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Valve brings Steam to Android in closed beta

Valve brings Steam to Android in closed beta

Steam is pretty much the universally accepted standard in delivering digitally downloaded games to the PC crowd, and now it is seeking some of that mojo on Android. Valve is testing an official version of Steam on the Google platform, currently accessible only to users invited to the closed beta but hopefully due to make its way to the general public soon.


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Quadcore Apple A6 support found in iOS 5.1 beta

Quadcore Apple A6 support found in iOS 5.1 beta

Apple's iOS has already been tweaked to accommodate quadcore processors, software digging has discovered, with mention of the four-core chipsets found in the latest iOS 5.1 beta. A hidden panel within the beta discloses which processors iOS 5.1 is set up to handle, 9 to 5 Mac reports, with a reference to "/cores/core.3" indicating two more than we've seen so far in a commercially-launched iPhone, iPod or iPad. The discovery follows speculation resurfacing earlier today that Apple intends to launch not one but two new iPad models this year, with a significantly upgraded iPad 4 due in October.

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Swype beta works with Dragon Dictation and ninja finger puppets

Swype beta works with Dragon Dictation and ninja finger puppets

Despite an increasingly wide range of virtual keyboard apps, Swype remains a popular option for many Android users, primarily because of its baked-in status on a wide variety of high-profile phones and tablets. The latest beta for Swype brings some real competition to Google's voice input in the form of Dragon Dictation support, allowing the long-running speech to text software to directly input to text fields. Nuance Communication, the publishers of Dragon Naturally Speaking, bought Swype a few months ago.

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Firefox 9 Beta available now

Firefox 9 Beta available now

The web browser with the cutest icon on the planet, no disputes necessary, has been released in a Beta version of its ninth iteration - Firefox 9 Beta is it's name, and new features and stability is its game. What you'll be getting here is first and foremost a brand new Type Inference, this significantly improving JavaScript performance and therefor your entire web-browsing experience across the board. You'll also get improved standard support for such gems as HTML5, MathML, and everyone's favorite: CSS, amongst a slew of additional features.

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Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliance will be free-to-play

Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliance will be free-to-play

Yet another Electronic Arts game will join the free-to-play category. Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances, announced today, is a new massively multiplayer online strategy game in EA's real-time strategy series. Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances will be the first in the series to be MMO style and free-to-play. Players can expect "a completely interactive and dynamic gameplay experience", according to EA.

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Microsoft to release Office 15 beta in January

Microsoft to release Office 15 beta in January

Microsoft's next-gen productivity suite, codenamed Office 15, may be getting a beta release in January of 2012. Citing sources familiar with the situation, WinRumors says that the software giant is preparing a milestone for the full beta to be available in late January. A Technology Preview version of the software will likely be distributed alongside the Windows 8 beta at CES 2012.

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iTunes Match beta 2 hits Apple TV for devs only

iTunes Match beta 2 hits Apple TV for devs only

If you have been excited about iTunes Match since the button for the Match service showed up in iOS 5 earlier this month it is one-step closer to ready apparently. iTunes match has now been updated alongside a new beta 2 version of iTunes 10.5.1. For now, the beta version of iTunes and the updated Match service is still for devs only and adds in support for the Apple TV.

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