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All News for November 2014

This time of year is always busy for folks. And of course, never taking the easy route, we decided what the heck, let's make it ever busier for ourselves and launch a new engine with a fresh paint job for the Tech-charged web publication machine, we call HotHardware.com. It's a labor of love here for us you know, like a real family affair. Read more...
Every hardware maker has constraints -- be it battery life, heat, size, or available materials. On the design front, one challenge that has thus far been impossible to overcome is the FCC stamp that has to be imprinted on the exterior of any device certified for use amongst the United States' airwaves. Now, that's... Read more...
In the last few weeks, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Unity has become a cautionary tale of how treating a franchise as a perfunctory once-a-year update machine while simultaneously stoking player expectations can catastrophically backfire. Once it realized how unhappy its player base was, Ubisoft snapped into action... Read more...
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Valve launches its "Exploration Sale". It's as if the company believes that since people will likely be filling up on a lot of food tomorrow, they might equally be interested in filling up their Steam library. Well, whatever Valve's thought process is, this sale results in some great... Read more...
Twitter is looking for new ways to collect data in order to fuel its ad-oriented business model. To that end, the company is rolling out an update that will let its Twitter app track what apps users have downloaded and are on their mobile devices. The data collected, according to Twitter, will help the company to provide a more “tailored Read more...
It appears the time is nigh for the iPhone 5C, says MacRumors which cited a report from Taiwan’s Industrial and Commercial Times. According to the report, Apple will discontinue production of the smartphone in 2015. Last year, Apple unveiled the iPhone 5C as a cheaper alternative to the iPhone 5S with the 16GB model retailing for $99 and Read more...
Just as tires and wheels aren't the same thing, the World Wide Web (WWW) and Internet are also separate, albeit just as intertwined. If you already knew that, pat your self on the back or grab a cookie -- you're in the minority, according to a Web IQ quiz conducted by Pew Research in which just 23 percent of... Read more...
All it takes is one good game to turn fortunes around, and Nintendo hopes that Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U will be the one that does it. As it stands, Nintendo's brawler featuring iconic characters from the company's many successful franchises is already the fastest selling Wii U game in the U.S. in the console's... Read more...
As part of a massive holiday giveaway promotion, Microsoft is offering over 100 MP3 albums through its Music Deals app for free to everyone. That is, everyone who uses Windows 8 or owns a Windows Phone. The promotion is available for a limited time but it is worth taking advantage of. Country, Rock and Roll, Rap... Read more...
One of the rumors leading up to the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was that Apple's flagship phones would sport sapphire glass displays, the same material found on its Touch ID sensor and covering the camera lenses. Unfortunately, Apple's relationship with sapphire glass supplier GT Advanced turned sour and... Read more...
We praised a few elements of Amazon's Fire Phone in our review earlier in the year, but one thing kept us from falling head over heels: the steep price of entry. With mid-range specifications and no access to Google Play, the Fire Phone is a unique creature that serves a smaller market. Some of the innovations on it... Read more...
Having supposedly spent $10 million in legal fees since his arrest in New Zealand two years ago, Kim Dotcom now says he's broke, leaving him without legal representation as U.S. authorities try to have him extradited. If that happens, he'll face a some heavy charges, including racketeering, conspiring to commit... Read more...
Never take a broken product from a stranger, even that stranger appears to be an employee in a kiosk at your local mall. Shoppers who fell for a prank intended to promote the Lenovo's Yoga 3 laptop (our full review) learned that lesson the hard way when a fake employee 'accidentally' breaks what appears to be a... Read more...
Sony is looking to make some changes in its business structure in order to start making a profit. Back in October the company reported a $1.25 billion net loss for the second quarter and revealed that it expects a $2.1 billion loss for the fiscal year. At an investors meeting, Sony revealed that its goals for TV and... Read more...
T-Mobile has been the target of much consumer ire in the past due to the way it throttles user bandwidth and tries to keep it a secret. If you regularly use the Internet on your phone, it's going to be obvious when the performance is less than what you're used to getting. For many, at the first sign of poor network... Read more...
Those of you who splurged on an Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or a DirectX 11-capable PC, start stocking up on Earl Grey tea or whatever it is that relaxes you the most. Come April 7, 2015, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin will be available for your platform of choice, which means you'll get to experience what it's... Read more...
Sony has come to a settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission over the way it advertised a feature that allowed players to pause a PlayStation 3 game and resume playing it from a different location on their PlayStation Vita console. It's part of the Vita's "cross-save" functionality, though the way it was... Read more...
Cyanogen, a company that provides users with the ability to customize their Android smartphones, has announced a “Themes Challenge” contest. Themes is a new app from Cyanogen that will be able to host skins that are available to Cyanogen OS users. The Cyanogen Theme Showcase launched on the Play Story earlier this... Read more...
Each day, we're bombared with new transistors, faster memory, and GPUs that can crank out a few additional frames per second. And while all of these things are certainly nifty, they aren't exactly having a revolutionary impact on the whole of humanity. That's where Samsung's newest innovation comes in: it's more than... Read more...
I've been pretty critical of Microsoft's advertising campaigns, including the ones featuring Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates several years ago. They lacked the wit and amusement of Apple's "Mac vs PC" ads at the time, and more importantly, they didn't convey a clear message like Apple did, even if that message was... Read more...
In what could be one of the biggest violations ever, Honda Motor Co. admitted that it had failed to report more than 1,700 claims of injury or death to US regulators from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2014. Because of the company’s negligence, it could be fined $35 million. According to an internal review that was filed... Read more...
Talking to ghosts and spirits is all fun and games until they talk back or proceed to haunt your home with terrifying results. Or perhaps we've watched too many horror flicks. We're not the only ones, however, as Ouija boards are making a comeback in a big way this holiday shopping season. Piggybacking on the movie... Read more...
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