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.

Nov 6, 2015

This Smartphone You Can Smoke Is the Ultimate Vaporware
A fun story from The Verge about a smartphone that has a built-in vaporizer for smoking while texting (or anything else you feel like doing on your phone). It sounds like a ridiculous joke–that is, until you get to the update at the bottom of the piece.  

What Americans Really Think About Virtual Reality
The folks at Fast Company got a preview of an interesting consumer study coming out Tuesday about people’s thoughts on the fast-emerging field of virtual reality. One takeaway: minorities seemed more interested in the technology than whites. The study authors say that may reflect the increasing diversity of younger people in the U.S., who as a group were found to be more interested in VR than older people.

BlackBerry Priv Review: Nope, Not for Me–Not Even for My Worst Enemy
Reviews came out Friday for the BlackBerry Priv, the struggling smartphone company’s first handset running Google’s Android software, which has a physical QWERTY keyboard and ships to buyers later this month. A Gizmodo reviewer, needless to say, did not like it. 

Turn Any Watch Into a Smart Watch With the Chronos Disc
This piece from Bloomberg describes Chronos, a skinny metal disc you stick to the back of your watch to make it more like a smart watch. It uses Bluetooth to get notifications from your smartphone, and you can tap the watch and make gestures to control the phone, too.

The Savings App Designed by a Behavioral Economist
A story in The Atlantic about an app called Qapital that lets you do things like set up savings goals that your money automatically goes toward and prompt a donation to charity whenever you buy a fancy coffee.