Will your smartphone make your credit card obsolete?
By Justin Boyle
I remember 2004. Smartphones were barely recognizable by today's standards. They had physical keyboards, tiny, non-touch screens and the newfound capability to send and receive email. Things have changed a lot in eight years.
Looking back on those days, it's easy to notice how many parts of formerly everyday life have vanished thanks to leaps and bounds of advancement in smartphone technology. As recently as eight years ago, when cellphones were already ubiquitous, many professionals still carried a Pocket PC or digital organizer (some also carried a little chirping brick called a "pager," a primitive text-messaging device that could only display numerals).