BYODD to Worship

BYODD (Bring Your Own Divine Device) may become the acronym of choice at many houses of worship.  Jeff Brumley's recent Associated Baptist Press article, "Divine Devices or Digital Distractions," provides a hopeful, realistic look at the increased use of smart phones and tablets in worship services.  Not only are fewer congregations banning the use of such devices during worship, but many are being intentional about encouraging their use for looking up Bible verses or sharing meaningful Read More …

Get Off the Phone

Rhett and Link, morning talk show hosts and self-proclaimed Internetainers, recently created a thought provoking music video: Get Off the Phone.  To date, it has received almost 1 million views.   So What? The type and number of tasks for which people rely on phones continues to increase.  Given this trend, it is important that smart phone users occasionally consider the ways in which they use their devices to determine if such is appropriate. Are you pleased with the way Read More …

Your Phone Will Be Smarter than You

The market research firm Gartner recently released their latest analysis suggesting that smart phones will be smarter than their users by 2017.  This will happen as cognizant computing matures to include four phases: sync me, see me, know me and be me.  More specifically: Sync me includes the ability to store copies of digital assets and sync them across devices. See me includes the ability to track history and context, such as where a user is and has been and his or her mood. These first two Read More …

Smartphone Growth

According to Nielsen research, a significant percentage of mobile phone subscribers have moved to smartphones during the last year.  In fact, the percentage penetration has increased in every age group.  So What? 25-34 year olds have the highest smart phone adoption rate of any age group.  Over the period analyzed (3rd quarter 2010 through 3rd quarter 2011) their adoption rate rose by 50% from 41% to 62%. 18-24 year olds and 35-44 year olds were  close behind those aged 25-34 both in Read More …