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.

Fortnite v10.30 patch notes reveal big map changes

Fortnite v10.30 patch notes reveal big map changes

We find ourselves squarely in the middle of the week, and Fortnite players know what that means: a new update has landed. This time around, we actually aren't getting a new weapon or item to use in game, but instead, two new areas have appeared on the map. These new areas will be home to some pretty interesting mechanics, so you'll definitely want to check them out when you get into a game.

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HomePod multi-user support is finally on the way

HomePod multi-user support is finally on the way

Apple packed a lot of announcements into its iPhone reveal event yesterday, but one device that didn't get a shoutout is the AirPod. Despite that, it seems that Apple still has big plans for the speaker throughout the rest of the year. In all, there are three incoming features for the AirPod, and one in particular is something users have been asking for since the HomePod launched.

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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex gives HomePod some high-end competition

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex gives HomePod some high-end competition

Back in April, Bowers & Wilkins revealed what it calls the Formation Suite, a collection of five different products intended to play nice with one another and give users multi-room audio options. Today, the company introduced what could wind up being the core of the Formation Suite, announcing a new speaker called the Formation Flex. It seems that the Formation Flex is a challenger to speakers like Apple's HomePod and Sonos' smart speakers, so Bowers & Wilkins definitely has some market competition.

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iFixit Fairphone 3 teardown is a rare treat for DIYers

iFixit Fairphone 3 teardown is a rare treat for DIYers

While modern-day smartphones look nice, getting into them to fix something is usually an exercise in frustration. From components that are held in place by a ton of glue to non-standard screws, a lot of manufacturers out there seem to be making it as difficult as possible to repair their phones. Fairphone is not one of those companies, and iFixit's teardown of its latest phone, the Fairphone 3, is proof of that.

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World of Warcraft Classic review: Second time lucky

World of Warcraft Classic review: Second time lucky

How on earth are you supposed to review something like World of Warcraft Classic? Not only are MMOs hard to review in the first place given their emphasis on community, but WoW Classic is already a known quantity. We already played this game 15 years ago - or, more specifically, 13 years ago as WoW Classic is based on patch 1.2 for vanilla WoW, which didn’t ship until 2006. Regardless of the specific moment in time WoW Classic captures, many of us have played this before, and we all likely have an opinion on how good this game is.

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KFC breaks into gaming with a Colonel Sanders dating sim (yes really)

KFC breaks into gaming with a Colonel Sanders dating sim (yes really)

KFC has done a lot of strange things to draw attention to its brand in recent years, but this might be the strangest yet. KFC has revealed that it's breaking into the gaming space by acting as publisher on a dating sim. With KFC at the helm, that means none other than Colonel Sanders will be the object of your affection, though the version of Colonel Sanders that's in this game probably isn't the one you're used to seeing.

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iPhone 11 Pro Deep Fusion camera teased

iPhone 11 Pro Deep Fusion camera teased

The iPhone 11 is here, and launching alongside it is the iPhone 11 Pro. The iPhone 11 Pro's triple camera array received a lot of attention from Apple during the company's reveal event today, with Phil Schiller teasing one intriguing feature in particular. That feature is called Deep Fusion, and while Schiller didn't get too specific about its capabilities, his tease was definitely enough to pique our interest.

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Apple Watch Series 5 adds always-on display

Apple Watch Series 5 adds always-on display

As expected, Apple took some time at its reveal event today to announce what's next for the Apple Watch: Series 5. Apple Watch Series 5 doesn't make a ton of upgrades to the hardware, but the changes it does make are big. The first, and likely most significant change, is the Apple Watch's new always-on display.

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Apple Arcade price, launch date, exclusive games revealed

Apple Arcade price, launch date, exclusive games revealed

Apple has remained mostly silent on Apple Arcade since the subscription service was revealed earlier this year, but at today's iPhone reveal event, new details actually kicked off the show. Not only did Apple finally give us a release date and pricing details for Apple Arcade, but it also previewed some of the games that will be available as exclusives on the service.

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Polaroid Lab prints iPhone photos without ink

Polaroid Lab prints iPhone photos without ink

Printing photos taken with your phone can sometimes be an involved process, and the freshly-announced Polaroid Lab is looking to remove some of that hassle. With it, you can print out your smartphone photos on Polaroid film, giving you an instant, physical picture. The Polaroid Lab definitely seems like a niche product, but for those who miss the glory days of instant cameras, it could be a worthwhile buy.

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Google Play Pass release date is quickly approaching

Google Play Pass release date is quickly approaching

Back at the beginning of August, Google put a new subscription service called Google Play Pass into testing. Essentially, it seems that the Play Pass is Google's answer to Apple Arcade, as it's billed as a subscription service that grants users access to a collection of premium apps and games. Even though Google confirmed that the Play Pass was in testing when it was first outed last month, it didn't tell us when the feature might launch.

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Spotify Snapchat update lets you share music and podcasts

Spotify Snapchat update lets you share music and podcasts

In its quest to retain its spot as the dominant music streaming service, Spotify is helped by integrating with other apps. Today it's doing just that, announcing new Spotify functionality within Snapchat. At some point in the near future, you'll be able to share the music and podcasts you're listening to on Snapchat, potentially introducing your friends to some new tunes in the process.

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