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Anyone who appreciates '80s movies should have seen at least one entry in the Back to the Future franchise at this point. The first two films are the best with the third being a bit off the mark in many opinions. The coolest thing about Back to the Future II was the hoverboard for most kid's of the '80s, but at a time... Read more...
The AMD Athlon is back, baby! Back in early September, we first reported that AMD was dusting off its storied Athlon brand for use in new low-end processors based on Zen architecture. At the time, the company only released the Athlon 200GE, but today, the AMD officially announced the immediate availability of the... Read more...
Dating back to even before NVIDIA launched its GeForce RTX series, there were rumors that some of its next-generation cards (which are now current generation) would lack real-time ray tracing hardware, and carry the "GTX" moniker instead of RTX. We haven't seen that yet, though a fresh rumor suggests that more GTX... Read more...
Remember when analysts went bonkers over tablets and predicted they would take over the world, shoving PCs aside as we all scrambled to replace our desktops and laptops with slates? Yeah, that didn't happen (though tablets did help spur a thriving 2-in-1 market). Not surprisingly, even Apple is seeing relatively soft... Read more...
Smartphone makers have wisely prioritized camera performance as a top feature on their high-end handsets, and even some mid-range and entry-level phones boast solid photo taking capabilities these days. One of the best phone cameras we've played with is on the Pixel 3 series. Well, rumor has it that Samsung's upcoming... Read more...
Loup Ventures has published the results of its Annual Smart Speaker IQ test where it took the four major Smart Speakers on the market that are packed with Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, and Cortana and put them through a round of tests. The test asked each of the four smart speakers 800 questions to see which of the... Read more...
Apple continues to claim that the iPhone is selling well despite reports to the contrary. Reports have been particularly critical of sales numbers for the iPhone XR, something that Apple refuted last month when it claimed that the iPhone XR was its best selling model. Apple has also been hit with iPhone sales bans by... Read more...
Many consumers have voiced concerns over privacy and the potential for unwanted eavesdropping with digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, or the Google Assistant. It turns out, that for one Amazon Alexa user in Germany – and let’s be honest, likely many more – those concerns are completely... Read more...
Motorola's G7 smartphone is going to launch soon, and there have already been leaks that hint at what we can expect from the smartphone. The first leak was via the FCC, and then heard that the Moto G7 Power variant would have a gigantic 5,000 mAh internal battery. Today, renders of the entire Moto G7 line have turned... Read more...
On this episode of HotHardware’s Two And Half Geeks, Marco and Dave chat about Intel's new Sunny Cove 10nm CPU architecture, Intel Foveros 3D stacked chip technology, the beautiful and thin, leather-clad HP Spectre Folio laptop, ASUS' ROG Phone, GeForce RTX Ray Tracing performance in Battlefield V, details of our... Read more...
There are big changes coming to the Microsoft Edge browser in 2019, namely the abrupt shift from the EdgeHTML rendering engine to Google's Chromium. With that move, Microsoft is also decoupling Edge from the Windows 10 operating system, which means that we can expect more frequent updates for users (with regards to... Read more...
It's the time again; Valve has announced that its Steam Winter Sale has opened today for all. For those looking for some incredible deals on some of the hottest games around, you have from now until the very beginning of 2019 to take advantage of this epic sale. According to Valve, over 15,000 games are currently... Read more...
Qualcomm is looking to box Apple in with regards to the ongoing legal battle between the two companies. Earlier this month, Qualcomm won an injunction in China, which should have resulted in an import/sales ban on every iPhone made dating back to the iPhone 6S/iPhone 6S Plus. However, Apple has largely ignored that... Read more...
Two-factor authentication (2FA) is usually touted as an effective layer of security for online account. Many people have recently learned the hard way that this method may not be as helpful as it seems. Hackers have targeted nearly 1,000 Google and Yahoo accounts by bypassing two-factor authentication. Amnesty... Read more...
LG is planning to introduce a couple of interesting 'UltraGear' monitors at the Consumer Electronics Show next month. One is a 49-inch model (49WL95C) that is intended for productivity, and the other is a 38-inch model (38GL950G) that is designed primarily for gaming, with appropriate bells and whistles like G-Sync... Read more...
A company called Limbitless has teamed up with 343 Industries, the game developer behind some of the Halo games, to create some very cool prosthetic limbs for children. These prosthetic limbs are Halo-themed, 3D printed units that 343 Industries says are made available to "young heroes." Limbitless Solutions is a... Read more...
Microsoft has released an emergency patch to fix a critical vulnerability discovered in Internet Explorer. If left unpatched, an attacker could exploit the security hole to remotely execute malicious code on a victim's PC when visiting a compromised website. Listed as CVE-2018-8653, the flaw affects all supported... Read more...
We already know that NVIDIA's GeForce RTX family of gaming GPUs are beastly performers, and they are also the first-generation of gaming cards that can handle real-time ray tracing. But that's not all that NVIDIA has up its sleeve with respect to its new Turing GPUs. The company is also touting its mesh shaders, which... Read more...
Call it a sign of the times we live in, but even automobiles contain Easter Eggs, apparently. That's true of Tesla's Model 3, Model S, and Model X electric vehicles, all of which have a hidden game after applying the latest firmware update (9.0.2018.48.12). Fittingly, that game is Pole Position, a retro racing... Read more...
Few people are going to plunk down $2,499 for NVIDIA's beastly Titan RTX graphics card if all they want to do is play games, that's a fair statement. Those that do, however, will end up with a very fast card. This is evidenced by some early benchmarks, including a 3DMark run in which an overclocked and liquid cooled... Read more...
Back in November, we talked a bit about a video test that showed just how easily the 2018 iPad Pro could bend, rendering your fancy tablet useless junk. Reports have been surfacing online that the 2018 iPad Pro is coming out of the box with a slight bend in the frame for some users. Apple has now stepped up and... Read more...
Yesterday, a story critical of Google was making the rounds purported to be from a former intern that worked on the Microsoft Edge team. Joshua Bakita detailed one particular instance in which Google allegedly altered site code to make Google apps/website either not render properly or perform poorly on competing... Read more...
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