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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 terrorists win! It looks as those that perpetrated the incredible Sony hack in late November have gotten their wish. We reported earlier this morning that Carmike Cinemas got cold feet following the threat of 9/11-style attacks and decided not to show “The Interview” in its 254 theaters. That was obviously a... Read more...
If you’re ready to party like it’s 2008, BlackBerry has a smartphone that is right up your alley. We already brought you news earlier this week that pre-orders for the Classic went though the roof, with the initial North American allotment selling out, but BlackBerry today is officially launching the device. If the... Read more...
The Acura NSX first hit U.S. streets in 1990 and soldiered on relatively unchanged until it received a facelift in 2002; worldwide production of the aluminum-based two-seater ceased in 2005. During its 15-year production, the NSX was praised for its performance, handling, and everyday drivability. In the nearly ten... Read more...
The Apple Pay mobile payments service was announced alongside new iPhones back in September, and officially launched the following month. Apple Pay kicked off with support for Visa, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards and has partnered with a number of financial institutions including Bank of America... Read more...
Things just keep going from bad to worse for Sony and the upcoming release of “The Interview,” a film that plots the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The company was hit with a massive cyberattack in November and the resultant fallout has included leaked internal documents, social security numbers of... Read more...
NVIDIA began rolling out its Android 5.0 Lollipop update (check out our hands-on look here) for its SHIELD Tablet in late November. Today, the company is updating its SHIELD Hub to better adhere to the “Material Design” aesthetic that is prevalent throughout Lollipop. The SHIELD Hub 4.0 refresh reflects “Material Design language with subtle Read more...
Remember back in the day when you actually had a fixed amount of voice minutes per month to use? Yeah, I know that some of you are still on fixed-minute plans, but most of us have moved on to unlimited voice/text/data plans. Companies like AT&T would allow you to “rollover” your unused minutes from one month to the... Read more...
Chinese smartphone OEM Xiaomi has been kicking ass and taking names during the past year. In the Chinese market, Xiaomi displaced Samsung to become the country’s top-selling smartphone vendor during Q2. And thanks to some combo blows from both Xiaomi and Huawei, Samsung has been sent running for cover as it attempts... Read more...
Earlier this year, Google made a big splash with its $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs. In the months following the announcement, Google tossed around the idea of displaying ads on your thermostat or fridge and began the process of harvesting data from Nest Thermostat users. However, the Google-Nest Labs hook-up is beginning to make Read more...
Last week, Google announced that a fresh update for Android Wear was on its way. The new software upgrades the base operating system of Android Wear from Android 4.4 KitKat to Android 5.0 Lollipop and brings with its faster navigation, new operating modes, and support for new watch faces built with the new Watch Face... Read more...
Wireless carriers in the United States are currently involved in an expansive pricing war that sees no signs of ending. From double-data promotions, to steep discounts on new smartphones, to lower pricing on family plans, wireless carriers are pulling out all the stops to compete for your business. T-Mobile and its larger-than-life CEO Read more...
Microsoft’s ongoing “12 Days of Deals” promotion is still trucking along and today’s deal markdowns yet another ASUS product. In this case, Microsoft is discounting the ASUS Transformer Book Flip TP500LA by $200 to an attractive $299 price point. In case you didn’t already know, the TP500LA features a 15.6” HD... Read more...
The hot hatch market is about to get a whole lot hotter. U.S. enthusiasts have plenty of relatively powerful hatchbacks to choose from these days with entries ranging from the Mini Cooper S to the Fiat 500 Arbarth to the Ford Focus ST. The most powerful of those aforementioned vehicles is the Focus ST, which packs in... Read more...
What at first seemed like a “You’ve got to be kidding me” contraption from Google is actually turning out to be quite a surprise breakout for the search giant. Google announced this week that over 500,000 Cardboard virtual reality headset kits have ended up in the hands of consumers since it was first released earlier... Read more...
If you’ve been eying Apple’s iPhone 6 and haven’t yet taken the plunge, Wal-Mart is offering a holiday promotion that might prompt you to get off your lazy butt. The retail giant normally sells the iPhone 6 for $179 with a new two-year contract, which already represents a $20 savings over what you’d pay direct from... Read more...
When I think of Lamborghinis, I think of flashy automobiles that are as much about making an in-your-face visual statement as they are about clipping apexes and hurtling you and your passenger to near (or surpassing) 200 mph. But Lamborghini isn’t just about fast sports cars (or four-door sedans and crossovers if you... Read more...
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is no slouch in performance — as you can tell from our recent review when you can check out here — but Samsung is already looking to add some additional performance and 64-bit capabilities to its popular, stylus-equipped phablet. Geekbench, a popular cross-platform benchmarking app, has... Read more...
Ford has been circling the drains in quality rankings by customers in recent years, mainly due to issues with its MyFord Touch in-car infotainment system. The touchscreen-based interface has drawn the ire of many drivers and automobile reviewers alike, and the auto manufacturer has done much of the past few years to... Read more...
Microsoft has definitely been in the giving spirit for the month of December. The company enticed consumers during its “12 Days of Deals” promotion, most recently offering the $329 ASUS Transformer Book Signature Edition for just $249. But Microsoft is taking things a step further with its second round of 100 free... Read more...
It looks as though Samsung is testing two different prototypes of its upcoming Galaxy S6 flagship smartphone. Last week, the SM-G925F variant of the Galaxy 6 showed up in an AnTuTu benchmark confirming many of the rumored specs of the device: 64-bit octa-core Exynos 7420 processor (a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 is... Read more...
If you’re one of many people out there that has already bought into Android Wear with devices like LG G Watch R, Samsung Gear Live, Sony SmartWatch 3 and Motorola Moto 360, you’ll be glad to know that Google is in the process of pushing out a rather big update for he platform in the coming week. The base operating... Read more...
At some point, smartphone manufacturers are just going to have to call it a day and stop with this ambition to go thinner and thinner (at the expense of battery life). In late October, Oppo stunned the tech community with its R5 that boasts a 5.2” 1080p display while measuring just 4.85mm thin. Now it’s Chinese OEM... Read more...
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