Author Archives: Eric Abent


Intel buys up Mobileye to boost autonomous driving efforts

Intel buys up Mobileye to boost autonomous driving efforts

Intel just became a bigger player in the realm of autonomous driving, announcing its planned acquisition of Mobileye today. If you've been following the rise of autonomous cars, you've likely already heard of Mobileye, as it has been developing machine learning and computer vision systems for self-driving cars. With Intel's increasing interest in the autonomous driving space, it makes Mobileye a pretty good acquisition target.

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Viber launches secret chats to go beyond encryption

Viber launches secret chats to go beyond encryption

We've seen a lot of chat services rolling out end-to-end encryption lately (or, in Facebook Messenger's backwards world, optional end-to-end encryption), but now Viber wants to take that one step further. Viber already launched end-to-end encryption for all conversations held over its service a few months back, but starting today, you can host "secret chats" for a little extra security.

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AT&T launches unlimited data on prepaid plans, but prepare to be disappointed

AT&T launches unlimited data on prepaid plans, but prepare to be disappointed

This whole unlimited data renaissance we're having is pretty neat, isn't it? At the beginning of the year, Sprint and T-Mobile were the only two carriers offering unlimited data, but now you can get an unlimited data plan from any of the big four. The only problem is that you (generally) need to be on a post-paid plan to get unlimited data, which means that prepaid users are being left out in the cold.

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Have a look at Sonic Mania’s version of Green Hill Zone

Have a look at Sonic Mania’s version of Green Hill Zone

Sonic Mania is coming up later on this year, and it has Sonic fans excited. That's because Sonic Mania represents a return to form for the Sonic the Hedgehog series, bringing the blur blur back to his 2D sidescrolling days. Besides a few gameplay trailers here and there, we really haven't seen too much of Sonic Mania, but that all changes today as Sega has posted a video that walks us through Sonic Mania's Green Hill Zone.

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John Carmack strikes back, files lawsuit against ZeniMax

John Carmack strikes back, files lawsuit against ZeniMax

It was just last month that the long running lawsuit between ZeniMax Media and Oculus (along with parent company Facebook) reached some kind of resolution, but soon ZeniMax will be heading back to court. This time, Oculus CTO John Carmack is turning the tables and bringing a lawsuit against ZeniMax, claiming that the publishing house still owes him money for the purchase of id Software.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe new content detailed for Nintendo Switch

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe new content detailed for Nintendo Switch

For the moment, Switch owners might be all about Breath of the Wild, but Nintendo's next big Switch release comes in the form of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe at the end of April. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe isn't a new game, but rather an enhanced edition of the Wii U's Mario Kart 8. What, exactly, are those enhancements? Nintendo broke it all down today, taking us through all of the additions to be found in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

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Elon Musk makes big bet on batteries for power problems down under

Elon Musk makes big bet on batteries for power problems down under

You may not know this if you live elsewhere in the world, but South Australia has something of an energy problem at the moment. Energy shortages have been causing blackouts across the state, and now Tesla sees the opportunity to step in. Yesterday, Tesla vice president of energy products Lyndon Rive said that Tesla could solve SA's energy problems in 100 days through the installation of battery packs, which is a pretty big promise all its own.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti review roundup: True 4K gaming at last?

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti review roundup: True 4K gaming at last?

NVIDIA's newest graphics card, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, is here at last, and promises of viable 4K gaming have hype levels sky high. When it was first revealed, NVIDIA made it clear that this was the best graphics card it has ever produced, even beating out the fabled TITAN X in a couple of areas. Reviews are beginning to hit the Internet, and now the question becomes whether or not NVIDIA delivered on its promise of insane power.

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Here are eight Nintendo Switch games releasing today

Here are eight Nintendo Switch games releasing today

If the Nintendo Switch launch library felt a little slim to you, you're definitely not alone. While many of the games that launched alongside the Switch offer some excellent gameplay - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Fast RMX come to mind - there just weren't that many of them, leaving players with few options when it comes to padding out their Switch library. The situation gets quite a bit better today, as a whopping eight games are launching on the Switch eShop.

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Zelda Williams is streaming Breath of the Wild today for charity

Zelda Williams is streaming Breath of the Wild today for charity

It's hard to escape The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild at the moment, but if you can't play it, why not watch someone stream it? Zelda Williams - daughter of the late Robin Williams - has announced that she'll be streaming Breath of the Wild later today. As if that weren't cool enough, she's doing the stream for charity, so watching helps promote a good cause too.

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Facebook Messenger Day lifts another Snapchat feature

Facebook Messenger Day lifts another Snapchat feature

Facebook seems to be taking quite a few pages out of Snapchat's book lately, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that Messenger's newest feature seems awfully familiar. Dubbed Messenger Day, this new feature allows you to take photos and videos you share within Messenger discussions and add them to collection that your friends can view. In other words, this is Facebook's version of Snapchat's Stories, right down to the 24 hour time limit.

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Now you can use Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons with the NES Classic

Now you can use Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons with the NES Classic

In recent days, we've discovered that the Joy-Con controllers for the Nintendo Switch have compatibility with more devices beyond the console they're intended for. We can add one more to the list today, as 8bitdo and Analogue are making them compatible with the NES Classic through their previously released Retro Receiver.

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