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Trey Songz - Smart Phones (Explicit Version)

Did you know that in some countries it's a legal requirement to have a shutter sound on a camera?

In South Korea, shutter sounds on cameras and phones have to be at 64db, so they can be heard at pretty much any level of background noise?

In Japan, shutter sounds are voluntarily mandatory, and any phone headed for Japan has to have a shutter sound that you can’t remove, including Apple products?

And that the shutter sounds also extend to the sounds made when focusing?

And only up until recently could you remove the shutter sounds on all Korean/Japanese made smart phones that were headed to the world market?

And that there is no actual argument that can be used in the discussion about disabling shutter sounds other than “it’s annoying”?

And that that’s a fucking ridiculous argument anyway.

I think it should be a legal requirement to have shutter sounds/focus sounds on all smart phones. If not to protect national security~ then at least to protect the privacy of citizens, particularly women who find themselves at the mercy of people taking “creep shots”.

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"I Forgot My Phone" is a great video that has started to go viral over the past 24 hours. I recommend spending the two minutes watching it.

Many of us are guilty of this, myself included. I’ve made a conscious effort to stop, because I was starting to annoy myself.

Sometimes is definitely fine. All of the time is not.

You don’t need to take a photo or video of everything. Put the phone down, enjoy the moment, and really experience that concert, that comedian, that sunset, that meal, that party, that conversation, that walk, or whatever it might be.

A year from now, you might forget that moment because you didn’t capture it, but that’s okay too. It doesn’t make that moment any less a part of your life.

I even recommend a little technology detox every once in a while. Whether it’s a day or a weekday, consciously make the effort. While you’ll probably get the shakes for the first few hours, you’ll be surprised how good you feel afterwards.

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Trey Songz - SmartPhones [Official Video]

The Stupidly Basic Thing It’s Still Illegal To Do With Your Mobile Phone

Do you own a smart phone? Do you know how easy it is to break the law using only that smartphone?

It’s this easy: After your current contract with your wireless provider (perhaps Verizon) expires, change the software on your phone such that you can use it to make calls with a different provider (say, T-Mobile). There, you just broke the law.

That’s right: Using a phone—purchased by you—to legally connect to another mobile network has broken federal law since October 2012. But on Thursday, the lead regulator of the mobile phone industry took a major, formal step to not only making phone unlocking legal—but making it easier, and making it free.

This dispute has long pitted consumers and their advocates against some of the major mobile carriers: AT&T, Verizon, and US Cellular among them. Some mobile carriers, including T-Mobile and Sprint, already allow unlocking.

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And I go, ‘oh, I’m getting sad, gotta get the phone and write “hi” to like 50 people’…then I said, ‘you know what, don’t. Just be sad. Just let the sadness, stand in the way of it, and let it hit you like a truck.’

And I let it come, and I just started to feel ‘oh my God,’and I pulled over and I just cried like a bitch. I cried so much. And it was beautiful. Sadness is poetic. You’re lucky to live sad moments.

And then I had happy feelings. Because when you let yourself feel sad, your body has antibodies, it has happiness that comes rushing in to meet the sadness. So I was grateful to feel sad, and then I met it with true, profound happiness. It was such a trip.

The thing is, because we don’t want that first bit of sad, we push it away with a little phone or a jack-off or the food. You never feel completely sad or completely happy, you just feel kinda satisfied with your product, and then you die. So that’s why I don’t want to get a phone for my kids.

—  Louis C.K., explaining to Conan O’Brien why he hates Smart Phones. But also just a profound perspective on loneliness.
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Matilde Gattoni: Death Metal

Lost in the Indian Ocean, the tiny Indonesian island of Bangka provides 30 percent of the world tin, a vital metal for assembling electronic products. Fed by the global hunger for smartphones and tablets, illegal tin mining has now turned this once tropical paradise into a hell on earth, causing environmental destruction and a neverending stream of deaths.

Every year, up to 100 miners lose their life drowned under the sea or buried alive by landslides in their desperate quest for tin. Some of them are children as young as five. 

Bangka’s tropical forests have been devastated by thousands of moon-like mining pits, full of acidic water contaminated with heavy metals. Offshore mining has already killed 60 percent of the local coral reef, destroying the livelihood of local fishermen and harming the tourism industry.

Before it’s too late, an environmental group is calling top smartphone brands like Samsung and Apple to action, asking them to take responsibility for the environmental situation in Bangka and spearhead a campaign to improve transparency in their tin supply chain.

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