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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 42 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: June 7, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0054N6H3M
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Always On: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future - and Locked Us In Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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