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When one of the industry's biggest game publishers acquires a little indie developer, there's probably going to be a bit of a gasp from that developer's fanbase. All too often, we've seen truly great developers be swallowed by a huge beast (EA we're looking at you), and before long, those same developers disappear... Read more...
The next major update for Windows 10 is supposed to hit sometime this month, though one of the questions that has yet to be answered is what exactly will it be called? We now have an answer. While still not officially announced, it appears that Microsoft has officially moved on from calling it the Spring Creators... Read more...
AMD just released its 2nd Gen Ryzen processors based on Zen+, with the range-topping, flagship model being the Ryzen 7 2700X. However, Senior Vice President Jim Anderson is hinting that a faster chip, the Ryzen 7 2800X, will become the new flagship of the mainstream Ryzen family later this year. It's no secret that... Read more...
Your Fortnite: Battle Royale skills could get you a lot more than an umbrella. Ashland University is offering esports scholarships up to $4,000 USD to Fortnite: Battle Royale players.  Ashland University is the first college to add Fortnite to its program. Head coach Josh Buchanan remarked, “Fortnite appeals to... Read more...
The United States Department of Justice is about to go on a trust-busting escapade. The Justice Department is investigating whether AT&T, Verizon, and the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA) collectively prevented consumers from switching carriers on devices with eSIM. The three organizations reportedly... Read more...
Microsoft is getting set for E3 to kick off this summer and ahead of that event, Microsoft is adding some new features to the Xbox One. Microsoft says that some of these features build on other items it added last month and will roll out in the coming weeks. The big new addition will be support for 120Hz displays... Read more...
If you have a 13-inch MacBook Pro that lacks the Touch Bar and was made between October 2016 and October 2017, Apple is replacing the battery in some of the machines. Apple has determined that on a limited number of instances, a component may fail and lead to the integrated battery expanding. Expanding batteries have... Read more...
We are pretty big fans of Intel's NUC (Next Unit of Computing) devices—it is nothing short of impressive how much power the company is able to pack inside a pint-sized form factor, the most recent of which is the Hades Canyon NUC with an Intel Core i7-8809G processor with Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics. That one is a... Read more...
AT&T is currently in court battling the U.S. Department of Justice over its impending merged with the Time Warner. The DOJ is attempting to block the merger on antitrust grounds, a claim that both Time Warner and AT&T allege is hogwash. While testifying in court yesterday during the trial, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson... Read more...
Normally when you want a high-end liquid cooled PC, you end up having to roll your own. For people that lack experience that can be a daunting task because one leak could spell doom for your PC hardware. EK Water Blocks traditionally made the water blocks that gamers would purchase for building up their own gaming... Read more...
Are you planning on taking a trip to Panama anytime soon? Well, the Hilton Panama in Panama City has a hotel suite that is the perfect haven for the ultimate gamer courtesy of Alienware... yes, that Alienware. Inside Room 2425 you'll find plenty of high-end gaming hardware including an Alienware desktop powered by an... Read more...
Google's Project Zero team has discovered a 'medium' security vulnerability that primarily affects Windows 10 S, a stripped down version of Windows 10 that is "streamlined for security and superior performance." While it does not appear to present a major threat to users—remote code execution is not possible in this... Read more...
Google has done a lot of good things with Android, which would explain why it is the most widely used mobile operating system on the planet. However, most would agree that the built-in messaging service in Android is not exactly great, as it is less featured and less secure than Apple's iMessage. In an effort to to... Read more...
Back in late February, we brought you news of the ravishing 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. It didn't take long for Porsche to set records with its powerful beast, as the German automaker is crowing about its new lap time set around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit, aka the "Green Hell".  Porsche driver Kévin Estre was... Read more...
Some combinations go well together like peanut butter and jelly or HotHardware.com and tech news and reviews. There seems to be no future however, for the unification of iOS and macOS. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently remarked that Apple customers do not want iOS and macOS to merge. In an interview with The Sydney... Read more...
It was right around a year ago when AT&T trumpeted plans to expand its '5G Evolution' network to 20 metro areas before flipping the calendar to 2018. That number has since ballooned, with AT&T today announcing the launch of 5G Evolution connectivity in parts of 117 new markets, bringing the total number of markets... Read more...
Earlier this week, AMD took the gloves off and finally addressed the reports that NVIDIA's GeForce Partner Program (GPP) has been causing upheaval in the graphics market. The blog post centered on giving gamers more choice with respect to gaming hardware and took a few shots at NVIDIA with respect to a "gamer tax" on... Read more...
Verizon has rolled out some new optional tools for families that allow parents to keep a watchful eye on what their kids are doing on their smartphone. The new tools are part of the Verizon Smart Family Premium service and allows parents to track devices and set a limit on what the kids can see on their... Read more...
A shortened version of AMD's Radeon RX Vega becomes more real by the day. Not that the Radeon RX Vega Nano was ever fake—AMD's senior director of global marketing PR, Chris Hook, briefly teased the card at SIGGRAPH 2017—it just has not been released, or even officially announced. It does show up from time to time... Read more...
Apple has installed a new robot ahead of Earth Day to help recycle all the iPhone models that are turned in and recapture some of the valuable materials inside the smartphones. The robot is called Daisy and it is designed to more efficiently disassemble iPhones and help Apple to meet its goal of making its products... Read more...
When it comes to gaming on the PC side of things, RGB lighting is all the rage. RGB lighting on cases, fans, keyboards, motherboards and video cards are commonplace, and oftentimes expected. In the relatively new space of Android gaming phones, RGB lighting effects haven’t really been deployed... until now. Enter... Read more...
Amazon has rolled out something cool for folks who have pondered creating their own Amazon Alexa Skills, but lacked the programming skills necessary to do it. Alexa Skill Blueprints are a new way for customers to create customized Alexa responses and personalized skills. Blueprints are simple to use templates that... Read more...
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