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While not on par with the free iPhone the company doled out to every employee when that device first hit the market in 2007, the news that Apple will offer a 50% discount to all of their personnel who envision themselves adorned with either the Apple Watch Sport ($349) or the Apple Watch ($550-$1,099) no doubt brought... Read more...
Samsung discovered that the not-so-secret formula to reviving interest in its Galaxy line of handsets was to ditch the chintzy plastic construction and roll with a premium design consisting of metal and glass. As a result, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge have racked up impressive pre-sale figures, though there are... Read more...
Leaving the realm of science fiction behind, the super-fast charging mobile phone is inching its way ever more closer to science-fact. As reported in Stanford Magazine in advance of publication this week in the journal Nature, researchers at Stanford University have developed a high-performance aluminum-ion battery... Read more...
If you’re heavily invested in Microsoft’s cloud services ecosystem, you’ll be glad to hear that the company’s popular Work & Play Bundle has returned once again to the Microsoft Store. As before, the Work & Play Bundle includes a year’s subscription to Office 365 Home, Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Music Pass, and Skype... Read more...
At the Mobile World Congress in early March, Google made its intention of tip-toeing into the mobile carrier market known. For many, the mere prospect is exciting - after all, we see what Google has done for home Internet, with Google Fiber. By entering this market carefully, Google is merely testing the waters, but... Read more...
If you have an opinion that many would deem illogical, what do you do? You go find other people who think just as illogically, of course. Power in numbers, as they say. That can go for a sibling battling with another sibling over who took the last of the cupcakes just as well as it can for mega corporations like... Read more...
Intel's much-anticipated 'Compute Stick' has just hit e-tail, with the most notable e-tailer to stock it right now being Amazon. Right now, there's a 32GB version being sold that packs in an inactive Windows 8.1 installation as well as Android 4.4, and it's priced at $108.83. Amazon lists these specs: Intel Atom... Read more...
Had things gone to plan, Steam Machines would be a shipping product by now. However, Valve threw a wrench into the works when it decided that more time was needed to tweak its custom Linux-based Steam OS and fine tune the platform's accompanying Steam Controller. That decision left several partnering OEMs and boutique system builders in limbo,... Read more...
Sharp, the maker of Aquos HDTVs and other electronics, is facing some tough choices as begins the restructuring process. One of those choices may be whether to spin off its display business entirely. A Sharp spokesperson has indicated to Reuters that it is considering multiple options and didn’t confirm that a... Read more...
Is this an April Fools joke, a simple error on its part, or a massive, high-profile leak from one of Apple’s largest suppliers? We may never know, but LG Display last week issued a press release announcing its next generation of high-resolution 8K display panels. While the arrival of 8K displays is... Read more...
ASUS is beefing up its U.S. mobile product portfolio with the introduction of the MeMO Pad 7 LTE on AT&T’s wireless network. The tablet will first be available exclusively to AT&T customers via att.com or AT&T retail stores starting April 10. The tablet is powered by a 1.3GHz, quad-core Intel Atom processor... Read more...
It took a bit of time to weave through all the red tape and get the various paperwork in order, but you can finally take Sony up on its cash back or merchandise settlement offer if you purchased a PlayStation Via handheld console before June 1, 2012, and have not returned the product for a full refund. If so, it's... Read more...
SquareTrade raised more than a few eyebrows last week when it posted a video showing a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge cracking under pressure during its torture tests. SquareTrade applied force to the center of the display, and began recording how much pressure was required to bend the device (110 pounds). The Galaxy S6... Read more...
Microsoft is gearing up for another big push to move the world to a new version of its operating system. With the Windows 10 launch on the horizon, Microsoft has been dropping hints about incentives to upgrade. Now, it appears to be packaging upgrade reminders with updates for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1. There’s... Read more...
Good luck to those of you looking for a new Sony branded handset at T-Mobile. At present, you won't find any, nor is the nation's fourth largest wireless carrier stocking used (or new) Xperia Z3 smartphones. They've been quietly removed from T-Mobile's online store, as the wireless carrier confirmed on Twitter when... Read more...
Just in case there's a shred of doubt, posting sexually explicit photos or videos of your ex-lover without his or her permission is not okay. The practice, known as revenge porn, is a cowardly way of seeking vengeance for whatever wrong an ex is perceived to have made. And not only is revenge porn in poor taste, it's... Read more...
Smartphones are capable of so many wonderful things that go beyond the realm of simply making phone calls. They're essentially handheld PCs, and one day soon, they'll also be companions to your 3D printer -- you'll be able to snap a picture of an object using your phone's special 3D lens, which will capture the... Read more...
An increasing number of cable and satellite TV subscribers are cutting the cord and joining the streaming movement, and the landscape is becoming highly competitive as a result. Through it all, Roku's managed to keep the lead in streaming, and to help ensure it continues to be a front runner, Roku today upgraded its... Read more...
Following a shutdown of over two years for upgrades, the Large Hadron Collider — no doubt one of the largest pieces of hot hardware in the world — was brought back online yesterday at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The LHC, which made good on its promise of delivering the Higgs boson in 2012, is now at last poised to... Read more...
Last month, we were made aware of a number of new features that will make it into the next generation Apple TV. The media streamer is tipped to feature an Apple A8 processor, “well beyond” 8GB of internal storage, support for Siri, and its own App Store that will deliver big-screen accommodating applications and... Read more...
We're not quite sure when Apple was planning to launch its Apple Watch in Switzerland, but one thing we do know is that it's not going to happen until at least the end of the year due to a patent roadblock. In Switzerland, the rights to "Apple" in conjunction with a watch belongs to watchmaker Leonard's owner... Read more...
Not even a full week after Microsoft let Windows 10 build 10049 If you've dabbled in any one of the Windows 10 builds released so far, the updated Mail and Calendar apps are going to feel right at home. As you might be able to tell from the shot above, Microsoft is emphasizing minimalism and modernism quite a bit... Read more...
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