Author Archives: Eric Abent


Sony might not reveal PS4 until Microsoft has announced next Xbox

Sony might not reveal PS4 until Microsoft has announced next Xbox

If you believe the hype, Sony and Microsoft will be announcing their new consoles this year. We think both will, along with many other gamers and analysts out there. With the next generation seemingly on our doorstep, the only question now is which console will come first. Speaking to The Times (as reported by IGN), Sony CEO Kaz Hirai may have just answered that question by suggesting his company will let Microsoft go first.

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Cuba reportedly fires up underwater fiber optic cable for first time

Cuba reportedly fires up underwater fiber optic cable for first time

As odd as it may seem, Cuba is working its way into headlines today. We're hearing reports that Cuba has finally fired up its underwater fiber optic cable that stretches all the way to Venezuela, perhaps giving some residents their first taste of fiber optic Internet. The report comes from Internet tracking company Renesys, which says that in recent days, Cuba's ping times have been improving.

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Windows Phone 7.8 update landing on January 31

Windows Phone 7.8 update landing on January 31

Those of you who have been waiting for the long-rumored Windows Phone 7.8 update to arrive have been given a reason to smile, as its roll out has seemingly confirmed for later this month. Windows Phone Colombia spilled the beans in a post to its Facebook page, saying that phones running Windows Phone 7.5 should be getting the update to 7.8 starting on January 31. That's a little more than a week away, so hopefully what we're hearing from Windows Phone Colombia is accurate.

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Aaron Swartz named as possible WikiLeaks source

Aaron Swartz named as possible WikiLeaks source

Many people have commented on the Aaron Swartz case that came to a close when the 26-year-old Internet activist committed suicide earlier this month, but now WikiLeaks has chimed in with a series of very interesting tweets. Over the weekend, the WikiLeaks Twitter account posted four tweets that detail the website's relationship with Swartz. Through these tweets, we find out that not only did Swartz assist the website, but he also may have been a source.

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Azurite Blue, Garnet Red PS3s on the way to Japan, Europe

Azurite Blue, Garnet Red PS3s on the way to Japan, Europe

We love our colored consoles here at SlashGear, and Sony seems all to willing to deliver. Hot on the heels of its new Classic White PS3 come consoles that have been colored Azurite Blue and Garnet Red. These two consoles are launching in Japan next month, with a launch in Europe apparently lined up as well.

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Galaxy Tab 3 details leak with two screen size variants

Galaxy Tab 3 details leak with two screen size variants

Jumping from one rumored Samsung tablet to another, it would appear that the first details for the Galaxy Tab 3 are beginning to leak out. The reliable folks over at SamMobile are the ones dishing out these details, first and foremost claiming that Samsung is gearing up to launch two variants of the new slate. One will have a 7-inch screen and the other will have a 10.1-inch screen, so you might have options when it comes to the Galaxy Tab 3.

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Nexus 4 production to increase as demand remains high

Nexus 4 production to increase as demand remains high

Google's issue with Nexus 4 stock has been well documented, and if you're one of the many who have been waiting to get one, then you know how infuriating these stock shortages can be. There's a bit of good news on that front coming out of LG today, with the company's French arm stating that it will begin to ramp up production on the highly sought after device. While you may think that these shortages rest on LG's shoulders, that isn't entirely the case, with LG France director of mobile communications Cathy Robin telling Challenges that Google is partly responsible for the exhausted stock as well.

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8-inch Galaxy Note headed for MWC 2013 reveal according to Samsung boss

8-inch Galaxy Note headed for MWC 2013 reveal according to Samsung boss

We've already heard about Samsung's supposedly upcoming 8-inch Galaxy Note, but so far, the company hasn't made any official announcement. If a new report from iNews24 is to be believed, then that will all be changing soon, with Samsung's JK Shin apparently confirming the device for MWC 2013. Perhaps this means a launch won't be too far behind? One can only hope.

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US PlayStation Store now offering PayPal option

US PlayStation Store now offering PayPal option

Given the number of undesirable people who won't hesitate for a second when it comes to making off with your financial information, there are many gamers who are understandably not willing to pay with a credit or debit card when buying games digitally. Previously, those who didn't want to use a credit card on the PlayStation Store were left with one option: buying a PlayStation Network card and redeeming the code online. Today, however, Sony has announced that US PlayStation Store users can now make payments with their PayPal account.

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160 Blockbuster UK stores set to shut down

160 Blockbuster UK stores set to shut down

Last week, Blockbuster UK announced that it had entered administration, with Deloitte appointed as administrator. At the time, we weren't sure what was going to happen to Blockbuster UK's 528 stores and more than 4,000 employees, but today we're getting a better idea. Deloitte has announced that a total of 160 stores will close, with an unknown amount of jobs being eliminated with this shutdown.

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HTC M7 smiles for the camera in leaked render

HTC M7 smiles for the camera in leaked render

Last week, the rumored HTC M7 made another splash by showing up in a leaked render. Sadly, it seems the phone made a splash for all the wrong reasons, as the render didn't look very good and set off many fan complaints. Today we've got a new leaked render to show you, this one looking a lot more like the phones we're used to seeing from HTC.

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Acer Predator AG3620 Review

Acer Predator AG3620 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the new Acer Predator AG3260 gaming PC. While “gaming PC” and “Acer” may not be two terms you immediately associate with one another, Acer has impressed in the past, and is now looking to wow consumers with its Predator G series of computers. In fact, we've reviewed a computer that's quite similar to this one before, only now the Predator is back with Windows 8 and some slightly different hardware. The problem with building a gaming rig is still the same as always, though: PC gamers can be a fickle bunch, with the most hardcore not paying any attention to pre-built machines and instead building their own rigs. That isn't an option for everyone, so can the Predator AG3620 offer enough to be worthy of those gamers' dollars? Read on to find out.

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