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

Microsoft delays its Patch Tuesday by a month in unprecedented move

Microsoft is delaying its regular Patch Tuesday round of security fixes this month. The software giant is blaming a “last minute issue” for the delay, and now plans to release the patches on March 14th, a whole month after they were supposed to go live. Microsoft was expected to patch a zero-day …

Microsoft

Clever hackers don't even need your password to access your account

Here we go again.<p>Yahoo is warning some of its users that hackers may have used forged cookies — small files that websites create to store your information — to log into their accounts, thus gaining access without a password.<p>Forging. Cookies.<p>The attack, which was originally announced in a security …

Security

99.6 percent of new smartphones run Android or iOS

While BlackBerry’s market share is a rounding error<p>The latest smartphone figures from Gartner are out, and they paint an <i>extremely</i> familiar picture. Between them, Android and iOS accounted for 99.6 percent of all smartphone sales in the fourth quarter of 2016. This duopoly has been the norm for a …

iOS

Sprint follows Verizon and T-Mobile in offering better unlimited data plans

Five lines for $90 per month until March 31st, 2018<p>First Verizon announced that it would begin offering a new unlimited data plan. Then T-Mobile upped its unlimited plan to keep up with Verizon. Now, Sprint is getting in on the action with an improved unlimited data plan that’s on par with Verizon …

ISPs

Apple will unveil the future of iOS, macOS, and more on June 5th

WWDC moves to a new location<p>Apple will kick off this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5th, when the company will take to the stage to present the next series of updates to iOS, macOS, and likely watchOS and tvOS as well.<p>This year, the event is being held in a new venue: the McEnery …

Wwdc

Verizon has lost its one big advantage in the wireless wars

The days of Verizon as the unequivocal top mobile network are over.<p>The wireless carrier once known its superior wireless network can't really claim that advantage anymore. According to the 2017 State of Mobile Networks report from OpenSignal, which tracks the speed and availability of the United …

Phones

Amazon Tap’s new hands-free Alexa update means it’s actually useful

Alexa, without having to push a button<p>Guess they’ll have to re-think the name “Tap.” Amazon today rolled out an over-the-air software update for its portable Amazon Tap that makes the voice-assistant Alexa work <i>without</i> having to tap a button. The new hands-free mode is enabled through the Alexa …

Amazon Echo

Corsair is building a ‘category-defying’ gaming PC

I’ve been thinking about building a new gaming PC lately, and one of the things that stood out to me was how I kept returning to Corsair for all of my component picks. My favored choices for memory modules, power supply, and water cooling all came from the veteran PC parts maker, and since Corsair …

PC Gaming

Facebook introduces a way to help your neighbors after a disaster

Just in time for the Trump administration<p>Last year Facebook announced Community Help, a new part of its Safety Check feature designed to connect disaster victims with Facebook users in the area who are offering their help. Now whenever Safety Check is activated, Community Help will let users find …

Facebook

Mossberg: Flipboard redesigns itself around "smart" digital magazines

Deep personalization is faster and simpler<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>News and commentary on almost every imaginable subject is …

Flipboard

YouTube's iPhone app got a major Chromecast update

You no longer need to return to the YouTube app on your iPhone to control whatever it is you are casting.<p>Casting a YouTube video from your phone to your TV is a great way to share videos with friends or just watch by yourself on a larger screen and Chromecast makes it easy to do.<p>Thanks to a recent …

Apple

Super Bowl data shows hashtag isn't cool, the URL is back

#rekt<p>Advertisers sink a great deal of time and money into ads for the Super Bowl, one of the most-watched events of the year. How they decide to draw consumers further in is important, because it signifies where they’re choosing to focus those resources, and what they consider the viable social …

Super Bowl Ads

This device can make any pair of headphones wireless

'Jack' by Podo Labs is a Bluetooth adapter that can make your wired headphones wireless. All you need to do is plug your headphones in this device and connect to Bluetooth. You can also sync your headphones with a friend and listen to music together.

Headphones

My dad installed a Dropcam to watch his mushrooms grow in real time

I called my parents this weekend because my mom was cleaning out my childhood bedroom and thought I might want some dresses I left behind years ago. While asking about a vintage ‘60 dress I wore for Halloween one year, she also asked if I wanted “that camera.” What camera, I asked. “The one with …

Mushrooms

The Super Bowl live-streams crashed for both Comcast and Fox Sports

There are more ways than ever for viewers to watch the Super Bowl: apps, on tablets, and your traditional television broadcast. With a variety of options, viewers typically have a backup if one goes down. That’s what happened this evening: some Comcast users found that their service went out about …

NFL

The Simple Pleasure of Wireless Headphones

I am not an audiophile, but I do love convenience. And comfort. And it is quite inconvenient when you just want to use your headphones to drown out …

Nintendo Switch’s online service will cost less than $30 a year

One of the biggest surprises of the Nintendo Switch reveal was that the device would feature a paid online service, a first for Nintendo. Now we have some idea of just how much that will cost — and it’s relatively inexpensive.<p>In an interview with Japanese newspaper <i>The Nikkei</i>, Nintendo president …

Nintendo

T-Mobile could be rolling out RCS support to subscribers (Update: probably not)

<b>Update:</b> It looks like T-Mobile is not starting its RCS rollout after all.<p>The claims that T-Mobile was starting to roll out RCS messaging to its customers originally came from this Reddit thread. It has since been verified that the user who started the thread is not a T-Mobile customer, and also …

Google

Hackers steal 2.5 million PlayStation and Xbox players' details in major breach

PlayStation and Xbox gamers are at risk of having had their private information stolen following a data breach involving 2.5 million accounts.<p>Hackers stole the information from two popular gaming forums back in 2015, and managed to take details including email addresses, passwords and IP addresses, …

Data Breach

Krita Is a Fast, Flexible, and Free Photoshop Alternative Built by Artists

Windows/macOS/Linux: If you’re on the lookout for a digital painting tool and Photoshop is too expensive, Krita is a fast, free, and open source art …

Photoshop

2017 release calendar: All the major smartphones we’re expecting this year

There’s lots to be excited about in 2017. As usual, smartphone makers will announce quite a few interesting high-end and mid-range devices throughout the year and try to compete for consumer attention. If you’re wondering which smartphones will be announced this year and when will they be …

Phones

WhatsApp Beta For iOS Reveals Live Location Tracking, Edit And Recall Of Sent Messages

WhatsApp beta for iOS has revealed a string of new features for the popular communication app. In December, some of these features were leaked by …

iOS

Wine, the Software That Helps You Run Windows Apps on Mac and Linux, Hits Version 2.0

Mac/Linux: Wine has long been the best free, open source tool for running Windows apps on Mac and Linux. Today, it has finally hitting version 2.0, …

Microsoft

HP recalls 101,000 laptop batteries that could catch fire

Another day, another battery recall.<p>HP's expanding on a battery recall issued last June to include batteries in several HP, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP Envy, Compaq Presario and HP Pavilion laptops. The reason for the additional recall is the same as most battery recalls: they could overheat and catch …

Laptops

Elon Musk could soon share more on his plan to help humans keep up with AI

In nearly the same breath as he shared updates on his plans to dig tunnels, Elon Musk also noted he’s looking to hopefully share more on his progress with developing a “neural lace” next month. That’s a technical term for direct cortical interface, and it’s something that the SpaceX and Tesla CEO …

Elon Musk

The slippery slope of Bluetooth trackers

January 25th, 2017<p>I've long thought that Bluetooth device trackers were a good idea, a feeling that rushes forth whenever I misplace my wallet or keys. Ever since 2013 when Tile first appeared on the scene, I've been leering at those slender fobs like the US president with backstage access to a …

Bluetooth

Apple's Night Shift is coming to macOS

Before I'd ever heard of how LCD-originated blue light is slowly killing all of us maybe, I downloaded this weird little app for my Mac called F.lux, which pegged my screen's color temperature to the time of day. The result? Less eye strain, and a lot of orange-tinted Netflix. Then last year Apple …

iOS

You can finally say ‘Computer’ to your Echo to command it

Still can’t make Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.<p>Amazon has added a new wake word to the Echo and the Echo Dot, and it’s the one that anybody who’s ever watched <i>Star Trek</i> wants: “Computer.” You can enable it by opening up the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android phone, then digging down into the settings to …

Star Trek

New FCC chairman Ajit Pai wants to kill net neutrality

Following an arduous battle spanning several months from May 2014, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), under the able leadership of former chairman Tom Wheeler, managed to establish net neutrality in the country in February 2015.<p>Sadly, it looks like the move to prevent broadband …

Net Neutrality