By Elizabeth Woyke
How have smartphones formed the way in which we socialize and have interaction? Who tracks our activities, our personal tastes, our hobbies as recorded by way of our smartphones? those are only the various questions that journalist Elizabeth Woyke solutions during this muckraking exposé of the $241 billion that produces greater than seven hundred million units each one year.
In the culture of The espresso Book, The Sneaker Book, Oil, and Cigarettes, The Smartphone bargains not just a step by step consultant to how smartphones are designed and synthetic but additionally a daring exploration of the darker facet of this large undefined, together with the exploitation of work, the disposal of digital waste, and the underground networks that hack and smuggle smartphones.
Featuring interviews with key figures within the improvement of the phone and specialist tests of the industry’s major players—Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung—The Smartphone is the appropriate creation to this so much own of contraptions. Your cellphone won't ever glance an analogous again.
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