Author Archives: Mark Raby


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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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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