Consumer Tech

Amazon Killed the Name Alexa

Parents are fleeing from a name that can be, at best, a nuisance and, at worst, associated with subservience.

Screentime Can Make You Feel Sick – Here Are Ways to Manage Cybersickness

Your devices can trigger symptoms similar to motion sickness.

Changing How App Stores Operate Could Have National Security Implications

As Congress considers how to increase competition for app stores run by Apple, Google and others, it also needs to consider potential cybersecurity threats.

Biden Backs DIY Fixes in ‘Right to Repair’ Dispute

The pandemic underscored the need for independent and individual repairs of laptops, tablets and phones, and other equipment.

Your Streaming Binge Could Soon Be Interrupted by Emergency Alerts and Tests

The FCC is in the early stages of investigating how audio and video streaming platforms would participate in the Emergency Alert System.

Why Would Anyone Buy Crypto Art – Let Alone Spend Millions on What's Essentially a Link to a JPEG File?

Within the past few months, activity and prices seemed to snowball. Then the Beeple sale happened.

Pandemic Drives Phone, Computer ‘Right-to-Repair’ Bills

The pandemic has made living without a computer harder than ever.

AI Is Killing Choice and Chance – Which Means Changing What It Means to Be Human

Artificial intelligence increasingly shapes the human experience.

Key Takeaways for Government Leaders from CES

For the government to stay competitive and best serve Americans, it’s time to look to the consumer market.

Consumer Electronics Have Changed a Lot in 20 Years—Systems for Managing E-Waste Aren't Keeping Up

Some innovations that are slimming down the e-waste stream are also making products harder to repair and recycle.

What The CES All Digital Show Says About the Future

Even in a virtual format, CES offered quite a few interesting nuggets that might hint at future government technology.

The Future of Flight Training Is a Gamer Headset That Watches You Play

Google and other companies are helping design a smarter, cheaper way to produce aviators.

Will Android Become the New Federal OS for Rugged Devices?

For the most part, the rugged devices I have evaluated over the years have had some flavor of Windows as their operating system.

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. 

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.