Yahoo Tech founder; writer/correspondent for NOVA, CBS Sunday Morning, & Scientific American; Missing Manuals guy; dad of 3!

How to safely check your text messages when driving

How to safely check your text messages when driving
yahoo.com — Reading or typing on your phone when you're behind the wheel is insanely dangerous; it's exactly as safe as driving with your eyes closed. What's that you say? "Everyone knows that"? Then why are 40 percent of car accidents in the U.S. these days caused by drivers with phones in their hands?

The Greatest Car Key Hack

The Greatest Car Key Hack
yahoo.com — This one sounds so preposterous, it will surely strike you as nonsense-but it really works. When you hold your car's remote control against your head, you can lock and unlock your doors from much farther away. Depending on the car model and your body composition, you may gain as much as 90 additional feet of range (about six car lengths).

How to: Shift your credit-card due date

How to: Shift your credit-card due date
yahoo.com — If you're a dutiful credit-card user, you pay off your credit-card bill every month. You're probably used to paying it off whenever the card company says it's due-maybe the 12th of the month, or the 20th, or whatever. But did you know that the monthly due date is up to you?

Review: DJI Phantom 4 is a smarter, more self-aware drone

Review: DJI Phantom 4 is a smarter, more self-aware drone
yahoo.com — Whatever you think about the rising popularity of drones, well, you're right. You might marvel: "These amazing machines are bringing enormous advances in convenience, economics, and safety to engineers, filmmakers, realtors, and farmers. Suddenly, the world is no longer flat!" You're right. You might also mutter: "Those infernal things are destroying our quiet, our privacy, and our safety."

Why VR Will Not Replace Movies

Why VR Will Not Replace Movies
scientificamerican.com — As any tech headline will tell you, 2016 is the Year of Virtual Reality. Every billion-dollar corporation and its brother are rushing into the VR-headset market (Sony, Samsung, Google, Microsoft, HTC). Ever since 2014, when Facebook bought Oculus, a fledgling VR company, for $2 billion, journalists and investors have become part of the hype machine.

Google’s giving away $500 worth of photo software for free - but is it any good?

Google’s giving away $500 worth of photo software for free - but is it any good?
yahoo.com — Instead, I contacted various software companies and asked them if I could include, on this CD, the full commercial versions of their products - perhaps one version old.

5 of the Worst User-Interface Disasters

5 of the Worst User-Interface Disasters
scientificamerican.com — In my Scientific American column this month I vented about the importance of software interface design. Bad design wastes our time, makes us feel incompetent, interferes with productivity-and, sometimes, really messes things up. Herewith: Five of the worst digital user-interface debacles of all time.

iPad Pro 9.7-inch Review: A Dazzling Tablet, but Still No PC

iPad Pro 9.7-inch Review: A Dazzling Tablet, but Still No PC
yahoo.com — When he unveiled the new, superfast, normal-sized iPad Pro onstage last week, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said something really weird: "There are over 600 million PCs in use today that are over five years old. This is really sad! These people could really benefit from an iPad Pro." Wait, what?

What’s the best free scanner app for your smartphone?

What’s the best free scanner app for your smartphone?
yahoo.com — There was a great Huffington Post post a couple years ago: a Radio Shack ad from 1991, accompanied by the comment that every single product in it has now been replaced by the smartphone. You know: Camera, radio, clock, calculator, camcorder, and so on.

Review: iPhone SE puts the same engine in a smaller exterior

Review: iPhone SE puts the same engine in a smaller exterior
yahoo.com — On March 31, you'll be able to buy the newest member of the iPhone family: the iPhone SE. Apple says Special Edition, but you could also sum it up this way: Same Engine, Smaller Exterior.
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Apr 27, 2016

TONIGHT'S MEDITATION: My wife thinks I’m no good at fixing appliances. Boy, is she in for a shock.

Apr 27, 2016

Today’s 30-sec "Pogue's Basics" video: Extend your car fob’s range by 75 feet. Crazy! yahoo.com/tech/the-great… pic.twitter.com/JYTGlPaVJ6

Apr 25, 2016

Today’s 30-second "Pogue's Basics" video: How, and why, to shift your credit-card payment due date… yahoo.com/tech/how-to-sh…

Apr 25, 2016

My new review: DJI’s Phantom 4, the first consumer drone smart enough to avoid obstacles. yahoo.com/tech/review-dj… pic.twitter.com/d13bTYrJtU

Apr 25, 2016

An outstanding, thought-provoking @CBSSunday story about disaster-relief donations that do more harm than good. cbsnews.com/news/when-disa…

Apr 23, 2016

Oh wow. If you’ve ever spent one minute in the tech or marketing industries, you’ll laugh hard at this parody… bland.ly/#our-culture

Apr 19, 2016

My new Scientific American column: VR may be hot, but saying it’ll replace movies is absurd. scientificamerican.com/article/why-vr… pic.twitter.com/xfJKagjQpJ

Apr 18, 2016

TONIGHT'S MEDITATION: If I had to describe myself in one word, it would have to be, “Bad at following directions.”


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