Category: Business / Computers and Software

January 20, 2020

How Aid Groups Map Refugee Camps That Officially Don’t Exist

Workers from Switzerland-based Medair use clipboards, cell phones, and GIS software to locate informal settlements of Syrian refugees across Lebanon.

by Abby Sewell in Business
January 14, 2020

Now It’s Really, Truly Time to Give Up Windows 7

After Tuesday, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for the operating system, leaving users who don’t upgrade vulnerable to malware.

by Klint Finley in Business
December 11, 2019

Best Buy Bucks the Trend That’s Crushing Other Retailers

The electronics retailer, once declared dead, thrives by offering richer in-store experiences and helping set up customers’ gadgets at home.

by Zachary Karabell in Business
December 6, 2019

You Can Have Collaborative Software That’s Wary of the Cloud

Research lab Ink & Switch wants to harness the benefits of productivity and communication without forcing users to give up control of their data.

by Gregory Barber in Business
December 2, 2019

Amazon Joins Tech’s Great Quantum Computing Race

The company’s AWS unit will allow customers to tap quantum machines from three startups. The offering follows a similar service from Microsoft.

by Tom Simonite in Business
November 25, 2019

Think App Updates Suck? Try Upgrading a Programming Language

Coders face their own version of update hell. Users of an old version of the popular Python language face a reckoning at the end of the year. 

by Klint Finley in Business
November 22, 2019

BlueMail Creators to Apple: Let Us Back Into the Mac App Store

The creators of BlueMail, who are suing Apple, take their case directly to Tim Cook in the name of “fairness and empathy.”

by Julian Chokkattu in Business
November 13, 2019

GitHub Finally Has Its Own iOS and Android Apps

First launched in 2008, the open source hub is launching its first apps for iOS and Android.

by Klint Finley in Business
November 9, 2019

Slack’s Stewart Butterfield on Making Workers More Productive—or Not

The CEO spoke with WIRED’s editor in chief about the pros and cons of replacing in-person workplace conversations with messaging software. 

by Louise Matsakis in Business
November 8, 2019

WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton on Why Privacy Matters

The cofounder of the messaging service and the current chair of the Signal Foundation talks about the proliferation of end-to-end encryption in personal communications.

by Boone Ashworth in Business