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Brian X. Chen
Lead consumer technology writer and author of the Tech Fix column for . Putting out fires and starting new ones every week.
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Seth Fiegerman Feb 13
I embarked on a lonely quest to binge-watch Amazon's version of QVC this week in the hopes of understanding why it exists and what it means for our existence. Here's what I learned.
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Brian X. Chen Feb 11
A bit of a bummer that Eero - which started the mesh trend (very good for consumers) - couldn’t keep going on its own. But the writing was on the wall, since many others came out with similar and cheaper mesh systems.
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Brian X. Chen Feb 7
Gotten some comments re: bait apps that are along the lines of “just don’t give your credit card to your kid.” Wish it were that simple, but some kids use the cards without permission in the first place.
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Brian X. Chen Feb 6
no shame
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Brian X. Chen Feb 6
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Brian X. Chen Feb 6
Bait apps - or games that persuade kids into buying virtual junk - are an old problem that still persists. Most shocking is that Facebook offers zero controls to block in-app payments. My column:
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Brian X. Chen Feb 5
Replying to @kateconger
They’re nice - but they’re not going to get me back into the office whenever I have to use the bathroom
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Brian X. Chen Feb 5
This is going to be the best solution if it works for me. Will report back after I’ve tried.
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Brian X. Chen Feb 5
Replying to @kylegiglio
Omg, really? I need to try this.
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Brian X. Chen Feb 5
Anyone have a foolproof solution to never forgetting your office keycard? (Mine is usually in my wallet, which is at home.) Grumble.
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Glenn Harvey 🐍 Jan 31
Hi✨Here's this week's Tech Fix for the ! "How to Save On Your Next Apple Purchase," where analyzes Apple's product price increases. 🍎 Thanks again to Minh and !
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Brian X. Chen Jan 30
This week’s Tech We’re Using features the great who riffs on the tools she uses for interviews, podcasting and sifting through document dumps
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Brian X. Chen Jan 30
New Tech Fix: I analyzed Apple’s financials to understand its many price jumps - and sought advice from on how to save on your next Apple purchase
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Nicole Perlroth Jan 29
The flaw wasn't just reported to/lost Apple Support... It was submitted as a bug report and in a letter, emailed and faxed, to Apple's general counsel. I have receipts. is right.
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The New York Times Jan 28
Until the fix is released, iPhone users can go into the phone’s settings and disable FaceTime
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Brian X. Chen Jan 28
Replying to @Maxtropolitan
240 injuries is a substantial number in a city of millions (not all X million are riding.) My initial point was that helmets should be required, like they are for bicycles in many states. Only thing "ludicrous" here is the notion that e-scooters are special.
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Brian X. Chen Jan 28
Replying to @Maxtropolitan
OK, so we'll let people continue being hospitalized at higher rates and not require helmets or education or anything, really, because of a kinetic energy comparison. Think we can agree to disagree.
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Brian X. Chen Jan 28
Replying to @Maxtropolitan
Disagree. My first two-wheel vehicle was a 50cc scooter that had a max speed of 35 mph. It required an M1. Why should e-scooters be any different? Because they are electric? If people are crashing from inexperience they should be required to demonstrate they know how to ride.
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Brian X. Chen Jan 28
Replying to @Maxtropolitan
Made an earlier note about the speed distinction. True that people can sprint at 15mph but nobody runs that fast in traffic. Agree on inexperience - another issue is these don’t require licenses or learning permits of any kind.
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Brian X. Chen Jan 28
Replying to @NYCdisinterest
Thanks for noting - but I’m also including those who own e-scooters, which can go up to 30mph. I would still argue that they should require helmets for the rentals capped at 15mph
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