Software above the level of a single device

The technology of mobile device has changed day by day. These technologies transform the abilities of mobile devices from providing simple services, for example, calling and sending message, into supporting users to surf across the Internet. Nowadays, using the Internet through mobile devices becomes a pervasive phenomenon with the releasing of HTML 5 that have created a new era for internet and website browsing.  There is no doubt that these technologies make it easier and simple for us to access the Internet wherever we are. Furthermore, more technologies besides mobile devices are adapting to the new era and implemented abilities to support online function including media player, gaming console, tablet PC, personal digital assistant and even home appliances. But it is not just the internet which is enlarging itself by going to multiple platforms, even the software are working on multiple devices.

“Keynote”, “Page” and “Number” are three applications created by Apple to work with files of Microsoft Office on iPhone, iPad etc. and are the perfect examples of how the technologies of mobile devices have improved our daily work procedure. A sample scenario would be you are on a bus to University where you are going to give a lecture. Midway you find out your assistant has made a big mistake while publishing your lecture slides. The old procedure to do the fixing is to call your assistant to make the correction. But this time she’s not picking up and you don’t know who else you can depend on.  Suddenly, an idea came up just before your thought everything is over. You grab out your iPhone you open and correct the lecture slide using keynote. All this is done in just less than 1 minute. This is what technology has evolved into. A network that is so big, that you can go onto it at anytime anywhere with just your mobile device. Personally, I love using iPad to do my assignments when I’m out at University or anywhere else. Although, there are still a few bugs with the syncing of Microsoft Office and Apple’s Page and Keynote, I think they still do want I needed, to edit my assignment.  I reckon improvements will definitely be made to this technology and everything else on mobile devices, since it is expanding so quickly into the society.

Reference

O’Reilly, T. (2012). What is Web 2.0?

O’Reilly, T. (2007). Software above the level of a single device

 

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. meretehole
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:13:05

    This was interesting! Do you know the details of why html 5 is thought of as being able to make connection to the net from anywhere easier?

    Reply

    • Wei-Hsan Chien
      Apr 25, 2012 @ 16:11:13

      Hi meretehole,
      Basically, HTML5 takes away the needs of add-on software like java, silverlight and flash for some common functions of web surfing. This helps the smart phone device to load the page faster by reducing the need of memory and internet speed.

      Reply

      • meretehole
        Apr 26, 2012 @ 10:35:24

        Aha, that makes sense! Too bad there are so many obstacles about introducing a whole new type of protocol. Do you know how that whole project is going?

  2. meretehole
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:14:40

    -and yeah, I didn’t know you can sync your iWork with you other devices. How is that done?

    Reply

    • Wei-Hsan Chien
      Apr 25, 2012 @ 15:57:10

      Hi meretehole,
      Thanks for ur comment. Well~ in my case, I always use Page to complete my assignment when I stay outside. After that, I share the document using email. It is allowed user to change file into doc. iWork.com beta that allows users to use an online storage to store the document is about to be shut down by Apple and iCloud is suggested to be the next online storage that iWork apps can use.

      Reply

      • meretehole
        Apr 26, 2012 @ 10:37:47

        Yeah I think iCloud seems pretty interesting, but with all other Apple products it will probably have a great form of lock in effect which might make it hard to transfer things to other places, or synch with computers using other applications and operating system, or what do you think?

  3. akklam2011
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 11:49:05

    As a Daily user of the iPad and iPhone, I have enjoyed using these devices on the go, without the need of using my desktop.

    I have been intrigued to see if Apples applications such as Keynote, Page, and Number that you have noted in your blog, could help me improve my productivity on my mobile devices.

    Since reading your blog, I have found interest and value in purchasing Keynote Page, and Number to see if these applications will help my mobile productivity even further.

    Also, come check out my Blog, http://akklam2011.wordpress.com/

    Reply

  4. Nasser Alhammad
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 11:57:12

    Hi Wei-Hsuan

    Firstly, you have made an great introduction and amazing explanation for” software written above the level of the single device” ( simple and direct )and then using a great example.

    Regards ,
    Nasser

    Reply

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