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The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is on track for a Q1 2016 release, and from the looks of things, that timetable appears to be holding firm. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for the Oculus Touch, which was announced in June of this year. In a blog posting this morning, Oculus explained that Touch will be... Read more...
If you’ve found it hard to secure one of Microsoft’s swanky new Xbox Elite Wireless Controllers, you’re not alone. Microsoft launched the controller in late October and it has been a hot item all throughout the holiday shopping season. It’s been so popular in fact that many retailers have been unable to keep the Xbox... Read more...
It's a sad reality we must all face: some groups want nothing more than to intrude on our personal lives, gaining information that should be kept private. A notable group is of course the US government, which Edward Snowden proved to us over the past two years many times over is relentless when it comes to information... Read more...
EVGA decided to branch out this year. No, not with AMD graphics; the company's GPU offerings are still very much based on reference cards from Team Green. Yet, in an effort to expand their product lines, the largest North American vendor of NVIDIA graphics cards now offers their own branded memory modules in both DDR3... Read more...
Welcome back for 2015’s final installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all this New Year’s Eve, we have deals on a Dell Inspiron 3000-series Core i7-4790-based desktop system, an ASUS ROG GL551JW gaming laptop, a 128GB PNY High Performance microSDXC card, and more. Full details... Read more...
Have you ever seen a dog chase its own tail? That pretty much describes what's going on at BBC News this morning. The site suffered a pretty large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack earlier today, one that knocked out the company's entire network and iPlayer streaming service, causing grief for web visitors... Read more...
A few months ago, T-Mobile CEO John Legere pitched a fit over AT&T exclusivity for the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL Windows 10 Mobile flagship smartphones. T-Mobile customers can still purchase both smartphones and use them on T-Mobile’s network, but they have to purchase them off-contract at full price direct... Read more...
I have a confession to make and it involves the Xbox One. There are two in my household -- one that sits upstairs in my son's room and another that resides in my living room. The one downstairs is mine and while I'd like to say I spend hours on the thing beating up foes and playing the latest titles, my use of the... Read more...
Microsoft's been spending time and resources releasing mobile applications for competing platforms, and while there's a certain logic in that, its latest app for iOS is, well, an interesting submission, to put it nicely. Called "Microsoft Selfie," it's essentially a version of its Lumia Selfie app, except for iPhone... Read more...
If you’re one of the few that still purchases brand new smartphones with a two-year contract, America’s second largest wireless carrier is about to strip that option away from you. Starting January 8th, AT&T customers will have to purchase a new phone using NEXT or eat the entire cost of the device upfront. This... Read more...
When Amazon released its Echo "smart home" device (our review), it seemed very likely that it'd have some great competition before long. With CES 2016 right around the corner, we're sure to see such competitors at the show, but LG decided to beat everyone else to the punch by announcing its take on things today. The "SmartThinQ" is designed 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 Optiplex 3020 Micro PC, a Transcend 1TB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive, a Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals are... Read more...
Apple has become quite adept at tax avoidance by using the “Double Irish” loophole that effectively allows the company to shield its profits from tax authorities throughout Europe. Apple, however, is not alone, as companies like Microsoft and Google use similar schemes to save billions of dollars in... Read more...
Dell's Alienware Steam Machine is under the microscope today. In partnership with several leading PC makers, Valve has finally taken their often-talked about Steam Machine with custom SteamOS to market, promising the depth and precision of PC gaming driven by a purpose-built operating system, that offers a... Read more...
Security outfit AVG is catching some heat for a Chrome browser extension that left millions of users vulnerable to a variety of online attacks. Called "AVG Web TuneUp," it automatically gets installed into Chrome as part of AVG's antivirus product. That's problem number one. Problem number two is that it presented... Read more...
Samsung has its own internal skunkworks division that dreams up all kinds of futuristic gadgets called Creative Lab (C-Lab). C-Lab is a breeding ground for startups, allowing its employees to take upwards of a year off from their usual duties at Samsung to hatch new product ideas that could possibly foster new... Read more...
It's been a pretty big year for the Internet of Things (IoT) movement and it's posed to grow even bigger in 2016. With that in mind, Samsung has decided to make its entire 2016 lineup of smart TVs IoT ready with support for SmartThings, an open platform that allows users to connect and control smart devices. All of... Read more...
There's no commandment that reads, 'Thou shalt not ride a hoverboard in church' but apparently it's something that's frowned upon by the Diocese of San Pablo. A Catholic priest in the Philippines found that out after being suspended for rolling back and forth between pews while singing "May the Good Lord Bless and... Read more...
It seems that Apple has decided to tap both Samsung and LG Display to build OLED displays for its next generation iPhone handsets, presumably the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. While not written in stone, Samsung is likely to produce a larger percentage of displays for Apple because it's already setup to mass produce... Read more...
For the next few days, we’ve got an awesome deal running in the HotHardware Shop on a VPN suite. A lifetime subscription to TigerVPN Lite is 96% off, and available for only $29. More details on this deal are available below... Description The Internet can be a scary place, packed full of hackers, government spies... Read more...
2015 has proven to be a massive year for Adobe's Flash plugin, but for all the wrong reasons. Flash is already infamous for being one of the most vulnerable pieces of software on the planet, but in 2015, 316 bugs were found and squashed. That comes out to about 6 bugs per week for a piece of software that's used by the vast majority of notebook Read more...
Windows 10 is off to a roaring start for Microsoft. The Redmond, Washington-based company released the operating system on July 29th, and as of October 6th, it had amassed over 110 million installs. Since the time, Gartner has predicted that 50 percent of enterprises will adopt Windows 10 by early 2017 and that that... Read more...
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