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

Calm down and rock on; Apple isn’t adding DRM to your music

No, you won’t lose all your DRM-free iTunes music. At least, not without deleting your actual files and not having a backup. Apple isn’t adding DRM to your iTunes files, either.

The reality here is that Apple will not automatically remove any iTunes music files you own on your computer and replace …

Apple Music

Living with the Galaxy S6 Edge: Is that curve worth the cost?

Samsung launched two Galaxy S6 models this spring, but let's face it: The spotlight was really on the curvy, attention-grabbing S6 Edge. I know I was dead-set on trying that one-of-a-kind smartphone as soon as I could. However, I couldn't help but wonder if it was really, truly worth the $100 …


Nanogenerators Will Let Car Tires Pull Electricity From The Ground

Reinventing the wheel

It’s becoming clear: electric cars are the future. Between electric mainstays like Tesla and legacy car manufacturers like Ford and Chevrolet, the auto industry is racing towards making truly viable electric cars. Now, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are …


Toyota's Mirai will go 312 miles on a tank of hydrogen

The hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai, which goes on sale in the US later this year, will go an estimated 312 miles on a tank according to official figures released by the company this week. As Toyota notes, that's further than any zero-emission vehicle on the market — including the Tesla Model S — but …


More People Reach for Smartphones Than Significant Other in Morning

In the morning, Americans wake up and reach across the bed to grab ... their smartphones.

In fact, more of them think first about their smartphone (35 percent) than their significant other (10 percent) or coffee (17 percent), according to a new poll.

The poll, conducted by Braun Research on behalf of …

Bank of America

Nifty New Resin Solves a Major Problem With 3-D Printing

Formlabs' new resin can be turned into cyan chains strong enough to hoist cinder blocks.The post Nifty New Resin Solves a Major Problem With 3-D …


Apple releases OS X 10.10.4 with networking fix, Mail and Photos improvements, more

In addition to iOS 8.4, Apple has now publicly released OS X 10.10.4 to all users. The point update focuses on security and stability improvements with a fix for notable networking issues with OS X Yosemite as well as fixes for Mail, improvements to Photos migration from iPhoto and Aperture, and …


No, Microsoft Is Not Going To Kill Off Windows Phone, It Has A Much Better Plan

Contrary to what some outlets are reporting, I really don’t believe that Microsoft is going to be giving up on Windows Mobile in the near future. What is clear, however, is that Windows Mobile is soon going to be another branch of Windows, and that’s a very smart move.

The same, it has to be said, …


The wait is over, Apple Music now live

After months of speculation, Apple Music has officially launched — with the Beats 1 radio station also kicking off one hour from now at 12pm ET/9am PT.

Apple Music, which received positive first-look reviews earlier today, is initially available for a free three-month trial, after which it will set …

Jimmy Iovine

Uber Acquires Part Of Bing’s Mapping Assets, Will Absorb Around 100 Microsoft Employees

Uber will acquire assets from Microsoft Bing, including roughly 100 employees focused on the product’s image collection activities. In short, Uber is absorbing data-collection engineers from Microsoft to bolster its own mapping work.

The companies confirmed the transaction with TechCrunch, but each …


The Race To The Bottom Is Now Hitting Professional 3D Printers

The eagle-eyed among you will notice something interesting about the Riverside Photocuring 3D Printer pictured above. Almost all of the design – from the removable build plate to the jolly front button – is a direct homage to the Formlabs Form 1. One could assume, therefore, that the Riverside …

Race to the Bottom

NYC’s Nissan ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ plan upheld by highest state court

Back in 2011, New York City chose a new vehicle to replace the majority of its taxi fleet, then a hodgepodge of Ford Crown Victoria sedans, various hybrid models, and a few minivans.

Dubbed the “Taxi of Tomorrow,” that vehicle is an adapted version of the Nissan NV200 small van.

The decision to …

New York City

iOS 8.4 to be released 8 AM PT on Tuesday, iTunes Match song limit will increase to 100,000 with iOS 9

Apple directors have been somewhat talkative over the weekend about the imminent release of Apple Music. Former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers, who now works as a Senior Director of Apple Music, blogged about the product’s launch. He reminisces on the history of digital music and radio saying that …


A new threat to your drone: Neighbors with shotguns

It’s a boom time for drones as more and more of us pick up these compact unmanned aerial vehicles to take photos from on high, deliver packages or …


Ryan Seacrest's iPad keyboard is surprisingly good, but expensive

It's hard to expect much from Typo, a company that was co-founded by Ryan Seacrest and whose legal tango with BlackBerry has forced it to stop selling phone keyboards. But with its new iPad keyboard, Typo has at least proven it's worth keeping an eye on. For $189, you get a Bluetooth keyboard that …

Ryan Seacrest

Google’s artificial-intelligence bot says the purpose of living is 'to live forever'

This week, Google released a research paper chronicling one of its latest forays into artificial intelligence.

Researchers at the company programmed an advanced type of “chatbot” that learns how to respond in conversations based on examples from a training set of dialogue.

And the bot doesn’t just …


Chevrolet thinks it can one-up Tesla with a $30,000, 200-mile Bolt

The race for the people's electric car just heated up. Much of the conversation about electric cars thus far has revolved around Tesla, but Chevrolet is angling to change that.

Chevrolet announced on Thursday that testing is underway for its fully electric Bolt, which the company claims will exceed …

Electric Vehicles

Galaxy Note 5 Images Leak, Will Anger Users

I thought the bets were off. No phone would prove more controversial in 2015 than the Galaxy S6. It seems I was wrong…

If leaked images obtained by the ever reliable French tech site prove correct (and it nailed both the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 designs prior to launch) then Samsung is …

Samsung Galaxy Note

Amazon Echo Is The First Artificial Intelligence You’ll Want At Home

Alexa could be your next personal assistant

Your home is about to get a whole lot smarter. On Monday, Amazon announced its artificially intelligent bluetooth speaker—the Amazon Echo—is being made publicly available for purchase. The Echo was first unveiled in November 2014, but it was sold on an …


LittleBits Raises Big $44.2 Million Round

LittleBits, a maker of electronic components that both children and designers can snap together to create everything from toy robots to lightweight industrial products, has raised $44.2 million in Series B funding led by DFJ Growth, with managing director Barry Schuler joining the board.

Morgan …

Venture Capital

Your phone can see in the dark and measure heat with this attachment

Phone cameras have gotten extremely powerful. The one in your phone right now can capture your kid's quick moves at the soccer game, take day-spanning time-lapses, and it probably has a chance to take a decent picture in low light. Maybe it can even stabilize the image to protect your photo from …


T-Mobile's new phone leasing program lets you upgrade three times a year

T-Mobile today announced a new smartphone leasing program called Jump On Demand. With the new program, customers pay a monthly fee in addition to their service plan that provides them with a new smartphone and the ability to trade that smartphone in towards another new smartphone anytime they want, …


Microsoft Windows 10 free upgrade: seven more questions answered

Will Windows 10 keep Microsoft Office intact?

If I upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10, will I lose Office 2010 – which I paid for and installed – and other programs? Wolf

In most cases, Windows 10 will be installed as an “in place” upgrade via Windows Update, which is usually used to install …

Microsoft Windows

Dark Sky update looks to 'revolutionize weather forecasting’ by tapping iPhone sensors

Smartphone apps are a godsend for obsessive weather watchers, offering constantly updating forecasts wherever there's signal. But the next step is transforming these apps from passive data receivers into active data gatherers, utilizing our phones' sensors to generate accurate, hyperlocal …


At last, the Raspberry Pi mini PC has an official case

There's no question that the Raspberry Pi is successful among the homebrew computing crowd. However, it's not what you'd call consumer-friendly -- the bare circuit board you normally get is clearly intended for tinkerers who plan to put the mini PC inside their own projects. Mercifully, you won't …

Raspberry Pi

Here’s Microsoft’s $140 PC on a stick

Microsoft has teamed up with Indian gadget maker iBall to launch the Splendo, a dongle-sized PC that runs Windows 8.1.

The pocket-sized Splendo can connect to TVs and monitors via HDMI. It’s powered by an Intel Atom quad-core processor with 2GB RAM and includes 32GB of onboard storage.

It also …

Microsoft Windows

Nest gets into the home security game with the Nest Cam

It's been almost a year to the day since Nest purchased Dropcam for $555 million, and today we're seeing the first real fruits of that acquisition. At an event in San Francisco this morning, Nest unveiled the new Nest Cam — a home security and monitoring device that looks exactly like the one that …


The most important new features coming to your iPhone that Apple didn't tell you about

Last week, Apple took the wraps off iOS 9 — the next major software update for the iPhone and iPad.

Big changes include an improved version of Siri, an iPad split-screen mode, and new Maps features.

But there are tons of tidbits Apple didn't mention. Now that developers with early access to the trial …

iOS Apps

Apple Maps Vehicles Begin Surveying England, Coming to New Orleans Next Month

Apple's fleet of vehicles collecting street-level mapping data has arrived in the United Kingdom as planned, with the first verified sighting in Solihull, England, approximately two hours northwest of London. While camera-equipped fifth-generation Dodge Caravans have been used to collect mapping …