Sunday, February 1, 2015

Smartphones as the New "Swiss Army Knife:" A Thousand Apps in Your Pocket

Smartphones as the New 'Swiss Army Knife'
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The idea of the "Swiss Army Knife" has become a kind of shorthand for compact, handy, and versatile devices with functionality limited only by the imagination of the developers. According to Wikipedia, this ingenious little device was invented for the Swiss Army with a limited goal of providing a tool which could be used to cut open a rations tin and disassemble a Swiss Service Rifle. The original 1891 knife included a blade, reamer, can opener, and a screwdriver. By 2006, there were 87 different tools supporting 141 functions. There is even a version which includes a flash drive and Bluetooth capability...

 Thanks to the burgeoning world of apps, the owner of a smartphone soon realizes that this compact little device is no longer simply a phone. In fact, it may be least of all a phone. A mobile app is a software program designed to run on mobile devices. According to one source there are over 1.3 million apps available in the Apple App Store alone. Early smartphone apps mimicked the standard desktop functions and supported e-mail, contacts, and calendars...

Read the complete article in the January issue of  Practice Innovations

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