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

Everything you need to know about the latest "physics-breaking" EM drive research

An Overlooked Theory<p>Much has been said about the EM Drive, a propulsion system that doesn’t use propellant (very simply put), and recently …

Physics

ZTE’s Axon M has two screens and a hinge

Two screens, one phone<p>When you think of a flip phone, you’re probably thinking of a simple phone from a decade ago that could place phone calls and maybe send a text or two. You probably aren’t thinking of a device like ZTE’s new Axon M, which is a full-featured smartphone that happens to have not …

Tablets

HP made a ridiculously powerful detachable tablet for artists

If you’re a graphic artist and find yourself needing a ton of power on the go, HP may have the answer. It’s unveiling a new detachable tablet today called the ZBook x2 that has the specs of a workstation PC: a quad-core i7 processor (from Intel’s Kaby Lake-R line), an Nvidia Quadro M620 graphics …

Laptops

Google Pixel 2 review: plainly great

Sharp shooter<p>Without fail, every person who has picked up the Pixel 2 XL has said virtually the same thing: "It feels like it's made out of plastic." I said it myself when I first held it. Of course, neither the Pixel 2 nor the Pixel 2 XL are made out of plastic. They're made out of Gorilla Glass …

Phones

Garmin’s Speak puts Alexa-powered navigation in your car

For $149.99<p>Mobile navigation device company Garmin has announced a new speaker that includes integration with Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa. It’s the first product to give Alexa mapping capabilities, which is one of the things that other in-car Alexa solutions (such as those from Ford) have been …

Amazon

Wi-Fi security has been breached, say researchers

This is your Wi-Fi on KRACK<p>At about 7AM ET this morning, researchers revealed details of a new exploit called KRACK that takes advantage of vulnerabilities in Wi-Fi security to let attackers eavesdrop on traffic between computers and wireless access points. The exploit, as first reported by <i>Ars</i> …

Wi-Fi

Elon Musk offers to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid using solar

On Twitter, of course<p>A casual comment on Twitter by Tesla CEO Elon Musk about rebuilding Puerto Rico’s power grid using solar technology is being treated seriously by the storm-ravaged island’s top elected officials.<p>On Twitter, Musk said that his technology, which powers several smaller islands, …

Puerto Rico

FCC asks Apple to activate the iPhone’s hidden FM radio to aid public safety

FCC chairman Ajit Pai wants Apple to turn on the FM radio that’s hidden inside of every iPhone. In a statement today, he asked that Apple “reconsider its position, given the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.” The FM radio, he said, can be used to receive “life-saving …

Radio

DNA surgery on embryos removes disease

Health and science reporter, BBC News website<p><b>Precise "chemical surgery" has been performed on human embryos to remove disease in a world first, Chinese researchers have told the BBC.</b><p>The team at Sun Yat-sen University used a technique called base editing to correct a single error out of the three …

Genetics

Roku prices IPO at $14, valuing company at $1.3 billion

Digital streaming business Roku has priced its IPO at $14 per share, raising close to $220 million. This values the company at about $1.3 billion.<p>This is good news for Roku, which had proposed a range of $12 to $14. Earlier reports suggested that the company had been targeting a $1 billion market …

Televisions

Amazon Echo Spot first look

Fitbit’s $300 ‘Ionic’ Apple Watch competitor launching October 1, SDK preview out tomorrow

Last month Fitbit unveiled its $300 Ionic smart watch based on its acquisition of Pebble, and today the company has announced the ship date for its Apple Watch competitor. Fitbit Ionic will hit stores on October 1 in plenty of time for the holidays (and just a few days before Apple Watch Nike+ …

Wearable Tech

The Ataribox will cost around $275 and launch in spring 2018

Preorders begin this fall on Indiegogo<p>A few new details on Atari’s upcoming Ataribox console have leaked out today. The company has revealed that it’s planning on selling the Ataribox through an Indiegogo campaign this fall for a vague $250 to $300 price range ahead of a spring 2018 release date, …

PlayOn

How to use Apple’s terrific document scanner in iOS 11

You don’t need a separate app anymore<p>One of the most useful tricks in Apple’s iOS 11 update is found inside the Notes app: it’s a document scanner. If there’s a business card, receipt, or any other document you want to save or mark up, this tool makes getting it on your iPhone or iPad dead simple. …

iOS

Microsoft and Facebook just laid a 160-terabits-per-second cable 4,100 miles across the Atlantic

Enough bandwidth to stream 71 million HD videos at the same time<p>Microsoft, Facebook, and the telecoms infrastructure company Telxius have announced the completion of the highest capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean. The cable is capable of transmitting 160 terabits of data per …

Microsoft

Is the hyperloop finally too big to fail?

With a reported valuation of $700 million, it’s time to take stock of where things are with our favorite tube-based transportation system<p>Today, Hyperloop One announced it raised an additional $85 million in financing, bringing its total haul to $245 million and a likely valuation of more than $700 …

Elon Musk

FCC rule change says you have fast internet -- but you don't

The FCC might be changing its standards for high-speed internet, but not in a way that benefits anyone who doesn’t have it. The Commission filed a notice of inquiry last month to redefine the speeds which define broadband internet — today is the last day to comment on it. If the FCC does change the …

Internet

Doogee’s S60 is a manly phone made for extremely manly men

The manliest manly man phone ever made<p>The new S60 is a manly phone, says its Chinese phone maker Doogee. It’s absolutely the manliest manly man phone ever created. I’m impressed because it’s a rugged hunk of metal that’s clearly made for doing manly things like having adventures and going outside …

Gender

Carmakers face electric reality as combustion engine outlook dims

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European car bosses are beginning to address the realities of mass vehicle electrification, and its consequences for jobs and profit, their minds focused by government pledges to outlaw the combustion engine.<p>As the latest such announcement on Monday by China added momentum to …

Electric Vehicles

Apple’s iPhone X will stand for "exclusive"

With a little bit of experimentation thrown in as well<p>Today’s iPhone launch, coming a full decade after the release of the original iPhone, will feature a device quite similar to Apple’s first ever smartphone. The newest iPhone, whose name has already leaked out as iPhone X, will be like the …

Mobile

Google Wants You to Know What Data It Has On You

Google has changed Google Dashboard, the increasingly important privacy tool that shows users everything the search engine giant knows about you.<p>The …

Google

Smartphone prices are about to get insane

For about the last decade, if you walked into any phone store, you could reasonably expect to pay about $200 for a brand new iPhone — but those days …

Phones

Lenovo announces new ThinkPads with AMD Pro processors

Lenovo has announced a pair of new ThinkPad laptops powered by AMD Pro processors, a first for its line of business laptops. The ThinkPad A275 and A475 are the newest additions to the lineup, and both will feature the seventh-generation AMD Pro processors. The two laptops are nearly identical, save …

Laptops

The Google Drive app for PC and Mac is being shut down in March

Google will end support on December 11th<p>The aging Google Drive app for desktop is officially deprecated as of today, Google announced in a blog post. Support will be cut off on December 11th and the app will shut down completely on March 12th, 2018. Users who are still running the Drive app will …

Google

Free walkie-talkie app tops App Store charts ahead of Hurricane Irma

It’s already being used by rescue workers in Houston<p>With the Category 5 Hurricane Irma, now one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic, on its way toward the Caribbean and possibly the southeastern tip of the US, a little-known walkie-talkie app has shot to the top of Apple’s App …

Walkie-talkies

Apple’s iPhone 8 event is happening on September 12th

Apple has sent out invites for its next big event on September 12th, where the company is expected to reveal the next iPhone, along with updates to the Apple Watch, Apple TV, and iOS software.<p>Apple is widely expected to announce three new iPhones at the event: a next-generation iPhone 8 model with …

Apple TV

The best Bluetooth speaker to buy right now

Big sound, on the go<p>With each passing year, the portable Bluetooth speaker category gets better options at lower prices. What used to be a $200 purchase if you wanted the best of the best is now almost half as expensive, making these gadgets more accessible than ever before. With advances in …

Headphones

The most prominent logo on LG’s best phone is Bang & Olufsen’s

LG is suffering from a lack of branding self-belief<p>Today, LG unveiled what easily qualifies as its nicest, most refined, and most promising smartphone of all time. The LG V30 ticks almost all the design, spec, and feature boxes while deftly avoiding the gimmicks that have plagued LG’s previous …

Bang & Olufsen

What Happens When You Cross a Ski Jacket and a Beer Fridge?

Details Details<p>The lovechild of your favorite jacket and your buddy's beer fridge, the new Sixer jacket from 686 is the answer to the age-old …