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This week's column

Three iPhone Cases with Secret Identities

April 24, 2014

Apple pours millions into producing the sleekest, thinnest, most beautiful phones allowed by the laws of physics. We get them home, and what do we do?

We entomb them in blobs of mass-produced silicone rubber.

You know: cases. For protection, for grippiness, maybe to express our individuality.

But I say if you’re going to saddle yourself with the bulk and ugliness of an iPhone case, you may as well get some extra mileage out of it. Fortunately, the world teems with bizarre and wonderful double-duty cases. There are, for example, cases that turn your iPhone into a stun gun, a bottle opener, or a Swiss Army knife.

Those secondary features have nothing to do with the phone’s intended purpose, though. Fortunately, there are some that do. For your entertainment pleasure, I present micro-reviews of three iPhone cases whose secondary functions address the iPhone’s own drawbacks: no keys, nonremovable battery, and nonexpandable memory...more

Last week's How to....

How to Switch and Quit Apps on the iPhone

April 17, 2014

From the day the app concept was invented, the iPhone desperately needed a handy way to switch among open apps. Maybe you want to copy something from Safari (on the web) into Mail (a message you’re writing). Maybe you want to refer to your frequent flyer number (in Notes) as you’re using an airline’s check-in app. Maybe you want to adjust something in Settings and then get back to whatever you were doing.

The key to switching apps is this: Double-press the Home button.

In iOS 7, what happens next has had some radical cosmetic surgery. Whatever is on the screen gets replaced by the new, improved app switcher...more


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This week's video

Three iPhone Cases with Secret Identities

April 24, 2014

For your entertainment pleasure, I present micro-reviews of three iPhone cases.

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Special interest - Scientific American Column

Check out my monthly column in Scientific American magazine! Each month, I take a broader look at what's going on with consumer tech and society…

March 1, 2014

Asimov’s Predictions from 1964: A Brief Report Card

The future of technology was relatively easy to foresee. Human nature wasn’t...more

 

March 1, 2014

What the 1960s Got Right—and Wrong—about Today's Tech

Plastics and pagers feature heavily in these awesome 1960s films about life...more

 

February 1, 2014

A Brief History of Epic Cloud Computing Fails

Like the convenience of storing your stuff online? Remember these four crashes, and proceed with caution...more

 

February 1, 2014

We’re Forced to Use Cloud Services—but at What Cost?

Online services are no longer optional. So who's in control of your data? ...more

 

January 11, 2014

A Short History of Unsavory Tech Snooping

Six egregious instances of technological trust abuse...more

 

January 7, 2014

Why We Don’t Trust Technology Companies

Tech companies promise the world, but how do we know that we're not the ones being sold out?...more

 

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