Author Archives: Eric Abent


Lenovo pulls the veil off new all-in-one PCs, mobile touch screen companion

Lenovo pulls the veil off new all-in-one PCs, mobile touch screen companion

Lenovo may be branching out and targeting the gaming crowd with its new Erazer X700 gaming rig, but it's also taken the time to announce some more familiar products at CES. In addition to the slew of new machines Lenovo is planning to launch, it has revealed a pair of all-in-one PCs, along with a new mobile touch screen companion. Make no mistake, Lenovo is looking to make a pretty big splash in 2013, and it's using CES to show us what it has in store for the year.

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Lenovo Erazer X700 PC targets the gaming crowd

Lenovo Erazer X700 PC targets the gaming crowd

When we think of hardcore PC gaming, Lenovo isn't exactly the first manufacturer that comes to mind, but the company is looking to change that. Today Lenovo unveiled its new Erazer X700 gaming PC, and if you're thinking of entering the PC gaming realm but don't want to build your own rig, the Erazer X700 might be worthy of your consideration. Most gaming PCs come equipped with truly stellar enthusiast-level hardware, but the Erazer X700 has one feature in particular that sure to turn some heads.

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Steam extending holiday sale with “encore weekend”

Steam extending holiday sale with “encore weekend”

We're closing in on the end of the Steam holiday sale, sadly. The deals can't last forever, but in a moment of sheer awesomeness, Valve has decided that it wants them to last just a little bit longer than originally announced. While the sale was supposed to wind down officially on January 5 (which is tomorrow, in case you haven't noticed), Valve announced today that it will be extending the sale until Monday, January 7 at 10PM PST.

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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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HTC’s 2013 resolution: be more innovative

HTC’s 2013 resolution: be more innovative

It isn't exactly a secret that HTC has been in something of a rut lately. The company, which was once the top Android manufacturer as recently as 2010, has fallen hard in recent years, thanks to the increased competition from the likes of Samsung and Apple. HTC is going to try to turn that around in 2013, with CEO Peter Chou telling the Wall Street Journal that he's optimistic for the year ahead.

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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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