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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Gadget Gal: iPad

I'm kind of obsessed with the movie Bladerunner.



THE DIRECTOR'S CUT? Either one, the original and the revised version. Why? Because I really feel it's a scarily prescient presentation of the future. All the animated ads everywhere, every single surface covered with something to look at, the ceaseless noise -- the ceaseless rain! It freaks me out, because I have an instinct that this is the way things are going.

AND THIS HAS TO DO WITH THE iPAD BECAUSE . . . Well because it allows that kind of endless imagery to become portable. What you can do on your iPhone, you can do on an iPad, but bigger and brighter. You can email, network socially, play games, watch movies, and it's bigger and better than doing those things on the handset. You can read books and newspapers and load app after app, and never be bored.

BEING BORED IS BORING. I guess. I carried this around with me (it's heavier than it looks) and did stuff because that's what an iPad is for, doing stuff while on the bus, or on a plane, or in your house or something. And people looked upon me with envy . . .

THAT'S EXCELLENT! I guess, but I'm not there 100pc. I like looking out of the window of buses and trains, daydreaming. I'm sure I'd change my tune if I was on a big trip, because this would come in dead handy -- being able to read the Herald in all its online glory, and download books -- but I felt like I was adding to the visual clutter of the world with this, and even though it is an excellent piece of technology, I think I'll stick with my tiny, almost non-descript handset for the moment.

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