Author Archives: Nate Swanner


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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App Store, Google Play again differ on revenue, downloads

App Store, Google Play again differ on revenue, downloads

In just over one month, both Google and Apple will hold their respective annual conferences. At both events, the companies will make applause-inducing comments regarding the strength of their respective app portals. A new report is shedding some light on both, suggesting there are (still) issues with Google Play and revenue. While the iOS App Store moves at a steady pace, Google Play spiked when it came to downloads. Google Play also brought in almost half the revenue of the App Store, suggesting — once again — Android users just don’t want to buy apps.

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Yahoo may be readying new Messenger to battle Snapchat, Periscope

Yahoo may be readying new Messenger to battle Snapchat, Periscope

You probably don’t use Yahoo Messenger. It’s tired, really. As a simple chat app, it’s fine, but we want more than that. In an age of sending each other more than words, Yahoo is way behind. Instead of dropping messaging, Yahoo may be priming a revamp to Messenger, one that reportedly combine live and recorded video sharing. This app is meant for mobile, though it’s not clear if Yahoo is also readying the app for your desktop as well. If the report is accurate, we’ll see this new Messenger by the end of Q2 2015.

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Twitter’s new homepage tries to reel newbies in

Twitter’s new homepage tries to reel newbies in

If you visit Twitter while logged out (on the desktop), you’ll see a new landing page. In an attempt to encourage more users, Twitter ha launched a new homepage that shows you what categories may be of interest to you. Those tabs lead you to a stream of tweets you can peruse, which is the hook. If you’d like to do more — say retweet or reply to a post — you’ll need an account, or to log-in. The page seems geared to encourage more to sign up for the microblogging service.

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