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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 17, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 17, 2013

Welcome to Thursday evening folks. Today we heard that Samsung may use MWC 2013 to unveil a new Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet, which is certainly exciting to say the least. According to new rumors, Verizon may be shipping the Samsung ATIV Odyssey on January 24, while a new Apple job listing suggests some major Siri improvements coming in the future. Instagram said today that it has 90 million monthly active users who are uploading 40 million photos per day, and even though Intel's earnings for Q4 2012 were down, the company still managed to pull in $13.3 billion in revenue.

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Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition arrives on Steam for $19.99

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition arrives on Steam for $19.99

Get ready, Steam users, because today's the day Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition arrives on your digital distribution platform of choice. After a brief period of exclusivity with Beamdog, Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition is now available through Steam. This should net Beamdog quite a few more sales, considering the amount of people who claim they won't buy PC games unless they can buy them through Valve's channel.

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Steam Greenlight approves ten new games

Steam Greenlight approves ten new games

Steam Greenlight has been up and running since August 2012, and so far, it seems to be working out at least relatively well. Today Valve announced the fourth round of games to make it through the community voting service, meaning that more than 60 games have now been approved through Greenlight. That isn't too bad, and if you've been gaming for a while, there's at least one title in this latest round of approvals that you'll recognize.

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Alleged Half-Life 2: Episode 4 screenshots surface years later

Alleged Half-Life 2: Episode 4 screenshots surface years later

The Internet loves a good Half-Life rumor, and this next one seems about as good as any. New images from the ill-fated Half-Life 2: Episode 4, otherwise known as Return to Ravenholm, have surfaced today, years and years after the game was canned. The title was in development at Arkane Studios, but in 2007, the project was left in the dust, so we're seeing these new images almost six years after the fact.

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CES 2013 wrap-up: Gaming gets the spotlight

CES 2013 wrap-up: Gaming gets the spotlight

We're used to CES being all about gadgets and technology in general, but this year, there were actually a surprising number of major gaming announcements. NVIDIA positioned itself front and center, leading the charge and talking about a number of new products and services that are bound to get any gamer bouncing up and down with glee. Perhaps the biggest reveal NVIDIA's press conference held was the reveal of Project SHIELD, a new Android-based games console that's packing the company's latest mobile processor, the Tegra 4.

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Xi3 introduces 7 series modular computer, hints at partnership with Valve

Xi3 introduces 7 series modular computer, hints at partnership with Valve

Xi3 has taken some time at this year's Pepcom to reveal the new 7 series modular computer. The Xi3 7 series is comprised of the 5A and the 7A, with both pulling only 20 watts and each computer as a whole coming in at only 4-inches per side. This could mean big things for computing, and indeed, it seems that Xi3's goal is to make computing more accessible to a wider range of people.

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Steam extending holiday sale with “encore weekend”

Steam extending holiday sale with “encore weekend”

We're closing in on the end of the Steam holiday sale, sadly. The deals can't last forever, but in a moment of sheer awesomeness, Valve has decided that it wants them to last just a little bit longer than originally announced. While the sale was supposed to wind down officially on January 5 (which is tomorrow, in case you haven't noticed), Valve announced today that it will be extending the sale until Monday, January 7 at 10PM PST.

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Steam holiday sale launches with deals galore

Steam holiday sale launches with deals galore

Just in case you didn't get all of the deals you wanted during the Steam autumn sale, the much-loved holiday sale launched today, offering all sorts of discounts across Steam's entire catalog. There are six featured deals on tap for today, including discounts on the Prince of Persia franchise, the Borderlands franchise, the Hitman franchise, Mirror's Edge, Scribblenauts Unlimited, and Wargame: European Escalation. All of those titles are 50-75% off, with the sole exception of Scribblenauts Unlimited, which is only 33% off.

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