New York Times tech reporter Jenna Wortham makes her iPhone work overtime.
Once, in a writing class, it clamored for attention. She dug it out of her bag and found it flooded with tweets and texts that Steve Jobs died. She left for the office immediately.
Wortham told The Atlantic Wire that she usually sleeps with a laptop, a Kindle and an iPad close by but always checks her phone first thing in the morning. She scans it again during her walk to the subway—checking Twitter, Tumblr, Path and Instagram in quick succession.
On the train, she uses the Instacast app to listen to RadioLab and other podcasts. When she’s not skimming though the Times on her phone or reading New York magazine, she replies to emails.
At work, Facebook and Twitter are always open. She uses ifttt recipe to route her favorite tweets to Gmail. Wortham skims all the major tech sites, makes notes on Post-its and snaps photos of them with her iPhone for later reference. If she runs across items she doesn’t have time to read during the day, Klip.me saves them to her Kindle.
When she’s not reading tech sites, she enjoys perusing foreign teen fashion blogs. She told The Atlantic Wire, “The kinds of things they post and their sense of humor and aesthetic is so different from what I’m used to seeing that I find it fascinating.”