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All News for June 2014

Google, listen: You already have a serious image problem as it pertains to Google Glass. Granted, it’s undeserved, but far too many people view Glass as either a silly, expensive gadget for the snobbiest of techies or a googah for those with too much money to throw around. (Or both.) People are getting... Read more...
Biometric monitoring via wearables appears to be the Next Big Thing, as far as the biggest tech companies are concerned. Samsung is on its second generation of smartwatches (with a new generation already rumored), Google is expected to reveal much more about its Android Wear wearable platform next week, and... Read more...
Like any smart company, NVIDIA is always looking for new markets and segments to dig into, and the company is doing just that with a push into high-performance computing (HPC). NVIDIA announced that its Tesla GPUs are being used to bring ARM64-based servers to a new level of performance. There are several vendors... Read more...
Electronic Arts is getting to release its fourth expansion pack for Battlefield 4. Called Dragon's Teeth, the upcoming DLC will thrust gamers into dense Asian Pacific cities for all-out urban warfare with four new maps, lots of potential for destruction, new weapons, and more. There's even a new Battle pickup -- the... Read more...
Phablet fans are in a good place right now -- there's the LG G3 with impressive specs, Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 4, and even Apple is rumored to be releasing a large size version of its iPhone. Having choices is always a good thing, especially when those choices put up impressive benchmarks scores like the Galaxy... Read more...
Google hasn't been bashful about tapping into various manufacturers to build Nexus-brand devices, and if you've been listening to the chatter coming out of the rumor mill, you may have heard that HTC's been working on a bigger size tablet to serve as the forthcoming "Nexus 9." Some recently leaked specs and photos... Read more...
If there's a new gadget in the world, iFixit has probably purchase one and promptly torn it apart. Such is the case with Microsoft's new Surface Pro 3 -- the first device that the company is directly marketing as an all-out laptop replacement. Early reviews of the tablet hybrid have been quite positive, but if you're... Read more...
Low cost and convenient streaming solutions are become pretty plentiful these days. One of our favorites in this category is Google's Chromecast dongle, which we liked at the outset (see our review) and has continued to improve with feature updates ever since. Perhaps inspired by what Google has done, Mozilla is said... Read more...
Dirty rotten laptop thieves may want to consider another way to make a quick buck, as there are forces in play that will hopefully render this business model obsolete. Intel has teamed up with Impinj, Technology Solutions UK Ltd. (TSL), and Burnside Digital to create an RFID solution called Wireless Credential... Read more...
You'd have a better chance navigating a newly constructed minefield a mile long with a blindfold on and emerging unscathed than you would of dodging all the iWatch rumors. The web is rampant with rumors and speculation as to when Apple will release its first smartwatch device, which is no different than a year ago when were discussing the... Read more...
Although the FCC is drawing the ire of many for its new stance on net neutrality, it’s important to remember that the agency is also doing good work to get Internet access to people who will certainly benefit from it. The FCC is “modernizing” its E-rate program to increase broadband Internet... Read more...
There’s a little mess of wires and solder that started it all--the world’s first microchip for which its creator, Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments, eventually won the Nobel Prize in physics. And although at auction, the thing stirred up bids as high as $850,000, it failed to reach the reserve bid nor hit the $1 million to $2 million... Read more...
Facebook has a billion users, but its sights are set squarely on the next billion--or several billion--in developing nations. Sure, some of that drive represents a desire for profits, but Mark Zuckerberg also appears to genuinely believe that Internet access is a human right. In any case, he wants everyone to have Internet access, and he wants... Read more...
When Sony bought the Gaikai streaming service and announced it was building custom PlayStation 3 boards to drop into servers for its PlayStation Now game service, a lot of folks got excited by the potential. This type of service delivery could mark the future of gaming, make backwards compatibility a non-issue, and in... Read more...
Google's annual I/O developer conference takes place in San Francisco next week, and while there's sure to be a surprise or two to come out of it, it should come as no surprise that wearables is going to have a major focus. The wearables market is on fire at the moment, which is impressive given the fact that it was... Read more...
Sometimes, it's just better to build something yourself - even microprocessors. That's something that Russia proved this week as it was announced that the government would be funding a project to build a custom CPU, codenamed Baikal. The deal is worth "dozens of millions" of dollars, and supercomputer designer... Read more...
Motorola’s surprisingly inexpensive-yet-quality handset, the Moto G, just got an upgrade. Whereas previously there was only a 3G option, the handset is now available with 4G LTE capabilities. You can configure yourself a Moto G in black or white with 8GB of storage, and the 4G LTE-equipped device will have a microSD card slot capable... Read more...
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to wiping the web of links that participate in or encourage piracy. Just the opposite, the RIAA is ramping up its efforts and has now surpassed 50 million pirate link takedown requests issued to Google, up from 25... Read more...
We’ve had a few looks at Gigabyte’s Black Edition motherboards (including in our first Z97 roundup), and Gigabyte has posted a video showing off the manufacturing and testing facility in Taiwan where the boards are built. Gigabyte’s Colin Brix hosts the video and notes that the company puts the Black... Read more...
Following Google’s initial foray into the connected home front with the acquisition of Nest is an acquisition of Dropcam, a startup that makes a cloud-based WiFi video monitoring service. Rumors had emerged a few weeks ago that this was happening, but now the deal is going through for $555 million. According to... Read more...
If you're bored this weekend with a fast Internet connection and some time to kill, EA is offering a free download of Titanfall to everyone, no questions asked, for the next two days. The game is the full version -- you won't have any feature restrictions or locked-off areas. While it's being billed as a weekend... Read more...
Last month, news emerged that Philips was suing Nintendo over alleged patent infringements in the U.S., and the proverbial chickens are already coming home to roost in other countries. According to Reuters, Philips said it has won a patent suit in the UK (although no details about amounts for compensation have been... Read more...
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