9 great reads from CNET this week

How the coronavirus affected the fate of Facebook's big conference, why Amazon now operates seven different kinds of physical stores, and what's keeping foldable phones from winning us over.

CNET News staff
2 min read

Coronavirus continued to take a toll on the tech industry this week, not to mention the stock market and economies at large. Most notably, intensifying concerns over the outbreak of COVID-19, the respiratory illness the virus causes, prompted the cancellation of Facebook's big F8 developer event. This year's Game Developers Conference and Geneva Motor Show were also canceled Friday amid coronavirus fears. 

Also this week, Disney CEO and Baby Yoda buddy Bob Iger stepped down, Microsoft revealed specs for its upcoming Xbox Series X, and at the RSA security conference, things got a little heated between Huawei and the US Defense Department.

Here are the week's stories you don't want to miss:

Coronavirus concerns prompt cancellation of Facebook F8 developer conference

The cancellation of Facebook's biggest event of the year follows the scrapping of Mobile World Congress.

James Martin/CNET

Amazon now operates seven different kinds of physical stores. Here's why

When you have $11.6 billion in annual profits, you can afford to experiment.

James Martin/CNET

Sorry, Razr and Galaxy Z Flip: Foldable phones still need a win

The new wave of mobile phones continues to be plagued by worries about durability.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Sarah Tew/CNET

3 red flags you should look for before downloading an app

You may not want to read those terms of service, but you really should.

Getty Images

All the ways Bob Iger transformed Disney as CEO

Acquisitions like Pixar and Marvel, and revamping the Disney theme parks, are Iger's legacy as he steps down.

Painting of Disney CEO Bob Iger holding Baby Yoda
Tim O'Brien/Time

Galaxy S20 Ultra review: Samsung's most advanced phone fails to hit a home run

Excellent camera features aren't quite enough to overcome an awkward design, questionable battery performance and a sky-high price. 

Angela Lang/CNET

Hackers can peep through this smart vacuum's camera, research shows

Disconnect the security camera on the Trifo Ironpie if you want to be safe.


Xbox Series X specs, backward compatibility and everything we know so far

Microsoft's most recent revelations include some basic specs and features.

James Martin/CNET

Devs review: Nick Offerman plays a scruffy tech CEO in gripping FX miniseries

In this limited FX series on Hulu, Ex Machina writer and director Alex Garland is back to reflect on Silicon Valley transgressions and the ethical limits of technology.