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All News for December 2014

It's not uncommon for Amazon to spoil its customers with some free Android apps, but with this month in particular, it's really gone all-out. Earlier this month, there were over $100 worth of apps up for grabs, and then just last week, it put another $200 worth on the table. As if that wasn't enough, it's just gone ahead and given us another Read more...
As if the second generation Moto X wasn’t already attractive enough, Motorola is breaking a new range topping variant of the flagship smartphone. The Moto X was previously only available in 16GB and 32GB versions, but today Motorola has bumped the maximum capacity to 64GB for the Moto X Pure Edition. The Moto X... Read more...
Back in early October, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk promised to show us “The D”, and he delivered with the Model S P85D. That AWD electric sedan pumps out a healthy 691hp and an eye-popping 864 ft-lbs of torque at the wheels. The vehicle is fast enough to make the already quick Model S P85 look like a Prius in a drag... Read more...
Lizard Squad has been in the news quite a bit during 2014, and never for a great reason. Just this past week, the so-called 'hacker' group took down both Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PlayStation online services, and backed off to some extent when Internet legend and Mega founder Kim Dotdom intervened. Finally, after a... Read more...
Tablets existed long before Apple came out with the iPad five years ago, though the Cupertino company certainly deserves credit for advancing the category and creating demand that didn't really exist prior to its release. And it's been a good run for Apple, which has dominated the tablet market ever since, but has the... Read more...
One of the things we're not looking forward to in 2015 is a continuation of cyberattacks against companies big and small. For whatever reason, hackers have been on a rampage in 2014, hitting banks and retailers like Target, Home Depot, and others. It's gotten so out of hand that some companies have started hacking back. According to Bloomberg, Read more...
It appears that Uber is giving up its expansion efforts into Spain, at least for now. The app-based transportation company announced that it would be temporarily halting its efforts in Spain in response to a court injunction against Uber from the Association Madrileña Del Taxi. “Today we have received the formal ruling and, in compliance Read more...
Microsoft is fully focused on its Xbox One game console and accompanying second generation Kinect motion control sensor. And what about the original Kinect for the Xbox 360? Well, to (loosely) paraphrase Microsoft: "Ain't nobody got time for that!" While Microsoft is super proud of its original Kinect and the path it paved, it's time to move Read more...
There's going to be a lot of nifty products shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month, and you can bank on HotHardware being there to cover the better bits. If there's a major theme we're expecting to see, it would be displays -- between the 4K (and above!) movement and curved panels... Read more...
Apple may have won Christmas in terms of device sales, but when it comes to customer satisfaction, Samsung is top dog. Or rather, that's the case according to a new poll published this week by the American Customer Satisfaction Index. In a ranking of phone makers, Samsung took the top spot with a score of 81 out of 100, a nice little jump Read more...
The year is almost over and so, too, is the holiday season. So Microsoft is reminding everyone that the Xbox One’s sale, which saw a $50 reduction in the overall price, will end soon. Consumers wishing to purchase the console for $349 will have until Saturday, January 3 to do so. But for the final week of the sale... Read more...
Samsung showed us its love for “curvy” with the introduction of the ATIV One 7 Curved all-in-one PC, but the company still has plenty of resources to devote to its more “traditional” offerings. Apple has long been rumored to introduce a 12-inch MacBook Air with a Retina Display, but Samsung isn’t wasting any time... Read more...
Earlier today, Barron's published an article speculating that GlobalFoundries would delay its 14nm product ramp by several quarters as it struggled with unspecified production problems. GlobalFoundries has denied any such issues in a statement to Hot Hardware, and has specifically told us that its 14nm ramp plans... Read more...
Samsung has gone completely gaga for curved screens. Last year, the company introduced the Galaxy Round smartphone, and this year broke out the innovative Galaxy Note Edge, which features a curved display on the right-hand side of the device. And let’s not forget about the company’s growing lineup of curved PC... Read more...
For the past four months, Taiwanese regulators have been conducting an investigation into Apple, Samsung, and other smartphone brands for being in breach of local data protection laws. On Tuesday, the National Communications Commissions announced that all accused companies were innocent, according to its... Read more...
As unfortunate as it's become, another day in the tech industry means yet another security breach, a startling trend that seems to be picking up in frequency as we head into 2015. This time graphics chip maker NVIDIA was hit. The Santa Clara, California-based company has advised its employees to change their passwords after discovering "unauthorized Read more...
Last year’s “hotness” is this year’s “so what.” The Tesla Motors P85 is an impressive electric vehicle, having scored 99 out of a possible 100 points in Consumer Reports’ testing. The electric vehicle is gorgeous, can seat up to 7 people (as long as two of them are small children), comes equipped with 415hp, and can... Read more...
All things eventually come to an end, and for Boyd Multerer, the dude responsible for Xbox Live and creator of the XNA game development language, the ride at Microsoft is over. Voluntarily, we might add -- he wasn't shown the door or the victim of restructuring. Instead, Multerer posted to Twitter that, quite simply, it was time for him to Read more...
For anyone that lives in (or has visited) the San Francisco Bay Area, you’re most likely very familiar with the Bay Area Rapid Transit or BART. The commuter rail system covers a total of 104 miles, has 44 stations, and weekday ridership over 420,000.  With so many people using BART on a daily basis, Wi-Fi access is... Read more...
For consumers, a service like Uber offers a number of benefits, with a big one being convenience. But, with that convenience brings a large number of caveats, some of which we've seen exhibited over the past couple of months. Take, for example, an executive that encourages digging up dirt on journalists that are... Read more...
One of the more interesting stops on our recent trip to Amsterdam was at The Hague Security Delta. For those of you who might not be aware, The Hague is the name of the government seat of the Netherlands (and yes, the article is capitalized). The Hague Security Delta (HSD) is the official title of a collaborative effort between Netherlands... Read more...
United Airlines isn't too happy with a savvy 22-year-old who built a website that helps people find cheaper airfare. Neither is Orbitz for that matter. What is it about the website that would prompt United Airlines and Orbitz to file a civil lawsuit against its owner, Aktarer Zaman? It's the fact that it finds cheaper... Read more...
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