Phone apps can be used for multiple reasons, from being a game to entertain for an hour, to being able to communicate with friends and family. Not all apps are available on all phones; some are only available on iPhones, however there are still hundreds of apps available. There are quite a few apps available for free, or that you can have a 30 day free trial to see whether or not you like it, however there are still a lot of apps you need to pay for
Each year the amount of apps available, are increasing, and it seems like each year there is a news favourite communication app, whether it be msn, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat and so on.
I decided to research to see what apps were most popular in 2014 – what interests the public the most.
The 10 most popular apps were:
- Google Search
- Google Play
- Google Maps
- Facebook Messenger
- iTunes Radio or iCloud
What was the same about all of these apps was the fact they were all free.
One of the most expensive phone apps is $999.99. One of the apps worth this much is called VIP Black, and once you have purchased it, you must prove your assets are over $1 million to be able to use it.
This year, on Febuary 24th, Zora Ball was the youngest person to ever create a phone app.
At the age of seven Zora used a programming language Bootstrap to help her develop the game. This type of programme is usually only taught and used by students of 12-16. When she was asked to reconfigure the app as some people were having suspicions that her older brother helped her create the app, rather than Zora Ball creating it her self, she managed to successfully reconfigure the app, putting all those beliefs to a stop.
Magazine and newspaper apps are now available to people with smart phones to download, so that at the click of a button, they can find out the latest news to see what is happening in the world around them.
This is a new change to the way that people are accessing the news, and the speed at which it is found out. People no longer need to go out to their corner shop and buy a newspaper to see what news was reported yesterday. They do not even need to have access to a TV or a computer, all they need is a charged up phone and wifi. On the BBC app, they even let you save your favourite topics so that it is quicker and easier for people to find out news that may interest them; and not only that, if there is breaking news, or something significant has happened, then they can alert you on you phone, so you can immediately read what has happened.
This could and is having a significant effect of the sales of newspapers and magazines. With there being so many ways for people to view and find out the news for free (depending on the newspaper and magazine website) and the public wanting to access it quicker, the amount of newspaper and magazine sales have gone down, meaning that the journalists and people distributing the papers, are not earning as much money. Newspapers have even had to cut costs. Newsroom staff had to be reduced by 25% between 2001 and 2009 for daily newspapers.
When information gets sent for on a computer, the data of this information gets saved, packaged and labelled by an IP before the information gets sent away.
When the information is being saved it needs to have the information of the file type and the senders and receivers addresses so the information knows where to travel to and from. These files also get a proxy server address if it is to go on the Internet. This information then gets directed onto the local area network.
A local area network consists of all the computers, printers and routers that are in that area so that data can be exchanged.
On their journey, the information gets directed to a router which reads the addresses and can move the information onto a different network if need be.
The information then gets led to a router switch, which moves the information quickly and efficiently in the correct direction.
The network interface collects the packets of information and takes them to the proxy which uses the web addresses to put the information on the Internet, unless the web address does not work or does not meet with the security guidelines, then in which case the information is destroyed. This is done to help make it easier for the Internet connection and for security purposes also. The information packages are then faced with the firewall, which is there to prevent viruses getting in, and to prevent information being taken away.
Once the packages have made it through, another router puts them on another road, which leads then to the net. Not all of the information packages make it, as some get destroyed along the way, so if the information is not received in the correct time then the computer sends another information package to go and collect the information.
They are then faced with another firewall, which only lets through the information that meets the criteria. Anything that does not meet the criteria gets destroyed.
The packages are then received, opened and unloaded, ready to be reloaded again with the requested information, which can be delivered back to the person’s interface so their information can be viewed on the Internet.
My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S3 mini, and I definitely have found it more useful, compared to using a Blackberry.
The Blackberry keys were so small, that it did take time to get used to using it; this was the same for using a touchscreen phone, however the buttons on this phone are bigger, which I have found more useful.
It is also much quicker and easier using the device compared to using a keypad and a track pad. I had many problems using the track pad when my hands were cold, compared to the Samsung, as it was either too sensitive and would pick up the heat from the sun, or it would not be sensitive enough during the winter when it was cold.
With the Samsung, there are also loads more apps available compared to Blackberry, along with the fact it has 2 cameras, which make it easier if you want to take photos of yourself, or a big group photo.
The Samsung screen is also a lot bigger compared to a Blackberry screen, and the screen can also rotate which is useful if you want to watch videos.
Blackberry’s can also be temperamental, as it would turn on during the day without me realising, so if I wanted to turn the phone off, I would also have to take the battery out to be sure if was off. This does not happen with a Samsung.
Scientist Tim Berners-Lee was born on June eighth 1995, and is most well known for being the inventor of the World Wide Web in 1990.
He was born in London and he originally became a software engineer, after studying physics at Oxford University.
It was in 1989 that Berners-Lee got his paper Information Management: A Proposal published. For his paper, he created the World Wide Web, so that people could share information internationally; he also created the first web browser and website: http://info.cern.ch which was activated on August sixth 1991. This website was actually created to help other people understand how to create their own websites and explain to them how to use the World Wide Web.
Since then, Berners-Lee now works as a director at the World Wide Web consortium – a Laboratory of Computer Science, – which he established in 1994. This is held at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.
Berners-Lee is now known as Sir Tim Berners-Lee, as he is a Fellow of the Royal Society as of 2001, and H.M. Queen Elizabeth knighted him in 2004. Along with receiving the Order of Merit in 2007, he has also received many international awards.
HTML stands for Hypertext mark-up Language, and it tags any webpages so that they can be hyperlinked for the public to access.
HTML has two different tags, one to open a document, and one to close it. The tag to open a page looks like this: where as a tag to leave a page looks like this:
All the information about how the website looks, and what is on the website is defines by the html in the link.