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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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We’ve previously heard rumors of a Surface Laptop Studio, and Microsoft made it official today with the reveal of its swanky new laptop. The Surface Laptop Studio serves as the successor to the Surface Book 3 and was billed as “the most powerful Surface we’ve ever built” and is the “culmination of years of Surface... Read more...
Microsoft this morning announced the Surface Pro 8, which leaked over the weekend. As we learned from the previous leak, the Surface Pro 8 has received a significant redesign with slimmer bezels for the larger 13-inch display (compared to 12.3 inches). Speaking of the display, Microsoft cranked up the maximum refresh... Read more...
We’ve extensively covered Intel’s NUC 11 Extreme “Beast Canyon” mini PC over the past few months, and it’s no doubt impressive. However, the system has only been available for preorder at outfits like SimplyNUC, and we aren’t aware of many systems that have shipped at this point. However, one seller on Amazon is... Read more...
Microsoft can't seem to release a new version of Windows without causing controversy. Windows 8.x was panned for its graphical redesign, while Windows 10 was blasted for Microsoft's constant nagging to "encourage" users to upgrade. With Windows 11, the company has taken flak for its hardware requirements, including... Read more...
Things have been relatively quiet on the Windows 10 on Arm front for a while now. We haven’t seen many (if any devices) launch this year, and even Microsoft’s last Surface Pro X refresh was mild (to put it lightly) with a slightly enhanced SQ2 SoC. However, that could change tomorrow at Microsoft’s Fall Surface... Read more...
Kindle devices seemingly take a backseat to the Fire family of tablets when it comes to “flashiness,” but Amazon clearly hasn’t forgotten about its e-readers. Today, the company announced a major design overhaul for the Kindle Paperwhite, the first such update in three years. Amazon started its refresh with a larger... Read more...
Earlier this morning, we brought you info on Hewlett-Packard's new 16-inch Spectre X360 2-in-1 convertible and 11 inch Tablet PC. But that isn't all that the PC giant has in store; it also debuted a new Envy 34 all-in-one PC that brings some stout specs (and Windows 11) to the table. As its name implies, the Envy 34... Read more...
Shortly after Microsoft announced Windows 11 earlier this Summer, it made its PC Health Check available to let Windows 10 users know if their device met the minimum requirements to upgrade. However, the app did more to frustrate users with its unclear error messages and lack of explanation for why systems were labeled... Read more...
Windows 11 officially launches on October 5th, which means that a slew of PC OEMs will announce refreshed devices using the operating system over the next few weeks. Hewlett-Packard is getting the ball rolling early with the announcement of two new devices aimed at mobile professionals. The first is the Spectre x360... Read more...
If there’s one thing that companies across various industries are asking for right now, it’s increased chip capacity so that they can ship more products out the door to customers. But, unfortunately, there’s a severe backlog when it comes to fab capacity. That means the current chip supply can’t keep up with demand... Read more...
After going through numerous betas during the summer, Apple today released iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 for iPhones and iPads (and just days ahead of the iPhone 13 launch). As is typical for most recent new Apple software releases, iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are all about steady refinements instead of bringing drastic changes to... Read more...
OnePlus today confirmed that one of its long-held practices regarding its smartphones won’t continue for 2021. As has typically been the case with OnePlus, it launches a new flagship smartphone during the first half of the year, then follows up with an enhanced “T” version during the second half. We’ve seen in recent... Read more...
Tesla has faced a lot of criticism over the years for its autonomous driving technology, which it markets under two available packages: Autopilot and Full Self Driving. The former is standard on all Tesla EVs and includes computer-controlled acceleration, braking, and steering within a traffic lane. The ladder is a... Read more...
It’s no secret that Microsoft is on the verge of releasing its second-generation Surface Duo 2 flagship Android smartphone. Images of the device leaked back in late July, and benchmarks showed up online shortly after. We’ve now learned that the device has passed through the halls of the Federal Communications... Read more...
Microsoft is scheduled to hold its annual Surface hardware event on September 22nd, and multiple products are expected to debut at that time. One of the headliners will undoubtedly be the Surface Pro 8, which received an early reveal today courtesy of @Shadow_Leak via Twitter. According to the tweet, the Surface Pro... Read more...
With the global chip shortage putting the entire consumer electronics and PC industry on edge, tech companies are looking for additional ways to get more product into the hands of consumers. One sector that has faced incredible demand and lagging supply for the past year is PC GPUs, but NVIDIA is switching gears to... Read more...
Preorders for Apple's iPhone 13 family kicked off this morning, with prices starting at $699 for the iPhone 13 mini on up to $1,099 for the iPhone 13 Pro Max. However, Walmart and Amazon are getting in on the Apple frenzy today with discounts on additional hardware, including the newly announced 9th generation iPad... Read more...
Tesla is the biggest name in the electric car market. And even though the percentage of EVs sold in the United States as a whole is in the low single-digits, Tesla is by far the best-selling brand led by the Model 3 and Model Y. One of the hallmark features of Teslas -- other than their overall performance and... Read more...
We've covered just about every possible leak concerning Intel's upcoming Alder Lake-S desktop family of processors. At this point, we know that there will initially be a Core i5-12600K, Core i7-12700K, and Core i9-12900K (along with their KF counterparts with deactivated GPUs). Now, we're learning about some new... Read more...
As we approach the closing quarter of 2021, numerous leaks concerning Samsung's future flagship devices are spilling out. On the smartphone side, we have the Galaxy S22. And for tablets, Samsung will soon introduce the Galaxy Tab S8 family. Galaxy S22 Family Rumors Galore Starting with the Galaxy S22, we already... Read more...
Google parent company Alphabet had an ambitious plan to provide internet to underserved regions across the globe via Project Loon. Project Loon involved the use of high-altitude balloons that hovered in the Earth's stratosphere and provided internet connectivity to people on the ground. Commercial service first kicked... Read more...
Intel Optane holds a unique position in the PC computing space as a high-speed memory that complements system DRAM. The non-volatile memory can accelerate commonly performed tasks and improve overall system responsiveness (including booting) even if you already have a high-speed PCIe 4.0 SSD installed. Kioxia is... Read more...
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