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The Essential Phone is a beautiful alternative to Apple's iPhone

The Essential Phone is a beautiful alternative to Apple's iPhoneThe Essential Phone is the first handset from the father of Google's Android, and it's a solid alternative to Apple's iPhone.


Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:49:22 -0400

Norton's Core wants to be the ultimate watchdog for your home tech

Norton's Core wants to be the ultimate watchdog for your home techThe Norton Core is a Wi-Fi router designed to protect all of your connected devices.


Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:14:38 -0400

Your next smartphone's camera could get a huge improvement

Your next smartphone's camera could get a huge improvementQualcomm's new depth-sensing camera technology could improve smartphone's and virtual reality headsets.


Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:32:43 -0400

How companies leave your data online without your knowledge

How companies leave your data online without your knowledgeYour private data could be freely available online and there's little you can do about it.


Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:57:22 -0400

Google drops neo-Nazi site out of ‘immediate concern of inciting violence’

Google drops neo-Nazi site out of ‘immediate concern of inciting violence’The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S., August 7, 2017. Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is cancelling the domain for the white supremacist site Daily Stormer due to a “specific, immediate concern about inciting violence,” a spokesperson told Yahoo Finance. The search-engine giant, which hosts website domains through its Google Domains service, made the decision to cut the cord to the hate site after GoDaddy (GDDY) told the Daily Stormer it had 24 hours to move to another domain hosting service.


Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:24:47 -0400

Pogue's Basics: Alexa reminders

Pogue's Basics: Alexa remindersAmazon has added the ability to add names to timers with Alexa.


Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:09:54 -0400

How the iPhone 8 and iOS 11 could make you a better photographer

How the iPhone 8 and iOS 11 could make you a better photographerApple's upcoming iPhone 8 and iOS 11 should take your iPhone photography to the next level with these new features.


Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:47:23 -0400

Motorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it isn't flawless

Motorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it isn't flawlessMotorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it's got its drawbacks.


Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:17:17 -0400

The best back-to-school tech deals at Amazon, Apple, Best Buy and Target

The best back-to-school tech deals at Amazon, Apple, Best Buy and TargetIf you or your kids are heading back to school, these are the tech deals you'll want to check out.


Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:50:32 -0400

Building a Lego robot can help you understand coding basics

Building a Lego robot can help you understand coding basicsLego's new Boost kit helps introduce kids to the basics of coding.


Thu, 03 Aug 2017 11:37:06 -0400

A massive EU privacy rule could bring an unexpected benefit for US consumers

A massive EU privacy rule could bring an unexpected benefit for US consumersA new European Union regulation could impact how social networks handle your data in the U.S.


Wed, 02 Aug 2017 12:24:13 -0400

Pogue's Basics: The secret Start menu in Windows 10

Pogue's Basics: The secret Start menu in Windows 10Windows 10’s Start button harbors a secret: It can sprout a tiny utility menu. To see it, right-click the Start button in the lower-left corner of the screen, or (on a touchscreen) hold your finger down on it. There, in all its majesty, is the Start menu’s secret utility menu.


Wed, 02 Aug 2017 11:30:31 -0400

'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' might be the next big hit for Nintendo's Switch

'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' might be the next big hit for Nintendo's SwitchNintendo’s Mario is teaming up with Ubisoft’s bizarre rabbids in a new game that might be your next favorite Switch title.Mario is coming to Nintendo’s (NTDOY) new Switch console, but he’s sharing the spotlight with some relative unknowns. Ubisoft’s “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle” is a turn-based strategy-style game co-starring Ubisoft’s (UBSFF) own rabbids, cartoonish bugged-eyed rabbits.


Tue, 01 Aug 2017 11:57:29 -0400

Here’s what you need to watch for in Apple’s Q3 2017 earnings

Here’s what you need to watch for in Apple’s Q3 2017 earningsApple will announce its Q3 2017 earnings on August 1, and this is what you'll want to pay attention to.


Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:56:59 -0400

Apple's decision to drop privacy apps in China might not be the last of its kind

Apple's decision to drop privacy apps in China might not be the last of its kindApple may soon be force to remove more privacy apps from its App Store if it wants to continue selling its products in certain countries.


Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:18:05 -0400

How Microsoft wants to bring broadband to rural Americans

How Microsoft wants to bring broadband to rural AmericansMicrosoft is helping to bring broadband to underserved rural Americans.


Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:35:06 -0400

The biggest problems with putting microchips in employees

The biggest problems with putting microchips in employeesRFID chip implants can be convenient for some, but they raise both privacy and security questions.


Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:23:25 -0400

Why Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are fighting

Why Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are fightingTesla CEO Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are having a very public spat about artificial intelligence.


Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:47:10 -0400

Why scientists want AI regulated now before it's too late

Why scientists want AI regulated now before it's too lateElon Musk's dire predictions of a robot apocalypse may be a bit over dramatic, but experts agree that we need some kind of regulation to protect us from artificial intelligence.


Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:51:27 -0400

Amazon launches a social network for spending money

Amazon launches a social network for spending moneyAmazon's Spark is a social network for spending cash.


Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:46:14 -0400

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: A great notebook with one small flaw

Microsoft Surface Laptop review: A great notebook with one small flawThe back-to-school shopping season is just around the corner, and Microsoft (MSFT) is hoping its new Surface Laptop will be the computer you or your child brings to the classroom. Starting at $999, the Surface Laptop is Microsoft’s attempt to fight back against the growing popularity of Google’s (GOOG, GOOGL) low-cost Chromebooks and Apple’s (AAPL) own MacBook line. The Surface Laptop also marks the debut of Microsoft’s new Windows 10 S operating system, a more security- and performance-minded variant of Windows 10.


Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:08:07 -0400

Sprint doesn’t want you to buy your next phone

Sprint doesn’t want you to buy your next phoneSprint wants you to lease your next smartphone.


Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:01:58 -0400

Amazon's Echo and other smart speakers do much more than you realize

Amazon's Echo and other smart speakers do much more than you realizeHarman Kardon’s Invoke is Microsoft’s first true Amazon Echo competitor. When Amazon first debuted its Alexa-powered Echo smart speaker in 2014, expectations for the device were relatively high. More than two years later, the Echo’s success has spurred a new war of the tech titans: Companies including Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Microsoft (MSFT), Samsung and a slew of their Chinese counterparts have either released their own smart speakers or will likely release them soon.


Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:57:19 -0400

Another fitness-band company shuts down. But why?

Another fitness-band company shuts down. But why?This week, according to the Information, Jawbone shut down.


Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:45:38 -0400

Pogue's Basics: Navigate the Start menu tiles using keyboard

Pogue's Basics: Navigate the Start menu tiles using keyboardAs you probably know, the Start menu in Windows 10 has two sides. If you start typing, you’ll discover that you can navigate the left side from the keyboard. Too bad you can’t navigate the right side if you’re a keyboard nut!


Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:40:28 -0400

'Pokémon Go' celebrates its first birthday by giving Pikachu a hat

'Pokémon Go' celebrates its first birthday by giving Pikachu a hatPokémon Go is celebrating its first birthday this month with discounts on items and something for fans of the original Pokémon TV show: Pikachu, donning Ash's hat. SEE ALSO: 'Pokémon Go' is branding Pokémon caught by cheaters Starting today and running through July 24, Pikachus found in the wild will be wearing Ash's hat from the first season of the Pokémon anime. Pikachu was the very first Pokémon that the show's protagonist caught and has stuck with him through all these years (despite Ash changing his hat several times over the course of the series). Whether Pikachu will keep the hat on if evolved into Raichu is unknown at this point, but we can dream. On top of Pikachu's new duds, players will be able to get a limited anniversary box that includes incubators, max revives, ultra balls, and raid passes at a discounted price. Outside of the game, Niantic teased more details coming about in-person events including the sold-out Pokémon Go Fest Chicago, European events coming this summer, and events in Yokohama, Japan this August. Niantic dropped one more astounding piece of information to show just how popular its game has been: In its first year, Pokémon Go players have caught over 125 billion Pokémon. That's a lot of Pokémon. WATCH: Professional video gamers react to Pokémon Go


Thu, 06 Jul 2017 11:55:23 -0400

China vs the World: Smartphone giants face a low-cost threat

China vs the World: Smartphone giants face a low-cost threatIf you're in the market for a new smartphone, you might want to give these Chinese handsets a chance.


Wed, 05 Jul 2017 11:38:32 -0400

How open-internet rules are actually helping consumers

How open-internet rules are actually helping consumersDespite protests from opponents, it looks like open internet rules might actually be helping consumers.


Mon, 03 Jul 2017 11:24:15 -0400

Pogue's Basics: The master class on capturing screenshots

Pogue's Basics: The master class on capturing screenshotsMaybe you’re writing up instructions, illustrating a computer book, or collecting proof of some secret screen you found buried in a game. You can take pictures of the entire screen or capture only the contents of a rectangular selection. On the Mac, it’s Command-Shift-3 to capture the whole screen, or Command-Shift 4 to grab a region of the screen.


Fri, 30 Jun 2017 12:55:47 -0400

A ruling against Google in Canada could affect free speech around the world

A ruling against Google in Canada could affect free speech around the worldThe Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Google has to stop linking to a website impacting a Canadian company in both the country and the rest of the world.


Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:45:02 -0400

How to switch from iPhone to Android and vice versa

How to switch from iPhone to Android and vice versaChanging from an Android phone to an iPhone and vice versa can be a pain, but these steps will help make it a bit easier.


Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:30:48 -0400

Even a $2.7 billion fine can't hurt Google

Even a $2.7 billion fine can't hurt GoogleThe European Commission has fined Google $2.7 billion, but that won't hurt the search giant.


Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:18:14 -0400

What you need to know about the new ransomware that's hit the US

What you need to know about the new ransomware that's hit the USThe Petya/ NotPetya ransomware impacting countries across the globe is just the latest such attack to demand cash for a key to unlock victims' computers.


Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:19:30 -0400

Your fingerprints could replace your airline boarding pass

Your fingerprints could replace your airline boarding passDelta Airlines is testing fingerprint readers that may soon replace your old-fashioned paper and digital boarding passes.


Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:23:42 -0400

Nintendo is bringing back the Super Nintendo just in time for the holidays

Nintendo is bringing back the Super Nintendo just in time for the holidaysNintendo is bringing back the Super Nintendo in the form of its new Super Nintendo Classic this September. Nintendo (NTDOY) is bringing is bringing the Super Nintendo Entertainment System back from the dead just in time for the holiday shopping season in the form of its SNES Classic Edition.


Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:21:00 -0400

Big Cable broke its promise and you're paying for it

Big Cable broke its promise and you're paying for itThe cable industry promised consumers free apps to replace rented cable boxes. We're still waiting.


Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:11:35 -0400

Uber’s next CEO faces 3 big challenges

Uber’s next CEO faces 3 big challengesUber's next CEO will have a a lot work cut out for him or her.


Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:12:29 -0400

Why Apple would need to use ex-NSA workers to stop leaks

Why Apple would need to use ex-NSA workers to stop leaksApple is using ex-NSA, FBI and military workers to help put an end to company leaks.


Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:55:41 -0400

Here’s who could lead Uber out of its scandals

Here’s who could lead Uber out of its scandalsUber's looking for a chief operating officer to revamp the company. Here's a look at some of the contenders.


Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:15:35 -0400

Nintendo's 'Arms' is a whimsical fighter with wonderful multiplayer

Nintendo's 'Arms' is a whimsical fighter with wonderful multiplayerNintendo's 'Arms' is exciting, fast-paced action, but it's single-player mode could use more depth.


Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:05:49 -0400

The top 10 games of E3 2017

The top 10 games of E3 2017The greatest video game show on Earth has ended, but the hype is just heating up. Nearly 70,000 gamers flooded an overpacked Los Angeles Convention Center for three straight days (not counting a few days of fancy media briefings) of digital insanity, and game makers of all shapes and sizes delivered enough gaming goodness to last a lifetime — or at least until the holidays.


Sat, 17 Jun 2017 12:31:26 -0400

These are the coolest VR games at the world's biggest video game expo

These are the coolest VR games at the world's biggest video game expoVirtual reality might be stalled, but E3 2017 proved there's still plenty of life left for the medium.


Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:30:52 -0400

Microsoft's new Surface Pro is a powerful machine with a slight drawback

Microsoft's new Surface Pro is a powerful machine with a slight drawbackMicrosoft's new Surface Pro is an excellent 2-in-1 laptop-tablet device with a ton of power and battery life.


Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:53:04 -0400

Nintendo shows off new 'Super Mario Odyssey' and more at E3 2017

Nintendo shows off new 'Super Mario Odyssey' and more at E3 2017Nintendo's E3 2017 event brought us 'Super Mario Odyssey,' but little in the way of third-party games.


Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:54:54 -0400

Pogue's Basics: Operate the Windows Ribbon from the keyboard

Pogue's Basics: Operate the Windows Ribbon from the keyboardThe Windows 10 Ribbon is supposed to enhance your efficiency by putting every conceivable command in one place, with nothing hidden. But how efficient is a tool that requires mousing?


Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:41:04 -0400

Microsoft's new Xbox One X is a beast, but faces an uphill battle

Microsoft's new Xbox One X is a beast, but faces an uphill battleMicrosoft's Xbox One X is a powerful console, but faces stiff competition from Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro and Nintendo's Switch.


Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:25:37 -0400

America has slower LTE wireless than Canada or Mexico

America has slower LTE wireless than Canada or MexicoBoth Canada and Mexico, and a number of other countries, have much faster wireless internet than the U.S.


Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:20:10 -0400

E3 Preview: What to expect from 2017's marquee video game expo

E3 Preview: What to expect from 2017's marquee video game expoHope you like video games, because your social networks are about to get flooded with countless tweets, posts, pics, hot takes, snarky asides and full-on rants about interactive entertainment. E3, otherwise known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo. You’ve likely heard of E3 — it’s in its 24th consecutive year — but you might not know why the annual video game industry convention/circus is such a big deal.


Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:26:19 -0400

The big issues we want Apple to address in macOS High Sierra

The big issues we want Apple to address in macOS High SierraThese are the issues we hope Apple addresses with macOS High Sierra.


Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:58:00 -0400

Pogue's Basics: The "Minimize All" keystroke in Windows

Pogue's Basics: The "Minimize All" keystroke in WindowsSometimes you’ve got Windows open, and you want to have a look at your desktop to find a certain icon. Well, here’s a keyboard trick that lets you minimize all your windows at once, revealing your entire desktop. Just press Windows key+M (think of it as M for “Minimize all”). Boom! They all fly away to your taskbar.


Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:15:35 -0400