Author Archives: Nate Swanner


More Google “Stars” details leak, show web interface

Google Stars, the leaked project aimed at cataloging your favorite Internet things, has another leak showing us a bit more about its utility. Simple in aim, Stars could be one of the more widespread Google utilities in use upon launch. We now see the extent of what Google is working on with Stars, and a bit more about how social it could be.

Play Music and All Access arrive in Canada

Canada, you’ve got music. Google has finally made Play Music available to Canadian users, bringing the streaming functionality much of the rest of the world has been enjoying for some time now. In addition, Canadians will get a special offer to try it out.

Qualcomm’s Toq with voice input is great, but limited

Talking to your wearable might be the best method for getting things done, which is why Qualcomm has tapped Nuance to help with their Toq smartwatch. The wearable will now allow you to respond to messages via your smartwatch, which is a neat trick — it just needs a bit of work.

Which carrier has the fastest network? Help us find out!

Who’s got the fastest mobile network? All kinds of studies are out there, but are typically a small sampling of carriers’ network strength. Android Community is partnering with PC Mag to help crowdsource some information on which network has the best speeds.

Sources: T-Mobile/Sprint merger is “dead”

Worried about Sprint and T-Mobile merging? Sources tell the New York Post you shouldn’t be. According to them, the deal is “dead”. The FCC, who are outspoken about wanting four major US carriers, are said to be dead set against the merger.

Foursquare announces Swarm, takes on Facebook’s ‘Nearby Friends’

In a time when many other services are merging, Foursqaure is splitting up. The company has announced they are pulling themselves apart, and creating a service called Swarm. Swarm will act as a new messaging service, aimed at getting you together with friends where, hopefully, you use Foursquare to check in to wherever you end up going.

Snapchat’s new Chat feature adds Video, actual chat functionality

At inception, Snapchat was more of a self-destruct image viewer than actual “chat” application. An incoming update takes the service away from that functionality a bit, and will now offer actual chat capability. Users will also soon be able to take advantage of video, making face-to-face chat possible.

Comixology users say purchases made with Google, Apple now gone [UPDATE]

The move away from Google and Apple purchasing int he Comixology app has ignited a few hurt feelings. Amazon has removed all outside in-app payment options, instead focussing on PayPal to allow users to make purchases. Many users are now reporting that some or all of their older purchases made with the abandoned purchase options have disappeared entirely.

Nokia’s went with Windows Phone to survive, avoid Samsung

In an “ask me anything” session today, former Nokia chief and current Microsoft head of devices and services Stephen Elop answered questions on a variety of topics. One of those was Nokia’s decision to make devices for the Windows Phone platform instead of Android. When prompted if he thought it was the right decision, his answer was as reasonable as it was surprising.