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SteamVR Performance app tests if your PC is Vive-ready

SteamVR Performance app tests if your PC is Vive-ready

The countdown has begun for the virtual reality market's big retail debut, with giant players like Oculus and HTC/Valve, revving up their respective engines. But unlike VR headsets like the Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, or LG 360 VR, an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive isn't just some accessory you buy and put on your head and hope that things magically work. You'll need to make sure that your PC is ready in the first place. And to help with that, Valve has released a SteamVR Performance Test app ahead of the start of the Vive's pre-order period.

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Lenovo YOGA 510, 710: Core i7, Full HD, 8.5hrs battery life

Lenovo YOGA 510, 710: Core i7, Full HD, 8.5hrs battery life

In the market for a new YOGA? Lenovo has unveiled two new models in the line, the YOGA 510 and YOGA 710. Both devices are similar but bring their own features and strengths to the table, with the YOGA 510 in particular boasting an 8.5 hour battery life and the YOGA 710 having nearly the same run time. The YOGA 710 in particular comes in two sizes, better positioning it to meet different needs.

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NexDock wants to turn smartphones, tablets into laptops

NexDock wants to turn smartphones, tablets into laptops

Smartphones and tablets these days, especially the high-end ones, are almost capable of doing anything our computers can, save for a few quirks of the OS and apps they run. But their real limitation isn't exactly the software but the form they come in. Smartphones are great to use on one hand but are terrible with larger content and input. Tablets have a bigger screen space but keyboard input leaves a lot to be desired. Accessories that address these do exist, but in separate pieces. Enter NexDock, practically a portable display attached to a keyboard masquerading and acting as a laptop, with your smartphone or tablet as the brain.

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VAIO, Fujitsu, Toshiba PC triumvirate might happen in March

VAIO, Fujitsu, Toshiba PC triumvirate might happen in March

Partly thanks to the rise of smartphones and tablets, the once lucrative PC market has been losing its luster for almost half a decade now. These are desperate times for many PC makers, which call for desperate measures. Three Japanese companies have been reported to be close to showing their desperation, by joining forces to tackle the common foe of declining PC sales. That VAIO, Fujitsu, Toshiba merger might actually even happen before the end of March. However, that drop might not even make any ripple in the global PC market.

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Square Enix to bring diorama-esque Hitman Go to PC, PS4, Vita

Square Enix to bring diorama-esque Hitman Go to PC, PS4, Vita

For gamers, the Hitman franchise has always been about stealthily killing your adversaries and targets. Usually, these types of games took on a real-time first person perspective to add to the atmosphere of an anxiety and excitement. But in early 2014, Square Enix turned what was then its newest Hitman title on its head and slapped it on what is best described as a pretty board game. Perhaps riding on the fanfare surrounding the upcoming Hitman title, the game publisher will be taking Hitman GO from mobile to your PC and favorite console or handheld.

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Need for Speed for PC trailer teases March 15 release

Need for Speed for PC trailer teases March 15 release

As promised, Need for Speed is arriving this spring — March 15, to be precise — a launch that had been delayed in September 2015. Though having to wait longer is always disappointing, the postponement was for a good reason: the extra time was needed to give PC gamers unlocked frame rates, something fans had been heavily requesting. It’ll all be worth it in the end, then, and as that end draws near, EA has revealed the PC version in a new trailer.

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MSI GT72S G Tobii laptop uses eye tracking to control games

MSI GT72S G Tobii laptop uses eye tracking to control games

MSI’s new GT72S G Tobii gaming laptop is now available, and brings with it the lauded eye-tracking technology MSI detailed last month. According to MSI, this laptop is the first ever gaming machine that includes eye-tracking technology for controlling games, and it also supports controlling certain aspects of the Windows operating system, too. To get gamers started, the laptop is shipping with Tom Clancy's The Division, though it is compatible with more than two dozen other gaming titles, all of which make many aspect of game control hands-free.

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Maru OS tries to bring Continuum to Android with a twist

Maru OS tries to bring Continuum to Android with a twist

Microsoft's Continuum has most likely sparked the imagination of many a developer. To be fair, it's not alone or even original. Ubuntu showed off its Convergence idea long before Windows 10 even hit the scene, a dream that has started to become reality with the bq M10 tablet. Now a hitherto unknown group of developers have revealed what they call Maru OS, which brings a touch of Convergence/Continuum to Android. The difference is that you actually have two operating systems on the same device.

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Ubuntu converges mobile and PC with M10 tablet

Ubuntu converges mobile and PC with M10 tablet

The Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet is launched as part of a collection of "converged devices" running Ubuntu OS. They say it'll be dynamic. They suggest it'll look fantastic. This one tablet represents the full Ubuntu experience, including both a "mobile-based full touch interface" and a "true PC experience" on one device. This tablet can act on its own or work with an additional display, as well. Canonical's new series of "converged devices" is being launched alongside Euro partner BQ.

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Kangaroo Plus pocket-sized PC jumps with double the memory

Kangaroo Plus pocket-sized PC jumps with double the memory

Computers the size of small boxes or overgrown smartphones aren't exactly new, but very few are really portable enough that they can be used even without access to a wall socket. One such rare find was the Kangaroo PC, which launched a little more than three months ago. Now InFocus, the maker of Kangaroo, has decided to take things up a notch a bit. Introducing the Kangaroo Plus, the same PC the size of a smartphone but now with twice the RAM and twice the storage.

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Lenovo Yoga 700 Review: a beautiful update to a solid laptop

Lenovo Yoga 700 Review: a beautiful update to a solid laptop

Lenovo is back with an update to its Yoga 3 14, and the successor comes by the name Yoga 700. This model brings with it all the best things a Yoga laptop has to offer, but alongside updated hardware and overall improvements that make for a solid model update. We recently got our hands on the Yoga 700 and took it for a spin; read our full SlashGear review for all the details!

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Conan Exiles: an epic-looking game that might be brutal

Conan Exiles: an epic-looking game that might be brutal

Inside the game Conan Exiles, users will find the ability to play for survival in a brutal wasteland. Only the strong will survive in a global arena where precious resources are few, and the law of the strong reigns supreme. This is not Mad Max. This is Conan. This is an open-world survival game "set in the brutal lands of Conan the Barbarian." This game will be released in an Early Access manner starting this summer, and a "full launch on PC and console" will follow.

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