Author Archives: Nate Swanner


Apple shuts down iTunes Connect in wake of log-in issues

Apple shuts down iTunes Connect in wake of log-in issues

Now that TestFlight is being wrapped into Apple’s iTunes Connect, problems are starting to show. Many with a Developer account via Apple are reporting that logging in takes them to a different account altogether, which I can sadly corroborate. Even though Developers are using their own credentials, they’re being logged into accounts that aren’t theirs. Larger names like H&R Block and BlackBerry are reported to have been affected by this. So far, there have been no reported issues other than this odd log-in thing, and Apple has pulled the plug while they figure it all out.

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Zepp launches personalized feedback for wearable with app update

Zepp launches personalized feedback for wearable with app update

Data gathered through wearable sensors is nothing without context, which is why Zepp is updating their apps today to better serve athletes who utilize their multi-sport sensor. With the move to version 2.2 for Zepp Golf, Zepp Baseball, and Zepp Tennis, users will get access to Insights, a new feature from Zepp that gives personalized feedback based on information Zepp’s sensor provides to the app. Users will get personalized feedback and suggested drills to correct mistakes, or build on already good performance.

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While you weren’t looking, Facebook took mobile over

While you weren’t looking, Facebook took mobile over

While you were away, Facebook took over mobile. Without you scorning them at every turn (I’m guilty, too), Facebook quietly moved the pieces on the board, and the game now looks different. there was a point in time when Facebook didn’t “get” mobile, admitting as much ahead of cranking the wheel hard and forging a new path. Now, they run the mobile show by having the four most popular apps worldwide, and enjoy a strict hold on mobile advertising.

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Tumblr updates make it more of a blogging platform

Tumblr updates make it more of a blogging platform

After teasing an update to users last night, Tumblr has made changes that could make the service much more than GIFs and fun pictures of weird stuff. Editing features for text are finally being added, suggesting Yahoo is taking Tumblr seriously in the wake of their new Creatrs announcement. The new features will also bring in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get window when creating a post on Tumblr, so there are no surprises once you hit publish.

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Facebook Q4 2014 earnings give company its first $10 billion year

Facebook Q4 2014 earnings give company its first $10 billion year

Facebook once again outpaces analyst expectations with their earnings. In Q4 2014, the social giant had revenue of $3.55 billion, ahead of the 43.77 billion Wall Street estimated. Their earnings per share were $0.54, outpacing the estimated $0.48/share. On the year, Facebook earned $12.5 billion, making 2014 their first $10 billion year. In 2013, Facebook brought in $7.9 billion. their earnings for 2014 are nearly double what they brought in for 2012. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “we got a lot done in 2014.”

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Galaxy S6 case sparks interest, but it’s probably nonsense

Galaxy S6 case sparks interest, but it’s probably nonsense

At MWC this year, we’re likely going to get our hands on the Galaxy S6 from Samsung. While rumors have been circulating about the new flagship from Samsung, we’ve not seen much that gives us a hint at anything official. A case has been spotted on amazon, which points to some aesthetic changes Samsung could be making. Most notably, the rear camera ensemble is changed, with the flash sitting to the side of the camera, not underneath like the Galaxy S5. Still, something is really off, here. Can this listing be trusted?

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FTC issues $40 million fine to TracFone for false ‘unlimited data’ claim

FTC issues $40 million fine to TracFone for false ‘unlimited data’ claim

TracFone has been issued a $40 million fine today by the FTC, who have ruled on a complaint regarding ‘unlimited’ data. The carrier was selling ‘unlimited’ data plans to customers, but heavy throttling made those plans unusable at a certain point. Though this ruling is limited to TracFone, it sets a precedent moving forward. According to the FTC, TracFone broke a promise to its customers, and is guilty of throttling data speeds by as much as 90% for some users.

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Roadie, the crowdsourced courier system, now open for business

Roadie, the crowdsourced courier system, now open for business

Getting yourself from one place to another is tough enough at times. Getting items moved around can be even more headache-inducing. Your mom wants you to take her favorite chair to get upholstered, but you’re at work and can’t get to her place and — it’s all just a mess. It would be nice if you had a friend who could help out, but everyone is busy, right? With Roadie, you can get your stuff transported with ease. The crowdsourced courier system is now open for business, and could end up being a big deal.

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Slack acquires startup to add voice, video chat to service

Slack acquires startup to add voice, video chat to service

Slack, the messaging platform that is slowly becoming a go-to for bothindividual and group chats, is getting much better today. Via an acquisition of startup Screenhero, Slack will soon have video and voice chat, as well as screen-sharing capabilities. According to Slack, it will “allow people working remotely to work as if they were in the same room, and people in the same room to work better than ever.” The acquisition and proposed integration of Screenhero into Slack’s service positions them in the same discussion as Skype or Hangouts.

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Google Play has 60% more downloads, but App Store more lucrative

Google Play has 60% more downloads, but App Store more lucrative

App Annie released their year-in-review for 2014 today, and among all the charts and figures, one stood out. Navigating the ins and outs of Android and iOS is intriguing, with Android commanding the lion’s share of market percentage. Even with that, iOS users are time and again shown to use their devices more often; shopping more, browsing with greater frequency, and spending more. According to App Annie, Google Play’s download numbers have outpaced the App Store in a big way, but spending trends the opposite direction.

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