Author Archives: Eric Abent


Animal Crossing: New Leaf receiving amiibo support later this year

Animal Crossing: New Leaf receiving amiibo support later this year

Nintendo is taking a quick break from all of the Pokemon GO hysteria to give us a truly surprising announcement: Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be getting amiibo support this autumn. Obviously you'd expect Nintendo to throw a ton of support behind amiibo considering their popularity, but the surprising bit about this announcement is that Animal Crossing: New Leaf was released in North America more than three years ago.

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Swiftmoji brings predictive emoji keyboards to Android and iOS

Swiftmoji brings predictive emoji keyboards to Android and iOS

The use of emoji is something that only seems to get more popular by the day, but as the popularity of emoji rises, so too do the sheer number of them. After all, there are just so many emoji to use these days that it can be difficult to find the perfect one for what you're trying to say, even though you know it's out there. SwiftKey recognizes this struggle, and today rolled out a new emoji prediction app for iOS and Android, aptly named Swiftmoji.

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These Star Wars and My Little Pony collectibles will be Comic-Con exclusives

These Star Wars and My Little Pony collectibles will be Comic-Con exclusives

San Diego Comic-Con kicks off tonight with a special preview of the show, and Hasbro will be arriving at the convention with a bunch of limited edition collectibles in tow. The collectibles on offer cover a range of franchises, from Hasbro's own My Little Pony and Transformers to licensed collectibles from the Star Wars universe. These collectibles will be available exclusively at Comic-Con while the convention is taking place, with Hasbro saying it will make a limited number of them available at its online store once Comic-Con wraps on Sunday.

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Facebook Messenger hits 1 billion user milestone

Facebook Messenger hits 1 billion user milestone

Facebook's Messenger service has hit a rather impressive milestone today, revealing that it has crossed the one billion user threshold. This means that Messenger has added another 100 million users to its ranks in just a couple of months, with the announcement that it had hit 900 million active users coming back in April. In order to celebrate its one billion user achievement, Facebook says that using the balloon emoji in open conversations will summon floating balloons, much like Messenger's Valentine's Day hearts.

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Teal Drone looks to push limits with high speed and modular design

Teal Drone looks to push limits with high speed and modular design

Drones are becoming more and more commonplace in every day life, and for someone who knows what they want out of a drone, there are plenty of options to choose from. From racing to aerial photography, drones are capable of doing quite a bit. But what about the person who knows they want a drone but doesn't know what they want to do with that drone? The Teal drone has just come racing onto the scene trying to solve that very problem.

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Pokemon GO McDonald’s team up confirmed, Japan launch still nowhere in sight

Pokemon GO McDonald’s team up confirmed, Japan launch still nowhere in sight

Yesterday, two big rumors concerning Pokemon GO landed in our laps. The first said that the game would be getting its long-awaited launch in Japan today, while the other said that the Japanese launch would come with a corporate partnership with McDonald's, which would see some 3,000 McDonald's restaurants across Japan turned into Pokemon Gyms. As it turns out, only one of those rumors was true, with McDonald's Japan confirming the partnership today.

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WhatsApp comes back online in Brazil shortly after being banned

WhatsApp comes back online in Brazil shortly after being banned

As predicted, it didn't take very long for WhatsApp to be restored in Brazil after being banned by a judge in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. The judge's order to mobile phone carriers in Brazil was overturned by Brazil's Federal Supreme Court a few hours later, bringing WhatsApp back to the masses nearly as fast as it was restored the last two times something like this happened.

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KIA announces free CarPlay and Android Auto updates for select models

KIA announces free CarPlay and Android Auto updates for select models

KIA Motors of America has announced a new initiative that will help keep the automaker quite competitive in the world of connected driving. KIA says it will upgrade a number of models featuring either an eligible navigation system or its own UVO3 navigation platform to support Apple's CarPlay or Android Auto. Perhaps the most exciting part of this announcement is that the upgrades will be free to owners of these KIA models.

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Original Dead Rising titles will be re-released on Xbox One, PS4, PC

Original Dead Rising titles will be re-released on Xbox One, PS4, PC

We recently learned that Dead Rising 4 is in the works, but for those who are new to the series and want to see how it all began, Capcom has you covered. The developer confirmed today that the original Dead Rising will be coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC, while Dead Rising 2 and its spin off, Off the Record, will be getting the same treatment, only without a PC release. Capcom confirmed the existence of these re-releases after a PS4 trophy list for the original Dead Rising was leaked.

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Latest Google Transparency Report shows climbing number of requests for user data

Latest Google Transparency Report shows climbing number of requests for user data

Today Google issued its latest Transparency Report, giving us a fairly comprehensive look into how many times in a six month period governments around the world requested data on the company's users. This latest report spans the latter half of 2015, with the period ending on December 31. In the report, we see that the number of government requests has been rising as time goes on, crossing the 40,000 threshold for the first time since Google began offering these reports.

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WhatsApp blocked once more in Brazil for failing to hand over user data

WhatsApp blocked once more in Brazil for failing to hand over user data

One of the wonderful things about end-to-end encryption in messaging apps is, as long as it's implemented correctly, nobody but you or the person you're chatting with should be able to see those messages. Unfortunately for WhatsApp, judges in Brazil don't seem to understand how that works. Yes, Brazil's at it again, as the office of Judge Daniela Barbosa Assunção de Souza in Rio De Janerio has ordered five carriers to block WhatsApp until it turns over data associated with a criminal case.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon’s latest trailer unleashes six new monsters

Pokemon Sun and Moon’s latest trailer unleashes six new monsters

The release of Pokemon Sun and Moon is quickly approaching, and with each new trailer and preview, we're getting a clearer picture of what the games will be offering when they arrive. Today, The Pokemon Company and Nintendo have released a new Sun and Moon trailer that continues their strategy of letting new information trickle out, giving us a look at six new monsters and a couple of new gameplay features.

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