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In case you missed it, Maingear recently unveiled a 'Drops' program in which the boutique system builder looks to dive "back into our roots" with preconfigured systems based on the hottest hardware (something we can obviously get behind at HotHardware), as well as limited edition runs. Though the program is only a... Read more...
DLSS 3 modder PureDark has issued a response to pirates who cracked his DLSS 3 DRM paywall, enabling users to use PureDark’s frame generation mod for free in Starfield. The modder states that in the future, his mod will feature “hidden mines” that will make his mods buggy if the DRM is broken, making it much more... Read more...
Today, Meta announced its next generation of VR headset, with the Meta Quest 3 starting at $499.99 and releasing on October 10th. While the device is interesting, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 under the hood powering this headset is even more interesting possibly, for those of us that work with silicon... Read more...
Side channel attacks are always fascinating to see how they are executed, such as the recent discovery that encryption keys could be stolen by recording power LEDs on various devices. Researchers have found that malicious websites might be able to see usernames and other sensitive information by leaking it from... Read more...
Logitech has released the Playseat Challenge X – Logitech G Edition. The design could be important for Logitech, as it brings pricing to new lows for a Logitech branded gaming cockpit, so beloved of sim racers. Logitech boasts of the Playseat Challenge X – Logitech G Edition’s price of $299 / €299, but this product... Read more...
If you read that headline and balked at the idea of a gaming tablet, let us remind you that besides the Nintendo Switch, the recent spate of PC-based gaming handhelds are basically tablets. The device itself isn't really the interesting part of this story, though. Instead, the really interesting part is the SoC that... Read more...
In the coming weeks, internet service providers in the United States could find themselves again bound by net neutrality rules. With the swearing in of a new commissioner, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) now has a Democratic majority. That gives Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel enough votes to reinstate the... Read more...
Some iPhone 15 owners are reporting that their hot new smartphone is, well, getting very hot. The high temperatures are being experienced while charging the iPhone 15 series smartphone or during prolonged use. Apple launched its iPhone 15 lineup last week with the smartphone's first-ever USB-C charging port. While... Read more...
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 17 state attorney generals are taking a big swing at Amazon with a 172-page lawsuit alleging an "ongoing pattern of illegal conduct" to block competition. According to the lawsuit, Amazon's list of infractions includes things like inflating prices and putting the squeeze on... Read more...
NASA has sent a request for proposal for an estimated $1B US Deorbit Vehicle (USDV), a spacecraft aimed at deorbiting the International Space Station (ISS) and ultimately safely crashing back to Earth. The United States, Japan, Canada, and the European Space Agency (ESA) have all committed to operating the station... Read more...
The answer to the question of whether Intel's first disaggregated CPUs would be coming to desktop systems has flip-flopped several times. If you pay attention to leaks and rumors, you're probably tired of hearing about it because it's gone back and forth so often. Well, we got a definitive answer from Intel just a few... Read more...
Nothing has released three products under its new budget-friendly CMF sub-brand. If you're shopping for more affordable alternatives to mainstream smartwatches, earphones, or chargers, CMF would like a word with you. One of the headlining products from CMF (Color, Materials, Finish) is a $70 smartwatch called the... Read more...
Newegg has rolled out a GPU trade-in program that gives buyers varying amounts of credit on their old graphics cards when purchasing new ones. Ostensibly, this is a move to reduce to e-waste, though we'd like to see the actual buyers who are going around tossing GeForce RTX 3080 and Radeon RX 6800 cards into the garbage bin. Newegg's pat-on-the-back Read more...
Ryan Shrout announced he has parted ways with Intel via a post on X. Shrout joined Intel in 2018 as the company's Chief Performance Strategist. Ryan Shrout is no stranger to tweeting about his departures from previous jobs. He revealed his departure from PC Perspective, of which he was the founder, on Twitter. And... Read more...
A big part of AMD's business these days is in providing custom processors for its customers. That doesn't mean regular folks like you and me, but rather businesses who want a special CPU that no-one else has. The proper "semi-custom business" refers to the special chips that show up in the Steam Deck and commodity... Read more...
What appears to be a benchmark score from a PC system packing an Intel Core Ultra 7 165H 16-Core CPU has been spotted online. The fresh result can be found in the Geekbench result browser, and the score is one of the strongest we have seen for the unreleased Meteor Lake (MTL) family of processors. This isn't the... Read more...
Gigabyte AERO 16 OLED (2023) - Starting at $2,199 Gigabyte's 16-inch AERO laptop combines solid performance with a stunning OLED display and premium design, making it one of the prettiest laptops we've evaluated to date. Gorgeous OLED display Sleek design Premium build quality User upgradeable RAM and storage Top-tier... Read more...
The iPhone 15 family of smartphones has not even been in the wild for a week yet, and there are rumors about a possible new capacitive button coming with the iPhone 16 floating around. The iPhone 15 family of smartphones officially launched on September 22, 2023. The iPhone Pro models always include significant... Read more...
CAMM is a new memory module format proposed by Dell and released to the public early this year. JEDEC acknowledged the proposal, but to date has not ratified it as an actual standard. CAMM stands for "Compression Attached Memory Module", and it refers to modules that are both thinner and faster than traditional... Read more...
Recently, hackers have been going after juicy targets like Caesars Entertainment out of Las Vegas. Now, adding to that list, is RansomedVC, who has reportedly breached Sony and is selling the international Japan-based company’s data online. While it is unclear exactly what data may have been compromised, there are... Read more...
A group of researchers have shared what is being called the "holy grail of astrobiology," which they say can reliably detect signs of past or present life on other planets. The news of the research comes on the heels of NASA's successful OSIRIS-REx mission that returned the first asteroid sample collected in... Read more...
If a cryptic tweet from the Counter-Strike team is anything to go by, Counter-Strike 2 is launching tomorrow as a free upgrade to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and with it comes several changes to the nearly 23-year-old franchise. Let’s look at some of what Valve has in store for players diving into the first-person shooter and experiencing Read more...
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