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Latest News - January 2016

All News for January 2016

We have been hearing about the next iteration of DDR for graphics for the past handful of months, and now, the folks at JEDEC have made it official. Called GDDR5X (the full standard is called JESD232 GDDDR5X SGRAM), this memory is designed to be twice as fast as GDDR5 per clock, boasting total throughput rates of... Read more...
Nest Labs hoped to spark an Internet of Things (IoT) revolution with the introduction of the Nest Learning Thermostat. After all, many homeowners had never encountered a thermostat that was so adept at maintaining heat/cooling levels using a bevy of sensors and software magic while shutting off when you left the room... Read more...
If you're a gamer who's planning to travel to Amsterdam in the future, there's a new hotel that's well worth checking out. Called "The Arcade", its name doesn't leave much to the imagination. This is a hotel that caters to gamers through and through, and the only reason we'd imagine a gamer wouldn't want to check in... Read more...
As long as Apple exists and continues to make smartphones, there will always be iPhone rumors, some of which are based on pure speculation while others are legitimate and/or Apple-controlled leaks designed to build up hype and publicity. Sifting through the reports to figure out what's real and what's a bunch of... Read more...
Internet and computer security is a very complex field that continues to challenge even the experts as new compromises and hacks are developed, discovered and exploited. However, password security, you would think is a pretty simple, straight-forward topic. Drop in a string of characters that are hard to guess and crooks and hackers looking Read more...
Apple still hasn't admitted that it's planning to release its own brand of electric vehicle in the near-future, but it's a secret to no one at this point that it's going to happen - barring some unforeseen occurrence, of course. In October, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that a "massive change" would be coming to the auto... Read more...
We've talked a lot about "machine-learning" over the past couple of years, and it's for one good reason: small and large companies alike are taking it very seriously. Just a couple of weeks ago, we reported that Yahoo released a huge 13.5TB trove of data to be used for machine-learning, and at the same time, we... Read more...
Can't get enough of quarter munchers of yore? Well, if you don't mind being strapped to a computer, you might want to pay attention to a new mega compilation that Atari will be releasing this spring. Called Atari Vault, this compilation will feature a treasure trove of 100 classic titles, including Asteroids... Read more...
Exploding Kittens, at one time the most monetarily funded project on Kickstarter and still the record holder for attracting the most backers, is now available to purchase as an app in Apple's App Store. It's proving just as popular in app form, having risen to the top spot after just one day, leapfrogging Minecraft:... Read more...
Microsoft caused a lot of confusion and anger in the enthusiast community when it was announced that customers running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on Skylake hardware would no longer be officially supported after July 17th, 2017. That means critical security updates will no longer be delivered to these systems, and even... Read more...
Since its initial release over a decade ago, Skype has evolved to become the de facto application for those wanting to chat online. It works great as a simple messenger, but also quite well for 1v1 video chats, or even group chats. While the service might have its own caveats, its reliability has effectively locked in a great number of people. Because Read more...
It’s just about time to close out another week, but before we got, we’ve got a fresh batch of HOT deals for you. On tap for you all this Friday, we have deals on a Core i7-based Alienware Steam Machine, a Dell Inspiron (3847) desktop machine with Windows 7, a Mad Catz M.O.J.O. 16GB Android Micro-Console, and a whole... Read more...
These days, smartphones have become an extension of ourselves. Many of us can’t even go a few hours without a smartphones attached to our hip, so it stands to reason that a lost smartphone is enough to send someone over the edge. Luckily, smartphones running popular operating systems like Android and iOS have built-in... Read more...
We dug the original Intel Compute Stick that launched last year. If you recall, the original Compute Stick was a tiny, Atom-powered device that could turn any HDMI-equipped display into a basic PC. The low-power nature of the Compute Stick meant it was ideally suited for every-day, less-demanding computing tasks, and... Read more...
Do you have a tough time getting up in the morning? If your routine involves hitting the snooze button on your alarm only to go right back to sleep and repeat the cycle half a dozen times, then you might want to give Microsoft's latest app a try. It's called Mimicker Alarm, and it's one of a growing list of... Read more...
If you have even a passing interest in technology, then you've likely heard about the recent advances in virtual reality. It's the hottest topic in tech right now, particularly as Oculus and HTC ready the release of their respective headsets, and it's drawing in players both big and small. With regards to the former... Read more...
Windows Insiders sitting pretty in the Fast ring have a new Windows 10 build to play with and test out, build 11102, but there's something you should know before you rush out and grab it. The new build has a few known issues, including one that could negatively impact your gaming experience in several popular... Read more...
There's a good reason why Google is the default search engine in Safari on iOS, Apple's mobile operating system. It's all about the Benjamins, which collectively totaled $1 billion in 2014, the amount Google paid Apple as part of a revenue sharing agreement to keep its search engine as the default on iPhones and... Read more...
Microsoft announced its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book tablets way back in early October, however, those clamoring to purchase the most expensive SKUs have been left holding on to their credit cards in disappointment. Well, the wait is over, and Microsoft has announced that range-topping SKUs of both tablets are... Read more...
Word on the street is that Microsoft is ready to bury its Lumia brand and move in a different direction with Windows 10 Mobile smartphones developed by its Surface hardware team. Microsoft for all intents and purposes confirmed the development, with Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela stating, that the phone would... Read more...
If you’re in the market for an inexpensive smartwatch, we’ve got just the thing. The Martian Notifier Smartwatch is currently 72% off in the HotHardware Shop and available for just under 36 bucks. It’s available in black, red, or white and there’s free shipping too... Description  More than your run-of-the-mill wearable, the Martian Notifier Read more...
It's no secret that success seen from creating a mobile app could be huge if done right. Small companies have become massive, all thanks to a single app. Look at King and its Candy Crush series as a great example. Knowing the possibilities and acting on them are two different things, though, and getting into the... Read more...
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