Category: Gear / How To and Advice

September 29, 2020

How to Win Any Debate

Arguing, especially with strangers on the internet, is generally a bad idea—but if you have to, here’s how to win.


by Eric Ravenscraft in fight me
September 29, 2020

Your Photos Are Irreplaceable. Get Them Off Your Phone

When’s the last time you backed up your photos? Would you be upset if you lost them? You see where we’re going here, right?


by Whitson Gordon in Gear
September 28, 2020

How to Watch the First 2020 Presidential Debate

Donald Trump and Joe Biden meet for the first time on a debate stage tonight in Cleveland.


by Caitlin Kelly in Election 2020
September 25, 2020

How Teachers Can Foster Community in Online Classrooms

Remote learning doesn’t have to mean distracted, disconnected students. Here’s what you can do to build calm and trust.


by Eli Reiter in Distance Learning
September 22, 2020

What Teaching Online Classes Taught Me About Remote Learning

After teaching for 25 years, yes, moving my classes online has been weird. But then I found moments of gratitude.


by Susan Shapiro in Gear
September 22, 2020

Get Lost With a Signal-Blocking Smartphone Pouch

It’s not hard for bad actors to track or hack your phone. But put it inside a Faraday pouch and you can drop off the digital map.


by Matt Jancer in Component
September 22, 2020

How to Thwart Facial Recognition and Other Surveillance

Whether you’re protesting or just stepping out for a boba, you deserve some algorithm-free alone time.


by Tom Simonite in Camera Obscura
September 22, 2020

Build Your Own Raspberry Pi Home Network Content Filter

Boost both your digital security and your web browsing speed with an inexpensive, DIY packet inspector.


by Scott Gilbertson in Gear
September 19, 2020

How to Set Your Own Default Browser and Email App in iOS 14

Not into Safari or Apple Mail? With the next update, you can (finally) customize your preferences. Here’s what to know before you get started.


by Whitson Gordon in finally
September 18, 2020

How to Use a Second Monitor With Your Laptop

Need a little more desktop real estate, or just tired of hunching over a small screen all day? Here’s how to give your back—and eyes—a break.


by Eric Ravenscraft in double your fun