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.
Tech finds itself in the middle of a U.S.-China trade war and discovers that taking on governmental clients might make employees uncomfortable. Also, Instagram dives into longform video.
We list our favorite game announcements from E3, ponder the industry trend toward consolidation, watch as Twitter continues to rearrange deckchairs, celebrate Tennesseean supercomputers, and then Jason tries to mend the hearts he broke during last week's Fuzzy Puppy Update.