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Valve Says Virtual Reality Hardware Could Transform Entertainment in Two Years

Perhaps no company in the video game industry is as prescient as Valve. The Half-Life 2 developer foresaw the coming importance of digital distribution in 2003, fighting against market forces to launch its Steam platform. Now, more than a decade later, it sees another major change on the horizon that...

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USB 2.0 and 3.0 in the Real World

USB 3.0 devices are common now, but how much benefit do they really give over 2.0?

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An Open Source, $2000, Metal 3-D Printer

A group of scientists recently released a complete Open-source metal 3-D printer: This paper reports on the development of a <$2000 open-source metal 3-D printer. The metal 3-D printer is controlled with an open-source micro-controller and is a combination of a low-cost commercial gas-metal arc welder and a derivative of the...

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Quad-Monitor AMD/NVIDIA Linux Gaming: What You Need To Know

The multiple monitor experience on Linux traditionally was very arcane and difficult; it would involve editing text configuration errors, trial-and-error, picking the right Linux GPU driver, and various other steps to get a working multi-monitor desktop. Since then there's been RandR 1.2+ and major improvements to all of the important...

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Next USB Plug Will Finally be Reversible

Work has begun on a new generation of USB that will break compatibility with existing connectors in order to improve ease of use and allow for thinner devices. The new connector, called Type-C, is an addition to the existing USB 3.1 specification and is expected to be finalized by the...

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