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Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On the menu today, we have deals on a Microsoft Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Membership, a Dell Inspiron 15 (7559) Core i5-6300HQ based gaming laptop, a Silicon Power 64GB MicroSDXC UHS-1 Class10 Memory Card, and more. Full... Read more...
As we've talked about a number of times in the past, Google is very keen on taking good advantage of deep-learning to help accomplish some amazing things. Its latest venture could affect us in a very direct way: by making it easier to search for specific photos in our collection. Object identification is already a... Read more...
We had good things to say about Asus’ super-slim ZenBook UX305 when we evaluated it early last year. Attractive, sturdy, and downright tiny, the UX305 was a good value for the price, and it had good looks too. A year later, the ZenBook is back with the updated UX305CA, so we got one in to see if the newer version is... Read more...
As Destiny would have it (see what we did there?), Harold Ryan is stepping away from his role as Chief Executive Officer of Bungie after being with the studio for over 15 years. Pete Parsons, former Chief Operating Office, is replacing Ryan as Bungie continues development on Destiny 2, which was just recently reported... Read more...
We guess it’s a bad month for power adapters in the world of tech. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a recall program to replace defective power cords on the first three generations of its Surface Pro tablets due to a fire risk. Now, Apple is joining the fray by recalling certain power adapters that shipped with... Read more...
We've all misplaced things—keys, smartphone, USB flash drive—but have you ever lost half a dozen hard drives? Healthcare provider Centene Corporation did and it's currently conducting an "ongoing comprehensive internal search" for the missing HDDs, the company announced this week. Centene discovered it was six hard... Read more...
Another day, another report of a security breach, this latest one affecting Wendy's, a nationwide chain of fast food restaurants. Wendy's has hired a security firm to help investigate claims that someone hacked its systems, a decision the chain made after being alerted to potential credit card fraud tracing back to... Read more...
It now looks as though we can chalk up yet another win for computer users around the globe, as Oracle has announced that it is “moving to a plugin-free web” from this point forward. And thankfully, that means that demise of the hated Java browser plugin. Like Adobe Flash, the Java plugin has long been a dangerous... Read more...
Look around at any given time and you're likely to see multiple people actively using a smartphone. They're everywhere these days, and in the fourth quarter of 2015, hundreds of millions of more smartphone devices infiltrated the market—404.5 million to be exact, up 6 percent annually from 380.1 million units shipped... Read more...
We’ve got a bunch of useful services bundled together and on sale in the HotHardware Shop at the moment. Organization tools, could storage, a private phone number, and a VPN service are currently 87% off and available for under 60 bucks for the whole shebang... Description Take a good, hard look at how you allocate your time on the computer Read more...
Windows 10 users who are in the Insider Preview program and happen to be games (which is likely a big portion of the audience) were disappointed to learn that the the most recently released build was an absolute mess for gaming. An issue with the graphics stack caused crashing issues for many popular PC games... Read more...
If there’s one U.S. industry that could use a healthy dose or regulation, it’s likely the cable industry. The cable industry has been slow to change and adapt to new technologies because existing regulations have allowed it to basically get it way, commanding service monopolies (or duopolies) in most regions and... 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 Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 Intel Core i7-6700HQ based gaming notebook, a Dell S2716DG 27" 2560x1440 144Hz NVIDIA G-SYNC LED-backlit Monitor, a BÖHM 60W Sound Bar, and more. Full details... Read more...
It’s no secret that we’re fond of products from Das Keyboard; we’ve given them favorable reviews over the years due to their solid construction and giving customers the choice of switch types to suits their preferences. However, the keyboards have also sometimes lacked features that gamers would prefer including... Read more...
If you're a Firefox user and haven't upgraded to the newest version yet, go grab it. Once you do, you can start to receive push notifications from your favorite websites, a functionality Mozilla added to Firefox 44 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and one that already existed in both Apple's Safari and Google's Chrome... Read more...
In a broad sense, there are two types of keyboards in this world—those that use mechanical key switches and those that don't. If that sounds like something a keyboard snob would say, so be it, this editor stands guilty as charged, and happily so. We can accept that not everyone will find just cause to spend a premium... Read more...
Though they're bitter rivals in the mobile space, Samsung and Apple often show each other the sincerest form of flattery, which is imitation. You can argue that one copies the other more often, but they both do it, often to the benefit of customers. The latest example of this has Samsung planning to roll out a Galaxy... Read more...
It’s hard to believe that an e-commerce company that was started over 20 years ago has yet to take part in Super Bowl festivities. But such its the case with Amazon, which has instead poured its money into building out its infrastructure, padding its vast streaming video library, and adding additional perks for its... Read more...
A father in Canada is relieved that Microsoft dismissed a bill his son had racked up for in-game charges on this Xbox system just before Christmas. Had Microsoft decided to let the charges stand, as it initially did (more on that in a moment), he would have owed his credit card company more than $8,200, a tremendous... Read more...
Chocolates and flowers are what usually come to mind as gift ideas for Valentine's Day, but Google has something else you might love. Just one week removed from permanently slashing the price of its Nexus 5X by $30 to $349, the sultan of search has issued another price drop, this one $50 and presumably a temporary one in celebration of the Read more...
Analysts have been predicting gloom and doom for Apple for the past few months, as you can see from its stock price which has dipped below $100 again after reaching highs in the $130s early in 2015. To be sure, there is definite cause for concern, but Apple still posted its highest profit ever during fiscal Q1 2016... Read more...
At this point, it has to be tough for Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile users. Besides the fact that Microsoft's smartphone operating system has global market share in the low single-digits, its app ecosystem isn’t nearly as healthy as what’s available on iOS or Android. And even when Microsoft develops interesting... Read more...
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