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Microsoft and Google don't have that much love for each other. The two are rivals in the search market with Google being far and away the most popular search engine, leaving Bing with the table scraps. Google also has the most popular mobile operating system forcing Microsoft to admit that its mobile OS is dead... Read more...
When it comes to multiplayer gaming, there are few things worse than spineless cheaters; well, maybe lag and TKers. Thankfully, Microsoft is looking to attack cheaters head-on with its new TruePlay system, which debuted with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. TruePlay is an anti-cheat system that is meant to give... Read more...
In case you missed it, we here at HotHardware have given the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL a thorough examination in our recent review. We took an exhaustive look at the two smartphones' features, performance, battery life and camera array. However, if you want a look at what's actually inside Google's new flagship... Read more...
Samsung does not seem to be as concerned as Nokia about the slow pace at which VR is entering the mainstream. As such, Samsung unveiled a new 360 Round camera for recording immersive 3D experiences. The announcement comes less than two weeks after Nokia canned its premium (and ultra pricey) Ozo VR camera amid a series... Read more...
Anyone who is into street racing knows never to assume what the other driver is rocking underneath the hood. Sure, that family sedan may look like it would get throttled by a Mustang or Camaro, but if it's sporting a souped up engine inside and maybe even a shot of NOS, it will burn rubber with the best of them... Read more...
Adobe has added support for Microsoft's puck-shaped Surface Dial accessory to Photoshop CC, the hugely popular photo editing program that is both feature-rich and at times complex. This is a big win for Microsoft, as app support for the Surface Dial has not exactly been robust to this point. It originally launched as... Read more...
When Apple announced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in September, it was just more of the same for many people. While it features a faster processor and wireless charging, it still offers pretty much the same experience that you would expect from the year-old iPhone 7 family, while looking much like 2014's iPhone... Read more...
Good news everyone, the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 is finally here. It brings with it a whole bunch of new features and improvements to various parts of the Windows 10 experience (including a big mixed reality push), though the download takes up a significant amount of disk space. Unfortunately, the Fall... Read more...
There is a big update for the Nintendo Switch that is rolling out now. The new update (version 4.0.0) adds some nifty new features and functionality that Switch owners have been asking for since the hybrid console came out, the most significant of which is the ability to capture video from games (it was already... Read more...
Samsung has announced the next major version of its Bixby voice assistant at Samsung Developer conference (SDC) 2017. The new voice assistant is Bixby 2.0 and Samsung promises that the intelligent assistant platform will bring a connected experience that is "ubiquitous, personal, and open." Samsung says that it sees a... Read more...
Symantec has issued a warning that it found at least eight different apps on Google Play that were infected with a malware called Android.Sockbot. The apps all posed as add-ons for Minecraft: Pocket Edition and claimed to change the way characters look in the game with new skins. The infection from these apps was... Read more...
ASUS has announced some new mainboards that are available for gamers out there looking to build up a compact gaming rig using an AMD Ryzen processor. Both of the new boards are mini-ITX form factor and promise to shoehorn in all the features that gamers expect of a ROG mainboard in a much smaller package. The first... Read more...
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point. Thanks to numerous specs and benchmarks leaks, along with a premature Facebook post from Gigabyte, we know that NVIDIA is cooking up the graphics card for a debut sometime around Halloween. Today, we have some more benchmarks to add... Read more...
ASUS has a rather expansive portfolio of mobile PCs, and the company is expanding the family today with the VivoBook Flip 14 TP401. The VivoBook Flip 14 manages to fit a generous 14-inch HD display into a 13-inch laptop frame, while delivering a 73 percent screen-to-body ratio. Given the "Flip" in its name, it's... Read more...
Motorola has made modular smartphones "hip" thanks to its Moto Z family. The original Moto Z, along with its Moto Z2 Force successor, supports Motorola's Moto Mods systems, which allows you to attach various accessories to the back of your smartphone ranging from speakers to cameras to battery extenders. Today... Read more...
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Activision a patent for an online matchmaking scheme that is designed to encourage players to spend money on in-game items. By matching players with purchased items against non-paying players, the assumption is that both players will have incentive to... Read more...
Samsung today announced that it is ready to start producing semiconductors based on its 8-nanometer FinFET Low Power Plus (LPP) manufacturing process. The company's newest process node provides up to 10 percent lower power consumption compared to its 10nm LPP process, and also takes up 10 percent less space due to a... Read more...
There are forces in the universe that are working to prevent us mere mortals from communication with one another via text messaging, or so it seems. Earlier this week it was reported that Google is working on a fix for an issue that is preventing some Pixel handset owners from receiving text messages after upgrading... Read more...
Microsoft may have dazzled the masses yesterday with the announcement of the Surface Book 2 family (which is available in two screen sizes the time around), but Hewlett-Packard is aiming squarely at creative professionals with its new ZBook x2. HP bills the device as the "world's most powerful and first detachable PC... Read more...
Windows 10 laptops powered by Qualcomm's flagship mobile processor, the Snapdragon 835, are eventually coming. Microsoft announced as much way back at the end of last year, and talked a little more about these laptops this week at Qualcomm's annual 5G Summit in Hong Kong. One of the more interesting tidbits to emerged... Read more...
If you are among the Porsche purists still unhappy that the company is cramming smaller displacement turbocharged inline-4 engines under the hoods of some cars and are hoping for a return to the naturally aspirated flat six of yore, you might not be happy about the new 2018 Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS. Both of... Read more...
Google has announced a new program for those who are most vulnerable to targeted attacks on via its services. Google says that the Advanced Protection Program is aimed directly at journalists, business leaders, and political campaign teams. Advanced Protection Program gives these users a physical Security Key... Read more...
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