Hardware

It can be challenging keeping up to date with hardware and PC specs, as they change daily as new components become available. Not only will we share what’s new on the market, but we’ll keep you abreast of how to improve performance and resources.

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Project Alias hacks Amazon Echo and Google Home devices for privacy

More and more households around the world make use of voice controlled devices for all kinds of purposes. Once set up in a location, these devices may provide answers to questions, control […]

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Amazon Partfinder checks PC component compatibility

One of the things that PC users have to make sure when they shop for new hardware for their devices is that the new hardware components are compatible with the device. It […]

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Intel Windows Modern Drivers for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019

Intel switched the type of driver package that it provides for Intel hardware running on Windows 10 or Windows Server 2019 in November 2018. The new driver package, called Modern Windows Drivers […]

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AMD announces end of 32-bit video driver support

Japanese gaming website 4Gamer reports that AMD has discontinued support for 32-bit drivers for the company's graphics cards. The company put 32-bit support for AMD drivers on Windows into legacy support. AMD […]

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Latest GPU-Z detects some fake NVIDIA cards

The latest version of the popular video card tool GPU-Z includes a new option to detect and highlight fake NVIDIA cards. Fake video cards appear as more powerful video cards on cursory […]

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Nvidia GeForce 416.16 with Windows 10 version 1809 support

Nvidia released a new driver for its GeForce video cards today that introduces official support for Windows 10 version 1809 which Microsoft released on October 2, 2018. Some users who upgraded earlier […]

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How to disable the touchpad of the Surface Pro

I bought a Surface Pro 4 shortly after Microsoft released the device and talked about my experience with the device here on this site. I like a lot of things when it […]

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Nvidia GeForce Driver 397.31: RTX Support, file cleanup

Nvidia released the NVIDIA GeForce Driver 397.31 WHQL to the public today. The new driver includes support for a new feature called Nvidia RTX Technology, updates to components, a new file cleanup […]

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Latest Intel Graphics driver supports automatic game optimization

Intel's latest graphics driver for Windows supports the automatic configuration of game settings to improve the gaming experience on machines with integrated Intel graphics adapters. The new feature is available as a […]

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Should you get a Cat6 or Cat7 Ethernet cable for your network?

When you search on Amazon, Newegg or any other shopping site for ethernet cables, you will soon encounter terms you may not be familiar with. The shops carry Cat5, Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a […]

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How to find and install BIOS updates on your computer

The recently discovered Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities can only be patched fully with BIOS updates. Depending on your system, you may have installed the operating system, web browser and other software updates […]

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Nvidia GeForce driver 390.65 WHQL security update

Nvidia released the Nvidia GeForce Game Reader 390.65 WHQL driver for GeForce graphics cards on January 8th, 2018. The update improves support for specific games, includes fixes, and patches The Spectre variant […]

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Nvidia ends support for 32-bit operating system drivers

Nvidia announced yesterday plans to end Nvidia graphics driver support for 32-bit operating systems on the official Nvidia Support website. Current Nvidia graphic cards drivers install on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of […]

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Nvidia Graphics Driver 388.71: PUBG Game Ready support

Nvidia released the graphics driver 388.71 WHQL for Microsoft's Windows operating system today. The graphics driver comes with Game Ready support for the smash hit Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, support for CUDA 9.1, and […]

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Nvidia Driver 388.43 WHQL restores NV Tray

Nvidia released a new WHQL graphics driver 388.43 for Windows earlier today which brings back NV Tray and Game Ready support for Doom VFR. The new driver is already available on the […]

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Nvidia Geforce driver 388.31 WHQL: new profiles, fixes, issues

Nvidia released a new version of the company's driver for graphics card; the new Nvidia Geforce driver 388.31 WHQL brings Game Ready profiles for Star Wars Battlefront 2, some fixes, but it […]

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New Intel Graphics Driver adds 4K HDR streaming support

A new Intel graphics driver adds support for streaming 4K HDR media on Windows PCs and laptops provided the right hardware available. Microsoft's Fall Creators Update -- the company launched the operating […]

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Nvidia Graphics Driver 388.00: new features and issues

Nvidia released the new Nvidia Graphics Driver 388.00 WHQL to the public with game ready profiles for Destiny 2 and Assassin's Creed Origins. The new graphics driver is available on Nvidia's driver […]

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HP pushes third-party ink blocking printer firmware update (again)

Hewlett Packard (HP) released a new firmware for the company's Officejet printers that appears to block third-party ink from functioning correctly. The company caused quite the uproar a year ago when it […]

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USB 3.2 promises twice the performance of USB 3.1

USB 3.0 was a big step up from USB 2.0 in terms of performance, which in turn was a big improvement over USB 1.0. It then got a bit confusing when USB […]

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How to turn off the Surface keyboard backlight

When it comes to saving battery, one of the things that you can do that is effective is to turn off the keyboard backlight of your Surface device. Note that other mobile […]

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Nvidia GeForce Drivers for Windows 378.49 released

Nvidia has just released new GeForce Drivers for supported Windows operating systems that introduces game ready support for Resident Evil 7 among other things. Nvidia GeForce Drivers 378.49 is a WHQL (Windows […]

Of Apple and Windows: Gartner's OS forecast is useless

You have probably read about Gartner's latest forecast already which sees Apple shipping more combined devices than Microsoft / Windows in the year 2017 and the following years. If you have not, […]

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Nvidia 375.86 driver issues

The last couple of weeks have not been good to Nvidia. The company released a new driver with the version 375.57 in late October that caused major issues especially on Windows 10 […]

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Microsoft's Surface Dial

Microsoft did showcase several new pieces of hardware on yesterday's event including the company's first desktop PC Surface Studio and an accompanying Surface Dial. Surface Dial, which looks like a Hockey puck, […]

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HP releases printer firmware to undo non-HP ink cartridge blocking

HP angered many of its customers in September 2016 when a previously released firmware update for company printers would block non-HP ink cartridges from working. HP designed the update to come into […]

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Western Digital launches SSD products

Western Digital launched two new Solid State Drives (SSD) product lines under the WD brand yesterday of which one is already available for purchase. WD Blue and WD Green Solid State Drives […]

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HP firmware update blocks non-HP ink cartridges

HP released a firmware update on March 12, 2016 for several of the company's Officejet printers that renders non-HP ink cartridges useless. HP customers began to complain about the issue on September […]

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Seagate unveils 10TB Consumer Hard Drive portfolio

Seagate unveiled today a new portfolio of 10 Terabyte hard drives for the consumer market that push storage capacities to new heights. The 10 Terabyte drives Seagate Barracuda Pro, Seagate IronWolf and […]

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The Z is an innovative computer mouse

The Z is a mouse created by Swiftpoint that aims to revolutionize how mice works by introducing new features that benefit all users. When it comes to the mouse input device, not […]

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A cloud-connected Keyboard? No Thanks

The Das Keyboard 5Q is a cloud-connected computer keyboard that is designed as a notification device as much as it is a keyboard. Das Keyboard is one of the most popular mechanical […]

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Upgrading PC components

One of the biggest advantages of desktop PCs is that these systems are open enough to allow you to replace components. While you may be able to replace some components, a hard […]

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OEM Updaters put PCs at risk

A study by Duo Security, Inc suggests that OEM Updaters, programs designed by PC manufacturers to update vendor-specific software, do more harm than good as they put PCs at risk. Prebuild desktop […]

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My Surface Pro 4 Experience so far

I made the decision to buy a Surface Pro 4 shortly after Microsoft revealed the new machine. I always liked the idea behind the machine especially since much of the hardware and […]

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Find out if your PC is Oculus Rift ready

Oculus Rift, a VR solution, is now available for preorder for $599 on the official company website (pricing is €699 plus shipping for Euro countries, and £499 Pound). The VR solution ships […]

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book differences

Microsoft announced several new devices on its Windows 10 Devices event including a new version of the popular Surface Pro line called Surface Pro 4 and the company's first laptop Surface Book. […]

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iPad Pro, Google Pixel C, Microsoft Surface: which should you get?

Google revealed the Pixel C Chromebook yesterday and Apple the iPad Pro earlier this month. Both devices are designed to add productivity features to tablets running Android and iOS, for instance by […]

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Google's Nexus 5X and 6P pricing outside the US is ridiculous

As a European, I'm used to paying more for devices, software, subscriptions and other digital goods. If you compare the pricing, it appears that most company's simply replace $ with €/£ when […]

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Fix Creative Speakers stop playing audio out of the blue

For the past ten years or so I have used headphones to listen to audio and do other audio-related things on PCs. Recently, I bought a pair of audio speakers from Creative […]

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Samsung releases new fix and firmware update for SSD 840 Evo drives

If you own a Samsung SSD 840 Evo drive and noticed that write performance went considerably down after some time, you may want to download an updated tool and install a new […]


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