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Samsung Galaxy S4 Makes Cameo Appearance in Browsermark Benchmark

Samsung Galaxy S4 Makes Cameo Appearance in Browsermark Benchmark

While the verdict remains out on which CPU will find itself inside of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S4, a result posted to Browsermark's database today leads us to believe that it's going to become the market-leader - at least where raw CPU performance is concerned. The result references "GT-I9500", which is widely believed to be the internal...

Qualcomm Boasts Snapdragon 800 Will 'Easily Beat' Tegra 4

Qualcomm Boasts Snapdragon 800 Will 'Easily Beat' Tegra 4

NVIDIA has not been shy about claiming that its new Tegra 4 processor is the mobile chip to beat, and indeed, looking at the numbers, it’s hard to disagree. At least one person takes issue with that claim, however, and he happens to be the Senior VP of Product Management (Raj Talluri) for NVIDIA competitor Qualcomm, maker of the Snapdragon...

94Fifty's Motion Sensor Basketball Critiques Your Game

94Fifty's Motion Sensor Basketball Critiques Your Game

As an avid basketball fan myself (with two torn ACLs and three knee surgeries to prove it), I'm highly intrigued by the 94Fifty sensor basketball, a new product from InfoMotion Sports Technologies. It's supposedly the first and most advanced digital sport product that measures basketball skills in real-time. It analyzes everything from ball-handling...

Months Ahead of Hardware, ARMv8 Gains Debian/Ubuntu Support

Months Ahead of Hardware, ARMv8 Gains Debian/Ubuntu Support

One of the coolest aspects of Linux is its ability to support hardware long before other OSes - and even well before consumers can even get their hands on the hardware. Take USB 3.0, for example, which hit the kernel months before the first products hit the market, in September of 2009. And then there's the SSD command TRIM, which was first...

New Jersey Legalizes Online Gambling

New Jersey Legalizes Online Gambling

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed a bill legalizing online gambling, adding his John Hancock hours after the state legislature passed a revised version with certain changes he wanted implemented. Among the changes are a 10-year trial period for online betting, and a tax increase from 10 percent to 15 percent on online winnings...

Google Says, Sorry, No Plans For Brick and Mortar Stores

Google Says, Sorry, No Plans For Brick and Mortar Stores

A couple of weeks ago, rumor got out that Google had plans to open up its own retail stores, a la Apple or Microsoft, and for the most part, it seemed to make a ton of sense. After all, what better way to get your products in the faces of consumers than going straight to them? There's also the fact that Android is a hot product, and Google...

Adobe Releases Photoshop Touch For Android And iOS Smartphones

Adobe Releases Photoshop Touch For Android And iOS Smartphones

Adobe is bringing its powerful Photoshop editing software to Android and iOS smartphones in the form of its Photoshop Touch software. This app, which sells for $4.99 on both the iTunes and Google Play stores, offers many of the Photoshop features users love in a mobile form. With Photoshop Touch, you can combine images, apply effects, and...

Leap Motion Announces Mid-May Shipping For Gesture Controllers, Best Buy Availability May 19

Leap Motion Announces Mid-May Shipping For Gesture Controllers, Best Buy Availability May 19

Hot on the heels of the muscle-reading MYO armband gesture input device announcement, Leap Motion is reminding its fans that its own gesture input device will soon be on the market. In fact, the new controllers are going to start shipping the week of May 13. On May 19th, the units will be for sale at Best Buy. Image Credit: Leap Motion The...

HP CEO Meg Whitman Says They Are “Shifting Resources From PCs to Tablets”

HP CEO Meg Whitman Says They Are “Shifting Resources From PCs to Tablets”

Just days after HP announced its entry back into the consumer tablet market, CEO Meg Whitman has confirmed there's a change going on within the company that will allocate more resources for tablets. During the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, Whitman said, "We're shifting resources from PCs to tablets." Whitman also...

Google Brings Quickoffice to Chrome Browser with Native Client

Google Brings Quickoffice to Chrome Browser with Native Client

When Google launched its Chromebook Pixel the other day, the search giant also announced it plans to port part of Quickoffice to its Chrome browser using Native Client. If you're not familiar, Native Client is a sandbox technology that allows web-based applications to run at near-native speeds. Using Native Client, developers can port applications...

Next Generation SD Cards From Toshiba Use Mobile DRM Technology

Next Generation SD Cards From Toshiba Use Mobile DRM Technology

Toshiba this week announced the launch of new microSDHC memory cards based on SeeQVault technology, a mobile DRM standard licensed by NSM Initiatives LLC and backed by Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony. The technology applies bidirectional authentication with a unique identifier and public key infrastructure, and can be integrated into flash memory...

Mobile Device Shipments to Top 2.6 Billion by 2016

Mobile Device Shipments to Top 2.6 Billion by 2016

There's a mobile movement taking place, spurred by increasingly powerful smartphones and tablets, more efficient processor technology (Tegra's 4-Plus-1 design, for example), and thinner form factors. The result of this perfect storm of mobility is that by 2016, worldwide mobile device shipments will reach 2.6 billion units, according to the...

Smartphone Screen Real Estate: How Big Is Big Enough?

Smartphone Screen Real Estate: How Big Is Big Enough?

About five seconds after we were first debating the merits of the 7-inch tablet form factor (for the record, I’m fully in favor), the market is suddenly flush with mobile devices at almost any screen size, from little 3-inch phones up to monster 10.1-inch tablets. Somewhere in there, phablets--so named because they’re too big to...

Razer Edge Gaming Tablets Up For Pre-Order March 1st, Will Ship Before April

Razer Edge Gaming Tablets Up For Pre-Order March 1st, Will Ship Before April

If you’ve been lying awake at night dreaming of when you can get your mitts on your very own Razer Edge, you can rest easy, because Razer will be accepting preorders for the innovative gaming tablet/console/PC starting March 1st. That’s the end of this week, folks. The base model, the Razer Edge, starts at $999 and features a third-generation...

Slacker Streaming Radio Comes To Microsoft's Xbox 360 Console

Slacker Streaming Radio Comes To Microsoft's Xbox 360 Console

Microsoft has confessed that the Xbox 360 has been undergoing a makeover for the past few years -- a transition from a pure gaming console into an entertainment console. In fact, gaming consoles on the whole are now expected to serve double-duty in a lot of ways, and Microsoft seems to be leading a lot of those charges. This week, Slacker...

Instagram Hits 100 Million Photo Sharing Users After Two Years

Instagram Hits 100 Million Photo Sharing Users After Two Years

Pundits wondered why Facebook would pay a billion dollars for Instagram, when it only had around 30 million users. This is why. Despite a mainstream backlash over privacy and policy changes a few months back, the sign-up rate at Instagram has been tremendous. In fact, the photo sharing company just announced that after two years of hard work,...

Five New TegraZone Games Optimized For Tegra 4 Make Their Debut At MWC

Five New TegraZone Games Optimized For Tegra 4 Make Their Debut At MWC

Yesterday, NVIDIA let us know a little more about what we can expect from its upcoming Tegra 4 and Tegra 4i mobile platforms. Today, we're getting another glimpse at what this platform can do with the look at five upcoming games that are optimized for Tegra 4. A quick look at a video from Exor Studios shows the power behind Tegra 4's custom...

MYO Gesture Control Arm Band Uses Your Muscles for Computer Interface

MYO Gesture Control Arm Band Uses Your Muscles for Computer Interface

It seems very likely that gesture-based devices like the Kinect will play increasingly larger roles in our lives in the near future, but what’s not clear yet is which underlying technology will be king. Camera-based gesture devices are big now, but Thalmic Labs wants to shake things up with its new MYO armband, which reads the electrical...

Bill Gates, Zuck, and Gabe Newell Say You Should Learn To Be A Coder

Bill Gates, Zuck, and Gabe Newell Say You Should Learn To Be A Coder

For many, the idea of becoming a coder sounds like a terribly difficult if not esoteric thing, a skill set as exclusive as brain surgery or rocket science. And while being good at coding will open virtually an unlimited number of doors, it’s not as unattainable as it may seem. Code.org is a website designed to both spread the word that...

i-mate Smartphone Has Intel Inside, Runs Windows 8 Pro--Assuming It's Not Vaporware

i-mate Smartphone Has Intel Inside, Runs Windows 8 Pro--Assuming It's Not Vaporware

According to the Seattle Times, erstwhile mobile device maker i-mate has something amazing brewing: a 4.7-inch phone that runs a full version of Windows 8 Pro--not Windows Phone 8, mind you--and also docks into a station that includes a 27-inch monitor, a wired business-looking desktop phone, and a separate “auxiliary” 10.1-inch...

Internet Explorer 10 For Windows 7 Released, Do Not Track Enabled

Internet Explorer 10 For Windows 7 Released, Do Not Track Enabled

Although Microsoft indicated that Internet Explorer 10 would be available to Windows 7 users by November of last year, that date came and went with only a release preview; now, finally, the finished product is available for download for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7. You can go ahead and download IE10 manually from here, or...

Apple Settles Lawsuit Using iTunes Currency

Apple Settles Lawsuit Using iTunes Currency

The good news for parents who sued Apple over what they claimed were hidden charges in children's game apps is that Apple agreed to settle the class action suit. However, in place of cold, hard cash, qualified class members who spent less than $30 will receive $5 in iTunes store credit (those who spent more can request a cash refund). "The...

Intel Begins Foundry Service Business with FPGA Manufacturer Altera

Intel Begins Foundry Service Business with FPGA Manufacturer Altera

Intel, the world's largest semiconductor chip maker, has softened its stance on building chips for other companies that it doesn't directly compete with and will start producing parts for Altera. Never heard of them? Altera manufactures "programmable logic" chips with structures like reconfigurable processors and memory as building blocks...

Crysis 3: Amazing Graphics, Boring Execution

Crysis 3: Amazing Graphics, Boring Execution

Let's get one thing clear up front. Crysis 3's graphics are absolutely stunning. Crytek's latest game doesn't raise the bar -- it annihilates it. At the highest settings, Crysis blows Battlefield 3 out of the water, makes mincemeat of Max Payne, and makes the original Crysis -- itself a graphics powerhouse -- look more like the first Call...

Sony Claims Xperia Tablet Z Is World's Thinnest, Packs Qualcomm Snapdragon, 1080p Display

Sony Claims Xperia Tablet Z Is World's Thinnest, Packs Qualcomm Snapdragon, 1080p Display

Sony tried to differentiate its Tablet S from the pack of Android tablets by incorporating a wedge shaped design similar to that of a folded-back magazine, but it never really took off. Having gone back to the drawing board, Sony this week announced the Xperia Tablet Z with a more traditional design, but still discernible from all the other...

Amen: Former FBI Profiler Says Video Games Do Not Cause Violence

Amen: Former FBI Profiler Says Video Games Do Not Cause Violence

Believe it or not, there are some in Washington who don't blame real-world violence on violent video games. Shocking, we know, but it's true. Former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole is one of them, and during a panel discussion over the weekend, she pointed out that there isn't evidence to support the notion that video games cause violence....

Micron Introduces P410m Solid State Drive for Data Centers

Micron Introduces P410m Solid State Drive for Data Centers

Micron Technology on Tuesday rolled out its newest addition to a growing line of solid state drives (SSDs) for data center appliances and enterprise storage platforms, the Micron P410m. It's equipped with a 6Gbps Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface built for performance and reliability for mission critical tier 1 storage applications that...

Visa's payWave System Coming To Future NFC-Equipped Samsung Smartphones

Visa's payWave System Coming To Future NFC-Equipped Samsung Smartphones

Samsung is most certainly winning the Android war in terms of market share, profit share, and mind share. In fact, it's getting tougher and tougher for those other Android OEMs to make a dent in the market, with Samsung spending billions each on marketing alone. Needless to say, we suspect that Visa is pretty pumped about this new agreement....

Boost Mobile And Virgin Mobile Add LTE Handsets To Prepaid Arsenal

Boost Mobile And Virgin Mobile Add LTE Handsets To Prepaid Arsenal

It's a subtle movement, but an important one. Americans are slowly but surely growing tired of the same 'ole politics involving conventional two-year mobile contracts. New flagship phones are hitting the market every six months, but users have to wait 24 months for a discount. And, of course, getting out early results in major sticker shock....

OCZ to Debut Next-Gen Enterprise Storage Solutions, Sign Up for Beta Testing

OCZ to Debut Next-Gen Enterprise Storage Solutions, Sign Up for Beta Testing

If you’re in Hannover, Germany next week for the CeBit conference, pop on over to OCZ’s booth and sign up to be a beta tester for the company’s new ZD-XL SQL Accelerator, a combination hardware and software tool that allows database administrators to optimally manage data cached to SSD storage. OCZ is actively looking for...

Samsung Rumored To Drop Exynos and AMOLED in Galaxy S IV

Samsung Rumored To Drop Exynos and AMOLED in Galaxy S IV

Samsung has bravely used its homegrown Exynos processor in its mobile devices, and for the most part that’s been a successful endeavor. Further, it makes sense to keep as much of the manufacturing process in-house, because companies can avoid dealing with third party licensing fees and contracts, can act more quickly to resolve any issues,...

ASUS Keeping Busy at MWC, Announces Fonepad 7-inch Tablet with 3G Voice and Data

ASUS Keeping Busy at MWC, Announces Fonepad 7-inch Tablet with 3G Voice and Data

Earlier today we mentioned ASUS’ new PadFone Infinity, which is a nicely-appointed smartphone that slots into a dock to become a 10.1-inch tablet; ASUS isn’t done at Mobile World Congress, though, as the company also announced a 7-inch tablet called the Fonepad (Yes, the nomenclature is kind of confusing.) The Fonepad features...

Dell Claims Latitude 10 Enhanced Security Tablet Whips iPad in the Enterprise

Dell Claims Latitude 10 Enhanced Security Tablet Whips iPad in the Enterprise

Although the cool factor of toting around a Dell Latitude 10 tablet pales in comparison to the iPad, Dell believes that when it comes to the workplace, the Latitude is a far better option. In a press release, Dell called its Latitude 10 Enhanced Security tablet “up to 17 times faster and 94 percent less expensive to deploy than iPads...

LG Acquires webOS From HP to Power Smart TVs

LG Acquires webOS From HP to Power Smart TVs

Surprise! LG has agreed to acquire webOS from Hewlett-Packard, potentially breathing new life into an operating system that was on the brink of death. Under terms of the deal, LG gains rights to the webOS source code, all related documentation and websites, and even a team of engineers. It's not known how much LG is paying for webOS, though...

Meet ZTE's Grand Memo, The First Android Smartphone With A 1.5GHz Snapdragon 800 Processor

Meet ZTE's Grand Memo, The First Android Smartphone With A 1.5GHz Snapdragon 800 Processor

ZTE is showing off its Grand Memo at this year's Mobile World Congress. This phablet features a 5.7-inch screen and LTE connectivity.  Perhaps more noteworthy is the fact that the Grand Memo runs on a 1.5GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor. This is the first time we've seen Qualcomm's new processor in a mobile phone. To keep the phone...

Nokia Launches Four New Phones At MWC

Nokia Launches Four New Phones At MWC

As Mobile World Congress kicks off in Europe, Nokia is adding to its portfolio with four new devices. Among these, you'll find the company's most affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone and the company's lowest-priced mobile phone. The Nokia Lumia 720 and Nokia Lumia 520 are the two new devices that will garner most of the attention. These smartphones...

NVIDIA Tegra 4 Looks To Be a Mobile Powerhouse

NVIDIA Tegra 4 Looks To Be a Mobile Powerhouse

Consider the gauntlet thrown down by NVIDIA. The company has provided additional information about its upcoming Tegra 4 and Tegra 4i mobile platforms at the Mobile World Congress conference currently taking place in Barcelona, including new performance benchmarks and architectural details. The well-timed platform upgrade comes at a time when...

Price Increase for PlayStation 4 Games? Not Likely, Sony Says

Price Increase for PlayStation 4 Games? Not Likely, Sony Says

Sony spent the majority of its 2-hour long PlayStation 4 (PS4) press event talking about games, software, social integration, and the cloud, but one thing the console maker didn't discuss is the price of games. Some have speculated that triple-A titles for the PS4 could see a price bump to $70, or even higher, but that doesn't look to be the...

Asus PadFone Infinity with 5-inch 1080p Display Now Official

Asus PadFone Infinity with 5-inch 1080p Display Now Official

Asus wasted no time at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) to unveil its latest addition to the PadFone family, the PadFone Infinity. Just like previous iterations, the PadFone Infinity is an Android smartphone by day and a tablet by night (or whenever you want it to be one or the other). As a phone, it rocks a better-than-Retina 5-inch...

Acer Ships 7-inch, Dual-Core Iconia B1 16GB Android Tablet

Acer Ships 7-inch, Dual-Core Iconia B1 16GB Android Tablet

On the hunt for a new slate? There are plenty of those being unveiled at this year's Mobile World Congress. Acer's in that crowd, introducing the Iconia B1 16GB. The company is actually billing this one as a slate for families on the hunt for "a second tablet for their children," but also calls is "ideal for first-time users." It's pretty...

Samsung Galaxy S IV To Be Officially Launched On March 14 In New York City

Samsung Galaxy S IV To Be Officially Launched On March 14 In New York City

This is something the folks running Mobile World Congress won't be happy about. Rather than using the year's largest mobile show to unveil the next generation Galaxy S smartphone, Samsung is doing something that more and more companies are doing: throwing its own party. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is likely to be Samsung's flagship reveal in Barcelona,...

HP Takes Lid Off HP Slate 7, 7-inch Android Tablet for $169

HP Takes Lid Off HP Slate 7, 7-inch Android Tablet for $169

HP is officially back in the consumer tablet game with the announcement of the HP Slate 7, a 7-inch device running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean that’s designed for tight Google integration. Although the Slate 7 won’t be packing the Tegra 4 SoC that many had hoped, it’s doing alright with a 1.6GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor....

Intel Clover Trail+, Advancing Atom For Smartphones and Tablets

Intel Clover Trail+, Advancing Atom For Smartphones and Tablets

Today, Intel is keeping on track for execution of their roadmap plan in the mobile space, with the release of their follow-on to Medfield, code-named Clover Trail+.  Clover Trail, as you’ll remember, is powering many a Windows 8 tablet these days.  Intel's latest Atom-based SoC is a more natural fit here, with the intrinsic...

AMD Steps Up Investment in Virtualized Graphics, Launches FirePro R5000

AMD Steps Up Investment in Virtualized Graphics, Launches FirePro R5000

AMD is launching its new FirePro R5000 today in a bid to gain traction in the remote graphics market. The company has partnered with the workstation graphics virtualization company Teradici to create a GPU that's specifically designed for this type of offloading in hardware, as well as software. To make that happen, AMD added Teradici's hardware...

Super Mario - Endgame Brings 1st Person 3D Rendered Goodness To Bowser Battle

Super Mario - Endgame Brings 1st Person 3D Rendered Goodness To Bowser Battle

This has to be one of the coolest homemade YouTube videos I've ever seen. Ever wondered what the final climatic battle in Super Mario Brothers 3 would look like if filmed in first person and rendered on modern PC hardware? Honestly, neither had I. Thankfully, Freddiew, the video's creator, had more imagination than I do. It took more than...

Huawei Claims Ascend P2 World’s Fastest Smartphone, Runs Android

Huawei Claims Ascend P2 World’s Fastest Smartphone, Runs Android

Chinese mobile device maker Huawei has a ways to go in terms of its global image despite recent growth, but the company now lays claim to the “fastest smartphone in the world” with the introduction of the Huawei Ascend P2. Indeed, Huawei isn’t shy in proclaiming its feelings about the Ascend P2, which CEO Richard Yu called...

Firefox OS Set to Invade the Mobile Market, Mozilla Announces Handset Hardware Partners

Firefox OS Set to Invade the Mobile Market, Mozilla Announces Handset Hardware Partners

Ahead of Mobile World Congress, Mozilla has made several announcements pertaining to Firefox OS, not the least of which is the list of manufacturing partners that will be producing handsets running the mobile operating system. The list includes Alcatel, LG, ZTE, and Huawei, all of which will be making Firefox OS devices this year. The handsets...

Ubuntu Touch for Smartphones and Tablets, More Android with CyanogenMod Than Ubuntu

Ubuntu Touch for Smartphones and Tablets, More Android with CyanogenMod Than Ubuntu

When Canonical debuted its "Ubuntu Tablet OS" last week, company CEO Mark Shuttleworth helped show off its many features in a six-minute video. And what we saw at CES2013 first hand was impressive - an OS that tries to do things a bit different, and uses all four edges to make navigating the OS' different functions an easy task. Simply put,...

Samsung's HomeSync Android Set-Top Box Wields 1TB Storage, Dual-Core CPU

Samsung's HomeSync Android Set-Top Box Wields 1TB Storage, Dual-Core CPU

Your living room is proving the next battleground for tech companies, and towards that end, Samsung on Sunday unveiled its HomeSync set-top box. Samsung's billing the device as a home hub solution capable of wirelessly streaming content from your Galaxy devices to your HDTV. It's powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor and has 1GB of DDR3...

Firefox 22 to Block Third Party Cookies and Ad Tracking Technology

Firefox 22 to Block Third Party Cookies and Ad Tracking Technology

Privacy advocates owe a debt of gratitude to Jonathan Mayer, a grad student at Standford who developed a patch for Firefox that, by default, blocks third-party cookies from installing on their browser, thereby protecting users from being tracked by advertisers. Mozilla plans to bake the patch into Firefox 22, which scheduled for release in...

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0: It's A Tablet...And A Huge Phone

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0: It's A Tablet...And A Huge Phone

You asked, and Samsung listened. Or, something like that. Regardless of whether the world needs an 8" smartphone, it now has one. The global version of Samsung's newly announced Galaxy Note 8.0 is indeed a phone, and yes, it can make calls and handle text messages just like the original Note and Note II. It's a true hybrid of tablet and phone,...

Wikipedia To Provide Articles Via Text Message To Aid Education In Emerging Nations

Wikipedia To Provide Articles Via Text Message To Aid Education In Emerging Nations

It's hard to understate the global importance of Wikipedia. While many traditional university professors still won't allow the crowdsourced site to be listed as a source, only a fool would deny the site's impact on educating the world in areas they may have otherwise never stumbled upon. Particularly in developing nations, Wikipedia is an...

Google Planning Massive "Bay View" Complex For Future Innovations

Google Planning Massive "Bay View" Complex For Future Innovations

Expansion seems to be the name of the game in Silicon Valley. With Apple aiming to erect a monstrous new campus in Cupertino, Google obviously couldn't go without a plan of its own. As the company focuses its efforts while expanding into new arenas (Glass and Chrome OS, for instance), the sky's the limit. But, of course, you need room to house...

Hack-Proof Your Network with The Pwn Pad Android Tablet Kit

Hack-Proof Your Network with The Pwn Pad Android Tablet Kit

The folks at Pwnie Express make some of the coolest penetration-testing products on the planet. Its most-popular offering has been the "Pwn Plug", an inconspicuous mini-PC that plugs into a wall socket and looks little different than a large power adapter. Then there's the "Power Pwn", a product sharing a similar idea, but offers additional...

Add Microsoft To List of Hacked US Companies: Similar Security Breach As Facebook and Apple

Add Microsoft To List of Hacked US Companies: Similar Security Breach As Facebook and Apple

Microsoft has just joined the small list of companies that have experienced a cyberattack this past month, made all the more interesting due to the fact that it's the same one that Apple and Facebook suffered. Compared to Facebook's informative post, Microsoft's could be considered minimal, with the bulk of what's important seen below:...

How Did That Make You Feel?  Mood-Sensing Smartphone App Records Your Emotions

How Did That Make You Feel? Mood-Sensing Smartphone App Records Your Emotions

It may seem like most app stores are loaded to the brim with games, but the market has plenty of truly useful apps too, if you’re willing to dig in and find them. One app that could make a big difference for some smartphone users is Xpression, a yet-to-be-released app that will record a person’s emotions so the data can be shared...

Google Working With Major Music Labels To Offer Streaming Music Service

Google Working With Major Music Labels To Offer Streaming Music Service

The music streaming market is already kind of crowded (and Spotify might have already perfected it, obviating the need for any more players anyway), but because Google is Google, the company is reportedly in talks with music labels to develop its own music streaming service. According to the Financial Times, Google’s service would more...

Starting Sunday, Save $100 on Touchscreen Windows 8 PCs at Best Buy

Starting Sunday, Save $100 on Touchscreen Windows 8 PCs at Best Buy

Windows 8 sales may have gotten off to somewhat of a slow start, but has since sold 60 million copies, which includes both individual licenses and new PC sales with Windows 8 pre-installed. That figure may get a boost in the coming weeks as Best Buy starts offering discounts on touchscreen PCs. According to The Wall Street Journal, Best Buy...

Ubisoft Wants to Improve Their Relationship with PC Gamers

Ubisoft Wants to Improve Their Relationship with PC Gamers

The life of a PC gamer isn't always easy. Sometimes we have to watch our console brethren play a particular title while we wait months for the PC release, as will probably be the case with Rockstar's upcoming Grand Theft Auto V, and in other instances, we're saddled with crappy ports (Resident Evil 4, anyone?). We only bring this up to underscore...

Zopo: A 5.7-inch Tegra 3-Powered Android Phablet with 32MP Camera on the Way From China

Zopo: A 5.7-inch Tegra 3-Powered Android Phablet with 32MP Camera on the Way From China

Here we thought having a 13-megapixel (MP) rear-facing camera on a mobile device was something special -- pshaw! Zobo, a mobile player in China and other territories, is throwing down the gauntlet with a 5.7-inch phablet that carries a 32MP rear-facing cam -- holy overkill, Batman! Of course, there's more to the quality of a camera than the...

Facebook's iOS App Updated With Live Calling To U.S. And Canadian Members

Facebook's iOS App Updated With Live Calling To U.S. And Canadian Members

These days, a conventional phone number is becoming less and less vital. As e-mail, IM, texting, and other methods of Internet-based communications take hold, getting in touch with someone (even via voice) doesn't actually require a phone number and voice services. Facebook's latest iOS app update is proof of that, with the new edition rolling...

Toshiba's Prototype Memory Gets Smart, Conserves Power On Its Own Accord

Toshiba's Prototype Memory Gets Smart, Conserves Power On Its Own Accord

In the race for "smaller, faster, better," memory chip makers probably have it the toughest. They're already dealing with immensely small objects, but as software evolves, we're sure in need of lots more of the stuff to keep our app addiction on course. One of the troubles, however, is power consumption. Most consumers probably don't realize...

Conan O'Brien Rips on Google Glass

Conan O'Brien Rips on Google Glass

As Conan O'Brien so frequently does, he's selected yet another new technology to poke fun of on his late-night comedy show. The latest victim? None other than Google's Glass. While the product has been inching its way from developer to mainstream, most recently in a spiffy new commercial that shows off some of its features, it seems that Google...

Microsoft Scores More Cool Points With Younger Generation Than Facebook or Twitter

Microsoft Scores More Cool Points With Younger Generation Than Facebook or Twitter

Seen one of those fancy new Surface commercials? How about one of Microsoft's vivid new retail stores? In an age where tech-savvy is becoming the norm, and catching people early is a way to ensure brand loyalty throughout a life, Microsoft seems to be doing fairly well according to a new report. A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that just under half...

Google Updates Chrome, Chrome 25 To Include Voice Recognition

Google Updates Chrome, Chrome 25 To Include Voice Recognition

In other Google news for today, the search giant announced the latest update to Chrome (Chrome 25), which adds voice recognition capabilities via the Web Speech API. The API is intended for developers, who can bake in speech recognition to their web apps; Google mentions the ability to have rap battles or control game characters in web apps...

Sony’s Next Act: A Hardware-Less PlayStation

Sony’s Next Act: A Hardware-Less PlayStation

At its New York City event earlier this week, Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4. The device, which will be designed to compete with the next Xbox and Nintendo’s Wii U, includes a beefed up processor and a new GPU that the company says will deliver dramatically improved graphics in games. In fact, the console's GPU alone will be able...

Google Glass Will Be Available for Consumers by End of 2013, Will Cost Under $1,500

Google Glass Will Be Available for Consumers by End of 2013, Will Cost Under $1,500

Why, it seems like only yesterday we were posting about the new Google Glass website and its beta-ish program for excited souls who wanted to test out the $1,500 specs themselves. Actually, it was two days ago, but there’s already more information available: according to The Verge and CNET, Google plans to offer Glass at retail stores...

Is HP Turning the Corner? HP Quarterly Forecast Beats Expectations

Is HP Turning the Corner? HP Quarterly Forecast Beats Expectations

When Meg Whitman took over the top spot at HP about a year and a half ago, she inherited a huge mess--and she wasn’t shy about it, fully acknowledging to investors back in October that revenue would drop in almost all areas of HP’s businesses, and that a recovery would take several years. In other words, things would get worse...

Microsoft Expected to Launch Xbox 720 in April

Microsoft Expected to Launch Xbox 720 in April

The next-generation console ball is now in Microsoft's court. Nintendo is already moving full steam ahead with its Wii U console, which it released in November of last year, and earlier this week Sony formally introduced its upcoming PlayStation 4 console. That just leaves Microsoft as the odd man out among the three major console players....

NBC.com Hacked, Facebook Blocks NBC links as “Abusive”

NBC.com Hacked, Facebook Blocks NBC links as “Abusive”

Yesterday, NBC.com was hacked and the site was infected with malicious software. Several security experts advised users to avoid the site due to the fact that it had been compromised. Since many users presume large organizations such as NBC.com are free from malware, a hack such as this has the potential to reach a large number of people in...

Google is First Tech Firm to Surpass $800 Share Price

Google is First Tech Firm to Surpass $800 Share Price

Way back in late 2007, we declared "the sky's the limit for Google stock," which at the time was trading at just over $600 per share. Nearly six years later, that might still be true. The sultan of search set a record earlier this week, becoming the first tech firm to surpass the $800 per share mark. That in itself isn't terribly meaningful...

Samsung Leapfrogs Apple in Smart Connected Device Market Share

Samsung Leapfrogs Apple in Smart Connected Device Market Share

The "Smart Connected Devices" market grew by 29.1 percent in 2012, and was largely driven by tablet and smartphone growth, according to International Data Corporation's (IDC's) Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Device Tracker. Among the devices collectively tracked are desktop PCs, portable PCs, tablets, and smartphones, though not all sub-categories...

Sign of the Times: Nielson Ratings Soon to Include Web TV Stats

Sign of the Times: Nielson Ratings Soon to Include Web TV Stats

Many consumers have figured out they can save a bundle by cutting out cable/satellite service in favor of streaming media. Hulu Plus, for example, runs $8 per month and gives you access to many of the same TV shows that appear on cable TV networks, including extended director's cuts of sitcoms like Parks and Recreation. Toss in another $8...

Asus Transformer Book Windows 8 Hybrid Now Available to Pre-order

Asus Transformer Book Windows 8 Hybrid Now Available to Pre-order

Is it a notebook or is it a tablet? Like a growing number of Windows 8 devices, the Transformer Book from Asus is both, depending on how you utilize it, and it's finally showing up to the party. Asus first introduced the Transformer Book all the way back in June of last year, and now eight months later, you can pre-order the device, provided...

Google Unveils Chromebook Pixel Touch Screen Notebook Powered By Chrome OS

Google Unveils Chromebook Pixel Touch Screen Notebook Powered By Chrome OS

Graduating from rumor to confirmation, Google's touch-enabled Chromebook is officially real. It's called Chromebook Pixel, just as Google teased in a YouTube video earlier this month, and with it comes a "rethinking" of the Chrome ecosystem, much in the same way Microsoft "reimagined" Windows when it introduced Windows 8. "Today we’re...

Pinterest Scores Second Round of Financing and a $2.5 Billion Valuation

Pinterest Scores Second Round of Financing and a $2.5 Billion Valuation

Who would have thought an online, social scrapbooking site could be worth billions of dollars? Believe it or not, that's the case after a new round of funding netted Pinterest $200 million to play with, valuing it at $2.5 billion. Not bad for a site that was launch only two years ago. AllThingsD, which first reported the funding, said the...

Today's Slickdeals: Dell Precision M4600 Workstation, Corsair Neutron GTX SSD and More

Today's Slickdeals: Dell Precision M4600 Workstation, Corsair Neutron GTX SSD and More

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Confirmed:  Sony PlayStation 4 Will Allow Used Game Discs

Confirmed: Sony PlayStation 4 Will Allow Used Game Discs

Do you hear that sound? It's the entire Internet, and especially console gamers, taking a collective sigh of relief after learning that Sony will not discriminate against used games. As boneheaded of a decision it would have been to not allow previously owned games to work on a next generation console, rumors persisted that Sony and Microsoft...

AVADirect Gears Up With Nvidia GeForce GTX Titans

AVADirect Gears Up With Nvidia GeForce GTX Titans

Nvidia’s much-anticipated GTX Titans are on the loose and high-end system builder AVADirect is loading its gaming PCs with Nvidia's new graphics powerhouses. As a matter of fact, we have an AVADirect Mini Gaming PC (complete with a GTX Titan) in house right now and we’re putting the system through its paces, so today we’re...

Sony's Playstation 4: A PC Platform in Console Skins

Sony's Playstation 4: A PC Platform in Console Skins

One of the interesting facts to come out of Sony's PS4 announcement is that the new console is, for all intents and purposes, a PC. This isn't the first time a major manufacturer has launched a console based on commodity PC hardware -- Microsoft's original Xbox was a Pentium 3 with an onboard GeForce 2 GPU -- but it's a definite first for...

NVIDIA Partnering with ZTE Corp for First Tegra 4-Powered “Super Phones” in China

NVIDIA Partnering with ZTE Corp for First Tegra 4-Powered “Super Phones” in China

Since NVIDIA announced its Tegra 4i chip with LTE integration at CES, we haven’t heard a whole lot of Tegra 4 news, but that’s changing; ZTE announced that it’s partnering with NVIDIA to release Tegra 4-based “super phones” in China, with models hitting the market by the middle of the year. ZTE says that the Tegra...

Lian Li Introduces New Motherboard Mounting System In PC-9N Mid Tower Chassis

Lian Li Introduces New Motherboard Mounting System In PC-9N Mid Tower Chassis

Lian Li has chosen to move away from the traditional motherboard tray with its latest chassis, the PC-9N. While many chassis today use a solid motherboard tray that blocks airflow, the PC-9N uses a railing mount design that provides increased thermal performance and better cable management. The PC-9N is a brushed aluminum mid tower chassis...

Sony PS4 DualShock 4 Controller and Eye Camera Can See, Hear and Move with You

Sony PS4 DualShock 4 Controller and Eye Camera Can See, Hear and Move with You

In case you missed it, Sony at long last unveiled its PlayStation 4 console during a two-hour press event yesterday, featuring a surprise appearance by Blizzard, which is bringing Diablo III to the PS3 and PS4. You'll get to play that game (and many others) on Sony's wireless DualShock 4 controller. Yes, Sony is sticking with the DualShock...

Zuckerberg, Brin, and Milner Collaborate To Offer $33M Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation

Zuckerberg, Brin, and Milner Collaborate To Offer $33M Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation

Perhaps taking a cue from Bill Gates, more of the richest and most successful tech moguls (and their significant others) are funding the new Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, which is distributing $33 million to 11 different recipients for “excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life”....

Veveo Claims To Be “Siri on Steroids,” Beat Apple at Its Own Game

Veveo Claims To Be “Siri on Steroids,” Beat Apple at Its Own Game

A new voice search technology known as Veveo has some capabilities that could make Siri jealous. Veveo's website poses the question, "So what if we could talk to our devices like we normally do with other people?" With its conversational interface, Veveo brings predictive search to devices and combines it with contextual awareness and knowledge...

China Feigns Shock and Outrage at Cyber Security Report

China Feigns Shock and Outrage at Cyber Security Report

Chinese authorities are none too happy with a recent report by a U.S. cyber security company highlighting suspicious hacking activities in China. According to the 60-page study released by Mandiant, the Chinese government is sponsoring a massive hacking effort against foreign companies and organizations. The report focused on the activities...

Is Apple's Retina Display Really A Major Selling Point?

Is Apple's Retina Display Really A Major Selling Point?

Reports out of Korea on Tuesday suggested that Apple is planning to bring its Retina display to the MacBook Air. Not surprisingly, reporters around the world picked up the story and suggested that the move makes sense. Those reporters might have a point. Apple has been slowly but surely bringing its Retina display to its entire product line....

Google Developing Touchscreen Chromebooks and Other Devices

Google Developing Touchscreen Chromebooks and Other Devices

For a period of time, it looked as though Google's Chromebook platform would simply fade into the footnotes of technological history, but it's seeing a bit of a renaissance as of late, being reborn as the modern day netbook. It started with some much needed price cuts (Acer sells its Chromebook for $199 and Samsung's model runs $249) and continues...

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan Benchmarked: Yes, It CAN Play Crysis 3

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan Benchmarked: Yes, It CAN Play Crysis 3

A couple of days ago, we showed you the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan in all its glory—almost. While we were able to reveal the card itself, discuss its new features and specifications, and talk about some of the new systems it will be powering, we weren’t able to post any performance data. Fortunately, that all changes today. We’ve...

Southwest Airlines Adding Movies On Demand To Wi-Fi Aircraft

Southwest Airlines Adding Movies On Demand To Wi-Fi Aircraft

While legacy fleets are getting older, fees are getting crazier, service is tanking, and prices are soaring -- airlines still have to figure out a way to convince you to fly. Well, those of you who don't have to fly for work, anyway. In recent years, the addition of Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi has become something of a norm, but Southwest is adding...

Qualcomm Reveals Snapdragon 400 And 200 Processors For Entry-Level And Mid-Range Devices

Qualcomm Reveals Snapdragon 400 And 200 Processors For Entry-Level And Mid-Range Devices

While the latest and greatest always piques our interest, not every device necessarily has to be a flagship product. At CES this year, Qualcomm introduced two hyper-powered Snapdragon chips for mobile devices. Now, the company is ushering in two more, albeit for lower-end products. Slotting in beneath the Snapdragon 800 and 600, the new Snapdragon...

Oh Yes, The Sony PlayStation 4 is Now Official!

Oh Yes, The Sony PlayStation 4 is Now Official!

Has it really been seven years since the last time Sony launched a major gaming console for the living room? You betcha it has, which means if you were 11 years old when the PlayStation 3 came out, you're now old enough to join the military, buy lottery tickets, and stand trial as an adult if you run afoul of the law. Or maybe your son or...

Xbox 720 Durango Kinect 2.0 Specs Leaked, 1080p, USB 3.0

Xbox 720 Durango Kinect 2.0 Specs Leaked, 1080p, USB 3.0

Just hours before Sony presumably takes the wraps off of its next-generation PlayStation, we're now faced with a fresh leak that details some of the more vital aspects of the next-generation Xbox. Every so often, we hit a period of rapid competition from console makers, and with the Wii U freshly in stores, it looks as if the rivals are now...

Intel Slips Out Preview Video of Clover Trail+ Lenovo K900 Smartphone Ahead of MWC

Intel Slips Out Preview Video of Clover Trail+ Lenovo K900 Smartphone Ahead of MWC

Intel's François Piednoël is no fan of the competition making claims about what his company can and can't do, so he's taken to YouTube to post a video to showcase what the company's upcoming Clover Trail+ SoC is capable of. A quote that helps lead into the video comes from ARM, which claims that "Intel will never be the leader...

Dell's Linux-Powered XPS 13 Laptop with 1080p Display Runs Ubuntu

Dell's Linux-Powered XPS 13 Laptop with 1080p Display Runs Ubuntu

It’s not the first Dell notebook running Ubuntu, but the latest model that Canonical is talking up differs from past Ubuntu laptops in that this is a Dell XPS 13 packed with killer components. All too often, Ubuntu gets plopped onto lower-end notebooks (see: the entire failed netbook craze), but this one rocks an Intel Core i7-3537U...

Samsung May Introduce Galaxy S IV on March 14

Samsung May Introduce Galaxy S IV on March 14

Still to this day Samsung's sleek and sexy Galaxy S III is arguably the best smartphone on the market, depending on who you ask (iPhone 5 owners may disagree, though spec for spec, the Samsung's flagship phone has the edge). Is there anything better on the horizon? You better believe there is. Not only are several quad-core smartphones on...

Android GameStick Controller Team Unveils New Images

Android GameStick Controller Team Unveils New Images

Do you remember the Android GameStick Controller we told you about in January? The company has released some new images that show us a bit more with regards to what the controller will look like. The company who is "Bringing affordable gaming to the big screen" has developed an HDMI stick that runs on Android and focuses on bringing Android...

Acer Iconia Tab W510 Windows 8 Hybrid Tablet Review

Acer Iconia Tab W510 Windows 8 Hybrid Tablet Review

Ultra-portable Windows 8 devices range from ultraportable notebooks to touchscreen tablets that feature attachable keyboards. We've seen a number of hybrid ultrabooks as well. So what's the best form factor and hardware combination? Truthfully, it depends on the user and what you're trying to accomplish with the device. Acer's new Iconia W510...

Google Rolls Out Project Glass Website and Impressive “How it Feels” Video

Google Rolls Out Project Glass Website and Impressive “How it Feels” Video

Google's Glass project may seem futuristic to some but to others, it's becoming more and more real. Google now has a website dedicated to Glass that tells more about what Glass can do. On the site, you'll also find a video that gives you a few examples of what life would be like if you had Glass. Google has designed Glass to be very simple...

Bioshock Infinite Goes Gold, Lamb of Columbia Trailer Unveiled

Bioshock Infinite Goes Gold, Lamb of Columbia Trailer Unveiled

BioShock fans, your patience (or impatience, for that matter) is about to pay off: BioShock Infinite has officially gone gold and the game is on track to be in stores on the expected March 26th launch date. It’s just about time to find out what’s really going on in that city-in-the-sky. It shouldn't be too hard to find some exhilarating...

Fat Fingers Rejoice: SwiftKey 4 For Android Released

Fat Fingers Rejoice: SwiftKey 4 For Android Released

Good news for texting addicts: SwiftKey 4 is now available on Google Play, and it's a free upgrade if you're an existing user. Otherwise, it carries a promo price of $1.99 and is worth every penny if you do a lot of typing, or just want a better keyboard than the one that ships stock on Android. The secret sauce to SwiftKey 4's awesomeness...

Scientists Developing Nano-Capsule That Can Reduce Alcohol Intoxication

Scientists Developing Nano-Capsule That Can Reduce Alcohol Intoxication

If you've ever told someone, "I'm not as think as you drunk I am," then you may benefit from a sobering pill that reduces the blood alcohol content in your system. Hold your horses -- before you run off to the local five and dime, understand that no such pill currently exists. Sure, there are remedies that claim to sober you up, but none of...

Apple Display Manufacturer AUO Developing Display For Next Gen iPad

Apple Display Manufacturer AUO Developing Display For Next Gen iPad

The introduction of a new iPad mini model is a foregone conclusion, but what we don't know is what upgrades Apple will make to its second generation 7.9-inch tablet. Will it have a Retina display, or is Apple saving that upgrade for a third generation model? We won't know for sure until Apple officially introduces the device, but expect rumors...

In Wake of Burger King and Jeep Hack Fiascos, Twitter Reminds Us About Password Security

In Wake of Burger King and Jeep Hack Fiascos, Twitter Reminds Us About Password Security

Companies that aren't extra careful with their social media accounts can end up with egg on their faces, and sometimes it just boils down to having a strong enough password. This is a point Twitter wants to drive home with its users following a couple of high profile hacker attacks on Burger King, which was hijacked and overrun with McDonalds...

Maingear Loads F131, Potenza, and SHIFT Desktop PCs with GeForce GTX Titan Graphics

Maingear Loads F131, Potenza, and SHIFT Desktop PCs with GeForce GTX Titan Graphics

By now, you know that Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan graphics are here. (Check out our in-depth look here.) Maingear is one of the system builders to get in early on the technology, and it’s touting GTX Titan in three systems, ranging from the space-conscious Potenza to the muscle PC SHIFT. Maingear's Potenza is a space-saver. The Potenza...

CyberPowerPC Offers NVIDIA Titan GPUs in Slew of Custom Gaming PCs

CyberPowerPC Offers NVIDIA Titan GPUs in Slew of Custom Gaming PCs

The latest custom PC maker to jump in the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan pool is CyberPowerPC, and the company is doing a veritable cannonball by offering the new graphics card as an option on its Fang III, Zeus, Gamer Xtreme, and Ultra series rigs. Users can opt for up to 3-way SLI configurations and can choose from systems based on AMD FX or Intel...

T-Mobile Intros GoSmart Mobile Prepaid Brand, Takes It Nationwide

T-Mobile Intros GoSmart Mobile Prepaid Brand, Takes It Nationwide

T-Mobile USA has been doing everything it can of late to be the "uncarrier," bucking the trends that have defined the strange, contract-driven U.S. wireless market for years. And now, it's promising something even crazier: "FreeDUM in wireless." That's no joke. T-Mobile today took the wraps off of GoSmart Mobile, a no-annual-contract wireless...

ADATA's Flashy DashDrive Air AE400 Streams Media And Powers Your Phone

ADATA's Flashy DashDrive Air AE400 Streams Media And Powers Your Phone

Convergence seems to be the name of the game these days, and ADATA's riding that bandwagon. The company has just launched an interesting mishmash of products: a wireless storage reader and power bank. The DashDrive Air AE400 is a wireless reader that can read and stream data from USB storage media and SD memory cards, and also functions as...

Google Security Engineer Cautions On Spammers Turning To Hijacking Accounts

Google Security Engineer Cautions On Spammers Turning To Hijacking Accounts

Spammers are changing tactics, and Google is trying to get the word out. These days, the bad guys are using hijacked accounts to launch their scams. By now, spam filters can spot old-school spam mail with reliability, but it’s harder to snag emails that appear to be from your friends – both for the filter, and for you. You’re...

HTC One Details are Official, Flagship Phone Lands at AT&T

HTC One Details are Official, Flagship Phone Lands at AT&T

Earlier today, we posted some leaked photos of the upcoming HTC One handset (which was known as the HTC M7 when we first caught wind of the phone last year), and now we have the official details on (and official photos of) the device. The HTC One is the company’s new flagship phone, and it boasts some attractive specs. Available in black...

Apple Attacked by Hackers That Hacked Facebook

Apple Attacked by Hackers That Hacked Facebook

Unidentified hackers have taken a bite out of Apple by infecting several Mac computers belonging to employees, the Cupertino company revealed today. The machines were infected when employees visited a hacked website intended for software developers. Apple believes those responsible are the same ones who attacked Facebook and other companies...

Ubisoft's Far Cry 3 Patch Will Introduce Master Difficult Setting, Resettable Outposts

Ubisoft's Far Cry 3 Patch Will Introduce Master Difficult Setting, Resettable Outposts

Sometimes loose lips can sink ships, and other times they simply give you a heads up about what's around the corner. This one falls into the latter category, as Ubisoft revealed in a forum post what specific changes an upcoming patch for Far Cry 3 will bring to the table. One of the biggest changes is a new "Master" difficulty setting, which...

NVIDIA Introduces Its First Integrated Tegra LTE Processor, The 2.3GHz Tegra 4i

NVIDIA Introduces Its First Integrated Tegra LTE Processor, The 2.3GHz Tegra 4i

In the world of consumer technology, shrinkage generally means good things. As process technologies shrink, more and more power (and memory) are being crammed into smaller spaces, which allows for smaller, more mobile gadgets and lifestyles. NVIDIA is certainly helping to lead that charge, today introducing its first integrated Tegra LTE processor....

World’s First 3D Printing Pen: 3Doodler Comes to Kickstarter

World’s First 3D Printing Pen: 3Doodler Comes to Kickstarter

When you watch the video of the 3Doodler in action, it looks like a camera trick, but the 3D printing pen is a real thing and is quickly gaining backers on Kickstarter. The device uses 3mm ABS or PLA (corn-based) plastic wire that is heated and cooled as it’s fed through the pen, allowing the user to “write” with the soft,...

Report: Chinese Army Tied to Hacking U.S. Web Properties and Organizations

Report: Chinese Army Tied to Hacking U.S. Web Properties and Organizations

A 60-page study released today by Mandiant, an American cyber security company, is garnering lots of attention on the web today. The detailed report provides evidence of Chinese government-sponsored "Advanced Persistent Threat" (APT) hacking groups and highlights the activities of one group in particular. Referred to in the report as APT1,...

Is the End Near For GameStop?

Is the End Near For GameStop?

If Paul Revere was still alive, he'd ride through the streets in a Mustang yelling, "The consoles are coming! The consoles are coming!" In his absence, some websites are calling attention to rumors that next generation consoles, and in particular Microsoft's Xbox 720, won't play nice with used games, effectively killing off GameStop and putting...

Linux Kernel 3.8 Released, Includes F2Fs File System for Solid State Storage

Linux Kernel 3.8 Released, Includes F2Fs File System for Solid State Storage

After getting delayed a couple of days, the Linux 3.8 kernel is all polished and ready to go, Linus Torvalds announced. The big new feature in the 3.8 kernel is F2FS (Flash-Friendly File system), a new file system designed specifically to take advantage of NAND flash memory-based storage devices, such as solid state drives (SSDs). "NAND flash...

HTC One (M7) Press Images Leaked Before Launch

HTC One (M7) Press Images Leaked Before Launch

The Internet is terrible at keeping secrets, tripping up even at the last minute. To wit, HTC today is expected to formally introduce its newest handset, the HTC One (M7), but press images of the device have broken cover just hours before its release. Here's a look at one, courtesy of a French website that first posted the photos. Image Source:...

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Powered Maingear SHIFT

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Powered Maingear SHIFT

NVIDIA is launching a new, ultra high-end graphics card today, the long rumored GeForce GTX Titan. Although the card itself and a couple of its features are new to the consumer graphics card market, many details of the GPU powering the GTX Titan, namely the NVIDIA GK110, have been previously covered here. In fact, NVIDIA revealed the GK110...

Digital Storm Crams an NVIDIA GTX Titan GPU Into Its Bolt SFF Gaming PC

Digital Storm Crams an NVIDIA GTX Titan GPU Into Its Bolt SFF Gaming PC

Several boutique builders including MAINGEAR and Origin PC are announcing systems with NVIDIA’s new GTX Titan GPU (the latter of which includes liquid cooling for the cards) on board, and so we’re not surprised to see that Digital Storm is doing the same. However, it’s a bit shocking to see that Digital Storm has chosen its...

LG Display Makes Huge Investment In The Future Of OLED

LG Display Makes Huge Investment In The Future Of OLED

Are you investing in yourself? In your business? How about investing $655 million? That's with LG Display is doing, as it coughs up a huge chunk of change to support its new eighth-generation OLED TV panel line. That's a massive bet on the future of OLEDs and flat-panels in general, particularly in a market that's well known for having extremely...

VOYAGER Android Phone Wants To Stay Planted In Your Car

VOYAGER Android Phone Wants To Stay Planted In Your Car

Remember back in the day, when your mother owned a "bag phone?" One of those phones that never left the car. For whatever reason, it seems that the car-connected phone may be swinging back into style. Accel Telecom has just launched VOYAGER, which is described as the "first standalone Connected Car Smartphone device that can be easily installed...

Acer Introduces H6 Series IPS Displays With Zero Frame Construction

Acer Introduces H6 Series IPS Displays With Zero Frame Construction

Acer is now offering its H6 Series of LED-backlit monitors. These new monitors feature zero frame construction and come in two sizes: 21.5-inch (H226HQL) and 23-inch (H236HL).  Both of the new models are full 1080p HD IPS panels that support viewing angles up to 178 degrees. The monitors can tilt from -5 to 15-degrees. Thanks to the zero...

Best Buy To Stop ‘Showrooming’ with Online Price Match Guarantee

Best Buy To Stop ‘Showrooming’ with Online Price Match Guarantee

In addition to tinkering with its return policy, it looks as if Best Buy is making another change in order to deal with one huge, lumbering reality: the Internet. A few months ago, Target announced that it would begin price-matching Amazon all year round in an effort to halt "showrooming" -- a term that describes the act of using a retail...

Android Jelly Bean Coming to Samsung Galaxy Note, Phablet Phans Rejoice

Android Jelly Bean Coming to Samsung Galaxy Note, Phablet Phans Rejoice

Galaxy Nexus owners aren’t the only ones getting the Android Jelly Bean treatment; SamMobile announced that Android 4.1.2 is now rolling out for the original Samsung Galaxy Note, the company’s first phablet. The update will bring the Note up to speed with the Note II, as well as the Galaxy S III mini and the Galaxy S III. Galaxy...

Velocity Micro Develops HTPC/Gaming Monster, the Razor Multiplex

Velocity Micro Develops HTPC/Gaming Monster, the Razor Multiplex

Most HTPCs have more modest components than your average gaming rig, and they’re typically designed to be quiet and to blend in with a home theater. Enthusiasts who go the HTPC route will often keep a dedicated PC in the media room and keep another set up for serious gaming. Velocity Micro is apparently not a fan of that model, because...

Android Exploit: Researchers Discover "FROST" Cold Boot Can Breach An Android Phone's Secure Data

Android Exploit: Researchers Discover "FROST" Cold Boot Can Breach An Android Phone's Secure Data

The researchers at Erlangen University in Germany would like to offer some advice: don't put that Android 4.0+ phone in the freezer. It's been discovered that even on a phone with PIN security and encryption, data can be retrieved from the device via a cold boot attack - that is, the process of turning on the desktop, notebook, smartphone...

Google Considers Cutting Off Revenue From Illegal Download Sites

Google Considers Cutting Off Revenue From Illegal Download Sites

Google's motto may be "Don't be evil," but some companies who rely on copyright laws for income such as the music, film, and book publishing industries, feel the search giant is betraying this motto by making it too easy for users to find pirated material. Google is very good at organizing the Internet and helping users find what they want...

Apple’s New ‘Alive’ and ‘Together’ Ad Campaign Boasts 300K iPad Apps For iPad and iPad Mini

Apple’s New ‘Alive’ and ‘Together’ Ad Campaign Boasts 300K iPad Apps For iPad and iPad Mini

When it comes to Apple’s advertising, the bar is high and always climbing. Whether you think the new ‘Alive’ and ‘Together’ hit the mark is a matter of taste, but if the more than 150,000 YouTube views is any indication, the ads are certainly getting some attention. The spots show some exciting ways to use iPad...

Claimed Leaked Apple A7 Quad-Core Processor Images For iPhone 5S Emerge

Claimed Leaked Apple A7 Quad-Core Processor Images For iPhone 5S Emerge

Today marks the start of another week, which inevitably means another Apple rumor. The latest is that the upcoming iPhone 5S -- a device that hasn't yet been confirmed but is likely in the works -- will sport a custom Apple A7 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. There's even some leaked photos that claim to show the new hardware. According...

Adobe To Release Patch For Zero Day Exploit This Week

Adobe To Release Patch For Zero Day Exploit This Week

After confirming the existence of a zero-day vulnerability affecting its Reader and Acrobat software, Adobe said it plans to make available an update that will resolve the issue. The patch will come out sometime this week, though Adobe wasn't able to nail down a specific day. "Adobe is in the process of working on fixes for these issues and...

 Was The Wii U Launch a "Mistake" For Nintendo?

Was The Wii U Launch a "Mistake" For Nintendo?

Nintendo can pat itself on the back knowing that it beat both Microsoft and Sony in releasing next generation consoles, but being first isn't always the best strategy. At least one analyst believes the Wii U amounts to a misfire, saying Nintendo made a mistake in releasing it. "I think they misfired on the Wii U," Wedbush Securities managing...

Sony's Struggling PlayStation Vita Sees a Significant Price Drop in Japan

Sony's Struggling PlayStation Vita Sees a Significant Price Drop in Japan

Sony Japan announced some big price cuts for its PlayStation Vita handheld console, with savings of up to 33 percent depending on the model. Sony's aim is to bring the PS Vita to "more users," according to a Google Translated press release, though the real story is that the handheld just hasn't attracted as many gamers as Sony hoped it would...

LG Optimus G Pro Shipping to U.S. in Q2

LG Optimus G Pro Shipping to U.S. in Q2

Samsung pretty much owns the phablet market with its Galaxy Note line, but now that device makers know there's a market for oversized handsets, you can expect some healthy competition. One of those competitors is LG, which as we already know is prepping a 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro device with an impressive assortment of hardware. It will make...

Rhapsody Delivers Windows Phone 8 App With Offline Downloads

Rhapsody Delivers Windows Phone 8 App With Offline Downloads

Looks like Microsoft just popped another feather in its cap. As the company strives to expand its Windows Store to include some of the AAA applications that iPhone and Android users already enjoy, Rhapsody just joined the Windows Phone fray. The company's new WP8 app most certainly looks the part, fitting in quite nicely with the standard...

FCC Broadband Report Shows Verizon And ViaSat Leading Competition

FCC Broadband Report Shows Verizon And ViaSat Leading Competition

We've all seen the reports that show the U.S. lagging behind quite a few other nations in terms of national average broadband speed (we're looking at you, South Korea), but the FCC now has a report out that details the best and the brightest available to American citizens. Of course, most people aren't able to look at a report, weigh their...

Updated System Shock 2 Finally (Legally) Available For Sale

Updated System Shock 2 Finally (Legally) Available For Sale

If you were playing FPS games ten years ago, chances are you'll remember System Shock 2. It's still considered one of the best horror/survival FPS games ever written, with an excellent blend of pacing, story structure, and plot twists. You awake from cryonic stasis aboard the dying starship Von Braun. You're tasked with bringing the ship's...

UK’s “The Apple Shop” Forced to Change its Name, But It’s Not For Why You Think

UK’s “The Apple Shop” Forced to Change its Name, But It’s Not For Why You Think

If the first thing to come to mind after hearing that a store with "Apple" in its name, or one which uses a logo with an apple in it, was forced to shut down, I think very few people would blame you if you thought it was caused by the Cupertino giant's hands. It's happened before, after all, and I'm sure it will happen again. However, for...

Bungie Reveals "Destiny" and Its Vision for the Next 10 Years of MMO Gaming

Bungie Reveals "Destiny" and Its Vision for the Next 10 Years of MMO Gaming

Bungie, the company that brought forth Halo, is embarking on a new MMO called Destiny that is designed to be unlike any gaming experience we’ve seen. There are few hard details available, such as a launch date or pricing, but Bungie gave a preview that teased the game and showed off concept art. It’s a large-scale MMO set in a...

Upcoming Windows PCs Pose a Threat to Apple

Upcoming Windows PCs Pose a Threat to Apple

It's fair to say that Windows 8 has gotten off to a rocky, if not misunderstood start. At a glance, the timing couldn't be worse, with Apple's iPad cannibalizing PC sales among folks who just want to surf the Internet and check their Facebook feeds. In fact, if you count tablets, Apple is the world's top PC supplier, according to data that...

Full Size iPad is Due for a Redesign, Analyst Says

Full Size iPad is Due for a Redesign, Analyst Says

Investment research firm Piper Jaffray suspects Apple is gearing up to host a press event by the end of April, one in which in the Cupertino outfit will introduce a line of redesigned iPad tablets. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster pointed out to clients that over the past two years, the Spring event has been all about the iPad, and since...

Gracenote Open Developer Program Goes Live

Gracenote Open Developer Program Goes Live

Ever heard of Gracenote? Chances are your ears have heard its work, and your eyes have seen its magic, even if you weren't aware. Back in the day, those who popped CDs into CD-ROM drives and ripped 'em to iTunes would need Gracenote's expertise to automatically add metadata to those tracks. The company actually does quite a bit more than that...

Staples Soon To Carry Apple Products

Staples Soon To Carry Apple Products

Apple rumors are to be taken with their own kind of salt, but the smoke that's leading to fire here certainly seems plausible. In recent years, Apple has started to offer its products in more places than just online or in one of the few Apple Stores scattered about the globe. Everything from iPod products to MacBook products are now found...

Adobe Photoshop 1 Source Code Released for Free

Adobe Photoshop 1 Source Code Released for Free

If there's one piece of photo editing software that just about everyone seems familiar with, or at least acquainted with, it's Photoshop. Adobe's history in the space stretches back many years, and every new edition of the program receives huge amounts of attention as digital artists wait to see what kind of magic lies in the next-gen code....

Kim Dotcom's Mega Now Accepting Bitcoin, 3 Million Registered Users in 4 Weeks

Kim Dotcom's Mega Now Accepting Bitcoin, 3 Million Registered Users in 4 Weeks

If you had any doubts that MegaUpload, and its outlandish founder, were a big deal: let this assure that it is. As sharing and cloud hosting services become a natural extension of the Internet, Kim Dotcom's new service ("Mega") is poised to make a huge impression. It's not a stretch to think that most of MegaUpload's users will be giving Mega...

Let’s Head To The Google Store, Google To Open Retail Chain of Stores

Let’s Head To The Google Store, Google To Open Retail Chain of Stores

Offering compelling products is just half of the battle of getting them into the hands of consumers. The other half is having them being seen by consumers - something a little difficult when so many companies are vying for the same shelf-space at retail. It's no surprise, then, when a company decides to take things into its own hands and launches...

Confirmed: Microsoft Office 2013 Licensing Tied To One PC Forever

Confirmed: Microsoft Office 2013 Licensing Tied To One PC Forever

Earlier this week, we reported that it appeared as though Microsoft had changed language in the EULA for Office 2013 that would trap your license on one PC forever. This was a stark departure from EULAs for past version of Microsoft Office that allowed users to move their software licenses to new computers. The Age was the first to notice...

Firefox in Full Support of Windows 8, Screen Shots of New Browser Engine Emerge

Firefox in Full Support of Windows 8, Screen Shots of New Browser Engine Emerge

The verdict might still be out on whether or not the masses dig the Modern UI of Windows 8, but that hasn't stopped some developers from putting major weight behind their efforts to support it. Take Mozilla, for example, which has no intention of not given its users the option. If there's one thing that sucks, it's not having your favorite...

HTC Readying Flagship Phone Code Named M7 To Take On Samsung and Apple

HTC Readying Flagship Phone Code Named M7 To Take On Samsung and Apple

It's a little ironic that HTC played perhaps the most critical role in popularizing the Android platform back when it first launched, but is now playing catch-up with the competition. Everyone is, really, Recent data released by Gartner revealed that HTC's share of the worldwide mobile phone market is just 1.8 percent, way below that of Samsung,...

Is BestBuy Reducing Its 30 Day Return Policy to 15 Days?

Is BestBuy Reducing Its 30 Day Return Policy to 15 Days?

Beginning March 3, Best Buy will extend its price-matching "Low Price Guarantee" to all local retail competitors and 19 major online outfits in all product categories on nearly all in-stock products, provided the customer requests it. That includes popular online shopping sites like Amazon.com, Newegg.com, and TigerDirect.com, to name just...

Facebook Gets Hacked, But No User Data Compromised

Facebook Gets Hacked, But No User Data Compromised

There sure has been a lot of hacking going on in recent weeks. Even major news outlets like The New York Times have joined the U.S. government in suspecting the Chinese military of attempting to solicit digital information, and this week, Facebook announced that it too has been the target of an attack. In a post erected to the company's Security...

Posterous Shutting Down To "Focus On Twitter" Come April 30

Posterous Shutting Down To "Focus On Twitter" Come April 30

As it often goes, smaller startups tend to forget all about awesome parts of their business as soon as they're snapped up by larger companies. Even if the "larger company" used to be a "small startup" itself. When Sparrow got swallowed by Google, almost all of the innovation within Sparrow's own app came to a screeching halt. And now, Posterous...

Sony's PlayStation 4 Will Heavily Utilize Gaikai Game Streaming Technologies

Sony's PlayStation 4 Will Heavily Utilize Gaikai Game Streaming Technologies

When you're as big as Sony, even acquisitions that cost around $380 million can sometimes get swept under the rug. But if you had any fears that Sony's purchase of Gaikai wouldn't yield near-instant results, think again. With the PlayStation 4 likely to be unveiled by Sony next week, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a major part of...

Ubuntu Smartphone Touch Developer Preview Coming February 21st, for Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 Handsets

Ubuntu Smartphone Touch Developer Preview Coming February 21st, for Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 Handsets

It’s a big day for Canonical, maker of Ubuntu; in addition to today being the official launch of the Ubuntu-optimized Steam for Linux client, the company announced that the Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu for smartphones will be coming on February 21st (along with tools for flashing devices). It looks like you’ll need a Galaxy...

Official Steam Client For Ubuntu Linux Released

Official Steam Client For Ubuntu Linux Released

It’s only been a matter of weeks since Valve announced that Steam for Linux was in beta, but it’s apparently all polished up and ready for action. You can now grab the Steam for Linux client, which is compatible with Ubuntu versions 10.04-12.10, for free from the Ubuntu Software Center. This is a huge deal for folks who love...

Updated 2/15/13 - AMD Next-Gen Graphics May Slip To End of 2013, Not Necessarily A Bad Thing

Updated 2/15/13 - AMD Next-Gen Graphics May Slip To End of 2013, Not Necessarily A Bad Thing

AMD has yet to make an official statement on this topic, but several unofficial remarks and leaks point in the same direction.  Contrary to rumor, there won't be a new GCN 2.0 GPU out this spring to head up the Radeon HD 8000 family. This breaks with a pattern AMD has followed for nearly six years. Starting with the HD 3000 family, which...

Dell and HP Struggle to Reinvent As PC Industry Migrates To Asia

Dell and HP Struggle to Reinvent As PC Industry Migrates To Asia

If you've paid any attention to the PC industry in the past few years, you're aware that things aren't as rosy as they used to be. After decades of annual growth, major manufacturers like HP and Dell have both either floated the idea of exiting the consumer space (HP) or gone private (Dell). Contrast that with steady growth at companies like...

Facebook Looking at New Revenue Stream: Pay To Promote Friends’ Posts

Facebook Looking at New Revenue Stream: Pay To Promote Friends’ Posts

For a little while now, Facebook has been offering users the ability to pay to promote their own posts. In doing so, stories you post and promote are displayed more prominently in your friends' news feed. Now, Facebook is expanding this feature by offering users the ability to pay to promote their friends' posts. By paying to promote one of...

Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T Windows 8 Tablet Review

Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T Windows 8 Tablet Review

Not long ago, we tested one of Samsung’s new Windows 8 tablets to take a close-up look at Intel’s Clover Trail Atom Z2760 SoC. Now that we’ve covered the chip driving the tablet, it’s time to take a look at the Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T as a whole. The tablet runs about $650 by itself, which puts the price on par with...

Unigine Valley Benchmark DX11 Benchmark Released, Multi-Platform, Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

Unigine Valley Benchmark DX11 Benchmark Released, Multi-Platform, Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

Unigine announced a new GPU benchmark known as Valley Benchmark. From the same developers who created Heaven Benchmark, the Valley Benchmark is a non-synthetic benchmark that is powered by the Unigine Engine, a real-time 3D engine that supports the latest rendering features. This benchmark features a number of graphics technologies and interactive...

Samsung Releasing Their Own Smartwatch? Galaxy "Altius" Screens Break Cover

Samsung Releasing Their Own Smartwatch? Galaxy "Altius" Screens Break Cover

The next big thing in mobile could be the smartwatch. It's already been rumored that Apple's working on a smart, curved glass watch (more than once, actually) based on iOS, and now there's evidence Samsung might be showing interest in the category as well. SamMobile posted more than half a dozen screenshots of what the tipster claims is from...

Don't Be Misled, Game Sales Actually Softened in January

Don't Be Misled, Game Sales Actually Softened in January

Last month the NPD Group reported that Call of Duty: Black Ops II led slumping game sales in the U.S., noting that the video game industry as a whole declined 22 percent in December. Fast forward to today and NPD Group is now reporting a 9 percent increase in game sales in January, but that's only because January benefited from an extra week...

Archos Announces Line of 8, 9.7 and 11.6-inch Android Jelly Bean Tablets with Quad-Core ARM Processors

Archos Announces Line of 8, 9.7 and 11.6-inch Android Jelly Bean Tablets with Quad-Core ARM Processors

Archos today introduced its Platinum range of tablets, which the company claims are among the first Android slates to offer a super high resolution IPS (In-Plane Switching) screen combined with the performance of a quad-core processor. There are three models to choose from, including 8-inch, 9.7-inch, and 11.6-inch SKUs, all of which feature...

Ahead of Tegra 4, NVIDIA's 'Grey' Tegra LTE Enabled Chip Powering Smartphones Soon

Ahead of Tegra 4, NVIDIA's 'Grey' Tegra LTE Enabled Chip Powering Smartphones Soon

Every power user is looking forward to the launch of Tegra 4, and if recent reports prove accurate, Hewlett-Packard will be the first to showcase NVIDIA's upcoming powerhouse System-on-Chip (SoC) when it launches a high-end Android tablet. In the meantime, NVIDIA has another Tegra part up its sleeve codenamed "Grey." Grey is a mainstream SoC...

Prototype PlayStation 4 Controller Shows Sensor, Touchpad and Sharing Capability

Prototype PlayStation 4 Controller Shows Sensor, Touchpad and Sharing Capability

Those of you who lamented the rumor that Sony was ditching its dual-shock design for the PlayStation 4 (PS4) controller in favor of one that more closely resembles the Wii U's can breathe a sigh of relief. Based on a leaked photo of an early prototype, it appears the PS4's controller will retain the same overall design as every previous PS...

Former RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie Dumps His Remaining Stock

Former RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie Dumps His Remaining Stock

We've always heard that you can't take it to your grave, but one has to wonder why the former co-CEO of Research In Motion chose now to dump every last bit of remaining RIM stock. Jim Balsillie has liquidated his shares in RIM, leaving him zero shares, zero power to vote, and zero percent of class. He sold everything. A year ago, he still...

US Cellular Expanding LTE To 87% Of Its Customers By Year-End

US Cellular Expanding LTE To 87% Of Its Customers By Year-End

In recent years, US Cellular has grown from just another regional carrier, to a carrier that's getting practically everything that the big guys are getting -- except the iPhone, of course. That aside, even LTE has come quickly to USCC customers, and there's good news for those who aren't yet covered. By the end of 2013, USCC customers in more...

OUYA To Mandate Free-To-Try Policy For All Apps On Platform

OUYA To Mandate Free-To-Try Policy For All Apps On Platform

If Ouya fails at revolutionizing the gaming industry, it won't be from a lack of effort or ingenuity. In keeping with the open platform theme, Ouya chief Julie Uhrman reiterated that developers will be able to release whatever types of games they wish, so long as they adhere to a free-to-try format. In doing so, Uhrman envisions a less cluttered...

Autodesk and Sculpteo Develop Online 3D Printing For The iPad

Autodesk and Sculpteo Develop Online 3D Printing For The iPad

Online 3D printing service Sculpteo and software maker Autodesk have teamed up to develop an iPad app that lets you create your own custom 3D creatures and have them printed and mailed to you. The Autodesk 123D Creature app lets users sculpt a “skeleton” with virtual clay and then manipulate the design further with multitouch gestures...

5.5-Inch LG Optimus G Pro Unveiled, Jelly Bean Driven

5.5-Inch LG Optimus G Pro Unveiled, Jelly Bean Driven

We're counting down the days to Mobile World Congress 2013 and getting excited about the new products that are sure to be revealed at the show. It appears LG couldn't contain its excitement before the show however and has confirmed its hot new LG Optimus G Pro. The company hasn't released a ton of information about the Optimus G Pro (we're...

Zero-Day Exploit Thwarts Adobe Reader's Sandbox Technology

Zero-Day Exploit Thwarts Adobe Reader's Sandbox Technology

Another day, another Adobe Reader vulnerability -- what else is new, right? It just so happens that this latest security hole affects several versions of Adobe Reader, including 10 and 11, both of which are supposed to keep the operating system isolated from attacks through sandbox technology. No dice. "Adobe has identified critical vulnerabilities...

Re:Beat App Lets You Share Your Heart Rhythms with Your Valentine

Re:Beat App Lets You Share Your Heart Rhythms with Your Valentine

Were you hoping to avoid the Valentine’s Day schlock by visiting your favorite tech site? Too bad. We’re romantics over here, and here’s a saccharine V-Day app for you and yours: the Re:Beat app by Rebtel, which lets you record your heartbeat using your mobile device and send it to that special someone. The free app is available...

HP Going with Android After All For NVIDIA Tegra 4 Powered Tablets

HP Going with Android After All For NVIDIA Tegra 4 Powered Tablets

Hewlett-Packard's resume in the tablet space is hardly anything to brag about. Chalk it up to bad timing, poor management, or whatever you like, but the short-lived HP TouchPad and subsequent loss of interest in webOS, the primary piece in HP's $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm, is a textbook example of how not to approach the mobile sector....

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Vigorously Refutes NYT Criticism

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Vigorously Refutes NYT Criticism

A few days ago, the New York Times published an article criticizing the range and performance of the Tesla Model S in cold weather. The author, John Broder, claimed that the car performed poorly in cold weather and that he eventually had to have the vehicle towed to its destination on a flatbed. When Elon Musk strenuously contested Broder's...

Google Play Security “Flaw” Exposes Personal Data Every Time You Download an App

Google Play Security “Flaw” Exposes Personal Data Every Time You Download an App

Privacy advocates aren't going to like this revelation one bit, but it's come to light that Google Play isn't keeping your personally identifiable information as sacred as you might think. Every time you download an app, your private information is sent to the app's developer, including your full name, email address, and even your general...

GameStop Closing 250 Unprofitable Stores, Opening 60 New Locations in 2013

GameStop Closing 250 Unprofitable Stores, Opening 60 New Locations in 2013

New and used games retailer GameStop is planning to close 250 existing brick and mortar locations, according to comments made by company CFO Rob Lloyd at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco, California. Oddly enough, while GameStop is declaring it 'game over' for 250 locations, it will also open between 60...

Foursquare Overhauls Android App To Make Nearby Finds Easier

Foursquare Overhauls Android App To Make Nearby Finds Easier

As the world grows more mobile and more connected, users are increasingly relying on things like geolocation apps in order to spot great / recommended venues nearby. And Foursquare knows it. As one of the top 'check-in' apps in the world, the company is updating its Android client this week with three major changes. First, it's making it easier...

Google Now Adds Widgets, Integration With App Partners

Google Now Adds Widgets, Integration With App Partners

Without question, Google Now is one of the more fantastic software developments to hit the smartphone world in recent years. It's wildly smart, and sincerely does a great job of notifying you of things that you'll need to be know soon -- it anticipates your needs, and gives you information to achieve. And now, Now is getting even more personal....

Microsoft Surface Pro Scores Surprisingly Low Repairability Rating

Microsoft Surface Pro Scores Surprisingly Low Repairability Rating

The Microsoft Surface Pro has defied description somewhat, and it hasn’t been clear if it’s a laptop or a tablet. After what sounds like a grueling challenge, iFixit has an answer: It’s got to be a tablet, because a laptop wouldn’t be so difficult to work on. The site ended up giving the Surface Pro its lowest possible...

Microsoft Makes Office 2013 Single-License Model, Locked To One PC Only

Microsoft Makes Office 2013 Single-License Model, Locked To One PC Only

Either someone at Microsoft screwed up the language in the licensing agreement for Microsoft Office 2013, or the company really, really wants everyone to switch to an Office 365 subscription instead of the locally-installed version of the software. The Age spotted some confusing language in the Office Home & Student 2013 license agreement...

Punkbuster Service Goes Down, Hundreds of Online Games Offline

Punkbuster Service Goes Down, Hundreds of Online Games Offline

PunkBuster, the anti-cheating service implemented in hundreds of online games, is down. As of the time of writing, the official PunkBuster website is up and down, after having been completely down for the past couple of hours. On Twitter, there are numerous reports of gamers who've been unable to play online in the most popular PunkBuster-backed...

EA Details Plans For Next-Gen Console Support, Cross-Platform Gaming

EA Details Plans For Next-Gen Console Support, Cross-Platform Gaming

Electronic Arts' Blake Jorgensen has laid out the company's plans for future console games and given some insight into what EA expects the game market to look like through the end of this year and the beginning of next. EA has already stated it plans to invest an estimated $80M in creating next-generation titles in FY 2014 (EA's fiscal calendar...

MTV and Swipe Launch MTV Volt Android Phablet in India

MTV and Swipe Launch MTV Volt Android Phablet in India

Swipe Telecom and MTV recently teamed up to announce a co-branded phablet in India known as the MTV Volt. This phablet features a 6-inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 854x480. The Volt runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and supports dual-SIM cards for 2G/3G, 2G GPRS / EDGE / HSPA. You'll find a 1GHz dual-core processor as well as...

Box.com Offering 50GB of Online Storage Free, For Life

Box.com Offering 50GB of Online Storage Free, For Life

There are plenty of cloud storage options available today. While most services offer some amount of free storage, not all of them offer enough free space to make it worth your time to sign up. Right now, Box.com is offering 50GB of free storage for life. As part of this offer from Dell and Box.com, you can offer the same amount of storage...

AMD’s SeaMicro SM15000 Server Doubles Compute Density of Livestream Service

AMD’s SeaMicro SM15000 Server Doubles Compute Density of Livestream Service

Livestream, the company that connects millions of people over the Internet to live events, has upgraded its infrastructure with AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 server with SeaMicro Freedom Fabric Storage as the core platform to provide live video and collaboration, AMD announced today. Equally important, Livesteam's decision to invest in fabric technology...

Apple, Samsung Dominate Smartphone Market as Feature Phone Sales Fall Off a Cliff

Apple, Samsung Dominate Smartphone Market as Feature Phone Sales Fall Off a Cliff

Waning demand for feature phones caused worldwide mobile handset sales to decline for the first time in three years, according to the latest data released by Gartner. Mobile phone sales totaled 1.75 billion units in 2012, down 1.7 percent from 2011, though smartphone sales picked up the slack with a record 207.7 million units sold in the fourth...

Apple's Retina MacBook Pros Now Cheaper and Better Equipped

Apple's Retina MacBook Pros Now Cheaper and Better Equipped

Perhaps in response to the deluge of Ultrabooks and ultra-thins that have come out in recent months, Apple today upgraded its Retina MacBook Pro family with better parts and then lowered the price tag for good measure. In addition, Apple slashed $100 off the price of its 13-inch MacBook Air with 256GB of storage, which now starts at $1,399...

HP Launches Guinness World Record Fastest Inkjet Printer For The Desktop

HP Launches Guinness World Record Fastest Inkjet Printer For The Desktop

Hewlett-Packard this week announced the releases of its new and exceptionally fast HP Officejet Pro X printer. How fast, you ask? It's the world's speediest printer as recognized by Guinness World Records! More specifically, it can spit out black and white prints (which HP calls "high quality professional documents") at up to 70 pages per...

Logitech Announces Latest Souped-Up Webcam for Businesses

Logitech Announces Latest Souped-Up Webcam for Businesses

Logitech announced a new webcam designed for business, the Logitech Webcam C930e, and like its predecessors (including the C920-C), it’s laden with high-end features to make videoconferencing a more efficient, less distracting, and nicer-looking affair. The C930e boasts a 90-degree field of view, which Logitech says allows viewers to...

Western Digital Unveils New $70 WD TV Play 1080p Media Streamer

Western Digital Unveils New $70 WD TV Play 1080p Media Streamer

Western Digital is no stranger to the media streaming universe, and this week it's investing in that universe once more with a new set-top box. The new WD TV Play is priced to rival the low-cost Roku box, with a $69.99 MSRP providing a fairly stout amount of functionality. There's built-in Wi-Fi, of course, and portals for Netflix, YouTube,...

Microsoft Provides Update On Surface Pro Availability: Hang Tight!

Microsoft Provides Update On Surface Pro Availability: Hang Tight!

The actual sales figures surrounding Microsoft's Surface Pro (and Surface RT, for that matter) haven't been announced, but one thing was almost immediately clear on launch day: there weren't enough Surface Pro units to go around. This week, Microsoft is actually addressing the shortages that consumers in the U.S. and Canada faced on the 9th,...

Micron RealSSD P400m Enterprise SSD Review

Micron RealSSD P400m Enterprise SSD Review

Micron is announcing a brand new, enterprise-class solid state drive today, the RealSSD P400m. We have a looked at a number of Micron-built solid state drives in the past, including the ultra high-end RealSSD P320h PCI Express-based beast and the consumer-targeted RealSSD C300, but what makes the P400m somewhat different is that it was designed...

American Express Partners with Twitter For Hashtag Purchases

American Express Partners with Twitter For Hashtag Purchases

Here's an interesting idea: buying things on Twitter. And not just on Twitter, but through Twitter -- as in, Twitter is the transactional medium. It sounds like a crazy, bold idea, and it is. But, that's not stopping American Express from giving it a whirl. As many major corporations look for ideal ways to utilize social media to better service...

Intel Planning Streaming TV Service Debut Later This Year

Intel Planning Streaming TV Service Debut Later This Year

Intel is trying to break into the streaming content business -- again. At the AllThingsDigital media conference today, Erik Huggers, vice president of Intel Media, told assembled journalists that the company has been hatching a new idea for the TV space. "We have been working for (the past) year to set up Intel media, a new group focused on...

Dell Updates UltraSharp Display Line-up with PremierColor and Ultra-Wide Model

Dell Updates UltraSharp Display Line-up with PremierColor and Ultra-Wide Model

Dell refreshed its UltraSharp monitor line with updated models that are better-suited to “color-critical” tasks than previous models. That’s good news for the graphic designers and other creative types, but Dell didn’t forget the rest of us: there’s a new ultra-wide monitor aimed at multi-taskers who want room...

Black Ops II Revolution DLC Map Pack Shipping to PC and PS3 on February 28

Black Ops II Revolution DLC Map Pack Shipping to PC and PS3 on February 28

Don't believe anyone who tells you the Revolution won't be televised, that's a bunch of hogwash. The Revolution is going to be on televisions all over the place, especially starting February 28, 2013, which is when Activision plans to release the Call of Duty: Black Ops II Revolution DLC map pack for PC and PlayStation 3 (PS3). Revolution...

Samsung 840 Series SSD Review, Cost-Efficient Performance

Samsung 840 Series SSD Review, Cost-Efficient Performance

Samsung has roughly a trillion or so different products in virtually every market of the computing world, but one area where the company can occasionally be overlooked is in consumer storage. Samsung SSDs are plentiful, though, most notably inside of Apple’s MacBooks, and unlike many SSDs out there, they’re built entirely with...

Google Nexus 4 Charging Orb Ready to Ship

Google Nexus 4 Charging Orb Ready to Ship

If you’re one of the lucky folks who managed to get their hands on a very cool Google Nexus 4 before they sold out (or are waiting the 2-3 weeks until Google ships you the Nexus 4 you recently ordered), there’s a wireless charging station you can now purchase, too. The Nexus 4 Wireless Charger is available now on the Google Play...

President Barack Obama May Sign Executive Order Aimed at Cybersecurity

President Barack Obama May Sign Executive Order Aimed at Cybersecurity

Amid increasing threats of cyber attacks by foreign forces, the White House is reportedly going to release an executive order intended to improve the nation's cyber defenses. Details of the directive are expected to be released during a briefing tomorrow morning at the U.S. Department of Commerce. According to The Hill, which claims to have...

Today's Slickdeals: 500GB Samsung 840 SSD, Lenovo IdeaPad Y400, and More

Today's Slickdeals: 500GB Samsung 840 SSD, Lenovo IdeaPad Y400, and More

500GB Samsung 840 Series 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) for $295 with free shipping (normally $355 - use coupon code DIG5). Controller: Samsung MDX Controller Sustained Sequential Read: 540 MB/s Sustained Sequential Write: 330 MB/s 4KB Random Read: Up to 98,000 IOPS 4KB Random Write: Up to 70,000 IOPS MTBF: 1,500,000 hours 480GB SanDisk Extreme...

Android 4.2.2 Update Fixes Bluetooth Issue, Now Rolling Out to Nexus Family

Android 4.2.2 Update Fixes Bluetooth Issue, Now Rolling Out to Nexus Family

Google has begun doling out its Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update to Galaxy Nexus owners, according to a few Reddit users who claim to have received the new build. Several people on Google+ have also said they received the OTA (Over The Air) update, which will be the last version of Jelly Bean before Key Lime Pie debuts. There's no official...

Vertu's $10K Android Phone is Absurdly Expensive and Luxurious

Vertu's $10K Android Phone is Absurdly Expensive and Luxurious

Vertu, a former subsidiary of Nokia and maker of luxury smartphones with extravagant price tags, is back at it, this time with a device that runs 7,900 euros (around $10,600). The new Vertu Ti attempts to justify its price tag with a titanium frame and sapphire screen, along with polished ceramic and black leather accents, all hand-crafted...

Apple CEO Tim Cook Never Liked the Idea of Suing Samsung

Apple CEO Tim Cook Never Liked the Idea of Suing Samsung

According to his biography, former Apple chief Steve Jobs once stated he was willing to bankrupt the company he founded, if need be, to "destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this." The fact that he was willing to "spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank" on legal beagles shows...

Samsung Galaxy S4 Rumor Round-up

Samsung Galaxy S4 Rumor Round-up

If you’re anything like us, you’re probably hankering for some hard details on Samsung’s next killer smartphone, the Galaxy S4. Well, tough nuggets, because there’s nothing official about the phone coming from South Korea. Instead, we have a number of rumors swirling around the device, some of which are likely to be...

Interview with Jamie Siminoff: The Last Word on the POP Charger, Apple, Kickstarter, and Christie Street

Interview with Jamie Siminoff: The Last Word on the POP Charger, Apple, Kickstarter, and Christie Street

A couple of months ago, we covered a story that appeared straightforward enough at first but took an odd turn just a day or so later. When the story first gained traction in the media, it appeared as though Apple had hamstrung a Kickstarter project for a mobile charging device called the POP Charger. The item was supposed to be a charging...

Belkin To Produce LEGO Smartphone Cases

Belkin To Produce LEGO Smartphone Cases

These days, it's not tough to find a case for your smartphone. In fact, the world is overrun with them. But try finding an official LEGO case -- it's not an easy as you may think. But for fans of those popular building bricks, Belkin has some great news. The accessory company has just announced a licensing deal with the LEGO Group, which will...

Apple Releases iOS 6.1.1 For iPhone 4S To Solve "Cellular Performance" Issues

Apple Releases iOS 6.1.1 For iPhone 4S To Solve "Cellular Performance" Issues

Heads-up! If you're an iPhone 4S owner, there's a new version of iOS waiting for you. Yes, iOS 6.1 just came out, but it appears that Apple has a small patch specifically for its 4S units that brings the version total to 6.1.1. The small update appears to only impact that phone, with iPod touch and iPad left out as well. The patch says it...

New Details on Xbox Durango Point To Mandatory, Always-On Kinect

New Details on Xbox Durango Point To Mandatory, Always-On Kinect

Last year, an enterprising fellow with access to an Xbox Durango early development kit got himself into trouble by trying to sell it on Ebay. Now, the same mole has popped up with early data on the next-generation Xbox that confirms some rumors we've heard, shoots down a few others, and tosses in a new twist. The source in question is one...

Gates Dishes On SOPA, Robots, Speech, Steve Jobs, Surface and His 80-inch Touch Panel

Gates Dishes On SOPA, Robots, Speech, Steve Jobs, Surface and His 80-inch Touch Panel

As we reported on earlier, geek super hero Bill Gates took to Reddit's AMA section to tackle as many questions from users as possible in the span of just a single hour. In the end, he did quite well, answering a total of 35 questions tackling a wide-range of different subjects. One question that just has to be asked during any Bill Gates interview...

NVIDIA Kicks Off F2P Bundle, Rewards In-game Credit with the Purchase of a GeForce GTX 650+

NVIDIA Kicks Off F2P Bundle, Rewards In-game Credit with the Purchase of a GeForce GTX 650+

If there's one thing that NVIDIA proved to us loud and clear during 2012, it's that it loves free-to-play PC gaming. But who could blame them? When the idea of F2P first hit the market, most of the games felt free - but not in a good way. But today, many F2P offerings are just as meaty as those you might pay $50 for at their launch. Then there's...

No Date for Valentine’s Day? Tinder Has an App for You

No Date for Valentine’s Day? Tinder Has an App for You

Listen up lovers, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. That means you're running out of time to make reservations at that swank bistro down the block and/or pick up a romantic gift for that lady or fellow in your life -- unless you're single. If that's case, all that goes out the window, though don't despair, we can think of at least...

DISH Ships Hopper DVR With Built-In Sling Abilities To U.S.

DISH Ships Hopper DVR With Built-In Sling Abilities To U.S.

Hate ads? Wish you could just skip 'em all, the Super Bowl notwithstanding? Get ready for your DVR. DISH just announced nationwide availability of the all-new Hopper DVR with built-in Sling whole-home HD DVR functionality. Outside of being able to placeshift content anywhere due to the integrated Sling capabilities, users will also be able...

Google Demonstrates The Power Of Google Now In New Ad, Should Siri Be Worried?

Google Demonstrates The Power Of Google Now In New Ad, Should Siri Be Worried?

Google released a new ad for its Nexus 4 phone that shows off the power of Google Now. In the ad, users around the world are shown using various features of Google Now, a service that is designed to display useful information at just the right time. Google Now is designed to compete with Apple's Siri, a popular voice-enabled service on the...

Apple’s iPhone 5 Ranks 5th in User Satisfaction Behind Motorola and HTC

Apple’s iPhone 5 Ranks 5th in User Satisfaction Behind Motorola and HTC

A new survey suggests that iPhone 5 owners aren't as satisfied with their choice of smartphone as several of their Android-toting brethren. Based on a large sample size of nearly 94,000 mobile users living in the U.S., On Device Research found that the iPhone 5 ranked fifth in customer satisfaction, trailing behind the Samsung Galaxy Note...

Bill Gates To Appear on Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) Fielding Your Questions

Bill Gates To Appear on Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) Fielding Your Questions

Billionaire, Genius, Playboy, Philanthropist - these are terms you may have heard in reference to the fictional Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. In reality however, super heroes these days come from all walks of life, including Super Geek Heroes like Bill Gates. There's little question, few people have done more to shape the face of the modern computing...

Security Firm Bit9 Hacked, Forgot to Use Own Security Software

Security Firm Bit9 Hacked, Forgot to Use Own Security Software

In the immortal words of radiohead: “You do it to yourself...and that’s why it really hurts.” Security company Bit9 is surely feeling those words after being hacked late last week when attackers targeted computers within Bit9’s own network that weren’t protected by Bit9’s own software. In the aftermath,...

CyberPowerPC’s FangBook X7 Offers Up Killer Specs, Tasty Price

CyberPowerPC’s FangBook X7 Offers Up Killer Specs, Tasty Price

CyberPowerPC announced the latest in its lineup of gaming laptops, the FangBook X7 series, and the base configuration offers some excellent specifications. Under the hood of the base model (the FangBook X7-100), there’s an Intel Core i7-3630QM processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX graphics, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 7200RPM 750GB HDD, and a DVD...

Michael Dell's $24.4 Billion Deal Hits a Potential Snag

Michael Dell's $24.4 Billion Deal Hits a Potential Snag

Michael Dell, along with partners Silver Lake Management and Microsoft, are anxious to complete a takeover bid of the world's third largest PC maker, but not everyone involved is gung-ho to get it done. Southeastern Asset Management, Dell's biggest outside shareholder, plans to fight the acquisition on the basis that Mr. Dell's takeover price...

Staples Offers $50 Discount on Surface RT with Coupon Code

Staples Offers $50 Discount on Surface RT with Coupon Code

Depending on where you live, finding a 128GB Surface Pro in stock can prove challenging. Best Buy only allows you to pick one up in-store, provided there are any available, and the 128GB SKU is sold out online at Microsoft's online store and at Staples. That's the bad news. And the good news? Well, if all you're interested in is the RT version...

BlackBerry Z10 Arrives in U.S. Ahead of Schedule, Costs a Fortune

BlackBerry Z10 Arrives in U.S. Ahead of Schedule, Costs a Fortune

Solavei, a relative newcomer to the wireless carrier scene, is making a name for itself by being the first to offer the BlackBerry Z10 in the U.S. through its retail partner, GSM Nation. The Z10 is available to order right now, though only to those willing to pay a premium for early access to the device, which is being sold for $1,000 off-contract....

BLU Products Introduces Unlocked Studio 5.3 II And Tank 4.5 Smartphones For $199

BLU Products Introduces Unlocked Studio 5.3 II And Tank 4.5 Smartphones For $199

Slowly but surely, a company named BLU Products is making its name known in the growing world of unlocked Android phones. It's actually one of the faster growing phone makers in America, looking from the outside looking in like a Vizio for smartphones. As people continually grow tired of lengthy contracts and early termination fees, prepaid...

Apple To Develop Smart, Curved Glass Watch

Apple To Develop Smart, Curved Glass Watch

Believe it or not, this isn't the first time we've heard that Apple was toying with the idea of disrupting the watch market. But this time, the timing may be right. As with the iPad, Apple has a tendency to feel out the market and then strike when the iron's hot. Tablets existed for years prior to the iPad, but seemingly, the world wasn't...

iOS Jailbreak App Evasi0n Installed on 7 Million iPhones Can’t Be Good For Apple

iOS Jailbreak App Evasi0n Installed on 7 Million iPhones Can’t Be Good For Apple

While it's debatable as to whether or not Apple really feels strongly one way or the other to jailbreaking, at least in terms of public and official confirmation, it's starting to become clearer. If you aren't aware, the term "jailbreak" describes an installation of software that overwrites critical parts of iOS in order to let unapproved...

Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday Bringing Long List of Security Patches

Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday Bringing Long List of Security Patches

Stretch those network pipes, because on Tuesday, a big workout is coming. That's when Microsoft's monthly "Patch Tuesday" hits, and this is one particular roll-out where the word "mammoth" definitely fits. In total, there are 57 flaws to be patched, 12 of which are either considered to be "Critical" or "Important". On account of some of the...

Workhorse Home Depot Picks iPhones Over BlackBerry

Workhorse Home Depot Picks iPhones Over BlackBerry

While BlackBerry is mounting a resurgence with its newly released BlackBerry 10 OS and accompanying smartphones, the release apparently didn’t happen soon enough for Home Depot. According to Apple Insider, the home improvement retailer is replacing its fleet of BlackBerry phones with iPhones. All told, that’s going to be about...

Samsung Laptop UEFI Bug Not Just a Linux Issue

Samsung Laptop UEFI Bug Not Just a Linux Issue

We posted last week about a severe bug plaguing select Samsung notebooks where simply installing Linux could result in a non-functional machine, and since then, kernel developers rolled-out an update that helped side-step the issue. While things seemed fine and good since then, it turns out that the situation is even worse than originally...

Apple Planning Comeback with iPhone 5S and iPhone 6

Apple Planning Comeback with iPhone 5S and iPhone 6

A Chinese mobile phone information website claims it has seen both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 at Apple's suppliers, and that both could be released by the end of the year. Apple has yet to confirm the existence of either device, though this isn't the first we've heard of the rumored models. What would be odd, however, is if Apple were to release...

Google Planning Private Airport Facility in San Jose

Google Planning Private Airport Facility in San Jose

San José airport officials are close to striking a multimillion dollar deal to convert an old parking lot into a private airstrip that would be used primarily for Google's fleet of aircraft. Signature Flight support, a global player in FBO and flight support services, won a bid to develop and operate the 29-acre, $82 million facility...

Rogers Adding New $7.99 Plan For Easier Roaming In The U.S.

Rogers Adding New $7.99 Plan For Easier Roaming In The U.S.

In a way, America and Canada have a lot in common. Including a ton of land borders, and some pretty great political relations. It's hardly a surprise that visitors from the Great White North visit the U.S. quite a bit (and vice-versa), but technology lovers have no doubt found it frustrating when crossing from one nation to another. Despite...

Strange Bedfellows, Yahoo! and Google Partner For Contextual Advertising

Strange Bedfellows, Yahoo! and Google Partner For Contextual Advertising

In the world of consumer technology, it's pretty easy to spot the rivals. Apple doesn't exactly get along with Samsung. Microsoft doesn't exactly get along with Apple. Sony probably isn't best of friends with Nintendo. And in the search world, Yahoo and Google are obvious counterparts. But recently, the two came together in an unusual way....

Microsoft Surface Pro On Sale Now, But Sold Out Most Places

Microsoft Surface Pro On Sale Now, But Sold Out Most Places

Guess what, U.S. and Canada? Today's the day. If you've been waiting for that magical, all-in-one tablet device that's capable of running a full, untainted version of Windows, you can finally make your own dreams come true. Microsoft's Surface Pro, not to be confused with the slimmer, lighter, but less capable Surface RT, went on sale today...

Yandex Passes MS Bing in Global Search Engine Rankings

Yandex Passes MS Bing in Global Search Engine Rankings

In the search engine world, there are a handful of companies that you've probably heard about -- and then gobs of smaller alternatives that hardly anyone visits. But in a universe dominated by the likes of Google and Yahoo, a particular Russian company is soaring up the leaderboards. According to the most recent comScore report, Yandex has...

Linux Foundation Releases UEFI Secure Boot System

Linux Foundation Releases UEFI Secure Boot System

Can something that's just taken a couple of months to arrive still be considered "long-awaited"? If so, the official Linux UEFI pre-bootloader fits the bill, as it's something that's been needed ever since the introduction of the Microsoft-pushed Secure Boot mechanism on UEFI-equipped PCs. We've talked about this pre-bootloader a couple of...

IBM’s Watson Supercomputer Scores First Commercial Deployment in Healthcare Industry

IBM’s Watson Supercomputer Scores First Commercial Deployment in Healthcare Industry

When IBM’s Watson supercomputer proved that the meatsack we call a human brain was inferior to its robot intellect on TV’s Jeopardy, it was an entertaining parlor trick-style PR stunt to show that Watson was capable of “learning”. Now, IBM is putting Watson to use in real life by deploying it in the medical field. According...

Adobe Identifies Microsoft Office Users For Vulnerability, Releases Another Patch

Adobe Identifies Microsoft Office Users For Vulnerability, Releases Another Patch

In tandem with a release of new security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android operating systems (which patch a vulnerability “that could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system”), Adobe’s ASSET Platform Security Strategist Peleus Uhley took to a...

‘Farmville’ The Animated Series Coming to Television

‘Farmville’ The Animated Series Coming to Television

Zynga's wildly popular Farmville franchise is headed to your TV. Well, maybe not your television, unless you're a parent of young children, in which case the animated series will inevitably find a way into your home and make you yearn for the days of Tom & Jerry and Looney Tunes. Ah, memories. In any event, The Wall Street Journal reports...

JD Power Awards Verizon Top Customer Service Award

JD Power Awards Verizon Top Customer Service Award

For the fourth consecutive reporting period, J.D. Power and Associates awarded Verizon Wireless top honors in wireless customer care satisfaction among full-service carriers. Verizon scored 766 on a 1,000-point scale and performed particularly well in telephone contacts that originate in the automatic response system (ARS) channel and are...

A Detailed Breakdown of Surface Pro's Storage Scheme

A Detailed Breakdown of Surface Pro's Storage Scheme

Today is the official release date of the Surface Pro, and as such, Microsoft has updated its flagship tablet's product page (or Ultrabook in tablet trim, if you prefer to think of it that way). There are two models to choose from, a 64GB SKU starting at $899 and a 128GB version (currently sold out) starting at $999. There are a bunch of accessories...

TWC Adds On-Demand Content Access To PC & Mac Browsers

TWC Adds On-Demand Content Access To PC & Mac Browsers

Slowly but surely, the television is becoming just another place to watch content. Increasingly, savvy users are choosing to engage with content on mobile devices, and even notebooks. Now, Time Warner Cable is allowing its pay-TV subscribers to access a wealth of on-demand content from twctv.com, so long as you're surfing with a PC or Mac....

Google CEO Eric Schmidt Selling 42 Percent Stake, 3.2M Shares of GOOG

Google CEO Eric Schmidt Selling 42 Percent Stake, 3.2M Shares of GOOG

Eric E. Schmidt, Google's Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, will become ever more wealthy. Already a member of the One Percent club, Mr. Schmidt will be selling roughly 42 percent of his stake in Google. In total, that's 3.2 million Class A shares of common stock. According to an 8-K filing put out today by the company, this "pre-arranged...

Another Flagship App In Microsoft's Cap: Spotify Arrives On Windows Phone 8

Another Flagship App In Microsoft's Cap: Spotify Arrives On Windows Phone 8

Microsoft has put a huge amount of effort, money, time, and resources into pumping up the Windows Phone Store. And there's no question as to why. Apple and Google both enjoy remarkably robust app marketplaces, and in the war of ecosystems, having an enviable app store goes a long way to attracting new users. Now, Windows Phone has yet another...

Scientists Create World’s First Fully Bionic Man, Say Hi To Rex

Scientists Create World’s First Fully Bionic Man, Say Hi To Rex

As it turns out, Lee Majors cost way too much as the six million dollar man; Rex, the world’s first bionic man, only costs about $1 million. Of course “Rex” isn’t actually a human, but he is a full-size replica of a human man, complete with a face, several artificial organs, robotic prosthetic limbs, and even a working...

Can Legacy Dual-Core CPUs Drive Modern GPUs?

Can Legacy Dual-Core CPUs Drive Modern GPUs?

A few weeks back, we examined whether a new GPU like the GeForce GTX 660 could breathe new life into an older quad-core gaming system built in mid 2008. The answer, we concluded, was definitely yes -- but many of you of you asked us to reconsider the question, this time using a dual-core Core 2 Duo. We've done so. And just for fun, we've added...

AVG Exec Notes Kids Are Hacking, Stealing From Friend's Games at an Early Age

AVG Exec Notes Kids Are Hacking, Stealing From Friend's Games at an Early Age

Forget the school bully who wants your kid’s lunch money: today’s 11-year-old wants your kid’s digital gold, and he’s writing malicious code to steal it. Feeling out of your league, yet? AVG recently took to the airwaves and the Internet to warn parents that kids are learning to code at an early age – and that...

Samsung Galaxy Note Catches Fire Injuring South Korean Man

Samsung Galaxy Note Catches Fire Injuring South Korean Man

Every once in a while, one of our beloved gadgets has some kind of meltdown and creates a major inconvenience. More rarely, one has a real meltdown and actually causes injury. That’s what allegedly happened to a South Korean man who was carrying a battery for a 2011 Samsung Galaxy Note. Reports show the hapless smartphone user ended...

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick “Disappointed” with Wii U Launch

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick “Disappointed” with Wii U Launch

In a conference call with investors, Activision discussed the success of its Skylanders series, which is a Spyro the Dragon spinoff that's played along with toy figures through a "Portal of Power." Young children between 6-11 years old represent the target demographic, and that's something that concerns Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick...

HP to Tighten Restrictions on Labor Abuse in China

HP to Tighten Restrictions on Labor Abuse in China

Working conditions for the people who build the world’s gadgets is an issue that has received increased scrutiny in the wake of recent news coverage. Finding itself in the spotlight for controversies over worker suicides at Chinese suppliers, Apple took steps to ensure suppliers met certain standards for worker rights. Apple’s...

Microsoft Responds to Surface Pro Storage and Battery Life Woes

Microsoft Responds to Surface Pro Storage and Battery Life Woes

Surface Pro reviews are out, and unfortunately for Microsoft, they're more sobering than spectacular. Two common complaints among the glut of early evaluations is that Surface Pro suffers from poor battery life and that it's expensive, debuting at $899 and up. It's even more pricey if you jump to the 128GB model, which many users may find...

EA's Origin Game Distribution Service Lands on Mac

EA's Origin Game Distribution Service Lands on Mac

It's a tossup between Linux and Mac as to which is the red-headed stepchild of computer gaming, though things are improving on both platforms. As it pertains to the latter, Electronic Arts announced the official launch of its Origin game distribution service to Mac, giving Apple users access to many of the same features found on Origin for...

Dissecting PlayStation 4 Price Rumors

Dissecting PlayStation 4 Price Rumors

It's been seven long years since Sony launched its PlayStation 3 console, so it's a bit of an understatement to say that a refresh is needed. That's not to say that Sony hasn't done a good job extending the lifespan of the PS3 with slimmer models, firmware updates, and add-ons like the Move controller, but could you imagine playing a high-end...

Did Windows Phone Skip Ahead of BlackBerry? Not So Fast, Says comScore

Did Windows Phone Skip Ahead of BlackBerry? Not So Fast, Says comScore

Numbers are a funny thing, and contrary to their very nature, far from absolute when a human element is involved. The latest mobile data from two market research firms underscores this dilemma and proves you should always take market share figures with a pinch of salt. One of those firms is Strategy Analytics, which just a few days ago reported...

Facebook Widget Bug Temporarily Redirects Large Area of the Internet Back to Facebook

Facebook Widget Bug Temporarily Redirects Large Area of the Internet Back to Facebook

According to several reports, for a brief time period on Thursday late afternoon (or early evening, depending on your time zone), multiple major Internet news sites experienced a bug that redirected visitors to Facebook--specifically, a Facebook error page. At least one source, Say Media, believes that the issue stemmed from a problem with...

BlackBerry 10 Will Not Ship To Japan

BlackBerry 10 Will Not Ship To Japan

We're pretty sure the executives at RIM, er, BlackBerry, have nothing personal against Japan. It's a fine country, and we're pretty sure the top brass there have given it a visit in recent years. But that said, Japanese citizens patiently awaiting BlackBerry 10 are going to have to swallow some bad news this week. Despite shipping in the company's...

Skype iOS Update Adds iPad Mini Optimization, Other iPhone Improvements

Skype iOS Update Adds iPad Mini Optimization, Other iPhone Improvements

Microsoft may be focusing efforts on making newly-acquired Skype the ideal VoIP communication tool for its own Windows Phone and Windows desktop platforms, but it understands the value of keeping a polished app experience over on another popular platform: iOS. This week, Skype 4.5 was released for iPhone and iPad, and the changes aren't insignificant....

Today's SlickDeals: Antec VSK-3000 Case, XFX Radeon HD 7970 and More

Today's SlickDeals: Antec VSK-3000 Case, XFX Radeon HD 7970 and More

Antec New Solution Series VSK-3000 Computer Case for $20 with free shipping (normally $30 - use coupon code AFNJ0205). Type: ATX Mid Tower Motherboard Compatibility: MicroATX, Mini-ITX External 5.25" Drive Bays: 2 Internal 3.5" Drive Bays: 2 Expansion Slots: 4 TP-LINK TL-WDR4300 N750 Wireless N Dual Band Gigabit Router w/ 2x USB Ports for...

ASUS Could Announce 7-Inch ‘Fonepad’ Android Tablet and Smartphone at MWC

ASUS Could Announce 7-Inch ‘Fonepad’ Android Tablet and Smartphone at MWC

We'll have to consult with Vegas to see what the over/under is on the number of 7-inch tablets introduced at the Mobile Word Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain later this month, but in the meantime, we have a pretty good idea on one we'd like to see. It's the so-called "Fonepad" from Asus, a 7-inch Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet with a x86...

Samsung and EA Chillingo Bring "100% Indie" Game Hub To Google Play

Samsung and EA Chillingo Bring "100% Indie" Game Hub To Google Play

Although Samsung sells more smartphones than Apple, its app store doesn't hold a candle to what the Cupertino company has built. The same can be true for all other smartphone vendors as well. One of the reasons smartphones really took hold of the world is because of what Apple had accomplished with its App Store, and now everyone else wants...

Wikipad Announces Inexpensive Mobile Gaming Alternative to Razer Edge and NVIDIA Project SHIELD

Wikipad Announces Inexpensive Mobile Gaming Alternative to Razer Edge and NVIDIA Project SHIELD

The portable gaming market has been evolving briskly lately, as just a few weeks ago at CES 2013, we got our first hands-on look at both the Razer Edge gaming tablet and NVIDIA’s Project SHIELD mobile gaming device. Now there’s another kid on the block called the Wikipad. The 7-inch tablet is similar to the aforementioned gaming...

Sony's Gaming Sales Collapse; PS4 Launch Looks Increasingly Desperate

Sony's Gaming Sales Collapse; PS4 Launch Looks Increasingly Desperate

For years, Sony's game division has been one of the major revenue earners at the beleaguered company; in 2011 gaming provided more operating income than any other division. That leg was rudely kicked out from under the company this past quarter; Sony's gaming revenue fell 17% while operating income dropped by 86%. Yearly sales for the PS2...

Microsoft Assaults Gmail with "Scroogled" Smear Campaign

Microsoft Assaults Gmail with "Scroogled" Smear Campaign

Google's privacy practices have come under fire in the past six months; the company was fined for continuing to track Safari users after previously promising not to do so. Last fall, Microsoft launched a campaign against Google's shopping search, informing users that Google no longer displayed relevant data, but ranked results by what advertisers...

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins Claims BlackBerry 10 Selling Like Hotcakes

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins Claims BlackBerry 10 Selling Like Hotcakes

Although he doesn’t mention any hard numbers, BlackBerry (the company formerly known as RIM) President and CEO Thorsten Heins (pictured) is apparently very happy with how the launch of the BlackBerry 10 OS and its accompanying pair of phones is going. In a release posted on BlackBerry’s site, Heins said that yesterday was the best...

AMD A85X Motherboard Roundup: ASRock, Gigabyte, Asus

AMD A85X Motherboard Roundup: ASRock, Gigabyte, Asus

We have had a few weeks with three A85X motherboards, the Gigabyte F2A845X-UP4, ASRock FM2A85X Extreme4-M, and Asus F2A85-V Pro, and AMD’s top of the line Trinity A10-5800K APU, which combines 4 unlocked Piledriver CPU cores (stock 3.8GHz, turbo 4.2GHz) with an integrated Radeon HD 7600D GPU with 384 Radeon Cores at 800MHz. We’ve...

Counting Tablets, Apple is World's Top PC Supplier

Counting Tablets, Apple is World's Top PC Supplier

No self respecting power user is giving up his or her desktop for a tablet, plain and simple. At the same time, can you say the same thing about your less savvy friends and family members? My neighbor doesn't own a desktop or a notebook, but he does have an iPad, and there are others just like him, people who just need a device to surf the...

Twitter Blocks Children From Vine Videos, 17+ Rating

Twitter Blocks Children From Vine Videos, 17+ Rating

All it takes is for one bad apple to spoil the bunch, and when a Twitter staff member inadvertently selected a pornographic Vine video as an Editor's Pick, all hell broke loose and it was suddenly "Game over, man!" for teens under the age of 17 years old. Twitter quickly yanked the video and apologized for what it deemed "human error," but...

OCZ Offering Free Far Cry 3 Codes to New and Existing Vector SSD Owners

OCZ Offering Free Far Cry 3 Codes to New and Existing Vector SSD Owners

If you're a performance junkie, investing in a solid state drive (SSD) is a no-brainer at this point, especially with the way prices have fallen this past year. Narrowing down which SSD to purchase, well, that's another story. To help make the decision a little easier, OCZ for a limited time is offering a free Far Cry 3 download with new and...

Google Chromebook Pixel Concept Leaked, 2560X1700 Res with Touch

Google Chromebook Pixel Concept Leaked, 2560X1700 Res with Touch

One thing about Google is that the company never rests, often blindsiding the public with products or services nobody outside of Mountain View saw coming. The original Chromebook was one such product, but might it only have been a precursor to something much more fantastic? One look at a Google's promotional video highlighting the Chromebook...

Dell Now Shipping XPS 13 Ultrabook With 1080p Display

Dell Now Shipping XPS 13 Ultrabook With 1080p Display

We've finally entered the era where resolution is of the utmost importance, it seems. Retina Displays are now found across most of Apple's flagship products, 1080p panels are popping up on flagship Android devices, and even lower-end tablets are aiming to hit the HD ranking. And while 1080p is fantastic even on an 85" panel sitting in the...

Microsoft and Symantec Bust Global Cyber Crime Ring

Microsoft and Symantec Bust Global Cyber Crime Ring

In what sounds like a scene out of one of those (well meaning, but never remotely accurate) cyber-action movies, teams of technicians from Symantec and Microsoft’s Digital Crimes unit wielding a court order from the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, were escorted by U.S. Federal Marshals in raids on data centers in New Jersey...

Google Adds 38 Ski Lift Runs To Google Maps To Spice Up Your Winter

Google Adds 38 Ski Lift Runs To Google Maps To Spice Up Your Winter

Going skiing this winter? If so, be sure to bring Google up in the ski lift. The company has already accomplished some amazing things with Street View, but its latest achievement reaches beyond amazing and goes straight to useful. With timing that couldn't be more perfect, Google has added 38 run and lift maps for some of the most popular...

Windows Phone Beats BlackBerry for Third Place in the U.S., but Victory May Be Fleeting

Windows Phone Beats BlackBerry for Third Place in the U.S., but Victory May Be Fleeting

While Samsung and Apple continue to fight to the death for the top spot in the mobile OS market, the rest of the top players in the field lag far behind. However, there is a quiet duel for third place behind those two juggernauts, and Microsoft has just overtaken BlackBerry. According to Strategy Analytics, in Q4 2012 Windows Phone beat the...

Xbox 720 (Durango) Could Require Always-On Connection, Lock Out Used Games

Xbox 720 (Durango) Could Require Always-On Connection, Lock Out Used Games

Sony's next-generation PS4 unveil is just two weeks away, which means leaks concerning both it and Microsoft's next-generation Xbox Durango (sometimes referred to as the Xbox 720), are at an all-time high as well. Unfortunately, not all the news is good. Rumors continue to swirl that the next iteration of Xbox will lock out used games entirely...

US Federal Reserve Confirms Anonymous Hack During Super Bowl, 4000 US Bank Executives Exposed

US Federal Reserve Confirms Anonymous Hack During Super Bowl, 4000 US Bank Executives Exposed

Following rumors that hacktivist collective Anonymous had breached the US Federal Reserve servers this past weekend comes word from the Fed itself to acknowledge that it did in fact happen. Despite the fact that Anonymous managed to leak information on some 4,000 banking executives, the Federal Reserve is down-playing the the incident due...

iTunes Store: Over 25 Billion Songs Served (and Counting)

iTunes Store: Over 25 Billion Songs Served (and Counting)

For as much criticism as iTunes consistently receives, it hasn't prevented music lovers from downloading songs time and again. Just the opposite, Apple today announced that music fans have purchased and downloaded more than 25 billion songs from the iTunes Store to date. In case you're curious, the 25 billionth song was "Monkey Drums" by Chase...

LogMeIn Launches Evolved Dropbox Clone

LogMeIn Launches Evolved Dropbox Clone

In the cloud storage and sharing market, Dropbox is the prototypical service that everyone emulates, and LogMeIn’s new offering, Cubby, indeed bears a striking resemblance. Like Dropbox, it offers 5GB of free cloud storage that you can access, manage, and edit via a Web browser, mobile device, or synced desktop folder. If you invite...

Are You Working or ‘Cyberloafing’?  Study Says You’re Loafing, Sorry…

Are You Working or ‘Cyberloafing’? Study Says You’re Loafing, Sorry…

For all the furious typing your co-workers do each day, you’d think that they’re being really productive. As it turns out, they’re probably just emailing friends or ordering six pairs of shoes (five of which they’re going to return) from Zappos. A study by researchers at Kansas State University and Southern Illinois...

Facebook Token Hijacker Malware Could Post On Your Wall, Create Events Inviting Your Friends

Facebook Token Hijacker Malware Could Post On Your Wall, Create Events Inviting Your Friends

Social butterflies beware, there's a brand new strain of the Facebook Token Hijacker malware going around, and it preys on victims who want to score a pair of free UGGs boots. What makes this malware "special" is that it's armed with improved obfuscation techniques to keep its dirty code hidden from anti-malware software. Details of the malware...

Instagram Displaying Photo Feeds on the Desktop Web, Not Just Smartphones

Instagram Displaying Photo Feeds on the Desktop Web, Not Just Smartphones

Instagram addicts can now get their fix of filtered photos even when their mobile phone batteries run out of juice. How so? The Facebook-owned service announced that you can now browse your Instagram feed on the web from your desktop or laptop, just like you do on your mobile device. All you have to do is head to Instagram's website and log...

Cisco Report Notes Mobile Traffic Up 70 Percent Reaching 885 Petabytes Per Month

Cisco Report Notes Mobile Traffic Up 70 Percent Reaching 885 Petabytes Per Month

A new report conducted by Cisco underscores the magnitude of the mobile movement we currently find ourselves in. With everyone toting smartphones, tablets, phablets, and even Ultrabooks and ultra-thins, mobile traffic is exploding, having grown 70 percent in 2012. On a global scale, mobile users accounted for 885 petabytes of data traffic...

AMD Releases Open Source Radeon HD 8000 Series Driver

AMD Releases Open Source Radeon HD 8000 Series Driver

AMD isn't yet ready to welcome its upcoming Radeon HD 8000 Series graphics cards to the world, but the company is preparing for the impending launch, in part by publishing initial open source Linux drivers. Found in the Mesa graphics library, the open source drivers pertain to the Radeon HD 8870 and 8850 graphics cards. Barring any delays...

Redbox Instant Coming To Xbox 360 Console, PS3 And Wii U Left Out

Redbox Instant Coming To Xbox 360 Console, PS3 And Wii U Left Out

In the world of exploding markets, video streaming is high atop the list. Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft -- pretty much every major consumer electronics name is wrapped up in video streaming in some way. And now, even a name that's linked tightly to nightly DVD rentals is venturing into the virtual world after finding success in the physical...

Twitter Acquires Bluefin Labs, Continues To Push Ad Opportunities Linked To TV

Twitter Acquires Bluefin Labs, Continues To Push Ad Opportunities Linked To TV

According to a recent report, around half of all Super Bowl commercials featured Twitter in some form or fashion. Perhaps it was just a hashtag logo at the end, or perhaps it was that iconic bird icon beside the company's Twitter handle. Regardless of the particulars, it's quite clear that Twitter has exploded, and is most certainly not reserved...

Why Michael Dell Made His Bold Move: Public or Private, Dell Needs to Communicate a Strategy

Why Michael Dell Made His Bold Move: Public or Private, Dell Needs to Communicate a Strategy

Dell's decision to go private (and Microsoft's $2B investment) are big news in the tech world today, but there's precious little in the way of hard evidence for why Michael Dell decided to buy back the company he founded as a college student back in 1984. The Microsoft angle has gotten a lot of press, but it's not the primary driver of the...

Scientists Develop Transistors Printed on Transparent Paper

Scientists Develop Transistors Printed on Transparent Paper

It looks like a relative breakthrough has been made where materials sciences and nanotechnology are concerned. Scientist Liangbing Hu, stationed at the University of Maryland, turned to one of the most simple materials in order to built a transistor: paper. You might not think of paper as being a good base for anything but writing or packing...

G.Skill Goes Big with World's Fastest 32GB Memory Kit

G.Skill Goes Big with World's Fastest 32GB Memory Kit

Why choose between speed or capacity when you can have both? So proposes memory maker G.Skill, which claims its new Trident X Series 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3-2800 memory kit (F3-2800C11Q-32GTXD) is the fastest clocked 32GB kit you'll find on the entire planet. "Being the first to introduce such large capacity memory kit running at an incredible speed...

OUYA Android-Based Game Console Going Retail In June, Kickstarters Get Theirs in March

OUYA Android-Based Game Console Going Retail In June, Kickstarters Get Theirs in March

When we first caught wind of the OUYA gaming console raising a startling amount of money on Kickstarter (which eventually reached almost $8.6 million) in July, we noted that the console and its small development team had a major mountain to scale to compete in the market. On June 4th, OUYA will accomplish its most impressive feat to date by...

Dell Going Private in $24 Billion Dollar Leveraged Buyout with Microsoft and Silver Lake Management

Dell Going Private in $24 Billion Dollar Leveraged Buyout with Microsoft and Silver Lake Management

It happened. Dell today announced it has signed a definitive merger agreement in which company founder, Chairman, and CEO Michael Dell will acquire the company for approximately $24.4 billion. Microsoft and Silver Lake Management are also involved the transaction, which had been rumored for weeks. "The Dell Board of Directors acting on the...

Facebook Gets Creepier, Developing Friend Geo-Tracker Mobile App

Facebook Gets Creepier, Developing Friend Geo-Tracker Mobile App

Users have long felt some unease towards Facebook and its furtive privacy settings, and that feeling is about to grow as Facebook appears ready to launch a smartphone app that will track users’ locations. Bloomberg reports that the app would run in the background on a device even when the app isn’t open and would be designed to...

Spoiler Alert? Spotify Uses Streaming Data to Predict Grammy Winners

Spoiler Alert? Spotify Uses Streaming Data to Predict Grammy Winners

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will return to the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 10, airing live on CBS from 8-11:30 PM, but might we already know the winners? We would if it were up to Spotify users! The streaming music service analyzed its data streams to predict which nominees would walk away with gilded gramophones. For...

IBM Taking Aim At HP and Oracle with Lower Cost Power PC Based Servers

IBM Taking Aim At HP and Oracle with Lower Cost Power PC Based Servers

IBM on Tuesday announced that the way it's going to compete with Hewlett-Packard and Oracle in the server space is by offering lower priced and easy-to-configure solutions for small-to-medium size businesses (SMBs). Towards that end, IBM rolled out eight new servers powered by its latest Power 7+ processor, starting with an entry-level model...

ARM Beats the Street, Profits Up 16 Percent

ARM Beats the Street, Profits Up 16 Percent

Life is good for ARM, the British chip designer that's riding the mobile wave just as fast and furious as it can. In its most recent financial report, ARM posted a pre-tax profit of 80 million pounds (~$126.2 million) on revenue of 164.2 million pounds ($~262.8 million), representing positive growth of 16 percent and 19 percent, respectively....

US Considering Taking Action Over China Cyber-Attacks

US Considering Taking Action Over China Cyber-Attacks

If you ever wondered what would happen if you started hacking the United States at large, here's a clue. A new report has stated that President Obama's administration is mulling "more assertive" action against China in order to put up an offensive attack against "a persistent cyber-espionage campaign it believes Chinese hackers are waging...

 Amazon Patents Reselling Used Digital Goods

Amazon Patents Reselling Used Digital Goods

Much like it's possible to sue for anything these days, it's apparently not all that difficult to patent anything. While that's something of a stretch, Amazon has just nailed a surprisingly broad patent that could have an impact on the consumer electronics economy as a whole. At its most basic level, the patent -- which was awarded in the...

Amazon Slashes Price on Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Through February 8

Amazon Slashes Price on Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Through February 8

If you're not yet ready to buy that special someone a diamond for Valentine's Day, perhaps an Android tablet is in order. It sends a message that you care on a level higher than chocolates and flowers, but without the clingy commitment that a diamond suggests. Lucky for you, Amazon has slashed the price of its Kindle Fire HD 8.9" line for...

Futuremark's New 3DMark Introduces Cross-Platform Testing; PC Version Now Available

Futuremark's New 3DMark Introduces Cross-Platform Testing; PC Version Now Available

For 14 years, Futuremark's 3DMark benchmarks have served as a reliable point of comparison for PCs with a vast range of CPU and GPU configurations. Now, the company is branching out into cross platform testing. The new 3DMark (there's no year or modifier attached) is designed to allow for apples-to-apples comparisons across x86, Android, iOS,...

Elop Notes a 7 or 10 Inch Nokia Tablet Is On Their Roadmap

Elop Notes a 7 or 10 Inch Nokia Tablet Is On Their Roadmap

The jury is still out concerning the long term success of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, but Nokia, who famously went all in on a Windows Phone 8 gamble when it ditched its old Symbian mobile OS for Microsoft’s new one for its phones, is looking like it made a savvy decision. The company’s Lumia handsets are nice pieces of hardware,...

FCC Proposing Powerful, Massive Public WiFi Network

FCC Proposing Powerful, Massive Public WiFi Network

In what is already a hotly contested issue that will no doubt end in a high stakes showdown, the FCC and its chairman Julius Genachowski (pictured), is proposing a large-scale, free public WiFi network that would be more powerful than current home and office WiFi networks, according to the Washington Post. Essentially, these WiFi networks...

Dell Latitude 6430u: An Ultrabook That's All Business

Dell Latitude 6430u: An Ultrabook That's All Business

Ultrabooks are, in a word, cool. They’re slim, flashy, and lightweight, yet they’re rather powerful and offer users a laptop that can do it all in a form factor that begs to be touched and carried around (especially if it’s a convertible ultrabook, in which case the unit can double as a high-powered tablet). Business-class...

Raspberry Pi Model A On Sale in Europe, Only $25, £19

Raspberry Pi Model A On Sale in Europe, Only $25, £19

If you’ve been itching to get your hands on the $25 Model A version of the Raspberry Pi, your wait is almost over. In fact, you can buy one today if you’re in Europe. The folks at Raspberry Pi are making the new computer available at RS Components and Premier Farnell in Europe (and only for orders in Europe) at the moment, but...

Cast Your Vote On Best Super Bowl Commercials at Youtube AdBlitz

Cast Your Vote On Best Super Bowl Commercials at Youtube AdBlitz

Despite a horrendous first half by the San Francisco 49ers, the Super Bowl turned into a nail biter and almost sparked talk of "Powergate" following a power outage (and subsequent delay) that shifted the momentum. The Baltimore Ravens were able to hold on, however, living up to their billing as a team of destiny. But that wasn't the only reason...

ASUS MeMo Pad 10 with Android Jelly Bean Breaks Out Ahead of MWC

ASUS MeMo Pad 10 with Android Jelly Bean Breaks Out Ahead of MWC

This year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is now ancient history in the fast moving world of tech, and the next big event is Mobile World Congress (MWC), which kicks off later this month. There will be lots of mobile devices on display, including a MeMo Pad 10 tablet from Asus, which has broken cover ahead of the show. A Dutch website posted...

HP's 14-inch Pavilion Chromebook Stings For Microsoft, Only $329

HP's 14-inch Pavilion Chromebook Stings For Microsoft, Only $329

Back at the end of January, Hewlett-Packard's web team inadvertently posted a document detailing a Pavilion Chromebook, which at the time hadn't yet been announced. Only a handful of specs were identified, with no mention of a release date or pricing information, leaving us to speculate on what kind of impact this might have on Microsoft,...

AMD Revamps Never Settle Game Bundle with More Top Titles

AMD Revamps Never Settle Game Bundle with More Top Titles

It's never too early to start looking ahead to your tax refund, and if a graphics card upgrade is on your radar, AMD has an enticing offer. The Sunnyvale chip designer just announced the arrival of its "Never Settle: Reloaded" game bundle, the sequel to last year's "Never Settle" bundle, which allows gamers to receive download codes for triple...

BLU Products Packs NVIDIA's Tegra 3 Within New Quattro Smartphone Line

BLU Products Packs NVIDIA's Tegra 3 Within New Quattro Smartphone Line

In the world of unlocked Android phones, BLU Products is quickly rising through the ranks. The company just announced the new Quattro Series of smartphone devices, all powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 3 (1.5GHz) quad-core chips. Quattro Series devices will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a planned upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Connectivity...

Dijit Acquires GoMiso, Looks To Extend Second Screen Experience

Dijit Acquires GoMiso, Looks To Extend Second Screen Experience

The way things are going, it looks as if the second-screen experience is only going become more universal, not less. And companies involved in that space stand to gain a lot of attention in the coming months and years. Dijit Media isn't a company that too many outside of the tech sphere have heard of, but that could change soon. The company...

Microsoft’s Surface Pro Debuts at Best Buy: $999 for 128GB Model

Microsoft’s Surface Pro Debuts at Best Buy: $999 for 128GB Model

Microsoft’s Surface Pro appeared on Best Buy’s website today, complete with an Ivy Bridge processor and your choice of 64GB or 128GB of storage. The lower-capacity tablet rings in at $899.99, and the 128GB model is priced at $999.99, so you’re looking at $100 to double the storage. Keep in mind that part of that storage is...

Google CEO Eric Schmidt Rips China Calling Country an 'IT Menace'

Google CEO Eric Schmidt Rips China Calling Country an 'IT Menace'

Google’s Eric Schmidt has written a book in collaboration with fellow Googler Jared Cohen called The New Digital Age, and the Wall Street Journal has been reviewing it and pulled out some interesting bits to share. One of the prevailing themes of the work is that Schmidt sees China as an increasingly major problem in the cyber realm....

Researchers Develop Force Feedback Technology for Smartphones

Researchers Develop Force Feedback Technology for Smartphones

The Force, as George Lucas taught us, is not something to be wielded lightly, but thanks to the wonders of science and technology, it is something you might soon be able to harness. Well, sort of. There doesn't yet exist a technology that would allow non-Jedis to move large objects and choke out their enemies without physical interaction,...

Hilarious Samsung Super Bowl Ads Call-Up Lebron James, Seth Rogan, Paul Rudd

Hilarious Samsung Super Bowl Ads Call-Up Lebron James, Seth Rogan, Paul Rudd

Everybody knows the best part of the Super Bowl is watching the New England Patriots win. Unfortunately, Tom Brady and company are sitting at home this year watching the game like the rest of us. The next best thing, of course, are the funny advertisements, which command big dollars during the Super Bowl, and if you've been following Samsung's...

Sony PlayStation ‘Orbis’ To Offer Game Recording, Touch Pad Enabled Controllers

Sony PlayStation ‘Orbis’ To Offer Game Recording, Touch Pad Enabled Controllers

If you're unfamiliar, this is generally how the rumor / leak process works. First comes Sony's actual announcement that a PlayStation-related event will go down on 2/20, and now, sources close to the situation are starting to chatter when asked incessantly about what's coming in just a few weeks. The code-named Orbis has been circling the...

Linux Foundation's UEFI Pre-bootloader Rewritten to Support All Bootloaders

Linux Foundation's UEFI Pre-bootloader Rewritten to Support All Bootloaders

When the Linux Foundation announced that it was creating its own UEFI boot solution, it seemed that our woes about not being able to install Linux on Secure Boot systems would soon be coming to an end. While the "pre-bootloader" is still not production-ready, it's been readily worked on, and recently experienced some significant changes. One...

Google Sees Surge In Chromebook Use In Education

Google Sees Surge In Chromebook Use In Education

It's quite possible that Google's Chromebook launched ahead of its time. Is the world truly ready to embrace a cloud-centric operating system? Chromebook adoption has been sluggish for sure, but in the areas that Google is concentrating on, progress is still being made. Specifically, enterprise and education. In a recent report, Google has...

VESA's New DisplayPort Standard Supports 4K HDMI Transmissions

VESA's New DisplayPort Standard Supports 4K HDMI Transmissions

Now that CES is over, we're left with one major thought: when are those gorgeous 4K HDTVs hitting the market? It's clear that 4K is going to be the next major leap in high-definition television, and it's likely that many with decade-old HDTVs will soon be tempted to update those. But in order to do so, a lot of other puzzle pieces have to...

Mobile Gaming Continues To Threaten Console Market, Even As Next Gen Systems Wait In The Wings

Mobile Gaming Continues To Threaten Console Market, Even As Next Gen Systems Wait In The Wings

Most of our console coverage tends to focus on hardware, rather than software, but with Sony's PS4 unveiling just weeks away, we want to consider the greatest threat facing the console industry:  mobile gaming. Console sales (hardware and software) have tumbled for the second year in a row, even as game purchases from tablets and smartphones...

Oracle’s Latest Java Patch Contains Huge Security Flaw Update of 50 Fixes

Oracle’s Latest Java Patch Contains Huge Security Flaw Update of 50 Fixes

If our not-too-subtle hint a couple of weeks ago about the perils of having Java installed wasn't enough to convince you to uninstall, you should waste no time in heading on over to the official site and grabbing the latest version (7u13). When it comes to Java, the Swiss-cheese of the software world, it's important to snag updates whenever...

Apple’s iPad Continues To Bleed Market Share, While Samsung and ASUS Make Gains

Apple’s iPad Continues To Bleed Market Share, While Samsung and ASUS Make Gains

The latest tablet numbers from the IDC should erase any doubt, if there was any, that tablets are a hot item right now. The market grew 75.3% year-over-year in Q4 2012, and beat expectations with 52.5 millions units shipped in the final quarter of the year alone. However, for as hot as Apple’s iPad once was (and mostly still is), the...

Microsoft and Activision Announce $1M Call of Duty Championship

Microsoft and Activision Announce $1M Call of Duty Championship

The Call of Duty series is immense. Each title manages to sell a record-breaking number of copies, and across all of the platforms they're available for, players tend to stick with them until the next one comes out. Despite all this, the game has very little presence in the pro-gaming landscape. Instead, it's titles like Battlefield 3, Counter-Strike,...

CNET Given The Boot as CES Product Judge, CEA Cites Conflict of Interest with CBS Parent Company

CNET Given The Boot as CES Product Judge, CEA Cites Conflict of Interest with CBS Parent Company

For the last several years, CNET has been coordinating the CES product awards at that big annual electronics show in Las Vegas (you may have heard it mentioned around here a few times), but that arrangement has abruptly ended. According to Boston.com, the Consumer Electronics Agency (CEA), which runs the show, will not be asking CNET back...

French Ski Shop Photobombs Google Street View in Hilarious Fashion

French Ski Shop Photobombs Google Street View in Hilarious Fashion

Being an investigative journalist isn't always easy. So, when a semi-illicit snapshot of a steamy dressing room scene in a French ski shop started making its way through cyberspace, we knew he had to, uh, take a closer look. For journalism, of course. And what exactly did we find upon a closer examination? We found that this particular ski...

Google Project Glass Steps Into The FCC For Approval

Google Project Glass Steps Into The FCC For Approval

How do you know we're living in the future? If Wi-Fi in the skies and second-screen experiences aren't enough for you, how about this? While Google has thought up some pretty outlandish things in its history, there's a big difference between cooking something up on a drawing board, and submitting something to the FCC for clearance. Google...

Is Dell’s Buyout Move Coming This Monday?

Is Dell’s Buyout Move Coming This Monday?

Dell, the third biggest PC manufacturer in the world, could be a private company by the time the weekend is over. While most of use are planning Super Bowl parties (go 49ers!), Dell founder and chief executive officer Michael Dell, along with private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, are trying to finalize a a potential $24 billion deal that...

Twitter HACKED, Security Attacks On The US Continue

Twitter HACKED, Security Attacks On The US Continue

Concerned that hacking is on the rise? You've every right to be worried. Following recent reports from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times surrounding intrusion from outside forces into their news systems and e-mail databases, Twitter has now affirmed a security puncture of its own. The company released a blog post noting that it...

Verizon Jumps Into The Prepaid Space, But Only Supports 3G Users

Verizon Jumps Into The Prepaid Space, But Only Supports 3G Users

Well, well -- looks like those whole "prepaid" thing may not just be for the second-tier carriers any longer. This week, Verizon Wireless announced that it too would be joining the prepaid ranks, which is fairly monumental on a couple of levels. First and foremost, the majority of prepaid options in America rely on Sprint's network -- which...

The Battle Between Microsoft and Apple Could Kill Office for iOS

The Battle Between Microsoft and Apple Could Kill Office for iOS

It has been over six years since Apple introduced the iPhone. Millions of apps have been written for the platform in that time, with collective downloads into the billions. Apple's App Store is a thriving marketplace with a huge amount of software available on virtually any topic you can think of. But not Microsoft Office. There are plenty...

With 'House of Cards,' Netflix Delivers Entire TV Season

With 'House of Cards,' Netflix Delivers Entire TV Season

In the battle for monthly streaming subscribers, the latest weapon is exclusive content. Hulu is launching several new shows under its own brand and Netflix is in the process of doing the same. The Netflix twist: you get the whole season in one go. Today, ‘House of Cards’ launched with not one, but all 13 episodes available to...

“Star Trek Into The Darkness” App Now Available and Free On Google Play For Android

“Star Trek Into The Darkness” App Now Available and Free On Google Play For Android

Yes, it’s a publicity stunt for the upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek flick, but it’s also pretty cool: Paramount Pictures put together a special app that is designed to engage users by offering exclusive content, “real life” missions, and prize giveaways. The app, which is available on the iOS and Android stores,...

TeleGeography’s Amazing Submarine Cable Map Updated For 2013

TeleGeography’s Amazing Submarine Cable Map Updated For 2013

Remember being captivated by the colorful countries on the map at school? I used to spin the classroom globe, mapping routes for my imaginary adventures, Indiana Jones-style. If you have similarly nostalgic memories of maps from your youth, you’re going to love TeleGeography’s Submarine Cable Map. TeleGeography Submarine Cable...

Microsoft Gives Mixed Signals on Fate of DirectX

Microsoft Gives Mixed Signals on Fate of DirectX

After freaking out the gaming community with an email that seemed to signal the end of DirectX, Microsoft is now assuring everyone that DirectX is alive and well. The Microsoft XNA toolset is what’s being cut loose. It looks like DirectX isn't going anywhere, after all. The confusion arose from an email that was sent to DirectX/XNA MVPs...

Chinese Hackers Attacking The New York Times

Chinese Hackers Attacking The New York Times

Attacks on newspapers and journalists aren’t new, though some of the methods are, as evidenced by hackers recently infiltrating The New York Times’ computer network. According to The Times, the newspaper discovered the intruders and monitored their activities before kicking them out of the system. The Times plans to use what it...

Apple Took Top Spot in U.S. Mobile Phone Market Share in Q4 (but Samsung Ruled 2012)

Apple Took Top Spot in U.S. Mobile Phone Market Share in Q4 (but Samsung Ruled 2012)

If focusing on the U.S. market, then Apple was the top mobile vendor in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released by Strategy Analytics. Mobile phone shipments as a whole grew 4 percent last year to reach 52 million units (again, just focusing on the U.S.), and in Q4, Apple snagged just over a third of the market with a 34 percent...

Should Microsoft Fret Surface RT's High Return Rate?

Should Microsoft Fret Surface RT's High Return Rate?

History will ultimately tell us whether or not Microsoft's Surface tablet strategy was a sound one, but for now, we don't have the benefit of time and hindsight. In their absence, we have to rely on data and analysis from market research firms (as well as our own impressions), and it just so happens that IHS iSuppli has some interesting figures...

Apple Software Developer Says OS X is Rotting to the Core

Apple Software Developer Says OS X is Rotting to the Core

It's not often you hear an Apple user bash his platform, especially a relatively high profile one like Lloyd Chambers, a photography enthusiast and author of the Macintosh Performance Guide. Chambers, who worked as a professional software engineer for 25 years and has been using Macs since they first appeared in the 1980s, wrote an interesting...

Temple Run 2 Hits 50 Million Downloads in 2 Weeks, All Time Record

Temple Run 2 Hits 50 Million Downloads in 2 Weeks, All Time Record

It's kind of ironic that a game classified as an endless runner would race to 50 million downloads in just shy of two weeks, making it the fastest growing mobile of all time. Temple Run 2, the game in question, also sprinted to the No. 1 spot in iOS's Free Apps category not long after it launched on January 17, as well as taking pole position...

Get Your Facebook Gift Cards, Now

Get Your Facebook Gift Cards, Now

If you haven't heard, Facebook is now a public company. That means that the experience has, and will continue to change into eternity now that the company has to turn a profit to satisfy shareholders. Facebook has been cramming ads into feeds left and right, and is even experimenting with an option that'll let users pay real money to send...

Sony Announces Feb. 20 Meeting To Unveil Next-Generation PlayStation Console

Sony Announces Feb. 20 Meeting To Unveil Next-Generation PlayStation Console

The next PlayStation is coming. Soon. Out of nowhere, Sony has finally responded to the stockpile of rumors by announcing an event on Feb. 20th that'll tell the tale of the PlayStation's future. While little is detailed in the teaser video, it's clear that the public at large is being invited to learn more about the next steps in the brand's...

Astro Gaming Reveals Dead Space 3 Edition A30 / A40 Headsets

Astro Gaming Reveals Dead Space 3 Edition A30 / A40 Headsets

Ever wonder what would happen if a gaming headset slammed into one of the hottest new titles out in the console world? Wonder no more! Astro Gaming has just introduced six sets of exclusively designed speakers tags for its ASTRO A30 and A40 Audio Systems. Developed with direct input from both Electronic Arts and Visceral Games, the ASTRO Gaming...