Apple Likes to Watch: ‘Terms of Service’ Author Jacob Silverman on Internet Surveillance

With Apple’s “Spring Forward” preview this week, we got a glimpse of their latest and greatest innovation: the Apple Watch. While it’s a splashy product, it didn’t quite receive the typical “gamechanger” reviews with the Washington Post suggesting that “the Apple Watch should get dumber” to BuzzFeed’s litany of pieces on the pros (it can replace your FitBit and Jawbone, helping you get so fit, it’s going to change everything) and minuses (it sure can track your every move). It’s the last point that’s perhaps the most troubling. To get a clearer picture of what the Apple Watch means for the future of “wearable computing,” we talked to Jacob Silverman, the author of this month’s provocative and troubling Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection, set for release on March 17. … Read More

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Refresh Your Commute: Travel To Work Better, Faster, Smarter

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If you’re working, chances are you’re commuting. Whether it’s an hours-long drive, an inter-borough bike ride, or a subway/bus trip across town, we’ve got several ways to make the most of it. And when the long day is done, get a ton of recommendations for awesome events in LA & NYC via Flavorpill’s custom summer guides. We’ve got the best of the city, no matter your starting point. … Read More

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Marketplace Watch: The Top 10 Windows Phone Apps

If you get the feeling it won’t be long until everyone in the world has a smartphone, you’re not alone. The allure of an all-in-one device that makes calls, takes photos, accesses the web, plays music, and does pretty much anything else you can imagine is pretty hard to resist. And with the unveiling of the new HTC Radar™ 4G phone, our friends over at HTC are making it even harder. Featuring a sleek, polished-metal design and 4G speed, it uses the Windows Phone platform to offer innovative functions like Live Tiles for your updates, People Hub for your contacts, and Threads for your conversations. But that’s not all it offers: With the Windows Phone Marketplace at its disposal, it gives you access to thousands of awesome apps. While some of them — Facebook, Twitter, Angry Birds — you don’t need us to tell you about, we’ve rounded up ten of our favorites that may not already be top of mind, so you can put them at the top of your list. … Read More

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Photo App Hipstamatic Goes Disposable

Before Instagram stole Hipstamatic’s thunder, the iPhone app was the preferred retro photo program. Now the company is trying to win back some of our love by creating a disposable camera — but one that actually won’t make you feel lonely while shoegazing at the one hour photo counter. The Hipstamatic D-Series will… Read More

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Awesome App Transforms Your iPad into an ’80s Tape Deck

As much as we love the variety and convenience of digital music, sometimes we miss the good, old days, when we had to tape our favorite songs off the radio if we wanted to listen to them over and over again without visiting the record store. That’s why we’re smitten with Stereolizer, an app… Read More

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10 Cool Visual Arts Apps for Creative Types

It’s a generalization to say that most Apple users are creative people, but in our experience, it’s one that holds true. And as a result, the iTunes Store is packed to the gills with apps that can turn your mobile device into an on-the-go artist’s studio. To help you navigate the myriad choices, we’ve come up with this list of ten essential apps for you to download and play around with. Check them out, and leave a note with anything that we’ve missed in the comments. … Read More

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Interactive Alternatives to 3D Film

Recently, James Cameron stated that he believes 3D will replace 2D in less than 25 years. Considering that every single film announced recently is set to be released in 3D, he may be right. But many people remained skeptical. One of the most outspoken critics is Roger Ebert, who has said he believes filmmaking should be about “story, not gimmicks.” Francis Ford Coppola has also stated that it’s just another way “to make you pay more money.” (Considering that many 3D films are converted retroactively rather than being shot in the actual format, this appears to be true.) However, there are alternatives. While 3D is simply the illusion of an interactive world, many filmmakers are trying to deliver the real thing. … Read More

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iPhone App for Architecture Geeks

We’ve always been more into the Blackberry (tactile buttons = email ease), but a visionary new iPhone application designed by husband-and-wife architecture team Cheng + Snyder is making us question everything. Namely, where the Buckminster Fuller dome would have been located and why that Battery Park airport failed to materialize. Thanks to the pair’s clever, transformative Museum of the Phantom City tool, Apple phone users can scout over 50 unbuilt architectural sites around the city with a feature that describes each proposed project through the architect’s own… Read More

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Literature in Miniature: Reading on the iPhone

To be perfectly honest, reading on an iPhone is a little like browsing through those tiny novelty books they sell as impulse buys at the front of bookstores. It’s clumsy and hard on the eyes, but on the upside, it can fit in your front shirt pocket. And while those tiny hardback books mainly stick to funny photos of cats or poems about friendship, the offerings for the iPhone and other mobile devices are becoming nearly unlimited. These days, you can find magazines, Pride and Prejudice, or the latest hot paperback thriller, all as downloadable content. With all that in mind, our sister publication Boldtype gave three iPhone e-reader applications — the Google, Kindle, and Classics apps — a test drive. Read the results after the jump. … Read More

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