The Life-on-Campus Edition Saturday, December 7, 2019

The World At Our Fingertips: A Decade Of Smartphones On Campus, by Rebecca Carcieri, Chanikarn Kovavisarach, Nicholas Michael, Claire Liu and Elise Ryan, Brown Daily Herald

To get a ride downtown, you call the taxi dispatcher. To find a date, you sit at a bar. To share the details of your weekend, you call a friend. In 2007, this was life on a college campus.

But halfway through that year, the release of the first iPhone heralded a seismic cultural shift that no one anticipated. In September, a Brown Daily Herald article titled “Despite devotees, iPhone reception weak” announced the smartphone’s introduction to campus.

Why I Believe That Airpods Are The New iPhone., by Paul Michaelenko, Medium

People don’t like to be alone; even worse, to be seen alone.

It gives the impression that you’re socially inadequate or that you don’t have many friends. Consequently, we’re always on the phone, creating the impression that we’re needed by someone.

Airpods provide an elegant solution for this peculiar social conundrum.


Apple Advises iPhone 11 Smart Battery Case Users To Update To iOS 13.2 To Ensure Camera Button Works Properly, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Before providing service, Apple has advised technicians to ensure the iPhone is updated to the latest iOS version, noting that the camera button will not function correctly unless the device is running iOS 13.2 or later.


Apple Park Holding Special ‘Neighborhood Open House’ With Toys For Tots Drive In California, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Apple is opening its doors to nearby residents with an open house scheduled for December 14 at Apple Park that includes a Toys for Tots holiday drive.

Who’s Hacking Your Spotify?, by Jonah Engel Bromwich, New York Times

Connor Ball, the 23-year-old bassist of the British pop band the Vamps, was in the shower when he realized something was up. The song he was listening to on Spotify, by the American singer Lauv, had suddenly stopped.

“That’s a shame,” Mr. Ball remembered thinking. (He couldn’t start it again; he was still showering.) Then another song started playing. The music was odd, like nothing he would choose to play for himself.

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These past weeks, I had been thinking back what I used to think I wanted to be when I grow up. I think I've narrowed to three things: magazines, books, and programming.

Now, I've got to figure out what I want to do with magazines, books, and programming for the remainder of my life.


Thanks for reading.