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All News for December 2014

We first brought you news about Samsung’s Galaxy A7 smartphone earlier this month. The 5.5” Galaxy A7 represents the third model in Samsung’s new Galaxy A series (following the 4.5” A3 and 5” A5) and is Samsung’s thinnest smartphone to date at just 6.3mm thick. We have now learned that Samsung plans to officially... Read more...
There’s some great news this week for Apple consumers living in Europe. Apple has introduced a new return policy for iTunes, App Store, and iBooks purchases that will allow consumers living in Europe, including Germany, France, Italy, and the UK to return digital purchases. Apple’s original terms and conditions... Read more...
There have been two steady constants in the mobile space over the past several years. The first is that Android dominates the competition in terms of overall mobile market share, and the second is that Apple sells more tablets and smartphones than other single manufacturer. Christmas Day didn't change any of that --... Read more...
Make no mistake, Samsung fully intends to ride the whole "curved" craze as far as it will go, which so far has been applied to smartphones, televisions, and soundbars; the latter of which will see an expanded lineup at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. That's not all -- Samsung also intends to roll out... Read more...
In its latest round of fund-raising, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi was able to raise $1.1 billion. Because of its successful fund-raising efforts, the company announced that it is now valued at $45 billion. The revelation means that the company is now one of the most valuable venture-backed tech startups to... Read more...
Last week, we brought you a review of the Galaxy Note Edge, Samsung's new Galaxy Note derivative with a curved edge display along one side. Reviews on the device have been generally strong (we're fond of it, if the form factor and capabilities meet your liking), but one common complaint about the Note Edge is that the... Read more...
It’s a good thing that Lizard Squad-led attack on Microsoft’s Xbox Live online gaming service was short-lived, because one of the most anticipated beta releases in months is now open. Microsoft (via Xbox Wire) announced that the multiplayer beta for Halo 5: Guardians is now available.  Microsoft is hoping to give... Read more...
Windows 8 wasn't the hit Microsoft hoped it would be, and while it could have ignored all the haters and made sure that its next Windows OS would follow in 8's footsteps, it's instead decided to be wise about things. As we've seen multiple times over the past couple of months, Microsoft really wants to make sure... Read more...
If you've been paying any attention at all to the Internet this past month, you're no doubt aware of the fact that North Korea has simply dominated tech headlines thanks to Sony's film The Interview. But lest we forget China, another nation infamous for the restrictions imposed on its citizens. Making great use of... Read more...
Everyone loves to pick on Apple for saddling its smartphones with only 1GB of RAM (even the flagship iPhone 6 Plus is limited to just 1GB when most Android flagships are packing three times a much memory). However, Microsoft just reminded us of that its most popular smartphones are running on a mere 512MB of RAM (or... Read more...
An association of hackers known as Chaos Computer Club has found a way to reproduce fingerprints by using just a couple of photos of someone's fingers. The group explained its method at the 31st annual Chaos Computer Club convention in Hamburg, Germany, using the thumbprint of German Defense Minister Ursula von der... Read more...
The hard drive market has become a lot less sexy in the past few years thanks to SSDs. What we used to consider "fast" for a hard drive is relatively slow compared to even the cheapest of today's solid state drives. But there are two areas where hard drives still rule the roost, and that's in terms of overall capacity... Read more...
Sony released “The Interview” in select theaters as well as on YouTube and Google Play despite a massive data breach and terrorist-style threats that were meant to stymie the project. Thanks to the publicity that stemmed from the attack on Sony Pictures, “The Interview” has become Sony’s most successful online movie... Read more...
Kim Dotcom, the man who negotiated a deal with hacking group Lizard Squad to cease fire on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network over Christmas break, has Skype in his crosshairs and is ready to pull the trigger. His weapon of choice? A competing browser-based chat service tentatively called MegaChat that he plans to launch soon. The Mega Read more...
HBO's hit series Game of Thrones has the double-edged distinction of being the most pirated TV show in all of 2014. This is the third year in a row that Game of Thrones has been downloaded more times than any other TV show, with its latest season finale attracting more than 8 million downloads on BitTorrent alone. That's higher than the number Read more...
Earlier this month, we began receiving tips that Samsung was working on a new variant of the Galaxy Note 4 (check out our review here) with the internal designation SM-N916S. The device showed up in Geekbench sporting an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, and the Android 5.0 “Lollipop” operating... Read more...
Faced with disappointing sales and plunging profits, Samsung found itself making some tough decisions, like handing out pink slips to high-level executives. The company also put in motion a major restructuring effort that will see a reduction in the overall number of smartphone models it offers, and we hear now that... Read more...
This week, a new bill is set to be proposed in California that could impact those convicted of drunk driving, expanding a program that's already in place in some states and Californian counties. If passed, all convicted drunk drivers will have to install an ignition interlock device into their car, requiring them to... Read more...
It goes without saying that social media brings with it a slew of benefits -- quite simply, I couldn't imagine not having it at this point. It's proven a great way to not only keep in better contact with friends and family, but also to clue me in on what’s happening around the world; nowadays, most of the news I see... Read more...
The number of lawsuits being brought against Uber keeps piling up. This time, the app-based transportation company is a class-action lawsuit from both cab companies and its own drivers over Uber’s $1 Safe Rides Fee. Filed on Tuesday with the federal court in San Francisco, the lawsuit seeks restitution for the $1... Read more...
There hasn't been a whole lot going on in the 3D display camp as of late, and that's probably because the industry found itself distracted by two other emerging technologies -- virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift, and 4K Ultra HD displays. Toshiba didn't get those memos, however, and is still hard at work on... Read more...
Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network were both the targets of DDoS attacks by Lizard Squad during the Christmas holiday. The acts were particularly heinous as Lizard Squad — the group that claimed responsibility for the attacks — picked perhaps the worst time to attack the networks. First of all, it... Read more...
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