Author Archives: Nate Swanner


Google+ takes a step back in latest update

With today’s update to Google+, there are some new features that count on how you interact to gain your affection. Stories wants to bring you a kind-of “autoawesome” movie of your pics, while Motion and Mix hope to make you GIF-y. It’s a bit more of the same from Google+, and along with their UI tweak, could signal additional changes afoot.

New Android 4.4.3 buttons possibly revealed [UPDATE]

A new leak shows what may be the updated navigation bar for Android 4.4.3. In it, we see revamped back and recent tasks buttons, as well as a new center button, which replaces the home button in some cases. It fits an earlier leak, but the source points to this being dogfooded internally, meaning it may be set for release soon. UPDATE: This image is captured with a customized navigation bar from here, thanks Jimmy Baez, Artem Russakovskii for pointing it out!

NVIDIA contest offers up SHIELD to winners

Want an NVIDIA SHIELD? The folks from NVIDIA are giving one away, along with two fantastic games and a special edition Shield for the grand prize winner. The contest starts today, and runs well into June.

AT&T offering VoLTE in two markets May 23 with GS4 mini

VoLTE is coming, and AT&T is bringing it to you. The Galaxy S4 mini will be available with “HD Voice” form big blue starting May 23. Starting from $49.99 with a two-year contract, the little device promises to jumpstart a big revolution in how we consume with our carrier plans.

Verizon XLTE now live, works with many Android handsets

XLTE, Verizon’s “new” data offering, is now live. Those in several states covering roughly half of Verizon’s current LTE footprint can already take advantage, and the new service covers a lot of exisiting handsets as well. Customers who have an appropriate handset in an XLTE market should notice faster data transfers and better overall performance.

Apple, Google end Motorola-related patent squabble

Apple and Motorola, who have been embroiled in patent litigation, with both sides now agreeing to drop the suit. In a statement, Apple and Google (who owned Motorola at the time the suit was originally heard) both said they’d work together on patent reform.

SF hotel loaning Glass to patrons with etiquette agreement

Though Google Glass is now widely available to those in the US, it comes at a heavy cost. Most who are interested in Glass aren’t ready to blindly shell out $1,500, so they stay away. For those who are interested in Glass, but not doling out a mortgage payment, we have only this to say: get a room.

Google’s I/O schedule released, aims for wearables and gaming

Google has released their I/O schedule, and it looks like the angle is better apps and more of them. Though there are some interesting sessions for Developers, we’re getting just about what we’ve expected. Gaming, wearables, and design rule the event, but there are a few gems hidden in the mix as well.

Google allows Play Store apps to be purchased using PayPal

Google has updated payment options in the Play Store today, and it seems to be a bit of a concession on their part. The biggest change is that we’ll now see PayPal as an option when making purchases from Google Play. Aimed at the international market, it suggest Google wants Play to scale quickly.

Flappy Bird is returning, and it’s all your fault

Flappy Bird, which took the world by storm and caused most to rejoice when it was eventually pulled from circulation, is coming back. The game’s creator has vowed it will return at some point in the near future, replete with a multiplayer mode.
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