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Techlicious - 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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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...
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Business - At the moment, the public-facing side of 3D printing is little more than a fun novelty. With the aid of computer models and a plastic-extruding 3-D printer, you can create a wide array of silly physical objects like customized...
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Tech - Do you get a little pang of anxiety whenever your phone gets called from an unfamiliar, unlisted phone number? Personally, I always do. These calls could be from an important business contact, so I try to answer them when I can. But...
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Cool Tech - If you’re familiar at all with poker, then you know that the game is as much about skill as it is about luck. Sure, the cards that you’re dealt matter. But with the right strategy, you can win even with terrible cards — or, at...
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Tech - We’re big fans of the “Kids React” and “Teens React” series here at Techlicious. There’s something magical about watching youngsters take a look at ancient technology like green screen computers for the first time – their...
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Apps - Earlier in the year, we reported that health insurance companies are increasingly looking towards providing free activity monitors as a way to encourage their subscribers to stay physically fit. It’s a win-win. You get a new...
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Tech - We may still be years away from humanoid robots outnumbering us humans here on Earth, but online, the balance has already tipped in the bots’ favor. According to a new report from web security firm Incapsula, 56 percent of all...
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IoT - Do you ever look your friends’ smart thermostat and other connected home appliances with envy? Have you ever looked at one of your “dumb” appliances and thought to yourself, “man, I wish there was a simple way to make that...
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Cool Tech - Designer Yves Béhar has had a huge impact on modern technology, helping to create the popular Jambox Bluetooth speaker, Ouya mobile gaming system and Jawbone Up fitness band. His latest idea, though, may be the most useful and...