It's only "wasted" if you got no value out of it. If you thought it was entertaining (which, presumably people who watched it many times did) then it's no more of a waste than time spent listening to The Beatles or Beethoven, relative merits aside.
Yeah, Apple doesn't really invent stuff, they generally just come out with the same incremental technology improvements as every other company. They're mostly just good at combining components into aesthetically pleasing products, and then claiming to have invented every feature from scratch.
Its like if Mercedes Benz claimed "only we could come up with the idea of a steering wheel, seat belts and a motor" when announcing their new model vehicles every year.
edit: I've opened that page in Firefox, it won't show the demo. I guess it won't show it on IE also, but I haven't tried. So who's their target? 25% of the users?
From a discoverability standpoint they are. There's not really any way to find like-minded people you don't already know and strike up a conversation with e-mail, because everything is private. Which is kind of the definition of "social".
Pretty sure that nowhere in the definition of social does it enforce the need to meet or otherwise speak to people that you didn't previously know. Please don't confuse "social" as a general term with "social discovery".
For many people, having something that's pretty easy to use and lets them communicate with people that they already know is a really great thing.
Email really isn't designed as a social discovery tool. There are many other technologies (some of them built on top of email like mailing lists) that _are_ designed for those purposes, and several of them work perfectly well.
If what you're expecting is one tool that both fits and performs well at all possible use cases, then you're going to be severely disappointed.
Yeah, I'm not about to buy Google Glass any time soon, but arguing about it ruining your life is kind of like claiming that having a GPS robs you of all the fun of getting lost and knowing how to fold roadmaps
The thing is that being in the tech industry (I assume based on the fact that you're posting on HN in the middle of the day), you don't really need a smartphone because you're likely at your computer most of the day on most days. I don't have one either, or a tablet because there's no value added for me since I need a "real" computer with a keyboard anyway.
But folks outside the tech industry are dropping PCs completely in favor of these types of consumption-centric devices.