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Tech Deals: Pre-Black Friday edition

Nov 27, 2014 12:45 pm

Now that Black Friday is a bona fide thing, you’ve really got to be strategic. As the official starter for the holiday shopping season, Black Friday and the days to come are expected to be a frenzy of bargains. Here's some of the best tech deals we could find online as of... [more]


Windows 10 will cater to audiophiles with native FLAC support

Nov 27, 2014 11:00 am

Windows 10 will officially support the Free Lossless Audio Codec and offer audiophiles a new, more integrated way of enjoying their music collection. FLAC is a remarkable file format which retains the audio quality from the original source and compresses file sizes by approximately 50-60%. [more]


Obama signs E-Label act that will phase out regulatory logos on the back of your devices

Nov 27, 2014 9:30 am

Well thought out, carefully crafted gadgets are a thing of beauty. But for all the streamlining and minimalism that may go into a design, there’s no avoiding those off-putting logos and regulatory compliance numbers tattooed on the back of devices. Well, at least there wasn’t. Until... [more]


AT&T backpedals on decision to pause fiber rollout

Nov 27, 2014 8:15 am

A couple of weeks after AT&T announced that it would pause the rollout of its high-speed fiber network amid the uncertainty surrounding net neutrality rules, the company has clarified that the plans related to new commitments, not the existing ones. [more]


Roadmap suggests hard drive storage will exceed 100TB by 2025

Nov 27, 2014 6:45 am

The Advanced Storage Technology Consortium has released its latest report which predicts mechanical disk drives will skyrocket to 100TB by 2025. Data use has risen exponentially over the last few years due to 4k video and megatextures in newer game engines. Back in September, HGST unveiled a 10TB... [more]


Twitter to track the list of apps installed on your mobile device

Nov 27, 2014 5:15 am

Twitter has announced that it will begin tracking the list of apps installed on your mobile device, a move the company says will help it build a more personal experience for you on the microblogging service. [more]


Fire Sale on the Fire Phone: Amazon Cuts Unlocked Price to $199

Nov 26, 2014 5:59 pm

Poor sales aside, at $199 for an unlocked device with a $99 Prime subscription this deal is hot [more]


Gamers discover yet another secret ending in 'Far Cry 4'

Nov 26, 2014 5:00 pm

Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4 has been lauded for its immensely beautiful open world gameplay. The storyline, on the other hand, hasn’t held up nearly as well under criticism. A lackluster plot seems almost improbable considering the alternate endings that gamers have discovered thus far (and... [more]


Dropbox's Carousel will let you easily delete local photos that have been backed up

Nov 26, 2014 4:00 pm

Dropbox is testing a new Carousel feature that will allow you to delete local photos that have already been backed up when your device's storage is getting full. This means that you won't have to worry about managing space and manually deleting photos just to make sure that you can... [more]


Valve launches "Steam Exploration Sale" just in time for Black Friday

Nov 26, 2014 3:00 pm

Valve has launched a massive sale, officially being called the Steam Exploration Sale, on some of the most popular games of the year – and thousands others – just in time for Black Friday. For the next six days, gamers can take advantage of sales throughout the Steam store in... [more]


Chromecast adds support for Comedy Central, TuneIn, Epix and more

Nov 26, 2014 2:15 pm

Google has announced that their Chromecast media streaming dongle will now support seven new channels including Comedy Central, Sesame Street Go, Nickelodeon, TuneIn, Epix, YuppTV and Encore Play. This recent slew of media content allows users to access hit TV shows such as South Park, The Daily... [more]


GoPro said to be building its own line of camera-equipped consumer drones

Nov 26, 2014 1:30 pm

GoPro is looking to broaden its horizons (no pun intended). The action camera maker is said to be developing its own line of consumer-oriented drones that’ll come equipped with high-definition cameras according to people familiar with the matter as reported by The Wall Street Journal. [more]


China Fines Microsoft $140 Million for Tax Evasion

Nov 26, 2014 1:24 pm

Meanwhile Chinese officials continue to probe Microsoft over alleged violations of Chinese antitrust laws [more]


HP posts mixed Q4 earnings, CEO insists turnaround on track

Nov 26, 2014 12:45 pm

Nearly a couple of months after announcing that it would split into two different businesses, HP has published its fourth quarter financial results, which were mostly in line with market expectations, indicating that the company still has a lot more work ahead. [more]


Quick Note: Canada Joins Twitter, For Real, Eh

Nov 26, 2014 12:30 pm

Canada scores points for not taking itself seriously, posting jokes that show a self-aware, confident sense of humor [more]


Kim Dotcom's legal team exits as Megaupload founder runs out of money

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 pm

Kim Dotcom’s once lavish lifestyle is but a distant memory. During a recent teleconference at London’s unBound Digital event, the Megaupload founder revealed that his legal team recently resigned because he ran out of money. Dotcom said he spent $10 million defending himself and... [more]


4K TV shipments jumped 500 percent in Q3 2014

Nov 26, 2014 11:00 am

4K TV shipments topped 3 million units last quarter, up a whopping 500 percent compared to the same quarter last year, bringing total shipments to 6.4 million units this year, according to the latest report from global market research and consulting firm DisplaySearch. [more]


Amazon's Fire Phone at $199 sans contract with a free year of Prime suddenly seems like a great deal

Nov 26, 2014 10:00 am

Amazon’s long-rumored Fire Phone finally materialized earlier this year with its unique 3D “dynamic perspective” feature in tow. Its hardware specs weren’t anything to write home about and the 3D gimmick wasn’t enough to get customers excited, especially at $199 on... [more]


Ubisoft's racing MMO The Crew won't get day-one reviews

Nov 26, 2014 9:15 am

Ubisoft's upcoming open-world racing MMO The Crew won't be available to press outlets until the game has been publicly released next December 2nd, delaying access to reviews for people interested in a professional opinion before buying. In a blog post, Ubisoft stated: [more]


Here's a possible workaround for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite Wi-Fi issues

Nov 26, 2014 8:15 am

If you're one of the many iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite users who have been plagued with Wi-Fi issues, here is some good news: Mario Ciabarra, the co-founder and CEO of Colorado Springs-based Quantum Metric, claims to have found the root cause of the problems, and has also come... [more]


Lenovo enlists the Upright Citizens Brigade to prank mall shoppers

Nov 26, 2014 7:30 am

Foregoing traditional advertising, Lenovo recently enlisted the help of the Upright Citizens Brigade to spread the word about its new Yoga 3 notebook. The improvisational comedy sketch group set up hidden cameras at a fake kiosk at Pennsylvania’s Plymouth Meeting Mall to film as they... [more]


Microsoft Releases Third Windows 10 Test Build to "Slow" Track Testers, Patches IE

Nov 26, 2014 7:00 am

Flash fix is believed to patch unreleased zero day flaws in Adobe's plugin for IE 11; Build 9879 fixes BSOD and other issues [more]


Sony reportedly developing an e-paper smartwatch

Nov 26, 2014 6:45 am

Sony is developing a smartwatch made out of e-paper, a display technology designed to mimic the appearance of ordinary ink on paper, according to a Bloomberg report. The device is expected to be released in 2015. [more]


EA has already started Origin's Black Friday games sale

Nov 26, 2014 5:45 am

Black Friday doesn't officially start for another couple of days, but that hasn't stopped EA from launching a sale through their Origin game delivery service a little bit early. The Origin Black Friday Sale (or Mega Sale as it's known outside North America), offers up to 75% on games... [more]


The pattern on Blu-ray discs shown to improve solar panel efficiency by 20 percent

Nov 26, 2014 4:15 am

What do solar panels and Blu-ray discs have in common? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Researchers at Northwestern University have discovered an unexpected yet useful purpose for old Blu-ray discs. It just so happens that the nanoscopic pits and grooves found on Blu-ray discs – the same ones... [more]


Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, Watchband Hinge And Intel Core M Deliver Thin And Light Performance

Nov 26, 2014 2:29 am

When Intel gave us an early deep-dive look at their new 14nm Broadwell Core M series processor back in August, we left hopeful that great things would be coming to ultra-light notebooks and premium 2-in-1 tablet devices. Intel's low power 14nm Tri-Gate architecture coupled with an enhanced... [more]


Some High-End Luxury Watchmakers Crack Down Hard on Smartwatch Faces

Nov 25, 2014 10:28 pm

Mondaine, Swatch's Omega go to war with torrents promoting Moto 360 customized faces that imitate their product [more]


Red Tape: Leaked FAA Drone Regulations Fly in the Face of Science, Economy

Nov 25, 2014 9:00 pm

Rules would ban nightime flights, would also ban flyovers where the drone can be shown to have gone out of the operator's line of sight [more]


Tablet growth slows considerably as Apple's iPad realizes first yearly shipment decline

Nov 25, 2014 6:45 pm

Apple started off the week on a high note but even that can do little to wash away the fact that the iPad’s popularity has been on the decline for quite some time. The latest report from market research and analytics firm International Data Corporation (IDC) casts a dark shadow not... [more]


Amazon Selling Services pairs shoppers with local installation professionals

Nov 25, 2014 5:45 pm

Amazon not only wants to sell you a new 4K television, Nest thermostat or a replacement battery for your notebook, it wants to lend a hand installing them. [more]


Driver Destination lets Lyft drivers accept rides only from those heading in the same direction

Nov 25, 2014 4:45 pm

Ridesharing platform Lyft has launched a new feature that allows drivers to filter potential riders based on whether or not they are traveling in the same direction as the driver. Up to this point, drivers were only showed a passenger’s route once they had accepted a ride. [more]


Pew study puts Americans' knowledge of the Internet to the test

Nov 25, 2014 3:45 pm

The Internet is ingrained in modern society. In addition to providing information and entertainment, it serves as the backbone of social interaction for millions. But how much do people actually know about the Internet and related technologies? [more]


Google device dashboard makes it easy to track devices logged into your account

Nov 25, 2014 2:45 pm

Users can access their Google accounts from as many devices as they wish, and so Google is introducing the Devices and Activity dashboard to help keep things organized and secure. The new tool is a simple, unified app where users can easily see the devices accessing their Google accounts. [more]


'Twitter Offers' sends retail discounts directly to your credit, debit card

Nov 25, 2014 1:45 pm

Twitter has spent a lot of time this year exploring the world of commerce. Its latest endeavor, Twitter Offers, is perhaps the boldest move yet as it aims to save users some cash during the holidays (and beyond) while simultaneously appeasing advertisers and investors. Here’s how it works. [more]


Hack of Sony Pictures Indicates Employees Were Pirating Blu-Rays

Nov 25, 2014 1:00 pm

Sony Pictures Entertainment suffers massive intrusion, IT staff were storing passwords in plaintext in a network accessible Word document [more]


Apple's search engine deal with Google expires next year, Microsoft and Yahoo both want in

Nov 25, 2014 12:45 pm

Google could lose its second default search provider partner in as many years. Google’s agreement to be the default search engine provider for Apple’s Safari is set to expire next year and unsurprisingly, there a couple of companies that would love to steal the spot out from under... [more]


Global Internet usage to rise by 6.6 percent this year as web population approaches three billion

Nov 25, 2014 11:45 am

By the end of the year, nearly 3 billion people globally will be online, up from just 2.7 billion at the end of 2013 according to the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Measuring the Information Society Report. [more]


Apple stock swells to new high as analyst predicts 71.5 million iPhones sold in holiday quarter

Nov 25, 2014 10:45 am

With two new iPhones now in stores, Apple is expected to turn in its best holiday quarter ever. According to KGI Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Cupertino-based company will sell a whopping 82 percent more iPhones this quarter compared to last. [more]


Universal Studios takes over Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic

Nov 25, 2014 9:45 am

Less than a week after Sony Pictures dropped Aaron Sorkin's film about Steve Jobs, it has been picked up by Universal Studios. [more]


Samsung's Eyecan+ helps people with disabilities interact with computers though eye tracking

Nov 25, 2014 8:45 am

More than a couple of years after unveiling Eyecan, a special glasses mounted solution that worked as a mouse replacement, Samsung has introduced Eyecan+, a device that allows people with disabilities to type, browse the web, and perform other functions through the movement of their eyes. [more]


This Kickstarter campaign wanted to penalize gamers by drawing their blood

Nov 25, 2014 7:45 am

Do you suck at video games? If you answered yes, you’d have been the perfect candidate for a game called Blood Sport. Described as the ultimate in immersive gaming, the non-defunct Kickstarter campaign aimed to raise $250,000 CAD to build a multi-player gaming system in which blood would be... [more]


Google Fiber gigabit service in Austin priced at $70 per month, basic Internet service free

Nov 25, 2014 6:45 am

Google has unveiled pricing details for its gigabit Internet service in Austin, which is set to launch next month. A basic version of the service, featuring download speeds of 5 Mbps and upload speeds of 1 Mbps, will be available for no monthly charge, although users will have to pay... [more]


Redbox raises rates as physical rental market continues to decline

Nov 25, 2014 5:45 am

It’ll soon be a bit more expensive to rent movies and games from Redbox. Starting December 2, the price to rent a DVD at one of Redbox’s nearly 44,000 kiosks will increase by 25 percent, from $1.20 to $1.50 per day. [more]


T-Mobile will now show throttled customers their actual speeds

Nov 25, 2014 4:15 am

T-Mobile has reached an agreement with the Federal Communications Commission, promising to provide customers with a link to a speed test when they have been throttled, so that they can accurately find out what their current speed is. The updated policy will come into effect within the next couple... [more]


Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Tablets, Smartphones, Laptops

Nov 25, 2014 1:19 am


Lenovo Y70 Touch Laptop Review: A decent all-rounder with a tragic performance bottleneck

Nov 24, 2014 10:15 pm

Lenovo's Y70 Touch isn't a wild departure from the laptop designs you're used to seeing. In fact, it mostly looks like an average notebook, only sleeker and slightly more aggressive than most. It boasts a 17.3-inch 1920x1080 multi-touch display, Lenovo's largest touchscreen laptop... [more]


Report: Amazon Greenlights Free, Ad-Backed Stand-Alone Instant Video Service

Nov 24, 2014 7:28 pm

Analysts say service could be a Netflix slayer, in spite of Instant Video currently seeing less than a tenth the traffic of Netflix [more]


Nexus 6 earns favorable repairability score in teardown analysis

Nov 24, 2014 4:45 pm

Google and Motorola’s lovechild has inevitably found its way into the hands of teardown specialist iFixit. It’s generally good news for the Nexus 6 as it is reasonably easy to repair so long as you can get inside. [more]


Widespread hack at Sony Pictures Entertainment reportedly brings down entire computer system

Nov 24, 2014 3:45 pm

Sony appears to have once again been targeted by malicious hackers. On Monday, Sony Pictures Entertainment – the company’s motion picture, television production and distribution arm – was essentially brought to a standstill as a result of a bizarre security breach. [more]


T-Mobile adds 14 additional music streaming services to its Music Freedom plan

Nov 24, 2014 2:45 pm

Music and video streaming services are more popular now than ever. Unfortunately, they’re also among the top data plan killers each month and no doubt are responsible for the majority of data overage fees. [more]


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