All Articles by Derek Kessler

Snapchat Discover is like Snapchat Stories, but for publications

Snapchat is launching a new Discover feature that is, in essence, Snapchat Stories but for online video and photo publications. Snapchat Discover brings together photos and videos from a variety of external sources, as well as Snapchat's own internal content.

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Pandora Radio redesign is crisp, clean, and flat

Nothing's thoroughly changed about the Pandora service, but the app itself has had a thorough revamp. Now sporting a stark white/gray/blue color scheme that's much more in line with the new interface style introduced with iOS 7, Pandora Radio 5.7 also sports a few new features that make things a bit easier when it comes to building your own streaming radio station.

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Sprint's guaranteeing a $200 minimum smartphone trade-in credit for T-Mobile switchers

Sprint's taking the fight straight to T-Mobile and is offering customers of the Un-carrier a guaranteed minimum trade-in credit of $200 for their current working T-Mobile smartphone. That's in addition to the current contract buy-out offer (though T-Mobile ditched traditional contracts nearly two years ago) or up to $350 in credit to pay for their new Sprint phone.

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For $5-a-month, AT&T subscribers can now place unlimited calls to Mexico

AT&T has revamped their AT&T World Connect $5 monthly international calling package to offer unlimited calls to Mexico. The news comes just days after AT&T got approval from the Mexican government for a $2.5 billion acquisition of Iusacell, Mexico's third-largest cellular carrier.

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The new Typo 2 for iPhone's not that great, but their iPad keyboard's kinda neat

Typo made a splash at CES 2014 with the BlackBerry-aping Typo keyboard for iPhone, and they were at CES 2015 to show off their new not-patent-infringing Typo 2 keyboard. But really, the more interesting news out of Typo was their new iPad keyboard, it doesn't try to copy Apple. If anything, it feels more like a copy of the Microsoft Surface Type Cover, but with some slick software.

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Apple sued for false advertising by plaintiffs that don't understand iPhone digital storage

A pair of iPhone owners from Miami are suing Apple and seeking class action status in doing so, alleging that Apple has falsely advertised how much storage is actually available on the phone. They're not alleging that the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus actually have less physical storage than Apple claims, no, they're perturbed to the point of legal action that when Apple advertises a 16GB iPhone it only comes with around 13GB of free space out of the box because that pesky iOS 8 needs to take up space.

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You can now easily adapt any new post-2012 iMac for VESA mounting

NewerTech now has a new adapter that makes it much easier — nay, possible — to mount any 2012-or-newer iMac, even the new Retina 5K iMac with the universal VESA system. The NuMount VESA is a machined aluminum bracket that clamps through the power-cable passthrough in the iMac's stand, adding both a quartet of screw holes for a 100mm x 100mm VESA mount and a shelf above that for storing items you want nearby but neither want to see or need to reach (say, an external hard drive for backups).

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Twitter has a new advertising channel: your following list

No matter your school of thought on how you use Twitter, the list of people you follow now includes advertising. The first customer: MasterCard. On the web, and in the official Twitter apps for iPhone and Android, you'll find that you, and everybody else, have MasterCard as a promoted entry in your Following list.

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China blocks access to Gmail through apps

Access to the Gmail website has been blocked for some time in China, but now the Chinese government is also blocking access to Gmail through apps. The block affects not just the official Gmail apps, but also accessing Gmail through third-party apps.

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'Lucky Bag' sale hitting Japanese Apple Stores on January 2nd

The annual "Luck Bag" sale is returning again to Japanese brick-and-mortar Apple retail stores on January 2nd to celebrate the new year. The sale, which sees customers forking over a specified chunk of cash in exchange for, well, a bag. In that bag they'd find a mystery assortment of accessories and devices, occasionally worth far more than the buyer had paid — hence the "lucky" part.

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Facebook's new Stickered for Messenger will let you slap stickers onto any photo

If you've not had enough of stickers inside Facebook Messenger, get ready for stickers on your photos. Facebook's Stickered for Messenger does just that — it lets you place stickers on photos and send them via Messenger. Not only can you slap on whatever sticker you like, you also will get to use your fingers to relocate, reorient, and resize the stickers as you see fit.

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T-Mobile will pay $90 million to settle "cramming" charges

U.S. carrier T-Mobile has settled charges levied by the FTC and FCC that they charged customers for unwanted services, a settlement that comes to the tune of at least $90 million. The practice, known as "cramming", stemmed from third-party services from "premium SMS" providers for wallpapers, ringtones, horoscopes, celebrity gossip, and more.

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On December 24th and 25th, Yo will Ho Ho Ho

If you happen to be using Yo for some insane reason, we've just been informed that you won't be getting any "Yos" on December 24th or 25th. Nope, instead, to celebrate the Christmas holiday, you'll get similarly-vague "Ho Ho Ho" alerts instead. At press time we were unable to clarify if Santa Claus himself will be leaving monosyllabic push notifications under the tree this year.

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Un-carrier 8.0: A morning fire-side chat with John Legere on December 16

T-Mobile is preparing to shake things up again in the US wireless industry, and this time they're doing it by inviting you to watch a stream of… a fireside chat with CEO John Legere and Yahoo Tech's David Pogue. What exactly they're doing tomorrow, we're not sure, but T-Mobile's teasing that it's "so big [they] had to keep it under wraps."

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iOS 8.2 beta 2 available now for beta crowd

If you happen to be in the iOS 8 beta program, there's an OTA update for iOS 8.2 beta 2 waiting for you. This update's said to include bug fixes and performance improvements. The previous release of the 8.2 beta was the first to include the WatchKit SDK for building Apple Watch apps.

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Instagram adding verified accounts, dropping the hammer on spam

Instagram has crossed the 300 million active monthly users line and is today adding support for verified users to the square photo social network. That 300 million threshold actually puts Instagram as having a larger monthly audience than Twitter, certainly explaining why Facebook was willing to pay $1 billion for the service.

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Sprint's offering a serious discount on an iPhone 6 for loyal customers

Sprint is offering their loyal customers some fairly substantial discounts for the holidays, including discounted device leasing, free service, and accessory discounts. Of course, it's Sprint defining "loyal" here, though customers that have been deemed worthy of the title have started receiving emails about the offers. Here's what Sprint's offering…

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Chase Bank is giving away David Guetta's new album to get people using Apple Pay

We've seen a few promotions from banks to get customers to start using Apple Pay, and now Chase Bank is getting in on the action by giving away music. Specifically they're offering a free early copy of David Guetta's upcoming album "Listen" to Chase customers for adding their credit or debit card to Apple Pay.

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Automated iAd sales begin with a trio of partners

Apple's official expanding the breadth of iAd ad system for iPhone and iPad by partnering with three established advertising firms: Rubicon Project, MediaMath, and AdRoll. The first actually posted the news two days ago, and now we're learning more about the full extent of the collaboration that will bring more advertisers into the iAd fold, possibly helping boost revenues for both developers using Apple's advertising platform and for Apple themselves.

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Arki isn't about just step counts, it's about stepping better

Quick, what's your walking posture like? Are you moseying around with your hands in your pockets, or are you head down towards your smartphone? Are you just doing it all wrong? That's what Arki aims to fix by using motion tracking for more than just counting steps. The Kickstarter campaign, which has been up for just over a week and is already closing in on their $100,000 goal, is geared around building a fitness tracker that uses data about how you move and the ideal walking posture to get you moving not just more, but moving more smartly.

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