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Let’s put it bluntly; it sucks to be Verizon right now. Back in July, the company announced its intentions to purchase Yahoo for $4.83 billion in an effort to “enhance [its] strategy of providing a cross-screen connection for consumers, creators and advertisers.” That paltry price tag was a relative bargain compared... Read more...
Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all this afternoon, we have deals on a Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Intel Core i7-6500U based laptop, a Logitech Harmony Ultimate One Touch Universal All-in-One Remote, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals... Read more...
No, you haven’t joined the Avengers or boarded the USS Enterprise. Real-life holography is coming to consumers very soon. BMW will debut its HoloActive Touch floating in-car virtual touch screen at CES 2017. The HoloActive Touch is a free-floating, touch sensitive display that shows drivers information such as... Read more...
Children of the 80’s and 90’s, rejoice! Super Mario Run is finally available on the iPhone and iPad. Hopefully your allowance is a little higher than it was in the glory days, because the game comes with hefty price tag (for a mobile game at least) of $10 USD to unlock the full version. According to Mario creator... Read more...
Acer has consistently expanded and refined its mobile product offerings, to include everything from affordable mainstream notebooks, to sleek ultrabooks that use premium materials. The veteran PC maker has developed a sense of style and is putting real effort into creating thin, functional laptops, that also happen to... Read more...
No one likes waiting, and that is especially true when you're waiting for that brand new game that you purchased from the Xbox Games Store or twiddling your thumbs while a new system or game update is downloaded. Microsoft has heard your pain and just pushed out a new Xbox One system update that gets right to the... Read more...
Smartwatch maker Pebble recently sold itself to Fitbit, saying that it could no longer function as an independent entity due to "various factors," which we presumed to mean financial—the company previously laid off a quarter of its workforce and followed by an industry wide precipitous drop in smartwatch sales. That's... Read more...
Uber is trying to make its hometown of San Francisco the second city in the United States to benefit from its self-driving car service but it is meeting resistance by state authorities. After announcing the rollout on Wednesday, California regulators jumped in and demanded that Uber park its self-driving fleet because... Read more...
Microsoft recently made a surprise announcement that it was bringing support for Windows 10 to run natively on Qualcomm's ARM-based Snapdragon processors, paving the way for a full Windows 10 experience on increasingly powerful mobile handsets. The announcement also opened the door to using Snapdragon processors in... Read more...
If you'd like to learn how to code, use Docker, or leverage Amazon Web Services, we've got a deal running in the HotHardware Shop that may be right for you. A Ultimate DevOps Mastery Bundle that normally sells for over $550 is on sale for 91% off the original price... Description: Amazon Web Services is the leader... Read more...
The Wynn hotel and casino in Las Vegas is going high tech by equipping all 4,748 rooms with an Amazon Echo smart speaker. Wynn Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn likened the hands-free speaker to having a personal butler, saying that in all the years he has been in the business he's never seen a better implementation of... Read more...
My phone just pinged. Did someone just like the Instagram photo of my dog? Is my Chipotle to-go order finally ready? Nope, I was one of the lucky one billion users whose Yahoo account was infiltrated by hackers, my personal information potentially compromised. This past November law enforcement provided Yahoo with... Read more...
At this point, Adobe Flash is pretty much the scourge of the internet. The long-standing browser plugin has a penchant for draining PC batteries, impeding overall performance and presents an oft-abused security nightmare. Adobe has already announced that it is sunsetting the plugin in favor or HTML5 and most browser... 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 Inspiron Intel Core i5-6400 based desktop system, a DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Drone with 2.7K HD Video Camera, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals are... Read more...
Have you been slacking on throwing together a company meeting because your co-workers or employees are spread to the four winds? If you are a Slack fan, you no longer have an excuse -- the cloud-based team collaboration tool now includes group video calling. Users can directly call anyone on their Slack team by... Read more...
Do you love the idea of a fingerprint sensor, but feel like the button that enables this functionality ruins your phone aesthetic? Synaptics has a solution for you. The San Jose, California-based corporation is releasing the FS9100, an optical fingerprint sensor that enables a button-free design. According to Les... Read more...
It's clearer than ever that our future is going to include a lot of automation, and that even includes our passenger cars, trucks, and mass transit. Companies like Google, Tesla, and NVIDIA have been working hard to develop technologies that will allow people to drive without even having to pay attention to the road... Read more...
An appeals court in Florida has overturned a previous ruling that stated a man suspected of voyeurism should not be compelled to give up the passcode to his iPhone as it violate the Fifth Amendment and force him to testify against himself. The appeals court disagreed with that ruling and has ordered the iPhone owner... Read more...
First there was Amazon Echo, then came along Google Home. Now it looks as though Microsoft is looking to get in on the digital AI assistant/speaker movement with the help of Harman Kardon — a brand that is about to be tucked under Samsung’s wing with the acquisition of Harman. Although the device doesn’t have an... Read more...
When the topic of encryption comes up, it is often related to smartphones and tablets, and the differing opinions on the matter between hardware makers such as Google and Apple versus government agencies. Those are not the only areas where encryption matters. In an open letter to the camera makers around the world... Read more...
Amazon announced this morning that its Prime Air drone delivery service is off to an excellent start. While many thought that Prime Air was little more than fantasy when Amazon first announced the initiative three years ago, the first beta flight involving a paying customer actually took place without issue on... Read more...
Cupertino, we have a problem. There has been a rash of complaints from Apple Watch owners that applying the recently released watchOS 3.1.1 update ends up bricking their pricey wearable, rendering it a still fashionable but non-functional wrist accessory. In response to those complaints, Apple has pulled the update... Read more...
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