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All of the major wireless carriers in the United States have been upgrading their networks and trying to obtain more spectrum in attempts to offer the fastest and most robust connectivity. The next big thing is 1 gigabit downloads. Unfortunately for Apple and fans of the iPhone, a legal dispute with Qualcomm could... Read more...
Last year, there were reports floating around that steaming music service Pandora was open to takeover bid from SiriusXM. Well, the new year arrived and nothing ever came of those reports. However, SiriusXM is once again circling Pandora, but it’s not going for a full-blown acquisition. Instead, SiriusXM is... Read more...
Are you tired of the current smartphone offerings from the Apple-Samsung duopoly? Andy Rubin, the creator of Google’s Android, may have the right product for you. His startup just introduced its new premium-tier device, the Essential Phone. Rubin recently remarked at the Wired conference, “I think when there's this... Read more...
Are you ready for some serious widescreen display gaming action? Well, Samsung has you covered with the brand new CHG90, which is an ultrawide 49-inch monitor with 1800R curvature that employs QLED Quantum Dot technology. While the CHG90 is no doubt the star of the show, it is joined by two smaller entries in the... Read more...
Is your Apple ID and other data safe? Chinese authorities recently arrested twenty-two people accused of selling the personal data of Apple customers. It is currently unclear how many customers have been affected. Police officers from the provinces of Guangdong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Fujian arrested the suspects... Read more...
PCI-SIG, the consortium that is in charge of developing and maintaining the PCI Express standard, announced a couple of developments this week. One is the official launch of the PCIe 4.0 specification that will take the baton from PCIe 3.0, and the other is early work on the standards eventual replacement, PCIe... Read more...
Now three weeks removed from when the second Android O developer preview graduated to the beta branch, Google has made available a third preview build for early adopters and with it comes a series of finalized APIs. That is a big deal for developers, as it means they can code and enhance their apps with little-to-no tweaking required when Read more...
The WannaCry ransomware outbreak that rocked the globe last month opened the eyes of many people to the dangers of ransomware. However, Microsoft is making it clear that at least one version of Windows 10 will be able to completely fight off ransomware and other malware that typically targets its operating systems. Microsoft boats that Read more...
Windows Insiders who are subscribed to the Fast ring—the Insider channel that receives new and less polished builds of Windows earlier than the Slow ring—have a new preview of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to play with. Microsoft on Thursday announced that the Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16215 for PC and... Read more...
SoftBank has made yet another notable purchase in the land of tech, this time for Boston Dynamics, an engineering and robotics design company that has built some eerily lifelike robots. Google's parent company Alphabet had been shopping the robotics firm for more than a year after acquiring the company in 2013 and has... Read more...
Qualcomm and Microsoft are on the verge of ushering in a new class of always-connected mobile devices that run full-blown Windows 10. The two tech titans are enabling ARM-based Snapdragon 835 processors to run Windows 10 with full x86 emulation, meaning that devices will be capable of not only running Universal... Read more...
It's been a busy week for Microsoft on the security front, and for very different reasons. Earlier this week, we reported on a move by Kaspersky to shed light on the Redmond company's alleged antitrust behavior. Kaspersky claims that Microsoft promotes its own Windows Defender security solution too heavily, while at... Read more...
Your stash of Bitcoin may right now be worth a lot more than a pretty penny, at least currently. The total market cap for cryptocurrency just hit an all-time high north of $100 billion USD. Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple have lead the charge over the last two months and there seems to be no sign of them slowing down... Read more...
As we get closer to the launch of the OnePlus 5, OnePlus is being a bit more generous with details surrounding its upcoming flagship Android smartphone. Earlier this week, the company revealed that the smartphone will be unveiled on June 20th, and today it revealed our first real [officially sanctioned] picture of the... Read more...
Honda is trying to catch up with it competitors, announcing plans to reveal its first dedicated electric vehicle by the end of 2017 and introduce self-driving vehicles by 2025. Honda has been working tirelessly to revamp its automobile line and increase its popularity among buyers. Seven and a half years feels like... Read more...
It looks as though Microsoft isn’t going down without a fight against smartphone industry stalwarts like Google and Apple. Google has upwards of 75 percent of the smartphone OS market with Android, and iOS has gobbled up most of the remaining share. Microsoft, by all accounts, has less than 1 percent of the smartphone... Read more...
If you are currently paying $60 a year for the unlimited tier of Amazon Drive, the days of enjoying an overabundance of storage space are numbered. Amazon announced that it is killing off that tier effective today, June 8th. As of today, you can no longer sign up for the unlimited tier and that same $60 a year price will now only offer Read more...
If you're a diehard Mario fan, start saving up your gold coins now for a vacation to Japan in a few years. That is because Universal Studios is planning to open a real life Super Nintendo World at its theme park in Japan. It will feature plenty of themed goodies and characters, including Mario himself (of course), and... Read more...
Historically speaking, all-in-one systems have not been known for their upgradeability. That has changed somewhat in recent years, with newer AIOs sporting swappable components, at least on the enthusiast end of the spectrum. The same is true of Apple's latest 21.5-inch iMac with a Retina 4K display. A teardown shows... Read more...
Google rolled out Chrome 59 for desktop platforms earlier this week, and now it’s time for Android to get the same treatment. While Chrome 59 for Android (59.0.3071.92) obviously doesn’t have the native desktop notification improvements found in the macOS version or Headless Chromium, it does bring changes that make your browsing experience Read more...
We dig burly, decked-out gaming PCs stuffed with powerful hardware as much as the next guy around here. Sleek, ultra small form factor systems like the MINIX Neo Z83-4 we’ll be showing you here today, however, also have a certain appeal. Powerful gaming PCs are awesome for their intended purpose, but try sticking one... Read more...
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you were hoping that Samsung would figure out a way to embed a fingerprint sensor into the display of its forthcoming Galaxy Note 8 phablet, word on the web is that it is not going to happen. The South Korean electronics maker just cannot seem to figure out a way to make it... Read more...
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