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Newt Gingrich Asks: Just What Is That Thing in Your Pocket?
Posted By Steve Mencher On May 13, 2013 @ 3:38 pm In Washington Watch | Comments Disabled
Newt Gingrich is turning his attention from outer space  to your mobile phone. In a video uploaded to YouTube by the team at Gingrich Productions (no joke) just last week, the former House speaker and presidential candidate announces a contest of sorts to name that phone/camera/web-surfing thingy you carry around and to celebrate its vast potential to change the world.
Smartphone? He doesn’t mention the word. Up until recently, he’s been partial to “handheld personal computer.” Or maybe he’s smart enough to know that the amusement over his omission will drive viewers (
70K 250K so far) to watch the three-minute video above.
Apps are creating new models in the field of entertainment , dating , driving  – you get the idea. And if you’re reading this on your phone, the Social Security Administration  has got a site optimized just for you.
So maybe Gingrich is right: Cellphones need a new name. Share your ideas below in the comments box.
Here’s a video response with just the right amount of snark…
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URLs in this post:
 from outer space: http://www.space.com/14363-newt-gingrich-space-moon-colony-mars.html
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmKVRVX4q-k
 changing health care in Africa: http://mashable.com/2011/09/27/phones-doctors-africa/
 possibly everywhere else: http://venturebeat.com/2013/04/17/can-smartphones-solve-the-healthcare-crisis-4-startups-say-yes/
 helping seniors age in place: http://www.aarp.org/technology/innovations/info-06-2011/smartphone-apps-aging-in-place.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG
 helping everyone save money: http://www.aarp.org/technology/innovations/info-10-2011/smartphone-saves-money.html
 new models in the field of entertainment: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/13/business/media/abc-to-let-app-users-live-stream-local-programming.html
 dating: http://www.cnbc.com/id/100616234
 driving: http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/products/10-handy-smartphone-apps-for-drivers
 Social Security Administration: http://ssa.gov/mobile
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo_qGEcJtC8
 Best Apps of 2012 (50+ Edition): http://blog.aarp.org/2012/12/26/the-best-apps-of-2012-50-edition/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL
 Games for 50+: Games Provide Family Caregivers With Time to Recharge: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/05/06/bob-stephen-caregivers-benefit-from-online-games/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS
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