Guest article: “Apple and Google as Cyber Nannies: Trying to Curb Phone Addiction”

This guest article was written by Charles Watson

While the United States is dealing with an opioid crisis, there’s another creeping issue that is being overlooked: phone addiction. No civilization before the internet has had such easy access to a wealth of information. But there’s an ugly side — when the first iPhone was introduced into the market in 2007,

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FAT news — From Around Twitter — 2018, week 1

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Does VR really need to be IMAX? And other first-world questions

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Fuze: Bringing back the audio jack to new iPhones

Sometimes it’s awesome when people take matters into their own hands. Look:

If you’re upset about the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus not having a headphone jack, a newly-developed iPhone case says it’ll effectively bring the jack back. Look at the image below.

The “Fuze” case is currently being crowdfunded on Indiegogo and (as of Oct. 9, 2016) has raised more than $82,000 from over a thousand backers. ..Clearly you’re not alone in the “lack of jack” disappointment.

Created by a maker named Diego Prince, backing the Fuze case would also send a strong collective customer message to Apple. Will you consider getting one?

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Opera’s “Coast” is a made-for-touch iOS browser meant to provide a simple, laid-back UX

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Opera’s Coast mobile web browser is an iOS browser meant to provide a smooth, leisurely UX. For fun I’ve included one of their promo videos named “Cats by Opera”, which is a play on words (cats, Coast) and pays homage to the light, laid-back vibe the creators would like you to feel. Opera Coast been available as a free app via the Apple App Store since late April. It’s for the iPhone and iPad. If you have sites that work particularly well with the iPad, you can sync them to your iPhone by using the automatic iCloud sync of site tiles in Opera Coast. Related search words and quality website suggestions appear as you type in your query. As you enter a URL, website suggestions pop up.

Based purely on UI, in my humble opinion, Opera Coast reminded me of the Android third-party browser named UC Browser. Opera seemed a bit “cleaner” though.
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openquotesProduct manager Huib Kleinhout said

“Like everyone who owns an iPhone, I’ve often picked it up when waiting for something or someone. I was never quite happy with how apps and browsers kind of got in the way of the content. With Opera Coast, we made content the main star of the show, letting the browser app itself get out of the way when you just want to kill some time. It’s the way the web was meant to be enjoyed.”
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Disclaimer re: compensation received: None. Unrelated gift was received and it was not pre-arranged and not given quid pro quo.