How do you feel about the tech industry's prospects for 2017?
Posted December 26, 2016 through January 2, 2017 (239 Votes)
I'm highly optimistic.
I don't feel strongly one way or the other.
I'm somewhat anxious.
I'm very pessimistic.
How do you rate the year 2016 for the tech industry?
Posted December 19, 2016 through December 26, 2016 (253 Votes)
The tech category that interests me most this holiday season:
Posted December 12, 2016 through December 19, 2016 (181 Votes)
4K TVs or other entertainment tech
PCs, notebooks or notebook/tablet hybrids
Digital cameras or other camera tech
Gaming consoles or other gaming tech
Fitness trackers or other wearable tech
Home speakers like Echo or other home tech
Is fake news a major problem?
Posted December 5, 2016 through December 12, 2016 (685 Votes)
Yes -- people don't know which news to trust.
No -- it's very easy to spot.
Yes -- it's propaganda warfare, and the U.S. is losing.
No -- people have always believed what suited them.
Yes -- but only temporarily, as people are catching on.
No -- much of it actually isn't fake.
What is your No. 1 priority for a new laptop?
Posted November 28, 2016 through December 5, 2016 (282 Votes)
Robust features and functionality
Form factor, including size and weight
A good selection of ports and drives
Flexibility to support a variety of uses
A brand name I can trust
How do you feel about Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
Posted November 21, 2016 through November 28, 2016 (283 Votes)
They're great -- I get a lot of bargains!
The deals are too spread out -- I'd prefer just one day.
They're a fun way to kick off the holiday season.
I don't like the commercialization of Thanksgiving Day.
They're crucial for the retail industry and the economy.
The deals typically aren't that good.
What effect will the Trump presidency have on efforts to combat climate change?
Posted November 14, 2016 through November 21, 2016 (452 Votes)
We'll see grave environmental damage instead of progress.
Fear of negative consequences will spur more positive actions.
Trump probably will come around to a more moderate position.
We won't see much change either way in just four years.
Trump will expose the climate change hoax -- and it's about time.
Smart home technology is here, and ...
Posted November 4, 2016 through November 14, 2016 (397 Votes)
It has made my home safer and more enjoyable.
I'm interested, but most of it is still too expensive.
It's a mess. Too many disparate devices.
It's not all that smart or reliable.
Who needs it? I like my dumb home just fine.
Is it time for Twitter to establish more serious curbs to free speech?
Posted October 28, 2016 through November 4, 2016 (394 Votes)
Yes - Twitter is too valuable to let terrorists and trolls take over.
Yes - Bullying and online harassment are dangerous.
Maybe - If a good set of rules actually could be enforced.
Probably not - There might be unforeseen negative consequences.
No - Those offended by the conversations on Twitter can stay off it.
No - Further eroding free speech would kill Twitter.
What's your alarm level over cyberattacks on the Internet's infrastructure?
Posted October 21, 2016 through October 28, 2016 (422 Votes)
Red: A deadly cyberwar will occur -- It's when, not if.
Orange: A big one could be costly and threaten public safety.
Yellow: We need to improve cybersecurity at a faster pace.
Blue: Regional outages will become more frequent and more annoying.
Green: There's no way anyone could take out the entire Internet.
How worried are you about lithium-ion batteries?
Posted October 14, 2016 through October 21, 2016 (548 Votes)
Very. Someone is going to be killed.
Very. They should be better regulated.
Somewhat. I'm wary of new products that use them.
Not much. The risk level is statistically very low.
Not at all. I face much greater risks every day.
What do you think of Google's new products?
Posted October 7, 2016 through October 14, 2016 (430 Votes)
The Pixel is better than the iPhone.
The Home is better than the Echo.
Both the Pixel and the Home beat the competition.
I'm interested but not yet sold on either.
Google isn't good at hardware.
I don't trust Google, so I won't buy its products.
What do you think of digital assistants like Siri, Google Now, Cortana and Alexa?
Posted September 30, 2016 through October 7, 2016 (483 Votes)
They're part of my daily life -- very helpful.
I use them, but they're not all that smart.
They're like lurking spies -- I don't like them.
It's annoying that all the assistants are predominantly "female."
I've never used one.
What do you think of politically inspired Internet memes?
Posted September 23, 2016 through September 30, 2016 (339 Votes)
They tend to be brutally honest about their targets.
They're usually cheap shots based on lies.
They're often stupid but amusing.
They can have a dangerous influence on uninformed people.
They don't impress me one way or the other.
What do you think of Twitter broadcasting content on TV?
Posted September 16, 2016 through September 23, 2016 (237 Votes)
It's great -- I'll be watching more things live now.
It's limited -- cool for sports but not much else.
It's interesting -- I plan to check it out.
It's annoying -- keep the Internet off my TV!
It's disturbing -- social media is becoming too influential.