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Interviewly makes sense of Reddit's messy AMAs

Reddit AMAs can be interesting and even insightful, but their chaotic layout makes them less than user-friendly. A Web site called Interviewly tries to clear up the chaos.

The Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) gives people a chance to interact with celebrities, tech leaders, and other prominent people through Q&A sessions. Anyone who joins in on a Reddit AMA can throw out questions hoping for a response from the interviewee. But actually reading an AMA is a chore as questions, comments, conversation threads, and responses all get jumbled together.

Interviewly gives a new paint job to those Reddit … Read more

How does Verizon's 'More Everything' stack up to competitors' offers?

It's a good time to be shopping for mobile service in the US.

T-Mobile's '"UnCarrier" strategy, which launched last year, has ignited a battle in the wireless market as large carriers finally start competing on prices. Even Verizon Wireless, the company with the best network reputation and the highest prices, has reacted. This week the company introduced its new "More Everything" plan, which offers subscribers more data and a few other perks for the same price. And it also tweaked its early upgrade and device financing program to make it more attractive to consumers. … Read more

Can Samsung phone trade-in values ever match Apple's?

Savvy smartphone owners know that trading in their existing smartphone can help finance the purchase of their next device.

This is especially true of Apple iPhone owners. But what about Google Android users? Samsung has seen great success with its high-end Galaxy series of smartphones. These phones typically costs as much or sometimes more than the Apple iPhone when they're first introduced. Do these devices hold their value as well as the iPhone when it comes to reselling them?

I asked the folks at the gadget trade-in site Gazelle for some help to answer this question. And I offer … Read more

Will Lenovo kill the low-cost Moto X and Moto G?

Mobile bargain hunters throughout the US gasped earlier this week when they heard the news that Chinese PC-maker Lenovo plans to buy the handset division of Motorola from Google for $2.9 billion.

When the Google-controlled Motorola lowered the price of the Moto X last year and then introduced the sub-$200 Moto G, I wondered if these products and the prices the company was selling them for were simply too good to be true. Finally, US consumers had more than one affordable option when it came to buying a high-quality, unlocked smartphone.

Sure Google had offered that Nexus brand … Read more

Which wireless carriers will follow T-Mobile's lead?

There's no question that T-Mobile's UnCarrier strategy has shaken up the wireless market. But how long will it take for Verizon Wireless to respond to the pressure?

This is the question I answer in this edition of Ask Maggie. There's a good reason why Verizon has consistently had lower churn rates and higher customer addition rates than its competitors. But the tide may be turning for Big Red, as more and more customers are enticed by T-Mobile's lower prices and seemingly customer-friendly policies.

Verizon feels the heat from T-Mobile

Dear Maggie, I have been a Verizon … Read more

Who saves with T-Mobile deal and Sprint's new 'Framily' plan?

T-Mobile and Sprint made some big announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week that on the surface look like they could save wireless subscribers big bucks.

But a close look at these plans reveals that they aren't for everyone. And while it's true some people will get a good deal out of these new plans, not everyone will be able to save money. In this edition of Ask Maggie, I offer my take on these plans.

I also explain to another reader what T-Mobile's Wideband LTE network is all about.

Am I really … Read more

Is Republic Wireless too good to be true?

How much would you sacrifice for cheap smartphone service?

That's a question a lot of consumers are asking themselves these days as they shop for a better deal on their wireless service. Some consumers don't want to sacrifice anything. They want rock solid reliability, a wide selection of the hottest new phones and stellar customer service. But all those things cost money. If you're looking for the absolute best deal in wireless, you may have to lower your expectations slightly.

In this edition of Ask Maggie, I offer advice on whether the upstart carrier Republic Wireless -- … Read more

Finding a good deal on wireless

If saving money is one of your new year's resolutions, then I suggest you start shopping for new smartphone service.

Service providers like T-Mobile and Republic Wireless shook up the wireless industry in 2013 with truly competitive service pricing. Bigger players, such as AT&T, have already started to respond. And I suspect the market will get even more competitive in 2014. What this means for consumers is that it's a good time to go shopping.

In this edition of Ask Maggie, I help a reader figure out his best option for slashing his monthly cell phone … Read more

Ask the Experts, Episode 7: Xbox One vs. PS4: Which one should you get?

So you've tuned in to Ask the Experts and you've learned all about the features (or lack thereof) inside these next-generation consoles. But what about choosing the machine that's right for you? In this season finale, Jeff and Peter discuss the pros and cons of owning the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 to help you make a more educated decision for yourself.

Didn't get your question answered? Why not bug Jeff or Peter on Twitter?

Ask the Experts, Episode 6: Upgrading a PS4 hard drive

So you've got your shiny, brand-new PS4 and you're thinking about swapping out the system's built-in 500GB hard drive. Is it worth putting in a larger-capacity drive? How about a solid-state drive? Find out if it's really worth tweaking in this episode of Ask the Experts.

The first round of Ask the Experts wraps up tomorrow, so be sure to check back then!