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

Remains of the Day: YouTube Developing Internet TV Service Like Everyone Else

Did you know that the “tube” in YouTube refers to a cathode ray tube? Just like old-fashioned television, which was disrupted and democratized by …

Siri's creators will unveil their new AI bot on Monday

Shortly after being purchased by Apple, two of Siri's founders left the company to begin creating yet another AI assistant. It's called Viv, and <i>The Washington Post</i> reports that it'll be unveiled to the world on Monday.<p>Viv is essentially meant to be Siri, but good. It's an AI assistant that you …

Artificial Intelligence

43 Apps and Extensions Making Google Chrome the Best Small Business Browser

All of the major browser providers want to market their offering as a business-optimized browser. Microsoft Edge is a key part of Microsoft's mantra …

Google

Microsoft overhauls SharePoint to compete with Slack in the mobile era

Microsoft faces increasing competition from rivals like Dropbox, Slack, and Box, but the company is responding with improvements to its own SharePoint software today. SharePoint has been used by businesses for 15 years to organize documents, build intranet sites, and manage content. While it's used …

Microsoft SharePoint

Atari co-founder: mobile games make me want to throw my phone

The video game arcade is the cathedral of the games industry. Veteran players see these increasingly endangered places as shrines to design purity, difficulty and player skill, bathed in the glow of flickering monitors. They were, after all, the places where the conventions of the medium were …

Mobile

Earin Wireless Earbuds

Small but fierce, the Earin Wireless Earbuds are a force you’re going to want to get in the momentum of. Cleverly engineered, from the mobile capsule …

Wireless

Sony filed a patent for contact lenses that take photos

With all these smart eyewear patents and research studies popping up over the last couple years, it's looking more and more like we're all going to be seeing the world from behind high-tech lenses.<p>Sony filed a patent for smart contact lenses, joining the likes of Google and Samsung in the scramble …

Patents

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson alarm app gets your candy ass out of bed

Can you smell what The Rock is cooking for your mornings? That's the smell of getting your butt out of bed with no snooze to save you.<p>Former wrestler …

Instagram

Nintendo's NX game console coming next March

The gaming giant sets a launch date for the Wii U's replacement and pushes back yet again the release of the new Legend of Zelda game.<p>Nintendo's next …

Nintendo Wii

Satechi launches inexpensive, Mac-matching docking station w/4K HDMI GigE and 4xUSB 3 hub

Popular peripheral maker Satechi is launching a new compact hub for Macs called Aluminum Mini Docking Station. The new hub expands one USB 3 port into four USB 3 ports plus adds access other networking and audio/video ports. Like a lot of other Satechi hardware, Aluminum Mini Docking Station is …

Apple News

Google's Chrome OS May Soon Get More Than a Million New Apps

Android’s Google Play store could be coming to town.<p>Google GOOG may be preparing to bring its big Android mobile app store, Google Play, to its desktop operating system, Chrome OS.<p>It has been possible for the last year to run Android apps on Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, but so far not many apps …

Android News

Microsoft's Word Flow Keyboard Brings Easier One-Handed Texting to iOS

Microsoft released its popular Windows Phone keyboard, Word Flow, for the iPhone today, which lets you easily type texts with one hand and swipe to …

Microsoft Word

Dropbox’s latest idea could change the way you think about cloud storage

One of the problems with Dropbox and indeed all cloud storage is the way they have implemented how you view your cloud storage on your local drive. If you want to access your cloud file system in your local file management tool, you literally need to have it stored on your drive, which really …

Cloud Computing

Acer unveils its own Surface Pro clone and new Windows 10 laptops

Every tech company seems to be releasing its own version of Microsoft's Surface Pro.<p>Acer is the latest company to flatter the house that Bill Gates built. At its annual global press conference, the computer maker announced the Switch Alpha 12, its take on the tablet-convertible concept epitomized …

Laptops

Microsoft stops production of Xbox 360

Microsoft has announced that production of the Xbox 360 has come to an end, over a decade after the console's initial UK release on December 2 2005 and its worldwide premiere on 22 November 2005.<p>Head of Xbox Phil Spencer wrote in a blog post that "we will continue to sell existing inventory of Xbox …

Xbox 360

Opera just added a free VPN to its browser for anonymous internet access

Virtual private networks are popular with privacy-conscious computer users, but the best services cost while the free ones often have hidden costs. Web browser Opera, though, has integrated a free and unlimited VPN into the developer version of its software. "Now, you don’t have to download VPN …

Opera (Browser)

Razer releases a keyboard and mouse you can use on your lap

The Razer Turret lapboard is a combination of a keyboard, a mouse, and a mousing surface that's designed to be used on the couch in front of your TV. It connects wirelessly to nearby devices like Razer's Android gaming console, and promises extensive battery life. The lapboard is rated to last for …

CES

Apple is secretly planning to take over Hollywood 

Hollywood’s top filmmakers held secret meetings with Apple at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, according to a new report that claims Apple is planning to make a big play to take on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video by creating its own original TV shows and movies.<p>Apple hosted a secret ‘iTunes …

Hollywood

Supreme Court affirms Google Books scans of copyrighted works are fair use

A Supreme Court order issued today closes the book on (or perhaps merely ends this chapter of) more than a decade of legal warfare between Google and the Authors Guild over the legality of the former’s scanning without permission of millions of copyrighted books. And the final word is: it’s fair …

Google

New Company “Craft” Built on Concept of Letting You Customize Your Camera

Jaron SchneiderApril 18, 2016<p>Craft seems to have been founded on one simple idea: we as photographers and filmmakers should be able to design our own …

Photography

Samsung is joining Google in the race to develop smart contact lenses

South Korean Intellectual Property Office<p>Samsung filed a patent to develop smart contact lenses that will let you view augmented reality directly …

There's No Way In Hell This Is The Apple Car

Motor Trend magazine speculates on the tech company's auto, to unbelievable results<p>Last night, <i>Motor Trend</i> magazine tweeted this from its official account: "Check back tomorrow to see if we found the #AppleCar," along with a severely-cropped image of a gold-colored vehicle with a silver hubcab, the …

Autos

Mysterious Electric Car Startup Ramps up Hiring, Factory Plans

Faraday Future’s business model is still unclear as it prepares to begin construction on Nevada fact<p>Faraday Future, the electric vehicle startup that wants to take on Tesla, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday for a factory in North Las Vegas. Although the company plans to begin grading at …

Startups

Surface Pro Signature Edition Type Cover Launched By Microsoft - Geeky Gadgets

Microsoft has this week unveiled a new addition to their range of accessories for their Surface Pro tablet, launching the new Surface Pro Signature …

Microsoft Surface

The Amazon Kindle Oasis looks shockingly different

With so many technology companies taking the safe route of incremental change, something utterly new can knock you back on your heels.<p>The Amazon Kindle Oasis e-reader, which goes on pre-order on Wednesday, is that fresh and different.<p>Essentially discarding the previous design in favor of a …

Amazon

Opt For the Larger SSD Capacity to Also Get a Speed Boost

If you’re weighing your option between SSDs and you can’t quite justify buying the bigger version, this might tip you over the edge: Generally, …

Cool Stuff

Slack is introducing threaded messaging later this year

Workplace messaging startup Slack is close to cracking one of its most wanted features: threaded messaging. In conversation with <i>The Verge</i>'s Walt Mossberg, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield said the company has been prototyping various forms of threaded messaging internally for months in search of a …

Slack

Airmail Arrives on iPad, Adds Touch ID Support, Custom Shortcuts, and More

iOS: Airmail is an incredibly customizable little email app for iPhone, and now it’s available for the iPad. Alongside the update that brings along …

Cool Stuff

Lytro’s 755 megapixel Cinema light field camera is going to kill the green screen

Lytro is taking its rich volumetric 3D camera capture technology into the world of TV and film.<p>The company’s light field solution is a truly beautiful technology that may eventually be in every camera we snap a shot or video with. The tech essentially uses data on all of the available light in a …

Chroma Keying