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Are you nostalgic for the days of POGs, Beanie Babies, and Surge? Are you the type of person who constantly pounds out in all caps, “ONLY 90S KIDS WILL REMEMBER THIS”? Then Windows 95 must be the smartwatch operating system for you. It lives! (Credit: Nick Lee) Developer Nick Lee managed to get Windows 95 working... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, we had to report on the unfortunate news that Intel would be laying off 11% of its workforce, which equates to roughly 12,000 workers. With this move, Intel assured investors that it would be refocusing its efforts going forward, in effect chopping off what doesn't have a significant return and... Read more...
We learned earlier this week that John Romero's long-rumored first-person shooter is BLACKROOM, and without delay, money started pouring en masse into his new company's Kickstarter campaign. That should cause nothing other than rejoicing, right? Well, not so much in this case, and while any pulling of a Kickstarter... Read more...
Think you're fast enough to beat Usain Bolt on the track? It's one thing to haul out a stopwatch, but it's another to race his time against a real-life ghost. That ghost in this case is Puma's "BeatBot", a shoebox-sized robot that helps runners continually improve by allowing them to race against a competitor as much... Read more...
It's probably inevitable that we'll one day be a race of hybrid humans, a cyborg-like collection of skin and bones supplemented with a growing number of electronic and mechanical devices. Perhaps the road to such a destination starts with injecting an electronic lens into your eyeball, something Google is trying to... Read more...
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a modern engineering marvel of great importance to the scientific community. The LHC is the world’s most powerful particle accelerator and it has been beset with obstacles over the course of is construction and during its operational history. Back in 2009, the LHC was damaged when a... Read more...
What better way to usher in the Spring season, and all of the great weather that comes along with it, than to give away an awesome gaming rig, designed to keep you inside as long as possible? We have teamed up with our friends at AMD and put together a fantastic gaming system giveaway, complete with an AOC FreeSync... Read more...
A couple of months ago, Microsoft revealed that it would begin making a far greater push into gaming on Windows 10, and was planning to do that by merging the Xbox and PC worlds. At that time, the company promised that PC gamers would finally be able to play Forza on the platform of their choice, with a special... 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 direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Dell Vostro 3905 AMD A10-7800 powered desktop system, an EC Technology 22400mAh External Battery Power Bank, a MSI NVIDIA GeForce... Read more...
It looks as though Tesla Motors and General Motors are about to get some competition in the 200-mile electric vehicle (EV) arena from an unlikely competitor: Ford. We say “unlikely” because just last week when announcing that the 2017 Ford Focus Electric will get a range boost from 76 miles to even 100 miles, Kevin... Read more...
These days it seems as though all roads lead to mobile, so why fight it? Nolan Bushnell, a man with an impressive resume that includes founding both Atari and the Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theaters chain, is embracing the movement by taking his talents to Spil Games, a Dutch video game company. Now at 73 years... Read more...
Internet privacy is kind of like a VCR or CD player, in that one day our kids will ask us “you used to have that?” It’s staggering how much of our online activity is tracked, catalogued, and used for a wide array of purposes, most of them related to commerce. But if you’re a dissident, journalist, someone who lives in... Read more...
Once again, The New York Times is planning to distribute Google Cardboard viewers to its "most loyal digital subscribers." It's the second time NYT has collaborated with Google to hand out Cardboard viewers to subscribers—the first time was in 2015 when it gave away more than a million viewers to celebrate the launch... Read more...
As we’ve seen in the San Bernardino iPhone case, the FBI is willing to go to extreme lengths to retrieve [potentially valuable] personal information for investigative purposes. When Apple wouldn’t comply with FBI requests to unlock the iPhone 5c in that case, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit. A day before... Read more...
The window of opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the virtual reality movement from the content creation side is right now, but not everyone has suitcases full of cash to invest in pricey VR camera arrays. That's okay because Samsung's Gear 360 is now on sale in select countries, and it costs far less than... Read more...
Microsoft is changing how search queries entered into the Cortana search box in Windows 10 are carried out. From now own—and for your own good, from Microsoft's angle—searches made with Cortana searches will only be carried out with Edge and Bing, even if you've configured a third-party browser like Google Chrome or... Read more...
Rick Osterloh is returning home, so to speak, to Google to head the company’s newly hatched hardware division. Osterloh originally arrived at Google by way of the search giant’s purchase of Motorola in 2011. While under the Google umbrella, Osterloh was promoted to CEO of Motorola, but was unceremoniously booted from... Read more...
When Google's Android OS began overtaking every other mobile OS in terms of marketshare, it seemed obvious that at some point, the company would be catching a bit of flak for it. In fact, it seemed inevitable that the EU would have something to say about it, as it's traditionally been strict amount companies that... Read more...
Tesla Motors knows how to stay in the headlines, be it with the “mainstream” Model 3, the refreshed Model S, or by touting the capabilities of its technology-laden Autopilot system. However, it’s the latter tech that getting attention today, because one of its competitors is throwing some ID4 City Destroyer-level... Read more...
Welcome back for another installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Dell U2717D UltraSharp 27" IPS Monitor, a ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20,000mAh Rugged Portable Power Bank, a Razer DeathStalker Expert Gaming Keyboard, and more. Full details for all of... Read more...
Valve has decided to start accepting Bitcoin payments on Steam in an attempt to expand the accessibility its digital distribution empire into emerging gaming markets such as India, China, and Brazil. By adding Bitcoin to the mix, Valve is making it easier for gamers who live in places where traditional payment options... Read more...
Intel is joining the fight to replace the widely used 3.5mm headphone jack with USB Type-C connectors. The Santa Clara chip maker isn't the first to suggest such a move, though the challenge in toppling the 3.5mm port is that it's everywhere. Nevertheless, Intel presented an extensive proposal at IDF Shenzhen to make... Read more...
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