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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 14, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 14, 2012

Welcome to Friday evening everyone. The weekend will be underway soon, but before we jump in, let's recap the news from the afternoon. We found out today that Google Maps on iOS might not be around for very long, so enjoy it while it lasts, while Motorola Atrix HD users are now getting a long-awaited update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Google is leaving Sync support in the dust starting on January 30, 2013, and there were launch events for the iPhone 5 in 33 different countries today.

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Steam Game Guides launch as part of Community beta

Steam Game Guides launch as part of Community beta

If you get stuck on a game, there are resources everywhere you can use to get back on track. You could hunt down a walkthrough on the Internet, visit YouTube to see if someone has posted a video that can help, or you can even head out to your local game store and pick up a physical guide if you want. Valve has decided to tackle this realm of the gaming universe as well, launching a Steam Game Guides beta as part of the Steam Community beta.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 12, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 12, 2012

Welcome to Wednesday evening everyone. With the new year coming up shortly, a couple of companies took a look back at the year we're leaving behind, with Facebook posting its Year in Review and Google Zeitgeist 2012 going live. A video of an L-series BlackBerry 10 device hit the Internet today, and you can now have a look at SlashGear's calendar using UpTo on iOS or Android. Facebook was named the best place to work at in 2013, while Google revealed that it doesn't have any plans to develop apps for Windows 8.

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Steam Community Market rolls into beta

Steam Community Market rolls into beta

Valve has been rolling out a lot of new features for Steam lately. Big Picture Mode just recently came out of beta, while Valve is currently beta testing Steam for Linux with some members of the community. There's yet another beta being rolled out today, this one for Steam Community Market, which allows Team Fortress 2 users to buy and sell their consumable items with other players using funds from their Steam Wallet.

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Newell talks Big Picture Mode, teases “turnkey” Valve PCs for living rooms

Newell talks Big Picture Mode, teases “turnkey” Valve PCs for living rooms

Valve, as many of you already know, recently rolled Steam Big Picture Mode out of beta. For those who need a refresher, Big Picture Mode takes Steam and makes it play nice with larger screens, upping the resolution and allowing users to navigate the Steam interface using a controller. Despite the relatively simple idea, it would appear that Big Picture Mode has taken off, with Valve boss Gabe Newell telling Kotaku that the response from users has been "stronger than expected."

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Steam Big Picture Mode officially launches, Valve celebrates with sale

Steam Big Picture Mode officially launches, Valve celebrates with sale

PC players who love playing on the big screen rejoice, because Valve has officially launched Steam Big Picture Mode. Big Picture Mode has been in beta since September, but now it's ready for prime time, with Valve rolling the feature out to everyone. For the uninitiated, Big Picture Mode makes Steam and the games it offers compatible with larger screens, meaning you can hook up your computer to your TV and play your PC library from the couch.

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Super Hexagon now available on Steam

Super Hexagon now available on Steam

Super Hexagon, the popular indie game for iOS developed by Tim Cavanagh (creator of VVVVVV), is now available on Steam for the price of just $1.99 for a limited time. If you've gotten the chance to try the game out on iOS and ended up wasting hours and hours of your life trying to beat your own high score, we'd suggest getting this new desktop version as well.

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Do we really need the Steam autumn sale?

Do we really need the Steam autumn sale?

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of partying with a bunch of my friends. All of them are pretty big nerds, just like me. If you're a nerd too, you know that not much changes when a bunch of nerds get a few drinks in them, they just talk about nerdy things louder than usual. Therefore, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to hear that the Steam autumn sale was among the topics that came up that night.

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