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.

Music

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There are a number of apps that support music writing or playing.
These can be as simple as a guitar tuner app to keyboards, synthesisers and music sequencers.

Streaming Music

Streaming music provides free or paid services where music of the user's choice are sent continuously to the selected device.
The streaming service will use significant data so care should be taken to understand how much it will cost.

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 games play slowly, 'stutter' or otherwise not perform well.

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