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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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…


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…