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One of the many apps that has gained a plethora of new users while everyone is locked down due to the coronavirus is Houseparty. The app was designed to let people make friends, and then drop into chat rooms with those friends to play games and hangout. The way the app works is by allowing a user to drop into any room... Read more...
Today is March 31st, which in the tech world means that it is World Backup Day. We always stress here at HotHardware that you should backup all of your data frequently, because you never know when disaster will strike, be it an act of god or malware attack that renders your system unusable.  Backups on Android and... Read more...
All signs point to Apple releasing a low-cost iPhone 9 (iPhone SE) very shortly. The latest evidence of this impending arrival comes courtesy of new cases that have showed up at nationwide electronics retailer Best Buy. More specifically, Best Buy stores have been receiving shipments of a new Urban Armor Gear case... Read more...
Depending on where you live in the world, you may find yourself in the midst of a stay-at-home order. Even if one does not exist in your area, health professionals are strongly urging the public at large to practice social distancing in order to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. If you find yourself going stir crazy... Read more...
It was a good run for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, a pair of flagship phones Google released in 2018. Now a year and a half later, however, Google has sold out of its remaining inventory of both handsets and does not have any plans to produce more of them. So, if you are interested in buying one, you will have to track... Read more...
Hackers are always on the look out for the "next big thing" to exploit, either by finding vulnerabilities in an app or by latching onto brand recognition. With the coronavirus pandemic, hackers have aimed at certain software platforms that are being used heavily by workers stuck at home. One of the applications that... Read more...
It's rumored that Intel and NVIDIA have something big planned for April 2nd. Word on the street is that we'll see the official launch of 10th generation Comet Lake-H mobile processors alongside GeForce RTX Super mobile GPUs. Leading further credence to these rumors is an extensive leak from MSI in the form of the GS66... Read more...
One of the standout features of the Galaxy S20 lineup is the ability to run the display at a buttery smooth 120Hz. It is also a point of criticism—Samsung felt it best to limit the high refresh rate to 2400x1080 (FHD+), and limiting the refresh rate to 60Hz at the maximum resolution of 3200x1440 (WQHD+), presumably to... Read more...
Maingear is known for its highly customized gaming PCs -- in both desktop and laptop form-factors -- and it is now pulling the wraps off its new RUSH gaming desktop series. The boutique PC maker has partnered with ASUS, which means that the RUSH series is ROG-certified and include ASUS-branded motherboards and Aura... Read more...
There are a multitude of laptop options out there, and if you are willing to throw budget pricing and slim for factors right out the window, the desktop replacement category is where you will find the absolute best raw performance. Driving that point home, a German PC maker has introduced a meaty gaming laptop... Read more...
Earlier this week, we reported on a new bug that is affecting Windows 10 users at the worst possible time. A connectivity issue was preventing a large number of users working from home due to COVID-19/coronavirus from accessing Microsoft services like Office 365, Microsoft Teams, and Outlook. At the time, Microsoft... Read more...
A group of scientists has been working to create a machine able to take the activity in the human brain, feed it into a computer system, and output sentences that are recognizable. The team says that they have trained algorithms to be able to transfer brain patterns into sentences in real-time with a word error rate... Read more...
Microsoft has announced some significant changes to its cloud offerings, starting with a major change in how it markets its software tools and services to consumers. Office 365, which is the name of the subscription software as service -- that was once standalone Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, and... Read more...
There’s no question that real-time ray tracing afforded by NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX graphics cards have led to an increase in realism for AAA games. Some of the titles that are RTX-enabled include Battlefield V, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider (among many others).  One incredibly popular... Read more...
Gamers of all ages know who Mario is (and his often-overlooked brother, Luigi) and are familiar with his travails over the past three decades. Mario is one of the most recognizable characters in gaming history, and Nintendo is rumored to be planning something big to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the original... Read more...
Samsung is getting ready to launch a premium Chromebook. Called the Galaxy Chromebook, it wields a 13.3-inch 4K (3840x2160) AMOLED touchscreen display powered by an 10th generation Intel 'Comet Lake-U' processor, and commands $999. It will be available to purchase starting April 6, 2020, for those who are looking for... Read more...
There has been a sharp rise in the number of people who are working at home as of late, because of the Coronavirus outbreak. Social distancing is the recommended course of action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (along with frequent hand washing). Fortunately, the Internet infrastructure is mostly passing the test of... Read more...
BlackBerry (via TCL) was the last major OEM that attempted to include a workable physical keyboard in a modern Android smartphone. However, a relative newcomer to the game -- Planet Computers -- is looking to spread some physical QWERTY goodness around the world with the Astro Slide. The highlight of the Astro... Read more...
Glance out the window in many neighborhoods around the United States, and you're likely to see groups of people completely ignoring the social distancing mandate to help curb the spread of coronavirus. The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that it has teamed up with the video game industry on a new... Read more...
If things go well, you will never have cause to open up your game console and spy its guts. That is somewhat of a shame, because depending on the system, there is some complex engineering involved. This is especially true of Microsoft's upcoming Xbox Series X console, which crams high-end components into a tower... Read more...
While many folks today are enjoying Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and its Call of Duty: Warzone battle royale add-on, there's another member of popular franchise launching tomorrow. As confirmed by a listing found on the German-language version of the PSN, the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered is... Read more...
At some point, Rockstar Games will inevitable announce Grand Theft Auto VI, because the hugely popular franchise is much too big for Grand Theft Auto V (and GTA Online) to end up being the swan song. When will it happen, though? Not on March 25, as was rumored (the date has come and gone). And not during a subsequent... Read more...
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