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The U.S. Government isn’t too happy about efforts by Silicon Valley to enable device encryption, which keeps user data protected and out of the reach of law enforcement agencies. FBI Director James Comey abhors smartphone encryption, and has come out against it on numerous occasions. “The notion that people have... Read more...
The teeny-tiny PC movement that's leading the Internet of Things (IoT) category is largely dominated by ARM-based processors, and for good reason—they're cheap and capable. That's fine and dandy, but what if you prefer to work with a x86 architecture? You have options, one of them being JaguarBoard, a mini PC project... 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 Latitude 15 3000 Intel Core i7-5500U based notebook with NVIDIA graphics, a set of JBL Yurbuds by Harman Kardon Sport Earphones, a SAMSUNG 850 EVO 2.5" 1TB SATA SSD, and... Read more...
Move over ESPN and make room for Facebook in the sports world. Or more room, we should say. Facebook is already home to hundreds of millions of sports fans, and you might even follow a team or favorite athlete that posts updates in your news feed. The social network is taking things a step further with the... Read more...
One of the best features on the Xbox One was just released this past fall as part of the New Xbox One Experience (NXOE). In addition to providing a Windows 10-based software platform and new community features, the NXOE also brought with it backwards compatible support for Xbox 360 games. Xbox One Backwards... Read more...
Though it still hasn't grabbed consumers like some manufacturers had hoped, the smartwatch market is growing rather quickly, and a number of good options are currently available. For some users, price may be one of the key factors holding them back from buying a smartwatch. While many watches cost at least $250, and... Read more...
One of the rumors buzzing around the tech world this morning was that IBM was in talks to acquire Ustream, a video streaming service claiming to have over 80 million viewers and broadcasters. Not long after rumors hit the web, IBM made it official, announcing that it now owns Ustream, which joins the company's newly formed IBM Cloud Video Read more...
Microsoft has officially revealed its Surface Pro power cord replacement program a day earlier than originally reported. We first brought you news of the recall yesterday, when Microsoft confirmed that power cords shipped with Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 tablets could overheat if “wound too tightly... Read more...
The next frontier in television is cutting the cord with traditional cable and satellite providers in favor of streaming content from the Internet. We've already seen it to some extent with services like Hulu and Netflix, but we're still waiting for that one unbeatable service to rule them all. Apple hopes to be it... Read more...
It appears that 4K fever has struck with a vengeance in the desktop monitor and television sectors as the “Next Big Thing.” 4K displays are even bubbling up in the notebook market with devices like the Dell XPS 15 and Samsung ATIV Book 9 Pro. But what about 4K displays in smartphones? While most would agree that it’s... Read more...
Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that builds most of Apple's iPhone devices and other mobile products, is said to have offered around 600 billion yen ($5.1 billion in U.S. currency) to take over Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp., the latter of which has seen better days. Citing a person familiar with the talks... Read more...
There are tech CEOs, and then there's T-Mobile CEO John Legere. Whereas most wireless CEOs (and tech CEOs in general) are very professional and try to stick to the corporate line when giving interviews or interacting with the public, Legere breaks the mold with his brash commentary and propensity to pepper the... Read more...
One of the most ambitious features Microsoft has packed into Windows 10 Mobile is Continuum, which lets users plug their smartphone into a dock, and then take advantage of it as if it were a PC, complete with mouse, keyboard, and monitor. It's a niche feature, but for those who could take advantage of it, it can prove... Read more...
Late last month, we brought you news that New York City was in the process of installing the first of several thousand LinkNYC hubs that will eventually go up around the city. The LinkNYC hubs will replace the old and outdated phones booths that dot the cityscape and provide blazing fast encrypted 802.11ac Wi-Fi... 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 UP2716D UltraSharp 27" monitor, a Microsoft Surface 3 10.8" tablet, a VIZIO E55-C1 55" 1080p 120Hz LED-backlit Smart TV, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals are... Read more...
Does the name Thomas Parker ring a bell? He electrified the London Underground more than 100 years ago and is generally credited with inventing the first production electric car back in 1884. Gasoline-powered combustion engines would eventually seize the day, and despite recent efforts to return to an era of electric... Read more...
There was once a time when Google Chrome was the fast, fresh-faced browser on the market. Now, seven years after it was first introduced in beta, Chrome has become a lot more bloated and not as lithe as it used to be. Google hopes to change that with its new Brotli compression algorithm, which will take the place of... Read more...
It wasn't long ago when using "gaming" and "all-in-one" in the same sentence would elicit funny or otherwise puzzled stares. And now? While not ubiquitous, AIO systems with gaming chops are much more common and quickly growing in number. You can add to their ranks MSI's upgraded Gaming 24, a Skylake-H powered AIO with... Read more...
If you have a Microsoft Surface Pro tablet, then you need to listen very carefully. Microsoft is about to launch a voluntary recall campaign for the power cords used on its Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 tablets due to overheating concerns. News of the recall was first brought to light by a European... Read more...
Remember HP's weird looking Sprout PC introduced several months ago? Now there's a new version, the Sprout Pro, and this time around HP is focusing on education and enterprise customers who are in better position to utilize the PC's unique setup and capabilities. And by unique, we mean emphasizing its built-in... Read more...
In what Microsoft is pitching as a philanthropic play, the Redmond giant has committed to donating $1 billion worth of cloud services to university researchers and nonprofit organizations over the next three years. The investment is one piece of a three-part initiative to ensure that Microsoft's cloud computing... Read more...
Two weeks ago, we learned that ASUS is finally bringing its ZenFone Zoom to the U.S., one year after it was first announced. At the time, ASUS said that the smartphone would be available in February, but gave no further details. Today, we’re learning that the ZenFone Zoom will be available exclusively from B&H... Read more...
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