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Brandon received his first PC, an IBM Aptiva 310, in 1994 and hasn’t looked back since. He cut his teeth on computer building/repair working at a mom and pop computer shop as a plucky teen in the mid 90s and went on to join AnandTech as the Senior News Editor in 1999. Brandon would later help to form DailyTech where he served as Editor-in-Chief from 2008 until 2014. Brandon is a tech geek at heart, and family members always know where to turn when they need free tech support. When he isn’t writing about the tech hardware or studying up on the latest in mobile gadgets, you’ll find him browsing forums that cater to his long-running passion: automobiles.

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The July 4th (Independence Day) holiday is tomorrow, which means that many folks will be setting off fireworks, enjoying time with friends (socially distanced, of course), and grilling a few burgers and dogs. This weekend also represents a good time to score some discounts on tech gear, particularly if you’re heavily... Read more...
If smartphones with folding displays just aren't your cup of tea, then perhaps a forthcoming phone from LG with a rollable display will be more to your liking. A new report out of South Korea alleges that LG is set to launch an advanced smartphone with a rollable display in early 2021. Although LG announced the... Read more...
Leaked details surrounding Ubisoft's upcoming battle royale game Hyper Scape dropped earlier week out of nowhere, and excitement surrounding the game has been incredibly high. In fact, Ubisoft's commitment to engaging with the streaming community has led the game to sail to the top of the Twitch charts without an... Read more...
We came away thoroughly impressed with the ASUS ROG Phone II when we reviewed it last year. It offered a compelling balance of performance, a beautiful 120Hz OLED display, and marathon battery life to get you through some intense gaming sessions. Thankfully, ASUS has just confirmed that the ROG Phone III is coming and... Read more...
It hasn't been a great week if you're a cord-cutter trying to escape the rising prices of traditional cable TV and satellite TV packages. We first reported that Google was raising YouTube TV prices to $65 per month, and AT&T TV raised prices by $10 across the board for its packages. Even FuboTV has responded with... Read more...
Google just announced that it has discounted its most popular smartphones: the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. While both the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are both still listed on Google Store, they are currently showing as out of stock. Google provided the following statement with regards to its Pixel 3a family to Android... Read more...
Apple is widely expected to launch new iMac computers later this year; and no, we’re not talking about the company’s expected Macs running custom Apple Silicon. Rather, Apple is still committed to releasing new Intel-based Macs for the next two years; one of which is a refreshed version of the 27-inch iMac. The... Read more...
The Galaxy Note 20 family of smartphones are just over a month away from release, but it looks as though Samsung has already leaked images of the device. In this case, the alleged Galaxy Note 20 Ultra appeared on Samsung's Russian language website wearing a rather fetching copper-toned finish. We only get a glimpse... Read more...
With flagship Android smartphones powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 SoC easily hitting the $1,000 price point, many people are looking to cheaper alternatives that won't break the bank. Luckily, OnePlus has just a phone in the works that's called the Nord. OnePlus got official with the name of the smartphone... Read more...
Yesterday, we reported that Google was raising the price on YouTube TV from $50 per month to a staggering $65 per month. In return, customers would get an extra eight channels; many of which current subscribers have said that have absolutely no interest in. What once started off as a $35/month service has now priced... Read more...
If the reason that cord-cutters tried to flee “Big Cable” was to avoid outrageous monthly pricing structures and ever-increasing fees, we’ve got some bad news for you. Google is once again raising prices on YouTube TV customers, and this time it’s a significant increase. Starting with the July 30th billing cycle, a... Read more...
Qualcomm has been on a crusade to iterate at lightning fast speeds with its smartphone SoCs, but the same can’t be said for its efforts with the rapidly growing wearables market – specifically with smartwatches. The company announced its lightly refreshed Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform way back in September 2018, which... Read more...
Earlier this year, Motorola launched its Edge+ 5G smartphone, which was its first true flagship device in years. Powered by Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 865 SoC, the smartphone also came with a hefty price tag to match ($999) and is available as a Verizon Wireless exclusive. This summer, however, Motorola is... Read more...
As we reported yesterday, the first Apple Developer Transition Kits are finding their ways into the hands of eager app developers. Apple is making these Mac mini-style kits available so that develops can get native Arm-based apps ready for new Macs that will begin shipping later this year. These new Macs will be... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks, Marco, Dave, and Chris are on the scene to discuss Apple's big switch to its own custom Arm-based processors, Intel's 10th generation NUCs and the Nubia RedMagic 5 Android smartphone (among other topics). It's a jam-packed episode that you'll definitely want to... Read more...
The rumors surrounding Google's upcoming Pixel 5 flagship smartphone family have died down in recent weeks, as the phones have been drowned out by the uncertainty surrounding the Pixel 4a. Well, there is some new news coming to us today regarding the Pixel 5 XL, and it has thrown us for a bit of a loop. Alleged... Read more...
The battle royale genre is hot right now with games like Fortnite, PUBG, Apex Legends, and Call of Duty: Warzone ruling the roost. But there's a new entry into the segment that is about to be revealed by Ubisoft, and it's reportedly called Hyper Scape. Hyper Scape will be a free-to-play, first-person shooter (FPS)... Read more...
Apple is ready to move on from Intel after over 13 years of being a loyal partner. Apple announced its move to Intel processors back in 2006, and the first shipping systems came early in 2007. Earlier this month, the folks in Cupertino announced that starting in late 2020, it will begin offering Macs powered by its... Read more...
Roughly three weeks ago, we got our first peak at one of Intel's 11th generation Rocket Lake-S engineering samples, which is reportedly using the same LGA-1200 socket as the newly introduced Comet Lake-S family. Like all of Intel's desktop processors released over the last handful of years, Rocket Lake-S will be built... Read more...
Yesterday, we brought you news that the TikTok app has been doing some shady things behind the scenes with devices running iOS. Following the release of the first iOS 14 beta, it was discovered that TikTok was pinging the system clipboard constantly and pasting that data for its own use. Without the steady stream... Read more...
The coronavirus (COVID-19) has hit the business sector particularly hard over the past few months, and some big-name companies have either been forced to drastically change their operations, or have closed their doors altogether. Even a tech giant like Microsoft is not immune to the aftereffects of COVID-19, as the... Read more...
At this point, we've almost given up hope on the Pixel 4a. It's been over a year since Google launched the very well-received Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL mid-range smartphones, and the successor is nowhere to be found. That's not to say that we haven't seen leaked images, specs, and even retail box shots for the Pixel... Read more...
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