So, it's CyberMonday, the day we buy loads of tech gear online however here on Gonzo News we retain a healthy suspicion that many new apps and gadgets are just gimmicky solutions in search of problems.
Definitely falling into this category is piece of Dutch innovation called Block a "luxury that helps you break away from your phone". In effect this is a miniature Faraday Cage that will hold up to six phones so, when you are out for a meal or in a meeting, you can pop your phones into a Block container and that will block off any incoming phone calls, messages, alerts or notifications.
Pricing starts at €99.00/US$105.00 and the company is funding its first production run, crowdfunding style, from pre-orders – which it hopes will be ready by Christmas.
Are we missing something here but wouldn't switching your phone to airplane mode achieve exactly the same result?
Curated by English barrister and Reuters correspondent turned editor, author, blogger, podcaster, award-winning tech journalist, storyteller, and sometime werewolf hunter Charles Christian. He writes, he drinks tea, he knows things. This site also has links to Charles' books and the Weird Tales Show videos and podcasts.
Descended from a motley crew of smugglers and rogues, Christian was born a chime-child with a caul and grew up in a haunted medieval house by the harbourside in the Yorkshire seaside town of Scarborough. He now lives in a barn on a ley-line in rural East Anglia. His latest book is The Mysterious Wold Newton Triangle: Wraiths, Werewolves & Other Weird Tales from the Yorkshire Wolds (Haunted Landscapes Volume 2)
According to folklore a caul-shrouded chime-child can't drown at sea but can see and talk to faerie folk and also has protection against spells cast by malevolent sorcerers. And yes, he was once commissioned to go on a werewolf hunt on the night of a full moon by a newspaper. Spoiler alert: he didn't find one. (Or it didn't find him.)
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