It's been a little quiet on the technology front this last week, or at least, nothing worth writing home about. Yes, there are some developments at Yahoo! but apart from that, pretty slim pickings.
So, I thought I would write something about how I perceive that mobile technology has changed our lives. And by that I mean how most of us seem to carry our smartphones everywhere. The reason for this, and why I started thinking about it was due to a family celebration we had at the weekend.
There was about 11 of us celebrating my Mum's birthday. Anyone under the age of 45 (and yes, that includes me!) had their mobile phone with them. Pictures were being taken and exchanged, and uploaded onto Facebook. But not just pictures, videos of the event too. And as the fun and laughter went on into the evening, so did the use of the mobiles. And it got me thinking that without these mobiles or smartphones, how much we used to miss out on and be able to share so easily with our friends and family. For example, without my trusty HTC, I could not have recorded the [following movie] ([click] to watch) which turns out to be a bit of video gold. And within moments of me uploading it to YouTube, which is linked to my Facebook account, people were laughing and sharing it - even those not in close proximity to me.
Now if you go back say five or ten years, moments like this would have been missed - purely because without a dedicated camcorder which you would have had to lug around. But in today's modern society where so many of us have smartphones, we can capture videos like the one I've put in the link above at a moment's notice. Okay, so I spruced it up a bit using Windows Live Movie Maker, but it doesn't change the fact that I was able to capture something pretty damn funny. What's more, as is becoming more the case, that movie was captured in full 1080p high definition.
There's often a lot of criticism levied at people using smartphones and how in some ways it can be anti-social. And to a degree, yes it can. If you're sitting in a nice restaurant with your partner and you are sitting there checking Facebook, then I can understand it. But in social situations, at a party for example, I personally think it's a great asset to be able to share the picture you've just taken with all your friends and family.
All in all, I think that smartphones, whether they be an Android phone or an Apple iPhone, have changed the way we interact at social gatherings, allowing us to instantly share those precious memories. And it's great at the end of the party, returning home, sitting down and being able to see how much everyone enjoyed themselves.