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Consumer electronics maker Hisense is tossing its hat into the Google TV ring with the Pulse, it announced today. The set-top box is slated for a November arrival and will be sold for under $99. As you would expect from this sort of set-top box, the Pulse is tiny. It’s under 5 inches wide and deep and only 1.37 inches tall, and weighs... Read more...
Guild Wars 2 has finally hit store shelves and the game, according to just about everyone, is a lot of fun. The full sequel to the popular game Guild Wars has been in development for a full five years; Guild Wars originally debuted in 2005. Today is the first day anyone could play; pre-orders were given a three day... Read more...
Lexmark has been a mainstay in the inkjet printer business for as long as we can remember, so it comes as a bit of a shock that the company is bowing out of the segment as part of an aggressive restructuring plan to cut costs. By ceasing development and manufacturing of inkjet hardware, Lexmark estimates it will save... Read more...
If you’re at all interested in space exploration, you’ve probably already heard of LiftPort, the company behind the Space Elevator, which has been in the works for the better part of a decade. The plan is to build an elevator that travels along a high-tech ribbon between the Earth and a platform in space, and another that tethers... Read more...
Ready or not, Windows 8 is just around the corner, and that means a new generation of touch friendly devices like all-in-one desktops, tablet PCs, and even a new generation of notebooks and Ultrabooks with touchscreen panels. In preparation for Windows 8's coming out party, Samsung today announced at IFA 2012 its new... Read more...
Research dating back to the 1960s ultimately gave birth to the Internet, which at a glance doesn't seem to have much in common with ants. Look closely, however, and you'll discover certain parallels between today's vast network of interconnected computers and the underground tunnels of those social insects that belong... Read more...
After knocking Samsung to the mat by winning a damages award in excess of a billion dollars for copyright infringement in the U.S., Apple is ready to pounce on its rival and go for the kill by seeking a swift ban on the sale of eight devices in the States. These are older model devices though, such as the Galaxy S2 and Droid Charge, so even... Read more...
Earlier this month, popular cloud storage service Dropbox was hacked. According to the company, user login credentials were swiped from another site, and those credentials were used to access Dropbox user accounts. At least one of those accounts actually belonged to a Dropbox employee, who had more user email... Read more...
When it comes to all-in-one PCs, looks are as important as the tech. You can get by with a clunky system in your office, but AIOs are often in kitchens, living rooms, and other spots where visitors are going to see them. Maingear’s Solo series was pretty slick as AIOs go, but there’s no question that the... Read more...
LG added to its stable of Smart TV app offerings with the announcement of Game World, a game portal designed exclusively for LG’s line of CINEMA 3D Smart TVs. Game World, which is launching sometime in September, will feature primarily family-friendly games in both 2D and 3D in genres including action/adventure... Read more...
Sometimes, things are just too good to let go of. A few months ago, Apple's head of Mac Bob Mansfield announced that he'd be retiring. But when you're a senior-level executive at a a company with an all-time high stock price, why leave? In an apparent change of heart, Apple has stated that Bob will now be remaining on... Read more...
In the wake of the Apple vs. Samsung ruling, it looks as if LG may be the one accused of copying here. The new Optimus G may look a little familiar... to anyone that ever seen the original Galaxy S II design. This new smartphone is set to become a giant in the sector, boasting an LTE radio as well as a quad-core CPU... Read more...
Many of us are guilty of fiddling with our phones and tablets in bed at night. Whether it’s trying for three stars on every level of Angry Birds, Facebooking, doing some Fantasy Football research, or just streaming a movie, our devices are lit while the bedroom is dark. According to research from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s... Read more...
While Samsung reels from a billion dollar damages award levied against the company, Research In Motion (RIM) is seeing its share price rise in the stock market today. RIM shares jumped by more than 4 percent in early morning trading on Monday, and while things have settled in the afternoon, RIM's stock is still up... Read more...
You can file this one under Things Everyone Already Assumed, but a couple of reports noted that in the wake of Friday’s Apple vs. Samsung patent ruling (in case you didn’t already know, Samsung lost big time), Apple’s stock price was up this morning, while Samsung’s dropped. Apple’s stock... Read more...
There's been a lot of talk and speculation about Amazon launching a 10-inch Kindle Fire device to compete directly with Apple's iPad, and with the e-tailer getting ready to unveil a new batch of Kindle models at an upcoming press event in September, it almost seemed like a foregone conclusion that a 10-incher was on... Read more...
Rumor has it Samsung is getting ready to officially release its Galaxy Note 2 phone/tablet (phablet) device. Ahead of the launch, a Korean newspaper claims to have stripped any mystery away and bared the upcoming device's full monty spec sheet for all to see. If the leaked list of parts and features is accurate, you can expect the Galaxy Note... Read more...
Like most memory makers, Kingston is no stranger to the solid state drive market, but up until now, the company hasn't released an SSD specifically for the enterprise crowd. That all changed with the introduction of Kingston's SSDNow E100, the company's first enterprise-class SSD for mission critical applications... Read more...
Sorry students, but the fact of the matter is that school is right around the corner, if you haven't started back already. On the bright side, as you wave goodbye to summer, you can say hello to back-to-school specials. And if you're looking to build a new PC, whether it's for school for just in general, the folks at... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two and a Half Geeks, Marco, Dave and Iyaz talk about the hot new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook, NVIDIA’s more affordable GeForce GTX 660 Ti, the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 tablet, our Back to School Shopping Guide and details of our latest contest where you could win... Read more...
Lenovo may not be the Samsung or Apple of the tablet game, but it's still chipping away just as hard as it can. The new IdeaPad A2109 slate has just made an appearance at Best Buy, signaling its intention to be enjoyed by U.S. consumers. Why makes this guy so special? Well, a few things. First, it uses a 9" display... Read more...
Is there really room for even more sizes of portable Samsung devices? Clearly, that answer is "yes" if you're Samsung. The company has just launched the Galaxy Player 5.8, boasting a 5.8" (960x540) display. That up-sizes the Note by some margin, and makes the 4.8" screen on the Galaxy S III just look small. Android... Read more...
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