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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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If you've been waiting for the right moment to dip your toes in cloud game streaming, now is the time. Why is that? NVIDIA is joining the Black Friday frenzy that has already begun by offering a pretty sweet PC gaming bundle offer—if you sign up for six months of NVIDIA's GeForce NOW Ultimate tier, you'll also receive... Read more...
XGIMI is having a huge sale on several of its projectors with deep discounts a week ahead of Black Friday. As part of the sales bonanza, XGIMI is offering up its "best pricing ever" for both Black Friday and Cyber Monday, with massive markdowns by as much as $900 (or $1,200, if going by the stated MSRP). Let's get... Read more...
Kids today have no concept of stuffing a pocket full of quarters and heading to the local arcade. Sure, there are outfits like Dave & Busters, but they're fewer and far between than the heyday of arcade gaming (plus it's not the same experience loading up and tapping a card). While those days may be gone forever, you... Read more...
Epic Games is empowering gamers with a new tool in an ongoing effort to mitigate bullying, harassment, discrimination, and generally toxic behavior. Effectively immediately, Fortnite players can submit audio recordings to report gamers who cross the line and run afoul of Epic's community rules. This is in addition to... Read more...
The mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) isn't dead even as solid state drives (SSDs) steal the limelight. That's because pricing for bulk storage still favors HDDs. But while the storage medium is far from dead, HDDs do give up the ghost, some more often than others. Which ones are the most reliable? That's a tricky... Read more...
We're still waiting for solid state drives (SSDs) built that take advantage of the PCI Express 5.0 bus to bombard the market, but so far there have been just a small handful of releases. They are coming, though. One of the challenges they bring with them is how to manage thermals. PNY's answer? Slap on a heatsink with... Read more...
Talk about a tasty giveaway! Microsoft's Xbox team is collaborating with Warner Bros. Pictures on a special Xbox Series X console that looks like a Willy Wonka chocolate bar. The lucky winner will also receive the world's first official edible Xbox controller made of chocolate, which of course will don a signature... Read more...
A reputable leaker who has been reliable in the past suggests that AMD is about to expand its lineup of desktop processors equipped with stacked 3D V-Cache, though they won't be part of the Zen 4 family. Instead, upcoming additions will bolster AMD's previous generation Ryzen 5000 series based on Zen 3. They're also both mid-range SKUs, which Read more...
Juicy deals are appearing ahead of Black Friday and not just for computer hardware, either. As we approach Thanksgiving Day, there are quite a few bargains on smart ovens, fryers, and microwaves that have popped up. Before you plan your feast, check out these discounted kitchen appliances that can help make the big... Read more...
SK hynix announced today that it has begun supplying 16-gigabyte (GB) packages of its Low Power Double Data Rate 5 Turbo (LPDDR5T) memory to global smartphone makers, after having announced development of the turbo-charged chips back in January of this year. Though 10 months have elapsed since then, SK hynix still can... Read more...
Intel's flagship consumer processor for the desktop is the recently minted 14th Gen Core i9-14900K (Raptor Lake Refresh), but perhaps not for long. It turns out that Intel might be prepping an even faster-clocked "KS" variant, just as it had done with the previous generation Core i9-13900KS. That's assuming a handful... Read more...
Sony promised that its slimmed down PlayStation 5 console would be available to purchase in time for the holidays, and sure enough it's now listed at several retailers. Even better, Sony and its retail partners are offering some sweet bundle deals. Specifically, you can pick up a 'PS5 Slim' with either Spider-Man 2 or... Read more...
Display fatigue can be a real thing, and not just in the wear and tear on your eyeballs, but also in the sheer number of devices found in any given home. Televisions, laptops, desktop PCs, tablets, smartphones, smartwatches—it all adds up. It's not a bad idea to try and consolidate, and that's what TCL's new NXTPAPER... Read more...
You don't have to look very far to spot Black Friday bargains—we're a week and a half into November, which means retailers are frantically pushing out early discounts ahead of this year's actual Black Friday. As such, we're already seeing some gems. One of them is a chunky discount on the ASUS ROG Ally gaming handheld... Read more...
AMD continues to chip away at Intel's dominant lead in x86 CPU market share with a round of gains across the board, including desktop PCs, laptops, and servers, according to the latest audit performed by Mercury Research and shared by AMD. The updated figures cap off an impressive year for AMD, which looks to end 2023... Read more...
LG is expanding its growing gaming monitor portfolio with a couple of large additions, including the UltraGear GR75DC and UltraGear GR65DC. Other than the model numbers and a $100 price difference, the distinguishing trait between these two curved behemoths is USB-C connectivity—the GR75DC boasts a USB-C port while... Read more...
Rockstar Games has finally broken its silence on the "next Grand Theft Auto" game. In a message posted to X (formerly Twitter), the developer confirmed a trailer is coming for what is widely assumed to be Grand Theft Auto VI, the next installment in the long-running franchise and the first major iteration since Grand... Read more...
Perhaps several generations from now, concerns over battery life will no longer exist as technology continues to evolve. As it stands now, however, battery life is certainly a concern for pretty much any powered device designed for mobility, and that includes smartphones like the recently introduced iPhone 15 series... Read more...
Generally speaking, the two best times of the year to buy a TV are the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, which is still a few months out, and right now when retailers trip over themselves shoving Black Friday bargains out the door. Driving home this point, TCL is serving up some excellent deals on big screen... Read more...
The trend in modern hybrid microarchitecture design is to pair high performance cores for heavy lifting, with lower power cores for lighter duty workloads. Going this route allows chip makers and designers to balance performance with power efficiency, and it's worked well in various ARM-based designs as well as... Read more...
We're into the second week of November and, as expected, retailers have begun pumping out early Black Friday bargains like they're going out of style. If you're ready to jam out to savings as well, then check out these deals we've rounded up on various audio gear, including some sweet discounts on wireless Beats and... Read more...
We're already several days into the month of November and you know what that means, right? Well yes, a fowl feast is right around the corner. But this is also the time of the year when companies start promoting Black Friday (and later, Cyber Monday) deals. It's more of a Black Friday season, really, as opposed to just... Read more...
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