Author Archives: Mark Raby


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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T-Mobile says 77% of consumers want a large-screen phone

T-Mobile says 77% of consumers want a large-screen phone

Whether or not you think it's cool, one thing that Samsung's Galaxy Note phone has sparked is discussion about "how big is too big" when it comes to smartphones. The Galaxy Note measures in at a whopping 5.3 inches, while the most popular Android tablet is just a bit bigger at 7 inches. Do consumers want this phone-tablet fusion? T-Mobile says yes.

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TiVo acquires TV analytics firm TRA

TiVo acquires TV analytics firm TRA

In its ever-growing bid to remain relevant in an industry dominated by integrated devices and the death of independent set-top boxes, TiVo has purchased a company called TRA for some $20 million. TRA specializes in making business sense out of customer TV viewing habits, and TiVo thinks it can use that data to keep itself profitable.

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Sony’s GT Academy top 16 drivers announced

Sony’s GT Academy top 16 drivers announced

Sony is making the dreams of 16 racing game fans come true by putting them behind the wheels of real-life professional racing cars. Players from all walks of life came together to compete in rigorous Gran Turismo battles, and now the best of the best are about to experience a pretty awesome prize.

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Sony super-slim PS3 pictures leak

Sony super-slim PS3 pictures leak

If you didn't believe that a new, even slimmer version of the PS3 was on the way, maybe these new pictures will do the trick. The folks over at Technoblog managed to get hold of a set of pictures that claim to be a brand new version of the PS3, with a sleeker design than ever before. Among the details believed to be true are that it will have Bluetooth and 802.11b/g.

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