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Mobile Phone Technology Plays Catchup With Social Media Advances

Nobody surely could have predicted the sheer relentless progress that social networking sites have achieved in overtaking most of our lives. The past five years has seen them appear and become ubiquitous to the point where it’s simply expected that people use them.

Want to meet up with someone for a drink later? Arrange it online.

Sorting a party with friends? Whack it into Facebook and see who says they’ll turn up. Everything can be done online these days and it’s getting easier as technology catches up with everybody’s need to communicate via networking sites rather than directly. We don’t call people anymore; we simply update our status and wait for the inevitable comments.

Of course, just like apparently everything else in life, there always appears a dominant method of communication and these days that throne is taken by the big daddy of the social network – Facebook. The world seems divided between those who have Facebook profiles and those who are just about to sign up for one. Smartphones have taken the mobile world by storm ever since the first Apple iPhone appeared and nearly all smartphone platforms have a Facebook application available and they’re usually started by a quick click of an icon from the main screen of the phone, but it appears even that isn’t enough. Even though it probably only takes a swipe and a click, some phone manufacturers want to take even this hassle away and a number of phones will soon appear with ‘Facebook buttons’.

Surely we can’t be in that much of a hurry?

Well it appears we are but there’s a more technical reason behind why these systems will eventually become more useful than we probably initially imagine. You see, a few social platforms have been promoting the use of ‘places’ type applications where users can tell everyone where they are. Facebook has such an app at the moment and it works by asking you to choose a location based on GPS and cell phone location but this takes three or four keystrokes – that can’t be on, can it!

No, with these new phones you simply click a button and you’re instantly checked in to your chosen location and you can then type in a bit of text to update your profile.

This may at first seem like a bit of an excuse to create something that nobody really needs but as our lives speed up, we find that reducing a process by just one or two steps can make all the difference.

Also, and more importantly, it shows that technology is transforming the way we work, rest and play but also (and more markedly) that we as users are pushing manufacturers to come up with more and more methods to make our interaction with new technology easier and much more immediate.

It used to be possible to predict the future of consumer electronics about five years into the future, now, with technology being driven by both users and software, it is surely impossible to consider what we might be using just three years ahead.

The GSM Cell Phone Technology, an Easy Solution for the Security and Control of Your House/Office

Did you know that among today’s 7 billion people living on earth, 5.9 billion have a mobile phone subscription? And that some 90% of these subscribers are using the GSM standard and its 3G evolution, UMTS? The amazing development and brilliant success of the GSM cell system worldwide directly relates to its proven and reliable technology and its worldwide roaming ability, enabling more than 5 billion people worldwide to be connected anytime and almost anywhere.

While the voice and SMS and more recently the Web applications have been and remain the most common used by the majority of private subscribers, a professional market for the same technology is rapidly growing and finds usage in a variety of fields such as Telemetry, Health Care, Automotive & Tracking, Payment, Security & Remote Control.

In the Security & Control Applications, GSM communication modules installed in security and control systems enable over the air communication between these systems and any GSM mobile phone and so to 1) remotely monitor the security of a house or an office from a mobile phone and 2) remotely control home / office electrical appliances from a mobile phone.

The competitive advantage of GSM based security and control systems lies in the wireless connectivity of the solution, as alarms are reported over the air and not over a regular telephone line that can easily be cut. Furthermore the GSM based communication allows to be informed on and to control from any GSM mobile phone, hence without any additional investment required, turning it into a very cost efficient and “Do it Yourself” solution.

SMS / MMS messages or calls are sent by the GSM Alarm and Control System to pre-defined numbers in case of burglary and similarly SMS / MMS messages or calls are sent from any mobile phone to the GSM Alarm and Control System to remotely switch on or off appliances such as lights, heating, sprinklers…

Most of GSM Alarm and Control Systems available on the market consist out of a central unit including the GSM communication module, to which several kind of detectors are connected, either through wires or wirelessly. The most common detectors are infrared movement detectors, smoke- gas- and fire detectors, door opening detectors, glass-break detectors. Furthermore internal and external sirens as well as relays for the remote control of appliances can be connected.

In conclusion, GSM based security and control systems offer an easy to handle, do it yourself and Low cost solution for anyone willing to secure and control houses / offices without contracting expensive security companies and purchasing expensive remote control infrastructure.

Touch Smart Phones Technology at Your Fingertips

Thirty seven years ago, there was no such thing as a cordless telephone much less an abundance of mobile phones like we have today. But because people wanted the freedom to live their lives rather than being stuck at home waiting for an important phone call, the demand for mobility was raised. We’ve come a long way from that clunky first cell phone to the touch smart phones you can find available for anyone who wants one.

In 1973, the first cell phone call was made on a phone that had all the sleekness and appeal of a brick. When cell phones first hit the market, they were so expensive the average consumer couldn’t afford them.

The ability to touch a screen and have it react to that touch has been around for a while in everything from postal centers with automated package mailers to touch screen employment machines at some stores.

These machines made it faster for people to get their errands completed. But when that touch screen ability was applied to mobile phones, not only was it faster to complete tasks, it opened an entire new level of mobile communication.

Who are the consumers who enjoy using the technology these phones deliver? Anyone from retirees to businessmen and women to college students and teenagers. As retirees head to the golf course or travel the world, the smart phone is their way to keep in touch with their friends and family.

Businessmen and women love that these phones give them better applications and the ability to deliver the information they need. Teens especially love the ability to sync their smart phone with their Facebook contacts.

The type of operating system (OS) that touch smart phones use will depend on what company made the phone. You’ll find some with Linux, some with Windows Mobile OS while others will have operating systems that are uniquely their own.

You’ll notice that some of the phones will list EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Environment)-it just means that’s the wireless network technology that phone uses. It’s the way you can surf the Internet on your phone, send a picture etc. Still other phones will say Generation 3 or you might see it listed as 3G-that means it’s the latest technology for mobile phones.

The wireless technology on the phone can vary almost as much as the unique applications you get or can download on your phone. No matter what brand or model of phone you get, one thing is certain.

The top touch smart phones have put together the latest in technology to bring you the best possible means of communication and data sharing. We’ve come a long way in how we share information with others in thirty seven years since that first cell phone call.