Stephen Shankland has covered technology and computing for CNET since 1998. He writes features on subjects like digital photography, web browsers, 5G networking, artificial intelligence, chip manufacturing. His favorite feature of the last year explained how birdwatching is changing dramatically in the digital age. He’s an amateur and professional photographer, which is why his friends, family, and coworkers all make fun of him for lugging around an SLR and a big camera backpack. He graduated from Harvard and stumbled into journalism as a science reporter covering Los Alamos National Laboratory, where his biggest scoop was about the discovery of radioactive kitty litter in the town dump after a pet cat was treated for thyroid cancer.