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Google's DeepMind division has been demolishing human opponents left in right in traditional games like Go (also called Baduk), and even more modern fare like Starcraft. However, one human Go player is calling it quits years after he was defeated by DeepMind AlphaGo AI.  Lee Se-dol, a South Korean Go champion told... Read more...
Welcome to HotHardware's PC Component Buyer's Guide, where we help prospective system builders pick out just the right collection of components to build the rigs of their dreams -- or at least the rig which makes the best use of your budget. We've picked out the best bang for the buck in processors, graphics cards... Read more...
Photography is an art form in every sense, and taking great looking photos can be challenging even when lighting conditions are ideal. Bad lighting will really test a photographer's skills, and night photography is especially tricky. That's what makes Google's Night Sight technology on its PIxel phones so awesome—it... Read more...
Fortunately, Microsoft's roll out of the November 2019 Update for Windows 10 has been far less problematic than some of the previous feature upgrades, based on the number of reported issues we are seeing. That said, it's not entirely problem free. Some users are reporting issues with the revamped search experience in... Read more...
We are all waiting for Samsung to eventually unveil its next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S11, but that will not be for another few months. In the meantime, Samsung is introducing something a little different. It's a PC game streaming service for the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10 (initially) called GalaxyLink Play... Read more...
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is advising customers to update the firmware on certain Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) solid state drives to prevent them from failing after 32,768 hours of use, which equates to 3 years, 270 days, and 8 hours. If that should happen, the data on the drive(s) would be permanently lost and... Read more...
Microsoft has detailed a new malware strain that's been infecting computers globally since October 2018. The malware is called Dexphot, and while it isn't trying to steal data, it is robbing hardware resources of the infected machines. The people behind Dexphot were using the resources of the infected machines to mine... Read more...
The world collectively laughed at the Tesla Cybertruck when Elon Musk unveiled it in California nearly a month ago, but it appears that there is still plenty of interest in the odd-looking electric vehicle. The Cybertruck is billed as being the biggest and baddest half-ton pickup around, and Musk repeatedly compared... Read more...
California, a state that is known for its tough talk on privacy regulations, is coming under fire for its own actions regarding the misuse use of drivers’ personal information. Thanks to an inquiry by Motherboard, it's been discovered that the California Department of Motor Vehicles has been selling private records to... Read more...
Without question, AMD's new Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and 3960X HEDT processors are absolute performance monsters offering up to 32 cores and 64 threads of computing muscle. We took a look at both processors in our review yesterday, and even managed to see some pretty nice gains with the [current] flagship Threadripper... Read more...
Intel is expanding its solid state drive (SSD) family with the SSD 665p, essentially an upgraded version of the previous generation SSD 660p. Like its predecessor, the SSD 665p is built around 3D quad-level cell (QLC) NAND flash memory chips (four bits per layer), but these are 96-layer components, whereas the SSD... Read more...
Back in September at IFA 2019, Google first announced Assistant Ambient Mode. About two weeks ago, the feature began to roll out to devices that are Nokia and Xiaomi branded. Google has now officially detailed all of the features of Assistant Ambient Mode in a video that can be seen below. Assistant Ambient mode does... Read more...
Some say you can’t improve on a classic, but those people have not seen the latest NVIDIA Quake II RTX updates. NVIDIA just released their Quake II RTX version 1.2 which includes improved textures and reflections. They also released a new Game Ready Driver for Halo: Reach.  Quake II RTX version 1.2 features over 400... Read more...
Yesterday, we revealed that Intel and MediaTek are working together to bring standalone MediaTek 5G modems to PCs starting in early 2021. Today, MediaTek is following up on that news with the official announcement of the Dimensity 1000 SoC for mobile devices, which includes an integrated 5G modem. The Dimensity... Read more...
While many of the concrete details surrounding Microsoft's next flagship game console are still under wraps, much has already been made about its promised features, such as solid state drive storage and support for real-time ray tracing on the hardware level. If you are wondering how VR gaming might factor in Project... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 families have largely been successful for the South Korean electronics giant, but there have been some well publicized issues that have plagued the smartphones. One of the most prominent issues came with the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, which is embedded within the... Read more...
NVIDIA has updated its compute accelerator stack with another Tesla product, the Tesla V100s. It is based on the same 12-nanometer GV100 (Volta) GPU as the rest of the Tesla V100 lineup, but comes standard with 32GB of second-generation high bandwidth memory (HBM2) and sports a faster boost clock, which together yield... Read more...
There's weird news out of China today after a man and his friend were recently in front of a judge. The lawsuit came after the (former) friend, and defendant, sold a game character for the game "Justice Online" that the plaintiff in the case had spent $1.4 million on. The defendant/friend had been loaned the game... Read more...
There is no question that the 5G revolution is coming, and if analysts are correct, the switchover from 4G to 5G might happen faster than the 3G to 4G transition. Intel is well aware of this inevitability and is looking to ensure that PCs are at the forefront of this next-generation cellular-wireless... Read more...
Amazon keeps on rolling out the deals to celebrate Black Friday. Another deal that gamers may want to partake in has surfaced, and this one gets you the Sega Genesis Mini game console on a big discount. The little retro console has a bunch of games built-in and might be just the thing for Christmas gift-giving. The... Read more...
Amazon has unveiled some new Black Friday deals this week with big discounts on Google's latest smartphones - the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL. These two smartphones haven't been out that long, and enthusiasts who want a pure Android experience might want to check out the deals. Amazon is offering the Pixel 4 with 64GB... Read more...
Subscribing to the Stadia Pro tier is supposed to net players several perks, the highlight being the ability to play games at a 4K resolution (3840x2160) at 60 frames per second—it's one of the main selling points for the $9.99 per month subscription fee. Be that as it may, some users have voiced concern that Stadia's... Read more...
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