Lisa SchmeiserContributor, TechHive

Lisa Schmeiser is a San Francisco-based reporter, editor and blogger. She also publishes a thrice-weekly news digest, So What, Who Cares? , and podcasts regularly at The Incomparable.

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Fining customers for negative Yelp reviews? Welcome to the future of big data

The one-two punch of consumers' eagerness to share their opinions and their unfamiliarity with business contracts spells opportunity for big data

How Twitter ruined 'Game of Thrones': A guide to social media spoiler etiquette

Haven't yet seen the TV episode everyone's talking about? Here are your best strategies for dodging spoilers on Twitter and Facebook.

Make your Twitter feed less annoying in 3 simple steps

A combination of lists and software clients can help you manage the social and informational irritants of Twitter.

Recycle your old tech gear

What to do with your old tech gear when it no longer works? Recycle it. We show you how and where to be responsible with outdated stuff.

Avoid gift card gotchas this holiday season

If your holiday shopping list includes gift cards for electronic retailers and other stores, here are some simple tips to make sure you're giving -- and receiving -- the most value.

Calorific Lite for iPhone

If your goal is simply to become more aware of what you choose to eat, and to nudge yourself toward defaulting to healthier eating, this iPhone app is a great, low-fuss tool.


Total Baby for iPhone

This app for tracking diaper changes, feedings, and other details about newborns is simple enough to be operated by sleep-deprived new parents. But it's thoughtful design touches that makes Total Baby a truly useful addition to your iPhone or iPod touch.