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Brandon Hill

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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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With so many troubling events going on in the world these days, it’s always nice to hear about individuals and companies doing positive things that make a difference in peoples’ lives. So it definitely brings a smile to my face to see that Facebook has teamed up with the National Center for Missing and Exploited... Read more...
As we’ve stated on numerous occasions, SSDs were big at this year’s CES, and OCZ was on hand to deliver its own brand of solid-state delight. The company took the opportunity to shows us its brand new JetExpress SSD Controller, the Vector 180 SSD, and the enterprise-level Z-Drive 6000. For starters, let’s talk... Read more...
Acura has taken so long to bring the NSX to production that I’ve sort of lost interest. That’s not to say that the NSX won’t be an amazing vehicle, but Ford has pretty much stolen the show at this year’s Detroit Auto Show with the all-new GT supercar (Ford didn’t hype the GT prior to its unveil; it just dropped the... Read more...
Be still my heart! Ford just dropped a bombshell on the audience at the Detroit Auto Show with the reveal of its latest supercar: the GT. Words just can describe how jaw-droppingly beautiful this car is from its flowing lines, to the way the roof blends into the rear fenders via a “wing”. It’s… simply…... Read more...
It’s on now! Companies like Ford, Chevrolet, and Nissan have been shoving electric vehicles down our throats for the past few years. However, the Focus Electric, Spark EV, and Nissan Leaf can only travel 80 to 90 miles on a charge before they run out of juice. While that may be enough for those that simply commute to work or putter around Read more...
Samsung’s Galaxy A7 that we’ve been telling you about for the past few weeks is finally here, and the device brings with it some highs, and some lows. First of all, the design of the Galaxy A7 is impressive, with its aluminum unibody measuring in at just 6.3mm thick. That makes its one of the thinnest smartphone around (for comparison, the Read more...
General Motors is stepping up it game in the electric car arena with its second generation Chevrolet Volt, and it’s also adding some enhancements to make what’s already a pretty solid commuter vehicle even better this time around. The original Volt combines the best of both worlds by giving drivers the ability to... Read more...
Microsoft may have activated its warp core in mid-December with a preview of the Skype Translator, which can translate Skype video chats in English and Spanish, but Google isn’t too far behind with its own real-time voice translation service. The New York Times is reporting that the Google Translate app will soon be... Read more...
Americans have been enjoying NFC-based mobile payments for the past few years. Apple jumped on the bandwagon in fall 2014 with the release of Apple Pay, opening up the ease of mobile payments to millions more Americans. As mobile payments become more prevalent, and competing solutions began to plant their flags in... Read more...
It was revealed in early October that General Motors was planning to release an electric vehicle with a 200-mile range. According to the Automotive News’ sources at the time, the vehicle will be based on the current generation Chevrolet Sonic, which was first introduced in the U.S. market back in 2011 as a 2012... Read more...
It seems hard to believe that it’s been eight years since the original iPhone was first announced. At the time many of us were using smartphones like the Samsung Blackjack, and if you were a true diehard, BlackBerry smartphones. And for those of us that didn’t have smartphones, there were still plenty of bar- and... Read more...
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...
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