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If you’re in the market for an affordable VPN to help anonymize your activities on-line, we’ve got a deal running in the HotHardware Shop that may be right for you. A 2-year subscription to Private Internet Access VPN is 24% off and on sale for only $59.95... Description Connect through a VPN tunnel of your choice and forget about hackers, Read more...
If your company had its sights set on picking up one of Microsoft’s swanky new Surface Hubs, we have some bad news to deliver to you… again. Microsoft has once again delayed both Surface Hubs, and is stating that the units will instead ship during the first quarter of 2016. If you recall, Microsoft first announced... Read more...
For the most part (and barring brand new releases), only rookie PC gamers pay full price for titles. Steam's various sales throughout the year ensure a steady flow of discounts, the only downside being that you end stockpiling more titles than you'll have time to play. Or maybe that's just us. In any event, Steam's... Read more...
Many have challenged Toyota’s dominant Prius, but none have come close to approaching its sales success. In fact, Toyota has upped the ante, expanding the family to include the Prius v and Prius c. And to top it off, Toyota just launched the fourth generation Prius, which brings with its unorthodox styling and... 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 Samsung UN32J4000 32" 720p LED HDTV, Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals are... Read more...
It's been a bumpy road for webOS, the mobile operating system initially developed by Palm and later mishandled by Hewlett-Packard. LG stepped in nearly three years and acquired webOS, which it's been using as the platform for its smart TV lineup ever since. That trend will continue in 2016 as LG gets ready to unveil a new smart TV lineup featuring Read more...
When it comes to device encryption that is supposed to protect user data, it appears that tech companies just can’t catch a break. Not only do companies like Apple and Google have to contend with domestic law enforcement agencies and the political machine, but they are now facing pressure from foreign governments to... Read more...
Samsung could use a financial boost after a decline in mobile profit led to the company posting an overall loss last year. It has a new boss in charge of mobile, and to keep the cash flowing (and investors happy), Samsung will produce 14nm CPU and GPU semiconductors for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) starting in 2016. AMD currently has all Read more...
As it stands, there are multiple entities working on autonomous vehicle technologies, though none of them have released anything commercially. That's really the end goal, or at least one of them, and it may come sooner than you think. Working towards that goal. Google and Ford are set to form a partnership that work... Read more...
Microsoft appears to be making headway in simultaneously pushing Windows 10 to a larger user base and getting people still on Windows 7 to upgrade. They're both important goals for Microsoft, the former because Windows 10 isn't just an OS, it's an ecosystem that encompasses devices from different categories and... Read more...
Folks, we just witnessed history this evening. After two previous failed landings (one in January, one in April) and a complete vehicle failure in June, SpaceX struck gold tonight, successfully completing a powered, upright landing of its Falcon 9 rocket. The significance of this achievement is profound, as the... Read more...
Spending time in a busy airport terminal is not something that many of use enjoy doing; it’s something that we have to do. With that in mind, most of us will hop on whatever free Wi-Fi option available, battling it out with other travelers with whatever table scraps of bandwidth are available. For everyone else... Read more...
The debate over smartphone encryption is a contentious on these days in tech circles. On one side, you have companies like Apple and Google which employ full device encryption to secure user data and keep it out of prying eyes — even if those eyes belong to law enforcement. On the other side, you have politicians in... Read more...
Although many shrugged off Live Photos as a superfluous addition to the iPhone 6s, the small video clips are starting to gain some traction. If you need a refresher, Live Photos capture 1.5 seconds of video footage before you hit the camera shutter button and 1.5 seconds after, giving you a 3-second 960x720 video that is stored with the original Read more...
In a brand-new interview with CBS' 60 Minutes, Apple CEO Tim Cook doles out his thoughts on a huge number of different topics. Unfortunately, though, there really isn't that much new that's been revealed -- especially if you keep up on Apple's every move. Nonetheless, there are some snippets worth highlighting. It... 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 Lenovo Y50 Intel Core i7-4720HQ based gaming notebooks, a SanDisk Connect 32GB Wireless Flash Drive, a Targus Ascend TSB710US 16" Laptop Backpack, and more. Full details for all... Read more...
Shortly after we published our AC3200 router roundup, Linksys contacted us and wanted to throw one of its routers into the ring. We agreed, and the company sent us its Linksys EA9200 Tri-band Smart Wi-Fi router, which like the others in the roundup is a tri-band router that uses the Broadcom XStream 5GHz platform, throwing out dual 5GHz networks... Read more...
Ericsson now has a vested interest in iPhone sales. That's because the two electronic firms came to terms on a global patent license agreement that will see Apple pay Ericsson a royalty on every iPhone it sells for the next seven years. It also includes an initial payment, presumably to cover royalties from iPhone... Read more...
There’s no question that Fallout 4 is quite a masterpiece, having captured the hearts of Fallout fans around the globe. The game launched to a very receptive audience, and despite complaints about graphics quality and glitches, most people have found the game quite enjoyable. However, it appears that on Russian man... Read more...
Following a $1.2 billion accounting scandal that involved fraudulent reporting of fake profits over a seven-year period, Toshiba has gone into a restructuring mode as it attempts to pick up the pieces and regain the trust of its customers and investors. Part of that plan includes the termination of some 6,800... Read more...
If you’re trying to break into the IT field and would like to bolster your skillset, we’ve got a deal running in the HotHardware Shop that may be just what the doctor ordered. A CompTIA-IT Certification Career Advancement Bundle is currently 98% off and available for only $59... Description Jump into a reliable... Read more...
Typically the best HDTV deals can be found on Black Friday and in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. Well, even though one of those events is now in the rear view mirror and the other still off in the distance, Best Buy has an offer that some people will find too good to refuse -- how does free sound? This... Read more...
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