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We think we know everything about our smartphones. We use them constantly. We depend on them for every conceivable purpose. We are familiar with every inch of their compact frames. But there is more to the smartphone than meets the eye.

How have smartphones shaped the way we socialize and interact? Who tracks our actions, our preferences, our movements as recorded by our sm
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by The New Press
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Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great great book that covers every side of the issue.
For anyone who has owned a cellphone or smartphone over the past several decades, this book is a fascinating, enlightening, and dare I say nostalgic read. Woyke spans the globe in her pursuit of the smartphone supply chance across its full lifecycle. Along the way she covers a wide range of topics from design to disposal of used phones. Her lens adjusts from the technical to commercial to the political, with the final focus on privacy and a smartphone users' bill of rights. Brought to my attenti ...more
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Woyke does a smart and comprehensive job presenting her subject from many angles.

Writing about technology can be tricky, trying to keep the subject accessible for laypeople yet detailed enough to engage techies. And the field evolves so quickly that coverage can soon become obsolete. Published in 2015, this book is still mostly spot-on four years later. In fact I had several "can't put it down" sessions with this one.

And finally, kudos for including references.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Apple is a good in technology and excellent in business.
Daniel Casey
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Dry prose that's less engaging than I'd hoped. Still, a rather good survey
Peter Tillman
Oct 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Skimmed a bit. NOT FOR ME!
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This book is very comprehensive. It covers most aspects of the smartphone industry. If you are a smartphone geek, I think you should give it a read.
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Elizabeth Woyke is a journalist who has covered the intersection of business and technology since 2007. Formerly on staff at Businessweek, Forbes, and MIT Technology Review, she is currently freelance.

Elizabeth is the author of The Smartphone Anatomy of an Industry and co-author of Serving Workers in the Gig Economy. She is also the creator of the Smartphone History Project, a site that collects

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