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Many long time Windows users have not been pleased with Microsoft’s decision to block updates to Windows 7 and 8.1 for systems running current and future generations of processors. Intel’s Kaby Lake and AMD’s Ryzen chips are among the first blacklisted casualties of this policy. Microsoft deemed this necessary to... Read more...
It’s been three years since Facebook first acquired Oculus, which at the time seemed like a rather curious purchase. Over the years, we’ve seen that Facebook is putting an increasing focus out virtual reality (VR) and devices like the Oculus Rift serve as the perfect hardware platform to take the plunge with early... Read more...
Given that the PlayStation 4 Pro gets the bulk of the attention when talking about Sony’s current generation consoles, it is easy to forget that the company also introduced a redesigned PlayStation 4 Slim around the same time. The PlayStation 4 Slim debuted last September at the $299 price point. Sony today is... Read more...
When you're doing battle with the biggest social network in existence, it's pretty difficult to make sure that you're always offering your customers fresh functionality to stay ahead of the pack - which has been Snapchat's modus operandi for quite some time. Just a month ago, Facebook copied Snapchat's Stories... Read more...
There are plenty of competent monitors on the market these days to cover a wide variety of segments. Whether you need a basic display to browse the internet and read emails, or a fast gaming monitor with G-SYNC/FreeSync and ultra-fast response times, or a professional monitor with high-quality color representation;... Read more...
Gaming notebooks are near and dear to our hearts, so our ears definitely perked up with the announcement of two new products coming out from MSI: the GP62X and GP72X Leopard Pro Series. Both machines are powered by Intel’s latest seventh-generation Kaby Lake processors and have plenty of features targeted at on-the-go... Read more...
The world is a wonderful place, as anyone with the means to traverse the globe can attest. Many of us do not have the resources or luxury of being able to hop around the planet to see its many wonderful sights. Fortunately we live in an era of ubiquitous broadband connections, and if you want to tour this giant rock... Read more...
It does not matter where your allegiance lies in the Mac versus PC (as in, Windows PC) debate, one thing most people can agree on is that Apple's all-in-one iMac computers are nice looking systems. However, looks will only get you so far. The iMac is need of an upgrade, and word on the web is that it's getting one in... Read more...
You do not need an advanced degree in engineering to know that cranking up the brightness on your laptop's display will shorten its battery life. That boils down to common sense. Be that as it may, Windows 10 with the Creators Update installed feels compelled to persistently warn users who max out their display's... Read more...
Netflix can be considered one of the pioneers in streaming video, having made the jump to a subscription online movie and TV show business back when DVD rentals where still fashionable. Fast forward to today and Netflix is on the verge of servicing more than 100 million streaming subscribers—it should hit (and exceed)... Read more...
During his eight years in office as President of The United States, Barack Obama was often the target of barbs from once presidential hopeful (and former Arkansas Governor) Mike Huckabee. But today, we learned that there is only but so much torture that Huckabee can take, and there is at least one entity out there... Read more...
No, your favorite 90’s soda is not suddenly back in fridge. The highly anticipated game The Surge has gone gold. The game will be available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on May 16th. The Surge is a science fiction action RPG that takes inspiration from the Rise of the Robots and Souls series. The game is the brainchild... Read more...
Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagships are highly anticipated, and will officially begin shipping on April 21st (if you’re a T-Mobile customer, you might be receiving your smartphone any day now). Today, we’re learning from a new report that Samsung wants to ensure that Galaxy S8 owners have quick and easy... Read more...
Google has just settled a lengthy Android antitrust case in Russia. Not only is the company being fined $7.8 million USD, but it has agreed to allow the pre-installation of third-party apps. This move will make room for apps like the the local Russian search engine Yandex NV. The decision is the conclusion of a... Read more...
If you look forward to visiting San Francisco for the yearly Intel Developer Forum (IDF), or instead anticipate the coverage from your favorite hardware websites (like HotHardware), we have some sad news for you today. Intel announce that it is ending the upcoming and all future IDF gatherings. This move comes after... Read more...
In 2013, security research firm DefenseCode revealed a major issue that plagued a large number of wireless routers, and because the number of affected devices was in the millions, the company held off on revealing the specifics. Fast-forward four years to the present day, and those details have finally been... Read more...
LG just recently launched its swanky G6 flagship, and Samsung will set off a nuke in the Android smartphone marketplace with its Galaxy S8 and S8+ later this week (although T-Mobile jumped the gun for its customers that preordered the smartphones). But what about HTC? Once a name synonymous with high-end Android... Read more...
One of the things Apple will probably announce at its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference in June is tvOS 11, the next version of its operating system for Apple TV streaming set-top boxes. And with tvOS 11 will inevitably come some fancy new features. It is said that two of enhancements will include... Read more...
If you're using Google's Chrome browser as your primary vehicle to surf the web, you may want to think about temporarily parking it and puttering around in something else. That's because the most recent version of Chrome is vulnerable to a devious phishing attack, one that is capable of spoofing a legitimate website... Read more...
We here at HotHardware love a good gaming PC, and the folks over at Origin PC are doing their best to deliver a gaming notebook that packs quite a bit of punch with a respectable price tag. Meet the EON15-S — a 15.6-inch class notebook that hits all the right notes with a starting price of just $999. The EON15-S’s... Read more...
Apple faced some criticism over the release of its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets for not doing enough to separate the newest flagships from the previous generation models. Fair enough, but with the 10th anniversary of the iPhone coming up and Apple planning to release the iPhone 8 to coincide with it, there is a... Read more...
Using Windows Hello, a feature Microsoft introduced with Windows 10, you can log into your system (assuming it's compatible) with your face or your fingerprint. It's a nifty alternative to hammering out a password, but it could also be more secure. In an effort to make it so, Microsoft was recently granted a patent... Read more...
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