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Facing accusations from the Belgian Privacy Commission dating back to February that it is violating the privacy rights of its users, Facebook yesterday confirmed that the watchdog group had uncovered a "bug" that mistakenly tracked people even when they were not on the social media giant's website, but denied the... Read more...
Wipe that frown upside down, Xbox 360 owners. Just because much of the focus today in the console category is placed on the Xbox One, that doesn't Microsoft has forgotten about you. In fact, if you're holding firm onto your Xbox 360, Microsoft is getting ready to throw you a bone with support for 2TB hard... Read more...
If there's one thing that's beaten into the head of every computer user, it's to implement a data backup scheme. Like, right now. It's sound advice, but depending on how and where you backup your data, you could be exposing more about yourself than you care to share. Just think for a moment about the contents of your... Read more...
Amazon won approval from the Federal Aviation Administration this week to test its new delivery drones. The planned service, known as Amazon Prime Air, will reduce purchase-to-delivery times to hours or even minutes, thanks to an army of flying drones. If the FAA’s approval sounds like old news, you’re thinking of... Read more...
After all the hype, hoopla, and anticipation, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge handsets are finally here! Well, they will be shortly, depending on when you read this -- Samsung's new flagship phones will go on sale in the U.S. today at 12:00 PM Eastern / 9:00 AM Pacific. To celebrate the occasion, Samsung is holding... Read more...
Reviews for the Apple Watch came out earlier this week and they were far from glowing. While reviewers praised the design and the innovative features like the “Digital Crown,” many questioned the actual need for the device — and even smartwatches in general. Despite the “meh” reviews, Apple fanatics are pre-ordering... Read more...
Remember when tablets were supposed to render the PC market obsolete? Yeah, that may have been a slight overreaction by analysts to an emerging category that grew quickly due to the initial excitement, but now that the dust has settled, we can see just how unfounded those fears were. After all, another 68.5 million... Read more...
Despite reviews that ranged from "mostly magical" to "steep learning curve" to "fancy, but not necessary" and a swath of middling "Will Buy" polling percentages, the Apple Watch is ringing the registers online and appears to be an out-of-the-box hit, as less than an hour after the opening of pre-orders at 12:01AM PST... Read more...
In the past couple of years, the high-end Android smartphone market in the US has largely been dominated by Samsung, LG, and HTC. Although Sony continues to compete in the mobile market, Verizon Wireless customers haven’t seen a Sony-branded phone since the Xperia Play in 2011. As you may recall, the Xperia Play didn’t sell as well as Sony... Read more...
To say that we’re excited about Windows 10 would be putting it lightly. After hitting a pothole with Windows 8, Microsoft is looking forward to smoother roads ahead with its successor. When Windows 10 was officially announced in late January, we were given a few details on Microsoft’s new unified application platform... Read more...
Samsung announced the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge in early March, and the smartphones are scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. this week. Despite the fact that the Galaxy S6 Edge is billed as Samsung’s ultimate flagship, most reviewers have cautioned potential customers to skip it entirely as its curved display is... Read more...
The human brain is this wonderfully complex organic mass of nerve fibers and electrical impulses, and as much as we know about it today from an anatomical standpoint, there are many mysteries that we have yet to solve. It's what we don't know that makes true artificial intelligence so difficult, though it's also... Read more...
If you own an LG ultrawide display and installed its included split screen software, you should take note. According to a user report, installing this software will disable the User Account Control security feature in Windows without your consent. You're not even bound to notice right away because of its... Read more...
Sling TV is certainly emerging as a disruptive force, and if you're looking for just one more reason to cut the cord with your cable or satellite TV provider, the addition of HBO might be the nudge you need. The streaming live TV provider added HBO to its programming lineup today, making it the only live Internet TV... Read more...
Want to wait in line to buy the latest Apple gadget? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Confirming what was revealed in a leaked memo sent to employees earlier this week by retail chief Angela Ahrendts, Apple today stated that the Apple Watch will initially only be available to order online. Don’t even bother waiting in... Read more...
Do you ever find yourself in a situation where Facebook Messenger is somehow not available? It's hard to believe, given the fact that an app is available for the three big mobile operating systems, and anyone logged into Facebook can access it from within the UI. Well, if you do happen to want another option, you... Read more...
Blizzard appears to have ended access to its games in Crimea, effectively blocking gamers there from playing Diablo III, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and other blizzard games. It’s just one of several U.S. companies that have exited the region recently. Others include Apple and Blizzard’s competitor... Read more...
When you fire up your iPhone, iPad, and/or iPod touch today, you may be greeted with a message letting you know there's an update to iOS available. That's because Apple completed its beta testing of iOS 8.3 and has begun rolling out the final version this week, which among other things contains a boatload of new emoji... Read more...
Back on March 28th hothardware.com alluded to the imminent release of a second Windows 10 for Phone technical preview, and yesterday Microsoft's Gabe Aul confirmed on Twit.tv's Windows Weekly podcast that the new build will be available as of this Friday, April 10th, at 10AM PST (1PM EST). Specific details of the... Read more...
So picture this -- there's two dudes in a public restroom standing side-by-side at the urinals relieving themselves. The taller gentlemen on the left peeks over the barrier that separates the urinals and stares downward at the fellow on the right, giving him an approving nod. He's not checking out his neighbor's... Read more...
And now we cannot even trust critics and reviewers! Jay Gentile, a man based in California who is said to be the operator of a number of sites that sell 4-star and 5-star reviews to Amazon sellers (among them buyazonreviews.com and buyreviewsnow.com) is the target of a lawsuit filed by Amazon in an effort by the... Read more...
It's hardly a secret that Microsoft is infatuated with the cloud and is building a future that entails transitioning offline software into online services. We see it at every turn, from productivity such as Office 365 to gaming, and now it's even beginning on the Windows Server side in the form of Nano Server. What... Read more...
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