— Shawn Farner

Shawn Farner is a Harrisburg-based tech blogger who has been involved in online media for over seven years. He covers consumer electronics, Web-based services, and tech startups. Read disclosures here.

End of an Era: Yahoo Directory to Shut Down Dec. 31
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End of an Era: Yahoo Directory to Shut Down Dec. 31

It feels like a lifetime ago, but there was a time when I used the Internet without Google. Yahoo was the website to use back then when you wanted to find other sites. And the way you did that was by looking through … [Read more...]

Sources: New Mac Mini to Arrive in October
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Sources: New Mac Mini to Arrive in October

Two years is an especially long period to wait between releases of a desktop computer model, yet that's what Apple's done with the Mac Mini. The tiny, standalone PC is the most inexpensive way to join the Mac … [Read more...]

Two Weeks with Destiny
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Two Weeks with Destiny

We're two weeks (and a day) past the release of Destiny, the big-budget title from famed Halo studio Bungie, and, so far, a lot of the reviews haven't been that great. The game currently sits at a 77 on Metacritic, … [Read more...]

The Incredible, Bendable iPhone 6 Plus
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The Incredible, Bendable iPhone 6 Plus

Until the iPhone 6 Plus dropped on September 19, the largest phone Apple fans had to choose from touted a 4-inch display. The iPhone 5s, Apple's last-generation iPhone, was small but sturdy. It fit into pockets … [Read more...]

Is Beats Music Shutting Down or Not?
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Is Beats Music Shutting Down or Not?

Apple spent a truckload -- $3 billion, to be exact -- in order to pick up the Beats Music brand and make it part of the Apple family. All the trimmings came along with the acquisition; the popular Beats line of … [Read more...]

Weekend Wrap-Up: Apple Sets Records with iPhone 6; Microsoft Buys Minecraft
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Weekend Wrap-Up: Apple Sets Records with iPhone 6; Microsoft Buys Minecraft

Happy Sunday, folks! It's been an Apple-heavy week, but that doesn't mean we're all out of other stories. Let's catch up. Apple Sets Pre-Order Records with iPhone 6 It seems like we write this story every year, … [Read more...]

For Some, iOS 8 is Taking *Forever* to Download
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For Some, iOS 8 is Taking *Forever* to Download

The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 8, officially released to the public yesterday. Many iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners jumped on the update, starting the download right away. And some of … [Read more...]

A Year Without Cable Meets An Early End
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A Year Without Cable Meets An Early End

The box to the right is the white flag I’m waving to Big Red, also known as Verizon. The experiment is over. Twenty-one weeks after canceling the TV portion of my Verizon FiOS package and trying to survive on … [Read more...]

Weekend Wrap-Up: Apple Unveils New Products; Microsoft May Purchase Minecraft
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Weekend Wrap-Up: Apple Unveils New Products; Microsoft May Purchase Minecraft

Happy Sunday, folks! We're here, as usual, catching you up on the big tech stories from the past week. We saw quite a bit from Apple this week, but Microsoft and Twitter made some news, as well. Let's get to … [Read more...]

Apple Store Still Isn’t Up, One Hour into iPhone 6 Pre-Orders
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Apple Store Still Isn’t Up, One Hour into iPhone 6 Pre-Orders

It is almost ritual for the Apple faithful; staying up until midnight (or, on the east coast, setting an alarm for 2:55 a.m.) to pre-order the next version of the immensely popular iPhone. The process itself only … [Read more...]