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The Kinect might not make great games, but it makes great music videos

It's difficult to name more than a handful of half-way decent Kinect games, but now you can point to a music video as a great source of artistic beauty that's only possible because of the Xbox camera.
Computing

Macs this fall will offer USB speeds up to 10gbps, and possibly Thunderbolt 3

Code strings in MacOS Sierra imply that USB 3.1 Gen 2 is on the way in new Macs, offering speeds of up to 10Gbps. This might also imply Thunderbolt 3 is on the way, offering a staggering amount of connectivity options.
Computing

Alienware now packs up to three RX 480s in its high-end systems

Alienware systems are expensive, but the hardware inside can be pretty powerful if you choose right. Now there's more options than before, with the RX 480 now available in up to triple-crossfire configuration in Alienware's high-end…
Computing

HP just built 3M’s privacy screens directly into its new laptops

Ever feel like the guy in the seat next to you is studying your spreadsheets a little too closely? Today, HP is unveiling the EliteBook 1040 with Sure View privacy filter, the first laptop with a built-in privacy screen.
Computing

Stuck on the spinng wheel of doom? Five ways to Force Quit an app in MacOS

Whether MacOS is giving you a spinning beach ball of death, or iTunes is taking too long to close (again), sometimes you just need to immediately close an app if MacOS isn’t being cooperative.
Cool Tech

Smartphone speech recognition can text 3 times faster than you can type

In a challenge pitting human texters against a cutting-edge speech recognition algorithm, the computer not only won -- it was three times faster than humans typing the same message. Impressive, right?
Computing

Super-thin laptops based on Intel’s “Apollo Lake” CPUs may ditch replaceable RAM

To provide an even thinner form factor, OEM's using Intel's new "Apollo Lake" Atom processors may go with soldered memory in upcoming laptops. That will lock users out of future upgrades.
Gaming

Zenimax alleges John Carmack stole documents to help Oculus develop Rift

John Carmack's former employer, Bethesda parent company ZeniMax, alleges that the programmer stole copyrighted documents to develop the Oculus Rift. ZeniMax first filed a suit against Oculus more than two years ago.
Computing

New HTTPS exploit leaves hundreds of sites vulnerable, but there’s an easy fix

Researchers at INRIA, the French national research institute for computer science, have devised a new way to decrypt secret cookies which could leave your passwords vulnerable to theft.
Deals

Save $20 on Veho’s multipurpose hybrid laptop bag

Picking between a messenger-style laptop bag or a traditional backpack can be tricky. Enter the Veho T-2 Hybrid Laptop Bag, a multi-purpose bag designed to be worn like a backpack or carried around your shoulder like a messenger bag.
Computing

AMD reveals the naked details of its new ‘Zen’ processor architecture

AMD has disclosed major technical details behind its "Zen" processor core technology that will be used in its upcoming line of "Summit Ridge" processors. The first product will arrive in the form of desktop CPUs for "enthusiasts."
Virtual Reality

Feel the shape and firmness of virtual objects with this exoskeleton for VR

When you pick up an object in virtual reality, you can't feel its shape. That could change with Dexmo. Force-feedback makes objects feel real, giving you the ability to feel both shape and firmness.