Author Archives: Mark Raby


Zynga to offer real-money gambling in 2013

Zynga to offer real-money gambling in 2013

Enough with that silly fake money in Farmville and the lack of real-world thrills in Zynga Poker. The country's favorite social game company is looking to expand into the world of sin and will offer a poker game that allows players to gamble actual money sometime in the first half of 2013. However, don't expect it to be hosted - or perhaps even playable - in the US, where online gambling is all but expunged due to several state laws banning the practice.

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Man makes guns with a 3D printer

Man makes guns with a 3D printer

We've seen no shortage of 3D-printed masterpieces over the last several months, but this is reportedly the first time that someone has used the technology to create a firearm. It comes from a users on the AR15 message boards, a community for gun fanatics. He used a Stratasys 3D printer to create a .22 pistol. And yes, it actually works; it can shoot bullets just like a normal gun.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 25, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 25, 2012

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Hopefully your hump day is going well, and even if it isn't we're here to brighten your evening with all the tech news that's fit to print. So let's get to it - Zynga posts $22.8 million loss in Q2 2012 report. And moving right along, here's something Microsoft probably doesn't want to hear - Gabe Newell of Valve: Windows 8 a catastrophe. And speaking of Valve... Steam hardware survey sees rise in lower-end PCs.

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Ouya will be about the size of a Rubik’s Cube

Ouya will be about the size of a Rubik’s Cube

No one is expecting the innovative Android-based Ouya game console to be huge in size, but it might be even smaller than you've pictured. "Our console is quite small, around the size of a Rubik's cube, and so it will easily fit anywhere in a room, or be easy to throw in a backpack," said hardware designer Yves Behar in an interview.

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Boxpay aims for frictionless TV app purchases

Boxpay aims for frictionless TV app purchases

A lot of consumers are getting into the market of smart TVs these days. Of course, the biggest problem is that there isn't a cohesive, universal platform for Internet-connected TVs. We're not even at the point where there are a couple platforms vying for dominance; we've stepped back to the Stone Age where each manufacturer has its own operating system.

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Square $200 million funding sought

Square $200 million funding sought

Mobile payment innovator Square is looking for another $200 million in funding in a deal that would value the entire company at $3.25 billion, a testament to just how powerful the once-lonely startup has become. These days, the Square brand is one of the most recognized brands in the mobile space and has spawned no shortage of copycats looking to follow after the empire it has created.

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Amazon stiffens Kindle unlimited Web access

Amazon stiffens Kindle unlimited Web access

Amazon truly innovated the market when it launched the original Kindle ereader back in 2007. Sure, there were other players on the market, not the least of which was Sony's Reader device that was a pioneer of ereaders (and now is merely a footnote in the market). But what really made the Kindle stand out was the ability to purchase new books seamlessly, no PC connection required.

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Satellite shots show intense Greeland ice sheet melt

Satellite shots show intense Greeland ice sheet melt

On July 8, around 40% of the massive ice sheet that covers the country of Greenland was at a point of thawing at or near the surface. But by July 12, that amount had risen to 97%. Just check out the image here. Anything in light pink is classified as "probably melt" while areas in dark pink are simply classified as "melt."

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Broadcom 5G WiFi chip introduced

Broadcom 5G WiFi chip introduced

A new innovation in WiFi is going to be ushered into the world of consumer electronics early next year. That's because of a new combo chip invented by Broadcom that promises to deliver the fifth generation of broadband wireless connectivity. The chip, known as the BCM4335, claims to offer "dramatic speed, range and power efficiency."

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 24, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 24, 2012

Happy Tuesday, everyone. We're winding up the month of July; can you believe it's already almost August? Anywho, let's take a look at the big stories from the tech world today. We'll start with this - Apple Q3 income hits $8.8 billion. Yeah, Apple's big quarterly numbers were released today and we're all over it. Check this story out too - Apple TV sales boom as "the hobby" gets serious. And moving onto non-Apple news - Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core tablets available now for $1,299.

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