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Why do dead alkaline batteries bounce?

September 13, 2014 - 4:37 pm in Gadgets

You might have heard that the difference between a dead and good alkaline battery can be determined by seeing which one bounces when dropped. A battery with usable capacity doesn’t bounce, but a dead once bounces quite a bit when dropped. If you are curious…

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Microsoft’s most popular phone this year wont be running Windows

August 24, 2014 - 9:53 am in Gadgets

As hard as Microsoft tries, it really can’t get on an equal footing with Android and iOS in the smartphone market. Windows Phone market share is sat…

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Own a piece of smartwatch history from 1977 for just $14,000

August 20, 2014 - 9:46 am in Gadgets

True technology collectors, get your checkbooks out. You’ve got the opportunity to pick up a genuine piece of smartwatch history right now for the bargain…

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PORTAL router puts hassle-free TOR privacy in your pocket

August 16, 2014 - 9:35 am in Gadgets

They say good things come in small packages. In this case, the good thing is a healthy layer of Internet privacy protection. The package is a TP-Link pocket router flashed with open source firmware from the  PORTAL project. The project itself isn’t new…

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The HTG Guide to Purchasing the Perfect USB Hub for Your Needs

July 24, 2014 - 9:19 am in Gadgets

Compared to the complexity of purchasing a new graphics card or swapping out your motherboard purchasing a USB hub is definitely a simple purchase; but that doesn’t mean you should just grab the first one off the shelf at your local electronics store. There…

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GoCam extends selfies beyond the length of your arm

July 12, 2014 - 11:36 am in Gadgets

Love them or hate them, selfies seem to be very popular with the majority of people who own a smartphone. However, selfies are limited by the fact you typically have to hold the phone in order to capture one. That limits the poses you can make and the number…

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Google’s cardboard VR headset is no joke — it’s great for the Oculus Rift

July 5, 2014 - 11:19 am in Gadgets

Google Cardboard is the company's DIY method for turning your Android smartphone into a low-cost virtual reality headset. James Martin/CNET When Google announced a do-it-yourself virtual reality kit made of cardboard at its I/O developer conference this week,…

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5 Cooling Solutions to Prevent Your PC From Overheating

July 3, 2014 - 5:29 pm in Gadgets

Computers need cooling to remove the heat their components generate during use. If you’re building your own PC — especially if you’re overclocking it — you’ll need to think about how you’ll cool it. Heat build-up can actually damage your computer’s…

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How to Buy an SD Card: Speed Classes, Sizes, and Capacities Explained

June 10, 2014 - 5:13 pm in Gadgets

Memory cards are used in digital cameras, music players, smartphones, tablets, and even laptops. But not all SD cards are created equal — there are different speed classes, physical sizes, and capacities to consider. Different devices require different types…

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HTG Explains: What is the Difference Between TCP and UDP?

June 2, 2014 - 1:37 am in Gadgets

You’ve probably seen references to TCP and UDP when setting up port-forwarding on a router or when configuring firewall software. These two protocols are used for different types of data. Both of these protocols are used to send data over the Internet or…