Author Archives: Mark Raby


Square threatens legal action against mPowa

Square threatens legal action against mPowa

Mobile payment leader Square has issued a cease and desist letter to mPowa, one of the newest players in the emerging market of turning smartphones and tablets into portable credit card terminals. But the details aren't exactly what you'd expect. Square doesn't care about mPowa's technology; it cares about the picture mPowa is using in its promotional messaging.

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Hulu’s first exclusive non-English show announced

Hulu’s first exclusive non-English show announced

Hulu is expanding. Literally. For the first time, the streaming video service is bringing a television series that is targeted at an audience other than English speakers. For years, Hulu has been a place for Americans to watch their favorite American TV content, but now it's time for the tastes to expand.

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Crunchyroll, Neon Alley heading to PSN

Crunchyroll, Neon Alley heading to PSN

If you aren't getting your share of streaming video content on your PS3 through Netflix, Hulu Plus, CinemaNow, YouTube, Crackle, etc, then maybe some news out of Comic-Con will be music to your ears. That is, assuming you're a fan of anime. Two of the biggest anime streaming services are making their way to the PlayStation Network.

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MIT scientists work on 3D TV via stacked LCDs

MIT scientists work on 3D TV via stacked LCDs

You know, it's funny. Back in the day when Samsung launched the first consumer 3D TV, in 2010, I thought it would actually catch on for one principle reason. That reason is that unlike Betamax vs. VHS or Blu-ray vs. HD DVD, this was a universal format. It was like the transition from standard definition to high definition. No one questioned it. Boy, was I wrong, and MIT is the latest organization to prove it.

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Amazing Alex tops the mobile charts

Amazing Alex tops the mobile charts

Did we really expect anything else? The next game from Angry Birds creator Rovio has managed to climb to the top of the mobile gaming charts after just one day. Already a global phenomenon, the 99-cent iPhone game is the best-selling iPhone app in no fewer than 35 countries. Meanwhile, the $2.99 high-def version is the best-selling iPad app in 50 countries.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 13, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 13, 2012

Happy Friday the 13th, everyone. Hopefully you're not superstitious and haven't been exposed to any bad luck today. But even if you have, now's the time to chill and catch up on the tech news that hit the airwaves today. To start, get this, there's actually some good Blackberry news - RIM Blackberry 10 developer support on the rise. And as Nintendo's new console approaches, so do the third-party comments - Wii U more powerful than 360 and PS3 claims 5th Cell. Also, here's a look at the final details of Digg's sale - Digg sale splits the company three ways for $16m.

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Doctors: Facebook, Skype lead to plastic surgery rise

Doctors: Facebook, Skype lead to plastic surgery rise

A lot of the discussion about the rise in social networking tends to shift toward the subject of users being divorced from real life, sitting at home instead of going out and actually meeting people. One would assume this would lead to a society where vanity and looks don't seem as important, but in fact it's exactly the opposite that seems to be true.

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Microsoft announces Summer of Arcade freebies

Microsoft announces Summer of Arcade freebies

Five years ago, Microsoft launched an idea to generate buzz around its Xbox Live Arcade platform during the dog days of summer by creating a weeks-long promotion in which new games would be featured every week and special deals and promotions would encourage gamers to download new content at a time of the year when they had nothing better to do. Today, it's still doing the same thing.

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CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher reaches 4 million copies

CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher reaches 4 million copies

At some point, a cult following reaches proportions that might push it out of the niche realm of calling it a "cult following." Case in point - The Witcher, a mature-themed role-playing game for the Xbox 360 and PC that has managed to sell more than four million copies, the game's publisher announced today. That sales numbers includes both the original game The Witcher and its sequel The Witcher 2.

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Netflix users watch more TV, less movies

Netflix users watch more TV, less movies

It's a sign that the average attention span might be dwindling even more than it already has. The latest metrics into user activity on video streaming giant Netflix's platform reveal that TV content is quickly becoming a favorite among a fast-growing segment of the company's users. Movies are still on top, but the gap is closing.

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