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All News for July 2014

We've been around the block enough times to know that outside of setting a storage medium on fire or some other equally extreme measure, all data is recoverable, it's just matter of time, money, and overall desire. However, it was still sobering to find out exactly how much data security firm Avast was able to recover... Read more...
You can pretty much bank on every iPhone launch being the biggest one ever, breaking whatever sales record the previous model set -- that's where the smart money's at. Eventually that will stop being true, just don't expect it happen with the iPhone 6. Apple certainly isn't. Just the opposite, Apple is preparing for a... Read more...
A federal judge has authorized a nutritional supplement manufacturer, Ubervita, to subpoena Craigslist and Amazon for the personal details of reviewers who reportedly posted negative things about the company and its products. We've seen this question come up more than once in the context of an individual's right to... Read more...
When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden came forth last year with the US government's spying secrets, it didn't take long to realize that some of the information revealed could bring on some serious repercussions - not just for the US government, but also for US-based companies. The latest to feel the hit? None other than Apple, and in a region... Read more...
ASUS recently refreshed its 7-inch MeMO Pad 7 tablet with Intel’s new Atom Z3745 Bay Trail-based processor. Having overcome its rocky start, the latest generation of Atom processors is building a reputation for power efficiency and computational chops. Despite its early days in ill-fated netbooks, today's Atom looks to be a good fit... Read more...
New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has his work cut out for him. Although Microsoft is still one of the most important tech companies in the world, the company’s dominance is slipping as technology evolves rapidly. The company’s old product paradigms simply don’t work anymore, and Microsoft has appeared... Read more...
Drones aren't what they used to be. Once reserved for tactical purposes, drones of all shapes, sizes, and prices are flying around now, with Parrot enabling normal consumers to pick one up to goof off with, and Amazon even going so far as proposing to use drones for package delivery. Of course, Prime from the sky... Read more...
Don't accuse North Korea of having a sense of humor. Such a claim can't be made after it complained to the United Nations about a comedy flick starring Seth Rogen and James Franco in which the two are on a mission to assassinate North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un. All that's left is for Dennis Rodman to give the movie... Read more...
The back and forth between Internet service providers (ISPs) and Netflix as to which side is to blame for poor streaming performance continues with Verizon penning a blog post saying its hands are clean. According to Verizon, it's not throttling streaming video from Netflix, and the reason why some of its customers... Read more...
We were critical of Google’s recent decision to choose a high-end fashion retailer to sell Glass through a third party for the first time (which included a $300 markup), but Google is doing some good work with Glass through its “Giving Through Glass” program. The company awarded five nonprofits with... Read more...
When it comes to Android apps, Google Play isn't the only option in town. There's of course Amazon's App Store, which isn't quite as fleshed out, and now a rebranded app store from Samsung with a heavy focus on Galaxy devices. As such, Samsung is now calling its app destination the Samsung Galaxy Apps store, and kicking off the relaunch are... Read more...
We know that many manufacturers are refreshing their chromebooks soon as Intel is pushing its Bay Trail-M SoC and Intel Core i3 (Haswell) chips, and you can count Acer among those companies. Acer announced that it will have two new SKUs in its chromebook stable, both of which will run on Intel Core i3-4005U (1.7GHz)... Read more...
Are you streaming content to your television yet? With the wealth of options available, there's really no reason not to be at this point. Still one of our favorites is Google's tiny (and affordable) Chromecast dongle (see our review), which is continually improving with updates and feature improvements, the latest of... Read more...
Three Uber riders experienced one of the worst-case scenarios skeptics of the rideshare service--a high-speed car chase and a (brief) de facto kidnapping--during a visit to the Washington, D.C. area. The Washington Post reports that Ryan Simonetti, co-founder of a company called Convene, and two colleagues hailed... Read more...
LinkedIn is focused on being a bona fide social network, and to that end the company has created a new iPhone app called LinkedIn Connected that promises to “take the work out of networking”, according to a LinkedIn announcement. “Connected gives you relevant, and timely, reasons to reach out and... Read more...
Today we're looking at the Sound Blaster ZxR, Creative's flagship audio solution for PC power users. It's also one of three available cards in Creative's ultra high-performance Z-Series of sound cards, the ZxR being the top-end solution. It boasts a signal-to-noise (SNR) of 124dB that Creative claims is 89.1 times better than your motherboard's... Read more...
Earlier this month, Facebook made headlines for reasons some might consider enraging: It used nearly a million of its users as guinea pigs to gauge the service's emotional influence. An experiment like this is hardly that surprising of a company like Facebook, but that shouldn't make it something we should have to put... Read more...
Every parent fears it: In addition to the physical danger to your expensive tablet or smartphone when you hand it over to your child to play with, you’re always worried that they’ll go on an unauthorized in-app spending spree and get you slapped with a monstrous bill. Apple got body slammed by the FTC over... Read more...
Our illusion of privacy was shattered when it came to light that our government is plugged into just about every form of communication that exists. To give users back some measure of privacy, Silent Circle has launched a fixed price, global encrypted calling service that allows customers to make and receive truly... Read more...
You saw Apple's sapphire crystal display for the iPhone 6 get bent backward in an awkward position without snapping, though that was to demonstrate its durability, not to show off any fancy tricks. LG, on the other hand, announced that it has developed an 18-inch flexible OLED panel that you can roll up like a... Read more...
In the world of storage, there are natural tradeoffs. Usually, you'll trade a bit of capacity for size, or perhaps size for speed. HGST, which presently sits under the Western Digital umbrella, is pushing the enterprise boundaries a bit with the world's highest capacity 10K RPM hard drive in the 2.5-inch form factor... Read more...
Don't read too much into Apple's working relationship with rival Samsung over the past several years, it's just business. Though these two companies are about as friendly with each other as the Montague and Capulet clans, it benefited both parties to have Samsung supply the custom processors used in Apple's highly... Read more...
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