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What is old is new (and popular) again, or so it seems with recent tech trends, and particularly retro gaming. Fueled in-part by Nintendo and its NES Classic and SNES Classic systems, retro consoles and computers are seeing a surge in rebirths. Here is one more for the pile—THEVIC20, a fully licensed re-imagining of... Read more...
If the reason that cord-cutters tried to flee “Big Cable” was to avoid outrageous monthly pricing structures and ever-increasing fees, we’ve got some bad news for you. Google is once again raising prices on YouTube TV customers, and this time it’s a significant increase. Starting with the July 30th billing cycle, a... Read more...
This past week has been full of video game updates and Call of Duty is no exception. Infinity Ward just dropped the Season Four Reloaded update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone which includes new contracts, weapons, and has temporarily increased the number of players in Warzone. Update Size and... Read more...
A new report is making the rounds that claims the Xbox Series S entry-level game console was originally expected to be revealed this month at E3 2020. Instead, Microsoft spent the month recapping all the details already known about the Xbox Series X, which is its high-end, next-generation game console. The latest... Read more...
Qualcomm has been on a crusade to iterate at lightning fast speeds with its smartphone SoCs, but the same can’t be said for its efforts with the rapidly growing wearables market – specifically with smartwatches. The company announced its lightly refreshed Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform way back in September 2018, which... Read more...
It was just over six years ago when OnePlus made a splash in the smartphone market with the OnePlus One, an affordable handset that launched at $299 for the 16GB model, and $349 for the 64GB model. Driven by a "Never Settle" motto, OnePlus has focused on cramming premium features into handsets that undercut typical... Read more...
Earlier this year, Motorola launched its Edge+ 5G smartphone, which was its first true flagship device in years. Powered by Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 865 SoC, the smartphone also came with a hefty price tag to match ($999) and is available as a Verizon Wireless exclusive. This summer, however, Motorola is... Read more...
Does your PC seem abnormally slow or has it been acting a bit wonky as of late? There are a plethora of reasons for these kinds of symptoms—welcome to the world of Windows, and PCs in general—but one possible culprit is a recent Microsoft Edge update. It is supposed to make Edge better at what it does, though some... Read more...
Although much of the excitement in the solid state storage market revolves around the latest, bleeding-edge NVMe-based drives, there is still a massive need for SATA-based solutions. Not only are there a myriad of legacy systems ripe for upgrades that rely on SATA, but owners of current-gen systems often want more... Read more...
It appears as though NVIDIA has silently added another Turing GPU option to its lineup, with at least one of its hardware partners already taking advantage of the new part. That would be Galax (also known as Galaxy), which is one of several brands owned by Palit Microsystems. Galaxy has begun advertising a new GeForce... Read more...
As we reported yesterday, the first Apple Developer Transition Kits are finding their ways into the hands of eager app developers. Apple is making these Mac mini-style kits available so that develops can get native Arm-based apps ready for new Macs that will begin shipping later this year. These new Macs will be... Read more...
Over the weekend, Microsoft was catching flak over its new Edge browser reportedly importing user data (bookmarks, passwords, etc) without permission. One user reported that they were asked if they wanted to import the data, but bookmarks from their other browsers were showing up behind the import acceptance dialogue... Read more...
Sony is celebrating PlayStation Plus, which launched on June 29, 2010. While taking time to thank everyone who supported PlayStation Plus over the last decade, several new games are also being added to the service. The new games available for PS Plus members lands on July 7 and are available until August 3. The... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks, Marco, Dave, and Chris are on the scene to discuss Apple's big switch to its own custom Arm-based processors, Intel's 10th generation NUCs and the Nubia RedMagic 5 Android smartphone (among other topics). It's a jam-packed episode that you'll definitely want to... Read more...
It has barely been two and a half months since Amazon introduced a new generation of Fire HD 8 tablets with upgraded hardware and features, and they are already on sale. Rather than looking at spending $89.99 and up, which is a relatively affordable starting price for a tablet, today's crop of deals drops the cost of... Read more...
Fortnite Season 3 kicked off not long ago with a new island map that is flooded as the result of the events happening at the end of Chapter 2, Season 2. Data miners have found suggestions that new consumables are coming to the game in the form of different types of Flopper fish that can be caught using the fishing rod. Floppers were introduced Read more...
The rumors surrounding Google's upcoming Pixel 5 flagship smartphone family have died down in recent weeks, as the phones have been drowned out by the uncertainty surrounding the Pixel 4a. Well, there is some new news coming to us today regarding the Pixel 5 XL, and it has thrown us for a bit of a loop. Alleged... Read more...
The battle royale genre is hot right now with games like Fortnite, PUBG, Apex Legends, and Call of Duty: Warzone ruling the roost. But there's a new entry into the segment that is about to be revealed by Ubisoft, and it's reportedly called Hyper Scape. Hyper Scape will be a free-to-play, first-person shooter (FPS)... Read more...
Dealing with the Coronavirus is challenging enough, from the rising death toll and negative economic impact, to the stay-at-home orders and everything involved with social distancing. One thing we do not have to worry about, however, is the supposed silent installation of a COVID-19 "track and trace" app on Android... Read more...
For the most part, desktop PCs have been trending towards smaller designs, culminating in things like Intel's diminutive Next Unit of Computing (NUC) and its even tinier Compute Stick. While not quite as compact, Lenovo's new 'ThinkCentre M75n IoT Nano Desktop' is yet another example of a space saving design with... Read more...
Apple is ready to move on from Intel after over 13 years of being a loyal partner. Apple announced its move to Intel processors back in 2006, and the first shipping systems came early in 2007. Earlier this month, the folks in Cupertino announced that starting in late 2020, it will begin offering Macs powered by its... Read more...
Support for an interesting feature has recently found its way into the latest graphics drivers from NVIDIA, and now from AMD as well. It is called hardware accelerated GPU scheduling, and in theory, it could improve the performance of select graphics cards when playing certain games. AMD has added support for the... Read more...
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