Victoria Song
vsong
Consumer tech reporter by day, danger noodle by night. No, I'm not the K-Pop star.

5/27/20
12:59 PM
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Man teachers like that are rad, and your experience is exactly the sort of thing I’m worried Texas Instruments is potentially nerfing :( 

5/22/20
1:32 PM
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I also have pretty bad astigmatism, which probably plays into why dark mode didn’t work out for me despite liking the a e s t h e t i c s. But having switched back...I don’t miss dark mode that much. Dems de breaks. 

5/19/20
4:44 PM
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They certainly didn’t make it super easy to find. In any case, here’s the link on their site for reference.

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5/13/20
10:48 AM
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Gizmodo’s style guide ruled otherwise. I don’t make the rules. 

5/6/20
12:01 PM
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It’s definitely vague! Chaebols are so so so so corrupt but their structure *has* meant bleeding profits for a while now. Japan used to have similar conglomerates called zaibatsu but they were busted after WWII and turned into a slightly more decentralized structure called keiretsu. It’s meant overall, more $$$ too. Read more

4/28/20
11:58 AM
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They’re pretty common in prewar apartment buildings in NYC. My old apartment in Brooklyn had one! The problem is mostly that they either make your room 200 degrees or 40 degrees. There is no in-between.

4/23/20
2:24 PM
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I wrote a little bit about it here, but some of it with connected gadgets has to do with planned obsolescence. Connected gadgets require companies to incur costs they previously didn’t have to, like server maintenance etc. But, they only profit “once” from the initial hardware purchase. To get around that, it’s very Read more

4/23/20
10:59 AM
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Incredibly fair, but I’m also willing to bet you’re gonna start seeing way more subscription models from all hardware makers in the next few years. :( 

4/21/20
5:25 PM
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i do! they’re replaced by more gadgets with apps to review lol. There’s never nothing to review!

4/21/20
11:33 AM
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Lol, all those apps were for work or reviews I wrote. I delete unnecessary apps on a rolling weekly basis and some of the apps in this article have since been deleted. But I’ll always have more than necessary as a work hazard. 

4/16/20
3:29 PM
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And why do you think sites even resort to crappy ad experiences in the first place? Publishers lose something like 50-60 cents for every dollar spent to advertise on their sites to Google and Facebook. To make that up, you need a stupid number of ads just to keep the lights on. No writer wants that sort of reader Read more

4/16/20
10:55 AM
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moisturizer! lots and lots of intensive moisturizer! my skin cracks easily so I have been moisturizing after every hand wash...they’re still very dry though.

4/13/20
11:33 AM
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Hmmm, great question. That really depends on how much you want built-in GPS, which is sooooort of a weird thing to say right now given the limitations on going outside—depending on where you live. You can’t really go for phone-free runs since there’s no onboard music storage (unless you’re the unicorn that doesn’t Read more

4/13/20
10:56 AM
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You get the usual 7-day battery life with the Charge 4 that you do with its other devices; That said it’ll depend on how much GPS you’re using. In general though, it’s nothing spectacular compared to the rest of Fitbit’s catalog—but better than Wear OS and Apple Watch. 

3/31/20
10:47 AM
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While I can’t get on board with perforated-band apologists, jumping from a Charge HR to a Charge 3 is a HUGE upgrade. Before I ever did this professionally, I was a huge Charge HR devotee so when I upgraded to the Charge 2 it was also a huge difference. I more or less mean the change from the Charge 2 to the Charge Read more

3/24/20
12:09 PM
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Set top boxes last longer than the TVs for sure, but they too are vulnerable. As mentioned in the article, Netflix pulled its app from older Rokus. It’s less expensive for sure—but the same base issue exists in that I don’t think you can buy a Roku, Apple TV, or FireTV and expect it to last 10 years.