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Windows 10 Mobile is just around the corner, and so are a couple of flagship Lumia devices that will run on the new platform. Specifically, Microsoft is expected to introduce the Lumia 950 (codenamed Talkman) and Lumia 950 XL (codenamed Cityman) during a press even in October. What look to be official press... Read more...
Think fast: how often do you use your virtual assistant? If your answer is along the lines of “Huh?” you’re not alone, but we’re getting the distinct impression that we’ll all be very familiar with virtual assistants soon. Apple and Microsoft have been heavily ramping up the functionality of their assistants this year... Read more...
There’s no question that the Fire Phone has been a spectacular flop for online retail giant Amazon. While the company has found success with its Kindle e-Readers and Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon found that breaking into the cutthroat smartphone market takes more than a strong brand name and some decent hardware... Read more...
Acer founder Stan Shih said during a press conference on Thursday that he's open to the idea of selling the company he created several decades ago. He didn't volunteer the information on his own, but was responding to a question about his willingness to engage in takeover talks, should they arise. His response was... Read more...
If you’re in need of some quality malware protection software, we’ve got a deal going in the HotHardware Shop worth checking out. For the next six days, a two year subscription for Lavasoft Ad-Aware Pro is 45% off and available for only $39... Description Protect your PC with top-of-the-line antivirus software... Read more...
IFA Berlin 2015 won’t officially get underway until September 2, but product announcements are already breaking. LG is one of the companies getting ahead of the pack, announcing today its LG Rolly keyboard, which rolls up into a slender stick. It’s one of the smallest collapsible keyboards we’ve seen. The keyboard... Read more...
Samsung has issued a list of smartphones that it plans to upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and unfortunately for Galaxy S5 owners, their device isn't on it. That doesn't mean that the Galaxy S5 is destined to live out the rest of its days with Lollipop, but for now, the previous generation flagship handset isn't on... Read more...
I'm about to make some enemies, but I firmly believe console-sized gaming PCs like the Alienware X51 and Falcon Northwest Tiki are poised to assimilate their behemoth desktop competitors, zap them with shrink rays, and usher in powerful 4K gaming in diminutive mini-ITX packages. We're not quite there, but today... Read more...
AMD today added a third card to its Fury line that's arguably the most intriguing of the bunch, the Radeon R9 Nano. True to its name, the Nano is an incredibly compact card, though don't be fooled by its diminutive stature. Lurking inside this 6-inch graphics card is a Fiji GPU core built on a 28nm manufacturing... Read more...
Amid the privacy concerns and arguably invasive nature of Microsoft's Windows 10 regarding user information, it's no surprise that details on how to minimize the leaks as much as possible have been requested. To this end, we've put together a quick guide to help out. If you are using Windows 10, or plan to upgrade... Read more...
It might have taken just short of "forever", but Verizon has finally opened up its arms to unlocked iPhone and Nexus 6 owners who want to activate their device on the carrier's network. It seems the fact that the company was effectively pushing customers away got to be too much, so it's reversed course. Flickr:... Read more...
It’s interesting to see how quickly a company changes its tune once its nefarious deeds, or rather “public trials,” are brought to light. Earlier today we brought you a story detailing AT&T’s rather sloppy and risky behavior regarding inserting ads into webpages for users that connected to its free Wi-Fi... 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 Dremel 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool, the Intel Compute Stick, a Audio-Technica ATH-OX7AMP SonicFuel Premium On-Ear Headphones, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals... Read more...
With Windows 10 already installed on more than 75 million systems, you could be forgiven for expecting that the operating system’s success would lead to an uptick in sales of PCs. In fact, PC sales are continuing to decline and this year’s PC shipments is expected to land about 9 percent lower. But it’s not all bad... Read more...
If you've recently purchased a new vehicle, have you've actually taken advantage of all of its provided technology features? According to a survey conducted by J.D. Power, most don't. Most don't even take advantage of half of them. It can't be assumed that consumers are going to take advantage of all the features a... Read more...
Amazon is taking another stab at promoting apps on the Android platform with the launch of Underground. The Underground app gives Android users access to free games and apps, which is nothing new for those familiar with Amazon’s long-running “Free App of the Day” promotion. However, where Underground take a... Read more...
In less than a week, you'll be able to waltz into an AT&T store and purchase a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet, if that's what you're after. Unveiled back in July, the Galaxy Tab S2 is Samsung's newest generation Android tablet with a slim and light profile. In fact, Samsung says the Galaxy Tab S2 boasts the thinnest and lightest metal frame Read more...
Microsoft has a lot of exciting things in store for its Xbox One console, and if you want an early taste of what the Redmond giant is cooking up, you need only join the Xbox One Preview program. Sounds easy enough, right? Unfortunately it's an invite-only affair, and it looks like Microsoft is cutting back the number... Read more...
A little-known company called CycleLabs has dreamed up a new navigation device for your bicycle, and it’s already blown well past the initial pledge goal of $50,000 with 28 days to go. The SmartHalo sits on your handlebars and gives you turn-by-turn directions to your destination by display simple signals on a... Read more...
In an attempt to create a "leaner and more agile" company, Angry Birds developer Rovio is planning to fling pink slips at up to 260 employees, the Finnish firm announced on Wednesday. The planned reduction represents more than a third of Rovio's staff and comes hot the heels of Angry Birds 2, which was downloaded... Read more...
All of the controversy surrounding Windows 10 hasn’t stopped PC users from upgrading to the operating system at a furious pace. Over the past month, we’ve heard speculation that installs had surpassed the 25 million mark, with some estimates as high as 67 million. But the only official figure from Microsoft was... Read more...
As with many things, there are both good ways and bad ways to go about advertising. Unfortunately, far too many opt for the latter - especially when your options are limited. The latest culprit is AT&T, which has begun taking advantage of those using its free Wi-Fi hotspots by injecting ads into websites they... Read more...
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