Author Archives: Nate Swanner


Rumor: Chromebooks are about to get bigger

Rumor: Chromebooks are about to get bigger

We see a lot of leaked info pass through our hands, but not too much of it is Chrome OS related. Despite outpacing the PC, Chromebooks go relatively unnoticed until launch. The latest rumor is that Chromebooks will get a bit more like a PC, with at least one Chromebook OEM (maybe even the best) upping the screen size significantly. Acer is rumored to release a 15.6-inch Chromebook next year, and couple it with a fifth-generation Broadwell processor from Intel.

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Galaxy S6: what we’ve heard (and want to see) ahead of MWC 2015

Galaxy S6: what we’ve heard (and want to see) ahead of MWC 2015

Now that we’ve had a good look at what the Galaxy S6 from Samsung might end up looking like, we’re starting to wonder what the device will be as a whole. Is it really going to have those ultra-slim bezels we saw in the leaked pic, or was that a really good fake? Do the benchmarks hint at the real internals, or just some basic test specs? We don’t know, and likely won’t until MWC when Samsung is expected to roll the phone out, but it’s looking good, Samsung fans.

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Leak: MPAA calls Google ‘childish’, blames them for piracy

Leak: MPAA calls Google ‘childish’, blames them for piracy

Pirated content is a hotly debated topic, but the stance from film production houses is pretty clear: they’re not into it. Piracy has it’s proponents (mostly consumers who just want free stuff), but the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) isn’t one of them. With the hack on Sony, we now see just how vehemently opposed they really are. Emails traded between the MPAA and various studio bosses reveal a common enemy in Goliath, which is believed to be Google. They even accuse Google of being “childish”.

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Study: iOS users encrypt data more than Android users

Study: iOS users encrypt data more than Android users

Data security is important to us all, but who’s more concerned with it? From a mobile standpoint, cloud storage offers an easy way to back files up, and each major mobile OS has a remote device lock feature. Cross-platform cloud storage solution iDrive has examined the backups on their platform from both iOS and Android, and compared the measures we take to safeguard our stuff. In addition to highlighting the content we save most often, iDrive also found that when it comes to security, iOS users are much more likely to use encryption.

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London airspace closed due to computer glitch

London airspace closed due to computer glitch

In London, a “computer failure” has shut down the airspace surrounding the city. The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation says Swanwich air traffic control center is experiencing severe technical problems, and a fix is nowhere in sight. For now, the technical issue is causing severe delays, and they advise anyone departing via a London Airport — yes, even Heathrow — to double-check with their airline to make sure they’ll be able to leave on-time. There is no timeframe for a solution to this issue.

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Nexus 9 LTE will land on T-Mobile first, Google Play later

Nexus 9 LTE will land on T-Mobile first, Google Play later

Looking for a Nexus 9 LTE? If you’re going to Google Play, you might be out of luck. The tablet is currently listed as “coming soon” via Google’s official device sales portal, but T-Mobile is here to rescue us from a tablet-less world. Starting today, T-Mobile will be selling the Nexus 9 LTE from their online “deals” site, The Underground. The Nexus 9 LTE isn’t cheap — it starts at $599 — but it’s really your only option if you want the connected Nexus tablet in time for the holidays.

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You can now book a hotel room with Apple Pay

You can now book a hotel room with Apple Pay

A lot of attention is paid to Apple Pay as a means of using your smartphone to tap-and-pay at a store, but there’s a possibly bigger angle to it. The online payment processing doesn’t care which device you have, so long as you’ve got a card linked to your Apple Pay profile. Two new apps have rolled out Apple Pay support, and if you’re going to a baseball game in a different city, you might be able to leave your wallet at home.

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Sony gets into connected home market with Qrio

Sony gets into connected home market with Qrio

There’s something really ironic about Sony, who have been hacked thoroughly, wanting to discuss or offer any form of security. For you, the consumer, the front door to your home serves as your main sense of security, and likely holds your stiffest door lock, and maybe even a few deadbolts. Sony, though, they want to help you protect your home, and are introducing something called the Qrio. You won’t see Qrio on your store shelves any time soon, though. Sony is also crowdfunding their efforts.

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Samsung making A9 chipset for new iPhone in Austin, Texas

Samsung making A9 chipset for new iPhone in Austin, Texas

Apple has begun the manufacturing work for their next flagship, likely the iPhone 6S if their historical naming scheme holds up. That phone is set to receive an A9 chipset, which will likely come with a bunch of neat graphs about how much more powerful it is than everything else before it. The Economic Times of Korea is reporting that production of that SoC has begun, but not by Apple. The A9 chipset powering your next iPhone will be Samsung, insiders say.

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Google is making it really hard to get a Nexus phone this year

Google is making it really hard to get a Nexus phone this year

Google’s Nexus might set the bar for Android, but it probably won’t be a gift you give or receive this holiday season. After a report Google was discontinuing their Nexus 5, Google confirmed it was still around — just on a sabbatical. Google says the Nexus 5 will be back next year, likely in January. With that, we’ve got little recourse for actually snapping up a Nexus smartphone right now, since both are out of stock via Google Play. If you were hoping to see a Nexus in someone’s hands this year, you might be out of luck.

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