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 20, 2016

@davidjoelhall I write about tech for Yahoo Finance a couple of times a week! (Most business publications cover tech as well.)

Oct 20, 2016

How many of these 12 unadvertised iOS 10 features have you stumbled onto? Some are really useful.

Oct 19, 2016

As a Cleveland boy who spent many years going to losing baseball games, I gotta say, this is amazing news. Hey Dad—wanna go?

Oct 19, 2016

@barneydewey DOH!! Oh dear… I’ll look into that. thanks for the heads-up!

Oct 18, 2016

@idea2go That is a brilliant idea--except that the queries come by email, so the original poster will never see my reply!

Oct 18, 2016

Pogue’s Peeve: Readers who write to me for advice…I respond…my reply is blocked by some anti-spam site that requires me to take a test!!

Oct 18, 2016

My new column and video: The new Fitbit Charge 2 and Flex 2. Can the #1 wearables maker keep it up?

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