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

Tesla's home battery doesn't make economic sense for homeowners

Tesla's home battery might lead to an energy revolution, but probably not for you.

The economics just don't make sense.

Bloomberg explains:

The noble home battery user wants independence from the grid, but a more sensible approach would be to pair rooftop panels with batteries designed to extend some …


Apple could give old iPhones and iPads new life with iOS 9

The next versions of iOS and OS X are supposed to focus on performance and stability instead of new features, and that focus on performance could extend all the way back to devices that Apple released three and four years ago. According to 9to5Mac, a focus of iOS 9 has been optimizing the OS for old …


Brain-Controlled Bionic Legs Are Finally Here

No, really. Amputees have been testing them for over a year

For a full decade, Gudmundur Olafsson was unable to move his right ankle. That's because it wasn't there. Olafsson's amputated lower leg was the delayed casualty of an accident from his childhood in Iceland, when he was hit by an oil truck. …


LG Shows Off 'Wallpaper' TV No Thicker Than a Sticker

If you thought TVs couldn't get any thinner, think again. LG Display's "wallpaper" panel is 55 inches wide, but less than a millimeter (four-hundredths of an inch) thick. It's so thin and light (just over 4 pounds) that it can be attached to the wall with a simple magnetic backing and then peeled …

LG Display

The Chinese have a weird way of using the iPhone, and no one knows why

The Chinese tourist next to me was doing things I'd never seen with an iPhone. He was using an on-screen button to pull up a menu and perform a series of rapid commands, and moving that button around the screen, all without pressing the home button.

That floating button is called AssistiveTouch, and …


You should be using these browser extensions to keep yourself safe online

The invention of the internet made it easy to do amazing things online, like buying junk in a single click, but unfortunately that also came with consequences, like companies being able track your every move as you browse.

You might not know it, but every website you visit is using one or more …


The internet risks hitting peak capacity soon, but it can be saved

The internet has more than one capacity problem to worry about, apparently. Researchers met in London this week to tackle growing concerns that fiber optic cables, which represent the internet's backbone, are hitting their physical limits. An Alcatel-Lucent representative warned that we could hit …


Apple iPad Pro Release Date, News, Price and Specs - CNET

With sales of the iPad declining for five straight quarters, Apple will be looking to make a statement with the next generation of its flagship …


Apple Watch Looks Set To Outpace The iPhone In Year-One Sales

It’s easy to be skeptical about Apple’s prospects for its first smart watch, an expensive trinket whose necessity is still unclear even after relatively positive reviews. We all know that if you leave your smartphone (or iPhone) at home and get three minutes into a journey, you’ll probably turn …


Early look at Windows 10 on the new Retina MacBook says it runs better than OS X

One of the first people to try Windows 10 on the new Retina MacBook says that it actually runs more smoothly than OS X. The comment was made by Computer Science major Alex King, who tried upgrading his Boot Camp installation of Windows 8.1 to the preview of Windows 10.

Here’s the real kicker: it’s …


Apple’s new patent could supercharge Touch ID

Apple filed a patent application today that could someday help you use Touch ID to run everything on your iPhone or iPad without covering the screen with your fat digits.

The application (Patent #US2015/0135108, if you’re into the numbers thing) is 339 pages long and includes over 200 drawings …


Google’s self-driving car is hitting public roads this summer

Google's own self-driving car is almost ready to be tested on public roads. In a blog post, project director Chris Urmson says that a few of the prototype vehicles will drive around Mountain View, California, where the company is based. Safety drivers will accompany the cars, which will be capped …


The day when roads will harness solar energy is drawing near

There are some 60 million kilometers (37.3 million miles) of roadways in the world, just sitting there. But adapting these surfaces to do anything besides passively carry traffic has proved difficult and prohibitively expensive.

Past attempts include trying to convert the vibrations on roads into …

Solar Power

Exclusive: Apple delays HomeKit launch

Apple’s connected home platform will likely arrive in early fall, rather than early summer.

Apple fans awaiting the company’s home automation platform, HomeKit, may have to wait longer than expected for some of its features to appear on select partners’ devices. Sources participating in the program …

Home Cinema

Large Hadron Collider captures incredibly rare particle decay for the first time

For the first time, scientists at CERN have observed extremely rare leftovers from subatomic particles. The observations support a fundamental theory of particle physics, according to a paper published today in the journal Nature. It's hoped that the research will help guide future investigations …


Thieves can bypass Apple Watch passcode to pair a stolen watch with their own phone

Wrist-detection on the Apple Watch is supposed to ensure that it will ask for the passcode if removed from your wrist, but as a YouTube video posted by iDownloadBlog demonstrates, a thief is able to reset the watch without having to enter the passcode. They are then free to pair it with any other …

Apple Watch

Google might be copying Apple's iPhone strategy for its new flagship phone

Google appears to be taking a leaf out of Apple's book in designing its next flagship smartphone. The Mountain View company may launch the next Nexus phone in two sizes, just like Apple's latest iPhone model, BGR reports.

In 2014, the iPhone model was released in two sizes for the first time: the …


Introducing the Lily Camera

YotaPhone’s white dual-screen, e-ink-packing smartphone brings a price drop and new widgets

Yota Devices, the Russian manufacturer of the YotaPhone and YotaPhone 2 has today announced a revamped version of its second-generation handset that promises improved performance, significant software tweaks and a new black on white design.

The ‘limited edition’ white handset, more excitingly than …


The iPhone 6s Might Be Apple Inc.s Biggest Leap Forward

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors), Apple's next-generation iPhone, tentatively dubbed the iPhone 6s/6s Plus, could get some pretty substantial upgrades from the iPhone 6/6 Plus. If Kuo's report is accurate, this could be the biggest leap forward yet in the iPhone.

Let's …


Ultra HD Blu-ray discs offer an alternative to 4K streaming

Don't give up on physical media just yet. That's the message from the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), which this week announced that it's completed work on the new Ultra HD Blu-ray format. The format offers support for 4K resolutions of up to 3840 x 2160 pixels and "significantly expands" the color …


One of the most accurate Apple analysts just spilled a ton of new details about the iPhone 6s

Apple is reportedly planning some significant changes for its next iPhone, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has made accurate predictions about some Apple products in the past.

Here are Kuo's latest predictions for the next iPhone, which were published by Apple Insider:

The next


Verizon just bought Engadget and TechCrunch — can they stay independent?

Verizon is buying AOL for $4.4 billion, and it's pretty clear that the emphasis is on mobile, video, and ad tech — AOL CEO Tim Armstrong's memo announcing the deal made that clear.

But there's zero mention of editorial independence in Armstrong's memo, which has to be troubling for the staff at The


Malware hidden in Nvidia GPUs can infect Macs too, say developers behind proof of concept

Anonymous developers who have successfully infected Nvidia GPU cards with malware on both Linux and Windows machines say that the same can be done on Macs, and that they will release the proof soon. The aim of the whitehat developers is to raise awareness of this new method of attack, reports IT


Verizon Inks $4.4 Billion Agreement To Buy AOL

Verizon Communications has agreed to pay $4.4 billion to buy AOL Inc.

In a press release, Verizon said the all-cash acquisition will help build its digital and video platforms.

The Wall Street Journal explains:

"Verizon has said it plans to launch a video service focused on mobile devices this summer. …


​Microsoft rips old IE technologies out of its new Edge browser

The company's new browser will be liberated from ActiveX and other old technologies. That should make Edge more competitive -- and help the Web …

Internet Explorer

This Experiment Shows Why You Should Take Bitcoin Seriously

NASDAQ is using a key bitcoin technology

The technology that powers the cryptocurrency bitcoin could soon become much more important to the global financial system.

NASDAQ is planning to pilot a new transaction-tracking system on one of its smaller markets that makes use of blockchain technology, a …


Apple reportedly working on a new Apple TV remote with a touchpad

Apple's infrared remote control has basically been the same for the past eight years, but that's about to change. Citing an unnamed Apple employee,The New York Times says Apple's upcoming Apple TV redesign will also sport a brand new remote control to better help users navigate thanks to a …

Apple TV

Microsoft Invests In 3 Undersea Cable Projects To Improve Its Data Center Connectivity

Microsoft today announced that it is partnering with a consortium of telecom companies to build a new transpacific undersea cable that will connect a number of points in China, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan with the U.S. West Coast (or beautiful Hillsboro, OR — the home of the Hillsboro Hops — to …