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When we last left Joe Belfiore, he announced that he was taking a nine-month-long break from Microsoft to travel the world with his family. Belfiore is Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for the Operating Systems Group and has been the most recognizable face at Microsoft when it comes to championing the Windows... Read more...
If you're surfing the Internet with a browser (a rarity, we know), there's a new bug to be cautious of. With a bit of simple JavaScript, a browser's HTML5 History API can be called upon thousands of times, ultimately causing a meltdown. Of course, a dedicated website (CrashSafari.com) exists to act as a proof of... 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 some Select Crucial and Lexar Memory Products, a Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Skylake-based notebook with touch, a set of Pioneer Andrew Jones Bookshelf Speakers, and more. Full details... Read more...
We’ve been wondering what the next big step would be for the Twitter-owned Periscope live streaming app, and today we got a look at what’s been going on behind the scenes. Periscope announced today that it will support live broadcasting from GoPro action cameras. The Periscope app for iOS was updated to allow for... Read more...
Part of the reason why Uber is so popular is because of its feedback system. Drivers rate passengers and passengers rate drivers, a sort of check-and-balance system between two parties. But what if negative feedback isn't warranted? As a means of investigating complaints, Uber has launched a pilot program that uses... Read more...
Netgear has released a new line of high-end-yet-consumer-friendly NAS drives dubbed the RN210 family. They are available in both two-and-four bay models, and this time around we’ll be examining its two-bay model, the RN212, and everything we cover here applies to the four-bay model as well, which goes by the moniker RN214. The big deal with... Read more...
Google's philanthropic arm, Google.org, is partnering with NetHope to help Syrian refugees in Germany get acclimated to their new environment and take advantage of educational opportunities. The effort consists of a $5.3 million grant to support and fund the launch of Project Reconnect, a program designed to equip... Read more...
I may not be a smart man, but I know what science is. There is no doubt that the Earth is round — it’s a fact that we’ve known for centuries. But that hasn’t stopped some science-averse people from challenging that idea over the years. The latest is rapper B.o.B, who, as it appears, is a few cards short of a full... Read more...
At what point does a device become too big to use as a mobile phone? If you don't want to look silly to passersby, the cutoff point would be well before 8 inches, but that didn't stop Samsung from injecting support for voice calling into its new Galaxy Tab E 8.0, an 8-inch Android tablet that just launched in... Read more...
Sony today announced the formation of Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC, a new company that combines Sony's streaming and online game services such as the PlayStation Store with all facets of its PlayStation console operations, including hardware and software. The new entity will be headquartered in San Mateo, California, along with locations Read more...
If you've ever wanted to learn how to code, we’ve got an awesome deal running in the HotHardware Shop you’ll want to check out. We’ve got almost $2,000 worth of coding tutorials on sale in a pay-what-you-want bundle... How It Works With each Pay What You Want Bundle, you get something incredible for the price of... Read more...
You may have hundreds or even thousands of Facebook friends, but chances are that the vast majority of them would turn their backs on you in a flash if you were truly in need, or at least that's what a recent study suggests. Research from Oxford University’s Robin Dunbar, a professor of evolutionary psychology, found... Read more...
We've been talking about Apple's secret automotive project for what feels like forever, and despite all that's been reported up to this point, the company has stuck to its guns and remains quiet on the matter. At this point, though, we must imagine that Apple has just about given up on trying to keep things a secret... Read more...
Google’s long-needed quest to untangle its core services from the mediocre web of Google+ is finally picking up the pace. The exodus continues today, as you will no longer need a Google+ account in order to access the Play Games service. Google notes that gamers will only have to sign-in once using their standard Google account and will 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 UltraSharp U2913WM panoramic 29" monitor, a Logitech G710+ Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, a Sony KDL-40W600B 40" 1080p LED LCD Smart HDTV, and more. Full details for all of... Read more...
Cortana has already proven itself to be a powerful digital assistant; one the is worthy being compared favorably to similar offerings from Google (Google Now) and Apple (Siri). Microsoft, however, has the advantage of offering Cortana not only on its Windows Phones, but also Windows 10 in addition to Android and... Read more...
Intel’s leadership in chip manufacturing technology has put the company on a steady tick-tock cadence when it comes to major processor releases. The company usually releases a new fabrication process with a “tick” and follows that up with “tock” microarchitecture improvements. The first major hiccup in this... Read more...
Computer hackers accessed personally identifiable information and financial details belonging to around 1,400 University of Virginia workers as part of an email phishing scam, the University announced. An internal investigation determined that the culprits first accessed the stolen records in early November 2014 and... Read more...
Do you think maybe companies are super excited about the prospects of virtual reality? Samsung certainly is, and its efforts aren't stopping at the Gear VR headset it sells, either. Looking at the content creation side of things, the South Korean electronics maker is opening a studio in New York to produce unique programming and to connect Read more...
It's another day, and that means another iPhone rumor. There's already been plenty of online chatter about one of Apple's next generation handsets, one that will bring modern hardware and amenities to customers who prefer a smaller size phone than either the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Rumor has it the phone will be... Read more...
This is turning out to be one heck of a year for geek culture in entertainment. First, fans (both new and old) of the Star Wars franchise were treated to a long awaited sequel to the original trilogy in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and later this year World of Warcraft may be tempted to log off the popular MMORPG long enough to see the movie Read more...
Earlier this month at CES, Samsung announced two new additions to its well-received Tizen-based Gear S2 smartwatch family. While Samsung launched its latest, circular-faced smartwatch family with the sporty $299 Gear S2 and more stately $349 Gear S2 Classic, the expanded lineup now includes two new color hues for the... Read more...
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