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Steam Big Picture Mode beta kicks off in September

Steam Big Picture Mode beta kicks off in September

Valve has given us a better idea of when it plans to launch the beta for Steam's Big Picture Mode. Steam Big Picture Mode, as many of you already know, allows players to hook up their computers to their televisions and play the games in their Steam library on the big screen. In the latest episode of GameTrailers TV (which features a rather hairy-looking Gabe Newell) Valve's Greg Coomer announced that the beta will be coming early next month.

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SlashGear Weekly Wrap-Up: July 28, 2012

SlashGear Weekly Wrap-Up: July 28, 2012

Happy Saturday, everyone. It's the end of the final full week of July; can you believe it? This year is flying by, and so are the tech stories of summer so let's get to it. So we’ll start with this – Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion racks up over 2 million downloads in 48 hours. And the next big story comes from Google – Project Glass details and Google+ hangout coming Monay. And moving right along, here’s something Microsoft probably doesn’t want to hear – Gabe Newell of Valve: Windows 8 a catastrophe.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 25, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 25, 2012

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Hopefully your hump day is going well, and even if it isn't we're here to brighten your evening with all the tech news that's fit to print. So let's get to it - Zynga posts $22.8 million loss in Q2 2012 report. And moving right along, here's something Microsoft probably doesn't want to hear - Gabe Newell of Valve: Windows 8 a catastrophe. And speaking of Valve... Steam hardware survey sees rise in lower-end PCs.

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Valve talks Steam client for Linux

Valve talks Steam client for Linux

Valve has been using its Steam client to distribute digital copies of some of its coolest video games for a long time. Valve's Gabe Newell is talking about the rollout of the Steam client and source engine to Linux. Rumors have circulated for a while now that Valve was working on porting that software out for Linux gamers. Interestingly, Valve apparently has plans for Steam outside of gaming.

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Intel integrated HD Graphics 4000 doubles gaming power

Intel integrated HD Graphics 4000 doubles gaming power

A slew of new Ivy Bridge processors isn't the only thing Intel is announcing today. Slipped into the announcement of its third-generation Core architecture was the mention of the HD 4000 series of integrated graphics cards, which will replace the standard graphics currently on a huge assortment of laptops and desktops. According to Intel, the new integrated graphics chips will deliver up to double performance from the 3000 series, an impressive claim and a necessary advancement as Ultrabooks (most of which use Intel's HD graphics) become a more popular PC segment.

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Valve on Tim Cook meeting: ‘I wish!’

Valve on Tim Cook meeting: ‘I wish!’

Earlier this month a meeting between Apple's Tim Cook and the gaming company known as Valve was reported by several sources - now it turns out that it never happened. Or so Valve's co-founder Gabe Newell says. From what Gabe and crew say now, they were as surprised by the news that Cook had visited their facilities as everyone else was, frantically emailing one another trying to find out who, if anyone, had actually seen Cook enter or exit their offices - is he now just being a bit of a fibber to cover up the truth?

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Valve head says Apple meeting never took place

Valve head says Apple meeting never took place

We talked a few times now about rumors that pegged Apple CEO Tim Cook at Valve for some sort of meeting. The head of valve, Gabe Newell, has now come out and said that meeting never happened. The announcement comes during a podcast with Seven Day Cooldown. Apparently, the rumor was so factual that even Newell was confused.

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Valve Steam Box console challenger tipped in pipeline

Valve Steam Box console challenger tipped in pipeline

Digital game distribution company Valve is working on a "Steam Box" console rival to the Xbox 360 and PS3 along with set-top boxes like the Apple TV, it's reported, an open platform using both standard and custom PC hardware. Rather than an own-built console, the so-called Steam Box would be based on an open spec design with custom Valve software, The Verge's sources suggest, with an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and NVIDIA graphics at its core. A proprietary controller - potentially including interchangeable controls, such as analog sticks, new buttons and the like, as illustrated in a patent Valve filed last year - could also be on the cards.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 20, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 20, 2012

Happy President's Day everyone! We know you've been busy taking the day to sit back and reflect on the important contributions people like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln made to this country. Ah, who are we kidding? It's an awesome chance for a day off, and to catch up on what's been making news in the tech world. Like this - Google TV is adding Siri-like voice controls and Android 5.0 Jelly Bean gains Motorola desktop mode. That's only the beginning of today's headlines. Read on for more...

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Steam Hacked, Credit Card Information Theft Possible says Valve

Steam Hacked, Credit Card Information Theft Possible says Valve

This week Valve Corporation head Gabe Newell has announced that the gaming hub Steam has suffered an attack on their forums which may well have put credit card numbers and other users personal information at risk. The attack apparently went down this Sunday and Valve is currently letting everyone who had any personal info listed at Steam to watch their credit card activity in the near future for possible fraudulent activity. Here after the attack the Steam Forums are closed and will remain closed for the time being while Steam itself will remain operating as normal.

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