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In the media world, consolidation is the new name of the game and AT&T is trying to win it by making major acquisitions. It already purchased satellite TV provider DirecTV for $49 billion last year, and now it will look to gain regulatory approval to buy Time Warner for around $85.4 billion. Should the deal go... Read more...
Maybe he’s the hero the United States “deserves, but not the one it needs right now”. It looks like the United States has its own hacking Dark Knight. American vigilante hacker “The Jester” gained unauthorized access to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and left a very interesting message for the Russian... Read more...
It's beginning to look a lot like the latest smartphone trend is spontaneous combustion. While some smartphone vendors are probably crossing their fingers hoping that these problems exist with only Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, there have been a couple of non-Samsung exceptions slipping out over the past month or so as... Read more...
It is likely that LG's next generation G series phone, currently expected to be branded the LG G6, will ditch modular accessories. The LG G5 did not sell as well as anticipated, and some theorize its under-performance was due to the unpopular modular accessories and possibly the modular design itself.  Korean... Read more...
Most smartphone manufacturers usually work on their latest creations under highly secretive conditions.  ZTE is taking a different approach with an upcoming product, however, and turned to the public for opinions and design ideas. The end result is a smartphone unlike anything currently on the market.  Right off... Read more...
Is a website responsible for the actions of its users? A recent court case between online marketplace and homestay network Airbnb and New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will settle the question of whether or not a company such as Airbnb is responsible for a user’s illegal activities. The lawsuit alleges... Read more...
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has accused the election of being rigged with the participation of a biased media, and if the largest social network in the world started deleting his posts, he'd have more ammunition to fire off those claims. Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg isn't going to let that happen... Read more...
So here we go again, another "massive and sustained Internet attack" made possible by a large collection of hacked Internet of Things (IoT) devices, things such as CCTV video cameras, digital video records, all sorts of smart home gadgets with a connection to the Internet, KrebsOnSecurity has determined. This is not... Read more...
This past week has been rife with controversial news related to the U.S. election. Of course, there is always an inordinate amount of news during an election cycle, but this week in particular began with some big stories. First, the U.S. officially accused Russia for the infamous DNC hack that outed the Hillary... Read more...
Microsoft Surface tablets have come under fire by one of the most successful head coaches in the history of the National Football League and by extension one of the most successful NFL teams, so the exposure is significant. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is done with using tablets on the sidelines.  As outside... Read more...
One thing that Google and automakers such as General Motors and Volkswagen can all agree on is that California's proposed rules on self-driving cars, while perhaps penned with good intentions, would hamper efforts to develop and test potentially life saving autonomous vehicle technologies. They could also lead to... Read more...
Moto introduced the Moto Z family back in July with the launch of the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. Packed with flagship worthy hardware like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, both phones made a serious statement (click for full review) thanks to their modular capabilities, by way of Moto Mods. Moto Mods tune the already premium smartphones to... Read more...
It’s just about time to close out another week, but before we go, we’ve got a fresh batch of HOT deals for you, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Xbox Live Digital Gift Card, an Alienware 17 R3 Intel Core i7-6700HQ based laptop with NVIDIA graphics, and more. Full... Read more...
Advanced Micro Device's tally for its fiscal third quarter reached just $1.3 billion. That represents a jump of 23 percent from the same quarter a year prior on strong demand for its semiconductors used in game consoles, and it beat out what analysts were expecting. That's the good news. The bad news is that it wasn't... Read more...
AT&T is spreading its wings yet again. After purchasing satellite TV company DirecTV last year for $48.5 billion, Ma Bell is reportedly now setting its sights on acquiring Time Warner. Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that executives for both companies have had extensive talks during the past few weeks regarding the... Read more...
Well wouldn't you know it, Apple's been working on a one-handed keyboard for iPhone devices dating back to iOS 8, but it remains unfinished and of course unreleased. You can "unacknowledged" to the list of adjectives, at least officially. Unofficially, we know it exists because there's a video of the one-handed... Read more...
If the internet was incredibly slow for you this morning when browsing certain websites, or if you were having trouble posting your “wakeup” tweet to Twitter, we now know the root cause. A massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack was carried out against Dyn, which provides DNS service to a number of big... Read more...
You wanted it and Bethesda is delivering it—a new and much anticipated Arcade Mode that brings all out mayhem to the 2016 Doom reboot by way of a free update, the fourth major one to date. This particular one turns the traditional campaign mode on its head and unleashes hell by letting you run amuck with all guns... Read more...
Quick, which is more expensive to own, a Windows PC or a Mac? Conventional wisdom (and not-so-fuzzy math) says Macs typically cost more than comparable Windows PCs, but if you look beyond the initial price and also factor in time and money spent maintaining each system, do things change? IBM's VP of Workplace as a... Read more...
PC manufacturers are increasingly turning their attention to gaming notebooks, empowering them with blazing fast processors and state-of-the-art graphics cards. No longer must notebooks place second fiddle to hulking desktops — instead, mobile warriors can now enjoy the same fruits as their more stationary... Read more...
After teasing the world with hints that something big was coming, Razer today took the veil off its latest Blade Pro notebook. What's so special about it? Well, Razer promises that it will feel like a "desktop in your laptop", something that goes beyond simple performance metrics. The new Razer Blade Pro is in fact... 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 29" Panoramic 2560x1080 Monitor, a Drevo Gramr 84-Key Tenkeyless Backlit Edition Mechanical Gaming Keyboard, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals area... Read more...
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