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Space Pirate Trainer's beta update turns it into a more strategic VR shoot-'em-up
— 4:06 PM on September 14, 2016

Space Pirate Trainer's early-access release, like many fun games, has a simple premise. Put on the HTC Vive, pick up its controllers, and you're...

Type: Blog post Tags: Gaming Software

Microsoft's push for a unified cross-platform gaming experience backfires
— 6:26 PM on March 1, 2016

Over the past few years, Microsoft has made a few attempts to build bridges to the PC gaming community. More often than not, though, those...

Type: Blog post Tags: Graphics Gaming Software

Ashes of the Singularity's second beta gives GCN a big boost with DX12
— 11:21 AM on February 25, 2016

Ashes of the Singularity is probably the first game that will come to most people's minds these days when we talk about DirectX...

Type: Blog post Tags: Graphics Gaming Software

Mixing power-line networking with Wi-Fi proves intoxicating
— 11:27 AM on September 28, 2015

You may recall my failed attempt at using a second Wi-Fi router in repeater mode in order to overcome some signal-strength issues in the...

Type: Blog post Tags: Networking

Chess, guns, and chainswords collide in Warhammer 40,000: Regicide
— 11:39 AM on September 25, 2015

Dakka! Dakka dakka dakka! That, my friends, is the most beautiful sound in the universe. Well, second best, perhaps, after the dulcet tones of...

Type: Blog post Tags: Gaming Software

Time Warner slings free Maxx upgrades to counter Google Fiber
— 1:35 PM on May 21, 2015

I've been chronicling the slow progress of Google Fiber moving into my metro area, my city, and eventually, into my house. Since Google Fiber...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Networking

Rowhammer attack exploits shrinking process size in DRAM
— 2:24 PM on March 25, 2015

A couple weeks ago, Google's Project Zero team demonstrated a very clever exploit of modern DDR3 memory. Their inspiration came from a research paper, 

Type: Blog post Tags: Memory Software

Notes from TR's next-gen storage testing
— 3:13 PM on December 19, 2014

In between work on other projects, I've been running exploratory tests on PCIe SSDs to see how their performance characteristics differ from the...

Type: Blog post Tags: Storage

TR subscribers get Macrium Reflect for 20-40% off
— 9:22 AM on June 11, 2014

We haven't said much about TR subscriptions for a little while, after the rush of the...

Type: Blog post Tags: Software The Tech Report

My first foray into password management
— 11:28 PM on May 4, 2014

For Internet users, the week of April 6 was undoubtedly one of the most annoying and harrowing in recent history. OpenSSL's Heartbleed bug was simultaneously...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Software

For Valve, is the Steam controller both a blessing and a curse?
— 10:06 PM on April 10, 2014

As excited as we may be about Steam machines democratizing PC gaming in the living room, there's no question Valve's new platform will encounter some...

Type: Blog post Tags: Input devices Game consoles

The Obligatory Super Hole VIII – The Uppity Armchair CD Edition
— 12:57 PM on February 3, 2014

Jason Fox, our resident Mac blogger, spends his days in the advertising business, and he has a tradition of rating the Superbowl commercials each year....

Type: Blog post Tags: Mac

Goodbye, consoles
— 8:30 AM on December 27, 2013

For more than a decade, an Xbox console has lived under my television. I started with the original and moved on to the 360,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Gaming Game consoles

High-PPI support in Windows 8.1: still not so great
— 8:25 PM on December 19, 2013

Displays with high pixel densities are pretty much standard in tablets, and we're all waiting for them to become standard in notebooks. Take a trip...

Type: Blog post Tags: Displays Mobile computing Windows

Are Valve and AMD about to ruin PC gaming?
— 12:25 PM on October 11, 2013

When the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were announced earlier this year, I saw it as a victory for the PC. Soon, it seemed, bringing major...

Type: Blog post Tags: Graphics Gaming Game consoles

That's not a Steam console; it's a Steam PC
— 11:12 PM on September 26, 2013

Slowly but surely, Valve's plans for Steam in the living room are coming into focus. On Monday, we learned about SteamOS, a Linux-based...

Type: Blog post Tags: Systems Gaming Operating systems

Back in jail with iOS 7
— 11:29 AM on September 20, 2013

Unless you're one of these people, you're probably aware that the entire Internet slowed to 300 baud modem speeds Wednesday as millions of First...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mac

iOS 7: replacing the elegant with the tolerable
— 12:04 AM on September 20, 2013

If I had to describe the totality of Apple's hardware design during the final years of Steve Jobs' tenure, I would use one word to...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mac Personal tech