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StarCraft II rages on with Custom Maps free-for-all

StarCraft II rages on with Custom Maps free-for-all

There's an update coming to the long-standing multiplayer game of epic proportions called StarCraft II called Patch 2.1. This release of the second +.1 patch of the game allows the StarCraft II free Starter Edition to move up to three races right out of the box, in a manner of speaking. More importantly, it allows all custom games to anyone and everyone that wishes to play.

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Apple OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 update fixes Mail, Safari, other software

Apple OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 update fixes Mail, Safari, other software

Apple's OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 has been released in the wild as of today. The updated software package includes fixes for "stability, compatibility, and security" for the Apple OS. Notably, it addresses a few issues with Mail, Safari, VoiceOver, iLife, iWork, the "Local Items" keychain, and Japanese keyboards. Full update deets after the jump.

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Windows 8.1 heading to hardware partners ahead of public release

Windows 8.1 heading to hardware partners ahead of public release

Microsoft had previously confirmed an October 18 release date for Windows 8.1. As of today however Microsoft has announced the release to hardware partners. Specifically, Microsoft has started releasing Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 RT to hardware partners. Or in other words, Microsoft is working to make sure the manufacturers will have things ready for the upcoming launch.

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Xbox 360 update officially does away with Microsoft Points

Xbox 360 update officially does away with Microsoft Points

Today's the day, folks. Microsoft has officially switched over to real currency and have done away with Microsoft Points, thanks to an Xbox 360 update that went live today. The update is rather small, but it includes the conversion of Microsoft Points to real currency in the digital payment system of the Xbox Live marketplace.

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Google Now updates with car rentals, concert tickets, and more

Google Now updates with car rentals, concert tickets, and more

Google Now has been one of the company's most focused-on products in recent months, and they just updated the service today with new capabilities and added cards. Google Now users will be able to keep track of car rental information and concert ticket info as well. Plus, they've added improved public transits cards for your daily commute.

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Google Maps for iOS and Android gets Waze integration

Google Maps for iOS and Android gets Waze integration

It seems like Google is putting that recent Waze acquisition to good use finally, as the search giant announced that they have added Waze alerts to Google Maps on iOS and Android. The maps app now includes real-time incident reports crowd-sourced and submitted by Waze users. These include road closures, construction work, and accidents.

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Layar AR app updates with redesign and new history feed

Layar AR app updates with redesign and new history feed

Augmented reality is still fairly underground, but more and more people are starting to get in on the phenomenon to bring digitized content to the physical world. Layar is one service that's looking to make a splash in the augmented reality universe, and they've just updated their mobile app with a new look and some new features.

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Windows 8.1 officially confirmed for mid-October arrival

Windows 8.1 officially confirmed for mid-October arrival

It was just recently rumored that the Windows 8.1 update for Windows 8 would begin rolling out to the general public sometime in mid-October, and Microsoft has confirmed this morning, that is indeed true. Windows 8.1 will begin taking off on October 18, starting at midnight in New Zealand, which would be the 17th for those in the US.

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Skype update brings 720p video to Retina-display iOS devices

Skype update brings 720p video to Retina-display iOS devices

The latest Skype update has arrived in the iOS App Store and this one has a focus on video calling. Specifically, those sporting an iPhone 5 or fourth-generation iPad will now be able to make 720p HD quality video calls. While the 720p video is limited to the Retina-display devices, that is not where this update has stopped.

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Sonos Android update adds support for wireless audio streaming

Sonos Android update adds support for wireless audio streaming

Sonos is one of the go-to companies for wireless streaming options, and Android users can finally get in on the fun, thanks to an update to the Sonos Controller app. The update now enables users to play music and audio stored on their Android phone or tablet anywhere that they have a Sonos wireless speaker or player.

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Flipboard magazines hit the web with new “Big Ideas” category

Flipboard magazines hit the web with new “Big Ideas” category

You might remember back in May when Flipboard introduced custom magazines that allowed users to curate different kinds of content into one magazine and share it with the world. That feature as now hit the web, allowing users to read these custom-curated magazines from any browser on any device with an internet connection.

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Instagram embeds arrive for third-party sites

Instagram embeds arrive for third-party sites

It may be hard to believe, but before today, there was no way to embed Instagram content on other websites. However, the social photo-sharing company has finally announced the feature and launched embeds for both photos and videos. This will allow users to show Instagram content on their own website without just having to link to it.

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