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Virtual Reality

HTC reportedly plans to serve up Vive-branded desktop PCs from HP

Rumors suggest that HTC has reached an agreement to rebrand VR-optimized PCs provided by HP with the "Vive" name. The company reportedly wants to provide a consumer price-friendly package, presumably with a bundled headset.
Virtual Reality

Nvidia plans to prove that new method improves image quality in virtual reality

Nvidia Research will reveal next week new methods of foveated rendering using eye-tracking tech that improve the overall image quality in virtual reality while retaining a high contrast. It's based on a high-speed eye tracker from SMI.
Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is the new canvas: Oculus shows off Medium sculptures

The Rift Touch 3D sculpting program, Medium, is really starting to take shape, so Oculus invited a gang of artists in to turn their digital art into tactile experiences. We really like the robots.
Gaming

Pokémon Go decoded: Data miners dig into Niantic's hot new app

If you're the kind of player who likes to min-max your gaming experience and isn't quite so interested in the mystery and discovery involved, a data mining dump for the recently released augmented-reality title Pokémon Go is for you.
Gaming

‘Rocket League’ and ‘Gwent’ gear up for cross-play, but Sony hasn’t given the green light

Add CD Projekt Red to the list of developers ready to bridge the gap between Xbox and PS4 multiplayer. The developer has the solution ready for Gwent, and Psyonix for Rocket League, and all they need is Sony's go-ahead.
Gaming

Telltale’s polished engine makes ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘Batman’ games look better

The engine Telltale uses for its Walking Dead games has had a face-lift, and will make an appearance when the new series debuts this fall. If you want a sneak peek, though, it's also been used for the upcoming Batman game.
Computing

Xiaomi’s upcoming Windows laptops could pack impressive hardware at very low prices

If the rumors are true, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi could be moving into the Windows laptop space. Leaked slides reveal competitive specs at a good price, but there's more to making a laptop than picking the right parts.
Computing

Nvidia’s new Pascal-based Titan X leaves the 10 Series in the dust

Nvidia has lifted the lid on a new iteration of its Titan X graphics card, unveiling the powerful new GPU and graphics hardware at an artificial intelligence event held in Stanford, CA.
Virtual Reality

Could VR unlock the cure for Vietnam veterans' decades-old PTSD?

A crowdfunding campaign wants to build virtual reality tools to help Vietnam War vets cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Albert "Skip" Rizzo explained to Digital Trends how it works.
Mobile

Google's Bubble Zoom uses AI to enlarge the text of comic book speech bubbles

Google's new Play Books feature, Bubble Zoom, uses machine learning to intelligently enlarge the text of digital comic book speech bubbles. It's launching on Android in technical preview.
Computing

Pending Sony approval, 'Rocket League' cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One is ready

Cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One is ready pending Sony's approval. Psyonix has announced that all systems are in place, and within a few hours cross-play can be enabled worldwide.
Computing

Dell just patched a nasty bug that might have left your work PC exposed

Dell issued hotfixes patching vulnerabilities found in SonicWALL Global Management System and SonicWALL Analyzer, revealed by security firm Digital Defense. Several vulnerabilities allowed hackers to change the administrator's password.