Latest from Geoffrey A. Fowler

R.I.P. 1-800 numbers and hold Muzak. Chat and messaging apps from Apple, Facebook, WhatsApp and others are more efficient, less painful — and both sides of the conversation are more likely to keep their cool.

  • Aug 9, 2018

Our tech columnist took a three-day test drive in the car that’s really one giant connected gadget. He says cars won’t ever be the same.

  • Aug 2, 2018

Our tech columnist takes a first look at an app update that reports how much time you’re spending in Instagram and Facebook — and lets you set self-imposed daily limits.

  • Aug 1, 2018

Bose’s $250 Sleepbuds mask snoring, barking and other bedtime distractions. But they didn’t necessarily help our tech columnist get a good night’s sleep.

  • Jul 26, 2018

Getting a password manager is the most important way to improve your online security. Our tech columnist picks the best.

  • Jul 12, 2018

Lately, our smartphones all look alike. So our tech columnist hunted in labs, start-ups and China’s thriving phone scene to find what’s next for our favorite gadget.

  • Jun 29, 2018

This new $120 Alexa device lets you talk to your home theater — but don't lose your remote in the sofa cushions just yet if you want to watch the World Cup.

  • Jun 21, 2018

Default privacy settings often aren’t very private. Our tech columnist is back with Round 2 of his clickable guide to improving your privacy on all sorts of devices and online services.

  • Jun 15, 2018

We put the $600 TCL 6-Series to the test against the $1,299 Samsung Q6. Does half the price mean half as good?

  • Jun 8, 2018

At Apple's big developer conference in San Jose, the spotlight turns to iOS and Mac software — as well as a debate about digital well-being.

  • Jun 4, 2018
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