Daily Roundup: Distro Issue 109, Valve's Steam Controller, CyanogenMod creator Steve Kondik and more!

DNP The Daily RoundUp

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.

Distro Issue 109: Turning the lights off on innovation

The day has at last come, dear readers. In this final issue of our weekly tablet magazine, we take a look at the death of innovative devices, review the Jambox Mini, HP SlateBook x2 and one of Sony's QX series smartphone lens camera. Head up to the link above for the last time, and enjoy some end-of-the-week reading.

Valve announces Steam Controller, a gamepad for its game console

It's been a busy week for Valve, and just as rumored, the company revealed the Steam Controller for its upcoming SteamOS console. The device is made up of 16 buttons, and a "high-resolution" touch screen in the middle, that enables both control and navigation. For more information on all of Valve's announcements this week, click through to the link above.

CyanogenMod creator Steve Kondik on the challenges of refining the ROM

On the morning that Oppo announced its camera-centric N1 device, Steve Kondik -- the creator of CyanogenMod -- was surrounded by Oppo ambassadors and tech journalists. Why? Because Oppo's new device will come pre-loaded with the modded version of Android. "When I started this thing, I had, like, no idea that people would actually care," Kondik told us. But here we are five years later, and the OS is a far cry from a modder simply playing with Android out of "boredom." Read on for our full interview.

BlackBerry loses a billion dollars in three months, blames it on failed Z10

Following 4,500 layoffs and a $4.7 billion buyout, BlackBerry today announced a loss of $965 million in Q2, due in large part to a "Z10 Inventory Charge" that cost the company $935 million. With a flagship handset that failed to attract consumer interest, CEO Thorsten Heins said that he was "very disappointed" with the results, but claims there's still a future in the BES 10 enterprise server market, which grew during the quarter. Read on at the link above.

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