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

Sonos’ new CEO wants its speakers to work with Alexa, Google, and ‘all the services that matter’

Can’t we all just get along?<p>You might have missed it a couple weeks ago, but Sonos has a new CEO: Patrick Spence. In what, by <i>The New York Times</i> account, was a planned and straightforward transfer, Sonos founder John MacFarlane stepped aside to hand the reins to Spence, who came to Sonos four years …

Automation

Donald Trump has surrendered his Android phone

President-elect will be using a more secure, encrypted device in the White House<p>Donald Trump has given up his beloved Android phone ahead of today’s inauguration, the Associated Press reports, though it is unclear what type of device he will use in the White House. According to <i>The New York Times</i>, …

Phones

Apple and Amazon end audiobook deal to avoid antitrust case

Apple has settled a possible antitrust lawsuit to the satisfaction of European Commission regulators and German Federal Cartel Office, after scrapping an exclusivity deal with the Amazon-owned Audible.<p>The investigation dates back to November 2015, following complaints from the German Publishers and …

Apple News

Mossberg: Lousy ads are ruining the online experience

But an alternative is elusive<p>Welcome to Mossberg, a weekly commentary and reviews column on The Verge and Recode by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, now an Executive Editor at The Verge and Editor at Large of Recode.<p>Last Saturday, as the New England Patriots were sloppily beating the Houston …

Journalism

Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 to get Android Nougat “in a few weeks”

Nvidia has confirmed that the Shield Tablet and Shield Tablet K1 will receive the Android Nougat update. The news arrived via a customer care agent in the Nvidia Forums, while the Nvidia Shield hub Google+ account suggests that Nougat will roll out to the Shield Tablet K1 “in a few weeks.”<p>Android …

Tablets

This tiny gaming PC has Intel’s latest processors and can power a VR headset

A GTX 1070 GPU and Kaby Lake processor in a tiny package<p>Gaming PCs are largely known for being huge, garish LED-studded machines. But as Zotac's new Zbox Magnus EN1070K shows, that doesn’t have to be the case.<p>Announced earlier this month at CES 2017 and reported by <i>AnandTech</i>, the Magnus EN1070K is …

Virtual Reality

Roku’s new app can replace its remote, help you find something to watch

Fresh on the heels of introducing new TV models at CES, and touting its 13 percent share of the smart TV market, Roku today is rolling out a revamped mobile application aimed at making it easier to access its most popular features, including search and the remote control, while also introducing a …

Apps

Milanote is the Evernote for creatives

The late Steve Jobs once said:<p>Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences …

Evernote

Windows 10 Creators update tracks your work on multiple PCs

Downloadable themes are coming to the Windows Store, too.<p>Microsoft has showed off more of what's coming in the Creators update in April. The latest "Fast Ring" Insider Preview, released just days after the last one, notably makes it easier to work across multiple computers. Cortana now shows quick …

Microsoft

Microsoft's new Windows 10 Game Mode will maximize gaming performance

Microsoft has started officially testing a new Game Mode feature in Windows 10. Traces of the new option were found back in December, but the most recent test build of Windows 10 (15007) includes Game Mode in the Xbox app. <i>MSPoweruser</i> has supplied some screenshots of how you can enable the option, …

Microsoft

My month with the Surface Book i7 with Performance Base

When Microsoft held an event last October, everyone thought it was prepping to announce the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 or Surface Book 2. Instead, we …

Laptops

Nintendo’s Switch already gets right what the Wii U got wrong

But will that be enough?<p>There are still a lot of questions about Nintendo’s Switch, and the Kyoto gaming giant has everything to prove. But after spending a few hours in the hybrid console’s company this afternoon in Tokyo, I think Nintendo might be onto something. At the very least, there’s …

Nintendo

Tesla details Supercharging fees for new buyers

For cars ordered after January 15, 2017<p>Tesla will soon begin charging new buyers of its cars for use of its high-speed charging network, and the company detailed that pricing scheme in a post on its website today. The change, which was announced late last year, will affect new Tesla vehicles …

Tesla

Data from wearables can predict disease

In one case, it even correlated with Lyme disease<p>Smartwatch data can be used to detect and even predict disease, researchers say. This is good news for people betting on the potential of smartwatches to improve health beyond encouraging us to move more. If it becomes common to use this data to …

Wearable Tech

YouTube launches “Super Chat,” a way for creators to make money from their live streams

YouTube announced a new feature today aimed at helping creators make money while connecting with their fans during a live stream: Super Chat. The addition is reminiscent of streaming site Twitch’s Cheering feature, which allow viewers to pay real money in order to have their messages stand out in …

You Tube

Opera made a new web browser called Neon to try out weird ideas

Opera released a new web browser today called Neon that’s meant to try out a bunch of untested design ideas. Neon isn’t close to being ready to replace your main web browser — it’s being called a “concept browser” — but it does have some neat ideas that are fun to try out and, in some cases, you …

Opera (Browser)

Demand for secret messaging apps is rising as Trump takes office

Two weeks after the US presidential election, Reverend Rebecca Bryan stepped up to her pulpit in the Boston suburb of Brookline and looked out on her congregation. The liberal Unitarian Universalists at First Parish were already gearing up for political action, a central tenet of the church’s …

Encryption

Recent Windows 10 update broke multi-monitor gaming

If you're a PC gamer that enjoys a bit of multi-monitor action, you might have run into several issues over the last couple of days. This isn't an …

Microsoft Windows

Trump leak raises new questions about Telegram security

Last night, <i>BuzzFeed</i> published an unconfirmed intelligence report on President-elect Donald Trump’s ties with Russia, sending the political world into red alert. But as explosive as the Trump allegations were, there was one passage that was particularly interesting for cryptography buffs, concerning …

Security

Amazon Prime’s latest perk is a new Rewards Visa Card with 5% back

Amazon announced this morning it’s teaming up with Chase to introduce a new Visa credit card exclusively for its most loyal customers, Prime members. The card offers Prime members 5 percent back on Amazon purchases, as well as other rewards, including 2 percent back at restaurants, gas stations and …

Amazon

Nokia teases new Android phone for February 26th

Nokia revealed last month that it would be returning to the smartphone market this year. HMD Global, a Finnish company that was founded to create phones under the Nokia brand name, revealed the first new Nokia-branded Android phone at the weekend. Dubbed Nokia 6, the new handset will only be …

India

Fitbit acquires the Vector smartwatch startup, as the wearable giant continues its roll-up

Well this is a relatively fast exit. In March last year a brand new smartwatch brand appeared, hoping to offer something different. Combining the incredible engineering talent in Central Europe’s Romania with the business smarts of London and former executives from Citizen watches, the Vector …

Gear & Gadgets

Cop suggests strapping Wi-Fi jammers on teen cybercriminals

A British top policeman has proposed a punishment for teenage hackers: force them to wear Wi-Fi jammers to block them from accessing the internet.<p>Chief Superintendent Gavin Thomas, president of the Police Superintendents' Association (PSA), suggested that Wi-Fi jammers around the wrists or ankles …

Victorian Era

The latest Windows 10 Creators Update preview gets a blue light mode and browser upgrades

Announced in October, Windows 10 Creators Update is still a ways off — slated to be released this spring – but Microsoft’s already testing new features galore by way of its Windows Insider preview. The latest edition includes a number of usual updates for the forthcoming OS that are shaping up to …

Microsoft

Apple plans to build computers in the US, but they won't be for consumers

Apple is planning a new initiative to build new computers in the United States — but they won't be Macs. Instead, as reported by <i>Business Insider</i>, the company is aiming to use its existing facility in Mesa, Arizona, to produce servers and data centers to be used in its other US facilities.<p>The …

U.S. Government

Gravity Rush 2 is 2017’s first excellent game

The big PS4 exclusive is a fantasy about income inequality.<p>Kat, the superheroine of <i>Gravity Rush 2</i>, has plenty of opportunities to save the day (and the world), but she most often spends her time and her powers on the mundane. A typical afternoon is spent delivering newspapers, catching runaway …

Gaming

MIT creates 3D printed graphene that’s lighter than air, 10X stronger than steel

MIT researchers have been able to use graphene to print 3D objects with a geometry that has 10 times the strength of steel but only a fraction of the …

Mall cop robot startup Knightscope is launching a “mini-IPO”

Knightscope, the Dalek-like mall security robot startup we’ve mentioned here before has decided to do one of those new crowdsourced “mini-IPOs.”<p>Also referred to as Regulation A+, these types of public offerings for private companies just became legal about a year ago to give startups access to …

Startups

5 intriguing craft mixers that will expand your cocktail repertoire | Wine Spirits

Stock your bar with these top five craft mixers and you'll have even the most dedicated wine drinker tossing back a cocktail. These aren't your …

American South