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Digital Quality of Life Improved in the US (But Still Isn't No. 1)

Speeds are better, but internet affordability and security are still issues.

By Chandra Steele

Tech-Job Hiring Surged in the Second Quarter of 2021

A new study by Dice shows that tech hiring got a boost in Q2. The study also covers the best skills, employers, and cities for those looking to change careers right now.

By Oliver Rist

US and Canada Fall Out of Top 10 for Fastest Mobile and Broadband Speeds

Meanwhile, global mobile and broadband download speeds have jumped 60% and 32%, respectively, over the last year.

By Jason Cohen

Would You Sell Your Own Personal Data—and What Would You Charge?

Most people value online privacy. But if they could cut out the middlemen—Google, Facebook, and so many others—and cash in on their own data, many say they would.

By Chandra Steele

Why So Many SMBs Still Don't Have Websites

Despite the pandemic's savage boost to online commerce, more than 29% of small businesses still don't have their own websites.

By Oliver Rist

How Much Would the Great Gadgets of the Past Cost Today?

The first mobile phone, the Motorola Dynatac 8000X, sold for what would amount to $10,217.05 today.

By Chandra Steele

Which Virtual Assistant Is Smartest—And Least Trusted?

A PhonespySoftware24 survey reveals how we really feel about virtual audio assistants.

By Eric Griffith

Hate 9-5? Gig Work Is a Better Option Than Ever

The pandemic has given a big boost to the gig economy—which could benefit you, as long as you don't mind going back to some of the same jobs you did in high school.

By Oliver Rist

Nearly Half of Americans Want the Government to Restrict Misinformation Online

Meanwhile, the number of respondents who believe freedom of information should be protected has dropped.

By Jason Cohen

These TikTok Songs Have Earned the Most Money in 2021

The more popular a song is on TikTok, the higher the payout can be for musical artists.

By Chandra Steele

This Is the Tech That Companies Need for Remote Work

Check out the latest IT study from our sister site, Spiceworks Ziff Davis. This one covers remote work from A to Z, including exactly the kind of technology your company will need for hybrid work.

By Oliver Rist

Most Parents Say Games Have a Positive Impact on Their Kids

A new survey of parents finds a positive outlook toward games. Maybe that's because while many claim to understand ESRB ratings, most didn't have a clue what is age-appropriate.

By Eric Griffith

AI Can Steer You to a Better Road Trip

A CarMax survey found that AI-planned road trips were better than human-planned ones.

By Chandra Steele

Cybercrime Damage Has Cost Companies Over $25 Billion Since 2015

High-profile hacks, data breaches, and exploits have cost companies around the world billions of dollars—and that's only through mid-2020.

By Jason Cohen

A Good Tech Job Requires Soft Skills, Too

When you're looking for job opportunities in tech, don't focus on certifications alone. According to hiring managers, non-tech "soft skills" can be just as important.

By Oliver Rist

People Spend an Average of 5.5 Hours a Day Staring at Screens

A new survey shows people are trying to limit their nightly screen exposure, especially if they've been staring at pixels all day.

By Eric Griffith

Attention, Big Tech: 3 Out of 4 People Want Opt-In Data Tracking

A new survey on data collection shows that people don't like being tracked without their consent.

By Jason Cohen

How 'Human' Must a Chatbot Be to Engage Actual Humans?

Chatbots have to strike just the right balance between robot and human to get people to talk to them.

By Chandra Steele

How to Succeed as a Cybersecurity Pro: Three Crucial Steps

Looking for a new career? The data shows that cybersecurity is still a super-fast route to a good job. And to maximize your success, this is what current cybersecurity professionals recommend.

By Oliver Rist

Meal Kits and Online Grocery Stores Are Taking Over Your Food Shopping

COVID-19 pushed online food buying into the spotlight, and new research shows that 4 out of 5 people might eventually prefer virtual supermarkets.

By Eric Griffith