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Discussions Discussion Wants or needs?
max m/usa, Oct. 15, 2013

Hello, now i definitly understand that it is very cool and exciting to get new things, for example a new phone. The question is if it is truly necessary or not to do so. This varies depending on each individual person. For example, if you are somebody who has a perfectly good phone that fits all of your needs and only want a new phone for lets say an upgraded design, it is in no way necessary. It is just a waste of a perfectly good phone being replaced for another one. I see this happening a lot now where people will upgrade and get a new phone even though their old one is perfectly working and fine. Money is not only wasted, but a phone with perfectly good potential as well.

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Discussions Discussion Wants or needs?
Jenna Baker, Oct. 14, 2013

I see a lot of posts that talk about the satisfaction of getting a new phone, but they usually use the iPhone as an example. Some even regard it as a the best, friendliest ‘smartphone’ out there. I disagree. Why buy a phone that comes out with a ‘new and improved’ verison a couple months later, only to leave you in despair with the want to throw your device away and get the new one? In my opinion, we need to move away from Apple, Windows, and Android.

But what should we do about the lack of a smartphone in this technology-run world we live in now? How do I get by without the ability to check email on my phone, ect.? Well, there’s a solution in progress right now. What if there was a special kind of phone that, when it updated with something new, you didn’t have to throw the entire phone away, and only that changed part?

Introducing Phoneblok, a phone that keeps all the parts seperated into individual blocks.

The link at the end of this post will send you to the official site, that will explain the phone in more detail, and is also accompanied with the video (the video is in English).

But I do believe a new phone is a want that is becoming a need— but this is due to our technology-dependent world. What do you guys think, and what’s your opinion on Phoneblok versus other phone companies like Apple or Android, or even Windows?

Jenna Baker
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  • Christian Swe-TE11 Christian Swe-TE11 Oct. 14, 2013
    I understand your point and I like the idea. The only problem that I can see is that the production cost would be to high to sustain right now and it would not be sustainable.
    An example today's car market use a version of your idea when they don't expect to make money by selling the car but instead of the aftermarket by repairs and upgrades. By doing this we lower the quality of the product.
  • Jennifer Farra Jennifer Farra Oct. 14, 2013
    Im Jennifer from the United States and I agree that buying a brand new product and only being satisfied it with for a few months before wanting the new and improved one is very wasteful. However, I do feel that Apple and Android are on the right track because their devices allow you to update the format of your phone. For example, the ios 7 on the Iphone updated the features and allowed everybody to once again feel at peace with their device, and it didnt make people crave the new upcoming device. I do agree with Christain because the production cost of Phoneblok would be very substaintial and not sustainable, which is what we need.
  • Emma K_NA11asve Emma K_NA11asve Oct. 14, 2013
    I've also heard about the PhoneBlok and even though I don't have enough knowledge to say wether the production costs would be to high, i think the idea in the long run IS sustainable. Wouldn't you say it'd be more expensive to create the amount of iphones that is produced today, because of the fact that so many people want to upgrade from an iphone 4s to a iphone 5, than it would to simply change smaller parts of your phone whenever they need reparations. This invention means that you will be able to have a useful phone for a longer period of time and whenever you need to switch one part out due to reparations, at least you wont have to throw the whole phone away, but only the small part that was broken. Also, there's a lot more possibilities to create interesting parts for the phone with more useful features, it can be used as so much more than a phone on a much higher level than an iphone or smartphone, which also will decrease the demand for those products in its original form.

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Discussions Discussion Wants or needs?
Marissa B-USA, Nov. 14, 2012

According to Oxford Dictionaries, the definition of a need is a circumstance in which something is necessary. In my words, a need is something you cannot live with out; for example, food, water, etc.
We need these materials to sustain our life, but in today’s world a “need” has a different definition.

Almost every 6 months a new iphone or a new incredible piece of technology comes out on sale. This is the time where a want becomes a need. We, as teenagers, want the newest technology so bad that it becomes something we can’t live without. Now I have an Iphone and I just recently researched how much these phones are affecting the environment.

It started off with the very first Iphone. Environmentalists opened up the iphone and found that it was full of hazardous chemicals. They confronted Apple, and the company then promised to stop the production of these chemicals in their next product, the Iphone 3. A few months later this product came out and the environmentalists checked this device. They found little to no change in the toxic chemicals that the last iphone contained. Since this problem occured, Apple has now increased the efficiency of their products, they have started recycling their used iphones, and have dialed down on the chemicals that they use. This was a major change that definitely helped our environment.

Having a phone or the newest technology is not a need. It is a definite want. I know some phones are great for communication and really make your day easier, but some phones really hurt our environment. It is our job to choose the most efficient technology and to make sure we know its a want and not a need.

Marissa B-USA

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Discussions Discussion Search Engines, Technology, and Business
Mercedes Domingues, March 9, 2012

How Much is Google Paying Apple To Be The Search Engine On iPhone, iPad, And Elsewhere?
$1 billion.

Schachter believes Google searches on Apple devices resulted in $1.3 billion in gross revenue. He believes Google has a 75% traffic acquisition cost associated with that revenue. As a result, Google only gets $335 million in net revenue from searches on iOS and Safari.

Mercedes Domingues

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Discussions Discussion INTERNET ART
Billy Sumner, Dec. 21, 2011

From the iPhone to the Met: Changing The Way We ‘See’ Art Online


Smartphone apps like Google Goggles have fundamentally changed the way we look at art, providing instant information about the work itself.

Go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, or the Getty Museum, and download the Google Goggles app for Android or iPhone. Snap a picture of the art that you’re looking at. Goggles will pull up the work of art’s history, bibliography of its creator and perhaps even a story of the collection from the Met’s mobile-optimized website.

Billy Sumner

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Discussions Discussion Search Engines, Technology, and Business
Ricky Burkhardt, Dec. 21, 2011

Apple Plots Its TV Assault

Apple Inc. is moving forward with its assault on television…working on its own television that relies on wireless streaming technology to access shows, movies and other content. Steve Jobs envisioned building a TV that would be controlled by Apple’s mobile devices.


Google Inc. is trying to enable users to access apps and Internet video on traditional TVs through its Google TV software, which shares some technology with its Android mobile operating system.

IMO, we can get ready to see the iPad enlarged to the size of flat screen TV in the near future… the same way the iPhone was enlarged to become the iPad…cool stuff.

Ricky Burkhardt

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Discussions Discussion Einztein Blog
Marco Masoni, Dec. 9, 2011

I started researching the various ways that education has been and can be delivered via TV. It occurred to me that I let my kids watch a heck of a lot more TV than I was ever allowed to when I was their age (bad daddy!). But they’re watching TV shows that are educational and stimulate cognitive responses (rationalizing…). Also, because they are accustomed to interacting with games, stories and characters from TV shows via our iPad/iPhones, their approach to TV tends toward the interactive, whereas mine was (and still is!) almost entirely passive. Where all this will lead, both in terms of my research and future developments in “teaching through television,” I’m not quite sure. Stay tuned :)

Marco Masoni

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Discussions Discussion Fashion Design
Kendra Adebayo, Dec. 9, 2011

Karl Lagerfeld was a guest @LeWeb this week, a top flight internet conference held in Paris. It’s a scintillating discussion for all fashion+techy+geeks. Notice how everyone applauds for the fact that he owns 4 iPhones….not for the fact that he owns 300k books in his personal library!

Kendra Adebayo

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Discussions Discussion Search Engines, Technology, and Business
Henry Hamilton, Nov. 20, 2011

Wolfram Alpha search engine now tracks flight paths, trajectory information. he search engine, which recently began incorporating data from the FAA can now, with a five-minute delay from real-time data, use a flight’s speed, heading and altitude to offer a projection of a plane’s position. A search for ‘flights overhead’ via the Wolfram Alpha web site or app will use your location to pinpoint flights that should be visible to you.


Here’s a demo using Siri enabled iPhone

Henry Hamilton

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Discussions Discussion Machine Learning
Anita Singh, Nov. 11, 2011

Andrew Ng, who teaches this great course, talks about unsupervised feature learning and deep learning. I’d love to ask him if this is the kind of research and science that made iPhone 5’s “Siri” possible.

Anita Singh

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