Author Archives: Eric Abent


Apple iOS 10.3 is here: Find My AirPods, smarter Siri, more

Apple iOS 10.3 is here: Find My AirPods, smarter Siri, more

After a months-long beta test, iOS 10.3 is here with plenty of new features in tow. The update is being pushed to iPhones and iPad right now, and offers a lot of new functionality for AirPods, Siri, and even iTunes. Make no mistake, this is a pretty substantial update for iOS users.

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T-Mobile adds Apple Care to its Premium Device Protection

T-Mobile adds Apple Care to its Premium Device Protection

If you're the type of person who likes to pick up phone insurance from your carrier, then you may be pleased to hear that T-Mobile has added Apple Care to its Premium Device Protection. Some carriers already offer ways to sign up for Apple Care in-store, but the big news here is that it's being added to Premium Device Protection at no additional cost.

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HTC launches VIVE Tracker for developer purchase

HTC launches VIVE Tracker for developer purchase

HTC made a slew of announcements for the VIVE today, but perhaps the most important one concerns the status of the Tracker. HTC opened the floodgates today, announcing that the VIVE tracker has entered a wide release for developer purchase. This, of course, means that eager developers can finally secure a Tracker to begin development before the controller's general release later this year.

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PS4 Pro update enables 4K video playback in Media Player

PS4 Pro update enables 4K video playback in Media Player

PS4 Pro owners will be getting the ability to play 4K video on their consoles later today. The fact that the PS4 Pro doesn't offer a 4K Blu Ray player has caused at least a little bit of controversy, so those who were disappointed that it's missing may be relieved to receive 4K playback in some form.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review – The grandest adventure yet

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review – The grandest adventure yet

I'm just going to admit it right off the bat: I haven't been on board the Breath of the Wild hype train this entire time. When Nintendo first started showing the game off, alongside the promises it made about a truly open world and a reinvention for the Zelda franchise, I was skeptical. I didn't think Nintendo could deliver on its promises. After all, for the past 20 years, Zelda has been anything but open world – aside from a slight detour from the tried-and-true formula in A Link Between Worlds on the 3DS. I thought, if anything, Breath of the Wild would just be a console version of that.

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Nintendo Switch in stock at Toys R Us starting tomorrow

Nintendo Switch in stock at Toys R Us starting tomorrow

Good news for those of you still chasing a Nintendo Switch: Toys R Us has announced that it will be receiving a fresh batch of consoles tomorrow. The console has been notoriously hard to find ever since launch, and restocks seem to sell out as quickly as they come in. That means you'll probably need to do some waiting tomorrow if you want to snag a Switch.

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Blizzard begins killing off Battle.net

Blizzard begins killing off Battle.net

If you happen to be heading out for drinks later tonight, be sure to pour one out for our dearly departed Battle.net. Blizzard announced last year that it would be killing its Battle.net branding after 20 long years, and with the latest update to the Battle.net desktop launcher, it's making good on that promise.

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Nintendo Switch: GameStop seeing “incredibly strong” demand

Nintendo Switch: GameStop seeing “incredibly strong” demand

If there was any question about the success of Nintendo Switch at launch, it can probably be put to rest. GameStop COO Tony Bartel said that his company is seeing "incredibly strong" demand for Nintendo's newest console, noting that it's only a matter of hours before new stock arriving in stores is sold out.

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Samsung releasing Note 7 update in Korea to disable charging

Samsung releasing Note 7 update in Korea to disable charging

Samsung has been mostly successful in getting those with a defective Galaxy Note 7 to turn their phones in, but as always, there are a certain amount of stragglers who are still using theirs. Samsung has tried a few things to get these consumers to hand in their phones, from offering trade-in credits to limiting the amount the phone's battery can charge through a software update. With a few people out there still using a potentially dangerous phone, it seems that Samsung now has to get a little more serious.

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Rock Band VR arrives on Oculus Rift today

Rock Band VR arrives on Oculus Rift today

It used to be that if you wanted to pretend to be a rock star, you'd have to plop down in front of your TV with a copy of Rock Band or Guitar Hero and your plastic guitar. Today, that process is becoming a little more involved. You still need the plastic guitar, but your time as a rock star can be a little more realistic with the arrival of Rock Band VR on Oculus Rift.

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Wells Fargo goes cardless for ATM withdrawals

Wells Fargo goes cardless for ATM withdrawals

If you're a Wells Fargo customer, you'll soon be able to leave your card in your wallet when making a withdrawal at an ATM. Next week, Wells Fargo will transition its 13,000 ATMs dotted across to the US to become offer cardless withdrawals, meaning that all you'll need is your smartphone if you want to pull out some cash.

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Destiny 2 release date tipped in store preview poster

Destiny 2 release date tipped in store preview poster

There's still a lot we don't know about Destiny 2 aside from Bungie's intention to release sometime in fall 2017. That release window may have just been narrowed thanks to a leak from an Italian retailer. A promotional poster, of all things, may have just spilled the beans on the release date for one of the most anticipated games of the year.

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