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Facebook just put one of its most important execs in charge of hardware
Facebook has put long-time executive Andrew Bosworth in charge of all consumer hardware efforts as it readies a video calling device for release next spring, according to a new report in Business Insider....
Sales of Snap's Spectacles fell sharply in the second quarter amid disappointing earnings
Meanwhile, daily active users (DAUs) grew to 173 million but missed expectations as well. Snap is facing stiffer competition than ever thanks to copycat products in the form of Facebook-owned Instagram...
What everybody is missing about the iPhone 8
There's something everybody is forgetting about the iPhone 8: It's not just about the hardware. Check most analyst notes over the past several months and you'll find discussions about bright and colorful...
Facebook's next crack at hardware could be a video chat device
Though Facebook's focus is, for the most part, firmly on the software side of things, the social network may extend its reach to a new piece of hardware meant to bring people closer together.Facebook...
Police seize fake IT equipment worth up to £1m
Following a tip-off from IT networking business Cisco, officers from the City of London Police's intellectual property crimes unit (PIPCU) found the dodgy equipment at an address in Herne Bay in Kent.The...
Pence cracks Twitter jokes after touching NASA hardware labeled "do not touch"
Vice President Mike Pence showcased his self-deprecating sense of humor Friday after a photo emerged of him late Thursday touching a piece of hardware clearly labeled "critical space flight hardware, do...
Nintendo appears to be making a second comeback in video game consoles
Two years ago, people wondered if Nintendo might get out of the video game hardware business after the poor showing of the Wii U. It wasn't the first time. The same chatter happened after the company...
Steve Ballmer: We took too long to get into hardware when I was at Microsoft
Los Angeles Clippers owner and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Tuesday said that under his leadership Microsoft didn't do enough to develop new capabilities in hardware. The comments come after...
Facebook prohibits sale of controversial Kodi boxes
If you want to sell boxes that come pre-loaded with Kodi, you’re going to need to find another somewhere other than Facebook Marketplace. The world’s largest social network has recently made changes to...
This HTC Vive add-on could cut the entry price for virtual reality
HTC Vive’s next hardware may not be the new headset you’re hoping for. Rather, it might be a $220 pair of lenses that, besides reducing the processing power needed to run VR games and applications, can...
Spotify is working on its own music hardware
Spotify is starting to dabble in hardware, and it has some pretty huge aspirations. A job listing on the company's website says that Spotify wants to build "a category defining product akin to Pebble...
Spotify could be about to get into hardware in a big way
Spotify is already one of the biggest music streaming services in the world, but a new job posting has indicated that the company might be about to get into producing music hardware. The job listings,...
Hybrid half-measures? Surface Pro 5 rumor suggests a minor upgrade
Following the recent revelation that the Surface Book 2 might not be launched at Microsoft’s Spring hardware event, here’s another rather disappointing piece of speculation on its sibling, the Surface...
Xbox Scorpio: Are its 4K chops masking a change of VR heart?
reader comments 9 Share this story Microsoft has finally revealed most of the hardware going into its Project Scorpio console. Digital Foundry was shown the hardware exclusively and has come away broadly...
Cisco is planning a major change that could dampen its biggest business: report
Cisco, the networking giant that for decades thrived on selling proprietary hardware, is moving towards separating out some of its key software for use in non-Cisco switches, The Information reported,...
Surface Book 2 might be a no-show at Microsoft’s next hardware launch
The latest rumor about Microsoft’s spring device announcement event is that it won’t feature one of the main expected revelations: the Surface Book 2.That’s what ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley (a renowned Microsoft...
Now we finally know what that mystery Samsung Galaxy S8 button is for
Just this morning, we were discussing the new images of the Samsung Galaxy S8 - with a new key that didn't seem to have a place.The power and volume rocker keys made sense - after all, it's hard to remember...
Facebook is looking for somebody to lead a retail push for consumer hardware
Facebook's secretive Building 8 division is advertising for a retail manager to design "disruptive" experiences for selling Facebook consumer hardware. The job listing, which was previously reported by...
How VR-ready is your computer? This test will let you know
Having the right specs is probably the most crucial step to enjoying VR gaming, as an underpowered rig can hinder even the highest-end VR headsets with decreased immersion, stuttering animation, and even...
Oculus slashes price of Oculus Rift with Touch controllers by 25%
reader comments 26 Share this story Further ReadingOculus Touch controller review: Let your fingers do the grabbingSAN FRANCISCO—The entry price for Oculus' high-end VR hardware just came down significantly....
BlackBerry KeyOne Hands On—BlackBerry wants $549 for mid-range device
reader comments 9 Share this story The BlackBerry KeyOne. Ron Amadeo The back is a soft touch plastic. The keys don't stick up much. There's a headphone jack up top. On the bottom is a USB C plug and...
Dell Explains Why Hardware and Software are Needed for Security
[VIDEO] Michael Dell explains his company's security strategy that includes RSA, SecureWorks and critical networking technology from VMware. SAN FRANCISCO — In a VIP event at the 2017 RSA Conference here,...
Rapid7 Adds IoT Hardware Support to Metasploit Security Testing
Open-source Metasploit penetration testing framework adds new hardware support, enabling researchers to target IoT devices, starting with automotive. Security vendor Rapid7 has been helping to lead the...
Retroblox teases modular, CD-based retro games console
reader comments 8 Share this story Los Angeles-based Retroblox Inc. has a new take on the emulation-based retro gaming console: swappable hardware modules and a built-in optical disc drive. Dubbed the...
Microsoft fails to impress tech media by selling thousands of HoloLenses
HoloLens Development Edition.Microsoft reader comments 15 Share this story In an interview with the Inquirer, Microsoft's Roger Walkden, commercial lead for HoloLens in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East,...
Expect to upgrade your VR headset as often as your smartphone
Waiting on a next-generation virtual reality headset? According to a senior HTC executive, you might now have to wait as long as you may first have thought, given how long the first wave of VR hardware...
Oracle Begins Layoff of 1,800 Hardware Employees
Oracle's long-running high-end chips business and its correlated Unix-based Solaris operating system both appear to be headed for the Computer Tech Museum. Oracle likes to talk about "engineering together"...
Breakthrough Starshot to fund planet-hunting hardware for telescope
Enlarge / The VISIR instrument before its impending upgrades.ESO reader comments 0 Share this story Today, the European Southern Observatory announced an agreement with Breakthrough Starshot, the group...
Blackberry’s last in-house QWERTY phone, the “Mercury,” gets teased
reader comments 6 Share this story Enjoy our official first look at what’s to come from the newest BlackBerry smartphone. More to come at MWC. pic.twitter.com/gHkwepCPbJ — Steve Cistulli (@SteveCistulli)...
Is older hardware in danger of being left behind by “pro” game consoles?
reader comments 30 Share this story A Digital Foundry analysis shows how the standard PS4 version of The Last Guardian suffers considerably compared to the PS4 Pro version.Since at least this year's E3,...
Microsoft Researchers Say AI, VR, Chatbots Will Take Off in 2017
Prominent Microsoft researchers share their tech predictions for an AI-enabled future that blurs the line between physical and virtual experiences. A new year is quickly approaching and Microsoft Research...
10 Hardware Products Helping Amazon Set Holiday Sales Records
Amazon is enjoying a big start to its holiday season. The e-retailer announced Nov. 28 that it had its best Cyber Monday of all time, following a successful Black Friday. The company’s popular hardware...
Integrated GPUs look like they’ll be good enough for Windows 10’s VR
reader comments 12 Share this story The hardware checks don't verify the presence of HDMI. Perhaps they take it for granted. The little animation tells you to clear some space. My office isn't that big....
Microsoft offers EU hardware, software LinkedIn concessions: sources
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Microsoft will still allow LinkedIn's rivals access to its software and give hardware makers the option of installing other services to try to win EU approval for its takeover of the...
CPUs could soon get built-in anti-malware
Research is underway to develop processors which can help to sniff out viruses, providing another line of defence against malware aside from traditional antivirus software.The project, which is a partnership...
Google Android hits market share record with nearly 9 in every 10 smartphones using it
Other mobile operating systems including those made by BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung's Tizen "have all but disappeared" and collectively make up just 0.3 percent of the total smartphone market. The...
Microsoft's Project Olympus OCP Server Hardware Debuts
The company switches gears, contributing new server designs to the Open Compute Project much earlier during the development process. Microsoft is taking a new approach to contributing new cloud hardware...
New details about the Nintendo Switch are emerging
Nintendo might not be planning to release any more official Nintendo Switch details until January 2017, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping further hardware features appearing online.Over the past few...
Musk: Starting now, all Teslas will have self-driving hardware
Starting this week, all of Tesla Motors’ electric vehicles will come equipped with the hardware needed to drive themselves without human intervention, CEO Elon Musk announced Wednesday. Tesla’s popular...
Teslas will now be sold with enhanced hardware suite for full autonomy
EnlargeTesla reader comments 9 Share this story Late Wednesday, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk announced that the company would be adding its own hardware to new all new Tesla cars to allow up to Level 5 autonomy....
Tesla says all vehicles in production to have full self-driving hardware
Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O) said on Wednesday all vehicles in production, including Model 3, will have full self-driving hardware. Model S and Model X vehicles with this new hardware...
Google Pixel review: Bland, pricey, but still the best Android phone
reader comments 0 Share this story Google's getting into the hardware game (again) with the pricey Pixel and Pixel XL. But has it done enough to tempt people to switch to Android? Welcome to the age of...
Linus Torvalds Says He Prefers x86 Chip Architecture Over ARM
The Linux creator says the x86 architecture driven by Intel and AMD offers more openness and compatibility and a broader ecosystem than ARM. When Linus Torvalds thinks about his favorite chip architecture,...
Life after death for Apple’s Xserve
Enlarge / Some of our readers are still even using PowerPC Xserves, if you can believe it.David Clark reader comments 19 Share this story Apple put the final nail in the Xserve’s coffin in January 2011...
More Surface hardware leaking… but none of it is a computer
reader comments 0 Share this story Rumors of a Surface-branded all-in-one computer continue to swirl around, and an October hardware event from Microsoft is still widely anticipated. Some new leaks have...
‘Android is not invincible’: What Google is risking by releasing its Pixel smartphone
It's clear that Google will have to play its push into hardware very carefully. Over 4 in 5 smartphones globally run Android so there is a lot at stake, and analysts said that device makers running Android...
Google officially unveils $649 Pixel phone with unlimited storage; $129 Google Home
Google believes that the next opportunity is building hardware and software together to empower artificial intelligence, an executive said at the event — a shift in strategy that aims directly at rival...
Google set to launch branded smartphones
Google will this week launch the first smartphones that carry its own brand and design, as part of a batch of new devices aimed at competing in markets with Apple and Amazon. The new gadgets, which will...
Download some more games for your Nintendo DSi before it’s too late
ArtStyle: Pictobits is one of the many DSiWare games that soon will no longed be available on their original hardware. reader comments Share this story Further ReadingThe toy that roared: Ars reviews...
We won't make BlackBerrys anymore because the money is elsewhere: CEO
BlackBerry CEO John Chen defended the company's recent announcement that it will outsource its hardware development, saying cutting production costs will set the business up for long-term growth. Chen...
RIP BlackBerry hardware as the company pivots to software
The BlackBerry Priv, Blackberry's first Android phone. Ron Amadeo The extra-wide BlackBerry Passport. Sean Gallagher The BlackBerry DTEK50, a rebranded Chinese smartphone. The BlackBerry Z10, which ran...
BlackBerry isn't making handsets anymore, but its phones aren't dead
It's over guys. Shut it down. Unplug the mainframe. Last one out turn off the lights. Close the door behind you. Throw away the key.BlackBerry won't be making any more smartphones.The Canadian firm announced...
Why did Facebook just buy this modular gadget company?
Facebook just scooped up a new company, one that could very well help it develop products - including of the kind with swappable parts - at a pace unseen anywhere else. Nascent Objects, described by Recode...
RetroUSB’s AVS hardware breathes new life into old NES cartridges
Enlarge / With the dust cover open, you can at least see what cartridge you're playing. Inserting and removing those cartridges is a pain, though. reader comments 17 Share this story It's a bit of a boom...
iOS 10 is a pleasant surprise for the iPhone 5 and 5C
Enlarge / The iPhone 5 running iOS 10.Andrew Cunningham reader comments 29 Share this story I’ve been tracking the performance of new iOS versions on the slowest supported hardware for four years now,...
Your first look at the PlayStation 4 Pro hardware
It's like the standard PS4, but taller and thicker. The ports on the back look relatively predictable. Next to the new PS4 Slim, which is now just the standard PS4... From an angle, you can see the relative...
Liveblog: PlayStation Meeting 2016 starts tomorrow at 3pm Eastern
Enlarge / Sony should finally confirm the widely known existence of the PS4 Slim tomorrow.NeoGAF reader comments 3 Share this story After largely ignoring hardware news at June's E3, Sony is set to make...
Snapchat AR goggles could add filters to your boring life
Snapchat appears to be preparing to jump out of app land and into the hardware market, as the company has just joined the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.As the Financial Times reports, membership to...
What to expect from Apple’s September 7th event
Enlarge / The Apple logo onstage at WWDC 2016.Andrew Cunningham reader comments 12 Share this story Apple’s big September product presentation is happening on Wednesday—WWDC in June is when we find out...
Google is giving up on its plans for a modular phone
Google has given up on its dreams of building its own modular smartphone. The hardware maker has halted investment in Project Ara, as the effort was known. Ara, begun under advanced research head Regina...
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