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At a time when biometric security solutions seem to be gaining traction in the mobile market, Sony for whatever reason has decided to remove the fingerprint scanner from its Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact handsets before releasing them in the United States. The curious decision comes after Sony released the same... Read more...
Nobody should feign surprise that robots are taking over. A new report by market research firm Forrrester predicts that robots will terminate 6 percent of jobs in the United States by 2021, jobs that were previously held by flesh and blood workers. To expect anything less would be naive, as collectively we're the... Read more...
The ThinkPad X1 Yoga marks a marriage between two of Lenovo's premium notebook lines: the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and the ThinkPad Yoga. The X1 Carbon line was introduced in 2012, bringing a largely carbon-fiber filled construction to decrease weight and increase durability compared to their previous X1 ultrabooks, while still maintaining the classic... Read more...
Just over a year ago, AMD doubled down on its fight against a dominant NVIDIA in the graphics card market. AMD has always been a formidable competitor in desktop and mobile graphics, but more often than not, NVIDIA has come out with the upper hand (especially with respect to discrete graphics market share). In... Read more...
One of the most important and hotly debated topics of the Internet era has been net neutrality, the concept that all web traffic should be treated equally. Internet service providers and wireless carriers continue to fight against net neutrality rules and want the right to charge services like Netflix for faster... Read more...
Amazon first launched its Echo speaker in November 2014, and it has quickly become a dominant force in the personal digital assistant market. Roughly a year ago, Amazon opened up the Alexa engine that powers the Echo to developers. The resulting Alexa Skills allow developers to “plug-in” their services to the speaker... Read more...
Intel officially disrupted its "tick-tock" release cadence when it introduced Kaby Lake at the end of August, a new processor architecture that's intended to fill the gap between Skylake and Intel's long awaited transition to a 10nm manufacturing process. That will take place when Cannonlake arrives, which newly... Read more...
Amazon Alexa has been gaining new skills at a dizzying pace. Back in early June, Alexa had amassed 1,000 skills, and by the end of that month the number had already jumped to 1,400. Today, that number stands at over 3,000. That’s a remarkable feat for the humble, voice-activated speaker that first launched back in... Read more...
The Star Trek 50th anniversary celebrations just keep on comin’. Now, Microsoft Rewards is offering bonus points for select Star Trek movies and television shows. The company is “thrilled to celebrate 50 years of Star Trek with this bonus Microsoft Rewards offer, giving you the chance to relive your favorite moments... Read more...
Your mom may think that you spend too much time on the Internet, but Netflix most certainly does not. Netflix has asked the FCC to prohibit data caps, because it claims that caps are unreasonable and noncompetitive. Netflix insists that caps “may impede the ability of some households to watch Internet television in a... Read more...
Researchers from the Negev Cyber-Security Research Center at Ben-Gurion University recently released a terrifying piece of news. It explains that if a malicious entity decided to craft malware that infected only a few thousand mobile phones, it would be possible to cripple an entire 911 system. That means legitimate... Read more...
Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will begin shipping to customers this Friday, but the tech press began posting their thoughts on the smartphones early this morning. The general consensus is that it’s a notable upgrade for those who currently own an iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus or older, and that those with an iPhone... 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 an Amazon Fire HD 6 8GB Quad-Core Tablet, a Samsung UN60KU6300 60" 4K UHD HDR Smart HDTV, a Norton Security Deluxe Software bundle, and more. Full details for all of today’s deals... Read more...
After making a series of moves to restructure its mobile business and renew interest in its Galaxy handset line, the situation with the recently released Galaxy Note 7 is taking quite a toll on Samsung. The South Korean electronics firm saw its market capitalization plummet by $22 billion over the past two days, a... Read more...
Good luck trying to get your hands on an Amazon's tiny speaker accessory, the Echo Dot, which plugs into your existing speaker system and allows you to summon Alexa, smarty-pants digital assistant that keeps getting better with time. The Echo Dot's been sold out for the past two months, though don't fret, it appears... Read more...
Virtual Reality (VR) is the “next big thing” in the gaming arena, and MSI is delving into the market feet first with the world’s first VR backpack. Dubbed the VR One, MSI bills the device as the thinnest and lightest backpack PC system ever made. While VR systems like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift traditionally... Read more...
Sony's next major update for the PlayStation 4 console, version 4.00 (otherwise known as Shingen) has left the beta stage and is going out today to all PS4 owners, bringing with it a refreshed system user interface (UI), Folder organization, updates to the Quick Menu and Share Menu, improvements to Library, and... Read more...
NVIDIA pushed the gaming sector forward with its Pascal architecture, perhaps more so than any new GPU architecture in recent memory when factoring in both performance and price. However, gamers aren't the only ones who stand to benefit. The GPU maker today announced some new additions to its Pascal-based deep... Read more...
Although NVMe PCI Express solid state drives are all the rage as of late, due to their relatively strong performance and inherent feature benefits, manufacturers continue to tune and refine their SATA based offerings as well. Case in point: the brand new OCZ VX500 series solid state drives we’ll be showing you here today. The OCZ VX500 series... Read more...
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to code, secure systems, or administer Linux servers, we’ve got a cool promo running in the HotHardware Shop that may lay the foundation. For a limited time, an Ethical Hacking, Cyber Security & Forensics Bundle is heavily discounted and available for only $49. That's 98% off the... Read more...
The electric vehicle (EV) wars about to really heat up. General Motors has thrown down the gauntlet with the Chevrolet Bolt, announcing early this morning that the vehicle will have an EPA combined driving range of 238 miles per charge. That’s well in excess of the 200+ mile range that GM has been promising all along... Read more...
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the world’s largest if not THE largest tech expo held each year. Well over 100,000 tech enthusiasts and press congregate in Las Vegas every January to see the latest computer hardware, gadgets, and high-tech automobiles that companies have to offer. One Silicon Valley... Read more...
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