the ratings game
Phone No No
Nielsen, the leader in collecting television ratings data, is going to start measuring peoples’ viewing on smartphones and tablets. The Wall Street Journal scoops that the company is finally adapting to the times by rolling out the ratings metric long desired by media companies, who rely on the service to measure ad rates
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A battle rages among heterosexual couples, with men and women fighting to prove which gender is the crazy one. Well, we can pack it in now, because a British study has proven that men are the biggest psychos, at least when it comes to perusing their partners’ phones.
Dudes are almost twice as likely as ladies are to comb back texts, photos, DMs and the like, according to the Telegraph. Three fifths of men in the UK admit to having done it, compared to one third of women. Yes, the study applies only to Brits, but the only difference between British and American boyfriends is the Brits will likely apologize for snooping then shuffle off with a tip of the bowler hat.
advances in technology
Here’s yet another piece of evidence to suggest that digital natives who’re barely out of diapers will soon be bossing us all around: KPTV reports that recently, thanks to the miracles of intuitive app design, a toddler barely a year old managed to use her father’s smartphone to order a car on Ebay.
That’ll teach her parents to try to make her take that nap.
Around the World in a Flash
It’s an all too common occurrence when millennials hang out at a bar together: we’re constantly on our phones, blatantly ignoring what any of our friends are saying. But there is a solution to you weirdos who are craving eye contact, and its comes in the form of a specially designed glass.
Oh good, another opportunity for Eric Schmidt to wax poetic about the liberating powers of technology: Bloomberg News reports that after more than 20 years, the U.S. has lifted its ban on sales of electronics like computers and smartphones to regular Iranians.
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Okay, we’ll admit it: a smartphone is almost as good as a boyfriend. Texting is a perfectly fine substitute for talking, a Snapchat of a penis is not that much less exciting than the real thing, and who needs to fall asleep to the comforting sound of your loved one’s snoring when you can drift off to dreamland guided by your favorite chillwave band?
An anonymous person who definitely has no vested interest whatsoever in the success of BlackBerry has purchased 1 million BlackBerries just because he’s really super into the device, okay?
Cell your Soul
Once upon a time, status-seekers relied on signifiers like nice watches, swanky automobiles and handbags that cost as much as a car. But according to Quartz, times have changed: Now men and women worldwide think it’s their cell phones everyone notices first.
BRB, running to the Apple store.
Italy’s Supreme Court has issued a ruling that could have a ripple effect for cellphone manufacturers all over the world by declaring a “causal link” between an Italian businessman’s non-cancerous tumor and his daily cellphone usage.
The businessman, Innocente Marcolini, said he used his cellphone as much as six hours a day for work. Now his face his paralyzed on one side.
Testimony from oncologists and researchers on Mr. Marcolini’s behalf might spook even the most hardcore cellphone user:
If you’re not Beyonce and you’re still carrying around a Blackberry, chances are you are over 55, wear a three piece suit to work or–like a family itself–you are desperately beholden to a family plan from which there is no escape.
Where once we touted Blackberry Curves like prized possessions, obsessively BBMing friends and humblebragging about the jitters induced by that phantom blinking red light, we now cluck our tongues in derision at the behind-the-times fogies who dare to wield a device that isn’t an iPhone or Android.