Posts tagged "iphones"

I Tried The “Bored And Brilliant” Project And Learned Just How Badly I “Need” My Phone

A few weeks ago, I tried out WNYC's "Bored and Brilliant" project, a challenge that encouraged participants to step away from their phones and see what kinds of creative thoughts come up when we allow our minds to wander. The challenge asked that users track the minutes they…
By: Claire Hannum / February 24, 2015

Break Free Of Your Phone Addiction With WNYC’s “Bored And Brilliant” Project

Most of us suffer from some form or another of smartphone addiction, and we have a tendency to whip out our phones anytime we're alone with our thoughts or find ourselves getting bored. Without space for our minds to wander, are we missing out on prime creativity…
By: Claire Hannum / January 31, 2015

Study: iPhone Separation Anxiety Is An Actual Thing

A new study from the University of Missouri found that people can suffer serious psychological and physiological effects when separated from their phones. Despite the fact that our collective cell phone obsession is the world's favorite thing to talk about, very little research exists on what happens when our iPhones are taken away from us.
By: Claire Hannum / January 18, 2015

Apple Unveils The iPhone 6 And The Apple Watch

Today, Apple unveiled two new phones: the gigantic-screened iPhone 6 and the even clunkier iPhone 6 Plus. Both phones will be released on September 19th. One exciting feature will be mobile payments, which allows users to use the phone as a credit card on trips to the store. A bigger surprise announcement today was the…
By: Claire Hannum / September 9, 2014

This PHHHOTO App Turns Your Pictures Into GIFs

A new iPhone app called PHHHOTO (created by a company called, not surprisingly, HYPERHYPER) turns your photos into instant GIFs. As you can see, even Diplo is into using it for selfies. When you take a photo through the app, it takes multiple pictures in a row and…
By: Claire Hannum / July 30, 2014

6 Tiny Ways To Look Up From Your Smartphone More Often

The more time I spend staring at my iPhone when I don't really need to, the more choppy and unfocused my thoughts are. When I'm staring at the thing too often, my mind is more likely to veer toward mopey thoughts, time moves faster, and a low-grade anxiety hums in the back of my mind.
By: Claire Hannum / July 3, 2014

This App Helps Us Get Real About How Many Hours We Spend On Our iPhones

A new app called Moment is an attempt to help us curb our iPhone addictions by telling us exactly how much time we spend staring it at each day. I think most of us don't realize the massive cumulative impact of the little 5-minute phone checks we do while waiting in line at the…
By: Claire Hannum / July 1, 2014

Study: iPhone Cameras Are Zapping Our Memory, But We Can Do Something About It

One of the biggest reasons I take pictures on the regular is a fear of forgetting, but as it turns out, all those pictures may be making my memories more likely to go fuzzy. There are so many small, delicious slices of life that I'm afraid will slip away forever or go undocumented somewhere in my…
By: Claire Hannum / June 15, 2014

Attention, Cat Ladies: Kittyo App Lets You Hang Out With Your Cat Long-Distance

Does the thought of missing Mr. Bojangles' adorably pawing at shadows on the wall give you social anxiety?  Kittyo, an intriguing/obnoxious new app, will allow you to hang out with your cat via iPhone remote control when you're not home. Kittyo features a webcam for owners to check in on their cats, a remote-controlled laser…
By: Claire Hannum / April 25, 2014

Do You Need A Social Media Cone Of Shame?

As much as it bugs me when companies try to go all "high road," I can make an exception for this hilarious Coca-Cola Social Media Guard commercial. The Guard, a fake product that is basically a cone of shame, makes it impossible for a person to look down at their phone and instead, forces them…
By: Claire Hannum / February 21, 2014

Here’s How Scary An Emoji Would Look In Real Life, In Case You Were Wondering

A brilliant ad campaign about the dangers of internet predators shows us who could be lurking on the other side of those oh-so-quaint emoji that we love to send back and forth. A nonprofit called Innocence en Danger, which combats childhood sexual abuse, created the campaign. The images are meant to spread…
By: Claire Hannum / January 17, 2014

Instagram Has Private Messaging Now

I love Instagram. I may even be a little bit addicted, so I was sort of on the edge of my seat this morning when the app held a press event to announce some mystery news. Instagram's co-founder, Kevin Systrom, revealed Instagram Direct, which allows you to send photos and videos to one…
By: Claire Hannum / December 12, 2013

Woman Pays $1,200 For New iPhones, Gets Fruit Instead

Pro-tip: If you are spending hundreds or thousands of dollars to purchase something from a stranger, it's wise to check and make sure you're actually getting what you've bought. Case in point, a naive 21-year-old woman living in the suburbs of Brisbane, Australia, who searched around on a Craigslist-y site called Gumtree for a new…
By: Julie Gerstein / August 2, 2013

50 Ways To Break Your Cell Phone

Every phone I've ever owned has met a tragic and untimely death. Whether it's the toilet, the concrete, the washing machine, a sandy beach, or a spilled glass of juice, I am an expert at breaking cell phones, so when I splurged on a fancy new Android a few weeks ago, I vowed things would…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / August 3, 2012

The Top 9 Signs Your Girl Is On Her Period

Recently, an enterprising bro made a handy iPhone app that allows men to track their girlfriends' and wives' period cycles. Jon Rose, who created the whimsically titled "Code Red" app, says it tracks "all of her cycles — it works for ovulation ... it works if you just want to know when she'…
By: Julie Gerstein / August 23, 2010

More Mature iPhone Apps Coming Soon

Rumor has it that iPhone OS 3.0, which should be released this summer, will allow for more "mature" apps. Apple has improved the parental controls, which in theory will let parents better control the apps their children are able to download and the content they have access to on the device. Although the responsibility of…
By: Annika Harris / May 8, 2009

iPhone App Tricks Thieves into Revealing Their Location

There are iPhone apps for practically everything, from finding restaurants and bars to staying on budget and reading your horoscope. Now there's one that will help you find the location of your phone if it gets taken by a pervy thief. The stealth iDateMe appears to be a provocative image of…
By: Catherine Strawn / December 15, 2008

If You Want A Baby, Stop Buying Marc Jacobs

Did you have a baby last year? We didn't -- good thing, too, because babies are expensive and we really can't afford one at the moment. Yesterday, the USDA released its estimate for what it will cost to raise a child born in 2007 until he or she turns 18. Factoring for inflation, middle-income familie…
By: Catherine Strawn / March 25, 2008