Author Archives: Eric Abent


Google, Apple, Microsoft given go ahead to buy up Kodak patents

Google, Apple, Microsoft given go ahead to buy up Kodak patents

Back when Kodak announced that it would be filing for bankruptcy and selling off a large number of its patents to help with restructuring efforts, we all knew this sell off would be huge. As it turns out, that feeling was correct, with major players in the tech field like Google, Apple, and Microsoft all vying for a slice of that patent pie. Today a Judge approved the deal for those three tech giants to buy up Kodak's patents, to the tune of $527 million.

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Alleged Half-Life 2: Episode 4 screenshots surface years later

Alleged Half-Life 2: Episode 4 screenshots surface years later

The Internet loves a good Half-Life rumor, and this next one seems about as good as any. New images from the ill-fated Half-Life 2: Episode 4, otherwise known as Return to Ravenholm, have surfaced today, years and years after the game was canned. The title was in development at Arkane Studios, but in 2007, the project was left in the dust, so we're seeing these new images almost six years after the fact.

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Smartphones overtake tablets in data usage for first time

Smartphones overtake tablets in data usage for first time

We've been seeing a major push for tablets lately, but if a new study from Arieso is to be believed, then manufacturers might want to rethink their strategies. As it turns out, Arieso has found that smartphones have passed tablets in data usage for the first time in the three years the company has been doing these studies. You'd think that given the larger screens found on most tablets, users would turn to those devices more often for Internet access, but it seems that the tides are changing as far as mobile data goes.

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Nintendo unleashes new Pokemon X and Y screens, art

Nintendo unleashes new Pokemon X and Y screens, art

It's safe to say that the announcement of Pokemon X and Y has Pokefans the world over excited. Not only are these the first Pokemon games made for the 3DS, but they also seem to be taking the series in an entirely new direction, ditching the sprites for cel-shaded visuals instead. Today, we're getting another glance into the world of Pokemon X and Y thanks to new screenshots and artwork from Nintendo.

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Garmin looks to make dog training easier with four new electronic collars

Garmin looks to make dog training easier with four new electronic collars

Garmin is usually a name we associate with GPS and satellite navigation, but did you know that the company also competes in the pet sector? Strange as it may seem, it's true, and today the company announced two new series to add to its dog collar line up. Being introduced today are the BarkLimiter and Delta series of electronic dog collars, and they're aimed at helping owners train their dog with fewer headaches.

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Apple reportedly too popular to be cool with teenage crowd

Apple reportedly too popular to be cool with teenage crowd

The teenagers of the world are not an easy bunch to please. Do something cool with your business, and chances are teenagers will be some of the first to catch on, but become too popular and the teenagers are the first that will drop support for your brand. That's apparently the predicament Apple now finds itself in, as Buzz Marketing Group tells Forbes that Apple's iDevices are losing ground with the teenage demographic.

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Warner Bros registers 15 Batman Arkham domains

Warner Bros registers 15 Batman Arkham domains

Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City are widely considered to be two of the best superhero games ever created, with each launching to critical acclaim and wild commercial success. Naturally Warner Bros will want to keep its Batman gravy train rolling, and today we're hearing about 15 new Arkham-related domains the publisher has on file. Does this mean a new Arkham game is on the way? Almost certainly.

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Microsoft “actively investigating” Surface RT jailbreak

Microsoft “actively investigating” Surface RT jailbreak

Last week, amid the chaos that was CES, we learned that coder Netham45 from the XDA Developers Forum delivered a jailbreak for Surface RT. Aptly named Jailbreak RT, this batch file is good news for those in the homebrew community, as it allows users to install unsigned apps on the ARM-based device. Without the jailbreak, users can only run authorized apps found in Microsoft's Windows Store, and it appears the company would like to keep it that way.

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CES 2013 wrap-up: Accessories steal the show

CES 2013 wrap-up: Accessories steal the show

In some ways, one could argue that CES 2013 was really all about the accessories. Sure, a lot of companies where there unveiling new hardware, whether that hardware was a massive TV, a new gaming tablet, or a phone that has an eInk display on the backside, but there were more accessories than we care to count being shown on the floor. Each of these accessories seemed to offer something unique; each was newsworthy in it's own particular way. There were some that caught more attention than others, naturally, but nearly every accessory we saw is bound to get someone, somewhere excited.

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Cyberpunk 2077 gets jaw-dropping CGI trailer

Cyberpunk 2077 gets jaw-dropping CGI trailer

We've seen a lot of really cool game trailers in our time, but only a few them are really capable of getting gamers to gush. This new trailer for Cyberpunk 2077, an upcoming game made by The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red, might just one of those trailers. It's an all-CGI trailer, which definitely turns some gamers off, but the visuals are so great that it's nearly impossible to ignore.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 11, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 11, 2013

Well folks, after a long week, we're back from CES 2013. We covered a lot of stuff during our time there, and while you can find all of our coverage by navigating to our CES portal, we've also put together a few wrap-ups that bring together the most impressive of what we saw. First up for the day was our PC and Windows 8 wrap-up, which was shortly followed by our Android CES wrap-up, and then finally our gaming wrap-up. Considering the massive amount of news that came out of CES, you might be thinking that the number of wrap-ups seems a little low. You'd be right - we've got more wrap-ups coming this weekend, so sit back and watch as we recap all of the biggest stories to hit during the show.

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