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A Phone Worth Keeping?

This is Phonebloks. The phone of the future? It could be, because I think the idea is perfect. Everybody can design his or her own ideal phone. You don’t care about NFC, a good camera or good speakers? Then use that space for a huge battery or memory! You dropped your phone and the screen broke (familiar for many iPhone users right?), just buy a new screen block and replace it yourself. It is just like Lego, pick your pieces, put them together and enjoy your own creation.

While this sounds like a great idea, there are also many less enthusiastic reactions, like the phone will never become as flat as recent smartphones and four pins are simply not enough to connect the different parts.

Though this project seems to me like an amazing idea, but I have my doubts about how much these blocks would cost and if it can overcome its technological difficulties.

What are your thoughts about this innovative Dutch (yeah it is Dutch) project? Is this actually the phone worth keeping?



Piracy is bad, right?


Online piracy is a big issue these days. Foundations like BREIN are hunting for uploaders and try everything to take down providers of pirated content, while music and film companies want internet providers to give them information about illegal downloads. Short: Piracy is EVIL.

Torrents is one of the main platforms for content sharing. Because of the huge amount of pirated content, Torrents is seen as evil by the entertainment industry and therefore music and film companies think they can earn more money by hunting down piracy.

Piracy helps music artists to become famous, because when it is free, more people will download your music and when they like it they might buy a ticket for your concert. That should be the new way of making money in the music world. For movies there is a nice example from 2007.  Eric Wilkinson produced the movie “The Man from Earth” and didn’t have any money left to finance advertising. The movie was uploaded on Torrents, like almost every movie, before it got released on DVD. Many people downloaded this unknown movie and they loved it. These downloaders wrote overwhelming reviews about it and IMDB ratings of the movie went sky high, convincing other consumers to buy the DVD.

I think that companies in the music and film industry should accept that piracy can’t be banned, there will always be new ways for downloading illegal content. What they should focus on is finding new ways to earn money and use the valuable source of advertising that pirates actually can be. Because piracy is bad, right?