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- 02/11/18--06:00: _How to fix floor he...
- 02/12/18--04:00: _How to avoid motion...
- 02/12/18--06:00: _The reality of leav...
- 02/12/18--12:00: _How to get Cortana ...
- 02/13/18--04:00: _How to bring back t...
- 02/13/18--12:00: _How to watch live T...
- 02/14/18--14:00: _Smartphone RAM: Wha...
- 02/15/18--04:00: _Beginner's guide to...
- 02/15/18--05:00: _Beginner's guide to...
- 02/15/18--06:00: _Why upgrading a bud...
- 02/15/18--09:00: _Why Windows 10 upda...
- 02/15/18--11:00: _Xbox One S vs. Xbox...
- 02/16/18--04:00: _How to fix Windows ...
- 02/16/18--06:00: _How to pick the rig...
- 02/17/18--06:00: _Complete list of Pl...
- 02/11/18--06:00: How to fix floor height in Windows Mixed Reality
- 02/12/18--04:00: How to avoid motion sickness in VR
- 02/12/18--06:00: The reality of leaving your laptop plugged in
- 02/12/18--12:00: How to get Cortana to perform custom tasks on Windows 10
- 02/13/18--04:00: How to bring back the 'close all tabs' warning in Microsoft Edge
- 02/13/18--12:00: How to watch live TV with Plex on Xbox One
- 02/14/18--14:00: Smartphone RAM: What is it, and when do you need more?
- 02/15/18--04:00: Beginner's guide to Windows Defender Security Center on Windows 10
- 02/15/18--05:00: Beginner's guide to setting up and streaming with OBS
- 02/15/18--06:00: Why upgrading a budget PC yourself might not be worth it
- 02/15/18--09:00: Why Windows 10 updates take so long (and some potential fixes)
- 02/16/18--04:00: How to fix Windows Mixed Reality software download errors
- 02/16/18--06:00: How to pick the right AMD Ryzen CPU for your PC
This fix also translates to floor height in SteamVR.
Windows Mixed Reality (WMR), like most room-scale VR systems, sometimes has an issue with relating virtual floor height to actual floor height. The result can sometimes be amusing, but it can also be dangerous to you and your equipment. Seeing the wrong floor height in VR can cause you to lose your balance, or you might bend down to pick something up and smash your controller into your hardwood.
Not only might you find this issue in the WMR Cliff House and games downloaded through the Microsoft Store, you might also see it carry over to time spent in SteamVR. In either case, this fix, if performed from the start of your time in WMR, should carry over to whatever you choose to do in VR.
How to fix floor height in Windows Mixed Reality
This is not what your floor should look like when you set a controller on the ground.
Microsoft is aware that proper floor height is a big deal in VR, and so they've included a simple tool tha...
Why does motion sickness happen to me?
Although VR is relatively new and explanations aren't exactly concrete, a common belief is that discord between ocular input and vestibular stimulation is the cause — what your eyes see don't match up with what the balance-nerves in your ears are feeling. Your brain tries to figure out what's going on, and in the process you get sick. Nausea, headache, sweating, and dizziness are all common symptoms.
Be picky about your first virtual reality games
When it comes to playing VR for the first time you want to make sure you're not jumping into games with high movement right off the bat. For me personally, I started with Job Simulator, which I found to be the perfect game for my first jump into virtual reality. The things you want to look for when purchasing a new game are ones with low movement, good quality imagery and the least amount of complaints when it comes to glitching and shaking.
Building up your tolerance
When I first started play...
While you can technically leave it plugged in, there are some things to know.
Dealing with battery life and maintenance is a reality of our tech-obsessed world. Everyone wants something that can keep up with their device, and most people agree that it's not fair for a battery to wear out sooner than the rest of the hardware. Just look at what's happening with Apple and their #iPhoneSlow fiasco.
Laptops, because of the amount of performance hardware inside, have some relatively beefy batteries. Technology is always improving, and where battery life used to be atrocious, we're now seeing batteries that can last far longer than the eight-hour workday. Just look at LG's new gram Z980, which manages to cram a 72WHr battery — delivering about 13 hours of life — into a device weighing just over 1kg.
While in the past it was unwise and even dangerous to leave your laptop plugged into an external power source all the time, new laptops are mostly using either lithium-polymer or lithium-...
You can execute virtually any command using Cortana on Windows 10, and in this guide, we'll show you how.
Cortana on Windows 10 is your personal assistant that can help you to keep up with your daily tasks, answer questions, and allows you to use voice commands to get things done hands-free.
Although the assistant can be handy, it's still limited to the tasks it can perform. For example, you can use voice commands to execute various power options, but there isn't a command to put your PC into hibernation or sleep mode. Further, while you can use commands to open a specific section in the Settings app, Cortana can't change a particular setting on its own.
However, it's possible to use Cortana's "Open" command to run a shortcut linked to a particular command or script that allows you to perform virtually any task using only your voice.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to create custom commands that Cortana can execute on your behalf.
How to execute cust...
Do you keep closing Edge completely when trying to close one tab? If so, in this guide, we'll show you the steps to bring back the close all tabs warning to prevent that from happening.
In Microsoft Edge, when you have multiple tabs open, the browser will display a "Do you want to close all tabs?" warning to prevent you from accidentally closing important tabs.
Usually, without a second thought, you immediately disable this feature checking the "Always close all tabs" option within the prompt. The only caveat is that Edge doesn't include a setting to re-enable the message if later on, you realize that it's a feature you need.
Luckily, if you find yourself frequently closing important tabs when you just intend to close a single tab, on Windows 10, there's at least one way to bring the warning back using the Registry.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to restore the close all tabs message when trying to close Microsoft Edge when you have multiple tabs ope...
Plex finally added support for live TV to its Xbox One app. Here's how you set it up.
It has been a pretty long time coming but Plex finally added support for watching live TV to its app for the Xbox One. You can already do such a thing with OneGuide and either your cable box or the Xbox One OTA TV tuner, but if you're already using Plex there are benefits to using it instead.
Your TV will be mixed with your Plex Media Server content, for one. Here's how you get up and running.
What you need
Here's a quick list of the things you need in order to make this work:
A Plex Media Server.
A Plex Pass subscription.
A compatible tuner such as the HDHomeRun Connect.
The Plex app on your Xbox One.
Plex Pass offers a bunch of features and if you're a heavy Plex user then it's worth having.
Subscribe to Plex Pass
Setting up TV on your Plex Media Server
Setting it up is pretty straightforward, and the good news is if you've been using Plex DVR in the past without watching live TV w...
Your phone needs RAM to operate, but why? And how much?
It looks like Vivo is going to be selling a phone with 10GB of RAM. That's almost as much as many gaming PCs and about 6GB more than most phones. It has a lot of folks scratching their heads and asking why in the world does it need 10GB of RAM, and does that mean my phone with 4GB needs more?
This wouldn't be the first time we've seen phones come with oodles of RAM. The OnePlus 5T has an 8GB configuration, and seeing 6GB inside some phones is becoming fairly common. Let's talk about what RAM is, how your phone uses RAM, and why a phone would have 250% more of it than "necessary".
What is RAM?
RAM (Random Access Memory) is short-term digital storage. Computers (and yes, your phone is a computer) use RAM mostly to hold data that active applications — along with the CPU and operating system's kernel — are using because RAM is very fast when it comes to reading and writing. Even the fastest hard drive or flash storage is slo...
Here's how you can get started with Windows Defender Security Center to keep your device and data secure against malware and malicious attacks.
The Windows Defender Security Center is an experience that comes built into Windows 10 since the release of the Creators Update. It combines the most common security features of Windows into an easy-to-use app allowing technical and non-technical users to view and protect their devices and data against many types of malware, including viruses and ransomware, hacker attacks, security threats, and more.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to get started and perform everyday tasks with the Windows Defender Security Center app to keep your system and data safe.
Windows Defender Security Center vs. Windows Defender Antivirus
How to navigate Windows Defender Security Center
How to scan your PC for malware using Windows Defender Antivirus
How to view scan history using Windows Defender Antivirus
How to temporarily disable...
How to set yourself up to stream using the powerful, free to use OBS.
Whether you're streaming from a PC or console, to get the absolute best quality broadcast you're probably looking for some great software. In the case of Windows, one of the most popular choices is Open Broadcaster Software (OBS).
One of the things that attract people initially is that OBS is free to use thanks to being open source (though you can and definitely should donate to the project if you enjoy using it.) If you're new to OBS or to streaming in general, it can be a little daunting at first. The software has evolved a great deal over the years and now it's one of the most powerful tools in a broadcaster's arsenal.
Here, I'll show you how the basics and how to get your stream up and running using OBS.
Download OBS for Windows
How to set up your stream key on OBS
Before you stream anything anywhere you need to give OBS the credentials to broadcast on your channel. Exactly how you do this on the wide...
Sure, you can save some money now, but what are you getting yourself into?
Building your own PC can be a rewarding, money-saving experience, but not everyone has the time or feels comfortable enough to do it themselves. Major PC manufacturers understand, and most have a lineup of pre-built desktop devices ranging from budget productivity machines worth a few hundred dollars to extreme gaming rigs that cost thousands.
One possible route to take when PC shopping is buying a budget pre-built now with plans of upgrading yourself in the near future. It doesn't seem quite as complicated as starting from scratch, and besides, you'll have a device that powers on today rather than in a few weeks when all the parts arrive and you've assembled them properly.
The short game vs. the long game
Buying budget now — I'm talking a device that sits around the $500 mark — with plans to upgrade slowly over the next year or so can be considered the short game. You're getting a pre-built PC tha...
Slow, plodding, stuck, frozen, stopped. Frustrating!
It's important to keep your Windows 10 PC updated. You get security fixes, new features, small improvement tweaks, and more. Unfortunately, updating Windows 10 can often take years. Or so it might feel when you're watching an update sit still, you pacing around knowing that you have stuff to do on your PC. This isn't exactly a rare problem, and you'll almost always find a thread about it in our forum and in countless others around the web. So why exactly is it taking so long, and what can you do about it?
Why do Windows 10 updates take so long?
Windows 10 is a big, complicated OS that is constantly being tweaked. While some updates are small and you might not even notice them installing, others are massive and take a good chunk of time to install. The amount of time it takes can be affected by multiple factors.
If you're working with a low-speed internet connection, downloading a gigabyte or two — especially over a wirele...
If you're an Xbox fan looking to upgrade your old 2013 Xbox One, or even an old-school Xbox 360, there are two main console options for you to consider.
The Xbox One S launched in 2016, with all-new 4K capabilities, including UHD Blu-ray and support for 4K media streaming, including Netflix. At the same event, the Xbox One X was announced, built to power 4K media, Blu-ray, and games, wrapped in the smallest Xbox console ever made.
At face value, the primary differences are price and power. The Xbox One S can be purchased for around $249, whereas the Xbox One X clocks in at $499. The Xbox One S is only slightly more powerful than the Xbox One of 2013, outputting games at around 1080p. The Xbox One X is far, far more powerful, outputting games at full 4K with enhanced textures, visuals, and other effects.
Still, there are many other nuances to consider when examining the differences between the two, and we'll go through and work out which might be best for you.
Xbox One X vs. Xbo...
Your Mixed Reality headset isn't much good without the appropriate software.
Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) is gaining traction in the VR world, offering up a comfortable variety of headsets along with motion controllers that don't require extra outside sensors. To get started with WMR, your Windows 10 PC might require some extra software. Unfortunately, some people are having issues downloading said software. Let's take a look at how to get things resolved.
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How to fix a Windows Mixed Reality failed software download
If your PC is completely up to date, you might already have the WMR software installed. This includes the Windows Mixed Reality Portal that is your gateway to the Cliff House, apps, games, and SteamVR. If you plug in your headset and you see a prompt to download software, you might see this specific issue. The download will appear to finish up, but a prompt saying "We couldn't download the Mixed Reality software" will pop up. Here are...
AMD has a number of product families in the desktop processor market, including the popular Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7. But which one is best for you and your PC?
Intel and AMD share a similar model-naming scheme. The two main families of processors — Core and Ryzen — use 3, 5, 7, and 9 to differentiate the CPUs. The lower the number, the less capable the processor usually is. A Ryzen 3 processor won't be able to outpace a Ryzen 7, for example. Unlike Intel, AMD keeps everything simple by only using a few model numbers and an "X" suffix.
Everything you need to know about AMD Ryzen
It's all in the numbers
Here's a quick breakdown of the different AMD Ryzen processor brackets:
Ryzen 3 — Quad-core processors.
Ryzen 5 — Quad- and hexa-core processors.
Ryzen 7 — Hexa-core processors.
Ryzen 9 — Hexa and 16-core processors
Within each bracket, the processors are named by model number — the higher the model number the more powerful the CPU. For example, a Ryzen 3 1200 ...
Looking to get stylish on the harsh battlefields of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds? These are all the crates available at launch and their cosmetic contents.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), one of the biggest games of 2017, has made its Xbox One debut following a wave of a success on PC. With tense 1 vs 100 "Battle Royale" gameplay, players will fight to the death in a shrinking area, until a single player emerges victorious. Delivering a majority of content seen on its flagship platform, Xbox One owners gain access to everything needed for the true PUBG experience.
PUBG might not offer an overwhelming among of content, but to make for this, its gameplay is remarkably replayable. Building on its core gameplay loop, the game also features an accompanying progression system. After spending time in-game you'll get the chance to unlock cosmetic items, helping your character stand out on the battlefield.
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