Consumer Tech

Pandemic Organizers Are Co-opting Productivity Software

Mutual-aid groups are distributing groceries and spare air conditioners via tools designed to turn labor into money as efficiently as possible.

Privacy Options Don't Boost Trust in Voice Assistants

For some users, adjusting privacy and content settings could have an unfavorable effect, the new research shows.

VA to Distribute Thousands of Facebook Portals to Vets and Caregivers in Isolation

The devices will be distributed in pairs to connect qualifying veterans and caregivers during the pandemic.

Crashing the Party: Beware the Cyber Risks of Virtual Meet-up Apps Like Houseparty

The app’s booming popularity come with a growing number of questions about how safe and secure these kinds of apps really are.

Ancient Animistic Beliefs Live on in Our Intimacy with Tech

We’re learning that humans can bond, form attachments and dedicate themselves to non-conscious objects or lifeless things with shocking ease.

Report Warns of Tech Threats From ‘Other’ Chinese Companies

“The one area that China has been keen to exploit is at the state level because state governments largely are not aware of the threat it poses to them,” Sen. Marco Rubio said at the report’s release.

House Subcommittee Knocking at Amazon’s Door Over Ring Data

The chairman of a House Oversight panel wants a briefing with Amazon officials about the consumer security tool.

Batteries Made with Sulfur Could be Cheaper, Greener and Hold More Energy

Until now, lithium-sulfur batteries have been impractical.

Got an Electric Car? Great! Where Do You Plug It In?

Depending on the state, access to public charging stations can be adequate — or nearly nonexistent.

IRS Reforms Free File Program, Drops Agreement Not to Compete With TurboTax

The changes come after ProPublica’s reporting showed how TurboTax maker Intuit tricked customers into paying for tax prep they could have gotten for free.

Yeah, It’s an Uber. Buckle Up Anyway.

States since 2015 that passed laws requiring rear seat belt use: two.

What Have We Done to Lunch?

From the Automat to Sweetgreen Outpost, grabbing a bite during the workday has long sacrificed human contact and flavor to value and efficiency.

How the Loss of the Landline Is Changing Family Life

The shared phone was a space of spontaneous connection for the entire household.