Sam Costello has been writing about technology since 2000. Prior to Lifewire, which he has been with since 2007 (when it was About.com), he covered digital copyright, the rise and fall of Napster and other early digital music services, and computer and network security for CNN.com, PC World, InfoWorld, and Computerworld, among others. More recently for Lifewire, he has focused on mobile devices (with an emphasis on iPhone and iPad), smart assistants like the Amazon Echo and Apple HomePod, and related technologies.
He has written about apps, streaming media, and eBooks for the Que Publishing website, as well as other topics — including film, television, and graphic novels — for a number of websites and magazines.
Sam has been quoted or referenced in many major online and print publications, including: CIO, Computerworld, InformIT, Laptop Magazine, Cult of Mac, 9to5Mac, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Lifehack, Small Business Trends, TechRepublic, the Daily Wire, Digital Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, and ZDNet.
Because of Sam’s expertise in technology, his articles also appear in hundreds of technology forum responses on sites such as MakeUseOf, Slashdot, Ask Ubuntu, iFixIt, and Straight Dope; as a reference for dozens of Wikipedia articles; and as a knowledge base resource, both internally and externally, for companies like Hubspot, Avaya, and Apple Support.
In addition to this experience, Sam has achieved many other things:
As a writer
As a technologist
Sam is also the author of two books:
Sam holds a BA in Media Studies from Ithaca College. He is a Certified Scrum Master and a Certified Product Owner.
Projects that he worked on as a technologist have won awards from:
"I'm fascinated by and enthusiastic about technology. I value technology that helps people and makes our lives better, that improves our time and our relationships. When assessing a new technology or writing about how to perform a task, I take a human-centered approach that focuses on helping people do things better."
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