Author Archives: Nate Swanner


Whistle dog wearable hitting Apple Store, IFTTT

Whistle dog wearable hitting Apple Store, IFTTT

We talk an awful lot about wearables, and the Internet of Things, but what about the family dog? Your pooch can take advantage of tech, too, with Whistle being the best option. Whistle is announcing some new functionality today, and some extended reach. Soon, you’ll be able to snap up a Whistle for your pup at the Apple Store. The deal gives whistle their first real stretch into the retail space outside of the pet store, and puts Whistle on the dog’s collar much faster.

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Second exec from Apple’s Sapphire supplier dumped stock

Second exec from Apple’s Sapphire supplier dumped stock

The problems at Apple’s now former Sapphire glass partner GT Advanced were longer in the tooth than previously realized. Their partnership, which GT deemed “oppressive” in bankruptcy filings, is being detailed a bit more, now. It seems their CEO wasn’t the only one dumping stock, as the guy in charge of the actual plant in Arizona was doing the same. Unable to meet Apple’s deadlines for getting the plant up and running — which means making Sapphire glass — GT execs instead chose to tuck tail, dump stock, and run.

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Google mum on Android L name, but confirms it as 5.0

Google mum on Android L name, but confirms it as 5.0

Android L is coming. Even if we don’t know what it will be named, or when it will really come out, we know it’s coming. More to the point, Google knows we know it’s coming, and they know we know they know it’s coming. Now that we’re all in some sort of tech-y spy-vs-spy espionage standoff, Google has taken to YouTube, producing a video that shows how they picked their new mascot. No offense to whoever wins, but we’re going with Oreo. Someday.

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Fitbit Charge, Charge HR leaked in press materials

Fitbit Charge, Charge HR leaked in press materials

Fitbit is a leader in the fitness wearable group, and widely popular among those who wish to stay healthy and knowledgeable about their caloric intake or steps taken. After recently swearing off HealthKit (temporarily) to focus on their own platform, we learn exactly what that focus may be about. A leaked shot of new Fitbit marketing materials show an expanded lineup, with a new device that can track your heart rate. Named the Charge, this new Fitbit leads their own charge into 2015.

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A Motorola tablet is coming, says Lenovo CEO

A Motorola tablet is coming, says Lenovo CEO

Did you own a Motorola Xyboard? the DROID tablets were among the early contenders for Android in the larger screen realm, and like most other Android tablets of the time, were fairly terrible. That was more an Android failure (this was pre Honeycomb, so Gingerbread. Gross.) than Motorola’s, and based on pure hardware, the Xyboard wasn’t so bad. It seems Moto’s new home with Lenovo may bring them back to the tablet forefront, but will Motorola resurrect the Xyboard brand?

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Android L: Will it be Lollipop, or Licorice?

Android L: Will it be Lollipop, or Licorice?

Do you know who Giovanni Calabrese is? He’s the guy responsible for those shrines to Android that adorn the Google campus each time a new release is upon us. He’s also working on the latest Android monument, but isn’t being forthcoming about what it will be. In fact, Calabrese is going out of his way to troll us all a bit. Widely believed to be called “Lollipop”, Android L is being teased by the statue maker as “Licorice” (or “Liquorish”, depending on the post).

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This Umbrella Kickstarter is funded, and we can’t explain why

This Umbrella Kickstarter is funded, and we can’t explain why

Umbrella’s are one of those things that haven’t really improved over time. Sure, someone comes up with a cute new design now and then, but it’s still a tarp over your head, deflecting water elsewhere (probably onto someone else). A new Kickstarter, which has been fully funded since launching over the weekend, takes the tarp off the rods, and uses the power of air to deflect water away from you. If you’d rather look like royalty holding a scepter than a tourist under an umbrella, check this one out.

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Google to announce Nexus 9 tomorrow, launch in November

Google to announce Nexus 9 tomorrow, launch in November

Hey, how about that Nexus 9, huh? Sounds exciting, right? A Nexus tablet, 8.9-inch screen, and running the latest and greatest version of Android. Codenamed Volantis (which might just be some Game of Thrones stuff for you!), the Nexus 9 is set for release very soon. If the latest report from Forbes is to be believed, we’ll see that big, bad Nexus tablet tomorrow, maybe even alongside the Nexus 6. If a 6-inch phone and/or 9-inch tablet don’t excite you, you might want to rush to the Play Store now before existing products disappear.

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This is what Apple Watch apps may look like

This is what Apple Watch apps may look like

The Apple Watch is an exciting concept, and though we’ve seen it for ourselves — it’s still a concept. Apple didn’t show off any apps that made good sense for their wearable, and were more than tight-lipped about how Apple Watch will take advantage of its home on your wrist while still working seamlessly with your iPhone. A new batch of app renders for the Apple Watch show what may be in store for us, and give an early glimpse as to how apps could end up working.

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SlateGo Mobile AirDesk review: your laptop’s best friend

SlateGo Mobile AirDesk review: your laptop’s best friend

The term “laptop computer” is a bit misleading. Sure, your Macbook might fit on your lap, but it’s definitely not designed just for that. A flat, metal bottom that gets noticeably warm when you use it for prolonged periods only leaves you shifting in your seat, or shoving a pillow underneath. The last thing you want is to leave the comforts of your favorite chair and head to a desk. The SlateGo wants to help end your warm-legged shuffle, but does it really work? Let’s find out!

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