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Author Archives: Tiffany Black
About five years ago, Chris Andrews calculated how many times his fingertips would hit a plastic keyboard over the course of his life—roughly 100 million. Not only did he find that inhumane, he also found it an ineffective way to communicate. “I was looking at emoticons and ‘LOL’ and all the ways we find to express nuance and emotion in text,” says Andrews. “I thought, what if I could just create a layer of sound to go with the content, if I could attach a voice to it?”
Today a few Inc.com staffers are traveling to Dallas for the Inc. Leadership conference. (We hope to meet some of you there or you can follow the conference on our Twitter.) But getting through airport security is probably the biggest logistical nightmare. I am bringing two MacBooks, an iPad, my iPhone and a digital camera to bring you coverage live from the conference.
In the midst of editing a story for Inc.com I got a call from a phone number in California. It was a woman named Pamela claiming to be with “Credit Card Services,” in Orlando (that was the first red flag). She said she worked with all my credit card companies and was calling to lower my interest rate. I immediately knew something was up, but not because of her eastern Indian accent but because she called my cell phone. I don’t use my cell phone number with any of my credit cards.
These days it is rare to find someone who doesn’t rely on a smartphone or some kind of handheld device and a slew of mobile apps to stay productive at work, on the road or even in their home. There are so many mobile electronic gadgets on the market, including the popular iPhone, Palm Pre, BlackBerry Bold, iPad and Android tablet.