Author Archives: Mark Raby


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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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