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Hermione Granger is going to be very disappointed that she no longer has to utter “Wingardium Leviosa”. LG plans to introduce its  Levitating Portable Speaker (model PJ9) at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada next week. Tim Alessi, head of product marketing at LG Electronics, remarked, “This latest addition to our... Read more...
Welcome back for the first, post-holiday edition of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Intel Core i7-6500U-based notebook, a Sony Alpha a6000 24MP APS-C WiFi DSLR Camera, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals are available... Read more...
If you've had any doubts of Intel's upcoming Kaby Lake processors not being so hot for overclocking, don't fret. It's looking like even the most dedicated overclockers are going to have a blast with this series. Russian website OCLab got hold of an upcoming Intel Core i7-7700K chip and decided to take it for an... Read more...
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is barely more than a week away, but not every company is waiting for the annual convention in Las Vegas to show off their new product lines. In an effort to beat the rush, Acer today unveiled its new Aspire C Series of incredibly thin all-in-one systems measuring a scant 8mm, which... Read more...
Even with Microsoft and its hardware partners blitzing the market with increasingly affordable Windows laptops as of late, Chromebooks do not seem to be going anywhere. Just the opposite, established players are getting release new models. That includes ASUS. While nothing has been officially announced yet, what looks... Read more...
Machine learning and artificial intelligence are two intertwined and fast-growing fields that are getting attention from some of the world's biggest technology companies, including Microsoft, IBM, Facebook, Google, and now Apple. The latter joins the fray after having published its first AI paper this month (it was... Read more...
Amazon’s Alexa-powered devices have been a runaway sales hit for the online retailer. As we reported during the lead-up to Christmas, the Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Tap were nearly impossible to find online following enticing price cuts, while many brick and mortar stores also had trouble keeping the speaker/AI... Read more...
If for no other reason than inflation, at some point there will be a company that is worth a trillion dollars. Apple is nearly two-thirds of the way there and considered by some the favorite to reach that mark. But will it? Talk of the Cupertino outfit hitting a $1 trillion market capitalization kicked up in earnest... Read more...
When Gigabyte was making the rounds with its BRIX Gaming UHD small form-factor PC, we were a bit puzzled by the inclusion of the older NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 instead of the (at the time) readily available Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1070. Apparently, we just needed to wait a few more months, as Gigabyte just... Read more...
If you’re looking to bolster your IT skills and train for your Cisco certifications, we’ve got a deal running in the HotHardware Shop that may be right for you. We’ve got a Cisco Complete Network Certification Training e-Learning Bundle discounted by 92% and available for under 60 bucks... Description: If you’re... Read more...
LG hoped to take the flagship Android smartphone market by storm with the G5, but it instead ended up with a sales disaster that proved a poor match for the dominant performance of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The LG G5 fiasco also resulted in executive shuffling in the company’s mobile division. LG doesn’t... Read more...
Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean that the deals have to end on gaming consoles. While we haven’t historically seen many sustained discounts or bundle offers with Sony’s PlayStation 4, Microsoft doesn’t have a problem with piling on the discounts for the Xbox One and Xbox One S. The latest Microsoft promo... Read more...
It appears that the initial euphoria stemming from the launch of Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones may be starting to wane for some owners. There have been growing complaints of hardware problems with the smartphones, with the latest being attributed to complete system freezes that leave the devices unusable. In some... Read more...
Gamers of the 1980s are likely to recall Double Dragon, a beat 'em up arcade scroll game that traded bare knuckle action for quarters. It may not seem like that long ago, but once 2017 rolls around, it will have been 30 years since the Double Dragon series popped up in arcades around the country. Yeah, that makes us... Read more...
Firefox users who are still clinging to Windows XP or Windows Vista will soon have reason to consider upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows 10. Mozilla announced in a blog post that it is phasing out support for Microsoft's legacy operating systems in 2017. The phase out period will begin in March of next year when... Read more...
Cloud Imperium Games has decided to kick CryEngine to the curb and use Amazon's "ground breaking" Lumberyard engine to complete development Star Citizen, an upcoming first-person space combat simulation that started out as a crowdfunding campaign. Same goes for Squadron 45, the single-player experience set in the Star... Read more...
Motorola righted many of the wrong of the first-generation Moto 360 with the second-generation model, which was launched in late 2015. However, some still weren’t happy with the $349 staring price tag for the non-Sport model. Then there was still the fact that the “flat tire” display remained even after the... Read more...
Alternate reality technologies (virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality) are taking the industry by storm. While relatively few consumer applications exist at this point, the field is set to explode as more and more companies jump on board. Count Snapchat among them. The photo and video sharing service that... Read more...
We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, from our rather large, extended family here to you and yours.  We hope whatever you had on your wish-list, naughty or nice, that your Yuletide dreams come true.  But most of all, we wish you all, health, happiness and good times with loved ones Read more...
As 2016 winds down, the rumor mill is running at full power with expectations for 2017. Microsoft's upcoming 'Scorpio' console hasn't escaped the rumor mill's churn, despite the fact that it will not become available for purchase until late 2017. We've covered in the past that the only reason Microsoft announced... Read more...
It's been a very rough year for the folks at Cyanogen, and it doesn't look like anything is going to be changing about that any time soon. At the end of last month, it was revealed that Cyanogen wanted to consolidate all of its employees to Palo Alto, California, which as an announcement on its own might not have... Read more...
Research firm SuperData has just released its latest year-in-review report. While some of the findings are expected, others are a little surprising. Some are also great if you happen to be a PC enthusiast, as PC game sales dwarfed game sales on all of the consoles combined. That's an amazing data point, so let's... Read more...
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