Author Archives: Mark Raby


International Olympic Committee enhances online social presence

International Olympic Committee enhances online social presence

The 2012 Summer Olympics in London are going to be the most online-connected Olympics ever. That's a fact, and it's nothing worth writing an essay about because that doesn't surprise anyone. What's perhaps most interesting, though, is to see whether or not the organization that runs the international games is keeping up with the incredible social presence that the next few months will have.

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Apps popular among smart TV owners, unknown by everyone else

Apps popular among smart TV owners, unknown by everyone else

Among people who own an Internet-connected TV, the overwhelmingly favorite apps are ones like Netflix and YouTube. But surprisingly, Facebook is also near the top of the list. 35% of those with a smart TV say that the social networking platform is a "must-have" app for the device. Internet radio Pandora is also popular, with 28% of owners calling that a must-have TV app.

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NCR joins growing list of mobile payment operators

NCR joins growing list of mobile payment operators

You might not recognize the name NCR, but chances are you've interacted with some of its products. In fact, chances are you do so on a daily basis. It manufactures millions of point-of-sale terminals that are used at retail stores as well as barcode scanners, professional kiosks, ATMs, and more. And now it's stepping into the newest form of payment technology.

 

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 19, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 19, 2012

Happy Thursday, everyone. We're barreling right along this week as the tech stories continue to pour in. Here's what we have for you today - HTC preparing Jelly Bean update for One XL and One S. Also, are you curious how much money the new Yahoo CEO will be making? Marissa Mayer's Yahoo employment offer revealed with massive salary. Also, big news from Microsoft - Microsoft shows first public loss ever in financial Q4 2012.

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The Laugh Factory app launching on PS3 September 1

The Laugh Factory app launching on PS3 September 1

When it comes to streaming video on gaming consoles, it takes a lot to be the "first" in any category anymore. The marketplace has certainly filled up quickly with all sorts of content. But Sony has found yet another niche - it claims to be launching "the first live comedy application available on any console." It's The Laugh Factory Live, and it's coming to the PS3 on September 1.

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Samsung confirms Angry Birds TV app plans

Samsung confirms Angry Birds TV app plans

Samsung and Rovio are going after a couple different segments of the population - those who own an Internet-connected Samsung TV and have somehow managed to never play Angry Birds, and those who own an Internet-connected Samsung TV and cannot get enough Angry Birds. Given that the former consists of people who have never downloaded Angry Birds on their phone or tablet, and never downloaded it onto a game console, it's the latter category that is probably the bigger chunk here.

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Hulu expands international wings, deals with BBC

Hulu expands international wings, deals with BBC

Not too long after announcing that it secured the American rights to a popular Israeli drama, Hulu has now partnered up with the BBC to bridge the Atlantic Ocean and bring the UK comedy The Thick of It to American shores as well. The difference with this latest deal, though, is that Hulu will actually help with the production of the show. According to the official details, season four of The Thick of It is still produced by the BBC, but now it carries the footnote "in association with Hulu."

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Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault to have tower defense mechanic

Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault to have tower defense mechanic

If you've ever played through any of the always-addicting Ratchet & Clank games, once you get used to the zany cartoon style and not-always-sharp humor, there's one thing that becomes instantly identifiable about the franchise - the weapons. Apparently, developers at Insomniac Games realized just how iconic its crazy R&C weapons are, and decided to capitalize on it for the next franchise installment.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 18, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 18, 2012

Happy Wednesday, everyone. It's the middle of the week, but it's always the top of the news cycle here so let's take a look at today's headlines. We'll start with a major announcement from Microsoft - Windows 8 release date finally announced. And moving right along to the legal world - Apple to appeal Samsung advertisement court ruling. Also, music gamers will appreciate this - Rock Band Blitz hits XBLA and PSN in August.

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Nintendo Wii U comment sheds skepticism on Mario Bros launch title

Nintendo Wii U comment sheds skepticism on Mario Bros launch title

At E3 last month, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime made it clear that gamers wanted Mario as a launch title on the Wii U, and seemed to say that New Super Mario Bros Wii U would be a launch title for the new console. But then again, there was a lot of the phrase "launch window" being tossed around, and new comments from Nintendo are even less confident.

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