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It's official: the Windows 8.1 Update is coming April 8
— 11:37 AM on April 3, 2014

Microsoft has announced some big things at this week's Build conference, from the impending return of the Start menu to pricing changes for...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Smartphones and tablets under 9'' get Windows for free
— 6:00 AM on April 3, 2014

Remember that rumor about Microsoft cutting Windows 8.1 pricing for sub-$250 PCs?...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Operating systems Personal tech

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Microsoft announces revived Start menu, universal apps
— 4:43 PM on April 2, 2014

Windows 8.1 got us part of the way there by restoring the Start button, and now, Microsoft is going all the way. As PC World...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Market share data suggests XP users upgrading to Windows 7 rather than Win8
— 10:49 AM on April 2, 2014

Official support for Windows XP ends next week, but plenty of machines are still using the OS. The latest market share numbers from...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems

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Star Citizen dev endorses Oculus deal; another Valve staffer defects
— 9:17 AM on April 1, 2014

Facebook's bid to acquire Oculus was the biggest story last week by far—and the story is still developing. Today, we see that Star Citizen...

Type: News story Tags: Graphics Displays Gaming

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Battlefield 4 patch fixes balance, bugs, and Mantle issues
— 3:31 PM on March 31, 2014

EA DICE posted the mother of all Battlefield 4 patches this morning. Today's update includes stability and bug fixes, a whole bunch of balance adjustments,...

Type: News story Tags: Gaming

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EA's Origin store to stop selling games on discs
— 10:12 AM on March 31, 2014

And the slow slide toward the deprecation of physical media continues. EA's Origin service is already best known as a purveyor of downloadable games, but right...

Type: News story Tags: Gaming

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Carmack chimes in on Oculus-Facebook deal
— 9:10 AM on March 31, 2014

A lot of folks have spoken out about Facebook's pending acquisition of Oculus VR, but John Carmack, who has served as Oculus' CTO since...

Type: News story Tags: Graphics Displays Gaming

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A closer look at DirectX 12
— 11:38 PM on March 30, 2014

We already covered the basics of DirectX 12 amid the GDC frenzy. Now that we've had time to study our notes from the show, we...

Type: Feature article Tags: Graphics Gaming

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Michael Abrash is Oculus VR's new Chief Scientist
— 2:11 PM on March 28, 2014

This has been a big week for Oculus VR. On Tuesday, the company announced that it would be purchased by Facebook for $2 billion....

Type: News story Tags: Graphics Displays Gaming

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Deal of the week: low-profile RAM, discounted storage, and one ugly keyboard
— 10:57 AM on March 28, 2014

Another week, another deals post, another batch of cheap SSDs. Let's start with the other stuff, shall we? Kingston's HyperX Blu...

Type: News story Tags: Cases Storage Memory Input devices

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Latest Watch Dogs trailer hints at game's scale
— 6:00 AM on March 28, 2014

Slowly but surely, Watch Dogs is inching closer to release—and Ubisoft is putting up tantalizing trailers along the way. The latest clip shows the (slightly)...

Type: News story Tags: Gaming

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Corsair's Graphite Series 760T, 730T cases are out today
— 11:16 AM on March 27, 2014

You may have seen our review of Corsair's new Obsidian Series 450D enclosure yesterday. This isn't the only Corsair case to debut this week,...

Type: News story Tags: Cases

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Titanfall cheaters forced to play with each other
— 9:18 AM on March 27, 2014

I've never quite understood why people cheat at online multiplayer games, but it happens, and Titanfall has an interesting approach to combating the issue....

Type: News story Tags: Gaming

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Bizarro Goat Simulator channels classic Dead Island trailer
— 6:00 AM on March 27, 2014

Remember that awesome Dead Island trailer from a few years ago? The developers at CoffeeStain Studios are apparently fans, because the trailer for...

Type: News story Tags: Gaming

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Corsair's Obsidian Series 450D enclosure reviewed
— 8:33 PM on March 26, 2014

Corsair has added another case to its Obsidian Series family. The 450D is more compact than other ATX models in the lineup, but it...

Type: Feature article Tags: Cases

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UPDATED: Oculus headset may get Facebook rebrand, price cut
— 9:49 AM on March 26, 2014

More juicy news fodder is floating to the surface after yesterday's announcement that Facebook plans to buy Oculus VR. In a story about...

Type: News story Tags: Graphics Displays Gaming

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Microsoft releases MS-DOS, Word for Windows source
— 6:00 AM on March 26, 2014

Microsoft isn't exactly known for releasing source code. However, the company has decided to pull back the curtain on early versions of Word...

Type: News story Tags: Operating systems

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