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are mobile phones with high-resolution cameras, Windows-like operating
systems and applications (or 'apps'), and GPS location
capability. There are more and more of them each year, and they
are playing a bigger and more important role in our lives. In
recognition of that, Time Magazine recently featured a series of
articles on the subject. Here are some things gleaned from those
• The 2012 presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney now
have the ability to place mobile ads, often at a discount from desktop
ads, anywhere large groups of targeted voters are gathering-- on a
college campus, at a NASCAR race or even at a parade in a swing
• Wary of possible complaints of privacy invasion, neither the Obama
nor the Romney campaign has yet announced how far it will push the new
data-gathering side of mobile technology.
• Three facts about text messaging: it is almost completely spam-free,
it's personal, and nearly every message gets read.
• In the not-too-distant future, the theory goes, we're going to pay
for everything with our cell phones-- and it will be quicker, smarter
and safer than using paper money or plastic.
• Square's “Pay with Square” app, now accepted mostly at mom-and-pop
shops, but heading to 7,000 Starbucks locations this fall, lets you pay
without removing your phone from your pocket. It communicates
wirelessly with the tablet or phone the merchant uses to accept
payment, and the cashier IDs you by checking your name and photo.
• If someone wanted to create a global system for tracking human beings
and collecting information about them, it would look a lot like the
digital mobile device network. It knows where you are, and-- the
more you text, tweet, shop, take pictures and navigate your
surroundings using a smartphone-- it knows an awful lot about your
whereabouts and what you're doing.
• In recent years, the average time it takes the U.S. Marshals Service
to find a fugitive has dropped from 42 days to two. There is a
mobile device connected to every crime scene.
• An unusual alliance between liberals and conservatives is pushing a
bill to impose the same requirements for getting cell tracking data as
those that are in place for when cops get a warrant to search a house.
• A typical smartphone has more computing power than Apollo 11 when it
landed a man on the moon.
• In many parts of the world, more people have access to a mobile
device than to a toilet or running water; for millions, this is the
first phone they've ever had.
• In the U.S., close to 9 in 10 adults carry a cell phone of some
description, leaving its marks on body, mind and spirit.
• A tool our parents could not have imagined has become a lifeline we
can't do without. Not even for a day-- in most cases, not even
for an hour. In Time's poll, one in four people check it every 30
minutes, one in five every ten minutes. Three quarters of
25-to-29-year-olds sleep with their phones.
• The Time Mobility Poll found that one in five Americans has asked
someone on a date by text, compared with three times as many
Brazilians, and four times as many Chinese.
• More than nine in ten Brazilians and Indians agreed that being
constantly connected is mostly a good thing. America's 76% was
actually the lowest score.
• Some school districts-- such as those in Meriden, Conn.; Allen,
Texas; and Hanover, Pa.-- have developed BYOT policies that allow kids
not only to take their mobile devices to school but also to access
school networks. These districts-- all in relatively wealthy
enclaves where a new iPad causes no stir-- enforce strict rules.
Kids can use devices only with a teacher's permission; activating a
screen during a test can be grounds for expulsion.
• A YouthBeat survey from the first six months of 2012 found that 13%
of children ages 6 to 10 already own a cell phone, but 12 is the most
common age for first-phonedom; that's when 18% of kids get theirs.
• A study of the University of Chicago iPad project published in the
Archives of Internal Medicine found that patients got tests and
treatments faster if they were cared for by iPad-equipped residents.
Source: Time, Volume 180, Number 9, August 27, 2012. Get it at a
newsstand or check it out in your local library.
September 3, 2012