Careful Tech

063: Tipping at the iPad cash register

An episode of Careful Tech

By Matt Hauger
Reflections on media, technology and authentic humanity. Fresh every weekday.
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074: Caught between computers
In terms of computing platforms, I‘ve been set adrift.
03:22
November 16, 2018
073: Smarter AirPods gestures
I’d like to see Apple add another setting to the AirPods’ “Double-tap on AirPod” options: “Single.”
03:18
November 14, 2018
072: iPad Pro first impressions
As I played with the devices, I realized that the 11-inch iPad Pro makes compromises in all the wrong places.
06:12
November 12, 2018
071: The $100 “iPad Pro”
I’m bummed to miss out on the hotness, but here’s the thing: I can meet these “needs” without dropping $1,200 on an iPad Pro, a Smart Keyboard, and an Apple Pencil. It simply requires some creativity—and some willingness to compromise.
05:23
November 5, 2018
070: The sorry state of meditation apps on the Apple Watch
The dearth of Apple Watch meditation apps may be a symptom of a deeper issue.
08:52
November 2, 2018
069: ISPs and deceptive billing
I’m sympathetic to our ISP’s sorry state, and I’m rooting for them to pull out of their apparent death spiral. I’m even willing to pay a bit more to help them survive. I’d just rather see them hike their rates honestly, instead of slipping in a bogus charge and hoping that customers don’t ask questions.
22:45
November 1, 2018
068: Debating an iPad Pro purchase
Debating an iPad Pro purchase
07:09
October 30, 2018
067: A long-time Windows power user switches to the Mac
Adopting macOS wasn't quite what I expected—hardly the aesthetic epiphany promised in those old John Hodgman ads.
10:07
October 30, 2018
066: How much should Apple Watch cell service cost?
Why not just pony up for the cellular model? It costs too much!
04:35
October 29, 2018
065: Imagining external touchscreen support on the iPad Pro
I’d like to see the iPad Pro support external touchscreen displays—effectively turning a touch monitor into a giant iOS device.
12:38
October 28, 2018
064: My one big gripe about the new Apple Watch
Apple Watch Series 4 battery life • Voicemail intro • We are coming from the same place! • Outro
04:50
October 25, 2018
063: Tipping at the iPad cash register
The quintessential modern etiquette dilemma.
03:51
October 19, 2018
062: Is checking luggage a life hack?
By the time I've disembarked from the plane, stopped by the restroom, and found my assigned baggage claim area, my bag is often already there.
03:56
October 18, 2018
061: AirPods are everywhere (except for here)
AirPods have clearly broken through in a huge way—but you wouldn’t know that, walking around my neighborhood.
03:18
October 17, 2018
060: “Is anybody there? Does anybody care?”
Yes, I’d love a larger online audience, but would that really make me happier? Would strangers’ appreciation make me feel more loved or less isolated?
03:34
September 19, 2018
059: Apple Preorder Night (2018)
My mad, late-night preorder dance, with a twist.
07:54
September 14, 2018
058: Apple keynote guilt?
Geeks invest too much time and money in these Apple keynotes. But we’re not unique in our love of frivolous distraction from the “real world.”
04:29
September 12, 2018
057: Why are America’s playgrounds deserted?
Modern playgrounds are better than they’ve ever been. So what’s keeping the kids away?
06:27
September 10, 2018
056: These boots were made for treading
When I first cobbled together my treadmill desk back in 2014, building the desk itself wasn’t the hard part. The real trouble was my feet.
05:35
September 5, 2018
055: You already have everything you need
If we’re honest with ourselves, it’s not the tools that hold us back from creating stuff on the internet. The real obstacles to creative productivity? Low motivation and overcommitment.
09:06
August 31, 2018
054: Apple ditching 3D Touch? Good riddance.
If Apple ditches pressure sensitivity in the iPhone, I won’t mind.
06:10
August 28, 2018
053: Starbucks as your office
The work-at-a-coffee-shop experiment.
08:50
August 27, 2018
052: AirPods after 18 months
I’ve owned AirPods since soon after their release in late 2016. After a year and a half of daily use, I recorded some thoughts.
11:53
June 27, 2018
051: Best buy: on Facebook and Instagram
Many observers scoffed at the billion-dollar price that Facebook paid for Instagram. Who’s laughing now?
03:43
June 22, 2018
050: Does a treadmill desk make losing weight easier?
If I eat irresponsibly, I gain weight—no matter how far I walk.
04:06
June 21, 2018
049: Is it too late to switch to the Mac?
After a quarter-century using Windows, I'm finally getting a Macintosh. Did I wait too long?
07:47
June 20, 2018
048: Podcasting on the Run (Literally)
What would happen if you recorded a podcast WHILE running? Let's find out!
09:10
June 9, 2018
047: My Favorite Black Friday Tradition
A few years ago, I surrendered any right to sneer at eager Black Friday shoppers.
04:54
November 24, 2017
046: The AppleCare Gamble
I’m betting on my own ability to prevent iPhone catastrophes.
04:45
November 23, 2017
045: Measuring magic
My sleep-tracking app is surprisingly accurate, and I enjoy peeking at the trend lines every once in a while. But I don’t actually do much with all that data.
02:42
November 22, 2017
044: Okay with Terrible
Publishing something imperfect, let alone something that's genuinely bad, is difficult for me.
02:30
November 21, 2017
043: Portrait mode grossness
Even if the Portrait mode algorithms improve, I'd like to see some support for touching up problematic depth maps.
05:48
November 20, 2017
042: Irredeemably Brutal
Football is irredeemably brutal. A new test may help us confront that fact.
04:53
November 17, 2017
041: Never Unintentional
The internet has fundamentally changed my relationship to content. I won't go back.
04:03
November 16, 2017
040: Smart Homes are Dumb
For basic home operations, rock-solid reliability is the only feature that matters.
05:01
November 15, 2017
039: Why Apple’s retail stores make me nervous
I grew up shopping in dingy, cavernous, fluorescent-lit warehouses. But Apple outlets resemble high-end, big-city fashion boutiques, more than they do those Rust Belt K-Marts of my youth.
04:04
November 14, 2017
038: Apple Watch as Shower Speaker
I want the Watch to show up as a system-wide audio target any time it's connected to the phone—just like standalone Bluetooth speakers and headphones do.
02:51
November 13, 2017
037: Waiting for Podcasts on the Apple Watch
Users shouldn’t blame third-party for the Watch’s podcast unfriendliness. The real issue here? In the two-and-a-half years since the Watch first launched, Apple has dropped the ball on podcast support.
04:42
November 10, 2017
036: Inconspicuous Consumption
A device as expensive as the iPhone X serves as a negative status symbol in some circles.
03:19
November 9, 2017
035: Analytics be Darned
When I stop delighting in the work for its own sake, I soon stop working altogether. When I let website analytics or podcast download stats serve as my primary motivation, discouragement festers, and I soon stop writing. It’s happened a half-dozen times before.
04:59
November 8, 2017
034: Never Not Connected
As I tally the hours, I'm struck by how much of my life is spent using gadgets.
06:53
November 7, 2017
033: iPhone X Delights & Gripes
On Friday afternoon, UPS dropped off a new toy. My thoughts after a weekend with the iPhone X.
11:56
November 6, 2017
032: Consumed with Media
How do your media habits compare to the average American's?
05:50
November 3, 2017
031: Read-It-Never
Clicking ‘read later’ isn’t about bookmarking great content. Rather, it’s my way of ignoring how little great content I actually read.
02:44
November 2, 2017
030: Thoughts on Apple’s Fired Engineer
The vlogger probably wasn't aiming to gain YouTube subscribers by sacrificing her father's job. But that's what happened.
04:16
November 1, 2017
029: iPhone X and the Apple “access economy”
The “Apple access economy” incentivizes problematic journalism.
05:40
October 31, 2017
028: iPhone X and hidden fiddly bits
Some future iPhone will inevitably ditch all ports and buttons, leaving only the touchscreen accessible to the end user. It will be beautiful, glossy—and permanently sealed.
04:13
October 30, 2017
027: iPhone X, ordered
Anecdotally, buying the X felt no different than previous iPhone preorder nights. In fact, it might have been the easiest preorder purchase I've ever made.
05:36
October 27, 2017
026: Trailers for Trailers
Many action-heavy trailers now begin with a stinger—a 4–5 second preview of the trailer’s most exciting scenes, stitched together with fast cuts and scored with a cacophany of rising sound effects. It’s literally a “trailer for the trailer.”
02:52
October 26, 2017
025: Hotel Wifi is the Worst
Funnily enough, the internet service gets worse as the hotel gets nicer.
03:04
October 25, 2017
024: Breathe Glitch
The “Breathe” animation on the Apple Watch has an annoying little hiccup. Once you see it, you can't unsee it.
02:35
October 24, 2017
023: I'm a Bad Uber Rider
Why had Uber drivers given me bad ratings? I had thought I was a model rider.
06:46
October 23, 2017
022: Technophobes Fly, Too
The move away from shared screens on flights isn't welcome for those who struggle with tech.
03:45
October 20, 2017
021: Adblock Guilt
Despite the crisis in web publishing, and despite publishers' increasingly desperate pleas, I don't feel guilty enough to turn off my ad blocker.
03:37
October 19, 2017
020: Only Monsters Speed Up Podcasts
Yes, accelerating playback may save you time, but it also has nasty side effects better left avoided.
04:00
October 18, 2017
019: Jerry Seinfeld is My Spirit Animal
How Jerry Seinfeld’s productivity mantra inspires me to blog and podcast daily.
03:10
October 17, 2017
018: Tribal Malfunction
Tech brand loyalty is a malfunction of our tribal programming, and it works against our own best interests.
04:08
October 16, 2017
017: Stealing My Attention
Tech distraction suppresses our agency, deadens our compassion, dulls our consciousness, and drowns out our sense of purpose. When distracted by our gadgets, we stop pursuing noble causes and instead squirrel away hours, chasing red badges and refreshed timelines.
07:07
October 13, 2017
016: Trump Tremors
The election has thrown American society into slow-motion shock. The tech industry continues to convulse, too.
04:09
October 12, 2017
015: Memories vs. Math
If I buy an iPhone X, I'll justify the $1,000+ price tag by pointing to its killer camera.
04:21
October 11, 2017
014: Facebook Escape
Quitting Facebook is hard. But a few simple steps made deleting my account feel anticlimactic.
07:36
October 10, 2017
013: Twitter Bankruptcy
Although it’s painful for a Twitter “completionist”, Twitter bankruptcy is good for the soul.
04:16
October 9, 2017
012: Make Something Wonderful
When I ignore my desire for affirmation and appreciation and instead simply focus on expressing something genuine, blogging and podcasting are much more fun.
03:27
October 6, 2017
011: Punching Down
The world’s most dominant technology firm doesn’t need an army of apologists, patrolling the Internet for proof that Apple was right.
02:47
October 5, 2017
010: The everyday annoyance of quitting Facebook
Facebook isn’t just “sticky” from a relationship perspective. There are also some practical annoyances that make it difficult to resist the blue behemoth.
05:40
October 4, 2017
009: Blaming violent video games
We happily steep ourselves in foul waters, then act surprised when monsters emerge from the depths.
04:03
October 3, 2017
008: Putting the iPhone’s expense in context
The iPhone X’s $1,000 price tag isn’t quite so hard to swallow when you consider the standalone gadgets that the device renders unnecessary.
06:25
October 2, 2017
007: Polite Mode
If our devices can encourage exercise and meditation habits, why shouldn’t they encourage polite social habits, as well?
03:22
September 30, 2017
006: Why the Apple Watch could replace the iPhone
It’s not difficult to imagine the iPhone being “eaten alive,” its role absorbed by devices at either end of the size spectrum: the iPad on the large side, the Watch on the small.
06:41
September 29, 2017
005: A Long Sentence, or a Short Paragraph?
Last night, Twitter began public testing of a long-rumored, controversial increase to its character limit, doubling the quota from 140 characters to 280. It’s the most significant change to the service since its debut over a decade ago—the difference between a quip and a quote, between a thought and an idea, between an objection and an argument.
04:03
September 27, 2017
002: ‘Planet of the Apps’ vs. ‘House of Cards’
What can other House of Cards and the Handmaid’s Tale tell us about Apple’s prospects in streaming video?
03:48
September 22, 2017
001: Hodinkee
The best Apple Watch Series 3 review wasn’t written by a tech journalist but by a watch nerd.
06:18
September 21, 2017
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