Tag: Smartphones

In Weekend Outage, Diabetes Monitors Fail to Send Crucial Alerts

For many parents of children with diabetes, the Dexcom G6 continuous glucose monitor is a lifesaver. The device tracks their children’s glucose levels and sends them an alert when their blood sugar climbs too high or falls too low, allowing them to take quick action to correct it. But around midnight on Friday, Dexcom suffered […]

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New Research Shows Screen Time Is Not Directly Increasing Depression or Anxiety in Teenagers

Highlights from the Study It’s no secret that the amount of time teens spend online has increased in the last decade. So much so that parents everywhere began to worry about the effect it had on teens. With 95% of teenagers having access to smartphones and 45% of them reporting being online almost constantly, logging […]

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A Big Screen to Sift Through Recruits

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Theodore Kim, director of newsroom fellowships and internships, discussed the tech he’s using. What are your most important tech tools for doing your work and finding people to recruit? There’s lots of interest in working at The Times, and […]

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Accused of a Crime, and Falling Into the ‘Technology Gap’

On April 27, a woman in eastern Brooklyn called the police. She told them that just before sunrise, at 5:50 a.m., her ex, John, confronted her on the street with a gun. The two were scheduled to appear at a court hearing over who would get possession of an apartment they once shared. The woman […]

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Google Stadia Wants You to Replace Your Video Game Console. Don’t.

Wouldn’t it be great if video game consoles went away and we could play games on any device? After all, the games — not the machines — are what we care about. That is Google’s ambition with Stadia, the streaming game service that the company plans to release on Tuesday. The product is not the […]

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A Paranoid Guide to Fighting the ‘Bugging Epidemic’

People worry that Big Brother and Big Tech are invading their privacy. But a more immediate concern may be the guy next door or a shifty co-worker. A growing array of so-called smart surveillance products have made it easy to secretly live-stream or record what other people are saying or doing. Consumer spending on surveillance […]

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Steve Jobs Was Right: Smartphones and Tablets Killed the P.C.

I got an iPad Pro recently, and I’ve fallen madly in love with it. This was unexpected. I’ve had iPads before, but like a lot of people, I hadn’t found them to be very useful. Tablets were good for surfing the Web and watching Netflix, but they’ve always been dogged by the charge that you […]

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Dear Reader: Watch Where You’re Going

You’re walking around and a thought occurs: “I should check my phone.” The phone comes out of your pocket. You type a message. Then your eyes remain glued to the screen, even when you walk across the street. We all do this kind of distracted walking, or “twalking.” (Yes, this term is really a thing.) […]

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Apple Card Investigated After Gender Discrimination Complaints

Something curious happened when a husband and wife recently compared their Apple Card spending limits. David Heinemeier Hansson vented on Twitter that even though his spouse, Jamie Hansson, had a better credit score and other factors in her favor, her application for a credit line increase had been denied. Mr. Hansson, a prominent software developer, […]

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Canalys: Global smartphone shipments rose 1% in Q3 2019, first growth in 2 years

Global smartphone shipments grew by 1% in Q3 2019, representing the first year-on-year (YoY) market increase in two years. New figures from Canalys indicate that 352 million smartphones shipped last quarter, compared to 349 million on the corresponding period last year. The growth, while modest, bucks a trend that dates back to 2017 which saw […]

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Giuliani, Overheard Talking About Need for Cash, Mistakenly Calls NBC Reporter

WASHINGTON — Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer and a key figure in the impeachment inquiry, managed to inadvertently telephone an NBC News reporter at 11 p.m. one night this month and leave a lengthy voice message filled with snippets of an overheard conversation. In the muffled recording — left on Oct. 16 with […]

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A quick 5G guide: Separating reality from hype

Exactly one year ago, I wrote about the onset of “fake 5G news” — the increasing use of 5G as a buzzword to attract attention to otherwise non-5G products and services, which was already happening before 5G devices became available. Back then, Xiaomi lured media to an event for “the world’s first 5G commercial mobile phone,” […]

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The Attention War: Why It’s So Hard to Keep a Clear Head

Information overload is the collateral damage of an ongoing war for our attention. We have, for instance, a whole range of devices and apps on our phones designed to be addictive. When combined with ever-expanding data sources, these tools can help us do our jobs better and enrich our leisure time. But increasingly, all they […]

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Woman Playing Pokémon Go Is Killed After Witnessing Robbery, Police Say

Cayla Campos had a routine: Every night, her father said, the 21-year-old resident of Albuquerque loved to play Pokémon Go with her boyfriend as they drove through Bianchetti Park near her apartment. “It boggles my mind,” the father, Carl Campos, said in an interview on Tuesday night. “Most 21-year-olds are out at clubs. My daughter […]

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China Sharpens Hacking to Hound Its Minorities, Far and Wide

SAN FRANCISCO — China’s state-sponsored hackers have drastically changed how they operate over the last three years, substituting selectivity for what had been a scattershot approach to their targets and showing a new determination by Beijing to push its surveillance state beyond its borders. The government has poured considerable resources into the change, which is […]

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Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL review: Function over form

Since 2016, Google has each year released a pair of flagship Pixel smartphones designed to showcase the very best of Android. This year saw the debut of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, which ship running Android 10. But what’s unusual this time around is that the duo’s hardware is perhaps just as compelling […]

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Pixel 4 Review: Google Needs to Do More to Stand Out

Google’s new Pixel 4 phones will reach stores this week. Apple’s new iPhone 11s debuted last month. The question is: Will you be able to tell the difference between the smartphones? It used to be easy to distinguish them. While the Pixel’s hardware features were never as impressive as those of other high-end devices, Google […]

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When You Take a Great Photo, Thank the Algorithm in Your Phone

Not too long ago, tech giants like Apple and Samsung raved about the number of megapixels they were cramming into smartphone cameras to make photos look clearer. Nowadays, all the handset makers are shifting focus to the algorithms, artificial intelligence and special sensors that are working together to make our photos look more impressive. What […]

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Filming the Show: Pardon the Intrusion? Or Punish It?

Joshua Henry, the star of a new Off Broadway musical called “The Wrong Man,” had tried repeatedly to signal his disapproval to the man in the onstage seating who was using his smartphone to capture his performance, but he wasn’t getting through. By the third song, Mr. Henry had had enough. So he reached into […]

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