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Ever wondered how search really works? Ever wondered how Google actually works? Some of that will probably remain a mystery for years to come, but a new video shown off by Google does a fair bit of explaining. The company admits that they make around 500 improvements to search in a typical year. Perhaps not... Read more...
We sort of thought convertible notebooks faded from view a year or two ago, but Gigabyte isn't giving up on them. The company just announced their new Booktop T1132, which is the successor to the T1125. It's a "3-in-1" computer that touts a Core i5-2467M CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GT520M (1GB) graphics, a single USB 3.0... Read more...
Have you ever tried talking your Apple-loving buddy into getting an Android smartphone or a Windows Phone 7 device? You'd have a better chance of selling ice to an Eskimo, a point that's underscored in a new international survey conducted by the GfK Group. According to the survey, nearly one in five consumers who own both an iPad and an iPhone... Read more...
While Windows PC makers are making a push into thin and light territory with Intel's Ultrabook concept, Apple is reportedly prepping a refreshed MacBook Air line that, for the first time, will include a 15.6-inch model. This will be in addition to existing 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch form factors that already exist in the... Read more...
We hope everyone is able to spend the holidays with the people that mean the most to them, but we also recognize that sometimes it's impossible to get everyone together. When you can't be there in person, a phone call may be the next best thing. With these smartphones, you'll be able to call your far-away siblings, parents, and other important... Read more...
Yesterday, we told you about the HOT new upcoming DROID smartphone, the Droid 4. Now, new details are surfacing that suggest this new phone (which hasn't even been formally announced) could be available as early as next week. According to Droid-Life, the DROID 4 could make its debut on December 8. Another HOT new... Read more...
What's the perfect thing to shake off those Thanksgiving pounds? A new Android-based smartphone, of course. It's no fat-burner, per se, but LG's Nitro is certainly a scorcher. Announced today for use on AT&T, the Nitro HD is the first smartphone in the carrier's portfolio to boat a "true HD display," as well as... Read more...
If you've been anxiously awaiting the release of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet, you may not have to wait much longer. We already knew that the tablet was scheduled to ship sometime next month, but now we have a slightly more specific date. According to a preorder page on Newegg, the tablet could be... Read more...
Motorola’s Droid family of smartphones continues to grow, and the latest addition is (going to be) the Droid 4. Droid Life got ahold of a couple of screen grabs that indicate the new smartphone’s specs. Those specs include a 4-inch touch screen display (960x540), dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, and 16GB of onboard... Read more...
To commemorate the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S., HotHardware and our friends at Intel and PCAudioLabs have teamed up to put together one heck of an exciting full-system give-away! This time around we're giving you all a chance to win an Intel Core i7-2600K-infused, custom-built rig complete with 16GB of RAM, a Gigabyte Z68-based... Read more...
What if there were a way for Siri to do more than it does? What if it could control everything? We're getting there. Siri has been tweaked to enable voice controls of third-party applications. It's a proxy setup that catches instructions, converts them, and eventually sends the final dictations to the app. FastPdfKit is the first app to have... Read more...
Well, this is strange. In a year that saw HP sell whatever TouchPad tablets were left for just $99, RIM is also seemingly trying to think of creative ways to get rid of their leftover BlackBerry PlayBook slates. In a world ruled by the iPad, the PlayBook never really stood a chance. It was engineered to only truly... Read more...
Still on the hunt for gaming peripheral gifts? Here's some others to consider. SteelSeries has just introduced their limited edition Fnatic Headset and Mouse -- SteelSeries 7H Fnatic Limited Edition headset and SteelSeries Sensei Fnatic Limited Edition mouse, to be precise. Available now on SteelSeries Web Shop, the... Read more...
We've spent a few hours in Arkham City over the holiday weekend, in between slaving over other review projects and eating sixty pounds of turkey. The game itself is pretty great--if you liked Arkham Asylum, you'll likely love Arkham City--except for one teensy problem that's almost not worth mentioning. The entire... Read more...
The mini-PC isn't dead yet. CompuLab has just ushered into the world a new ultra-slim computer, the Fit-PC3, which offers up AMD silicon within and a starting price of just $328. It's sort of like a condensed Mac mini, albeit with no OS X inside. It touts HDMI 1.3, DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet, a mixture of USB 3.0... Read more...
If you're of the belief that all Android tablets look the same, Sony has a new one to change your mind. The long-awaited Tablet P is now on sale, bringing together a clamshell interface with two 5.5" touch panels and the same TruBlack LCD technology that is already used in the company's BRAVIA HDTV line. The wacky design leads to all sorts... Read more...
The Patent Wars continue unabated. This round is an uneven legal result for Apple; it just won a patent infringement case against handset maker HTC but may lose an appeal by Samsung in Australia. In the former case, the U.S. International Trade Commission found that Apple did not violate S3 Graphics’ (a subsidiary of HTC) image compression... Read more...
For whatever reason, Nokia's leaving America in a trail of dust when it comes to Windows Phone 7. The Lumia 800, the company's new flagship handset, is launching overseas first, with America not seeing any of their WP7 phones until 2012. Nokia fans in the USA are understandably bummed about the whole ordeal, but Nokia... Read more...
In a show of the very best of humanity, a Black Friday scene at a California Walmart devolved from ordinary sale-mongering to physical altercation to pepper spray attack. According to the L.A. Times, a shopper hell-bent on acquiring some deeply discounted merchandise let loose with pepper spray, which wafted throughout the store, stinging... Read more...
A Verizon Wireless ad for the Galaxy Nexus has appeared in various locations around the web. This ad suggests the Galaxy Nexus, which will be the first phone to feature Android 4.0, could be available for $199.99, which is $100 less than some of Verizon Wireless’ other high-end smartphones. After clicking on the Learn More button, users... Read more...
As the holiday season rapidly approaches, there’s one question that gets asked rather frequently: Have you been naughty or nice? Of course, we all know that a lot hinges on this one question. If you’ve been nice, then perhaps Santa will bring you an awesome gift; that one piece of hardware you've been jonesing for. On the other... Read more...
For those who celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, this is the time of year to reflect and give thanks for your good fortune, whether it be friends and family, or actual fortune like pirate gold and a winning lottery ticket. In a blog post this week, Spotify said it had 2.5 million reasons to be thankful (and wisely chose not to list each one... Read more...
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