Crime and Punishment
Here is an example of a product that should have been on Oprah’s Favorite Things 2013 list instead of, say, a fugly wristwatch that describes your emails.
It’s called the MEMI, and it’s a “chic iPhone-compatible smartbracelet that discreetly vibrates when you receive important phone calls, text messages and calendar alerts,” the gadget’s website says.
Tis the season for apple picking, just not the type that involves iPhones. A pair of Bronx politicians are proposing a law that aims to cut down smartphone theft by making it illegal to resell a device without a valid proof of ownership. If you try to sell the device without proof you’re the owner, you could face penalties and possibly jail time.
We civilians are insufferable enough when it comes to having our picture taken for Instagram: “not that one, my face looks fat”; “try again so I can tilt my left cheekbone about 45 degrees east”; “did you get my shoes? I don’t know why you keep not getting my shoes.”
So imagine the psychological trauma inflicted when a famous person–a person whose pictures actually matter–uses Instagram. It happens, and real people are affected. Phoebe Luckhurst of the Standard has coined a term for the sad person stuck taking famous people’s Instagram pics: the “Instassistant.”
Getting caught with a dead phone is terrifying. What if someone tries to abduct you and you have no way of calling 9-1-1? What if you get lost and have no way to access Google Maps? What if someone’s texting you?
But now, there’s a new way to keep your phone charged without begging the restaurant hostess to let you use the outlet by the door while you eat. Yes, a purse has been invented that can fully charge your phone twice a day without being plugged in.
Remember your first BlackBerry? Remember the creepy feeling that it was vibrating in your pocket when it wasn’t even in your pocket, but instead was in the other room?
Well, it turns out you had an actual condition, a syndrome no less. And phantom phone vibration is still being experienced by lots and lots of people, including 90 percent of college undergrads who took part in a study in 2012, NPR reports.
If picking up a six-pack from the bodega is too easy, and brewing IPAs by hand is too hard, this new app that enables you to control the beer-making process from the lazy comfort of your iPhone may be just right.
The app was developed by Cargo, a team of developers and designers from–where else?–Ireland. It’s called Brewbot. It consists of some sleek metallic brewing equipment that looks straight out of Martha Stewart: Living, and can even be used by people who’ve never before brewed their own hooch, PSFK reports.
Apple in Your Eye
Quarterly results for BlackBerry are due out Friday and since they’re expecting it to be “gruesome,” it’s probably in the company’s best interest to just cancel the earnings call. [AllThingsD]
Instagram revamped its app to make it iOS7 friendly. Photos of brunch now stretch across the screen and user icons are now rounded. [The Verge]
Farhad Manjoo is really worried that Twitter is going to lose its weirdness as it pushes toward an IPO. [Wall Street Journal]
Twitter is doubling the size of its Irish office. [Independent]
The value of iPhone’s annual haul (nearly $90 billion) would make it the ninth-biggest stock in the Dow 30. Numbers are fun! [Bloomberg BusinessWeek]
All Covered With Vines
Despite all havoc it wrought on WiFi networks across America as everyone began downloading it simultaneously, iOS7 isn’t that major an update. It certainly does not, for instance, make your iPhone waterproof. Because it’s a software update.
And yet, it seems a couple of truly clueless individuals were tricked into believing just that.
Those who still scoff at the idea of Vine as an influential app, here’s a little more proof that the six-second video-sharing service is not only entertaining, but profitable.
Video news service NowThis News has hired West Palm Beach, Fla., native Cody Johns as their first official Vine VJ, their managing editor, Katharine Zaleski, confirmed today. And, yes, he’s getting paid for it.
If you’ve checked up on social media at all in the past week, chances are you’ve been exposed to mondo belly-aching due to humanity’s mass upgrade to iOS 7.
“iOS 7 SUCKS,” that guy you knew in high school bellows via Facebook. “WTF,” some girl you worked with once tweets, “iOS 7 is bull shit.”