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To some, Facebook might just be another app on their smartphone or tablet, but Facebook itself doesn't believe that's all it should be. In fact, the company has long believed that our lives should be as integrated with the service as possible. We saw proof of this with the Facebook Home launcher, and it's hard to... Read more...
The tensions between device makers like Apple and Google against law enforcement shows no signs of slowing down. As you may recall, the U.S. government is hell-bent on forcing Apple to unlock encrypted iPhone that are involved in criminal cases. Apple contends that the encryption that it provides on iPhones via the... Read more...
Microsoft is fond of referring to the Surface Pro as a tablet that can replace your laptop, and based on our experience with them, it's not an incorrect statement, at least from a performance and usability standpoint. But as a teardown of the Surface Pro 4 reminds us, there is in fact a difference between tablet PCs... Read more...
Last week, HTC unveiled its latest smartphone, One A9, to a decent amount of fanfare. Rather than stand on its own, though, the buzz around the Internet was that the phone was a rip-off of Apple's iPhone. HTC didn't take too kindly to this criticism, and commented a couple of days later that it's in fact Apple that ripped off its own One M7, Read more...
In a perfect world, wireless carriers would do away with data caps altogether and there would be much rejoicing. Unfortunately that's not the way the wireless world works -- barring a pricey unlimited plan, we all pay for a set amount of data per month and adjust our usage accordingly. But what if it's not enough? You... Read more...
Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, straight from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a 500GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5" SATA SSD, a Dell Vostro 3900 Core i5-4460 mini tower, a Lenovo S21e Intel Celeron N2840 laptop, and a whole lot more. Full details for all of today’s... Read more...
The last time we visited Zotac, the company managed to stuff NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M-class graphics into its Zbox Magnus EN970 mini PC. This time around, Zotac is has dialed down things a bit with the introduction of two Intel Braswell-based mini PCs: the Zbox BI323 and Zbox CI323 Nano. The Zbox BI323 is powered by... Read more...
Samsung's going big with its next Galaxy tablet -- way big. We're talking about the oft-rumored Galaxy View, a slate with a monstrous 18.4-inch display powered by Samsung's own octa-core Exynos 7580 System-on-Chip (SoC) and 2GB of RAM. How do we know this? The specs come courtesy of an overeager online... Read more...
It may be a bit too early to be shopping for the holidays just yet, but doing a little research never hurts, particularly if you’re in the market for a new mobile device. Tablet makers are continually in the process of slimming down their devices and boosting battery life, even in the entry-level space, where products like the Android-based... Read more...
HTC went out on a limb when designing its Re camera, a handheld recorder that's shaped like a periscope (it looks like a high tech inhaler). But it's the price that's probably holding it back more than anything else from mass adoption. It debuted at $199,putting it in direct competition with GoPro, such as the GoPro... Read more...
What happens when you mesh Microsoft’s brand new Windows 10 operating system with its Xbox One gaming console? Well, you get the New Xbox One Experience, and the folks in Redmond announced this week that it will launch on November 12th for all Xbox One customers. The New Xbox One Experience has been available to... Read more...
If you're looking to bolster your tech credentials, we've got an insane deal running in the HotHardware Shop at the moment that may be just what the doctor ordered. A Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Professional (CCNP) Certification Bundle is 93% off and available for under $66... Description If... Read more...
As we wind down 2015, it's not hard to see some trends arise when looking back at the months leading us up to this point. Right from the get-go, an obvious trend with the biggest companies out there has been the adoption of machine-learning techniques. While machine-learning isn't new, it's now being treated as... Read more...
T-Mobile CEO John Legere T-Mobile CEO John Legere is no stranger to the limelight. He is a heavy user of Twitter (he has 1.74 million followers) and he absolutely loves to throw daggers at the competition — especially America’s two largest wireless carriers: Verizon Wireless and AT&T. But no matter how much... Read more...
Sales are about to commence for LG’s latest super-smartphone, the V10, and the first two carriers to take the plunge are AT&T and T-Mobile. AT&T is charging $23.34/month, $29.17/month and $35/month for Next 24, Next 18 and Next 12 install plans respectively. If you choose, to go with an “old school” two-year contract... Read more...
Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Dell P2416D 24" 2560x1440 QHD IPS monitor, a 4TB WD My Cloud NAS Personal Cloud Storage device, a VicTsing 8000 DPI High Precision Gaming Mouse, and more. Full details for all of... Read more...
We must admit, Microsoft really put on an awesome show earlier this month when it revealed new Lumia smartphones, a new Surface Pro 4 and the all-new Surface Book. We were already impressed with the initial announcement of the Surface Book, but our jaws hit the ground when Panos Panay “dropped the mic” after revealing... Read more...
It could be argued that the "masses" didn't quite understand the importance of protecting themselves digitally until Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the unparalleled spying efforts of the NSA a few years ago. The problem, though, is that while for the experienced user, it's almost fun setting everything up to... Read more...
American military and intelligence officials have raised concerns over Russian submarines and spy ships located near key undersea cables that carry Internet traffic. The fear is that Russians may be planning to sever the fiber-optic cables at some point, and if they do that, it wouldn't be easy to repair them. It's... Read more...
People living in New York may not be getting the broadband speeds they're paying for. To find out, New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman has sent out letters to three different Internet Service Providers requesting disclosures each one has made to consumers, along with copies of any internal tests they've run to... Read more...
We’ve seen a little bit of movement in the pocket-sized computing space over the past year. Intel introduced us to the concept with its Compute Stick, while Lenovo and ASUS both delivered their own competition solutions with the ideacenter Stick 300 and VivoStick respectively. Now there’s a newcomer to the market... Read more...
One thing is for certain, Steve Jobs was a complex individual. As the co-founder of Apple, now the most valuable company in the world, it stands to reason that people would want to know more about him and his rise from a budding entrepreneur to billionaire technology icon. Unfortunately for Universal Pictures, its... Read more...
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