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Microsoft has started pushing out its May 2020 Update for Windows 10, though not everyone is receiving it at once. For those who are able to install the update, one of the highlights is support for Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) version 2.7, which brings with it a hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling option. This... Read more...
Zoom has been riding high due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has in the past few months become a household name as families, businesses, and schools have used the platform to keep people in touch. The company this week announced its fiscal Q1 2021 earnings and absolutely crushed it, reporting revenue of $328 million... Read more...
You know what they say about beauty—it is in the eye of the beholder. And depending on your eye, the Cyberpunk 2077 themed Xbox One X console either looks delightfully tough and tumble, or is a weathered mess. There is probably not a whole lot of middle ground, but either way, you can form your own opinion by spying a... Read more...
Back in the day, Sega had a portable console that was aimed at fighting the popular Nintendo Game Boy. Unfortunately, it wasn't particularly successful at dethroning Nintendo's beloved portable console despite its color display. With retro gaming so popular, Sega is tossing four smaller retro gaming consoles on the... Read more...
Google faces a proposed class action lawsuit seeking at least $5 billion in damages over its data collection policies tied with its Chrome browser, and specifically the browser's Incognito mode. According to the lawsuit, Google engages in "surreptitious tracking" by collecting browser histories and other web activity... Read more...
BMW has unveiled the all-new 4 Series Coupe and promises that it will be on showrooms by October. The vehicle is a sporty two-door car aimed at the premium midsize segment that promises BMW's iconic "dynamic driving pleasure." One of the most polarizing features about the all-new 4 Series is its front grille. It's... Read more...
Back in early May, we heard rumors that Google was looking to perform a complete redesign of the Android TV user interface (UI), and lower hardware requirements for OEMs to better compete with Roku. According to the previous reporting, Google was looking to make the UI more conducive to discoverability for movies and... Read more...
Epic Games has scored itself another exclusive. Publisher Sega and developer The Creative Assembly announced that A Total War Saga: Troy will be headed to the Epic Games Store on August 13, 2020, and nowhere else for a full year. While that may rile up some people, it will be free to claim for the first 24 hours... Read more...
There's no question that OnePlus is hopping back on the mid-range bandwagon after a half-decade absence, as the move was finally confirmed last month by company founder and CEO Pete Lau. “We can look at it as having a more affordable product offering,” said Lau at the time. “But all products that still remain up to... Read more...
Amazon has published its Alexa monthly Roundup for May 2020, bragging that Alexa is always getting smarter and offering highlights for the month. One of the key features that Alexa gained in May is "Drop In" for all Alexa devices in a home. The new feature allows customers to instantly connect all of their Echo... Read more...
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are hot topics in virtually all tech sectors at this moment in time. The technology is gaining traction in many industries, from massive social networks that are analyzing mountains of data, to the tiniest of IoT smart home and mobile devices. Even during our everyday workflow here at HotHardware,... Read more...
To say that Fallout 76 has been marked by many mishaps and failures is likely an understatement. The game was incredibly buggy when it was released in November 2018 and has continued to remain so. It now appears that some gamers may receive some form of compensation for their bad experience. EB Games Australia will... Read more...
Had the Coronavirus pandemic never occurred, Google would be getting ready to release its Android 11 Beta 1 release tomorrow, as originally planned. That's not going to happen—the launch event has been postponed without a followup date, so for the time being, the Android 11 Preview 4 build is the latest one. Well, for... Read more...
Over the past few months, we've seen a number of deals on the Arm-powered Microsoft Surface Pro X, with discounts amounting to as much as $400. Deals on the more "traditional" Surface Pro 7 haven't been as frequent, but Buydig is currently offering a rather compelling deal on the convertible through its eBay... Read more...
AMD chief executive officer Dr. Lisa Su hauled in $58.5 million in compensation last year, making her the highest paid CEO in the S&P 500. Her massive pay package reflects AMD's stock performance, which in turn is tied to the success of the company's turnaround around effort with Zen and RDNA, and especially Zen... Read more...
Smartphone shoppers should check out Amazon and see the incredibly low price the online retailer is offering for the LG G8 ThinQ smartphone. The smartphone is unlocked and has 128 GB of internal storage. It's offered in Aurora Black and operates on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Boost, Cricket, and Metro. The device... Read more...
Back in late April, we got an early sneak peek at Hewlett-Packard’s brand new Omen 15 gaming laptop via the company's UK website. Today, HP is making the laptop official, and it will be available in both AMD Ryzen 4000 and 10th generation Intel Comet Lake-H versions. Customers will be able to choose from Ryzen 5... Read more...
All eyes are on AMD to see what its next-generation GPU will bring to the table when it arrives later this year, both in consoles (PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X) and on PCs. Perhaps as a sign that a release on the latter is getting close, AMD pushed out more than 200 Linux patches to support a new GPU codenamed... Read more...
There's no question that Animal Crossing: New Horizons has taken the gaming community by storm. First launched for the Nintendo Switch earlier this year, the game has become a huge hit driven in part by the fact that most of us have been locked away at home due to COVID-19. Now, Nintendo looks to have another... Read more...
Retro gaming is a big deal with enthusiasts that want to relive the old games they grew up with. Tom Cruise fans may recall his NASCAR racing movie called "Days of Thunder". The Video Game History Foundation has discovered an unreleased version of a video game based on the film that was created by the late Chris... Read more...
We’ve had quite a bit of time to assess Google’s Stadia streaming platform, especially after the free tier for the service first launched nearly two months ago (you can read the HotHardware review here). Stadia brings the promise of “up to” 4K/60 game streaming with HDR and 5.1 surround sound supports on laptops, TVs... Read more...
As far as we know, Intel is still planning to launch 10th generation 10-nanometer Ice Lake-SP Xeon processors for the server market this year, and perhaps even sometime this month, if it sticks with a previously rumored 1H20 time frame. Ahead of the launch, we have another set of Ice Lake-SP leaks to digest. This... Read more...
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