Consumer Tech

Lawmakers Want Data to Decide the Future of America’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

New legislation would launch a $10 million grant program to set the scene for what’s to come on the EV-use landscape. 

Americans Got Tired of Looking Bad on Zoom

The pandemic’s at-home workers are discovering what internet influencers have long known: If you want to be taken seriously, get good lighting.

Google Antitrust Case Suggests Apple Should Be in the Department of Justice’s Crosshairs Too

Apple’s role as the gateway to billions of searches is the critical factor here.

Can the U.S. Government Really Ban TikTok?

It is nearly impossible to ban any application completely.

Right-Wing Extremism and Islamic Extremism Spreads Online In Similar Ways, New Study Says

Those crazy memes you keep seeing? Hate groups are using them to attract online recruits into small, intense groups — and beat Facebook’s censors.

Here's What It'll Take to Clean Up Esports' Toxic Culture

As COVID-19 has driven much of life online and fueled a boom in online gaming, harassment in these and other internet spaces has increased.

The Tech Companies Already Won

Antitrust could break up the big players. It wouldn’t change everyday life.

Pokémon Go Wants to Make 3D Scans of the Whole World for 'Planet-Scale Augmented Reality Experiences.' Is that Good?

A new feature within the game will encourage players to create and upload 3D scans of real-world locations.

Police Ties to Ring Home Surveillance Come Under Scrutiny

Many law enforcement agencies have been adopting a less sophisticated system of camera registries based on information volunteered by residents.

What Big Tech Wants Out of the Pandemic

The firms are all too eager to help the government manage the coronavirus crisis.

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.