Author Archives: Eric Abent


YouTube’s Backstage feature could move beyond video

YouTube’s Backstage feature could move beyond video

Currently, YouTube is king of the video streaming world, but other competitors like Facebook Live and Snapchat are beginning to rise up. So what do you do when these ubiquitous social networks begin encroaching on your territory and challenging your position as ruler of the roost? You become more like them, apparently, with YouTube rumored to be rolling out a new feature called Backstage later this year.

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Apple said to be producing new video sharing social media app

Apple said to be producing new video sharing social media app

Apple, in its search to increase profits after seeing hardware sales trending downward, is said to be looking to the success of companies like Facebook and Snapchat for its inspiration. New reports say that the company is looking into creating an app that will allow users to record, edit, and then share videos either with contacts other to other social media accounts.

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High Galaxy Note 7 demand leads to delays in some regions

High Galaxy Note 7 demand leads to delays in some regions

Expectations for Galaxy Note 7 sales were high, and it would appear that the phone has managed to exceed them. According to Samsung, the number of pre-orders has been so overwhelming that the company is now forced to delay the phone in some regions where it has yet to launch. That's definitely a problem, but as far as problems go, this is one of the better ones to have.

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Latest Facebook test brings autoplay audio to News Feed videos

Latest Facebook test brings autoplay audio to News Feed videos

It isn't exactly a secret that Facebook is continually trying to fine-tune the News Feed through various tweaks and tests, but the company has rolled out a new, small-scale test that leaves us scratching our heads. Some users in Australia might find that those autoplay videos that show up in News Feeds are now accompanied by, of all things, autoplay sound.

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Stratasys previews ‘infinite-build’ approach to 3D printing

Stratasys previews ‘infinite-build’ approach to 3D printing

So far, the realm of additive manufacturing, which is the industrial side of 3D printing, has been limited to what is essentially a problem with scale. While 3D printing can be an appropriate solution for some problems, it isn't for all of them, since manufacturers who need large parts can't always make them with current 3D printing methods. Stratasys is looking to change that, demonstrating a new "infinite-build" system that could change the way various industries use 3D printing.

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Dark Souls 3 DLC trailer brings forth the Ashes of Ariandel

Dark Souls 3 DLC trailer brings forth the Ashes of Ariandel

Namco Bandai has announced the first expansion for the immensely popular Dark Souls 3, and it's given us a new trailer to go along with the reveal. Dubbed Ashes of Ariandel, this new expansion will task players with traveling to the frozen region of - you guessed it - Ariandel and uncovering what caused the land to become the wasteland it is.

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Battlefield 1 Premium Pass will feature 4 expansions, 20 maps

Battlefield 1 Premium Pass will feature 4 expansions, 20 maps

As exciting as Battlefield 1 may seem, we're being reminded today that it is, in fact, still an Electronic Arts game. The company has unleashed details of Battlefield 1's Premium Pass well ahead of the game's October 21 launch, letting us know just how much we'll pay for the full Battlefield 1 experience. Spoiler alert: it's a lot of money.

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Spotify faces tough demands as it renegotiates contracts with record labels

Spotify faces tough demands as it renegotiates contracts with record labels

When it comes to music streaming, names don't get much bigger than Spotify. Even a service as far-reaching as Spotify has people it has to answer to, though, and at the moment, those people are record label executives. The company is currently renegotiating its contracts with its record label partners, and if those executives get their way, Spotify could come out the on the other side of these negotiations looking quite a bit different.

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Google Search will penalize sites that use interstitial ads next year

Google Search will penalize sites that use interstitial ads next year

Advertisements on the internet can range in annoyance, with intrusive interstitial ads that pop-up over text being among the most frustrating. Google is gearing up to take a harder line against sites that show these kinds of ads early next year, and it's doing so as a way of making content easier to access on mobile.

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PlayStation Now PC launch confirmed, DualShock USB adapter revealed

PlayStation Now PC launch confirmed, DualShock USB adapter revealed

Earlier in the month, we heard that Sony might be plotting to bring its PlayStation Now service over to Windows. As it turns out, those rumors were true, with Sony confirming the jump to Windows PCs today. The company also revealed a new PS4 DualShock adapter, which will allow players to cut out the USB cord and use their controllers wirelessly with their PCs.

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Android 7.0 Nougat images appear for Nexus 9, Pixel C, Nexus Player

Android 7.0 Nougat images appear for Nexus 9, Pixel C, Nexus Player

In case you haven't heard the news, Android 7.0 Nougat released yesterday. The news is even better for owners of current Nexus devices, as they're first on the list to receive over-the-air updates to the latest version of Android. However, like previous releases, we're expecting the OTA roll out to take as long as a couple of weeks, so eager Nexus owners may not get the update right away. For those who prefer their gratification to come sooner rather than later, you'll be pleased to know that Google has started posting Nougat images for a handful of Nexus devices.

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McDonald’s issues recall for faulty STEP-iT activity trackers

McDonald’s issues recall for faulty STEP-iT activity trackers

McDonald's struggles with its ill-fated activity trackers keep getting worse, as the company has now issued a recall for all of the wristbands that have made their way into the wild. Folks who are in possession of one are encouraged to take it to a nearby McDonald's store to receive a replacement toy and either a yogurt tube or a pack of apple slices in exchange.

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