Technology Viewer

By Keith A. Seiffert | The view from the eyes of a technology professional and amateur pundit.

Report: Apple plans to nix 3.5mm port on iPhone 7, require Lightning for wired headphones

Citing a reliable source, a report from Japanese blog Macotakara claims that Apple plans to remove the 3.5mm headphone port from the upcoming iPhone 7, helping to achieve a “more than 1mm” reduction in thickness compared to the iPhone 6s. While the screen shape and radius will remain similar, the …


This computer costs the same price as a pint of beer

So you want a computer, but you don’t want to spend much money? As luck would have it, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has produced a new tiny board …


Amazon is offering a year of unlimited cloud storage for just $5

There are plenty of options for keeping your digital media safe and easily accessible in the cloud. Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Yahoo all have services that will let you back up tons of old files. Amazon is a major player in providing cloud services to other companies and has leveraged that …


Circuit Board Tattoos That Actually Work Will Make Your Cyborg Fantasies Come True

There’s a common misconception that tattoos are only a way to express your individuality (just like everyone else does), or only serve as loving …


Windows 10’s fall update is deactivating certain apps without asking

Windows 10 is possibly making unwanted changes to your gaming rig.

Microsoft’s first big update for its operating-system-as-a-service is deleting some user-installed apps without asking Windows owners for permission, according to dozens of complaints on message boards and forums. The affected …

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A Sit-Stand Desk for All

Sit/stand desks are all the ergonomic rage but if you work from home or your employer just won’t invest in one, you might be stuck slumped over all …


Google once built and shelved a Star Trek Communicator-style wearable

It’s no secret that Google likes experimenting with space-age ideas, from self-driving cars to internet access beamed from balloons in the sky. What it didn’t talk about until now is a Bluetooth-enabled wearable that lets users search Google using just their voice.

The small device was designed to …


Samsung announces BRITECELL smartphone image sensor

Speaking at its 2015 Investors Forum, Samsung has revealed details about its new BRITECELL camera technology. The technology is expected to appear in …


Nvidia's Shield Tablet is back on sale for $199 after fire hazard recall

Nvidia called its Shield Tablet the "ultimate tablet for gamers" upon announcement last year, but the company had to backtrack hard this summer when it issued a recall for every single unit due to a potential battery fire hazard. It would seem the issue has been fixed, though — Nvidia was already …


Edward Snowden says it's your 'duty' to install ad blockers

Edward Snowden's embrace of the free flow of information apparently doesn't apply to online ads.

In an interview with The Intercept, the government surveillance whistleblower gave some advice on how average citizens can shield their privacy online. One of the less obvious security tips: flip on an ad …


Ford will add LTE to way more cars with new Sync Connect service

Ahead of this week's LA Auto Show, Ford has announced Sync Connect, a new LTE-based service that will debut first with the 2017 Escape (which is also debuting this week). Most Ford cars sold in the US already include Wi-Fi support, but LTE adds a few new things like phone app-based remote lock and …


Google Glass team is working on a wearable that isn't glasses

The division of Google responsible for wearable tech is experimenting with new designs, including one without a screen. According to a report today from The Information, the team behind Google Glass, a division now called Project Aura, has at least three new prototype gadgets, one of which would be …


The Chromebit turns any old monitor or TV into a computer for $85

Asus and Google have finally started selling the Chromebit, a candybar-sized Chrome OS computer that retails for a measly 85 bucks. You can plug it into any HDMI port, hook up the power cable and a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, then kaboom: instant computer.

We've become familiar with Chromebooks. …

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Google’s app for Android and iOS can now answer complex questions with superlatives, ordered items, and dates

Google today detailed improvements to its main Android and iOS app, Google (formerly called Google Search), specifically related to answering questions. You can download the latest version now from Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

The app is now better at understanding complex questions, which you …


Transparent Aluminum Now A Reality

The way mankind has progressed is impressive to say the least, and what was once in the realm of science fiction has once again, become reality. What …


A Chinese tech company has developed a smartphone battery that charges to 50% in 5 minutes

Huawei, the Chinese smartphone giant, has developed a battery that can charge to 48% in around five minutes, the BBC reports.

Fast charging technology works by including sturdier components which can deal with a higher power input, according to Android Authority.

Qualcomm has also been experimenting …


I loved the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet — until I got 2 busted devices in a row

For the past month or so, I've used an Apple MacBook Air, Lenovo Yoga Pro 2, Dell XPS 13, and, most recently, a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 — the tablet Microsoft says can replace your laptop.

I don't know about that last part.

But when it comes to actually getting stuff done, I love using the Microsoft …


The latest Windows 10 update makes activation way easier than before

Activating your copy of Windows 10 has gotten far less tedious in Microsoft's first major update for the operating system. You no longer have to start by upgrading from a previous install of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to get Windows 10 properly activated under Microsoft's free-for-a-year policy. Now, …


Paris attacks: Anonymous declares war on Isil

Hacker group Anonymous says in a video that it will "hunt" Islamic State after its terrorist attacks in Paris, France on Friday

Anonymous has posted a video declaring war against Islamic State following a series of terror attacks in Paris that have left at least 129 people dead.

The hacker group, …


PC Graphics Card Showdown: NVIDIA vs. AMD

The hardest part of building a PC is picking the parts, especially when everyone around you seems to have an opinion. And no flame war is more …


Qualcomm flexes Snapdragon 820's muscles as upcoming rollout draws near

The 820 mobile processor aims to be more powerful and efficient than its predecessors.

The chip that will power some of 2016's biggest smartphones …


Google Driverless Car Is Stopped by California Police for Going Too Slowly

Police in the Northern California city of Mountain View saw something unusual on the road on Thursday: A car was moving too slowly, causing a traffic backlog.

So they pulled over the vehicle and peered inside.

It was a self-driving car.

Google’s autonomous vehicle project, which has logged 1.2 million …


SaveHollywood Turns Any Movie Into a Screen Saver on OS X

Mac: Screen savers aren’t exactly the most exciting affair, but if you’ve ever wanted to use a video file as a screensaver, SaveHollywood is a …

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Apple Music is finally available on Android

It took four months, but it's finally happening: Apple Music has launched on Android.

On Tuesday, the Cupertino tech giant's music streaming service rolled out on Google's mobile operating system. It's only the second ever app Apple has launched on Android.

(The first? "Move to iOS," an app designed …


Local Motors LM3D Swim: A closer look at the first 3D printed car you can buy (pictures)

Last year, Local Motors 3D printed its first electric car. This year, it refined the EV's design. Next year, you'll be able to buy and print one of …

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Surface Book review: Windows has its first flagship laptop

When was the last time you were really excited about a laptop – especially a Windows one?

For several years, hype in the tech world has largely revolved around phones, tablets and smartwatches, and there arguably hasn’t been a truly revolutionary laptop since Apple pulled a MacBook Air out of a …

Book Reviews

Forget About MacBook Pro 2016, MacBook Air 2016 - Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Is The Best Productivity Tablet Available At Present

According to critics, Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is in fact a more straightforward update to Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The screen is bigger which …


uBeam Declassifies Secrets To Try To Prove Wireless Power Is Possible

It must violate the laws of physics. It must be dangerous. It must be impossible. This is what critics have concluded despite not actually knowing the details behind uBeam’s wireless power technology. So rather than let the rumors swirl, today uBeam revealed a bunch of details about how far, how …

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How to Turn an Old Laptop Into a Chromebook with CloudReady

If you haven’t used a Chromebook in a while, they’ve come a long way. But you don’t need to shell out cash for a new laptop just to run Chrome OS. …

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