Nilay Patel

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Valve's SteamOS is ready to download -- only Linux vets are encouraged to apply

Just as promised, Valve has made its first release of SteamOS available for downloads at the same time it ships out prototype Steam Machines to 300 beta testers. Based on the Debian 7.1 flavor of Linux, SteamOS is a platform purpose built for playing PC games on the TV. Cutting out the cruft of …

Quantum Computers Move Another Step Closer To Reality

Imagine that two people could get linked in such a way that they could influence each other no matter where in the universe they existed. Now scientists find they can entangle mechanical vibrations in this same way, findings that could help enable quantum computers far more powerful than normal …

KnowRoaming SIM sticker slashes roaming fees abroad

KnowRoaming opens preorders for a SIM card sticker that connects travelers to local cell networks. But there is a small catch.<p>International phone-roaming fees can be enough to make you never want to step outside your own home. Sure, you can pick up a local SIM card everywhere you go, but that's an …

Native vs. HTML5: How the auto industry is forcing change for the mobile web

<i>Michael O’Shea is the CEO and president of Abalta Technologies.</i><p>Today’s mobile apps are mostly native. However, in a lot of ways, HTML5 is a goldmine waiting to be discovered by developers. It has the ability to “build once and deploy to many,” meaning any device with a web browser can support them. …

Autonomous Driving Tech Package Will Be An Option On Mercedes Vehicles By 2020

Mercedes-Benz will start selling cars that can fully drive themselves by 2020. But it won’t launch a special vehicle just for that purpose. Rather, it looks to incorporate autonomous driving technology into its regular lineup, most likely starting with its flagship model, the S-Class.<p>“Our approach …