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The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have issued a warning about a growing threat from criminals seeking to take advantage of people working from home and using a VPN or virtual private network. Apparently there's a growing threat from voice call phishing or "vishing" attacks... Read more...
NVIDIA is on the cusp of launching a new generation of consumer graphics cards based on its Ampere GPU, and as we traverse the final days to its upcoming GeForce Special Event (scheduled for September 1, 2020), some new information has leaked out. As in, the GeForce RTX 3000 series could possibly require a new power... Read more...
We've got quite a bit of news to present to you from the Google Pixel front today, as information on both the upcoming flagship Pixel 5 and its cheaper Pixel 4 (5G) sibling have leaked. The first bit of info comes in the form of a single photograph that shows the two smartphones side-by-side, but only from the... Read more...
On August 18, Ogilvy, an ad campaign company, dropped an ad for Burger King, which stirred up some ire among Twitch streamers and the gaming community alike. In the offending ad (linked below), an account called THE_KING_OF_STREAM_US goes across different Twitch channels, donating a certain amount of money... Read more...
For the last decade and a half, the entertainment industry has been working diligently to shutdown The Pirate Bay. One of the groups seeking to vanquish the content sharing website has hired a VPN expert to help determine where The Pirate Bay is located. Reports have indicated that the site uses a VPN provider called... Read more...
It has now been a little over a week since Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple and Google, and the former has since responded with its own legal filing this past week. Is this legal battle merely a dog fight between two large corporations? The dispute between Epic Games, Apple and Google could potentially... Read more...
Previously, we reported on artificial intelligence being pitted against human pilots in a head to head dogfight challenge. The event has now concluded, with the AI going undefeated in five rounds of air-to-air combat, handily beating the human opponent in the final round. At the open of this multi-day event, eight... Read more...
Are we in September yet? No? Well, alright then, let's go ahead and proceed with the barrage of next-gen GeForce RTX graphics card leaks. Stepping into the leaked limelight this time around is a set of pictures purportedly showing the upcoming GeForce RTX 3090, a massive beast of a card that dwarfs the... Read more...
One of the most beloved, and PC crushing game franchises ever produced was Crytek's Crysis franchise. Those games are ancient by gamer standards, but the graphics are still quite good even today. Crysis Remastered has been anticipated by fans of the original franchise since word of the game first surfaced. Remastered... Read more...
Epic Games have been awfully busy this week with its spat against Apple. Now, the company is teasing a new season of Fortnite with a new Marvel theme. Given how popular Marvel movies have been over the past decade and the frequent collaborations with Fortnite, this revelation isn't too much of a surprise. On August... Read more...
In the modern era, there is a bit of a commercial space race occurring, vying for NASA’s approval and monetary support. Among the competitors, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, leading a team of companies, has taken a step forward by delivering an engineering sample of their lunar lander to NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The... Read more...
Microsoft is rolling right along with its continual updates to its Windows 10 operating system, and Build 20197 was released today with one key upgrade. This is the first time that Microsoft is allowing users to manage their internal and external disks/volumes from directly within the Windows 10 Settings app. The... Read more...
TSMC is celebrating the production of 1 billion defect-free chips manufactured on its 7-nanometer technology, or put another way, 1 billion functional 7nm chips. If laid out on the ground, that would be enough to cover 13 Manhattan city blocks, the semiconductor fab says. It also equates to over 1 quintillion... Read more...
Developers have published the August 20 developer update for Microsoft Flight Simulator, which is the first since the game launched on the 18th. One of the main features talked about in the latest developer update is the Partnership Series with Bing Maps. The partnership with Bing Maps is critical to the game as it's... Read more...
Apple may have hoped to avoid a lawsuit by quietly fixing an issue with the display cable inside its MacBook Pro laptops that could eventually cause the display to go blank, but it has been hit with one anyway. It now faces a class-action lawsuit filed in California over the potentially problematic flexible ribbon... Read more...
Apple’s next-generation iPhone 12 family is right around the corner, which means that many people are looking forward to price cuts on the current family of iPhones. Apple’s current-generation flagships consist of the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. According to a new report, only the iPhone 11 will... Read more...
PC gaming is alive and well, and set to get a big boost in hardware spending on the heels of Microsoft Flight Simulator, a demanding title with beautiful graphics and accurate mapping data (save for some hilarious glitches and bugs). According to the analysts at Jon Peddie Research, Microsoft Flight Simulator will... Read more...
While the Samsung Galaxy S20 and OnePlus 8/8 Pro families hogged much of the limelight during the first half of 2020 for flagship Android smartphones, Google is looking to make its mark during the back half of the year. We’re of course talking about the Pixel 5, which will be the solitary follow-up to the discontinued... Read more...
Epic Games is turning lemons into lemonade bad apples into delicious apple sauce with a Fortnite tournament and some sweet prizes up for grabs. As in, you could win a high powered gaming laptop or a swank console, along with other desirable gear. The whole thing flies in the face of Apple's decision to ban Fortnite... Read more...
Microsoft has confirmed that support for Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2) was backported to version 1903 and version 1909 of Windows 10. Developers have worked over the last few months to bring WSL 2 to those versions of Windows 10 and did so thanks to customer feedback from users who have enjoyed using it. WSL... Read more...
In this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks podcast, we're going to do something a little bit different and break into Marco's hardware vault to revisit some rare PC hardware from years past. We'll be showing off some obscure ATI graphics cards and AMD and Intel platforms and processors, some of which you may not have ever seen before... Show Read more...
Folding displays seem like the next frontier in smartphone design. Whether the actual display folds in half -- as we’ve seen with the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip 5G and Motorola Razr -- or if there are dual displays as with the Surface Duo, manufacturers are slowly warming up to the concept. The big problem with... Read more...
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