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You might think that given the reaction consumers had after Lenovo was found to be installing malware on customer PCs, other vendors would think twice about doing the exact same thing. Not Samsung, it seems, as it's just been discovered that the software updater tool it bundles with its notebooks takes it upon itself... Read more...
Whether it's because you're afraid of heights or simply don't want to tempt the Grim Reaper, maybe rock climbing isn't your thing. That's okay, you don't have to scale a massive wall of rock to enjoy the visuals -- Google and its Street View technology have come to the rescue once again. This time, it's the world's... Read more...
Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on an Intel Xeon-powered Lenovo ThinkServer TS440, a Dell Optiplex 3020 Micro Intel i5-4570t Quad-Core Mini Desktop, a Bose Acoustimass 6 5.1 Ch Home Theater System, and a whole lot... Read more...
Windows XP enjoyed a nice, long run, but after over a decade of faithful service, Microsoft finally pulled the plug on the legacy operating system and discontinued support in April of last year. All but the most diehard fans have since moved on, though it's still installed on more desktops than Windows 8.1, and on... Read more...
Google launched a free version of its Google Play Music subscription service this week. The ad-supported free streaming service comes just days after a public spat between Apple and Taylor Swift put Apple Music back in the spotlight weeks after its official unveil.  The ad-supported Google Play Music service is a... Read more...
Apple's Siri has long been fodder for tales of the miscommunications variety, most of them laced with humor of one ilk or another. The latest reported Siri easter egg, though, fails to bring the funny, and instead results in an immediate and very serious call to the cops. Recent posts on Facebook, Twitter, and in... Read more...
Just over a month ago, General Motors reignited the pony car wars when it launched the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro. Needless to say, GM used “all of its powers, and all of its skills” in an attempt to deliver a KO to Ford’s Mustang with a 200-pound weight reduction and a 455hp 6.2-liter V8 in SS trim. Today... Read more...
Lexus is playing into the hearts and minds of every thirty-something who remembers watching Marty McFly make a fool out of Biff Tannen on his hoverboard in the second Back to the Future flick. Released in 1989, it was the second of three Back to the Future movies, and for the past 26 years, we've been waiting for the... Read more...
Adobe's Flash Player has more holes than Swiss cheese, only Swiss cheese doesn't leave you vulnerable to hacker attacks. Flash Player often does, and yet again, there's a zero-day exploit that could allow an attacker to take control of an affected system. The discovered vulnerability and its severity has led to Adobe... Read more...
Ladies and gentlemen, get ready to rev your engines on the Xbox One. We mean that literally, as Microsoft has made available to pre-order the Xbox One Forza Motorsport 6 Limited Edition Console with a racing-inspired design and custom automotive sound effects. Every time you push the start/stop button to power up... Read more...
Microsoft has really been hitting it out of the park recently when it comes to the Xbox One. Just last week, Microsoft kicked off a new promotion which gives you one free game of your choice with the purchase of a new Xbox One console. Today, however, Microsoft is sweetening that deal by not only giving you a free... Read more...
Earlier this month, Microsoft offered more details and availability information for its forthcoming Surface Hub system. With pre-orders starting July 1st, these 55-inch or 84-inch machines offer a new collaborative version of the Surface experience for businesses, scientists, education and perhaps even power user... Read more...
We've all been there. We've sent an email or message with a hot head, or made a big error (eg: emailed the wrong person), and realized the big mistake after the "Send" button was pushed. It's frustrating and infuriating. Perhaps even sanity-degrading. Gmail has for quite some time offered an option in its Labs... Read more...
Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Goal Zero Switch 10 USB Recharger and Solar Panel, a Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro 13.3”, a Targus 16" Expedition Laptop Backpack, and a whole lot more. Full details for all of the... Read more...
One of the neat things about smartwatches is the ability to change the face on a whim. You can't do that with a regular watch, at least not without spending some hard earned cash. This is also a strength of Android Wear -- not only are there a bunch of different smartwatches supporting the platform, there's over 1,500... Read more...
Not a week after revealing that the upcoming OnePlus 2 smartphone will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 system-on-chip (SoC), OnePlus announced that the phone will also boast a Type C USB port. With the OnePlus 2 widely expected to be released in Q3 of this year, we’re hoping that the recent announcements... Read more...
Alright, I know what you’re probably thinking, “Hey guys, is that really a Samsung Galaxy SIII?!” Why yes, it is, and a refurbished one at that, but the real deal lies in the service that is being provided. You not only get the Galaxy SIII, but you also receive one year of unlimited talk and text from FreedomPop... Read more...
It’s been a long time coming, but Amazon’s innovative Echo speaker can now be purchased by anyone with an Amazon account. Echo, which was first announced in early November, has until today only been available to Amazon customers on an invite-only basis. Echo is more than just a speaker; it’s a digital assistant for... Read more...
A potential trial between Royal Mail, the postal service company in the United Kingdom, and what's being described as a "big retailer" underscores why it's important to take online privacy seriously. Should the two sides move forward with the trial, online users living in the U.K. will receive market materials via... Read more...
The line couldn't be any more divided between politicians and consumer groups over a controversial anti-piracy bill passed in Australia. Called the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill of 2015, the measure is intended to thwart illegally downloading and sharing copyrighted film and TV shows by requiring ISPs... Read more...
Move over, Intel Compute Stick; there’s a new sheriff in town in the miniature PC realm. Lenovo today pulled the wraps off its ideacentre Stick 300 which manages to cram an Intel Atom processor into a stick that measure just 3.94-inches x 1.5-inches x 0.59-inches. The minuscule ideacentre Stick 300 is powered by an... Read more...
A recent and rather extensive test of 4G LTE networks in several parts of the United States revealed that competition is heating up in the high-speed wireless space. It also showed that Sprint, home of the "cut your bill in half" promotion and enticing unlimited data plans, still hasn't caught up with its competitors, though it's improving. The Read more...
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