Author Archives: Eric Abent


Facebook drops disputed flag in war against fake news

Facebook drops disputed flag in war against fake news

Fake and misleading news is a real problem on Facebook. The social media giant has come under heavy criticism for its role in the spread of fake news, and earlier this year, it set out to fix the issue. Some of you may have encountered Facebook's solution over the past year - a disputed flag that accompanies false or misleading links shared on the platform.

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Civilization VI for iPad is here, but you won’t buy it

Civilization VI for iPad is here, but you won’t buy it

Civilization VI - the latest game in the immensely popular Civilization series and one of our best games of 2016 - is arriving on iPad today. This appears to be a port of the full game, which will be exciting for mobile gamers who are used to pared back mobile ports of console and PC games. The price Aspyr Media and 2K Games are asking for, on the other hand, likely won't be very exciting.

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Nintendo Power podcast rises from the ashes of long-running magazine

Nintendo Power podcast rises from the ashes of long-running magazine

For most people who grew up in the 1990s, Nintendo Power will be an instantly familiar name. Nintendo's own in-house magazine for much of its 24 year run, Nintendo Power was famously shut down by Future US back in 2012. The brand is making a comeback today, though not in a form that fans of the magazine will be used to.

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Windows Hello just got fooled by a face photo

Windows Hello just got fooled by a face photo

As time goes on, biometric authentication is becoming more and more important. We've seen that in the rise of fingerprint scanners and facial recognition software, such as Windows Hello and Face ID on the iPhone X. Just how foolproof are these biometric authentication methods, though? In the case of Windows Hello, it may not be as secure as you thought.

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LG keeps building the monitors Apple should be making

LG keeps building the monitors Apple should be making

In the lead up to CES, LG revealed a new selection of monitors today that are definitely aimed at enthusiasts. The most impressive of these monitors is the 34WK95U, a 34-inch ultra-wide monitor that just so happens to boast a display resolution of 5K (5120x2160). While it sounds like this monitor will offer a lot to love from end-users of all backgrounds, that's especially true for Apple users who are looking for an external display to use with their MacBook Pro.

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Photosynth reborn in Microsoft Pix iOS update

Photosynth reborn in Microsoft Pix iOS update

Near the beginning of the year, Microsoft announced the shut down of a service called Photosynth. That shut down came as something of a surprise, as it ended a 9 year run for Photosynth, which allowed users to turn their photos into 3D panoramas. Today, however, it's getting a new lease on life by way of a new update to Microsoft Pix on iOS.

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PUBG Xbox One deal bundles a second game, but act fast

PUBG Xbox One deal bundles a second game, but act fast

We're not sure that you'd really need much of a reason to pick up a copy of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, but if you're on the fence, Newegg has a new deal you might want to take a look at. Newegg today announced a new offer for those who decide to pick up an Xbox One copy of PUBG, but you'll need to act fast, because this deal ends tomorrow.

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The Last Jedi’s adorable Porgs are more than just a cynical merch play

The Last Jedi’s adorable Porgs are more than just a cynical merch play

While there's a fair amount of debate going on about Star Wars: The Last Jedi as a whole, one of the most divisive components of the movie are the presence of Porgs. Like Ewoks before them, Porgs represent the cute side of Star Wars, a side that's proven to be controversial among some of the series' most die-hard fans. While it's tempting to think that Porgs were added to the movie just because Disney saw a new merchandising opportunity, it turns out that their development is a little more complex.

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PUBG 1.0 release: Here’s when PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds launches

PUBG 1.0 release: Here’s when PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds launches

After spending nine months in early access, the big day for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has finally arrived. PUBG is slated to leave early access and enter full release today, with the launch of version 1.0 now right around the corner. It's a day that PUBG players have been looking forward to for quite some time, so when can we expect the big update to happen?

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Magic Leap One revealed: Creator Edition AR goggles ships 2018 [Update]

Magic Leap One revealed: Creator Edition AR goggles ships 2018 [Update]

It's been a long road to the reveal of Magic Leap's first actual product, but the day has finally arrived. Today the company revealed the Magic Leap One, a new augmented reality system that first and foremost wants to move away from the bulky headsets that currently dominate VR. While details are still fairly slim, we're learning about some of Magic Leap One's marquee features today, including when the company plans to begin shipping it.

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SEGA and Retro-Bit’s mysterious deal gives us retro console palpitations

SEGA and Retro-Bit’s mysterious deal gives us retro console palpitations

Thanks to platforms like Steam, Xbox Live, PSN, and the Nintendo eShop, we've been enjoying something of a retro revival in recent years. Old games that may have otherwise been forgotten have been getting a new life on these platforms, and new games like Sonic Mania look to recapture some of the magic of those classic titles. That's great on its own, but now Sega and Retro-Bit want to take that one step further.

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Chrome ad blocker goes live in February

Chrome ad blocker goes live in February

Earlier this year, Google announced plans to implement an in-browser ad blocker within Chrome. Those plans were revealed back in June, and at the time, Google said that the ad blocker it was working on would launch sometime in early 2018. Now when know when Google plans to send this ad blocker live, and it turns out that launch is right around the corner.

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