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53 Things That’ve Changed Since The iPhone Came Out

1. Apple is the most valuable company in the world

2. Which made a lot of rich people much richer

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3. AT&T has so many customers that its network doesn’t work

4. But T-Mobile is nearly bankrupt

5. The Blackberry is dead


6. And Nokia is in huge trouble. When’s the last time you saw one of these?

7. These events are the biggest news of the day

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8. And we all listen to this guy now

9. Because he basically made a huge iPod touch and it still turned out great

10. Gadgets got weirdly political, so everyone’s a fanboy

11. Touchscreens are everywhere

12. And everybody understands what this stuff means

13. Browsing the internet on a phone is a completely normal thing

14. And every company has an app

15. Other phones got app stores too

16. Just the word “app.” How often did people say that before 2008?

17. We’ve stopped carrying separate media players

18. And nobody needs these things

19. You can’t see the band when you go to a concert (but you can watch them on YouTube later)

20. The company that makes these came into existence AND got shut down

21. Nobody likes Flash anymore (and it’s dying)

22. We’ve seen a bunch of famous peoples’ junk


23. We don’t look where we’re walking

24. And text messages are organized like emails, instead of in one big list

25. But we write them in inscrutable symbols, so it doesn’t really matter

26. Oh god, A U T O C O R R E C T

27. Which means these are the only humans that can still spell

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28. We treat our phones like babies, because they’re ridiculously delicate and require constant attention + feeding

29. And we even talk to them, like actual insane people

30. But we never make phone calls, because why would we do that?

31. We’re starting to pay attention to where our gadgets come from

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32. And even though we don’t have one of these anymore…

33. We never get lost

34. Waiting in line is much easier

35. And we don’t argue for hours about dumb trivia anymore

36. But we can never escape Twitter and Facebook and it’s great but its also it’s ruining all of our lives (HELP)

37. Anyway, nobody does crosswords

38. Because we’re too busy hooking up with anonymous strangers

39. Or because we’re all playing this dumb game

40. But seriously, everyone is a gamer now, and simple casual games have gotten awesome

41. And it’s much easier to keep kids occupied (and all our kids’ brains have been permanently rewired)

42. People pay for software again (just, not very much)

43. But every big box store is basically just a showroom for Amazon

44. Every fight gets posted on the internet

45. All news is instant, no matter where we are

46. And we always know what song is playing in the bar

47. Smartphones all look kind of the same

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Selfie Overload: The iPhone 6 ‘Burst Mode’ Can Take Up To 10 Photos Per Second


Once more, Apple has anticipated the needs of Millenials and teenagers alike.

The newly-introduced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones include, among a plethora of new features, one of the first cameras to be redesigned with selfies in mind.

The phone includes a tool called “burst” mode, which means that the camera shoots 10 photos in a row with only one button push. For selfies, burst mode is the difference between a genuine laugh and that gross, one-eye-shut face we all make from time to time.

With the extra mode, users can move between the versions of the photo to choose the one that’s best.

In addition to burst photography, the new iSight camera also has improved facial recognition software that works to capture eyes and smiles at their best.

That’s a selfie we can all get behind.


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It’s the Software, Stupid.

I bought my phone almost two years ago. Today, it does things it didn’t do back then, like shooting cinemagraphs, wirelessly syncing with my computer and beaming stuff up to my TV. My first Xbox 360 didn’t play Netflix or Hulu when I bought it back in 2007. Now it does. My Kindle turns pages faster now than it did when I pulled it out of the box. The weird part isn’t that these things have new powers that they didn’t once upon time—it’s that I’d actually be upset if they didn’t. I expect my phone to be better today than it was yesterday, better tomorrow than it is today.

That wasn’t always the case. When Sony shipped a Walkman, TPS-L2, it stayed the same. Four or ten or 15 years later, the play button worked just like it did the day it left the factory. (Unless you broke it.) A TV was a TV was a TV. The hands on a watch turned. And turned. And turned. Until they didn’t. Once they were given form in plastic or metal or glass, gadgets weren’t malleable objects. Form was function, forever.

What changed? It’s the software, stupid.

Gadgets aren’t just hardware anymore. Hardware is, more and more, just a delivery mechanism for software, toast under the jam. Consider the iPhone or iPad: They’re blank slates. A screen with a battery bolted on the back fitted together by a glass or aluminum shell. Inside of them are basically the same guts, the same silicon as the shitty $99 Android tablet I wouldn’t inflict on even the most loathsome human being (except maybe Chris Brown, fuck that guy) or the Windows Phone you’ve never heard of. More and more, it’s the software that makes a gadget different or special, or even more simply, good or bad. A beautiful piece of technology running garbage software is just beautiful garbage.

We’ve crossed a point in which basically every gadget is a computer of sorts. Partly because we wanted them to be smarter and connected and because the world is simply a digital place now—there’s no such thing as an analog mp3 player—but the ability to remake our listening devices and televisions in a computer’s image has been driven by the fact that computing power and sensors got dirt cheap, and are getting cheaper everyday. The secret behind Microsoft’s $150 Kinect is sensor technology that cost $10,000 before Microsoft got its hands on it. Your phone is stuffed with an array sensors: gyros, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, multiple mics, a camera. So of course all of your gadgets are tiny computers. Why wouldn’t they be? And when everything’s a computer, it’s the software that counts.

And while the iPod was a better music device than my Creative Zen because it was more beautiful and the jog wheel and interface was less stupid and iTunes made me want to scatter my brains across my screen slightly less than whatever demon software Creative had shipped to siphon your music onto it, now that nearly everything is a touchscreen, we’re in a place where, at least with most of our gadgets, there is nothing for designers to do but subtract, stripping and cutting and reducing, leaving as little as possible but a naked screen. Which means there’s nothing left but software. An iPhone is easier to use than the average Android device not because its volume button is in a different place or shaped differently, but because an army of designers and coders hacked together a bunch of bits and graphics that are easier to use than the guys at Samsung did. It’s sort of QED, particularly as guys who’ve spent many decades in the consumer electronics business—the Panasonics and Samsungs and Sonys of the world—try to make gadgets the way they used to, or worse, try pretend they’re a software company when they’re really not, and put out things that make VCR jokes look like the good old days.

The thing about bits is that you can change them whenever you want. Say, if you’re Apple, and there’s a massive privacy controversy over the way you allow developers access to people’s entire address book willy-nilly. You just push out an update. Problem solved! If Sony had shipped a Walkman that ate toddlers’ hands, well, it would eat their hands until it was recalled. There was no pushing an update. Which is great, when say, Microsoft wants to make my Xbox do new, cool things. But the downside is that we now live in a permanent beta culture. Companies ship products before they’re ready because they know they can fix them later. I literally cannot count how many times I reviewed a product at Gizmodo that was buggy, slow or otherwise crap, only to be met with the earnest-but-cheerful response, “We’re about to do an update! It’ll fix everything!” It very rarely does.

I’m not trying to say that good hardware design or adequately strong guts don’t matter anymore—I wouldn’t want a deathly slow iPad that was three inches thick and weighed 2 pounds—just that software is the soul of technology now. (I guess you could make a quip about a homely person with a lovely soul, but when it comes to things I want, I want it all.) Which is why the best stuff, more and more is made by software companies who are just serious enough about their software to make the hardware too. In other words, I hope you love Apple, Microsoft and Google, because you’re going to be buying a lot from them.

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How Blind People Use The iPhone

Smart phones have revolutionized the world, but what about the seeing impaired? Can they take advantage of this great technology?

Our favorite blind film critic  shows us that, yes, blind people can use a smart phone. In his latest video, he gives us a blind tour of how he uses his Apple iPhone 4s.


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Baby Uses iPad

This video is from 2010 and was barely seen until recently. Now it has gone completely viral. People love babies, and people love iPad. A baby using an iPad is just pure gold. Maybe the fact that a baby can use an iPad so well just proves that Apple products are made for babies. Does that bode well for Apple fan boys?


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Apple Is Now More Valuable Than The Entire Russian Stock Market


The world’s most valued company is now worth more than the world’s largest country for the first time.

Bloomberg reports that as a result of Western sanctions and the economic turmoil that followed, the Russian stock market is currently valued at $531 billion compared to Apple’s $652 billion.

So if the owner of Apple were to sell it and buy the Russian stock market, that person would still have enough money left over to buy an iPhone 6 Plus for every person in Russia.

Russia was hit with sanctions earlier this year when it ignored demands from the Western allies to stop fueling the conflict in Ukraine by sending weapons and troops to rebels who want their cities to become part of Russia.

This caused investors to back away, and the prices of oil and the country’s currency, the ruble, sank considerably.

Decreases in revenue brought the total market capitalization of all the public companies in Russia, the 20th largest stock market on Earth, down $234 billion this year.

At this rate, there is a 70 percent chance the country could go into an economic recession within the next 12 months.

Apple, on the other hand, is only attracting more investors, gaining $147 billion in 2014 and expecting record-breaking sales over the holidays.

Russian portfolio manager Vadim Bit-Avragim told Bloomberg that it’s not just the prices of Russian companies that are scaring investors but also their lack of security.

He said,

Apple works with shareholders to maximize returns and is based where property is protected by law.

In Russia, the legislative protection for property is not as good, most state-run companies have poor corporate governance, resources are concentrated in state hands and borrowing costs are shooting up.

After all this, when you get involved in conflicts with your neighbors, it becomes very hard to persuade investors from all over the world to invest here.

Apple’s worth also exceeds that of several other countries, Bloomberg notes, such as Singapore and even Italy, the world’s 18th largest market.

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