Consumer Tech



  • Review

Millions of Americans now have access to free, anonymous coronavirus exposure notifications. Too bad so few people use them.

The new Macs, the first to run on Apple’s M1 chip, promise improved battery life and speed (in some circumstances)

  • Perspective

This election proved Big Tech still hasn’t figured out how to make truth spread faster than lies.

  • Perspective

Campaigns on both sides of the aisle have zero problem invading your privacy.

  • Review

The promise of faster downloads isn’t a good reason to buy the new iPhone. But if you haven’t upgraded in years, the camera might be.

  • Perspective

Right under our noses, the Internet’s most-used website has been getting worse.

  • Perspective

The biggest iPhone update in years brings new designs and night selfies — but beware the 5G and environmental hype.

  • Perspective

Google's latest Pixel smartphones have added 5G but dropped a few features for a lower price, showing the company is aiming directly at buyers not ready for a $1,000 phone.

  • Perspective

You can scan any website for privacy — trackers, cookies, and even keyloggers — with the free Blacklight from The Markup.

  • 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.

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