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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 have sung the praises of the OnePlus 7 Pro here at HotHardware before, and OnePlus is luckily running a Black Friday promotion that is knocking a big chunk off the flagship smartphone's price tag. OnePlus is already known for attractive pricing for its Android smartphones, so this particular configuration’s $699... Read more...
Earlier this year, we heard rumors that Intel was reaching out to Samsung to help alleviate some of its supply issues with respect to 14nm chip production. At the time, it was alleged that Samsung would be producing 14nm Rocket Lake parts for Intel. However, our own sources at the time asserted that the reports were... Read more...
Earlier this year, Intel sold off its cellular modem business at a loss, which cost the company billions. Intel never thought that it would be in that position, as it had hoped to help spearhead the 5G revolution for smartphones and other mobile devices. Today, we're learning that Intel is placing direct blame on... Read more...
Earlier this week, Xbox chief Phil Spencer ruffled a few feathers in the gaming world when he spoke his mind on the state of virtual reality (VR) for consoles. Spencer at the time lamented problems that he saw with VR technology, and stated his reasoning for not pursuing the technology with Microsoft's upcoming Xbox... Read more...
AMD has had a resurgence in the consumer (and server) market with its Zen-based processors over the past few years. Kicking off with first-generation Ryzen/Ryzen Threadripper processors (Zen) in 2017, AMD followed up with their second-generation Zen+ based counterparts in 2018. During the summer, AMD launched the Zen... Read more...
Google's DeepMind division has been demolishing human opponents left in right in traditional games like Go (also called Baduk), and even more modern fare like Starcraft. However, one human Go player is calling it quits years after he was defeated by DeepMind AlphaGo AI.  Lee Se-dol, a South Korean Go champion told... Read more...
The world collectively laughed at the Tesla Cybertruck when Elon Musk unveiled it in California nearly a month ago, but it appears that there is still plenty of interest in the odd-looking electric vehicle. The Cybertruck is billed as being the biggest and baddest half-ton pickup around, and Musk repeatedly compared... Read more...
California, a state that is known for its tough talk on privacy regulations, is coming under fire for its own actions regarding the misuse use of drivers’ personal information. Thanks to an inquiry by Motherboard, it's been discovered that the California Department of Motor Vehicles has been selling private records to... Read more...
Without question, AMD's new Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and 3960X HEDT processors are absolute performance monsters offering up to 32 cores and 64 threads of computing muscle. We took a look at both processors in our review yesterday, and even managed to see some pretty nice gains with the [current] flagship Threadripper... Read more...
Yesterday, we revealed that Intel and MediaTek are working together to bring standalone MediaTek 5G modems to PCs starting in early 2021. Today, MediaTek is following up on that news with the official announcement of the Dimensity 1000 SoC for mobile devices, which includes an integrated 5G modem. The Dimensity... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 families have largely been successful for the South Korean electronics giant, but there have been some well publicized issues that have plagued the smartphones. One of the most prominent issues came with the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, which is embedded within the... Read more...
There is no question that the 5G revolution is coming, and if analysts are correct, the switchover from 4G to 5G might happen faster than the 3G to 4G transition. Intel is well aware of this inevitability and is looking to ensure that PCs are at the forefront of this next-generation cellular-wireless... Read more...
Earlier this month, we received sneak peeks at Intel's upcoming Frost Canyon family of NUC 10 Mini PCs. The first leak gave us a listing of all of the upcoming SKUs, while the second leak gave us a look at the slightly refreshed chassis design. Today, however, Intel has officially pulled the wraps off its NUC 10... Read more...
It's no secret that the next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony will both use a solid-state drive (SSD) in an effort to improve overall system performance and game loading times. However, up until this point, we had no idea who would be supplying this speedy storage subsystem for the Xbox Project Scarlett and... Read more...
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