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As it turns out, hotels, and by extension, the hospitality industry, are not the most secure organizations around despite handling personal information and credit card details. This is evident in the recent MGM Hotel breach or even further back with the 2022 social engineering of Marriott. Now, an infostealer campaign... Read more...
After what feels like ages and ages (but has really been less than two years), Microsoft is finally drawing near the finish line of its $68.7 billion dollar attempt to purchase Activision-Blizzard. The last roadblock, placed in the way of the acquisition by the United Kingdom's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)... Read more...
Apple finally unveiled its first USB-C iPhone last week, allowing a select few to get their hands on the device, but their hands are a bit of a problem. Some of those who have handled the iPhone 15 Pro have reported that simply touching the new titanium frame can leave unsightly marks that are difficult to remove... Read more...
Dave, Marco, and Chris will be joined by Intel's Dan Rogers and Robert Hallock on this week's episode of our Two And A Half Geeks livestream to talk Meteor Lake and other happenings from Intel Innovation! Intel unveiled its forthcoming tile-based Meteor Lake processor architecture at its Innovation 2023 event this... Read more...
Microsoft announced its new Surface Laptop Studio 2 with RTX graphics and a dedicated AI chip yesterday. The tech giant also revealed its latest Surface Laptop Go 3 and Surface Go 4. Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 The Surface Laptop Studio 2 is touted as being the most potent and versatile Surface Laptop yet... Read more...
Google is ramping up its effort to publicly shame and pressure Apple into supporting the Rich Communications Service (RCS) messaging protocol on its iPhone devices. To help #GetTheMessage out, Google's Android channel on YouTube posted a video for a faux iPager device, comparing Apple's refusal to embrace RCS to using... Read more...
There are a LOT of PC-based gaming handhelds out there now. You probably know about the Steam Deck already; Valve's system that basically consists of a Steam Controller with a screen shoved in the middle and a custom AMD SoC inside. You probably also know about the ASUS ROG Ally, as well as the various devices... Read more...
Razer rolled up to its RazerCon 2023 event with a handful of product announcements, not the least of which is a limited Blade 16 x Automobili Lamborghini Edition gaming laptop in fancy black and orange trim. The company calls it an "exclusive tribute to luxury, performance, and power." We call it stunning inside and... Read more...
Igor’s Lab has provided some updates on Arrow Lake-S and its associated LGA 1851 socket, including 3D schematics of the CPU loading mechanism (bracket) and the chipset itself. Igor also unveiled a couple of updates on the chipset models we can expect with LGA Socket 1851, including the supposed cancellation of the... Read more...
Earlier this year, Valve announced the follow-up game to the ever-popular FPS game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Counter-Strike 2. Since then, we have seen numerous people get into beta testing the game as it rolls toward an official launch, which has not yet been confirmed. However, a teaser recently posted by... Read more...
We're in the second day of Intel's Innovation '23 event, and our man Dave is on the scene. Intel held a Q&A session today where members of the tech press were allowed to fling questions at CEO Pat Gelsinger. There was some interesting discussion in the Q&A, but arguably the most interesting question to our audience... Read more...
InfiRay P2 Pro Thermal Camera For Smartphones: Starting at $299 (With Coupon) InfiRay is an established player in the professional thermal imaging space that going after a larger piece of the consumer market with the P2 Pro for smartphones. Compact and light No batteries required Excellent specifications... Read more...
A new video from Techtesters helps illustrate the potential benefits available to PC users who are willing to undervolt their graphics cards. Undervolting might help your graphics card run quieter and cooler, as well as cutting electricity costs, but many will be concerned about a corresponding drop in performance... Read more...
Elon Musk-backed company Neuralink announced it can now begin recruiting participants in a ground-breaking investigational medical device clinical trial for its first brain-computer interface (BCI). The trial aims to evaluate the safety and initial effectiveness of the N1 Implant, the R1 Robot, and the N1 User App in... Read more...
A new study using 3D simulations suggests supermassive black holes may eat faster than previously thought, with some feasts only taking mere months to consume. The older conventional theory says supermassive black holes eat over time at scales ranging from hundreds to hundreds of thousands of years. Hollywood may... Read more...
CD Projekt Red is pushing out its Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 update today (likely by the time many of you read this), followed by the much-anticipated Phantom Liberty expansion next week. In a post on X/Twitter, the developer reiterated that both the 2.0 update and expansion come with a refreshed set of requirements, one of... Read more...
Panasonic has just launched a wireless version of its SoundSlayer Wearable Gaming Speaker, with gamers as its targeted audience, or more specifically, gamers who don't prefer headphones or external speakers, but rather something in-between. The GNW10 SoundSlayer wearable neck speaker is Panasonic's follow up to its... Read more...
Consumer credit reporting agency TransUnion had tens of thousands of its users' data stolen and sold by a hacker, but the company is denying the compromised data was due to any security breach. This past weekend, a threat actor known as USDoD was found trying to sell TransUnion user data on a hacker forum. Within... Read more...
Ready or not, Wi-Fi 7 is coming to supercharge multi-device homes with cutting-edge connectivity that aims to significantly speed up connections and reduce latency. Netgear was one of the first to start pushing out consumer Wi-Fi 7 routers, most recently with its Orbi 970 series. Now Amazon is following suit with its... Read more...
Paint has been part of Windows since time immemorial, but it's never been able to hold a candle to more robust image editors like Photoshop. It's making an important step in the right direction, though. Microsoft has announced that Paint is getting a major update, adding support for layers and PNG transparency in a... Read more...
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has cleared the way for anyone charged for unwanted purchases in Fortnite to possibly get some of their money back. Those who feel they were charged unnecessarily can now apply for a refund as part of a $245 million agreement between the FTC and Epic Games. The formal complaint by... Read more...
HotHardware's own Dave Altavilla is on location at Intel's Innovation '23 event, and that means he's getting to check out all the latest and upcoming hardware from the blue team first hand. Fortunately, that means you get to check it out, too, because we've captured some videos of the demos on the show floor. We've... Read more...
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