Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin - Lifewire

Writer, Editor

New York, NY

Education

New York University

Expertise

Privacy & Security

Android Apps & Hardware

Ride Sharing Companies & Technologies

iOS & Android Operating Systems

Introduction

  • Tech journalist since 2004
  • Covered tech milestones at PC Magazine, including the original iPhone and Android smartphones
  • Launched smartphone coverage at ConsumerSearch website
  • Graduated magna cum laude with an M.S.. in Journalism and Technical Writing from Polytechnic University (now NYU Tandon School of Engineering)

Experience

Molly has been a tech writer since 2004 with a focus on consumer electronics including digital cameras and smartphones. As an editor at PC Magazine, she edited hundreds of product reviews and features. 

After leaving PCMag, she spearheaded ConsumerSearch's smartphone coverage strategy and managed its technology reviews. Now a freelancer, she runs a full-time editorial business, where she contributes to PCMag.com and other clients with reviews and commentary about mobile apps, software, GPS devices, dash cams, and more.

At Lifewire, Molly writes how-to about smartphones (mostly Android, but also iPhones) including the best apps to download, tips for getting better performance and battery life out of your electronics, and in-depth explainers about a variety of tech concepts.

She also consults for high profile tech companies about content strategy.

My Gear

I use a Windows 10 Lenovo laptop as my main machine, and it’s light enough (3 pounds) to travel with too. My primary phone is a Google Pixel XL that running Android 10. I also have a Samsung S9 running Android Pie by way of and Samsung UI and an iPhone 6 running iOS 11. (Gotta know all the mobile platforms.) To track my steps, I wear a Garmin VivoSport + GPS fitness band. I also used my Google Daydream VR headset to watch some 2018 Winter Olympics events.

Education

Molly has B.A. in Latin American Studies from NYU and an M.S. in Journalism & Technical Writing from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn (now NYU Tandon Center for Engineering).

A Message from Molly McLaughlin

I’ve always enjoyed breaking down complicated subjects so that my audience can understand them. When I got into tech writing, I realized that many writers had a huge blind spot and made a lot of assumptions about their readers’ technical knowhow. My favorite thing about writing for Lifewire is explaining tech to a general audience. Not only am I helping readers who want to know how to do that one thing, but the process often teaches me something I didn’t know at the start.

Lifewire and Dotdash

Lifewire is a Top 10 technology information website, as rated by comScore, a leading internet measurement company. We reach more than 10 million readers per month with our trusted, clear, and actionable answers to your most pressing technology questions.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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