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The television may not be what it once was for a mainstay like Toshiba, but the company's still investing in other growth areas. Just this week, it announced plans to plow 200 billion yen (around $1.9 billion) into its chip business beyond the current year. The outfit's CEO, Hisao Tanaka, confessed as much during an... Read more...
We reported a week ago today that Home Depot is the latest retailer to be struck by a security breach, and at the time, it seemed certain that the attack was similar to the one cast on Target last year. As it turns out, that happens to be the case, with the point-of-sale malware "BlackPOS" at the root of it all... Read more...
Back in 1999, I picked up the latest issue of Incite magazine at the store as I did every month, anxious to read more about Daikatana. There wasn't just some basic preview inside the magazine itself, though; instead, the included CD-ROM featured a 4 minute video showing the developers hard at work. After... Read more...
Amazon on Tuesday announced that Prime members in the U.S., U.K., and Germany can now tap into Prime Instant Video content on their Android smartphones, a new feature of the updated Amazon App for Android. Once you update the app (or install the latest version for the first time), you'll have the option of installing... Read more...
There's still going to be a Batman game released this fall, it just won't be Batman: Arkham Knight. Instead, you'll have to get your DC superhero fix with Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, which is still scheduled for this fall (knock on wood). As for the Arkham Knight, Warner Bros. delayed the launch until June 2, 2015... Read more...
Microsoft has begun doling out its October update for the Xbox One to preview program members. It's a pretty big update with somewhat of a heavy focus on improving Snap support. After applying the update, the Snap Center will include faster access to Friends, Messages, Game DVR, clock, and battery indicator when... Read more...
It's no secret that Amazon's Fire smartphone (our review) hasn't taken off quite like the company has hoped, but let's face it: It's worth $0.99. Well, at least if you're willing to enter into a 2-year contract with AT&T, that is. It's undoubtedly a little odd that Amazon would drop the price of its Fire from $199... Read more...
When the EU began forcing Google to abide by its "Right to be forgotten" laws, it caused a major stink all over the world. For those unaware, these laws allow anyone within the EU to submit a link removal request to Google if the link happens to involve their personal information, or can be deemed irrelevant. In... Read more...
Walk along a road in New York City and, sooner or later, you are bound to see someone holding up a sign that talks about the end of the world. But what if that person is famed physicist Stephen Hawking? In the preface to a new book titled “Starmus,” Hawking talked about his concerns regarding the Higgs... Read more...
Earlier this year we detailed the launch of new 15-core Ivy Bridge-based server processors from Intel, as part of the Xeon E7 refresh cycle. Today, Intel is pushing the Xeon E5 family forward -- except in this case, the new Xeon E5 v3 chips are leaping to higher core counts, the more advanced Haswell-EP architecture, and DDR4. The result?... Read more...
Tomorrow is the big day Apple fans far and wide have been waiting for. Barring a surprise turn of events, Apple will use its planned press event tomorrow to unveil its next iPhone -- presumably called iPhone 6 -- which is rumored to come with two screen size options. One of those will be 4.7 inches and the other will... Read more...
GameStop is fast becoming more than just your local one-stop shop for new and used games. Accessories abound, as do mobile devices like Android tablets and iPads. In addition to all that, you'll soon be able to walk into a GameStop store and emerge with a no-annual contract service through Cricket Wireless. Following... Read more...
While mobile users are worrying about their monthly data allowance, with Facebook’s auto-play feature eating it up, Facebook is focusing its efforts on videos. The social media site announced that it would be rolling out some YouTube-like features as well as showing related video suggestions when a user is done... Read more...
One of the biggest dilemmas facing the decision makers at Twitter is how to turn a highly popular microblogging platform into a money generating machine. Integrating ads is one answer, though it's not the only one. In the near future, you might see a "buy" button inviting you to purchase goods and services from tweets... Read more...
Finally, there's a DVR to pair with that 100-inch television you've been eyeballing. It's the TiVo Mega and it matches the TV's obscene nature by serving up a massive 24 terabytes of storage space in a hot swappable RAID 5 configuration. There's enough storage in the TiVo Mega to record 26,000 hours of standard... Read more...
It's no secret that the past few years in mobile have been rough for Intel, largely due to the fact that ARM has proven itself to be an intense competitor. When smartphones exploded years ago, and tablets later on, it was ARM that dominated the landscape, and today, nothing has changed. ARM has even found itself in... Read more...
After a couple of months of anticipation, Tesla Motors has chosen Nevada as the state to house its $5 billion "Gigafactory". Final state approval has to go through Nevada's legislature, but it seems unlikely that there will be any roadblocks. This Gigafactory is ultimately going to add about 6,500 jobs to the economy... Read more...
In a new interview with Esquire, legendary rocker Gene Simmons claims that the music industry isn't dying - it's been dead for quite some time. As the interview was conducted by Gene's 25-year-old son Nick, it seems inevitable that file-sharing would be brought into the discussion, and it was. But despite that, this... Read more...
Mobile data plans can be an annoying thing to have. Unless you have an unlimited data plan, chances are that you have to be mindful of how much data is being used up each month. So it would behoove you to know that Facebook’s auto-play feature tends to chew away at your mobile data. Just browsing through Facebook’s Newsfeed will... Read more...
It is launch week for Bungie’s highly anticipated FPS title Destiny. There have been many videos showcasing the game; especially the exclusive content consumers will receive if they purchase the game on PlayStation. While the videos have exclusively promoted Destiny on Sony’s PlayStation consoles, it... Read more...
It looks like HP has decided to take a page from the retail guidebook, as it's teasing us with some holiday-targeted product well before the holiday season could even be considered "close'. This product comes to us in the form of five notebooks, with three targeting the low-end part of the spectrum, and the other two... Read more...
We've been talking a lot about smartwatches lately - so much so, that I wouldn't blame you if you forgot that other wearables could actually exist. To the rescue for a refresher on that is MOTA, a company that has just announced its first "SmartRing", and based on its name alone, you can probably already tell what... Read more...
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