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Before you go out trick or treating tonight, Google has a Halloween treat of its own to announce. At long last, the much anticipated Nexus 5 smartphone built by LG is finally available in Google Play, and with it comes the delicious new build of Google's open source operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat. In fact, the... Read more...
Lenovo just unveiled a duo of affordably priced multi-mode tablets, the Yoga Tablet 8 and Yoga Tablet 10. As their names suggest, the Yoga Tablet 8 features an 8” screen, while the Yoga Tablet 10 sports a larger 10.1 display, and like Lenovo’s Yoga-branded ultrabooks, these two devices also feature a unique design that allows them... Read more...
Rumors have been flying (har!) for nearly a year that the Federal Aviation Administration would at long last enable carriers to relax the archaic rules that barred passengers from using electronic devices during take-off and landing. The spiel has always been that those devices and their mysterious frequencies could... Read more...
Just in time for Halloween, HotHardware.com and the team at N3V Games--makers of the very cool Dead on Arrival 2--have teamed up to put together one heck of a spooktacular give-away! This time around we're giving three of you incredibly intelligent, and dare we say, immensely attractive HotHardware fans a chance... Read more...
NVIDIA isn't the only one excited about its GRID cloud gaming technology. So is Sprint, which tapped into NVIDIA's GRID to demonstrate Borderlands 2 being streamed over the carrier's next-generation Sprint Spark wireless network to a MiFi mobile hotspot at the Innovation Center in Burlingame, California. "For smooth... Read more...
The Internet isn’t the safest place in the world. In addition to the many wonders it holds, it’s also populated by ne’er-do-wells that want nothing more than to scam, steal, or simply wreak havoc. The Google Chrome browser promises more safeguards against some of the hazards of web browsing by... Read more...
Microsoft’s Kinect is nothing short of impressive, but it can used for much more than just entertaining games. Microsoft Research Asia is developing the Kinect Sign Language Translator system which translates sign language into text or speech (and vice versa) in real time. Microsoft Research Asia has been... Read more...
Go ahead and credit Apple for popularizing the tablet market by building a device that became an instant hit, that's fair. And give kudos to the Cupertino company for dominating the landscape with its iPad tablets, that's also fair. However, just as we saw in the smartphone sector, Apple's lead in tablets is eroding... Read more...
The eventual success of Elon Musk’s proposed Hyperloop transportation system that promises to offer fast mass transit in record time is by no means assured, but there continues to be steps taken toward that end. After Drs. Marco Villa and Patricia Galloway signed up for the project, the team formed an actual... Read more...
Little by little, Google's tiny Chromecast device is becoming a more compelling option with each passing day. For the money, we were actually fond of the streaming dongle from the very beginning, and it's only gotten better since then. A Chromecast iOS app became official not long after launch, and more recently, Hulu Plus joined the party.... Read more...
Almost everything you could possibly want to know about the PlayStation 4 can be found in a massive FAQ posted by Sid Shuman, Sony's Social Media Manager. The title of the document is "PS4: The Ultimate FAQ," a fitting description for a question and answer guide that spans 11 different categories and covers 160... Read more...
The 4K revolution is on, and not just in the HDTV department. ASUS got things going with its 31.5" PQ321 Ultra HD monitor, and now EIZO is stepping up to the plate with an equally impressive panel. While it's not boasting a 4K resolution, it does claim to be the world's first 240Hz gaming monitor. If you're... Read more...
When so-called "phablets" first emerged -- those devices that are bigger than your typical smartphone but smaller than a tablet -- there was a question mark surrounding whether or not consumers would snatch these things up. Well, Samsung keeps proving that there's a market for smartphones with ginormous touchscreen... Read more...
Well, here's some fantastic news for PC gaming: The userbase on Valve's Steam platform increased a staggering 30% over the past 12 months, putting the current total of users at 65 million. Further, Valve notes that its service now offers over 3,000 games, across Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. As a dedicated PC... Read more...
If we asked you to name five gaming PC manufacturers, Lenovo probably wouldn't make the list. No other company in the world ships more PCs than Lenovo, but of those machines, relatively few are dedicated gaming boxes. Traditionally, Lenovo has focused its efforts on business class desktops and laptops, though the company is known to play in... Read more...
Intel created a unit dedicated to developing a TV streaming service and associated hardware, and despite pledges from Intel Media vice president Erik Huggers that we could see the service launch by the end of the year, it appears that the experiment is over. According to AllThingsD’s sources, Intel is close to... Read more...
I’m going to say something that will no doubt be terribly controversial: I like Ashton Kutcher. Yes, he’s on one of the worst TV shows ever, he was a male model, and in his younger years he came off as a doofus (i.e., the “Punk’d” era). But he also had the chutzpah to marry Bruce Willis’ wife, he does charity... Read more...
Nintendo thought it was getting a jump in the next generation console wars by lobbing the first grenade with its Wii U console, but on hindsight, the hardware maker may have effectively shot itself in the foot instead. While Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 are both expected to light up the sales charts... Read more...
Rumors around the what and when of Google’s upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone have been plentiful, and ahead of the supposed release date on Halloween, a benchmark score for the handset has slipped out from Rightware, and it’s downright impressive. According to Rightware’s Power Board, the Nexus 5... Read more...
One of the features Apple touted when unveiling the iPhone 5S was that the battery life is supposed to be much improved compared to previous models. However, the Cupertino company has now confirmed that a "limited number" of iPhone 5S models may peter out prematurely due to a manufacturing defect in the device's battery. "We recently discovered... Read more...
Heads up for all you California motorists, and perhaps drivers in all 50 states. If you're donning a pair of Google Glasses while behind the wheel of your car, you might get a ticket. Cecilia Abadie found that out the hard way when she was issued a citation by a police officer in California for what essentially... Read more...
Sony's PlayStation 4 is so close that most gamers can almost taste it, but if the PS2's lifecycle is any indication of how the PS3 will be treated even after it's not the top dog, we're guessing it'll be around for a very long while. The PlayStation 3 is no slouch, even today, and it's one incredible media machine... Read more...
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