Posts Tagged: Smartphones

What Kind of Idiot Will Your Next Phone Take You For?

Amazon has announced a new phone called the "Fire," and it does all the things that other phones do: calls, texts, photos, apps. There is also a physical button that activates a service called "Firefly," which allows you to: Recognize household items, books, DVDs, CDs, video games, and more. Access product details, add items to your Wish List, or order on Amazon straight from your Fire phone.

A ʙᴜʏ button, but for everything! A direct, interference-free line from your worst impulses to your credit card. The world is Amazon's showroom, and you are its tired, confused customer, wandering the aisles endlessly in search of an exit that no longer [...]


A Q. & A. With Bootsy Collins, American Hero

Bootsy Collins has one of the most impressive resumes in popular music, beginning his career as a bassist with the one-two punch of James Brown and Parliament Funkadelic. More than 40 years after being plucked from obscurity to back up the Godfather of Soul, his new album, The Funk Capitol of the World, seeks to put his life and funk in a historical perspective. Among other things, the death of his brother Phelps "Catfish" Collins compelled him to craft a “musical biography” that would preserve the memory of the people who were most influential to Bootsy: everyone from Catfish to Al Sharpton to Jimi Hendrix and, of course, George [...]


Here Is A Grim Vision Of A Horrible Future In Which You Might Have To Spend Some Time Alone With Your Own Thoughts

"The metals in your smartphone may be irreplaceable. If we run into a supply crunch, some features of modern life might be in trouble."


I Just Deposited a Check in My Bank Using My Phone???

SERIOUSLY I just DEPOSITED A CHECK INSIDE MY BANK WHILE BEING INSIDE MY OWN HOME, by taking "pictures" of the "check" with my "smart phone" and then suddenly the "money" is "in" the BANK. (Well okay it is "pending," and if they "accept" it then I just get to "destroy" (their word!) the check? (I love to imagine how many lawyers worked on choosing "destroy" so that it would limit liability; "destroy" is so total but note that it does not specify a manner of destruction.)) So now I will never leave the house again, until my next "smart phone" breaks and I have to go buy a new [...]


The Age Of The "Drunk Phone"

"We were just doing global research with field strategists in understanding the role of beer in Saturday night around the world vs. other drinks. In studying beer, we started to discover that young adults cherish their smartphones and iPhones so much that they don't want to lose them if they have an epic night out. Now they take what they call their 'drunk phone,' a cheap low-end phone, so now they are carrying two phones because they don't want to lose their smartphone."