Author Archives: Will Conley

Humanesque technology writer for SlashGear and beyond.

Twitter may soon allow you to edit tweets: anonymous employees

Twitter may soon allow you to edit tweets: anonymous employees

Twitter is working on an edit feature. Meaning you could soon be able to edit your tweets -- with some caveats. You won't be able to write a tweet, publish it, wait a few hours, and then replace the content of the tweet with entirely different and unrelated content. Twitter is still working out the details of what you can and can't do in edit mode, but the feature is on the horizon.

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Samsung GamePad turns mobile devices into full-blown gaming consoles

Samsung GamePad turns mobile devices into full-blown gaming consoles

Samsung has released "GamePad", a gaming controller that attaches to a smartphone or tablet for a console-like mobile gaming experience. The GamePad has a telescoping cradle that accommodates mobile devices turned sideways for devices ranging in width from 4 inches to 6.3 inches. The GamePad connects wirelessly to the mobile device via Bluetooth, so physical attachment to the controller isn't necessary.

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AT&T patents anti-piracy measures to “protect” file sharers from selves

AT&T patents anti-piracy measures to “protect” file sharers from selves

AT&T has been awarded a patent that would let the company track subscriber browsing behavior, assign them a "reputation score", and then block "high-risk" subscribers from being able to access file-sharing services. The patent is called "Methods, devices and computer program products for regulating network activity using a subscriber scoring system". In other words, the blocking system could rely on tracking software installed on subscriber computers. The patent was spotted by TorrentFreak and relayed by Gigaom.

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TiVo founders create “QPlay” streaming media TV adapter

TiVo founders create “QPlay” streaming media TV adapter

The original founders of TiVo are starting a new business venture called QPlay. It's an adapter for streaming TV reminiscent of the plug-and-play ease of Google's Chromecast dongle and app set, but with the all-under-one-roof simplicity of a set-top box. Plug the QPlay box into your HDTV, plug the USB-connected power cord into a wall outlet, fire-on your -- iPad only, apparently -- and you're ready to stream some video and Internet TV from a variety of services, which will possibly include Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, and so on.

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Facebook rolls out Donate buttons for nonprofits’ pages

Facebook rolls out Donate buttons for nonprofits’ pages

Facebook is rolling out a new feature whereby users can donate to any nonprofit on Facebook through the nonprofit's page or by clicking a button on posts pushed by that page. This should theoretically make it easier to donate to nonprofits without them having to constantly ask for money. Facebook's 1 billion users are, to say the least, a deep well of support, not all of which has yet been tapped.

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Google patent lawyer to head US patent office, address patent wars

Google patent lawyer to head US patent office, address patent wars

Patent reform could well be on its way. Last week the US House passed the "Innovation Act", a bill that would make it harder to win overly broad patents and force claimants to present more detailed evidence when suing for infringement. That bill awaits the Senate. This week, it was revealed that former Google top patent lawyer Michelle Lee is to lead the US Patent and Trademark Office starting in about a month.

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Motorola Mobility indicates wood backing option for Moto X is nigh

Motorola Mobility indicates wood backing option for Moto X is nigh

Motorola has officially teased the addition of a wood backing option for its Moto X smartphone. The option has long been rumored to debut at some point before year's end, with the first estimates of Thanksgiving being a bit quick on the trigger. A revised, Q4 release date range for wood backs surfaced around then, and it looks like that one is going to pan out sometime in the next few days.

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Tesla Model E, an all-electric sedan for the masses, to debut Jan. 2015

Tesla Model E, an all-electric sedan for the masses, to debut Jan. 2015

Tesla's Model E could be revealed as soon as January 2015, chief designer Franz von Holzhauzen told AutoBild last week. The Model E is the rumored name for Tesla's EV for the masses in its all-electric vehicle product spread. Prices for the Model E range from $25,000 to $35,000, depending on your source and whether you apply a possible US government tax credit for green fuel.

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