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All News for August 2013

When Microsoft debuted its Surface Pro tablets, the devices seemed great--except for the eye-popping price tags--which is something that Microsoft eventually acknowledged by way of temporarily cutting the cost of the 64GB and 128GB Surface Pros by $100. (Microsoft also slashed the price of the Surface RT by $150.) Now, the Surface Pro price... Read more...
The modern version of SimCity just can't seem to enjoy a smooth launch. When it was released to Windows PCs back in March, users complained about the lack of offline play and problems connecting to overburdened servers. Now several months later, SimCity launches to the Mac platform, and once again, gamers are having... Read more...
Samsung says it's now mass producing what it claims is the most advanced DDR4 memory in the world. Built on 20nm-class process technology, Samsung's 16GB and 32GB DDR4 memory modules will find homes in enterprise servers and next-generation, large-scale data centers, the South Korean memory maker said. "The adoption... Read more...
There's really no arguing it: the smartphone camera is killing the conventional point-and-shoot. There's just no great reason to carry around a $200+ compact camera, when high-end phones like the iPhone boast such capable sensors in a product that most Americans already tote around daily. So, what's a camera company... Read more...
Lest you forget that Microsoft has a new gaming console on the horizon, the company has been trickling out details surrounding it in the past few weeks. Next up? The audio side, and it's pretty impressive. Thanks to integration with Skype’s audio codec, Xbox One offers higher quality voice chat with the Xbox One... Read more...
Xiaomi isn't a brand you're likely to be familiar with if you live in the United States, but there are a couple of reasons why that might change in the coming months. First, Google's ex-VP of Android, Hugo Barra, just tendered his resignation to become VP of Xiaomi Global. His face became a familiar fixture at press... Read more...
If talking to someone on the other side of the world in 2D has got you down, you'll be happy to know that Microsoft has some big plans to change that in the future - and yes, Skype is involved. The idea is that with a 3D chat, it should feel more like you're actually "there", or at least give you an enhanced perception that you are. Microsoft... Read more...
Saints Row IV is off to a solid start having sold more than a million copies during its launch week, publisher Deep Silver announced on Thursday. Deep Silver also pointed out that the game's PC release tripled its first week's sales figures over the prior release from THQ, Saints Row: The Third. Not too shabby for a... Read more...
Yesterday, we reported that two security researchers successfully reverse-engineered Dropbox, intercepting SSL traffic and bypassing its two-factor authentication. The duo that did it, Dhiru Kholia and Przemyslaw Wegrzyn, wrote a paper on the process and said that although Dropbox has been quick to plug any holes in its security, the service... Read more...
Earlier this year, BLU Products introduced a pair of unlocked smartphones that cost $199 off-contract, and the company is back with three more handsets at even lower price points; the least expensive of the group, the Dash Jr, costs just $49 unlocked. BLU CEO Samuel Ohev-Zion put the company’s goal succinctly in... Read more...
Good news, Verizon Wireless subscribers, the wait is over if you've been itching to get your hands on Motorola's Moto X smartphone. Big Red two days ago confirmed in a Twitter post it would be offering the Moto X online beginning August 29th (today) and in stores in the coming weeks for $200 with a two-year service agreement, and true to its... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks Webcast, Iyaz, Dave and Marco discuss Motorola's Moto X smartphone, HotHardware's Back to School Shopping Guide, which lists some of the hottest mobile devices and small form factor PCs this season, Alienware's powerful ALW 18 Gaming Notebook, Windows... Read more...
Google Hangouts is one of the choicest features of Google+, and now it’s getting even better with an upgrade to 720p HD. The update has started rolling out over the last few weeks, and everyone will have it by the end of next week. However, more notably, this development foreshadows a move to more open standards... Read more...
Google has received a lot of flak with regards to how it scans user email in order to target them with ads, with Microsoft becoming the biggest critic. That company has even gone as far as to dedicate a website and advertising campaign calling-out the behavior, labeling it "scroogling", and pushing the tagline, "Don't... Read more...
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