Author Archives: Eric Abent


Scientists unearth fossilized tumor that’s 255-million-years-old

Scientists unearth fossilized tumor that’s 255-million-years-old

Scientists find neat things hiding in fossils all the time, but today they're sharing the discovery of a fossilized tumor that has them particularly excited. Why the fuss over a fossilized tumor? For starters, this tumor clocks in at an astounding 255-million-years-old.

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PewDiePie’s deleted channel trolls, drives up net worth

PewDiePie’s deleted channel trolls, drives up net worth

If you were on Twitter yesterday, there was a good chance you heard that Felix Kjellberg, otherwise known by his YouTube handle of PewDiePie, planned to delete his channel. The famous YouTuber announced last week that he would delete his channel once his account hit 50 million subscribers - a milestone that would be a first in YouTube history. Yesterday, his channel hit that 50 million figure, and he announced via Twitter that he would delete his channel today at 5 PM GMT.

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Resident Evil 7 demo arrives on Xbox One today, PC December 19

Resident Evil 7 demo arrives on Xbox One today, PC December 19

PlayStation 4 owners have already had access to Capcom's Resident Evil 7: Biohazard demo for quite some time, but now it's Xbox One's turn. The demo is arriving on Xbox One today, giving players an early look at the next installment in the long running Resident Evil series. Beyond this Xbox One release, the demo will also be coming to PC later this month, with Capcom announcing a December 19 release date.

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Always-on woes: Super Mario Run requires a constant internet connection

Always-on woes: Super Mario Run requires a constant internet connection

Nintendo has confirmed that Super Mario Run will require an always-on internet connection to play. This means, of course, that you won't be able to play the game in places where you can't maintain a connection to Nintendo's servers. Always-on internet connections have been implemented in the past to combat things like piracy, and that's the exact reason why Nintendo is including it here.

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Telltale’s Batman episode 5 launches next week, episode 1 goes free on PC

Telltale’s Batman episode 5 launches next week, episode 1 goes free on PC

The final chapter in Batman: The Telltale Series is nearly here. The fifth episode, which is titled City of Light, will be available across a variety of platforms beginning Tuesday, December 13. This release wraps up the first season of Batman: The Telltale Series, which got its start back in August with the first episode, Realm of Shadows.

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Super Mario Run release demo out early: play now!

Super Mario Run release demo out early: play now!

Super Mario Run won't be officially available until December 15, but Apple and Nintendo are giving you the chance to check out a demo early. When Reggie-Fils Aime stopped by The Tonight Show last night, he mentioned that a demo would be available at Apple stores across the country. That demo goes live today, so if you want to see how everyone's favorite plumber does in his first mobile game, you need only track down the nearest Apple store.

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The Best Games of 2016: Stardew Valley

The Best Games of 2016: Stardew Valley

To someone who has never played Stardew Valley, it may seem a little strange to have it rank among the best games of the year. After all, it's a game about building up a successful farm from nothing and all of the manual labor that entails. When you're not farming, you're left to develop relationships with the other people who live in your town. How fun can it be? Quite a bit, as it turns out.

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Microsoft celebrates LinkedIn purchase, talks plans for immediate future

Microsoft celebrates LinkedIn purchase, talks plans for immediate future

As expected, Microsoft's acquisition of LinkedIn has closed. With this acquisition, we see Microsoft's focus on the professional space continue to grow, as the company says this deal merges "the world’s leading professional cloud and the world’s leading professional network." The all-cash transaction topped out at $26.2 billion, or $196 per share.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon’s first global event is shaping up to be a failure

Pokemon Sun and Moon’s first global event is shaping up to be a failure

Pokemon Sun and Moon's first global event is going to wrap up in a few days, and when it does, it will end in failure. For those of you who missed the news, Nintendo and Game Freak launched this global event back on November 29, challenging players around the world to catch 100 million Pokemon by the time the event ends. With Pokemon Sun and Moon breaking Nintendo sales records, that should be easy enough, right?

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Uber spells outs its expectations for riders

Uber spells outs its expectations for riders

Uber has updated its Community Guidelines to lay down some ground rules for those who use the service to catch a ride. Usually when we hear about the expectations Uber has for people using its service, those rules revolve around drivers, but not today. Instead, Uber is letting you know what you can do to be a good rider.

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Total PlayStation 4 sales cross 50 million mark

Total PlayStation 4 sales cross 50 million mark

Despite Microsoft's recent boost in Xbox One sales, the PlayStation 4 remains dominant. Sony has announced that total PS4 sales have crossed the 50 million threshold, thanks in part to what Sony calls the "best ever Black Friday week in the history of PlayStation." That number includes sales of the freshly-released PlayStation 4 Pro, though at this early point in the console's life, PS4 Pro likely didn't contribute much to the overall tally of 50 million.

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The Best Games of 2016: Overwatch

The Best Games of 2016: Overwatch

It's late in the game and my team is defending the delivery point for the opposing team's payload. Things are hot around the payload, which is where I'm positioned, playing as an old, war-weary solider who's sick of fighting but nevertheless finds himself here. Bullets zoom by as I step out from behind cover, emboldened by my team's success in pushing the other team back. Then I hear it: "it's high noon," and realizing that there's no time to find cover, I accept my fate. Defeated, I decide to switch characters from the grizzled war veteran to the talking gorilla with a jet pack and a Tesla cannon, and it becomes clear that Overwatch is something special.

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