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There are trolls, and then there are trolls. Jon Hendren is an Epic Troll, and his performance today on a segment of HLN’s “The Daily Share” will go down in history as one of the greatest live interview hijacks in recent memory. But we can’t say that HLN producers weren’t forewarned about what could possibly happen;... Read more...
At long last, key Apple entertainment services are available in China. The company announced today that its Apple Music, iTunes Movies, and iBooks are all available for download in China. The move is a victory for Apple, which has already seen success with sales of its apps and other content in China. “Customers in... Read more...
Wireless carriers hate unlimited data plans with a passion. While they were a nice perk back in the days of the original iPhone when customers were stuck on slow EDGE (and later 3G) connections, carriers quickly found out that it could squeeze more from customers by selling them buckets of data instead.  Verizon... Read more...
It's sure been a busy couple of weeks for Volkswagen, but not for good reasons. On the 18th, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that Volkswagen had been cheating on its emissions tests, which is an incredibly serious offense. Similar to what we've seen in the past from certain computer hardware... Read more...
It's hard to believe that anyone would think that a $1.3 billion roll out of iPads to students would be a good idea, or deliver the kind of return-of-investment to warrant it, but it's apparent that a Los Angeles school district did. Earlier this year, we reported on how the pilot program failed spectacularly... Read more...
Those calling on Apple to unify its mobile and desktop operating systems might be in for a long wait. During a discussion with Aaron Levie, CEO of Box, Apple boss Tim Cook made it clear that he has no intention of combining iOS with OS X, which probably means a touchscreen iMac or MacBook isn't in the cards either. "We don't believe in Read more...
Over the weekend, we were amazed to see some adventurous folks dunk their brand new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones into bowls of water. Amazingly, the iPhones were able to survive water immersion for over an hour without any ill effects. The display, speakers, audio ports and buttons of the phones were all... Read more...
Welcome back for another installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Dell Inspiron 15 Skylake-based laptop with touch and discrete AMD graphics, a Sharp LC-48LE653U 48-Inch 1080p 60Hz Smart LED TV, a WD My Cloud 4TB personal cloud and more. Full... Read more...
After generally underwhelming the masses with its previous smartwatch efforts, Samsung looks to have a winner on its hands with the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic. And if you’ve been eagerly waiting to get your hands on Samsung’s latest wearables, you’ll be happy to learn that you’ll have the opportunity to purchase them... Read more...
Logitech just made a splash in the home camera market with the introduction of its Logi Circle, a portable camera that's somewhat similar to Nest's Dropcam. Both cost the same at $200 MSRP, but unlike Dropcam, the Logi Circle is portable and rechargeable, allowing you to take it from room to room for up to three hours... Read more...
There's a new system update available for PlayStation 4 consoles, firmware update 3.00. It's the same one that Sony made available in beta form at the beginning of the month, which among other things gives PS Plus members a tenfold increase in online storage capacity. That brings the total to 10GB, which gamers can... Read more...
Attention binge watchers, TiVo invites you to "give commercials the finger" with its new Bolt set-top DVR. It's a play on words that describes Bolt's ability to skip entire commercial breaks with the single press of a button, at least in some cases. It's part of TiVo's new "SkipMode" feature, which allows Bolt to... Read more...
NVIDIA has been a champion of game streaming for a number of years now. Whether it be from a GeForce GTX-equipped PC to one of its SHIELD devices or from its cloud-based GRID beta service to a SHIELD, NVIDIA has been at the forefront of game streaming for a quite a while. Today though, NVIDIA is kicking its game streaming business up a few Read more...
“At what point do you tip over from visionary to supervillain, and where are you building your secret mountain lair,” Stephen Colbert jokingly asked Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk earlier this month during a taping of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Well, now we know the answer… Elon Musk is truly a... Read more...
AMD has today announced a brand-new series of APUs that it targets at business use. Called AMD PRO, these A-series chips are designed to offer great performance and the dependability business environments require. A major focus of AMD PRO is rock-solid Windows 10 support. While overall, Windows 10 support is going to be expected, AMD is Read more...
There were few surprises today at Google’s hardware event. We saw the reveal of the Nexus 5X and 6P along with the Pixel C tablet — all of which have been leaked in the lead-up today’s announcement. The same goes for the next two devices that Google officially revealed today: the second generation Chromecast and... Read more...
Perhaps Microsoft was onto something with the Surface and Surface Pro family of tablets. We’ve seen a number of manufacturers embrace the tablet + keyboard accessory, most recently with Lenovo ideapad MIIX 700 and the Apple iPad Pro. Now Google is officially throwing its hat into the ring with the Pixel C. The... Read more...
We learned late last week that the beta launch for the hugely anticipated Star Wars Battlefront will drop on October 8. That means just one thing: both AMD and NVIDIA have scrambled to get their engineering teams to churn out optimized drivers. As it so happens, AMD is the first out the door with one. This isn't a... Read more...
Amazon has big plans for drone deliveries, but it’s clear that humans will be at the heart of its delivery operations for years to come. Taking a page out of Uber’s book, Amazon announced this week that it is ready to start employing anyone with a car and a smartphone to start delivering packages by hand. The new... Read more...
Google today pulled the wraps off its two flagship Android 6.0 Marshmallow smartphones. Unfortunately for Google, we already know just about every possible spec for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, so we’ll just play along like we were none the wiser… Starting off with the “little guy,” the LG-built Nexus 5X is the... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard today announced a top-to-bottom revamp of its Elite product family, and no stone has been left unturned. The company has refreshed its notebooks, desktops, and all-in-one machines with sleek exteriors, potent AMD APUs and Intel Skylake power under the hood, and Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating... Read more...
Apple and Samsung have already launched their latest flagship devices for 2015, and now, Motorola is taking its turn. For the third year in a row, a new Moto X has arrived that's built upon the successes of the original. There's no mistaking the design -- visual cues that created the silhouette of the original still... Read more...
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