Chasing Pokémon, a Baby Step Toward Virtual Reality

With a charged cellphone in hand, a reporter joins San Francisco’s first large planned Pokémon Go event.


Well: An App to Deconstruct Your Food

Using yoga-posing pears and bike-riding melons, a new app deconstructs your food, giving you a trove of information not found on a typical food label.


Wired Well: A Shocking Way (Really) to Break Bad Habits

A device called the Pavlok is being marketed as a way to actually fulfill those New Year’s resolutions, by delivering a jolt.


App Smart: Wanderlust by Design: Organizing Your Summer Travel

Sidekix, Clarice and Google Translate can help you discover and navigate new cities and sites, and make the most of your time there.


Special Section: Apps That Make Saving as Effortless as Spending

In a consumer culture designed to encourage spending, new tools aim to reverse that pattern.


The Getaway: How to Bring the Hotel Spa to Your Airbnb

On-demand beauty apps let you order up a massage, manicure or other treatment while you lounge at a vacation rental.


How to Protect Privacy While Using Pokémon Go and Other Apps

The game’s developer made expansive permission requests — in error, it says, and it uses only basic data — but many apps make similar requests.


Pokémon Go Brings Augmented Reality to a Mass Audience

The smartphone game sends people into the streets to capture exotic virtual monsters, and it has soared to the top of the download charts.


The New Health Care: Using the Web or an App Instead of Seeing a Doctor? Caution Is Advised

Research shows they can be poor substitutes for consulting a physician in person.


The New Health Care: Using the Web or an App Before Seeing a Doctor? Caution Is Advised

Research shows they can be poor substitutes for consulting a physician in person.


App Smart: A Snooze-Worthy App Collection to Add to the Smartphone

SleepBot, Pillow, Pzizz and mySleepButton are made to put you to sleep.