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

Periscope made it easy to watch the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight for free

The boxing world is trying to keep the past alive, but the rest of us are living in the year 2015. That was evident last night, as two aged boxers at the end of their careers entered the ring at the MGM Grand for the most-hyped fight in well over a decade. The calendar read May 2nd, 2015, but the …


Mirror 4.3” LCD Screen 140° Dual Lens HD Car Camera

4.3" LCD screen vehicle black box is a good helper for your safe driving. It has a powerful Allwinner processor, 140° dual lens and supports …


Microsoft kills off Windows Media Center

Microsoft stopped actively developing Windows Media Center in 2009, but the company still shipped an unmodified version in an upgrade pack for Windows 8. The software giant is planning to kill off Media Center in Windows 10, meaning any PCs upgraded from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will lose the …

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Minimal In-ear Stereo Bluetooth Headset

• Supports voice prompt and can implement the headset current status reporting
• Can connect two mobile phones at the same time
• Bluetooth V4.0
• Frequency …


Microsoft's HoloLens is new, improved, and still has big problems

Microsoft's HoloLens is the kind of thing that science fiction has been preparing us for for decades. From the moment I saw it, I knew exactly what I wanted it to do: project a heads-up display around real life, let me play with imaginary toys and sculpt in holograms, produce weird optical …


Warby Parker just raised $100 million at a $1.2 billion valuation

Warby Parker has raised $100 million to help it expand its brick-and-mortar outlets, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

This follows previous reports last month that the eyewear company was raising more money at a billion-dollar valuation.

Citing "a person familiar with the company's …

Encryption won't work if it has a back door only the 'good guys' have keys to

David Cameron has made some headline-grabbing election promises, but none so technically implausible as his vow to eliminate communications tools that “we cannot read” earlier this year. He’s not alone in proposing a ban on effective cryptographic tools. The FBI wants the same thing, and their zeal …


Australians could have VPNs blocked under new piracy bill

The number of Australians using virtual private network services (VPNs) has reportedly jumped in recent years, but consumer advocates are warning a new copyright bill could eliminate the option for Aussies hoping to keep their online activities under wraps.

A VPN helps Internet users anonymise what …


Tesla's huge new batteries will store power for Amazon, Target, and others

Elon Musk only announced Tesla's new Powerpack system tonight, but the company has already done deals with some of America's biggest companies to supply them with the new technology. Both Amazon and Target are rolling out pilot programs that will use Tesla's 100 kWh battery blocks, along with …


Most Internet traffic will be encrypted by year end. Here's why.

A tectonic shift for the Internet’s crypto landscape is coming.

The networked world may reach a crypto-tipping point this year. More than half of the world’s Internet traffic will likely be encrypted by year end, says a report released by the Canadian networking equipment company Sandvine on …


Microsoft’s New Browser Will Be Called Microsoft Edge

We knew that Internet Explorer was dead.

We knew a successor was coming.

We just didn’t know the official name, beyond the “Project Spartan” placeholder.

Now we do: Microsoft’s new browser is called Microsoft Edge.

Just announced at the company’s build conference, Edge will be the primary/default …

Build Developer Conference

Microsoft Has “Hundreds” Of HoloLens Devices For Devs To Test At Build

Microsoft’s HoloLens has been in development for a few years, and Microsoft’s Alex Kipman said on stage at Build today that during that time, the hardware has improved by a couple of orders of magnitude due to advances in mobile processing, sensor and computer power and affordability.

Microsoft …


Enterprise Software Startup Icertis Raises $6M From Greycroft And Fidelity Growth

Enterprise software maker Icertis has scored $6 million in series A funding led by Greycroft Partners and Fidelity Growth Partners India. Based in Pune, India, and Bellevue, Wash., Icertis will use the capital to expand and market its cloud-based contract management software.

Called Icertis Contract …


Former Kickstarter success story Ouya is up for sale

From crowdfunding darling to horribly in debt.

Ouya, the company behind the Android-based microconsole of the same name, tripped a debt covenant (which means they violated the terms of a loan agreement) and is now on an auction block, according to Fortune. We do no know what the asking price is, but …


Tencent Introduces An Operating System For Smart Devices And Wearables

Tencent today unveiled an operating system for smartwatches, TVs and other Internet-connected devices today. The system, which was first discussed last year, leverages Tencent’s hugely population social services, which includes QQ and mobile messaging app WeChat.

The Tencent OS and TOS+ is available …


LG's new G4 is a powerhouse phone wrapped in leather

LG's new flagship smartphone, the G4, is official. If you've been following this space, none of that should come as a surprise: virtually everything about the phone has either leaked or has already been announced by LG over the past few weeks. But the lack of surprise doesn't take away from the …


This Is The LG G4

The LG G4 is here, and as previewed, it does indeed feature a leather back, designed for comfort and durability according to the company. The smartphone has some serious bona fides when it comes to hardware specs, including a quad HD (1440 x 2560) 5.5-inch screen which uses new “quantum display” …

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Dropbox just got a little more like Google Drive

Dropbox rolled out an update Tuesday that makes it easier for users to collaborate on shared files with a new commenting feature that allows people to have conversations within individual documents.

Users can now start new conversations on any shared file from within Dropbox. When others make …


PayPal Brings Its Instant Checkout Service “One Touch” Across The Web

PayPal is rolling out seamless, one-touch payments across the web, allowing customers to checkout from a merchant’s website without having to enter in their user ID and password again. The system, called One Touch for Web, is an expansion of PayPal’s earlier efforts on mobile.

Last fall, the company …


Now Tamagotchi can nag you from your Apple Watch

Not many apps can boast that they're a natural fit for a tiny smartwatch screen, but Tamagotchi Classic is one of the exceptions. Japanese video game company Bandai Namco has transposed this classic '90s experience to the Apple Watch, bringing the blobby, amorphous, digital pets that many of us …


I found out about a free new app called Presence and installed it before I left

I found out about a free new app called Presence and installed it before I left. It turns your older devices with cameras into monitors wherever you want. Just got this shot of Buckley.

Here’s What People Are Saying About Their New Apple Watches

Apple Watches finally started landing in mailboxes on Friday and pictures, videos, personal essays and more almost immediately began surfacing on social media.

Right out of the gate, one user noticed a familiar shape in the Apple Watch container:

Interesting shapes in the #AppleWatch box: …


Google Introduces its Project Fi Wireless Service

Project Fi is the latest venture introduced by Google that aims to reinvent the wireless experience. As you may well know, network strength is determined by location. For example, at home your Wi-Fi may be the strongest connection and on your commute to work a cellular network may be the strongest. …


Apple MacBook (2015) teardown: Revamped design makes DIY repairs very difficult

Apple packed a ton of new tech into the 2015 MacBook, but thanks to a completely redesigned interior, DIY repairs on this laptop can be a real …


Hackers temporarily take control of Tesla’s website, Elon Musk's Twitter account

Earlier today, Tesla's Twitter account and website were taken over by some nefarious jokesters. Around 5PM ET, a strange tweet popped up on the company's official Twitter account, suggesting the company was no longer in control of what was being posted. The tweets largely suggested this was just an …

Elon Musk

Apple rejects iOS apps that support the Pebble watch

Apple has begun rejecting iOS apps that support Pebble, the immensely popular and more affordable alternative to Apple Watch.

One developer received an email to say that their app, SeaNav US, was no longer welcome in the App Store because it mentions the Pebble — a third-party mobile platform — in …


Stop Fearing Artificial Intelligence

Editor’s note: Tim Oates is chief scientist at CircleBack. He holds a PhD in computer science with an emphasis in machine learning from UMass Amherst and is also Oros Family Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at University of Maryland Baltimore County.

As yet another tech …

Artificial Intelligence

This box transmits emotions to your hand

This slightly unwieldy looking machine can apparently deliver emotions to your hand through "mid-air haptics", pinpointing areas on your palm that are attuned to certain emotions, and stimulating them. A study from the University Of Sussex used an Ultrahaptics system to communicate emotions between …


Japan's maglev train breaks own speed record at 603 kph

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record.

Operator JR Central said the train reached 603 kilometers per hour (375 miles per hour) in a test run on Tuesday, surpassing its previous record of 361 mph (581 kph) set in 2003. The …