Author Archives: Eric Abent


Galaxy S8 trademark filing suggests AI assistant named Bixby

Galaxy S8 trademark filing suggests AI assistant named Bixby

Rumors about the Galaxy S8 have been coming in at a pretty steady clip these days, but most of them have to do with hardware. We're hearing new rumors today, but instead of focusing on the internals, this one is focused on the phone's AI assistant. More specifically, we might have a name for the intelligent assistant that is said to be loaded on the phone.

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf amiibo update detailed in strangest Nintendo Direct yet

Animal Crossing: New Leaf amiibo update detailed in strangest Nintendo Direct yet

As promised, Nintendo has revealed the new features in Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo with a new Direct broadcast. In what is unquestionably the strangest Direct presentation we've seen in quite some time, Nintendo spends nearly 17 minutes discussing what's coming along with amiibo support. The Direct wasn't all fluff, however, as it turns out there's a significant amount of new content to cover.

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Olympus reveals OM-D E-M1 Mark II pricing and release details

Olympus reveals OM-D E-M1 Mark II pricing and release details

Back in September, Olympus announced a whole bunch of details about its new OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera at Photokina 2016. Two of the most important details were missing, though: pricing and release date. Today Olympus is back with those very details, letting photographers know that they can get their hands on the OM-D E-M1 Mark II at the end of December.

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Amazon Black Friday 2016 is already underway: Here’s what you want

Amazon Black Friday 2016 is already underway: Here’s what you want

With Halloween barely in the books, it's time to look forward to every retailer's favorite time of year: Black Friday. While most stores will wait until we're a little closer to Thanskgiving to begin advertising Black Friday deals, Amazon doesn't play by those rules. If you can believe it, Amazon has opened the floodgates on Black Friday deals a little early this year, kicking off its sale today.

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Here’s how the White House will transfer POTUS social media accounts

Here’s how the White House will transfer POTUS social media accounts

Regardless of who's elected next week, in January the US will see a new transfer of presidential power. There's something different about this particular transfer of power, though, as it will be happening in the social media age. President Obama is the first president to utilize social media heavily, so what happens to all of those social media accounts when he has to hand off executive power to his successor?

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Apple AirPods may not arrive until January 2017 [Updated]

Apple AirPods may not arrive until January 2017 [Updated]

A little less than a week ago, we found out that Apple had delayed the launch of its wireless AirPods. The move to delay the AirPods was a little surprising, mostly because the announcement came right before they were scheduled to release. Now, it looks like we might be waiting a while for them to arrive, as new reports say they won't be launching until January 2017.

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Nintendo reportedly calls quits on Wii U production

Nintendo reportedly calls quits on Wii U production

The days of the Wii U have been numbered ever since Nintendo announced the Switch, but the company may be looking to pull the plug long before the Switch hits the scene in March. Multiple sources have confirmed to Eurogamer that Nintendo will halt Wii U production at the end of this week. Given the console's slow sales, these reports aren't really all that shocking.

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This is how to control Sonos from the Spotify app

This is how to control Sonos from the Spotify app

As announced earlier in the year, Sonos has rolled out new features focused on Spotify integration. Assuming you use Sonos speakers in your home, you can now use the Spotify app to control them directly. It's a nifty function, but it's launching in beta, meaning it's still a little rough around the edges and signing up can be a little confusing.

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Tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct will focus on a four year old game

Tomorrow’s Nintendo Direct will focus on a four year old game

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is turning four years old this month, but as the saying goes, what's old is new again. The game will be the center of attention once more during a Nintendo Direct taking place tomorrow morning. Yes, you read that right - Nintendo is hosting a Direct presentation for a four year old game.

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Blue Coral Galaxy S7 Edge confirmed for US release [Updated]

Blue Coral Galaxy S7 Edge confirmed for US release [Updated]

Well that was quick: after announcing the Galaxy S7 Edge in Blue Coral for Singapore, Samsung has confirmed its release in the US. This confirmation comes just a few days after the new variant was originally announced. Even better is that the Coral Blue model, which brings the Galaxy S7 Edge up to six color options, is launching today in regions around the world.

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Samsung bundles free Watch Dogs 2 with select SSDs and curved monitors

Samsung bundles free Watch Dogs 2 with select SSDs and curved monitors

We're a few weeks out from the release of Watch Dogs 2, and if you've had your eye on it, you might like to know that Samsung has launched new hardware bundles that include a free copy of the game. These bundles feature a range of Samsung solid-state drives and some of the company's newer curved gaming monitors. So, if you've been in the market for some new PC hardware, you might want to give these bundles a look.

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iPad Pro boosts Apple’s market share as tablet space shrinks

iPad Pro boosts Apple’s market share as tablet space shrinks

The tablet market may be shrinking a bit, but that could be good news for Apple's share of it. A new report from Strategy Analytics shows Apple's market share in the realm of tablets growing in Q3 2016 despite sales taking a small dip year-over-year. This, the firm says, was due to Apple's iPad Pro, which is a tablet that can offer consumers a 2-in-1 experience.

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