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Traditionally, Macs weren't often a target for malware campaigns given their relatively small share of the overall computing market. This notion has changed over the years, however, but Apple has fought back with increased security procedures like an app approval process called notarization. Unfortunately, malware has... Read more...
At an interesting time for Apple with the Fortnite issues, Apple is now implementing guideline disputes into the App Store. With apps starting to challenge App Store rules, the score is 1-0 for the developers so far. At WWDC20, Apple’s developer conference, it was announced that there would be changes to the app... Read more...
It’s no secret that Apple is working on Macs powered by its own family of Arm-based processors, currently dubbed Apple Silicon. We’ve heard rumors that among the first devices that will debut with Apple Silicon will be a new 13-inch MacBook Pro and 13-inch MacBook Air. However, a new report suggests that we could... Read more...
I have a running joke when watching football games, where any time someone's helmet comes flying off as a result of a hard hit, I feign shock at their entire head separating from their body (yes, my family is tired of the running gag). Nobody actually loses their noggin in the NFL, but you might come across a headless... Read more...
It seems the year is starting to pick up steam and move quicker. We just received some hot news from Lenovo that they are planning out their holiday season roadmap with new devices, such as laptops and tablets. Let us dive into some of what’s in store. First up, Lenovo has some laptops planned for the holiday... Read more...
All eyes have been on the OnePlus Nord over the past few weeks or so for its value play in the mid-range 5G smartphone phone market. However, Motorola is looking to do battle with the Nord on the global stage; oh, and you can actually purchase this smartphone in the United States (take note, OnePlus). The One 5G... Read more...
Microsoft really wants you to upgrade Windows 10 to the latest version, delivered via the May 2020 Update. So much, in fact, that is once again pushing out its KB4023057 update, which takes a series of measures to prep your PC for the upgrade, some of which you might wish to avoid. Like resetting your network settings... Read more...
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 730 SoC has been around for quite a while, and currently powers the surprisingly versatile Google Pixel 4a smartphone that starts at a low $349 (you can read the HotHardware review here). Not one to rest on its laurels, Qualcomm today is launching a follow-up to the Snapdragon 730G that is still... Read more...
15-inch gaming laptops are a dime a dozen these days, as they are available across a wide range of price points. Lenovo, however, is taking a slightly different approach with its latest release, which is called the Legion Slim 7i. Rather than placing all of its potent hardware components in a thick and heavy chassis... Read more...
Do you like deals? Of course you do, we all like deals, and we have a heck of a bargain to pass along today. Over on Amazon, you can score the latest generation Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus for $179.99 instead of its regular $229.99 list price, and to sweeten the pot, you also get a free Echo Show 5. The combined value... Read more...
Samsung is keeping its foot firmly pressed on the gas pedal by entering into mass production of its third-generation 16-gigabit (Gb) LPDDR5 memory chips for mobile devices, like its upcoming Galaxy S21 handset. Leveraging its most advanced process node (dubbed 1z), this is the first version of 16Gb LPDDR5 to be mass... Read more...
We got our first glimpse of Samsung's new 980 Pro SSD back at CES 2020, and at the time, it was promising big performance thanks to its shift from the PCIe 3.0 interface to PCIe 4.0. We were initially told that the 980 Pro would top out with blistering sequential read speeds of 6.5GB/sec, which would... Read more...
Update (8/31/2020): It is now coming out that "misconfiguration at a major external network provider" led to the issues.  The article has been updated to reflect this. As it goes, if something is not supposed to break, it probably will.  This morning, some people had trouble getting to websites across the internet... Read more...
With cord-cutters walking away from cable and satellite packages combined with high rates forcing people out, it comes as no surprise that AT&T is looking to get rid of DirecTV. Only a year after we reported on a possible DirecTV selloff, it seems AT&T is feeling the squeeze again this year. Now, according to a new... Read more...
On same level, we all have wounded souls, in one way or another. Only most of us do not get a cinematic trailer that revolves around these injuries. Not so for Uther the Lightbringer, who is featured in Activision-Blizzard's new World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Afterlives: Bastion cinematic trailer, which lasts nearly... Read more...
Linux typically does not get all that much love when it comes to games. Now, the penguin-people out there are getting an update to a free kart racer called Super Tux Kart with Tux the penguin as the main character. First off, what is Super Tux Kart? According to the project’s webpage, it is an “3D open-source arcade... Read more...
If Apple went nuclear several days back, they have now gone thermonuclear by terminating a developer account owned by Epic Games. Apple claims it is not included in the legal ruling amid the court battle, but this just kicks things up a notch. Earlier in August, Apple gave Fortnite the boot when Epic Games... Read more...
Elon Musk’s brain-machine interface company, Neuralink, had a summer progress update livestream yesterday, August 28th. In this stream, Musk got to go hog-wild, quite literally, showcasing test subject pigs who had the Neuralink brain implant installed, as well as some of the tech involved. Since the Neuralink... Read more...
AMD's Navi family of graphics cards falls into a pretty tight price range currently, from the $170 Radeon RX 5500 XT 4 GB to the $400 Radeon RX 5700 XT, where AMD's Navi-based GPU ambitions max out (for now). Anything priced lower than that relied on the older cut down GCN Radeon RX 500 parts. While NVIDIA counts down... Read more...
In just a few more days, NVIDIA will official lift the wraps on its next-generation GeForce RTX lineup, with Ampere underneath the hood. Now that we are in the home stretch, leaks have shifted to what look like official press renders, from a pair of upcoming Gainward Phoenix Golden Sample cards, with specifications... Read more...
Sony, what are you doing? The Sony PlayStation 5 is one of two highly anticipated gaming console launching at the end of this year (with the other being the Xbox Series X) and excitement has building at a feverish pace. However, Sony has just announced a crazy PlayStation 5 preorder scheme that has many scratching... Read more...
Intel just can’t seem to keep a lid on the leaks with regards to its upcoming 11th generation Tiger Lake mobile processor platform. Today, a massive leak has occurred, as the company’s entire promo reel for Tiger Lake has been leaked to the internet. Right off the bat, we get a look at Intel’s new Core branding, which was first discovered Read more...
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