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Microsoft and Sony might be out for blood in the console wars (Xbox One versus PlayStation 4), but on a different battlefield, the two could end up on fighting on the same side. That battlefield is mobile, and word on the web is that these two rivals are in discussions about the possibility of Sony releasing a Windows... Read more...
We can all agree that healthcare always needs improving, right? Even the best healthcare in the world with the best doctors and nurses can be hamstrung by something as small as poor filing practices or the inability to send or receive medical records in a timely manner. There are always weak links in the chain so to... Read more...
It's been a tough year for PC makers in general (Lenovo notwithstanding), some of which were caught off guard by the mainstream market's infatuation with mobile devices. There have been signs that traditional computer sales may rebound a bit in 2014, but in the meantime, at least one PC maker is looking at cutting... Read more...
Microsoft chose Nokia to be the standard bearer for its Windows Phone operating system, and of course now the two companies are married, so it’s no surprise that the majority of handsets running Windows Phone 8 are Nokia devices. However, the actual percentage of Nokia devices running the OS, according to... Read more...
Social networking has become one of the hottest online activities with 73 percent of adults using a social networking site of some kind, according to data compiled by Pew Internet. Around 4 out of 10 online adults get their social groove going with multiple sites, but which are the most popular? Facebook is the... Read more...
NVIDIA officially took the wraps off of its Tegra Note mobile platform a few weeks back, though rumors had been circulating for months that the company was designing its own tablet. If you’re unfamiliar with the Tegra Note, it’s a 7”, Android-based tablet, powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 SoC. Beyond that, the Tegra Note... Read more...
The numbers have yet to be revealed, but it looks as if the holiday season will end up being a good one for many technology companies. With two fresh consoles on the market, plenty of new wearables, new iPads from Apple, and new Surface tablets from Microsoft, Santa had plenty to choose from. But, if you're looking to... Read more...
Once the rumor about LG’s upcoming wearables broke, it didn’t take long for an image of one of them to emerge online. Always good for a leaked photo, Evleaks posted one of the fitness band that LG was said to be calling the “G-Health”. It appears that the name can be scrapped, though, as the... Read more...
You're not bringing home a Mac Pro for less than three large, and when spending that much on a computer, the expectation is that it will work and work well for a long time to come. Fair enough, but eventually you'll either want or need to dive in; it could be out of sheer curiosity or because a stick of RAM went bad... Read more...
Netflix is already dominant in the TV and movies streaming department, but like any good #1, the company is always looking for more ways to maintain its edge. To wit, Netflix is testing a $6.99 streaming plan, which is a dollar per month cheaper than its current least expensive offering. Some users can spot the option... Read more...
Look at your smartphone. Do you love it? Do you hate it? Is the screen cracked? Is the camera junky? Is the phone too slow? As things stand now, it doesn’t matter what you think; if you like your phone, fine, but if there’s anything you don’t like about it, the only thing you can really do is buy a... Read more...
A fresh set of allegations and disclosures by der Spiegel claim that the NSA operates a Tailored Access Operations program designed to dig into spy targets conventionally perceived as "ungettable" for the purpose of extending the institutions global reach. The program has targeted individuals, companies, government... Read more...
MSI is bringing a great big bag full of new products to CES this year, and the lineup includes new gaming notebooks including one with a 3K display, quadro workstations, motherboards, tablets, touchscreen notebooks, and an intriguing all-in-one gaming PC called the MSI AG2712A. We’ve actually heard about several... Read more...
Rumors about a potential 13-inch Apple iPad (please don’t call it the “iPad Maxi”, guys) have been kicking around for months, but it’s never made sense what exactly Apple would do with a device of that size until now. A Digitimes report (which you should always take with a grain of salt)... Read more...
If any of our loyal readers are looking for any end of the year gift ideas for HotHardware's hard working writers, might this editor suggest Samsung's newly minted 110-inch television (Model 110S9)? At 110 inches, it's the world's largest consumer television, and you better believe it's rocking a 4K Ultra HD... Read more...
The war in mobile is being fought on many different battlegrounds, even your wrist, assuming the whole smart watch movement gains any traction. However, one of the most important battlegrounds could be your car. In response to an initiative launched this past summer by Apple to integrate iPhones and other iOS devices... Read more...
ASUS is teasing us. The company posted a couple of teaser videos hinting at new products that it will unveil at CES 2014 in early January, and although the videos reveal very little, they do provide some telling hints. In the first video, the Statue of Liberty is holding up two fingers and ends up holding two tablets... Read more...
Trucks, tractors, and airplanes are all examples of things that can leak oil. There are dozens of other things we can think of, but up until today, game consoles wouldn't have made the list. Be that as it may, there are limited reports of some Xbox One consoles leaking an oily white liquid leaving behind stains... Read more...
It'd be a little crazy to imagine ending 2013 without another breach-of-security story, so fortunate for us, BBC has come to the last-minute rescue. On December 25th, a Russian hacker is said to have listed a sale on a black market website that offered information about accessing a BBC server, something that US firm Hold Security picked up... Read more...
It's good to be king, especially when your kingdom is the land of Apple. Right now Tim Cook is the one who wears the crown and he's compensated generously for his time on the throne. According to a recent regulatory filing, Apple compensated King Cook $4.25 million in 2013, representative of a 1.9 percent bump in pay... Read more...
Regardless of which smartphone we test, it seems that memory bandwidth is always something of a concern or bottleneck. Even the world's most powerful smartphones could stand to benefit from more memory, particularly now that 64-bit processing has made its way to the mobile arena, and Samsung is well aware of that. So... Read more...
In the quest to build a processor that's an order of magnitude more efficient than what we have available today, the brain is the first thing looked at. Scientists would love nothing more than to fully understand how the brain works, because with that knowledge, not only could things improve on the healthcare side... Read more...
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