Author Archives: Eric Abent


Moto G4 arriving next month, pricing announced

Moto G4 arriving next month, pricing announced

Motorola's Moto G line has proven to be quite popular with consumers over the past few years. It isn't really all that surprising, considering that Motorola found a way to offer a decent, desirable phone at a price that won't set you back hundreds upon hundreds of dollars if you're one of the many who like to purchase their phones outright. Today the company dished pricing and release details for the newest Moto G phones, and it appears the next generation in the lineup is right around the corner.

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Avoiding Windows 10 is about to get a whole lot easier

Avoiding Windows 10 is about to get a whole lot easier

It may be an understatement to say that Microsoft has been aggressive in its efforts to get Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10. First came the promise that Windows 10 would be a free upgrade for PC users on an older version, and then came the rather nagging desktop popups prompting users to take advantage of the offer. If you were down to receive a free upgrade to Windows 10 from the start, these popups probably never got to the point of annoyance, but for those who are hesitant to jump to Windows 10, they've become a considerable nuisance.

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Batman: Return to Arkham hit with delay just one month before release

Batman: Return to Arkham hit with delay just one month before release

If you were looking forward to the release of Batman: Return to Arkham, we've unfortunately got some sour news for you. As it turns out, Warner Bros. has decided to delay the title in an effort to give developer Virtuos Games more time to create a better experience for players. The announcement comes just a month before the game was originally intended to launch, which is bound to sting fans who were preparing to take another romp through Arkham Asylum and Arkham City.

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Galaxy S5 Neo Marshmallow updates spotted across Europe

Galaxy S5 Neo Marshmallow updates spotted across Europe

Good news for those of you rocking a Galaxy S5 Neo: it would appear that Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is being pushed to the device across Europe. Rumors at the end of last year suggested such an update would eventually arrive on the Galaxy S5 Neo, but we didn't have a solid ETA outside of rather vague claims of a Q1 2016 roll out. We're a little past Q1 at this point, but hey, better late than never, right?

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Here One earbuds go up for pre-order in US

Here One earbuds go up for pre-order in US

You may remember Doppler Labs, the company behind the Here Active Listening earbuds, a pair of smart earbuds that proved to be quite the Kickstarter darling. Originally, Doppler Labs looked to Kickstarter to raise $250,000 to produce its earbuds, which allowed users to suppress and amplify the ambient sounds in the world around them. The Kickstarter was a hit in every sense of the word, raising $653,189 by the end of the campaign and bringing Here Active Listening to life earlier this year.

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Top Gear USA cancelled by History Channel, Rutledge Wood reveals

Top Gear USA cancelled by History Channel, Rutledge Wood reveals

Sad news for fans of Top Gear's American series - co-host Rutledge Wood has revealed that tonight's show will be the final episode to air on History Channel. It would seem the network has decided to pull the plug on Top Gear USA, ending the show's nearly six year run rather suddenly. Wood took his Facebook page to express his disappointment in the decision and to thank fans for watching throughout the years.

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iOS 10 Beta offers up prioritized app downloads

iOS 10 Beta offers up prioritized app downloads

iOS 10 is bringing with it a number of new features, including the ability to remove stock apps from your homescreen and add stickers to your text messages, but today we're getting word of a particularly exciting feature that offers up a lot of utility. A Reddit user by the name of nite_ has discovered that iOS 10 Beta 1 allows users to prioritize app downloads by utilizing the 3D touch capabilities of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, a feature that's sure to make a lot of iPhone users happy.

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Ancient, disguised insects discovered in amber fossils

Ancient, disguised insects discovered in amber fossils

We may not be pulling dinosaur DNA from insects fossilized in amber any time soon, but fossilized insects can still give us a window into the past: a team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have documented 39 examples of ancient insects disguising themselves with various items, from general debris to the exoskeletons of dispatched foes. The team, which was led by Bo Wang, had to search through more than 300,000 fossils to find these specimens, which hail from the mid-Cretaceous period.

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New Sonic the Hedgehog game teased for 25th anniversary

New Sonic the Hedgehog game teased for 25th anniversary

It may (or may not) surprise you to find out that Sonic, our little blue hedgehog friend from the 1990s, turns 25 this year. Despite a number of rocky releases in recent years, the Blue Blur is still kicking and shows no signs of slowing down, as Sonic Team lead Takashi Iizuka has teased a new game to go along with the character's 25th anniversary.

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Google Earth gets beautiful update with Landsat 8 imagery

Google Earth gets beautiful update with Landsat 8 imagery

Google Earth has always been an impressive feat of technology on its own, but today things got a lot more beautiful. As a follow up to its first cloud-free mosaic of our fine planet (which was released a whole three years ago if you can believe it), today Google rolled out a new version of the mosaic using imagery from the Landsat 8 satellite. The results, as you can imagine, are quite awe-inspiring.

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The $4 smartphone is real, and it could change the world

The $4 smartphone is real, and it could change the world

In a market as competitive as smartphones, you can bet that every once in a while a company is going to come around and shake things up. Today that company seems to be India's Ringing Bells, which has announced that it will begin delivering its Freedom 251 smartphone to eager consumers on June 30. What's making these customers eager isn't the phone's list of specifications or some form of brand loyalty, but rather the handset's price - coming in at Rs 251, this phone is sporting a price tag that's a whopping $3.70.

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Custom Game of Thrones Xbox One is real, but prepare to be disappointed

Custom Game of Thrones Xbox One is real, but prepare to be disappointed

There you are, still in awe after last night's Game of Thrones finale. You're replaying all of the intrigue and drama over and over again in your head as you cling to your Hodor plush and look at maps of Westeros and Essos plastered on your walls, trying to figure out where the series will be headed once it returns next year. One might even dare to call you a superfan, and what better for such a Game of Thrones fanatic than this special edition Xbox One?

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