Turning the Alienware Alpha Into a Steam Machine

There's nothing quite like the Alienware Alpha. For just $500, it's a competent Windows gaming PC. But it should have been the flagship Steam Machine. The Alpha was designed to be a Linux game console with a gamepad good enough to replace a mouse and keyboard. As easy to use as PlayStation or Xbox, but with more… » 2/20/15 3:00pm 2/20/15 3:00pm

Popular YouTuber Denounces Steam, Plans To Curate Own Store

Despite practically being PC gaming, Steam is by no means perfect—as we've discussed on numerous occasions. But is the whole enterprise busted, not so much a sinking ship as it is a ship that's sinking a lot of great games? Popular YouTuber NerdCubed thinks so, and that's why he's abandoning Steam altogether. » 1/23/15 7:08pm 1/23/15 7:08pm

Explore the Largest Steam Pipe System in the World, Hidden Beneath NYC

In its latest adventure, New York Times' Living City series explores the city's enormous underground steam distribution system. Unlike anywhere in the world, New York hides away the largest steam system that powers all types of humidification sources, preserving museum art to even dishwashers in every restaurant… » 10/09/14 4:34pm 10/09/14 4:34pm

Your Nest Protect Just Got a Whole Lot Smarter

It's been a tumultuous year for Nest's second product, Protect, a fire and CO alarm that's endured not only a halt in sales and recall, but also a price cut and return to the shelves. Yet in a low-key announcement today, Nest showed how powerful its product model can be: By introducing new functionality for devices… » 9/04/14 9:00am 9/04/14 9:00am

The Steam Achievement That Nobody Unlocked

Some achievements are too easy, at times only requiring players to do mundane things like pressing start. Some achievements pose an actual challenge to players, requiring people to earn their digital trophies. And some achievements? Some achievements just aren't possible, no matter what a game might say. » 7/28/14 2:56pm 7/28/14 2:56pm

​The Creators of Rock Band Are Making A Musical First-Person Shooter

Are you in the mood for a very different kind of multiplayer first-person shooter? How about one in which the arena you're in morphs to the music that's playing, where your machine gun makes music, where your grenades only blow up on the downbeats and the missiles you fire will keep stalking your enemy as long as you… » 2/17/14 12:35pm 2/17/14 12:35pm