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As Chromebooks are an important part of education and are becoming a bigger part of the work-from-home toolkit, performance and power is needed more than ever. Now that AMD has announced their lineup of mobile processors to power Chrome OS, a little competition with Intel is in the works. The Ryzen 3000 Zen 2 and... Read more...
Qualcomm is expanding its Snapdragon family yet again, and it’s doing so with another 7-Series chip with integrated 5G connectivity. Called the Snapdragon 750G, this SoC will find its way into a slew of upcoming mid-range smartphones in the coming months. In the grand scheme of things, the Snapdragon 750G is poised... Read more...
As it turns out, the "biggest hack in Call of Duty history," as a now-deleted Twitter account claimed yesterday, did not actually happen, according to a statement issued by Activision. News of the supposed hack spread through social media when a few prominent content creators latched onto the rumor and encouraged... Read more...
It remains to be seen what the demand will be like for NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card, the big daddy of the GeForce RTX 30 series. What I can say is that pricing will start at $1,499, as NVIDIA has already announced. However, some of the custom models from NVIDIA's add-in board partners will cost up... Read more...
We first caught a glimpse of the Samsung SSD 980 Pro all the way back at CES in early January. The highly-anticipated drive was tucked away in a display case in Samsung’s massive booth on the show floor, but other than the branding, some early claimed performance data, and the fact that drive had a native PCIe 4.0 interface, details... Read more...
The bulk of the anticipation over AMD's upcoming graphics card launch is centered on Big Navi, and how whatever ends up being its flagship part from the upcoming Radeon RX 6000 series (assuming it's called that) will compare to the best NVIDIA has to offer. We will find out in due time. However, the enthusiast sector... Read more...
Just a week ago, we brought you news of XPG's latest mainstream SSD: the PCIe 4.0 based GAMMIX S50 Lite, which provides slightly better performance that typical PCIe 3.0 SSDs on the market. Today, however, XPG is targeting the other end of the spectrum with the high-performance GAMMIX S70 PCIe 4.0 SSD that will be... Read more...
It was only a few weeks ago now that Intel 11th generation Tiger Lake processors [officially] went on the prowl. Intel claims these new processors are the world’s best for thin-and-light devices. Thus, it is not surprising Tiger Lake processors are going to bring power and performance to Chrome OS soon. Intel states... Read more...
Last week, HotHardware reported on preorders for the new Xbox consoles coming up on September 22nd. We also wrote about all the preorder snags with major device announcements, and it seems Microsoft will have its fair share too with limited availability of pre-orders at GameStop locations. Preorders seem to be a pain... Read more...
Many analysts are expecting that the next generation of smartphones from Apple will represent a "mass upgrade" opportunity as customers look to upgrade older phones. The general idea is that many Apple customers have been sitting on the sidelines with older devices (i.e., first-generation iPhone SE, iPhone 8, etc.)... Read more...
At Xbox, the goal is to have “a unified Xbox experience across devices that puts gamers at the center.” With the advancements of the Xbox Series X|S and the new GamePass experience, the Xbox team has rebuilt the Xbox app to align with their vision. The new Xbox App (Beta) is available on Android devices today. The... Read more...
It was right around this time a year ago when Amazon introduced Sidewalk, an initiative to provide more flexibility as to where lower powered smart devices can be installed on your home network. Or as Amazon puts it, Sidewalk is a shared network that helps you and your neighbors' devices work better. Amazon has not... Read more...
Last Thursday, NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3080 Ampere graphics card launched to much fanfare, just a day after the NDA lifted on reviews of the Founders Edition. However, that launch was marred by the fact that NVIDIA's retail partners were quickly overrun with orders, with many people seeing "out of stock" messageswithin a... Read more...
Typically, OnePlus devices get a refresh in the form of a new device with a “T” attached to the model. OnePlus has announced this routine is happening again this year with the launch of the OnePlus 8T coming October 14th at 10AM EST. According to the founder and CEO of OnePlus, Pete Lau, "OnePlus is always looking... Read more...
Moto is on a tear with new releases lately. So far in 2020, the company has launched 21 handsets globally, and nine in the US alone -- namely the G Stylus, G Power, Edge+, Edge, G Fast, E (2020), One Fusion+, One 5G, and Razr 5G. And that’s without counting phones rebranded for T-Mobile, including the $400 REVVL 5G -- a detuned version... Read more...
Earlier this month, we brought you news that Sabrent was looking to snatch the speed crown away from Samsung with a new Rocket 4 Plus PCIe 4.0 SSD, which uses the next-generation Phison E18 controller. With an incoming crop of faster SSDs on the way, it stands to reason that Sabrent would be offering discounts on its... Read more...
Samsung has not yet announced its Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE) handset, but it has already been spied in a new leak, which gives a high level overview of the phone. Two leaks, actually—one of them is a hands-on video showcasing the upcoming phone, and the other is purportedly an unreleased promotional video (or a... Read more...
For the past several weeks, Microsoft has been investigating why a specific Windows 10 update was slowing some PCs down to a crawl. Apparently it has finally found the issue. It also has released a new update (KB4576754) to replace the problematic (KB4559309) one that was being forced onto some PCs. The main... Read more...
Microsoft has just announced a blockbuster deal in the gaming world by announcing its intent to purchase ZeniMax Media. If the ZeniMax name doesn’t sound familiar to you, maybe this one will: Bethesda. That’s right, we’re talking about the development studio behind such popular game franchises as DOOM, Fallout, The... Read more...
It seems everyone and their uncle was on the hunt for a GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card when it launched to retail last week, and unfortunately, there was just not enough supply to go around. Scalpers looking to make a quick buck made sure of that. Making matters worse, at least one of NVIDIA's add-in board (AIB)... Read more...
Earlier in the week, we reported on a dangerous exploit with Windows domain controllers called Zerologon. Now, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), under the Department of Homeland Security direction, is issuing warnings about the exploit and is pushing government agencies to patch the... Read more...
Many in the tech world are familiar with the term “Moore’s Law.” Moore’s Law has served as a guiding light for many tech companies over the last few decades when it comes to increasing transistor density. However, both scientists and tech industries have been concerned about when Moore’s Law will cease to be relevant... Read more...
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