Consumer Tech



  • Perspective

Amazon’s new product lineup again pushed the boundaries of where and how we bring surveillance into our lives.

  • Review

Both the Apple Watch Series 6 and Fitbit Sense have new blood-oxygen apps. They’re mostly useless.

The ruling means neither the ban on WeChat nor a separate one on the short-form video app TikTok will take place as originally scheduled.


Here's what the executive order banning WeChat could mean for its millions of users in the US, and what they should do next.

  • Review

Worried about Election Day? Now if you vote by mail, you can obsessively track your ballot’s every move online.

Apple announced a new Apple Watch, updated iPads, and an online fitness service on Tuesday. But the missing iPhone 12 loomed large.

  • Review

We speed tested 5G phones against 4G ones. America’s new nationwide 5G networks weren’t much faster — and in some places they were slower.

  • Perspective

The Halo Band listens to your conversations so its AI can tell you how you sound to others. And its app scans your body three-dimensionally to measure fat.

  • Review

Bluetooth exposure-notification apps like Virginia’s Covidwise aren’t much of a privacy risk. But we won’t know if they’re useful until many more people try them.

  • Perspective

Here are the questions to ask — and mistakes to avoid — for a year when school happens on a laptop.

The Galaxy Z Fold2 shows Samsung is iterating fast — and still thinks there’s a market for very expensive phones.

  • Review

You have to really love Amazon’s Alexa to let the Echo Frames whisper in your ear all day.

  • Perspective

Our tech columnist catalogues the big tech half-truths that have run their course

  • Perspective

A buzzy new email service called Hey isn’t for everyone, but helps us see how we lost control in Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo Mail

  • Perspective

We looked under the hood at what data the TikTok app gathers about you — and where it sends it.

Apple hosted its WWDC keynote online this year, sharing the latest details about its software updates and products from the Steve Jobs Theater.

  • Perspective

Sen. Sherrod Brown wants to upend years of debate over a potential federal privacy law by shifting the burden away from consumers and onto companies.

  • Perspective

Publicity stunts from IBM, Amazon and Microsoft won’t be enough to stop police from using facial recognition.

  • Perspective

A citizen’s guide to not helping trolls, bots and other online disinformers during turbulent times.

  • Perspective

Facebook is finally offering a tool to delete or archive old posts in bulk — and prevent stalkers, employers and the government from snooping on your past, too.

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