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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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When the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro were first announced last week, it was confirmed that the smartphones would support 4G LTE across all three major U.S. networks: AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. However, when it came to 5G support, things were definitely more limited. When announced, the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro... Read more...
Spring has sprung, and the folks at Epic Games have instituted a new Fortnite limited-time Legendary Quest involving Bouncy Eggs. Given its Legendary status, this quest will only be around for a week, and there are five stage components. Luckily, the eggs can be found all over the island, so stumbling across them... Read more...
How low can they go? Microsoft's original Surface Headphones are back on sale again, this time at their lowest price ever. Woot is currently selling the headphones for just $105.99, which is $5 less than its previous baseline price. In case you didn't already know this, Amazon owns Woot, so there is a lot of synergy... Read more...
There has been a lot of interest in the Analogue Pocket, an intriguing retro gaming console that was first announced back in late 2019. The console was supposed to launch in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the date out to May 2021. Now, as we approach May, Analogue has announced another delay. According to the... Read more...
Just over a week ago, reports were swirling that LG's troubled smartphone division had encountered even more roadblocks. It was alleged that the development of the company's innovative and quite spectacular rollable displays was canceled. It was also reported that LG was looking to sell its entire smartphone... Read more...
Tomorrow starts a new month, which means that there will be a new crop of freebie games to download for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Although it will be April 1st, there is no fooling around when it comes to what Sony has in store for gamers. Kicking things off this month on the free list is Oddworld: Soulstorm... Read more...
Intel hasn't even officially launched its 11th generation Tiger Lake-H family of mobile processors, but that isn't stopping retailers from getting the ball rolling early. According to recent leaks, the Tiger Lake-H family will consist of four SKUs, and three of them are represented in new MSI notebooks offered up for... Read more...
Today is World Backup Day, which means that there are some great deals to be found on storage devices if you're in need. Amazon is currently discounting SSDs -- both internal and external -- from companies like Samsung and SanDisk/Western Digital. Internal SATA-III And PCIe SSDs While these wouldn't... Read more...
NVIDIA hoped that the GeForce RTX 3060 would represent a new era for long-battered gamers, during which cryptocurrency miners wouldn't rain on their parade by hoarding cards. Through a combination of drivers, BIOS, and hardware modifications, NVIDIA limited the Ethereum hash rate of the GeForce RTX 3060 by roughly 50... Read more...
Arm processor architecture helps make the world go-'round, as chips using the instruction set and core architecture reside in various devices from smartphones/tablets to automotive applications, smart TVs and appliances, and networking equipment. Most tech enthusiasts, however, are primarily familiar with Arm... Read more...
Yesterday, Xiaomi took direct aim at the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra with its flagship Mi 11 Ultra smartphone. Today, Xiaomi is targeting the Galaxy Z Fold 2 with the announcement of the Mi Mix Fold. The Mi Mix Fold is Xiaomi's first folding smartphone and takes on a similar form-factor to the Galaxy Z Fold. The primary... Read more...
CD Projekt Red promised that the next major patch for its bug-filled Cyberpunk 2077 would arrive in late March. Although Patch 1.2 hasn't arrived yet, CD Projekt Red has provided the next best thing: a full rundown of the release notes. Patch 1.2 was initially set for release in February, but the ransomware attack... Read more...
After teasing its first “built from the ground-up” electric vehicle two weeks ago, Kia this morning officially unveiled its new EV6. As you can tell from its looks, the EV6 is designed to turn heads and won’t be mistaken for anything else on the road. Built on Hyundai’s E-GMP platform, the EV6 rides on a relatively... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra may have been one of the first smartphones to launch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, but Xiaomi is looking to generate some enthusiasm of its own with the Mi 11 Ultra. The Mi 11 Ultra is also powered by the Snapdragon 888 but can be configured with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 memory and 256GB... Read more...
We've been hearing a lot about NVIDIA's looming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, but the information has mainly been sourced from rumors. However, today we're getting some more concrete evidence of the existence of NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3080 Ti courtesy of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). The EEC is a frequent leaker of... Read more...
Emtek might not be a name that's familiar to HotHardware readers in the United States, but the brand is quite popular in its home market of South Korea. The company's latest GeForce RTX 3060 offering has us a bit jealous of its design, which doesn't go the boring "reference card" route. The Emtek GeForce RTX 3060... Read more...
If you're in the market for a no-frills tablet that will handle all your media consumption duties (and more) but don't want to spend hundreds of dollars, we have a great deal for you today.  The current-generation Fire HD 10 was launched back in 2019 and carries a retail price of $189.99. However, Amazon is... Read more...
Just over two weeks ago, we got our first look at what was assumed to be Intel's future 13th generation Raptor Lake-S processor family. An alleged roadmap leaked, showing Raptor Lake arriving in 2022 after Intel's 12th generation Alder Lake-S family. Today, we're getting official confirmation from Intel courtesy of... Read more...
If you're using Google's official phone calling app -- and that probably means most of you Android users out there -- there's a rather alarming and potentially dangerous bug that users are reporting. The Phone app is an essential piece of software on your Android smartphone, as it handles incoming/outgoing calls... Read more...
Earlier this week, Samsung touted its development of next-generation 512GB DDR5 modules rated for 7200 Mbps speeds. TeamGroup is grabbing some headlines of its own today with some announcements from its T-Force Gaming brand. According to TeamGroup, it has already validated its first standard DDR5 U-DIMM and SO-DIMM... Read more...
Amazon delivery drivers will have a tough choice ahead if they want to continue working for the retail giant. Starting this week, Amazon is requiring delivery drivers to agree to a "biometric consent" form giving the company permission to use surveillance equipment installed onboard all its delivery vans to track... Read more...
Intel's Rocket Lake-S family of processors is launching next week, and pricing for the existing Comet Lake-S family has fluctuated quite a bit during the lead-up. Some popular Comet Lake-S processors are dropping down to [near] all-time lows at Amazon to make room for the new crop. Amazon is currently discounting... Read more...
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