Benjamin Powers

Benjamin is a technology journalist. He writes about AI, privacy, algorithms, grifts, and tech platforms. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, New Republic, and Pacific Standard, among others.
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Password Managers 2019 Edition: The Free and Premium Options
Benjamin Powers
Have you installed a password manager yet?
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FaceApp: Privacy Concerns, Features for the Viral App That Ages Your Face
Benjamin Powers
Can what you're uploading be used against you?
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Best Google Alternatives: 5 Privacy-Focused Search Engines 2019 Edition
Benjamin Powers
People are more than their data.
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Amazon Prime Day 2019: Best Tablet Deals, Headphones, and "On-the-Go" Tech
Benjamin Powers
From headphones to tablets, we've got you covered. 
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Best Video Conferencing: The Best Tools for Protecting Your Privacy in 2019
Benjamin Powers
Move over Slack and Zoom. 
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Chromecast vs. Fire TV: How to Benefit From the Google-Amazon Peace Treaty
Benjamin Powers
How the détente affects the streaming wars. 
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Instagram Restrict: How to "Shadowban" Haters With Instagram's New Features
Benjamin Powers
Tools for teens could prove useful for many on the platform.
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Facebook's Plan to Stop Misleading Health Claims Makes a Crucial Omission
Benjamin Powers
One key area isn't mentioned in the announcement. 
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A Proposed Trump Administration Ban Would Be a Cybersecurity Disaster
Benjamin Powers
The implications go well beyond the borders of the United States.
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Facebook's "Supreme Court" Faces Skepticism Amid Its Ugly Record
Benjamin Powers
Trust is not one of Facebook's fortes. 
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Chrissy Teigen's 2 Suggestions for Twitter Would Make It 100 Percent Better
Benjamin Powers
Teigen should really be Twitter's CTO at this point
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YouTube Recommendations: New Features Shed Light on What You're Watching
Benjamin Powers
YouTube's at least trying to clean up its algorithm.
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FTC: This Is the Most Important Thing to Avoid When You Get a Robocall
Benjamin Powers
This one action could save you a lot of pain.
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Instagram Chief Still Talking About Bringing a Defining Feature "Private"
Benjamin Powers
Instagram's recipe for countering toxicity keeps returning to one key change.
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Bitcoin Tops $12K: Three Reasons It Is Primed to Keep Rising
Benjamin Powers
The tide on bitcoin's price has turned.
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Bitcoin Halving 2020: Why the Crypto Event Will Have a Big Impact on Buyers
Benjamin Powers
Why halving could cause another spike. 
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The 5 Best Web Browsers for Protecting Your Privacy, 2019 Edition
Benjamin Powers
Keep your privacy private with these five trusted browsers.
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Google Doodle: The Summer Season Can Wreak Havoc on Your Tech
Benjamin Powers
The summer heat can be too hot for your phone to handle.
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Google Calendar Down: Outage Map, Timeline, When It Will Be Restored
Benjamin Powers
You're free, be free!
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Study From Facebook: The Depressing Subtext to Facebook's User Research App
Benjamin Powers
Study from Facebook offers more privacy protections but perpetuates the status quo.