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If you’re the owner of a new Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL Windows 10 Mobile smartphone, Microsoft is just about to make your day a little bit brighter. The company announced that it will soon be giving customers a free one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal as a gift for purchasing its latest flagship... Read more...
Welcome back for a fresh installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a 1-Year Sony Playstation Plus membership, a Dell Inspiron 15 5000 series laptop, an LG 29UM67 29" 2560x1080 21:9 Ultra-wide IPS Monitor, and more. Full details for all of today’s... Read more...
Well here's some fantastic news, many of you reading this need not bother with paying a premium for discrete graphics in your next build!  Do you believe it? That's the exaggerated takeaway from Intel's claim that its integrated Iris and Iris Pro graphics can hang with and overpower 80 percent of the graphics chips on... Read more...
Seagate is a bit late to the helium party, but this week announced its first 10TB enterprise-class helium-filled 3.5-inch hard drive. Although they have yet to reach retail shelves (neither brick and mortar or online), e-commerce giant Alibaba and smartphone darling Huawei are currently sampling the drives. Western... Read more...
Legislatures in New York have drafted a bill that, if passed, would require Apple and other smartphone makers to provide backdoors to encrypted handsets for law enforcement officials or otherwise eliminate encryption altogether. Failure to do so would result in a $2,500 fine per device, a sum that would quickly add... Read more...
Microsoft announced yesterday that it is expanding Windows 10 upgrades to include small businesses that currently deploy systems running Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. Business users in certain scenarios have been immune from Microsoft’s incredibly persistent “Get Windows 10” app notifications, but that all changes... Read more...
GoPro might have been better off waiting until the weekend to report preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015. Instead, it held off until after trading hours yesterday to reveal an expected revenue miss and anticipated job cuts only to wake up to a plummeting stock... Read more...
Samsung today announced that it's begun mass producing 14nm LPP (Low-Power Plus) logic chips based on its three-dimensional (3D) FinFET process. The South Korean chip maker also confirmed that Qualcomm is among its "many foundry customers" and that it is fabricating Qualcomm's forthcoming Snapdragon 820... Read more...
AMD is adding a new family of Opterons to its enterprise processor line-up today called the Opteron A1100 series. Unlike AMD’s previous enterprise offerings, however, these new additions are packing ARM-based processor cores, not the X86 cores AMD has been producing for years. The Opteron A1100 series is designed for... Read more...
It what seems to be an increasing occurrence for gaming consoles (on both the Microsoft and Sony sides of the aisle), Microsoft experienced an extended Xbox Live outage yesterday that affected millions of gamers across the globe. The outage affected both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One game consoles, making it impossible... Read more...
Yesterday, we were treated to the Xiaomi Redmi 3, a mid-range smartphone that some pretty stellar specs with a $107 price tag attached. Today, we’re getting a first look at Xiaomi’s latest flagship which costs 6 times at much as the Redmi 3 — but do the specs warrant the significant jump in price? Well, you be the... Read more...
As vast and widespread as the Internet is, the old adage "it's a small world" still seems to apply. It has had been widely reported that IP addresses are fast becoming a precious commodity, with IPV4 addresses completely allocated now and the future of Internet address identification and location reliant on IPV6 for... Read more...
First there was NWA, and now there’s CWA: Crackas With Attitude. But we’re not talking about gangsta rap groups today; instead, we’re talking about the hacker group that is claiming responsibility for accessing personal accounts belonging to James Clapper, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence. The leader of... Read more...
When it comes to virtual reality technologies, the consensus is that seeing is believing. However, VR isn't just about treating your eyeballs to a plethora of realistic visuals, it's about bombarding the senses as a whole for a truly immersive experience. With that goal in mind, Google today announced the addition of... Read more...
Poland may be the perennial butt of jokes, but one thing is certain: its citizens are sometimes the very first to get fresh releases of operating systems. When LG starting rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop and Android 6.0 Marshmallow to its smartphones, it first did so in Poland. Today, we’re learning that T-Mobile... Read more...
Leslie Benzies, lead developer on the hugely popular Grand Theft Auto series and head of Rockstar North, has left the building. The 44-year-old game programmer is moving on, though it's not clear if he has other projects he wants to pursue or is simply retiring after an impressive career that spanned 17 years in the... 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 128GB iPad Pro, a Dell UltraSharp U3415W 34" Curved Display, a Philips BT3500B/37 Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals are... Read more...
It didn't take long for Apple to rise up and claim the top spot in the smartwatch market, at least unofficially. Apple still hasn't revealed sales or shipment figures for its Apple Watch line of wearables, but a new report by market research firm Juniper Research pegs Apple as having shipped 51.5 percent of the... Read more...
If you bought a carrier-locked Verizon Moto X (2014), it’s understandable that you’re probably a bit angry at Lenovo (Motorola) right now. Although we would hardly call the Moto X an ancient device, Motorola made it clear that it will only provide a Marshmallow update to North American customers running the “Pure... Read more...
Remember when being a Prime member at Amazon simply meant free two-day shipping on qualified items? That perk in and of itself made the Prime membership worth it, but rather than stop there, Amazon has continually added more reasons to consider joining, the latest of which is a 20 percent discount on new... Read more...
Clay Bavor - left (Image Source: eVRydayVR)      It looks as though everyone wants a hand in the burgeoning virtual reality (VR) scene these days. Facebook has the Oculus Rift under its wing, Sony has the PlayStation VR, HTC and Valve are cooking up Vive, and Microsoft is testing the augmented reality waters with... Read more...
Google seems to have gotten the memo that a price cut for its Nexus 5X handset would be much appreciated, and so the powers that be in Mountain View made it happen. The Nexus 5X is now permanently lightened by $30, bringing the cost down for $349 for the 16GB model and $399 for the 32GB version, both unlocked and off-contract. For what Read more...
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