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All News for December 2013

Tired of your smartphone dragging around your wireless carrier's shackles and chains? Unfortunately, Google made the unpopular decision to remove the CyanogenMod installer from its Google Play store on the basis that the app is in violation of its developer terms and "encourages users to void their warranty," but it... Read more...
Yesterday, Valve’s Steam gaming service hit a milestone by logging more than 7 million concurrent users. The exact number is 7,190,629, and the peak moment occurred somewhere between 10 and 10:30am on Sunday morning (Pacific Time, it seems). It’s probably no coincidence that Valve commenced its Autumn 2013 sale just days ago, offering... Read more...
HTC has begun rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat software for owners of the HTC One Unlocked and HTC One Developer Edition handsets over the holiday weekend, and in the process has started to make good on a previous promise to equip every HTC One device in the U.S. with Google's latest and greatest version of Android... Read more...
The past couple of years have been very good to tablets: They've become much more powerful, are being equipped with true HD resolutions, and best of all, have price tags that would have seemed impossible just a couple of years ago. But, when it comes to Black Friday or Cyber Monday, we sometimes have to reevaluate... Read more...
Tonight on CBS' "60 Minutes," Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, sat down for an extended interview. Amazon is an online superstore that has morphed into a technological powerhouse on so many other levels -- tablets and eReaders included, that they're effecting a dramatic change in the way people shop. The company has... Read more...
If you have ever lost a mobile phone, or worse, had one stolen, an announcement out of CTIA this week might bring a little bit of comfort. A global, multi-carrier database for tracking lost or stolen phones has now been completed, which builds on the initial efforts launched last year by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile... Read more...
In case you forgot, Cyber Monday is coming, and although you very well could spend more money tomorrow than you did on Black Friday, you definitely won’t be trampled to death. Put that in the plus column right there, friend. Amazon, of course, has a plethora of Cyber Monday deals, but the e-commerce behemoth is extending many of its... Read more...
According to a report from MarketsandMarkets, the 3D printing industry is poised for huge growth in the next several years. By 2020, the industry should hit upwards of $8.4 billion, with a compound annual growth rate of a healthy 23%. Of note is that much of that growth will come from the healthcare and aerospace... Read more...
One of the more affordable smartwatch options out there is from Pebble. Unlike Samsung's Galaxy Gear, which sells for $299 outright, you can snag yourself a Pebble smartwatch for $150, or even less. Pebble is offering a $20 discount on its website, a sale that it decided to extend beyond Black Friday, bringing the... Read more...
Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation console wars has begun. Like the game Risk, there are multiple factions: Nintendo with its Wii U console, Sony and its PlayStation 4, and Microsoft with its Xbox One system. Up to date, the Wii U has struggled to reach the kind of sales Nintendo was hoping, while both the Xbox... Read more...
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