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Smartphone / Mobile Apps Talk at Princeton

Are you tapping into mobile apps?

I'm back at the Princeton University IT Seminar series at noon on Wednesday, February 24 for a talk on Mobile Smartphone Apps, especially location-based applications and cloud services.

I'll have live phones to demo, including Apple, Google Android, Palm webOS, and Windows Phone.

An App A Day: Tasty Apps for iPhone and Android
    Wed., Feb. 24, 2010, 12:00 noon

       Princeton University Lunch 'n Learn Information Technology Seminars
             Frist Campus Center, Multipurpose Room B

This seminar series is free and open to the public -- Bring your lunch, but come early for cookies.

UPDATE: See the talk summary on the Princeton Univ. IT’s Academic blog, and you can download the podcast from the Princeton site (MP3).

I'll also be presenting several future talks to local user groups on Gadgets and Trends for 2010, from 3D TV to smartphone apps -- see my presentations schedule

See my related articles and galleries for more on smartphones and apps:

Summary: Smartphones are the new platform, and apps are the core. At the start of the new decade, Apple reported that the App Store for iPhone users has surpassed 100,000 applications, and users have downloaded over 2 billion apps -- not bad for a new market that was created only a year and a half earlier. Meanwhile, Google's Android Market doubled over the last quarter to around 20,000 apps.

This talk will explore the range of apps being developed for these new platforms. Beyond rude sound effects and popping bubbles, developers are leveraging both the intelligence of your handset and the power of back-end cloud computing to provide new kinds of timely services.

For example, location-based services now go beyond displaying maps and finding a near-by Starbucks to reporting the lowest local prices for gas, and providing the pulse of the neighborhood from real-time Twitter feeds.

And new "augmented reality" services can use the smartphone's camera to provide information on what's around you -- to look up a product bar code, or an interesting building or painting, or to identify the buildings that you see in front of you.

So bring your favorite apps, and think about future possibilities. It's not much of a stretch to imagine face recognition apps that can identify business colleagues -- and perform instant background checks on potential dates.

Speaker Bio: Douglas Dixon is an independent technology consultant, author, and speaker specializing in digital media. A graduate of Brown University, and previously a product manager and software developer at Intel and Sarnoff, he is the author of four books and has published hundreds of feature articles.

Doug writes for magazines including Videomaker, Digital Photographer, and Condé Nast Traveler, and the U.S. 1 Newspaper in Princeton. He also was editor-in-chief of Mediaware magazine and tech editor of Camcorder & Computer Video. He has presented over a hundred seminars and talks on digital media over the past ten years, at conferences including CES and NAB. His consulting work includes expert witness services, for cases including RealNetworks v. DVD CCA / MPAA and Apple Computer v. Burst.com.

Doug posts regularly on digital media on his Manifest Technology blog, and makes his articles and technical references freely available on his website (www.manifest-tech.com).

Directions: The Frist Campus Center is on Washington Road, downhill from Propect Ave. and the Woodrow Wilson School, and before Ivy Lane and Guyot Hall.
The talk is in Multipurpose Room B on the bottom floor -- go downstairs through the cafeteria in the A Level, and then down one more floor to the B Level -- stairs are on the east end (away from Washington) -- University map -- Google map

Manifest Tech Site