Author Archives: Nate Swanner


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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Periscope just made Twitter relevant again

Periscope just made Twitter relevant again

A long time ago, when MTV was actually relevant for music, there was a deligthful video called ‘video killed the radio star’ playing almost constantly; as catchy as it was prophetic. Just as Charlie Chaplin was exposed by ‘talkies’, so were radio 'stars' who couldn’t duplicate their musical efforts on the exciting new visual format that was MTV. With Periscope, Twitter is morphing their own platform into something more, something different, something refreshing. Twitter now bridges a gap between immediate and contextual, live and lived-in. It also makes the global technology gap more apparent.

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‘Lyft Profiles’ shoots for a happier ride-sharing experience

‘Lyft Profiles’ shoots for a happier ride-sharing experience

With ride-sharing services, two champions have emerged in Uber and Lyft. One gets a lion’s share of the attention, while the other seems content to ride it out under the radar. Uber’s negative press comes courtesy of bad actors using their platform, something Lyft has mostly been able to avoid. Whether it’s a matter of uneven scaling between the two or Lyft’s good fortune, we don’t know. In launching Lyft Profiles, it’s clear Lyft wants to avoid the bad mojo. They want to be your friendly ride-share option.

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New Chrome extension throttles down webpage data usage

New Chrome extension throttles down webpage data usage

Sometimes, you just need to throttle down on your data consumption when browsing. Maybe you’re tethering a computer to your smartphone and don’t want to gobble up plan data, or are on a public WiFi network. Maybe the WiFi in your hotel is slow. Whatever the case, it’s sometimes best to use as little data as possible to get the job done. To that, Google has unveiled a beta Chrome extension that will compress webpage data for you.

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Facebook opens React Native for building cross-platform apps

Facebook opens React Native for building cross-platform apps

If you’ve considered developing your own app, you’ve likely found yourself at a crossroads with many avenues for success. Should you develop a native web app, or a web app? Which language should you learn? With so many decisions to make, Facebook is now trying to simplify things for you. Their React Native Library, which they use to develop many of their own apps, is now available on Github. According to Facebook, the library will let you build native Android and iOS apps using Javascript.

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Tempo for iOS brings speed-sensitive video editing

Tempo for iOS brings speed-sensitive video editing

Every once in a while, you’d like to have a timelapse video that suddenly does something else. Maybe a bird flew dangerously close to a friend, or somebody was giving you a hilarious stink-eye as they walked by. If that’s ever been your experience, you’re probably left taking to a desktop movie editing app to get the results you want. Now you don’t have to. A new iOS app named Tempo is here to bring you easy video editing based on the speed you want your video to play.

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