There are two givens on the annual summer getaway to the family cabin in Wisconsin: the boat won’t start and I’ll get a reality check on whatever progress I believe that we’ve made with mobile adoption.
Sure enough, the boat worked for one day, then crapped out for the rest of the trip despite actions to prevent such an occurrence. But there was no woe be us -- we rented for much of the week and made the best of it.
As to wireless usage, one might say that no use would’ve been appropriate given that we were on a vacation. But while others were at “Digital Detox” camp http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/01/tech/mobile/digital-detox-camp, those around me were as connected as frustration and my putter.
My 83-year-old mother in law was streaming classical music via the iHeartRadio app on her iPhone.
There was an extended discussion among five about smartphone ringtone selections with Marimba receiving way more support than the choice to have the device ring with a dog’s bark.
Photo sharing was as common as the swatting of a mosquito with shots of sunsets, eagles, and family members being sent to Facebook, Twitter and via email to those away from the action.
Navigation came through apps rather than maps.
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