Chris Velazco, Washington Post

Chris Velazco

Washington Post

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Recent articles by Chris:

Google will take on Apple with a tablet and smartwatch of its own

For years, Google was content making smart home gadgets and the occasional smartphones. Not anymore. → Read More

The iPod: Gone but never forgotten

Apple will sell its remaining stock of Mp3 players and kiss the age of the iPod goodbye. But a new generation of tech aficionados is working to prolong the iPod's legacy. → Read More

Ask Help Desk: How to keep your phone working while traveling abroad

Prepping your phone for a trip overseas can be confusing. Let us help you sort through your options for staying connected. → Read More

Android apps are getting data safety labels. Here’s what they tell you.

Google is making app developers explain how they handle our data. → Read More

What you need to know about Apple’s new DIY iPhone repair program

On Wednesday, for the first time, Apple began selling regular consumers the parts and tools needed to fix common iPhone issues themselves. → Read More

You can get better sleep with wearables. Just focus on the right data.

Popular body-worn gadgets such as smartwatches and rings have features to help you understand your sleep. Here's our closer look at the data they provide and how much of it is actually helpful. → Read More

Here’s why your old rechargeable batteries ballooned in size

A swollen battery might look alarming, but it isn't necessarily a safely risk. Here's what causes a battery to bulge, and how you might be able to prevent it. → Read More

Rechargeable batteries cause fires. Here’s how to properly dispose of them.

Choosing the wrong way to recycle products with rechargeable batteries can be as bad as not recycling them at all. Rather than toss them in your curbside bins, do this instead. → Read More

Ask Help Desk: What’s the best way to share my old home videos?

Our old home movies are facing an existential threat. Here's how to save and share those treasured recordings. → Read More

Ask Help Desk: How can I tell if my phone will be affected by the 3G shutdown this year?

Here is what you need to know about the mobile network shutdown this year. → Read More

We tested Samsung’s newest flagship phones. Here are 6 things you should know about the Galaxy S22s.

Buyer's remorse is the worst. Here are the six big things you should know about Samsung's new phones before upgrading. → Read More

Got a computer collecting dust? Google’s new software could bring it back to life.

Chrome OS Flex may be able to breathe new life into your old PCs and Macs, and it's totally free. Here’s how it works. → Read More

Apple outlines plan to make its AirTag trackers easier to find

Apple outlined a series of changes designed to dial down AirTags' potential for abuse. Here's what will change and when. → Read More

Samsung’s latest tablet may have a bigger screen than your laptop

This week, Samsung officially revealed its first wave of shiny gadgets for 2022, including a new trio of new Galaxy S22 smartphones. But for the first time in over a year, Samsung is taking a big swing at the tablet market, too. → Read More

Internet service plans will soon come with ‘nutrition’ labels. It’s about time.

The FCC is moving forward with a plan to make companies’ internet plans easier to understand. → Read More

How to quit Spotify without losing your music

Considering giving up on Spotify? Here's our guide to the streaming music landscape, including tips on how to transfer your music collection. → Read More

Ask Help Desk: How to sound better on your next Zoom (or Skype or Google Meet) call

Here’s our guide to making sure your Zoom or other video calls sound as good as they possibly can, for your sake and for the sake of everyone else. → Read More

5G service just got faster for some people. Here’s why.

After a bit of a lull, 5G is making headlines all over again. Here’s your guide to why, and what it means for you. → Read More

Recycling should be easier. These home appliance start-ups are trying to help.

While it might sound a little easier to keep a couple of dedicated recycling bins around two start-ups are tackling a sort of recycling gap people might not always think about. → Read More

What it’s like at one of the world’s biggest tech trade shows as omicron surges

This year's chaotic CES conference raises valuable questions about the future of giant in-person business events. → Read More