Who knew that a public service ad could be entertaining? This PSA from New Zealand shows a group of kids hanging out and joking around about how their dads act while “blazing.” The commercial is pretty funny until the end when the kids realize that “drug driving” (I’ve never heard that term before) isn’t as funny as they had just made it out to be.
Phonebloks wants to create a mobile phone that tackles two major problems that exist in the mobile industry right now – waste and obsoletism.
When mobile phones become outdated, or break, people buy new phones. These phones are either thrown away or recycled. But the problem with recycling electronics is that most of the materials can’t be used, so a lot of it still ends up in our landfills.
What Phonebloks wants to create is a phone that comes in separate pieces, for example the screen, camera, speaker, processor and hard drive. If one of these pieces break, you can buy a new block instead of tossing the whole phone into the garbage. If you want to upgrade one of the blocks as new technology comes out, you can do that too.
I wonder what the mobile service carriers would think about this. Companies like AT&T, Verizon and Sprint lock people into two-year contracts when customers buy a new phone (unless you want to pay full price up-front for a $600-$800 phone), so it would be interesting to see how this would impact their business model.
Lifehacker just put together a quick review of iPhone web browsers and the benefits and downfalls of each of them. I’ve used a few different web browsers on the iPhone and my favorite right now is Chrome because I like the way the tabs work and how it syncs with my desktop browser. I love having access to my web history and all of my bookmarks. It also seems much faster than Safari.
Chrome and Safari both work great and they have all that I really need in a mobile browser but if there was one setting that I would like to see in Safari or Chrome on the iPhone, it would be to turn off the “feature” that forces the user to go to the web version of a website when one exists. I’ve had so many problems trying to view restaurant menus when being forced to the web version of a website.
The Lifehacker article also mentions the “360 Browser” app which provides Flash capabilities. I’ve never tried 360 Browser before but I use Skyfire which also lets you view Flash videos.
I bought Skyfire when I became obsessed with Newgrounds.com. Skyfire is $3 while 360 Browser is only $1, so if it works the same, it’s probably better to just go with the cheaper one. I just wish there was a browser that could play Flash-based games. That would be awesome.
I go to the Mile High Flea Market all the time during the summer months and anyone who’s familiar with it knows that it’s a one-stop shop for counterfeit products. I grew up in the Denver area and have been going to the flea market since I was a kid, so by now I’m very familiar with identifying fake products.
Remember when FUBU was a popular brand? A friend of mine accidentally bought a “PUBU” shirt at the flea market once. He was also duped into buying an “Adiaas” jacket. We all got a good laugh out of that, lol.
These counterfeiters are good at what they do. These fake logos aren’t noticeable at first because they print them in fonts that make it hard to tell what it really says.
The popular counterfeits I’ve noticed people selling at the flea market this summer are Apple product cables, phone cases and Beats By Dre headphones. There are lots of colognes and perfumes too.
Business Insider just published an interesting article on how to spot fake tech products. I really like the tip about looking for fake “UL” symbols on electronics.
From my own experience I’d say there are a a few very simple tips you can use to recognize phony products right away. First, who are you getting it from? If it seems shady, it probably is. You know those home speaker “installers” that drive around parking lots trying to offload systems that were “left over” from their last job? Yeah, don’t buy crappy speakers from those guys.
Second, look for misspellings or other odd language on the product or packaging.
And lastly, is the price so low that it’s too good to be true? That’s because it’s made so cheaply that it’s going to crumble in your hands as soon as you get it home.
You can probably avoid the majority of scams by just remembering those few things.
And now I can’t wait to walk around the flea market to try to spot counterfeit electronics with the fake “UL” symbol!