Valve brings PC gaming to living room with Steam OS

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 @ 8:07 AM
Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 @ 8:07 AM

Video game company Valve has long dominated the computer gaming market with their Steam distribution service. Now the company is thinking outside the box with Steam OS: an operating system designed for the living room.

The first of three big scheduled announcements this week from the company, Steam OS is a Linux-based, “stand-alone operating system for living room machines.” It’s billed as a platform for streaming computer games to a TV. (Via Valve)

Valve has already hinted at a move in this direction with Big Picture, a Steam user-interface designed for television released in December 2012.

The Verge reports Steam OS seems to be a swipe at Microsoft’s Windows 8, which has come under fire from Valve in the past.

“Valve co-founder Gabe Newell famously called Windows 8 a ‘catastrophe’ and has publicly blamed Microsoft's operating system for tanking PC sales. Windows 8 also comes with its own built-in app store, which theoretically has the potential to siphon off Steam's video game revenue.”

But an OS isn’t much good without hardware to run it, and Valve has promised two more big announcements this week. Could the fabled “Steam Box,” the long-rumored Valve-brand console, be on its way? Kotaku says yes, and it’s about time.

“For almost a year now, Valve has been teasing the idea of Steam-branded hardware. … Last December, Valve boss Gabe Newell told me that the Steam Box would compete with Sony and Microsoft's next-gen offerings. The company has been slowly trickling out details since then.”

A writer for Forbes thinks otherwise, saying Steam’s business model has always relied on accessibility for third-party developers. “Valve’s platform and primary source of revenue is digital distribution. … It’s in their best interest to open up their toolbox to partners, not to create a closed ecosystem or hardware environment with their own branded box.”

Valve’s next big announcement is scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

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Jim Bunning, former U.S. senator, baseball Hall of Famer, dies at 85

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 1:52 PM

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 10: Phillies Alumni Jim Bunning stands on the field during a pre game ceremony before a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on August 10, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning died Friday at the age of 85, his family announced on social media.

Bunning had suffered a stroke in October, WCPO reported. 

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Before representing Kentucky for two decades in Congress, serving terms in the House of Representatives and the Senate, Bunning played professional baseball from 1955 to 1971. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.

Sen. Rand Paul posted his condolences on Twitter.

Iguana foils robbery at Indiana pet spa

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 6:38 AM

An Indiana sheriff is thanking an iguana for taking a bite out of crime.

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Warwick County Sheriff Brett Kruse said someone broke into the Groomingdale’s Pet Spa in Newburgh on Tuesday night and attempted to steal the owner’s pet iguana, Princess Ursula, WFIE reported.

Apparently, the iguana had other ideas. “The Iguana took offense to leaving his home and inflicted what is probably a pretty nasty bite,” Kruse wrote in a Facebook post.

Angie Stanley, the owner of Groomingdale’s, told WFIE that the would-burglar broke into her shop through a window that was accidentally left unlocked, but that nothing was taken. However, she did say said there was blood in Princess Ursula’s cage and bloody human footprints on the floor. 

"I am not happy that someone broke in my shop at all, but I do have some concern for that person, because if they don't go to the doctor or the hospital, I don't know if it was bad enough to need stitches, but at the very least they need antibiotics because iguana bites are really bad and it will get really superinfected," Stanley told WFIE.

In his Facebook post, Kruse had some fun, writing that if residents knew “of anyone that has an unexplained bite injury that looks like it could have been inflicted by a pet lizard, please call the Sheriff's Office and let us know. We want to make sure they get proper medical treatment.”

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‘Dr. Beach’ releases 2017 Top Ten beach list

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 2:22 PM

Clear water laps at the white sand along crescent-shaped Siesta Beach, helping the Florida shore rank as the best in the country, according to a coastal expert.

Dr. Stephan P. Leatherman, known as “Dr. Beach,” released his list of the 2017 best beaches Thursday

Water and sand quality, as well as environmental management and beach safety efforts, are some of the 50 criteria Leatherman uses to develop the rankings.

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British Airways says computer glitches causing delays

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 7:19 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 11:29 AM

British Airways aircraft on the tarmac at London's Heathrow Airport.
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Computer problems are causing long lines and flight delays for British Airways passengers worldwide, the BBC reported Saturday. Airline officials apologized for the "global system outage" and said they were "working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible."

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Heathrow Airport said it was "working closely" with British Airways to solve the issue.

British Airways announced later Saturday that it had canceled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick for the rest of the day, according to Sky News.

It is not known how many flights were affected, but passengers have reported issues at a number of airports through social media.

Journalist Martyn Kent told the BBC he was sitting on a plane for 90 minutes at Heathrow Airport. He said the airplane’s captain told passengers the computer problems were "catastrophic."

Philip Bloom said he had been waiting in Belfast on board a Heathrow-bound flight for two hours.

"We haven't been told very much just that there is a worldwide computer system failure,” he told the BBC. “We were told that we couldn't even get on other flights because they are unable to see what flights we can be moved to."

Bloom later said that his flight was able to take off and fly to London.