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Tech Talk with David Pogue

  Tuesday, 17 Sep 2013 | 5:31 PM ET

Warning: Lily Collins may destroy your computer

Posted By: Helen A.S. Popkin, NBC News
Actress Lily Collins
Imeh Akpanudosen | Getty Images
Actress Lily Collins

Harry Potter star Emma Watson is a has-been!

The girl we watched grow up as Hermione Granger may have a bright future as an actress and fashion icon, but her dubious distinction as "Most Dangerous Cyber Celebrity" has been usurped by the female star of the latest supernatural series to hit the big screen, "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" star Lily Collins.

Collins, daughter of musician Phil Collins and No. 4 on People's "Most Beautiful Women" in 2012, is McAfee's No. 1 celebrity most likely to lead to a computer virus for 2013. According to the Internet security firm, searching for the latest Lily Collins pictures and downloads yields a nearly one-in-seven chance of "landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware."

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  Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011 | 11:37 AM ET

New iPhone Conceals Sheer Magic

Posted By: David Pogue
What’s in a name? A lot, apparently.Apple’s new iPhone is called the iPhone 4S. But what people really wanted was the iPhone 5.  CNBC Contributor David Pogue explains. »Read more
  Thursday, 6 Oct 2011 | 1:29 PM ET

Steve Jobs: Imitated, Never Duplicated

Posted By: David Pogue
The story of Steve Jobs boils down to this: Don’t go with the flow, says NYT's David Pogue. »Read more
  Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 | 12:12 PM ET

Online Music, Unshackled

Posted By: David Pogue
Well, the recording executives may, in fact, be big, greedy dunderheads. But over the years, little by little, they’ve tried to make online music sales fairer and more convenient. CNBC Contributor David Pogue reports on technology. »Read more
  Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 | 10:38 AM ET

Upgrading to Lion Means Embracing the iPad

Posted By: David Pogue
It must be excruciating to design a new version of an already mature operating system. How do you add enough new stuff to attract upgrade customers — without junking up the works? And how do you revamp enough things to make the upgrade exciting — without alienating people who don’t like change? CNBC Contributor David Pogue on technology. »Read more
  Thursday, 14 Jul 2011 | 2:40 PM ET

Google Plus Gets a Leg Up on Facebook

Posted By: David Pogue
Google, the most popular Web site on earth, is worried about the second-most popular site. That, of course, would be Facebook. CNBC Contributor David Pogue reports. »Read more
  Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 11:25 AM ET

Ins and Outs of Using Gadgetry

Posted By: David Pogue
CNBC Contributor David Pogue presents his first installment of what should be called the "Big Book of Basic Technology Knowledge." »Read more
  Tuesday, 17 May 2011 | 2:30 PM ET

The Future of Skype

Posted By: David Pogue
Every time some big clumsy corporate behemoth buys a popular consumer-tech product, David Pogue cringes. It almost never works out. »Read more
  Thursday, 3 Mar 2011 | 1:47 PM ET

Cable TV In Pursuit Of Mobility

Posted By: David Pogue

FOR INTERNAL COMCAST USE ONLY. DO NOT LEAK.

Destroy this top-secret strategy document after reading. It could be devastating to our business interests if it fell into the wrong hands — like The New York Times or something.

Fellow Comcastians, this is a difficult time for the cable TV business. We’ve been losing subscribers. These young people today, with their loud hair and long music! They don’t watch TV on TV sets anymore. They watch it online! Free episodes on Hulu.com . Ad-free episodes from iTunes. Unlimited past seasons on Netflix.

These people are actually proud to cancel their cable TV service. Not a healthy trend.

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  Thursday, 24 Feb 2011 | 2:44 PM ET

Before Rush, One Tablet Stands Out

Posted By: David Pogue

It’s an old pattern by now. Phase 1: Apple introduces some new gadget. The bloggers and the industry tell us why it’ll fail. Phase 2: It goes on sale. The public goes nuts for it. Phase 3: Every company and its brother gets to work on a copycat.

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