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SimCity four-day beta starts January 25

SimCity four-day beta starts January 25

While SimCity won't officially release until March, it turns out that eager gamers who may not be able to wait that long will be able to play a little bit of the new game later this month. EA Games and Maxis have announced that they'll be hosting a beta throughout the weekend starting on January 25 and ending on January 28.

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Chrome Beta integrates speech recognition

Chrome Beta integrates speech recognition

While you'll likely be able to speak to and be understood by most of your electronics in the distant future, here in the present Google's Chrome browser updating with a new Web Speech API is still considered a big deal. This feature is coming today to Chrome Beta, that being the perpetually beta pre-final release iteration of the web browser, here bringing speech recognition to any app whose developer wishes to integrate it in-browser.

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Facebook testing new service that charges for messages sent to strangers

Facebook testing new service that charges for messages sent to strangers

Facebook announced today that they're testing out a new feature in Facebook Messages that will allow you to pay $1 to have a message sent to someone that you're not connected to go straight to their inbox instead of the "Other" folder. This might seem like an intrusive approach to talking to someone you aren't friends with, but it could come in handy if you need to get a hold of someone that's friends with a friend.

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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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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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