Minecraft Will Receive Nvidia-Exclusive RTX Update for Raytracing Support

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Last week, Mojang announced that the Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack (SDGP) that Microsoft had promised back in 2017 was canceled, permanently. No additional information was offered on why the update was canceled, or what the team had been working on for the past two years before canceling it. As of today, Nvidia has announced

Our Galaxy Might Be Home to 10 Billion Earth-Like Planets

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The Milky Way galaxy is enormous, and we’ve scanned only the tiniest fraction of it in search of planets. We’ve spotted a few thousand of them orbiting distant stars, and now a team of researchers from Penn State University has used that data to estimate the number of Earth-like exoplanets in the entire galaxy —

Tesla Begins Renting Solar Panels for as Little as $50 Per Month

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Tesla has worked to bring down the price of its electric vehicles, but there’s only so much you can do to make large solar panels affordable. The company’s solar installation business has lagged in recent quarters, but a new rental program might pique consumer interest. Consumers in several states can rent Tesla solar panel setups

Scientists Spot Largest Supernova on Record in Distant Galaxy

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. A supernova is, by definition, a huge event. We’re talking about exploding stars, after all. Still, some supernovae are bigger than others, and astronomers recently identified what appears to be the largest supernova we’ve ever observed. The event, dubbed SN2016iet, included a long duration, unusual chemical signatures, and more conundrums. The researchers believe this supernova

Plex Announces New Desktop App, Leaves HTPCs Behind

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The media managing and streaming service Plex has rolled out a new app today, and it might mean some painful adjustments for long-time users. Starting today, there’s a new Plex desktop app for both Windows and macOS — this will replace the existing Plex Media Player client. That marks the end of old-fashioned HTPC support

Jupiter’s Core May Have Been Shattered By a Massive Protoplanet Impact

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Jupiter may have been struck by a huge protoplanet long ago, spreading the heavy material inside the planet’s core across a much wider area inside the planet than we’d typically expect to find. That’s the current theory of researchers examining data beamed back by the NASA probe Juno, which is designed to take measurements of

At a Glance: 8Bitdo SN30 Pro+ Review

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. In the last few years, nostalgic video game devices like Nintendo’s NES Classic and Sony’s PlayStation Classic have been all the rage. It’s clear that many adult gamers today want to recreate the gaming experience they had as children, but buying a shrunken down game system isn’t the only way to do this. 8Bitdo’s SN30

Bring More Tech (and Amazon Boxes) Into the Garage With a Smarter Opener

Most every premium garage door brand these days has a Wi-Fi remote that lets you check the status of your garage door from your smartphone and open or close the door remotely. Increasingly, Wi-Fi remotes tie into home control services including Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and let you monitor who comes in and when. They all beat the old clip-on open-close remotes that attach to your car’s sun visor.

Astronomer: Earth’s Atmosphere Could Become the Lens of a Massive Telescope

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The conventional wisdom is that if you want to look at more distant objects in the universe, you need a bigger telescope. What if you didn’t have to build one, though? A new analysis claims it may be possible to use the Earth’s atmosphere as a giant lens to observe far-away stars and galaxies on

Parallels 15 Boosts PC Game Performance on Macs With DirectX 11

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Despite all of Apple’s success over the last few decades, the Windows software ecosystem is undeniably larger. That’s particularly true if you’re a gamer. Many AAA titles never launch on Mac, and those that do often arrive late. Parallels just announced a new version of its Mac software that makes gaming performance better, so you