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If there was one word to describe Amazon, it would be “disruptive”. The company has been dominant in the online retail market, but it has also pushed into other services such as video streaming with Amazon Prime, tablets, and even drones. Amazon’s recently-announced Fire smartphone is an intriguing a product within a given... Read more...
Apparently Apple is anticipating not only record demand for its next iPhone launch, but a near exponential rise in sales compared to previous models (slight exaggeration). Or perhaps Apple wants to avoid lengthy backorders -- either way, it's being reported that Apple has asked suppliers to ready between 70 million an... Read more...
Whether you’re disgusted by the prospect of Facebook owning an exciting grassroots-type product like the Oculus Rift or believe, like John Carmack and Michael Abrash, that combining Facebook’ big moneybags with Oculus’ know-how will make possible all the promise of VR technology, Facebook’s blockbuster deal to acquire... Read more...
It seems hard to fathom at this point, but there was actually a time when it wasn't certain if a tablet market could exist outside of Apple's iPad. Once low-cost Android tablets started to roll out (as opposed to Android tablets priced the same as the iPad), consumers reacted in a big way. Fast forward to today and... Read more...
Intel's just-announced Intel SSD 2500 Pro, falls somewhere in the middle of Intel’s SSD line-up. The SSD 2500 Pro is the follow-up to last year’s SSD 1500 Pro series, which targets corporate and small-business clients. The drive shares much of its DNA with some of Intel’s consumer-class drives, but the Pro series cranks things... Read more...
For those who hang around this sector, Flurry is a common name. Every so often, perhaps every quarter or so, Flurry would unleash a flurry (sorry, we couldn't resist) of data surrounding platforms and mobile insights. Since launching in 2008, it has grown into a trusted, heavily relied upon source for information... Read more...
Verizon Communications said it added 1.4 million net retail connections in the second quarter of 2014 to bring its total wireless subscriber base to 104.6 million. Equally impressive is the company's low churn rate of just 1.2 percent, meaning that the vast majority of wireless customers are content with their... Read more...
NVIDIA just officially announced the SHIELD tablet (powered by their Tegra K1 SoC) and SHIELD wireless controller. As the SHIELD branding implies, the new SHIELD tablet and wireless controller builds upon the previously-released, Android-based SHIELD portable to bring a true gaming-oriented tablet to consumers. In some ways, the SHIELD tablet... Read more...
If you or your spouse spend a lot of time on Facebook, it can be pretty scary to see a study suggest there's a correlation between heavy Facebook use and divorce. However, it's important to note the distinction between "correlation" and "causation," which is to say that spending an inordinate amount of time on... Read more...
It goes without saying that technology can be amazing, but at the same time, some aspects of it can be downright scary. The latest example of that comes from Oxford, where a team of researchers have developed "e-DNA", a foolproof solution, they claim, that can single you out on the Internet. Like our real DNA, our... Read more...
It looks like Tesla has a few security vulnerabilities to address. That much became evident after Chinese hackers participating in a hacking competition at the annual Syscan conference in Beijing took advantage of a vulnerability in a Tesla Model S electric car that allowed them to honk the horn, unlock the doors, and... Read more...
Word broke a few days ago that Lenovo was going to discontinue tablets in the U.S. under 10 inches or so in size. It appeared that demand for smaller tablets stateside was dwindling, with users preferring larger devices. Lenovo released a statement today addressing that bit of news, and the long and short of it is... Read more...
If you want to snag an LG G3 from a carrier such as AT&T, you should be prepared to drop $199.99 with a two-year contract, but it looks as though you can pick one up from Amazon for just $99. The monster etailer has the LG G3 available for AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint in Metallic Black or Silk White with 32GB of... Read more...
Those who place a high value on in-home Internet have long envied the portion of the United States population within a Verizon FiOS footprint. While the fiber-based service stopped expanding to new areas years back, Verizon has continued to push its existing areas to new heights. Now, it's doing so once again, and... Read more...
There’s some question about how popular the original Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch ended up being, but in any case Samsung announced an update for the Gear that will bring it up to par with the Gear 2 (at least as far as software is concerned). Both devices now have the same user experience. The optional Tizen... Read more...
Apple still hasn't announced its next iPhone, but that hasn't stopped the Internet from talking about and leaking information in relation to what's likely to be called the iPhone 6. Much of the recent focus has been on the iPhone 6's supposed sapphire crystal display, a seemingly much more resilient material than... Read more...
Statistically speaking, there aren't a whole lot of smartphone owners rocking Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, at least compared to Android and iOS, the two of which collectively account for around nine out of 10 handsets. Presuming a fear of the unknown is preventing some users from hopping on the Windows Phone... Read more...
Generally speaking, you have a right to privacy when it comes to your email account, except when you're accused of a crime and there's a warrant. That's basically what a New York judge ruled when he upheld a previous order giving the U.S. government full access to the Gmail account of a suspect in a money laundering... Read more...
Western Digital this morning hit the storage industry over its head with a couple of new high capacity hard drive options being offered in the company's WD Red line of drives. One is a 5-terabyte HDD and the other is a first-to-market 6-terabyte capacity HDD based on a tightly packed five-platter design, and like all... Read more...
You could see this one coming a mile a way.  Though Samsung is clearly Google's golden child when it comes to moving Android-powered smartphones, there's a distinct divide developing between the two when it comes to the latest "wearables" technology trend and even a hint of one in smartphones as well. Further... Read more...
Way off in some alternate reality, Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on its Nokia McLaren handset, a flagship phone equipped with 3D Touch technology. The company's marketing team is busy preparing advertisements that show off the Kinect-like gesture control you can pull off courtesy of the phone's many... Read more...
Overall Seagate Technology closed out its fiscal year (ended June 27, 2014) in good shape. The drive maker reported fourth quarter revenue of $3.3 billion, which was enough to pull a healthy profit of $320 million along with diluted earnings per share of $0.95. It also generated around $577 million in operating cash... Read more...
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