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Oculus Go unlock software released for hardware freedom

Oculus Go unlock software released for hardware freedom

An Oculus Go unlocked OS build was released today, courtesy of John Carmack. After a prolonged period of time and a whole lot of work in securing the rights to release the software, Carmack and crew made this build a reality. It's a surprise, honestly, now that Oculus is owned by Facebook. It IS a welcome surprise, in any case.

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Blender 3D tool now supported by Apple

Blender 3D tool now supported by Apple

If you had any doubt of the long-term value of learning how to sculpt in 3D with Blender, doubt no more. The Blender Foundation just announced that Apple joined their Blender Development Fund as "a Patron Member" to support development of the software for the foreseeable future. This is GOOD news for Blender, no matter how you slice it.

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Google Apps on iOS are about to use Apple’s UIKit – will you notice?

Google Apps on iOS are about to use Apple’s UIKit – will you notice?

At the tail end of the year 2021, Google is moving their iOS apps away from Material Design and toward UIKit. This means that Apple's basic building blocks for iOS will be used for Google apps on the platform rather than Google's own. This could mean some elements in Google apps on iOS will change - but some of the most important and distinctive elements will remain the same.

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MacBook High Power Mode found in macOS Monterey beta: Like OnePlus?

MacBook High Power Mode found in macOS Monterey beta: Like OnePlus?

The most updated version of macOS Monterey beta has code suggesting Apple will bring a special "High Power" mode to MacBook devices. It might be time for Apple to unleash the performance beast, referencing some rumors that've been in the MacOS mix for over a year. While this might not be the Apple Does Gaming situation we've been patiently awaiting for a decade, it does seem like Apple may be willing to drop some of the power conservation restrictions put on computing devices - if the user wishes to flip a few switches.

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Riot plans it own game launcher to put desktop titles in one place

Riot plans it own game launcher to put desktop titles in one place

Riot, the company behind hits like League of Legends and Valorant, has announced plans to release its own game launcher. The product, which is called Riot Client, will be available starting next week, making it easier for gamers to access the company's desktop titles by congregating them in one place.

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Windows 11 updates Snipping Tool for screenshots in latest Insider Preview

Windows 11 updates Snipping Tool for screenshots in latest Insider Preview

This week the folks at Microsoft are rolling out the updates to Windows 11 hard and fast. Right this minute we're looking at the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.194 in the Beta Channel. This same release appear for commercial PCs in the Release Preview Channel, if you did not already notice. If you didn't know about the issues still present in the last most recent update, you're certainly going to need to get familiar with the list of issues that Microsoft is currently aware of, and working on.

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New Windows 11 release date features surpassed with latest build

New Windows 11 release date features surpassed with latest build

The latest build for Windows 11 was released this week with features that'll likely appear AFTER the first public version of Windows 11. This version of the operating system can be found in the Windows Insider Program's Dev channel. Microsoft made clear with this release that we're now at the point at which they're sending developers versions of Windows 11 with builds different from those of the Windows 11 experience that'll be released to the public on October 5, 2021.

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PlayStation Studios acquiring Firesprite: Tip of the gaming tech spear

PlayStation Studios acquiring Firesprite: Tip of the gaming tech spear

This week the folks announced they'd acquired a very interesting game developer studio. They are Firesprite, the creators of a few games that've been key to the introduction of PlayStation 4 and virtual reality elements in PlayStation's newest consoles. This is the sort of studio you might've expected to have been part of Sony in the first place, if it hadn't been for the little logo on the side of the package.

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App Store changes reduce Apple Tax under special circumstances

App Store changes reduce Apple Tax under special circumstances

There are multiple aspects to the ongoing lawsuits against Apple's and Google's alleged monopolies over their respective app stores, but one of the biggest points has always been the "industry standard" 30% cut that these companies take. Epic Games' epic crusade against that practice has thankfully generated some changes, but those are the exception rather than the rule. Apple is once again making more exceptions with some changes to its App Store policies that it says will appease developers and settle at least one lawsuit.

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Unreal Engine 4.27 released with latest in-camera VFX tools

Unreal Engine 4.27 released with latest in-camera VFX tools

Unreal Engine 4.27 was released today with the latest set of In-Camera VFX tools and other virtual production features aplenty. This new build works with a new 3D Config Editor, nDisplay features newly organized into a single nDisplay Root Actor, and features that aim to make working with nDisplay both easy and potentially massively powerful.

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Amazon walks back controversial game rules

Amazon walks back controversial game rules

Last month, we caught wind of a rather troubling set of rules Amazon imposed on developers working for its studios. Those rules primarily concerned personal projects of developers under contract with Amazon, and they were about as bad as they could be. However, after those rules were made public and developers and prospective players alike pushed back, Amazon has apparently decided to reverse them.

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Google Play Store will remove dormant developer accounts, stagnant apps

Google Play Store will remove dormant developer accounts, stagnant apps

Google Play Store is home to many apps. Some might say it's actually home to far too many apps. Android's official app marketplace is better known for the quantity of apps available rather than the quality of those apps, and it might be long-overdue some trimming. It seems that a great culling is finally coming to Google Play Store as Google announces new policies that will clean up developer accounts and apps that have barely been used.

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