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I’ve got my iPhone out, and the Starbucks app loading, ready to “pay” for my refill, when the phone rings.

A true smartphone wouldn’t hide this app completely, and then make me relaunch it after I hung up.

Fortunately, there was nobody in line behind me.

Author: Peter Sheerin

Peter Sheerin is best known for the decade he spent as the Technical Editor of CADENCE magazine, where he was the acknowledged expert in Computer-Aided Design hardware and software. He has a long-standing passion for improving usability of software, hardware, and everyday objects that is always interwoven in his articles. Peter is available for freelance technical writing and product reviews, and is exploring career opportunities in interaction design. His pet personal project is exploring the best ways to harmonize visual, tactile, and audible symbols for improving the effectiveness of alerting systems.

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