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Storage space is precious, and that's especially true if you've ditched your hard drive in favor of a less capacious (but awesomely faster) solid state drive. With everything from games to high resolution photos and videos taking up larger chunks of storage, it's easy to fill up a drive. To make matters worse, it was... Read more...
If you thought that the massive DDoS attack earlier this month on Brian Krebs’ security blog was record-breaking, take a look at what just happened to France-based hosting provider OVH. OVH was the victim of a wide-scale DDoS attack that was carried via network of over 152,000 IoT devices. According to OVH founder... Read more...
Exactly one week from today Google will unveil a handful of electronic devices. Among them will be a pair of new flagship smartphones, the Pixel and Pixel XL, otherwise known by their internal codenames Sailfish and Marlin. Rumors have been circulating about both new phones for months, and now we have our first look... Read more...
When former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer handed the reins to Satya Nadella, the company had not long before undergone a complete reorganization. Ballmer knew that Microsoft needed a new face with a fresh set of eyes at the helm, that it was time to let younger blood lead the company wherever it was destined. And where... Read more...
If you’re in the market for an affordable could storage solution, with plenty of available storage space, we’ve got a deal running in the HotHardware Shop that may be right for you. A Zoolz Complete Cloud Storage Lifetime Solution with 1TB of storage is currently 98% off and available for only... Read more...
Change is hard, we get it, we really do. It's even more difficult when said change is seemingly unnecessary or for the worse. Such is the feeling that some people have with Apple's decision to remove the standard 3.5mm audio jack from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets. Unfortunately, some jackholes on the... Read more...
AMD made quite a splash in the GPU market with its Polaris-based mainstream graphics cards. The most popular of the cards, the Radeon RX 480, can be had for as little as $250 in 8GB trim and AMD claims it offers excellent “Beyond HD Gaming and a Premium VR Experience”. Given our benchmark analysis of the GPU, AMD has... Read more...
In June of last year, Intel announced a $16.7B acquisition of chip designer Altera, a Silicon Valley bellwether known for producing FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays), PLDs (Programmable Logic Devices), Embedded Processors, and ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits). At the time of the announcement... Read more...
Google has plenty of hardware to reveal at its October 4th event, but one product in particular — which just so happens to be further down the pipeline — has the blogosphere exploding with anticipation. Over the weekend, Hiroshi Lockheimer, the Senior VP for Android, Chrome and Google Play, dropped a tantalizing hint... Read more...
It's been a long wait, but Chrome OS now finally and officially supports Android apps, though you'll need an Acer Chromebook R11 or Asus Chromebook Flip to enjoy the new luxury. If so, you can grab a Chrome OS update from the Stable channel (version 53.0.27815.129), which among other things includes a beta for the... Read more...
Security firm Cellebrite made headlines earlier this year when its services were employed by the FBI to help break into the phone of the San Bernardino shooter. Cellebrite recently invited a bunch of UK press to an event to show off what it's capable of. Equipped with an outdated smartphone, BBC reporter Rory... Read more...
Microsoft chose this year's E3 convention to announce not one, but two new game consoles, the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio, the latter a codename for an upgraded version of the Xbox One that will sport more powerful hardware and support playing games at 4K Ultra HD when it arrives in next year. While it may feel... Read more...
Computer users are living in a digital world where their data is increasingly coming under attack. While governments and even news organizations are being threatened by hackers from around the global, John and Jane Smith also have to deal with increasing levels of malware and ransomware everywhere they turn. To help... Read more...
Moore's Law, as revised in 1975, states the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit will double around every two years. The observation is named after Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel and Fairchild Semiconductor, and it's driven processor design for several decades. But what happens when Moore's Law is no... Read more...
The web is becoming the wild, wild west all over again it seems. You could argue the Internet's always been a potentially dangerous place, but with the proliferation of smart devices becoming increasingly commonplace, cybercriminals now have more points of entry into home networks than ever before. Smart home... Read more...
Roku’s new streaming player family has been rumored for weeks, but the veil has finally been officially lifted. The all-new lineup includes players priced as low as $30 and tops out at $130 for the Roku Ultra. Starting at the bottom, we have the $30 Roku Express, which is in essence a replacement for the venerable... Read more...
Gamers that downloaded the latest update for Capcom’s Street Fighter V are getting quite a bit more than they bargained for — an unsecured rootkit. Redditor LoGicMoTion issued a warning to gamers that the latest update for the Windows version of the game was attempting to gain kernel level access to the operating... Read more...
Are there any Minecraft fans in the house? Mojang’s sandbox video game is about to receive a “Boss Update” for Minecraft Pocket Edition for Android and iOS and the Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta. The update was announced at MineCon in Anaheim, California. The Boss Update includes several interesting new... Read more...
The latest version of iOS brings a lot of interesting (and perhaps fun) things to the table, but as it turns out, It had one sloppy regression that was quickly pointed out. Apple shipped iOS 10 with a severe security vulnerability that affects iTunes backups. As we reported on Friday, Russian security research firm... Read more...
To remain competitive with Intel, AMD needs its upcoming Zen architecture to impress on both the performance and power side of things. If Zen is impressive, then it could mean great things for AMD. For the first time in recent memory, it'd actually be able to compete with Intel in key segments. It's always hard to... Read more...
Google's been lucky in that it's avoided any major collisions involving its fleet of self-driving cars up to this point, though that changed heading into the weekend when an autonomous Lexus RX sustained significant damage from a commercial delivery van plowing into the passenger side of the vehicle. Initial reports... Read more...
We’ve stated on many occasions that Windows 10 is an excellent operating system, albeit one with a few rough edges that could be smoothed-out. However, Microsoft has angered some users over the past year or so, in its willingness to dance right up to the line of what customers feel is acceptable practice for promoting... Read more...
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