ITEM: This week marks the 20th anniversary of the smartphone.
Which may surprise those of you who thought the iPhone was the first smartphone. Or possibly the Amtek T700 (remember ultra-mobile PCs?). Or possibly one of Nokia’s N Series phones (or, as Nokia described them at the time, “mobile personal computers”).
No. As far as London's Science Museum is concerned, it’s the IBM Simon Personal Communicator.
The Simon first appeared as a prototype in 1992, but didn’t become commercially available until August 16, 1994. If few people here in Asia-Pac remember it, that’s...