Author Archives: Eric Abent


July’s PlayStation Plus titles make us play the Game of Thrones

July’s PlayStation Plus titles make us play the Game of Thrones

As we close out one month and begin to enter another, we are greeted by a fresh batch of incoming PlayStation Plus games. This month, one of the selections coincides with a major event in the TV world: the return of Game of Thrones. Yes, after many months, Game of Thrones will be returning with a new season in just a few short weeks, and one of Sony's free offerings intends to get you excited.

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SNES Classic Edition pre-orders: Why to skip the scalpers

SNES Classic Edition pre-orders: Why to skip the scalpers

Given how insanely popular the NES Classic Edition was, it shouldn't be any surprise to see that people want to actually pre-order an SNES Classic Edition this time around. Nintendo hasn't made any official announcement on whether or not pre-orders will be offered - in fact, the retailers that will be carrying the mini console haven't even been revealed yet. Still, there are plenty of scalpers already cropping up, ready to take your money now in exchange for the promise of an SNES Classic Edition later.

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Google News redesign goes live: It’s not just you

Google News redesign goes live: It’s not just you

If you're noticing that Google News looks quite a bit different today, you certainly aren't alone. Google has redesigned its news aggregation service, aiming to make it easier to navigate by giving it a new look. This redesigned user interface seems to be going live today for a lot of people, though some still aren't seeing it just yet.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 launches to tackle mid-range devices

Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 launches to tackle mid-range devices

When we're talking about mobile processors, a lot of attention is paid to the high-end, like Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835. The mid-range is just as important to many phone manufacturers, however, and Qualcomm wants its processors to feature in those devices as well. With that in mind, Qualcomm has launched its new Snapdragon 450 at Mobile World Congress Shanghai.

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Diablo 3’s Rise of the Necromancer DLC is now available

Diablo 3’s Rise of the Necromancer DLC is now available

After announcing the release date just last week, Blizzard has launched Diablo 3's Rise of the Necromancer DLC. Anticipation for this DLC has been building for months, as it adds the much-loved Necromancer class from Diablo 2. The DLC went live with Diablo 3 version 2.6.0, which was patched into the game just a little while ago.

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There’s a huge ransomware attack going on: What you need to know

There’s a huge ransomware attack going on: What you need to know

As if last month's major malware attack wasn't enough, today we're hearing about large-scale ransomware attack that that is crippling IT systems around the world. While some of the details are a little unclear at this early stage, it's obvious that this is a massive attack. It may even take advantage of the same weaknesses that allowed Wannacry to spread so quickly last month.

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Google Talk is dead

Google Talk is dead

It's been a long time coming, but Google Talk is now officially dead. Though Google has been in the process of phasing out Google Talk for years now, it wasn't until March that it actually gave us an end date for the long-running chat service. It may be sad to hear it, but the users who have hung on throughout the years will no longer be able to use Google Talk in any capacity from here on out.

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Google’s response to its €2.4bn EU fine is maximum passive-aggressive

Google’s response to its €2.4bn EU fine is maximum passive-aggressive

Google is finding itself in quite a bit of trouble with the European Commission this morning. The Commission has found that Google violated EU antitrust laws by giving search preference to its own comparison shopping service at the expense of its competitors. As a result, Google is going to have to pay a record fine that climbs into the billions.

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Huawei Honor 9 European release details confirmed

Huawei Honor 9 European release details confirmed

Back near the beginning of June, Huawei officially unveiled the Honor 9, its new flagship phone for 2017. At the time of that announcement, the phone was only confirmed for release in China, but at an event today in Berlin, Huawei confirmed what we suspecting: the Honor 9 will spread to other regions around the world. Specifically, we're talking about Europe, with regions like the UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy on the docket for release.

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SNES Classic Edition: Why I won’t pre-order Nintendo’s sure-fire hit

SNES Classic Edition: Why I won’t pre-order Nintendo’s sure-fire hit

Today's biggest bit of gaming news was undoubtedly the announcement of the SNES Classic Edition. It's something we all knew was coming, something that a lot of people are going to want, and something that offers a decent helping of classic 16-bit games. It's also something that I don't think I'll be pre-ordering or purchasing, despite the fact that I was very excited about the NES Classic Edition.

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Uptime’s social YouTube viewing released invite-free

Uptime’s social YouTube viewing released invite-free

As it stands, it's a little difficult to watch a YouTube video with friends if you aren't all in the same room. Uptime, an app from Google incubator Area 120, looks to solve this exact problem, but before today, there's a solid chance you'd never heard of it. What was once an app that was an invite-only affair has now opened up to the general public, giving you the chance to watch YouTube videos alongside your friends.

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SNES Classic release date and sale details

SNES Classic release date and sale details

Following up on the immense success of the NES Classic Edition, Nintendo has announced the SNES Classic Edition. This announcement probably isn't going to shock too many people, considering that how many consumers were clamoring to get an NES Classic during its retail availability. With Nintendo now giving the same treatment to its 16-bit era console, we can already assume that the SNES Classic Edition will be just as successful as its predecessor.

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