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

Ungoogled Chromium Strips Away the Privacy-Invading Features from Chrome

Chrome’s a great browser, but there’s no denying that Google’s got eyes deep inside it to track all kinds of stuff. Ungoogled Chromium is a special …

Google

World's first baby born using DNA from three parents

The world’s first baby to be born from a new procedure that combines the DNA of three people appears to be healthy, according to doctors in the US who oversaw the treatment.<p>Abrahim Hassan was born on 6 April after his Jordanian parents, Ibtisam Shaban and Mahmoud Hassan, travelled to Mexico where …

DNA

PPAP is the best addition to the Great American Songbook since Who Let the Dogs Out

Remember this moment: the smell, the look, the sound. Like the seconds before you first danced the "Macarena" or were asked "Who Let the Dogs Out," this moment is an endpoint of a phase of your life. Because you, my dear reader, will shortly click play on the video, above, and listen to …

Comedy

YouTube Go is a new app for offline viewing and sharing

Google has announced YouTube Go, a new app designed to broaden the accessibility of the behemoth video-sharing service. Designed and developed with Indian users in mind, who will be able to test the app first before a broader rollout, YouTube Go is intended to work more effectively in areas where …

YouTube

The EFF calls on HP to remove DRM from its printers

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has called on HP to restore customer’s ability to use third-party ink cartridges in its Office Jet printers. It is also urging consumers to sign a petition, which as of this posts’s publication, has nearly 7,500 signatures.<p>In an open letter to HP Inc. President …

Hewlett-Packard

Plex partners with Amazon to launch a hardware-free media server, Plex Cloud

You no longer need an always-on PC or any other network-attached hardware in order to use Plex’s media player. The popular service, which allows you to watch TV and movies from your own collection, including those you’ve recorded via an attached digital antenna, is making itself more accessible to …

Amazon

Cancer patient receives 3D printed ribs in world-first surgery

3D printed sternum: The ‘chest’ story you’ll hear all week. Image credit: Anatomics<p>A Spanish cancer patient has received a 3D printed titanium …

Cancer

Sandisk Now Makes A 1TB SD Memory Card

I was cleaning out my office the other day and ran across a small a collection of memory cards I haven't used in a few years. There were a few 512 MB …

SanDisk

US carriers are already selling Samsung’s Note 7 again

Verizon and Sprint have already started selling Samsung's new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, an updated version of the device approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, and apparently free of the battery problems that plagued the previous model. The new Note 7 phones were originally rumored …

Samsung

Nike's self-lacing sneakers finally go on sale November 28th

Nike has finally announced when it will begin selling its self-lacing sneakers inspired by the shoes worn by Michael J. Fox in <i>Back to The Future II.</i> According to a tweet from the company's Heidi Burgett, the HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available for "experience & purchase" from the 28th of November, but …

Nike

First Click: Apple turned iMessage into a MSN Messenger nightmare

I’ve been using iOS 10 for a number of weeks now thanks to a public beta, and I had been living in relative peace and tranquillity until last Tuesday. Apple unleashed its latest iOS 10 update to the world last week, and friends and family have been wreaking havoc on me ever since. Apple has made …

iMessage

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus appear to be making a hissing noise

A few new owners of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus might feel their phone doesn’t like them very much with reports some devices are making a …

Samsung Galaxy Note7: How to tell if your device is safe or not

As Samsung continues to lick its wounds in the aftermath of the Galaxy Note7 debacle that saw millions of devices recalled due to a faulty battery, the Korean electronics giant is introducing measures to ensure consumers know whether they have one of the upgraded “safe” units, or one of the older …

Samsung

iFixit teardown reveals exactly what replaced the iPhone 7’s headphone jack

As it does every year, device repair site iFixit is putting all of Apple’s new devices through the teardown process. This year, the site is tearing down the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and Apple Watch 2. As usual, Apple leaves some details regarding the internals of its new devices a secret, but …

Intel Corporation

KeyMe locks down $15M to unlock the future of key duplication

The last time you had a key cut, you probably experienced a retro service, which included speaking to a real human (ugh!). KeyMe puts the kibosh on the old-fashioned key copying user experience with a series of new kiosks and just landed a $15 million Series C round to fund aggressive …

UX Design

Google Is Making It Easier To View Emails On Smartphones

Soon, viewing emails on the Gmail and Inbox apps will no longer be a mess.Google has announced that it will be updating its Gmail and Inbox by Gmail …

Google

Victim turns tables on scammer, contacts his mom on Facebook

When cybersecurity researcher Christian Haschek recently decided to sell his $500 Apple Store gift card, he had no clue he’d be dealing with a serial scammer.<p>Shortly after posting a threat on Reddit, Haschek was contacted by a potential buyer that offered to purchase the voucher for the equivalent …

Facebook

Apple just released tvOS 10 and here’s what’s new

The Apple TV is receiving an update today — tvOS 10. Apple announced the update at WWDC and it’s now available to download. Head over to the Settings app on your Apple TV to download the update. While it was the smallest of the updates announced at WWDC, it got even more minor over the summer as …

Apple News

The Project Zero Contest — Google will Pay you $200,000 to Hack Android OS

Why waiting for researchers and bug hunters to know vulnerabilities in your products, when you can just throw up a contest for that.<p>Google has …

Google’s VR Cardboard Camera app is coming to iOS

The odds of you using Cardboard Camera, Google’s simple app for creating 360-degree VR images, just got significantly higher. The tool, which has so far only been available on Android, is now available on the iOS App Store. And both versions now include sharing features that realize the app’s <i>raison</i> …

Google

Jeff Bezos is not screwing around with his plans to colonize space

Jeff Bezos also teased an even bigger rocket in the future—New Armstrong.<p>Earlier this year, Blue Origin's founder Jeff Bezos promised to unveil …

Aerospace

Samsung to remotely kill all unreturned Galaxy Note 7's

If this reddit post is anything to go by, it looks like Samsung’s French subsidiary will remotely deactivate all Galaxy Note 7 units that aren’t returned to the manufacturer by Friday, September 30.<p>It’s unclear how the recall will be handled in other regions, but Samsung will start shipping out a …

Samsung

The iPhone 7 is a huge gift to accessory makers

With every new iPhone comes a series of separate, smaller purchases. Perhaps a phone case or a portable charger, or maybe a new adapter for your car. This year, with the iPhone 7 and its lack of headphone jack, we can expect that even the most avid of tech hardware collectors won’t have all the …

iPhone

A great day to fly

Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity’s First Flight Test Completed September 2016<p>Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic VSS Unity

Verizon Go90 Streaming Service a Huge 'Dud' Say Partners -

Verizon partners say the company's streaming video service is a dud. Verizon's Millennial-focused streaming video service Go90 was launched with …

Verizon

Elon Musk asks Twitter for help with 'complex' Falcon 9 explosion

Earlier this month, a Falcon 9 rocket built by SpaceX exploded on the launchpad, causing a blast that reportedly shook buildings several miles away. SpaceX is now scrambling to find out what went wrong, and this morning, CEO Elon Musk even tweeted a request for footage of the event from any …

Elon Musk

Nest Gives Its Security Cameras Brains Using Google's Computer Vision Software

Nest is starting to give its security cameras the ability to understand the world.<p>The Alphabet-owned smart home unit announced on Thursday that it would start incorporating deep learning software into its two security camera products. The software was built by fellow Alphabet company Google.<p>Now, …

Security

AirPod earphones for iPhone 7 prompt choking fears

AirPods, the wireless earphones available for Apple’s latest iPhone, have prompted fears about the potential for choking on them – particularly among small children.<p>At Apple’s launch event on Wednesday, the tech giant described AirPods as "innovative new wireless headphones that use advanced …

Apple News

Microsoft isn't afraid of Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro

Sony unveiled its next big iteration of the PlayStation 4 last night. Dubbed PlayStation 4 Pro, the new console includes a faster processor, better graphics, and support for 4K resolution. It comes just months after Microsoft surprisingly unveiled its Project Scorpio console, a successor to the …

Sony