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Beware the Election's Social Media Nuclear Option
Both presidential candidates have their finger on the button... of social media manipulation.

How Robots Caused Brexit and the Rise of Donald Trump
PCMag talked to Ryan Avent of The Economist about automation's effect on the labor force and politics.

Spectacles Are the Missing Piece of Snapchat's Business Model
The rebranded Snap Inc. is "a camera company" that sells "toys" to the connected generation, and that's a deceptively smart move for a tech startup finally realizing what kind of company it is.

Apple's Project Titan Is Not About Building a Car
If Cupertino was killing Project Titan, why would it bring back Bob Mansfield?

Feds to Self-Driving Car Developers: Show Us Your Data
One of the most hotly debated points will be the proposed sharing of autonomous vehicle data.

Get Smart With Stacey: Which Connected Devices Are Best for Renters?
Stacey covers how renters can take advantage of smart home gear, and the best IOT gadgets for the deaf.

How iPhone Cameras Changed Society
iPhone cameras did more than ruin the compact digital camera market. They've changed society completely.

Traditional TV Viewing: On its Last Legs?
Linear TV today still has the edge in time and overall consumption. But that's about to change.

Ford: We Can't Be an 'Insular Industry'
Ford's Smart Mobility initiative bets big on the idea that it won't be beat by tech giants and upstarts.

Here's Why Uber Is Pursuing Robo-Taxis
Launching the first successful robo-taxi service will be like owning a Windows or iOS for transportation.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 Woes Are NOT About the Battery
Too many phones, too many batteries, no standardization: that's why Samsung's latest is a fire hazard.

How Netflix Can Dominate TV (Hint: It's Not Cheap)
Streaming services that want to compete need to be aggressive in how much original content they release regularly.

What Higher Ed Can Learn From Start-Ups
Universities would do well to embrace some of the methods and structures emerging at edtech start-ups.

Are You Ready to Share the Road With Driverless 'Ghost' Cars?
Michigan and other states are considering legislation that would let truly driverless cars loose on the road.

In Defense of Mean Internet Comments
Trolls are one thing, but actual comments on an online article are frequently better than the article itself.

Get Smart With Stacey: Get an Amazon Echo Now or Wait?
This week, Stacey helps with a smart lighting conundrum and weighs in on Amazon Echo's longevity.

The EU's Tax Ruling Against Apple Is Dangerous, Absurd
The offending tax program helped save Ireland's economy, and it has no interest in turning back the clock.

Who Cares About the Headphone Jack? This Is What iPhone 7 Needs
This is what Apple needs to do to make its new smartphone interesting. But it probably won't.

Tech Innovation Slump? Not So Fast
Here's why I think we're about to enter a strong growth cycle in the tech industry.

Don't Believe the Marketing Hype With Driver-Assist Tech
Not all crash-prevention systems are created equal and knowing their differences could mean life or death.

My Favorite Back-to-School Tools for Your Tiny Egghead
This week, I will share some new tech that parents can use to cultivate their children's learning.

My 30 Years With PCMag, Part Four (2006-2016)
This final era tracks the decline and the societal changes that were unexpected.

3 Things IBM Did to Shape the PC's Future
IBM's PC is 35, but three other pivotal points in the company's history also helped shape our PC landscape today.

Chip Lovers Face an Uncertain Future
The slogan at IDF 2016 is, "The Future Is What You MAKE." But if you want to make PCs, that future looks far from rosy.

Don't Fear the Robot Taxis
Though Ford and Uber are deploying ride-sharing robo-taxis, the pleasure of driving isn't in danger.

My 30 Years With PCMag, Part Three (1996-2006)
The weird, tumultuous, and revealing years between 1996 and 2006 demonstrated how tech and greed go together.

How Driverless Cars Spell the End of Parking as We Know It
Self-driving technology could make the hassles associated with human-powered parking a thing of the past.

Inside Grace Hopper Academy, a Coding Boot Camp for Women
Grace Hopper Academy seeks to jumpstart women's participation in CS with a coding boot camp in New York City.

My 30 Years at PCMag, Part Two (1986-1996)
The second decade of computing as we know it was all about personal freedom.

The Real Reason Apple Wants to Kill the Audio Jack
There may be a method to Apple's madness. (There's certainly some historical precedence.)