Plus, a few other decent choices

A woman holds her phone and smiles as she listens to a podcast on her headphones.
A woman holds her phone and smiles as she listens to a podcast on her headphones.
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Remember when you had to sync your iPod with your computer every time you downloaded new music? Podcasts once worked the same way — you had to plug in every time a new episode was available. Thankfully, things have gotten a lot easier 15 years later, and podcasts are now more popular than ever.

That popularity has led to a boom in podcasting apps. If you want to search beyond default services, like those built into iOS or Spotify, it can be a challenge to figure out which is best — especially if you’re a true podcast junkie.

Brian Lovin


If you see a celebrity trending, don’t automatically assume they died. It might just be their birthday.

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Every time a celebrity’s name pops up in Twitter’s trending timeline, I like to play a little game: are they actually dead, or, did they make a politically controversial statement? Unfortunately, that game is sometimes hard to play, since clicking on the person’s name inevitably brings me to a feed of reaction GIFs that offer no context as to what happened.

So why can’t Twitter explain to me why someone is trending on its platform? Is Twitter’s algorithm hopelessly broken, or is there something more complex at play? To figure out the answer, I spent the past week monitoring Twitter’s…


Faced with powerful automated filters on Gmail, criminals have found a new, annoying way to catch your attention

A smart phone with the icons for the Google Calendar app
A smart phone with the icons for the Google Calendar app
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My email inbox is a mess. Ever since my work email address became public, spam has torn through it like a Tasmanian devil trying to sell little blue pills. I’ve resigned myself to the disorder in my inbox, but my calendar is sacred. It runs my entire life, from work meetings to outings with my kids. But now spammers are trying to ruin that, too.

It works like this: A spammer sends you an invite to a “meeting” using the collaborative tools built into Google Calendar, iCloud, or other online scheduling tools. By default, these services add the event to…


Paprika may just do the same for you, too

This is “I Can’t Live Without,” a column about the apps, gadgets, and services that make all the difference.

My mother is weirdly protective of her recipe box. The little handwritten cards can’t leave the kitchen, despite the fact that only a few of them are truly irreplaceable. I never understood why she would put so much stock in a tiny box of index cards, until I got my own.

My collection of recipes doesn’t live in a physical container, though: It’s in an app called Paprika. And while Paprika bills itself as a “recipe manager,” it’s far more than…

Whitson Gordon

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