About the Author

Edward C. Baig writes the Personal Technology column in USA TODAY and makes regular appearances on USA TODAY videos. He is also the coauthor of iPhone For Dummies, iPad For Dummies, iPad mini For Dummies (all published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).

Before joining USA TODAY as a columnist and reporter in 1999, Ed spent six years at Business Week, where he wrote and edited stories about consumer tech, personal finance, collectibles, travel, and wine tasting. He received the Medill School of Journalism 1999 Financial Writers and Editors Award for his contributions to the “Business Week Investor Guide to Online Investing.” That came after a stint on staff at U.S. News & World Report, where Ed was the lead tech writer in the News You Can Use section but also dabbled in numerous other topics.

Ed began his journalistic career at Fortune, gaining the best training imaginable during his early years as a fact checker, and as a contributor helping with the Fortune 500 project, Fortune’s annual list of the 500 largest U.S. corporations. Through the years he worked at the magazine, Ed covered leisure-time industries, penned features on the lucrative dating market and the effect of religion on corporate managers, and was heavily involved in the magazine’s Most Admired Companies project.

Ed has been passionate about gadgets and technology since buying his first reel-to-reel tape recorder and shortwave radio as a boy. He has a B.A. in political science from York College and ...

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