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  1. Photo CreditGlenn Harvey

    We are beholden to a few Big Tech overlords for much of our digital lives. We can be more conscientious about it.

    By Brian X. Chen

  2. Photo CreditGlenn Harvey

    In a pandemic that forces us to stay home, bingeing on doom-and-gloom news feels irresistible. These health experts offer ways to break the habit.

    By Brian X. Chen

  3. Photo CreditGlenn Harvey

    All of our tech products will one day become obsolete, but here are some strategies to buying gadgets that you can enjoy for many years.

    By Brian X. Chen

  4. Photo CreditGlenn Harvey

    For $99 a year, Hey wants to help us restore some control. The new service has a way to go — and so does email, come to think of it.

    By Brian X. Chen

  5. PhotoBrian Chen riding the electric Ride1Up 700, which sells for $1,495. A VanMoof S3 e-bike cost $1,998. CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times

    The benefits of owning a battery-powered two-wheeler far outweigh the downsides, especially in a pandemic.

    By Brian X. Chen

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  1. PhotoApple’s Maps app, left, and Google Maps, right, have updated their information on which places are open — and which ones are not. CreditThe New York Times

    Apple and Google have added handy features for these uncertain times.

    By J. D. Biersdorfer

  2. PhotoAs the social-media platforms of the 19th and 20th centuries, many local newspapers printed brief “status reports” of community members — some of whom may have been your relatives. CreditThe New York Times

    Digitized newspaper archives and hyperlocal historical sources can help you understand how your ancestors lived.

    By J. D. Biersdorfer

  3. PhotoStar Walk 2 is just one of many astronomy apps that show you the skies with the help of augmented reality and 3-D models, along with information on planets, comets and scientific missions to space. Credit

    If NASA’s new 2020 missions have inspired an interest in science and celestial objects, these apps and sites can open a whole new batch of worlds.

    By J. D. Biersdorfer

  4. PhotoComicBook for iOS is one of many inexpensive apps that can transform photos into comic art, all on a mobile device. CreditJ.D. Biersdorfer

    Even if you can’t draw a stick person, you can still express yourself and tell stories through the time-honored tradition of sequential art.

    By J. D. Biersdorfer

  5. PhotoScanning copies of the paper crammed in your home files gives you a digital archive to use for reference and backup. CreditJ.D. Biersdorfer

    If you have some spare time at home and want a productive project, consider creating a digital archive of your personal papers.

    By J. D. Biersdorfer


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  1. PhotoOne reporter’s toolkit of everyday tech gizmos. CreditTom Brenner/The New York Times

    After three years and more than 130 columns, the smartphone was tops. There were also some deliberate Luddites among us.

    By Brian X. Chen

  2. Photo“Every major tech company has ramped up its presence here,” said David McCabe, a reporter in Washington who covers tech policy. CreditTing Shen for The New York Times

    Big Tech’s presence in the capital is unmistakable, and its interests intersect with more and more issues, says David McCabe, a tech policy reporter.

    By David McCabe

  3. PhotoA 27-inch LG monitor allows Theodore Kim, director of newsroom fellowships and internships, to view multiple job applications at once. CreditHaruka Sakaguchi for The New York Times

    Many people joining the newsroom are digitally savvy and helping media with a digital transition, says Theodore Kim, who runs fellowships and internships.

    By Theodore Kim

  4. Photo“I think the greenest things I do are the things that I don’t buy, honestly,” said Kendra Pierre-Louis, who reports on the environment. CreditGabby Jones for The New York Times

    One way to help the planet is not to buy new tech, especially stuff the planet never needed, says Kendra Pierre-Louis, who reports on the environment.

    By Kendra Pierre-Louis

  5. Photo“I wish I could tell you I was running some hotshot rig with multicore processors and a boatload of RAM,” Ben Casselman said, but a laptop suffices for his economics reporting. CreditKarsten Moran for The New York Times

    Ben Casselman, an economics reporter, uses a programming language called R and works with vast data sets. But he says interviews still make for the best stories.

    By Ben Casselman

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  1. Photo CreditPablo Rochat

    It is less clear that tech executives’ strategy of evasive answers will continue to work now that lawmakers have begun doing their homework.

    By Kevin Roose

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    The region’s lawmakers and regulators are taking direct aim at Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple in a series of proposed laws.

    By Adam Satariano

  3. PhotoMark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive, was confronted with his own emails by one lawmaker, who said he had plotted to take out a competitor. CreditPool photo by Graeme Jennings

    The chiefs of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook faced withering questions from Democrats about anti-competitive practices and from Republicans about anti-conservative bias.

    By Cecilia Kang and David McCabe

  4. Photo CreditAri Melenciano

    The congressional antitrust hearing showed that concerns about the tech stars aren’t going away.

    By Shira Ovide

  5. PhotoFrom left, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Sundar Pichai of Google, Tim Cook of Apple and Jeff Bezos of Amazon answered questions from House lawmakers about their business practices via videoconference. Credit

    It’s a tongue twister, but also a strategy. Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai appeared before Congress and dressed the part.

    By Vanessa Friedman


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  1. Field Notes

    Livestream Your Wedding Like a Pro

    These gadgets will help you improve the production quality and create memorable experiences for you and your digital guests.

    By Daniel Bortz

  2. A High-Tech Array of Travel Tools: ‘Smart’ Health Cards, Temperature-Reading Glasses and More

    Products that rely on artificial intelligence aim to make travel safer during the pandemic. But hefty prices and privacy concerns are issues.

    By Debra Kamin

  3. Wheels

    Letting Your Insurer Ride Shotgun, for a Discounted Rate

    Most big car insurers offer apps that monitor your driving, and one start-up requires it. The trade-off in privacy is a premium that could be substantially cheaper for safe drivers.

    By Paul Stenquist

  4. Disabled Do-It-Yourselfers Lead Way to Technology Gains

    So long to overhyped innovations. Hello to tech that embeds accessibility into everyday devices.

    By David M. Perry

  5. Technology Bridges the Gap to Better Sight

    More than 6 million Americans have vision problems that cannot be corrected by glasses or contact lenses. Companies like IrisVision are creating headsets to help them see better.

    By Janet Morrissey

  6. Tech Fix

    How to Make Your Tech Last Longer

    In a pandemic-induced recession, it’s more important than ever to take care of our smartphones and other gadgets.

    By Brian X. Chen

  7. Two Gamers Played ‘The Last of Us Part II.’ They Were Blown Away.

    When the original video game was transcendental, can a sequel top it? Two Times reporters debate the answer.

    By Mike Isaac and Conor Dougherty

  8. What Are Fintechs and How Can They Help Small Business?

    Online financial service companies are filling a gap, especially as companies have altered how they work.

    By Paul Sullivan

  9. Contact Tracing With Your Phone: It’s Easier but There Are Tradeoffs

    Lots of new app ideas are emerging to track Covid-19, but each has issues around privacy, location accuracy and how much appeal it will have to the public and to health officials.

    By Matt Richtel

  10. How Do I Get HBO Max if I Already Have HBO?

    Almost 35 million people have HBO. But not all of them can get HBO Max. Here’s what you need to know.

    By Edmund Lee


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