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All News for December 2016

Santa Claus is not making any more deliveries this year, but do not fret—if you did not get what you wanted this Christmas, you can take matters into your own hands by taking advantage of ongoing deals and sales. One of the bigger sale events is just a day away. On Friday, December 30, Amazon will mark down thousands... Read more...
Super Mario Run launched on December 15th for iOS, but it looks as though Android users won’t have to wait much longer to get their hands on the addictive, auto-running side scroller. Nintendo announced via Twitter that eager Mario fans can now pre-register to be notified when the game is officially available on... Read more...
Curved screen displays are more than just a passing fad, at least that is the case if you ask Samsung. As such, the South Korean electronics giant will unveil its new CH711 Quantum Dot series of monitors with curved displays at the Consumer Electronics Shows in Las Vegas next week, the company announced. Both models... Read more...
Back in the 1990s, PC gamers first experienced the thrill of hopping into an X-Wing and engaging Imperial pilots in intense space combat. Now more than two decades later, a group of modders is giving the original Star Wars: X-Wing game a fresh coat of paint by remaking the simulation using Unity engine. A longer than... Read more...
Microsoft’s familiar blue screen of death (BSOD) is getting a makeover — or at least it is for Windows Insiders. A lot of upcoming features for Windows 10 have been leaking over the past few days courtesy of the unauthorized release of Build 14997 and Microsoft has of course been monitoring these developments... Read more...
When Microsoft released Windows 10 to the general public at the end of July in 2015, it generously offered free upgrades to Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users for a full year. Sure, it was in Microsoft's best interest to get as many people as possible to run Windows 10, and at times the company was more than a little... Read more...
If you’re looking to learn how to build multiplayer games using Unity, we've got a deal running on the HotHardware Shop that you'll want to check out. A Building Multiplayer Games with Unity e-Learning Bundle, with 26 hours of training in Unity3D, is discounted by 95% and available for a fraction of the original... Read more...
Did Santa forget to bring a Roomba to you for Christmas? Maybe the latest announcement from Samsung will catch your eye. The corporation just unveiled its Amazon Echo-compatible POWERbot VR7000 robotic vacuum cleaner. Samsung stated, “Just set it and watch it go to work. The POWERbot VR7000’s navigational features... Read more...
Be careful before downloading an app on your LG Smart TV. One user recently reported that their LG Smart TV had been infected by Cyber.Police ransomware, also known as FLocker, Frantic Locker, or Dogspectus. The infected television is one of the last LG Smart TV’s to use Google TV, a project that was discontinued in... Read more...
At HotHardware, we unfortunately have to frequently write about security and privacy breaches, and those breaches can seriously affect their victims. But while a cyberattack on a bank might make for a bad day, nothing could compare to a cyberattack on equipment that helps keep their owners alive. If you have a family... 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 3040 Micro Intel Core i5-6500T based system with an SSD, a WD My Passport Ultra 3TB Portable External Hard Drive, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals are... Read more...
We often hear about everything that goes wrong when it comes to Tesla’s Autopilot system that is featured on the Model S and Model X (and soon, the Model 3). But what about when it gets everything right and helps to avoid an accident? Avoiding an accident might be a common occurrence for Autopilot, but what about when... Read more...
When it comes to gaming, the PC is the undisputed leader. While consoles like the Xbox One S and PlayStation 4 Pro pack in quite a bit of power to fuel casual gamers, nothing tops the sheer power available with PC systems (let’s see your PS4 take on a Core i7 with a GeForce GTX 1080). And as we reported over the... Read more...
Large scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks powered by thousands and sometimes millions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices that have been turned into a massive botnet is something that content delivery networks (CDNs) and service providers must be prepared for in 2017. Lest anyone thinks otherwise, yet... Read more...
Facebook, the largest social network on the planet, has been criticized for not doing a better job at thwarting fake news. That criticism is unlikely to subside Facebook's Safety Check feature altered users in Bangkok to an "explosion" in the Thai capital that turned out to be nothing more than fireworks. However, the... Read more...
Ford is moving forward with its autonomous vehicle aspirations, and the latest piece to the puzzle is a next generation hardware suite that makes this feat possible. Ford has introduced next generation self-driving hardware, and it’s installed on the mid-cycle refresh of the popular Ford Fusion Hybrid mid-size sedan... Read more...
With just a few months to go before Nintendo releases its next generation game console, the Nintendo Switch, we still know very little about the system. Much of what has been gathered about the Switch has been the result of leaks and online detective work by savvy individuals who willing to comb the web for clues. One... Read more...
Police are hoping that audio captured from an Amazon Echo smart speaker can help shed light on a murder investigation in Bentonville, Arkansas. The device belongs to James Andrew Bates, who was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after the victim, Victor Collins, was found dead in Bates' hot tub at his... Read more...
CES hasn’t even arrived yet, but Lenovo has already unleashed a truckload of new computing products to satisfy business users (and regular consumers that prefer higher-end machines). The company has announced a total of eight new ThinkPad models and two new ThinkVision displays along with two ThinkPad... Read more...
The self-driving car evolution is coming and we had better be prepared for it. Google/Alphabet has formed a new company, Waymo, which will plot a course forward for autonomous vehicle operations. The company already has a fleet of 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans coming online, and it is currently in talks with... Read more...
If the 4-inch iPhone SE and 4.7-inch iPhone 7 are too small, and the hulking 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus is too big, Apple just might have a “tweener” phone to satisfy your smartphone needs in the future. Frequent Apple leaker Macotakara reports that a 5-inch iPhone 7s will launch during the fall of 2017 alongside the... Read more...
“I don't want my life to imitate art, I want my life to be art”. I remember the first time I saw Star Wars: A New Hope. I was six years old and watching the re-releases in a Southern Californian theater. At this point in time, there were not a ton of strong, female characters in science fiction and fantasy for me... Read more...
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