1. As new cellphone models come out, although the supposed new features make them better, for most people their existing cellphones are just fine, and the new phone is hardly worth it. Indeed, most such people conclude that it makes no economic or technological sense to buy a new phone, and they cannot justify doing so. At the same time, it has been scientifically proven that, soon after an updated cellphone becomes available, there is a marked increase in people's losing or suffering irreparable harm (e.g., drops into the pool or onto rock hard concrete) to their cellphones, leaving them "no choice" but to buy a new cellphone. As the NYT headline writer aptly put it, "the dog ate my cellphone."
2. A new battery looks to be on the horizon that is so cheap, light-weight, and safe that it will enable all vehicles to be electric and eliminate the need for any gas-powered vehicles.