Other Mobile Technology

Calendar

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Most mobile devices offer a calendar app and there are other apps also available.
The most useful calendars allow synchronisation across all your devices so that editing on one device, say a computer, is reflected on the mobile phone or tablet calendar.
This means that appointments can be entered on the most convenient device at the time and automatically updated on all.
It is also possible to share calendars between family members or friends so that clashes of appointments are avoided.
Electronic calendars can also be set to provide reminders of appointments.

Cloud Based Storage and Documents

What is The Cloud? This is just a name for a remote computer storage service connected to the internet.
The idea of the cloud is that any of your devices can access the storage service from anywhere that you can get a wifi connection.
It means that you can take a photo or create a document on your phone and a copy will go to the cloud service and later you can get that same photo or document on your home computer or tablet.

Most Cloud services will allow all kinds of files (documents, spreadsheets, images, photos….) to be uploaded and stored.
Almost all consumer cloud services have a free allocation of storage (around 5-10GB*) but after that, extra storage will be on a regular fee basis.

For more information:
Consumer Cloud Services Compared

*Note: 5-10 GB (Gigabytes) will store a lot of text documents but not much in the way of photos (perhaps 500-2000) or videos (perhaps 2-6) depending on size and type.

There are also apps that allow creation of documents that can be created and stored in a cloud service. These documents can be accessed and edited across all synchronised devices so that a document is available anywhere internet access is provided.

Smart Home Control

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With the development of the so called 'smart' home, devices in the home can be controlled by an app in a mobile phone or tablet.
This requires that the home has wifi operating 24/7 so that the phone and devices can be always connected.

There are significant security risks as the 'smart' devices have varying in-built security.
Many of the voice operated controllers for smart homes process requests on a remote computer so that personal data is given to the service provider.

Smart devices also work on a variety of systems so that they may not be compatible with each other.

While there are many advantages touted, it needs careful evaluation as the cost to implement may be $5,000 and up depending on how sophisticated an installation is purchased.

If an installation is made on a new build the cost may go much higher, again depending on the type of installation.

Games

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A pervasive part of ICT is the interest of many folk in games.
As games are very much a personal preference and there are so many varieties, the information presented here is brief.
Games can be simple and often are simplified for use on phones or tablets with their relatively modest computing power.

The computer power needed for high quality games generally requires a very high performance laptop or desktop computer, often designed specifically for gaming.

The lack of computing power on phones and tablets can mean some games play slowly, 'stutter' or otherwise not perform well.
Games that are designed for the phone or tablet should be acceptable.

Podcast / Vodcast

It is relatively easy to make a voice recording and then provide the file as a 'podcast'. This is rather like blogging with voice. Many radio stations provide podcasts of programming so that programs can be heard 'on demand'.
Likewise, a Vodcast is the video version of the audio only podcast.

Health

Apps for exercise and health monitoring are available.
Many rely on a wrist monitor or smart watch for data such as heart rate.

While there are a range of products available, few are prepared to make clear statements about accuracy.
Properly designed health devices may cost more than phone apps but they are bound by medical standards rather than consumer needs.

This may be very important if, say heart rate is being monitored and there may be a 20 beats per minute variation between real and measured value.
More accurate readings seem to be available, for example, with heart monitors that strap across the chest and connect to the mobile device.

Health Management Apps

  • Medication reminder apps - when and what pill?
  • Exercise Coaching apps - workouts, videos, trainer support, yoga
  • First Aid - Red Cross Australia has a first aid app
  • Dietary Monitoring - track kilojoules, health value of food, sugar content, food additives.
  • Sleep Monitoring - monitor sleep quality or wake up alarm with body rythm
  • Meditation / Mental health - healthy mind exercises, meditation guidance
  • Hydration - manage amount and reminders

See also a list of apps here.

If you are concerned about health Issues with using technology click here.

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