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Excited to make the switch to Windows 10? If you have an Oculus Rift Developer kit, you'll want to hold off on the upgrade.

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Disclaimer: By using this tutorial, you are not necessarily going to be given the absolute best protection...

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Leap Motion announced that the Leap Motion 3D Jam will be held this September, with $50,000 in prizes on the line for the best creations.

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Leap Motion announced that the Leap Motion 3D Jam will be held this September, with $50,000 in prizes on the line for the best creations.

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Epic Games and Wellcome challenged five international teams to create a better way to navigate large datasets using virtual reality.

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Microsoft is getting ready for the official launch date for Windows 10, and the company has just confirmed the Universal Windows Apps will be available the same day.

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It's only been a month since Apple first announced iOS 9 and Mac OS X El Capitan during WWDC, and already the company has released publicly available beta copies of each. But you might have a hard time getting...

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The Supreme Court rejected Google's appeal on the ability to copyright APIs, letting an earlier appeals court ruling stand.

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Crytek announced the release of version 3.8.1 of its popular game engine, and the main feature of the latest release is support for developing VR experiences.

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Opera has released a new version of its popular Opera browser.

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Skype will support four spoken languages and 50 instant messaging languages.

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It's the little details in a game that sometimes make you appreciate it even more, and Havok FX hopes to improve the way you see physical effects in games.

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Say goodbye to Windows Media Center and other pre-installed goodies when you upgrade to Windows 10.

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Nvidia's GameWorks has expanded over to Google's Android platform.

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Hey look it's another rebooted franchise. Speedhunters, Need for Speed will be available on Windows PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this Fall.

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Sling TV is now available on Android TV devices, including the Nexus Player.

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Microsoft's Hyperlapse is built to make it easy to make first-person action videos, but how well does it really work? Let's find out.

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Facebook VoIP calling is now available everywhere.

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This Oculus Rift competitor is expected to launch in Q1 2016.

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Microsoft Hyperlapse is a new program that you can use to easily create stable and fluid timelapses without needing expensive camera equipment.

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Here's a chat client that uses peer-to-peer technology instead of relying on the cloud.