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August 14, 2009

Tech Torture with Topher: Wrap-up

Posted: 05:24 PM ET

Editor’s note: This is the latest in’s ongoing “Tech Torture With Topher” video-blog series, in which we “torture” staffer Topher Kohan by depriving him of a technological convenience for a week to see how he copes with it. This week, Topher is trying to conduct all his digital business only on his smartphone while traveling for work.

Hello all!

Well, after a week of conducting all my work only from my iPhone - except for that one e-mail problem, which required the services of my laptop - I believe this thing could work.

As I say on the video, if you plan ahead of time you can go to a conference and work just fine with only a smartphone. The next time I travel I might still take my laptop, but I will definitely leave it in the room when I go to meetings and out and about.

So that's it for this edition of Tech Torture with Topher. Thanks for reading, watching and commenting. I'm looking for ideas for next month's TTWT - a non-iPhone-related torture, please! - so feel free to drop a comment on this post with any suggestions you might have.

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Daniel   August 17th, 2009 9:12 am ET

Email application is available on just about any cell phone that can access the internet. I'm not sure what you mean by.... "except for that one e-mail problem, which required the services of my laptop" however, I'm sure I missed something. As I am sure you are fully aware of email capabilities on cell phones. I am curious to know what the "email thing" was. Best regards, Daniel.
Obviously, this was note written for the purpose of posting it. It is simply a question pertaining to email problem on the iphone. Thanx and you good people at CNN are not only awesome at delivering the news, you are all very beautiful and very handsome people. Wow, hollywood eat ur heart out.

Matthew   August 18th, 2009 12:33 am ET

Idea for TTWT No High Speed Connections.. Only edge or dial up I would love to see that!

Ashi   August 18th, 2009 3:27 am ET

I agree with Daniel: it was probably an iphone issue. If he was going to try to rely on only a smart phone, he should not have used an iphone, which is not as versatile as 'true' smart phones.

Carlton Gamble   August 19th, 2009 11:36 am ET

I'd love to see Topher find the best portable Wi-Fi device for web surfing without being part of a cell phone/service plan. Meaning you pay for the hardware and you surf for free if you have a connection available. I've found a couple: iPod touch, Zune HD, and the PSP. What else is out there?

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