Once again the news is full of warnings about the dangers of children spending too much time on screens. New research by Public Health England suggests that greater amounts of screen-time correlates with increased potential for depression and anxiety in young people and was responsible for limiting a child's opportunity for social interaction and physical activity.
Since Windows 8 was first released, I had the feeling that it was a poor hybrid. As far as I'm concerned, there is little wrong with Windows 8's traditional desktop mode. But used on a regular desktop machine, it has always felt to me that the 'modern' side of things was tacked on almost as an afterthought.
Apple has succeeded in becoming a cultural icon as well as a successful business, its desirable products and clever advertising set it apart from other technology companies. But it isn't the only enterprise that has been touched by the Jobs halo, remember he's also the man behind the Pixar animation studio.
I took my poo phone into the Apple Store and the genius up the back told me, "This phone has been water damaged." I replied, "Hey genius, I'm not here because it's working. Can you fix it?" He told me it'd be cheaper to get a new one. So I told him about the time I had sex with a real girl and his head exploded.
Danny Kitchen, a 5 year-old from Bristol, racked up a bill of £1700 in less than 10 minutes. He'd been buying bombs in the 'free' app Zombies vs. Ninja at £69.99 per pack. He bought 19, as well as various other bonuses. When asked what happened Danny said, "I'm not sure how I did it, I thought it was free."
One of the traditional barriers to online shopping has been the fact that consumers like to hold items in their hands and examine the quality up close. Clever technologies, such as the Retina screen of the iPad, are helping the most innovative in the industry to experiment with things like textured screens to emulate the feel of items.