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SpaceX is taking the concept of “reduce-reuse-recycle” to another level. The aerospace manufacturer plans to reuse one of its previously-flown Falcon 9 stage one boosters for an upcoming launch. SpaceX has so far returned seven boosters to Earth, but has yet to reuse any of them in a subsequent mission. Elon Musk... Read more...
We all have that one friend that couldn't give directions to save their lives. "Turn right at that pink house. No, not that pink house; the other one!" Thankfully, Facebook is eager to help us out with this sort of predicament, and it is enlisting Messenger to aid in the effort. With an update that should be... Read more...
Earlier this month, we brought you a report that suggested Microsoft’s next generation Surface Book might abandon its “trick” detachable 2-in-1 hybrid design in favor of a more tradition notebook form-factor. It has been surmised that Microsoft is taking this approach to put a little more distance between its Surface... Read more...
Evel Knievel didn't rise to notoriety by playing it safe; he took risks, and pretty big ones at that. By that same token, Nintendo was in need of a win after its Wii U failed to generate the same kind of buzz and sales of its Wii console, and so it took a risk with the Switch, a hybrid console built for gaming in the... Read more...
Early last week, Intel revealed its Optane SSD DC P4800X featuring 3D Xpoint memory technology. The Optane SSD DC P4800X is an enterprise-class product, targeted at data centers and mission-critical applications where reliable, ultra-low-latency access to large amounts of data is paramount. Today, Intel is introducing... Read more...
We are just a few days away from the official launch of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, but one previously launched (and notorious) Samsung smartphone is still making news over six months after it was first unveiled. Samsung today confirmed that it intends to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 smartphones dependent on... Read more...
Everybody likes free things, right? Of course we all do, at least when there are no strings attached. Well, we have good news for Android users—at long last, Google has added a "Free App of the Week" section to the Play Store. Just like it sounds, the new section features a paid app that is temporarily available to download for free. This Read more...
The world’s first 8K monitor is now available for pre-order, and you’ll probably either do a double take and balk at the price of admission, think of all the stuff that you could sell to help finance the purchase, or gladly whip out your credit card to have it shipped to your home. After all, what else do you expect... Read more...
A terrorist attack in the UK has sparked a debate over whether encrypted services should provide backdoor access to law enforcement. The terrorist, Khalid Masood, killed four people in Westminster. It is believed that Masood used the encrypted communication service WhatsApp just minutes before the attack. That... Read more...
A class-action lawsuit filed in Illinois accuses Microsoft of being too aggressive in its campaign to get Windows users to upgrade to Windows 10. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege that after upgrading, which in some cases occurred without their permission, their PCs were inoperable, forcing them to either pay for... Read more...
The rumor mill doesn't seem to rest for a single day lately. We learned yesterday that AMD will be releasing both 4GB and 8GB versions of its RX Vega graphics cards, and that it will also be releasing Vega for notebooks. Today we learn a little bit about Intel's next big thing: Kaby Lake X. Kaby Lake-X is going to... Read more...
Printers are expensive. Recycling and selling used/refilled printer ink cartridges has often been seen as a way to recoup the money that often gets sunk into the cash cow of the printer business - the ink itself. The ruling of Impression Products, Inc. v Lexmark Int’l, Inc, a recent and rather obscure court case... Read more...
For all of Microsoft's successes in hardware (Surface Pro and Surface Book are both great devices), it has never been able to make an impact in the mobile phone market. The failure to do so was underscored at the end of last year when Microsoft decided to stop selling Lumia handsets at its Microsoft Store. Be that as it may, Microsoft has Read more...
Attention original StarCraft fans! Blizzard just announced that StarCraft Remastered will be available this summer in 4K. This release will also include the award-winning expansion, StarCraft: Brood War. Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime remarked, “StarCraft is a pure distillation of Blizzard’s DNA—its story, its balance... Read more...
Could it be? A new leak suggests that the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise is indeed going back to its World War II roots. This will be welcome news to gamers that have become tired of the futuristic atmosphere of recent releases, most notably Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. A series of images show... Read more...
At an AMD 'Tech Summit' held in Beijing this past week, plenty was revealed about the company's upcoming Radeon RX Vega. It's not clear whether anything at this summit was meant to leak out almost immediately, but it included some information AMD hasn't yet mentioned on these shores. Nonetheless, there is a lot of... Read more...
An Uber self-driving vehicle was just recently involved in a collision in Tempe, Arizona. At the moment there are no reported injuries and Uber has not confirmed whether anyone was in the vehicle during the collision. An Uber spokesperson has confirmed the accident, but did not provide any additional... Read more...
Get ready to paint the town. The Splatoon 2 Global Testfire kicks off this weekend for gamers on the Nintendo Switch. The hot new game title is available to download now. Gamers can grab Splatoon 2 in the Switch eShop, however, they will not be able to play the game until their beta session starts. If gamers boot... Read more...
Let's face it, one of the reasons why online shopping is so popular is because some web retailers do not collect sales tax. Technically consumers are supposed to report and pay what's called a "use tax" in those situations, but we suspect few people actually do. State governments typically focus their efforts on... Read more...
Do you remember when Nintendo of America Chief Operating Officer Reggie Fils-Aime said back in December that his company would boost NES Classic Edition production to meet the Christmas shopping rush? “All of our key retailers are letting consumers know when to go to stores to get it,” said Fils-Aime. “So, as we sit... Read more...
Say it with me, “Let Flash Die”. As we’ve reported on numerous times on HotHardware, Adobe Flash is a plugin that has proven itself to not only be a resource hog, but a wretched security risk on nearly every computing platform that it invades. Even Adobe has seen the writing on the wall, as it is deprecating support... Read more...
It may too good to be true, but you can now earn digital currency while playing certain game titles. That's thanks to Razer, and its new program to reward avid gamers with 'zSILVER'. Supported titles include Overwatch, Dota 2, and League of Legends. zSILVER ties into Razer's payment system zVault, which lets gamers... Read more...
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