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Apple ate my hamster ‘Mr. Raffles’ (and 7 other things that aren’t true)

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This article could have had a lot of alternate headlines. It could have been ‘You Can’t Win’ or ‘What did you expect?’ but, well, the internet loves a small, cute, furry animal.

What it doesn’t love is a happy consensus, so there are a whole range of opinion pieces swimming around out there on how dull/magnificent Apple/the iPhone 7 is. We don’t have one of those.

Admittedly, we did promise to bring you some useful information about the iPhone 7. This definitely isn’t that.

Consider this a post-Apple event tech journalist detox. The hyperbole runs strong (the company did refer to how much “courage” it was taking to remove the headphone jack and replace the option with a $130 set of headphones), so it has to come out somewhere.

I’m a tech journalist and editor with lots of opinions. 10second.tech is a place for me to put those. All views expressed are personal, and not those of any titles for which I write in other capacities. As well as running this site, I also write for WIRED, Engadget, Trusted Reviews, and a number of other leading technology titles. I also run SexTechGuide.com.

You’re welcome to contact me via [email protected] if you have news or anything else to pass along, on twitter at @10sectech or @TheNextWoods

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Artists create surrogate SMS hotline to stop you sending those angry messages

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You know the feeling, right? That one where you’re apoplectic with rage and barely restraining yourself from sending that highly-charged, emotional, and frequently inadvisable SMS? Of course you do.

Now, however, rather than torpedoing your career or long-standing friendships, you can text your irate and emotional messages to ‘When I Think About You I Text Myself‘ on 323.498.2368, if you’re in the US. Presumably, adding the international dialling code to that will work for anyone else.

The project is a collaboration between artists Hanny Ahern and Adam Rohksar, and technologist Chris Allick. For the initial project phase, the responses that will be sent out are written by the two artists.

“The message-in-a-bottle approach is an opportunity for an emotional release without concern for social repercussion. It allows the contributor to soothe their impulse, and use texting as a mode of poetic expression to find voice and grace. When I Think About You I Text Myself allows the artist to play the role of intermediary, as if to say, “I’ll receive you until you’re ready to receive yourself,” the trio wrote.

After that, people who sent messages will receive them back at three, six, nine and 12 month intervals, which is why it’s focused on receiving genuine and emotional messages, rather than ‘4got to buy milk’.

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A frustrating 20-minute conversation with Microsoft’s new chatbot Zo

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Zo is Microsoft’s newest chatbot, this time available via Kik Messenger, and while they may be heralded as the future of human-computer interaction, right now they’re still mostly not very impressive.

We wouldn’t want you to have to waste 20 minutes of your own finding that out though, so you can just see the building frustration in mine instead. I’ll be honest, Zo is not the smartest chatbot around – and reports of the longest continuous conversation going on for more than nine hours are utterly mind-boggling.

Anyway, judge for yourself whether you could maintain such riveting conversation for more than an entire working day. I’m guessing you couldn’t.

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5 creepy buildings that had foundations in tech

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The expression ‘technology marches on’ has a flip-side that is rarely considered: as it does so, it leaves hulking shadowy ruins and architectural testaments to long-abandoned technologies in its wake.

Other buildings, like Steve Jobs’ abandoned Jackling Mansion or the shed that HP started in, have a history of their own; notable notches in the in the timeline of tech.

The buildings in this list, however, are just downright creepy one way or another.

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