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Children are the future. Drones are the future. Apparently, kid-controlled drones are also the future, which is why Flybrix has released a programmable LEGO drone for young adventurers. There are currently two available kits: the basic ($189) and deluxe ($249). The basic kit works with an app, while the deluxe kit... Read more...
It's the end of an era. In a new post made on the World of Warcraft website, Blizzard announced that the Battle.net name is being pushed aside. From now on, the company will begin transitioning its front-facing services to ones that begin with the name "Blizzard", such as Blizzard Voice and Blizzard Streaming, which... Read more...
Unlimited data plans have seen a slight resurgence among some of America’s wireless companies. AT&T resurrected unlimited data for customers that bundle in its DirecTV or U-Verse TV packages. T-Mobile and Sprint also offer unlimited plans for its customers. However, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint all have numerous... 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 the Dell Inspiron Small Desktop, an Acer Aspire E 15 15.6-inch notebook, a Vantrue R2 Dash Cam 2K, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals are available below. For more... Read more...
Though Samsung's been a bit preoccupied with its global recall of Galaxy Note 7 devices, it hasn't forgotten about owners of Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones. The South Korean handset maker is in the process of testing firmware upgrades to Android 7.0 (Nougat) for both phones, though there's no mention of a... Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced an ambitious initiative to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases within our children's lifetime. It's a lofty goal of epic proportion, and to kick start things, they've pledged to invest $3 billion over the next decade to help scientists cure diseases as part of... Read more...
Yahoo is getting ready to disclose a data breach that exposed account details for at least 200 million users. While nothing is yet official on Yahoo's part, the forthcoming disclosure is likely related to a security breach earlier this summer that Yahoo previously said it was investigating. Since then, a cybercriminal... Read more...
Are Microsoft and Lenovo conspiring to keep Linux off Signature Edition PCs? Not so says both companies. The issue came to light after one user bought a Lenovo Yoga 900 Signature Edition convertible with the intention of installing Linux on it. However, his efforts were thwarted, as the machine refused to install... Read more...
The real battle for GPU supremacy will take place when AMD ships its Vega GPUs starting sometime next year. Yes, AMD only recently announced Polaris, but that's not the architecture that's supposed to compete with NVIDIA's Pascal GPUs, at least not at the high end. That's where Vega comes into play, and a new leak... Read more...
If you’ve ever thought about boosting your IT skills and getting Cisco certified, we’ve got a deal running in the HotHardware Shop you’ll want to check out. We’ve got a Cisco Associate Certification Training Bundle with 11 courses and 153 modules discounted by 98% and available for under 80... Read more...
We’ve seen some rather nasty ransomware making the rounds over the past few months, but a new strain is wreaking havoc on computers around the globe. Brazilian firm Morphus Labs first discovered the Windows-based ransomware, which has been given the name Mamba. So far, Mamba has been found on computers located in... Read more...
Great Scott! Tying your own shoes is now a thing of the past. Nike is releasing Back to the Future II-inspired self-lacing shoes, the HyperAdapt 1.0. How do the shoes work? Sensors in the HyperAdapt 1.0 will determine when they are being worn. A "lace engine" in the base of the shoe then controls a system of nylon... Read more...
Printers can be so inconvenient. Most are big, bulky, stationary, and sometimes downright obstinate. HP, however, has just released the Sprocket -- a pocket-sized printer that can easily print 2" x 3" photos from a smartphone. The Sprocket is 4.53 x 2.95 x 0.87 inches and weighs just 0.379 pounds. It comes with up... Read more...
If you're a Linux fan who's on the hunt for a new notebook, you have plenty of options. As weird as it might sound, even Microsoft's own "Signature" line of machines could prove tempting, as the requirements a notebook needs to obtain that status are very strict. However, as a reddit post highlights, Linux users need... Read more...
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