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Synaptics was been working on a comprehensive, yet simple to use, fingerprint authentication technology that the company hopes will make a big splash with gamers and corporate users alike. Although it’s had a couple of names over the last year or so, Synaptics’ upcoming IronVeil technology -- as it is now known -- is... Read more...
If you’ve been thinking about learning Linux, we’ve got a deal running in the HotHardware Shop that may be right for you. A Linux Power User Bundle with over 22 hours of learning materials is 97% off, and available for only $19. Check it out... Description The success of any site or app begins and ends with the... Read more...
AT&T raised a few eyebrows when it launched its Sponsored Data program two years ago. Sponsored Data allows companies to deliver content (free of charge to you) without cutting into your mobile data allowance. AT&T was spooked by net neutrality concerns over Sponsored Data and has pretty much kept a low-profile since... Read more...
At an event held in San Francisco earlier today, Intel's Tom Garrison heralded the benefits of his company's sixth-generation Skylake vPro processors for business users. While these CPUs are not brand-new (they came out at the same time as the rest of Intel's Skylake lineup this past fall), the company has waited... Read more...
Mojang, the creator of Minecraft, was bought by Microsoft for a staggering $2.5 billion in late 2014. The game continues to capture the imagination of millions around the globe, and has especially become an important learning tool for children in the classroom (and even college students). Today, Microsoft is... Read more...
Welcome back for another installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On the menu for you all today, we have deals on select SwissGear Laptop Backpacks, an ASUS Transformer Book T200TA 2-in-1, a TRENDnet TEW-828DRU AC3200 DD-WRT Gigabit Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router, and more. Full details for all of... Read more...
Pakistan has ended its ban on YouTube that began in 2012 over "Innocence of Muslims," an anti-Islam movie upload that triggered demonstrations and violent protests in various countries, Pakistan among them. Over a dozen people died in protests that took place in Pakistan. The ban was to remain in place until Google allowed government officials Read more...
Dell has some enticing new hardware on tap for its newest Inspiron 7000 series laptops, including the latest and most powerful Intel Skylake processors and NVIDIA GPUs, but the computer maker sent us a decidedly modest version for this evaluation. PC makers usually load their review systems to the hilt, in an effort to make them perform well... Read more...
In a letter sent to customers, Time Warner Cable (TWC) announced a series of price hikes for its various TV programming and Internet services. Perhaps ill timed, the price increases come less than two weeks after New York regulators approved TWC's proposed merger with Charter Communications. Charter confirmed back... Read more...
We know that Apple is playing hardball with the U.S. government and law enforcement when it comes to device encryption and protecting the privacy of its customers. But that ardent defense of its users also exists after death — even when it’s a loved one that is requesting access to a deceased family member’s Apple ID... Read more...
Apple, Samsung, and Sony are among a list of "major electronic brands" that Amnesty International, a human rights group, says failed to perform "basic checks to ensure that cobalt mined by child laborers has not been used in the their products." Specifically, cobalt is a critical material used in lithium-ion... Read more...
Most of us were introduced to High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) DRAM courtesy of AMD’s Fury family of graphics cards, each of which sports 4GB of HBM. HBM allows Fury GPUs to tout an impressive 512GB/sec of memory bandwidth, but perhaps that just isn’t enough to fuel the next generation of graphics cards in the... Read more...
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump often talks of restoring America to its former glory and that he has the business savvy to make it happen. How? He's thrown out some lofty goals in various debates and speeches, now among them is his intent to somehow convince (or force) Apple to return manufacturing of its... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two And A Half Geeks, Dave, Paul and Marco talk about some of the best technology we saw at CES, including OLED-equipped notebooks from Lenovo, HP, and Alienware, the latest VR experiences, Self-Driving Cars, Killer PCs and more... Show Notes: 02:35 – VR Experience With... Read more...
It seems like just yesterday when we reported on some inattentive Galaxy Note 5 users inserting their S-Pen backwards, which in turn got it stuck within its silo. While removing the S-Pen was for the most part possible (if enough force was used), it would invariably break the pen detection on the smartphone. When... Read more...
GIGABYTE is a big fan of giving its customers choice on the motherboard front, which sometimes involves releases that support brand-new architectures on older hardware, or hardware you might not even expect. This past spring, for example, the company released EFI updates to allow its FM2+ boards to run AMD's Godavari... Read more...
A little over a week ago, officials from the Obama administration met with some of the biggest names in tech, including senior executives from Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo. Administration officials in attendance included Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, National... Read more...
When it comes to successful return landings for its Falcon 9 reusable rockets on Earth, it looks as though SpaceX has everything figured out. Things haven’t looked so hot at-sea, however, with SpaceX racking up two previous failures prior to yesterday’s third failed landing attempt on a floating droneship in the... Read more...
AOL has a reputation that precedes it, and that's not necessarily a good thing. When most people think of AOL, they remember the dial-up service from years ago. Heck, some of you reading this might even still have those trial CDs that AOL flooded the market with. But there's more to AOL than that -- much more -- and for that reason, a brand Read more...
AMD is making a stink about SYSmark, a popular benchmarking program that's been around for many years, and one the chip designer says is not reliable. Rather than provide meaningful results and information, AMD claims SYSmark unfairly favors Intel products and puts too much emphasis on strict CPU performance above all... 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 Optiplex 5040 SFF Core i7-6700 based system, an HP ENVY 15t Slim Core i7-6700HQ based laptop, a Kingston HyperX FURY 16GB (2x8GB) 1600MHz CL10 DDR3 Memory Kit, and more. Full... Read more...
Could it be the end of the line for Microsoft’s (and formerly Nokia’s) Lumia brand of smartphones? According to a new report, the upcoming Lumia 650 will be the last smartphone to wear the Lumia branding. The Lumia 650 will reportedly be unveiled on February 1st, and there will likely be little fanfare whatsoever... Read more...
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