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Ride-sharing, or ride-hailing, is an easy, cost-effective alternative to hailing a taxi or arranging for private transportation.
It’s no tech industry secret that the sharing and digital economies are in full swing. These movements—which enable individuals to connect with other people who are willing to pay in some way for their skills or goods—have been steadily growing since the beginning of the decade, thanks in large part to the near ubiquity of Internet use and smartphone ownership. Perhaps the most popular way people...
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As technology becomes ever more powerful, our devices become ever more complex. Which means that gadgets like smartphones can do more things than ever but also do them in more ways than ever. If you’ve ever wondered if there was a better way to do this or that with your electronic devices, you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to show you a series of tips and tricks to do new things as well...
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When a new radio show called Your Radio Playhouse premiered on WBEZ Chicago in the fall of 1995, listeners had to catch it right as it aired. Even as the show entered national syndication with a new name just one year later, it could still be heard just once a week. But thanks to the advent of podcasting, This American Life is now at each listener’s fingertips, ready to stream or download almost...
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We may not be getting smarter every day, but our gadgets sure are. No longer just the domain of computers and cell phones, now more and more devices are Internet-connected, from fridges to lightbulbs. But where does convenience end and frivolity begin? How it works Many devices now come with software (or its cousin, firmware) and a wireless network connector allowing the device to access either a...
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Turn on your TV and the options are seemingly endless. Basic cable subscribers typically get 30 to 40 channels. For those willing to pay more, the choices increase significantly. News junkies have 27 options. Nine premium channels offer recent movies and original programming. If you’re into sports…well, let’s just say the possibilities are virtually endless. Even with all that, the phrase “there’...
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How much television do you watch? According to a recent Neilsen study, the average American household with a typical cable package receives 189 channels but watches fewer than 18. That’s less than 10% of the available channels—meaning a whopping 90% are going mostly or entirely unwatched. And it’s not just the nuisance of sifting through dozens of unwanted channels that has television consumers...
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W hether it’s raining or not, there’s probably still a cloud in your future. Ever wondered what everyone’s talking about when they talk about storing things “in the cloud”? It’s probably both easier and more useful than you expected. What is cloud storage? The term “cloud storage” is sort of a fancy way of saying that something is not stored on a piece of hardware in your possession. Instead, it...
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Retirement is a time of great possibility. Many retirees report plans to travel, spend time with family, and pick up new hobbies. Now, more older adults are deciding to use at least some of their newfound free time back in a classroom—but not just any classroom. In the last few years, the popularity of online learning has grown significantly. A recent Pew study showed that 73% of adults consider...
These days video chats or video calls are pretty much as simple as tapping a button.
The holidays are almost here and, in the age of the Internet, seeing family and friends face-to-face no longer requires expensive plane tickets or a hefty long-distance bill. Now, you can watch your grandkids open their presents on Christmas morning, even if they’re spread out in different places. Thanks to smartphones and computers and their built-in cameras, video chats or video calls are...