Author Archives: Mark Raby


LevelUp goes mobile payments without the fees

LevelUp goes mobile payments without the fees

Ever since mobile payment pioneer Square started making huge waves in the industry, everyone started swarming into the nascent segment of allowing smartphones to be turned into makeshift credit card terminals. And thus began a war from service providers to offer the lowest possible credit card swipe fees and still be profitable. So you knew this day had to come.

Continue Reading...

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 12, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 12, 2012

Happy Thursday, everyone. It's that time of day where we round up and wrap up all the stories in the world of tech from today. So let's get started; you knew this was coming - iPad Olympics apps set to cover from all angles. And in the world of gaming, we have this - Ultima IV getting resurrected as a free-to-play games. And also in the gaming industry, Nintendo's glasses-free system is doing alright - Nintendo 3DS hits 5 million sold in US.

Continue Reading...

Aereo claims major preliminary victory in TV network lawsuit

Aereo claims major preliminary victory in TV network lawsuit

Sometimes it really doesn't matter what side of the law you're on if your opponent is about 100 million times more powerful and financially resourceful than you. Such is the epic lawsuit between small technological startup Aereo and every single TV broadcast network - ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and more. And yet, so far in this David vs. Goliath battle, David is winning.

Continue Reading...

Designer uses 3D printer for running shoes

Designer uses 3D printer for running shoes

So long, Nike. The next big thing in the world of shoes might not come from an overseas factory but from a printer. A 3D printer, that is. Designer and engineer Luc Fusaro is working on creating a pair of shoes that can be manufactured from the comfort of a 3D printer. What's special about his is the inclusion of spikes, which make for a more athletic appeal and distinguish them from the existing slate of 3D-printed shoes.

Continue Reading...

Paydiant brings QR code option to mobile payment landscape

Paydiant brings QR code option to mobile payment landscape

The newest entry to the wildly and rapidly growing mobile payment environment is a company called Paydiant. It doesn't expect you to rattle off its name when you're out talking with your friends about Square and PayPal (because we all do that all the time), but it does want you to realize there are other alternatives to traditional credit card payments, and it has its sights set on QR.

Continue Reading...

Nintendo Wii U will not be more than $400

Nintendo Wii U will not be more than $400

The idea of saying that a Nintendo console could potentially cost upwards of $500 or even $600 would have seemed absurd just a year or so ago, but as more and more rumors pop up about the Wii U's launch day price point being that high, a new credible story has come out that the system will almost certainly be priced at less than $400, with something in the $350 price range seeming like a distinct possibility.

Continue Reading...

Wedbush Securities analyst: $99 Xbox 720, contract required

Wedbush Securities analyst: $99 Xbox 720, contract required

Would you buy an Xbox 720 if it meant you had to sign a contract with a cable company? Yeah, you read that correctly. Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter seems to believe that the next iteration of Microsoft's Xbox will act as both a video game console and a cable box - like, with a legitimate, actual physical service connection meaning you won't need to have a standalone cable box.

Continue Reading...

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 11, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: July 11, 2012

Happy Wednesday, everyone. It's 7/11 and here are the stories that made news in the world of tech today. First off, this is cool, even if you don't live in New York City - NYC payphones begin transition to Wi-Fi hotspots. Admittedly, if you're not in the NYC area, that's not super relevant, but gamers from all areas will appreciate this one - Mass Effect 3 Earth DLC officially confirmed by Bioware. And speaking of gaming, Marvell and OnLive team up to bring game streaming to Google TV.

Continue Reading...

PlayStation PLAY lineup announced

PlayStation PLAY lineup announced

Sony has announced its plans for this year's PlayStation PLAY promotion, which highlights a slate of new downloadable PlayStation Network games toward the end of summer. In addition to featuring specific titles to draw attention to the cream of the crop, gamers receive special discounts if they purchase multiple of the featured games.

Continue Reading...

Google Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus updated already to Android 4.1.1

Google Nexus 7, Galaxy Nexus updated already to Android 4.1.1

Even though it hasn't even been officially released to the public yet, Google's Nexus 7 tablet has already been upgraded to a new version of Android. Relax - it's still Jelly Bean, but instead of version 4.1, the device is now running Android version number 4.1.1. It doesn't bring a huge amount of enhancements but it is interesting to see the tablet already get a software update. The update is also being pushed to the international HSPA+ version of the Galaxy Nexus.

Continue Reading...