In memoriam: All the best tech that died in the 2010s

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Technology is always evolving and advancing, at least in theory, and that means old tech is often bumped out of the way to make room for new. Sometimes perfectly good gadgets or services that still work as intended are taken out back, unceremoniously shot, and buried in a shallow grave. Sometimes you can accept that […]

How to (Hypothetically) Hack Your School’s Surveillance System

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This week, hacktivist and security engineer Lance R. Vick tweeted an enticing proposition along with a gut-punch headline: “Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines, tracking the locations of hundreds of thousands,” read the Washington Post link. The report revealed nearly instantaneous and…

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The Best Tech Advice We Gave in 2019

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52 weeks, 52 Tech 911 columns—minus one or two weeks when I was on vacation and simply couldn’t answer your wild and crazy technology questions from afar. Though Lifehacker is all about service and productivity, I find a special joy in our weekly Tech 911 tech-advice column. That’s not because I write it. Well, not

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The Smart Home Is a Technological Teenager Going Through Some Awful Growing Pains

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It can take a new technology decades to fully mature into a product that’s reliable and genuinely useful. Computers and mobile phones have arguably reached that point, but the smart home is barely a teenager by comparison, and as it starts to go through puberty it’s revealing a troubling, rebellious side.

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