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Thursday, February 11, 2016
How to Make Your Smartphone Dumber
Apple Iphone 6
Confronted with ever more complex gadgetry and virtual reality accessories that are harder and harder to operate? You may want to make your smartphone dumber. Perhaps you’re one of those people who looks back fondly on the days when you went to the dentist if you were looking for Bluetooth. Maybe you don’t feel like going to the app store every time you want to rent a movie. Maybe you just want to use the calling capacity of your phone to find out movie times at the cineplex or browse a blockbuster. Smartphones are getting too smart for their own good. If Siri is going to editorialize about everything then D.I.Y. may start to be more attractive. There are lots of other ways to make a smartphone dumber. One of course it to simply toss it under the wheel of an oncoming truck. However, let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater. For those people who are nostalgic for the old days of the simple cell phone, which is to wireless service what the old rotary phone was to touchtone, there are numerous ways to turn your new Iphone 6 into a neanderthal. However a good place to start is to get your head out of the cloud. Once you no longer have access to a bank of information, you’re on your way to returning your phone to what it was in those heady days when Alexander Graham Bell uttered his famous lines “Mr. Watson--Come here--I want to see you."
Francis Levy's debut novel, Erotomania: A Romance, was released in August 2008 by Two Dollar Radio.
His short stories, criticism, humor, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Village Voice, The East Hampton Star, The Quarterly, Penthouse, Architectural Digest, TV Guide, The Journal of Irreproducible Results, and other publications. One of his Voice humor pieces was anthologized in The Big Book of New American Humor (HarperCollins). He is presently the Co-Director of The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination (philoctetes.org), where he supervises roundtable discussions on topics as varied as “The Psychology of the Modern Nation State” and “Modern Traffic Theory, Behavior, and Imagination”.