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Uber and its leadership does not exactly have the greatest reputation. Uber is being sued by Google for allegedly stealing its Waymo self-driving car technology, the company has been accused of attempting to evade law enforcement, and there have been a number of complaints regarding sexual harassment. Controversial... Read more...
When we first wrote about Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night about two years ago, the game had become an instant Kickstarter success. But even at that time, we did not foresee the game's true potential. After funding completed, the project received a staggering $5.5 million, a huge leap over the requested... Read more...
Just a week ago, Vince “K|NGP|N” Lucido was turning heads with a massive overclock on an EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founder Edition. K|NGP|N was able to take the newly released graphics card to a stunning 2.5GHz using liquid nitrogen. Even the onboard GDDR5X memory received some well-deserved attention, overclocking to... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks webcast, Dave, Marco, and Paul kick around AMD's Ryzen processors, the forthcoming beastly Naples platform, NVIDIA's killer GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, Maingear's sleek but powerful Vybe gaming PC, Intel's Optane SSD DC P4800X featuring 3D Xpoint memory technology... Read more...
Security researchers at Cybellum, a PC security firm in Tel Aviv, Israel, have discovered a rather nasty new zero-day attack that allows remote attackers to hijack popular antivirus programs and turn them into malicious agents. The technique is called DoubleAgent, named after the fact that a compromised antivirus... Read more...
Somewhere in a parallel universe, Nintendo's hybrid Switch console is running a custom version of Cyanogen OS, the now discontinued open-source operating system that has been forked into LineageOS. In this parallel universe, the OS lives on as founder Steve Kondik and and former CEO Kirk McMaster laugh about how... Read more...
Back in early January, Huawei released the Mate 9 smartphone in the United States with a price tag of $599. To some, the Mate 9 came with unremarkable specs including a 5.9-inch 1080p display and a 2.4GHz Kirin 960 octa-core SoC with 4GB of RAM. However, the feature that arguably got the most attention was Huawei’s... Read more...
Once a relatively niche market, the gaming peripheral sector is now a big business that has attracted a bevy of hardware makers looking to cash in on the craze. It is not just third-party hardware partners that recognize the opportunity, either. Microsoft offers its own accessories, including customized controllers... Read more...
Bitcoin seems to be the currency of choice when it comes to demanding ransoms, and that is because culprits demanding payment can hide behind a pseudonym (Bitcoin itself is not actually anonymous). So it is no surprise that a hacking organization has instructed Apple to fork over a Bitcoin ransom in exchange for not... Read more...
Based on its features, specs and power consumption claims, Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 SoC (or Mobile Platform, as Qualcomm is referring to it now) was already looking like a notable improvement over the Snapdragon 820 and 821. The Snapdragon 835 is expected to provide up to 11 hours of 4K video playback and... Read more...
Not long after AMD released the first Ryzen processors to market a few weeks ago, a strange bug involving FMA3 instructions (an extension to 128-bit and 256-bit SIMD instructions that performs fused multiply-add floating point math operations) was discovered. If you were to trip over this bug yourself, its effects... Read more...
Late last week, news came across the wire that Khronos Group’s Vulkan API would not be supporting multi-GPU configurations on legacy operating systems like Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. This determination was made based on a slide that came from a Khronos Group presentation from GDC 2017. In the slide deck, it was... Read more...
Following years of anticipation, BioWare's latest epic, Mass Effect: Andromeda, has just launched. As with all Mass Effect games, Andromeda is ambitious, complex, and rewarding, so expect to sink dozens of hours into it at the very least. Andromeda marks a brand-new chapter for the Mass Effect series, with this... Read more...
It’s that time of year again; time for Google to get the ball rolling for the next generation of its Android operating system. Around this time last year, we were introduced to Android N (which would later be called Nougat). Today, Google is releasing the first developer preview of Android O. Although Google hasn’t... Read more...
Are you the kind of person that would lose their head if it wasn’t attached? Or perhaps you have trouble remembering where you parked, be it in the Target parking lot or in a crowded downtown shopping area? Apple has a feature in iOS 10 that automatically marks your parking spot within Maps when you disconnect your... Read more...
Members of the Xbox Insider program have spoken out about certain features they would like to see Microsoft implement and lo and behold, the Redmond outfit is responding to the feedback. Over the course of the next few weeks, Xbox Insiders will see a handful of new features they requested, including the ability to... Read more...
Although the brand isn't very well known here in the U.S., Huami is actually the second largest manufacturer of smart wearables in the world. As such, it was only a matter of time before the Chinese manufacturer, which provides wearable technology to Xiaomi, made its way onto our shores. Huami and Xiaomi... Read more...
Amazon is wasting no time in weaving its Alexa digital voice assistant into more of its services and apps. Last week, Alexa made its way to Amazon’s shopping app for iOS, allowing iPhone users to enjoy most of the benefits available to Echo and Echo Dot users including controlling smart devices. Today, Amazon is... Read more...
Nintendo deserves credit for recognizing there would be a market for a hybrid game console, one that can be docked in the living room for playing games on the big screen TV and played on-the-go via its built-in LCD panel. There was skepticism leading up the Switch's launch as to whether the market would be receptive... Read more...
Well, it’s not the highly-anticipated iPhone 8, but a few new products that we have already told you about are on the way. Apple today announced the (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which join an array of existing color options: Black, Jet Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold. This is the first iPhone with a red... Read more...
We are just weeks away from Microsoft releasing its Creators Update for Windows 10, one of two major Windows platform updates scheduled for 2017. Microsoft will use the remaining time to clean up code and stomp out bugs, hence why it continues to dish out preview builds to Windows Insiders. In fact, Microsoft began... Read more...
Balancing a checkbook can be a real buzz kill if you often find yourself with too much month at the end of your paycheck. Do you know what else stinks? Auditing the expense of in-game purchases, whether paid for with the time you spend grinding away to avoid doling out real dollars, or the actual hit to your wallet... Read more...
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