August 8, 2012

Popular gaming marketplace Steam is ready to be the third major desktop application store, next to Apple’s App Store and Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 store. Valve, the parent company of Steam, announced in a press release this afternoon the arrival of new non-gaming software on its store that will launch Sept. 5. It is a certain step away from its years of focusing on just gaming. Steam will offer apps ranging from “creativity to productivity,” and they will be organized into categories, as shown off in a leaked screenshot above of Steam’s iOS app from June. Steam will also include its Steamworks feature in the store. It allows for automatic updating of apps and the ability to save data to the Steam Cloud. [Joystiq]

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Today, Google announced that it will roll out a new version of its its Google Search application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The new version is notable in that it brings Siri and Google Now-like voice search functionality to the App Store app. The Verge is on hand at the announcement, and they note that you can “ask for the weather in a natural way and it will provide results.”

Search Engine Land is also on hand at the event, and they provide some more details. Notably, you can search maps info, theme songs, information about people, and conduct math calculations.

This sounds just like Siri and Google Now, complete with contextual awareness. The app is not out yet: it’s coming in a few days. When it is, it will be available here in iTunes.

Read more at the Official Google Blog.

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The word “torrent” always received a bit of a negative connotation, especially thanks to illegal file-sharing services that make copyrighted material, such as movies, music and software, available for free. The act of torrenting is legal, however, as long as you are downloading content that is not copyrighted. Internet Archive, which tries to bring “universal access to all knowledge,” made available over 1 million torrents. It includes a large collection of films, live music concerts, books, and old time radio that are all legal to download. The organization explained why it chose BitTorrent as a means of delivery:
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