Rivals of Aether's Dan Fornace talks ID@Xbox, Game Preview, and indie development

Rivals of Aether is a tremendous fighting game inspired by classics such as Super Smash Bros., and it’s available now on Xbox One in Game Preview.

Rivals of Aether has a strong cult following on PC and Xbox, for its tight recreation of Nintendo’s Smash Bros.-style fighting gameplay. It also has robust online matchmaking, great customization and multiplayer features, and a whimsical cast of element-based contenders.

We recently caught up with designer and Rivals of Aether lead developer Dan Fornace to talk ID@Xbox, game development, early access, and more.


How to set up a home file server using FreeNAS

Setting up FreeNAS, a popular open-source network attached storage (NAS) solution, is not a difficult task. Here’s how to get started and configure a working home server.

FreeNAS offers a stable platform for home and office use. From a simple file server to a connected media hub, it’s possible to configure FreeNAS to perform a variety of tasks on behalf of other PCs on the same network. Thankfully, to install the OS, it doesn’t require much time or knowledge.


The best tech deals that you don't want to miss out on

Our friends at Thrifter post some great deals every day, and here are the best ones available right now!

From mobile phones to general tech, home goods and much more, the team at Thrifter is scouring the web every single day to find the best deals. Whether something hits a new all-time low, gets discounted for just a limited time, or has a new coupon code available for it, you won’t want to miss out any of them. If you want to know about the deals as soon as they are happening, you’ll want to follow Thrifter on Twitter, and sign up for the newsletter, because missing out on a great deal stinks!

So, what are the best deals that you should be looking at right now? Well, let’s take a look at them so you can see which ones are best for you!


7 powerful charging gadgets for Xbox One controllers

Xbox One controllers are powered by AA batteries, but if swapping out alkaline cells isn’t your thing, some awesome rechargeable battery options exist.

There is a wide array of charging solutions available on the market for Xbox One controllers, ranging from cheap and cheerful to premium. Here are some of the best.


7 easy ways to sell an old Surface PC so you can buy a new one

Where can you sell your old Surface PC to get some cash for a new one?

With the announcement of a couple of new Surface devices from Microsoft, including the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro, many people are wondering how they can offload their old device in order to make room (and funds) for a new one. We have some good news! Surface devices are built exceptionally well and hold onto their value for quite some time.

Here are the best places you can sell your old Surface before the new one arrives.

Selling your old Microsoft Surface


Seeing Microsoft's mobile future requires big-picture perspective

Does Microsoft have a mobile strategy? Yes, but to see it you must look beyond the yearly cycle governing the smartphone industry.

I’ve often contemplated how artists who create large works, like the 60-foot sculptures of Mount Rushmore, maintain perspective. As they work on the details of the piece, they’re far too close to (essentially engulfed by) the enormous “canvas” to see how each detail relates to the larger whole. It’s a very different perspective than a sketchpad drawing where the entire picture is always in view.

In the case of Mount Rushmore, the artist rigged a flat-panel projector on the heads of each president. A model of the sculpture had a similar rig. Thousands of measurements were taken from the model, multiplied by twelve, taken to the mountain by the sculptor’s crew, and facial expressions and carving points and depths were marked off in red paint. Thus, workers could confidently give composite parts of the whole the required attention, knowing their work would ultimately culminate in what was modeled.