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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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WATCH: April the giraffe to give birth at Animal Adventure Park in New York

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 5:28 AM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 11:11 PM

            WATCH: April the giraffe to give birth at Animal Adventure Park in New York

UPDATE, Feb. 24, 12:51 p.m. EST: Officials at the Animal Adventure Park in New York were on stand-by for the birth of April the Giraffe's calf early Friday, although they were back in waiting mode a few hours later.

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"Things did calm down, however, there continues to be a large amount of visible movement within April's body," animal park officials said in an update posted on Facebook.

2/24 Morning Update:
April is looking great!  She was monitored throughout the evening and around 3:55 am EST and again...

Posted by Animal Adventure Park on Friday, February 24, 2017

See the live steam of April below:

UPDATE, Feb. 23, 5:42 p.m. EST: The Animal Adventure Park provided an update from a veterinarian in a Facebook post.

"Progression continues," animal park officials said. "We cannot confirm active labor at this time, however giraffes hide their signs as a natural instinct, that is why until we see hooves we will not announce active labor ... We are just waiting for the calf!"

Animal Adventure Park on Thursday, February 23, 2017

UPDATE, Feb. 23, 9:42 a.m. EST: A live stream video of April that was posted on YouTube and pulled from the site early Thursday due to "nudity and sexual content" has been reactivated.

UPDATE, Feb. 23, 8:02 a.m. EST: Officials from the Animal Adventure Park took to Facebook Live to address YouTube's removal of the April the giraffe live stream.

Posted by Animal Adventure Park on Thursday, February 23, 2017

UPDATE, Feb. 23, 7:37 a.m. EST: The live stream of April the giraffe was removed from YouTube early Thursday.

"Upset Youtube has suspended the LIVE FEED for nudity & sexual content? LET THEM KNOW," Animal Adventure Park wrote on Facebook. "You can thank Animal Rights Extremists for this issue."

We will be FACEBOOK LIVE from the Giraffe Barn at 8:00 AM EST

Posted by Animal Adventure Park on Thursday, February 23, 2017

ORIGINAL STORY: The impending birth of a baby giraffe has the internet waiting with bated breath.

April the giraffe is getting ready to welcome a calf with her mate, Oliver, at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York.

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Animal Adventure Park has a webcam in April's quarters, capturing all the moments leading up to the birth. It is updated with a new link every few hours.

April is 15 years old, and this will be her fourth calf. Oliver is 5 years old, and this is his first calf. 

For more information, visit Animal Adventure Park's YouTube stream.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

A relaxed Barack Obama showed up in New York City and people couldn’t handle it

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 7:34 PM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 7:34 PM

            A relaxed Barack Obama showed up in New York City and people couldn’t handle it

Former President Barack Obama has only been gone from the White House for a little over a month, but for some, it seems like a lifetime. So when America’s 44th president showed up in New York City this week, many people were excited.

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A relaxed, tie-less Obama was pictured leaving a building on Fifth Avenue, and while no one was sure what he was doing, no one seemed to care. Joyous onlookers waved and yelled at the former president, and he amiably waved back.

Some were quick to post their videos and pictures of the spotting online.

Although Obama visited Chicago after his vacation to look over plans for his presidential library, this is the first time he’s been widely seen in public since he left office on Jan. 21, and onlookers were happy to get even a small glimpse of him once again.

People are speculating that he was in town to see his daughter, Malia, who’s working as an intern for the Weinstein Company. The two were spotted at the New York City restaurant Emilio’s Ballato on Thursday evening. The restaurant posted a picture of the pair posing with members of the staff on its Instagram page, thanking them for dining at the Italian eatery.

In December, Sean Spicer said the White House wouldn’t ban media

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 9:30 PM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 9:39 PM

            In December, Sean Spicer said the White House wouldn’t ban media

On Friday, the White House announced that certain media outlets, including CNN, The New York Times, Politico and The Los Angeles Times, were banned from the press briefing called the gaggle.

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After the bombshell decision by the White House, footage has been unearthed showing Sean Spicer reassuring a reporter that, unlike the campaign trail, the Trump administration would not ban any press.

The footage shows Spicer talking about how the White House would handle the media once the Trump administration transition was complete.

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He made sure to clarify the difference between a campaign and a government entity, saying, “I think we have a respect for the press when it comes to the government that that is something that you can’t ban an entity from.”

He continued by saying, “I think that’s what makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship.”

Dog the Bounty Hunter had a message about bipartisanship at CPAC

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 6:27 PM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 8:38 PM

            Dog the Bounty Hunter had a message about bipartisanship at CPAC

Dog the Bounty Hunter is not a candidate for office.

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“But I like to back them up,” he said, speaking from a podium as a giant banner showing Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke’s face hung behind him.

Dog, whose real name is Duane Chapman, was taking questions Friday at a Draft Sheriff David Clarke for Senate Super PAC reception that was a subset of the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Conference attendees of all ages crowded into a space at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland, to hear the star speak.

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There, Dog also had a message about bipartisanship.

Though he praised the election of President Trump, Dog made sure to remember Democratic voters.

“They may have a different opinion then we do,” he said, but the love people had for one another would be much more important at heaven's gate.