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The Twitter megaphone: How Trump and the 2020 candidates compare in terms of reach

Twitter is far from the only factor influencing voters, but given how much President Trump has relied on the social network, it's worth looking at how the other candidates perform relative to the current occupant of the Oval Office.

8 Aug 2019 9:45 pm
Political debates, YouTube TV, and why the cable box era is finally over

While you may be one of the growing number of Americans without a cable box, that doesn't necessarily mean you're saving a lot of money.

1 Jul 2019 11:15 pm
Big bad Libra: Do we really need (or want) Facebook to reinvent money?

Facebook's cryptocurrency scheme will undoubtedly generate value and a following. But if the hairs on the back of your neck start to raise up, you're not alone.

24 Jun 2019 5:54 pm
New FAA rules for recreational drone flyers introduce temporary no-fly zones and a training requirement

Rules that went into effect last week will limit drone flying in previously accessible areas. That limitation should be temporary. Read on to find out the details.

22 May 2019 6:45 pm
Apple Card: Three fatal flaws that hinder usability (and then there's Goldman Sachs)

Apple Card is a bright, shiny idea with some notable usability problems. And that's before you start thinking about trusting your finances to Goldman Sachs.

3 Apr 2019 6:01 pm
SOS, IT pros: US is being attacked with its own technology

The US is being systematically attacked by Russia with our own digital technology, leaving IT professionals on the front line of this war. Here's what we need to do.

29 Mar 2019 6:14 pm
Reality shock: The #FakeWorld future of ubiquitous AR

Our big tech firms have been pushing the boundaries of augmented reality and intelligent assistants, working to create a mixed reality where both real and computer-generated views co-exist with globe-spanning artificial intelligence. David Gewirtz imagines the future of artificial reality, along with the disturbing potential consequences.

26 Feb 2019 10:31 pm
New rule: FAA requires all drones to externally display registration numbers as of February 25

As governments grapple with the issues raised by the rise of drones, agencies are regularly changing the rules to keep up. This time, it's how registration numbers must be displayed on aircraft. Read on for the details.

19 Feb 2019 10:13 pm
Before taking that DNA test: Six things you need to know

As DNA testing becomes more common, more and more of us are spitting saliva. But what exactly is a DNA test? How does it work? What are the implications? We try to answer these questions here.

15 Aug 2018 10:33 pm
Flying drones near wildfires could kill people: Don't do it

The bottom line is simple: Flying a drone near a wildfire could cause catastrophic damage. Don't do it.

10 Aug 2018 8:52 pm
3D printing guns at home: Does new technology change America's gun control debate?

One celebrity calls 3D-printed guns downloadable death. But how practical is 3D-printing technology for the creation of guns? Where does 3D printing fit into today's gun debate?

1 Aug 2018 12:24 am
Wearables vs. proctors: Test taking security in the era of constant connectivity

Just as smartphones have changed everything, so too will wearables. One challenge will be securing test taking in a world where everything has an active connection.

20 Jul 2018 7:15 pm
Fireworks, food, and a great little USB hub: Share something wonderful with friends this Independence Day

America's founding fathers might not recognize our modern world, but there's one thing they passed down through the generations: camaraderie and a sense of celebration. This Fourth, we're sharing some memories, a cool tool, and best wishes.

2 Jul 2018 7:15 pm
Air-gapping the planet: How to travel safely in digitally scary places

If you're considering traveling to one of the many countries that has a dubious relationship with digital privacy, you'll need to protect yourself. While the standard advice is a VPN, David Gewirtz takes you a few steps deeper into the murky cloak and dagger world of digital tradecraft.

20 Jun 2018 10:07 pm
Inside the early days of North Korea's cyberwar factory

North Korea is a bizarre country that almost seems frozen in time -- a bizarre, frozen-in-time, armed-to-the-teeth, crazy-dangerous country. We take a deep look at the early cyberwar efforts of an increasingly aggressive cyberwar player.

12 Jun 2018 5:44 pm
World Cup 2018: Traveling to Russia? Here's what you need to know

Russia has some very restrictive cybersecurity laws, especially when it comes to VPN use. Here's what you need to know to avoid trouble.

11 Jun 2018 9:53 pm
Scam alert: Identifying and blocking Google robocall spam

Google will not robocall you unless you specifically requested a call. While it's difficult to fight phone spam, we have some suggestions that may help make things a bit less annoying.

24 May 2018 9:10 pm
The battle over 5G: What is it, who are the players, and why do we care?

In this important video roundtable, ZDNets David Gewirtz, Jason Perlow, Steven Vaughan-Nichols, and Scott Fulton discuss what may well be the future of all telecommunications. Hint: its messy.

23 May 2018 8:28 pm
Google Duplex beat the Turing test: Are we doomed?

Googles new Duplex AI sounds human, with stammers, pauses, and all. It could be a useful addition to Google Assistant or the harbinger of something much more dark and worrisome.

14 May 2018 6:59 pm