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New Galaxy S6 Leak Promises Radical Samsung U-Turn

Samsung smartphones are known for two things: 1. Selling millions, and 2. Being jammed full of TouchWiz bloatware. But apparently Samsung is about to rethink the second of these with its upcoming radical Galaxy S6.<p>The news comes from an interesting source. Reddit user ‘SamsungRep2015’, whose …

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Elite: Dangerous Is The Ultimate 'Water Cooler' PC Game

Probably the highest praise I can pay Elite: Dangerous is that it’s been a genuine struggle forcing myself to stop playing long enough to write about it. That’s because of the limitless stories that happen so organically while pirating/space trucking/Han Solo’ing your way through Frontier …

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LG announces a curved, 34-inch monitor that's tailor-made for gamers

You're going to see lots of curved things at CES 2015. TVs, all-in-one PCs, and plenty of desktop monitors. LG's one of the main pushers of curved displays, and tonight it's announcing one of those products before we head for Las Vegas. The 34-inch UltraWide desktop monitor has been designed for …

Aphex Twin Answered Questions From Skrillex, Hot Chip, Caribou, Nicholas Jaar, More

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of electronic music magazine <i>Groove,</i> the publication had 25 electronic musicians submit a question for Aphex Twin/Richard D. James, whose 2014 album <i>Syro</i> was his first in 13 years. Artists like Skrillex, Caribou, Apparat, DJ Koze, Nicolas Jaar, Hot Chip and more …

Solar System Set For Eventual Collision With Stellar Orange Dwarf

A local orange dwarf star has a 90 percent probability of passing within the orbit of our outer solar system’s Oort Cloud between 240,000 and 470,000 years from now, says the author of a new study detailing the computer-modeled orbits of more than 50,000 nearby stars.<p>In a paper just accepted for …

Hackers reportedly leak Xbox One SDK in the name of 'creativity and research'

A full version of Microsoft's official Xbox One software development kit was reportedly leaked by hacking group H4LT, according to an announcement and screenshots made available from the group's official Twitter account.<p>The alleged SDK leak could open up the possibility for developers to create …

Samsung beats Apple in consumer satisfaction smartphone study

For years now, the press and consumers alike have been on Samsung’s case about plastic parts on its flagship phones. While things are changing dramatically these days, it seems that when push-comes-to-shove, the presence of plastic has little effect on consumer satisfaction, at least according to a …

Xbox One SDK leak could let developers make homebrew apps for the console

A group calling itself H4LT has reportedly leaked the full version of Microsoft's official Xbox One SDK — the software kit that approved Xbox developers use to make games and apps for the console. The leak was announced via H4LT's Twitter account, tweeting screenshots showing the SDK's files to …

The Samsung Gear VR makes virtual reality easy, but I still feel dumb using it

Virtual reality is a difficult thing to review. It’s hard not to be impressed when you look into a screen and see a world, magnified to surround you and responding to the motion of your head. It’s even harder when the basic technology is so simple: almost every VR headset on the market is a mobile …

Why PSN went down: Lizard Squad’s capabilities ‘far exceed typical DDoS groups’

The threat is real, and it is only getting worse.<p>The group that has claimed responsibility for taking down the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live online gaming services is capable of doing real damage, according to NexusGuard chief scientist Terrence Gareau. NexusGuard is a cyber-security firm that …

Mark Zuckerberg asks Facebook users to suggest his personal challenge for 2015

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg sets himself a “personal challenge” every year, from wearing a tie every day in 2009 and learning to speak Mandarin in 2010 to only eating meat in 2011 if he killed the animal himself.<p>Now Zuckerberg is turning to Facebook’s 1.35 billion users for ideas for …

Top Drone Deals of 2014

Ready for some aerial acrobatics? Grab a drone, any drone here at TNW Deals at a special price, and perform smooth flight patterns and cool stunts in your personal airspace!<p>Also, don’t miss our top gadget deals and top digital deals of 2014.<p>The Limited Edition Code Black Drone + HD Camera<p>Whether …

10 Things In Tech You Need To Know Today

<b>1. The hacker gang behind the Christmas outages of the PlayStation and Xbox services is now selling its attack technology online.</b> Lizard Squad has launched a new online shop.<p><b>2. Airbnb is developing technology to tell hosts which photos of their home are the most attractive.</b> It wants to offer a …

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Internet Explorer must die

If you think Microsoft should just kill off Internet Explorer already, you might just get your wish.<p>The browser has become synonymous with bugs, security problems and outdated technology. Even as Internet Explorer has improved dramatically in recent years, it continues to lose serious ground to …

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The Best Video Games of 2014

It was a big year for video games. With new hardware from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo finally all in stores, 2014 was an important time for game publishers to show what they can do, and release must-have titles that help attract consumers to the new generation of consoles.<p>If you ask me, they …

LG, Samsung Want Curved, Ultra-Wide Monitors To Be The It Thing For 2015

Shoppers who got a shiny new ultra-HD 4K TV this year may feel like they’re on top of the tech trends, but that’s <i>so</i> 2014. There is, of course, …

16 Essential Apps For Your New Android And iPhone 6

So you’ve unwrapped, unboxed and cuddled your new smartphone to death. Candy Crush? Check. Instagram? Check. Staring at the screen wide-eyed and full of excitement but have no idea what to do next? Check.<p>As the new toy honeymoon begins to fade, you’ll probably want to actually use your handset in …

How the technology industry is beginning to rethink Moore’s Law

Is confidence in Moore’s Law dwindling? Is it dead already? Or did the concept actually exist prior to Gordon Moore’s coined theory and has continually evolved over time as it will continue to do long past the end of a silicon-centric era? No matter the stance, there is buzz in the industry right …

Astro Teller: How Google X works

There are few people more qualified to talk about shaping the future than Google’s Astro Teller. His official title the oh-so-Googley “Captain of …

Samsung preps retail stores for Lollipop update rolling out in January

We know owners of Samsung devices (or any other manufacturer for that matter) are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Android 5.0 Lollipop. After …

There Are Signs That Someone Has Launched A Cyberattack Against North Korea

North Korea appears to be suffering from a cyberattack that has brought down the country's internet connection.<p>North Korea Tech is reporting, via Vox, that there were frequent outages on North Korea's internet network over the weekend.<p>This chart from Dyn Research shows that North Korean websites …