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All News for December 2013

The Future Of Enthusiast-Class Mobile Devices Is Modular And Magical

The Future Of Enthusiast-Class Mobile Devices Is Modular And Magical

Look at your smartphone. Do you love it? Do you hate it? Is the screen cracked? Is the camera junky? Is the phone too slow? As things stand now, it doesn’t matter what you think; if you like your phone, fine, but if there’s anything you don’t like about it, the only thing you can really do is buy a new one. But this current...

New Allegations Claim NSA Can Intercept Packages, Load Malware

New Allegations Claim NSA Can Intercept Packages, Load Malware

A fresh set of allegations and disclosures by der Spiegel claim that the NSA operates a Tailored Access Operations program designed to dig into spy targets conventionally perceived as "ungettable" for the purpose of extending the institutions global reach. The program has targeted individuals, companies, government institutions, and infrastructure,...

MSI’s CES 2014 Lineup Includes 3K Gaming Notebook And All-In-One Gaming PC

MSI’s CES 2014 Lineup Includes 3K Gaming Notebook And All-In-One Gaming PC

MSI is bringing a great big bag full of new products to CES this year, and the lineup includes new gaming notebooks including one with a 3K display, quadro workstations, motherboards, tablets, touchscreen notebooks, and an intriguing all-in-one gaming PC called the MSI AG2712A. We’ve actually heard about several of these products already,...

13-Inch Apple iPad Rumored To Target Schools As Desktop Device

13-Inch Apple iPad Rumored To Target Schools As Desktop Device

Rumors about a potential 13-inch Apple iPad (please don’t call it the “iPad Maxi”, guys) have been kicking around for months, but it’s never made sense what exactly Apple would do with a device of that size until now. A Digitimes report (which you should always take with a grain of salt) reported that the 12.9- or 13.3-inch...

Bring Home Samsung's 110-inch 4K Ultra HD TV for a Cool $150,000

Bring Home Samsung's 110-inch 4K Ultra HD TV for a Cool $150,000

If any of our loyal readers are looking for any end of the year gift ideas for HotHardware's hard working writers, might this editor suggest Samsung's newly minted 110-inch television (Model 110S9)? At 110 inches, it's the world's largest consumer television, and you better believe it's rocking a 4K Ultra HD resolution. Samsung's ginormous...

Google and NVIDIA to Showcase Collaborative In-Car Technologies at CES 2014

Google and NVIDIA to Showcase Collaborative In-Car Technologies at CES 2014

The war in mobile is being fought on many different battlegrounds, even your wrist, assuming the whole smart watch movement gains any traction. However, one of the most important battlegrounds could be your car. In response to an initiative launched this past summer by Apple to integrate iPhones and other iOS devices into car dashboards, Google...

ASUS Hints At Dual Boot Devices, 4, 5, 6-Inch Smartphones Coming For CES 2014

ASUS Hints At Dual Boot Devices, 4, 5, 6-Inch Smartphones Coming For CES 2014

ASUS is teasing us. The company posted a couple of teaser videos hinting at new products that it will unveil at CES 2014 in early January, and although the videos reveal very little, they do provide some telling hints. In the first video, the Statue of Liberty is holding up two fingers and ends up holding two tablets that switch colors from...

Xbox One Users Report ‘Oily Liquid’ Leaking From Console Vents

Xbox One Users Report ‘Oily Liquid’ Leaking From Console Vents

Trucks, tractors, and airplanes are all examples of things that can leak oil. There are dozens of other things we can think of, but up until today, game consoles wouldn't have made the list. Be that as it may, there are limited reports of some Xbox One consoles leaking an oily white liquid leaving behind stains described as being "milk-like"...

Russian Hacker Compromised BBC Server, Tried to Sell Access

Russian Hacker Compromised BBC Server, Tried to Sell Access

It'd be a little crazy to imagine ending 2013 without another breach-of-security story, so fortunate for us, BBC has come to the last-minute rescue. On December 25th, a Russian hacker is said to have listed a sale on a black market website that offered information about accessing a BBC server, something that US firm Hold Security picked up...

Apple Chief Tim Cook's $4.25 Million Pay Includes Max Bonus Amount

Apple Chief Tim Cook's $4.25 Million Pay Includes Max Bonus Amount

It's good to be king, especially when your kingdom is the land of Apple. Right now Tim Cook is the one who wears the crown and he's compensated generously for his time on the throne. According to a recent regulatory filing, Apple compensated King Cook $4.25 million in 2013, representative of a 1.9 percent bump in pay compared to the $4.17...

Samsung's New LPDDR4 Mobile Memory Chip Paves Way for 4GB Smartphones

Samsung's New LPDDR4 Mobile Memory Chip Paves Way for 4GB Smartphones

Regardless of which smartphone we test, it seems that memory bandwidth is always something of a concern or bottleneck. Even the world's most powerful smartphones could stand to benefit from more memory, particularly now that 64-bit processing has made its way to the mobile arena, and Samsung is well aware of that. So, in order to align the...

Self-Learning Processors To Pave Way For Crash-Proof Biological Computing

Self-Learning Processors To Pave Way For Crash-Proof Biological Computing

In the quest to build a processor that's an order of magnitude more efficient than what we have available today, the brain is the first thing looked at. Scientists would love nothing more than to fully understand how the brain works, because with that knowledge, not only could things improve on the healthcare side, but computers would benefit...

Chromebook Sales Punching Through And Gobbling Market Share

Chromebook Sales Punching Through And Gobbling Market Share

The Chromebook is a relatively new platform, and it’s taken time for sales to pick up. A slow start makes sense, as Google’s newest operating system can be confusing for many to understand. It’s based around the Chrome web browser and thus requires an Internet connection for the vast majority of its functionality, and low...

Researcher Claims It's Official: Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' Amongst UK Teens

Researcher Claims It's Official: Facebook Is 'Dead and Buried' Amongst UK Teens

Amid a claim and a denial about Facebook’s plummeting popularity among teens, an EU study has emerged that affirms the former assertion, at least among teenagers in the UK. Professor of Material Culture at University College of London Daniel Miller wrote that his research team is conducting 15-month ethnographies on teens in 8 countries,...

Netflix to Sink "Titanic" and Dozens of Other Movies on January 1

Netflix to Sink "Titanic" and Dozens of Other Movies on January 1

In just a few days, Netflix will reportedly purge around 90 movies and TV shows from its streaming library. Without a time machine, it would be impossible to watch all of them between now and then, though there are some notable flicks worth queuing up while you still have the chance. James Cameron's 1997 movie "Titanic" is one them. "Titanic"...

Nokia Yanks HERE Maps from Apple's App Store, Cites iOS 7 Issues

Nokia Yanks HERE Maps from Apple's App Store, Cites iOS 7 Issues

Apple iPhone and iPad users can no longer download Nokia's HERE mapping application from the App Store. The Finnish phone maker voluntarily removed the app because of compatibility issues with the iOS 7 update that could ultimately "harm the user experience." Nokia said it's not blaming Apple or iOS 7, but this is a case where the app simply...

Chinese Government Bans Battlefield 4 For Threatening National Security

Chinese Government Bans Battlefield 4 For Threatening National Security

It's not uncommon for some governments to censor a video game before its release in their respective countries, but it's a bit rarer to see a title banned outright. Germany tends to come to many minds first when it comes to video game bannings, as it most notably outlaws the Wolfenstein series. But even countries like Australia have banned...

If Video Killed the Radio Star, Why Did Rdio Snuff Out Vdio?

If Video Killed the Radio Star, Why Did Rdio Snuff Out Vdio?

Barely eight months old (and just six months since launching to the public), the Vdio streaming platform is no more. Rdio has decided to pull the plug on the service without it ever having exited beta status, discontinuing a promising alternative to established streaming video services like Netlix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime Instant Video,...

Amazon Adds Over 1 Million New Prime Customers for the Holidays

Amazon Adds Over 1 Million New Prime Customers for the Holidays

Amazon knocked it out of the park this holiday season. After announcing that it was able to keep the wait time for its "Mayday" live tech support feature on Kindle Fire HDX devices to just 9 seconds on Christmas day, the online retailer now says it also added more than 1 million customers to its Amazon Prime membership program, making it a...

It Could Have Been Worse: Target Data Breach Didn’t Include PIN Numbers

It Could Have Been Worse: Target Data Breach Didn’t Include PIN Numbers

The fallout from the massive holiday Target data breach persists, as the retailer works feverishly to sort out exactly what happened and what to do about it. The 40 million or so customers who used cards at Target between November 27th and December 15th and had their data accessed by cybercrooks still need to be wary of any fraudulent activity,...

Internet Archive Adds Five Vintage Consoles To "Console Living Room" Historical Software Collection

Internet Archive Adds Five Vintage Consoles To "Console Living Room" Historical Software Collection

Everyone loves a good vintage gaming console ROM, and the Internet Archive is introducing five classic console emulators from way, way back as part of its Historical Software collection. The “Console Living Room” list is comprised of the Atari 2600, Atari 7800 ProSystem, ColecoVision, Magnavox Odyssey 2, and the Astrocade. The...

$580 off Lenovo Y410p quad-core gaming laptop

$580 off Lenovo Y410p quad-core gaming laptop

Our deal hunters are on medical leave for exhaustion after working so hard to bring you the best deals during the heavy shopping season. As such, we thought we would leave you with one ultra-smoking hot deal instead of our usual collection from across the web. Today's top deal is one of our favorite bang for the buck high performance laptops...

Google's 2014 Model Nexus 7 Tablet May Have Intel Inside

Google's 2014 Model Nexus 7 Tablet May Have Intel Inside

Google would be foolish not to release another Nexus 7 tablet in 2014, so let's go ahead and assume the Mountain View company will keep the good times rolling with yet another winning product sometime next year. That still gives us plenty to speculate about, such as whether or not ASUS will once again build the device for Google, and what...

Delta to Honor Ultra Cheap Fares Purchased During Website Glitch

Delta to Honor Ultra Cheap Fares Purchased During Website Glitch

When something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Such was the case when some lucky fliers discovered Delta's website was serving up some super cheap flights. By cheap we mean a mere $35 from Raleigh, North Carolina to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and $40 for a roundtrip flight from New York to Los Angeles. Roundtrip first-class tickets...

'PC Plus' Machines Being Prepped For CES To Run Android On Windows In Retaliation Against MSFT

'PC Plus' Machines Being Prepped For CES To Run Android On Windows In Retaliation Against MSFT

How desperate are OEMs to make lemonade out of the Windows 8.1 RT lemon? They’re going to be pushing something called a “PC Plus” initiative at CES this year, which in a nutshell is simply the ability for Windows tablets and laptops to run Android apps or dual-boot Windows and Android. According to Tim Bajarin at Time,...

iOS Whips Android In Sales And Traffic On Christmas Day

iOS Whips Android In Sales And Traffic On Christmas Day

One of the biggest days of the year to get a close look at iOS versus Android is Christmas Day, and IBM put together some interesting numbers that show a surprising discrepancy between the two platforms and their respective sales and traffic. As it pertains to online activity, iOS destroyed Android with 32.6% of overall traffic to 14.8%, and...

comScore Notes Holiday Spending Up But Sales Curtailed Due to Short Holiday Calendar

comScore Notes Holiday Spending Up But Sales Curtailed Due to Short Holiday Calendar

Holiday shoppers sat at their desktop devices and spent $42.8 billion online during the first 52 days of the November-to-December 2013 season, according to the latest data provided by comScore. That's an increase of 10 percent compared to last year when online spending reached $38.9 billion, though it still fell short of expectations, in part...

UPS Chokes Under Holiday Shipping Load, So Much For 'Logistics'

UPS Chokes Under Holiday Shipping Load, So Much For 'Logistics'

If you were waiting in vain for UPS to arrive with your last-minute holiday packages only to see the magic day pass without the big brown truck stopping at your house, you’re not alone. UPS was overwhelmed by holiday shipping traffic. The company blames factors such as a higher-than-expected volume of packages and rough weather around...

Snapchat Hack Could Expose Personal Info and Phone Numbers

Snapchat Hack Could Expose Personal Info and Phone Numbers

Security researchers at Gibson Security handed Snapchat what amounts to a lump of a coal on Christmas morning by exposing a security flaw that, when exploited, would grant hackers access to users' phone numbers without their permission. It's essentially a how-to guide for hackers with detailed instructions, and the reason Gibson Security made...

Super Geek Scores Guinness World Record For Largest Video Game Collection

Super Geek Scores Guinness World Record For Largest Video Game Collection

Think you've got game? Then you should probably look away. While collectors around the globe have long since bragged about owning more than anyone else when it comes to any given category of items, there's now one man to beat when it comes to the idea of collecting the most video games. Michael Thomasson seems like a pretty stand-up 31-year...

Why You're Better Off Exchanging a Faulty Xbox One Console In-Store

Why You're Better Off Exchanging a Faulty Xbox One Console In-Store

An example of a buzz kill is waking up on Christmas morning to find an Xbox One sitting under the tree, only to later discover that it doesn't work because of a disc drive malfunction. Gamers first started complaining about the issue in November, with several YouTube videos showing the disc drive making a grinding noise when popping in a game...

NVIDIA's Tegra Note 7 Updated to Android 4.3, Adding New Features and Capabilities

NVIDIA's Tegra Note 7 Updated to Android 4.3, Adding New Features and Capabilities

If you splurged on a Tegra Note 7 from any one of NVIDIA's partners who managed to build one, you're in luck. As a post-Christmas gift to all those who ordered, NVIDIA has upgrade the Note 7's platform today with an over-the-air software snippet. The new build takes the Note 7 to Android 4.3, adding a number of useful features and capabilities...

Samsung Smart TV SDK Lets You Control Appliances From Your TV

Samsung Smart TV SDK Lets You Control Appliances From Your TV

The completely connected home has long been a dream of futurists, and little by little that’s becoming a reality. The Internet of Things is growing, and smart TVs are a big part of that trend as they continue to ship with more and more intelligence baked in. Samsung’s latest SDK for its Smart TVs includes more than just the ability...

LG To Release Wearable Product, Rumored To Be G-Arch Smartwatch And G-Health Fitness Tracker

LG To Release Wearable Product, Rumored To Be G-Arch Smartwatch And G-Health Fitness Tracker

In a report noting that LG is planning to roll out fingerprint recognition technology for the G3 smartphone, the Korean Herald also said that the company has a couple of wearable computing products in the pipeline, too. Specifically, the report states that LG is developing the G-Arch smartwatch and the G-Health fitness wristband, and like...

Amazon Kept Kindle Fire HDX's Mayday Wait Time to Below 10 Seconds on Christmas

Amazon Kept Kindle Fire HDX's Mayday Wait Time to Below 10 Seconds on Christmas

You've probably seen one of Amazon's commercials touting the new "Mayday" support feature in Kindle Fire HDX devices. Just tap the button and moments later a helpful support representative like Amy in the TV commercials will appear and guide you through whatever tablet troubles you might be having. We were always a bit skeptical that users...

Grippity Transparent Tablet Latest Effort To Revolutionize Input

Grippity Transparent Tablet Latest Effort To Revolutionize Input

The mouse and keyboard have been the go-to method of input for computers for ages, but touchscreens and even gestures (with projects such as Leap Motion and Microsoft’s Kinect) have revolutionized how we interact with our computing devices. Still unsatisfied, humans are looking to push thing further. A group from Tel Aviv is developing...

Japan's SoftBank Mulling $19 Billion Purchase Of T-Mobile via Stake In Sprint

Japan's SoftBank Mulling $19 Billion Purchase Of T-Mobile via Stake In Sprint

Those rumors of Sprint buying T-Mobile? At first blush, it was easy to brush it off as nothing more than a passing whisper, but now, evidence is beginning to mount. Japanese telecomunications company SoftBank is reportedly looking to close a deal "soon" that would see it purchasing T-Mobile. While SoftBank's roots are in Japan, it already...

Do Game Achievements Matter To You?

Do Game Achievements Matter To You?

Last night, I did something that caused me to, ahem, make me exclaim "Yes!" while clenching my first. No, I didn't do anything actually notable, but for me, it felt like a real accomplishment and the end of a long journey. What am I on about? I managed to get the last achievement I needed in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, putting me at 59/59....

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, from our rather large, extended family here to you and yours.  We hope whatever you had on your wish-list, naughty or nice, that your Yuletide dreams come true.  But most of all, we wish you all, health, happiness and good times with...

Apple Patents ‘Touch and Hover’ Sensing, Embedded Heart Rate Monitoring

Apple Patents ‘Touch and Hover’ Sensing, Embedded Heart Rate Monitoring

Just in time for the gift-giving season, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted two patents to Apple - one of which was filed way back in 2008. The first patent is number 8,614,693, titled "Touch and hover signal drift compensation". While its name is pretty self-explanatory, the technology behind it is anything but. The...

Hot Deals: Dell Wireless Speakers, Kingston 240GB SSD, LG HDTV and More

Hot Deals: Dell Wireless Speakers, Kingston 240GB SSD, LG HDTV and More

It’s time for our last pre-Christmas holiday installment of Hot Deals. On tap for you all today we have a Dell AC411 2.1-channel Bluetooth Wireless Speaker System, a 240GB Kingston SSDNow V300 2.5" SATA III Internal SSD, a 42" LG 42LN5200 1080p LED HDTV and a whole lot more... Top Deals: Dell AC411 2.1-channel Bluetooth Wireless Speakers...

Early Benchmarks Show Apple’s 8-Core Mac Pro is a Speed Demon, HH Review Coming

Early Benchmarks Show Apple’s 8-Core Mac Pro is a Speed Demon, HH Review Coming

You're not bringing home one of Apple's newly released Mac Pro systems without spending a small fortune -- pricing starts at $2,999 for a quad-core model and $3,999 for a 6-core foundation, both of which are rocking dual graphics cards. There's some seriously powerful hardware inside these machines, but are they worth the asking price? That's...

Raspberry Pi Gets An HTML5-Capable Web Browser

Raspberry Pi Gets An HTML5-Capable Web Browser

The adorably awesome $35 Raspberry Pi has proven to be a fun, flexible, and relatively powerful tool for hackers, tinkerers, and makers, but the platform has been lacking a modern web browser. That’s changing, as the Raspberry Pi team, in collaboration with Collabora, have developed an “up-to-date”, HTML5-capable web browser....

CynogenMod to Ring in the New Year With Over 10 Million Users, Galaxy S Devices Top Install List

CynogenMod to Ring in the New Year With Over 10 Million Users, Galaxy S Devices Top Install List

Talk about closing out the year with a bang. The CyanogenMod team has plenty of reason to celebrate going into 2014, not the least of which is notching over 10 million downloads of its installer software to date, according to the CyanogenMod stats page. The most popular version so far is the Nightly-10.1 build -- it's been downloaded more...

Late To The Party, HP To Finally Make Serious Effort In Tablets And Smartphones

Late To The Party, HP To Finally Make Serious Effort In Tablets And Smartphones

Surprised? Don't be. While HP's foray into the smartphone world didn't work out so well after acquiring Palm, the company has often spoke of getting back into that universe when the time was right. Evidently, 2014 may be "the time." A new report suggests that HP may be on the warpath back into the mobile space, but in a slightly different...

AllCast Available To Everyone On Google Play, Still No Chromecast Support

AllCast Available To Everyone On Google Play, Still No Chromecast Support

For a minute there, AllCast was a great Android streaming app that developer Koushik Dutta made by reverse-engineering a Google Chromecast stick. That is, until Google updated Chromecast and killed AllCast support, a move Dutta believes was intentional. Making lemonade as it were, Dutta kept at it with AllCast, and now the app is out of beta...

Researchers Claim Samsung's Knox Mobile Security Vulnerable To Attacks

Researchers Claim Samsung's Knox Mobile Security Vulnerable To Attacks

Mobile security has become an issue of increasing importance, as mobile use has skyrocketed in recent years while cybercriminals have simultaneously spent more time finding ways to attack. There are several solutions out there, but a major one is Samsung’s Knox. According to researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel,...

Temple Run 2 Finally Trots to Windows Phone Platform

Temple Run 2 Finally Trots to Windows Phone Platform

It's shaping up to be quite the pleasant holiday season for Windows Phone owners, especially those who are fans of the Temple Run series. Just in time for Christmas, Temple Run 2 is now available for Windows Phone 8 users with at least 1GB of RAM as a free download from the Windows Phone store. Better late than never, right? "It probably needs...

Last minute gift deals: Apple TV, diamond necklace; plus $499 50" HDTV, more

Last minute gift deals: Apple TV, diamond necklace; plus $499 50" HDTV, more

Hopefully all of our deal-loving readers are checking out today's deal round-up in the comfort of their own home, enjoying some time off for the holidays. Today we've got a bit different deal spread for you, with a section of our usual hot tech deals and also a few last minute gift ideas. The products here can be had in time for Christmas...

RSA Categorically Denies $10 Million Secret Contract with NSA

RSA Categorically Denies $10 Million Secret Contract with NSA

RSA decided to publicly address recent reports alleging it inked a $10 million contract with the National Security Agency (NSA) to use what's considered a flawed and broken encryption standard called elliptic curve cryptography. In an attempt to set the record straight, the RSA stated in a blog post that it's all a bunch of hogwash, so to...

Samsung To Nudge Into Fitness Territory With Wrist-Mounted Galaxy Band

Samsung To Nudge Into Fitness Territory With Wrist-Mounted Galaxy Band

Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch was the company’s big foray into wearable tech, but Samsung isn’t satisfied; it may be invading the fitness market, too, impinging upon territory currently occupied by the likes of Nike’s FuelBand and FitBit. According to Korean site DDaily, Samsung is planning to roll out a wrist-mounted...

Nokia Lumia 925 Smartphone Review

Nokia Lumia 925 Smartphone Review

By and large, the Lumia line has looked fairly uniform to date, relying on polycarbonate frames, bold colors and stand-out camera features to differentiate itself. The Lumia 925, despite being one of the final Lumias to ship with Nokia's branding, stands as one of the first in the range to truly carve a different path on the design front....

Geeksphone’s Revolution Smartphone To Feature Intel Atom Chips, May Run Firefox OS

Geeksphone’s Revolution Smartphone To Feature Intel Atom Chips, May Run Firefox OS

Geeksphone has been working with Mozilla on Firefox OS handsets since the operating system’s developer preview was in the works, and the company’s Peak and Keon smartphones offer solid specs and features for lower-end devices. Both run on Qualcomm Snapdragon chips, have large-enough displays, and have reasonable cameras and storage....

Tim Cook Pats Apple's Back, Teases "Big Plans" for 2014 in Employee Memo

Tim Cook Pats Apple's Back, Teases "Big Plans" for 2014 in Employee Memo

It's been more than two years since Tim Cook was named CEO of Apple, and while one could argue there have been any truly revolutionary products to come out of Cupertino since he took the reins, he's done a mostly good job keeping investors happy and consumers interested. This past year was especially busy with the release of the iPhone 5,...

Prepaid T-Mobile Service To Offer Free Facebook Access With Or Without Data Plan

Prepaid T-Mobile Service To Offer Free Facebook Access With Or Without Data Plan

T-Mobile’s prepaid phone service, GoSmart, is doing a little shimmy to get an edge in the prepaid market by offering Facebook access for free, irrespective of whether or not users have a data plan. It’s certainly an interesting idea, and Facebook is in on it. So many people spend so much time on Facebook, but for many, mobile access...

Samsung's 2014 Smart TV Range To Support Hand Gestures, Much Like Kinect

Samsung's 2014 Smart TV Range To Support Hand Gestures, Much Like Kinect

Believe it or not, the 2014 edition of the International Consumer Electronics Show is about to begin, and companies far and wide are solidifying launch plans when things kick off in Las Vegas. Samsung is amongst the first to offer a teaser, showcasing its 2014 Smart TV line. Samsung’s voice interaction service, which understands natural...

evasi0n Releases Simple 5 Minute iOS7 Jailbreak

evasi0n Releases Simple 5 Minute iOS7 Jailbreak

In the earlier days of iDevice jailbreaking, the process was an absolute chore, and as such, most people avoided it. Over the years, though, as developers began to understand iOS' inner-workings better, jailbreaking became much easier. Even still, many have continued to avoid it because even the minor complexities of the process can ruin the...

Colts Owner Jim Irsay Buys Entire Team Xbox One for Christmas, Injured DL Skyrockets with Thumb Cramps

Colts Owner Jim Irsay Buys Entire Team Xbox One for Christmas, Injured DL Skyrockets with Thumb Cramps

Clark Griswold went bat-crap crazy (NSFW) after receiving a Jelly of the Month Club membership from his boss for Christmas instead of an anticipated bonus check, the latter of which he planned to use to pay for an in-ground swimming pool for the family. Clearly Colts owner Jim Irsay has seen National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and instead...

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Available to Pre-Order, Prime Evil Rages March 25

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Available to Pre-Order, Prime Evil Rages March 25

Can't get enough hell raising fun in Diablo III? You'll be devishly delighted to know the game's first expansion pack is on the horizon. Blizzard says Diablo III: Reaper of Souls will debut on March 25 for both Windows and Mac platforms, and while that requires a little bit of patience on your part, you can pre-order a digital copy right away....

Snapchat Less Exciting, More Dangerous With Replay Feature

Snapchat Less Exciting, More Dangerous With Replay Feature

Snapchat has captured the imagination of many, to the point that Facebook has attempted to buy the service for as much as $3 billion, yet even as its popularity grows, Snapchat continues to change. The premier feature of Snapchat is the fact that whatever image or short video you send disappears after it’s viewed, but the company keeps...

Motorola Moto G Gets Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update Early

Motorola Moto G Gets Android 4.4.2 KitKat Update Early

That inexpensive Moto G smartphone continues to do things ahead of schedule by getting an early OS update. Motorola announced that it’s rolling out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to some of the handsets already, to Moto G phones that were purchased on Motorola’s website or Amazon in the U.S. There’s no word on when carrier...

EA and DICE Roll Out Another Battlefield 4 Patch for the PC

EA and DICE Roll Out Another Battlefield 4 Patch for the PC

As one of the most anticipated games of the year, Battlefield 4 also has the distinction of being one of the most buggy releases, and that's regardless of platform. Even worse, Electronic Arts and DICE can't seem to catch a break. To wit, there's a new patch available for the PC version, and the main reason it exists is to fix a bunch of issues...

Anti-Virus Report Shows Kaspersky On Top With McAfee And Microsoft Last In Protection

Anti-Virus Report Shows Kaspersky On Top With McAfee And Microsoft Last In Protection

In the quest to quell all the malware that persists in the world, you need a good antimalware solution, but one is not just as good as the next. In a new report, Dennis Technology Labs compared 9 of the top anti-malware products from various companies to see which handled the onslaught the best. Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 topped the...

Deltaprintr Offers A New Twist On Desktop 3D Printers

Deltaprintr Offers A New Twist On Desktop 3D Printers

The 3D printer market is wide open, particularly as it pertains to innovation, and a gang of college kids from Brooklyn are sticking their collective foot in the door with a unique 3D printer design that promises simplicity, fast print speeds, and inexpensive expandable print volume. Instead of the box design that most 3D printers on the market...

Microsoft Gift Wraps 20GB of Free SkyDrive Storage to Windows Phone Users

Microsoft Gift Wraps 20GB of Free SkyDrive Storage to Windows Phone Users

One advantage Microsoft has over the competition in the mobile space is that it owns a number of products and services it can integrate into its Windows Phone platform. Microsoft has done this before and it's doing it again, this time by giving every single Windows Phone user an extra 20GB of free SkyDrive storage for one year. "To show our...

Google Certifies N1 CyanogenMod Phone to Run Android Apps and Services

Google Certifies N1 CyanogenMod Phone to Run Android Apps and Services

Go ahead and file this one under "U" for "Unexpected," but on December 24, the Oppo N1 will ship to customers with Google's blessing. This is a historic moment in Android's timeline, as the CyanogenMod-powered Oppo N1 is the first phone to ship with a third-party ROM, making it a unique device in and of itself. However, it's also notable because...

NSA Allegedly Paid RSA $10M To Implement Flawed Cryptography Standard

NSA Allegedly Paid RSA $10M To Implement Flawed Cryptography Standard

According to a new report, the NSA once paid the RSA Security $10M to implement a flawed security standard as the default protocol in its products. This new information builds on allegations from September that claimed the RSA had deployed a flawed, broken cryptographic standard. The new allegations, like much of what we've learned about the...

HotHardware EVGA Tegra Note Tablet Holiday Giveaway Winners!

HotHardware EVGA Tegra Note Tablet Holiday Giveaway Winners!

To usher in the holiday season, we here at HotHardware and our friends at EVGA and NVIDIA teamed up to put together one heck of an exciting give-away! This time around we gave you all a chance to win a couple of slick, new NVIDIA Tegra 4 powered EVGA Tegra Note tablets. To sweeten the deal, we also threw in a few Google...

T-Mobile's Next Move Could See It Covering Your Early Termination Fee As Incentive to Switch

T-Mobile's Next Move Could See It Covering Your Early Termination Fee As Incentive to Switch

This is one of those stories that seems a little too good to be true, but given the fact that T-Mobile has tried hard to disrupt the business of other US mobile carriers, there is some hope. Over the past year, T-Mobile has rolled-out some interesting features, such as free international data roaming and the ability to upgrade your smartphone...

With New Developer Policies, Google Looks to Kill Off Toolbars in Chrome

With New Developer Policies, Google Looks to Kill Off Toolbars in Chrome

Google doesn't like seeing pointless or bloated toolbars in its Chrome Web browser, and because it loves us so much, it doesn't want us to see them, either. Google's policies have long prohibited most types of truly offensive extensions, like ad-ridden toolbars, but beginning next summer, it's going to enforce some new policies that will drastically...

Yahoo Mail Brings Back Tabs, Makes Them Smarter

Yahoo Mail Brings Back Tabs, Makes Them Smarter

Yahoo Mail users have had a rough time lately. First, Yahoo revamped its mail service back in October and removed some popular features, including tabs. More recently, a "complex" outage lasting nearly a week affected several users. The good news is things are looking up. Yahoo Mail has been fully restored, and that tab feature? It's making...

Samsung Preps Trio of Galaxy Pro Tablets for Early 2014

Samsung Preps Trio of Galaxy Pro Tablets for Early 2014

Word around the web is that Samsung is getting ready to refresh its Galaxy line of mobile devices. It looks like the South Korean electronics maker will add three "Galaxy Pro" tablets to its portfolio sometime in the first quarter of Q1, along with a "Galaxy Lite" slate, the only one of the four that won't feature 4G LTE connectivity (it will,...

Dry Your Eyes, Winamp May Not Shut Down Today After All

Dry Your Eyes, Winamp May Not Shut Down Today After All

Today was supposed to be Winamp’s last on earth, but some last-minute nerd heroics may save the beloved music player. The rumor that Microsoft might snag both Winamp and ShoutCast from AOL appears to be legit, as TechCrunch reports that a deal is being finalized as you’re reading this. The site’s source didn’t specify...

HP Chromebook 11 Back With Updated Charger, May Be Available Soon

HP Chromebook 11 Back With Updated Charger, May Be Available Soon

Well, that was fast. Days after Google and HP officially recalled the HP Chromebook 11 charger over concerns about overheating and fire safety (and just over a month since the issue was first acknowledged), it appears that an updated charger is already shipping. Google sent a new charger to 9-to-5 Google, and it follows that we’ll likely...

WhatsApp Messaging Service Balloons to 400 Million Active Users, Still Cheap and Ad-Free

WhatsApp Messaging Service Balloons to 400 Million Active Users, Still Cheap and Ad-Free

Budding entrepreneurs take note, word of mouth advertising still plays a significant role in growth, provided you build solid product or offer a stellar service. Just have a look at WhatsApp, a cross-platform instant messaging service that allows users to send free texts, videos, photos, and audio messages to one another with ZERO ads to distract...

Instagram Trying Something New With Ads, And It Appears To Be Working

Instagram Trying Something New With Ads, And It Appears To Be Working

Like everyone that’s trying to make a living in the online world, Instagram is trying to crack the tough nut of monetizing its free service, but the social image-sharing site may just have figured out a solution. Many sites, such as Google, rely on ad clicks, as well as actions such as “likes”, and comments to calculate reach...

BlackBerry Announces Surprise Partnership with Foxconn To Build Low-End Consumer Phone

BlackBerry Announces Surprise Partnership with Foxconn To Build Low-End Consumer Phone

Here's the obvious: things aren't looking peachy for BlackBerry, and they haven't for a very long while. As the company bleeds market share at an alarming rate, most believe that we're well beyond the point of no return, and today's quarterly financials are going to leave the employees who are hanging on with a sullen holiday season. The company...

$799 60" HDTV, $449 Haswell touch laptop, 40% off Bluetooth speaker

$799 60" HDTV, $449 Haswell touch laptop, 40% off Bluetooth speaker

Soon it will be time for our deal hunters to rest, but not yet! They've dug up another round of killer deals, leading the way today with 40% off a sleek HP Bluetooth speaker. These little gadgets are the perfect accessory to add endless streaming media to any room in your house. We also found a today-only sale from Best Buy on the large and...

Microsoft Damned If They Do, Damned If They Don’t Continue Support For Windows XP

Microsoft Damned If They Do, Damned If They Don’t Continue Support For Windows XP

In four months' time, Microsoft is set to cease all support for Windows XP, an OS it released on October 25, 2001. At that time, Intel's Pentium III was the hottest processor series on the planet, and NVIDIA's GeForce 2 Ti had been released just weeks earlier. The biggest hard drive at the time? A premium-priced 80GB. To call Windows XP "old-school"...

Cha-Ching! CyanogenMod Raises $23 Million in Funding to Build a Better Android Platform

Cha-Ching! CyanogenMod Raises $23 Million in Funding to Build a Better Android Platform

Perhaps much to the chagrin of Google, it's quickly becoming clear that there's no stopping CyanogenMod. Coming less than a month after Google removed CyanogenMod from the Play Store on the silly basis that his installer application wants to void warranties, CyanogenMod today announced it raised $23 million in funding to continue and expand...

Target Data Breach Puts 40 Million Customer Credit Cards at Risk

Target Data Breach Puts 40 Million Customer Credit Cards at Risk

Target on Thursday confirmed reports that hackers gained access to credit and debit card data during the holiday shopping season. According to Target, around 40 million payment card accounts may have been impacted between November 27 and December 15, 2013. That time frame falls right in the midst of the some of the busiest shopping days of...

LG Set To Debut Industry First Chrome OS-Based All-In-One

LG Set To Debut Industry First Chrome OS-Based All-In-One

We’ve said our piece on Chrome OS--it’s nimble, snappy, easy to use, but not quite a full replacement for Windows or Mac OS X--and manufacturers are rolling out more hardware running Google’s homemade not-Android operating system. LG has the industry’s first all-in-one running Chrome OS ready to go, and the machine...

Curvaceous Beauties: Samsung and LG Unveil 105-inch LCD HDTVs Ahead of CES

Curvaceous Beauties: Samsung and LG Unveil 105-inch LCD HDTVs Ahead of CES

There are a couple of interesting things happening in the land of display technology these days. One is the push for Ultra High Definition (UHD) 4K TVs and content, which might be happening quicker than you think. The other is the uprising of curved displays, something which we've seen on smartphones and, in this case, ginormous TV sets by...

49er Fans Get Your Bunny Suits On, New Stadium To Have Intel Inside

49er Fans Get Your Bunny Suits On, New Stadium To Have Intel Inside

Levi Strauss & Co. may have secured naming rights the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium (aka “The Field Of Jeans”) by forking over something on the order of $220 million smackers, but Intel will be inside, as it were. The company announced today that it will be the stadium’s “preferred technology partner”,...

Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook Review

Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook Review

Intel's 4th generation Core processors, based on the company's Haswell microarchitecture, have done good things for ultrabooks this year. Thanks to Haswell, Ultrabooks have moved much closer to Intel’s original vision of thin, light, low-power (but still powerful) systems that eschew outdated components and usher in new features like...

Steam Machine Teardown Reiterates Why PCs Rule and Tablets Drool

Steam Machine Teardown Reiterates Why PCs Rule and Tablets Drool

After reading the title, you might be thinking, "OMG why does HotHardware hate tablets?!?!" Don't get us wrong, we think tablets are great for what they're designed to do, but when it comes to servicing and/or upgrading parts on your own, they don't hold a candle next to a traditional PC. Teardown after teardown reveals liberal use of adhesive...

Quanta Computer Joins Futuremark's Benchmark Development Program

Quanta Computer Joins Futuremark's Benchmark Development Program

Around these parts, Futuremark's benchmarking suite is used on a near-daily basis. It has grown to become one of the most well-known and trusted brands in all of benchmarking, and today, it's getting a new partner. Quanta Computer is a company that kickstarts many of the models that you see today on store shelves with different branding, and...

Bill Gates As Secret Santa Makes Reddit Reader's Christmas Wishes Come True

Bill Gates As Secret Santa Makes Reddit Reader's Christmas Wishes Come True

Have you ever done a secret gift exchange and had a fantasy that your secret Santa would be a billionaire and shower you with gifts? One Reddit user who participated in a massive Reddit Secret Santa 2013 gift exchange knows how that feels. Well, sort of. Reddit user Rachel (NY1227)’s secret Santa was none other than Bill Gates. Being...

Lowest ever on Alienware 14, Office 365; also Dell U2913WM monitor coupon, Nexus 5 deal, more

Lowest ever on Alienware 14, Office 365; also Dell U2913WM monitor coupon, Nexus 5 deal, more

Our deal hunters report that today was a good day for discounts and savings. Two of our top deals are their lowest prices ever and the third is awful close. Discounts on Alienware are kind of like discounts on Apple: small and infrequent. Today's deal on the powerful Alienware 14 Haswell gaming laptop yields the lowest-ever price and an outright...

Meta Pro Glasses Claim To Deliver Iron Man 3D Augmented Reality Computing

Meta Pro Glasses Claim To Deliver Iron Man 3D Augmented Reality Computing

When Google Glass was first announced, I'm not sure too many people foresaw the onslaught of wearable computing devices that was to come. Google didn't create the product-type, of course, but it did create a product that intrigued not only regular consumers, but competitors as well. In a couple of years, whether you're looking...

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook Review

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Ultrabook Review

When Lenovo introduced the original Yoga 13 convertible ultrabook last year, consumers snatched it up in droves, making it one of the top selling Windows 8 convertibles on the market. Fast-forward a year, and Lenovo is at it again, this time with the new Yoga 2 Pro. Like its predecessor, the Yoga 2 Pro features the same well-liked multimode...

No More Woof Translates Dog Thoughs into English, Seeks $10K Funding on Indiegogo

No More Woof Translates Dog Thoughs into English, Seeks $10K Funding on Indiegogo

Have you ever wondered what your dog is trying to say when he gives you a funny look? A unique Indiegogo campaign for "No More Woof" seeks to solve that problem by translating your dog's thought patterns into English so you know exactly what Fido is thinking. The way it goes about this is by using Electroencephalogram (EEG) to analyze animal...

Think the Safari Browser is Secure? Guess Again and Welcome to the Jungle Baby

Think the Safari Browser is Secure? Guess Again and Welcome to the Jungle Baby

The web is a jungle filled with potential danger at every turn, and if you plan to surf through it with Safari, well, that's certainly your prerogative. However, be aware that it's not the safest vehicle for navigating cyberspace, and we're not talking about just the dated version that's available for Windows, either -- a recent version of...

3D Systems Grabs 100 Xerox Engineers In New Partnership

3D Systems Grabs 100 Xerox Engineers In New Partnership

3D Systems and Xerox have been working together for some time, notably on the former’s ProJet series 3D printers, but the two companies have further cemented their relationship. 3D Systems is purchasing Xerox’s product design, engineering, and chemistry group (based in Wilsonville, OR). "We are pleased to expand our relationship...

Say What? Facebook Can See What You Type Even If You Don’t Post It

Say What? Facebook Can See What You Type Even If You Don’t Post It

We won't make fun of you if you decide to don a tinfoil hat, not anymore. A few years ago you might have looked pretty silly wearing one and been the butt of jokes, but these days privacy is no laughing matter, even if companies and our own government treat it like a joke. There's the whole NSA/PRISM thing, but did you know that Facebook can...

HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks 12/18/13: iPad mini, NVIDIA G-SYNC, Galaxy Note 10.1, WD Black 2 Dual and More

HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks 12/18/13: iPad mini, NVIDIA G-SYNC, Galaxy Note 10.1, WD Black 2 Dual and More

In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz, and Marco discuss the Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display, NVIDIA’s G-SYNC display technology, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, and the innovative WD Black 2 SSD+HDD Dual Drive. Dave also talks a bit about the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and our current EVGA...

Google Updates Glass With Wink To Snap A Photo Capability, More Goodies Ahead Of Holidays

Google Updates Glass With Wink To Snap A Photo Capability, More Goodies Ahead Of Holidays

Google’s XE12 update to Google Glass is out, and there are some nifty new features to make Glass Explorers happy. One of the most notable is a new feature that lets users wink to snap a photo. It would appear that Google liked what it saw from Winky and either swiped the idea from developer Mike Giovanni or implemented his technology....

Microsoft Whittles Down CEO Candidates, Targets Early 2014 to Make a Decision

Microsoft Whittles Down CEO Candidates, Targets Early 2014 to Make a Decision

The search for a new Chief Operating Officer (CEO) to replace outgoing chief Steve Ballmer at Microsoft continues in earnest, though there won't be a new person in charge in time for New Year's day. Board member John W. Thompson revealed in a blog post that Microsoft is hoping to pin down a final candidate by the early part of next year. According...

Universal Notebook Charger Standard Challenges Manufacturers To Deliver More Common Designs

Universal Notebook Charger Standard Challenges Manufacturers To Deliver More Common Designs

In the world of technology, it's fairly tough to get the myriad companies that make our gadgets tick work together. They've all got plenty going on within their own camp, and they all feel that their take on a given technology or approach is the ideal one. Every so often, you'll find that companies are willing to work together, as has been...

Apple’s Innovative Cylindrical Mac Pro Available Starting Tomorrow

Apple’s Innovative Cylindrical Mac Pro Available Starting Tomorrow

Apple’s intriguing cylindrical Mac Pro will be available for purchase starting tomorrow. The black trash can-looking computer is a stark departure from the norm in terms of form factor, and despite its many high-end components, the premier feature is the Mac Pro’s unified thermal core that uses a single fan to push all the hot...

Borderlands 2 Discount Kicks Off Microsoft's 'Countdown to 2014' Sale for Xbox 360 Games

Borderlands 2 Discount Kicks Off Microsoft's 'Countdown to 2014' Sale for Xbox 360 Games

So you've decided to stick with your Xbox 360 console rather than make the jump to Microsoft's recently released Xbox One or Sony's PlayStation 4, is that it? There's no shame in that, and some would say it's even fiscally responsible. Of course, that begs the question of what else you could spend your saved money on, and one option is to...

Stealth Start-Up MagnaCom Aims To Revolutionize Wireless Communications With 10db Signal Boost

Stealth Start-Up MagnaCom Aims To Revolutionize Wireless Communications With 10db Signal Boost

Technology development company MagnaCom thinks it has a new wireless approach that could revolutionize wireless communication. That's the bottom-line takeaway from the company's presentation (in-person demonstrations will be given at CES in January). With a sheaf of freshly minted patents and an impressive pitch, MagnaCom is claiming that...

10% Off Dell UP2414Q UltraSharp 24" 3840x2160 IPS 4K Monitor

10% Off Dell UP2414Q UltraSharp 24" 3840x2160 IPS 4K Monitor

Dell Home is offering the recently released 24-inch UP2414Q UltraSharp 3840x2160 4K Monitor for $1,169.99 with free shipping. To get the lowered price, use this 10% off coupon code: T2LLG$98G7$F19 The Dell UP2414Q features four times the resolution of Full HD and provides superb color accuracy with 99% AdobeRGB and 100% sRGB coverage. Connectivity...

Huge Android Botnet Steals Text Messages To Send To Chinese and South Korean Hackers

Huge Android Botnet Steals Text Messages To Send To Chinese and South Korean Hackers

Earlier this month, we talked about the frustrating key-logger botnet call Pony, and it now appears that we couldn't make it through the rest of the month without having to discuss another. While the Pony botnet affected the PC, this latest one, dubbed Android.Spyware.MisoSMS by security firm FireEye, targets Android (as the name spoils)....

If Plants Can’t Grow Near Your WiFi Router, Imagine What It’s Doing to Your Body

If Plants Can’t Grow Near Your WiFi Router, Imagine What It’s Doing to Your Body

It's a wireless world we live in these days, and unless you reside in an isolated area far removed from civilization and devoid of electronic gadgets, you can't walk from the bedroom to the bathroom without bonking into a barrage of wireless signals. Should we be concerned? So far so good -- we haven't mutated as a species to carry around...

Fire Hazard: HP, Google Officially Recall HP Chromebook 11 Charger

Fire Hazard: HP, Google Officially Recall HP Chromebook 11 Charger

In November, Google and HP halted sales of the HP Chromebook 11 due to a potential problem with the device’s charger. After presumably further investigation, Google and HP are now officially recalling the chargers, as there are nine reported cases of “chargers overheating and melting during use”, according to the U.S. Consumer...

Facepalm: Facebook Wants To Put Autoplay Video Ads In Your Newsfeed

Facepalm: Facebook Wants To Put Autoplay Video Ads In Your Newsfeed

Facebook is wading into treacherous waters. The social media giant started testing out an autoplay video feature earlier this year that would silently play videos as you scroll past them in your NewsFeed. That’s one thing is it’s videos from your friends or family, but it’s quite another when those videos are from advertisers....

Google's 2013 Zeitgeist Highlights and Lowlights: Boston Marathon, Nelson Mandela, Galaxy S4, iPhone 5s, and Paul Walker

Google's 2013 Zeitgeist Highlights and Lowlights: Boston Marathon, Nelson Mandela, Galaxy S4, iPhone 5s, and Paul Walker

When December starts winding down, Google offers up a roundup of the year’s top search terms in its Year-End Zeitgeist report. It’s an annual look at the people, events, and humorous miscellany that captured the world’s attention. Topping the list this year was Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa and global...

Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci, $38 7-inch Android Tablet Limbos Into the US in 2014

Datawind UbiSlate 7Ci, $38 7-inch Android Tablet Limbos Into the US in 2014

One thing we've seen from Google's hardware partners is a precipitous drop in the average price of an Android tablet, but one thing we didn't expect to see is a $38 slate. Yet that's exactly what Datawind plans to deliver to the U.S. market. Datawind probably isn't a name you're familiar with -- based in London, the company serves the U.K....

Amazon Germany Employees Wage Strike Under Christmas Workload Pressure

Amazon Germany Employees Wage Strike Under Christmas Workload Pressure

Bah, humbug. Just as the holidays approach, Amazon.com has an issue on its hands over in Germany. The company, which prides itself on tremendously quick turnarounds and lightning-fast shipping, is now dealing with hundreds of employees who began striking on Monday. The strike was no doubt timed to coincide with the annual holiday rush of orders,...

Apple Showcases Top Apps of 2013, Candy Crush Saga and Minecraft Rule

Apple Showcases Top Apps of 2013, Candy Crush Saga and Minecraft Rule

Freeloading iOS users found a virtual sweet treat in 2013 as millions rushed to play Candy Crush Saga, the most downloaded free title on both the iPhone and iPad this past year, according to Apple. Whether or not you've played the game, you've probably heard of it before, especially if you have a Facebook account and/or relatives or friends....

AMD Radeon R7 260 Preview: Affordable DX11 GPU

AMD Radeon R7 260 Preview: Affordable DX11 GPU

AMD is closing out the year with yet another new GPU announcement, though this one isn’t quite like the last few we’ve brought you. If you’ve been hanging around here for any length of time recently, you’ve probably read about the semi-new Radeon R9 and R7 series cards that AMD launched back in early October. If that...

Intel Acquires Wireless Infrastructure Division of Mindspeed Technologies

Intel Acquires Wireless Infrastructure Division of Mindspeed Technologies

Intel may be looking to rid itself of certain technologies related to its ill-fated OnCue television efforts, but that's not stopping it from writing checks in the other direction. The company has just inked an agreement to "acquire certain assets of the wireless infrastructure division of Mindspeed Technologies." It'll be acquiring the companies...

Galaxy S4 for a penny, 25% off Dell UltraSharp U2414H, Roku, more

Galaxy S4 for a penny, 25% off Dell UltraSharp U2414H, Roku, more

Christmas is next week, which means some of you are getting awful antsy over doing that last minute shopping. Fret not, we have a selection of hot deals from across the web with a little something for everyone and no stress-inducing trips to the mall. We found the lowest-ever price on this cool "mobile desktop" from HP, basically a giant tablet...

New Nvidia Video Illustratres G-Sync Performance at 60 FPS

New Nvidia Video Illustratres G-Sync Performance at 60 FPS

One of the problems with writing about a technology like Nvidia's G-Sync is that it's nearly impossible to actually show the technology in action. Websites like YouTube or DailyMotion either don't accept 60 FPS video at all, or automatically convert it to 30 FPS when it's encoded. While that makes perfect sense from a business perspective,...

HotHardware EVGA Tegra Note Tablet Holiday Giveaway!

HotHardware EVGA Tegra Note Tablet Holiday Giveaway!

To usher in the holiday season, HotHardware and our friends at EVGA and NVIDIA have teamed up to put together one heck of an exciting give-away! This time around we're giving you all a chance to win a couple of slick, new NVIDIA Tegra 4 powered EVGA Tegra Note tablets. To sweeten the deal, we’ll also be throwing in a few Google...

Want Your Apple Device Delivered by Christmas? Check Out These Order Deadlines

Want Your Apple Device Delivered by Christmas? Check Out These Order Deadlines

The holiday shopping season is zooming right on by, and if you celebrate Christmas, time is quickly running out to order goods and have them arrive on time. Planning to plop an iPad Air under the Christmas tree for little Billy this year? Time has run out if you want to get it engraved, but for a non-engraved tablet, you can order today and...

Tesla To Test Mainstream Market With $40,000 Electric Car

Tesla To Test Mainstream Market With $40,000 Electric Car

Tesla Motors keeps trying to change the automotive market with its sexy electric cars, but so far it hasn’t made a huge dent. The Tesla Roadster was certainly intriguing, and the more affordable Model S is still more compelling, but with a price tag upwards of $70,000, it’s not exactly affordable for the average joe. Tesla is looking...

Minecraft Headed to PlayStation 3 on December 18

Minecraft Headed to PlayStation 3 on December 18

Here's a PSA to PlayStation 3 parents -- keep your gamer children hydrated and fed, and force them to get a bit of exercise and sleep every once in awhile. This will be super important advice come December 18 (this Wednesday) because that's when the highly addictive indie building game known as Minecraft will land on the PS3. Owen Hill from...

Holiday Miracle: Microsoft Surface 2 And Surface 2 Pro Widely Sold Out

Holiday Miracle: Microsoft Surface 2 And Surface 2 Pro Widely Sold Out

In what appears to be a Festivus/Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Boxing Day/Etc. miracle, Microsoft’s Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro are selling out all over the place. All models except for the 64GB Surface (that’s last year’s Surface, mind you) are currently out of stock online at the Microsoft Store. There aren’t any at...

Amazon Studios Embraces 4K Resolution, Will Shoot Original Programming in Ultra HD

Amazon Studios Embraces 4K Resolution, Will Shoot Original Programming in Ultra HD

Amazon's newly formed original film and TV production arm, Amazon Studios, is wasting no time making a name for itself by announcing plans to shoot all 2014 full original series content, including comedies and dramas, in 4K Ultra HD. A year from now it might be easy to downplay such an announcement, but as it currently stands, we're at the...

Samsung Galaxy Core Advance Brings Back Physical Buttons, Coming in 2014

Samsung Galaxy Core Advance Brings Back Physical Buttons, Coming in 2014

Samsung kicked off the work week by announcing another Galaxy smartphone slated for a 2014 release, though it's not a device for mobile phone enthusiasts. Instead, the Galaxy Core Advance is designed to extend the "Galaxy experience" to a wider audience by targeting the entry-level market with a mix of modern and last-generation specifications....

Amazon Now Offers Interest-Free Financing for Kindle Fire HDX Tablet

Amazon Now Offers Interest-Free Financing for Kindle Fire HDX Tablet

There's an old saying that essentially advises you not to buy much of anything that you can't afford to pay for immediately. Granted, that's tough to implement on things like homes and vehicles, but on tablets? Seems like pretty sage advice. Nevertheless, Amazon is taking advantage of the world's appetite for cheap credit, and it could be...

Intel Even Closer To Pawning Off TV Unit To Verizon, Deal Could Be Announced This Week

Intel Even Closer To Pawning Off TV Unit To Verizon, Deal Could Be Announced This Week

Intel Media VP Erik Huggers had dreams of making a big impact on the TV market (or at least get a foot in the door) with a special unit of the company called OnCue, but it was not to be. Word emerged back in October that Intel may have a deal in the works with Verizon, and according to the Washington Post’s sources, that deal may be...

Assassin's Creed 4 Bogs Down On The PC, Here's How To Fix It

Assassin's Creed 4 Bogs Down On The PC, Here's How To Fix It

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is a gorgeous game, but if you've played it on the PC, chances are you've noticed the erratic frame rate. Whenever the action kicks up, the frame rate drops, often precipitously. This is caused by V-Sync -- if V-Sync is active, the game will only run at either 60 or 30 FPS, and if it can't maintain 60, it'll...

Yahoo Mail Outage is "Complex," Still Not Fully Restored

Yahoo Mail Outage is "Complex," Still Not Fully Restored

For some unlucky users, Yahoo's email service has been down for nearly a week. The problem first began at 10:27 PM PT last Monday, and since that time, Yahoo's team of engineers have been working feverishly to fully restore service. Things are taking longer than expected because the issue is "much more complex than it seemed at first," Yahoo...

Today Only, Get a Year of Xbox Music for Half Price at $49.90

Today Only, Get a Year of Xbox Music for Half Price at $49.90

Microsoft is keeping the good times rolling with its "12 Days of Deals" promotion by offering up a 12-month Xbox Music Pass for $49.90 while supplies last (5,000 subscriptions are earmarked for the reduced rate). That's half off its normal selling price of $99.90, which drops the monthly breakdown from around $8.33 to $4.16. In exchange, you...

Xbox One Original Programming Coming Early Next Year

Xbox One Original Programming Coming Early Next Year

Microsoft has made no secret of the fact that it wants the Xbox One to be the center of your home entertainment universe, and to that end the company is always looking for more features to keep users engaged. Last year, word broke that Microsoft was going to be developing original content for the Xbox platform, but until now not much has been...

Google Chromecast in 2014: Global Reach, Open SDK, And Tons Of Apps

Google Chromecast in 2014: Global Reach, Open SDK, And Tons Of Apps

Google’s delightful Chromecast device was one of the more pleasant surprises of the the year in 2013. Up to now, though, Google has played things fairly close to the vest in terms of allowing others to develop for the streaming device, with just a smattering of available apps to date. In 2014, that’s all going to change. Google...

Googlebots Roll Out! Google Acquires Boston Dynamics to Build Its Mechanized Army

Googlebots Roll Out! Google Acquires Boston Dynamics to Build Its Mechanized Army

Google is now the proud owner of Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that specializes in building dynamic robots and software for human simulation. You may have seen some of Boston Dynamics' creations already, especially if you've spent any amount of time browsing YouTube videos -- a 2 minute demonstration of the company's WildCat robot...

Get You Some SteamOS Beta Now, Debian-Based Platform Available for Download

Get You Some SteamOS Beta Now, Debian-Based Platform Available for Download

At long last, Valve's SteamOS is now available to download, albeit in beta form. This is a major step in what Valve hopes will be an evolutionary step in PC gaming, as it tries to displace (or at least co-exist) with traditional consoles in the living room. The other major goal with SteamOS is to break the dependency on Windows, which Valve...

Oculus Rift Ripe With $75 Million In New Round Of Fundraising

Oculus Rift Ripe With $75 Million In New Round Of Fundraising

Looking back, it seems almost adorable that we were all so impressed that the Oculus Rift whipped up $2.4 million in Kickstarter funds. This summer, Oculus raised $16 million from investors led by Spark Capital and Matrix Partners, and the company has now landed an additional $75 million in another round of funding. The comparatively jaw-dropping...

Move Over AT&T, Sprint May Be Taking Over T-Mobile

Move Over AT&T, Sprint May Be Taking Over T-Mobile

Two years ago, AT&T’s bid to acquire T-Mobile fell through (with AT&T’s consolation prize a roaming agreement with Deutsche Telekom), but another one of the four major U.S. mobile carriers is considering a T-Mobile purchase. This time it’s Sprint that has magenta on the brain, according to the Wall Street Journal’s...

Could Google Get Into The Server Chip Business?

Could Google Get Into The Server Chip Business?

Google may be redefining the scope of “soup to nuts”. The company continually adds new lines of products and services, and now Google is reportedly considering getting into the server chip-designing business, too. The source is simply a “person with knowledge of the matter” that told Bloomberg that Google may design...

Microsoft Joins FIDO Alliance, Aims To Get Rid Of Passwords

Microsoft Joins FIDO Alliance, Aims To Get Rid Of Passwords

If you’re responsible about managing passwords for your email and other online accounts, you’re probably juggling a bunch of memorized passwords or using software that stores them for you. The FIDO Alliance wants to make online passwords a thing of the past and have us providing our credentials via pluggable devices, thumbprints,...

YouTube Announces Live Streaming Feature For Verified Accounts

YouTube Announces Live Streaming Feature For Verified Accounts

YouTube has been gradually allowing more and more users (which is to say, those with a certain number of followers) use a new livestreaming capability, and today that feature begins rolling out to all YouTube users. In order to access the ability to livestream, you must verify your account with Google and must be a user in good standing. “Good...

Amazon's Rumored 'Pantry' Expansion Opens in 2014, Will Compete Against Costco

Amazon's Rumored 'Pantry' Expansion Opens in 2014, Will Compete Against Costco

Starting sometime next year, Amazon envisions household items shipping straight form its Pantry to yours. The online vendor's Pantry service will allow Amazon Prime members to buy consumer packaged goods in a specifically sized box with a maximum limit, a move that would put the company in direct competition with bulk warehouses like Costco...

Intel Introduces 2-in-1 and Ultrabook Loaner Program At Experience Retail Stores

Intel Introduces 2-in-1 and Ultrabook Loaner Program At Experience Retail Stores

Intel is heartily participating in a delightful new trend: Letting customers put their hands on products before deciding to buy them. The chipmaker has set up a few Intel Experience stores around the country in advance of the holiday buying crush, and consumers will actually be able to take home some of its hottest products to test them out...

Instagram Direct Lets You Send Silly Looking Selfies to Just Certain Friends

Instagram Direct Lets You Send Silly Looking Selfies to Just Certain Friends

Instant messaging in some form or another has been around since the dawn of man and woman (slight exaggeration), though don't tell that to Instagram, which yesterday held a major press event to unveil Instagram Direct, its own take on sending messages to friends. While Instagram was super excited to add a feature that's found on just about...

Apple iPad mini with Retina Display Review

Apple iPad mini with Retina Display Review

...Eventually, Apple caved to the demands of the market, and perhaps demands from within its own mothership, as it revealed the iPad mini. In typical Apple fashion, the original mini was priced higher than other 7” slates in the market, with the company all but conceding the sub-$300 tablet market, while plenty of others fought it out...

Thinking About a Nexus 5?  Might Want to Hold-Up, Design Changes Coming

Thinking About a Nexus 5? Might Want to Hold-Up, Design Changes Coming

It appears Google and LG may have slightly altered the hardware design of the Nexus 5 smartphone to make it a bit more sturdier and better overall. Differences in design were discovered when an XDA Forum member sent his Nexus 5 in for replacement due to several defects in his existing one, including "noisy buttons," a protruding SIM tray,...

Futuremark Fixes Hardware Monitoring in Latest 3DMark Windows Update

Futuremark Fixes Hardware Monitoring in Latest 3DMark Windows Update

Futuremark today released an update to the Windows desktop version of its 3DMark benchmark. If you grabbed your copy from Steam, you should receive the update automatically, otherwise the standalone version will check in with the mothership and ask you to install the update the next time you fire up the benchmark. On the buggy side, the 3DMark...

ARM Acquires Geomerics Gaming And Graphics Lighting Technology Company

ARM Acquires Geomerics Gaming And Graphics Lighting Technology Company

ARM, a company that has become monumentally important over the past few years as light, powerful, energy-efficient mobile devices have become more common, has just acquired Geomerics. That company calls itself a leader in "lighting technology for the gaming and entertainment industries,' and the agreement is enabling Geomerics to build on...

Big discount on Nexus 7 2013 tablet, $549 Quad-Core Desktop, Gaming Mouse and More

Big discount on Nexus 7 2013 tablet, $549 Quad-Core Desktop, Gaming Mouse and More

The week is drawing to an end, but our deal hunters are still going strong. Today's prize is without a doubt the popular Nexus 7 2nd gen model, with its gorgeous 7" 1080p screen, marked down to only $179.99 through Office Depot. You can also grab a very well equipped Core i5 desktop from Dell with 12GB of RAM for only $549.99. Be sure not...

China Claims to Possess "Substantial" Price Fixing Evidence Against Qualcomm

China Claims to Possess "Substantial" Price Fixing Evidence Against Qualcomm

Qualcomm may have some explaining to do. The cellphone chip maker said in November it had been under investigation by China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) for potential antitrust violations, though the company didn't go into any detail. Now it's being reported that Xu Kunlin, head of NDRC's anti-price fixing bureau, said...

GOG Launches Winter Sale, Wants to Give You Fallout 1, 2 & Tactics for Free

GOG Launches Winter Sale, Wants to Give You Fallout 1, 2 & Tactics for Free

In advance of Steam's winter sale, which is expected to kick-off over the next week or so, GOG has just launched its own mega-sale that sees most (or all, from what I can tell) of its catalog on sale with select bundles carrying discounts of up to 80%. For those who might not be that familiar with GOG, it's a games marketplace similar to Steam...

Razer Comms App for Android Lets You Chat with Your Gaming Buddies When You're AFK

Razer Comms App for Android Lets You Chat with Your Gaming Buddies When You're AFK

As much as we'd all like to sit around and play video games all day long, there are certain external factors that pull us away from the PC from time-to-time. You know, niggling things like work, exercise, weddings, birthday parties, food shopping, graduation ceremonies, Little League games, and the list goes on. For those times when you have...

EVGA's GeForce GTX 780 Ti K|NGP|N Edition Begs for Some Hardcore Overclocking Action

EVGA's GeForce GTX 780 Ti K|NGP|N Edition Begs for Some Hardcore Overclocking Action

There are graphics cards, and then there are graphics cards that demand to be the center of attention amongst the massive amount of competition. A perfect example is EVGA's just-released GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N Edition, which as the name suggests, was crafted by legendary overclocker Vince 'K|NGP|N' Lucido. Since two sets of...

Yahoo Mail Outage Lasting 48 Hours and Counting for Some Users

Yahoo Mail Outage Lasting 48 Hours and Counting for Some Users

Yahoo's team of engineers are scrambling to fix a problem with the company's email service that is still affecting some users after more than 48 hours of downtime. Some Yahoo Mail users have been unable to access their email since late Monday night, and while Yahoo initially tried to dismiss the outage as something temporary for "scheduled...

Ford's Board of Directors to Press Alan Mulally on Future Plans and Microsoft Job

Ford's Board of Directors to Press Alan Mulally on Future Plans and Microsoft Job

Microsoft still has up to eight more months to find a replacement for Steve Ballmer, the outgoing CEO who announced near the end of August plans to retire within the next 12 months, essentially giving himself and Microsoft's board of directors a deadline to hire someone new. Less than four months into the search, one name that keeps coming...

 NVIDIA G-SYNC Display Technology Explored  and It's HOT Hardware

NVIDIA G-SYNC Display Technology Explored and It's HOT Hardware

Back in September at a press event held in Montreal, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced what he called “one of the most important works NVIDIA has done for computer graphics.” The technology was called G-SYNC. G-SYNC is an end-to-end graphics and display architecture that starts with a Kepler-based GPU and ends with a G-SYNC module...

OCZ Unwraps Intrepid 3000 Series SSDs for Speed Seeking Enterprise Customers

OCZ Unwraps Intrepid 3000 Series SSDs for Speed Seeking Enterprise Customers

Down but not out, it's business as usual for OCZ Technology, which today introduced its next-generation Intrepid 3000 Series of enterprise-class SATA III solid state drives. OCZ claims its new drives offer the best sustained performance and consistent I/O responses of any SSDs aimed at enterprise applications. The Intrepid 3000 line comes...

YouTube Releases Its 2013 Rewind Video: What Does 2013 Say?

YouTube Releases Its 2013 Rewind Video: What Does 2013 Say?

Believe it or not, the year is just about over, which means that it's time to look back at some of 2013's most well-known songs, moments, memes, etc. Yahoo has already issued some of its most popular searches in 2013, and now YouTube has assembled a mash-up video that glances back at some of the moments that made this year memorable. From...

Valve Shipping Steam Machines and Making SteamOS Available for Download 12/13

Valve Shipping Steam Machines and Making SteamOS Available for Download 12/13

Valve will take its first step towards living room domination later this week when it begins shipping out Steam Machines and Steam Controllers to 300 selected beta participants. The hardware is scheduled to leave the factory on Friday, December 13, which means the lucky participants selected to trial run the gaming initiative based on SteamOS...

Google Makes Chrome Apps For Mac Available On The Chrome Web Store

Google Makes Chrome Apps For Mac Available On The Chrome Web Store

Googlers are well-known for using Macs on campus, and Google has a history of dishing out great software to both OS X and iOS. To that end, the company is announcing Mac support for Chrome Apps. Starting today, you'll just need an updated version of the Chrome browser, and then head into the "For your desktop" section of the Chrome Web Store....

$350 off Dell XPS 12 touch ultrabook, $79 SSD, $49 Slingbox, And More

$350 off Dell XPS 12 touch ultrabook, $79 SSD, $49 Slingbox, And More

It's been a great day for our deal hunters and they've found a little something for everyone today. Topping our list is the slick Dell XPS 12 convertible ultrabook, complete with 1080p touchscreen and Core i5 processor, marked down from $1,199 to just $849. You don't want to miss this very limited deal available via 1SaleADay on eBay that...

Ubuntu Touch Lands First Smartphone Design Win For Delivery In 2014

Ubuntu Touch Lands First Smartphone Design Win For Delivery In 2014

We haven’t heard much from Canonical about its Ubuntu for mobile since its ill-fated $32 million crowdfunding attempt, but it appears that the company has finally found a hardware partner for its mobile operating system. Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth dropped the news to CNET: "We have concluded our first set of agreements to ship...

Harlem New York to Roll Out Nation’s Largest Free Public Wi-Fi Network

Harlem New York to Roll Out Nation’s Largest Free Public Wi-Fi Network

Thanks to a generous $2 million donation from financier Glenn Fuhrman, nearly 80,000 residents living in 95 city blocks in Harlem will have access to a new outdoor public Wi-Fi network at no cost to them. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the initiative today, saying that the Wi-Fi network will be the largest continuous free outdoor public...

AMD A10 Kaveri Rumored To Ship With BF4, Faster Than Haswell Core i5 In Gaming

AMD A10 Kaveri Rumored To Ship With BF4, Faster Than Haswell Core i5 In Gaming

Rumors continue to spill out into the Internet ahead of AMD's next-generation Kaveri launch regarding the CPU's overall performance, capabilities, and architecture. It appears AMD is upping the ante with this CPU in several ways, including a gaming bundle that will include Battlefield 4 with the highest-end A10 APUs. This deal, however, may...

Dell Announces Its Chromebook 11 Notebook

Dell Announces Its Chromebook 11 Notebook

And the chromebooks continue to proliferate. Dell has announced its Chromebook 11, which will run on an Intel 4th-gen Celeron 2955U processor with Intel HD graphics, 2GB or 4GB of RAM, and a 16GB SSD The 11-inch laptop will have a 1366x768 (1080p) display, a 720p HD webcam, and 4W internal stereo speakers, and ports include an SD card reader,...

Microsoft Xbox One Sales Surge Past 2 Million Units

Microsoft Xbox One Sales Surge Past 2 Million Units

As we've said before, it doesn't appear that Microsoft's $499 price point for its Xbox One console (with bundled Kinect sensor) is a problem for gamers eager to play the next generation of games. Fears over price started to fall by the wayside after Microsoft sold more than 1 million Xbox One units in less than 24 hours, and concerns should...

Twitter Adds Photos to Direct Messaging in Mobile App

Twitter Adds Photos to Direct Messaging in Mobile App

With Twitter's stock price surging to new highs, now is a good time to focus on the mobile experience, which is where users are flocking to these days. That's not lost on Twitter, which just updated its app for Android and iOS devices to include the ability to share and view photos via direct message (DM) on your phone or tablet devices. Those...

Nokia Readies for Battle in Android Space with Normandy Handset

Nokia Readies for Battle in Android Space with Normandy Handset

If you've been stalking Nokia, you may be privy to its rumored plans to launch a smartphone codenamed Normandy. A press photo and codename of the device were leaked to the web in November via Twitter user "evleaks," and though we didn't deem it particularly newsworthy at the time (hence why there's no prior mention of the device here at HotHardware),...

HP Rolling Out ‘Elite’ Line Of Laptops And Desktops

HP Rolling Out ‘Elite’ Line Of Laptops And Desktops

Like a lot of companies in the run-up to CES in January (brace yourselves for the onslaught in the next few weeks), HP is announcing a fleet of new computers. The new machines are in HP’s portfolio of “Elite”-branded products and include a pair of notebooks, a pair of desktops, a touchscreen monitor, and education and configuration/deployment...

Google Unwraps White Nexus 7 On The Play Store

Google Unwraps White Nexus 7 On The Play Store

Hopefully you didn't get every single gift you needed on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, because you're probably going to want this guy. Google just unwrapped a trio of new devices within its Play Store, and one of those is a white Nexus 7 (the other is a Google Play Edition Sony Xperia Ultra Z and a G Pad 8.3 from LG). As for the newly tinted...

Get 20% off all Linksys Routers, $279 dual-core laptop, IPS monitors, more

Get 20% off all Linksys Routers, $279 dual-core laptop, IPS monitors, more

Our deal hunters have been busy the last few days and as a result we have some pretty hot new deals for you to check out. Today is the last day to save a hefty 20% on anything from the Linksys web store, a perfect opportunity to upgrade your network with lowest-ever prices. A best bet for you high-tech lovers is the top-of-the-line EA6900...

Google Pushing Out OTA Android 4.4.2 Update to Nexus Devices Now

Google Pushing Out OTA Android 4.4.2 Update to Nexus Devices Now

Nexus owners are a lucky bunch, and savvy too, for having picked devices that are promised Android updates pretty much as soon as they're available. This has been especially beneficial to Nexus 5 smartphone owners (see our review) the past few days, as Google's been pushing out some incremental KitKat updates one after the other. Android 4.4.1...

Code.org’s ‘Hour of Code’ Campaign Urges Everyone To Learn A Bit Of Code

Code.org’s ‘Hour of Code’ Campaign Urges Everyone To Learn A Bit Of Code

Computer programming may seem overly complex to learn, like learning a new spoken language, but as time has passed, it has become more inviting and easier to understand than ever. This is a fact that the folks behind Code.org, along with its sponsors, would like to get across. If coding for some reason sounds pointless, or not worth the time...

Twitter Shares Smash Past $50 Following Tailored Ads Rollout

Twitter Shares Smash Past $50 Following Tailored Ads Rollout

Do you hear that noise? It's the sound of stocks changing hands, and today that's good news for Twitter. Why? Twitter's stock is currently trading at around $52 per share, up nearly 6 percent since the opening bell, and that's after gaining 9.3 percent on Monday. Shares of Twitter hit a new high of $52.58 just a little earlier, and if the...

Facebook Hires Artificial Intelligence Expert For ‘Deep Learning’ Development

Facebook Hires Artificial Intelligence Expert For ‘Deep Learning’ Development

Google has become infamous for its persons data-mining; it would love nothing more than to understand every inch of you. But while Google's been in the spotlight for this for a good while, I'd bet that the company would jump at the chance to feed off of Facebook's gathered information. Why? Because the best information these companies have...

12 Year Old Learns to Program NVIDIA GPUs to Build Killer Minecraft Server

12 Year Old Learns to Program NVIDIA GPUs to Build Killer Minecraft Server

Never underestimate the passion of a programmer and true geek at heart. That's the lesson to take away from today's story of little Julia, a 12-year-old girl who plays on her school's basketball and volleyball teams, is into swimming, and who recently spent an hour learning the fundamentals of CUDA programming at the Supercomputing 13 conference...

Google Updates Maps Allowing Users To Create Street View Photo Sphere Experiences

Google Updates Maps Allowing Users To Create Street View Photo Sphere Experiences

It's tough to even remember how we operated in a world without Google Maps, as the service has rapidly evolved into a must-have tool in just a few short years since its launch. One of the ways it has expanded is by enabling the world to populate it with data, and there's probably no better case to be made for crowdsourcing than mapping. Now,...

WD Black 2 Dual-Drive SSD+HDD Hybrid Review

WD Black 2 Dual-Drive SSD+HDD Hybrid Review

The price disparity between solid state and hard disk drives often forces mobile and small form factor users into the unenviable position of choosing performance over capacity. Provided they’ve got the budget, desktop users needn’t compromise, because their systems can accommodate multiple drives of different form factors without...

Amazon Employing Over 1400 Robots for Warehouse Fulfillment Work During the Holiday Rush

Amazon Employing Over 1400 Robots for Warehouse Fulfillment Work During the Holiday Rush

Amazon isn't taking any chances with our future robotic overlords. To show that it's willing to play ball under a mechanical regime, Jeff Bezos recently went on "60 Minutes" and unveiled plans to use delivery drones to drop off packages to flesh and blood customers (or "servants," as robots will call them after the uprising). Of course, the...

Apple in a Giving Mood, Treats iOS Users to 12 Days of Gifts

Apple in a Giving Mood, Treats iOS Users to 12 Days of Gifts

Tis the season of giving, and if you're an iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone users, Apple is giving away a new digital item for 12 straight days beginning December 26. To collect on the goods, you'll need to download the "12 Days of Gifts" app from iTunes (just hit the source link at the bottom of this article) and then check in every day to collect...

Qualcomm Adds a 64-bit Chip to Snapdragon Portfolio, Targets Entry Level Smartphones

Qualcomm Adds a 64-bit Chip to Snapdragon Portfolio, Targets Entry Level Smartphones

Don't tell Qualcomm that 64-bit computing in the mobile world is a "gimmick" (more on that in a moment). Not only does Qualcomm feel the opposite is true, but the company just introduced its Snapdragon 410 chipset with integrated 4G LTE World Mode. The Snapdragon 410 is built using 28nm process technology and is Qualcomm's first 64-bit part....

Major Tech Companies Form AllSeen Alliance, Promise Interoperability For 'Internet of Everything'

Major Tech Companies Form AllSeen Alliance, Promise Interoperability For 'Internet of Everything'

If we've learned thing over the past few years, it's that major technology companies rarely get along. You need look no further than Samsung v. Apple in the courtroom to get a gist of the kind of angst that bubbles up between these firms, but it seems that a meaningful subset of them are putting differences aside in order to keep the world...

Upcoming Windows 8.2 Release Could Include New Start Menu, Windowed Metro Applications

Upcoming Windows 8.2 Release Could Include New Start Menu, Windowed Metro Applications

New rumors on an upcoming release of Windows could be sweet tidings for users who either aren't satisfied with the OS's current state or who have refused to upgrade to the present version. Microsoft is reportedly planning a new release of the operating system, codenamed Threshold -- and it contains two huge changes. According to long-time...

Green Monday Deals: 20% off Kindle, $279 Dell Inspiron 15, 802.11ac router, more

Green Monday Deals: 20% off Kindle, $279 Dell Inspiron 15, 802.11ac router, more

Forget Black Friday or Cyber Monday, today is termed "Green Monday" as it is historically the best sales day for e-tailers in December. In honor of this sales milestone, there are some killer offers floating around like a cool 20% off select Kindle Fire tablets from Amazon. A best bet is the sleek and powerful new Kindle Fire HDX 7" for only...

Heads Up: Amazon is Offering 20 Percent Discount on Select Kindle Fire Devices Today Only

Heads Up: Amazon is Offering 20 Percent Discount on Select Kindle Fire Devices Today Only

You can stop beating yourself up over missing out on Amazon's Kindle Fire sale prices on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you missed out on both opportunities to save a little pocket change on a tablet purchase, today is your day of redemption, depending on the model you're interested in. That's because the mega e-tailer has quietly slashed...

AT&T Just Became the First U.S. Wireless Carrier to Offer International LTE Roaming

AT&T Just Became the First U.S. Wireless Carrier to Offer International LTE Roaming

AT&T today signed a deal with Rogers Communications to launch LTE roaming in Canada. In doing so, Ma Bell gets the distinction of being the first U.S. carrier to offer international LTE roaming (i.e., bragging rights). For customers, however, it amounts to more than just bragging rights, as AT&T subscribers visiting Canada can continue...

NSA Spies Go Virtual, Snooping On World of Warcraft And Xbox Live Gamers

NSA Spies Go Virtual, Snooping On World of Warcraft And Xbox Live Gamers

We've seen a lot of strange information come out of the Snowden leaks, much of it deeply worrying. We've learned that the government allegedly has enormous siphoning capability, and sucks up data from the Internet at will, gains access to the entire database of cell phone metadata on everyone in the United States, and has even infiltrated...

Apple, Google, Facebook, and Other Web Titans Pen Letter to Obama Demanding Change on Government Surveillance

Apple, Google, Facebook, and Other Web Titans Pen Letter to Obama Demanding Change on Government Surveillance

Major tech firms are lobbying for more user privacy as it pertains to the U.S. government's practice of collecting sensitive data. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Congress, eight technology companies said there's a need to "reform government surveillance" now that the balance has tipped too far in favor of the state and away...

Applebee’s to Install 100K Intel-Based Kiosk Tablets a Restaurant Locations This Year

Applebee’s to Install 100K Intel-Based Kiosk Tablets a Restaurant Locations This Year

If you haven't been to Applebee's in awhile, you should stop in and order the steak fajitas (tell Jessica "Hi" for me if you happen to be in the Portage, MI area when you decide to go) -- they're delicious. As a fan of technology, I'll soon have another reason to stop by my local Applebee's restaurant. DineEquity, franchisor of Applebee's...

Samsung SM-G900F BrowserMark Score Turns Up Online, Could Be Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung SM-G900F BrowserMark Score Turns Up Online, Could Be Samsung Galaxy S5

We’re already hungry for more information about the successor to the Samsung Galaxy S4, which is presumably going to be dubbed the Samsung Galaxy S5, and Rightware has offered up a benchmark result that could be from the new phone. The handset that posted the score is listed as the Samsung SM-G900F, which Rightware says could be the...

Google Chromecast To Get Screen Mirroring Feature With Android 4.4.1 Update Soon

Google Chromecast To Get Screen Mirroring Feature With Android 4.4.1 Update Soon

Google’s Android 4.4.1 (KitKat) was detailed last week, and among the many items in the changelog is something that indicates that Chromecast will soon offer screen mirroring. This would bring the same sort of function to the tiny streaming stick that products such as AirPlay, AllShare, Xbox SmartGlass, and the like offer. Cynaogen Inc.’s...

Illinois Could Become First US State To Ban Driving With Google Glass

Illinois Could Become First US State To Ban Driving With Google Glass

As we inch closer to the launch of Google Glass for consumers, the legalities surrounding the device continue to come into question. In October, we relayed the story of a Californian driver who was pulled over for going over the speed limit, but before the officer wrapped things up, they added the charge of "driving with a monitor visible"...

Verizon To Snap Up EdgeCast To Further Bolster Content Delivery

Verizon To Snap Up EdgeCast To Further Bolster Content Delivery

Carriers far and wide have been angling to position themselves as more than just data and voice providers, and now, operators such as Verizon are starting to put their money up in order to prove the point. The company has this week confirmed that it will acquire EdgeCast, a content delivery network that has been around the block a time or...

Motorola CEO On Project Ara Modular Smartphone: “There Is A Prototype”

Motorola CEO On Project Ara Modular Smartphone: “There Is A Prototype”

Motorola has embarked on the ambitious and exciting Project Ara, an effort to realize the vision of the PhoneBloks concept of a modular smartphone, and it sounds as though things are rolling along faster than most might expect. In an interview with YouTuber (and professional ultimate Frisbee player) Marques Brownlee, Motorola Mobility CEO...

Beware: Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Hack Is A Hoax, Could Brick Your Console

Beware: Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Hack Is A Hoax, Could Brick Your Console

There's a rumor going around on social media that you can enable Xbox 360 backwards compatibility  on an Xbox One by hopping through a series of steps meant to enable Developer Mode, changing a setting, and restarting the box. Don't believe it. There is no method of allowing the Xbox One to play Xbox 360 games, via any software program....

Intel Planning 15-Core Ivytown Processor For High End Servers

Intel Planning 15-Core Ivytown Processor For High End Servers

Remember the peak of the megapixel war, where every single camera manufacturer was popping out a new point-and-shoot model with a slightly higher MP rating? It feels like we may be entering a similar leapfrog battle in the silicon world, as the race to produce chips with "more cores than the other guys" hits full stride. Though more cores...

Conan Skit Demonstrates Hilariously Morbid Side of Google Glass

Conan Skit Demonstrates Hilariously Morbid Side of Google Glass

Google's venturing into uncharted territory with its Glass initiative, and that can be a scary thing for some people. The topic of privacy is perhaps the biggest talking point when it comes to Google Glass, but as some comedy skits have demonstrated, there's some potential for things to go sideways -- very sideways -- when meshing augmented...

C-Spire Opens Pre-Registration for Blazing Fast 1Gbps Internet

C-Spire Opens Pre-Registration for Blazing Fast 1Gbps Internet

Lucky residents living in nine Mississippi cities are now able to pre-register for C-Spire's upcoming 1Gbps fiber-to-home Internet service. It's supposedly the nation's first and only statewide roll out of 1Gbps broadband, which translates into Internet access that's up to 100 times faster than the national average broadband speeds for residents...

Facebook Considers the ‘Sympathize’ Button for Your Whiny Friends That Need Support

Facebook Considers the ‘Sympathize’ Button for Your Whiny Friends That Need Support

Habitual complainers rejoice, Facebook may soon implement a "sympathize" button so that other users can send their virtual condolences. If you're like me, you probably loathe the idea of encouraging self-pity posts, and while a sympathize button will certainly lead to more of those, there are other scenarios where it makes sense to have such...

Will Relaunching Google TV as 'Nexus TV' Make a Difference?

Will Relaunching Google TV as 'Nexus TV' Make a Difference?

Google TV may in for a change, but not the kind you're thinking of. The web-based television service could end up rebranded as Nexus TV, tying it to Google's more popular and well received line of electronic devices, while shedding a name that's seen its share of disappointments and failures since launch. Just ask Logitech, which jumped on...

Bungie Announces ‘Destiny’ Release Date, Mark Your Calendars

Bungie Announces ‘Destiny’ Release Date, Mark Your Calendars

The good news is that Bungie’s eagerly anticipated Destiny finally has a release date. The bad news is that date is September 9th, 2014, which is several long months away. The Destiny Beta will kick off this summer, so those involved on that front won’t have to wait as long to dive in, but that still may be disappointing news for...

Microsoft Kicks Off ‘12 Days Of Deals’ With $99 Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet

Microsoft Kicks Off ‘12 Days Of Deals’ With $99 Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet

I’m typically not a fan of “holiday creep”, but I’ll make an exception for Cyber Monday; the one-day online mega sale has grown into a whole Cyber Week, and Microsoft is taking things even further with its “12 Days of Deals” event. If the first day’s deal is any indication, this is going to be kind...

New Intel SSD Roadmap Points To 2TB Drives Arriving In 2014

New Intel SSD Roadmap Points To 2TB Drives Arriving In 2014

A leaked Intel roadmap for solid state technology suggests the company is pushing ahead with its plans to introduce new high-end drives based on cutting-edge NAND flash. It's significant for Intel to be adopting 20nm NAND in its highest-end data center products, because of the challenges smaller NAND nodes present in terms of data retention...

Instagram Invite May Indicate Physical Printing Service

Instagram Invite May Indicate Physical Printing Service

Instagram has sent out mysterious invitations for a December 12th event in New York City. Although the message to “share a moment” with Kevin Systrom and the rest of the Instagram team is veiled enough, there’s another layer of intrigue: the invitations are physical, printed on paper, and came through snail mail. Other versions...

iOS 7 is Now Installed on 74 Percent of Apple Devices

iOS 7 is Now Installed on 74 Percent of Apple Devices

Apple catches a lot of flak for keeping its ecosystem so locked down and, at times, unnecessarily restrictive in functionality, but one thing that works in the company's favor is that nearly all iOS users are on the same page, so to speak. Users don't get to choose between tons of different hardware devices like they do in Android's world,...

Motorola Droid Ultra Review: Ultra Thin LTE Smartphone

Motorola Droid Ultra Review: Ultra Thin LTE Smartphone

When considering the physical design of a smartphone, there’s one key dimension that often matters most to the majority of users: thickness. No one wants to carry around a thick, clunky smartphone. Manufacturers realize thin devices sell, which is why it seems every time we turn around they’re constantly fighting for the title...

Console Buyers Beware: Teen Gets Suckered Out of $735 on eBay for an Xbox One Picture

Console Buyers Beware: Teen Gets Suckered Out of $735 on eBay for an Xbox One Picture

We maintain that people are inherently good, but you know what they say about a few bad apples. This being the holiday season, you have to wary of the world's miscreants looking to prey on your goodwill and generosity, such as that guy walking around the parking lot claiming he's out of gas and asking to 'borrow' $20 probably (Psst, he's not...

Gateway’s Touch Screen Notebooks Start At $329

Gateway’s Touch Screen Notebooks Start At $329

Gateway still makes computers, and the company actually has a pair of notebooks coming out that offer 10-point touch screens. What’s more, the machines are surprisingly affordable--the Gateway LT41P starts at just $329.99, and the NV570P is $449.99. The LT41P is a small laptop with a 10.1-inch display (1366x768) running an Intel Celeron...

Google Play Music Update Adds Support of Offline SD Card Storage

Google Play Music Update Adds Support of Offline SD Card Storage

Google is getting a bit predictable in the sense that when it releases a product or service, you can expect it will have potential but lack certain features to be rolled out over time. Google Play Music is no exception, though it is another blueprint of how Google goes about releasing a product or service. It took some time for Google to add...

Hot Deal on Dell UP3214Q UltraSharp 32" 4K Display

Hot Deal on Dell UP3214Q UltraSharp 32" 4K Display

If you’re in the market for a killer, high-resolution, high-DPI display, we’ve got a deal for one of Dell’s 4K UP3214Q UltraSharp 32" displays on tap. Dell Home is offering massive 32-inch UP3214Q UltraSharp 3840x2160 Monitor for $3,149.10 with FREE shipping, a discount of over $350 (use 10% off coupon code: T2LLG$98G7$F19)....

Leap Motion Hops Onto More HP All-In-Ones And Desktops

Leap Motion Hops Onto More HP All-In-Ones And Desktops

It was nearly a year ago that Leap Motion first snagged a deal with ASUS that saw the Leap Motion controller shipping with some of the company’s laptops and desktops, but things have really picked up for Leap Motion in the last few months. In September, HP opted to bake the motion-controller maker’s technology into the Intel Haswell-based...

EA Shares Take Shrapnel on Battlefield 4 Bugs, DICE on Hot Seat

EA Shares Take Shrapnel on Battlefield 4 Bugs, DICE on Hot Seat

The suits on Wall Street took notice of rumors that Electronic Arts had put a freeze on DICE from working on future projects such as Star Wars: Battlefront and a new Mirror's Edge title due to ongoing problems with Battlefield 4. EA shares dipped more than 8 percent as reports of halted production pranced through cyberspace. In a statement...

Australia’s Telestra Hits 300Mbps Wireless Speeds With LTE-A Technology

Australia’s Telestra Hits 300Mbps Wireless Speeds With LTE-A Technology

For many, hopping onto an LTE network feels like the future. It's so vastly superior to older 3G networks that the difference in speed is astounding, but as technology goes, good enough never truly is. LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) is already being tested in some parts of the world, making a beeline for developed nations whose mobile data users can't...

Californian Lamborghini Dealership Begins Accepting Bitcoin

Californian Lamborghini Dealership Begins Accepting Bitcoin

While the Chinese government wants nothing to do with Bitcoin, a Lamborghini dealership in Costa Mesa, California, has enough faith in the digital currency to begin accepting it as legal tender. That move would be impressive enough for a "regular" car dealer; for one that sells cars that average $200,000 USD, it's quite notable. The dealer,...

Ford Chief Alan Mulally Staying Put Through 2014, Likely Out of the Running to Join Microsoft

Ford Chief Alan Mulally Staying Put Through 2014, Likely Out of the Running to Join Microsoft

Considered by some industry analysts to be the front runner to replace Steve Ballmer as Microsoft's next Chief Executive Officer, Alan Mulally, the man in charge of Ford, might now be out of the running. As far as the automobile maker's director Edsel Ford II is concerned, Mulally is staying with his current company at least through the end...

NBA 2K14 Will Assess Potty Mouthed Gamers a Technical Foul for Profanity

NBA 2K14 Will Assess Potty Mouthed Gamers a Technical Foul for Profanity

Throw your controller across the room in a fit of rage, if you must. Hell, punch a pillow, kick a nearby door, or question the virtual referee's eyesight. At no point, however, are you to curse within earshot of the Kinect or PlayStation Camera while playing NBA 2K14, because if you do, there's a good chance you'll be hit with a technical...

MSI Announces 3K Gaming Laptop And Workstation

MSI Announces 3K Gaming Laptop And Workstation

If your discerning gamer eyeballs aren’t satisfied with current hi-res display options, MSI has a little something for you in the form of a 3K screen on its latest gaming notebook. The MSI GT60 2OD-261US boasts an anti-reflective 15.6-inch panel with a 2880x1620 resolution. The notebook also features an Intel Core i7-4700MQ (Haswell)...

Google Glass Explorers Get A Free One-Time Swap For Glass V2

Google Glass Explorers Get A Free One-Time Swap For Glass V2

A second version of Google Glass is on its way, and the stalwart (and lucky) Glass Explorers will all get to try it out. The new spectacles will still be Explorer Edition--in other words, still beta versions of Google Glass--but it’s still exciting that version 2 is coming. The updated Glass will won’t be dramatically different...

Microsoft Reinforces Encryption And Legal Measures To Thwart NSA Spying

Microsoft Reinforces Encryption And Legal Measures To Thwart NSA Spying

Following news that tech giants Google, Facebook, and Yahoo were taking measures to shore up their encryption and other ways to thwart spying from the likes of the NSA, Microsoft is taking the same bull by the horns. The company announced that it will be expanding the encryption of its services, “reinforcing legal protections”...

Chinese Government Outlaws Banks From Doing Business with Bitcoins

Chinese Government Outlaws Banks From Doing Business with Bitcoins

Bitcoin, the virtual currency that's exploding in popularity on the web, isn't finding many fans among Chinese government officials, Just the opposite, really. China's central bank issued a warning to financial institutions that trading Bitcoins is risky business, and not long after, the country's government put in place a ban on the Bitcoin...

AT&T Throws No-Contract Phone Users a Bone with Cheaper Mobile Share Value Plans

AT&T Throws No-Contract Phone Users a Bone with Cheaper Mobile Share Value Plans

AT&T just made it a lot more attractive for users to join Ma Bell after paying full price for a smartphone or otherwise looking to avoid a contract plan. How so? The wireless carrier's new Mobile Share Value plans provides new and existing customers with a no-contract option, which can also apply to customers who pick up a smartphone through...

Acer Aspire Z3-600 All-In-One PC Packs A Built-In Battery

Acer Aspire Z3-600 All-In-One PC Packs A Built-In Battery

One has to wonder how much longer the tried-and-true all-in-one PC will stick around, as the world continues to shift to more mobile form factors and desktops become a thing of the past. That said, there's still a lot of life left in certain markets (storefronts, education, healthcare, etc.), and Acer's new Aspire Z3-600 hopes to hit as many...

New tech discounts: Lenovo Android tablet, PC & monitor bundle, 4TB USB drive, more

New tech discounts: Lenovo Android tablet, PC & monitor bundle, 4TB USB drive, more

Thanks for tuning in to our collection of the hottest deals from across the web. Our top deal today is on a new Android tablet from Lenovo, marked down to its lowest price ever at $175 with free shipping. This little 7-incher runs Android 4.2 and is a great option in-between a Kindle and Nexus 7. Dell also has a great bundle offer with a quad-core...

2 Million Gmail, Facebook and Twitter Accounts Reportedly Compromised In Pony Botnet Hack

2 Million Gmail, Facebook and Twitter Accounts Reportedly Compromised In Pony Botnet Hack

Here's a bit of news that's far from deserving of a "Giddyup!": Thanks to the work of a botnet called "Pony", hackers have gained access to credentials for over 2 million individual accounts. These accounts span the entire gamut: Facebook, Twitter, Google (Gmail), and even a payroll service provider - perhaps the most dangerous of them all....

Marvell Announces ARMADA 1500 Plus SoC for Android-based Smart TV Products

Marvell Announces ARMADA 1500 Plus SoC for Android-based Smart TV Products

Keeping the smart TV movement alive, Marvell today announced its ARMADA 1500 Plus (88DE3108) System-on-Chip (SoC) platform designed for smart video products based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The Full HD media processor is intended for retail OEM TV and box suppliers looking to differentiate themselves from what's becoming a crowded field....

Beats Music Stream Service Launches in January 2014, Reserve Your Username Today

Beats Music Stream Service Launches in January 2014, Reserve Your Username Today

We know what you're thinking -- the Internet needs another streaming music service like, well, the Internet needs another streaming music service. It's certainly a crowded field -- Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, Google Play All Access Music, Rdio, Slacker, and the list goes on -- but that isn't stopping Beats Music from joining the fray. Beats...

Lookout Amazon Drones, GoogleBots Are In Development and We're Not Talking Web Crawlers

Lookout Amazon Drones, GoogleBots Are In Development and We're Not Talking Web Crawlers

The wonderful and terrifying robot future portended by Amazon’s delivery drones isn’t exclusive to the e-tailer giant; Google is getting in on the robot action, too. The company is looking to develop humanoid robots that could perform tasks such as manufacturing electronics, loading up products to ship, and even delivering goods...

MSI Z87 Motherboard Roundup: Rockin Haswell, A HotHardware Review

MSI Z87 Motherboard Roundup: Rockin Haswell, A HotHardware Review

We’ve already had a taste of what ASUS and Gigabyte have to offer in the way of Z87 motherboards, and now it’s time to give MSI’s lineup a spin. MSI’s offering of Z87 motherboards has essentially three tiers: the “POWER” series (which includes four XPOWER and MPOWER boards), a trio of gaming boards, and...

MSI Launches Small But Mighty Z87I Gaming AC and GTX 760 Gaming ITX Motherboard and Graphics Card Combo

MSI Launches Small But Mighty Z87I Gaming AC and GTX 760 Gaming ITX Motherboard and Graphics Card Combo

Compact motherboard, meet compact graphics card. MSI announced a sweet-looking mobo/GPU one-two punch that offers a mini-ITX motherboard and a commensurately-sized graphics card to better enable users to put together a compact yet powerful gaming system. The MSI Z87I Gaming AC supports Intel’s 4th-gen (Haswell) processors and features...

Russian Dual Screen YotaPhone Going Global, Almost

Russian Dual Screen YotaPhone Going Global, Almost

The YotaPhone from Russia’s Yota Devices presents an intriguing take on the smartphone by offering a dual-screen device wherein one side is a typical 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen and the other is an electronic paper display with e-Ink. The Android-based handset is going on sale today in Russia, Austria, France, Spain, and Germany, and it...

Cherry and Corsair Team Up to Build Colorful MX RGB Gaming Keyboards

Cherry and Corsair Team Up to Build Colorful MX RGB Gaming Keyboards

There are certain things that, once experienced, you can never go back to the way things were. Mobile phones, 30-inch monitors (and/or dual-monitors), and solid state drives all fall into this category. There's also a less obvious submission, one that sits right beneath your fingertips -- the keyboard. Not just any keyboard, mind you, but...

Facebook to Bring ‘Unfollow’ Feature to Mute Your Obnoxious Friend’s Posts Without Offending Them

Facebook to Bring ‘Unfollow’ Feature to Mute Your Obnoxious Friend’s Posts Without Offending Them

The concept of Facebook is pretty great. At its best, Facebook is a fantastic tool for staying in touch with friends and family scattered all over the world, as well as reacquainting yourself with high school buddies and college cohorts. This is the beauty of Facebook as its most basic, and as you peel away layers, you find there's much more...

USB Connector To Become Smaller and Reversible As Devices Slim Down

USB Connector To Become Smaller and Reversible As Devices Slim Down

Great news for those waiting for the tried-and-true USB connector to follow the path of Apple's thinner, smaller lightning connector... at least in terms of overall size. While mini-USB and micro-USB are certainly tiny by most definitions, they're still a little chunky when seen on some of the world's slimmest phones and tablets. In order...

NVIDIA Fan in Bejing Builds a 6ft Replica GeForce GTX 690 Using Over 11,000 Legos

NVIDIA Fan in Bejing Builds a 6ft Replica GeForce GTX 690 Using Over 11,000 Legos

There are many things you could build with 11,396 Lego pieces, but for Xiaosheng Li, a 23-year-old freelance writer for Chinese websites and an avid NVIDIA fan, there was only one thing on his mind. He wanted to build a replica GeForce GTX 690 graphics card, so in July he created a digital mockup using Lego modeling software. Three months...

$500 off HP Envy 17t Core i7 laptop, Dell U2713H monitor coupon, Nest WiFi, more

$500 off HP Envy 17t Core i7 laptop, Dell U2713H monitor coupon, Nest WiFi, more

The hectic and crazy deals weekend that is Black Friday/Cyber Monday may be over, but retailers aren't letting up with the promotions just yet. HP is leading the way with a MASSIVE $500 discount on their cool new Envy 17t laptop, equipped with Leap Motion tech that senses your hand's movements in the air. Dell also finally broke out the discounts...

Google’s Cloud Compute Engine Now Live With High Performance Linux Virtual Machines

Google’s Cloud Compute Engine Now Live With High Performance Linux Virtual Machines

Given the fact that it was announced last summer, it's taken quite a while for Google's cloud-based Compute Engine to get here, but what's important is that it's here. Well, at least for "general availability", which is to say, "developers". To coincide with this milestone, Google has a number of new features to talk about that helps...

Microsoft Opens 'Student Advantage' Program Giving Students Free Use Of Office Software Suite

Microsoft Opens 'Student Advantage' Program Giving Students Free Use Of Office Software Suite

You can hardly find a job posting that doesn’t list proficiency with Microsoft’s suite of Office tools as a requirement, and Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are ubiquitous in schools and business around the world. Thus, it makes sense for colleges and universities to provide students with access to Office, but of course Office licenses...

Sony Thumps Chest, Announces 2.1 Million Global PlayStation 4 Sales

Sony Thumps Chest, Announces 2.1 Million Global PlayStation 4 Sales

GameStop had predicted that the impending launch of Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 consoles would represent the biggest console launches in history, and so far the numbers have backed that up. Both companies raced to over 1 million unit sales in the first 24 hours, and at Walmart and Target, the Xbox One was the top selling...

NVIDIA SHIELD Android Gaming Portable Update Supports 1080p Game Streaming at 60 FPS

NVIDIA SHIELD Android Gaming Portable Update Supports 1080p Game Streaming at 60 FPS

We were impressed with NVIDIA’s SHIELD portable gaming system when we reviewed it in depth, but NVIDIA announced even more features that bump the device’s prowess up even further. The most notable update concerns GameStream, a tool that’s fresh out of beta and lets users stream games from your (GeForce GTX-equipped) PC to...

Acer C720 Chromebook Review

Acer C720 Chromebook Review

Despite what some might view as a hamstrung operating system, the reason that Chromebooks are a tempting option is that most of them are very inexpensive. The one we’re looking at today, the Acer C720 Chromebook, costs a mere $249, which is about on par price-wise for many Chromebooks these days. The question then becomes, can such a...

3D Systems Unveils ProJet 4500 Full Color 3D Printer

3D Systems Unveils ProJet 4500 Full Color 3D Printer

3D Systems can lay claim to some compelling projects, including the handheld Sense 3D scanner, and you can add a new full color printer to that list. The ProJet 4500 is a professional 3D printer that can print in continuous CMY color with a layer of 0.1mm. The ProJet 4500 uses a plastic print material called VisiJet C4 Spectrum, which boasts...

Critics Claim Porsche Carrera GT Paul Walker Died in is Too Dangerous and ‘Savage’ to Drive

Critics Claim Porsche Carrera GT Paul Walker Died in is Too Dangerous and ‘Savage’ to Drive

By now you've likely already heard that actor Paul Walker perished in a car accident over the holiday weekend. On the off chance this is the first you're hearing about it, a quick recap is that Walker went on a joyride with his friend and financial adviser, Roger Rodas, while attending a charity event for Walker's organization Reach Out Worldwide....

OCZ Reaches Agreement With Toshiba For Acquisition In Bankruptcy Proceedings

OCZ Reaches Agreement With Toshiba For Acquisition In Bankruptcy Proceedings

We suspected that a deal was imminent, and now the details are being made public. OCZ, a company that engrossed gamers and power users for years with wicked-fast storage options, recently went bankrupt. Now, however, new life is being breathed into what's left by way of Toshiba. OCZ announced today that an agreement has been inked with Toshiba...

3DMark Updated with 64-Bit Version for iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina

3DMark Updated with 64-Bit Version for iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina

When Apple introduced the iPad Air, the company made a big deal about the tablet having a custom 64-bit System-on-Chip (SoC) inside. It's the same 64-bit part found in the iPhone 5 and the latest iPad mini. If you own any of those devices and are into benchmarking, you'll be happy to know that Futuremark's 3DMark benchmark has just been updated...

Windows 8.1 Desktop Usage Inches Past Mac OS X 10.9, Windows 7 Remains Dominant

Windows 8.1 Desktop Usage Inches Past Mac OS X 10.9, Windows 7 Remains Dominant

Prior to the Windows 8 launch last fall, Microsoft had a strong belief that it was going to change the computing world forever. Instead, it became one of the worst-received OSes the company had ever pushed out. I'd bring up the definitive "worst", but I fear for reoccurring nightmares. Still, while much of the world continues to...

iPad Tablets Sell Like Hotcakes Over Holiday Weekend, Investors Raise Apple's Target Price

iPad Tablets Sell Like Hotcakes Over Holiday Weekend, Investors Raise Apple's Target Price

In our review of the iPad Air, we were a little torn on how to feel. On one hand, it's the fastest, thinnest, lightest, and best version of the iPad to date. At the same time, we didn't feel it was a revolutionary jump over the previous model, which left us a little underwhelmed. Be that as it may, holiday shoppers are certainly enamored with...

Moto X Just $349 On Cyber Monday, Moto G Starts Shipping

Moto X Just $349 On Cyber Monday, Moto G Starts Shipping

Motorola is pushing its Moto X (review here) and Moto G handsets hard on Cyber Monday; one is on sale, and the other is now shipping, in plenty of time for the holidays. The Moto X is $150 off today, making the unlocked 16GB just $349 and the 32GB model $399. On most carriers, the price is usually $99 with a contract, so this is a pretty sweet...

Mario and Luigi Decorate Nintendo's Limited Edition Silver 3DS XL Bundle

Mario and Luigi Decorate Nintendo's Limited Edition Silver 3DS XL Bundle

Nintendo may not be selling as many Wii U consoles as it anticipated, but in the handheld market, the company's 3DS line is doing very well. Since that's where the money trail leads, Nintendo has decided to launch a brand new, limited edition 3DS XL console for the holiday shopping season. The limited edition handheld features Mario and Luigi...

AMD A10 Kaveri APU Details Leaked

AMD A10 Kaveri APU Details Leaked

There's a great deal riding on the launch of AMD's next-generation Kaveri APU. The new chip will be the first CPU to incorporate significant architectural changes to the Bulldozer CPU AMD launched two years ago and the first chip to use a graphics core derived from AMD's GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture, which debuted on the desktop two...

Dells Outs New Line Of Ultra HD 4K Monitors

Dells Outs New Line Of Ultra HD 4K Monitors

The welcome onslaught of 4K is coming, and Dell is getting into the game with a line of Ultra HD monitors for consumers, power users, and business pros alike. There are three models for the time being, one each at 32-, 28-, and 24-inches. “We are excited to announce Ultra High Definition monitors in sizes and price points that will be...

Next Windows Rumored As "Threshold," Could Further Unify Microsoft's OS Ecosystem

Next Windows Rumored As "Threshold," Could Further Unify Microsoft's OS Ecosystem

If you've spotted any of the newest Microsoft television spots, you may have picked up on something. The company has been pushing a single Windows for your entire life, and while that's a good catch-phrase, it's not really applicable given today's state of Windows. There's Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone. Yes, there is interoperability,...

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Tablet Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Tablet Review

Just over a year ago, Samsung broadened its Note portfolio to not only include phones, but tablets as well. The company saw a need to introduce a slate that catered to working professionals, power users, and those who need more content creation capabilities -- hence, the  Galaxy Note 10.1 with the S Pen was born. In the ever-challenging...

Oppo N1 Preloaded with CyanogenMod Launches in U.S. on December 10

Oppo N1 Preloaded with CyanogenMod Launches in U.S. on December 10

Tired of your smartphone dragging around your wireless carrier's shackles and chains? Unfortunately, Google made the unpopular decision to remove the CyanogenMod installer from its Google Play store on the basis that the app is in violation of its developer terms and "encourages users to void their warranty," but it can't stop handset makers...

How Hot Is Valve's Steam? 7 Million Concurrent Users Hot

How Hot Is Valve's Steam? 7 Million Concurrent Users Hot

Yesterday, Valve’s Steam gaming service hit a milestone by logging more than 7 million concurrent users. The exact number is 7,190,629, and the peak moment occurred somewhere between 10 and 10:30am on Sunday morning (Pacific Time, it seems). It’s probably no coincidence that Valve commenced its Autumn 2013 sale just days ago, offering...

Owners of Unlocked and Developer Edition HTC One Devices Now Receiving KitKat Upgrade

Owners of Unlocked and Developer Edition HTC One Devices Now Receiving KitKat Upgrade

HTC has begun rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat software for owners of the HTC One Unlocked and HTC One Developer Edition handsets over the holiday weekend, and in the process has started to make good on a previous promise to equip every HTC One device in the U.S. with Google's latest and greatest version of Android by the end of January...

Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Fire HDX Cut To $119 and $179 Respectively For Cyber Monday

Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Fire HDX Cut To $119 and $179 Respectively For Cyber Monday

The past couple of years have been very good to tablets: They've become much more powerful, are being equipped with true HD resolutions, and best of all, have price tags that would have seemed impossible just a couple of years ago. But, when it comes to Black Friday or Cyber Monday, we sometimes have to reevaluate what an "awesome" price is....

Amazon PrimeAir Uses Unmanned Octo-Rotor Drone To Deliver Your Goods

Amazon PrimeAir Uses Unmanned Octo-Rotor Drone To Deliver Your Goods

Tonight on CBS' "60 Minutes," Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, sat down for an extended interview. Amazon is an online superstore that has morphed into a technological powerhouse on so many other levels -- tablets and eReaders included, that they're effecting a dramatic change in the way people shop. The company has historically operated on thin...

CTIA Says They’ve Got Your Back, Stolen Smartphone Database Ready To Roll

CTIA Says They’ve Got Your Back, Stolen Smartphone Database Ready To Roll

If you have ever lost a mobile phone, or worse, had one stolen, an announcement out of CTIA this week might bring a little bit of comfort. A global, multi-carrier database for tracking lost or stolen phones has now been completed, which builds on the initial efforts launched last year by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. The reason...

Amazon Cyber Monday Is The Real Deal

Amazon Cyber Monday Is The Real Deal

In case you forgot, Cyber Monday is coming, and although you very well could spend more money tomorrow than you did on Black Friday, you definitely won’t be trampled to death. Put that in the plus column right there, friend. Amazon, of course, has a plethora of Cyber Monday deals, but the e-commerce behemoth is extending many of its...

3D Printing Market Forecasted For Explosive Growth To 8.4 Billion By 2020

3D Printing Market Forecasted For Explosive Growth To 8.4 Billion By 2020

According to a report from MarketsandMarkets, the 3D printing industry is poised for huge growth in the next several years. By 2020, the industry should hit upwards of $8.4 billion, with a compound annual growth rate of a healthy 23%. Of note is that much of that growth will come from the healthcare and aerospace industries, as opposed to...

Pebble Smartwatch for Android and iOS Hit Amazon for a Discount

Pebble Smartwatch for Android and iOS Hit Amazon for a Discount

One of the more affordable smartwatch options out there is from Pebble. Unlike Samsung's Galaxy Gear, which sells for $299 outright, you can snag yourself a Pebble smartwatch for $150, or even less. Pebble is offering a $20 discount on its website, a sale that it decided to extend beyond Black Friday, bringing the cost of ownership down to...

Xbox One Scores Big on Black Friday Surpassing PS4 and Others

Xbox One Scores Big on Black Friday Surpassing PS4 and Others

Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation console wars has begun. Like the game Risk, there are multiple factions: Nintendo with its Wii U console, Sony and its PlayStation 4, and Microsoft with its Xbox One system. Up to date, the Wii U has struggled to reach the kind of sales Nintendo was hoping, while both the Xbox One and PS4 surged past...