Author Archives: Nate Swanner


Aston Martin announces their 800-bhp Vulcan supercar

Aston Martin announces their 800-bhp Vulcan supercar

Though you won’t be able to take it for a spin, the new Aston Martin Vulcan is one you’ll definitely be lusting after. The track-only supercar was just unveiled, and it’s just plain sexy. Aston Martin calls it their “most intense and exhilarating creation to date.” That might sound braggadocios, but it might also be true. At 800-bhp or more, the Vulcan also has a grip (I had to) on performance. To make it even more exciting, Aston Martin is limiting the Vulcan’s production run to just 24.

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IDC: 2014 was the year of Android

IDC: 2014 was the year of Android

You probably already knew, but the severity of it might surprise you. According to IDC, who track smartphone sales and shipments (among other things), Android and iOS have teamed up to take over mobile in a big way. When looking back at 2014, IDC says Android and iOS have combined to power over 95% of the smartphones in existence. Even more surprising is that most of the remaining 5% is occupied by Windows Phone. According to IDC, BlackBerry has fallen way off the grid, too.

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Scout gets IFTTT channel, runs away with DIY home security crown

Scout gets IFTTT channel, runs away with DIY home security crown

Home security doesn’t have to be expensive any more. In fact, you can get peace of mind for a few hundred bucks upfront, and never pay another dime. It’s one of the benefits of the ‘Internet of Things’ we keep hearing about. DIY home security is probably best realized with Scout, which lets you migrate between connected monitoring and home-grown security. Already one of the better options around, Scout just got a lot better with a new IFTTT channel.

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Reddit, Google’s Blogger come of age, will limit adult content

Reddit, Google’s Blogger come of age, will limit adult content

Both Google and Reddit are starting to get a bit more serious about the content that finds its way to their respective platforms. Reddit is typically thought of as a repository for just about anything you can dump onto the Internet, but those days are changing, at least when it comes to unauthorized adult content. Google is also making changes, and will no longer allow many kinds of mature media content on Blogger, which includes pics and videos. It doesn’t sound as though the written word will be affected.

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Three videos show HTC One M9 in great detail

Three videos show HTC One M9 in great detail

Anxious for the HTC One M9? We don’t blame you. HTC’s impressive flagship One lineup has its merits, and is viewed by many as the Android handset to beat. With that, we’ve seen our share of HTC leaks lately, showing just enough to keep us excited for what may come at MWC this year. Now, reputed tech info leaker Upleaks has unleashed three new videos, all showing a bit of detail about the new HTC One M9. If you’re into HTC, you’ll love these videos.

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Patent shows how FaceTime may soon see screen sharing

Patent shows how FaceTime may soon see screen sharing

Apple’s FaceTime is a great way to stay connected form afar. Though you can get some eye-to-eye interaction, that doesn’t help when you’re trying to read your little one a bedtime story, or share some in-app features with a colleague. A new patent, granted to Apple, details just how that might change in the near future. In addition to sharing your screen with others, you might even have the chance to collaborate on what you see on-screen.

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Microsoft unleashes OneDrive API for easier in-app use

Microsoft unleashes OneDrive API for easier in-app use

Microsoft really, really wants you to use OneDrive. As a cloud storage solution, it’s pretty standard fare, so those with existing accounts elsewhere might not be enticed to move. If it were easier to upload to OneDrive, though — you might make the jump. It’s a ploy we see with Dropbox, where ease of uploading (or downloading) files makes their service really attractive. Now, Microsoft is announcing their OneDrive API is ready for Developers, which should bring the cloud storage service everywhere you are, digitally speaking.

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Medium is encouraging shorter posts with new features

Medium is encouraging shorter posts with new features

If you find yourself on blogging platform Medium, chances are you’re digging into a long-form piece. According to the team at Medium, that wasn’t the intent of their platform. Perhaps out of fear they’re being known as a long-form only platform, Medium is making some changes today that should encourage much tighter writing. A new inline editor will allow Medium writers to scribble out a few hundred words quickly and easily, while redesigns elsewhere make for faster navigation.

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Forge, the sketch app for brainstorming, lands on iOS

Forge, the sketch app for brainstorming, lands on iOS

Drawing apps for iOS are easy to come by, with Paper by FiftyThree or Adobe’s Sketch being the most notable and identifiable apps. Those ask that you use them to completion, though, and provide you with the tools necessary to finish works of art. What if you just want a sketching app, though? Those do the trick, but a new app, Forge, is made for it. Rather than creating something that looks like a painting, Forge is meant for brainstorming.

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Apple Stores reportedly getting ‘concierge’ service for Genius Bar

Apple Stores reportedly getting ‘concierge’ service for Genius Bar

When you stroll into an Apple Store, you know you’re going to get the help you need. Stroll up to the Genius Bar, and those baffling problems you’re having with your iPhone, iPad, or MacBook often vanish before you leave the store. How long it might take — that’s another story. If a new report is correct, you’ll soon know just how long your in-store appointment at the Genius Bar will take, as your local Apple Store is said to be getting a service named ‘concierge’.

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