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SteamOS revealed: Valve head to living room machines with Linux base

SteamOS revealed: Valve head to living room machines with Linux base

It would appear that Valve is opening the doors to the living room experience for Steam with a new operating system they're simply calling SteamOS. This operating system is based in Linux and will be "downloadable soon" and "free forever", just as the Steam client for Windows, Mac, and Linux machines is now. This operating system will be "designed for the TV and the living room" and will take full advantage of the Steam ecosystem already in place.

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OS X Mavericks slated for late October release says sources

OS X Mavericks slated for late October release says sources

Those who were hoping Apple would release OS X Mavericks this month are in for some disappointment, according to sources who claim the next iteration of Apple's operating system will arrive late next month. Such sources are said to be familiar with Apple's launch plans, and though they didn't provide any hard release date, it has been suggested the next OS X installment could arrive after Apple's Q4 financial report.

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Android KitKat branding discussed by Hershey Vice President of U.S. Chocolate

Android KitKat branding discussed by Hershey Vice President of U.S. Chocolate

Google has pulled a first for its Android system, choosing to brand the next version -- Android 4.4 -- with a product's trademark rather than going with a generic dessert. The information was dropped today by Android's Sundar Pichai, who revealed the name but gave precious little information about the branding choice. Hershey's Vice President of U.S. Chocolate, Jennifer Podhajsky, has given some info to the Vancouver Sun, however.

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Kubuntu Linux rolls out commercial support for business users

Kubuntu Linux rolls out commercial support for business users

Kubuntu is the blessed union between the Ubuntu Linux distro and the KDE interface, an option favored by many computers users who represent a variety of industries. For professionals who use Kubuntu in a business or similar setting, the dark days of scouring the Internet for troubleshooting and erstwhile help are nearing their end, with commercial support for the distro being announced.

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Android Fragmentation visualized by OpenSignal: Jelly Bean in the lead

Android Fragmentation visualized by OpenSignal: Jelly Bean in the lead

It's time again to have a peek at how fragmented the world of Google's mobile operating system Android is - and to see how one app can take a stab at bringing a real survey sample to the public in turn. What the developers behind OpenSignal have done is to analyze the Android device market using the data they've collected from users downloading their app. What this amounts to in short is 8 versions of Android still in use today, 37.9% of Android users using some form of Jelly Bean, and 11,868 distinct Android devices "seen" this year alone.

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Chrome app launcher for Windows out of beta: why you want it

Chrome app launcher for Windows out of beta: why you want it

This week the folks at Google appear to have released the full version of the "Chrome App Launcher" for Windows machines. Though you'll only be able to work with this app on Windows 7 and Windows 8 - not RT at the moment - you'll find the functionality to be - perhaps - a bit liberating if you're used to working with Google services on the regular. While this isn't a return to the Start button, by any means, Google does make it easy here to keep you in the fold.

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Windows 8.1 going out to OEMs late next month

Windows 8.1 going out to OEMs late next month

Microsoft released a public preview version of Windows 8.1 late last month, and it seems things are going well so far. As a result, it looks like Microsoft is ready to set a date for the final version to be sent out to OEMs. The company is planning to push out a final version of Windows 8.1 to PC makers sometime in "late August."

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