Author Archives: Eric Abent


Disney Infinity starter pack and play sets get expensive price tags

Disney Infinity starter pack and play sets get expensive price tags

Yesterday, Disney announced Disney Infinity, a new game that looks to capture a segment of the huge audience created by Activision's Skylanders line of games. We're sure the announcement lit up the imaginations of many different children, but those trips into famous Disney worlds are going to cost a healthy amount of money. Disney has stuck the starter pack with a $74.99 price tag, and each "Play Set" will require a payment of $34.99.

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Vizio 10-inch and 7-inch tablet hands-on

Vizio 10-inch and 7-inch tablet hands-on

While we got to see plenty of notebooks and all-in-ones from Vizio during CES 2013, we also got the chance to check out a 7-inch and 10-inch tablet from the company that don't seem to be as far along in the development process as the other products. Nevertheless, they certainly were cool, sporting technical specifications that can take on the larger tablet manufacturers out there. Sadly, we don't have release dates for either of these two tablets, but that doesn't mean we can't talk about them in the meantime!

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Interactive Google Doodle celebrates Frank Zamboni’s birthday

Interactive Google Doodle celebrates Frank Zamboni’s birthday

There never seems to be a lack of creative Google Doodles, but today's is one of the coolest yet. In celebration of Frank Zamboni's 112th birthday, Google has popped an interactive Doodle up on its home page. Many of you will immediately recognize that last name, as Zamboni created the ice resurfacing machine we see during intermissions at ice hockey games and figure skating contests.

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Samsung Galaxy Note III said to use Exynos 5 Octa CPU

Samsung Galaxy Note III said to use Exynos 5 Octa CPU

While we've been hearing a lot about Samsung's rumored Galaxy S IV lately, we've also been hearing quite a bit about the supposedly upcoming Galaxy Note III. The follow up to 2012's successful Galaxy Note II should be coming sometime later this year, and The Korea Times has apparently spoken to an anonymous Samsung official who claims the phablet will come equipped with a 6.3-inch screen. That's absolutely massive for a smartphone, in case you were wondering.

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Blockbuster UK faces administration with more than 4,000 jobs at risk

Blockbuster UK faces administration with more than 4,000 jobs at risk

Things just went from bad to worse for Blockbuster, with its UK arm entering administration today. That probably won't come as much of a surprise to most folks, considering that Blockbuster has suffered at the hands of online retailers and streaming services like Netflix for years now. For the 4,190 employees who work at Blockbuster's 528 stores in the UK, however, this certainly is sour news.

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White PS3 Slim destined for Canada according to Best Buy listing

White PS3 Slim destined for Canada according to Best Buy listing

We're getting some good news for our pals in Canada this evening, as Best Buy seems to think that Sony's white PS3 super slim will be launching in the country later this month. A new listing for the colored console has popped up on Best Buy's website, giving us details about its release date and price to boot. Since Best Buy probably wouldn't begin advertising a new console without advance notice from Sony, we feel okay saying that this is probably legitimate, but keep in mind that there hasn't been any official confirmation from Sony at this hour.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 15, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 15, 2013

Welcome to Tuesday evening, everyone. The afternoon started off with something of a bang with Facebook's big event, during which the company revealed the service's new Graph Search and explained the difference between the new feature and traditional web search. It also announced that it was partnering with Bing for search results in Graph Search, while we used the latest installment of SlashGear 101 to give you all of the details about this new feature.

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Curiosity’s first rock sample target may have been found

Curiosity’s first rock sample target may have been found

It's time to check in with our old buddy Curiosity as it makes its way across the surface of Mars. NASA announced today that the rover may have found its first rock sample, which could provide clues about whether or not the planet could have at one time supported microbial life. We're not sure yet if Curiosity will drill into this rock to pull out a sample - first it needs to make its way over to the rock to have a closer look.

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Nexus 7 $100 credit temps mobile data-loving AT&T users

Nexus 7 $100 credit temps mobile data-loving AT&T users

If you've been thinking of picking up a new Nexus 7 tablet, then AT&T has a new offer that's aimed directly at you. The Google Play listing for the WiFi + Mobile Data model shows that until February 14th (which happens to be Valentine's Day, in case you needed some ideas of what to get your significant other), AT&T will be running a promotion that grants new Nexus 7 owners a $100 credit on their bill. Of course, you'll need to sign up for a data plan with AT&T in order to take advantage of this deal, with AT&T requiring either a postpaid standalone or a Mobile Share plan in this case.

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Disney Infinity announced to capitalize on collectible craze

Disney Infinity announced to capitalize on collectible craze

Back when Activision announced the first Skylanders game, a fair few people thought that offering collectible toys to use with a video game wasn't a winning idea. Fast forward to today and Skylanders is easily one of Activision's biggest franchises, perhaps second to only Call of Duty. Disney today introduced the world to its answer to Skylanders, officially pulling the veil off Disney Infinity.

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