chapter  3
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◾ Supporting Practices in Professional Communities Using Mobile Cloud Services


Similarly, mobile devices together with mobile multimedia are changing practices, just as the computer and the Internet have fundamentally had pushed a similar transformation few decades ago. Mobile phones have been transformed into digital Swiss Army knives equipped with a multitude of applications that can achieve a variety of tasks. Mobile devices make the information fusion of real life and virtual life possible. Individuals get more exibility and mobility to communicate with other persons. Emerging mobile technologies include enhanced exibility and mobility for end users, improving productivity and enabling social interactivity via personal mobile devices’ availability of context information. Handheld devices such as smartphones and tablets, mobile televisions, digital camcorders, and personal media players become an integral part of the Web, whereas multimedia is one of the core technologies underpinning the mobile growth worldwide.