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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: June 28, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: June 28, 2012

Happy Thursday, everyone. Yes, if you're wondering, we are still chock full of Google I/O news and analysis today. So we should step right into it - Can't wait for Google Glass? Recon's Mod Live has you covered today. But if you can wait for all the new Google stuff, check this out - Google Earth 3D hands-on at Google I/O. And just to prove other companies are in the news - Microsoft plans Xbox Music to rival iTunes, Spotify.

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Nintendo’s latest hire is Disney video game exec

Nintendo’s latest hire is Disney video game exec

Nintendo has added a new member to its team, a man who held a leading position at Disney's video game department. Are you asking, "So what?" right now. You should be. Companies hire new people all the time, but what's interesting about this situation is what Duncan Orrell-Jones is expected to bring to the table. He will be heading up the "development and evolution" of Nintendo's digital strategy.

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Saturn Titan moon ocean hypothesis strengthens

Saturn Titan moon ocean hypothesis strengthens

Scientists now believe more than ever that Saturn's largest moon has an underground ocean. The discovery that presents this latest solid evidence is that Titan has been found to warp during its gravitational tides. This is leading science experts to believe that a large body of water slosed around under its outer shell.

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Epic Games iOS Infinity Blade is company’s most profitable

Epic Games iOS Infinity Blade is company’s most profitable

Epic Games has an interesting little factoid that it wants you to be aware of. Its iPhone/iPad game Infinity Blade is more profitable than Gears of War. That is, of course, if you look at it on a relative scale. Obviously, the company's total revenue brought in by its blockbuster console titles far outweighs that of any of its mobile endeavors.

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3D printer enthusiasts create cake-icing machine

3D printer enthusiasts create cake-icing machine

We might not quite be at the level of technological brilliance that allows us to sit at home on the computer, press the "print" button, and have a cake appear next to you in a few minutes. But that didn't stop a group of creative 3D printing fanatics from using similar technology to create a machine that autonomously prints icing onto a cake, allowing custom, advanced designs.

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Sony PSN a more reliable revenue stream than Xbox Live

Sony PSN a more reliable revenue stream than Xbox Live

Sony has been monetizing its online gaming network at a stronger rate than its biggest competitor. That is, if you don't count the cost of Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus. We're only talking about payments for individual pieces of content, like game add-ons, full game downloads, TV shows, and movies, and other pay-per-title forms of media. More than 15% of PS3 owners have paid for a piece of digital content on their console.

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Epic’s Cliff Bleszinski wants to have better Kinect

Epic’s Cliff Bleszinski wants to have better Kinect

Game development genius Cliff Bleszinski, known colloquially as "Cliffy B," has spoken out about his feelings on Microsoft's motion-sensing peripheral. In a recent interview, he said, "There are not a lot of things that wound up in there. There’s one thing actually that you just reminded me of though, is that we are not supporting Kinect in Gears Judgment."

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Nintendo $100 Wii U game pre-orders denounced

Nintendo $100 Wii U game pre-orders denounced

Nintendo is saying that no one should pay attention to any sort of pre-order prices that online or brick-and-mortar retailers attach to anything related to the Wii U. The company has not given any indication about the price of games or hardware - something that has made a lot of analysts worried since the device is launching later this year - but it is doing its best to quash any floating rumors.

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Waze social GPS navigation to be embedded in cars

Waze social GPS navigation to be embedded in cars

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 that you simply don't get with your vintage Garmin or even your standard smartphone maps app.

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Super Smash Bros head to deliver coveted keynote

Super Smash Bros head to deliver coveted keynote

In what could be a move for Nintendo to drum up last-minute excitement for the Wii U, the man at the head of the Super Smash Bros franchise will give a rare public keynote address at a game developer conference later this summer. Masahiro Sakurai gained Internet fame in the months leading up to Super Smash Bros Brawl because of his constantly-updated blog that became the source for all Brawl-related news.

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VeriFone’s mobile credit card reader comes to Android

VeriFone’s mobile credit card reader comes to Android

After what one would assume was a successful launch on Android last month, VeriFone has decided to bring its mobile point-of-sale credit card swiper to Android phones. It marks the first truly established player in the retail point-of-sale world to launch a device for small businesses for the mobile Google platform and will compete directly with Square.

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Sony LittleBigPlanet Karting beta promised soon

Sony LittleBigPlanet Karting beta promised soon

Sony wants to let you know that the latest adventure for its easily recognizable Sackboy mascot is heading out to fans soon. And if you can't wait for it to come to stores, you may be lucky enough to grab an early shot at LittleBigPlanet Karting when it arrives in beta form. Sony is encouraging players to keep an eye on the PlayStation Blog for their chance to get into the beta.

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