Jared Newman

Jared writes for PCWorld and TechHive from his remote outpost in Cincinnati.

Best TV streaming service: YouTube TV vs. SlingTV vs. Hulu vs. PlayStation Vue, and all the rest

The perfection flaw: What's wrong with our quest for 'the perfect laptop'

The perfection flaw: What's wrong with our quest for 'the perfect laptop'

The idea of the perfect laptop is an impossible and subjective standard that relegates many fine machines to the purgatory of "almost perfect."

How to control your TV with Alexa

How to control your TV with Alexa

The ultimate guide to voice controls using Amazon's Echo and other Alexa devices.

HTC Vive vs. Oculus Rift vs. Windows Mixed Reality: What's the difference?

HTC Vive vs. Oculus Rift vs. Windows Mixed Reality: What's the difference?

Windows PC owners have three virtual reality platforms to choose from: Here's how the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality VR headsets compare, compete, and overlap.

Best media streaming devices
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Best media streaming devices

Which streaming box is best for cord cutters? And what's the skinny on streaming sticks? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

DirecTV Now review: Hard to resist, despite its flaws
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DirecTV Now review: Hard to resist, despite its flaws

DirecTV Now comes cheap with AT&T wireless service, but odd design choices and feature limitations hold it back for everyone else.

Hulu with Live TV review: The abundant streaming bundle

Hulu with Live TV review: The abundant streaming bundle

Hulu's live TV service still has a few notable drawbacks, but the value is hard to beat.

Amazon Fire TV Cube review: Neat hardware, but Alexa can't keep up

Amazon Fire TV Cube review: Neat hardware, but Alexa can't keep up

The Fire TV Cube wants to replace your remote with voice commands, but Alexa isn't up for the challenge.

Best DVR for cord cutters
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Best DVR for cord cutters

TiVo Roamio OTA vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

Plex DVR review: Still the best option for power users
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Plex DVR review: Still the best option for power users

Plex is the most powerful over-the-air DVR for cord-cutters, but it's not the easiest to use.

Channel Master Stream+ review: The ups and downs of an Android TV DVR

Channel Master Stream+ review: The ups and downs of an Android TV DVR

The Stream+ is a fairly inexpensive way to record free over-the-air channels, but Google's software has some major shortcomings.

Tablo DVR users: These tips will help you get the most out of it

Tablo DVR users: These tips will help you get the most out of it

Get the most of Tablo's over-the-air DVR with these seven tricks.

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