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Author: Richard Goodwin

  • DuckDuckGo Search: How It Works & How It Makes Money

    DuckDuckGo Search: How It Works & How It Makes Money

    Y’all know DuckDuckGo but do you know how its search engine works or how it makes money? Here’s what you need to know…  DuckDuckGo is a privacy-browser. It cut its teeth by pitching itself as the ANTI-CHROME – a browser free from tracking, ads, and data hoarding.  It worked too. DuckDuckGo – or DDG, as it is…

  • Why DuckDuckGo is Bad: Let’s Unpack “The Controversy”

    Why DuckDuckGo is Bad: Let’s Unpack “The Controversy”

    There’s a reason privacy experts aren’t happy with DuckDuckGo and it relates directly to what is now known as “the DuckDuckGo controversy” DuckDuckGo built its reputation as a privacy browser off the back of Google’s relentless tracking and data-harvesting practices. DuckDuckGo wanted to do things differently. No adverts, no selling data, and no collecting data.…

  • The Many, Many Problems With Google’s Generative Search Experience

    The Many, Many Problems With Google’s Generative Search Experience

    If ain’t broke, don’t fix it – that’s a good motto to live your life by. Even more so if you own one of the most valuable pieces of technology ever created – Google Search SGE is kind of a big deal. Both for Google as a company and a brand, and for people like me and…

  • Arc Browser Tracking: Let’s Unpack Its Privacy Policy…

    Arc Browser Tracking: Let’s Unpack Its Privacy Policy…

    The Browser Company claims its Arc browser DOES NOT sell your data. But what kind of data does it collect and what does it do with it once it has it? Let’s find out… When something is free – either an app, a tool, or a search engine – it usually means one thing: you are…

  • Arc Web Browser 101: What You Need To Know

    Arc Web Browser 101: What You Need To Know

    The Arc Browser is here to upend the entire browser market. It recently snagged Apple’s lead designer for Safari and it is valued at $550 million. Is it worth trying? Here’s what you need to know… If you’re like most people, you probably spend a good chunk of your day browsing the web. And if…

  • Gmail Turns 20! Here’s Why Privacy Experts Hate It

    Gmail Turns 20! Here’s Why Privacy Experts Hate It

    Gmail’s been around for two whole decades. But not everyone is a fan of Google’s email platform – here’s why Gmail is simple to use, simple to set up, free, and it is the gateway into Google’s Android ecosystem. On top of that, it is the most popular email on planet earth right now with 1.8…

  • Brave Search 101: Everything You Need To Know

    Brave Search 101: Everything You Need To Know

    The reciprocity principle is a powerful thing. Most of the time it is spoken about only in marketing circles, where things like conversion rate optimisation and opt-in forms are important. But for me, Google is probably the most brilliant example of the power of the reciprocity principle in action.  Google is free, its services are…

  • The Facebook “Onavo Scandal” Redux – What You Need To Know

    The Facebook “Onavo Scandal” Redux – What You Need To Know

    If you’re not already concerned about data privacy, you will be after reading this: Meta – as shown by unsealed court documents – has no respect for privacy or, apparently, ethical practices And if you haven’t already got the memo: Big Tech isn’t your good buddy. It wants and craves your data, and it’ll go to…

  • Google Search is Broken. Maybe For Good – What Now? 

    Google Search is Broken. Maybe For Good – What Now? 

    After numerous algorithm updates designed to combat spam and a risky big bet on AI, Google’s best product – search – has never been worse Google search is in a bad way. The SERPs have never looked worse, there’s more ads than ever, UGC sites like Quora and Reddit are everywhere, and then there’s the prospect of…

  • Brave Web Browser 101: What You Need To Know [2024]

    Brave Web Browser 101: What You Need To Know [2024]

    Sick of being tracked? Want to stop sharing ALL your data with Big Tech? It’s probably time you switched to the Brave web browser. Here’s everything you need to know… Brave is an open-source web browser developed by Brave Software Inc. Its the brainchild of Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript and former CEO of…

  • Brave For Mac Performance Metrics & Benchmarks

    Brave For Mac Performance Metrics & Benchmarks

    I recently started using the Brave web browser on my Mac. I noticed it was quite a lot faster, so I did some benchmarks to find out more. Here’s the test results… The Brave web browser isn’t your normal, run of the mill Chrome-alternative. It does things very differently – in a good way. Brave is…

  • Which iPhones Have OLED Screens? A Quick Guide… [2024 Edition]

    Which iPhones Have OLED Screens? A Quick Guide… [2024 Edition]

    Apple makes a bunch of iPhones but only a select few use OLED displays, so make sure you know what’s what before buying! Apple now uses OLED panels inside all of its modern iPhones. From the iPhone 12 series onwards, all iPhones – save for the SE models – use OLED displays. But not all OLED displays…

  • How To Access Old Reddit In 2024 – The #1 [Simplest] Method

    How To Access Old Reddit In 2024 – The #1 [Simplest] Method

    Prefer old Reddit to the new Reddit design? No problem – you can still access old Reddit, you just have to know the right way to do it… When a site as big as Reddit issues a system-wide design update, it’s always going to cause problems. And while plenty of people don’t like change, the…

  • Why Must Android Users Pay A Premium For Good Support? 

    Why Must Android Users Pay A Premium For Good Support? 

    Three years’ worth of Android updates on a $500 phone is NOT good enough. On a $800+ phone, it is downright criminal… Android fragmentation has been an issue since day one. The whole way Android works as a system, its open source (kind of), and Google – at least back then – didn’t make any hardware, helped…

  • Google SGE Is A “Consensus Machine” And This Is A Problem 

    Google SGE Is A “Consensus Machine” And This Is A Problem 

    Google SGE is coming. It’s going to be problematic in more ways than one… AI isn’t just a buzzword, it’s bloody everywhere – from your phone to the content you read and watch online. Even Apple is about to release its own form of generative AI inside iOS 18, likely using a combination of Google’s…

  • 15 Rock-Solid Reasons To Ditch Chrome For Brave Browser

    15 Rock-Solid Reasons To Ditch Chrome For Brave Browser

    In the digital trenches of the internet, your browser is your shield and spear. Brave stands out, armed to the teeth with features designed for the vigilant user. Privacy tools are now essential if you value keeping your data secure and locked-down, away from prying eyes. Big Tech is all about data (your data), so…

  • The iPhone 13 Pro is Discontinued But I’d Still Buy One In 2024

    The iPhone 13 Pro is Discontinued But I’d Still Buy One In 2024

    Apple just killed off the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, following the launch of the iPhone 14 – here’s why… Hello, iPhone 14. Goodbye, iPhone 13 Pro… Apple has officially discontinued the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, as well as the iPhone 11, following the launch…

  • 10 Essential Data Privacy Tools You Need To Know About

    10 Essential Data Privacy Tools You Need To Know About

    Big Tech thrives on your data. For advertising, for targeting, for political ends. Use these free and paid data privacy tools to keep yourself more secure online Here’s a scary fact: almost 80% of Google’s SERP – search engine results page – is controlled by a handful of media companies.  Google controls 98% of search globally. Across…

  • iPhone Buying Guide 2024: How To Choose The Right Model

    iPhone Buying Guide 2024: How To Choose The Right Model

    Thinking about getting your first iPhone? Here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s iPhone in one place… The first iPhone launched in 2007 and since then there has been 16 generations of iPhones released, culminating in the company’s latest series of phones, the iPhone 14 range. To date, Apple has sold in excess of…

  • Samsung Phone Sizes & Dimensions Compared (All Major Models Listed)

    Samsung Phone Sizes & Dimensions Compared (All Major Models Listed)

    All the latest and best Samsung phones are compared in one place. Which is the biggest Samsung phone? Read on… Samsung offers a wide range of smartphones with varying screen sizes and dimensions to cater to different user preferences. From compact devices to large-screen flagships, Samsung has something for everyone across a range of price…

  • What is KaiOS? A Complete Beginner’s Guide [2024]

    What is KaiOS? A Complete Beginner’s Guide [2024]

    Here’s literally everything you need to know about KaiOS, a Linux-powered mobile OS for phones with traditional keypads that also lives a double life in the hands of modders as a custom ROM Developed by KaiOS Technologies (Hong Kong) Limited, with TCL Corporation as its largest shareholder, KaiOS is a mobile Linux distribution that brings…

  • HarmonyOS 4 Compatible Phones: Will Your Phone Get It?

    HarmonyOS 4 Compatible Phones: Will Your Phone Get It?

    Launched in 2023, HarmonyOS 4 is now widely available and is rolling out to Huawei’s rather large roster of smartphones. Is your Huawei phone compatible? Let’s find out… HarmonyOS 4 also introduces new features like the Smart Folder, which intelligently categorizes your apps based on usage patterns, and the Super Device functionality, which allows seamless…

  • HarmonyOS: What You Need To Know [2024 Guide]

    HarmonyOS: What You Need To Know [2024 Guide]

    Is HarmonyOS 4 a viable alternative to Android? Here’s everything you need to know about Huawei’s open-source mobile operating system, including its core features, the latest build, and its pros and cons… Imagine a world where your smartphone, tablet, smart TV, and even your car all work together seamlessly, sharing data and functionality with ease.…

  • Android vs iOS: Is One Actually Better? Let’s Find Out…

    Android vs iOS: Is One Actually Better? Let’s Find Out…

    Unsure between Android and iOS for your next smartphone? This beginner’s guide highlights the key differences of each platform so you can decide which is best for you… Android and iOS are the two most dominant smartphone operating systems worldwide, with a combined global market share of over 99%. According to Statcounter, Android holds the…

  • Data Collection & Data Brokers: The Real Price of Our Data

    Data Collection & Data Brokers: The Real Price of Our Data

    It’s all data: the new necessary awareness required when living in the age of data collection and data brokers If we have even a minimal perception of the impact our activity may have on the internet, from internet browsing tracked by advertisements to social habits monitored by platforms – even if perhaps we still ignore…

  • Here’s What Apple’s New “BRS” Design Means For iPhone 16 Series

    Here’s What Apple’s New “BRS” Design Means For iPhone 16 Series

    Apple’s iPhone 16 to Feature Slimmer Bezels with BRS Technology, Enhancing Display Aesthetics Apple is set to take a significant step forward in enhancing the display aesthetics of its upcoming iPhone 16 lineup by implementing BRS (Border Reduction Structure) technology. This innovative approach aims to reduce the bezel size, particularly focusing on the bottom bezel,…

  • 10 Reasons To Get PUMPED For The Snapdragon 8s Gen 3

    10 Reasons To Get PUMPED For The Snapdragon 8s Gen 3

    As the cost of flagship smartphones continues to soar, the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 is being positioned as a more affordable chipset for OEMs that doesn’t scrimp on power and AI smarts. Likely a response to MediaTek’s growing presence in this lucrative segment of the phone market, Qualcomm is now strategically positioned to expand its…

  • iPhone Camera Modes: A Beginner’s Guide [2023 Edition]

    iPhone Camera Modes: A Beginner’s Guide [2023 Edition]

    Here’s a quick overview of how all the iPhone camera modes work, detailing what they do, what they’re for, and when you should use them… The camera on your iPhone is a powerful tool, capable of producing stunning images that can rival those of professional cameras. Apple has massively improved the iPhone’s camera quality over…

  • RAW vs Apple’s ProRAW: What’s The Difference?

    RAW vs Apple’s ProRAW: What’s The Difference?

    iPhones can shoot pictures in RAW format but Apple’s take on it is slightly different – it uses something called ProRAW. Confused? Here’s how the standard RAW format compares to Apple’s ProRAW format (and the pros and cons of each)… Wanna 10x your iPhone skills (even if you don’t have a Pro model iPhone)? I completed…

  • What is RAW on iPhone Camera? A Complete Beginner’s Guide

    What is RAW on iPhone Camera? A Complete Beginner’s Guide

    RAW on iPhone is one of the biggest things to happen to mobile photography since cameras were put in phones way back when. Here’s everything you need to know about what RAW is on your iPhone camera… You can do A LOT with your iPhone’s camera. You can shoot impressive looking video content, slow said…

  • Deep Fusion Explained: The iPhone Camera’s Secret Weapon…

    Deep Fusion Explained: The iPhone Camera’s Secret Weapon…

    What is Deep Fusion? Here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s powerful camera software and why it is so important inside modern iPhones… Apple knows that camera performance is important to its users. This is why, over the course of the last several years, the company has invested billions in bulking out the camera…

  • iPhone Photo Academy Review: Is It Any Good?

    iPhone Photo Academy Review: Is It Any Good?

    I recently signed-up to the well known iPhone Photo Academy course with a view to quickly improving my iPhone photography skills. Was it any good? Here’s my iPhone Photo Academy review… Why I Signed Up For iPhone Photo Academy 99.9% of iPhone users have zero idea about how to use one of the most powerful…

  • Photographic Styles on iPhone Explained: Moving Beyond Filters…

    Photographic Styles on iPhone Explained: Moving Beyond Filters…

    What is Photographic Styles on iPhone? Here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s new approach to filters on iPhone… Apple added A LOT of new photography abilities inside its iPhone 13 series, and while a lot of the best bits were reserved for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, the base…

  • 13 Exciting New Features Inside ColorOS 14

    13 Exciting New Features Inside ColorOS 14

    ColorOS 14 is now in the process of rolling out, with more phones set to get the update in March – here’s all of its best new features… If you’re running a compatible OPPO phone, ColorOS 14 is now rolling out. Built on top of Android 14, ColorOS 14 brings with it a host of new…

  • Why The Hell Are You Paying $100+ For Your Data Plan?

    Why The Hell Are You Paying $100+ For Your Data Plan?

    Millions of Americans are paying WAY too much for data. There is a cheaper way and the customer service is better too… Here’s a scary fact: the average monthly cell phone bill in the United States is $157 per month. And to make matters worse most people are overpaying for data they don’t even use…

  • The VPN Surge in Texas – What’s Driving It?

    The VPN Surge in Texas – What’s Driving It?

    If you’ve been keeping an eye on the tech news lately, you’ve probably noticed the buzz around the massive spike in VPN usage in Texas. And the reason behind this surge might just surprise you. It all started when Pornhub, one of the world’s largest adult entertainment websites, shut down its services in the Lone…

  • Nothing Phone 2 Users Are NOT Happy – Here’s Why…

    Nothing Phone 2 Users Are NOT Happy – Here’s Why…

    In the aftermath of one of the most anticipated mobile device launches in recent history, the Nothing community finds itself in a state of unrest. Despite the successful launch of the new Nothing Phone 2a, a wave of dissatisfaction is sweeping through the ranks of Nothing Phone 2 owners, stemming from the company’s decision to…

  • ASUS Zenfone 11 Ultra: Everything You Need To Know

    ASUS Zenfone 11 Ultra: Everything You Need To Know

    The ASUS Zenfone 11 Ultra was officially announced by ASUS on March 14, 2024, during a virtual launch event After much ado and rumors about the phone not even launching, ASUS has finally made the ASUS Zenfone 11 Ultra official, following an online-only launch event which took place on March 14, 2024.  Was it worth…

  • 13 Awesome New Features Inside Nothing OS 2.5.3

    13 Awesome New Features Inside Nothing OS 2.5.3

    If you’re picking up the Nothing Phone (2a), it’ll soon be running Nothing OS 2.5.3 – here’s some of its coolest, new features to try… Nothing OS 2.5.3 will soon begin rolling out. The good news is that those of you that bought the Nothing Phone (2a) will get to take it for a spin very…

  • ExpressVPN Aircove Go: A Portable Router With Built-In VPN

    ExpressVPN Aircove Go: A Portable Router With Built-In VPN

    A VPN? Inside a router… that you can take anywhere with you? Meet the ExpressVPN Aircove Go Portable Router Public WiFi like the kind you come across in airports, bars, and coffee shops are notoriously bad for security. Hackers hangout around these places, waiting to intercept your data.  VPNs are a great tool for dealing…

  • 11 Exciting New Features Inside VIVO’s FunTouch OS 14 

    11 Exciting New Features Inside VIVO’s FunTouch OS 14 

    VIVO’s FunTouch OS 14 update is now out in the wild but what’s new inside this update? Here’s a 12 of FunTouch OS 14’s best new features… VIVO’s FunTouch OS 14 is the latest iteration of its custom user interface, designed to run atop the Android. It brings a host of improvements and new features…

  • 12 Significant Ways TIDAL is Better Than Spotify

    12 Significant Ways TIDAL is Better Than Spotify

    Is TIDAL better than Spotify? Let me put it this way: I never thought I’d switch away from Spotify. But after testing TIDAL in late-2023, I could never go back to MP3 quality music… Spotify is the most popular music streaming platform on the planet with a lion’s share of the market (30.6%). In second…

  • 12 Exciting Features Inside Samsung’s One UI 6.1 Update

    12 Exciting Features Inside Samsung’s One UI 6.1 Update

    Older Samsung Galaxy phones will soon get access to One UI 6.1 later this month. Here’s a run down of its best new features and capabilities… It’s March. You have a Galaxy S22 – or maybe a Galaxy S21 – but you STILL don’t have access to Samsung’s One UI 6.1 update. Good news: the wait is…

  • Samsung One UI 7: Everything You Need To Know 

    Samsung One UI 7: Everything You Need To Know 

    Samsung will begin rolling out its One UI 6.1 update at the end of March, bringing a host of new features – including Galaxy AI – to its legacy phones. Not all models got Galaxy AI, of course, just the Galaxy S23 series, S23 FE, Z Fold5, Z Flip5 and Tab S9 series.  One UI 6 –…

  • Nothing Phone (2a) Hits 100,000+ Sales on Launch Day

    Nothing Phone (2a) Hits 100,000+ Sales on Launch Day

    Carl Pei’s Nothing unveils its new smartphone, the Nothing Phone (2a) – here’s everything you need to know…

  • NordVPN vs PureVPN [2024]: What’s The Best Option?

    NordVPN vs PureVPN [2024]: What’s The Best Option?

    When it comes to VPNs, two of the biggest names in the business are NordVPN and PureVPN. And they’re both very good – but one of them has a slight edge when it comes to gaming and streaming… There really isn’t much to separate PureVPN and NordVPN when it comes to overall features and performance.  Both…

  • Best VPN For Xiaomi Phones [2024]: The Fastest & Safest Options

    Best VPN For Xiaomi Phones [2024]: The Fastest & Safest Options

    Free VPNs are dogsh*t, so DO NOT use them. They’ll infect your phone, share your data, and are basically a nightmare. Use these VPNs instead; they’re the current best options for Xiaomi users When it comes to running a VPN on your Xiaomi phone, you have two options: 1) the easy way, running a VPN…

  • Best Free Gaming VPN? There Aren’t Any – Here’s Why…

    Best Free Gaming VPN? There Aren’t Any – Here’s Why…

    If you’re looking for the best free gaming VPN, you can stop now – there are NONE. 99% of free VPNs are utter trash and, in some cases, down right dangerous. Here’s what to do instead… There’s loads of very good reasons to use a VPN for gaming, from reduced ping time to accessing geo-restricted content.…

  • 16 Secret VPN Tricks Every Gamer Should Know (#4 is Awesome)

    16 Secret VPN Tricks Every Gamer Should Know (#4 is Awesome)

    Think VPNs are just for browsing anonymously and unlocking Netflix? Think again! Here’s 16 unexpected ways a VPN can totally transform your gaming experience. From unlocking exclusive content and crushing long queue times to scoring early access to new releases and even attending region-locked tournaments, this list just scratches the surface of what’s possible with…

  • AI is Going To Make Phones More Expensive – Here’s Why…

    AI is Going To Make Phones More Expensive – Here’s Why…

    The cost of smartphones is going to increase as chip makers like Qualcomm and MediaTek bring new AI features to their platforms The price of smartphones – pretty much across the board – is going to increase in the very near future. The reason? AI. Apple, Google, Samsung, and now chipmakers like Qualcomm and MediaTek are…

  • iPhones In Order: Every iPhone EVER Released [2007 to 2024]

    iPhones In Order: Every iPhone EVER Released [2007 to 2024]

    Here’s a complete list of ALL of Apple’s iPhones in order by year, including ALL the changes, their respective release dates, and more… How Many iPhones Has Apple Released? How many iPhones has Apple released to date? The answer is 42 , as of December 2023. Crazy, right? Once the iPhone 16 series launches later…

  • If Someone Texts You “XOXO”, Here’s What They Mean

    If Someone Texts You “XOXO”, Here’s What They Mean

    A quick and simple definition of XOXO – what it means, why it is used, and how to use it in text messages… If you have a phone, or a teenager/millennial in your home, you’ve probably seen the text XOXO. But what does XOXO actually mean? Like other internet slang, SMH, for instance, or Yeet, these…

  • iPhone 16 “Stacked Battery” Rumor is BUNK – Here’s Why

    iPhone 16 “Stacked Battery” Rumor is BUNK – Here’s Why

    Imagine having the same sized phone, but with a significantly bigger battery. That’s how stacked batteries work – and they could be coming to the iPhone 16 Battery technology is NOT sexy, but it is important. Thing is, not much has happened with battery technology inside phones for years. If you want better battery life, use…

  • EU Cracks Down: iPhone Faces Big Changes Under New Law

    EU Cracks Down: iPhone Faces Big Changes Under New Law

    Apple’s traditional “walled-garden” approach to iPhone is slowly being pulled apart by EU regulation – and this is a good thing First the EU came from the Lightning port, forcing Apple to switch to the now-ubiquitous USB C, then it went after the App Store’s exclusivity. For its next trick, the EU will force Apple to…

  • Google Tensor Processor: A Brief History & The Road To 3nm

    Google Tensor Processor: A Brief History & The Road To 3nm

    Here’s everything you need to know about Google’s Tensor processor, including its history, future iterations (G3 and G4), what it can do, and how Google’s improving it… Like Apple, Google now designs its own custom CPUs – or SoCs. But unlike Apple, Google hasn’t yet managed to match Qualcomm where it counts: performance. Tensor is all about…

  • Tensor G4 For Pixel 9 Will Bring “Major” Performance GAINS

    Tensor G4 For Pixel 9 Will Bring “Major” Performance GAINS

    The Samsung-built Google Tensor G4 chip looks poised to bring Galaxy S24-like performance to Google’s Pixel 9 series in 2024… Google’s been working on its Tensor platform for a solid few years now. Performance has never been its strong suit, but the platform is getting better with each generation alongside its growing array of AI…

  • Are Tello Phones Unlocked? Here’s What You Need To Know 

    Are Tello Phones Unlocked? Here’s What You Need To Know 

    Tello Mobile is a budget MVNO network that specialises in providing bargain-basement priced phone plans. It also sells phones too. But are these Tello cellphones unlocked?  An ‘unlocked’ phone essentially gives you the freedom to use your device with different carriers. This means you’re not tied down to one service provider. You can switch between…

  • Does Tello Mobile Work In Canada? No – Here’s What To Do Instead

    Does Tello Mobile Work In Canada? No – Here’s What To Do Instead

    Traveling to Canada with your Tello Mobile phone? It’s crucial to understand the limitations and alternatives for using your mobile service north of the border. Tello Mobile, operating on the T-Mobile network in the US, currently does not offer roaming agreements with Canadian carriers. Here’s what that means for you and how you can stay…

  • Can I Use Any Phone With Tello? No – You’ll Need A Specific Kind

    Can I Use Any Phone With Tello? No – You’ll Need A Specific Kind

    Here’s everything you need to know about whether or not your phone is compatible with Tello Mobile’s services. We cover everything from getting set up, to plans, to bringing your own device (BYOD), to porting numbers. Let’s dig in… Tello is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that provides wireless services to customers with no…

  • Nothing Phone (2a) Has A Major Issue You Should Know About

    Nothing Phone (2a) Has A Major Issue You Should Know About

    The Nothing Phone (2a) is a brilliant little device, bringing some much needed flair to the budget-end of the market. Is it perfect? No. But it is arguably the best in its class right now Budget phones are usually dull as dishwater. Uninspired designs, wonky performance and poorly optimized and/or implemented software. You’ll pay less…