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The state of affairs with current-generation graphics cards is quite grim at the moment. Due to high consumer demand and fabs stretched to max when it comes to production, everything from "lowly" NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards to the flagship GeForce RTX 3090 is hard to find at retail stores (online and B&M). In addition, they are selling for incredible sums on the secondary market. For example, the newly launched GeForce RTX 3080 Ti sold at $2,400 to $2,800 versus its MSRP of $1,199 within the first few hours of availability. Now, a new phenomenon seems to have struck the Amazon Marketplace. And unfortunately, it appears that at least one company is combining two of the most odious... Read more...
Ring is changing how its users are able to respond to public safety requests. Public agencies will now need to post requests for help publicly through Ring's Neighbors app. The purpose of this change is to provide greater “transparency and accountability.” These requests for assistance will be limited to two posts per incident. The request is viewable by anyone who can view the app’s main feed. Each request must contain information that references an active investigation, including the type of incident (i.e. suspected theft), a reference number for the investigation, current contact information for the public agency requesting the information, relevant date/time range,... Read more...
Amazon just recently announced that Prime Day 2021 will occur between June 21st and June 22nd. Some items are already available for a discount while others will not go on sale until June 21st. Here is what you need to know about Prime Day 2021. You must be a Amazon Prime member to participate, but you can sign-up for a 30-day free trial to get access to the sale. There will be over two million deals available over the course of the sale, including the launch of new products. It is important to note that Prime Day is only available in certain countries and will be postponed in Canada and India this year due to the ongoing public health crisis. Amazon will instead donate $1.5 million for COVID-19... Read more...
Several of Amazon's hardware devices are about to become part of a mesh network, with a crowdsourced spin. It is part of an initiative called Amazon Sidewalk, and what it does is allow devices is create is a low bandwidth network from bridge devices, including select Echo and Ring gadgets from you and your nearby neighbors. The kicker, though, is that this sharing-is-caring approach will be enabled by default. That means if you own an Echo or Ring device and do absolutely nothing, it will automatically become part of a crowdsourced mesh network (unless you live in the boonies far removed from any neighbors, of course). This is an opt-out and not an opt-in affair. Should I Use Amazon Sidewalk?... Read more...
Amazon has a spotty track record of delivering electronics in perfect condition to customers, such as the destruction of AMD CPUs earlier this year. Most recently, a farming and photography couple in Colorado ordered a brand-new Sony Alpha 1 camera from Amazon, but only found empty boxes. When you spend $7,000 on a product, you would expect a certain level of care and protection to ensure that it arrives in good, working condition. In an interview with The Denver Channel, Bill and Kelly Chiles explained that they ordered a new camera only to open it and find two empty camera boxes inside the ironically smiling Amazon box that left them anything but happy. "We've bought several cameras from Amazon,... Read more...
With new original content like movies and shows coming out regularly, Amazon’s in-house production company, Amazon Studios, is constantly growing. In the continuation of this growth trend, Amazon announced the acquisition of Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) for an impressive $8.45 billion. The purchase of MGM by Amazon will bring thousands of film and TV titles under the company's umbrella. MGM’s catalog of movies includes favorites such as 12 Angry Men, Basic Instinct, James Bond, Rocky, and Tomb Raider, among others in the list of 4000 movies. Furthermore, the acquisition of MGM also brings 17,000 TV shows like Fargo, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Vikings, which “have collectively... Read more...
Apple Silicon kicked off in a big way late last year with the arrival of the M1 SoC. The M1 is a fast and efficient processor that initially graced the 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini. More recently, its footprint expanded to include the 24-inch iMac and iPad Pro. Today, we've got some deals for you on the entire M1 family of products (minus the new iPad Pro) if you're in the market for a macOS-based device. The Mac mini has been a staple in Apple's lineup for many years, and it's a stalwart workhorse that allows you to bring your own monitor to the table. The M1 processor upgrade gave the Mac mini a considerable performance boost over its elderly Intel-based predecessors, and... Read more...
The streaming music wars are heating up now that Apple Music has entered the lossless arena. Earlier this morning, Apple announced that lossless streaming – up to 24-bit at 192 kHz – will be available to all Apple Music subscribers. Not to be outdone, Amazon Music HD, which was previously available at an additional cost, is now coming to all Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers. Lossless options start with 16-bit at 44.1 kHz “CD quality” audio, which is available across 70 million songs in the Amazon Music catalog. The top tier is called “Ultra HD,” offering 24-bit depth at a sample rate of 192 kHz. Ultra HD, for now, is only available on 7 million songs. Like... Read more...
When Microsoft launched the Surface Duo last year, priced from $1,399, we knew it would be a tough sell. Not only was it priced well above what we expect for flagship Android devices, but it also came with an outdated processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, when flagships at the time rocked the Snapdragon 865/865+), just 6GB of RAM, and lacked 5G connectivity. However, the Surface Duo's main calling card was its dual displays, which was enough to capture the attention of a few Android enthusiasts. Unfortunately for Microsoft, sales haven't been as strong as it hoped, and its retail partners are now deeply discounting the Surface Duo. BuyDig earlier this week sold the Surface Duo for a low $699.99,... Read more...
On this episode of HotHardware's Two And A Half Geeks, Dave, Marco and Chris run down some of this past week's interesting tech news and discuss our in-house research results regarding how many CPU cores you need for a great gaming experience. We'll also give details on our latest AMAZING gaming PC GIVEAWAY in collaboration with Falcon Northwest, AMD and Bungie... Show Notes: 01:30 - Happy Birthday to Dave! 06:02 - Intel 11th Gen Core H45 Tiger Lake-H CPUs Launch To Push Laptop Performance Envelope 13:51 - Sony's PlayStation 5 Refresh Reportedly On Track With 6nm AMD Ryzen SoC 17:41 - Data Breach Exposes Fake Amazon Reviews Scam Implicating Thousands Of Unethical Behavior 23:42 - AMD EPYC Server... Read more...
First of all, we'd like to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and all women who have invested their time and talents into the children in their lives over the years. We don't know where we'd be without you.  There's serious business to discuss: we hope you've already found the perfect gift for your own moms, but just in case, we're here to help. And if that gift has already been found, maybe it's time to invest in something fun for yourself or someone else. Without further ado let's dive into the deals and see what's out there.  Wearable tech is a huge help when it comes to keeping on task, organized, and active. For those who aren't already on the smart watch train, whether... Read more...
Last week, cybersecurity researchers discovered an open Elasticsearch database that exposed an extensive fake Amazon reviews scam ring. The database contained millions of direct messages between Amazon vendors and upwards of 200,000 customers willing to provide fake reviews in exchange for free products. It is presently unknown who owns the database, but it shows the nasty underbelly of some Amazon vendors and online retail. The SafetyDetectives cybersecurity team’s discovery of this Elasticsearch database proved to be incredibly interesting and valuable as it outlined how Amazon vendors went about getting the fake reviews. The team reported that Amazon vendors send to reviewers, or an... Read more...
If you've had your eyes on the GPD Win 3 handheld gaming PC ever since it was first unveiled back in November 2020, we've got some good news for you. The portable gaming device is now available for preorder on Amazon, with an estimated release date of June 2nd. The GPD Win 3 has captured so much attention due to its small form-factor, which looks like a cross between a Nintendo Switch and an old Sony Vaio UX UMPC. Perhaps the most intriguing thing about the device is its 5.5-inch display, which slides upward to reveal a dainty backlit QWERTY keyboard for input. The integrated hardware keyboard allows you to input text on the go without the need for an on-screen keyboard (which would be cumbersome... Read more...
Mother's Day is fast approaching, which means that it's time for the procrastinators out there to start thinking about gifts for mom (or your wife/significant other). Depending on your budget for dear old mom, there are plenty of gift ideas out there if she's into the latest electronics. Wireless ANC Earbuds From Amazon, Samsung, And Apple While they won't arrive in time for Mother's Day, it would be hard not to mention the new second-generation Amazon Echo Buds. You can preorder them now, but they won't ship until May 13th (if your mom doesn't mind a slightly tardy gift). The Echo Buds feature active noise cancellation technology, hands-free access to various Amazon services (and audio controls)... Read more...
The Apple Watch Series 6 launched during the fall of 2020 alongside the iPhone 12 family. It brought the latest advancements in the Apple Watch progression and started at $399 for the 40nm Wi-Fi model with an aluminum casing. In recent days, that price dropped to just $299 at various retailers, which is a stellar deal by itself for a current-generation Apple product. However, Apple and its retail partners are at it again with an even deeper discount on the Apple Watch Series 6. Right now, Amazon and Best Buy are selling the Apple Watch Series 6 (Product) Red 40mm for just $249. That's a savings of $150 off the regular price or a 38 percent discount. Apple Watch Series 6 (Product) RED 40mm w/Sport... Read more...
It's been about a year and a half since Amazon last updated its Fire HD 10 family of tablets. So, it should come as no surprise that Amazon is ready to unleash its next generation of Fire HD 10 tablets onto the market to appeal to consumers looking for a consumption-oriented tablet that won't break the bank. First up is the new Fire HD 10, which features an unnamed 2GHz octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM (twice as much as previous generations). The display still measures 10.1-inch across with a Full HD resolution, but it is now 10 percent brighter than before. Customers can choose from either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, while the included microSD slot can expand storage by up to 1TB. Besides... Read more...
It hardly matters that it is nigh impossible to find a Ryzen 9 5900X both in stock and priced at (or even near) its MSRP of $549, the chip is still selling like hotcakes regardless. In fact, it is the second-best selling CPU on Amazon, behind only the previous generation (Zen 2) Ryzen 7 3700X. Should Intel be concerned about this? Let's unpack the situation. The Ryzen 9 5900X is based on AMD's latest generation Zen 3 architecture. It is a 12-core/24-thread processor with a 3.7GHz base clock, 4.8GHz max boost clock, and 64MB of L3 cache, all wrapped in a 105W TDP. The suggested e-tailer pricing (SEP) is $549, but like AMD's flagship Ryzen 9 5950X, it has been difficult to find for anywhere near... Read more...
With all due apologies for the disappointing news, you did not win a set of Apple AirPods, no matter what that unsolicited text message you received may have said. The text message is a scam attempt, plain and simple. It has gotten so big that the Better Business Bureau (BBB) felt it necessary to issue a warning to the public, explaining how the text message con works. Tech savvy individuals (most of you reading this) will recognize this sort of thing right away. But even if you would never fall for such a thing, you can probably think of family members and friends who would. So if nothing else, pass the warning on to those you know who would be duped by what basically amounts to a popular phishing... Read more...
We're closing out the workweek, and just in time for the weekend fun-rush comes some excellent tech deals for those in need. Amazon is currently running some hot promotions on Apple's AirPods Pro, the current-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and the Lenovo Flex 5 2-in-1 convertible. Apple AirPods Pro The AirPods Pro are pricey, with a $249 MSRP. Luckily, the wireless earbuds regularly go on sale for much less. Such is the case today, where Amazon is selling the accessories for a low $197. That's not as low as the $190 price that we saw over the holidays, but it's pretty darn close. If you do decide to pick up the AirPods Pro, you'll receive excellent active noise cancellation, 3D spatial audio... Read more...
We have bad news for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings franchise. Remember the Lord of the Rings MMORPG that Amazon Game Studios announced it was co-developing two years ago? Sadly, the project has been cancelled, with Lord of the Rings becoming the latest casualty from Amazon's troubled game studio. Amazon revealed in October 2019 that it was working with Leyou Technologies Holdings Limited and Middle-earth Enterprises on the Lord of the Rings MMO. It promised to give fans a "new, immersive game experience for epic exploration of the vast world of Tolkien," with versions planned for both PC and game consoles. "The collaboration brings together Amazon’s game technology and talented... Read more...
What is all that noise and hullabaloo? It sounds like Amazon introducing the all-new Echo Buds that are smaller, lighter, and produce better sound for just $119. Announced today, the new Echo Buds have a wealth of new technologies which make them better than before. The big selling point of the new Echo Buds is that they are 20% smaller, lightweight, and IPX4 rated, meaning they can withstand splashes, sweat, and light rain. This means they can go nearly wherever you go and should be comfortable and hopefully imperceptible throughout the day. The earbuds also come with four ear tip sizes and two wingtip sizes, so you can customize them for your best fit and seal for audio quality. Making sure... Read more...
Peace of mind is certainly worth something, and if that happens to come with a home security system, it is more than worth it. However, security systems are not normally cheap, but Amazon has some systems from Anker on sale, which could save you up to 25%. These deals will not last long, so get peace of mind on a budget today. Up for grabs on Amazon are two security system kits from eufy Security, an Anker company. The eufyCam 2C Pro, with either a three camera kit or four camera kit, boast an 2K resolution for seeing great detail in recorded video. Moreover, the cameras come with infrared night vision and human detection technology, meaning you can capture footage day or night and get an alert... Read more...
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