Connectivity

Recommended Reads on the Mobile Beat This Week

A roundup of some of the most interesting stories about mobile technology from other sites, collected by Rachel Metz, MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for mobile.

Oct 2, 2015

Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.
In an opinion piece in the New York Times, MIT professor Sherry Turkle writes about how dependence on smartphones is changing face-to-face communication, and the value in putting the phone down to help you connect with yourself and others.

How Google Changed the Smart Phone: A Deep History of the Nexus Phone
This BuzzFeed story gives an interesting, detailed look at the development of Google’s Nexus smartphones.

IPhone Screens Made This Hidden Entrepreneur $7 Billion
This neat piece from Bloomberg explains how Hong Kong’s Biel Crystal Manufactory became one of Apple’s and Samsung’s biggest suppliers of cover glass for smartphones, enriching Biel’s founder in the process.

Google’s Cell Service Could Snare All the Major Carriers
Wired explores whether Google’s Project Fi—a new cellular service that automatically connects you to either a cellular network or a Wi-Fi network, based on which is stronger wherever you are—may eventually branch out beyond its initial wireless carrier partners (Sprint and T-Mobile) to include other carriers like Verizon, AT&T, and those outside the United States.

Everyone You Know Will Be Able to Rate You on the Terrifying Yelp for People Whether You Want Them to or Not
This Washington Post piece considers the issues likely to come up when Peeple—an app for reviewing other people—launches, which is expected to happen later this year.

How Steve Jobs Fleeced Carly Fiorina
Medium’s Backchannel has a fascinating look at how Steve Jobs fleeced former HP CEO (and current Republican presidential candidate) Carly Fiorina back in 2004 over a deal through which HP sold a version of the iPod.