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Nathan Ord is a tech nerd through and through.  Following any technology, from home and business applications to VR, anything is up his alley.  Starting out as the family repair guy and local "tech expert" for those around him, he helped out wherever he could.  Nathan came aboard HotHardware in 2020 and continuously enjoys what he does.  In his free time, he enjoys volunteering, playing video games, and just relaxing with friends. 
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On January 18th, a 1km-wide (.62mi) asteroid will zip by Earth. Although it will be a relatively close encounter, there is nothing to fear as the giant hunk of rock will pass 1.9 million miles from our pale blue planet, which is roughly seven times the distance to the moon. However, what is interesting about this... Read more...
As Forrest Gump said, "stupid is as stupid does," but it seems stupid is contagious on the Internet. Such is the case with the incredibly boneheaded and dangerous "Sleepy Chicken" trend on TikTok, which could get people sick, land them in the hospital, or worse. Similar to the now-defunct platform Vine, TikTok has... Read more...
Between Epic Games dropping free games and Steam’s epic sales, your game library across several platforms is likely quite full. However, Amazon also offers some sweet games and loot for free through the Prime Gaming platform that you may have missed. As such, we’ll show you how to get in and reap the gaming rewards... Read more...
Normally, New Year’s Day is a time to relax, reflect and recover from the previous night’s festivities, but for System Administrators this year, that is not the case. Reminiscent of the Y2K scare at the turn of the century, a new bug has appeared, causing Microsoft Exchange servers to fail and forcing admins to... Read more...
In the past, we have seen incidents of text messages being rerouted to steal two-factor authentication codes to breach peoples’ accounts. Now, criminal hackers are being more direct in potentially using SIM swap attacks by getting a carrier—in this case, T-Mobile—to switch a customer’s number to an attacker-controlled... Read more...
Knowing and understanding your heart and respiratory rates can be important data to track your health and wellness. As such, Google added a way to check your vitals using the cameras on Android devices earlier this year. Now, this feature has seemingly made its way over to iOS devices, and you can test it out now... Read more...
For the longest time, Skittles’ slogan has been “Taste the Rainbow,” but have you ever considered actually doing that while it is plastered across your screen? Japanese professor Homei Miyashita has, evidently, and has created a prototype lickable TV screen that can mimic the flavor of various foods. While this... Read more...
Battlestate Games’ hardcore realistic looter-shooter game Escape from Tarkov received a wipe and update today, bringing a wide variety of new features and a new map. If you're an avid player or are looking to dive into this title, here's what you need to know. Escape From Tarkov Patch Notes In the last few... Read more...
Late last year, the Los Angeles Police Department banned the use of facial recognition software like Clearview AI, which is used by thousands of law enforcement agencies. However, despite the mounting concerns and push-back regarding facial recognition technology, the United States-based company has effectively been... Read more...
Being told you will be out of work come the new year is a horrible way to start the holiday season, but it appears Activision-Blizzard has done just that to some of its quality assurance testers. Confirmed by a Call of Duty community manager on Twitter, the employees will be out of work come January 28th, after being... Read more...
If you are an AT&T enterprise customer with some older technology on the edge of your network, your infrastructure may be under attack by a Russian botnet dubbed EwDoor. In late October this year, researchers at 360 Netlab discovered a threat actor attacking Edgewater Networks' devices using the four-year-old... Read more...
Aliens are a real threat when it comes to space travel and research, but we aren't talking about chestbursters or facehuggers, probably. Earlier this month, researchers published a paper on the biological threat increasing space travel imposes on Earth and space. With the likes of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos sending... Read more...
While you may be trying to buy a Vebjörn desk or snag a deal on a Yttervåg, IKEA is trying to quell an ongoing cyberattack within its infrastructure. On Friday, it was discovered that cybercriminals were targeting IKEA employees with internal phishing attacks, using stolen reply-chain emails. Reply-chain email... Read more...
If you on the hunt for one of Microsoft's  or Sony's latest consoles for someone in your life this holiday season, you might be in luck. Black Friday and subsequent weeks of holiday-related deals are looming and both Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 restocks are coming soon. In late October, we ran down some leads... Read more...
Nowadays, it is a matter of when, not if, a cybercriminal will breach a company or organization. It appears that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is figuring this out the hard way, as a threat actor has been sending emails from the FBI's system infrastructure since early this morning. While this should... Read more...
When you open an app or website, location or GPS permissions are one of those things people tend not to allow. However, what if the app or site was able to extrapolate where you are without even needing new permissions? This is potentially happening on your Android device as security researchers have shown that motion... Read more...
Nearly eight and a half years ago, Intel launched its 4th Generation Intel Core Processors, codenamed Haswell. In that time, researchers have discovered a number of security vulnerabilities that can typically be addressed via software and firmware updates. Unfortunately, Intel must ad one more to the list that... Read more...
When people think of consumer drones, the brand that usually comes to mind is DJI, which has effectively dominated the market for several years. It appears that this streak is going to continue as well, with the newly released (and previously leaked) DJI Mavic 3, or what DJI calls “the world’s best drone made even... Read more...
Cheaters never prosper, especially when they are being targeted by ransomware-laden files scattered about the internet. Whether or not comeuppance like this is deserved, Japanese Minecraft players looking for alternate accounts to cheat or circumvent bans are being infected by the Chaos ransomware variant in a ghastly... Read more...
If you were a threat actor, what better way to get a payload onto someone’s device than through a program that nearly everyone has installed like Google Chrome? Unfortunately, this appears to be what is happening with the Infostealer malware, masquerading as a legitimate update to the popular web browser from Google... Read more...
Black Friday and the holiday shopping season are just around the corner, so if you are in the market for a new gaming console, now is the time to start looking. If you've had trouble getting your hands on a current-gen console, we have collected some information to help you out in this difficult endeavor, as a couple... Read more...
Malware on Windows devices has become a real problem in the last few years, specifically with a recent uptick in ransomware. It appears that Microsoft has been trying to combat this issue, though, with updates to Microsoft Defender, so it has more teeth than ever before. However, what if Microsoft is part of the... Read more...
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