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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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