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Sony surprises all with quarterly profit thanks to Spider-Man, PS4

Jul 31, 2014 5:30 pm

Strong sales of the PlayStation 4 and a solid performance at the box office led Sony to post quarterly results that have everyone surprised. The electronics and entertainment company reported revenue of $17.9 billion, up nearly six percent year-over-year, resulting in a profit of around $261... [more]


Nokia agrees to acquire part of Panasonic's wireless network business

Jul 31, 2014 4:30 pm

In an effort to boost its operations in Japan, Nokia today announced that it has agreed to acquire part of the Panasonic's wireless networks business. The deal, whose financial details were not disclosed, covers Panasonic's mobile phone (LTE/3G) wireless base station system business for... [more]


CIA Admits Guilt, Apologizes for Accessing Senate Computers

Jul 31, 2014 4:03 pm

Feinstein will have to decide whether an apology is good enough, or if some further action is required [more]


Samsung executive says two new high-end handsets coming soon

Jul 31, 2014 3:30 pm

Samsung on Thursday looked to offer customers and shareholders a bit of reassurance by announcing intentions to launch two new high-end smartphones within the next six months. The news comes as Samsung's reported a quarterly drop in profit compared to the year-ago period, the first time... [more]


Danish researchers set the world record for the fastest single-laser data transfer

Jul 31, 2014 2:30 pm

Researchers in Denmark have now broken the world record for the fastest single-laser data transfer ever recorded. Using a new kind of optical fiber, the research group at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) recorded a transfer rate of 43 terabits per second over a single fiber with one... [more]


New Qi Version 1.2 Allows Wireless Charging From 2 Inches Away

Jul 31, 2014 1:53 pm

It'll be released later this year [more]


Tesla inks landmark deal with Panasonic to build Gigafactory on US soil

Jul 31, 2014 1:30 pm

Tesla has signed a deal with electronics maker Panasonic to build a massive battery production plant in the US. The Gigafactory, as it's being dubbed, will be a crucial step in the production of Tesla's upcoming Model 3 which is slated to arrive sometime in 2017. [more]


HTC J Butterfly Announced by Japan's KDDI, Packs LTE-A Carrier Aggregation

Jul 31, 2014 12:34 pm

WiMax 2+ adds support for high bandwidth single-channel support [more]


Tesla Teams with Panasonic for Gigafactory, Still Hasn't Chosen Site Location

Jul 31, 2014 12:33 pm

Panasonic will reportedly invest around $1 billion USD [more]


BitTorrent unveils its new P2P messaging platform Bleep

Jul 31, 2014 12:30 pm

Less than an year after announcing plans to build a secure chat system, BitTorrent yesterday unveiled its new privacy and security focused messaging platform Bleep. Unlike other popular chat clients like Hangouts, AIM, or Skype, Bleep lets you exchange information without the need for any central... [more]


Researchers uncover fundamental USB security flaw, no fix in sight

Jul 31, 2014 11:30 am

A pair of security researchers from SR Labs have uncovered a fundamental flaw in the way USB devices work. It affects every single USB device out there and worst yet, there's no line of defense short of prohibiting USB stick sharing or filling your USB ports with superglue. [more]


At $99 a month, HealthTap Prime lets you video chat with medical specialists anytime

Jul 31, 2014 10:30 am

HealthTap, an online medical question-and-answer service that boasts 10 million active users and a pool of over 60,000 doctors from across the US, yesterday unveiled an updated version of its product. Dubbed Prime, the new service, which is available through the company’s mobile apps and... [more]


T-Mobile Subscriber Numbers Surpass 50 Million, Sees Q2 Profit of $391M

Jul 31, 2014 10:24 am

T-Mobile is gaining on Sprint [more]


AMD Kaveri Update: A10-7800 APU Review

Jul 31, 2014 9:29 am

AMD updated its family of Kaveri-based A-Series APUs for desktop systems today. We first took an official look at Kaveri back in January, when we evaluated the A8-7600 APU. That particular APU is being re-launched today at a new price point, but AMD is also introducing a couple of new APUs as... [more]


Verizon Wireless Launches 5.7", 960x540 LG G Vista Smartphone for $400 Off Contract

Jul 31, 2014 9:02 am

Compared to the G3, the G Vista ups the screen size and downgrades the resolution [more]


Facebook-backed Internet.org to bring free, limited Internet to Zambia

Jul 31, 2014 9:00 am

In an effort to boost Internet usage in underdeveloped countries, Facebook yesterday said that it will provide free, but limited, Internet data access to mobile phone subscribers in the African nation of Zambia. [more]


Copper foam cools this crazy Silent Power PC

Jul 31, 2014 8:15 am

Standard copper heatpipes and heatsinks can be pretty boring and unoriginal, so the team behind the new Silent Power PC have resorted to copper foam to cool their system. [more]


Mini-Me: Xperia Z3's Petite Companion, Xperia Z3 Mini Leaks

Jul 31, 2014 7:40 am

Power/spec of mid-sized Sony device is subject of debate, but all agree it's coming [more]


Driverless cars to hit UK roadways by January 2015

Jul 31, 2014 7:30 am

Driverless cars will hit UK roadways within six months, putting the country at the forefront of the autonomous vehicle movement and opening up new opportunities for the local economy and society according to UK business secretary Vince Cable. [more]


Samsung Reports Lower Smartphone Sales, Operating Profit Falls 25% YoY

Jul 31, 2014 6:55 am

While Samsung still made a ton of cash, its smartphone sales and earnings are down [more]


Phanteks Enthoo Pro Full-Tower Chassis Review

Jul 31, 2014 6:03 am

"Phanteks offers its second take on a full-tower chassis with the Enthoo Pro; a simplified, and more refined version of the Enthoo Primo. Here's our review." ... [PCSTATS] [more]


NVIDIA Tegra 4-based tablets

Jul 31, 2014 6:02 am

"The first unit is a 7" device designed by NVIDIA and manufactured by EVGA, hence the EVGA Tegra NOTE 7 name. Marketed mostly to gamers, this tablet comes with an impressive feature set for the $199 MSRP asking price. The second tablet is the latest member of the Transformer Pad lineup from ASUS.... [more]


Patriot STELLAR 64GB

Jul 31, 2014 6:01 am

"I can't say that I will really use the drive just for my phone or tablet in such a manner. I'll likely use the drive in exFAT format and use it as a typical flash drive on the go. However, the microUSB is the key bonus to this drive all around. I couldn't really find too many other drives out... [more]


AMD A10-7800 Kaveri APU Review: 4 CPU + 8 GPU

Jul 31, 2014 6:00 am

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AMD promised many new APUs when unveiling its Kaveri architecture in January but until now was only able to deliver two, the $160 A10-7700K and $170 A10-7850K. Today we'll be looking at the $155 A10-7800, which comes in 45W or 65W TDP modes and has a full-blown R7 GPU featuring 8 CUs with 512... [more]


Silverstone Raven RV 05 Review

Jul 31, 2014 6:00 am

The Raveon RV05 is the latest model from from SilverStone that got added to their well known case series. The product features a unique design and since it's a SilverStone case, it should also come with impeccable build quality. A very interesting feature is, that the motherboard has been rotated... [more]


NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet: The Fastest Tablet Available

Jul 31, 2014 5:00 am

Last week, NVIDIA officially announced the SHIELD tablet (powered by the Tegra K1 SoC) and its companion SHIELD wireless controller. Just in case you missed the initial announcement, we’ve got it posted for you all right here, along with some early hands-on video, the device’s full... [more]


Beta version of 64-bit Google Chrome now available

Jul 31, 2014 4:45 am

Google has shifted the 64-bit Windows version of its Chrome browser from the developer channels to the main beta channel, while in the process addressing many issues with stability. If you haven't as yet checked out the long-awaited upgrade, now would be a good time to do so. [more]


Amazon offers Prime members a $1 video credit to choose slower shipping

Jul 30, 2014 7:15 pm

Amazon Prime's bread and butter is without a doubt its free two-day and cheap overnight shipping options. But what if you're ordering something and you have little desire to get it ASAP? Up to this point, there's really been no reason not to use the free two-day option over... [more]


Hackers have compromised the once anonymous Tor network

Jul 30, 2014 5:00 pm

The Tor anonymous encryption service offers internet users a way to surf the web with anonymity and prides itself on the level of security it offers. Well it looks as though the network was compromised earlier this year along with some user data, according to a recent Tor developer blog... [more]


Logitech unveils the G402 Hyperion Fury, dubbed the "fastest gaming mouse ever made"

Jul 30, 2014 4:05 pm

Logitech on Wednesday announced the G402 Hyperion Fury Ultra-Fast FPS gaming mouse, a pointer that the company claims is the fastest mouse on the planet with tracking speeds of more than 500 inches per second. [more]


Windows Phone 8.1 Update Adds "Live Folders", Expands Cortana Support

Jul 30, 2014 3:00 pm

Update is available to Developers, also adds new security fixes, VPN support, SMS improvements, and more [more]


Sony says EA Access subscription model isn't a good value

Jul 30, 2014 3:00 pm

Electronic Arts announced a new subscription service yesterday for the Xbox One that grants members access to some of EA's top games for a monthly or annual fee. In our coverage, I pondered out loud whether or not EA Access would be offered on other platforms or if it was... [more]


Start-up company developing a new adaptive material that could cut solar power costs in half

Jul 30, 2014 2:00 pm

While very effective, solar power is still quite an expensive proposition and now a start-up engineering team is developing new materials that could cut the costs dramatically. [more]


"Crashing" tablet sales give new hope to PCs, Best Buy CEO says

Jul 30, 2014 1:00 pm

Apple may not be the only company struggling with weak tablet sales. In a recent interview with Re/code, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly said sales of tablets have boomed and are now crashing as the volume has really gone down in the last several months. [more]


BlackBerry acquires Secusmart to ramp up its security offerings

Jul 30, 2014 12:00 pm

In an effort to further improve its voice and data security, Blackberry announced that that it will acquire Secusmart, a Dusseldorf, Germany-based company that specializes in encryption and anti-eavesdropping services. Financial details were not disclosed and the deal is still pending regulatory... [more]


Quick Note: Russia Requests Apple, SAP's Source Code to Prevent Spying

Jul 30, 2014 11:35 am

Neither Apple nor SAP have responded yet [more]


Xbox One's Release Date in China Set for September 23

Jul 30, 2014 11:15 am

It's priced starting at $600 USD [more]


Virgin Mobile's new smartphone plan lets you customize it any way you like

Jul 30, 2014 11:00 am

We've seen a huge shift in the wireless landscape over the past year or so thanks largely to T-Mobile but it's a new plan, or lack of, from Virgin Mobile USA that may ultimately reshape how we think about wireless service. [more]


Nintendo Reports Yet Another Quarterly Loss, Only Sells 510,000 Wii U Units

Jul 30, 2014 10:00 am

But it managed to sell 2.82 million copies of Mario Kart 8 [more]


Nintendo Reports Yet Another Quarterly Loss, Sells 510,000 Wii U Consoles

Jul 30, 2014 10:00 am

But it managed to sell 2.82 million copies of Mario Kart 8 [more]


Instagram unveils Snapchat competitor Bolt in select markets outside the US

Jul 30, 2014 10:00 am

Instagram yesterday unveiled a new messaging app that allows users to send short-lived photo and video messages from their mobile devices. Dubbed Bolt, the app's premise is similar to that of Snapchat or Slingshot. [more]


Chinese OEM KingSing Launches $99 Windows 8.1 Tablet with 3G Connectivity

Jul 30, 2014 9:04 am

There is no word yet on U.S. availability [more]


Watch Dogs PC performance issues finally fixed

Jul 30, 2014 9:00 am

Ever since the launch of Watch Dogs in late May, PC gamers have had to suffer through mediocre performance in the flagship Ubisoft title, even on rigs with high-end graphics cards. Despite Ubisoft claiming it had improved performance, the patch they released in June did little to ease the pain.... [more]


Facebook to shut down Gifts service next month in wake of shifting e-commerce strategy

Jul 30, 2014 8:00 am

Facebook will soon have one less weapon in its quest to find additional revenue streams as the social networking giant will shut down Gifts on August 12. You win some, you lose some. [more]


Samsung Sees Decline in Share, Shipments in a Growing Smartphone Market

Jul 30, 2014 7:43 am

Samsung's share fell from 32.3 percent in Q2 2013 to 25.2 percent in Q2 2014. [more]


Microsoft launches Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 with minor upgrades

Jul 30, 2014 7:00 am

Microsoft has today launched the first update to Windows Phone 8.1, known as GDR1 or simply 'Update 1', with users in the Preview for Developers program set to get the update over-the-air some time this week. [more]


Quick Note: Sony Says EA Access "Does Not Bring Value" to PS4 Gamers

Jul 30, 2014 6:11 am

Sony won't join the EA Access bandwagon [more]


Gamdias Aegis gaming set review

Jul 30, 2014 6:03 am

It is rare that I get a product through the post to review and have to spend a good few minutes figuring out just what it is. That is what happened this week though when I got my first look at the Gamdias Aegis gaming set. It turns out that it is a USB hub and headset stand that sticks on to the... [more]


Superlux HD668B Headphones Review

Jul 30, 2014 6:02 am

Superlux is a Taiwanese manufacturer of audio components that targets the “affordable market”. Their headphones have slowly entered the market during the past years and they have made quiet a hype in various enthusiast forums and gaming communities. At first, we were quite skeptical about the... [more]


ler Master Quick Fire Rapid-i Mechanical Keyboard Review

Jul 30, 2014 6:01 am

Cooler Master has re-built the Quick Fire series with the Rapid-i model, which features fully-customizable backlighting, but also some preset catchy modes, which sport the ActivLite marketing name. More modes will be introduced in the near future via firmware flash and the tenkeyless design saves... [more]


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