Author Archives: Mark Raby


Nintendo Wii U will not be more than $400

Nintendo Wii U will not be more than $400

The idea of saying that a Nintendo console could potentially cost upwards of $500 or even $600 would have seemed absurd just a year or so ago, but as more and more rumors pop up about the Wii U's launch day price point being that high, a new credible story has come out that the system will almost certainly be priced at less than $400, with something in the $350 price range seeming like a distinct possibility.

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Wedbush Securities analyst: $99 Xbox 720, contract required

Wedbush Securities analyst: $99 Xbox 720, contract required

Would you buy an Xbox 720 if it meant you had to sign a contract with a cable company? Yeah, you read that correctly. Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter seems to believe that the next iteration of Microsoft's Xbox will act as both a video game console and a cable box - like, with a legitimate, actual physical service connection meaning you won't need to have a standalone cable box.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 11, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 11, 2012

Happy Wednesday, everyone. It's 7/11 and here are the stories that made news in the world of tech today. First off, this is cool, even if you don't live in New York City - NYC payphones begin transition to Wi-Fi hotspots. Admittedly, if you're not in the NYC area, that's not super relevant, but gamers from all areas will appreciate this one - Mass Effect 3 Earth DLC officially confirmed by Bioware. And speaking of gaming, Marvell and OnLive team up to bring game streaming to Google TV.

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PlayStation PLAY lineup announced

PlayStation PLAY lineup announced

Sony has announced its plans for this year's PlayStation PLAY promotion, which highlights a slate of new downloadable PlayStation Network games toward the end of summer. In addition to featuring specific titles to draw attention to the cream of the crop, gamers receive special discounts if they purchase multiple of the featured games.

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Google Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus updated already to Android 4.1.1

Google Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus updated already to Android 4.1.1

Even though it hasn't even been officially released to the public yet, Google's Nexus 7 tablet has already been upgraded to a new version of Android. Relax - it's still Jelly Bean, but instead of version 4.1, the device is now running Android version number 4.1.1. It doesn't bring a huge amount of enhancements but it is interesting to see the tablet already get a software update. The update is also being pushed to the international HSPA+ version of the Galaxy Nexus.

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Microsoft Halo 4 will work on Surface

Microsoft Halo 4 will work on Surface

If we said just several months ago that Halo 4 would be playable on a device other than the Xbox 360 or a Windows PC, you probably would have thought we were crazy. But that would have been before Microsoft announced its impending Surface tablet platform. In an effort to make the tablet a success right out of the gate, Surface will be able to play Halo 4.

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Sony’s MLB 12 The Show predicts AL All-Star win

Sony’s MLB 12 The Show predicts AL All-Star win

Sony has once again put the power of its "MLB The Show" franchise to the test and used a simulation of MLB 12 The Show to predict who the winner of tonight's All-Star game will be. The Sony exclusive title is considered the most sophisticated baseball simulation video game, even though hypothetical predictions of real-life games like this often do not come true.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 10, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 10, 2012

Happy Tuesday, everyone. As we venture on into the seventh month of the year, a lot of stories made headlines today. So, to start things off, here's an interesting Apple update - iPad mini and iPhone 5 pre-production models appear in China. Although, Google might put the pressure on early - Nexus 7 might hit retail this Thursday. And let's look at Microsoft's news for good measure - Microsoft prepares to roll out new Windows-based cloud systems.

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Carriers hesitant toward text donations to Romney, Obama

Carriers hesitant toward text donations to Romney, Obama

If you were hoping that perhaps some day you would be able to send a donation to your favorite political candidate by sending a text message, there is some unfortunate news for you. It appears that, even though the Federal Election Commission approved this kind of mobile donation, getting major carriers to set up the technological side of things on their end is proving to be something of a lost battle. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and others have all not enabled political donation texting.

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Nintendo 3DS, Wii U to have unified accounts

Nintendo 3DS, Wii U to have unified accounts

If you purchase a $20 eShop gift card for your 3DS, but then realize there's a downloadable product on the Wii U that you just have to have, there may be good news for you. According to Nintendo representative David Marshall, the company will have a unified account system for the 3DS and the Wii U, meaning users will be able to create one online account and use it for both systems.

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