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Cold, Hard, Digital Cash

Robinhood and the Easy Money Apps

A new breed of money apps -- Robinhood, Acorns and Digit -- are transforming the way people save and invest.

Cash Out with Fitness

Decrypted: Health is the New Gold

Tracking your health is attracting big data and big business -- and in an era where personal data is the new currency, health information is solid gold.

Bend an Ear

Serial, and Putting Longform Radio Back on the Map

Despite overflowing Twitter feeds, unending notification pings, busier schedules, and a lust for just getting to the point, there’s an opportunity for the podcast to tell stories worth paying attention to.

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Is That Half-Off Slingbox Worth It?

Decrypted: An Argument to End Black Friday

It's that time again. No, not Thanksgiving. That time of wasted money, squandered vacation time, dishonored holidays, and tramplings: Black Friday. This year, ask yourself: Why?

if you can't beat 'em, join 'em

Decrypted: With Health, Microsoft Admits Defeat — and Adapts

Microsoft's newly minted CEO Satya Nadella has no shortage of challenges ahead, with revenue streams from Windows and Office thinning. But the Microsoft Health signals a more forward-thinking direction for the company: focusing on the cloud.

Less of a Pivot, More of a Triple Salchow

Decrypted: Path Rights Its Course

It’s entirely possible that you have no idea what Path is. Until recently it had been floundering mightily. But with a change in direction announced this week, the company could define an entire new industry.

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You can't bullshit your health data

Decrypted: Caution in the Age of the Quantified Self

Tracking your health and fitness with the help of smartphone apps and wearables is fun and motivating; auto insurers are now allowing drivers tracking options to prove their safety and save money. But for consumers, there are also troubling implications looming concerning how a person's digital portrait can be used and the security of important data.

It's About Time

The Apple Watch Is Here. Now What?

Back in August, we argued that smartwatches simply weren’t worth the investment (yet, anyway) for most people. The question, of course, was whether or not Apple’s entry into the space would break away from that mold in any significant manner. Now that the company’s annual September event has concluded and an Apple Watch has been released, Darren Murph examines the answer.

Doesn't sound fun, does it?

Decrypted: A Guide to Avoiding Data Throttling

Throttling is a term that has snuck up on laypeople all of a sudden, particularly applying to how mobile data is delivered. Rather than just cutting users off altogether once a certain usage level is reached, carriers far and wide are instead putting a chokehold on the speed at which data is delivered. In other words, those who consume too much lightning-fast LTE data may find their emails loading much slower until the next billing cycle. That’s better than no data at all, but it’s a very poor user experience that you’d be wise to avoid.

My watch is smarter than your honor student

Decrypted: Are Wearables Worth It?

In a sense, producers of wearables are trying to convince you that they’re something you can’t possibly live without…. something like your smartphone. Chances are, however, you can. Darren Murph examines the current state of the smartwatch.

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