Author Archives: Mark Raby


Google “search by image” gets upgrade

Google “search by image” gets upgrade

Surely we've all experienced a time when we saw something - whether it was a landmark, an animal, a vehicle, etc - and wanted to find out more about it. But how do you Google something like that? I mean, you can't just take a picture of something and run it through Google's algorithms, right? If you think I'm right, then you obviously don't know about Google's "search by image" feature.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 2, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 2, 2012

Happy Monday, everyone. Yes, it's a new day, a new week, a new month. As we head into the first full month of summer, let's check out what made news in the tech world today - Windows 8 upgrade prices dropped by Microsoft. And in the world of mobile news, the Galaxy Nexus sales ban is up in the air pending appeal. And here's some rather startling social networking news - Twitter cuts tties with LinkedIn after 2-year partnership. Keep reading for more headlines...

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Treyarch doesn’t even know who’s developing Black Ops on Vita

Treyarch doesn’t even know who’s developing Black Ops on Vita

As part of Sony's all-encompassing push to prove the PlayStation Vita's relevance at last month's E3 trade show, it made sure to mention that a special version of Call of Duty: Black Ops would be making its way to the portable console. However, aside from a brief tease, we didn't learn much about the game. But we can't feel too bad, because apparently even the company that's in charge of the Call of Duty franchise doesn't know much.

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Netflix, Instagram, Pinterest suffer storm-related outages

Netflix, Instagram, Pinterest suffer storm-related outages

As evidence of the fact that high-end technological platforms are still vulnerable to the same trials and tribulations as everyone else, a series of severe storms rattled service at a few of the biggest online services this weekend. Netflix, Instagram, and Pinterest were among the most notable companies to suffer outages as a result of the weather.

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SlashGear Weekly Wrap-Up: June 30, 2012

SlashGear Weekly Wrap-Up: June 30, 2012

Happy Saturday, everyone. It's the final day of June, which means the first full month of summer is just around the corner. For now, though, let's end the month with a bang of all the biggest tech news of the week. Of course, the big news over the past six days came from Google I/O. Yes, it was chock full of announcements, including hardware from Asus – Asus CEO: Building Nexus 7 is like torure. Here’s another nugget from the show – Google Offline Maps update now live, YouTube adds preloading. And yes, Project Glass also made an appearance – Are $1500 Google Glasses a bargain? Keep reading for more I/O news…

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Stream TV plans glasses-free 3D TV for Olympics

Stream TV plans glasses-free 3D TV for Olympics

Stream TV is a company specializing in an area of consumer tech that others are either passing off as only in the research phase right now, or as something that's so expensive, it isn't worth going after mainstream crowds yet. We're talking about glasses-free (also known as "autostereoscopic") 3D television sets. While Stream TV can't offer its sets at affordable price points yet, it has the next best thing.

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Sony PlayStation Move Racing Wheel is one crazy contraption

Sony PlayStation Move Racing Wheel is one crazy contraption

Motion-controlled gaming does function pretty well in many applications, but one area where it leads to nothing but confusion and frustration is in racing games. People hated Microsoft's Kinect-powered hands-free racing mini-games, Nintendo's Mario Kart on Wii only works well if you have a Wii Remote wheel attachment, and now Sony is going down that same path.

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Sony Google TV device hints at OnLive

Sony Google TV device hints at OnLive

One of the biggest new content partnerships to be announced for Google TV this year is the deal that Google has secured with cloud gaming service OnLive. At the time, it was announced that LG's upcoming Google TV sets would incorporate the OnLive app to allow users to have instant and seamless access to triple-A video games directly on their TV. Vizio also decided to come on board, but so far there's been no news from Sony.

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Square’s newest competitor is mPowa

Square’s newest competitor is mPowa

It seems like in this current environment, there is a brand new entry in the mobile credit card payment market every day. It started with Square, and now everyone wants a piece of the action. The latest one to enter the fray is mPowa, which admittedly does bring some functionality and accessibility that Square and others have failed to offer. It's also cheaper.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: June 29, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: June 29, 2012

Happy Friday, everyone. Ready for the weekend? We sure are; it was a crazy week at Google I/O, but unfortunately for Google, this is the headline that ends the week - Apple granted preliminary sales ban of Galaxy Nexus. We'll go straight from that to something lighter and fun for the weekend - Nike+ FuelBand now integrates with Path. And if you're a travel fan, you should read this - Delta expanding WiFi access to international flights starting next year.

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Chinese government to launch Netflix rival

Chinese government to launch Netflix rival

Although Hollywood doesn't exactly have a chummy relationship with China, the nation is hoping it can start changing that by promising revenue deals for studios that opt to be a part of a new government-run streaming movie service. The idea sounds like something most Americans could never even imagine, but it could be a huge thing for those in China.

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