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

Corning introduces Gorilla Glass SR+ for wearables

The future of wearable technology is vast, and companies know this. That’s why we are seeing more and more wearable-specific components: Qualcomm …

Gorilla Glass

A Boston Celtics player bought esports organization Renegades

Boston Celtics player Jonas Jerebko purchased esports organization Renegades, which currently has teams in <i>Counter-Strike: Global Offensive</i>, <i>Call of Duty</i> and <i>Halo</i>.<p>Jerebko, a self-proclaimed <i>Counter-Strike</i> player, is the latest traditional athlete to jump into the business-side of esports. Shaquille …

Boston

Sonos opens up: Spotify Connect and Amazon Echo control is coming

For as much as Sonos is known for high-quality connected speakers, it's also built up a reputation for lackluster software and a closed ecosystem. And that's getting harder to live with as alternative platforms like Google's Cast (formerly Chromecast) are flourishing alongside smart partnerships …

Amazon Echo

FBI detects breaches against two state voter systems

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is urging U.S. election officials to increase computer security after it uncovered evidence that hackers have targeted two state election databases in recent weeks, according to a confidential advisory.<p>The warning was in an Aug. 18 flash alert from the FBI's Cyber …

LG unveils 'world's largest' ultrawide monitor

A few years ago, LG figured out that wide-aspect 16:9 monitors just don't cut it for a modern power user's needs. The company then started churning out ultrawide 21:9 monitors that offer a ton of horizontal screen real estate, reducing the need for a second monitor.<p>Later this week at the IFA tech …

Color space

Facebook fires trending team, and algorithm without humans goes crazy

Just months after the discovery that Facebook’s “trending” news module was curated and tweaked by human beings, the company has eliminated its editors and left the algorithm to do its job. The results, so far, are a disaster.<p>Facebook announced late Friday that it had eliminated jobs in its trending …

Facebook

Apple announces ‘iPhone 7’ September 7 event, Apple Watch 2 and MacBook Pros may be unveiled

Mark your calendars, folks, it’s official. Apple has issued press invites to its next media event on September 7. The company is widely expected to unveil new iPhones and could unveil new MacBook Pros and the Apple Watch 2 at the same event.<p>The new iPhones are generally expected to feature a very …

Apple Watch

Facebook will soon allow users to activate Safety Check during emergencies

Facebook is working on opening up its Safety Check feature to users, reports <i>VentureBeat</i>. Speaking at a town hall meeting in Rome today, Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the social giant is building on the feature to allow users to activate it themselves during emergencies. Though it’s not clear when …

Facebook

Remember the laptop-destroying 'USB Killer?' Now you can buy one

In Oct. 2015, we wrote about USB Killer — a seemingly innocuous USB stick that fries nearly any device it's inserted into with a bolt of electricity.<p>Back then, it was a proof of concept, interesting mostly to security researchers and folks who work on USB standards. Now, however, the USB killer has …

Security

Hewlett-Packard Chromebook 13 Review: Yes, It Can Replace A MacBook, Windows 10 PC

Hewlett-Packard’s Chromebook 13 is the best reason yet to consider an alternative to Mac and Windows.<p>Here’s the short version of my review: HP’s Chromebook can be your only laptop. That’s coming from a skeptic who has never strayed from the Windows PC and Mac paradigm (heretofore). But I have been …

MacBook

ReSpeaker turns anything into an Amazon Echo

This morning when I woke up to the sound of the alarm I set on my Amazon Echo last night, I thought to myself "I wish more of my gadgets worked by me yelling things at them." Luckily, a few minutes later I was reading a PR email from SeeedStudio about its new product ReSpeaker which just launched …

Amazon

Windows 10 computers crash when Amazon Kindles are plugged in

Dozens of Microsoft Windows 10 users are reporting that their computers crash when plugging in Amazon Kindles.<p>The issue appears to be caused by the recent Windows 10 Anniversary update. Users of Amazon’s Paperwhite and Voyage attempting to either transfer books or charge their devices via USB are …

Amazon

Google's VR platform Daydream may launch within weeks

At Google's annual I/O developer conference in May, the company announced Daydream, an Android-based, virtual reality development platform. Daydream will offer users a VR experience with just a smartphone, some apps, a headset and a controller.<p>However, none of that actually launched at the …

Virtual Reality

Instapaper has been acquired by Pinterest

Instapaper, a pioneering app for saving articles to read later, has been acquired — again. The app, which was created by developer Marco Arment and sold to Betaworks in 2013, has found a new home at Pinterest. The goal is "to accelerate discovering and saving articles on Pinterest," the company …

Marco Arment

HoloLens' 24-core chip makes vivid AR possible

Microsoft has revealed more details about its HoloLens headset at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino. The augmented reality (AR) device marries video games with the real world, so it needs to calculate your location, head position and gestures extremely rapidly. We now know more about the …

Augmented Reality

Apple and Google Are Teaming Up to Kill Robocalls Forever

Robocalls are more than an annoyance. They’re a threat. Scammers, identity thieves, and other unsavory types use them to target victims. One …

AT&T

T-Mobile strikes a nerve with move to single unlimited data plan

Fans are turning their backs on the latest Un-carrier move. T-Mobile says it's shaking up the industry, and change can be scary.<p>Has T-Mobile finally …

T-Mobile

Netgear Orbi promises to rid your home of WiFi dead zones

One of the most frustrating first world problems today is not being able to connect to your home WiFi network in spots that are farther away from your router. Netgear believes it can get rid of that problem with its latest product: a WiFi system called Orbi. The $400 basic kit comprises of a router …

Wi-Fi

Samsung will sell refurbished high-end phones, says report

Samsung is preparing to launch a new program selling refurbished, used versions of its high-end smartphones, reports <i>Reuters</i>. According to an anonymous source "with direct knowledge of the matter," the program will use handsets returned to Samsung as part of its upgrade programs in markets like the …

Samsung

The NSA hack proves Apple was right to fight the FBI

After the unprecedented breach of hacking tools and exploits stolen from the US National Security Agency's elite hacking unit, some privacy advocates see it as clear vindication of Apple in its fight with the FBI earlier this year.<p>"The component of the government that is supposed to be absolutely …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Google will kill Chrome apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux in early 2018

Google today announced plans to kill off Chrome apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux in early 2018. Chrome extensions and themes will not be affected, while Chrome apps will continue to live on in Chrome OS.<p>Chrome apps are web applications that run on Google’s browser. There are two types: Hosted apps …

Google Chrome

Elon Musk leads Tesla effort to build house roofs entirely out of solar panels

A new venture spearheaded by Elon Musk will create house roofs made entirely of solar panels, in a sweeping expansion of Tesla’s clean energy ambitions.<p>Tesla has finalized a $2.6bn deal to buy solar power company SolarCity to produce solar “shingles” – photovoltaic material that would be fashioned …

Energy

Smartphone batteries with twice the life may arrive in 2017

A type of lithium battery that could make gasoline-powered cars obsolete is on track to be commercialized, according to <i>MIT</i> <i>News</i>. The "lithium metal" batteries, developed by MIT spin-off SolidEnergy, can reportedly pack the same energy as a standard lithium-ion cell in half the size. "Or, we can make …

Batteries

Run Windows on Mac easier than ever with new Parallels Desktop 12

Parallels Desktop, a go-to program for anybody wanting to run Windows on a Mac, just got more powerful and convenient to use. The Parallels Desktop 12 update, brings increased speed as well as a suite of handy new tools that simplify everyday tasks.<p>“This is the best Windows-on-Mac performance in …

Software

All Windows 10 PCs will support HoloLens next year

Virtual reality and augmented reality are being touted as the next big thing in truly innovative computing, but they're still not exactly mainstream due to the computing power required and the need to be tethered to a phone or PC. Intel and Microsoft think they can change that.<p>Today at Intel's …

Microsoft Windows

Intel launches wireless Project Alloy headset for 'merged reality'

The company won't make the headsets but will sell the technologies to other firms<p>The increasingly crowded virtual reality market has a new player. Tech giant Intel has unveiled its take on VR with the launch of Project Alloy.<p>At the company's developer conference in Silicon Valley, the firm's CEO, …

Augmented Reality

Hacking group auctions 'cyber weapons' stolen from NSA

A mysterious online group called the Shadow Brokers claims to have infiltrated an elite hacking unit linked to the National Security Agency and stolen state “cyber weapons”, and is now auctioning them off to the highest bidder.<p>The stolen malware is said to belong to Equation Group, a sophisticated …

Edward Snowden

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review: the best big phone

There is no greater evidence of The Future of Computing than the big-screened smartphone. Big phones have become the de facto personal computers for many people, taking the place of countless devices, including laptops and tablets. They’ve become more than just phones in ways that smaller devices …

Samsung

KGI: Apple to introduce three new iPads in 2017 including a 10.5 inch iPad Pro, new ‘flexible OLED’ iPad for 2018

Apple is going to shake up the iPad lineup in a big way in 2017, according to securities analyst KGI Ming-Chi Kuo. Next year, Apple will reportedly release three new iPads, a 12.9 inch iPad Pro 2, a low cost 9.7 inch iPad and — most interestingly — a new iPad Pro with a 10.5 inch display, a new …

Apple News