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Fox Van Allen

Fox Van Allen is a freelance writer and editor. He is best known for his work at general technology website Techlicious and is a regular contributor for WoW Insider, part of the Joystiq network.

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Apps - Are you ready to take your first virtual reality vacation? Luxury hotel chain Marriott has just launched a new self-described “4-D” experience called Travel Brilliantly that combines the Oculus Rift VR headset with real-world...
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Tech - A few weeks ago on Techlicious, we discussed how a large number of passenger airplanes are vulnerable to hacking through their in-flight entertainment systems. We didn’t have any proof at the time that the plane was vulnerable to...
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Lifestyle - There’s a lot of content available in today’s digital world. As soon as you find an interesting video or link, there are three or four more options available on a side bar on in your News Feed competing for your interest. The net...
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- If your car fails to start this coming winter, the problem may not be the battery – it could be a missed car payment. According to the NewYork Times an increasing number of subprime car loan providers are requiring the installation...
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Cool Tech - The latest innovation from Goodyear caught our eye because it’s both a smart idea and potentially good for the planet. As reported by Wired, the tire company is designing an electricity-generating tire.The new concept tire, the...
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Lifestyle - Happy Birthday to YouTube! Ten years ago this week, site co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded a 19-second video called “Me at the Zoo.” It’s not much to look at —Karim simply shows off a couple elephants at the San Diego Zoo and...
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Finance - Good news for those of us who use and store money in the Google Wallet mobile payment service: Our funds are about to get a whole lot more secure. Yahoo Finance is reporting that Google Wallet balances will now be held in...
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Industry - Worrying news for travelers: A new report from the U.S. government is warning that the onboard computers used in some of the nation’s most popular passenger aircraft are vulnerable to hacking via in-flight Wi-Fi...
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Cool Tech - If you’re planning a trip to a fancy museum, you’ll want to leave your unwieldy selfie sticks at home. The Telegraph reports that many of the world’s largest museums have moved to ban hand-held smartphone extension wands,...
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Cool Tech - During last night’s Saving Money on the Road Twitter chat, I espoused my love of Google Flights. It’s a simple, easy-to-use alternative to traditional flight booking sites. And today, the service is getting even better: Google...
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Apps - The way we order our morning coffee is about to change–at least for those of us with a smartphone. Square, the company behind the iPhone and iPad-based payment systems popular with independent coffee shops, just introduced a new...
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Cool Tech - Can facial recognition technology help protect our skies? U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), as part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), began a new pilot facial recognition-based security program for...
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Cool Tech - Tired of waiting for what seems like forever for your smartphone battery to charge? StoreDot, an Israel-based technology firm, may have the relief you seek. The company is currently developing a new type of battery that can be...
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Advice - Most major e-commerce websites embrace personalization – that is, making recommendations on products and services based on your known past preferences. In most situations, it’s a win-win for both the consumer and website. But...
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Advice - How confident do you feel about your ability to use the Internet without risking your personal privacy? If you’re anything like most Americans, you’re likely not very confident at all. According to a new Pew Research Internet...
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Advice - When you get a new computer, tablet or mobile phone, what do you do with your old device? If you dump it in a desk drawer or storage closet, you could be at risk of extreme gadget obesity.What is extreme gadget obesity? It’s a...