The Nokia 3310—a beloved phone model that was first released at the turn of the millennium—has been relaunched by a Finnish company, made up mostly of Nokia alum.
The new phone is a “feature phone,” the industry jargon for a device that doesn’t have the capabilities of a smartphone. But it’s certainly been upgraded since the early 2000s. It has a camera, a color display and an MP3 player.
Those of us who’ve read Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” series, would recall the “Prime Radiant,” a tool described as a “small black cube,” which stores mathematical equations that can predict the future course of history.
That’s what came to mind when I saw these two very simple computers, built by a San Francisco-based start-up, Endless. These unadorned boxes—Mission Mini and Mission One—are so sleek that they make Apple laptops look overweight.
The Mission Mini has 64 gigabytes of storage; the Mission One, 500 gigabytes. But you’d have to supply your own mouse, keyboard, and monitor. Also, they don’t run Windows.
All things considered, I don’t think I want these.
The United States Postal Service is trying out a new “ornamental” device that makes tracking packages a joyful experience.
Called “The Most Wonderful Ornament,” the ball decoration changes color as the status of the package is updated. When it’s out for delivery, the ornament glows blue; red, when it has been dropped off; and green when it has been opened.