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Paul is a seasoned geek who was first seduced into the world of computers and technology by the Commodore 64, and through the years he’s courted a number of OSes and platforms from DOS on up to the latest version of Windows. Having joined the HotHardware team in 2011, Paul is now a mainstay of the site covering the news beat and reviews, and resident wiseguy who keeps the mood light. He’s also an experienced freelance technology writer whose work has appeared in a number of online and print publications.

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) is laying claim to what it says is the world's first glossy WOLED gaming monitor. As the model name implies, the new ROG Strix OLED XG27AQDMG is a 27-inch display (technically 26.5 inches, but what's half an inch between friends?) with an OLED panel, but what sets it apart is that it's... Read more...
A new era of computing on Windows is getting under way with the launch of Microsoft's Copilot+ initiative, starting with a whole bunch of laptop designs built around Qualcomm's Snapdragon X Elite and Snapdragon X Plus platforms. Based on Arm, these laptops promise extended battery life compared to most x86 machines... Read more...
In case you haven't noticed, Windows on Arm is getting a major boost with Qualcomm's Snapdragon X Elite and Snapdragon X Plus platforms, which promise to supercharge an emerging generation of AI-powered PCs with excellent battery life. Several OEMs are on board with the initiative, too. One of those OEMs is Lenovo... Read more...
Now that Google I/O is in the rear view mirror for 2024, it's time for the next big event by another tech juggernaut—Microsoft Build, which is both an in-person (Seattle, Washington) and online affair. Assuming you can't or otherwise don't plan on attending the multi-day event in Seattle, you can catch the keynote and... Read more...
There have been several recent reports claiming that MediaTek and NVIDIA are in cahoots on designing an AI superchip that could rival Qualcomm's Snapdragon X Elite hardware. That in and of itself is interesting, but there could be more to the collaboration. Specifically, there's a rumor floating around that MediaTek... Read more...
It's been just shy of a month since AMD rolled out its newfangled Ryzen PRO 8000 series processors for desktops, laptops, and mobile workstations, and now Lenovo has announced that it's injecting the chips into the latter category by way of its refreshed ThinkPad P14s Gen 5. In doing so, Lenovo can (and does) classify... Read more...
ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced what it says is the only foldable mobile controller currently available—ROG Tessen—which is a neat party trick (and convenient for storage), but it's not the only thing it has going for it. The ROG Tessen also sports some nifty capabilities to level up your gameplay on... Read more...
Following a somewhat stealthy launch in China in earlier this year, AMD is bringing its Ryzen 8000F series processors to the US market to give budget gaming builds a kick in the pants, while being relatively easy on the wallet or purse. What makes these Hawk Point CPUs relatively affordable is they're a BYOG—bring... Read more...
Did you totally space on Mother's Day and forget to buy a gift? Well hey, a belated gift is better than no gift at all. Provided your mother or wife, or whoever you're shopping for has an appreciation for headphones and earbuds, then you're in luck—there are all kinds of audio products on sale at Amazon right now... Read more...
Billions of Google Chrome browser users around the globe are urged to apply the latest security update, which contains a fix for a nasty exploit with a high severity rating. Dubbed CVE-2024-4671, the security flaw is described as a "user after free" vulnerability Chrome's Visual component that handles rendering and... Read more...
A Chinese company called ThundeRobot is readying a bodacious QD-OLED gaming monitor that is one of a rare (and newer) breed of displays that feature dual refresh rates. The dual mode display falls under its 'Silver Wing' lineup of gaming monitors, and offers gamers the option to play at 4K resolution (3840x2160) with... Read more...
There have been some epic fights over the years, such as Sugar Ray Leonard clashing with Thomas Hearns, Muhammad Ali knocking out George Foreman, and Buster Douglas defeating Mike Tyson in a shocking upset, to name a few. One of the longest-running grudge matches, however, is between AMD and Intel. It's too early to... Read more...
Exactly how hot is the modern handheld gaming market that Nintendo and later Valve helped popularize? So hot that manufacturers are releasing iterative upgrades in between major new handheld console launches. We saw it with the Switch (Switch OLED) and Steam Deck (Steam Deck OLED), and now ASUS has announced plans to... Read more...
It wasn't even three months ago when we brought to attention a price drop on AMD's Ryzen 9 7900X3D processor, which at the time had fallen to its lowest price ever at $409.99. If you decided to wait a little bit longer hoping for an even better deal to emerge, then pat yourself on the back and then whip out your... Read more...
It could be close to a year before Nintendo gets around to unveiling the Switch 2 or Switch Pro, or whatever its next-gen console ends up being called. All we know for sure is that Nintendo "will make an announcement about the successor to Nintendo Switch within this fiscal year," which for Nintendo ends in March... Read more...
If you fancy yourself a new iPad Pro outfitted with Apple's latest-generation M4 silicon, then you're looking at paying the launch MSRP, as these things aren't even available to bring home just yet—they're up for preorder. However, there is an exception. Best Buy Plus and Total members can score an early discount on... Read more...
Samsung is expanding its OLED TV lineup with some additional size options to its existing S90D series, while also rolling out a brand-new S85D family to make the leap into OLED territory a little more affordable—manufacturer suggested retail pricing (MSRP) on the S85D OLED lineup starts at $1,699.99. Isn't competition... Read more...
It's been over a half a decade since the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) introduced a fully open standard specifying high dynamic range (HDR) called DisplayHDR. The idea was and remains to assure customers that the HDR display they're purchasing, be it a PC monitor or a laptop, meets a baseline of... Read more...
Apple is refreshing its iPad family, part of which entails an upgraded iPad Air lineup with a bigger display size option that's on the level of an iPad Pro, and faster custom silicon inside. Namely, the latest-generation iPad Air is rocking Apple's M2 silicon, which Apple claims yields nearly a 50% performance boost... Read more...
Nintendo has not exactly been all that forthcoming with its next generation game console plans, saying instead that it intends to squeeze as much life out of its current generation Switch handheld as possible. Be that as it may, there is another console on the horizon. There's no doubt about that, with Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa Read more...
It may seem hard to believe, but here we are well into 2024 and robotic applications are still having trouble grasping objects with the same dexterity as humans. Weren't we supposed to have flying cars and mastered time travel by now? While some of the ideas concocted in Hollywood haven't exactly panned out (yet)... Read more...
It was around this time a year ago when Samsung and AMD jointly announced an extension to a license agreement that would allow the former to continue injecting the latter's graphics architecture into future Exynos processors. The announcement did not make clear exactly how long the extension would last, but the latest... Read more...
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