— 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.

A Year Without Cable, Week 14: The Sorry Attempt
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A Year Without Cable, Week 14: The Sorry Attempt

If you’ve ever quit a pricey subscription service before, you’ve likely had that service put on the full court press in order to regain possession of those lost dollars. You might get offers via email or telephone, … [Read more...]

Amazon, Best Buy Offering $25 Xbox Gift Cards for $20
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Amazon, Best Buy Offering $25 Xbox Gift Cards for $20

Looking to build up your digital game collection on your Xbox 360 or your Xbox One? Or is there some downloadable content you'd like to pick up? You won't find a more cost-effective time to do so than right now -- both … [Read more...]

Weekend Wrap-Up: Facebook Introduces ‘Save’ Feature; OS X Yosemite Now in Public Beta
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Weekend Wrap-Up: Facebook Introduces ‘Save’ Feature; OS X Yosemite Now in Public Beta

It's Sunday already? You bet it is. The weekend is winding down, and we have a whole new week of tech news in front of us. But before we get to that, let's review some of the biggest stories from this past week, … [Read more...]

Square Jumps into Automation, Adds IFTTT Integration
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Square Jumps into Automation, Adds IFTTT Integration

Payments company Square is entering the world of Internet automation, adding support for popular service IFTTT this week. The integration, announced on Thursday via the IFTTT blog, enables Square users to create … [Read more...]

Phone Unlocking Bill Passes House, Now Awaits Obama’s Signature
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Phone Unlocking Bill Passes House, Now Awaits Obama’s Signature

A new law that would allow phone unlocking for carrier-switching customers has made it through the House, and will now head to President Obama's desk, according to GigaOM. The President, who stated that the bill will … [Read more...]

A Simple Journey Begins
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A Simple Journey Begins

I’m making a pretty big change to the way I handle my finances, and I’m not going to lie -- I’m a bit uneasy. After using two checking accounts -- one for bills and one for spending money -- and an assortment of … [Read more...]

A Year Without Cable, Week 13: Broadening Your Media Horizons
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A Year Without Cable, Week 13: Broadening Your Media Horizons

I’ve been on this cable-free journey for 13 weeks now, and I’ve talked a lot about how you can try to replicate the cable TV experience at a much lower cost. If you’re willing to hack together a system in the name … [Read more...]

Weekend Wrap-Up: Microsoft to Cut 18,000 Jobs; Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited
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Weekend Wrap-Up: Microsoft to Cut 18,000 Jobs; Amazon Launches Kindle Unlimited

Hola, readers! We hope you've all had a great weekend so far. While it's not quite Monday yet, we are ready to leave the previous week's news in the past. But if you weren't able to keep up with all the happenings in … [Read more...]

Netflix Tests its Own ‘Incognito Mode’ for Untracked Movie Viewing
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Netflix Tests its Own ‘Incognito Mode’ for Untracked Movie Viewing

Sure, you're a real tough guy out in public, but that reputation would go to hell quickly if anyone found out about your love for My Little Pony. The way Netflix is set up now, launching the app in the presence of … [Read more...]

GameStop iPhone App Actually Tells You a Game’s Trade-In Value
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GameStop iPhone App Actually Tells You a Game’s Trade-In Value

I don't trade many games in at GameStop, but when I do, I'm usually flying blind as far as the trade-in value is concerned. The GameStop website lists trade-in specials; these are the games that the retail locations will … [Read more...]