Category: Reviews

  • Welcome to iOS 13

    Welcome to iOS 13

    On September 20, 2019, Apple Inc. released its new iPhone 11 series of mobile phones, an important and impressive update. The three new phones from Apple — the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max— vary in size and capabilities, but all feature the bezel-free, all-screen design introduced two years ago in the […]

  • All Your Digital Movies, Together at Last

    All Your Digital Movies, Together at Last

    The digital media revolution has been a game changer for movie watchers. Physical media like Blu-Ray discs still exist, of course, but digital media, whether streamed or downloaded, is the future. The benefits of digital media are plentiful. Digital streaming services like the subscription-based Netflix grant anyone with an Internet connection access to thousands of […]

  • An Apocalypse to Die For

    An Apocalypse to Die For

    It’s no coincidence that the opening credits of season one of the Netflix series The Rain are reminiscent of AMC’s The Walking Dead. The two shows are strikingly similar. Both are post-apocalyptic character-driven dramas in which humankind has been decimated by a virus. Both center on a group of disparate strangers struggling to coalesce into a functional group. Both […]

  • One Coloring App to Rule them All

    One Coloring App to Rule them All

    Coloring Books Get a Makeover Coloring apps (sometimes called “coloring book apps” or “coloring apps for adults”) are having a moment. For the uninitiated, coloring apps are exactly what they sound like: coloring books, but without the book part. These app simulations of coloring books run on your mobile device of choice but are especially well suited to tablets. […]

  • Five Things Apple Got Wrong with the iPhone X (and How to Fix Them)

    Five Things Apple Got Wrong with the iPhone X (and How to Fix Them)

    Cupertino, We Have a Problem — Actually, Make That Five. Prior to its launch, the iPhone X was being called “the most highly-anticipated version” of the phone to date, and with good reason. Almost two years before the iPhone X’s release, back when people still called it an iPhone 8, rumors of Apple’s plans for a major […]

  • Do Americans Seek Out a Velvet Rope of Status in Suburbia?

    Do Americans Seek Out a Velvet Rope of Status in Suburbia?

    Why do so many Americans choose to live in the suburbs, despite the increasingly long commute times and lack of community often associated with these places? Benjamin Ross, a Washington D.C.-based transit activist whose grass-roots lobbying efforts led to the planned Purple Line in Maryland, argues that suburbia has a persistent allure because it is […]

  • The Rebirth of the Zombie and — Dare I Say it — Walkable City

    The Rebirth of the Zombie and — Dare I Say it — Walkable City

    Ever since George Romero’s 1978 film “Dawn of the Dead” (arguably the best zombie film of all time, with a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), zombies have symbolized modern-day anxieties, specifically American consumerism. For what is a zombie but a mindless automaton consuming everything in its path? But give me a little latitude here, because I […]