The Impact of Mobile Computing

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The Impact of Mobile Computing
Diana Phillips
INF 103: Computer Literacy
Instructor: Melody White
September 15, 2014

Mobile computing has infiltrated every area of our planet and personal lives. We have become so dependent upon our mobile devices they are often referred to as our third limb. Regardless of race, color, creed or location, mobile technology has shrunk the entire world into the palm of our hands. Mobile technology has made research, communication with our friends and family, education, entertainment and even banking possible to do on the go.

There are mobile applications for just about everything. There are “apps” for games, social networking, banking, shopping, web browsers, word processors, weather, GPS,
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(Hanson, 2011)
Hanson went on to say 90% of Americans ages 18-29 owned a cell phone by 2010. Of those 90%, The Pew Internet and American Life Project states that 65% used their phones to access the internet.
Hanson, 2011, predicted smartphone sales to pass sales of PCs and the number of smartphone users around the world to triple from 2009 to 2012. With so many people using their mobile devices and the technology available through them, Hanson, 2011 believes libraries have a duty to provide mobile library services.
Being a librarian and one who has always “had a fascination with gadgets” (Hanson, 2011), and a passion for both information and technology, Hanson states he has been working for five years to find a better way to join technology and information. He notes “libraries and librarians have perceived themselves as subject to near-constant technological upheaval and information revolution, largely due to the rise of microcomputing, desktop computing and Internet connectivity.” (Hanson, 2011) He believes libraries are situated in a place to encourage libraries to provide mobile library services. With nearly all Americans owning cell phones, accessing the internet via their cell phones and tablets and major service providers focusing on mobile applications instead of applications for the PC, Hanson suggests it is time for libraries to also focus their efforts on providing mobile services.
Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, said that mobile
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