Advisorator is a new kind of tech advice service from journalist Jared Newman. Every two weeks, you'll receive an email newsletter full of tips, insights, and deals on the tech products you already use or should be using. Learn how to master email, protect your passwords, build a smart home for less, travel like a techie, and more. Avoid the noise of websites and social media, and get the know-how that really matters.

Your subscription also includes access to a biweekly chat room, where you can ask tech questions and get quick answers. Troubleshoot your phone, figure out which laptop to buy, get help on picking a wireless carrier, or come up with a personalized cord-cutting plan. With nearly a decade of experience covering consumer technology, Jared is ready to help.

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Advisorator runs on paid memberships, with no ads, sponsorships, or other distractions. Check out a free sample or two, then choose a subscription plan below. All plans include a 28-day trial, so your first two newsletters and chat sessions are free.

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All payments are processed securely with Stripe. By signing up for Advisorator, you agree to the terms, conditions, and privacy policy. The short version: I only collect what's necessary to deliver my newsletters to you, and will never sell this data.

Questions and Answers

Who are you?

I'm a professional journalist who's been covering consumer technology since 2008. I contribute regularly to PCWorld, TechHive, and Fast Company, and have written for, the New York Times, Macworld, Popular Mechanics, and Rolling Stone. My free newsletter on streaming video and over-the-air television, Cord Cutter Weekly, has more than 12,000 subscribers.

When and how often does the newsletter arrive?

Every two weeks, typically on Monday mornings but subject to change due to holidays and special circumstances.

Is it really ad- and sponsorship-free?

Yes. I will link to external sources to provide attribution and suggest further reading materials--and those web pages will probably have ads--but my intent is for each newsletter to provide lots of useful information on its own. This will not be like Cord Cutter Weekly, in which the top story is a link to my work elsewhere.

How do the chat sessions work?

With each newsletter, I'll provide a web link to the upcoming chat session, along with the date and time that I'll be there. You can also opt in to receive an email notification shortly before the session begins. Each chat lasts for about an hour, but I'll stick around longer if there's enough demand.

What if I can't make the chat session?

I change up the times and dates for each session to accommodate different schedules, so feel free to suggest some times that work for you. You can also drop in your questions ahead of time, and I'm always happy to answer your questions via email as well.

How do I cancel membership?

Just email me your request by clicking the "cancel" link at the bottom of the newsletter; I'll personally turn off your subscription and ensure no further charges to your card. By default, you'll keep receiving newsletters until the end of your current subscription cycle, but monthly subscribers can also send me an email request to refund the current month and stop service immediately.

Can I read Advisorator on the web?

Each newsletter will have a web link so you can add it to reading list services such Pocket or zoom in on the text. I have no plans for a freestanding website at this time.

What are you doing with my data?

I keep track of how many subscribers open my emails and click on links, because this helps me figure out which topics readers value most. I will never sell access to your email address or other personal data, and because Stripe processes your payments securely, it's impossible for me to even look at your full credit card details. Also, this website does not use any tracking cookies, because that would be silly.

What's happening to Cord Cutter Weekly?

It's not going anywhere, and it will remain free (and ad-free). Advisorator is a completely separate service for folks who want more than just TV coverage and would like to support my work along the way.

Where'd that subscribe button go?

Right here.