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All News for December 2014

At some point, smartphone manufacturers are just going to have to call it a day and stop with this ambition to go thinner and thinner (at the expense of battery life). In late October, Oppo stunned the tech community with its R5 that boasts a 5.2” 1080p display while measuring just 4.85mm thin. Now it’s Chinese OEM... Read more...
You may not elfin' believe this, but if you missed out on numerous opportunities to pick up an Xbox One console for less than retail -- Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and extended holiday shopping sales -- you have yet another opportunity to bag one for Christmas (or Kwanza or Hanukkah or just because). Here on the third... Read more...
If you’re reading this on a Lenovo IdeaPad, you might want to unplug that power cord and take a look at it. Lenovo launched a voluntary recall of power cords for its IdeaPad laptops today, citing the potential for “overheating, sparking, melting and burning.” Look for "LS-15" on the cord to identify Lenovo's... Read more...
Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf will have plenty of opportunities to practice his Donald Trump impersonation as the company gets ready to hand out approximately 600 pink slips. The layoffs come as Qualcomm faces regulatory investigations into its business practices in three different territories -- China, European Union, and the United States Read more...
Anyone who thinks hacking is harmless has never had to pay the bill following the aftermath. For Sony, the tab to clean up the mess left behind by the recent ransomware attack on its systems could reach as high as $100 million, no small sum even for a major movie studio. The only good news is that the tally will likely be less than the estimated Read more...
It seems as though The Pirate Bay just can’t get a break these days. Over the weekend, Google started kicking out Pirate Bay-related apps from the Google Play Store, citing “[violations] of the intellectual property and impersonation or deceptive behavior provisions of the Content Policy.” This week, The Pirate Bay... Read more...
Wireless carrier T-Mobile is rolling out a new Simple Choice family plan that will make monitoring data usage an unnecessary task. That's because the plan includes unlimited 4G LTE data for the whole family, along with unlimited talk and text, with a multi-line family discount -- it starts at $100 per month for two... Read more...
We’ve all grown accustomed to the use of TouchPads on notebook computers, and many of you have no doubt used a separate fingerprint scanner (usually embedded in the keyboard deck) on more business-oriented laptops. Well, Synaptics is looking to combine the two technologies with the announcement of its SecurePad... Read more...
Just days after launching its ride-sharing service in Portland, OR, Uber Technologies is facing a lawsuit from the city. The city is wasting no time in its efforts to stop Uber’s Portland operations; Transportation Director Leah issued a cease and desist order to Uber on Monday. The cease and desist order has a... Read more...
Since the massive security breach at Sony Pictures has occurred, speculation has been that North Korea was behind it. Sony, with the help of cybersecurity firm Mandiant and the FBI, has been investigating the perpetrators behind the breach. However, a senior FBI official stated has stated that government agency has not confirmed that North Read more...
AMD this week delivered its Catalyst Omega drivers that are the culmination of six months of development work. AMD Catalyst Omega brings over 20 new features, a wealth of bug fixes to the table along with performance increases both on AMD Radeon GPUs and integrated AMD APUs. Some of the new functionality brought... Read more...
Amazon is embracing haggling with its Make An Offer feature, but if you’re hoping for the chance to talk the company down on a new HDTV, think again. Make An Offer is a tool for Amazon’s 150,000 sellers, rather than for the company itself, and will apply only to items like art and collectibles. Amazon's Make An... Read more...
In the movie Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner was told "If you build it, they will come." The whisperings were referring to a baseball field, though they might as well have been talking about the 4K Ultra HD revolution. Hardware makers have largely gone on faith up to this point that if they build 4K displays, the... Read more...
In response to the growing popularity of drones, the Federal Aviation Authority has started to modify its rules and regulations to include remote controlled aircraft. However, Amazon, which plans to use drones to deliver packages, warned the FAA that it needs to be more lenient with its regulation on the use of drones outdoors; otherwise the Read more...
Motorola released its flagship Droid Turbo smartphone just over a month ago, but that doesn’t mean that you have to wait until after the New Year to get one for an extremely attractive price point — that is, if you’re an existing customer or planning on making a switch to Verizon Wireless. The Droid Turbo normally... Read more...
If your Netflix videos are playing with fewer interruptions, you may have your ISP to thank. Netflix announced that from November of 2013 to November 2014, the average speed for the top 10 ISPs increased to 3.07Mbps. Many users saw a 51% Netflix streaming increase, while people in the Midwest saw a 74% increase. That’s based on the Netflix Read more...
The allure of fast service and relatively affordable meals is no longer enough to attract a customer base that's increasingly concerned with health and food options. As a result, fast-food chain McDonald's saw its same-store sales in the U.S. decrease 4.6 percent in November, a backwards trend the company hopes to... Read more...
Verizon is putting its brave face on and remaining positive about future growth opportunities as it deals with increasingly aggressive competitors in the wireless space. Without feeding the media and analysts too much real data to chew on, Verizon spoke in vague terms, saying that it sees "strong momentum for wireless... Read more...
Telecom giant AT&T today announced the launch of its U-verse with GigaPower service in several parts of North Carolina, including Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem. The roll out of its all-fiber GigaPower network is the result of an agreement with the North Carolina Next Generation Network... Read more...
Facebook is rolling out a new feature that it should have implemented a long time ago -- a dislike button! Just kidding, that's probably never going to happen, no matter how many inane posts flood the world's largest social playground. However, in lieu of a thumbs down icon, Mark Zuckerberg and the gang are updating the Facebook Search feature Read more...
With over a billion visitors each month, it'd be quite an understatement to say that YouTube has a good hold on the online video market. But that doesn't mean that the incredible growth the service has experienced since its launch couldn't halt -- or worse, begin to reverse. This is a reality Google takes very seriously. This has especially Read more...
As drones become more popular, so does the risk of drone-related incidents. While Google and Amazon are looking to employ drones for delivery purposes, the number of drone owners continues to climb and has prompted the FAA to outlaw drone usage over stadiums and large public events. However, a passenger jet’s near miss with a drone might call Read more...
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