Technology has left such great impacts to people’s lives; that’s a given. But exactly which of the commonly used apps, gadgets, and services have changed communication, reading and writing, gaming, home entertainment, office, music, and photography? Find out in the succeeding text.
Facebook: Since its inception in 2004, Facebook has prompted millions of people to spend more time online to connect with friends and family through photos, status updates, private messages, common interests, and an endless mélange of online doodads.
Twitter: The former fad that drew out terrible impressions from skeptics years ago made a complete 140-, err, 180-degree turn for the better and is now a leading communications platform both for personal and business use.
Foursquare: This great app changed the way how people establish footprints in various places they’ve been to. Broadcasting and finding the whereabouts of friends, contacts, establishments, and more has undeniably made things easier.
Reading and Writing
iPad: As the trailblazing tablet computer designed and marketed by Apple that completely ruined laptop sales, the iPad has allowed people to do almost anything digital without having to suffer the pain of toting heavy tech equipment and without having to type on a physical keyboard.
Kindle: This amazingly portable little wonder from Amazon is responsible for raising the ante of something as simple as reading text. Today, reading on the go with such ease (plus some pleasant extras to boot) is possible that book lovers all over the world are giving it a thumbs-up.
Evernote: It’s the digital version of those mini notebooks that kept all important appointments, random ideas, and quick reminders in tow. Being a scatterbrain suddenly became inexcusable.
PlayStation: Sony’s best-selling video console has defined the digital gaming era with three home consoles, a media center, an online service, a line of game controllers, two handhelds, a phone, and various forms of multimedia.
Temple Run: This crazy and addictive action game available to touchscreen devices has made millions of players happy and snappy; and given that it involves a never-ending chase, it’s quite certain that millions more are bound run to be kept occupied.
Angry Birds: Another touchscreen time-killer described by critics as “addictive,” “challenging,” and “puzzling,” Angry Birds became a runaway hit and is currently one of the most downloaded games across many platforms.
Netflix: This subscription-based digital distribution service has championed on-demand media streaming and has redefined video rentals through flat rate DVD-by-mail services.
3DTV and HDTV: TV watching is taken to a whole new level after the introduction of 3D TVs and high definition TVs. Livelier and fuller picture quality can now be enjoyed in the comfort of average peoples’ homes with the consumerization of these two technologies.
WebEx: Remote meetings are now possible, thanks to top-grade web-based conferencing apps like this one from Cisco.
RingCentral: This prosumer business phone service has given hundreds of thousands of small enterprises a chance to go against the big guns without breaking the bank.
iPod: The iPod paved way for the introduction of extensive libraries of portable music into our lives. Despite similar releases from countless other brands, the iPod is still king when it comes to music listening.
Pandora: The music service allows people to listen to radio stations customized according to their personal preferences via an extensive music recommendation system.
DSLRs: Cameras from brands like Canon and Nikon are now widely used by consumers and professional photographers and videographers alike to capture moments in still images and moving pictures.
Analog Cameras: Retro cameras (Lomo, Holga, Diana, and Instax), twin reflex cameras, pinhole cameras, and fisheye cameras have made a comeback as hobbyists in photography are constantly looking for new, fun methods to take photographs.
Instagram: Those too lazy or too stingy to own actual cameras have resorted to this app to prettify photos taken from their smartphones.