Every ISP touts the blazing speed of their network, and it’s nice to have a fast Internet connection, whether it’s at home or on the go. Fiber to doorstep providers like FIOS and cable providers are constantly touting their speed in TV ads, and in the mobile arena we all recall and hate the networks constantly attempting to stick it to their competitor. We all want the latest and fastest, but the question to be asked is how much speed do we really need?
When it comes to cases for all portable devices whether it be mobile phones, tablets, pdas, etc... there are generally three camps that people subscribe to: the purists who despise them all thinking they detract from the original design, the customizers who like to put their own flare on the device, or the pragmatists who want their device well protected if it were to suffer a fall. We’ve been thinking about these recently, particularly with the introduction of the new iPad case which will protect it from an impact with a bowling ball dropped three feet from above. The functionality is undeniably nice and all, but do we really want to be toting around a device that looks like the abs of a cartoon superhero?
With the influx of mobile applications that enter into the market these days, last week’s best apps could be overshadowed by an entirely new set this week. However, good apps withstand the test of time. We recently read up on the Must-Have apps for March 2011 and wanted to share some of our favorites that are tried and true.
As the market for eBook readers quickly gains pace, we were left looking at our bookshelves, contemplating the demise of our own collection. We sat and glanced at the vacant spot where our CD and record collection once lay. Now, most have been sold as we opted for digital albums to replace them. As we paged through our freebie eBook "Winnie the Pooh" on our iPad, our eyes lit up at the ease of navigation and the readability of it all. And so there we were, sitting on our couch, iPad in hand, pondering the fate of our book collection and whether we should begin to invest in eBooks instead.
Google announced today the release of Disco, a group-texting app created for iOS by their in-house startup group Slide. They're allowed to operate independently within Google, which explains why they've gone for an iPhone app. To play fair, we've created this roundup of group texting apps for both iOS and Android, and one that works on any phone, smart or no.
The New York Times recently ran a piece titled, "Don't Call Me, I Won't Call You", which immediately resulted in a few friends (and my own girlfriend) forwarding me the piece all throughout last week. I'm notoriously the type who dislikes talking on the phone, preferring email, IM, smoke signals, interpretive dance communication…anything but talking on the phone. It's one of the reasons why it has been oh-so-easy to live without one. But we're wondering if this is a generational characteristic, since parents and older friends still seem to love using good ole voice to communicate…
Nothing dates a film faster than its technology, which is why several contemporary movies have been set in pre-cell phone times or eschewed technology altogether. Despite this, we have fond memories of some of the phones of television and film, no matter how retro or outdated. Here are our favorites, and where you can buy them.
Yesterday to much hubbub, The New York Times announced its new paywall/subscription plan to its readers marking a pivotal shift as the largest American newspaper begins charging for once free content. The internet (being its typical self), lashed back with arguments, workarounds, and actually some (minor) praise for the change. We wanted to not only assess the current state of affairs but also recite the plans and rules for our readers since they are surprisingly convoluted and a bit difficult to understand.
In the wake of terrible natural disasters, our thoughts turn to preparing our own homes and families for the future. The US government recommends building an emergency kit for at least the first 72 hours after a disaster occurs, the average time it takes for help to arrive. These satellite systems would make a good addition to any home kit, in the event that all methods of communication are cut during an emergency.
This past Friday we paid a visit to our local Apple store to pick up an iPad 2. Analysts and fans alike were anticipating longer lines than usual because Apple didn’t allow for early preorders. Fully understanding the circumstances, we arrived an hour and a half early, took out a book, and began to wait. We quickly came to appreciate the psychological implications of a line of waiting people, both to the participants and the passersby. We took a few mental notes and wanted to discuss them briefly to see if our readers tended to agree with this methodology of product releases which Apple has seemed to whole-heartedly embrace.