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All News for September 2014

You know what they say about dudes who carry around big phones, right? Indeed, they have big batteries, too! That's especially true of Apple's recently launched iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, both of which are bigger than any previous iPhone model. Our friends at iFixIt felt like ending the work week by slicing... Read more...
NVIDIA has lifted the embargo on its latest flagship graphics cards based on their Maxwell GPU architecture, the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970. The two cards are somewhat similar and share the same 4GB frame buffer and GM204 GPU, but the GTX 970’s GPU is clocked a bit lower and features fewer active SMs and CUDA... Read more...
It seems that not only were people interested in purchasing Destiny that amounted to $325 million in worldwide sales within its first five, but also watching it. According to Activision, Destiny content was watched by 5 million unique viewers on Twitch during its first week. This means that not only is Destiny the... Read more...
Two of the hottest technologies in the display category right now are 4K Ultra HD and NVIDIA G-SYNC. What happens when you combine the two? You end up with Acer's XB270H, a 28-inch 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) display with a 60Hz refresh rate, blazing fast 1ms response time, and G-SYNC to keep things honest. The XB280HK is... Read more...
In a second round of layoffs, Microsoft has let go of 2,100 employees on Thursday. According to a company spokesman, 747 of those employees were located in the Seattle area and the remaining cuts will occur at other locations worldwide. The layoffs are part of Microsoft’s plan to eliminate a total of 18,000 jobs... Read more...
This past Wednesday, several Republican senators argued before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the topic of Net Neutrality and the Federal Communications Commission. While a large amount of companies are asking that the FCC classify the internet as a utility, Republicans are arguing such a move would give the FCC... Read more...
Not even three weeks removed from a rather controversial iCloud hacking incident in which hackers were able to obtain nude photos of celebrities and post them online, Apple is championing itself as the protector of user privacy. Not many companies have the marketing mojo to go from one extreme end of the spectrum to... Read more...
When was the last time a wireless carrier announced a new service feature without heavy marketing fanfare? Verizon Communications’ executive vice president and CFO Fran Shammo announced Wi-Fi calling for the service this week, but seemed to play down the importance of the feature. Wi-Fi calling will let customers use... Read more...
Avast, makers of the self-titled free antivirus software (along with paid Internet security suites), has discovered that the "Tinba Banker" Trojan is back in circulation, and this time it's targeting more than two dozen financial institutions in the United States. There are some big names among them, including Bank of... Read more...
To borrow (and slightly butcher) Samsung's favorite catchphrase, the next big thing is almost here. That big thing, of course, is the Galaxy Note 4, the Android-based arch-nemesis of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus. If you've been holding out for the Galaxy Note 4, the wait is nearly over -- you can place your pre-order... Read more...
Metatecture is hopping on the virtual reality bandwagon with a low-cost alternative called AirVR. Similar to the Samsung Gear VR, AirVR is a bring-your-own-hardware affair, that hardware being an iPhone 6 Plus or an iPad mini. Yes, you're going to look a little (or a lot) ridiculous with an iPad mini pressed against... Read more...
It should be common sense by now that you shouldn’t text and drive. Currently, 44 states in the U. S. have banned the practice and now police may be able to enforce the government’s harsh stance on texting and driving with a radar gun that will be able to tell if a driver is texting or not. The radar... Read more...
As the run-up to the annual holiday shopping season gets ever closer, major companies are unveiling their newest wares and putting them on sale just in time. Amazon's in that bunch as well, sprucing up its tablet line, revising its Android-based Fire OS, and even introducing a fancy new Kindle for those who'd prefer... Read more...
Having put every last entertainment device in your living room under the control of the Harmony Remote, Logitech is ready to take over the rest of the house. The company firmly stepped into the home control market today, releasing two high-end home remotes and the necessary Logitech Harmony Home Hub, which manages the... Read more...
Despite mixed reviews from game critics, Destiny’s sales have been great for Activision and Bungie. Activision announced today that the persistent online FPS title has sold-through over $325 million worldwide during its first five days since it was released on September 11. Activision also revealed that Destiny... Read more...
Wireless carrier AT&T announced that it's taking pre-orders for Samsung's thinnest and lightest 10.5-inch and 8.4-inch tablets to date. More specifically, we're talking about the Galaxy Tab S 10.5, which measures a scant 0.26 inches thin and weighs 16.5 ounces, and the Galaxy Tab S 8.4, which also measures just... Read more...
Sony today revised its consolidated forecast for its fiscal year ending March 31, 2015, and the new numbers don't look so hot. Just the opposite, Sony now expects to post a 230 billion yen ($2.1 billion in U.S. currency) loss. The Japanese electronics company also said there will be no interim dividend or year-end... Read more...
Although Facebook hasn’t made any official comments about a new app, reports are surfacing that an app, codenamed Moments, make break cover soon. If these reports are accurate, the app will be meant to give users a better tool for sharing messages with specific groups of people privately. That’s a feature... Read more...
Good news for PC gamers who have wanted to use the Xbox One’s controller on the PC. Microsoft has announced that it is releasing a wired Xbox One controller for the PC platform this November. Just in time for the holidays, the controller was designed for use with Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 PCs.  Simply connect the controller... Read more...
After blowing out both of my knees, at least one of which is still in need of more surgical repair, I find it's safer and generally easier on my body (though not always my sanity) to drop dimes and take it strong to the rim in basketball simulations than it is to hop back on the blacktop. That's one of the reasons why... Read more...
Have you gone and registered for NVIDIA's upcoming GAME 24 event? As a friendly reminder from your favorite technology site on the web, GAME 24 is scheduled to take place on September 18, 2014, at 6PM PDT. What the flip is GAME 24? The aptly named event is a 24-hour celebration of PC gaming hosted by NVIDIA in which... Read more...
As HBO mulls the addition of a streaming-only option for its content, Verizon and Sony consider cloud-based pay-TV replacements, and Roku celebrates sales of 10 million devices, it's obvious that the future of television looks different than what we've dealt with in the past. Google's Chromecast is amongst the least... Read more...
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