Opinion
Opinion

How do we end the advertising arms race? Start thinking like humans

The new AdNauseam ad blocker works even more effectively - and artfully - than its predecessors, but advertisers will eventually find a way around it. How do we make this game end?
Mobile

Why does a $600 phone have last year’s processor? The many follies of HTC’s Bolt

HTC has released a new smartphone. It's called the Bolt, and it doesn't have a headphone jack, it's carrier-locked to Sprint, and it's powered by last year's Snapdragon 810 processor. Buyer beware.
Features

Do humans make computers smarter?

Humans still outperform computers at many tasks, but as AI advances, will our intervention help them or hobble them? It’s complicated.
Computing

The Touch Bar is only the beginning of Apple’s grand designs for the laptop keyboard

This week, Apple officially unveiled the MacBook Pro Touch Bar, but bigger changes could be on the horizon for the laptop’s keyboard.
Computing

Apple’s new MacBook Pro doesn’t outrun competitors, but the Touch Bar is special

Apple’s new MacBook Pros bring an innovative Touch Bar that the world has never seen before, but high prices, so-so specs and a persistent reluctance to embrace touchscreens may hold the Mac back.
Computing

If the Surface Studio is so advanced, why is it using an old GPU?

The new Surface Studio has a striking design, beautiful, high-resolution display, and advanced feature set. Unfortunately, its graphical power is noticeably limited by last year’s mobile GPU.
Computing

You OK, Apple? As Windows 10 hits its stride, MacOS is wheezing

It wasn’t so long ago that Windows looked dead in the water, treading water while Apple’s Mac confidently swam laps around it. But now, with Windows 10 released and Surface seeing success, Microsoft is leading the charge.
Gaming

Nintendo is back on its game, and the Switch proves it

Nintendo has revealed the Switch, its first home gaming console that's also a handheld. The system is incredibly exciting, but it also represents a huge shift for Nintendo. After losing its grip on the gaming market for years, Nintendo is…
Mobile

Verizon says it will push Android updates for Pixel 'at the same time' as Google

Google is out with new smartphones, ones that are apparently "Only on Verizon." They're not -- you can use them on any carrier. Here's why you should avoid purchasing the phones from Verizon, and get them from Google instead.
Mobile

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 debacle is far from over

Samsung needs to stand up for its customers and end the production, sale, and promotion of the Galaxy Note 7 in light of the exploding battery issue. The Note 7 is dead, but Samsung doesn't have to be buried with it.
Mobile

Checkmate, Apple: Why Google’s Pixel is a genius move for Android

Google's grand new strategy for mobile world domination is taking end-to-end control of software and hardware with the new Pixel line of phones. This marks a break with Android partners and pits Google directly against Apple for the first…
Virtual Reality

A rift in the Rift: Why room-scale VR is about to split Oculus fans apart 1:04

For the past year, Oculus has been telling users that limiting VR to sitting or standing is for their own good. Now room-scale Rift has been announced – and you’ll have to forgive us for doubting its success.