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Chrome Beta updates: profile switching, 64-bit on Mac

Chrome Beta updates: profile switching, 64-bit on Mac

Google's Chrome team is on a roll this week. Just after rolling out the stable version of 64-bit Chrome for Windows, they are doing the same for Mac users, though this time still in Beta form. But beta users, on Mac or otherwise, are all in a for treat as Google announced a new "Guest Mode" feature for the browser.

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Pillars of Eternity backer beta: bringing new to old school

Pillars of Eternity backer beta: bringing new to old school

Obsidian Entertainment, best known for its Black Isle Studios heritage and its work on hit titles like Fallout: New Vegas, Neverwinter Nights 2, and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II, is inching closer to delivering its Kickstarter promise. It has just kicked off the backer beta testing phase for Pillars of Eternity, a game that gives a nod to Black Isle's hit classics but at the same time introduces things that are totally new.

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OS X Yosemite public beta 2 out, Apple still taking sign-ups

OS X Yosemite public beta 2 out, Apple still taking sign-ups

If you’re anxious to try out Apple’s new OS X Yosemite, you might be in luck. The company recently rolled out a second version of their desktop OS, which did what any good beta iteration does in tidying up the loose ends and squashing bugs. If you’ve yet to give it a shot, now might be the time; there are still sign-up spots available.

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Elementary OS released to Public Beta for your Mac or PC

Elementary OS released to Public Beta for your Mac or PC

Those of you that enjoy changing the theme for your smartphone on a daily basis will appreciate what the folks behind Elementary OS are trying to do. They’re not trying to be your "Monday" theme, but your next operating system - and they’re trying to do it with Linux tied to an aesthetic that’s a cross between Chrome OS and Apple’s OS X.

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iOS 8 Beta 5 arrives with slew of bug fixes

iOS 8 Beta 5 arrives with slew of bug fixes

As expected, Apple has released the next iOS 8 beta update, bringing a roster of changes to developers who are using the newest software. The update -- build number 12A4345d -- mostly revolves around fixing a bunch of bugs (though, of course, not all of them).

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Twitter feature shows tweets from accounts your friends follow

Twitter feature shows tweets from accounts your friends follow

You’re probably not into all the same things your friends are, which is why you don’t follow the same accounts on Twitter. It seems the micro-blogging service forgot that, and is testing a new feature that would put posts from accounts your friends follow in your feed. It’s an interesting program, but one that goes a step too far for many.

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PlayStation Now Open Beta arrives tomorrow for PS4

PlayStation Now Open Beta arrives tomorrow for PS4

After a long wait, PlayStation Now Open Beta will be arriving for all PlayStation 4 owners in both the United States and Canada starting tomorrow. Thus far, PS Now has been in a private beta that some lucky gamers have had access to, but that'll all change tomorrow when Sony removes the shackles and begins seeking mass feedback on the offering.

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OS X Yosemite: beware the beta

OS X Yosemite: beware the beta

If you’re considering downloading the Beta of Apple’s OS X Yosemite, think twice. It’s not that the operating system itself is weak in any way, but if you’re an average user, you should not go rushing in to downloading this particular build at this particular time. The reasons you should avoid this Beta are simple.

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The OS X Yosemite beta is out… here’s what to do first

The OS X Yosemite beta is out… here’s what to do first

Apple doesn't normally pull back the curtain on software until it's fully ready, so it's no surprise that the OS X Yosemite Beta Program, launching today, has Mac users excited. Offering a chance to try out features like the new Spotlight and supercharged Notification Center, it's an unusual foot-in-the-door for the first million sign-ups. Still, beta software has its foibles, and so there are a few things you should consider before jumping at the early code.

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Steam Controller nearer release with a new thumbstick

Steam Controller nearer release with a new thumbstick

With just about as little fanfare as possible, the folks at Valve have once again updated their design for the Steam Controller. This is the controller that users will be playing with when they engage in action with SteamOS - not required, but recommended by the operating system’s creators. This controller now has a new thumbstick.

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Apple’s OS X Yosemite public beta opens July 24th

Apple’s OS X Yosemite public beta opens July 24th

Apple promised a public beta for OS X Yosemite, and now it's delivering on that, with the work-in-progress software set to launch for eager early-adopters from Thursday, July 24th. The pre-release software won't require an Apple developer account in order to download, but will be the same version those coders are playing with to recreate their apps in time for the launch. However, you'll need to get in early if you want to try Yosemite first.

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OS X Yosemite public beta program coming soon

OS X Yosemite public beta program coming soon

Just as they said they would, Apple is releasing a public beta of their incoming OS X version, dubbed Yosemite. The beta program will be open to quite a few people later this month, but by Apple standards may end up more limited than you think. For those anxious to see the new Mac operating system, though, it’s an opportunity that might be hard to pass up.

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