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Latest News - September 2015

All News for September 2015

We're so used to seeing the wireless wars being fought by T-Mobile and Sprint that we nearly forgot about the actual phone makers having dogs in this fight. Serving as a reminder of that, Samsung announced an aggressive promotion that involves erasing monthly device payments for select Galaxy devices, along with a... Read more...
Red Digital Cinema is a big name in the professional camera market, and the company’s cameras have been used in films like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, and the upcoming Matt Damon-helmed flick, The Martian. But not every producer can afford Red’s mega-expensive cameras to shoot films that will end up... Read more...
It's not often that we get to talk about Sony's microconsole, the PlayStation TV. In fact, you shouldn't feel bad if you forgot it even existed; since its release outside of Japan last summer, it really hasn't garnered much follow-up coverage. It's too bad, too, because technically, it's a very cool device, especially... Read more...
Apple's decision to add a "Rose Gold" color option to its iPhone line is proving to be a good one. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus became available to the masses on Friday, and in what's becoming a familiar refrain, Apple is expecting its new flagship devices will set a weekend sales record. Long lines formed at... Read more...
YouTube has been planning to introduce subscriptions to remove advertisements from its website for quite some time, and it seems we're on the verge of it finally rolling out. Yesterday, the company sent out an email to content providers requesting them to agree to updated terms; if they fail to do so, their videos... Read more...
Yesterday, we received great news from Activision with the formation of the Call of Duty World League, which will launch in January 2016. Today, however, we’re getting some not-so-great news for owners of last generation Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gaming consoles. Treyarch announced today that the Xbox 360 and PS3... Read more...
When its comes to smartphone operating systems, there’s Android, iOS, and everyone else. BlackBerry had hoped to regain prominence in the smartphone market with its Blackberry 10 operating system, but those plans have faltered. The company has instead chosen to embrace Android for its upcoming Priv flagship slider... Read more...
It’s just about time to close out another week, but not before serving up the latest batch of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On the menu for you all today, we have deals on a Dell Inspiron 3000 small form factor desktop system, a SanDisk Extreme SDHC UHS-I/U3 32GB Memory Card, a Volmate 60W 8-Port... Read more...
Google prides itself on its voice recognition tech, and it's no wonder: it's good. I take advantage of it on a daily basis for the sake of saving the hassle of typing on a small keyboard for messaging, and while there are occasional hiccups, I am forever grateful that the tech is as good as it is. And now, it looks... Read more...
It’s no secret that Obama Administration doesn’t think too highly of smartphone encryption. Officials for the Department of Justice and the FBI have railed against encryption, likening it to obstruction of justice. “The notion that we would market devices that would allow someone to place themselves beyond the law... Read more...
We’re reaching the home stretch in our wait for EA’s Star Wars Battlefront, which looks like it could be one of the best Star Wars games in recent memory. (That is, so long as it doesn’t suffer the miserable launches we’ve seen other blockbusters endure.) After teasing us with promises of an open Beta, the company has... Read more...
Apple's iOS 9 brings a lot of good stuff to the table, but there's one feature in particular that seems long overdue (and likewise, should be available on alternative platforms): "App Slicing". What this allows developers to do is mark assets within their app as being for specific device platforms so that space is not... Read more...
Unlocked smartphones are attractive to customers who are looking for ways to avoid a long-term contract with a carrier, replace a broken phone, or travel overseas. If you’ve shopped for an unlocked phone, you’ll likely have come across a company called Huawei. Huawei ships phones worldwide, though they aren't very well known here in the United... Read more...
Some Apple app developers were caught with their pants around their ankles after it was discovered that a counterfeit version of Apple's free Xcode coding software had injected their creations with malware. The good news for iOS users is that there aren't a lot of high profile apps affected by this. Be that as it may... Read more...
Google is once again taking heat from the Federal Trade Commission, according to Bloomberg. The FTC is apparently in the very early stages of determining whether Google’s handling of its Android mobile phone operating system violated antitrust laws. With both Google and the FTC offering no official information about... Read more...
With devices based on the BlackBerry 10 operating system languishing compared to industry stalwarts running iOS and Android (the company sold just 800,000 smartphones in the previous quarter), BlackBerry needs a backup plan to ensure its survival in the cutthroat smartphone market. As we’ve been reporting for months... Read more...
Samsung on Thursday formally welcomed visitors to its brand new $300 million campus in San Jose, California. The 1.1-million square-foot site is located on the same corner in San Jose's tech corridor where Samsung's original campus was first built over three decades ago, though this is quite a different... Read more...
The steady handed tech surgeons at iFixIt wasted no time getting their mitts on an iPhone 6s Plus model and gutting it like a Halloween pumpkin. Along with the non-Plus version, Apple released its new flagship iPhone models to retail today and the big question everyone wants to know is, will it blend? Second to our... Read more...
Though it's still a bit early, virtual reality has the potential to be the biggest thing to happen to gaming since the advent of 3D graphics. We'll have a better grasp of VR's impact once devices like the Oculus Rift ship, but in the meantime, Epic Games put together a new demo that gives us a glimpse of where we're... Read more...
In recent months, Mozilla rolled out a feature with its Firefox Web browser that allowed people to have free video conversations, in conjunction with a partnership with Telefónica. Overall, it's a great feature to have, albeit in a place most people might not expect. Those who have made use of the feature have had a... Read more...
All-in-one liquid cooled CPU coolers seem to be a dime a dozen lately, but at the core, many of the designs borrow heavily from those of Asetek. In fact, many coolers out there produced by other companies are actually licensed from Asetek directly. So when a company comes along and offers a similar design without... Read more...
Earlier this year, Samsung announced its Oculus-powered Gear VR headset around this time last year, and promised an immersive virtual reality experience for users. In early December, Samsung opened the floodgates by releasing the Gear VR Innovator Edition, which was available to purchase at a steep price of... Read more...
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