Microsoft expands Insider rings with new ‘release preview’ builds

If you don't like the idea of the fast or slow ring of the Windows Insider program, consider the Release Preview ring, which offers driver and app updates, as well as the Windows feature tweaks.

Valve adds SteamVR code, graphics-enhancing rendering plugin to Unity

Valve and Unity Technologies have partnered up to bring native SteamVR support to the Unity game engine in addition to a new rendering plugin, making games more likely than ever just in time for the launch of HTC Vive.

The FBI still hasn’t cracked the San Bernardino terrorists’ encrypted smartphone

The FBI hasn't cracked the encryption on a smartphone belonging to the perpetrators of the San Bernardino attack, the agency's director recently told the Senate Intelligence Committee.

EVGA’s newest 980 Ti is built specifically for gamers with VR headsets

EVGA has a special VR edition of the 980 Ti, with an internal HDMI port and 5.25-inch breakout box to be placed at the front of a PC's case. This unique arrangement should make it easier to plug in, or remove, a headset.

FBI anti-extremism site targets teens, but misses the mark

The FBI's effort to grab the attention of smartphone devouring teens with a new website aimed at educating them about extremism seems half-baked, as it features '90s technology, dull web games, and a confusing interface.

The Walking Dead’s Michonne stars in a Telltale-produced miniseries 0:48

Developer Telltale Games will tackle The Walking Dead for a third time with the upcoming launch of The Walking Dead: Michonne, a three-episode miniseries centering around a popular character from Robert Kirkman's comic book…

HP plans to bring FreeSync to its affordable AMD laptops later this year

AMD has received a small boon from HP, with the announcement that all notebooks it produces sporting AMD hardware, will support FreeSync displays as well, starting later this year.
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Skype gets romantic with 10 new emojis inspired by the music of Paul McCartney 1:01

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Microsoft has revealed 10 new emoticons for Skype created in a collaboration with Paul McCartney. They feature the famed musician's arrangements and voice.

Congressional bill could make it illegal to ban encryption

Two members of the House of Representatives have crossed party lines to propose a bill that would make it illegal for states to ban the sale of encryption-capable devices like Apple and Android smartphones.

HELCY is a laptop case that wants to fix your back problems

Startup company Helcy Productive Designs is putting a laptop case that doubles as a stand on Kickstarter this week in an attempt to reduce Repetitive Strain Injuries, muscle tensions and even headaches.

Identity thieves used thousands of stolen SSNs to generate IRS e-filing pins

Armed with malware and over 400,000 stolen Social Security Numbers, attackers managed to generate 101,000 e-filing PINs before being shut down by the IRS. These pins could be used to generate false filings, leading to stolen tax returns.

Think your processor is quick? It has nothing on this 7GHz, overclocked Intel Skylake

How fast is your computer's CPU? One Hong Kong overclocker managed to push his new Skylake CPU beyond 7GHz, a record for Intel's latest processor generation.