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Steam for Linux Launched

Archos Introduces the New Platinum Range Tablets

NVIDIA Is Ready to Start Shipping Tegra 4 Application Processors in July

Steam for Linux Launched

Today Valve announced the release of its Steam for Linux client. In celebration of the release, over 50 Linux titles are now 50-75% off until Thursday, February 21st.

Thanks to a special feature like SteamPlay, you can play all the games which you already have on Windows or Mac iOS, without purchasing them again for Linux. More than 100 games now are available for Linux client, among them you can find Counter-Strike: Source, Serious Sam 3: BFE, Tomb Raider, etc.

In addition to games, the Steam for Linux client includes Big Picture, the new mode of Steam designed for use with a TV and game controller. The Steam client is now available to download for free from the Ubuntu Software Center.

Source: Steam

Archos Introduces the New Platinum Range Tablets

Archos introduces the Platinum range, a new line of tablets that feature a sleek aluminum design combined with the high definition IPS displays, quad-core processors and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The range of tablets includes an 8-inch, 9.7-inch and 11.6-inch.

The entire Platinum range will differ only in display size, sharing the following features:

  • 1024x768 IPS display with capacitive multi-touch screen
  • Quad core CPU at 1.2 GHz with 8-core GPU, with 1080p video decoding
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Front and Back Cameras
  • Mini-HDMI and Micro SD ports

The Archos 80 Platinum and Archos 97 Platinum HD will be available in February for $199 and $299, and Archos 116 Platinum will be available in April for $349.

Source: Archos

NVIDIA Is Ready to Start Shipping Tegra 4 Application Processors in July

NVIDIA formally introduced its next-generation Tegra 4 application processor for mobile devices at the CES in early January, but the company will not start revenue shipments of the system-on-chip until July.

NVIDIA Tegra 4, previously code-named “Wayne”, utilizes ARM's top CPU cores, plus a second-generation battery saver core. This Variable SMP architecture invented by NVIDIA enables four performance cores to be used for max burst, when needed, with each core independently and automatically enabled and disabled based on workload. The single battery-saver core handles low-power tasks like active standby, music, and video playback, and is fully transparent to the OS and applications.

The new application processor also supports output to ultra high-definition screens with up to 4K resolution (3840x2160). Also, Tegra 4 includes a Prism 2 display technology to reduce backlight power when the display operates.

This new mobile architecture enables an HDR camera with features like live HDR preview, instant HDR photos, HDR video and others. Tegra 4 also enables worldwide 4G/LTE voice and data support through an optional chipset.

The first commercial devices powered by Tegra 4 are expected to emerge no earlier than in August–September timeframe.

Source: X-Bit Labs

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