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Oculus Rift Mission:ISS lets you live out your astronaut dreams

Oculus Rift Mission:ISS lets you live out your astronaut dreams

Thanks to some historic events in space science, being an astronaut has once again become a “cool” career path. Of course, that chances of actually being chosen for a space mission are very slim. The next best thing? Getting a taste of what it’s like to live and work as an astronaut, made possible with virtual reality. That is exactly the “close enough” experience that Oculus is offering with Mission:ISS, which will let you at least see if you have what it takes to live among the stars.

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Google Jamboard priced up, but there’s a subscription sting

Google Jamboard priced up, but there’s a subscription sting

Google has priced up its Jamboard, and by the standard of virtual whiteboards it's actually fairly affordable. Announced last year, Jamboard followed products like Microsoft's Surface Hub in turning a big, touchscreen display into a cloud-connected collaboration tool. However, our hopes that this might also be a great way to corral an unruly household together seems to have been over-ambitious.

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Windows 10 File Explorer now shows Microsoft “ads”

Windows 10 File Explorer now shows Microsoft “ads”

Advertisements on web pages? That's so 2000. Ads in free mobile apps? Becoming a fact of life. But ads in file managers? That's probably pushing it a bit. Yet that is exactly what Microsoft seems to be doing to an increasing degree with File Explorer in Windows 10. No, you don't have to worry about NSFW content suddenly showing up. At the moment, it's just an ad, really nagware, for users to sign up for a premium OneDrive account. But Microsoft's nagware behavior this past years is causing some serious concern among users.

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Firefox 52.0 wants to level up gaming on web browsers

Firefox 52.0 wants to level up gaming on web browsers

Browser-based games are nothing new, from Farmville to Plants vs. Zombies to Candy Crush Saga. Back then, smartphones weren’t as ubiquitous or as accessible as they are now. Browser games have since then taken a backseat, held back by limitations of web technologies and languages. Not anymore, promises Mozilla. With Firefox 52.0 and its fancy new WebAssembly feature, gaming on web browsers need no longer be limited to simplistic, usually 2D games. They can, and will, run more complex 3D games, without requiring a plugin.

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HP launches new line of EliteDesk all-in-one and desktop PCs

HP launches new line of EliteDesk all-in-one and desktop PCs

HP has taken the wraps off a slew of PC products, among them being the new EliteDesk 800 G3 Tower, the EliteOne 800 G3 All-in-One PC, the EliteDesk 800 G3 Desktop Mini, and the EliteDesk 800 G3 Desktop Mini 65W. Talking about the products, HP VP Alex Cho said, "The newest lineup of Elite desktops and AiOs reflects the vision of a business while reflecting the desires of employees."

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Don’t buy this new Surface Book

Don’t buy this new Surface Book

Microsoft has quietly added a new Surface Book to its line-up, but even with higher performance it's hard to recommend the $3,000 2-in-1. Unlike the original Surface Book reveal - and, indeed, the addition of the Surface Book with Performance Base to the range back in October last year, this new iteration has raised nary a peep from Microsoft. That's despite it having some of the highest specifications we've seen from the hybrid 2-in-1 to-date.

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2-in-1 detachables could improve PC market, says IDC

2-in-1 detachables could improve PC market, says IDC

While tables were still a minority at MWC 2017 last week, convertible and detachable PCs definitely made a big splash nonetheless. It isn’t by accident either. According to market analysis experts IDC, the popularity of detachable tablets and convertible notebooks is still strong, despite a decline in shipments last quarter. In fact, it predicts that this category could actually slow down the still ongoing decline of the overall PC market, at least by 2021.

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New HP Chromebook for education unveiled by Google

New HP Chromebook for education unveiled by Google

Earlier this week saw Google's senior VP of hardware clear up some remarks about the future of first-party Chromebooks. Fortunately, if you're a fan non-Google-made devices, the future continues to be bright with plenty of Chromebook options. The latest laptop comes from HP, Google has revealed, and is aimed at students in the classroom: the Chromebook x360 11 G1 Education Edition.

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Windows 98 “wrist watch” runs on a Raspberry Pi

Windows 98 “wrist watch” runs on a Raspberry Pi

Watches are a personal thing and no one size fits all. Maybe that’s why smartwatches have had a hard time becoming as mainstream as smartphones. Not everyone might be satisfied with just having Android or watchOS on their wrists. Some might want an honest to goodness desktop OS they can wear. So 314rcreator, a.k.a. Lord_of_Bone on Reddit, whipped up a quick hack that put a Raspberry Pi A+ that ran Windows 98. Because, well, why not?

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Google clears up statement about first-party Chromebooks, says they aren’t “dead”

Google clears up statement about first-party Chromebooks, says they aren’t “dead”

A few days back, Google senior vice president for hardware Rick Osterloh made news when he seemed to suggest that Google was done with its line of Pixel Chromebooks. He told reporters at MWC that Google didn't have any plans to produce a new one, which isn't encouraging to those who were hoping to see Google continue to release laptops of its own. Even worse was the fact that he said Google didn't have any plans to replenish the stock of the current Pixel Chromebooks, which are sold out on Google's store.

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OXI Android ROM tries to make phones double as desktops

OXI Android ROM tries to make phones double as desktops

Last week Jide made an announcement that had a familiar message. Following the likes of Microsoft Continuum and Ubuntu Convergence, its Remix Singularity project wanted to turn the very same Android smartphone and apps that you keep in your pocket into the PC that you’ll use on your desktop. Jide is hardly the first nor the only one who has made such an attempt. At MWC 2017, French company Auxens has revealed an alpha version of its OXI ROM that does that as well, with a little less polish but a bit more device support.

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Oculus Rift Mac support not even in six-month roadmap yet

Oculus Rift Mac support not even in six-month roadmap yet

Faithful Mac users might have to wait a bit longer to get their fair share of the virtual reality pie. That is, unless Apple suddenly comes up with its own VR platform and headset within the next six months. That’s because Oculus, one of the three biggest VR companies, doesn’t yet have macOS in its sights. Not even within the next six months. This was the situation revealed by co-founder and now head of Rift Nate Mitchell as he talks about the company’s future in the face of recent setbacks and challenges.

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