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It's one thing to talk the talk, but when a company like FreedomPop starts walking the walk, it makes the competition nervous. FreedomPop's newest promotion should have wireless carriers sweating bullets -- the free mobile service company that already shook up the mobile industry by offering free voice, text, and data... Read more...
Facebook warned us this past spring that it would soon be getting rid of the ability to message others through its primary mobile app, and now, it updates us to let us know that the feature is really on its deathbed. Transition to Facebook Messenger, or else. Since Facebook's launch, the service has become a lot more than just a news feed.... Read more...
If I could describe what most people think of GameStop, I'd have to call the company "Comcast Video Game Retailer". The fact is, a lot of people just don't like the company's shenanigans, of which there have been many over the years, and given the way the industry is moving towards digital, you'd imagine that it might... Read more...
Microsoft is digging deep in its bags of tricks to convince gamers that its Xbox One console is the better option versus Sony's PlayStation 4, the latter of which is maintaining a somewhat large sales lead. Following the launch of a Kinect-less console for a reduced $399 price tag, Microsoft has joined forces with... Read more...
It really goes without saying that 3D printing is awesome, but whether or not a printer is going to be a common sight in our homes down the road is yet to be seen. Unlike a paper printer, a 3D printer has far different uses, and most people might not have the need for something like that outside of experimentation... Read more...
Storage on-the-go often comes with compromises, though Drobo is doing its best to eliminate most of them with its new "Drobo Mini with SSD," a portable and rugged storage solution that uses solid state drives. According to Drobo, ideal candidates for its expandable storage device include filmmakers, photographers, and... Read more...
Shopping a Cadillac? Before you sign a loan agreement on a 2014 model, you may want to consider holding off for the 2015 Cadillacs. That's because General Motors (GM) is working with Powermat, a company that GM's venture capital division funded with $5 million back in January 2011, to offer wireless cell phone... Read more...
People have a tendency to get ticked off if you mess with their heads, especially without their permission. Facebook, the world's largest social network, found this out the hard way when it revealed that it had altered nearly 700,000 user feeds to study people's emotions. Not cool, but are these types of studies... Read more...
Pat yourself on the back if you've been patiently waiting for Apple to refresh its MacBook Pro with Retina display making the leap. Today is that day -- in anticipation of OS X Yosemite, Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro with Retina display line with faster processors, double the memory in entry-level configurations... Read more...
While the Xbox 360 saw solid gains against the PlayStation 3, roles have switched in the next-gen era. Sony's PlayStation 4 has found its way into nearly 9 million homes to date, while the Xbox One has only sold around 5 million units. This describes Sony's opportunity, and according to a new report, it's betting hard... Read more...
When Nvidia unveiled its GeForce Experience application last year, AMD was quick to return fire, but the company's version of the Raptr software client lagged Nvidia's application in several areas. While both could be used to optimize a game for best performance, Raptr (nee Gaming Evolved) didn't have the same ability... Read more...
You can't swing a dead cat these days without hitting a research team claiming to have discovered a new technology or ability that will miraculously enhance battery capabilities as soon as a few quick problems are patched up or some niggling cost factors get fixed. The majority of these announcements splash down and... Read more...
Google's Android OS has received its fair share of flack over the past couple of years for its security issues, but sometimes, it's not the company or its OS at fault: It's the third-party developers. Proof of that can be seen from the results of a recent study conducted by the same firm, Codenomicon, that discovered... Read more...
You have to admire T-Mobile's candid passion in the wireless space. It comes straight from the top, as T-Mobile CEO John Legere is one of the more outspoken bigwigs in the industry, a fact that's evidenced in the company's latest announcement. Rather than simply roll out a new wireless plan, Legere took time to... Read more...
I've been a fan of the Tomb Raider series ever since the original title launched for the Sony PlayStation in late 1996, and for the most part, there's never been a main title released that made me feel skeptical. That's not to say that the series hasn't had its share of less-than-great titles, but at least they looked... Read more...
Big trouble in China? We're not sure, though reports are surfacing that Chinese government officials have been making unannounced visits to Microsoft's offices in China. Microsoft is keeping mum on the visits, and so is China's State Administration for Industry & Commerce, which Chinese media reports had made... Read more...
Under the hood, the Galaxy Tab S boasts of all of the high-end features you’d expect from Samsung’s latest flagship including an Exynos 5 Octa core processor, Android KitKat 4.4, 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage, and a microSD slot that supports up to 128GB. You’ll also find a front-facing 2.1... Read more...
We aren't exactly living in a Jetsons-esque world where we're all floating about on personal hovercraft, but we're getting there. From UAVs to Tesla electric cars to this, a new 3-wheel roadster that is unlike anything else crisscrossing highways today. The new Polaris Slingshot is a funky new personal vehicle that's... Read more...
Where PC cooling is concerned, you can't get much more standard than copper - it's simply everywhere. Even if you're using an OEM box, chances are it at least has a copper base, and while it might not have many or any fins, your notebook will have a large copper heatpipe. So if copper is that effective, why not create... Read more...
If you don't want to get caught with a dead smartphone, it's a wise idea to carry along either a spare battery (provided your handset sports a removable battery) or a portable charger. However, if you have neither and you happen to be surrounded by 800 potatoes and apples, all you'll need is a copper wire and... Read more...
Samsung's unspoken philosophy of "Go big or go home" has never been more evident than with the Galaxy Tab Q that just broke cover on the company's Chinese language portal. Officially, Samsung is calling this thing a tablet, and with a 7-inch high-definition 720p (1280x720) display, we wouldn't argue the claim... Read more...
Speculation is sure to follow Samsung's confirmation that it's postponing the launch of a high-end handset running its own home brewed Tizen operating system in Russia. Officially, the reason for the delay is because the platform requires a bit more work, though we can't help but wonder if the recent pressure from... Read more...
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