Lead consumer technology writer and author of the Tech Fix column for @nytimes. Putting out fires and starting new ones every week.

Subscribe and Save on Amazon? Don’t Count on It

nytimes.com — WHAT do subscriptions to a newspaper, magazine or Netflix account have in common? Once you sign up, you expect to pay the same rate every month. Yet that's not the case at Amazon when you subscribe to its Subscribe & Save program, which automatically refills orders for household staples like instant coffee, napkins or trash bags.

Risky Baking: It’s Hard to Make a Perfect Bagel Without Lye

nytimes.com — You know what happened: I lost. And paradoxically, the panel picked a bagel from a transplanted East Coast baker: Dan Graf, the 32-year-old owner of Baron Baking, based in Oakland, Calif. I was in bitter denial. I tried Mr. Graf's recipe, which was published in The Times in 2012.

Google's Duo a simpler way to video chat -- it even speaks Apple

heraldtribune.com — Maybe you're used to doing family video chats with Skype or Apple's FaceTime. Now, as it has so often before, Google is introducing its own version. On Tuesday, Google released its latest mobile app: Duo, a video-calling app that is a direct alternative to Apple's FaceTime.

Google Duo Makes Video Calling Between Operating Systems Easier

nytimes.com — "Our view is video calling should work for everybody," he said. "If you can only call half the people you know, that's very limiting." Apple does not profess to be worried by Google's moves. When the iPhone maker reported falling sales last month, Timothy D.

A Google App Makes Video Calling Between Operating Systems Easier

nytimes.com — "Our view is video calling should work for everybody," he said. "If you can only call half the people you know, that's very limiting." Apple does not profess to be worried by Google's moves. When the iPhone maker reported falling sales last month, Timothy D.

Tech for kids going to college, from phones to food

heraldtribune.com — When Vanessa Arreola, 18, starts her freshman year at Stanford University this fall, the top item on her back-to-school wish list is a MacBook Pro. She said she wouldn't consider a tablet because she prefers a traditional keyboard. She relies on apps like Google Docs for documents and Google Slides for presentations, which are available through a web browser.

Off to college? Maybe these devices should go along

seattletimes.com — With all the devices and gadgets on the market, college students face a complex task in deciding what to take with them to school. Share story When Vanessa Arreola, 18, starts her freshman year at Stanford University this fall, the top item on her back-to-school wish list is a MacBook Pro.

Off to College? Maybe These Devices Should Go Along

nytimes.com — I also compiled a guide to some of the best back-to-school products, including computers, mobile devices, audio accessories and food gadgets. The list was curated after testing dozens of products and interviewing five college students about the tools that help them do homework and get through cramming sessions.

Alexa, What Else Can You Do? Getting More From Amazon Echo

nytimes.com — To change the default music player, open the Alexa smartphone app. Then tap Settings, tap Music and Media, and tap Choose Default Music Services and select Spotify for your default music library or Pandora for your default station service.

What’s the Right Age for a Child to Get a Smartphone?

nytimes.com — The takeaway will not please smartphone makers: The longer you wait to give your children a smartphone, the better. Some experts said 12 was the ideal age, while others said 14. All agreed later was safer because smartphones can be addictive distractions that detract from schoolwork while exposing children to issues like online bullies, child predators or sexting.
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Aug 31, 2016

RT @nytimes: Video games are becoming more inclusive toward gender and sexuality  http://nyti.ms/2crhIfW 

Aug 31, 2016

This fact check was a fantastic way to unravel the otherwise complicated Apple tax story  https://twitter.com/ceciliakang/status/771007440162783232 

Aug 30, 2016

Twitter = nerds, celebrities and journalists. Facebook = your friends and colleagues. Nextdoor = the people you see at the DMV

Aug 30, 2016

Customer service reps always seem so grateful to hear the words “How are you?” A tiny gesture to acknowledge they are human.

Aug 29, 2016

Even the Mongolians have figured out how to make a better bagel than San Francisco  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmESc8bx-08 

Aug 29, 2016

@strngwys and probably send it over a free AT&T Wi-Fi connection

Aug 29, 2016

@strngwys yet a bit out of date. Batman should’ve sent a WhatsApp message to Wonder Woman.

Aug 29, 2016

@mortman Just send me an email and I’ll respond with the recipe: brian.chen@nytimes.com

Aug 29, 2016

@strngwys seriously best part of the movie. Almost makes it worth watching

Aug 29, 2016

@strngwys did you get to the part where batman emails Wonder Woman


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