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What Is the Privacy Dashboard on Android?

Privacy is a growing concern for smartphone users. Apple has been leading the charge when it comes to better privacy features, but Google is improving Android as well. A feature called the “Privacy Dashboard” lays it all out …

What Is a Smart Plug?

Smart plugs make any appliance or device smarter by allowing you to control them remotely. You can track energy consumption, schedule when a device turns on and off, and control it with your voice.

How to Connect to McDonald’s Free Wi-Fi

While you might not always have a coffee shop nearby, chances are you’ll be able to find a McDonald’s if you need to get some work done on the go. The ubiquitous fast-food chain has offered free Wi-Fi since 2011, and you can …

A Successful Failure: The TI-99/4A Turns 40

In June 1981, Texas Instruments released the TI-99/4A, a 16-bit home computer and gaming platform that became a huge cultural success in America after selling 2.8 million units, although it resulted in a business loss for TI….

Apple Beat Google to Web Extensions on Mobile

Technology companies have reputations. Google tends to push the envelope, whereas Apple takes time to refine things, not worrying about being “first.” That’s why it’s so strange to see Safari on the iPhone get extensions befo…

With iOS 15, Can You Finally Ditch Your Wallet?

Apple’s iOS 15Ā is packed with enhancements to Apple’s Wallet app. With support for driver’s licenses and keys for everything from your home and hotel room to your car, you might even be able to leave yourĀ real wallet at hom…

What Is Apple iCloud+?

Apple announced a new privacy-focused set of features called iCloud+ at WWDC 2021. The features will be rolled out free of charge to existing iCloud subscribers in the third quarter of 2021. They include internet traffic encr…

What Is Peak Brightness?

With high dynamic range (HDR) now coming as standard on most new TVs, you might have heard the term “peak brightness” used to describe display performance or image quality. So what is peak brightness, how is it measured, and …

What Does “HODL” Mean?

You’re scrolling through social media, and you encounter someone saying that they’re “HODLING” or telling someone else to “HODL.” Confused? Here’s what the word means in the world of cryptocurrency and finance—and why it’s …
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