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The Essential Phone is a beautiful alternative to Apple's iPhone
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The Essential Phone is the first handset from the father of Google's Android, and it's a solid alternative to Apple's iPhone.
Norton's Core wants to be the ultimate watchdog for your home tech
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The Norton Core is a Wi-Fi router designed to protect all of your connected devices.
Your next smartphone's camera could get a huge improvement
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Qualcomm's new depth-sensing camera technology could improve smartphone's and virtual reality headsets.
How companies leave your data online without your knowledge
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Your private data could be freely available online and there's little you can do about it.
Pogue's Basics: Alexa reminders
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Amazon has added the ability to add names to timers with Alexa.
Google drops neo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
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.
Motorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it isn't flawless
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Motorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it's got its drawbacks.
How the iPhone 8 and iOS 11 could make you a better photographer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 and iOS 11 should take your iPhone photography to the next level with these new features.
Building a Lego robot can help you understand coding basics
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Lego's new Boost kit helps introduce kids to the basics of coding.
The best back
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
If you or your kids are heading back to school, these are the tech deals you'll want to check out.
How Lego is teaching kids to code
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Lego's new Boost kit helps introduce kids to the basics of coding.
Pogue's Basics: The secret Start menu in Windows 10
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Windows 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.
A massive EU privacy rule could bring an unexpected benefit for US consumers
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
A new European Union regulation could impact how social networks handle your data in the U.S.
'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' might be the next big hit for Nintendo's Switch
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Nintendo’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.
Apple's decision to drop privacy apps in China might not be the last of its kind
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple may soon be force to remove more privacy apps from its App Store if it wants to continue selling its products in certain countries.
Here’s what you need to watch for in Apple’s Q3 2017 earnings
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple will announce its Q3 2017 earnings on August 1, and this is what you'll want to pay attention to.
How Microsoft wants to bring broadband to rural Americans
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Microsoft is helping to bring broadband to underserved rural Americans.
The biggest problems with putting microchips in employees
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
RFID chip implants can be convenient for some, but they raise both privacy and security questions.
Why Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are fighting
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are having a very public spat about artificial intelligence.
Why scientists want AI regulated now before it's too late
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Elon Musk isn’t the only expert who thinks we need to regulate AI soon. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla (TSLA) and Space X, recently sounded the alarm that murderous artificial intelligence-powered robots could one day rampage through American neighborhoods. Musk’s warnings that AI poses an “existential threat” may have been a bit dramatic, but he’s not the only expert hoping for some kind of government regulation of AI.
Amazon launches a social network for spending money
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Amazon’s Spark is a social network that for spending cash. Available Tuesday for Amazon Prime members using the company’s iOS app, Spark is a Pinterest-like service that lets users upload images of themselves using products, or just products. Other users can then view those images and follow links to purchase the displayed items through Amazon.
Microsoft Surface Laptop review: A great notebook with one small flaw
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The 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.
Sprint doesn’t want you to buy your next phone
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Sprint wants you to lease your next smartphone.
Amazon's Echo and other smart speakers do much more than you realize
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Harman 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.
Another fitness
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
This week, according to the Information, Jawbone shut down.
Pogue's Basics: Navigate the Start menu tiles using keyboard
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
As 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!
'Pokémon Go' celebrates its first birthday by giving Pikachu a hat
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Pokémon 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
China vs the World: Smartphone giants face a low
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
If you're in the market for a new smartphone, you might want to give these Chinese handsets a chance.
Pogue's Basics: The master class on capturing screenshots
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Maybe 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.
A ruling against Google in Canada could affect free speech around the world
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The 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.
What you need to know about the new ransomware that's hit the US
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The Petya/ NotPetya ransomware impacting countries across the globe is just the latest such attack to demand cash for a key to unlock victims' computers.
How to switch from iPhone to Android and vice versa
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Changing from an Android phone to an iPhone and vice versa can be a pain, but these steps will help make it a bit easier.
What you need to know about the new ransomware ravaging the internet
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The Petya/ NotPetya ransomware impacting countries across the globe is just the latest such attack to demand cash for a key to unlock victims' computers.
What you need to know about Petya ransomware and how to avoid it
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
A new form of malware hit the internet Tuesday, shutting down systems across Europe and impacting companies from the U.S. to Russia. A form of ransomware, the malware encrypts a victim’s PC and demands that they pay $300 in exchange for the keys to unlock their computer or lose all of their data. The attack even managed to affect radiation monitoring equipment at the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site, forcing workers to rely on manual checks instead.
Even a $2.7 billion fine can't hurt Google
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The European Commission has fined Google $2.7 billion, but that won't hurt the search giant.
Nintendo is bringing back the Super Nintendo just in time for the holidays
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Nintendo 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.
Your fingerprints could replace your airline boarding pass
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Delta Airlines is testing fingerprint readers that may soon replace your old-fashioned paper and digital boarding passes.
Big Cable broke its promise and you're paying for it
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The cable industry promised consumers free apps to replace rented cable boxes. We're still waiting.
Uber’s next CEO faces 3 big challenges
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Uber's next CEO will have a a lot work cut out for him or her.
The 3 big challenges facing Uber’s next CEO
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is out. After a series of public relations disasters resulting from claims of sexual harassment, sexism, privacy invasions and law enforcement evasions, the co-founder announced his resignation under pressure from investors. The new face for the company will undoubtedly encounter a slew of challenges right off the bat.
Why Apple would need to use ex
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Apple is using ex-NSA, FBI and military workers to help put an end to company leaks.
Nintendo's 'Arms' is a whimsical fighter with wonderful multiplayer
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Nintendo's 'Arms' is exciting, fast-paced action, but it's single-player mode could use more depth.
Here’s who could lead Uber out of its scandals
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Uber's looking for a chief operating officer to revamp the company. Here's a look at some of the contenders.
The top 10 games of E3 2017
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The 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.
These are the coolest VR games at the world's biggest video game expo
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Virtual reality might be stalled, but E3 2017 proved there's still plenty of life left for the medium.
Microsoft's new Surface Pro is a powerful machine with a slight drawback
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Microsoft's new Surface Pro is an excellent 2-in-1 laptop-tablet device with a ton of power and battery life.
Nintendo shows off new 'Super Mario Odyssey' and more at E3 2017
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Nintendo's E3 2017 event brought us 'Super Mario Odyssey,' but little in the way of third-party games.
Microsoft's new Xbox One X is a beast, but faces an uphill battle
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Microsoft is pushing the One X as the world’s most powerful system. Officially slated for release on Nov. 7, the One X faces some stiff competition in Sony’s (SNE) incredibly popular PlayStation 4 and VR-ready PS4 Pro, not to mention the still hard to get Nintendo (NTDOY) Switch. Microsoft unveils the Xbox One X at the annual E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, California on June 12.
Pogue's Basics: Operate the Windows Ribbon from the keyboard
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
The 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?
America has slower LTE wireless than Canada or Mexico
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, technology
Both Canada and Mexico, and a number of other countries, have much faster wireless internet than the U.S.