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Picture yourself in a virtual meeting, and someone is going over Q4 company stats in PowerPoint with spinning transitions and buzzwords like “synergy” and “paradigms.” Though you were already bored, it does not help that the presenter or presentation looks small on the screen, so you cannot even attempt to focus even... Read more...
It has been a nice, long run for the DDR4 standard, and while it is not exactly coming to a complete end, DDR5 is poised to replace it in the not-too-distant future. On next-gen platforms, anyway. Incidentally, Adata has been collaborating with MSI and Gigabyte on its upcoming DDR5 memory modules, which will feature... Read more...
It seems as though we've been hearing rumors about an Apple electric vehicle (EV) for at least the past half-decade. Those reports died down over the last year, but they're bursting back to life this week thanks to a rather curious admission from Hyundai Motor Group. The South Korean auto giant today confirmed that... Read more...
We are eagerly anticipating all of the new PC hardware announcements that are around the bend, many of which will be shouted out at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week. Will Intel introduce its 11th Gen Core processor lineup (otherwise known as Rocket Lake-S)? Time will tell, but interestingly, what appears... Read more...
The massive SolarWinds breach that has even ensnared Microsoft still has rippling effects. According to reports, it seems that hackers may have exposed sealed U.S. court documents. Simultaneously, SolarWinds is trying to clean up and close security holes following the attacks that used its software. The company has... Read more...
Back in July 2020, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced plans to cancel the Standard Range version of its Model Y electric crossover. The Model Y Standard Range was originally announced with a base price of $39,000 (before incentives) and an EPA estimated drive range of 230 miles, which Musk later said was "unacceptably... Read more...
Motorola is getting a slight jump on the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) by unveiling a refreshed lineup of Moto G handsets for 2021. Rather than focus on flagship phones with ultra-premium pricing, however, Motorola is taking aim at the mid-range market, with prices starting at a rather affordable (in the realm of... Read more...
Apple has been garnering a lot of praise for its M1 system-on-chip (SoC), the company's first custom Apple Silicon design specifically for its MacBook laptops and Mac Mini desktops. The M1 also represents the beginning of Apple's two-year transition plan to move away from Intel CPUs. This has led to added interest in... Read more...
ASUS just can't seem to keep a lid on its upcoming laptop releases, and that is definitely the case with the new ASUS TUF Gaming A17 (FA706QR-HX004). A listing for the laptop was listed prematurely by Romanian retailer Altex, and it revealed all the details for the impressive new machine. Although the page has... Read more...
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, touching public surfaces has become almost taboo. To combat this, Intel has announced for CES 2021 the RealSense Touchless Control Software, which simplifies converting kiosks and signage to a touchless interface. If you go to McDonald's, Kohl's, Amazon Lockers, or other stores... Read more...
Tiny handheld PCs are not exactly a foreign concept to us here at HotHardware. Just a few weeks ago, we brought you news of the GPD Win 3, which is powered by up to an 11th generation Core i7-1165G7. That handheld gaming PC has a sliding display that reveals a QWERTY keyboard beneath, but not everyone is familiar with... Read more...
A few weeks back, we kicked off another HOT Holiday Triple-A giveaway, courtesy of our friends at Asetek, ADATA and AMD! Up for grabs this time around was an amazing prize package, consisting of and AMD Ryzen 7 5800X processors, XPG LEVANTE 360mm AIO cooler, XPG SUMMONER Keyboard, Primer gaming mouse, and XPG... Read more...
Following the absolutely shocking and horrifying events yesterday when a mob of protestors stormed the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., America's top social media companies have cut off President Donald J. Trump's most frequently used tools to reach the masses.  Twitter struck the first blow yesterday after it... Read more...
Bitcoin continues to reach new heights, climbing to nearly $40,000 at the time of this writing (after reaching $20,000 a month ago), and who knows where it will stop. In the short term, maybe it reaches $50,000 by the end of the month. Looking down the road, however, at least one investment bank believes it could... Read more...
This year, companies have been hard at work trying to create products that adapt to the crazy world we live in right now.  Acer is one such of these companies that has prepared some of its products early for CES 2021.  If you need to work, learn, or game, Acer has you covered as we'll see below... Acer Chromebook... Read more...
Natural language understanding (NLU) is a massive yet challenging goal for AI. According to Microsoft, one of the benchmarks for NLU, SuperGLUE, is “currently among the most challenging”. It seems that the test was not all that bad, though, as Microsoft is now at the top of the leaderboard, beating out human... Read more...
Mercedes-Benz, like a lot of other luxury cars makers out there, is in a race to one-up Tesla. Tesla really came into its own back in the early 2010s with its Model S, and then expanded its lineup over the years with its Model X, Model 3, and most recently the Model Y. Mercedes-Benz is looking to challenge Tesla for... Read more...
We have known for quite some time that new laptops are on the horizon, with certain models pairing AMD's next round of mobile CPUs based on Zen 3 with NVIDIA's upcoming GeForce RTX 30 mobile series GPUs. The combination of Zen 3 and Ampere in a laptop has us salivating. So do the latest benchmark leaks, which... Read more...
The LG Gram family laptops have long been among some of the thinnest and lightest on the market, and the entire family is getting redesigned for the new year. There are five models in this family: three traditional laptops, and two 2-in-1 convertibles. Each of the machines are powered by Intel's 11th generation... Read more...
Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, has a history of posting angry rants on various topics. Several of them have been directed at Intel, like when he ripped the company a new one after what he felt was a lackluster response to Spectre and Meltdown CPU flaws. More recently, however, he went on a tirade against Intel... Read more...
Lara Croft has seen her fair share of adventures over the years, and the one that started it all—the original Tomb Raider game—was almost made into a remake for its 10th anniversary in 2006. However, Tomb Raider: 10th Anniversary Edition never came. Almost forgotten but not gone, the unfinished build has been posted... Read more...
Lenovo always has great products, and during CES 2021 they are showing off an expanded lineup for the new year.  There are laptops for nearly any use case and monitors for at work or at home, which could be one in the same place nowadays.  Let's take a look at just some of what Lenovo has to show... IdeaPad 5i Pro... Read more...
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