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MONDAY 9TH JANUARY 2017
UNIT 23 TRADEZONE COMPLEX
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Upon instructions of the CENTRAL TENDERS BOARD, I will offer for sale by
Public Auction on the date and at the venue mentioned above, the under-mentioned
items belonging to the LIFE GUARD SERVICES, MINISTRY OF NATIONAL
TWO (2) (YELLOW)
ONE (1) (GREEN & BLACK)
ONE (1) (BLACK) ATV BIKE
2017: Year of the smartphone
Wait, what, you're probably
Wasn't 2016 the year of the smart-
It was certainly a year of cement
quality consolidation for smart-
phones, as the upscale devices became
the standard for pocketable commu-
nication for anyone who wanted to do
more than make calls and could afford
the upgrade from a featurephone.
But 2017 is going to be a particularly
interesting year in the development of
these devices, particularly in a global
environment that's increasingly com-
mitted to Voice over IP (VoIP) proto-
cols which make the era of isolated
cabled communications increasingly
That's just one vector that's target-
ing the phone in our pocket for change.
Increased commitment to specific and
deep use smartphones, which in terms
of RAM, storage capacity and proces-
sor speed already match the laptops
we were using just a few years ago, is
only going to increase the pace and
sophistication of development.
One inventive product that proved
worthy of my hard earned cash was
Andromium's rather heroically ti-
tled Superbook (http://ow.ly/5ws-
W307qGHO), a successful Kickstarter
project that answered the question,
"Why am I walking around with three
boxes of circuitry every day?"
That might be the question asked by
someone with a smartphone in their
pocket, a tablet in their hand and a lap-
top in a bag slung over their shoulder.
Andromium rather cleverly fig-
ured out that people don't need a full
keyboard and screen all the time and
would always want a source of addi-
The startup basically gutted a 11-
inch MacBook Air class laptop of
its logic board, filled the space with
battery cells and the necessary port
connection bits to create a device that
gives you a laptop form factor after you
connect any recent Android phone.
The idea proved resonant enough
that the company, which asked for
US$50,000 to launch the project and
got just shy of $3 million from cus-
tomers who wanted that multi-device
question answered with this upscale
All that horsepower and a sharply
increasing interest in smartphone
photography has also led to a steady
race between device manufacturers to
create the ultimate pocketable cam-
era, with Huawei, Apple and Samsung
emerging as popular contenders in a
race that only benefits consumers.
Expect more development in
smartphone photography, par-
ticularly in computational tech-
nology, which makes more use of
the powerful processors in these
devices to execute high level op-
In the Android space specifi-
cally, there is still enormous room
for improvement and growth in
the software ecosystem. Google's
Play store may offer a volume of
apps comparable to the numbers
available on the iTunes store for
iPhone users, but sloppy curation
and general frontier madness
make the go-to Android software
store a place that demands careful
consideration before hitting that
All of these are incremental
changes, and the big shifts in the
space will come when experimen-
tal technologies still in develop-
ment move into the mainstream.
Augmented reality has been
with us for a while, most nota-
bly recently with Pokémon, but
practical applications for the
technology will demand greater
infrastructural commitment to
creating platforms that make the
technology truly useful.
Foldable screens are likely to be
the next big development, with
several manufacturers showing
prototypes meant to be worn on
the wrist and unfolded or un-
scrolled for use.
Such bold reimaginings of
smartphone technology will bring
their own paradigm shifts. For
the next year, we are only likely
to see refinements, general ti-
dying and incremental upgrades
as smartphone manufacturers
seek to recoup research costs
with eye-catching designs and
clever improvements on exist-
While that happens, the steady
migration of creation and media
consumption will continue to
smartphones as users seek to do
more with the device that's with
them all day long.
Andromium's Superbook inflates the computer in your smartphone to
laptop size. PHOTO COURTESY ANDROMIUM
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