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Arena-sized VR experiences should explode in numbers soon due to OptiTrack

OptiTrack launched a new tracking system for out-of-home theme park-style VR experiences. The new system is capable of keeping up with multiple users and their carried/worn objects in areas filled with walls and stationary items.

Research paper provides evidence of first known SHA-1 collision

A research paper has demonstrated a collision between two files encrypted via SHA-1, proving that the algorithm is open to abuse and adding further weight to the argument that it should be retired.

Online product listing unveils the new Asus VivoBook Flip TP203

Asus seems poised to take another swing at the budget 2-in-1 laptop market in 2017, as an online product listing has confirmed the existence of a new entry in the company's VivoBook Flip line.

Chrome 58 Canary update adds MacBook Pro Touch Bar support

The Chrome 58 update for Google's browser seems likely to add official support for Apple's MacBook Pro Touch Bar, as the latest release in the Canary channel has it and adds a few additional functions for the browser.

Microsoft's DeepCoder programming AI can take over coding's dirty work

Microsoft Research worked with researchers at the University of Cambridge to create DeepCoder, a machine learning system built to solve programming challenges and pave the way for AI to perform the most tedious programming work.

Razer Power Bank looks good while keeping USB devices charged up

The Razer Power Bank smart charge accessory can power USB devices up to and including Razer's own Blade Stealth notebook while upholding the classic Razer aesthetic, providing 12,800mAh of portable USB charging capacity.
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A college student turned his Honda Civic into a self-driving car for $700 3:21

As an early beta tester for the self-driving car tech Comma, college student Brevan Jorgenson used the company's software, a 3D printer, and some other tech to turn his Honda Civic into an autonomous car.

Sony claims its new SF-G SD cards are the ‘world’s fastest’

Sony has launched a new line of SD cards aimed at high-end photography and video professionals. Thanks to unique firmware, the cards push the limits of the UHS-II U3 specification to achieve read speeds of 300MB per second.

Sprint will demonstrate super-fast wireless at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Sprint is teaming up with Ericsson to demonstrate a gigabit-speed wireless network. It's a precursor for the carrier's 5G ambitions -- the carrier's rolling out an upgraded network in the U.S.

AMD’s new Ryzen chips are available for pre-order today, but you might want to hurry

The wait is almost over. By March 2 you’ll be able to run out and purchase one of AMD’s new Ryzen CPUs -- if there are any left. Pre-orders started today at 185 retail outlets, but you might want to get yours in quick.

Microsoft’s update to note-taking app OneNote now available to all users

OneNote is available on just about every platform, including Windows 10, iOS, and Android. If you're a Windows Insider, then you will be receiving a new version of the Windows 10 OneNote app with a number of enhancements.

Microsoft continues to improve its Windows 10 Mail & Calendar app

The Mail & Calendar app is particularly important to users, as it serves as the main communications tool for most people running Windows 10. Microsoft gets this, and is working to make it a better app with some impending updates.