Samsung's fire flap underscores our growing dependence on smartphones

The Japan Times

NEW YORK – Tethered as we are to our smartphones, Samsung asking users of its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 to "power down and stop using the device" is not just an inconvenience. Smartphones have become extensions of ourselves, the last thing we look at before falling asleep and the first thing we grab in the morning. Abandoning them is all but unthinkable, even at the dinner table, even on the toilet. Risking a battery fire might seem like a small price to pay for obsessively checking your latest Instagram "likes," catching up on email, Skyping your grandkids across the country, getting directions, confirming your travel itinerary, reading the news, searching for a dinner recipe, hailing a ride and so on. For those traveling with children, a long flight without a smartphone to serve as distraction is akin to torture.


The Free Internet Is Eating Itself

Huffington Post - Tech news and opinion

The finite nature of time means that, in the world of the attention web, the competitive landscape is all encompassing. Everything is in competition with everything else. Facebook is as much in competition with Twitter, as it is with Spotify and Apple Music, Gawker and BuzzFeed, Hulu and YouTube, Candy Crush and Four Dots, Amazon and Walmart, Xbox and Playstation, Chipotle and your family dinner table, your hobbies and your bed. Because in the attention web, time spent shopping, eating, talking, playing, or sleeping is time that you are not looking at ads. It's why Facebook has experimented with in-feed shopping.


7 Instagram-worthy healthy dessert recipes

Mashable

No matter how many times I look through my Instagram feed and salivate over beautifully curated pictures of rainbow sprinkled banana splits, dense chocolate cakes, glistening glazed donuts, and stacks of ooey-gooey brownies, I fail to go the extra step in actually copying the recipe and making them. Not because I don't think I can, but because these desserts contain hundreds of calories and artificial ingredients that I'd rather not consume and later regret. Luckily, there are always healthy alternatives to these favorite treats made with nutritious ingredient swaps--and they can be just as picturesque while still remaining gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, low-cal, and/or sugar-free. Here is just one gallery of mouthwatering, healthy desserts--and you might not even be able to see or taste the difference! That's because all of these dishes are made with rich, wholesome ingredients that you can actually pronounce rather than containing artificial sugars and flavorings.


For smartphone-dependent world, Samsung troubles hit hard

Boston Herald

Yes, you heard that right. Samsung is asking owners of its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 to do something crazy: "power down and stop using the device." In an age when smartphones have become extensions of ourselves, the last thing we look at before falling asleep and the first thing we grab in the morning, this is all but unthinkable, even at the dinner table, even on the toilet. Risking a battery fire might seem like a small price to pay for obsessively checking your latest Instagram "likes," catching up on email, Skyping your grandkids across the country, getting directions, confirming your travel itinerary, reading the news, searching for a dinner recipe, hailing a ride and so on. For those traveling with children, a long flight without a smartphone to serve as distraction is akin to torture.


David's guide to surviving Thanksgiving (2016 edition)

ZDNet

It's been more than a decade now since I wrote the first edition of "David's guide to surviving Thanksgiving" as an article for my web site. It deals with the mix of dark meat turkey, Jedi family management skills, and a little tech. It was one of my most popular articles ever. A few years later, I updated it and ran a version of it on CNN.com, and it was again quite popular. Since then, I've evolved and refined the techniques each year and published it here on ZDNet. We normally don't run previously-published content (even in earlier, beta form), but this is an evolving work of such societal importance that it can transform lives and transcend barriers amongst eaters and cooks, mothers and sons, and those who love dark meat and those other people. This year, I talk about the power of giving thanks and why avoiding politics at the turkey table can keep food off the walls.