Someone once asked the late Steve Jobs how to get around the problem of short battery life on the iPhone. Steve replied, "Buy two'. That's today's mentality.

The machines are taking over. At least that’s the case with cellphones and other mobile devices, which for the first time outnumber human beings in the United States, the wireless trade group CTIA said Tuesday.

Precisely, there are 327.6 million active phones, tablets and laptops on cellular networks, up 9 percent from January. That compares with 315 million women, men, girls, boys and infants populating the country, including Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands, CTIA said in its semiannual survey.