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All News for January 2016

It appears that last week’s report, and our assertion that Microsoft wouldn’t take long to announce some big news on Windows 10 device activations have been proven true. In a statement sent to HotHardware this morning, Microsoft confirmed that there are now over 200 million devices globally that have an activated copy... Read more...
Acer's blitzing the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas with several new products, and included among them are a bunch of additions to its monitor lineup. Featuring high quality in-plane switching (IPS) panels, each of the new monitors bring something unique to the table, starting with the incredibly thin... Read more...
We’ve seen plenty of all-in-one PCs comes across our news desk, but none quite like this latest offering from MAINGEAR. Quite frankly, we don’t typically think of all-in-one PCs as being powerhouse systems, but MAINGEAR obviously doesn’t feel that way. So we present you with the MAINGEAR ALPHA 34, which manages to... Read more...
It’s time to start another week and we're 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 Optiplex 5040 SFF PC, an Amazon Fire TV, an NVIDIA SHIELD portable gaming console, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals are... Read more...
When you're swimming in money like Mark Zuckerberg, you have to invent ways to entertain yourself -- I imagine it eventually gets old simply buying anything and everything you want. To keep himself grounded and in a constant state of growth, the Facebook co-founder tackles a personal challenge every year. Last year it... Read more...
At a show where huge, elaborate booths are the norm, LG always manages to outshine most. Year after year, it walks journalists and other attendees through massive displays that positively bristle with new electronics and enormous TVs that fill the room with color. This year, LG is rocking the Consumer Electronics Show... Read more...
Samsung has a new boss in charge of its mobile division, D.J. Koh, and the pressure's on to turn things around after a series of missteps that led to a changing of the guard. His first real test will be the impending launch of Samsung's Galaxy S7 handset, an as-yet unannounced phone that's rumored to ship with a... Read more...
Long gone are the days when a tape deck and digital display constituted a fancy in-car stereo system. In today's connected world, dashboard entertainment is becoming ever more sophisticated and convenient, a fact that's highlighted by Ford expanding its SYNC connectivity system to include support for Apple CarPlay... Read more...
Traditionally the go-to form factor for portable storage has been the USB flash drive. Samsung may change that way of thinking. Following up on the release of its blazing fast Portable SSD T1, Samsung today announced the Portable SSD T3, essentially an upgraded version of its predecessor with copious storage options... Read more...
A few weeks back, we attended a summit hosted by AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group. A number of new initiatives and technologies were disclosed at the event, including AMD’s plans to support FreeSync over HDMI along with other new display technologies. Also discussed was the company’s GPUOpen... Read more...
While Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 family of announcements was full of sexy looking hardware that is sure to impress both business customers and discerning general consumers. However, Lenovo also has to cater to its more mainstream business customers, and as such, the company has also updated the rest of its more plebian... Read more...
Lenovo is reTHINKing its product lineup for 2016 and from the looks of things, elite business users are going to be in for a real treat with a whole family of devices ranging from tablets to ultra-portables to thin desktop clients. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has always been one of our favorite ultraportable laptops... Read more...
Smartwatches in general have been met with much skepticism ever since they started crossing most peoples’ radars in 2014. The biggest criticism leveled against smartwatches is that they duplicate much of the functionality found on smartphones (which themselves are already quite convenient), in turn making them $250+... Read more...
Microsoft is really pushing its Windows 10 operating system, and many people are actually taking the plunge. After all, Windows 10 is free upgrade for customers running Windows 7 and Windows 8, so it’s a compelling option for those that want to have the latest and greatest operating system at their fingertips. Windows... Read more...
Good news, Final Fantasy fans! It's just been confirmed that Final Fantasy XV is going to be released at some point in 2016, for both Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4. Unfortunately, Square Enix has no current plans to release the game for the PC, which is a huge bummer for those who don't own a... Read more...
Over the past couple of years, and especially since the Snowden revelations, the general public has become more aware of the importance of protecting themselves while enhancing their privacy. You might think, then, that the majority of those folks would be in favor of abolishing warrantless wiretapping of our Internet... Read more...
According to an eSports tracking website, Activision has just purchased "substantially all" of the assets belonging to Major League Gaming. At the moment, this should be considered a rumor, as only a single source has information on it. However, the "proof" does look quite convincing. If the information is... Read more...
Microsoft is hoping to court a new legion of smartphone users with its Windows 10 Mobile operating system. Unfortunately for Microsoft, a number of missteps is threatening to derail what otherwise is shaping up to be a credible alternative to the market dominant Android and still popular iOS smartphone... Read more...
A couple of months ago, chip monolith Qualcomm unveiled that it was developing a platform to help us take our drones to the next level. Aptly-named Snapdragon Flight, this is an all-in-one platform that lets drone creators produce some of the most advanced models we've ever seen, and we're not simply talking about... Read more...
Carrier IQ, the controversial network diagnostics firm that once stood accused of violating Federal wiretapping laws, is no longer a standalone business. The website is gone and so are most of its employees. That's because it's been picked over by AT&T, which bought the rights to the company's software. "We've... Read more...
Tesla Motors’ Model S is regular in the news, mostly for being a rather kickass electric vehicle. In its most potent guise, the Model S P85D in ‘Ludicrous Mode’ packs nearly 700hp and can rip off 0-60 times of less than 3 seconds and completes the 1/4 mile run in 10.9 seconds. However, one particular Model S in... Read more...
The open source community has lost a giant contributor this past Monday. His name is Ian Murdock, founder of the Debian Project, which he created while attending Purdue University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in computer science in 1996. Sadly, Murdock is dead at 42, having seemingly taken his own life just... Read more...
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