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I apologize for sounding like a grumpy old man. But I’m going to go full Andy Rooney and complain about gadgets and technology that — however well intentioned — seem to be forgetting about the average person.

This is grouchy me asking: Who is technology made for? Tech isn’t just for nerds anymore, but companies often act as if it is.

Amazon and Apple got into a spat a few weeks ago over “lossless” audio files. I didn’t know what they were, either. They’re high-quality digital songs that most people can’t distinguish from regular versions. Likewise, the newest features in smartphone software sound smart, but I wonder how many people will take advantage of them and tailor iMessage notifications for their boss. One of Apple’s newest features is for the approximately 18 people who want to use the same keyboard to control an iPad…

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