The base iPad Mini 2 lists at $299 and was as low as $229 during recent sales; the N1 is launching at $249.
Because we're on an irreversible trajectory toward integrating technology with our cars and houses, bodies and brains. If we don't control the software, then at some point, we won't control parts of our homes and our selves.
Last time I checked, humans today can't easily tinker with their own bodies and brains, they have plenty of known bugs and vulnerabilities, and many methods of altering their function are heavily regulated if not illegal.
While I support the author's idealism, what do you think will happen in this cyborg future when software can be physically addictive or kill you or change your personality? People have always been willing to give up a certain amount of freedom for a certain amount of security, and they will continue to do so.
Good luck finding devices that get dim enough, though; manufacturers have focused on making screens brighter for daytime use at the expense of nighttime usability.
About the only devices I have that dim enough to tolerably use in a dark room are my Retina MBP and iPad, and even then I must use f.lux or light-on-dark color schemes to make it comfortable. I've tried screen filtering apps for Android, but they never seem to dim the soft keys and can cause unexpected battery drain.
Oh, and don't get me started on backlit keyboards.
Yeah, what's next? Case-insensitive email addresses and domain names?
Remember, the whole reason files have names and not sequences of random hex is for human legibility. For most applications, case sensitivity does not increase legibility.
Nothing like a reminder that you live in the future.
I know we've been talking about biomechatronics for decades, but Moore's Law and developments in nanomaterials are making things possible that were the stuff of science fiction just a few years ago. Simply put, we're starting to build amazingly large numbers of amazingly complex structures at amazingly small scales out of amazing materials, amazingly cheap.
Mind you, that's not new either; biology has been doing that for eons. Yet being able to manufacture it, to mass-produce biological or biocompatible materials like BCIs and prosthetic organs, is a remarkable and wholly new development. I fully expect the next half century will see a medical revolution that rivals the computer revolution of the last.
You can still buy a game in one location and play it in another, you just can't gift it to someone else's account in another region.
I'm okay with that; despite what some people here will argue (free market blah blah) I'd sooner see purchase restrictions like this than expect people in poor countries to pay a week's wages for a game or movie or album.
As long as they don't start making content only available in certain regions, they're making the best of a bad situation.
You read it as "Harry Mudd College"
Now what would have been the environmental cost of manufacturing and transporting all those cars, and disposing of the ones they replaced?
Still ahead of Jodorowsky's Dune.
They keep it from breaking out.
I've observed that flaws in Apple products seem to most affect those who do not use Apple products.
Human Life > Animal Life
While we're on the subject...
My race > other races,
My gender > other gender(s),
My religion > other religions...
Where should the line be drawn, exactly?
But of course a superluminal swallow cannot carry information. You'd need a pair of entangled swallows.