Author Archives: Eric Abent


Acer Iconia Tab B1 pops up again in new images

Acer Iconia Tab B1 pops up again in new images

The Google Nexus 7 kind of turned the tablet market on its head by offering a reasonably powerful slate for only a fraction of the cost of other tablets. Unsurprisingly, we've been hearing rumors that other manufacturers will follow Google's lead in 2013, offering their own inexpensive tablets to try to win over the budget crowd. One company rumored to be launching a wallet-friendly sometime in the future is Acer, with its Iconia Tab B1.

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Library of Congress tweet collection tops 170 billion

Library of Congress tweet collection tops 170 billion

Back in 2010, we learned that the Library of Congress had struck a deal with the fine folks over at Twitter to archive every public tweet ever made. In order for this to be accomplished, the Library of Congress first had to go back to 2006 and, starting with the first tweet ever sent using the service, archive all of the tweets to April 2010. This required that the Library of Congress not only create a way to manage a constant stream of tweets on a daily basis, but to also "create a structure for organizing the entire archive by date."

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BioShock: Ultimate Rapture Edition launching later this month

BioShock: Ultimate Rapture Edition launching later this month

BioShock Infinite is set to be one of the biggest games of 2013, but if you've yet to experience the BioShock franchise, then boy does 2K Games have the package for you. Officially announced today, BioShock: Ultimate Rapture Edition packs together the first two games in the series, along with their DLC and some interesting bonus content. We've known about BioShock: Ultimate Rapture Edition for a while now, as the British Board of Film Classification first revealed the pack back way back in June 2012, but this is the first time we're hearing any official word about it.

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Steering column issues force GM to recall nearly 70k trucks, SUVs, and vans

Steering column issues force GM to recall nearly 70k trucks, SUVs, and vans

Another day, another round of recalls it seems. Yesterday we heard that Subaru was recalling more than 600,000 vehicles due to a potential problem with accessory lights short circuiting and catching fire, but today it's GM's turn. The company is recalling right around 69,000 trucks, vans, and SUVs due to a steering column defect that could potentially allow the cars to roll away after being put in park.

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Used Wii U consoles reportedly grant access to previously purchased games

Used Wii U consoles reportedly grant access to previously purchased games

Well this is interesting: if, by chance, you manage to find a used Wii U, you might want to pick it up before someone else swoops in and buys it. In doing so, you could potentially net a few free games. Users over at NeoGAF are reporting that used Wii U consoles will grant access to the previous player's digitally purchased games, despite the fact that the hard drive was cleared before purchase.

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Impecca launches Bluetooth keyboard made of bamboo

Impecca launches Bluetooth keyboard made of bamboo

In today's environmentally-minded society, many of us often try to track down products that are considered "green." One way to offer environmentally-friendly products is to make them out of bamboo. This is an idea we've seen applied to the realm of smartphone and tablet cases before, but today Impecca is launching a new Bluetooth bamboo keyboard. The idea is intriguing to say the least, so if you want to do your part to save the world, have a look at the keyboard below.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 3, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 3, 2013

Welcome to Thursday evening everyone. Today Google settled its antitrust case with the FTC, avoiding fines in return for agreeing to license its standard-essential patents and removing advertising limits. The BlackBerry Z10 has leaked for Verizon and AT&T, while the ZTE P945 phablet has been revealed in leaked renders. Samsung has confirmed its oft-rumored Tizen handsets for 2013, with ASUS announcing a Leap Motion partnership today that will bring gesture controls to its PCs.

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Analyst: Wii U underperformed at GameStop during holiday season

Analyst: Wii U underperformed at GameStop during holiday season

With the holiday shopping rush comes the expectation that console and game sales will enjoy a boost. According to Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia, however, that wasn't quite the case for the Wii U. Bhatia said in a note today that sales of the Wii U and its games at GameStop have come in under expectations, which is a bit surprising considering that Wii U sales have seemed generally healthy so far.

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Corning Gorilla Glass 3 appears this spring

Corning Gorilla Glass 3 appears this spring

The benefits of having a phone outfitted with Corning Gorilla Glass are already well known, but the company is about to kick it up a notch with a new iteration of the tough-as-nails glass. That's right - Corning has an all new version of Gorilla Glass ready for the new year, and it will be making its debut at CES 2013. As you might imagine, Gorilla Glass 3 offers a number of improvements over its predecessor, with Corning boasting some particularly impressive statistics to CNET.

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Samsung fixes Exynos security hole in latest Galaxy S III software update

Samsung fixes Exynos security hole in latest Galaxy S III software update

IF you're a Galaxy S III user, then we hope you heard about the Exynos 4 security hole that was discovered a few weeks back. While this flaw allows users to root their device with a single click, it also could potentially let malicious apps take full control of those devices, as it grants access to all of the phone's physical memory. So, there was a plus side, but the negatives to this security issue far outweighed that little perk.

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Behringer to launch OMNI AirPlay System, iNUKE Boom Jr. at CES 2013

Behringer to launch OMNI AirPlay System, iNUKE Boom Jr. at CES 2013

Audiophiles take note, because Behringer is set to officially unveil its new OMNI AirPlay sound system during CES 2013 next week. The OMNI AirPlay system, as you might have already guessed, takes advantage of Apple's AirPlay technology to bring the task of creating a home sound system into the wireless realm. By connecting the speakers and components in the OMNI system to your wireless router, you'll be able to stream music over your Internet connection from your iPhone or iTunes.

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