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All News for October 2015

In the past month, we’ve seen the unveiling of a whole new generation of streaming devices. Apple, Amazon, Roku, and Google have all announced next generation versions of their Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku 4 and Chromecast players. Apple announced the fourth generation Apple TV during its September iPhone keynote and... Read more...
Despite the fact that it couldn't be more obvious that Apple is going to be getting into the automotive market, the company remains quiet on the matter. Well, kind of. It seems like every week the company drops one major hint after major hint. Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the automotive market is in need of... Read more...
Apple meant well with its brand new Wi-Fi assist functionality in iOS 9, but its implantation isn’t sitting well with some iPhone customers. Things have gotten so bad that Apple is now facing a class action lawsuit stemming from Wi-Fi Assist. How did we get to this point so soon after the release of iOS 9? Well... Read more...
It's hard to argue that "Internet of Things" (IoT) devices can enrich our lives. From making it easier to moderate temperature in our homes to securing them, IoT is going to be a big part of our future. Unfortunately, that does lead to one problem: as more and more devices get rolled out, the inevitability is that... Read more...
Audio peripheral maker Turtle Beach has issued one of the oddest product recalls we can remember seeing in quite some time. The company said it recently discovered mold spores, of all things, on its Ear Force XO FOUR Stealth gaming headsets manufactured between April and June 2015. If you have chronic health problems... Read more...
Holy relaunch, Batman, Arkham Knight is returning to PC! We always knew it would, the question was when, and now we know. Publisher Warner Brothers Interactive posted a message to Valve's Steam Community boards announcing that Batman: Arkham Knight will be re-released to the PC platform this Wednesday, October 28, at... Read more...
Steve Ballmer may no longer be Microsoft's head honcho, but his love for the company hasn't faded. In a new interview with Bloomberg, Ballmer had some great things to say about the company while at the same time giving some of its competition - namely, Amazon - a quick jab. In a recent New York Times piece... Read more...
With consumers showing increased interest in smartwatches and fitness bands these days, there's a growing market for so-called wearables. It feels like we've just scratched the surface at this point, though if the category is to really take off the way smartphones and tablets both did, battery makers will have to step... Read more...
The fight between the Department of Justice and mobile OS creators continues, and as it stands right now, things are not looking so great on the vendor side. Over the past few years, and the past year especially, both Apple and Google have been battled against for allowing users of their respective OSes to encrypt... Read more...
Where major video game releases are concerned, it's not usually too hard for the mega-fan to be able to find cool merchandise on the side to help complement the game. We're talking figurines, books, posters, and what-have-you. Or, in the case of the ultra-hyped Fallout 4, it could have beer! Oh, this one speaks to us. "Fallout Beer" is Read more...
Technology sure is grand. With a computer in front of us or a smartphone in hand, we have a world to explore. We can look up recipes to make sure whatever hits the dinner table tonight is delicious, check up on the latest sports news, get some shopping done, keep in touch with family and friends, and of course, seek... Read more...
With all the hype surrounding Star Wars: Battlefront, Halo 5 and Fallout 4, it’s easy to forget that there’s another hard-hitting title on target for release this year. That game would be Just Cause 3, and Square Enix has just posted an action-packed trailer for the game that is sure to get your juices... Read more...
Fans of Halo who don't happen to own an Xbox would do well to pay attention to a little snippet that just came out of an interview with Microsoft's Franchise Development Director Frank O'Connor. When questioned about whether or not we'd ever see Halo 5 on the PC, he gave the impression that it could indeed... Read more...
We kicked the week off with an overdue reveal of BlackBerry's upcoming flagship smartphone, called PRIV. As the week went on, we learned all about what BlackBerry is doing to make PRIV the most secure Android device ever, and just yesterday, we got our first hint of what the phone might cost. Interestingly, when BlackBerry accidentally Read more...
Microsoft saw a 12 percent year-over-year decline in revenue during the quarter ended September 30, 2015. On a GAAP basis, revenue for the quarter came in at $20.4 billion, along with operating income of $5.79 billion and net income of $4.62 billion, the latter of which is a 2 percent bump compared to the same quarter... Read more...
It’s just about time to close out another week, but before we go, we’ve got a fresh batch of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On the menu for you all this fine Friday, we have deals on a Lenovo Y700 Core i7-6700HQ 17.3" gaming laptop, a HP Pavilion 27xw 27" 1080p IPS LED-backlit Monitor, a Canon... Read more...
With the release of Android 6.0, otherwise known as Marshmallow, Google isn't messing around when it comes to battery life. There are some key changes to note compared to previous versions of Android, one of which requires devices makers to track and report battery usage. That might not sound like a big deal on the... Read more...
For the first time ever, Huawei is China's largest smartphone player, having surged to the top spot to replace Xiaomi in the third quarter of 2015, according to data presented by market research firm Canalys. Huawei's ascension to the top was fueled by a staggering 81 percent year-on-year shipment... Read more...
Update: 10/23/15 11:20AM - A definite perk of writing about technology is getting to attend events and spending hands on time with bleeding-edge products. We've been fortunate to do that on several occasions, including today at Dell World 2015 where the company is making several major announcements as well as showing... Read more...
Microsoft stunned the entire tech world when it unveiled the Surface Book earlier this month. What we originally thought was simply a sleek 13.5-inch notebook with a funky hinge was actually a 2-in-1 convertible with a detachable “tablet” screen. Microsoft also revealed that the Surface Book could be optioned with... Read more...
Facebook's software developers have identified a couple of issues that could negatively affect the battery life on iOS devices when installing and using the official Facebook app. The latest update to the Facebook iOS app addresses those issues, though the social network is continuing to investigate why some users... Read more...
Another day, another high-profile security breach. This time the breach occurred across the pond at British telecom giant TalkTalk. TalkTalk is the United Kingdom’s second largest “quadruple play” service provider (offering phone, TV, broadband Internet and mobile phone service) behind Virgin Media. Given its... Read more...
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