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It’s been nearly two years since Satya Nadella swooped into replace longtime Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Ballmer later resigned from Microsoft’s Board of Directors in August 2014 and has kept a relatively low [tech] profile since then. His most recent commentary about his former company was rather flattering, with... Read more...
Samsung is bringing its premium design philosophy over to its mid-range line of smartphones, the newest of which will also feature its mobile payment technology called Samsung Pay. They include three new handsets for 2016: Galaxy A7 with a 5.5-inch display, Galaxy A5 with a 5.2-inch display, and Galaxy A3 with a... Read more...
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) caused quite a stir this week when it alleged that Google is using its Chromebook platform, which has made a significant impact in the education sector, to snoop on students. The charges were damning, with the EFF claiming that Google was violating its own corporate policies... Read more...
Google is no stranger to accusations of invading user privacy, but the latest one comes from Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and relates to a highly sensitive market: education. Google would like to see its Chromebooks in the hands of as many people as possible, especially in education, so it's crafted a... Read more...
What would be your first thought if we told you a mob of Microsoft employees gathered outside an Apple Store? Some sort of shenanigans, right? Well, it happened, right on 5th Avenue in New York City in front of Apple's flagship location, the one that's shaped like a cube. But instead of shenanigans (or at least... Read more...
As we head into the holiday shopping season, there are a number of really great smartphones on the market for buyers to consider. Among this group is LG’s latest flagship Android superphone, the V10. As the first phone in LG’s new V Series, the V10 has a number of unique features including dual displays, two front-facing cameras, a removable... Read more...
Back in September, Amazon introduced a new line of Fire tablets. The revised lineup included a $50 7-inch Fire along with a Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 priced from $149 and $229 respectively. All of the tablets shipped with Amazon’s new Fire OS 5, which was developed under the codename “Bellini.” Today, Amazon has... Read more...
We’re halfway through the work week and serving up the latest batch of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Dell UP2715K UltraSharp 27" 5K Monitor, an Alienware Alpha Core i7-4785T Quad-core Gaming PC Console, a WD My Passport 3TB External Hard Drive, and... Read more...
Solid state drives (SSDs) might get all the press these days, but hard disk drives (HDDs) aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. They still offer a clear advantage when it comes to price-per-gigabyte and are great for archival purposes. With this in mind, Western Digital (HGST) is looking to shatter storage records by... Read more...
Remember Nokia's fancy pants Ozo camera? It's billed as the first virtual reality camera system specifically designed for professional production, and today we learned it will have a price tag to match -- $60,000. Ah, but turn that frown upside down, you don't have to come up the full amount right off the bat. It... Read more...
At long last, Motorola is providing more details about its Moto 360 Sport smartwatch, including when it will be available. The U.K. and France get dibs on December 18, followed by a launch in the U.S. on January 7, which is when it will be available to purchase on Motorola's website and select online retailers for... Read more...
Just over a week ago, Sony announced a $300 PlayStation 4 bundle that was available from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday via its retail partners. Apparently, sales figures during this promotion were pleasing to Sony, as the company has decided to extend the offer and add an additional bundle to the mix. Starting... Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan plan to donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares currently worth around $45 billion to charitable causes during their lifetime. The couple unveiled the plan in an open letter to their newborn daughter, Max, with a promise to offer more details after they return from... Read more...
If you're in need of a reliable cloud storage solution, we've got a sale runing in the HotHardware Shop that may be right for you. A lifetime subscription to 1TB of Zoolz Cold Storage is 97% off and available for only $39 in the HotHardware Shop... Description Let’s face it, cloud storage can get pricey no matter... Read more...
Production Chevrolet Bolt (Image Source: Autoblog) The production version of the Chevrolet Bolt was supposed to make its official debut early next month at the Detroit Auto Show. But as is always the case with high-profile launches, there are bound to be some lapses in security which allows spy photographers the... 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 XPS 8900 Intel Core i7-6700 based desktop system, a Logitech G633 Artemis Spectrum RGB 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset, HooToo Wireless Travel Router, and more. Full... Read more...
We’ve been saying it for years: Adobe needs to go ahead and kill Flash. Late Apple CEO Steve Jobs called for Flash’s demise five years ago and at the time, it seemed like an impossibility. But after a half decade of increasing security exploits and performance degradation in even the most powerful PCs, the Internet... Read more...
We’ve all enjoyed Lenovo’s Yoga series of consumer laptops for years, but it looks like the Chinese OEM is looking to extend that flexibility to its storied ThinkPad product line. That brings us to the introduction of the ThinkPad P40 Yoga, which Lenovo bills as the “first-ever multimode mobile workstation.” The... Read more...
Samsung is hoping that its mobile division will benefit from a change of guard as the South Korean outfit struggles to reinvigorate its smartphone line. As such, former mobile boss J.K. Shin is handing over day-to-day operations to D.J. Koh, one of Mr. Shin's top men who led Samsung's mobile research and development... Read more...
In effort to help users consume less data on cellular connections, Google introduced the Data Saver functionality a while ago in Android and iOS versions of Chrome. In my own testing with Data Saver enabled on my smartphone, I witnessed a 30 percent reduction in data usage for the month of November (622.4MB versus... Read more...
Google just landed itself an experienced and well rounded engineer who's been associated with several high profile companies and projects. His name is Robert Rose and his most recent stint before joining Google was with Tesla, which builds and sells electric vehicles. The company is also involved in self-driving and... Read more...
Don’t get me wrong, today’s smartphones are fast, can have relatively long battery life, and keep us connected at all times. But with a few exceptions — namely the BlackBerry Priv and YotaPhone — they all follow the same basic design principles. You have a 4- to 6-inch slab of glass that’s surrounded by a plastic or... Read more...
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