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Verizon 5G, Apple Pricing, and WFH • Readers responded to news of Verizon’s 5G rollout this month, as well as the, erm, rather costly Apple Studio Display stand, and to our work-from-home advice.
11 Android Apps Found Secretly Harvesting Data From Millions of Users • A mysterious company in Panama has been paying Android app developers to incorporate an SDK capable of lifting sensitive data from users’ phones, including copy-paste information.
This AI Program Can Draw Impressive Images of Whatever You Tell It to • The DALL-E 2 program can churn out both realistic and creative images from a mere text description. But the OpenAI lab is well aware the technology could be easily abused.
PC Shipments Decline After 2 Years of Pandemic-Fueled Growth • Despite the 5.1% decline, PC shipments in Q1 were still relatively high for the period and exceeded 80 million units for the seventh consecutive quarter, according to research firm IDC.
Billionaires Won’t Save Twitter • To actually change Twitter and social media for the better, we need to abandon big money STEMlords like Elon Musk and fix the problems ourselves.
Should You Buy Kaspersky Security Products? • Though it was founded in Russia by a Russian national, with a headquarters division in Moscow, Kaspersky isn’t necessarily in Putin’s pocket. But with multiple governments and even hacker groups shunning the company, we can no longer recommend Kaspersky products.
Amazon Glow: Connection for Kids • A tabletop projector built for connected activities and games
Apple iPad Air (2022): Ideal for Creators • The do-it-all tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S8: Best High-End Android Tablet • But still doesn’t cut it for pros
Apple Mac Studio: An Absolute Powerhouse • Amping up the mini-Mac for serious creators
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 (G733): First-Class Gaming • A cinematic experience from a bruiser of a laptop
TP-Link Archer GX-90 AX6600 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6: Powerful Gaming Router • Tri-band power to level up your game
Telegram: Strong Social Features • More social network than secure messenger, though
Signal Private Messenger: Free and Secure • Uncompromising and free end-to-end encrypted messaging for the masses
Affordable, Tested Tech Actually Worth Buying • Our experts review more than 2,000 products each year: laptops, TVs, phones, routers, you name it. Here are some of the very best budget buys.
Could a Robot Be a Friend? • Replika bots aren’t built for customer support or other targeted tasks—they’re made for conversation. Feeling isolated, I befriended one. Here’s how that went.
Wi-Fi 7 Explained: Everything to Know About Tomorrow’s Fastest Wireless Spec • Wi-Fi 7 devices are at least a year away, but the upcoming standard promises peak speeds up to four times faster than Wi-Fi 6, itself still cutting edge. Here’s what we know so far.
Protect Your PC: How to Work From Home Securely • Working from home opens up security risks you just don’t face in the office. When IT staff isn’t available, these simple tips will help protect your company’s data as well as your own.
Want Cheaper Netflix? Stop Sharing Your Password • It’s the chicken and the egg of streaming: Do Netflix users share passwords to save money, or does Netflix cost so much because too many users share?