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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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Next week will see the arrival of the OnePlus 9 family of flagship Android smartphones, but OnePlus has another product that will launch at the same time. OnePlus has been dropping hints for weeks about its upcoming smartwatch, and today, the first official [full] render of the device was revealed. The OnePlus Watch... Read more...
Intel has been teasing its upcoming Tiger Lake-H family of laptop processors ever since CES 2021, and the company is inching closer to an official launch. Intel was on hand at the GDC 2021 Showcase, where it demoed an 8-core, 16-thread Tiger Lake-H processor running at up to 5GHz across "multiple cores." During the... Read more...
Starting today, Alienware is taking its gaming notebooks to the next level with the arrival of optional Cherry MX mechanical keyboards on the m15 R4 and m17 R4. The Cherry name is synonymous with high-quality mechanical switches, and the latest evolution of that robust mechanism is ready for laptop duty. Cherry... Read more...
If you've been keeping up with the news surrounding the cryptocurrency mining craze, then you know that there are currently two separate "tracks" on the NVIDIA side of the equation. On the one hand, NVIDIA has introduced the CMP HX Series of headless graphics cards explicitly built for mining for cryptocurrencies like... Read more...
Some significant changes are coming to NVIDIA's popular GeForce Now cloud gaming service. GeForce Now celebrated its 1st anniversary back in early February and currently has 9 million subscribers.  At launch, GeForce Now provided two tiers of service: Free and Founders. The former offered standard access to GeForce... Read more...
NVIDIA said that its first CMP HX GPUs would begin shipping during Q1 2021, and it appears that at least one retailer is jumping the gun on sales. Retailer Microless listed the Palit CMP 30HX (part number NE630HX017J9-1160X) earlier this week but quickly removed the listing. The CMP 30HX is reportedly based on... Read more...
T-Mobile prides itself on providing sweet perks for its customers on top of its class-leading 5G speeds and availability. The company uses T-Mobile Tuesdays to give out freebies, and February 23rd will see the arrival of an enhanced version of the popular Pandora music streaming service. According to T-Mobile, this... Read more...
A week ago, we brought you news from an incredibly reliable tipster that the PlayStation 5 would be in stock on Thursday morning. And sure enough, Target had a significant amount of PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition consoles that were available for in-store pickup if you were lucky. That same tipster... Read more...
Although all three smartphones have leaked in various forms over the past few weeks, Samsung today announced the launch of the Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G, and Galaxy A72. As has been the case with previous mid-range Galaxy A-Series launches, Samsung added even more high-end features. In the case of this new trio of... Read more...
Apple last year confirmed a seismic shift that we all knew was coming for a long time. The company announced its decision to abandon Intel processors over the next 2 to 3 years and switch to its own Apple Silicon. Making this move would put Apple in the driver's seat concerning its product roadmap, though the move was... Read more...
In recent months, there have been plenty of signs that Samsung might not launch a new generation of Galaxy Note devices for the first time since the original launched in 2011. The rumors picked up considerable steam when the Galaxy S21 Ultra debuted with optional S Pen support (Samsung even indicated that additional... Read more...
In November, Apple announced that it would reduce its App Store fees to 15 percent for the first $1 million in yearly revenue for developers following pressure from Epic Games. Like Apple before its policy change, Google took a 30 percent cut of digital goods sold through its app marketplace. Today, Google announced... Read more...
Intel today officially announced its complete family of 11th generation Core (Rocket Lake-S) desktop processors. The company is promising a lot with these new desktop CPUs, including a claimed 19 percent IPC lift over its previous-gen Comet Lake-S, the inclusion of 12th generation Xe graphics on the desktop side, and... Read more...
Leading up to the launch of the GeForce RTX 3060, NVIDIA made it clear that the GeForce RTX 3060 would have limitations in place to make it unpalatable to cryptocurrency miners. GeForce and Radeon GPUs are popular with Ethereum miners, which has exacerbated the GPU shortage plaguing the industry. NVIDIA's solution... Read more...
Microsoft recently implemented FPS Boost for its Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X game consoles. FPS Boost allows games initially designed for previous-generation Xbox hardware to leverage the superior hardware of the Xbox Series S/X for improved performance. In many cases, FPS Boost can double the frame rate of... Read more...
Over the past week, the OnePlus 9 Pro's final form was revealed in leaked renders. Today, however, OnePlus is going one step further by providing us with official renders of its upcoming flagship sans the watermarks from typical early leaks.  OnePlus CEO Pete Lau took to Twitter to release a bevy of renders of the... Read more...
Intel already revealed that its Rocket Lake-S family would officially launch on March 30th, but we'll get a first look at the processors this week. Intel announced that it would show off its Rocket Lake-S desktop processor family and its high-powered Tiger Lake-H processors found in gaming notebooks and high-end... Read more...
Last week we learned that NVIDIA's Ethereum crypto mining limiter might have possibly been broken. However, we quickly discovered that a GeForce RTX 3060 using the Octopus algorithm with the Conflux alt-coin was incorrectly cited as mining for ETH. Now, there is more evidence that the inevitable has finally... Read more...
When it comes to Ethereum mining, NVIDIA has been getting a bulk of the attention in recent weeks for all the wrong reasons. Its newly released GeForce RTX 3060 has a cryptocurrency mining limiter enabled (crippling performance by up to 50 percent) in hardware/BIOS/drivers, and it's rumored that future GeForce RTX... Read more...
Apple yesterday made a somewhat surprising cancellation in its hardware lineup. The HomePod smart speaker initially launched in early 2018 and was never the big sales hit Apple expected. As a result, the HomePod is getting kicked out of the Apple family. The company issued the following statement to TechCrunch last... Read more...
Even though Microsoft and Google are currently involved in a war of words regarding paying for aggregated news content, things are a lot more cordial when it comes to browser software. Google announced earlier this week that it is shifting to an accelerated four-week release cycle for the browser. "As we have improved... Read more...
AT&T today announced some big news for customers on its unlimited plans. The wireless industry is swiftly moving to 5G wireless technology and is working to blanket the United States with high-speed coverage (some carriers are having better luck than others with that initiative). AT&T says that it is now extending 5G... Read more...
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