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It seems like the number of Samsung Galaxy Tab models in the company’s lineup is already quite large, but three more are landing as of May 1st. There will be 7-, 8-, and 10.1-inch models of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, and you can preorder them starting tomorrow. Available in black or white, all three of the Tab 4... Read more...
Gamespy's multiplayer servers are getting unplugged and going dark on May 31, and as the deadline approaches, game publishers are scrambling to find new homes. For 2K, the solution is simple -- send its more popular games over to Steamworks. That includes the first Borderlands titles and several Civilization games... Read more...
Facebook isn't afraid to make a splash, hence the decision back in February of this year to scoop up WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock options. It remains Facebook's largest transaction to date, though it could prove a brilliant move in the long run, especially as WhatsApp keeps attracting more users. As of... Read more...
At long last, you don't need two streaming boxes just to have a suite of services on one, and YouTube on the other. Roku has made a name for itself in the streaming box industry, but it has lacked perhaps the most demanded channel on the planet for as long as the company has existed. Yes, we're talking about YouTube... Read more...
For those of you patiently waiting on Apple to deliver a phablet-sized version of the iPhone, get comfortable, it doesn't look like a release is imminent. Instead, the latest rumors suggest Apple is having some difficulties finding a thin-sized battery that's powerful enough to drive a 5.5-inch display for a... Read more...
Are you interested in testing out pre-release versions of OS X, but don't develop? Don't fret: Apple's just loosened the restrictions on its beta OSes, and now everyone is free to participate. This move is substantial for Apple, as it's traditionally been quite strict about what beta software reaches the public -... Read more...
A couple of disclaimers are necessary before moving on. First, each one of us at HotHardware loves our parents. We could go on and on with reasons why, just understand that despite the embedded videos you're about to watch, we have nothing against moms and dads -- we just don't always want to watch movies and TV shows with them. Secondly,... Read more...
It’s Earth Day, and Apple is marking the occasion with some good PR, announcing a new free recycling program on its Environment website. Starting now, you can take your old Apple products to any Apple store, and they’ll recycle the product(s) for free, and responsibly. Apple also said that occasionally, it... Read more...
Lytro tried to flip photography on its head a few years ago with the introduction of its original light-field camera. Sporting a funky design reminiscent of a kaleidoscope, the rectangular-shaped tube-like camera excelled at capturing the entire light field around an image, thereby allowing photographers to refocus... Read more...
Suddenly, Google Glass updates are coming hard and fast, and Google says that’s largely due to the Android KitKat update. The most recent updates include the ability to view SMS text messages via iOS devices on Glass and a new Calendar Glassware that offers increased functionality, but that’s just the... Read more...
It should come as no surprise that Netflix is doing well, and indeed the company’s Q1 earnings report evinces just that. Revenues are up across the board--with the lone exception of its international streaming business, which is still less in the red than ever and will turn black sometime this year--and Netflix... Read more...
The next-generation of PowerPoint presentations is almost here, and to help get the ball moving on getting some projects created, Microsoft has just opened up what it's calling the "Office Mix Preview". At the moment, anyone with an access code can get in; otherwise, you'll need to fill out a survey and hope to gain... Read more...
Google obviously has a vested interest in seeing Android wearables succeed, so rather than watch its hardware partners flounder around in a sea of custom platforms, the sultan of search introduced the world to Android Wear, a special version of Android specifically built for the wearable market. It's drawing interest... Read more...
By today's standards, Nintendo's original Game Boy is an ancient, outdated piece of technology. It had a simple D-pad with A and B buttons, along with Start and Select, a tiny dot matrix display, and a fugly color scheme. However, the 25-year-old handheld deserves mad respect from gamers and fans of  technology in general. Nintendo launched... Read more...
It happens all too infrequently in the ISP business, but when it does, it's a beautiful thing. We're talking about good, old-fashioned competition, and that's what Google is getting now that AT&T is upping its fiber efforts. After Verizon nixed FiOS expansion a couple of years ago, the only real fiber-to-the-home growth has happened in... Read more...
Despite being limited by the capabilities of the SATA interface, many solid state drive manufacturers continue to innovate and introduce new products that improve on their elder siblings. For example, Micron recently released its M550 series of drives, which was an evolution of the previously released M500 series, but built around newer, 20nm... Read more...
Working together, Google and ASUS have produced some of the best 7-inch Android tablets ever released - I still use and love my first-gen model. Given the overall success of Nexus 7, it seemed likely that both companies would again work together on a third iteration, but sometimes the tech world can throw a curveball... Read more...
UberX, the non-professional version of driver service Uber, is a rideshare service wherein any Tom, Dick, or Harriet can sign up to be a driver and offer themselves and their vehicle for hire. The whole thing runs on mobile apps; riders use an iOS or Android device to book rides, and drivers use the same to accept a... Read more...
It might not be every day that you find yourself strolling around Suwon, South Korea, but should you be in the area, there's a new place to check out. To celebrate its 45th anniversary -- and love of technology -- Samsung today opened the doors to the Samsung Innovation Museum to the public. Inside you'll find all... Read more...
At some point, mobile gaming became a legitimate battleground for competitors Apple and Google and their iOS and Android platforms. It only makes sense, as mobile gaming continues to increase in popularity while mobile devices boast stronger and stronger graphics and processing capabilities, but apparently things are... Read more...
If you've been wanting to upgrade your setup to run the fastest consumer level graphics card on the planet, today's the day you've been waiting for. AMD's insanely powerful Radeon R9 295X2 card is now starting to pop up online for purchase. The card isn't for everyone -- many gamers will find it cost prohibitive --... Read more...
AMD is updating its Never Settle Forever bundles yet again, and as usual, the company is adding more value and expanding what games and graphics cards you can get with the deals. This time around, you can get one, two, or three games with the purchase of various R7 and R9 graphics cards, including the Radeon R9 295X2. New titles you can snag... Read more...
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