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Cook outside the box with these creative kitchen appliances

Innovative kitchen gadgets are nothing new, and as anyone who's seen an infomercial can attest, these kinds of small appliances often come with bold promises of revolutionizing the way we cook. However, with the occasional exception (I'm looking at you, Crock-Pot), that kind of ubiquity never quite seems to arrive.

But if you aren't getting a revolution, what are you getting? That all depends on the specific product, but more and more, we're seeing intriguing options that actually live up to their performance claims. Whether they're introducing powerful new cooking methods like steam baking and … Read more

Twitter makes it easy to find first tweets

CNET Update is figuring out this Twitter thing:

In this episode of Update:

- Get the prices of Samsung's new Gear smartwatches, arriving April 11 with the Galaxy S5. (But perhaps you'll want to see what Motorola has in store for the Moto 360 before buying a Gear.)

- Launch your Android camera with the Google Search app and the magic words, "OK Google, take a photo."

- Take a peek at the latest design for Valve's Steam Machine video game controller.

- Make friends with someone that owns a PlayStation if you want to … Read more

Valve's new Steam Machine controller keeps touch pads, adds face buttons (hands-on)

While the previous prototype for Valve's Steam Machine game controller looked functional enough, the lack of a traditional face button layout was troubling. With its latest iteration, Valve keeps the unique design of the haptic pads, while offering an immediately familiar button layout.

This new iteration gets both face buttons and Valve's version of a D-Pad. It's not really a D-Pad in the traditional sense, but more like four separate buttons for up, down, left, and right. I wouldn't exactly opt to play any fighting games with it.

The A, B, X, and Y buttons are … Read more

Valve shows off latest Steam Controller ahead of GDC

After showing off a rough design update to its Steam Controller at its annual Steam Dev Days conference back in January, Valve has decided, definitively it would appear, to strip the touch screen from the handheld and replace it with a logo-emblazoned home button alongside start and select buttons. And new to the latest prototype design is a protruding d-pad and X, Y, A, and B button layout similar to that of an Xbox controller.

The company showcased the changes on its blog Friday ahead of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week, where Valve will be showing … Read more

Head butt! Goat Simulator to become a real Steam game

The news that Goat Simulator will become a real playable video game is another grand instance of a glorified joke becoming reality, much like when ThinkGeek's April Fools tauntaun sleeping bag became an actual product due to popular demand.

Goat Simulator roared onto the scene a few days ago with a trailer that racked up more than 2 million views on YouTube and left people clamoring for a playable version of the game full of head butts, tongue-wagging trampoline jumps, and gravity-defying leaps.… Read more

What gaming drought? 7 great games you should be playing right now

I've been hearing it since the new year: "There are no games to play!"

Sure, we seem to have found ourselves in a bit of a lull when it comes to the big blockbuster video game. When I posted what I felt were 2014's most anticipated titles, I may have overlooked the fact that the beginning of 2014 was a bit on the light side for games.

Wrought with guilt that I may have in someway performed a disservice to you fine people, I felt compelled to compile a short list of interactive software worthy of your hard-earned income. The best part? Most of these titles are significantly cheaper than the $60 you're probably used to paying for a shiny new game.… Read more

How to install SteamOS on your computer

Valve, the gaming company behind the hit series Half-Life, Team Fortress, Left 4 Dead, and Portal, is looking to change the industry once again. With more than 75 million users and a market share estimated at around 75 percent, the company's Steam digital distribution platform has already changed the way computer owners purchase and play games.

Unsatisfied with the way the game console market has shifted in recent years, Valve in 2013 announced a new strategy for invading the living room. The company created SteamOS, a Linux-based operating system designed for playing video games.

SteamOS computers, also known as Steam Machines, … Read more

Valve revamps design of its Steam Controller

Valve unveiled an updated design for its Steam Controller on Wednesday at its annual Steam Dev Days developers conference. Attendees of the conference, including those behind the Steam Database Twitter account, snapped shots of the new prototype and posted them online this afternoon.

In removing both the center touch screen and relocating the surrounding buttons into two diamond-shaped configurations -- one a revision of the existing ABXY button layout and the other potentially a directional pad -- the new device now resembles something closer to an Xbox controller.

Reportedly in place of the touch screen will be support for "ghost mode,"Read more

Steam Machines and SteamOS: Everything you need to know

Even after its big CES 2014 unveiling, Valve's new Steam Machine platform is something of a mystery. Release dates, game libraries, exact hardware specs, and other details have not been announced, but we do know the initial list of hardware partners and many of the platform's broad strokes.

Based on information released by Valve, as well as our own conversations with several hardware partners, this is the current state of the Steam Machine ecosystem. We'll update this story with new details as we get them.

SteamOS is just for running the Steam app and games The SteamOS … Read more

Build your own dream game console with SteamOS

With the flood of Steam machines introduced at CES, both casual and hardcore gamers have plenty of console options. But gamers with maxed-out hardware -- or those who just don't want to shell out for a Linux system in a pretty case -- can build their very own Steam box using the beta build of SteamOS. Here's how to set up your Steam machine.

What You Need

Processor: Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor Memory: 4GB or more RAM Hard drive: 500GB or larger disk Video card: Nvidia graphics card (Sorry, AMD and Intel graphics folks AMD and … Read more