When I was a child there weren't many options for entertainment after school or on weekends: I could walk to a friend's house. I could watch TV on our 13 fuzzy channels. Or I could read. And so I read, and read, and read -- hours and even whole days would pass with no interruptions. I didn't have any choice but to concentrate.
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Taking a trip away from home can be good for the body and soul, but it also means you're going to be without the safety net of your home and office Wi-Fi, and might even involve piggybacking on a different data network and living through a different time zone. Your smartphone can adapt, if you know the right tricks - which we'll share here.
Last month, Google rolled out its innovative Google Lens app to most Android phones. Here's how to get the most out of its visual-recognition abilities.
Email can be a magnet for mistakes. Sometimes, these mistakes are trivial: You add an extra letter to a proper noun somewhere in your message; you accidentally bold part of a word; you use a semicolon instead of a comma. All forgivable offences.
And sometimes, you look at the bar that separates the defensible from the absurd and think, "I can jump a lot higher than that."
On the latest episode of The Upgrade, we're talking about the self-proclaimed "front page of the internet", the massive online community known as Reddit. For some, Reddit is a second home, a place to hang out, post links, chat and trash talk with like-minded friends and foes. For others, it's a confusing rabbit warren with its own weird rules and etiquette, a teeming hive of enthusiasts and trolls, an overwhelming curiosity that they might visit every now and then, but who has time to learn to navigate what's essentially a complex system of message boards?
Tony Xu grew up as the child of immigrants, working in his mum's restaurant before going onto Stanford and working at McKinsey, eBay and Square. In 2013 he started the food delivery service DoorDash, at first running the deliveries himself. Now his company employs 500 people, works with over 200,000 delivery people, and operates in 600 cities. We talked to Tony about how he runs it all.
Every year without fail I end up running tech support for an assortment of friends and family when I travel back home for the holidays. This year I've already tackled such hard-hitting questions as "Where did my Bitmoji keyboard go?" "Why are people tapping their phone on registers?" and "Why is my computer doing this thing?"
You may have seen that eBay is running a 20 per cent off promotion in five big tech stores - but you don't want to have to sift through everything to find some of the best deals, right? Lucky for you, we've rounded up some great products going and have all the links you need right here!
Marc Roger's career spans more than 20 years, including a decade managing security for the UK operator Vodafone. He's been a CISO in South Korea and co-founded a disruptive Bay Area startup. He's been hacking since the '80s and is now a white-hat hacker as well as the Head of Security for Cloudflare. In his role as technical adviser on Mr Robot, he helped create hacks for the show. And as if that's not enough, he also organises the world's largest hacking conference. We caught up with Marc to find out how he works.
Online shopping is on the rise -- it's fast and ships directly to your doorstep, sometimes overnight. But with online shopping, you miss the experience of going into a store and picking up items. Enter virtual reality shopping, which tries to give you the convenience of online shopping and the experience of being in a store.