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Got a Bad Case of FOMO? Get Off Social Media

Bummed out by the Internet and how much more fun everyone else seems to be having? Seeking out better times offline may ease your FOMO.

Will This Election Season Become Known as 'The Great Unfriending'?

The caustic tone of the 2016 presidential race is powerfully affecting ordinary social media users. Will that destroy a lot of social media relationships?

NPR Says No Comments

News organizations have been dropping their commenting sections for years, and NPR has recently joined them. But not everyone thinks ditching comments is the way to go.

Google Has a Shrewd Plan to Fight ISIS Recruitment

Google AdWords aren't just for selling products.

Bragging Could Be Dragging Down Your Online Dating Profile

Looking for love online? Then stop tooting your own horn so much. Oh, and one other thing.

When Live-streaming Bumps Up Against Freedom of Speech and Privacy

There's a lot of live-streaming going on lately. As a result, courts may soon be busy defining when it's appropriate to record or broadcast video.

WiFi: Handy but Also Harmful?

With scores of WiFi networks in place, is wading through an invisible ocean of JPGs, MP3s and more making you sick? BrainStuff leads you through the issue.

Facebook Safety Check Feature Connects People During Orlando Attack

The social media giant activated its Safety Check feature for the first time in the U.S. on Sunday after the Orlando attack. Here's the scoop on how it works.

Retweeting Isn't Doing You Any Comprehension Favors

In an odd twist, retweeting could be negatively affecting your memory of the content, and causing comprehension declines even after your Twitter session is over.

Can You Scrub Bad Press From the Internet?

After the pepper-spray incident, UC Davis paid a company to repair its online image. But can anyone make negative search results disappear?

10 Places to Find WiFi (So You Don't Eat up Your Data Plan)

Data plans are precious ... and finite. So knowing where to get your WiFi fix matters. With that said, have you tried a city bus? Or space?

Twitch Serves Up Julia Child and Bob Ross — to Gamers

The hugely popular streaming platform wants you to know that it isn't just for gamers.

Why Couples Share a Facebook Profile — And Why It Bugs The Rest of Us

Some couples have a shared Facebook account, even though Facebook frowns on the practice. What does it say about their relationship?

The Controversy Over YouTube Takedowns

YouTube takedowns have been skyrocketing this year, and uploaders don't know why. What's the line between copyright infringement and content creation?

Dear Facebook, We Need These Emojis

Because sometimes sad, angry, haha, love and wow just don't properly describe your emotional state.

Need a New Podcast to Binge? Here's What HowStuffWorks Podcast Hosts Listen To

HowStuffWorks loves podcasts, and our staff of podcast hosts offer up recommendations of their favorite ones to obsess over.

Facebook Takes Aim at Unlicensed Firearm Sales

You can do all sorts of things on Facebook, right? Find a high-school buddy. Post pictures of your cat. Buy a gun. Except that last one may have just gotten tougher.

Peach in the Pits: The Very Quick Rise and Fall of a Social Media App

Peach went from boom to bust in about a week. Why do some apps get hot very fast — and then go the way of Meerkat?

What if You Could Hear Wi-Fi and Feel Data?

The human senses capture just a sliver of the data bouncing around our environment. What if we could reveal more of that hidden world?

'Serial' Is Back and Has Upped Its Podcasting Game

The "Serial" team has just released its second season. Here's the scoop.

Falling for Finstagram

"Finstagram" stands for "fake Instagram" but for its users, it's a chance to be authentic.

Zero Views: Unseen Video You Can’t Stop Watching

We always hear about the YouTube clips with millions of views. But what about the ones on the other end of the dial?

Casual Dating With the Help of Artificial Intelligence

Tired of swiping left for Tinder? Fret not. AI could soon streamline your dating life.

How Google Loon Works

Imagine a world where everyone — really, everyone — has access to the Internet. Google's Project Loon is trying to make that concept a reality ... using balloons.

9 Sites That Let You View Your Web Traffic

Growing your online presence is tough when you don't know your audience — that's where analytics comes in handy. Here are 10 sites that will let you put your web traffic data to good use.


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