A FaceTime Relationship Turns Face to Face

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When you talk to someone on FaceTime, there is a little square of your face in the corner that gives you a self-awareness you would not get on a date. It’s as if you’re holding up a tiny mirror in front of yourself during the entire conversation.

He tells you a story, you respond and then think: “Don’t react too hard. Your eyebrow lines are getting deeper. Maybe it’s time for Botox, but what if Botox makes your eyelids go limp for a month? Also lift the phone higher; you have a double chin. Oh hey, you should look as if you’re paying more attention.”

Technology & Politics: Two Stories From the Weekend (Coup in Turkey, Trump Tweets VP)

Two big political stories over the weekend, with technology playing an interesting role in both. A VP candidate announced via Twitter, and Facetime used to resist a coup.


Turkish President Returns to Istanbul in Sign Military Coup Is Faltering

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Before he made his televised remarks from the airport, Mr. Erdogan was forced to use his iPhone’s FaceTime app from a secret location to broadcast messages beseeching the public to resist the coup attempt.

“There is no power higher than the power of the people,” he said amid contradictory accounts of who was in control. “Let them do what they will at public squares and airports.”

After Mr. Erdogan spoke, many followers obeyed his orders to go into the streets, and mosque loudspeakers urged his supporters to protest the coup attempt.

Trump’s Celebrity Shortage

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The process by which Trump got to Pence was sort of stunning — several days of familial gatherings, muddied decision-making and an overweening sense that the Big Guy himself just couldn’t nail the decision down… Eventually, Trump gave the rose to Pence via tweet. (“News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.”)

It should have been simple, and it was a monumental screw-up. Obviously, Trump’s not the only candidate who makes mistakes. We’ll be hearing a lot about Hillary and her emails… Based on the evidence we’ve seen so far, try to envision President Trump handling a crisis of major proportions. Pretend Wyoming is lifted into a giant spaceship by aliens who demand to speak with our leader.

  1. Trump, who is off inspecting a new golf course in Sri Lanka, tweets that he’s sending his top celebrity endorser, Wayne Newton
  2. Newton says no via Facebook.



The FaceTime Babysitter

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One recent Saturday afternoon, when Rafi Fletcher was home alone with her nearly 1-year-old son, the Minneapolis mom wanted to get some work done on her women’s clothing start-up, Tibby & Finn.

So she called up her sister and asked if she wouldn’t mind watching, and playing with, her nephew for a little bit. Ms. Fletcher’s sister, who lives in San Francisco, happily obliged, and spent the next 30 minutes playing peek-a-boo, singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and dancing with her nephew — all via FaceTime. Ms. Fletcher worked, while her son sat nearby on the couch interacting with his aunt via an iPad.

FaceTime is “the secret weapon” that allows relatives or friends to “virtually babysit and entertain the baby while you get things done in the same room,” Ms. Fletcher wrote on her blog back in September.

It turns out that Ms. Fletcher’s sister is far from the only virtual babysitter out there. In a world where many people live far from their relatives, clever parents of young children have long embraced video call helpers to get more things done around the house.

Let’s be clear. Parents, at least most of them, aren’t leaving their children home alone with virtual babysitters. Rather, they’re enlisting family and friends to watch the little ones via video for short periods of time, so they can be more productive around the house, focus on a task like cooking dinner or run out of the room for a few minutes. In other words, for those of us who don’t have relatives living close by who can be called upon for last-minute help, technology is a great fill-in.