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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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As we reported at the beginning of the year, Netflix has every intention of phasing out its cheapest ad-free streaming plan, Netflix Basic, which costs subscribers $11.99 USD per month in the US and $9.99 CAD in Canada. Lest you were hoping Netflix would change its mind, Netflix has begun letting some subscribes know... Read more...
There's evidence to suggest that Intel's Arrow Lake CPUs are out in the wild in engineering sample form (early ES chips recently showed up for sale in China for $14 a pop), which is to be expected at this stage. Purportedly, someone has posted a couple of benchmarks with mixed results from one of those chips, with... Read more...
At the risk of sounding like an alarmist, there are developments happening within the memory supply chain that are expected to introduce price hikes on a variety of DRAM products, including chips used in high-end graphics cards. Depending on how the situation plays out, the price hikes could affected future graphics... Read more...
It took a few generations, but AMD's stacked 3D V-cache may now be at the point where it can withstand the rigors of overclocking. So goes the latest rumor, which claims that AMD's upcoming Ryzen 9000X3D processors based on Zen 5 will up the overclocking ante with full support for manual tweaks that extend beyond PBO... Read more...
In no uncertain terms, Nintendo is planning to release a "successor" to its incredibly popular Switch console, which is something Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa went on record saying a little over a month ago. We'll have to wait for more details on things like hardware specifications, features, and pricing. In... Read more...
AMD's first crop of desktop Ryzen 9000 series processors based on its Zen 5 architecture are right around the corning, after having already been formally introduced earlier this month during Computex Taipei. Retail availability is likely just weeks away at this point. While we know what SKUs and specs are on tap... Read more...
Summer officially started over a week ago and if you're already tired of the heat and now want to spend some time inside in a cool and crisp air conditioned room, then perhaps a new gaming laptop is in order. While you're chilling out and leveling up, you can bring the heat to your next boss battle and simultaneously... Read more...
At times it has felt like meaningful capacity increases in the realm of solid state drives (SSDs) have come at a snail's pace, and it's especially disheartening when you look at how big mechanical hard disk drives (HDDs) have become. Well, take solace in that fact that memory chip makers are hard at working stacking... Read more...
TP-Link's new Archer BE800 router looks like something you'd see flying around in a Star Wars movie, which is fitting, considering that this is a Wi-Fi 7 model capable of lightspeed data transfers over both wired and wireless connectiong. Regarding the former, TP-Link equipped the BE800 with a pair of 10Gbps LAN... Read more...
The date has been set for Samsung's next Galaxy Unpacked event—it gets underway on Wednesday, July 10, 2024 in Paris, France with a livestream kicking off at 9:00am EDT. Ahead of the event, Samsung is offering a $50 instant credit for anyone who reserves a new Galaxy device, and it's no secret that Samsung is... Read more...
Earlier this month, AMD lifted the wraps on its upcoming Zen 5 desktop processor lineup at Computex, revealing four SKUs with specifications that, under normal circumstances, would be set in stone this late in the game. However, there's a rumor floating around suggesting that AMD might re-spec one of the upcoming... Read more...
This November will mark two years since Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration released to PC and console, bringing with it a bevy of retro games, videos, and enlightening interviews. The developer behind that collection, Digital Eclipse, is now getting ready to launch a sizable DLC containing a bunch more games spread... Read more...
A nasty banking trojan is taking aim at Android users in the United States and half a dozen other countries. It goes by two names, Medusa and TangleBot, but whatever you want to call it, the cause for concern is that it's a more nimble version that's tougher to detect than the one that wreaked havoc before seemingly... Read more...
OnePlus has launched another lower cost smartphone to duke it out with the likes of Samsung, Huawei, and other Android device makers. Called the Nord CE4 Lite 5G, the latest OnePlus smartphone is making its debut in the United Kingdom with some notable specifications, such as a battery that's rated to last more than... Read more...
The closest thing to having Christmas in July is Amazon's annual (and sometimes bi-annual) Prime Day event, which serves up millions of deals exclusives to its Prime members. Amazon's 10th Prime Day event is now officially on the calendar—Amazon announced that it will commence on July 16 at 12:01 am PDT and run... Read more...
Every so often, we remind our readers that it's rarely a good idea to pay the full asking price for an audio product, as things like speakers, headphones, surround sound receivers, earbuds, and more routinely sell for less than the manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP). This is another one of those times. On tap... Read more...
Seagate announced it has teamed up with eBay to expand its 'Hard Drive Circularity Program' to reduce e-waste and HDD shredding. What this collaboration essentially entails is a new Seagate storefront on eBay to sell recertified storage drives that come factory sealed and backed by a two-year warranty, at discounted... Read more...
Lenovo is rolling out a new Android tablet that promises to the bring the sonic boom for music lovers. Called the Lenovo Tab Plus, the 11.5-inch tablet is ready to rock out with eight JBL hi-fi speakers, including four matrix tweeters and four force-balanced woofers housed in four speaker boxes to deliver 26W of what... Read more...
We've long appreciated the design language of Dell's XPS laptops, and now for the first time, the company is offering one in Copilot+ trim with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite processor inside. It's one of a handful of Copilot+ laptops Dell is rolling out, the others being the Inspiron 14 Plus, Inspiron 14, Latitude... Read more...
If going solely by market capitalization, NVIDIA is now the most valuable publicly traded company in the world following its latest stock market rally. As of this morning, NVIDIA's market cap is right around $3.35 trillion (with a 'T'), which puts it ahead of several technology heavyweights including Microsoft ($3.17... Read more...
The cream of the crop when it comes to widely available TV technology is still OLED, though it comes at a pricing premium compared to LCD and, in most cases, mini LED as well. However, OLED is much more affordable these days than it was just a few short years ago, a fact that's highlighted by LG's new B4 OLED TV... Read more...
Adobe finds itself in hot water with the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over its handling of subscription plans for software services like Photoshop. In a federal lawsuit that's been in the process of being filed for months, the FTC alleges that Adobe pushes towards its annual paid monthly subscription... Read more...
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