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First of all, no spoilers here -- feel free to continue reading. And secondly anxious fans new and old lined up in record number over the weekend to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first in a new trilogy set decades after the events of Return of the Jedi. It's also the first Star Wars film to be distributed by... Read more...
A hot topic brought up often in the search for America's next president is the security and privacy of the country's citizens. Unfortunately, such matters rarely find themselves in the hands of politicians who truly understand what they're talking about, and we saw just such an example again Saturday night, during the... Read more...
Last Christmas, so-called hackers at Lizard Squad decided to toy with the emotions of millions. At a time when many people would have been hooking up a brand-new game console (or loading up a new game), both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live were knocked offline, thanks to an effective DDoS attack. Considering the... Read more...
Little by little, many of the neat inventions featured in the Back to the Future trilogy are finally coming to fruition. Nike's built a pair powered kicks, there are various hoverboard technologies out there (careful of the ones with wheels), and now the self-drying jacket donned by Marty McFly in the second flick is... Read more...
As if Adobe's Flash Player needed another nail in its coffin, it nevertheless received yet another one this weekend from Facebook. The world's largest social playground announced that it recently flipped the switch over to HTML5 to be the default video player for videos on its website, and that includes the ones that... Read more...
Since its introduction in Internet Explorer 7, Microsoft has helped keep users safe from malware and browser hijacks with SmartScreen. The company went on to introduce SmartScreen as a feature of Windows itself, able to detect malicious software, or at least warn people that software about to be installed is an... Read more...
Over the past couple of years, we've discovered case after case that highlights the extent the US government is willing to go to spy on whoever it can. It's an interesting juxtaposition, then, to keep learning about new revelations that show how the US government itself has been spied on, while remaining completely... Read more...
Want to feel like the ultimate hacker, like those in the 1995 cinema classic Hackers? Quick: find the nearest Linux PC, boot to the GRUB2 bootloader, and hit Backspace 28 - and only 28 - times. Yes, really. Hector Marco & Ismael Ripoll, who are researchers for the Cybersecurity Group at the Polytechnic University... Read more...
The silliest thing you could do this holiday season is pay full price for a barebones game console. Okay, maybe it's not the absolute silliest -- going door-to-door singing Halloween songs while dressed up like Santa Claus would rank somewhere up there -- but it's certainly unnecessary with Microsoft and Sony pushing... Read more...
A jury decided that Cox Communications should have to pay BMG $25 million for not doing more to prevent its subscribers from illegally downloading and sharing copyrighted music files. The award is less than a quarter of the maximum amount Cox could have been fined, though it's a huge blow to the ISP... Read more...
Tim Cook might seem like a soft spoken, mild mannered man from Alabama — well at least compared to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs — but there are some topics that get one of America’s most high-profile execs really worked up. And wouldn’t you know it, it’s one of two things that none of us can avoid: taxes (with the... Read more...
Have you ever wanted to experience the White House when it’s all decked out for Christmas, but just don’t want to make the effort (or spare the expense)? Well, the folks at Google have the next best thing available right at your fingertips. Google used GoPro’s 16-camera Odyssey virtual reality rig and its own Jump... Read more...
It’s just about time to close out another week, but we’ve got a fresh serving of HOT deals to server up, direct from our friends at TechBargains, before we go. On the menu today, we have deals on an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, a Seagate Backup Plus 5TB USB 3.0 external hard drive, a Dell Inspiron 3000-series desktop... Read more...
With its Windows OS, Microsoft is likely the biggest victim of piracy on Earth, and it's no secret that China plays a major role in that. But, so too do other issues, such as the Chinese government's distaste or distrust of American companies. This ties into the reason that China is working to get its own CPU off the... Read more...
Since the original iPhone was released in 2007, we have seen some incredible advances in smartphone processing and GPU power along with a wealth of features improvement (faster Wi-Fi and cellular speeds, larger and higher resolution displays). However, battery technology, for the most part, hasn’t kept up with the... Read more...
Volkswagen has come under immense global scrutiny for its willful negligence with regards to cheating emissions regulations with its diesel engines. In the United States alone, over 480,000 Volkswagen- and Audi-branded vehicles have “defeat devices” installed that allow the 2.0-liter TDI engine to pass Environmental... Read more...
Several Internet service providers (ISPs) have drawn the attention of the Federal Communications Commission with so-called "zero-rating" offerings, which is the practice of exempting certain services from counting against a customer's data cap. What FCC chairman Tom Wheeler wants to figure out is whether or not... Read more...
Typically when you hear of someone wearing an electronic device around their ankle, your first thought may they made a bad decision that led to house arrest. You may not have considered many other scenarios, though Netflix did, and so the concept for Netflix Socks was born. Will it spread? That may be up to you and... Read more...
The mantra from Microsoft has been "Windows 10 for all devices" repeated over and over again, and having played with the OS extensively on the desktop, we think the company is headed in the right direction. At the same time, it's not a movement that will happen overnight. As we've seen. it's taking some time to roll... Read more...
You have to hand it to Google, the search giant has done a great job plugging itself into pop culture and has a sense of humor to boot. One example is Android. More specifically, Android's naming scheme, which goes in alphabetical order and is always representative of a tasty treat, the newest being Marshmallow. It... Read more...
Earlier today, Apple made some big moves in its executive ranks with a wave of promotions and new hire. But tonight, Apple announced what could possibly be its most important business deal so far this year, and one that could be extremely lucrative for the electronics company that is deriving a large portion of its... Read more...
Acer has been on a roll recently with a string with high-profile gaming monitors, one of which is the Predator X34 that Dave just reviewed for HotHardware. Today, the company has announced yet another curved display, the Predator Z35, which measures 35 inches across. The Predator Z35 has a lot going for it... Read more...
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