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Passcode

A passcode is a series of numbers that you enter into an electronic device for user authentication. When you drop five hundred bucks on an iPad, you want to make sure your shit is secure. You don’t want some stranger going through your contacts, pictures, and personal accounts. So you put a passcode on that bad boy. Now only you and your most observant friends can gain access to your electronics. I try to learn as many of my friends’ passcodes as I can. It’s fun to take selfies with their phone, status hack their Facebook accounts, or FaceTime a mutual friend. I don’t do anything too malicious (mostly so that they don’t change their passcode and I can keep pranking them).

Critically Rated at 12/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Tablets

The iPad was first released on April 3, 2010 and the world hasn’t been the same since. Tablets have taken over. Most people are casual computer users. They just want to surf the net, play movies and music, take pictures, check Facebook, and play games. They don’t need a desktop computer or a laptop to do that anymore. They just need a decent tablet to stay connected and entertained. One of the reasons why tablets are so popular is because they are super portable. They are lightweight, they don’t take up much space, and you can take them anywhere. Laptops are more powerful, but they are also more of a hassle to lug around and the battery life isn’t as good. Plus it’s a lot easier and more comfortable to read an article or an eBook on a tablet than it is to read on a laptop.

Tablets are the future. You feel as if you’re in a sci-fi movie when you’re using them. It’s cool to have the entire internet right  in your hands, presented in bright colors and pretty pictures that you can swipe and swivel and interact with. When you FaceTime or Skype with someone, it’s like they are in the room with you. Tablets aren’t going anywhere, they are here to stay. I’ve noticed a trend: tablets keep getting smaller and smartphones keep getting larger. In a few years your iPad will fit in your pocket and you’ll need a backpack for your iPhone. You can’t stop progress.

Critically Rated at 15/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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What’s the Wi-Fi?

I’ve been a server for more than eight years and I’ve noticed a big change in society. There was once a time when the most common request was for a side of ranch or a few more napkins. Now the most common request is for the Wi-Fi password. The shift started a few years ago, when the iPhone and other smart phones started gaining in popularity. That’s when a lot of restaurants and coffee houses started offering free Wi-Fi to attract all the hipsters. It became commonplace to Instagram your meal before taking a bite. And you weren’t really there until you checked in on Foursquare. I thought that smartphones were bad enough, but then Apple introduced the iPad and ushered in the tablet era. Now a family of four will come in, wait for a table for forty-five minutes, sit down in a booth, order food and drinks, ask for the Wi-Fi password, and sit hypnotized by glowing screens attached to their hands and completely ignoring each other for the next sixty minutes. Well, that’s not entirely true… they won’t talk to each other, but they will like each other’s posts on Facebook. I love the internet. I love technology. But it’s no substitute for actual human interaction.

Critically Rated at 6/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Video Call

A video call is similar to a phone call, but it also transmits video as well as audio so you can actually see who you are talking to and they can see you back. Videophone technology makes the world a smaller, more connected place. The other night I was at my friend’s house and he got a FaceTime call from his buddy in New York. We propped the iPad up on the table and it was like he was in the living room with us. We had random conversations, he showed us his latest purchases, and we laughed and joked for at least an hour. That was the first time I met him, and we were three thousand miles away from each other on opposite sides of the country. Even though I’ve never met him in person, I feel like I have. That’s the power of a video call. Skype is another great service that allows you to stay in touch with friends and family around the world. It’s essential for long distance relationships. It’s hard not being able to see and hear the people that you care about, and a routinely scheduled Skype session will keep you from going crazy. A regular phone call or text message can only convey so much. Video calls let you see the other person face to face and in real time. You get to see the smile form on their face when you tell a joke and that goes a long way. The only downside to video calls is that you still can’t touch the other person. They are right there in front of you and you can’t make physical contact. Skype sex is nowhere close to the real thing.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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The Wrong Earbud

Lots of people have iPhones and iPods because Apple has taken over the world. So you see lots of people rocking those iconic white headphones. You might have noticed that they have an L and an R on each ear bud so you know which ear to stick them in. The L bud goes in your left ear. The R bud goes in your right ear. It’s a pretty simple concept but some people don’t get it. Maybe they don’t want to conform (but then they wouldn’t have an iPhone). Maybe they are just really lazy or super ignorant. They look pretty retarded either way. And it’s pathetic not being able to listen to music right.  Apple products are expensive and trendy so you want to show them off. Wearing your headphones wrong is like buying a designer shirt and wearing it inside out. You’re telling everyone that you can afford it but don’t deserve it. I might not ever learn your name but I already know that I despise you.

Critically Rated at 6/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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The Simpsons: Tapped Out (game)

If you’re a Simpsons fan with an iPhone or iPad, do yourself a favor and download The Simpsons: Tapped Out game. It’s kind of like Mafia Wars but with Simpsons characters. You start with Homer and Lisa and gradually start adding more characters and start building up Springfield. There are missions with storylines and dialog so you’re not just clicking and tapping mindlessly. There is a little bit of a plot. It’s a social game too. You can visit your friend’s Springfield and steal his money and vandalize his buildings. The only problem with the game is that it’s very addictive. You will sit by an outlet with your iProduct plugged in so you can keep playing. It’s a great way to kill time. And it’s free too. Free is always good.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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