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All signs are pointing towards Apple releasing a new iPhone early next year. Rather than Apple breaking with tradition to make an early announcement of an iPhone 7, the company is expected to introduce a new entry-level smartphone: the iPhone 6C. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously stated that the iPhone... 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 Logitech UE BOOM 360-degree Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, a Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, a WD My Passport Ultra 1.5TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive, and more. Full details for all of today’s... Read more...
When Microsoft first launched its Surface line of products, it caused quite a stir in the mobile PC market. It may have taken a couple of iterations to get things dialed in to the point they are today, but simply entering the market with its own branded hardware put Microsoft in the position of essentially competing with its partners. Microsoft... Read more...
Things on the Google Glass front have been relatively silent for the past three months. After effectively killing the Glass Explorer program earlier this year, Glass was transitioned in September out of the Google X development lab to its own Project Aura division, which is helmed by Tony Fadell. Now, thanks to a... Read more...
Health and fitness has emerged as a key part of the wearables market. Whether it's a dedicated fitness band or a smartwatch, common features include a heartrate monitor, sleep tracking, and other tidbits designed to help users hit their fitness goals. That being the case, we're hardly surprised Samsung has developed a... Read more...
Time change at a rapid pace, and whereas it was once common to communicate with each other when out and about using a payphone, these days everyone owns a smartphone. Every wonder what happened to all those phone booths? In New York, they're being converted into free municipal Wi-Fi hotspots. It's part of an effort called LinkNYC. It's Read more...
The cool thing about playing Duck Hunt on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was that you got to point a plastic gun at the television and shoot at fowl (or clay discs). It offered a deeper level of immersion than what would have been possible with a controller. Such is the pitch for a new Kickstarter project... Read more...
Somebody must have spiked Verizon's non-alcoholic eggnog with a bit of rum over the holiday, as the wireless carrier now finds itself in semi-snark mode. Verizon's also feeling generous. So generous, in fact, that it's dangling up to $650 in front of anyone who "didn't get the right network" and is willing to... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard stated in the past that it was done with making smartphones, but it looks as though the newly split company can’t stay away from the market for good. Too many people rely on smartphones on a daily basis, with some in developing nations using a smartphone as their primary (and only) way of accessing the... Read more...
Samsung was expecting a miraculous turnaround in its smartphone business with the launch of the Galaxy S6 family, but things didn’t exactly go as planned. Mobile profits are down and sales never quite reached the lofty estimates that Samsung envisioned. The South Korean electronics conglomerate has the opportunity to... Read more...
After initially promising that Apple CarPlay support would be made available in 2015 model year Sonata (which started arriving on dealer lots in late 2014), Hyundai failed to deliver. We’re now coming up on the closing days of 2015 and the CarPlay update is still nowhere to be found. So what the heck is... Read more...
For some, one of the most useful updates to hit Android 5.0 'Lollipop' was the notification tweaker. With it, you can block different types of communications when you don't want to be disturbed, but still let important stuff through. Making this feature even more useful is the ability to lift the blocks automatically... Read more...
Earlier this month, we reported that Microsoft was doing its best to avoid having to deal with slowpoke wireless carriers when it comes to delivering OS updates for Lumia smartphones. Instead of going through a carrier validation process, Microsoft on its own pushed build Windows 10 Build 10586.29 to Lumia 950 and... Read more...
Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on an APC Back-UPS Pro 8-outlet 1000VA/600W Uninterruptible Power Supply, a Dell S2340L 23" 1080p IPS LED-backlit monitor, a Lenovo Y50 UHD laptop, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals are... Read more...
One of the most interesting use case scenarios for virtual reality technology to date, at least from this sports fan's perspective, is getting an inside and immersive look at what professional athletes go through to get to where they are. We saw an example recently when Google teamed with Visa and Bank of America to... Read more...
When BMW launched its next generation 7-Series earlier this year, it packed in an incredible amount of technology including Gesture Control. Gesture control uses a 3D sensor to track your finger movements, allowing you to adjust infotainment functions and even accept or reject incoming calls. Not one to rest on its... Read more...
Let the confetti fly, Comcast has served up a 1Gbps Internet connection to a single home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! Okay, maybe that isn't cause for balloons and streamers, though it's a notable achievement because the connection is the first to use a DOCSIS 3.1 modem on a customer-facing network. The... Read more...
It's true that Mark Zuckerberg is a new father, with his wife Priscilla Chan having recently given birth to a baby girl. And yes, Mark and Priscilla plan on donating 99 percent of their Facebook shares currently work in the neighborhood of $45 billion to charitable causes during their lifetime. But no, you don't have... Read more...
If you’re looking to bolster your IT skills and want to take the Amazon Web Services Certification Exams, we’ve got a deal in the HotHardware Shop that will be right up your alley. An AWS Engineer Certification Bundle is currently 87% off and available for under 30 bucks... Description Become a Cloud guru with... Read more...
Not only is the Force strong with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so are box office ticket sales. The newest Star Wars flick kept the momentum going and pulled in an additional $153.5 million on its second weekend in theaters, pushing the overall tally to $1.09 billion. In doing so, Force Awakens became the fastest... Read more...
Apple is fighting hard to have shoot down a proposed UK law that would require tech firms to work hand-in-hand with government agencies to break encryption and provide easy access to customer data under court order. “We believe it would be wrong to weaken security for hundreds of millions of law-abiding customers so... Read more...
2015 was a massive year for gaming, with a handful of games being deserving of "Game of the Year" awards. Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt are two top-rated titles that will jump to most people's minds, although there are others that have proven to be quite popular as well, such as Rocket League. And speaking of... Read more...
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