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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No cure, yet, but scientists may have found the cause of dyslexia

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:03 PM

Students in a school hallway.
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Students in a school hallway.(Antonio_Diaz/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

While there is no known cure for dyslexia, scientists say they may have found the cause.

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Researchers from universities in France recently conducted an experiment, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, to determine how the cells in the eyes may affect the brain.

To do so, they examined the eyes of 30 people with the learning disability and 30 without it.

They discovered differences in the shape of spots located in the red, blue and green cones of the eye, which are responsible for color. 

For the non-dyslexics, the blue cone had a different shape in each eye - one that was round and another that was more oblong. Analysts say the asymmetry allows the signals in one eye to override the signals in the other, producing a single image in the brain created by the dominant eye. 

As for the dyslexic, the blue cones were symmetrical. Scientists believe the identical arrangement produces “mirror” images in both eyes that may confuse the brain. Therefore, there is no dominant eye.

Scientists compared it to being left- or right-handed; humans also have a dominant eye. 

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"The lack of asymmetry might be the biological and anatomical basis of reading and spelling disabilities. For dyslexic students their two eyes are equivalent and their brain has to successively rely on the two slightly different versions of a given visual scene," researchers said in a statement

“Our observations lead us to believe that we indeed found a potential cause of dyslexia,” they said.

However, scientists say it’s treatable, because there is a preventable, minuscule delay that occurs before the mirror images are sent to the brain. 

"The discovery of a delay (of about 10 thousandths of a second) between the primary image and the mirror image in the opposing hemispheres of the brain, allowed us to develop a method to erase the mirror image that is so confusing for dyslexic people," the authors said. 

By using a “magic lamp,” they’re able to flash a light into the eye so quickly that it cancels one of the identical images before it reaches the brain.

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Despite the findings, more research is needed to ensure the technique works. 

Stray dog crashes wedding, gets new home

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 9:59 AM



Photo courtesy: Felipe Paludetto Photography
(Photo courtesy: Felipe Paludetto Photography)

A man and his fiancée planned on becoming a family of two, but after their wedding last month they became a family of three after a four-legged wedding crasher broke in on their ceremony.

Marília and Matheus had planned on an outdoor wedding last month, but a storm came in so they moved their ceremony to a tent. At the same time, a stray dog was looking for a dry place to wait out the storm, the Dodo reported.

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Wedding guests tried to shoo the muddy dog away, but he came back. Right when the bride was supposed to walk in, the dog came down the aisle.

Guests removed the dog again, and everything went as planned.

Until it came time for the vows.

The dog returned and decided he was going nowhere, taking a nap on Marílla’s veil.

The dog stayed through the ceremony, and the reception until the rain stopped. The dog left of his own accord, the Dodo reported.

You’d think the story would end that day, but it didn’t.

The couple realized the dog was now part of their lives and if they could find him, they would adopt him. But a week went by without a reunion.

Eventually they found their extra wedding guest and brought the now-former street dog home, gave him a bath, some food and a name: Snoop.

Missing airman found 40 years later living double life after desertion

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 8:37 PM

Missing Airman Found Living Double Life 40 Years After Desertion

A serviceman who disappeared 40 years ago from an Air Force Base in North Dakota was found living a double life in Seminole County, investigators said.

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Jeffrey Michels, 64, of Sanford, is in the custody of the United States Air Force after he was arrested last Thursday on charges of desertion. According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons website, Michels failed to report for duty at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota on July 6, 1977. 
He hadn't been seen or heard from since the Facebook group "Veteran Doe: posted a picture of Michels on July 9. However, Michels wasn’t missing -- he was living at a home in the Terra Bella neighborhood in Sanford with his wife and kids under an alias, which he used for years, investigators said.

According to a police report, Michels went by the name Jeffrey Lantz. Records showed he used the name in 1998 to obtain a license from the state of Florida for his construction business called Atlantic Development Corporation. He also used the name to buy a home in Seminole County, according to the county’s property appraisers website. 

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Because there is no statute of limitations for desertion, Michels will stand trial in a military court. 

Trip to pumpkin patch leaves woman with painful infection from tick bite

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 8:15 AM

Woman Warning Others After Trip to Pumpkin Patch Leads to Painful Infection

A California woman is recovering after she got a bad bacterial infection when she was bitten by a tick during a trip to a pumpkin patch.

Jennifer Velasquez said she was wearing flip-flops and shorts to a pumpkin patch when she was bitten by a tick two years ago, The Sacramento Bee reported. The tick was infected by Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

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She posted a photo of the rash to her Facebook page last week, saying that, “I couldn’t walk, my whole body was in pain, my hair fell out, and I almost died.”

And while the bite and the infection that followed happened two years ago, she posted the photo this month after seeing photos of families going to fall activities to remind them to cover up during outings and do a tick check after the trip, The Bee reported.

So what should people look for when it comes to Rocky Mountain spotted fever?

The Mayo Clinic says symptoms include:

  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle aches
  • nausea and vomiting
  • Confusion or other neurological changes
  • Distinctive rash

And while Velasquez said to be careful and don’t repeat the mistake she made by wearing flip flops to a pumpkin patch, she said not to avoid going just to prevent a tick bite, The Bee reported.