Author Archives: Eric Abent


Huawei fakes P9 phone photo using DSLR camera

Huawei fakes P9 phone photo using DSLR camera

As the playing field between smartphone manufacturers begins the even out in terms of sheer processing power, we're seeing an increasing number of them opt to outfit their phones with impressive cameras. This has been one of the most heavily marketed features of Huawei's new device, the P9. The P9 features a dual 12 megapixel camera that was co-engineered with Leica, and even though the phone's technical specifications aren't exactly bad, it's the camera that has been turning heads.

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iOS 10 will make it easier to become an organ donor

iOS 10 will make it easier to become an organ donor

There are a number of ways to become an organ donor if you live in the US, but Apple and Donate Life America are looking to make the process even easier in iOS 10. In a joint press release today, the two organizations announced they were teaming up to bring organ donor registration to the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. Apple will apparently be adding the ability to sign up as an organ, tissue, and eye donor to iOS 10's Health app when the OS becomes available this autumn.

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Xbox’s Ultimate Game Sale goes live across Xbox One, 360

Xbox’s Ultimate Game Sale goes live across Xbox One, 360

Not content to let PC gamers have all the fun this summer, Microsoft has rolled out its Ultimate Game Sale for both Xbox One and Xbox 360. This is one of the largest sales of the year for the Xbox brand, with more than 250 titles getting discounts across both platforms. Xbox's Ultimate Game Sale comes on the heels of Steam's annual Summer Sale, which wrapped yesterday after offering up thousands of discounts on games across its store.

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The Top 5 Pokemon Sun and Moon features I’d like to see

The Top 5 Pokemon Sun and Moon features I’d like to see

It's kind of hard to believe that Pokemon will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. For those of us outside of Japan, we haven't had the franchise quite that long, but if you're old enough to remember the US or European launch of Pokemon Red and Blue, Pokemon's 20th anniversary serves as a reminder that it's been a really long time since we took that first journey through the Kanto region. Pokemon Sun and Moon are being released in conjunction with the franchise's 20th anniversary, and it looks to be one of the most exciting Pokemon releases we've had in a while. With that in mind, I've come up with a list of five features I'd like to see in Pokemon Sun and Moon to make them stand out from the rest of the titles in this admittedly by-the-books series.

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The Ozone layer healing itself is good news for the fight against Climate Change

The Ozone layer healing itself is good news for the fight against Climate Change

Earlier today, we heard that the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is in the beginning stages of healing. The reason we're seeing this reversal seems largely due to the Montreal Protocol, which banned the use of CFCs in 1987. For those who don't know, CFCs release chlorine atoms when they're hit by ultraviolent light, which eats away at the ozone layer and is the reason the hole over Antartica grows during the continent's summer months and shrinks during the winter. This is not only great news for the environment, but it's also an encouraging development for the efforts against climate change.

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Xbox Play Anywhere offers up multi-platform gaming in September

Xbox Play Anywhere offers up multi-platform gaming in September

Of all the things announced during E3 2016, one of the most interesting was Xbox Play Anywhere. A new initiative by Microsoft, Xbox Play Anywhere allows users to play multi-platform titles on both Xbox One and Windows 10 while only requiring the game be purchased once. Microsoft revealed today that the service will be going live on September 13, but there are a few details users will want to know before they attempt to take advantage of Xbox Play Anywhere.

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GameStop rolls Xbox 360, PS3, Wii into one mega bundle

GameStop rolls Xbox 360, PS3, Wii into one mega bundle

We're already well into the era of Xbox One and PS4, but if you somehow managed to miss out on the previous console generation entirely, GameStop has a new console bundle directly targeted at you. The massive games retailer has announced that it will bundle the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii together, putting a price tag of $160 on the package. Obviously, this is meant to help GameStop clear out its remaining stock of these increasingly obsolete consoles, but it's not a bad deal for someone looking to pick up these older consoles on the cheap.

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Amazon now offering Prime orders through Alexa-enabled devices

Amazon now offering Prime orders through Alexa-enabled devices

Amazon is looking make ordering products a whole lot easier for folks who have both an Amazon Prime account and an Alexa-enabled device. Today the company announced that it will now let customers place orders for products that qualify for Prime shipping through Alexa. Previously, Alexa only allowed for users to reorder items they had purchased in the past or make orders using suggestions from Amazon's Choice.

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Oracle, HP Itanium lawsuit ends with $3 billion judgement

Oracle, HP Itanium lawsuit ends with $3 billion judgement

It's been a long road getting here, but we may have finally found the end of the fabled lawsuit between Oracle and HP Enterprise over Intel's Itanium processor. The lawsuit was brought against Oracle by HP, which alleged that Oracle had broken a contract between the two companies when it ended database software support for Intel's line of processors, which HP used for its high-end servers at the time.

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Overwatch Competitive Play lands on Xbox One along with nerfs, bug fixes

Overwatch Competitive Play lands on Xbox One along with nerfs, bug fixes

Well, that was quick: after launching on PC earlier just a few days ago, Overwatch's competitive mode has landed on Xbox One, bringing with it long-awaited nerfs to two very popular characters. Competitive mode has been missing from Overwatch up until now, with Blizzard opting to remove and rework the mode while the game was still in beta. Now it returns to the immensely popular game, giving players the chance to test their skill in an environment that is conceivably more focused on teamwork and communication.

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The top 5 Android Nougat features I’m excited about

The top 5 Android Nougat features I’m excited about

Today has been a big day for Android, with Google finally announcing the name of Android 7.0 as Android Nougat. With just the name alone, I already feel like we're closing in on release (though realistically Android Nougat likely won't be out for another couple of months), so I thought I'd put together a list of the Nougat features I'm most excited about. Keep in mind that isn't going to be a comprehensive list of all the new features coming in Android Nougat, just the ones I'm looking forward to the most.

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Twitch Social Eating category launches, confuses everyone

Twitch Social Eating category launches, confuses everyone

Slowly but surely, Twitch has been expanding beyond being just a website where people can stream themselves playing video games. At first, it was channel support for things like gaming talk shows or music, then came the launch of Twitch Creative, which allows users to stream as they do all sorts of creative and artistic things, from cosplay to 3D modelling. Today Twitch is celebrating the launch of a new category, and it's sure to leave some of you befuddled: social eating.

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