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Past articles by Ross:

Are Rivian electric vans enough to make you feel better about Amazon's environmental impact?

Electric delivery vehicles from Rivian will be among the most visible steps Amazon takes on its uphill battle to carbon neutrality by 2040. → Read More

MIDI instruments evolve to let you make music anywhere

Filled with LEDs and sometimes able to be used independently, new form factors are expanding the ways people learn, practice, perform, and compose music. → Read More

Fraud protection efforts target fake corporate identities online and offline

Efforts from Amazon and First Orion are among the ways that companies are cracking down on perpetrators of consumer fraud. → Read More

Scribble me this: The uncertain future of note-taking apps

Tablets and digital pens have created a golden age for one of personal computing's most humble applications. Will AI end it? → Read More

Cloud vs. console: Why streaming game services haven't captured the TV yet

A spotlight has been shone on the expanding reach of cloud gaming. Today, there are many intersections, some quite lopsided, between companies offering streaming game services and those with a role in TV platforms → Read More

The iPad as a PC peer: Are we there yet?

At WWDC, Apple recounted how the iPad has long been positioned between the smartphone and laptop. With iOS 16, it continues crossing the bridge from the former to the latter. → Read More

No one will miss the iPod touch

What started as the iPhone's thinner twin travelled a long slow road to irrelevance. → Read More

Startups remake classic games for the digital era

A host of startups are preparing devices that add touchscreens to dice, board games, and a twisting puzzle cube, seeking to blend the best of physical play with the flexibility of a console. → Read More

Attack of the flying selfie sticks

Some of the first true consumer-focused drones, including one from Snap, Inc., want to take off where the extending rods left off. But front-facing camera improvements may keep them a niche tool. → Read More

Android tablets: Why the struggle stays real

Even a tablet-focused update from Google can do only so much to help Android tablets emerge from the shadow of the iPad and other competition. → Read More

Flagship Android tablets take aim at pros

The latest Pro android slates from the category stalwarts include some impressive features, including a few that one-up the iPad. → Read More

Lenovo ThinkReality A3: Mixed reality hits the big screen

Lenovo's ThinkReality A3 mixed reality glasses allow working on multiple virtual PC monitors. But the screen-free road includes a learning curve. → Read More

Lenovo ThinkReality A3: Quality time in mixed reality

Lenovo's ThinkReality A3 hybrid smart glasses offer new flexibility for mixed reality on the go. → Read More

Apple's Peek Performance launches showcase the triumph of Apple silicon

Across iPhone, iPad and Mac, Apple showed how its silicon had enabled it to flex product lines and design a breakthrough desktop. → Read More

Could an iPhone SE update usher in the iPod's final touch?

Apple keeping even an old iPhone SE in its lineup would represent an upgrade over the last surviving product to bear the iPod brand. → Read More

Dead Networks Society: Why 5G isn't delivering the excitement 3G did

As carriers wind down their 3G networks, they close the door on a network that laid the foundation for many of today's most popular wireless services. Compared to 5G, it was an easy sell. → Read More

Despite retail closures, Amazon still has plenty in store

While it seems like strange timing for the e-commerce giant to be shuttering these stores, here are three reasons why Amazon's other brick-and-mortar locations may stick around for a while. → Read More

The messy Googlefication of the PC

Rival efforts by both Microsoft and Google to bring Android apps to Windows, as well as Google's pitch to "upgrade" PCs from Windows to Chrome OS, are awkwardly increasing Google's influence on the PC. → Read More

Ficihp Multifunctional Keyboard offers the second screen of your cyberdeck dreams

The combined keyboard and wide touchscreen offers a productivity upgrade but has the size and weight of many laptops. → Read More

Folding keyboards compared, from slim to mechanical

One folding keyboard pairs with a clever case to improve text entry on the go while another splits a mechanical keyboard to provide a luxurious typing experience. → Read More