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What Will the Smartphone Kill?

(Photo: Office de tourisme)

Today’s smartphone, it is often said, has more computing power than an Apollo rocket.

So it should not be surprising that is it disrupting daily life left and right. Every day or two I seem to notice another common item whose usage is plummeting, perhaps bound for oblivion.

I will likely never buy an alarm clock again since my phone can handle the job better. Are clocks and wristwatches on the way out? Has anyone bought a road atlas lately — or even a dedicated GPS system for your car?

How about a camera (still or video), a piece of “stereo equipment,” a radio?

My daughter, who is 10 and likes to spiff up now and again, doesn’t carry a pocket mirror. Rather, she turns her iPod Touch camera on herself.

What else will smartphones replace, in part or whole? Boyfriends, perhaps?

Am eager to hear your thoughts.