Cellphones and the Technology Boom

April 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

Mobile device have become a staple in all aspects of our generation to a point where there are more cell phones than toilets in the world. Out of about 7 billion people in the world, 6 billion people have cell phones and 4.5 billion have access to toilets. Not only are phones a faster way of communicating, but provide us with some of the newest technologies. You can even use your cellphone as a mini TV or a mini computer.

Back in the day, cellphones used to be giant blocks that only displayed black and white. They never had games, internet access, and crazy apps. They were only meant for talking. Some of the first phones even weighed a whopping 21 pounds. They had huge antennas, poor reception, and you even sometimes had to carry a box around with you. Later, they began to look like your cordless phones that you have at home. You soon got to choose between many different colors of phones that were able to fit into your pocket. In 2001, cellphones began having color displays. After that, you began having camera phones and flip phones that allowed you to text. After that, it went from the Razor phone, to music player phones, IPhones, and now, your modern day smart phone.

Do you want to be responsible for being a part of the technology boom and make a noticeable difference in the world? Not only can you do everything from the palm of your hands, more cellphone technology also means more jobs. Mobile development is a new trend that programmers want to follow. You can also make a lot of money making apps on your own time. Now that many companies, such as banks, want to enable customers to use their programs on a phone, this opens up more jobs for developers. Some schools teach classes for IOS programming (programming for IPhones), and most schools, such as ISU, teach Java programming to students for an introductory level class. Some classes at ISU also cover Android OS programming as well (which is in Java and XML — more programming languages). Since the IT field is unfortunately very competitive (I know from personal experience), learning mobile programming will help you enter into one of the less competitive areas of IT that has a very large demand during the technology boom.

If you want to learn how to create Android OS applications, you can download the “Eclipse IDE” (if you don’t know what an IDE is, it’s where you type out and test your code) from http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/

When you are learning how to develop applications, there are many websites online, such as developer.android.com where you can teach yourself how to program. If you are someone who enjoys self direction, learning, and teaching yourself how to create things, this is the perfect way to do it! You can eventually even get your applications on the market and maybe even make some serious $$$! There are also online forums where many people will be willing to answer your questions as well!

All MATH120 students should go on ReggieNet and take the quiz!

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