The iPhone app Electronic Smoke simulates smoking by detecting sound waves. When you breathe into the microphone, the virtual cigarette burns.
Screenshot from Electronic Smoke.
October 23, 2012 Researchers have found dozens of free apps on iPhones and Androids that promote and glamorize smoking. Many of the apps target children and teens by using cartoons, celebrities and games. Health experts say these apps, downloaded by millions of people, violate bans on tobacco advertising.
September 21, 2012 Apple introduced its new mobile operating system along with its much-hyped iPhone 5. It includes a mapping service of its own, featuring Siri's voice. Problem is, she may not know where she's going. Complaints have been pouring in from around the globe about mislabeled and missing streets, towns and more.
The Lightning connector replaces Apple's 30-pin connector.
September 12, 2012 While the new iPhone 5 has a number of new features designed to entice Apple loyalists into an upgrade, the decision to introduce a new connector could cause a bit of domestic chaos.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/161013923/161029288" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Tim Cook of Apple announces that Verizon Wireless will carry the iPhone in January 2011. Apple is expected to unveil its latest iPhone on Wednesday.
September 12, 2012 Excitement over the launch of Apple's sixth-generation iPhone might seem like a no-brainer. But since when did the announcement of a new smartphone become a national event by default?
Zooey Deschanel appears in an iPhone 4S Siri commercial.
June 11, 2012 The latest iPhone Siri ads, featuring actors Samuel L. Jackson, John Malkovich and Zooey Deschanel, are entertaining enough — if you enjoy watching people talking to themselves. Sure, Apple seems to be pushing its smartphone, but the subtler message may be about something else.
May 30, 2012 The Planet Money app for iPhone is now live in the app store.
Customers talk with Apple employees, in blue, inside a San Francisco Apple store on Friday, the first day of the launch of the new iPad.
March 19, 2012 Apple announced Monday that for the first time since the mid-1990s the company will start paying a dividend. At the end of 2011, Apple had almost $100 billion in cash burning a hole it its pocket, and investors have been clamoring for the company to start sharing the wealth.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/148938323/148939333" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
January 24, 2012 The company earned $13.1 billion in the quarter ended Dec. 31, a record. Sales of iPads were also up — soaring 111 percent from the same quarter a year earlier.
December 2, 2011 When it was discovered earlier this week that Apple's new iPhone assistant had trouble telling users where to find abortion providers, abortion rights groups immediately cried foul.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/143067993/143063414" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
December 2, 2011 Apps that track personal health information can be really convenient. But they may be a big privacy risk. App makers aren't controlled by federal health privacy laws, so what they do with sensitive information is up to them.
For real: Fisher-Price's Laugh & Learn Baby iCan Play Case protects an iPhone while baby plays with apps.
October 22, 2011 Research suggests that toddlers under 2 don't learn from television — and in fact, TV viewing, even in the background, could harm their development. But what about content on mobile screens? The answer may depend on how you're using them.
Apple marketing executive Phil Schiller describes the new iPhone 4S's camera, which includes 1080p HD video, at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.
October 4, 2011 The new phone, which has voice assistance, longer battery life and a better camera, will be launched on Oct. 14. Many of Apple's fans who had been looking forward to seeing a completely new device — the iPhone 5 — were disappointed by what many saw as an incremental improvement.
September 19, 2011 Clicks vs. the creative. Does the desire to attract online traffic make a writer less creative? As search engine optimization becomes a bigger part of our lives, a weird sort of online peer pressure has emerged.
Searching for a good book? Look it up on your phone.
June 28, 2011 Talk intern Kirstin Garriss just got her first iPhone. She knows she's a little late to the game, but she found yes, there's an application that you can download for just about everything you need, want or ever could imagine.
April 14, 2011 If you've been waiting anxiously, as some have, an alternative to black is just weeks away.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor