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Thoreau found himself trapped this weekend with a friend who kept regaling him with the wonderfulness of smart phone apps that he didn’t want:

The funniest part, though, was when he told me of this awesome new app to help you find your phone: You send a text from somebody else’s phone, and your phone starts ringing. I informed him that there’s an even simpler app, one installed on landlines as well as mobiles, called “the phone.” And when you use it to call your phone, it rings. 

Yes, but the kids these days don’t like using phones to talk to each other. By now, a lot of them have probably forgotten that phones even have a calling function. So the text thing is probably really handy.

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