Chris Velazco, Washington Post

Chris Velazco

Washington Post

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Recent articles by Chris:

If you had trouble getting products fixed under warranty, the FTC wants to hear your horror story

If this policy push ultimately leads to “Right to Repair” laws being passed, you might be able to easily fix your own ailing gadgets with official repair manuals and parts. Not exactly the handy type? That’s okay — you may also have access to a wider array of third-party repair shops and technicians to help you instead. Restrictions on repair can “significantly raise costs for consumers, stifle… → Read More

Civilized Cycles' Model 1 is a posh, surprisingly practical e-bike

For many, e-bikes have become a fixture of life in New York City. → Read More

Motorola reveals yet another Moto G Stylus, this time with 5G

We weren’t quite sure to make of Motorola’s first Moto G Stylus way back in 2020, but the company was clearly onto something: the subsequent 2021 model quickly became the best-selling phone in its G-series lineup. → Read More

Toyota’s electric concept SUV lands in the US ahead of its 2022 launch

Toyota’s bZ4X BEV concept SUV started turning heads when it debuted at Auto Shanghai earlier this year, and its journey to the United States has already begun. → Read More

What to expect from Apple's online-only WWDC 2021

Google I/O is done, and so is Microsoft Build — that means Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is the last high-profile software showcase for at least a month. → Read More

Microsoft, the Linux Foundation, and others team up to make software sustainable

Microsoft is still working to go fully carbon negative by the end of the decade, but effectively grappling with climate change isn’t just one company’s responsibility. → Read More

Belkin's $100 Soundform Connect dongle adds AirPlay 2 to any speaker

The $100 Soundform Connect turns any traditional speaker into an AirPlay 2-compatible smart speaker you can cast audio to from an iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV.. → Read More

Ford partners with SK Innovation for EV battery production

As expected, Ford confirmed today that it will partner with Korea’s SK Innovation to produce 60 gigawatt-hours annually in tractional battery cells and arrays” for use in electric vehicle batteries starting “mid-decade”.. → Read More

iPad Pro (2021) review: Apple’s hardware may have outpaced its software

For the last week, I’ve been living with Apple’s new iPad Pro, and there are two thoughts I haven’t been able to shake. → Read More

What to expect at Google I/O 2021

We don’t know everything Google has in store for Google I/O 2021, but we have some educated guesses — and a few things we’re hoping against hope to see. → Read More

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G: Can just ‘good’ be good enough?

We get pretty worked up when a new, premium smartphone shows up. → Read More

iPhone and Mac sales are way up from the start of the pandemic

Apple is still riding high on the tails of a blockbuster quarter, according to a new earnings statement released today. → Read More

Google owner Alphabet posts big gains after pandemic uncertainty

Google parent Alphabet reported today that it raked in a total of $55.3 billion in revenue over the past three months — that’s up 34 percent compared to this time last year. → Read More

Sony is already testing its PlayStation Plus Video Pass in Poland

Well, that was fast. Just one day after Sony accidentally shared an image promoting its new “PlayStation Plus Video Pass”, the company has confirmed that the feature is live and being publicly testing the feature right now. The only catch? You need to be in Poland to use it. → Read More

Google’s Fi wireless service gets a new, cheaper unlimited plan

Google’s Fi wireless service has always been a niche option that best served owners of Google Pixels, but today the search giant is adding a more affordable unlimited data plan in hopes of making Fi more palatable to the masses. → Read More

Ogling Apple's purple iPhone 12

Look, there really isn’t much to say about the new, purple iPhone 12. It’s roughly the same pastel shade that last year’s purple iPhone 11 came in, which means it’s more of a lavender than anything else. (If you’re a connoisseur of Southeast Asian flavors, I should point out this iPhone’s hue is nearly a dead ringer for some varieties of delicious Ube ice cream.) You’ll also be able to pre-order… → Read More

Apple's new AirTags are as simple as they should be

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I. Lose. Everything. That character flaw, in tandem with a complete inability to see things smack in front of my face sometimes, means I’m perhaps the perfect person to try out Apple’s new AirTags. Good thing, then, that Apple sent along a few to test — along with a purple iPhone 12 running the new (and required) iOS 14.5 update. → Read More

Apple’s new iPad Pro has an M1 chip, Thunderbolt and 5G support

Apple just revealed new versions of its 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro today, and as expected, they’re shaping up to be the most powerful pair of tablets out there right now. → Read More

Union says Amazon interfered with Alabama warehouse vote

Amazon beat back a push to unionize in its Bessemer, Alabama fulfillment center thanks to a surprisingly one-sided vote — nearly two-thirds of the facility’s workers chose not to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union on April 9th. According to a list of objections filed with the National Labor Relations Board late Friday, however, the union argues Amazon won the vote because it… → Read More

TCL reveals three new affordable ‘20’ series smartphones

The cheap phone announcements have been coming hard and fast this month: first, there was Samsung’s slew of Galaxy A devices, then HMD’s revamped line of Nokia phones, and now TCL is expanding its line of 20-series smartphones with a few new models. → Read More