Brian Chen's "Always On"

This week I’m joined in the podcave by a Macworld alumnus, Wired’s Brian X. Chen. Brian’s the author of a new book, “Always On: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future… And Locked Us In,” which comes out next week. The book is about how the iPhone, and more generally the prospect of always having a connected device with you, has changed our culture and society and threatens to create even more change in the years ahead.

Brian and I talk about Apple’s (and Starbucks’s) tendency toward a “vertical integration” philosophy and how it creates great products and great profits; we discuss the debate about whether all this technology makes us smarter or dumber; and muse about the implications of Apple and other companies gating Apps, content, and more.

Download Episode #246

AAC version (13.3 MB, 35 minutes)

MP3 version (14.4 MB, 35 minutes)

In addition to Brian’s book, I mention the article he wrote for us about how testing printers was killing him.

To subscribe to the Macworld Podcast simply click here. Or you can point your favorite podcast-savvy RSS reader at: http://rss.macworld.com/macworld/weblogs/mwpodcast/

You can find previous episodes of our audio podcasts at Macworld’s podcasting page.

Have any feedback on this podcast? Send regular podcast host Christopher Breen an e-mail; audio comments in the form of an AAC or MP3 file are particularly welcome. You can also leave us a message at 415/520-9761 if you’d like to have your comments included in a future podcast.

This episode is sponsored by Many Tricks.

Related:
Shop ▾
arrow up Amazon Shop buttons are programmatically attached to all reviews, regardless of products' final review scores. Our parent company, IDG, receives advertisement revenue for shopping activity generated by the links. Because the buttons are attached programmatically, they should not be interpreted as editorial endorsements.
recommended for you

Some favorite tips

Read more »

Subscribe to the Best of Macworld Newsletter

Comments