Author Archives: Mark Raby


World War Z movie getting script makeover

World War Z movie getting script makeover

There is another chapter in the ongoing saga about turning the classic zombie novel World War Z into a motion picture. You would think that writing a script for a movie that's based on a book that has already been written wouldn't be that difficult. However, that apparently hasn't been the case with World War Z, which has already faced a lot of unexpected costs due to millions of dollars worth of reshoots.

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XMBC Windows Media Center alternative launches on Android

XMBC Windows Media Center alternative launches on Android

XMBC, a leading open-source platform for Internet-enabled media playback, has just announced that it is now available for Android. As the consortium makes clear in its blog post describing the launch, this is not a remote player; it's isn't a dumbed-down mobile version of the client. It is in fact the exact same XMBC experience that you would get on a computer, TV set-top box, etc.

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RIM ordered to pay $147 million in lawsuit

RIM ordered to pay $147 million in lawsuit

Talk about hitting a man while he's down. Research in Motion has just lost a lawsuit brought forward by a company called Mformation Technologies. It alleged that the Blackberry maker violated its patents with its enterprise server software. The verdict orders RIM to pay $8 in royalties for every Blackberry device connected to that software.

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SlashGear Weekly Wrap-Up: July 14, 2012

SlashGear Weekly Wrap-Up: July 14, 2012

Happy Saturday, everyone. If you're in a place where the summer heat is bearing down, hopefully you're in an air-conditioned building just relaxing and catching up on this week's tech news. 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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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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