Why Valve’s SteamOS Could Be Revolutionary – Information Weeks posits that Steam OS may be the next entertainment platform. Valve, the parent company of Steam, pioneered ownership of digital products by assigning each digital product a unique ID and then allowing the resale of digital products by the resale of the unique ID. (Kind of what ReDigi wanted to do). Steam’s platform free operating system allows for true mobility and no need to upgrade to the latest and greatest console system. (The XBOX 1 costs $500 this year).
If SteamOS can integrate into the television market and bring streaming video beyond video games, the platform free system could really catch on. It would need to strike licensing agreements, of course. I sometimes think that Amazon’s biggest competitor will be someone like Steam, not in the book business, but in the entertainment delivery business.InformationWeek
Fire OS 3.1 Now Available – Yesterday Amazon announced that it rolled out a new updated for the Kindle Fire. Update Link here. The new update brings integration to Goodreads. You can import all your purchases from Amazon into Goodreads and see your friends’ updates from within the App. Second screen allows you to turn your Tablet into a TV remote of sorts or you can use all the tablet functions while streaming a movie from your device to the television.
Finally, but most importantly, Kindle Fire update brings readers collections.
Australian Sea Slug Sex in all its Head-Stabbing Glory – Boy, I’m glad I’m not a slug. Apparently the males go around and inject their prostate gland fluid into foreheads of the females. Its called traumatic insemination and the most “famous offenders” are bed bugs. Slugs have a “double barrelled penis that consist[s] of a sperm-injecting penile bulb on one side and a syringe-like penile stylet on the other.” My lord, Mother Nature. Scientific America
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
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