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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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Are you in the market for a reading and drawing tablet, or other Apple accouterments for your tech kit? Amazon has a few sales going right now that can save you big bucks on some solid Apple gear, from iPads to AirPods and AirTags; there is something for everyone in these deals. Without further ado, let’s take a bite... Read more...
Virtually all smartphone users around the globe charge their devices daily, either via a wired charger or wireless charging pad. It turn out, however, that wireless chargers can be used to do some pretty nefarious things. Researchers have recently shown that it's possible to manipulate or even destroy devices by... Read more...
Yesterday, the social media platform known for its antics like Ask Me Anything's (AMAs) and /r/Place, and dubbed the front page of the Internet, had its initial public offering (IPO) documentation published by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This document revealed quite a bit of interesting information... Read more...
AT&T customers nationwide are reporting outages that are preventing outbound calls, including emergency phone calls. Starting early this morning, folks were noting that they were unable to get work done or complete phone calls, and it would seem that this was not just affecting the AT&T network. Carriers running off... Read more...
Over the past couple of years, the ransomware industry has exploded leading to millions in lost dollars to cybercriminals extorting businesses to regain access and control of their private data. It was thought to have reached a head when the Biden Administration sought to crack down on the threat at the International... Read more...
We already know that your sensitive information, such as passwords, can be nabbed by listening to your keystrokes, which was proven back in August 2023 by a team of British researchers. However, that is not the only information that can be stolen by sound signatures, as it turns out. Now, a team of Chinese and United... Read more...
In the age of AI, companies are looking to get their hands on large amounts of diverse data to train models on, so they become more useable and proficient. In the case of OpenAI, this means scraping the internet for content to train up ChatGPT, at least up through 2021. However, there is money to be made here as... Read more...
Though you may think your home network is secure, attackers may be able to sneak in through your web browser and leverage vulnerabilities to pivot to internal devices. This is especially true for Internet of Things (IoT) equipment, which is notoriously insecure, requiring regular patches or even warnings from the... Read more...
If you're considering a new tablet, Amazon offers of ton of options in its Fire HD line-up, many of which are currently on sale. First up, we have the all-new Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet for $104.99 or 42% off the regular price. This is the ad-supported version of the Fire HD 10 and features a 10.1” FHD screen powered... Read more...
Outages and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are fairly commomplace now, adn can be bit of a nuisance. A plethora of Instagram users discovered this earlier today when the social media platform owned by Meta took a dive, preventing folks from posting photos or sending direct messages. It would now appear... Read more...
ChatGPT and large language models are incredibly useful for a wide variety of things, but acting as a customer service representative on behalf of a company is not one of those things. Whether the models are selling Chevy Tahoes for $1 or imagining information about a shipping company, this technology is just not... Read more...
Ants in your pants are bad enough, but for us techies, ants in a computer can be just as bad. At least, that is what Reddit user u/Thejus_Parol found out. When temps skyrocketed in his system, he found that its internal components were a feasting ground for a swarm of ants that somehow found their way into the... Read more...
Artificial intelligence has found a footing in large language models (LLMs), which are all the rage right now, even finding their way onto PCs with user-run instances. However, with this increase in accessibility comes an increase in the risk of nefarious activity, like creating bioweapons using GPT-4. Now, Microsoft... Read more...
Earlier this month, consumers were notified of a data breach at one of the United States’ largest banks, Bank of America. Serving 69 million customers and handling $1.3T in deposits, it comes as somewhat of a surprise to see such a massive, complex organization suffered a breach. However, it would appear that a... Read more...
Escape from Tarkov, a “hardcore and realistic online first-person action RPG/Simulator with MMO features and a story-driven walkthrough,” has gotten a lot of love over the last year. While some might argue there are still issues with cheaters and other problems, we are on the cusp of another patch bringing many new... Read more...
Around the world, countries are plagued with oppression, corruption, and misguided leadership that journalists and ethical hackers are trying to fight. However, keeping data safe from prying eyes can be difficult in some of these places with restrictive laws and invasive policies in place. Despite this, though, people... Read more...
The Vision Pro is Apple’s foray into the augmented reality market, and it seems to be selling like hot cakes, with some 200K units already sold for a total of $700 million in new revenue for the fruity company. Of course, the $3,500 starting price is already a bit out of reach for many, but the sheer coverage of these devices has been extraordinary, Read more...
As we prepare to roll into an early Spring, if a ground-dwelling rodent is anything to go by, you might be looking to do some Spring cleaning, especially with your technology. At least for Windows 10 and 11 users, Microsoft has a solution that can help boost your PC’s performance, though this could prove to be... Read more...
The federal government has quite the security doozy on its hands going into an election year, with events like Super Bowl LVIII going on as well. However, this is nothing that cannot be handled by an interagency task force dedicated to the physical and digital protection of Super Bowl LVIII patrons, participants, and... Read more...
The power of love is a curious thing, make a one man weep, make another man use ChatGPT to find a wife out of 5,000 options. Pretty sure that isn’t what Huey Lewis & The News wrote originally, but it seems to be on the money for what has happened. Reports have now surfaced about a Russian gentleman who used ChatGPT to... Read more...
Artificial intelligence is increasingly more pervasive, across many industries. The technology, however, does pose some risks, such as the capability to help create bioweapons or other nefarious things. AI technology can also be used for deepfakes, which the Federal Communications Commission is trying to quell with... Read more...
We know that ransomware has severe negative effects, such as hospitalizing security professionals from the sheer stress stemming from these sorts of attacks. We also know that the threat actors behind these operations are the lowest of the low and will do anything to maintain profit and their nefarious businesses... Read more...
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