Author Archives: Mark Raby


Social traffic app Waze reaches 20 million users

Social traffic app Waze reaches 20 million users

Waze has passed the 20 million user mark. If you haven’t heard of Waze, and you drive any sort of vehicle at all, then you should get on board. It’s a unique ‘social GPS’ platform that allows drivers to share data about things like traffic congestion, speed traps, accidents, gas prices, and all sorts of other handy features.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 5, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 5, 2012

Happy Thursday, everyone. Yes, it's back to the normal grind after yesterday's holiday, but there is a weekend coming up. And while you're still getting back into the groove of things, let's check out today's top stories. First things first - Apple iTunes app crashes get official response. And also, on the Android front - Google promises Galaxy Nexus sales by next week. Moving on to gamers - Namco Bandai brings 22 classic games to Asha touch devices.

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Sony PS4 in development since 2010 per resume

Sony PS4 in development since 2010 per resume

It seems like Sony has only been working on the successor to the PS3 for a couple years, as opposed to the traditional console life cycle where hardware makers used to go to the drawing board for the new console right after the current console's launch. Sony has of course been silent on the topic of the PS4, but it can't silence its employees from touting their laurels.

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Best Buy Galaxy S III leak results in lawsuit

Best Buy Galaxy S III leak results in lawsuit

So we all know the typical life of the rumor mill that surrounds a new electronic device, right? Before the product is announced, tips and leaks come from overseas manufacturing plants, but once the device becomes a known quantity, everyone turns to one channel for unannounced product info - the retail channel. But Best Buy wants to put an end to that side of the cycle.

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Netflix streamed a billion hours of content in June

Netflix streamed a billion hours of content in June

If you watched anything on Netflix last month, then you helped the digital streaming giant reach a new milestone - a billion hours of streamed video served to users in one month. Company CEO Reed Hastings made the announcement in a Facebook post. It's unclear how far over the billion-hour mark the site went last month, but it probably just barely crossed the finish line.

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Sony Google TV Blu-ray player drops OnLive support

Sony Google TV Blu-ray player drops OnLive support

Sony has axed support for OnLive game playback on its newest Google TV-powered Blu-ray player. Here's the kicker - the player hasn't even shipped yet; it isn't due to release until July 9. But after the company announced that it will acquire Gaikai - an OnLive rival - it seems like an infinitely understandable decision. Incidentally, Sony never confirmed any sort of OnLive partnership.

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Sony’s PlayStation Home to celebrate July 4

Sony’s PlayStation Home to celebrate July 4

If you weren't invited to a party, if you don't live near a spot where fireworks will be lighting the sky tomorrow night, and if you just really have nothing better to do with your time, Sony will be getting festive on your behalf in the virtual world of PlayStation Home. Special events and exclusive items are up for grabs if that's where you want to spend your Independence Day.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 3, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 3, 2012

Happy Tuesday, everyone. It's not just any Tuesday, of course. Hopefully you've got amazing plans for the 4th of July, but until then, let's get you what you need to know in the world of tech today. For starters - Galaxy S III hits Verizon on July 10. And in other interesting mobile stuff - Qualcomm Yagatta platform hands-on. And in the world of gaming, here's something - Halo 4 multiplayer requirements skyrocket.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab ban remains as appeal rejected

Samsung Galaxy Tab ban remains as appeal rejected

Samsung's request to temporarily suspend the ban on its Galaxy Tab tablet in the US has been struck down. The ban, which was pronounced last week as the result of a massive patent infringement case brought forth by Apple, will remain in effect as what is sure to be a very drawn-out legal battle between the two consumer electronics giants continues.

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HBO Go app gets Android tablet support

HBO Go app gets Android tablet support

HBO has updated its popular streaming video app for Android tablets up to version 4.0.4. Previously, it was only available for Android smartphones and the Kindle Fire, among other non-Android devices. HBO Go allows users to watch their favorite HBO shows on demand on devices ranging from tablets to TVs. The service also includes movies that have been licensed to HBO.

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Super Smash Bros may have reached its character limit

Super Smash Bros may have reached its character limit

There were 36 playable characters in Super Smash Bros Brawl. Is that enough, or would it really be that much better if Nintendo managed to squeak a few more in? As it is, you had characters like Ness and Lucas, Diddy and Donkey Kong, and Marth and Ike that pretty much played identically. So for the next entry, Nintendo isn't focusing on quantity.

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Best Buy considers in-store competitor price streaming

Best Buy considers in-store competitor price streaming

If you hear an analyst talk about the state of Best Buy these days, you'll no doubt hear stories about how consumers now walk into the store with the sole purpose of scanning items with their phone to see what the price is at places like Amazon or Walmart. A lot of people like to talk about the phenomenon of customers using Best Buy as nothing more than a "showroom." Some experts will tell you this phenomenon is blown way out of proportion, and Best Buy could have its own way of fixing that.

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