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Chrome Beta integrates speech recognition

Chrome Beta integrates speech recognition

While you'll likely be able to speak to and be understood by most of your electronics in the distant future, here in the present Google's Chrome browser updating with a new Web Speech API is still considered a big deal. This feature is coming today to Chrome Beta, that being the perpetually beta pre-final release iteration of the web browser, here bringing speech recognition to any app whose developer wishes to integrate it in-browser.

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Synology DiskStation Manager makes jump to version 4.2 beta

Synology DiskStation Manager makes jump to version 4.2 beta

While most companies seem to use CES to unveil new products and hardware, some use the show to launch new software. Synology is one such company, bringing its DiskStation Manager up to version 4.2 beta during the show. DiskStation Manager, as pretty much every Synology user already knows, is the operating system the company has developed for its network attached servers.

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Facebook testing new service that charges for messages sent to strangers

Facebook testing new service that charges for messages sent to strangers

Facebook announced today that they're testing out a new feature in Facebook Messages that will allow you to pay $1 to have a message sent to someone that you're not connected to go straight to their inbox instead of the "Other" folder. This might seem like an intrusive approach to talking to someone you aren't friends with, but it could come in handy if you need to get a hold of someone that's friends with a friend.

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Steam for Linux beta opens to the public

Steam for Linux beta opens to the public

On November 6, Steam for Linux was launched to a limited number of users who signed up and received an invitation. Now Linux gamers can rejoice: Valve opened the beta up to the general public this evening, giving anyone who wants to test it access to the Linux client. In addition, there's now an installer package repository as well.

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RIM starts BlackBerry 10 Technical Preview Program for selected enterprise customers

RIM starts BlackBerry 10 Technical Preview Program for selected enterprise customers

Research In Motion has announced today that they will be rolling out a technical preview of its next operating system, BlackBerry 10, for a select number of enterprise and government customers in an efforts to court companies and government agencies, and retain market share before the company launches the new platform next month.

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Steam Game Guides launch as part of Community beta

Steam Game Guides launch as part of Community beta

If you get stuck on a game, there are resources everywhere you can use to get back on track. You could hunt down a walkthrough on the Internet, visit YouTube to see if someone has posted a video that can help, or you can even head out to your local game store and pick up a physical guide if you want. Valve has decided to tackle this realm of the gaming universe as well, launching a Steam Game Guides beta as part of the Steam Community beta.

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Steam Community Market rolls into beta

Steam Community Market rolls into beta

Valve has been rolling out a lot of new features for Steam lately. Big Picture Mode just recently came out of beta, while Valve is currently beta testing Steam for Linux with some members of the community. There's yet another beta being rolled out today, this one for Steam Community Market, which allows Team Fortress 2 users to buy and sell their consumable items with other players using funds from their Steam Wallet.

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MediaMonkey beta for Android released, offers WiFi sync, podcasts, more

MediaMonkey beta for Android released, offers WiFi sync, podcasts, more

Since there are tons of music player options for the desktop, a lot of underrated players get left behind, MediaMonkey being one of them. However, the team is still alive and well, and they just released a beta music player app for Android that comes with some pretty cool features that a lot of music junkies can benefit from.

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SwiftKey Flow Beta available for download and hands-on action

SwiftKey Flow Beta available for download and hands-on action

It's time to get your SwiftKey Flow on with the official Beta release right this minute, complete with a lovely colorful tail for your typing finger! SwiftKey Flow is a new edition of the next-generation predictive keyboard for Android, here bringing on not just one of the most advanced learning engines in the keyboard universe, but a way to type that'll have the competition rather nervous. This release is part of the SwiftKey team's super powerful VIP community, a group of intrepid citizens of the web working as lab rats for the greater good of the app!

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NVIDIA releases GeForce 310.64 beta drivers aimed at Far Cry 3

NVIDIA releases GeForce 310.64 beta drivers aimed at Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 officially launches today in Australia, with the European release arriving tomorrow, and the US seeing the game next week on December 4. To celebrate the launch, NVIDIA has released a new beta version of its GeForce graphics drivers that come with some very specific improvements for the game.

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Steam for Linux beta launches with 26 games

Steam for Linux beta launches with 26 games

Remember that Steam for Linux beta we told you about a while back? It launched today, giving a selection of users a first glimpse at Steam running on Linux. The beta is limited-access, so users needed to sign up to get an invite. Even if you signed up, there's still a pretty good chance you weren't selected as a participant with this first round of invites - if that's the case, then sit tight, because Valve will be sending out more invites to the beta soon.

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Evernote 5 for Mac beta is now available, offers 100+ new features

Evernote 5 for Mac beta is now available, offers 100+ new features

A few days ago, Evernote announced the upcoming beta release for Evernote 5 for Mac. This feature brings with it over 100 new features, as well as an updated user interface. Now the application is available for download, with Evernote cautioning users to remember that it is still in beta and might be buggy at times.

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