Harry McCracken Stories August 16, 2012

TIME’s Wireless Issue examines phone dependency in the modern age

TIME magazine’s special wireless issue for this week takes an interesting look at how phones are practically now an extension of our minds and bodies.

The cover for “THE WIRELESS ISSUE. 10 Ways Your Phone is Changing the World” notably showcases more than 200 Instagram photographs from across the world; a mobile device captured each image. The magazine also features an in-depth, Qualcomm-partnered mobility poll that illustrates human dependency on smartphones and tablets. The poll tallied worldwide responses from 5,000 people online and by phone in June and July, and a whopping 84 percent said they could not go one day without a mobile device.

More poll results (via TIME Mobility Poll):

  • Mobile Use & Attitudes
  • – 84 percent worldwide said they couldn’t go a single day without their mobile devices in hand
  • – If forced to choose between the two, 65 percent worldwide opted to take their wireless mobile device with them in the morning instead of their lunch; 44 percent would leave their wallets at home in favor of their device
  • – 61 percent worldwide plan to replace their phone in less than two years
  • – 50 percent of Americans say they sleep with their mobile next to the bed—as do more than 80 percent of 18-24 year olds
  • – 32 percent of all respondents say that if it was their choice they would prefer to communicate by text message
  • – 30 percent said that being without their mobile for even short periods leaves them feeling anxious
  • – 23 percent of all respondents say they screen almost all their calls and tend to reply to many voicemails via text or email
  • Dating
  • – 55 percent (76 percent of 25-29 year olds) worldwide had flirted with someone via text message
  • – 43 percent have used texting to ask someone out on a date
  • – 24 percent of respondents globally said they sent a text message to coordinate or commit adultery – including 56 percent in China
  • Parenting
  • – 66 percent of people feel that their wireless devices have made them better parents
  • – 70 percent of parents think the benefits for kids of learning about technology outweigh the potential for distractions from studies
  • – The average age thought appropriate for a child to own a mobile phone is 13 years
  • Government & Politics
  • – 75 percent worldwide think governments should not have the power to shut off wireless networks for the purpose of suppressing peaceful dissent
  • – In the U.S., 28 percent say they are better informed about the news and current events; in China, that number jumps to 79 percent
  • – 40 percent in the U.S. say mobile technology has strengthened the economy; in China, 81 percent agree with that
  • – 50 percent agree that wireless mobile technology made the government more accountable to the people
  • Business
  • – 26 percent say they feel guilty if they don’t promptly respond to a work-related message outside of normal work hours
  • – In the U.S. only 19 percent said it is easier for them to be away from the office because of mobile technology
  • Multi-Tasking
  • – 64 percent (77 percent of 18-24 year olds) use their devices while watching TV
  • 58 percent globally (74 percent in India) use their wireless mobile device while also using a laptop or desktop computer

“It is hard to think of any tool, any instrument, any object in history with which so many developed so close a relationship so quickly as we have with our phones. Not the knife or match, the pen or page. Only money comes close—always at hand, don’t leave home without it,” wrote TIME Deputy Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs. “But most of us don’t take a wallet to bed with us, don’t reach for it and check it every few minutes, and however useful money is in pursuit of fame, romance, revolution, it is inert compared with a smart phone—which can replace your wallet now anyway.”

Additional stories in the wireless issue include:

Harry McCracken Stories August 8, 2012

Watch Steve Jobs’ ad man Ken Segall talk for over an hour about the simplicity of Apple [video]

Ken Segall, author of  “Insanely Simple: The Obsession that Drives Apple’s Success“, talks with Techland’s Harry McCracken at a Computer History Museum event.

From the Computer History Museum:

Harry McCracken Stories May 14, 2012

Update May 16, 2012: German publication Handelsblatt (via Bloomberg) quoted Chief Executive Officer Oliver Seidl of German TV manufacturer Loewe as saying the company has had “no contact” with Apple regarding an acquisition.

Less than a month after posting a false claim about Apple’s CEO Tim Cook visiting the Valve HQ, ole’ Danny Dilger claimed this weekend that Apple is moving to acquire a German TV manufacturer called “Loewe.” Again, we did not run with the story, because we preferred to mock it instead via Twitter. Not only has that story been debunked, but more allegations about Foxconn’s CEO Terry Gou having confirmed an Apple television are now being denied by the company. Oh, and Digitimes’ track record…

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Harry McCracken Stories October 6, 2011

Time Magazine stops presses, to release special Steve Jobs issue with Walter Isaacson essay

Time is doing a special run of its magazine this week. Today, TIME releases a special commemorative issue on Steve Jobs to hit newsstands and tablet devices tomorrow, Friday, October 7. To produce this special issue, TIME stopped the presses on its previously planned issue in order to devote its cover and 21 pages of […]

Harry McCracken Stories August 24, 2011

We’re picking some of the more meaningful reactions to today’s news. It’s important to remember that Jobs isn’t gone from Apple, he’s Chairman Jobs now.

Bloomberg reports that Steve Jobs will stay on the board of Disney.

Apple’s Steve Jobs is said to be remaining on Disney’s board

The WSJ reports (they have a nice Jobs quotes as well):

People familiar with the situation have said that Mr. Jobs continues to be active at Apple and is closely involved in the company’s product strategy. Apple watchers don’t expect that to change even after Mr. Cook takes over.

Bloomberg, however, just reported that Jobs had been weak and housebound for several weeks but worked and attended today’s board meeting…

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