Posts tagged iPhone

An Eye For An iPhone: How Gadget Theft is Becoming A Growing Problem

I never thought it could happen to me, but last year I had an iPhone stolen out of my own hands while riding the subway late one summer night.  Even though I had read news stories and blog posts before about how the theft of smartphones and iPads was becoming more common while riding public transportation, I thought I was safe until I became another victim.

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My first instinct was to share my experience through social media, where I learned that a few more of my friends had also had their phones stolen riding the subway.  A little further research led me to see the problem was growing across the US, and that many more shared my frustration being unable to recover my handset, even using the Find My iPhone feature. Most recently, in acknowledgment of the growing theft problem the FCC proposed changes to how the carriers manage reported thefts, hoping to help consumers avoid the hefty costs often associated when their stolen phones.

After I learned that the problem had become so widespread, I made a collection of clips on Storify sharing how the problem has grown, which I’ve updated over the last year. Here’s my ongoing story about the growing problem of iPhone theft:

(Read the rest of the story on MatthewHurst.com)

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Confessions of an Internet Addict

One night in early July, Alexis Madrigal woke from a troubled night of sleep. His cat had been attacking his feet under the covers and he had to get up early the next morning for a conference call. He was worried and anxious. Looking for a hit of dopamine, Madrigal reached next to his bed and grabbed his omnipresent iPhone. Pulling the phone close to his eyes, right next to his frontal cortex, he peered through the darkness at his screen, his fingers nearly autonomously finding the little icon for Twitter, which had come to represent his social world. 
There they were: his drug of choice, the friendly avatars of his life. Flicking backwards and forwards in time and jumping all over the globe almost as if he were on LSD, he favorited articles to read the next morning and soon, he was calm and tired and went back to sleep.
But imagine him lying there in the dark, face illuminated by a screen, scanning his Twitter feed for something to soothe his nerves, which connected to his brain, which had been rewired by a life on the Internet.
Read more.

Alexis Madrigal is having a Jonathan Swift moment today.

theatlantic:

Confessions of an Internet Addict

One night in early July, Alexis Madrigal woke from a troubled night of sleep. His cat had been attacking his feet under the covers and he had to get up early the next morning for a conference call. He was worried and anxious. Looking for a hit of dopamine, Madrigal reached next to his bed and grabbed his omnipresent iPhone. Pulling the phone close to his eyes, right next to his frontal cortex, he peered through the darkness at his screen, his fingers nearly autonomously finding the little icon for Twitter, which had come to represent his social world. 

There they were: his drug of choice, the friendly avatars of his life. Flicking backwards and forwards in time and jumping all over the globe almost as if he were on LSD, he favorited articles to read the next morning and soon, he was calm and tired and went back to sleep.

But imagine him lying there in the dark, face illuminated by a screen, scanning his Twitter feed for something to soothe his nerves, which connected to his brain, which had been rewired by a life on the Internet.

Read more.

Alexis Madrigal is having a Jonathan Swift moment today.

Gordon Gekko prefers his phones extra large…

Gordon Gekko prefers his phones extra large…

via parislemon:

“Let’s see how the competition goes…”

Just to beat a dead horse, after seeing the post noting Apple’s iPhone business now brings in more revenue than all of Microsoft’s businesses combined, Jason Hiner reminded me of Steve Ballmer’s classic 2007 video laughing off the iPhone announcement (above).

CNNMoney Tech Tumblr: Enough with the giant phones!

The iPhone takes a lot of flack from tech blogs for maintaining their smaller screen size, but I like the ability to use my phone using only one hand and being able to reach over 90% of the screen using only my thumb.  I think the UI designers at Apple already know these advantages though…

via cnnmoneytech:

All these huge new phones are giving me a bad case of “smartphone thumb.”

The screen on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a stunning 4.65 inches across the diagonal, compared to 3.5 inches for the iPhone (see above). Though more is often better, there has got to be a limit, right? My thumb could…

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Anyone catch the pseudo @foursquare shoutout on South Park last night? You be the judge on whether it’s legit or not… :)

Feels a lot like the pseudo-Simpsons shoutout from October 9, but this one feels a little more obvious :)

Two generations of AI collide…

Siri VS Furby (by awarehead)

Android Orphans: Visualizing a Sad History of Support

via understatementblog:

The announcement that Nexus One users won’t be getting upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich led some to justifiably question Google’s support of their devices. I look at it a little differently: Nexus One owners are lucky. I’ve been researching the history of OS updates on Android phones…

When Is it OK to Talk to Your Phone?

Not always.  Use this etiquette guide to help you decide when it’s appropriate (or not) to use voice recognition services like Siri in public.