choice of smaller tablets....

Praying For Consoles: AMD Details 2013 Game Plan, Offers Updates on New APU Performance

Praying For Consoles: AMD Details 2013 Game Plan, Offers Updates on New APU Performance

AMD announced its earnings today, with figures that generally reflected to poor state of the entire PC industry. Normally, this is where I'd delve into those figures and run the numbers. Not this time. AMD's conference call and Q&A session were interesting enough that the company's Q1 performance can be dealt with relatively quickly. The...

Iron Man 3 Coming To Japan in 4DX Reality Theater

Iron Man 3 Coming To Japan in 4DX Reality Theater

Watching films in 3D is what you might call “neat” (if you can stomach the nausea and endure the headaches), but a theater in Nagoya, Japan has a 4DX theater that takes the immersive theater-going experience several steps further by incorporating fourth dimension effects such as strobe lights, seats that jostle and vibrate, fog...

New Lithium-ion Battery Technology Recharges 1000x Faster, Jumpstart Your Car

New Lithium-ion Battery Technology Recharges 1000x Faster, Jumpstart Your Car

In the world of consumer technology, innovation is moving ahead at a breakneck pace. But there's one area in particular that's struggling mightily: batteries. We just can't seem to keep up with power demands, and as newer and faster gizmos come out, it's requiring an awful lot of energy to keep them lit and online through all hours of the...

Truth, Stranger Than Fiction: Iceland's Anti-Incest App Cuts Back On Inbreds, Now on Google Play

Truth, Stranger Than Fiction: Iceland's Anti-Incest App Cuts Back On Inbreds, Now on Google Play

Iceland has a problem that people in most countries don’t really have to worry about: Inbreeding. The tiny nation is home to just 320,000 people, which puts it right between the Kalamazoo/Portage, MI and South Bend/Mishawaka, IN metro areas in terms of population. Imagine if your choices for life partners were limited to the South Bend...

Archos Rolls Out Line of Affordable Unlocked Android Smartphones

Archos Rolls Out Line of Affordable Unlocked Android Smartphones

Archos, long known for its many (mostly Android) tablets, announced today that it’s getting into the smartphone game, too, starting with a line of Android handsets that are designed to offer a nice balance of features and affordability. Specifically, Archos is eyeing the unlocked smartphone market, where the lack of subsidization from...

Lenovo’s IdeaCentre Horizon 27-Inch Table PC Now Up For Pre-Order

Lenovo’s IdeaCentre Horizon 27-Inch Table PC Now Up For Pre-Order

Initially showcased at CES, Lenovo's about to make "family time" a lot more fun with the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC. Be careful not to confuse this with a "tablet." There's just one letter missing from the end, but it makes a huge (literally) difference. This giant, family-centric PC is now available for pre-order in the U.S., doubling as...

Yahoo Launches New Weather and Mail Apps for Android and iOS

Yahoo Launches New Weather and Mail Apps for Android and iOS

Yahoo! is hard at work on its turnaround under CEO Marissa Mayer’s direction. Lately, Yahoo! news has focused on housekeeping decisions, like her call to bring remote workers back to the office, but today we’re seeing some new products – namely, Yahoo! Mail apps for tablets and the Yahoo! Weather App for iOS phones. The Yahoo!...

Twitter's #music Service Launches Today, Includes Separate iPhone App

Twitter's #music Service Launches Today, Includes Separate iPhone App

In retrospect, it was only a matter of time until Twitter created a music service based on trends and engagement, and Twitter #music looks to be a service that suits the social platform quite well. The service officially launches today--the site is now love--and is also available as a separate iPhone app. The idea behind Twitter #music is...

Samsung Website Code Points to Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Samsung Website Code Points to Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Most people assume that a smaller version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be coming along shortly, but until now all we’ve really had to go on is some leaked photos and specs and the rumor mill. However, Techtastic spotted a tell-tale snippet of user agent code on Samsung’s website that further points to the Galaxy S4 Mini becoming...

Bethesda Finished Producing DLC for Skyrim, Teases Next Game

Bethesda Finished Producing DLC for Skyrim, Teases Next Game

Sorry Skyrim fans, but Bethesda is moving on. The game developer announced earlier this week that it would no longer release new content for the popular RPG (long live user mods), as it's been doing for the past year and a half, limiting work on Skyrim to "minor updates" as they're needed. Fans of the game took the news with a heavy heart,...

Possible First Glimpse of Apple's Lower Cost Polycarbonate iPhone

Possible First Glimpse of Apple's Lower Cost Polycarbonate iPhone

Color us a shade of skeptical, but for what it's worth, a case manufacturer claims to have gotten its hands on a photo of Apple's super secret plastic iPhone. The lower cost iPhone has been through the rumor mill several times and it's been suggested the budget phone will be made of polycarbonate plastic instead of metal and glass, the latter...

Nokia's 5.6 Million Lumia Sales Helped Trim Losses

Nokia's 5.6 Million Lumia Sales Helped Trim Losses

Nokia shipped 5.6 million Lumia smartphones in the first quarter of 2013, up 27 percent compared to the previous quarter and reflective of "increasing momentum," the Finnish phone maker said. Its overall smart device shipments totaled 6.1 million units, a point that underscores how heavily invested Nokia is in Microsoft's Windows Phone platform....

Verizon Posts First Quarter Revenue, Off to an "Excellent Start," Chief Says

Verizon Posts First Quarter Revenue, Off to an "Excellent Start," Chief Says

Verizon was anything but bashful in revealing its first quarter financial numbers for 2013. Company chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam said, "Verizon is off to an excellent start in 2013," and that's hard to dispute when looking at a 15.3 percent year-over-year increase in earnings per share and a 4.2 percent jump in total operating revenues....

By Prescription Only:  Google Will Brick Glasses If You Loan Them Out

By Prescription Only: Google Will Brick Glasses If You Loan Them Out

Earlier this week, Google released spec sheets for its augmented reality Google Glass spectacles and updated its developer contracts to emphasize that no third party advertising is permitted. Today, apparently, the other shoe drops. The company's Terms of Service state that Google Glass users are not allowed to loan, transfer, or give the...

Arris Finally Seals Deal To Acquire Motorola Home Unit From Google

Arris Finally Seals Deal To Acquire Motorola Home Unit From Google

And just like that, it's a wrap. Motorola's parts weren't all suitable to Google's future needs, but it was clearly an all-or-nothing ordeal back when the purchase went down. Now, Arris is taking Motorola Home's cable and internet businesses away from Google, and it's likely a win-win. The company this week announced that it completed its...

Pocket Update Makes It Even Easier To Share Saved Articles With Friends

Pocket Update Makes It Even Easier To Share Saved Articles With Friends

If you're an avid user of apps, and an avid reader of the Internet, you've probably heard of Pocket. Or, perhaps, you're a user. A year ago, the company changed its name (and purpose) from Read It Later, and this week it's taking another major step in evolving the user experience. As of now, Pocket saves over 35 million items per month, and...

Google Fiber Could Be Coming Soon to Provo, Utah

Google Fiber Could Be Coming Soon to Provo, Utah

Google announced that the next lucky locale to get Google Fiber service will be Provo, Utah. Instead of starting from scratch and building the infrastructure, the company is in the process of purchasing iProvo, which is a pre-existing fiber-optic network, from the city of Provo. That network, however, is over a decade old, so Google will have...

Valve Rolls Out Sixth Set of Steam Greenlight Game and Software Titles

Valve Rolls Out Sixth Set of Steam Greenlight Game and Software Titles

Ever since Steam Greenlight debuted last year, the community has had a hand in deciding which titles Valve releases on Steam. The latest batch of titles will be available soon, and the list includes two software applications and eighteen games. In total, 90 titles have made it through Steam Greenlight. Both of the software applications are...

Chrome OS and Windows RT Only Nibbling at Market Share Currently

Chrome OS and Windows RT Only Nibbling at Market Share Currently

Since their respective launches, it's been oft-speculated that neither Chrome OS or Windows RT have fared too well in the market, and with an updated report from NetMarketShare, we can now add some substance to that. Net Applications, which monitors a number of large websites for usage statistics and then publishes the results through NetMarketShare,...

Samsung’s Galaxy Ace 3  Specs Revealed in GLBenchmark Test Results, 1GHz Dual-Core and Jelly Bean

Samsung’s Galaxy Ace 3 Specs Revealed in GLBenchmark Test Results, 1GHz Dual-Core and Jelly Bean

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S4 may be Android's current hotness, but what about those who don't need something so high-end, nor want to go too low-end? For those, there's Samsung's Galaxy Ace 3, a phone all-but-confirmed thanks to a leak by - surprise, an online benchmark (GLBenchmark). According to the specs acquired through the benchmark,...

Amazon Expands Appstore To Nearly 200 Countries, Welcomes Developers To Distribution Portal

Amazon Expands Appstore To Nearly 200 Countries, Welcomes Developers To Distribution Portal

Amazon’s Appstore is sort of the “other” Android app store (after the Google Play store) but the former is expanding broadly. The store will launch internationally this summer, thus making the Appstore available to about 200 new countries, including the usual suspects (Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, India, etc.) as well...

Microsoft To Offer Two-Step Security For Online Accounts In Coming Days

Microsoft To Offer Two-Step Security For Online Accounts In Coming Days

Extra security is always nice, isn't it? Particularly in a world where cyber attacks are becoming all the more common. These days, it feels like every major cloud service provider is either offering a two-factor authentication protocol, or planning to. Following the likes of Google and Apple, Microsoft is now rolling two-step login procedures...

Intel Earnings Call Details $200 Windows 8 Touch Devices Based on Bay Trail Atom

Intel Earnings Call Details $200 Windows 8 Touch Devices Based on Bay Trail Atom

Intel’s Paul Otellini is on his way out as CEO, but before he steps down a month from now, he dropped some news about what Intel is planning to roll out in the near future during an earnings call with investors. Specifically, he said that soon, consumers might be seeing touch-enabled Intel-based notebooks running Windows 8 for as low...

Microsoft and Foxconn Sign Massive Android Patent Deal

Microsoft and Foxconn Sign Massive Android Patent Deal

Foxconn's parent company Hon Hai has just joined the stable of other companies that have had to sign a patent deal with Microsoft in order to produce and sell Android-based smartphones. Despite the Android OS being a Google product, Microsoft has long convinced those who produce Android devices to pay royalties, as it believes that Google...

Toshiba's KIRABook Sports 13-inch 221 ppi Touch Screen, 256GB SSD, Core i7, and Windows 8

Toshiba's KIRABook Sports 13-inch 221 ppi Touch Screen, 256GB SSD, Core i7, and Windows 8

Someone over at Toshiba’s PR department is likely getting a stern talking-to right about now; Toshiba posted a press release concerning its new high-end KIRAbook a day early. The release was dated for tomorrow, and now it appears as though they’ve pulled it down. However, Engadget snagged the full text of the release. In it, Toshiba...

Samsung Confirms Seven U.S. Carriers Will Offer Quad Core Galaxy S4 in April

Samsung Confirms Seven U.S. Carriers Will Offer Quad Core Galaxy S4 in April

Lest anyone forget Samsung's Galaxy S4 is lingering just around the corner, the South Korean handset maker issued a couple of pertinent announcements today, the first of which confirms where you'll be able to purchase the device. Samsung said the Galaxy S4 will be "widely available" at seven U.S. carriers and seven retailers this month, including...

Embracing Windows 8 With A New PC System Build

Embracing Windows 8 With A New PC System Build

One of the perks of working at a place like HotHardware is that we have access to some of the hottest computer components hardware around. So when I decided to dive into Windows 8 head-first a few months ago, I thought I’d give the OS as much breathing room as possible and install it on a freshly built, ultra high-end rig. Building myself...

Component Suppliers Expect First Gen iPad Mini Demand to Fall Off a Cliff

Component Suppliers Expect First Gen iPad Mini Demand to Fall Off a Cliff

If you don't count refurbished models and the occasional sale price, the iPad mini is the least expensive iPad around, as Apple likes to point out. That's made the 7.85-inch tablet a popular option among users who crave the look and feel of an Apple device without paying the full premium that comes with owning an Apple product, though demand...

Google's Gmail, Drive, and Docs Services Down for Some

Google's Gmail, Drive, and Docs Services Down for Some

Having trouble sending or receiving email on your Gmail account today? Don't bother tinkering with your account settings, the problem probably isn't on your end, not unless your issues manifested immediately following any changes you might have made. Otherwise, point the finger at Google, which has acknowledged that some of its online services...

Facebook Wants to Charge $1 Million for Video Ads

Facebook Wants to Charge $1 Million for Video Ads

There was a scene in The Social Network in which actors portraying Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, and Sean Parker were discussing how to monetize Facebook. The talk inevitably turned to ads, something Zuckerberg supposedly was adamant against implementing at the risk of Facebook losing it's cool factor. And then came the famous line delivered...

Samsung Galaxy S4 Available to Pre-order at Walmart for $168

Samsung Galaxy S4 Available to Pre-order at Walmart for $168

Walmart just undercut the competition by announcing that Samsung's Galaxy S4 is available to pre-order in more than 3,500 retail locations nationwide and online starting at $168 with a two-year service agreement from AT&T. Barring any special promotions, that's 16 percent cheaper than the standard $200 subsidized price most other wireless...

Western Digital Intros SmartWare Pro Backup Software With Dropbox Integration

Western Digital Intros SmartWare Pro Backup Software With Dropbox Integration

In a way, it's a wonder that Dropbox is still an independent company. But as long as it is, it might as well bulk up on partnerships. Western Digital is the latest friend, with WD SmartWare Pro launching with Dropbox integration. It's a new software tool that enables users to back up files to any USB external HDD or to the cloud using their...

Google Glass Shipments Begin: Here's A Go Kart Video From An Early Adopter

Google Glass Shipments Begin: Here's A Go Kart Video From An Early Adopter

Guess what? No sooner than Google announced that Glass Explorer Edition headsets were in production, it appears that select users have received a set. And this offers up the first glimpse into a world dominated by wearable technology. The $1500 package includes the Glass headset, a micro-USB cable + charger, a pouch and attachable shades....

Intel Profits Plummet 25%, Company Remains Committed To New Fab Ramps, 10nm Node

Intel Profits Plummet 25%, Company Remains Committed To New Fab Ramps, 10nm Node

It's been obvious for weeks that Intel's earnings call this afternoon wasn't going to have much good news in it. With total PC shipments falling 13% quarter-on-quarter -- the worst decline in nearly 20 years -- there was no way Intel would escape being hit by that drop. Today, Santa Clara reported that its Q1 profits fell 25%, to $2B, down...

New SimCity DLC Brought To You By Crest Toothpaste

New SimCity DLC Brought To You By Crest Toothpaste

When it comes to creative advertising potential, it's hard to beat a game like SimCity. In most titles, the idea of in-game advertising makes little sense. Sarah Kerrigan doesn't shop at Victoria's Secret, Booker DeWitt is an unlikely fan of Coca-Cola, and the post-apocalyptic setting of Metro 2033 isn't exactly prime McDonald's turf. But...

How People Used Technology to Help During the Boston Marathon Bombings

How People Used Technology to Help During the Boston Marathon Bombings

Yesterday’s terror in Boston was an awful reminder that we aren’t as safe as we thought. Someone managed to plant at least two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and reports indicate that among the dozens injured, three were killed, including an 8-year-old boy. (I personally had friends--parents of two young children--who...

Netflix Backing HTML5, But Not Without DRM In Place

Netflix Backing HTML5, But Not Without DRM In Place

There's little doubt that HTML5 is going to have a huge impact on our Web-surfing, as it's far more capable than previous standards to the point where entire plugins can be replaced. Plugins such as Flash, Silverlight and perhaps even the ever-vulnerable Java. While the Web remains rich with Flash-based content, whether it be video, games,...

HTC First with Facebook Home Hands-On Video

HTC First with Facebook Home Hands-On Video

The HTC First went on sale this past Friday, to coincide with the availability of Facebook Home, the social networking giant’s launcher that puts Facebook content front and center on some Android devices. We’re hard at work cranking out our full review of the HTC First, but while that’s being worked on, we thought some...

ASUS Ships Taichi 31 Windows 8 Ultrabook with Dual 13-Inch Displays

ASUS Ships Taichi 31 Windows 8 Ultrabook with Dual 13-Inch Displays

One of the companies I like keeping an eye on at any given major conference is ASUS. Without fail, the company always seems to manage to show-off products that both get people talking, and have some serious questionability about their potential success. At CES this past January, one such product touted was the company's "Taichi", an Ultrabook...

Gleeful 90-Year-Old Grandmother Reacts to Oculus Rift on Video

Gleeful 90-Year-Old Grandmother Reacts to Oculus Rift on Video

As a technology journalist, I'll be the first to admit it's easy to be cynical in this business. Developers often promise the moon and stars when touting new products, only to fall well short of delivering the goods (Duke Nukem Forever, if you need an example). At the same time, we inevitably take technology for granted, nitpicking devices...

Facebook Home Elements Arrive On iPad And iPhone

Facebook Home Elements Arrive On iPad And iPhone

Facebook Home has been out and about for select Android phones since April 12th, and while the whole Home experience is not likely to ever arrive on iOS due to the restrictions of the OS, Facebook is doing its best to bring as much of Home as it can to iPhone and iPad. The new iOS app update, which is being pushed today for iPad, iPod touch...

HP to Embed Leap Motion Controller Into Select PCs

HP to Embed Leap Motion Controller Into Select PCs

Leap Motion is hustling; after securing a bundling deal with ASUS and announcing the availability of its standalone gesture controller later this spring, the company announced that its technology will be embedded into select HP computers. This summer, HP will offer the same sort of bundling deal that ASUS offers, where the Leap Motion controller...

Will Apple Loosen its Grip on iOS and Allow Facebook Home?

Will Apple Loosen its Grip on iOS and Allow Facebook Home?

It’s too early to tell if Facebook Home is going to be a success or not; it’s only available on a few devices, and it’s only been out for a few days. However, Facebook Home is really designed as an aggressive product, aimed at securing hearts and minds in the mobile market (which should be a fascinating development to watch)....

All Signs Point to HTC One Arriving at T-Mobile on April 24

All Signs Point to HTC One Arriving at T-Mobile on April 24

Android users in need of a high-end smartphone upgrade have a tough choice ahead of them. There's Samsung's Galaxy S4, which will be available on AT&T starting April 30 and at T-Mobile on May 1, and the HTC One, another promising handheld from a company that badly needs a win. Here's what we know about the HTC One's release dates. You...

Google Could Sell 8 Million Second Generation Nexus 7 Tablets in 2013

Google Could Sell 8 Million Second Generation Nexus 7 Tablets in 2013

If you've been shopping a 7-inch tablet, there's a good chance Google's Nexus 7 is high on your list, or at least on your radar. As it should be, the Nexus 7 is still arguably the best 7-inch slate on the market nine months after launch, though if you've put off making the plunge for this long, you might want to wait just a little bit longer....

Snapchat Users Send 150 Million Self-Destructing Images Daily

Snapchat Users Send 150 Million Self-Destructing Images Daily

Mobile users have responded positively to the idea of taking, sending, and receiving photos and videos that are viewable for a short period of time before they're gone forever. Such is the idea behind Snapchat, a mobile app for iPhone and Android users that touts being able to "share a moment" up to 10 times faster than MMS. It's become such...

If Apple Builds a Low Cost iPhone, How Many Will It Sell?

If Apple Builds a Low Cost iPhone, How Many Will It Sell?

It's been rumored on more than one occasion that Apple is going to release a lower cost iPhone model made of polycarbonate plastic in place of metal and glass. The simple reason Apple might even consider breaking its own status quo (and for the record, Apple denies that it is) is because Android holds the lion's share of the mobile market....

Kobo Shipping 6.8" Aura HD Limited-Edition eReader

Kobo Shipping 6.8" Aura HD Limited-Edition eReader

While the e-reader market isn't exactly exploding in the way smartphones are, there are still plenty to go around -- and plenty of demand to be filled. Kobo seems to be doing just fine keeping up with Amazon's Kindle line and B&N's Nook range, and today it's introducing a limited-run unit to please those looking for something a bit more...

Google Glass Explorer Edition Shipping Soon, In Production Now

Google Glass Explorer Edition Shipping Soon, In Production Now

Guess what? Google Glass is about to get very, very real. Since being introduced last year, Glass has seen a steady climb in recognizability. From the tech-savvy to the mainstream, wearable computing is slipping into just about every pore possible these days. Couple that with talk over smartwatches from Apple and Microsoft, and it's becoming...

Forget Passwords, Authentication via Brainwaves On The Horizon

Forget Passwords, Authentication via Brainwaves On The Horizon

Imagine a world without passwords. Scary, right? There's no doubt that passwords are an integral part of computing, because they allow us the easiest form of security when accessing our online accounts. But, as has been evidenced time and time again, passwords are far from bulletproof, especially if you generally don't care about them...

YouTube Goes Nostalgic to Celebrate 57th Anniversary of VHS

YouTube Goes Nostalgic to Celebrate 57th Anniversary of VHS

In honor of the 57th anniversary of the invention of the first commercial video cassette recorder, YouTube added a “VHS mode” button on some of its videos that makes the clip that you’re watching appear to be VHS cassette playback. The feature includes adding black and white fuzz at the beginning of the clip, distortion at...

Facebook Partners with Attorneys General on Teen Online Safety Program

Facebook Partners with Attorneys General on Teen Online Safety Program

In recent years, parents of teenagers have had to add digital safety to the long list of potential dangers keeping them awake at night. From stolen identities to cyberbullying, the online world can be a very dangerous one. To help equip parents and their kids to better navigate that world safely, the National Association of Attorneys General...

Google’s Eric Schmidt Wants Regulations for Civilian Drone Technology

Google’s Eric Schmidt Wants Regulations for Civilian Drone Technology

We don’t talk much about drones around here, but it’s certainly worth mentioning when Google chairman Eric Schmidt takes on the topic. In an interview with the Guardian (which was picked up by the BBC), Schmidt spoke about the need for regulation regarding civilian drone technology. "How would you feel if your neighbor went over...

EA Killing Off Sims Social, SimCity Social, and Pet Society Facebook Games

EA Killing Off Sims Social, SimCity Social, and Pet Society Facebook Games

At this point, after its CEO resigned in the aftermath of a launch fiasco, a couple of rounds of worker layoffs, and being voted “Worst Company in America”, Electronic Arts is probably in “screw it” mode. To that effect, the company announced that it’s killing off a trio of its Facebook games. The Sims Social,...

Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch Review: Affordable, Touch-Enabled

Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch Review: Affordable, Touch-Enabled

The awkward days of Window 8 laptops without touchscreens aren’t behind us just yet, but the end is in sight. It’s easy enough to resist touching the Start screen on a desktop PC, but when a laptop display is inches from your fingers, if you're anything like us, your instinct is to reach out and touch it. Thankfully, affordable...

Dish Network Chases Sprint Merger with $25.5 Billion Bid

Dish Network Chases Sprint Merger with $25.5 Billion Bid

It was rumored that Dish Network is interested in merging with T-Mobile, but only if a deal with Sprint can't be consummated. Sprint is the first choice, and towards that end, the satellite TV provider is offering the wireless carrier $25.5 billion in a buyout offer. The deal would include $17.3 billion in cash and $8.2 billion in stock, which...

Microsoft Is Working On a Touch-Enabled Smartwatch, Too

Microsoft Is Working On a Touch-Enabled Smartwatch, Too

Whatever is old, is suddenly new again. There's a reason people say that history truly does repeat itself, and here's another example of that happening. Years back, tablets were introduced with various versions of Windows on them. For a variety of reasons (battery life, weight, mobility, terrible touch panels, etc.), those never took off....

Programmer Creates AI Algorithms That Can Play NES Games

Programmer Creates AI Algorithms That Can Play NES Games

Ah, things used to be so simple. Back in the day, beating the NES version of Super Mario Brothers could almost be done in one's sleep. Wait, what? As it turns out, the game that stumped far too many children in the days of yesteryear is painfully easy to beat. The trick, however, is to not be human. Obviously, humans pay attention to certain...

You Can Own the World's Most Expensive iPhone for $15.3 Million

You Can Own the World's Most Expensive iPhone for $15.3 Million

There are luxury phones, like Vertu's $10,000 Android device, and then there's the world's most expensive iPhone device, an iPhone 5 reconstructed with expensive jewels and gold. The centerpiece of the lavish iPhone is a rare and flawless 26-carat black diamond inlaid where the Home button used to be. The black diamond alone is worth in the...

AOC's 29-inch Q2963PM Monitor Wields an UltraWide Load

AOC's 29-inch Q2963PM Monitor Wields an UltraWide Load

Here's a friendly reminder that today is the last day to file your individual tax returns (Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) unless you're requesting an extension, in which case you still have six more months. Either way, if you're looking to splurge on a display with your anticipated tax refund, AOC hopes you'll be tempted by its new Q2963PM monitor...

Foxconn Goes on Hiring Spree Ahead of New iPhone Models

Foxconn Goes on Hiring Spree Ahead of New iPhone Models

After a freeze in hiring was instituted in February, Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision) has reportedly begun expanding its workforce at a factory in Zhengzhou, China. It's believed Foxconn is bringing in new employees to fulfill the inevitable demand for Apple's next iPhone, rumors of which have been swirling for several months now. Citing a "person...

BlackBerry Blasts "False and Misleading" Z10 Return Rate Reports

BlackBerry Blasts "False and Misleading" Z10 Return Rate Reports

It was easy to kick BlackBerry when it was down, but now that it's risen from the ashes of Research In Motion (RIM) with a new name, a new flagship phone, and a new outlook on its mobile life, the spunky Canadian company is showing that it isn't afraid to engage in some verbal fisticuffs when necessary. Now apparently is one of those times....

Windows 8.1 Could Allow Users To Boot Direct To Desktop

Windows 8.1 Could Allow Users To Boot Direct To Desktop

If there's one thing that'll always get people riled up, it's change. Maybe it's a different season, a different color, or a different coach. If it's changing, you'll get opinions thrown your way that you never even asked for. That's certainly been the case with Windows 8, as Microsoft has changed quite a lot about its desktop OS, and in turn...

Netbooks To Meet Their Complete Demise By 2015

Netbooks To Meet Their Complete Demise By 2015

Are netbooks still around? After being here, there, and everywhere during the period between 2008 and 2010, the mini-notebooks seemed to die off in shockingly quick fashion. While the concept of a low-cost, highly mobile machine was interesting in a world where tablets and high-powered smartphones were just novelties, a lot has changed. People...

Zuckerberg Evangelizes Facebook Home In New Video Ad, Actually Entertaining

Zuckerberg Evangelizes Facebook Home In New Video Ad, Actually Entertaining

Facebook Home is now available on select handsets and is preloaded on the HTC First (available from AT&T), and Facebook is running a series of ads promoting the deep integration app launcher UI skin...thing. The latest ad shows Mark Zuckerberg giving his team a (surprisingly boring) “Atta boy, you did it” speech at Facebook...

Apple Could Strike Deals This Week with Universal Music and Warner Music for iRadio Streaming Music Service

Apple Could Strike Deals This Week with Universal Music and Warner Music for iRadio Streaming Music Service

Despite the huge success of iTunes as a distribution model for music, Apple is certainly feeling the heat from several streaming music services, most notably Pandora and Spotify. The Cupertino company is widely rumored to be developing a similar music service of its own, and according to the Verge’s “multiple sources”, deals...

Xbox Live Outage Underscores Why Gamers Fear Always-On Consoles

Xbox Live Outage Underscores Why Gamers Fear Always-On Consoles

Some Xbox 360 gamers who tried to sign into Xbox Live over the weekend may have run into difficulties doing so. That's because the service was down for a period of time, and it couldn't have come at a worse time for a couple of reasons, especially for Call of Duty: Black Ops II players. Activision's been awarding double XP to Black Ops II...

Rockmelt Ceasing Distribution Of Social Browser; Going Web-Based Instead

Rockmelt Ceasing Distribution Of Social Browser; Going Web-Based Instead

Rockmelt. Ever heard of it? If you were paying attention a couple of years ago, that name may sound familiar, but otherwise -- the answer is likely "no." The company stormed onto the scene with an attempt to launch a Web browser that focused first on social. And it promptly went nowhere. Now, the company is updating us all on the Rockmelt...

Seiki Brings 50" 4K HDTV To Market With Low $1300 Price Tag

Seiki Brings 50" 4K HDTV To Market With Low $1300 Price Tag

3D HDTVs never really went anywhere, and most folks outside of the marketing world would probably tell you that they aren't surprised. But the next major leap in television technology may be on the verge of hitting the mainstream: 4K. While 4K projectors have been around for years and have already infiltrated many cinemas, few consumer-level...

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Mob of The Dead Trailer Teases Zombie Frag Fest in Alcatraz

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Mob of The Dead Trailer Teases Zombie Frag Fest in Alcatraz

Let's face it: if there's one aspect of gaming that's a bit lacking, it's zombies. To help remedy this obvious void, Call of Duty: Black Ops II developer Treyarch is packing-in a zombie-filled story mode in its upcoming DLC, dubbed "Uprising". If you're already familiar with the base game (which we reviewed at launch), then you're no doubt...

Large Scale Botnet Brute Force Attack Targets WordPress Sites, Over 90K Servers Affected

Large Scale Botnet Brute Force Attack Targets WordPress Sites, Over 90K Servers Affected

Own a website that runs on WordPress? You'll want to pay attention to this story. Since last week, there's been an ongoing brute-force attack that's targeted stand-alone WordPress installations. Like most login prompts, WordPress' will lock you out for some time after putting in an incorrect password a certain number of times, but there's...

Remembering Road Rash, Road Redemption Kickstarts For Classic Motorcycle Arcade Combat

Remembering Road Rash, Road Redemption Kickstarts For Classic Motorcycle Arcade Combat

Remember Road Rash, the game where you zipped around on a motorcycle and fought other riders with kicks, punches, bats, chains, and the like? A gang of industry veterans formed DarkSeas Games and is developing a reboot of that sort of title with a game called “Road Redemption”. They say that a Road Rash-type game hasn’t existed...

Facebook Home Now Available For Flagship HTC And Samsung Galaxy Devices

Facebook Home Now Available For Flagship HTC And Samsung Galaxy Devices

While the first "Facebook phone" is HTC's First, those with select Android devices already can now take advantage of most of the same features. For Facebook loyalists and power users who own an HTC One X, One X+, One, Samsung Galaxy S III, S 4, or Note II -- you can now find the updated Facebook Home application in the Google Play Store. It's...

Action RPG Dark Souls Sells 2.3 Million Copies, What You’re Missing Out On

Action RPG Dark Souls Sells 2.3 Million Copies, What You’re Missing Out On

There's still a large audience for games with a high level of difficulty. Such would explain why Dark Souls, the spiritual successor to Demon's Souls and one heck of a tough game, has sold 2.36 million copies to date, according to data released by developer From Entertainment. The includes 375,000 sales in Japan on the PlayStation 3 console....

New Google ‘Inactive Account Manager’ Lets You Create a Digital Will, Of Sorts

New Google ‘Inactive Account Manager’ Lets You Create a Digital Will, Of Sorts

In the aftermath of a death, one of the unfortunate realities is that the departed leaves behind financial accounts, property, documents, and so on, and that person’s heirs or loved ones are left to sort through it all. It can be messy, difficult, and sometimes painful, and the advent of digital accounts with services such as Google...

T-Mobile Stoked with First Day iPhone 5 Sales, Now Eyes Dish Network Deal

T-Mobile Stoked with First Day iPhone 5 Sales, Now Eyes Dish Network Deal

It's been a long and often times tumultuous road to the iPhone for T-Mobile, the fourth largest carrier in the U.S. that was nearly absorbed by AT&T a little over a year ago. T-Mobile yesterday starting selling iPhone 5 devices, and in doing so, it became the last of the major wireless carriers to offer Apple's smartphone. Was it a success?...

US Cellular Gets ZTE Director: An Android Smartphone At $200 Off-Contract

US Cellular Gets ZTE Director: An Android Smartphone At $200 Off-Contract

It's not too often you hear of a ZTE-built phone destined for American shores, but that's what is happening with the introduction of the ZTE Director. The smartphone will be hitting U.S. Cellular soon, running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and boasting a 1GHz processor, 3.5" touch panel, 4GB of built-in storage, an expandable memory card...

Nintendo Shutting Down Many Wii Online Services

Nintendo Shutting Down Many Wii Online Services

Sad times ahead for Wii users who aren't planning on upgrading to a Wii U. While the Wii managed to gain Amazon Instant Video streaming capabilities after the Wii U was announced, it now looks as if things are sliding downhill from here on out. As consoles (and software / hardware of any description, really) begins to age, OEMs traditionally...

Samsung Galaxy S4 Coming To AT&T First, 4GB RAM, Up to 2.5X Faster Than GS3

Samsung Galaxy S4 Coming To AT&T First, 4GB RAM, Up to 2.5X Faster Than GS3

We can finally put an end date on the long wait for the Samsung Galaxy S4. According to a trusted source, the much-hyped handset will first land at AT&T on April 26th, and we’re told that it will boast up to 2.5 times the performance of its predecessor, the Galaxy S3, at least in certain benchmarks.  AnTuTu was noted as the...

Cheaper, Plastic iPhone to Debut This Summer Alongside iPhone 5S, Says Analyst

Cheaper, Plastic iPhone to Debut This Summer Alongside iPhone 5S, Says Analyst

We’ve heard rumors already that Apple will debut a less expensive iPhone this summer, but today another analyst chimed in with another spin of the rumor mill and further details. According to Topeka Capital Brian White (via SFGate), who has been chatting up supply chain sources on a visit to China, the cheaper iPhone is indeed coming....

Is Google Looking To Build a Star Trek Computer?

Is Google Looking To Build a Star Trek Computer?

It’s undeniable that in the nearly 15 years since Google became a Real Thing and unleashed search engine greatness on the world, search has evolved. Google has done a solid job of “understanding” search queries these days, to the point where we no longer have to fuss with things like correct spelling or Boolean variables....

Verizon Wireless Eliminates Early Upgrade Eligibility, Must Wait Full 24 Months

Verizon Wireless Eliminates Early Upgrade Eligibility, Must Wait Full 24 Months

We're not trying to pick on Verizon Wireless today (really, we're not), but we can't help it if the wireless carrier insists on putting targets on its back. The latest bit of news from Big Red is that it's getting rid of early upgrade eligibility and requiring that its subscribers ride out the entire length of their contracts before getting...

DARPA Developing Navigation Chip That Doesn't Use GPS Technology

DARPA Developing Navigation Chip That Doesn't Use GPS Technology

GPS is a powerful navigational tool that’s changed the way we travel, but it’s not without its shortcomings. The simple chip-to-satellite communication can be disrupted far too easily, for example, such as when a user goes through a tunnel or if there’s simple interference nearby. Being that GPS was originally developed for...

IBM Says Flash Memory Total Cost Less Than Hard Drives for the Data Center

IBM Says Flash Memory Total Cost Less Than Hard Drives for the Data Center

Desktops and data centers are two very different beasts, and what's true of one might not be true of the other. For example, even though solid state drive (SSD) pricing has fallen dramatically in past year, it's still cheaper to equip a desktop or laptop system with a mechanical hard disk drive (HDD). The same isn't necessarily true when it...

Lines Sighted at T-Mobile Retail Stores For $99 iPhone 5

Lines Sighted at T-Mobile Retail Stores For $99 iPhone 5

No need to adjust your PC monitor or tablet display (or whatever you're viewing this one), the picture you see below is indeed a T-Mobile store, and yes, that's a line extending out and wrapping around the building. That's quite the unusual sight, though there are reports of lines forming at several T-Mobile retail stores today. The reason,...

Microsoft Telling Users to Uninstall Faulty Security Update

Microsoft Telling Users to Uninstall Faulty Security Update

It's usually a good idea to install Windows updates as they become available every Patch Tuesday so you can stay one step ahead of the bad guys. Unfortunately, things can wrong every once in awhile, as they did with the most recent batch of updates. After installing the patches, some users complained of system instabilities and blue screen...

Verizon's No-Contract Plans Miss the Mark

Verizon's No-Contract Plans Miss the Mark

Verizon Wireless rolled out a couple of new basic pre-paid plans for chatter bugs on a budget, and included in both tiers is unlimited data. The first is a $35 plan that buys you 500 monthly minutes of talk time and unlimited text and data. If you go over the allotted minutes, you're charged 25 cents for each one thereafter. Or you can plan...

Apple Coughs Up $53 Million to Settle Class Action Lawsuit Over iPhone Warranties

Apple Coughs Up $53 Million to Settle Class Action Lawsuit Over iPhone Warranties

You know that little strip in the iPhone that changes color to indicate when there’s been water damage? And how Apple avoided abiding by its warranties by noting that your iPhone showed water damage, even though you swore that you didn’t remember when or where it could have gotten wet? You weren’t the only one to feel screwed...

LinkedIn Acquires Pulse News Delivery Service For $90 Million

LinkedIn Acquires Pulse News Delivery Service For $90 Million

What do you get when you mesh LinkedIn and Pulse? InPulse? Perhaps, but it looks as if this is a real question now that LinkedIn has snapped up Pulse for a cool $90 million. That's right -- the job location board has acquired a news reading service. It may seem like an odd marriage at first, but it's just one (major) step in LinkedIn's agenda...

We Are Hunted Joins Twitter, Plans Music Discovery Integration

We Are Hunted Joins Twitter, Plans Music Discovery Integration

Twitter started as a social network. Now, it's both a communication tool and a news delivery service. But what will it evolve into? As the company strives to pick up revenues, the sky seems to be the limit. This week, Twitter acquired a unique company with a unique name: We Are Hunted. In a nutshell, We Are Hunted was a music discovery engine,...

Google Fiber: Why Traditional ISPs Are Officially On Notice

Google Fiber: Why Traditional ISPs Are Officially On Notice

A few years ago, when Google was determining which city to launch its pilot Google Fiber program, cities all over the country went all-out trying to persuade the search giant to bring all that fantastical bandwidth to their neck of the woods. And with good reason: Google Fiber offers gigabit Internet speeds and even TV service, all at prices...

EA “Streamlines” By Laying Off More Workers

EA “Streamlines” By Laying Off More Workers

Electronic Arts is not in a good way these days. After the recent disastrous launch of SimCity, which led to the ignominious resignation of CEO John Riccitiello, the company was voted as the Worst Company in America. Now the company has confirmed a round of layoffs, which follow layoffs in Montreal and L.A. this February. Polygon believes...

AVG Claims 9 out 10 Game Hacks Carry Malware

AVG Claims 9 out 10 Game Hacks Carry Malware

If your moral compass doesn't dissuade you from pirating games, maybe the prevalence of malware will. According to the latest research from AVG, game hacks and cracks almost always contain malicious code, as in more than 90 percent of the time, depending on where the downloads originate. In other words, for every 10 times you download a keygen...

Bitcoin Shares Crash, Lose Over 50 Percent In A Matter of Hours

Bitcoin Shares Crash, Lose Over 50 Percent In A Matter of Hours

Of all the current Internet curiosities, Bitcoin is one of the most fascinating. The digital/virtual currency is decentralized, has no change fees, and no state oversight to speak of, and nobody seems to know exactly what to do with it even as it grows in popularity and value. Case in point: On Mt. Gox, a major Bitcoin trading site, the value...

AMD Super-Charges Never Settle Bundle:  Everyone Gets Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon For Free

AMD Super-Charges Never Settle Bundle: Everyone Gets Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon For Free

AMD is continuing to ramp up its Never Settle bundle, and this time the company is extending a free game to everyone who's purchased a Never Settle bundle, at any point. If you haven't heard of Blood Dragon, it's a ridiculous throwback to 1980s sensibilities, married to the FC3 engine. And when we say "Married to the 1980s," we mean it. Faux...

Overclocking With Gigabyte Z77X Motherboards

Overclocking With Gigabyte Z77X Motherboards

In between chipset releases, manufacturers typically pump out numerous motherboard variations, adding this or that feature or optimizing boards for a particular function. Unsurprisingly, folks like us enjoy tinkering with those boards when granted the opportunity to see if they offer anything special, over and above plain-Jane products. Gigabyte...

Facebook Begins Selling Message Celebrities For a Fee Service in the UK

Facebook Begins Selling Message Celebrities For a Fee Service in the UK

Facebook has been testing a pay-to-message service in the U.S. since December, and now the trial has expanded to include some 36 countries, including the UK. According to the Guardian, about 10% of UK Facebook users can now message their favorite celebrities--for a price. The cost is on a tiered scale depending on the popularity of the celebrity...

Samsung Goes Full HD with 13.3-inch Samsung Series 9 Premium Ultrabook

Samsung Goes Full HD with 13.3-inch Samsung Series 9 Premium Ultrabook

The latest addition to Samsung’s ultrabook family is the 13.3-inch Samsung Series 9 Premium, which boasts a 13.3-inch Full HD (1920x1080) display with Samsung SuperBright technology that the company says makes the machine twice as bright as most notebooks. The Series 9 Premium rocks an Intel Core i7-3537U (2GHz) processor, 4GB of memory,...

Police State: Florida Bans Internet Cafes

Police State: Florida Bans Internet Cafes

Well, it's official. Florida governor Rick Scott signed into legislation the "Internet Cafe Ban," which effectively closed down around 1,000 such establishments in the state. The ban went into effect immediately, though some cafes shut their doors a week ago under the assumption that the ban would go through. A report in Florida Today paints...

Windows 8 Reportedly to Blame for Worst PC Sales Drop in History

Windows 8 Reportedly to Blame for Worst PC Sales Drop in History

PC sales are slumping in a big way and there's plenty of blame to go around. Before get into that, let's have a look at how bad things really are. According to new data released by the International Data Corporation (IDC), global PC shipments totaled just 76.3 million units in the first quarter of 2013, down nearly 14 percent compared to the...

Samsung's High Density 10nm-Class NAND Chips Enter Mass Production

Samsung's High Density 10nm-Class NAND Chips Enter Mass Production

Samsung this week announced that it has begun mass producing a 128-gigabit (Gb), 3-bit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory chip using a 10nm-class process technology, which equates to somewhere between 10nm and 20nm. These chips will lead to high-density memory solutions such as embedded NAND storage and solid state drives (SSDs). According...

Should Microsoft Launch a 7-inch Surface Tablet?

Should Microsoft Launch a 7-inch Surface Tablet?

It's tough to ignore the demand that exists for tablets in the 7-inch category, regardless of whether they're being scooped up for their size and portability, or because they typically cost significantly less than larger slates. Even Apple decided to jump into the category with its iPad mini. Will Microsoft be next? It appears that way. Citing...

Roadmap Points To No Office For iOS Until 2014; Microsoft Destroying Own Business

Roadmap Points To No Office For iOS Until 2014; Microsoft Destroying Own Business

If new leaked roadmaps are accurate, the long-rumored Microsoft Office for iOS won't see the light of day before mid-2014. A new set of Office updates are supposed to drop with Windows Blue later this year, and Metro versions of more Office applications are in development. There's an Office RT update package for Windows RT aimed at early 2014....

Samsung's 5.8" And 6.3" Galaxy Mega Smartphones Prove That Huge Is In

Samsung's 5.8" And 6.3" Galaxy Mega Smartphones Prove That Huge Is In

Let it be known: big is not only in, but "huge" is in as well. With the Galaxy Note 8.0 shipping soon in America, and the Galaxy Note II already selling in the millions globally, Samsung has recognized that there's a massive market for massive phones. Today, the company is introducing two new smartphones, and the naming makes a lot of sense....

Honeywell's Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat Matches Nest To The Dollar

Honeywell's Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat Matches Nest To The Dollar

Think that Nest has the whole Wi-Fi thermostat market on lockdown? Think again. Honeywell, a mainstay in the thermostat arena, has been pumping out Wi-Fi versions for a little while now, and the company's latest version is quite impressive. The new Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is a connected unit that allows homeowners to integrate into their wall...

Google Glass Explorer Edition Headsets Shipping Next Month

Google Glass Explorer Edition Headsets Shipping Next Month

Google Glass has become quite the hot topic, even in the mainstream. In a way, this is the device that could usher in the mainstream wave of wearable computing, and a lot is riding on the quality and usability of the Exporer Edition. If you'll recall, Google gave I/O 2012 attendees the ability to sign up for a pre-order of the first edition...

Foxconn Profits Plummet As iPhone Sales Disappoint: Is This The New Normal?

Foxconn Profits Plummet As iPhone Sales Disappoint: Is This The New Normal?

Foxconn is Apple's major manufacturing partner, and has ridden Cupertino's coattails to excellent year-on-year profit growth, even as its employees opted to take flying leaps from its manufacturing centers. The two companies are intertwined to the point that Apple products now account for between 60-70 percent of Foxconn's total revenue. That...

Dropbox Debuts Single Sign-On and Rebranded ‘Dropbox for Business’

Dropbox Debuts Single Sign-On and Rebranded ‘Dropbox for Business’

Cloud storage and sharing service Dropbox continues to build out its offerings in the enterprise; for starters, there’s simple yet telling name change from “Dropbox for Teams” to “Dropbox for Business”. Additionally, Dropbox is rolling out more upgrades for its business-level service. Today’s addition is...

Burner Disposable Phone Number App Now Available for Android

Burner Disposable Phone Number App Now Available for Android

Some of us are familiar with the concept of “burner” cell phones from movies involving copious amounts of crime, but wouldn’t you know it, there are also legitimately legal uses for a temporary cell phone or phone number, such as job searches, Craigslist communications, and so on. The Burner app gave iOS users the ability...

Mozilla Chief to Step Down Later This Year

Mozilla Chief to Step Down Later This Year

Mozilla today announced several changes to its executive leadership team, including a changing of the guard at the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position. Current CEO Gary Kovacs, "having accomplished the goals and objectives he and the team set out to achieve," will step down later this year, however he will continue to serve on Mozilla's...

More Evidence That Samsung Excluded From Apple A7 Chip Development, TSMC Tapped Instead

More Evidence That Samsung Excluded From Apple A7 Chip Development, TSMC Tapped Instead

The divorce between Apple and Samsung was written on the wall when the former first attacked the latter with a lawsuit, but the actual split has been gradual. Apple has relied heavily on Samsung components for its displays and mobile processors, but as we’ve heard a few times before, Samsung is not participating in the development of...

SimCity for Mac Launches June 11, Supports Cross Platform Play

SimCity for Mac Launches June 11, Supports Cross Platform Play

SimCity is headed to the big Apple, not to be confused with the Big Apple (New York City). We're talking about the Mac platform, with availability scheduled for June 11, 2013, Electronic Arts (EA) announced in a forum post today. For those who already own the PC version of SimCity, they'll receive the Mac version at no additional cost, and...

AT&T to Flip the 4G LTE Switch in Several New Markets, Even Kalamazoo

AT&T to Flip the 4G LTE Switch in Several New Markets, Even Kalamazoo

Yes, there really is a Kalamazoo, as shops in the Michigan city like to point out on touristy T-shirts (I should know, I live in the Kalamazoo area). And yes, AT&T's 4G LTE service is now available in Kalamazoo, offering residents mobile Internet speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. It's one of several cities in which AT&T has either...

T-Mobile Trots Out $0 Down Trade-In Offer Ahead of iPhone 5

T-Mobile Trots Out $0 Down Trade-In Offer Ahead of iPhone 5

Continuing with its "un-carrier" theme, T-Mobile on Wednesday announced a special trade-in offer that will make it possible for customers to pick up an iPhone 5 without a down payment. Anyone with an iPhone 4 or 4S can bring in their device and trade up to an iPhone 5, and depending on the condition and trade-in value, they can also receive...

PayPal Finally Pounces on Smart TV Craze

PayPal Finally Pounces on Smart TV Craze

PayPal seems like a natural fit for Smart TV platforms, so why haven't the two fully meshed until now? Good question, and though we don't have an answer, we can report that they've finally come together. LG couldn't be more proud, either, pointing out that it's the first to offer PayPal on its Smart TV software (though not the first to offer...

Vudu Burglarized, Users Should Change Passwords Pronto

Vudu Burglarized, Users Should Change Passwords Pronto

Amid growing fears of security threats to online services, one that is often overlooked is flat-out burglary, which is the old-fashioned way of getting hacked. Movie streaming service Vudu revealed that its offices were burglarized on March 24th, and thieves made off with hard drives, among other things. According to an FAQ that Vudu posted...

Boingo And AT&T Team Up On Global Wi-Fi Roaming Agreement

Boingo And AT&T Team Up On Global Wi-Fi Roaming Agreement

Looking to stay connected regardless of your destination? It's a tough thing to accomplish, particularly when that destination is overseas. Boingo has become a pretty popular name when it comes to global hotspots, and AT&T has been doing a fine job of expanding its Wi-Fi hotspots as well. Now, the two companies are putting their heads...

AT&T To Launch 1Gbps Fiber Network In Austin, Texas

AT&T To Launch 1Gbps Fiber Network In Austin, Texas

If you know much of anything about AT&T, you'd know that Texas is a pretty important state for the company. Austin, in particular, is a stronghold for AT&T, and it just so happened to be invaded by Google this week. You see, Google Fiber is expanding into Austin from Kansas City, but it looks like Google won't be alone down in Texas....

Intel Unveils New Atom and Xeon Processors and Future Rack Scale Architecture at IDF Beijing

Intel Unveils New Atom and Xeon Processors and Future Rack Scale Architecture at IDF Beijing

At the Intel Developers Forum currently underway in Beijing, Intel revealed a number of details regarding future Atom and Xeon processors and proposed server and rack-level enhancements to improve efficiency and ease upgrades moving forward. As Diane Bryant (senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Datacenter and Connected...

Refurbished 27-inch Apple iMacs Selling for Up to $400 Off Retail

Refurbished 27-inch Apple iMacs Selling for Up to $400 Off Retail

If you've been waiting to score a deal on an Apple iMac system, now is your chance, provided you're not opposed to buying a refurbished model. Apple just filled its store with a handful of refurbished iMac models that are marked down anywhere from 15 percent to 20 percent, which translates into savings of up to $400 off the normal selling...

App Market Sees Healthy Growth During Q1 2013, 11% Rise Over Q4 2012

App Market Sees Healthy Growth During Q1 2013, 11% Rise Over Q4 2012

Given our increasing reliance on mobile, it comes as little surprise to learn that the app market continues to grow with each quarter, with the results from the Q1 period that just passed being the most impressive to date. According to research firm Canalys, a total of 13.4 billion apps were downloaded during the three-month period, an 11%...

Google Fiber for Austin Confirmed, Rollout to Occur in Mid-2014

Google Fiber for Austin Confirmed, Rollout to Occur in Mid-2014

We posted a rumor over the weekend that Google's high-speed Fiber Internet service should be hitting up Austin soon, and today, the company confirms it. The announcement was made in the city today, along with mayor Lee Leffingwell, and Google's decision to choose Austin to follow-up to the dual Kansas City's can be summed up in one sentence:...

Google Gives Play Store a Facelift

Google Gives Play Store a Facelift

Google has been busily clearing out crapps from the Google Play store this year, and now the company is cleaning up the store’s interface, as well. Google announced changes to the Google Play store today, which are designed to make the interface simpler and clearer as well as easier to search. “The new design focuses on bigger...

Microsoft and Nokia Demand EU Action Against Google For Antitrust Violations

Microsoft and Nokia Demand EU Action Against Google For Antitrust Violations

Google is on the hot seat with the EU over alleged antitrust violations related to its Internet search practices on both the desktop and on mobile devices. After a two-year investigation that appears to find Google at fault, several of the complainants have voiced their displeasure at the pace of the European Commission’s action or lack...

Samsung Rumored To Be Designing 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega Phablets

Samsung Rumored To Be Designing 5.8-inch and 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega Phablets

This phablet thing might be getting a little out of hand. According to SamMobile, Samsung is working on two giant handsets--one a 5.8-inch devices and the other a 6.3-inch monster. They’ve dug up specs on the two devices, which will reportedly go by the name “Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8” and “Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3”....

Definitive Bioshock Infinite Review with Benchmarks

Definitive Bioshock Infinite Review with Benchmarks

We're not going to beat around the bush, here. BioShock Infinite is game-of-the-year material. The floating city of Columbia is one of the most evocative, intense, gorgeous environments I've ever seen -- but how much you like it may depend on what sort of visual wizardry you prefer. BioShock Infinite is built on Unreal Engine 3, and while...

AMD Still The Go-To For Next Gen Xbox Console Processor

AMD Still The Go-To For Next Gen Xbox Console Processor

Rumor has it--er, has had it--that the Xbox 720 “Durango”, which is potentially slated to debut in May, would have AMD silicon inside. A Bloomberg report further points to that rumor as being highly likely. Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg says that the Xbox 720 will run on an AMD “Jaguar” SoC, which means that the...

Apple to Replace Mac Pro Some Time This Quarter

Apple to Replace Mac Pro Some Time This Quarter

Thinking about picking up a Mac Pro? If you can hold your horses for a bit, you may ride off into the Mac OS X sunset with better hardware than what's available now. That's because Apple is rumored to be replacing its Mac Pro machines sometime later this month, though it's unclear exactly what the Cupertino outfit has in store. The rumor originates...

Opening Pandora's Box: 200 Million Registered Listeners, 400 Curated Stations

Opening Pandora's Box: 200 Million Registered Listeners, 400 Curated Stations

Pandora revealed some impressive numbers today, starting with the fact that the streaming music service is now home to 200 million registered users. It took six years for Pandora to go from 0 to 100 million listeners after it launched in 2005, and then was able to double that number in less than two years. "When we launched Pandora in 2005,...

Samsung Ships $400 Galaxy Note 8.0 To U.S. On April 11

Samsung Ships $400 Galaxy Note 8.0 To U.S. On April 11

It's here: the tablet meant to slot right in between your existing 10" slate and that portable 7" slate that you can tote around with a single hand. It's the Galaxy Note 8.0, and it's finally coming to U.S. shores. Starting April 11, U.S. buyers will be able to snag a Note 8.0 from Best Buy, Newegg, Amazon, Staples and a host of other retailers....

Crucial's Terabyte-Class M500 Solid State Drive Family Now Available

Crucial's Terabyte-Class M500 Solid State Drive Family Now Available

Need bigger, faster storage? Micron on Tuesday announced the immediate availability of the Crucial M500 solid state drive (SSD) line. These 2.5-inch drives feature terabyte-class capacity with options ranging from 120GB on up to 960GB, so if your pockets run deep enough, you don't have to choose between capacity (mechanical hard drive) or...

G-Technology Reveals Thunderbolt Storage Gear At NAB Show

G-Technology Reveals Thunderbolt Storage Gear At NAB Show

While LaCie is known around the world as having excellently-designed storage devices, G-Technology is no slouch. At the NAB Show this week, the company has launched a Thunderbolt-powered dock with two HDD bays -- it's the new Evolution Series, and it's said to be the only two-bay docking station with interchangeable / expandable storage modules....

FOX Says It'll Leave Network TV If Aereo's Streaming Service Survives

FOX Says It'll Leave Network TV If Aereo's Streaming Service Survives

If you aren't familiar with Aereo, here's the highlight: it's a service that allows users to stream live over-the-air TV networks through the Internet, anywhere in the world. As of right now, the service is limited to the New England area, but it plans to spread as fast as possible. It's also wrapped up in all sorts of legal trouble, as the...

Google Play Store Axes 60,000 Low-Quality Apps

Google Play Store Axes 60,000 Low-Quality Apps

Talk about spring cleaning. According to techcrunch, citing “a company in the mobile app industry which has insight into changes like this”, some 60,000 apps were removed from the Google Play store in February. That’s a startling number, considering that the total number of apps in the Google Play store is around 700,000....

The Anti-Google: Shodan Search Engine Can Hack Anything Connected To The Net

The Anti-Google: Shodan Search Engine Can Hack Anything Connected To The Net

I'm sure it comes as a surprise to no one that Google is a great place to find some questionable items online, whether it's malware, exploits, someone belly-flopping a pool of ice - whatever. However, even with as much as what Google offers, there are many things that the company doesn't track and publish online. For those things, you need...

HP Unveils Intel Atom-Powered HP Moonshot Class of Triply-Efficient Servers

HP Unveils Intel Atom-Powered HP Moonshot Class of Triply-Efficient Servers

As data requirements worldwide continue to skyrocket, HP is attempting to shoot past those demands with a new class of space-, energy-, and cost-efficient servers with HP Moonshot. Today, the first of that breed is commercially available. The solution consists of the HP Moonshot 1500 enclosure and HP ProLiant Moonshot services, which will...

Google Researchers Use Reputation Technology To Thwart Malware Downloads with Chrome Browser

Google Researchers Use Reputation Technology To Thwart Malware Downloads with Chrome Browser

It's clear that where security's concerned, Google is on top of things. The company has no desire to be compromised, or have its users compromised, and so it's doing a variety of things to make sure incidents are kept to a minimum. Last fall, we learned of Google's app scanner utility - included in Android 4.2+ - which has the ability to automatically...

Razer Orbweaver Stealth Now Available to Pre-Order

Razer Orbweaver Stealth Now Available to Pre-Order

Gamer peripheral maker Razer is launching a new version of its Orbweaver keypad with quiet keys. Like the original, the Orbweaver Stealth Edition uses mechanical key switches, only now it offers silent tactile feedback. According to Razer, each key has an optimized actuation force of 45g and a reduced actuation distance of 2mm, letting click-happy...

Intel Shows Off New Thunderbolt Controllers at NAB

Intel Shows Off New Thunderbolt Controllers at NAB

Intel’s Thunderbolt interface technology is blazing fast, and it’s getting an upgrade in the form of the new DSL4510/4410 controllers, which Intel is showing off at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) this week in Las Vegas. Specifically, the new controllers support DisplayPort 1.2 when connected to native displays,...

Unveiling Durango: Microsoft Xbox Event Planned For May 21

Unveiling Durango: Microsoft Xbox Event Planned For May 21

Although some were expecting to see Microsoft debut a new Xbox system this month, it now appears that the company’s Xbox event will actually take place later. On “What the Tech”, Paul Thurrott said that the event scheduled for April 24th will actually occur on May 21st. (His Xbox musings begin around the 55-minute mark.)...

Reinventing BlackBerry: BlackBerry Z10 Smartphone Review

Reinventing BlackBerry: BlackBerry Z10 Smartphone Review

The smartphone market has changed quite a bit over the past few years. Once a major competitor in the smartphone market, BlackBerry has lost much of its market share as many former BlackBerry users have switched to iOS and Android. Despite its troubled history, the company remains and is fighting to regain its stronghold in the smartphone...

AMD Adds Battlefield 4, SimCity to "Never Settle" Radeon Bundle, Expands to APUs -- But Is The Program Working?

AMD Adds Battlefield 4, SimCity to "Never Settle" Radeon Bundle, Expands to APUs -- But Is The Program Working?

AMD has confirmed that Battlefield 4 will be part of its upcoming "Never Settle" bundle. The game isn't supposed to drop until late 2013, which means AMD is announcing a coupon package well in advance of the actual title. This isn't the first time a manufacturer has taken this step, but it's been quite awhile -- the last major tie-in we remember...

Guinness Strips Bugatti Veyron of Fastest Production Car World Record

Guinness Strips Bugatti Veyron of Fastest Production Car World Record

The devil sure is in the details, isn't it? Given that world records generally involve semantics that matter, calling the Bugatti Veyron the "world's fastest production car" relied heavily on specifics. Including specifics involving the test car used to set the record compared to vehicles made available to the public. Despite costing nearly...

California Bans Smartphone Maps Checking While Driving

California Bans Smartphone Maps Checking While Driving

Thinking about punching in updated directions on your smartphone while cruising in California? Think again. Over the years, states have been marching towards a highway system that's devoid of any texting, phone holding, etc. And that's a good thing, given that distracted driving can (and does) lead to far too many accidents. But if you're...

HTC Posts Worst Quarterly Profit Ever Ahead of Delayed One Smartphone

HTC Posts Worst Quarterly Profit Ever Ahead of Delayed One Smartphone

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Just two short years ago, it seemed as though HTC could do no wrong. The early Android adopter had doubled its earnings and had reason to believe the good times would keep on rolling, and though revenue had begun to decline by the end of 2011, HTC was still the envy of most mobile players. Fast forward to today...

Torment: Tides of Numenera Hits Most Funded Video Game on Kickstarter, No DRM

Torment: Tides of Numenera Hits Most Funded Video Game on Kickstarter, No DRM

What's that, you've never heard of Torment: Tides of Numenera? That's okay, because even without your knowledge, and therefore your support, developer inXile Entertainment was still able to raise nearly $4.2 million on Kickstarter, attracting pledges from 74,405 backers. That feat qualifies it as Kickstarter's most funded video game ever....

Crowded Internet Swells to 252 Million Domain Names

Crowded Internet Swells to 252 Million Domain Names

More than 6 million domain names were added to the Internet just in the fourth quarter of 2012, bringing the total number of registered domain names to more than 252 million worldwide across all top-level domains (TLDs), according to VeriSign. The latest quarterly additions equates to a 2.5 percent sequential growth rate, marking the eighth...

One Year From Today, Microsoft to Finally Cut All Support For Windows XP

One Year From Today, Microsoft to Finally Cut All Support For Windows XP

Windows XP is a dead operating system (OS) walking. In exactly one year from today, Microsoft will cease supporting the legacy OS, which translates into no more security updates. Naturally the suits in Redmond would love it if every XP user -- legitimate or otherwise -- would make the switch to Windows 8, and if they did, the migration would...

Fake Twitter Followers Are A Huge, Growing Business and Difficult To Spot

Fake Twitter Followers Are A Huge, Growing Business and Difficult To Spot

With every new boom on the Internet, there usually comes some sort of business that deals with it. In comes Facebook, and ads follow. In come sold-out arenas, and in comes StubHub. You get the gist. With Twitter, however, the business that has followed hasn't entirely been straight-and-narrow. While the company is earning revenue via advertisements...

Facebook Rolls Out First Facebook Home TV Ad, Software For People, Not Hardware

Facebook Rolls Out First Facebook Home TV Ad, Software For People, Not Hardware

Strange. Bizarre. Odd. Unique. All of those words could be used to describe Facebook's newest advertisement, but "attention-getting" would work as well. Shortly after introducing the HTC First and Facebook Home, the social networking giant is engaging in an advertising blitz across many of the major networks. Aside from being downright curious...

Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday, April 9 To Bring 9 Security Updates, 2 Are Critical

Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday, April 9 To Bring 9 Security Updates, 2 Are Critical

This coming Tuesday, April 9, is going to be a busy one for Microsoft’s update servers. In advance of what have become known as “Patch Tuesday”, Microsoft posted nine early security bulletins to notify users and system administrators of the slew of impending Windows updates. Two of the patches have been deemed critical, while...

GameStick Android Console Developer Units Shipped, Kickstarter Units Delayed Until June

GameStick Android Console Developer Units Shipped, Kickstarter Units Delayed Until June

GameStick, a small computer-on-a-stick with a companion controller that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and plays Android games, has done the Kickstarter thing as well as could be expected, and now the company has shipped developer units. The GameStick team says that over 600 developers have jumped on board the GameStick bandwagon, including...

Google Expands Availability and Lowers Prices on Compute Engine Cloud Services

Google Expands Availability and Lowers Prices on Compute Engine Cloud Services

Google does everything, including offering Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) with its cloud Google Compute Engine. The service is just nine months old, and Google is already rapidly adding new features, increasing availability, and cutting prices. The Google Compute Engine is now available to anyone who signs up for a Gold support package...

Security Firm AV-Test Publishes Ratings For 26 Windows 8 Anti-Virus Solutions

Security Firm AV-Test Publishes Ratings For 26 Windows 8 Anti-Virus Solutions

One of the reasons to considering upgrading to Windows 8 is the improved security Microsoft baked into its latest operating system. This is especially true if you pair the touch-friendly OS with an antivirus or Internet security suite program, a point that's underscored by the latest results published by AV-Test.org, an independent testing...

Audi, T-Mobile Tag Team Cheap In-Car Data Plans

Audi, T-Mobile Tag Team Cheap In-Car Data Plans

Audi and T-Mobile are introducing new and affordable data plans that will give drivers access to in-vehicle Wi-Fi starting as low as $15 per month. Using the Audi connect infotainment and navigation system, drivers and passengers can obtain real-time news, weather and fuel price info, access to Google Earth, and use Google Voice Local Search...

Windows Blue To Be Released as "Windows 8.1", Future of Service Packs Uncertain

Windows Blue To Be Released as "Windows 8.1", Future of Service Packs Uncertain

Microsoft's annual BUILD conference is coming up soon, and while Windows Phone will no doubt have a role, desktop Windows users will surely want to pay attention as well. Windows 8 has been around the block at this point, with some aspects of it being quite pleasing and others leaving critics wanting. So, what's Microsoft to do? An update,...

Verizon CEO Open To Eliminating Service Contracts, T-Mobile Could Have Started a Trend

Verizon CEO Open To Eliminating Service Contracts, T-Mobile Could Have Started a Trend

You know, it's a funny thing -- it seems that while the Big Four compete against one another for wireless sales in the U.S., they sure don't offer a lot of differentiation. Each carrier charges roughly the same thing each money, offers roughly the same portfolio of phones, and after one carrier went all-in with shared data contracts, it looks...

Austin Next to Be Lit Up With Google Fiber

Austin Next to Be Lit Up With Google Fiber

Only a few months after Google brought Gigabit broadband to Kansas City, Google is rumored to be gearing up for its next metropolis: Austin, Texas. Google is planning a big press conference in Austin next week. The word is that Austin and Google have an announcement to make. Google and Austin officials haven’t admitted to anything yet,...

Dell Launches Alienware X51 Ubuntu Gaming Desktop

Dell Launches Alienware X51 Ubuntu Gaming Desktop

It wasn't all that long ago that mainstream gaming on Linux was virtually unheard of. Sure, solutions like WINE have been around for awhile now, but it's only recently that developers and gamers alike have truly started to embrace Linux as a viable platform. Even Dell is getting in on the action by announcing a lower priced version of its...

Harmonix Disables User Passwords in Wake of Hacker Attack

Harmonix Disables User Passwords in Wake of Hacker Attack

You may have noticed that RockBand.com, DanceCentral.com, and Creators.RockBand.com are all down. That's because Harmonix pulled the plug on each of the three websites in order to investigate what it believes is a hacker attack. As a precaution, Harmonix passwords have been disabled, and users who have accounts on any of the affected sites...

BlackBerry R10 with Physical QWERTY Keyboard Image Surfaces

BlackBerry R10 with Physical QWERTY Keyboard Image Surfaces

If a leaked photo posted at BlackBerryOS is real, button-mashing BB lovers have cause for joy, as the device has the iconic full keyboard. According to the poster, the phone is a “Curve-like” R-series device that will run BlackBerry 10. There are specs no available for the leaked device, but you can see that it’s silver and...

EA on Verge of 'Winning' Worst Company Vote, Vows to "Do Better"

EA on Verge of 'Winning' Worst Company Vote, Vows to "Do Better"

Electronic Arts beat out AT&T, Ticketmaster, and several other companies to advance to the semifinals in the Consumerist's annual "Worst Company in America" award, as voted by the people (an anti-popularity contest, if you will). If EA pulls out a victory, it will repeat as Grand Champion of the not-so-prestigious award, and if you think...

Facebook Answers Home Privacy Questions

Facebook Answers Home Privacy Questions

Well, you had to know some negative feedback was en route. It seems that each time Facebook redesigns its News Feed, an entire swath of the Internet comes out and swears that they'll never use Facebook again. But then, active users just increase more and more. But with Facebook Home, it's a little different. Analysts are users alike have been...

Apple Products To Outsell Windows Products in 2013

Apple Products To Outsell Windows Products in 2013

Guess what? Mobile is overtaking desktop, and it's happening at a breakneck rate. In fact, some analysts are wondering if the generation born today will ever know a "computer" to be anything other than something held in one's palm, which probably sends chills down the spines of those who are still cranking out desktop towers. Gartner's latest...

Google's Blink Rendering Engine For Webkit Browsers To Re-Kindle The Browser Wars

Google's Blink Rendering Engine For Webkit Browsers To Re-Kindle The Browser Wars

WebKit has become something of a common engine powering a lot of browsers these days, but one could argue that Android is also powering a lot of devices these days, despite the fact that things like the Kindle Fire look nothing like Android. So today, Google's announcing a fork of its own. As platforms evolve and mature, we're seeing a trend...

Microsoft Cuts Prices on Select Windows 8 Tablets and Convertibles

Microsoft Cuts Prices on Select Windows 8 Tablets and Convertibles

Windows 8 devices haven't been able to reinvigorate a slumping PC market to this point, but if Microsoft keeps slashing prices, perhaps things will change. If you pop your head into the Microsoft Store online, you'll discover several recently discounted tablets and convertibles, including one that's been marked down $400. Which one? Samsung's...

Post-It Note Arcade, As Nostalgic As It Is Awesome

Post-It Note Arcade, As Nostalgic As It Is Awesome

It’s incredible what a fellow can do with a lot of free time, a virtually unlimited supply of Post-It notes, and a camera. YouTube user Michael Birken posted an amazing video of stop-motion 8-bit animation from Mrs. Pac Man and Donkey Kong. He recreated scenes from actual gameplay footage, noting that “the recordings were printed...

3D Printers Create Liquid Scaffolds, Paving the Way for Artificial Tissue

3D Printers Create Liquid Scaffolds, Paving the Way for Artificial Tissue

For all the weird uses of 3D printing, there are many that stand to make the world a better place. One of those is printing liquid scaffolds for use in artificial human tissue engineering, according to C&EN. With these new scaffolds, engineers are expected to have better control over tissue growth when attempting to grow artificial tissue....

Nokia Music+ App Comes To Windows 8 And Windows RT

Nokia Music+ App Comes To Windows 8 And Windows RT

With BBM Music shutting down after just a year and a half, allow Nokia and Microsoft to showcase a music service heading in the opposite direction -- away from the grave. This week, the Nokia Music app for the desktop and tablet editions of Windows 8 was launched, enabling Music+ subscribers to squeeze even more out of the service. Nokia’s...

HP Chairman and Two Board Members Step Down Amidst Shake Up

HP Chairman and Two Board Members Step Down Amidst Shake Up

Hewlett-Packard announced some changes to its Board of Directors, beginning with Raymond J. Lane relinquishing his role as Chairman. Ralph V. Whitworth will step into the role on an interim basis as the board searches for a permanent replacement. In addition, the two longest serving members of the board -- John H. Hammergren and G. Kennedy...

Lower-Priced Tablets Nibbling Away at PC Sales, But PCs Aren’t Going Anywhere

Lower-Priced Tablets Nibbling Away at PC Sales, But PCs Aren’t Going Anywhere

The latest PC sales numbers and accompanying predictions from research firm Gartner show an unsurprising trend: tablet sales will continue to rise sharply at the expense of traditional desktops and notebooks. “While there will be some individuals who retain both a personal PC and a tablet...most will be satisfied with the experience...

Apple Winning Smartphone Battle in U.S., Losing Platform War to Android

Apple Winning Smartphone Battle in U.S., Losing Platform War to Android

When it comes to the U.S. market, Apple's iPhone line is the single most popular category of handsets. During the three-month period ending in February 2013, there were 133.7 million smartphone owners in the U.S., 38.9 percent of which were toting an iPhone, according to data provided by the comScore MobiLens service. That's up 3.9 percent...

LG Optimus G Pro Bears a Smaller Screen in Japanese Market

LG Optimus G Pro Bears a Smaller Screen in Japanese Market

After successfully launching in South Korea last month, the LG Optimus G Pro has found its way to Japan through NTT DoCoMo, though it wields a smaller screen. For whatever reason, LG decided to implement a 5-inch display in Japan versus the 5.5-inch panel used in the South Korean market. LG didn't say why it went with a smaller form factor,...

T-Mobile Starts Taking Pre-Orders for Apple iPhone 5

T-Mobile Starts Taking Pre-Orders for Apple iPhone 5

Considering how long it took T-Mobile to crash the iPhone party where all of its wireless peers have been hanging out for quite some time now, you'd think the Dutch-owned carrier would spring for balloons and streamers to announce it's now accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 5. You'd also be wrong. Without any fanfare or a fancy press release,...

Adobe Brings OpenCL Support to AMD Graphics Cards in Windows, Boasts Real-Time Video Editing Performance

Adobe Brings OpenCL Support to AMD Graphics Cards in Windows, Boasts Real-Time Video Editing Performance

While Adobe is busily showing off its latest and greatest wares at NAB 2013 this week, AMD is banging the drum for the major upgrades that it helped bake into the next version of Adobe Premiere Pro software. While Mac users have of late enjoyed the graphical power of OpenCL with either NVIDIA or AMD graphics cards, Windows users were forced...

Qualcomm To Provide More Connectivity In MLB Ballparks

Qualcomm To Provide More Connectivity In MLB Ballparks

As technology grows ever more ubiquitous, it stands to reason that professional sporting leagues would look to it in order to better engage the crowds. Recently, the 49ers announced plans to blanket their stadium with Wi-Fi, and the Dallas Cowboys already boast one of the most high-tech stadiums in the world. Now, Qualcomm is teaming up with...

Samsung Ships Wi-Fi Galaxy Camera: It's Android, On A Point-And-Shoot

Samsung Ships Wi-Fi Galaxy Camera: It's Android, On A Point-And-Shoot

Samsung's Galaxy Camera is most certainly a bold try at creating an entirely new segment by merging two existing ones (smartphones and point-and-shoot cameras), but for those who aren't willing to pony up for the AT&T-infused version, there's also a Wi-Fi only model. Samsung has announced this week that the Wi-Fi Galaxy Camera is shipping...

Intel Boosts Integrated HD Graphics Performance with New Drivers

Intel Boosts Integrated HD Graphics Performance with New Drivers

Intel announced new drivers for its integrated HD 2500/4000 graphics (for 3rd generation Intel Core processors), and it did so in a somewhat refreshingly brief press release. The updates to the graphics drivers are for Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems (both 32-bit and 64-bit). Intel says that versions 15.31.3.3071 (32-bit) and 15.31.3.64.3071...

As Tension Builds, Anonymous Attacks North Korean Social Networking Accounts

As Tension Builds, Anonymous Attacks North Korean Social Networking Accounts

At this point in time, it's pretty-well assured that the vast majority of people are getting a little annoyed by North Korea's ongoing antics, and while we'd love to see things settle down and people be reasonable, that's not the restrictive state's way. It seems that the country has only one outcome in mind, and for that reason, hacktivist group...

Instagram Says "Nearly Half of All Users" Running Android App

Instagram Says "Nearly Half of All Users" Running Android App

Just a year after launching the Android version of Instagram and bringing the incredibly popular iOS app to a huge new trove of users, the photo-sharing service noted on its blog that now, about half of all Instagram users are running Android. Instagram says that on the first day of its availability on the Android platform, one million people...

HTC First For AT&T Is The New ‘Facebook Phone’, Comes Packing Facebook Home Android Integration

HTC First For AT&T Is The New ‘Facebook Phone’, Comes Packing Facebook Home Android Integration

Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters to announce Home, which as expected is not a new piece of hardware nor a completely new operating system, but a deep Facebook integration with Android that goes beyond what an app can do. Zuck put it in a nutshell by saying that instead of phones being designed around...

Best Buy Slashes 3rd Generation iPad Pricing Up to 30 Percent

Best Buy Slashes 3rd Generation iPad Pricing Up to 30 Percent

We won't go so far as to call this a fire sale, but holy moly, Best Buy is offering some deep discounts on Apple's 3rd generation iPad tablets. We're talking price savings up to 30 percent with prices starting as low as $315 for a 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi, down from its normal selling price of $450. That's a savings of $135, though the biggest...

Samsung To Open "Samsung Experience Shops" Inside 1400 Best Buy Retail Locations

Samsung To Open "Samsung Experience Shops" Inside 1400 Best Buy Retail Locations

If you want further evidence that Samsung has supplanted Apple in many ways, look no further than the fact that Best Buy will now feature Samsung Experience Shops in 1,400 of its locations, starting this month. “At the Samsung Experience Shops, consumers can experience Samsung’s full range of mobile products including smartphones,...

CyberPowerPC Fangbook X7-200 Gaming Notebook Review

CyberPowerPC Fangbook X7-200 Gaming Notebook Review

While many full-size gaming rigs are built to elicit oohs and ahs with their stunning looks and high performance, gaming notebooks can sometimes be a little bland. CyberPowerPC has had its share of solid yet non-distinct looking gaming notebooks, but the Fangbook series is a different animal. Built with plenty of alluring hardware and a slick...

Facebook Phone Gets More Real With Leaked Android UI Shots

Facebook Phone Gets More Real With Leaked Android UI Shots

Despite Mark Zuckerberg’s protestations to the contrary, evidence is mounting that Facebook will indeed be releasing a Facebook-skinned phone. The latest confirmation comes from some leaked screenshots of the UI, which looks rich and clean. 9to5Google posted the images, which include separate Status, Photo, and Check-In icons above the...

Angry Birds Maker Doubles Revenue in 2012, Toys Contribute 45 Percent

Angry Birds Maker Doubles Revenue in 2012, Toys Contribute 45 Percent

Rovio, creator of the wildly popular Angry Birds franchise, has every reason to smile. The developer announced its financial results for the company's full calendar year for 2012, noting that total consolidated full year revenue ballooned to €152.2 million (around $195 million), up more than 100 percent compared to 2011. "Year 2012 was...

Amazon Patents Lightweight, Translucent Kindle Device That Never Needs Charging

Amazon Patents Lightweight, Translucent Kindle Device That Never Needs Charging

Amazon has plenty of experience building quality, light-weight displays, thanks to the Kindle. So, it’s not too surprising that Amazon is working on an advanced display – but what will make you do a double-take is just how advanced this display is: it looks like the thing will never need charging and will be thin (and translucent)...

Skype Usages Reaches Record 2 Billion Minutes Per Day

Skype Usages Reaches Record 2 Billion Minutes Per Day

Traditional phone companies are faced with the reality that it's cheaper to make calls over the Internet, and also relatively easy, even for novices. It shouldn't be all that shocking, then, to learn that Skype users are spending 2 billion collective minutes daily using Microsoft's VoIP software. To put that into perspective, 2 billion minutes...

Diablo III 1.0.8 Patch Released, Improves Co-Op Game Play

Diablo III 1.0.8 Patch Released, Improves Co-Op Game Play

Blizzard was very forthcoming in admitting that Diablo III is "not living up to its full potential" in terms of the co-op experience, adding that "it can often feel not worth the effort" to jump into multiplayer when playing solo "can often feel easier and more efficient." If you feel the same way, you'll be happy to know that co-op was a...

Google To Unveil Android-Based “Androidbook” Notebook in Q3?

Google To Unveil Android-Based “Androidbook” Notebook in Q3?

In some ways, the PC market is a lot like a chess battle, only with more players involved. You have to know when to strike your opponent, where to hit them, and what pieces to use when making your move. There's a ton of strategy involved, and things don't always work out as planned. For Google, the time might be ripe to make a strategic move...

Rdio Expands With Vdio: Another Movie Streaming Service With Real-Time Flair

Rdio Expands With Vdio: Another Movie Streaming Service With Real-Time Flair

Clearly, URLs with missing letters are all the rage these days. Kidding aside, Rdio has been making quite the name for itself in the music streaming business, but it's obvious that there's plenty of demand (and money to be made) on the video front. So, an expansion is in order. After launching in 2010 with music at the forefront, the company...

Twitter Updates Android And iPhone Apps With "Native Experience"

Twitter Updates Android And iPhone Apps With "Native Experience"

Ahoy, Android users! There's a new build of Twitter waiting for you on Google Play, and the changes are certainly noteworthy. The company claims that the update adds a "native experience" to Google's mobile OS, including a wider and taller timelines that fill the screen, a flat navigation bar, tap and hold for quick actions, and more. You...

BlackBerry Z10 Users To Get Free In-Flight Wi-Fi Access On Delta

BlackBerry Z10 Users To Get Free In-Flight Wi-Fi Access On Delta

Flying soon? Thinking of taking advantage of in-flight Wi-Fi? If you're nodding 'yes' for both of those, and you recently picked up one of BlackBerry's new Z10 smartphones, you're in luck. In a bid to lure enterprise / business travelers, BlackBerry has cracked open a deal with Gogo in order to provide free in-flight Internet access to those...

Jawbone JAMBOX 2.0 Firmware Update Offers Better Sound, Extended Battery Life

Jawbone JAMBOX 2.0 Firmware Update Offers Better Sound, Extended Battery Life

Jawbone expanded its product offerings to include those trademark boxy Bluetooth speaker/speakerphones back in 2010, and now the company is updating the firmware for its JAMBOX and BIG JAMBOX devices in addition to dropping prices on both. You can now snag the JAMBOX (v2.2) for $129.99 and the BIG JAMBOX (v2.0) for $249.99. Updates for the...

Google Quickoffice Comes To Android and iPhone

Google Quickoffice Comes To Android and iPhone

For those Google Apps for Business users who still use Microsoft Office documents instead of Google’s similar cloud-based offerings, Google created Quickoffice for the iPad, which allows users to open, edit, and save Office documents to and from Drive. Now, the tool is available on the iPhone as well as Android devices, too. Another...

TDoS Attacks Used To Hold Emergency Phone Lines For Ransom

TDoS Attacks Used To Hold Emergency Phone Lines For Ransom

Just because an attack is bizarre doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous. According to security researcher Brian Krebs (pictured), the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted a security bulletin concerning TDoS (telephony denial-of-service) attacks on PSAPs (public safety answering points). “Information received from...

Disney Effectively Kills Off LucasArts, Lays Off 150 Games Division Employees

Disney Effectively Kills Off LucasArts, Lays Off 150 Games Division Employees

When is the next Star Wars video game from LucasArts coming? It’s a trick question--the answer is “never”, because Disney, which bought LucasFilm for over $4 billion last fall, has decreed that LucasArts will no longer make video games. Instead, GameInformer reports that LucasArts will discontinue its own production and move...

EVGA Serves Apple Users a GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition Graphics Card

EVGA Serves Apple Users a GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition Graphics Card

It's fair to say that the majority of PC gamers wield Windows-based boxes, but that doesn't mean you can't frag on a Mac. There's some high end gaming hardware available, including EVGA's new GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition graphics card. The card is exactly what it sounds like -- a GTX 680 intended for Macs. EVGA's card shares the same specifications...

Hybrid Cube Memory Specification Finalized, Will Offer 15X Increase In Bandwidth

Hybrid Cube Memory Specification Finalized, Will Offer 15X Increase In Bandwidth

"Hybrid Memory Cube" sounds like something out of a 80s-era science fiction movie, but as these things tend to go, sci-fi often leads to reality. More than 100 developer and adopter members of the Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium (HMCC) today announced they've reached consensus for the global standard that will deliver a much-anticipated, disruptive...

Cisco to Acquire Small Cell and Femtocell Specialist Ubiquisys for $310 Million

Cisco to Acquire Small Cell and Femtocell Specialist Ubiquisys for $310 Million

Cisco's stock is up slightly today following an announcement that it plans to acquire Ubiquisys, a privately held firm based in the U.K., for approximately $310 million in cash and retention-based incentives. Ubiquisys is a leading provider of intelligent 3G and long-term evolution (LTE) small-cell technologies, and the planned acquisition...

Production on Next iPhone to Begin This Quarter

Production on Next iPhone to Begin This Quarter

Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is right around the corner and the question remains, will the Cupertino outfit unveil a new iPhone? Furthermore, will Apple announce multiple iPhone models, as previously rumored? We'll have to wait another two months to find out, but in the meantime, the latest rumor is that Apple will...

Work on iOS 7 is "Running Behind," Next iPhone Still on Schedule

Work on iOS 7 is "Running Behind," Next iPhone Still on Schedule

While Apple works feverishly to squash bugs in its 6-month-old iOS 6 software, rumors are already starting to spread about iOS 7, including talk of a delay. Take that with a grain of salt since Apple hasn't announced development of iOS 7 or provided a release date of any kind, but nevertheless it appears development has fallen a bit behind....

Chrome, Firefox Have Little Chance of Ever Catching Internet Explorer

Chrome, Firefox Have Little Chance of Ever Catching Internet Explorer

Staunch Chrome and Firefox users aren't going to like this statement, but Internet Explorer has won the browser war, or so it seems. It wasn't always a foregone conclusion that IE would win. After the demise of Netscape, Firefox emerged as the first legitimate threat to IE's throne, and then Chrome came along and started gaining market share...

Firefox 20 Is Official With Android Tweaks And Privacy Additions

Firefox 20 Is Official With Android Tweaks And Privacy Additions

Remember when browser updates came once a year, like your favorite holiday? Man, those were the days. Now, we can barely get through two weeks without another browser update from Google, Apple, Opera or Mozilla, but we suppose constant updates are better than infrequent ones. This week, Firefox 20 was made official, adding a pop-out download...

LG's 4.3 Lucid2 Smartphone Offering High-End Goods For Free On Verizon

LG's 4.3 Lucid2 Smartphone Offering High-End Goods For Free On Verizon

At this point, entry-level Android phones are a dime a dozen. Or, if you play your cards right, free on a 2-year contract. For those uninteresting in paying $200+ for a superphone, LG has introduced the Lucid2. It's a VZW exclusive, and will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks for free with a new two-year...

Game of Thrones Breaks BitTorrent Piracy Record, HBO Takes News in Stride

Game of Thrones Breaks BitTorrent Piracy Record, HBO Takes News in Stride

Pirates flocked to BitTorrent in record numbers to download the season premiere of HBO's Game of Thrones. Within an hour of the first torrent being uploaded, there were 163,088 people sharing the single file, breaking the record for the largest BitTorrent swarm ever. That's according to TorrentFreak, which notes that the previous record was...

EMC Spins Off Amazon Cloud Services Challenger Pivotal

EMC Spins Off Amazon Cloud Services Challenger Pivotal

EMC and VMware have pooled their resources to create Pivotal, a competitor to Amazon and its cloud services dominance, and according to the New York Times, Pivotal is now officially a company. Paul Maritz (pictured, inset), former CEO of VMware and a past executive at Microsoft will head the new company. Further details on senior leadership...

Draw Something Developer Dan Porter Departs Zynga a Year After $183 Million Acquisition

Draw Something Developer Dan Porter Departs Zynga a Year After $183 Million Acquisition

Dan Porter, former CEO of OMGPOP, never has to work another day in his life if he doesn't want to. Nor is obligated to work at Zynga, the casual game company that purchased OMGPOP last year for $183 million after "Draw Something" became a virtual overnight sensation. Unlike Midas, not everything Zynga touches turns to gold, and shortly after...

Square Enix Releases "Thief - Out of the Shadows" Trailer

Square Enix Releases "Thief - Out of the Shadows" Trailer

Another day, another beautiful game trailer. This one is from Square Enix’ new Thief reboot, and the trailer is called “Out of the Shadows”. It’s brief but to the point, showing off some brilliant artwork in a special scripted scene while unfortunately keeping any real gameplay out of it. However, like any good trailer,...

NVIDIA SVP Tony Tamasi Claims Tegra 5 Will Be Faster Than PS3 and Xbox 360

NVIDIA SVP Tony Tamasi Claims Tegra 5 Will Be Faster Than PS3 and Xbox 360

It’s (delightfully) evident how powerful mobile processors and graphics have become, but NVIDIA’s Senior Vice President of Content and Technology Tony Tamasi believes that mobile firepower is about to outpace the popular Xbox 360 and PS3 gaming consoles. “The PS3 and Xbox 360 are barely more powerful than mobile devices,”...

Seagate Lays Claim to Industry’s Only 1TB-Platter 4TB Desktop Hard Drive

Seagate Lays Claim to Industry’s Only 1TB-Platter 4TB Desktop Hard Drive

Although it’s by no means the only 4TB desktop hard drive on the block, Seagate’s new Desktop HDD does boast an impressive density of 1TB per platter, which the company claims is an industry first. Seagate has a couple more industry-leading declarations for the drive, too, including the lowest cost per gigabyte and highest average...

Think Your Nexus 7 Is Fast? 3DMark Android Edition Lets You Prove It

Think Your Nexus 7 Is Fast? 3DMark Android Edition Lets You Prove It

Futuremark recently undertook a major revamp of its popular PC performance tool, and this time, it’s creating one benchmark to rule them all. The new 3DMark launched with support for Windows PCs and laptops, and – as of today – also supports Android devices, including tablets and smartphones. Apple iOS and Windows RT support...

Examining Intel's Solid State Drive 525 Series

Examining Intel's Solid State Drive 525 Series

It has been quite a while since we last an mSATA solid state drive (SSD) under the microscope. It's actually only been about two years, and if you care to jump into our time machine, you can see what we had to say about Intel's 310 Series mSATA SSD in 80GB form. The idea then was the same as it is now -- to offer full-size SSD features and...

Are 'Phablets' Like Samsung's Galaxy Note a Passing Fad?

Are 'Phablets' Like Samsung's Galaxy Note a Passing Fad?

Recent data released by Flurry Analytics reveals there are now around 1 billion smartphones and tablets in use around the world every month, and as the device base grows, so too does the diversity of screen sizes. That's largely thanks to Android, the most prolific mobile platform on the planet. With so many screen sizes to choose from, which...

ARM and TSMC Tape Out First Cortex A57 Processor with 16nm FinFET Technology

ARM and TSMC Tape Out First Cortex A57 Processor with 16nm FinFET Technology

Eager for a bit of microprocessor news from someone other than AMD and Intel? Get ready, because ARM and TSMC are today announcing the first tape-out of an ARM Cortex-A57 processor on FinFET process technology. The Cortex-A57 processor is ARM's highest performing processor, designed to further extend the capabilities of future mobile and enterprise...

AT&T HD Voice Coming To Advanced LTE Customers Later This Year

AT&T HD Voice Coming To Advanced LTE Customers Later This Year

Plans, plans, plans. You know how they go. Years back, AT&T mentioned (and re-mentioned, and re-mentioned) that shared data plans were in the cards, but it took an eternity to see that come to fruition. Now, a similar tale is playing out in regard to HD Voice. Way back in 2011, AT&T confirmed that it was pondering the addition of HD...

Apple’s Next Two iPhones Reportedly Designed “Under Steve Jobs” Leadership

Apple’s Next Two iPhones Reportedly Designed “Under Steve Jobs” Leadership

When Steve Jobs fell ill and began medical leave in January 2011, Tim Cook took over as acting CEO of Apple, a position that became permanent seven months later following Jobs' resignation. We all know what happened after that -- Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in October 2011, leaving Tim Cook without a mentor. At that point, the future of...

Huge Spike In Mobile Data Traffic Drives IEEE 400 Gigabit Ethernet Standard

Huge Spike In Mobile Data Traffic Drives IEEE 400 Gigabit Ethernet Standard

When highways get clogged, one solution is to build more lanes, and by that same token IEEE has put together a study group to explore the development of a 400Gbps Ethernet standard to support the exponential growth in network demand. "Traffic is growing everywhere—more Internet users, more ways to access the Internet more quickly, higher-bandwidth...

Evidence Points To Chinese Government Hackers Spreading Mobile Malware

Evidence Points To Chinese Government Hackers Spreading Mobile Malware

Yikes. In the past few months, the threat of hacks originating from high-up sources in China has gone from essentially nothing to nearly weekly. Regardless of whether nefarious Internet acts were coming from China in the past, it has only recently become a mainstream issue. With the U.S. and Chinese governments trading blows and exchanging...

Apple’s Tim Cook Apologizes Again, This Time To China

Apple’s Tim Cook Apologizes Again, This Time To China

If you've been paying attention to Apple's most recent earnings reports, you'll probably be aware of two key points: one, the company's revenues continue to skyrocket, and secondly, China is increasingly important to that revenue increase. While Apple is typically viewed in a majorly positive light in North America, the company's image is...

BioShock Infinite's Game-Breaking Audio Bug

BioShock Infinite's Game-Breaking Audio Bug

BioShock Infinite is a great game. I'm only into the early chapters as of this writing, but I can already tell you that all the great things people have been writing are, as near as I can tell, absolutely true. We're working on a performance comparison and review that'll be up in the not-too-distant future, so look for them. For all its gorgeous...

Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G LTE Lands at AT&T April 5

Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G LTE Lands at AT&T April 5

AT&T today announced that it will begin offering Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 8.9" tablet on April 5 "at an affordable price." It's the 32GB model with 4G LTE connectivity, but just how affordable is it? Well, for a limited time, AT&T says customers who purchase the $399 tablet with a two-year data agreement will receive up to $150 off,...

Raspberry Pi's $25 'Model A' Proves Popular in U.S. Market, Sells Out Fast

Raspberry Pi's $25 'Model A' Proves Popular in U.S. Market, Sells Out Fast

If you snooze you lose, and so it goes with the $25 Model A version of the Raspberry Pi, a credit card sized Linux PC that became available to purchase in the U.S. on Easter Sunday. Despite the holiday being a time to relax, plenty of people in the U.S. saw fit to fork over their financial information and order the Model A, which is now sold...

Epic's Unreal Engine 4 'Infiltrator' Demo Looks Simply Amazing

Epic's Unreal Engine 4 'Infiltrator' Demo Looks Simply Amazing

Epic gave us all a sneak peak at the next generation of gaming with the release of its “Infiltrator” demo built with Unreal Engine 4, which looks terrific. Revealed at the GDC, the demo is running on a lone GeForce GTX 680, which is no less impressive than the demo itself. For the happy gamer, Unreal Engine 4 offers plenty of new...

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2: Windows 8 Slate Review

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2: Windows 8 Slate Review

Lenovo's first ThinkPad tablet was a bit of a disappointment to be candid. Even the best Android Honeycomb tablets were severely lacking on a number of fronts, back in the day. What was the use of a business tablet that couldn't run business apps? Well, forget all that. The ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a real business tablet, and one that actually...

YouTube No Longer Accepting Submissions, Will "Pick a Winner" For Best Video Starting at Midnight

YouTube No Longer Accepting Submissions, Will "Pick a Winner" For Best Video Starting at Midnight

After eight years of terrible webcam singing, nut shots, illegal backyard wrestling, skateboarding accidents, adorable puppies and babies, Photoshop tutorials, and on and on (and on and on), YouTube will stop accepting video submissions and will declare a winner for best video ever. “We started YouTube in 2005 as a contest with the simple...

Windows Phone See Big Gains, While BlackBerry Falls Short

Windows Phone See Big Gains, While BlackBerry Falls Short

Let us preface the rest of this article by saying Android is top mobile platform in the world with a monstrous share of the market, followed by iOS, the two of which combine to account for around 80-90 percent of the world's smartphones (depending on the source data). That leaves all the other mobile players fighting for scraps, and it looks...

Lenovo Gearing Up To Design Its Own Mobile Processor ICs

Lenovo Gearing Up To Design Its Own Mobile Processor ICs

You have to wonder: how many companies have to do the same thing before it officially becomes a trend? With Samsung, Apple and select mega-corporations all mulling the idea (or moving forward with plans) to construct their own silicon, it shouldn't come as a major surprise to hear that Lenovo is considering the same. Of course, Lenovo makes...

Google "Nose" Beta Launched, Replaces The Scratch n- Sniff

Google "Nose" Beta Launched, Replaces The Scratch n- Sniff

Practical joke? Or practically planning for the future? Google has historically ushered in a few good pranks on 4/1 each year, and today is no different. Google Nose (in Beta, of course) is the latest joke, but perhaps the funniest bit is that it's actually based on technology that's very real. Smell-o-vision has been something of a holy grail...

MMMmm! Bacon Flavored Mouthwash!

MMMmm! Bacon Flavored Mouthwash!

Proctor & Gamble's gone and done it now, and the company should think long and hard about how it proceeds. We're talking about P&G's aggressive social media campaign promoting Scope Bacon, supposedly a new mouthwash that tastes like bacon but leaves mouths feeling minty fresh. It's "for breath that sizzles," the tagline reads, and...

HTC One with 64GB is an AT&T Exclusive, No Fooling

HTC One with 64GB is an AT&T Exclusive, No Fooling

The durable HTC One is making its anticipated debut to retail this month and will come in two storage configurations, including 32GB and 64GB. However, AT&T posted a promotional video to YouTube that suggests the 64GB SKU is an exclusive, meaning every other carrier will only be able to offer the 32GB model, at least at the outset. Here's...

NVIDIA Launches GeForce 700M Mobile GPUs with Higher Clocks, Better Power Management

NVIDIA Launches GeForce 700M Mobile GPUs with Higher Clocks, Better Power Management

Every year, AMD and NVIDIA re-brand their GPU product lines, regardless of whether the underlying hardware has changed. This annual maneuver is a sop to OEMs, who like yearly refreshes and higher numbers. The big introduction NVIDIA is making this year is what it calls GPU Boost 2.0. Better Boosting: When NVIDIA launched the GeForce GTX...