The Open-Your-Eyes Edition Friday, January 11, 2019

I Can’t Worry About Screen Time Right Now, by Chloe Hall, Elle

To my critics, yes, I might just be one of the criminally insane characters in Bird Box urging you to open your eyes and see the (blue) light. Sure, screen time might be a concern. But I'm already buried by a to-do list that seems to grow longer and more complicated by the day. When I reach Gwyneth Paltrow levels of wellness (and wealth), I'm sure screen time will float to the top of the list right alongside what sort of jade egg I need. Until then, let me be on my phone as much as I want.

The Maturing Of The Smartphone Industry Is Cause For Celebration, by The Economist

Does that mean innovation is slowing? No. The latest phones contain amazingly clever technology, such as 3D face-scanners and cameras assisted by artificial intelligence. But as with mature technologies such as cars or washing machines, extra bells and whistles no longer make a deep impression.

More important is that smartphones support extra innovation in other areas. Deploying apps and services on an immature platform whose prospects are uncertain is risky; on a mature one it is not. Smartphones thus provide a foundation for today’s innovations, like mobile payments and video streaming, and for future ones, such as controlling “smart” home appliances or hailing robotaxis.

iPhone Prices Discounted By Up To 20% At Chinese Retailers, by Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac

Leading resellers and Suning have cut the sales price of iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and XR this week by about 20%. Apple has not changing pricing on its website.


It is believed that the price drop was made in coordination with Apple company strategy. Apple is set to announce a significant iPhone revenue decline later this month, with macroeconomic weakness in China cited as the primary cause.


The New Rules Of Eating Al Desko, by Phil Daoust, The Guardian

As winter finally begins to bite, the idea of the al-desko lunch seems increasingly alluring. No one wants to take their sandwich to the park when it’s snowing, and even the walk to the local cafe can seem too much when it is through wind and rain.

But is there a right and a wrong way to eat at your desk? Should we be even doing it in the first place? We asked some experts and office workers.

Why I Love My Computer But Hate Technology, by Laurie Levy, Chicago Now

What I learned from the entire ordeal was that in-person human beings can fix what helplines and technology can’t.

Bottom of the Page

Things I have stopped doing: having lunch at my work desk.

Things I am still continuing doing: having coffee at my work desk.


Thanks for reading.