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All News for October 2018

In a move that is sure to disrupt the gaming industry and throw the tech community into a state of chaos, it appears AMD is discontinuing 32-bit driver support for its GPUs. Oh no, right? Right!? Kidding aside, this is not going to have a big impact on Radeon users at large, though it's worth noting for anyone who is... Read more...
To say that Apple and law enforcement around the world have a contentious relationship is an understatement. Each time law enforcement gets a tool that allows accessing iPhones with a court order when the owner can't be compelled to unlock the device, Apple works hard to break that tool. Such is the case with the... Read more...
Android users know that not all devices receive the security updates that Google puts out in a timely manner. Slow updates are especially common when the devices start to age or when devices aren’t that popular, and the manufacturer moves on to the next greatest thing. Google contracts have leaked that show it is now... Read more...
With the new EU laws in place regarding personal data use, more and more major tech firms are giving users outside Europe the ability to see what personal data is being collected about them and what that data is used for. Apple recently made changes to its privacy page giving users in the U.S. access to the same tools... Read more...
It's been a rough October for Microsoft and its Windows 10 operating system. Now, to add insult to injury, another zero-day flaw has been published via Twitter. SandboxEscaper, who also published a zero-day Windows vulnerability via the social media platform back in late August, disclosed this latest exploit. The... Read more...
Samsung is not letting any grass grow under its feet. Looking ahead to next year and beyond, the South Korean electronics manufacturer has several things in store. Beyond new smartphones and potentially a laptop with a foldable display, Samsung is readying a batch of Unified File Storage (UFS) 3.0 products and new... Read more...
HP is refreshing its sleek and stylish Spectre X360 convertible laptops with new designs and upgraded hardware. This includes both the 13-inch Spectre X360 13 and 15-inch Spectre X360 15 models, though it is the smaller of the two that purportedly boasts extra long battery life—up to a whopping 22.5 hours, according... Read more...
It looks as though both Samsung and Apple are facing the music in Italy over their use of software updates to purposely slow down devices. Italy's antitrust watchdog fined Samsung and Apple each $5 million euros, which works out to around $5.7 million. The regulatory agency said that Samsung and Apple had harmed... Read more...
Dell is cranking out a new, next-generation family of rugged Latitude notebooks. The notebooks were designed to survive in the harshest conditions and can withstand numerous drops, tumbles and just about anything else that you can toss at them (within reason). The three models that were introduced this week include... Read more...
Just when laptop design had seemed to reach a point of stagnation, the market responded with 2-in-1 and convertible form factors, which are now commonly found. So, what comes next? That is difficult to predict, though Samsung is apparently fooling around with new form factors that we have not seen before, one of which... Read more...
Forget about overclocking, if you really want to make your shiny new processor run faster, you need RGB lighting on your motherboard! We're kidding, of course, though if RGB lighting is your thing, you will find it in abundance on Gigabyte's new Z390 Aorus Xtreme for Intel's brand-spanking-new 9th generation Core... Read more...
The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones launched earlier this month and we covered them both extensively in our full review. The Pixel 3 devices have already encountered some issues already including a software bug that causes images to fail to save as expected. Another tidbit has surfaced that has to do with... Read more...
Audi has unveiled its refreshed R8 sports car in both coupe and spyder form; both versions of the ride get an extensive update for the 2019 model year. One of the most interesting features of the R8 is that it leans very heavily on Audi's participation in motorsports with the automaker claiming that the 2019 Audi R8... Read more...
Intel has been put through the ringer recently due to the numerous delays facing its 10nm process node, and with good reason given how long the company has milked the 14nm node. Just yesterday, the company was forced to issue a public statement (via Twitter) to refute a report claiming that the company had abandoned... Read more...
Nintendo unveiled its Labo Kits in January as a way for gamers of all ages to build cardboard devices that will work with the Switch console. The Labo concoctions are made to be used as controller accessories that work with software that runs on the Switch. Nintendo has announced that it would be integrating Labo kits... Read more...
The Lenovo Smart Display (read the HotHardware review here) may have been one of the first true Google Assistant-based devices with a large touch display attached, but the new kid on the block is the Google Home Hub. Google's 7-inch device has garnered quite a bit of attention over the past few weeks for its sleek... Read more...
We've got some excellent news for you today if you're heavily invested in Google Play with respect to movie purchases. Google announced that it is upgrading your previously purchased movies -- whether they were purchased in standard definition (SD) or high definition (HD) -- to 4K resolution. This is being done... Read more...
It has been about a month since NVIDIA officially launched the GeForce RTX 2080 and flagship RTX 2080 Ti. Having thoroughly tested the cards, we know that the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti in particular is a powerhouse; if you want to see how it compares to other high-end graphics cards, you can check out our numbers right here. Today, however,... Read more...
Huawei just recently launched the Mate 20 Pro, a burly Android phone that is a high-end device from top to bottom, but good luck buying one if you live in the United States. The Chinese smartphone maker is not planning to sell its newest flagship phone in the US, and the same goes for the non-Pro variant (Mate 20)... Read more...
Over the weekend we reported on a rather peculiar bug that was affecting Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL users in addition to older Pixel and Nexus smartphones. The heart of the issue is that capturing a photo with the Google Camera app sometimes results in the photo not actually saving to the device. The problem was eventually... Read more...
HTC is accepting pre-orders for a new flagship phone, though there is a caveat. Users can only purchase the Exodus 1, as it's called with cryptocurrencies—specifically either Bitcoin or Ethereum, the two most popular blockchain currencies in existence. It is, for all intents and purposes, a blockchain phone and not a... Read more...
“Beautygate” is about to become a thing of the past. Apple promises to eliminate the notorious skin smoothing bug with iOS 12.1. The update will improve selfies on their latest crop of smartphones -- the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. Many users noticed that their skin appeared to have been “smoothed” and warmed-up in... Read more...
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