Smartphones Are No Longer a Status Symbol

· Andrew Orr · Link

Smartphones used to be a status symbol. But that has changed now that everyone has one. Now, the status symbol is in avoiding smartphones.

Not only are screens themselves cheap to make, but they also make things cheaper. Any place that can fit a screen in (classrooms, hospitals, airports, restaurants) can cut costs. And any activity that can happen on a screen becomes cheaper.

The rich do not live like this. The rich have grown afraid of screens. They want their children to play with blocks, and tech-free private schools are booming. Humans are more expensive, and rich people are willing and able to pay for them…All of this has led to a curious new reality: Human contact is becoming a luxury good.

iPhone 8 Ranked Top Selling Smartphone for May

· Jeff Gamet · News

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus top selling smartphones

Apple’s iPhone 8 was the top selling smartphone in May 2018, according to Counterpoint Research. Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Plus came in second, followed by iPhone X.

Goodbye iTunes LP, WTF Portrait Videos - TMO Daily Observations 2018-03-07

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

TMO Daily Observations Podcast Logo

Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple ending iTunes LP, plus they have something to say about the growing trend of recording and watching video on your smartphones in portrait mode.

AT&T 5G Coming to 12 Cities this Year

· Jeff Gamet · News

AT&T 5G wireless network

AT&T plans to start rolling out its 5G wireless network in 12 cities this year, starting with Dallas and Waco, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia.

Samsung Ready to Invent Face ID, Animoji for Galaxy S9

· Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung Exynos 9 processor

Samsung just announced a new chip dubbed Exynos 9 Series 9810 for its upcoming smartphone models that sports what the company is calling “realistic face-tracking filters as well as stronger security when unlocking a device with one’s face.”

Samsung Delaying Galaxy S8 Launch Following Note 7 Fire Investigation

· Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in burning pile of money

Word leaked last week that Samsung’s official Galaxy Note 7 fire investigation would point to the device’s battery as the cause of the problem, and that’s exactly what the company said on Monday. Samsung also it’s delaying the launch of the Galaxy S8 smartphone as a result of its Note 7 investigation.

Apple Patent Blocks Smartphone Recording, and it's Creepy

· Jeff Gamet · News

Ray gun shooting an iPhone

Musicians and other live performers could have a new way to stop attendees from using their smartphones to record video, photos, and audio at events thanks to a new patent from Apple. The iPhone and iPad maker was awarded a patent this week for a system that remotely disables recording with infrared signals. The system could be used in other ways, too, like blocking recording in secure facilities, or by governments to prevent free speech.

Google Ready to Try Apple's Tactics with New Smartphone

· Jeff Gamet · News

Google smartphone

Google is reportedly working on a new smartphone to take on Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s phone De jour. Unlike its Nexus line, where partner companies are making the phones, Google plans to take complete control over this new line.