Author Archives: Eric Abent


Game of Thrones S7E1 “Dragonstone” review and discussion

Game of Thrones S7E1 “Dragonstone” review and discussion

Beware: everything that follows after this paragraph contains thorough and unrelenting spoilers for last night's Game of Thrones episode, “Dragonstone.” If you haven't watched it yet and you don't want the story spoiled for you, do not read on. You have been warned.

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Ataribox images show off a retro-inspired console

Ataribox images show off a retro-inspired console

Back in June, Atari revealed that it has a new console in the works. Dubbed Ataribox, at first we didn't know if it would be a retro console like the NES Classic or a new console meant to compete with machines like the Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. Atari has shared more details today, and as it turns out, the Ataribox aims to be both.

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Amazon’s Whole Foods buyout might hit an antitrust roadblock

Amazon’s Whole Foods buyout might hit an antitrust roadblock

Amazon certainly made a lot of waves when it announced a $13.7 billion bid to add Whole Foods to its portfolio last month. Some of those waves were worrying, though, as a number of other retailers and grocery chains saw their stock price plummet after the announcement. That reality of Amazon's influence, along with some other concerning factors, are causing some US lawmakers to urge a closer look at this transaction.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon’s next freebie is an ultra-rare shiny

Pokemon Sun and Moon’s next freebie is an ultra-rare shiny

With Pokemon UltraSun and UltraMoon on the horizon, it's been a little while since we last heard from the original Sun and Moon. If there was ever a time to return to those games, that time is definitely now, as Nintendo has announced a new mystery gift promotion that will run for the next month. Trust me, the Pokemon being given away in this promotion is one that you won't want to miss.

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Nintendo stops New 3DS production worldwide

Nintendo stops New 3DS production worldwide

Yesterday, we told you that Nintendo has stopped producing the New 3DS in Japan. At the time, it wasn't clear what the fate of the device would be in other regions around the world. Today, however, Nintendo has essentially confirmed that production has halted worldwide, meaning that your only options for a 3DS are the 3DS XL, the standard 2DS, and the incoming 3DS XL.

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Here’s your first look at Disney’s new Star Wars land

Here’s your first look at Disney’s new Star Wars land

With the Star Wars brand now part of Disney's portfolio, it's no surprise that Mickey Mouse and company are looking to utilize the franchise in every way possible. More immediately, this has translated to yearly movie releases like The Force Awakens and Rogue One, but Disney also has some bigger projects in the pipeline. Specifically, it's planning to open up new parks based on the Star Wars universe at both Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida, and today the company has given us our first look at those incoming parks.

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Oculus Rift gets its 2nd permanent price drop this year

Oculus Rift gets its 2nd permanent price drop this year

It appears that Oculus really wants to take the fight to HTC VIVE. The Oculus Rift has been on sale in a bundle with its Touch controllers for a few days now, dropping the package's price to $399 and severely undercutting the cost of a VIVE headset. Today, Oculus announced that the Rift will be getting a permanent price cut once the Summer of Rift sale wraps up.

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Samsung talks Galaxy Note 8 reveal and release

Samsung talks Galaxy Note 8 reveal and release

Have a glance around the internet right now and you'll see plenty of stories about the Galaxy Note 8 and when we can expect it to release. Following new reports that were published yesterday, it now seems like Samsung will announce the Note 8 during a New York event on August 23. Now Samsung itself is getting in on the fun, with Samsung Electronics president of mobile communications Gao Dongzhen spilling some details on the Note 8's launch.

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A new $200 Oculus headset could make VR mainstream

A new $200 Oculus headset could make VR mainstream

When it comes to VR, customers have options on both the high-end and the low-end, but nothing that's firmly in the mid-range. If you want an introduction to virtual reality, Samsung's Gear VR makes a good jumping off point, as all you need is a Samsung phone to make it work. On the other side of the coin, HTC and Oculus have the high-end on lock down with headsets that cost hundreds of dollars and require a beefy PC to work. What about everyone else who may want a reasonably powerful headset that doesn't require a PC? Oculus may be gearing up to unveil a headset aimed at that very segment.

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Official Mario Kart VR will crush your dreams: here’s why

Official Mario Kart VR will crush your dreams: here’s why

Nintendo has certainly flirted with the idea of VR in the past, but once the Switch arrived on the scene, hopes of Nintendo pursuing console-based virtual reality were dashed. Unlike the PlayStation 4, the Switch doesn't really lend itself well to virtual reality. That doesn't mean that Nintendo is opposed to VR, it just needs to find the right platform for it first.

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With new TV and AV controls, Alexa inches closer to ruling the Internet of Things

With new TV and AV controls, Alexa inches closer to ruling the Internet of Things

Alexa's abilities when it comes to controlling the devices in your living room just keep on expanding. A few weeks ago, Amazon expanded access to Alexa's Video Skills API, allowing developers to integrate Alexa into their services and let users find video content though voice commands. Today, Amazon is bolstering the Smart Home API, adding functionality to control devices like TVs, AV receivers, and IR hubs with Alexa.

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This is how PlayerUnknowns’s Battlegrounds next update gets a lot more hardcore

This is how PlayerUnknowns’s Battlegrounds next update gets a lot more hardcore

The next update for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is going to be a big one. We don't know everything that's going to be included in it, but earlier today, PUBG visionary Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene tweeted out that it will at last deliver the oft-requested first-person only mode. Servers hosting this mode will appropriately be referred to as "hardcore servers" in-game.

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