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Microsoft Files Trademark Application for ‘DirectReality’ as E3 Approaches

Microsoft has been teasing its E3 show for the past week or so, with hints about Project Scorpio. Now, we know the company is possibly looking to emphasize VR or AR with a new trademark filing for DirectReality. The single-word ...

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macOS 10.13 High Sierra Focuses on Performance, Launches Fall 2017

On stage at today’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote, Apple SVP Craig Federighi gave us a glimpse at the next version of macOS: High Sierra. Drug jokes aside, this derivative name harkens back to the days of Snow Leopard and ...

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Rime Devs, Pirates Spar Over Whether Denuvo DRM Slows Down the Game

There’s always been a tug-of-war between pirates, developers, and the purveyors of various DRM solutions. Over the years, we’ve seen a variety of DRM schemes come and go, with varying degrees of effectiveness. Over the last few years, one system, ...

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Nvidia-powered Max-Q Laptops Target Thin and Light Gaming

Most gaming laptops are very obviously gaming laptops thanks to their substantial girth and weight. After all, it takes a lot of cooling to keep a high-power GPU running in such a small case. Nvidia is looking to change that with ...

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Star Trek: Discovery’s First Real Trailer Finally Drops

It’s been well over 18 months since CBS first announced that it would bring a new Star Trek TV show to television, and we’ve still only gotten bits and pieces of information about the first new Trek property on the ...

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Are Valve and Steam Helping PC Gaming or Hurting It?

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Valve has established itself as the dominate force and distribution method for PC gaming, but is this good for the PC game industry, or for gamers themselves? The post Are Valve and Steam Helping PC ...

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AMD’s RX Vega Won’t Launch Until Later This Year

AMD’s Radeon Technology Group (RTG) held a Reddit AMA session yesterday and answered a number of questions about their upcoming Vega GPU. Those of you hoping for a quick launch are going to be disappointed. While the company demoed and ...

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What Is Mixed Reality, and Can It Take Augmented Reality Mainstream?

The term “mixed reality” has been thrown about a lot as of late, but pinning down a precise definition has proven elusive. After spending the day at Stanford University’s SCIEN-hosted workshop, which was full of augmented reality (AR) and mixed ...

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How Do SSDs Work?

Here at ExtremeTech, we’ve often discussed the difference between different types of NAND structures — vertical NAND versus planar, or multi-level cell (MLC) versus triple-level cells (TLC). Now, let’s talk about the more basic relevant question: How do SSDs work in the ...

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Prey’s Demo Is Well-Optimized on PS4 and Xbox One

Last year, Bethesda ruffled many feathers by announcing that reviewers will no longer get early access to new games. So with this week’s release of Prey, the reboot of the tumultuous franchise of the same name, Bethesda can’t rely on ...

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