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In late August, Dell Alienware took the wraps off of a radically new Area 51-branded desktop system featuring an angular case designed for maximum thermal efficiency and ergonomics. We first gave you a glimpse of that system right here, and have a full review of Haswell-E and Tri-SLI powered version of the Area 51 in... Read more...
The cloud storage ecosystem is rife with fierce competition, with companies one-upping each other every single month. In August, we saw Dropbox finally decide to offer a 1TB plan for $10/mo like Google and Microsoft rolled-out months earlier, and last month, Microsoft issued some updates to OneDrive, which included a... Read more...
Absent of any real fanfare or even a simple press release, publisher Electronic Arts has launched its new SimCity BuildIt game for iOS and Android devices. The all-new SimCity game is a free-to-play mobile title "designed for gamers on the go." Taking advantage of the touchscreens that adorn smartphones and tablets... Read more...
Amazon was unable to live up to analysts’ expectations when it was revealed in its report, for the third quarter of 2014, that there was a net loss of $437 million. Now, it appears that the online retailer is not living up to its workers’ expectations in Germany who could be going on strike. The labor... Read more...
Last week, Hungary revealed plans to impose a tax on internet data transfers as a way to restore the public finances. However, thousands of Hungarian citizens gathered in the center of Budapest on Sunday to protest the impending tax proposed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s regime making it one of the largest anti-government demonstrations... Read more...
Following up on the launch of its Fire TV set top box seven months ago, Amazon today introduced its little brother, the Fire TV Stick. Similar (but more powerfully equipped) to Google's Chromecast device, the Fire TV stick is a dongle that plugs into an HDMI port on your HDTV to offer instant access to movies, TV... Read more...
When I first heard that Tesla founder Elon Musk equated artificial intelligence to 'summoning the demon', I had to do a double-take. After all, many consider Musk to be nothing short of a genius; he's accomplished many amazing things to prove it. Yet, he really did say this, so is he just trying to rile people... Read more...
There's more to the graphics wars than framerates, prices, and game bundles. There's also image quality to consider, along with special technologies that NVIDIA and AMD tout in hopes of winning your business. And just as AMD recently made a big deal about realistic hair via TressFX Hair, NVIDIA is now showing off... Read more...
Microsoft’s Pro Surface 3 tablet has been doing well, but it has been a while since the company has said anything concrete, sales-wise, regarding its Xbox One console. While it revealed during its fiscal Q1 FY15 earnings report that 2.4 million Xbox units were sold over the last several months, the company... Read more...
Time is quickly running out if you plan on purchasing a pre-built PC with Windows 7 installed. Once Halloween (October 31, 2014) comes and goes, Microsoft will no longer provide its hardware partners with copies of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, or Ultimate to pre-install on new systems. In light of this, Dell is... Read more...
Despite the many doom and gloom predictions in the PC market, worldwide system shipments during the third quarter didn't fall as much as expected (only minus 1.7 percent, according to IDC). Partially as a result, hard drive maker Seagate Technology performed better than expected during the company's first quarter of its fiscal year 2015 ended... Read more...
If you assumed the wearables war had all of its players set, think again. As we march ever closer to CES (as well as the holiday shopping season), we're seeing yet another major player announce that it too will be rivaling LG, Samsung, Motorola, Apple, and more. The name? Lenovo. The company has quietly hosted up a... Read more...
Finding the best deal online can be a very time-consuming endeavour, and unfortunately, it's not one that can always wind up truly working in your favor. Many studies have been conducted in the past that have shown some major variances in online prices, based on a number of different factors. Even if you think you've... Read more...
We've talked a lot in the past about the rather large number of security risks that have existed on Android, and Google's Play Store in particular. While part of the reason that so much bad can happen on Android is due to its openness, something I appreciate a lot, Google still takes security and privacy on its platform extremely seriously.... Read more...
Competition is heating up between select retailers and Apple Pay. Earlier this week, Rite Aid took steps to shut down support for Apple and Google’s digital wallets. While the pharmacy chain was not an official Apple Pay partner, consumers were able to use the payment system with existing NFC payment terminals... Read more...
Congratulations to those of you who've spent the weekend playing Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth -- it sure beats raking leaves or any other chores that are typically reserved for the end of the work week. Want to make your gaming experience even better? If you own an AMD graphics card with the Graphics Core... Read more...
Apple took the world by surprise when the company bought the Beats brand for $3 billion earlier this year, which remains the Cupertino outfit's largest acquisition to date. Now the big question is, what will Apple do with the Beats Music portion of that acquisition? We've heard a few different rumors, the most recent... Read more...
When Apple debuted its A8 SoC, it proved to be a modest tweak of the original A7. Despite packing double the transistors and an improved GPU, the heart of the A8 SoC is the same dual-core Apple "Cyclone" processor tweaked to run at higher clock speeds and with stronger total GPU performance. Given this, many expected... Read more...
Without a hint of fanfare, Samsung has just released an upgraded version of its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone - but only in Europe. Called the Galaxy S5 Plus, the phone is spec'd similarly to the LTE-A version of the phone that was released only in Korea. At the forefront is a CPU upgrade, from a 1.9GHz Snapdragon 801... Read more...
When Google does something, it tends to do it big. So when the company made its acquisition of Nest earlier this year, there was little doubt that it was going to make a noticeable impact on the home automation market. But Nest is more hardware-focused than software-focused, and the software it does have affects... Read more...
Apple had good intentions by equipping its cellular-based iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 with SIM card options, thereby giving owners the flexibility to choose from a variety of short and long term data plans from different carriers. This can be especially handy if you're an international man (or woman) of mystery who... Read more...
Depending on where you live, it's starting to get a bit chilly outside as winter looms right around the corner (we can see you shaking your head in agreement in the midwest and east coast). The bitter air can make you want to stay inside with the heat cranked up, but what is there to do for entertainment? Well, if... Read more...
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