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When it comes to science fiction, the idea that artificial intelligence could be the cause of the human race’s extinction is a concept that has been used many times. For example, The Matrix and Terminator franchises depict futures where mankind is dominated, or being driven to extinction, by machines when the AI... Read more...
Carrier bloat is something almost every smartphone owner has to live with. What's worse is when you're not even allowed to uninstall certain third-party software that your wireless carrier decided to integrate into the OS. It's one reason why the newest Android builds take so long to deploy, but that's not the worst... Read more...
If you're a BMW enthusiast in search of a hybrid model, you have options, just not many of them. However, that's about to change. BMW this week announced that it's planning to offer plug-in hybrid versions of its core-brand models rather than restrict the more eco-friendly drivetrain to just a few variants. The first... Read more...
We wrote just a couple of weeks ago that Mozilla was shacking up with Yahoo to replace Google as Firefox's long-standing default search engine, and it didn't take long for the fruits of that relationship to be seen. With today’s release of Firefox 34, Mozilla has pulled the trigger on that move and at the same time... Read more...
It would seem that the ones responsible for hacking Sony Pictures Entertainment in a massive ransomware attack weren't just a bunch of script kiddies hiding out in a basement somewhere. That wasn't really a prevailing theory anyway, but lest there's any doubt about the seriousness of the security breach, the FBI is... Read more...
It might bear a slight resemblance to Apple’s popular (and long in the tooth) MacBook Air range, but Hewlett-Packard’s new EliteBook Folio 1020 series brings a lightweight frame, business-class functionality, and Windows 8.1 to the table. HP is actually announcing two models today: the standard EliteBook 1020 and... Read more...
One way that Nokia managed to get its flagship Windows Phone devices to stand out from the competition was by focusing on camera performance, combining super high pixel counts with quality optics. If you're wondering whether or not Microsoft will continue that tradition after purchasing Nokia's mobile unit, recent... Read more...
When it comes to smartphone operating systems, Google’s Android dominates the field in worldwide market share. Apple iOS is a distance second, while Microsoft’s Windows Phone and BlackBerry’s Blackberry 10 OS are considered also-rans for the most part. Huawei’s Joe Kelly isn’t doing Microsoft any favors in an interview he recently gave Read more...
If you were disappointed with Samsung’s [specs bump] transition from the Galaxy S4 to the Galaxy S5, you’ll be delighted to hear that Samsung is looking to redesign the Galaxy S6 from the ground-up to make up for lost ground. Samsung expected great things from the Galaxy S5 and early on boosted production by 20... Read more...
Amazon is killing it this holiday shopping season, or so the online retailer claims. According to Amazon, Black Friday sales of Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets on the company's website have grown by leaps and bounds year-over-year. Specifically, Fire tablet sales were up three-fold on Black Friday compared to last... Read more...
Recently, we’ve seen robots being developed that are used for security, delivering food, and even for customer service. This time around, researchers at the Biomimetic Robotics Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a robot that takes its cues from the world’s fastest land animal that will hopefully be able to Read more...
Sony can't seem to catch a break when it comes to hackers. If cyber criminals aren't infiltrating the company's PlayStation Network (PSN) and wreaking havoc there, then they're breaking into the company's movie division, as they did last week when Sony Pictures became the victim of a massive ransomeware hack. As a... Read more...
Steve Jobs has been dead for three years, yet despite that fact, he is causing problems for the company he helped to build because of emails he previously sent that have been made public. The emails have been used against Apple as it defends itself against various lawsuits. This month, Apple is once again preparing to... Read more...
It looks as though Samsung’s on-again, off-again Tizen smartphone project is back on. According to Reuters, the South Korean electronics giant is targeting India for the launch of its mid-range Z1 smartphone that will run Tizen. Samsung will reportedly hold a press conference on December 10 to officially announce... Read more...
Popularity is a fickle thing, and while Apple's iPad was once the top dog at schools, Chromebooks have replaced them as the cool kids that everyone wants to hang around with. That's according to the latest data from International Data Corporation (IDC), which pegged Google's Chromebook shipments to U.S. schools in the... Read more...
When you think Amazon, you probably imagine books and freaky fast shipping. You probably don't think about drones and robots, both of which have crept into the company's fabric over the past year or so. In addition to preparing a Prime Air service which would (in theory) drop packages to your front door, the company... Read more...
The chip business has been good to Intel, but it's not the only product in the Santa Clara semiconductor firm’s portfolio. Among other things, Intel is also entrenched in the security market. The company spent billions of dollars acquiring McAfee several years ago and this week scooped up PasswordBox, a relative... Read more...
As expected, heads are rolling at Samsung, though company co-chief and mobile business boss J.K. Shin didn't get the axe as some had speculated. Instead, three other high-level executives were thanked for their services and shown the door as Samsung reshuffles its core management team in an attempt to return its... Read more...
We’re still scratching our heads over why Apple even bothered with a 16GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, especially considering the issues that some users have experienced upgrading to iOS 8. Luckily for T-Mobile customers, Cyber Monday brings with it a “fix” for Apple’s entry-level storage shortfalls. For today only... Read more...
Google Glass debuted in 2012 and quickly became the “must have” tech item for alpha geeks. Over the past two years, the wearable device has been praised for its forward-thinking functionality, but has also come under scrutiny not only for its high price tag and its tendency to turn users into “glassholes.” Now, the company is prepping a Read more...
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