March 23, 2017 Steven Avery

reader comments 3 Share this story In early 2015, architects of Google’s Android mobile operating system introduced a new feature that was intended to curtail the real-time tracking of smartphones as their users traversed retail stores, city streets, and just about anywhere else. A recently published research paper found that…

March 23, 2017 Steven Avery

Enlarge / The Workflow app. reader comments 1 Share this story Late yesterday, Apple closed a deal to acquire Workflow, an app for iOS power users that lets you string a series of repetitive actions together to make them easier and quicker to accomplish. In many ways, the app accomplishes…

March 23, 2017 Rebecca MacLary

reader comments 32 Share this story Swiss watch manufacturer Tag Heuer is following up its uber-expensive $1,500 smartwatch with an even more expensive wearable. Today, the company announced the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45, an Android Wear smartwatch that comes in a range of materials and with a plethora of interchangeable parts that let customers…

March 23, 2017 Rebecca MacLary

Andrew Cunningham reader comments 114 Share this story A seven-month investigation by Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has found that Apple’s Russian arm illegally fixed prices for certain iPhone models, according to a report from the Financial Times. The FAS found that Apple told 16 retailers to “hold the prices” of these iPhones…

March 23, 2017 Rebecca MacLary

Sebastian Anthony reader comments 98 Share this story Rejoice, Chrome users! With Chrome 57, released this week, your laptop might soon get more than three hours of battery life when you have multiple tabs open. In September last year, the Chromium team said changes were coming to Chrome’s handling of background tabs, but…

March 23, 2017 Rebecca MacLary

Enlarge / What’s all this gaming blather about Ryzen? Let us explain.Mark Walton reader comments 240 Share this story The response to AMD’s Ryzen processors with their new Zen core has been more than a little uneven. Eight cores and 16 threads for under $500 means that they’re unambiguously strong across…