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Windows Phone is improving all the time. Sure, there's a huge discrepancy in market share between Windows Phone and either iOS or Android, but Microsoft isn't standing idly by. Just the opposite, Microsoft just released its Files app for Windows Phone 8.1, which introduces a file management system to the mobile OS... Read more...
The chances that your data has been exposed by hackers in the last 12 months is nearing 50%, and it’s probably not your computer that gave up the goods. It was one or more of the dozens of companies you trust to keep your personal information safe. A new study by CNNMoney estimates that the past 12 months have... Read more...
There's a lot of funny business taking place on the web's back end these days. Just ask Netflix, the popular streaming video service, which reluctantly inked a mulit-year agreement with Comcast to ensure that its video would be delivered to Comcast's subscribers without a speed degradation. Prior to inking the deal... Read more...
Days ago, we wrote about a rumor that Apple will unveil some sort of “smart home” system at its upcoming WWDC, and now there’s more grist for the rumor mill: There’s a Smart Home remote coming. According to CNET, a PR person for a universal remote app sent out a message that let slip... Read more...
That was fast. About a year after Google’s Motorola started manufacturing the Moto X domestically at a plant in Texas, the factory is shutting down; it will cease operations at some point later this year. The Texas plant was an exciting experiment; never before had a smartphone been actually manufactured in the... Read more...
Is the FCC trolling ISPs (on our behalf)? The agency is considering raising the standard minimum speed for what is considered “high-speed Internet”, which would potentially force ISPs to work faster to roll out better service to more areas. Currently, broadband Internet speed is defined as 4Mbps, but according to an anonymous FCC... Read more...
Google may not like the EU’s recent “right to be forgotten” ruling (Google CEO Larry Page certainly doesn’t), but the search company is already taking the first steps to comply. A page in the Legal section of Google’s support website now has a form users can fill out to request that... Read more...
We've all heard the phrase "Go big or go home," but how about "Go wide or go home?" The latter is the message Lenovo is sending with its B750 All-in-One Desktop PC, which offers a spacious and brilliant 29-inch super-widescreen In-Plane Switching (IPS) display to play with. It has a Full HD 2560x1080 resolution, which works out to a 21:9 aspect... Read more...
When Acer announced its BYOC (bring your own cloud) initiative yesterday, it was just getting started. Today, the company announced a new spate of smartphones as well as a wearable device. Up first is the Acer Liquid X1 smartphone, a monster 5.7-inch device with an octa core (1.7GHz) processor and a quad-core graphics... Read more...
It would appear that Amazon is on a mission to make its Amazon Prime service the end-all-be-all package for entertainment and convenience. Amazon Prime members already receive free and discounted expedited shipping options, unlimited streaming of a vast catalog of movies and TV shows, free Kindle ebook rentals, and... Read more...
Find yourself wondering how development on the newest Unreal Tournament is coming along? It just so happens that Epic Games posted video footage of its upcoming first person shooter to YouTube, which offers up a limited look at Unreal Tournament's first-ever Deathmatch game play. Things are pretty basic at the moment... Read more...
Nintendo has decided to mix a bit of old school styling with a new generation video game. More specifically, Nintendo is releasing a four-port adapter for the Wii U that will allow gamers to plug in up to four GameCube controllers for its upcoming Super Smash Bros. title. It's not yet clear if the adapter will work with other titles or if... Read more...
Back in December, we caught wind that Japan’s Softbank was looking to snag T-Mobile, and now that deal is closer to becoming reality, according to new reports. Deutsche Telekom AG currently owns a majority stake in T-Mobile, but it’s apparently willing to sell that majority to Softbank while keeping a... Read more...
Earlier this week we covered a deal between Intel and Rockchip that will combine Intel's Atom with Rockchip's graphics IP and considerable share of the Chinese market. I'm returning to the topic because there are some interesting big-picture facets to this move that we didn't cover with the initial announcement. Over... Read more...
At this point, it seems like we need another heart rate-monitoring smartwatch like we need a hole in head (seriously, when did knowing one’s heart rate become such a big deal?), but everyone is jumping in the smartwatch game, Microsoft included. We’ve known about a Microsoft smartwatch for a while, but... Read more...
It's being reported that a deal has been made to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer, 58, the former chief executive officer (CEO) of Microsoft. Shelly Sterling, estranged wife of disgraced Clippers controlling owner Donald Sterling, signed off on the agreement as sole trustee of the Sterling family trust... Read more...
The takeaway from a new survey is short and alarming: Hackers are winning the war. In a survey co-sponsored by PwC, the U.S. Secret Service, the CERT Division of Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute, and CSO security news magazine, it was found that cybercriminals are more relentless than ever... Read more...
Samsung announced that it is putting its second generation of Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory into mass production, and unlike the enterprise-facing first-gen V-NAND products, this new glut of storage is aimed at high-end consumer storage. This generation features 32-layer 3D V-NAND, which is a step up from the... Read more...
Good news, football fans -- the NFL today announced new distribution partnerships with Amazon Fire TV and Kindle Fire, along with the Roku streaming platform for NFL Now, which is scheduled to launch in August ahead of the 2014 NFL season. NFL Now will be personalized based on each fan's interests, so they can follow... Read more...
You had to expect that Google had more in mind than trendy home thermostats when it acquired Nest Labs in February. Word is trickling in that Google’s Nest unit is now planning to acquire Dropcam, maker of Internet-connected webcams. There’s no official word yet on a possible sale. Dropcam's Wi-Fi... Read more...
Seagate announced that it has acquired LSI’s Accelerated Solutions Division (ASD) and Flash Components Division (FCD) from parent Avago for $450 million in cash. What Seagate is getting is a nice big pile of enterprise PCIe-based flash and SSD controller technologies that will allow it to push harder into the... Read more...
Early last week, Microsoft unveiled the third iteration of its Surface Pro tablet, the aptly named Surface Pro 3. Unlike previous revisions to the product, the new Surface Pro 3 can be considered a major overhaul. Not only does the new device feature more powerful internal components and offer a handful of new features, but its form factor... Read more...
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