Technology Viewer

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

Google’s Plan To Save The Web

And keep itself relevant in the process!

Google wants you to know that it loves the web. And this morning, at a fancy New York City smoked fish and bagel joint, the search giant held a press event to show off its attempt to retool the bloated, stagnating, and creaky-slow link ecosystem that’s …


Microsoft shows that backwards compatibility is forward thinking

We've already talked about the triumph that was Microsoft's launch event yesterday, but I want to touch on one of the subtler aspects of it that might have gone unnoticed: the relationship between the new Surface Pro 4 and the incumbent Surface Pro 3. Yes, there actually is one, and it extends far …


Create Projects with the World's Greatest Open-Source Electronics Platform


Created in 2005 by students at the Interaction Design Institute in Italy, Arduinos are microcontrollers that make the creation of …


Microsoft's sleek new Surface Pro 4 is 50% lighter than the last one

Microsoft unveiled the follow-up to its hybrid tablet/ultrabook on Tuesday: the Surface Pro 4, a lightweight alternative to a traditional laptop.

The company showed off the Surface Pro 4 at a press event held in New York City a device that is 50% lighter and 30% faster than the previous model. Not …

Microsoft Surface

Apple has bought 2 artificial-intelligence companies in 4 days

Apple's on a buying spree as it ramps up its efforts in the tech industry's latest arms race: artificial intelligence.

Bloomberg reports that Apple has bought Perceptio, a company that makes image-recognition technology for smartphones, its second AI deal in four days.

Perceptio was developing "deep …

Artificial Intelligence

Edward Snowden interview: 'Smartphones can be taken over'

Smartphone users can do "very little" to stop security services getting "total control" over their devices, US whistleblower Edward Snowden has …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Bitcoin Exchange Gemini Approved for Launch in New York

Gemini has received approval to open its New York-based bitcoin exchange to US customers.


Ad blocking for the masses, part three: Apple iOS 9 and the future of web browsing

My three-part series covering the recent spurt of ad blocking software was supposed to be simple. Part one dealt with uBlock Origin for desktop …

Apple News App

Adobe is giving away Photoshop's best features for free

It seems like everyone knows a person with a pirated copy of Photoshop. If you ask them why they don't pay for it, their answer probably amounted to something like this: Photoshop costs well over $1,000, and I use 10 percent of its features.

For so long, Photoshop simply hasn't been for those people …


Microsoft has a crazy plan to make your batteries last a lot longer

A new Microsoft Research project could result in a laptop battery that lasts a lot longer, according to a company blog entry.

Right now, the way a laptop battery works is pretty straightforward:

You have a big lithium-ion hunk of a battery that dispenses power to your computer as the hardware says …


The Fractal Design Node 804 Is an Awesome Case for Your DIY Home Server

If you have a lot of data—photos, movies, backups, or other files—a home server is a great way to keep them all in one place for use throughout your …

Cool Stuff

Apple made the iPhone 6s nearly waterproof and didn't tell anyone

Leave it up to Apple to downplay a surprisingly useful engineering feat: A water-resistant iPhone. It turns out the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sport a combination of new technology that makes them far more resistant to liquid damage than past iPhones, iFixit reports. Apple packed in a new gasket around …


The inside story of how $1 billion Evernote went from Silicon Valley darling to deep trouble

In 2012, the note-taking app Evernote became one of the first “Unicorn” startups, joining the exclusive club for private tech companies worth $1 billion or more.

That year, Evernote passed 30 million registered users, brought its total funding to $270 million, and seemed like a sure-fire candidate …

Silicon Valley

Colbert brings PewDiePie across the digital divide

"I wanna thank the internet for allowing their emperor to be here for the evening," opens Stephen Colbert as he introduces PewDiePie, the world's most popular YouTuber. In a meeting of two of the internet's favorite personalities, Colbert and PewDiePie (aka Felix Kjellberg) discuss the latter's …

Stephen Colbert

Sharp debuts mosquito-catching air purifier

The Japanese appliance maker hopes to help tackle two major problems Southeast Asians are struggling against -- polluted air and …

Air Purifiers

Shaving will never be the same with this laser razor

It's 2015, so it only makes sense to shave our hair off with lasers, right?

Right. That's why Skarp Razor is replacing blade with a laser and plans to make it available to everyone.

There's definitely a market for this in-home device, and Skarp Technologies' Kickstarter is proof of that. The project …


How to build your own 'Netflix and chill' button, according to Netflix

Netflix has published instructions to make a button that will order takeout, dim the lights, turn on the television, launch Netflix, and silence your phones. The streaming services calls it "The Switch," but Hackaday provides its real name: "The Netflix and Chill Button."

Netflix and chill, for those …


Hacked Amazon Dash button is the fastest way to get pizza delivered to your mouth

Every day humans spend on this planet, it becomes easier to get pizza. First, you had to call for pizza. Now we can order online for pizza. We can use an app to push for pizza. We can use a 3D printer to make pizza. We can order pizza with emoji. Add another one to that list. Now, using Amazon's …


Verizon is letting customers upgrade to a new iPhone every year

Following new iPhone 6s upgrade/trade-in plans announced this week by both T-Mobile (starting from $5/month) and Sprint (starting from $1/month), it’s now Verizon’s turn to put on the boxing mitts and step into the ring.

While it’s admittedly not looking to deliver a knockout blow on pricing, …


China's replacement for Windows is an XP ripoff

China has been trying to move away from relying on Microsoft's Windows software for its government, enterprise, and education industries. The Chinese government originally partnered with Ubuntu maker Canonical back in 2013 to create an alternative to Windows, codenamed Kylin. While that initial …


Kwikset drops the extras on its new internet-connected deadbolt lock to hit a lower price point

Smart connected devices for our homes are becoming more commonplace, with technology giants like Apple and Samsung leading the way with support for a myriad of devices. Even Amazon has an internet-connected speaker that will control your lights, thermostat and more.

One of the biggest issues with …


This time it's true: We're out of IPv4 addresses

ARIN says that there are no more, zero, IPv4 Internet addresses available in North America. None. So it’s time for IPv6, people. Get used to it.

North America has run out of Internet addresses, or at least IPv4 internet addresses, according to the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), the …

Internet of Things

Apple's space-saving App Thinning feature delayed due to iCloud issue

Users looking to take advantage of iOS 9 App Thinning, a suite of optimization technologies created to reduce the size of app installs, will have to …


Samsung unveils redesigned Gear VR headset at a more affordable price

Samsung showed off a new Gear VR model at the Oculus Connect event today with a friendly price tag, wider compatibility, and an upcoming ship target. The virtual reality headset continues to be powered by Oculus but it’s considerably more affordable at $99 compared to the prior $199 version. Just …

Virtual Reality

A new feature in Apple's latest iPhone update is causing big trouble for online retailers

Apple's latest update for iPhones and iPads, iOS 9, makes it easier to block ads in the mobile version of Safari.

That sounds like a great thing for consumers who get to view their favorite websites without getting interrupted by pesky ads.

But it actually presents a big problem for companies that …


The Ethical Adblocker solves all your problems with online adverts – ethically

The adblocking debate might just have been solved with the launch of the Ethical Adblocker.

Adverts suck, and many people would prefer not to see them. But the economics of the internet are such that adverts are also the effective payment for reading free content online (such as this article …


ARIN Finally Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses

It is often said, "the Internet is running out of phone numbers," as a way to express that the Internet is running out of IPv4 addresses, to those …


Vertu's posh smartphone is probably more powerful than yours

If you're going to shell out $9,900 or more on a smartphone, you're either nuts or you've really made it in life. Or both. Either way, Vertu's done its part by updating its flagship luxury smartphone line, the Signature Touch, with pretty much all the best specs available in the current market. As …


11 ways to speed up your Mac

Having a slow computer is a frustrating experience. No matter how hard you try, it's impossible to ignore the when your machine slows down to a crawl, apps fail to work, and simple tasks become a chore.

New MacBooks are very tempting, but upgrading a machine that can easily be salvaged makes no …

Mac Software