Author Archives: Nate Swanner


500px for iOS update brings Adobe, manual camera controls

500px for iOS update brings Adobe, manual camera controls

Photography sharing site/app 500px is already a destination for many photography enthusiasts, and now they’ve got reason to stay. After adding mobile uploads earlier this year, 500px has made another impressive move for mobile. A “professional” photo editor is cobbled into 500px’s iOS app, as is a dedicated camera interface. With the camera, you’ll be able to better take advantage of iOS 8’s granular camera controls. If what you shot doesn’t exactly set your world on fire, the Adobe-powered editor might do your photos justice.

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Sony’s next Xperia tablet rumored for 4K, 6GB RAM

Sony’s next Xperia tablet rumored for 4K, 6GB RAM

Sony is no stranger to CES, and tends to make the event their forum for announcing new products. Last year, we saw a bevy of awesome new cameras and a still-in-progress SmartBand tracker. Another thing Sony does well is high-end devices and products. The latest rumor has Sony going absolutely off on tablets, bringing a massive screen capable of 4K resolution. The rumored spec sheet is equally insane, boasting more RAM than you’ve ever heard of on a mobile device.

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McDonalds puts notifications on the menu with iBeacon program

McDonalds puts notifications on the menu with iBeacon program

McDonald's has announced they’ve begun testing the power of beacons. At several franchise locations in Columbus, Georgia customers are being treated to deals via iBeacon technology. The rollout is done in partnership with Piper, a provider of low-energy beacon solutions, with plans for a wider rollout once the kinks are ironed out. Once in the McDonald's app, customers may see special offers or coupons pushed to their handsets, which can be redeemed at purchase? According to Piper, it’s working well.

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Rumor: Galaxy S6 will be metal with a curved screen

Rumor: Galaxy S6 will be metal with a curved screen

The last time we saw anything about the Galaxy S6, it was a nearly bezel-less device that seemed far too good to be true. And hey, it was; people quickly discovered the device was a photoshopped pic of a different Samsung device, so we’re back to square one on the rumor/candyland board. A new rumor, though very much an eyebrow-raising one, suggests Samsung is gong aluminum with the Galaxy S6. Also, they’re getting into the curved screen game, if the talk is at all accurate.

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Pandora brings back annual billing

Pandora brings back annual billing

Back in March, Pandora decided to alter their pricing scheme a bit, boosting the price on their monthly plans by about $1/month. They also discarded their annual subscription, though it wasn’t clear why. The annual billing was just a one-time fee, and didn’t really give subscribers and sort of discount. In the face of public outcry, Pandora has brought the annual subscription option back. It’s still as much as you’d pay with monthly fees, but saves you from seeing it as a recurring charge.

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Secret app redesigned, gets chat & work features

Secret app redesigned, gets chat & work features

Anonymous messaging apps have their intrigue, there’s no doubt about it. Spilling your most intimate secrets to a group of people who won’t know it’s you can be both frightening and cathartic, but like the messages themselves, not lasting. After an intense launch that saw it reach the top of the App Store charts, Secret has lost its mojo, and given way to several other apps similar to it. Now it’s been refreshed, has a new look, and some new functionality that makes it more of an interpersonal chat platform.

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Hyperloop may be ten years out, team says

Hyperloop may be ten years out, team says

When elon Musk cooly dropped the Hyperloop on us all, the idea was as forehead-slapping simple as it was futuristic. For Californians, the reality of an uber-quick Los Angeles to San Francisco transit system has long been discussed, but eludes the public at large. Though not without its doubters, the Hyperloop was a pretty bright concept, and one we’d all like to have. That’s kind of the new thinking around the Hyperloop, as the team attempting to build it is aiming to have it ready in ten years, and criss-crossing the nation.

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Verizon lets you send Starbucks via Messages

Verizon lets you send Starbucks via Messages

If you don’t use Verizon Messages, you might want to start. Most of us probably migrate toward other chat services for our needs, even if we have a Verizon phone, but there’s a really good reason to start using Verizon Messages this winter. Especially if you forgot to give a gift, and apologies just aren’t your thing. You can now send Starbucks eGift cards via Verizon Messages to the tune of $5, $10, or $25 to any other Messages user you like.

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Amazon Prime Now delivers in hours, not days

Amazon Prime Now delivers in hours, not days

Two days? That’s a long time. Instead, how about two hours? Amazon is upping their delivery game with Amazon Prime Now, an accelerated version of their already popular Prime scheme. The quick delivery program is currently rolling out in one of the only places it really could, Manhattan, with no other cities being announced just yet. The two hour delivery is also free, and offers an even faster delivery time of one hour for a charge. For the impatient, Amazon is making all deliveries a bit more like pizza delivery.

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Apple Pay is about to go global

Apple Pay is about to go global

Apple Pay may cover 90% of credit volume here in the United States, but overseas the mobile payment service is still missing. That could change, though, as two Apple job listings point to their intent to make electronic point-of-sale transactions a big thing the world over. In London, Apple is looking for someone to spearhead their European rollout for Apple Pay, while a Shanghai based opening suggests Apple is cannonballing into the Chinese market. A timeframe for the respective rollouts for Apple Pay was not noted.

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