Author Archives: Nate Swanner


‘Lyft Profiles’ shoots for a happier ride-sharing experience

‘Lyft Profiles’ shoots for a happier ride-sharing experience

With ride-sharing services, two champions have emerged in Uber and Lyft. One gets a lion’s share of the attention, while the other seems content to ride it out under the radar. Uber’s negative press comes courtesy of bad actors using their platform, something Lyft has mostly been able to avoid. Whether it’s a matter of uneven scaling between the two or Lyft’s good fortune, we don’t know. In launching Lyft Profiles, it’s clear Lyft wants to avoid the bad mojo. They want to be your friendly ride-share option.

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New Chrome extension throttles down webpage data usage

New Chrome extension throttles down webpage data usage

Sometimes, you just need to throttle down on your data consumption when browsing. Maybe you’re tethering a computer to your smartphone and don’t want to gobble up plan data, or are on a public WiFi network. Maybe the WiFi in your hotel is slow. Whatever the case, it’s sometimes best to use as little data as possible to get the job done. To that, Google has unveiled a beta Chrome extension that will compress webpage data for you.

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Facebook opens React Native for building cross-platform apps

Facebook opens React Native for building cross-platform apps

If you’ve considered developing your own app, you’ve likely found yourself at a crossroads with many avenues for success. Should you develop a native web app, or a web app? Which language should you learn? With so many decisions to make, Facebook is now trying to simplify things for you. Their React Native Library, which they use to develop many of their own apps, is now available on Github. According to Facebook, the library will let you build native Android and iOS apps using Javascript.

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Tempo for iOS brings speed-sensitive video editing

Tempo for iOS brings speed-sensitive video editing

Every once in a while, you’d like to have a timelapse video that suddenly does something else. Maybe a bird flew dangerously close to a friend, or somebody was giving you a hilarious stink-eye as they walked by. If that’s ever been your experience, you’re probably left taking to a desktop movie editing app to get the results you want. Now you don’t have to. A new iOS app named Tempo is here to bring you easy video editing based on the speed you want your video to play.

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Using Periscope or Meerkat? These accessories will help

Using Periscope or Meerkat? These accessories will help

Now that we’ve got Periscope and Meerkat, you’re thinking about trying to become the next viral thing, aren’t you? We know you are, and it’s alright. We accept your desire to cash in your 15 minutes of fame. Heck, we encourage it! We want you to be successful so much, we’re going to let you in on some secrets for getting the most out of your smartphone for live video. With a few accessories, you can make your Meerkatting or Periscoping or Meerscoping or Perikatting much better.

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Amazon broke the cloud storage mold, but is it your best option?

Amazon broke the cloud storage mold, but is it your best option?

With Amazon making a big splash today in announcing unlimited cloud storage at a really low monthly (or yearly) price point, many are starting to take a look at what that might mean for them. Do you really need unlimited storage? Is the backup worth it in the long run? Rather than leave you hanging, we thought it best to take a look at what other options are around, and what that might mean for you. Turns out, Amazon has a place, but it might not be for you.

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Apple will reportedly let Foxconn resell iPhones in China

Apple will reportedly let Foxconn resell iPhones in China

Stateside, we’ve got plenty of avenues for snapping up used smartphones. Swappa, Gazelle, and others make for an easy conduit for buying and selling devices. In China, things are a bit less official, and the pre-owned market is like the wild west. According to a new report, the iPhone re-sell market is getting a bit more polished, as Apple is reportedly set to allow their supply chain partner Foxconn to buy used iPhones, refurbish them, and sell them via their official web store.

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Amazon announces unlimited cloud storage plans — yes, really

Amazon announces unlimited cloud storage plans — yes, really

Here’s the thing about cloud storage: you have to pre-determine how much storage you want. Sure, you can upgrade or downgrade, but sometimes not at the drop of a hat. Also, our needs change. One day you might be fine with 100GB of cloud storage, but that upcoming trip may see you needing a lot of room for your photos and videos. Rather than juggle different storage options, Amazon is just giving you unlimited storage. Starting today, Amazon will have two tiers of cloud storage, both offering unlimited upload.

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Uber announces new global ‘code of conduct’, safety guidelines

Uber announces new global ‘code of conduct’, safety guidelines

No stranger to controversy, Uber is as much PR-spin company than it is ride-sharing entity. Following some serious allegations about passenger safety, the latest being the alleged rape of a passenger in India late last year, Uber said they’d pen some guidelines for best practices on how to react to such events. Now, the company has a code of conduct for drivers, as well as incident response teams and a safety advisory board. Perhaps most assuring is Uber’s commitment to working with law enforcement fully.

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Report: YouTube refreshing ‘Live’ with eSports streaming

Report: YouTube refreshing ‘Live’ with eSports streaming

Not long ago, Google tried — and failed — to buy Twitch. Like Amazon, Google saw the value in streaming eSports. Unlike Amazon, Google didn’t end up with an existing, trusted streaming brand. Google does have YouTube, which is where a new report says they’ll do battle for eSports streaming. In an effort to remain relevant in the face of so many upstart competitors, Google is transitioning YouTube, with the latest iteration possibly involving real-time eSports viewing. There are said to be 50 engineers working on this new YouTube feature, which will ultimately lead a refresh of the YouTube Live platform.

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