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One of the contentious issues that's swirled around the NSA since whistleblower Edward Snowden began leaking information on the organization's capabilities is exactly what it can -- or can't -- do. Snowden has stated that as a contractor with Booz Allen Hamilton, "I, sitting at my desk, certainly had the authorities... Read more...
Google enjoyed surpassing Apple long ago with regards to shipping Android devices (it currently sits at about 75%), and today, it can gloat about having the more active app store, too. However, where Apple's concerned, there's usually more than meets the eye, and depending on your perspective, it still places first -... Read more...
Whatever Nintendo is using to spike its water coolers, it seems to be causing a bit of delirium in the accounting division. Either that, or Nintendo has something up its sleeve that's going to dramatically boost the number of Wii U consoles it sells in the next three quarters in order to meet its forecast. For the year through March 2014,... Read more...
When the folks behind Fuel3D say they have a 3D camera scanner, they’re not talking about a simple stereoscopic device; rather the Fuel3D is a “fully 3D surface scanner consisting of a large number of physical and color measurements” including geometric stereo and photometric stereo data... Read more...
Like an old cup of coffee, Starbucks is getting rid of AT&T as its complimentary Wi-Fi service provider and replacing it with something new and fresh. Specifically, Google will provide the next generation of wireless service to Starbucks customers, but it's not just a change in provider, it's an upgrade in speed... Read more...
Intel’s Open Source Technology Center, in conjunction with CircuitCo, is developing a low-cost, embedded-type motherboard based on the Intel Atom processor called the MinnowBoard. The whole affair is very charming (complete with a cartoon minnow logo), and it’s being marketed as a sort of fun... Read more...
Apple's latest iPhone models were beat out by a pair of Samsung Galaxy devices in a new smartphone brand study released today by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). The 2013 study provides satisfaction benchmarks for 10 of the past year's best-selling smartphone models in the U.S. and rates them on a... Read more...
Google's Chromecast has made a fairly impressive splash in the TV market, as well as the streaming market. Unlike Google TV, which felt cost prohibitive for most, the $35 Chromecast is well within the impulse buy range for most of its target market. Early reviews on the product have been fairly positive, and you may... Read more...
In a lot of ways, it already feels like we're living in a future approved by The Jetsons. For one thing, there's no Wi-Fi on airplanes, which is technologically mind-blowing. Moreover, we have vehicles that run on batteries alone, and we're able to charge our mobile phones sans wires. But now, we're one step closer to... Read more...
Ever since Microsoft's Surface debuted to tepid reviews and weak sales figures, analysts and pundits have wondered just how well -- or poorly -- the tablet was selling in the market place. From the beginning, Surface was a tough sell -- Microsoft did next to nothing to explain how it differed from a conventional... Read more...
Even Microsoft is having a tough time selling Surface RT tablets built around its Windows RT platform, so where does that leave its hardware partners who adopted the ARM-friendly operating system for their own devices? In a precarious situation, that's where. It's not entirely clear if Windows RT is the problem, or if lower priced Android... Read more...
Asus is kind of quietly positioning itself as the king of Android tablets by offering a wide range of attractive models. There's the Nexus 7, which is offered by Google but manufactured by Asus, the affordable MeMO Pad HD 7 that sells for just $150, the also-affordable MeMO Pad Smart 10, and now the MeMO Pad FHD 10... Read more...
NVIDIA made quite a splash at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show when they first unveiled their SHIELD portable gaming device. If you missed the original announcement, or the myriad of related posts we’ve put up about the device since then, SHIELD is a Tegra 4-based portable gaming machine that’s packing a 5-inch multi-touch... Read more...
One of the most intriguing events in Bioshock Infinite occurs near the end of the game. Your companion, Elizabeth, opens an interdimensional tear into another reality to help you both escape from a monster. Upon leaping through it, you find yourself in a decaying underwater city, with the creature -- Songbird --... Read more...
It's a big day for IT folk the world over: Microsoft has just announced the release of Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview. Alright - I might have been a little sarcastic there, but for those who either have already or plan to deploy Windows 8 in the near-future, this preview is going to be worth checking out. The... Read more...
Razer’s Naga gaming mouse has proven popular with MMO gamers since its release in 2009, but the company announced today that it has improved on the design. The new Razer Naga has the same 12-button grid on the thumb side of the mouse, but now those buttons feature mechanical switches, which are designed to... Read more...
Buried deep within a blog post announcing Facebook’s new effort to promote discovery of mobile games for small- and medium-sized game publishers is a passing reference to the fact that the social behemoth will take a revenue share of a given game’s success. It’s humorous that Facebook is downplaying this aspect of the program,... Read more...
Bitcoin, the digital currency that has its fair share of supporters and haters, has been deemed illegal in Thailand. Writing in a blog post on Monday, Bitcoin announced that over the last several months, it has been trying to get its currency registered by the Thailand government to ensure it was offering its digital... Read more...
It's true, whether you like it or not, we're back!  In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Iyaz, Dave and Marco return to ride again in full high tech geekery.  This week we discuss Apple's new MacBook Air 13 powered by Intel's 4th generation Haswell Core processor, EVGA's overclocked... Read more...
AMD expanded its line of low-power G-series APUs with the GX-210JA, a full SoC design for x86-based embedded systems that the company says uses a third less energy than even its own previous embedded G-series chips, with a TDP of just 6W. Further, AMD says that the chip’s “average power” is a mere... Read more...
You can't help but feel a little bit sorry for HTC. Here is a company that helped pioneer Android in the smartphone space, first with the T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream), the world's first commercially developed Android phone, and then by launching a bevy of devices built around Google's open source platform. It's a strategy... Read more...
When Aaron Rasmussen, founder of Protagonist LLC and maker of the Atlas real-space virtual reality machine, says that this is “year zero of virtual reality”, he has a point. Between the fundraising success of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset (as well as support from developers and the likes of... Read more...
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