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Technology Review's Briefings are primers on key emerging technologies that promise to be transformational in their impact.

Mobile Devices

Introduction

A new generation of smart phones and tablet computers is redefining computing. Impressive processing and memory capabilities, sleek touch-screen interfaces, increasingly reliable wireless data networks, sensors such as accelerometers and gyroscopes, and new applications make it possible for people to use these mobile devices in ways that weren't predicted even a few years ago.

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The Big Picture Phones That Rule Everything

  • By David Talbot

The existing and emerging smart-phone applications shown here draw upon mobile devices' inherent power, sensing and location-finding capacities, access to Internet-based "cloud" services, and burgeoning popularity.

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