Author Archives: Eric Abent


Facebook Snooze lands in time to avoid Star Wars spoilers

Facebook Snooze lands in time to avoid Star Wars spoilers

This is a big weekend for Star Wars fans. The Last Jedi launches in the US today, which means that the race is now on for those who would rather not be spoiled. Those fans need to see the movie as quickly as possible or risk running into spoilers on the internet, which are unsurprisingly everywhere. What if you can't see the new movie right away, though? A new feature being rolled out by Facebook could help with that.

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Folding Microsoft Surface outed in new patent drawings

Folding Microsoft Surface outed in new patent drawings

For years now, rumors about foldable tablets and smartphones have been periodically springing up. Two of the companies that are usually at the heart of these rumors are Samsung and, more recently, Microsoft. We're getting new reason to believe that Microsoft is working on some foldable devices of its own, and it revolves around a new patent filing that has just been discovered.

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AOL Instant Messenger is officially dead

AOL Instant Messenger is officially dead

After more than 20 years, AOL Instant Messenger is officially dead. We've known this day was coming for some time now - AOL originally announced its plans to shut down AIM back in October, but now the day has come. As of this morning, AIM has been shut down for good, so hopefully you got one last chat session in before it went dark.

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Samsung Bixby smart speaker winds up for 2018 debut

Samsung Bixby smart speaker winds up for 2018 debut

2017 could very well be considered the year of the smart speaker. Though Google Home launched at the tail end of 2016, Google introduced two new models this year: the Google Home Mini and Home Max. Apple revealed its Siri-powered HomePod for an early 2018 launch, while Amazon let its new Echo Show out of the gate and released a new version of the standard Echo. Surely we can't expect Samsung to sit on the sidelines and just watch all of this happen, right?

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You can get Pandora Premium on-demand music free: Here’s how

You can get Pandora Premium on-demand music free: Here’s how

Earlier in the year, Pandora launched a new on-demand service called Pandora Premium. Meant to keep Pandora competitive in this age of paid music streaming subscriptions that let you listen to what you want on-demand, Pandora Premium's launch was certainly long overdue. While Pandora still offers free streaming for those who don't want to pay, it's looking to extend those Premium perks to everyone today.

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Ataribox pre-order launch delayed at the last minute

Ataribox pre-order launch delayed at the last minute

Earlier in the week, Atari announced that pre-orders for its Ataribox console would go live on December 14. That day is now here, but those Ataribox pre-orders are nowhere in sight, so what gives? As it turns out, the launch of those pre-orders has been delayed.

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Pokemon Crystal release date set for Nintendo 3DS

Pokemon Crystal release date set for Nintendo 3DS

Following the re-release of Pokemon Gold and Silver on the 3DS eShop, Nintendo revealed today that Pokemon Crystal will be getting the same treatment next month. Pokemon Crystal, as many Pokemon veterans will remember, is the enhanced version of Pokemon Gold and Silver, much like Yellow was an enhanced version of Red and Blue.

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iMac Pro price and specs: All the details

iMac Pro price and specs: All the details

Earlier in the week, Apple gave the iMac Pro a release date of December 14. That, as you've hopefully already realized, is today, meaning Apple's iMac Pro configurator is live, allowing us to swap hardware in and out and figure out just how expensive this beast is going to be. iMac Pro prices start at $5,000, but in just a short time spent customizing hardware, one thing is sure: There's potential for that price to go much, much higher.

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Disney to buy 21st Century Fox in massive $54b deal

Disney to buy 21st Century Fox in massive $54b deal

As expected, Disney has announced its intention to buy up 21st Century Fox, further expanding its already huge media empire. Rumors have been circulating for quite some time now, but in the end, Disney was the only company left at the table. Get ready, because this means that The Simpsons are now officially a part of the House of Mouse, along with Luke Skywalker and Iron Man.

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Wasteland 2 teased for Nintendo Switch release

Wasteland 2 teased for Nintendo Switch release

In case you missed the news, the Nintendo Switch is having a rather solid first year. Nintendo announced yesterday that the Switch has managed to sell 10 million units in its first nine months of availability, beating the company's original projections by three months. It should come as little surprise, then, that game markers are beginning to consider bringing their titles to the platform.

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Amazon Echo multi-room Spotify and SiriusXM shaves Sonos advantage

Amazon Echo multi-room Spotify and SiriusXM shaves Sonos advantage

Back in August, Amazon rolled out a new multi-room feature for Echo devices. This feature allows you to utilize individual Echo devices in your collection, defining groups of speakers and commanding Alexa to play music through only the speakers in that group. Today, that functionality is rolling out to Spotify and SiriusXM subscribers.

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T-Mobile wants to disrupt the cable TV industry next

T-Mobile wants to disrupt the cable TV industry next

T-Mobile has made a name for itself trying to "disrupt" the mobile industry over the past few years, and now it's looking to do the same to big cable. Today T-Mobile announced its intention to buy up Layer 3 TV, a small cable company that many of you have probably never heard of. This acquisition signals T-Mobile's entrance into the TV service industry, so if you like what its been doing in the mobile space, then this is probably exciting news.

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