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If your community is still putting on a fireworks display for New Year’s Eve, this could possibly be the last such event. We love the whizzes, bangs and rockets lighting up the sky, but the growing use of drones for light shows could make the real pyrotechnics a thing of the past and there are a few obvious benefits... Read more...
When you think "the world's fastest gaming PC," you don't have any reason whatsoever for your mind to wander to Sega. It's not as if the venerable videogame company sells gaming PCs, or PC components, even. Well, in a clever bit of wordplay, Sega does indeed lay claim to "the world's fastest gaming PC" title—with an... Read more...
Intel’s Alder Lake CPU announcement is expected in less than a week, but some of the accompanying motherboard pricing and specs have been leaked early. The leaks come from a computer component supplier in Ecuador and include several ASUS motherboards. TecnoMega Store has three models listed, all basic in features... Read more...
It's a good idea for big organizations to hire security researchers for help securing their systems. No matter how much effort you put into something (like securing your network), it can sometimes require a person looking at it from a different angle to point out a problem you couldn't see. Given that lede and... Read more...
Today marks the launch of Cobra Kai season 4 on Netflix, and right on cue Epic Games has updated Fortnite with a special crossover event. You can't sweep the leg (a dirty move anyway), but there is a new Mr. Miyagi crane kick emote available, plus you can dress up in a bunch of different Cobra Kai, Eagle Fang, and... Read more...
Update (12/31/01): Intel's Ryan Shrout decided not to wait for CES to showcase a 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900K system rocking a Samsung PM1743 PCIe 5.0 solid state drive achieving over 13GB/s in IOMeter, but why not showcase a pair of drives? The question was posed, and Shrout answered with another awesome... Read more...
In case anyone had any doubt about what Samsung is planning to infuse in its next-generation Exynos system-on-chip (SoC), the company set the matter straight on Twitter. Partially, anyway—Samsung confirmed its next Exynos chip will feature a custom GPU "born from RDNA 2," which is AMD's latest-generation graphics... Read more...
The Pixel 6 has been met with some very irritating bugs and flaws since its launch back in early November. Now Google has announced that it has paused its latest update as it looks into connectivity issues with the phone. If you are the proud, yet possibly very irritated, owner of a Pixel 6, you may have noticed... Read more...
The transition to DDR5 memory on a large scale is going to take some time—it will likely be years before DDR5 outpaces DDR4, even as more platforms arrive that support the newer memory standard. As such, the beginning of the transition phase can be a bit clumsy, particularly right now as there's also a DDR5 shortage... Read more...
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) was finally launched into space Christmas Day and began its long journey into hopefully finding out some of the mysteries of our Solar System. A NASA astrophysicist talks about why JWST looks the way it does and more in a recent YouTube video. On December 25th NASA finally... Read more...
AMD has given its investors a heads up that its planned acquisition of Xilinx, a powerhouse in field-programmable gate array (FPGA) semiconductors, will not be complete by the end of this year as originally anticipated. Apparently it is taking a bit longer to satisfy regulatory concerns, though AMD says it is making... Read more...
Remember when BlackBerry was THE smartphone brand, back before the rise of Apple and Samsung as the dominant players (and now others)? It was a good, long run. Some of you may still own and use legacy BlackBerry devices, and if you do, be advised that support is coming to an end next week. When that happens, you may... Read more...
You may not be aware of this, faithful HotHardware reader, but ransomware attacks are rarely random. More commonly, it's an operator within a group who targets a specific organization or network looking for a hefty payout. One such group is the organization AvosLocker, who uses a tool by the same name to encrypt... Read more...
Today marks the final day of Epic's holiday free games offer, and it is ending the promotion with a mighty big bang. As in, you can claim not just a single title today, but all three Tomb Raider games that are part of the reboot trilogy. There's even some DLC sprinkled in. If you missed out on the trilogy (or just... Read more...
The foldable smartphone innovation has evidently been garnering the purchases of more users in the past year. Samsung says that its Galaxy Flip3 motivated more people to switch than its flagship Galaxy S21 in 2021. Foldable smartphones have improved since they first debuted a couple of years ago with better screen... Read more...
Time is running out to snatch up a PlayStation 5 console before the end of the year, as 2022 is breathing heavily down our necks at this point. Getting one before the calendar flips over to a new year is an arbitrary goal, though if that is what you are trying to do, hitting up your local GameStop might be your best... Read more...
Ever since BIOS updates became possible, the process required rebooting the PC. Even when motherboard manufacturers moved completely to UEFI, this remained the case. Intel is now changing that, thanks to a new part of the ACPI specification called Platform Firmware Runtime Update and Telemetry (PFRUT). This allows for... Read more...
ASUS is going to unveil some kind of tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week, but not just any slate. According to ASUS, what it has on tap is the "world's most powerful gaming tablet." Let your mind run wild with that one and you'll come to all kinds of intriguing possibilities, including next-gen... Read more...
In the past, we have seen incidents of text messages being rerouted to steal two-factor authentication codes to breach peoples’ accounts. Now, criminal hackers are being more direct in potentially using SIM swap attacks by getting a carrier—in this case, T-Mobile—to switch a customer’s number to an attacker-controlled... Read more...
There's a very high chance Intel provides more details about its Arc Alchemist lineup during its virtual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) event next week, which could potentially include an update on exactly when the first cards will release. We'll have to wait and see. That said, Intel has promised Alchemist will... Read more...
From taking selfies, to collecting core samples from Mars indicating possible ancient volcanic activity, NASA's Perseverance has had an eventful 10 months since landing on the red planet. The rover's name has certainly been fitting as NASA shares Perseverance's biggest moments in 2021. The past year has been filled... Read more...
A deal that has been over a year in the making between Intel and SK Hynix has been consummated, at least for the initial portion. That being the first closing of the sale of Intel's NAND flash memory and solid state drive (SSD) business to SK Hynix for $7 billion, the companies announced. The deal was first announced... Read more...
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