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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.


Facebook Needs A Real Mute Button

Sick of seeing all the ice bucket challenge videos on Facebook? Too bad, my friend, you’re stuck with them until the end of time. That is until Facebook creates the one option it needs most: a real mute button.


We Need To Ban In-Flight Phone Calls Before It's Too Late

News recently broke that the US Department of Transportation is revving up to try to officially ban in-flight phone calls. That’s right; the singular, obscene act of yelling into your hand while careening through the air in a metal tube full of strangers could soon be verboten. Good. It should. It’s time to kill the in-flight phone call before it starts.


The Insane Plan To Build The World's Tallest Towers In A Lake In China

These days, ambitious new skyscrapers are blanketed in a cloud of “green” buzzwords. Wind turbines! Hydrogen fuel cells! Insect farms! (Yes, insect farms.) Then there’s Phoenix Towers, which has all of the above and more and looks like this. Let’s call it what it is: a greenwashed dick-measuring contest.


Please Stop Calling Everything A 'Hack'

We have a problem. Be you blogger, journalist, tech writer or commenter, it’s time to stop with the gratuitous overuse of “hacking”. Existence itself is not a hack.


When Apple Damns Your Texts To iMessage Purgatory

I recently switched from an iPhone to Android, and discovered shortly thereafter that my phone number was still associated with iMessage, meaning that any time someone with an iPhone tried texting me, I’d receive nothing, and they’d get a “Delivered” receipt in their Messages app as though everything were working as expected.


517 Movies I Could Have Watched Instead Of Waiting On Hold With PayPal

During my lunch break yesterday, I decided to do a little multitasking and give the kind folks at PayPal a call regarding an ongoing issue I was having with my account. I figured, stupidly, that a company as big as PayPal would have more than three people working the whole of their customer service wing.


Despite Design Focus, iOS 7 Doesn't Fix Apple's Horribly Off-Centre One

I had high hopes for iOS 7. It’s designed by Jony Ive, the God of Minimalism, Attention to Detail and Tight T-Shirts. I love his work almost as much as I love Phil Schiller (so huggable!) But Jony… you broke my heart, Jony. WHY DIDN’T YOU OPTICALLY CENTRE THE ’1′ IN THE CALENDAR APP ICON?


Hey, Spotify, Just Show Me The Album I Want To Listen To

I pretty much never ever want to hear the edited version of any album. But for some reason that ‘s exactly what Spotify wants me to hear. Or it least that’s the way it seems. In most cases, the cleaned up version is what Spotify shows you by default, and you have to do extra work to find the real deal. C’mon, Spotify, why?


Microsoft Should Have Made A Laptop

Whatever you think about Microsoft’s Surface Pro, it’s impossible to deny its beautiful design, and the quality of the the tech behind it. It’s a siren, luring you into an oddly metaphored whirlpool of unsure typing. I’ve been using it for close to two weeks now, and the entire time I couldn’t escape one feeling: Microsoft should have made a laptop.


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