If you were expecting a revolutionary design update for the 2019 family of iPhones, you’re going to be woefully disappointed. As widely expected, this year’s iPhone refresh will look much like the 2018 iPhones, which looked nearly identical to the 2017 iPhone X.
The iPhone 11 family — as it’s being called for now — is most easily differentiated
Source: Hot Hardware – Apple’s Evolutionary iPhone 11 Refresh To Bring New Taptic Engine, Wide-Angle Smart Frame Cam
Microsoft capped off its record fiscal year with $33.7 billion in revenue during its most recent quarter, to go along with operating income of $12.4 billion and a profit of $13.2 billion. Not too shabby. However, gaming revenue took a hit, and there is speculation that Fortnite, one of the most popular games on the planet, is the reason why.
Source: Hot Hardware – Fortnite’s Decline Is Reportedly Hitting Microsoft’s Gaming Business The Hardest
We are roughly two weeks away from the big unveil of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 family, and like clockwork, additional details on the smartphones are starting to rise to the surface. The latest bit of information comes from ever-reliable gadget leaker Evan Blass.
According to Blass’ latest report, the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ will
Source: Hot Hardware – Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Tipped To Rock Snapdragon 855+, 256GB, 4300 mAh Battery
Well, this is interesting—benchmark results for a mysterious AMD “Flute” chip have popped up online, leading some people to speculate that it is an early sample of the custom system-on-chip (SoC) that will find its way into Microsoft’s upcoming Project Scarlett console. We cannot say for sure if that it is what it really is, but the reported
Source: Hot Hardware – AMD Flute Zen 2 Ryzen SoC Leaks Online And Could Be Bound For Project Scarlett
The final member of NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX Super-series officially arrives today, the GeForce RTX 2080 Super. In case you missed it, a couple of weeks back, NVIDIA launched the GeForce RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super, to preemptively zing AMD in the lead-up to the Radeon RX 5700 series launch. The GeForce RTX Super-series will supplant…
Source: Hot Hardware – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Review: More Bang For The Buck
Apple and Qualcomm haven’t exactly been the best of friends in recent years, but the former needs the latter’s modems for its iPhones. The need for modem chips was part of the reason for the settlement reached between the two companies earlier this year that saw both dropping a number of lawsuits hurled at each other. However, A new report
Source: Hot Hardware – Report: Apple To Buy Intel’s Modem Business For Billion As It Pushes Toward 5G
If you’re a semiconductor manufacturer pumping out DRAM and NAND for today’s hordes of electronic devices, you might be sitting in a corner crying right now. But for us enthusiasts that need to purchase DDR4 modules and PCIe NVMe SSDs for our gaming rigs, the closing months of 2019 might be a prime opportunity to make new purchases.
Source: Hot Hardware – DRAM Prices Could Plummet 40 Percent In 2019 On Erroneous Semiconductor Forecasts And A Perfect Storm
Back in May, Activision unveiled the reboot of the classic Call of Duty: Modern Warfare shooter complete with ray tracing-enabled graphics. Since then it has announced the new Modern Warfare 4K gunfight mode. Activision is now teasing another new feature for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare courtesy of a new gunsmith teaser.
Source: Hot Hardware – Call of Duty Modern Warfare Gunsmith Weapon Customization Teased
Apple has announced the availability of the latest iOS update for iPhones and iPads, and it is dubbed iOS 12.4. While this is a “lowly” point release, it does introduce a rather significant feature for anyone that has labored through the process of transferring data from an old iPhone to a new iPhone.
The new feature is plainly called iPhone
Source: Hot Hardware – Apple Releases iOS 12.4 For iPhone And iPad With Direct Data Migration Tool
This weekend was the Fortnite Season 9 finale with the giant robot facing off against the monster dubbed Cattus. The fight was by all accounts an epic battle, and the end result was that the robot, dubbed Doggus, defeated Cattus. The expectation from most was that the battle would destroy a lot of the familiar structures around the island
Source: Hot Hardware – Is Fortnite’s Loot Lake Mystery Orb Destabilizing Towards An Apocalyptic Map-Changing Event?
We all have that one friend or family member who absolutely hates having their picture taken. The litany of excuses range from their hair being messed up or makeup smudged, to wearing the wrong outfit or bad lighting, and everything in between. Well, they are going to despite an upcoming handset by Redmi, which features the world’s first 64-megapixel
Source: Hot Hardware – Redmi Shows Off Pixelicious Photo Sample Of World’s First 64MP Smartphone Camera
Origin PC has finally unleashed the successor to its original “Big O” gaming machine that debuted way back in 2010. While the original Big O combined a high-end gaming PC with the internals of an Xbox 360 gaming console, the new 2019 edition of the Big O is a much more ambitious design and was built to celebrate Origin PC’s 10th anniversary.
Source: Hot Hardware – Origin PC Gives Us A ‘Big O’ With Its Badass Hybrid PC, Xbox One, PS4 And Switch Gaming Tower
The day of reckoning has come for Equifax for a massive data breach two years ago, but for consumers hoping for more than a slap on a wrist, prepare yourself for disappointed. Equifax’s penalty for failing to secure private information belonging to around 147 million Americans is a fine totaling at least $575 million, and potentially up to
Source: Hot Hardware – Equifax Makes Off Relatively Easy With FTC’s Weaksauce Fine For Epic Data Fumble
OpenAI has been given a big vote of confidence from Microsoft, which today announced a massive investment into the company. OpenAI is a research lab that counts Elon Musk as a co-founder and has a mission to “ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity.”
Microsoft has agreed to invest $1 billion into OpenAI in exchange
Source: Hot Hardware – Microsoft Makes Billion OpenAI Investment As It Sips From Artificial General Intelligence Holy Grail
Smartphone rumors are coming in hot and heavy as of late. Earlier today, we reported on an Apple rumor suggesting that the company’s 2020 model iPhone might wield a switchable 60Hz/120Hz display (similar to gaming phones, like the ASUS ROG Phone II), and now there is talk of Google’s upcoming Pixel 4 devices utilizing a traditional bezel design
Source: Hot Hardware – Google Pixel 4’s Massive Top Display Bezel May Hide Impressive Sensor Array
It is never too early for rumors of the next iPhone iteration, right? So it goes in the land of smartphones—leaks, rumors, and speculation constantly abound. As it pertains to Apple’s bread and butter device, there is talk of a 2020 model iPhone getting a display upgrade with a refresh rate than can be switched from 60Hz to 120Hz.
Source: Hot Hardware – Apple’s 2020 iPhone Rumored To Adopt 120Hz ProMotion Display
Many app makers are growing tired of paying the relatively high fees that the Apple App Store and Google Play are demanding. Google Play and the Apple App Store each take 30% of the revenue an app generates, leaving many developers looking for ways to maximize their revenue. Some have moved to take payments directly, and others, like Fortnite,
Source: Hot Hardware – Tinder Reaches Around Google, Stiffs App Store Payment System
After a week of teasing and a few leaks, ASUS is getting officially official with its ROG Phone II gaming phone. As ASUS confirmed last week, the ROG Phone II is powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855 Plus, which a binned version of the existing Snapdragon 855 with higher CPU and GPU clocks.
The Snapdragon 855 Plus will primarily be used
Source: Hot Hardware – ASUS ROG Phone II Revealed: Snapdragon 855+ 120Hz OLED 6000 mAh Flagship Killer
Your Xbox One may not be easily portable, but that does not mean your games can’t be. Western Digital just announces its Gaming Drive Accelerated SSD for the Xbox One. The portable SSD allows players to store more games and load them more quickly.
The Western Digital (WD) Gaming Drive Accelerated SSD is available in 500GB and 1TB capacities.
Source: Hot Hardware – Western Digital 1TB Gaming Drive Accelerated SSD Levels Up Xbox One Storage
Google’s Fast Pair technology has been updated with an interesting new feature that users of connected Bluetooth devices will find useful. There are also a bunch of new products that are compatible with Fast Pair technology. Google is talking up some of the upcoming experiences for Fast Pair aimed at improving Bluetooth device management.
Source: Hot Hardware – Google Fast Pair Tech Now Details Individual Earbud Battery Life In Android, Here Are Compatible Devices