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All News for November 2013

ASUS Teams Up With Canonical to Offer Affordable Ubuntu-powered Notebooks

ASUS Teams Up With Canonical to Offer Affordable Ubuntu-powered Notebooks

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about Dell's latest Ubuntu notebook, the XPS 13 "Developer Edition", also dubbed "Sputnik 3". This is the kind of notebook that most Linux fans would love to have; it packs in a fast Intel Core i7 dual-core, a 256GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, and a crisp 1080p 13.3-inch display. As fantastic as the XPS 13 is, though,...

Consumers Using Tablets Over Smartphones to Purchase Products Online

Consumers Using Tablets Over Smartphones to Purchase Products Online

Over the years, as our mobile phones transformed into full-blown computers, many have become very reliant on them. We can use them to take notes, message friends, play games, browse the Web, take quick photos, and of course, shop - and we're not just talking about purchasing an app from the App Store. Thanks to some data-mining conducted by...

Robocular 3D Scanner Aims For User-Friendly Experience

Robocular 3D Scanner Aims For User-Friendly Experience

More and more 3D scanners are emerging to complement the many 3D printers on the market, and Robocular is hoping its 3D scanner will appeal to the masses. The company is raising funds on Kickstarter so it can basically just scale up production; the money will go toward acquiring injection molds and bulk quantities of components. The Robocular...

Raspberry Pi Personal Cloud arkOS Reaches Funding Milestone With Big Support

Raspberry Pi Personal Cloud arkOS Reaches Funding Milestone With Big Support

The Raspberry Pi can be used for all sorts of applications, including sweet mini desktop builds, and it can also be used as a personal cloud server with arkOS. The arkOS project has been crowdsourcing funds, and it has already pushed past its $45,000 goal with 5 days to go in the campaign. The open source arkOS platform, simply put, is designed...

iBuypower Chimera 4SE FX Ultimate: AMD Gaming PC

iBuypower Chimera 4SE FX Ultimate: AMD Gaming PC

iBuypower is offering an AMD-based system in its Chimera 4SE line, which is designed to give users serious gaming performance without a wallet-busting price tag. The Chimera is part of iBuypower’s Signature Series, which includes iBuypower’s highest-priced and most powerful gaming systems, like the Revolt and Valkyrie. The centerpiece...

Samsung Galaxy S5 Coming Early 2014 With 64-Bit Exynos, Flexible Display, Aluminum Chassis

Samsung Galaxy S5 Coming Early 2014 With 64-Bit Exynos, Flexible Display, Aluminum Chassis

Although owners of the new-ish Samsung Galaxy S4 may still be swooning over the popular smartphone, the successor to Samsung’s flagship phone is already in the works. A new report has emerged that pegs the Samsung Galaxy S5’s release for March of 2014, with mass production beginning in January. It will come in two variants, one...

Asus and Toshiba Plan to Jump on Google's Chromebook Bandwagon with Haswell in Tow

Asus and Toshiba Plan to Jump on Google's Chromebook Bandwagon with Haswell in Tow

Two out of the top 5 best selling laptops on Amazon are Chromebooks (Acer C720 at No. 4 and Samsung XE303C12-A01US at No. 5). Chromebook critics are quick to point out that sales don't necessarily translate into a quality product, but if you look at the user reviews, there doesn't appear to be a lot of buyer's remorse with these systems. Out...

Microsoft Black Friday Deals Offer Steep Discounts on Surface, Lumia and Xbox Bundles

Microsoft Black Friday Deals Offer Steep Discounts on Surface, Lumia and Xbox Bundles

While Apple is over in Cupertino doing its best Ebenezer Scrooge impression by shunning cash discounts on products in favor of bundled gift cards, Microsoft is doing Black Friday the right way. There are some significant discounts on various Microsoft gear over at its online store, which not only means upfront savings, but you also get to...

Intel Expects Black Friday to Bring Big Demand For 2 in 1 PCs

Intel Expects Black Friday to Bring Big Demand For 2 in 1 PCs

Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, has a vested interest in seeing the hybrid PC model thrive. By "hybrid" we mean 2-in-1 PCs that function as both a full-fledged notebook and a tablet, in theory offering users the best of both worlds (check out our review of the Asus Transformer Book T100 Windows 8.1 Hybrid for a recent example)....

Apple's Black Friday Sale Offers Gift Cards Instead of Cash Discounts

Apple's Black Friday Sale Offers Gift Cards Instead of Cash Discounts

Bah, humbug. As if crowds fighting yet again to get to Walmart doorbusters weren't bad enough to nearly ruin Thanksgiving, Apple zealots who have waited all year for a small sale on an iProduct are likely going to be let down by this year's Black Friday sale. Unlike years in the past, Apple isn't offering cash-off discounts on products. Instead,...

Holiday Gift Guide: Tablets, Smartphones, Laptops

Holiday Gift Guide: Tablets, Smartphones, Laptops

Portable devices are becoming ever more powerful, and users are increasingly utilizing them to keep up with news and friends, get work done, and for entertainment. Smartphones and tablets have never been so powerful, and if you're in market for either, it's going to be a fun holiday season, packed with some great options to choose from. Whether...

Razer Reaches for Audio Supremacy, Launches Kraken Forged Edition Headphones for $300

Razer Reaches for Audio Supremacy, Launches Kraken Forged Edition Headphones for $300

Hello Razer, have we met before? You may ask yourself the same question after spying the peripheral maker's new Kraken Forged Edition headphones. Razer's been known to put out some solid gaming accessories, no doubt about that, but the Kraken Forged Edition aims higher than Razer has perhaps ever aimed. Not only is this a premium (and premium...

Microsoft Chastised For Sexist Xbox One Ad, Significant Others NOT Impressed

Microsoft Chastised For Sexist Xbox One Ad, Significant Others NOT Impressed

It's said that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and who can blame them when it's been such a historical and ongoing struggle to gain equal rights? It took an amendment to the U.S. constitution to guarantee women the right to vote, and if you fast forward to today, a woman with a Doctoral degree is paid on average nearly $19,000 less...

Tons of Black Friday Deals on Laptops, Tablets, Home Electronics, Games and More

Tons of Black Friday Deals on Laptops, Tablets, Home Electronics, Games and More

The day is here that our deal hunters have been training for: Black Friday 2013. Many retailers have kicked off their BF sales even days early and the list below is a killer collection that represents the lowest pricing we've seen all year. Should any of these smoking hot offers end before you can snag it, head over to LogicBuy to get the...

Google Removes CynogenMod From Play Store, Cites App Wants to Void Warranties

Google Removes CynogenMod From Play Store, Cites App Wants to Void Warranties

Google apparently isn't thinking straight these days, or at best, you could say the search giant's logic is flawed. How so? Well, the sultan of search contacted famed modder CyanogenMod and told him he could either remove his CyanogenMod installer from Google Play, or Google would remove it for him, adding that the app is in violation of Google...

RetroN 5 All-In-One Vintage Gaming Console Delayed Until After The Holidays

RetroN 5 All-In-One Vintage Gaming Console Delayed Until After The Holidays

Here’s the bad news: Hyperkin’s RetroN 5, a gaming console that incorporates and accommodates a host of vintage game cartridges, will be delayed until Q1 2014 because of some faulty pins that the company discovered on some of its packaged units. Thus, the console won’t be available until the holidays, so you won’t be...

Another Seattle Establishment Bans Google Glass, Doesn't Understand The Tech

Another Seattle Establishment Bans Google Glass, Doesn't Understand The Tech

I recall an anecdote about a fellow that got his house wired with electricity way back when. Workers installed wiring and sockets, but the man didn’t have any light bulbs yet, so he screwed a potato onto the light socket to prevent the electricity from leaking out all over the place. That’s the image I have any time someone just...

 Siri Eyes Free Emerges, Now Available On New Honda and Acura Vehicles

Siri Eyes Free Emerges, Now Available On New Honda and Acura Vehicles

Some things are easier said than done, and some technologies are easier to draw up on paper than to actually implement across a wide array of partners. Apple's Siri technology put voice command on the mainstream map, but a few years back, it proudly stated that Siri would be coming to the vehicle, and soon. By and large, that hasn't happened,...

Performance Storage Outfit OCZ Files For Bankruptcy, Toshiba To Buy Remaining Assets

Performance Storage Outfit OCZ Files For Bankruptcy, Toshiba To Buy Remaining Assets

Editor's Update - 11/27 - 7:45PM We just had a call with some key team members at OCZ. Our contacts inform us that OCZ plans to continue operations in a "business as usual" mode. In fact representatives from OCZ noted specifically that the company will continue to manufacture product for existing customers, support warranties for existing...

Valve Kicks Off Steam Autumn Sale, Offers Huge Discounts on HOT Games

Valve Kicks Off Steam Autumn Sale, Offers Huge Discounts on HOT Games

Could there be any better way to celebrate the biggest spending period of the year than with yet another sale? Valve believes so, and let's face it: I think PC gamers think so, too. Right on schedule, Valve has launched its "Autumn Sale 2013" on Steam - grab the Kleenex, because that wallet's about to cry. Running through until next...

Apple Reportedly Increased iPad Mini Orders After Removing Production Bottlenecks

Apple Reportedly Increased iPad Mini Orders After Removing Production Bottlenecks

Apple and its manufacturing and component supply chain partners may finally have a handle on the newest iPad mini with a Retina-class display. It's that so-called "Retina" display that's been holding back production of the iPad mini, leading to a shortage of devices. However, it's now being reported that all bottlenecks on the manufacturing...

BLU Life Pro Smartphone Caters To Shutterbugs, Sells For $299 Unlocked

BLU Life Pro Smartphone Caters To Shutterbugs, Sells For $299 Unlocked

BLU is a bit of an outsider smartphone maker, but the company continues to roll out products designed to shake things up. A new model, the BLU Life Pro, has solid specs all around and also features a 5MP front camera and 12MP rear camera to keep pocket photographers and videographers happy, as both cameras can record 1080p HD video at 30fps....

Jolla Smartphone Launch Imminent, Former Nokia Employees Soldier On

Jolla Smartphone Launch Imminent, Former Nokia Employees Soldier On

The launch of the Jolla smartphone, the brainchild of former Nokia employees who wanted to see the Meego OS live on even after Nokia went all-in with Windows Phone, is nigh. The phone launches today in Helsinki, and although the initial launch is limited to the first 450 people who pre-ordered, it’s still a noteworthy event. This fate...

Holiday Surprise: Nintendo Handed Out Free Wii U Consoles to Entire Southwest Flight

Holiday Surprise: Nintendo Handed Out Free Wii U Consoles to Entire Southwest Flight

Nintendo surprised an entire flight of passengers on Southwest Airlines by handing out free Wii U consoles to each and every person. There were more than 100 passengers on flight 1883 from New Orleans to Dallas Love Field, and every one of them walked off the plane with Nintendo's latest home console after being greeted by a costumed Mario...

Rockstar Games Confirms Grand Theft Auto San Andreas Rides to Mobile in December

Rockstar Games Confirms Grand Theft Auto San Andreas Rides to Mobile in December

When it comes to waiting for ports, mobile gamers sometimes have it worse than the PC crowd. How so? Consider that while PC gamers are chomping at the bit (or "champing," if you want to avoid a citation from the grammar police) to play Grand Theft Auto V on their platform of choice, mobile gamers are still waiting for GTA: San Andreas. Well,...

Microsoft's "Scroogled" Smear Campaign Is Getting Out Of Hand

Microsoft's "Scroogled" Smear Campaign Is Getting Out Of Hand

It’s not like companies don’t sometimes launch “anti” ad campaigns where they sandbag the competition and point out all the other guy’s flaws, but it's a risky tactic that can backfire. That may be happening with Microsoft’s rather bizarre anti-Google “scroogled” campaign, which is getting...

Careful What You Click, Cybercriminals Preying on Black Friday, Cyber Monday Shoppers

Careful What You Click, Cybercriminals Preying on Black Friday, Cyber Monday Shoppers

Tis the season to shop until you drop, and rather than risk getting run over by savage shoppers who wouldn't think twice about trampling a toddler if it meant winning the race to the electronics section at Wally World, more and more people are finding it more convenient to shop online during Black Friday. That will certainly save you from...

Speak To Your PC: "OK Google" Command Comes To Desktop Chrome Browser

Speak To Your PC: "OK Google" Command Comes To Desktop Chrome Browser

Better late than never, right? Despite demonstrating the ability to simply speak searches to the Chrome browser at the I/O 2013 conference, Google has just now perfected it to the point where it feels comfortable with a release. Just in time for Thanksgiving, Google has announced a plug-in that will enable Chrome browser users on laptops and...

Huge Dell Inspiron One 2330 AIO coupon, $399 50" LED TV, $39 SSD, more

Huge Dell Inspiron One 2330 AIO coupon, $399 50" LED TV, $39 SSD, more

Retailers' pre-BF deals continue to roll in and we've got some more killer offers that we don't expect to be beaten over the BF/CM weekend. Starting off things is a very well configured AIO PC from Dell, complete with Core i5 and 1080p touch screen, for only $799. Best Buy has a ridiculously low price on a Sharp 50" LED TV, but it won't last...

Acer Unleashes Affordable, Touchscreen Chromebook

Acer Unleashes Affordable, Touchscreen Chromebook

With technology, it's expected that as time passes, our products will become ever more robust, but there's also a chance that they will become more robust and cost less. A perfect example of this is with Acer's just-announced C720P touchscreen Chromebook, a product that would have been impossible to release just a couple of years ago without...

Motorola Surprises By Bringing Moto G To U.S. In Time For The Holidays

Motorola Surprises By Bringing Moto G To U.S. In Time For The Holidays

Motorola’s lower-cost but impressively well-endowed alternative to the Moto X wasn’t expected to hit the market until January, which we thought was odd considering the company would miss out on a lot of holiday season sales. In a surprising turnabout, Motorola announced that the phone will actually start shipping on December 2nd,...

iBuypower Reveals First Steam Machine Prototypes

iBuypower Reveals First Steam Machine Prototypes

Part of Valve’s Steam Machines gaming strategy is to employ third-party builders, and the first of those has been revealed. Boutique gaming PC builder iBuypower showed off its first two Steam Machine prototypes, dubbed Gordon and Freeman, that will enter the market to compete with gaming consoles mainstays Xbox One and PS4. The two models...

McAfee Labs Report Says Cyberthreats Increase with Malware and Cybercrime at Record Levels

McAfee Labs Report Says Cyberthreats Increase with Malware and Cybercrime at Record Levels

You know malware is a steadily growing problem, but if you aren’t tuned into the cyber security industry, you might not know just how fast the threat is exploding. Hackers are taking computers hostage, stealing credit card data at ever-increasing rates, and spammers are winning the email war. McAfee released a new report that documents...

Intel Looking To Offload The TV Media Service Business Unit For $500 Million

Intel Looking To Offload The TV Media Service Business Unit For $500 Million

As it turns out, disrupting the television market is pretty difficult. Apple, despite admitting that the TV business is one of intense interest, hasn't been able to crack the nut that would meld online and pay-TV content in a way that's dramatically different and better than the mishmash we have today. Earlier this year, Intel seemed to believe...

Qualcomm Starts Pre-Orders for Toq Android Smartwatch with Mirasol Display

Qualcomm Starts Pre-Orders for Toq Android Smartwatch with Mirasol Display

One thing we can say about the smartwatch movement is that if this category dies (and we suspect it will eventually fizzle out), it's not going to go down quietly. There are a handful of options on the market, along with persistent rumors that both Apple and Microsoft may be jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon, and in addition to all that,...

Take-Two Interactive Buys Back Carl Ichan’s Shares and Part Ways

Take-Two Interactive Buys Back Carl Ichan’s Shares and Part Ways

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is forging ahead without further guidance or input from billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who agreed to sell back his 12.02 million shares in the company at yesterday's closing price of $16.93 per share. That works out to around $203.5 million, which Take-Two will fund from its cash reserve and cash equivalents...

Microsoft Updates OneNote For Windows 8.1 Packed With New Features

Microsoft Updates OneNote For Windows 8.1 Packed With New Features

Companies update their apps all the time, and usually the changes aren’t particularly noteworthy, but Microsoft just revealed a doozy of an update to its OneNote app for Windows 8.1 devices. One major change is the Share charm that lets you send anything you see on your screen (such as something from an app) to OneNote with a swipe and...

HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks 11/26/13: Xbox One, iPad Air, Nexus 5, GeForce GTX 780 Ti and More!

HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks 11/26/13: Xbox One, iPad Air, Nexus 5, GeForce GTX 780 Ti and More!

In this episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Marco and Iyaz discuss the just-released Xbox One game console, Apple's super thin iPad Air, Google's hot new Nexus 5 smartphone with Kit-Kat, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 780 Ti beast of a graphics card, and give a few details of our next sweepstakes in which we'll be giving away a couple...

Android 4.4 KitKat Official for the Moto X

Android 4.4 KitKat Official for the Moto X

Hang tight, Moto X owners. If you're not already knee deep in Android 4.4 KitKat, you soon will be. Motorola is letting the world know that the most delicious version of Google's open source operating system is headed to the Moto X, the first smartphone manufactured in the United States, via an over-the-air (OTA) update. It's easy enough to...

Kingston Puts HyperX Predator 2800MHz Memory Kits on the Hunt for Overclockers

Kingston Puts HyperX Predator 2800MHz Memory Kits on the Hunt for Overclockers

Looking to inject your desktop PC with a stick (or four) of instant adrenaline? Kingston may have exactly what you're looking for. The memory maker just announced the addition of 2800MHz memory kits to its HyperX Predator product line of high-performance RAM for overclockers, enthusiasts, and power users in general. If you're not familiar...

Pre-Black Friday: $649 Dell XPS 8700 Haswell i7, 60" HDTV w/$300 GC, $449 i5 Laptop, more

Pre-Black Friday: $649 Dell XPS 8700 Haswell i7, 60" HDTV w/$300 GC, $449 i5 Laptop, more

The holiday week is upon us and we're hyper-caffeinating our deal hunters right now. In the meantime, they've found some smoking hot deals and even some pre-Black Friday offers. This Dell XPS 8700 Core i7 Haswell desktop for $649 is the lowest price ever and a little birdie tells us it won't get cheaper this week. HDTV lovers will want to...

FDA Orders Google Subsidiary 23andMe to Halt Sales of $99 DNA Tests

FDA Orders Google Subsidiary 23andMe to Halt Sales of $99 DNA Tests

If you were planning to purchase a $99 DNA test kit for the holiday season, you may have to put those plans on hold. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered 23andMe, a Google-backed DNA analysis company, to stop sales of its genetic testing kit since they're being sold without marketing clearance or approval. "FDA is concerned about...

Valve Launches Beta for Steam Reviews, Allowing You to Share Your Recommendations With the World

Valve Launches Beta for Steam Reviews, Allowing You to Share Your Recommendations With the World

In 2010, Valve launched a new feature for Steam called 'recommendations', and based on its name alone, I'm sure it's not difficult to figure out its basic purpose. When on a game's store page, you were given the option to click "Recommend" and then write some short thoughts on it. Then, down the road, should a friend check the game out, they'd...

ZTE To Jump Into Smartwatch Market

ZTE To Jump Into Smartwatch Market

It seems that every company is getting on board the smartwatch bandwagon these days. There are several on the market already of course, and offerings from industry behemoths such as Google and Apple appear to be just a matter of time at this point. Not to be left behind, China’s ZTE told the WSJ that it will have its own smartwatch hitting...

Red Mac Pro Designed by Jony Ive, Marc Newson Fetches $977,000 in Charity Auction

Red Mac Pro Designed by Jony Ive, Marc Newson Fetches $977,000 in Charity Auction

Some big money was raised at a special (RED) charity auction at Sotheby's in New York City over the weekend. One of the hottest items turned out to be a special edition red Mac Pro designed by Jony Ive and Mark Newson, which brought in a generous $977,000. It was the fourth biggest money maker during an auction in which almost $13 million...

A Grounded Evaluation Of The iPad Air

A Grounded Evaluation Of The iPad Air

The iPad Air is Apple's fifth generation iPad and the true successor to the iPad 3, whereas the iPad 4 was mostly a speed bump and lacked the fanfare associated with most of Apple's product launches. It also marks the first real redesign of the tablet's form factor to some extent. The iPad Air is significantly thinner than the previous iPad,...

Microsoft Acknowledges Disc Drive Glitch Affecting "Small Number" of Xbox One Consoles

Microsoft Acknowledges Disc Drive Glitch Affecting "Small Number" of Xbox One Consoles

A growing number of gamers have been complaining about an annoying issue affecting a "very small number" of Xbox One consoles. The issue has to do with the built-in disc drive not working properly. It seems that all or most who received a faulty console hear an awfully unsettling grinding noise when popping in a game or movie. A day after...

Futuremark Delists Android Devices Allegedly Cheating 3DMark, Samsung and HTC Ousted

Futuremark Delists Android Devices Allegedly Cheating 3DMark, Samsung and HTC Ousted

Benchmarking is serious business, and we're not saying that tongue-in-cheek. Buying decisions are often made based on how well a product benchmarks, which is why we spend so much time putting hot (and sometimes not-so-hot) hardware through their paces. However, benchmarks are only meaningful when there's a level playing field, and when companies...

Nokia Rumored To Be Readying Lumia 2020 8-Inch 'Illusionist' Windows Tablet

Nokia Rumored To Be Readying Lumia 2020 8-Inch 'Illusionist' Windows Tablet

Nokia may be prepping another Windows RT tablet, and this one will be an 8-inch model to complement the 10.1-inch Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet that recently went on sale at Verizon. The 8-inch tablet is codenamed “Illusionist”, according to Evleaks. While noting that Evleaks is often spot-on when it comes to these rumors (and thus it’s...

Apple Confirms Buyout of PrimeSense 3D Positioning Sensor Start-Up

Apple Confirms Buyout of PrimeSense 3D Positioning Sensor Start-Up

What was rumored has now been confirmed, and Apple is the proud owner of Primesense, a 3D sensing company that was responsible for the hardware and chip design used in the first-gen Microsoft Kinect motion control sensor. Israel’s Globes broke the news, indicating that the deal is done. The final bill was between $300 and $350 million,...

Samsung Unveils Galaxy Grand 2 Android Phone With 5.25-inch Display

Samsung Unveils Galaxy Grand 2 Android Phone With 5.25-inch Display

When you've got a good thing going, why change it? That's the mantra that Samsung is abiding by, as it continues to milk its longstanding Galaxy line with yet another new addition. The company's latest is the Galaxy Grand 2, a "compact" smartphone that borrows the high-brow faux-leather back from the Note III. Comically, "compact" seems to...

Western Digital's 2.5-inch Black2 Dual-Drive Combines a 120GB SSD with a 1TB HDD

Western Digital's 2.5-inch Black2 Dual-Drive Combines a 120GB SSD with a 1TB HDD

When it comes to choosing a storage scheme, there are couple of cost effective solutions for power users. One is to install a solid state drive (SSD) for the OS and programs, and a spacious hard disk drive (HDD) for storing photos, videos, and other data hogging files. A second option is to invest in a solid state hybrid drive, which is an...

Dutch News Agency Reports NSA Infected 50,000 Networks With Malware

Dutch News Agency Reports NSA Infected 50,000 Networks With Malware

A new report from the Dutch news site NRC Handelsblad (NRC for short) is claiming that the NSA has used its own malware to infect and compromise some 50,000 additional networks. The revelation apparently comes courtesy of the treasure trove of documents Snowden released, though the NSA has refused to confirm or deny its capabilities. According...

Microsoft's Larson-Green Talks Tighter Cross-Platform Integration, Casts Doubt on Windows RT

Microsoft's Larson-Green Talks Tighter Cross-Platform Integration, Casts Doubt on Windows RT

In a way, the future of Microsoft and its Windows platform is wide open right now. The way Microsoft's devices and services chief Jule Larson-Green sees it, we're on the cusp of a new era of computing and user interaction. Speaking at the UBS Global Technology Summit, Larson-Green talked about how user interaction with technology evolves through...

Windows Azure, Office 365 Barf as Xbox One Goes Online, Microsoft Denies Issues are Related

Windows Azure, Office 365 Barf as Xbox One Goes Online, Microsoft Denies Issues are Related

Talk about bad timing. A collection of Microsoft's online services all suffered an outage just as the Xbox One was launching to retail. For a period of time, Xbox.com was knocked offline, with outages also reportedly affecting Microsoft.com, Outlook.com, and Office 365. These first occurred in late afternoon on November 21. All these services...

Google Releasing Chromecast SDK In December

Google Releasing Chromecast SDK In December

Google’s Chromecast streaming device struck a chord with consumers this summer when it debuted, with the company selling out of the $35 device within days. The company is about to turn things up a notch by soon releasing the official Chromecast SDK (called the “Google Cast SDK”). According to some developers who have shared...

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg Says Teen Flight "Blown Out Of Proportion"

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg Says Teen Flight "Blown Out Of Proportion"

Facebook CFO David Ebersman shook things up when he casually mentioned in a recent earnings call that the social network was seeing a drop in daily use among teens, but it’s possible that the reason he was didn’t make a big deal about it is that there’s nothing to be alarmed about. That’s the stance Sheryl Sandberg,...

Rumor: Microsoft May Snap Up Winamp and ShoutCast, Llamas Beware

Rumor: Microsoft May Snap Up Winamp and ShoutCast, Llamas Beware

Unfortunately for llamas everywhere, media player Winamp may not be dead after all. Fortunately for longtime Winamp devotees, that’s because Microsoft may be purchasing Winamp and ShoutCast (a media streaming service, like Winamp also formerly a property of Nullsoft) from AOL. This is just a rumor, but TechCrunch (which is owned by AOL,...

The Great Debate: Xbox One, PS4, or Something Else Entirely?

The Great Debate: Xbox One, PS4, or Something Else Entirely?

With the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 both launched, the pressing question is: Which one should you pick? Comparing stats on the two is the typical way websites tackle this issue. I'm not going to. If you've read anything about the two devices, you already know the following: The PS4 is more powerful than the Xbox One. The Xbox One has Kinect....

Amazon Prime is Awesome, and Now You Can Gift a Membership

Amazon Prime is Awesome, and Now You Can Gift a Membership

The holiday shopping season is here and that means coming up with gift ideas for family and friends. If you're stuck on what to get, you may want to consider an Amazon Prime membership, both for yourself and for someone else. For the first time ever, Amazon is allowing shoppers to give the gift of its Prime service, and there are a couple...

Microsoft Knocks the Cover Off, Xbox One Sold Out

Microsoft Knocks the Cover Off, Xbox One Sold Out

Critics who worried that the Xbox One's $499 starting price might detract gamers and send them scurrying to the competition need not fret over the MSRP anymore. Gamers have spoken (with their wallets), delivering a message loud and clear that they're totally stoked to begin the next era of gaming with the Xbox One. The Xbox One made its debut...

Bitcoins In Space: Virgin Galactic Accepts New Payment Method

Bitcoins In Space: Virgin Galactic Accepts New Payment Method

Without any formal government regulation, Bitcoin prices have been surging and falling, and surging and falling. It's a roller coaster ride that only the bold can stomach, but those who are willing to invest in something like a new digital currency already have some wild stories to tell. Earlier this month, a university in Cyprus announced...

End Of An Era: John Carmack Leaves id Software for Oculus Rift

End Of An Era: John Carmack Leaves id Software for Oculus Rift

For decades, John Carmack has been an institution at id Software. The games id has built over the years may not have been huge innovators in terms of gameplay, but the engines behind those games have often pushed the envelope dramatically in terms of game detail levels and amazing environments. Now, he's moving on to take over the big shoes...

$50 off iPad 4 + $75 GC, Core i7 Haswell PC + LCD bundle, Galaxy S4, & more deals

$50 off iPad 4 + $75 GC, Core i7 Haswell PC + LCD bundle, Galaxy S4, & more deals

The weekend is finally upon us and we've rounded up some killer pre-Black Friday deals to keep you satiated. Leading things off is a bundle deal for a Core i7 Haswell desktop and premium 24" monitor for a mere $850, the lowest we've seen such a bundle yet. You can also grab the customizable, high performance TactX gaming mouse from Alienware...

Playstation 4 Gets Its First Post-Launch Firmware Update, To Address Stability Issues

Playstation 4 Gets Its First Post-Launch Firmware Update, To Address Stability Issues

It's been a secret to no one that Sony's PlayStation 4 launch could have gone a little bit better. At this point, the general consensus seems to be that the console is a great offering, and a well-designed one, too, but for some, the on-fire hype was quickly doused with a bucket of water as they realized they received, in effect, a brick....

Fear of Commitment? Apple Starts Selling Unlocked iPhone 5S Models to U.S. Customers

Fear of Commitment? Apple Starts Selling Unlocked iPhone 5S Models to U.S. Customers

Overshadowed by Microsoft's long anticipated Xbox One console launch today is the availability of unlocked iPhone 5S handsets. By "available," we mean that Apple is now accepting orders for SIM-free iPhone 5S devices to customers living in the United States, though new orders won't actually ship out for 1-2 weeks, according to Apple's website....

Spotify Joins Rare Company, Raises $250 Million in Funding for a $4 Billion Valuation

Spotify Joins Rare Company, Raises $250 Million in Funding for a $4 Billion Valuation

Spotify wants to be your go-to service for online music streaming, and with the help of investors who believe in the company's future plans, it just might emerge the winner. In a new funding round led by Technology Crossover Ventures, Spotify added $250 million to its purse, thereby valuing the streaming service at $4 billion. Not bad for...

Sony Europe Resets PSN Passwords as Precaution, Forgets to Tell Customers

Sony Europe Resets PSN Passwords as Precaution, Forgets to Tell Customers

Sony's been the target of more than one high profile hacker attack in the past few years, so it's understandable if the company is a bit on edge. To underscore that point, Sony Europe recently took the "precautionary measure" of resetting passwords for some PlayStation Network users in which irregularly activity was detected. That's fine and...

Microsoft Launches Anti-Google "Scroogled" Clothing and Coffee Mugs Store

Microsoft Launches Anti-Google "Scroogled" Clothing and Coffee Mugs Store

It was about a year ago that Microsoft first launched its “Scroogled” anti-Google campaign that pointed a long crooked finger at the search giant’s Google Shopping practices. Although Microsoft’s various accusations against Google are technically valid, they’re not particularly damning in the sense that Google...

Microsoft Ain’t Playin’ Delivers Xbox One Consoles in Armored Trucks

Microsoft Ain’t Playin’ Delivers Xbox One Consoles in Armored Trucks

Depending on where you live, you may have seen a fleet of green and black armored trucks with the Xbox One logo plastered on every side roll through town. Yes, the paint job drawing attention to these trucks reveals an obvious publicity stunt, but given the hype surrounding the Xbox One's launch today, it's probably not a bad idea to give...

Nexus Wireless Charger For Google Tablets and Smartphones Now Available For Purchase

Nexus Wireless Charger For Google Tablets and Smartphones Now Available For Purchase

Here’s a great holiday gift idea (wait, are we already doing that?) for the Google Nexus owner in your life: A wireless charger, specifically made for Nexus tablets and smartphones. The device works with Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7 smartphones and tablets, and they’ll start shipping as of November 29th. The small square charger...

3D Systems And Motorola Team Up To Deliver Modular, Customizable 3D Printed Smartphones

3D Systems And Motorola Team Up To Deliver Modular, Customizable 3D Printed Smartphones

Motorola is forging ahead with the concept of modular, customizable smartphones first put forth by designer Dave Hakkens with his Phonebloks. The company said recently that it was officially pursuing such an idea with Project Ara, and Motorola is already putting together important partnerships to make it happen. 3D Systems, a maker of 3D printers...

FCC May Allow Mid-Flight Calls Next Year

FCC May Allow Mid-Flight Calls Next Year

There's progress, and then there's going too far. While you won't find too many technology lovers who are opposed to having Wi-Fi below 10,000 feet or being able to leave one's Kindle on from gate-to-gate, there's a fine line here that may soon be crossed. Enabling connectivity in the sky is a godsend for those who fly frequently and need...

Intel Plans Full Court Press In Tablets As PC Market Stabilizes

Intel Plans Full Court Press In Tablets As PC Market Stabilizes

The PC market has tumbled throughout the past 18 months, but Intel believes the worst of the decline is over -- and that the tablet market is poised to boom. At its Analyst Day today, the company forecast stable PC sales through 2014, with gains in the market driven by an estimated 4x increase in tablet sales. And make no mistake -- Intel...

Today only: $65 Soundbar and Subwoofer; Also $999 60-Inch LG TV, 750GB SSD

Today only: $65 Soundbar and Subwoofer; Also $999 60-Inch LG TV, 750GB SSD

Black Friday? Who needs to wait for Black Friday? Our deal hunters have found some hot offers that you probably won't be able to beat, even on the big day. Right now you can get a new 2013 model LG 60" LED TV with WiFi and web apps for just under a grand. You'll also want to check out the very budget friendly ASUS VivoBook with Intel dual-core...

Intel's 128MB L4 Cache May Be Coming to Desktops with 14nm Broadwell-K CPUs

Intel's 128MB L4 Cache May Be Coming to Desktops with 14nm Broadwell-K CPUs

When Intel debuted Haswell this year, it launched its first mobile processor with a massive 128MB L4 cache. Dubbed "Crystal Well," this on-package (not on-die) pool of memory wasn't just a graphics frame buffer, but a giant pool of RAM for the entire core to utilize. The performance impact from doing so is significant, though the Haswell processors...

Xbox One Ties PlayStation 4 in iFixIt's Teardown Analysis, Both Easy to Repair

Xbox One Ties PlayStation 4 in iFixIt's Teardown Analysis, Both Easy to Repair

This is a big month for console gamers. Sony last week launched its PlayStation 4 to retail, and tonight at the stroke of midnight, stores like Best Buy will begin selling Microsoft's Xbox One. That means the next-generation console wars will be in full swing, and while gamers debate exclusive titles and which has the superior mix of hardware,...

WD My Cloud Personal Cloud Server Review

WD My Cloud Personal Cloud Server Review

Cloud storage has emerged as a hugely attractive option for consumers and businesses alike. Consumer cloud storage darling Dropbox has gotten big enough that it warrants its own developer conference, Box is consistently innovating in the business space, Amazon’s storage cloud is massive and popular, and we could go on and on with numerous...

LG Admits Smart TVs are Behaving Badly, Vows Firmware Fix for Spying Issue

LG Admits Smart TVs are Behaving Badly, Vows Firmware Fix for Spying Issue

Following widespread media attention over an allegation that LG's Smart TVs had the nasty habit of beaming viewing habits back to the mothership even when that option is turned off in the settings, the south Korean electronics maker fessed up to the situation and promised to issue a firmware fix to stop the behavior. The author of the DoctorBeet...

Microsoft's Major Nelson Offers Doctor's Note For Health Treatment with Xbox One

Microsoft's Major Nelson Offers Doctor's Note For Health Treatment with Xbox One

Tremendous news, everyone: If you’d rather play your new Xbox One all day long than go to work or school on when the new console debuts on Friday, Microsoft’s Major Nelson wrote a doctor’s excuse for you. (He’s not technically a doctor, but the rank of “major” must lend some credibility, don’t you...

Chromecast Adds More Awesomeness with HBO GO Support

Chromecast Adds More Awesomeness with HBO GO Support

A single dollar won't get you very far these days -- a soda or burger at your local fast food joint, perhaps. Up the ante to $35 and it's a whole new ballgame. Just how far can $35 take you? We're still finding that out. That's precisely how much it costs to buy Google's Chromecast dongle, and when it launched four months ago, you could enjoy...

Nokia Takes On Pandora And Spotify With Nokia MixRadio

Nokia Takes On Pandora And Spotify With Nokia MixRadio

It may seem that the world needs another streaming radio service like it needs a hole in the head, but Nokia is driving ahead with a new one called Nokia MixRadio to mix it up (as it were) with the likes of Spotify and Pandora. MixRadio will replace the former Nokia Music service, and it does have some features that competitors don’t,...

Google Launches Prepaid Debit Card for Access to Wallet Accounts

Google Launches Prepaid Debit Card for Access to Wallet Accounts

Google is making a major play for the retail spending sector by offer Google Wallet users a prepaid debit card that they can use at physical locations where MasterCard is accepted. There's no big mystery here -- it works just like the debit card your bank issued you. The card itself is free to obtain, and there are no service fees for using...

Robox 3D Printer Aims For Extreme Simplicity But Choice Features

Robox 3D Printer Aims For Extreme Simplicity But Choice Features

A British company called CEL has developed a 3D printer that portends to offer extraordinary ease of use without sacrificing high-end features. The stylish Robox 3D Printer will cost $1,364 when it launches in the U.S. early next year, and it includes CEL’s AutoMaker software that’s designed to let users simply choose the design...

Southwest The First Airline To Offer Gate-to-Gate WiFi Access

Southwest The First Airline To Offer Gate-to-Gate WiFi Access

Now that folks are able to read their Kindles and continue racking up high scores in Fruit Ninja while their plane is taking off and landing, we suspected that it was only a matter of time before the deaded "10,000 rule" was axed for in-flight Wi-Fi. That said, we didn't see it happening so quickly. Starting today, Southwest Airlines flyers...

The Llama's Ass Whipped For The Last Time, Winamp Says Goodbye

The Llama's Ass Whipped For The Last Time, Winamp Says Goodbye

When a legend dies, much of the world feels it. But how often is that legend a piece of software? If you were into digital music when the MP3 file format first became popular, chances are good that you crossed paths with Winamp. Chances are even better that you called it home for a number of years. It was as de facto a piece of software...

20% off Dell Inspiron 17 Laptop w/Core i5 Haswell

20% off Dell Inspiron 17 Laptop w/Core i5 Haswell

Dell Home is offering the 17.3-inch Dell Inspiron 17 (model 3737) Core i5-4200U-based 1.6GHz "Haswell" Dual-core Laptop for $599.99 with FREE shipping. This is the newest Dell Inspiron 17 laptop and an ideal desktop-replacement for multimedia aficionados. 20% off Dell Inspiron 17 Laptop w/Core i5 Haswell 17” Dell Inspiron 17 4th-Gen...

Hurried Version of Instagram Arrives on Windows Phone, Sports Only Basic Functionality

Hurried Version of Instagram Arrives on Windows Phone, Sports Only Basic Functionality

Starting today, Windows Phone users can finally join in the fun that is Instagram, which at its core allows you to add filter effects and "transform everyday moments into works of art," or something like that. That's the good news. The bad news is that in an attempt to rush Instagram to the Windows Phone platform, certain features have been...

MOGA Launches Ace Power Mobile Game Controller For iOS Devices

MOGA Launches Ace Power Mobile Game Controller For iOS Devices

MOGA makes products that can turn your mobile device into a mobile game controller, delivering a more engaging gaming experience with console-like controls while on the go. The company keeps rolling out new controllers for Android and Windows 8 devices, and now MOGA offers one for iOS devices, too. The MOGA Ace Power supports the iPhone 5S/5C,...

Mobile Carriers Reject Theft-Preventing Smartphone Killswitch, Would Rather Sell You Insurance

Mobile Carriers Reject Theft-Preventing Smartphone Killswitch, Would Rather Sell You Insurance

Smartphone theft (and, let’s be honest with our absent-minded and clumsy selves, loss) is a major problem, and a potential solution proposed by lawmakers in San Francisco and New York has been shot down by the big four wireless carriers. San Francisco DA George Gascón (who has been working on solutions with New York AG Eric T....

Microsoft Rolls Out Last Minute Xbox One SmartGlass App Mobile Companion

Microsoft Rolls Out Last Minute Xbox One SmartGlass App Mobile Companion

Just under the wire before the Xbox One launches, Microsoft rolled out the SmartGlass companion app that’s designed to let you use your mobile device as a second screen. You can control your TV watching experience, browse the Web, navigate the Xbox One itself, and view “extended experiences” of TV shows, music, and games...

Logitech's PowerShell Controller Turns Your iPhone 5 into a Handheld Game Console

Logitech's PowerShell Controller Turns Your iPhone 5 into a Handheld Game Console

Logitech wants to turn your iPhone 5S, iPhone 5, and/or iPod touch (5th generation) into a legitimate mobile gaming platform. In order to do that, Logitech today introduced its PowerShell Controller + Battery accessory. Simply slip your mobile device running iOS 7 into Logitech's accessory just like you would with a standard case and suddenly...

MediaTek Announces First Octa-Core Processor for Mobile Devices

MediaTek Announces First Octa-Core Processor for Mobile Devices

MediaTek on Wednesday announced what it claims is the world's first heterogeneous computing SoC (System-on-Chip) with a scalable eight-core processor for improved multi-tasking performance, more multimedia muscle, and excellent performance per watt. Dubbed "MT6592," MediaTek is billing its chip as the first true octa-core mobile platform....

Nintendo Reportedly Working on an Android Tablet for Education

Nintendo Reportedly Working on an Android Tablet for Education

It looks as though Nintendo is interested in getting into the tablet game, though what the company has in mind isn't a gaming tablet. Instead, Nintendo has gone and built a slate intended for schools. The unreleased tablet runs Android and is designed for play educational games rather than saving Princess Peach from yet another castle, unless...

Tencent To Offer 10TB Of Free Space As Cloud Storage War Heats Up

Tencent To Offer 10TB Of Free Space As Cloud Storage War Heats Up

Google has shamed the likes of Dropbox by offering many gigabytes of storage to every user for $0.00, but as cloud storage becomes cheaper, more accessible, and more demanded, new entrants are pushing the envelope. Tencent, a huge company in China, is looking to make a major splash in North America. How? By giving out more free cloud storage...

Microsoft Xbox One, The Full Review

Microsoft Xbox One, The Full Review

The Xbox One is more than just a game console. We know that may be blatantly obvious to many of you, but we want to drive that point home from the get-go. The gaming, home entertainment, and mobile/computing industries are vastly different than they were when the previous-gen Xbox 360 launched in late 2005. Since then, there’s been unprecedented...

Haswell touch laptop for $394, HDTV bundle, Intel SSD, more

Haswell touch laptop for $394, HDTV bundle, Intel SSD, more

It's another great day for deals and we've got a little something for everyone today. If you're hunting for a laptop on a budget, you don't want to miss the ultraportable, feature-packed Inspiron 11 from Dell, complete with touchscreen and new Haswell Celeron processor for under $400. NewEgg is running a killer deal on a 1080p LED monitor,...

Google Reveals Glass Development Kit, Blows Doors Open for Third-Party Apps

Google Reveals Glass Development Kit, Blows Doors Open for Third-Party Apps

At a 'hackathon' held in San Francisco today, Google unveiled its 'Glass Development Kit', or GDK for short. As the name suggests, this set of tools (which ties into Android's SDK) allows developers to take far greater advantage of what Glass is capable of. As we near the launch of Glass for consumers, the release of this development kit couldn't...

Google To Open Winter Wonderlab Stores To Showcase Tech Gear For The Holidays

Google To Open Winter Wonderlab Stores To Showcase Tech Gear For The Holidays

Google is opening up six new showrooms for its Google-branded wares in six locations around the country in an effort to keep pace with the retail presence that Apple and Microsoft have been pushing. The sites will apparently operate as giant kiosks in malls, and you can find them in the New York, Washington, Chicago, and Los Angeles areas...

Samsung Reportedly Sold 800,000 Galaxy Gear Smart Watches in Two Months, But Did It Really?

Samsung Reportedly Sold 800,000 Galaxy Gear Smart Watches in Two Months, But Did It Really?

Call me a curmudgeon if you want, but I don't think there's a lot of traction to be found in the smartwatch market. To me, it's a category that doesn't make a ton of sense now that smartphones are so ubiquitous. I don't doubt there's a niche, but on a mass scale, I just don't see it. I could be wrong, and an initial look at Samsung's Galaxy...

FreedomPop Expands Free Smartphone Plan Offerings, Bring Your Own Sprint Phone

FreedomPop Expands Free Smartphone Plan Offerings, Bring Your Own Sprint Phone

FreedomPop’s free smartphone plan seemed to strike a chord with the masses, because the company immediately sold out when it launched the free service (with a $99 HTC Evo Design 4G handset) last month. The mobile market disrupter is expanding its service offerings by allowing users to bring their own smartphones. With the “Bring...

LG Smart TV Users Claim Systems Are Sending Viewing Habits to LG Servers

LG Smart TV Users Claim Systems Are Sending Viewing Habits to LG Servers

Given the amount of spying that's taking place within our borders, we should all feel like the most interesting men and women in the world. Unfortunately, it's just not flattering to find out that the government is helping itself to hordes of private data, or that LG might be looking at our TV viewing habits without our consent. The author...

AT&T Unite Pro LTE Mobile Hotspot Sports Charger, Support For 15 Devices, 2.4-Inch Touchscreen

AT&T Unite Pro LTE Mobile Hotspot Sports Charger, Support For 15 Devices, 2.4-Inch Touchscreen

You and fourteen of your friends can stay connected via AT&T’s new Unite Pro Mobile Hotspot, which will be available for $49.99 with a two-year contract starting on November 22nd. The Unite Pro boasts 4G LTE connectivity to handle so many connections, and it has a BatteryBoost feature so you can have charge your smartphone from the...

Yahoo Planning Full Encryption of All User Data By March 2014

Yahoo Planning Full Encryption of All User Data By March 2014

It's easy to see why Yahoo chose Marissa Mayer to serve as the company's President and Chief Operating Officer (CEO) after parting ways with Scott Thompson in 2012. For the most part, she's been nothing but brilliant in her role and is quick to react to market conditions. Underscoring her business savvy is the decision to encrypt all user...

Dropbox Looks To Raise Another $250 Million, Suggests Its Valuation is Over $8 Billion

Dropbox Looks To Raise Another $250 Million, Suggests Its Valuation is Over $8 Billion

Drew Houston, a former student at MIT, would often forget to pack his USB flash drive on the way to class. He solved his problem by creating Dropbox for his own personal use, but it didn't take him long to figure out that others could benefit as well. That was around six years, and since then, Dropbox has become one of the most popular cloud-based...

Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows 8.1 Tablet Coming To Verizon for $500 Off-Contract

Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows 8.1 Tablet Coming To Verizon for $500 Off-Contract

Now that Microsoft has fully consumed Nokia's mobile product division, this could go down as one of the final pieces of hardware to ever ship with the Nokia brand name on it. After years of catering solely to the smartphone market, Nokia has extended the reach of the Lumia line to cover tablets, too. The Lumia 2520 is one of the more eye-catching...

Sony Confirms PlayStation 4 Blue Light Of Death, Offers Troubleshooting Tips

Sony Confirms PlayStation 4 Blue Light Of Death, Offers Troubleshooting Tips

We discussed over the weekend of reported issues with Sony's new PlayStation 4 that has been plaguing some of its not-so-fortunate owners. Dubbed the "Blue Light of Death", the result of turning on the console is reminiscent of the Xbox 360 with its famed "Red Ring of Death" - essentially, a non-functioning console. For those demanding answers,...

Ouya Outs Limited Edition White Console with Twice the Storage

Ouya Outs Limited Edition White Console with Twice the Storage

Ouya figured out a way to squeeze a few more dollars out of its $99 Android game console.Offer it up in white, make it a "Limited Edition" SKU, double up on storage, and then charge a little more. That's the not-so-secret formula behind Ouya's newly unveiled "Limited Edition White Console" with 16GB of internal storage. It's available to pre-order...

Price drop on Dell XPS 12 convertible, 50% off AT&T smartphones, more

Price drop on Dell XPS 12 convertible, 50% off AT&T smartphones, more

Black Friday is nearly upon us and retailers aren't content to wait for the massive sales day. They are letting loose some serious pre-BF offers and we've got the best of them. Topping today's list is the convertible Dell XPS 12 laptop with 12.5" 1080p screen for only $849.99. AT&T customers will want to check out the 50% off blowout they're...

'Inj3ct0r Team' Claims Responsibility for MacRumors and vBulletin Hacks, Begins Selling Exploit

'Inj3ct0r Team' Claims Responsibility for MacRumors and vBulletin Hacks, Begins Selling Exploit

It seems that there's a lot more to the MacRumors story we reported over the weekend, and what's now becoming known is a bit worrying for anyone running vBulletin's forum software and users who contribute to communities that run on it. Previously, we discussed that tech site MacRumors experienced a database breach which saw 860,000 user accounts...

PlayOn Launches PlayCast Channel to Roku, Users Can Stop Being Jealous of Chromecast

PlayOn Launches PlayCast Channel to Roku, Users Can Stop Being Jealous of Chromecast

If you're a Roku user looking on at your Chromecast-owning brethren in envy, we have good news for you. PlayOn today made its PlayCast channel available in the Roku channel store. Using the PlayCast app, Roku users can stream online videos to TVs and mobile devices, in essence giving the Roku crowd the Chromecast-like ability to send virtually...

Google, Microsoft Join UK Fight To Block Child Pornography With New Search Algorithms

Google, Microsoft Join UK Fight To Block Child Pornography With New Search Algorithms

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is on a crusade to clean up the Internet, and he’s convinced the likes of Google and Microsoft to help him do it. In a press release straight from Downing Street, the UK government revealed that the two tech behemoths have developed new search algorithms for Google and Bing to block images and video of...

Google Nexus 5 Review, Premium Android Experience

Google Nexus 5 Review, Premium Android Experience

It almost goes without saying that the Google Nexus 5 is one of the most anticipated Android phones to launch in 2013, save perhaps for Samsung's Galaxy S 4. Previous generation Nexus devices from Google, whether phone or tablet, have proven to offer a lot of bang for the buck, excellent design and build quality and a pure representation of...

LSI Introduces Blazing Fast SF3700 Series SSD Controller, Supports Both PCIe and SATA 6Gbps

LSI Introduces Blazing Fast SF3700 Series SSD Controller, Supports Both PCIe and SATA 6Gbps

Big things are brewing in the land of solid state storage, and if you thought today's SSDs were fast, then prepare to be blown away by what's in store for tomorrow. Keeping the momentum going, LSI Corporation today unveiled its SandForce SF3700 controller family, representing the third generation of the popular SandForce series and by far...

Public Labs Open Source Smartphone Spectrometer Let's You Find Your Wavelength

Public Labs Open Source Smartphone Spectrometer Let's You Find Your Wavelength

Is there anything a smartphone can’t do these days? Apparently, they now double as spectrometers, at least when you add a special kit that’s been developed by collaborators at Public Labs. The Public Lab Smartphone Spectrometer is a small injection-molded plastic device that you can adhere to a smartphone so you can take measurements...

Amazon Starts Flinging Fire OS 3.1 Update to Kindle Fire HD and HDX Owners

Amazon Starts Flinging Fire OS 3.1 Update to Kindle Fire HD and HDX Owners

Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets run a customized version of Android called Fire OS. Compared to stock Android, Fire OS is heavily skinned and tightly tied into Amazon's e-commerce ecosystem, so much in fact that you can hardly recognize it as being Android. Amazon has been able to do some neat things with Fire OS, and if you own a Kindle Fire...

ASUS Introducing Chromebooks, Smartphones, And Wearable Computing In 2014

ASUS Introducing Chromebooks, Smartphones, And Wearable Computing In 2014

ASUS has big plans for the coming year. At this year’s CES in January, ASUS is going to make a splash with new smartphones, and handsets are going to become a major focus for the company. “We remain optimistic about the desktop and laptop market, but our priority is to make the company’s smartphone business turn a profit...

NVIDIA Announces Tesla K40 GPU Accelerator and IBM Partnership In Supercomputing

NVIDIA Announces Tesla K40 GPU Accelerator and IBM Partnership In Supercomputing

The supercomputing conference SC13 kicks off this week, which means we'll be seeing a great deal of information related to multiple initiatives and launches from all the major players in High Performance Computing (HPC). Nvidia is kicking off their own event with the launch of a new GPU and a strategic partnership with IBM. For those of you...

Qualcomm's Android-Powered Toq Smartwatch Ships Next Month For $350

Qualcomm's Android-Powered Toq Smartwatch Ships Next Month For $350

Hear that? That's the smartwatch war gearing up, and with Samsung's Galaxy Gear + the up-start Pebble already vying for wrist space, is there room for another contender? That's a question that'll have to be answered by Qualcomm, which has just announced that its Toq smartwatch will be available to consumers starting on Cyber Monday. That's...

Blue Light of Death (BLOD) Bricks Sony PlayStation 4 Consoles

Blue Light of Death (BLOD) Bricks Sony PlayStation 4 Consoles

Sony's PlayStation 4 console has undoubtedly roared off to a great start, shipping over 1 million units in North America in just 24 hours but amongst those fast and furious hot new PS4 shipments apparently are a fair percentage of duds. Microsoft fell victim to a thermal issue early on with Xbox 360 units when they first shipped, with end...

Amazon Competes In Netflix's Original Content Game With John Goodman's "Alpha House" Series

Amazon Competes In Netflix's Original Content Game With John Goodman's "Alpha House" Series

The times, they are a-changin’, at least in terms of TV content. Netflix is quickly establishing itself as a strong player in the original content market, producing hits like “House of Cards”, “Orange Is The New Black”, and extending beloved but cancelled series such as “Arrested Development” and “The...

Crucial Claims Faster, Lower Power DDR4 Memory Could Ship Before Year End

Crucial Claims Faster, Lower Power DDR4 Memory Could Ship Before Year End

Next generation DDR4 SDRAM is right around the corner, folks. Leading the charge is Crucial, a subsidiary of Micron, which is pushing to make DDR4 memory modules available to consumers by the end of the year. That doesn't mean you should hit the panic button and sell off your recently assembled system sporting DDR3 memory slots, but it does...

Apple Reportedly Snaps Up Company Behind Microsoft Kinect

Apple Reportedly Snaps Up Company Behind Microsoft Kinect

According to a report from Israeli newspaper Calcalist, Apple has completed an acquisition for PrimeSense, the company originally behind Microsoft’s Kinect. The paper did not cite any sources, so take the report for what it’s worth, but the deal is reportedly for $345 million. PrimeSense issued a non-statement statement on the...

Bitcoin Value Keeps Rising, Tops $500 for First Time

Bitcoin Value Keeps Rising, Tops $500 for First Time

As crazy as this sounds, a single Bitcoin is worth almost as much as a single share of Apple. Bitcoin, a volatile virtual currency that's decentralized and uses cryptography to control transactions and prevent double-spending, has been steadily soaring for the past several months. It was viewed as a big deal when shares of Bitcoins went north...

Sony PlayStation 4 Sales Skyrocket Past 1 Million Units In North America In 24 Hours

Sony PlayStation 4 Sales Skyrocket Past 1 Million Units In North America In 24 Hours

The next-generation console bar has been set... at least as it pertains to opening day sales, anyway. With just 24 hours under its belt, the new PlayStation 4 console has surpassed one million units sold in North America. The console became available to the masses on November 15, and while that tally obviously was bolstered by the many folks...

Sales Data Suggests AMD's Graphics Share Surged In October, But NV Still Holds The Channel

Sales Data Suggests AMD's Graphics Share Surged In October, But NV Still Holds The Channel

Over the last few weeks, AMD has been on a massive PR and gaming blitz. The company has rebranded and re-priced its Radeon HD 7000 family as the R7/R9 series of cards and kicked off a new era at the high end with the Radeon R9 290 and R9 290X. Toss in the launch of two AMD-powered consoles and the discussion around next-gen APIs like Mantle,...

Dell’s Sputnik 3 Ultrabook Is An Ubuntu Powered Version Of The XPS 13 With Haswell

Dell’s Sputnik 3 Ultrabook Is An Ubuntu Powered Version Of The XPS 13 With Haswell

When Dell first began offering Ubuntu-flavored notebooks, it was unclear whether or not it was a venture that the PC builder would stick with. Admittedly, it seemed at first that Dell was just testing the waters, to see if the supposed demand was real. To date, the company hasn't littered its lineup with such offerings, and it's especially...

Destiny Beta Coming To Sony PlayStation 4, PS3  First

Destiny Beta Coming To Sony PlayStation 4, PS3 First

Bungie's Destiny is a new FPS/RPG hybrid set in the distant future, in the aftermath of an apocalyptic series of events that reshaped human civilization and destroyed an empire that spanned the solar system. The company has kept much of its development under wraps, sketching out tidbits of information on the various character classes and enemies,...

Google’s Project Loon Originally Designed To Bring More Bandwidth To The Well-Off

Google’s Project Loon Originally Designed To Bring More Bandwidth To The Well-Off

This past summer, Google unveiled one of its coolest (and craziest) projects to date. Called "Project Loon", Google hopes that in time, balloons might help bring the Internet to parts of the world where it's just not common, or affordable. These balloons would soar in the sky at twice the altitude of commercial aircraft, and trek around the...

Hacker Stole 860,000 MacRumors Passwords, Tells Victims to Chill Out

Hacker Stole 860,000 MacRumors Passwords, Tells Victims to Chill Out

Breaching the security of a website or Web service should be one of the most difficult tasks on earth, but given the fact that not a week can go by where we don't learn of some security issue at a major firm, it's clear that most of the Web is seriously lacking in setting up proper barriers. In recent months, Adobe was hit particularly hard,...

Google Nexus 5 Now Available For As Low As $49 On Contract With Sprint

Google Nexus 5 Now Available For As Low As $49 On Contract With Sprint

These days, premier smartphones usually cost a good bit of cash even on contract, but it appears that the Google Nexus 5 can be had for as little as $49 on contract from Sprint. According to a listing on Amazon, prices for the Sprint version of the phone range from $49 to $449.99, and at least one rater said that he got the $49 option. Deals...

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Pushes CTIA and Carriers To Unlock Cell Phones

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Pushes CTIA and Carriers To Unlock Cell Phones

When new FCC chairman Tom Wheeler stepped into his new job, he had some big shoes to fill after predecessor Julius Genachowski left an impressive track record behind, but Mr. Wheeler seems to be hitting the ground running. This week, he wrote a letter to the CTIA urging the group to amend its Consumer Code to change consumers’ right...

Sears Repurposing Waning Auto Centers Into Bustling Data Centers

Sears Repurposing Waning Auto Centers Into Bustling Data Centers

The years haven't been kind to brick-and-mortar generalist stores. Kmart, Sears, Roses -- just a few of the names that were booming a decade ago, and now, can't seem to lure a customer in regardless of tactic. Rather than just throwing in the towel and cursing Amazon, Sears is thinking outside of the box a bit. A new report suggests that Sears...

Microsoft Announces 3D Builder 3D Printing App Available On Window Store

Microsoft Announces 3D Builder 3D Printing App Available On Window Store

As we mentioned earlier today, Microsoft is really on board this whole 3D printing thing, loading Windows 8.1 with native 3D printing capabilities and working closely with MakerBot to develop a driver for the latter’s Replicator 2 3D printer, but that’s not all. Microsoft also now has an app called 3D Builder that lets users more...

Weekend deals on 240GB SSD, Dell Inspiron 17R Core i7 laptop, Android tablet, more

Weekend deals on 240GB SSD, Dell Inspiron 17R Core i7 laptop, Android tablet, more

The week may be over, but out deal hunters are scouring the web harder than ever for the hottest deals around. Today we found a killer price on an ultra-thin Kingston 240GB SSD, perfect for adding space to those ultra-thin ultrabooks. If you're hunting for a thin & light laptop that still has plenty of performance and a large screen, check...

Xbox 360 Retained Lead in U.S. Console Sales Leading into New Era of Gaming

Xbox 360 Retained Lead in U.S. Console Sales Leading into New Era of Gaming

Microsoft earned a bit of bragging rights as we head into a new era of console gaming. As far as the previous generation goes, the company's Xbox 360 maintained its position as the best selling home console (not including handhelds) in the U.S. in 2013 by selling 166,000 units, according to the latest data from NPD. Total retail spend on the...

Google Play Music Comes to iOS

Google Play Music Comes to iOS

Some things are better late than never, and Google Play Music moseying on over to Apple's iOS platform is one of them. The Google Play Music All Access streaming service has been available for a little over 6 months, but up until now, the only (official) mobile app that existed was for Android. Users on other platforms were forced to load...

Acer Debuts Even Less Expensive $199 Chromebook C720 With Intel Haswell Inside

Acer Debuts Even Less Expensive $199 Chromebook C720 With Intel Haswell Inside

Acer’s $249 C720 Chromebook offered some solid specs (for a chromebook), and the company is already pushing the envelope further with a lower-priced C720 offering: the C720-2848 model will cost just $199. The new model will run an Intel Celeron 2955U (Haswell) processor, and it will sport 16GB of SSD storage (with 100GB of Google Drive...

Microsoft Deploys Dedicated Cybercrime Center for ‘Digital Detectives’

Microsoft Deploys Dedicated Cybercrime Center for ‘Digital Detectives’

Microsoft has long battled botnets and the cybercriminals who create them, but today marks a new level of intensity in the fight: Microsoft today opened the Cybercrime Center, a massive research and command center for Microsoft’s top security experts. One of the offices at the new Microsoft Cybercrime Center. Image credit: Microsoft...

Google, Facebook, and Yahoo Developing More Secure Code To Shield Against The NSA

Google, Facebook, and Yahoo Developing More Secure Code To Shield Against The NSA

When the NSA forced several major tech companies including Facebook, Google, and Yahoo to cough up data on their users, one got the sense that it was a situation of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object. The first round of that battle went to the NSA because it had (some shadily-acquired) court documents that forced compliance,...

iFixIt Tears Open Sony's PlayStation 4, Discover's It's Easy to Repair

iFixIt Tears Open Sony's PlayStation 4, Discover's It's Easy to Repair

After seven long years, Sony today finally launched to retail another flagship game console. We're of course talking about the PlayStation 4, a $399 system with a x86 foundation that further blurs the lines between what constitutes a console for a PC (we're not saying they're one-in-the-same, just more similar than ever before). To underscore...

Samsung Developing Three-Sided Wrap-Around Display for Galaxy Smartphone Line

Samsung Developing Three-Sided Wrap-Around Display for Galaxy Smartphone Line

The smartphone market isn't getting any less competitive. Just the opposite, there exists plenty of market research data to suggest that this already busy segment is only going to get much bigger over the coming years. That being the case, smartphone makers would be wise to look at ways to differentiate their products from that of the competition,...

Makerbot’s 3D Printer Driver For Windows 8.1 Lets You Print As Easily As 2D

Makerbot’s 3D Printer Driver For Windows 8.1 Lets You Print As Easily As 2D

When Microsoft announced its eagerly anticipated Windows 8.1 update, the company promised native 3D printing support. MakerBot worked with Microsoft to develop its own 3D printer driver for the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printer, which is now available via the Windows Update Service. The MakerBot 3D Printer Driver will enable users to...

IBM's Watson Supercomputer Thinking Machine Takes To The Cloud For App Development

IBM's Watson Supercomputer Thinking Machine Takes To The Cloud For App Development

When you're a computer capable of beating some of the world's greatest chess players, why keep all of that knowledge to yourself? That's a question that IBM is posing to its wildly intelligent supercomputer, Watson, and it appears that Watson has an answer. This week, IBM announced that, for the first time, it will make its IBM Watson technology...

AMD’s Holiday Game Bundles Include Battlefield 4 With Some AMD Radeon R9 Purchases UPDATED

AMD’s Holiday Game Bundles Include Battlefield 4 With Some AMD Radeon R9 Purchases UPDATED

Last October AMD debuted its Never Settle game bundles, and the company is rolling full steam ahead with more. The latest is a doozy: Starting today, if you buy any AMD Radeon R9 Series card (wouldn’t you know it, we have a review of one right here), you can get a gratis copy of Battlefield 4. AMD says that the title is optimized for...

Rare Alienware Aurora r4 gaming PC coupon, new Dell Venue 11 Pro tablet, free Moto X, more

Rare Alienware Aurora r4 gaming PC coupon, new Dell Venue 11 Pro tablet, free Moto X, more

Our deal hunters are working themselves into a frenzy for Black Friday and have gotten some killer deals you won't want to miss. Leading today's deals is a rare offer from Alienware, taking nearly $300 off their top-of-the-line liquid-cooled Haswell desktop with dual GPUs. We also found the slick new Windows 8.1 tablet from Dell with quad-core...

Amazon Web Services Launches AppStream Gaming and Heavy App Streaming Service, Runs On NVIDIA GRID

Amazon Web Services Launches AppStream Gaming and Heavy App Streaming Service, Runs On NVIDIA GRID

Amazon is expanding its cloud reach into the world of graphically intensive, 3D, GPU-accelerated applications in fields such as media creation, design, and even gaming with its Amazon AppStream. AppStream runs on Amazon’s EC2, which includes NVIDIA’s Kepler-based GRID GPUs (a G2 instance), and is designed to make it possible to...

GTA Online's Upcoming Beach Bum Update to Introduce New Jobs, Vehicles, and Weapons

GTA Online's Upcoming Beach Bum Update to Introduce New Jobs, Vehicles, and Weapons

Forget about all the patches and updates Rockstar Games has rolled out to date in order to get Grand Theft Auto Online up to snuff. The first real update -- one that's not intended to fix broken content, but introduce new gameplay -- is scheduled to arrive next week on Tuesday, November 19th, the developer announced. It's called Beach Bum...

Moto X Lands At Republic Wireless For $299 With New Service Plans

Moto X Lands At Republic Wireless For $299 With New Service Plans

We were effusive in our acclaim over Republic Wireless’ astonishingly inexpensive mobile service, and the company is making more headway in the mobile market now that it’s added the Moto X to its offerings. The Moto X (review here), which you can snag for $299 through Republic Wireless, brings a higher-end handset option to the...

Amazon Announces Limited Preview of WorkSpaces Cloud-Based Desktop Computing Service

Amazon Announces Limited Preview of WorkSpaces Cloud-Based Desktop Computing Service

Amazon is taking on an IT unicorn: virtual desktops for enterprises. As Amazon is quick to point out, virtual desktops are fairly rare in large companies at the moment, due to the logistics of managing the hardware and software necessary to pull off the feat. If the cheering stick figures at the end of Amazon’s new promotional video...

Microsoft Surface 2 Windows RT 8.1 Tablet Review

Microsoft Surface 2 Windows RT 8.1 Tablet Review

The first generation of Microsoft’s homegrown Surface RT tablet delivered mixed results. The hardware was solid and well built, but the OS and software ecosystem left a little something to be desired. Many thought pricing was a bit on the high side as well. Finally, competition at the time was also quite fierce, to say the least and...

WD Showcases Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording Tech to Boost HDD Capacity

WD Showcases Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording Tech to Boost HDD Capacity

Do you associate with nerds, and more importantly, are you secure in your ability to convey the true meaning of the word? We ask only because you should certainly get prepared -- it's tough to talk about heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) technology without feeling a little nerdy. That said, the tech is pretty sophisticated under the...

Intel Opening Intel Experience Retail Stores Across The US For The Holidays

Intel Opening Intel Experience Retail Stores Across The US For The Holidays

Intel is inside many computers, but the company wants to be inside retail locations, too. The company produced a video outlining its efforts to prop up Intel Experience Stores, the first of which will open in Nolita, New York at 10am on November 23rd. The whole venture sounds intriguing, if somewhat odd. Clearly, the CPU maker wants to push...

Dual-Screen YotaPhone Launching in December, Rocks Android and Two 4.3-Inch Displays

Dual-Screen YotaPhone Launching in December, Rocks Android and Two 4.3-Inch Displays

"Two screens this phone has, buy it you will." If we were in charge of YotaPhone's marketing, that 's the tagline we'd use, provided Disney didn't give us grief for imitating the other Yoda. Either way, Russian company Yota Devices is offering up something interesting and unique here. In an attempt to merge the best of both worlds, the front...

Google and HP Stop Sales of Chromebook 11 Due to Power Brick Safety Issue

Google and HP Stop Sales of Chromebook 11 Due to Power Brick Safety Issue

Here's a heads up if you're in the market for Chromebook. Google and HP have put a temporarily hold on sales of the HP Chromebook 11 after a "small number" of users complained about an overheating issue with the stock charger that comes included with the laptop. In a statement on its Google Chrome Blog, the sultan of search said it and HP...

Chump Change: Snapchat Reportedly Rejected $3 Billion Buyout From Facebook

Chump Change: Snapchat Reportedly Rejected $3 Billion Buyout From Facebook

Snapchat's founders evidently have some big things planned for their startup, and it doesn't involve selling to Facebook for $1 billion. It takes some mighty big you-know-what to scoff at that kind of cash, especially when you're in your early twenties as co-founders Evan Spiegal (23 years old) and Bobby Murphy (25 years old), but these guys...

Facebook's Revamped Messenger App Goes After SMS With Addition of Phone Numbers

Facebook's Revamped Messenger App Goes After SMS With Addition of Phone Numbers

Here's what isn't surprising: Facebook is trying to take over where the conventional text message left off. Here's what is surprising: that is has taken this long to get to this point. The tried-and-true phone number is a hangover technology from many generations ago, and it's actually quite unfortunate that it's still around. With so many...

How AMD's Mantle Will Redefine Gaming, AMD Hardware Not Required

How AMD's Mantle Will Redefine Gaming, AMD Hardware Not Required

One of the major planks of AMD's APU13 developer conference has been an in-depth discussion of its next-generation API, Mantle. Mantle, which first debuted at the company's Hawaii unveil in late September, has been billed as a high-performance alternative to DirectX 11. Prior to today, AMD has mostly discussed Mantle in broad terms, without...

Rare Alienware 14 coupon, 56% off color laser printer, more

Rare Alienware 14 coupon, 56% off color laser printer, more

Today we've got a very rare coupon for you, taking a nice discount off the uber-power and feature-packed Alienware 14. This 2013 gaming laptop has the latest Intel Haswell CPUs and NVIDIA graphics, now available starting at $1,029 after coupon. We also found a very killer bundle deal from Dell, where you get a premium 27" 1080p touch screen...

Update Ties NOOK App to New Windows 8.1 Features

Update Ties NOOK App to New Windows 8.1 Features

Despite the upheaval and ensuing rumors Barnes & Noble endured this summer, the bookseller is showing signs of being committed to its NOOK platform. For one thing, the company recently launched new NOOK hardware in the form of the GlowLight. For another, it updated the NOOK app to take advantage of some cool new features in Windows 8.1....

MIT's Latest Amazing Invention: The Shapeshifting inFORM Display

MIT's Latest Amazing Invention: The Shapeshifting inFORM Display

Whenever I'm passed a video and am told in advance that it's "amazing" or "unbelievable", I tend to go into it with the highest level of skepticism. Such was the case with the video of MIT's latest project, involving a shapeshifting display that you can manipulate on-the-fly, either with your hands directly or other means. To say my initial...

Netflix's New Look Aims To Keep Eyeballs On TVs

Netflix's New Look Aims To Keep Eyeballs On TVs

There was nothing wrong with Netflix’s former TV interface necessarily, but the company decided to gussy it up anyway, with the intent to give users a more immersive browsing experience. “The new design was created specifically for the big screen, featuring multiple cinematic images for each title along with a new, snappy description...

Motorola Introduces Moto G Low-Cost Alternative To Moto X, Yours Unlocked For $179

Motorola Introduces Moto G Low-Cost Alternative To Moto X, Yours Unlocked For $179

This January--curiously, after the holiday season is over--Motorola will debut the Moto G, a lower-cost alternative to the Moto X, in the U.S.. By “lower cost”, you may be thinking “several hundred dollars”, but you’d be way off; the smartphone will cost just $179 unlocked. Bucking the trend of high-priced smartphones...

HTC One Max Available to Pre-Order at Best Buy, Lands at Sprint November 15

HTC One Max Available to Pre-Order at Best Buy, Lands at Sprint November 15

If you're a fan of the HTC One but wish it had a bigger, phablet-sized display, you're in luck. HTC's enlarged One Max is gearing up for a retail launch. You can already pre-order the device on Best Buy's website for $250 with a two-year service contract, and according to the electronics chain, it's scheduled to arrive at Sprint on November...

Retina iPad Mini Teardown Reveals Upgraded Battery

Retina iPad Mini Teardown Reveals Upgraded Battery

Apple may have chosen to quietly launch its second generation iPad mini tablet with an upgraded "Retina" class display, but that didn't stop the folks at iFixIt from snagging a sample for their operating tablet. They made quick work of tearing into the newest iPad mini, which sports a panel that still measures 7.9 inches like before, but with...

Android's Dominance Overshadows Windows Phone Platform's Phenomenal Growth Rate

Android's Dominance Overshadows Windows Phone Platform's Phenomenal Growth Rate

Microsoft can take pause for a moment and celebrate the fact that its Windows Phone platform experienced an impressive 156 percent year-on-year growth rate in the global smartphone market, according to data released by International Data Corporation (IDC). It did it by shipping 9.5 million Windows Phone devices in the third quarter of 2013...

Acer Launches Intel-Powered TravelMate P645 And TravelMate X313 Notebooks

Acer Launches Intel-Powered TravelMate P645 And TravelMate X313 Notebooks

Generally, notebook manufacturers aim to release notebooks at two major inflection points: right around the back-to-school season, and at CES each January. Acer, however, is mixing things up a bit as it announces two new lines in the TravelMate range this morning. The first is the TravelMate P645 Ultrabook, which is available with an Intel...

AMD Radeon R9 Onslaught: ASUS Radeon R9 270 Direct CU II Review

AMD Radeon R9 Onslaught: ASUS Radeon R9 270 Direct CU II Review

The seemingly never-ending onslaught of new graphics cards as of late continues today with the official release of the AMD Radeon R9 270. Like the Radeon R9 270X that came before it, the Radeon R9 270 isn’t a totally new product. This mainstream graphics card actually leverages the same GPU that powered last-year’s Radeon HD 7870...

New deals on Dell Inspiron 15R Haswell touch laptop, B2G1 PS4 game offer, Nexus 5, and more

New deals on Dell Inspiron 15R Haswell touch laptop, B2G1 PS4 game offer, Nexus 5, and more

It's another great day for deals and we've got something for everyone today. Laptop shoppers take note of this Haswell Core i5-powered multi-touch laptop from Dell, an Inspiron 15R marked down nearly $400. NewEgg also has a killer bundle offer where you get a free WiFi range extender with the purchase of a high-end Asus dual-band router. Gamers...

EVGA Announces Tegra Note 7 Tegra 4-Powered Android Tablet With Stylus

EVGA Announces Tegra Note 7 Tegra 4-Powered Android Tablet With Stylus

Apple seems fairly content letting everyone else battle it out for the under-$200 tablet market share crown, and if you haven't noticed, the war that's waging down there is getting pretty intense. Google's heralded Nexus 7 has a bit of like-minded competition today courtesy of the Tegra Note. Designed by EVGA, the Tegra Note 7 packs NVIDIA's...

Hulu Plus Hops Aboard PlayStation 4 with New Features

Hulu Plus Hops Aboard PlayStation 4 with New Features

Hulu may have made some of its fans sweat by waiting until nearly the last minute to confirm its Hulu Plus service will indeed be offered on Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 console on day of release (which, if you weren't aware, is this Friday, November 15th). The Hulu Plus app will actually launch to PS4 a couple of days early on November 13th...

AVG Tops 100 Million Downloads on Google Play, First AV to Break Top Downloads Category

AVG Tops 100 Million Downloads on Google Play, First AV to Break Top Downloads Category

You can debate all day long how much of a threat malware truly poses to Google's Android platform, but if you want to err on the side of caution, there are antivirus solutions available to you. The most popular appears to be AVG's free AV app, which just leapfrogged over 100 million downloads on Google Play. That's an impressive achievement...

Twitter's Vine Grows On Windows Phone Now, Too

Twitter's Vine Grows On Windows Phone Now, Too

It took five months for Vine to show up on Android devices after launching for iOS, and another five months later the 6-second video-sharing app is available for Windows Phone, too. The app will look and feel familiar to those who have already used it on other platforms, although there are some Windows Phone-only features such as the ability...

MakerBot Wants To Put 3D Printers In Every School In America With MakerBot Academy Initiative

MakerBot Wants To Put 3D Printers In Every School In America With MakerBot Academy Initiative

Makerbot is ready to make the push beyond hobbyists, makers, and engineers and into the schools, exciting and educating the next generation of kids about 3D printing. The company, which is now owned by Stratasys, announced an initiative to put a MakerBot 3D printer in every school in the country. The MakerBot Academy initiative is a partnership...

Android App Translation Available To All Devs, Google Tries To Topple Tower of Babel

Android App Translation Available To All Devs, Google Tries To Topple Tower of Babel

The mobile market is growing rapidly and promises to expand globally for years to come, but when it comes to apps, that growth presents the problem of language. If there are billions of mobile customers in essentially every region in the world with a smartphone in their pockets, they’re going to want apps in their own languages. Google...

iRobot Revamps Roomba with Superior Suction, 60 Percent More Dirt Capacity

iRobot Revamps Roomba with Superior Suction, 60 Percent More Dirt Capacity

Everyone wants a vacuum that sucks, though some suck more than others. Such is the claim iRobot makes with its new Roomba 800 Series, the next generation Roomba cleaning system that really, really sucks (in a good way, of course!). In fact, iRobot claims its newest self-propelled vacuum is up to 50 percent better at picking up dirt, debris,...

Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display Now Available (Until It Sells Out)

Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display Now Available (Until It Sells Out)

Apple's second generation iPad mini tablet (now with a "Retina" class display) is finally available to order, though you know how the drill goes. As with most Apple product launches to retail, you either act fast or get in line and wait for inventory to catch up with demand. Things on Apple's end have gotten better recently, but there have...

Google Chrome Now Sniffs Out Which Tab Is Playing Music

Google Chrome Now Sniffs Out Which Tab Is Playing Music

Leave it to Google's Chrome team to keep the smiles coming, even from a web browser. Chrome itself seems to be updated on a near-nightly basis, with patches and performance tweaks being the norm. That said, a slew of new features have cropped up over the past few months, and the latest Chrome beta includes yet another that sounds almost too...

AMD Confirms Kaveri Integrated Graphics Has 512 GPU Cores, Runs Battle Field 4  at APU13

AMD Confirms Kaveri Integrated Graphics Has 512 GPU Cores, Runs Battle Field 4 at APU13

At APU13 today, AMD announced a full suite of new products and development tools as part of its push to improve HSA development. One of the most significant announcements to come out the sessions today-- albeit in a tacit, indirect fashion, is that Kaveri is going to pack a full 512 GPU cores. There's not much new to see on the CPU side...

AMD Announces Server and Data Center Optimized Developer Software For APUs

AMD Announces Server and Data Center Optimized Developer Software For APUs

AMD is banking big on a heterogeneous server future, one where CPUs and GPUs work in unison to offer unparalleled performance. And speaking of parallels, that's just where AMD thinks its APUs can shine. It should come as a surprise to no one at this point that if a process can take advantage of a highly parallel processor, then running it...

Rare Alienware 17 gaming laptop coupon, 40% off Levi's site-wide, HDTV deal, more

Rare Alienware 17 gaming laptop coupon, 40% off Levi's site-wide, HDTV deal, more

Thanks for tuning in to our Monday edition of the best deals from across the web. This week is off to a great start with a rare coupon on powerful Alienware laptops and a huge coupon good for anything at Levi's.com, but the latter is only good for today! You will also definitely want to check out this great bundle offer from Dell, where you...

Google Community Forums Erupt In Outrage For Forced Youtube and Google + Integration

Google Community Forums Erupt In Outrage For Forced Youtube and Google + Integration

When Google made the seemingly inevitable move of merging YouTube and Google+ accounts together, it seemed that much of the Web was displeased. Out of nowhere, people began losing their usernames, replacing them instead with their real names. Anonymity was out the window, unless you were willing to sign up for a new account and effectively...

Microsoft Blames Retail Partner for "Small Number" of Early Xbox One Shipments

Microsoft Blames Retail Partner for "Small Number" of Early Xbox One Shipments

Gamers aren't supposed to be able to get their mitts on Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One console until it launches to retail on November 22, 2013, a week from this Friday, however some lucky individuals received an early surprise. Due to a retail glitch, some Xbox One consoles landed on doorsteps two weeks ahead of schedule. Microsoft's Major...

Tizen OS Shows Up On Rightware Browsermark, Appears Close To A Samsung Debut

Tizen OS Shows Up On Rightware Browsermark, Appears Close To A Samsung Debut

A long and winding road for the Moblin-now-Meego-now-Tizen mobile OS may be reaching a major destination: A release into the market on Samsung smartphones. Backed by both Intel and Samsung, the Tizen OS looks like it will arriving to market on a pair of Samsung smartphones soon. Two phones that are believed to be bearers of Linux-based Tizen,...

Valve Opens Up Steam In-Home Game Streaming Beta

Valve Opens Up Steam In-Home Game Streaming Beta

In the run up to the highly anticipated releases of Steam Machines in 2014, Valve announced a beta program called In-Home Streaming that will allow users to stream Steam games (say that five times fast) from one computer to another within the same house. Any system with Steam installed on it can run games from the cloud, but this in-home streaming...

Moto X Customizations Break Free from AT&T, Arriving At All Major U.S. Carriers

Moto X Customizations Break Free from AT&T, Arriving At All Major U.S. Carriers

Most of how we felt towards the Moto X at the time of our review still stands: it's an incredible solid, capable Android phone, and it just hits all of the right notes for the masses. It's, to date, Google's best shot at convincing laypeople who have sided with iOS due to its ease of use to come over and give Android a whirl. That said, one...

Microsoft Patch Tuesday to Roll Out Critical Updates

Microsoft Patch Tuesday to Roll Out Critical Updates

Patch Tuesday is right around the corner (tomorrow, in fact), and in advance of its monthly update package, Microsoft is giving a heads up that this month's will contain three "Critical" patches and five labeled as "Important." A Critical rating is the most severe and indicates a vulnerability whose exploitation could allow code execution...

Netbook Evolved: ASUS Transformer Book T100 Windows 8.1 Hybrid Review

Netbook Evolved: ASUS Transformer Book T100 Windows 8.1 Hybrid Review

The ASUS Transformer Book T100 packs an impressive list of features into a diminutive chassis and companion keyboard dock. After working with system, it's clear that ASUS is hoping to capture lightning in a bottle, for the second time... It has been six years since ASUS launched the first Eee PC and kicked off a miniature revolution in mobile...

US Postal Service Strikes Deal With Amazon For Sunday Deliveries

US Postal Service Strikes Deal With Amazon For Sunday Deliveries

The U.S. Postal Service has struck a deal with ecommerce juggernaut Amazon to deliver the latter’s packages on Sundays, which seems to be the perfect way for both parties to benefit at the expense of the competition. It’s no secret that the USPS has been in financial trouble for a while, and one idea for saving the agency money--ceasing...

iPad Air Goes Nuclear in Australian Mobile Phone Store, Busts Into Flames

iPad Air Goes Nuclear in Australian Mobile Phone Store, Busts Into Flames

Initial reports suggest a brand new iPad Air suddenly caught fire in an Australian mobile phone store, prompting the brick-and-mortar establishment to summon the fire brigade. The new iPad Air was being used as a demo model when it started sparking and ultimately burst into flames, filling the store with smoke and forcing an evacuation. So...

Ericsson Report Notes Smartphone Subscriptions Projected to Reach Over 5 Billion By 2019

Ericsson Report Notes Smartphone Subscriptions Projected to Reach Over 5 Billion By 2019

Remember when pagers were all the rage? Times have changed since then, and in place of pagers, most people now own smartphones. According to data presented in the most recent Ericcson Mobility Report, the number of mobile subscriptions worldwide has grown by about 7 percent year-over-year to 6 billion in the third quarter of 2013. Around 113...

Microsoft Zero Day TIFF Image Bug Affords Remote Execution, No Patch Tuesday Fix

Microsoft Zero Day TIFF Image Bug Affords Remote Execution, No Patch Tuesday Fix

Heads-up, if you're running older versions of the Windows operating system, Microsoft Office or Microsoft Lync communication platform software. Microsoft released a security advisory noting that the TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) image handler in some of these older Microsoft software suites is subject to a vulnerability whereby "specially...

Google Glass XE11 Update Brings More Personal Map Directions And Calendar Search, Removes Long Press

Google Glass XE11 Update Brings More Personal Map Directions And Calendar Search, Removes Long Press

Every month, Google Glass gets another update as the closely-watched beta test continues to roll on and expand. The latest update, XE11, brings with it a few handy new features and removes one that Google believes was not very useful in the end. Google Glass users can now tell Google Maps where they live and work, so when you want to travel...

Microsoft Releases Windows 8.1 Patch to Un-Bork Your Mouse, Reduce Lag for Gamers

Microsoft Releases Windows 8.1 Patch to Un-Bork Your Mouse, Reduce Lag for Gamers

If you've held off on updating your operating system to Windows 8.1 (free for Windows 8 users) because of reports of mouse problems following the upgrade (specifically, issues with lag, stutter, and freezing), you'll be happy to know that Microsoft has issued a fix, just as the Redmond company promised it would. Following a series of complaints...

Apple Reportedly Looking to Make the iPhone More Curvaceous

Apple Reportedly Looking to Make the iPhone More Curvaceous

Most of Apple's product releases feature at least one stand out technology that steals the spotlight, such as the bigger display on the iPhone 5 and the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5S. What comes next? Web chatter suggests Apple's next iPhone announcement may center heavily on its curved glass display. Citing an unnamed "person familiar...

Smartphones May Be Eating Into The DSLR Camera's Market Share

Smartphones May Be Eating Into The DSLR Camera's Market Share

It’s an old story in tech that one evolving area of a market cannibalizes another, and it’s possible that’s what’s happening with smartphones and high-end digital camera sales. Citing IDC’s research, the WSJ notes that shipments of DSLR cameras with interchangeable lenses will drop 9.1% to 17.4 million units,...

Microsoft Details Xbox One Entertainment App Collection For Launch Day

Microsoft Details Xbox One Entertainment App Collection For Launch Day

November 29th is officially within eyesight, and if you're someone who pre-ordered an Xbox One console, you're no doubt doing everything you can to soak up as much information in the weeks leading up to launch. Thankfully, Microsoft has anticipated the hunger for knowledge, and has published a guide that details what kinds of TV and entertainment...

Intel Scoops Up E-Learning Technology Start-Up Kno For Education Solutions Portfolio

Intel Scoops Up E-Learning Technology Start-Up Kno For Education Solutions Portfolio

Intel has a sharp focus on the education sector as of late, whether you consider their program supporting universities and higher education with their Arduino-compatible Galileo development board for the new Quark X1000 SoC, their 7 and 10-inch Education Tablet initiative, or their latest acquisition of Kno, an education software start-up...

Xbox One Console isn't Compatible with 3D Blu-ray

Xbox One Console isn't Compatible with 3D Blu-ray

Show of hands, how many of you care about 3D Blu-ray content? It's a question worth asking because with both Microsoft and Sony getting ready to release next-generation consoles to retail, only one has confirmed it won't support the format. No need to try and guess which one -- if you read the title, you know the Xbox One won't support playback...

World of Warcraft Expansion 'Warlords of Draenor' Sends Gamers Back in Time

World of Warcraft Expansion 'Warlords of Draenor' Sends Gamers Back in Time

There probably won't be a cameo by Michael J. Fox, nor should you expect to man the DeLorean in Blizzard's "Warlords of Draenor" expansion pack for World of Warcraft, but if you jump on board, you will experience time travel. Announced at BlizzCon 2013, the fifth expansion to Blizzard's incredibly popular WoW game sends players to Draenor...

Google’s Mystery Barge Plans Include “Unprecedented Artistic Structure”

Google’s Mystery Barge Plans Include “Unprecedented Artistic Structure”

As it is now, the mysterious Google-owned barge sitting in San Francisco Bay is decidedly barge-like, which is to say that it’s blocky and ugly, and the presumption is that when the company eventually finishes converting it to a tech showroom to display wares such as Google Glass to high-end clientele, it would be gussied up a bit. That...

GoGo To Launch Slightly Misnomered In-Flight "Talk & Text" Service

GoGo To Launch Slightly Misnomered In-Flight "Talk & Text" Service

GoGo, known for its in-flight Internet connectivity service, is expanding its reach from WiFi access to texts and phone calls. Users will ostensibly be able to send text messages and receive phone calls at 30,000 feet using their own smartphones and an app found in the App Store or Google Play store. On the one hand, this is huge news for...

Panasonic's 20-inch 4K Windows 8.1 Tablet Ships To US Users In January For $6000

Panasonic's 20-inch 4K Windows 8.1 Tablet Ships To US Users In January For $6000

Here's a question: is it truly possible to produce a 20-inch handheld device and get away with calling it a tablet? Evidently so, at least if you're asking Panasonic. The longstanding electronics company has just announced that the planet's first 4K tablet will begin shipping in the United States early next year, but there are two problems...

Friday tech savings: free LG G2 phone, PS3 GTA V bundle, Haswell laptop, more

Friday tech savings: free LG G2 phone, PS3 GTA V bundle, Haswell laptop, more

Thanks for joining in to the latest collection of hot deals from across the web. Our killer top deal of the day comes straight from Verizon with a coupon that makes the powerhouse LG G2 smartphone FREE for anyone signing a 2 year contract. That's the lowest price yet on this top-of-the-line Android phone, but you'll have to hurry as it ends...

Motorola Files Patent For Digital Tattoo That Pairs With Your Smartphone

Motorola Files Patent For Digital Tattoo That Pairs With Your Smartphone

Motorola might not be the dominant force it once was, but it sure does know how to get people talking. Its latest patent does more than enough to make that happen, because it's yet another one of those ideas that seems to be pulled straight out of a 1980's science fiction movie. The patent, titled "Coupling an electronic skin tattoo to a mobile...

AMD Releases Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.2 Driver to Address Radeon R9 290 Series Performance Variance Bug

AMD Releases Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.2 Driver to Address Radeon R9 290 Series Performance Variance Bug

AMD came out swinging when it launched its R9 Series of graphics cards, including the Radeon R9 290, which goes toe-to-toe with NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 780 card. In our review of the Radeon R9 290 part, we recorded solid performance throughout our batch of benchmarks, and we couldn't help but be impressed by its aggressive price point ($399)....

Google Partners With Rochester Optical For Custom And Prescription Google Glass Lenses

Google Partners With Rochester Optical For Custom And Prescription Google Glass Lenses

What was that I was saying about wishing that Google Glass had prescription lens inserts? It appears I wasn’t the only one who thought that would be a good idea, because it’s happening. Google is partnering with Rochester Optical to produce the first custom lenses for Google Glass. Buried at the bottom of a press release announcing...

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Review

Samsung recognizes that the way in which individuals use tablets varies considerably from one user to the next. As a result, Samsung’s tablet portfolio is quite varied, offering something for everyone. Samsung’s tablet portfolio includes models that range in size from 7-inch to 10.1-inch screens. The power and performance associated...

Welcome to the Jungle IE 11 Cutie Inori, Short Skirt Anime to Save the Day for Microsoft

Welcome to the Jungle IE 11 Cutie Inori, Short Skirt Anime to Save the Day for Microsoft

As much as Microsoft would prefer that you upgrade to Windows 8, it can’t ignore the legions of Windows 7 users who aren’t budging. Today, it officially released Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7, bringing IE 11’s speed and (most of its) functionality to the aging OS. See what you’ve been missing by downloading it...

3D Scanner Market Heats Up With 3D Systems’ “Sense”

3D Scanner Market Heats Up With 3D Systems’ “Sense”

For consumers, the 3D printing market is developing rapidly, and recently one of the vectors for growth has been on the 3D scanning side of things. Industry mainstay MakerBot and upstart Rubicon have both announced consumer-oriented 3D scanners in the last few months, and now 3D Systems (maker of the Cube 3D) has one, too. The Sense 3D Scanner...

CIA Pays AT&T Millions For Call Data

CIA Pays AT&T Millions For Call Data

The CIA is paying AT&T some $10 million a year for access to certain customer call data that includes international-to-international calls as well as some domestic-to-international calls, according to a New York Times report citing information from “government officials”. The CIA’s involvement is part of an overseas counterterrorism...

AT&T Now Taking Pre-Orders on Nokia Lumia 1520 with 6-inch 1080p Display

AT&T Now Taking Pre-Orders on Nokia Lumia 1520 with 6-inch 1080p Display

Here's a bit of good news for you Windows Phone 8 fans heading into the weekend. AT&T on Friday said it has begun taking pre-orders on Nokia's giant Lumia 1520 phablet device. It's available to order exclusively at AT&T online or in any of AT&T's retail stores. Pricing is set at $199.99 with a two-year service agreement, or $27...

Google Nexus 5 Super Fast Android Phone Challenges iPhone 5s In Benchmarks

Google Nexus 5 Super Fast Android Phone Challenges iPhone 5s In Benchmarks

One of the hallmark features of Google's Nexus 5 flagship smartphone by LG isn't its bodaciously big and beautiful 5-inch HD display, its 8MP camera, or its "OK Google" voice command / personal assistant feature. Frankly, that's all been done before.  What does stand out about the Nexus 5 is Google's new Android 4.4 Kit Kat operating...

Bitcoin Shares Soar North of $300, Look Out for the Crash

Bitcoin Shares Soar North of $300, Look Out for the Crash

If you stop a random stranger on the street and ask that person what a Bitcoin is, you might get a confused stare. Try asking that same question a year from now and maybe every person you ask will say, "It's a digital currency that's decentralized and uses cryptography to use control transactions to prevent double-spending." Or they'll simply...

ASUS TransKeyboard Has You Covered From Minis to Full-Sized Tablets

ASUS TransKeyboard Has You Covered From Minis to Full-Sized Tablets

Mashing away on a virtual keyboard is fine for the occasional email or browsing the web, but if you want to get any type of real work done on a tablet -- be it via Google Docs, QuickOffice, or whatever -- a physical plank suddenly becomes a necessity, not a luxury. There are many to choose from, but few as flexible as the TransKeyboard from...

Google Wants To Track Your  Purchases Via Smartphone Everywhere You Go

Google Wants To Track Your Purchases Via Smartphone Everywhere You Go

It should come as no surprise to hear that Google, a search company, has morphed into an advertising company. And what marketers really, really covet is your location and buying habits, amongst other personal details that help them best target you at the precise moment in which you'd be likely to pull the trigger on a purchase. By extension,...

Coupon for new Dell Venue 7 tablet, 50" 4K HDTV, Win 8 upgrades, more

Coupon for new Dell Venue 7 tablet, 50" 4K HDTV, Win 8 upgrades, more

We've got another collection of great deals for you and topping the charts today is a brand new Android tablet from Dell. The new Venue 7 uses fast Intel processors and has accidental damage coverage for only $149. NewEgg also has a killer price on the popular Kingston V300 240GB SSD, but it won't last long. Don't miss a super-low price on...

PlayStation 4 Teardown Shows Sony Isn't Afraid To Bare All

PlayStation 4 Teardown Shows Sony Isn't Afraid To Bare All

The upcoming console generation has proven itself to be quite different than those of past. One of the major changes, of course, is the move to the x86 platform both on the Microsoft and Sony side, and how this will affect things down the road (think: security) will be interesting to watch play out. Here's another major difference: A...

Microsoft Chasing Google Drive, Adds Real-Time Co-Authoring To Office Web Apps

Microsoft Chasing Google Drive, Adds Real-Time Co-Authoring To Office Web Apps

Microsoft announced that its Office Web Apps, the teaser portion of its Office 365 initiative, are getting some updates in the form of real-time co-authoring, which allows multiple users to collaborate on a single document simultaneously. Users can work from their desktops, laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices whether online or offline....

Twitter's IPO Shares Skyrocket Out Of The Gate With $25B+ Market Cap

Twitter's IPO Shares Skyrocket Out Of The Gate With $25B+ Market Cap

Alongside Yelp, Facebook, Groupon, and LinkedIn, the world is welcoming yet another social behemoth onto the public trading floor today. Twitter, the microblogging service that evolved from a place to tell people about what you were eating for lunch into a place where news is broken, is now a publicly traded company. It's IPO went live today,...

Analyst Estimates Microsoft Pockets $2 Billion Annually from Android Patents

Analyst Estimates Microsoft Pockets $2 Billion Annually from Android Patents

There's no denying that Android is absolutely crushing Microsoft's Window Phone platform in the mobile space, yet the better Android performs, the more Microsoft laughs all the way to the bank. That's because Microsoft makes big money off of Android patent royalties, and if you can fatten your pockets off the success of your rival, you've...

L.A. To Launch Citywide Gigabit Internet With Free 5Mbps Tier

L.A. To Launch Citywide Gigabit Internet With Free 5Mbps Tier

While Google rolls out its Google Fiber gigabit Internet service slowly and surely in Kansas City, Provo (UT), and Austin (TX), other companies such as CenturyLink, C-Spire, and AT&T have pledged to provide similar services. At least one city isn’t waiting for an ISP to take the reigns on a gigabit Internet rollout, though. The city...

Facebook Amputates Thumb from Redesigned 'Like' Button

Facebook Amputates Thumb from Redesigned 'Like' Button

As I sit here writing this, I'm thinking, "Should I depressed that it's a newsworthy topic when Facebook changes its 'Like' button, or just accept that it's a sign of the times we live in?" I'm not sure of the answer, but as silly as it sounds, in this case, a revamped icon is kind of a big deal, and for a number of reasons. The first, of...

OCZ Vector 150 Series Solid State Drives Tested

OCZ Vector 150 Series Solid State Drives Tested

OCZ is at the ready with a brand new line of solid state drives in its popular Vector family of products, targeted at performance-conscious PC enthusiasts. The new Vector 150 builds upon the success of the original Vector, which debuted last year at about this time, but offers better sustained performance and longer endurance, despite its...

McDonald's Wants to 3D Print Your Happy Meal Toy

McDonald's Wants to 3D Print Your Happy Meal Toy

"Would you like a 3D printed toy with that?" That's a question that doesn't yet exist inside any McDonald's fast food restaurants, but give it time and it may become a mandatory query, at least when ordering a Happy Meal. In this day and age of the Internet of Things, society is becoming increasingly connected, and companies are harnessing...

Amazon Begins Shipping Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch Tablet

Amazon Begins Shipping Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch Tablet

If you've been jonesing for Amazon's recently announced 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX tablet, we have good new for you today. Amazon has begun shipping out its large screen slate, which up to this point was available as a pre-order item. It's now in stock, and if you didn't reserve one via pre-order prior to today, you can still have one arrive...

Pebble Smartwatch Gets iOS 7 Integration, SDK 2.0 Now Available

Pebble Smartwatch Gets iOS 7 Integration, SDK 2.0 Now Available

The Pebble smartwatch is getting better, but it’s not the hardware that’s getting a bump, it’s the software. Pebble announced that the smartwatch is now fully integrated with iOS 7, and the second iteration of its SDK, the Pebble SDK 2.0, is coming as well. The iOS 7 integration provides a more seamless experience with the...

Review: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti, GK110 To The Max

Review: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti, GK110 To The Max

While out at AMD’s tech days in Hawaii, a number of folks were chit-chatting about recent developments and some of our peers felt compelled to mention how “terrified” NVIDIA was of AMD Hawaii GPU, that AMD caught NVIDIA off guard, and that they wouldn’t have any real answer until well into 2014. We sat back and listened...

AMD To Host First Battlefield 4 Tournament at Upcoming Fan Day In San Jose

AMD To Host First Battlefield 4 Tournament at Upcoming Fan Day In San Jose

Live in Silicon Valley or the surrounding area? Looking to meet a lot of new gamers in a setting that's both clean and professional? Looks like AMD has you covered. The company has just announced a Fan Day Celebration, which translates to a pretty great part for gamers that'll go down on November 13th in San Jose, California. According to...

OCZ Vector 150 Series Solid State Drives Tested

OCZ Vector 150 Series Solid State Drives Tested

OCZ is at the ready with a brand new line of solid state drives in its popular Vector family of products, targeted at performance-conscious PC enthusiasts. The new Vector 150 builds upon the success of the original Vector, which debuted last year at about this time, but offers better sustained performance and longer endurance, despite its...

Xbox One QR Code Scanning Demonstrated As Near Instantaneous

Xbox One QR Code Scanning Demonstrated As Near Instantaneous

As we inch closer to the U.S. release of Microsoft's Xbox One, you can bet that you'll be hearing more and more about its features and functionality. Of course, a major selling point for the next-generation unit is speed: graphics and otherwise. The new Kinect sensor seems markedly quicker at recognizing inputs, and the console itself seems...

Dish Serves Bad News for BlockBuster Employees, Closing Remaining Stores and DVD-by-Mail Service

Dish Serves Bad News for BlockBuster Employees, Closing Remaining Stores and DVD-by-Mail Service

Many years ago, I helped run a local mom-and-pop video rental store. Business was okay, but not great. By the time I came onto the scene, chains like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video had started putting the squeeze on independently owned stores by inking revenue sharing deals with movie studios. While we analyzed metrics to see how many copies...

Call of Duty: Ghosts Rushes Out to $1 Billion in Sales in 24 Hours

Call of Duty: Ghosts Rushes Out to $1 Billion in Sales in 24 Hours

Let's face it, the Call of Duty franchise is practically a license to print money at this point. As if we need reminding of that, Activision sent out a press release today announcing that it sold more than $1 billion of Call of Duty: Ghosts into retail stores worldwide on the very first day of availability. Helping to reach that figure is...

Living On The Edge: Ivy Bridge-E Overclocking With EVGA And Corsair

Living On The Edge: Ivy Bridge-E Overclocking With EVGA And Corsair

It has been a while since I personally have setup a bench, rolled up my sleeves and built a test system with top-shelf components, a fresh OS install and some overclocking mojo. However, Intel's recent release of Ivy Bridge-E gave us a hankering to do just that. We've been testing a lot of tablets, smartphones and Ultrabooks but there's a...

Microsoft Narrows CEO Search, Shortlist Includes Nokia's Stephen Elop

Microsoft Narrows CEO Search, Shortlist Includes Nokia's Stephen Elop

Ever since Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced his retirement in August, the company has been busily hunting for a new head honcho, and according to a Reuters report, among those on the shortlist are Nokia’s Stephen Elop, Ford CEO Alan Mulally, and three other external candidates whose names could not be determined. In addition to...

LG's G Flex Smartphone Bends and Contorts For Your Mobile Comms Pleasure

LG's G Flex Smartphone Bends and Contorts For Your Mobile Comms Pleasure

This isn’t exactly what we have in mind when we were thinking of a flexible curved display, but LG’s G Flex curved smartphone does indeed bend, a little. In a video shot by The Verge at an event in Korea, you can see that when a person presses down--rather hard, it seems--on the curved back of the device, it flattens out and then...

Apple Delivers Data Request Transparency Report, US Requests Top List By Far

Apple Delivers Data Request Transparency Report, US Requests Top List By Far

Like many other tech companies, Apple is publishing a data request transparency report so its users will have a better sense of the number of inquiries law enforcement makes about the company’s users and their data, and like those other companies, Apple is somewhat hamstrung, bound by law to keep details about many of the requests confidential....

Sony Puffs Chest Over 80 Million PlayStation 3 Sales in 7 Years

Sony Puffs Chest Over 80 Million PlayStation 3 Sales in 7 Years

With just over a week to go before Sony officially joins the next generation console wars, the hardware company announced that it has sold 80 million PlayStation 3 systems, while making sure to point out that it took 7 years to do it. That's a bit of a jab at Microsoft, which recently announced reaching the 80 million units sold milestone...

Intel Sets Up New Business Unit for the ‘Internet of Things’

Intel Sets Up New Business Unit for the ‘Internet of Things’

Pretty soon, you won't be able to walk from the bedroom to the bathroom without tripping over half a dozen Internet connected devices. Perhaps that's already the case for some of you. If not, just give it some time. Phones (smartphones), eye glasses (Google Glass), and cameras are just the beginning; one day your microwave will dial up a website...

Brace Yourself: Sony to Charge Monthly Fee for PlayStation 4 Mulitplayer Online Gaming

Brace Yourself: Sony to Charge Monthly Fee for PlayStation 4 Mulitplayer Online Gaming

Sorry, Sony fans, but the free ride for online multiplayer on the company's flagship console will come to an end when the PlayStation 4 debuts to retail next week. In order to frag your friends online, you'll need to pony up for a PlayStation Plus subscription. It's been reported recently that the fee for online multiplayer will run $9.99...

T-Mobile Clarifies Free 200MB Tablet Data Deal: It's As Good As It Seems

T-Mobile Clarifies Free 200MB Tablet Data Deal: It's As Good As It Seems

Earlier this month, T-Mobile drastically shook up the wireless market yet again. In the latest of its almost-too-good-to-be-true moves in a bid to become known as the Uncarrier, the company announced that it would be giving tablet users 200MB of free data per month for life. During the initial start-up process, however, a number of to-be customers...

Winners Announced For The HotHardware and N3V Games Super Spooky NVIDIA SHIELD Giveaway!

Winners Announced For The HotHardware and N3V Games Super Spooky NVIDIA SHIELD Giveaway!

We've finally had a chance to review all of the entries and have picked the winners for our HotHardware and N3V Games Super Spooky NVIDIA SHIELD Giveaway! So without further delay... ajm531 - You are the winner! Shoot us a note with your full contact information and we'll let you know when NVIDIA's SHIELD gaming handheld ships to you, along...

$599 for Dell Inspiron 14R Haswell touch laptop, 45% off N router, more

$599 for Dell Inspiron 14R Haswell touch laptop, 45% off N router, more

Just because Black Friday is fast approaching doesn't mean we aren't seeing some of the best deals of the year. Dell just dropped a hefty chunk of change off their new Inspiron 14R laptop complete with touchscreen and Haswell processor, just $599.99. You can also get this feature-packed Wireless-N router from D-link for $44, marked down from...

ARCHOS Gen11 Android Slider Tablet Gives You One More Choice to Consider

ARCHOS Gen11 Android Slider Tablet Gives You One More Choice to Consider

ARCHOS on Tuesday announced the availability of its ARCHOS 101 XS 2 tablet, the latest model from its Gen11 family of slates. It's a 10.1-inch tablet with an IPS display, 1280x800 resolution, quad-core A9 processor clocked at 1.6GHz (and quad-core Mali 400 GPU), 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage supplemented by a microSD card slot for...

AT&T Adds Prepaid Unite Mobile Hotspot And Data-Only Plans To GoPhone Offerings

AT&T Adds Prepaid Unite Mobile Hotspot And Data-Only Plans To GoPhone Offerings

GoPhone, AT&T’s prepaid mobile service, was blessed with a new addition to the product family in the form of its first prepaid mobile hotspot and associated data-only service plans. The AT&T Unite mobile hotspot, a Netgear device, will be available starting on November 12th for $99.99. The plans to go with the Unite will be 250MB...

It Would Be a Shame if HTC Gave Up on High End Smartphones

It Would Be a Shame if HTC Gave Up on High End Smartphones

My first smartphone was a T-Mobile G1, otherwise known as the HTC Dream. Not only was it my first, but it was also the introductory Android phone. It didn't take long for better and faster Android devices to come out, many of which were built by HTC. If you followed the tech scene back then, you would have seen stories about HTC posting record...

Trade In Any Old iPad At Target, Get $200

Trade In Any Old iPad At Target, Get $200

It seems like a lot of companies are getting in on the iPad trade-in action, including Microsoft, Best Buy, and now Target. From now until November 9th, you can take your old (but working and unscratched) iPad to Target and swap it for at least $200. That means you could potentially get more than that, depending on the age and condition of...

Google Announces Helpouts Video Support Line Of Experts To Assist You On Virtually Anything

Google Announces Helpouts Video Support Line Of Experts To Assist You On Virtually Anything

Although the Internet is a deep and wide resource for learning how to do everything from playing licks on a slide guitar to how to fix your dishwasher to the best makeup tips and so on, Google is taking Internet-based help a step further with the introduction of Helpouts, which Google developed based on its Hangouts technology. It’s...

Nexus 5 Teardown is Another Star on an Already Stellar Resume

Nexus 5 Teardown is Another Star on an Already Stellar Resume

Other than the fact that demand is currently outstripping supply, there's not a whole lot to dislike about Google's Nexus 5, at least on paper. Spec for spec, it's a better version of the Nexus 4, and there are many happy Nexus 4 owners in the wild, You might be one of them. Of course, it would take a hands-on evaluation and formal review...

Apple's Upcoming Assembly Plant in Arizona Will Create 2,000 Jobs

Apple's Upcoming Assembly Plant in Arizona Will Create 2,000 Jobs

It looks like Apple is trying to drum up some good will and earn brownie points as of late by expanding its manufacturing presence in the U.S. Following a recent announcement that its revamped Mac Pro will be assembled in the Texas, Apple now says it's planning to erect a manufacturing facility further west in Airzona. Mesa is the lucky destination...

Nintendo's $99 Wii Mini Console Headed to the U.S. in November

Nintendo's $99 Wii Mini Console Headed to the U.S. in November

Nintendo's Wii U console isn't selling as well as the company might have hoped, but luckily for Nintendo, it has other game systems that still garner plenty of interest. Among them is the original Wii, and in an effort to breathe new life into its last generation game system, Nintendo announced it will launch a Wii mini console on November...

Nikon's Df DSLR Is a Retro-Inspired Blast From The Past

Nikon's Df DSLR Is a Retro-Inspired Blast From The Past

There's no need to squint, and there's no need to check your calendar: you're living in 2013, but this camera looks like it built in an era that many have forgotten about. Out of left field, the Nikon Df has arrived. The company has thrived on selling huge, high-end DSLRs to professionals, but it struck out with lackluster interchangeable...

AMD Radeon R9 290 Review: Hawaii Just Got Cheaper

AMD Radeon R9 290 Review: Hawaii Just Got Cheaper

This has been an exciting few weeks in the GPU space, to say the least. AMD has released a new line-up of cards that cover the entire spectrum, from entry-level, affordable products, to ultra-powerful, high-end solutions, targeted at hardcore gamers. We’ve also seen NVIDIA react to AMD’s recent releases with significant price cuts...

$50 coupon for Alienware X51, $299 Yoga 11 convertible laptop, more

$50 coupon for Alienware X51, $299 Yoga 11 convertible laptop, more

Black Friday? We don't need Black Friday with deals like these around. Another rare Alienware coupon has come through, dropping a good chunk off the popular X51 mini PC with 4th gen Core i3 processor, GTX 645 graphics, and Ubuntu Linux. Our smoking hot deal from Friday for a Lenovo Yoga 11 convertible tablet/laptop running Windows RT for just...

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Heads to AT&T, Available November 8 for $200 on Contract

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Heads to AT&T, Available November 8 for $200 on Contract

The line continues to blur between what constitutes a smartphone with a built-in camera versus a camera with smartphone functionality. I'd argue we're still entrenched in the former category, though Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom isn't playing games when it comes to taking pictures. This thing wields a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and is the...

Henri Lamiraux, Apple's Head of iOS Engineering, Calls It Quits After 23 Years

Henri Lamiraux, Apple's Head of iOS Engineering, Calls It Quits After 23 Years

Wondering what the next major release of iOS will look like? It will be even more interesting to find out following news that Henri Lamiraux, Apple's Vice President of Engineering for iOS on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch has decided to step down and retire after serving the Cupertino firm for 23 years. His retirement actually took place...

MOGA’s Hero Power And Pro Power Android Game Controllers Charge Your Devices While You Play

MOGA’s Hero Power And Pro Power Android Game Controllers Charge Your Devices While You Play

MOGA’s product line offers a simple but very cool approach to mobile gaming, which is to provide nicely-sized controllers for gaming on Android (and with its second generation of controllers, Windows 8) devices. The company has a pair of new controllers coming out, the MOGA Hero Power and MOGA Pro Power, that will actually charge your...

When 64-bit Isn't The Answer: Diving Into iPad Air and Apple A7 3DMark Performance

When 64-bit Isn't The Answer: Diving Into iPad Air and Apple A7 3DMark Performance

Apple's new A7 SoC that sits at the heart of the iPad Air and iPhone 5S is a fast chip. Benchmarks and analysis have shown that it picks up its additional performance over the older A6 thanks to a mixture of architectural tweaks and, in some cases, its new 64-bit architecture. On average, the gains are split about 60/40 between the two areas,...

Amazon In Good Mood After FAA Allows Device Use Below 10,000 Feet, Offering 15% Off Kindle Family

Amazon In Good Mood After FAA Allows Device Use Below 10,000 Feet, Offering 15% Off Kindle Family

Now that the FAA has relaxed some of the rules for devices that passengers aboard commercial flights can use during takeoff and landing, ereader users everywhere can rejoice and also squeeze in some extra reading time on flights instead of just staring glumly at the back of their seats. To celebrate, Amazon announced that for one day only,...

Western Digital HGST Ships 6 Terabyte Helium-Filled Hard Drive

Western Digital HGST Ships 6 Terabyte Helium-Filled Hard Drive

In the data center, every little bit that saves on cooling or power consumption helps, and to that end Western Digital’s HGST brand is shipping a new hard drive that’s designed for higher-capacity storage, higher storage density, lower power consumption, and lower cooling requirements. The HGST 6TB Ultrastar He6 features the company’s...

HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks 11/4/13: Microsoft Surface 2, AMD Radeon R9 290X, Lenovo Erazer X700, Samsung Galaxy Note 3

HotHardware's Two and A Half Geeks 11/4/13: Microsoft Surface 2, AMD Radeon R9 290X, Lenovo Erazer X700, Samsung Galaxy Note 3

In our latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Marco, Dave and Iyaz discuss the Microsoft Surface 2, AMD's new Radeon R9 290X, Lenovo's Erazer X700 gaming PC, Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, Motorola's Project Ara modular smartphone concept, details of our latest sweepstakes where you can win and NVIDIA SHIELD Android game handheld...

Twitter Going Public, Could Mark Most Powerful Word of Mouth Ad Platform Ever

Twitter Going Public, Could Mark Most Powerful Word of Mouth Ad Platform Ever

By the end of the week, there's a good chance Twitter will be a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Twitter's bigwigs are targeting Thursday, and barring any surprises, it will go down as the biggest tech IPO since Facebook, making several people very wealthy over night. However, it's what happens to Twitter after...

Google Sneaks in Seemingly Larger 8-Inch Nexus Device on KitKat Site

Google Sneaks in Seemingly Larger 8-Inch Nexus Device on KitKat Site

Google's brewing something mysterious, and if we had to guess, we'd say the unidentified Android device that appears in KitKat promotional materials is an unannounced Nexus 8 tablet. You can spot the sleek tablet on the "Apps & Entertainment" portion of Google's Android website, where a young woman is shown holding the device and browsing...

Google CEO Eric Schmidt Notes NSA Spying Is 'Outrageous' and Potentially Illegal

Google CEO Eric Schmidt Notes NSA Spying Is 'Outrageous' and Potentially Illegal

Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt has never been one to hold back from uttering his true feelings, which is led to him making news with a recent comment regarding the ongoing NSA fallout. As the agency comes under continued fire for seemingly unchecked spying across all sorts of digital properties, Google has also been eyed as a potential...

More HealthCare.gov Site Woes, Security Flaw Allegedly Shares Personal User Data

More HealthCare.gov Site Woes, Security Flaw Allegedly Shares Personal User Data

Well, this surely isn't a good look. The United States government has never been particularly adept when it comes to web technologies, and given the red tape that's used just about everywhere in Washington, D.C., that's probably not something that should come as a shock. After a botched launched and growing concerns of privacy violations,...

Cool Kids Turning Away From Facebook, Too Many Parents

Cool Kids Turning Away From Facebook, Too Many Parents

The most surefire way to make teenagers disinterested in something is for their parents to adopt it, and it appears that Facebook is having just such a problem. Facebook has finally admitted that there has been a dip in teen usage--although the company hasn’t provided any numbers. This is a sharp turnaround from Facebook’s position...

Megan Fox Makes Cameo in Call of Duty: Ghosts Trailer, Ol' Blue Eyes on Soundtrack

Megan Fox Makes Cameo in Call of Duty: Ghosts Trailer, Ol' Blue Eyes on Soundtrack

Frank Sinatra was one of the coolest singers singers to have ever lived, I refuse to debate this. Megan Fox is a 27-year-old actress who's easy on the eyes and may have a fine career ahead of her if she picks more movies like Transformers and less flicks like Jonah Hex. What happens when you pair the two with a live action trailer for Call...

Netflix Tests 4K Ultra HD Streaming For Launch In 2014

Netflix Tests 4K Ultra HD Streaming For Launch In 2014

4K content and associated support for it is coming, from game systems to memory cards to displays to smartphones, and Netflix is doing what it can to prepare for the shift from 1080p HD to the massively higher resolution. The video service is publicly testing a series of streaming 4K videos at different frames per second (FPS). Netflix's "El...

Microsoft Admits Windows 8.1 Update May Bork Your Mouse, Promises a Fix

Microsoft Admits Windows 8.1 Update May Bork Your Mouse, Promises a Fix

Microsoft has several valid reasons why you should upgrade to Windows 8.1, which is free if you already own Windows 8. However, there's a known issue that might give some gamers pause before clicking through in the Windows Store. There have been complaints of mouse problems after applying the Windows 8.1 update, most of which have been related...

Microsoft Clarifies Data Collection And Use In Xbox One Kinect Sensor Privacy Statement

Microsoft Clarifies Data Collection And Use In Xbox One Kinect Sensor Privacy Statement

It shouldn't come as any surprise that companies (particularly those in the technology realm) are now being asked to explain themselves more frequently when it comes to privacy. And, given that the next generation of home consoles are nearly here, it's Microsoft that's coming clean on privacy as it relates to the Xbox One and the forthcoming...

Google Takes Shot At Microsoft Ships Android 4.4 Kit Kat with Quickoffice For Free

Google Takes Shot At Microsoft Ships Android 4.4 Kit Kat with Quickoffice For Free

If Microsoft ever had a "killer app," it could be argued it's their omnipotent Office productivity suite. From college students to home users, small business and the big iron enterprise,  Microsoft Office is the de facto standard from which many a memorandum has been penned or spread sheet crunched. It's also one of Microsoft's major...

Ambidextrous OysterMouse Claims To Fit Your Hand Ergonomically, Righty or Lefty

Ambidextrous OysterMouse Claims To Fit Your Hand Ergonomically, Righty or Lefty

The technology landscape has shifted dramatically, even in the past decade. Innovation seems to be impacting nearly every corner of the space, yet there are still a couple of products that have not changed much over the years. Toasters, USB cords, and mice to name a few. The OysterMouse hopes to change that, shipping in two sizes and claiming...

Barge On San Francisco Bay Being Built As A Marketing Showcase For Google Glass

Barge On San Francisco Bay Being Built As A Marketing Showcase For Google Glass

So there’s this mysterious barge parked in San Francisco Bay, stacked with shipping containers. It was a known fact that the barge belonged to Google, but nobody knew what it was doing there, what was on it, or what it might be used for, but local TV station KPIX says it’s cracked it: The barge will be a floating Google Glass showroom,...

GameStop Issues Last Call for Xbox One Day One Standard Edition Pre-Orders

GameStop Issues Last Call for Xbox One Day One Standard Edition Pre-Orders

If you were hoping to score an Xbox One Day One Standard Edition console on day of release, you'll need to put procrastination in its place and get on the ball. New and used games retailer GameStop announced that it's taking final per-orders on the launch day edition of Microsoft's next generation console, which will be available on November...

Obama Administration Enlists Google, Oracle, Red Hat, Other Tech Powerhouses To Fix Jacked Up Obamacare Site

Obama Administration Enlists Google, Oracle, Red Hat, Other Tech Powerhouses To Fix Jacked Up Obamacare Site

The launch a month ago of the Healthcare.gov website, the online portal for President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (AFA), aka Obamacare, went as badly as it possibly could have gone. Millions attempted to use the site, and it simply didn’t work. To fix the problems, the Obama administration is reaching out to the heaviest of hitters...

We Knew This but Researchers Confirm Gaming Can Be Beneficial for Your Brain

We Knew This but Researchers Confirm Gaming Can Be Beneficial for Your Brain

Listen up kids, are your parents giving you grief about wanting to stay inside and play video games rather than venture outside in the cold weather and risk pneumonia? We've all been there, except the games 'back-in-the-day' were far less advanced and graphically polished as they are today, but that's a topic for another story. The point we're...

Kindle First Brings Digital Books To E-Readers Before Release Date

Kindle First Brings Digital Books To E-Readers Before Release Date

Who could've seen this coming? The online e-tailer that made waves by selling nearly every book in the universe is keeping the art of reading at the forefront of its sales... but in a very different way. As digital bookworms have emerged and Amazon's Kindle line of tablets and e-readers have exploded, Amazon has issued "Kindle First." The...

‘badBIOS’ Malware Discovered To Be Capable Of Transmission Over Unplugged Machines

‘badBIOS’ Malware Discovered To Be Capable Of Transmission Over Unplugged Machines

In enterprise environments, it's long been accepted that keeping a particular machine "100%" safe requires little more than keeping it off of an external or internal network, making sure to disable its network devices - wired or otherwise - and of course, disabling its optical drives and USB ports. A machine can't get infected when all of...

Lowest-ever price on Dell XPS 12 convertible, first iPad Air discount, more deals

Lowest-ever price on Dell XPS 12 convertible, first iPad Air discount, more deals

The weekend is already upon us and what better way to kick it off than with some awesome deals. Leading the way today is an all-time low price on the innovative Dell XPS 12, a convertible ultrabook loaded with tech and a gorgeous 1080p screen. We also found the first-ever discount on the brand new Apple iPad Air, so go grab that up before...

iPad Air Tear Down Shows Abysmal Repairability Score

iPad Air Tear Down Shows Abysmal Repairability Score

Based on a new report by J.D. Power, there's a good chance you'll be satisfied with the iPad Air, should you decide to grab one. Samsung ranks highest in customer satisfaction among tablet owners, but Apple isn't far behind. However, should something break out of warranty and you find yourself tempted to perform an autopsy, well, best of luck....

Gigabyte Z87 Haswell Motherboard Round-Up

Gigabyte Z87 Haswell Motherboard Round-Up

Today we're taking a look at Gigabyte’s take on Intel’s latest chipset that supports 4th generation Core Series Haswell processors, the Z87 Express. Gigabyte sent us a sampling of three motherboards that offer a broad overview of the options in the company’s current line up: the solid and affordable Z87X-UD4H, their G1.Sniper5...

Barnes & Noble Launches Nook GlowLight eReader, Yours For $119 Ad-Free

Barnes & Noble Launches Nook GlowLight eReader, Yours For $119 Ad-Free

Barnes & Noble was expected to launch a new ereader in October, and the company managed to slip its new 6-inch Nook GlowLight in just under the wire. Launched in time for the holiday sales push, the ereader is designed to compete with the Kindle Paperwhite and offers a soft, built-in reading light. The flyweight device is just 6.2 ounces...

Windows 8.1 Desktop Adoption Up, iOS and Android Still Going Strong As Blackberry Slips

Windows 8.1 Desktop Adoption Up, iOS and Android Still Going Strong As Blackberry Slips

Microsoft’s long-awaited update to its Windows 8 operating system, Windows 8.1, recently landed, and already it’s clear that many users are taking advantage of the free upgrade. According to NetMarketShare’s numbers, Windows 8.1 rose to 1.72% of the desktop OS market share after starting at 0.39% in August (and climbing to...

Rockstar Consortium with Apple, Microsoft, and Sony Suing Google Over Search Patents

Rockstar Consortium with Apple, Microsoft, and Sony Suing Google Over Search Patents

What’s that, you say? You’re sick to death of the high-stakes patent wars being waged by huge tech companies against one another? Well too bad, because if anything, things are just escalating. A consortium called Rockstar, which is comprised of Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony, is suing Google (and others) over...

Samsung Tablets Rank Top in Owner Satisfaction Survey

Samsung Tablets Rank Top in Owner Satisfaction Survey

Are you pleased with your tablet purchase? If you bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or any of the company's other slates, there's a good chance you're content. In fact, the majority of tablet owners, regardless of make and model, are enjoying their purchases, it just so happens that Samsung has a higher satisfaction rate than other manufacturer,...

Motorola to Deliver Delicious Kit Kat Update to Moto X

Motorola to Deliver Delicious Kit Kat Update to Moto X

Now that Google has officially launched its Nexus 5 smartphone, it marks the arrival of Android 4.4, otherwise known as KitKat. The Nexus 5 may be first out the door with the delicious new build, but it's only a matter of time before other handsets receive the update as well. Given that Google purchased Motorola's mobile business, you would...

Apple’s iPad Air on Sale Today at Apple Stores and Major Retailers

Apple’s iPad Air on Sale Today at Apple Stores and Major Retailers

Apple's recently announced iPad Air tablet is now available to purchase directly from Apple online, in Apple Stores, and at major retailers like Best Buy. The iPad Air represents the biggest change to the iPad's form factor since it debuted. It's still a 9.7-inch slate, but it's thinner, lighter, and has a shrunken bezel that's similar in...

Android's Global Market Share Continues To Rise at Apple's Expense

Android's Global Market Share Continues To Rise at Apple's Expense

Surprised? Don't be. While Apple's iOS is doing just fine in the lucrative North American market place, Google's Android is quickly becoming the all-encompassing player when looking from a global viewpoint. The reasons are numerous: for one, Android is more accessible. It's free, tons of OEMs use it, and it's available on thousands of products...