Opinion
Computing

This year Microsoft, not Apple, built the hardware we didn’t know we wanted

Microsoft continued its transformation during 2016, turning its vision of computing from concept into reality with Surface, Windows 10, HoloLens, and more.
Opinion

Donald Trump is a media virus, but we’re the ones spreading him

Love him or hate him, Donald Trump’s ascendance demonstrates how a “media virus” can burrow into cultural weak spots and spread like the flu. But what’s the cure?
Gaming

Game over? Why Call of Duty is dying and Overwatch is thriving

Call of Duty is one of the biggest gaming franchises in the world, but it appears to have suffered a fall from grace. Is the game not as good as it used to be, or have gamers changed while Call of Duty has stalled?
Computing

Do you really need a new PC? Don’t buy one until you read our guide

Black Friday is coming, and retailers will be offering some serious deals on new machines. Here are some things you should think about before you spend your hard-earned dollars on a doorbuster.
Gaming

Bait and Switch: Nintendo’s new console is everything wrong with gaming hype

The Switch’s short teaser trailer grabbed everyone’s attention, promising a mobile system with impressive capabilities and a surprising selection of games. But it glosses over details that might be the console’s downfall.
Opinion

Don’t copy me, bro: How tech innovators can knock out knockoffs

Remember when U.S. Marshals stormed CES to shut down a Chinese competitor advertising hoverboards? Attorney Shawn Kolitch made it happen, and he explains how innovators can fight back against copycats.
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.