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

When Tech Companies Copy Each Others' Best Ideas, It's Consumers Who Suffer — If you're a tech critic like me, you discover one thing about technology fans right away. They can be fairly militant in their allegiance to one tech company or another. As you read readers' objections to a review you've written, you encounter one particular argument amazingly often: "[Name of disliked tech company] stole that idea from [name of preferred company]!"

Pogue’s Basics: Turn off Samsung’s Smart Guide — If you have a Samsung TV made in the past couple of years - hey, it could happen! - You know that every time you turn it on - every ding-dong time - you get this stupid frame. And you have to find the remote and press Enter to make the screen full of video.

Sad but thank you for incredible run, Steve — Aug. 25: When Steve Jobs resigned as the chief executive of Apple yesterday, his note to the public and the Apple board was short and classy. The gist was this: "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know.

3 features make Moto’s modular phones innovative, radical and risky — Three things make these 5.5-inch Android smartphones radical, innovative, and risky. Its sibling, the Moto Z Force (Verizon [VZ] only), costs $20 more and gets you a higher-resolution camera and longer battery life-yet it's still thinner than a Samsung Galaxy S7. The Z Force (top) is a tiny bit thicker

David Pogue: Simplicity sells — New York Times columnist David Pogue takes aim at technology's worst interface-design offenders, and provides encouraging examples of products that get it right. To funny things up, he bursts into song.

Now I get it: Snapchat — Word has it that Snap, the company that makes Snapchat, is planning to go public. If so, it'll be the biggest initial public offering by a tech company in two years. At the same time, I've been dying to understand Snapchat. First, you need to know that Snapchat is really three apps crammed in one.

#shameonshamers: Virtual Shaming Breaks Real Lives — This month, my Scientific American column addressed the growing frequency and intensity of online shamings-massive outpourings of threats and vicious hate showered on people whose judgment lapses make them internet targets. Often the victims pay for their mistakes in horrific, life-shattering ways, far out of proportion for the crimes-losing their jobs, homes, marriages and any shred of self-worth.

DJI Mavic Pro: a folding drone that redefines the category — Wow. The drone world just changed in a blazing flash. There are all kinds of drones. There are cheap toy ones. There are compact ones with limited intelligence. And there the big nice ones that professionals use, like the DJI Phantom 4 -with 4K video capture, 25-minute battery life, 3-mile range, object avoidance, stabilized video, tilting camera, optical sensors so they can fly indoors without GPS, and four-digit price tags.

David Pogue space balloon launch — We sent the Yahoo flag into space - and nearly lost it forever This is the story of an amateur space-balloon launch that became a success-and the landing that was a disaster. It's a long story, but a good one.

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Oct 27, 2016

And what do I think of the Apple Watch 2? Here’s a hint: It has ***90*** screens full of preference settings.

Oct 26, 2016

I just accidentally typed "loe" instead of “love” in a text to my wife. But maybe it could catch on, like a new “bae.” Whadday think?

Oct 26, 2016

Here’s my review of the faster, waterproof, feature-overloaded Apple Watch 2…in the form of a bedtime poem.

Oct 26, 2016

The much-rumored Microsoft version of Amazon Echo (home voice assistant cylinder) did not make an appearance.

Oct 26, 2016

End of Microsoft’s event! Surface Studio PC/tablet ($3000), 16-hour Surface Book, Dial for quick settings, Windows 10 update in 2017. A lot!

Oct 26, 2016

Microsoft Surface Studio is unbelievably cool for creative types. Pages are represented at actual printed size—no more “Print preview.”

Oct 26, 2016

Microsoft’s new Surface Studio touchscreen iMac folds back to become a giant drawing tablet, and looks damn good doing it.

Oct 26, 2016

OMG, Microsoft product guy now onstage. STOP SAYING “PERFORMANT” when you mean “fast.” 5 times so far in this demo. It’s NOT A WORD.

Oct 26, 2016

Microsoft just unveiled Surface Studio, a 28” touchscreen all-in-one. “The product has the thinnest LCD ever made.” (The product!?)

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