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Starting something new with @Awl. Contributing Editor @WIRED. Former EIC @Gizmodo. I eat more cheese than is probably healthy. brianrbarrett at gmail

Dell’s Lapse Shows Security Is a Tough Promise to Keep — As part of the promotion of its flagship XPS 15, Dell touts the laptop's security. "Worried about Superfish?" the product page asks, invoking a now-infamous Lenovo lapse from earlier this year. "Each application we pre-load undergoes security, privacy and usability testing to ensure that our customers experience ...
Nov 24, 2015

If a company that says it's tough on security can slip this badly, "how confident can we be in any of our gadgets?"

How Google Will Make App Downloads an Afterthought — Today, if I want to book a hotel from my phone, I'd likely search the Play Store for a travel app, skim the reviews, download one that looks reputable, then punch in my information. Google has a plan to eliminate all but that very last step.
Nov 19, 2015

Google to index content in mobile apps and enable you to interact with them from search results. This is useful.

Nov 19, 2015

RT @pgillin: Google to index content in mobile apps and enable you to interact with them from search results. This is useful.

Nov 20, 2015

How Google Will Make App Downloads an Afterthought…

Which iPad Model Has the Best Display? — An iPad is essentially a giant screen, which explains why Apple puts so much care into its tablet's displays. But while the iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, and iPad Pro all offer premium views of the digital plains, some subtle differences separate them.

Android Wear Can Now Work On its Own via 4G — In April, Android Wear picked up a fancy new trick; as long as your smartwatch and smartphone were both on Wi-Fi, they could communicate without necessarily being in the same place. Today, that convenience extends to 4G.

Wireless Charging Is a Still Mess, But It Won’t Be Forever — Wireless charging sounds nice, doesn't it? No more ports. No more cords. Just plop your smartphone (or, someday, something even bigger!) down on a charging pad-or better yet, on a table that has wireless charging pads built right in. As far as futures go, it's a pleasant one.

Finding Dory Trailer Reminds Us We Love Forgetful Fish — More than a decade ago, Finding Nemo reminded us why we all loved Ellen DeGeneres. As the forgetful fish Dory, she was sweet, self-deprecating, and just the right amount of funny-just like DeGeneres herself. Now, 12 years later, DeGeneres is even more famous and getting her own Finding film.
Nov 10, 2015

'Finding Dory': Here to remind you why you've loved @TheEllenShow for freaking ever.…

Apple Music Now Works on Android, Too — Apple really wants Apple Music to be a force in the music industry. So much so that, much like it once brought iTunes to Windows users so they'd all buy iPods, the company is bringing its music service to other platforms. As of today, Android users can check out a beta of Apple Music.

New Jessica Jones Trailer Kicks Just About Everyone's Ass — Netflix just released another full trailer for its upcoming Marvel show Jessica Jones, and if this show isn't looking like the best new arrival of the fall, then you must not have eyes.
Nov 10, 2015

I really just can't wait for 'Jessica Jones' … Dear god this looks fuckin' good.…

Samsung Gear VR Headset Is Available for Preorder Today — Starting today, you can preorder the consumer version of the Gear VR headset for $99. Sure, Samsung's headset has been around for awhile, at least for developers and lucky beta testers who got their hands on the Innovator Edition. But this is the first time the Oculus Rift-powered headset has been sold to regular consumers.

Tag Heuer Connected Is Android Wear’s $1,500 Luxury Smartwatch — Google first intimated its high-end intentions for Android Wear months ago, at Baselworld, the watch industry's premier event. That promise is now reality. The Tag Heuer Connected is a bet that an Android smartwatch can fetch a four-figure sum-with no rose gold in sight.
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Nov 24, 2015

RT @jwherrman: How To Talk To Your Nightmare Son Who Moved To New York And Just Read 25 Articles About How You're Actually A Dumbass

Nov 24, 2015

@TimHerrera "how come the media never writes about thanksgiving in uzbekistan"

Nov 24, 2015

@lizzieohreally I'd be much more comfortable answering this with an infographic

Nov 24, 2015

@TimHerrera That might give us time to squeeze in one more backlash!

Nov 24, 2015

I'm glad there's a "how to talk to your family at thanksgiving" backlash but am also looking forward to the backlash to that backlash.

Nov 22, 2015

Starting to think this Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer book isn't canon.

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