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MIT researchers say many popular Android apps call out covertly
— 7:33 AM on November 24, 2015

Downloading popular Android apps from non-official sources is a bad idea, but even legit apps can do potentially unwanted things in the background without drawing attention....

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

Dell gets Superfishy by shipping PCs with self-signed root certificates
— 4:31 PM on November 23, 2015

Remember the Superfish debacle, when Lenovo shipped computers with a preinstalled rogue root certification authority (CA)? Dell seems to think that was a good...

Type: News story Tags: Systems Internet

Mozilla axes heavyweight Firefox themes and tab groups
— 1:04 PM on November 23, 2015

Back in August, Mozilla announced plans to adopt a Chrome-like extension framework for Firefox called WebExtensions. In turn, the company plans to deprecate its...

Type: News story Tags: Internet

Acer XF270HU IPS monitor hooks Radeons up with 144Hz FreeSync
— 11:56 AM on November 23, 2015

Acer's XB270HU display is one of the more popular Nvidia G-Sync monitors on the market. Sadly, Radeon owners can't take advantage of the XB270HU's...

Type: News story Tags: Displays

Report: Xeons with on-package FPGAs to ship next year
— 8:20 AM on November 23, 2015

Way back in June 2014, Intel announced its intent to develop a Xeon with x86 cores and an integrated FPGA to accelerate certain processing...

Type: News story Tags: Servers

Review roundup: Microsoft's Lumia 950 smartphone
— 1:48 PM on November 20, 2015

The announcement of the Lumia 950 and 950XL back in October marked both the release of Windows 10 for phones and Microsoft's return to the high-end smartphone scene....

Type: News story Tags: Personal tech

Bitfenix's Pandora ATX case lets builders show off their own logos
— 9:53 AM on November 19, 2015

Bitfenix has unveiled its Pandora ATX case, a follow-up to the microATX case of the same name. Like its smaller forebear, the Pandora ATX...

Type: News story Tags: Cases

DisplayMate: iPad Pro display beats iPad Air 2's, but mini 4 is still king
— 12:56 PM on November 18, 2015

Much like it has done with tablet displays in the past, DisplayMate has put the iPad Pro's enormous 12.9" screen through the wringer to...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

AMD's Boltzmann Initiative could make HPC development easier
— 1:24 PM on November 16, 2015

AMD wants to make software development easier for high-performance computing (HPC) clusters, like those based on its FirePro S9170. At SC15 this week,...

Type: News story Tags: Servers

Pros can go ultra-wide with Acer's B346C and B346CK monitors
— 9:40 AM on November 13, 2015

Variable-refresh-rate tech is all the rage now, but it's reasonable to say not every user is a gamer. Content creation professionals need correct colors above...

Type: News story Tags: Graphics Displays

Nvidia's Jetson TX1 board delivers 1 teraflop in a credit-card footprint
— 2:26 PM on November 11, 2015

And now for something completely different. The Raspberry Pi and other development boards of its ilk are already popular for hardware hackers and DIYers,...

Type: News story Tags: Systems Miscellaneous Mobile computing Personal tech

Cherry MX Nature White switches take the bump out of MX browns
— 11:49 AM on November 11, 2015

Cherry MX black and MX red mechanical key switches both offer a linear key press without a bump or click to signal a key stroke....

Type: News story Tags: Input devices

Snapdragon 820 SoC will arrive in over 60 devices in 2016
— 1:13 PM on November 10, 2015

Qualcomm has been teasing and tormenting us with its Snapdragon 820 SoC for months. Today, the company officially introduced the chip. To mark the occasion,...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

TAG Heuer dresses up Android Wear with its Connected watch
— 1:07 PM on November 9, 2015

If the manifold Apple Watches aren't luxurious enough for well-heeled wearable buyers, TAG Heuer, Google, and Intel may have just the thing. The three companies...

Type: News story Tags: Miscellaneous Mobile computing Personal tech

Asus gets its bling on with the Zenfone 2 Deluxe Special Edition
— 12:45 PM on November 6, 2015

The camera of Asus' Zenfone 2 Laser may be able to focus on its subjects faster than average, but that phone trades Intel's Atom...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

Have it your way with Roccat's Kiro ambidextrous mouse
— 8:28 AM on November 4, 2015

German gaming peripheral manufacturer Roccat has a new mouse out. Its name is Kiro, and it'll serve both right-handed and southpaw users equally well.

Type: News story Tags: Input devices

Asus straps a frickin' laser beam to its Zenfone 2 Laser
— 12:52 PM on November 3, 2015

Asus' Zenfone 2 and Zenfone 2E are affordable phones based on Moorefield Atom processors. For its latest Zenfone 2 Laser, Asus has ditched...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

Friday night topic: Should we all be paranoid now?
— 4:36 PM on October 30, 2015

I just finished reading Walter Kirn's article in The Atlantic about mass surveillance and privacy issues, entitled If you're not paranoid, you're crazy. Kirn...

Type: News story Tags: Miscellaneous Internet