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    • Free Tools to Keep Those Creepy Online Ads from Watching You

    • By: Brian X. Chen, Natasha Singer
    • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
    • Length: 9 mins
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    "Free Tools to Keep Those Creepy Online Ads from Watching You" is from the February 17, 2016 Technology section of The New York Times. It was written by Brian X. Chen and Natasha Singer and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.

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    • To Be an Airbnb Superhost, Get to Know Your Guests

    • By: Brian X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Here are some tips on running a successful (and lucrative) Airbnb rental based on interviews with Superhosts and my experience.

    "To Be an Airbnb Superhost, Get to Know Your Guests" is from the January 11, 2017 Technology section of The New York Times. It was written by Brian X. Chen and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • A New Phone Comes Out. Yours Slows Down. A Conspiracy? No.

    • By: Brian X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 7 mins
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    It happens every year: Apple releases new iPhones, and then hordes of people groan about their older iPhones slowing to a crawl. The phenomenon of perceived slowdowns is so widespread that many believe tech companies intentionally cripple smartphones and computers to ensure that people buy new ones every few years. Conspiracy theorists call it planned obsolescence.

    "A New Phone Comes Out. Yours Slows Down. A Conspiracy? No." is from the November 15, 2017 Technology section of The New York Times. It was written by Brian X. Chen and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • How to Buy a Great TV This Black Friday

    • By: Brian X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 7 mins
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    You know how it is: Every Black Friday, you are bombarded with lousy shopping deals that do not offer as much of a discount on an item as you think. But there is a bright spot: If you are shopping for a new television, it really is the best time to buy one.

    "How to Buy a Great TV This Black Friday" is from the November 22, 2017 Technology section of The New York Times. It was written by Brian X. Chen and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • In VPNs, Security-Minded Web Surfers Find an Imperfect Shield

    • By: Brian X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
    • Length: 8 mins
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    When Congress voted to overturn online privacy rules last week, Steve Wilmot, a Los Angeles songwriter, reacted like many worried consumers: He looked into signing up for a technology service known as a virtual private network, or VPN.

    "In VPNs, Security-Minded Web Surfers Find an Imperfect Shield" is from the April 05, 2017 Technology section of The New York Times. It was written by Brian X. Chen and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.

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    • Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: A Faceoff of Smart Speakers

    • By: Brian X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
    • Length: 9 mins
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    "Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: A Faceoff of Smart Speakers" is from the October 03, 2016 Technology section of The New York Times. It was written by Brian X. Chen and narrated by Fleet Cooper.

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    • Always On

    • How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future - and Locked Us In
    • By: Brian Chen
    • Narrated by: Brian Chen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
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    Even Steve Jobs didn't know what he had on his hands when he announced the original iPhone as a combination of a mere "three revolutionary products"--an iPod, a cell phone, and a keyboard-less handheld computer. Once Apple introduced the App Store and opened it up to outside developers, however, the iPhone became capable of serving a rapidly growing number of functions--now more than 350,000 and counting. But the iPhone has implications far beyond the phone or gadget market.

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    • "Always On" Is Surprisingly Good

    • By Joshua Kim on 05-01-12
    • How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future - and Locked Us In
    • By: Brian Chen
    • Narrated by: Brian Chen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
    • Release date: 06-07-11
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    • Living the Virtual Life at Tech’s Big Show

    • By: Brian X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
    • Length: 7 mins
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    "Living the Virtual Life at Tech’s Big Show" is from the Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Brian X. Chen and narrated by Fleet Cooper.

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    • Biggest Tech Failures and Successes of 2016

    • By: Brian X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
    • Length: 6 mins
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    "Biggest Tech Failures and Successes of 2016" is from the December 14, 2016 Technology section of The New York Times. It was written by Brian X. Chen and narrated by Corey M. Snow.

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    • Virtual Reality Check: Rating the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift

    • By: Brian X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 4 mins
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    "Virtual Reality Check: Rating the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift" is from the April 06, 2016 Tech section of The New York Times. It was written by Brian X. Chen and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • Underdog Apps Fill a Void Where Uber and Lyft Don’t Go

    • By: Brian X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
    • Length: 5 mins
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    When I arrived in Austin this month for the annual South by Southwest festival, I was prepared to time travel to a harsh past: an era when people had to wave their hands on street corners, begging for curmudgeonly cabdrivers to pull over and offer a ride.

    "Underdog Apps Fill a Void Where Uber and Lyft Don’t Go" is from the March 19, 2017 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Brian X. Chen and narrated by Fleet Cooper.

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    • Taking the Stigma out of Buying Used Electronics

    • By: Brian X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 6 mins
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    "Taking the Stigma out of Buying Used Electronics" is from the April 27, 2016 Technology section of The New York Times. It was written by Brian X. Chen and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • The Internet Trolls Have Won. Sorry, There’s Not Much You Can Do.

    • By: Brian X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
    • Length: 6 mins
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    This column is going to be a bit unusual. Typically, I write about a broad tech problem and offer some solutions. But this week, I have stumbled into a topic that many agree has no easy fix: online comments.

    "The Internet Trolls Have Won. Sorry, There’s Not Much You Can Do." is from the August 08, 2018 Technology section of The New York Times. It was written by Brian X. Chen and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.

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    • Here Is How to Fend Off a Hijacking of Home Devices

    • By: Brian X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Modern homes today are getting internet-connected light bulbs, thermostats, TVs and speakers. So with a simple voice command or the touch of a button on our smartphones, we can set the temperature, turn on a light or prepare the TV to record a program.

    "Here Is How to Fend Off a Hijacking of Home Devices" is from the February 01, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Brian X. Chen and narrated by Fleet Cooper.

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    • The Biggest Tech Failures and Successes of 2017

    • By: Brian X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Let’s face it: Technology this year was one big “fail” after another. And the biggest loser from all of this was you.

    "The Biggest Tech Failures and Successes of 2017" is from the December 13, 2017 Technology section of The New York Times. It was written by Brian X. Chen and narrated by Mike DelGaudio.

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    • Apple Unveils iPhone X and 8 Models as It Upgrades TV Set-Top Box

    • By: Brian X. Chen, Farhad Manjoo, Vindu Goel
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Apple unveiled the iPhone X, the latest version of its flagship smartphone, at the first news media event at the company’s new Silicon Valley campus on Tuesday. The $999 price of the highly anticipated phone — scheduled to ship on Nov. 3 — makes it the most expensive iPhone model ever.

    "Apple Unveils iPhone X and 8 Models as It Upgrades TV Set-Top Box" is from the September 12, 2017 Business section of The New York Times. It was written by Brian X. Chen, Farhad Manjoo and Vindu Goel and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • Dumping a Bad App? Tips for a Painless Breakup

    • By: Brian X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Everyone is familiar with this scenario: An app you once loved no longer brings the same joy. It’s gotten buggy over time, or an update transformed it to the point it became unusable.

    "Dumping a Bad App? Tips for a Painless Breakup" is from the January 25, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Brian X. Chen and narrated by Fleet Cooper.

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    • What's the Right Age to Give a Child a Smartphone?

    • By: Brian X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
    • Length: 8 mins
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    On average, children are getting their first smartphones around age 10, according to the research firm Influence Central, down from age 12 in 2012. For some children, smartphone ownership starts even sooner — including second-graders as young as 7, according to internet safety experts.

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    • While Limited, Wi-Fi-First Phones Are a Good, Frugal Bet

    • By: Brian X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 7 mins
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    "While Limited, Wi-Fi-First Phones Are a Good, Frugal Bet" is from the June 29, 2016, Technology section of The New York Times. It was written by Brian X. Chen and narrated by Kristi Burns.

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    • Walk, Don't Run, to Buy the PlayStation VR

    • By: Brian X. Chen
    • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
    • Length: 7 mins
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    "Walk, Don't Run, to Buy the PlayStation VR" is from the October 05, 2016 Technology section of The New York Times. It was written by Brian X. Chen and narrated by Fleet Cooper.

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