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All News for February 2014

Nokia famously went all in with Microsoft when it decided to ditch its own OS and sell smartphones running Windows Phone, but the company has opted to add Android handsets to its roster as well in an effort to capitalize on the growing and vast low end smartphone market. Referred to as the “next... Read more...
You knew it was only a matter of time before Microsoft started offering Xbox One game bundles, and that time has come. Starting now, you can pre-order an Xbox One console with a Titanfall digital download included in the package for $500. Technically speaking, that's not a price cut, but it is one heck of a value-add... Read more...
In what had been a standoff between Netflix and Comcast -- one in which subscribers of both companies were caught in the crossfire -- Netflix was the first to blink by agreeing to pay the ISP for faster speeds. The two media giants inked a multi-year deal that should ensure less buffering and higher quality Netflix... Read more...
Firefox OS was a relatively large part of Mobile World Congress 2013, but it's making even bigger news at this year's gala in Barcelona. Firefox OS will soon be planted on seven new commercial devices, enabling it to hopefully scale up in 2014. But, of course, pricing will be the factor that makes or breaks things. At... Read more...
Intel is announcing its new tablet and smartphone designs this week at Mobile World Congress, alongside a major push to drive adoption of its 28nm XMM 7160 and XMM 7260 modem technology. It's been two years since Intel launched its first serious Atom-based smartphone platform, codenamed Medfield, and it's safe to say that those two years haven't... Read more...
It's been a year since Nvidia took the wraps off Tegra 4i, its first smartphone design with an integrated software modem, quad-core Cortex-A9 processor, and a slightly smaller version of the Tegra 4 mobile GPU used in devices like Nvidia's Shield. At the time, Nvidia promised that we'd see devices out by the end of... Read more...
There’s a lot that goes on inside that petite mobile device of yours, and Audience is looking to overhaul the process to deliver a much better end user experience with its multisensory processors. The Audience eS700 series of mobile processors use multiple smart technologies to offer always-on voice sensing... Read more...
In addition to the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, Lenovo came to MWC with a trio of smartphones. The eye-catching handsets--the S860, S850, and S660--all feature quad-core MediaTek (1.3GHz) processors, dual SIM cards, Android 4.2, and overall solid specs. Lenovo S860 The S860 has a 5.3-inch (1280x720) display and 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage,... Read more...
Mobile World Congress (MWC) is this week, and Lenovo is starting things off by announcing the successor to its original Yoga tablet, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+. The device sports a 1920x1080 display, 1.6GHz Snapdragon processor, and runs Android 4.3 (with an OTA 4.4 update coming). Other specifications include 2GB of RAM, up to 32GB of onboard... Read more...
One has to wonder if Facebook is feeling any buyer’s remorse, as the messaging service the company just dropped $19 billion to acquire experienced an outage on Saturday, according to reports. WhatsApp didn’t provide much in the way of details beyond a pair of tweets that acknowledged the outage and then... Read more...
It's been four long years since we last saw a new Tony Hawk video game, which might as well be an eternity if you're a fan of skateboarding and/or the skateboarding legend himself (who, by the way, retired from the sport in 1999). Though it seemed like there might never be another Tony Hawk game, the legendary skater... Read more...
Storage products maker LaCie is claiming an industry-first 5TB 7200 RPM hard drive, and it’s deploying the spacious HDD in several Thunderbolt-equipped devices. “Increasingly larger file formats for film and photography have driven the demand for more storage capacity,” reads a LaCie press release... Read more...
Our skepticism of the smartwatch sector having the legs to go the distance hasn't swayed Samsung from forging ahead with second generation models of its Galaxy Gear. Making an official appearance just ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) is Samsung's Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, which offer users even more customization... Read more...
Although--or actually because--LinkedIn is a professional social network, the inability to block other users was problematic, allowing stalkers, bullies, and toxic former coworkers or bosses to keep tabs on you. LinkedIn has now added a Member Blocking features that allows you to block anyone on the site. In a blog... Read more...
It’s expected that the next generation of Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatches will land when the impending Samsung Galaxy S5 does--most likely at MWC this month--and some leaked photos would lend credence to that rumor. Evleaks has dug up a couple of images of the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2... Read more...
You have two options this weekend -- you can tackle that list of chores you've been meaning to get done, or you can fire up Steam and play Call of Duty: Ghosts for free. Yes, we said FREE! There is a hefty download required, but beyond that, you can hop in and enjoy the game and all the recently added features, such as Heavy Duty mode. If... Read more...
Microsoft is reportedly cutting the cost of its Windows 8.1 licensing fees on cheaper PCs and tablets in an attempt to remain competitive in the lower-end market. According to Bloomberg’s sources, manufacturers will pay just $15 to preinstall the OS on any device that sells for less than $250 instead of the... Read more...
If you own an iOS device, there's a security update you should be aware of. As Apple explains it, without the patch "an attacker with a privileged network position may capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS." This means if you're connected to an unsecured network, an attacker can peek at the data... Read more...
Over the past 12 months, Netflix performance has been dropping steadily across most of the major ISPs. Comcast, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable have all recorded significant performance drop-offs. The issue has been particularly acute on Verizon, where measured bandwidth rates have fallen a high of 2.3Mbps in October 2013 to 0.97Mbps in January,... Read more...
Over the past couple of months, Google's made it super-clear that it takes advertising from all angles very seriously. On the "bad ad" front, the company made its New Years' resolution to crack down on bad (eg: scammy) ads public last month, and a mere day later, reports came out that it had removed two Google Chrome... Read more...
Steve Ballmer came to the conclusion that Microsoft would be better served by having new blood lead the company into whatever era lies ahead, and so he began his farewell tour last year. That tour ended with the eventual promotion of Satya Nadella to Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who previously was Microsoft's lead man in the server and tools... Read more...
Perhaps you’ve heard this before, but Amazon is rumored to be launching its own set top box in a bid to gobble up more TV content and streaming market share. The purported Amazon box would be designed to compete with the likes of Roku and Apple TV by allowing users to stream content with a unit that’s not tied to a cable or satellite... Read more...
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