The Most Watched Shows on Netflix This Week

May 22, 2020 5 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Reelgood.com helps people find out if the TV shows (and movies) they want to watch are streaming, and on what service to find them. It also pulls a lot of data from its 4 million monthly users about what they’re watching and uses that to extrapolate the most watched programming in a given week. Below you’ll find the top shows streamed on Netflix last week in descending order. They’re not all Netflix Originals—some are fantastic programs from other sources that just happen to be rocking the streaming world right now. Use it to compare your tastes—or to get an idea of what you should binge next. Community Dan Harmon’s classic NBC sitcom (which eventually finished its run on Yahoo, of all places) is now streaming in its entirety on Netflix, even that weird last season. If it’s a big enough hit, maybe […]

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14 Tips for Safe Online Shopping

May 20, 2020 9 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget There’s every reason in the world to shop online. The bargains are there. The selection is mind-boggling. The shopping is secure. Shipping is fast. Even returns are easy, with the right e-tailers. Shopping has never been easier or more convenient for consumers. And in the age of COVID, it’s safer than going out even if you’re fully masked and gloved.  But what about the bad guys? It happens. The FBI’s own Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) says the number one cybercrime of 2019 in half the 50 states was related to online shopping: non-payment for or non-deliver of goods purchased.  Stay calm. While somewhat alarming, these stats should not keep you from shopping online. You simply need to use some common sense and follow practical advice. Here are basic guidelines; use them and you can shop with confidence. Use familiar websites Start at a […]

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Almost Two-Thirds of U.S. Workforce Must Work From Home, Many with Crap Internet

There’s about 10 million new or continuing WFH Americans who are trying to function with internet problems or horrible cellular signals. Thankfully, 50 percent of them are regularly disinfecting their phones. April 6, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag The Coronavirus crisis hasn’t done anyone any favors, except maybe to introduce a large number of the (remaining) workforce in the United States to the wonders of remote work. Of people still with jobs, 57.1 percent are apparently are doing them at home, according to a Waveform survey conduced on March 30, 2020—about 2 weeks, give or take, into shelter-at-home orders in many states. It looks like the younger you are, the better the chance you had to start this WFH phase of your employment. Image credit: PC Mag The big question for employers is probably this: Is more or less work getting accomplished? The honesty of the […]

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Tech Company Trillion-Dollar Valuations Crumble

On March 23, only Microsoft still had the symbolic $1 trillion-plus market capitalization after the COVID-19 crisis killed off billions in tech-company value. (Apple’s back too, for now.) March 27, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag What a difference a month — and a pandemic — can make in the so-called worth of a U.S. tech company. Back in 2018, speculation was on to see which company would be the first to have a $1 trillion market cap. Apple won that race handily. It didn’t take long, though, for Alphabet (owner of Google), Amazon and Microsoft to reach that milestone too. Microsoft even held the trillion-dollar spot alone for a while. But the chart above shows the toll that the coronavirus has taken on the stock market. With info from Ycharts, our partners at Statista looked at the market cap from a month ago in February up to Monday, March 23, […]

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98 Percent of Current Teleworkers Want to Work Remotely for Life

People liked working from home even before the advent of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease. It’s hard to picture that changing, as more and more people get a taste for telecommuting in the coming weeks. March 18, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag If you’re not familiar with being a remote worker (a.k.a. a telecommuter or teleworker) doing the work-from-home (WFH) thing, well, you’re probably going to be soon. The effort to stop the stampeding spread of COVID-19, before the pandemic becomes a precursor to pure dystopia, revolves around one thing: getting people not to congregate. That means letting (or forcing) employees to WFH until things are looking up. Plenty of people have been working remotely for years, and that’s why Buffer puts out an annual State of Remote Work report (along with AngelList this time). Buffer—a 100-percent-remote-employee company—recently surveyed  3,500 teleworkers, the most they’ve ever included, to see how people feel about […]

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As Netflix Originals Increase, Platform Offers Less Content Overall

A decade ago, Netflix Originals didn’t exist. Now they make up for the fact that there are almost 1,500 fewer TV shows and movies on the service than there were in 2010. February 19, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag As the amount of content Netflix offers each month decreases, complaints that there isn’t much to watch on Netflix may seem not be much of an issue, because the service is constantly debuting new originals. But the numbers don’t lie. Reelgood took a look at what the streaming service has had available year-to-year for the last 11 years, and the overall content quantity is way down, as you can see below. (That said, some might argue the general quality has gone up with original programming, even if one of them isRob Schneider in Real Rob.) Here’s the year-by-year comparison. 2012 was the high mark of licensed content on the […]

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2019’s Top ‘Free’ Games Each Made $1.5 Billion-Plus

January 14, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Which do you think is a bigger deal, Avengers: Endgame or Fortnite? Okay, sure, for 2019, the superheroes made a killing globally, pulling in $2.8 billion in box office grosses. But Fortnite—a game that is “free-to-play” for anyone, on any platform, managed to make $1.8 billion. And it is far from alone. The top 5 free-to-play games each made over $1.5 billion in 2019, according to SuperData. The Statista chart above shows the other big names in the top five: Dungeon Fighter Online, Honour of Kings (a.k.a. Arena of Valor), League of Legends, and old stalwart Candy Crush Saga. The rest of the top ten include Pokemon Go, Crossfire, Fate/Grand Order, Game for Peace, and Last Shelter: Survival. All had over $1.1 billion in revenue last year. Compare that number two “free” game (Dungeon Figher Online at $1.6 billion in revenue) to the second biggest movie of […]

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The Biggest Tech Product Flops of the 2010s

The last decade introduced a wealth of game-changing technology to our lives. But along with it came some true disasters. December 3, 2019 15+ min read This story originally appeared on PCMag In the US, 20 percent of small businesses can’t make it a year, half are dead in five years and a full 70 percent can’t make it past a decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Success is even harder if that business is all about one particular product — especially if that product is tech-related. Look at companies like Juicero, which couldn’t launch a smart juicer even with $120 million. Or Pono, a digital media player and music download service for audiophiles that Neil Young just couldn’t quite make happen. Crowdfunding has many tales of spectacular failure, like the Zano Drone, which earned $3 million on Kickstarter but couldn’t actually … fly. Even big names like Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon […]

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One in Four People Have a Fake Social Media Profile Somewhere

Besides bogus social media profiles, a recent survey also found that many people admit to lying on housing applications, resumes and dating profiles. November 21, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Can you really trust anyone? Background checks aren’t quite the norm yet even in all forms of business, but they’re getting there. And based on how much people admit they’ll lie to get a residence, a job, or a date, maybe that’s a good thing. In a new blog post, A Secure Life—which helps people find security systems—wrote up the results of a 500-person poll conducted in September 2019 via Pollfish. People who were self-employed or unable to work weren’t eligible. Credit: A Secure Life The chart above, delving into the percentage of lies told, show the tip of the iceberg. That 26 percent of people have created at least one fake social media profile is bad […]

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Far Too Many ‘Adults’ Still Using Parents’ Phone Plan

A mix of ‘failure to launch,’ zero desire for financial independence and attractive family plans mean half of people age 18 to 24 are still mooching off actual adults. August 6, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag In a new survey of 1,000 Americans across all ages conducted by Let’s Talk, a website devoted to helping users find the right mobile-phone carrier, the results were, in its words, “startling.” Some might say sickening. The survey found a full 49 percent of young adults age 18 to 24 are still getting their smartphones’ voice and data service paid for by their parents (or another responsible adult in the family). The number drops quite a bit when they hit 25 — the age you can also also rent a car with less hassle, so it’s the magic number where everyone becomes instantly more responsible. Only 16 percent of people age 25 to […]

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Phone Safety on Planes? Passengers Don’t Care.

A new survey shows exactly what passengers think of cell phone rules set by the FCC and enforced by flight attendants. July 11, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Ever been on a plane as it’s about to take off, with your phone in airplane mode or even turned off, then looked over to see someone FaceTiming at full volume? It happens plenty, despite requests from flight attendants who ask you to turn off connectivity on your phone for your safety (and because the Federal Aviation Administration makes them). A new survey by AT&T reseller All Home Connections put 1,000 travelers to the test, asking them point-blank what they do with their phones on a plane. The answers might be startling to anyone with aviophobia. They might also seem worth a big ol’ shrug to weary travelers who’ve seen it all and believe the rules are arbitrary, capricious, and a […]

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Smartphones Have Officially Crushed Digital Cameras

The drop off in camera sales in the last decade is precipitous. June 13, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag There’s always an industry group that has to track how well things are going in a certain area of tech. The offices at the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA), which includes Olympus, Casio, Canon, Kodak, Sony and Nikon, probably weren’t a fun place to be in that regard since, oh, 2008 or 2010, depending. That’s when — after the camera industry had seen nothing but growth since 1951 — things took a downward turn. You can see it above in the chart from our partners at Statista. After a little spike in 2010 up to an all-time high in camera sales of 121 million units, down things went again. Digital cameras (mixing both those with built in lenses and interchangeable lenses) have dropped 84 percent in shipments (from CIPA members) since […]

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Facebook, YouTube the Most Widely Used Platforms for U.S. Adults

A new Pew survey shows the trends for which online platforms and messaging app get the most and least usage. May 23, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Looking at data from an annual telephone poll conducted by Pew Research Centerand quantified in tables here by our partners at Statista, it’s easy to see that YouTube and Facebook far outpace the rest of the competition when it comes to daily use on both PCs and phones. Seventy-three percent of U.S. adults claim they’re checking YouTube daily; 69 percent have a daily date with Facebook. While there’s no data to show YouTube’s growth (nor that of WhatsApp or SnapChat) prior to 2018, daily usage isn’t really growing by leaps and bounds, especially since 2016. Facebook had 54 percent of people checking daily in 2012, took 4 years to gain 15 percent more, and has been relatively flat ever since. Instagram — owned […]

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Every Minute Online Is a Battle for Consumer Attention

Check out this not-to-scale visualization of what is happening on the internet every single minute of every single day this year. March 21, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag We all know the internet is a big place with a lot going on, but the chart above — put together by media consultants Lori Lewis and Chadd Callahan for All Access Music — really points out the sheer amount of activity vying for (or constantly stealing) our attention. (We found it on Digg.) Pulling public records and claims from major internet companies, the two have for the last three years cobbled together a chart of what happens on average every minute of the day online. The numbers are staggering. All of the following are happening each minute: 188 million emails and 18.1 million texts sent. 41.6 million messages sent on Facebook and WhatsApp combined. 1.4 million swipes on Tinder. The sheer amount of video consumed on […]

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12 Alarm Clock Apps That Will Get Your Butt Out of Bed

Smartphones and tablets are good alarm clocks, but these apps make them great. January 25, 2019 7 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag There was a time when many items littered my nightstand. There was a lamp, a stack of books and comics I had every intention of reading, a point-and-shoot camera in case my dog climbed into the covers and did something adorable, and even a landline phone for those late-night calls that wake one with dread. Also, a back scratcher. Today those items are gone, save for the lamp so I don’t stub my toe, and the back scratcher, because I still have a back. They’ve been replaced by my iPhone and its plethora of apps to keep me busy, including those that turn my smartphone into a kick-ass futuristic alarm clock. Amid this collection for iOS and Android, whether phone or tablet-sized, features can vary wildly. But […]

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These Are the Tech Myths That Many People Still Believe in

Falsehoods like ‘more megapixels is always better’ and ‘charging smartphones overnight kills the battery’ continue to flourish, if you go by the response from the general public. January 24, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag The folks over at HighSpeedInternet.com took a deep dive on the “mythtakes” (get it?) in tech to see just what the general public really believes. To do so, they created a master list of well-known tech claptrap, as well as some that may have once been grounded in reality but is no longer true. To check them out, it surveyed “hundreds” of people in the U.S. to ask which of the major tech myths we believe. The top picks show just how far we have to go to manage expectations. The most-believed myth: that more megapixels in a digital camera make for an instantly better picture. Eighty-six percent of the respondents went for […]

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Major Video Games Make More Money Than Blockbuster Movies

You might think, based on Hollywood’s hard work and even even harder marketing, that only big movies make millions. Video games are where the really big money flows. November 8, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Rockstar Games has a hit with Red Dead Redemption 2. And as the latest chart from Statista shows, it’s even a bigger deal than Marvel’s Avengers franchise. Using data from video game companies and Box Office Mojo, which tracks the money-making of any and every movie ever made, Statista’s chart shows that the games from Rockstar have much bigger debuts than the biggest films of the last few years — Avengers: Infinity War, The Fate of the Furious in 2017, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. Even the biggest movie haul on opening weekend was Avengers at $641 million (worldwide); Rockstar’s top two titles both beat that. And one of them was Grand Theft Auto V back in 2013, which […]

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How to Manage Your Google Privacy Settings

Dig into Google’s account dashboard to see what the company knows about you. April 6, 2018 13 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag A privacy policy is meant to be a contract between you and a company — big tech companies in particular — that ensures these companies are keeping your data safe. One company that has an enormous amount of your data — from email and photos to videos and documents — is Google. The Google Privacy Policy has been “updated” 28 times since its inception in 1999 — including three times in 2017 alone. The most was five times in the year 2015. And to its credit, Google makes all the updates and changes pretty obvious. But this stuff can and will change to suit Google, or to suit new laws and regulations Google has to follow. For example, in the European Union and elsewhere on […]

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