Microsoft forced to explain who really gets Windows 10 for free

Microsoft confused everyone about its free upgrade plans for Windows 10 last week. While it looked like everyone who tested Windows 10 will get a free copy, the reality is slightly more complex. In an attempt to address some of the confusion Microsoft has created, the software giant has updated its blog post to clarify who gets a free copy of Windows 10. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will obviously get a copy of Windows 10 on July 29th as a free upgrade, but Windows 10 preview users will also get a free upgrade.

The nuance here is that Microsoft will keep fresh copies of Windows 10 activated for testers only if they keep opting-in to future preview updates. So if you’ve clean installed a Windows 10 preview build and upgrade to the…

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Author: Tom Warren

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Project Cars 2 is Coming, Will be Crowdfunded

Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios announced that it’s making a sequel to its car simulator. Just like the first, Project Cars 2 will be crowdfunded and tested by the community.

In a post on the game’s website, the developer outlined the additions and improvements coming to the sequel. Among the changes are more tracks and motorsports, such as Rallycross and hill climbs. The game will also feature cooperative careers for players who want to take the role of spotters, co-pilots, or drivers. Additionally, the studio is focusing on making Project Cars 2 a platform for expansion,

This game will be funded via the studio’s World of Mass Development crowdfunding platform, and players will be able to assist in development along the way. Contributors will get access to PC builds and will be able to give feedback on the status of the game.

You can read our review of the first Project Cars here. The sequel is planned for PC (including SteamOS), Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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The US Army is getting hoverbikes

Malloy Aeronautics, a UK-based company, has been slowly and publicly developing a hoverbike over the last few years — it even used Kickstarter to raise funds. But it looks like the project is now headed in a new direction, because the US Department of Defense just announced a deal with Malloy to develop the vehicle for the US Army.

The DoD is interested in the technology for a few reasons. For one, it’s safe. The hoverbike’s rotors are guarded so they won’t tear into humans and other objects. It’s also a cheaper option than, say, a helicopter. And it’s more maneuverable in tight spaces, with options to operate it autonomously or with a human pilot.

From Kickstarter to the US Military-industrial complex

Developers of the hoverbike told…

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Author: Sean O’Kane

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Xbox One-Exclusive Phantom Dust Doesn't Have a Developer

Phantom Dust hasn’t gotten many updates since it was announced last year. After Microsoft closed developer Darkside Games, its fate became uncertain even though the company claimed that development continued at a different studio.

Now, Xbox marketing head Aaron Greenberg has revealed that no one is currently working on the game. In an interview with Gamertag Radio, Greenberg said that the game does not have a developer, although it has not been officially canceled.

“We’re currently exploring what we’re going to do longer-term with Phantom Dust,” he explained when asked about the game. “The project is not canceled, but we don’t have an active developer on it right now.”

He continued, “It’s a project that, like many things, will take a little more time, but at this point we’re not giving any more updates on it.”

Phantom Dust was announced at E3 2014 with a short trailer confirming that it’s a reboot of the 2005 Xbox game. The only details we have about it come from leaked gameplay footage. It looks like we’ll have to wait to get new information about the game.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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