The Right Tool for the Right Job: Using Apps on Mobile Devices

It’s predicted that this year tablets will outsell PCs for the first time, a clear sign that Internet usage is moving towards a more portable and accessible format. Smartphones are showing a similar upswing, with a recent Pew Research Center study showing that 56% of Americans are currently using a smartphone. Both tablets and smartphones are small devices with a big job: display all of the information on the Internet in a usable manner on a small screen: you could be viewing content on a screen anywhere from 3.5″ to 10″. Compared to a laptop’s 15″ screen or a PC’s 23″ monitor, that’s not a lot of room. All of that information needs to be converted into a format that works well with a small display, and there are specialized tools to do that. Continue reading “The Right Tool for the Right Job: Using Apps on Mobile Devices”

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Your Pictures Are Too Big!

I was perusing a local electronics store the other day and found myself wandering down the camera isle. Since the transition from film to digital a decade ago people have stopped using silly things such as lens quality, light sensitivity, or optical zoom to pick out a camera. What matters now is megapixels. The manufacturers really want you to know how many megapixels their camera has. 10, 12, 18…one camera I looked at even boasted 24 megapixels! That’s pretty impressive!

There’s one problem with rating cameras like this: What the heck is a megapixel? Continue reading “Your Pictures Are Too Big!”