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Californians who want to complain on Yelp about a bad experience dealing with a business are free to do so without fear of being fined. That wasn't always the case -- businesses have gotten into the dubious habit of inserting non-disparagement clauses into contracts to prevent peeved customers from leaving a negative... Read more...
The trickle-down effect has applied to technology for some time, but this feels more rapid than usual. Just a few years after LTE was introduced, and reserved only for flagship phones, Qualcomm has introduced a new SoC that could bring LTE access to millions of new users. The new Snapdragon 200 tier (namely the... Read more...
Last month, we covered a new research project from Microsoft, dubbed Project DeLorean, that seeks to dramatically improve the subjective experience of cloud gaming by cutting perceived latency between the player and the server. Today, in a potentially related announcement, comes news that Microsoft is also working on... Read more...
While making our rounds at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, we made sure to stop by to see ASUS, and we're glad we did. The company had on display its Transformer Book T300 Chi, purportedly the world's thinnest 12.5-inch detachable 2-in-1 laptop, and also its Zenbook UX305, supposedly the slimmest 13-inch... Read more...
When it comes to new technology there is always going to be issues with hardware and software that need to be worked out. It is one of the risks one takes as an early adopter of new tech. However, a number of consumers have noticed that their Xbox One consoles are being rather loud and Microsoft is offering to replace... Read more...
Texting and driving continues to be an issue that the government is trying to discourage people from practicing. In Long Island, drivers could be mandated to have their mobile phones temporarily disabled when they head back onto the road. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Price is proposing that either... Read more...
Sometimes it's the enterprise sector that gets access to all the coolest toys. Certainly that argument could be made today with OCZ's introduction of its wicked fast Z-Drive 6000 NVMe solid state drive (SSD). OCZ unveiled the new drive at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco telling attendees that it will... Read more...
Apple investors always seem to have a tough time figuring out how to react to news and events. Such is the case again following yesterday's unveiling of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch devices, along with some supplementary announcements. The initial reaction was to sell, and as investors hurried to... Read more...
If you have been following the battle between cable companies and major online companies, you won’t be surprised when you notice a “Loading…” icon or banner on some of your favorite websites today. Proponents of the existing net neutrality rules have been encouraging everyone from individuals... Read more...
Sprint may catch some flak for playing favorites here, but if you're an iPhone fan and plan on picking up the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, the wireless carrier has a deal you might find to be too good to refuse. In an attempt to trump its competitors, Sprint is offering individuals a special $50 per month plan that... Read more...
Publisher Activision Blizzard has reason to celebrate today, or more precisely, 500 million reasons to celebrate. Day one sales of its much anticipated Destiny title topped $500 million, which qualifies it as the biggest new video game franchise launch in the history of everything. It's also the highest-selling day one digital console release... Read more...
If you’re an AT&T customer who has been eyeballing the Nokia 830, you won’t have to wait much longer. AT&T confirmed that it will be carrying the “affordable flagship” phone, which is getting attention for having a stylish body and high-end features at what is expected to be a low... Read more...
There is no doubt that, at this point, the Xbox One needs a shot in the arm. While Microsoft has struck a deal with Square Enix for limited exclusivity over Rise of the Tomb Raider, Sony was able to hog the advertisement spotlight when it came to Destiny. Now Microsoft is reportedly looking to acquire Minecraft... Read more...
Ladies and gentlemen, meet the world's thinnest tablet. That's the claim being tossed out there by Intel and Dell in regards to the latter's forthcoming Venue 8 7000 Series Android slate, and at just 6mm thin, we won't dispute the claim. In addition to having the slimmest profile among its fellow tablets, the Venue 8... Read more...
One day, we'll think back on the concept of a 8TB hard drive and scoff at how puny it sounds. But that day is not today. Today, shipping a 8TB hard drive is an impressive feat, and it is one that has been accomplished by HGST. The storage outfit has just commenced shipments of its 8TB and 6TB HelioSeal platform HDDs... Read more...
We’re currently at the Intel Developers Forum checking out all of the technology being showcase by Intel and its partners. Just in case you’ve missed our coverage from earlier in the day amidst all of the Apple news, we’ve got video of Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich on stage demoing RealSense... Read more...
The Federal Communications Commission has been considering the implementation of new neutrality rules in an attempt to determine how internet service providers should manage web traffic on their networks. The outcry against the FCC and the concept of “fast lanes,” in addition to treating IPSs more like... Read more...
Let's go ahead and dispense with the inevitable shout out to Minority Report, the futuristic flick that seems an obligatory mention whenever there's talk of next-generation 3D technology. What Intel's working on is not Minority Report -- it's called RealSense, and using the technology, you can scan, modify, print, and... Read more...
There's an age-old warning about putting all of one's eggs in a single basket. It's a lesson Intel is determined not to learn the hard way, hence why you'll find Intel inside Windows machines, Apple systems, and Android devices. In terms of mobile, Android is the most successful at this point (as it relates to market... Read more...
This morning at the Intel Developers Conference in San Francisco, Intel PC Client Group Vice President Kirk Skaugen offered a live demo of "Skylake," the follow-on to the company's Broadwell processor platform.  Set for launch before the end of 2015, the platform is claimed to offer significant battery life gains for 2-in-1 hybrids and... Read more...
After countless rumors, speculation, and supposed leaks prompting us to believe Apple would introduce an iWatch during its press event today, the Cupertino company shocked the world by making no such mention of it. Really? Well, we jest -- while Apple didn't announce an iWatch, it did unveil the Apple Watch, an... Read more...
Today, Apple unveiled the upcoming iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, ending months of speculation over whether or not the company would ever move to larger screens or higher PPI. The answer, it turns out, is yes -- the iPhone 6 will pack a 4.7-inch screen while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen. Resolution on the iPhone 6 is... Read more...
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