Author Archives: Mark Raby


Windows 10 Commercial [Updated]

Windows 10 Commercial [Updated]

Earlier today, we published an opinion piece expressing dislike for Microsoft's first commercial for the upcoming Windows 10 release. As with most opinion pieces, it prompted some discussion in the comments section, some of it questioning whether the author was being myopic in how they interpreted the advert.

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Amazon Prime Day was a complete bust… or was it?

Amazon Prime Day was a complete bust… or was it?

Now that the dust has settled from Amazon Prime Day, it's clear that the Seattle-based online retailer wasn't just using overblown hyperbole to get rid of some of its online inventory. It also didn't miscalculate. Rather, the response was more likely exactly what Amazon expected. As we previously reported, there were some great deals to be found, but for the most part, Prime Day was ridiculed for featuring discounts on seemingly random or even off-the-wall crazy items.

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CNN, Fox, other news networks still think we’re all technology idiots

CNN, Fox, other news networks still think we’re all technology idiots

While the endless filler and sometimes mind-numbing commentary that comes with 24-hour news networks provide plenty of subject matter worthy of eye-rolling criticism, it's hard to find any subject that is approached with a deeper level of maddening condescension and downright idiocy than when a breaking technology-related story unfolds. Watching CNN and others last Wednesday was just the latest example in this continuously absurd area of mainstream journalism.

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SlashGear Weekly Wrap-Up: July 28, 2012

SlashGear Weekly Wrap-Up: July 28, 2012

Happy Saturday, everyone. It's the end of the final full week of July; can you believe it? This year is flying by, and so are the tech stories of summer so let's get to it. So we’ll start with this – Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion racks up over 2 million downloads in 48 hours. And the next big story comes from Google – Project Glass details and Google+ hangout coming Monay. And moving right along, here’s something Microsoft probably doesn’t want to hear – Gabe Newell of Valve: Windows 8 a catastrophe.

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Apple apparently seeking strategic Twitter investment

Apple apparently seeking strategic Twitter investment

Apple is reportedly planning to make a huge splash in the social networking arena, but it doesn't want to build something from the ground up. It would be impossible to compete with the likes of Facebook and Twitter, so apparently the company is willing to dole out a bucket of money to Twitter and become a strategic partner with the microblogging site.

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Wii U price point may not be revealed until September

Wii U price point may not be revealed until September

We're all still anxiously awaiting the announcement of what Nintendo will charge consumers for its upcoming Wii successor. And it's not time to start holding our breath just yer. According to the latest analyst putting his neck on the line to make a prediction about the console, we might not get an official price point until September. Good news or bad news?

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ViVOtech may be the first victim of slow NFC adoption

ViVOtech may be the first victim of slow NFC adoption

Last year, there was one subject that nobody could get enough of in the mobile industry: near field communication (NFC)-powered mobile payments. Google launched its digital Wallet service, and Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T announced an unparalleled joint venture to get in on the action as well. So a company trying to get in on the ground floor of NFC sure seemed like a good idea, but the problem is you never know what the future will bring.

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Sony LittleBigPlanet Karting t-shirt contest announced

Sony LittleBigPlanet Karting t-shirt contest announced

Sony sure is looking for a lot of attention for its newets Sackboy-featured PS3 game, LittleBigPlanet Karting. But it doesn't want to do its own creative production. The company is holding a contest where users are asked to design a t-shirt for the upcoming PAX Prime event in Seattle. Whoever comes up with the best design wins a PlayStation Vita with 3G, and copies of LBP Karting for both the PS3 and Vita.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 27, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 27, 2012

Happy Friday, everyone. We've all made it through another work week and now it's time to kick back, relax, and check out the tech stories that made headlines today. So we'll start with this - Apple's OS X Mountain Lion racks up over 2 million downloads in 48 hours. And the next big story comes from Google - Project Glass details and Google+ hangout coming Monay. And if you're in the mood for some good news for smartphone shoppers, how about this? Best Buy lowers iPhone 4 price to $50 on contract.

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Apple iPad prototypes revealed in court docs

Apple iPad prototypes revealed in court docs

Say what you will about the state of patent disputes in America these days. There are of course companies that specialize in securing patents for the sole purpose of suing companies who end up actually putting those ideas to some sort of commercial use, and then there are frivolous battles between competing manufacturers. And finally, the minority of cases involve actual theft of intellectual property. But regardless of the circumstances, it's always cool when these cases shed insights into the design process of a product.

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