Author Archives: Nate Swanner


Verizon backpedals on ‘supercookies’, will allow users to opt-out

Verizon backpedals on ‘supercookies’, will allow users to opt-out

Do you know what a ‘supercookie’ is? It sounds delightful, but in this context, it’s really not. Verizon Wireless has been tracking users for (mostly) marketing purposes, and assigning customers special codes. Being tracked for marketing was opt-out, but those codes were not deletable or opt-out. Some began dubbing those codes ‘supercookies’ because marketers could still access them and pick through your web browsing activity (see? Supercookies can be bad!). Now, Verizon is reversing course, and will allow customers to opt-out of any kind of tracking.

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Secret co-founder leaves over app re-design

Secret co-founder leaves over app re-design

If you didn’t care for the Secret redesign, you’re not alone. We’re sure plenty of your friends have made similar remarks about the visual pop of text overlaid onto pics being better than the streaming posts. It’s entirely possible the mostly white interface is bland to some, or the lack of anything beyond what looks like an eReader screen dissuades many from using it. And hey, if you were so inclined to stop using Secret, that would be okay, too. In fact, Secret’s co-founder might be right there with you.

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Purported iPad Pro case leaked, has four speaker cutouts

Purported iPad Pro case leaked, has four speaker cutouts

The iPad Pro is widely rumored to be Apple’s foray into bigger tablets, challenging the size of a computer screen. At a reported 12-inches or better, the rumored tablet has reached mythical levels. While Apple admits they’ve discussed a larger tablet, the last we’d heard about it from Apple was that it wasn’t even a ‘thing’ yet. The rumors won’t go away, though, and a new one is showing off what could be an early accessory for the big device.

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Tesla’s Musk: P85D speed was side effect, OTA update to make it faster

Tesla’s Musk: P85D speed was side effect, OTA update to make it faster

Though they face pushback when it comes to getting cars to potential owners via less-than-traditional retail means, Tesla is still on a tear. Their Model S is still in high demand, and CEO Elon Musk recently admitted they’d already sold through stock for their Model X. The Model 3 is coming soon, too. So are battery swapping stations, as well as the company speeding up the already ‘Insane’ P85D via a software upgrade. The car reaches speeds that, according to Musk, was an accident anyway.

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Google Q4 2014 show increased earnings, but falls short of expectations

Google Q4 2014 show increased earnings, but falls short of expectations

Google has just announced their Q4 2014 earnings, boasting $18.1 billion in revenue, up 15% form the same quarter last year. The company also had net income of $4.76 billion, up 40% from a year ago. $3.38 billion in profits happened in Q4 2014 as well. Still, those impressive earnings fell short of expectations, where analysts picked Google to hit $18.4 billion in revenue and earnings per share of $7.11. Google’s earnings per share ended at $6.88 in Q4 2014.

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Imgur just made GIF creation much easier with free online tool

Imgur just made GIF creation much easier with free online tool

Creating a GIF might seem like witchcraft to the uninitiated, but it’s really not that difficult. Apps like GIFBrewery for OS X make quick work of taking your videos from full-length to looping clips in seconds. Thanks to Imgur, you can do the same with any video, now. Via their GIF creation tool, which is now live, videos from a hosting site like YouTube or Vimeo can become GIFs. Keep in mind that whatever GIF you create becomes public domain.

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Cyanogen gets $70 mil from Microsoft to ‘take Android’ from Google

Cyanogen gets $70 mil from Microsoft to ‘take Android’ from Google

We’re going to take Android away from Google” said Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster. They’re going to have help, too. A new report from The Wall Street Journal (to whom the above comment was made) notes Microsoft is making a $70 million investment in Cyanogen Inc. It’s an interesting angle, as Microsoft already makes quite a bit of money in licensing fees with regard to Android, and has their own operating system in Windows (no longer Windows Phone for mobile). The investment still leaves Microsoft with a minority stake.

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Facebook testing ‘Place Tips’ location-based service in New York

Facebook testing ‘Place Tips’ location-based service in New York

Context is important, and Facebook knows it. Scale is also important, but Facebook already has that one figured out with their billion-plus users. Combine the two, and you just might have a formula for success on several different levels. In New York, Facebook has placed beacons around the city in an attempt to better understand the locations of their users. Their reason? A new feature in the Facebook app, called 'Place Tips', will soon give you contextually based information based on your location.

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FCC rules broadband Internet must be 25 Mbps down/3 Mbps up

FCC rules broadband Internet must be 25 Mbps down/3 Mbps up

The FCC just took a bold step in the right direction. We’d previously reported the agency was discussing a reclassification on what broadband Internet actually is, with a proposal to raise the threshold to 25Mbps download and 3Mbps upload speeds for broadband. All the talk actually led somewhere, and the FCC is settled on that redefinition of 25/3Mbps as broadband. The previous definition of broadband was 4Mbps download, and 1Mbps upload. While this doesn’t change what your Internet provider offers, it does change how they present it.

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Samsung may finally be ditching TouchWiz

Samsung may finally be ditching TouchWiz

If you ask a Samsung fan, they might say TouchWiz is awesome. If you ask anyone else (the majority, as it were), TouchWiz is terrible, dated, and bloated. Samsung’s Android overlay is possibly the last true ‘skin’ produced by any Android OEM, and a new report once again suggests Samsung is ditching most of it. We’ve heard before that Samsung was moving away from TouchWiz, and their mysterious ‘Project Zero’ is still thought as the internal project to get them there, so we’re holding out hope it’s finally happening.

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