World of Technology
Cell phones are something that people 150 years ago did not have. The “cell” phone was not invented until the 1940s. Although there were wireless phones prior to that, it wasn’t until during the 1970s that the first call on a cell phone was made. Even with that, not many people had a cellular phone, but today, there are approximately 260,000,000 cell phone users in the U.S. alone (based on information from March 2008), which ranks them 3rd in the world for the most number of cell phone users only behind China and India.
Today, we not only have cell phones, but we have smart phones, which are mobile phones with PC-like functionality. Apple, HTC, and Blackberry are only three companies that produce smart phones. As of January 21, Apple has sold 4.36 million iPhone 3Gs. Since the iPhone has been on sale, we have seen the introduction of an app store from not only Apple, but RIM for their Blackberry’s.
The app store from Apple has applications for many different uses. It has many free applications, as well as applications which one must pay for. If a user wanted to get a paid application, all they would have to do is register an account and add a credit card or an iTunes card to it. The store contains applications for books, business, education, entertainment, finance, games, health & fitness, lifestyle, medical, music, navigation, news, photography, productivity, reference, social networking, sports, travel, utilities and weather. We could be seeing a thing that could eventually replace many things we already have (e.g. books) and the best part about it is, Apple released iPhone SDK to allow others to develop applications for the iPhone and iTouch.
Some of you may notice I noted applications for games. Yes, that’s right, there are games that have been developed or are being developed for smart phones. Two notable games available in the iTunes store include Metal Gear Solid and Wolfenstein 3D. We are seeing game titles that have been around for a long time being recreated so they are playable on smart phones. Who would have thought that was possible? Competitive gaming for cellular phones may be something that is as popular as Xbox Live in a few years. I’m not saying that I think it’s a great idea, but it’s definitely something that is possible in the future.
Only time will tell what technology will bring us.
“Technology is neither good nor bad, nor even neutral. Technology is one part of the complex of relationships that people form with each other and the world around them; it simply cannot be understood outside of that concept” (Samuel Collins).