P1 Power Sport Watch
P1 Power Sport Watch

NC50 Noise Canceling Earphones

Mushkin SWAP
Mushkin SWAP 32GB OTG

Super Mario Run
App Pick - Super Mario Run

Samsung factory problems

Samsung has been under fire for a while now about some of the factories they use over in China to produce their products using underage workers. Samsung of course isn't the first big company to get busted for using underage labor or forcing their employees to works extremely long hours. Chances are good there are hundreds of other companies in China that are also guilty of these charges and hopefully companies like Samsung take this seriously and get it fixed. Gizmodo has all the details.

Another report from a Chinese labor watchdog suggests that reports of Samsung's underage and abused workforce weren't a one-off.

A four-month investigation by China Labor Watch has revealed "severe labor abuses" at six Samsung-owned factories and two of its suppliers. A press release details abuses including unpaid labor, forced and excessive overtime hours, and physical and verbal abuse.

Is it bad to shutdown my computer at night?

Chances are good if you have been around computers for a while someone has asked you the question "is is better to shut down my computer at night or leave it running?". Lifehacker attempts to answer this question once and for all.

 I've heard it's bad to shut down your computer every night. Is it really better to leave it on all the time? I have a high-end machine and want to take care of it but I don't know the best way to do that.

Android App Pick - Wattpad

We have just posted up our 48th App Pick of the Week and this week's App is for the book lovers and aspiring writers out there.  Wattpad is a great place to download and read over 100,000 books - all for free!  You can also submit your books and stories in order to help spread the word and gain some fame.  Take a look and get your read on!


Please post your thoughts, comments, questions and suggestions for next week's Android App Pick of the Week!

Products You Should NOT Buy Right Now

PCMag has a short list of products that you should probably not buy right now.  These include the iPhone 4S, a Nokia Windows Phone, iPod Touch and the Kindle Fire Tablet.  There are a few more that are going to be refreshed and replaced right away, so if you want the latest, or a great deal on a new product - wait until the new ones launch.

But for all that is holy, do NOT buy the products on the following pages now. Sure, check them out. Look at the real-time prices. And consider how much you'll save by waiting. As for your beach weekend? Borrow a book from the library. It's free, and think how much more cut you'll look after hauling Cryptonomicon down to the shore.


A Hero Awakens - Halo 4

There is a new Halo 4 trailer making the rounds today and A Hero Awakens looks at some behind the scenese of the game and the storyline.  I can't wait!

Microsoft Will Allow Downgrades from Win8

With the Windows 8 experience being so much different than previous versions of Windows, Microsoft is allowing users to downgrade a bit if they buy Windows 8 Pro.  This is good news if you buy a PC with Win8 Pro installed.  You will be allowed to downgrade to Windows 7 or even Vista - without paying for another liscence.  PCWorld has more details.

Traditionally, downgrade rights are available only from OEM copies of Windows, those that are pre-installed by computer manufacturers. It looks to be the same with Windows 8: The software license for the retail version of Windows 8 Pro omitted the section on downgrades.

Storage Stack

Episode #175 - Samsung Says Talk to the Hand

Episode #175 of Weekly Tech Update is now available on iTunes and the Zune Marketplace.  This is our weekly podcast that covers the hottest stuff in tech - not only around BCCHardware, but also the world.  Check it out over here - as well as a free download in the iTunes store and the Zune Marketplace.

In this episode we will be discussing Google and Apple to make patent peace, Windows 7 finally overtakes XP and Samsung tells Apple to "talk to the hand".  We have those stories and more...

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Pile of Power Supplies

As we kick off the hardware news this morning, we've got a large pile of power supply reviews that have been stacking up in the news bucket.  If you are in the need of a PSU, there are certainly some good ones and some ones to stay away from.  Take a look below.

Lenovo IdeaPad U410 Ultrabook

Everybody wants a powerful laptop computer that's also super thin.  That's why Ultrabooks have become so popular.  They are certainly not all created equal however.  Today HardwareHeaven tries to find out how the U410 IdeaPad from Lenovo stacks up and fits into this new, but massively crowded market.

The idea behind Ultrabooks was to ensure that systems were thin (less than 21mm) and light while maximising battery performance (5 hours minimum). They also differed from netbooks in build quality and performance too, featuring higher specification components than those ultra-portable devices.

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