Author Archives: Nate Swanner


Chrome for iOS gets Material Design, Handoff support

Chrome for iOS gets Material Design, Handoff support

Today, Google is announcing they’re updating Chrome for iOS users. With the refresh, Google’s browser will get a Material Design makeover for iOS, as well as optimizations meant for iOS 8. It will also take advantage of the larger screen real estate made possible with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Interestingly, Google is supporting Handoff for iOS, and will allow you to pick up web pages on your “default browser on OS X”. Also, there are the stability improvements and bug fixes you’ll find with any update.

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GE’s new sous vide probe talks to induction cooktops

GE’s new sous vide probe talks to induction cooktops

You probably don’t cook sous vide, and that’s a shame. Though it’s counter intuitive to much of what you know about cooking, sous vide often does a much better job of cooking your proteins evenly; often perfectly. We’ve covered several sous vide add-ons here at SlashGear, but GE’s entry might be the most intriguing. It’s also the most frustrating. The simple clip-on accessory monitors the water temp in your pot, and communicates with their new line of ranges to turn the heat up or down.

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T-Mobile CEO denies boss’ claim the carrier is in trouble

T-Mobile CEO denies boss’ claim the carrier is in trouble

Yesterday, Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Hoettges said T-Mobile’s Uncarrier direction is nice, but not sustainable. Rather than keep his disdain for that opinion internal, T-Mobile CEO John Legere took to Twitter. He didn’t even go on a Twitter tirade, which he’s done in the past when things irk him. Instead, Legere addressed his boss’ comment succinctly, directly, and without mincing his own words. Still, Legere doesn’t really hit at the heart of the matter, so the disagreement may be dead, but the issues aren’t.

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Samsung SSD T1 review; a pocketable powerhouse

Samsung SSD T1 review; a pocketable powerhouse

Hard drives are standard fare for any desktop user, but spinning mechanical drives are quickly ceding ground to SSD. For many reasons (better life, performance, and smaller sizing among them), we are looking to SSD as the future of file storage. At CES, Samsung caused quite a ruckus, with many people looking toward their new SSD T1 external hard drive for reason to be excited. An SSD is always welcome news, and the T1 is surprisingly small. Is it still powerful, though? We put it to the test.

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Google Calendar for iOS may see Material Design update soon

Google Calendar for iOS may see Material Design update soon

Like any other app you’d have on your smartphone or tablet, the calendar is a subjective and often polarizing choice. Several entries try to make sense of your schedule, and feed it to you in new and exciting ways. Or, they just show you what you’ve got going on. Whatever the app does, you’re probably going to have to look at it to see what’s going on, so aesthetics are important. Google’s Material Design overhaul brought some bright, bold visuals, and it could be coming to their iOS Calendar app.

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Microsoft survey shows we like online shopping, worry about security

Microsoft survey shows we like online shopping, worry about security

Each year, Microsoft surveys Internet users around the world. Each year, we get a pretty good sampling of what drives us as we grind through life, and an even better idea of what our concerns are on a large scale. Sourced from several digitally developed nations like South Africa, Brazil, China, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, Japan and the US, 12,002 respondents gave a good synopsis of what benefits and pitfalls the ‘net has, and how it helps — and hinders — us all.

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Chrome OS may soon allow file transfers from external drive to the cloud

Chrome OS may soon allow file transfers from external drive to the cloud

Chrome OS has seen some interesting new features of late. Remote Desktop sharing finally hit Chrome, and you can now run Linux in a window without leaving Chrome. Though both are still works in progress, they signal a new direction for Chrome OS wherein the “browser OS” gets a bit more desktop. There may be another cool feature rolling in, as code commits in Chrome’s Developer hub, Chromium, suggest Google Drive will soon be able to take files straight from an external drive or SD card to the cloud.

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We finally know why T-Mobile is always up for sale

We finally know why T-Mobile is always up for sale

T-Mobile’s Uncarrier approach is certainly exciting, and it’s given customers plenty of reason to drop that other carrier they may be on and give T-Mobile a shot. Still, quarter after quarter, T-Mobile talks up their growing customer base while reporting financial losses. Long-term, they may be in good shape. Their growth pattern may take years to result in reliable earnings, though. Parent company Deutsche Telekom has T-Mobile up for grabs, and now we know why: the Uncarrier isn’t meant as a standalone entity.

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Today is your last (official) chance to buy Google Glass

Today is your last (official) chance to buy Google Glass

Check your bank account and credit card statements. Seriously, we’ll wait. Do you have $1,500 bucks you just can’t stand having lying around? Do you enjoy technology that may someday be a collectors item? If so, Google Glass is still on sale, and today is the last day to buy it. That’s right, at the end of today, Glass will be officially off the market, relegated to bloated eBay listings. As Google starts winding down their Explorer program and directing Glass to what amounts to their hardware division, Glass as we know it is ending.

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Samsung’s new smartwatch may support wireless charging

Samsung’s new smartwatch may support wireless charging

According to their website, Samsung has three smartwatches. That list does not include their original Gear, so news of Samsung possibly introducing a new smartwatch at MWC in early March would mean it’s their fifth major smartwatch release. That seems like a lot of wearables for one company, but we’re talking Samsung, so it’s not that surprising. Their new smartwatch is starting to hit the rumor mill, and the latest news suggests it’s going to be round. Also, it might even charge wirelessly.

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