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It seemed like a crazy when a little over years ago Facebook announced it was purchasing WhatsApp for $19 billion. But the reason Facebook was wiling to pony up such an obscene sum is partly because of how wildly popular WhatsApp was at the time. It's only grown since then, and according to its developers WhatsApp... Read more...
Google wants you to put down your Periscope and forget about Facebook for your live streaming needs, and turn to YouTube instead. Many already have, save for mobile users, as that wasn't a feature YouTube supported. Now it does and with YouTube's massive audience, this could be a big deal for live content creators. We’ve been offering live Read more...
Netflix is a pioneer in the streaming video space and helped popularize the concept of watching movies over an Internet connection. Be that as it may, it's fallen a bit behind the technological curve in recent times, at least in terms of not being able to view videos offline like you can with rivals Amazon and Comcast. That's going to change. Industry Read more...
Futuremark is working on an update to its popular 3DMark benchmarking suite that will test the DirectX 12 capabilities of your gaming system. Called Time Spy, the new benchmark sports a "pure DirectX 12 engine" that was built  from scratch to support the new features of DX12, including asynchronous compute, explicit... Read more...
In what will likely be a devastating blow to Thunderbolt Display stalwarts, Apple has announced that it is discontinuing the $999 peripheral aimed at Macs and MacBooks. The display has largely been unchanged since its introduction back in 2011. Since that time, the Thunderbolt Display has been overshadowed by dozens... Read more...
Boston Dynamics’ future may still be clouded in uncertainty, but that isn’t stopping the robotics company from spitting out new generations of its quadrupedal robots. The latest from the company is the SpotMini, which looks like the cross between a large dog and a miniature giraffe. SpotMini stands two-feet tall... Read more...
Earlier this week it appeared that Apple had opened up some code within iOS 10. Apple refused to comment about the change at the time. On Wednesday, however, Apple remarked that it had experimented with this lack of encryption in order to optimize the operating system's performance without compromising... Read more...
The finish line is in sight for Volkswagen, and more importantly, diesel owners that were innocently caught up in the German auto giant’s emissions cheating scandal. Although an official settlement offer is expected to be revealed on June 28th, sources close to Volkswagen are revealing that the company will pay $10.2... Read more...
Azure customers are getting a welcomed safety upgrade. Microsoft announced Azure Information Protection, a service that works to secure a company’s data, particularly employee identities. This service was made possible through Microsoft's acquisition in November of Secure Islands, an “innovator in advanced information... Read more...
Samsung is expanding its presence in the Windows 10 2-in-1 convertible market with the new Notebook 7 Spin lineup. Available in both 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch screen sizes (both with 1080p screen resolutions), the Notebook 7 Spin features a 360-degree hinge that allows the convertible to operate in laptop, tablet, and... 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 Samsung 49" Curved 1080p LED Smart HDTV, a Dell Vostro 3900, a Dell XPS 13 Intel Core i5-based Quad HD ultrabook, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals are available below... Read more...
For many users, one monitor just isn’t enough. Sometimes, two displays won’t cut it either. If your latest project has you searching for multiple, high-end monitors, you’re likely going to be looking at professional workhorses like NEC’s MultiSync EA305WMi. The venerable display maker designed this 30-inch monitor... Read more...
Students at ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts took to the fast lane and developed an electric vehicle that's capable of going 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in just 1.513 seconds. Here in the U.S. where we stubbornly shun the metric system, that's roughly equivalent to a 0 to 60 miles per... Read more...
Does the world need another mobile operating system to compete with Android and iOS, the two of which account for all but around 1 percent of the smartphone market? Probably not but Huawei, now the world's third largest producer of smartphones, is building an alternative OS anyway, though you may never see it. Just... Read more...
Sony recently confirmed that it's working on a faster version of its PlayStation 4 console. The new build, codenamed PS4 Neo, will feature more powerful hardware inside that's capable of playing back 4K Ultra HD video and gaming at a 4K resolution, but if you're worried about cutting short the lifecycle of the PS4, Sony President Shuhei Yoshida Read more...
Google's been on a mission to offer 1Gbps Internet service to as many people as possible through its Googe Fiber service, and to accelerate future roll outs, it has agreed to acquire Webpass, a high-speed ISP serving San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, San Diego, Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Chicago... Read more...
Nothing says “finger-licking good” like a bargain basement smartphone charger. Wait, what? Apparently the marketing geniuses over at KFC India have come up with what might be one the oddest promos that we’ve seen in quite some time. KFC India has debuted a limited edition version of its 5-in-1 combo, which comes in... Read more...
Science and technology are getting closer and closer to deftly melding man with machine. Cyberdyne, Inc., a Japanese company that focus on robotics, alongside with Intel have released the Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL), the first cyborg-type robot that can improve, support, and enhance a person’s bodily functions. HAL is... Read more...
You know a story is going to be good when it involves Facebook, its creator Mark Zuckerberg, and the word "privacy". It used to be that Google was considered the biggest, baddest people data-fetcher, but over time, that crown has been passed to Facebook, a service that doesn't even need to try to get information from... Read more...
Microsoft is ready to enter the NFC wireless payments arena with its Windows 10 Mobile platform with the official arrival of Microsoft Wallet. We first learned of Microsoft’s intentions earlier this month via leaked internal builds of Windows 10 Mobile, but Microsoft Wallet is now being introduced in the latest... 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 Vostro 3900 Intel Core i3-based desktop, a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, an Onkyo TX-NR545 7.2Ch Dolby Atmos 4K Receiver, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals are... Read more...
You’ve been hearing about AMD’s next-gen Polaris GPU architecture and the first card to feature it, the Radeon RX 480, for months now. We’ve already covered a number of Polaris’ new features and architectural enhancements, and have even shown you a few renders of the Radeon RX 480 itself, but now we’ve got a card in hand and are ready to get Read more...
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