Author Archives: Eric Abent


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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Mobileye and Delphi team up aims for autonomous driving system by 2019

Mobileye and Delphi team up aims for autonomous driving system by 2019

Delphi and Mobileye have announced a partnership that will see the two attempt to make a splash in the autonomous driving sector. Though both companies have already made a name for themselves when it comes to autonomous driving, they won't be developing an self-driving vehicle like so many other manufacturers out there. Instead, the focus of Delphi and Mobileye will be on developing a turnkey autonomous driving system their carmaker customers will be able to implement in their vehicles.

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Microsoft’s Xbox Onesie looks as ridiculous as it sounds

Microsoft’s Xbox Onesie looks as ridiculous as it sounds

Any gamer worth their salt is going to tell you that comfort is a paramount concern when it comes to long gaming sessions, and now Microsoft is giving those players the opportunity to experience the gaming comfort that only an Xbox-branded onesie can provide. Say hello to the Xbox Onesie, a truly ridiculous product that we nonetheless can't help but find intriguing.

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Pokemon GO’s popularity on the decline according to new data

Pokemon GO’s popularity on the decline according to new data

For all of the records it's broken, it looks like the popularity of Pokemon GO may now be on the decline. That's according to new data from various app analytics firms, which say that the metrics such as Pokemon GO's daily active users, engagement, and downloads have been decreasing ever since the app peaked in popularity in July. It had to happen eventually, we suppose.

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Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit 30-disc bundle will set you back $720

Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit 30-disc bundle will set you back $720

Warner Bros. has announced a new collection for those who love Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. This new Limited Edition packages the extended versions of all six films together in a 30-disc set called The Middle-Earth Collection, including art books and disc cases made to look like leather-bound books. Sounds pretty nifty doesn't it?

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PlayStation Plus price increase coming for US and Canada in September

PlayStation Plus price increase coming for US and Canada in September

We've got some sour news for you PlayStation Plus subscribers, as Sony has revealed that the cost of the service will be increasing next month. This is the first time Sony has bumped up the price on PlayStation Plus since it first introduced the service as an optional premium subscription way back in 2010, so perhaps something like this was only a matter of time.

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Android 7.0 Nougat released today: What you need to know

Android 7.0 Nougat released today: What you need to know

The day has finally arrived: Google has launched Android 7.0 Nougat, and over-the-air updates should be arriving on various Nexus devices in the near - if not immediate - future. We're sort of seeing Google break with expectations in launching Nougat on its own, as the company has been known to sometimes launch new versions of Android alongside the reveal of a new Nexus device. No such luck this time around, it would seem.

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