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There are lots of SFF PCs floating around these days, but the Zbox Sphere from Zotac is an odd duck among them. Instead of a tall and slim chassis or a tiny square-ish thing like a NUC, this PC is a sphere. (Er, hence the name.) It’s not just a gimmick to hear Zotac tell it, either; in a press release, Zotac actually calls it a “sphere... Read more...
There's plenty of skepticism floating around the web on whether or not smartwatches can truly represent the next big thing in technology, but perhaps two things working in its favor are Android Wear and the Moto 360. The former is Google's optimized version of Android built specifically for smartwatches, and the... Read more...
Spotify has proven to be quite a popular streaming service since its launch in 2008, as the company announced today that it has reached 10 million paying subscribers. That’s 10 million people across 56 markets paying for the Premium level of the music streaming service that lets you find and play virtually any song on any connected device... Read more...
Box continues to think outside of itself (see what we did there?) with new and improved ways to approach the cloud storage game. Following the launch of a redesigned app for iOS users, Box just rolled out an overhauled version for team Android, as well as a special bonus for LG device owners -- 50GB of free space... Read more...
Who says the PC market is dying a brisk death? While the numbers in some segments may be cause for concern, Lenovo's bucking the trend by announcing better-than-expected figures for its fourth quarter earnings. The company recorded 55 million PC shipments, 50 million smartphone shipments, and 9.2 million tablet... Read more...
Attention all eBay users, go ahead and change your password to the auction site. Like, right now -- we'll wait. Take your time, we'll be here when you get back. Finished? Good! Don't worry, it wasn't an arbitrary exercise -- eBay later today will be sending out emails and posting notices asking you to change your... Read more...
Amazon pulled off a bit of a coup last month when it an inked a three-year deal with HBO worth $300 million to stream older HBO programming on Prime Instant Video. The deal marked the first time HBO has ever agreed to let another company stream its shows, and that will remain the case for the next three years as part... Read more...
MakerBot has a whole new line of 3D printers, and the littlest sibling in the bunch, the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D, is now shipping. “As soon as we announced the MakerBot Replicator Mini, we received calls and orders from customers who couldn’t wait to purchase this easy and affordable 3D printer,” said Bre Pettis,... Read more...
No need to brace yourself for this one, but in case you were wondering, Americans are typically dissatisfied with their cable and Internet service providers (ISPs). That won't be shocking to most, but lest there was any doubt, numbers from the American Consumer Satisfaction Index show that cable companies and ISPs are... Read more...
Microsoft took the wraps off of its new, much-rumored Surface Pro 3 at an event in New York City today, and the key takeaway as far as Microsoft is concerned is that this tablet (when paired with the new Type Cover and pen) is designed to replace your laptop. And, for that matter, your tablet. The Surface Pro 3 offers... Read more...
If you thought it was tough reading through a Shakespeare play back in high school, imagine if he was alive today and you had to explain the terms currently in use, such as "selfie" and "hashtag." The former might not be so difficult, though the latter could present a challenge. It's one that Merriam-Webster has taken... Read more...
When Facebook bought Oculus VR, there was an uproar from the community, with serious concerns that the heartless, data-hoarding behemoth run by Mark Zuckerberg would ruin the amazing potential of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Facebook countered by hinting that it had huge plans for the Oculus platform far... Read more...
Although it’s not the first fanless NUC-ish PC to hit the market, the Gigabyte Brix (GB-BXBT-2807) is the first to offer a dual-core Bay Trail chip with no fan. The unit has been out for a couple of weeks, but Fanless Tech has confirmed that this Brix PC will indeed be fanless. That’s a notable feature for... Read more...
In case you were wondering -- and it would only be natural, given AT&T's recent move -- Verizon Wireless is not the least bit interested in acquiring satellite provider Dish Network. So says Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, who is well aware of the rumors floating around suggesting Big Red and Dish Network might become... Read more...
China's Central Government Procurement Center has reportedly issued a ban on installing Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system on government computers. The ban is supposedly in place to ensure computer security after Microsoft decided to end support for Windows XP last April, a legacy OS that was released to the... Read more...
We often joke about the machines that humans build coming back to rule the planet, but you have to wonder if IBM's Watson isn't scheming in a way that mere mortals can only hope to comprehend. IBM's Watson group has acquired a new company this week, which will enable Watson to become even smarter than it already is... Read more...
As one of the top-shelf systems in the company's mainstream line-up, the Inspiron 15 7537 is in an interesting position in Dell’s extensive family of laptops and ultrabooks. This laptop is too pricey to be considered affordable by most consumers, and yet it’s not quite in the same class as and doesn't have the luxury features of... Read more...
The leak that we spotted a couple of days ago has been confirmed: Verizon Wireless is gearing up to introduce a new version of LTE, dubbed XLTE, which promises 2x the bandwidth of its already peppy LTE network. The company has published a new commercial on its YouTube channel, as well as adding snippets of XLTE... Read more...
Games aren't getting any smaller these days, and though Microsoft gives gamers 500GB of internal storage to play with on the Xbox One console, you might find that you're filling it up faster than you thought you would. What's a hardcore gamer to do? Hang tight -- it would appear that Microsoft is getting ready to... Read more...
In terms of overall capabilities, both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are a good improvement over the previous generation. But, one thing that's not been talked about too much is that with these increased capabilities have come higher power requirements - and the differences are somewhat staggering. According to the... Read more...
The United States Justice Department has brought forth criminal charges against several members of Unit 61398 of the Chinese military, alleging that these members hacked into computer systems of six American businesses, including Alcoa Inc., United States Steel Crop, Allegheny Technologies Inc, Westinghouse Electric... Read more...
Microsoft is planning to make a major announcement tomorrow concerning its Surface line of tablets, and in addition to a rumored Surface mini, the company is expected to reveal the Surface Pro 3. The scuttlebutt is that the Surface 3 will not just be a refresh of the Surface Pro 2, but an entirely different device... Read more...
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