All Your Digital Movies, Together at Last

The digital media revolution has been a game changer for movie watchers. Physical media like Blu-Ray discs still exist, of course, but digital media, whether streamed or downloaded, is the future. The benefits of digital media are plentiful. Digital streaming services like the subscription-based Netflix grant anyone with an Internet connection access to thousands of …

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How to Force a Public Wi-Fi Login Page to Display

Starbucks, the Seattle-based coffee shop chain, may not have invented free Wi-Fi, but they sure did popularize it. Starbucks rolled out the service back in 2010, and since then so many restaurants have followed suit it feels at times that the U.S. is blanketed in Wi-Fi (it’s not). Starbucks’ influence extended to a subsequent and related …

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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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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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One Coloring App to Rule them All

Coloring Books Get a Makeover Coloring apps (sometimes called “coloring book apps” or “coloring apps for adults”) are having a moment. For the uninitiated, coloring apps are exactly what they sound like: coloring books, but without the book part. These app simulations of coloring books run on your mobile device of choice but are especially well suited to tablets. …

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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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Transit’s Surprising Advantage is Sitting Right in Your Pocket

Metra commuters. (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion) With public-transit use riding a 58-year high of 10.8 billion trips last year, it only makes sense to ask: why? Technology may be partially responsible for public transit's record ridership, but probably not in the way you think. As smartphones and other electronic devices have skyrocketed in popularity, more people are becoming dependent on …

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Uber’s Plan for Self-Driving Cars Will Make its Taxi Disruption Look Quaint

Uber has fundamentally changed the taxi industry. But its biggest disruption may be yet to come. The ride-hailing company has invested in autonomous-vehicle research, and its CEO Travis Kalanick (pictured above) has indicated that consumers can expect a driverless Uber fleet by 2030. Uber expects its service to be so inexpensive and ubiquitous as to make …

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D.C. Entrepreneurs Still Focused on Transportation

Washington D.C.-based shared-ride company Split was one of two transportation startups who participated in the Tech.Co Startup Competition last month, showing that Washington remains a prolific incubator of transportation-related startups, and that entrepreneurs believe there are additional transportation problems that need solving. Split, which has been operational since May of this year, is an app-enabled …

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