Author Archives: Nate Swanner


New Twitter tools could make any app a Twitter app

New Twitter tools could make any app a Twitter app

For the past few months, Twitter has made big strides toward making the microblogging service more ubiquitous. On top of being social, Twitter is also contextual, and new tools for Developers will bring that context to a wider audience. With ‘Timelines’ and ‘Guest Authentication’, apps that aren’t Twitter will get deeper access to the Twittersphere, which could make your ho-hum 140-character rants and comments a bit more useful to others. Best of all, the update is available for both Android and iOS.

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FlatWave Amped Review; a cord-cutting must-have

FlatWave Amped Review; a cord-cutting must-have

When we discuss ‘cord cutting’, a lot of the talk revolves around which service streams what content, and to which devices. Netflix helps, and Sling TV is a breath of fresh air. HBO NOW is setting a new trend, too. What about local channels, though? That’s still ‘traditional’ TV — and that’s where the FlatWave Amped comes in. An ultra-thin antennae, FlatWave Amped may bridge the gap for cord cutters who already get cable content elsewhere. Does it live up to our expectations?

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Yahoo shows off Weather, Sports, & News for Apple Watch

Yahoo shows off Weather, Sports, & News for Apple Watch

Yahoo may have ceded their place in search long ago, but their mobile apps are just plain great. Yahoo Weather is a triumph, and they’ve still got a strong foothold in Sports. Today, Yahoo is announcing four of their major properties will make an appearance on the Apple Watch as well as your phone. Yahoo Weather, Yahoo Sports Fantasy, Yahoo News Digest, and Yahoo News Hong Kong will make their way to Apple’s wearable, and they look as good as their smartphone companion apps.

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Apple, LA Schools may soon be in court over iPads

Apple, LA Schools may soon be in court over iPads

In 2013, The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) started an ambitious plan to get an iPad in the hands of every child in their schools. The $1.3 billion plan was going to bring tech as well as Internet connectivity to schools in the Los Angeles area, but those days are gone. According to a new report, not only is the LAUSD’s Board of Education possibly getting away from iPads in schools, but may be looking to press Apple for a change to the existing agreement as well.

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Field Trip update brings contextual cool to Android Wear

Field Trip update brings contextual cool to Android Wear

Google’s Niantic Labs, responsible for Ingress and Field Trip, have launched a new version of Field Trip that fully supports Android Wear devices. With a simple glance at your smartwatch, you can now get contextual information on a location or landmark you may be near. The information all comes via the Field Trip app for Android, and offers the full breadth of information you’d get via your phone — on your watch. The update has already made its way to the app.

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Meerkat pops it’s head up on Android with public beta

Meerkat pops it’s head up on Android with public beta

When Meerkat was soft-launched earlier this year, it caught the Twittersphere’s attention in a big way. Then Twitter cut Meerkat off from its social graph for a hot minute, which came just ahead of Periscope landing on the scene. With Twitter taking the live-streaming reigns, many figured Meerkat was going to be a ‘fun fact’ in the history of streaming apps. Instead, Meerkat is branching out, and has announced a public beta for Android, which is wide open for anyone who is interested in trying Meerkat out.

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Leaked ‘iPad Pro’ pics tell familiar tale of ports

Leaked ‘iPad Pro’ pics tell familiar tale of ports

The iPad Pro (or iPad Air Pro, whichever you prefer) has been in the rumor mill for a long time. We first started discussing an iPad Pro back in 2013, but more pics have surfaced from a reliable source, suggesting the device is well on its way to production. In the pics, we find a familiar narrative; two ports and four cutouts around the top and bottom, likely for speakers. With the introduction of the MacBook, we’re getting a hint of what that second cutout might be for.

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Apple Watch in-store stock a no-go until at least June

Apple Watch in-store stock a no-go until at least June

On launch day (early morning?), we saw Apple Watch’s shipment timeframe slip from April 24 to a few weeks later. Then, it was four to six weeks out; later, Apple would only promise your Apple Watch would ship sometime in June. That leaves many impulse shoppers with no avenue for getting their Apple Watch unless they pay exorbitant amounts on eBay. If you can hold out until June (at the earliest), Apple retail boss Angela Ahrendts says they’ll have the Apple Watch in-store and ready for purchase.

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Cyanogen, Microsoft partnership brings more Bing to Android

Cyanogen, Microsoft partnership brings more Bing to Android

Cyanogen and Microsoft have an interesting relationship. After passing on a funding round to help Cyanogen ‘take Android away from Google’, Microsoft is now partnering with the upstart Android development house to bring their services to Cyanogen OS. With future iterations of Cyanogen OS, users will find Microsoft services bundled natively. In addition to Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office, users will also be subject to Bing search results on Cyanogen. The collaboration will also see Microsoft build “native integrations” for Cyanogen OS.

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Yahoo Mail adds LinkedIn, Twitter info to Contact Cards feature

Yahoo Mail adds LinkedIn, Twitter info to Contact Cards feature

Last month, Yahoo brought us Contact Cards, an update to Yahoo Mail that gave you quick, contextual info about a person you were receiving emails from. On launch, Contact Cards brought you info like phone numbers and alternate emails a person might have associated with their Yahoo Mail account, as well as links to their social media profiles. Today, Yahoo is fleshing the Contact Cards feature out a bit more, adding LinkedIn and Twitter info to the mix to give us all a more well-rounded view of one another.

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