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Although it’s disturbing that there needed to be laws preventing employers and institutions of higher learning from demanding Facebook usernames and passwords from job applicants and employees, apparently the practice (or at least the threat of the practice) became widespread enough that six state legislatures... Read more...
As CES 2013 creeps ever closer, it looks as if yet another item has leaked out ahead of what we can only presume will be an official debut next week in Las Vegas. Asus has established a product website for a new 15" Zenbook Touch U500VZ. This marks the first instance that we've heard of this machine, but judging by... Read more...
As 2013 rings in, we all get a chance to look back, reflect and take inventory on where were are. Here at HotHardware, it also gives us a chance to think about our wish list for the year ahead, and how we hope our favorite gadgets and platforms evolve. Evolution is a natural part of growth in consumer electronics, and... Read more...
Although it may not receive a lot of fanfare, presents, or even a birthday cake, the Internet as we know it is celebrating its 30th birthday today. On January 1, 1983, the US Department of Defense fully switched its Arpanet network to the Internet protocol suite (IPS) communications system. Although people may not have realized it at the time,... Read more...
Google Glass is one of those innovations where you know right away that you're staring at the future. Google has been a company that has constantly pushed the envelope in a variety of things, and recently, some of those "things" have been far-flung ideas that would never earn an ounce of funding at more focused... Read more...
Don't worry if you're suffering from a hangover today, so are many others, and apparently your iPhone might have one as well. Not a real one, mind you, though reports have surfaced that some iOS 6 users have been bitten by a bug preventing Apple's scheduled "Do Not Disturb" feature from automatically disabling on New... Read more...
The social games juggernaut known as Zynga announced it has pulled the plug on 11 of the 13 games it plans on shutting down as part of a cost cutting effort. Far and away the most popular of those titles is PetVille, a cute little game that had 1 million active monthly users in December 2012. "Thank you for supporting PetVille and for being... Read more...
For the second time in about a week, Netflix is experiencing an outage. On Christmas Eve, many users lost streaming capabilities and didn’t get it back until well into Christmas morning. Netflix pointed the finger at Amazon Web Services, and indeed it appears that an Amazon facility in Virginia was to blame. This time around, Netflix... Read more...
Today marks the first day of a brand new year, which means the web is littered with "best" and "worst" lists of 2012. Count Spotify among them. The streaming music service put together a rather extensive collection of the most popular bands, tracks, and genres of the past year, broken down by country. In the U.S., Rihanna ranked as the most... Read more...
Samsung was on to something when it decided to bridge the gap between a smartphone and tablet. Hence the Galaxy Note was born, which has since passed the torch to the Galaxy Note II. Samsung's second generation phablet (phone + tablet = phablet) is selling pretty well, achieving a million sales in South Korea since launching in September,... Read more...
It doesn't appear there will be any delaying Research In Motion's plans to launch at least one BlackBerry 10 device at the end of the month, as scheduled. In addition to the numerous leaked photos of RIM's upcoming products, a new BlackBerry device is now listed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The... Read more...
Netbooks may be fading, but ultralight laptops still have quite a bit of life left in them. As the new year begins, Velocity Micro is refreshing its line of NoteMagix laptops. The 14" Ultrabooks are seeing revisions, with the U430, U450, and U470 also getting internal boosts to bring 'em more in line with what rivals are offering in the here... Read more...
It's a brand new year, and Samsung is kicking things off with a bang. The company has just taken the wraps off of two new touch screen monitors, aimed at professionals and mainstream consumers alike. The Series 7 SC770 Touch Monitor is a desktop affair that's aimed at those upgrading to Windows 8, and looking to take... Read more...
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