Author Archives: Eric Abent


5 head-scratching questions we have about LG’s PJ9 floating speaker

5 head-scratching questions we have about LG’s PJ9 floating speaker

LG has introduced the world to its PJ9 Bluetooth speaker, and it's looking to give your listening sessions a mysterious twist. The somewhat tiny speaker uses magic (or magnets) to levitate above its larger base, giving it a rather unique aesthetic in a sea of other Bluetooth speakers. It's certainly an attention grabber, to say the least.

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Popular video transcoder HandBrake hits version 1.0 after 13 years

Popular video transcoder HandBrake hits version 1.0 after 13 years

HandBrake is celebrating a new milestone this week, as an update released over the Christmas holiday brought the transcoding program to version 1.0. That's a big enough reason for celebration and champagne all its own, but what makes this release more important for the Handbrake team is that it took 13 years to reach this point. Yes, HandBrake was initially released in August 2003.

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The Best Games of 2016: Forza Horizon 3

The Best Games of 2016: Forza Horizon 3

After playing games exclusively on PC and Nintendo 3DS for most of this console generation, I made the decision earlier this year to buy an Xbox One S. Somewhat predictably, it doesn't see a lot of use since PC is still my platform of choice, but if one game was the exception to that trend, it was Forza Horizon 3. I wasn't expecting it at first, but what I thought was just going to be a fun little diversion turned into one of the best games of the year.

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Carrie Fisher dies at age 60

Carrie Fisher dies at age 60

Iconic actress Carrie Fisher has died following a heart attack she suffered on a plane trip from London to Los Angeles last week. Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, announced her passing to People Magazine earlier today. An accomplished actress, writer, and advocate, Fisher was just 60 years old.

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Alexa was the star of Amazon’s billion-order holiday

Alexa was the star of Amazon’s billion-order holiday

It sounds like Amazon's Alexa devices were a big hit over the holidays. Amazon announced today that sales of the Echo family were up 9x over 2015's holiday season, which puts sales of Alexa devices well into the millions for 2016. As is usually the case with Amazon, it didn't share specific numbers, and that's something of a shame, as it would offer good insight into how the Alexa ecosystem is performing in the face of increased competition from Google Home.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon’s second global mission kicks off – here are the details

Pokemon Sun and Moon’s second global mission kicks off – here are the details

Nintendo has revealed new details about Pokemon Sun and Moon's second global event - missions where all players around the world work toward a common goal. The first global event occurred shortly after the games' launch and ended in failure. Nintendo has scaled the goals for the second event based on participation from the first, so players should have an easier time completing this one.

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The 10 best games to use a Steam Gift Card on right now

The 10 best games to use a Steam Gift Card on right now

For a lot of PC gamers, Christmas means one thing: Steam gift cards. The holiday season is the perfect time to fill your Steam wallet, too, as we find ourselves smack in the middle of the Steam winter sale. With nearly 16,000 games on sale, there's a truly overwhelming number of options, so here are a few ideas that might help you get your spending spree rolling.

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Forget Google Maps: This glowing Compass Stone is straight out of anime

Forget Google Maps: This glowing Compass Stone is straight out of anime

A new product called Compass Stone has arrived on Kickstarter, and it's looking to change the way we use our phones for GPS navigation. The idea behind Compass Stone is simple: people should be looking up when traveling to their destination instead of staring at their screen the entire time. The way Compass Stone looks to accomplish this goal is interesting, to say the least.

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Nintendo sees mobile dollar signs, plans two or three games per year

Nintendo sees mobile dollar signs, plans two or three games per year

Hot on the heels of Super Mario Run's launch, Nintendo is further committing to more mobile games in the future. Of course, we already knew that Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing mobile games are planned, but in a recent interview with Kyoto NP, Nintendo President Takeshi Kimishima got a little more specific about what to expect on the mobile front in the future. In short: don't expect Nintendo to just release a handful of games on mobile and then go back to developing exclusively on consoles.

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Galaxy S8 Plus tipped with 6-inch display as Samsung plots Note revival

Galaxy S8 Plus tipped with 6-inch display as Samsung plots Note revival

We've already heard plenty of rumors about the Galaxy S8's display, but today a new one is giving us some interesting details. According to Naver, Samsung will again offer two versions of its flagship, but one Galaxy S8 model will come with a 6-inch display. That's a fair bit larger than Galaxy S phones of the past, and even larger than the displays we see on the Galaxy Note.

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DEKA’s LUKE arm delivered to Walter Reed to help US veterans

DEKA’s LUKE arm delivered to Walter Reed to help US veterans

The LUKE prosthetic arm is taking another big step today, as DARPA has delivered the first two arms to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). These arms, along with others from a new production line, will be prescribed to veterans in need of them. The WRNMMC will select the veterans that will get these arms, and the manufacturers of the LUKE - Mobius Bionics - will train Walter Reed physicians on how the arms function and how to fit patients with them.

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Steam is down amid its biggest sale of the year [Update]

Steam is down amid its biggest sale of the year [Update]

Bad news for those of you looking to snag some tasty gaming deals: Steam is down at the moment. If you're having a problem accessing the store, any of Steam's community features, or game servers based on Steamworks, the good news is that this problem isn't on your end. The bad news is that this seems to be a fairly massive outage, and there's no word when Steam will come back.

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