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Always On: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future--and Locked Us In
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Always On: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future--and Locked Us In [Hardcover]

Brian X. Chen
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Editorial Reviews


Kirkus Reviews, 5/1/11
“A swift, engaging analysis of how the iPhone is changing the way technology is integrating contemporary society…A relevant, refreshingly charismatic nod to personal technology, its innovators and, of course, everything Apple.”

Publishers Weekly, 5/9/11
“Tech guru Chen's columns on Apple for have gained him a wide readership, primarily for the same qualities he displays here: an in-depth knowledge of the history of Apple and a wide-angle view of the impact that Apple has made across the globe.”

New York Journal of Books Review, 6/29/11
“[Always On] is a page-turner for technophiles, but weaves enough humanity into the topic to keep most readers engaged.”

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"An intriguing study into the future at our fingertips."
--Hamish Robertson, Vanity Fair Digital Design Editor
"Brian X. Chen's book is a triumph. A cogent collection of case studies with barbed tenterhooks dipped in paralytic neurotoxins that monopolized my feeble, shallow, too-bendy, hither-and-thither spazzoid attention span for way longer than..."
--Mary H.K. Choi, Senior Editor at MTV Style, Marvel Comics writer, New York Times contributor
"Brian Chen took his eyes off his smartphone, and began taking note of how these devices have transformed professional life. With several years of experience covering mobile computing, Chen offers a fresh perspective on how a simple 9-to-5 workday is fast becoming passé, thanks to our demanding, constantly-buzzing companions."
--Mark Milian, Tech Writer
"Always On is a really good primer on the fast-changing world of smartphones. It's comprehensive, well-written and well-reported. I learned a ton, and I write about this stuff myself every day."
--Leander Kahney, author of Inside Steve's Brain, editor of

About the Author

Former associate editor for Macworld magazine, Brian X. Chen currently writes for, where his regular column on Apple is followed by millions of readers. He lives in San Francisco.
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