Look at this amazing video of some kind of demon bursting out of a manhole in New York today. And it would be so much more amazing if this citizen journalist had simply held his or her phone horizontally instead of vertically. Your viral video should not be a narrow strip surrounded by the void.
Remember how thew new Apple Maps app for the iPhone — the one that replaced the old, Google-based default — is a horrible piece of software that Apple was forced to publicly apologize for? Ha ha, of course you do, because you are reading this blog post in the middle of the Australian bush, where Apple Maps directed you when you were trying to get to Filene's Basement.
Late Sunday night, a riot involving 2,000 workers broke out at a Foxconn plant in northern China that manufactures the iPhone 5, reportedly sparked by a fight between workers and security guards. Like the parade of horror stories out of Chinese factories, the riots once again underscored the notoriously dismal labor conditions of the young workers who make our gadgets. But it also highlighted a growing level of worker unrest in China. More than ever, Chinese workers are struggling to help themselves, which could improve labor conditions more than a thousand tearjerking This American Life exposes.
Thrown off a plane. Subject to a proposed boycott. And now this, a final humiliating insult to Alec Baldwin, for playing an iOS app when he shouldn't have: The Federal Aviation Administration says the actor's airline nemeses can use iPads in flight, even while prohibiting Baldwin from doing the same thing.
The FBI has files from a phone-monitoring company whose notorious software was on iPhones, Android phones, Nokias and BlackBerries. But since the files are being used "for law enforcement purposes," the feds won't talk about their contents. So you can't know what secrets the feds have gleaned from your phone, because that's a secret.
When Apple announced the iPhone 4S, its most anticipated feature was a female robot-voiced intelligent personal assistant application named Siri. But Siri's introduction to the world wasn't seamless! After being accused of ignoring people who speak English with a foreign accent shortly after the phone's release, this week Siri was exposed as a pro-life zealot who refuses to tell you where you can get an abortion.