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Here we go again. This past November, the US' Department of Justice latched onto public heartstrings by saying that encryption on mobile phones could lead to the death of children, and in January, president Obama followed-up to plainly say that encryption should under no circumstance hinder police and spy... Read more...
An already smoking hot deal just got even better (and will probably have people who bought a Motorola Moto 360 within the past three or four days bang their heads against the wall). On Friday, we brought you the news that both Amazon and Best Buy have slashed the price of the Moto 360 from $249.99 to an unbelievable... Read more...
The early Apple Watch sales numbers are in, and to the surprise of not very many at all Apple's hyper-hyped new device blew the doors off the Internet on Friday, selling out the entirety of the company's initial stock in just six (6) hours.  As reported here on HotHardware, pre-sales for the Apple Watch got... Read more...
It's getting increasingly difficult to avoid the temptation to pick up an Xbox One console these days. Microsoft's moved on from forcing the second generation Kinect motion controller down gamers' collective throats, and on top of that, price cuts and game bundles make strong arguments for taking the leap. And... Read more...
Up to this point, the wireless wars have been mostly fought with more flexible smartphone plans that either offer more data or lower prices. Sprint, however, has demonstrated an ability to think outside the box by offering to cut customers' smartphone bills in half when they switch from a competitor and/or cover any... Read more...
How many pixels can you cram on a smartphone display? A whole bunch, is our technical answer. As proof of this, Sharp announced the creation of the world's first (and of course only) 5.5-inch mobile display with an Ultra HD 4K resolution. Yes, that's 3840x2160, which works out to a mighty impressive 806 pixels per... Read more...
The gloves are off now...or, rather, they are on, and then off, and then on again. Last night Robert Downey Jr. turned up at the MTV Movie Awards with an extended heretofore mostly unseen clip from Marvel Studios' cannot-get-here-fast enough Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s a let 'er rip 90 seconds of the Iron Man versus... Read more...
Microsoft is looking to up its game in the mobile search engine market a bit with a redesigned mobile homepage for Bing search. The new mobile homepage will be available to both Android and iOS users and includes a handful of new features to satisfy existing search customers and draw in new users. The first of... Read more...
It's not often that we learn of a DDoS attack that can be sourced from mobile devices, but as it happens, it's something that's possible on iOS devices not running the latest 8.3 software. The bug isn't exclusive to iOS, however. Because the 'Darwin Nuke' flaw exists in the Darwin kernel, the desktop OS X is also... Read more...
You've probably read horror stories of international travelers opening up their cell phone bills only to find they owe a king's ransom instead of the typical monthly fee they're used to paying. Welcome to the world of roaming charges. To prevent that kind of bill shock from occurring, Sprint is now offering unlimited... Read more...
It was supposed to be during a scheduled media event on April 28 that LG would show the world its forthcoming G4 handset in all its glory, but then came that awkward moment when some dude who built a following by leaking information and press images to the web ahead of schedule posts a photo of the flagship device on... Read more...
A 14-year-old from Florida's Pasco County has learned the hard way that gaining unauthorized access to someone else's computer - no matter how easily it's accomplished - is a major offense. While media reports not surprisingly jump to the claim of "hacking", access was gained via a known password - the teacher's... Read more...
We reported a couple of weeks ago that GitHub was hit with a massive DDoS attack, and given the projects that were targeted; it was widely assumed that China was behind the attack. Now, there's even more evidence of that, and it appears that a brand-new weapon was used to carry the attack out. According to a report... Read more...
The cyberwar and war of words between the United States and China is never-ending. When we last visited the tense relationship between the U.S. and China, President Barack Obama was crying foul over draft anti-terrorism legislation that would negatively affect American companies conducting business in China. More to... Read more...
We're always hearing about promising new battery technologies, though in the end, they're always too expensive, too big, or too whatever to make it into the mainstream. Eventually that's going to change and there will be a breakthrough that truly redefines the battery category, the question, who's going to do it?... Read more...
Several months ago, BitTorrent posed the question, "What if more of the web worked the web BitTorrent does?" To answer that question, the BitTorrent team created Project Maelstrom, a specialized web browser that fetches content from a distributed web rather than centralized servers. It started off as an invite-only... Read more...
The Entertainment Software Association might be a trade association that cares about the health of the gaming industry, but that doesn't mean it cares at all about preserving its rich history. That's now been proven by the fact that it says preserving old games is "illegal", based on the fact that it requires them to... Read more...
When is it fair to deem a botnet "complex"? Well, I think it's fair to label it as such when it requires a collection of cybercrime fighters from the US and Europe to ultimately give it its final blow. Here's some context: "On 8 April, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and the Joint Cybercrime Action... Read more...
Swedish hacker Emil Kvarnhammar is reporting that an unpublished OS X API — he dubs it a "backdoor" — can be used by nefarious types to gain root access through local users without Administrator status on Mac computers that have not yet been migrated to the 10.10.3 iteration of OS X, which was released just two days... Read more...
Nearly two months after the first Technical Preview of Windows 10 for smartphones, Microsoft has followed up with a second build. And thankfully for Lumia fans worldwide, this latest build supports a ton more smartphones than the initial build and brings with it a wealth of new features that will also find their way... Read more...
If you’re having Apple Watch fatigue (pre-orders just opened up early this morning), you’ll be glad to know that there great news coming from the Android Wear camp today. Those looking to score a deal on the hottest-selling Android Wear smartwatch, the Motorola Moto 360, can do so right now via Best Buy and... Read more...
If you already suffer from motion sickness from reading while being driven, you can expect things to get worse when you read in autonomous car. Researchers from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute are cautioning that people who are prone to motion sickness will want to avoid reading or... Read more...
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