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- 03/14/18--12:00: _How to use Oculus T...
- 03/14/18--14:00: _How to complete you...
- 03/15/18--04:00: _How to get started ...
- 03/15/18--12:00: _How to improve the ...
- 03/15/18--14:00: _Xbox One FreeSync a...
- 03/16/18--04:00: _Why you should opt-...
- 03/16/18--12:00: _How to factory rese...
- 03/17/18--04:00: _How controls work w...
- 03/18/18--12:00: _How to enable Fortn...
- 03/19/18--08:00: _How to convert your...
- 03/19/18--11:30: _Sea of Thieves buye...
- 03/19/18--12:00: _Sea of Thieves game...
- 03/20/18--04:00: _How to back up Wind...
- 03/20/18--10:20: _Sea of Thieves ship...
- 03/21/18--04:00: _How to replace the ...
- 03/14/18--12:00: How to use Oculus Touch like a Vive Tracker
- 03/14/18--14:00: How to complete your first Sea of Thieves voyage
- 03/15/18--04:00: How to get started with the Synology DS218+
- 03/15/18--12:00: How to improve the HTC Vive Deluxe Audio Strap
- 03/16/18--12:00: How to factory reset a Windows Mixed Reality headset
- 03/17/18--04:00: How controls work with Fortnite Battle Royale on iPhone
- 03/19/18--08:00: How to convert your workspace to a standing desk for less than $100
- 03/19/18--12:00: Sea of Thieves gameplay tips for new players and budding pirates
- 03/20/18--04:00: How to back up Windows 10 to a Synology NAS
- 03/21/18--04:00: How to replace the main Windows boot drive in your PC
Golf clubs, baseball bats, rackets, guns, and lots of fun!
HTC's Vive Tracker promises to bring pretty much any real-life object (as long as it fits in your house) into VR. Attach the Tracker to a golf club or a baseball bat and do your best impression of an athlete, or attach it to a fake gun and get real tactical real fast.
To compete with the Vive Tracker, Oculus includes a mount with its Touch controllers. It's not nearly as exciting, but it sort of delivers the same experience (and it doesn't cost extra). Officially branded with a Rock Band VR logo, it's primarily intended to work with the plastic guitar accessories required to play the game. In our testing, it worked really well, and it got us thinking about what sort of other things we could track by attaching a Touch controller.
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Oculus Touch accessory guidelines
Oculus actually has an official Touch Accessory Guideline file available for download from its ...
Here's how to start your first Sea of Thieves mission and make a name for yourself in the pirate world.
Sea of Thieves drops players straight into its tropical world with little guidance on what lies ahead. To climb the ranks and make a name for your pirate-self, you'll need to embark on "voyages"– the game's structured quests to hunt down coveted treasure. Here's how to get started with Sea of Thieves' voyages and bring back your haul of loot on Xbox One and Windows 10.
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1. Finding your first voyage
To get started on your Sea of Thieves adventure, you'll need to collect your first formal voyage. Obtainable from various vendors across the game's world, these provide specific objectives to complete for rewards. Vendors are based at "outposts," found on set islands across the game's map. Players always spawn in outposts after launching the game, while those at sea can find outposts through their ship's map.
When at an outpost, you'll need ...
Here's how you get started with the DS218+.
Setting up the DS218+ is an absolute breeze, which is why it fared well in our in-depth review and was awarded our Choice Award. Synology has done wonders to improve on the excellent DS216 series to create a Network Attached Storage (NAS) solution that is ideal for not only advanced users but also those who may be new to the network storage field.
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Depending on how you configured the DS218+, you may not have to do anything aside from plugging the unit into an available outlet and hooking it up to a router. If you've received a diskless configuration, which means there aren't any pre-installed hard drives, you'll need to remove the two trays and install drives. Luckily, this is a simple process that requires no tools at all.
Remove the front panel.
Take the tray out of the unit by pressing down on the lever and pulling.
Remove the two side panels.
Insert the hard drive into the tray.
It's nice, but it's not perfect.
HTC's Deluxe Audio Strap (DAS) adds the built-in headphones to the HTC Vive VR headset, just like the Oculus Rift and the Samsung Odyssey. Not only is the DAS sporting adjustable headphones, it also has a different fastening system that involves plenty of padding and an adjustment dial instead of the default elastic straps. Still, some find that the new strap doesn't quite make the Vive as comfortable as it should be, especially during long play times, and there are some interesting mods popping up on the internet.
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Add a wedge beneath the top strap
One of the biggest issues with the Vive DAS (and, for that matter, the Vive's original strap), is that the top strap pulls the headset into your forehead rather than just keeping it in the correct position on your face. This is mostly due to the fact that the strap attaches to the display at a right angle.
Reddit user djgrahamj posted a wedge solution in the Vive subreddit, and judgin...
AMD FreeSync support is coming to Xbox One – here's what it is and why you should care.
Microsoft is debuting an assortment of new display options for Xbox One with the Xbox Spring Update. Currently in testing to select members of the Xbox Insider Program, support for 1440p resolutions, Auto Low Latency Mode and Variable Refresh Rates via FreeSync has been added to the console.
Since the launch of the Xbox One X, upcoming support for FreeSync has been one of its most anticipated features. Smoothing out gameplay via specialist hardware, the feature further solidifies the console as one of the top-tier gaming devices on the market. Here's what you need to know about FreeSync and using it on your Xbox One.
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Understanding the problem
When gaming on traditional displays, incoming frames are output on the fly, to ensure the most recent image is reflected on-screen. When the number of frames output by a device exceeds the refresh rate of the disp...
You should remove your PC from the Windows Insider Program after the Spring Creators Update releases — here's why, and the steps to do it.
As Microsoft finalizes the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update (version 1803) (that name is not yet official, but it sure sounds right) for its official launch in spring 2018, now is a good time to consider opting out of the Windows Insider Program.
The program has been designed to allow developers and enthusiasts to test upcoming features and improvements to Windows 10. Although the most recent preview builds have introduced a lot of changes and have been getting more stable, as version 1803 gets finalized and Microsoft moves to the next big update, new builds usually don't include significant changes, and they can be buggy and unstable.
If you're not ready for that or want to enjoy the new version for a while, you can gracefully opt-out from the Insider Program without having to reinstall the OS or losing your settings, apps, and files. This ...
It's not as easy as a push of a button, but you can completely reset your Windows Mixed Reality headset. Here's how.
Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) is continuing to grow in popularity in the VR space, and headsets from the various manufacturers offer a satisfying experience that includes tracked motion controllers. Like with most VR systems, WMR has a few hiccups that you can try troubleshooting with our guide. If you still can't get your system working, you might want to try resetting your headset completely to begin the setup process all over again.
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How to uninstall and reinstall Windows Mixed Reality
While there isn't a single button to press and hold down to reset your headset, reinstalling the WMR Portal app will effectively get you back to a point where your PC thinks you've never used WMR before. Before proceeding, ensure your WMR headset is disconnected from your PC and ensure the Portal app isn't running. Then follow these steps:
Curious how Fornite Battle Royale will play on the iPhone? Here's a list of all the controls to give you a sense of how to play!
Fortnight for Xbox One just got cross-play with iOS. Whether you're one of the lucky ones to have gotten an invite to Fornite Battle Royale already on your iPhone, or you're eagerly awaiting to receive that email from Epic Games, you may be wondering how to controls of such a massive game translate to the small screen of an iPhone.
If you're familiar with other iPhone FPS or TPS games, Fortnite uses a similar dual stick control system that a lot of game do. Here's a quick rundown of all the actions you need to know, so you can battle it out to be the last person standing!
In the bottom left corner of your screen, you'll see an on-screen joystick, and that's what you'll use to move your character around.
Just press your finger down and slide it around in whatever direction you want to go!
Crouch lets your character hide behind c...
Here's how to make sure you kids aren't overplaying Fortnite Battle Royale.
Fortnite Battle Royale is coming to iOS, and sign-ups for the beta have begun. And Fortnight for Xbox One just got cross-play with iOS.
Chances are your kids are gonna wanna play it for hours and hours and hours... and forever. It's incredibly popular, and it might be best to get ahead of the inevitable addiction. Here's how to enable the right parental restrictions so that you can set time limits and make sure your young'uns are gaming healthily.
How to disable the chat
Perhaps the most vitriolic part of any game with the feature is the chat. To be honest, I'm not sure why chat even exists in gaming anymore if I'm being perfectly honest. Players (especially those of the child persuasion) don't seem to take chat as an opportunity to interact anymore. It's merely a vehicle for racial slurs, political "views" they hear their parents say, bullying, and just all-around nonsense.
It's best to just disable it....
Sitting is bad, m'kay?
Pretty much anyone who sits at a desk all day, hunched over a keyboard and mouse, knows how sore muscles and joints can get. There are plenty of studies floating around that confirm how awful sitting can be on the human body, and so a lot of people choose to stand while they work. It's not quite the same as running across the plains after a herd of deer, but it's better than being completely immobile. If you don't want to shell out a wad of cash on a brand new standing desk, there are some clever budget ways to convert your workspace.
DIY standing desk converter
While pre-made options offer an adjustable height and a more mobile build, you can go even cheaper by building something yourself. Originally created by Colin Nederkoorn and Ryan Witt, this standing mod made up of IKEA parts only costs about $21. Some stuff from the original plan is no longer available, but we can still get a working configuration.
First, you'll want to grab the IKEA Lack table ...
Everything you need to know about Sea of Thieves for Xbox One and Windows 10, including editions, preorder bonuses, collectibles, and more.
Sea of Thieves is sailing on the horizon, with less than a month remaining until the game's release. Microsoft's upcoming adventure game is showing promise as the ultimate pirate experience, sending players on adventures to uncover the most coveted loot. We've rounded up the top Sea of Thieves items available so far, ahead of its debut.
Sea of Thieves release date
Sea of Thieves is expected to launch for Xbox One and Windows 10 on March 20, 2018. Unlike many recent Microsoft Studios titles where a premium edition provides early access, there is only one edition of Sea of Thieves and it has a universal release date worldwide. The game will also offer its Xbox One X enhancements, including 4K resolution and High Dynamic Range (HDR) support, on launch day.
Sea of Thieves preorder bonuses
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Sea of Thieves has a habit of throwing you into the deep end and letting you figure out how to play. We're here to help — grab this rope.
Sea of Thieves is an open world pirate adventure game from Rare, known for classic titles like Banjo Kazooie and GoldenEye. It's been a few years since we've seen a big title from them, but they've brought their triple-A game to Sea of Thieves, which has an incredibly promising future.
Whether you're in the open beta or waiting on the full game, here are some essential tips and tricks for newbie pirates striking out on the seven seas for the first time, as well as some general information on how the gameplay loop works. Yarrghhh.
How to download and access the beta
1. Creating a character, choosing a ship and communication
First and foremost, your task is to choose a fearsome pirate from a randomly generated list of several options. The thinking behind the random generation is to get players into the game as quickly as possible, while at...
Here's how you can back up Windows 10 with a NAS device and keep everything safe.
Backing up your Windows 10 installation regularly is a good practice. Here's how to do it with a Synology Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. We've covered backing up Windows 10 in the past, using discs and other removable media, but being able to do it automatically across the network to a NAS unit makes the whole process much more convenient.
To use a Synology NAS as a viable location to save system images, you first need to ensure you have it all connected correctly. In our comprehensive guide to configuring a Synology NAS with Windows, it takes but a few seconds to add the NAS as a virtual drive within File Explorer (look at "Mapping in Windows"). Once that's done, just follow these steps.
File History is a new tool in Windows 10 that doesn't necessarily back up everything, but instead it copies files and saves them to an external location. This way, should your main drives f...
Become a master of the oceans with these Sea of Thieves tips, covering sails, navigation, combat and more.
Sea of Thieves, Microsoft's upcoming pirate-themed adventure game is just around the corner for Xbox One and Windows 10. Embarking on deadly nautical adventures in search of coveted treasure, players can expect a complete pirate experience full of harsh seas, towering monsters and a helping of treasure.
During your travels, a fair share of time will be spent on your ship – the base of operations for any upcoming pirate. We've wrapped up a range of tips you should know, before setting out on your first ocean voyage.
New to Sea of Thieves? These beginner's tips are for you
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Which ship should you choose?
Before setting sail on the Sea of Thieves, you'll need to choose your ship. As of launch, the game offers two ship variants, each with strengths and weaknesses to consider. While the number of players in your party is the main bearing ...
Whether you had a failure or just want to upgrade to something better, replacing the drive Windows 10 is installed on isn't as daunting as you might think.
Things break and slow down over time in PCs. Likewise, every year newer, faster, stronger parts come to market. That doesn't just apply to desktop PCs, either, and even in today's world of slim, light Ultrabooks, there are still parts that can be replaced.
Consider the case of your main Windows boot drive. It's integral to using your PC, and if it fails you're in a predicament. Whether this is why you need to replace it or you just want something better, the process is the same. And it's fairly straightforward.
A replacement drive
If you have a PC that supports Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) drives, our recommendation goes to the Samsung 960 Evo. It's not Samsung's absolute fastest consumer drive, but the price difference (around $60 on the 500GB models) to the 960 Pro, coupled with a not-massive performance gap, gets ...