Consumer Tech

The Gig Economy’s Storage Hustle

A startup called Neighbor bills itself as an “Airbnb for storage,” allowing hosts to rent out their empty sheds, closets and basements for other people’s stuff.

Can ‘Pods’ Bring Quiet to the Noisy Open Office?

Now that office walls have come down, workers are ducking into closet-sized “pods” for privacy and quiet. Is this a retreat from the open office or the next phase of it?

Scammers Are Impersonating Government Agencies More Than Ever

The Federal Trade Commission warns that criminals’ “favorite ruse” is pretending to be from a government agency.

What Happened When I Rented an E-Scooter for (Almost) a Month

Bird’s new monthly rental program could force users and cities to reconsider e-scooters as a real mode of transportation. But there are some drawbacks.

FDA Warns Certain Insulin Pumps Could Be Hacked

The Food and Drug Administration warned that some Medtronic insulin pumps could be manipulated by bad actors. 

Electric Cars Still Face a Major Roadblock

To wean drivers off gas vehicles, automakers need to help them develop a whole new understanding of what it means to own a motorcar.

States Move Ahead With Digital License Plates

Maryland is the latest state to launch a pilot program to test the technology for consumer use.

How Far Will Google’s Billion-Dollar Bay Area Housing Plan Go?

The single largest commitment by a private employer to address the Bay Area’s acute affordable housing crisis is unique in its focus on land redevelopment.

Google Maps Wants to Help You Navigate During Natural Disasters

The app will offer crisis navigation warnings and provide detailed visual information about hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.

The Wild-West Era of Streaming TV Is Ending

Cord cutters will soon need several subscriptions to watch all their favorite movies and shows—and the cost could look like the dreaded cable bill.

Gaming’s Biggest Week Gives Clues to Serious Technology’s Future

Advancements in virtual and augmented reality may get government gaming a boost.

The Case for Wearing AirPods All the Time

The inconspicuous buds might make friendly interactions awkward, but they can also provide protection in dangerous situations.

The Coalition Out to Kill Tech as We Know It

With enemies like these, the industry is going to need some friends.

There Is Too Much Stuff

The human brain can’t contend with the vastness of online shopping.

Uber Riders Can’t Stand All the Air Fresheners

Customers are reporting migraines. Drivers say they’re just trying to provide a pleasant ride.

Report: Government Wasted More Than $300B by Not Using Commercial Tech

Federal agencies should stop custom-building tech products and services, according to the Alliance for Digital Innovation.

‘Fairbnb’ Wants to Be the Unproblematic Alternative to Airbnb

The vacation rental industry is mired in claims that it harms neighborhoods and housing markets. Can a nonprofit co-op make the tourist trend a community asset?