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Many people have been excited to purchase the new Samsung Galaxy S22 devices. Unfortunately some owners are complaining of an odd line that is blemishing their otherwise pristine screens. Samsung has assured owners that a fix for their screens is on its way, but has issued some advice in the meantime. Several users... Read more...
Researchers are attempting to use quantum computing and machine learning in order to gain a better understanding of holographic duality. The study is the first systematic survey for quantum computing and deep-learning as it pertains to matrix quantum mechanics, and lays the groundwork for addressing more complicated... Read more...
EA and FIFA have collaborated on video games together for over twenty years. However, this relationship may soon be at an end. Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson recently remarked that the FIFA license has been an “impediment” to the growth of the franchise. Wilson argued that the relationship between FIFA and EA... Read more...
Update (2/24/22): When we wrote about the NVIDIA RTX LHR Unlocker tool on GitHub yesterday, we noted it came with caveats and red flags (see below). It just didn't sit right that it required downloading custom drivers from the developer, which at best would have meant it likely would have ruled out anything but... Read more...
Mobile World Congress is right around the corner, but just as we saw at CES, companies are getting a jump on the event with early announcements. Such is the case with Oppo, which today unveiled its next flagship phone series, the Find X5. There are two main models, the Find X5 Pro and Find X5, both of which tout big... Read more...
Last week, we covered warnings issued by two U.S. state attorneys general alerting citizens to the potential stalking threat posed by Apple AirTags. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro stated that “In the wrong hands, these tracking devices could lead to disaster.” These warnings came a week after Apple... Read more...
Speaking as hardware nerds ourselves, if there's one thing that hardware nerds love to do, it's speculate on upcoming products. Around these parts, we're pretty pleased with Intel's 12th-Gen Alder Lake processors, but even still, we've done a lot of deliberating on Intel's future chips. Reportedly, we could see... Read more...
After mainly focusing on its high performance Alder Lake-H processors in the mobile space for its CES unveil last month, Intel today is giving its Alder Lake-P and Alder Lake-U lineups an official launch. The product stack spans 20 chips high and includes low and ultra-low power mobile CPUs for the next generation of... Read more...
Alright, so—remember how Intel's LGA 1700 sockets seem to be bending CPU heatspreaders, causing reduced cooling performance? We told you about it back when we talked about how AMD's socket AM5 seems specifically designed to avoid this particular problem by screwing the CPU retention bracket directly through the board... Read more...
When you are on the internet, do you ever browse to a new dark-themed page and think, "Man, I hope I don't get eaten by a grue"? It looks like Google does not seem concerned about this on its search pages one bit. It has been adding seemingly random changes to the dark mode that users may or may not... Read more...
When it rains, it pours, eh? Finding a graphics card in stock and near its MSRP has been a near-impossible mission for way too many months now. High powered gaming laptops, on the other hand, have been more plentiful, or at least that was the case. Going forward, increasing supply chain issues could make those scarce... Read more...
Valve has tasked itself with testing every single Steam game for compatibility with its upcoming Steam Deck handheld, and it will take some time to get through them all. It's off to a solid start, though, having already tested over 1,000 games. As the first batch of shipments get ready to go out, Valve has made it... Read more...
The upcoming Panasonic Lumix GH6 Mirrorless Camera promises unlimited 4K recording with its Lumix heat management technology. In addition, the Micro Four Thirds camera includes a bevy of new features that make this an interesting addition to Panasonic's camera family. Panasonic first introduced the DMC-GH1, a... Read more...
There are some constants in life. We know that the sun will always rise, that death is inevitable, and that at least one new Call of Duty game will launch each year. However, at least one of these truths is no longer so reliable. It was recently revealed that there will be no new Call of Duty game in 2023. Why is... Read more...
A dazzling image of the aptly named Spanish Dancer galaxy was captured utilizing the US Department of Energy-fabricated Dark Energy Camera. The galaxy is located around 70 million light-years away in the constellation Dorado. Scientists and astronomers are eagerly awaiting the first images from NASA's James Webb... Read more...
Destiny 2:The Witch Queen launched yesterday and it may have been the game’s biggest launch yet. According to player count websites, the game surpassed one million concurrent players. Destiny 2 servers managed to survive relatively well despite this massive influx of players. Destiny 2 players have been eagerly... Read more...
Just over a month ago, Samsung introduced its "game changing" Exynos 2200 processor with an Xclipse 920 GPU based on AMD's RDNA 2 graphics architecture. The combination was hyped as enabling "the ultimate mobile phone gaming experience." And maybe it will after some optimizing. But as of right now, the benchmarks that... Read more...
Microsoft first unveiled Windows 11 in June of last year, but the announcement was quickly met with criticism in response to some of the operating system's strict requirements. The requirements make Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0 mandatory even though Microsoft didn’t publish its reference implementation... Read more...
Correct us if we're wrong, but we are pretty sure it is safe to assume that many (not all) of our readers fall into the PC gamer category. Whether you game on consoles or PCs, it may come as a surprise that in the coming year or so, the next device you'll boot up to game on, at least with Steam, might be a... Read more...
Regular Hot Hardware readers and general hardware enthusiasts probably already know this, but SiSoftware is the creator and maintainer of the Sandra utility for Windows PCs. Originally created as a tool to simply capture and display system information (as Windows' own capabilities in that regard were quite primitive... Read more...
Bethesda on Tuesday announced it is sunsetting its own launcher and, starting in early April, you'll be able to migrate your games and Wallet to your Steam account. This should be a mostly seamless process, though Bethesda wanted to give gamers an advanced heads up to prepare for the migration, game saves and... Read more...
If Intel's recent estimation is correct, it will ship a whopping 4 million discrete Arc Alchemist GPUs this year. That includes laptop, desktop, and workstation models combined, but is still an ambitious goal that underscores how important Intel views the discrete GPU market, now and in the future. And to help... Read more...
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