Author Archives: Eric Abent


Apple talks iOS Maps improvements, user base

Apple talks iOS Maps improvements, user base

Apple had a great first quarter of 2013, but the company hasn't forgotten about the few rough spots from the year prior. One of these rough spots was the launch of Maps, which came with the roll out of iOS 6. Despite a few stumbles, Apple is looking forward, with Tim Cook saying today in the company's earnings call that Apple is constantly improving Maps, and that it won't stop until the service lives up to "our incredibly high standards."

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Apple sells 22.9 million iPads in Q1

Apple sells 22.9 million iPads in Q1

Apple's results for its fiscal first quarter of 2013 are in, and things are looking pretty good for the iPad family of devices. Apple managed to sell 22.9 million iPads in Q1 2013, and though it doesn't go into specifics as to which model sold the most, it seems safe to assume that the all new iPad mini posted some excellent numbers. Just the same, the fourth-generation iPad probably had strong numbers as well, with iPad sales up from 15.4 million year-over-year and setting a record for Apple.

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Nintendo proves it’s serious about Wii U’s future

Nintendo proves it’s serious about Wii U’s future

Today’s Nintendo Direct livestream shows that the company is taking the future of its new console very seriously. There was a bit of worry there, since Nintendo is somewhat famous for botching big launches, but after a couple of months of letting the Wii U's launch titles support the system, Nintendo came out with guns blazing today. Wii U owners have a lot of new games and features to look forward to, with Nintendo proving that it isn't simply going to sit back and let its famous name move units.

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Google apps on iPhone and iPad quickly gaining steam

Google apps on iPhone and iPad quickly gaining steam

Google spent a lot of time in the last part of 2012 improving its iOS app offerings through updates, and today we're hearing that those updates did quite a bit to boost market share. Though many of Google's apps will of course always be popular regardless of the platform, the company's iOS apps are looking pretty good going into 2013. Onavo Insights today published a list of the Google iOS apps that saw their market share grow as 2012 came to a close, with YouTube and Google Maps perhaps making some of the biggest gains.

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Call of Duty unsurprising tops Xbox Live activity list for 2012

Call of Duty unsurprising tops Xbox Live activity list for 2012

Many gamers played a bunch of different games on Xbox Live throughout 2012, but there are a handful of titles that obviously rise above the rest in terms of activity. Today Microsoft's Major Nelson released a list of the top 20 Xbox Live titles of 2012, and we're seeing some entries that are predictable and others that are somewhat surprising. Care to guess which game landed at the top of the list?

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 22, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 22, 2013

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone. Perhaps the biggest story from the afternoon, Samsung's reported mobile roadmap for 2013 leaked out with the rumored Galaxy Note 8 leading the charge. We heard that the highly anticipated Galaxy S IV might be getting an announcement on March 22, while Microsoft finally announced Surface Pro's release date, setting it for February 9, 2013. The iPhone might have its best-selling quarter yet in Q1, while Google revealed its earnings for Q4 2012 (spoiler alert: it made a lot of money).

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5-inch iPhone reportedly won’t hit shelves until 2014

5-inch iPhone reportedly won’t hit shelves until 2014

We've been hearing rumors of the next iPhone for weeks now, with all kinds of different specs and models rumored for the device. One of these rumors pegged the next iPhone with a 5-inch screen and seemed at least relatively easy to believe. That rumor came from DigiTimes, but today the site is going back on what it previously said - according to the most recent word from sources, there won't be a 5-inch iPhone in 2013.

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