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Phil Nickinson

Phil Nickinson

Section Editor, Audio/Video

Phil spent the 2000s making newspapers with the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, the 2010s with Android Central and then the personality behind Modern Dad, and is currently an editor with Digital Trends. Phil’s online work has taken him all over the United States, as well as Europe and Asia.

When he’s not writing, editing, or shooting video, Phil serves as president of the Pensacola Youth Soccer 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has worked on multiple local political campaigns and is a part-time photographer and videographer.

Phil is a native of Pensacola, where he resides with his wife, daughters and a dog named Max.

Find Phil on Mastodon, or on Threads.

The viral Facebook algorithm bypass post is nonsense.

Is the Facebook algorithm bypass a scam? Or is it a hack?

No, you can't bypass the Facebook algorithm by copying and pasting a post. Not then, not now. It's just not how things work.
The YouTube TV broadcast delay feature.

YouTube TV looks to lessen live latency with broadcast delay feature

YouTube TV just added a feature that should make watching live sports better — and much closer to actually being live.
An iPhone on a Peak Design travel tripod.

The living room tripod is now officially a thing you need

If you have an iPhone and an Apple TV, you need one more thing to perfect your holiday group video calls — a tripod.
The Hulu icon in the Disney+ app.

Hulu content is now available inside Disney+ as a ‘beta’

You can now watch Hulu content within the Disney+ app, provided you're subscribed to both.
The Amazon Fire TV Max 4K was the most innovative streaming device of 2023.

The most innovative streaming device of 2023

Streaming devices don't get the same sort of major annual updates as other categories, but one still stood above the rest is 2023.
Zoom on Apple TV.

Apple TV with Zoom means it’s finally time to call your mother

Zoom on Apple TV means you can kick back and take that work call from your couch. Just remember to wear pants.
The app listing for ExpressVPN on Apple TV.

Express VPN joins the growing ranks of VPNs on Apple TV

The VPNs have come for Apple TV, and ExpressVPN is atop the heap. But do you need a virtual private network on your streaming device?
Nomad Apple TV Siri Leather Cover.

Latest Apple TV beta adds search via the remote’s Siri button

You may eventually be able to search for shows and music more easily, by simply pressing the Siri button once on the Apple TV remote.
Tablo TV retail box.

Tablo 4th gen review: making free TV as easy as can be

Looking to capture old-fashioned, over-the-air video? Then the latest Tablo device may be for you.
An old HDHomeRun box alongside a new Tablo box.

Tablo vs. HDHomeRun: Battle of the networked OTA boxes

Tablo and HDHomeRun are the two major options for streaming over-the-air TV over multiple devices in your home. But one is a clear winner.
Tablo TV fourth-generation box as seen from the top.

Tablo TV tips and tricks: How to master this OTA DVR

Tablo TV is a longtime option for watching and recording free TV via an antenna. And its fourth generation is even better. Here's how to best use it.
The Glass app on an iPhone, in front of Glass on a web browser.

Instagram alternative Glass is getting more expensive in 2024 is an excellent alternative for photographers who want to escape the Instagram grind. But it's getting more expensive in 2024.
A promo for a show on Amazon Freevee.

Don’t like giant ads on Amazon Fire TV? Then don’t buy one

Amazon Fire TV made a change that causes some users to be forced into full-screen ads and promos. We shouldn't be surprised.
The Tubi app icon on Apple TV.

Tubi is taking its free TV to the U.K. as it appoints new exec

Tubi — a free, ad-supported streaming service — is expanding to the U.K. as it appoints a new exec to oversee international markets.
The Anker Prime Power Bank sitting on a desk.

My kid needed a new portable charger, so I bought myself this instead

My teenager needed a new portable battery charger, so I gave her my old one and bought myself the futuristic Prime Power Bank from Anker instead.
NFL Sunday Ticket on a TV.

NFL Sunday Ticket Black Friday deal drops price even further

NFL Sunday Ticket is now discounted even further for the final seven games of the 2023 NFL regular season as part of a Black Friday promotion.
The Roku Ultra LT 4K streaming device on a media center with the included voice remote in the background.

I’ve used every Roku device — this is the one I’d buy on black Friday

Roku Ultra already was an affordable streaming device — and its Black Friday price basically makes it a no-brainer.
A graphic showing the PBS Food logo.

PBS Food brings its free streaming channel to Amazon, Roku

If you're looking for cooking shows to get you through the holiday season, PBS Food will keep you company on a number of free ad-supported streaming services.
Sonos Logo on a Sonos One speaker.

Sonos all but teases what may well be headphones in 2024

Sonos CEO Patrick Spence teased a new product coming in 2024 that'll be part of a multiyear product cycle in a multibillion-dollar category.
A settings screen showing enhanced bitrate in the YouTube app on an Android phone.

YouTube’s enhanced 1080p video now available on more devices

You can now finally get enhanced 1080p bitrates on YouTube videos ... on something other than an iPhone. Huzzah.
The Las Vegas strip lights up the background inside the Sphere as U2 plays on stage.

The tech behind U2’s mind-bending, spherical reality in Las Vegas

U2 is no ordinary rock band, and the Sphere in Las Vegas is no ordinary venue. We look at what went into making its immersive residency a reality.
App icons for Hulu and Disney+ on Apple TV.

Combined Disney+/Hulu app to launch in beta in December

Disney CEO Bob Iger says the combined Disney+/Hulu app will launch in beta in December, and in full in March 2024, to give parents time to set things up.
YouTube TV and Hulu apps on the Roku homescreen.

YouTube TV still leads after latest round of streaming numbers

YouTube TV and Fubo are showing a good bit of growth, while those in the middle of the pack seem to just be happy to be there.
An unreleased version of the new SiriusXM app on a Cadillac Lyric EV.

SiriusXM reboots satellite radio with new app, features — and price

New apps, new platforms, new shows, new channels and new talent is all a part of rebirth and reboot of SiriusXM satellite radio in the modern streaming world.
The Tubi app icon on Apple TV.

Tubi adds professional basketball to its free roster

Tubi is adding two days of professional basketball coverage to its already impressive streaming roster.
Audiobooks on Spotify.

Spotify Premium adds 200,000 free audiobooks for U.S. subscribers

You'll only get 15 hours a month unless you want to pay more, but free audiobooks on Spotify are free audiobooks on Spotify.
DirecTV Stream app icon on Apple TV.

DirecTV Stream raises pricing across all its tiers

DirecTV Stream already was one of the more expensive live streaming services — and it just got even more pricey.
ClearStream Fusion over-the-air antenna.

NFL streaming outage is a reminder that antenna backups are easy

The next time the stream of your live sports broadcast goes down, you'll wish you had an old-school antenna for backup.
A reminder that HBO Max is becoming Max on May 23, 2023.

Max is pulling some features from its ad-free subscription

Those who are on Max's ad-free tier are going to lose the ability to stream on three devices at once, or watch anything in 4K resolution, as of early December.
Sling TV app icon on Apple TV.

Sling TV adds live scores and more for sports fans

Sling TV has added more scores and stats for more sports leagues, along with another handful of new features for subscribers.
espn bet launches november 14

ESPN Bet online sportsbook to launch November 14 in 17 states

ESPN Bet — a rebrand of the PENN Entertainment sportsbook — will launch in 17 states on November 14.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K (2023) and Fire TV Stick 4K Max (2023).

The best Amazon Fire TV device you should buy in 2023

There's no shortage of Amazon Fire TV devices out there — but we've nailed down the three you should actually consider.
Netflix app icon on Apple TV.

Netflix’s ad-supported tier will include ad-free bonus episodes in 2024

Watch three in a row and you'll get the fourth ad-free, Netflix says, as new sign-ups to the cheaper advertising tier hit 30 percent.
NFL Sunday Ticket on a TV.

NFL Sunday Ticket slashes price for the back half of the season

If you've been eyeballing NFL Sunday Ticket, but didn't want to pay close to $400, you can now get the back half of the season for half the price.