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Emphasis On The Smartphone - Rafael Galicot and Gregorio Galicot
According to Gregorio Galicot.....It started out with email: a quick and easy way for one-on-one interaction, a way to deliver a message from the comfort of your own home -- no postage necessary. This then developed into the instant message, or the IM, allowing people to ‚??talk‚?Ě to each other in real-time, even able to see when the other person was typing. This simple beginning of communication blew up into a smattering of virtual interactions. People made usernames on different websites focused on things from recipes to guitar tabs to reviewing restaurants in a particular town and pooled their knowledge to create huge databases providing great resources for everyone. Although it started out as technology to aid the individual at home, over time the Internet evolved into something much more than that. The Internet became a collection of resources for people to learn from others, a way to gather with complete strangers towards the goal of sharing greater knowledge with others. This growth has never been more complete until the advent of the smartphone, a compact and effective way to hold the web and all of its resources and smaller advancements, in the palm of your hand at all times. Although smartphones started off... Multiple Server-Based Computational Resources
In my opinion, cloud computing would be considered as a greatest advancement in the information and communications technology industry over the last 10 years. Cloud computing refers to the use and access of multiple server-based computational resources via a digital network. Cloud users may access the server resources using a computer, notebook, pad computer, smart phone, or other device. In cloud computing, applications are provided and managed by the cloud server and data is also stored remotely in the cloud configuration. Users do not download and install applications on their own device or computer; all processing and storage is maintained by the cloud server. The on-line services may be offered from a cloud provider or by a private organization. The underlying concept of cloud computing dates back to the 1960s, when John McCarthy opined that "computation may someday be organized as a public utility." However, only in 2006, Amazon initiated a new product development effort to provide cloud computing to external customers, and launched Amazon Web Service (AWS) on a utility computing basis. In 2007, Google, IBM and a number of universities embarked on a large-scale cloud computing research project.[1] In early 2008,... Power At Your FingerTips
‚??It is a small world,‚?Ě many say. In the past decade, because of the development of new communication technologies, our world became even smaller. In my opinion, the biggest ‚??culprits‚?Ě behind this shrinking phenomenon and the largest contributors to the advancement of communication technologies today are the ‚??Smart phones‚?Ě promoted by Apple, Windows, Intel, Motorola, Verizon, T-Mobile and other well-known service providers and software developers. These phones facilitated online interaction by making it accessible virtually anywhere, and their introduction into the market sped up the pace of communication between people, businesses, financial centers, and media. While the history of ‚??Smart phones‚?Ě stretches as far back as 1992 with the development of a concept phone, the IBM Simon, it is only since 2007 and the development of the first iPhone by Apple, Inc. that smart phones began to aggressively graze the shelves of electronics stores everywhere. Now, just a few years later, smart phones are claimed to be a necessity by many and act as portable computers. Popular models of Smart Phones such as iPhones and Android phones that are being sold now, in 2011, often operate using the 3G or the 4G network, making... Untapped Market For Social Networking
I was walking down the hallway when I spotted a horde of students entering the stairwell. As I walked by them, I wondered why they were tittering with excitement. A few seconds later I received a text from a friend. It read, ‚??facebook says coffee, etc. is @ school. coffee and doughnuts if u can find them.‚?Ě ‚?¶Found ‚??em! I headed back. The news was true -- outfitted with a makeshift cart, Coffee, etc. was generously handing out coffee and doughnuts in the stairwell. It was packed with students; it was like a school-wide game of sardines, except it was better because there was food. When I made it to their cart, I commended the gentlemen of Coffee, etc. on their avant-garde marketing strategy. They confessed that they weren‚??t sure it was going to work. Twenty minutes beforehand, they sent out a Facebook message saying that they would give coffee and doughnuts to anyone who could find them at school. The message went out to a few students and soon amplified to the entire student body. I thought it was brilliant ‚?? they had effectively reached an audience of 2,000 people in a matter of minutes for zero dollars. This stint occurred a few years ago when networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube, first... The Internet Allows People To Connect
The greatest advancement in the information and communications technology industry in the last ten years in my opinion is the continuing development, proliferation, and explosion of the Internet, particularly through social media sites. The Internet allows people to connect to each other easily from around the globe, thereby making a way for people to communicate and build relationships, conduct business, purchase foreign goods, play games, and share ideas. The Internet traces its origins to 1958, when AT&T created the first commercial modem. This allowed computers to communicate over normal phone lines. In 1969, the Department of Defense constructed ARPANET, connecting the University of Utah with two universities in California. By the mid-1970s, there were 57 interconnected sites (or nodes) in the network. This allowed researchers, both scientific and military, to share research and computational capacity. The World Wide Web was invented in 1990 in an effort to further link scientific researchers, and by 1991, thanks to the development of web browsers and new computer languages, the Web became available to the general public. What began as a military and scientific project became significantly commercialized by... Web-Based Search Engines
According to the ancient lore of my elders, whose wisdom and insight far exceeds my own, a dark age existed before the 21st century. People had to rely on television and radio broadcasts for their news updates. If they were wondering the correct spelling of ‚??serendipitous‚?Ě they had to actually walk to a bookshelf, pull out a dictionary, and actively search for the term‚??which was wildly ineffectual, seeing as you did not know how to spell the word in the first place, so how on earth were you to look it up alphabetically? When a studious academical needed textual references and information regarding their topic of research, they, heaven forbid, had to travel to a shrine of learning (referred to as a ‚??library‚?Ě to these wise elders). Times were hard indeed. But putting all levity aside, the emergence of widespread, web-based search engines has swept the metaphorical board of influence with regards to its effect on information and communications technology. Nowadays, people are able to, on any kind of whim; research any kind of topic, at any time, using whatever phrasing they like. They are not restricted to a certain type of phrase or term to research said topic (though censorship on these search engines does come into... The Downside of Social Networking
Over the last ten years, human interaction has dramatically changed. The way we communicate with each other in recent times has been altered through the use of cell phones and the Internet. The most dramatic advancement, however, has come through the invention of social networks. Ten years ago, social networks were not nearly as advanced or popular as they are today. Many were just trying to bring people with common interests together using chat rooms and other communication services. However, when Friendster emerged in 2002, people could now create their own profile and contact other friends to comment on and share different kinds of media. MySpace followed in 2003, expanding on Friendster's ideas and being the most popular social network until 2008. Facebook is now the world's most popular social network used by hundreds of millions of people. Today social networking sites are not just about interacting with other people. They are places to discover music, play games, and develop your personality. They are your own piece of the Internet. Social networking sites are the greatest advancement in the information and communications technology industry over the last ten years because they help people to socialize and keep in touch... Merging And Adaptation Of Things
When we think of advancement and progressiveness there has always been one topic; one industry, in particular, that continuously comes to mind as we move forward as a people. This topic is the information and communications technology industry. Now, this is a very broad sort of field that encompasses many things from media to mobile devices; however, as we move forward the collective consensus is that we aren‚??t moving as fast as we once were, say, 50 years ago. Now this doesn‚??t mean that we haven‚??t made great strides in the last ten years. No, this is merely to say that where we once were discovering things on a grand scale, now we are making much more meticulous discoveries that involve more of a merging and adaptation of things we‚??ve already discovered and modernized. This, however, is what I would like to talk about. Even though we have may have peaked with our current understanding of things we are always trying to re-invent; to re-discover. In the last ten years, this my would be a change I can definitely attest to, the cellular industry has exploded with newer ways of seeing things and adapting older designs to accommodate the 21st century consumer. In the last ten years we‚??ve seen the IT industry emerge onto... A Generation Of Facebook
I recently watched a film called ‚??The Social Network.‚?Ě It took no time at all for me to fall in love with it, and I was not surprised to see it become nominated for several Academy Awards. The film tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of a social networking site called Facebook. Adult and youth audiences alike have responded enthusiastically to the film, appreciating both its more serious themes, such as the price of ambition, and simply the topic of their beloved website, Facebook. ‚??The Social Network‚?Ě has been hugely successful because it is centered on this phenomenon, a social media site that allows millions of users to build rapport through an online community. Mark Zuckerberg was a Harvard student and a brilliant computer programmer. Part of the reason he created Facebook was to use the project as a creative outlet. After viewing and analyzing ‚??The Social Network,‚?Ě I have concluded that Mark was also motivated by personal factors. Previous to the founding of Facebook, Zuckerberg was not a social butterfly by any means. He could sometimes be cold, calculating, and severe. During group outings, he never quite fit in, and when there was a party, he could almost always be found standing... Cell Phone Data Plans
In the last decade, communications and information technology has blown up as more people are getting caught up in the latest gadgets at younger ages. Even elementary school children cannot leave their homes without their cell phones. Look at social networking sites; they have been around since the 1980‚??s, but nowadays it is difficult for people to go one day without checking their Facebook notifications. Through the information and communication technology industry, a world has been created in which everything is immediately accessible and interlinked. In that sense, probably the greatest recent advancement in this industry has been the introduction of data on mobile devices, allowing people to access online content with ease, connect with others more efficiently and has even created a new marketing frontier in the business world. Cell phone data plans allow access to the Internet through a service provider rather than browsing via Wi-Fi, enabling the user to tap into online content while on-the-go. That is the magic of data for mobile devices; the Internet is no longer restricted to a stationary computer or even a bulky laptop. Smart phones are able to connect to the Internet based on the availability of phone signals... The Smartphone And Apps
My Dad told me that for his high school graduation his mom got him a typewriter. He still stores it in the garage. Back then, he was so excited; his Smith-Corona had automatic backspacing to erase misspelled words! One recent day, as we were perusing through the garage he found his "Dad's Life-in-a-Box", as he calls it, which includes everything from yearbooks, trophies, and college essays -- all of which were written on his trusty manual typewriter. Unbelievable how difficult schoolwork was back in those Stone Ages! His typewriter did get him all the way through graduate school, however. That was more than 10 years ago, but this anecdote illustrates how far our methods of communication, written and oral, have come in the past 10 years. I hear my parents and other "adults" talk about how email has greatly improved workplace efficiency and our ability to easily keep in touch with distant family and friends. However, even computer-generated email seems to be quickly becoming "old school." I think the greatest advancement in information and communications technology has been the smart phone and, additionally, the "apps" that accessorize these phones. Unlike computers, you can take a smart phone with you almost... The Meteoric Rise Of Social Media
Technological innovation tends to be of an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, nature. Computers become cheaper, faster and more powerful through the gradual improvement of existing technology. Our cars today are more fuel efficient than their predecessors a century ago, but the essential concept of the internal combustion engine remains the same. Every once in a while, however, a new technology appears that proves to be revolutionary. In the mid 20th century, it was the transistor. In the late 1980s it was the internet. Undoubtedly the greatest technological advancement in the last decade, measured in terms of its impact, has been the advent of social media. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, LinkedIn and others have drastically changed the way we interact with each other. We now live in an era where a technology created in a college dorm has the power to topple dictators in the Middle East, where social media can win a US presidential election or derail the political career of a man tapped as the next mayor of New York City. At the same time, the meteoric rise of social media in the past five or six years has raised pressing questions about its social and economic impact. In many ways, social media has helped us to... Google, The Information Hub
In the ever-progressing world of technology that defines modern developed culture, every advancement in information and communications technology does not and cannot exist in isolation. Each advancement builds from what preceded it, and, if helpful and successful, the advancement continues to develop and in turn influence other advancements. When one thinks of the major forms of communication technology that are staples to modern culture, most of these advancements are not as new as they may seem. Technology such as cellular phones, the internet, digital television, web camera hardware and software, and even social networking have all been around for quite a few years. But since their development, none of these have been as advanced or as widely used as they are today. One such advancement‚??search engines‚??is nothing particularly new. However, the strides made by search engine companies and technology have been astounding in the last ten years. Google exemplifies this idea. While Google has been around since the mid to late 1990s, Google‚??s initial public stock offering (IPO) was August 2004, making it, in essence, IT of the people through stocks‚??a stepping stone for corporate scale communications tech. While...

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