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I made this on a Mac.

That statement is pretty common these days. But there was a time I would have never imagined creating something on a computer. Sure, I had some friends type up one of my essays or a college application on their parents’ Compaq computer, the glowing…

Apple Watch Series 7 (Credit: Lance Ulanoff)

I’ve considered making this a one sentence review: Apple Watch Series 7 has a new, larger display and it’s exquisite. …

The iPhone 13 Pro. Courtesy Apple.

For years, I’ve been a loyal buyer of Google’s Pixel smartphones; I switched from an iPhone 8 when the Pixel 2 debuted with its fun colors and impressive camera, and owned the Pixel 3, 4, and 5–all of which were awesome, boundary-pushing phones.

But, when Apple unveiled the iPhone 13…

Let’s take a challenge and imagine that you have this machine from 1988.

Which by the way, had a $1,999 price — the value equivalent to $4,989 today. Can we do something useful on this laptop nowadays? Let’s figure it out.


At the end of the 80s the typical personal computer was looking like this:

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As Covid-19 struck last year, many workers found themselves rapidly transitioning to remote work. A large number also found themselves fleeing crowded urban centers for more remote, less populated places where they could ride out lockdowns and socially distance while still Zooming into the office for meetings or calls. …

Microsoft Surface Pro 8 (Credit: Lance Ulanoff)

Just because you’re a fan of something doesn’t mean you readily accept every new edition. Truth is, you love something for certain reasons and if those attributes change, you might fall out of love or at least feel lost.

Microsoft Surface Pro 8 is the most radically altered Surface Pro…

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Product reviews of new products can feel boring — especially if they’re an Apple product. It’s gotten to the point where I see new Apple product announcements, and I think nothing because I don’t care. …

I didn’t grow up with money. I didn’t even get my driver’s license until I was nearly 18 years old because I had to save up for the classes myself. We didn’t have the “latest and greatest” anything. Our house didn’t have air conditioning. …

Will Halo View earn its wings? The devil’s in the details.

The market for wearable fitness gadgets shows no sign of slowing down. The latest evidence of that is Amazon’s announcement that it’s introducing yet another fitness tracker. …

It’s a lie. All of it.

Back in 2019, I wrote a piece for the New York Times in which I discussed how apps like Duolingo can help, and how they can’t. My credentials to make such an authoritative claim? I had a Duolingo streak of over 500 days.

Well, now I’m nearly at 1,500. And…


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