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Windows Phone bumping along the bottom

Microsoft's stats for developers advise them to aim low … in Russian or Spanish Microsoft has revealed a new batch of data about Windows Phone's fortunes, and it seems Redmond's mobile efforts are doing best at the low end of the market.…

ET deals: Lenovo K450e Core i7 desktop with 16GB RAM, 2TB HHD for $700

One of the pros of owning a large form factor desktop is how easy it is to upgrade components at will. Start off with a great set of base specs and enjoy ample room to grow with Lenovo's performance focused K450e desktop, on sale now for just $699.99 after a helpful $300 in savings.

Japan to get blinged-out Firefox OS phone draped in GOLD

Fx0 me, that's an expensive Mozilla mobe KDDI will be the first Japanese mobile carrier to bring Firefox OS to Japan – but its first Firefox OS phone will arrive at an unusual price point for Mozilla's open-source OS: 50,000 yen, or around $415.…

The beautiful, transparent Fx0: This is what happens if you put lipstick on Firefox OS

What has a beautiful transparent-gold chassis, a fairly big screen, decent innards, and almost no chance of getting you to switch from your Apple or Android smartphone? The new Fx0, made by LG, which runs Firefox OS.

Apple pushes its first ever silent, automatic security update to Mac OS X to fix NTP bug

Apple has pushed out its first ever automatic security update to Mac OS X users, fixing a vulnerability in NTP that would've allowed hackers to turn Macs into DDoS zombies. In some ways, this finally brings Apple up to parity with Microsoft: Windows has technically had the ability to do automatic updates for a long time. Show More Summary

Google unveils its first built-from-scratch self-driving car

Google has unveiled the first fully working road-legal prototype of its self-driving car. If all goes to plan, Google hopes to partner with a real car maker to bring a self-driving vehicle to market in the next five years. Whether the commercialized driverless car will look like the overly cutesy Google prototype remains to be seen.

HGST Deskstar NAS 6 TB Review

The increasing affordability of SSDs has put a strain on the traditional market for hard drive vendors. However, hard drives continue to remain the storage medium of choice for applications where capacity and cost factors outweigh performance requirements. Show More Summary

North Korea kicked off the internet by giant DDoS: Was it the USA, or someone else?

Yesterday evening, North Korea was unceremoniously knocked off the internet by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. This comes shortly after the US government promised a 'proportional response' to the Sony Pictures hack, which the FBI believes was carried out by North Korea. Show More Summary

Google rams Landfill Android into Indian Ocean folks' faces

Pakistan temporarily escapes Android One launch Three new emerging nations have been added to the list of places getting Google's budget phone version of Android.…

January 2015 Xbox Games With Gold Free Games Preview

With the holiday season here, Microsoft has announced the January Games with Gold free games preview a bit earlier than normal. They have gotten into a bit of a pattern of only having one game on the Xbox One, with two for the Xbox 360, and this month is no different. Show More Summary

Stop Xiaomi, oh stop Xiaomi: Samsung to debut Tizen mobe in India in January

Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before Hope springs eternal for Samsung and its Linux-based Tizen OS, which reportedly will find its way onto a smartphone early next year, despite repeated delays.…

Resistive RAM nears launch: Still the most likely candidate to replace NAND flash

Crossbar has announced that its next-generation resistive RAM (ReRAM or RRAM) memory is ready for commercialization with products expected in 2015. This could be the successor to NAND flash in the long-term with substantially better overall performance and power consumption.

ET deals: Dell Optiplex Pentium micro desktop for $299, plus monitor deals

Dell's Optiplex 3020 micro is a versatile little desktop, capable of being mounted pretty much anywhere and staying out of the way while you work. Grab it now for the lowest price we've seen, and we've also spotted some great deals on monitors to pair with it.

Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

No steering wheel, no brakes; Total Recall's Johnny Cab has arrived The engineering wizards in Google's workshops have unveiled the Chocolate Factory's first attempt at a completely control-free robot car, where passengers entrust themselves entirely to the machine.…

How bright is bright? The difficulty of comparing LCD and AMOLED displays

AMOLED screens don't work like LCDs. There's no agreed upon way to measure the peak brightness because it varies based on what is being displayed on the screen. This has led to some confusion, but no one's numbers are wrong. They just lack context.

NASA releases spectacular video of Orion re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to look out the window of a spacecraft that's returning to Earth? Well, wonder no more: NASA has released some video footage captured out of the windows of the Orion capsule as it returned to Earth during its test flight a couple of weeks ago. Yes, it's sensational.

ASUS X99-A Motherboard Review

X99 and Haswell-E, due to the price, the performance and the feature set, ends up being very expensive compared to the mainstream. It is an odd state of affairs in the self-build arena when a reviewer states that the budget end of a spectrum is sub-$300. In this space we find the ASUS X99-A at $275 MSRP. This motherboard is the topic of our review today.

Tesla starts offering Model S battery swaps, for fast ‘refueling’ at Supercharger stations

Way back in the summer of 2013, Elon Musk showed off a new piece of tech that could swap the battery of a Tesla Model S in 90 seconds. In one simple move, these battery swap machines made electric cars almost as convenient as their petrol- and diesel-powered brethren. Show More Summary

Nintendo’s next console will likely use x86 AMD chip, just like the Xbox One and PS4

After securing both the Xbox One and PS4, it would appear that an AMD SoC will also be powering Nintendo's next console. Shigeru Miyamoto has confirmed that Nintendo is working on a possible new gaming system, and AMD has confirmed that it's got another major design win. Are they one and the same thing? Probably.

Understanding Brightness in AMOLED and LCD Displays

While we generally avoid going into deep detail when it comes to our display testing, in light of statements that seemingly contradict our testing it becomes important to contextualize our display tests. Many people are often confused...Show More Summary

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