Category: Business / Computers and Software

July 6, 2020

Tech Confronts Its Use of the Labels ‘Master’ and ‘Slave’

Companies and programmers are re-examining how technical terms are used amid Black Lives Matter protests. But some worry the changes are empty symbolism.

by Elizabeth Landau in Business
June 29, 2020

An Infrastructure Arms Race Is Fueling the Future of Gaming

As videogame companies increasingly shift to the cloud, data centers have taken on outsized importance.

by Cecilia DAnastasio in Business
June 24, 2020

A Survey of New Cars Finds More Tech Means More Problems

US carmakers fare well in JD Power’s annual survey of new vehicle owners. Tesla gets poor grades on a small sample.

by Aarian Marshall in Business
June 23, 2020

How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change

To cut the carbon, programmers are cutting the code. Call it green programming.

by Clive Thompson in Business
June 16, 2020

Apple Threatens to Move Basecamp’s New Email App to Trash

Scrutiny of Apple’s App Store policies heats up as the company heads into its annual software conference.

June 15, 2020

As Cities Reopen, Expect to Wait in Lots of Lines

Capacity limits and social distancing requirements prompt businesses to count how many people are inside—and force some to wait outside.

by Aarian Marshall in Business
June 12, 2020

The Pandemic Is Propelling a New Wave of Automation

Software programs adopted during the Covid-19 crisis make it easier to complete forms and track requests. It saves work, but could cost jobs.

by Will Knight in Business
May 22, 2020

Sundar Pichai Says Google Doesn’t Plan to Go Entirely Remote

In an interview, the Google and Alphabet CEO discusses working from home, weathering antitrust probes, and how the company needs to do a better job on diversity.

by Steven Levy in Business
May 21, 2020

On Earth, the Economy Is Tanking. In the Cloud, It’s Fine

Amid the pandemic, life has moved online. That’s good news for the tech giants that run data centers, and the companies that supply them.

by Tom Simonite Will Knight in Business
May 15, 2020

The US Will Help a Taiwan Firm Build a Chip Plant in Arizona

The announcement comes as the Commerce Department issues new restrictions on sales to Huawei, the latest sign of US-China friction.

by Will Knight in Business