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Apple is coming under fire for its refusal to comply with an FBI request to unlock an iPhone 5c used by one of two terrorists in December’s San Bernardino mass shooting. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym ruled earlier this week that Apple must provide “reasonable technical assistance” in helping the FBI bypass security... Read more...
Facebook's Messenger app isn't the most-liked on the planet. Why? Well, the company thinks that everyone is a-OK with the fact that two separate apps need to be used for the same service, something that caused quite a stir in the summer of 2014 when the company forced people install the Messenger app in order to keep in touch with friends Read more...
Volvo has been firing on all cylinder lately, having recently launched the attractive, all-new XC90 crossover, and lifting the veil on the S90 sedan. And just this week, Volvo set wagon lovers’ hearts ablaze with the reveal of the V90. Now, Volvo is making a run for techies by doing away with physical keys starting next year. Rather than Read more...
Seagate is trying to make mechanical hard drives sexy again and it's doing it with a new thin and fast 2-terabyte mobile HDD for laptop applications. According to Seagate, its new drive is the planet's first and only 2TB capacity HDD offered a scant 7mm capacity, which is the same thickness as a typical solid state drive (SSD). At only 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 straight from our friends at TechBargains. On the menu today, we have deals on a Dell Optiplex 3020 Micro Intel Core i3-4160T-based SFF system, a Razer DeathAdder Chrome Multi-Color Ergonomic Gaming Mouse, a Lorell... Read more...
If anyone was concerned that appointing a former cable industry insider as the FCC chairman would mean that the regulatory body would favor the cable industry, those concerns have been completely obliterated over the past few years. First there was the ruling on net neutrality, which sent telecoms into a tizzy, and we... Read more...
The 19th annual DICE Awards is in the books, and with it is recognition of Fallout 4 as Game of the Year for 2015, the evening's top honor. It was one of three awards Bethesda's wildly popular RPG set in post-apocalyptic Boston won at the ceremony, which was hosted by comedian and gamer Pete Holmes at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Read more...
Microsoft continues to make headway on Redstone, the codename for the next major update to Windows 10. Those subscribed to the Fast ring in Microsoft's Windows Insider program can take a sneak peek at some of the forthcoming enhancements in Redstone courtesy of a new Windows 10 preview build that's available. Preview build 14267 doesn't Read more...
Apple has issued an updated version of iOS 9.2.1 specifically for iPhone users who encountered the once mysterious "error 53" message that left their handsets unusable. The update restores bricked iPhones and disables the security check that could cause an Error 53 message, which Apple says was never intended to affect customers. A freelance Read more...
"Gentleman, you had my curiosity, but now you have my attention.” We first heard word that Hewlett-Packard was looking to get back into the smartphone game with a Windows 10 Mobile device back in late December. Codenamed “Falcon,” we were only greeted with some GFXBench results and accompanying specs for the device... Read more...
Welcome back for the latest edition of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Dell Inspiron 3000 Intel Core i7-4790-based system, a Logitech K470 Illuminated Ultra-Thin Keyboard, a Targus Drifter II Backpack, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals are... Read more...
Wondering what John McAfee is up to these days? It's not sniffing bath salts nor is he fleeing foreign countries as a person of interest in a murder investigation and faking heart attacks—been there, done all that—instead he's on a mission to save America. How so? By cracking the code on that San Bernardino iPhone... Read more...
It's not often that people feel compelled to side with Google on the topic of privacy, but the company's newest CEO, Sundar Pinchai, gives us a great reason to. As Brandon covered in great detail yesterday, Apple has been ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym to provide the FBI access to an iPhone 5c that was... Read more...
There’s definitely cause for concern in Apple land; the company’s most profitable product, the iPhone, is slowing down. In Apple’s most recent earnings report, iPhone sales barely budged year-over-year, rising from 74.5 million units in fiscal Q1 2015 to 74.8 million units during fiscal Q1 2016. Granted, selling... Read more...
One of the myriad benefits of Intel’s strong focus on power efficiency in recent years is that relatively high performance processors are now able to fit into tiny form factors. Case in point, the recently released Intel Compute Stick for 2016. That little gizmo has a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and... Read more...
Good news if you own a Surface Book or Surface Pro 4 device—Microsoft has issue a cumulative firmware update that addresses a whole host of problems, everything from sleep management woes (some users reported exceptionally poor battery life in sleep mode) to graphics glitches and everything in between. Owners of... Read more...
Spam is one of a handful of Internet scourges—we all hate it, and to some extent, we all suffer from it. That's one of the reasons why Gmail is so popular. Google's home brewed email service is really good (not perfect) at thwarting spam, and thanks to a new service called Gmailify, you can enjoy the exact same spam... Read more...
We first got a taste of programmable sims when Apple launched the iPad Air 2 in 2014. The proprietary “Apple SIM” allows users to change their wireless carrier at any time via software without having to swap out physical SIM cards. Samsung, however, is going the industry-standard route by adopting the eSIM... Read more...
Microsoft has to be impressed with the overall positive reception to Windows 10 and rate of adoption compared to previous releases, particularly Windows 8. According to Microsoft, more than three quarters of its enterprise and education customers are in active pilots of Windows 10, and now one of the largest... Read more...
A medical center located in Hollywood, California, paid hackers 40 bitcoins worth nearly $17,000 in U.S. currency to decrypt its files that were being held ransom. The ransom amount is far less than the $3.6 million that was being thrown around when news of the security breach went public, but is no less disheartening... Read more...
If you’re in need of some reliable, fast cloud storage, we’ve got a deal running in the HotHardware Shop that may just what the doctor ordered. A lifetime subscription to Genius Rescue 2TB Cloud Backup service is significantly discounted (94% Off) and available for only $49 at the moment... Description Don’t wait... Read more...
It could be said that ARM chips are what help make the world go ‘round these days, at least in terms of mobile and embedded applications. And ARM is back at it again with with a next generation of its Cortex-R Series real-time processor architecture. The British multinational semiconductor IP company has unveiled the... Read more...
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