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It's Time To Kill The Phone Call

The phone call isn’t dead. Despite what many a journalist/blogger/paranoid internet commenter might have you believe, smartphones can indeed still dial out. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s not in the process of dying. And if you have even a shred of decency about you, you’ll help take it out back Old-Yeller-style and put everyone out of their misery. Friends, it’s time to kill the phone call.


You're Wrong About Voicemail

My mother is untrainable. At least, as far as voicemail is concerned. We’d repeat the same song and dance over and over. Me: Stop leaving me voicemails. Her: I don’t understand. This went on for years, until I figured out she was right all along.


Why Are There No Good Non-Giant Smartphones?

Today, Sony passed on an opportunity to bring its 4.6-inch Sony Z3 compact to the United States, at least for the foreseeable future. With it went any hope of finding a quality smartphone here that doesn’t feel like stuffing a butter dish in your pocket, outside of the iPhone 6.


Stop Bending The Apple Store's iPhones

In the wake of the uproar that followed last week’s purported iPhone 6 Plus pliability problem, some people have apparently taken it upon themselves to go into Apple Stores and bend iPhones. And while it pains us that this even needs to be said, guys, please: Breaking private property doesn’t prove anything. Except that you’re an arsehole.


Two-Factor Authentication Is Ruining My Life, And It's All My Fault

Sorry if I missed any emails from you this past week. I’ve been doing all my work email from my phone. It’s the only way I can see it, and it’s all two-factor authentication’s fault. Well, and also mine. Because I am an idiot. Don’t make the same mistake I did.


Is Google Glass The Future Of Home Cooking?

I know I will never use Google Glass until it becomes an invisible part of my eyeglasses, but I just realised that teaching people how to cook may be a great application for it. Imagine it: Instead of having to look at your tablet or laptop, you can follow recipes without taking your eyes from your hands. So easy.


NASA Must Fast-Forward The Manned Use Of SpaceX's Dragon Spacecraft

This new cool SpaceX photo popped in my Twitter feed right after reading how Putin is annexing Crimea to Russia in the same way Hitler annexed the Sudetenland to Germany back in 1938. I don’t know what will happen next but this is yet one more reason why NASA should fast forward the manned use of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft.


Pro Photographer Looks For People To Do Their Jobs Without Pay

We love photographers, which is why we love this ad by an anonymous professional photographer, pasted here as is. You can substitute photographer for designer, animator, artist, video editor, cameraman, advertiser, writer, etc.


Why The Hell Are The Xbox One's Best New Features Behind A Paywall?

You don’t buy a Big Mac and pay extra for special sauce. You don’t buy an iPhone and pay extra for FaceTime. So why in the hell is Microsoft putting some of its most heavily promoted Xbox One features behind an idiotic Xbox Live Gold paywall? Because it can. But that doesn’t mean that it should.


Reminder: Companies Aren't Your Friends

Twitter. Facebook. Instagram. All of them wonderful ways to bring together people you know, care about, or just want to stalk. But it’s easy to confuse connecting friends with friendship. Don’t. All social media companies want is to make money off of you. And they’ll never stop trying to.


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