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Levi Strauss & Co. may have secured naming rights the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium (aka “The Field Of Jeans”) by forking over something on the order of $220 million smackers, but Intel will be inside, as it were. The company announced today that it will be the stadium’s “preferred... Read more...
Intel's 4th generation Core processors, based on the company's Haswell microarchitecture, have done good things for ultrabooks this year. Thanks to Haswell, Ultrabooks have moved much closer to Intel’s original vision of thin, light, low-power (but still powerful) systems that eschew outdated components and usher in new features like... Read more...
After reading the title, you might be thinking, "OMG why does HotHardware hate tablets?!?!" Don't get us wrong, we think tablets are great for what they're designed to do, but when it comes to servicing and/or upgrading parts on your own, they don't hold a candle next to a traditional PC. Teardown after teardown... Read more...
Around these parts, Futuremark's benchmarking suite is used on a near-daily basis. It has grown to become one of the most well-known and trusted brands in all of benchmarking, and today, it's getting a new partner. Quanta Computer is a company that kickstarts many of the models that you see today on store shelves with... Read more...
Have you ever done a secret gift exchange and had a fantasy that your secret Santa would be a billionaire and shower you with gifts? One Reddit user who participated in a massive Reddit Secret Santa 2013 gift exchange knows how that feels. Well, sort of. Reddit user Rachel (NY1227)’s secret Santa was none other... Read more...
When Google Glass was first announced, I'm not sure too many people foresaw the onslaught of wearable computing devices that was to come. Google didn't create the product-type, of course, but it did create a product that intrigued not only regular consumers, but competitors as well. In a couple of... Read more...
When Lenovo introduced the original Yoga 13 convertible ultrabook last year, consumers snatched it up in droves, making it one of the top selling Windows 8 convertibles on the market. Fast-forward a year, and Lenovo is at it again, this time with the new Yoga 2 Pro. Like its predecessor, the Yoga 2 Pro features the same well-liked multimode... Read more...
Have you ever wondered what your dog is trying to say when he gives you a funny look? A unique Indiegogo campaign for "No More Woof" seeks to solve that problem by translating your dog's thought patterns into English so you know exactly what Fido is thinking. The way it goes about this is by using Electroencephalogram... Read more...
The web is a jungle filled with potential danger at every turn, and if you plan to surf through it with Safari, well, that's certainly your prerogative. However, be aware that it's not the safest vehicle for navigating cyberspace, and we're not talking about just the dated version that's available for Windows, either... Read more...
3D Systems and Xerox have been working together for some time, notably on the former’s ProJet series 3D printers, but the two companies have further cemented their relationship. 3D Systems is purchasing Xerox’s product design, engineering, and chemistry group (based in Wilsonville, OR). "We are pleased to expand our relationship... Read more...
We won't make fun of you if you decide to don a tinfoil hat, not anymore. A few years ago you might have looked pretty silly wearing one and been the butt of jokes, but these days privacy is no laughing matter, even if companies and our own government treat it like a joke. There's the whole NSA/PRISM thing, but did... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz, and Marco discuss the Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display, NVIDIA’s G-SYNC display technology, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, and the innovative WD Black 2 SSD+HDD Dual Drive. Dave also talks a bit about the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro and our... Read more...
Google’s XE12 update to Google Glass is out, and there are some nifty new features to make Glass Explorers happy. One of the most notable is a new feature that lets users wink to snap a photo. It would appear that Google liked what it saw from Winky and either swiped the idea from developer Mike Giovanni or... Read more...
The search for a new Chief Operating Officer (CEO) to replace outgoing chief Steve Ballmer at Microsoft continues in earnest, though there won't be a new person in charge in time for New Year's day. Board member John W. Thompson revealed in a blog post that Microsoft is hoping to pin down a final candidate by the... Read more...
In the world of technology, it's fairly tough to get the myriad companies that make our gadgets tick work together. They've all got plenty going on within their own camp, and they all feel that their take on a given technology or approach is the ideal one. Every so often, you'll find that companies are willing to work... Read more...
Apple’s intriguing cylindrical Mac Pro will be available for purchase starting tomorrow. The black trash can-looking computer is a stark departure from the norm in terms of form factor, and despite its many high-end components, the premier feature is the Mac Pro’s unified thermal core that uses a single... Read more...
So you've decided to stick with your Xbox 360 console rather than make the jump to Microsoft's recently released Xbox One or Sony's PlayStation 4, is that it? There's no shame in that, and some would say it's even fiscally responsible. Of course, that begs the question of what else you could spend your saved money on... Read more...
Technology development company MagnaCom thinks it has a new wireless approach that could revolutionize wireless communication. That's the bottom-line takeaway from the company's presentation (in-person demonstrations will be given at CES in January). With a sheaf of freshly minted patents and an impressive pitch... Read more...
Earlier this month, we talked about the frustrating key-logger botnet call Pony, and it now appears that we couldn't make it through the rest of the month without having to discuss another. While the Pony botnet affected the PC, this latest one, dubbed Android.Spyware.MisoSMS by security firm FireEye, targets Android... Read more...
It's a wireless world we live in these days, and unless you reside in an isolated area far removed from civilization and devoid of electronic gadgets, you can't walk from the bedroom to the bathroom without bonking into a barrage of wireless signals. Should we be concerned? So far so good -- we haven't mutated as a... Read more...
In November, Google and HP halted sales of the HP Chromebook 11 due to a potential problem with the device’s charger. After presumably further investigation, Google and HP are now officially recalling the chargers, as there are nine reported cases of “chargers overheating and melting during use”... Read more...
Facebook is wading into treacherous waters. The social media giant started testing out an autoplay video feature earlier this year that would silently play videos as you scroll past them in your NewsFeed. That’s one thing is it’s videos from your friends or family, but it’s quite another when those... Read more...
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