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Microsoft deprecates Windows Mixed Reality, several headsets could become e-waste

The big picture: Despite ongoing efforts by Meta, Valve, Apple, Sony, and Samsung, virtual reality and mixed reality have struggled to achieve mainstream acceptance. Now, Microsoft has given up on the technology. Anyone considering using Windows Mixed Reality should download the required software now while it remains available. Windows Mixed Reality recently entered Microsoft’s list […]

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Windows 11 will soon leverage Windows Update to make system recovery faster

In context: Repairing a Windows install is a chore we all dread. Aside from the “my computer is all f*ed up” factor, the recovery process is time-consuming, potentially tying up your PC for hours. Microsoft hopes to alleviate the stress of reinstalling or recovering your system with a new tool that leverages Windows Update to

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Commercial cargo plane successfully completes crewless flight

Why it matters: A Silicon Valley aviation company recently completed a successful flight of a Cessna 208B Caravan cargo plane autonomously. The historic flight took place on November 21 but flew under the radar until now. The pilotless system, a creation of Reliable Robots, was retrofitted to a plane that took off from Hollister Municipal

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Blizzard strikes new deal with NetEase to bring World of Warcraft and other games back to China

In brief: Great news for fans of Blizzard games who live in China. After the US giant’s failure to renew licensing agreements with local partner NetEase in January, a number of its titles went offline in the Asian nation. But reports say that Blizzard has reached a new deal with NetEase that will see China-based

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Elden Ring “Symphonic Adventure” goes on tour, coming to Europe in 2024

Sounds good: Elden Ring, the open-world action RPG that modernized the Soulsborne formula with a new open-world setting, is receiving its own official concert. The game’s expansive soundtrack will be adapted to narrate a story on stage, incorporating music, video, and special lighting effects. Publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment, developer FromSoftware, and Overlook Events have organized

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MSI unveils the Titan 18 HX: the world’s first 18-inch 4K/120Hz mini-LED laptop

Something to look forward to: MSI has announced what sounds like a genuine laptop replacement for high-end gaming desktops (and monitors). The company states that the Titan 18 HX will be the world’s first laptop to feature an 18-inch 4K/120Hz Mini LED display. It’s also expected to come with specs that top out at the

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Nvidia Blackwell RTX 5000 GPUs may debut earlier than expected

Rumor mill: Nvidia is currently deliberating on the timing for releasing the RTX 5000 Blackwell lineup, with a potential Q4 2024 launch under consideration. The decision largely hinges on the performance of current-gen RTX 4000 series sales and AMD’s next GPUs, as the company may be keen to rectify the negative perception created by the

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Midjourney 6 has landed with a new prompt system, impressive new text-on-image capabilities

In context: Midjourney v6 has arrived as a Christmas gift for AI enthusiasts. This latest version of the image generator promises more realistic images, added functionality, and addresses some significant shortcomings of the tool. However, experienced users may need to re-learn a few things. The sixth iteration of Midjourney is now available to all users.

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