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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 8, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 8, 2012

We've officially reached the middle of the week, folks - only two more days to go and then the weekend is here once again. Today we didn't have too many stories about the ongoing trial between Apple and Samsung, but what we did get was huge. A rather damning 132-page report surfaced in court today, which shows Samsung attempting to differentiate the original Galaxy S from the iPhone specifically, and we looked at the difference between competitive analysis and flat out copying as a result of the report. On the lighter side of things, Conan O' Brien had a bit of fun with the trial on last night's show, so be sure to give that a look.

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Steam expanding to offer non-game software later this year

Steam expanding to offer non-game software later this year

Well, this is quite interesting: soon you'll be able to use Steam for more than just playing games. Valve announced today that it will begin offering non-game software titles through Steam starting in September, so before long you'll be able to access your other software from within Steam as well. Valve's announcement was pretty vague, meaning we don't know what kind of software will be available at launch, but the prospect is exciting nonetheless.

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Tony Hawk veterans bring Epic Skater to Kickstarter

Tony Hawk veterans bring Epic Skater to Kickstarter

Another day, another video game Kickstarter campaign goes live - though this is one you might want to pay attention to. Its name is Epic Skater, and it's made by some of the developers who worked on Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and Guitar Hero. If you're a fan of skateboarding games and that doesn't get your ears to perk up, then we're not really sure what will.

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Gabe Newell of Valve: Windows 8 “a catastrophe”

Gabe Newell of Valve: Windows 8 “a catastrophe”

This week at the video game conference known as Casual Connect, Valve head Gabe Newell has taken out the knives and cut up a nice clean slice of Microsoft with heavily negative comments on their next big operating system Windows 8. Newell's Valve and Steam create a video game environment in which people can download games and keep their accounts with access to those games in the cloud. Newell is currently working to bring big-name games that otherwise would only have been for Windows and OS X machines to Linux in the meantime.

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Steam hardware survey sees rise in lower-end PCs

Steam hardware survey sees rise in lower-end PCs

You would think that, as time goes on, more and more Steam users would be adopting better hardware for their PCs. The Steam hardware survey for June 2012 tells us that may not necessarily be the case, as the company actually saw an increase in lower-end PC use over past hardware surveys. Take, for instance, the number of computers that use Intel Integrated Graphics - while NVIDIA and ATI GPUs are still by far the most common, in June Steam saw the use of Intel Integrated Graphics rise to 11%.

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Steam Summer Sale enters final day

Steam Summer Sale enters final day

This is it, folks. The Steam Summer Sale has entered its eleventh and final day, so in less than 24 hours, it'll be time to say goodbye. While that will likely be a relief for most Steam users, there are some tempting featured deals on offer for those who haven't purchased quite enough yet. As always, there are also flash deals and community choice deals up for grabs, so even though we've entered the final hours of the event, there are still plenty of sales to take advantage of before things wrap up entirely.

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Steam Summer Sale begins with a bang

Steam Summer Sale begins with a bang

This year's Steam Summer Sale starts with no less than titanic games such as Portal 2, Call of Duty MW3, and pack collections from Bethesda and the masses of creators behind the Star Wars gaming franchise. This Valve-run sale requires that you have a Steam gaming account and that you not hold your wallet closed too tightly - deals are to be had at every turn! Grab the legendary Indie Bundle (version I) for $9.99 instead of $40, get Total War: Shogun 2 for $7.49 instead of $30, and get a collection of games from RockStar for $49.99 instead of a massive $120! Click your mouse as fast as you can and stock up for the year!

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Valve prepping Steam Greenlight for crowd sourced video game approvals

Valve prepping Steam Greenlight for crowd sourced video game approvals

Valve has been a significant player in the digital distribution of games via its Steam service on the PC for long time. Steam has turned out to be very good for independent game developers allowing them to publish games digitally, directly to the gamer. Valve is set to unveil a new plan that will help independent developers, to get crowd source assistance to get their games distributed via Steam.

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Valve takes a shot at Education

Valve takes a shot at Education

This week it appears that Valve and their wildly successful Steam platform for computer games are taking a giant leap into the realm of education. With their upcoming program Teach With Portals, they'll be bringing a new edition of Portal 2 to the classroom for teachers to utilize its Puzzle Maker engine for teaching physics with computer-based creation tools. This program will have a limited number of Steam platform releases sent to schools for free for use in the classroom very soon!

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Portal gets very real in “Terminal Velocity” video

Portal gets very real in “Terminal Velocity” video

It's time for some IRL Portal with filmmaker Jason Craft and his very own POrtal gun, taking some fabulous camera skills, some 3D tracking, and a little bit of movie magic to make the whole world smile. This fan video is completely non-official and not tied to the makers of the Portal video game series, but it sure as heck has impressed us to no end. Have a peek at what happens when one goes in, one goes out, and physics happen.

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