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Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition Review: Back to its Legendary Overclocking Roots

Jul 23, 2014 10:00 pm

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For more than a decade tech-savvy users on a budget would commonly buy a sub-$100 CPU and achieve performance comparable to $200-$300 chips by overclocking. These days Intel locks down its lower end parts, but to mark the 20th anniversary of its Pentium brand, they've released a fully... [more]

Amazon updates Prime Music library with a massive number of new songs and more

Jul 23, 2014 6:45 pm

Last month Amazon officially launched its Prime music service, offering its Prime subscribers unlimited, ad-free streaming. Today, the company has announced the library of songs users have to choose from is expanding dramatically along with some additional enhancements to the service. [more]

Motorola wants you to unlock your Moto X with this digital tattoo

Jul 23, 2014 5:15 pm

Unlocking a smartphone can be a drag, especially if you're the type that checks your handset dozens of times a day. It's a first world problem that has led many to simply leave their phones unprotected (obviously not a wise decision) but now, Motorola thinks they've come up with... [more]

Neowin: Rise of the machine: Microsoft's Azure platform will change the world

Jul 23, 2014 4:30 pm

How many times have you tried to figure out what you are having for dinner only to become disgruntled and order a pizza? It happens to all of us from time to time, but that's often because we run out of time to prepare for dinner or, frankly, we forget what's... [more]

Japan to Offer $20,000 USD in Subsidies for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

Jul 23, 2014 4:02 pm

These subsidies mean that consumers pay around 5 million yen for Toyota's fuel-cell sedan [more]

Apple to launch public OS X Yosemite beta program tomorrow

Jul 23, 2014 3:45 pm

Apple announced OS X Yosemite during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference last month. Since then, developers have had access to the operating system via closed beta but that's all set to change real soon. [more]

Canvas Fingerprinting: a web-tracking technique that's nearly impossible to block

Jul 23, 2014 3:00 pm

Researchers at Princeton and Belgium's KU Leuven have found a new, extremely persistent type of web-tracking technique that's being used on around 5% of the top 1000 sites on the Internet, including Whitehouse.gov, YouPorn, and more. Dubbed Canvas Fingerprinting, the technique is nearly... [more]

YouTube music chief departs ahead of long-delayed Music Pass launch

Jul 23, 2014 2:15 pm

YouTube's upcoming music subscription service has been hit with yet another setback. Chris LaRosa, YouTube's product manager in charge of music, is parting ways with Google at the end of the week to join an undisclosed startup according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. [more]

Windows 9 Will Merge Windows, Windows Phone, Windows RT in 2015

Jul 23, 2014 1:33 pm

Microsoft CEO announced for the first time what has been rumored for a long time [more]

Google's colorful new Play Store update is rolling out as we speak

Jul 23, 2014 1:15 pm

Waiting around to check out the new look of the Play Store ever since Google announced it was due for a facelift? Well, you can head over to the storefront to check out if you've made it to an early batch, as Google's aesthetically-pleasing Play Store update is rolling out gradually... [more]

Intel unveils business-class SSD Pro 2500 Series with self-encryption

Jul 23, 2014 12:15 pm

Intel recently announced a new edition to its Professional Family of solid state drives, the Intel SSD Pro 2500 Series. These new business-class drives offer a wealth of security and manageability features, fast performance and a lower total cost of ownership according to a press release on the... [more]

Kindle Fire Phone Review Roundup -- A Solid "Meh"

Jul 23, 2014 12:09 pm

It has some cool features (Dynamic Perspective, Firefly), but they're not super useful [more]

Comcast does a U-turn, admits rep from retention call was doing "what we trained him to do"

Jul 23, 2014 11:15 am

After that excruciating recorded call between AOL product manager Ryan Block and a Comcast customer rep went viral last week, the cable company quickly apologized noting that's not "how our customer service representatives are trained to operate". But as many already suspected, turns out... [more]

Microsoft all but confirms it shelved the Surface Mini

Jul 23, 2014 10:30 am

Even before the Surface Pro 2 was released, rumors suggested Microsoft was working on a Mini version of its Windows tablet. Such talk spilled over into 2014 and by mid-year, we were certain we'd see the smaller slate show up on stage during Microsoft's "small gathering" on May 20. ... [more]

Samsung 845DC EVO 240GB, 960GB SATA SSD @ Custom PC

Jul 23, 2014 10:03 am

Now that Samsung has proven TLC NAND on the client side, Samsung is now the first SSD manufacturer to take the same technology to the enterprise with a datacenter oriented derivative of their Samsung 840 EVO they’d creatively like to call the Samsung 845DC EVO..." ... [PCSTATS] [more]

Review: Crucial MX100 256GB SSD @ Custom PC Review

Jul 23, 2014 10:01 am

Today we’ll be reviewing the Crucial MX100 SSD which is Crucial’s latest mainstream SSD offering. It’ll come in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB although unlike the M500 or M550, a 1TB option is not currently available at this time. The Crucial MX100 will be controlled by an eight channel... [more]

Updates to the COD NAS Benchmarking Database

Jul 23, 2014 10:00 am

I am proud to announce that Computingondemand.com's benchmarking databases have been updated. The new enhancements now allow you to filter the tables in the database to make your benchmarking comparison research easier than ever. ... [PCSTATS] [more]

Report: New UK Broadband Users Give Porn Filters the Shaft

Jul 23, 2014 9:49 am

75 percent of major ISPs failed to get even 10 percent of new users to opt for the porn filters [more]

Battlefield: Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition both delayed

Jul 23, 2014 9:30 am

Two games from EA originally slated to launch right in the heart of this year's holiday gaming season have been delayed, so that the game's developers have more time to polish their work. [more]

Microsoft Post Strong Deferred Revenue, But Dinged by Troubled Nokia Sales

Jul 23, 2014 9:28 am

Microsoft pockets nearly $7B USD, but falls short of lofty expectations [more]

Microsoft Posts Strong Deferred Revenue, But Dinged by Troubled Nokia Sales

Jul 23, 2014 9:28 am

Microsoft pockets nearly $7B USD, but falls short of lofty expectations [more]

First Public Beta of OS X Yosemite Coming July 24

Jul 23, 2014 9:08 am

The public will get a taste of Yosemite starting tomorrow [more]

Can this magician guess the card you're thinking about?

Jul 23, 2014 8:45 am

Magicians have been entertaining audiences for centuries but as we all know, there's no such thing as magic. Instead, magic tricks are simply illusions that play tricks on our brains which is exactly what takes place in the clip below. [more]

Western Digital 'Green' hard drives now available in capacities up to 6TB

Jul 23, 2014 7:45 am

Look no further than a solid state drive for breakneck speed. If a large-capacity drive for storage is what you're after, however, traditional spinning hard drives are still the best bet in terms of price per GB. And if you need a whole heck of a lot of storage, Western... [more]

Amazon's new mobile games showcase Fire phone's head tracking tech

Jul 23, 2014 6:45 am

Amazon's new Fire phone features much of the same functionality as its competition, so the company is doing everything it can to showcase the device's head tracking technology. [more]

Intel Core i7-4790K Overclocking and Review

Jul 23, 2014 6:03 am

Intel has been slowly releasing information about its Devil’s Canyon processors for a few months now. If you’ve been on top of the processor scene, you probably know that Devil’s Canyon is the codename for a new revision of Intel’s 4th Gen Core processors, based on the Haswell... [more]

Contract Free: Moto G And Republic Wireless Review

Jul 23, 2014 6:02 am

When we last checked in with Republic Wireless, we found that the service itself was as advertised (inexpensive and very good), but the asterisk was the handset--the Motorola Defy XT, a decidedly midrange smartphone that was the only handset you could use with the service. Worse, the price tag... [more]

MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Motherboard Review @HiTech Legion

Jul 23, 2014 6:01 am

"The MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Mother Board is equipped with options, options found on more expensive motherboards . The Gaming 9 MSI Z97 Motherboard comes complete with extra features one of which can downclock a CPU during common and non-demanding task, like simple web browsing." ... [PCSTATS] [more]

Apple reports quarterly earnings led by solid iPhone sales

Jul 23, 2014 6:00 am

Apple on Tuesday posted fiscal third quarter results led by solid iPhone sales. The Cupertino-based company brought in $37.4 billion in revenues, up six percent compared to the year-ago quarter. Profit checked in at $7.75 billion, up from the $6.9 billion during the same period in 2013. [more]

uxa2 GroovyT Magic Boom Box Review @HiTech Legion

Jul 23, 2014 6:00 am

Luxa2 aims the GroovyT to be a simple, inexpensive device that allows you to take your music with you anywhere, with just about any source; and they absolutely nailed it." ... [PCSTATS] [more]

Microsoft Rolls Out Budget Lumia 530 to Replace Hugely Successful Lumia 520

Jul 23, 2014 5:47 am

The Lumia 530 will be priced at roughly $115 when it launches in August [more]

Asus lays claim to the world's fastest Wi-Fi 802.11ac router

Jul 23, 2014 4:45 am

If you want the best of the best in terms of wireless network performance, even if the devices you own can't handle the blazing fast speeds, look no further than Asus' new RT-AC87 router. [more]

Thermaltake Urban T81 Full Tower Case Review

Jul 23, 2014 3:02 am

Some desktop PC's were designed to push limits. Sometimes they push technological limits with the latest hardware overclocked to the bleeding edge while others tease the creative side such as building your system in an aquarium full of mineral oil, complete with bubbling diver and colorful fake... [more]

PowerColor Devil 13 Dual GPU R9 290X

Jul 23, 2014 3:00 am

We review the beast, the dual Radeon R9 290X based PowerColor Devil 13. It's hotter than hell, demonic and hinted as a disciple of the Devil himself, yes, as we review the PowerColor Radeon R9 295x2 Devil13 with 8 GB graphics memory. The card is a dual-GPU based graphics card that comes with two... [more]

GPU-Accelerated Virtual Desktops: The Future of Computing?

Jul 23, 2014 12:30 am

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While we've long moved away from the early days of the mainframe and thin clients, there are some areas of computing where we're seeing a push back to similar architectures. We'll take a look at some of the more common advantages and disadvantages of virtual desktops, offer our... [more]

Microsoft confirms Windows will merge into one operating system

Jul 22, 2014 9:30 pm

Speaking in an earnings call today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed that in the next version of Windows, the company will amalgamate the current three versions of Windows into the one operating system. [more]

Social networks rank among the worst companies in terms of customer satisfaction

Jul 22, 2014 5:45 pm

Airlines and Internet service providers are often associated with poor customer satisfaction and according to a recent survey from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), social media companies can now be added to that list. [more]

Ford Details ’15 F-150’s 320hp, 2.7L EcoBoost V6; Demonstrates 732-lb Weight Loss

Jul 22, 2014 4:55 pm

Ford makes good on its promise of a 700-pound weight reduction on the production version of the 2015 F-150 [more]

Ford Details ’15 F-150’s 325hp, 2.7L EcoBoost V6; Demonstrates 732-lb Weight Loss

Jul 22, 2014 4:55 pm

Ford makes good on its promise of a 700-pound weight reduction on the production version of the 2015 F-150 [more]

Nvidia's Shield tablet is available now and promoting Twitch streaming

Jul 22, 2014 4:30 pm

Nvidia is expanding its line of mobile gaming products with the Nvidia Shield Tablet today. Right now, you can pre-order the tablet for $299, with the option to add a wireless controller for $59. [more]

Samsung's ridiculously expensive 105-inch curved 4K Ultra HD TV now up for pre-order

Jul 22, 2014 3:45 pm

I was in Best Buy over the weekend and happened upon the recently-constructed Samsung television center, a shop-inside-a-shop concept similar to the Samsung Experience Shop for mobile devices. The centerpiece of the retail space was no doubt the curved 78-inch 4K Ultra HD TV priced just south of... [more]

Comcast Memo: Harassing Customers During Retention Calls Actually IS Our Policy

Jul 22, 2014 3:19 pm

After throwing its employee under the bus, internal memo indicates Comcast looked to mislead media about protocol [more]

Apple Posts Record $7.7B in Profit for Fiscal Q3, Records Sales of 35.2M iPhones

Jul 22, 2014 2:57 pm

Apple's numbers fall mostly in line with its own forecasts, analyst numbers [more]

Apple Posts Record Fiscal Q3 Profit of $7.7B, Sells 35.2M iPhones

Jul 22, 2014 2:57 pm

Apple's numbers fall mostly in line with its own forecasts, analyst numbers [more]

Italy gives Google 18 months to comply with privacy policy changes

Jul 22, 2014 2:45 pm

Google been dealing with a long run of privacy and other legal issues in Europe, and now the Italian government says the company has 18 months to comply to its latest demands. [more]

Aereo Now Claims It's a Cable Company, Reveals it Has Very Few Customers

Jul 22, 2014 2:20 pm

Service had next to no subscribers as it struggled to sell customers on its role as a pricey cloud DVR for public TV [more]

Russia Looks to Counter U.S. Sanctions With Bill Targeting American Tech Firms

Jul 22, 2014 1:49 pm

American and Russia are teetering on the brink of a new Cold War, economically [more]

Time Warner Cable to deliver one-gigabit broadband in Los Angeles by 2016

Jul 22, 2014 1:45 pm

Time Warner Cable is bringing its ultra-fast broadband Internet service to Los Angeles. The company recently said they can offer Internet speeds of up to one gigabit per second to residents, businesses and government offices by 2016, far faster than what they currently offer anywhere else. [more]

Yahoo acquiring startup Flurry to boost mobile business

Jul 22, 2014 12:45 pm

In an effort to bolster advertising revenue from smartphones, Yahoo yesterday announced that it is buying mobile analytics and advertising startup Flurry. [more]

Sony's Walkman gets resurrected as a high-res audio player

Jul 22, 2014 12:00 pm

Dedicated MP3 players were displaced by smartphones years ago (just ask Apple). But now, the nearly-extinct devices are starting to make a comeback - at least among those who put audio quality above all else. [more]

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