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Over the years, we've seen numerous examples of how peripheral vendors have tried to remain competitive, and perhaps not surprisingly, many of the technologies introduced have revolved around making us better gamers. The way the promises are delivered to us, in fact, would make you think that there's only one thing... Read more...
Terry Gou, Chief Executive Officer at Foxconn, had an ambition goal in mind for 2015: replace one million workers with robots for menial tasks during the assembly of consumer electronic devices, including those sold by companies like Apple. With Foxconn coming under increased scrutiny for labor violations and workers... Read more...
The release of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 flagship smartphone is just a few months away, but details about the device are leaking fast. Earlier this week, we learned that the standard Galaxy S6 would be joined by an “Edge” variant similar in concept to the Galaxy Note Edge. Today, we’re learning the full rundown of specs... Read more...
Samsung deserves much of the credit for ushering in today’s trend of large-screened smartphones, often referred to as "phablets." Whether you’re a fan of big smartphones or not, there is a no denying that the original Samsung Galaxy Note set the stage for the battles currently being waged in the smartphone market. If larger-screened devices... Read more...
It seems that smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, and other companies have violated Taiwan’s privacy laws by collecting and sending back user data to company servers. Back in September, Taiwan’s National Communications Commission launched an investigation regarding cyber security threat concerns over products... Read more...
Apple issued an update to its Safari web browser earlier this week that was supposed to patch more than a dozen security vulnerabilities, but has now pulled it offline due to issues affecting some users. Those affected by the buggy update say that it reports installing correctly, but actually removes the browser from... Read more...
In mid-September, Apple CEO Tim Cook posted an open letter outlining his company’s commitment to privacy. Cook explained that his company makes customer privacy a high priority and that collecting vast amounts of user data simply isn’t a priority for Apple. “We don’t build a profile based on your email content or... Read more...
Samsung has begun delivering Google’s Android Lollipop 5.0 to Galaxy S5 smartphones, but so far, the rollout is limited to phones in Poland. A rollout to U.S. Galaxy devices hasn’t been announced. Don’t hold your breath, as it’s likely going to be some time before you see the OS on a Galaxy smartphone here. Once... Read more...
Samsung has 930 million problems and Apple is behind each and every one of them. That figure represents the number of dollars Samsung owes Apple for infringing iPhone patents with its Galaxy line of mobile devices. In short, Apple accused Samsung of copying the look and feel of its iPhone family and eventually won a monstrous award, which Read more...
Sony Pictures Entertainment is not getting a break from the security break it experienced last month that resulted in Sony shutting down its computers. In the aftermath of the attack, the hackers, called Guardians of Peace, released a set of documents that included around 47,000 Social Security numbers for actors as... Read more...
Every budding entrepreneur is familiar with Apple's humble beginnings in a garage. From there, the company grew. And grew, and grew, and grew to where it is today -- a firm with a market capitalization just shy of $680 billion, and that's after the recent (and inexplicable) stock drop. Budding business owners use... Read more...
Following a day of delays that temporarily grounded the project, NASA this morning launched its Orion spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Florida this morning. This is a test run for the crewless spacecraft, which lifted off the ground without issue and is now "flying comfortably through space," according to NASA's... Read more...
As Steve Jobs’ emails are being used against Apple in an antitrust lawsuit, the company is also being accused of deleting songs from consumers’ iPods that were purchased from rival music services between 2007 and 2009. During a court session at the U.S District Court in Oakland, California, Apple confirmed that it had... Read more...
Target, Home Depot, Sears, and Kmart have all come under attack in the past year, with hackers breaching their insufficiently protected internal networks to obtain customer credit card data. The Home Depot breach was the largest, with 53 million email addresses and 56 million customer credit and debit card... Read more...
2013 saw the release of the One (M7), and the One (M8) replaced that flagship in 2014. 2015 will soon be upon us, and HTC is once again preparing to launch a new flagship. According to the folks from @upleaks, the next generation smartphone is being developed under the codename “Hima”. Like the rumored Samsung... Read more...
Another year is almost in the books, but before we head into 2015, Spotify took a stroll down memory lane and revealed what we collectively listened to most this past year, which turned out to be Ed Sheeran. He beat out Eminem, Calvin Harris, Avicii, and David Guetta (in that order) for top male artist on the... Read more...
It’s hard to say that a nearly $1,000 display is affordable, but Acer’s newly-launched 32-inch B326HK is one of the less-expensive monitors in the 4K market. With a resolution of 3840x2160 (four times the available pixels of a 1920x1080 display) and IPS technology for wide-angle viewing, the display is bound to get... Read more...
The Internet is a wonderful place overflowing with information and different kinds of content. It also has its seedier sides; places where you wouldn't want your children stumbling into. Parental controls can only do so much, and while the burden ultimately falls on mom and pop to protect their kids from the web's... Read more...
It seems those days that Amazon has a hand in everything. The company makes its own line of eReaders and tablets, it has an [unsuccessful] smartphone under its belt, it produces two streaming media devices, and it provides streaming movie and music services. This is all, of course, in addition to Amazon’s core... Read more...
Despite certain states trying to block the direct sale of its electric vehicles, Tesla Motors continues to impress the consumers that do manage to get their hands on a Model S. According to a recent Consumer Reports buyer survey, Tesla drivers were more likely to say that they would purchase their cars again than... Read more...
So, have you been shopping a 4K monitor for yourself and haven't liked what you've seen so far? We don't blame you -- though there are a select few models worthy of early adoption, for the most part, the 4K monitor movement still has some growing pains to overcome. One of the more promising entries we've seen in some... Read more...
The follow-up to the hugely successful Skyfall (the film raked in $1.1 billion worldwide) has received an official name: Spectre. Spectre will focus on the SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, the global terror organization that James Bond has battled in previous films... Read more...
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