Author Archives: Eric Abent


Instagram now tells you when to stop scrolling

Instagram now tells you when to stop scrolling

Trying to keep up with friends on social media can be a stressful task, especially if you have a lot of people populating your feed. At the same time, it can be difficult to know that you're seeing the newest posts on sites like Facebook and Instagram because of the way their respective feeds are arranged. Beginning today, Instagram is launching a new tool to help with that very problem.

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Facebook unblocking bug broke privacy settings for 800k people

Facebook unblocking bug broke privacy settings for 800k people

Bugs are just part of the development process, and today, Facebook has the distinct displeasure of detailing one that could have affected as many as 800,000 users. As it turns out, Facebook has discovered a bug that potentially unblocked some of the people you've decided you never want to hear from again. Considering how many people are on Facebook these days, the block option pretty much becomes a necessity, so having a bug that negates it is definitely not a good thing.

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Here’s the latest on Fortnite Playground mode

Here’s the latest on Fortnite Playground mode

If you've been waiting on Fortnite's Playground mode, you definitely aren't alone. Almost a week after disappearing from the game because of the matchmaking problems it brought to the surface, Epic still hasn't been able to bring the mode back. Today, the company offered another update on the status of Playground mode, but you might want to temper your expectations before you get too excited.

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Fallout 76 cross-play bad news is all Sony’s fault says Bethesda director

Fallout 76 cross-play bad news is all Sony’s fault says Bethesda director

Cross-platform play is something that's on the minds of a lot of gamers at the moment, and Sony has been getting a lot of negative attention because of it. While the industry in general seems to be moving toward a future where anyone can play games with their friends regardless of platform, Sony has been the last major holdout. Sony's unwillingness to play nice with other platform holders seems to have quashed plans for cross-play in yet another game, and this time around, it's Bethesda's Fallout 76.

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HTC makes huge workforce cuts amid another bad year

HTC makes huge workforce cuts amid another bad year

For quite some time now, HTC has been struggling when it comes to making money. Its quest for profitability has seen some big shake-ups, from laying off workers to even selling off a large portion of its smartphone design team to Google. Today we're learning that the layoffs aren't over just yet, as HTC is preparing to make some big cuts at its Taiwanese manufacturing division.

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SGDQ 2018’s big speedrun event just raised a crazy amount of cash

SGDQ 2018’s big speedrun event just raised a crazy amount of cash

Another Games Done Quick marathon has come to an end, and like many of the organization's recent marathons, Summer Games Done Quick 2018 managed to set a pretty impressive record by the time everything was said and done. When all of the donations were counted up, Summer Games Done Quick 2018 managed to raise an eye-watering $2,129,894. That isn't an exact amount just yet, as there are always some donations that come in after the event ends.

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Huge Comcast outage sees internet and TV down across the US [Updated]

Huge Comcast outage sees internet and TV down across the US [Updated]

Comcast is experiencing a pretty major outage at the moment, so if you're having problems accessing the internet, you're definitely not alone. The outage seems to be affecting much of the US, from coast to coast. Even worse is that it sounds like it could be a problem that's going to take Comcast a while to sort out.

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Fortnite’s Playground mode is still nowhere to be seen

Fortnite’s Playground mode is still nowhere to be seen

Earlier this week, Fortnite briefly received an exciting new game mode: Playground. The reason why Playground mode is so intriguing to players is because it's essentially a sandbox where you can build, explore, and practice fighting to your heart's content. You can bring some friends too, giving you and your group a private map on which to strategize and scrimmage.

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Showtime is finally getting a Halo TV series off the ground

Showtime is finally getting a Halo TV series off the ground

Ever since Halo first arrived on the scene back in 2001, there have been repeated talks of movies and TV shows that haven't really gone anywhere. 17 years later, that's all changing, as Showtime has ordered 10 episodes of a new drama based on Microsoft's massive gaming franchise. It seems that, at long last, Halo will be making the jump to the world of entertainment with this series.

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NES Classic stock: There’s still time to order if you’re quick

NES Classic stock: There’s still time to order if you’re quick

As expected, today's NES Classic restock sold out at most retailers very quickly. That will hardly be a surprise to those who were trying to get one the first time the console was available, as they were very hard to come by and restocks were infrequent. Many people likely tried to get an NES Classic this morning and left empty-handed, but if that happened to you, you may not be entirely out of luck just yet.

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SpaceX CRS-15 launch a huge success with ISS-bound AI onboard

SpaceX CRS-15 launch a huge success with ISS-bound AI onboard

In the pre-dawn hours of this morning, SpaceX launched its 15th International Space Station resupply mission. The mission, known as CRS-15, is notable for more reasons than one, but it's particularly exciting because both the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft have been used in previous launches. The Dragon capsule is taking more than 5,900 pounds of research, hardware, and equipment to the ISS, with some interesting items on board.

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NES Classic restock: Where to buy and what to expect

NES Classic restock: Where to buy and what to expect

Tomorrow is a big day for Nintendo fans, as the NES Classic will be returning to store shelves after more than a year away. Nintendo is giving consumers a second chance to own the NES Classic, which was notoriously hard to come by during its initial retail run. It's probably going to be just as popular the second time around, so you'll definitely want to plan ahead if you want to get one.

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