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MSI Vortex VR-ready mini desktop now available

MSI Vortex VR-ready mini desktop now available

MSI’s mini desktop, the VR-ready Vortex, is now shipping. The miniature tower is about the size of a subwoofer, says MSI, but it packs all the hardware gamers need to get their favorite titles up and running. A mixture of powerful hardware, high-end features, and a specialized cooling system make for a PC that is “minimal in footprint by maximum in performance,” says MSI. Features include support for up to six video outputs and a 360-degree cooling vortex.

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Affinity’s bringing its beautiful photo software to Windows

Affinity’s bringing its beautiful photo software to Windows

Affinity has announced plans to launch its photo and design software on Windows, removing the Mac OS X tether and opening the suite up to a larger user base. The announcement was made today, but Affinity says it has been working on the project for “some time now,” doing so quietly as it was uncomfortable providing a firm launch deadline. That has changed, though, and now it’s official: there’s a Windows Alpha build of Affinity Designer, and it’ll be launching in the next couple of months.

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HERE ditches Windows 10 to howls of protest

HERE ditches Windows 10 to howls of protest

Mapping specialist HERE will pull its apps for Windows 10 smartphones at the end of the month, the company has announced, sending fans of Microsoft's platform into paroxysms of rage. The company, which until late last year was owned by key Windows Phone partner Nokia, confirmed the news today, suggesting that developing a new app for Windows 10 mobile would simply not make good business sense.

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Microsoft hasn’t ditched Bitcoin support after all

Microsoft hasn’t ditched Bitcoin support after all

Microsoft says that message on its website about not supporting Bitcoin is a mistake, and that nothing has changed. The support, which was added back in late December and allows customers to buy content using the digital currency, hasn't changed, and the message saying it wasn't supported has been corrected. How such a message accidentally got posted on the website isn't clear.

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Xbox One Win10 cross-network play enabled for all online games

Xbox One Win10 cross-network play enabled for all online games

In the immediate future Microsoft will be opening the doors to cross-network cross-device multiplayer gaming action to for the masses. "In addition to natively supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live," said Chris Charla, Director ID@Xbox, "we’re enabling developers to support cross-network play as well." The first title to make use of this update will be Rocket League - you'll be able to play on your Windows 10 PC while your buddies play on their Xbox One. Super fair for all parties involved, indeed!

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Facebook Messenger for Windows 10 wants to take up your whole screen

Facebook Messenger for Windows 10 wants to take up your whole screen

I've used a lot of different instant messaging services over the years to keep in contact with friends online. These days, most people tend to just chat on Facebook, which is why the Messenger app for mobile devices is so popular (if a bit detested, for being a separate app). And it looks like the company is bringing their widely-used app to Windows.

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Login to Windows 10 using Bluetooth and your phone

Login to Windows 10 using Bluetooth and your phone

When I get up in the morning and make my way to my office, I sit down at my computer, and type in a password. Few other people actually come into my office, so having a password seems a tad unnecessary. However, I keep it there just in case someone does happen to come in with malicious intent. But soon, I might not have to worry about typing in a password anymore, as Windows will already know that it's me sitting down.

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Teens react to Windows 95: “It looks so dull and ancient.”

Teens react to Windows 95: “It looks so dull and ancient.”

Prepare to feel old, again. There’s another ‘Teens react’ video, and this time the kids are being introduced to Windows 95. The troubles and criticisms are quick to start: it takes a long time to boot up, for example, so long you could go get yourself a snack while waiting. Another issue is the lack of WiFi -- how are you supposed to get online without WiFi!? -- and the complete lack of personality.

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Must-Have PC Games of 2016

Must-Have PC Games of 2016

While I tend to keep up with the latest console releases, I'm a PC gamer at heart. I like having a good computer with a nice screen that's going to play games with the graphics turned up as high as I can get them. I also like how easy it is to find games on the cheap, thanks to Steam sales, Humble Bundle specials, and countless others.

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Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with fingerprint ID scanner released for Pro 3, 4

Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with fingerprint ID scanner released for Pro 3, 4

This morning Microsoft announced that they'd be releasing a Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID. This piece of equipment will give fingerprint scanning abilities to both the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Pro 3, in turn giving Windows Hello touch capability to both devices. This keyboard will otherwise work the same as the standard Type Cover.

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Forza Motorsport 6: Apex unveiled for Windows 10

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex unveiled for Windows 10

PC gamers running Windows 10 will soon have an exclusive racing game to enjoy: Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, a not-quite-direct port of Forza 6 specifically for gamers eschewing consoles. Forza Motorsport 6: Apex will be free to play and comes from developer Turn 10, which is offering (optional) microtransactions in the game to give it that ‘free’ designation. The game will be launching this upcoming Spring season.

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Lenovo Ideapad 300S Review

Lenovo Ideapad 300S Review

Lenovo has many flexible laptops, of course, hence the "Yoga" moniker. Not everyone wants a flexible laptop, though. When's the last time you thought it'd be convenient to fold your display all the way back? If the answer is never, the new Ideapad 300S might be right up your alley. This laptop may not have the Yoga flexibility, but it brings with it a comfortable price tag and the same durable, attractive stylings we've come to expect from Lenovo. What all does the laptop have to offer? Read our full review to find out!

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