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All News for September 2014

The next version of Internet Explorer might look more like the competition rather than a retooled version of itself. Scheduled to debut in Windows 9 (codenamed Threshold), Internet Explorer 12 (IE12) is said to look like a "cross between Chrome and Firefox" as part of a massive overhaul to the user interface that will... Read more...
Some Steam users are waking up to an unpleasant surprise after falling for a scam on Amazon's Twitch streaming service. According to the security gurus at F-Secure, there's an insidious piece of malware going around that involves a Twitch-bot bombarding the service's chat channels with invites to participate in a weekly raffle. The supposed... Read more...
Could it be that a TV service provider finally 'gets it'? If you're like most people who subscribe to cable or satellite television, you have dozens if not hundreds of channels that you'll never watch, yet you pay for that tier of service because it's the only way to get the handful of channels you're interested in... Read more...
It's said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, though Apple certainly wasn't flattered when it accused Samsung of copying the look and feel of the iPhone with its Galaxy line. Instead, the cranky Cupertino outfit took Samsung to court in several territories and at one point won a $1.05 billion verdict (it... Read more...
Whether it's skiing down slopes or navigating the winding roads on a motorcycle, the go-to camera to catch footage of outside activities is the GoPro, at least for now. HTC, a major player in the mobile phone industry and maker of the popular One series of handsets, is reportedly developing its first camera. Like GoPro's models, it will have... Read more...
Given all the pre-release hype and anticipation leading up to its release, Destiny may have been destined to become the biggest new video game franchise launch in history, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's well executed. In fact, several early reviews have some unflattering things to say about the game, most of... Read more...
Back in June, Rockstar Games confirmed that it was developing Grand Theft Auto V for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms. Now we know when it is coming out. For those who own the Xbox One or PS4 will be able to purchase GTA V on November 18. Unfortunately for PC gamers, the PC version will not be available... Read more...
Last month Google acquired Zync Inc, a company that has provided special effects for movies such as Star Trek Into Darkness. With that acquisition, Google gained the cloud-rendering visual effects company to try and make the creation of visual effects cheaper and lure people to use its Cloud Platform. Now Google is... Read more...
The Edward Snowden revelations have faded a bit from public view in light of other, more recent political activities, but a new report regarding the NSA and Yahoo has people talking about it once more. Reportedly, the United States government threatened to fine Yahoo a quarter of a million dollars <i>per... Read more...
Windows 8 hasn’t been doing as well as Microsoft has liked, prompting the company to announce the next OS quickly. To that end, there are rumors that the company is planning a Windows 9 preview on September 30. However, screenshots and even a video have been leaked showing Windows 9’s layout and how it... Read more...
With cameras routinely supporting Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) video recording and 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) trying to fast-track its way into the mainstream, photo and video buffs are in need of higher capacity storage cards. Lo and behold, SanDisk is ready to answer the call with its new 512GB Extreme Pro SDXC UHS-I memory card, which it claims... Read more...
HP is smarting from a $108 million fine today, thanks to a guilty plea it entered in a San Francisco federal court. HP and its subsidiaries were accused of paying bribes to officials and businesses in Mexico, Poland, and Russia to buy lucrative contracts. The fine wraps up the settlement, which was announced in April... Read more...
As some of you are already aware, AT&T is now accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the first batch of which will arrive in retail stores next Friday, September 19. Both phones can be had for $0 down plus a monthly payment via AT&T Next. In addition, you can get up to $300 in trade-in value... Read more...
Historically speaking, we typically see impressive performance gains each time Apple releases a new custom processor for its mobile products. Certainly that was true of the A7 System-on-Chip (SoC), the world's first 64-bit smartphone processor offering desktop-class performance. In our evaluation of the iPhone 5s, the... Read more...
Woe are the Apple fans who stayed up late to pre-order the iPhone 6 the moment it was supposed to become available, only to run into problems. Pre-orders were supposed to open at midnight Pacific Time, but as people flocked to Apple's website -- probably in record numbers -- it was too much for the servers to handle, and down it went. According... Read more...
Every year it seems like hackers are breaking into websites and online services to get at everyone’s personal and credit card information. Kickstarter and Forbes were just some of the websites attacked, causing users to change their passwords. The latest occurrence revolves around five million Gmail addresses... Read more...
Intel has the lion’s share when it comes to the total graphic chips market, John Peddie Research estimated that it has 67.3 percent of the market, but is starting to make some aggressive moves when it comes to wireless telecommunications technology. Intel just announced that it has signed a deal to acquire over... Read more...
Whether it's because consumers simply didn't take to Windows 8 the way Microsoft hoped or because there's a genuine like for Chrome OS, Chromebooks have grown to become super popular, especially among students who need a cheap, basic machine for surfing the web. In a way, Chromebooks are the modern day netbooks, and they're about to get a... Read more...
Windows Phone owners needn't feel like the red-headed stepchildren of the mobile industry. It's true that Microsoft's share of the mobile market is a drop in the bucket compared to Apple (iOS) and Google (Android), but regardless of that, it's all about the apps and hardware, both of which have been steadily improving. That includes Skype,... Read more...
RadioShack is fast approaching a major hurdle in its long-running turnaround effort: it’s woefully short on cash. The company has been fighting declining sales with strategies that have left critics scratching their heads and was warned by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in July that its stock price... Read more...
We now feel reasonably confident in saying that HTC is building Google's Nexus 9 tablet and that it will be powered by NVIDIA's mighty Tegra K1 platform. The reason we believe all this to be the case even though there hasn't been an official announcement is because NVIDIA tipped its hand in a legal document accusing... Read more...
We can all agree that cancer sucks, right? Well, let's do something about it! Wondering how? Just follow Will Ferrell's lead. Yes, that Will Ferrell, the hilarious star of Anchorman, Step Brothers, and several other flicks, not to mention various TV show cameos and online skits. Here's the thing -- Will Ferrell hates... Read more...
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