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Dell is one of the biggest computer manufacturers in the world and has designed some impressive laptops and 2-in-1 devices to its credit. Recently, we put the all-new 2019 XPS 13 in the slick Frost White color through its paces and came away impressed by the premium ultra-portable notebook. Dell makes all sorts of... Read more...
Kids these days have no idea what the web was like in the early days, back when America On-Line trial CDs littered store counters and instead of Googling, you would Ask Jeeves. They can get a taste what online life was like in the dial-up era, though, in the most awesome of ways—by visiting Marvel's Captain Marvel... Read more...
Is your data secure? Researchers recently discovered a new variation of the Bleichenbacher oracle attack that could threaten TLS 1.3 encryption. Seven researchers discovered that OpenSSL, Amazon s2n, MbedTLS, Apple CoreTLS, Mozilla NSS, WolfSSL, and GnuTLS utilized TLS protocols vulnerable to attacks. Google's new... Read more...
Google announced that Chrome OS 72 is ready and rolling out to Chromebooks and other devices right now. This latest update to Google's popular operating system brings with it a number of feature enhancements including support for Android 9 Pie. A key goal of the Android 9 Pie design was to utilize AI software to a... Read more...
With the smartphone market becoming saturated with competent devices that can easily meet the needs of most consumers, OEMs are looking for new innovations to attract sales. We've seen larger edge-to-edge displays, in-display fingerprint readers, and an increasing number of cameras (both front- and rear-facing). A... Read more...
Shopping outlets and channels like HSN and QVC may soon face some serious competition. Amazon Live, a new live streaming service, is now available to Amazon Professional Sellers. Amazon Professional Sellers will now be able to engage with their customers in real-time and advertise featured products. During the... Read more...
Apple is facing a tough road to get iPhone fans to upgrade their devices regularly as in years past. Slowing sales and upgrade rates aren't just an Apple problem; most smartphone makers see the same issues as users are holding onto devices as retail prices climb and feature updates between models are incremental at... Read more...
In the world of video games, there is always something new in the works to challenge the dominant player in any genre. Such was the case for PUBG when Fortnite first hit the scene, taking the vast majority of battle royale players with it. Fortnite now has new competition for players with Apex Legends having launched... Read more...
It was previously rumored that AMD would launch its next-generation Navi GPU around the middle of the year, perhaps at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June. Now a new rumor has emerged, and reportedly AMD is delaying its Navi GPU launch until later in the year, and likely in October. Does the rumor have... Read more...
Microsoft is likely finished with the major sticking points of its upcoming Windows 10 19H1 build (aka the April 2019 Update), which means that the company is primarily putting the final touches on this next major release. The folks in Redmond have just pushed out Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18334 to the Fast... Read more...
The war of words between America's top carriers over 5G branding has now devolved into a lawsuit. AT&T started this whole mess then it decided to relabel its LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network as 5G Evolution (5G E). Competing carriers cried foul as 5G E is little more than extension of 4G LTE technology and is in no way... Read more...
Respawn Entertainment jumped into the battle royale realm recently with a game set in the Titanfall world called Apex Legends. The game launched on February 4 and within eight hours of launch, it had 1 million people playing. Respawn is now talking up player stats a few more days post-launch, and the numbers are... Read more...
On this episode of HotHardware’s Two And Half Geeks, Marco and Dave dig into AMD's hot new Radeon VII card, Intel's beastly new 28-core Xeon W-3175X, Lenovo's Yoga C630 Snapdragon 850 powered 2-in-1, EVGA's GeForce RTX 2060 XC card and more! Show Notes: 09:54 - EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 XC Review: Compact And... Read more...
Google Fiber started off with a bang back in 2010, and has slowly expanded into some key metropolitan areas across the United States. But while Google Fiber promises symmetrical 1Gbps speeds that are the envy of many techies, parent company Alphabet has run into numerous technical, legal, and competitive... Read more...
Google has been making moves in recent weeks to beef up its Wear OS and the hardware that runs the operating system for wearable devices. In mid-January, the company spent $40 million to acquire key Fossil smartwatch intellectual property and members of the company's research and development team.  Now, it appears... Read more...
LibreOffice is perhaps the most popular open source alternative to Microsoft's Office productivity suite, and most importantly, it's completely free. The latest version, LibreOffice 6.2, brings even more parity between it and Microsoft's paid productivity software, namely with a new Notebook bar that is LibreOffice's... Read more...
All eyes are on Samsung and its upcoming Unpacked event as February 20 rolls into view, as the company is expected to announced its Galaxy S10 lineup and a new folding smartphone. Be that as it may, Samsung is not the only company with something up its sleeve. Vivo's social media team has been flailing about on... Read more...
Samsung may be gearing up to include a set of wireless earphones with its upcoming Galaxy S10 smartphone lineup. If that is indeed the case, it would add a value proposition to Samsung's premium phone family, and perhaps nudge potential buyers who are on the fence about spending upwards of a grand on a... Read more...
For many years and through many iterations, Microsoft championed Internet Explorer as the best browser around, and at one time IE dominated the landscape. What about now? Microsoft's message is very different in the era of Windows 10 and Edge (which is undergoing an overhaul to Chromium). In a recent blog post... Read more...
The big news of late in the Apple realm was the severe flaw in Group FaceTime that allowed users to eavesdrop on people added to the group conversation before they accepted the call (without their knowledge). The flaw could also share video from the camera of the iPhone in addition to audio. The first person to... Read more...
Encryption certainly isn't the sexiest of topics for most people; we want our data to be secure from nefarious sorts and then move on. The challenge with encryption is that depending on the algorithm and type of encryption used, it can consume lots of system resources. This isn't such a big deal on high-end... Read more...
Although it's arriving later than originally promised, Apple has just issued iOS 12.1.4, which fixes the widely publicized Group FaceTime bug that was revealed early last week. In short, the bug allowed anyone to eavesdrop on your iPhone's microphone by initiating a FaceTime call, and video could even be obtained... Read more...
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