The September 24th 2009 issue of The Economist magazine
featured a special report on mobile phones and telecoms in emerging markets.
Did you know that in Africa, India, and China, cell phones are used for banking, weather forecasts, market reports, agricultural advice, and health care tips?
This was a fantastic article from a fantastic publication. It really got me thinking about the way Americans use and under-use mobile technology.
On the one hand, I am somewhat discouraged at how far behind the U.S. seems to lag in our attitudes toward cell phones, how almost primitive our applications of them seem to be.
But, on the other hand, I am hopeful when I remember my colleagues at Casa Grande High School, who take full advantage of what their hand-held computing devices and smartphones can do for them.
the HTC Touch Pro2 used by Casa librarian Ms. Koval
the Blackberry Tour used by Casa teacher Ms. Kautsch
the iPhone used by Casa teachers like Mr. Hamner and Mrs. Backman
Smarthphones and handheld computers are our future. Given the way they are being used around the world and around campus, it's easy to see why. :)
this weekend i became seriously infatuated with all the sexy new smartphones on the market. yeah, yeah, yeah, i know full well that the economy's in the toilet, and i should probably be saving every spare penny (not that there are many of those these days) in the event that i don't have a job next year, but... i can't help it... i'm in love with smartphones!!! :)