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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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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...
If you have come to conclusion that there is nothing your battle station needs more than a giant-sized gaming monitor, then 'Whew, doggy!', you are going to love the current deals landscape. Monster displays measuring 49 inches or even bigger have seen some recent price cuts, with both Samsung and MSI getting in on... Read more...
The weekend is finally here but before you pour yourself a drink and fire up the grill, do yourself a solid and check out what Amazon's offering at a discount. We did some browsing and found several enticing deals, with some markdowns topping 50% off the MSRP. Additionally, one of the items that's on sale could become... Read more...
It appears we have some clarity on what components Corsair will be shoving inside its upcoming One i500 desktop gaming PC that it teased last week. Spoiler alert: AMD's upcoming Zen 5 processors aren't in the plans, at least not for the official launch, nor will the initial configurations see Intel's next-gen Arrow... Read more...
Starting today, AT&T customers can pony up a monthly fee for a new wireless feature that promises enhanced data connectivity and better responsiveness. The optional feature is called AT&T Turbo and users can tack it onto a qualifying plan for $7 per month per line, with the option to add and remove it whenever a... Read more...
Qualcomm has reason to strut around like a peacock after posting its latest earnings report, which reflected just shy of $9.3 billion in revenue for the second quarter of 2024, and net income of $2.3 billion. While the former is just a 1% jump from the same quarter a year ago, Qualcomm's net income is up... Read more...
One of the best ways to take out a Mario Kart buggy is to throw a banana peel in front of it. Beaming it with a turtle shell is another surefire tactic. However, there's an issue that could prove even more problematic for Mario Kart racers, which you won't find any of the video games—a stuck acceleration pedal. This... Read more...
As the era of AI computing begins to unfold in earnest, AMD was able to achieve record sales in its data center business, which grew a whopping 80% year-over-year to $2.34 billion in the first quarter of 2024 (and a more modest 2% sequentially). The big uptick in data center dollars helped AMD weather declining sales... Read more...
We're as curious as the next person about how Intel's next-generation Arrow Lake processors will fare, both in comparison to the company's own Raptor Lake Refresh CPUs and AMD's competing Zen 4 (and eventually Zen 5) chips. But as curious as we are, we're not about to buy an early sample for $14 from a sketchy sale by... Read more...
Remember when Razer was selling an RGB face mask during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic? The peripheral maker raked in more than $1 million in sales from what was initially pitched as a mask with "replaceable N95 grade filters" but all that money must now be refunded to customers to settle a complaint by the... Read more...
If you're in the market for Apple's latest generation MacBook Pro, do yourself a favor and avoid paying the full sticker price. That's a sucker's game. You can often find the MacBook Pro with Apple's fancy M3 silicon inside for less than the MSRP, it just sometimes requires patience and/or shopping around. That... Read more...
Apple is gearing up for its 'Let's Loose' event scheduled for next week (Tuesday, May 7), during which time it will almost definitely announce a refreshed lineup of iPad devices. Speculation has been all over the place, though the latest scuttlebutt is that there's a "strong possibility" that Apple's next-gen iPad Pro... Read more...
As expected, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to restore net neutrality rules that were repealed during the Trump administration. The vote passed 3-2 in favor of reinstating net neutrality regulation by reclassifying broadband service as a Title II telecommunications service, which in turn enables the... Read more...
The results are in for Intel's first quarter earnings and while investors sent the stock sliding in after hours trading on a soft Q3 outlook, the chip maker remains confident in its position. We'll get to that in a moment, but first let's discuss how Intel fared in the first quarter, both overall and among its... Read more...
Valve offers a rather generous return policy on its Steam platform, which allows players to return games for a refund within two weeks (14 days) of purchase and with less than two hours of play time logged. As Valve plainly states on its refund page, "it doesn't matter" if the reason is because a PC doesn't meet a... Read more...
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