Mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers (tablets), are increasingly being used to complement the use of laptops and desktop computers. In some instances, mobile devices are replacing computers for specific tasks. Their small size makes these handheld mobile devices portable and convenient to carry and use. They are powerful, have an array of software, and their touch screen makes them easy to use.
With the rising importance of mobile devices in everyday life, we are also seeing their expanding use in agriculture and horticulture (Cunha et al., 2010; Delgado et al., 2013). The diverse range of software applications for these devices make them powerful tools for education (Hlodan, 2010), extension (Drill, 2012), and research activities (Young, 2011). The objective of this article is to give an overview of some horticulture-related apps that are available.
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South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council 2011 SDSU Developed a New App to Help Diagnose Soybean Diseases. 27 Feb. 2013. <http://www.sdsoybean.org/blog/?p=256>
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