iPhone X, Pixel 2 and More

One: The iPhone, reborn: The iPhone X changes everything. But the future is in good hands.

"Holding the iPhone X in my hand triggers a distinct memory of the moment I first cradled the original iPhone. The sensation lingers as I caress the surgical steel band that wraps around the phone and I feel the cool glass back against my palm. Waking the phone snaps me back to the present. I’m suddenly unmoored as my eyes dart across the nearly unblemished Super Retina OLED screen, searching desperately for the home button."

Lance Ulanoff, Mashable

 

Two: Tech goes to Washington

"There was a striking moment during the Senate hearing about Facebook, Twitter, and Google’s role in the 2016 U.S. election, that suggested the entire endeavor would be a bit of a farce, marked by out-of-tech Senators oblivious to how the Internet actually works. The three companies’ home-state Senator, Diane Feinstein, had just finished asking about the ability to target custom audiences (including a request that Sean Edgett, Twitter’s acting general counsel, explain what ‘impressions’ were), and handed the floor to Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse:"

Ben Thompson, Stratechery

 

Three: Fashion, Maslow and Facebook's control of social

"This is the 'New Look', created by Christian Dior in 1947. It was a very conscious shift away from the restrictions and sumptuary constraints of the war, and a move to a very different way of feeling about how you looked and how you lived. It was a move away from narrow profiles, limited use of cloth, 'make do and mend' and women's clothes designed for working in munitions factories. It used twenty metres of fabric for an outfit instead of two."

Benedict Evans

 

Four: New Media inevitably becomes Old Media

"Over the past 10 years the people who have gotten new Apple products has shifted significantly. It used to be major newspapers were first in line to get everything, and they would have the exclusive first reviews out of the gate whenever a new product launched. 10 years ago Apple bloggers and podcasters had to order iPhones and Macs just like everyone else and their reviews and impressions would come days to weeks later."

Matt Birchler, Birchtree

 

Five: An iPhone Lover’s Review of the Google Pixel 2

"As I have made quite clear in this blog, I am a fan of Apple’s hardware and software, but a big part of this website has long been about trying competing products to make sure my opinions are based on facts and not blind loyalty. In a world where people are increasingly loyal to one side or another with little regard for reality, I find my forays into Android to be very beneficial to me and hopefully to you as well."

Matt Birchler, Birchtree

 

 

Photo by Mashable

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