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LG is developing smart lighting solutions. Its first release to that effect is an LED smart light bulb, and it actually sounds like a somewhat compelling product instead of some eyeroll-inducing googah for the geek elite. The bulbs come packing Bluetooth and WiFi technology and works with devices running Android 4.3 and higher as well iOS... Read more...
The deal that will see Microsoft gobble up Nokia’s Devices and Services business was announced back in September and was expected to be finalized in Q1 2014. That hasn’t happened yet, but both Microsoft and Nokia have put out press releases pledging that the deal will be complete in April. The deal has cleared regulatory hurdles... Read more...
Microsoft has given Windows XP users plenty of notice that it plans to stop supporting the legacy operating system on April 8, 2014, and as that date draws near, the Redmond outfit is ramping up its efforts to get XP holdouts to upgrade. One of the ways it's been trying to do that is through monetary incentives -- a... Read more...
HTC is expected to unveil its new One (not to be confused with the current HTC One) smartphone during a press event in New York City tomorrow, which just might be one of the worst kept secrets on the web. That's because the One (codenamed M8) has been the subject of numerous rumors, speculations, and leaks, the newest... Read more...
A pair of tech titans could make major waves in the entertainment industry if a deal to launch a new streaming TV service can be reached. According to multiple reports, Apple is currently in talks with Comcast about using Apple's set-top box to deliver the new service, which would give users the ability to stream live... Read more...
As it turns, you can donate more than just blood to help others; you can donate your voice, and all it costs you is a stretch of time in a recording booth. And if Professor Rupal Patel and Dr. Tim Bunnell fulfill their vision, voice donations from all over the world may someday be generated with an iPhone app.  ... Read more...
Facebook has endeavored to make coding a more efficient process by developing a coding language called Hack. Facebook has been using Hack internally for quite some time, and now the company is open sourcing the tool for anyone to use. “Hack is a programming language for HHVM that interoperates seamlessly with PHP,” reads the “Hack... Read more...
As if any of us needed a reason to spend more time doing things online that are ultimately unnecessary, Twitter is apparently testing a new feature that lets individual users--and, it would seem, anyone else--see who views each Tweet receives. Twitter itself is mum on the possible feature, but a friend of The Verge noticed the tweak on her... Read more...
Following in the footsteps of future owner Comcast and other cable and wireless operators, Time Warner Cable (TWC) just released its first transparency report. It's for the entire year of 2013 broken up into two periods -- from January to the end of June, and from July to the end of December. During the entire year... Read more...
Proving once again that there are two sides to every story, a senior executive for AT&T fired back in contentious fashion at a blog post written by Netflix chief Reed Hastings calling for net neutrality. AT&T's Jim Cicconi called Hastings' plea "self righteous" and "arrogant," to use a couple of choice terms... Read more...
Gamers who've wanted to build a very high-end PC this past year with NVIDIA graphics cards have had to face a bit of a dilemma: Opt for the high-performing GeForce GTX 780 (or Ti) and risk the chance of 3GB being too restrictive down the road, or splurge hundreds of dollars more in order to negate that... Read more...
A couple of months ago, iBUYPOWER got into the coin-mining craze by designing a PC series targeted squarely at it. Called Mine, the PCs feature only AMD Radeon graphics cards, since those currently give the best returns. In that post, I mentioned, "Given the incredible growth that cryptocurrencies have seen over the... Read more...
The sands of the ever-fickle music industry are shifting again, and this time it’s Apple that has to scramble to adjust. Once the king of digital downloads, Apple is facing a reported double-digit drop in music sales, largely because of competition from streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify. In... Read more...
Wireless security has always been something of a problem. Basic WEP encryption, for example, has been beaten so soundly that it’s a wonder device makers even offer it as a security option anymore. Fortunately, we’ve had WiFi protected access 2 (WPA2) keeping our networks safe--but perhaps no longer. According to Phys.org, researchers... Read more...
Setting aside for a moment how jarring it is to see Ashton Kutcher’s name associated with Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, the trio are among investors in a startup called Vicarious FPC that has lofty goals for artificial intelligence technology. Specifically, Vicarious wants to essentially replicate the human... Read more...
You may want to hide your so-called "smartphone" before reading any further -- we don't want any hurt feelings. As big and bad as your current handset might be, odds are high that Oppo's new Find 7 trumps its. Heck, it even has some low-end PCs feeling bad about themselves. Enough of that, though, let's go over what... Read more...
Securing patents is an important part of doing business in today's corporate world. Lenovo understands this, hence why it just agreed to purchase a portfolio of mobile technology patents from Unwired Planet for $100 million dollars in cash, the two companies announced. The deal also gives Lenovo a term-based license to Unwired Planet's patent... Read more...
As soon as Google announced its Glass digital eyewear, the world went nuts with speculation; pros and cons simply flooded the Web. Since then, a lot of people have been left without a solid conclusion, no doubt thanks to the number of walls Glass has hit. We've learned of bars that have banned the device from being... Read more...
The ink is barely dry on the announcement about Android Wear, Google’s forthcoming wearables platform, but developers are already tinkering with the Developer Preview SDK. Pocket, which makes a nifty tool that lets you save anything you see online, be it in a web browser or app, to view later in a “pocket”. You can even view... Read more...
Admit it, you've always wanted to ride on an elephant, right? Okay, maybe that wasn't on your bucket list, but would you really turn down an opportunity to sit atop an elephant if it presented itself? Now imagine riding on one into an outpost of bad guys with guns-a-blazing and explosions in the background. Now it's... Read more...
For all the ire the NSA’s spying practices have fomented among users and Internet companies alike, the revelations are prompting some positive changes. For Gmail users, those changes are coming in the form of better encryption on Google’s part. Although it’s been the default option since 2010, Google... Read more...
If you've been reluctantly holding on tight to your aging mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) because of the comparatively high price of a solid state drive (SSD), this might be the year you finally make the jump to faster storage. Why is that? NAND flash memory prices are coming down, which means less expensive SSDs... Read more...
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