Smartphones such as the iphone and Blackberry or tablet computers like the iPad are fast becoming popular with the baby boomer market, so much so that older generations have been singled out as the fastest growing group of users.
Gone are the days when a mobile phone was exactly that. Smartphones now offer their users the option to choose from hundreds of ‘apps’ (applications) enabling a whole online world of information.
Apps enable your computer or device to perform useful tasks and functions. For instance, you can find your nearest bank ATM at the touch of a button, play a game of Scrabble in real time with a friend and even have a face-to-face video conference with someone on the other side of the world. Somewhere there is an app to suit both your lifestyle and your interests.
When it comes to downloading an application, the world really is your oyster.
A smartphone will usually come pre-installed with an application store. An application store works in exactly the same way as any high street or city shop. You can visit the store as often as you like, when you like and purchase items, many of which are available free of charge!
top free apps currently available
Your friends use it, your kids live on it and your pets more than likely have their own fan page. Forget the books, movies and advertising – Facebook allows people to stay in touch with each other easily and in real-time.
Yes, we know, why on earth would you want to tell people what you’re up to at every second of the day? Despite some skepticism, Twitter is leading the social media revolution in terms of ‘on the spot’ online news updates. Want to know the very latest of any news going on around the world? You’re likely to find it here.
Skype allows you to make calls to people via the internet on your computer or smartphone. If you have a camera you’ll even be able to see the person you’re chatting to, normally for free or at a small cost.
Keep up to date with all your favourite TV shows, with news, drama, documentaries and comedies all available at the slide of a finger on the screen.
The all time family favourite board game is now available as an app. Play your friends or family in real-time.
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