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It should strike no one as a surprise that digital video has become big business. Let be more accurate; it's a huge business. When Google purchased YouTube almost ten years ago, there were few people who truly understood what it'd become. Today it's one of the most popular websites on the planet, ranking 3rd globally... Read more...
We've talked a handful of times in the past about Microsoft's upcoming major Windows 10 update called 'Redstone', one that should add polish that the company would have liked to see in the OS' initial release. While there's still much to learn about this update, we do know that it will bring substantial updates to... Read more...
You could hear the collective groan from the enthusiast community when Dell announced it had purchased Alienware, in what now feels like 100 years ago. It's actually been just shy of a decade since Dell took ownership, and rather than let the Alienware brand wither into irrelevance like some other boutique vendors that were later absorbed... Read more...
For anyone keeping score of the modern generation console wars, it appears that Sony winning the battle of sales against rival Microsoft, as has been the case since the beginning. What's interesting is not just that Sony's sold more PlayStation 4 consoles than Microsoft has of its Xbox One, but that the disparity... Read more...
It may have sounded outlandish when Tesla CEO Elon Musk made the bold visionary claim that some day "human drivers could be outawed," but the latest study out of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute doesn't exactly paint a rosy picture for us modern homo sapiens. Alphabet's Google business unit commissioned a... Read more...
Still on a euphoric high after its successful powered landing of a Falcon 9 rocket last month, SpaceX is looking to achieve the feat again. However, instead of attempting a relatively “easy” landing on solid ground, SpaceX is once again aiming for the fences and will attempt another landing on a floating barge at... Read more...
Just before Christmas, Microsoft Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela seemingly confirmed the existence of a new mid-range smartphone: the Lumia 650. Capossela was asked by Microsoft watchers Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott when the [until this point] unannounced product would be released. Instead of avoiding the... Read more...
Before Microsoft can complete its plan to rule the world with Windows 10, it will have to figure out how to tackle the smartphone market, one that's largely eluded the Redmond outfit over the years. The latest data from market research firm comScore has Microsoft clinging to a less than 3 percent share of the... Read more...
EVGA set up shop in a swank suite at the Bellagio Hotel a short distance away from the craziness of the Las Vegas Convention Center, to display its latest products to CES attendees. As you’d expect, EVGA had a wide array of motherboards and NVIDIA GPU-based graphics cards on hand, including a custom GeForce GTX 980 Ti... Read more...
Solid State Drive technology continues to make big strides in performance, reliability and cost. And of course, at CES 2016 there were a number of storage manufacturers on hand showing off their latest grear, though none made quite the splash that Toshiba's OCZ Technology group made with the annoucement of their new... Read more...
We had a chance to visit Gigabyte this week at CES, and as always, the company had plenty to showcase for our eager eyes. On tap were new Skylake BRIX mini-PCs, new WINDFORCE graphics cards, a new gaming laptop and a familiar 34-inch curved AIO machine. First up, however, is Gigabyte’s refreshed BRIX mini-PCs which... 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 Dell Optiplex 3020 Micro PC, a ZeroLemon ToughJuice 30000mAh Portable Charger, an ASUS F555LA-AB31 Intel Core i3-5010U-based laptop and more. Full details for all of today’s deals... Read more...
When millions of customers open their wallets to buy the next generation iPhone, they may have to pull out a little more cash than they anticipated. Unverified reports that Apple is planning to remove the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of Lightning audio have been picking up steam online. If the rumor... Read more...
A key part of Microsoft's strategy to unite devices from different categories under a single ecosystem is wireless connectivity. To help facilitate a wireless movement, Microsoft is taking matters into its own hands with a new "Cellular Data" app (free download from the Windows Store) and accompanying SIM card for... Read more...
In case you didn’t already know, there’s a clear distinction between Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 when it comes to product support from Microsoft. Windows 8 was released to consumers on October 26th, 2012, while Windows 8.1’s wide release took place on October 17th, 2013. But since Microsoft see Windows 8.1 as a service... Read more...
There was a time when the Motorola brand was a big deal in the mobile phone space. Remember all those Razr flip phones that were all the rage? That was Motorola's heyday, and it's now a distant memory, have given way to the likes of Apple, Samsung, and HTC. And starting soon, the Motorola brand will no longer be found... Read more...
After making waves at IDF 2015 in August, Project Tango is closer to appearing on consumer phones. In fact, Google and Lenovo announced at CES 2016 that they already have a prototype phone that features the augmented reality kit and plan to launch it this year. Google released renderings of a Lenovo phone with Project... Read more...
After complaints surfaced that some backwards compatible Xbox 360 games weren't running properly on the Xbox One, software engineers at Microsoft got busy working on a system update, one that is now available. Early reports are that certain Xbox 360 games are running much better after applying the... Read more...
If you're a fan of online drama, grab a bucket of popcorn and get cozy, the show has already begun. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to call it a showdown involving T-Mobile and its outspoken CEO John Legere versus everyone who doesn't agree with the wireless carrier's Binge On program, particularly the EFF. In... Read more...
For the most part, AMD used the Consumer Electronics Show to talk about the initiatives and upcoming products we’ve already discussed over the last few weeks, like FreeSync over HDMI and next-gen display technologies like HDR, GPUOpen, and the Polaris GPU architecture. In fact, the demo we wrote about in our Polaris... Read more...
If you’re a fan of Intel’s NUC series of mini PCs, the chip giant is back at it again with a refresh built on its Skylake processor platform. The big news of course comes under the hood in the form of two ultrabook-class processors: the dual-core U-Series Core i3-6100U and Core i5-6260U. The Core i3-6100U comes... Read more...
T-Mobile is coming under fire from all sides for its Binge On streaming initiative. Binge On, which is on by default, reduces the quality of streaming services to 480p in order to lessen the strain on T-Mobile’s wireless network. In return, customers are afforded unlimited streaming without tapping into their monthly... Read more...
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