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

Seagate launches 8TB enterprise hard drives

Seagate is unveiling a whole family of 8-terabyte hard disk drives for enterprise applications. The new drives will address markets such as enterprise computers, network-attached storage, and “kinetic hard disk drives.”

The aim is to lower the total cost of ownership for storage in a variety of …

Hard Drives

Adobe Flash just took another step towards death, thanks to Google

Adobe Flash, the world’s most hated software, is finally dying. Technically, it’s been on its way out for years, but today it received one of its final blows which will go down in history.

Google officially killed Flash advertising in its browser. As of September 1, any advertising that uses the …


Newer Android Wear Watches Now Work On iOS

More than a year after the launch of the first Android Wear watches, Google is now finally bringing iOS support to its smartwatch platform with the launch of its Android Wear mobile app in Apple’s App Store today.

This probably doesn’t come as a huge surprise, given that Huawei spoiled this launch …

Apple Watch

Lil' ICYMI: Artisanal portable arcade

Boeing's latest drone destroyer is the stuff of nightmares

Boeing has unveiled the latest version of its laser-powered anti-drone technology -- and it's the stuff of every UAV's nightmares.

The Compact Laser Weapons System is a portable, tripod-mounted device armed with a high-powered laser that can burn a hole in a quadcopter -- and send it crashing …


The Green Home Screen

If you like bold, high contrast designs, today’s home screen is for you. This design uses a primarily black base (which makes it great for AMOLED …

Cool Stuff

'Astropad Graphics Tablet' App for iPad Expands to iPhone With New 'Astropad Mini' App

Earlier this year, a team of ex-Apple engineers released Astropad, an app designed to turn the iPad into a graphics tablet for the Mac. Following rave reviews, the team behind Astropad decided to expand to the iPhone, and is today debuting a new Astropad Mini app.

Like the iPad version of the app, …


Say Hello To Windows 10 Build 10532

If you are part of the Windows Insider program, Microsoft’s tool to get new code into the hands of its hardcore users ahead of the general public, you get a treat today: Windows 10 build 10532.

Yes, another Windows 10 build. So, what’s new? Core to the new build are improved menus, which should …

Microsoft Windows

Facebook Goes Nuclear On The Messaging War With Its M Assistant

All messaging apps are the same no more. A few years ago, there were few differences between SMS and a slew of chat apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Kik, Line, KakaoTalk and Facebook Messenger. But each have slowly defined themselves differently, whether through simplicity, connections to businesses, …


Obi reveals its first two low-cost smartphones from former Apple CEO John Sculley

It’s been more than 30 years since John Sculley became the CEO of Apple, where he presided over some of the company’s biggest hits — and the controversial ouster of its co-founder, Steve Jobs. Sculley was forced out of the company in 1993 after a series of missteps, but he never left the world of …

John Sculley

Portal Lets You Use Your iPhone As A Wireless Thumbdrive

Portal, a recently launched Android app that lets you move large files between your computer and your smartphone via your Wi-Fi connection, has today made its way to iOS. The new version offers a better alternative to something like Apple’s AirDrop, for example, as it lets you transfer as many …


YouTube's New Gaming-Centric Hub Goes Live Today

Android/iOS/Web: YouTube’s new gaming service is set to finally roll out today. In response to services like Twitch, as well as the massive amount of …


Verizon Is Turning Any Car Into A Connected Car With Hum

Car makers are building all sorts of connectivity into their cars. And for older cars, a number of startups like Automatic, Zubie and Mojio have emerged with gadgets that let people turn their plain old dumb cars into a connected car.

Now Verizon is jumping into the game with Hum. A …


Video shows the Galaxy Note 5 can’t keep up with the iPhone 6 despite superior hardware

If you were to pit the Galaxy Note 5 against the iPhone 6 in terms of raw specs, the Note 5 would clobber Apple’s 2014 flagship phone. As we’ve seen …


LG announces new 10-inch tablet with improved screen, huge battery

With the tablet market in decline for a while now, it's getting harder and harder to get excited about yet another tablet. LG's new offering, the LG G Pad II 10.1, hits several sweet spots that makes it quite interesting to folks shopping for a large Android slate.

Unlike Samsung or Apple, LG isn't …


Here Are the Companies That May Be the Next 50 Start-Up Unicorns

It used to be a rare thing when start-ups were valued at $1 billion or more by their investors. Now it’s become so common that there are at least 131 start-ups boasting such valuations and a term — “unicorns” — to refer to the companies.

So which start-ups are next to reach the unicorn level? CB …


Samsung Galaxy Note 5 unboxing and first impressions

Samsung unveiled its latest addition to the popular Galaxy Note series a few days ago, and we’ve got our hands on one. We can’t wait to run this …


Enterprise-aimed iPad Pro with 2,048 x 2,732 screen spotted in analytics data

The time looks finally right for a larger iPad with high-resolution display for enterprises and power users.


The Promise Of 5G

The evolution of personal communication has fundamentally altered the everyday lives of most people on our planet. Armed with a smartphone connected to a seemingly infinite ocean of information, entertainment and applications, many of us cannot remember a time when we weren’t dependent on our …


MIT unveils 3D printing with glass breakthrough

The field of 3D printing is still largely the domain of major companies in need of easier prototyping methods and hobbyists.

But a new breakthrough could vastly expand the technology's applications: 3D printed glass.

Earlier this week, MIT unveiled a method it calls G3DP that allows the creation of …


Google confirms Life Sciences as the first new company under the umbrella of Alphabet

Google co-founder and Alphabet president Sergey Brin published a blog post this morning announcing Life Sciences as the first new company created under the Alphabet umbrella. The move was expected, as Alphabet CEO Larry Page wrote during the announcement of the new holding company that this area of …


Android phones will now come with fewer pre-installed apps

Android users will soon be getting a little less bloatware on their phones. Android Central reports that Google has relaxed its requirements about which apps have to be permanently installed, which means apps like Google+, Google Play Games, Google Play Books, and Google Newsstand will no longer …


Chrome for Mac is about to get a lot faster

If you’ve been using Google’s Chrome browser on Mac, you’ve been missing out on some serious performance gains made by Apple with its Safari browser: Not only is Cupertino’s favorite browser faster than Chrome, it also saves battery power.

But Chrome is looking to catch up with a coming update that …

Google Chrome

Demonsaw Uses “Social Cryptography” To Share Files And Data Anonymously

While Demonsaw sounds like it would be an amazing metal band, it’s actually a sharing system built by a senior programmer at Rockstar Games. The creator, Eijah, was part of the core team for Grand Theft Auto V and Max Payne 3 and is also a dedicated privacy activist. Demonsaw is his solution to the …


Messaging app Kik just raised $50 million to become the newest member of tech's billion-dollar unicorn club

Canadian messaging app Kik just announced that it's raised $50 million from Tencent, "China's largest internet company."

The funding raise values the company at $1 billion, meaning it's now in the "unicorn" club of private tech companies with a valuation of at least $1 billion. To date, there are …


Is Howl The "Netflix Of Podcasts" We've Been Waiting For?

There's no true one-stop, all-you-can-eat shop for podcast distribution. Howl and podcasting king Marc Maron are looking to change that.

Long before the breakout of last year's Serial podcast from This American Life, the medium of podcasting had evolved into a cultural phenomenon, thanks in large …


Google announces OnHub, a $200 router focused on simplicity

Routers have never been particularly exciting pieces of technology, but now Google is trying to change that. It announced today that it's created a router called OnHub. OnHub is supposed to be easy to set up and manage, have high performance, and be able to tie together smart home accessories. The …


What will September’s new iOS 9-based Apple TV bring to the living room?

Apple plans to hold one of its annual fall media events on Wednesday, September 9th to introduce the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus with Force Touch, and after many fits and starts, it appears that the long-awaited next-generation Apple TV will also be unveiled. We’ve been reporting on this …


Traversal Networks Wants To Be Your Company’s Cyber Security Department

Imagine a company that installs an appliance to monitor your network for malicious activity, then broadcasts that security data to a cloud service and has experts watching and responding to any real threats.

That’s what Traversal Networks, a member of the Summer Y Combinator 2015 class, is trying to …