Courtesy of Ignacio Artagoitia de la Cruz of Rimontgó
It wasn’t that long ago that mobiles were for phone calls and computers were the means through which you did your accounts, sent emails and accessed a website. The latest generation of mobile phones has taken the hand-held device into new territory, effectively blurring the lines of division between computer and ‘cell phone’. Improved capacity, memory, speed, screen quality and wireless reach means you can now access virtually every function and facility that was once the preserve of a computer. This includes emails, work documents, photo albums, computer games and the Internet, but also an absolutely huge and rapidly growing number of programmes specially designed with hand-held devices in mind. Generally known as apps, they are revolutionising the software industry in their own right, and taking the digital revolution in a new direction. There are apps for anything from World Cup results and match analyses to financial trackers, automatic translators and booking services. In fact, there are thousands of applications to choose from. Some might work better than others, but it is fair to say we’re at the beginning of yet another chapter in the digitalisation of the world. Just twenty years ago few people had a home computer or a mobile phone. Since then we have acquired both, then added a small, portable laptop and now finally taken the miniaturisation to a new level with pocket-sized Smartphones: Blackberrys, iPhones, Android OS devices, etc.