Author Archives: Nate Swanner


USPTO’s new chief may be former Google lawyer

USPTO’s new chief may be former Google lawyer

All the talk of patent reform is necessary, and often spot-on, but one thing goes unsaid: there’s no one leading the charge. The US Patent Office lacks leadership, and the Director chair has sat empty for over 18 months. The Obama administration is now trying to fill that seat, and have nominated Michelle Lee to helm the post. Lee is the current Deputy Director of the USPTO, but also has a lineage in tech as a former patent counsel at Google.

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Chromecast stops by FCC, 5GHz WiFi may be coming

Chromecast stops by FCC, 5GHz WiFi may be coming

google’s Chromecast is a tiny wonder, and has claimed the “HDMI 1” port on many TVs across the globe. Our favorite app-to-TV dongle is getting a bit of an upgrade it seems, sopping by the FCC to show off some new stuff. The overall makeup looks the same, hardware-wise, but there’s one small uptick that will have some existing users grabbing a new one. Adopting the 5GHz WiFi standard in addition to the 2.4GHz signal is going to make streaming a pure joy.

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iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 — should you upgrade?

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 — should you upgrade?

With two new iPad models being announced today, there’s one overriding question: should I upgrade? If you’re reading this on an iPad, you might be wondering if it’s worth plopping down some cash at the Apple Store for a new iPad Air or iPad mini. There’s a lot of cool stuff, but the top-end 128GB iPad Air 2 with cellular connectivity starts creeping into the Macbook Air price range. That’s a lot of cash, especially if you’ve got an iPad you’re happy with.

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Twitter Audio Cards official; listen while you tweet

Twitter Audio Cards official; listen while you tweet

If you find a lot of music via Twitter, it can be a bit bothersome to have to migrate away from the app just to listen to a track. At least with the mobile version of Twitter, that’s about to change. Twitter is announcing a new feature named Audio Card, which lets you click on a shared track for playback right in their app. You can also continue browsing your stream while the track plays, as it docks to the bottom of your screen.

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Apple SIM on iPad Air 2 — Apple’s new carrier control

Apple SIM on iPad Air 2 — Apple’s new carrier control

With all the Apple news coming out today, it’s something they didn’t discuss that is making a big impact on us here at SlashGear. In what’s being called an “Apple SIM”, we’re being offered a new way to connect to carriers with an iPad Air 2 that’s equipped with cellular connectivity. It’s a curious notation on the day, but suggests Apple is taking control of the iPad Air 2, and carriers. Even more telling of that is that Verizon isn’t listed as a carrier partner for the Apple SIM.

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Sony: Android Lollipop will be on all Xperia Z devices

Sony: Android Lollipop will be on all Xperia Z devices

Though not easy to come by stateside, the Sony Xperia Z lineup makes a strong showing elsewhere in the world. Since re-dedicating themselves to mobile, Sony has made strides in improving the overall experience on their handsets. An impressive 20.7MP camera adorns the newest Xperia Z flagships, and their Android overlay is slight and appealing. Updates are sometimes the foil of an Android OEM and user, though, as the company struggles to decide how to support legacy handsets. Sony isn’t struggling with that decision at all, and will update their entire Xperia Z lineup.

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Retina 5K iMac display has insane pixel count

Retina 5K iMac display has insane pixel count

If you were thinking the iMac display was lacking, you might not be alone. Apple has taken the next step forward with their desktop machine, bringing in the “world’s highest resolution display”. Not only Retina, the new iMac is going to be Retina 5K. What does that mean, exactly? It’s got seven times more pixels than your awesome HD TV. It’s also only 5mm thin at the edge, and uses a lot less energy than the existing iMac. Less power and more pixels? Yes, please.

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iPad Air 2: pre-order tomorrow, ships Monday

iPad Air 2: pre-order tomorrow, ships Monday

With iPad Air 2 being announced, there’s a lot of great stuff. A great new camera lets you snap better tablet photos (if that’s your thing), and iOS 8.1 is coming Monday. There’s also Touch ID on the new iPad Air, and it’s only 6.1mm thin. A lot of exciting stuff, so when can you get it?! Apple loves to talk about how great their tablet is, but they also love to sell it to you — and we’ll tell you when you can grab one, and how much it will be this time around!

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OS X Yosemite out today, brings full suite of features

OS X Yosemite out today, brings full suite of features

OS X Yosemite — Apple’s newest desktop operating system has been known and in progress since WWDC earlier this year. At their event today, Apple says that over one million people have signed up for the public beta, which was designed to get a more grounded set of feedback from actual users. Even better, OS X Yosemite is coming out today. In fact, once you’re done reading this article, you might want to go check for the update! There’s a lot of great new features in OS X Yosemite, so you’ll definitely want to snap it up.

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Apple Pay coming Monday, has 500 additional banks

Apple Pay coming Monday, has 500 additional banks

At Apple’s event today, there is a lot going on, and we’re already getting a lot of good news. On stage, Tim cook says Apple Pay is coming Monday, and that the company believes their mobile payment system will be “profound”, and “huge”. To that end, Apple is announcing they’ve signed up 500 additional banks, and have support of all major networks in using their payment system. You’ll also get to use it soon, maybe sooner than you thought (if you’ve got an iPhone 6, obviously).

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