With an 18-year career in the semiconductor industry, it was fitting that Dave Altavilla would go on to share his knowledge of technology with others. Through his website, HotHardware.com, Dave Altavilla and his team of technophiles post the latest news and offer reviews for products from some of the biggest names in tech.
What sets HotHardware apart from other tech blogs is the more hobbyist nature of many of the articles. For example, articles are written about how to maximize hardware performance from computer components via overclocking. Not only do the bloggers discuss whether or not they personally recommend the product, but they also explain how far they can safely overclock the machine without causing issues. For true performance enthusiasts, the information provided can help eek out every last drop of potential in their hardware.
Because of the rapid pace of technology, tech users must always have the latest information in order to not be left behind. The detailed, tech-savvy, and up-to-date nature of David Altavilla’s HotHardware (http://hothardware.com) makes it a popular destination for tech enthusiasts throughout the web. In addition, the company has almost 6,000 followers on Twitter and over 10,000 Facebook fans.
As editor-in-chief at HotHardware.com, Dave Altavilla oversees a staff responsible for reporting on the latest advancements in technology. On the cutting edge of this market’s most vital issues, Altavilla’s team covers many topics, like digital rights management software, for example.
Digital rights management, or DRM, emerged as a way to combat piracy. Due to the ease of copying media in the digital age, companies use DRM to control access to copyrighted content, including videogames, movies, and music. Most DRM strategies involve three components: identifying the copyrighted material, controlling its distribution, and deciding how buyers may utilize it once they have purchased it. These restrictions may include limiting the number of downloadable copies or forbidding the consumer from printing out the material.
Companies use two main methods for DRM. Web-based permission software involves a user receiving an access key to open the software. Each computer/IP address gets a unique identification mark so that subsequent users cannot install the item onto their hard drive. Alternatively, the digital watermark style applies mostly to DVRs and sends out a “flag” that prevents recorders from capturing an event on television; however, some customers complain that the limitations of this approach are too strict and that maintaining everything through the Internet prevents buyers from actually owning the product they purchased.
Dave Altavilla, editor-in-chief of HotHardware.com, and his team report on the newest developments in processors, graphics cards, motherboards, mobile devices, and other technologies. To further connect with his readers, David Altavilla produces a series of YouTube videos evaluating new products on the market.
On its more than 300 uploaded videos, the HotHardware staff has offered its thoughts on a myriad of items. With smartphones and tablets among the most popular pieces of technology, it has reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S4, the BlackBerry Z10, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, and the HTC Droid DNA. In 2013, HotHardware went to the Consumer Electronics Show and recorded demonstrations of some of the exhibits, including the Intel Haswell Graphics Performance Test, which featured a blind, side-by-side comparison of two processors playing the same game.
One of the channels most popular videos is called “3D Printer Round-Up.” Posted at the end of 2012 and running for more than 15 minutes, it compares 3D printers currently on the market: the Up! Mini, the Solidoodle 2, and the Cube 3D. Commentators go into depth on different aspects, such as cost, user accessibility, frills, quality, and noise. Despite differences among the three, HotHardware recommends any of them, depending on your specific needs, whether “you’re a 3D printing veteran or new to the technology.”