Chris Velazco

San Francisco

Technology writer

Education: Rutgers University-Camden, BA in English

Chris Velazco covers the technology that shapes people's lives -- and advises readers on how to grapple with it -- for The Washington Post. Previously, he led coverage of the mobile industry for Engadget and reported on the New York start-up scene for TechCrunch.
Latest from Chris Velazco

What is Discord, the chat app used by the Buffalo suspect?

Discord is a desktop, web and mobile app for messaging, usually through written chats, similar to workplace communication app Slack. Before he allegedly killed 10 people in a Buffalo supermarket, the suspected shooter left a string of racist writings on the forum.

May 24, 2022

Coming soon to a phone near you: A new wave of accessibility tools

Smartphones and tablets are getting better at helping people with disabilities understand and interact with the world around them. Here's our guide to the accessibility features that are coming to your phone -- or the next one you buy.

May 19, 2022

Google will take on Apple with a tablet and smartwatch of its own

For years, Google was content making smart home gadgets and the occasional smartphones. Not anymore.

May 11, 2022

The iPod is finally dead. Long live the iPod.

Apple will sell its remaining stock of Mp3 players and kiss the age of the iPod goodbye. But a new generation of tech aficionados is working to prolong the iPod's legacy.

May 10, 2022

Some voice mails are unspeakably precious. Here’s how to save them.

If you’re one of the many people who have treasured voice mails locked away on your phone, please: Take a few moments to save them elsewhere, just in case. Thankfully, most smartphones make the process easy.

May 10, 2022

Ask Help Desk: How to keep your phone working while traveling abroad

Here are some of the best options to prep your phone for an overseas trip.

May 6, 2022

What your Android phone’s new “data safety” labels mean

Google is making app developers explain how they handle our data. The catch? Not everyone can see them yet.

May 5, 2022

Snap’s new Pixy drone is a $230 selfie machine

Snap's new drone is the latest attempt by a social media company to make camera-filled hardware.

April 28, 2022

What you need to know about Apple’s new DIY iPhone repair program

On Wednesday, for the first time, Apple began selling regular consumers the parts and tools needed to fix common iPhone issues themselves.

April 27, 2022

What to do if you lose your phone and can’t access your accounts

Two-factor authentication can help secure your life online, but it often has a weak point: your phone. But if you act fast, there are ways to keep strangers from accessing data they shouldn't.

April 27, 2022