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If you think that 60TB SSDs are impressive, you might want to sit down for what researchers at Columbia University and the New York Genome Centre have managed to pull off using DNA storage. Using new encoding technology, the researchers have the ability to store an amazing 215 petabytes (215 million gigabytes) of data... Read more...
Norman Vincent Peale once said, "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is taking that advice literally, and he's hoping the United States government will help him in his endeavor. In a proposal sent to the Trump administration, Bezos explains his interest in... Read more...
Google launched its own-branded Pixel and Pixel XL Android 7.0 Nougat flagships this past fall to generally favorable reviews. More recently, however, Google has sought input from users on how to make future Pixel devices even better. This week, Google SVP of Hardware Rick Osterloh confirmed that the... Read more...
The reviews are out confirming that Ryzen is the real deal, which means you can go forward with purchasing parts for your new build around AMD's latest silicon. If that's your plan, you'll need a new motherboard, as AMD introduced a new socket (AM4) for Ryzen. The market isn't yet overflowing with AM4 motherboard... Read more...
Independent testing of Ryzen (including our own in-depth benchmarking and analysis) confirms what AMD has promising all along, that its fancy new CPU architecture is the real deal and it is able to compete with Intel at the high end. The only caveat is that Ryzen's gaming performance is not where many thought it would... Read more...
It looks as though Amazon may have another hardware release coming up. Amazon has found huge success with its family of Echo speakers, which are backed by Alexa artificial intelligence. Now, the company may be attempting to further tap into the “connected home” space with a new security camera. The product was... Read more...
Mac users that prefer to browse the Internet with Google Chrome (instead of Safari) can now sleep more peacefully at night. Google’s “Safe Browsing” is working to increase its protection of computers running macOS. Google is now focusing more on macOS-specific malware and unwanted software. The most common abuses... Read more...
It looks as though the unlimited data wars are extending to cars and trucks thanks to a partnership between AT&T and General Motors. AT&T, which was the last major U.S. wireless company to revitalize its unlimited data plan offering, is providing a $20 a month prepaid unlimited data plan for in-car use on Chevrolet... Read more...
I remember as a teenager wanting a Lamborghini Diablo. It was my dream car, an exotic beast that probably would have seen me wrapped around a telephone poll had I come up with the funds back then. These days the Diablo is no longer being produced and if you asked me what my dream car is now, I'd have to strongly... Read more...
Microsoft has been promising to bring mixed reality experiences to Windows 10 with the Creators Update scheduled for this Spring, along with a spattering of lower-cost headsets starting at $299 from the likes of Asus, Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. But what about its Xbox One game system? Microsoft confirmed this week... Read more...
There is no question that Windows 10 is a superior operating system compared to its predecessors like Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. However, policies that Microsoft have enacted in the operating system with regards to things like user privacy and cross-promotion have come under fire. One other area that has been thorn in... Read more...
It seems hard to fathom, but it has been nearly a year since Oculus started shipping finalized Rift headsets to the public. The Oculus Rift debuted at $599, a bit more than consumers were expecting, and it did not help matters that Oculus ran into some delays due to component shortages. Nevertheless, it marked the... Read more...
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has come under a lot of fire this year, especially for the number of security breaches the corporation has divulged. As a result, Mayer has decided to forgo her usual annual bonus and will instead redistribute it among the corporation’s employees. Mayer remarked on her Tumblr account, “I am... Read more...
When someone who is experienced in their field issues a warning not to do something, it is a good idea to heed the warning. In this instance, renowned overclocker Der8auer posted a video explaining how to rip the integrated heat spreader (IHS) off an AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processor. The process is known as "delidding" and... Read more...
The AMD Ryzen 7 family of processors are finally here. The anxious anticipation for a more powerful competitor to Intel CPUs that has worked many PC enthusiasts into a frenzy -- the likes of which we haven’t seen in over a decade -- has finally come to an end. Today, we can present you all with the independent Ryzen... Read more...
If you’re thinking about learning some new Linux-related skills and bolstering your resume, we’ve got a deal running in the HotHardware Shop you’ll want to check out. We’ve got The Complete Linux Mastery e-learning bundle discounted by 97% and available for only $39... Description: Computer programming is one of... Read more...
NVIDIA is making it easier than ever to relive and share your most awesome gaming moments. Although the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was the headliner for NVIDIA’s appearance at GDC 2017 last night, ShadowPlay Highlights stands to also make a big impression on gamers. ShadowPlay Highlights is a new feature incorporated... Read more...
Technology has and will continue to replace a lot of jobs. Many people are particularly concerned about the effects of technology on traditionally blue-collar jobs, such as the fate of truck drivers in the face of self-driving vehicles. One group of workers that likely did not expect to be replaced, however, are... Read more...
Last night, NVIDIA made waves with the announcement of the long-anticipated GeForce GTX 1080 Ti for gaming enthusiasts. The new graphics card has a GP102 core, 11GB of 11Gbps GDDR5X memory, and has peak compute performance that is slightly ahead of the Titan X, while offering a $500 lower price tag. But now that a... Read more...
Twitter has been on a mission over the last few months to curb cyber-bullying. Twitter users before were largely responsible for reporting accounts that they felt violated Twitter’s guidelines, but the social media giant is now taking on some of the responsibility for policing potentially abusive accounts. Twitter... Read more...
With the release of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15046, Microsoft is publicly bringing its Win32 app blocking feature to the forefront. We first talked about the feature earlier this week, and Microsoft has officially dubbed it Application Installation Control. As we stated before, the feature is disabled by... Read more...
it is clear that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg feels a social responsibility to make the world a better place and improve people's lives. That is evident through Facebook's philanthropy efforts, including the social network's goal of bringing Internet access to remote regions of the worlds, though there are other... Read more...
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