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A week removed from boasting a record 4 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-order sales in 24 hours, Apple today announced that its newest handsets set the bar once again by notching over 10 million sales during its first weekend, making it the biggest iPhone launch yet. As expected, consumers came in record... Read more...
Events of the past year or so have really highlighted the importance of both our security and privacy, but the sad fact of the matter is, the majority of people don't take simple precautions to vastly improve either of those things. Take two-step authentication, for example. It's widely available, but not widely used... Read more...
NVIDIA's just-launched Maxwell-based GeForce GPUs bring a lot to the table - something Marco's in-depth article from last Thursday does well to highlight. Without question, one of the most impressive (and complicated) features NVIDIA packed into Maxwell was unparalleled rendering performance of Voxel Global... Read more...
Maybe your kids or grandchildren will inherit a world where delivery drones are the norm, but for now, the Federal Aviation Administration is keeping a close and cautious eye on these unmanned aircraft. Current restrictions are so tight that the University of Michigan had to cancel plans to have a drone deliver the... Read more...
Attention Home Depot shoppers, your credit and/or debit card information may be compromised. The hardware chain confirmed that a recent cyber attack is estimated to have put the payment card information of around 56 million unique credit and debit cards at risk due to malware that it suspects has been present between... Read more...
Oculus VR held its first developer conference where nearly 1,000 developers attended. At Oculus Connect, the developer unveiled a new, upgraded prototype of its VR headset designated Crescent Bay. The new prototype features integrated audio, 360-degree head tracking, new display technology, expanded positional... Read more...
With the Oculus Connect event underway in Hollywood, Calif., rumors are swirling that an official controller will be announced before the legions of virtual reality enthusiasts head back to the real world. Oculus, which was recently acquired by Facebook, is the maker of a virtual reality headset that puts you inside a... Read more...
When talks broke down between Alibaba Group and Hong Kong regulators last fall, the company decided to try filing for its initial public offering in the US. Today, we can be rest-assured that those aforementioned regulators are now kicking themselves, because Alibaba's entrance on the market is nothing short of... Read more...
Do you think maybe that iPhone users are hungry for third-party keyboards? It would be hard to argue otherwise after seeing the SwiftKey Keyboard for iPhone surpass 1 million downloads in less than 24 hours. SwiftKey is now the number one app in the U.S. free app charts, and it was all made possible thanks to... Read more...
Any health expert will tell you that sitting on your rump for hours on end each day is detrimental to your well being. Yet, that's what many of us do, sitting tethered to our PCs as we toil for the fat cats in charge. The wiser (and more fit) among us have adopted standing desks, and the truly health conscious have... Read more...
Google last week announced the availability of four Android apps on Chrome OS as the result of a projected called App Runtime for Chrome (beta). That was pretty exciting, but what if you could run more than just four Android apps on Chrome OS? And what if you could run them on other operating systems as well? A... Read more...
Google may have missed out on acquiring Twitch, but it still has YouTube which is a powerhouse among video-sharing websites. While 1 billion viewers visit the site on a monthly basis YouTube wants to keep its viewer base growing and has announced that it is investing in its top stars by paying them to create more... Read more...
By now, you've hopefully had a chance to check out our in-depth look at NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 970 & 980 graphics cards. Unless you were half-asleep while reading, chances are you've been left very impressed, and now you're wondering which is the right make and model to go with. Well, it's hard to draw a definitive... Read more...
If I were standing in front of an auditorium full of people and posed the question, "How many of you are in favor of Internet fast lanes?", I'd have to imagine that not a single hand would be raised. Well, unless someone who stands to profit from such mechanics is present, of course. Most people (rightly) believe that... Read more...
Yesterday, Apple rolled out the iCloud for Windows update giving Windows users access to iCloud Drive. While the update also rolled out for iOS 8, Mac users will have to wait since OS X doesn’t support iCloud Drive yet. At least, not until OS X Yosemite rolls out later this fall. Meanwhile, Windows users who own an iPhone can take advantage... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Microsoft issuing a second wave of layoffs, Toshiba announced that it too will be handing out pink slips. The reason? Apparently the consumer PC market is just too damn volatile, so Toshiba plans to accelerate its restructuring effort that will ultimately see a reduced presence in that market and... Read more...
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you paid several hundred dollars for your smartwatch, you may have grossly overpaid for the right to be an early adopter. According to market research firm Gartner, Android-based smartwatches will sell for an average of $30 in 2015 as Chinese OEMs and ODMs capture the... Read more...
The tech industry is constantly evolving and technology is becoming a larger portion of our lives than ever before. To that end, Facebook ceo Mark Zuckerberg is encouraging students to get into tech and coding as the company is looking to attract young techies and hire them to work for the company. On Thursday at... Read more...
Among all the different things Google is introducing in Android L, the next major version of Android, the one that will be of most interest to anyone concerned about privacy is the default setting for encryption. It will be the first version of Android to enable the setting by default, which means that a password will... Read more...
Nearly a decade ago, it was smartphones. A few years ago, it was tablets. These days, it's all about 3D printing and Augmented Reality, as evidenced by the availability of the former in conventional shops such as Staples, and the multi-billion dollar purchase of Oculus by Facebook in the case of the latter. Qualcomm... Read more...
U2’s collaboration goes way beyond the album Apple forced on iPhone users at the launch event. According to a report in TIME, the band and tech company have been working on a project that could give bands a new way to deliver albums to their audiences. Hopefully, this new album format doesn’t involve... Read more...
Google's next major version of Android, currently called Android L and likely to be named Lemon Meringue Pie, isn't far off in the distance, at least not as a mobile operating system release. As for when it will drop on your Android smartphone or tablet, well, that's another story -- bear in mind that only a quarter... Read more...
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