Always On by Brian X. Chen
How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future--and Locked Us In

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Even Steve Jobs didn't know what he had on his hands when he announced the original iPhone as a combination of a mere "three revolutionary products"--an iPod, a cell phone, and a keyboard-less handheld computer. Once Apple introduced the App Store and opened it up to outside developers, however, the iPhone became capable of serving a rapidly growing number of functions--now more than 200,000 and counting.

But the iPhone has implications far beyond the phone or gadget market. In fact, it's opening the way to what Brian Chen calls the "always-on" future, where we are all constantly connected to a global Internet via flexible, incredibly capable gadgets that allow us to do anything, anytime, from anywhere. This has far-reaching implications--both positive and negative--throughout all areas of our lives, opening the door for incredible personal and societal advances while potentially sacrificing both privacy and creative freedom in the process.

Always On is the first book to look at the surprising and expansive significance of Apple's incredibly powerful vertical business model, and the future it portends.

 

About Brian X. Chen

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Former associate editor for Macworld magazine, Brian X. Chen currently writes for Wired.com, where his regular column on Apple is followed by millions of readers. He lives in San Francisco.
 
Published September 25, 2012 by Da Capo Press. 256 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Chen adroitly examines the intricate nuances of the “always-on” society and intelligently puts forth a “realistic portrait of our future.” He claims that while modern technology may be overloading us and enabling our compulsive tendencies, it has also created a “terrifyingly beautiful and excitin...

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Tech guru Chen's columns on Apple for Wired.com have gained him a wide readership, primarily for the same qualities he displays here: an in-depth knowledge of the history of Apple and a wide-angle view of the impact that Apple has made across the globe.

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Chen plumbs in his first book, Always On: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future—and Locked Us In.The basic tenant of the book is that “[e]ven Steve Jobs didn’t know what he had on his hands when he announced the original iPhone as a combination of a mere ‘three revolutionar...

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@Lael_Lenehan @melmoes could you make a You Tube Video that way we could post it afterwords?

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