Author Archives: Eric Abent

Eric Abent is the Gaming Editor of SlashGear. He is an avid gamer himself - very passionate about gaming and its community. Eric has been writing on SlashGear since 2012.

OnePlus TV’s secret weapon is Samsung display tech

OnePlus TV’s secret weapon is Samsung display tech

Earlier this month, OnePlus confirmed that it does indeed have a TV in the works. The company hasn't shared very many details about this TV yet, seemingly preferring to reveal things about it gradually. So far, we've seen the logo and we've learned that it'll launch first in India, and today, OnePlus is sharing the first details about the TV's actual hardware.

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Apple Music’s newest playlist could be the edge it needs

Apple Music’s newest playlist could be the edge it needs

Most streaming services offer a variety of curated playlists to their users. For Spotify, that might be the Discover Weekly playlist, while Apple Music has offered a Best of the Week playlist for years. Today, that Best of the Week playlist is going away, and it's being replaced by something different: New Music Daily.

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Google Photos’ latest feature is bigger than you might think

Google Photos’ latest feature is bigger than you might think

Google Photos is getting a new feature this month, and though it might seem relatively simple on the surface, it could come in very handy for a lot of different users. This new feature, which flips the switch on optical character recognition, allows users to search their photos by the text that appears in them. So, if you're looking for a photograph of a sign or a business card, you simply need to search for the text that was captured in the image and Google Photos should return what you're looking for in search results.

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Pokemon Masters release date set in stone for iOS and Android

Pokemon Masters release date set in stone for iOS and Android

In recent years, a lot of Nintendo properties have made the jump to mobile, but later on this month, what could be the biggest mobile game featuring a Nintendo franchise is set to release. That game is Pokemon Masters, a new mobile game that has you recruiting Pokemon trainers from the anime series and the video games alongside their signature Pokemon. You'll then form teams of trainers (and by extension Pokemon) to participate in various battles throughout the game.

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At long last, Fortnite’s BRUTE mechs have been nerfed

At long last, Fortnite’s BRUTE mechs have been nerfed

If there's been a running theme to Fortnite season X so far, it's been "everybody hates the BRUTE mechs." While you'd be hard pressed to find someone who'd complain about rideable mechs in general, the way BRUTEs have been implemented has led players to complain that they're oppressively overpowered. Epic has tried to tweak the BRUTE at various points throughout the season, but complaints of the mechs being OP persisted.

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Next week’s free Epic Store games list is a doozy

Next week’s free Epic Store games list is a doozy

The free games offered through the Epic Games Store have rotated once again, and this week, the game on offer is Fez. Many gamers are familiar with Fez by this point, as the puzzle platformer quickly became very popular (and was very well received critically) when it was initially released in 2012. While Fez is a solid offering for the Epic Games Store, it's next week that things really get cooking.

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Minecraft Earth beta finally hits Android next week

Minecraft Earth beta finally hits Android next week

It probably should be much of a surprise that there's a lot of interest about Minecraft Earth. Not only did Pokemon GO prove that there's definitely a market for augmented reality games, but Minecraft Earth is able to leverage the best selling video game of all time. While the closed beta for Minecraft Earth launched a few weeks ago, it's only been available for iOS thus far, leaving Android players out in the cold.

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Spotify Premium extends free trial period to match Apple Music

Spotify Premium extends free trial period to match Apple Music

For quite some time now, Spotify and Apple have been locked in a rivalry that can be very bitter at times. Not only is Apple Music gunning for Spotify's spot as king of the music streaming hill, but there's also an ongoing dispute between the two companies when it comes to Apple's management of the App Store and iOS functionality in general. In short: Neither company seems too fond of the other at the moment.

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That ugly PlayStation 5 is likely a dev kit, so you can breathe easy

That ugly PlayStation 5 is likely a dev kit, so you can breathe easy

Earlier this week, images from a certain Sony patent started making the rounds. Those images showed off a bulky looking console that some were worried was the PlayStation 5. Why would people be worried that it was the actual PlayStation 5? In short, it's because the console depicted in the image is a bit on the ugly side, with a deep V-shaped indent on the top and vents all over the place.

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iFixit Note 10+ 5G teardown has more surprises than you’d expect

iFixit Note 10+ 5G teardown has more surprises than you’d expect

With Samsung announcing a new batch of Galaxy Notes earlier in the month, it's time for iFixit to do what it does best and tear one down to figure out how repair friendly it is. iFixit went all out this time, deciding to teardown Samsung's big kahuna, the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. With many modern flagships being a complete pain to repair on your own, can Samsung shift the tide?

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Android Q is now Android 10 as Google makes huge brand shakeup

Android Q is now Android 10 as Google makes huge brand shakeup

As we close in on Android's 11th birthday, Google has announced a major update to the operating system's brand. Perhaps the biggest component of this brand shake up is a change in the way Google names Android releases. On top of that, Google is also giving the Android logo a bit of an update.

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SiriusXM student plan makes a play for college crowd with big price cut

SiriusXM student plan makes a play for college crowd with big price cut

College students in the US are about to head back to school, and unsurprisingly, many companies have rolled out their student subscription plans once more. SiriusXM threw its hat in the student plan ring today, announcing one that heavily discounts the cost of its standard Premier plan. That's all well and good, but is it enough to go up against giants like Spotify and Apple Music?

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