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Anthropology in Practice

Getting Serious With Siri

Our robotic overlords must be delighted by the way iPhone users have taken to Siri. I met her on Friday. But apparently, she was talking to me before we were formally introduced: When S arrived at the rail station to pick me up, Siri had been reading my text messages aloud and sending me his [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

How Do We Wait?

There was a wait for tables at the restaurant S and I went to on Saturday. Here’s a look at how people passed the time. You may notice a similarity (sorry the pictures are a little dark): Very few people were “just” talking—without their phone in their hand (and in one case, an iPad). Instead, [...]

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Assignment: Impossible

A Modest Proposal: A Waterproof iPhone

In the series “A Modest Proposal,” my colleagues and I will propose inventions and projects that I think are eminently doable and would love made real. Imagine an iPhone that is watertight — one with no power or audio sockets. A future iPhone 5 could be one you can play while showering or in the [...]

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Compound Eye

Thrifty Thursday: The Mighty Cupcake

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Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [iPhone 4S - $330] Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. Alex is phoning it in today and posting a cat. And you’d be right. Sort of. I have reasons for featuring Cupcake on Thrifty Thursday, though. This photograph could not have been taken with my [...]

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Compound Eye

Thrifty Thursday: Patterns in Nature

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Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [iPhone 4S - $336] The best camera is the one you have with you, they say. And when I saw the afternoon sun filtering through this palmetto leaf in Gainesville’s Austin Cary Forest last week I had to take a shot. Simple patterns in [...]

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Compound Eye

Thrifty Thursday: an iPhone looks at the fall foliage

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Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [Apple iPhone 4s - $300; autumn colors - priceless] The easiest cheat in photography is to photograph only subjects that are naturally stunning. On Monday I walked about a New York woodlot with the red maples at peak color, shooting with my trusty little [...]

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Compound Eye

Thrifty Thursday: Preying, Praying, Whatever. It’s a Mantis.

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [Apple iPhone 4s - $300; backlit with a desk lamp] A standard iPhone 4S doesn’t normally have the oomph to photograph insects. Unless the insects are extremely big. A five-inch long Chinese mantis fills the frame at the iPhone’s minimum focus distance.

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Compound Eye

Why the iPhone’s purple haze is more problematic than Apple thinks

Reports are filtering in that the new iPhone 5 has a camera problem. When pointed near a bright light, a characteristic magenta hue smears across the screen. This “Hendrix Effect” is not apparent in earlier versions of the iPhone. According to Gizmodo, Apple is responding to complaints by informing customers that the purple is normal: [...]

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Compound Eye

Thrifty Thursday: Natural Selection on a Bathroom Tile

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Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [Apple iPhone 4s - $300] Easy-clean surfaces are tough on bar bathroom graffiti. Scrawlings that aspire to permanence retreat to the tiny writable spaces between the tiles. It’s a natural selection of sorts. This particular message was inscribed above a urinal in Urbana, Illinois. [...]

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Compound Eye

Thrifty Thursday: Under The Scope

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Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [Apple iPhone 4s - $300] Little cellphone cameras can fit in places inaccessible to larger, professional-grade SLR gear. I slid my iPhone under a microscope to take this self-portrait, an approximation of what an insect might see when examined under the microscope. They must [...]

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Compound Eye

Thrifty Thursday: The iPhone looks at a Spiny Spider

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [taken with an Apple iPhone 3G & $20 macro lens] There’s a cliché in photography that the best camera is the one you have with you. Recently, the camera most people have with them is a cell phone. By stacking a small magnifying lens on top [...]

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Compound Eye

Thrifty Thursday: James Waters’s iPhone Ants

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Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. This week’s Thrifty Thursday is the first to share images taken by a photographer other than myself. James Waters attached a $20 Photojojo macro lens to his iPhone, pointed the DIY assemblage at ants in his Arizona State University laboratory, and produced a hipster’s [...]

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Observations

“Bionic Pancreas” Manages Blood Sugar Levels in Type 1 Diabetics

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Smartphone apps are useful for more than dating or ordering a taxi—they’re increasingly helping people manage their health, including monitoring blood pressure or sending reminders to take medications. Now, a device has incorporated smartphone app technology to potentially help millions of Americans better control Type 1 Diabetes. The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, [...]

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Observations

FDA Starts to Tackle Regulation of Health and Medical Apps

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On-the-go doctors can already see your latest MRI or CT scan via a smart phone or tablet. But would you want them to be able to download an app that essentially turns an iPad into an EKG to determine if you are having a heart attack? Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [...]

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Observations

Your MRI is calling: FDA approves first medical iPhone app

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A medical smart phone app that allows doctors to view and assess medical images has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the first time. The program, called Mobile MIM, pops CT, PET, MRI and other scans directly to portable screens with sufficient quality to enable clinical decisions, the agency concluded in [...]

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Observations

Verizon gets its iPhone, but 4G will have to wait

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Verizon Wireless confirmed Tuesday one of the worst-kept secrets in the tech industry–as of February 10, the company is adding Apple’s iPhone 4 to the lineup of smart phones supported by the Verizon network. Verizon will offer online ordering of iPhone 4 as of February 3, subsidizing the phone’s cost for customers signing a two-year [...]

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Observations

Medicine goes mobile: iPhone apps take vitals, track viruses

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On tiny keypads and greasy touch screens, doctors, nurses, NPs and physicians assistants these days are doing a lot more than checking email and phone messages. Increasingly, health care workers are using their iPhones and other smart phones to track patient information, take vital statistics and even make clinical decisions. Just months after the first [...]

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Observations

Can greener gadgets save us from e-waste?

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One laptop per child seems a simple slogan, chock full of benefit. What could go wrong when you put the power of the Internet and solar cells into the hands of children in the developing world? After all, not only does it train the global underclass in the tools of modern production, it also unleashes [...]

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Observations

Apple’s new gadget is a tablet, McGraw-Hill confirms

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McGraw-Hill’s CEO has answered the burning question in technology for the past several months—what exactly does Apple have up its sleeve? During an interview Tuesday afternoon on CNBC, Harold McGraw confirmed on-air that Apple will introduce its tablet computer Wednesday and that it will use the iPhone operating system. TechCrunch posted video of the three-minute [...]

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Observations

Google Droid is here: Can it go toe-to-toe with Apple’s iPhone?

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The flood of Google Droid mobile phone reviews in the past week suggests that if the two devices stepped into the ring together, it would end like the first Rocky movie. Like Apollo Creed, the iPhone would still be the champ by a split decision by virtue of its status as the smooth-stepping veteran in [...]

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Plugged In

A socialist iPhone?

Yes, yes, yes, new iPhone, new IOS, new stuff, cheap, expensive, blah blah blah. Nobody needs to tell you that your phone is obsolete about an hour and a half after you buy it, and nobody needs to tell you that your old phones either build up in our house (I can put my hands [...]

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Plugged In

The Kludge: A Panegyric

When I was in the fourth grade, a friend took a long plane trip. Plane trips in those days being remarkable, he brought back as a souvenir for me the headset he used for watching the movie. The headset was a pair of rubber tubes, like those for a stethoscope, which ended in rubbery earpieces [...]

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Plugged In

Further Science Adventures from North Carolina

In North Carolina, as you well know, we like our science with a side of crazy. The old Flying Burrito Brothers tune says, “The scientists say it’ll all wash away, but we don’t believe them anymore,” and we love our country music here, so we made quite a splash with the legislative nuh-unhs about sea [...]

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Plugged In

Hydrogen in iPhone’s Future?

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In the future, Apple might be using hydrogen to power its iPhones and iPods. According to the Daily Mail, Apple has already filed a patent application for a new hydrogen battery technology. In its “Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing Device” patent application, Apple claims that “[s]uch fuel cells and associated fuels can [...]

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The Coolest Photo My iPhone Never Took

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Alex Wild over at Compound Eye is quick to point out with his Thrifty Thursday posts that great photos can be taken with relatively inexpensive equipment… IF you know what you’re doing. Here’s a great case in point: A few nights ago, I was strolling along a pedestrian mall in Boulder, CO with some friends. [...]

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Illustrate Your Science Blog Using An iPhone

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Okay so you’re blogging about science, putting your expertise out there, hoping to reel people in so they can see how cool everything you do really is. Show ‘em. Right. Typetypetypepublish. But it doesn’t look right. You’re looking at your favourite science blogs and they all have these cool images. Copyright scares you a little. [...]

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