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When it comes to onboard RAM, Android smartphones often come fully stocked. These days, you expect at least 2GB of RAM on all but the most low-end devices. 3GB is common with most flagships, and some recently released Android smartphones come packing 4GB of RAM. However, Apple has always been stingy when it comes... Read more...
Investors seem intrigued by the idea that Microsoft might be interested in acquiring Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), hence a modest surge in AMD's stock price. Shares of AMD spiked 14 percent to $2.10 with a lot of trading activity on Friday after reports of Microsoft's possible interest hit the web. In case you started the weekend early Read more...
It’s that time of the year again; the time when Apple announces a new iPhone and the faithful flock to their computer (and smartphone/tablet) screens to get their preorders in ahead of the official launch on September 25th. Apple opened up preorders at 3:01am EST Saturday and we’re already seeing some interesting... Read more...
There are few things nowadays that haven't been impacted by the computer chip. Chances are good that if you look in any direction, you're bound to spot something that has a computer chip under its hood. It could be said that these chips are just not that exciting anymore - that we need a good spicing-up of things... Read more...
Last Wednesday was a big one for Apple thanks to its announcement of the latest iPhones, its next-gen Apple TV, as well as its much-anticipated iPad Pro. Overall, a good showing, but not one critics could keep silent about. When Tim Cook unveiled the iPad Pro, it didn't take long for people to draw comparisons to... Read more...
If the Force is strong in your bank account and you're looking for a new timepiece, luxury design firm Devon Works has come up with a limited edition watch that's more advanced than the Death Star. It's the new "Star Wars by Devon" co-branded watch with a patented system of interwoven Time Belts and hybrid... Read more...
Where our smartphones are concerned, it feels like we're in the middle of a "megapixel race" kind of situation, one where companies continue to beef up specs to almost ridiculous heights, all without providing a tangible real-world benefit. We talked about this just the other day, when Samsung unveiled new 12Gb memory chips that could give Read more...
Autonomous driving has clear benefits for the safety of passengers in both the equipped vehicles and others, but there's another feature that could dramatically improve safety all-around without having to go the route of full autonomy. We're talking automatic brakes, because more often than not, computers can react... Read more...
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so Microsoft should be “elated” that the competition is coming to market with tablet design that look surprisingly similar to its Surface Pro 3. The iPad Pro was introduced earlier this week with a 12.9-inch display, a fold-out Smart Keyboard cover and a much... Read more...
It's no secret that Cyanogen OS co-founder and CEO Kirt McMaster wants to disrupt the mobile market with what he perceives as a better version of Android. He's made comments in the past that, when repeated today, cause investors to squirm, though beyond his unwavering confidence in Cyanogen OS exists a plan of action... Read more...
Researchers from Purdue University have developed a software tool for Android smartphones that purportedly slows down battery drain when handsets enter a  sleep state. With the software tool installed, the researchers claim that smartphone battery life can be extended by nearly 16 percent. Called "HUSH," the... Read more...
When The Washington Post posted a story about the "secret life" of TSA bag handlers, it thought it'd spice up its presentation with a neat shot of master baggage keys being spread in someone's hand like a fan. As it happens, that was unwise, as when it comes to standard keys like those used for baggage, all that's... Read more...
If you thought that news of Windows 10 downloading in the background without your knowledge was the biggest bombshell to come out of Redmond, Washington today, then you’re sorely mistaken. A very interesting rumor is making the rounds that has the possibility to send shockwaves through the entire computing... Read more...
Microsoft Office 2016 is just around the corner, the company confirmed this week. The new version of Office will be “broadly available” for systems running Windows on September 22nd, as we expected. Businesses that have volume licenses will need to wait just a little longer for their copies, which will be available at the Volume Licensing Read more...
A couple of months back (Yes, I’m tardy in reporting. Life gets in the way sometimes.), I was invited to CDW’s headquarters in Vernon Hills, IL for a “red carpet tour” of their facilities to get a firsthand look inside the computer and tech products distributor and reseller giant. The facility is located about 40... Read more...
Well, I can definitely say that I didn’t see that one coming. Sony has long touted the waterproof features of its Xperia devices (both smartphones and tablets) as a differentiator when placed side-by-side with the better-selling competition from Apple and Samsung. For example, the Xperia M5 was announced in early... Read more...
Apple sticks the same tried and true script when it comes to new product launches, especially the iPhone. It consists of unveiling a faster device with improved specs, some feature upgrades, and one standout feature that will make existing iPhone owners feel as though their relatively new device is already obsolete... Read more...
The first level in Super Mario Bros. - we're talking the Nintendo Entertainment System here - goes down as one of the most iconic of all time. In some ways, it's probably one of the most important, as well, as Nintendo showed the industry the right way to start a game. By today's standards, all of Super Mario Bros... Read more...
Market research firm NPD Group released its game sales data for the month of August, which were down 10 percent year-over-year to $207.9 million. This year's new releases just couldn't live up to the blockbuster titles that came out a year ago, including Diablo III for consoles and The Last of Us for PlayStation... Read more...
Foxconn is one of the biggest manufacturers of Apple's iPhone handsets, along with electronic gadgets and gizmos from various other well known companies, and for now, all those devices still require a human element. However,  that might not always be the case as Foxconn dives deeper in robotics. What you may not... Read more...
Google has picked three new cities to consider for its Google Fiber initiative. Irvine, CA, Louisville, KY and San Diego, CA all received public invitations from Google to join the small, but growing list of U.S cities that have Google Fiber’s low-cost gigabit Internet connectivity. Assuming all goes to plan, that... Read more...
Just when we thought that all the hoopla surrounding privacy in Windows 10 and questionable disclosure practices was starting to die down, Microsoft has to go and stir the pot once again with another seemingly overzealous move. It’s not enough that Windows 10 is installed on over 75 million PCs and counting; Microsoft... Read more...
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