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10 Ideas for Antiquating Your Modern Technology

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Modern technology is amazing and efficient. But there is something to be said for the giddy nostalgia created by products from the past. Thankfully, there are a lot of ways to combine the two experiences.

1. Rotary iPhone Dialer App

For just 99-cents you too can be really frustrated every time you call your friend who has a couple of 9s in his phone number.

2. Make Your Tablet An 80s-Style Coin Operated Video Game

No more pining for days gone by spending hours in the local mall arcade when you can just turn your brand new, expensive iPad into your own really old, cheap gaming experience.

3. Morse Code Tweet Writer

With this handy computer enabled Morse code tweeting device, all our trusty editor Jason English would have to do is enter this:

- .... .. .-. - -.-- -.-- . .- .-. ... .- --. --- - --- -.. .- -.-- .--. .-. . ... .. -.. . -. - .-. . .- --. .- -. ... .-- --- ..- .-.. -.. -... . .- ... ... .- ... ... .. -. .--- --- .... -. .... .. -. -.-. -.- .-.. . -.-- .-- .- ... ..-. --- ..- -. -.. -. --- - --. ..- .. .-.. - -.-- -... -.-- .-. . .- ... --- -. --- ..-. .. -. ... .- -. .. - -.--

And out would come this:

4. Play Halo With An Atari Controller

ThinkGeek offers a USB-enabled Atari controller for use on your computer. Right on the product page they helpfully recount how to play an Atari version of Halo (called Halo 2600) that was developed by one of the game’s developers.

5. Turn Your iPod Into A Gramophone

Crank up the old timey tunes!

6. Use A Throwback Key Pad

A lot of people miss the clicking of keys as they type on their Apple products. The iPad typewriter should more than solve their problems.

7. Gaze Into the World of Childhood Magic

Sometimes it’s nice to take a moment to appreciate the simple technological pleasures of the past like a good old ViewMaster. Lucky for you, Hasbro created this modern version that prevents you from actually having to put your phone down.

8. Make Your iPod An Enormous Shoulder Accessory

It’s been far too long since you walked through the mall with a blaring boombox on your shoulder. Get yourself some Adidas kicks and a nice track suit, pop your iPod into this dock and make that happen pronto.

9. Make Instant Communication Take A While

Twitter is so instant that you can post a silly or insane message on there before you actually have time to think. Better that you should sit down for a moment and think through your thoughts. That seems to have been the rationale of Giles Turnbull when he started Twitter By Post. Who says you couldn’t do the same?

10. Make Your Phone A Lot Bigger

Maybe Zack Morris was secretly talking on an iPhone hidden inside one of these primitive-looking cases.

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A Simple Way to Charge Your iPhone in 5 Minutes
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Spotting the “low battery” notification on your phone is usually followed by a frantic search for an outlet and further stress over the fact that you may not have time for a full charge. On iPhones, plugging your device into the wall for five minutes might result in only a modest increase of about three percent or so. But this tip from Business Insider Tech may allow you to squeeze out a little more juice.

The trick? Before charging, put your phone in Airplane Mode so that you reduce the number of energy-sucking tasks (signal searching, fielding incoming communications) your device will try and perform.

Next, take the cover off if you have one (the phone might be generating extra heat as a result). Finally, try to use an iPad adapter, which has demonstrated a faster rate of charging than the adapter that comes with your iPhone.

Do that and you’ll likely double your battery boost, from about three to six percent. It may not sound like much, but that little bit of extra juice might keep you connected until you’re able to plug it in for a full charge.

[h/t Business Insider Tech]

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Trying to Save Money? Avoid Shopping on a Smartphone
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Today, Americans do most of their shopping online—but as anyone who’s indulged in late-night retail therapy likely knows, this convenience often can come with an added cost. Trying to curb expenses, but don't want to swear off the convenience of ordering groceries in your PJs? New research shows that shopping on a desktop computer instead of a mobile phone may help you avoid making foolish purchases, according to Co. Design. Ying Zhu, a marketing professor at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan, recently led a study to measure how touchscreen technology affects consumer behavior. Published in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, her research found that people are more likely to make more frivolous, impulsive purchases if they’re shopping on their phones than if they’re facing a computer monitor. Zhu, along with study co-author Jeffrey Meyer of Bowling Green State University, ran a series of lab experiments on student participants to observe how different electronic devices affected shoppers’ thinking styles and intentions. Their aim was to see if subjects' purchasing goals changed when it came to buying frivolous things, like chocolate or massages, or more practical things, like food or office supplies. In one experiment, participants were randomly assigned to use a desktop or a touchscreen. Then, they were presented with an offer to purchase either a frivolous item (a $50 restaurant certificate for $30) or a useful one (a $50 grocery certificate for $30). These subjects used a three-point scale to gauge how likely they were to purchase the offer, and they also evaluated how practical or frivolous each item was. (Participants rated the restaurant certificate to be more indulgent than the grocery certificate.) Sure enough, the researchers found that participants had "significantly higher" purchase intentions for hedonic (i.e. pleasurable) products when buying on touchscreens than on desktops, according to the study. On the flip side, participants had significantly higher purchase intentions for utilitarian (i.e. practical) products while using desktops instead of touchscreens. "The playful and fun nature of the touchscreen enhances consumers' favor of hedonic products; while the logical and functional nature of a desktop endorses the consumers' preference for utilitarian products," Zhu explains in a press release. The study also found that participants using touchscreen technology scored significantly higher on "experiential thinking" than subjects using desktop computers, whereas those with desktop computers demonstrated higher scores for rational thinking. “When you’re in an experiential thinking mode, [you crave] excitement, a different experience,” Zhu explained to Co. Design. “When you’re on the desktop, with all the work emails, that interface puts you into a rational thinking style. While you’re in a rational thinking style, when you assess a product, you’ll look for something with functionality and specific uses.” Zhu’s advice for consumers looking to conserve cash? Stow away the smartphone when you’re itching to splurge on a guilty pleasure. [h/t Fast Company]


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