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Intel officially launched its 10nm Ice Lake-U family back in August, and there have been a handful of systems shipping with the power-sipping processors. Among the first OEMs to jump onboard was Dell with the XPS 13 2-in-1 (2019) we recently evaluated. When that refreshed convertible launched, it was available with... Read more...
Rockstar is adding some new content to GTA Online this week. Part of the new content is to celebrate Halloween and is called Alien Survival. The description of Alien Survival talks about a long-rumored secret government program called Project 4808. The Alien Survival Series lets players play as an alien. The series... Read more...
The United States Interior Department is home to one of the largest fleets of aerial drones in the US government, with more than 800 of them in the agency's employ. However, every single one of them has reportedly been grounded. They are not defective, and instead this is said to be a precautionary measure over... Read more...
On this episode of HotHardware's 2.5 Geeks Marco, Brittany and Chris chat about Intel's new Tremont CPU architecture, NVIDIA's sleek new SHIELD TV 2019 Android TV media streamer, the just-released GeForce GTX 1660 Super, Falcon Northwest's HOT AMD Ryzen-powered 20h Anniversary Talon gaming PC and details of our... Read more...
Rumors of a Galaxy S10 Lite have persisted, even after Samsung unveiled a Galaxy S10e model (as shown above), which some of the pre-release leaks probably referred to. Will there actually be a Galaxy S10 Lite added to the lineup, though? An interesting benchmark entry over at Geekbench suggests it is a real... Read more...
Happy Halloween! Would it truly be a holiday in 2019 without a Google Doodle? The Halloween 2019 Google Doodle features an interactive game with “creepy” creatures. If you go to the Google homepage today, you will be taken a neighborhood that is all dressed up for Halloween. Each of the six orange doors reveals an... Read more...
Those who have been patiently awaiting for NVIDIA to refresh its SHIELD TV streaming lineup were rewarded this week with two new models, the 2019 SHIELD TV and SHIELD TV Pro. Both come with a revamped remote control that is one of the highlights of these newly updated models, though if you are not a Netflix user, the... Read more...
Alphabet's DeepMind has been working on its AlphaStar AI for years to get the AI to be able to beat human players at the popular and challenging video game Starcraft II. The game is one of the most popular esports titles in the world. The game is particularly challenging to humans and specifically to the AI. DeepMind... Read more...
Nintendo just reported its earnings for Q3 2019, and the company had some good news on the hardware sales front. If you recall, Nintendo introduced the cheaper and lighter Switch Lite during the quarter, which has resulted in a massive uptick in sales. According to the Japanese gaming giant it sold 4.8 million... Read more...
No sane person would yank $249 out of their wallet or purse and proceed to flush it straight down the toilet, but if something were to happen to your Apple AirPods Pro earbuds beyond the warranty period, well, the outcome will be the same—you'll be out a big wad of cash. This unfortunate reality is highlighted in a... Read more...
Valve has announced that starting today, the features of the new Steam Library that were previously offered only to beta users are now available to all. The company is also saying thanks to those who tried the new library during the beta, and it notes that Steam will continue to ship improvements and new features... Read more...
Intel kicked off volume shipments over its 10th generation 10nm Ice Lake processors for the consumer laptop market during Q3, and it looks as though roughly a year's time will elapse before we see Ice Lake-based designs arrive for the workstation and server markets (i.e. Xeon processors). A presentation slide taken... Read more...
Samsung has announced a new tablet that is aimed directly at the mobile workforce in the United States. The tablet is called the Galaxy Tab Active Pro, and it is a ruggedized tablet for mobile workers that is designed specifically for those who work in harsh environments both indoors and outdoors. Samsung says that... Read more...
Google is having a significant problem with malware on the Google Play store with apps that continue to infect tens of thousands of users. Another Android malware app called Xhelper has been thriving on Google Play for the last six months and infected 45,000 devices during that time.  Making Xhelper a more... Read more...
The highly anticipated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reboot is off to a fast start. According to an announcement sent out by Activision, Modern Warfare has sold more units in its first three days than any other Call of Duty game sold in the same time frame within "this console generation." It is also the top-selling... Read more...
Today's a big day in the world of game streaming. While Google and Microsoft are both developing paid services (Stadia and Project xCloud respectively) that will allow you to stream games to just about any device, the former also has a more localized option just for Xbox One owners. The company just announced that... Read more...
Sony tacked on an additional 2.8 million PlayStation 4 console sales during its second quarter for fiscal 2019 (July through September). Those sales bring the cumulative tally to 102.8 million PS4 units to date, making it more successful (in terms of units sold) than the original PlayStation, and second only to the... Read more...
Intel has been talking about its Core i9-9900KS processor for months now. It was all the way back in May that the company first revealed what would become the new flagship processor in its mainstream computing platform. The Core i9-9900KS is not something totally new, however. As the “S” in its name... Read more...
Apple's 2019 family of smartphone consists of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. The new family represented yet another yearly refresh with a heavy emphasis placed on the cameras and battery life. However, the 2020 iPhone lineup is expected to be the most significant step forward for the family... Read more...
Earlier this week, many details (including images) of DJI's new Mavic Mini drone leaked onto the internet. Today, however, DJI has officially introduced the newest member to its growing family. In most respects, the Mavic Mini is both a shrunken down version of the Mavic Air -- thanks to its folding legs that allow... Read more...
Samsung was so keen to be the first to market with a folding screen smartphone that it was met with disappointment with its first run of Galaxy Fold smartphones that failed in the hands of reviewers. Luckily for Samsung, no devices had actually been shipped to customers, so it went into re-engineering mode to deliver a much improved second Read more...
Xiaomi is launching a new smartwatch that, at a glance, looks familiar to anyone who has ever spied an Apple Watch, at least when looking at the press renders from a top-down view. When doing so, the new Mi Watch bears a striking resemblance to the Apple Watch, as you can see in the press render above. However, there are some key differences, Read more...
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