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Virtually all of the earlier games in the popular Final Fantasy franchise incorporated some form of damage indicator. Final Fantasy XIV, however, did away with the damage indicator, which can make it more difficult to know how much damage you're doing to an enemy, or how much damage your character is taking on. There... Read more...
Many are aware by now, second Tuesday of every month is Patch Tuesday for Microsoft Windows. This is when Microsoft rolls out major and critical updates to its ubiquitous operating system, Windows. Much like many Patch Tuesdays before, there are problems with the latest one. Specifically, the patch has problems... Read more...
Do you remember your first portable MP3 player? We're not talking about disc-reading MP3 players either. We're talking about on-the-device storage MP3-file music players. Here at Hot Hardware, most of us are old enough to remember having at least one SD-card-only MP3 players at one point. For most people in the... Read more...
Another day another malware threat. Yes, yet another new way of delivering malware has shown up recently. That new way does not directly involve files but Windows Event Logs. According to security researchers at Kaspersky, a customer showed this new behavior. The method injects shellcode payloads into the event... Read more...
"How did you find me!? Were you screen peeking!?" Many a child of the mid-90s would yell at their friends and siblings while playing Goldeneye 64 on the Nintendo 64. It's been 25 years, and thanks to the Computing History Museum in Cambridge, UK, there is now a solution. About $10k worth of additional hardware is all... Read more...
There's some really good news for crypto-miners this week, though it could be not-so-good news for gamers again. NiceHash, a crypto mining app developer and service provider, announced they have managed to unlock NVIDIA's Light Hash Rate (LHR) GPUs to reach 100% efficiency. Almost a year ago NVIDIA announced their... Read more...
Shoppers in the market for some new wireless earbuds are in luck. There are some awesome deals available on Amazon at the moment, with some of the highest-rated offerings on sale for up to 50% off. Let's take a look at our most budget-friendly option on the list first, the JLab Go Air Pop True Wireless Bluetooth... Read more...
For years Microsoft has been trying to bring the Xbox console experience more into the PC market. It heavily emphasizes that its operating system is the best for games and gaming. Well, controller gamers on PC rejoice, because Microsoft has seen you and there is a new game bar for PC. Currently in testing on... Read more...
Do you ever think the internet's forum for public discourse is a little too public? Maybe a conversation with your friends doesn't need prying eyes on it, but you want everyone involved in the conversation. No, not Reddit. Twitter seems to be right there with you, which is why it has introduced Twitter Circle. A... Read more...
Windows Updates are a great idea, most of the time. Other times they're an annoyance, like when they download and install in the background while you're trying to play a system-intensive game. Or, they are just outright broken for some people. The latter of those seems to be the case for some Windows 11 users... Read more...
Let's take a nostalgic trip back to 2006, shall we?. The hottest holiday gift since Teddy Ruxpin was hitting store shelves, that being the Nintendo Wii packaged with Wii Sports. The game practically defined motion controls, and also gave unfortunate examples of how easy it was to break your TV if you used it... Read more...
How many of you remember wondering how cool it would be to get those augmentations like JC Denton? Do you remember wondering how Lara Croft can be so nimble with her build? Well, we're going to have to wonder more what we'll see from these intellectual properties soon because their publisher, Square Enix, has decided... Read more...
Another day another vulnerability. Several, actually—the Stable Channel for the desktop edition of Chrome had an update on April 26, 2022 that includes no less than 30 security fixes, half a dozen of which are rated as "High" severity flaws. The release notes for Google's Chrome v101.0.4951.41 for Windows, Mac, and... Read more...
Mother's Day is May 8th this year, which is rapidly approaching. You didn't forget a gift for dear old mom, did you? If you did, don't sweat it, we've got you covered with tech deals that we think Mom will appreciate. Why don't we start mom off with what many parents would likely call the "big gift", a new Samsung... Read more...
It's the end of an era, though not very long one. The Bethesda Launcher is shutting down. But what about all of those games you purchased exclusively through the Bethesda launcher? Worry not, because you can transfer them to Steam through a relatively straightforward proess. In February Bethesda announced the... Read more...
It has been almost 18 months since the initial release of the Xbox Series X in November 2020. Unfortunately for Microsoft, most of that time has shown that its new console hasn't been quite as desirable as the alternatives for at least ten of those months. Alternatives such as the Sony PlayStation 5, and Nintendo... Read more...
In its efforts to make Windows more user friendly and unify the look of various menus and control panels, Microsoft has simplified or even removed a plethora of options in its various versions of Windows. Enthusiasts and power users, however, have long known about a hidden God Mode, which can be enabled using a simple... Read more...
Hello developer, do you have a mobile app that you have been selling for years? How about a free game? You know the product is so solid in its code that it hasn't needed an update in years. Well, guess what? Apple might pull it from the App store despite your tight coding. In a recent post by Apple about App Store... Read more...
Imagine yourself inches from the pavement, travelling at speeds upwards of 200 miles per hour, taking gut wrenching turns at more than 180 miles per hour. If that sounds like fun, but you'd rather do it from the comfort of your PC, imagine no more. Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) has announced the newest game installment... Read more...
Anker announced a powerful new addition in its USB-C charger line-up at CES 2022. That's not extraordinary for a company that makes a myriad of chargers and battery banks, but his particular device provides extreme power delivery in a super small package. What's so exciting about a new wall-charger you might ask?... Read more...
It's official. Valve's Steam Deck has finally launched, and initial pre-orders are shipping. Although, the Steam store still states that the only thing you can do is reserve for the next shipment date, which is out in Q3 of 2022 right now. Regardless, for some users who do already have or are getting the device, there... Read more...
Hey musicians and DJs, do you ever feel like your mixer is just a bit too bulky? Do you ever feel like you need to lay down that mix as soon as inspiration strikes, but you're not in the studio? Well, Teenage Engineering has an admittedly pricey but beautiful, petite and elegant solution for you. The new... Read more...
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