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Brandon received his first PC, an IBM Aptiva 310, in 1994 and hasn’t looked back since. He cut his teeth on computer building/repair working at a mom and pop computer shop as a plucky teen in the mid 90s and went on to join AnandTech as the Senior News Editor in 1999. Brandon would later help to form DailyTech where he served as Editor-in-Chief from 2008 until 2014. Brandon is a tech geek at heart, and family members always know where to turn when they need free tech support. When he isn’t writing about the tech hardware or studying up on the latest in mobile gadgets, you’ll find him browsing forums that cater to his long-running passion: automobiles.

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Updated 8/11/2020 @ 4:00pm Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox Series X will launch in November, although it didn't specify when in November. Microsoft added that 100s of Xbox Series X-optimized games will be available at launch, and that the highly anticipated Halo Infinite won't be one of those games. Instead... Read more...
TCL took the Smart TV market by storm with its affordable 1080p and 4K offerings that came bundled with Roku functionality and the familiar stubby remote control. In recent years, the company has increasingly added in higher-end features while still trying to pay homage to its value roots. TCL’s latest intersection... Read more...
Google's Pixel 4a finally launched last week after a months-long delay, and is a solid entry in the mid-range smartphone market. The Pixel 4a offers a compelling mix of an excellent camera, good display, respectable battery life and a budget-friendly price tag of $349. However, Google has yet to reveal its Pixel 5... Read more...
AMD started off 2020 with a bang when it released its Ryzen 4000 processors for laptops, and garnered many design wins. Based on the potent Zen 2 processor architecture, Ryzen 4000 processors are available in up to 8-core/16-thread configurations and with up an 8-core Radeon Vega-based graphics core. Now we’re... Read more...
In the Smart TV space, Roku has established itself as the global leader with a wide range of supported apps, affordable dongles that can be attached to any TV, and deep penetration with top-selling TV brands like TCL. However, Google’s Android TV platform has been around for a few years and is looking to take some of... Read more...
It appears that smart devices manufacturer August has a problem on its hands with its Smart Lock Pro + Connect, which is an app-enabled lock for residential homeowners. The Smart Lock Pro + Connect has been around since 2017, and is one of August’s most popular smart home products. So, any cracks in the security of... Read more...
We’re likely a month away (give or take a week) from the official unveil of Apple’s iPhone 12 family. Analysts are expecting for this to be a Super Cycle upgrade for customers, which means that Apple should see a big increase in sales year-over-year. So, why would there be an iPhone 12 Super Cycle? Well, we’re glad... Read more...
We know that our fellow HotHardware readers love freebies, so you'll be happy to know that an old school classic is available for free this weekend. We're talking about the original Quake, which was a hallmark title in the evolution of the first-person shooter (FPS) genre. Bethesda is being so generous since this marks the 25th anniversary Read more...
And overwhelming number of Android smartphones rely on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. While there are other SoC vendors out like Huawei and Samsung, Qualcomm alone captured roughly 40 percent of the overall smartphone market during 2019. With that wide penetration comes greater scrutiny when it comes to any... Read more...
Tech companies and consumers alike are rightfully concerned about government agencies seeking backdoors into smartphone operating systems. Agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have exclaimed that backdoors can help them crack smartphones that belong to criminal or child predators. On the other hand... Read more...
The excitement surrounding the upcoming release of Microsoft Flight Simulator is palpable, as simulation fans -- especially those that didn't get accepted into the alpha or beta branches -- have been drooling over the ultra-realistic aircraft, picturesque landscapes, and detailed flight models.  Today the... Read more...
It's been a rather eventful year for T-Mobile with the departure of its highly-excitable former CEO John Legere and the acquisition of 4th place wireless carrier Sprint. T-Mobile is now claiming that it is the #2 wireless carrier in the United States. This declaration comes after T-Mobile completed its acquisition of... Read more...
Intel has been going through a bit of rough patch over the past few weeks, following the disclosure that its 7nm products have been delayed, which led to an internal reorganization that resulted in the company's chief engineering officer departing the company. Now we're learning that Intel was also the victim of a... Read more...
Back in early July, Apple released the first public beta for iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. What was conspicuously missing, however, was any sign of the first public beta for macOS Big Sur. Well, a month later, after Apple has already released four developer betas of Big Sur, the company is ready to move forward with... Read more...
Wireless charging has become commonplace in the smartphone world after first entering the public conscious around the middle of the last decade. The premise is relatively simple: you have a charging pad (or dock) that will recharge your smartphone without the need of plugging your device into a USB-C or Lightning... Read more...
Well, it has been a remarkably short run for Google's Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones, as the company confirmed this morning that both Qualcomm Snapdragon 855-powered devices have been discontinued. This is frankly an odd move from Google considering that the previous Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 flagships were on sale for... Read more...
Back in mid-July, Intel sent out a teaser asking the press to "drop in", as it would "have something big to share" on September 2nd. Given what we already know about Intel's processor roadmap, and what we've seen by way of leaked benchmarks (which have increased in frequency over the past few weeks), we reasonably... Read more...
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you already know that AMD has been making some serious gains in the processor market thanks to its Zen processor architectures. AMD had the fortune of putting forth a highly scalable and multi-threaded beast with designs like Zen 2, while Intel has been... Read more...
Samsung has officially announced its true, powerhouse flagship smartphone. No, we're not talking about the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but rather the Galaxy Z Fold 2. This is the follow-up to last year's problem-prone Galaxy Fold, and Samsung is hoping to make a bigger splash in the folding smartphone with improved... Read more...
While the stars of today’s Galaxy Unpacked event is no doubt the new Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (you can read our coverage here), Samsung has also announced a number of other products that complement its flagship phones. Although we haven’t heard a peep about the Galaxy Z Fold 2, the company has given us... Read more...
Windows 10 has come under fire recently for a who laundry list of problems with the May 2020 Update. Microsoft has been working overtime to address all of the outstanding issues, but new ones seemingly pop up every week. Now a new issue has presented itself with Windows 10 over the past few days, and it is drawing... Read more...
The ink is barely dry on Google’s announcement of its new mid-range Pixel 4a smartphone, which is priced at $399, and now Motorola has revealed that its [previously] international market-only One Fusion+ is coming to the United States. Not surprisingly, primary specifications for the One Fusion+ and the Pixel 4a are... Read more...
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