The contactless takeover: No-touch tech will be key to reopening businesses

Mobile payments are taking off. Contactless solutions are coming to restaurants, the movies, and your favorite stores.

Nick DeSantis • May 12, 2020

Sorry Comcast: School buses are internet providers now

School districts are bringing WiFi connections to communities that need them now more than ever.

Michael Waters • May 8, 2020

Wink’s pivot to subscriptions leaves users feeling poked in the eye

One of them posted a photo of Wink hardware “where it belongs” -- in the toilet.

Nick DeSantis • May 8, 2020

The microbe emoji is more popular than ever, and scientists hate it

The public microscope has not been kind to the poor microbe.

Michael Waters • May 8, 2020

It’s not just you: Every website looks the same now

Blame America’s other hamburger craze.

Michael Waters • May 7, 2020

Get ready for a wave of returning-to-work tools

Salesforce is one of the first companies out of the gate, but if the Zoom copycats are any clue, others won’t be far behind.

Nick DeSantis • May 5, 2020

One of America’s most technophobic institutions took a step out of the dark ages

For the first time, the Supreme Court held oral arguments by teleconference. For the most part, the historic occasion went smoothly

Nick DeSantis • May 5, 2020

The company keeping your YouTube streams from crashing

The fate of your Zoom happy hour may depend on one Massachusetts-based company.

Michael Waters • May 1, 2020

A new Shopify app is here to connect you with local small businesses

The new Shop app might also be a shrewd way for Shopify to expand its base of 1m+ merchants.

Nick DeSantis • April 29, 2020

The nostalgia economy is keeping high school prom alive

If you miss out on your virtual prom, at least there’s… drive-thru graduation.

Michael Waters • April 28, 2020

Trouble nabbing that grocery delivery slot? A bot may be the culprit

It’s a new spin on the tech that allows scalpers to snap up all the Taylor Swift tix.

Nick DeSantis • April 23, 2020

Forget DIY crafts. Rural Colorado is trying out DIY broadband

Project Thor wants to smash the digital divide to smithereens.

Michael Waters • April 21, 2020

The internet’s battle against bots is heating up

The security firm Cloudflare said it’s waving goodbye to Google’s ubiquitous bot-battling tool.

Michael Waters • April 20, 2020

Faster than a speeding supercomputer: Volunteers amp up a disease-fighting project

Stanford University’s [email protected] is getting huge, thanks to an influx of users.

Nick DeSantis • April 15, 2020

5 things to know about the Apple-Google collab on contact tracing

Their new effort will use Bluetooth technology to scale traditional contact-tracing approaches faster than humans can alone.

Nick DeSantis • April 13, 2020

The strange case of a disappearing ‘internet food court’

The fledgling food service vanished almost as fast as it had appeared.

Nick DeSantis • April 10, 2020

A visit from the ghost of dumb phones past

Smartphones were only just taking off a decade ago, but today they shape most of our lives.

Conor Grant • December 23, 2019

After months of hype, Samsung wins the race to unfold a pricey new phone category

After months of competition with other phonemakers, Samsung became the first company to sell a phone with a foldable touchscreen.

Conor Grant • February 21, 2019

The future is calling, and it dialed in on a landline

NumberAI, a startup that makes technology to add texting and AI functionality to old-school landline phone numbers, raised $10.5m to expand its business products.

Conor Grant • January 29, 2019

Return of the Razr: Motorola will try to make more magic with a $1,500, foldable Razr

Motorola is resurrecting the Razr, complete with a folding screen and a $1,500 price tag.

Conor Grant • January 17, 2019

Apple’s rotten iPhone sales are stinking up the whole economy

Apple stock got hit with historic losses after sluggish iPhone demand, and the rest of the economy is losing confidence fast.

Conor Grant • January 4, 2019

Surprise: apps are still dead in the water

There was a time, long ago, when a wantrepreneur could dream up a new app and get a million first-week downloads. That time, my friends, is no more.

Zachary Crockett • August 28, 2017

We’re addicted to our phones and it might not be our fault

Tristan Harris is trying to change the way companies design their addicting software and notifications

The Hustle • October 18, 2016

The simple, but surprising reason why iPhone owners can accept calls two different ways

We answer a simple question that everyone seems to have.

The Hustle • October 7, 2015

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