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An Online Tutorial Will Teach You How to Count Cards

In the world of blackjack, a little math goes a long way. Card counting, however much casinos try to prevent it, is a relatively easy way to up your …

Legend of Zelda

Improving Windows 10 Field Guide

As you may know, my latest e-book, <i>Windows 10 Field Guide</i>, is now available on Leanpub. And while it’s already pretty comprehensive, we’d like to make …

How to Customize the Taskbar in Windows 10

The Windows 10 taskbar works much like previous Windows versions, offering shortcuts and icons for every running app. Windows 10 offers all kinds of …

Visual Design

Meet The LucidCam, The Future Of Consumer VR

I was at a meet and greet thrown by a prominent VC firm this week and it was quite enjoyable. There were friendly faces, conversations and a couple of folks huddled around a desk in the corner. Wait. That’s so not “social.” I went over to explore and what were they doing? Checking out virtual …

Solve two common Windows 10 problems with one great feature

Having some problems with Windows 10? Task Manager might be your best friend. <i>ZDNet’s</i> Ed Bott has put together a terrific guide for troubleshooting …

Metal Gear Solid 5 cheats tips tricks and secrets

<i>Need more Metal Gear? Check out the rest of our coverage or read our review.</i><p>Metal Gear Solid 5 is an insanely deep game, with countless systems, …

Freelancing

Don't buy a Steam Machine

The lines are blurring between gaming PCs and traditional consoles. Valve’s Steam Machines, gaming PCs designed to express the best of both worlds, are ostensibly the prototype for this awesome future, and they’re now available for preorder. Too bad they’re not something you should buy — yet.<p>Valve …

Steam Machines

'Delay' is a new feature in Windows 10

While Windows Insiders are currently on the official 10130 build of Windows 10, a leaked version of Microsoft's forthcoming operating system with a …

5 Android apps you shouldn't miss this week! - Android Apps Weekly

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]<br>Blood Brothers 2 is a strategy RPG game that has you recruiting commanders and using their armies to do battle against opponents. Each one has a class such as archer, cavalry, or infantry and you use those to gain the advantage. The game also includes free daily …

Apps

Xbox One June System Update Details And E3 Teasers Revealed

June brings quite a lot for Xbox One players, primarily the next fixes for the Xbox One and the big event, E3 2015. Microsoft has already announced …

Android TV now has over 600 new channels in the Play Store

While the Chromecast continues to be Google's best TV offering, the more powerful Android TV, which debuted at I/O last year, has struggled to make a strong impression to date. Google clearly isn't done with the platform yet, as Android TV devices like the Nexus Player now have more than 600 new …

Smart TV

Microsoft Confirms Users Can Perform a Clean Installation If Upgrading to Windows 10

But there may be a catch...<p>It seems the free upgrade from Windows 7/8.1 to Windows 10 also allows eligible users to perform a clean installation of …

Freelancing

Screw Steam Machines, just give me that controller

Steam Machines still seem to be an answer to a question no one is asking, but if they lead to more people enjoying more games on the PC I'm all for it. I already have a Steam machine in my office though; it's just a gaming PC. I'm not that interested in loading an OS that limits which games I can …

Microsoft Is Making A Big Change With Windows 10 And E3

When you think about Microsoft at E3, you think about Xbox. That’s only natural — the Xbox One is Microsoft’s flagship gaming console, and every year they show up to talk about their new releases and hardware updates. Later on, Sony gives its PS4 conference and we compare the two, console vs. …

Software

Microsoft reveals the first killer Windows 10 hardware

Ever since Windows 10 was announced early last year, Microsoft’s focus has shifted heavily toward the software side of its business. We’ve been too …

The Right Way to Wear Boots in Warm Weather

Here’s how to keep your favorite footwear in the rotation<p>If the thought of summer footwear makes you double-knot your favorite bootlaces in protest, here’s some good news: Your combats don’t need to be discharged just yet.<p>Boots can definitely be worn year-round, says <i>Men’s Health</i> Associate Fashion …

Google's New Chromebit Computer Is Ridiculously Small

An inch or two longer than the typical USB drive.<p>Google's newest computer is about the size of an inhaler and could easily be mistaken for one were it not for its Chrome branding. It's called the Chromebit and it will be one of the smallest computers on the market when it ships this …

Microsoft Releases Preview Of Its New Browser ‘Project Spartan’ In Fresh Windows 10 Build

Microsoft wasn’t kidding when it promised to ship Windows 10 builds more quickly. Today, less than two weeks after its last iteration, the company has kicked out a new build that contains an important new feature: Project Spartan.<p>The new build’s number is<p>1004710049, up a total of68 from the …

The Walking Dead's TV spin-off gets greenlit for two seasons

AMC has commissioned a two-season order for a companion series to <i>The Walking Dead</i>, the network announced.<p>The new series, whose name has yet to be announced, will be set in Los Angeles and will focus on new characters and storylines. According to the network, the show's first season will consist of …

6 Things To Consider Before Building Your Next Gaming PC

Believe it or not, the act of physically building your first PC is relatively simple. It’s the research beforehand and process of choosing your parts that can be daunting. Will X component be compatible with Y component? Is this case future proof? How large a power supply do I need? What should I …

Computer Hardware

PPSSPP PSP emulator version 1.0 hits Google Play

The PPSSPP emulator has been available on Android for a while, but up until now it was still technically a beta product. Today the project has come out of beta, now marked as version 1.0.<p>The latest version brings a coat of polish to the PPSSPP experience for those that previously were using the …

Emulation

Windows 10 Installs Automatically On Windows 7 And Windows 8

<i>Update: my new post Why Windows 10 Installs Automatically On Windows 7 And Windows 8 looks into the two major automatic upgrades Windows 10 will perform, why and what can be done about them.</i><p>Microsoft is getting a lot right. Making Windows 10 free, unifying it across desktop and mobile, introducing …

Satya Nadella
Computer Science

Android Lollipop 5.1 Release In Q1 2015 Will Attempt To Address Major Bugs

Google’s latest version of Android has not had the easiest of receptions. With a number of major bugs and issues that are degrading the experience, an update to Lollipop was always going to be on the cards. Now it’s time for a second bug fix release, as reports are surfacing online of a 5.1 release …

The Steam Holiday Sale has begun! Here are some survival tips for your wallet

It's happening ! It's alive ! It's Steeeeeeeeeeeeeam Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaale ! Valve have launched their annual assault on financial sense, ensuring we'll …

PC Gaming

How to download Android APK files from the Google Play Store

There might be various reasons that you would want to download an APK directly from the Play Store. One might be that an app (especially Google apps) …

Grand Theft Auto 5's first-person sex is lurid, graphic

With the leap from old gen to current gen, Rockstar's <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> brought with it one very interesting change: the ability to do everything in the game from a first-person perspective.<p>That shift in point of view that comes to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has a dramatic effect on everything …