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

Adobe launches Lightroom for Apple TV

Adobe is launching Lightroom on the Apple TV today, giving photographers an easy way to display their edited photos up on a big screen. That's really all this app is: a photo viewer. Any photo in Lightroom that you've synced to mobile or Lightroom's web gallery will be available inside the Apple TV …

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Apple's proposal could transform how streaming services pay songwriters and music publishers ... but beware the fine print

It's time for a transparent rate structure.<p>There is plenty of evidence that on-demand streaming music services like Spotify and Apple Music are disrupting the way people listen to music. Between them, the two companies have almost 50 million paying subscribers, and are generating annual revenue in …

Apple News

Google is making it far easier for emergency services to find you in a crisis

Google's latest feature could be a literal lifesaver.<p>The Californian technology company has created a new feature for Android called Emergency Location Service.<p>When you call an emergency number — whether for police, or an ambulance, or the fire brigade — it uses data from your phone like GPS and …

Emergency medicine

The chief iPad engineer is now heading Apple's car efforts, report says

If you love the iPad, MacBook Air or iMac, you're probably going to love the Apple Car.<p>Senior Apple executive Bob Mansfield, the man who led the engineering development for those wildly popular products, has been tapped to lead the tech giant's car-making efforts, according to the <i>Wall Street …

Tim Cook

How to use the iPhone's new, confusing lock screen

Is the lock screen in iOS 10 confusing you? You're not alone.<p>After you update to iOS 10, excitement is expected if not anticipated. But there's one …

iPhone

Verizon buys Yahoo, will merge it with AOL

After a drawn-out process, a troubled Yahoo finally knows its fate, which means the end of independence for one of the web's earliest stars.<p>It's …

Verizon

Bitcoin Is Not Money, Miami Judge Rules

Case dismissed.<p>A judge dismissed a widely watched money laundering case in Florida on Monday by ruling that Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency, is not money.<p>Michell Esponiza, the defendant, had sold $1,500 worth of the virtual currency to undercover police officers who said they intended to buy stolen …

Bitcoin

We've Been Wrong About Lichen For 150 Years

All Images: Tim WheelerHundreds of millions of years ago, a tiny green microbe joined forces with a fungus, and together they conquered the world. …

Science

Twitter's new ad campaign is an admission that most people don't know what Twitter is

People apparently still don't know why they should use Twitter, as evidenced by Twitter's stagnating growth and recent changes to make it more …

Blog Marketing

Verizon warns HUGE data users: Switch plans or else

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Verizon customers who use excessive data must make a choice -- switch plans or lose service.<p>The wireless provider informed affected customers about the change -- a small number of unlimited data users whose usage is "hundreds of times" greater than the average, Verizon said in a …

Verizon

Pokémon Go helping to support national parks

<i>This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com.</i><p><i>Pokémon Go</i> has swept the nation and gotten people out of the house in both good and bad ways.<p>Not every location has been happy to see an influx of people coming by in search of virtual monsters, but there are some places that are more than welcoming to …

National Parks

Sea slug muscle powers this 'biohybrid' robot

It's not the fastest robot in the land, though.<p>Some scientists make robots inspired by sea slugs. But this team from Case Western Reserve University took a muscle from a real slug and used it to make a biohybrid robot. To be exact, the group took the muscle from around a California sea hare's mouth …

Robotics

Nintendo is now worth more than Sony thanks to 'Pokémon Go'

Pokémon, whoa.<p>Nintendo is now worth more than double what it was before the launch of <i>Pokémon Go</i>, as investors continue to drive up the price of the video game company's stock.<p>In dollar terms, Nintendo has added a whopping $23 billion to its value in less than two weeks.<p>The chart below illustrates …

Nintendo

World’s smallest hard disk can write information atom by atom

The method would allow all books ever created to be written on a single post stamp<p>Dutch scientists have created the world's smallest hard disk by developing a new rewritable storage technology capable of writing information atom by atom.<p>The 500TB/inch2 disk is the work of a team led by Sander Otte …

Atoms

Netflix stock price tanks as customers quit over higher prices

Netflix released its earnings report for the second quarter today. The company was one of 2015's best performing stocks, but has seen its share price stumble in recent months on projections of slower growth. Today it reported $1.97 billion in revenue and net income of $41 million. Adding to worries …

Netflix

Slack has quietly invested in a chatbot company

Slack's recently-launched $80 million VC fund has invested an unspecified amount in chatbot company Automat.<p>Automat allows brands and influencers to communicate with their customers, fans, and employees by using a mixture of mobile messaging, artificial intelligence, and chatbot technology.<p>The …

Slack

Google's Android has gotten so out of control that $55 billion Salesforce had to take drastic measures

Google'sAndroid operating system has long suffered from a problem called "fragmentation."<p>Unlike with the Apple iPhone, it's up to smartphone manufacturers and not Google itself to push out updates to customers. So there's no guarantee that any given phone will get the operating system …

Salesforce

Artificial Intelligence Swarms Silicon Valley on Wings and Wheels

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — For more than a decade, Silicon Valley’s technology investors and entrepreneurs obsessed over social media and mobile apps that helped people do things like find new friends, fetch a ride home or crowdsource a review of a product or a movie.<p>Now Silicon Valley has found its next …

Silicon Valley

Personal assistant bots like Siri and Cortana have a serious problem

Assistants are all the rage right now. Everyone seems to be working on one. People imagine them becoming the new interface to computers — why bother with apps and searching the web when you can just ask your assistant to do it for you?<p>Yet, a major challenge stands between the dream assistant and …

Cortana

Google reportedly working on headset that mixes augmented and virtual reality

Even though Google reportedly scrapped plans for an Oculus Rift competitor, <i>Engadget</i> reports that it's still working on a high-end standalone headset — one that mixes features of augmented reality and virtual reality.<p>According to sources who spoke with <i>Engadget</i>, the company is moving ahead with a …

Google

Pokémon Go: man quits job to become full-time Pokémon hunter

New Zealander Tom Currie has become a professional Pokémon hunter. Each morning he fills a flask with coffee, packs a rain jacket and cut lunch in his backpack and heads into the wilderness to hunt Pokémon – come rain, hail, or snow.<p>The 24-year-old Kiwi quit his job in Auckland last week to embark …

New Zealand

Nintendo's Classic Mini costs £50 in the UK

30 classic games, one cute little console.<p>As if <i>Pok</i>é<i>mon Go</i> wasn't playing havoc with our nostalgia receptors already, Nintendo yesterday announced the Classic Mini: A palm-sized Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) clone complete with 30 preinstalled 8-bit titles. We know this future Christmas hit …

Nintendo

FCC votes to begin working toward 5G wireless networks

In a unanimous vote this morning, the Federal Communications Commission approved a plan to begin readying the United States for 5G wireless networks.<p>The proceedings will lead to the commission opening up airwaves that allow for faster data speeds; rights to those airwaves will then be auctioned off …

Wireless

Live Streaming Breaks Through, and Cable News Has Much to Fear

Cable news has functioned as the harrowing background soundtrack to much of 2015 and 2016. In covering terrorist attacks, protests against the police and a presidential election whose daily antics seem tailor-made for the overheated ethos of cable, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC have all won huge …

Streaming

How Close Are We To Smart Guns?

Experts weigh in at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen.<p>Although smart guns are hailed as potentially a more effective way for gun safety, the commercialization of these devices could still be decades away.<p>Smart guns, also called “personalized” guns, come equipped with technology so that …

Guns

Ads are coming to 'Pokémon Go'

Ads are coming to "Pokémon Go," the CEO of the company behind the wildly popular augmented reality gaming app has confirmed.<p>Speaking to The Financial Times, Niantic chief executive John Hanke said "sponsored locations" are set to come to the app soon.<p>"Pokémon Go" players hunt for the cartoon …

Advertising

A US senator is demanding answers about how 'Pokémon Go' is collecting players' data

A US senator wants some answers about "Pokémon Go." Specifically, what data it is harvesting from its players.<p>Senator Al Franken has written to Niantic, the company behind the wildly popular smartphone game, with a list of questions about how it is collecting and using user data.<p>"I am concerned," …

Al Franken

Fox launches prime-time live-stream of its shows

So you think you can live-stream Fox shows? Well, you’re right: You now can.<p>The television network announced Monday that is launching live-streaming of its prime time programming on digital platforms in all 210 television markets in the U.S., making it the first broadcaster to make such an …

Scream Queens

NASA puts Microsoft's HoloLens to work in space

NASA is bringing virtual reality to space, using Microsoft’s HoloLens aboard the International Space Station (ISS).<p>As part of a project called Sidekick, the astronauts on ISS will be using the augmented reality headsets to aid them while carrying out repairs and tasks on-board.<p>This will be done in …

NASA