In the future of the past, cyborgs were different. In the The Six Million Dollar Man, Lee Majors played Steve Austin, a test pilot who suffers severe injuries after crashing an experimental plane. He loses both legs and an arm, and is blinded in one eye. Austin then becomes an experiment, himself — he is rebuilt as a cyborg (at the cost of $6 million). As a cyborg, Austin has bionic arms and legs as well as a sophisticated camera for an eye. With his new superhuman limbs, strength, and speed, Austin is dispatched to fight crime around the world.
It was just one bullet point included in a larger announcement — in the stealthy fashion sometimes important things are — so let us bestow upon it the attention it deserves: what Sony refuses to do for more than 15 years now, and Microsoft refused to do for just as many until a few short months ago, is now a reality. A home entertainment system built for games — four different such systems, in fact — now offers a full, proper, modern Web browser: Microsoft gifted its Xbox One S/X, as well as the Xbox Series S|X consoles with the…
I fought and fought. In truth, I deleted and deleted in a futile attempt to maintain enough free Google Cloud Storage space to continue receiving Gmail.
They were a continued source of stress, the messages informing me that I’d eaten up 97% of my Gmail storage space, and I’d been seeing them for at least a year. And it wasn't just my Gmail. I have a G-Drive account and store all of my photos and mobile-captured videos (720p to 1080p) in Google Photos.
It’s been a long time coming — probably way too long — but it’s now official: the European Union intends to force tech product manufacturers into using a common USB-C charging port for all of their devices. This was announced today as one of the measures the European Commission is taking in order to cut down on electronic waste, encouraging people to re-use existing chargers and cables when they buy new products such as smartphones, tablets headphones, portable speakers, video and photo cameras, even videogame systems and controllers.
In the same proposal to be put on vote soon, tech product…
Apple’s new iPad mini is less a redesign of the classic iPad mini than a full-scale reboot.
The 8.3-inch device discards virtually everything (including the 3.5mm headphone jack) you know about the tiny tablet first introduced in 2012 and replaces it with design elements and technology ideas from the iPad Pro and much more recent iPad Air.
Ten years ago, it was hard to date. You just had to meet a friend of a friend at a party, date someone from school, or walk up to a stranger at a bar.
Then Grindr happened, then Tinder and Bumble and Hinge and all the rest. At first, there was a lot of backlash from society. Meeting your long-term partner via a dating app was a little embarrassing. Today, I know two married couples and five other long-term couples who met on Tinder and its variants.
So the romantic market was fulfilled. Then Bumble capitalized on the crippling loneliness…
No one expected something vastly different than what we got last year and yet there was an almost imperceptible, collective sigh of disappointment that the Apple iPhone 13 lineup didn’t feature more extensive changes.
This being a tock year in the tick-tock design cadence, though, we should not have anticipated anything otherwise. A welcome return in 2020 to the sharp-edged, almost classic iPhone 5s-design language was not something Apple would walk back after just 12 months. In fact, it set the stage for at least the next one or two generations of Apple iPhones.
The other day tech writer Clive Thompson wrote an excellent piece for this platform entitled “Wearable Computers Should Never Have Cameras.” Thompson’s piece was prompted by news of Facebook’s collab with Ray-Bans — surely an effort to create wearables that finally attain the cool factor. And I agree with every point he makes there about the privacy issues inherent with embedding cameras in wearable devices.
As he concluded, quite fairly, “Big tech firms have no interest in building technology that actually helps you think, which was the original vision of wearable computers. …
The desktop on a Chromebook is as barren as the Sahara Desert. Save for a wallpaper you’ll rarely see, it has no function whatsoever. I still cannot understand why Google have kept things this way rather than allow shortcuts and widgets to be displayed on the Desktop, but hey ho, what do I know? I’m only a user.
Cue my discovery of the Taskbar app. Designed for Android phones, maybe this little app could fulfill a need most of us Chromebook users yearn for?
Let’s take a look.
Okay, let me guess: what would be the improvement of the next iPhone? Slightly bigger screen? Slightly smaller bezel? One more storage option? Better camera? Truth be told, I’m tired of Apple’s incremental improvement for the recent iPhones.
Understandably, mobile phone innovation has already peaked, and it is very difficult to beat Steve Jobs’ 2007 iPhone reveal. The original iPhone was groundbreaking because Apple was way ahead of its competitors.
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