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Bark, The App That Sees All Your Kids' Sexts, Has Scanned Over 2 Million Phones

Bark, a firm that sells parental smartphone-monitoring software, claims to have scanned more than a billion messages from 2 million children since it launched in 2016. The app, which monitors kids’ devices for dangers like cyberbullying or communication with predators, has helped prevent dozens of potential suicides as well as school shootings and bomb threats, […]

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Surface ‘Phones released; Headphones, that is

Enlarge / Surface Headphones. Microsoft Microsoft has unveiled a new member of the Surface family: the Surface Headphones. The rather surprising addition to the Surface range is a set of noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones. They’re large, over-ear headphones with soft, comfortable ear cups. Each ear cup has a spinning dial: one to control the volume, and […]


Where Are the Great Voice Phones?

Three times in as many weeks, people have asked me to recommend really great voice phones. We’re talking non-smartphones here—the kind of flips and bars that people use if they’re trying to break an addiction to Facebook, don’t want to pay for data service, or want to give to kids. I’ve been infuriated that I […]


The Best Unlocked Phones of 2018

Wireless Freedom In many ways, nothing beats the freedom of unlocked phones. They work with any AT&T or T-Mobile SIM card, even with no data plan, and an increasing number work on Sprint and Verizon, as well. You can pop in a local, pay-as-you-go card overseas and never pay horrendous international roaming charges. And you […]