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Use these tools to find out how good your PC is at handling DirectX12

There may not be lots of DirectX12 games out there just yet, but they are coming. By the end of the year there will be a lot of them, so how your PC performs in DX12 environments is important. To find out if it's capable, try running these…

Hacked? app for Windows 10 notifies you if online accounts are breached

The Hacked? Windows 10 app takes your email address and automates the notification process if your credentials ended up in the latest data breach catalog.

Super Smash Bros. Melee and jazz go hand in hand

Mathematics and music theory/composition major Caleb Goss came up with the tremendous idea of playing jazz over competitive matches of Super Smash Bros. Melee, and his second video is far more ambitious than his first.
Virtual Reality

Samsung shows off a 4K virtual reality display

Samsung was present at the Display Week conference in San Francisco, CA this week. Aside from its usual selection, there were a few VR specific displays. Most exciting, of course, is the prospect of 4K displays.

Can machines be creative? Meet the Google coders teaching them to make art

Can machines be creative? Google believes that you can teach a machine anything you want. At the Google Cultural Institute, the coder artists in residence teach machines how to view images like humans and create art from them.
Cool Tech

Pumped up: NASA has just expanded the space station’s first inflatable room

Following Thursday's failed effort, NASA had another go on Saturday at expanding the International Space Station's first-ever inflatable room. The good news is that this time everything went pretty much according to plan.

Mercedes-Benz home battery systems pricing is now public

With plans to start selling the Mercedes-Benz home energy solution in other European countries, the company has announced installed system pricing including the required inverter. Daimler says most users want backup power convenience.
Home Theater

This rugged speaker packs 30 watts of power to rock out in any weather 2:18

Take a look at the Turcom AcoustoShock, a ruggedized wireless speaker with great sound that also has a great price point. For just over $100, this speaker is a great choice for your outdoor excursions.
Virtual Reality

vTime, the social network for VR, now lets you hang out in your photographs

There's a new social network in town, and this one brings you closer to your friends than ever. vTime, the first virtual reality social network from Starship, has now launched on Google Cardboard

The EU is pushing for Open Access on all publicly funded research

If science is meant for public benefit, then it stands to reason that it should exist in the public domain. That, at least, appears to be the line of logic behind the European Union's new law.
Social Media

Need some extra money? Become a bug bounty hunter for Twitter

The bounty hunters of today aren't roaming the Wild West with a rifle and a pair of handcuffs -- rather, they're denizens of the online world, hunting for bugs. And boy, are they getting paid -- by Twitter.

There isn't much support for the Senate's anti-encryption laws

While certain members of the Senate have pushed hard for anti-encryption laws that would allow the government to spy on users, it seems as though those bills are on the way out, with most of the bills support gone.