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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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G.Skill has been on a roll when it comes to launching high-performance DDR4 memory kits for PC enthusiasts, and the company is ratcheting up speeds again for Intel's new Z490 Comet Lake-S platform. The modules are totally blinged out, of course, as they fit into G.Skill's Trident Z Royal family. But the styling of... Read more...
After months of looking at leaked PlayStation 5 dev boxes and speculative renders based on that design, we’re finally locking eyes on the production console. And thankfully, it looks nothing that spaceship-esque designs that we’ve previously witnessed.  The PlayStation 5 has a very organic shape with a black center... Read more...
If you're getting tired of Instagram filters to give your photos some added pizazz, then you might want to check out Adobe's latest app, Photoshop Camera. The app is fresh out of beta and is available for both iOS and Android smartphone platforms. Photoshop Camera is something that professional photographers probably... Read more...
Back at CES 2020, we got our first glimpse at Samsung's upcoming 980 Pro SSD. Up until this point, Samsung's fastest consumer SSDs have used the PCIe 3.0 interface, but the 980 Pro will use the new PCIe 4.0 interface supported by AMD's X570 and B550 chipsets. We weren't given an exact launch date for the 980 Pro... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy S20 family of smartphones launched earlier this year, and it didn't take long for the discounts to start piling up on the expensive flagship. The South Korean electronics giant raised eyebrows with the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra, as they were the most expensive members yet in the... Read more...
Elon Musk first unveiled the Tesla Semi way back in November 2017, and plans for the revolutionary vehicle have been in a holding pattern since then. However, Musk revealed in an email that went out to Tesla employees over the weekend that it’s time to kick production into gear to start fulfilling the immense number... Read more...
Today is the official launch date of a rather special Intel processor: Lakefield. We heard the first rumblings about Lakefield back at CES 2019, and Intel would go on to detail its Foveros 3D chip packaging, Sunny Cove high performance core along with four Tremont efficiency cores (all built on 10nm process tech), and... Read more...
Competition in the mid-range smartphone market is starting to heat up, and we’re seeing not only all-new competitors enter the fray, but discounted pricing on previous “flagship” models that are incredibly enticing. Samsung introduced its latest offering to the mid-range market in the United States with the Galaxy A51... Read more...
Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Fold 2 in August, which is fast approaching. The first-generation Galaxy Fold was probably more notable for its display failures, which required a retreat and rethink concerning the hinge mechanism and other critical design changes (for the sake of reliability).  However... Read more...
Broadband internet access is something that we all take for granted these days. Long gone are the times when we used to “dial-in” to the internet using 28Kbps or 56Kbps modems and wait hours to download a 10MB file. Now, we’ve got access to fat internet pipes, with ISPs like Google Fiber and Cox Communications... Read more...
A couple of unannounced Samsung SSDs have shown up on Amazon’s website; one of which seems like a pretty mundane release, and one of which that packs quite a punch with respect to storage space. The two SSDs are from Samsung’s QVO family of SATA III SSDs which prioritize capacity and [relatively] low cost over... Read more...
Is it finally happening? After years and year of speculation and rumors, it looks as though we'll finally hear about Apple's official plans to make the transition to Arm CPU architecture for its Mac desktops and laptops later this month at WWDC 2020. This comes after we heard earlier this year that Apple's... Read more...
Sony had originally planned to discuss “The Future of Gaming” on the PlayStation 4 on June 4th, but widespread demonstrations and unrest resulting from the death of George Floyd postponed those plans. Before the June 4th event was scheduled to take place, Sony released the following statement: While we understand... Read more...
If you're currently running a PC with a Kaby Lake-G processor onboard, we've got some bad news for you. It appears that both Intel and AMD have missed the mark when it comes to graphics driver support. If you recall, Kaby Lake-G was a rather breakthrough (and unexpected) product developed together by two fierce rivals... Read more...
COVID-19 has really changed our way of lives, from the way we shop, to the way we work, and even with regards to the way that our children learn. It has also limited our ability to congregate with friends, and take part in the time-honored tradition of, you guessed it, group selfies. Apple could change that with a... Read more...
OnePlus Z information has been leaking at a rapid clip in recent weeks, and today's latest reveal brings a few of the missing pieces surrounding the launch of the mid-range smartphone. India has emerged as a hotbed of activity in the low-cost smartphone realm, with major smartphone OEMs pouring resources into the... Read more...
Over the past 6 months or so, we've been hearing a lot about the next-generation consumer GeForce graphics card family; at least when it comes to rumored specifications. What we know is the cards will be based on NVIDIA's Ampere GPU architecture and will allegedly fall under the GeForce RTX 30 naming scheme. What... Read more...
Back in April, we brought you the news that Microsoft was bringing custom widgets to the Xbox Game Bar in Windows 10. The software giant initially rolled out support for testers in the Windows Insider program, and some of the initially-announced widgets included the Intel Graphics Command Center, XSplit’s Gamecaster... Read more...
Gaming has taken on a new importance during the COVID-19 pandemic as people have sought out an “escape” from the dire news that has been broadcast over the airways for the past few months. Well, if you’re a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One gamer, we’ve got a few good deals for you today that will help you save money on some... Read more...
Apple's iPhone 12 family is perhaps the most highly anticipated smartphone launch of 2020. Apple typically announces its new iPhones in early September, and launches them by the end of the month (with a few exceptions). However, the COVID-19 pandemic has reportedly lengthened the gestation period of the new... Read more...
Earlier the week, BMW officially unveiled the latest version of its 3-Series 4-Series Coupe, and it was quite the head scratcher with regards to its looks. Although the BMW Concept 4 had already prepared us for the massive, vertically-oriented grille, seeing it on the production car made it seem even more offensive to... Read more...
AMD has had a remarkable run with its Zen 2 architecture for the mainstream market, starting first with the Ryzen 3000 desktop processors, and more recently with the Ryzen 4000 APUs for laptops. Given that Ryzen 3000 processors have been on the market for nearly a year now, pricing is more affordable than ever before... Read more...
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