Author Archives: Nate Swanner


Xbox One and HBO Go, together at last

Xbox One and HBO Go, together at last

The days of gaming consoles fighting to get exclusive games is far from over, but it’s no longer the only battleground for consumers to be making their decision on which to purchase. Now that we’re in an era of endless streaming, gaming consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One vie to be your only living room device (save for the TV). To that end, Microsoft has brought in a much needed boost for the Xbox One, as the console will now have native HBO Go.

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Gorilla Glass 4 will bring in better drop protection

Gorilla Glass 4 will bring in better drop protection

Your smartphone screen has come a long way since the feature phone days. Nearly scratch-proof, and highly resistant to shattering, it doesn’t seem as though it could get much better at times. Corning, makers of Gorilla Glass (I can almost guarantee that’s what your smartphone has covering its pixels), don’t rely on ‘good enough’. The company today announces Gorilla Glass 4, the lineal successor in their product line, and almost assuredly the covering you’ll find on your next flagship phone purchase.

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Apple’s next iPhone may offer DSLR-quality shots, courtesy of Sony

Apple’s next iPhone may offer DSLR-quality shots, courtesy of Sony

If you have an iPhone, your purchase was likely due to — at least in part — the camera. Apple’s iPhone has always had a really nice camera, and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus do the lineup justice. Recent comments made by a notable and trustworthy Apple pundit suggest the next camera will be equally impressive. In fact, John Gruber of Daring Fireball says Apple’s next iPhone camera could provide DSLR quality shots. How are they going to accomplish that? Easy: Sony.

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Apple changed ‘Free’ to ‘Get’, but things haven’t changed

Apple changed ‘Free’ to ‘Get’, but things haven’t changed

If you head into the App Store for either iOS or OS X (Mac App Store, obviously), you might notice a slight change. If you go to download an app, there is no longer a “Free” option. Now, you’ll either be presented with a price, or “Get”. The change is causing a bit of confusion with some, but it shouldn’t. Apps are still free, unless they cost something. Or will cost something later. Or might cost something at some point. You know what, we’re complicating this. Let’s talk it out.

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Motorola Keylink can find, unlock your phone via BLE

Motorola Keylink can find, unlock your phone via BLE

Witha ll they have going on, Motorola has pushed out some pretty impressive devices and accessories. Their DROID Turbo hides a beastly battery, and the Moto X (2014) is a nice upgrade form the original. Motorola also has some decent bluetooth earbuds on offer, and now have another bluetooth accessory that will appeal to a broader audience. The Motorola Keylink is a key chain that links to your phone via Bluetooth, and can be activated from up to 100 feet away. That’s not all it does, though.

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Report: Apple will make Beats a native app, re-brand it under iTunes

Report: Apple will make Beats a native app, re-brand it under iTunes

In purchasing Beats, many wondered just what Apple would do with the service. Would they shutter it, or somehow make it worthwhile for everyone? The latter seems to be the case, or at least more people will be force-fed access to it. A report from the Financial Times, citing unnamed sources, says Apple will make Beats Music a standard Apple app in the middle of 2015. The app will be pushed to your device (and made unable for deletion) around March 2015.

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Apple may automate iAds, which spells trouble for Facebook, Google

Apple may automate iAds, which spells trouble for Facebook, Google

You see them all the time, but probably don’t really know how they get to you. Companies like Facebook and Google have ad networks, just like Apple, but there’s one key difference: automation. Facebook and Google both do it, and it seems Apple is going to be getting involved as well. The currently-very-old-school iAd business may be going automated, as a now-pulled press release (still available via cache) from a self-proclaimed partner of Apple’s describes full automation for 250,000-plus iOS Developers.

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HTC One (M8) screenshots show Sense 6.0, Lollipop

HTC One (M8) screenshots show Sense 6.0, Lollipop

HTC is on the clock about when they’ll update their One lineup, having already noted they’d push Android Lollipop out within three months of it hitting AOSP. If a series of screenshots posted to Twitter are accurate, they’ve already begun the process. Released to the world by @LlabTooFeR, the shots show HTC’s Sense sitting atop Android Lollipop. According to the ROM Developer, this shows Sense 6.0, suggesting HTC hasn’t made any changes to their home-grown Android skin to go with Lollipop.

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Qualcomm’s new modem capable of 450Mbps download speeds

Qualcomm’s new modem capable of 450Mbps download speeds

Class-leader Qualcomm has just announced their newest LTE modem, and it’s a doozy. As we edge closer to the gigabit Internet age, Qualcomm is outpacing smartphone technology and capabilities. Their latest is a Category 10 Gobi model, capable of 450 Mbps download speeds. That’s about 1.5-times faster than a Category 6 LTE modem, which tops out at 300 Mbps. In addition to the lightning-quick download, Qualcomm has also tweaked envelope tracking, which will keep the modem operating at peak efficiency.

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Nexus 6 now available via T-Mobile, Nexus 9 coming

Nexus 6 now available via T-Mobile, Nexus 9 coming

As they promised in an eleventh-hour decision last week to push back the launch of the Nexus 6, T-Mobile now has the device up for order. The new Nexus handset will be available for $0 down, and can be had with the carrier’s monthly installment plan. Like other US carriers, T-Mobile has the 32GB variant in blue — no white. Unlike the rest, T-Mobile also has the 64GB version of the Nexus 6, but again, no white version has been found outside of the Play Store.

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