The Steam Summer Sale has been in full effect since Thursday, with a boatload of new steals and deals available each day. Today's summer sizzlers include Portal 2 for $5 (normally $20), Hitman Absolution for $6.24 (normally $25), and Fallout: New Vegas for $2.50 (normally $20).
Whether you want to consider Digital Storm's new Veloce an Ultrabook with a gaming punch or a gaming notebook with Ultrabook-like dimensions is up to you. What we can tell you is that it's a 13.3-inch laptop that measures just 1.26 inches thick and weighs 4.6 pounds, putting it in a thin and light class of laptops. Unlike most other systems with these kinds of dimensions, however, the Veloce has game.
Smartphone sector isn't appealing to AMD right now
You can hardly go a week without there being a new smartphone announcement, some bigger than others. Thanks to a combination of lower prices (especially subsidized pricing) and advancements in mobile technology, smartphones are more popular than ever, but that doesn't mean AMD is anxious to jump in and start competing with ARM, its licensing partners (like Nvidia and Qualcomm), and Intel.
A smartwatch and a Nexus Q successor also said to be in the works
While most regular companies have to be mindful of the perils of spreading themselves too thin, the colossal likes of Google, Apple and Microsoft can seemingly do whatever they want, whenever they want without any such worries. For instance, Google, best known for its search algorithms, operating systems, smartphones, tablets and mostly decent April Fool’s jokes, is now said to be building an Android-based game console.
It's tough to understand what Microsoft is thinking sometimes, isn't it? Take for example the decision to bring back the Start button in Windows 8.1, but not the Start menu. Decisions like that border on being belligerent, and now we've learned that you won't be able to plug the second generation Kinect sensor that ships with the Xbox One into your PC because it's packing a proprietary connector.
Collect cards, craft game badges, earn rewards, and level up for more
Announced last month, Valve’s Steam Trading Cards feature is now out of beta. Steam Trading Cards, as per the official description, are virtual cards that gamers are supposed to collect inside games and by trading them with other Steam users, with the ultimate aim of earning a wide set of tradeable and non-tradeable rewards, including game badges, profile backgrounds, emoticons, DLC/game coupons, profile showcases and extra friends list slots.