Sales of smart tech devices are soaring as the traditional PC declines. Observer writers look at their impact, which is already helping children to learn, spreading literacy, improving healthcare, boosting harvests in Africa – and making the web giants sit up.
Juan Lopez-Valcarcel, chief digital officer at Pearson International, says: “We’re reaching the tipping point in terms of adoption and interest of mobile technology in the classroom. Soon we won’t be talking about mobile education as a separate thing; all education will be on mobile devices.”
With the internet increasingly part of modern life, chains such as Tesco and M&S are starting to offer free instore Wi-Fi as a matter of course. Tesco boss Philip Clarke argues the tough economic climate has made digital technology even more important.