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All News for December 2016

If you have an Xbox 360 or Xbox One, Microsoft today just launched its “Biggest Sale Ever” for the Xbox Store. The 19-day sale lasts through January 9th and encompasses all type of digital media ranging from games to apps to movies to TV shows. But we know that all you folks care about are the games! The first... Read more...
Popular mobile games such as Pokemon Go helped make 2016 the biggest year in digital games and playable media ever. Counting all games across all platforms, the market reached $91 billion this year worldwide, with several different sectors showing tremendous growth rates, according to a new report released by market... Read more...
Our neighbors to the north are looking to make sure that all of its citizens have access to high-speed internet. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) this week announced that it is investing an additional $750 million (which will complement existing and future commitments) to upgrade... Read more...
The growing consensus is that the U.S. government is overstepping its bounds and trampling on people's right to privacy. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the government's vast spying program, and while that was an eye opener for the country (and world) at large, the full extent of its efforts... Read more...
Everyone knows about the dreaded blue screen of death (BSOD) that was popularized by earlier versions of Microsoft Windows, but what about a black screen of death? Some Apple iPhone 7 Plus owners are running into this issue when attempting to use the rear cameras on their flagship smartphones. Unlike the iPhone 7... Read more...
Flirtey, the drone delivery service that made headlines earlier this year for partnering with Domino's Pizza to deliver pies by sky in New Zealand, is back in the news. This time it is for a commercial collaboration with 7-Eleven, the popular convenience store chain. The two outfits completed a month-long test of... Read more...
If you’re looking to bolster your IT skills and learn some advanced security techniques, we’ve got a deal running in the HotHardware Shop you’ll want to check out. A Complete IT Cloud Security & Hacking Training is currently discounted by 97% and available for under $34... Description: Data security has never been... Read more...
Cyclists Beware! If you are on the roads of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania or San Francisco, California, watch out for Uber’s self-driving cars. The corporation has admitted that its vehicles have a serious bike lane blindspot. When in self-driving mode, Uber’s vehicle tend to make “unsafe right-hook-style turn through a... Read more...
We’re running out of days to obtain a Nintendo NES Classic Edition before Christmas. The big day is coming up on Sunday, and at least two retailers are hoping to improve your chances of spreading Christmas joy with new stock of the hard-to-find gaming console. First up is GameStop, which says that it will have 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 Dell Latitude 14 7000 Intel Core i5-based notebook, an iRobot Braava 380t Dry/Damp Mopping Robot, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals are available below. Check out... Read more...
How would you like it if Morgan Freeman turned on your lights, kept on an eye on your house, and even made you toast? You may not be able to get him physically in your house, but his dulcet voice could be coming to home AI very soon. Morgan Freeman has agreed to be the voice of Mark Zuckerberg’s home AI... Read more...
If you’re a big fan of Dell’s XPS 15 and its available UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) InfinityEdge display, that stellar laptop is about to get even better. Although Dell hasn’t officially announced the refresh for the XPS 15 (referred to as the XPS 15 9650), a glitch on its website briefly spilled all the goods... Read more...
If you have an old computer that you'd love to breathe some new life into, there are plenty of different Linux distributions to choose from. None other than the Raspberry Pi Foundation has just added its own distribution to that list with PIXEL. A few months ago, the RPi Foundation released PIXEL for use on its RPi... Read more...
We’re getting pretty close to Christmas time, and we’re certain that at least one person on your shopping list could probably use a new laptop or desktop. Here are a few ideas from Lenovo for the mobile or desktop computing warrior in your life, whether for work or play. We've hand picked some of the most... Read more...
It seems as though Crytek is having a cash flow problem again. The company announced on its website that it is making a "series of changes to its future business plans" as it looks to refocus its efforts on developing games and game development technology. As such, it is planning to shutter five of its seven studios... Read more...
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced this week that it has entered into a “non-competitive” long-term contract with Microsoft to provide support services to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). Under this five-year deal, Microsoft will provide consulting services and access to “proprietary... Read more...
Google finds itself at the receiving end of a lawsuit, a not uncommon thing for the sultan of search, only this one is comes from within. One of the company's product managers is suing the firm over allegations of illegal confidentiality agreements and employee policies that run afoul of California's labor laws. The... Read more...
Dish Network has been trying to disrupt the traditional cable TV model with Sling TV, its live TV streaming service for cord cutters that starts at $20 per month for over 30 channels. To make the proposition even more appealing, Sling TV is launching its own set-top box called AirTV Player. Subscribers will be able to... Read more...
For those that are finding it nearly impossible to find an NES Classic Edition in time for Christmas, the next best thing to tame your nostalgic heart is Super Mario Run. First announced in September alongside Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, Super Mario Run launched on December 15th and has proven to be a mega-hit... Read more...
More high ranking officials are leaving Twitter to pursue other opportunities. The latest to jump ship is Twitter CTO Adam Messinger, a five-year veteran at the microblogging company who spent the last four years in the role he is now abandoning. Messinger announced his decision to leave Twitter in a tweet in which he... Read more...
Time after time we hear reports from market research firms highlighting declining sales in desktop PC shipments. Taken at face value, it is a wonder that boutique gaming system builders ever bother with high end system configurations, but those quarterly figures don't tell the whole story. For one, the market is still... Read more...
Is your PC in need of a good refresh for improved gaming performance? If so, and you happen to live in Latin America, NVIDIA has a kit for you. It's called the "PC Gaming Revival Kit", and it includes not only the company's mid-range GeForce GTX 1060, but other important pieces of gear as well. As we discovered at... Read more...
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