Facebook Launches Portal Video-Chat Devices for the Home
The two voice-controlled tabletop systems feature cameras, microphones and touch screens—and Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant.
RIP Google+. We Hardly Knew Ye.
Few tears were shed Monday over the death of Google+, the search giant’s oft-derided effort at challenging Facebook in social media.
Cocaine, Reefer and the F-Word: Sometimes Alexa Goes a Little Crazy
Amazon’s Echo device and Alphabet Inc.’s Google Home can handle a growing array of tasks. They are also freaking people out, seeming to drop into...
Facebook Pushes Into Africa
Facebook is working to get more Africans onto a faster internet, but critics say the company’s efforts threaten to funnel traffic to its own...
Alexa Heads to the Warehouse
ShippingEasy will make e-commerce fulfillment operations available through Amazon’s voice assistant, bringing more consumer technology into...
The Internet Gave Us Great TV---Now Where's Our Great TV Guide?
The Golden Age of Television comes with too many apps and devices, and there aren’t enough tools to help you find and play the best shows.
Steve Ballmer Talks About His Best and Worst Bets
A young Steve Ballmer knew a good thing when he saw it. A later foray into furniture proved not so prescient.
In the 5G Race, Airwave Auctions Are the Next Rivalry
A new battle for cellular airwaves is under way as governments around the world start to auction off spectrum for mobile coverage that could power...
How a German Social-Media Company Tamed the Trolls
German social-media app Jodel decided to ban nudity, racism, sexism, bullying and insults of any kind, and empowered users to police each other’s...
Silicon Valley Investors Shunned Juul, but Back Other Nicotine Start-Ups
The willingness to back some nicotine start-ups while condemning others illustrates the delicate ethical dance that investors are trying to perform.
Yesterday in Styles: 2001: When the Internet Was, Um, Over?
After the 2000 dot-com crash and the Sept. 11 attacks, it seemed as if the era of cocky young Silicon Valley techies minting easy millions was over...
Facebook’s New Gadget Is a Video-Chat Screen With a Camera That Follows You
At a time when trust in its services is eroding, the social network introduced Portal and Portal Plus, its first major effort to build consumer...