Joanna Stern, Wall Street Journal

Joanna Stern

Wall Street Journal

New York, NY, United States

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Recent articles by Joanna:

I Spent 24 Hours in the Metaverse. I Made Friends, Did Work and Panicked About the Future.

WSJ's Joanna Stern put on a headset to live in the virtual world for 24 hours and shares what she learned. → Read More

Trapped in the Metaverse: Here’s What 24 Hours Feels Like

Everyone is blabbing about the metaverse. But what does this future digital world look like? WSJ’s Joanna Stern checked into a hotel and strapped on a virtual-r → Read More

MacBook Pro 2021 Review: Nearly Perfect Back-to-the-Future Laptops

Apple’s move of the MacBook Pro from Intel chips to its very own M1 Pro and M1 Max processors wowed me in testing, and the return of full-size ports and real function keys make this laptop a pleasure to use. → Read More

Pixel 6 and 6 Pro: Google Says It’s Serious About Smartphones. For Real This Time.

The latest Pixel smartphones have colorful designs, cool camera tricks and powerful Google-designed processors. But how many will buy one instead of a Samsung Galaxy phone or Apple iPhone? → Read More

New MacBook Pro With M1 Pro and M1 Max Chips: Apple Giveth, Apple Taketh Away

More ports, a return of MagSafe chargers and no more Touch Bar. Apple’s first MacBook Pro redesign in five years reverses course on some problematic design choices. → Read More

How to Fix Facebook, Instagram and Social Media? Change the Defaults

Default settings on Facebook, Instagram and other social-media apps keep you hooked on your feeds and sharing your personal data. A few changes could mean the difference between an addictive social-media experience and a healthy one. → Read More

Facebook and Big Tobacco: Why Social Media Is (and Isn’t) Like Cigarettes

Members of Congress have likened Facebook and Instagram’s tactics to that of the tobacco industry. WSJ’s Joanna Stern reviews the hearings of both to explore wh → Read More

Microsoft Released Windows 11. But Should You Upgrade?

The newest Windows operating system got a nice makeover, but we’re still waiting for Android-app compatibility and other game-changing features. Plus, your PC might not even be eligible for the update. → Read More

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp Outage: What to Do When Your Online Life Vanishes

The three pillars of Facebook crumbled on Monday. Some users screamed, “Hallelujah!” Others realized how much of their social and personal connections rely on a big company’s servers. → Read More

iPhone 13 Review: From Mini to Pro Max, It’s All About the Battery and Cameras

Apple’s latest iPhones deliver in battery life—and the iPhone 13 Pro models have nicer screens, too—but some of the promised camera and video improvements fall short. → Read More

iOS 15 Is Here: The iPhone Software Update’s Small Tricks Make a Big Difference

Apple just released the latest iOS. It doesn’t bring a big visual overhaul, but new tools like weather notifications, a Focus mode and Live Text photo scanning make everyday use easier. → Read More

New iPhone 13, Mini and Pro vs. Previous Models: Comparing Apple’s Full Lineup

Need help deciding among the eight current iPhone models? Here’s a close look at the new choices and the leftovers—including the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 11 and iPhone SE—that are now selling at reduced prices. → Read More

Ray-Ban and Facebook’s Camera-Equipped Sunglasses Mix Cool With Creepy (Review)

Ray-Ban’s Stories look like classic sunglasses. Except they’re made in partnership with Facebook and have built-in cameras that are hard to spot. We tested them. → Read More

How TikTok Serves Up Sex and Drug Videos to Minors

The popular app can quickly drive young users into endless spools of adult content, including videos touting drug use and promoting pornography sites, a Wall Street Journal investigation finds. → Read More

Wallets Are Over. Your Phone Is Your Everything Now.

Mobile payments replacing credit cards was just the start. A digital driver’s license, work ID and other card holdouts are coming to your smartphone. → Read More

How the ‘Right to Repair’ Might Save Your Gadgets—and Save You Money

New legislation aims to provide more options for fixing our broken gadgets. A journey to fix two MacBooks illustrates the repair restrictions put in place by Apple and other big tech companies. → Read More

Apple’s Child-Protection Features and the Question of Who Controls Our Smartphones

Apple might have reasonable explanations for its newly unveiled child-protection features, but they raise giant questions about the power Big Tech has over our lives. → Read More

So Long, Samsung Galaxy Note. Thanks for Everything but the Fires.

Samsung isn’t launching a new Galaxy Note this year. Instead, its best features live on in the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, and smartphones everywhere. → Read More

Our 2021 Laptop Buying Guide: How to Choose the Best for You

Now is a great time to buy a new laptop: The surge in sales and usage during the past 18 months finally got manufacturers to improve what had been fairly stagnant offerings. Here‘s how to picking the right one. → Read More

Microsoft’s Windows 11: The Big New PC Features Coming This Year

A redesigned interface, new productivity features and the ability to run Android apps are all key to Microsoft’s plan to give PCs a fresh “Start”—and take on Google and Apple. → Read More