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Remember that awful sound that would emanate from your dial-up modem every time you hopped onto the Internet? Most of us have since graduated to broadband bliss, at least those of us fortunate to live anywhere but the boonies. As it turns out, dial-up is still mildly popular, and whether that's by necessity or choice... Read more...
United Continental Holdings, Inc. is about to take on Delta, Virgin America and JetBlue in a major way. Despite being later than some to the in-flight Wi-Fi game, the merged United and Continental partnership will soon sprout internet in the skies. Panasonic Avionics Corporation has been chosen to provide Wi-Fi... Read more...
What would you do if you had a six-pack of Sony Ericsson's Xperia Neo handsets? Would you strap 'em onto a bike and capture an insane 360-degree view of the ride? Every so often, we see technology used for more than what someone in a marketing suit intended, and it's almost always inspiring. Like this example. The... Read more...
Need a new storage device? Who doesn't, right? Rain Computers has delivered the StormDrive multimedia external hard drive, a pocket-sized device that's all-black and just slightly larger than a deck of cards. It's a USB 3.0 unit, and tucked within is the same hard drive architecture used in Rain’s popular... Read more...
AMD's initial layoff announcement yesterday implied that the dismissals would occur across the company's global sales force. While that may still be true, it has become clear that AMD has slashed its PR and marketing departments in particular. The New Product Review Program* (NPRP) has lost most of its staff and Director of Product Planning,... Read more...
Is there any tech pie that Google doesn’t have its fingers in? According to a Wall Street Journal report, the search giant may be looking into the pay TV business, which would (be an attempt to) undermine the dominance of satellite and cable TV providers. The article mentions a Google high-speed Internet pilot project in Kansas City,... Read more...
Reports from multiple foundries suggest that the industry has had trouble ramping 28nm production, despite early bullish promises and repeated assurances. The situation is something of a high-tech 'I told you so.' As we've previously covered, each new process node has been an increasingly difficult shift as... Read more...
Motorola recently unveiled the next generation of its Xoom tablet. Available in two models, the Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition feature Android 3.2, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and a display with Corning Gorilla Glass. The Xoom 2 is a 10.1-inch model that has a brighter display and is lighter than the original Xoom. The Xoom2 Media Edition... Read more...
Hewlett Packard created a lot of interest for its cancelled TouchPad tablet when it slashed the price to $99 for the 16GB model and $149 for the 32GB model, and it didn't take long for the OEM and its retail partners to run out of stock. That's old news. But did you know you can still buy a discounted TouchPad? You have two options for picking... Read more...
AT&T is making Wi-Fi available for free in several of New York City's parks. The launch is part of a five-year initiative with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City of New York to provide free Wi-Fi at 26 locations in 20 New York City parks. With this announcement, you'll now be able to access free Wi-Fi at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks, Marco takes us through the component selection and build process for the grand prize of HotHardware's Labor Day Giveaway contest - a custom gaming PC decked out with the latest technologies from Intel, NVIDIA, Patriot, Gigabyte, NZXT and many... Read more...
Barnes & Noble recently sent out invitations to members of the media and certain publishing bigwigs inviting them to a press event in New York on Monday. That prompted immediate speculation that B&N was likely getting ready to announce a new tablet device to compete with Amazon's upcoming Kindle Fire, a notion that's virtually confirmed... Read more...
It was once known as the Vigor, but evidently code names just aren't cool enough for carriers. And that's why we're stuck with a name like Rezound. Rezound? Really? Alrighty then. HTC and Verizon Wireless launched yet another Android phone into the universe today, though it stands out somewhat by being the first... Read more...
Look out, Hollywood! Canon just hit the big-time, with a couple of new product introductions that'll certainly have mainstays in the cinema business thinking twice about their strategy. The company's all-new cinema lens lineup is being launched alongside an entire Cinema EOS System. It's a full-fledged entry into the motion picture production... Read more...
Commodore. It's a name that aged gamers will never forget. And hopefully, it's a name that even new-age gamers will recall and respect. Somehow or another, Commodore USA is still kicking, and they announced today that they're now shipping production orders for the new Commodore 64 Extreme model (C64x-EX). The C64x Extreme is the most powerful... Read more...
Chipmaker AMD announced today that steep job cuts are coming. An Associated Press report had the numbers pegged at 1,400 jobs cut from AMD’s workforce of about 12,000. AMD says it’s slashing jobs from all across its global workforce. Due to the redundancies, the company should save $10 million yet in 2011 and $200 million in 2012... Read more...
According to new numbers from Nielsen’s third quarter survey, Android’s market share in the U.S. inched up to 43% from 39% back in June. During that same time frame, Apple treaded water, maintaining 28% of the market. However, RIM saw its share continue to drop, from 20% in June down to 18%. Windows... Read more...
Say what you want about Steve Jobs, but whatever your opinion of the man, the guy could sell an iPod. And an iPhone and an iPad and a MacBook, and pretty much anything with an Apple logo and the letter "i" slapped in front. This was part of his genius, the ability to market and sell goods and services to an insatiable public, so is it any... Read more...
Developers have access to a new beta version of iOS 5 -- version 5.0.1 -- that's supposed to fix battery life issues reportedly plaguing some iPhone and iPod touch users who installed Apple's latest and greatest mobile OS. iPhone 4S owners have been particularly vocal in voicing concerns that their shiny new... Read more...
Not too long ago, we took an in-depth, hands-on look at the unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone. At the time, the phone wasn't available in the US, so we weren't able to show you a hands-on video of a US version of the phone. Now, however, the Samsung Galaxy S II is available through Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile. All of... Read more...
T-Mobile announced the upcoming availability of the BlackBerry Torch 9810. This 4G BlackBerry smartphone features the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system and a 1.2 GHz processor. Other key features include a 3.2-inch TFT VGA capacitive touch-screen display, a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard, and  a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and... Read more...
Cheaper than Spotify? Yup. More notable than iTunes? Depends on who you ask. Either way, Research in Motion has just launched the BBM Music app, shooting it out of beta and into the public eye. It's available this week for BlackBerry smartphone users from the App World, being hailed as a BBM-connected music service that enables viral music... Read more...
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