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Ryan Whitwam

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Ryan is a writer, editor, and lover of all things electronic. He's been covering technology and science for almost 15 years at sites like Android Police, ExtremeTech, The Wirecutter, and more. He has probably reviewed more smartphones than most people will own in their entire lives. Follow him on Twitter

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Against Apple's repeated and strenuous objections, the European Union's Digital Markets Act (DMA) kicked in earlier this month. Among other things, the DMA will force Apple to relax its iron grip on iOS software distribution just a little. It has unlocked the ability for users in Europe to install alternative app... Read more...
Valve had a hit on its hands with the Steam Deck, and we expect the gaming firm to produce more handheld consoles in the future. While we don't yet have word of a true Steam Deck successor, Valve has seen fit to upgrade the Steam Deck with an OLED display. This device launched in late 2023, which turns out to be... Read more...
OnePlus Watch 2: Starting at $299.99 The OnePlus Watch 2 brings great performance and elegant design, with a WearOS hybrid setup that also ensures long battery life. Bright, sharp display Multiple days of battery life Sleek steel design Runs Google's WearOS Only available in a beefy 47mm size Missing some health and... Read more...
The time has come for yet another Google Pixel Feature Drop, bringing new tools and experiences to Google's family of devices. While most of the goodies are naturally limited to Pixel hardware, a few of the new features are expanding to Pixel after debuting elsewhere, and some will flow from Pixel to other phones in... Read more...
Most forms of malware can only make the attacker money in a roundabout way. For example, selling stolen data or bundling infected systems into a rentable botnet. Ransomware is different, however, in that it can be a moneymaker all on its own, and that's why infections have increased every year. IBM has debuted a new... Read more...
Last Thursday, many AT&T customers awoke to find their phones were not getting service. There was no quick fix—the issue persisted for about 12 hours, leaving AT&T users without reliable communication. Now, AT&T hopes it has a plan that will smooth things over. It's going to credit affected customers five... Read more...
Artificial intelligence (AI) has taken off in the last few years. Buoyed by massive increases in computational power, the latest large language models (LLMs) can behave in remarkably lifelike ways, but their inner workings are not always clear. What if those inner workings turn on us? That's certainly a worry, based... Read more...
T-Mobile says it has reached a new 5G milestone, boosting its already speedy network. In its most recent test, T-Mobile hit a record 345 Mbps upload with its sub-6GHz 5G SA (standalone) network. This beats the previous North American record (also held by T-Mobile) by 25%. The carrier says this tech has the potential... Read more...
We've seen malware that wants to steal your files, money, or even your identity, but the new "Gold Pickaxe" mobile malware goes a step further. This nasty little piece of software is active on both Android and iOS, and it steals the victim's face. Security researchers warn the malware could be used to create deepfake... Read more...
Amazon has come to dominate online retail, which has put its practices under the microscope. European regulators have slapped the company down for an allegedly biased algorithm that places more expensive purchase options in the coveted "Buy Box." Amazon claims it fixed that, but a lawsuit in the US says otherwise. The... Read more...
Every cell in your body contains a bundle of nucleic acid—deoxyribonucleic acid, to be specific. More commonly known as DNA, this molecule contains all the genetic information that makes you a functional biological organism. Scientists have long been fascinated by DNA's incredible data storage density, but turning DNA... Read more...
Right from the start, Android has allowed you to install any software you come across on the internet, provided you aren't deterred by the prominent and increasingly scary warnings. Google is testing a new tactic to prevent the spread of mobile malware, but it's somewhat more draconian than its past efforts. The new... Read more...
Today, playing a game is as simple as downloading a few (or many) gigabytes of data over the internet, but in the past, we had to get our game data from optical discs. If you've still got some of those lying around, you might be able to put them to use even if they've got the discontinued SafeDisc DRM. A new project... Read more...
The aesthetic of gaming PCs has been remarkably consistent over the years—transparent side panels, glowing lights, and increasingly pretty components to take advantage of it. Your gaming PC can be even more ostentatious, though. All you need is a heatsink with an LCD on it, like the Lamptron ST060. This newly... Read more...
Apple has maintained an iron grip on iPhone apps since it first rolled out the App Store in 2008, but the EU aims to change that. The European Union's Digital Markets Act (DMA) is forcing Apple to open up iOS software, but it's doing so in possibly the most obnoxious way it can. Some major tech firms, including... Read more...
The original Max Payne is now more than 20 years old, designed for the era of the PlayStation 2 and first-gen Xbox. Some fans of the title refuse to let it die and have released a new mod to bring Max Payne into the modern era. You can now run Max Payne with full path ray tracing, but be warned, it's going to be... Read more...
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra: Starting at $1,299.99 The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is blazing fast, impeccably designed with great cameras, and pricey. Excellent performance OLED screen is flat and beautiful Titanium frame Included S Pen stylus Powerful camera array Android 14 with seven years of updates is great High... Read more...
Samsung has officially taken the wraps off the Galaxy S24 family. As usual, we've already learned plenty about Samsung's new flagship phones thanks to the many, many leaks, but now we're getting to see what Samsung has in store for its big AI play. These phones have a raft of new "Galaxy AI" features, along with a... Read more...
Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro: Starting at $1,199.99 The Asus ROG Phone 8 Pro might not look the part, but it's the most powerful gaming phone on the market currently, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Excellent performance Slimmer design and IP68 rated Secondary USB-C port for charging and accessories Programmable shoulder buttons Ample gaming... Read more...
In years past, PC builders who wanted a water cooling system to keep their parts frosty had to deal with assembling parts, clamping tubes, filling reservoirs, and praying that nothing leaked. Today, you can sidestep that process by picking up one of the many all-in-one (AIO) liquid coolers on the market. Hyte has made... Read more...
ASUS has been making Android phones since the early days of the platform, long before we settled on the standard flat glass slab form factor. ASUS tried its hand at convertible Android laptops and phones that turned into tablets, but even after giving up on all of that, it kept experimenting with its gaming-focused... Read more...
If you're a regular HotHardware reader, you've likely played Tetris. It's one of the most iconic games in the world, and it's been around for about 34 years. So, how did someone just now beat it? A 13-year-old who goes by Blue Scuti has managed that feat, and it was more difficult than you can probably imagine. As... Read more...
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