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In this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks, Marco, Paul and Dave chat about our Top Mechanical Keyboard Roundup, Second Gen Ryzen benchmark leaks, a bevy of Corsair AIO liquid coolers chilling an overclocked Ryzen processor, the latest security issues and updates for Spectre and Meltdown, recent browser... Read more...
Intel is brewing a brand new batch of Coffee Lake processors. While nothing has been officially announced just yet, some online retailers have jumped the gun with product listings that reveal the model names of these upcoming chips, along with a few pertinent specs, such as core and thread counts, and clockspeeds... Read more...
The gaming industry has been doing quite well in recent months, with much of that strong performance coming thanks to the Nintendo Switch which is still dominating sales. The NPD Group keeps track of the industry and according to its numbers, hardware sales doubled year-over-year for January. While Nintendo might have... Read more...
Blizzard has announced a new deal that it has in place with Twitch that will roll out a new "Cheering" feature for the Overwatch League. This is the league for gaming that Blizzard first started to talk up last year and saw the game company purchase the old "Tonight Show" studio to host matches and fans. The new... Read more...
Gaming on-the-go for most people means an app on a tablet or smartphone, and there are of course the folks who will do their mobile gaming with a laptop. The catch is that gaming with high-end games requires some serious muscle of the sort that many laptops, tablets, and smartphones simply can’t muster. A new... Read more...
Google announced today that its premium Nest Cam IQ has been upgraded with support for the Google Assistant. The over-the-air update is being beamed down to the cameras as we speak. Like other devices equipped with the Google Assistant, this update allows users to simply say "OK Google", after which you can ask it a... Read more...
There is not a lot of mystery surrounding the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus at this point. Numerous leaks and rumors have pretty revealed all there is to know about Samsung's upcoming flagship phones, barring a last minute surprise or two of course. Even so, something new has emerged in the final stretch leading up to... Read more...
When it comes to SIM cards, we often "set it and forget it". Unless you do a lot of travel overseas, chances are that the SIM card is popped in the moment you purchase a new smartphone and isn’t touched again throughout the life of the device. However, that SIM card -- even tiny Nano SIMs -- can take up a valuable... Read more...
We often joke about the mechanical uprising of intelligent electronics, but behind the laughter is a bit of nervousness. Should the sci-fi scenario ever come to fruition, humans are royally screwed. Proof of this exists in spades at Boston Dynamics. Last week the robotics firm demonstrated a pair of SpotMini robots... Read more...
Qualcomm on Wednesday announced a new virtual reality (VR) reference platform based on its flagship mobile chip, the Snapdragon 845. This is the same system-on-chip that Samsung for its Galaxy S9, which is expected to be announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC) later this month, which packs power computing and... Read more...
Intel continues to plug along with microcode updates for its vast stable of processors. Two weeks ago, the company released revised microcode updates with Spectre mitigations that were limited to mainstream Skylake mobile and desktop platforms. This week, the company has expanded the microcode updates to cover... Read more...
AMD is on a mission to service every market possible with its Zen architecture. Up to this point, the company has already provided solutions for desktops, laptops, professional workstations, and datacenters, including several sub-categories in each of those sectors. Now AMD is opening up Zen to even more markets with... Read more...
If you thought that the revised Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991.2) was something special, Ferrari is here to remind you that it can still deliver the goods. Enter the 488 Pista, which is the track-ready version of the 488 GTB. Needless to say, this gorgeous machine is ready to take on all challengers. At the heart of the new... Read more...
Cobalt is a metal that is used in the making of batteries for all types of devices. Apple is one of the largest end users of cobalt in the world with the metal being a key ingredient in the batteries used in most of Apple devices. The challenge is that with the growth of electric and hybrid vehicles gobbling ever... Read more...
Porsche is set to unveil the 2019 911 GT3 RS at the Geneva Motor Show next month and ahead of that official unveil the German automaker has given up details and images of the car. It's awesome, to say the least. The 2019 911 GT3 RS is a naturally aspirated car meant to tear up the street and the race track -- and it... Read more...
It looks as though few people (or companies) are truly safe from cryptocurrency miners. Hackers have attempted various avenues to mine for Monero, with the latest crop of evildoers targeting Tesla's Kubernetes console, which unfortunately was not password protected. Once the Kubernetes console was compromised, the intruders were able to obtain Read more...
One of the things most Doom fans liked when the original version launched way back in the day is that it would scare the crap out of you if you weren't careful (yes, those heavily pixelated demons were quite frightening). Doom was sneaky like that. The new rebooted Doom game on the Nintendo Switch (and other platforms) is good for a few frights Read more...
Google today rolled out yet another new payment service, Google Pay, which is available for Android devices via an app. Confused yet? Google Pay is Google's third mobile wallet in recent years and was designed to replace both Android Pay and Google Wallet. Google Pay brings the best of both worlds, allowing you to... Read more...
Today's system builders have more choices than ever before, beyond just internal hardware component selection. To see just how far things have come, you need look no further than the PC chassis market. There are so many options to chose from that, as a consumer, you can be selective about virtually any aspect of the... Read more...
Wyze Labs may not be a name that you may have heard of before, but you may begin hearing more about the company in the coming weeks and months. The company first burst onto the scene back in October when it launched the original $20 WyzeCam Wi-Fi security camera; and now it's back just a few months later with the... Read more...
Believe it or not, big ol' honking smartphones do not appeal to everyone. It is part of the reason why it took Apple so long to finally build bigger iPhone models, and to cater to folks who prefer a smaller handset, companies such as Sony continue to offer compact cellular devices. As it pertains to Sony, the company is getting ready to release Read more...
Sharing links on mobile devices can be a pain in the backside. It's not overly difficult, mind you, but in some cases the URL you are trying to share is stupid long. You then have a choice—share it anyway and clutter up your chat message (or email), or take the extra step of using an URL shortener before sharing it... Read more...
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