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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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Have you checked the pricing on DDR5 and DDR4 memory pricing lately? Neither one is through the roof, thankfully, but costs are apparently still on the rise. According to the folks at TrendForce, a market research firm with a pulse on the memory industry, DRAM suppliers continue to tweak inventory levels in an effort... Read more...
If you happen to own anything that's been signed by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, it could bring in quite the haul at auction. We saw this a couple of years ago when an Apple computer check endorsed by both co-founders Jobs and Steve Wozniak sold for $163,929 (including buyer fees), and now a slightly more... Read more...
Perhaps in parallel universe operating on an altered timeline, the Commodore 65 succeeded the hugely popular Commodore 64 and solidified its place in the history of computing. But in this universe on this timeline, the C65 (or C64 DX) failed to launch, instead existing only as a rare prototype. Incidentally, that also... Read more...
The Quest 2 is starting to become old news, but that's only because it's been supplanted by the Quest 3, as well as Apple's new Vision Pro hogging all of the VR headlines. Nevertheless, the Quest 2 is one of the more affordable entries into the land of VR (especially compared to the $3,499 Vision Pro), and even more... Read more...
TV technology sure has evolved over the past several decades. Remember when buying a big screen TV meant spending a fortune and sacrificing a large chunk of your living room for a bulky rear projection unit? Today's models are far sleeker, the visuals are leaps and bounds better, and perhaps most importantly, they're... Read more...
Razer Iskur V2 Gaming Chair: MSRP $649 Razer's Iskur V2 gaming chair is easy to assemble and offers an adjustable built-in lumbar support system that can pay off if you take the time to find your sweet spot. Sleek Design 4D Adjustable Armrests Looks And Feels Premium Generous Recline Angle (Up To 152 Degrees)... Read more...
Intel's GPU driver team has made a habit out of delivering massive performance increases on a surprisingly frequent basis. The latest round comes by way of the latest Intel Arc beta driver, version 31.0.101.5379, which brings big gains of up to 174% for Arc A-series graphics cards, and up to 117% for Core Ultra CPUs... Read more...
Qualcomm is making a spirited push to expand the reach of on-device AI experiences to more affordable smartphones, rather than limiting it exclusively to premium handsets. We got a glimpse of this earlier this week with the unveiling of the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3, which essentially a tamer version of Qualcomm's flagship... Read more...
It's not always easy to discern between real and staged videos on the web. That's probably never going to change, whether TikTok ends up banned in the US or not. However, a potentially bigger issue is the ongoing rise and sophistication of deepfakes, which use AI-generated tricks to create realistic scenes  and... Read more...
Most people would agree that OLED is the best display technology on the market right now, in terms of overall image quality, though it's biggest weakness is its inherent propensity to permanently burn images into the screen in certain situations. Perhaps not for much longer—a research team spearheaded by the... Read more...
Monitors makers continue to make a push into OLED territory, a move that is either long overdue or, depending on your perspective, too late with mini LED having emerged as a premium option as well. Regardless, OLED monitor options are growing, the latest being AOC's 45-inch class Agon Pro AG456UCZD that's now... Read more...
Smartphones generally fall into one of three categories: high-end, mid-range, and entry-level (otherwise known as budget). In reality, it's a bit more nuanced, as demonstrated by phones like the OnePlus 12 Google Pixel 8 series, which straddle the line between mid-range and high-end at competitive price points... Read more...
Qualcomm today introduced a cheaper version of its flagship mobile silicon, which it's calling the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3. The idea is to offer "the most sought-after 8 series capabilities" to a wider range of premium Android smartphones. That specifically includes on-device generative AI features with support for large... Read more...
The NBA playoffs are just weeks away and same goes for the NHL, while opening day of the MLB season is not just days off in the distance. If you're a sports fan, now is a great time to bring home a big screen TV. And even if you're not into sports, this is still an opportune time to be in the market for an upgrade, as... Read more...
Intel's latest flagship processor, the Core i9-14900KS, is a beastly slice of silicon as we discovered in our review. It also needs ample cooling to take full advantage of the binned chip's full potential. To help with that, boutique builder Maingear is offering a delidded option on some of its desktops when... Read more...
At long last, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed a vote to raise the minimum high-speed fixed broadband speed threshold, increasing the baseline download benchmark from 25 megabits per second (Mbps) to 100Mbps. That's a fourfold increase, or a whopping 300%, and quite frankly it's a long overdue bump... Read more...
Even the Hatfields and McCoys eventually settled their differences and ended their long-running feud, which lasted from 1863 to 1891 (a truce signed by both families in 2003 officially put the matter to rest). In the modern era, we get to witness a different kind of feud, between Epic Games and Apple. Fortunately it's... Read more...
As much as Apple may envision its $3,500 Vision Pro headset being adopted by consumers on a mass scale, it's priced more like a development kit or a professional tool, be it in an enterprise setting or, as is the case in the UK, a hospital. More specifically, Cromwell Hospital recently employed Apple's fancy spatial... Read more...
When Tim Berners-Lee transformed the early internet with the invention of the World Wide Web while at CERN, it was a much different time. It started in earnest in 1989 with a memo proposing a global hypertext document system, though as he readily admits now, the web's "trajectory was impossible to imagine" at the... Read more...
In case haven't noticed, the cryptocurrency market is on an upswing led by Bitcoin's surge to record highs over the past couple of weeks—it's now trading at around $73,000. Historically speaking, as Bitcoin goes, so does the entire crypto scene. Fortunately, miners don't pose a threat to the supply of graphics cards... Read more...
You might be tempted to leave your laptop plugged in while not in use to ensure that the battery will always be topped off. After all, battery life is paramount to the laptop form factor, otherwise it's a glorified desktop replacement. However, despite your good intentions and the seeming logic of keeping a laptop's... Read more...
Apple recently refreshed its MacBook Air lineup, infusing the latest models with its custom M3 processor, faster Wi-Fi connectivity, and the ability to support two external displays at up to 5K and 60Hz with the lid closed (or a single external display at up to 6K and 60Hz with the lid open). All good stuff, but one... Read more...
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