Playerunknown's Battlegrounds for PC preview: This new battle royale deserves your attention

Airdrop, loot, and shoot. That’s essentially all there is to it in PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, but wins don’t come easy.

A new contender

When it comes to games that are as fun to watch as they are to play, the battle royale genre is near the top of the list. You throw a large number of players into an arena, give them a bunch of weapons and other goodies to find and pick up, and let them duke it out until only one person is left standing.

There have been a few battle royale titles of note recently, including H1Z1: King of the Kill. Brendan “PLAYERUNKNOWN” Greene created the original battle royale mod for Arma 3 and designed the battle royale game mode for the original H1Z1 before moving on to work with Bluehole on BATTLEGROUNDS. (Editor’s note: The company’s branding for this game is in all capital letters, but that hurts our eyes. So from here on, we’re using normal, “sentence case.”)

Battlegrounds is sort of like a middle point between the arcade action of H1Z1: King of the Kill and the strictly mil-sim gameplay of Arma 3. It seems to appeal to plenty of people, and it has sold more than a million copies since it hit Steam Early Access in March.

Microsoft hires former FTC figure for new privacy role

 On Friday, Microsoft announced that it will create a new role for former Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill. Brill will take the lead on privacy, data protection and regulatory issues at Microsoft as the corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for its Privacy and Regulatory Affairs group. Read More

How to use Kodi to watch live TV

Kodi is a terrific cord-cutting tool, and it’s really simple to watch live TV using it.

To be clear, this isn’t about watching TV channels delivered over the internet (IPTV) but actual over-the-air (OTA) channels. With the right hardware and matching plugins, adding your OTA TV to the main Kodi interface is a breeze.

For the purposes of this guide, we’re using a HDHomeRun Connect tuner, but the process is the same for other supported PVR hardware. You also must have set up your hardware first before going into Kodi.

Everything you need to know about Make VR

Bring all of your creations from VR into the real world using Make VR.

Make VR is a program for HTC Vive that aims to help you to bring your VR creations to life. From within the game you can create and adjust new items, and then export them. You can adjust the shape and scale, turn full items into wire outlines, and plenty more. Essentially, this is a CAD engine that allows you to see what you’re creating in 3D before you send it off to the printer to bring into the real world.

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Hands-on with the super thin Acer Predator Triton 700 gaming laptop with a see-through trackpad

Acer announced their new Triton 700 series gaming laptops on April 27 in New York City. At just 18mm thin Acer claims it’s the fastest gaming laptop around netting a 17,000 score on 3DMark besting the competition by significant margins.

We got some hands-on time yesterday with the Triton 700, and it’s quite impressive. It’s not just the radical cooling solutions that let the Triton 700 hit high-performance marks, but some crazy design choices too.

Windows 10 build 16184 for PC and 15208 for Mobile now rolling out for Insiders

Microsoft is rolling out a new Windows 10 Insider Preview builds today, one for PC that finally includes the new My People feature that Microsoft announced last October. Today’s PC build is 16184, and is available for Insiders in the Fast ring for PC now. There’s also a new build for Mobile, which is build 15208 and includes more fixes.

OnePlus 3T is the best Android phone for Windows Mobile converts

For Windows phone users looking to switch platforms, it can be very hard to find the right Android smartphone. We recommend the OnePlus 3T. Here’s why.

A lot of Windows phone users these days are switching to Android or iOS. Although that’s unfortunate, we understand why it is happening and want to help. We’re often bombarded with questions, such as “Which Android should I get?” Let’s be honest, the world of Android is far more complicated and vast than the small circle of devices that Windows 10 Mobile currently offers.