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All News for October 2019

Coming in slightly ahead of schedule. MSI has begun rolling out BIOS updates based on AMD's latest microcode, AGESA (AMD Generic Encapsulated Software Architecture) 1.0.0.4. MSI had previously claimed the new microcode would introduce over 100 fixes and improvements. It appears boot times is one of them—a video... Read more...
Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been highly anticipated as a gritty reboot of the combat series that is dripping with gorgeous graphical effects (especially on the PC side with ray tracing enabled). However, last night's official launch of the game was not without problems. Besides the usual servers... Read more...
Microsoft launched its game subscription platform earlier this year called Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The service bundles both the game subscription service with the required Xbox Live Gold online access. The best deal going is normally direct from Microsoft, where you can get two months for $1 frequently. After that... Read more...
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have all teamed up on a new cross-platform messaging initiative called the Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI). CCMI is a next-gen messaging service that will be available to consumers and businesses. It's based on GSMA's Rich Communications Service (RCS) industry standard and... Read more...
Just days after NVIDIA released its latest GeForce Game Ready driver for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, it's AMD's turn to flex its software muscle with the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 19.10.2. For those that are hip to installing the latest drivers for their hardware as soon as it's released, this latest driver... Read more...
Security researchers discovered 17 malicious iPhone apps that managed to get through Apple's review process and land on the App Store. The infected apps, which have now been removed, had been infected with clicker trojan malware "designed to carry out ad fraud related tasks in the background," such as clicking on... Read more...
Google has made a lot of inroads with its "Home" family of Google Assistant-powered smart speakers that include the Home, Home Mini, and Home Max. However, in recent months, some users have been left with non-functioning devices due to faulty firmware upgrades. After a failed firmware update, the affected devices... Read more...
Micron is laying claim to the world's fastest solid state drive (SSD) ever built, and on paper at least, it is an accurate statement. Its new X100 SSD is rated to deliver more than 9 gigabytes per second (GB/s) of read and write bandwidth, a staggering figure for sure, along with up to 2.5 million IOPS. These figures... Read more...
We have some unofficial specs to report in regards to NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce GTX 1660 Super and GeForce GTX 1650 Super graphics cards. While not confirmed (by us), there is a good chance the leaked specifications for both cards are accurate, given how close we presumably are to each card's retail launch. It's... Read more...
Falcon Northwest has been in the boutique PC building game since 1992, but the company's Talon desktop PC didn't hit the market until 1999. Ironically, that's about the time HotHardware.com came into being on the interwebs, but we digress. The first Talon came loaded with a AMD Athlon 500MHz processor, a 13.5GB hard... Read more...
If there's been one constant when it comes to Windows 10 1903 (May 2019 Update) over the past few months, it's been Microsoft's inability to tackle lingering problems with the Start menu. The company has issued a number of cumulative updates for the operating system that have broken the Start menu, fixed it, then... Read more...
For the first time since it began developing discrete GPUs for the modern era, Intel has powered on a DG1 graphics card it built from the ground up, Intel CEO Bob Swan told investors during a conference call. He dubbed it "an important milestone," and he's not wrong, given all that is at stake with Intel's venture... Read more...
The launch of Stadia is right around the corner, and ahead of that launch Google VP and head of Stadia Games & Entertainment Jade Raymond is talking about the strategy for the game streaming service. Raymond says that her task at Google is to build out all the exclusive content for Stadia, and the company intends to... Read more...
When Microsoft unveiled its Surface Laptop 3 at an event earlier this month, the company made it a point to discuss that unlike competition from Apple, it was aiming for easy, user-performed component upgrades. It’s one thing to make that claim, but how does the Surface Laptop 3 fare in actual real-world... Read more...
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