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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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Have you ever wondered what kind of person is on the other end of a internet or social media rant? Usually, these kinds of people come off as brash and rude, but they may be the same way in real life, according to new research. On Thursday, a paper titled “The Psychology of Online Political Hostility: A... Read more...
“Following the publication of this article, HotHardware was provided with copies of court documents from this case that show ShotSpotter did not change the location of the gunfire, as had been previously reported, but had identified the same GPS coordinates for the gunfire in both its initial real-time alert and in its later detailed forensic Read more...
Earlier in August, we got to see a tech preview of Halo Infinite that included some rather impressive bots to fight against in multiplayer. Since then, we have been excited for the whole game to release, but sadly, not everything that glitters is gold. In a new announcement, 343 Industries stated that some Halo... Read more...
Committing to a new operating system is no small task when you are not used to the interface and are unsure where to start. However, developer Blue Edge is trying to solve this problem with a web-based mock Windows 11 experience that can give you a feel for Microsoft’s latest Windows update. Announced back in July... Read more...
T-Mobile is now investigating a massive customer data breach claim that could affect up to 100 million users. The leak, which appeared on a leak and database selling forums on Saturday, claimed to have 30 million unique social security numbers and driver's license information. In the samples provided, it also... Read more...
Over the weekend, EA held a Battlefield 2042 technical playtest on both PC and Xbox platforms for those who applied and got an invite. However, it appears that not everyone read the invitation closely as there were some rather stringent rules broken in the past 72-hour playtest period, leading some players to be... Read more...
Following call center company Teleperformance allegedly forcing employees to undergo AI camera surveillance, Amazon wants to monitor its own customer service employees. Soon, Amazon could use a system that captures all workers' keystrokes to run behavioral analysis and prevent malicious hackers or imposters from... Read more...
Just as the sun rises and sets, Epic Games has put another game up for grabs. Anyone can now get open-world RPG Rebel Galaxy for free through August 19th to keep forever. Space is the final frontier and reminiscent of the Wild West in Rebel Galaxy, a game of “action-packed combat, exploration, discovery, trade, and... Read more...
Not everything has to be high-tech to perform dastardly deeds these days, and the same is true of malware. However, malware can slip by conventional security solutions using some email tricks and social engineering and still infect end-users, as Microsoft reports. This Tuesday, the Microsoft Security Intelligence... Read more...
Earlier this year, we got to see some Unreal Engine 5 demos that had us rather excited for the technology coming to the gaming industry. As we creep closer to the launch of the game engine, we are beginning to find out games that will be running in Unreal Engine 5, such as S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2. S.T.A.L.K.E.R 2 is the... Read more...
Yesterday, criminal hackers stole approximately $600 million in varying cryptocurrencies from the PolyNetwork, a blockchain interoperability company. Now, in an interesting turn of events, the hackers have begun returning the stolen funds in what was to be one of the biggest cryptocurrency thefts ever. As it stands... Read more...
Digital security and cyber safety are paramount in an era where people are constantly out to make a quick buck and steal your information. Thus, Norton LifeLock and Avast agreeing to a merger to form a new cyber safety business comes as no surprise in the ever-shifting threat landscape. Announced yesterday, the... Read more...
With the alien invasion of Fortnite island in full swing, what better way to fight fire with fire with another alien named Clark Kent? With new battle pass quests from Epic Games, players will restore Clark Kent’s memories and unlock his heroic gear. As part of Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 7 Battle Pass, the new... Read more...
Ransomware infections have been on the rise lately, affecting companies like Gigabyte or, more famously, Kaseya. Subsequently, the fight against the ransomware plague needs to meet and exceed threat actors’ efforts, and Microsoft is looking to help. In collaboration with the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center... Read more...
Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices from Synology are being targeted by the StealthWorker Botnet in an ongoing brute-force attack that could lead to ransomware infections. Perhaps we should just drop the “network attached” of NAS portion for now. According to an August 4th report, Synology’s Product Security... Read more...
Exactly five years ago, No Man’s Sky launched to the world with a less than stellar start by many accounts. However, years of hard work and patches have turned things around to make No Man's Sky a stellar game and story. Now, the group behind the game, Hello Games, is celebrating the anniversary and teasing a new... Read more...
If you thought Amazon wanting drivers to submit to biometric surveillance was bad, these recent revelations take the cake. Colombia-based call center workers, who perform outsourced customer services for some of the largest companies in the US, are now reportedly being pressured into signing a contract allowing their... Read more...
Late last week, we covered Apple’s new plan to screen text messages for explicit images and files uploaded to iCloud for child sexual abuse material. The announcement, however, garnered quite a bit of attention and concern rather quickly, contrary to what Apple likely wanted. Now, the Cupertino-based company has... Read more...
Earlier in the month, Tenable security researchers discovered a vulnerability allowing attackers to bypass authentication on millions of routers from 17 different vendors. However, it now appears that threat actors are actively exploiting this to deploy malicious Mirai botnet payloads.  Evan Grant of Tenable... Read more...
One of the most annoying things about using any electronic device at night or in a dark room is the retina-searing, light mode that most apps have by default. Microsoft, however, has finally addressed this problem on Xbox consoles, and is working on a new night mode which is now available to beta testers. Using the... Read more...
As the user base for cryptocurrency grows, so too do politicians and regulators looking to stymie the situation due to taxation and illicit activity concerns. Now, President Biden has backed a plan to tax proof-of-stake cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum via an amendment to a major bill advancing in the U.S... Read more...
Late last month, Epic Games submitted an amended complaint against Google, which ended up being heavily redacted. However, it appears that Google has lifted some of the redactions, giving us a better insight into the arguments at hand, though much has still been left out. In the filing, submitted on August 5th... Read more...
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