Summary of “Why using Airplane mode is an immensely powerful productivity hack that can level up your life”

Airplane mode is a feature that is baked into every device you have, designed to do nothing more than cut you off from the outside world, in the best possible way.
I want to talk about why you need to put your phone on Airplane mode at the right time, for the right reason, because if you can do that, you are going to level up the quality of your life in a major way.
Most of the time, we use Airplane mode out of respect to others.
We’ll put our phones on Airplane mode in meetings, at events, in a movie theatre etc.
We very rarely use Airplane mode out of respect to ourselves.
Start using Airplane mode to block yourself out from the distractions and news and endless, churning cycle of crap that our smartphones have us tuned into.
My phone stays on Airplane mode for that period, and I’m cut off from the endless stream of New Shit that comes down the pipeline constantly.
Airplane mode is a key to this, and I really, really want you to give it a shot.

The orginal article.

Summary of “Are Smartphones Making Us Stupid?”

It’s nice to have some empirical evidence to remind us all to keep our smartphones out of sight whenever we need to be fully present and in the moment.
For their latest research on the reduction of cognitive capacity caused by the mere sight of one’s own smartphone, Adrian Ward and co-authors from McCombs conducted two different experiments with nearly 800 smartphone users.
Participants were randomly assigned to place their smartphones either on the desk face down, in their pocket or personal bag, or in another room.
In the second experiment, the researchers found that participants who had been identified as extremely dependent on their smartphones performed much worse on cognitive tests than their less-dependent peers if they kept their smartphones on the desk, in their pocket, or in a bag.
The good news is that when the smartphone was placed in another room, all study participants-regardless of someone’s pre-existing degree of smartphone dependence-performed equally well on cognitive capacity tests.
Adrian Ward summed up his team’s research findings in a statement to UT Austin: “We see a linear trend that suggests that as the smartphone becomes more noticeable, participants’ available cognitive capacity decreases. Your conscious mind isn’t thinking about your smartphone, but that process-the process of requiring yourself to not think about something-uses up some of your limited cognitive resources. It’s a brain drain.”
Luckily for all of us, putting your smartphone in another room, a pocket, or the bottom of a bag seems to be an easy remedy for this problem.
Remember: Anytime you need to optimize attentional control and cognitive function, keeping smartphones out of sight helps to boost brain power and minimize brain drain.

The orginal article.

Summary of “Put Down the IPhone and Appreciate Apple’s Genius”

Ten years after the introduction of Apple Inc.’s iPhone, and the broader category of smartphones, it’s worth stepping back to see what we have learned.
The iPhone is behind the scenes a triumph of mining science, with a wide variety of raw materials and about 34 billion kilograms of mined rock as an input to date, as discussed by Brian Merchant in his new and excellent book “The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone.” A single iPhone has behind it the production of 34 kilos of gold ore, with 20.5 grams of cyanide used to extract the most valuable parts of the gold.
The iPhone is possible only because China brought speed and scale to the production process in an unprecedented way.
For me, the most depressing lesson of the iPhone is that most people don’t care about the quality of their cultural inputs as much as I used to think.
How about watching a movie on a small iPhone screen? A whole generation seems to think that’s fine, or maybe preferable.
So many people read not only bestsellers but also literary classics on their iPhone screens, perhaps while riding the subway.
No matter how you use your iPhone, waiting around just isn’t that bad any more.
The iPhone isn’t fundamentally a phone, even though Steve Jobs himself thought that phone service was the killer app for the product.

The orginal article.

Summary of “The Life, Death, and Legacy of iPhone Jailbreaking”

Beginning shortly after the first iPhone was launched, and picking up steam in 2008, jailbreaking was a full-blown cultural and economic phenomenon.
Users themselves have stopped demanding jailbreaks, because Apple simply took jailbreakers’ best ideas and implemented them into iOS. *. When the iPhone 7 was released on September 16, 2016, Todesco found a way to jailbreak the new version of iOS within a few hours of getting his phone in the mail.
The early pioneers of jailbreaking helped turn the original iPhone from a feature-light phone into a powerful tool that could do many of the things our phones do today, from playing video games to tracking your bike rides.
Ten years after the iPhone hit the sleek tables of Apple Stores worldwide, and the first-ever jailbreak, that Wild West is gone.
It’s a world where jailbreaking itself-at least jailbreaking as we’ve come to know it-might be over.
Apple, long aware that jailbreaking was becoming an increasingly mainstream trend, broke its silence on the practice on September 24, 2007, when the company issued a statement: “Apple has discovered that many of the unauthorized iPhone unlocking programs available on the Internet cause irreparable damage to the iPhone’s software, which will likely result in the modified iPhone becoming permanently inoperable when a future Apple-supplied iPhone software update is installed.”
Apple patched the bug that enabled the TIFF exploit, setting off what would be a years-long battle: The iPhone Dev Team and other jailbreaking crews would find a new vulnerability and release new jailbreaks.
One of the reasons was that the iPhone, in part because of the jailbreakers, has became harder to hack.

The orginal article.

Summary of “The mere presence of your smartphone reduces brain power, study shows”

Your cognitive capacity is significantly reduced when your smartphone is within reach – even if it’s off.
McCombs Assistant Professor Adrian Ward and co-authors conducted experiments with nearly 800 smartphone users in an attempt to measure, for the first time, how well people can complete tasks when they have their smartphones nearby even when they’re not using them.
The findings suggest that the mere presence of one’s smartphone reduces available cognitive capacity and impairs cognitive functioning, even though people feel they’re giving their full attention and focus to the task at hand.
“We see a linear trend that suggests that as the smartphone becomes more noticeable, participants’ available cognitive capacity decreases,” Ward said.
“Your conscious mind isn’t thinking about your smartphone, but that process – the process of requiring yourself to not think about something – uses up some of your limited cognitive resources. It’s a brain drain.”
In another experiment, researchers looked at how a person’s self-reported smartphone dependence – or how strongly a person feels he or she needs to have a smartphone in order to get through a typical day – affected cognitive capacity.
Having a smartphone within sight or within easy reach reduces a person’s ability to focus and perform tasks because part of their brain is actively working to not pick up or use the phone.
“The mere presence of their smartphone was enough to reduce their cognitive capacity.”

The orginal article.

Summary of “They Built the First Phone You Loved. Where in the World Is Nokia Now?”

In 2013 it agreed to sell off its phone business, which employed 32,000, to Microsoft Corp. “It’s evident Nokia doesn’t have the resources to fund the required acceleration across mobile phones and smart devices,” said the company’s chairman, Risto Siilasmaa, in announcing the sale.
Every G since then, including 5G, is a descendant of NMT. At first, Motorola dominated the nascent global industry, but Nokia overtook them in 1999, partly by switching to a faster and more secure digital system while its American rival clung to analog.
Apple Inc. and the Korean phone makers Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. left Nokia far behind.
Siilasmaa founded local cybersecurity company F-Secure Corp., and when he was brought on at Nokia, the phone maker was listing dangerously.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who had come from Microsoft, went back with the phone business, and Siilasmaa took over as interim CEO. The deal was a minor national trauma in Finland.
Last year, Microsoft, faring no better than Nokia with the handset business, sold it to a subsidiary of Chinese phone maker Foxconn Technology Group.
The company has clashed repeatedly with Apple over those patents, resolving the most recent battle in May. The companies also announced that Nokia will provide networking services to Apple, while Apple stores will carry some Nokia items.
Even after the Alcatel-Lucent deal, Nokia still trails Huawei in sales of networking equipment, and business has slowed in recent years as carriers have pared their purchasing in advance of the transition to 5G. The company is also trying to edge back into the consumer electronics business.

The orginal article.

Summary of “Apple’s AR is closer to reality than Google’s”

Next up on Apple’s agenda is augmented reality, the act of superimposing digital data and visuals atop a live video feed of your surroundings – something that Google, Microsoft, and many others have been experimenting with for a long time.
Apple is far from being able to claim it invented AR, but its new ARKit in iOS 11 is already showing signs to suggest that Apple will help bring AR into the mainstream faster and better than anyone else.
Apple’s AR will immediately reach millions of people who already have the requisite hardware.
Google’s Tango is about the future whereas Apple’s ARKit is about the present.
Considering how little time it took to develop two convincingly accurate AR measuring apps with the iOS 11 beta, and reading the comments from their makers, Apple also appears to have an advantage in the ease of development with ARKit.
It’s exciting to think that there are still three months before the release of the next iPhone and the accompanying finalization of iOS 11, by which time Apple’s big-budget app developer partners are likely to have a deluge of AR-enabled apps for people to play with.
Apple’s iPhone is more convenient than Google’s Project Tango devices and with iOS 11 it’ll have much better AR capabilities than its nearest premium Android rivals.
So if we’re looking for the AR innovator that will take the technology into the mainstream, Apple once again looks like the likeliest suspect.

The orginal article.

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That’s what a study from the University of Chicago suggests after discovering having your smartphone in close proximity not only distracts you from the task at hand, but reduces your ability to handle more complex cognitive actions like remembering and processing data.
Researchers asked participants to keep their silent phones visible on a desk, in a pocket or bag, or in a separate room altogether.
They then performed tests on a computer to measure cognitive capacity, one called the Automated Operation Span task measuring working memory capacity, another called the Raven’s Standard Progressive Matrices, measuring fluid intelligence.
” We provide evidence that the mere presence of consumers’ smartphones can adversely affect two measures of cognitive capacity-available working memory capacity and functional fluid intelligence-without interrupting sustained attention or increasing the frequency of phone-related thoughts.
The problem stems from your brain using a bit of your cognitive capacity to stay on track when you know your phone is right next to you, begging to be touched.
The results showed a surprisingly strong case for leaving your phone somewhere else when you want to perform well on a task.
The two groups of participants who kept phones nearby either on a desk or in a bag showed lower working memory capacity and a lower functional fluid intelligence.
Participants with phones in another room greatly outperformed those with phones in pockets or on desks in all tasks.

The orginal article.

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That’s what a study from the University of Chicago suggests after discovering having your smartphone in close proximity not only distracts you from the task at hand, but reduces your ability to handle more complex cognitive actions like remembering and processing data.
Researchers asked participants to keep their silent phones visible on a desk, in a pocket or bag, or in a separate room altogether.
They then performed tests on a computer to measure cognitive capacity, one called the Automated Operation Span task measuring working memory capacity, another called the Raven’s Standard Progressive Matrices, measuring fluid intelligence.
” We provide evidence that the mere presence of consumers’ smartphones can adversely affect two measures of cognitive capacity-available working memory capacity and functional fluid intelligence-without interrupting sustained attention or increasing the frequency of phone-related thoughts.
The problem stems from your brain using a bit of your cognitive capacity to stay on track when you know your phone is right next to you, begging to be touched.
The results showed a surprisingly strong case for leaving your phone somewhere else when you want to perform well on a task.
The two groups of participants who kept phones nearby either on a desk or in a bag showed lower working memory capacity and a lower functional fluid intelligence.
Participants with phones in another room greatly outperformed those with phones in pockets or on desks in all tasks.

The orginal article.

Summary of “The 4 people Steve Jobs handpicked to review the iPhone reflect 10 years later [Video]”

With the iPhone, we became, for the first time, a society of people who were online continuously-wherever we went.
Steve Jobs had unveiled the iPhone onstage in January 2007, but the phone he displayed wasn’t anywhere near finished.
POGUE: We are assembled on the anniversary of a great event, the unveiling of the iPhone 10 years ago.
The laptop, the desktops, are what we always think of when we hear “PC or Mac.” But really, the personal computer that people rely on, is the one that Steve Jobs introduced 10 years ago.
POGUE: Were all four of us in the room when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone?
More.POGUE: So. Now iPhone sales, for the first time in 10 years, have reached a peak and are dipping down.
A lot of people say, since Steve Jobs died six years ago, Apple doesn’t have this idea man anymore.
Ten years in, what’s the impact of the iPhone? Is it what we predicted?

The orginal article.