Topic: iphone

Why Smartphones Are Not So Smart For Your Health

Why Smartphones Are Not So Smart For Your Health

I think smartphones are making people dumb.

Now before you go off on a rant about how you can’t live without your iPhone, or the fact that you have your “life” stored on it in the form of 300 contacts, 400 songs and 500 photos, not to mention apps that allow you to calculate your heart rate while simultaneously purchasing a skinny latte, hear me out: Smartphones have turned into an obsession. How do I know? I have conducted my own very scientific research which consisted of sitting in a restaurant one day and simply watching people. More »

How Are You Celebrating The National Day of Unplugging?

How Are You Celebrating The National Day of Unplugging?

That’s right: Today is The National Day of Unplugging. This seemingly radical idea, created by a non-religious group called Sabbath Manifesto, is based on ten principles, including trying to disconnect from all technology for 24 hours, get outside, exercise, hang out with people, not buy anything, meditate, drink wine, read, or just sit in silence by yourself. No Internet, laptop, desktop, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, texting, phone calls, or TV. And the goal is to try this stunt this every week. Are you participating? (Obviously not, if you’re reading this right now.) We love the whole idea of a National Day of Unplugging, but sadly, we’re not so sure we could follow through on it for a full 24 hours every week. (Oh, and we also find it hilarious that Sabbath Manifesto offers an “unplugged” app. Not sure what that says about their faith in our actually being able to succeed in this noble mission.) Check out this video about what other people think about the idea of unplugging, and let us know if and how you could do it in our comments section. More »

Getting Cat-Called? Use Your Phone to Fight the Pervs

Getting Cat-Called? Use Your Phone to Fight the Pervs

Check out this post about an iPhone application that could discourage sexual harassment by Guilia Rozzi at Lemondrop.

Yesterday iHollaback announced the launch of their new smartphone apps that will track and map where and when harassment happens, in real time.

According to iHollaback: When users sign into the iPhone app, they will be given choice to Hollaback! with or without a picture, describing the type of harassment: verbal, flashing, groping, assault, or other. More »

What’s On Your iPod at the Gym? Playlist Peeks

What's On Your iPod at the Gym? Playlist Peeks

We regularly steal peeks of other peoples’ playlists at the gym, partly out of curiosity (what kind of music enables these people to run so fast?) and partly because we’re bored with the contents of our own iPods. We want to stop feeling like peeping toms and know what other people use to get themselves motivated for their workouts, and we bet you do, too. We’ll start by peeking at the playlist of Blisstree’s Deputy Editor, Briana. She claims she enjoys the occasional run sans music, but for the most part, she’d kill herself without the help of a playlist and her favorite pair of headphones. Here’s the low-down on the playlist that gets her moving: More »