Author Archives: Eric Abent

Eric Abent is the Gaming Editor of SlashGear. He is an avid gamer himself - very passionate about gaming and its community. Eric has been writing on SlashGear since 2012.

Motorola one 5G Ace and 2021 Moto G phones make a value play

Motorola one 5G Ace and 2021 Moto G phones make a value play

Motorola today announced four news phones, and each and every one of them fall firmly in the mid-tier. In fact, Motorola is using this as a selling point for all four phones, boasting about the feature sets it has bequeathed such mid-tier phones. Indeed, it seems each phone announced today has at least one marquee feature, be it 5G, stylus support, or even just long battery life.

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Simple and Azlo shutting down – Here’s what happens next

Simple and Azlo shutting down – Here’s what happens next

Banking apps Simple and Azlo will soon be shutting down, parent company BBVA USA announced today. These shutdowns seem to be part of PNC's impending acquisition of BBVA, which was announced back in November to the tune of $11.6 billion. As you might imagine, there are a number of Simple and Azlo users who are upset by this news, even as BBVA promises to migrate them to BBVA USA accounts in the future.

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Fall Guys DOOM crossover is finally happening

Fall Guys DOOM crossover is finally happening

Back at the beginning December, Fall Guys developer Mediatonic started teasing a new crossover with DOOM. While at first we thought this DOOM crossover was right around the corner, Mediatonic went silent on it as it turned its attention toward launching Season 3 and kicking off holiday events for Fall Guys. Fast forward to today and we've received confirmation that the DOOM crossover is finally happening, with Mediatonic revealing three DOOM-themed costumes that will be available.

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Trump banned from Facebook and Instagram indefinitely

Trump banned from Facebook and Instagram indefinitely

Following yesterday's events on Capitol Hill, during which a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol Building, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that President Trump has been banned from both Facebook and Instagram indefinitely. While there's no indication of when Trump's accounts may be reinstated - if they are at all - Zuckerberg has said that he will remain blocked on both platforms at least through the end of his term on January 20th.

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Latest Steam beta expands Xbox controller support in a big way

Latest Steam beta expands Xbox controller support in a big way

When it comes to using a controller on PC, there's no doubt that a lot of people use Xbox controllers of some persuasion. After all, since Xbox and Windows are made by the same company, Xbox controllers have plug-and-play functionality in Windows 10, making them particularly easy to use for PC games. If you use an Xbox controller on PC, here's some good news: Steam has rolled out a new beta that greatly expands support for your controller of choice.

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Twitch just removed one of its most popular emotes

Twitch just removed one of its most popular emotes

Twitch has announced that it's removing the PogChamp emote from its platform. Emotes have been central to the Twitch experience for years, and PogChamp has historically been one of the most popular emotes on Twitch. PogChamp as we know it has been wiped from the service as this point, but Twitch has also indicated that it will look to replace it with another emote that can be used during hype or surprising moments on stream.

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Windows 10 Insider Build 21286 arrives with a useful new update for the taskbar

Windows 10 Insider Build 21286 arrives with a useful new update for the taskbar

Microsoft today announced Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21286, which adds a collection of new features for all Insiders in the Dev Channel to test out. Chief among these new features is a new button on the taskbar that's taking up residence right alongside the system tray. This button will show weather information at a glance, and when clicked, it will pull up a new window that features a "feed of dynamic content."

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Netflix is dropping support for two Nintendo consoles this year

Netflix is dropping support for two Nintendo consoles this year

If you use either a Nintendo 3DS or a Wii U as your main Netflix-viewing platform, you'll want to find something different to use soon. Netflix and Nintendo have announced that both machines will lose support for Netflix later this year. That, importantly, means that Netflix won't be available on any Nintendo console, which seems like a big oversight.

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Facebook is removing your Pages Likes

Facebook is removing your Pages Likes

Facebook today announced some sweeping changes to the way Pages work. Pages have been around for years and years at Facebook, and with these changes, they're losing some features that have been present since the beginning. For instance, Likes will be going away, with Facebook deciding to shift the focus to Followers for Pages.

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AirPop Active+ is a smart mask with an app and a hefty price tag

AirPop Active+ is a smart mask with an app and a hefty price tag

AirPop today announced that it's launching a new smart mask that's supported by a mobile app. Officially dubbed the AirPop Active+ Smart Mask, this mask uses AirPop's Halo sensor to provide feedback about users' breathing habits and filter quality. As you might expect, though, the fact that this is a smart mask inflates the price of it significantly, so if you want to own one yourself, get ready to pay far more than you would for a traditional mask.

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Sony confirms it’s the beginning of the end for PS4

Sony confirms it’s the beginning of the end for PS4

Earlier today, rumors about PS4 production in Japan began circulating, claiming that Sony had discontinued production on the vast majority of PS4 models in its home country. Now, it seems, we have confirmation that Sony has indeed made such a decision, as the company has updated its own website to reflect the changes. While the PlayStation 4 won't be going away entirely, it does look like the PS4 product lineup will be pared back significantly.

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Switch Pro could headline a huge 2021 for Nintendo

Switch Pro could headline a huge 2021 for Nintendo

While Nintendo didn't have a new console to launch in 2020 like its competitors Sony and Microsoft did, it was still a good year for the Switch. The COVID-19 pandemic drove incredibly strong sales for both the console and games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and according to some analysts, Nintendo may be able to keep that momentum going into 2021. While several analysts are predicting that the Switch will still be the best-selling console in 2021, there are at least a couple who are also predicting that we'll see Nintendo launch the long-rumored Switch Pro this year.

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