Valve Announces SteamOS and Other Links

2013-09-23_1304Valve recently announced its SteamOS, a Linux-based operating system designed for playing video games in your living room. The OS is intended to power the company’s highly-anticipated “Steam Box” video game console. SteamOS will be available to users soon as a free download and to manufacturers as a freely licensable operating system.

I’m not sure if this will have appeal outside of existing Steam users (I’m one and love it for video games), but it’s a clear indication that the living room is the next frontier for tech companies to conquer. Apple, Microsoft and Google are all trying to crack the nut to no avail. People want more than just a streaming box like Roku. They want one piece of hardware that brings together live TV, video games, apps, music, movies, etc. It shouldn’t be a difficult problem to solve, but clearly it has.

If SteamOS ended up being a viable platform for developers and an app ecosystem sprouted as a result I could see this being as successful as Roku, anyway.

Other Links:

– Tomato Can Blues is another home run for the New York Times. Great story, great layout, and really demonstrates what you can do when media companies think web-first for publishing.

– “For decades, the U.S. government banned medical studies of the effects of LSD. But for one longtime, elite researcher, the promise of mind-blowing revelations was just too tempting.”

– Did you know that Nintendo started out as a card trading company back in 1949? Crazy right.

– Using the most recent Census data, Business Insider determined that half of the United States population lives in just 146 counties. There are more than 3000 counties in the US.

– Every wonder how tipping actually works in restaurants? You are welcome.

– I’m not sure I’d ever buy a Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon, but I do like the direction they are heading towards. The latest device models and updates to the OS — especially the Mayday support feature — seem quite nice.

– The Horse e_books Twitter account saga came to a surprising end the other day. Because ART, obvs.

– Turns out, according to Bill Gates, that “CTRL + ALT + Delete“, which everyone uses to lock or login into a PC, was a mistake and that they originally wanted a one button option. Glad they’ve gotten around to fixing that mistake 30 years later. Oh wait.

– The original Ford Mustang is a beautiful car and the first one ever bought was restored to its former glory.

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