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Seinfeld’s Comedy is Never in the Gutter (Because of Practice)

What’s the difference between the 20th century and the 21st century?

One of the distinctions has been the significant bump in protection. But what kind of protection?

Let’s ask the brilliantly astute Jerry Seinfeld on this “Throwback Thursday” to re-discover a form of parenthood through an unforgiving style of bowling from the past. Plus, Jerry Seinfeld delivers a 100% battery life-rated synopsis of humans and their real relationships with their smartphones.

It’s something great when you can laugh at a joke and react with the expression, “no joke.” The notion of truth in comedy (book title by Charna Halpern) is expertly proven by Jerry Seinfeld in the video clip above, particularly regarding his supreme punchline for the smartphone battery life.

I bet you’re wondering where your charger is right now…

The legendary stand-up comic has a reputation for talking about nothing; turns out he knows a lot about everything.

And that’s the truth.

Would They Sell a Bad Apple?

Can Apple hear the critics now?

Speculation, as is the permanent protocol with tech and lifestyle giant Apple, has been building with the release of the iPhone 7 this September. Rumor of a dual camera has been an intriguing, potentially exciting new feature. Then there are rumors that the iPhone 7 will be the thinnest iPhone yet.

Here’s where Apple’s well-oiled rumor mill experiences some friction.

And from a familiar, beloved source, no less. He goes by “The Woz.”

“I would not use Bluetooth … I don’t like wireless,” he said. “I have cars where you can plug in the music, or go through Bluetooth, and Bluetooth just sounds so flat for the same music. He added, “If there’s a Bluetooth 2 that has higher bandwidth and better quality, that sounds like real music, I would use it. But we’ll see.”
–Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak / “The Woz”

The rumor is that Apple is going to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7.

Wireless headphones are gradually increasing in availability and improving in quality, but the wireless innovation for music listening hasn’t reached everyone by any stretch of the imagination. Currently, I can turn my Bluetooth on my iPhone and listen to music in my car from my iPhone and it works well. It’s important to note, though, that there is still a headphone jack for a wired connection. Bluetooth and a wired connection can and does co-exist in harmony.

The question is whether a thinner phone frame and disappearing headphone jack is worth irritating consumers and dedicated fans in the uncertain and still fragile post-Steve Jobs era?

The Apple Watch is a fun invention, but we live in a world in which most consumers will choose an iPhone or an Apple Watch. The functionality is strikingly similar, as was the design to promote a synchronized front. The point is that Apple consumers and followers haven’t experienced that “wow” moment the late Steve Jobs seemed to deliver with regularity. If Tim Cook’s Apple (which has made positive changes towards increased philanthropy pledges, as one example) makes the conscious decision to design and release an iPhone that doesn’t feel and sound like the revolutionary iPhone we all fell in love with, then the fragile standing of Apple’s superiority may take a slight hit.

Not a major hit, but in the aforementioned fragile post-Steve Jobs era at Apple, the last thing Mr. Cook and Co. want is to trend downward at any angle.

If only there was a way to remain connected to its celebrated past…

Flip or Flop?

Ironically, despite Samsung’s vision, the concept of what a phone looks like is far from being an open-and-shut case.

“The details are somewhat rough, but from what we can gather, one device will be a phone/tablet combo, whose 5-inch screen could be unfolded into an 8-inch screen. The other will be a phone that folds in half, not unlike a cosmetic compact (so, basically a flip phone but with a screen on both sides).”
–Stan Schroeder of Mashable, “Samsung’s bendable smartphones might become real in early 2017″

According to reports (which can be a dime-a-dozen in the tech world), there appears to be legitimate buzz building concerning a 2014 cell phone design by Samsung with a familiar throwback.

Bloomberg’s Jungah Lee has speculated on a possible 2017 launch for Samsung’s new phone.

The bendable phone seen in the video from 2014 will gain the attention of the smartphone consumer base. Specifically, businessmen, businesswomen and users in general who were excited by the Blackberry may find that this is a true alternative to the modern smartphone.

The prototype shown above has a large screen with expansive features that permit multi-tasking that’s visible in one large view, but is collapsible into a manageable storing size. The bendable phone also seems like it can be more conducive to business applications (ie- Microsoft Office programs) than Android models and the iPhone. Flexible tech is the trend these days, as evidenced by an LG TV prototype with a similar capacity.

Will consumers ultimately flip to Samsung’s new tech? Time will tell, but the answer could reveal where phones are headed the next few years. Smartphones are mobile computers and Samsung has, potentially, innovated that reality to a fascinating new level.

A level that opens up into a future with a wink and nod from the past.

Silence is Not Golden

Technology has its upsides. There’s no doubt about that. In fact, the existence of technology is based on the premise of making things easier (well, depends on who you ask). Still early into the relentlessly innovative 21st century, people from all around the world continue to have a front row seat to the show of crazy ideas coming to surprising fruition. Seeing and, in some instances, using these inventions is incredible. Whether it’s a fully electric car, a future commercial flight to space or a smartphone that operates as a handheld computer, nothing seems off limits. The latter is the most fascinating at this point because of how it defines the days, hours, minutes and seconds of our lives. Checking email, text messages, the Internet, pictures, videos, social media, countless apps (informative and silly) and a bevy of other distractions take us away from what’s occurring right in front of us. On too many occasions, we (myself included) have our heads angled downward.

Unfortunately, this is not the only thing on the downward trend.

When convenience consumes too much of our reality, the responsibility for personal interaction declines at an equal (and frustrating) rate. One shouldn’t rely on the easy disappearance and avoidance of providing answers to a variety of questions behind our battery-charged electronic devices. Silence is the easy non-response, but it also is what’s found in the gutter of social interaction today. Even if the answer to a question is not good news, at least there is some degree of closure. This type of finality can at least allow someone to know the truth and move on with their day (and lives in some cases). But with our “smartphones” and its instant access and responsiveness, as well as its prolonged avoidance capabilities, communication is too often a fractured practice nowadays.

So many aspects of modern life have been made easier than decades earlier with the breakthrough of various technologies. However, maybe there’s a problem here. Is it possible that these new social norms/”shortcuts” have stripped away the necessary completeness when it comes to personal interaction and communication?

All I can say is I was supposed to go to a Goo Goo Dolls concert with a girl I’ve been dating for 3 months last night and I was blown off without a single text, phone call or hint of a notice.

That silence produced more heartache than one of the band’s classic hits.

Maybe we don’t need smartphones…maybe we need better phones with a built-in app called common courtesy.