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Apple was slow to get into the smart speaker market, but it did so in a traditional Apple fashion in 2018 with the release of the HomePod. This $350 speaker never sold very well, and the company canned it in 2021, leaving just the HomePod Mini in its smart speaker lineup. Last month, it unexpectedly announced a return... Read more...
MAINGEAR MG-1 Gaming Desktop: Starting At $1499 The Maingear MG-1 is the fastest pre-built gaming PC we've ever tested. It also makes for a solid workstation, and it's not hard to look at, either. Excellent Performance Massive Room For Expansion Attractive And Customizable Impressive Build Quality High-Quality... Read more...
The US Department of Justice and eight state attorneys general have filed an antitrust case against Google. If you're thinking this has happened before, you'd be right. However, this time the DOJ is going after Google's crown jewel: the ad tech business. According to the complaint, filed in federal court in Virginia... Read more...
So far, Rockstar Games has been rather tight-lipped about its upcoming addition to the Grand Theft Auto series with GTA 6. However, that could be changing soon, based on recent speculation and potential leaks from YouTuber SanInPlay, who previously correctly predicted information about GTA 6’s female... Read more...
It has been more than two years since Apple unceremoniously booted Fortnite from the App Store, but Epic's time in the wilderness may be coming to an end. Epic CEO Tim Sweeny posted a teaser that suggests the popular game could be coming back to Apple's platform in 2023, but probably not on the App Store. Epic... Read more...
MSI GT77 Titan (2022): Starting At $2,886 The latest MSI GT77 Titan is powered by Intel's powerful 12th Gen Core Alder Lake processors and discrete NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics. Awesome Keyboard Excellent Build Quality Gorgeous Display Extreme Performance Tons Of IO Large Form Factor Middling Battery Life Can Get Loud There has... Read more...
The holiday season is here, and many of us are waiting with baited breath to see if we got that perfect “must have” gift this year. Although we get to play with lots of the latest and greatest gear around here, all of us at HotHardware still have wish lists with a wide array of goodies we’re hoping... Read more...
TikTok from Chinese megafirm ByteDance has turned short-form video into a social media phenomenon, making Twitter look pretty dumb for canning Vine a few years back. The skyrocketing popularity of TikTok has some security experts and political leaders concerned. As a Chinese company, the Chinese government has access... Read more...
Amazon's logistics operation is coldly efficient, a vital quality when the company ships so many parcels on a daily basis. The venerable barcode might seem like an efficient way to track inventory, but Amazon isn't happy with the inefficiency of picking up and scanning products over and over. That's why it's building an AI-powered system known Read more...
All web browsers look essentially the same these days, but that wasn't always the case. Browsers used to have separate search and address bars until Google set a new standard when it merged them in Chrome. The Chrome address bar, sometimes called the "omnibox," has continued to get smarter over the years, and the... Read more...
If you weren't a PC gamer when the original Portal released in October of 2007, you probably don't realize the immense impact that the game had. Debuting as part of The Orange Box package, along with the complete version of Half-Life 2 as well as Team Fortress 2, it was arguably the dark horse of the set. Striking... Read more...
One of Elon Musk's first decrees after acquiring Twitter was to restore many controversial accounts that were suspended under the old regime. That included Kanye West, or Ye as he now prefers, who was suspended just before Musk's acquisition for posting antisemitic content. However, it didn't take long for West to... Read more...
Microsoft kicked off 2022 by announcing its intention to acquire Activision Blizzard for $69 billion, and as we close in on the end of the year, Call of Duty has become the sticking point. Sony has objected to the deal, which could prevent it from offering future Call of Duty titles, but Microsoft is seeking to... Read more...
Twitter is still chugging along despite its shrinking workforce, and new owner Elon Musk continues to pop up and make promises almost whenever he's summoned. It can be hard to keep track of all the things Musk claims he's going to do, particularly since he started posting his every thought on Twitter. Now, the... Read more...
Intel NUC 13 Extreme - Starting at $1179 ($1549 w/ Core i9-13900K) The new Intel NUC 13 Extreme is the fastest, most powerful NUC yet, but it's also the largest.   Ultra High Performance Relatively Quiet Supports 3-Slot GPUs Easier To Build Pushing The Limits Of SFF Price Premium Intel has consistently updated and upgraded its... Read more...
Just one year ago, Bitcoin's value was in the stratosphere at a whopping $65,000 per coin. A series of market-shifting exchange collapses have now dragged prices down to barely over $15,000, erasing years of gains and threatening further liquidity issues that could cripple still more cryptocurrency firms. The... Read more...
Billionaire Elon Musk has only owned Twitter for a few weeks, but there are already big changes afoot. Musk has been open about his dislike for Twitter's verification setup, which he referred to as a "lords & peasants system." His vision for the blue checkmark is starting to appear on the service, but not in a... Read more...
Gaming has experienced substantial growth over the past few years, and many expect that trend to level off as the economy cools. But Phil Spencer, the CEO of Microsoft Gaming, says that the company will continue investing in Xbox as gaming tends to weather economic downturns well. To keep consoles accessible... Read more...
Logitech G502 X Plus: MSRP $159 (Currently $139) The new Logitech G502 X Plus is a versatile, customizable, lightweight, high-performance mouse, that's loaded with features and offers both wired and wireless operation. Excellent sensor (Hero 25K) Comfortable design Easy to customize via software Satisfying... Read more...
All the major game console makers try their best to lock down the hardware, and they don't take kindly to people working to circumvent their systems. Microsoft had its program against mod chips, Nintendo gets hackers locked up, and Sony had a high-profile case against noted hacker George Hotz in the PS3 era. Another... Read more...
Accessory maker JSAUX has previously released a pair of reasonably popular docks for Valve's Steam Deck handheld, but it's not stopping there. Its latest release has all the usual ports and an extra trick up its sleeve. The new HB0604 docking station includes an M.2 slot for an extra chunk of super-fast storage to... Read more...
Sony has just released Spider-Man Remastered on PC, and it's shaping up to be its second biggest launch yet. Gaming database SteamDB shows more than 66,000 players were active on the game late on Sunday, putting the superhero action-adventure title within a few thousand of God of War, which remains Sony's biggest PC... Read more...
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