Some of us have been using smartphones for a long time. Oh, I know, y’all thought my Palm Pilot wasn’t sophisticated. But, consider this- for nearly 15 years, I was able to have a contact list (with eMail, pictures, and special information), Microsoft Office functionality (like a word processor, spreadsheet, and calendaring), access to my accounting program and to do lists, among other important functions (like Scrabble and books- albeit with 100 words or so on a page).
We’ve already discussed why employment is in trouble in the US. But, there are other facts- forgetting the politics- that really tell the story. Many are angry that the US bailed out the banks. Given how the banks have acted since that effort, one would be hard pressed to not feel that same way. But, many are annoyed that the US bailed out the auto industry. Given how that effort has turned out, one is hard pressed to understand those thoughts.
I wrote a few weeks ago about some new devices the police are acquiring to enable facial recognition. I said, we can expect such devices to find widespread use- way beyond their original intent. (You do know the GPS on your phone not only tells you where you are, but everyone else, as well?)
Come on- you know you watch TV. The dozens of programs all showing spy cameras that prevail on our streets. Within seconds, someone claims they are going to do “facial recognition” of these fuzzy images to identify and compare them to the driver’s license photos. Well, unless these are NSA grade materials, that is not happening- yet!
I should start by saying I don’t have an iPhone. Not because it’s an Apple product, but because I have used another platform for years and I have political problems with its production (‘nuff said). But, there are folks who are creating wonderful apps for the device. (Many are now doing so for Android phones, which are outselling the iPhone by about 3:1.)