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Man who trades in iPhone for flip phone likens himself to contemporary Thoreau

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia

Ann Karneus, Aroused

November 7, 2019

Although technology in the digital age provides us with instantaneous connections and a wealth of information, the sheer volume of these resources can lead to a life full of distractions.  Sophomore Josh Frederickson is combatting this dilemma by deciding to give up his silver iPhone X for a sleek Mo...

Apple’s finances provide confidence in future

Apple's finances provide confidence in future

Blair Hanley Frank

September 27, 2012

"It's almost here." That's how Apple invited members of the press to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for its announcement of the iPhone 5, along with other updates to its iPod line. For those of us who follow when products are usually released, it's nothing unexpected. Apple always holds an iPod event in the fall,...

Green Dot goes high-tech

Kayvon Behroozian '14 spearheaded bringing a smartphone security app to Whitman campus.  Photo by Halley McCormick.

Maegan Nelson

September 6, 2012

Earlier this month, hundreds of first-years filed through Reid Campus Center to get their student IDs, record their voices and receive their mailbox assignments. Among the many tables that they passed by was one dedicated to the newly introduced "Campus Safety App" available for free. ASWC President junior Kayvon Behroozian spent the past summer researching and designing this app. "It came ab...

Find My Friends, Creeper-style

Elena Aragon

April 12, 2012

Find My Friends is an iPhone app that allows you to view the approximate locations of certain friends who also have the app. Accused by some as creepy, it is very convenient for meeting up with your homies. What happens when this app is used on the tiny campus of Whitman? When the app tells you you...

Handheld Consoles Must Step Up

Blair Hanley Frank

April 5, 2012

Portable gaming is in crisis. Dedicated handheld consoles like the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita are primarily designed to do one thing: play games. When dedicated handheld consoles were the only game in town, console makers didn't have a problem. But now, thanks to smartphone platforms like iOS and Android...

Consumers must consider product cycles in consumption decisions

Blair Hanley Frank

February 24, 2011

Now is not the best time to buy an iPad. While it remains, in my opinion, the best shipping tablet on the market today, you shouldn't buy one. At least, not for another few months. On the face of things, this may seem counterintuitive. After all, if the iPad is a good product at a good price, why...

The early adopter tax and you

Blair Hanley Frank

February 17, 2011

Way back in 2007, when the iPhone was still a brand-new, fairly untested product, Apple suddenly dropped the price of the original iPhone by 200 dollars. Consumers were outraged that the phone they had previously cost 500 or 600 dollars was now going for a paltry 300 or 400 dollars. But people who foll...

The Verizon iPhone: The Good and the Bad

Blair Hanley Frank

January 27, 2011

The biggest product-related buzz in the tech industry this month has to do with the introduction of an iPhone that will run on Verizon's CDMA cellular network. It's big news for both Apple and Verizon, and there's a great deal of speculation as to what the CDMA iPhone will mean for both companies. Most...

In tech, the fewer killers, the better

Blair Hanley Frank

September 30, 2010

There's much talk of killing in many commentaries about gadgets these days.  Every new smartphone is looked at as a potential iPhone killer. With all this talk of death, it would seem that the iPad has a set of cross hairs on its aluminum shell. All this killing is problematic, though, as it almost...

Why App Store Rules Matter

Blair Hanley Frank

September 23, 2010

Apple officially said it doesn't need any more fart apps in the App Store. Well, that and a lot of other things. They recently released a new set of guidelines for iPhone and iPad apps which net out a major win for consumers. Clearer development guidelines mean more and better apps from a wider variety...

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