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Battlefield 1 opened to public beta testers back on August 31st, and it’s been a whirlwind ride for gamers, developer DICE, and publisher Electronic Arts. The reviews for the beta have been overwhelmingly positive, with many saying that it harks back to the original Battlefield 1942 title, and first and foremost... Read more...
Apple didn't exactly reinvent the smartphone with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but what it did do was implement several noteworthy upgrades, including a more capacious battery and a new water resistant design. And of course there's lots of adhesive, a staple of Apple gadgets, which along with the aforementioned... Read more...
It's taken longer than it should have getting to this point, but Samsung has finally cooperated with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to formally recall 1 million of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. As part of the recall, Samsung said it's received 92 reports of batteries overheating in the U.S... Read more...
Sony is currently leering at DIYer’s with “Na, na, na, na, na, you can’t catch me.” The company recently unveiled its first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player. The device, however, will need to be custom installed by automation system vendors such as Control4, Crestron, and Savant. Yukio Ishikawa, Director of Home... Read more...
Pandora just launched Pandora Plus, its new $4.99 USD subscription service. According to Pandora, “This unique marriage of design and functionality, at a very affordable price, marks yet another milestone in Pandora’s journey to create the most personal music experience in the world, giving listeners greater... Read more...
With the first week of the NFL regular season now under our belts, we’re ready to root for our favorite teams (and tweak our Fantasy Football lineups) as we head into Week 2. If you don’t have time to hop in front of a TV to catch tonight’s Thursday Night Football matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the New York... Read more...
Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Dell Inspiron 3650 Intel Core i7-6700 based desktop system, 50% off NordVPN Service, a Zmodo Pivot 1080p Wireless Security Camera and All-in-One Smart Home Hub, and more. Full... Read more...
There's no denying that modern virtual reality can provide one of the most interactive experiences on the planet, and can transport you to another universe like nothing else. However, VR can be expensive and very disorienting for users. If we're talking about mobile VR, such as with Samsung Gear VR, the cost-of-entry... Read more...
Now, more than ever, manufacturers are exploring alternative ways to differentiate smartphones. One savior to the oversaturated smartphone market, that is rife with products with similar specifications, may come in the form of modularity. The promise of a modular phone, is an ability to adapt to a user’s needs in the moment. Purchasing... Read more...
Mobileye parted ways with Tesla not long after the first death was reported of a driver using Tesla’s Autopilot system. At the time, Mobileye didn’t exactly explain its reasoning (although it was pretty obvious) and Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated that Mobileye simply couldn’t keep up with this company’s rapid advancements... Read more...
Why wield multiple keyboards for different devices when you can have one that works with them all? That's the idea behind Logitech's K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard (just K780 from here on out), a fully-equipped PC plank with a 10-key pad that also works on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, all... Read more...
After rolling out the Anniversary Update to Windows 10 last month, Microsoft's been looking ahead to Redstone 2, the codename for one of two more major upgrades Microsoft has planned for next year. Windows Insiders subscribed to receive Fast ring updates had the opportunity to play with a very early Preview build of... Read more...
Over the past few months, Microsoft has attacked Google Chrome for its propensity to chew through notebook batteries at a rapid pace. Any enthusiast that uses Chrome on a regular basis (and that includes the majority of the computing populace) knows that the browser is a resource hog, but Microsoft has been looking to... Read more...
The European Commission is doing its best Oprah Winfrey impression, though instead of giving away cars, it's focusing on Wi-Fi access to the public sector—you get free Wi-Fi, and you get free Wi-Fi, and you get free Wi-Fi! It's a €120 million (~$135 million in U.S. currency) effort to bring free Wi-Fi to all facets of... Read more...
Motorola is imploring smartphone shoppers to "Skip the Sevens," the tagline of a new ad campaign designed "to get you to think about what you really want from a smartphone." The so-called "Sevens," of course, is a thinly veiled reference to Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and Samsung's Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge... Read more...
If you’re a regular reader of HotHardware, then you know that we think highly of Dell’s XPS 13 ultrabook. The XPS 13 manages to cram a 13.3-inch IPS display into a 11-inch notebook frame, thanks to its tantalizing Infinity Edge design (which minimizes display bezel). We liked the XPS 13 enough to give it our Editor’s... Read more...
League of Legends just reached a major milestone. 100 million people now actively play the world’s most popular online game on a monthly basis. This means that more people around the globe play League of Legends than stream movies and television shows on streaming services like Netflix. Riot Games co-founder... Read more...
My how the tables have turned. It used to be that you couldn’t blink an eye without Microsoft shoving its Windows 10 nag screens down the throats of Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Now that the free upgrade period to Windows 10 is over, Microsoft is taking it easy on users. The same goes for Windows 10 users that... Read more...
The future is here today! Uber debuted its self-driving taxi service this morning in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At first, there will be four self-driving vehicles, each with two people occupying the front seats. A human driver will be behind the steering wheel just in case things get dicey and he or she needs to take... Read more...
When most people buy a sex toy, they're usually not too overt about it. In fact, the mere thought of someone intercepting that package on your doorstep and noting what might be inside is something that could cause serious embarrassment. Sex is unquestionably one of the most private things to most people, so when one... Read more...
Welcome back for the latest installment of HOT deals, direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all today, we have deals on a Dell Latitude 13 7000 Intel Core M-5Y71-based convertible device, a 2nd Gen Amazon Echo Dot Speaker, a Z-Edge Z3 3" 2K 2560x1080 Ultra HD Dashcam, and more. Full details for all... Read more...
The rumor mill never stops when it comes to Apple products — especially with regards to the iPhone. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were just revealed last week, and customers won’t get their hands on the smartphones until Friday morning at the earliest. But given the evolutionary nature of the A10 Fusion-powered... Read more...
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