iPad Mini - and with their typical fanfare, repeatedly insisted that it's "not just a shrunken iPad." Well, a bit of wisdom I've often found to be true is that whenever a product is hyped as "not just a" or "more than a," it's almost always just that thing. There can be exceptions, like when a feature is hidden from obvious sight, or when a specific combination of features makes it a fundamentally new product - but usually, those things are self-evident and don't need to be hyped. If you have to say it, that's usually because it's not true - and sorry, Apple, but the iPad Mini is just a shrunken down iPad!
Gizmodo editor Casey Chan recently penned a love letter to the life-changing freedom of a 10-foot USB cable. As he put it: "It allows you to charge your phone while you dance around the room. It allows you to never worry about accidentally prying the outlet open because you have a lot more slack. You can do anything you want because the leash is longer. You have a lot more freedom. Trust me, it's 5 bucks. It's totally worth your money." So, why doesn't everyone jump on the long-leash bandwagon? Because these cables are a commodity; nobody makes money on them, nobody thinks they're the hot new thing, nobody cares - except the user. Good thing Gizmodo (ahem, and Unpressable Buttons) are here to help!