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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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After having its name besmirched following the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft hit it out of the park with its follow-up: Windows 7. Microsoft then developed Windows 8 to appease two distinct markets — PCs and tablets — with one operating system, resulting in significant backlash from critics and... Read more...
If you’re an HTC One (M8) owner, you will soon be receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop. Back in early November, HTC promised that both the One (M7) and One (M8) would be updated within 90 days in the following tweet: We have the Android Lollipop code. We'll be updating the HTC One (M8) & (M7) within 90 days from today... Read more...
It looks as though Apple will escape another courtroom battle. U.S. District Judge William Alsup has rejected a lawsuit that claimed that Apple knowingly sold MacBook computers with defective logic boards The plaintiffs, Uriel Marcus and Benedict Verceles, filed the original putative class action complaint back in... Read more...
Ahhh, the 90s! Jean shorts, Big Johnson t-shirts, fanny packs, and of course, MS-DOS gaming. I can remember spending hours playing games like Crusader: No Remorse, Wolfenstein 3D, Duke Nukem 3D, Road and Track Presents: Need for Speed, and yes even the original Worms (usually in my high school drafting class when I... Read more...
There are plenty in the cybersecurity industry that contend that North Korea couldn’t have possibly orchestrated the devastating hack on Sony in retaliation for the comedic film The Interview. In mid-December, cybersecurity analyst Marc Rogers dismissed the FBI’s assertion that North Korea was behind the attacks... Read more...
Kingston first showed off its HyperX Predator PCIe SSD back at CES 2014, and this year at CES 2015 announced that it would finally be available this quarter. We were duly impressed, as the SSD promised read speeds of 1,400 MB/s and write speeds of 1,000 MB/s. However, Samsung has just announced a new PCIe-based SSD... Read more...
The smartwatch market is finally starting to gain some traction. Samsung is shipping smartwatches that run its own Tizen operating system and numerous OEMs (including Samsung) are shipping smartwatches that run Google’s Android Wear operating system. And we can’t forget that the Apple Watch will soon hit the market (as soon as March, according Read more...
The Fire Phone has been a disaster for Amazon, with initial reviews panning its gimmicky 3D interface and its high price of entry compared to more established players in the smartphone market. In addition, the fact that the smartphone runs a forked version of Android means that Google apps that many of us take for... Read more...
The BlackBerry Passport is one odd device. On the one hand, its hardware is fitting for a 2014-era flagship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor (3GB RAM), 32GB of internal storage, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, a 13MP rear camera with OIS, and a massive 3450 mAh battery. On the other hand, the device has an odd 4.5”... Read more...
Windows 8.1 with Bing, an operating system that Microsoft provides for free to OEMs under strict guidelines, has enabled a new wave of low-cost desktops, laptops, and tablets to flood the market. Intel is the latest to embrace Windows 8.1 with Bing, and will preinstall the operating system on a tiny PC that looks not... Read more...
During T-Mobile’s Un-carrier 8.0 announcement held last month, John Legere introduced the Data Stash program which allows customers to rollover unused data from month-to-month. T-Mobile even sweetened the deal by adding 10GB of data into customers’ Data Stash for free to get them started. We knew it wouldn’t be long before T-Mobile’s larger Read more...
Earlier today, we brought you news of the exciting new XPS 13 notebook, refreshed Alienware 15 and 17 notebooks, and the availability of the Venue 8 7000 Series tablet that was originally announced in September of last year. But those products aren’t the only ones that Dell has on display here in Las Vegas, there are... Read more...
The original LG G Flex was introduced nearly a year ago and was quite an odd entry into the smartphone space. The smartphone featured a massive 6-inch screen, but had a lowly resolution of 1280x720. And we can’t forget the hallmark feature of the LG Flex: its curved  700R (700mm radius) plastic OLED display. Well... Read more...
Dell is stepping up its game for the Consumer Electronics Show, and is launching what it deems the “best portfolio of consumer devices in company history.” The company is rolling out a number of new products including the XPS 13, new Alienware 15 and 17 gaming notebooks, and the Venue 8 7000 Series tablet. We’re... Read more...
Gigabyte is introducing a new X99 motherboard for overclockers that are on a budget. The X99-SOC Champion, like the other members of Gigabyte’s X99 motherboard lineup, supports Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition (LGA 2011-v3 socket) processors, International Rectifier’s all-digital CPU power design, and a PCI Express... Read more...
Sony’s SmartWatch 3 was released just a few months ago, but was quickly overlooked as more stylish Android Wear devices — namely the Motorola Moto 360, LG G Watch R, and ASUS ZenWatch — started hitting the market. It’s hard to fault consumers for favoring the more stylish designs of Sony’s competitors, despite the fact that the SmartWatch Read more...
Lenovo has already blitzed us with numerous tablets, convertibles, laptops, and all-in-ones, but the Chinese OEM isn’t finished yet. Far from it. It’s also has some smartphones and wearables to announce, but for better or worse, they won’t be coming to the United States. First up is the Vibe X2 Pro, which is... Read more...
Lenovo has worked in conjunction with NEC Personal Computers (NECP) to bring U.S. customers a new flavor of lightweight laptop and convertible devices. The new Lenovo LaVie Z HZ550 and LaVie Z HZ750 both shatter any expectations of what you previously thought was possible with a lightweight mobile device. The LaVie... Read more...
Not everyone needs the extra level of “robustness” that comes with Think-branded laptops, tablets, and all-in-ones, so Lenovo luckily provides some cheaper alternatives for folks that don’t want to break the bank. Lenovo is taking the opportunity to roll out a revamped lineup of FLEX 3 convertibles, TAB 2 tablets, and... Read more...
ASUS is making its presence known at CES this year, and in doing so is unleashing the new Transformer Book Chi Series. The 2-in-1 detachable laptops range in size from 8.9” to 12.5” and can be equipped with screens featuring a resolution of up to WQHD (2560x1440). The smallest member of the family is the T90 Chi... Read more...
“Just a moment. Just a moment. I've just picked up a fault in the AE-35 unit. It's going to go 100% failure in 72 hours.” General Motors’ latest technology, which will find its way into future Chevrolet vehicles, has us thinking back to 2001: A Space Odyssey. While we doubt that the computers in future GM vehicles... Read more...
Microsoft is pulling out all the stops when it comes to battling an insurgency from Google with Chrome OS. Microsoft has resorted to offering Windows 8.1 with Bing free to OEMs that provide low-cost laptops and desktops to consumers as a way of stopping Google dead in its tracks. The latest assault on Chrome OS... Read more...
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