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Microsoft really wants to get people hooked on its OneDrive cloud storage service. The company already provides unlimited OneDrive storage with an Office 365 subscription, but earlier this month it offered a perk to entice users that haven’t already made the plunge by offering 100GB of storage available for free (for... Read more...
It looks like Tesla Motors isn’t the only company in the electric car industry to notice the occasional employee slipping over to Apple. A123 Systems, which makes batteries for a variety of applications, including electric cars, has had it up to here with its PhDs jumping ship and recently filed a lawsuit against... Read more...
As we approach the launch date of the Apple Watch (pegged for sometime during the month of April according to Apple CEO Tim Cook), more and more details about the smartwatch are starting to pour out. Just this week we’ve learned that the Apple Watch was originally supposed to include a bevy of health-focused sensors... Read more...
Despite increasing competition from Facebook and Google’s own expectation that growth would decelerate, YouTube is growing steadily and launching new features. Many of the features are geared toward helping its content creators monetize their work, but one in particular is getting most of the attention. Within a few... Read more...
Microsoft's Major Nelson announced that Xbox One gamers will be able to take screenshots on their console as part of the March update. This has consistently been one of the most requested features, and come next month, it's finally arriving on the Xbox One, or as early as tonight if you're part of the Xbox One Preview... Read more...
Purchasing a new laptop can sometimes be a chore. For starters, simply finding one that's "right for you" takes time and effort, and once you do find it, you know that the "chore" part isn't over. Once you get that baby home, you'll have to begin mentally preparing yourself for the inevitable bloatware... Read more...
LG made a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last month when it introduced its G Flex2 handset with its curved body and high-end spec sheet. If you've been patiently waiting for your chance to pick one up, you're on the homestretch -- Sprint will begin taking pre-orders for the G Flex2... Read more...
We reported last year that Samsung was in talks to team up with LoopPay, a Burlington, MA-based startup firm that specialized in wireless payment technologies. Unlike Apple Pay or Google Wallet, which require an NFC-equipped cash register to complete a wireless transaction, LoopPay works using “Magnetic Secure... Read more...
Samsung has confirmed that some of its slightly older Smart TV models are currently uploading recorded voice communication without any form of encryption to protect the user's privacy. This goes against what Samsung stated in a recent blog post clarifying the limited circumstances in which voice commands are recorded... Read more...
Enthusiasts in any particular interest area are willing to pay a premium for top shelf goods, be it gamers shelling out for high-end graphics card or audiophiles splurging on pricey speakers. But for whatever reason, it's the latter category that is often the target of outlandish products and wild claims, the newest... Read more...
Out of all four major wireless carriers in the U.S., Verizon has perhaps been the least active when it comes to pricing promotions and special deals intended to lure customers away from the competition. That's not to say Verizon's been completely dormant, it just hasn't fully engaged in the wireless wars in the same... Read more...
In a wide-ranging interview with The New Yorker, Apple Senior Vice President of Design Sir Jonathan “Jony” Ive, talked about topics ranging from the development of the Apple Watch, to automobile design, to his relationship with the late Steve Jobs, to his views on competitors’ products. It’s that last point that has... Read more...
Over the past week, rumors have persisted that Apple is preparing to enter the auto manufacturing business. This speculation was first fueled by the appearance of Chrysler minivans dotting the country that are registered to Apple, Inc. The Wall Street Journal took things a bit further, reporting that Apple has been... Read more...
Following the Super Bowl earlier this month, Microsoft slashed $100 off a number of its Surface Pro 3 tablets -- no doubt taking advantage of the fact that anyone who watched the big game would have seen blue Surface Pros all over the place. Well, it seems that might not have pushed enough units, as the company is now... Read more...
Google has once again found itself in the sights of an anti-competitive watchdog, and this time, it's in Russia. For the first time since 2010, Russia's biggest search engine, Yandex, has dipped below 60% marketshare, and it blames Google's Android OS for causing it to happen. At last check, Yandex counts its... Read more...
While the future of Google Glass is in question (and in limbo), the market is ripe for rivals to jump in and pick up where the search giant left off. Count Sony in -- the Japanese electronics firm is off to the races with its new SmartEyeglass wearable that's already available to pre-order in Germany and the U.K... Read more...
When they first came out, solid state drives were cost prohibitive for many people and they remained that way until NAND flash memory prices came crashing down like the careers of every actor on "The Celebrity Apprentice." Now not only are SSDs affordable, they're comparatively capacious and much faster than many of... Read more...
I'm looking out my window and see snow. Lots of it. At this point, summer seems a million years away and I have no desire to go out in the cold to make a snow angel or do whatever it is people do in freezing weather these days. So I'll sit inside and catch up on some gaming, especially if the deals keep rolling in... Read more...
Qualcomm is launching four new SoC SKUs today in an effort to add increased performance and beefed up functionality for mid-range smartphones. The new SoCs include the Snapdragon 415/425 and Snapdragon 618/620. The Snapdragon 415 and 425 are based on an octa-core Cortex A53 architecture and bring 64-bit support... Read more...
When Sony decided to auction off the very first of a limited run of special 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 consoles, it received a lot of attention, along with a bunch of bids. The highest came in at a little more than 15 million yen, or around $129,000 in U.S. currency. Well, it turns out the winning bidder may have... Read more...
Samsung can't seem to catch a break these days. The latest blow to the company's bottom line is a $15.7 million verdict in favor of Rembrandt Wireless Technologies LP, which managed to convince a Texas federal jury that the South Korean electronics firm infringed on two of its patents relating to Bluetooth... Read more...
There's good news today for those of you rocking a Samsung Galaxy S5 on T-Mobile's network. The spunky wireless carrier has begun pushing out an over-the-air (OTA) update to Android 5.0 Lollipop , which is also available through Samsung Kies. That means you no longer have to give your Verizon brethren the stink-eye... Read more...
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