- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press; First Edition edition (June 7, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0306819600
- ISBN-13: 978-0306819605
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,920,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Always On: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future--and Locked Us In First Edition Edition
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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 Wired.com 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.”
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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, CNN.com 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 CultofMac.com
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Aside from the benefits of such a device and its capabilities, these apps were also laden with extensive user data and personal info, which began to show themselves as real privacy issues should iPhones land in the hands of others. We have seen this has come up already in the news.
The book speaks also of the shakeup in the industry that followed the iPhone introduction and the effect it had on other key players like Google and Microsoft. It gives us a look too at where the future will most likely be going.
It is an easy, informative read on how the iPhone has changed and will continue to change the way we live. If the past is any indication of how fast things are changing, this book will not remain current for very long.
Yes, smartphones are bringing the web closer with more focused information.
Yes, smartphones are occupying our attention with a growing collection of media apps.
Yes, smarphones are doing truly useful things normal websites can't do.
Yes, the smartphone era is here.
Brian Chen calmly glosses over how we got to this marvel but spends little wondering about the implications. How does the smartphone era relate to the previous era of big computers and mice interacting with websites? What does it mean for the internet to host millions of websites while, as of 2011, there are 500,00+ apps, many with proprietary data? What about the possibility of decentralized networks springing up between users? Are we seeing the real birth of the curated web or is this a fragmentation into gaming devices with GPSs and cameras?
Thankfully, the book is short so it feels like you just read a great Wired magazine cover-to-cover.
Decent and easy to read, I recommend this book especially to those interested in the mobile space who may at novice level of really understanding it (which I suspect may be more then we would like to think).
NOTE: If you do read this book please note the first two chapters could have been condensed down to about three or four pages. Skim them!
John O'Farrell is an interactive marketing expert in the metropolitan New York area. You can visit his blog: AllThingsInteractive.com