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+ - Valve Announces SteamOS-> 1

Submitted by BEI01
BEI01 (567185) writes "On Monday morning, Valve updated their countdown web page with the announcement of SteamOS.

Steam is coming to a new operating system
"As we’ve been working on bringing Steam to the living room, we’ve come to the conclusion that the environment best suited to delivering value to customers is an operating system built around Steam itself. SteamOS combines the rock-solid architecture of Linux with a gaming experience built for the big screen. It will be available soon as a free stand-alone operating system for living room machines.""

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Games

+ - Duke Nukem Forever Release Date Announced->

Submitted by BEI01
BEI01 (567185) writes "The Duke Nukem Forever First Access Club newsletter just had the news: "As a member of the Duke Nukem Forever First Access Club, you're among the first to know the release date for Duke Nukem Forever! The legendary King of All Shooters will return on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC come May 3, 2011 (North America), and May 6, 2011 (International). The date and a new trailer is also posted on the official website at http://www.dukenukemforever.com./"
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First Person Shooters (Games)

Duke Nukem Forever Release Date Revealed 288

Posted by Soulskill
from the restocking-bubblegum dept.
stupid_is writes with news that Duke Nukem Forever has now gotten a firm US release date: May 3rd. It will release worldwide three days later. The game was resurrected last fall by Gearbox Software and 2K Games after 3D Realms' 12-year attempt at development came to an end in 2009 when the company closed its doors.
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NASA Tests Flying Airbag 118

Posted by samzenpus
from the drop-the-cloud-anchor dept.
coondoggie writes "NASA is looking to reduce the deadly impact of helicopter crashes on their pilots and passengers with what the agency calls a high-tech honeycomb airbag known as a deployable energy absorber. So in order to test out its technology NASA dropped a small helicopter from a height of 35 feet to see whether its deployable energy absorber, made up of an expandable honeycomb cushion, could handle the stress. The test crash hit the ground at about 54MPH at a 33 degree angle, what NASA called a relatively severe helicopter crash."
Windows

+ - Windows 7 Released to Manufacturing

Submitted by BEI01
BEI01 (567185) writes "Today, Brandon LeBlanc on The Windows Blog posted:
"I am pleased to announce that Windows 7 has RTM'd!

As I mentioned previously, RTM officially happens only after sign-off occurs. What happens is a build gets designated as a RTM contender after going through significant testing and meeting our quality bar for RTM. Then, it goes though all the validation checks required for RTM including having all languages of that build completed. If all the validation checks have passed — sign-off for RTM can occur. Today after all the validation checks were met, we signed off and declared build 7600 as RTM.""
PC Games (Games)

+ - Starcraft 2 Officially Announced

Submitted by BEI01
BEI01 (567185) writes "According IGN, Starcraft 2 has been announced at WWI in Korea. From the article: FMV sequence in a spaceship — looks Terran — zooming in on a metal door — door opening — reveals a guy with a cigar in chains — prisoner — door shuts behind him — there's so much bass the room is shaking — guy steps into some kind of metallic devicce — legs are strapped in — guy rising toward ceiling — Korean text on screen got people very excited — another part of the machine is dropping metal arms on him — machine whirring — applying armor to his torso — extremly detailed visuals here — now guy is strapping on gloves — armor is molding together — seems like a Terran marine — rockets turn on — zerg now onscreen — Marine delivers a line — StarCraft 2 officially announced."

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