Author Archives: Eric Abent


Namco offering free strategy guide in place of canceled Ni No Kuni orders

Namco offering free strategy guide in place of canceled Ni No Kuni orders

Earlier this week, we told you about the nasty situation some who pre-ordered the Ni No Kuni Wizard's Edition are now facing. In short, Namco Bandai and Digital River oversold the Wizard's Edition, meaning that it had to cancel some orders and delay the shipment of others. This, obviously, has a fair few gamers upset, but Namco Bandai is trying to diffuse the situation by offering some freebies to those who had their order canceled.

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Anonymous hacks U.S. Sentencing Commission site after Swartz death

Anonymous hacks U.S. Sentencing Commission site after Swartz death

The death of Aaron Swartz, as many of you already know, is something that has Anonymous upset, and today the hacker collective is doing something about it. Two weeks after Swartz committed suicide, Anonymous has taken over the U.S. Sentencing Commission's website, leaving a message for visitors and threatening to release government documents it has uncovered. At the time of this writing, the U.S. Sentencing Commission hasn't made a statement about the attack.

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Star Wars Episode VII to be directed by J.J. Abrams

Star Wars Episode VII to be directed by J.J. Abrams

After rumors that claimed as much started making the rounds, Disney and Lucasfilm have just confirmed J.J. Abrams as the director of Star Wars Episode VII. Given the director's work on the Star Trek series, this is bound to get many Star Wars fans excited. The only problem now is that we'll have to wait until 2015 to see what Abrams can do with Star Wars series.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 25, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 25, 2013

Welcome to Friday evening everyone. Today more BlackBerry Z10 images leaked out, while IDC is saying that Samsung is in the lead with strong demand for its smartphones. OUYA is making a few tweaks to its controller before the Android-based games console launches, and we're sorry to say that tomorrow it becomes illegal to unlock your phone without permission from your carrier. If you were planning to unlock your phone, then you better do it tonight.

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Google places strict NDA on Project Glass Hackathon events

Google places strict NDA on Project Glass Hackathon events

There's understandably a huge amount of buzz surrounding Google's Project Glass, and the fact that the company is holding two developer events at the end of the month isn't helping to quell the excitement. Sadly, if you were waiting for all kinds of details to come out of these developer events, we've got some sour news for you. Google has placed a rather strict non-disclosure agreement on the event, and everyone who attends will have to sign one.

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THQ corporate offices closing doors today

THQ corporate offices closing doors today

After a whirlwind week that saw many of THQ's studios and properties auctioned off to other publishers, the company is closing the doors at its corporate offices and Vigil Games today. IGN has gotten its hands on a memo that was sent out to employees today, asking them to clear out their desks. Some employees will stay on to assist with THQ's transition to its new owners, but the ones who received this memo are serving their final day with the company.

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Halo Zero LED messenger bag lights up Kickstarter

Halo Zero LED messenger bag lights up Kickstarter

For those who like to exercise or otherwise travel on foot after the sun has set, getting to where you're going safely can be difficult. Bikes and some types of clothes offer reflectors, of course, but if you're making your way through crowded city streets, it can be difficult to stick out. That's a problem Halo Belt Company and Rickshaw Bagworks have teamed up to solve with the new Halo Zero LED messenger bag, a product that recently went up on Kickstater.

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Google won’t give up Gmail information without a search warrant

Google won’t give up Gmail information without a search warrant

A couple of days back, Google released a report showing how many government requests for user data it received in the second half of 2012. Such a report will obviously have some users nervous, but Google's giving us less of a reason to worry today, as it says that it won't give access to Gmail accounts unless the government has a search warrant. We wouldn't expect anything less, of course, but it's good to hear Google say it nonetheless.

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Red and Blue PS3s confirmed for February UK launch

Red and Blue PS3s confirmed for February UK launch

Earlier in the week, Sony announced a pair of new colored PS3s for Japan. The Azurite Blue and Garnet Red PS3s also appeared in a listing on Amazon Germany, though Sony hadn't made any announcements for Europe at the time. Today Sony revealed that these two PS3s will indeed be coming to the UK on February 15, which is just a few short weeks away.

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Alcatel One Touch Evo 7 pops up in FCC filing

Alcatel One Touch Evo 7 pops up in FCC filing

When it comes to Alcatel's new tablet line up, the One Touch Evo 7 HD is arguably the more exciting one. Today, however, its standard resolution sibling is making an appearance at the FCC, with all kinds of information about the tablet on display in the filing. Most of this is stuff that we already knew, but if you've been waiting for the One Touch Evo 7, this FCC filing means that it's one step closer to release.

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Best Buy drops price on all MacBook Air models for weekend promotion

Best Buy drops price on all MacBook Air models for weekend promotion

We've got some good news for those who have been wanting a MacBook Air but find the higher price tag a little difficult to swallow, as Best Buy has discounted all MacBook Air models in a weekend promotion. All four MacBook Air models have seen their prices cut by $200, which should make an Air purchase a little more manageable for some folks. The only thing is that this promotion requires you to make your purchasing decisions quickly, because the deals are only good through Saturday (which is tomorrow, in case you've lost track of time).

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, 3DS will make an appearance at E3 2013

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, 3DS will make an appearance at E3 2013

Get ready, Super Smash Bros. fans, because it appears that Nintendo will be showing off the upcoming Wii U and 3DS Smash Bros. titles at E3 later this year. Iwata said during this week's Nintendo Direct event that we would see screens from the games at the expo, but it seems that designer Masahiro Sakurai wants to show off more than just still images. Perhaps we'll get to see trailers of the titles in action?

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