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Acer Aspire Switch 11 review: the best of both worlds

Acer Aspire Switch 11 review: the best of both worlds

Acer is back with another convertible PC: the Acer Aspire Switch 11. As with this machine's previous iteration, the Aspire Switch 11 is both a tablet and a laptop, being whichever you'd like it to be in any given moment. This is nothing new, but these type of machines can often miss the mark when it comes to usability. Such isn't the case with the Switch 11 -- though a bit on the thick side, this convertible PC works wonderfully as a laptop and even better as a tablet. Will it meet your needs? Read our full review to find out!

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Friday the 13th 2015 in tech: Jason Voorhees hits MKX

Friday the 13th 2015 in tech: Jason Voorhees hits MKX

While we're sure there'll be more than a few appearances by this miscreant before the day is through, first Jason hits Mortal Kombat X. In just about the most appropriate place for him to be - other than in a horror game that never was - here Mr. Voorhees will be murdering his opponents in a side-scrolling person-vs-person fighter environment just like his hell-bound predecessor. What's that? There was another cult classic horror film appearance in Mortal Kombat before? Of course there was!

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Samsung ATIV One 7 Curved all-in-one PC now shipping

Samsung ATIV One 7 Curved all-in-one PC now shipping

Back during CES 2015, Samsung revealed a curved all-in-one PC, the Samsung ATIV One 7 Curved. The maker revealed its slew of specs at the time, as well as its snazzy curved display, but was less specific when it came to revealing its launch date, saying only that it would be arriving in the first quarter of this year. Fast-forward a couple months, and we've finally been given a more specific launch date: March 8. As of yesterday, the maker's notable AiO is now shipping to customers who pre-ordered.

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Maingear Drift is a Steam Machine that isn’t but should be

Maingear Drift is a Steam Machine that isn’t but should be

Steam Machines are back in the spotlight after Valve revealed its big plans for gamers later this year. But while we approach with caution due to last year's disappointing turnout, some of the rising supporters rallying around Steam's ecosystem are quite interesting. You have small mini PCs dressed up as Steam Machines, ready to conquer the living room. And then you have bigger, hulking boxes that would still look nice somewhere near your TV. Maingear's upcoming Drift is one of the latter. It may not be a Steam Machine, but it might very well be.

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ZOTAC goes full steam ahead with SN970 Steam Machine

ZOTAC goes full steam ahead with SN970 Steam Machine

If the stars align, Valve will really be announcing about a dozen Steam Machines come November this year. Of course, that was the promise last year and we all now what happened. Still, it seems like partners are getting back on track, and one of those is ZOTAC. The company that has recently been putting out mini and pico PCs has just announced that they are completely on board the Steam Machine thrust with a new SN970 gaming PC coming to its catalog soon.

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes coming to NVIDIA GRID

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes coming to NVIDIA GRID

Kenichiro Imaizumi, Senior Producer for Konami spoke up this week onstage during the NVIDIA SHIELD presentation. He spoke about NVIDIA GRID - and the fact that Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeroes would be released to NVIDIA GRID this year. This will be an updated version of the game - not the original for PS4 and Xbox One. This version will be available for download and streaming this year. Because Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeroes is coming to this platform, it's basically a lock that the next episode will be released here as well.

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Resident Evil: Revelations 2 for PC gets official local co-op

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 for PC gets official local co-op

If you're a Resident Evil fan, you might have been swept up in that hoopla surrounding the disingenuous implications that Resident Evil: Revelations 2 for PC offered offline co-op, then the follow up quiet correction made later on that no, sorry, there's not actually going to be a local co-op for PC. While gamers' hopes were low, a wonderful modder decided to make that local co-op mode himself, and apparently in light of that and the upset cries from gamers, an official local co-op has been promised...again. Only for real this time.

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Tinertia hands-on: hardcore platformer, no jump button

Tinertia hands-on: hardcore platformer, no jump button

That's what they say, the creators of Tinertia, they say it's a "Hardcore platformer. No jump button." Indeed it does seem to be, and what we've experienced at GDC 2015 temps us to suggest that it rocks. While we're big fans of the jump button (a classic button, indeed), we're also big fans of moving the gaming universe forward with non-traditional controls. A rocket-launcher as a primary controller in a side-scrolling game is just as good a controller as any - in fact for this sort of arena, it's better.

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Throw Trucks With Your Mind hands-on (with brain control)

Throw Trucks With Your Mind hands-on (with brain control)

Finally we've gotten the opportunity to toss our enemies through space with only the power of our brain with the game "Throw Trucks With Your Mind." This is a game that's been in the making for a couple of years now, having been fully funded on Kickstarter back in march of 2013. Here in March of 2015 we're playing on a PC at GDC 2015 with a NeuroSky MindWave Mobile - a headset that makes use of your brainwaves to generate control functions for software. Here the headset makes use of this developers game, one where you're in an arena with other Force-sensitive fighters with their own, similar equipment.

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Mortal Kombat X trailer: here’s the story

Mortal Kombat X trailer: here’s the story

It's time for Sub-Zero to tell you what's going on in the Mortal Kombat X universe. Weeks from release, Mortal Kombat X has nearly revealed "all" of its secrets. Of course there'll be no spilling of the guts of this entire game until its released - and all of its updates are released as well. For now you'll get a good look at what it means to participate in the 1-player mode. 25 years after the events of Mortal Kombat (2011), a new generation of fighters joins in on the battle to save Earth Realm.

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NVIDIA HairWorks shown off in Far Cry 4

NVIDIA HairWorks shown off in Far Cry 4

This week the folks behind development for Far Cry 4 have made a point to show off the wilder aspects of their environment Kyrat. To make their universe one that looks especially realistic, they worked with NVIDIA and one of the more radical elements in NVIDIA's collection of graphics-intensive programs: NVIDIA HairWorks. We've spoken about this before - here we're getting the opportunity to see HairWorks work in a real deal working game that's out in the wild right this minute.

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New “Fable” game free-to-play on Xbox One and PC

New “Fable” game free-to-play on Xbox One and PC

Don't worry - it's not "free-to-play" the same way Killer Instinct was (and is) free-to-play. It's not a situation where you'll gain nothing without purchase. In this release of the game Fable Legends, creators at Lionhead have suggested that you'll be able to have free access to the entire game. This is one of three "commitments" the gaming studio says this week they're making to gamers of the near future. While you will need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play the game on Xbox One online, you won't need anything of the sort on Windows PC.

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