“I called you, but I guess you didn’t hear it,” said my mother.
“This line?” I said, popping my AirPods Pros in my ears.
“No,” she said, sounding a bit concerned (or annoyed).
“Oh, you called the house phone.”
That’s when I realized my landline was unplugged. It wasn’t broken. I’d done this on purpose.
Let’s go back two weeks ago.
My home phone rang, and even though I suspected it was a spam or robocall, I glanced at the caller ID. …
I grew up in New York City, but I have lived in the midwest for almost a few decades. When I tell people this in Detroit, they often ask me what the city is like. My default answer is usually the same: If you want to visit New York City, you should go twice. The first time to do all the tourist stuff: Go to Times Square, see the Statue of Liberty, etc. The second time you’ll experience the real magic of New York, as I call it. The vibrant food and art scenes and visiting the other boroughs outside…
Imagine the cheapest possible smartphone you can buy that’s brand new. Given that low barrier, what would you be able to do with it? Would the experience be frustrating or simply average? Would you gain some benefits with that minimalist sheen that you might not find otherwise?
I found myself pondering these questions around the Teracube 2e, a device promoted on Indiegogo as a sustainable, repairable device. When I found it, the lowest available price on Indiegogo was $99; currently, the suggested price is $200. At either price, the Teracube 2e is cheap enough to be considered a commodity.
When the pandemic hit in 2020, many aspiring photographers found themselves unable to buy new cameras and had to rely heavily on their smartphones. And that’s not a bad thing. Smartphones can capture great images, but with a little bit of extra planning and effort, you and your smartphone can create beautiful, high-end art projects. Here’s one way to create an image that will make your Instagram followers stop the mindless thumb-scrolling and rave about your photo.
I read 83 books last year. Several of them, including Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, I read for the second time. They’re spectacular and now count among my favorites, but when my husband, who’s currently making his way through Crooked Kingdom, asked what I thought of a major plot detail, I had no idea. I couldn’t remember.
In January 2020, I wrote about how social media is messing with our memories. This is partially because when you spend time recording your daily life in an app, you’re transferring the responsibility of saving memories onto, for lack of…
The smartphone market is an allegiance landmine. If you profess your admiration for Apple’s iPhone, the Android crowd call you a brain-washed rube who’s ignoring the wonders available in the open-source platform since 2009. If you praise Android, iOS fans remind you of all the ways the occasionally clunky platform still lags behind an iPhone.
As a tech journalist, I’ve had the luxury of using both platforms simultaneously. I lean iOS with an iPhone 12 Pro being my go-to device, but I’ve spent many hours, days, and weeks with LG ThinQs, Google’s Pixel, Samsung’s Galaxy line, and numerous OnePlus devices.
Maxime Morin, a 35-year-old marketer in Quebec, first started tinkering with his phone out of curiosity. What was this device, a BlackBerry Torch with a sliding screen and full physical keyboard, capable of? How did its mechanical parts fit together and work? There was a lot to explore within this handheld gadget.
And then, of course, it broke.
There weren’t many good online tutorials about how to fix the thing, which first came out more than a decade ago. …
When Samsung introduced its first Galaxy Note, I was fascinated. It was 2011, and I was just a kid, and there was no way I could have asked my parents to buy it for me. But it was adorable nonetheless.
Especially the stylus that Samsung designed to fit perfectly into the bottom edge of the phone.
A decade later, as I type these words on a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and having played with a couple of the generations in between, I still have the same admiration for the Note series. And, obviously, the S Pen.
Just last week…
In my former life as a tech podcaster, I used to switch phones, smartwatches, and tablets with my co-host for the entire month of January. He was an Android guy and I was all Apple all the time. This was always an entertaining experiment (to us anyway) and made for many good discussions that you can still watch on YouTube if you‘ve got some extra time on your hands.
For the most part, I loved my time with Android. I liked customizing my home screen (although Apple lets you do that now), sending Star Wars holograms with the first Pixel…
There’s been a lot of chatter lately about the iPhone 12 Mini failing to reach Apple’s lofty sales goals, selling well below estimates and well below competing phones. At first glance, this seems like evidence that Apple got the small-phone trend wrong and possibly split its user base.
“Apple not only launched a wider range of new models than ever before, and also divided that launch into two pairs of models, so comparison to earlier launches is tricky,” said Josh Lowitz, of Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, in comments to MacRumors earlier this month. …