It appears that Apple finds sexism and racism is a bit, well, predictable. Even in texting. At least, that's what it seems to be with Apple's program. Type in "Fat" and just as soon as you hit space, three words will pop up as suggestions: "and", "girls" and "girl".
Ever notice when you type a word on your smart phone, it suggests the next word? Both IOS and Android have built similar timesaving predictive features into their keyboards.
Keeping track of everything we have to do is becoming a larger than life task. It is essential that families, business partners and friends share their calendars in an effort to keep one another informed.
It all sounds trivial, but I've made friends with Germans in Amsterdam, bonded with Kiwis in Copenhagen and gotten to know Brits in Madrid all because we were trying to figure out how to log in to the hostel's WiFi.
Try to estimate how much time you spend each day on social media. No really, give it a shot.
A year ago, I realized that my phone habits were adversely affecting my parenting. Case in point: the time I told my kids to stop pestering me... because I was busy reading an article, ONLINE, about the necessity of being online less and spending more time with your kids.
As a photographer, I don't leave home without my camera and its accessories. Camera body--check. Filters--check. Tripods--check. Lenses--check. Camera bag with odds and ends--check.
What's funny about living in this day and age is that most of us seem to simultaneously be dependent on modern technology and be frustrated with how it's transformed areas of our lives that were already stressful enough without it -- i.e. dating, relationships, and confrontation.
I've been thinking about the innovation of interactive streaming--how versatile, convenient and instantly gratifying it is. Interactive, however, means that before I take off for a drive to the mall or a run on the beach I have a decision to make: what do I want to listen to?
The iconic device not too long ago defined ubiquitous, at least in the business world. Make no mistake: its legacy is alive and well. For my money, it is responsible for creating the expectation that we are always reachable, a problem that haunts us today.
Attention professional weather prognosticators, TV meteorologists, National Hurricane Center forecasters and anyone whose number one conversation topic centers around Fourth of July weekend atmospheric conditions. Yes, that includes this nation's grandpas.
Now, for the first time, smartphones and particularly iPhones have the capacity to shoot broadcast-quality video. They have the potential to do for television journalism what Leicas did 100 years ago for photojournalism. iPhone video has the possibility of completely changing not only the cost of making television but the way that it looks.
My wife and I have succumbed. My son got a phone last week. Given my previous post questioning the wisdom of graduating elementary school, I awkwardly acknowledge the phone was a graduation present.
Just the other day I was commuting home on a crowded LIRR peak express train when a stranger sitting next to me refused to get off at his stop without first commenting on my lightning speed texting technique.
Steve, wherever your fierce spirit has taken you, I celebrate all that you've accomplished. You made filling an empty page, or an blank canvas or a vacant sheet of music, so much easier.
It seems like "innovation" -- in business, in technology, in client service -- is such a hot topic it manages to span the gamut from meaningless to mystical. Everybody wants it. We're in awe of it. But nobody can define exactly what it is.