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All News for January 2014

Core i5 Touch Laptop Seal, Rare Chromecast Price Drop, 750GB SSD, and More

Core i5 Touch Laptop Seal, Rare Chromecast Price Drop, 750GB SSD, and More

Our deal hunters have a collection of mighty fine deals for you to check out today. At the top of our list is a very well configured Toshiba laptop with Haswell Core i5 and touchscreen for just $649. If you've been waiting for the right time to get that legal copy of Office 2013, grab it now for $30 less than the current market price. Also...

Tablet Market Shows Signs of Slowed Growth and Saturation

Tablet Market Shows Signs of Slowed Growth and Saturation

Preliminary data from International Data Corporation's (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker indicate that tablet shipments around the globe grew to 76.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, representing an impressive 62.4 percent sequential growth rate and a 28.2 percent year-over-year increase. However, as obscene as those numbers...

LG G Flex 6-Inch Flexible Android Smartphone Shows Its Curvaceous Ways In The US

LG G Flex 6-Inch Flexible Android Smartphone Shows Its Curvaceous Ways In The US

We knew that the LG G Flex smartphone was coming to the U.S. sometime this quarter, but now we have a much clearer idea. You can preorder your own G Flex handset from AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile, and the device will be shipping in just a few days. AT&T’s website says that it will begin shipping the LG G Flex on February 4th. Sprint...

Madden NFL 25 Predicts Broncos Victory, 50,000 Computer Simulations Say Otherwise

Madden NFL 25 Predicts Broncos Victory, 50,000 Computer Simulations Say Otherwise

Good news if you're a Denver Broncos fan. Every year Electronics Arts runs a simulation of the Super Bowl on its Madden game, and this year, Madden NFL 25 predicted the Broncos will defeat the Seattle Seahawks in overtime by a field goal, 31-28. If the Broncos do in fact win, Peyton Manning will become the first quarterback ever to lead two...

Google Showcases Five 'Mini-Games' For Glass

Google Showcases Five 'Mini-Games' For Glass

Glass is for games, too. Google has “hacked together” (their words, not ours) five mini games in an effort to inspire developers to build games for Google Glass using Glassware. “With tons of tiny sensors and a screen that fits neatly above the eye, Glass is an exciting new place to play,” reads a Google blog post....

Facebook Launches ‘Paper’ Mobile News App Mixing User Feeds With News Media Content

Facebook Launches ‘Paper’ Mobile News App Mixing User Feeds With News Media Content

Facebook is launching an app called “Paper” that appears to be an effort to bring you all the best news features of Facebook without actually being on Facebook. “Paper makes storytelling more beautiful with an immersive design and fullscreen, distraction-free layouts. We’ve also made it easier to craft and share beautiful...

PlayStation 4 Weak Parental Controls Risk Exposing Kids to Adult Content

PlayStation 4 Weak Parental Controls Risk Exposing Kids to Adult Content

Nobody's ever used their Atari 2600 to stream episodes of Family Feud or Different Strokes, but fast forward to the present day and game consoles are capable of so much more than just playing modern day variants of Pitfall and Asteroids. The latest generation of game consoles are full-fledged media boxes that run the show in the living room,...

Intel To Shutter AppUp PC App Store On March 11

Intel To Shutter AppUp PC App Store On March 11

It's downright incredible just how quickly things change in the technological world. It feels like an eon ago that netbooks were all of the rage, but in truth, it was just 3-4 years back. Those tiny notebooks were selling for well under $400, offering mobile computing at a price that had not been seen before at that time. They were a bit slow,...

Why Now Might be a Good Time to Buy Apple Stock

Why Now Might be a Good Time to Buy Apple Stock

Apple this week reported its first quarter financial results ended December 28, 2013. In terms of dollars coming in, it was a solid quarter for the Cupertino outfit, which posted record quarterly revenue of $57.6 billion for a quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion, or $14.50 per diluted share. Those figures are up from revenue of $54.5 billion...

Imminent AMD Catalyst Driver Release To Enable Mantle, Fix Frame Pacing Issues, and Support HSA Features on Kaveri

Imminent AMD Catalyst Driver Release To Enable Mantle, Fix Frame Pacing Issues, and Support HSA Features on Kaveri

AMD has a new set of drivers coming in a couple of days that are poised to resolve a number of longstanding issues and enable a handful of new features as well, most notably support for Mantle. Though the number/naming convention may change by the time the drivers are actually released, we’re told the upcoming Catalyst 14.1 betas are...

Lenovo to Acquire Motorola Mobility from Google For A Cool $2.91B

Lenovo to Acquire Motorola Mobility from Google For A Cool $2.91B

Here's one that practically no one saw coming: Motorola Mobility has a new owner. Yes, the company that Google picked up just a couple of years ago for upwards of $12 billion is now under a new umbrella. Lenovo, the world's largest PC vendor, has just picked up one of the most well-known names in mobile. Motorola Mobility was purchased in...

Electronic Arts Reports Q3 Loss Bleeding Company of $308 Million

Electronic Arts Reports Q3 Loss Bleeding Company of $308 Million

Video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) posted a $308 million net loss during its fiscal third-quarter ended December 31, 2013. EA called it a "transitional quarter," referring to the fact that both Sony and Microsoft launched next-generation consoles in November. As a result, gamers tempered their spending on software titles for the Xbox...

Lakemaid Beer Company Testing Drone Delivery Of Cold Ones To Customers

Lakemaid Beer Company Testing Drone Delivery Of Cold Ones To Customers

Amazon is testing the use of drones to make deliveries in populated areas, but the Lakemade Beer Company of Stevens Point, Wisconsin is testing the idea of drones in decidedly unpopulated areas--namely, ice fishing shacks. “Our tests are on vast, wide-open frozen lakes free of trees and power lines. Our drone can fly as the crow flies,...

Rovio Angry Birds Website Hacked And Defaced With ‘Spying Birds’ Anti-NSA Make Over

Rovio Angry Birds Website Hacked And Defaced With ‘Spying Birds’ Anti-NSA Make Over

You'd have to imagine that the birds in Angry Birds are some of the angriest around, but last night, a "friend" of the hacking group Syrian Electronic Army saw it fit to add to their angst. For an undetermined amount of time, an image was plastered on the main Angry Birds site that changed the name to "Spying Birds". For added dramatic effect,...

Maingear EPIC RUSH With Radeon R9 290X Crossfire

Maingear EPIC RUSH With Radeon R9 290X Crossfire

Although the market for them is relatively small, we love to check out elaborate, no-holds-barred gaming PCs from time to time--you know, the kind of system that costs about the same amount as a serviceable used car. As fun as it is to check out an ultra high-end gaming rig, we also do it to gauge the user experience and to see just how much...

NVIDIA TegraZone Update Comes To Google Play For All Android Devices

NVIDIA TegraZone Update Comes To Google Play For All Android Devices

Although it cuts against the app’s actual name, NVIDIA’s TegraZone is now available on all Android devices whether or not they’re running a Tegra chip. This, courtesy of TegraZone v.2.9, which is now available in the Google Play Store. With the update, users can track their game collection across any and all of their Android...

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Takes Hefty 50 Percent Pay Cut on Wii U Failure

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Takes Hefty 50 Percent Pay Cut on Wii U Failure

Nintendo got a head start over Microsoft and Sony in the next generation console wars by launching its Wii U system well ahead of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but being first out of the gate doesn't necessarily guarantee victory. Quite the opposite in this case, as sales of the Wii U have been so bad that Nintendo president Satoru Iwata...

Mark Forg3d 3D Printer Does It With Carbon Fiber

Mark Forg3d 3D Printer Does It With Carbon Fiber

Innovation in the 3D printing space is exploding. At CES alone, we saw printers that can create food and ceramics, and there’s also a new multimaterial 3D printer that gives you full-color prints. And the Mark One 3D printer from Mark Forg3d prints in carbon fiber. Carbon fiber, people. Mark Forg3d claims that its composite material...

Smartphone Sales Exceed 1 Billion Units World Wide in 2013, Samsung Leader of the Pack

Smartphone Sales Exceed 1 Billion Units World Wide in 2013, Samsung Leader of the Pack

Talk about a banner year for smartphone sales. According to the newest data published by International Data Corporation (IDC), smartphone shipments around the globe topped 1 billion units for the first time ever in 2013, representing a significant 38.4 percent jump from the 725.3 million units tallied in 2012. That figure is also within less...

Google And Lego Collaborate And Announced 'Build With Chrome' Construction App

Google And Lego Collaborate And Announced 'Build With Chrome' Construction App

In a world where browsing is increasingly moving to mobile, the desktop browser is in a strange state. It's still far too popular globally to ignore, but how is a company to make browsing on the desktop anything more than a mere utility? Leave it to Google. Google has just announced a tie-in with LEGO that'll allow you to build and imagine...

KIA Summons "The Matrix" Morpheus In EPIC Luxury Sedan Super Bowl Ad

KIA Summons "The Matrix" Morpheus In EPIC Luxury Sedan Super Bowl Ad

When you think of luxury cars, Kia probably isn't a brand that comes immediately to mind. You might even associate Kia with cheap automobiles, though the South Korean car maker has made strides in recent years to build a more solid reputation in the U.S. It has close ties with the NBA and in particular Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers,...

Largest Ever EVE Online Battle Destroys More Than $200,000 Of Real-World Currency

Largest Ever EVE Online Battle Destroys More Than $200,000 Of Real-World Currency

War. War never changes. Once, humans waged war for domination of a single planet. In EVE Online, players and guilds battle for control of entire star systems. They scheme over resource-rich worlds, they vie for areas of strategic importance. And sometimes -- despite all the advances of modern technology -- somebody does something stupid, and...

Cheap Quad-Core Haswell PCs, Apple TV Price Drop, $179 Surface RT, and More

Cheap Quad-Core Haswell PCs, Apple TV Price Drop, $179 Surface RT, and More

If you're hunting for a new PC, our deal hunters are about to make you very happy. We've got both killer laptop and desktop deals, like the very well equipped and customizable HP Envy 15t with Haswell quad-core Core i7 processor at just $679. If a desktop is more your speed, the Inspiron 3000 PC with quad-core Haswell i5, 12GB RAM, and 1TB...

Motorola Knocks $70 Off Unlocked Moto X Smartphones In Sweetheart Deal Through Feb 14

Motorola Knocks $70 Off Unlocked Moto X Smartphones In Sweetheart Deal Through Feb 14

Motorola has been offering a number of great deals on its Moto X since its launch last summer (be sure to check out our review), and it appears that the company has no intention of slowing things down. Earlier this week, the company cut $100 off of the smartphone's going price for one hour. Understandably slow, many who were interested missed...

AMD Announces Sampling Of Eight-Core ARM 'Seattle' Processor At Facebook's Open Compute Summit

AMD Announces Sampling Of Eight-Core ARM 'Seattle' Processor At Facebook's Open Compute Summit

AMD's Andrew Feldman announced today that the company is preparing to sample its new eight-core ARM SoC (codename: Seattle). Feldman gave a keynote presentation at the fifth annual Open Compute Summit. The Open Compute Project (OCP) is Facebook's effort to decentralize and unpack the datacenter, breaking the replication of resources and low...

Microsoft Joins Open Compute Project, Sharing Server Designs And Specs

Microsoft Joins Open Compute Project, Sharing Server Designs And Specs

Microsoft is known for being a lot of things, but "open" is something that's found at the bottom of most hypothetical lists. However, the company has been willing to make some exceptions to that rule when either internal or both internal and external benefits can be seen, and we're seeing a new example of that with the company's latest move...

Apple Patent Could Lead to Solar Powered MacBooks

Apple Patent Could Lead to Solar Powered MacBooks

Apple's just been granted a rather interesting patent for an "Electronic device display module," which is really a fancy way of describing a clever dual-sided laptop display with a solar panel on back. The front of the lid would house your typical LCD, though the backside would be constructed from electrochromic glass atop photovoltaic cells...

Samsung's First Tizen Galaxy-Like Smartphone Leaked

Samsung's First Tizen Galaxy-Like Smartphone Leaked

Smartphone shoppers generally have four mobile platforms to choose from -- Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry. The majority choose Android or iOS, though believe it or not, the mobile landscape is expanding. Mozilla is making a move with its Firefox OS, and just around the corner is Samsung's first Tizen smartphone, the ZEQ9000. Tizen,...

Could These Leaked Images Be Valve's Source Engine 2 And Left 4 Dead 2?

Could These Leaked Images Be Valve's Source Engine 2 And Left 4 Dead 2?

For years, gamers have wondered when Valve might debut a new version of its Source engine and next-generation games built to run on it. Now, we may have answer to that, thanks to leaked screenshots of what appears to be a rebuilt version of the classic Plantation level. If true, it represents an enormous step forward for the venerable Source...

CyberPowerPC Zeus Mini SFF Gaming PCs Available In 8 Flavors Starting At $599

CyberPowerPC Zeus Mini SFF Gaming PCs Available In 8 Flavors Starting At $599

We got a firsthand look at some of CyberPowerPC’s Zeus Mini small form factor gaming PCs at CES, and now you can grab your very own from the company’s site. There are eight different models to choose from, with three AMD-based models and five systems rocking Intel parts. The SFF chassis, which measures just 4.4 x 17.4 x 13 inches...

Internet Entrepreneur Jason Calacanis Launches Inside.com Mobile News Curation App

Internet Entrepreneur Jason Calacanis Launches Inside.com Mobile News Curation App

There’s a lot of news out there, but there’s also a lot of “news”--that link bait stuff with sensational headlines and other detritus that just clogs up the Internet. Jason Calacanis is seeking to offer a tidier way of curating the news with a mobile app called Inside.com. The goal is to provide a stream of news headlines...

Careful! Malicious FileZilla FTP Client Circulating Steals FTP Login Credentials

Careful! Malicious FileZilla FTP Client Circulating Steals FTP Login Credentials

Looking for a solid and feature rich FTP client? FileZilla is one of the better ones out there, but surfer beware, malware writers have taken notice of the popular program and have decided to prey on individuals who aren't super diligent with their downloading habits. In other words, be real careful when downloading the FileZilla FTP client...

Google Rolls Out Prescription Google Glass Lenses With Geek-Chic Frames

Google Rolls Out Prescription Google Glass Lenses With Geek-Chic Frames

Did you ever think you’d be buying your prescription glasses from Google? We’re on record carping about the inability to wear Google Glass when you have existing spectacles on, but Google is addressing that issue in impressive fashion by rolling out its own spate of frames for prescription lenses. There are several lightweight...

ASUS GeForce GTX Titan Black Sneaks in a Cameo Appearance

ASUS GeForce GTX Titan Black Sneaks in a Cameo Appearance

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 780 Ti and GTX Titan are two of the fastest graphics cards on the planet, but lest you think the company is going to rest on its laurels, it's about to launch even faster parts. There's the GeForce GTX Titan Black Edition with a pile of onboard GDDR5 memory (6GB, to be exact) and the dual-GPU GTX 790, also with 6GB. Thanks...

Google Chrome Mobile Update For Android and iOS Released Featuring Data Compression And Translation For iOS

Google Chrome Mobile Update For Android and iOS Released Featuring Data Compression And Translation For iOS

Now that "unlimited data" is a relic of history for most U.S. carriers, users have to think about every move they make as it pertains to mobile data usage. Plus, it's becoming easier and easier to blast through that basic data tier, with apps such as Pinterest and Instagram requiring plenty of bytes to load all of those images. Google has...

Power Overwhelming: Blizzard Releases In-House Design Tools To Starcraft Modders

Power Overwhelming: Blizzard Releases In-House Design Tools To Starcraft Modders

Blizzard has released a powerful new suite of tools for Starcraft 2 modders and developers that fundamentally change the nature of what's possible in the popular RTS game. Now, players can use the same architectural and graphics design toolsets that Blizzard has used internally to build new units, tilesets, and models. Furthermore, these tools...

Haswell Touch Ultraportable For $349, One-Day IPS Monitor Dale, and More

Haswell Touch Ultraportable For $349, One-Day IPS Monitor Dale, and More

Topping the deal charts today is a newly sweetened deal. We've featured Dell's Inspiron 11 here before, but it just got a spec bump to 4GB/500GB and a price drop to $349, making this THE cheapest and competent touch ultraportable around! We also found a sweet deal on a 64GB flash drive that will also work with your recent Android device as...

Gigabyte Brings Discrete Graphics Firepower To Brix Gaming SFF PC

Gigabyte Brings Discrete Graphics Firepower To Brix Gaming SFF PC

We got a sneak peak at Gigabyte’s new Brix Gaming PC when we toured the company’s booth at CES, and now the tiny machine with discrete graphics is official. Other Gigabyte Brix PCs we’ve been privy to rely on integrated graphics--which, considering that some of those IGPs are Intel’s Iris Pro Graphics isn’t anything...

Windows 8.1 Update 1 Rumored To Be Arriving On Mid-March Patch Tuesday

Windows 8.1 Update 1 Rumored To Be Arriving On Mid-March Patch Tuesday

When Microsoft released Windows 8.1, it took care of a number of complaints users had with the launch version, and at the same time added some great improvements we were not anticipating (many of which we tackled in advance of its launch). Well, knowing that there's always room for more improvement, Microsoft is apparently going to take advantage...

Google May Drop Nexus Brand in Favor of Play Edition in 2015

Google May Drop Nexus Brand in Favor of Play Edition in 2015

Google has accumulated a fair amount of street cred with its Nexus line of mobile devices, some of which are best-in-class gadgets. Take for example the Nexus 7, still one of our favorite 7-inch Android tablets and arguably the best choice among a growing field of competitors. The Nexus brand certainly carriers a positive connotation, though...

Samsung ‘Galaxy Glass’ Google Glass Competitor Reported to Arrive in September

Samsung ‘Galaxy Glass’ Google Glass Competitor Reported to Arrive in September

Samsung has never been shy about following marketing trends, whether it's building smartphones, serving up smart watches (Galaxy Gear), or in this case, filing a patent for eye-wear to compete with Google Glass. The version Samsung has in mind is called Galaxy Glass (no surprise there), and it will look and function similar to Google's head...

No Golden Spike, But Tesla Completes Coast-To-Coast Free Supercharger Stations For Model S

No Golden Spike, But Tesla Completes Coast-To-Coast Free Supercharger Stations For Model S

Although it’s not exactly on par with the completion of, say, the first transcontinental railroad, Tesla has completed a coast-to-coast network of Supercharger stations to allow drivers of the Model S electric sedan to road trip across the country--for free. It’s a rather circuitous path, not at all a straight shot; starting from...

Stratasys Launches Objet500 Connex3, World's First Multi-Material Color 3D Printer

Stratasys Launches Objet500 Connex3, World's First Multi-Material Color 3D Printer

Stratasys’ Connex technology has previously allowed users to 3D print using two different base resins, but with the new Objet500 Connex3, you can use as many as three--PolyJet photopolymer, Digital ABS, and “another material of your choice”. What that means is that you can mix a variety of different types of materials in...

Microsoft Rebrands 'SkyDrive' As 'OneDrive' After Opting Out Of Trademark Court Battle

Microsoft Rebrands 'SkyDrive' As 'OneDrive' After Opting Out Of Trademark Court Battle

Microsoft announced that is has renamed its long-running SkyDrive cloud storage and sharing service. From henceforth, it shall be known as “OneDrive”. In the short video Microsoft posting on its OneDrive blog announcing the change, the new message is that the service is “one” place for everything--your photos, videos,...

HTC One Max 6-inch Android Smartphone Review

HTC One Max 6-inch Android Smartphone Review

We all want more from our smartphones. Whether it’s more screen real estate, more battery life, a better camera, or more storage for pictures, videos, and games, it seems there’s always something we could use more of from our phones. Manufacturers are constantly striving to deliver the best device, touting the areas in which they’ve...

Google And Samsung Global Patent Licensing Deal To Foster Closer Research Collaboration

Google And Samsung Global Patent Licensing Deal To Foster Closer Research Collaboration

Finally! That's an oft overused term in the technology space, but this time, we mean it. With patent wars thwarting innovation left and right over the past few years, it's a huge relief to see two major companies shaking hands and agreeing to move ahead and look beyond the legal aspects. Apple and Samsung probably still have some ways to go,...

Android Surpasses iOS in U.S. Market Share, Surges Further Ahead in Europe, China and Latin America

Android Surpasses iOS in U.S. Market Share, Surges Further Ahead in Europe, China and Latin America

Apple may have once dominated the mobile landscape with its iOS platform, but that was before Android came in like a wrecking ball (apologizes for putting that song in your head). This is true in the U.S. and abroad, and particularly in Europe where Android closed out 2013 with a 68.6 percent share of the smartphone market, well ahead of iOS...

South Korea Is on to Something, Rules Pre-Installed Smartphone Bloatware Must Be Removable

South Korea Is on to Something, Rules Pre-Installed Smartphone Bloatware Must Be Removable

Smartphone makers have taken a page from bulk OEMs in the PC industry by pre-loading their handsets with tons of software. The difference is you can spend a few minutes (or more) uninstalling bloatware on your computer, whereas it's not uncommon for apps to be permanently implanted on a smartphone, leaving you with the decision to deal with...

Microsoft Reportedly Relaxing Xbox One Kinect Requirements, Giving GPU Power A Boost

Microsoft Reportedly Relaxing Xbox One Kinect Requirements, Giving GPU Power A Boost

News from gaming insider Pete Doss is that Microsoft is mulling significant changes to the restrictions it places on developers regarding the Xbox One's GPU. Reportedly, some 10% of total GPU horsepower is reserved for the Kinect -- 8% for video and 2% for voice processing. Microsoft is apparently planning changes that would free up that 8%...

Foxconn Considers Opening a Display Factory on U.S. Soil

Foxconn Considers Opening a Display Factory on U.S. Soil

It's no secret that companies like to outsource production to overseas markets where labor is cheap and labor laws are often lax, to put it nicely. That isn't about to change, though it's nice to see companies move at least some of their manufacturing operations to U.S. soil, such as Motorola did when it started building Moto X devices in...

Google Granted Patent For Car Service That Takes You To An Advertised Location

Google Granted Patent For Car Service That Takes You To An Advertised Location

Google has received a patent that essentially takes the incentive for a consumer to visit a business up a notch--or several notches. Traditionally, the tactics brick-and-mortar businesses have had to use to get people through the door have involved advertising sales, coupons, and offers for validated parking, not to mention paying for a prime...

Selective Amnesia Strikes Apple's Schiller, Forgets HP in Recounting the History of the PC

Selective Amnesia Strikes Apple's Schiller, Forgets HP in Recounting the History of the PC

Once you hit your thirties, you begin to realize that the older you get, the better you used to be. You start to embellish your stories of past accomplishments and eventually that game tying layup in the third quarter of your high school basketball's regular season game becomes a slam dunk in triple overtime against an archival in a critical...

T-Mobile CEO John Legere Says T-Mo Sprint Deal Will Challenge Verizon and AT&T 'Duopoly'

T-Mobile CEO John Legere Says T-Mo Sprint Deal Will Challenge Verizon and AT&T 'Duopoly'

Like him or hate him, T-Mobile CEO John Legere is good for the mobile industry. He seems a little crazy, but crazy like a fox. The things he says in public are usually rather spot on, although his latest comments are more interesting if you read between the lines. His company and Sprint are looking at a merger, which would take the number...

Apple CEO Tim Cook Claims NSA Has "No Back Door" To Apple Servers

Apple CEO Tim Cook Claims NSA Has "No Back Door" To Apple Servers

Much has been made of the NSA’s domestic spying program and how the agency has culled data from major Internet companies, and rightly so, but Apple CEO Tim Cook says that his company is having none of it. In an interview with ABC News, Cook was emphatic. “Much of what has been said isn’t true,” Cook told David Muir....

Waste Your Day Hunting For Easter Eggs In Microsoft’s Gigapixel ArtZoom Panorama Of Seattle

Waste Your Day Hunting For Easter Eggs In Microsoft’s Gigapixel ArtZoom Panorama Of Seattle

Our apologies in advance for telling you about something that you can waste your entire day on, but this is, frankly, just really cool. Microsoft created a huge 20-gigapixel image of Seattle around which you can scroll and zoom around, but the company also enlisted the help of the Seattle art community to set up dozens of art installations...

Google to Offer Up $2.7 Million Bounty in Pwnium Hacking Competition

Google to Offer Up $2.7 Million Bounty in Pwnium Hacking Competition

Google is putting up a ton of cash for the taking as part of this year's Pwnium hacking competition at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver in March. More than $2.7 million is up for grabs, which will be doled out in chunks to hackers who discover security vulnerabilities in Google's Chrome operating system. The sultan of search...

Bill Gates Gets Schooled In Chess, Beaten By 23 Year Old Grandmaster In 71 Seconds

Bill Gates Gets Schooled In Chess, Beaten By 23 Year Old Grandmaster In 71 Seconds

There's no disputing that Bill Gates is blessed with a brilliant mind. Sure, he dropped out of Harvard College, but he got accepted into the elite institution of higher learning in the first place. Leading into his college career, Gates scored 1,590 out of 1,600 on the SAT. The rest is history -- he went on to co-found Microsoft, built a net...

Google Fiber Launching In Provo Utah Next Month, 100 Times Faster

Google Fiber Launching In Provo Utah Next Month, 100 Times Faster

Google missed its mark of the end of 2013, but the company got close: Residents of the second city to get access to Google Fiber--Provo, Utah--can now sign up for the service. Google says the gigabit Internet service will come online in waves, starting next month in the North Park neighborhood (er, fiberhood that is) and work down to the Foothills...

4K Dell monitor for just $629, Samsung 840 Pro price drop, Asus router, and more

4K Dell monitor for just $629, Samsung 840 Pro price drop, Asus router, and more

Our deal hunters are on fire this week and today they bring us two particularly amazing deals. First up is the smoking fast Samsung 840 Pro SSD in 128GB capacity, marked down to a near all-time low of just $121.99. The other beauty you've been waiting for is Dell's brand new 28" 4K monitor, showing up for a list price of $699 with a coupon...

Gmail Service Fails Worldwide, World Goes Nuts

Gmail Service Fails Worldwide, World Goes Nuts

You've probably noticed, Gmail is down. It's not just down for you - it's down across the US and the world, with reports coming in from Europe, Canada, and India that one of the planet's largest email networks has suddenly failed. The only thing missing is any information from Google. Ironically, Google's App dashboard was one of the last...

TiVo VP Says Company Not Abandoning Hardware

TiVo VP Says Company Not Abandoning Hardware

Just yesterday, a report emerged that TiVo was laying off much of its hardware design team, leaving only a skeleton crew to support existing devices, and getting out of the hardware business altogether to focus on the cloud. According to comments made by TiVo VP of corporate communications Steve Wymer to The Verge, the notion that TiVo is...

Pinterest Becomes GIF-Tastic

Pinterest Becomes GIF-Tastic

As if GIFs weren’t taking over most corners of the Internet already, popular social site Pinterest officially supports them. Starting now, you can post GIFs to Pinterest and play or pause them in their spot on a board or on the main page. “The well-timed GIF may be the greatest thing to have happened to the internet since emoticons,”...

Apple Celebrates 30-Year Anniversary Of The Mac

Apple Celebrates 30-Year Anniversary Of The Mac

It was 30 years ago that Apple brought forth the Macintosh, a personal computer with a great GUI and all sorts of capabilities foreign to most users. Apple debuted that iconic “1984” ad in the Super Bowl that year, and the company has been innovating and producing new machines since then, most of which have been compelling. Apple...

HP Offloads Palm, iPaq, and Bitfone Patents to Qualcomm

HP Offloads Palm, iPaq, and Bitfone Patents to Qualcomm

Hewlett Packard's Palm patents are changing hands. Qualcomm is the new owner, having announced the acquisition of a patent portfolio from HP that not only includes Palm, but also iPaq and Bitfone patents. The patent portfolio is stuffed full with around 2,400 granted patents and pending patent applications from the U.S. and other countries....

Pope Francis Notes The Internet Is ‘A Gift From God'

Pope Francis Notes The Internet Is ‘A Gift From God'

The papacy can seem anachronistic with the rapidly-evolving world of the Internet, but Pope Francis seems to be rather in tune with the digital age. He offered some keen wisdom about the Internet and our lifestyle of digital communication in a statement today. But among the many quote-worthy bits, the best one is that he called the Internet...

Google Tops U.S. Firms Spending Over $14 Million on Government Lobbying Efforts

Google Tops U.S. Firms Spending Over $14 Million on Government Lobbying Efforts

It's been said that it takes money to make money, though that's not the only thing piles of green paper are good for. Toss enough dollars at the U.S. government and you can enact change, among other things, because let's face it, money talks. If it didn't, the top technology firms wouldn't have spent a combined $61.15 million on government...

Intel Announces Bay Trail Power NUC Tiny PC Starting At $128

Intel Announces Bay Trail Power NUC Tiny PC Starting At $128

You have to love the tiny NUC (Next Unit of Computing) from Intel, a diminutive machine that measures just 116.6 x 112.0 x 51.5mm yet offers a surprising amount of computing power. The chipmaker has a new NUC kit available, and for the performance that the DN2820FYKH offers, it starts at just $128. The NUC sports a dual-core Intel Celeron...

Apple Reportedly Working on Apple TV Update with Gaming and App Store Features

Apple Reportedly Working on Apple TV Update with Gaming and App Store Features

There's no indication that Apple is yet ready to make the plunge into branded television territory, though the Cupertino outfit is reportedly working on another Apple TV device, which is said to be far along in the testing phase. It will be another set-top box of sorts with an overhauled operating system based on iOS and some other snazzy...

Reports Say Apple To Upsize The iPhone and Mothball iPhone 5c

Reports Say Apple To Upsize The iPhone and Mothball iPhone 5c

Given that the iPhone has seen an annual refresh each year since its unveiling in 2007, it's a pretty safe bet that some flavor of iPhone will see the light of day in 2014. The big question, however, is whether or not we'll see an even bigger iPhone. With the Galaxy Note series selling tens of millions of units worldwide, it's clear that there's...

$69 120GB SSD, $399 touch laptop, free Moto X, and more

$69 120GB SSD, $399 touch laptop, free Moto X, and more

The deal gods have been good to us today, yielding some amazing offers that meet or beat year-low prices. Our top deal is a Kingston V300 120GB for a mere $69.99, one of the lower price per GB we've seen yet. Dell is also offering their ultra-portable touchscreen Inspiron 11 for only $399.99, easily the best price for a true ultraportable...

Netflix Threatens To Rally User Base To Rise Up And Save Net Neutrality

Netflix Threatens To Rally User Base To Rise Up And Save Net Neutrality

Over the past few weeks, net neutrality has seen serious challenges from the likes of Verizon and AT&T. Verizon won a court case in which the FCC's rules on net neutrality were effectively gutted, while AT&T introduced a new pricing plan for content providers called Sponsored Data, which pushes companies like Netflix to pay an additional...

Google’s Video Quality Report For YouTube Evaluates Your ISP’s Performance For Shame Or Fame

Google’s Video Quality Report For YouTube Evaluates Your ISP’s Performance For Shame Or Fame

Not all ISPs are built alike, a fact that's been proven time and time again ever since the broadband era began. But today, that matters more than ever. We're streaming video, music, and in some cases, even games. We need reliable Internet, and we need an ISP that's willing to deliver that. Finding a good ISP isn't too difficult nowadays, what...

Random Crashes and ‘White Screen of Death’ for iOS7? Apple Promises a Fix

Random Crashes and ‘White Screen of Death’ for iOS7? Apple Promises a Fix

When Apple released iOS 7, it caught some users off guard due to its flattened aesthetic and several design changes, which go well beneath the surface. Nevertheless, users have been quick to download the update, which at last count was installed on 74 percent of Apple devices. That's great as far as market penetration goes, but unfortunately...

TiVo May Be Bailing On Hardware, Lays Off Most Of Its Industrial Design Team

TiVo May Be Bailing On Hardware, Lays Off Most Of Its Industrial Design Team

TiVo has been high on cloud technology lately, enabling its Roamio Pro and Roamio Plus DVRs to stream to mobile devices, talking up an initiative to put its Roamio DVR in the cloud with a Network PVR, and demonstrating its TiVo nDVR network DVR prototype at CES, and accordingly, its time as a hardware maker may be coming to an end. According...

Hasselblad's 50-Megapixel Medium Format CMOS Camera Offers Higher ISO Performance, Faster Shots, Killer Fidelity

Hasselblad's 50-Megapixel Medium Format CMOS Camera Offers Higher ISO Performance, Faster Shots, Killer Fidelity

Hasselblad is a something of a legendary name in photography and has been making medium-format cameras for decades, and now the company has made another step forward in innovation with the impending Hasselblad H5D-50c. The 50MP medium-format H5D-50c is similar to the company’s existing H5D-50 model except that it has a CMOS sensor instead...

Dell XPS 15 Touch Screen Laptop Review

Dell XPS 15 Touch Screen Laptop Review

Dell's XPS line of laptops have always been about foregoing compromise in the pursuit of a premium mobile experience. The company's latest lineup of XPS 15 touch-enabled systems carry that tradition into a new era of computing, driven by Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system. These machines are anything but cookie cutter, and even if you're...

Valve Updates SteamOS Beta With Dual Boot "Expert Install" Capability

Valve Updates SteamOS Beta With Dual Boot "Expert Install" Capability

Valve’s SteamOS was always designed to be open so others could tinker with it, and a couple of chaps have made some modifications that, with the collaboration of Valve, bring some choice new features to the operating system. Valve posted a link to a new SteamOS ISO along with a note about what it does. The premiere features are dual-boot...

Researchers Predict Demise of Facebook with 80-Percent User Exodus by 2017, Doubt It

Researchers Predict Demise of Facebook with 80-Percent User Exodus by 2017, Doubt It

A lot can change in three years. In 2011, Google launched its own social network, Ultrabooks became a thing, Steve Ballmer was the head of Microsoft for the foreseeable future, and it looked like we'd all own a glasses-free 3D TV someday soon. That's really just a sampling of how the landscape has changed in three short years, but it begs...

Lenovo to Acquire IBM Low-End Server Business for $2.3 Billion

Lenovo to Acquire IBM Low-End Server Business for $2.3 Billion

Lenovo on Thursday announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire IBM's x86-based server business for $2.3 billion. The deal includes System x, BladeCenter, and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers, and associated software, blade networking, and maintenance...

Study Finds Texting While Walking Throws Off Your Balance

Study Finds Texting While Walking Throws Off Your Balance

It's rather annoying having to sidestep a fellow pedestrian on the sidewalk who's paying more attention to his mobile phone than his surroundings, but not only is such behavior selfishly rude, it's scientifically observed to be dangerous, too. A new study points out all kinds of flaws with trying to text message and strut at the same time....

CmdrTaco Returns With News Recommendation Site Trove

CmdrTaco Returns With News Recommendation Site Trove

If you've been around the internet for as long as we have, you'll probably relate to something: this place is getting noisy, and nosier by the day.  It has become practically impossible to keep up with what's going on each day on the 'net, even if you're trying solely to focus on a specific area of interest. There's simply too much going...

1.4Tbps Internet Speeds? BT And Alcatel-Lucent Say They've Done It

1.4Tbps Internet Speeds? BT And Alcatel-Lucent Say They've Done It

There’s really no other way to say it: BT and Alcatel-Lucent claim that they’ve reached Internet speeds of 1.4Tbps over an existing fiber connection. To be clear, that terabits, not gigabits; we’ve covered a good amount of news related to the latter lately because almost nobody has access to those kinds of speeds as it is....

MIT Researchers Develop Transparent Display With Nanoparticles For Heads-Up Displays And Other Uses

MIT Researchers Develop Transparent Display With Nanoparticles For Heads-Up Displays And Other Uses

A group of researchers at MIT have developed a proof of concept transparent display that portends a future of clear displays that are inexpensive to make and easy to acquire. The team said that some of the limitations of current transparent technologies include the inability to see projected images from more than one specific angle as well...

Online Backup Services Company Backblaze Rates Hard Drive Reliability, Hitachi and WD On Top

Online Backup Services Company Backblaze Rates Hard Drive Reliability, Hitachi and WD On Top

Back in December, online backup provider Backblaze presented a simple question: "Enterprise Drives: Fact or Fiction?" The answer, at least based-upon the company's small sampling of drives (over 10,000 "drive hours" were tested), it was discovered that enterprise drives don't necessarily live longer. In fact, in Backblaze's particular case,...

Google's Next Nexus Tablet Could Be An 8-inch Bay Trail Slate

Google's Next Nexus Tablet Could Be An 8-inch Bay Trail Slate

It's not easy competing in the increasingly crowded 7-inch Android tablet category, even for Google, which arguably offers the best solution with its Nexus 7 (see our review). Google entered the market at a time when there weren't many viable, low-cost alternatives, and with the situation having now changed, there's talk that Google might...

Amazon in Talks with Entertainment Studios in Bid for TV Streaming Service

Amazon in Talks with Entertainment Studios in Bid for TV Streaming Service

It's hard to believe that Amazon came into this world selling books, and while that business still thrives in digital form (Amazon makes a killing off its Kindle devices), the online retail giant has big plans for streaming video. With its Prime Instant Video service already in full swing and winning favor, Amazon has reportedly begun chatting...

Tango Smartphone-Sized ‘Gameable’ PC With AMD Kaveri Makes a Splash on Indiegogo

Tango Smartphone-Sized ‘Gameable’ PC With AMD Kaveri Makes a Splash on Indiegogo

It's taken some time for hardware to gain an edge over software, and now that it's happened (for the most part, anyway), we're seeing a shift in the market place towards smaller computing devices. The mini PC movement has already begun, and whereas it may not have been possible to build a handheld-sized system capable of running all your programs...

AMD Q4 Sees Strong 2013 Revenue Growth In GPUs and Console APUs, PC Financials Weak

AMD Q4 Sees Strong 2013 Revenue Growth In GPUs and Console APUs, PC Financials Weak

AMD has released its annual earnings report, and the news for the chipmaker is mixed but looking up. For the year, AMD saw revenue drop 2% from 2012 (from $5.42 billion to $5.3 billion), but the company had a solid fourth quarter in 2013 with $1.59 billion revenue which marked a 38% year-over-year jump from 2012. Much of that revenue came...

Yahoo! Acquires Mobile Marketing Start-Up Sparq For Its 'Deep Link' Technology

Yahoo! Acquires Mobile Marketing Start-Up Sparq For Its 'Deep Link' Technology

It's a new year, but much of the same for Yahoo. After a spending spree in 2013, Yahoo is continuing in the new year with yet another buy-and-shut down episode. The company has just purchased Sparq, noted as a marketing technology startup. Following the acquisition, it promptly shut Sparq down. Reportedly, Yahoo spent just under $2 million...

Forthcoming Windows 8.1 Update May Offer Ability to Open Apps in Desktop Mode

Forthcoming Windows 8.1 Update May Offer Ability to Open Apps in Desktop Mode

Windows 8 may not have been an instant hit with desktop users, but slowly and surely, Microsoft continues to improve upon the experience, most notably with the release of Windows 8.1. That's not the end of the road, however, as Microsoft has more tweaks in mind before the rumored launch of Windows 9 in 2015, starting with an update that's...

T-Mobile Wants to be Your Bank, Offers Free Checking

T-Mobile Wants to be Your Bank, Offers Free Checking

T-Mobile isn't content simply shaking up the wireless industry by going against the grain as part of its "Un-carrier" designation, apparently the company wants to be your un-bank, too. Hence the wireless carrier is extending its different way of thinking into the personal finance sector with an initiative it's calling Mobile Money by T-Mobile....

OCZ Vertex 460 240GB Solid State Drive Review

OCZ Vertex 460 240GB Solid State Drive Review

We had originally planned to start this review off with a brief discussion of OCZ’s potential fate and what the company’s recent bankruptcy and looming acquisition by Toshiba could mean for its future. But in the 11th hour yesterday, news came through that the acquisition was complete and OCZ would go on producing solid state storage...

AMD Announces New Server Hardware As Part Of Open Compute 3.0 Initiative

AMD Announces New Server Hardware As Part Of Open Compute 3.0 Initiative

Today, AMD is launching a pair of power-optimized server parts based on what it calls the "Warsaw" refresh. These chips are still Piledriver-based, but AMD claims that the new core offers an optimal performance per watt solution for virtualization without breaking the corporate bank account. "With the continued move to virtualized environments...

Toshiba Completes Acquistion Of OCZ Technology Group, Launching OCZ Storage Solutions Subsidiary

Toshiba Completes Acquistion Of OCZ Technology Group, Launching OCZ Storage Solutions Subsidiary

Right on schedule, OCZ Technology is receiving an injection straight to the heart via Toshiba. After falling into bankruptcy last year and nearly instantly being rescued by Toshiba, the latter has announced today that it has "finalized the purchase of substantially all assets of OCZ Technology Group, making it a wholly owned subsidiary and...

Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught Trailer Aims To ‘CODnap’ You From Your Significant Others

Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught Trailer Aims To ‘CODnap’ You From Your Significant Others

The first of four pieces of DLC to hit Call of Duty: Ghosts is due out at the end of the month (28th for Xbox, later for other platforms), and Activision wants to make sure you understand what makes it so epic. This first DLC is called "Onslaught", and consists of four brand-new multiplayer maps, the first installment of the episodic narrative...

$269 ultra-slim bezel IPS monitor, one-day Kindle Fire sale, AIO PCs, and more

$269 ultra-slim bezel IPS monitor, one-day Kindle Fire sale, AIO PCs, and more

If you've been looking for a sleek new monitor to put on that desk, the new Dell U2414H with an ultra-slim bezel and gorgeous 1080p IPS screen is marked down to just $269.99, including three-year advance exchange warranty. Amazon is also taking a rare $30 off their uber-fast Kindle Fire HDX 7" tablet, but that deal is for today only! Don't...

King.com Limited, Creators of Candy Crush Saga Trademarks The Word ‘CANDY’

King.com Limited, Creators of Candy Crush Saga Trademarks The Word ‘CANDY’

Here's a head-scratcher: King.com, creators of the popular online game Candy Crush, has managed to trademark the word "Candy". It might seem bizarre that such a general word could be trademarked, but because it's being applied specifically to gaming (and clothing, for some reason), it's allowed to go through. What this move...

Sugar Battery Breakthrough Could Run Your Next Laptop On Mountain Dew

Sugar Battery Breakthrough Could Run Your Next Laptop On Mountain Dew

A new breakthrough at Virginia Tech could be the beginning of a new type of commercial battery production. Granted, tech companies make these claims on a regular basis -- but this one may be worth paying attention to in the long term. According to EurekaAlert, a research team led by Y.H. Percival Zhang has created a high-density battery capable...

SanDisk Announces Flash-Based ULLtraDIMM SSD

SanDisk Announces Flash-Based ULLtraDIMM SSD

SanDisk announced a new flash storage solution aimed primarily at enterprises that puts storage in a DIMM slot and promises claims industry’s first “enterprise-class, ultra-low latency, memory channel storage solution”. The idea is that this storage solution is located much closer to the CPU than traditional ones. ULLtraDIMM...

LogMeIn Discontinues Free Access To Its Service As Of Today

LogMeIn Discontinues Free Access To Its Service As Of Today

As they say, there’s no free lunch--at least anymore, for users of LogMeIn Free. LogMeIn allows users to remotely access their PCs via other machines and mobile devices, and the company is simplifying its offerings by killing off the free version--starting today. If you use LogMeIn Free, you’ll have seven days after your next login...

The Hacks Keep Coming As Microsoft's Office Blog Takes A Hit From The SEA

The Hacks Keep Coming As Microsoft's Office Blog Takes A Hit From The SEA

Earlier this month the Syrian Electronic Army hacked Microsoft’s Twitter account (twice), posting messages telling users not to use Microsoft’s email systems, ostensibly because the company was “monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments”. The SEA is back at it, defacing Microsoft’s Office...

Lenovo Back in Talks on Acquisition of IBM Server Business Unit

Lenovo Back in Talks on Acquisition of IBM Server Business Unit

Lenovo, the world's leading PC maker in terms of volume and market share, is still interested in acquiring IBM's server division. Though Lenovo's been able to grow its PC business while nearly every other OEM has seen declines in shipments the past several quarters, a move like this would expand Lenovo's product offerings into more stable...

Verizon Snaps Up Intel's Abandoned OnCue Streaming TV Assets

Verizon Snaps Up Intel's Abandoned OnCue Streaming TV Assets

The rumors were true--Verizon has indeed purchased Intel’s OnCue service, which promised streaming cloud TV over the Internet that would have challenged traditional pay TV paradigms. OnCue sounded like a pet project, headed by Intel Media VP Erik Huggers, and it was definitely one of those try-it-and-see-how-it-goes sort of endeavors....

Microsoft Allegedly Pays for Positive Xbox One Press on YouTube Videos Tagged with ‘XB1M13’

Microsoft Allegedly Pays for Positive Xbox One Press on YouTube Videos Tagged with ‘XB1M13’

Looking for video reviews of Microsoft's Xbox One console on YouTube? You may want to play close attention to the tags, one of which may indicate that the video you're watching is little more than a paid advertisement and not a true review. The latest rumor making the rounds is that of a stealth promotional campaign involving Microsoft and...

HBO Go Chief is Cool with You Sharing Your Password with Friends

HBO Go Chief is Cool with You Sharing Your Password with Friends

Home Box Office Inc. doesn't receive nearly as much attention (and kudos) as it deserves in what's become a landscape of streaming media. While organizations like the RIAA and MPAA are ultra concerned with copyrights and locking down content with restrictive digital rights management (DRM), HBO is a company that seems to get it. We caught...

Verizon Sees Double Digit Earnings Growth While Adding 1.7 Million Wireless Customers in Q4

Verizon Sees Double Digit Earnings Growth While Adding 1.7 Million Wireless Customers in Q4

Verizon Communications reported an 8 percent year-over-year increase in wireless service revenues in the fourth quarter of 2013, which was helped in part by adding 1.7 million mobile subscribers. The wireless carrier is now home to 102.8 million total cellular subscribers, bolstering its position as the leading carrier in the U.S. ahead of...

Beats Music Joins The Streaming Fray While MOG Gets Shutdown Date

Beats Music Joins The Streaming Fray While MOG Gets Shutdown Date

In with the new, out with the old. While the streaming music universe seems to have plenty of competition these days (Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, etc.), there's about to be another to choose from. Dr. Dre and Beats have had huge success in an over-saturated headphone market already, and it's hoping to translate the brand uptake over to the streaming...

AMD Under Fire From Irate Mac Users as Angry Investors File Llano Lawsuit

AMD Under Fire From Irate Mac Users as Angry Investors File Llano Lawsuit

Update: Sharp-eyed reader Justin Jaynes has pointed out that the Llano lawsuit against AMD has been filed by lawyers  hoping to convince investors to jump onboard, not by AMD itself. We've updated the story accordingly. There's two pieces of news on the AMD front as the company prepares to announce earnings this week, but neither are...

Google Pulls Two Chrome Extensions for Bombarding Users with Invasive Ads

Google Pulls Two Chrome Extensions for Bombarding Users with Invasive Ads

If there's one thing Google hates a lot, it's "bad" advertising. We're not talking about "bad" from the angle of being poor in quality or annoying (like Geico's latest TV commercials...), but rather ads designed to mislead, scam, or encourage an accidental click. While Google itself might still earn some serious dough off of these bad ads,...

Comcast Testing Cloud DVR In Boston, Take Your TV Shows On The Road

Comcast Testing Cloud DVR In Boston, Take Your TV Shows On The Road

This summer, Comcast announced a plan to run trials of a cloud-based DVR service called X2, which it is now doing, and there’s also a tweener option at play with the X1 mobile app. The app, which is available in the iTunes store, allows those with access to the X1 cloud DVR trial to watch their recorded content on their iPhones or iPads....

For the First Time, "Password" is a Slightly Better Password than "123456"

For the First Time, "Password" is a Slightly Better Password than "123456"

To those of you who are using "password" to secure an account, you can rest slightly easier at night knowing that it longer tops the list of worst passwords. Two-time runner up "123456" has taken the dishonor of being the most common used password found on the Internet, giving the six-character combination the distinction of being the worst...

HP Re-Marketing Windows 7 As “Back By Popular Demand”, Offering $150 Off Systems

HP Re-Marketing Windows 7 As “Back By Popular Demand”, Offering $150 Off Systems

Usually when a PC vendor sells machines running an older operating system, it means that they’re trying to clear out inventory, but that is not the case with HP and its current promotion of Windows 7 PCs. On HP’s welcome page, the main banner says “Back by popular demand” above a deal describing how you can configure...

Korea’s SK Telecom Developing 300Mbps Wireless Broadband

Korea’s SK Telecom Developing 300Mbps Wireless Broadband

When it comes to mobile broadband speeds, Korea is doing quite well. While Sprint is boasting about 50-60Mbps that will be in five U.S. cities by the end of the year, Korea’s SK Telecom says that it already has 300Mbps LTE ready to roll. (Well, sort of.) The technology involved is a three-band aggregation, just like Sprint’s Spark...

Samsung Galaxy S5 Home Screen Leak Shows TouchWiz UI Buffed Up with Google Now-Like Notifications

Samsung Galaxy S5 Home Screen Leak Shows TouchWiz UI Buffed Up with Google Now-Like Notifications

It appears that Samsung has more in mind than just making physical changes to its flagship smartphone. Based on some leaked photos floating around cyberspace, Samsung is going for a visual overhaul as well, with the next version of its TouchWiz user interface (UI) overlay for Android looking a lot like Google Now. Twitter user "evleaks" posted...

 Verizon Shaves Edge Upgrade Wait Time to Just 30 Days

Verizon Shaves Edge Upgrade Wait Time to Just 30 Days

If you want to know what nifty smartphones are right around the corner, one surefire way to find out is to go pick up a device and lock yourself into a contract. Usually without fail, something newer, bigger, faster, and all around better pops up in the market immediately after, leaving you stuck with a last generation smartphone for the duration...

Russian Teen Responsible for Malware Used in Target Data Breach

Russian Teen Responsible for Malware Used in Target Data Breach

Don't you miss the days when teenagers used to get in trouble for crossing over old man Jenkin's lawn on the way to school? It's a different a era we live in, one where the landscape is connected through cyberspace and ripe for mischief of a totally different kind. Hence it shouldn't be all that shocking to find out that a Russian teen is...

Kaveri Software Documentation Shows AMD Considered GDDR5, Might Release Eight-Core Variant

Kaveri Software Documentation Shows AMD Considered GDDR5, Might Release Eight-Core Variant

Of all the rumors that swirled around Kaveri before the APU debuted last week, one of the more interesting bits was that AMD might debut GDDR5 as a desktop option. GDDR5 isn't bonded in sticks for easy motherboard socketing, and motherboard OEMs were unlikely to be interested in paying to solder 4-8GB of RAM directly on to their own motherboards...

Google Makes New Years Resolution To Crack Down On Bad Ads

Google Makes New Years Resolution To Crack Down On Bad Ads

You know what really grinds our gears? Bad ads. Online advertising makes most of the free content on the Internet (such as the words you’re reading right now) possible, but there are plenty of bad actors that abuse advertising tools to spam, trick, or deliver malicious content to users. Fortunately, Google has an ongoing full frontal...

Supreme Court Sets Precedent Protecting Blogger with Same Freedom of Speech Rights as Traditional Press

Supreme Court Sets Precedent Protecting Blogger with Same Freedom of Speech Rights as Traditional Press

In what amounts to a victory for bloggers, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that Crystal Cox, a blogger, is protected by the same free speech rights as a traditional journalist and therefore can't be held liable for defamation unless it's proven that she acted negligently. The ruling came after Cox lost a defamation...

Microsoft Rolls Out Second Attempt at Surface Pro 2 Firmware Update

Microsoft Rolls Out Second Attempt at Surface Pro 2 Firmware Update

Turn that frown upside down, Surface Pro 2 owners, because Microsoft has begun serving up a firmware update that was intended to fix a number of issues a month ago. Unfortunately for Microsoft (and Surface Pro 2 owners), the original firmware had to be yanked offline last month after users reported issues with failed installations and, when...

Moment Smartphone Lens Kickstarter Project Blows Past Goal In 28 Hours, Up To $208K And Counting

Moment Smartphone Lens Kickstarter Project Blows Past Goal In 28 Hours, Up To $208K And Counting

Sometimes a company has an idea that hits everyone right in the zeitgeist. Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter are terrific indicators of what people will be interested in buying, because they speak volumes with their support. We’ve seen it in the recent past with projects like Pebble, OUYA, and the Oculus Rift, and smartphone camera...

Intel Slashing 5% Of Its Workforce This Year

Intel Slashing 5% Of Its Workforce This Year

Intel may seem like an unmovable juggernaut, but the company is actually in the midst of major changes. The PC industry is shifting, and the old Wintel paradigm isn’t what it used to be. The company has a new CEO in Brian Krzanich, and the new boss is tasked with captaining the turning ship; unfortunately, he’s doing so in part...

Starbucks and Neiman Marcus Also Hacked During The Holidays, When Will We Take Security Seriously?

Starbucks and Neiman Marcus Also Hacked During The Holidays, When Will We Take Security Seriously?

Over the holidays, popular retailer Target admitted that it had been breached, with data of up to 40 million customers stolen. Weeks later, that number skyrocketed to 110 million. As we can now see, while it was Target that dominated the security headlines this past month, two other incidents seemingly flew under the radar, involving Starbucks...

Facebook’s Trending Feature Rolls Out, About Time

Facebook’s Trending Feature Rolls Out, About Time

Facebook’s new Trending feature is rolling out, and it’s pretty much exactly what you think it is--a sidebar in your NewsFeed that shows you the hottest topics trending on Facebook, with the ones Facebook’s algorithms think you’d be interested in featured most prominently. If you want to know more about a given headline,...

Amazon Patents ‘Anticipatory Shipping’ Of Your Stuff Before You Buy It

Amazon Patents ‘Anticipatory Shipping’ Of Your Stuff Before You Buy It

Amazon never stops looking for ways to get packages to people in as little time as possible, and its latest effort on that front is shipping packages before you even order an item. Amazon is calling it “anticipatory shipping”, and the company just landed a patent for it. Simply put, Amazon will pack up items before anything is...

Hackers Launch IoT Spam Attack With Smart Appliances

Hackers Launch IoT Spam Attack With Smart Appliances

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating as we enter the era of the Internet of Things (IoT): Anything that’s Internet-connected can be hacked. We’ve seen it recently with TRENDnet IP cameras and warned about it with Nest (even as Google snapped it up in a $3.2 billion acquisition this week). And now, a security company...

Twitter’s VP of Product Quits and Takes Advisory Role

Twitter’s VP of Product Quits and Takes Advisory Role

Michael Sippey, vice president of product at Twitter, has spent most of his professional career working at startups, none bigger than the microblogging site that lets you post your thoughts 140 characters at a time. Previous to joining Twitter in 2012, Sippey helped grow a blog platform called Six Apart and then Say Media, a media company...

Oops, Yay! Nestor Inc Stock Shoots Up 1900 Percent on Google’s Acquisition of Nest

Oops, Yay! Nestor Inc Stock Shoots Up 1900 Percent on Google’s Acquisition of Nest

Maybe it's a sign of the Fast Food era that we live in where everyone is too busy to slow down, but in the wake of Google's $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs, a maker of modern day digital thermostats and smoke alarms, investors flocked to gobble up stock of a company trading under the name "NEST," sending shares up a whopping 1,900 percent....

Frightening: Most ATM Machines Still Running Windows XP

Frightening: Most ATM Machines Still Running Windows XP

When at a bank machine, making a deposit or taking cash out, it's easy to overlook the finer details of what's going on in the background. Such as, what operating system it's running. Unless you walked up to a machine that had a blue-screen-of-death present, would you have guessed that it was running Windows? According to statistics, there's...

$100 off 25" 1080p IPS Monitor, Brookstone Coupon, $379 PC, and More

$100 off 25" 1080p IPS Monitor, Brookstone Coupon, $379 PC, and More

Topping our deal hunting charts today is a killer offer on a premium display, letting you snag a gorgeous 25" IPS monitor from HP for a mere $170 thanks to our friends at Amazon. You iPad lovers should check out the Brookstone iPad Boombox and get it with an extremely rare amount of savings. Also don't miss the budget-friendly Dell Inspiron...

Rumored Sequel to HTC One Will Sport a Bigger Display, Better Camera

Rumored Sequel to HTC One Will Sport a Bigger Display, Better Camera

HTC may have seen better days, but that doesn't mean the handset maker is ready to throw in the white towel. Quite the opposite, rumor has it there are plans to launch a second generation HTC One device in a couple of months. It will feature a larger display than the current HTC One's 4.7-inch panel and also sport an upgraded rear-facing camera....

Google Glass To Be Used In NBA Broadcast January 24th

Google Glass To Be Used In NBA Broadcast January 24th

When NFL Films first got the idea to mic up certain players and coaches to give viewers a more intimate look and listen into games, practices, and sidelines, it changed a great deal about the average fan’s understanding of and interest in the game. The NBA is about to enjoy a generationally commensurate innovation for fans by outfitting...

3D Systems And Hershey Cook Up Delicious Partnership For 3D-Printed Edibles

3D Systems And Hershey Cook Up Delicious Partnership For 3D-Printed Edibles

Sure, 3D printing portends a future of distributed manufacturing that could blow up industry as we know it, give birth to a host of associated industries and businesses, and contribute to improved medical treatments and solutions, but it can also create delightful treats. At CES, 3D Systems unveiled its ChefJet and full-color ChefJet Pro 3D...

NVIDIA G-SYNC Do-It-Yourself Kit Now Available For Order

NVIDIA G-SYNC Do-It-Yourself Kit Now Available For Order

NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology keeps the output from a Kepler-based GPU in sync with a monitor regardless of framerates and irrespective of whether or not V-Sync is enabled; the result is a butter-smooth GPU-controlled display that essentially obviates fixed vertical refresh rates. (You can read a detailed primer on G-SYNC here.) There are...

NSA Collected 200 Million Text Messages A Day But It's Coming To An End

NSA Collected 200 Million Text Messages A Day But It's Coming To An End

As the Guardian broke the news that that the NSA was harvesting nearly 200 million text messages per day (per its investigation in collaboration with the UK’s Channel 4 News into NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaked materials), President Obama said in a speech at the Justice Department that the U.S. government should not be...

Acer Execs Take 30 Percent Pay Cut On Fourth Quarter Losses

Acer Execs Take 30 Percent Pay Cut On Fourth Quarter Losses

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. It seems like a thousand years have gone by since Acer was on top of its game and talking about how it was going to supplant Hewlett-Packard as the world's top PC maker (in terms of shipments). Instead, Lenovo was the one that leapfrogged into first place, while a series of missteps and CEO changes ultimately...

Google Developing Smart Contact Lens To Assist Diabetics, A Previous Microsoft Vision

Google Developing Smart Contact Lens To Assist Diabetics, A Previous Microsoft Vision

If ever you were concerned that you may not yet be living in the future, allow Google to assuage those fears. The company's famed X division -- the one where all of the super secret projects develop -- has just announced a new smart contact lens initiative. Yes, a contact lens from Google. Interestingly enough, the project isn't at all what...

Xbox One Outsells PlayStation 4 In December, PS4 Still Leads Overall

Xbox One Outsells PlayStation 4 In December, PS4 Still Leads Overall

There are plenty of bragging rights to go around in the new generation console wars. For the folks at Microsoft, they can toast each other for the Xbox One having outsold Sony's PlayStation 4 (PS4) in the U.S. during the month of December. According to the latest data provided by NPD Group, Microsoft sold 908,000 Xbox One consoles last month...

Intel Provides Twelve-Hundred Iris Pro Brix Boxes to Valve Steam Developers

Intel Provides Twelve-Hundred Iris Pro Brix Boxes to Valve Steam Developers

Computer hardware companies have a vested interested in PC gaming, so it's no wonder that so many firms are excited about Valve's Steam Machine platform. No less than 14 OEM and boutique system builders announced Steam Machine configurations of their own at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week, and if that weren't enough,...

Lenovo Thinkpad T440s Ultrabook Review: Thinner, Lighter, Haswell

Lenovo Thinkpad T440s Ultrabook Review: Thinner, Lighter, Haswell

If you’ve ever worked in a professional environment for an extended period of time, chances are you’ve used an IBM-come-Lenovo ThinkPad at some point. Their simple black rectangle designs with the little red dot on the keyboard are downright iconic... To that end, the latest notebook in the T-series, the Lenovo ThinkPad T440s,...

Sharp Has A 15.6-Inch 3200X1800 IGZO Windows 8.1 Tablet Coming

Sharp Has A 15.6-Inch 3200X1800 IGZO Windows 8.1 Tablet Coming

The old notion that tablets should only be a certain size or two is long gone, and to that end Sharp has one in the works that boasts a 15.6-inch 3K display from IGZO. The big slate runs Windows 8.1 Pro (with a Windows 7 Pro SP1 downgrade for those who prefer), and there are some impressive specs under the hood. The tablet (RW-16G1) has a...

Apple's iPhone Accounts for 4 out of 10 Smartphones in the U.S.

Apple's iPhone Accounts for 4 out of 10 Smartphones in the U.S.

In the U.S. smartphone market, it's relatively slim pickings for companies not named Apple or Samsung. According to the latest data by NPD Group, Apple and Samsung now collectively account for 68 percent of all smartphones in the U.S., which works out to better than six-in-ten smartphones. That's up from a 52 percent penetration rate in the...

Trash To Treasure: Modder Makes A Mac Pro-Like Hackintosh Out Of A Trashcan

Trash To Treasure: Modder Makes A Mac Pro-Like Hackintosh Out Of A Trashcan

When Apple unveiled its latest Mac Pro design at its WWDC last summer, the jokes wrote themselves. Shaped like a trashcan, some wondered if it was some sort of representation of the computer being "piece of junk". And I admit, with its open-topped design, I've pictured myself accidentally throwing a crumpled-up piece of paper into it forgetting...

Futuremark Charts Out 3DMark Performance of Over a Dozen Steam Machines

Futuremark Charts Out 3DMark Performance of Over a Dozen Steam Machines

We saw a lot of Steam Machine announcements by both OEM and boutique system builders at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week (14 in all). It's safe to say that damn near everyone is excited about what Valve is doing, and with so much early support, it's already a little bit daunting sifting through the various configurations...

Box Kicks Dropbox When Its Down, Offering 50GB Free Storage For Life With iOS App Download

Box Kicks Dropbox When Its Down, Offering 50GB Free Storage For Life With iOS App Download

We’ll forgive you if you’ve ever confused one for the other due to similar naming and brand colors, but Box and Dropbox are competitors. Dropbox’s cloud storage is hugely popular among average consumers, but it recently suffered a black eye when its database was hacked (just kidding, that was a hoax) its site went down for...

Microsoft To Extend Anti-Malware Support For Windows XP Through July 2015

Microsoft To Extend Anti-Malware Support For Windows XP Through July 2015

Microsoft has been trying really, really hard to kill off Windows XP, an operating system that was amazing in its day but has now been supplanted by three full generations of Windows OSes, and the company has been warning users for a good long while now that it will no longer support Windows XP after April 8th of this year. However, Microsoft...

Valve Updates Design Of Steam Controller, Removes Touch Screen

Valve Updates Design Of Steam Controller, Removes Touch Screen

We’ve mentioned the Steam Controller a lot this month, primarily because it will be shipping with all the many Steam Machines that various companies are developing, but it’s time the device got some coverage of its own, because Valve has redesigned it and unveiled a photo of the new look at Steam Dev days. Credit: @TheIneQuation...

Microsoft Rumored to Pony Up $2.6 Billion to Samsung, Sony, Huawei for Windows Phone Development

Microsoft Rumored to Pony Up $2.6 Billion to Samsung, Sony, Huawei for Windows Phone Development

It's true that Microsoft's Windows Phone platform is the third most popular mobile operating system in the world, but it's a distant third behind iOS and Android, the two big dogs that run the show. If Microsoft is to increase its slice of the pie, it needs to get more handset makers on board rather than tie itself so closely with Nokia. Microsoft...

Yahoo! COO Asked to Hit the Pavement by CEO Marissa Mayer

Yahoo! COO Asked to Hit the Pavement by CEO Marissa Mayer

Somewhere on the other side, Ray Charles is punching keys on a piano and singing "Hit the Road Jack," only he's changing the words to include Henrique De Castro in the lyrics. Apparently the departing chief operating officer (COO) of Yahoo has been on the outs with company chief Marissa Mayer for some time now, and in a regulatory filing,...

Adobe Brings 3D Printing Capability To Photoshop CC

Adobe Brings 3D Printing Capability To Photoshop CC

We've suspected that 3D printing would be the next underground technology to emerge on the mainstream scene, and it's nuggets like this that continue to support that belief. With a major showing at CES this year, the 3D printing world is poised to make a serious impact in Main Street, and even Adobe can't ignore it. The famed software giant...

iBUYPOWER Sets Sights on Digital Coin Miners with New 'Mine' PC

iBUYPOWER Sets Sights on Digital Coin Miners with New 'Mine' PC

iBUYPOWER offers a handful of PC series that target different audiences, and with the world of cryptocurrency on fire, the company has now decided to target that audience as well. The biggest difference between iBUYPOWER's 'Mine' PCs and the others is that AMD's graphics cards come standard - something that won't strike those who already...

Intel Puts Its Stamp On Cloud Solutions With “Powered By Intel Cloud Technology” Branding

Intel Puts Its Stamp On Cloud Solutions With “Powered By Intel Cloud Technology” Branding

Intel likes its now-iconic “Intel Inside” branding and the accompanying stickers decorating devices of all kinds that it’s expanding the spirit of that campaign to the cloud with its “Powered By Intel Cloud Technology” branding. Ostensibly, the new campaign is aimed at helping cloud service providers (CSPs) understand...

$799 1080p Touch Ultrabook, GS4 For A Penny, and More

$799 1080p Touch Ultrabook, GS4 For A Penny, and More

We've got a little something on everyone's shopping list in today's deals. If you've been looking for that high-end ultrabook without the high-end price tag, check out the ultra-slim aluminum HP Spectre 13t Core i5 1080p touch laptop for only $799.99. You can get a business-class quad-core Haswell PC with 3 year next-business-day on-site warranty...

HP, Google To Debut Chromebook 11 With LTE

HP, Google To Debut Chromebook 11 With LTE

HP and Google are set to debut an LTE version of the HP Chromebook 11, but the announcement came from neither company; instead, it’s from Altair, the company that’s making the actual LTE chip for the device. We are extremely proud to have been selected by Google and HP to power the world’s first low-cost LTE Chromebook,”...

Dell Venue 8 Pro and Venue 8 Do Windows and Android

Dell Venue 8 Pro and Venue 8 Do Windows and Android

Dell has something for everyone with its Venue 8 tablets, which come in both Android and Windows 8.1 flavors. The Venue 8 is the Android-based model, while the Venue 8 Pro runs the full version of Windows 8.1. Dell isn’t the first to put Windows 8.1 in an 8-inch form factor, but the field is still relatively new and small, so the Venue...

Google Chrome Now Offers Parental Supervision Feature, Tab Notifications, More

Google Chrome Now Offers Parental Supervision Feature, Tab Notifications, More

With the latest update to Google’s Chrome browser, the company has added a couple of rather choice features, including better security and tweaks that users will find quite handy. Arguably the most important addition pertains to the supervised users feature that’s designed to allow parents to help their kids learn how to use the...

Switzerland-Based Group to Release Android Blackphone For Control of Your Privacy

Switzerland-Based Group to Release Android Blackphone For Control of Your Privacy

Short of taking yourself off the grid or becoming a technological hermit, living a truly private life is proving nigh impossible. Sending a private message online is not necessarily private, secrets whispered through Skype might not be as secret as you think, and everything else you do is susceptible government interference. The National Security...

US Court of Appeals Overturns Net Neutrality And You Can Thank Verizon

US Court of Appeals Overturns Net Neutrality And You Can Thank Verizon

You know who’s not a fan of net neutrality? Verizon. The mobile carrier issued a challenge to--and defeated--the FCC’s order that imposes net neutrality rules that include transparency, no blocking, and no unreasonable discrimination policies. The U.S. Court of Appeals has vacated the anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules....

Intel Cancels Plans For Arizona "Fab 42" Chip Plant

Intel Cancels Plans For Arizona "Fab 42" Chip Plant

If you needed concrete proof that we should all be amazed at just how quickly things change in the technology world, look no further. In 2009, Intel proudly boasted that it would spend around $7 billion to build a massive fabrication facility in Arizona. In the years since, the PC market has essentially been told that it's dying (and soon),...

FireFox OS Tablets in Development Now in Partnership with Foxconn

FireFox OS Tablets in Development Now in Partnership with Foxconn

It may not make headlines very often, but rest assured, Mozilla is hard at work developing its Firefox OS, which it will undoubtedly show off at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next month. Mozilla's hope is that more Firefox OS devices will penetrate the market, and getting the OS onto tablets is a big step in that direction. Even...

Canonical Now Says Ubuntu Touch Phones Won't Arrive Before 2015

Canonical Now Says Ubuntu Touch Phones Won't Arrive Before 2015

If Canonical is ever going to establish Ubuntu Touch as legitimate contender among mobile operating systems, it's a journey that won't truly begin until sometime next year. That's because the first Ubuntu Touch smartphone isn't likely to launch before 2015 even though Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said last month that we should expect...

Every Motorist Should See This Video of a Car Crash Caused by Texting While Driving

Every Motorist Should See This Video of a Car Crash Caused by Texting While Driving

Anyone who has ever tried texting and driving at the same time should take note of a video released by police in Fort Meyers, Florida. The short video clip, which was taken from a police cruiser, shows a car veering off the side of the road and narrowly missing a telephone pole before ramming into a tree and flipping over. According to ABC...

AMD's Kaveri Arrives WIth Full Support For HSA, Faster Graphics, and Improved CPU Cores

AMD's Kaveri Arrives WIth Full Support For HSA, Faster Graphics, and Improved CPU Cores

Both Intel and AMD have quite successfully combined CPU and GPU engines onto single chips, but up to this point they have tended to work as autonomous islands. The CPU and GPU share some resources, but not a single memory pool. That changes today though, with the official launch of AMD’s Kaveri-based APUs, the first APUs to truly support...

Best Deals On Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, Dell U2414H Monitor, and more

Best Deals On Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, Dell U2414H Monitor, and more

Leading today's deals is one of the best offer we've seen on Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro 13.3" Laptop with 3200x1800 touch display. For a limited time, you can get Dell's newest 24-inch UltraSharp Monitor (U2414H) for just $262.49 using rare 25% coupon code. Also listed below are some deals on cheap gaming mouse, WiFi range extenders, HP Spectre 13...

Unfinished Business: DayZ Sells 1 Million Copies in Just 4 Weeks

Unfinished Business: DayZ Sells 1 Million Copies in Just 4 Weeks

We're not going to get overly dramatic and declare the 'DayZ' of traditional publishing dead, but certainly the zombie title that started off as a mod for Arma II is proving wrong the naysayers of the early access sales model. After just four weeks, developer Dean "Rocket" Hall took to Twitter to announce sales of 1 million copies of DayZ...

“Moment” External Lenses For Smartphones Should Finish Off Point-And-Shoots For Good

“Moment” External Lenses For Smartphones Should Finish Off Point-And-Shoots For Good

It’s a fact that for most of us, our primary camera is the one baked onto our smartphone. For some shots that’s been fine, and the ability to immediately share photos and video is tremendous, but the world could do without yet another shaky, far-away clip of kids’ soccer games, etc. Moment is addressing the issue of needing...

Microsoft and GoDaddy Partner for Small Business Office 365 Services

Microsoft and GoDaddy Partner for Small Business Office 365 Services

Tech titan Microsoft and domain name guru GoDaddy announced a long-term strategic partnership to offer Office 365 as GoDaddy's exclusive core business-class email and productivity service to its small-business customers. This is a win-win situation for both companies -- Microsoft gains access to 12 million customers worldwide, while GoDaddy...

Valve Launches SteamVR Beta For Oculus Rift

Valve Launches SteamVR Beta For Oculus Rift

It’s a matter of days now until Valve’s “Steam Dev Days” developer conference, and a juicy bit of information that the company announced could portend an exciting dev conference, indeed: Steam now supports an experimental VR mode for the Oculus Rift in its Steam Client Beta. “If you own an Oculus Rift dev kit...

Microsoft Patch Tuesday Cometh With 'Important' Security Fixes

Microsoft Patch Tuesday Cometh With 'Important' Security Fixes

It’s Patch Tuesday folks, and Microsoft has issued its monthly slew of updates. It’s more or less good news, as there are just four this time around, and none are labelled as “critical”--all four are merely “important”. Bulletin 1 is a remote code execution vulnerability that affects all versions of Microsoft...

Sony Xperia E1 and Xperia T2 Ultra Smartphones Launched, One Midrange, One Phablet, All Android

Sony Xperia E1 and Xperia T2 Ultra Smartphones Launched, One Midrange, One Phablet, All Android

Sony's Xperia family just keeps growing. The latest additions include a new Xperia E1 smartphone intended to mesh leading audio technologies with expertise in display, design, and performance, and a pair of large screen Xperia T2 Ultra handsets, one of which boasts dual SIM ports. One thing all three devices have in common is they're all running...

Google Swoops Down and Snatches Nest Labs in $3.2 Billion Connected Home Play

Google Swoops Down and Snatches Nest Labs in $3.2 Billion Connected Home Play

Google's ongoing efforts to infiltrate your homes with different types of digital gadgets continues with the acquisition of Nest Labs, a maker of modern day digital thermostats and smoke alarms. Not for the faint of wallet, Google agreed to pay $3.2 billion cash for Nest Labs, which was founded by Tony Fadell, the former Apple senior vice...

It’s Not A Revolution Without Hardware: Here Are The Sprint Spark Smartphones

It’s Not A Revolution Without Hardware: Here Are The Sprint Spark Smartphones

Sprint is trying to push the limits of mobile Internet speeds with its Sprint Spark™ capability, but for all of its efforts on that front, the endeavor requires more than just theoretical capabilities to become a reality. Yes, the infrastructure is there, and the underlying tech has been worked out, but in order for end users to actually...

Want to Quit Your Job without Confrontation? There's an App for That!

Want to Quit Your Job without Confrontation? There's an App for That!

There's no easy way to tell your boss you're giving up your swank corner office and flexible schedule to join the circus. It's even harder to quit your job if you're on especially good terms with the person in charge, but sometimes, you just have to go where the heart leads. Luckily for you, if you're not one for confrontation, there's an...

Here's the Latest Scoop on Samsung's Galaxy S5 Smartphone

Here's the Latest Scoop on Samsung's Galaxy S5 Smartphone

Rumors about Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone have been raining down from cyberspace seemingly nonstop for the past few weeks. There's been chatter of the Galaxy S5 switching to new casing materials, talk of a 64-bit Exynos processor, speculation of an eye scanner, and plenty more in regards to Samsung's flagship device. So, what's...

If You Build It: SimCity To Gain Offline Mode In Next EA Update

If You Build It: SimCity To Gain Offline Mode In Next EA Update

It might have taken nearly an entire year, but EA and Maxis have finally announced that the biggest complaint SimCity has received since launch is soon to remedied. That's right: Offline mode is en route. In an official blog post, Maxis' Patrick Buechner says that this is an announcement he's wanted to make for "quite some time", and while...

Sprint Kills One Up Program Quickly, Nudges Customers To Framily Plans

Sprint Kills One Up Program Quickly, Nudges Customers To Framily Plans

Sprint has killed off its Sprint One Up program just a few months after its debut. One Up offered users an annual upgrade program that included unlimited talk, text, and data for life for $65 per month, as well as the ability to upgrade their smartphones every 12 months instead of every two years. The deal was that customers would pay for...

Dropbox Issues Outage Post-Mortem But Makes No Mention Of DDoS Attack

Dropbox Issues Outage Post-Mortem But Makes No Mention Of DDoS Attack

This weekend, Dropbox experienced an outage that lasted far too long. A wing of hacker collective Anonymous claimed credit for the outage, saying it performed a database hack, which turned out to be a hoax. However, the group maintained that it did hit Dropbox with a DDoS attack, which was timed to coincide with the site’s scheduled...

Kaspersky Labs Claims Gamers Are Increasingly Being Attacked By Hackers

Kaspersky Labs Claims Gamers Are Increasingly Being Attacked By Hackers

According to security company Kaspersky Labs, hackers and cybercriminals are targeting gamers, with 11.7 million attacks on gamers in 2013 and some 4.6 million pieces of malware specifically designed to target them. Kaspersky says that’s about 34,000 attacks per day, on average. It’s perhaps not terribly surprising, though, as...

Huawei’s Tron Micro-Console Takes on Ouya with NVIDIA Tegra 4-Powerd Mini Mac Pro-Like Design

Huawei’s Tron Micro-Console Takes on Ouya with NVIDIA Tegra 4-Powerd Mini Mac Pro-Like Design

Ouya has yet another competitor in the micro-console category. During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week, Chinese hardware maker Huawei had on display Tron, a tiny console that resembles a shrunken Mac Pro that's powered by NVIDA's Tegra 4 System-on-Chip (SoC). Though small in stature, Tron is supposedly capable of...

NVIDIA’s Potent Tegra K1 Rumored To Power Microsoft Surface 3

NVIDIA’s Potent Tegra K1 Rumored To Power Microsoft Surface 3

Remember when NVIDIA was primarily a company that cranked out new GPUs for hardcore gamers? Honestly, that feels like an age ago, as the company has evolved into one that's producing its own gaming handheld (SHIELD) and has outfitted a number of tablets with the silicon necessary to run the latest operating systems from the world's software...

Okay, Apple, Your Latest iPad Air Commercial is Pretty Inspiring

Okay, Apple, Your Latest iPad Air Commercial is Pretty Inspiring

Now that the hustle and bustle of CES is over with, it's time to get back to our normal routines. If, like us, you find that you're need of a little inspiration to begin your work week, have a look at Apple's latest iPad Air commercial. Yes, for the first (and probably last) time, we're prescribing an Apple ad to shake off a case of the Mondays....

Kingston HyperX Predator PCI Express SSD Unveiled  With LSI SandForce SF3700 PCIe Flash Controller

Kingston HyperX Predator PCI Express SSD Unveiled With LSI SandForce SF3700 PCIe Flash Controller

In November last year, we gave you a first look at LSI's forthcoming SandForce SF3700 PCI Express SSD Flash controller. It's an impressive silicon integration of both a native PCI Express x4 interface and SandForce's excellent SSD controller technologies, along with some refinements and advancements baked in.  At the time, LSI mentioned...

Report: Microsoft's "Threshold" Coming In 2015 As Windows 9

Report: Microsoft's "Threshold" Coming In 2015 As Windows 9

Whatever you think about Windows 8.1, good or bad or what have you, we can all agree that the launch of Microsoft’s latest operating system has not gone at all how the company hoped. Microsoft appears ready to move beyond it, in any case, with its “Threshold” initiative designed to further unify Microsoft’s OS ecosystem....

Oculus Rift VR Headset Price Tag Rumored At $499 With Summer Launch

Oculus Rift VR Headset Price Tag Rumored At $499 With Summer Launch

We’ve been following the development of the Oculus Rift for some time, and for as exciting as the device has been in theory, glowing reports from CES about the new Oculus Rift “Crystal Cove” prototype and its improvement on the last prototypes makes the headset downright tantalizing. There are still big questions left answered,...

Syrian Electronic Army Hijacks Microsoft's Twitter Handle for Second Time in a Month

Syrian Electronic Army Hijacks Microsoft's Twitter Handle for Second Time in a Month

Just as Ricky Ricardo would often tell Lucille Ball in some manner or another, "Microsoft, you've got some explaining to do!" For the second time in less than two weeks, hackers representing the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) are taking credit for infiltrating Microsoft's Twitter account and posting messages warning people not to use the company's...

HP's New Smartphone Could Arrive Next Week With 5.5" Display, $200 Price Point

HP's New Smartphone Could Arrive Next Week With 5.5" Display, $200 Price Point

One could argue about whether or not to call this a comeback, but one thing's for sure: HP had given up the smartphone ghost years ago after a failed attempt to revive Palm, but now rumors are running wild about an impending smartphone with those two letters planted on the rear. Instead of taking on Apple and Samsung head-on in the saturated...

Smartphone-Controlled Electric Paper Airplane Kit Nears $1 Million In Kickstarter Funds

Smartphone-Controlled Electric Paper Airplane Kit Nears $1 Million In Kickstarter Funds

On the list of things we spent an inordinate amount of time doing as children, making paper airplanes (and floating them to inappropriate places at inappropriate times) was easily in the top ten, and it looks like very little has changed in *cough* the last few decades *cough*. The PowerUp 3.0 is a smartphone-controlled paper airplane kit...

Wow, Target Now Says Data Breach Affects Up to 110 Million Customers

Wow, Target Now Says Data Breach Affects Up to 110 Million Customers

The data breach at Target that resulted in millions of customer credit and debit card data being compromised is much worse than initially thought. Target had revealed last month that as many as 40 million payment card accounts may have been impacted between November 27 and December 15, 2013, but the retail giant has since discovered that a...

Dropbox Hack A Hoax

Dropbox Hack A Hoax

For a moment there, it appeared as though popular cloud storage service Dropbox had been hacked, with the user database accessed and user emails being exposed. Two loosely affiliated wings of hacker collective Anonymous, AnonOpsKorea and The 1775 Sec, claimed credit, but the whole thing was just a hoax timed to coincide with scheduled Dropbox...

Mobile Banking Apps for iOS Vulnerable to Man in the Middle Attacks

Mobile Banking Apps for iOS Vulnerable to Man in the Middle Attacks

It's mighty convenient to load up a mobile banking app with a slick interface as opposed to logging into the website via your smartphone's web browser, but in doing so, you may inadvertently be putting yourself at a greater risk of so-called mail-in-the-middle attacks, hijack attempts, and other unfriendly behavior. A recent study suggests...

LG takes On Samsung With 105-inch Curved UHD TV And Flexible Display Technology

LG takes On Samsung With 105-inch Curved UHD TV And Flexible Display Technology

Big TVs are a staple of the annual Consumer Electronics Show and this year was no exception, with Samsung and LG announcing 105-inch curved-glass 4K Ultra HDTVs. LG gave us a tour of its displays, including the 105-inch behemoth, as well as 98-inch, 79-inch, and 65-inch curved panels. LG's 105-inch curved UHDTV is pretty impressive. Flank...

Intel Crunches 4K Video On 24 Cores, Shows Off Mobile Devices and Low Power Avoton Server at CES

Intel Crunches 4K Video On 24 Cores, Shows Off Mobile Devices and Low Power Avoton Server at CES

 Intel made a few major announcements during various events at CES, including its RealSense technology and the uber-tiny Quark Edison we covered here. In a posh suite at the Palazzo Hotel, however, Intel also setup an assortment of interesting demos showcasing a number of their existing technologies. Along with a monstrous 24-core Xeon-powered...

Dell's CES 2014 Head-Turners: Stand-Out Steam Machine and UltraSharp 4K Panels Are Drool-Worthy

Dell's CES 2014 Head-Turners: Stand-Out Steam Machine and UltraSharp 4K Panels Are Drool-Worthy

At CES 2014, Dell assumed a much lower profile than they had in previous years for the show. We've seen Dell occupy entire top levels of swank, high-end hotels and invite artists and entertainers to show off their wares. No longer beholden to stockholders and analysts, since Michael Dell took the company back private last year, Dell was setup...

Hands-On With CyberPower’s Fang BattleBox, Steam Machine, and Zeus Mini Gaming PCs

Hands-On With CyberPower’s Fang BattleBox, Steam Machine, and Zeus Mini Gaming PCs

CyberPowerPC is one of the boutique gaming PC builders that brought many interesting offerings to CES this year, and we got an up-close-and-in-person look at the bounty in the company’s hotel suite earlier this week. CyberPower's compact Zeus Mini gaming rigs aren’t perhaps as aesthetically sizzling at first glance as some other...

Razer Branches Out From Gamer-Centric Devices

Razer Branches Out From Gamer-Centric Devices

Razer certainly has its work cut out for the company this year. Having built one of the better-known brands for gaming peripherals, Razer is now trying to market itself to people who aren’t necessarily gamers. That said, the company is staying reasonably close to home: its two break-out devices are headphones for music lovers (building...

Google and Motorola Bundle Moto X and Chromecast for as Low as $399, No Contract

Google and Motorola Bundle Moto X and Chromecast for as Low as $399, No Contract

Perhaps if you hold out long enough, Motorola might start giving away its Moto X smartphone, no strings attached. In the meantime, the latest promotion intended to drum up interest in the first smartphone built in the U.S. is the bundling of Google's Chromecast dongle at no additional charge when you purchase a Moto X off-contract. It seems...

VisionTek Outs Liquid-Cooled, Overclocked CryoVenom R9 290 at CES 2014

VisionTek Outs Liquid-Cooled, Overclocked CryoVenom R9 290 at CES 2014

What’s faster than Visiontek’s new Radeon R9 290? Not the 290X, according to the graphics card maker. VisionTek used CES to formally launch the CryoVenom, a liquid-cooled R9 290 that can be user-overclocked for a speed boost of (according to VisionTek), up to 24%. The card’s one-year warranty covers the overclocking, provided...

ZTE Teases Eco-Mobius Modular Smartphone Concept

ZTE Teases Eco-Mobius Modular Smartphone Concept

One of the tricky parts about CES is that while everything is eye candy, some things you see are exciting new products that you can buy immediately while others are merely half-baked, or simply an intriguing prototype, or (the big let-down)--a design concept. That’s what ZTE did to everyone with its Eco-Mobius modular smartphone concept...

Microsoft Offers 20GB Of Extra SkyDrive Storage For A Year For Windows Phone Users

Microsoft Offers 20GB Of Extra SkyDrive Storage For A Year For Windows Phone Users

One of the perks of jumping into the Windows Phone ecosystem is that Microsoft’s SkyDrive cloud storage service is built in, and the company gives you 7GB of free storage capacity to go with it. For a limited time, though, users can bump that capacity up by another 20GB. It’s notable that this extra capacity isn’t only accessible...

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Specs and Photo Leak to the Web

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo Specs and Photo Leak to the Web

Samsung's been mum about most of its mobile products at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, possibly because the handset maker might be waiting for Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona next month to unveil its newest gadgets. Fair enough, though it's incredibly difficult to keep secrets from the Internet. That being the case,...

Gmail Feature Allows Google+ Users to Email You Without Your Addres

Gmail Feature Allows Google+ Users to Email You Without Your Addres

Privacy advocates take note, Google is rolling out a new feature to Gmail that allows your Google+ connections to email you even if you've never shared with the sender your email address. The assumption on Google's part is that you're familiar enough with your Google+ contacts to exchange emails, and by implementing this feature, you can avoid...

Facebook to Close the Book on Annoying Sponsored Stories Ad Campaign

Facebook to Close the Book on Annoying Sponsored Stories Ad Campaign

In the coming months, you'll stop receiving ads in your feed based on what your family and friends are into. They're called Sponsored Stories and the way they work is by showing up sporadically on your news feed based on the activity of your Facebook friends. So, if your mom Liked a Sponsored sewing page, there's a good chance it will show...

Intel Offering Quark-Based Edison Development Board And RealSense 3D Camera

Intel Offering Quark-Based Edison Development Board And RealSense 3D Camera

If Intel wanted to, it could maintain its status quo and churn out loads of processors for most of the desktops and laptops (and many mobile devices) in the world, raking in money hand over fist for years to come, but the company, under the leadership of new CEO Brian Krzanich, is demonstrating that it wants to maintain that innovative edge...

Newcomer Aorus Dual NVIDIA GPUs Into Slim X7 Gaming Notebook

Newcomer Aorus Dual NVIDIA GPUs Into Slim X7 Gaming Notebook

My, how the gaming notebooks have trimmed down as of late. Razer’s Blade and MSI’s GS70 proved that you can have a solid portable gaming machine that’s as thin as any notebook, and newcomer Aorus has its own tricked-out slimmy, too, with the upcoming X7. Aorus is a new player in the space, and the flagship...

SnapChat Updates Apps, Finally Apologizes For Security Breach

SnapChat Updates Apps, Finally Apologizes For Security Breach

After SnapChat got hacked, exposing millions of usernames and phone numbers, the company said that it was taking steps to fix the problem, but it did not apologize, which rubbed a lot of folks the wrong way. In its latest blog post, though, the company finally issued a mea culpa. “We are sorry for any problems this issue may have caused...

Razer’s Project Christine: An Idiot-Proof, Modular, Subscription-Based, Proprietary Gaming PC Platform

Razer’s Project Christine: An Idiot-Proof, Modular, Subscription-Based, Proprietary Gaming PC Platform

Razer has impressed at past CES events with innovative ideas such as Project Fiona (which became the Razer Edge), and the company is looking to conjure up that magic again with Project Christine, a unique, modular approach to constructing a gaming PC. Basically, the machine starts out with a spine of sorts onto which a number of modules can...

Dish To Pull $2.2 Billion Bid To Take Over LightSquared

Dish To Pull $2.2 Billion Bid To Take Over LightSquared

LightSquared has had an interesting (and relatively rough) go as a company. The telecommunications firm launched with a lot of promise, just as North America was starting to embrace mobile broadband and LTE. But it soon realized that building out a network was a costly project, and fell into bankruptcy as bids from Sprint to take it over passed...

Apple and Samsung Will Attempt to Hug It Out in Mediation Over Patents

Apple and Samsung Will Attempt to Hug It Out in Mediation Over Patents

Sometimes it seems like Apple and Samsung spend as much time battling each other in court as they do in the labs innovating new features for mobile devices, features one company inevitably accuses the other of infringing upon. Is it possible for these two tech titans to simply get along and maybe even hammer out a licensing agreement that...

Microsoft's First Xbox One Update Will Focus on Live Experience and Customer Complaints

Microsoft's First Xbox One Update Will Focus on Live Experience and Customer Complaints

Microsoft closed out 2013 by launching its Xbox One console and selling more than 3 million units before flipping the calendar over to 2014. That's not bad for a gaming system that costs $500 and up, albeit not quite as impressive as Sony selling 4.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the same time period, plus an extra week (the PS4 launched...

Samsung Rumors Point to Impending Launch of Galaxy S5 Phone Featuring an Eye Scanner

Samsung Rumors Point to Impending Launch of Galaxy S5 Phone Featuring an Eye Scanner

Consumers must be getting antsy in anticipation of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S5 launch, hence why there have been so many rumors lately. Just last week, there was chatter suggesting Samsung's next flagship smartphone would use a "new material" and also a sensor, and now we're hearing that it may also include an eye scanning tool. According...

Gigabyte Unveils New BRIX SFF Systems and Thunderbolt 2.0 Motherboards at CES

Gigabyte Unveils New BRIX SFF Systems and Thunderbolt 2.0 Motherboards at CES

 We spent a little time meeting with the folks from Gigabyte while zipping from demo suite to demo suite at CES, and have some interesting products to show you. Along with a their wide array of existing motherboards, graphics cards, and peripherals, Gigabyte was showing off some brand new products as well, including a few updated...

A Look At Rosewill's New Cases, Keyboards, And More

A Look At Rosewill's New Cases, Keyboards, And More

Rosewill is showing off a number of new products at CES this year including cases, keyboards, portable power banks, headphones, and kitchen appliances. In all, Rosewill is showing off over 50 new products during CES 2014. The new LEGACY Case Series was among the new products we saw. This new line of cases is built with aluminum alloy and steel...

Recap Of AMD’s Press Conference With Guest Speaker, LeVar Burton

Recap Of AMD’s Press Conference With Guest Speaker, LeVar Burton

We had the opportunity to attend AMD’s press conference last night at the Consumer Electronics Show, where Lisa Su, Sr. Vice President and General Manager of AMD Business Units, talked about the company’s upcoming Kaveri APU and the new Apple Mac Pro, which features AMD FirePro graphics.   Kaveri APU Presentation  ...

T-Mobile Will Pay Your Family's Early Termination Fee If You Go Magenta

T-Mobile Will Pay Your Family's Early Termination Fee If You Go Magenta

Rumors were running rampant, and as it turns out, they were largely true. T-Mobile has made a huge move at CES 2014 this week, at a show where most of the other carriers have nearly bowed out completely. The company's new CEO has been on an #Uncarrier rampage of late, eliminating roaming fees for texting and data overseas; giving tablet users...

3D Systems’ CES Includes $500 iSense 3D Scanner, 3D Sculpting Mouse, And Edibles

3D Systems’ CES Includes $500 iSense 3D Scanner, 3D Sculpting Mouse, And Edibles

Now there’s a headline we never thought we’d write. 3D Systems came to CES with its truck loaded, as it were, and among the sort of announcements you’d expect from a 3D printing outfit are a few that are double-take worthy. First, 3D Systems announced the ChefJet 3D Printer series that are kitchen-ready, meaning that they...

Sony Unveils New PlayStation Now Streaming Program; GameStop Shares Drop Sharply

Sony Unveils New PlayStation Now Streaming Program; GameStop Shares Drop Sharply

Ever since Sony cut a major deal for the Gaikai cloud gaming service, pundits have watched to see how the company would integrate the technology into the PlayStation product line. At CES this week, Sony finally took the wraps off that announcement and the initial program looks amazing. The upcoming PlayStation Now service will stream games...

Origin PC Develops Desktop Gaming Chassis With 4-Way Variable Motherboard Mounting

Origin PC Develops Desktop Gaming Chassis With 4-Way Variable Motherboard Mounting

Sometimes a case is a case is a case, but Origin PC is pushing the envelope with a new desktop gaming PC chassis that promises something different. The company’s new Genesis and Millenium desktop case boasts a key feature called Variable Mounting that allows you to mount the motherboard in any of four different orientations. Basically,...

CyberPowerPC Shows Off Portable Fang Battle Box System, Zeus Mini SFF Series

CyberPowerPC Shows Off Portable Fang Battle Box System, Zeus Mini SFF Series

There are loads of new gaming systems rolling out during CES, including a host of Steam Machines (some of which are more ready for action than others), and CyberPowerPC has some more, including one that will make any gamer smile in spite of him- or herself. CyberPowerPC’s Fang Battle Box is a mobile--and we’re using that term loosely...

No Gigabit Internet For Seattle: Deal Between City And Gigabit Squared Falls Through

No Gigabit Internet For Seattle: Deal Between City And Gigabit Squared Falls Through

As recently as mid-December, it looked as though Seattle was going to be the next city to land gigabit Internet service; Seattle, Gigabit Squared, and the University of Washington even announced the 12 areas that were slated to first get service. According to a report from the Puget Sound Business Journal, though, the deal has fallen through....

Microsoft CEO Candidate Alan Mulally Sets the Record Straight, Says He's Staying at Ford

Microsoft CEO Candidate Alan Mulally Sets the Record Straight, Says He's Staying at Ford

Shortly after Steve Ballmer announced his plans to step down as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft, the search began in earnest to replace him and one name that kept coming up was Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford who is contractually obligated to remain with his company through 2014. Had he been offered the job at Microsoft, there's no doubt...

Plextor Unveils Speedy M6e PCI-Express SSD and Other M6 Series Drives

Plextor Unveils Speedy M6e PCI-Express SSD and Other M6 Series Drives

It seems like an eternity has passed since Plextor was best known for its line of premium optical drives (way back before you could pick up a DVD burner for $20). These days Plextor focuses the bulk of its attention on solid state drives (SSDs), so it's not surprise the drive maker used CES as a springboard to announce its new M6 Series. Plextor...

Sony's 4.2 Million PlayStation 4 Sales Trump Microsoft's Xbox One

Sony's 4.2 Million PlayStation 4 Sales Trump Microsoft's Xbox One

Sony's big product launch came a couple months ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that's currently taking place in Las Vegas, but it will likely draw the lion's share of attention in Sony's product lineup this year. We're of course referring to the PlayStation 4 (PS4), sales of which are a step ahead of Microsoft's Xbox One at this...

Vizio's 4K Ultra HD Smart TVs Feature 802.11ac Connectivity, Start at $999

Vizio's 4K Ultra HD Smart TVs Feature 802.11ac Connectivity, Start at $999

There are two main barriers to the transition to 4K Ultra HD (UHD). One is a lack of content, and that's being worked on by companies like Amazon and Netflix. The second is price, or at least it's supposed to be. One thing we're seeing at CES this year is an aggressive attempt by companies to push out 4K Ultra HD hardware without egregious...

Hands On With Samsung’s Brand New Galaxy Tab and Note Pro Tablets

Hands On With Samsung’s Brand New Galaxy Tab and Note Pro Tablets

At Samsung’s Press Event last night, we had the chance to get up close and personal with the just-announced Galaxy Note Pro and trio of new Galaxy Tab Pro devices. In our brief time with Samsung Pro series products, it seemed obvious that the company spent significant resources refining their designs, as the...

Hands On With Lenovo’s New X1 Carbon and ThinkVision 28 Smart Display with Next-Gen NVIDIA Tegra

Hands On With Lenovo’s New X1 Carbon and ThinkVision 28 Smart Display with Next-Gen NVIDIA Tegra

We gave you a quick look at Lenovo’s new displays, the ThinkVision Pro2840m and ThinkVision 28 when they were announced on Sunday, but today we had a chance to check them out live in Lenovo’s suite. First up, you’ll see the ThinkVision Pro2840m which is a 28-inch 4k monitor that will sell for $799. This monitor features a...

Sprint's New Framily Plan Invite Your Long-Lost Friends to Save Money, Too

Sprint's New Framily Plan Invite Your Long-Lost Friends to Save Money, Too

The term "family plan" has been thrown around the wireless industry at will for years on end, and largely, the meaning hasn't changed a ton even as the mobile realm has evolved. Sprint's trying to shake up the very definition of the phrase, introducing a new "Framily Plan" at the news flowing from CES hits fever pitch. The Framily Plan (yes,...

New Oculus Rift "Crystal Cove" Dev Kit Can Track Head Position, Eliminates Motion Blur

New Oculus Rift "Crystal Cove" Dev Kit Can Track Head Position, Eliminates Motion Blur

Ever since it debuted on Kickstarter, the makers of the Oculus Rift have promised to deliver the kind of VR experience that the late 90s and blithely promised and never created. Each developer kit or milestone has substantially improved on the underlying technology, with higher resolutions, better eye alignment, faster refresh rates, and less...

Honeywell Wants You to Talk to Its Thermostat Like it’s A Friend

Honeywell Wants You to Talk to Its Thermostat Like it’s A Friend

The Nest thermostat may have entered the market several steps ahead of its more established competition, but those days are behind it and the likes of Honeywell have some classy, Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats with some tricks of their own. The latest is the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat, which the company is showing off at CES 2014. The feature...

XYZ Printing Hopes To Dent Market With Inexpensive da Vinci 3D Printer

XYZ Printing Hopes To Dent Market With Inexpensive da Vinci 3D Printer

While MakerBot brought some pricey 3D printers to CES, another company is looking to undercut such offerings with a $499 3D printer called the da Vinci. "da Vinci is the ultimate 3D printer for consumers and entrepreneurs because it's easier and safer to use than anything else out there," said Simon Shen, the chairman of XYZprinting, Inc....

MakerBot At CES: New 3D Printers, New Apps, New Digital Store

MakerBot At CES: New 3D Printers, New Apps, New Digital Store

MakerBot brought the noise as well as the funk, as it were, to CES this year. The company, which is now a subsidiary of Stratasys, announced a trio of new 3D printers as well as new apps and a digital online store. With its 5th generation of 3D printers, MakerBot is bringing three machines to market with the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact...

HP Updates All-In-One Workstation Line With 27-inch HP Z1 G2

HP Updates All-In-One Workstation Line With 27-inch HP Z1 G2

HP has updated last year’s HP Z1 all-in-one workstation, which we reviewed several months ago, with a newer version that offers Windows 8 (in touch and non-touch flavors) and comes equipped with Intel Thunderbolt 2 ports. Other features include Intel Core or Xeon processors, integrated Intel HD Graphics or NVIDIA Mobile Quadro GPUs,...

EVGA Uncages TORQ X10 Gaming Mouse with 8200 DPI Sensor

EVGA Uncages TORQ X10 Gaming Mouse with 8200 DPI Sensor

Gamers need not fret, your interests are being represented at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Everything from high resolution monitors to peripherals such as headsets and mice. In regards to the latter, EVGA today unveiled the TORQ X10, a gaming rodent it built from the ground up for hardcore gamers. The TORQ X10 sports a...

Apple App Store Finishes Strong, Topped $10 Billion in 2013

Apple App Store Finishes Strong, Topped $10 Billion in 2013

Apple marches to the beat of its own drum and doesn't partake in the CES festivities, but lest anyone forget about the Cupertino outfit, Apple today announced that its App Store raked in more than $10 billion in 2013. That includes over $1 billion spent in December alone, representing a strong finish to a fruitful year. The App Store notched...

Dell Has A Pair Of Steam Machines, One Baked Into Alienware X51

Dell Has A Pair Of Steam Machines, One Baked Into Alienware X51

Every company has their own take on Steam Machines, which has been quite interesting to see, and Dell’s strategy is to offer two options. One will be a dedicated SteamOS console while the other will be a desktop PC that doubles as a Steam Machine. The former bears the Alienware X51 name, which is fitting because the SFF X51 has been...

Samsung Unveils Huge Galaxy NotePRO And TabPRO Tablets

Samsung Unveils Huge Galaxy NotePRO And TabPRO Tablets

It would appear that Samsung aspires to having mobile devices in every conceivable screen size, and not content with traditional size limitations of tablets, the company announced a pair of 12.2-inch tablets called the Galaxy NotePRO and Galaxy TabPRO. The Galaxy TabPro also comes in 10.1 and 8.4-inch configurations. The 12.2-inch devices...

Corsair Makes A Pretty Cherry MX Mechanical Keyboard, Also Brings New Cases And Cooling To CES

Corsair Makes A Pretty Cherry MX Mechanical Keyboard, Also Brings New Cases And Cooling To CES

Corsair’s spate of new goodies at CES this year includes keyboards, chassis, cooling solutions, and more, but the headliner is the Cherry MX RGB Project gaming keyboard. Based on a Vengeance K70 keyboard, the unit is equipped with Cherry MX RGB keyswitches and offers gamers 16.8 million-color backlighting. Users can opt for Cherry MX...

Gigabyte Unveils Ultra Compact BRIX Pro PC Featuring Intel Iris Pro Graphics

Gigabyte Unveils Ultra Compact BRIX Pro PC Featuring Intel Iris Pro Graphics

As much as we like building a PC inside a ginormous enclosure decked out with all the amenities, we'll concede that there's a certain allure to small form factor (SFF) systems, especially with today's hardware. Unfortunately, ultra compact rigs are usually gimped by weak graphics, which is what makes Gigabyte's new BRIX Pro line so intriguing....

Zotac Shoehorns Intel's Haswell Architecture into New Zbox Nano ID67 Series

Zotac Shoehorns Intel's Haswell Architecture into New Zbox Nano ID67 Series

Zotac is one of the first names we think of when the topic of mini PCs comes up, and with good reason. The PC and graphics card maker has been kicking out potent Zbox systems since seemingly the beginning of the time, and lest you think the company will slow down a tick in 2014, guess again. Zotac announced today at CES the release of its...

Amazon Partners with Samsung and Hollywood to Roll Out 4K Ultra HD Streaming

Amazon Partners with Samsung and Hollywood to Roll Out 4K Ultra HD Streaming

Usually when bleeding edge software and hardware first come out, there's a chicken or the egg scenario. We're not seeing that with the shift to 4K ultra high definition (UHD) -- hardware makers aren't waiting on media companies to come out with content and vice versa. As we've said in the past, this doesn't mean you should trash your 1080p...

AMD CES 2014: Kaveri APU Is Imminent

AMD CES 2014: Kaveri APU Is Imminent

Today is a big day for AMD. If you follow the company at all, you're probably aware that there's a new APU from AMD waiting in the wings. Today, AMD is disclosing more information about Kaveri, the first APU to support heterogeneous computing. Kaveri also includes a new CPU core, codenamed Steamroller, and the largest GPU we've seen in an...

Maingear Announces AMD-Based Steam Machines

Maingear Announces AMD-Based Steam Machines

As Steam Machine announcements rumble in from all the usual suspects, each seems to have a slightly different take. For Maingear’s part, the company is touting its Maingear Spark Steambox PC with AMD components. The Spark Steambox PC is unbelievably tiny at just 4.5 x 4.23 x 2.34 inches (WxDxH) with a chassis that weighs less than a...

It’s Steam Machine Time: CyberPowerPC, iBuyPower, Origin, And Zotac

It’s Steam Machine Time: CyberPowerPC, iBuyPower, Origin, And Zotac

We’ve been eagerly anticipating the launch of Steam Machines ever since last year’s CES when we were limited to show floor scuttlebutt and a distant peek into Valve’s booth, where the company was holding partner meetings and (sort of) displaying Steam Machine prototypes. (Pictured: A total bummer) We’re thankfully done...

Pebble Smartwatch Gets Premium Upgrade With Pebble Steel Edition, Pebble App Store

Pebble Smartwatch Gets Premium Upgrade With Pebble Steel Edition, Pebble App Store

As the wearable computing market continues to heat up, Pebble is looking to distinguish itself a bit with a premium edition of its smartwatch. While the original Pebble was somewhat sporty, bordering on cute, the Steel is designed to be a more fashionable accessory--less tech chic and more traditionally classy. The Steel is actually smaller...

ASUS Makes Upgrading Your Monitor a Tough Choice, Rolls Out 27-inch G-SYNC Display and 28-inch 4K Panel

ASUS Makes Upgrading Your Monitor a Tough Choice, Rolls Out 27-inch G-SYNC Display and 28-inch 4K Panel

Gamers interested in a monitor featuring NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology are going to have some interesting options in the coming weeks and months. One of those options is the new ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q, a 27-inch panel with a WQHD (2560x1440) resolution, 120+ Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and a full range of ergonomic adjustment options....

Asus Announces Transformer Book Duet TD300 Convertible and VivoTab Note 8 Tablet

Asus Announces Transformer Book Duet TD300 Convertible and VivoTab Note 8 Tablet

As always, we're finding ASUS to be quite the busy body at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. That's to be expected when you consider that Asus has a robust product line that covers everything from smartphones to full-fledged laptops and everything in between. In terms of mobile devices, a couple of interesting products ASUS...

Look Who's Calling: ASUS Introduces ZenFone and PadFone Mini Devices

Look Who's Calling: ASUS Introduces ZenFone and PadFone Mini Devices

Mobile is red hot right now, and that includes the smartphone market. That doesn't figure to change this year, though it will be interesting to see if Intel can wrestle some market share away from ARM, which so far has dominated the landscape. One company that's willing to give Intel a shot is ASUS, which announced a new "high-value" smartphone...

MSI Shows Off Radeon R9 290X Lightning, Touch-Enabled Gaming All-In-One, and New Notebooks at CES

MSI Shows Off Radeon R9 290X Lightning, Touch-Enabled Gaming All-In-One, and New Notebooks at CES

The Consumer Electronics Show hasn’t officially started just yet, but that hasn’t prevented a number of companies from showing of their wares a bit early at venues other than the Las Vegas Convention Center. We’ve already had a number of private briefings that we’ll be able to talk about soon; in the meantime we’ve...

Seagate, LaCie Go Big On Storage Capacity With New Glut Of Storage Devices

Seagate, LaCie Go Big On Storage Capacity With New Glut Of Storage Devices

Seagate and LaCie came to CES with armloads of new storage devices, and the first thing that jumps out at you about the whole schmeer is the impressive capacity of the lot of them. And capacity, it seems, was indeed a focus. “People around the world are in urgent need of space to store their most cherished memories, information and data,...

LG G Flex Curved Smartphone Coming To AT&T With Quad-Core Snapdragon Processor Inside

LG G Flex Curved Smartphone Coming To AT&T With Quad-Core Snapdragon Processor Inside

The LG G Flex is no longer a unicorn for U.S. customers. After announcing in October that the curved, flexible-display smartphone was coming to Korea, AT&T told us that the device would be available on its network sometime in Q1 2014. The LG Flex offers a 6-inch curved display (1280x720), 4G LTE connectivity, and excellent specs under...

Boxes Shmoxes: Roku's Making Smart TVs Now

Boxes Shmoxes: Roku's Making Smart TVs Now

Roku has made a name for itself with its demure streaming players, but the company is evolving its product offerings from those little boxes to actual TVs. The Roku TV, like the streaming boxes, will give users access to the Roku Channel Store and its cadre of 31,000 movies and 1,200 channels, and users will be able to control it with iOS...

Digital Storm Gives Its Steam Machine The “Bolt” Moniker, Killer Cooling

Digital Storm Gives Its Steam Machine The “Bolt” Moniker, Killer Cooling

The long-awaited Steam Machine consoles are rolling out, and Digital Storm fittingly placed the “Bolt” name on its version. The first Bolt, which we reviewed, was all the things we expect now from Steam Machines--compact size, excellent specs, and a cool design. The Digital Storm Bolt II is a SFF and hybrid Steam Machine, which...

Toshiba Trots Out a 13.3-inch Chromebook Priced at $280 MSRP

Toshiba Trots Out a 13.3-inch Chromebook Priced at $280 MSRP

A couple of years ago, low-cost laptop announcements usually revolved around the latest netbook release. These days the attention falls squarely on Chromebooks, and the newest player to jump on the bandwagon is Toshiba. Making a splash into the category, Toshiba's first Chromebook is a 13.3-inch model with a 1366x768 (HD) display. "We see...

Xi3 Launches X7A Modular Computer and Z3RO Pro Computer, Huge Booth At CES 2014

Xi3 Launches X7A Modular Computer and Z3RO Pro Computer, Huge Booth At CES 2014

A few years ago, you may have assumed that Xi3 was just a fad. But yet, here we are at another CES, and the company is making news once more. It came to fame by producing modular, low-cost computers that can be applied just about anywhere, from schools to small businesses to even Steam Machines. This year, Xi3 is touting its largest booth...

Philips Unveils 27-inch Full HD 1080p Gaming Monitor with G-SYNC

Philips Unveils 27-inch Full HD 1080p Gaming Monitor with G-SYNC

If you're in need of a new monitor for your gaming machine, you're in good shape. We've already seen a number of display announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, including an interesting 27-inch panel by Philips that uses NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology to synchronize refresh rates to the PC's GPU. The "Philips 27-inch...

VIA Partners with Mozilla to Develop Firefox OS, Offers Free APCs to Bug Fixers

VIA Partners with Mozilla to Develop Firefox OS, Offers Free APCs to Bug Fixers

Mozilla's efforts to flesh out and promote its Firefox OS for new mobile devices got a shot in the arm today with VIA announcing an official partnership with the browser and operating system maker. VIA says it will help support and develop Firefox OS for new device form factors, and the company's also providing incentive for coders to patch...

NVIDIA's CES Keynote: Denver Debuts, Tegra K1 Breaks Cover

NVIDIA's CES Keynote: Denver Debuts, Tegra K1 Breaks Cover

NVIDIA's Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage at CES tonight to discuss NVIDIA's overarching gaming technology efforts, starting with a discussion of PC gaming streaming courtesy of NVIDIA's Shield. We've discussed Shield's game streaming capability before -- it's easily one of the stronger selling points for the product. According to the NVIDIA...

Catch NVIDIA's Live Stream Press Conference From CES 2014 Here

Catch NVIDIA's Live Stream Press Conference From CES 2014 Here

Some of us have already touched-down in Las Vegas for the week, while still others are enroute.  The folks from NVIDIA, however, have likely been on site most of the weekend gearing up for their big press conference that is scheduled to take place just minutes from now at 11:00PM PST, 8:00PM EST. Just what NVIDIA will have on tap is anyone's...

Lenovo’s CES Includes New Tablets, Laptops, Displays, An Android Desktop, and More

Lenovo’s CES Includes New Tablets, Laptops, Displays, An Android Desktop, and More

Lenovo has already announced its new lineup of smartphones ahead of CES, and now the company is pulling back the curtain on the rest of its computing devices. The list is rather long and consists of new laptops, multimode devices, displays, and some intriguing products that include an Android desktop and a home cloud solution. Lenovo Miix...

Computer Scientists Invents Game-Developing Computer AI

Computer Scientists Invents Game-Developing Computer AI

Over the past few years, short game writing "jams" have become a popular way to bring developers together in a conference with a single overarching theme. These competitions are typically 24-48 hours long and involve a great deal of caffeine, frantic coding, and creative design. The 28th Ludum Dare conference from held from December 13 - 16...

Corning Boasts Gorilla Glass 3D Manufacturing Process, Design Possibilities For Wearable Tech

Corning Boasts Gorilla Glass 3D Manufacturing Process, Design Possibilities For Wearable Tech

For all the talk about curved displays and other innovations that we’re supposedly going to start seeing in wearable computing any minute now (what wonders will CES hold on that front this year?), OEMs are limited by what display manufacturers can create. To that end, Corning announced a new manufacturing process for its Gorilla Glass...

Yahoo! Visitors Hit With Malware Ads

Yahoo! Visitors Hit With Malware Ads

As if Yahoo needed more bad press after the slow-boil frustration that is the new Yahoo Mail, at least one security firm found that the company’s homepage served up malicious ads to potentially millions of users, with likely thousands infected. Security firm Fox IT, which operates Security Operations Center service ProtACT reported that...

LG Considers Waving Goodbye to Traditional PC Market

LG Considers Waving Goodbye to Traditional PC Market

Perhaps the most surprising thing about LG mulling whether or not it wants to completely exit the traditional PC market is the fact that LG makes computers. Indeed, the South Korean electronics maker dabbles in PCs and even recently announced plans to unveil an updated Ultra PC model (laptop), Tab-Book 2 (hybrid 2-in-1 similar to Surface),...

Vine Update Focuses on Web Experience, Adds a TV Mode

Vine Update Focuses on Web Experience, Adds a TV Mode

Watching 6-second Vine videos on the web isn't exactly a new feature, but up until now, Vine's browser-based experience lacked some critical features. The popular Twitter-owned video sharing service addressed those shortcomings by fleshing out the web experience. Now when you log into Vine from a browser, you'll be able to do much more, such...

Intel's Knights Landing Xeon Phi Will Target 3TFLOPs, Offer 16GB of RAM

Intel's Knights Landing Xeon Phi Will Target 3TFLOPs, Offer 16GB of RAM

New details on Intel's upcoming 14nm Xeon Phi (codenamed Knights Landing) suggests that the chip giant is targeting a huge increase in performance, throughput, and total TFLOP count with the next-gen MIC (Many Integrated Core) card. Knights Landing will be the first ground-up redesign of Intel's MIC architecture -- the original Knights Ferry...

Texas Library Goes Bookless to Offer a View of the Future Public Library

Texas Library Goes Bookless to Offer a View of the Future Public Library

If you're of the opinion that electronic books (e-books) are poor substitutes for the feel and smell of a physical paper-bound novel, fear not, books made out of trees are still long for this world. However, if you're willing to trade those amenities for the luxuries of technology, such as being able to hold thousands of novels in the palm...

Apple Limbos, Best Buy Offers iPhone 5C for Free on Contract

Apple Limbos, Best Buy Offers iPhone 5C for Free on Contract

Time and again, we bear witness to the fact that if you wait long enough, just about any smartphone will eventually reach the low, low price of free. Such phenomena even applies to iPhone models, the latest example being the iPhone 5C, which Best Buy is offering at no cost to customers who sign up for a two-year service contract with AT&T,...

Microsoft Bumps Up Processor In Surface Pro 2 But Tells No One

Microsoft Bumps Up Processor In Surface Pro 2 But Tells No One

In Microsoft’s second generation of Surface tablets, the generational updates are a definite improvement on the original as we clearly found in our Surface 2 review, and the Surface Pro 2 shipped with an impressive Intel Core i5-4200U (1.6GHz) processor. However, there are new Surface Pro 2s popping up that have a slightly better processor--the...

Snapchat Promises App Tweaks To Prevent Future Security Breaches, Does Not Apologize

Snapchat Promises App Tweaks To Prevent Future Security Breaches, Does Not Apologize

Earlier this week, news broke that a security exploit in Snapchat allowed hackers to claim some 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers from the service. The group responsible for the hack posted the list, with some information redacted, for all to see. Snapchat described the issue in a blog post, noting that it was the Find Friends feature...

Intel Gearing-Up Wearable Tech For CES 2014, Krzanich Stepping Out In Style

Intel Gearing-Up Wearable Tech For CES 2014, Krzanich Stepping Out In Style

When it comes to CES, there are huge shoes to fill. With Microsoft out of the mix as a major keynote player, other mainstays are being left to fill in the gaps. Intel has always played something of a role at the show, but this year it may make even more waves than usual. According to a new report at Re/code, CEO Brian Krzanich could be on...

BlackBerry And Alicia Keys Split, The Fireeee Is Gone

BlackBerry And Alicia Keys Split, The Fireeee Is Gone

It was a questionable partnership from the start, but after a rocky year, it's coming to a close. During desperate times, RIM hitched its creative wagon to Alicia Keys, bestowing upon her the role of Global Creative Director. Pundits were quick to point out that Keys frequently used an iPhone, and questioned her ability to truly make a dent...

Polaroid Readies Trio of Affordable Quad-Core Tablets Running Android 4.4 KitKat

Polaroid Readies Trio of Affordable Quad-Core Tablets Running Android 4.4 KitKat

If you're looking to get the kids a low-cost Android tablet, your options are quickly opening up. Just ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Polaroid today unveiled its Q Series of sleek and affordable tablets running Android 4.4 KitKat, all of which are also powered by a quad-core processing foundation. There are three...

Samsung Galaxy S5 to Showcase New Casing Materials, Possibly Flexible Display at MWC 2014

Samsung Galaxy S5 to Showcase New Casing Materials, Possibly Flexible Display at MWC 2014

We can say with 100 percent certainty that there's no way in Hades Samsung is going to suddenly discontinue its super popular Galaxy S line of smartphones. That means you can bank on there being a Galaxy S5 at some point, but what we don't know are the details surrounding the next Galaxy S release, though Samsung Vice President and Head of...

DreamWorks DreamTab Android Tablet For Kids By Fuhu Coming To CES 2014

DreamWorks DreamTab Android Tablet For Kids By Fuhu Coming To CES 2014

Tablets that are built with children in mind are far from being a new idea, but if I were a parent, I couldn't imagine dealing with the chore of figuring out which one was actually worth it. It's not just the hardware that matters, but software, like most other mobile devices. No one likes picking up a new tech product only to have the vendor...

Velocity Micro’s SmallBlock Desktops Pack Big Punch In A Tiny Package

Velocity Micro’s SmallBlock Desktops Pack Big Punch In A Tiny Package

Velocity Micro announced a line of tiny “SmallBlock” desktops that promise performance capabilities that are not commensurate with their size. The mini-ITX systems include gaming, workstation, and home office configurations within a chassis size of 12.75 x 8 x 9.1 inches (HxWxD). “The SmallBlock platform is the culmination...

Youtube to Demo 4K Video Streaming With VP9 Codec at CES 2014

Youtube to Demo 4K Video Streaming With VP9 Codec at CES 2014

There will be lots of exciting products and technologies being shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month (stay tuned -- we'll have lots of coverage), some of which is spilling out to the media ahead of time. Such is the case with YouTube, which announced plans to showcase 4K ultra high-definition (UHD) content...

Sprint's Spark Program Promises 50-60 Mbps Mobile Broadband Speeds

Sprint's Spark Program Promises 50-60 Mbps Mobile Broadband Speeds

When 3G speeds became widely available, it changed everything about mobile. No longer was mobile Internet access a (very slow) novelty; instead, it enabled users to accomplish serious tasks while out and about and enjoy all manners of entertainment, from watching videos to social networking. It even became possible to use mobile 3G hotspots...

AT&T Trumps T-Mobile With $450 Incentive To Switch Carriers

AT&T Trumps T-Mobile With $450 Incentive To Switch Carriers

It was just days ago that we learned of T-Mobile’s latest shot at AT&T: A rumored incentive plan that would cover up to $350 in early termination fees for customers who switched to T-Mobile. It was big news and frankly a bit unbelievable, so we took the rumor with a grain of salt until the new program was unveiled at CES. In response,...

Rumor Has It Apple's iPhone 6 Comes in Two Sizes

Rumor Has It Apple's iPhone 6 Comes in Two Sizes

The only thing remotely surprising about that fact we're already hearing rumors about Apple's iPhone 6 is that there isn't yet chatter about the iPhone 7 and beyond. There's a consumer obsession with Apple products and what the Cupertino firm will come out with next, and the latest rumors point to the iPhone 6 being offered in two different...

Acer Announces Two Iconia Tablets, New C720P Touchscreen Chromebook

Acer Announces Two Iconia Tablets, New C720P Touchscreen Chromebook

Acer has a few goodies to share as we inch closer to CES, including a pair of tablets bearing the “Iconia” moniker and a touchscreen chromebook. The Acer Iconia A1-830 is a 7.9-inch Android (4.2.1 Jelly Bean) tablet with a resolution of 1024x768 and a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 (Clover Trail) processor. There’s 1GB of RAM on...

Facebook Sued For Mining User Data From Private Messaging

Facebook Sued For Mining User Data From Private Messaging

Facebook is facing a lawsuit from two users who allege that the company's "private" messaging is anything of the sort. We've seen a number of these cases over the years, going all the way back to Google's ad-crawling for Gmail, and it's generally known that if you use a service, company's are going to attempt to monetize your input. In Facebook's...

Valve's Steam Holiday Sale Makes An Encore, Popular Game Deals Back For Final Showing

Valve's Steam Holiday Sale Makes An Encore, Popular Game Deals Back For Final Showing

As the ancient proverb so accurately states, all good things must come to an end. At least where Valve's ultra-popular winter Steam sale is concerned, though, a last chance is being given, allowing you to take advantage of some of the HOTtest deals you may have missed during the sale's two-week tenure. Unfortunately, whereas most of the Steam...

Blokify Launches For iOS, Lets Kids 3D Print Their Own Minecraft-ish Toys

Blokify Launches For iOS, Lets Kids 3D Print Their Own Minecraft-ish Toys

If you have creative kids that like to build things, there’s a new app that will keep them occupied for hours called Blokify. Simply put, Blokify starts you out with a Minecraft-looking “construction kit” featuring themed environments and textured blocks, along with models and background music, and your kiddos can either...

Hands On with Dell's 27-inch P2714T Touch Monitor

Hands On with Dell's 27-inch P2714T Touch Monitor

When Microsoft launched Windows 8, the company gambled on consumers welcoming touch on the desktop, just as they had on mobile handheld devices, namely tablets and smartphones. It remains to be seen if that gamble will pay off, but in the meantime, peripheral makers and other hardware partners have stepped up with products built to take advantage...

Leary of Snapchat After Massive Security Breach? Here are a Few Alternatives

Leary of Snapchat After Massive Security Breach? Here are a Few Alternatives

Snapchat has become a sort of cultural phenomenon in the online community, one that has skyrocketed in popularity, especially among teens and young adults. Facebook is among those who believe Snapchat is more than just a passing fad, hence why the world's largest social network reportedly tried to acquire the picture and video sharing service...

Ford C-MAX Concept Car Unveiled With Roof-Top Solar Panels For CES 2014

Ford C-MAX Concept Car Unveiled With Roof-Top Solar Panels For CES 2014

Don’t look now, but the solar-powered car is making a comeback. Ford announced the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept, a sporty-looking hatchback whose roof is lined with solar panels. The idea is that the car will offer “the best of a plug-in hybrid without depending on the electric grid for fuel”--which is a brilliant idea if it...

LG's webOS-Based HDTV Breaks Cover With Card-Based User Interface

LG's webOS-Based HDTV Breaks Cover With Card-Based User Interface

Remember webOS? How could you forget, right? The long-lost mobile operating system that was placed in an early grave once HP purchased Palm is seemingly back from the dead, with a zombie-like appearance on an upcoming LG HDTV. Rumors were flying years ago that LG was planning on producing a webOS-based television after it picked up webOS from...

AOL Sells Llama Ass-Whipping Winamp and Shoutcast Music Services to Radionomy

AOL Sells Llama Ass-Whipping Winamp and Shoutcast Music Services to Radionomy

Phew, talk about a close call! Winamp's days of whipping the llama's ass came this close (place your index finger and thumb really close to each other) to being over after AOL decided to pull the plug on the media player it acquired in 1999 for $80 million. AOL announced its intentions in November, saying it would dismantle Winamp five days...

Microsoft’s Skype Twitter Account HACKED with Anti-Hotmail and Outlook Messaging

Microsoft’s Skype Twitter Account HACKED with Anti-Hotmail and Outlook Messaging

Hackers claiming to represent the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) decided to deface Skype's social media pages with disparaging messages about Microsoft and its digital properties. On Skype's Twitter page, for example, the hackers posted a status update telling followers not to use Microsoft's email services (Hotmail and Outlook) because "they...

Google to Shutter Bump and Flock on January 31

Google to Shutter Bump and Flock on January 31

Google apparently feels it's done all it can do with Bump, a picture sharing app for smartphones it acquired three and a half months ago for between $30-$60 million, and will slam the door shut on the service at the end of the month. Bump's chief and co-founder David Lieb announced the news in a blog post, saying that his team will shift focus...

Lenovo Launches Four Smartphones Ahead Of CES, Including Its First LTE Handset

Lenovo Launches Four Smartphones Ahead Of CES, Including Its First LTE Handset

Like a lot of companies, Lenovo is about to get busy at CES--really busy. First up is Lenovo’s new spate of smartphones, headlined by the Lenovo Vibe Z, which is the company’s first LTE handset. There’s also the 6-inch S930, 4.7-inch S650, and 5-inch A859. The Vibe Z ($549) is a thin phone (7.9mm) with Android 4.3 that rocks...

Ban On HTC Smartphones Likely As Nokia Wins Patent Case In Germany

Ban On HTC Smartphones Likely As Nokia Wins Patent Case In Germany

HTC is not starting out the new year on a strong note; the company lost a patent case to Nokia in a Munich court that affects all HTC Android devices in Germany. At issue is a technology for a "method for transferring resource information" (such a URL) between two devices via Bluetooth or NFC technology. This gives Nokia the right to recall...

Motorola's Unlocked Moto X is Marked Down to $400

Motorola's Unlocked Moto X is Marked Down to $400

Maybe 2014 will be the year of affordable, off-contract smartphones. If not, it won't be for a lack of trying from Motorola, which just announced that its unlocked Moto X (see our review) is now $399.99 going forward. Anyone and everyone can snag an off-contract Moto X for the newly reduced price, regardless of wireless carrier and whether...

Snapchat Exploit Exposes 4.6 Million Usernames And Phone Numbers, As Promised

Snapchat Exploit Exposes 4.6 Million Usernames And Phone Numbers, As Promised

Snapchat is learning the hard way that success comes at a price. While the photo- and video-sharing service explodes with users and rejects mind-boggling buyout offers from the likes of Facebook, it has also attracted unwanted attention from security pros and hackers. Days ago, Gibson Security wrote a post about a security flaw in Snapchat...

Microsoft Adds Multi-Window Support to OneNote for Android

Microsoft Adds Multi-Window Support to OneNote for Android

Microsoft said its goal in updating OneNote for Android devices was to allow users to get more things done in less time. Towards that end, the latest version of OneNote for Android now includes an "Add to OneNote" feature, which allows users to add important things from any application on their Android device. "Just look for the Share button...

Dell Goes For Nostalgia with First Ad Since Going Private

Dell Goes For Nostalgia with First Ad Since Going Private

For every great, long-lasting startup that goes on to revolutionize the world, there are hundreds -- if not thousands -- that never make it beyond the drawing board. In today's world, however, simply "making it" once isn't good enough. Particularly in the rough-and-tumble technology sector, companies have to continue proving themselves time...

Google Inviting "VIP" Google Music All Access Users To Try Glass

Google Inviting "VIP" Google Music All Access Users To Try Glass

Google had been stingy with who can join the legion of Google Glass Explorers, but the company has been gradually opening up the beta to more and more potential users. This autumn, current Explorers were allowed to invite three pals to try Glass, and in Google recently expanded the Glass Explorer program to anyone who signs up, offers a convincing...

Sprint, T-Mobile Shares on the Rise as Merger Talks Heat Up

Sprint, T-Mobile Shares on the Rise as Merger Talks Heat Up

Analysts aren't convinced that Sprint will be able to clear the regulatory hurdles required to acquire T-Mobile, especially after AT&T already tried before falling flat on its face. Despite the skepticism, investors are apparently optimistic a deal will get done -- share prices of both wireless carriers shot up more than 30 percent since...