Author Archives: Nate Swanner


Are Facebook & Instagram app economy rip-off artists?

Are Facebook & Instagram app economy rip-off artists?

Cover bands sometime make a living copying the work of others. Their ability to mimic a chosen group is often what makes them desirable to see live. Some big-name artists cover each other’s songs, and it’s typically a nod of admiration. In the app economy, we can’t say the same is true. Rather than a tribute to an art form, ‘copied’ apps pile onto the original, burying it. Facebook might be the best at this practice. With Rooms, they came under fire for copying an eerily similar app named Room. Now, Facebook-owned Instagram seems to have followed suit with Layout.

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UK Safari users now able to sue Google over cookies

UK Safari users now able to sue Google over cookies

Safari users in the UK have won the right to sue Google. The judgement, which potentially paves the way for a series of lawsuits, comes about as the result of the Court of Appeals, where Google was fighting the case being heard at all. a group of users claim Google was bypassing Apple’s privacy settings for Safari and installing ‘cookies’ meant to track their Internet activity. While plaintiffs applaud the ruling, Google is “disappointed with the court's decision.”

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Wunderlist details ‘hyper-relevant’ Apple Watch app

Wunderlist details ‘hyper-relevant’ Apple Watch app

Of all the things a wearable can accomplish for you, checklists may be your fork in the road. A good one will light up with timely notifications, then slip off into nowhere. A bad one will either linger on the wrist, or be unreliably faulty. With the Apple Watch, we’ll likely see a series of to-do apps meant to get you accomplishing stuff. Wunderlist, one of the better options for simple task management, is announcing their foray into iOS wearables, and giving us all a closer look at what makes their Apple Watch app tick.

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Slack was hacked, but has impressive fix for users

Slack was hacked, but has impressive fix for users

Here at SlashGear, we’re big fans of Slack. It’s easy to use, sips battery power ever so slightly, and can be scaled to your needs. Still, the service is not without it’s issues. Late last year, a bug was discovered in Slack that allowed just about anyone to peer into any room on Slack. Quickly patched, it was still concerning. Today, the company is admitting more fault; it seems Slack was hacked. For four days in February, someone had quite a bit of access to your info.

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Vine rolls out support for looping 720p HD video

Vine rolls out support for looping 720p HD video

Vine’s looping videos are a mix of hilarious and silly. The service, like most social entities, is a healthy blend of all kinds of interesting stuff. With visual media, we tend to gravitate toward the more accurate representation of what is going on, and that’s typically HD. Starting today, Vine will become available in 720p for your ‘prosumer’ shots. Ahead of the update, Vine videos had a maximum definition of 420p, which is like standard TV. Viewing in 720p is available for all; full HD uploads, not so much.

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Apple Watch’s killer feature may be ‘learning’ your stride

Apple Watch’s killer feature may be ‘learning’ your stride

If you’ve ever worn a wearable and found it inaccurate, it may have been because you’re weird. Maybe you walk strange, or run kind of goofy. It’s part of what makes you unique, though, so why try to change? In her latest blog post discussing the Apple Watch, Christy Turlington Burns noted a quirk in the Apple Watch; a quirk you might like, weird-running reader. It seems that after a few runs, Burns’ Apple Watch picked up on her strides, ‘learning’ her gait.

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Intel, Toshiba bring 3D NAND to SSD; small drives, large capacity

Intel, Toshiba bring 3D NAND to SSD; small drives, large capacity

SSD memory is fast. Really fast. It’s also much more stable than spinning drives are, making it pretty desirable for those who want reliable performance from their external drive or on-board memory (and who doesn’t?!). The limited offerings for SSD haven’t yet brought it to the mainstream bulk storage front, but a new technology just might do that. Pioneered by Toshiba and Intel, 3D NAND stacks SSD memory chips to allow for more memory in tighter spots? Early results have given us a 10TB SSD.

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Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are up for pre-order; here’s where to get one

Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are up for pre-order; here’s where to get one

Today’s the day, Galaxy S6 fans. Now that March 27 has rolled around, the latest flagship from Samsung is ready for pre-order from a variety of sources. You can, without a lot of effort, grab the phone from just about anywhere. While it likely won’t acheive the fever-pitch of a new iPhone, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are two brilliantly designed phones that tick a lot of boxes. Instead of letting you run all over town to find one, we’ll point you in the right direction.

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AnyMeeting’s email scheme makes conference call scheduling simple

AnyMeeting’s email scheme makes conference call scheduling simple

Sometimes, a long email chain puts everyone off message, with scattered ideas and confused goals. In those days, it’s probably best to clear things up with a call, but even getting everyone on the phone can be like herding cats, let alone actually setting up a conference call. With AnyMeeting, you can now schedule a conference call — via email. Already an easy-to-use service, AnyMeeting is going next-level; you can now set up a conference call by adding talk@anymeeting.com to an outgoing email.

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HTC has a new lead designer (again)

HTC has a new lead designer (again)

Not even a full year has passed since Scott Croyle, the designer who brought us the One M7 and One M8, ‘transitioned’ himself out of HTC’s main design lab. Succeeding him was Jonah Becker, who was billed as a capable stand-in for Croyle. The two came to HTC six years ago when the Taiwanese firm snatched up their design studio, One & Co. With Croyle already taking his leave, HTC is now confirming Becker has also left the company. Succeeding him is in-house candidate Daniel Hundt.

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