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What the heck is a “Phablet”?

You’ve probably never heard of one, and I kind of wish I hadn’t, but a “phablet” is a hybrid between a phone and tablet like the iPad. I don’t think the name is catching on, and I hope it doesn’t, because ubiquitous computing, at its best, does not live in a box with a label, but instead “disappears in to the background of our lives.” Computers really are getting to where Gene Roddenberry of Star Trek fame...

Satellites and Soup Nazis: The Trials and Tribulations of Using GPS in a Smartphone Tour

My first attempt to build a smartphone tour was an abject failure. I used a framework that I thought was fantastic until I started testing my own product. Then the app had me walking into duck ponds, slamming into concrete barricades, and becoming entangled in rose gardens. Not good! The problem was that both the framework developer and I tried to get too fancy. We were using the device’s Geographic Positioning...

Advice from the Cheshire Cat: How to Tailor Your Smartphone Tour App

One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. “Which road do I take?” she asked. “Where do you want to go?” was his response. “I don’t know,” Alice answered. “Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.” I love that pearl of wisdom by Lewis Carroll from Alice in Wonderland. If you don’t know where you are going, then any road will get you there! This is especially true of smartphone...

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