24 August 2009

How smartphones are transforming our lives

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Richard Fisher reflects in the New Scientist on how mobile applications are changing the way we live.

“While gaming still accounts for the lion’s share of app activity, it is beyond doubt that apps, and the new wave of phones in which they reside, are already influencing the way their users communicate with each other, navigate their environment and do business. Arguably, these tailored bits of software – connected to the internet, location-aware and sensor-supported as they are – may supersede the web. Some say the devices on which they reside are becoming a vital part of our selves, turning us into de facto cyborgs. Could these humble bits of code really have the potential to completely transform the way we interact with the world?”

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