Valve quietly hides Steam Machine section from its game store after years of neglect

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Valve has gone ahead and quietly hidden a link to its Steam Machines webpage from the Steam store itself, a move indicative of the ill-fated project to push a console-like transition for gaming PCs in the living room. The move, noticed by PC Gamer today, doesn’t mean Steam Machines can no longer be purchased. You can still find the live link here, and you can even purchase the recommended Alienware Alpha Steam Machine from Dell if so choose, as well as the Valve-designed SteamOS controller over on Amazon. But the “hardware” tab on Steam now only shows the Steam Controller, the HTC Vive headset, and Valve’s game streaming service Steam Link.

It’s clear Steam Machines are no longer a priority for Valve, which couldn’t overcome the product…

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2018’s new emoji will end the neglect of redheads

It took a while, but ginger people are finally going to get their own emoji courtesy of the 2018 release from the Unicode Consortium. The Emoji 11.0 set is now “fixed and final,” which means software makers like Apple, Google, and Microsoft can start designing their own artwork to match the guidance set out in the official documentation. The 157 new emoji will join the 2,666 already in existence when the Unicode 11.0 standard is released in June.

Emojipedia has put together the above video showcasing the full breadth of new emoji that is to come this year, which includes a wide selection of superhero variants, bald and curly heads to go with the redheads, and an expansion of the fauna on offer. In 2018, we’ll be adding raccoons, llamas,…

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After years of neglect, Snapchat wins in the developing world

 Snapchat doubled its Rest of World revenue this quarter. That’s a surprise, considering CEO Evan Spiegel never seemed to care about anyone but U.S. teens. Snapchat’s Android app was buggy. Its videos loaded too slowly on weak connections. And Spiegel even admitted “Historically we’ve really focused our efforts on markets where [high-end phones and broadband mobile… Read More
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