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Facebook Advertiser Pulls Page After Suspicious Clickjacking, Attempted Corporate Shakedown

Facebook Advertiser Pulls Page After Suspicious Clickjacking, Attempted Corporate Shakedown

Limited Run describes itself as a "platform specifically designed for labels, musicians, and artists, selling digital and physical products." The company (known as Limited Pressing on Facebook) offers a framework for artists to build their own small scale music stores, take orders, and distribute product either digitally or in real life. Until...

LG Scraps Plans to Upgrade Optimus 2X and Black to ICS North of the Border

LG Scraps Plans to Upgrade Optimus 2X and Black to ICS North of the Border

Living in the Android ecosystem is a double-edged sword. On one hand, Google is great about updating Android with awesome new builds, including Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, both of which raised the bar over previous versions. Unfortunately, handset makers and wireless carriers are slow as molasses when it comes to issuing device updates...

Google Updates Gmail with Google+ Hangouts

Google Updates Gmail with Google+ Hangouts

Back in late 2008, Google added video chat capabilities to Gmail, giving users a viable non-Skype way to communicate with friends, family, and coworkers. Not quite four years later, Google has updated the Gmail's video chat service with Google+ Hangout technology. The original version of Gmail video chat used peer-to-peer technology, but Hangouts...

Report: iPhone, iPad mini, and iPod nano Coming at September Apple Event

Report: iPhone, iPad mini, and iPod nano Coming at September Apple Event

If your appetite for Apple rumors isn’t currently sated, here’s another. According to (the poetically named) iMore, Apple has scheduled an event for September 12th, at which time the company will unveil the iPhone 5, iPad mini, and possibly the next-generation iPod nano. The iPhone 5 (or whatever Apple will call it) will then be...

T-Mobile USA Launching Galaxy Note On August 8th

T-Mobile USA Launching Galaxy Note On August 8th

Great news for fans of Samsung's Galaxy Note and of T-Mobile USA's network: the giant phone / tablet hybrid is coming to T-Mob, after a few months of living it up on AT&T. Reports are spreading that the Note II may be on top for a release later in the year, but that's not stopping this carrier from being the second in the States to pick...

Alleged Xbox Durango Put Up For Sale Was Reportedly 'Real Deal'

Alleged Xbox Durango Put Up For Sale Was Reportedly 'Real Deal'

Over the weekend, a forum member at Assemblergames.com claimed to have access to an early Xbox Durango development kit. The user, who went by DaE, attempted to sell the box online for a cool $10,000, apparently believing that he had a better chance of pulling the sale off in a forum as opposed to putting it on Ebay. The original response to...

Google Nexus 7 Tablet Review: Jelly Bean and Much More

Google Nexus 7 Tablet Review: Jelly Bean and Much More

A couple of years ago, Google introduced its Nexus line of smartphones. Nexus branded phones feature a pure Android experience without the customizations and tweaks we generally get from smartphone manufacturers and wireless carriers. Nexus-branded products also come with an unlockable bootloader which provides for further development and...

Wildly Popular 16GB Nexus 7 Tablet Now Back in Stock at Google Play

Wildly Popular 16GB Nexus 7 Tablet Now Back in Stock at Google Play

The thing about tables like the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire, and iPad is that you're generally stuck with whatever internal storage exists, save for cloud computing and external add-ons. For that reason, early Nexus 7 owners proved ahead of the savvy-buyer curve and quickly deplete Google of its inventory of 16GB tablets, leaving other potential...

Excessive Tweeting Takes Toll On Olympics

Excessive Tweeting Takes Toll On Olympics

The staggering size of the Olympics is doing more than congesting London's street traffic - it's hampering data traffic, as well. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is pleading with fans to reduce the number of tweets and texts they're sending, as the data usage has actually started to interfere with the games. Fans are asked to keep...

Deal Site Writes iPod's Obituary, Claims Convergence Devices are Pallbearers

Deal Site Writes iPod's Obituary, Claims Convergence Devices are Pallbearers

It wasn't that long ago that Apple's iPod line sold like gangbusters, taking the MP3 player market by storm and creating a frenzy that other companies have been unable to replicate. Fast forward to 2012, a time when iPad and iPhone sales are booming, and some are wondering if the iPod is on the verge of obsolescence. A peek at Apple's latest...

Mountain Lion Roars to 3 Million Downloads, is Apple's Most Successful OS X Release

Mountain Lion Roars to 3 Million Downloads, is Apple's Most Successful OS X Release

Mountain Lion is off to such a fast start that Apple dubbed it "the most successful OS X release" in the company's history. Prior to the weekend, estimates pegged Mountain Lion downloads at around 2 million after just 48 hours of being uncaged, and since then Apple has come out said downloads of OS X 10.8 have topped 3 million in just four...

Filing Leaks 10/26 Launch Date For Microsoft Surface & Windows 8

Filing Leaks 10/26 Launch Date For Microsoft Surface & Windows 8

Microsoft's annual report to the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission seems to confirm a few details about Windows 8 and Surface that many already suspected: The launch date is October 26th for both. Of course, Microsoft hasn't made these dates official yet. If you're planning to pick up one of the new tablets, one thing to keep in mind...

Like Valve, Blizzard Denouncing Windows 8 as Bad for PC Gaming

Like Valve, Blizzard Denouncing Windows 8 as Bad for PC Gaming

Game developers Valve and Blizzard don't always see to eye-to-eye, such as when the two companies argued over which was the rightful owner of the DOTA (Defense of the Ancients) trademark. But one thing they do agree on is that Windows 8 could be a "catastrophe" for PC gaming. Valve drew first blood against Microsoft's upcoming touch-friendly...

Microsoft Reveals New Mice And Keyboard Accessories For Windows 8

Microsoft Reveals New Mice And Keyboard Accessories For Windows 8

Newsflash: Microsoft isn't just a software company. As if the Surface wasn't reminder enough that the company also knows a thing or two about hardware, it has just introduced new mice and keyboards designed specifically to play nice with Windows 8. Win8 is slated to hit shelves on Oct. 26th, and if you were worried about having kit around...

Inside Baseball: Curt Schilling, Steve Jobs, and the Death of 38 Studios

Inside Baseball: Curt Schilling, Steve Jobs, and the Death of 38 Studios

Boston Magazine has posted an in-depth article on how and why 38 Studios fell apart, including a significant number of comments and insights from Schilling himself. The article confirms much of what we initially expected; Schilling was absolutely committed to the game, faithful to the cause, and had no idea how to run a company or attract...

In Search of Gold, Apple's New Mac Ads are Olympic Fails

In Search of Gold, Apple's New Mac Ads are Olympic Fails

It doesn't matter if you're a Mac fanatic or if you're anti-Apple to the core, there's no denying the Cupertino company knows how to market and sell a product to the masses. Steve Jobs, if nothing else, created a consumer culture where iDevices are in such high demand, people will line up for blocks to purchase the newest iPhone or iPad tablet....

Instapaper Downloads Shoot up 600% with Google Nexus 7 Launch

Instapaper Downloads Shoot up 600% with Google Nexus 7 Launch

Was it a coincidence? Perhaps, but the fact remains that according to Mobelux, maker of Instapaper, the “read later” Android app saw downloads skyrocket 600% when the Google Nexus 7 launched. According to The Next Web, Jeff Rock of Mobelux heard anecdotally that the $25 Google Play credit that came with the Nexus 7 may have had...

Google Updates Select Locales With High-Res Imagery

Google Updates Select Locales With High-Res Imagery

Google is making its Maps and Earth products even better. While the company clearly has to match Apple now that the company is cranking out its own Maps app for iOS 6, it seems that 3D offline maps with flyover data isn't enough. Now, it has just published another extensive catalog of new imagery. This week it has new updates to both its high...

Leaked iPhone 5 Images Showcase Smaller Dock Connector, Sleeker Design

Leaked iPhone 5 Images Showcase Smaller Dock Connector, Sleeker Design

There will be another iPhone. That's a fact. While Apple hasn't confirmed it specifically, you can bet it won't just stop with the iPhone 4S. The question on the world's mind right now is pretty simple when it comes to this segment: "What will the iPhone 5 (or whatever it'll be called) look like?" We might just have an answer to that now....

GameStop: We're Interested in Selling Secondhand Digital Download Video Games

GameStop: We're Interested in Selling Secondhand Digital Download Video Games

GameStop makes a killing selling used videogames, but what happens to that business model when digital distribution platforms run physical media out of town? That's not anything to worry about today, tomorrow, next week, or even next year, but at some point, GameStop will have to deal with the direction the games industry is headed, and it...

28nm Chip Shortage May Lead to iPhone 5 Delay

28nm Chip Shortage May Lead to iPhone 5 Delay

If you're one of the many people stuck in a smartphone holding pattern as you wait for Apple to announce (and launch) its upcoming iPhone 5 model, go ahead and get cozy. Reports out of China suggest Apple may delay the iPhone 5 as a result of a shortage of 28 nanometer chips. This isn't the first time such rumors have manifested, so take it...

Charlie Miller Strikes Again, Hacks Android and MeeGo Devices using NFC at Black Hat Conference

Charlie Miller Strikes Again, Hacks Android and MeeGo Devices using NFC at Black Hat Conference

Back when Near Field Communication (NFC) technology was just becoming known, there were some who worried that it would create yet another potential attack vector for mobile devices by dint of being a wireless technology over which users would be transmitting sensitive payment or personal data. The general consensus seemed to be, however, that...

MSI Introduces Intel-Powered CR41 Multimedia Laptop

MSI Introduces Intel-Powered CR41 Multimedia Laptop

Multimedia laptops haven't been as en vouge as they once were, mostly because Ultrabooks have been here, there and everywhere. But that's not to say they've faded completely from view. MSI has a new one, the CR41, which ships with Intel's latest Core i CPU range, USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4, Bluetooth 4.0 and a battery that's good for up to 7.5 hours....

Samsung's Q2 2012 Profits Soar Thanks To Smartphone Sales

Samsung's Q2 2012 Profits Soar Thanks To Smartphone Sales

With earnings season comes yet another glorious release from Samsung. The owner of the Galaxy line of phones and tablets is all smiles following its Q2 2012 earnings report, which details a record operating profit of 6.72 trillion won on consolidated revenues of 47.6 trillion won. In U.S. currency, that's about $5.86 billion in operating profit....

Apple Reportedly Looking To Invest Heavily In Twitter

Apple Reportedly Looking To Invest Heavily In Twitter

By and large, Apple doesn't really "do" partnerships. The company likes to play pretty much all of its cards close, hence the vertical integration between software and hardware. So, it came as something of a surprise when Apple not only allowed access to Twitter on iOS 5, but integrated it so tightly into the mobile OS. Users can tap into...

Facebook Puts The Kibosh On FB Smartphone...Or Does It?

Facebook Puts The Kibosh On FB Smartphone...Or Does It?

Facebook has been fairly dismissive of reports of a Facebook smartphone, but the strongest rejection came yesterday from Mark Zuckerberg, himself. And yet, even with the CEO of the company saying that such a phone "Wouldn't really make much sense to do," analysts and reporters are largely unconvinced that one isn't in the works right now....

Mac OS X Mountain Lion (Unofficially) Sprints to Over 2 Million Downloads

Mac OS X Mountain Lion (Unofficially) Sprints to Over 2 Million Downloads

While nothing is yet official, early estimates have Apple's newly released Max OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) off to a roaring start. Furthermore, if the preliminary numbers are accurate, Mountain Lion could become the fastest deployed operating system of all time, regardless of platform. That's impressive. Web tracking firm Chitka ran the numbers...

OnLive Announces Streaming Partnership With Android-Powered Ouya Console

OnLive Announces Streaming Partnership With Android-Powered Ouya Console

One of the biggest questions swirling around the Kickstarter-funded Ouya console is whether the device would be able to build an adequate game library. Ouya explicitly eschews the vendor lockdown imposed by Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, in favor of a hackable architecture. You're encouraged to buy the product, take it home, and modify it...

Google Introduces Handwrite For Web Search

Google Introduces Handwrite For Web Search

Let's face it, even with Swype and other on-screen keyboards that make it relatively easy to enter text on a smartphone, there are times when it's difficult or inconvenient to type, such as during a bumpy taxi ride. Google is hoping to make it even easier to search the web from your smartphone or tablet with a new feature called Handwrite....

Sprint Announces LTE-equipped Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE

Sprint Announces LTE-equipped Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE

Sprint and Motorola announced a new 4G LTE-enabled smartphone that features a full QWERTY keyboard as well as international capabilities in the form of the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE. This smartphone features a 4.3-inch ColorBoost display with scratch-resistant glass and a splash-guard coating, Android 4.0.4, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, a...

HotHardware Demos Samsung's Smart TV, Dave Makes Cameo Appearance

HotHardware Demos Samsung's Smart TV, Dave Makes Cameo Appearance

Although most of our time is spent hunkered down in the labs running benchmarks, taking and editing pictures, compiling data, working on page layouts, and of course writing, on occasion some of us actually get to go out into the real world and interact with people. I know. It’s crazy. But it does happen. Fortunately for us, our fearless...

Apple to Acquire AuthenTec and its Deep Mobile Security, Touch, Swipe, Fingerprint, and NFC Portfolio

Apple to Acquire AuthenTec and its Deep Mobile Security, Touch, Swipe, Fingerprint, and NFC Portfolio

AuthenTec makes products for “secure networking, content and data protection, access control, and strong fingerprint security on PCs and mobile devices” (so sayeth the company website), and soon all of that technology will be the property of Apple. A Reuters report stated that Apple will buy the company for $365 million, or $8.00...

Samsung, Apple Account for Half of all Global Smartphone Shipments, IDC Says

Samsung, Apple Account for Half of all Global Smartphone Shipments, IDC Says

Smartphone shipments around the world seem to have stagnated with the mobile phone market growing just 1 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2012, but there's still reason for Samsung and Apple to celebrate. The two companies dominate the market, shipping nearly half of the world's smartphones and have more than doubled their combined...

OLPC’s Upcoming XO Touch Laptop/Tablet Hybrid to Feature Neonode Multitouch Tech

OLPC’s Upcoming XO Touch Laptop/Tablet Hybrid to Feature Neonode Multitouch Tech

When the next iteration of One Laptop Per Child’s notebook arrives, it will be called the XO Touch and will feature multitouch technology from Neonode. In a blog post, OLPC stated that Neonode’s technology enables speedy multitouch performance that’s energy conscious--a must for these machines that will be in the hands of...

Weekend Price Drop Looms for HTC One X at AT&T

Weekend Price Drop Looms for HTC One X at AT&T

If you're getting ready to purchase HTC's One X smartphone on AT&T, just stop what you're doing and hang tight for a couple of days. That's because the $200 smartphone (with 2-year service agreement) is about to get cheaper -- a lot cheaper. A member of the XDA Developer forum who claims to work for AT&T revealed company plans to slash...

Google Fiber 1Gbps Broadband Service Goes Live in Kansas City

Google Fiber 1Gbps Broadband Service Goes Live in Kansas City

Residents of Kansas City are a lucky bunch. How so? Well, they're getting first crack at Google's insanely fast and shockingly affordable Google Fiber Internet and TV service, which offers a connection speed around 100 times faster than the average broadband in other parts of the country. For those who want strictly Internet service, Google...

Microsoft Confesses: Surface Tablet Could Impact Partner Relationships

Microsoft Confesses: Surface Tablet Could Impact Partner Relationships

Well, at least the collective tech press isn't completely nuts. As soon as Microsoft used a hush-hush event to reveal the Surface tablet (both of them, actually), the first thought wasn't about Microsoft following Apple, or even Windows 8 on a tablet. It was: "What will Microsoft's OEM partners think?" Indeed, Microsoft has survived and thrived...

NVIDIA Embracing Miracast Audio / Video Wireless Streaming Protocol

NVIDIA Embracing Miracast Audio / Video Wireless Streaming Protocol

NVIDIA is a pretty huge company, and it's becoming more monumental by the day. Having its support can make or break a product, and so it's probably causing a lot of smiles in the wireless streaming arena now that NVIDIA is tossing its weight behind Miracast. If you haven't heard that term before, fret not. The Wi-Fi Alliance is expected to...

Twitter Goes Down Briefly, Users Turn To Plan FB

Twitter Goes Down Briefly, Users Turn To Plan FB

What do you do if you suddenly can't share your clever thoughts with the masses? We don't know, because the minute Twitter dropped off the grid today, we shared our panic on Facebook. And so did everyone else, it seems. It's simultaneously comforting and disconcerting to know that people are plugged into enough massive communication channels...

Samsung's NX1000 Is Now Available

Samsung's NX1000 Is Now Available

Samsung is now shipping its NX1000 compact system camera. The NX1000 is the most budget-friendly model in Samsung's family of NX SMART cameras which feature built-in Wi-Fi. The camera comes in black, white, and pink and has a price of $699.99. In addition to built-in Wi-Fi for easy picture sharing, the NX1000 features an all-purpose 20-50mm...

Steam Hardware Survey Reveals Rising Dependence on Low End Hardware

Steam Hardware Survey Reveals Rising Dependence on Low End Hardware

One of the side effects of Steam becoming the dominant online distribution platform for PC games is that it gives us a glimpse of what types of hardware computer users are wielding these days. Steam just released its latest collection of hardware stats, and there are some interesting trends taking place. For one, reliance on integrated graphics...

Sprint And AT&T Expand Their LTE Networks

Sprint And AT&T Expand Their LTE Networks

All of the major carriers in the US are racing to roll out their fourth-generation LTE networks. Sprint and AT&T both announced new expansion plans today. For starters, Sprint is planning to offer 4G LTE service in four new cities before Labor Day. Those cities include Baltimore, MD; Gainesville, GA; Manhattan / Junction City, KS; and...

Open Source: Incredible Apps For Every OS

Open Source: Incredible Apps For Every OS

We thought it might be nice to have a quick rundown of some of the best apps that are free, open source, and cross-platform. Experienced users may find fault with us for leaving out their favorite app, but hopefully they will agree that the ones we’ve picked here are deserving of recognition. We especially hope this is useful to those...

Google, Facebook, eBay, and Amazon Form D.C. Lobbying Group to Thwart “Series of Tubes”-Level Confusion

Google, Facebook, eBay, and Amazon Form D.C. Lobbying Group to Thwart “Series of Tubes”-Level Confusion

Tech titans have become accustomed to litigation in recent years as they’re embroiled in perpetual Nineteen Eighty-Four-length patent wars, and now it appears that instead of arguing their cases in front of judges, several companies are planning to address laws by lobbying lawmakers directly. According to a Reuters report, a lobbying...

Symantec Shows CEO the Door Following 10 Percent Profit Drop

Symantec Shows CEO the Door Following 10 Percent Profit Drop

Symantec, apparently unhappy with the ways thing have been going, ousted its Chief Executive Officer of three years and severed ties with a man who had been with the company for almost two decades. That man is Enrique Salem, and his termination took affect immediately following a review by Symantec's board of directors. Stepping in his place...

ASUS Takes On Enthusiasts & Newbies With Its RT-AC66U 802.11ac Router

ASUS Takes On Enthusiasts & Newbies With Its RT-AC66U 802.11ac Router

Here come the 802.11ac routers, and a little ahead of schedule at that. Networking manufacturers were talking up the new wireless standard at CES in January, promising to have product ready by the fall. Asus is the latest to join the still-small club of companies to release a router that uses the new 802.11ac standard. The sharp-looking Asus...

Facebook, HTC Reportedly Targeting Mid 2013 for Social Smartphone Launch

Facebook, HTC Reportedly Targeting Mid 2013 for Social Smartphone Launch

Facebook, the world's largest social playground with over 900 million registered users, is said to be collaborating with HTC to build its own branded smartphone, with a target release date pegged for sometime in the middle of next year. Earlier rumors had the two companies hoping to release a Facebook-brand smartphone device by the end of...

Google Continues to Investigate Lingering Google Talk Outage

Google Continues to Investigate Lingering Google Talk Outage

If you're having trouble using Google Talk, don't waste time messing around with your network and/or router settings. Chances are the problem has nothing to do with you, Joe User, with the culprit being something on Google's end. The sultan of search began investigating "reports of an issue with Google Talk" early this morning, and within...

Razer Rethinks BlackWidow Mechanical Keyboard with Updated and New Models

Razer Rethinks BlackWidow Mechanical Keyboard with Updated and New Models

The busy bodies at Razer apparently skipped taking a summer vacation this year and instead focused on pumping out new and updated gaming peripherals. In addition to its ambidextrous Ourboros mouse that was just announced, Razer is also getting ready for the return of its BlackWidow mechanical keyboard line with new two updated models and a...

O2 Providing More Free Wi-Fi To Hot London Locales

O2 Providing More Free Wi-Fi To Hot London Locales

With London's biggest spectacle starting in a matter of hours, we can only imagine the chaos. And we aren't just talking about public transit. We're talking about clogged networks, overloaded cell towers and slammed internet pipes. Of course, a period of challenge also presents a great deal of opportunity. Network carrier O2 has announced...

The New York Times Drops App Support For BlackBerry And Palm Pre

The New York Times Drops App Support For BlackBerry And Palm Pre

It's never fun to say goodbye to an old friend, but sometimes, it's necessary. The same is true when it comes to technology. The floppy disc was a good pal, but there came a point where it just wasn't needed. The same could be said of webOS, now that Palm was swallowed by HP and effectively shut down altogether. So, it probably comes as no...

Lian-Li Introduces Latest Spin on a Silent ATX Case

Lian-Li Introduces Latest Spin on a Silent ATX Case

Cutting down the noise emitting from a computer chassis is a constant goal of case builders, and silent cases are typically an exercise in clever engineering. The latest entry into the silent chassis market is Lian-Li’s PC-B12, an all-black all aluminum number that employs noise-reducing foam on the front and side panels and sucks in...

Valve's Gabe Newell Thinks Windows 8 Will Kill PC Gaming; Plans Penguin-Flavored Future

Valve's Gabe Newell Thinks Windows 8 Will Kill PC Gaming; Plans Penguin-Flavored Future

Valve founder Gabe Newell had a conversation with VentureBeat recently in which the company CEO dropped some rather odd predictions concerning the future of the PC market. Newell took time out of his busy day spent rolling around naked on heaps of money and thinking of things to do besides Half Life: Episode 3 to share his opinion on Windows...

CompactFlash Association Talks Up XQD 2.0's 8Gbps Transfer Rate

CompactFlash Association Talks Up XQD 2.0's 8Gbps Transfer Rate

The need for speed isn't lost on us -- we're always yearning for an SSD, RAM module, you name it, with faster throughput. It doesn't end when it comes to flash cards, as the demand placed on HD-DSLRs is getting quite severe now that 1080p30 video is the norm. With more and more DSLR cameras able to shoot HD video, the CompactFlash Association...

Razer's Brings the Funk (and Ergonomics) to Ambidextrous 'Ouroboros' Gaming Mouse

Razer's Brings the Funk (and Ergonomics) to Ambidextrous 'Ouroboros' Gaming Mouse

Razer's new Ourboros mouse for gamers might be the funkiest looking rodent this side of the planet Ork, but it's with comfort and ergonomics in mind that the peripheral maker designed it. What's more, left-handed gamers will be thrilled to know Razer didn't play favorites with this particular mouse, which sports an ambidextrous design. "Designed...

Leaked Document Hints at 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook Arriving...

Leaked Document Hints at 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook Arriving...

RIM has been trudging uphill for a few years, now, but it's not ready to quit yet. The smartphone and tablet maker is still putting out products, if slowly. More than a year after announcing plans to launch a 4G LTE tablet, RIM looks to be just about ready to release it. Whether the extra bandwidth will put a new shine on the struggling tablet...

Netflix's Interest in Partnering with HBO is a One Way Street

Netflix's Interest in Partnering with HBO is a One Way Street

One of the few (legal) ways you can stream Game of Thrones to your living television set is to subscribe to HBO through your satellite or cable TV provider and login into HBO Go. You can also buy episodes to stream on Amazon Prime, but if it were up to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, you'd also be able to stream HBO content via Netflix. As much...

Broadcom Announces 5G Wi-Fi For Mobile Devices

Broadcom Announces 5G Wi-Fi For Mobile Devices

Fourth generation wireless connectivity may be all the rage right now, but Broadcom is already looking ahead to 5G. Broadcom introduced the BCM4335 which it claims is the industry's first complete 5G Wi-Fi combo chip for smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks and other mobile devices. This chip integrates a complete 5G Wi-Fi system based on the...

Nintendo Hits a Rough Patch Due to Slowed Hardware Sales

Nintendo Hits a Rough Patch Due to Slowed Hardware Sales

Nintendo's second quarter financial report reads something like this: 'Thank you investors! But our revenue growth is in another castle!' The game company reported 84.8 billion yen (or about $1.08 billion) in revenue during its second fiscal quarter of 2012, which is a lot of money, but also representative of a 9.7 percent drop from the 93.9...

Windows Malware Worms Way into Apple's iOS App Store

Windows Malware Worms Way into Apple's iOS App Store

Windows users seeking refuge from malware don't have many places to go, including Apple's iOS App Store, which was recently discovered to be harboring files containing a Windows virus. A user on Apple's support forum first reported the discovery after ClamXav flagged his "InstaQuotes-Quotes Cards for Instagram" download as being infected....

AVADirect Now Offers Optional 30-day Dead Pixel Insurance on Quickship Laptops

AVADirect Now Offers Optional 30-day Dead Pixel Insurance on Quickship Laptops

Boutique system builder AVADirect is now offering a 30-day dead pixel warranty option for all Clevo Quickship notebooks. For those who purchase the warranty add-on, AVADirect will guarantee the notebook screen won't suffer from any dead pixels for up to a month from the date of receipt. That's groovy if even just a single dead pixel will mess...

OS X Mountain Lion Is On The Loose

OS X Mountain Lion Is On The Loose

If you're a Mac user, you can upgrade to the lastest version of Mac OS X today for a penny shy of $20. You can download Apple's OS X 10.8 from the Mac App Store, which is Apple's online software retail service, so long as you're running Lion or Snow Leopard. Apple is famously tight-lipped about its products, though it saves the real paranoia...

Drobo 5D and Drobo Mini Pack Thunderbolt and USB 3.0, Available for Preorder

Drobo 5D and Drobo Mini Pack Thunderbolt and USB 3.0, Available for Preorder

Drobo is dropping another couple of storage arrays into the market--the Drobo 5D and Drobo Mini, both of which boast one USB 3.0 and two Thunderbolt ports (with free included cables)--and the pair are now available for preorder. Built for the media-crazed home user, creative pros with heavy media needs, or simply businesses looking for better...

Comcast Xfinity Platinum Internet Service Takes Aim at Verizon’s Quantum FiOS

Comcast Xfinity Platinum Internet Service Takes Aim at Verizon’s Quantum FiOS

We knew that Comcast was readying a new Internet service tier to compete with Verizon’s Quantum FiOS (300Mbps down, 65Mbps up, $205 per month), and now we have confirmation and some more details. Comcast announced Xfinity Platinum Internet, which promises almost exactly the same performance as Verizon, with 305Mbps down and 65Mbps up,...

Qualcomm's 10.1" Quad-Core Development Tablet Hits For $1,299

Qualcomm's 10.1" Quad-Core Development Tablet Hits For $1,299

Cores, cores, and a few more cores. It's pretty tough to ever have enough of the things, and Qualcomm seems to agree. The company has just announced the availability of the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro Mobile Development platform for tablets. The Snapdragon S4 APQ8064-based dev tool provides access to Android 4.0 for "app and game development."...

Apple Reports Q3 2012 Earnings: $35 Billion In Revenue, $8.8 Billion In Profit

Apple Reports Q3 2012 Earnings: $35 Billion In Revenue, $8.8 Billion In Profit

It's earnings season, and Apple is once again at the forefront. The company has become something of a spectacle in recent years, seemingly unable to not turn a ridiculous profit every chance it gets. Lately, it has felt like one record quarter after another, and while Q3 2012 wasn't quite as amazing as its last holiday quarter, there are still...

Vizio Co-Star Pre-Orders: Get Your Google TV For $100

Vizio Co-Star Pre-Orders: Get Your Google TV For $100

Google TV's initial struggles are long behind it, and some noteworthy device makers are stepping up up to the plate. One of these is Vizio, which announced pre-orders for its new Co-Star Stream Player VAP430 at $99.99. That's a much better price than we've seen from some earlier Google TV devices, and it puts the Co-Star in the same galaxy...

Nvidia's New Dawn offers Ten Year Retrospective On How Far We've Come

Nvidia's New Dawn offers Ten Year Retrospective On How Far We've Come

Back in November, 2002, Nvidia announced a line of GPUs it dubbed the GeForce FX. These cards were the first to integrate assets Nvidia had purchased from 3dfx (hence the name). NV claimed that these new cards would usher in the dawn of cinematic computing and the company released the eponymous "Dawn" demo to prove it. Now, ten years later,...

Box Gets Aggressive with Box for Windows Phone, Qualcomm Collaboration

Box Gets Aggressive with Box for Windows Phone, Qualcomm Collaboration

It’s a heated competition out there between cloud storage providers; two of the most popular, Dropbox and Box, keep one-upping each other even as they target slightly different demographics, and today Box announced a couple of moves that demonstrate how aggressively it’s trying to secure customers in the mobile enterprise. Box...

European Commission Launches Probe of European Optical Drive Makers, Suspects Worldwide Cartel

European Commission Launches Probe of European Optical Drive Makers, Suspects Worldwide Cartel

You have to hand it to the European Commission--those folks are not shy about going after tech companies with guns blazing if they believe there have been antitrust violations. The latest alleged offense is a bit of a doozy, as it pertains to a baker’s dozen optical drive companies selling their wares in Europe; the EC believes they...

Ouya Console Roughly the Size of Rubik's Cube, Designer Says

Ouya Console Roughly the Size of Rubik's Cube, Designer Says

Ouya (pronounced ooh-yah) is one of the more fascinating projects to hit Kickstarter. What started off as a plea to raise $950,000 for an open-source Android console has now brought in nearly $5.5 million in pledges, with a little over two weeks still to go. Clearly there's a ton of excitement surrounding the project, as well as skepticism...

Dell Rolls Out Next Generation Precision Mobile Workstation for Design Pros

Dell Rolls Out Next Generation Precision Mobile Workstation for Design Pros

Dell today dropped us a line to let us know about its next generation Precision mobile workstations built for engineering and design professionals. The OEM rolled out two new models, including the Precision M4700 and M6700, which Dell claims are the world's most powerful 15-inch and 17-inch mobile workstations, respectively. They're also affordable....

MSI Upgrades G Series Gaming Laptops with NVIDIA GTX 680M Graphics

MSI Upgrades G Series Gaming Laptops with NVIDIA GTX 680M Graphics

The thing about gaming laptops is that the majority of them sport limited upgrade opportunities. Outside of whitebox units, you're not likely to be able to yank out the discrete GPU and slap a new one in there, and if you're a gamer, it's imperative you choose the best graphics subsystem you can afford. Right now one of the top dogs is NVIDIA's...

Western Digital My Net N900 HD Dual-Band Router Review

Western Digital My Net N900 HD Dual-Band Router Review

Quick! What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Western Digital? If you're like most people, you immediately thought of hard drives and other storage products, which have been WD's bread and butter for several decades now. But the times, they are a changin', and in case you haven't noticed, Western Digital is no longer...

Super Talent Offers Green Memory For Select Apple Products

Super Talent Offers Green Memory For Select Apple Products

Super Talent is now shipping its new line of Mac compatible DDR3 memory modules. These modules have been tested at Apple's Compatibility Lab headquarters. These new modules are eco-friendly and reduce the voltage requirements 10% from the traditional 1.5 voltage to the new 1.35 volt standard. The new 1.35 volt modules are available for select...

Sharkoon Adds Compact Tactix Gaming Keyboard

Sharkoon Adds Compact Tactix Gaming Keyboard

Sharkoon announced a new gaming keyboard called the Sharkoon Tactix Gaming Keyboard. This compact gaming keyboard features an 18-key rollover and interchangeable WASD and arrow keys. The keyboard has 107 function keys which can be assigned to different programs or functions. You can create up to ten profiles with three sub-levels for different...

Microsoft Details Windows 8 Graphics, Showcases Power Gains

Microsoft Details Windows 8 Graphics, Showcases Power Gains

With Windows 8 coming on October 26th, Microsoft has been publishing a number of insightful looks at some of the system's underpinnings. It's been pretty fascinating to watch. With prior Windows releases, there really hasn't been too much pre-release outreach with the public. But in a word where social media rules and communication is expected,...

ARM And TSMC Land Multi-Year Processor / Innovation Deal

ARM And TSMC Land Multi-Year Processor / Innovation Deal

ARM may have a new wave of customers coming its way thanks to Windows RT, but it surely won't turn down a bit of assistance from the folks at TSMC. This week, the two tech giants announced plans to collaborate with one another in order to "optimize next-gen 64-bit ARM processors for FinFET Process Technology." Wordy? Sure, but the potential...

AMD Executive In Charge of Xbox Durango, Wii U, Next-Generation Consoles Leaves For Nvidia

AMD Executive In Charge of Xbox Durango, Wii U, Next-Generation Consoles Leaves For Nvidia

Bob Feldstein, AMD's VP of strategic development and former overseer of the company's console relationships and licensing agreements has left Sunnyvale for greener pastures in more than one sense of the word. Feldstein has taken a position with Nvidia, AMD's archrival in the graphics business. Every time AMD has announced a major departure...

Qualcomm to License Display Tech, Could Mean the End of Mirasol Ereader Screens

Qualcomm to License Display Tech, Could Mean the End of Mirasol Ereader Screens

Inconspicuously wedged into a typically tedious Q3 earnings report, Qualcomm mentioned that it was going to license its mirasol display technology and would be commercializing only a few products. Specifically, the quote from the report is as follows: With respect to QMT, we're now focusing on licensing our next-generation mirasol display...

News Corp Partners With AT&T to Take on “Amplify” Education Initiative...

News Corp Partners With AT&T to Take on “Amplify” Education Initiative...

News Corp is getting into the education business with a new division wearing the “Amplify” brand, and AT&T is a major partner in the endeavor. In a press release, Amplify CEO Joel Klein said, "It is our aim to amplify the power of digital innovation to transform teaching and learning and to help schools deliver fundamentally...

Spotify Celebrates One Year In The US, 13 Billion Tracks Played

Spotify Celebrates One Year In The US, 13 Billion Tracks Played

Can you believe it's been a year since Spotify launched in the US? Since then, the music streaming outlet has enjoyed tremendous growth. In the past year, Americans have played more than 13 billion tracks on the service. Sharing is even more popular, with 27,834,742 being shared. A little over half of that sharing occurred through Facebook,...

Cheapskates Rejoice, iOS 6 Eliminates Pointless Password Input for Free Apps

Cheapskates Rejoice, iOS 6 Eliminates Pointless Password Input for Free Apps

We get it, inputting a user password when purchasing a paid app protects users from unscrupulous thieves and hackers who could otherwise run up an enormous credit card bill (or chew through your iTunes credit) if your iDevice is lost, stolen, or hacked. But must we go through the rigamarole of punching in a password even for free apps? At...

Nexus 7 Buyers Choose Storage over Price, 16GB Model Sells Out on Google Play

Nexus 7 Buyers Choose Storage over Price, 16GB Model Sells Out on Google Play

The unfortunate truth in mobile is that it's not uncommon for handheld devices to sport non-upgradeable internal storage, a trait that's embraced by Apple and seems to be catching on with low-cost Android devices. To wit, neither Amazon's Kindle Fire or Google's Asus-built Nexus 7 tablet sport expandable storage options, which means it's imperative...

New Promotional Video Shows Off Huawei's New Quad-core Tablet

New Promotional Video Shows Off Huawei's New Quad-core Tablet

Huawei announced its first 10-inch quad-core tablet at Mobile World Congress back in February. When the tablet was announced, we learned it would be a 10-inch model with a 1920 x 1200 IPS high definition display, Android 4.0, and a Huawei 1.5GHz quad-core processor. Although those specs were enough to spark our interest, we still wanted to...

Game-Changer: TSMC May Build Dedicated Apple Fab

Game-Changer: TSMC May Build Dedicated Apple Fab

Trusted sources we've spoken to in the semiconductor industry have implied that TSMC is considering a partnership with Apple that would realign the manufacturer's technology roadmap and fundamentally alter the balance of power between the foundry and its other customers. Morris Chang, TSMC's CEO, spoke about the possibility of closer collaboration...

Amazon Reportedly Prepping Multiple Next-Gen Kindle Fire Models

Amazon Reportedly Prepping Multiple Next-Gen Kindle Fire Models

With the introduction of the Nexus 7, it felt like Amazon's Kindle Fire was immediately outgunned. Both units cost $199, but the Asus-built Nexus 7 is clearly the superior. It has Android 4.1, a far faster processor, a smoother interface -- there's really no good reason to choose the Kindle Fire over the Nexus 7 unless you're head over heels...

Netgear's Wi-Fi Booster Eliminates Dead Spots, Costs Forty Bucks

Netgear's Wi-Fi Booster Eliminates Dead Spots, Costs Forty Bucks

Nothing ruins the wireless party quicker than a Wi-Fi dead spot, those annoying nooks and crannies that, for one reason or another, can't seem to hold a wireless signal. Netgear wants to help you eliminate those dead spots with its new Wi-Fi Booster for Mobile (WN1000RP), a compact device that amplifies an existing wireless signal for superior...

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet Gets Its Own Commercial

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet Gets Its Own Commercial

In a world where Apple and Samsung just can't get along, one has to wonder if the delayed release of the Galaxy Note 10.1 isn't largely because of ongoing patent squabbles. Now, however, the 10.1" edition of the Android-powered Note tablet seems to truly be inching closer to release. It features a lot of the same software and S Pen-based tricks...

Samsung Galaxy S3 Sales Skip to 10 Million Units in Under Two Months

Samsung Galaxy S3 Sales Skip to 10 Million Units in Under Two Months

Samsung has to be thrilled with the pace at which its Galaxy S3 smartphones are flying off of store shelves. The handset maker has reportedly sold more than 10 million Galaxy S3 devices around the globe in just under two months since the smartphone's official release, or so claims Shin Jong-kyun, president of Samsung's Information Technology...

Canon Goes Mirrorless With The Compact EOS M Digital Camera

Canon Goes Mirrorless With The Compact EOS M Digital Camera

And just like that, the mirrorless camera sector just got a whole lot more interesting. While Olympus, Sony, Panasonic and even Nikon have thrown their hats in the ring, the Micro Four Thirds / compact camera world has been missing a major player for years: Canon. But that's changing tonight, as Canon unveils its EOS M Digital Camera. It took...

Woman Accuses Geek Squad Employee of Copying, Keeping Suggestive iPhone Photos

Woman Accuses Geek Squad Employee of Copying, Keeping Suggestive iPhone Photos

Best Buy's Geek Squad is once again making headlines for nefarious reasons. This time it's because a woman says she trusted a Geek Squad employee with transferring her contacts and photos from a cracked iPhone to a new iPhone 4S, which would have been fine except that the employee allegedly burned a CD of her photos, including suggestive ones,...

Dell Takes Another Crack at Linux Boxes with Project Sputnik, Launching This Fall

Dell Takes Another Crack at Linux Boxes with Project Sputnik, Launching This Fall

We don’t usually get to make puns about a product “launching”, but Dell made it easy by naming its latest foray into Linux-based computers “Project Sputnik”. Dell said that Sputnik is the result of an internal innovation fund and has been employee-driven. Essentially, Project Sputnik will consist of a developer...

Beats Audio Buys Back Controlling Interest From HTC

Beats Audio Buys Back Controlling Interest From HTC

An unlikely partnership was formed when HTC acquired a controlling interest in Beats Audio, the headphone company co-founded by hip-hop/rap artist Dr. Dre. In August 2011, HTC purchased a 51 percent stake for $300 million and promptly gave itself exclusive rights to build smartphones with Beats Audio sound. That arrangement worked well for...

Digg Returns Under Plucky New Management

Digg Returns Under Plucky New Management

Earlier this month when Betaworks (the buyer of fading social news site Digg) said it would turn Digg back into a startup, apparently that wasn’t lip service. In a News.me blog post (which is also owned by Betaworks), team members Jake Levine, Michael Young, and Justin Van Slembrouck announced that a team of ten was tackling the project...

Amazon's Exclusive Grab Of Fringe And The West Wing Could Foreshadow Online TV Fragmention

Amazon's Exclusive Grab Of Fringe And The West Wing Could Foreshadow Online TV Fragmention

Hello, competition! A decade ago, who could've thought that Apple, Amazon and Hulu (who?) would've been battling it out for the living room? Here we are, though, and it's happening. Amazon has taken a major step in the direction of domination by acquiring exclusive rights to bring Fringe and The West Wing to Prime Instant Video viewers. Yes,...

Gogo Bringing Higher-Speed Broadband To United's P.S. Fleet

Gogo Bringing Higher-Speed Broadband To United's P.S. Fleet

While loads of people in rural places are still fighting for legitimate broadband, high flyers will be getting broadband while 30,000 feet above those very locales. Crazy? Not quite -- it's called in-flight Internet, and it's improving at a wildly fast clip. Gogo has just announced it has extended its contract with United Airlines and will...

EVGA Unwraps Adorable Looking Mini-ITX Z77 Motherboard

EVGA Unwraps Adorable Looking Mini-ITX Z77 Motherboard

Hulking desktop towers were once all the rage, and for some, they still are. As a whole, however, the PC industry is trending towards smaller, more compact systems. With that in mind, the mini-ITX form factor is picking up some steam in enthusiast circles, and it's because vendors like EVGA are getting on board with packing big features onto...

Details Emerge on MSI's Upcoming Reflex Series Solid State Drives

Details Emerge on MSI's Upcoming Reflex Series Solid State Drives

Given that competition is helping to drive prices down, we're of the opinion that there can never be too many players in the solid state drive business, and a week ago we learned that MSI was getting ready to join the SSD party. It was LSI SandForce that originally spilled the beans by plastering MSI's name on a webpage that lists all SandForce-driven...

Asus Bringing Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) To Its Hottest Tablets

Asus Bringing Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) To Its Hottest Tablets

When Ice Cream Sandwich hit, most Android users expected that their Gingerbread devices would see an update soon. But today, not even 20% of all Android products have been boosted to Android 4.0, and that's an issue. As the argument around fragmentation gains traction, it seems as if Google (and its partners) are doing everything they can...

Sparrow Acquired By Google; Gmail For iOS To Get More Beautiful?

Sparrow Acquired By Google; Gmail For iOS To Get More Beautiful?

Casual e-mail users may not recognize the name "Sparrow," but avid users have probably heard it a time or two. Why? Well, the startup is largely credited with creating the most beautiful and intuitive e-mail app for the iOS platform, and now, the whole team is Property of Google. That's right -- a company that's making e-mail beautiful on...

LG Announces IPS7 Monitors, Touts 1.2mm Bezel and MHL Connectivity

LG Announces IPS7 Monitors, Touts 1.2mm Bezel and MHL Connectivity

Launching first in Asian markets, the 27-inch LG IPS277L and 23-inch LG IPS237L IPS monitors have arrived and promise a superb picture with a smooth viewing experience. The major selling points include LG’s CINEMA SCREEN design, which results in a 1.2mm bezel and a depth of just 14.1mm, as well as Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) technology...

‘Futurama’, ‘Dora the Explorer’, et al Return, DirecTV and Viacom Settle Dispute

‘Futurama’, ‘Dora the Explorer’, et al Return, DirecTV and Viacom Settle Dispute

Good news for DirecTV customers who have been paying for over two dozen blacked-out channels for the last week or so (seriously DirectTV, can we get some money back on our next bill for that mess?): Viacom and DirecTV have settled their dispute, and Viacom has restored 17 of the 26 channels it blocked when a distribution deal between the two...

Lenovo CEO Gives $3M Bonus To Factory Workers. Faith in Humanity: Restored

Lenovo CEO Gives $3M Bonus To Factory Workers. Faith in Humanity: Restored

Lenovo, if you haven't heard, has been having a great year. In late March, the company announced that it had secured the #2 spot in worldwide PC sales, leaping up the charts to land just below HP. This achievement netted the company's CEO, Yang Yuanqing, a nifty $3 million bonus. Rather than pocketing the cash for himself, Yang decided to...

TSMC Predicts Slumping Sales Through 2012; May Dedicate Whole Fabs To Customers

TSMC Predicts Slumping Sales Through 2012; May Dedicate Whole Fabs To Customers

TSMC's earnings call yesterday was a mix of good short-term news and uncertainty about the future. Company revenue grew 21% quarter-on quarter, gross margin was up one percent, and 28nm yields improved significantly as the foundry managed to wrangle the yield issues that've been driving companies like AMD and Nvidia quietly bonkers. This last...

Samsung Focus 2 Review: Budget-Friendly, LTE-Enabled

Samsung Focus 2 Review: Budget-Friendly, LTE-Enabled

Samsung and AT&T are hoping to attract customers who want a sleek Windows Phone at an affordable price with the Samsung Focus 2. The Focus 2 is Samsung's first 4G LTE Windows Phone. It's also the third Windows Phone from AT&T that connects to the carrier's 4G LTE network. AT&T's 4G LTE network is currently available in 47 markets...

Asus Explains Decision to Eschew Rear Facing Camera on Nexus 7 Tablet

Asus Explains Decision to Eschew Rear Facing Camera on Nexus 7 Tablet

From a hardware standpoint, Google's $199 Nexus 7 tablet is viewed as a win compared to Amazon's Kindle Fire device, which lacks some of the amenities found on the Asus-built slate. But one area where the Nexus 7 doesn't trump the Kindle Fire is in regards to a rear-facing camera. Neither device has one, and in both cases, the decision came...

IDC Predicts Semiconductor Revenues Will Grow 4.6 Percent to $315 Billion in 2012

IDC Predicts Semiconductor Revenues Will Grow 4.6 Percent to $315 Billion in 2012

There are plenty of economic uncertainties to go around in the global market, but despite it all, International Data Corporation believes the demand remains strong for semiconductors, particularly those used in smartphones, media tablets, and automotive electronics. By the time 2012 comes to a close, IDC predicts worldwide semiconductor revenues...

Comcast Readies 305Mbps Tier to Rival Verizon's Quantum FiOS Service

Comcast Readies 305Mbps Tier to Rival Verizon's Quantum FiOS Service

Watch out Verizon, Comcast is gunning for your ultra high-speed Internet customers. In response to Verizon's Quantum FiOS service, which tops out at 305Mbps downstream / 65Mbps upstream for $205 per month, Comcast is said to be readying a new 305Mbps downstream service tier, though a few important questions remain unanswered. The first is...

MSI Reveals CX61 And CR61 Multimedia Laptops

MSI Reveals CX61 And CR61 Multimedia Laptops

MSI announced its new CX61 and CR61 multimedia laptops. These laptops feature Intel's new generation Core i processor, SRS PC Sound, USB3.0, HDMI 1.4, and Bluetooth 4.0. Recognizing that graphics are a key component to multimedia laptops, the CX61 offers the Nvidia GeForce GT640M or GT630M discrete graphics cards. The CR61 utilizes Intel HD...

iSpeech Brings "Siri-Like" Voice Recognition Platform To The Home

iSpeech Brings "Siri-Like" Voice Recognition Platform To The Home

Talking to one's car and smartphone isn't nearly as strange as it used to be, largely thanks to things like in-car infotainment systems and products such as Google Now and Siri. But talking to the walls of one's home? That's still pretty loony. Soon, however, a company named iSpeech hopes that it won't be so odd. The company has launched a...

Microsoft Reports Earnings: $18.06 Billion In Revenue

Microsoft Reports Earnings: $18.06 Billion In Revenue

You may think that Microsoft would be losing steam as people hold off on the release of Windows 8 -- not so much. The company is forging ahead, full-steam, too, with a "record Q4." Along with a few other companies in the space this week, Microsoft also released its latest earnings report. The big number is $18.06 billion, which is how much...

Marissa Mayer, New Yahoo CEO, Could Pocket $100 Million Over Five Years

Marissa Mayer, New Yahoo CEO, Could Pocket $100 Million Over Five Years

Well, if you were wondering any Marissa Mayer would leave a perfectly comfortable spot at Google to take on a daunting CEO role at Yahoo, wonder no more. Money talks, and it's speaking loud and clear here. A new Wall Street Journal report shows that newly appointed CEO Marissa Mayer will earn around $100 million over the course of the next...

AMD Navigates Tough Second Quarter, Emerges In The Black

AMD Navigates Tough Second Quarter, Emerges In The Black

When AMD told investors that its second quarter results would be significantly lower than anticipated, the company's stock price went into a skid. Historically, AMD's quarterly warnings have been followed by ugly earnings calls, filled with enough red ink to drown a small army of accountants. It is, therefore, a pleasant surprise to see that...

Verizon Wireless Continues To Expand 4G LTE Network

Verizon Wireless Continues To Expand 4G LTE Network

Earlier this year, Verizon Wireless set out to cover more than 400 markets with its 4G LTE network by the end of the year. With the addition of 33 new markets and the expansion in 32 additional markets, the wireless carrier appears to be right on track to reach that goal. Starting today, Verizon Wireless customers in a total of 337 markets...

FCC Report: ISPs Getting Closer to Advertised Speeds

FCC Report: ISPs Getting Closer to Advertised Speeds

For too long, the download/upload speeds advertised by ISPs fell far short of real-world performance, but things have been improving of late. According to the FCC’s “Measuring Broadband America” 2012 report, ISPs were delivering an average of 96% of advertised speeds during peak traffic times, which is up significantly from...

Google Readies 1Gbps Fiber Network

Google Readies 1Gbps Fiber Network

Google is preparing to launch its fiber network in Kansas City next week. According to a special page that announces the target launch date, Kansas City residents can expect the service to launch on July 26. The fiber network will offer 1 gigabit per second fiber-based broadband connectivity. Although Google hasn't provided many additional...

Dare We Dream of a Spam-Free World? Security Pros Take Out One of the World’s Largest Spammers

Dare We Dream of a Spam-Free World? Security Pros Take Out One of the World’s Largest Spammers

Dealing with spam is a reality of the digital life, but there are those among us who spend their time and energy turning back the tidal wave of unwanted and in some cases dangerous metaphorical salted pork slurry. This week, those dedicated souls took out the Grum botnet, which was the third-largest spam botnet and was responsible for 17.4%...

New Samsung MV900F Camera boasts Flip-Out Display & Wi-Fi

New Samsung MV900F Camera boasts Flip-Out Display & Wi-Fi

Digital cameras still have a lot to recommend themselves over most smartphone cameras, but smartphones generally have a leg up when it comes to sharing pics, due to their connectivity options. Connectivity isn't an issue for Samsung's MV digital camera line anymore: the new MV900F has built-in Wi-Fi and tools for sharing to popular photo and...

Enthusiast Street Cred at Stake as Seagate Mulls OCZ Acquisition

Enthusiast Street Cred at Stake as Seagate Mulls OCZ Acquisition

Street cred isn't easy to come by on your own, but sometimes it can be bought. Just ask Seagate, which is rumored to be interested in buying out OCZ, an established player in the enthusiast solid state drive (SSD) market. As the story goes, Seagate is trying to make up for lost time from being late to the SSD party, and getting cozy with OCZ...

Teen Dies After 40-hour Diabo 3 Marathon Game Session

Teen Dies After 40-hour Diabo 3 Marathon Game Session

Diablo III proved deadly for an 18-year-old gamer who died at an Internet cafe in Taiwan after playing the hack-and-slash title for 40 straight hours without taking a break. Local media reports he didn't eat for nearly two days until he ultimately collapsed and died. Police are currently investigating the official cause of death with the help...

Verizon Posts Double Digit Earnings Growth, Sells 5.9 Million Smartphones in Q2

Verizon Posts Double Digit Earnings Growth, Sells 5.9 Million Smartphones in Q2

Business is good for Verizon Wireless (VZW). Real good. For the second consecutive quarter, Big Red posted double-digit percentage growth in year-over-year earnings, which went up 12.3 percent. Verizon's Wireless division generated record-high margins, thanks in part to millions of smartphone sales. CFO Fran Shammo stated in a conference call...

Need Anonymity? YouTube Launches Face Blurring Feature to Conceal Your Mug

Need Anonymity? YouTube Launches Face Blurring Feature to Conceal Your Mug

YouTube announced a new face blurring feature that makes it easy for video uploaders to obscure faces when a level of privacy is needed. It's a bold step forward for YouTube, which is the first video sharing site to offer such a feature. In fact, no consumer hardware manufacturer currently offers a face blurring mechanism, which could come...

Asus Turbocharges USB 3.0 with SCSI Technology

Asus Turbocharges USB 3.0 with SCSI Technology

When Asus asked us if we'd be interested in a reviewing their new, high-end USB 3 implementation that offered better performance than anything available elsewhere, we were skeptical. Historically, USB performance has been a function of which controller (Intel, AMD, NEC, Texas Instruments, VIA, etc.) was used. Asus claimed, however, that while...

Micron Introduces Phase Change Memory For Tablets And Smartphones

Micron Introduces Phase Change Memory For Tablets And Smartphones

Idaho's finest memory maker has just announced something that could have huge implications in the mobile realm. Micron has just introduced phase change memory for mobile devices. It's an industry first, touting 45nm PCM for mobile products that feature 1-gigabit PCM plus 512-megabit LPDDR2 in a multichip package. That's a lot of words, but...

Samsung Has A 75" 3D Smart TV, With Gesture-Controlled Angry Birds

Samsung Has A 75" 3D Smart TV, With Gesture-Controlled Angry Birds

The world's largest HDTV? Not quite, but it's certainly amongst the biggest, and definitely up there in terms of TVs that are actually available for sale to simpletons like us. Samsung just announced a new 75" monster of a TV -- a Smart TV that actually includes a copy of gesture-controlled Angry Birds. That's right, a Smart TV with Angry...

Mark Your Calendar, Windows 8 Launches October 26th

Mark Your Calendar, Windows 8 Launches October 26th

Windows 8 will be available Oct. 26th. Today, Microsoft ended months of speculation about Windows 8's launch date by announcing it at the Microsoft Global Exchange sales conference, shortly before Brandon LeBlanc broke the news to the public via the Windows blog. Microsoft gave fans a general time frame a few weeks ago, but hasn't provided...

SteelSeries Reveals Pair Of Sensei RAW Gaming Mice

SteelSeries Reveals Pair Of Sensei RAW Gaming Mice

SteelSeries introduced the Sensei [RAW] Glossy and Rubberized mice. These gaming mice offer many of the same features as the SteelSeries Sensei mice but without all of the customization provided by the 32 bit ARM processor. The Sensei [RAW] uses the same shape and size of the Sensei. The Sensei [RAW] features tournament-grade switches, a pro-grade...

Crucial Introduces m4 mSATA SSD

Crucial Introduces m4 mSATA SSD

Crucial announced the availability of the Crucial m4 mSATA Solid State Drive (SSD) for ultrabooks. This SSD is one- eighth the size, making it ideal for systems where space is a premium. This drive offers sequential read speeds up to 500MB per second. It can be used as a standalone SSD or as a cache for an existing drive. Thanks to its thin...

D-Link's First 802.11ac Wireless Router Hits Shelves

D-Link's First 802.11ac Wireless Router Hits Shelves

It's been quite awhile since a new wireless networking standard has appeared on the mainstream home router scene, but that stretch is coming to an end with the arrival of devices supporting 802.11ac. Today, D-Link joins the club with its Cloud Router 5700 (DIR-865L), which is at online retailers for $189.99. The 5700 boasts total theoretical...

Super Talent Introduces Padded SuperNova Solid State Drive for Server Farms

Super Talent Introduces Padded SuperNova Solid State Drive for Server Farms

We don't tend to think of solid state drives as being overly susceptible to the dangers of heat, but then again, we're not running a toasty server farm or bombarding our SSDs with constant simulation applications. For those who do have a server farm to run, or are otherwise worried about longevity, Super Talent just introduced its SuperNova...

Hang Tight Digital Packrats, 64GB Galaxy S III Coming Soon

Hang Tight Digital Packrats, 64GB Galaxy S III Coming Soon

In this day and age of instant gratification, it can be tough to sit back and wait, but that's exactly what you have to do if you're holding out for a 64GB Galaxy S III smartphone from Samsung. The good news is that the 64GB model hasn't been cancelled, even though there have been reports of some overseas retailers nixing orders. "The 64GB...

AT&T Wireless Follows Verizon's Lead, Rolls Out Higher Priced Shared Data Plans

AT&T Wireless Follows Verizon's Lead, Rolls Out Higher Priced Shared Data Plans

Big Red (Verizon Wireless) introduced the world to shared data plans, and now AT&T is jumping on that bandwagon by introducing similar plans of its own. Available in late August, these new shared wireless data plans translate into "more options in choosing the plan that's right" for you, as AT&T spins it, but they could also mean a...

Probably About Time: Symantec Launches Mobile Security for Android

Probably About Time: Symantec Launches Mobile Security for Android

There was a moment in time where our smartphones and tablets offered all of the wonders of the powerful mobile computing without the cloying downside of security threats we became so accustomed to with our desktops and notebooks. That moment has more or less passed, as individuals and companies alike are getting wise to the growing security...

Microsoft Whiffs on Browser Choice Screen in Windows 7, Incites European Commission Wrath

Microsoft Whiffs on Browser Choice Screen in Windows 7, Incites European Commission Wrath

It’s a good bet that someone’s head at Microsoft is going to roll because of this one: Whether it was an honest mistake--a “technical error”, as Microsoft said in a press release--or some half-baked nefarious plot to cripple Web browser competition, the European Commission is displeased with Microsoft’s failure...

Intel Reports Q2 2012 Earnings: Net Income Of $2.8 Billion

Intel Reports Q2 2012 Earnings: Net Income Of $2.8 Billion

You could argue that the economy is still rebounding, but not if you're Intel. The chip giant is raking in money like it's no big thing, with second quarter earnings showing a revenue score of $13.5 billion. That's right. $13.5 billion earned in a single quarter. Must be nice to be the king, you know? The corporation managed operating income...

Yahoo Appoints Ex-Googler Marissa Mayer As CEO, Reports Q2 Earnings

Yahoo Appoints Ex-Googler Marissa Mayer As CEO, Reports Q2 Earnings

Suddenly, Yahoo is a hot topic. Despite years of languishing, the search / media portal is now in the forefront of minds in Silicon Valley thanks to one particular lady: Marissa Mayer. Moving over from Google to Yahoo is a big deal, and stepping in as CEO, she'll have an uphill battle ahead turning Yahoo around. But at least she doesn't have...

NOOK Takes To The Web, Dangles Free Bestellers As Carrot

NOOK Takes To The Web, Dangles Free Bestellers As Carrot

If you're a NOOK user, you just got another way read your NOOK ebooks. If you're not a NOOK user, Barnes & Noble has a new way to reel you in. This morning, B&N announced the NOOK for Web, which lets you browse and read books from any computer's Internet browser. To bring you into the store, B&N is making six bestsellers available...

Planning To Run Office 2013 On Your Windows XP System? Think Again

Planning To Run Office 2013 On Your Windows XP System? Think Again

If you haven't yet retired your old Windows XP or Vista operating system, Microsoft would like to encourage you to do so now. The Customer Preview of Microsoft Office 2013 is designed for Windows 7 and 8 operating systems and won't install on anything older, including Windows XP and Vista. Office 2013 isn't expected to be available until...

NXP Looks to Revolutionize Mobile Audio Performance with TFA9887 IC Audio System

NXP Looks to Revolutionize Mobile Audio Performance with TFA9887 IC Audio System

In the press release announcing NXP’s new audio system that portends to jack up the output power of tiny mobile device speakers by a factor of 5, NXP director of marketing Shawn Scarlett hit the nail on the head with this quote: “Digital natives have come of age taking poor mobile sound quality for granted. As speakers have become...

HotHardware Two and A Half Geeks 7/17/12: Ouya, HTC EVO 4G LTE, GeForces Galore and More

HotHardware Two and A Half Geeks 7/17/12: Ouya, HTC EVO 4G LTE, GeForces Galore and More

In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two and Half Geek, Iyaz and Marco talk about the Ouya Android Game Console, the HTC EVO 4G LTE Android Smartphone for the Spring network, Dell’s shiny new Inspiron 14z Ultrabook, and Marco’s custom NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670/680 Round Up, which featured cards from EVGA, ZOTAC, MSI, Gigabyte...

T-Mobile Introduces Open Europe Plan For Business Travelers

T-Mobile Introduces Open Europe Plan For Business Travelers

T-Mobile is targeting business travelers with a new plan that promises unlimited international data roaming for a set fee. The new T-Mobile Open Europe plan provides unlimited data (though only the first 500MB will be at full-speed) within 28 European countries for a set rate of $50 per line per month. Users of the plan will not incur international...

Lian Li's New PC-X2000FN Chassis Features Three Internal Compartments

Lian Li's New PC-X2000FN Chassis Features Three Internal Compartments

Lian Li announced a new brushed aluminum EATX supported chassis in the form of the PC-X2000FN. This chassis features three separate compartments to help with organization. The top section holds 5.25-inch, 3.5-inch, and 2.5-inch drives, the middle section is designed for motherboards up to the EATX form factor, and the bottom compartment holds...

ADATA Announces DDR3-2400G Gaming Memory Geared for Ivy Bridge and the Z77 Chipset

ADATA Announces DDR3-2400G Gaming Memory Geared for Ivy Bridge and the Z77 Chipset

ADATA’s XPG Gaming v.2.0 series DDR3 memory has a new top dog with the introduction of an 8GB DRR3-2400G kit (4GB x 2), which the company says was designed to complement Intel’s 3rd-generation Ivy Bridge processors and Z77 chipset. The dual-channel RAM features 19,200MB/s transfer speed and feature ADATA’s Thermal Conductive...

Google+ Leaves Social Butterflies Feeling Satisfied; Facebook, Not So Much

Google+ Leaves Social Butterflies Feeling Satisfied; Facebook, Not So Much

Call Google+ a ghost town if you wish, but in terms of customer satisfaction, it's standing head and shoulders above Facebook, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) E-Business Report released on Tuesday. The report highlights customer happiness on a scale of 1-100, and Facebook, which was already the lowest-scoring e-business...

Infortrend Stuffs Enterprise Features into SOHO/SMB NAS Boxes, Ships Them Stateside

Infortrend Stuffs Enterprise Features into SOHO/SMB NAS Boxes, Ships Them Stateside

If you're serious about storage chores, there's really no choice but to get NASty with your setup. Luckily for you, there are more options than ever (several of which we'll be examining in detail in an upcoming roundup -- stay tuned!), and that means NAS vendors have to find ways to differentiate themselves so as to not get lost in the shuffle....

Hey Linux Gamers, Would You Like Some Steam with Your WINE? Valve's On It

Hey Linux Gamers, Would You Like Some Steam with Your WINE? Valve's On It

Mmm, Steam'd penguins. Sounds delightful, doesn't it? Good news, Linux fans -- the developers at Valve are hard at work cooking up a version of the Steam game platform to serve up to the open-source community, along with a side dish of the Source game engine (and Left 4 Dead 2 specifically), both of which it plans to port over to Ubuntu. We...

Here's Why Apple Isn't Likely to Launch New iPhone Model on August 7th

Here's Why Apple Isn't Likely to Launch New iPhone Model on August 7th

Perhaps you've heard the rumor that Apple is getting ready to launch its new iPhone device on August 7th (or thereabouts depending on which rumor mill you happened to walk by). No? Let us clue you in on the latest chatter. A website is claiming to have "exclusively" learned via a "reliable industry source" that Apple plans on releasing the...

Sprint Becomes First U.S. Carrier To Bundle Ultrabook With 3G/4G MiFi

Sprint Becomes First U.S. Carrier To Bundle Ultrabook With 3G/4G MiFi

Remember the days when U.S. carriers thought it may be wise to offer underpowered netbooks for slightly reduced prices if purchased alongside a two-year data contract? Good thing that's no longer a fad, but clearly Sprint isn't quite over the phase. The carrier has just become the first operator in America to offer an Ultrabook on contract....

T-Mobile USA Grabs 5.3" Samsung Galaxy Note Smartphone

T-Mobile USA Grabs 5.3" Samsung Galaxy Note Smartphone

Guess what? Now, even T-Mobile USA has a phablet to offer. Samsung's Galaxy Note, which has done quite well on AT&T and on a global scale, is now available on that other GSM carrier in the U.S. The Note will launch on T-Mob running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), the company's Premium software suite (which includes the S Pen stylus,...

Amazon Flips On Sales Tax; Reportedly Eyes Same-Day Delivery Service

Amazon Flips On Sales Tax; Reportedly Eyes Same-Day Delivery Service

Amazon's long battle against any law that would require it to pay sales taxes may finally be coming to an end. For years, Amazon has benefited from tax exemptions banning the collection of sales tax from online vendors, while competing against the brick-and-mortar establishments in the various states, which are legally required to pay such...

Intel Intros 240GB 330 Series SSD, Lowers Pricing On Others

Intel Intros 240GB 330 Series SSD, Lowers Pricing On Others

Good products at lower prices? That's always a plus, particularly when we're talking about some of favorite devices on the planet: solid state drives. Intel has shown to produce high quality goods in the SSD arena, but slowly and surely, SSD prices are falling. In order to keep pace with rivals, Intel has today announced intentions to crank...

MAKE Magazine and Google Team Up on Tinkerer’s Paradise Called “Maker Camp”

MAKE Magazine and Google Team Up on Tinkerer’s Paradise Called “Maker Camp”

If you’ve never explored the wonderful world of MAKE Magazine, you’re missing out. The site is brimming with incredibly fun and creative ideas for everything from oddball toys to serious DIY creations such as vehicles. The folks behind MAKE have now partnered with Google, as well as tinkerer royalty such as Adafruit’s Limor...

Valve May Be Cooking Up New Content On Android Steam

Valve May Be Cooking Up New Content On Android Steam

If some new tweaks to the Android Steam Mobile app are any indication, Valve may be headed towards selling non-gaming apps via Android. That's speculation at the moment, as Valve hasn't provided any details that might explain why categories such as Accounting and Audio Production recently popped up. Given that the categories aren't appearing...

NYT: Apple iPad Mini is a Real Thing and is Coming This Year

NYT: Apple iPad Mini is a Real Thing and is Coming This Year

It seems a mite ridiculous that Apple doesn’t have a 7-inch version of the iPad yet; almost all of its competitors in the tablet market offer smaller slates, and for as dominant as the iPad has been, it’s in danger of being undercut by those smaller and less expensive devices. However, rumors have been circulating that Apple is...

Prominent Digital Newspaper May Fold After 18 Months. That's Not Good News For Online Journalism

Prominent Digital Newspaper May Fold After 18 Months. That's Not Good News For Online Journalism

In early 2011, Robert Murdoch's News Corp took the wraps off The Daily, a new, iPad-centric newspaper that was supposed to revolutionize the digital news business. Murdoch himself described the paper as "unique mix of text, photography, audio, video, information graphics, touch interactivity and real-time data and social feeds provides its...

ViewSonic's New VX2703mh-LED Monitor Promises Performance And Energy Savings

ViewSonic's New VX2703mh-LED Monitor Promises Performance And Energy Savings

ViewSonic announced a new high performance, energy efficient display in the form of the VX2703mh-LED.This 27-inch widescreen LED monitor features a thin bezel design as well as HDMI, DVI and VGA inputs with HDCP support. The VX2703mh-LED supports a resolution of 1920 x 1080p and features a 3ms response time. Other key features include a 10M:1...

Verizon Wireless Introduces GameTanium Mobile Gaming Service

Verizon Wireless Introduces GameTanium Mobile Gaming Service

Verizon Wireless launched a new mobile game subscription service for Android called GameTanium. This service provides access to more than 100 Android smartphone games and more than 50 tablet games for $5.99 per month per device. GameTanium comes from a digital entertainment company called Exent. Some of the titles you'll find on GameTanium...

Gigabyte G1.Sniper3 Z77 Motherboard Review

Gigabyte G1.Sniper3 Z77 Motherboard Review

Over the last few months, we have looked at plenty of Z77 based motherboards here at HH, covering a wide range of price points. But today we dive deep into one of the higher-end models available, the Gigabyte G1.Sniper3. The Gigabyte G1.Sniper3 supports Sandy and Ivy Bridge LGA 1155 processors and features support for up to 32GB of DDR3-2066...

MSNBC Becomes NBCNews.com As Microsoft & NBC Part Ways

MSNBC Becomes NBCNews.com As Microsoft & NBC Part Ways

As of last night, MSNBC is no more. Click your MSNBC bookmark, and you'll find yourself at NBCNews.com. NBCUniversal acquired MSNBC from Microsoft, officially splitting that 16-year partnership. The financial terms haven't been disclosed, but the site was quick to explain the nuts-and-bolts details to reader who discovered the new page this...

HTC Preps Scorching Fast Phone with 1080p Display

HTC Preps Scorching Fast Phone with 1080p Display

Something's brewing over at HTC, and if early benchmarks are any indication, it's going to knock your socks off when it debuts. Specifically, it appears HTC is prepping a new flagship smartphone, one that will sport a large touchscreen with a 1794x1080 resolution and a 1.5GHz processor nestled into a performance oriented chipset. Details of...

Signs Point to Apple's OS X Mountain Lion Launching on July 25th

Signs Point to Apple's OS X Mountain Lion Launching on July 25th

When Apple unveiled its Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) operating system back in June, the Cupertino outfit said it would be available in July from the Mac App Store, but refrained from offering up a specific release date. With barely two weeks left in the month, Apple is running out of time to make good on that promise. Not to worry if you're...

Nokia Slashes Lumia 900 Price in Half. Now Sells for $50 on AT&T

Nokia Slashes Lumia 900 Price in Half. Now Sells for $50 on AT&T

The path to Microsoft's Windows 7.8 platform just got a little bit cheaper and is paved with a price cut. That's because Nokia on Sunday announced that it cut the price of its Lumia 900 smartphone in half, which is now selling for just $50 at AT&T in the U.S., with a two-year service agreement, of course. "This announcement comes just...

LG Display Working On 60" Flexible OLED Display

LG Display Working On 60" Flexible OLED Display

Got a 60" HDTV? Your neighbor might. But what if you could say you had a 60" HDTV that wrapped around the corner of a wall? Now that'd be a talking point. Evidently, LG Display will be developing a unique technology for an ultra high-def flexible OLED display that's 60" diagonal. The problem? It'll take until 2017 to create, but it'll probably...

AT&T Begins Sales Of Motorola's High-End Atrix HD For Just $100 On Contract

AT&T Begins Sales Of Motorola's High-End Atrix HD For Just $100 On Contract

The smartphone wars are seriously heating up, and with Android recently taking the market share lead in the U.S., it's no surprise to see Motorola continuing to pop out new Android-based phones. With the Atrix 4G and Atrix 2 behind us, the Atrix HD is stepping up to keep the name and legacy alive. It's a pretty special phone, actually. While...

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Changelog Reveals Full Recipe of Changes

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Changelog Reveals Full Recipe of Changes

Google spent considerable time talking about its Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update during its Google I/O conference a few weeks ago, but only now has the sultan of search gotten around to posting a full changelog for the latest and greatest version of its open-source mobile operating system. The newly posted changelog details Jelly Bean from...

Giada Introduces Book-Sized i53 Mini PC, Silent But Deadly

Giada Introduces Book-Sized i53 Mini PC, Silent But Deadly

As we flip past more channels blacked out by the DirecTV and Viacom dispute and the case for ditching satellite or cable pay TV builds, svelte little HTPCs like the Giada i53 Mini PC look even more compelling. China’s Giada (not her) has a spate of interesting mini computers, and the i53 is a well-appointed member of the family. The...

Limited Edition Halo 4 Xbox 360 Bundle Goes Up for Pre-order

Limited Edition Halo 4 Xbox 360 Bundle Goes Up for Pre-order

Comic-Con isn't just a place to see a bunch of middle-aged men wandering around in costumes. For Microsoft, this year's Comic-Con proved the perfect spot to reveal its upcoming Xbox 360 Limited Edition Halo 4 console bundle, which marks the return of the Master Chief and is arguably the best looking Xbox 360 console to date. The bundle launches...

Microsoft Pushes 'Office Next' Blog Live Ahead of Office 2013 Launch

Microsoft Pushes 'Office Next' Blog Live Ahead of Office 2013 Launch

Rumor has it Microsoft will unveil to the world its Office 2013 (codenamed Office 15) next-generation productivity suite on Monday, July 16. In the meantime, the Redmond software giant has created a new blog called 'Office Next' that's being virtually penned by PJ Hough, Corporate Vice President of Program Management of Microsoft's Office...

XPad Tablet To Be "World's Most Affordable" Android Option

XPad Tablet To Be "World's Most Affordable" Android Option

You've probably heard of the XOPC, which is education-minded, and perhaps even India's mythical "$35 tablet." But have you ever heard of Simmtronics? No? Well, they're making the "world's most affordable tablet." The XPad costs just $81, and still manages to include the basis: Cortex Arm 8 CPU, a multi-touch panel and Wi-Fi. It's aiming to...

The Year's Hottest Android Tablet Is Now On Sale

The Year's Hottest Android Tablet Is Now On Sale

What might be the year's hottest Android tablet is on sale right now, after half a year of waiting. Originally introduced at CES in January, the Asus Transformer Pad TF700T (10.1") tablet is on sale at Office Depot. The official drop date for the slate here in the U.S. is July 16th, but Office Depot seems to have the jump the rest of the gang....

HardKernel’s Tiny ODROID-X Development Board Packs Quad-Core Exynos Processor, Promises Fun

HardKernel’s Tiny ODROID-X Development Board Packs Quad-Core Exynos Processor, Promises Fun

Price-wise, HardKernel’s ODROID-X Development Board ($129) doesn’t hold a candle to the like of Raspberry Pi ($35), but it packs some tasty features that tinkers will love to play with. The ARM-based platform is built around a quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 Cortex-A9 (1.4GHz) processor and has Mali-400 quad core graphics, 1GB of...

Symantec Update Inadvertently Cripples Certain Windows XP Machines

Symantec Update Inadvertently Cripples Certain Windows XP Machines

Security firm Symantec is busy cleaning up a bit of egg on its face after pushing out a signature update that decided not to play nice with some Windows XP machines. Symantec disclosed the problem on its website, saying that the SNAFU only affected machines running a combination of Windows XP, the latest version of its SONAR technology, and...

SandForce Webpage Reveals MSI's Plans to Enter Solid State Drive Business

SandForce Webpage Reveals MSI's Plans to Enter Solid State Drive Business

The past year has seen solid state drives (SSDs) grow bigger in capacity, run faster than ever, and come down in price, with many high-end drives now selling for around $1 per gigabyte, and sometimes less. Helping to spark this bang-for-buck renaissance is the fact that everyone and their uncle is kicking out SSDs these days, and many of them...

NVIDIA Lands $12-Million Contract For Exascale Research

NVIDIA Lands $12-Million Contract For Exascale Research

As powerful as today's super computers are, it's widely believed that we'll see a tectonic shift in supercomputing in this decade - a shift that will leave the world's current super computers far behind. That change is exascale computing technology, which will be thousands of times faster than petaflop super computers. Today, NVIDIA announced...

Apple Brings 'All Eligible' Products Back Into EPEAT Circle

Apple Brings 'All Eligible' Products Back Into EPEAT Circle

Here's something you don't see every single day: Apple apologizing. Back when the iPhone 4's "Antennagate" scandal took off, it really boiled down to users "holding it wrong." But these days we have a new Apple, and the company obviously willing to say when it's made a misstep. Bob Mansfield, the company's outgoing (retirement) Senior Vice...

RIM Nailed With $147.2 Million Verdict In Patent Lawsuit

RIM Nailed With $147.2 Million Verdict In Patent Lawsuit

Well, that's not good. As if Research in Motion really needed any more bad news, the BlackBerry handset maker is now dealing with a massive $147.2 million verdict. Late in the week, a NorCal jury directed RIM to cough up the aforementioned sum in order to settle up in a patent lawsuit. The suit was brought by Mformation Technologies, and the...

AMD Slashes Prices on Radeon 7000 Series Graphics Cards

AMD Slashes Prices on Radeon 7000 Series Graphics Cards

The marketing team over at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) just dropped us a line to give us a heads up regarding upcoming price cuts to the Sunnyvale chip designer's Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics cards. New lower MSRPs officially go into effect on Monday, July 16, 2012 and include the following updated prices: Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition: $499...

Corsair's  Carbide Series 300R Gets A Window

Corsair's Carbide Series 300R Gets A Window

When we reviewed the Corsair Carbide Series 300R in April, we were impressed with the compact gaming case's sturdiness and accommodating interior. (Though, we were a little less excited about its noise.) One thing the case didn't have was a way to show off just how much hardware you can fit into it. After all, this is a gaming case, which...

Carriers Tout Exclusive Colors: Sprint Gets White HTC EVO 4G LTE, AT&T Gets Red Galaxy S III

Carriers Tout Exclusive Colors: Sprint Gets White HTC EVO 4G LTE, AT&T Gets Red Galaxy S III

It's not uncommon for a carrier to brag about being the only carrier in the U.S. to offer a particular smartphone. However, since many smartphone manufacturers are starting to offer the same (or very similar) smartphone to different carriers, carriers are losing these bragging rights. In an attempt to continue to differentiate themselves from...

Awesome Steam Summer Sale Kicks Off with Big Discounts

Awesome Steam Summer Sale Kicks Off with Big Discounts

If you need to beef up your games collection, now is the time to do it. Steam's annual summer sale is in full effect, and that means big savings on some top-notch titles from now through July 22, 2012. We're not talking minor reductions here either, but major discounts that include 75 percent off Portal 2 ($4.99), 50 percent off Call of Duty:...

NVIDIA Suspends 'Developer Zone' Operations Following Hacker Attack

NVIDIA Suspends 'Developer Zone' Operations Following Hacker Attack

Maybe it's because all the script kiddies are out of school for the summer, or perhaps there's something in the water that's to blame for the recent rash of hacker attacks. Whatever the reason, security breaches are once again starting to pile up. Following on the heels of a hack attack that compromised the passwords of over 450,000 Yahoo...

Toshiba Targets Small Businesses With Tecra R940 And Tecra R950 Laptops

Toshiba Targets Small Businesses With Tecra R940 And Tecra R950 Laptops

Toshiba announced two new Tecra laptops that are designed for small and medium business users. The new Tecra R940 and Tecra R950 laptops are available exclusively through Toshiba Direct. Leasing options and volume discounts are available. The new Tecra R940 and Tecra R950 laptops feature a fiberglass reinforced casing with a Honeycomb Rib...

June Game Sales Plummet Nearly a Third in U.S., NPD Group Says

June Game Sales Plummet Nearly a Third in U.S., NPD Group Says

According to date compiled by the NPD Group, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes was the best selling game in the U.S. in the month of June, but game sames overall were down -- way down. Total game sales dropped by 29 percent year-over-year to $699.8 million in June, while software sales tumbled 27 percent to $362.8 million. Hardware sales took...

Sold! Social News Pioneer Digg Sells to Betaworks (UPDATED)

Sold! Social News Pioneer Digg Sells to Betaworks (UPDATED)

Back in 2008, social news site Digg was valued at $164 million; now, it’s been sold for the relative pittance of half a million dollars, according to the Wall Street Journal. (AllThingsD has outgoing Digg CEO Matt Williams on record as saying that the deal was much larger and was a combination of cash and equity; still, it's far, far...

Big Price Cuts in Store for Intel Brand SSDs, Are They Enough?

Big Price Cuts in Store for Intel Brand SSDs, Are They Enough?

As the dog days of summer come into view, Intel is apparently getting ready to chill out with its high solid state drive (SSD) pricing and roll out "significant price reductions" on its consumer SSDs, it's being reported. Intel's 320 Series will bear the brunt of the price cuts, though even after the reductions in end-user cost, some may find...

Rovio Strikes Casual Gaming Gold Again with “Amazing Alex”, Tops App Store Charts

Rovio Strikes Casual Gaming Gold Again with “Amazing Alex”, Tops App Store Charts

After spending so much time making the monster casual gaming hit Angry Birds and its several variants, developer Rovio was probably glad to have a new project to work on; the dev team is certainly even more delighted to see that a non-Angry Birds game could be a hit for the company. “Amazing Alex”, Rovio’s new baby, launched...

Nielsen Report: Two-Thirds Of U.S. Buyers Opting For Smartphones, Android In Charge

Nielsen Report: Two-Thirds Of U.S. Buyers Opting For Smartphones, Android In Charge

Wondering if smartphones are just another fad, like 3D? Wonder no more. Nielsen's latest research shows that nearly two-thirds of new mobile buyers are selecting smartphones over "dumbed" alternatives, despite lofty data prices and those nasty tiers. During Q2 2012 smartphone penetration continued to grow, with nearly 55% of U.S. mobile buyers...

Microsoft Aiming To Launch Touch-Friendly Office 15 On Monday?

Microsoft Aiming To Launch Touch-Friendly Office 15 On Monday?

Is Microsoft planning to make yet another huge announcement? It sure seems like it. Hot on the heels of Surface, an impending launch of Windows 8 and the reveal of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft is now scheduled to launch Office 15 next week. That's according to a USA Today report, and honestly, the stakes couldn't be much higher for Microsoft....

Bioware Announces Ultima IV Remake: Ultima Forever. This Is Awesome

Bioware Announces Ultima IV Remake: Ultima Forever. This Is Awesome

Nearly thirty years after its release, Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar is remembered as a unique, amazing game. Now, thanks to Bioware, it's a game that an entire new generation of gamers will be able to enjoy. What set the game apart from other titles, both than and now, is that your character, the titular would-be Avatar, is not tasked with...

Angry Birds Migrates to Samsung Smart TVs, Makes Use of Gesture and Voice Recognition

Angry Birds Migrates to Samsung Smart TVs, Makes Use of Gesture and Voice Recognition

What do you get when you cross one of the most popular casual games of all time with a smart TV equipped with gesture and voice recognition? Angry Birds on your big TV, that’s what. Samsung announced a new Angry Birds Smart TV app for its ES7000/8000/9000 smart TVs that will let users play the game natively, right from the TV itself....

Supposed Pre-Release iPhone 5 Photos Leak Online

Supposed Pre-Release iPhone 5 Photos Leak Online

Rumor has it that Apple's next generation iPhone model -- presumably the iPhone 5, or 'new iPhone,' if borrowing a page from the iPad -- will sport a larger screen than the 3.5-inch display that's been a staple of every model to date. What isn't known is exactly how big the new screen will be and what the remodeled device will look like. We...

Rockstar Answers Your Burning Questions, Apologizes for Long Game Development Cycles

Rockstar Answers Your Burning Questions, Apologizes for Long Game Development Cycles

Rockstar's Max Payne and Grand Theft Auto series are typically a blast to play, provided you're into the developer's brand of gritty violence. As a result, both franchises are also huge successes, but that doesn't mean their respective fans are always happy, In fact, some of them are downright angry that it takes Rockstar so long to develop...

PC Shipments Stalled Out in Q2, Gartner Says

PC Shipments Stalled Out in Q2, Gartner Says

Research firm Gartner isn't saying the sky is falling on the PC industry, but it does note that worldwide PC shipments totaled just 87.5 million units in the second quarter of 2012, representing a decline of 0.1 percent from one year prior. Perhaps even more telling is the fact that Q2 marked the seventh consecutive quarter of flat to-single-digit...

Samsung Introduces EX2F Smart Camera With F1.4 Lens

Samsung Introduces EX2F Smart Camera With F1.4 Lens

Samsung is launching the new EX2F digital camera. This camera is the latest addition to Samsung's Wi-Fi enabled Smart Camera family. The EX2F features a f/1.4 lens and sharing features via Wi-Fi connectivity. The camera also features full manual controls and can record in 1080p full HD video with stereo sound. You can capture both still images...

Custom NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670/680 Round Up: EVGA, ZOTAC, MSI, Gigabyte, ASUS

Custom NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670/680 Round Up: EVGA, ZOTAC, MSI, Gigabyte, ASUS

Now that Kepler has had a few months to marinate, NVIDIA’s board partners are ready with newer, custom GeForce GTX 680 and GTX 670 cards that push things a bit further than the initial batch of products based on NVIDIA’s reference designs. As such, we thought it would be a great time to round-up some of the hottest offerings to...

Genius Introduces Lychas HS-G550 Foldable Gaming Headset

Genius Introduces Lychas HS-G550 Foldable Gaming Headset

Genius added a new gaming headset to the GX Gaming Series. The new Lychas HS-G550 Foldable Gaming Headset features individual volume controls for each ear cup which makes it ideal for LAN parties and competitions because you'll be able to hear sounds from the game in one ear and teammates sitting nearby in the other ear. The Lychas also features...

Ouya Android Game Console Hits $4 Million Home Run on Kickstarter and It's Still Going

Ouya Android Game Console Hits $4 Million Home Run on Kickstarter and It's Still Going

Wouldn't it be great if game consoles didn't cost several hundred dollars, and if the games were free to play, at least to try them out? Well, that's the central idea behind Ouya, a new game console for the TV and powered by Android. Ouya's open-source foundation is the key cog in what the developers hope will be a game changing machine, one...

Plextor Prices M5S Series Of Solid State Drives

Plextor Prices M5S Series Of Solid State Drives

Plextor's a pretty familiar name in the storage industry, and it's hoping to get even more familiar with the launch of the M5S Series of SSDs. Not surprisingly, the company's playing up "enhanced reliability and performance," suggesting that this new range can hit sustained read/write speed up to 73,000/70,000 IOPS. The company's using an...

Toshiba Takes 2.5" AL13SE Hard Drives To Enterprise Users

Toshiba Takes 2.5" AL13SE Hard Drives To Enterprise Users

Can enterprise and 2.5" HDDs live in the same sentence? Sure they can, and Toshiba's newest unit is proof. The company has just introduced a new laptop-friendly, enterprise-grade storage solution offering some pretty wild stats. For starters, it'll ship in sizes up to 900MB, supporting the 6Gb/s SAS Interface and spin at 10,500RPM. Yeah, speedy....

Toshiba to Develop “Fusion Products” by Consolidating its PC, TV, and Tablet Teams

Toshiba to Develop “Fusion Products” by Consolidating its PC, TV, and Tablet Teams

Toshiba may want to have a chat with its PR department on the subject of burying the lead. Tucked away in an otherwise low-key press release mentioning that Toshiba is shuffling its digital products facilities in Japan, there’s a potentially big announcement: a major part of the restructuring will consolidate the company’s TV,...

T-Mobile Will Offer myTouch And myTouch Q On August 8

T-Mobile Will Offer myTouch And myTouch Q On August 8

T-Mobile will expand its myTouch family with the new myTouch and myTouch Q on August 8. Both of these smartphones are manufactured by Huawei. The phones feature a new version of the Genius Button which provides access to voice controls powered by Dragon from Nuance as well as an easy setup process and access to tutorials. Both phones feature...

RIM CEO Interview Sparks Hope That Company May Yet Survive

RIM CEO Interview Sparks Hope That Company May Yet Survive

It's been quite awhile since anyone had much good to say to say about RIM's chances of surviving the next 12 months as an independent company, but a new interview with CEO Thorsten Heins has me hopeful. Unlike Heins' widely-publicized op/ed in the Globe and Mail a week ago, in which he sounded like a beleagured ship captain reasurring everyone...

AVADirect Touts EVGA-Infused Supercomputer with 192GB RAM, Four GPUs

AVADirect Touts EVGA-Infused Supercomputer with 192GB RAM, Four GPUs

If you've ever wanted to own your own supercomputer, now's your chance. Boutique system builder AVADirect announced what it claims is the first personal supercomputer workstation loaded to the gills with dual 8-core Intel Xeon processors, up to 192GB of memory, and support for up to four graphics cards. That's some serious horsepower, folks....

San Francisco To Ban City Apple Purchases Over Green Certification Brouhaha

San Francisco To Ban City Apple Purchases Over Green Certification Brouhaha

Just a short time after Apple pulled 39 products from the aging EPEAT green technology certification program, people have stopped scratching their heads and are starting to flip out. Among the most noteworthy naysayers is the San Francisco Department of Environment, which plans to alert city agencies that Apple products are off the city funds...

At Long Last, Google+ App for iPad Finally Lands in Apple's App Store

At Long Last, Google+ App for iPad Finally Lands in Apple's App Store

It may have taken what feels like an eternity, but iPad users can now hop on Apple's App Store and download the official Google+ app rather than using a stretched out version of the iPhone app or navigating Google's social network via Safari. "The Google+ app for iPad was designed with the device in mind," Google stated in a blog post. "Your...

Samsung To Unlock Bootloader on Verizon Galaxy S III Developer Edition

Samsung To Unlock Bootloader on Verizon Galaxy S III Developer Edition

For the average consumer, saying the word "bootloader" will get you a blank stare. But for hardcore Android hackers, it's a touchy subject. You see, an unlocked bootloader gives users the ability to easily root their phone and install a custom ROM. In other words, hack into their phone and put a custom build of Android on there. Phone makers...

OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) Won't Support 64-bit Macs with Older GPUs

OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) Won't Support 64-bit Macs with Older GPUs

Apple is pitching Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) as the cat's meow with over 200 new features "that add up to an amazing Mac experience," but that only applies if you're rocking a compatible system. Some older Mac models, including ones that are 64-bit capable, aren't invited to the Mountain Lion party, and it's likely because of the GPU. First,...

Marvell's SoC Powering OnLive Cloud Gaming Through Google TV

Marvell's SoC Powering OnLive Cloud Gaming Through Google TV

For better or worse, cloud gaming seems to be the next major "thing" in gaming as a whole. A few years ago, motion gaming was it. Now that we've embraced that (and to some extent, 3D), companies like Sony are investing heavily in the cloud. But it's not just Sony. Marvell and OnLive have teamed up to push the notion one step further. OnLive...

Don't Expect Pre-Flood HDD Pricing Until 2013, Western Digital Says

Don't Expect Pre-Flood HDD Pricing Until 2013, Western Digital Says

There's no denying that solid state drives (SSDs) are the sexy storage option, offering the luxury of blazing fast read and write transfers along with the reliability that comes from having no moving parts. But they're also comparatively expensive to mechanical hard drives, and typically smaller in capacity, too. So where does that leave HDDs?...

Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” Update Rolling out to Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ Devices

Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” Update Rolling out to Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ Devices

Amidst lots of other exciting announcements at its I/O conference last month, Google unveiled Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of Google’s mobile OS. Now, the update is rolling out, and the first hardware to taste it will be Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ devices. (It makes sense; it’s hard to say how much longer the Galaxy devices...

Dropbox Doubles Capacity, Leaves Prices Alone; Also Adds 500GB Option

Dropbox Doubles Capacity, Leaves Prices Alone; Also Adds 500GB Option

If you woke up this morning to find that your Dropbox Pro account doubled in size while you slept, here’s why: Dropbox really wants to keep you as a customer. In an effort to stay competitive in the cloud storage space, Dropbox just announced a huge upgrade to its Pro plans, which are now available in 100GB and 200GB capacities. These...

Google Announces Chrome 21 Beta & Drops Support For Old-ish Versions Of Mac OS X

Google Announces Chrome 21 Beta & Drops Support For Old-ish Versions Of Mac OS X

Fresh off of fixing a problem that caused MacBooks to crash, Google's Chrome team announced Chrome 21 beta. Chrome updates are pretty common and often receive little fanfare, but today's beta has a couple treats worth mentioning: Native support for video chatting in the browser and better Google Cloud Print integration. The video chatting...

Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Other Channels Will Disappear Tonight due to DirecTV/Viacom Dispute

Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Other Channels Will Disappear Tonight due to DirecTV/Viacom Dispute

Usually, when industry titans do battle, it’s a good thing for consumers (patent wars notwithstanding). Companies scramble to outdo each other, one-upping the competition’s latest product and forcing down prices, and begging for our loyalty and money. In the TV world, unfortunately, the sniping and quarreling only serve to tick...

Ouya Launches $99 Open Source, Grassroots-Funded Gaming Console to Take on Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony

Ouya Launches $99 Open Source, Grassroots-Funded Gaming Console to Take on Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony

Although mobile and social gaming is all the rage, gaming on a living room console connected to your TV has always been a thoroughly enjoyable way to while away the hours alone or with friends. In recent years, the Xbox (alone and with the Kinect), Wii, and Playstation have dominated living rooms. Now there’s another contender, the Ouya,...

Apple To Finally Ship New iPad To China Starting July 20

Apple To Finally Ship New iPad To China Starting July 20

China is a big place. Not only that, but a huge market. Apple products have become all the rage over there, and based on Apple's latest quarterly earnings, it's seeing a huge amount of profits come from that nation. Clearly, it's a priority for Apple to sell as many wares as possible there, and finally, the 'new iPad' will be launching in...

Western Digital Adds to its Rainbow with WD Red NAS Drives

Western Digital Adds to its Rainbow with WD Red NAS Drives

Western Digital’s color-coded families of hard drives added another member today in the form of WD Red, a line of 3.5-inch drives designed specifically for small office/home office NAS systems with between one and five bays. The drives come in capacities of 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB (SATA 6Gbps) and feature NASware and 3D Active Balance Plus...

HTC EVO 4G LTE Android Smartphone Review

HTC EVO 4G LTE Android Smartphone Review

It's no secret that HTC has had a rough time competing with other big name smartphone manufacturers in the last couple of years. It looked like the company might be turning things around with its One series and the EVO 4G LTE for Sprint, but then the company got hit with another delay thanks to a U.S. Customs review. The EVO 4G LTE is finally...

Samsung Galaxy Note Gains Android 4.0 Update On AT&T

Samsung Galaxy Note Gains Android 4.0 Update On AT&T

AT&T's version of the Galaxy S II (Skyrocket) just started receiving the Android 4.0 update via Kies. Now, another Samsung phone on AT&T's network can say the same: the oversized Galaxy Note is the latest to get a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich, and the update will also bundle Samsung's 'Premium Suite.' That includes S Note, a new application...

ICS Infused Motorola Atrix HD Lands at AT&T June 15th for $99

ICS Infused Motorola Atrix HD Lands at AT&T June 15th for $99

Smartphones running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich, as it's more deliciously known) are relatively few and far between, but come July 15, 2012 (this Sunday), you can add Motorola's Atrix HD to the list. AT&T confirmed it will offer the device starting on Sunday with a cost-friendly price tag of just $99, with a two-year service agreement,...

Vintage Nintendo Game Collections Nets Seller Over $1.2 Million on Ebay

Vintage Nintendo Game Collections Nets Seller Over $1.2 Million on Ebay

You can quit sulking about your baseball card collection or boxes of comic books your mother tossed in the garbage bin after you moved out. Sure, they might have been worth a pretty penny, but apparently the real money when it comes to vintage items is in videogames. To wit, a French game collector sold off his collection of Nintendo and Sega...

AMD Blames Poor Q2 Results on Soft Sales in China and Europe

AMD Blames Poor Q2 Results on Soft Sales in China and Europe

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) saw its share price drop by more than 8 percent after announcing preliminary second quarter financial results with lower than expected sales numbers. The chip designer told investors it expects revenue to dip around 11 percent sequentially in Q3, which is in sharp contrast to a previous forecast of a 3 percent...

Steam Community To Rate, Give Feedback On Titles Through Greenlight

Steam Community To Rate, Give Feedback On Titles Through Greenlight

Kickstarter has really changed the game, and in more ways than one. It's unlikely that Valve got this idea straight from the tech-funding site, but you have to admit that some of the best ideas from Kickstarter are also apparent here. The company's new Steam Greenlight is a wonderful new platform with near-endless opportunity for game devs....

Nokia's 808 PureView Now On Sale In The U.S.: $700 For a 41MP Cameraphone

Nokia's 808 PureView Now On Sale In The U.S.: $700 For a 41MP Cameraphone

Nokia's got a lot of work ahead of it if it plans to regain a chunk of that marketshare it lost to Apple, Samsung and the rest of the Android gang over the past few years, but is this the phone to start that process? With the Lumia 900 already confirmed to be stuck forever as a pre-Windows Phone 8 device, the 808 PureView is something cut...

Best Buy Confirms 2,400 Job Losses As Cost Reductions Continue

Best Buy Confirms 2,400 Job Losses As Cost Reductions Continue

It's really not a great time to be in retail consumer electronics sales. Or maybe it's just not a great time to be Best Buy. The United States' largest consumer electronics retailer hasn't had a great year, with its CEO stepping away and sales / profits sliding. Now, it's taking measures to ensure that it doesn't slip too far behind, and that's...

Hotel Puts iPhones & iPads In Guestrooms. Landlines One Step Closer To Obsolescence

Hotel Puts iPhones & iPads In Guestrooms. Landlines One Step Closer To Obsolescence

Remember when you strolled into your hotel room and plugged your smartphone into that clock radio on the nightstand? It looks like the days of BYO gadget are dwindling, if the OPUS Vancouver hotel is any indication. Check in, and you'll have an iPad 2 and an iPhone at your disposal for the duration of your stay. And yes, you can take...

Pirate Bay Founder Changes Tune, Sings Song of Sympathy in Pardon Request

Pirate Bay Founder Changes Tune, Sings Song of Sympathy in Pardon Request

Peter Sunde, one of the oft-outspoken co-founders of torrrent site The Pirate Bay (TPB), has always held an air of confidence, sometimes to the point of arrogance. Back in 2009, for example, Mr. Sunde told his Twitter followers to "Stay calm," reassuring them that nothing will happen to TPB and its founders, and that all the legal posturing...

Microsoft Acquires Perceptive Pixel; Growing Hardware Portfolio Teases Tight Office Integration

Microsoft Acquires Perceptive Pixel; Growing Hardware Portfolio Teases Tight Office Integration

Big companies gobble up smaller ones all the time, for reasons ranging from talent grabs to patent portfolio protection to expanding into new markets. Microsoft’s acquisition of Perceptive Pixel wouldn’t be so notable except that Microsoft is in the midst of a semi-mysterious and very aggressive full-scale march on the tech industry....

Nokia and HTC Slide Towards The Brink; Businesses Make Contingency Plans For Possible RIM Shutdown

Nokia and HTC Slide Towards The Brink; Businesses Make Contingency Plans For Possible RIM Shutdown

If you're a mobile phone manufacturer with a name other than "Apple," you probably aren't having a very good week. Shares of HTC, the second-largest phone company in Asia, fell to their lowest point in two years today, after the company announced a 58% decline in second-quarter revenue. HTC has released several well-regarded phones in the...

UK Judge: Samsung Galaxy Tab “Not as Cool” as Apple’s iPad, Voids Patent Claim

UK Judge: Samsung Galaxy Tab “Not as Cool” as Apple’s iPad, Voids Patent Claim

Oh, those cheeky Brits. Today in London, Judge Colin Birss (pictured) dismissed Apple’s patent suit against Samsung, which alleged that the Galaxy Tab slates are a rip-off of the iPad, according to Bloomberg. Part of the honorable judge’s reasoning? He was quoted as saying that the Galaxy Tabs were “not as cool” as...

Microsoft Confirms Windows 8 Headed For August RTM, October Launch

Microsoft Confirms Windows 8 Headed For August RTM, October Launch

At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) today, Steve Ballmer formally announced the launch date for Windows 8 -- the OS will be RTM'd (Released To Manufacturing) the first week of August, with an estimated ship date in October. Microsoft's own ARM-flavored Windows 8 Surface will supposedly go on sale "around" that time frame; the...

Toshiba's Automatic Backup Portable Hard Drive Coming To Walmart

Toshiba's Automatic Backup Portable Hard Drive Coming To Walmart

Who has time for manual backups these days? Exactly. To meet the demand for more automated backup processes, Toshiba has today introduced the Automatic Backup Portable Hard Drive, which will interestingly be sold exclusively (at least for now) at Walmart. t’s compatible with both USB 3.0 and 2.0, and not surprisingly, It's pretty basic...

CyberPower Reveals Power Mega II Graphics Workstation Series

CyberPower Reveals Power Mega II Graphics Workstation Series

CyberPower introduced a new family of Intel Sandy Bridge-E, Ivy Bridge, and Xeon-based professional workstation PCs with NVIDIA Quadro graphics in the form of the new Power Mega II series. The Power Mega II series is available in three versions and six configurations. All models have been tested for use with leading business, graphics and...

Fujitsu Flexes Stylistic Q702 Hybrid Tablet and Lifebook T902 Convertible Notebook

Fujitsu Flexes Stylistic Q702 Hybrid Tablet and Lifebook T902 Convertible Notebook

Fujitsu seems to be fully embracing dual-use scenarios these days, and rather than promote tablets over notebooks or vice versa, the company just unveiled a couple of products that pull double-duty as either one. These include the Stylistic Q702 business hybrid tablet and the Lifebook T902 convertible laptop. The Q702 is  powered by a...

HP Introduces Four New All-In-One PCs

HP Introduces Four New All-In-One PCs

HP announced four new all-in-one desktops including the HP Compaq Elite 8300, HP Compaq Pro 6300, HP ENVY 23, and HP Pavilion 23. The HP Compaq Elite 8300 all-in-one business PC is HP’s most powerful and multimedia-rich all-in-one. This all-in-one features a 23-inch diagonal HD display with an optional built-in 2-megapixel webcam and...

Angry Birds Sequel Reverses Roles, Plays From Pigs' Point of View

Angry Birds Sequel Reverses Roles, Plays From Pigs' Point of View

There are two sides to every story, and if you ever felt yourself sympathizing with those egg thieving pigs in Angry Birds, developer Rovio has some good news. You'll be able to play a brand new Angry Birds game later this year from the point of view of the pigs. The goal will be to keep the eggs you snatched safe from those winged menaces...

Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook Review

Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook Review

Give credit to Intel for recognizing that the notebook market needed a swift kick in the pants, and for putting a noose around the necks of netbooks, which have all but been eliminated from the market place. Sure, a few straggling netbooks remain, but by and large, Intel is now heavily invested (both literally and figuratively) in the Ultrabook...

Sharp Cuts $198.5 Million Check to Settle LCD Price Fixing Lawsuit

Sharp Cuts $198.5 Million Check to Settle LCD Price Fixing Lawsuit

Dell and two other companies are going to receive a combined $198.5 million payment from Sharp to settle a civil lawsuit brought forth against a group of companies for setting artificially high prices for liquid crystal display (LCD) panels. Sharp, along with several other companies, was found guilty of price fixing following an investigation...

Cisco Does Damage Control over Cisco Connect Cloud Fiasco

Cisco Does Damage Control over Cisco Connect Cloud Fiasco

A couple of weeks ago, Cisco launched Cisco Connect Cloud, a cloud platform for Linksys Smart WiFi routers that was designed to make setting up and using the router much simpler and more user-friendly and included a convenient mobile app and third-party apps that offered enhanced functionality such as easy streaming to smart TVs. Suffice it...

Mozilla Pulling Out of Thunderbird Email Project

Mozilla Pulling Out of Thunderbird Email Project

Mozilla on Monday is expected to announce that it's no longer going to develop its popular Thunderbird email client, leaving such chores to the open source community at large. News of Mozilla's decision came to light when a confidential letter sent out to "Mozillians" was leaked to the Web for all to see. "We’ve been focusing efforts...

Research In Motion Blows Past Three Billion BlackBerry App Downloads

Research In Motion Blows Past Three Billion BlackBerry App Downloads

Research In Motion (RIM) has its fair share of problems to sort out, including poor financial results and strategic woes in competing with the likes of Android and iOS, but when it comes to small victories, RIM can take solace in the fact that it's starting to put up big app download numbers. As in, three billion and counting, according to...

Jolla To Pick Up MeeGo, Develop New Phones And UI

Jolla To Pick Up MeeGo, Develop New Phones And UI

Remember MeeGo? It was all set to be Nokia's next major smartphone push, and it was in the N9, but it was short-lived due to Windows Phone swooping in, stealing all of the glory, and effectively dashing MeeGo's hope of a real future. After all -- Nokia doesn't have the time, interest or resources to focus on two platforms. It's Windows Phone...

Foxconn Reveals Fanless, Noiseless NanoPC Nettop Range

Foxconn Reveals Fanless, Noiseless NanoPC Nettop Range

Foxconn has been making the news more often than not regarding labor practices, but the company also makes a range of PCs with its own brand on it. Here's the Foxconn NanoPC, a nettop that'll ship in two different versions. The AT-5250 and AT-5600 are based on the Intel Atom and AMD Brazos platforms, respectively, and neither consumes over...

ITU Schedules Meeting To Address "Innovation-Stifling" Patent Lawsuits

ITU Schedules Meeting To Address "Innovation-Stifling" Patent Lawsuits

"Rampant patent litigation." If you've followed consumer technology for any small amount of time, you'd know that it's happening. Apple vs. Samsung. Yahoo vs. Facebook. HTC, Motorola, Google -- you name it. If it's a large tech company, it's probably worried somewhat about being sued over patents. Companies that are involved don't seem to...

Apple Yanks Products From EPEAT Certification Page

Apple Yanks Products From EPEAT Certification Page

Here's a strange one. Ever heard of EPEAT? If you follow recycling or green design at all, you probably have. Much like the Energy Star certification, most companies clamor over having an EPEAT Certification. It's a symbol of extra effort and concern for the environment, showing that companies are being mindful to waste and toxic chemicals...

Windows 8 Pro Release Preview Users Eligible for $40 Upgrade Promotion

Windows 8 Pro Release Preview Users Eligible for $40 Upgrade Promotion

Microsoft made a lot of Windows campers happy when it unveiled a limited time $40 upgrade offer to Windows 8 Pro for users coming from Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7. As it turns out, the low-cost upgrade promotion also applies to users of Windows 8 Release Preview, which is a free download. The revelation first appeared in an FAQ...

Microsoft Resolves Mysterious Xbox Live Issue, Keeps Culprit a Secret

Microsoft Resolves Mysterious Xbox Live Issue, Keeps Culprit a Secret

Summertime is a perfect opportunity for school age kids to take their backsides outside and enjoy the sun, running through the neighborhood to do all the they things they can't when stuck in a classroom. But who are we kidding -- today's generation prefers to lock themselves inside and play marathon game sessions, and we can hardly fault them...

Samsung Blames Galaxy SIII Burns on "External Energy Source"

Samsung Blames Galaxy SIII Burns on "External Energy Source"

Samsung has some great news for Galaxy SIII smartphone owners. As it turns out, your mobile device isn't at risk of overheating to the point where it catches on fire and burns through its casing, as a forum member at Boards.ie claimed was the case with his Galaxy SIII a couple of weeks ago. At the time, Samsung said it would follow up the...

Twitter Improves Search Functionality with Autocomplete, Spelling Corrections, and More

Twitter Improves Search Functionality with Autocomplete, Spelling Corrections, and More

After an overly excited Twitter engineer Pankaj Gupta tweeted that “Search & discovery in @twitter set to change forever after tmrw. Team - congrats and enjoy the enormity of ur impact few understand today!”, expectations were high that something big was going to be revealed. Eventually, Twitter published a blog post announcing...

Yahoo And Facebook Resolve Patent Disputes, Hug It Out

Yahoo And Facebook Resolve Patent Disputes, Hug It Out

In a world currently full of nasty, technological patent wars amongst tech giants, there's been at least one instance of hand-shaking this week. Facebook and Yahoo, who were previously tied up in a bitter battle over patents, have seemingly worked out their differences. The pair has launched a "strategic alliance" in order to resolve the ongoing...

Samsung Grabs Temporary Window To Sell Galaxy Nexus Right Away

Samsung Grabs Temporary Window To Sell Galaxy Nexus Right Away

Great news for Samsung (and fans of the Galaxy Nexus) this evening: while the company was forced to halt sales of the phone just days ago after a judge granted Apple an injunction, now the phone has been cleared for sale in the U.S. Temporarily, at least. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has today agreed to a temporary stay...

Top Complaints and Shortcomings of Popular Smartphones Detailed in Report

Top Complaints and Shortcomings of Popular Smartphones Detailed in Report

If you've recently bought a popular smartphone and are having trouble with it, Fixya's July update may have information on solving your headaches. The blog lists data on devices as recent as the Samsung Galaxy SIII, and details common issues with the iPhone 4S, Nokia Lumia 900, HTC Titan II, Galaxy Nexus, and the BlackBerry Curve (for the...

More Kindle Fire 2 Details Emerge

More Kindle Fire 2 Details Emerge

Talk of a Kindle Fire update is picking up steam, with an NPD DisplaySearch analyst pointing to Amazon's supply chain as evidence of a possible refresh. According to CNET, which spoke to DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim, the Kindle Fire 2 will likely retain its 7-inch screen size - at least, for now. An 8.9-inch model is reportedly in the...

Dev Builds Adapter to Run Super Nintendo Games on Raspberry Pi

Dev Builds Adapter to Run Super Nintendo Games on Raspberry Pi

First off, yes, there are emulators that can run all those classic Atari, NES, SNES, and Sega games, but it’s far more rare to find a small computer that’s been modified to be a console that lets you play those games with an actual system controller. The fellow that writes the petRockBlog decided to do just that when he modded...

Samsung Galaxy Beam Smartphone with a Built-in Projector Lands in the UK

Samsung Galaxy Beam Smartphone with a Built-in Projector Lands in the UK

There’s a bright spot or two peeking through the thick black cloud of Samsung’s current legal troubles, and one of them is the Samsung Galaxy Beam, a smartphone that packs a built-in projector. The device is now on sale in the UK for £395 (about $614 USD). The pico projector inside is rated for 15 lumens and purports to project...

Galaxy Nexus Sales To Resume Next Week

Galaxy Nexus Sales To Resume Next Week

There have been plenty of legal disputes between Apple and Samsung, one of which recently affected the Galaxy Nexus. At the end of last month, a U.S. District Judge in San Jose ruled the Galaxy Nexus infringed on some of Apple's patents. As a result of this ruling, the Galaxy Nexus was banned from being sold in the U.S.   This particular...

Police Tape App for Android Records Cop Conversations on the Sly

Police Tape App for Android Records Cop Conversations on the Sly

The American Civil Liberties Union (ALCU) of New Jersey released an Android app called 'Police Tape' for smartphones that it hopes will help citizens "hold police accountable" by securely and discreetly recording conversations and interactions with Johnny Law. If you happen to walk by an arrest in progress or witness what you believe might...

Apple Revises iPad Backlight to Reduce Overheating

Apple Revises iPad Backlight to Reduce Overheating

You would think that the processor, graphics chip, and battery would be the biggest sources of heat in any mobile gadget, including tablets, so it might seem a little odd that Apple is (reportedly) focusing on the LED backlight in new revision third generation iPad models to tackle potential overheating problems. It's not as far fetched as...

FIFA Approves Game Changing Intelligent Soccer Ball

FIFA Approves Game Changing Intelligent Soccer Ball

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has given its stamp of approval for a system based on the Select iBall, the world's first intelligent soccer ball that detects when it crosses the goal line and then communicates that information to scorekeepers and referees. FIFA has been testing the iBall for the...

Eurocom Is Now Offering The GeForce GTX 680M

Eurocom Is Now Offering The GeForce GTX 680M

Eurocom is now offering the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M GPU in its line of performance notebooks. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M GPU features 1344 CUDA cores and 4GB GDDR5 graphics memory. This GPU also supports Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, DirectX 11, and OpenCL technologies. The 680M is available in the Neptune 2.0 and Racer 2.0 notebooks. Eurocom has...

TIME dotCom, Facebook And Others Invest In Massive Undersea Internet Cable Project

TIME dotCom, Facebook And Others Invest In Massive Undersea Internet Cable Project

The Internet has been said to be just one big series of tubes. Accurate? In fact, yes, it is. But data doesn't just flow around the globe without a medium to travel through, and most users take the undersea cabling necessary to make it happen for granted. Now, thanks to a little company called Facebook, we're hearing a bit more about it. This...

Is Amazon Looking To Develop Its Own Smartphone

Is Amazon Looking To Develop Its Own Smartphone

Is Amazon really going to jump into the ring with Samsung, Apple, HTC, LG, Nokia and the rest of the world that's slugging it out for smartphone supremacy? Don't put it past the company, says a new Bloomberg report. Reportedly, unnamed sources are suggesting that the world's most famous online e-tailer could be shaping plans to compete with...

Clean Up DNSChanger Before Monday or Risk Losing Internet Access

Clean Up DNSChanger Before Monday or Risk Losing Internet Access

Late last year, the FBI kicked DNSChanger in the teeth when it arrested a sextet of Estonian nationals running a cybercrime enterprise and shut down their servers. DNSChanger is malware that hijacked DNS servers and made users incredibly vulnerable to redirects to fake and malicious websites, malware attacks from other sources, and miscellaneous...

Samsung Expected To Double Earnings From Galaxy Phone Sales

Samsung Expected To Double Earnings From Galaxy Phone Sales

Things are looking good for Samsung -- really good, actually. The latest reports in the world of mobile make no bones about it: Apple and Samsung are eating up profits in the smartphone world, and at least in terms of sheer moneymaking, it's a two-horse race here. Apple's clearly doing well, and has been for years, but now reports are suggesting...

Archos Reveals New 'Elements' Tablet Line, Including 97 Carbon

Archos Reveals New 'Elements' Tablet Line, Including 97 Carbon

Archos has long since been the king of low-cost tablets, and now the company is introducing a new range entirely: Elements. It's an entry-level family with 7", 8" and 9.7" options, all of which have full access to Google Play and Google apps. The new 97 Carbon weighs just 21.8 ounces and measures 0.45" thick. There's an IPS capacitive touch...

Analysts Tussle Over AMD's Value, Competitive Strengths; We Weigh In As Well

Analysts Tussle Over AMD's Value, Competitive Strengths; We Weigh In As Well

Earlier today, Vijay Rakesh, an analyst with Sterne Agee, cut his rating on AMD to Neutral from Buy, based on suggestions that PC manufacturers were being generally cautious about sales over the next couple of quarters. Rakesh notes that Trinity is tracking far more design wins than Llano did at this point last year, but believes sales will...

Why The Rumored Quad-Core iPhone 5 Is A Bad Idea

Why The Rumored Quad-Core iPhone 5 Is A Bad Idea

The iPhone 5 rumor mill is spinning up again after apparently taking a few weeks off due to heat exhaustion. The latest buzz coming out of Taiwan is that the device will feature a quad-core processor based on Samsung's Exynos platform. That would make the Exynos 4412 the most likely candidate for the device, and we've already seen an excellent...

GIGABYTE Reveals Dual Port Thunderbolt Motherboards

GIGABYTE Reveals Dual Port Thunderbolt Motherboards

GIGABYTE announced its new GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards complete with dual onboard Thunderbolt ports. Each Thunderbolt port supports maximum data transfer speeds with simultaneous bi-directional data transfer at speeds up to 10Gbps. You'll find dual Thunderbolt ports on the GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5 TH and GIGABYTE Z77X-UP4 TH motherboards. These...

Amazon May Fire Up Next Kindle This Month

Amazon May Fire Up Next Kindle This Month

With the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 7 turning heads and talk of an Apple iPad mini starting to look like more than the usual rumor mill grist, it's not surprising to hear of an imminent Kindle Fire refresh. A new 7-inch tablet may appear July 31st. Launched in November, the Kindle Fire is ripe for new hardware. For one thing, its dual-core processor...

Head to Head to Head: Olympus and Apple to Compete with Google on Head-Mounted Displays

Head to Head to Head: Olympus and Apple to Compete with Google on Head-Mounted Displays

Google’s Project Glass, a pet project of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, is still in its prototype phase yet offers a glimpse into the future of wearable tech. (See the skydiving demo with the live video feed from the glasses at Google I/O.) Unsurprisingly, others have taken up the challenge of developing similar head-mounted technology,...

PC to Mac Sales Ratio Lowest Since Before Windows 95

PC to Mac Sales Ratio Lowest Since Before Windows 95

For those new to the tech scene, it might be hard to imagine, but there was a time when Apple barely registered a blip on the radar compared to today. Long before iPads and iPhones and iPod touch devices and MacBook Air models, the IBM PC was the top dog (IBM has since sold its PC division to Lenovo). It once ran MS-DOS, the dominant operating...

Corsair 30GB Accelerator: Cuts Price, Not Performance

Corsair 30GB Accelerator: Cuts Price, Not Performance

When we reviewed Corsair's 60GB Cache Accelerator back in May, we were impressed by the drive's ability to boost the speed of an HDD-based PC without the need for a fresh OS installation. Today, we'll be evaluating the performance of Corsair's 30GB Cache Accelerator. At $54.99 ($44.99 w/ rebate), it's considerably cheaper than the $84 ($74...

FCC Filing Tips New PlayStation 3 Console

FCC Filing Tips New PlayStation 3 Console

It's kind of a curious thing that Nintendo is the only console maker out of the big 3 to have announced a new generation model, the Wii U, which will be released in the fourth quarter of this year. Microsoft and Sony so far have preferred to keep their next-gen console plans close to their respective chests while they squeeze out a few more...

Apple App Store Serves Up Corrupt Apps, DRM a Possible Culprit

Apple App Store Serves Up Corrupt Apps, DRM a Possible Culprit

There's something funky going on in Apple's App Store that's corrupting several iOS apps, causing them to crash immediately on launch. The issue reportedly affects over 70 apps, including some high profile ones like Instapaper and Angry Birds Space (free edition). Instapaper creator Marco Arment first noted the issue when, just moments after...

Corsair Launches Blazing Fast Force Series GS Solid State Drives

Corsair Launches Blazing Fast Force Series GS Solid State Drives

What do you do when you have a need for speed? You could tattoo "Top Gun" on your biceps or buy a motorcycle, but neither of those will help your boot times or increase overall system performance. Corsair's newly unveiled Force Series GS solid state drives (SSDs) might, however, as they offer the fastest performance to date in Corsair's SandForce-based...

Intel Fighting EU Fine Of $1.4 Billion, From 2009

Intel Fighting EU Fine Of $1.4 Billion, From 2009

There's being late, and then there's this. Intel has just appealed a record-setting $1.45 billion antitrust fine that it was hit with a little while back. And when we say "little while," we mean "2009." Three years later, the company is fighting back. Over in Europe, the company recently bucked back in a bid to have the fine overturned. The...

Motorola Reveals Atrix HD Smartphone With 4.5" 720p Display, AT&T Support

Motorola Reveals Atrix HD Smartphone With 4.5" 720p Display, AT&T Support

Who says Motorola has lost its edge? After coming out with one of the planet's slimmest smartphones in the DROID RAZR, the company has revealed its next phone: the Atrix HD. The original Atrix was quite the hit (the keyboard peripheral, perhaps not so much), and this new one is pushing the limits of how large a phone screen can be. Up there...

AMD's Bulldozer Replacement, Vishera, May Launch In October

AMD's Bulldozer Replacement, Vishera, May Launch In October

Rumor around the 'Net is that AMD's Bulldozer follow-up, codenamed Vishera, could drop in early Q4 this year. The new AMD 8350, as its known, will supposedly be a four-module/eight-core design clocked at 4GHz (4.2GHz Turbo Mode) with a 125W TDP. Vishera could potentially deliver what last year's Bulldozer didn't; AMD's latest CPU was widely...

Netflix Reaches Streaming Milestone

Netflix Reaches Streaming Milestone

There's no denying Netflix's popularity, but many people probably don’t realize how much content is streamed each month. In June, Netflix subscribers watched more than 1 billion hours of online video, which marks a milestone for the company. With a post to his Facebook page, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings congratulated his team on reaching...

Supply Chain Preparations Portend Apple iPad mini

Supply Chain Preparations Portend Apple iPad mini

The tell-tale heart of the overseas supply chain strikes again; according to a MarketWatch report, component suppliers in Asia are preparing for mass production of Apple’s oft-rumored “iPad mini”. South Korea’s LG is reportedly making the display, and Taiwan’s AU Optronic Co. is in the mix, as well. Although Apple...

Verizon Wireless To Offer Galaxy S III On July 10

Verizon Wireless To Offer Galaxy S III On July 10

Just yesterday, we told you about AT&T's plan to offer the Galaxy S III in stores on July 6. Not wanting to leave its customers hanging, Verizon Wireless also announced availability of this hot new smartphone. The Galaxy S III will be available in Verizon Wireless stores and online starting July 10. The Galaxy S III offers high-speed mobile...

Google’s Spring Clean: Google Mini, Talk Chatback, Google Video, Others are Done For

Google’s Spring Clean: Google Mini, Talk Chatback, Google Video, Others are Done For

Google is a massive company that not only maintains a vast stable of products and services but also gives interesting ideas a shot all the time. From time to time, as various Google offerings get merged into another, outlive their usefulness, or simply never really catch on, the company does a spring cleaning to get rid of the flotsam and...

Happy 4th Of July!

Happy 4th Of July!

Happy 4th of July everyone!  It's Independence Day here in the United States, and that usually means a day filled with family, lots of food, and fun.  Be safe today, especially if you plan to mess with any fireworks, and enjoy the holiday.  And from all of us here at HotHardware, Happy 4th!...

Skytex Offers Up Inexpensive 9.7" And 7" Tablets, Both With Android 4.0

Skytex Offers Up Inexpensive 9.7" And 7" Tablets, Both With Android 4.0

If you had any doubts about Android tablets being a dime a dozen these days, let those doubts rest. Skytex Technology, a company that most of you have probably never heard of, has just announced not one, but two new tablets. And moreover, they're both shipping in an elite group: a group of products that supports Android 4.0. At last count,...

From Start to Finish, Fireworks are a Complex Thing

From Start to Finish, Fireworks are a Complex Thing

Today is July 4th, otherwise known as Independence Day in the United States, which means good friends, good food on the grill, good beer, and of course fireworks! On the topic of fireworks and all the wonderful pyrotechnics that will ignite the skies tonight, have you ever wondered how they're made? It's a little more involved than packing...

Fractal Design's Define XL Case is Tougher Than a Shotgun

Fractal Design's Define XL Case is Tougher Than a Shotgun

You either have to be really pissed off or a little bit nuts to shoot your computer case with a 12-gauge shotgun. Alternately, you could work for Fractal Design, a Swedish case and power supply maker that was dead set on proving its Define XL case isn't just great at absorbing noise, it can also swallow a shotgun blast to the chest, up to...

Snag a Recertified BlackBerry Playbook 16GB for $120

Snag a Recertified BlackBerry Playbook 16GB for $120

For as brilliant as Steve Jobs was at assessing the market place, he flat out missed the fact there exists a market for 7-inch tablets, so-called "tweener" devices, as he referred to them. Much of the appeal in the 7-inch category has to do with price, and if you're willing to shop recertified models, it gets even better. We stumbled upon...

Samsung Brings DSLR-Like Features To EX2F Compact Camera

Samsung Brings DSLR-Like Features To EX2F Compact Camera

The days of the conventional point-and-shoot may be winding down. With smartphones offering high-end optics (like in the iPhone 4S and Galaxy S III), there is a lessening need for P&S cameras. But that form factor sure is appealing, so what's a camera company to do? Change things up, of course. Samsung has just introduced the EX2F. It's...

Toshiba Nailed For $87m In LCD Price Fixing Case; Still Says It's Innocent

Toshiba Nailed For $87m In LCD Price Fixing Case; Still Says It's Innocent

Ouch. Toshiba is the latest panel maker to feel the pinch after being fined a whopping $87 million by a U.S. jury in a price fixing verdict. This week, Toshiba and its subsidiary, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC), announced that a jury in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (San Francisco)...

HBO Go App Updated To Work With Most Flavors Of Android

HBO Go App Updated To Work With Most Flavors Of Android

HBO Go remains one of the most polarizing applications out there, largely because of just how amazing it is. It's a beautifully designed app, but for whatever reason, HBO refuses to allow it to function unless you are a paying HBO subscriber. Many say that HBO could charge a staggering amount per month for people who just wanted HBO Go access,...

Apple Denied Emergency Request To Bar HTC Phone Imports By ITC

Apple Denied Emergency Request To Bar HTC Phone Imports By ITC

Nope! That's the answer given to Apple by the International Trade Commission, shutting down its hopes for an emergency ban against HTC products. It's actually one of only a few "No!" responses heard on the legal front lately, as Judge Koh managed to give Apple the ability to halt sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Nexus pending the...

Android 4.0 Breaks The 10% Usage Share, Gingerbread Still Strong

Android 4.0 Breaks The 10% Usage Share, Gingerbread Still Strong

Yikes. There's really no other way to say it. Despite the fact that Android 4.0 launched in November of 2011, it took until July of 2012 for 10 percent of tracked Google devices to dip ahead of the 10% share mark. What's that mean? It means that only 1 in 10 Android-based products are using one of the most recent editions of Android, and considering...

Nexus 7 Teardown Reveals Highly Repairable Device, Giant Battery

Nexus 7 Teardown Reveals Highly Repairable Device, Giant Battery

After Apple released the MacBook Pro with Retina Display last month, there's been a great deal of discussion around Apple's decision to make the device nearly impossible to repair. It's a "feature" that's Apple has steadily pushed across most of its product lines; the iPad 3 is similarly difficult to modify. iFixit has just posted their teardown...

Amazon Buys UpNext, Foreshadows Escalating 3D Map Wars

Amazon Buys UpNext, Foreshadows Escalating 3D Map Wars

We’ll admit that we didn’t exactly see the 3D maps wars coming, but here it is: just as Google lavished updates on its own Maps, Apple ditched the app and launched its own competing maps feature with iOS 6. Ever the rabble rouser, Amazon looks to be getting into the 3D maps game as well with its acquisition of UpNext, according...

Alienware M17x R4 (2012) Review, Ivy Bridge and Kepler Refresh

Alienware M17x R4 (2012) Review, Ivy Bridge and Kepler Refresh

The term “laptop” can only be loosely applied to the nearly 9.39-pound Alienware M17x--you don’t exactly want to have the thing perched on your lap for any extended period of time. But you know what? Who cares. The M17x is a powerful and (mostly) portable gaming rig, and Dell can call it anything they want; awesome by any...

NVIDIA Releases Latest Verde Notebook Drivers, Includes Windows Vista/7/8 Support

NVIDIA Releases Latest Verde Notebook Drivers, Includes Windows Vista/7/8 Support

It can feel a little like Christmas when new drivers become available, as they typically promise performance upgrades, problem fixes, and improved all-around support; the latest beta drivers from NVIDIA certainly deliver. Version 304.79 of the R304 Verde drivers adds or updates support for SLI profiles for a number of games, including The...

AT&T Stores Will Get Galaxy S III On July 6

AT&T Stores Will Get Galaxy S III On July 6

AT&T customers who have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the popular Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone at their local store won't have to wait much longer. The wireless carrier announced plans to offer the smartphone in stores on July 6. Customers who preordered the phone should have already received their device; AT&T says "thousands"...

Nokia: Nexus 7 Tablet Infringes Our Wi-Fi Patents

Nokia: Nexus 7 Tablet Infringes Our Wi-Fi Patents

The way things go in the tech industry, it seems you can't so much as release a fart without the flatulence police claiming a patent violation. It stinks, but it's the way it is, so does it really come as a surprise that a company is crying foul over Google's Nexus 7 tablet? That company is Nokia, which claims the Asus-built tablet Google...

MSI Introduces MSI Wind Top AE2281 All-in-One PC

MSI Introduces MSI Wind Top AE2281 All-in-One PC

MSI announced the new 21.5-inch Wind Top AE2281/AE2281G all-in-one PCs which feature Full HD panels and 3rd Generation of Intel Core processors. The Wind Top AE2281 uses onboard Intel HD Graphics 2500 while the AE2281G model beefs up performance a bit with a NVIDIA GeForce GT630M discrete graphics card and NVIDIA Optimus technology.  Other...

Buffalo Goes Big with 4TB Hard Drives in Select NAS Box Products

Buffalo Goes Big with 4TB Hard Drives in Select NAS Box Products

If giving Buffalo the ultimatum to 'go big or go home,' don't bother setting out a dinner plate, it may be out on the range for awhile. The Texas-based network and storage solutions provider announced it is now stuffing 4TB hard drive drives into select storage devices, including the TeraStation 5000 series of business-class network and iSCSI...

Samsung Waves Around Industry's First 16GB DDR4 Memory Modules

Samsung Waves Around Industry's First 16GB DDR4 Memory Modules

Lest anyone forget that Samsung dabbles in more areas than just displays, the technology guru has just begun sampling what it claims is the world's first 16GB double data rate-4 (DDR4), registered dual inline memory modules (RDIMMs), which at the outset are designed for use in enterprise class servers. Samsung said it's sampling both 8GB and...

Microsoft Unveils Limited Time $40 Upgrade Offer to Windows 8 Professional

Microsoft Unveils Limited Time $40 Upgrade Offer to Windows 8 Professional

We understand not everyone is as excited about Windows 8 as Microsoft is. Whether it's the Metro UI, Start button shenanigans, or the fact that Windows 7 works just fine, thank you very much (or a combination of all three), Microsoft hopes its discounted upgrade offer will convince hesitant upgraders to take a leap of faith. It will only cost...

FEMA And National Weather Service Launch SMS-Based Emergency Texting System In U.S.

FEMA And National Weather Service Launch SMS-Based Emergency Texting System In U.S.

FEMA and the National Weather Service are looking out for you. How so? They're joining up to launch the Wireless Emergency Alert System, which is described as a free SMS system that will text users connected to cell towers in areas that are being nailed with storms or other disasters. The idea here is to broadcast them to all devices within...

Windows 7 Now On A Majority Of Worldwide PCs

Windows 7 Now On A Majority Of Worldwide PCs

Ready for Windows 8? What about being ready for Windows 7? As it turns out, the general PC world is just now coming to terms with Microsoft's latest operating system... just in time for another version to come out. We've known for some time now that Windows XP has a strangle-hold on market share, but it's getting to the point where even the...

Facebook Bug Irretrievably Nukes Email Inboxes, Contact Lists

Facebook Bug Irretrievably Nukes Email Inboxes, Contact Lists

There are, it seems, some companies that simply can't get changes right -- and if there's a Top Ten list somewhere, Facebook deserves to be on it. The company's latest bright idea, now rolled out to all 900M users, was to change your default email address from whatever it was currently to "John.Doe@facebook.com." This new "feature" was pushed...

Sony Reveals Lightning Fast XQD S-Series Memory Cards

Sony Reveals Lightning Fast XQD S-Series Memory Cards

There's fast, and then there's really fast. And with that second bit comes Sony's newest memory cards. The XQD format still isn't a hot one just yet, only being supported by a handful of cameras (Nikon's D4 included). The new S-Series caters to early adopters on the bleeding edge, offered in 32GB and 64GB sizes and reaching transfer rates...

HTC Names New North American President

HTC Names New North American President

In the smartphone game, it's Apple, then Samsung pulling in the profits. And then, there's HTC. The company has long since been at the head of the mobile pack in terms of hardware design, and even its Sense user interface has improved dramatically over time. And now, the company will be moving forward with a new leader in North America. Former...

comScore Reveals Continued Growth For Android, Samsung Leading Manufacturer

comScore Reveals Continued Growth For Android, Samsung Leading Manufacturer

comScore's latest data from the comScore MobiLens service revels that Google now has half of the smartphone market share with 50.9 percent of smartphone subscribers using an Android phone. Unsurprisingly, Apple still has a stronghold in the market as well with 31.9 percent of the market share. As of the end of May, nearly 110 million people...

Cooler Master Reveals Elite 120 Advanced

Cooler Master Reveals Elite 120 Advanced

Cooler Master announced the Elite 120 Advanced MITX size chassis. The Elite 120 Advanced is a compact, yet fully featured chassis for MITX applications. The case features a brushed aluminum front panel as well as plenty of room for large graphics cards. In fact, the Elite 120 Advanced features 13-inches of graphics card space. Cooler Master...

Micron Set to Acquire Elpida for $750 Million Cash, $2.5 Billion Total

Micron Set to Acquire Elpida for $750 Million Cash, $2.5 Billion Total

Micron Technology, founded in 1978 in Boise, Idaho and one of the state's largest employers, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire struggling Elpida Memory in a deal worth $2.5 billion. Under terms of the agreement, Micron will acquire a 100 percent stake in Elpida in exchange for a lump sum cash payment of 60 billion Yen...

Internet Explorer Still Clinging to Half of Browser Market Share

Internet Explorer Still Clinging to Half of Browser Market Share

Another month is in the books, and as usual, Internet Explorer remains the most used browser on the planet with a 54.02 percent share of the market, according to NetMarketShare. That's down only slightly from one month prior, when IE's share totaled 54.05 percent. After sliding consistently for the past couple of years, when IE's share was...

Samsung Pounds Chest as World's Largest Display Maker

Samsung Pounds Chest as World's Largest Display Maker

Samsung may be losing the patent war with Apple, but it's winning the display market in convincing fashion. In fact, now that Samsung has begun doing business as a newly merged corporation with Samsung Mobile Display and S-LCD corporation, the company claims it's the world's largest display maker. "Samsung Display is destined to attain virtually...

Apple Settles iPad Dispute in China for $60 Million

Apple Settles iPad Dispute in China for $60 Million

A lawsuit that could have prevented Apple from selling its popular iPad tablet in China has been settled for $60 million, the amount the Cupertino company paid Shenzhen Proview Technology. The dispute revolved around the iPad name, which Apple claims it purchased outright in 2009. However, Proview argued it still held iPad rights in China,...

Sony Acquires Gaikai, World's Largest Cloud Gaming Service

Sony Acquires Gaikai, World's Largest Cloud Gaming Service

Sony may be reeling, but it still has quite a bit of cash stored up from prior years of success. And spend it will. The company has just forked out $380 million in order to acquire Gaikai Inc., a cloud gaming company that was just getting ready to blow up here in the U.S. Now, Sony is snapping up world's largest interactive cloud gaming company...

MOG Acquired By Beats Electronics: Music Streaming Meets Headphones

MOG Acquired By Beats Electronics: Music Streaming Meets Headphones

Welp, it's another acquisition in the books. Rumors were flaring months back, but all fell quiet until now. USA Today is reporting that Beats Electronics -- the company responsible for those colorful headphones adorning the heads of athletes everywhere -- has acquired MOG. If you're unfamiliar with MOG, it's considered the closest competitor...

Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB Hits Sprint Store Today

Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB Hits Sprint Store Today

As of this morning, Sprint customers can stop by a local store to see what all the fuss is about. A little more than a week after the Samsung Galaxy S III's planned June 21st launch date, the 16GB flavor is for sale in stores. Both the 16GB and 32GB models are ready to go on Sprint's online shop today, and have been shipping to those who pre-ordered....

Pebble Smartwatch Shows Off Android SDK at Google I/O

Pebble Smartwatch Shows Off Android SDK at Google I/O

Although we expected the Pebble smartwatch’s SDK to emerge sometime in August, the team released a developer preview of it at Google I/O. The document will help devs get cracking on configuring apps to play nicely with Pebble and includes code to push and receive notifications and data to and from Pebble. The document will continue to...

VideoLAN Adds Retina Display Support to VLC Player

VideoLAN Adds Retina Display Support to VLC Player

VideoLAN's VLC Player is considered by many to be the best media player on the planet. Well, the best just got better with the release of VLC 2.0.2, which VideoLAN classifies as a "major update that fixes a of regressions of the 2.0.x branch of VLC." Mac fans will be happy to know that one of those fixes includes Retina Display support. In...

Nintendo Vows Not to Overprice Wii U Console

Nintendo Vows Not to Overprice Wii U Console

There's plenty we already know about Nintendo's upcoming Wii U console. We know it will ship with an IBM Power-based multi-core processor, AMD Radeon-based graphics, internal flash memory, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, an optical drive, and various other odds and ends. One thing we don't know, however, is how much the console will cost. According to...

Vizio Ships 21:9 Ultra-Widescreen XVT Series HDTV For $2499

Vizio Ships 21:9 Ultra-Widescreen XVT Series HDTV For $2499

Remember when "widescreen" HDTVs hit the market en masse, and people were complaining far and wide about "black bars" still seen when watching DVDs? It's because loads of movies are shot and filmed at 21:9, not the 16:9 that typical HDTVs show. But evidently Vizio thinks that there's a cadre of consumers out there willing to pony up for an...

Fujitsu Launches Arrows X Smartphone: 720p Panel, Waterproof, Tegra 3

Fujitsu Launches Arrows X Smartphone: 720p Panel, Waterproof, Tegra 3

Sometimes, other nations get to have all of the fun. And in this case, it's Japan. The country is home to some of the world's most amazing technological innovations, and the new Fujitsu Arrows X is certainly one of those. It's the country's first quad-core LTE Tegra phone, boasting NVIDIA's Tegra 3, an LTE radio (supported on NTT DoCoMo's...