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Alienware 'Alpha' Is a Half-Step Toward Steam Machines

Alienware is one of the companies that have jumped on board and promised Valve a Steam Machine. This has been a really slow process as Valve has tried something new with the controller and it hasn't worked out as good as they'd hoped. They've been back to the drawing board a few times and now with their new little "Alpha" system, they are half-a-step closer. Valve has done pretty much everything wrong with this launch and here's another example. We don't need "half". We need all.

Not long after, at CES 2014, Valve revealed a full line of Steam Machines from 14 different companies. Chief among them was Alienware, Dell's gaming PC arm, which showed a teensy $550 box called the "Alpha." Alienware was a standout not just due to name recognition, but because the company proposed a launch window for its "game console". The Alpha won't ship with any of the promises of the Steam Machines initiative: no Steam OS and no Steam Controller. Valve's delayed both, but Alienware's pushing on nonetheless with a fall launch.

Source: Engadget

Apple Holiday TV Ad

I know it's early for holiday ads, but somehow this one slipped by me last year and was recently brought to my attention. It's a great ad that shows that not everyone is what they seem - that in mind, this ad shows the exception rather than the rule. Still, it's a great ad.

 

Cortana Trash Talks Android

I love my Android phone and I also love the way Cortana trash talks Android. Microsoft is building a lot of character into their personal assistant. Just be careful what you ask her as this AI has survived the Covenant invasion and a lot more.

Cortana

 

Source: Neowin

FLIR ONE Torture Test

The FLIR One is perhaps one of the coolest devices to hit the market in recent months and this thermal imaging attachment gets put through the RatedRR Torture Test. Thankfully, they record it all in Slow Motion for us to enjoy. That was thoughtful of them.

 

Make Windows 8 Feel Even Faster

Windows 8 boots really, really fast. That's no secret. If you want to speed up the feeling of using the OS there are ways that you can do that as well. Mostly this involves turning off some animations and as you can see in the video below, it does make a difference. Still, I think the best way to make people like Windows 8 is to add an actual Start Menu and call it Windows 9.

Source: Neowin

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