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New and updated apps: Office Mobile, Steam, OpenTable and more!

Every day dozens and dozens of new and updated apps and games hit the iOS and Mac App Stores. It's impossible to keep up with them all, but it's not impossible to pick out the very best. Today we've got updates to Microsoft Office on the iPhone, a popular gaming service and a top restaurant app for North America Let's take a look!

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For game maker Aspyr, Mac App Store presents unique challenges

When Steve Jobs introduced the Mac App Store in 2011, he said that Apple wasn't trying to compete with other app download services. While that may be true — Apple doesn't enforce any sort of exclusivity requirement — the Mac App Store has evolved to present some unique challenges to app publishers. Case in point: Long time Mac publisher Aspyr, which plans to mix things up a bit in 2014.

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How to get back gigabytes of Mac disk space by deleting unused Steam games

Recently my 13 year old son wanted to install some new software on his Mac but found that he didn't have a lot of disk space. Surprising, given that his Mac mini came with a 320 GB hard drive. So we did some snooping around and discovered the culprit: dozens of gigabytes of space taken up with games that were installed using Valve's Steam software. We deleted what he wasn't using and freed up more than 80 GB! Here's how you can do the same.

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Why the Mac App Store is the best and worst thing ever to happen to Mac gaming

As I've written before, the Mac has long had a troubled history with game development. But the introduction of the Mac App Store in 2010 came just in time to save the business. It's the best thing that's happened to Mac gaming. It's also the worst. Let me explain.

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Steam app for iOS updated with new look and feel, offline chat, more

Valve Corp. has released a new version of their Steam app for iOS. Steam is Valve's popular game download and matching service for Mac, Windows and Linux; there's a large online community of players on Steam, and using the Steam app for iOS, you can stay in touch with other users away from your computer. The app also provides you with gaming news and info on Steam's game sales.

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Steam Sale now on through December 3, save on top titles every day

Steam is getting in the sale spirit with its own deals week that has just kicked off and will run through December 3. There will be different games on sale each day, and already today we've got 75% off Left 4 Dead 2 and The Walking Dead for Mac.

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Skulls of the Shogun arrives on iOS ready to conquer

Skulls of the Shogun is a two-dimensional turn-based strategy game that formerly enjoyed great success on mobile Windows platforms and Xbox 360. Now it comes to iPhone and iPad where it can really shine.

You’ve probably seen plenty of mobile strategy games, but few strategy titles can compare to this one. Beautiful art, a catchy soundtrack, a witty story, and excellent multiplayer features make 17-BIT’s first iOS game a must-buy.

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Valve shows Steam Controller in action

Valve is making a play for the home console market with its planned introduction of Steam Machines, dedicated hardware devices that you hook up to your TV to play games downloaded through Valve's popular Steam service. The company is offering an innovative game controller for the system that it's showing off for the first time in a new video.

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Steam Dev Days give game makers a chance to talk with Valve - off the record

Often times developer gatherings give the company behind the event a springboard to publicly announced their plans for the future. Take Apple's WWDC or Google I/O as an example. Valve is taking the exact opposite strategy with Steam Dev Days, a planned two-day game developer's conference that the company says is "off the record." The event takes place on January 15-16, 2014 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

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Valve's Steam Controller gamepad combines dual trackpads, touch screen, haptics

It's been a busy week for Valve, the game developer behind the popular Steam game download service. They started out this week by announcing SteamOS, a dedicated gaming operating system; they followed it up by announcing Steam Machines, their long-awaited foray into hardware boxes designed to work in the living room, and they're capping it off with Steam Controller, a gamepad especially designed for Steam games.

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