Apple's event nears, but the rumored names for its new iPhones are really weird; young people are abandoning Facebook in droves; social-media giants spend a day in the barrel on Capitol Hill; and Evernote loses much of its executive team amid rumors it's circling the drain.
Apple rumor season is in full swing, Google brings "digital well-being" to YouTube viewing stats, Uber embraces scooters and ebikes, and conservatives complain about Google having a liberal bias.
Graphics cards get way better; the App Store comes under criticism; and Facebook spends another week in the news. Plus we've got some operating-system nostalgia and some exciting news about tacos.
This week we learn that our apps may be watching us far more than we might have expected, imagine a wacky buddy comedy featuring two voice assistants who have to live together in a single device, observe Twitch and YouTube fighting over streaming stars, and count how many app subscriptions we've got.
Several tech giants move to ban a guy who peddles conspiracies and snake oil from their platforms, while Twitter doesn't; MoviePass nears death, but everything may still be a service and the movies still need a shot in the arm; and Samsung rolls out a new Note, watch, and smart speaker.
Google may be returning to the (censored) search business in China, YouTube Premium and Facebook Watch face the icy stares of skeptical TV critics; and Apple breaks a trillion but still has trouble with the Mac.
Apple's much-criticized MacBook Pro weathers a weeklong PR crisis; Google makes money but struggles with its identity; and Facebook continues to have a really bad year.
Google gets fined, swallows Nest whole, and plots its next-generation operating system. In other news, there are new moons and even newer emojis. 😎
Is Microsoft's new Surface a laptop or tablet, and what it does it mean for the future of computing? Also, HBO's new owner AT&T wants to make it more like Netflix, and we celebrate 10 years of the App Store.
Companies love buying other companies; Disney and Amazon are making big moves this week, while Apple is getting serious about midterm election news coverage and nerds get to play with beta software all summer.