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If going solely by market capitalization, NVIDIA is now the most valuable publicly traded company in the world following its latest stock market rally. As of this morning, NVIDIA's market cap is right around $3.35 trillion (with a 'T'), which puts it ahead of several technology heavyweights including Microsoft ($3.17... Read more...
Do you need a new mobile workhorse, or just want a lightweight, powerful laptop with all-day battery life? Whatever the individual reasons, a lot of people are understandably very excited about Qualcomm's Snapdragon X series processors and the associated push for Windows on ARM by Microsoft. If that's you, then the... Read more...
When the first batch of Copilot+ PCs release to retail next week (they're already up for preorder), they'll be missing a key AI feature that Microsoft remains bullish on—Recall, which aims to make it easier for users to retrace their steps by taking snapshots every five seconds. While the intent of this functionality... Read more...
Bethesda had some surprises in store for fans of its latest franchise, Starfield, which it showed off during this year’s Xbox Showcase. Not only did the company unveil the upcoming Shattered Space expansion, but revealed that it will also be delivering a significant June update with several new features. One of the... Read more...
In a wide-ranging interview with IGN, Xbox CEO Phil Spencer discussed several aspects of the business, including teasing the possibility of a PC gaming handheld without fully coming out and confirming a release. This isn’t the first time Spencer has mentioned these devices, and it’s clear that he’s a fan of the form... Read more...
Microsoft is somewhat pulling in the reins on its Recall feature, which is a key part of the company's Copilot+ initiative for next-gen PCs (starting with Snapdragon X Elite/Plus systems). In theory, Recall is supposed to make life easier for users by helping to find things by continually taking snapshots of content... Read more...
Microsoft is bringing its own AI based super resolution technique, dubbed Automatic super resolution (Auto SR), to the masses by baking it right into Windows. Like other solutions from AMD, Intel and NVIDIA, Microsoft's solution takes a game rendered at a lower resolution and upscales it using AI-powered algorithms to... Read more...
Microsoft has put an expiration date on Windows 10—in a mere 16 months, the aging OS will run out of support. That's a problem for Microsoft as the majority of Windows users are still on version 10. The company is apparently hoping to annoy Windows 10 users into upgrading with a number of new nag screens, but it's... Read more...
Industry heavyweights AMD, Broadcom, Cisco, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Intel, Meta and Microsoft have joined forces to form the Ultra Accelerator Link Promoter Group and UALink Consortium to co-develop a new, open industry standard interconnect designed for scale-up systems in next-generation data... Read more...
For both hard-core PC gamers and hardware enthusiasts like your average HotHardware reader, it's no big deal to head into a game's settings and flip on whatever upscaling technology applies to their graphics card. Most people won't bother, though; if it isn't enabled by default, it isn't getting turned on. This isn't... Read more...
Xbox finally confirmed that the newest entry from the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops 6, will in fact be coming to Game Pass on day one. Prior to this announcement there had been several rumors discussing the possibility of Xbox withholding the game from Game Pass, and instead opting for a traditional... Read more...
A new era of computing on Windows is getting under way with the launch of Microsoft's Copilot+ initiative, starting with a whole bunch of laptop designs built around Qualcomm's Snapdragon X Elite and Snapdragon X Plus platforms. Based on Arm, these laptops promise extended battery life compared to most x86 machines... Read more...
Microsoft is looking to properly kick off the AI in PC era with its Copilot+ PC initiative the company is debuting at this year’s Microsoft Build conference, and Qualcomm will play a big role in the rollout. Qualcomm will be working with several hardware OEM manufacturers including Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo... Read more...
Now that Google I/O is in the rear view mirror for 2024, it's time for the next big event by another tech juggernaut—Microsoft Build, which is both an in-person (Seattle, Washington) and online affair. Assuming you can't or otherwise don't plan on attending the multi-day event in Seattle, you can catch the keynote and... Read more...
Windows insiders should already have received Preview Build 22635.3570, which includes a number of changes and new features. Among these are the ability to duplicate a tab in File Explorer, a pause for Copilot releases pending further refinements, and a fix for an issue where "Global.WindowsMigration" shows up in the... Read more...
In a surprising move, Microsoft's Xbox division is closing several Bethesda studios, with Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty stating that these moves are based on a “reprioritization of titles and resources.” The affected studios include Arkane Austin, Tango Gameworks, and Alpha Dog Games. Meanwhile, Roundhouse studios... Read more...
Earlier this month, Microsoft discovered a vulnerability pattern in Android applications that could enable overwriting files and allow remote code execution. This issue that could be leveraged by attackers has also been seen in the wild with several applications, but organizations have seemingly been quick to rectify... Read more...
Working subtle advertisements into products seems to be the way of the future, with platforms like Discord testing the ad waters now as well. However, Microsoft has been well ahead of the curve and has been toying with the idea for quite some time for some of its software products. Now, the Redmond-based company is... Read more...
Blizzard Entertainment titles are making their way back into the Chinese market this summer thanks to a new partnership between Microsoft Gaming and NetEase. It took a little over a year for this deal to come together but, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Diablo, and several others will once again be... Read more...
Xbox plans on continuing to lead the way in game preservation, which will play a big role on the next Xbox currently being worked on by its hardware division. This is all according to internal e-mails provided to Windows Central, and have been confirmed as genuine by Microsoft. The e-mails were sent by Sarah Bond... Read more...
Xbox is adding a new color option to its Vapor series controllers, the Nocturnal Vapor Special Edition. The Vapor series features a swirl of colors that lead to a nice smokey effect, which also gives each controller its own unique pattern. So no two are exactly the same, Microsoft says. The Nocturnal Vapor variant... Read more...
Artificial intelligence chatbots are coming to all the things, it seems, and evidently that includes your Xbox game console. While nothing has been announced, Microsoft revealed that it is indeed in the process of testing an AI chatbot for Xbox game consoles, with the focus so far on supporting gamers in a number of... Read more...
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