The So-Called Death of the Headphone Jack

Until fairly recently, the 3.5 mm headphone jack was ubiquitous, a nearly-universal standard in portable audio equipment. It had been that way for decades, until September 2016, when Apple announced that none of its phones going forward — starting with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus — would include an audio headphone port. With space in new …

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Are You a Mac or a PC?

We’ve all heard it said before: Mac users and PC users are just different. But is it true? Before we get to the crux of the argument, let’s get some housekeeping out of the way: we’ll define a “PC” as a computer manufactured by any of a dozen companies that runs on the Microsoft Windows operating …

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The Unlikely Case of the Brick-and-Mortar Store with Lower Prices than Amazon

Americans love Amazon, and have demonstrated this affection with their wallets, making the Seattle-based online superstore extremely profitable. Each year, in fact, Amazon gets bigger relative to other online retailers, as consumers award it a larger share of their total online shopping budget. This means that each year, Amazon amasses a little more power, and …

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How Amazon Tricks its Customers into Believing its Prices are Lower than they Actually Are

Why do U.S. consumers shop at Amazon in numbers that are orders of magnitude greater than any other online retailer? There are many plausible reasons consumers might prefer Amazon over competing stores: its vast array of products, free shipping policy, fast shipping practice, Amazon Prime benefits, and useful product reviews, for instance. But the primary …

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Five Things Apple Got Wrong with the iPhone X (and How to Fix Them)

Cupertino, We Have a Problem — Actually, Make That Five. Prior to its launch, the iPhone X was being called “the most highly-anticipated version” of the phone to date, and with good reason. Almost two years before the iPhone X’s release, back when people still called it an iPhone 8, rumors of Apple’s plans for a major …

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