Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 8th 2013 Contents Ihad to travel to the US recently
on business. On the Miami to
New York leg of the trip, a
man plopped his fidgety son
right next to me. The boy was
bursting with unwelcome
loquacity, the very example of
the worst possible travel com-
panion. The child s father, who
was still fussing with bags,
turned to me and asked, "Is he
bothering you?" "Oh no!" I lied.
Then he placed in the boy s
hand...an iPad. When the device
was switched on I looked at the
boy s face---instant zombie. His
pupils dilated, his voice fell silent
and his eyes became fixed on the
screen. Now the folks at Apple
probably don t know it but nei-
ther did the makers of Viagra
when they discovered what they
really had on their hands. The
iPad is perfectly designed to
make children shut up. He played
a video game for one solid hour
before he fell asleep.
Walking the streets of New
York, I noticed something that
just seemed unusual to me.
Almost everyone was walking
while texting; quite a few of
them nearly walked right into
me. There were so many on
these infernal phones texting
away and walking blindly across
busy intersections it is surprising
to not hear of more people being
minced beneath buses and
garbage trucks while sending a
text message that says "Just had
Those who weren t texting
were jabbering on the phone.
How have we and these gadgets
become so inseparable?
The room in my hotel was the
size of the space underneath your
desk at work so this inspired a
lot of walking around. Every-
where I looked, people appeared
physically connected to their cell
phones. I m on an elevator and
someone who has walked in off
the street is talking on his
mobile. He steps into the elevator
but does not adjust his street
volume level so everyone in the
lift has to hear the loud details of
his weekend arrangements.
I was chatting with a salesper-
son at an electronics store about
the iPad and he said he hopes
that Apple does not come out
with a new one anytime soon.
Really? Surely he d want to see
people sleeping like the homeless
on a frozen side walk waiting for
the doors to open so they can get
their hands on a brand new
product that will be deemed
obsolete in about three months.
The clerk told me customers
really get peeved when an
upgrade to a product they ve
recently purchased is released. It
takes the shine off as it were; it
diminishes the newness and per-
ceived exclusivity of the product.
What will you lord over your
friends if not the latest gear?
Those types will likely pop a
blood vessel if speculation proves
true that Apple plans to release
two new iPhones this year to
counter competition from Sam-
sung (which currently sells a
phone as large as an iPad) and
Blackberry. Guess you can buy
them both and stick em in each
ear. It won t look more peculiar
than someone standing, holding
out an iPad to take a picture. My
bet is most of the people here in
T&T who own iPads bought
them to figure out what they
need them for later on, but they
know they definitely needed a
There are, of course, e-readers
like the kindle, tablet devices
which allow you to download
electronic versions of books. I m
old school; I like to have a book
in my hand and dog-ear the page
I ve reached. Besides, can a kin-
dle allow you to amass a preten-
tious library of books you ve
never read to impress people who
won t really care anyway? Tech-
nology, after all, has its limits.
The e-Book also has ergonomic
shortcomings when it comes to
use while in the water closet.
Few can dispute the advantages
offered by these gadgets. I have
one which is very useful. For
example I can track weather pat-
terns on my phone out in the
field. This helps me to determine
how to plan my video shoots. If I
didn t need it for work, I d never
have gotten one. I have a package
that would make the cost of
wrecking a firetruck seem rea-
sonable by comparison.
The iPhone s most invaluable
app is the one that lets people
know that you can afford one (or
at least think that). In T&T that
is all that matters. Years ago I
did an interview with an IT
expert who explained that the
majority of people in this country
who own smart phones use them
mainly as a...phone.
Don t get me wrong, technolo-
gy has provided us with many
tools which make our lives easier.
I ve just never been one to track
the latest releases and salivate
over the upgrades. When it
comes to tech, for me less is
That reminds me of a segment
on CNN where some IT geek
was showing off a new iPad
accessory, the keypad. "All you
do is click it in here and you
have your keypad ready to go!"
The reporter says, "So...like a
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THE TECH REVOLUTION Walking the streets of New
York, I noticed something
that just seemed unusual
to me. Almost everyone
was walking while texting;
quite a few of them nearly
walked right into me. There
were so many on these
infernal phones texting
away and walking blindly
across busy intersections it
is surprising to not hear of
more people being minced
beneath buses and
garbage trucks while
sending a text message
that says "Just had a
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