As if the recent spate of airplane disasters wasn’t enough to drive you into a Xanax binge before taking off, this might do it.
Last week, a Jet Airways flight from Brussels to Mumbai plunged 5,000 feet because their pilots were preoccupied. The captain was taking a “controlled rest,” a law-approved nap that happens a lot on long-haul flights. Meanwhile, the co-pilot, who was in charge of controlling the Boeing 777, was too busy playing on her iPad to notice the plane descending so quickly. Read More
Manchester United has a novel idea for fans who want to bring their obnoxious iPads to the games: don’t.
The soccer team, ugh club, is banning the use of “large electronic devices” in its stadium because they’ve had enough of those awkward selfies. According to a letter distributed to fans last night, the team specifically calls out iPads and iPads Minis along with any gadget that is larger than 150mm x 100m, so that includes the three people who own a Samsung Galaxy tablet. Read More
Tablets remember so much more than we realize. As we tap and swipe our way mindlessly through ebooks, dating apps and addictive games, we’re creating not just a browsing history, but a physical history of our interactions.
Surface Tension, a new series by New Mexico photographer Meggan Gould, illuminates the ghostly traces we leave on tablets with our fingers. For the series, she scanned and digitally edited the dark screens of a few iPads that were circulating among her family members. Read More
Here’s a frightening thought regarding the future of humankind: according to The Telegraph, children born in the digital age are so addicted to technology, they’re forgoing playing with blocks, pens and paper.
Members of the UK’s Association of Teachers and Lecturers are warning that the addiction is leaving children as young as three with no dexterity in their fingers but the ability to swipe a touch screen with ease. Read More
Now it just feels like scammers are running out of ideas. Police in California say people are being duped into buying what they think are iPads and flat screen televisions until they open up the boxes and find out it’s anything but.
Recently, a rash of victims in Central Valley are reporting that people are being approached outside of stores and are offered name brand electronics for discounted prices. Because nothing about that equation sounds sketchy at all. Read More
The Microsoft Surface 2, we can safely assume, probably won’t dominate America’s Christmas lists. There’s good news, though! Someone wants them. The bad news is, it’s an airline. Read More
A couple of weeks ago, in the doldrums of August, the Wall Street Journal revealed that there are people (Manhattanites, obviously) who are actually willing to pay money for their dogs to learn to use iPads. Well, the hard-nosed investigative reporters at Today.com have uncovered the rest of the story, complete with video. Read More
In the olden days, you went to school simply because you had to. Apparently fear of truancy isn’t enough of a motivator to get kids these days to show up, so one school district in New Jersey had to resort to a different tactic: offering students prizes, like iPads, just to convince them to go to school. Read More
Between protecting their kids from preservatives and putting in their hours at the Food Co-op, parents in Park Slope have found a new target to rage against: ALL of the technology. They’re complaining that the library in the posh Brooklyn neighborhood has too many gizmos and gadgets thus making it impossible for little Kai to learn about the benefits of farm-to-table restauranteering from a book, rather than an app. Read More