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All News for December 2013

That inexpensive Moto G smartphone continues to do things ahead of schedule by getting an early OS update. Motorola announced that it’s rolling out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to some of the handsets already, to Moto G phones that were purchased on Motorola’s website or Amazon in the U.S. There’s no word on when carrier... Read more...
As one of the most anticipated games of the year, Battlefield 4 also has the distinction of being one of the most buggy releases, and that's regardless of platform. Even worse, Electronic Arts and DICE can't seem to catch a break. To wit, there's a new patch available for the PC version, and the main reason it exists is to fix a bunch of issues... Read more...
In the quest to quell all the malware that persists in the world, you need a good antimalware solution, but one is not just as good as the next. In a new report, Dennis Technology Labs compared 9 of the top anti-malware products from various companies to see which handled the onslaught the best. Kaspersky Internet... Read more...
The 3D printer market is wide open, particularly as it pertains to innovation, and a gang of college kids from Brooklyn are sticking their collective foot in the door with a unique 3D printer design that promises simplicity, fast print speeds, and inexpensive expandable print volume. Instead of the box design that most 3D printers on the market... Read more...
One advantage Microsoft has over the competition in the mobile space is that it owns a number of products and services it can integrate into its Windows Phone platform. Microsoft has done this before and it's doing it again, this time by giving every single Windows Phone user an extra 20GB of free SkyDrive storage for... Read more...
Go ahead and file this one under "U" for "Unexpected," but on December 24, the Oppo N1 will ship to customers with Google's blessing. This is a historic moment in Android's timeline, as the CyanogenMod-powered Oppo N1 is the first phone to ship with a third-party ROM, making it a unique device in and of itself... Read more...
According to a new report, the NSA once paid the RSA Security $10M to implement a flawed security standard as the default protocol in its products. This new information builds on allegations from September that claimed the RSA had deployed a flawed, broken cryptographic standard. The new allegations, like much of what... Read more...
To usher in the holiday season, we here at HotHardware and our friends at EVGA and NVIDIA teamed up to put together one heck of an exciting give-away! This time around we gave you all a chance to win a couple of slick, new NVIDIA Tegra 4 powered EVGA Tegra Note tablets. To sweeten the deal, we also threw in a few... Read more...
This is one of those stories that seems a little too good to be true, but given the fact that T-Mobile has tried hard to disrupt the business of other US mobile carriers, there is some hope. Over the past year, T-Mobile has rolled-out some interesting features, such as free international data roaming and the... Read more...
Google doesn't like seeing pointless or bloated toolbars in its Chrome Web browser, and because it loves us so much, it doesn't want us to see them, either. Google's policies have long prohibited most types of truly offensive extensions, like ad-ridden toolbars, but beginning next summer, it's going to enforce some... Read more...
Yahoo Mail users have had a rough time lately. First, Yahoo revamped its mail service back in October and removed some popular features, including tabs. More recently, a "complex" outage lasting nearly a week affected several users. The good news is things are looking up. Yahoo Mail has been fully restored, and that tab feature? It's making... Read more...
Word around the web is that Samsung is getting ready to refresh its Galaxy line of mobile devices. It looks like the South Korean electronics maker will add three "Galaxy Pro" tablets to its portfolio sometime in the first quarter of Q1, along with a "Galaxy Lite" slate, the only one of the four that won't feature 4G LTE connectivity (it will,... Read more...
Today was supposed to be Winamp’s last on earth, but some last-minute nerd heroics may save the beloved music player. The rumor that Microsoft might snag both Winamp and ShoutCast from AOL appears to be legit, as TechCrunch reports that a deal is being finalized as you’re reading this. The site’s source didn’t specify... Read more...
Well, that was fast. Days after Google and HP officially recalled the HP Chromebook 11 charger over concerns about overheating and fire safety (and just over a month since the issue was first acknowledged), it appears that an updated charger is already shipping. Google sent a new charger to 9-to-5 Google, and it... Read more...
Budding entrepreneurs take note, word of mouth advertising still plays a significant role in growth, provided you build solid product or offer a stellar service. Just have a look at WhatsApp, a cross-platform instant messaging service that allows users to send free texts, videos, photos, and audio messages to one... Read more...
Like everyone that’s trying to make a living in the online world, Instagram is trying to crack the tough nut of monetizing its free service, but the social image-sharing site may just have figured out a solution. Many sites, such as Google, rely on ad clicks, as well as actions such as “likes”, and... Read more...
Here's the obvious: things aren't looking peachy for BlackBerry, and they haven't for a very long while. As the company bleeds market share at an alarming rate, most believe that we're well beyond the point of no return, and today's quarterly financials are going to leave the employees who are hanging on with a sullen... Read more...
In four months' time, Microsoft is set to cease all support for Windows XP, an OS it released on October 25, 2001. At that time, Intel's Pentium III was the hottest processor series on the planet, and NVIDIA's GeForce 2 Ti had been released just weeks earlier. The biggest hard drive at the time? A premium-priced 80GB... Read more...
Perhaps much to the chagrin of Google, it's quickly becoming clear that there's no stopping CyanogenMod. Coming less than a month after Google removed CyanogenMod from the Play Store on the silly basis that his installer application wants to void warranties, CyanogenMod today announced it raised $23 million in funding... Read more...
Target on Thursday confirmed reports that hackers gained access to credit and debit card data during the holiday shopping season. According to Target, around 40 million payment card accounts may have been impacted between November 27 and December 15, 2013. That time frame falls right in the midst of the some of the... Read more...
We’ve said our piece on Chrome OS--it’s nimble, snappy, easy to use, but not quite a full replacement for Windows or Mac OS X--and manufacturers are rolling out more hardware running Google’s homemade not-Android operating system. LG has the industry’s first all-in-one running Chrome OS ready to go, and the machine... Read more...
There are a couple of interesting things happening in the land of display technology these days. One is the push for Ultra High Definition (UHD) 4K TVs and content, which might be happening quicker than you think. The other is the uprising of curved displays, something which we've seen on smartphones and, in this... Read more...
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