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Optimizing Academic Library Services in the Digital Milieu by Brendan Ryan

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8

Touchscreen devices and apps

Abstract:

What is the difference between a tablet and a smartphone? The differences between Android, iOS, and Windows 8 mobile devices are discussed on a surface level. The various apps available and their applicability in higher education are discussed. The ways academic libraries might approach social networking are investigated.

Key words

apps

touchscreen

tablet

mobile

smartphone

eBooks

eReaders

social networking

PDF

annotation

cloud

iOS

Android

Windows 8

XO-3

OLPC

Linux

iPad

Introduction

The two categories of touchscreen devices that are addressed in this chapter are smartphones and tablets. The reason behind grouping them simply as touchscreen devices is twofold. First, both smartphones and tablets run ...

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