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Are you ready to get in on some dinosaur action? Epic Games is offering the Jurassic World Evolution for free as part of its 15 days of game giveaways so you can help life... uhhh... find a way. Now, do you want to start humming the Jurassic Park theme song, or should I? Released earlier in 2020, Jurassic World... Read more...
It's New Year's Eve but it's also still 2020, the year of the pandemic that we long to put in the rear view. As such, it's very likely a whole lot of people will be celebrating the coming of the new year from the comfort of their own homes. For gamers who have been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there's still... Read more...
Last week, Fortnite challenges were all about tomatoes. Now in week five of season 5, the challenges have gone to the gnomes, as in the garden variety. Players need to dig up gnomes and bury them around the map to complete the challenges. Why do they need to dig up and then bury them? Who knows? However, we have the... Read more...
LG Display has some big plans for its transparent OLED technology, and it extends beyond using it only on automatic sliding doors, as the company touted earlier this month. The display maker wants its see-through OLED screens to permeate multiple facets of everyday living, from sushi bars and other restaurants, to... Read more...
If you're one of the unlucky few still running Adobe's hated Flash Player plugin, it's time to start saying your goodbyes. Adobe announced long ago that it would end support for Flash given that newer web technologies have emerged over the years to take the place the its security-challenged offering. Earlier this... Read more...
Samsung won't be the first manufacturer to field a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform smartphone, but it will likely be the most high-profile. The launch of the Galaxy S21 family is reportedly two weeks away, and Samsung is whetting the appetites of its customers with a teaser for the smartphones. The... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware's 2.5 Geeks we'll be talking about that piggish little Epic Games Launcher that was just patched, MSI's BEASTLY custom GeForce RTX 3080 SUPRIM X, Lenovo's sweet and economical Yoga 7i laptop with Tiger Lake, Cyberpunk 2077 multithreading fixes and CPU/GPU performance, and details of TWO... Read more...
Little by little, NVIDIA has been fleshing out its GeForce RTX 30 series on the desktop, even if the cards are rarely in stock. Now standing four SKUs tall, you can bet NVIDIA is not finished adding to the pile. Less expensive Ampere options are on the horizon (currently the cheapest card is the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti... Read more...
We know with relative certainty that NVIDIA is preparing to launch a line of mobile GPUs based on Ampere, just as it has already done on the desktop with its GeForce RTX 30 series. I say "relatively certainty" because nothing is official until there is an actual announcement. While we wait, yet another leak points to... Read more...
Windows 10 is by far and away the most popular PC-centric operating system on the market, and quickly rose through the ranks following its initial debut over 5 years ago (Summer 2015). Despite its age, Window 10 doesn't "feel" like an old and crusty operating system because Microsoft's "Windows as a Service" strategy... Read more...
The end of the year is typically thin on interesting news in the technology sector, as companies opt to wait for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January to make any major announcements or product unveils. There are exceptions, however. Just before we ring in another year, Intel has posted an interesting... Read more...
It's always risky to give an app access to a social media account. Legit apps can create some fun on social media. For instance, at the end of each year, lots of users on social media love to create collages or video montages of their most popular posts. However, when an app claims to do one thing but in reality... Read more...
At a time when 3.5mm jacks have been a rarity on today's smartphones, it should come as no surprise that wireless earbuds have exploded in popularity. While there are popular options like the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live and Apple AirPods Pro, those devices are typically on sale for around $140 and $200 respectively. Not everyone wants to spend Read more...
It can be frustrating to purchase a smartphone, only to have the manufacturer drag its feet with updates a year or so later. Be that as it may, this is something that happens way more often than it should. We have good news for Galaxy Note 10 owners, though—Samsung has begun pushing out its Android 11-based One UI 3.0... Read more...
Despite the ongoing availability woes for current-generation GPUs, NVIDIA’s board partners continue to march forward with custom GeForce RTX 30-series designs, that are near complete departures from Founders Edition models. Case in point, the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 SUPRIM X we’ll be showing you here today. Although it is built around... Read more...
It's no secret that we love freebies here at HotHardware, which is why our ears perked up at the latest giveaway from the GOG store. Up for grabs for the next 48 hours is Metro: Last Light Redux, which is the sequel to Metro: 2033. Metro: Last Light Redux is a shooter set in a post-apocalyptic Moscow during the year... Read more...
Released way back in 1996 (the year I graduated high school), the Nintendo 64 would go on sell nearly 33 million units, outpacing its predecessor, the GameCube, but more than 11 million units. It was a hit, and it spawned some fun games for its era. Now over two decades later, a modder has laid claim to constructing... Read more...
Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that it has been incredibly hard to find next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony anywhere in stock. Of the newly launched models, the Xbox Series S has been among the easiest to find, while both models of the PlayStation 5 have been the hardest to obtain. The... Read more...
Prior to its official launch, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti was the subject of a boat load of leaks and rumors. It seemed odd that NVIDIA would launch a Ti version before the regular variant, but sure enough, it happened (check out our GeForce RTX 3060 Ti review if you have not done so already). Since then, the leak and... Read more...
It's not often that the "little guy" wins out in a court battle against a tech behemoth like Apple, but the little guy definitely won the first round in a copyright battle this week. Corellium LLC was primarily accused by Apple of replicating or stealing iOS, but a federal judge tossed the case due to fair use... Read more...
I will readily admit that I am excited about the next round of gaming laptops that loom right around the corner. There are some enticing models on the market already, ones that pair fast AMD Ryzen 4000H and Intel Comet Lake-H CPUs with dedicated GPUs. But the pending launch of mobile GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs has the... Read more...
The Epic Games Launcher has a bad habit of consuming CPU cycles for no good reason, which in turn is unnecessarily rising the temperatures of some processors when systems are idle. While immense attention was brought to the issue last week, it's been pointed out that the Epic Games Launcher has exhibited such unwanted... Read more...
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