We’re Really Puzzled

We’re Really Puzzled

Gingrich Productions
May 10, 2013
Newt Gingrich

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We’re really puzzled.

We’ve been focusing lately on the incredible degree of change that is occurring which will give every American the opportunity for a dramatically better future. As one example of this change, we’ve been trying for days to come up with the right name for something that has evolved faster than our ability to describe it: the cell phone.

Take out your cell phone — that is, if you’re not already reading this newsletter on it. Chances are, the object in your hand bears almost no resemblance to your home phone, or even to your first “cell phone,” which was probably a brick of a device with a tiny black and white screen.

In fact, what you still call your “cell phone” is not primarily a phone at all. Today’s cell phones have roughly the same computing power as a 2003 laptop. So for a time we were calling the device in your pocket a “handheld computer.”

But then it occurred to us that this term wasn’t quite right either. Your iPhone or Android device is really even more than a handheld computer, since it doesn’t simply “compute.” Today you can do things with your “phone” that were completely impossible using even the best laptops 10 years ago.

You have access to a world of information and communication that simply didn’t exist a decade ago.

For example, you can instantly call up any of the 3 million entries on Wikipedia, for free.

You can navigate roads, sidewalks and metro systems and discover the nearest deli to wherever you happen to be.

You can hold a 10 person video chat from virtually anywhere in the world.

You can read books, learn another language, watch YouTube videos, and even take a college course.

You can verbally ask your phone questions like “How do I get home” or “Where did President Obama go to college?” and have it reply with the correct answers.

It can even tell you when to leave for your next appointment given current traffic conditions.

To call this a “cell phone” or a “handheld computer” fails to capture the change that has taken place. It is a change in kind, not just a change in scale, and just as drivers of the earliest cars called them “horseless carriages”, our language has not caught up.

So having failed for several days to come up with an adequate term for the device we call a “cell phone,” we want to open the discussion up to you. Let us know in the comments what you think we should name it, and we’ll feature the best ones in a future newsletter.

More Questions About Benghazi

As more information that comes out about Benghazi the stranger the Administration’s reaction seems. This piece by Peter Wehner in Commentary describes the very good reasons to think the administration has been deliberately dishonest with the American people. The ABC News report this morning, confirming the Weekly Standard’s reporting that administration officials scrubbed the CIA talking points of references to terror, certainly reinforces that appearance.

The story quotes an email from Hillary Clinton’s spokesperson saying early drafts didn’t “resolve all of my issues or those of my building’s leadership.” Is this a reference to Secretary Clinton? I’m guessing will depend on what the meaning of the “building’s leadership” is.

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    1. I simply call it my communicator; whether it’s texting voice, or this comment, that’s what I use it for.

    2. I’d call today’s cell phone, in deference to Star Trek, a communicator, or a com! It allows us to communicate on many different levels and audiences.

    3. I occasionally refer to my cellphone as my “lifeline” because in many ways that is what is has become. The alarm wakes me in the morning while the audible app tells me stories to put me to sleep at night. The Nike + app tracks the miles I walk to keep myself in shape while the music stored keeps me entertained while I walk. The cell keeps me organized, on-time and informed. Ironically, I only rare use it to make a call but it is nice to know the feature is available if I run into an emergency.

    4. It’s the “link” to EVERYTHING!! :)))

    5. My suggestion is “MAiO”
      It is Multipurpose,
      A play on words, and phrases. It is an “All in One”,
      It starts and ends each day: Alpha & Omega,
      Most apps started with the “iPhone”….thus the “MAiO”

    6. Call it, the Rubicon

    7. Newt, I sat with several people in 1976 where we dreamed of a device you described. We called it a communications egg. That was also inadequate then and our vision was less that what is available today. Really it all revolves around communication of information and how we use it, So I would say a universal communicator.

    8. It really is a first generation tricorder or all the Trekkies out there

    9. In keeping with your *Prisoners of the Past, Pioneers of the Future*, my suggestion is: * Pioneer’s-HHD* (hand-held device), or *Pioneer-HHD*

    10. How about intelliPhone?

    11. It is an extra brain you can hold in your hand- a handbrain

    12. It’s a “social processor”. We have actually surpassed Gene Roddenberry’s view of the future, they had to carry both a Communicator and a Tricorder.

    13. PortaCortex …. totally makes sense, doesn’t it?!

    14. I’d refer to it as a “Pocket Brain”


    15. I say we call it a P.C.D. a personal communication device.

    16. The device you speka of is our “Communidator”, or “COMM” for short

    17. I meant to say “Communicator” (COMM)

    18. I always liked the term PDA or Personal Digital Assistant.

    19. ‘Key to the world’

    20. It may be a bit tongue-in-cheek, but I’d suggest calling the cell phone a “Tri-corder”. It does most of what the fantasy device from Star Trek did and everyone would easily get the reference.

    21. I would call it, “My Book of Knowledge.”

    22. Smart Phone

    23. Newt,
      My wife and I had a fun and creative time as we considered your challenge to rename what we commonly call the “cell phone.” We quickly came to realize that no single word can be used to describe it, but that a long a phrase is awkward and unwieldy. Kathy aimed straight for the idea of a “mnemonic acronym.” While we couldn’t quite settle on a single best name, here is one that you might appreciate, since you often comment on events of the day and trends of our times.

      Personal UNiversal DIgital Tool (PUNDIT)

      The following definitions and select comments describe the acronym and the purpose for each word in the acronym.

      PUNDIT – a wise or learned person: teacher; a person who gives opinions in an authoritative manner usually through the mass media

      The mnemonic acronym PUNDIT, in turn, consists of the first one or two letters of four words, as follow.

      Personal – of, relating to, or affecting a particular person : private, individual. The device is yours, registered to your name and account, and configured and used by you to satisfy your needs, interests and personality.

      UNiversal – including or covering all or a whole collectively or distributively without limit or exception; adapted or adjustable to meet varied requirements (as of use, shape, or size). There appears to be a practically limitless range of uses, available information, and means of connection for the devices.

      DIgital – of, relating to, or being data in the form of especially binary digits ; especially : of, relating to, or employing digital communications signals — compare analog. Digital (versus analog) should serve as a cautionary term by reminding us that we are sending and receiving an approximation to reality versus experiencing reality itself (e.g., a digital image of a beautiful sunset versus standing in awe as one experiences through all one’s senses and in one’s spirit the reality of a sunset; social-media flirtation versus the gaze and touch of a caring person).

      Tool – a handheld device that aids in accomplishing a task; something (as an instrument or apparatus) used in performing an operation or necessary in the practice of a vocation or profession; an element of a computer program that activates and controls a particular function; a means to an end. The term “tool” is key. A tool is an inanimate object that is used as a means to an end. A tool transmits or receives data, whether it be the simple hammer and chisel in a sculptor’s hands or a dynamic electronic device such as the so-called smart-phone. The tool is servant, not master. The tool imparts data, but it does not replace the wisdom, love or creativity of its user. To the extent that one allows the tool to determine the person, one may be damaged by the tool. For those who are old Star Trek fans, it can practically become as the “Borg Collective,” each Borg physically independent and self-aware yet fully controlled by the network collective. Depending on the person wielding it, the tool can be used to communicate truth and accomplish great good, or it can be used to tempt, to corrupt, and to spread evil, death and destruction. It can also be used by greater forces to press users toward forced conformity.

      The PUNDIT, as I am calling it, offers an important spiritual lesson as each of us consider the almost omnipresence (present everywhere) and omniscience (all knowing) of these electronic devices and the humanity they connect and serve. How shall you or I use it? Shall it be a force for good or evil, or, quite often, maybe both?

      Unlike PUNDIT in nature and kind, only God, our creator, is truly omnipresent, omniscient, and also omnipotent (all powerful). Only He is truly good. He made us in His image, yet not as “Borg Collective” automatons connected and controlled by a vast network, even a network of PUNDIT devices. He created us with the capacity to know and love Him, to relate to each other, and to be stewards of the world in which He placed us. He allows us to make decisions from a free will. But anyone who has experienced life for any period of time has learned that this freedom comes at a cost. As the man Adam and his wife Eve sinned and were separated from God, one another and the world they lived in, so we too suffer that separation, and we on our own cannot bridge that gap. In light of this, PUNDIT is just another tool, albeit powerful, but the tool cannot heal, and its uses – for good or evil – are entirely dependent on the choices of its bearers. Use it with wisdom and discernment.
      “By wisdom a house is built,
      And by understanding it is established;
      And by knowledge the rooms are filled
      With all precious and pleasant riches.” (Proverbs 24:3-4)

      And what is wisdom? Only one person, the God-man Jesus Christ , sent by God the Father and our creator, offers as a gift the forgiveness and healing of your and my brokenness. Wisdom is receiving His free gift through faith. If the Son of God makes you free, then you are free indeed.

      (Definitions were obtained on-line through the © 2013 Merriam-Webster, Incorporated dictionary app. Star Trek and the Borg Collective references are from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994), a registered trademark of Paramount Pictures.)

    24. Id recommrnd Digital Assistant .

      It would be accurate to call it a Tech Prosthetic, bur might not like that! 🙂


    25. Call it “PA” for personal assistant

    26. Mobile Communication Device or Wireless Communication Device is common in patent filings trying to account for future innovations in mobile technology.

      Since it may eventually be only a wearable device that won’t match the current definition of cell phones. Look at Google Glass and Apple iWatch patent filing. Either device could make calls and perform the same functions as a modern ‘mobile device’.

      I think the term that best covers what a cell phone has become and eventually will be is ‘mobile device’ or event shorter ‘mobile’.


    27. Why not call it what the rest of the World calls it? A “Mobil.”

    28. We are held captive by the darn things that why it is called a ‘cell’ phone!

    29. Hand held information, communication device.


    30. Cell phone new name is My Assistant for Global Information and Conectivity. “Magic”

    31. Hi Newt and Callista

      Out of respect for the genius and mind boggling foresight of Alexander Graham, I believe the most appropriate name for this fantastic device would be “The Bell-weather”.

      Ken McMorrough

    32. Since it would be difficult to say the least, having a billion people change their thanking as to “cell phone” why not simply use the designation “cell” especially, since many are indeed in a cell, (a jail cell of addiction to the elctronic age communication process today).? As well, people are used to saying “my cell.” We at Campus Crusade for Christ, simply reduced the hame, to :CRU: Which most on college campuses were calling it anyway. Keep things simple…….

    33. Hi Newt and Callista,

      Lets call it “The Bell-weather”.


    34. Since it would be difficult to say the least, having a billion pepple change their THINKING as to “cell phone” why not simply use the designation “cell” espccially, since many are indeed in a cell, ( a jail cell of addiction to the electronic age communication process today”? As well, people are used to saying my cell. We at Campus Crusade for Christ, si;mply reduced the name to CRU, which most on college campuses wer calling it anyway. Keep things simple.

    35. Info-Navigator

    36. Information communicator
      Information communication system
      Voice & Data System
      Voice Data communicator

    37. Ummmmm. You could call them what everyone else calls them, “smartphones”. This is the commonly accepted term through the entire world.

    38. Call it a PID for personal information device or a GID for global informaion device
      or a GC global communicator or a GCS global communication system

    39. unfortunately they should call it a reelection device

    40. Since I have an iPhone but rarely use it as a voice phone since I am hard to understand on the phone (I had a total laryngectomy and only have a laryngeao-tracheal prosthesis for speech) I consider it my “pocket computer”. I DO have a frustration: so many companies insist on telephone communication, even when their business is computers. Speech impaired people are the last forgotten ones. There are many forms of impairment. One friend from church made his fortune in computers, but due to a debilitating neuro-muscular disease he can no longer speak.. Like me he is stymied and frustrated at not being able to communicate with, in our case, Apple. But I love my phone, it is always with me. It is my safety net, and my tether to family.

    41. How about “The Conduit” or “The Portal” as a name to use vs. “Cellphone.” The overall function of the device is to serve as a vehicle for information exchange.

    42. Smart phone

    43. Hi Newt,
      I think the puzzle you posted on y our site is simple to solve and the term has been out there for quite some time. It is a smart phone. We are doing research using these devices to enable individuals with chronic illness to manage their health in the home environment. It requires advancement in the understanding of the reliability of the applications from a communication and safety perspective since the mHealth initiative is going to be regulated. If you know of any funding sources for this work let me know. I am currently in residence in D.C> pursuing this project at the FDA and would be happy to discuss it with you further.

    44. Eighty percent of my iPhone’s use has nothing to do with making phone calls. Gene Roddenberry coined Star Trek’s multi-functional communication devices simply “Communicators.”

      I think it’s apropos here as well.

    45. It is a PDD Personal data devise

    46. Its already got a name. SMARTPHONE

    47. How about? xMind

      We had in the term ‘PDA’ (A good name for our predecessor devices), that spoke to what they did. Personal Digital Assistants were just that and many of us envisioned that they should come to include the functionality of our brick-sized cell phones. Why did that last name stick, and the first fade, when the reverse would have been much more accurate?

      Steve jobs during the days of the Apple II’s release described a personal computer as a bicycle for the mind. His famous quote describes the efficiency of the condor’s ability to move among all the animal kingdom, until man invented the bicycle.

      Today our phones are very much eXternal eXtensions of our minds, and when technology like Google Glass comes to pass I think we’ll obsolete our ‘cell’ and ‘smart’ phones as quickly as we did our PDA’s.

      I’ll never relinquish something that extends my mind like the Samsung/Android and Apple/iPad xMinds I have now until I can replace it. Unfortunately I won’t want to call what replaces them by the same name even though what I’ll want the is exactly the same result, only more of it!

    48. My suggestion for a name for the cell phone successor is “OPTICONS”. That should cover an object that does all things for everybody. Best Regards, Bill Hart

      best regards,


    49. It’s not a cell phone… It’s a PDU. Personal Data Unit.

    50. Call the “cell phone” an “electronic Personal Assistant” or ePA for short – not to be confused with the wasteful government entity (EPA) by the same name which might actually have a positive effect of “redeeming” that name; or alternatively you might call it an “electronic Personal Secretary” or eSecretary (eSecy for short which might be pronounced eSexy for marketing purposes?)

    51. Call the “cell phone” an “electronic fantasy device” because it can do just about anything you can imagine – the short name: “elefant” because you get a huge amount of work out of such a small tool!

    52. You’re kidding, right? There is totally already a word for them. They’re called “smart computers that are small and work as phones too”.

    53. The device in your hand is called a personal digital assistant or PDA. More than a phone, more than a calculator, more than an internet browser. This device assists you to do all of those. By the way a PDA is a tool, like a hammer. I don’t get taxed every time I use my carpentry tools. Help us to not get taxed while using our PDAs.

    54. It should be called a “communicator” – Start Trek is here.

    55. How about “SelFone”

    56. Call it a “NEWT” – ” ‘Nother Electronic Waster (of) Time” – hey this is fun – it is exciting to see all the creative juices flowing with all the really ingenious mnemonic acronyms – keep it up – I bet you could use this process to come up with creative solutions to “real-life” problems too!

    57. pretty sure we already have a name for this…”smartphone.” guess it’s time to go puzzle about something else that the rest of the world has already solved.

    58. I would call it my PACK. Personal Automated Center of Knowledge. It’s personal, it’s got all your “stuff” stored in it or is readily available to you. It has thousands of applications available for downloading making it a definite center of knowledge. It can take movies and pictures in high def. It can play your favorite movie or music and fetch you the news pronto. And PACK is easy to remember. I’ll just grab my PACK and I’m good to go.

    59. I was impressed by the thoughtful video and article, Mr. Gingrich. The english language is ever evolving, as rapidly as the people using it. I think what you are looking for is what the government should call it, because the rest of us have settled already. I can only imagine the new laws and regulations that will come from the discussion. However, I recommend taking a different tact. If we are concerned with distracted driving, simply make laws that cover ALL distracted driving. If we are concerned with freedom of information or speech, cover all of that as well. Because with technology, there is no point to define it. As soon as it has been defined, it will already have morphed into something else.

    60. Keep it simple–Communicator would be the best choice, Secondarily Smart Phone is also a good choice which is already in use.

    61. It’s a CELLCOM.

    62. Or Comlink.

    63. You’re kidding right? It has a name. It’s had a name for some time now. It’s called a smartphone.

    64. Lots of good inputs. I offer the name Mobile Communication Center (MCC), since it handles all types of media and all forms of communication. Simple and to the point.

    65. It seems u really understand quite a bit regarding this specific subject matter
      and this demonstrates throughout this excellent blog, termed “We’re Really Puzzled | Gingrich Productions”.
      Thanks -Fern

    66. It is a unicom (universal communicator). Other possibilities:
      PCD (personal connection device)
      gaggle (enough information to gag anybody)
      Borg (may be some copyright issues here)

      Have fun Newt and run again in 2016. The Republican party needs an attack dog!

    67. I vote for CyberComm

    68. I simply call it “MY DEVICE” – it does everything now and will continue to do more and more….

    69. I promise you sir, it is commonly known and referred to as a smart phone.

    70. How about SMART PHONES????

    71. It is such an amazing device which will continue to exceed our expectations that I would call it a “god box”.

    72. I’m fascinated that this issue has been raised, since I have been making these same, exact points with my friends and followers for the past two or three years since the explosion of “smart phones.” As a matter of fact, I’m forwarding Mr. Gingrich’s remarks to everyone in my mailing list, as a validation of points I’ve been making myself for a very long time.

      It has often been said that there is “nothing new under the sun,” and in one respect, that’s still true. What we are witnessing is the manifestation of things once thought to be restricted to the arena of science fiction. Does anyone remember the “flip phone”? Did you notice the similarity to Captain James T. Kirk’s Star Trek communicator? That wasn’t an accident, I’m told, but a deliberate design by the original creator of this phone style.

      For my choice of names for these devices – mine is an Android with graphics similar to what I’m about to describe – I return to the classic TV series, “Quantum Leap.” I refer to today’s modern “smartphones” as a HANDLINK. One was carried by the character “Al” played by Dean Stockwell, and was used to communicate with “Ziggy,” the omnipresent hybrid computer that monitored the time leaps made by Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula.) What else could compare to Ziggy but “the World Wide Web”? And just as Al’s “handlink” communicated with Ziggy, so do ours with the almost godlike Internet.

      So once again, science mocks reality, and fiction mocks fact. Call it what it is – a HANDLINK.

    73. Smartphone.

    74. Retired from aerospace and having a fair memory of how the goverment seems to like acronyms; I suggest that this device be called EPIC. This is an acronym for Electronic Personal Information Companion. This is discriptive and the the word epic has an even bigger meaning, i.e. extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope .

    75. Call them PAWDS = “Personal Application (or Apps) Wireless Device.

    76. We should call it a Personal Access Device or PAD for short.

    77. If a GPS is Global Positioning System, why not GIS for Global Information System?

    78. Comminfocator

    79. Horseless Telephone

    80. I call it a palmtop.

    81. How about calling it a “Hand Portal”? It is held in your hand. It is a portal to different things one uses it for such as phone calls, web, photos, social media etc..

    82. I have been calling smartphones “Handheld Cloud Terminals” for years.

    83. My submission is for a generic term for these devices is ‘handle’.

      The appeal is sort, functional and multilayered. In any evolving form including Google Glass, it will be ‘handled’ in some manner, and helps a user get a ‘handle’ on the networked world of information and remote interaction.

      While I enjoy all of the witty, literary and tech-flavored terms, in my opinion those have a narrow appeal.

      Gosh, I hope I haven’t killed a five million dollar marketing-consulting project for somebody by throwing that into the public domain. Microsoft Handle? Blackberry Handle? Android Handle? DOH!


    85. The Virtual Communicator (V.C.)

    86. I think we should bridge the pond and follow the naming convention used by Germany and some parts of Europe. Call it a ‘Handy.’ That pretty well describes it.

    87. Call it a “handy”. That’s what the Swiss have called them since the early 90s.

    88. Personal digital assistant, or, to differentiate from the previous generation of PDAs, a Global Digital Assistant.

    89. In one of his novels, David Gerrold referred to it as a PITA: Personal Information (and) Telecommunications Assistant.
      I often call mine PITA, standing for something else entirely, but the rest of the time I go retro and refer to it as my “terminal.”

    90. Call it “Congress.”
      It’s referred to as ‘smart’ by the media but can’t do a damn thing by itself.
      It loves making noise but runs out of energy after only a short while.
      It will drain your bank account, even when not doing anything.
      Every two years we have to deal with a new one.
      And worst of all, it never seems to work right when you need it most.

    91. Multi-Network-Mobile-Device.


      Multi-Network is essential, due to the interoperability that the device provides: providing access to the PSTN, SMS, Web, Internet, GPS, etc.

      Alternate: Multi-Network-Human-Interface-Device.

    92. Shall we just give in and call it “the implant” in our brave new world (order)?
      Implanting the device prevents identity theft, but inevitably it’s made read/write.
      On that day, we humans simply become programable nodes.
      Can these devices foster more critical and creative human thinking at the level of the golden age of Ancient Greece?
      Can they help us collaborate and cooperate? Or are they about Angry Birds and micro Drones?

    93. Since the days of PDAs I have referred to my handheld computing device as my do-all.

    94. My name for it is “handbrain”, because it does all the thinking for me.

    95. How about cellular multi mechanism or cellular M&M for short

    96. SOCial meDiA COMmunicatios device


    97. Interface

    98. As fond as I am of Star Trek, these gadgets are more than phones (smart, or otherwise) — they do more than allow the user to simply “communicate.”. Truly, they ARE links to vast amounts of information, with their connectivity to the Internet and the myriad apps that they run.

      Personally, I think Donald Bellisario inadvertently hit on it nearly a quarter-century ago, in “Quantum Link” — and so for me, I call mine my “handlink.”


    99. I think what you’re after mr. Gingrich, is to try and claim the smartphone as you’re own, by trying to rename it. It already has a name, it’s called a smartphone, because even though you are able to do all these amazing things on it, it still is, a phone. Smartphone.

    100. I think St. John was referring to our iPhones when he wrote about the mark of the beast. Seriously.. it’s a fancy phone. If that’s too hard to grasp, just call it a thingamajig or the watchyamacallit.

    101. “Force multiplier” has a “ring” to it, I think.

    102. My two suggestions are “A Personal Portable CPU” (PPC)

    103. or a Personal Portable Computer (PPC)

    104. After some discussion, I submit in further support of my proposal to call mobile devices ‘handles’ the fact that they are primarily handheld, and so act as an extension of the hand with which to grasp and manipulate the abstract and intangible. This quality trumps the fact that they are mobile, personal, deal with digital data and so forth.

    105. My smart phone is a Droid 4. It does so many things:
      1. Voice communicator
      2. Text communicator
      3. Email communicator
      4. Web Browser
      5. Camera
      6. Digital Storage
      7. GPS Device/Navigator
      8. Calculator
      9. Planner/Calendar
      10. Game device
      11. Video Player
      12. Bar Code Scanner
      13. Shopping
      14. Book/Newspaper/Magazine
      15. My photgraphic memory and secondary Brain
      16. A mobile weather station

      It is virtually Omniscience and while it is not the eye of providence, it is closely tied to the internet which is becoming the all seeing eye of providence. While it is exists in the material world, requires energy to stay ‘alive’ and it is aware of it’s physical location and orientation, it has transcended the material world and exists in a virtual world. It is becoming god like in these ways.

      It is virtually an Extelligent being that has no desires of its own. It is wholly dependent on me as I am becoming more and more dependent on it.

      To boil it all down to a single word or phrase is most difficult. It is a device that is an all knowing, interconnected, computer and communicator, with image capture, voice recognition, and tremendous data storage.

      Perhaps it is time to coin a new a word. My favorites from above is EPIC and GIS.

    106. i think we should rename them NCDs, for network communications device, or maybe N-com’s for short

    107. Possibly it should be called a “Handi”. The “di” would be from diety. And Handi, to make it more global… and sound like
      Hindi to make it more global.

    108. Let me try this again. Handi as in Hindi. DI as in DIETY. Other references Deva, like Handeva. Or maybe Handi.

    109. Possibly it should be called a “Handi”. The “di” would be from diety. And Handi, to make it more global… and sound like
      Hindi. Handi as in Hindi. DI as in DIETY. Other references Deva, like Handeva.

    110. I liked Communicator but it lacked something so I think Smartcom as in smart communicator would be a good name. I think it’s something people could adjust to calling it and it’s an upgrade from Smartphone.

    111. Name for cellphone? How about LOOP? Look on your LOOP; LOOP it;Download your LOOP

      One word, one syllable, a playful sound with functional meaning.

    112. I’m just an old Army Staff Sargent disabled vet. When I was full active duty we kept things simple. If I couldn’t name a tool, I called it an auto-matacker.

    113. Greetings Newt and Calista,

      I am a small business owner and refer to my I-phone as my “Pocket
      Brain!” How true it is.

    114. Been calling my android my Gizmo ever since I got it. It’s short, catchy and kinda techie all at the same time. It’s not specific as my gizmo accomplishes so many things!

    115. CSU.communication system unit

    116. I think of mine as my external brain.

    117. Separately, the words “smart” and “phone” don’t begin to describe the device we’re all talking about. It’s more than smart, it’s more than a phone.

      But together, the words form a relatively new word, which has a relatively new definition to describe a relatively new device.

      I don’t think we need to come up with a new word.