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The Apple Watch is a hot commodity these says. Analysts indicate that Apple has already recorded up to 2.3 million pre-orders for the smartwatch, and now’s your chance to enter our contest to win one. If you win, you’ll be able to select any Apple Watch that you heart desires (up to a $750 value). $750 is enough to... Read more...
ASUS took the wraps off its ROG GR6, a tiny PC with some serious hardware. The system is meant to be your LAN party go-to or a full-time resident of a desk with limited space and it’s loaded with style. It’s also loaded with Windows 8.1 and Steam Big Picture, so can bring a controller with you to the next LAN... Read more...
Here’s a nifty little tip for you Android users out there. While Google already makes available Android Device Manager to locate a lost or stolen smartphone or tablet (after which you can Ring, Lock, or Erase the device), the search giant now has an even easier way accomplish the same task. All you have to do is... Read more...
It looks as though 2K Australia, the game development studio that designed Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Bioshock Infinite, has closed up shop for good. All staff members from top to bottom have reportedly been let go, though 2K said in a statement that it's working with those affected by studio's closure to find... Read more...
In June of 2013, the Los Angeles Unified School District approved a deal with Apple and Pearson that would see curriculum filled iPad tablets in the hands of every student regardless of income level, along with every teacher and administrator. However, the $1.3 billion effort (around $500 million for the iPads with... Read more...
Jawbone added two wristbands to its fitness lineup today. The UP2 is the Jawbone of the people at $99, while the UP4 has contactless payment support for American Express users. Jawbone UP2 The UP2 replaces Jawbone’s UP24. And while it’s not the least-expensive tracker in Jawbone’s lineup, it has more features... Read more...
Not too long ago, there were some serious doubts as to whether Microsoft and Yahoo would be able to ink a deal to continue there search partnership. However, those fears were unwarranted, as the two companies today announced that they have forged a new agreement the will still see Microsoft’s Bing engine power Yahoo... Read more...
You know what they say about one man's trash being another man's treasure, and if you're sitting on a collection of old school game consoles that you want to get rid of, GameStop will soon accept them as trade-ins. The pilot program will kick off in two of GameStop's markets, New York City and Birmingham, which... Read more...
There's still some doubt that the smartwatch category will stand the test of time, though whether it does or not, Apple's likely going to cash in on the craze while it can. In a note to investors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimated that Apple Watch pre-orders around the world have topped 2.3 million units... Read more...
Cyanogen and Microsoft have struck a deal after all, it just doesn't entail a $70 million investment from the latter into the former as discussed earlier this year. Microsoft ultimately decided against trading a cash infusion in exchange for a stake in Cyanogen, though the two have now come to terms on a deal that... Read more...
Does your smartphone have a 5.5 or 5.7-inch screen? That’s amateur hour. Think that you’re the king of the hill with 6-inch Nexus 6? Guess again; that’s mere child’s play. How does 6.8-inches sound to you, because that’s exactly what Huawei is delivering with its new flagship P8max. That’s right, the P8max is... Read more...
You know your chess opponent is in trouble when he has to hit the restroom after every turn. That was Tigran Petrosian’s thinking when he accused a fellow chess player during the Dubai Open this weekend. As it turned out, he seems to have been right: officials found an iPod in the bathroom running an app that... Read more...
Connected, smart devices of various types are big business these days, with virtually all the major wireless carriers getting into the retail mix, peddling tablets and notebook, as well as smartphones. It makes sense, since often times these devices need service plans for full portability and connectivity on the go... Read more...
While all Humble Bundle promotions are interesting in their own right, I admit that the ones to stand out to me the most are those that involve big-name publishers. Coincidentally, it's those same promotions that seem to create the most angst amongst Humble Bundle fans, as going with a big publisher (with all of its... Read more...
As has become the norm in the smartphone era, major manufacturers are seemingly expected to launch a new version of their flagship phone annually. On top of that, the average consumer clearly expects greater improvements and features with each successive release. It’s a tall order to meet such demands on an annual... Read more...
It's being reported that Apple has gone out and acquired LinX Computational Imaging Ltd., a camera-technology based in Israel, for about $20 million. While nothing has yet been announced, it's assumed that Apple will use LinX's technology in future smartphone and tablet devices, including the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s... Read more...
Nokia just announced a huge acquisition today, confirming that it is purchasing one of its closest competitors in the network equipment market: Alcatel-Lucent. The purchase price was a hefty $16.6 billion in an all-stock transaction. The acquisition will allow Nokia to better compete with Chinese players like... Read more...
During Microsoft's big Windows 10 event in late January, we learned that the company would be trying to tightly integrate its Xbox platform with the OS. That'll come to us in the form of an "Xbox" app, which will allow gamers to track their gaming achievements, chat to friends, view recorded gameplay, as well as receive a broadcast from an Read more...
It’s hardly been a secret that Google is the European Union’s doghouse, but now the hostility is official. The EU delivered Google with a Statement of Objections that accuses it of skewing search results towards the company’s own services. To top things off, the EU is looking into accusations that Android, Google’s... Read more...
You could be forgiven for thinking that Microsoft's mission these days is to equip everyone with low-cost Nokia handsets. In reality, Microsoft has bigger goals in mind, though certainly that's been a major focus lately (especially in emerging markets), and it continues with the release of the Lumia 540 Dual SIM, a... Read more...
As odd as it may sound, the business relationship between Apple and Samsung is growing stronger by the day and expanding into areas beyond semiconductor chip manufacturing. Apparently Samsung has put together a team of around 200 employees dedicated entirely to building displays for Apple's products, and nothing... Read more...
It's not too often that Chrome browser updates are particularly notable these days since Google uses a rapid release cycle that sees frequent upgrades. But every once in awhile there's an update that brings something interesting to the table rather than mostly bug fixes. Case in point, Google this week promoted Chrome... Read more...
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