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Some ‘Yooka-Laylee’ backers can preview the game right now

As the hotly anticipated Yooka-Laylee nears its 2017 release date, developer Playtonic Games has released a preview to backers to give them a taste of its Banjo-Kazooie inspired gameplay.
Virtual Reality

Foveated rendering now closer to reality with Fove's latest ergonomic redesign

FOVE is looking to take VR in a new direction with its VR headset. Using specialized eye tracking, its headset could offer greater emotional experiences. Now it'll be more comfortable too, as the headstrap has been redesigned.
Computing

Today is the last day to grab Windows 10 for free — do it before it's too late

Microsoft's free upgrade of Windows 10 expires after Friday, which means you'll have to pay if you want the latest operating system. If you haven't upgraded yet, you'd better act fast.
Computing

Budget gamers, get ready: AMD's RX 460, RX 470 set to launch in early August

AMD's Radeon RX 470 and RX 460 cards will arrive soon. The former is for "brilliant" HD gaming and the latter aims at eSports PC gamers. Like the RX 480, these cards are for general consumer looking for high performance and low cost.
Photography

New beta software automatically tags and captions historic images

Much of the world's history is still in physical form, but Gado Images is working to teach computers how to automatically tag and caption historic photos to give museums a leg up in digitizing (and monetizing) large archives.
Photography

Like magic, Plotagraph Pro software creates animation from a single photo

Cinemagraphs are traditionally created from short videos, but a startup has developed a way to craft them from a single image. Photographer Troy Plata and artist Sascha Scheider demonstrated how the upcoming program works.
Computing

Nvidia settles class-action suits over GTX 970, will refund owners up to $30 each

Users complaints about the GTX 970's missing memory haven't gone unheeded, and after almost a year and a half the green team is offering cash back to owners who feel short-changed.
Gaming

The new VR Hub for Dota 2’s International 2016 Compendium throws you into the bloodbath

Valve Software updated the International 2016 Compendium for Dota 2 with several cool features including a special VR Hub for SteamVR-compatible headsets. Viewers can watch the battle from afar or jump right into the action.
Virtual Reality

Steam’s VR Weekend Sale discounts dozens of Vive and Rift games

Steam has launched its first-ever VR Weekend Sale, giving HTC Vive and Oculus Rift owners access to discounted copies of popular VR games like Subnautica, Elite Dangerous, and Adr1ft through next Monday.
Cool Tech

PiBorg's Raspberry Pi racecars are built by you, powered by AI

In Cambridge in the U.K., a company called PiBorg is hosting the world’s first autonomous (toy) car racing international grand prix. And you can enter it, for the right price.
Computing

Borg-like G20CB systems from ASUS now come packing Nvidia GTX 1080s

If you have a fancy-looking gaming rig, you better have a powerful GPU in there. Fortunately, anyone considering an ASUS G20-CB system will soon have the option to buy one with a GTX 1080 or 1070 inside.
Product Review

Alienware Alpha R2 Review

Blowing off Steam turns Alienware's tiny Alpha into a dream machine.