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We all know what Microsoft wants to do with Windows 10. It's supposedly the last monolithic release of Windows and the ultimate plan is to unite hardware from different device categories under a single, universal ecosystem. That includes smartphones, which is an area where Microsoft has historically struggled hard to... Read more...
Rise of the Tomb Raider has found its way to Steam, though you can't purchase it just yet (not for PC, anyway). However, it doesn't look like you'll have to wait long. The listing on Steam indicates the game will be available in "January 2016," which coincides with previous reports that it would launch to PC in early... Read more...
HTC has found itself under attack from all sides in the smartphone sector, and it really shows. The company has taken fire from Samsung and Apple at the high-end and is under immense pressure at the low-end from Chinese competitors Xiaomi and Huawei. The company's earnings have plummeted and some analyst suggest that... Read more...
Well, this isn't something we see too often. Hot on the heels of the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow for its Moto X Pure 2015, Motorola has decided to release the smartphone's kernel sources to the wild. As you might imagine, this isn't a move that's going to affect end-users right now. Instead, access to these... Read more...
Microsoft already lifted the curtain to reveal Windows 10 Mobile when its Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL handsets launched to retail, but for legacy Lumia device owners, the waiting game is still being played out. For how long? If going by Vodafone Australia's time frame, Windows 10 Mobile won't roll out to older handsets... Read more...
If you’re a fan of the Back to the Future series, the past few months have been incredibly exciting. We’ve seen Lexus unveil its take on the “hoverboard” with a maglev-based creation, and just this week a company has jumpstarted a Kickstarter campaign to bring a self-drying jacket to market. Today, we’re learning... Read more...
If were experiencing random weirdness and seeing other player's personal information when you log into Valve's Steam online gaming service today, you're not alone and no, you don't have to worry about some sort of holiday zombie attack on your account. It does appear the Steam platform was having serious issues... Read more...
In case you've been living in the wilderness for the past couple of years, getting by with your Flintstones wooden-tired jalopy, electric vehicles, as well as autonomous vehicles, are going to be a huge part of our future. There are myriad benefits to both technologies; with electric vehicles, environmental costs and... Read more...
This isn't the kind of news Uncharted fans wanted to see right before Christmas, but at the same time, it's not too surprising. Via the official PlayStation Blog, we're told straight out that Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is being delayed yet again, this time until April 26, 2016. While any delay is unfortunate, many gamers have come to appreciate Read more...
It’s time for a last-minute, Christmas Eve Edition of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains! On tap for you all today, we have deals on an Xbox Live 12-month Gold Membership, an HP Pavilion 27xw 27" 1080p IPS display, BOHM B-66 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals... Read more...
Have you ever wondered at what point a smartphone officially doubles as a tablet? The answer is 6 inches. We're declaring it official because hey, why not? Also, that's the size of the display on Samsung's new Galaxy A9 handset unveiled in China yesterday. To put that into perspective, Amazon sells a 6-inch version of... Read more...
Microsoft’s first-party Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones are the first smartphones to ship running the company’s brand new Windows 10 Mobile operating system (check out Marco’s review of the Lumia 950 right here). Unfortunately for those with legacy Lumia devices, the wait for Windows 10 Mobile will be a bit... Read more...
Are you sitting on an activated copy of Windows 10 Home, but wish that you could give Windows 10 Pro a try instead before coughing up some extra dough? Microsoft is providing its customers a quick shortcut that will allow you experience Windows 10 Pro in all its glory, albeit with one big string attached. Before... Read more...
Blue Origin New Shepard A new space race is taking place today, and it’s being dominated by Silicon Valley companies looking to make space travel more affordable for military, commercial and civilian launches. In November, we saw Blue Origin’s New Shepard space launch system make an incredible voyage to a... Read more...
When AMD announced its Radeon Fury series of graphics cards this past summer, the company talked about its dual-GPU R9 Fury X2 in such a way that it seemed like we'd see it in the fall, or at least before the end of the year. As we can now see, the release is still pending, despite 2016 being right around the corner. According to a new Read more...
Welcome back for the latest pre-Christmas installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. Today we’ve got deals on a Dell Vostro 3900 Core i5-4460 based desktop system, a Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Intel Core i5-4210U based multi-touch laptop, a Logitech M335 Lightweight Wireless Mouse, and more. Full... Read more...
Periodically, Amazon updates and revamps its lineup of tablets with upgraded models and new names. While the company's tablets have kept the Fire branding over the years, the combination of letters and numbers that follow have changed. This year, for example, Amazon removed the HDX tag and now offers tablets with simply “Fire” or “Fire HD”... Read more...
It's going to be a merry Christmas for fans of The Beatles. At long last, they'll be able to stream hundreds of songs from the iconic band through a choice of nine different streaming services, including Apple Music, Amazon Prime Music, Deezer, Google Play Music, Microsoft Groove, Napster, Slacker Radio, Spotify, and... Read more...
Password security is one of those things you either have or you don't. If you're password is a combination of alphanumeric characters and symbols with varying punctuation, congratulations, you're in much better shape than the guy who uses "12345," the same as found on his luggage. That said, traditional password input... Read more...
While kids across the land are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Santa and wondering what gifts he'll bring, HTC has decided that every owner of an unlocked One M9 handset living in the U.S. made the nice list and will receive a special gift of their own -- an over-the-air (OTA) update to Android 6.0... Read more...
T-Mobile’s Binge On initiative at first seemed like a pretty good deal for its customers. In exchange for reduced video quality (480p), T-Mobile customers could enjoy unlimited streaming from partner services including Hulu and Netflix without hitting their monthly data pool. Initially, FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler... Read more...
Even though Google is much more than a search company these days -- and that's especially true if you include Alphabet, the recently formed parent outfit that oversees many of Google's side businesses and technologies -- leveraging its expertise in search can help set its services apart. In fact, that how it plans to make a comeback in mobile Read more...
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