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Status Flight and the Gendering of Google Glass » Cyborgology
"I thought about titling this post, “Google Glass: The Beginning of White Flight from Smartphones,” but instead I’m going to propose a new term, status flight, to describe what happens when elites abandon a status symbol that’s lost its signifying power after becoming too quotidian and ubiquitous."
culture  social  phones  comms 
may 2013 by warrenellis
Tracking gunfire with a smartphone
"You are walking down the street with a friend. A shot is fired. The two of you duck behind the nearest cover and you pull out your smartphone. A map of the neighborhood pops up on its screen with a large red arrow pointing in the direction the shot came from."
tech  crime  war  phones 
april 2013 by warrenellis
Shop for Spies and Would-Be Spies - NYTimes.com
Requests for cellphone debugging exams ($150), in which phones are examined for tracking devices and software, are up, as are sales of Spy Shops’ $1,800 cellphones, equipped with built-in scramblers to prevent conversations from being monitored.
tech  crime  comms  phones  gm 
august 2011 by warrenellis
Android phones to pit vampires against slayers
"Facial recognition startup Viewdle on Wednesday began letting Android smartphone users see which of the people around them are vampires and which are vampire slayers. "
phones  comms  ARG  games  ar 
june 2011 by warrenellis

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