Author Archives: Eric Abent


iPhone 7 orders grow at news of Galaxy Note 7 recall

iPhone 7 orders grow at news of Galaxy Note 7 recall

Apple is gearing up to finally reveal the iPhone 7 tomorrow, but ahead of that announcement, we're hearing that the company might have a new faith in the phone's expected performance. According to sources from the iPhone supply chain in Taiwan, Apple has increased its orders of parts for the iPhone 7 by 10%, apparently expecting sales to exceed its original forecasts.

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Instagram’s photo maps will soon be a thing of the past

Instagram’s photo maps will soon be a thing of the past

Instagram has been adding features at a relatively quick pace, but now it's becoming clear that it also intends to remove ones that just aren't working anymore. Get ready to say goodbye to photo maps, as Instagram has confirmed that they'll soon be going the way of the Dodo. In fact, for some users, the photo maps purge has already begun.

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AT&T and Qualcomm team up to test drones on cellular networks

AT&T and Qualcomm team up to test drones on cellular networks

AT&T and Qualcomm have announced a new partnership, but unlike so many other corporate team ups that are announced, this one isn't necessarily for the purpose of developing a new product. Instead, AT&T and Qualcomm Technologies want to partner to test drones on cellular networks, looking to a future where drones will need to operate outside of line of sight and be constantly connected to the internet to perform their duties.

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Battlefield 1 open beta ends later this week

Battlefield 1 open beta ends later this week

In the middle of last week, EA and DICE dropped their long-awaited Battlefield 1 multiplayer beta in our laps. The beta rolled out across Xbox One, PS4, and PC at the same time, giving players an early look at what to expect from the game's multiplayer component. There was just one problem: they never announced an end date.

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Apple Music launches ‘My New Music Mix’ and ‘My Favorites Mix’ playlists

Apple Music launches ‘My New Music Mix’ and ‘My Favorites Mix’ playlists

Apple Music subscribers who are on the beta previews of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra will notice a new playlist popping up in their apps today. Dubbed the "My New Music Mix" playlist, this new feature aims to connect listeners to new music they may have missed the first time around, making suggestions based on listening history.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer reveals Pokemon Snap throwback

Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer reveals Pokemon Snap throwback

We have yet another Pokemon Sun and Moon trailer today, unveiling even more details about the upcoming pair of games. Like most of the trailers that have come before, this trailer is revealing a handful of new Pokemon, while at the same time giving us additional information on the Alola region and showing off some new gameplay mechanics. Pokemon Snap fans may want to keep reading.

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It’s time for Nintendo to exit the console business

It’s time for Nintendo to exit the console business

It's time for Nintendo to leave consoles in the past. I've rewritten this opening paragraph multiple times trying to figure out the right way to say that. I've written that there are few surprising things in the gaming industry these days, save for Nintendo, which remains to be a wild card of poor marketing decisions, and that Nintendo's mistakes have proven that it's software, not hardware that people are interested in. Sometimes, though, it's best just to come out and get to the point: Nintendo needs to close the curtains on its hardware business and transition to being a purely software developer.

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer trailers released as beta details surface

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare multiplayer trailers released as beta details surface

Activision has launched new multiplayer-centric videos for the latest entry in the Call of Duty franchise, Infinite Warfare, while at the same unleashing a few details on when we can expect the multiplayer beta to take place. Just like Black Ops III before it, this beta will be exclusive to PlayStation 4 owners at first, eventually unlocking for Xbox One players at some later, undetermined point.

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LG Smart Instaview Door-in-Door Fridge up close and personal

LG Smart Instaview Door-in-Door Fridge up close and personal

Let the battle of the smart refrigerators commence: LG has a new entry in the smart fridge space, introducing the world to its Instaview Door-in-Door Fridge at IFA 2016. Like the Instaview that came before, this latest iteration has a panel in the door that allows users to look inside without having to open the fridge up, but that panel has a lot more functionality this time around.

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Wacom’s Intuos 3D tackles 3D design and printing from all angles

Wacom’s Intuos 3D tackles 3D design and printing from all angles

Joining yesterday's reveal of the Slate and Folio smartpads, Wacom is back at it today, announcing something of a refresh to its Intuos pen-and-tablet line. From a hardware perspective, not much is changing with the launch of the Intuos 3D, as users will still be getting a medium-sized Intuos with a 6-inch by 8-inch active area. The real shake up comes in the form of partnerships that transform the Intuos into a product designed to be an all-in-one solution for those looking to create and eventually publish or print 3D designs.

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Nintendo NX rumored once more to be cartridge-based console

Nintendo NX rumored once more to be cartridge-based console

The Nintendo NX rumor mill is churning once again today, and this time the whispers revolve around what kind of physical media the new console will use when it arrives next year. We've heard in the past that Nintendo may be planning to go with cartridges in the NX, and now anonymous sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal have corroborated those earlier reports.

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Pokemon GO gross revenue hits $440 million worldwide

Pokemon GO gross revenue hits $440 million worldwide

Earlier reports of the demise of Pokemon GO may have been a little premature. According to app analytics firm Sensor Tower, the game has just passed $440 million in worldwide gross revenue. Instead of comparing it to other popular mobile games, Sensor Tower has taken a different approach this time around, putting Pokemon GO's revenue up against some the summer's biggest film releases.

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